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EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:30 am

The Emirates EK413 A380 Trip Report



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02 - 02 - 09

The day I was looking forward to finally arrived and boy was I excited !


Today I would be on the Inaugural A380 flight out of Auckland, New Zealand with My Favourite Airline - EMIRATES !


I arrived at AKL in my chauffeur driven Caprice at 15:00 , checked in for the EK413 and made my way to the lounge ...


As I was early (or so I thought) I grabbed some lunch and just as I was about to dig in ..... I looked up at the Flight Info Screen and saw this ....


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Promptly asked the passing reception staff what was with the weird flight number , She told me that the A380 is actually parked right now at Gate 15 for a private media tour and Arrival Reception.


Sooo ... Finished my quick snack


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And left the lounge to go have a look at my ride to SYD, at Boarding Gate 15 .


Aha ..... can just make out the huge tail ...


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A little closer ....


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And then finally .... the Beautiful EMIRATES AE - 6DD


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The size of the plane can only really be appreciated , when you're actually looking at it in full view and all I can say is WOW !


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As I was clicking these pictures , the media were making their way to the AKL lounge after the arrival reception and their private tour of the plane.

I joined them back at the lounge and also clicked some pictures of the A380 model presented to AKL lounge.


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The EK lounge was packed and in a few sections there was standing room only ....


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Departure was delayed by nearly an hour because of the Reception and private tour so we started out from the lounge at around 18:50 for our EK413 , which was patiently waiting for us at Gate 15.



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Boarding Gate 15 :


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2 Lanes ... 1 for F & J and the other for Y


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I took the right ...


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Suite 1A



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A more personalised Welcome Big grin


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Flight Load

The loads in the premium cabins were full !

F was showing half full availability till this weekend when suddenly all but one seat was left .This was still not taken when had checked in. But not sure if it was actually left empty during the flight.

J was pretty much full as well but it had 90% of the media & EK staff etc so not sure how many revenue seats there were.

Y was maybe half to 2/3rds full.


A Mini-Tour of EK's A380



F cabin view from Seat 1A


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Water Feature:


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The Shower Girls :


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The Other Water Feature:



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Front Stairs going down to Y Cabin:


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There were some media again around the flight deck so could only manage this shot


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Economy Class Cabin


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Hmmm what's up here ...



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An Eager Bar-Tender !



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Business Class Cabin


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Ahh back home at last  Smile



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Pre-Departure Drinks:



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Poised for Take- Off



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The take-off was nothing like any other I'd experienced before ...

The run was smooth and very powerful but still far less noisy than all the planes I've been in.



In the air and a beautiful view from the Tail Camera onto the clouds below:


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Our Destination


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Quick Engine Check


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All's good so time to hit the F Cabin Bar



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1 glass of Dom for each hand ... it doesnt get any better than this Big grin



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I decided to have my meal first, then go for a stroll before my shower.

This allowed me to arrange it so I could get more time in the Spa  Wink

Dinner was served on the short hop across the Tasman , I chose the following:


Appetiser:


Cajun spiced Lamb Loin with char-grilled veges & beetroot relish


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Soup:


Moroccan Tomato Soup


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Main Course:


Grilled Beef Tenderloin topped with gratinated Kikorangi blue Cheese


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Dessert:


Gourmet Mini Desserts of Fig & Vanilla Mascarpone , Chocolate Mousse and Pont Royal Cake


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The entire meal was very good , right from the tender lamb loin , the thick hearty tasty soup , the succulent & juicy tenderloin to the creamy mousse ... The meal inspired me to stretch my legs a little so took a walk down to the Pub ... or in this instance ....



The Business Class Bar



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The bar had a great vibe and the ambience was exactly like a real-life bar

Needless to say, I enjoyed my time there until I remembered it was time for my shower ... Big grin




Shower at 40,000 feet:



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As soon as I was back at my seat , the lovely F FA came and told me that my spa was ready and to take all the time I needed.

So I was all set to have a relaxing 30 mins .... but it ended up being 45 mins Big grin

Firstly, the pictures dont do the spa room enough justice ..

