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Emirates A380 First Flight DXB-JFK

Sat Aug 02, 2008 11:30 pm

Hello Dear readers, here is part 2 or my 3 part trip.

01.08.08 EK3801 A380-861 A6-EDA 23A
1st Flight on this aircraft & 2ND A380 Flight
SCH DEP 11:00 SCH ARR 16:45
ACT DEP 11:05 ACT ARR 16:30


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Having arrived on VS400 I proceeded to check-in for EK3801
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I had expected EK to put up banners and general promote this historic day, however this was sadly lacking,

At check-in I enquired as to J class availability, basically had any seats freed up?? - appears 1 window seat had opened up, I snapped it up, sure glad I did too!

I had to visit the ticket desk and pay the difference, took about 5 minutes then headed to the dedicated check-in desk for US bound EK flights, went smoothly enough thought the agent seemed to have trouble getting to grips with me leaving JFK for Europe on the same day after such a long flight!

Got my boarding pass and a lounge invitation, still not sure why they have to write these things out, seems like a waste of paper/card to be honest!

Passport control and security was pretty easy, again First & Business have a dedicated lane to use, saves getting in line with the great unwashed.

I will say the First/Business check-in area was not that great, looks quite dated compared to the layout/offerings from say BA and VS.

The walk from security brings you to duty free

great if you want to buy stuff, but a pain if you don’t want anything, masses of people, reminds me of T3 @ Heathrow, a zoo!
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Once up to the next level, departures, I took a walk along to try and get some spotting in and snap some pix of the A380. Be warned, DXB is not great for spotting, it’s hard to read reg numbers of the planes parked at the gates and there are people everywhere, the whole place in the early morning is a nightmare to navigate, hot, stuffy, you’ll be drenched in sweat before you know it. I’ve not been here long but have developed a dislike for the place already.
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After a quick walk to try and get in some spotting, enough was enough, decided to hit the lounge.
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I chose the lounge closest gate 25, this being the gate allocated for our departure.
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Upon arrival the reception agent wanted to take my lounge invite but I asked to keep as a memento of the day, no problem, she copied the details onto another and let me have the original, why copy the detail??
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By now I was hot as hell, had a nice sheen of sweat on me and had been in the same clothes for some 10 hours, thankfully the lounge had a couple of showers and 1 was free. Whilst refreshing, the shower room lacked any form of ventilation, the ceiling was covered with damp stains and you were wet as soon as you had dried off, rubbish! – That said, I did feel much better even if I was soaked in a new layer of sweat!
Luggage for the trip
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Shower

I managed to find a table next to the window, grabbed a paper, OJ and coffee, relaxation at last! – The lounge had free wifi so I checked my inbox and checked the most important web site in the world, A.NET to see what was going on, I noted Roni was already at the gate. A text or 8 to MissBA319131 back in London and I headed down to the gate around about 10am ish.
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View from the lounge
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There appeared to be nothing special at gate 25 for the flight, a passport & boarding pass inspection and I was through. I had been advised to show my ticket stub to the girls in the gate area to receive our gift – this was an Emirates bag with a couple of goodies, nice but quite poor compared to the gift SQ gave out on their inagural A380 flight.
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The whole affair was quite a complete contrast to the SQ affair, I had expected EK to really promote this day, the inagural flight of their 1st A380 and the first A380 powered by the new engine alliance GP7200.

I sat near the window and managed to catch a couple of local’s who will never fly to LHR, really need to re-visit this place where I can get some good spotting in, it’s a paradise! – Anyway, I good looking chap approached, it was Roni! We had a bit of a chat, boarding for First & Business was called so we headed off, stopping for numerous pictures along the way!

Boarding
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View of the boarding area
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Here is our baby!
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Roni heading down the jetway.



Once aboard we both headed right, me row A, Roni in K.

Pretty impressed with the seat, beats the pants off the VS seat I flew in on and is better than the BA Club World seat.
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I will say the side window storage bins open too easily, your arm tends to move off of the arm rest and end up on the storage bin, usually making it open!
Power supplies, plug etc
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Amenity kit
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As expected, camera’s were in abundance as everyone took pictures of the fixtures and fittings, at this point we were allowed to visit First Class, so took the opportunity to get a few shots of the showers along with the seats.
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More Business Class pictures
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At the top of the front staircase is this water feature, it’s real too!

The crew served pre-departure drinks, water, OJ & Champagne - Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2003 – no guess which I took!
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View from my seat
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As per my last A380 flight, push took me by surprise, you don’t feel it, you only notice it if you happen to be looking out of the window at the time!

