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Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:22 pm

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1. OPENING COMMENTS


I. Contents

1. OPENING COMMENTS
I. Contents
II. Introduction
III. General Flight Overview

2. DUBAI
I. The Emirates facilities at the Le Meridian Dubai
II. Dubai International Airport

3. THE FLIGHT

4. FINAL REMARKS


II. Introduction

Every now and again, one takes a flight that will remain in one’s memory forever. While these sorts of flights are few and far between, their very existence reminds us all that flying can still be glamorous and enjoyable. Throughout my years of flying, I have had three flights of this kind. This trip report will feature one of them.

Those of you who have been following my trip reports will probably have noticed that Emirates has been my airline of choice after I began to get somewhat bored with Singapore Airlines. In fact, before this flight, I had been on 14 Emirates flights totalling more than 55,000 statute miles this year alone.

After spending a couple of days in India, I flew out of Delhi the evening before my flight to Houston. My ticket was booked in Business Class and the flight from Delhi to Dubai was average and uneventful. In fact, I was actually not planning to write a trip report at all.

Several hours before my first flight on the 777-200LR, everything still seemed ordinary. During check-in, I was given my pre-booked Business Class window seat in row 7 and I then proceeded to the Business Class lounge for breakfast - just as I had imagined I would. Roughly 45 minutes before departure, I walked towards the gate for EK211 and handed my Business Class boarding pass to the Emirates agent.

After a short while, she gave me my section of the boarding pass back and I started walking towards the waiting area unsuspectingly. However, as I was entering the holding area, the corner of my eye caught the large letters “FIRST” on the little piece of paper I was holding in my hand. I turned to the agent in confusion. She looked at back at me and smiled. “Mr. Globetraveller, you’ve been upgraded to First.”


III. General Flight Overview

Airline: Emirates Airline (EK)
Flight number: EK 211
Origin: Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Destination: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
Distance: 8168 miles
Scheduled departure time: 9:05
Scheduled flight time: 16 hours 20 minutes
Scheduled arrival time: 16:25
Class of Travel: First Class
Seat: 1K
Equipment: Boeing 777-21H/LR
Registration: A6-EWB
 
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:23 pm

2. DUBAI


I. The Emirates facilities at the Le Meridian

Before I begin, please allow me to take you back to the day before.

At 11:30pm, my flight, EK 515, landed in Dubai from India. After clearly Dubai Immigration and collecting my suitcase, I was outside the Arrivals in no time at all. As my transit was for longer than 6 hours, I had arranged for the complimentary hotel stay in the Le Meridian Dubai.

After a short five minute drive with the Emirates Chauffeur Service, I arrived at the hotel. I must say, I was impressed. Usually, this hotel does not come cheap and it was a complete overkill for the seven hours that I would stay there. Still, I was not complaining.

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The Lobby in the Le Meridian Dubai.

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The immaculately polished marble floors.

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The large room that I could call my own for six hours.

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The deserted pool after midnight.


I awoke at 6am after only being able to sleep for four hours or so. Still, things could be worse – I did have a 16 hours flight on a 777-200LR to look forward to after all. After gathering all of my belongings, I went to the reception where my Chauffer driver was already waiting for me.

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The plush waiting area for Emirates guests.

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Looking down the special entrance for Emirates passengers.

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The special Emirates entrance into the Le Meridian Dubai.



I. Dubai International Airport

After a brisk five minute drive back to Dubai International Airport, my bags were picked up by one of the numerous baggage handlers and I proceeded to the Business Class USA Check-in. The entire experience was very comfortable and I felt really well looked after.

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The usual Emirates Volvo chauffer car.

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Inside the First and Business Class check-in area.


The check-in process was equally effortless.

“Good morning sir. Where are you travelling to today?”
“Good morning! I’m off to Houston today.”
“Great! You will enjoy your 777-200LR – that aircraft is really beautiful”

Wow! What did he just say? He sure knew what I was thinking! The 777-200LR was half the reason I was actually on this flight.

“Yes! It is definitely is. Is my seat 7A confirmed?”
“Certainly Mr. Globetraveller. You are all set. Have a great trip and keep flying with us.”
“Thank you. Have a great day.”

Well, with service like that, I sure would keep flying Emirates! Even so, none of this was completely out of the ordinary. There had not even been a hint of what was to come in the next couple of hours.

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The short queues at the numerous Business Class counters.

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The Emirates Business Class USA Check-in counters.


Without further ado, I made my way through immigration and to the new Business Class Lounge for breakfast. In my humble opinion, this is one of the best Business Class lounges in the world. It reminds me more of a complex of lounges than anything else, because there are so many different sections. At the front desk, an Emirates agent wished me a good morning and checked my boarding pass.

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The seating area just past the entrance in the Emirates Business Class lounge.

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The modern marble and wooden design near the entrance.

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The lounge directory showing the vast expanse of this facility.


Surprisingly, the Business Class lounge was quite empty this morning. I guess the global recession was still gripping the aviation industry and that nobody was flying Business Class. Little did I know that this definitely did not apply to my flight!

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The long corridor stretching through the entire lounge.

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The magnificent architecture at DXB is clearly visible.

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An interesting blue colour scheme in one of the other areas.

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One of the many nice seating areas available.


After walking around for a little while, I settled down for breakfast in the main dining area. The buffet and beverage selection reminded me more of a five-star hotel than an airport lounge. There were numerous cold and hot dishes, snacks and desserts. The beverage selection was equally impressive and the best thing was that the Champagne kept flowing as the waiters constantly refilled my glass. I was impressed, very impressed.

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The stylish main dining area in the Business Class Lounge.

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One of the numerous snack bars.

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Some nice Western and Arabic chilled delights.

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Some Champagne to go with the food.


I decided to try as many dishes as possibly as I had not eaten since my flight from India the night before. In hindsight, I think I had a little too much, especially considering that Emirates First Class probably has the best airline food in the world. However, I had no idea what was to come, so I feasted like a king.

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The impressive warm buffet with eight dishes on offer.

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My first round of dining.

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Followed closely by another round. The taste was excellent.


After eating more than my daily food allowance in one sitting, I was in such good spirits than I decided to give the Xbox 360 driving game a go. The lounge had slowly begun filling up, but there were no children to be found.

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Some of the new seating areas added to increase the lounge’s capacity.

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The deserted gaming area inside the lounge.


A quick look at this morning’s Emirates departures.


After a couple of minutes of ludicrous driving, I decided it was time to grow up again and began heading towards my Gate for EK 211, Gate 224. As an avid aviation enthusiast, I had been looking forward to this flight for several months and I was ecstatic about the journey that I was about to embark on.

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The massive central atrium in the Emirates concourse.

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Gate 224 was clearly signposted from the lounge.

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Shopping anyone? Too bad most things cost a small fortune here.


As I approached the Gate 224, I was welcomed by quite a long queue of passengers. I was quite surprised, because I had been expecting an empty flight. Nevertheless, the premium class queue was basically non-existent and I made my way towards the counter. As I was doing so, one of the other passengers started snarling at me about cutting the queue. I respectfully told him that I was allowed to use the fast-track lane.

Sadly, this only made him more persistent and he actively tried to convince me that I had no right to cut the queue. Eager to avoid making a scene, I told him that I respected his opinion and continued on my way. Thankfully I did not see this gentleman again.

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One of the amazing concourse ends.