Although I had clicked pics of the left during my Mini- Tour and had a vague idea of how it might be inside with the doors closed ...

I was still expecting a cramped spa and even more tiny shower cubicle but when I locked the door and turned around .... Boy was I wrong !!!



I was standing approx 1/3 way into the Spa room for these pics below so hope it gives you the sense of space that they've given the F pax ...



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So once inside there's loads of room to move about and if you looked closely above, there's even a flight map to keep you occupied whilst on the John !

The shower cubicle was not huge but it was not tiny either.. There was sufficient space to reach all the needed parts Big grin

A lot of us were wondering what would happen in case of turbulence ... And for that. there's also a seat inside with a belt that you can use to secure yourself to avoid being thrown about.

The shower was an interesting experience but once I finished .... the novelty wore off straight away as I was towelling myself dry , So not sure it was needed for the short 3 hr flight.

However I can definitely see it being more useful on the longer DXB-SYD leg as I imagine it would be quite refreshing to have the added luxury of taking the quick shower after you've woken up from resting on route.


As mentioned , I took my time in there and so when I came out it was already time for our descent into Sydney.

And that meant my time on this EK A380 flight was drawing to a close ... but luckily I still have my return flight to look forward to .... which is Ek's first Boeing 777-200LR flight into AKLBig grin

My next trip on the EK A380 upcoming F trip where I can experience it long haul on both my in-bound and out-bound legs so another thing to keep me going !




Flight Experience:

Having 14 seats in F makes for quite a busy and non-exclusive feel ... There are 4 FAs so service was top notch but I guess I've been used to much lighter F loads so noticed the difference.

I've got to hand it to the Cabin Crew , they were absolutely wonderful and managed to give us a great service in F whilst interacting with us and answering all the different questions the F pax had.

The wine list is better on the A380 than it's other flights. So long haul travel will be very pleasant (hic)

And as this flight was full of media and being the Inaugural flight I reckon on the normal flights the whole F experience will be awesome with the 4 FAs and being able to have a nice long walk around the whole plane will be good for the appetite too  Wink

On that note , I hope you enjoyed my inaugural A380 flight experience from AKL with Emirates.

Thanks for reading and as always your feedback is appreciated.


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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:06 am

Oh wow!!! What a report! Thank you so much. You're lucky to have made that flight. I can't wait to fly on an A380, though I doubt I can afford a Business Class ticket on an F/O's salary... Still that bar is great. I think I wouldn't move from there for the entire duration of the flight (excluding times when I really MUST be seated)  Smile

Is there a time limit you ca stay at the bar?
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:27 am

Very nice TR! You had big shoes to fill with the other A380 inaugurals (Ba319, Ronerone) and I think you followed their lead very well!
 
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:42 am

First Class surely looks fantastic! I went on the SYD-AKL leg and I'll have my TR up sometime later this month.. I snuck upstairs after we landed in AKL and got a quick snap of your seat and the massive toilet!

Just correcting your registration of it: it is A6-EDD.

Quoting EKFly3r (Thread starter):
F was showing half full availability till this weekend when suddenly all but one seat was left .This was still not taken when had checked in. But not sure if it was actually left empty during the flight.

I think it's part of most airlines - they give those who want to choose seats the opportunity and then fill the rest of the seats a few days out. I checked on Saturday and to my surprise Y only had about 30 seats vacant from being 1/4 full the days before!

Good that you got to view the rest of the plane - I hear it was closed off for J class passengers to go and visit the Y cabin.

You got those welcoming chocolates as well! I really wish they added another touch to being the first A380 flight of theirs down under but it wasn't to be.

Thanks for sharing! Keep an eye out for mine sometime later..

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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:08 am

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Oh my god... isn't the starboard wingtip a little too close to the terminal building?!

Wow this reports cements that EK is indeed top tiered in their offerings. This comes at a crucial time when a lot of other airlines are either cutting back on their offerings, or revealing supposedly "new" products that are just a copy of present generation's re-upholstered.

