I have been waiting long to share this exciting,best and most importantly,fun Trip Report with you.
I have been going through a lot of ups and downs recently, and met with a major accident too in Abu Dhabi, which again delayed my posts.Just started to walk again
One of the best flights in my life,EY has surely defined its excellency.
This was one of my most memorable flights ever.
It beats EK
,CX on this gulf route.
Well though this was not my 1st flight in EY
, but something made me feel its my 1st time,and this feeling was great!.
My High School got over earlier this month.As i have a residency visa of UAE, i am supposed to go every 6 months.I too wanted to go there to give a visit to my family and see off my cousin who went to Oxford university.She's a scholar unlike me
So as soon as my educational break started.
I did not want to miss the A330 so i flew before in March
....my family still thinks what is the difference between A320 and A330 haha.
Also there was the Red Bull Air Race, which happened at the Corniche in AUH
.Had a nice time there .Will put in the pics..
Day of Departure.
It was a early morning 4:30 am flight,so i was half tired, and little excited.
I just packed my bag the same night earlier and had nothing much to take.I decided to shop there itself.
So after a quick hot shower, i went off to the airport.
i already checked in online but due to so problems with my printer, i could not print the boarding pass.
After reaching the airport, the check in was having a long queue.
I waited.... i waited..... and i waited.Finally i reached the counter.
When i reached the counter,the lady just yawned.I wanted to burst out laughing but just giggled and kept myself under control
.This reminded she has to check my ticket. :P
The lady seemed to look like a zombie hahahaha
After checking in, the immigration was quick which is quite unusual.
But the guy was asking me questions like did you change ur hairstyle?
I said yes i did.
Did you have any past problems with immigration before?
I said no.
After asking, i dont know what questions, my passport was finally stamped which gave me a sense of happiness.
But i somehow started to feel alone at that time.
Usually i fly with friends(Domestic) and Family.So for the first time i am flying alone.
But flying with friends is Fun!!
Security was good, and in no time i was at the gate.
is not that glossy nor it has a wow factor like DXB
.There was no "happening" in the airport.
I guess the feeling of flying is not that strong when you fly from BOM
Last time when i was at DXB
,i was amazed just looking at the things there, duty free, buying things here and there...its was fun.Plus friends keep you entertained all the time
Anyways, i'm flying from BOM
There was a EK
flight too departing around the same time as EK
501.It has a neat reputation to get delayed by a small margin.I'm saying this with personal experience hehe...
this time too it was the same.It took off at 5:10 am finally
Airline:- Etihad Airways
only 1 in F.
Actual arrival:- 6:15
I was greeted by some fantastic crews with a big smile at 4:30 am in the morning...
I was GUIDED TO MY
SEAT, by Abu, a fantastic South African flight attendant.
This was the first time i was told, "Hi Jayesh, come i'll show you your seat 28K"
It was a nice touch.
I just had a small handbag with me which had my passports and essential papers.
So i told him i'll keep it with myself.
We had a old 3 class aircraft, with 31" pitch, so yes, it was a little bit tight.Esp i'm 5'11.
Soon,the gates were pulled and the pushback was started with a jerk.Thud.
Just before the engine starts,I could say they put off the packs to put on the engines.
So it was a little warm in the cabin.I noticed the power was switched from GPU to APU.Because the lights flickered.
I could not hear the engine start this time.A330 was very quite.
But soon as the engines started, i must say it was a little loud this time.
The IFE was a old one with no avod,Slightly annoyed but its okay.
is a bumpy airport.I could hear the bumps...
We soon taxied to runway 27 and waited for a Indian Airlines A319 with yet the orange and blue colour scheme to land.It was a smooth landing i saw...
to Dubai delayed...delayed by 15 mins.
737 and AI
747 still in the old colours.This is only the second time seeing a 747 in the airport.Other one was LH
747, a big plane i tell you.Want to fly in one soon
We soon lined up the runway.
"Crew Please take your seats".
This time it was a POWERFUL takeoff.I have never felt such high tummy feeling in a A330 before.It was nearly 24-25 seconds and wow, we were in the air!!
At 6500 feet, the nose was bought down all of a sudden,and looked as if AP
was switched on.
We were took off fast, and tell the engine power was reduced and Rate of climb was decreased.
Immediately set belts signs were off and we were given MENU
cards for breakfast.
Wow, not even in CX
, when i flew, i hardly got a menu card 1 or 2 times in the flight for dinner, and this time at 5:15 am with EY
, i'm getting a choice for breakfast.wow.