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Walking towards Gate 224 inside the Emirates concourse.

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The shorter queue at one of the other Gates.


At the counter, I handed my boarding pass and passport to the young Emirates agent.

“Good morning Mr. Globetraveller.”
“Good morning.”
“Is Houston your final destination sir?”
“Yes, it is for today.”
“Alright then Mr. Globetraveller. Here is your passport and boarding pass. Have a great flight.”
“Thank you!”

Clueless as to how my fortunes had just taken a drastic change for the better, I grabbed my documents and hand luggage and walked on. However, as I was entering the holding area, the corner of my eye caught the large letters “FIRST” on the little piece of paper I was holding in my hand. I turned to the agent in confusion. She looked at back at me and smiled. “Mr. Globetraveller, you’ve been upgraded to First.”

I was bemused. I never expect to get upgraded. This is not to say that I would ever turn an upgrade down. I guess this day just turned out to be my lucky day: 16 hours in a First Class Suite on an Emirates 777-200LR. This was the pinnacle of my wildest aviation fantasies and to my amazement, it would be a fantasy no more.

I was onboard EK 211 to Houston at 8:35, 30 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.
 
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:24 pm

3. THE FLIGHT


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My boarding pass for EK211 from DXB to IAH.


At the door, the Egyptian purser dressed in the smart new Emirates uniform welcomed me onboard.

“Good morning Mr. Globetraveller.”
“Good morning.”
“It is my pleasure to welcome you onboard Emirates again. I will personally be looking after you today, so please feel free to call for me at any time.”
“Thank you so much.”
“May I help you with your hand luggage?”
“No, it’s very light.”
“Certainly. Please allow me to take you to your suite Mr. Globetraveller. Right this way.”

As soon as I stepped onboard, I knew this flight was going to be something special. The purser treated me like a guest of honour and made me feel like I belong in First Class. I had previously been snarled at while flying BMI in Business, so this was a pleasant surprise.

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My seat on today’s flight to Houston: 1K.

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My first glimpse of my seat on EK 211.

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An overview of the Emirates First Class suite.

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My view for the next 16 hours to Houston.


I had seen pictures of the Emirates First Class suites before, but they simply do not do them justice. As I turned right towards the cabin, I was stunned at just how massive these cabins were. While the wooden panels and golden highlights may not be to everyone’s liking, I think that it reflects the overall lavishness of the EK First Class product quite well.

As I sat down, the friendly purser continued:

“Mr. Globetraveller, I assume you know how your seat and our service work. However, do you have any questions?”
Pretending that this was nothing new: “I’m fine right now, thank you.”
“Certainly. Could I offer you something to drink?” He continued in a joking manner: “Perhaps some Dom Perignon get the day started?”
I laughed and took him up on his offer.

As he went to get my Champagne, I started exploring my opulent surroundings. This was without a doubt the best seat I had ever sat on. A friendly Malaysian stewardess soon came to bring me my glass of bubbly. She also introduced herself and inquired about my travels.

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The Champagne served on this flight: Dom Perignon.


My glass of Champagne before boarding was complete.

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An overview of the large side panel in the suite.

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What would a trip report be without the famous knee shot?


The attention to detail and quality of the service was truly spectacular. The crew serving the eight seat First Class cabin today were a dream come true. There were three stewardesses, one from Malaysia, one from Singapore and one from Korea as well as the Egyptian purser. It was like the best of Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines combined and I was very impressed by how each passenger was treated to a very personal experience.

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The ICE welcome screen for this flight.

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The blanket and mattress stored behind the seat.

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Notice the writing tray below the orchid and the plug near the mirror.

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Our route for today’s ultra long haul flight.


Soon, the Singaporean stewardess came around with some Arabian coffee. Naturally, I accepted. The boarding process was completed at about 8:50am and the First Class cabin had filled up completely. The load on this flight was 100% in all cabins. Not bad in this day and age! The captain then welcomed us onboard and announced our routing and flight time.

My glass of Dom Perignon was topped up again even as we had pushed back on time at 9:05am. As EK 211 began taxiing towards the runway 12R, the safety video was shown and the crew came around to ensure that the cabin was ready for takeoff. At 9:20am, the massive GE90 engines spooled to full thrust and A6-EWB rocketed down runway 12R. However, all the way at the front, all I could hear was a whisper. It reminded me somewhat of the A380. After what seemed like a lifetime, EK 211 lifted off Dubai International Airport at 9:22am.

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My small cup of Arabian coffee.

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The beginning of the Emirates in-flight safety video.

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Half the reason I am on this flight today: the 777-200LR.


The climb out of Dubai was very slow, especially for a Boeing 777. I am sure the aircraft must have been at (MTOW) with such a long flight and a completely full cabin. As soon as the seatbelt sign was extinguished, the Malaysia stewardess brought me another glass of Dom Perignon. I did not have to say a word.   Now that is what I call service!

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The view outside as EK 211 was climbing out of Dubai.

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Turning north across the gulf towards Iran.

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Some of the first glimpses of Iran.


As EK 211 began crossing into Iran, the purser came around with the First Class amenities and the large menu:

“Mr. Globetraveller, how are you doing so far?”
“Excellent, thank you.”
“Great. This is the menu for today’s flight. You can order anything, at any time, however you want it. Don’t be shy.”
I laughed and replied: “I am sure I will keep you busy, this looks amazing.”
“Not a problem. We have plenty of food for everyone.”

This kind of personal and enthusiastic service was what really set this crew apart. I always feel like the Singapore Airlines crew I had in the past were sometimes lacking in this department. They were often robotic and consistent, which is great in Economy Class, but less so in the premium cabins.

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The large leather First Class menu.

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The wine list on today’s flight to Houston.

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Crossing into Iranian airspace.

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The barren landscape below.


The amenities on offer were truly First Class as well. There was everything one could ever need and quite a bit more – large soft Pyjamas, a towel, an oversized leather amenity kit, some slippers and several other goodies! In fact, I was beginning to understand why the First Class Suite was so big: where else would one store all these things?!

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No wonder there is so much space in the suite!

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A closer look at all the EK First Class amenities on this flight.

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More spectacular views of Iran.


Soon after, the Korean stewardess kneeled down beside my suite and enquired if I wanted to eat anything.

“Mr. Globetraveller, would you like to have some breakfast?”

I was really regretting my massive meal in the lounge earlier, and so I had to decline for now.

“If you want, I can take your order for later. How about in two hours?”
“Yes, definitely – that is a good idea.” I then placed my lunch order with her.
“Would you like canapés and some more Champagne now?”
“Alright then. If you insist.” I said in a jokingly.
“I do Mr. Globetraveller” she replied smiling.

The menu was vast. There were numerous appetisers, entrees and desserts to choose from. The whole experience definitely felt much more like a five-star restaurant than in-flight catering.

As EK 211 finally reached its initial cruise altitude of 30,000 feet, each passenger was given a small basket of nibbles. These included snacks like Pringles and Mars Bars, which made for some nice comfort food later in the flight. The Singaporean stewardess also enquired if I would like any other beverages in my little in-seat mini bar, but I was happy with what was already there.

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The small basket of nibbles given to First Class passengers.

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A selection of nuts to accompany the Champagne.

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Paradise in the sky...

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The massive table in the Emirates suite.