Although I have seen EK's premium products MANY times (seen is, not tried it) they still look good to me. However I still hope they would one day move away from the grey/gold combo they seem to like so much.
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:17 am



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 4):
Oh my god... isn't the starboard wingtip a little too close to the terminal building?!

No it's not: just deceptively close due to the shadows. Take a look at the picture I took as I disembarked:

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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:47 am

Hi Guys

Thanks for all your feedback , it is much appreciated !

Quoting Vio (Reply 1):
Oh wow!!! What a report! Thank you so much. You're lucky to have made that flight. I can't wait to fly on an A380, though I doubt I can afford a Business Class ticket on an F/O's salary... Still that bar is great. I think I wouldn't move from there for the entire duration of the flight (excluding times when I really MUST be seated) Smile

Is there a time limit you ca stay at the bar?

Thanks Vio  Smile

And I'm sure you'll enjoy your flight very much !

Nope no time limit ... there was a party there the entire 3 hrs

Quoting Jfklucky777 (Reply 2):
Very nice TR! You had big shoes to fill with the other A380 inaugurals (Ba319, Ronerone) and I think you followed their lead very well!

Thank you for your comment good to know you enjoyed the report !

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 3):
First Class surely looks fantastic! I went on the SYD-AKL leg and I'll have my TR up sometime later this month.. I snuck upstairs after we landed in AKL and got a quick snap of your seat and the massive toilet!

It was another brilliant EK F experience ... The size of bathroom really hits you once you're inside alone for your shower !

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 3):
Just correcting your registration of it: it is A6-EDD.

Bugger dont know how that slipped through  Embarrassment ... thanks mate

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 3):
Good that you got to view the rest of the plane - I hear it was closed off for J class passengers to go and visit the Y cabin.

Funny story actually ... I left my seat for the tour , then mid-way down the stairs thought it prudent to take my BP with me just in case ... And sure enough as I reached the end of the last Y cabin and climbed the stairs ... the J cabin crew were startled by my presence so I asked if I could please have a look around ... I could tell by the developing expression that it would be a polite No so quickly whipped out my BP and she was like ok let me see where you're seated and then " oh l Sure Mr EK_Flyer please go ahead with a beautiful smile "  Smile

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 3):
You got those welcoming chocolates as well! I really wish they added another touch to being the first A380 flight of theirs down under but it wasn't to be.

I'm with you 100% . They really really should have done something ...

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 3):
Thanks for sharing! Keep an eye out for mine sometime later..

Thanks for reading and look forward to your TR ... it's the long weekend so cmon try posting it a bit quicker  Wink

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 4):
Oh my god... isn't the starboard wingtip a little too close to the terminal building?!

Haha yeah it does look that way but as NZ107's picture shows there's enough space between the building & the wing tip

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 4):
Wow this reports cements that EK is indeed top tiered in their offerings. This comes at a crucial time when a lot of other airlines are either cutting back on their offerings, or revealing supposedly "new" products that are just a copy of present generation's re-upholstered.

EK definitely have a strong F product but I would liked them to have introduced something new & exclusive on their A380 suites . They could have then standardised the new A380 F on all their future A380s

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 4):
Although I have seen EK's premium products MANY times (seen is, not tried it) they still look good to me.

Hope this changes and you get a chance to experience EK F  Smile

Cheers All
 
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:14 am



Quoting EKFly3r (Reply 6):
it's the long weekend so cmon try posting it a bit quicker

Haha. Still have my TR about the outbound flight to complete first! I'm getting there! I'm on holiday so it doesn't worry me about it being the long weekend or not  Wink
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:38 pm

It's a TR of the inaugural A380 AKL-SYD....need I say more?
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Amazing job, as expected. Glad you enjoyed it, and may this trip be the first of many!
 
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:50 am



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 8):
It's a TR of the inaugural A380 AKL-SYD....need I say more?
Smile SmileD
Amazing job, as expected. Glad you enjoyed it, and may this trip be the first of many!