There was a veg/non veg option available,and some drinks too.
There was even Chicken Chilli offered out of the menu.But i dint want to have something spicy so early in the morning.So i opted for egg.Egg could have been better though.
The Old IFE again....
Back in the galley something funny was going on.Bang Bang,Dish!
There was a funny Spanish Chap,who looked more excited than i was.
He was carrying 3 trays of breakfast, and all the 3 slipped on the floor.
He forgot to serve the first row their special meal.
So as he was running down he came across a open seat belt on the floor,
And all the 3 trays slipped!!
My IFE was old one, with no AVOD.So this entertainment was better!
but He was a nice guy,we were chatting about EY
cadet pilot programme.He was with Iberia before and he did not like it much so he came over to the gulf.Finally,i got his name.He was Szabolcs.
And he said that Since DL
incident last Christmas, EY
did not allow Anyone to enter the cockpit.
So my luck was bad i couldn't get to see the cockpit.
Anyways, i was so tired that i could not even sleep.
The flight was shaky and i dont know some weird noise like that of rain falling on something was coming from outside.
We did have turbulence for the initial period of the flight.But most of the time, was listening to my Music.
I was roaming around the galley, speaking with the Spanish chap again,a Philippine FA
,who was very pretty , and dint know how time passed.
We started to descend slowly and like 45 mins before arrival.
Again the plane started shaking.This time a bit less.
But it was fun!
As i was seated near the galley i could hear Szabolcs talking about his love life.:D
Note the change in light effect.Mood lightning.
We were quite fast i will say.Because the crew did not use the flaps until we were like 3 mins before landing.
And were had a long approach.
The gears were lowered at 1550 feet,and i noticed the sudden fall feeling of the the G/S capture.
The plane started to shake again!!!
I thought we were going to have a hard landing.
But to be honest, i dint even notice when we touched down.
We braked hard and immediately took the next taxiway.
This time something unusual happened...
I was surprised, no one even moved themselves to pick up the bags or something...
When we stopped, that time people got up.Nice again!
I was the last one to get up from my seat.
After people went off, i thanked the crew, took some pics with them, roamed the aircraft.
Again came back to the galley,but the crew was very friendly.
They could understood my fantasy of being a pilot and Szabolcs was at his best!
I took some pictures of the galley, of Y, and F.
I thanked them and they wished me luck ahead.Nice touch!
At the Airport
As i was late coming off the airplane, enjoying my time inside,i did not notice where the line went.I always get confused in AUH
So i asked the security guard where is the immigration.
Soon, i found myself in a deserted empty place where there were 6 counters, 2 reserved for UAE nationals, and other 4 for others.It was empty!
I went past the immigration and off too baggage counter.I did not have time to go thru duty free.
It was empty too!!
It was the first time in my life i had come out of an airport just 15 MINUTES of getting out of the plane!! Yes, 15 mins!
Soon i realized it was the end of another fantastic flight by Etihad Airways.Thank you crew for making my flight so special.
Soon i was greet by my uncle who came to pick me up from the airport.i was so tired that when i reached the home, i just slept till 2 pm! I was so tired
Red Bull Air Race.
On 26th March, Abu Dhabi held the Red Bull Air Race.
It took place in the Abu Dhabi corniche.Its great beach and a
But finding a parking took us a great 30 mins.And guess what, we were circling the same place round and round!Finally a parking space was available and we parked.Phew!
We reached there around 1pm and after parking...its was 1:25 pm.It was getting hot!!
So we just went to a mart, bought some coke, chocolates
But when we reached,the race was postponed to 3 pm.wtf?
Again we just roamed around in the corniche and finally it started.
It was fun.But the thing was, my battery got drained as i was clicking lots of pictures the whole day.It was fun!
So i had my cell phone with a neat 8 meg camera and nice features same like my Sony Cybershot...
The race was on till 6 pm but i left at 430 as we had other things to buy.
The next day was the finals.It was fun.
Many were DQ
because of technical problems and some even for coming too near the public.
And with this, i come to an end with another trip report with a great memory and great people to fly with.
Etihad was surely a pleasure to fly, and moreover AUH
has improved alot.
The food could have been a little better.And they should show aviation fanatics the cockpit
.I wish EY
had installed better IFE.This was one of the oldest aircrafts.
The crew was the best i have ever come across.Much Much better than EK
in this flight.Esp Szabolcs and Abu, and Anna.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading my Trip report as much as i did writing it.