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The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:58 pm

The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW-DXB-JNB-DXB-JFK



1. OPENING COMMENTS


I. Contents

1. OPENING COMMENTS
I. Contents
II. Foreword
III. Introduction

2. EK 10: LGW-DXB: EMIRATES GETS OFF TO A GREAT START
I. General Flight Overview
II. The Airport of Departure
III. The Aircraft
IV. The Flight
V. The Airport of Arrival
VI. Overall Impression
VII. Overall Flight Rating

3. EK 761: DXB-JNB: ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE FLIGHT WITH EMIRATES
I. General Flight Overview
II. The Airport of Departure
III. The Aircraft
IV. The Flight
V. The Airport of Arrival
VI. Overall Impression
VII. Overall Flight Rating

4. EK 764: JNB-DXB: EMIRATES SHOWS THAT CONSISTENCY DOES EXIST ONBOARD ITS FLIGHTS
I. General Flight Overview
II. The Airport of Departure
III. The Aircraft
IV. The Flight
V. The Airport of Arrival
VI. Overall Impression
VII. Overall Flight Rating

5. EK 201: DXB-JFK: FREEDOM ON THE AIRBUS A380-800
I. Introduction
II. General Flight Overview

6. EK 201: DXB-JFK: THE AIRPORT OF DEPARTURE
I. General Information
II. Terminal 3
III. Concourses 1 & 2 and the Emirates Business Class Lounge

7. EK 201: DXB-JFK: THE FLIGHT
I. The aircraft
II. Pre-departure
III. In the Air
IV. Post-arrival

8. EK 201: DXB-JFK: THE AIRPORT OF ARRIVAL
I. General Information
II. Welcome to the United States of America
III. Overall Impression
IV. Overall flight Rating

9. FINAL REMARKS
I. Overall Impression of Emirates
II. Average Overall Flight Rating
III. Upcoming Trip Reports
IV. Previous Trip Reports


II. Foreword

This trip report will be a little different from my usual creations. As several of the flights in this series were quite similar, I have decided to combine all four flights into one very long report. The three 777-300ER flights will be more condensed and a little less detailed, and the A380 segment will feature the usual layout.

I hope you will enjoy the trip report.


III. Introduction

Emirates: some people hate the airline with a passion, others worship it as the greatest airline on earth. However, the one thing everyone agrees on is that, Emirates’ growth over the past 24 years has been spectacular. It is barely comprehensible this powerhouse of the Middle East had only two leased aircraft a little more than 20 years ago. The airline’s growth from a small regional operation to the largest A380 and 777 operator in the near future has put Emirates at the forefront of the commercial aviation industry.

However, all this staggering growth has in recent times, caused some problems. At the turn of the century, Emirates was known for its second-to-none service and luxury. However, this positive image has been replaced by inconsistency over the last few years. Crews are often said to be rude and poorly trained, and the airline’s hard product varies greatly from aircraft to aircraft.

In response, Emirates seems to have tightened its control over the stringency with which it hires its crews. It has also started refurbishing some of its aircraft to bring them in line with those being newly delivered. This trip report series aims to put Emirates’ consistency to the test with four medium/long-haul flights back to back.

Have you ever wondered how to make that hop across the Atlantic a little more interesting? With a total flight time of more than 37 hours, covering 18210 miles each way, this is ‘The ultimate Emirates Consistency Test.
 
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:59 pm

2. EK 10: LGW-DXB: EMIRATES GETS OFF TO A GREAT START




I. General Flight Overview

Airline: Emirates Airline (EK)
Flight number: EK 10
Origin: London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
Destination: Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Distance: 3405 miles
Scheduled departure time: 20:10
Scheduled flight time: 6 Hours 50 minutes
Scheduled arrival time: 7:00
Class of Travel: Economy Class
Seat: 17A
Equipment: 777-31H/ER
Registration: A6-ECK


II. The Airport of Departure

I arrived at London Gatwick Airport (LGW) two hours before the departure of EK10 at 18:10. The North Terminal was pleasantly empty, and there were no queues whatsoever at the check-in counters. The agent at the Emirates Business Class counter was very friendly and within five minutes I was checked in and ready to go.


The entrance to the North Terminal at London Gatwick Airport.


Check-in areas E & F, with the Emirates desks in the distance.


The empty Emirates check-in counters at LGW.


The expanse of the North Terminal Departures Hall.


The security check was a breeze and I was airside at 18:25. The North Terminal concourse was a surprisingly modern place and far better than most of the terminals at London Heathrow. Since I still had quite a long time to burn, I decided to shop around for a little while.


The central concourse in the North Terminal.


The expanse of the airside shopping area.


The famous turbine shaped water feature.


One of the numerous duty-free shops.


At 19:15, I decided to head for Gate 51, where EK10 was departing from today. As I was walking there, I was once again impressed by how clean and well maintained the North Terminal was. At the gate, most passengers had already arrived, and the waiting hall was quite packed.


The numerous flights departing from the North Terminal tonight.


The clean and well signposted way to Gate 51.


The Gate for EK10 from LGW to DXB: Gate 51.


The full waiting hall at Gate 51.


EK10 was ready for boarding at 19:35 and First and Business Class passengers as well as Skywards Silver and Gold members were asked to board first. I quickly proceeded down the long ramp to the lower level, and after a short wait in the jetway, I was onboard EK10 at 19:40, 30 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.


The long ramp leading to the jetway one level below.


The short queue in the jetway.


The friendly Emirates steward welcoming passengers at the door.[/i]


III. The Aircraft

Emirates Airline will soon be the largest 777 operator in the world and the airline currently has 72 of these aircraft in its fleet. The 777-300ER makes up most of the 777 fleet with 42 aircraft. As Tim Clark said himself, the 777-300ER is the most important aircraft in the medium-long haul Emirates fleet and they serve many destinations around the world in many different configurations. The 777-300ERs that fly to London have a three class low density configuration that can carry up to 354 passengers.

A6-ECK:


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My aircraft today, A6-ECK, had a 3-4-3 configuration in Economy Class with a pitch of 33 inches and a width of 17 inches. The aircraft had the new widescreen ICE entertainment system and the seats were very comfortable. A6-ECK had its first flight in November 2008 and was delivered to Emirates in December of the same year.


IV. The Flight


My boarding pass for EK10 from LGW to DXB.


I was welcomed at the door by a friendly steward who addressed me by name and thanked me for flying with Emirates again. My seat, A17, was in the first row of the Economy Class cabin and the legroom was generous. The remainder of the cabin filled quite slowly, but by 20:00 everyone was onboard.


The Business Class seats onboard this EK 777-300ER.


My seat on EK10 to DXB: 17A.


The beautiful ICE welcome screen.


The impressive legroom at seat 17A.


After waiting for clearance, EK10 pushed back at 20:10 and started taxiing towards runway 08R. Before takeoff, the leading stewardess came to my seat and welcomed me back onboard Emirates. I was very impressed by the way EK was treating their Skywards Gold and Silver members and thanked her for the warm reception. By 20:20, A6-ECK had reached the active runway and the aircraft lifted off from London Gatwick Airport into the cold winter skies.


Welcome onboard this Emirates flight.


The London Gatwick Terminal building.


The massive GE90-115B engine before takeoff.


Runway 08R as seen through the forward camera.


The seatbelt sign was extinguished shortly after takeoff and the crew sprung into action. The dinner service had some notable food choices and I decided to have the Pasta Rustico. When I received my tray, I was very impressed with the food and the numerous dishes. This was some of the best Economy Class food I had had in a long time. My only complaint would be the cluttered dinner tray.


The dinner selection on EK10 after takeoff from LGW.


The dinner tray with the two starters, main course and dessert.


The Greek and Seasonal salad appetisers.


The delicious main course: Pasta Rustico.


After dinner, I decided to play around with the new widescreen ICE entertainment system. It was the best IFE system I had ever seen with thousands of choices of movies, TV shows and music tracks. In my opinion, it was even superior to the newest version of the Singapore Airlines KrisWorld system. I was extremely impressed.


Welcome to the new ICE widescreen.


The best in-flight information channel I had ever seen.


So much to choose from, so little time...


The Ultimate entertainment combination.


After dinner, I took a short trip to the bathroom. The mood lighting and ‘star lit’ ceiling was a beautiful sight and the bathroom was very modern and clean as well. Emirates’ hard product on this flight was simply stunning and I would not hesitate to say that it was one of the best in the world. When I returned to my seat, I decided to get a few hours of rest before my arrival in Dubai.


The beautiful mood lighting onboard this 777-300ER.


The clean and modern Economy Class toilet.


The ‘star’ filled ceiling as the lights were turned off.


The ICE cockpit view before I fell asleep.


I woke up three hours later with less than one hour flight time remaining. As EK10 drew ever closer to Dubai, the sun began to rise slowly in the East, filling the sky with an amazing spectacle of colours. Before landing, the great crew performed another beverage run, but most passengers decided to sleep a little longer.


The beginning of the sunrise on the eastern horizon.


The sun creeping slowly into view.


The beautiful port side 777-300ER wing with the raked wingtip.


The cloudy and foggy skies covering the Middle East.


At 6:15am, Dubai time, EK10 began its descent into Dubai International Airport. Sadly, the United Arab Emirates was covered in fog this morning, which meant that the land below was hidden from view until shortly before touchdown. The flaps and landing gear were deployed soon after as the ocean below finally came into view. EK10 landed on runway 12L at 6:32am, 28 minutes before the scheduled time of arrival.


The first signs of Dubai below.


Crossing over the highway at the perimeter of Dubai International Airport.


Seconds before touchdown on runway 12L.


Touchdown on runway 12L at 6:32am.


Dubai International Airport (DXB) was covered in a thick fog this morning, with the visibility clearly below 500 meters in some places. Thankfully, the airport was not very busy when EK10 landed and the journey to the gate was a brisk one.


The empty taxiways at DXB on this foggy morning.


The construction of the new concourse designed to handle all those new EK A380s.


Dubai International Airport is Emirates territory.


The Emirates 777-300 at the neighbouring gate.


V. The Airport of Arrival

At the gate, I grabbed my belongings and thanked the crew for their wonderful hospitality. I was in the terminal building at 6:45, 15 minutes before the scheduled time of arrival of EK10. With my ongoing flight not departing for another 21 hours, I decided to head into town to explore the sights of Dubai.


Thank you for flying with Emirates Airline.


The beautiful Business Class product on this 777-300ER.


The massive new jetway at Terminal 3 in Dubai.


Welcome to Dubai!
 Smile


VI. Overall Impression

Emirates Airline got off to a great start on my first flight and there was very little I could complain about. The seat was very comfortable and the legroom was impressive for Economy Class standards. The crew was also very attentive, with the leading stewardess being one of the best flight attendants I had seen in quite some time. Furthermore, the food was a pleasant surprise and if it had been presented differently, it would have been of the same standard as an average Business Class meal. Finally, the ICE IFE system was spectacular and an absolute dream to use.


VII. Overall Flight Rating

(2.0) Booking & Reservation: 10.0
(1.0) Check-in: 9.0
(1.0) Airline Airport Facilities: N/A
(0.5) Boarding: 9.0
(2.0) Seat: 8.0
(1.0) Entertainment System: 10.0
(2.0) Crew: 9.0
(2.0) Food and Beverages: 9.5
(0.5) Amenity kits and other freebies: N/A
(0.5) Arrival: 9.0
(1.0) On-time performance: 10.0

Overall weighted score: 9.25
 
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Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:00 pm

3. EK 761: DXB-JNB: ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE FLIGHT WITH EMIRATES




I. General Flight Overview

Airline: Emirates Airline (EK)
Flight number: EK 761
Origin: Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Destination: OR Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Distance: 3970 miles
Scheduled departure time: 04:25
Scheduled flight time: 8 Hours 10 minutes
Scheduled arrival time: 10:35
Class of Travel: Economy Class
Seat: 17K
Equipment: 777-31H/ER
Registration: A6-ECJ


II. The Airport of Departure

After a wonderful day in Dubai, it was time to take a shower and relax in the Emirates Business Class lounge. I was very surprised that Skywards Silver members are actually allowed to access any lounge at all, let alone the nice Emirates Business lounge. After grabbing some food and a few glasses of Champagne, it was time to head for my flight to Johannesburg.