A little more than half an hour after takeoff, the Korean stewardess returned with the canapés and some orange juice. I was also served some olives with parmesan cheese. I could not help but laugh at how my small order of canapés had all of a sudden become so much food. There is no doubt about it: I was being spoilt beyond belief.

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My post-takeoff snack.

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The fresh tasting orange juice.

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A nice selection of tasty canapés.

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Olives stuffed with feta accompanied by parmesan cheese.


Most people will agree that one thing Emirates is consistently great at is its in-flight entertainment. In my opinion, the newest ICE Widescreen IFE system is the best system in the skies today. So what happens when you plug the best IFE system in the world to a 23 inch widescreen monitor? Let’s just call it in-flight entertainment heaven.

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Quest has a great selection of TV shows including Top Gear and Mythbusters.

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My absolute favourite source of entertainment in the air.

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The massive 23 inch screen made the amazing ICE system even better.


After enjoying the Top Gear Vietnam Special on my ridiculously large screen, the Korean stewardess returned to inquire if I was ready for my lunch. My expectations were very high, because the Emirates food in Economy Class is usually already pretty good. So this meal had to be amazing to be truly ‘First Class’.

“Mr. Globetraveller, you requested for your lunch to be served at about this time. Would you like to dine now?”

How could I say no? And so the food festival commenced. Less than a minute later, the stewardess set up my massive table for the meal service. The four course lunch then began like every Emirates First Class meal should: with a generous serving of Iranian caviar.

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The table cloth over the large dining table.

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My starter for my lunch: Iranian caviar.

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The lunch set-up with the starter, bread and condiments.

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The high quality Iranian caviar.


I think caviar is a very acquired taste, but the quality of my serving on this flight was very high. The caviar had a very smooth taste and a slightly crunchy texture – just right in my opinion. As I finished my serving, the Korean stewardess reappeared and asked if I wanted more.

“Mr. Globetraveller, can I offer you some more caviar?”
“Hmmmm. I would love to have some more, but I think I still have a lot of food coming. It tasted great though – not something I get to eat often.”
“Who does? I am glad you liked it though. Maybe you can have another serving later.”
“I think I’ll have to take you up on that offer.”

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The generous bread basket, which was constantly refilled.

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One of my favourite white wines: Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay.

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The white wine that was accompanying my starters.


And so the feast continued with the Smoked Salmon tranche. Once again, the taste was great and I could not help but wonder whether I was eating this on an aircraft or in a five start restaurant. The massive dining table and delicious food were really something special.

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My second course for lunch: the Smoked Salome Tranche.

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Note the restaurant style presentation of the salmon.

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Flying through the clouds above northern Iran.


The peppered beef fillet and mini desserts followed soon after and their taste was no less respectable. My expectations had definitely been high and there was no doubt that they had been more than just fulfilled.

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My main course for lunch on EK 211: Peppered beef fillet.

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The excellent peppered beef fillet.

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Time for dessert: I chose the mini desserts.

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The great closure to my lunch service.


After all the wining and dining, I decided to take a little stroll around the aircraft. Surely enough, every single seat was full in this 16 hour flight. The First Class sections onboard EK 777-200LRs also have a small bar between the cabin and the cockpit. However, this was largely unused on this flight as most passengers chose to remain in their seats.

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A look down the First Class cabin during the flight.

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The small First Class bar at the front of the aircraft.


The bathroom was also a pretty standard affair – nothing like the shower Suites on the Emirates A380s. Still, who would want to spend much time in the bathroom when one has such an amazing seat to come back to?

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The average but clean bathroom. There were two for eight passengers.

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Three windows per seat – not bad at all.

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Looking over Eastern Europe from above.

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Time for some privacy: my own little mini cabin.


With five hours of the flight behind me and more than ten hours still to go, the lights were slowly dimmed and the mood lighting began to illuminate the cabin in brilliant colours.

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The mood lighting illuminated cabin.

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My little retractable mini bar in suite 1K.

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Notice the fact that ‘seat’ has been replaced by ‘suite’.

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An overview of my suite as the lights were dimmed.


I usually enjoy chatting with my fellow passengers, so I was initially a little apprehensive about the whole suite idea. However, as I was settling down for a few episodes of Mythbusters, the privacy and comfort were definitely noteworthy.

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The relaxing ambiance inside my little cabin.

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The privacy doors in suite 1K.

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A look back at my seat with the doors closed.

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The small bunch of fresh orchids in each suite.


The wonderful crew were great at checking on the passengers at regular intervals. On one of these rounds, the Malaysian stewardess asked me if I would like my bed to be set up. As I was beginning to get a little tired, I gratefully agreed.

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The full flat seat without the bed set-up.

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The mattress, blanket and plush pillow over my seat.

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This bed was even more comfortable than it looks.

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A birds-eye view of my suite in sleeping mode.


The level of comfort and tranquillity once the bed was set up and the privacy doors were closed was really something special. Being so far at the front of the plane, all I could hear in the distance was the quiet thunder of the massive GE90 engines. All in all, the suite was a really nice place to be.

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The perfect way to enjoy a few movies.

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An overview of my little cabin.

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The modern mood lighting effect on the celing.

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More legroom than anyone could ever ask for.


As I explored more of this month’s massive selection on ICE, I could not help but feel like I was sitting in my bed at home browsing the movies on Virgin Media. Granted, the bed was not quite was big as my own, but the entertainment selection definitely put Virgin Media to shame.

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The entertainment section in ICE.

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Some of this month’s movie selection.

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Some of the information available in ICE.


As EK 211 began to near Greenland, sleep began to get the better of me. I guess the fully flat bed just proved to be too comfortable and I am sure the futuristic starlit sky was also a contributing factor.

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The location of EK 211 before I fell asleep.

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Our route over the top of the world.

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The quiet First Class cabin as most passengers went to get some rest.

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The beautiful star filled ceiling. Notice the lack of overhead bins.


Thankfully, after an hour or so of sleep I woke up again. I must have remembered the amazing sights I had of Northern Canada on my recent DXB-JFK flight and as I opened my window shade, I was in awe of what I witnessed.

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The great white expanse below.

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The amazing texture of the snow covered landscape below.

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The white snow contrasted nicely with the deep blue lakes.


Soon, the white frozen arctic tundra gave way to magnificent green mountains and valleys. There was not a sight of human activity as far as the eye could see. The contrast between my warm comfortable surroundings and the harsh environment below was breathtaking.

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The cockpit view from my wireless controller.

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Snow meets earth...

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Magnificent nothern Canada.

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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:27 pm

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The untouched landscape as far as the eye could see.


Another nice feature in the Emirates First Class suite was the wireless controller. Not only did it allow me to put your seat in every imaginable position, but it also controller the massage function, the privacy doors and the three lights in the suite. At one point during the flight, I took the controller to the small lounge and I could still direct my seat all the way from there.

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The myriad of possible seat adjustments.

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Massage anyone? Not a problem.

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The switches for the three lights in the suite.


After admiring the landscape outside, I drifted off to another hour of sleep.

With just under four hours of flight time remaining, I was woken up by some quite rough turbulence over Canada. Thankfully it did not last long, but I did not sleep any more as I did not want to waste my last few hours on this flight. I could always catch up on sleep when I arrived. Instead, I decided to have some dinner.  
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A look up at the star filled ceiling.

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The location of EK 211 as I woke up again.

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The likely cause of some of the turbulence.