Hi Directorguy

Thanks and glad you enjoyed the report  Smile



I have posted a couple of TRs which you can read below if you like  Smile



Cheers,


Ek433 Auckland - Brisbane TripReport

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/142011/



AKL - MRU - AKL :: A Mileage Run For EK Gold

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/139753/

EK406 MEL-AKL In F

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/139761/
 
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:00 am

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 7):
Haha. Still have my TR about the outbound flight to complete first! I'm getting there! I'm on holiday so it doesn't worry me about it being the long weekend or not Wink

Enjoy your holiday mate , I wish I could be on another 1 myself , to fly on EK again 

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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Thu Feb 05, 2009 7:28 am

Note:

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This a 777 MCP! One would think that this would have been caught before allowing the general public onboard to view it.

Too Funny!
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:52 am

Wow, great Trip Report. I have to admit, the food selection in first always leaves me feeling a bit blah (mainly cos I am a fussy eater and have plainer tastes). But that meal looked delicious. tomato soup,,,my fave...if only more airlines would offer tomato instead of elk and asparagus soup  Smile
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:08 pm

Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing.

Glad you enjoyed your first A380 flight, she really is a super plane on which to travel in F & J though I'm not sure I'd like to travel economy with EK's layout when it's full!

I flew QF's A380 yesterday, now flown all 3 operators of the bird, TR due up soon.

Look forward top your next TR.

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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:58 pm

Thanks for covering this inaugural flight. Some really great insights into the famed shower rooms. Do the 'shower room cleaners' wear didn't uniforms from the rest of the crew? Are they cabin crew rostered to clean the shower rooms or are they specially hired cleaners?

The bar area looks really cool, but it does mean that additional catering and drinks (translation: additional weight) need to be uplifted to cater specially to those who hang out at the bar.

Judging from the picture, EK's new J class on the A380 looks a little cramp. How many J seats are there, and how many crew are serving in J class?
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Thu Feb 05, 2009 7:20 pm



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 13):
Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing.

Cheers , thanks Mark  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 13):

Glad you enjoyed your first A380 flight, she really is a super plane on which to travel in F & J though I'm not sure I'd like to travel economy with EK's layout when it's full!

The EK A380 is a great way to fly but I did notice a few things I didnt like .. however being a media event I'm guessing most of those will be gone on a regular flight .

I wish had squeezed in some time to try out the J seat to see what it would be like but the cabin was very busy  Sad

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 13):
I flew QF's A380 yesterday, now flown all 3 operators of the bird, TR due up soon.

Look forward top your next TR.

Cool cant wait for read your QF A380 TR !

Working on my return flight to AKL on EK's first B77LR landing here  Smile

Cheers !

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 14):
Thanks for covering this inaugural flight. Some really great insights into the famed shower rooms. Do the 'shower room cleaners' wear didn't uniforms from the rest of the crew? Are they cabin crew rostered to clean the shower rooms or are they specially hired cleaners?

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed the flight too  Smile

Yup the 2 shower girls were only there for the showers plus to help i n the F bar set-up so they werent really Cabin crew and only stayed in the F bar area atop the stairs. I did ntice another cabin crew helping F pax and answering questions sometimes when it was time for the pax to take their shower so might be 3 staff in total for the showers

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 14):
Judging from the picture, EK's new J class on the A380 looks a little cramp. How many J seats are there, and how many crew are serving in J class?

There are around 75 seats in J and mind you the cabin does look real full with the amount of seats but sadly didnt get a chance to sit in the seat and judge them for myself so sorry cant give any further detail but then there's always Mark's & Roni's excellent TRs in J  Wink
 
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:42 am



Quoting UAXDXer (Reply 11):
This a 777 MCP! One would think that this would have been caught before allowing the general public onboard to view it.

Actually looks like a 747-400 panel to me, but yeah! They should have caught it!
 
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:59 am

Cool report.

Quoting EKFly3r (Thread starter):
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Boy ... tight squeeze at the gate. There doesn't seem to be a lot of space between the wing and the terminal building.
 
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:11 am

Great report, EKFly3r, always nice to read about EK's A380.

Quoting EKFly3r (Thread starter):
Cajun spiced Lamb Loin with char-grilled veges & beetroot relish

Looks fantastic - I also like the variety of desserts.