The Emirates Business Class lounge in the ‘old’ Terminal 2.


The large two floor lounge complex.


The dining area in the Emirates Business Class lounge.


The impressive food and beverage selection.


As I approached Gate 121, it quickly became evident that EK761 would be quite full. I was surprised that this flight was departing from the old Terminal building at DXB, but I guess Emirates was already in need of additional space. At the gate, a friendly Emirates agent checked my boarding pass and I proceeded into the waiting hall.


The 'old' Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport.


The queue leading into Gate 121.


My gate for EK761 today: Gate 121.


The ticket check counters at the waiting hall for my flight to JNB.


As soon as boarding was announced at 3:50am, everyone rushed for the jetway. Sadly, there was no priority boarding call for Skywards Gold and Silver members, but I made my way through to the front of the crowd nonetheless. After some pushing and shoving, I was onboard EK761 at 3:55am, 30 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.


The crowded waiting hall at Gate 121.


The massive rush towards the jetway when boarding was announced.


The queue leading towards A6-ECJ on the jetway.


III. The Aircraft

Emirates Airline will soon be the largest 777 operator in the world and the airline currently has 72 of these aircraft in its fleet. The 777-300ER makes up most of the 777 fleet with 42 aircraft. As Tim Clark said himself, the 777-300ER is the most important aircraft in the medium-long haul Emirates fleet and they serve many destinations around the world in many different configurations. The 777-300ERs that fly to Johannesburg have a three class low density configuration that can carry up to 354 passengers.

A6-ECJ:


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My aircraft today, A6-ECJ, had a 3-4-3 configuration in Economy Class with a pitch of 33 inches and a width of 17 inches. The aircraft had the new widescreen ICE entertainment system and the seats were very comfortable. A6-ECJ had its first flight in August 2008 and was delivered to Emirates in the same month.


IV. The Flight


My boarding pass for EK761 from DXB to JNB.


At the door, I was welcomed onboard by a male Emirates steward who addressed me by name. My seat, 17K, was once again in the bulkhead row at the very front of the Economy Class cabin. The boarding process carried on for another 20 minutes and by 4:20am, EK761 was ready for pushback.


The forward Economy Class cabin during boarding.


Rows 17 to 21 on this Emirates 777-300ER.


The bulkhead between Economy and Business Class.


The good legroom on EK761 from DXB to JNB.


The usual in-flight safety video was then show, but A6-ECJ had already reached runway 12R before the video had finished. After a short wait, EK761 lifted off from Dubai International Airport at 4:30am. Sadly, as soon as the seatbelt sign was extinguished, I found out that this flight would not be quite as comfortable as the last when a bassinet was hung on the bulkhead in front of me.


The fading lights of Dubai as EK761 climbed into the night sky.


The GE90-115B working hard to take A6-ECJ to the cruising altitude.


The bassinet on the bulkhead at the front of the Economy Class cabin.


The bassinet blocking my PTV.


About 30 minutes into the flight, the very kind crew served a small midnight snack. The snack consisted of a chicken Tikka sandwich and two delicious chocolate chip cookies.  Smile I was once again impressed by the food.


The front cover of the menu on EK761.


The late night snack tray served after takeoff from Dubai.


After the midnight snack, I took a quick trip to the bathroom. Just like the last flight, the toilet was very clean and modern. The cabin also looked spectacular with the soothing mood lighting enhancing the overall ambiance. When I returned to my seat, sleep started getting the better of me and as my IFE screen was blocked by the bassinet anyway, I was out like a light within two minutes.


The three dimensional flight path information channel.


The amenities in the Economy Class toilets.


The colourful display before the cabin lights were dimmed.


The stunning mood lighting as everyone was settling in for the night.


I woke up almost six hours later, when the Indian flight attendant serving my side of the forward Economy Class cabin inquired if I would like to have my breakfast. Naturally, I decided to indulge in some more food.  Smile The breakfast was impressive once again with a tasty mushroom omelette and a generous amount of other side dishes on the tray.


The view outside as I was woken up for breakfast.


The breakfast tray with a chocolate muffin, croissant, fruits and the entree.


The mushroom omelette main dish before arrival in Johannesburg.


The great African plains below.


After breakfast, I decided to have a look at the Emirates In-flight Magazine and the ICE information booklet. Both of these publications were of very high quality and they kept me entertained until EK761 started its descent into South Africa.


The 3D cockpit view showing EK761’s destination.


The Emirates In-flight magazine: Open Skies.


The new ICE Widescreen information booklet.


The deployed speedbrakes at the start of EK761’s descent into JNB.


As the seatbelt sign was turned on for arrival, the cabin crew collected the bassinet and prepared the cabin for arrival. Below, the views of South Africa were impressive and the condensation on the starboard wing was a sight to behold. At 10:10am South African time, the flaps were extended and the landing gear was deployed. Five bumpy minutes of descent later, EK761 landed on runway 03R at OR Tambo International Airport at 10:15am.


The condensation on the starboard wing during descent.


One of the many mine deposits dotted around South Africa in the distance.


Just before touchdown on runway 3R.


The deployed speedbrakes as EK761 landed 15 minutes early at 10:15am.


The airfield was very quiet at this time in the morning and I did not see any other aircraft movements as A6-ECJ taxied towards the terminal building. Nonetheless, there were some very interesting aircraft parked around the airport, including several nice Boeing 727-200s and numerous other exotic birds. After a five minute taxi, EK761 pulled into its gate next to a South African Airways A340-600.


The threshold of runway 03R/21L.


The parking lot for old aircraft at JNB.


Crossing runway 03L/21R on the way to the terminal building.


The numerous aircraft waiting for their flights back to their home airports.


V. The Airport of Arrival

As I was sitting in the first row of the Economy Class cabin, I was in the terminal building in no time. I then hurried to the immigration checkpoint with my fellow passengers and I was lucky to get there before the queues had started to build up. Sadly, I then had to wait another 15 minutes for my luggage to arrive at the baggage claim. After all the formalities had been completed, I was in the arrivals hall at 10:45am.


The Airbus A340-600 at the gate next to ours.


The corridors leading to the immigration checkpoint at JNB.


The new arrivals hall at OR Tambo International Airport.


The imposing ceiling of the new arrivals hall.


I now had eight hours until my onward flight back to Dubai, so I decided to tour the city for a few hours to pass the time.


VI. Overall Impression

My flight on EK761 from Dubai to Johannesburg was another encouraging experience. The seats and the ICE IFE system were exactly the same as on EK10 from London to Dubai. The food and beverage offerings were consistent as well. In addition, the crew was very friendly and welcoming and they were very open to mingling and casually chatting with the passengers. Overall, this was another pleasant Emirates experience and the airline’s product had been very consistent on both of my first two flights.


VII. Overall Flight Rating

(2.0) Booking & Reservation: 10.0
(1.0) Check-in: 9.0
(1.0) Airline Airport Facilities: 9.5
(0.5) Boarding: 6.0
(2.0) Seat: 8.0
(1.0) Entertainment System: 10.0
(2.0) Crew: 8.0
(2.0) Food and Beverages: 8.0
(0.5) Amenity kits and other freebies: N/A
(0.5) Arrival: 7.0
(1.0) On-time performance: 10.0

Overall weighted score: 8.69
 
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Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:01 pm

4. EK 764: JNB-DXB: EMIRATES SHOWS THAT CONSISTENCY DOES EXIST ONBOARD ITS FLIGHTS




I. General Flight Overview

Airline: Emirates Airline (EK)
Flight number: EK 764
Origin: OR Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Destination: Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Distance: 3970 miles
Scheduled departure time: 19:15
Scheduled flight time: 8 Hours 0 minutes
Scheduled arrival time: 05:15
Class of Travel: Economy Class
Seat: 47K
Equipment: 777-36N/ER
Registration: A6-ECC


II. The Airport of Departure

I arrived back at OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) at 16:30 after touring Johannesburg and the surrounding area for the day. The airport, and the departures hall in particular, was very busy at this time of the day, and thankfully I was able to use the Priority Emirates check-in counters. Once again, the agent was very friendly and by 16:45 I was checked all the way through to New York.


The curb side at OR Tambo International Airport.


The entrance to the very crowded check-in area.


The busy International check-in hall at JNB.


The Emirates check-in counters in the Departures Hall.


As I still had almost two hours left until the departure of my flight, I decided to explore the airport to pass the time. To my surprise, I found a nice Aircraft viewing deck on the second floor of the terminal building. As the views of the tarmac were impressive and both of the runways were clearly in sight as well, I stayed there for more than half an hour. At 17:45, I headed back downstairs and cleared the security and immigration checks.


Some of the cafes in the newly renovated terminal.


The clearly marked way to the Airport Viewing Deck.


The large windows providing an excellent view of the tarmac at the Airport Viewing Deck.


The relatively empty tarmac with a South African Airways A340-300 taxing to a gate.


The airside section of the terminal building had obviously recently been renovated, because it was still gleaming as if it had been built yesterday. There was a nice variety of shops, but there were very few restaurants available.


The beginning of the shopping concourse behind the immigration checkpoint.


The newly renovated shopping concourse at OR Tambo International Airport.


One of the numerous new overpriced shops.


The only good eating opportunity in the airside section of the terminal building.


I proceeded towards the gate at 6:30pm, 45 minutes before the scheduled departure of EK764. To my surprise, all the passengers had already boarded by the time I arrived at Gate A12, which made the boarding procedure effortless. After a friendly Emirates agent checked my ticket, I walked down the jetway and by 6:40pm, I was onboard my flight to Dubai.


The end of one of the gate concourses at JNB.


Long empty corridors stretched as far as the eye could see.


The Gate for EK764 to DXB today: Gate A12.


Welcome onboard EK764 from JNB to DXB.


III. The Aircraft

Emirates Airline will soon be the largest 777 operator in the world and the airline currently has 72 of these aircraft in its fleet. The 777-300ER makes up most of the 777 fleet with 42 aircraft. As Tim Clark said himself, the 777-300ER is the most important aircraft in the medium-long haul Emirates fleet and they serve many destinations around the world in many different configurations. The 777-300ERs that fly to Johannesburg have a three class low density configuration that can carry up to 354 passengers.

A6-ECC:


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My aircraft today, A6-ECC, had a 3-4-3 configuration in Economy Class with a pitch of 33 inches and a width of 17 inches. The aircraft had the new widescreen ICE entertainment system and the seats were very comfortable. A6-ECC had its first flight in September 2007 and was delivered to Emirates in October of the same year.

IV. The Flight


My boarding pass for EK764 from JNB to DXB.


At the door, a stewardess glanced at my boarding pass and pointed towards my aisle. She was indifferent and quite stuck-up, and I was glad that I would not have to see her again during the remainder of the flight. My seat, 47K, was at the rear of the aircraft at the very back of the Economy Class cabin. The boarding process was completed less than 10 minutes later and by 4:20am, EK764 was ready for pushback.


The rear Economy Class cabin during boarding.


My seat on EK764: 47A.


The stylish ICE welcome screen.


The good legroom onboard A6-ECC for Economy Class standards.


The usual in-flight safety video was shown as A6-ECC started taxiing towards runway 03L on the far side of the airfield. At 19:30, EK764 reached the beginning of the runway and the aircraft performed a powerful takeoff from OR Tambo International Airport. The climb was very bumpy, but soon we were above the thick layer of clouds covering South Africa.


