eoinnz
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MEL-AKL On Emirates First Class A345 With Pix/vid

Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:38 pm

Happy New Year everyone.

Welcome to the return journey of my Auckland - Melbourne - Auckland trip on Emirates First Class flying onboard the A340-500. If you would like to read the first sector - follow this link.

AKL-MEL On Emirates First Class A345 With Pix/vid (by Eoinnz Nov 15 2006 in Trip Reports)

Again this report over several posts so make sure you expand them all

After a brief stay in Melbourne it was time to return home. However I must say was looking very forward to flying home knowing what was ahead. I stayed at the Hilton Melbourne Airport for my last night - I find it easier just to wake up shower then walk straight to the terminal rather than get a taxi early morning. Plus the extra hour sleep comes in handy when you've had a big night out.

Check in was easy - Someone was already at the counter but it wasn't long before it was my turn. Headed towards duty free for a little browse - had a sample of the new Baileys Caramel and Baileys Mint - very delicious. Headed towards gate 11 where the new Emirates lounge is upstairs with a great overview of the airport. Here are some photos of the lounge.

Dining Area


My friend - the bar area


Business Centre


The A340-500 taking me home


The first boarding announcement was made about 30 minutes late - No major deal though I was happy using the computer chatting to friends etc. They had dual bridge boarding today with the first bridge for First Class and the second bridge for Business and Economy.

This time the head sets were preset in the magazine storage on the left.


Shortly after taking my seat a flight attendant came round offering the usual pre-take off drink selection of water, orange juice and Champagne (Dom Perignon). After last nights rather large consumption of alcohol I thought I should give my body a little break and took an orange juice.


Soon after she returned with a snack basket with about a 7 chocolate bars, Pringles and mints



The amenity kit compartment


After I finished my juice she came around with Arabic Coffee - It is very tasty and is offered with dates by another flight attendant


With the door shut and the world's longest safety demo played we began heading towards the runway on a rather gloomy Melbourne day


Nose camera view


Video of take off.


[Edited 2007-01-12 06:04:26]
 
eoinnz
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RE: MEL-AKL On Emirates First Class A345 With Pix/vidH

Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:42 pm

The seat-belt sign came off and the crew jumped straight into service. The table was setup with salt pepper, jam, water, a flower, butter, bread basket with assortment of breakfast bakery - raisin bread, toast, croissants, and the first course of fruit. I forgot to take the menu off so can't tell you what the menu was today - only what I had.


The flower was an extra nice touch


I think I got the ripest fruit in Australia


The bread basket


Next the main course which consisted of lamb chop, steak, hash browns, tomato, spinach and mushrooms. From memory the other choice was a 3 cheese omelette.



Now I know I said I would give my body a break from drinking - but come on - not every day you get to drink Dom so I had ONE glass with brunch.




For dessert even more fruit and on my most favorite type of dessert - Pavlova



Engines busy at work


To finish fresh coffee and Godiva chocolates (yes more chocolate)
 
eoinnz
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Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:43 pm

The First Class cabin



Time for a bit of privacy so I shut the doors


and enjoyed the rest of the movie


The in seat mini bar


After eating all that food I got a call from mother nature. The bathrooms were very clean with a good range of amenities and even a window.





Some photos of the control unit




Various compartments



And before I knew it we landed and taxied to a bay and were shuttled by bus to the terminal. Again was very impressed with Emirates service and product. Thank you for reading - Sorry it isn't as detailed as the journey over - was a bit forgetful at that time of the morning. Hope to bring you more reports this year. May 2007 bring you all the best  Smile

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Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:48 pm

Very impressive! Thanks for sharing. It looks like you thoroughly enjoyed the service, and the wine!
 
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RE: MEL-AKL On Emirates First Class A345 With Pix/vidH

Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:49 pm

Amazing flight that must have been! I enjoyed the photos of the cabin. Was the purpose of your trip pleasure or business?
 
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Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:52 pm

Very nice pics and a great report. EK First looks like the best in the business in my opinion
 
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RE: MEL-AKL On Emirates First Class A345 With Pix/vid

Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:02 am

Looks fantastic. What is Pavlova desert? Never had it.
 
eoinnz
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RE: MEL-AKL On Emirates First Class A345 With Pix/vid

Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:31 am

Quoting Airbus3801 (Reply 4):
Was the purpose of your trip pleasure or business?

Pleasure

Quoting Semsem (Reply 6):
What is Pavlova desert?

The Pavlova is very similar to a meringue. The outside is crispy and the inside soft and moist. It's usually served with a ton of whipped cream on the top with fresh fruit - in particular strawberries, raspberries and kiwifruit. For it's origin I recommend you look that up on the net - I don't want a trans-tasman battle in my thread  Smile

 
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Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:49 am

Excellent report and pictures!! Emirates F looks excellent.


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RE: MEL-AKL On Emirates First Class A345 With Pix/vid

Sat Jan 13, 2007 2:28 am

I love those sliding doors, that's what I call privacy!
 
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Sat Jan 13, 2007 2:52 am

certainly a fantastic product on Emirates C, probably the nicest anywhere flying, though perhaps Singapore may have something to say about that, my question is, why don't they use these luxurious long legged A345's for longer routes? Like DXB-JFK or DXB-LAX nonstop?
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RE: MEL-AKL On Emirates First Class A345 With Pix/vid

Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:54 am

Quoting Eoinnz (Thread starter):
With the door shut and the world's longest safety demo played

World longest? Really? Hehehe...

Man EK and SQ are surely going head to head with this product. I wonder what is EK's retort to SQ's recently launched PCL?
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RE: MEL-AKL On Emirates First Class A345 With Pix/vid

Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:05 pm

By BUS? At Auckland??? I am shocked!
 
eoinnz
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RE: MEL-AKL On Emirates First Class A345 With Pix/vid

Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:57 pm

Quoting B-HXB (Reply 12):
By BUS? At Auckland??? I am shocked!

So was I - I had 1 normal size carry on bag, a slightly smaller one, duty free bag and a gift from the crew in a emirates bag and no one offered to help me. Then had to lag them back up stairs to get on the bus.
 
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Tue Jan 23, 2007 3:29 am

wow, travelling in such luxury. Someday...
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