taylormia
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Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:18 pm

I'm a new member and this is my first post....so for whatever it's worth....here goes  Smile

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.


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EK Crew at Gate D12


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Boarding EK 212


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EK 212 Business Class Seat


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Large LCD monitors in Business Class


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Night Lighting


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Flight Info 1


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Forward Camera


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ICE and Seat Wireless Control


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Sleeping Well...


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Flight Info 3 - Over Iran


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Business Class Seats
 
B747forever
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:42 pm

Nice first TR.

You had a really big luck to get upgrade to Business class. Otherwise that loong flight would be a kind of hell.

Cant see the pics, would be nice if you can fix it.

And it would be really nice if you could post the DXB-MAA sector also.

Really pity about your lost bag, hope you will get it soon.



Thank you for sharing

B747forever.
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Virgin747LGW
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:15 pm

nice TR!
I hope you werent really at 36ft over Iran lol
 
xaapb
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:36 pm

Welcome to A.net, great trip report! Very lucky you get upgrade to Business Class, looks like EK offers a nice service.
Greetings
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ca228
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:40 pm

Taylormia:

You have the same problem with the photolinks as I did - I used the "Add Image" key to attach photos from my a.net personal file. I fixed the problem by attaching my pictures to photobucket.com and pasting the URL filepath directly from photobucket.com

Hope it works - looking forward to seeing your pictures.
 
ba319-131
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:46 pm

Nice report, the first IAH-DXB one!

Lucky to get the upgrade, makes the flight more bearable.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 1):
Cant see the pics

- This seems to be an increasing problem, this is at least the 4th TR with this issue lately.

Look forward to the return report and the trip to MAA.

Regards

Mark
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:49 pm

Fantastic report, and welcome to a.net!!!!!!!  wave 

Cheers,
Cameron
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:40 pm

Welcome to A.net! I really like your trip report, and glad you made it, although I cant see your trip report. I hope you can see my trip report about QR 77W First Class from DXB-DOH and compare the seats with EK's business class.

About the bags, I hope you didnt have anything expensive in them, and hope you find them soon!
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taylormia
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:00 am



Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 7):
I cant see your trip report

Hopefully these photos show up now:

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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:20 am



Quoting Taylormia (Thread starter):
nice TR!
I hope you werent really at 36ft over Iran lol

LOL  Smile

That is a bug in the Flight Info software.....it was actually 36,000 ft.
 
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Wed Dec 19, 2007 3:05 am

Thanks for the report! It's always nice to get an upgrade, especially on a loooong flight.

I like that ICE even tells you the registration of the aircraft - that's so cool. I haven't seen that before anywhere, not even on SQ's system on the A380.
 
murrayusa
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:14 am

You are such a lucky dog getting an upgrade from IAH. I am sure that plane was packed with execs from every major oil company. Welcome to airliners.net! What an awesome report!
 
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Wed Dec 19, 2007 7:45 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
This seems to be an increasing problem, this is at least the 4th TR with this issue lately.

I know, it is really annoying.

Quoting Taylormia (Reply 8):
Hopefully these photos show up now:

It works now, thank you so much.
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:59 am



Quoting Taylormia (Thread starter):
I'm a new member and this is my first post....

Welcome to a.net! Awesome report.... were you the only one upgraded to business? or were there more people?

Thanks for posting  Smile
 
ag92
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:04 am

Those seats look amazing, especially the IFE the screen is GIGANTIC

Wow, you certainly did have a brilliant flight. Try and forget about this flight so you can enjoy Y class now

Great trip report
 
taylormia
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:28 pm



Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 13):
were you the only one upgraded to business? or were there more people?

There was another couple who got upgraded also....
 
taylormia
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:31 pm



Quoting Murrayusa (Reply 11):
I am sure that plane was packed with execs from every major oil company.

Yep...there was one guy from Baker Hughes on our left and another from Qatar Gas on our right..
 
buck3y3nut
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:08 pm

First of all, welcome to A.net. It's a great place to be  Smile

Quoting Taylormia (Thread starter):
We were surprised to hear that we had been upgraded to Business Class to make room in Economy.

What a nice surprise. I've never received such a surprise on any of my flights  Smile

I would love to fly EK sometime. Looks like I have quite a lot of flying to do in the future to try out all these different airlines  Smile Pictures are also great.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
- This seems to be an increasing problem, this is at least the 4th TR with this issue lately.

I think this is a problem with photobucket rather this website. I have always used www.tinypic.com and it pumps out a URL specific for forums etc. and all you have to do is copy & paste that URL while you're typing up your trip report. Works like a charm and never had problems with photos not showing up.


Thanks a bunch for writing this trip report. Seems like EK made a good choice since the loads were so high on this flight out of IAH. Please do write your return trip as well as I would like to hear about the economy product also on this long flight.

Quoting Ag92 (Reply 14):
Wow, you certainly did have a brilliant flight. Try and forget about this flight so you can enjoy Y class now

Yeah. It will be difficult to enjoy your flight in Y after you got pampered in J class Big grin
 
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:32 pm

Wonderful TR and pics. Hope to see you post many more here with us at A.net

Dave
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:43 pm

Geez, what ridiculous TV screens!!

Nice report!
 
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:44 pm

Thanks for posting! I bet it was a really long takeoff roll at IAH! I'm so excited about this new flight into IAH. I still haven't gone down there (from DFW) but I will in January for spotting.

That's incredible luck you had in getting the upgrade.

I'm looking forward to reading about your return journey.
See, I knew American Eagle was first class all along!
 
taylormia
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Thu Dec 20, 2007 2:05 am



Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 17):
I think this is a problem with photobucket rather this website.

I uploaded the photos initially using the A.net "Add Images" option. The photos don't show up when I do that. I then used photobucket.com and copied the forum friendly links. That works fine.
 
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Sun Dec 23, 2007 7:30 pm

Cool that you got upgraded. The size of the PTV's are great. Nice pics .

OA260
 
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RE: Houston-Dubai Emirates: Business Class - Pics

Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:07 pm

All I can say is: WOW!

Incredibly lucky. I would give many things important to me to fly on that specific Business class, without mentioning in a brand-new aircraft... you've touched the sky!

Those screens are bigger than the one I have in my room and I can imagine the food... woah!

More pics would have been cool, but the ones you posted are way self explanatory.

Congrats!

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