The stunning mood lighting as A6-ECC was taxiing to runway 03L.


The outskirts of Johannesburg as EK764 climbed out of JNB.


The dinner service started as soon as the seatbelt sign had been turned off. As with the previous flights, the food choices were all appetising and I decided to go with the lemon and herb fish in the end. Sadly, this dish was no longer available, so I had to make do with the Peri-Peri Chicken instead. Thankfully, the chicken did not disappoint. Overall, the food service was impressive and very filling.


The dinner tray served shortly after takeoff from JNB.


The tasty potato salad and Caesar salad appetisers.


The delicious Peri-Peri Chicken Entree.


The very sweet Coconut cake dessert.


After dinner, I went to the bathroom and then decided to watch one of the four Top Gear Episodes on the IFE. The quality of the widescreen PTV was very impressive: the picture was clear and the colours were vibrant. Soon after the episode, sleep got the better of me and I fell asleep over the East coast of Africa.


The rear Economy Class cabin at the end of the dinner service.


An episode of Top Gear on the crisp widescreen PTV.


The quiet cabin as everyone settled in for the night.


One of my favourite features of the EK 777-300ERs: the light filled ceiling.


I woke up more than five hours later, having just missed the small breakfast service. With 30 minutes of flight time left, the cheerful captain announced the start of our descent into Dubai International Airport. The crew then came around to collect all the blankets and headsets as they were preparing the cabin for arrival.


The amazing ICE flight path information channel.


The artificial sunrise created by the mood lighting.


One of the views of Dubai as EK764 passed over the city.


During its descent into DXB, A6-ECC first flew over Dubai before making a very sharp turn over the Persian Gulf back towards the city. This made for some stunning views of the Dubai skyline rising into the night sky. EK764 landed on runway 12L at Dubai International Airport at 5:10am, five minutes before the scheduled time of arrival.


The Dubai skyline in the distance as A6-ECC was on final approach.


Seconds before touchdown at Dubai International Airport.


The relatively empty roads during the early hours of the morning.


Touchdown on runway 12L at 5:10am.


Dubai International Airport (DXB) was not very busy during these early hours of the morning. This made for a swift taxi to the terminal building and by 5:20am A6-ECC had powered down in front of Terminal 3. On my way out of the aircraft, I asked if I could take a quick peek into the cockpit. The captain did not mind at all and I was lucky enough to see the front office of this wonderful 777-300ER.


The massive Concourse 2 with several Emirates aircraft at the gates.


The startling architecture of the new Concourse 2.


Our neighbour at the gate: another Emirates 777-300ER.


The very friendly captain and first officer in the sleek 777-300ER cockpit.


V. The Airport of Arrival

I now had more than two hours until my final flight to New York onboard the Emirates A380. In order to bridge the time, I decided to explore the new Terminal 3 Arrivals and Departures Halls.


The modern jetway leading to Concourse 2 at DXB.


The modern arrivals corridor at my gate of arrival.


The long lines at the security checkpoint for transiting passengers.


Yet another one of the many endless corridors on the arrivals level of Concourse 2.


VI. Overall Impression

My experience on EK764 from Johannesburg to Dubai was another positive one. The equipment was impressive and consistent to my other two previous flights. Furthermore, the food and beverage selection was also great and my flight was punctual. The only minor complaint I would make about this flight concerns the crew – in particular arrogant flight attendant who welcomed me at the door. However, I never saw this stewardess again throughout the flight, so it was not a big issue as the other members of the crew were very good. Overall then, this was another impressive flight with Emirates.


VII. Overall Flight Rating

(2.0) Booking & Reservation: 10.0
(1.0) Check-in: 8.0
(1.0) Airline Airport Facilities: N/A
(0.5) Boarding: 9.5
(2.0) Seat: 8.5
(1.0) Entertainment System: 10.0
(2.0) Crew: 7.5
(2.0) Food and Beverages: 8.0
(0.5) Amenity kits and other freebies: N/A
(0.5) Arrival: 9.0
(1.0) On-time performance: 10.0

Overall weighted score: 8.78
 
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:02 pm

5. EK 201: DXB-JFK: FREEDOM ON THE AIRBUS A380-800




I. Introduction

New York was the first destination to see the Emirates Airbus A380-800 back in August 2008, marking the beginning of an era in the airline’s history. With 58 A380s on order, Emirates will soon be the largest operator of this aircraft, so the Dubai-New York route was just the beginning of the iceberg. Many people have argued that this aircraft has brought comfort in the air to new highs and that the A380 is a revolution in the way we travel. This trip report aims to discover if all this was just wishful thinking, or if a new age of luxury has begun.


II. General Flight Overview

Airline: Emirates Airline (EK)
Flight number: EK 201
Origin: Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Destination: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Distance: 6849 miles
Scheduled departure time: 08:30
Scheduled flight time: 13 Hours 45 minutes
Scheduled arrival time: 14:15
Class of Travel: Economy Class
Seat: 47A
Equipment: A380-861
Registration: A6-EDC
 
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:03 pm

6. EK 201: DXB-JFK: THE AIRPORT OF DEPARTURE


I. General Information

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is the largest airport in the Middle East by passenger numbers. The airport handled just under 40 million passengers in 2008 and this number is expected to grow by almost 10% every year. With its two massive concourses and the stunning new Terminal 3, the largest building in the world by floor space, DXB is arguably the world’s largest work of art - it is bound to leave a last impression on everyone who travels through it.

Dubai International Airport is the hub of Emirates Airline, the largest airline in the Middle East, and it also serves as a base for flydubai. In the future, the airport is expected to expand even further and with another new concourse already under construction, DXB will soon be able to handle as many as 62 million passengers by 2011.


The majestic roof at the entrance to the new Terminal 3 at DXB.


Emirates clearly showing which airline calls Terminal 3 its home.


II. Terminal 3

The new Terminal 3 at Dubai International airport is a marvel of engineering. During my numerous hours of overlay at the airport, I decided to explore as much of the airport as possible and my first port of call was the stunning Arrivals Hall.


The corridor leading to the transit area and Arrivals Hall.


The magnificent Arrivals level of Concourse 2.


The elevators leading downstairs to the Arrivals Hall.


The spectacular beginning of the Arrivals Hall.


When one steps into the new Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall, it becomes clear why this structure is one of the largest in the world. The massive pillars and seemingly endless hallways make for an imposing welcome to Dubai. If the Dwarves who built the Mines of Moria in The Lord of the Rings ever had to build a structure in the 21st Century, the Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall is probably what it would have looked like.


Welcome to be most remarkable Arrivals Hall in the world.


The multicoloured walls around the Arrivals Hall.


An unreal overview of the Arrivals Hall.


The numerous massive pillars straight out of The Lord of the Rings.


The Terminal 3 Departures Hall is no less impressive than the Arrivals Hall. Its sheer size make people seem like miniatures and the long lines of Emirates check-in counters seem to go on forever. It is obvious that this Terminal was built with the future in mind and it seems incomprehensible that it will reach its maximum capacity in just a few years.


The Departures and drop-off area in Terminal 3.


Six of the largest LCD Screens I have ever seen.


The huge check-in hall with countless Emirates counters.


The outsized elevators connecting Terminal 3 with Concourse 2.


III. Concourses 1 & 2 and the Emirates Business Class Lounge

The new Dubai Airport concourse is arguably one of the most modern and stylish airport structures in the world. During my three hour transit between EK764 and EK201, I walked the entire length of both Concourses 1 & 2, exploring every nook and cranny. I began my one hour stroll at the far end of concourse 2, where the 950 meter structure comes to an end.


The massive atrium at the end of Concourse 2 before sunrise.


The massive atrium at end of Concourse 2 after the sun had risen.


The beginning of the shopping arcade in Concourse 2.


The landscaping in the middle of the atrium.


One of the many highlights in the new Concourse 2 at Dubai International Airport is the numerous retail opportunities running almost the entire length of the building. There is something for everybody, from electronics to designer clothes to bestselling books - some of the prices being surprisingly reasonable.


The stylish shopping opportunities in Concourse 2.


The relatively empty shopping corridor.


What would Dubai be without the designer brands?


The beautiful architecture in Concourse 2.


At the centre of the concourse, two massive LED displays adorn one side of the building, while the other side features even more shops. This was also where the huge elevators and the water wall connecting the Arrivals and Departures Halls with the main concourse were located. At peak times, this is one of the busiest places in the airport, but it was deserted when I was there.


The main transit area in Concourse 2.


The massive wall of water reaching down all three floors of Concourse 2.


The huge Emirates lounge complex on the upper floor of Concourse 2.


One of the six massive elevators connecting the departures, arrivals and transit areas.


Concourse 1 & 2 are connected by a large walkway next to the Control Tower. Just like the other side of Concourse 2, the end close to Concourse 1 is an architectural marvel. Here, passengers are again dwarfed by colossal pillars supporting the immense ceiling high above, making the relatively recent Concourse 1 seem like a relic from the Stone Age.


The atrium at the other end of Concourse 2.


The walkway connecting Concourses 1 & 2.


The foot of the DXB Control Tower.


Even though Terminal 1, and the concourse that is connected to it, were only built in 2000, they both seem very outdated compared to the new Terminal 3. However, both Terminal 1 and Concourse 1 are still very capable of handling millions of passengers a year and their architecture is still impressive. In Dubai, things that would be considered new anywhere else in the world become old in just a few years. This is probably what has happened to Concourse 1.


The endless ‘old’ Concourse 1 at DXB.


The central Duty Free area in Concourse 1.


The clearly signposted way to gates 125-260.


The impressive architecture at the middle of Concourse 1.


Emirates is one of the few airlines that grant its Silver Frequent Flyer members lounge access at its home base. Even though Skywards Silver members do not have access to the new Business Class lounge in Concourse 2, one can hardly complain about the ‘old’ Emirates Business Class lounge they are allowed to use in Terminal 2. The lounge was very comfortable and had all the amenities one could ever ask for.


The old Emirates Business Class Lounge.


The entrance to the EK Business Lounge in Concourse 1.


The dining area on the left meets the lounge area on the right.


My sofa area as I made good use of the free Wireless Internet.


The food and beverage section in the Business Class lounge was also impressive. A wide range of snacks and hot dishes was available, as well as every possible beverage imaginable – including Champagne. Before my onward flight to New York, I decided to have a nice warm shower and check up on my emails with the free wireless internet.


The expanse of the Emirates Business Class Lounge.


The food and beverage section with the dining layout.


My selection of sandwiches, pastries and humus with a glass of Champagne.


The upper and lower levels of the lounge.


At 7:20am, 70 minutes before the scheduled departure of EK201, I decided to start making my way back to Concourse 2 where all the Emirates A380s depart from. By now, the airport had become far busier than it had been I arrived a few hours before, with numerous flights departing to Europe, Australasia and America.


The atrium marking the beginning of Concourse 2.


One of my favourite features of the new Terminal structure: the curvature of the roof.


A6-EDC being prepared for the long journey to New York.


Closing in on Gate 201 where my aircraft to JFK was waiting.


I arrived at Gate 201 at 7:30am and found that there were no queues at the ticket check counters. I like how Emirates usually uses Gate 201 for flight EK201; it still makes the flagship A380 flight seem like it is something special. The waiting hall at the gate was relatively empty when I arrived, especially for A380 standards.


My Gate for EK201 to New York: Gate 201.


The large Flight Information LCDs at the entrance to the gate.


The escalator and elevator leading down to Gate 201.


The relatively empty waiting hall for A380 standards.


At 7:45am sharp, the friendly Emirates agent announced that EK201 was ready for boarding. First and Business Class as well as Skywards Silver and Gold members were invited to board the aircraft first and as I wanted to get some cabin shots before everyone else was in the cabin, I quickly proceeded towards the jetway. I was the first passenger onboard EK201 to New York at 7:50am, 40 minutes before the scheduled departure of the flight.


