The777Man
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Round The World Mostly On 777s, Part III NZ And EK

Thu Jun 01, 2006 3:19 pm

Date: 24-Apr-06
Route: SIN-AKL
Distance: 5225mi
Flight: NZ 82 Air New Zealand
Flight Time: 9:25h
Dep. Time: 20:24
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200ER 772 ZK-OKB
Dep. Gate: E20
Seat: 32H
Movie watched: Memoirs Of A Geisha

I had checked in as soon as I arrived at a transfer desk and was given the boarding pass right away. I got to the gate about 45 minutes before departure and most people were already on board by that time and I was glad I didn’t miss the flight.

I had a window sea there was no one in the two seats next to me which meant I could probably get some sleep. The legroom was good and the seat was very comfortable. The PTV was more a regular size compared to the giant screen on Etihad. Doors closed, we pushed back and we were soon up in the air. The Airshow map was activated and it was the new detailed version like the one on PIA. Nice feature is that it shows where daytime/nighttime is on the planet.

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Meal service soon started and no menus were given which was too bad. I had chicken with rice, some red wine from New Zealand and Coca Cola. There was no salad but the food was great although the portions somewhat small or maybe I was just very hungry ?
I watched Memoirs Of A Geisha which is a great movie and nice to see Gong Li speaking English. A bit odd to see ethnic Chinese playing Japanese.

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I slept for about four hours and then looked thru Air New Zealand’s inflight magazine before breakfast was served. I had French toast and it was very good. Descent was quick and we went from 39 000 ft to touchdown in about 30 minutes. The Airshow map was turned off during the descent which was disappointing.

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Routing was just north of Java, crossing Bali, across Australia entering the Tasman sea just north of Sydney and doing an almost 360 degree turn the last 10 minutes of the flight before we finally landed. To summerize, this was a nice flight, the flight crew were okay but not overly friendly. I had heard all these positive things about Air New Zealand, great legroom, really great service. The service was nice but not living up to my high expectations.

I went thru security after I arrived and a guy there asked if I was the guy who flies on all 777s. I guess my reputation proceeds me even in Auckland; perhaps another A.netter ? There were great views of the ramp and the runway from this one location in the transit area. I spent about four hours spotting before my next flight. Highlights include two more Air New Zealand (NZ) 777s, Air New Zealand (NZ) 733s and A320s and Jetconnect (QNZ) 733s.

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Date: 25-Apr-06
Route: AKL-SYD
Distance: 1345mi
Flight: EK 419 Emirates
Flight Time: 2:43h
Dep. Time: 15:54
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER 77W A6-EBJ
Dep. Gate: 5
Seat: 40B
Movie watched: Rumor Has It…

There was no transfer counter for Emirates so I had to wait until someone from Emirates showed up at their gate so they could check me in. I went back spotting for another 30 minutes before heading back to the gate. It was confusing to see the departure monitors because they showed the time boarding started, not when the flight left. Makes you more stressed than you need to when you think that you have missed your flight when in reality they have just started boarding …..

My name was called and I got center seat next to the window on the left side of the aircraft. The flight was very full so not having an empty seata next to me made a big difference. Emirates configuration is 3-4-3 and it felt a bit cramped not just the width of the seat but legroom wise as well. It didn’t help that the seat felt very uncomfortable as well. Fortunatly, I was only going to SYD, not BKK or DXB. I would not want to sit in that seat for that long time on a full time. I’m 5’11’ (180cm) so not extremely tall.

Doors closed and we pushed back for engine start up. This took much longer than normal but after about five minutes, we started taxing out to the runway. Our gate was right next to Aerolineas Argentinas (AR) and on the way to the runway we taxied past LAN (LA). Nice to see some different carriers in this part of the world. The big GE90-115Bs spooled up and we were soon up in the air.

I looked at the think entertainment guide and sent email to a friend. Lunch was served and it was a huge tray, slightly bigger than the traytable! I had “Smoked Chicken Breast” as appetizer, a “Seasonal Salad”, Grilled Beef Tenderloin With Oven Roasted Potatoes”, bread and butter, Tea, Coca Cola, a piece of chocolate and “White Chocolate Mouse”. All of it was really, really good and filled me up. The size of the steak was about the same as you get on other airlines in First class…. This was one of the best meals I have ever had in economy class.

During lunch I started to watch Rumor Has It…. . Routing was straight across the Tasman sea and cruising altitude was 36 000 ft. Inflight entertainment options were overwhelming, 100 essential albums, 50 Best of albums, 100+ movies including classics like Rebecca and The Big Sleep. Truly amazing!!! Seat comfort wasn’t great at all and the crew wasn’t very friendly at all either.

I found a Formule 1 hotel thru the hotel booking service and took a shuttle there. I washed some clothes and want to sleep since I was very tired. I got up early the next day and went back to the airport for spotting. First I checked the loads on my United flights from Japan back to IAD thru UA’s Skynet . To my horror, they had booked up even more since I checked before I left. Then, the flights had been close to full but now they were all overbooked which meant I would probably be stranded in Japan. My original plan was to fly Austrian (OS) SYD-KUL, spend the night, fly Thai (TG) 777 KUL-BKK and there connect to EVA Air (BR) 77W to TPE. Spend the night there and continue on United (UA) 777 to NRT and spend a day spotting there and another day spotting at HND before flying United (UA) 777s to ORD and IAD.