As the Singaporean Stewardess was looking around to see whether all the First Class passengers were well looked after, I ordered my dinner.

“Mr. Globetraveller – Did you have a good rest? Would you like something to eat or drink?”
“Yes, I managed a few hours of rest. The bed was very comfortable. Hmmm, I think I would like some dinner.”
“That’s excellent. What would you like me to make for you Mr. Globetraveller?”

I then placed my meal order and the stewardess ensured me that she would be back in a few seconds. True to her word, less than a minute later she came back with my selection of authentic Arabic mezze starter and some more Dom Perignon.

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My first course for dinner: the selection of authentic Arabic mezze.

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The dinner set-up with some Champagne.

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The selection of authentic Arabic mezze.

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Yet another glass of Dom Perignon.


As the Champagne kept flowing, the lovely stewardess came over with my next starter: another serving of Iranian caviar. As before, the quality of the caviar was top notch and I savoured every last bite of this rare delicacy.

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My second course: Iranian caviar.

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Another excellent serving of this delicacy.

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Some bread crusts to go with the caviar.


While I was finishing my caviar, the Egyptian purser came over to my seat for a little chat. We talked about his time with Emirates and how the airline had given him opportunities that he could only have dreamed of with any other airline. We also chatted about potential new Emirates routes and aircraft orders. His knowledge of the industry was impressive to say the least – something that is often lacking with so many of the cabin crew I have talked to.

After a good half an hour or so of discussing everything from Huston to the Egyptian pyramids, the purser took my plate and brought me the Chicken Shakshouka.

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The butter, pepper, salt and dressings tray.

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My main course: Chicken Shakshouka.

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Another well presented and tasty dish.


Once again, this meal did not disappoint. The chicken was very tender and I really enjoyed the spices in the rice and tomato sauce. The dish had a real Middle Eastern flare to it, which is always appreciated from a Middle Eastern Airline. Soon after, I was served the tasty Mixed fruit cobbler.

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And finally the mixed fruit cobbler for dessert.

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Just like in a restaurant. Superb.

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Flying over Minnesota.


Sadly, my First Class dining experience had now come to an end. In the mean time, we were cruising 38,000 feet above the central United States and the remaining flight time stood at just under two hours. I decided to doze a little more in my bed until it was time to prepare for arrival. About an hour before arrival, the usual US immigration video was shown.

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Making the most of my comfortable bed.

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EK 211 is a 16 hour day flight!

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The Emirates US Immigration video.

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Cruising above the central United States.


The last hour flew by way too quickly and before I knew it, I could see IAH in the distance. The cabin crew came around again to offer another round of drinks before arrival and I decided to have one last glass of Dom Perignon.

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Our flight path to Houston as we were descending into the airport.

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Some new housing developments north of Houston.

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The first sights of George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

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Turning back towards the airport.


It was not long before the flaps and landing gear were extended and EK 211 made its final turn to line up with runway 26L. The descent into the airport was very smooth and at 15:20, after spending 16 hours in the air, EK 211 touched down at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

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Turning 90 degrees to line up with runway 26L at IAH.

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Crossing Interstate 59 during our approach.

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Seconds before touchdown on at IAH.

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Touchdown on runway 26L at IAH.


The taxi to the gate was brief as the tarmac was very quite at this time of the day. Within five minutes we had arrived at our gate and it was time to grab all of my belongings. The purser and each member of the cabin crew came back to say goodbye and wish me a pleasant onward journey. This was the icing on the already brilliant performance by this cabin crew.

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Leaving the active runway.

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It is clear who rules at IAH: Continental.

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Gathering my belongings at IAH.


I was inside the terminal building at 15:30.

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Thank you for flying Emirates.
 
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:28 pm

4. FINAL REMARKS


My flight in Emirates First Class from Dubai to Houston was a dream. It reminded me why I love flying and gave me a natural high for days to come. Everything about my time on EK 211 was perfect. The crew was the best I ever had, the seat was out of this world, the amenities were world-class, the IFE was outstanding, the food was superbe, the aircraft was to die for and when it was all said and done, I felt sad. I felt sad, because I knew I would probably not experience anything like this again for a very long time. I had reached the pinnacle of luxury in aviation and I knew that the next step could only be down.

Even so, I will forever be grateful for this voyage. Its memory will remain with me for years to come and maybe one day I will be able to fly Emirates First Class again.

In the end, I do not think that this flight needs to be graded using some Overall Flight Rating matrix, because it would not do the exceptional service I received justice. I think one word will do.

Perfection.

THE END

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Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:54 pm

Excellent trip report and obviously an excellent flight.

Thanks for sharing // Matt
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:12 am

Excellent report and some fantastic pictures.

A truly excellent experience you had with Emirates.

Thanks for sharing.

Matt
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:18 am

Hi ! Amazing report ! Very well written and fantastic pictures! The food seems to be amazing as well as the service!

Thanks for talong the time to write this trip report! I flew DXB-LAX in Sep09 in Y but still had a nice flight.

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Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:29 am

All I can say is WOW!!! What an impresive TR! Readers take note. This is what a TR submission should be. Job well done.
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:31 am

Wow..great report!!! Emirates FIRST is amazing...they really seem to pay attention to EVERY detail...little things like the fresh flowers, amazing amenity kits, leather menus, mood lighting with stars and of course the suite itself all seem to make for a very impressive flight. I hope I get to experience it one day!
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:38 am

I was salivating whilst reading this report. The food looks amazing, the service sounds exceptional and the whole experience sounds like a delight. Thank you for sharing.
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:11 am

I have come to the conclusion that the best airlines are those from the Gulf; Emirates, Qatar and Ethad.
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:21 am

Wow, fantastic report and beautiful photos of the food and service in Emirates F. From the perfectly polished tray table to the 2 servings of caviar, this looks to be the best First Class service out there!

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Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:26 am

Great report with great pics. Brought back so many memories of my experience of EK First. Such a great product - I feel very privileged to have experienced it, and hope I will again. As regards your comment about the shower, I thought it might just be a bit of a gimmick when I flew on the A380, but it was just great to take a shower shortly before landing, and it meant the shower suites were the F bathrooms for the flight too, and it is a feature that I think other A380 operators would have been well advised to install - what was Air France thinking with their museum gallery??
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:28 am

Wow, one of the best trip reports I've read in a while. Great writing, awesome pictures, and of course EK F! I too flew F in EK a few years back from JFK to DXB and this brings back some good memories. It's great to see that EK is still offering a fantastic (probably the best in the world) F class product.

Thanks a lot for sharing.
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:13 am

AMAZING!!! Just amazing!!
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Thank you!!!
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:35 am

You've outdone yourself, Globetrotter. Great trip report.

Did you ever find out the reason you were upgraded (not that it matters!) ?
Was Business overbooked?

Also, are the suites in the 77L the same as those in the 77W and those in the A380?
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:37 am

That suite is really sweet!

Great pics and well written report, too.

Thanks
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:53 am

Best trip report I've ever read!  Wow! WOW. Emirates' first class looks stunning! Plus the service, as you said, is absolutely perfect. It's sad how you can't experience this with American carriers. Once again, best trip report ever!
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:33 am

Wow, one of the best trip reports I've ever viewed. I might be on EK flying the other direction, IAH to DXB this summer and am trying to swing biz. SOunds like you won the lottery with this upgrade. excellent.
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:10 am

Wow....that was SO cool!!!