The three jetways attached to A6-EDC at Gate 201.


The small ticket check counter in the waiting hall.


Welcome to EK201 to New York JFK.


The modern glass and steel jetway leading to the A380.
 
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Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:06 pm

7. EK 201: DXB-JFK: THE FLIGHT


I. The Aircraft

Emirates operates the largest all widebody fleet in the world with 123 aircraft. The Airbus A380-800 is the newest addition to the Emirates fleet and there are currently 4 of these aircraft in service. So far, the A380-800 has been used on high yield routes to North America, Europe and Australasia, but the aircraft will soon be used on flights to Asia and Canada as well. One of the daily flights between DXB and JFK is operated by a 777-300ER and the other will be operated by the A380-800 until the 31st of May before it is substituted by another 777-300ER. Emirates’ A380-800s seat 489 passengers in a low density three class configuration with Economy Class on the lower level and Business and First Class in the upper deck.

My aircraft today, A6-EDC, was the third Airbus A380-800 delivered to Emirates. The cabin was massive and very spacious. It was also impeccably clean and it looked as if the aircraft had just been delivered yesterday. The Economy Class cabin was configured in a 3-4-3 layout with a seat pitch of 32 inches and width of 18 inches. Overall, the seat comfort was impressive for an Economy Class product and I was still comfortable after my long 13 hour flight.

A6-EDC:


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This Airbus A380-861 had its maiden flight in May 2008 and it was delivered to Emirates in November of the same year. The aircraft is wholly owned by Emirates Airline.


A6-EDC standing at Gate 201 at DXB.


II. Pre-departure


My boarding pass for EK201 from DXB to JFK.


As I entered the cabin, the very friendly and courteous purser welcomed me onboard and thanked me for flying with Emirates again. She then took me to my seat, 47A.  Smile My first impressions of the Emirates A380 were very positive. The Economy Class cabin was very roomy and the colours of the seats were soothing. Furthermore, I found the overhead bins to be very large and easy to handle.


The forward Economy Class cabin.


The spacious Economy Class cabin on the EK A380-800.


The soothing colours of the great seats.


The new Economy Class seats onboard the A380 were also impressive. With a seat pitch of 18 inches, there was more space than I really needed and the legroom was also sufficient. In addition, the seat covers were nice and soft, making the seat very comfortable overall. I could definitely see carriers installing a 3-5-3 configuration on their A380s, because there was still more than enough space left in the cabin.


Seats A-C in rows 43 to 47.


The generous legroom for Economy Class standards.


The beautiful widescreen PTVs and handsets on the back of the seats.


As the other passengers slowly began boarding the aircraft, I walked around the front of the cabin to take some pictures of the stairs leading up to the second deck. While I was doing this, I bumped into the one of pilots mingling with the crew and some Airbus employees. As he saw me taking pictures, he asked if I wanted to quick shot of the cockpit.  Smile I was over the moon and thanked him profusely for his kindness. The A380 flight deck was massive and the pilots and first officers were all extremely friendly.


The wide staircase leading to the First Class section of the upper deck.


The massive Airbus A380-800 flight deck.


The unique curvature of the aircraft.


At 8:25am, boarding had been completed and the doors were shut. Even though the load in Economy was barely 50%, the forward cabin was completely packed to the brim. At 8:30am sharp, EK201 was pushed back from Gate 201 and the safety video was shown first in Arabic and then in English. Soon after, the four GP7270 were turned on one by one.


The very nice tail view as boarding had been completed.


The relatively small A380 window.


The start of the In-flight Safety Video.


Five minutes after pushback, A6-EDC was cleared to taxi to runway 12R. As the engines spooled up to move the 550 tonne aircraft, I was amazed at how quiet the cabin was. All I could hear was a swoosh behind me – this was by far the quietest aircraft I had ever been on. By 8:40am, A6-EDC was holding short of runway 12R.


The outside of the new Concourse 2.


The Dubai International Airport control tower.


An Emirates 777-300ER giving way to A6-EDC.


After an Emirates 777-300ER and A330-200 took off, A6-EDC taxied onto runway 12R. At 8:45am, the GP7270 engines were powered to full thrust and the heavy A380 slowly began moving forward. Even though the load on today’s flight was quite light, the aircraft was packed full of fuel for the 13 hour flight to JFK, which made for a very long roll down runway 12R. Finally, after what seemed an eternity, EK201 lifted off from Dubai International Airport at 8:46am.


An A330-200 waiting for clearance to takeoff.


Runway 12R as seen through the forward camera.


The large Emirates maintenance hangers as EK201 sped down the runway.


III. In the Air

A6-EDC climbed out of Dubai at a very slow rate. Another observation I made as soon as we hit some rough air was how well the A380 handled turbulence. The massive behemoth barely shook as it hit some light clouds; I guess size does matter! After more than ten minutes, the seatbelt sign was turned off and an information video about the new Emirates A380 was shown.


EK201 lifting off from runway 12R.


The outskirts of Dubai on this foggy morning.


The two port side GP7270 engines working hard.


Greenery in the middle of the desert.


As I had heard that there was still plenty of space at the back of the Economy Class cabin, I decided to move seat so that I had some more space. Sadly, many passengers had already done the same and I could no longer find a row that I could have all to myself. The crew were very proactive when they saw me looking for a new seat and they helped me find a nice place. I settled for seat 81A in the end, because it had unlimited legroom and there was no one else sitting the in the seats around me.


My new seat at the rear of the Economy Class cabin: 81A.


The stunning Emirates welcome screen on the widescreen PTV.


The huge port side A380 wing.


The endless legroom at seat 81A.


About one hour after takeoff, the breakfast service began. Emirates has a special menu designed for the A380, which complimented the new sleek product the airline offers on its new aircraft. I liked all three breakfast options, but I went for the Breakfast Grill in the end.


The new Emirates A380 menu.


The breakfast selection after takeoff from Dubai.


“Mr. Globetraveller, what would you like to have for breakfast this morning?”
“I would like to have the Breakfast Grill please.”
“Certainly. Would you also like something else to drink?”
“No. I’m fine for now. Thanks”
“Sure. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you would like something later on.”

The Irish stewardess had obviously remembered my name after I had been scouting around for some free seats, but I was still very impressed by the service she provided. The breakfast tray was very cluttered and even smaller than the trays on the Emirates 777-300ERs. However, the food tasted very good once again. I especially liked the herb cream egg roll, which was odd, because I usually hate eggs from in-flight catering.


The very cluttered breakfast tray.


The very tasty Breakfast Grill.


In the meantime, EK201 was flying over Iran and the views of the landscape below were breathtaking. One of the positive aspects of the A380 flight to New York is that it is a 13 hour day flight. This allows passengers to see the changing scenery below, which varies from desserts to arctic tundra.


The dramatic landscape after the breakfast service had come to an end.


The snow covered mountains over central Iran.


The rugged Iranian landscape below.


The Flight Path Information Channel as EK201 approached Tehran.


After admiring the landscape below for some time, my crazy schedule and lack of sleep over the past few days started to catch up with me. Thankfully, seat 81A was perfect for sleeping. The seat’s recline was generous for Economy Class standards and the huge legroom allowed me to stretch forward as much as I wanted.


Tehran, Iran's capital, at the foot of the Alborz Mountains.


A postcard shot of the port side A380-800 wing over the Alborz Mountains.


The amazing landscape below.


Apls? Rocky Mountains? Alborz Mountains? It could any of them.


After sleeping for a good four hours, I woke up over Scandinavia and needed to use the bathroom. As with everything on the A380, the bathroom was impressive. It was bigger than the usual toilets and there were plenty of amenities available. Furthermore, Emirates also provided a very nice amenity kit to all passengers, which was better than some Business Class amenity kits I had seen from other carriers.


The very empty rear Economy Class cabin when I woke up.


EK201 making its way over Scandinavia.


The stylish Emirates A380 bathroom.


The new nice wooden panels and spacious layout.


I then decided to take a little stroll around the lower deck of the A380. As I was walking around the cabin, I found it very hard to comprehend that there was another whole level above me. If it were not for the two staircases, there is no hint of the sheer size of the aircraft. On this flight, as on all my previous flights, Emirates once again made very good use of the mood lighting, by using it to create a very calm and peaceful atmosphere in the cabin.


The large Emirates logo at the back of the aircraft.


The rear staircase to the Business Class cabin.


The expanse of the lower deck on this A380.


The small rear Economy Class cabin.


Shortly after breakfast, the crew had set up a small snack tray next to the galleys. It was filled with fruits and sweets, and water and orange juice was laid out beside it. There was also a small snack service about halfway into the flight. Most passengers were sleeping at this time, so with a little encouragement from the steward serving the snacks, I decided to take two Spinach Tortillas.  Smile


The small snack tray outside the galley.


My small snack six hours into the flight.


The small food selection midway through the flight.


One of the very tasty Spinach Tortillas.


With plenty of flight time left, I decided to take another, closer look at the incredible ICE IFE system. Other than the amazing flight path channel and the staggering film and music selection, I also really liked the system’s iPod and USB compatibility. Furthermore, the numerous outside cameras, especially the new tail camera, were also nice additions to the IFE. After exploring every possible program on the ICE system, I decided to settle for another few episodes of Top Gear.  Smile


The Information section on the ICE entertainment system.


The Communications section on the ICE entertainment system.


The live newsfeed onboard A6-EDC.


Four great episodes of my favourite TV show.
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More than 8 hours of flight time had now passed and EK201 was now passing over Greenland. The views outside were simply stunning, as the sun’s rays were reflected on the vast, snow covered landscape. It was almost unthinkable that merely six hours ago, A6-EDC was flying over deserts.


The barren, snow covered arctic landscape.


Some of the dazzling sights of Greenland.


The tail camera as EK201 continued its journey over the North Atlantic.


Where the ice meets the sea...


Just before the lunch service began, a video on arriving in the United States was shown on the PTVs. It outlined the basic visa requirements for passengers and it went on for what seemed like hours. Thankfully, the lunch service was there to distract me. To begin with, passengers were offered a choice of drinks and the usual Emirates Savoury Biscuits.


The never-ending US Arrival video.


The astonishing Arctic ice-sheets.


The pre-lunch service.


The standard Emirates savoury biscuits.


About 15 minutes after the biscuits, the excellent Irish stewardess came around with the Lunch trays. I opted for the Porcini Mushroom Tortellini and, once again, I was not disappointed.


The neat ICE cockpit view as A6-EDC was approaching Northern Cananda.


The lunch selection before touchdown in New York.


The very cluttered lunch tray.


The views outside as EK201 made landfall in Canada.


The Salmon and vegetable terrine starter tasted very fresh and the Tortellini was very tasty as well. However, the highlights of the meal were the two desserts. Both the chocolate brownie and the cream cake were delicious and I was very tempted to ask for seconds.  Smile


The snow covered landscape in Northern Canada.


My Salmon and vegetable terrine.


The delicious Porcini Mushroom Tortellini.


One of the tasty desserts.
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With just under an hour to go, EK201 was following the Hudson River down to New York at 40500 feet. I spent much of the end of the flight chatting to the delightful crew and sharing weird and wonderful flight experiences with them. With such a low load, the flight attendants had very little to do, but instead of sitting back and relaxing, they made sure that every single passenger was well looked after. I was very impressed.


Almost there after almost 13 hours in the air.


EK201 flying down the Hudson river towards New York.


The first sights of Connecticut below.


After spending more than 13 hours in the air, EK201 started its descent into New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. The weather on the East Coast was very poor and thick layers of clouds and mist covered the land. The descent was quite rough and the speedbrakes were deployed several times. At 14:05, New York Time, the flaps were extended and the landing gear was deployed.