I went spotting for a few hours thinking about what to do. Spotting highlights in SYD included Qantas (QF) 737s and A330s, VN 777 and the elusive Air Calin (SB) A330. I made the decision to go straight back IAD from SYD via SFO. This meant I would give up on my 777 RTW trip but avoid being stuck in Japan. I checked in with UA and got First class to SFO and later Economy class to IAD. Great to gets lots of sleep in that First Suite and nice to be back at IAD although earlier than expected.

I will probably make another attempt at a all 777 Round The World trip later some time in the future and will probably fly Round The World westbound, a first for me.

The777Man
Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777
 
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RE: Round The World Mostly On 777s, Part III NZ And EK

Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:05 pm

Nice report. Glad to hear you liked enjoyed our service. I have missed your earlier reports could you please provide their title. Thanks.
 
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RE: Round The World Mostly On 777s, Part III NZ And EK

Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:14 pm

love the pictures .... thanks for sharing ~
 
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RE: Round The World Mostly On 777s, Part III NZ And EK

Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:15 pm

I am sorry. I have just found the other two reports.

Please rank your experience with all the airlines that you have travelled with during this round the world trip.

Thank you.
 
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RE: Round The World Mostly On 777s, Part III NZ And EK

Thu Jun 01, 2006 5:22 pm

Great Trip Report. Nic pics as wells.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
. The flight was very full so not having an empty seata next to me made a big difference

From my experience this flight is always full and late all the time.
Which did you like better NZ or EK.
 
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RE: Round The World Mostly On 777s, Part III NZ And EK

Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:00 pm

Great reports, im flying ANZ on sunday and can't wait to see what they are like.

Chris
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The777Man
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RE: Round The World Mostly On 777s, Part III NZ And EK

Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:06 pm

Thanks for the nice comments!

I guess seat comfort and legroom is more important so I'll say that I liked NZ more than EK. Flight attendents nicer on NZ as well.

The777Man
Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777
 
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RE: Round The World Mostly On 777s, Part III NZ An

Fri Jun 02, 2006 5:15 am

Hi Lars,

yet another very entertaining trip report, I really enjoyed reading!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
The Airshow map was activated and it was the new detailed version like the one on PIA. Nice feature is that it shows where daytime/nighttime is on the planet.

Which airshow did EY have on the B77W? When I flew A6-EYD last year the airshow feature was not operational yet.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):

I went thru security after I arrived and a guy there asked if I was the guy who flies on all 777s. I guess my reputation proceeds me even in Auckland;

 thumbsup   thumbsup   thumbsup 

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
Inflight entertainment options were overwhelming, 100 essential albums, 50 Best of albums, 100+ movies including classics like Rebecca and The Big Sleep. Truly amazing!!!

The ICE seems to amaze everybody, so let's see how it will be rated by PH...  Wink

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
This meant I would give up on my 777 RTW trip but avoid being stuck in Japan. I checked in with UA and got First class to SFO and later Economy class to IAD. Great to gets lots of sleep in that First Suite and nice to be back at IAD although earlier than expected.

Too bad your plan didn't work, but getting the First Suite on a transpac flight sounds like a nice compensation.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I will probably make another attempt at a all 777 Round The World trip later some time in the future and will probably fly Round The World westbound, a first for me.

Another RTW trip will probably also give you the chance to add some missing B777 airlines. Maybe AI, KQ or UU?


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RE: Round The World Mostly On 777s, Part III NZ And EK

Fri Jun 02, 2006 2:52 pm

Hi PlaneHunter!

You will LOVE EK's ICE system but I'm more curious to hear what you have to say about their seat comfort, especially since you will fly them for on a long flight...

Planning to do AI as a weekend trip YYZ-BHX; AI has fares for about USD 325.00 YYZ-BHX so will try that in Sep/Oct this year. Will try OS next year when they start VIE-IAD with the 777 and hope to fly BR and KQ as a part of a new RTW. KQ will hopefully start flying their 777s NBO-BKK-HKG with traffic rights BKK-HKG which is inexpensive. They will get a fourth 777 next year so they should put their 777s on more routes.

Not sure when I will do UU. DT will be even trickier but I'm currently trying to figure out a way to try them LAD-JNB....

The777Man
Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777
 
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RE: Round The World Mostly On 777s, Part III NZ And EK

Fri Jun 02, 2006 8:58 pm

Hey Lars

Great report! Bit disappointed you couldn't complete the 777RTW and have to go back to IAD via SFO from SYD.

I came home on 26 LAX-SYD so if you departed SYD on 26, it should be N197UA?? They have 3 flight that day.

Sam
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The777Man
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RE: Round The World Mostly On 777s, Part III NZ And EK

Fri Jun 02, 2006 10:54 pm

Hi Sam!

I flew N118UA SYD-SFO because I made up my mind so late; that was the only flight left....

Yes, there were three flights that day.

The777Man
Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777
 
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RE: Round The World Mostly On 777s, Part III NZ And EK

Sun Jun 04, 2006 2:04 am

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
You will LOVE EK's ICE system but I'm more curious to hear what you have to say about their seat comfort, especially since you will fly them for on a long flight...

That'll be indeed interesting to see , but at least EK433 stops at SIN for more than an hour and I will probably be able to get off for a while. However, I'll try to get an aisle seat on the DXB-SYD segment...


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