A short taxi out
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and a long takeoff run wheels were up at 11:20, a small amount of applause could be head through out the cabin. The guy from Engine Alliance was behind me in 23B so I guess he was happy.

Climb seemed very slow, much slower than my SQ380 flight, so much so I did wonder if we were in fact climbing……………… thankfully we were!
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Once the seat belt sign was extinguished that was it, the madness began, people all over the place, cameras out again, the rear bar area was packed, it’s a great place to hang out and much more user friendly than the VS area. I imagine it’s fantastic at night when the mood lighting is on, Roni has been commissioned to report on this on the return night flight.

The curtain divides have arrows on to show where to open

Here are a few pictures of the bar area:-


Me before it was set up
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Seating in the bar area
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EK top brass!
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Door

Menu
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Meal service began around 1pm Dubai time, I say 1pm, it depends where you were sat on the plane, some areas had finished their meals before others had received starters.
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I took the Lamb with a salad to start, both were excellent as was the chocolate tart which followed, not good for my wedding diet though!
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I chose the Californian Ridge red, an excellent choice which I stuck with through out the flight, very drinkable.

Toilet


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After lunch Roni & I did a bit of exploring including heading down to the lower deck. The crew had pulled a retractable barrier to stop economy passengers trying to visit us, there were many on the stairs as we headed down asking how life was upstairs.
Galley
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Down the back staits to the lower deck
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The lower deck as you may know is all economy, mostly a 3-4-3 layout. The seat pitch appears to be quite generous, say 33 or 34, however, if travelling in this class, try and snag the forward section which ends at row 50, that’s the most private/smallest cabin.
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I noted the rear lavatories had queues at least 10 deep at one point, nice.
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The stairs to First Class
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Economy with the window shades closed
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Roni having a snack.
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The crew were having issues with the galley equipment, several carts appeared to be abandoned through out the plane
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Crew rest area in the rear of economy

Logo on the wall
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After much roaming, and drinking at the bar I headed back to A.NET work.
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At one point I got a bit tired so put the bed in lie flat mode, pretty comfortable, dropped off for about 4 hours.
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Another snack when awake
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Charging equipment
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Last orders were taken at 21:00 Dubai time and served shortly after, well some were. Roni came back, his meal was over and done with, I’d yet to have the table set up!

Took the chicken this time, followed by the cheese plate, all went well except the wine never managed to arrive, nor did the port to go with the cheese, the error was realised but by then everything was pretty much eaten.
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Hmm, a bit limp,,,,
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Business Class with the window shades down
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Descent
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Wheels touched down at 16:30, not the smoothest landing ever though, I think he planted the plane rather than kissed the runway!

Total flight time was 13:10 on the dot!
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the cockpit announced that the fire service would be giving the plane a water cannon welcome, it was noting to worry about.

Here is a picture of the event, I was lucky to catch it, such a short blast of water, don’t actually think it touched the plane.
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One of these 2 is my next ride
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Saw this bird in DXB earlier today
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A slow taxi to Terminal 4, parking to the right of an Air India 77W, this plane would be heading for London later that evening.
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Immigration was pretty heavy for this time of day, Roni has a US passport, he was through and outside having a smoke even before I got to a counter!

Once through we met up again, headed up to departures, then outside into the sun, lovely evening there, would have been nice to spend a night on the town, but no, return trip’s awaited us, me to LHR via ZRH, Roni back to DXB on A6-EDA.

We both headed to our respective check-in’s before meeting up to go and hit our lounges.

Thanks for some good company and conversation Roni, look forward to meeting up again.

The crew were excellent on this flight, nothing was too much trouble.

I don’t remember all the name’s (sorry) but Toby and Bec, many thanks, you were excellent!

Summing Up:

Whilst the service was patch at times, drinks not appearing with meals or second courses taking a long time to follow, this was all down to lack of time getting to know the aircraft, they got it Tuesday night, 3 days later they had the first flight, the small problems are quite forgivable at this point as they get to know the aircraft.

F & J cabins are excellent, layout is great, seats superb. Economy is pretty good but I’d not want to do this particular flight in economy, several passengers in the immigration queue who had flown in economy said they would not take the same route again, preferring to take a 1 stop flight instead.

Many of you will know this is my second A380 flight, both on inagurals. The A380 is a superb plane on which to fly, it is roomy and depending on customer fit out, a comfortable aircraft too. I might be wrong, but the SQ RR machine seemed quieter than this EA powered one, anybody else travelled on both and can advise their opinion?