The huge deployed A380 speedbrakes during EK201’s descent towards JFK.


Ice forming around the tail camera.


The oversized extended flaps.


A6-EDC losing altitude over Long Island.


As EK201 continued to lose altitude, we made a series of sharp turns to line up with runway 4R. Funnily enough, the largest commercial aircraft in the world was landing on the shortest runway at JFK. At 14:11, after spending 13 hours and 25 minutes in the air, EK201 landed on runway 4R at John F. Kennedy International Airport.


EK201’s zigzagging route into New York.


Entering the JFK airport perimeter.


Seconds before touchdown on runway 4R.


Touchdown on runway 4R at John F Kennedy International Airport.


IV. Post-arrival

JFK was very busy as usual when EK201 arrived just after 2pm. Numerous aircraft were taking off from runway 4L, so we had to wait between runway 4R and 4L until there was a gap for us to cross. Nonetheless, A6-EDC reached Terminal 4 at 2:25pm. The disembarkation process was surprisingly orderly and by 2:30pm, I was inside the terminal building.


EK201 holding position between active runways 4R and 4L.


The New York JFK Control Tower.
 
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Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:07 pm

8. EK201: DXB-JFK: THE AIRPORT OF ARRIVAL


I. General Information

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is the largest international gateway to the United States of America. The airport handles almost 50 million passengers each year and it has eight Terminal buildings and four runways. JFK is one of the three major airports serving New York together with Newark and LaGuardia Airports.

About 90 airlines operate out of John F. Kennedy International Airport and it is the base for JetBlue. Delta and American Airlines also operate a large proportion of their international flights out of JFK - especially their flights to the European continent. Emirates Airline uses Terminal 4 at the airport.

II. Welcome to the United States of America

Thankfully, the walk to the immigration checkpoint was brief and the queues were acceptable. When it was my turn, I was surprised to find a very friendly immigration officer and I was in the arrivals hall in no time. At the baggage claim hall, located just behind the immigration checkpoint, my luggage had already made it to the carousel and I was in the Arrivals Hall by 2:50pm. Not bad for JFK standards.


My fellow passengers hurrying towards immigration.


The long, bare corridor leading to the immigration checkpoint in Terminal 4.


And so my 18210 mile hop across the Atlantic had come to an end. Would I have done it all over again? Definitely.  Smile


III. Overall Impression

Travelling on the Emirates A380 was a real pleasure and there were many factors contributing to this positive experience. The amazing new hard product was certainly one of these factors, because the A380 had the best Economy Class seat and IFE I had ever seen. In addition the aircraft was very quiet and very smooth. However, I think Emirates had also polished up its soft product with the launch of its new flagship. The crew was amazing and they looked very stylish in their new uniform. Furthermore, the food and beverage selection was impressive and plentiful throughout the entire flight. I sincerely hope that Emirates will be able to provide such a wonderful experience on every A380 flight. Based on my experience on EK201, I would unconditionally recommend flying with Emirates between Dubai and New York.


IV. Overall Flight Rating

(2.0) Booking & Reservation: 10.0
(1.0) Check-in: 8.0
(1.0) Airline Airport Facilities: 9.5
(0.5) Boarding: 10.0
(2.0) Seat: 10.0
(1.0) Entertainment System: 10.0
(2.0) Crew: 9.5
(2.0) Food and Beverages: 8.5
(0.5) Amenity kits and other freebies: 9.0
(0.5) Arrival: 9.0
(1.0) On-time performance: 10.0

Overall weighted score: 9.44
 
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Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:07 pm

9. FINAL REMARKS




I. Overall Impression of Emirates

Emirates Airline has long been made fun of for expanding too quickly and for not being in control of its quality. While I am not disputing that there are flights where Emirates does not fulfil the expectations of its passengers, the four flights I covered in this trip report show that the airline is capable of delivering consistent high quality. The hard product was almost identical on all of my flights and the soft product ranged from very good to outstanding. So, has Emirates listened to its critics and improved its overall consistency? This report and several recent others like it indicate that this may be the case, but only time will tell if Emirates is able to maintain this high standard.


II. Average Overall Flight Rating

(2.0) Booking & Reservation: 10.00
(1.0) Check-in: 8.50
(1.0) Airline Airport Facilities: 9.50
(0.5) Boarding: 8.63
(2.0) Seat: 8.63
(1.0) Entertainment System: 10.00
(2.0) Crew: 8.50
(2.0) Food and Beverages: 8.50
(0.5) Amenity kits and other freebies: 9.00
(0.5) Arrival: 8.50
(1.0) On-time performance: 10.00

Average Overall Weighted Score: 9.06


III. Upcoming Trip Reports

Even though I do not write trip reports on every single flight I take, I aim to cover as many flights as humanly possible. All of my confirmed upcoming trip reports are listed in their respective order below.

Singapore Airlines / MAN-SIN / Business Class / 777-200ER / 2009
Singapore Airlines / SIN-MAN / Business Class / 777-200ER / 2009

Jet Airways / EWR-BRU / Economy Class / A330-200 / 2009
Jet Airways / BRU-JFK / Economy Class / A330-200 / 2009

Emirates / JFK-DXB / Economy Class / A380-800 / 2009
Emirates / DXB-JNB / Economy Class / 777-300ER / 2009
Emirates / JNB-DXB / Economy Class / 777-300ER / 2009
Emirates / DXB-LHR / Economy Class / 777-300 / 2009


IV. Previous Trip Reports

If you enjoyed reading this report, you may also be interested in some of the previous trip reports I have written. All of my trip reports are listed in alphabetical order under their respective airline below.

Air Berlin:
Paderborn/Lippstadt – Palma de Mallorca / Economy Class / 737-800 / 2008

BMI Regional:[i]
Edinburgh - Manchester / Business Class / ERJ-145 / 2009

Emirates:
Kuala Lumpur – Dubai / Business Class / 777-300ER / 2008
Dubai – Muscat / Business Class / A330-200 / 2008
Muscat – Dubai / Economy Class / A330-200 / 2008
Dubai – Singapore – Kuala Lumpur / Economy Class / 777-300ER / 2008

Flyglobespan:
Palma de Mallorca – Edinburgh / Economy Class / 737-700 / 2008

Lufthansa:
Birmingham – Frankfurt / Economy Class / 737-500 / 2009

[/i]Malaysia Airlines:
Penang – Kuala Lumpur / Economy Class / 737-400 / 2008
Kuala Lumpur – Penang / Economy Class / 737-400 / 2009

Qatar Airways:
Kuala Lumpur – Doha / Economy Class / A330-200 / 2008
Doha – Frankfurt / Economy Class / A330-200 / 2008

Singapore Airlines:
Penang – Singapore / Business Class / 777-300 / 2008
Singapore – Frankfurt / Business Class / 747-400 / 2008
Frankfurt – Singapore / Business Class / 747-400 / 2008
Singapore – Penang / Business Class / 777-200ER / 2008


Thank you for taking the time to read this trip report. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Any comments and opinions are welcome and much appreciated.

As always, safe flying.

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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:48 pm

Hi Globetraveller!

Your trip reports are just breathtaking!  Wow!

I like your pics of LGW very much since I will be traveling myself through the airport at the end of this month.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
The bassinet on the bulkhead at the front of the Economy Class cabin.

What was the point of putting on the bassinet? Was there an infant traveler?

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
A6-EDC being prepared for the long journey to New York.

I think you are the lucky one to sample A380 for a JFK-bound flight. EK has decided to pull out A380 service later this year in favour of SIN.

I will be waiting for your upcoming TR's.  Wink
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:09 pm

Fantastic TR.

You have amazing pics!

EK seems like a good carrier. I really hope to try it out soon!

Your routing is nice  Smile

Looking forward for more TRs!


Thank you for sharing

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Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:10 pm

Simply stunning trip report! And that Terminal 3 in DXB is awesome!!. Looking forward to another quality trip report as you always deliver  Smile
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:10 am



Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW-DXB-JNB-DXB-JFK

Only one word can describe this Trip Report................AWESOME. EK seem to be a force to reckon with in the airline industry.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 8):
Emirates Airline has long been made fun of for expanding too quickly and for not being in control of its quality.

Guess who is having the last laugh now ?

Again a very impressive TR. Question though Globetraveller....How long did it take you to prepare this TR ?

Rgds.
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:29 am



Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
1. OPENING COMMENTS
I. Contents
II. Foreword
III. Introduction

Hahahaha this feels like an annual report of some sort but your contents are FAR more interesting!

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
My only complaint would be the cluttered dinner tray.


Hahahahaha yes that IS cluttered. I think it is a little hard for those triangle shaped bowls and dishes to be fit snugly in any case. But what is it with those loose packets strewn about?


The 'old' Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport.
Never mind of it is old but it still looks great to me. It doesn't matter how "old" the terminal is as long as the authority takes pain to upkeep the appearance through frequent refurbishments. This is the mark of a truly world class airport.


Hmm... There is a design flaw in the PVT extension arm. It could have been made with one more joint to allow the arm to be bent so as to extend the PTV during cases like these.


Wow... I am awed. Simply beautiful looking structure!

Wow what a journey you've had and it had a grand finale on board an A380 at that! Congrats for such a well written report and I look forward to more.

Cheers
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 2:08 am

Your TRs are absolutely, undeniably AMAZING!!!! I am definitely looking forward to reading more.
 
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:53 am

Fantastic pictures. Emirates seems to be a great airline treating even Y passengers well which is not so common nowadays.
 
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 5:08 am

Wow!

One of the best TR I have ever read. Thanks! I felt like I was traveling with you.

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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:02 am



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 9):
Your trip reports are just breathtaking!

Hi there Akhmad. Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you liked this long trip report.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 9):
I like your pics of LGW very much since I will be traveling myself through the airport at the end of this month.

LGW was a surprisingly nice airport. I usually hate airports run by the BAA, but Gatwick was unexpectedly good.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 9):
What was the point of putting on the bassinet? Was there an infant traveler?

There were two infants in the middle of the bulkhead row, and since there was only one place for a bassinet there, the other one was put in front of the starboard side seats.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 9):
I think you are the lucky one to sample A380 for a JFK-bound flight. EK has decided to pull out A380 service later this year in favour of SIN.

Yes, this is definitely true. Emirates announced that they would pull the A380 off the New York route just after my flight. I guess, I was not surprised, because the load on EK201 was quite poor. Maybe I should upgrade on the way back...  Smile

Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
Fantastic TR.

You have amazing pics!

Thank you Gabriel. I'm glad you liked it.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
EK seems like a good carrier. I really hope to try it out soon!

EK was surprisingly good on these flights and they were a pleasure to fly with.

Quoting Atlwest1 (Reply 11):
Simply stunning trip report!

Thank you Alwest1 and thanks for reading and commenting.

Quoting Atlwest1 (Reply 11):
And that Terminal 3 in DXB is awesome!!.

Yes, it sure is! Terminal 3 has to be one of the most amazing structures ever built!

Quoting AirJamaica (Reply 12):
Only one word can describe this Trip Report................AWESOME.

Hi there AirJamaica. Hehehe... Thank you very much.

Quoting AirJamaica (Reply 12):
EK seem to be a force to reckon with in the airline industry.

With great prices, a very new fleet and a very expansive network, Emirates is definitely a force to be reckoned with. I mean, what other airline has more than 50 A380s on order?

Quoting AirJamaica (Reply 12):
Question though Globetraveller....How long did it take you to prepare this TR ?

Hehehe... Far too long! I always underestimate how long such trip reports will take. I took the flights a little more than two weeks ago, so I have done a little each day since then. Overall, it must have taken days - literally.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 13):
Hahahaha this feels like an annual report of some sort but your contents are FAR more interesting!

