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Emirates Airbus A340-500 DXB-ZRH

Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:55 pm

Hi all,

and welcome to my second trip report. It continues from my first one Syrian Boeing 747SP DAM - DXB Pics/Vids (by OHLHD Dec 15 2007 in Trip Reports) and tells the story about my flight back to Switzerland on a absolutely fanatastic A340-500. It was btw my first flight on a A345.

As the ground staff at DXB wont let me take an picture of the whole aircraft I will use one from the database:

Flight: Emirates EK085 DXB - ZRH
A/C: Airbus A340-500
Reg: A6-ERA
Economy Class

The load was light and most of the Economy section was empty ( I counted about 60 passengers) however the First and the Business Class were slam-packed, completly full and at the departure gate were a few guys with Waitlist Business Class tickets who would not manage to get into Business Class. So to say, i suppose this was a super high-yield flight.


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Boarding was from an outside position so we had to go with the bus.

Some pics while boarding:

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/P1011813-2.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/P1011812.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/P1011815.jpg

Great engines ( RR - btw)




From my seat:

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/P1011818.jpg

Holds still open but no loaders seen:  Smile

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/P1011817.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/P1011818.jpg

Neighbour:

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/IMG_0286.jpg

Some other aircrafts taxing for departure:

SV A300 ( flight to Medina)

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/IMG_0284.jpg

note the An-124 tail on the right side:

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/IMG_0288.jpg

Egyptair A330-200 ( flight to Cairo)

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/IMG_0285.jpg

Winglet:

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/IMG_0287.jpg

Pics while beeing pushed back:

New Emirates hanger:

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/IMG_0293.jpg


Close up of the BG A310 that had a nosewheel breakdown awaiting its faith:

Both engines removed and the front is on wood:

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/IMG_0295.jpg


Here we go: Take-off



After take-off:




Great pics after take-off:

This is how it is done: Big grin I suppose they have enough sand

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/IMG_0297.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/P1011821-1.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/IMG_0308.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/IMG_0315.jpg

Thankfully we did not need this:  Smile

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/IMG_0301.jpg

Iranian airspace:

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/IMG_0318.jpg

Over Austria:

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/IMG_0322.jpg

My favourite shot:

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l193/OHLHD/IMG_0320.jpg


Unfortunately I forgot Big grin to take a pic of the food that they served which was very delicious and since I needed a little sleep the menucard was gone as well. Sorry for that.

During the flight I watched the Simpsons movie as well as Pirates of the Caribean 3 but I could not watch till the end because we were approaching ZRH already.

I must say that the crew was really great, friendly and always at help. Always great to enjoy the EK-service!

Three thumbs up for you guys and girls!!!





 thumbsup   thumbsup   thumbsup   veryhappy   praise   highfive   checkmark 


As we were approaching ZRH the wheather got rough and so we had to sit down and fasten our seatbelts quite early. But thank god there is the frontwheel camera! Big grin

Enjoy the approach:



and the very bumby touchdown:




I can just say again that it was a great ride with a fantastic crew on a superb aircraft! On board an aircraft like this I would probably have a ULR flight.

The last thing I did after my two very long flight ( and the long day) was to grap some beer and I went off to my hotel and quite fell asleep before even finishing the first beer. Big grin

I hope you guys enjoyed this tripreport as much I enoyed the flight.
 
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RE: Emirates Airbus A340-500 DXB-ZRH

Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:35 pm

Nice TR,

The pics and videos are really good.

Seems that you had a excellent flight with EK.

Quoting OHLHD (Thread starter):
This is how it is done: I suppose they have enough sand

Wow, that is really cool.



Thank you for sharing

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RE: Emirates Airbus A340-500 DXB-ZRH

Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:24 pm

Another interesting report with great pics!

Quoting OHLHD (Thread starter):
As the ground staff at DXB wont let me take an picture of the whole aircraft

They must have true secrets to hide...  Yeah sure

Quoting OHLHD (Thread starter):
On board an aircraft like this I would probably have a ULR flight.

I flew DXB-SYD on A6-ERJ last year and it was nice - but I still prefer shorter flights with a stop. 13-14 hours is a very long time in Eco, even on a well-equipped bird.


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RE: Emirates Airbus A340-500 DXB-ZRH

Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:47 pm

Thanks for your TR.

EK has two daily flights to ZRH, mostly both on A340-500s...I was told several times that certain Swiss companies buy out the whole first/ biz section of the EK flight - hence the -500 version as they offer the better product than the A330...

must be great to have empty seats in the Y section...


cheers

HBIHL
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RE: Emirates Airbus A340-500 DXB-ZRH

Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:14 pm

Nice report and pix, many thanks.

Intersting to note the land or should I say sand reclamation  Smile

Looks like this was a decent flight, helped I'm sure by the flight being quite empty down back.

Thanks

Mark
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RE: Emirates Airbus A340-500 DXB-ZRH

Mon Dec 17, 2007 9:20 pm



Quoting HBIHLtoEZE (Reply 3):
was told several times that certain Swiss companies buy out the whole first/ biz section of the EK flight - hence the -500 version as they offer the better product than the A330...

That is true, I think it is lawyers that have a special agreement with them. They fly EK in First ( hence the superseats) instead of private jets.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
I flew DXB-SYD on A6-ERJ last year and it was nice - but I still prefer shorter flights with a stop. 13-14 hours is a very long time in Eco, even on a well-equipped bird.

Me too. This is why I choose DXB-ZRH. I am not a fan of ultra longhaul.  Smile


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That was a great surprise. Thank god I had my second camera in my hand. Big grin
 
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RE: Emirates Airbus A340-500 DXB-ZRH

Mon Dec 17, 2007 9:39 pm

Thanks for the report! It sounds you really enjoyed the flight.
I have made one trip on EK, last year MUC-BKK-MUC on A332 and B777. The triple seven was great, especially the fantastic ICE, the old A-Bus less comfortable. Fab meals on both, was great I could pre order fish in Y.
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RE: Emirates Airbus A340-500 DXB-ZRH

Tue Dec 18, 2007 4:10 am



Quoting OHLHD (Thread starter):
Close up of the BG A310 that had a nosewheel breakdown awaiting its faith:

The fate of this aircraft has already been decided. And that is that Biman would receive insurance money and the aircraft would be salvaged.

Thanks for sharing your experience.
 
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RE: Emirates Airbus A340-500 DXB-ZRH

Wed Dec 19, 2007 6:54 am

Hi there nice TR and pics , glad you had a good time...


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RE: Emirates Airbus A340-500 DXB-ZRH

Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:34 pm

Great TR!! Thankks for posting!!

Dav
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RE: Emirates Airbus A340-500 DXB-ZRH

Sun Jan 27, 2008 5:41 am

Love the lighting in the cabin. video was very cool!
Safe
 
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RE: Emirates Airbus A340-500 DXB-ZRH

Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:35 pm

i LOOOOVED the finger pointing on the landing Big grin great report. I hope to make one too....when i find out how to link pics and vids on these msgs....
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