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed the trip so far, next part, LX15 & LX to follow!

Kind Regards

Mark

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Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:10 am

A simply stunning report!!

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Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:24 am

Thanks very much for the report.

I really don't like that fake wood panelling that seems to proliferate in EK's premium cabins. Also, can't really see the point of the common areas - would prefer to enjoy the seat/IFE than try to make conversation with other pax. That's just me, though..

On the plus side, the A380 looks great in EK livery, and the food and IFE looked excellent.

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Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:35 am

WOW. . .

this report is so over the top!!!! Wonderful, wonderful!
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:36 am

Man ... you never sleep ?

Excellent trip report. Where are the pics that you took with the dSLR cam ?  Wink
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:37 am

Congratulations on a truly historical TR -
 
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:00 am

Great work covering all aspects of the plane. I think that would be fun to be an Emirates bartender!
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:08 am

Fantastic trip report, have been waiting for one on the EK A380! Those J seats look very nice, not sure about the TV though - I think I prefer the older ones that also seem much bigger. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

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Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:59 am

Great report! The A380 is truly an experience, rather than just a flight. Especially when traveling onboard Emirates! The number of languages spoken by the cabin crew is amazing!
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Quoting CXtra (Reply 2):
I really don't like that fake wood panelling that seems to proliferate in EK's premium cabins.

I find all the plastic fake wood disgusting, if it was done in a more restrained tastefull way then perhaps.

J class looks really cramped as well from the photos? Dont know if it feels that way in reality
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 3:20 am

Mark!

Absolutely fantastic report!!!

Reading this report suddenly brought back the good memories! But then i realised, it was only two days ago! haha. Going to New York and coming back in a day, just makes it seem like such a long time ago! I'm actually feeling a little light-headed this morning hehe

It turned out that i actually did pre-select seat 23 A when i made the booking for the return leg. So i sat in your seat. While it added to the privacy factor, i missed all the action up front in the main Business cabin.


Thanks for sharing this! Mine is still in the works. Will be up and running soon !!

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Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:35 am

Your report was just incredible. All the photographs were fantastic. I like the way Emirates designed certain cabin details. The colors they selected complement each other well. It is obvious they spent a lot of time developing a classy environment.
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:03 am

Excellent report Mark! Just fabulous , I would love to fly their premium products Very good pictures!

Though I must say why were the screens saying EK801 when the number was EK3801? Maybe the IFE is programmed for a 3digit flight number.

Ek surely has a good product to offer on the A380.

However, I must add that my Inaugural SQ B77W from BOM, where it was just an equipment switch, had more celebrations than this historic event. Too bad EK did not go ahead that extra mile.


Looking forward for more TR's!
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:39 am

Great TR can't wait till I fly on EK A380

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At the top of the front staircase is this water feature, it’s real too!

Is this on during take off and landing or does it turn off
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:22 am

What to sa, Mark - fantastic report with excellent shots! You've done a great job in putting it together so quickly for us!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once up to the next level, departures, I took a walk along to try and get some spotting in and snap some pix of the A380. Be warned, DXB is not great for spotting, it’s hard to read reg numbers of the planes parked at the gates and there are people everywhere, the whole place in the early morning is a nightmare to navigate, hot, stuffy, you’ll be drenched in sweat before you know it. I’ve not been here long but have developed a dislike for the place already.

Exactly my thoughts, DXB is pretty bad not just for enthusiasts.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Here is our baby!

Nice view with all these jetways.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Pretty impressed with the seat, beats the pants off the VS seat I flew in on and is better than the BA Club World seat.

Looks really good in general - but I'm not a fan of that particular type of wood.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Toilet

The same here...

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The lower deck as you may know is all economy, mostly a 3-4-3 layout. The seat pitch appears to be quite generous, say 33 or 34, however, if travelling in this class, try and snag the forward section which ends at row 50, that’s the most private/smallest cabin.

Shoulder space seems to be more than enough.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The crew were having issues with the galley equipment, several carts appeared to be abandoned through out the plane

Not the best decision - what about sudden turbulences?


Anyway, I was looking forward to this report, it was a great read.


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Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:32 am

Mark,
Thanks so much for the wonderful TR and sharing another very special trip for you!

It's a shame EK didn't do more for it's for passenger A380 flight. I remember what SQ did for their inagural flight to SYD! That was lovely in itself. They were very generous with the goodie bags.
By chance did EK hand out a A380 model at least for the inagural flight?

