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The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Sun Dec 28, 2008 9:46 pm

Here’s a report of my best flight out of 899 so far-Emirates First Class Suite on the A340-500, routing DXB-HAM.

I needed to visit home once before leaving Bangkok, decided to buy an EK ticket ex-MNL as the pricing was very attractive. EY and QR had even better fares but their schedules didn’t work for me. Routing was MNL-DXB-HAM-DXB-MNL and a separate ticket HAM-FRA-HEL-FRA-HAM on LH. I’m just going to focus on the First Class leg Dubai-Hamburg with a few random pictures from the other flights.

I spent the previous night in Angeles City, and arrived at NAIA terminal 1 at around 9.30pm with the ABC Hotel limousine service. Emirates counters were just opening, and I was the second in line for business class. The Y class line looked awful even at this point… I was a bit worried about my overweight baggage and excessive hand luggage (hauling stuff back from BKK to Finland), but the agent didn’t say a word.

Got both boarding passes
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EK uses the Club Manila lounge which is an absolute and complete dump. Worth the $12 admission fee for the free booze but it’s not a suitable lounge for EK premium cabins for sure. However, they probably get so little premium traffic ex-MNL that it doesn’t really matter. Boarding on time, A6-ECB which at the time was the newest 777-300ER for EK. I heard the F/A saying they had 12 pax booked in J but expected a full cabin – that’s what it was… A crapload of upgrades.

Nuts and Moet & Perrier
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Disappointing first meal service on a 9-hour flight
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ICE was of course available
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I was deadly tired from the previous night, so slept after the snack service until breakfast despite ECB having the old style cradle seats.

Eggs Benedict for main course, pretty good breakfast
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On time arrival at DXB, and I headed to the EK F lounge
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Excellent offerings at the buffet but the lounge was very crowded. Champagne was Veuve Cliquot.
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05 November 2007
Dubai International (DXB/OMDB) – Hamburg Fuhlsbuttel (HAM/EDDH)
Emirates EK/UAE 205
Airbus A340-541
A6-ERA
0855-1255 – On Time
First Class, Suite 1A


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I was very much looking forward to this flight in the suites. Having flown some of the finest out there, including SQ/CX/TG/BA/QF/LH in First, it would sure be nice to see how Emirates compares with their suite product.

A6-ERA waiting at gate 25, ready for DXB-HAM-JFK
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I was immediately greeted by the inflight supervisor and escorted to my suite 1A
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Snacks
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Minibar
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Nicely presented noise-cancelling headset


A glass of Dom was poured seconds after I requested it by the half Malaysian, half Arab male F/A. He did most of the service on my side and was really excellent.


Very nice leather amenity kit – Bvlgari products inside. Arabic coffee and dates were served as well.
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Cabin views-taken later

Doors closed


Almost empty cabin
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Spacious cabin with no overhead bins
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My suite 1A
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Pushback was a few minutes late, followed by a rather long taxi
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Takeoff from Dubai – the A340-500 is certainly a powerful machine


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What airport is this? SHJ?
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Service commenced right after takeoff, and the menu was the most extensive I’ve ever seen. Sadly I seem to have misplaced it; went through a 2-feet high pile of menus trying to find it without success. I’m no fan of breakfasts and I just had one, so I just chose some of the a la carte items for the first service – namely caviar, soup and cheese.

Dom Perignon, Perrier and some olives
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Menu in a classy leather holder


Massive table
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Table setup
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Caviar – I believe EK is one of the last airlines to serve proper wild caviar instead of stuff from fish farms
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Bread basket
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Salt and pepper shakers, butter
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My favourite drinks
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Soup – very tasty
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Cheese plate
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Service was perfect throughout the meal – constant drink refills and the crew kept asking me how every course was.

The views were great as well while enjoying the meal
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Everything is controlled by the touch-screen remote controller – seat, ICE etc
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It was then time to change into the pyjamas. Well stocked lavatory
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ICE kept me entertained while “my” F/A kept topping up my glass of Dom. We also had a nice chat about working for EK and how sometimes their service levels are not what they should be. But I assured him he was doing a brilliant job today.

Soon, it was time for the main meal service

Table setup and a fantastic lobster apperizer created by the chefs of the Burj Al Arab
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And some more caviar of course!
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Fantastic seafood entrée – from the Burj as well
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I decided to have some more food so ordered the salad
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I was quite stuffed by now, so the F/A suggested I take a break before the dessert while enjoying some more Dom… Sure.

Dessert
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An absolutely fantastic meal complemented by the excellent service of the crew today. Alas, as soon as I was finished, the captain came over the PA and announced we’d soon start descent into Hamburg. I was not looking forward to that – 10 more hours in this suite would have been nice!

Descending into HAM


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Touching down




Taxiing
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Euro jets at the terminal, on our other side was another EK A345 doing JFK-HAM-DXB, quite a sight to have the two A340s there
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I thanked the crew for a great flight and they seemed genuinely happy I enjoyed the flight. A6-ERA at HAM
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My F class tagged bags were the first out and I hauled them straight to LH F class check-in upstairs for my HAM-FRA-HEL connections.

A300 HAM-FRA downgraded to A320 yet again
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Refreshment
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Gate for HEL at FRA
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Disgusting hot meal FRA-HEL, worst I’ve had
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Shared lounge at HAM on my way back
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Welcome drink on DXB-MNL, B777-300ER A6-EBA


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Breakfast in J DXB-MNL
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Excellent salmon and lobster laksa
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Emirates First Class on DXB-HAM was without a doubt my best flight so far (out of 899 flights). Perfect food, great suite, excellent crew. The MNL-DXB-MNL legs on the high density 77W with lots of upgrades were nothing to write home about but not bad.

