This is my first trip report, and i did plan to take photos to go with it but i wasn't feeling very well and decided not to.
On Monday 9th July i boarded the airport shuttle service to Hong Kong airport. Upon arrival i made my way through to the new terminal 2 "skyplaza". The time was around 7:10pm with a planned departure at 10:35pm. The emirates check-in wasn't open at that time, and ground agents were just setting up, so i took this time to look around the new shops and facilities.
I wandered around and then went to the "Aviation discovery centre" which has a number of models and images of how aviation in Hong Kong has changed since the very first flight to today. There is a good model of HKG
built into the floor in one part, which uses computer images to make it look as if planes are moving around, departing and arriving. There is also a skydeck but i didn't visit it.
Check in was now open and the gate agent (who didn't speak very good english) checked me in all the way through to LGW
. She gave me my boarding pass and directed me to the security area. The terminal is quite large yet was so empty as there was only EK385 leaving at this time. I walked to the security and passport control area, which was empty. Then i boarded the train which takes you to the main terminal. As i still had quite a while, i decided against going straight to my gate and chose to look around the shops airside at terminal 1. I bought two bottles of perfume for family members but as i was transiting in Dubai, the cashier helpfully notified me that they may ask me to remove the perfume from their cardboard boxes so they fit in the 100ml plastic bag.
I then made my way to gate 66 towards the end of the terminal, i walked it instead of taking the train as i wanted to burn some time. After a short wait, boarding began, and an announcement was made for those passengers in rows 35 onwards - however about 80% of the passengers in the lounge got up and rushed to the gate.
Flight time: 2hrs 10
The flight was relatively full, compared to my inbound journey, with most seats full, however the seat next to me remained empty. I was felling very tired and went to sleep missing the food. I was woken by the cabin announcement that we were approaching BKK
and could passengers fasten their seat belts. All of a sudden, the engines made a loud whining noise and the plane pulled up and did a sharp turn. The captain then came on and informed us that due to traffic on the runway that wouldn't move, we had to abort the landing and go-around. Second time round we landed no problem. At this point passengers continuing onto Dubai are asked to remain onboard and return to their original seats. An army of Thai cleaners then boarded the aircraft and began working along removing rubbish, changing blankets and headrest covers.
Around 30 passengers remained onboard at this time with the rest getting off in BKK
, the crew then passed through the cabin asking passengers to identify their hand luggage to ensure no one had left anything on board. Passengers then began boarding.
Flight time: 6hrs 15
The flight was about 95% full, and a Thai woman was seated next to me who was continuing on to Paris CDG
. The flight took off on time. Dinner was served shortly after the fasten seat belt sign was turned off. I fell asleep again! This aircraft didn't have ICE but the older inflight entertainment system, the interior was much older however some features such as the larger foot rest seemed better then the new interior in travelled in recently. I watched the air map show the plane pass over India across the gulf and then zig-zag into Dubai. Upon arrival at DXB
, i noticed a large number of IL
-76 parked by the DNATA Cargo Centre. We then taxied for about 10 minutes, the crew then informed us, that we were taxing to a remote stand. We eventually arrived and parked between two 777-300ERs. Once down the air stairs we boarded our coaches and went around the side of the airport passing Kuwait Airways & Gulf Air A320's as well as an RJ
A321 and an unmarked blue tail 727-200. The bus then stopped for us transit passengers to get off and go through security and back into the departure area.
I know its kinda short, so next time will hopefully be feeling better to take photos and pay more attention to things such as meals! Any advice would be welcome. I'll be writing a trip report on my next flights which are SU LHR
and MU PEK
-TYN and then the return. This is next week however you will have to wait until august as I'm in china for a month!!