Hehehehe... Hi there Ryan. I sometimes thought I was writing an annual report too!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 13):
Hahahahaha yes that IS cluttered. I think it is a little hard for those triangle shaped bowls and dishes to be fit snugly in any case. But what is it with those loose packets strewn about?

Yeah, I agree. It seems that EK just cannot fit everything onto the trays and this is even more true for the smaller A380 trays. Still, the food was great, so I didn't really mind.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 13):
Never mind of it is old but it still looks great to me. It doesn't matter how "old" the terminal is as long as the authority takes pain to upkeep the appearance through frequent refurbishments. This is the mark of a truly world class airport.

I agree with you. Concourse 1 is still an amazing structure and I am sure it will be well maintained well into the future.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 13):
Wow what a journey you've had and it had a grand finale on board an A380 at that! Congrats for such a well written report and I look forward to more.

Yes, it was quite an amazing journey, and in a couple of weeks, I get to do it all over again...  Smile Thank you for your kind words.

Quoting Caleb1 (Reply 14):
Your TRs are absolutely, undeniably AMAZING!!!!

Thank you Caleb1. I am glad you enjoyed the trip report.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 15):
Fantastic pictures.

Hi there Semsem. Thank you - it’s good to know you liked the pictures.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 15):
Emirates seems to be a great airline treating even Y passengers well which is not so common nowadays.

Yes this is true. I just sincerely hope that they can maintain this great service.

Quoting Vietsky (Reply 16):
Wow!

One of the best TR I have ever read. Thanks! I felt like I was traveling with you.

Thank you Vietsky. I'm glad you really enjoyed this trip report. It took ages to create and it is comments like this, which make all the effort worthwhile.  Smile

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Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:08 am

One of THE best TR's ever! It was very long but I wanted to ready and see every minute of it! Very nice remarks about EK and their flight attendants!

[Edited 2009-04-02 00:13:51]
 
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:42 am

Great report. I very much enjoyed reading every bit. Looking forward to my first A380 flight now  Smile (Don't know when though)
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:47 am

Hi Globetraveller

WOW now this was an amazing read ... A PHENOMENAL TR !!!!

It was like reading a beautiful book and I thank you for taking the time and effort to write it up and post such beautiful pictures to complete the TR  Smile

I'm glad that you enjoyed your flight and EK has shown to be consistent over such a long and varied route ! Hope they continue like this and gain more loyal frequent fliers !

Thanks again for this brilliant set of TRs  bigthumbsup 
 
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:13 am

I agree with everyone...the TR is amazing! I would have to say the best I've ever read on here.
How did you post the pictures?
 
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:46 am

Very impressive trip report! This must have taken alot of your time to write such a detailed report. To read this, I took my time, and a specialty beer and enjoyed reading it  Smile
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:03 am

Hi Globetraveller. Fantastic report and outstanding service in Y class on EK.
I wouldn't mind flying them in the future, but still, they do not serve AMS  Sad
Thanks for the insights on LGW and good to read a bit about JFK too, I will visit both airports later this month. Maybe I can get a glimpse on the EK 380 at JFK, my arrival time is around the same time.

Rgds
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:37 am

Another stunning report from you, thank you.

BA have the same problem when it comes to PTV's on the bulkhead row, they wont extend on some of the middle seats if the BSNT is there.
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:11 am

Fantastic report!
I just wish all 777-300ERs had the new economy installed. Anyone know what ones do have it?
Seems to just be the three class config's?
 
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 2:41 pm

Awesome details, breath-taking airports, beautiful photos, delightful to read, it has almost all the qualities that I look for in a trip report - something that is painfully lacking in most reports found here.

I'm very very impressed with the quality of EK's inflight meals. It appears to be both quality and quantity... you'll never find that much food on your tray on 90% of airlines out there. I love their sail-shaped bowls and plates. They do look cluttered, but who's complaining?!

I've had a few very good short haul flights on EK some years back that I could swear that their crew were better than SQs.... Fortunately SQ's crew managed to win me back with one of the best service I ever had with them in Y.

How does it feel sitting in a 777 with 10 abreast seating?? Are the seats considerably narrower and uncomfortable? The seat pitch looks great though.

Once again, thank you for a magnificent effort. The best so far...
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:02 pm

Hi Globetraveller,

I had expected you would post a great report, but what you finally delivered is excellent! The report is well-written as usual and accompanied by fantastic pictures. You're never tired of taking pictures, are you?  Wink
I would say this is the best Globetraveller-report I have seen here.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
This was some of the best Economy Class food I
had had in a long time.

No doubts, EK's Economy Class food is outstanding.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
My only complaint would be the cluttered
dinner tray.

At least the trays are quite large - judging from the pictures I have seen in several reports, QR's trays look really cramped.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
The delicious main course: Pasta
Rustico.

That was also available on my LHR-DXB flight - just like all the other options.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
Emirates’ hard product on this flight was
simply stunning and I would not hesitate to say that it was one of the best
in the world.

Well, they could still switch to a 3-3-3 configuration...

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
I was very surprised that Skywards Silver
members are actually allowed to access any lounge at all, let alone the nice
Emirates Business lounge.

Very generous, indeed.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
The long lines at the security checkpoint for
transiting passengers.

Definitely annoying, especially in the middle of the night.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
I could definitely see carriers installing a
3-5-3 configuration on their A380s, because there was still more than enough
space left in the cabin.

Oh no, I hope we will never see a 3-5-3 configuration...

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
The Irish stewardess had obviously remembered
my name after I had been scouting around for some free seats, but I was
still very impressed by the service she provided.

That's very impressive!

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
Overall, the seat comfort was impressive for
an Economy Class product and I was still comfortable after my long 13 hour
flight.



Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
The amazing new hard product was certainly one
of these factors, because the A380 had the best Economy Class seat and IFE I
had ever seen.

The seats and the widescreen ice are the same on the A380 and the newer 777s - except for a few details (e.g. minimal seat width difference, tail camera). As I have already said in my recent report, the seats are too hard in my opinion. Air New Zealand's Economy Class seats on the 747s are the most comfortable ones I have ever seen. However - EK's IFE is simply amazing and far ahead of most competitors.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
I took the flights a little more than two weeks ago, so I have done a little each day since then. Overall, it must have taken days - literally.

Yes, you must have worked for a long time to finish that report. I wish I had more time to compose reports about my other recent flights...


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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:00 pm

All I Can Say is

WOW!!

Emirates looks simply amazing. I can't wait to try them later in the year if I use them over BA to go to South Africa. Looking at this report, I might just do that.

Great photos and very well presented.

Keep up the good work!

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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:40 pm

Globetraveller, absolutely terrific report !

Since two years I've been a regular flier on EK, simply because their fares are hard to beat...(for me, from Europe to Asia vv). I fully agree with your opinion on EK: it's pretty good! And with T3 they have made transiting a whole lot nicer (although I concur security can be a hassle when timing is off, although luckily the officers don't take their job to seriously).

Last flight (DUS-DXB) I was sitting next to a woman, who got the tray presented. She looked at it, then turned to me and said: "I thought airlines were in crisis?"  Smile
The strawberry cheescake is delicious! (i got my neighbour's too)

True, FA's might be relatively young and unexperienced, but when I take my price into account (570 euro DUS-SIN;CGK-DUS all-in), I can't complain...!
Moreover, EK doesn't give you less miles for booking a lower class, which I think is quite exceptional nowadays (as was upgrading to Business on the A380  Smile )
 
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:18 pm

Wow what an incredible trip report. I VERY muched enjoyed your pictures of the new terminal in DXB, I hope I can be there in person someday!

Emirates looks like a great airline, and I'm dying to take a flight on the A380 out of JFK. Thanks so much for putting in all the effort of creating such a well-organized and detailed trip report. Looking forward to future ones!

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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:37 pm

Wow! ... That was one hell of a TR .. extremely detailed. .. One TR i was supposed to be a part of i guess ... Sorry about that once again!

One thing though, the two terminals you were in at DXB were Terminal 1 (the old EK home) and Terminal 3 (the current EK home). Terminal 2 is used for LCC's, and those underground CIS, Iranian etc airlines. There is no means of transfering between T1 and T2 for passengers while Airside.

It is interesting that some EK flights still operate out of T1. I did not know that. How easy is it to transfer from T1 to T3?

With regards to the consistency aspect, i am quite surprised actually; but in a good way. This TR and a recent one posted by PlaneHunter have somewhat demonstrated improvement within EK. Also, having watched some of EK's Cabin Crew Training videos, they have stressed on increased service competition and their need to improve their services in certain areas. So i guess we are seeing this being implemented. ... But, a stubborn one like me will continue to support good old Etihad  Smile heheh


Now, my favorite part of the TR, was your JFK flight. For me, International flights to and from JFK are the ultimate flagship! And it is so sad to see such a low load factor on your flight.

There have been times where recent loads to JFK have been barely 10%. And if EK is not filling those planes to JFK, then i trust that no one else is either. Sadly, seven months after the inaugural A380 flight to JFK, the recession has caused EK to pull the A380 out of JFK. Too bad indeed!


Thanks for sharing! looking forward to more from you.

Regards,
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:58 pm

Hi GT,

Great report and pictures, seems the 4 EK flights here were all excellent.

I've had one EK flight in J, that being the EK A380 inagural, that was an excellent flight, though EK have yet to convince me give the number of negative TR's, look forward to your next batch of EK reports to see if the consistency continues.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
This was some of the best Economy Class food I had had in a long time. My only complaint would be the cluttered dinner tray.

- LOt's fo food but yes looks cluttered.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
The beautiful Business Class product on this 777-300ER.

- Still don't like the middle seat in the 3 section, not nice for J class.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
I found out that this flight would not be quite as comfortable as the last when a bassinet was hung on the bulkhead in front of me.

- Yikes!

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
The bassinet blocking my PTV.

- Double yikes! - Not well thought out design.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
this was by far the quietest aircraft I had ever been on

- She sure is, a real pleasure to travel on.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
The breakfast tray was very cluttered

- Very much so.

Thanks again GT, really enjoyed.

Regards

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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:01 pm



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 9):
Your trip reports are just breathtaking!



Quoting Atlwest1 (Reply 11):
Simply stunning trip report!



Quoting AirJamaica (Reply 12):
Only one word can describe this Trip Report................AWESOME



Quoting Vietsky (Reply 16):
One of the best TR I have ever read. Thanks! I felt like I was traveling with you.



Quoting Twolz2rn (Reply 21):
I agree with everyone...the TR is amazing! I would have to say the best I've ever read on here.

Hard to write something that hasn't already been written but that was a fantastic trip report. If anybody wants to know what makes a great trip report, they merely have to take lessons from Globetraveller and hope they come close! Unbelieveable!

With that said, thanks for sharing! It really did feel like we were on the trip with you!

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 5):
The first sights of Connecticut below.

I'm really being highly picky and irrating here but I can't for the life of me figure out where this could be in Connecticut. Judging by your flight routing (straight down the Hudson, then swing to the west followed by a direct southeast route to the JFK area), I'd say that is not Connecticut. I'm not very helpful because I cannot identify what I am looking at but it doesn't look like anywhere in SE Connecticut that I am familiar with.

Doesn't take anything away from a simply amazing TR.
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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:53 pm



Quoting Jfklucky777 (Reply 18):
One of THE best TR's ever!

Thank you for your kind words jfklucky777. I am glad you enjoyed the TR and I look forward to hopefully meeting you at JFK!  Smile

Quoting Jfklucky777 (Reply 18):
It was very long but I wanted to ready and see every minute of it!

Hehehe... Yeah, the report ended up being much longer than I had anticipated. Thanks for taking the time to read it!

Quoting Jfklucky777 (Reply 18):
Very nice remarks about EK and their flight attendants!

I think the remarks were justified. The service I received was excellent and I hope that the TR reflected this.

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 19):
Great report. I very much enjoyed reading every bit.