It looks like EK does have a nice amentity kit. One of the best out there.

Warmly
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:15 am

Bravo on a Wonderful TR.

Quoting Chrisrad (Reply 9):
Quoting CXtra (Reply 2):
I really don't like that fake wood panelling that seems to proliferate in EK's premium cabins.

I find all the plastic fake wood disgusting, if it was done in a more restrained tastefull way then perhaps.

I agree. I think it look's cheap and tacky and there seem's to be so much of it!

I really like the "Personal Minibar" you get in the Premium classe's though, and I thought J class looked very comfortable.

The shower's looked nice too. - Did you speak to anyone who got to take a shower?

Thank's again!
 
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:54 am

wonderful - not as good as being on the actual flight, but certainly close enough. Thank you.
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:11 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):

An interesting trip report BA319-131.

Could I ask for some elaboration on your perception of personal space in Business Class and how comfortable you thought the seat was as a bed and as a seat?
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:16 am

Thanks for great report. I was expecting that the route would be a bit more north over the Europe, mainly hoping that it would fly over HEL  Wink
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:40 am

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Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:02 am

Hola Mark!

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW! What a trip! Thanks for taking the time to write it and publish it here in such a short time! It is definitely the trip report of this summer!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I had expected EK to put up banners and general promote this historic day, however this was sadly lacking,



Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
There appeared to be nothing special at gate 25 for the flight, a passport & boarding pass inspection and I was through. I had been advised to show my ticket stub to the girls in the gate area to receive our gift -- this was an Emirates bag with a couple of goodies, nice but quite poor compared to the gift SQ gave out on their inagural A380 flight.

I cannot really understand this lack of enthusiasm for such a big and important event. I have never flown EK or SQ but after reading about their inaugural flights on the A380 I think SQ made a bigger fuss that obviously hit the media all over the globe. I think EK missed some cheap publicity here.

Nice to compare the attention to details,

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The curtain divides have arrows on to show where to open

and the lack of familiarity with the plane by te crew,

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The crew were having issues with the galley equipment, several carts appeared to be abandoned through out the plane

I bet this

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Total flight time was 13:10 on the dot!

was not a pain in such a great seat.

Now I know what your job is  Wink

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Me before it was set up

There are some aspects that I do not fully like on this plane. The massive use of this plastic-wood decorations they have and golden garments; too baroque for me. I am more of: less is better.

BTW, in other TRs you showed us your empty plates after eating, is it part of your wedding diet?  Wink

Salut,

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Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:15 am

Great TR. I will have to fly in that First Class cabin if only to have a shower on the plane. I really like the J seats as well.

Looks like EK have succeeded in creating a novel inflight experience, unlike the previous TRs I have read on A380 flights. Especially the aforementioned shower and the bar service. You being the expert, what do you think?
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:47 am

Excellent TR! Thanks for sharing the EK A380 first flight with those of us unable to make it in person!

Best regards,

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Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:16 am

Excellent TR, needless to say.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Me before it was set up

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Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:16 am

Excellent trip report, with great pictures!

Their J product as well as their F does look impressive! Definately going to have to try give them a try!

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Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:51 am

Hi Mark,

excellent TR and so many pics. Wonderful. Did you plan to meet Roni or was it a coincidence?

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Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Emirates A380 First Flight DXB-JFK

Quite superb trip report.  highfive 
Feel like I was on the plane myself!
Great pics too.
Many thanks.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Climb seemed very slow, much slower than my SQ380 flight,

I'm guessing that would have been for 3 reasons..

1. This plane would be a fair bit heavier due to the longer sector.
2. Hotter ambient conditions on take-off
3. There's no Rollers under the wings of this one  duck   bigthumbsup 

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Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:43 pm

Mark !!!

Well what can I say .... was waiting for this and just knew you were the Man to do this TR !!

Amazing,fantastic,professional. I didn't look at it until now as I wanted to be at home without interruptions. I have to say this gets my favourite TR of 2008 . I felt like I was onboard. The photos were excellent and you showed me everything I wanted to see. On the downside you have just blown my travel allowance for the next 6 months as I really am so close to booking myself on this new Queen on the Skies. EK really have impressed me with this A380 cabin. The food looked fantastic and my mouth was watering until the toilet pic LOL.....

As David said , cool VC10 T shirt !! As for the wedding diet , if you need to go on one then theres no hope for me LOL.....

Looking forward to the LX TR in F .

