We decided to take the new EK IAH-DXB non-stop flight for a change since we had always traveled LH via the FRA route to get to Chennai (MAA), India.
Date: December 12, 2007
Flight: EK 212
We started our journey in OMA on Continental and checked our bags all the way to MAA since EK was the delivering carrier. When we got to IAH we had to check-in again at the EK counter. While we were in line we were asked by the EK agent if we wanted to take a different flight via LHR to get to DXB 3 hours later since the IAH-DXB Economy class was overbooked. In return we were offered two free return tickets to DXB on EK. We said yes, but didn't qualify since our bags were already checked. We asked the agent if Business Class was full and jokingly volunteered to get "bumped" there. The rep just smiled and checked us into Economy.
We got to our gate D5 and after five minutes was informed of a gate change to D12. Boarding was supposed to start at 17:35 for a departure of 18:35. While standing in line to board, we heard our name paged to check in at the gate desk. We were surprised to hear that we had been upgraded to Business Class to make room in Economy. We saw the agent that checked us in and thanked her for the awesome favor.
So, although late - about 18:30, we excitedly boarded Business Class. The new 777-200LR is beautiful and the Business Class seats are the best I have experienced. Although not quite 180 degrees, the "lie flat" seats are very comfortable and come with tons of adjustments - and my favorite - lumbar and full body massage built into the seat. We had seats 11E and 11F.
The ICE system is excellent with so many choices of audio and video entertainment. Each seat has a 17" widescreen LCD touch screen monitor.
The flight left the gate about 20:05. Afer 15 min of taxi, the announcement was made that there was an error in the cargo loading and a pallete had to be removed - so we had to return to the gate. We also had to refuel to make up for the loss of fuel during taxi. All said and done after a couple more delays, the flight left the gate finally at 21:35 and we were wheels up at 21:56.
An hour after take off we were served dinner which was very good and we settled in to sleep. Like I said before the seats were very comfortable and I slept undisturbed for about 7 hours. I have never sleptso well on a long haul flight. Although the scheduled flight duration was 15 hours 10 min, the actual flight time was 13 hours and 45 min.
Woke up refreshed and watched a couple of movies. We skipped the second meal since we were too full from the previous one.
Touched down in DXB at 21:46 the next day (Dec 13). We weren't very concerned about the delay since our connecting flight to MAA was at 03:00 on the 14th.
On the whole it was a great experience and a pleasant surprise to be upgraded to Business Class. On a negative note, we found on arrival in MAA that one of our bags was lost - and still is as of this writing (Dec 19). I hope our longer return trip in Economy is not too bad....crossing my fingers.
|EK Crew at Gate D12|
|Boarding EK 212|
|EK 212 Business Class Seat|
|Large LCD monitors in Business Class|
|Flight Info 1|
|ICE and Seat Wireless Control|
|Flight Info 3 - Over Iran|
|Business Class Seats|