Not just the pictures and the Emirates first class product...but your trip report was so well written!

I especially loved how it read almost like a novel where you open up telling use that you go the upgrade and then flashed back to the start of the trip even before getting to the airport...it was really a great read!

I'd write more but after reading that report I'm hungry! Maybe I'll stop by the super market and get some grape leaves or humus!

Thanks for the excellent report!
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:28 am

Whow that is a great TR Globalflyer. Thank you!

Quoting AT (Reply 16):
Also, are the suites in the 77L the same as those in the 77W and those in the A380?

Certainly on the L and the A380.

I flew J on the EK A380 SYD - DXB a couple of days ago and even that was out of this world. EK's new IFE is ubber cool and controls all the flight info, seat and cabin settings (including massage and lights etc) and a raft of entertainment options. The removable wireless controller is cool but seems to loose its signal quite a bit (I've had that on the last 3 J flights).

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Fri Feb 19, 2010 7:44 am

Wonderful Report Globalflyer. Your prose really did EK First justice. As Burj said, it read like a novel!

Quick question – does EK have one First class menu with the same selections to choose from for Lunch and Dinner? Does this mean you can essentially have exactly the same meal twice?
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:31 am

Hi Globetraveller,

I had been hoping for a while to find a new report from you - and you finally delivered an absolutely stunning piece of work! Excellent report about a very special flight, well done! It must have taken a long time to compose all that.

As for EK's First Class product - it seems it's hard to beat.

Any more high-quality reports planned in the near future?


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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:12 am

Mr Globetraveller!

Welcome back to the realms of trip reporting  

How wonderful it is to be able to read one of your pieces again! That was absolutely brilliant, I think the most comprehensive EK F TR we've had (less the showers because it wasn't on the A380)! Great to see A.Net obliging to keep the format like it has been in the past. Congratulations.

It was such an experience even just listening to you in person about this flight but to actually see these wonderful pictures complemented so exquisitely with your writing made the whole report so special.

It looks as though EK laid everything out for you to go and praise them.. The hotel, lounge and plane are all immaculate. So much food at the lounge! I guess it has to have that much food when catering for a full J lounge. What a shame you didn't get to check out the other lounge! Maybe you would have had more free flowing Dom! Not sure if I'd be able to take that much champagne over 20 hours!

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
I made my way towards the counter. As I was doing so, one of the other passengers started snarling at me about cutting the queue. I respectfully told him that I was allowed to use the fast-track lane.

Sadly, this only made him more persistent and he actively tried to convince me that I had no right to cut the queue. Eager to avoid making a scene, I told him that I respected his opinion and continued on my way. Thankfully I did not see this gentleman again.

Oh well, at least it didn't ruin your trip. Nobody can surely be as rude like what I experienced on the JQ A320! And good thing you didn't see him again.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
The purser treated me like a guest of honour and made me feel like I belong in First Class. I had previously been snarled at while flying BMI in Business, so this was a pleasant surprise.

What's up with you and being snarled at?  
Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
I had seen pictures of the Emirates First Class suites before, but they simply do not do them justice.

No they don't but in my brief 20 second stay in F on the inaugural EK A380 flight into NZ, I'm glad to say I've seen it in person! Who knows if they'll be the same when I actually get to fly F..


Now the question is - do F passengers have to put up with that horribly long ICE introduction/information video?

I wonder how much caviar they stock on the flight.. You received quite a bit! Food looked brilliant too.

Thanks for your time in compiling this and I'm glad you've now found a stable photo hosting site  

Looking forward to more TRs!


Kind Regards,
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:14 am

Quoting Matt727 (Reply 5):
Excellent trip report and obviously an excellent flight.

Hi there Matt. Thank you for your comment - yes it was an amazing journey.

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 6):
Excellent report and some fantastic pictures.

Thank you Matt. I am glad you liked the report and pictures.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Amazing report ! Very well written and fantastic pictures! The food seems to be amazing as well as the service!

I there 777Man. Thanks for commenting. Yes, the food was stunning - just like in a great restaurant. The service was just the icing on the cake.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
I flew DXB-LAX in Sep09 in Y but still had a nice flight.

I fly in Economy on EK quite a bit too and I found the USA bound flights are generally always very good.

Quoting caleb1 (Reply 8):
All I can say is WOW!!! What an impresive TR

Thank you caleb1. It is good to know you liked the trip report.

Quoting ATLflyer (Reply 9):
Emirates FIRST is amazing...they really seem to pay attention to EVERY detail...little things like the fresh flowers, amazing amenity kits, leather menus, mood lighting with stars and of course the suite itself all seem to make for a very impressive flight.

Hi there ATLflyer. Thanks for your comment. Yes, the attention to detail was something quite special. In fact, I only really noticed all of the details while writing the trip report - there was just too much to see and do during the flight. It definitely was something special.

Quoting ebbuk (Reply 10):
I was salivating whilst reading this report. The food looks amazing, the service sounds exceptional and the whole experience sounds like a delight

Hi there ebbuk. Hahaha... Yes, I know what you mean. I got hungry quite often while writing this report as well!

Quoting LYchemsa (Reply 11):
I have come to the conclusion that the best airlines are those from the Gulf; Emirates, Qatar and Ethad.

I would agree that EK F is one of the best First Class products in the world. I think Etihad is up there too, which is why I am looking to fly them sometime soon. As far as Economy as Business is concerned, I think the South East Asian carriers also bring a great deal to the market - especially in terms of consistency.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):
From the perfectly polished tray table to the 2 servings of caviar, this looks to be the best First Class service out there!

Hi there 767747. Yes, I guess you could say that. It was a very well polished service.

Quoting eccc (Reply 13):
As regards your comment about the shower, I thought it might just be a bit of a gimmick when I flew on the A380, but it was just great to take a shower shortly before landing, and it meant the shower suites were the F bathrooms for the flight too, and it is a feature that I think other A380 operators would have been well advised to install - what was Air France thinking with their museum gallery??

Hi there eccc. I have never had the pleasure to enjoying First Class on the A380, but I do think it is more than just a gimmick as well. I think a shower makes sense on long haul flights, because one always needs a shower afterwards. I have no idea what AF were thinking with their stupid gallery. What a waste of space!

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 14):
Wow, one of the best trip reports I've read in a while. Great writing, awesome pictures, and of course EK F!

Hi there MHTripple7. Thank you for your compliments. I am glad that you enjoyed the trip report.

Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 15):
AMAZING!!! Just amazing!!

Hehehe... Thank you RICARIZA. It's good to know you liked it.

Quoting AT (Reply 16):
You've outdone yourself, Globetrotter. Great trip report

Thank you AT. I am sure the 500 pictures I took during the flight had something to do with this.

Quoting AT (Reply 16):

Did you ever find out the reason you were upgraded (not that it matters!) ?
Was Business overbooked?

I was upgraded because Economy Class was overbooked and Business Class was quite full. So quite a few people were upgraded from Economy, and to make more space in Business they upgraded the Skywards Gold people there. There were two upgrades in First Class in the end. The other six individuals had paid for it.

Quoting AT (Reply 16):
Also, are the suites in the 77L the same as those in the 77W and those in the A380?

Yes, the suites in the 77L are the same as those in the A380. The long-haul low density 77Ws also have the same suite. The A345 has a slightly older version of this design as well.