Quoting EKFly3r (Thread starter):
I was standing approx 1/3 way into the Spa room for these pics below so hope it gives you the sense of space that they've given the F pax ...

What I find really interesting in the spa area is the screen with moving map!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 13):
she really is a super plane on which to travel in F & J though I'm not sure I'd like to travel economy with EK's layout when it's full!

I guess it would still beat most other (full) Economy cabins available today.


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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:07 pm



Quoting EKFly3r (Thread starter):
Water Feature:



Quoting EKFly3r (Thread starter):
The Other Water Feature:

 Wow!

Quoting EKFly3r (Thread starter):
Gourmet Mini Desserts of Fig & Vanilla Mascarpone , Chocolate Mousse and Pont Royal Cake

What a lovely creative setting.

Quoting EKFly3r (Thread starter):
The Business Class Bar

Just like a pub around the corner, but at 40.000 feet.  Smile

Your TR is just awesome. I enjoy it very much. Thank you for sharing.
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:28 am



Quoting Ac888yow (Reply 17):
Boy ... tight squeeze at the gate. There doesn't seem to be a lot of space between the wing and the terminal building.

It does look very close but that's due in part to th way the picture was taken  Wink

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Looks fantastic - I also like the variety of desserts



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 19):
What a lovely creative setting.

They were very good and so was the main but I couldnt click good pics of them as I was in a hurry mid-way through the meal cos there was so much to see and my shower time would be upcoming too !

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):

What I find really interesting in the spa area is the screen with moving map!

This is right in front of the John so in case you forgot the newspaper there's something to keep you entertained lol !

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 19):
Wow!

The Spa also boasts a floor to ceiling mirror right behind the sink which really brightens up the place and gives the spa a more roomy feel.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 19):

Your TR is just awesome. I enjoy it very much. Thank you for sharing.

Thanks Akhmad glad you enjoyed reading it and thank you for reading  Smile


Cheers !
 
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:15 am

Hey EKFlyer

Well done on your trip report!!! I love your subtle humour and simple writing style. Your wonderful TR have provided a great indication of what would a F class passenger expect on the Tasman route.


I think I must saw you in the Emirates lounge in AKL, although I am not entirely sure who you are. You've actually pictured me a few times in the following pics

http://i42.tinypic.com/2uoqvxt.jpg

http://i39.tinypic.com/28jw28m.jpg

http://i40.tinypic.com/2vuizut.jpg

With me holding on to my sore back  Embarrassment

Would love to come and say hello if only we knew each other !!

Congratulations again on making the inaugural and posting a terrific TR to share with us.

Cheers

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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:31 am



Quoting N178UA (Reply 21):

Well done on your trip report!!! I

Thanks Sam ... Glad you enjoyed reading it mate  Smile

Quoting N178UA (Reply 21):
I think I must saw you in the Emirates lounge in AKL,

Haha likewise .. As mentioned in the TR I was all over the place trying to document the whole event which explains ...

Quoting N178UA (Reply 21):
You've actually pictured me a few times in the following pics

It was quite funny actually ... When I was on the stairs going down I was happy there was no-media around the cockpit area but then You blocked it lol....I was touring the plane with a friend so we decided to take a look at the Y cabin and come back later  Smile

Quoting N178UA (Reply 21):
Congratulations again on making the inaugural and posting a terrific TR to share with us

The same to you and ditto for your TR !

Cheers,
 
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:38 am

Hi Guys

Here are the contents of the A380 Goody Bag EK handed out on the Inaugural EK413 along with my BP souvenir  


Goody Bag Contents



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http://i43.tinypic.com/2s7fiwn.jpg

http://i44.tinypic.com/14mt56d.jpg

http://i44.tinypic.com/2e17vgo.jpg

http://i41.tinypic.com/2nb8y1f.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/34zf1mx.jpg



The model has the reg of the first A380 delivered to EK (A6- EDA) not the A6 - EDD which flew the Inaugural AKL-SYD flight .


Cheers  

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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:45 am

Hi Guys

Just thought I'd share this post by PotatoSaladz as it shows the Crew Work Station on the EK A380.

Must take some time to check it out on my next trip !