Thanks again on a mission excellently accomplished.

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RE: Emirates A380 First Flight DXB-JFK

Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:25 pm

Excellent trip report! Thanks!

Quoting CXtra (Reply 2):
I really don't like that fake wood panelling that seems to proliferate in EK's premium cabins.

I don't like it either (like many others). It's really cheesy.

Quoting Chrisrad (Reply 9):
J class looks really cramped as well from the photos?

Agree here as well. The minibar should have been placed somewhere else or removed altogether (Not to sound like a snob but you're serving yourself in Business Class?). Without the minibar there would be a lot more open space.

From photos (emphasis) it looks like SQ's A380's have a more upscale and coherent look (seats, colors, fabrics).
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:50 pm

Very nice report and pics , thanks a lot for sharing . Economy class looked full to me , how about F and J ?
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:52 pm

Great report BA319!

Wow you are lucky to have been able to be on both inagural flights! Trully impressive. A rather stupid question about the bar area, but I was wondering if it is available to all passengers or only those sitting in first and business?

Anyways, great report and thanks for all those pictures!

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Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:04 pm

OK, you have an iPhone and you flew on the inaugural flight... I am OFFICIALLY jealous!!
 
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:18 pm

Great report!!!
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:01 pm

THANK YOU thank you thank you!!
This was a pleasure to read!!

Great TR!!
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:11 pm

Thanks so much for posting the details of your trip. As has been said already, i really felt like i was flying along with you so thanks for taking the time and effort to share it with us.

Really is a shame there wasnt much fanfare for the departure from DXB. Considering the capacity constraints of the terminal at the moment i cant think of a place which could comfortably accomodate 489 passengers and guests
 
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:39 pm

Superb report with great pictures! I had no idea that EK's aircraft had been delivered or was in service until I saw this!

The J class product looks pretty good, ignoring the density of seats in the cabin the seat itself appears to have plenty of space rivalling many decent F class products. A shame they didn't go all out to have a absolute top of the line F product though. The A340-500 suite has been around for a few years, I thought they'd break new ground on that front...and no not by just putting in a shower  Wink I'm surprised they just opened up F class for everyone to take a look at!


P.S. I saw someone wearing that exact T-shirt on a flight from Singapore to Sydney last month!
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:13 pm

Hi All, thanks for all the reads and comments,

Quoting Swissair4ever (Reply 1):
A simply stunning report!!

Congratulations!

- Glad you enjoyed the ride  Smile

Quoting CXtra (Reply 2):
I really don't like that fake wood panelling that seems to proliferate in EK's premium cabins

- I've not been keen for lookijg at it in pictures, however once aboard, it actually looks much better, blends in well with the fabric colours used throught the cabin.

Quoting CXtra (Reply 2):
Also, can't really see the point of the common areas - would prefer to enjoy the seat/IFE than try to make conversation with other pax. That's just me, though..

- It's actually a great place to hang out, at least on this flight!

Quoting BoeingATL (Reply 3):
WOW. . .

this report is so over the top!!!! Wonderful, wonderful!

- I guess it might be, thanks  Smile

Quoting PlunaCRJ (Reply 4):
Congratulations on a truly historical TR -

- Thanks, not so sure sure but kind words.

Quoting Ppcd (Reply 5):
Man ... you never sleep ?

- Nope! - I knew ,many people would be looking forward to this, so figured I'd put it together there an then.

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 6):
Great work covering all aspects of the plane. I think that would be fun to be an Emirates bartender!

- Thanks, only missed out the front office! Smile I don't think i'd want to be on that bar during sudden turbulence, will get real messy!

Quoting Maxisno1 (Reply 7):
Fantastic trip report, have been waiting for one on the EK A380! Those J seats look very nice, not sure about the TV though - I think I prefer the older ones that also seem much bigger. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

Max

- Hi Max, thanks. J seats are very nice, TV is good too, not sued to the older ones so can't comment on those.

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 8):
The number of languages spoken by the cabin crew is amazing!

- I know!! - Was very impressed.

Quoting Chrisrad (Reply 9):
J class looks really cramped as well from the photos? Dont know if it feels that way in reality

- No, must be the pictures, found the room excellent.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 10):
Mark!

Absolutely fantastic report!!!

Reading this report suddenly brought back the good memories! But then i realised, it was only two days ago! haha. Going to New York and coming back in a day, just makes it seem like such a long time ago! I'm actually feeling a little light-headed this morning hehe

It turned out that i actually did pre-select seat 23 A when i made the booking for the return leg. So i sat in your seat. While it added to the privacy factor, i missed all the action up front in the main Business cabin.