Quoting klkla (Reply 17):
That suite is really sweet!

Hi there klkla. Yes - it sure is!

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 18):
Best trip report I've ever read! WOW. Emirates' first class looks stunning!

Thank you for your praise jetblue777. Yes, the service I received on that flight truly was stunning!

Quoting FlyingSicilian (Reply 19):
Wow, one of the best trip reports I've ever viewed.

Thank you FlyingSicilian. There are a lot of great trip reports on Airliners.net, so this means a lot.

Quoting FlyingSicilian (Reply 19):
I might be on EK flying the other direction, IAH to DXB this summer and am trying to swing biz.

The DXB-IAH-DXB is often overbooked in Economy, so maybe you will get lucky as well! I have flown this route twice and I have been upgraded every time!

Quoting Burj (Reply 20):

Not just the pictures and the Emirates first class product...but your trip report was so well written!

Thank you Burj. I am glad you liked the prose.

Quoting Burj (Reply 20):
I'd write more but after reading that report I'm hungry! Maybe I'll stop by the super market and get some grape leaves or humus!

Hahaha... Yes, I know what you mean. All the pictures of the food have made me run to the kitchen so many times while writing this trip report!

Quoting sandyb123 (Reply 21):
EK's new IFE is ubber cool and controls all the flight info, seat and cabin settings (including massage and lights etc) and a raft of entertainment options. The removable wireless controller is cool but seems to loose its signal quite a bit (I've had that on the last 3 J flights).

Hi there sandyb123. Yes, the ICE IFE is definitely one of the best systems in the sky today. I have had one or two weaker wireless controllers as well, but the one of this flight seemed to work all around the aircraft!

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 22):
Quick question – does EK have one First class menu with the same selections to choose from for Lunch and Dinner? Does this mean you can essentially have exactly the same meal twice?

Hi there thegivenone. Yes, the Lunch and Dinner selections come from the same menu. So you could have the same things for both services. I guess they can get away with this because the menu is so large. There were four options for starters, eight for main courses, four for desserts and lots of excellent light meals as well. Very impressive indeed!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
I had been hoping for a while to find a new report from you - and you finally delivered an absolutely stunning piece of work! Excellent report about a very special flight, well done! It must have taken a long time to compose all that.

Hi there PlaneHunter! Yes, I admit that I have not had much time over the last few months. Still, I did not want to post a mediocre trip report either, so I was waiting to post a nice one again. Yes, this trip report did take ages!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
Any more high-quality reports planned in the near future?

Well, I have the return from this report, which was also in EK F. Then there are a couple of others lying around as well. We'll see what happens.
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:24 am

god i got so hungry when i read that TR...excellent stuff here . This is why i love EK, even their Economy kicks ass. Last year on my way back to BLR from LAX i got upgraded to Business going from LAX to DXB and what a ride it was! 
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:39 am

Excellent TR, excellent pics of what appeared to be superior service. Do you think you will be able to handle going back in business class?
The only thing missing I would have liked to see is some pics of the 777 LR from the outside. Otherwise I enjoyed your TR and hope to see more from you.
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:23 am

Excellet flight and excellent TR!!

I was almost flying with you!!

Hope to some day have the oportunity to try it my self.

Thank you!
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:32 am

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 24):
Welcome back to the realms of trip reporting

Hi there Nicholas. Good to hear from you again. Yes, thank you for the kind welcome!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 24):
That was absolutely brilliant, I think the most comprehensive EK F TR we've had (less the showers because it wasn't on the A380)!

Thank you. Well, I am sure the 500 pictures I took had something to do with the detail. That really helped.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 24):
What a shame you didn't get to check out the other lounge! Maybe you would have had more free flowing Dom! Not sure if I'd be able to take that much champagne over 20 hours!

Hehehe... Yes, I did have quite a bit. I must have gone through a bottle on my 16 hour flight. Really great stuff!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 24):
What's up with you and being snarled at?

Hmmm... I guess BMI did not like a younger person flying up front. Then again, I have seen toddlers in EK F, so I guess they are used to such things.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 24):
Now the question is - do F passengers have to put up with that horribly long ICE introduction/information video?

Yes. They do. Sadly, there is no way around that.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 24):
Thanks for your time in compiling this and I'm glad you've now found a stable photo hosting site

No problem Nicholas and thanks for giving me the tip on the photo hosting! That was vital for this TR!

Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 26):
god i got so hungry when i read that TR...excellent stuff here

Hi there CaliAtenza. I know what you mean. I was hungry writing about it too!

Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 26):
LAX i got upgraded to Business going from LAX to DXB and what a ride it was!

I am sure that was a great ride. The difference between Economy and Business is definitely still wider than Business and First.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 27):
Excellent TR, excellent pics of what appeared to be superior service. Do you think you will be able to handle going back in business class?

Hi there triple7man. Thanks for commenting. Well, I have had a few Business Class flights after this one and I will admit that I was a little spoilt by this trip. Nothing will ever come close to this experience again.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 27):
The only thing missing I would have liked to see is some pics of the 777 LR from the outside

I agree with you there. Sadly, Houston and Dubai are not great airports for taking pictures of the aircraft outside. I did manage some pictures on the return, but it might take some time for me to post that trip report.

Quoting Bedo (Reply 28):
Excellet flight and excellent TR!!

I was almost flying with you!!

Thank you Bedo. I am glad I was able to take you along for the ride.

Globetraveller
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:20 pm

Thanks for this magnificent report. Makes me proud to be crew with EK (albeit in lowly Economy, but I'll work my way up  ) Do you have any more upcoming trips with us?
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:56 pm

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 29):
I agree with you there. Sadly, Houston and Dubai are not great airports for taking pictures of the aircraft outside. I did manage some pictures on the return, but it might take some time for me to post that trip report.

I'll look forward to reading ur trip report and it will be worth the wait
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:13 pm

One of the best trip reports I have ever read, And yes, I am very jealous !!!!!
 
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:14 pm

Nice report!! I hope i can fly EK long-haul soon!!

Oh, I found that my previous trip on EK's 777-300ER have a different celing in the First Class, which is higher and make the cabin more spacious!

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Anyone can tell what does others EK's 777 (with Suite) look like?

Thanks!!

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Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:22 pm

What a fantastic report and experience! I really enjoyed reading it. Probably not as much as you enjoyed doing it, but thanks for making it close!
 
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:46 pm

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 29):

Hi there CaliAtenza. I know what you mean. I was hungry writing about it too!

In fact i managed to keep my menu (and boarding pass) from my Biz class trip..its on top of my fridge here at home (well my second home   ) in Bangalore right now. Really great stuff Globetraveller; this is the gold standard for TR's on here...Ugh, me want some of that Chicken and that Cobbler just looks delicious .

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 29):

I am sure that was a great ride. The difference between Economy and Business is definitely still wider than Business and First.

Well in all my years ive flying not once have i ridden up front or even close to up front. Lady Luck smiled on me and that day i got randomly selected for the upgrade . I was litterally bouncing up and down the check in hall at LAX's TBIT . My mom was even more excited than me i think, lol. I was supposed to write a TR but i forgot all about it (even taking pics)..all i ended up doing was playing with teh buttons on the seat as soon as i got into the aircraft, hehehe. The service is great in Economy, but its a world apart in Biz. It also doesnt hurt when your flight attendant is a total hottie . Lol i spent one hour trying to shamelessly flirt with her and her colleague. Everything else was spectacular...some day i want to try the Suites . But Economy is pretty awsome too on EK..easily the best Y class ive flown to date  
 
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:01 pm

Hi, Globetraveller!

