Airlines: KLM and BA
Class: Y and F
Lounges: KLM (separate TR) and Galleries at T4
'Thanks to' the debacle of the T5 opening I was granted an extra visit to Terminal 4 for my trip to Dubai. Lucky me. First I had to get to LHR and this was with KLM. Elsewhere you can find a report on the new KLM lounge at AMS. I will not go into detail about the flight to LHR. It was boring as usual.
The normal chaotic boarding at AMS without priority
When I booked my flight from AMS to LHR I expected T5 to be operational and needing time to transfer and enjoy the new lounge facilities. This now meant I have 4,5 hours to enjoy the fantastic facilities of the Galleries Lounge at Gate 1.
I traveled on September 17th so the Elemis Spa and Concorde lounge had closed the day before. This did take a lot of the fun out of F class travel in my opinion. Ah well, the lounge was not that bad. Here are some images.
One of the advantages of the BA Lounges is that you can eat before you fly. Proper restaurant style. I decided to give it a try.
Of course I did this only to please all you food lovers. I ordered a starter (sold out), another starter (also sold our) and then decided on an entrée only (duck with honey glazing). It was not bad, but slightly overcooked. The wine I had was great however. It was a Sauvignon Blanc although I cannot remember which. I had two.
It was now time for an after dinner shower. Not that I needed one but for the sake of a complete TR on a disappearing lounge I scarified myself. Now isn't that devotion?
I liked the shower and I was glad I took one. I had a few minutes left to get to the gate. It was gate 2 so not a very long walk...
Boarding was swift but impersonal. No personal welcome, no 'How are you doing mr Henk?' but very efficient. I snapped some quick cabin pictures and then I got my PJs and went to the bathroom to change.
I love them PJs so here I am showing them off. Do you notice that these do not have the beige strip?
We were a little late of the gate but the captain kept us informed at all times. They looked a relaxed bunch up front. The delay gave me some time top shoot some more cabin pictures.
If you have a laptop you need a special power adapter. On this particular flight the carried only one and I managed to acquire it. Strange system...
After a while we took off. It was swift and smooth. Here is a picture I particularly like of the view. Notice the clouds.
Once airborne I decided to order some dinner. Again not because I was hungry but to please the likes of you... I can't remember all the choices but I took the salmon with crème fraiche and the steak. Even though I asked for raw (hoping for medium) I got well done. When will I learn?
Next was sleep. We had 3 first timers on board and one was not very well acquainted with the window blinds etiquette...
Close the ^$%#$#@!$!! blinds, please...
Breakfast was a cup of tea (by choice) and here you can see where we were
Or in an easy read
Landing was uneventful but with a very long taxi to the gate for which the captain apologized. We disembarked quickly and after a brisk and rather long walk I arrived at passport control. I have heard all kinds of horror stories but once again I was through in 5 minutes. No queues (or cues) anywhere. The other horror story is getting a cab at DXB. Again: no problem.
I went to Dubai to visit a friend who works there. Still not like the place much but I do want to show you some pictures of the Park Hyatt... I will post on the return trip soon.
This really is one of the best designed hotels I have ever seen. Especially the restaurants are unique (and very good) in style and concept. I take my hat of to the Hyatt. Possibly the best Hyatt I ever stayed at.
Feedback appreciated and welcome!
[Edited 2008-09-24 14:39:26]