Thanks for sharing this! Mine is still in the works. Will be up and running soon !!

Regards,
Roni

- Thanks Roni, was a great day. How amazing you had my seat back!! - I don't think I spilt anything so should have been ok  Smile

Look forward to reading your report inc the flight back, see you in NYC later this month.

Quoting AirlineBrat (Reply 11):
Your report was just incredible. All the photographs were fantastic. I like the way Emirates designed certain cabin details. The colors they selected complement each other well. It is obvious they spent a lot of time developing a classy environment.

- Thanks, glad you got a feel for the aircraft, it's a great way to travel, at least upstairs.

Quoting Ojas (Reply 12):
Excellent report Mark! Just fabulous , I would love to fly their premium products Very good pictures!

- Thanks, give them a try one day.

Quoting Ojas (Reply 12):
Though I must say why were the screens saying EK801 when the number was EK3801? Maybe the IFE is programmed for a 3digit flight number.

- I noted that to, you might be right.

Quoting Ojas (Reply 12):
However, I must add that my Inaugural SQ B77W from BOM, where it was just an equipment switch, had more celebrations than this historic event. Too bad EK did not go ahead that extra mile.

- Agreed, EK could have made so much more out of this PR wise, real shame.

Quoting N104UA (Reply 13):
Great TR can't wait till I fly on EK A380

- I'm sure you'll be on the 1st one

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
At the top of the front staircase is this water feature, it%u2019s real too!

Is this on during take off and landing or does it turn off

- Not sure to be honest.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
What to sa, Mark - fantastic report with excellent shots! You've done a great job in putting it together so quickly for us!

- Hi Ph, glad you enjoyed.

Quoting LACA773 (Reply 15):
It's a shame EK didn't do more for it's for passenger A380 flight. I remember what SQ did for their inagural flight to SYD! That was lovely in itself. They were very generous with the goodie bags.
By chance did EK hand out a A380 model at least for the inagural flight?

- I know, that SQ inagrual was historic, so glad to have been there  Smile EK did give us a model, but the quality is not that great, mine has broken front undercarridge, Roni had bent main gear ;(

Quoting SpeedBirdA380 (Reply 16):
The shower's looked nice too. - Did you speak to anyone who got to take a shower?

- No, once the curtains were closed never saw another F passenger.

Quoting Pumaknight (Reply 17):
wonderful - not as good as being on the actual flight, but certainly close enough. Thank you.

- Thanks, kind words.

Quoting Singapore_Air (Reply 18):
An interesting trip report BA319-131.

Could I ask for some elaboration on your perception of personal space in Business Class and how comfortable you thought the seat was as a bed and as a seat?

- Personal space was just fine, there is the shoe storage, magazine/book area , side window bins - my seat had 2  Smile That said, I would have liked a small tray like BA have to place your stuff you want to chuck, say phone, wallet etc, the window bins are too big for things like this.

The seat was excellent, liked the reline positions, works well as a bed too, slept like a log for 3 to 4 hours, much nice than the VS seat/bed and thought it was better than the BA seat.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 21):
Hola Mark!

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW! What a trip! Thanks for taking the time to write it and publish it here in such a short time! It is definitely the trip report of this summer!

- Hi Roger, very kind words, thanks  Smile

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 21):
I cannot really understand this lack of enthusiasm for such a big and important event. I have never flown EK or SQ but after reading about their inaugural flights on the A380 I think SQ made a bigger fuss that obviously hit the media all over the globe. I think EK missed some cheap publicity here.

- Agreed, SQ really know how to market something, however EK do to but seemed to miss the boat on this one, not sure why.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 21):
BTW, in other TRs you showed us your empty plates after eating, is it part of your wedding diet?

- Ha, I've been doing very well, thought did put on a few pounds after this, only 3 weeks to loose them in!

Quoting Henkybaby (Reply 22):
Great TR. I will have to fly in that First Class cabin if only to have a shower on the plane. I really like the J seats as well.

- Coold, I want to see that TR!

Looks like EK have succeeded in creating a novel inflight experience, unlike the previous TRs I have read on A380 flights. Especially the aforementioned shower and the bar service. You being the expert, what do you think?

- Hi Henkybaby, First Looks great, but the showers did it for me, just amazing, the space in huge!