Thank you, for the wonderful report and stunning high-quality amount of pictures! This report features maybe the best First Class in the skies nowadays. I found it truly amazing and fully agree with your final conclusion of course.
The B777LR will start to operate to AMS from May 2010. Since this will be the first 'First Class' available on the route to DXB, I start to wonder if and how the the demand will be to fly this class.

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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:43 pm

Thanks, Globetrotter. I agree the bathroom seems fairly humdrum in comparison to the everything else which is so ultra-luxurious.

I was also wondering if anyone on the forum had a list of which 777s have what type of First Class. As I understand there are at least 3 current ones- the "old" seats (2 x 2 x 2), the newer seats with the partial partitions and the minibar (also 2 x 2 x 2) and the suites. The 77Ls presumably all have the suite, but the 772s, 77Ws and 773s do not all have the suite, at least yet. It would be nice if someone had a full list.

Also is the flight to Houston weight restricted because of the range or can it take a full load of passengers and cargo.
 
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:48 pm

Amazing! Just simply amazing!  Wow!

I think you have written the best trip report ever of EK F! Everything has been put in such a delicate detail. Beautiful!

Thank you so much for sharing.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 1):
Nevertheless, the premium class queue was basically non-existent

That's a pity. I don't really understand it as the whole T3 belongs to EK.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 2):
I had previously been snarled at while flying BMI in Business, so this was a pleasant surprise.

I can reckon your TR on this one.

Cheers,
Suryo
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Fri Feb 19, 2010 7:19 pm

Another GT Emirates trip report? Is it that time already!!

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
Emirates has been my airline of choice

Can't blame you there - EK rock! 
Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
I had been on 14 Emirates flights totalling more than 55,000 statute miles this year alone.

In one and a half months? Pretty good going that... You've done more than me this year alone then I have with them in the last 7 years.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
“Mr. Globetraveller, you’ve been upgraded to First.”

Jealous!

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
Scheduled flight time: 16 hours 20 minutes

Initially I thought that was a too long of flight even for me. But after reading this report I think I can bare it if it was a life or death situation.  
Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 1):
The Lobby in the Le Meridian Dubai.

Ah, good memories!

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 1):
The Emirates Business Class USA Check-in counters.

Simple but effective.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 1):
The magnificent architecture at DXB is clearly visible.

Terminal 1 is nice enough but that even makes T1 look awful...

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 1):
A quick look at this morning’s Emirates departures.

My ideal FIS.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 2):
My view for the next 16 hours to Houston.

Perfect!

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 2):
leather amenity kit

They're great, aren't they?

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 2):
Paradise in the sky...

Most certainly looks it.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 2):
The amazing texture of the snow covered landscape below.

Awesome.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 3):
And finally the mixed fruit cobbler for dessert.

I could eat one now!!

Thanks for posting yet another fantastic report, especially since it was EK!

Sam
 
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:57 pm

Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Reply 30):
Thanks for this magnificent report.

Thank you SQ_EK_freak. I am glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Reply 30):
Do you have any more upcoming trips with us?

I do not have any upcoming trips planned on EK anymore. I am really fed up with the changes to the Skywards program, especially after I started trying to book new flights. I really do not see why I should pay £300 more just to get a Skywards Flex ticket from LHR to SIN when SQ will take me there non-stop, for less money and give me 100% miles. I cannot believe they even dare to have Skywards Saver tickets in Business Class! Who does that? I fail to comprehend why someone should spend another £500 in Business just to get 100% of their Skywards miles. Really not good. I think it is one of the worst frequent flyer program devaluations I have seen.

Besides, there are a couple of other airlines who are willing to match my Skywards Gold status anyway, so I think I am moving to Etihad or Singapore Airlines again now.

My return flight was also in First and that flight was equally as amazing. I guess I will always look back on my Emirates experiences fondly.

Quoting tonyban (Reply 32):
One of the best trip reports I have ever read, And yes, I am very jealous !!!!!

Hehehe... Thank you tonyban. I am glad you liked it.

Quoting sutrakhk (Reply 33):
Oh, I found that my previous trip on EK's 777-300ER have a different celing in the First Class, which is higher and make the cabin more spacious!

That is interesting! I just noticed that too! My flight back was on A6-EWH and it had the same ceiling as A6-ECE. It must be something new that only the latest aircraft have installed. A6-EWB was the second 777-200LR, so I guess it just missed this new ceiling.

Quoting MSP7378 (Reply 34):
What a fantastic report and experience! I really enjoyed reading it. Probably not as much as you enjoyed doing it, but thanks for making it close!

Thank you for commenting MSP7378. I am glad you liked it.

Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 35):
In fact i managed to keep my menu (and boarding pass) from my Biz class trip

Yes, I did the same as well. I still have the menu and lots of other goodies from the flight.   Good memories.

Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 35):
Really great stuff Globetraveller; this is the gold standard for TR's on here...

Thanks again CaliAtenza.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 36):
Thank you, for the wonderful report and stunning high-quality amount of pictures!

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

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 36):
The B777LR will start to operate to AMS from May 2010. Since this will be the first 'First Class' available on the route to DXB, I start to wonder if and how the the demand will be to fly this class.

Yes, I did hear about the 777-200LR coming to AMS. What a complete misuse of this aircraft! I guess the 777-300ER would just be too big to start off with.

Quoting AT (Reply 37):
I was also wondering if anyone on the forum had a list of which 777s have what type of First Class. As I understand there are at least 3 current ones- the "old" seats (2 x 2 x 2), the newer seats with the partial partitions and the minibar (also 2 x 2 x 2) and the suites. The 77Ls presumably all have the suite, but the 772s, 77Ws and 773s do not all have the suite, at least yet. It would be nice if someone had a full list.

I cannot give you the exact answer to this question, but I can give you all I currently know. All 777-200LRs have the suites. All new 777-300ERs in the three-class low-density configuration starting from about A6-EC(x) have the suites as well from my experience. Some of the new 777-300ERs may also have the new two-class high-density layout with lie-flat seats in Business. Older 777-300ERs will either have the regional high-density configuration or the older First Class layout in the low-density three-class configuration. So I guess it is hit-and-miss with the 777Ws. The 773s in the three-class configuration should all have the new suites by now and the 772s do not have the suites at all.

Quoting AT (Reply 37):
Also is the flight to Houston weight restricted because of the range or can it take a full load of passengers and cargo.

I doubt the 777-200LR will be restricted. Emirates' low-density layout only sits 266 passengers anyway, so that is far less than the standard 300 in a three-class configuration. I would be very surprised if the aircraft was weight restricted.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
Amazing! Just simply amazing!

Thank you Suryo. I am glad you liked it.

Quoting elevate (Reply 39):
Another GT Emirates trip report? Is it that time already!!

Hi there Sam! Well, it has been quite a while, so I guess it is about time!

Quoting elevate (Reply 39):
They're great, aren't they?

They sure are. I have quite a few by now... They are always useful.

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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:19 pm

Hi Globetraveler. It was a very, very long while since last. I was actually starting to fear that you've left this forum, but thankfully you're still here  And like all your other reports, this one was a pleasure to read. As always, your pics were rather impressive, I really liked the wide-angle shots.  