Thank you TurkishWings. I am glad you liked it.

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 19):
Looking forward to my first A380 flight now (Don't know when though)

Whenever you do take it, don't forget to write a trip report!  Smile

Quoting EKFly3r (Reply 20):
WOW now this was an amazing read ... A PHENOMENAL TR !!!!

Hehehe... Hi there EKFly3r. It’s good to know you liked it. Thank you for your kind words.

Quoting EKFly3r (Reply 20):
s like reading a beautiful book and I thank you for taking the time and effort to write it up and post such beautiful pictures to complete the TR

It is interesting that you mention this, because I often keep my TRs for printing and binding. I am sure this will be quite a few pages long. It was my pleasure creating it.

Quoting EKFly3r (Reply 20):
I'm glad that you enjoyed your flight and EK has shown to be consistent over such a long and varied route ! Hope they continue like this and gain more loyal frequent fliers !

I hope this continues too. After flying them all the way back on the same route, I will become Skywards Gold, so I think I will be a loyal flier for a year or so too!

Quoting Twolz2rn (Reply 21):
I agree with everyone...the TR is amazing! I would have to say the best I've ever read on here.

Thank you Twolz2rn. With so many great trip reporters on this forum, this is a quite an honour. I am glad you enjoyed the TR.

Quoting Twolz2rn (Reply 21):
How did you post the pictures?

I posted the pictures using Photobucket. First, I uploaded them to the Photobucket website and then I used the link to the images when posting the TR. It ended up being quite complicated with almost 300 pictures though!

Quoting StevAAn (Reply 22):
Very impressive trip report! This must have taken alot of your time to write such a detailed report.

Thank you Steven. It took a little bit of work each day for two weeks to create this trip report. In the end, I probably spent more than an entire day creating it.

Quoting StevAAn (Reply 22):
To read this, I took my time, and a specialty beer and enjoyed reading it

Hahaha... Nice one! I am sure the beer made it go down a little better!!  Smile

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 23):
Fantastic report and outstanding service in Y class on EK.

Hi there Eric. Thank you for your kind words.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 23):
I wouldn't mind flying them in the future, but still, they do not serve AMS

With more than 50 A380s still on order, I am sure they will fly to AMS sometimes soon. I mean, all those Superjumbos need to go somewhere!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 23):
Thanks for the insights on LGW and good to read a bit about JFK too, I will visit both airports later this month. Maybe I can get a glimpse on the EK 380 at JFK, my arrival time is around the same time.

I hope you will enjoy your flights! Don't forget to post a trip report!  Smile

Quoting LHR380 (Reply 24):
Another stunning report from you, thank you.

Thank you LHR380 and thanks for reading and commenting on the TR.

Quoting LHR380 (Reply 24):
BA have the same problem when it comes to PTV's on the bulkhead row, they wont extend on some of the middle seats if the BSNT is there.

I guess the seats and the PTVs are never tested with the bassinet in place, because this is not really a hard fault to spot.

Quoting Bochora (Reply 25):
Fantastic report!

Hi there Bochora. Thank you very much!

Quoting Bochora (Reply 25):
I just wish all 777-300ERs had the new economy installed. Anyone know what ones do have it?
Seems to just be the three class config's?

I agree with you. I think only the new three class 777-300ERs have the new Economy class installed. However, the only major difference is the ICE widescreen system, so the seat itself is almost the same.

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 26):
Awesome details, breath-taking airports, beautiful photos, delightful to read, it has almost all the qualities that I look for in a trip report - something that is painfully lacking in most reports found here.

Hi there SQ772. Thank you for your very kind words. I am very happy you enjoy the trip report and that it met your expectations.

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 26):
I'm very very impressed with the quality of EK's inflight meals. It appears to be both quality and quantity... you'll never find that much food on your tray on 90% of airlines out there. I love their sail-shaped bowls and plates. They do look cluttered, but who's complaining?!

Yes, there certainly was a lot of food available! I don't really mind the cluttered trays - the food is much more important in my opinion.

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 26):
I've had a few very good short haul flights on EK some years back that I could swear that their crew were better than SQs.... Fortunately SQ's crew managed to win me back with one of the best service I ever had with them in Y.

There is no denying that SQ still has some of the best service in the world. I think that my first flight and the one on the A380 both had crews that were on SQ levels, but the others were not bad either. Even so, SQ has great consistency, which is obviously where Emirates is playing catch-up.

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 26):
How does it feel sitting in a 777 with 10 abreast seating?? Are the seats considerably narrower and uncomfortable? The seat pitch looks great though.

Personally, I do not mind the 10 abreast seating in Economy Class. The seat on the A380 was only slightly more comfortable, but I had unlimited legroom on that flight. Since I am quite slim and tall, I need seat pitch. This is why I like the great pitch and don't mind the reduced width. Furthermore, if these additional seats allow EK to offer better ticket prices, then I'm all for it!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
I had expected you would post a great report, but what you finally delivered is excellent! The report is well-written as usual and accompanied by fantastic pictures. You're never tired of taking pictures, are you?

Thank you PlaneHunter. Hehehe... I never get tired of taking pictures! I think I had about 2000 at the end of my trip!  Smile

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
I would say this is the best Globetraveller-report I have seen here.

Thank you for your kind words. I guess I have a lot of live up to now!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
No doubts, EK's Economy Class food is outstanding.

The food was excellent - definitely some of the best Economy Class food I ever had!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
At least the trays are quite large - judging from the pictures I have seen in several reports, QR's trays look really cramped.

Yes, the trays were reasonable. The reason why the trays on the A380 were smaller was that there is not enough space in the galleys to accommodate the number of carts that would be needed for so many large trays. I guess this is what happens when there are almost 400 Economy Class passengers.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
That was also available on my LHR-DXB flight - just like all the other options.

I guess EK uses the same menu out of all their London flights. I really liked it!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
The seats and the widescreen ice are the same on the A380 and the newer 777s - except for a few details (e.g. minimal seat width difference, tail camera). As I have already said in my recent report, the seats are too hard in my opinion. Air New Zealand's Economy Class seats on the 747s are the most comfortable ones I have ever seen. However - EK's IFE is simply amazing and far ahead of most competitors.

I really liked the Emirates Economy Class seats. Legroom is very important to me, which is probably why I value these seats so highly. They are a little hard, but I do not find this particularly uncomfortable.

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 28):
All I Can Say is

WOW!!

Thank you Jordan. I am glad you enjoyed the trip report!

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 28):
Emirates looks simply amazing. I can't wait to try them later in the year if I use them over BA to go to South Africa. Looking at this report, I might just do that.

Emirates offers a great service to South Africa at some very competitive prices. Maybe you should give them a try and write at TR as well!  Smile

Quoting Floris83 (Reply 29):
Globetraveller, absolutely terrific report !

Hi there Floris83. Thank you and thanks for taking the time to read this long TR.

Quoting Floris83 (Reply 29):
Since two years I've been a regular flier on EK, simply because their fares are hard to beat...(for me, from Europe to Asia vv).

I agree; Emirates often has very competitive fares, especially to Asia, Australasia and Africa.

Quoting Floris83 (Reply 29):
Last flight (DUS-DXB) I was sitting next to a woman, who got the tray presented. She looked at it, then turned to me and said: "I thought airlines were in crisis?"
The strawberry cheescake is delicious! (i got my neighbour's too)

Hehehe... I was thinking the same thing during one or two of my flights. There was certainly no shortage of food!

Quoting Floris83 (Reply 29):
Moreover, EK doesn't give you less miles for booking a lower class, which I think is quite exceptional nowadays (as was upgrading to Business on the A380)

I also agree with you here! This is also a big thing for me! Emirates' Skywards program is how a Frequent Flyer program should be. In the end, the ticket prices are still a couple of hundred Dollars/Pounds/Euros, so I hate when I do not collect miles on my flights!

Quoting Skyhigh777 (Reply 30):
Wow what an incredible trip report. I VERY muched enjoyed your pictures of the new terminal in DXB, I hope I can be there in person someday!

Thank you Andres and thanks for reading and commenting on the TR. You should definitely go to DXB. It is an amazing airport!

Quoting Skyhigh777 (Reply 30):
Emirates looks like a great airline, and I'm dying to take a flight on the A380 out of JFK.

Well, you better hurry! The A380 is being taken off the JFK route at the end of May, so there is little time left!

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 31):
Wow! ... That was one hell of a TR .. extremely detailed. ..

Hi there Roni! Hehehe... I know, it turned out a little too long. Oh well, a little detail overkill never hurts anyone.  Smile

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 31):
One TR i was supposed to be a part of i guess ... Sorry about that once again!

Yeah, that was unfortunate. Never mind, I am sure it will work out sometime soon. Be sure to tell me if you come by the UK. I think I will fly through DXB a couple of times in summer, so I'll keep you posted.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 31):
One thing though, the two terminals you were in at DXB were Terminal 1 (the old EK home) and Terminal 3 (the current EK home). Terminal 2 is used for LCC's, and those underground CIS, Iranian etc airlines. There is no means of transfering between T1 and T2 for passengers while Airside.

Hmmm, well it might be Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, but the Concourses are still called 1 & 2. Concourse 1 is connected to Terminal 1 and Concourse 2 is the new Concourse connected to Terminal 3. I know Terminal 2 is used for the less mainstream airlines, so I hope I did not refer to it in my TR. I often get confused between Concourses and Terminals at DXB.  Smile

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 31):
It is interesting that some EK flights still operate out of T1. I did not know that. How easy is it to transfer from T1 to T3?

I was surprised by this too! I guess there is just not enough space at peak times. It is very easy to transfer between the two Terminals using the walkway at the foot of the control tower, so I guess this is not much of an issue. I bet some passengers do not even notice!

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 31):
With regards to the consistency aspect, i am quite surprised actually; but in a good way. This TR and a recent one posted by PlaneHunter have somewhat demonstrated improvement within EK. Also, having watched some of EK's Cabin Crew Training videos, they have stressed on increased service competition and their need to improve their services in certain areas. So i guess we are seeing this being implemented. ...

I agree with you here. I was very surprised by my experiences on these flights, because I am a big Emirates sceptic myself. I guess they really have worked hard to improve.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 31):
But, a stubborn one like me will continue to support good old Etihad heheh

Hehehe... I think I will join you for a flight one day!  Smile

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 31):
And it is so sad to see such a low load factor on your flight.

Well, I was quite happy to have so much space and such great service, but I guess this trip does highlight the problems EK has on this route. It is sad to see the A380 go from JFK, but I look forward to flying it to BKK instead.  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 32):
Great report and pictures, seems the 4 EK flights here were all excellent.

Hi there Mark. I am glad you enjoyed the TR!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 32):
look forward to your next batch of EK reports to see if the consistency continues.

I am also curious to see what happens. However, I have so many Skywards miles now that I think I will upgrade on the JFK-DXB-JNB sector. I guess this will mess up the test, but I want to try the EK A380 in Business Class on a long haul flight!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 32):
Double yikes! - Not well thought out design.

Hehehe... You can say that again! I guess someone forgot to look into this!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 32):
Still don't like the middle seat in the 3 section, not nice for J class.

While this is true, I really like the new EK 777 Business Class seats. They are very comfortable and I love massive PTV.  Smile

Quoting Richierich (Reply 33):
Hard to write something that hasn't already been written but that was a fantastic trip report.

Hehehe... Thank you Richierich and thanks for taking the time to read the trip report.

Quoting Richierich (Reply 33):
If anybody wants to know what makes a great trip report, they merely have to take lessons from Globetraveller and hope they come close! Unbelieveable!

Wow... I am honoured. Thank you for your kind words.