Economy looks regular run of the mill, though legroom looks better than most carriers. The J experience is very nice, the bar at the back is very cool, however if you don't like to mingle you won't use it.

Quoting Midcon385 (Reply 23):
Excellent TR! Thanks for sharing the EK A380 first flight with those of us unable to make it in person!

- Thanks for reading Tim, hope you got a feel for it, perhaps you'll be on a First Flight and pass the experience on for us.

Quoting BritPilot777 (Reply 24):
Excellent trip report, with great pictures!

Their J product as well as their F does look impressive! Definately going to have to try give them a try!

BritPilot777

- I think you'll enjoy, I'm lookinf forward to giving them another go next year on a vacation trip.

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Reply 25):
Nice t-shirt!

- Thanks!  Smile

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 26):
Hi Mark,

excellent TR and so many pics. Wonderful. Did you plan to meet Roni or was it a coincidence?

Cheers,
Stefan

- Hi Stefan, glad you enyoyed the trip & pictures. I knew Roni was booked for some time, I dropped him a few pms' before and after booking, so we both knew we were going to meet up, great chap too!

Quoting Astuteman (Reply 27):
Quite superb trip report.
Feel like I was on the plane myself!
Great pics too.
Many thanks.

- Good, thanks.

Quoting Astuteman (Reply 27):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Climb seemed very slow, much slower than my SQ380 flight,

I'm guessing that would have been for 3 reasons..

1. This plane would be a fair bit heavier due to the longer sector.
2. Hotter ambient conditions on take-off
3. There's no Rollers under the wings of this one

- Agreed, I did suggest to the EA guy that the engines were noiser that the Rollers, don't think he liked that  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Reply 28):
Mark !!!

Well what can I say .... was waiting for this and just knew you were the Man to do this TR !!

- Hi Philip, glad you enjoyed the trip.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 28):
I have to say this gets my favourite TR of 2008 .

- Wow!! Thanks  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Reply 28):
I felt like I was onboard. The photos were excellent and you showed me everything I wanted to see.

- That was the idea, covered pretty much all bases I thing.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 28):
On the downside you have just blown my travel allowance for the next 6 months as I really am so close to booking myself on this new Queen on the Skies. EK really have impressed me with this A380 cabin.

- Me too, might not be many additional trips this year  Sad

Quoting OA260 (Reply 28):
Looking forward to the LX TR in F .

- Should be here mid week.

Quoting MSYYZ (Reply 30):
Very nice report and pics , thanks a lot for sharing . Economy class looked full to me , how about F and J ?

- First & Business were all full.

Quoting Aviator86 (Reply 31):
Great report BA319!

Wow you are lucky to have been able to be on both inagural flights! Trully impressive. A rather stupid question about the bar area, but I was wondering if it is available to all passengers or only those sitting in first and business?

- Thanks. The bar is for Business, though First can use it - can you imagine if all 399 economy passengers wanted to use it!!

Quoting Hywel (Reply 32):
OK, you have an iPhone and you flew on the inaugural flight... I am OFFICIALLY jealous!!

-  Smile

Quoting F.pier (Reply 33):
Great report!!!
I hope one day I'll fly the the 380, too!!!

- Give it time, only 6 flying but one day I'm sure you will get to fly her.

Kind Regards

Mark
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RE: Emirates A380 First Flight DXB-JFK

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Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 34):
THANK YOU thank you thank you!!
This was a pleasure to read!!

Great TR!!

- Hi Ricariza, glad you enjoyed, many thanks for reading.

Quoting EK773 (Reply 35):
Thanks so much for posting the details of your trip. As has been said already, i really felt like i was flying along with you so thanks for taking the time and effort to share it with us.

- Totally my pleasure, thanks for taking the time to work through it, it's pretty long!

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 36):
Superb report with great pictures!

- Thanks you Sir Smile

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 36):
The J class product looks pretty good, ignoring the density of seats in the cabin the seat itself appears to have plenty of space rivalling many decent F class products. A shame they didn't go all out to have a absolute top of the line F product though. The A340-500 suite has been around for a few years, I thought they'd break new ground on that front...and no not by just putting in a shower I'm surprised they just opened up F class for everyone to take a look at!

- The J layout looks more crammed that it actually is one there. Lot's of the time the cabin felt quite empty when you walked around as the recline and bed sections are pretty private.

I too thought they would go for something new with First, but I guess they are quite happy with it's performance.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 36):
I saw someone wearing that exact T-shirt on a flight from Singapore to Sydney last month!