Hope you enjoyed.

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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Sun Dec 28, 2008 9:56 pm

Nice TR. Thank you for sharing the EK experience. The china on the bz sector looked strange. Also is it standard to pay to get into the lounge in Manila even though you were flying in premium class?

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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Sun Dec 28, 2008 10:04 pm

Thanks for your reply!

Quoting HeartDoc (Reply 1):
Also is it standard to pay to get into the lounge in Manila even though you were flying in premium class?

Sorry for the confusion -this lounge is available for all passengers for $12. Obviously free for EK J pax, but it's a very poor lounge.

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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Sun Dec 28, 2008 10:30 pm

Hi Lari,

wow that F class experience looks indeed impressive! And food like dining in a star-restaurant! Your pictures descibe the flight perfectly. Without doubts, I agree with your only positive opinion about this flight.

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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Sun Dec 28, 2008 10:59 pm

Hi Lari,

Great report always, really enjoyed this one, was excellent.

The A345 is a great plane to fly as a passenger, hope to get a few more in soon.

Tks

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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:15 pm

Hi and thanks for a great report. Thats what I call F class service . The meals on your DXB-HAM looked really nice. Love the Blv. Amenity kit ! That would win me over. Decent Champs and Caviar! Thats the way its meant to be.

Thanks for the report.

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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:22 pm

Truly first class!!!

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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:52 pm

Hi Lari

Great report, very interesting to read!

The food in F on your first flight looked a bit like something that would have been served in J.
On your A345 flight the food looked much better. In fact i was quite surprised to read that one could order everything on the menu, just like in a restaurant. The food of course looked very nice.

The Amenity kit from Bvlgari looked very nice, i wonder how much one of those cost anyway.

For some reason i find that many things in EK's premium products are overkill. For instance what's the point of having a minibar in the seat if the bar isn't refrigerated? The same thing goes for the snack basket, i don't think it fits in First Class. I mean who wants a Snicker's bar or a tube of pringles when you can order canapés or caviar from the menu at any time?
And not to speak about all the wood and gold, it's wood and gold everywhere.

All in all EK's seem to offer a great premium experience, and i wouldn't hesitate to try it, if i ever got the chance.

Though i have to ask you: Why do you intend to use the flash for taking pics of the food? Doesn't it look much better without the flash?

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):

Refreshment

So, no more Dom or Moet for you Mr? Only Warsteiner and cheap German sparkling wine Big grin

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Disgusting hot meal FRA-HEL, worst I’ve had

Actually it's pretty good that LH serve a hot meal on European flights. Though it might not look so tasty.

Thanks for sharing!
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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:11 am

Thanks for the replies so far!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 3):
And food like dining in a star-restaurant!

It was the best I ever had on a plane.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
The A345 is a great plane to fly as a passenger, hope to get a few more in soon.

Apparently not so great for the beancounters... I enjoyed it on EK and TG.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Decent Champs and Caviar! Thats the way its meant to be.

Indeed, proper F....

Quoting DALelite (Reply 6):
Truly first class!!!

Agreed, was lovely...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):


The food in F on your first flight looked a bit like something that would have been served in J.

That was a J42/Y400 cattle truck so J food indeed. Same for DXB-MNL.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
For instance what's the point of having a minibar in the seat if the bar isn't refrigerated?

Very handy when you need that bottle of water after 16 glasses of Dom... Big grin

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
Though i have to ask you: Why do you intend to use the flash for taking pics of the food? Doesn't it look much better without the flash?

Not a photography professional, sorry if they were bad...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):

So, no more Dom or Moet for you Mr? Only Warsteiner and cheap German sparkling wine

Yeah that piss was horrible after EK F!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
Actually it's pretty good that LH serve a hot meal on European flights. Though it might not look so tasty.

It is to a certain point - but this was worst I ever had. A F/A asked me whether I want 45 more as 45 pax refused it... I asked for Black Label instead and enjoyed...

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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:34 am

Mate - I am very disappointed in you.

EK F class - better than PX Y! You have got to be kidding.
 
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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:41 am

Legend... Try PX in ABC...

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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:54 am

Well PX now serve MNL once a week

SYD-BNE-POM-MNL - nice PX run i reckon
 
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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:15 am

Great report! I must have somthing in common with the lads who run LH, I say that as I sit here sipping a Warsteiner!
 
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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:43 pm

Great report, Lari. The food looks fantastic - you never fail to make one hungry with your pictures.  Wink

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Here’s a report of my best flight out of 899 so far-Emirates First Class Suite on the A340-500

Said by someone who has flown SQ F a lot - that must mean something.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Nicely presented noise-cancelling headset

Could you keep that bag?

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Disgusting hot meal FRA-HEL, worst I’ve had

What was THAT?


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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:40 am

Excellent report Lari!

The suite truly looks spectacular on EK ! Food looks really good too.

I remember the good old days in F on UA with caviar and a meal that took three hours to thru.....about ten years ago....

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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:13 pm

Fabulous TR

The pics are really good, the EK food looks amazing!!

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Disgusting hot meal FRA-HEL, worst I've had

Looks like vomit (sorry couldnt resist!!)



Thank you for sharing

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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:58 pm

Thanks for the additional comments!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
Could you keep that bag?

I didn't try... SQ were happy to give me a leather menu folder before though.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
I remember the good old days in F on UA with caviar and a meal that took three hours to thru.....about ten years ago....

How times change...

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RE: The Perfect Flight? EK205 First Suite DXB-HAM

Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:10 pm

Really enjoyed the First Class bit, great photos, but that HEL-FRA, Holly cow that meal looked like the contents of my Hoover bag.  Big grin
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