Quoting Richierich (Reply 33):
I'm really being highly picky and irrating here but I can't for the life of me figure out where this could be in Connecticut. Judging by your flight routing (straight down the Hudson, then swing to the west followed by a direct southeast route to the JFK area), I'd say that is not Connecticut. I'm not very helpful because I cannot identify what I am looking at but it doesn't look like anywhere in SE Connecticut that I am familiar with.

You are probably right. This picture was taken as EK201 flew towards the East just North of New York. I guess this was somewhere along the Stateline between New York and CT. I do not know where exactly it was taken either, even though I spent most of my time in the US in CT.

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Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:11 am

Hi Globetraveller
WOW! What a report, was well worth reading for more than an hour this early in the morning.
I dream of EK flying to DUB soon, never mind even getting to fly with them one day  pray 
Thanks for posting, must have taking alot of your time to write up.
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:27 am

Hi Globetraveller,

Thanks for another amazing string of TRs. And the countless pictures too! Many angles I never contemplated capturing. It seems like a few of us have got the EK A380 nailed! Now is it time for everyone to do TRs on another A380 airline?  Silly

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 1):
My only complaint would be the cluttered dinner tray.

The bad thing about the tray IMO is that the shape isn't right to fit the table. It'd make much more sense if they had rectangle trays which took up the entire width and spread the items out a little more but it seems like it's the issue of carrying different sizes and having to juggle everything around to achieve this.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 1):
The ICE cockpit

How do you get to that screen?

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 2):
Sadly, there was no priority boarding call for Skywards Gold and Silver members

That seems strange. Especially due to the fact you were departing DXB!

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 2):
The bulkhead between Economy and Business Class.

Too bad you can't use the PTV sitting on the other side of that bulkhead  Silly

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 5):
The numerous massive pillars straight out of The Lord of the Rings.

I see no goblins..  Silly
Amazing design I must say.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 5):
Emirates is one of the few airlines that grant its Silver Frequent Flyer members lounge access at its home base. Even though Skywards Silver members do not have access to the new Business Class lounge in Concourse 2, one can hardly complain about the ‘old’ Emirates Business Class lounge they are allowed to use in Terminal 2. The lounge was very comfortable and had all the amenities one could ever ask for.

I should get silver before embarking on a journey!

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 6):
After sleeping for a good four hours, I woke up over Scandinavia and needed to use the bathroom. As with everything on the A380, the bathroom was impressive. It was bigger than the usual toilets and there were plenty of amenities available.

It doesn't look like you visited the big one at the front of the plane.. Maybe on your next journey!

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 8):
While I am not disputing that there are flights where Emirates does not fulfil the expectations of its passengers, the four flights I covered in this trip report show that the airline is capable of delivering consistent high quality. The hard product was almost identical on all of my flights and the soft product ranged from very good to outstanding.

Totally agree. This high quality and consistency looks like it's here to stay.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 8):
Emirates / JFK-DXB / Economy Class / A380-800 / 2009
Emirates / DXB-JNB / Economy Class / 777-300ER / 2009
Emirates / JNB-DXB / Economy Class / 777-300ER / 2009
Emirates / DXB-LHR / Economy Class / 777-300 / 2009

JNB again!!! I guess you're up for another consistency test? Wow.

Just curious - where is the USB port for the bulkhead seats?


The photos you took inside the terminals were spectacular. It seems as though I don't have to visit a lot of airports around the world now people have posted TRs on here!

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 34):
I guess I have a lot of live up to now!

Feel the pressure!! Haha, that's one hard thing about making such excellent TRs..  Silly I'm sure the future TRs will be as good, if not better as this!


Thanks again for that brilliant read and the photos included. A real pleasure reading it.


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Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:20 am

Really enjoy your posts, keep them coming, you have an avid fan base!
 
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:36 am

Wow what an absolutely awesome trip report...uber kudos to you for writing it.
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:23 am

Very detailed report on your trip on board Emirates, I really enjoyed it a lot, the pictures are great aswell.
 
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:40 am

WOW! One of the best TR's I've ever read! Loved every word and every picture of it!! That EK cabin star lighting is truly innovative. And DXB airport, well, stunning to say the least!!

Thanks alot for posting and congrats to EK on proving themselves!
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:47 am

W-O-W! Great TR! It's detailed, has an A380, is about EK and involves JFK! Any one of these is bound to get my attention  Smile

I'm extremely pleased that all 4 of your flights were good....

Thanks a million for sharing. Your layout and design makes this all the more accesible.
 
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Quoting EICVD (Reply 35):
WOW! What a report, was well worth reading for more than an hour this early in the morning.

Hi there Mark. Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to read this long TR.

Quoting EICVD (Reply 35):
I dream of EK flying to DUB soon, never mind even getting to fly with them one day.

I am sure EK will eventually fly to almost every country in Europe. All those new planes have to go somewhere!!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
Thanks for another amazing string of TRs. And the countless pictures too! Many angles I never contemplated capturing. It seems like a few of us have got the EK A380 nailed!

Hey Nicholas. I am glad you enjoyed the trip report. I think we have the EK A380 covered in Economy Class now, but a long haul First Class TR is still missing... I wish I was the one writing it...  Smile

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
Now is it time for everyone to do TRs on another A380 airline?

Hehehe... I guess so. The QF A380 is not very well covered yet and the AF A380 is up next.  Smile

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
How do you get to that screen?

It is one of the views on the Flightpath Information Channel. It comes up every now and again.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
That seems strange. Especially due to the fact you were departing DXB!

Yes, I was a little surprised by this too. I guess because it was four in the morning, someone simply forgot.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
I see no goblins..
Amazing design I must say.

Hehehe... Yeah, true... I think I will always remember this amazing structure. A true masterpiece.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
It doesn't look like you visited the big one at the front of the plane.. Maybe on your next journey!

I wish I could! First Class is a little overkill though, especially when it comes to the price!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
JNB again!!! I guess you're up for another consistency test? Wow.

Hehehe... Well, I think I might upgrade for the JFK-DXB-JNB sector, so this would sort of mess up the trip report. I'll see what happens.  Smile

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
Just curious - where is the USB port for the bulkhead seats?

The USB port is on the side panel of the aircraft, under the window.

Quoting Sdate747 (Reply 37):
Really enjoy your posts,

Hi there Saurabh. I am glad you enjoyed the trip report.

Quoting Sdate747 (Reply 37):
you have an avid fan base!

Hehehe... Thank you very much! I guess I have a lot to live up to in the future!

Quoting United1 (Reply 38):
Wow what an absolutely awesome trip report...uber kudos to you for writing it.

Thank you Chuck. I am glad you liked it.

Quoting B7474 (Reply 39):
Very detailed report on your trip on board Emirates, I really enjoyed it a lot, the pictures are great aswell.

Hi there Christopher. It is good to know that you enjoyed the TR and the numerous pictures.

Quoting BW424 (Reply 40):
WOW! One of the best TR's I've ever read! Loved every word and every picture of it!!

Thank you very much BW424. I had a great time writing this trip report and it is comments like this which make all the effort even more worthwhile!  Smile

Quoting BW424 (Reply 40):
That EK cabin star lighting is truly innovative. And DXB airport, well, stunning to say the least!!

I really like the 'star' ceiling lighting too - it creates a beautiful cabin ambience.

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 41):
W-O-W! Great TR! It's detailed, has an A380, is about EK and involves JFK! Any one of these is bound to get my attention

Hehehe... Thank you Directorguy. I am glad this TR managed to get your attention!

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 41):
Your layout and design makes this all the more accesible.

With such a massive trip report, this is very important. It is good to know that you still found the layout accessible, even though the report was so long.

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Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:59 pm



Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 17):
the other one was put in front of the starboard side seats.

I hope the infant did not disturb you much more. You were not able to enjoy the IFE properly anyway.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 23):
I wouldn't mind flying them in the future, but still, they do not serve AMS

It is a pity that none of the Gulf carriers serves AMS nowadays.

Quoting Floris83 (Reply 29):
The strawberry cheescake is delicious! (i got my neighbour's too)

I will be your seat mate next time. Big grin

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Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:18 pm

Hi, GT,

well done. Superb pics and a good read.
I´am also working on my EK story right now.
Maybe online around the weekend to share some EK experiences.

Greetings,
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:42 pm



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 43):
I hope the infant did not disturb you much more. You were not able to enjoy the IFE properly anyway.

Hi again Suryo. I was glad that I had the Bose Noise cancelling headphones with me, because the infant was not the quietest of sorts. In the end, I slept for the majority of the flight, so it was not that bad.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 43):
It is a pity that none of the Gulf carriers serves AMS nowadays.

Yeah, this is quite strange actually. I would have thought that at least one of the Gulf carriers would be serving AMS by now. I guess it must have something to do with getting permission to fly there from the Middle East. Maybe the government was to protect KLM.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 44):
well done. Superb pics and a good read.

Thank you Markus. I am glad you enjoyed reading the trip report.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 44):
I´am also working on my EK story right now.
Maybe online around the weekend to share some EK experiences.

Great! I look forward to this trip report with enthusiasm. It will be interesting to see if the EK consistency run will continue.

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Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:53 am



Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 34):
It is interesting that you mention this, because I often keep my TRs for printing and binding. I am sure this will be quite a few pages long. It was my pleasure creating it.

I hope this continues too. After flying them all the way back on the same route, I will become Skywards Gold, so I think I will be a loyal flier for a year or so too!

Neat Idea !

Good that you will be Skywards Gold as rumour has it they might be introducing a new platinum tier soon so the qualifying levels may change ..

Also

All online bonus miles have reduced as below :


From April 1st 2009

Here’s how many bonus Miles you can earn online:

Class of travel Miles earned Bonus
First Class 2 Skywards Miles 100%
Business Class 1.5 Skywards Miles 50%
Economy Class 1.2 Skywards Miles 20%




http://www.emirates.com/nz/English/d...s_miles/bonus_skywards_miles.aspx]



F was 150 % , J 70 % and Y 30% till March 31st 2009



But now , paid F gets hit bad the extra 50% bonus miles was a real great deal ...

However EK do have a Triple/double miles promo till June09

http://www.emirates.com/nz/English/d...rldwide/bonus_miles_worldwide.aspx


I will keep travelling on EK as they have always taken good care of the missus and I so looking forward to more great travel  Smile


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Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:26 am

Your reports are simply stunning! Thankyou very, very, much for all the time you put into this. I know that whenever I read a report from you its going to be of the highest quality.  Smile
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Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:09 pm

Freaking AMAZING trip report!



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RE: The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK

Sat Apr 04, 2009 5:07 pm



Quoting EKFly3r (Reply 46):
Good that you will be Skywards Gold as rumour has it they might be introducing a new platinum tier soon so the qualifying levels may change ..

Hi again EKFly3r. I think it makes sense for EK to introduce another tier for the very frequent fliers, but I doubt the qualifying levels for Gold will change. I think 50,000 miles or 40 sectors is roughly in line with many other carriers, so I doubt that will be increased. I also belief the Gold benefits would remain the same. I guess Platinum would be 80,000 or 100,000, but I do not know what extra benefits this tier would get.

I can also see some of the Silver benefits, such as lounge access at DXB and Business Class check-in being reduced. Skywards Silver benefits are very generous at the moment, so they may change.

Quoting EKFly3r (Reply 46):
However EK do have a Triple/double miles promo till June09

Yes, this is true! I was lucky to spot this promotion just before I went on these flights, because unless one registers for this promotion, one does not get the double miles! I ended up collecting a tonne of miles, especially for the DXB-JFK sector!  Smile

Quoting M11Stephen (Reply 47):
Your reports are simply stunning! Thankyou very, very, much for all the time you put into this. I know that whenever I read a report from you its going to be of the highest quality.

Thank you very much M11Stephen. I am glad you feel that my TRs are of a consistent high quality and I hope I will be able to maintain this standard in the future.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 48):
Freaking AMAZING trip report!

Hehehe... Thank you Lee. I'm glad you liked it.

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