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.
My friend - the bar area
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.
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