- Someone else with a good taste in planes then Smile

Regards

Mark
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RE: Emirates A380 First Flight DXB-JFK

Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:35 pm

Absolutely fantastic report!! I think that EK's Business cabin looks stunning  bigthumbsup 

I am not such a big fan of all the gold they have used in their First cabin, but that's just me...

Find it strange the EK did not do more, than a small gift bag, considering what SQ does on all their inaugural flights...

Thanks for a fantastic report on such a happening in aviation history Big grin

Cheers
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RE: Emirates A380 First Flight DXB-JFK

Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:50 pm



Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...5.jpg

....around the same time I took screendumps  Smile


Big version: Width: 1280 Height: 998 File size: 79kb


Big version: Width: 800 Height: 629 File size: 45kb


Now I have a better idea what is was like up there....thanks for that.
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RE: Emirates A380 First Flight DXB-JFK

Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:03 pm

Thanks, Mark. We A.netters are lucky that one of the best trip reporters was there to cover what's probably the most exciting flight of 2008. Thanks for all the detail and photos. Yet another EK Business Class seat/product - anyone keeping a running total?  Wink
 
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RE: Emirates A380 First Flight DXB-JFK

Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:03 pm

Hi Mark
That was some TR, simply excellent.
Some very interesting flights in the future, look forward to reading your reports on them.
Thanks for posting.
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RE: Emirates A380 First Flight DXB-JFK

Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:47 am

Thanks for such a detailed trip report and for all the pictures! It totally made my day!
 
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RE: Emirates A380 First Flight DXB-JFK

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Quoting Khaleej777 (Reply 41):
Thanks, Mark. We A.netters are lucky that one of the best trip reporters was there to cover what's probably the most exciting flight of 2008. Thanks for all the detail and photos

Thanks so much for the kind words, at was all my pleasure  Smile

Quoting EICVD (Reply 42):
Hi Mark
That was some TR, simply excellent.

- Glad you enjoyed, thanks.

Quoting EICVD (Reply 42):
Some very interesting flights in the future, look forward to reading your reports on them

- Yep, some nice still still to come  Smile

Quoting Burj (Reply 43):
Thanks for such a detailed trip report and for all the pictures! It totally made my day!

- Cool!

Regards

Mark
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RE: Emirates A380 First Flight DXB-JFK

Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:20 am

WA-OUH !

Maybe, one of the best TR on Airliners !

I had the same feeling in the plane with you !

CONGRATS !
 
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RE: Emirates A380 First Flight DXB-JFK

Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:36 pm

You have raised the bar for trip reports that is for sure. This was by far the most informative and utterly enjoyable read on the A380 so far. I have returned and read it twice so far it is that GOOD! Well done.
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RE: Emirates A380 First Flight DXB-JFK

Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:01 pm

Excellent, excellent, excellent - I just happened to catch some of the 'From DXB departure gate' thread posts as the whole thing was unfolding - and then you posted this amazing TR - it really felt like going along!

Bravo!
 
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RE: Emirates A380 First Flight DXB-JFK

Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:27 pm

If you don't mind saying, how much did it cost to upgrade to J? And how much was your Y ticket originally?
 
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RE: Emirates A380 First Flight DXB-JFK

Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:30 pm

Hi All,

Thhanks for your reads and comments.

Quoting OneWay (Reply 45):
WA-OUH !

Maybe, one of the best TR on Airliners !

I had the same feeling in the plane with you !

- Thanks very much Sir, glad you enjoyed  Smile

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 46):
You have raised the bar for trip reports that is for sure. This was by far the most informative and utterly enjoyable read on the A380 so far. I have returned and read it twice so far it is that GOOD! Well done.

- Wow, great comments, thanks indeed!  Smile

Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 47):
Excellent, excellent, excellent - I just happened to catch some of the 'From DXB departure gate' thread posts as the whole thing was unfolding - and then you posted this amazing TR - it really felt like going along!

Bravo!

- Great, glad you enjoyed our trip, it was very special.

Quoting Hywel (Reply 48):
If you don't mind saying, how much did it cost to upgrade to J? And how much was your Y ticket originally?

- The one way Y fare was £774 when I booked, the upgrade was the difference in cost to the J fare on the day.I got lucky as this was the last J seat, freed up by a cancellation, not saying what the extra £ was, other than it was more than double the original Y ticket price. I will say given the event again, I'd do the same and pay the fare, especially as the party on this flight was in J, Y was just like any other ordinary flight apart from Roni & I taking pictures  Smile

Kind Regards

Mark
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