DXB-YYZ on Emirates
After a few days of enjoying the sights and sounds of Dubai it was time to head home to Toronto.
Burj-Al-Arab in Red by Kazim R Alikhan, on Flickr
Burj Dubai B&W by Kazim R Alikhan, on Flickr
DXB F430_029 by Kazim R Alikhan, on Flickr
DXB F430_29a by Kazim R Alikhan, on Flickr
Friday February 20, 2009
Emirates’ Toronto flight leaves in the morning so we had to make another early trek to DXB. The Emirates ticket counters were bustling with activity for the second bank of departures which were primarily to Europe and North America. The service was pleasant and very efficient. Our bags were a couple of kilos overweight due to all the shopping, but the very nice checkin agent let it slide.
Security was just insane as mobs of people tried to make their way through. There are a couple dozen lines for security but it was slow going. Finally once we were through security we wandered through the Duty Free and picked up a couple of souvenirs for friends and family in Toronto.
DXB T3_003 by Kazim R Alikhan, on Flickr
Our departure was from the middle of T3 at gate 229. Our aircraft was at the gate already and at one of the adjacent gates was the Emirates A380. After checking on our gate we grabbed some croissants and orange juice and chilled while waiting for the gate to open.
The gate opened at 8:45 L and we proceeded through to the holding area. Shortly thereafter, the actual boarding commenced and it was pretty quick considering it was a very full flight. As I made my way down the glass Jetway I noticed the registration of the aircraft it was A6-ECG, the very same aircraft that brought us from Toronto two weeks ago.
Unlike the outbound from Toronto; I had a window seat for this flight which was a relief. I would have gone stir-crazy without a window for 14+ hours! I made my way to seat and found that the amenity kits and blankets were neatly placed on the cushions.
Cabin Crew: 12
Pax Load: 358
Sector Distance: 6899 nm
ETD: 9:20 L
ATD: 10:05 L
Departure Rwy: 30R
ETA: 14:50 L
ATA: 14:33 L
Arrival Rwy: 23
Block Time: 14:30
Actual Airborne Time:
Meal Service: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
IFE: AVOD ICE
Photo © Tamas Martenyi
Pushback was late as we held for a couple of delayed connecting passengers. Once they arrived we pushed back and I got a nice view of the EK A380.
DXB EK241_030 by Kazim R Alikhan, on Flickr
The taxi out was a long circuitous route to 30R. because of our delay we missed our departure slot and had to hold until a slot opened up. Finally after let about 7 aircraft go ahead of us the tower was able to sneak us in for take-off.
QR B77L arriving from DOH
DXB EK241_031 by Kazim R Alikhan, on Flickr
As we quickly lined up the powerful GE90s were spooled up to full throttle. A few moments later at 10:05 L we lifted with authority into the blue skies above Dubai and continued to climb straight out on our way to YYZ.
DXB EK241_032 by Kazim R Alikhan, on Flickr
Shortly after the ‘fasten seatbelts’ sign was extinguished the F/As brought out beverages.
At 10:48 Dubai time the breakfast service commenced. During the beverage service Menus were distributed
Ricotta Cheese Omelette
Served with creamy spinach, crunchy hash brown roesti and freshly sautéed mushrooms
An assortment of items including grilled chicken, herb cream egg roll, turkey bacon, potato hash brown and baked beans
From the bakery:
Coffee – Tea
I chose the breakfast grill which was pretty tasty and extremely filling. The F/A’s on the flight were very seemed to be hit and miss, with some being very friendly, engaging and others the complete opposite. Shortly after the Dinner service a follow-up beverage service was performed.
After Breakfast service was finished and the F/As had all cleaned up, I walked to the galley with my flight log and asked one of the F/As if they could take my logbook to the flight deck and have it filled out. This was met with smiles from the group and they asked if they could have a look first… but of course.
I settled in for the long flight and watched a few movies… can’t remember any of them though. LOL. The cabin lights were dimmed and the passengers were asked to close their window shades since most wanted to sleep.
As we cruised over Denmark the cabin lights were brightened and the Lunch service was launched. This was the main meal service and there were three entrée choices.
Salmon and Vegetable Terrine
Served with a crunchy bean sprout and mushroom salad, and sautéed prawn
Parsley and Mustard Roast Chicken
Chicken breast marinated in parsley and mustard and slow roasted, topped with light smoked cheese sauce, mixed spaetzle and vegetable casserole
Served with vegetable flavoured rice, garnished with roasted cashew nuts and fried onions
Porcini mushroom Tortellini
Tossed in a creamy sauce and garnished with a tangy tomato and basil coulis
Cheese & Biscuits
Coffee – Tea
I went with the Chicken and wasn’t disappointed. I don’t really have high expectations for airline food so I’m easily pleased.
After lunch I returned to movie watching and peering out the window.
Photo © Kazim Alikhan - t.dot photography
DXB EK241_033 by Kazim R Alikhan, on Flickr
During the rest of the flight there was an “As You Like It” setup in the galleys where passengers could help themselves to snacks. The items were:
Chicken Tikka Wraps
Fresh Seasonal Fruit
Assorted chocolate bars
There were also pre-filled classes with assorted juices and pop.
With a couple hours to go before our arrival into Toronto the cabin lights were brightened and hot towels were distributed to everyone. The F/As began the arrival process by handing out the Canadian Customs card to the passengers.
It was a typical late winter day as we began our descent into YYZ, partly cloudy skies with some small patches of snow still lingering on the ground. We came in just south of Lake Simcoe, made a left turn over Newmarket, then a right over Richmond Hill to line up Rwy 23. and then straight in.
Crossing Hwy. 427 on short final
DXB EK241_034 by Kazim R Alikhan, on Flickr
Touchdown occurred at 14:17 L, about 17 minutes ahead of schedule. As we made our way to T1 I saw a AF 343 land and then a BA 772. We arrived during the busy early afternoon arrival period. From Noon to 4PM daily most of the international carriers serving YYZ arrive.
Since we were seated near the back of the long B777-300ER it was a while before we deplaned.
The drawback was that we were near the end of the line of the many international passengers at Canadian Immigration. However, the process moved along reasonably quickly so in 20minutes were in the baggage hall. The benefit of being nearly the last off our flight was that our bags had already arrived and had pulled off the carousel by the GTAA porters.
We gathered our bags and made our way outside where my cousin was waiting and headed home. So after the sixth and final sector of our trip we were home and ready for a nap!