Cheers




Quoting PotatoSaladz on FT :
I saw an interesting online slideshow about the technology on the A380. It talks about the hidden cameras, the showers and the planes electronic brain, with some nice pics to boot!

Doesn't have any of the planes taking off though, which is a bit of a bummer...

It's over here, but the funny thing is it isn't on a travel site.

 
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:52 pm

The interior shots make everybody look like they weren't even on an airplane. Great TR! Hopefully I'll fly on the A380 soon.
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:31 pm

On one of your pics the NO SMOKING SIGN IS OFF !
Fab TR anywayyz lol
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:36 am



Quoting 787seattle (Reply 25):
The interior shots make everybody look like they weren't even on an airplane. Great TR! Hopefully I'll fly on the A380 soon.

Hi 787seattle

Thanks for your positive comments and Yes you must do so the smooth ride will impress you especially the Take -Off  Smile

The A380 is great to travel on and yes many people experience the same feeling as even though the size of the plane is huge once they digest that fact it hits them ....

Hey there's another floor above/below  Wow!

Quoting TiktokJAKE (Reply 26):
On one of your pics the NO SMOKING SIGN IS OFF !
Fab TR anywayyz lol
HAPPY TR ING

Well spotted they let us F pax get away with everything  Wink haha just kidding  Big grin

Thanks for reading & posting  Smile

Cheers all
 
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:19 pm

EKFly3r:

I must admit you made me feel a lot better after I read and saw with detail your trip report! I now know that no matter what happens, I'll always be a sick-o who likes planes and especially, flying up front! I saw myself doing exactly the same stuff you did: from the Dom glasses on each hand, to the total abuse of the aircraft, lounge, and airline features! (spa, shower, and what not!)

Thanks a lot for this amazing report. And a plus, welcome to my RR user list.
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:46 am



Quoting 797 (Reply 28):
EKFly3r:

I must admit you made me feel a lot better after I read and saw with detail your trip report! I now know that no matter what happens, I'll always be a sick-o who likes planes and especially, flying up front! I saw myself doing exactly the same stuff you did: from the Dom glasses on each hand, to the total abuse of the aircraft, lounge, and airline features! (spa, shower, and what not!)

Thanks a lot for this amazing report. And a plus, welcome to my RR user list.

Thanks 797

And Yes I must admit I do like the perks and niceties that Travelling premium entitles one to as well, But hey when you pay for that kind of service you should be able to make yourself at home  Wink

It's great to have another happy reader. Cheers for your comments and the RR !
 
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:47 am

Just amazing. I'm jealous!
Thanks for posting this!
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:57 pm



Quoting Travellin'man (Reply 30):

Oops didnt mean to incite any envy ... just sharing EK's great F service  Wink


Thanks for reading and posting a reply too  Smile

Cheers,
 
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Thu May 28, 2009 2:50 am

Hi All

Instead of creating a new thread , I just thought I would update this old thread with a a few pics from my recent EK A380 J trip  Smile


A light drink before the flight:

http://i40.tinypic.com/302t01v.jpg


Looked like an Ominous night to be flying:


http://i40.tinypic.com/2irur0k.jpg


Turned out that our new A380 A6 - EDE had some technical issues and we would be having the safety demo being demonstrated manually ...

http://i41.tinypic.com/2w4bp92.jpg


This lovely FA made it enjoyable  Smile


http://i39.tinypic.com/2150r39.jpg


Dinner would be served tonight from AKL- SYD & here's what I had :

To start some Moet & mixed nuts:

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Appetiser : Char siew Duck

http://i40.tinypic.com/2rqbygg.jpg

Main : Moroccan Lamb Salad

http://i40.tinypic.com/33ymg0j.jpg


Dessert : Chocolate Mousse

http://i42.tinypic.com/jt4g7k.jpg


Got to see the cramped crew rest area on the A380 :This is on the lower deck at the back of the plane behind the " Emirates " logo.