Emirates FIRST Class, looks pretty nice, I really like the design of the suites, though they look pretty much the same on the A345, 77W, 77L and A380. The design of the 77L suite looked nice, though all the gold and wood is a bit overkill. Neither did I like the side-walls, reminded me about the Biman DC-10.

The food looked superb. Like a five star restaurant, as mentioned. Looked like a quite impressive amount of food, and one could only wonder how much of the food supplied to F that is actually eaten. I guess quite a big portion of it is thrown away, but... Though I could only imagine how stuffed you must have been after that flight  

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Sat Feb 20, 2010 4:20 am

Great pictures Globetraveller and awesome report. I do have a couple of questions for you:

1. Is the Le Meridian Dubai available to first class passengers only or also to business class passengers?
2. What type of service if any did you receive once you landed at IAH? For example:
a) Did you get a chaueffeur limo to your residence?
b) Did someone assist you at the luggage carousel
c) Were you escorted to the front of the line at immigration, etc...?
 
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Sat Feb 20, 2010 4:23 am

Hi Globetraveller

Firstly, thanks so much for this masterpiece treat! Your enjoyment of this flight was clearly apparent from your writing. It's all too easy for someone who has flown as much as you to dismiss good service and frills as "expected" but the delight and excitement that comes across in the prose clearly shows that your passion for flying remains as strong as ever and EK has obviously exceeded your expectations. The fantastic pictures complement the report perfectly. Thank you for your efforts. I totally enjoyed this report.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 1):
Surprisingly, the Business Class lounge was quite empty this morning. I guess the global recession was still gripping the aviation industry

The pictures of the empty Business Lounge at DXB are quite a surprise considering the bank of EK flights leaving at that time of the morning. When I was there last, the place was totally packed!

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 1):
After eating more than my daily food allowance in one sitting, I was in such good spirits than I decided to give the Xbox 360 driving game a go.

Looks fun. I was tempted too when I was there, but fighting with a 10 year old kid for a "go" would just have been too much of a big bully hahaha

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 1):
“Mr. Globetraveller, I assume you know how your seat and our service work. However, do you have any questions?”
Pretending that this was nothing new: “I’m fine right now, thank you.”

Haha... this is funny and I can totally relate. I think someone should write a book (well maybe a thick pamphlet) on 'dos' and 'don'ts' for First Class etiquette! I'd buy it in a second.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 1):
I always feel like the Singapore Airlines crew I had in the past were sometimes lacking in this department. They were often robotic and consistent, which is great in Economy Class, but less so in the premium cabins.

I think an ideal airline could be the consistency of the SQ girls in economy and CX senior crews in the premium cabins for me!

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 4):
Even so, I will forever be grateful for this voyage. Its memory will remain with me for years to come and maybe one day I will be able to fly Emirates First Class again.

These flights are rare. Glad you had one.

Thanks again for the excellent report. Hope we will hear more from you soon.

Regards
airpearl
 
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Sat Feb 20, 2010 4:48 am

Woow, this is an amazing flying experience. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:18 am

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Truly the best trip report I have ever read. Beatiful pictures as well.
 
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:52 pm

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 41):
Hi Globetraveler. It was a very, very long while since last. I was actually starting to fear that you've left this forum, but thankfully you're still here

Hi there Jonas. Yes, it has been quite a long time. I have just been too busy to post such a big trip report. Rest assured though, I am still here!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 41):
The design of the 77L suite looked nice, though all the gold and wood is a bit overkill. Neither did I like the side-walls, reminded me about the Biman DC-10.

I agree - the gold and wooden look is not everyone's cup of tea, but I think it goes well with the overall product. The First Class experience is meant to be a little over the top, so I guess it adds to that.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 41):
Though I could only imagine how stuffed you must have been after that flight

Oh yes. I don't think I ate anything for days afterwards!

Quoting contrails67 (Reply 42):
Great pictures Globetraveller and awesome report.

Thank you contrails67. I am glad you liked it.

Quoting contrails67 (Reply 42):
1. Is the Le Meridian Dubai available to first class passengers only or also to business class passengers?

The Le Meridian Dubai is available for First and Business Class passengers who are in Dubai for six or more hours. They are quite strict in giving out these rooms, so your flight cannot have an earlier possible connection.

Quoting contrails67 (Reply 42):
a) Did you get a chaueffeur limo to your residence?

I could have gotten a chauffeur limo to any destination in Houston or within 60 miles of IAH, but I was transiting on a CO flight to Dallas.

Quoting contrails67 (Reply 42):
b) Did someone assist you at the luggage carousel

No - there was no assistance

Quoting contrails67 (Reply 42):
c) Were you escorted to the front of the line at immigration, etc...?

I was at the front of the immigration line anyway as I was one of the first people to get off the aircraft. I was across the border within five minutes.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 43):
Firstly, thanks so much for this masterpiece treat!

Hi there airpearl. You are very welcome as always.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 43):
Your enjoyment of this flight was clearly apparent from your writing. It's all too easy for someone who has flown as much as you to dismiss good service and frills as "expected" but the delight and excitement that comes across in the prose clearly shows that your passion for flying remains as strong as ever and EK has obviously exceeded your expectations

I am glad that I was able to convey my enjoyment through this trip report. I really felt like a kid being given an early Christmas present and EK definitely exceeded my expectations.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 43):
The pictures of the empty Business Lounge at DXB are quite a surprise considering the bank of EK flights leaving at that time of the morning. When I was there last, the place was totally packed!

I guess I was flying off season and on a Sunday, so not many people were travelling around. However, the lounge did fill up quite a lot before I was about to leave.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 43):
Looks fun. I was tempted too when I was there, but fighting with a 10 year old kid for a "go" would just have been too much of a big bully hahaha

Hehehe... I know what you mean. Thankfully, there was no one there when I had a go, so I could get away with it!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 43):
I think an ideal airline could be the consistency of the SQ girls in economy and CX senior crews in the premium cabins for me!

I think that sounds like a good mix as well. With EK it can be hit-and-miss, but I guess I definitely hit the nail on the head with this crew.

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 44):
Woow, this is an amazing flying experience. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us

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

Quoting cesarv777 (Reply 45):
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Truly the best trip report I have ever read

Hi there cesarv777. Its good to know you enjoyed the trip report.

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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:56 pm

WoW!

A truly outstanding TR Globetraveller! .. Superb details with some of the best pictures around!
I think this has to be the best First Class TR on EK, and this airline needs to see this masterpiece!

I am glad that EK did not disappoint, and it seems that they are greatly improving. So hopefully things will just get better and better for them.

I am also quite surprised to see some Arabic meal choices on offer. There came a point in time where such choices were not found on any EK menu!

IAH will definitely be the perfect route to fly such a luxurious product on, as you have all the time in the world to avail of all the features!

Thanks a lot for sharing! A job well done!


Regards,
Roni
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:32 pm

Globetrotter,

Have you considered sending the report to Emirates? Or sending them a link to this website?
I am sure they would be pleased with the positive review and publicity-- and it may entitle you to some perks on future trips.
 
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RE: Emirates First Class: 16 Hours On The 777-200LR

Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:43 pm

Wow, its a awesome TR.I thoroughly enjoyed reading your TR.Fantastic.

Cheers!
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