The 1st picture shows the location on the right where you can see the crew rest sign ... I couldn't click a better picture as there were a lot of Y pax queued up for the loos


http://i43.tinypic.com/2luc5kx.jpg

http://i43.tinypic.com/k3ptlt.jpg


http://i44.tinypic.com/34imnm9.jpg


In SYD we were informed that a Y pax was taken ill & for some reason the whole upper deck J & F was asked to deplane through the F cabin, down the stairs & out the lower bridge ... All Y pax were asked to fill the Health form regardless of transit or departing at SYD...

http://i43.tinypic.com/34jatqb.jpg


I was quite tired when the flight resumed from SYD to DXB so didnt partake of another dinner .. I opted instead to have a nice good rest & had a brilliant 8 hr sleep which made me feel really refreshed & so I spent some time at the Bar chatting with the FAs & J pax then went back to my seat for another nap & got woken up for breakfast.

I switched the seat into upright mode & enjoyed the warming rays of the Desert sun.

Some pictures as we came into Dubai :


http://i39.tinypic.com/2nt90s9.jpg

http://i43.tinypic.com/2lvfcm1.jpg

http://i40.tinypic.com/2mruzrd.jpg


It was very good landing by the pilot in DXB as we just kissed the ground so only felt a slight shudder and that's it !


Final Thoughts :

The Cabin crew were again brilliant and I have applaud them as the A380 J cabin is quite big ... Our J cabin was full so they had their hands full but was happy & a bit surprised to see them pull it off so well... I noticed a very good sense of camaraderie with each one helping the other all of which added up to a happy lot of 76 J pax !

But I was a bit disappointed with the A380 J cabin layout & seat. The A380 J seat is narrower than the B773 seats & very boxed in ... The entrance to the seat is also quite narrow I managed it fine but it was a bit wider than my stretched out palm from thumb to pinkie finger.

The TV screen seemed smaller too although it's the same as the B773 both being 17" wide-screen.

Also only 4 + 1 toilets for 76 pax made things difficult esp. on the flight back which is during the day! The F toilet was only made available bcos there were so many ppl queuing up at the back ... From past travels in A380 F I know they rarely open this toilet to J pax .

The one really good thing about the A380J is the semi private feeling you get if you take the window seats .... this was what gave me a real good sleep as you're quite removed from the aisle so maybe it's good thing to be boxed in ?!

Would be nice to get other people's view so feel free to post your views on how you would rank EK's current J cabin range  Smile


Thanks for reading & Hope you enjoyed this mini TR  Smile

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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Thu May 28, 2009 6:03 am



Quoting EKFly3r (Reply 32):
Instead of creating a new thread , I just thought I would update this old thread with a a few pics from my recent EK A380 J trip

They never get the same viewings as new threads  Silly

Now you have a perspective of F and J, is it time to try out Y too? haha

Nice mini-TR. The food looks excellent as usual.


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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Fri May 29, 2009 1:11 pm



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 33):
They never get the same viewings as new threads

Whoops lol

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 33):

Nice mini-TR. The food looks excellent as usual.

Thanks & just for that ... Here's the return leg menu  Smile


Lunch DXB - SYD

Cold Canapés

Blue Cheese on pumpernickel bread , spicy prawn tart & beef pastrami with cheese roulade

http://i42.tinypic.com/2rcybu0.jpg


Appetiser

Arabic Mezze

http://i44.tinypic.com/e8wxfa.jpg


Main Course

Iranian style Chicken

http://i41.tinypic.com/n2cqrt.jpg


Dessert

Blueberry Crumble Cake

http://i44.tinypic.com/6ixul2.jpg


The Chicken was beautiful .... one of the best I've had in flight ... very flavoursome & tender ... the crumble cake after that was very crunchy & moist inside ... perfect to end the meal  Smile


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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Fri May 29, 2009 10:03 pm



Quoting EKFly3r (Reply 34):
Here's the return leg menu

Stop making me so envious!! Haha.. Once I get enough Skywards points, I'm going to upgrade myself to SYD to try J out myself.
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RE: EK413 - Emirates A380 Inaugural Flight From AKL

Sat May 30, 2009 12:26 am

WOW...what a trip. Lucky you  Smile)) That was nearly as good as being there.

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