Date: 10 February 2011
ETD/ATD: 04.40 / 04.45
ETA/ATA: 09.15 / 09.05
Flight number: EK 510
Plane: Boeing 777-21HER
Delivered: 15 May 1997
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Photo © Szabo Gabor
“Good morning, Sir. Welcome on board,” Thai purser Napassarath greeted me with a charming smile.
“Thank you,” I replied while thinking, ‘Gosh, I wish I was as cheerful as you today,”
While the F cabin was similar to the A6-EBK one, the J cabin was fitted with the newer generation BE
Forward J cabin
I was delighted of the J cabin interior and hoping that I could exhaust my energy by the excitement until our arrival in DEL
“Good morning, Sir,” Thai flight attendant Sikharin let me through to our preselected left side ninth row.
9A and 9B
‘Hey, I miss the dotted wood patterned window frames. Is it on purpose?’ I was wondering while going to my seat.
My seat 9A
A large pillow and a wool blanket were waiting for me there. Somehow, my blanket became really attractive. It felt so soft and warm, even unwrapped.
Light brown colored blanket with knitted EK dark brown logo
And look who was smiling at me as I looked ahead.
Lovely EK lady on the ICE front page
As she was supposedly saying, ‘Please make yourself comfortable. Nice to see you again!’
Together with her twin sister smiling at us
Do you know what made me happier? She would allow me the screen view the whole time! Just look on the row in front of us.
Top view of 8A and 8B from the back
Our fellow passengers over there would have to stow their screens during taxi, takeoff and landing, would not they?
I tried to absorb the interior, but the exhaustion was smoldering. The continuous flow of boarding passengers did not make the situation any better. I started to regret our seat selection in the aft cabin.
View on our aisle
View towards the opposite
‘But Suryo, it is your own idea to seat here. So, take the consequences and make the best of it,’ My conscious spoke to me.
Sikharin appeared on our side, “Sir, can I offer you anything to drink?”
It was 04.30 already, I did not know whether it was still okay to have champagne or orange juice instead.
“Can I have champagne, please?” Herman replied.
“Champagne for you, Sir. And how about you, Sir?” Sikharin turned to me.
“I will have the champagne as well, please,” I could not lag behind.
As Sikharin slunk off, I felt somehow perked up. ‘Let’s find out how my seat is different to the earlier Sicma reclining aero seat,’
It looks like the seat has been designed for the comfort of the right-handed passengers. Just look at the left armrest console.
Close-up of the lower part
Takeoff and landing, dining and sleeping in one touch. How about that?
Marilu was offering newspapers which I declined. But, she got my attention diverted to the right console. Well, the control panels are more extensive there.
Close-up of the upper part
The IFE control unit which is located next to the headphone plug in socket. What do you think of the privacy wall with the lovely familiar dotted wood pattern?
The battery charger? It is underneath.
Sikharin returned with our welcome drinks as I was about to explore the lower right console.
Overview. Note the cup holders
Cocktail table unfolded
My champagne fitted on the cocktail table
At 04.40, Napassarath came on the microphone. “We kindly ask all ground staffs to leave the aircraft,”
Sikharin passed scented hot towels while Pramila was in charge of distribution of the menu, wine list and landing card for India.
India landing card
The towel was really needed to sharpen my senses. Especially when it came to the sight outside the window.
Our neighbor A6-EBQ
Pushback commenced at 04.45 along as GE90 engines were arising for their next assignment. In flight safety video was broadcasted as the used towels were recollected.
Safety video playing on my own screen
Of course, you can find safety details on the card as well.
As A6-EMH set out for 12R-30L, Napassarath introduced her colleagues, “We proudly present you the languages spoken by our multinational crew members. English, Arabic, Thai, Hindi, Indonesian, Russian and Dutch,”
Like A6-EBK at Schiphol, A6-EMH had to make some ten minute trek along DXB T3
. Sikharin dropped by to recollect our empty glasses before getting prepared for the take off.
EK A380 docked at F18
Though I was seated on the right side, the combination of dark scenery outside and background cabin light made it difficult for me to take any decent picture. I gave up after several attempts.
While looking for temporary stowage, I stumbled across a pair of shoe stowage between the seats in front of us.
Big enough for our DSLR
“Cabin crew, please prepared for takeoff,”
As cabin lights were gradually dimmed, I grabbed the camera again.
Lining up on 12R-30L
With lots of rumblings, A6-EMH accelerated for a lift off within forty seconds.
A6-EMH banked to the left, overflying Dubai.
Inspired by Airpearl
As A6-EMH leveled off after five minutes, cabin lights were illuminated. Sikharin emerged to take the breakfast order.
I flipped through the menu and found it interesting to see a full bar service available at the time of the day. Past five o’clock in the morning!
“Good morning, Sir. What would you like to have for breakfast?” Sikharin asked Herman.
“Can I just have a cup of coffee, please?” Herman replied.
“Only a cup of coffee? Are you sure?”
“Yes, I am,”
“That is alright, Sir. I will serve you the tray anyway. We have got fresh fruit on it. If you wish, you can decide on your meal later on,”
“How about you, Sir?” Sikharin turned to me.
“Can I have masala dosa, please?”
I was still stuffed actually. But I just could not skip that typical Indian breakfast.
While waiting for my breakfast, I explored the mini touch screen stowed in the right console which served as a remote control for all purposes.
Mini screen in dotted wooden frame
Manual seat control unit
IFE control unit
The functionalities really kept me occupied that I did not notice Sikharin appearing on our side. “Sir, may I set your table?”
As Sikharin prepared Herman’s table, I made a quick shot of mine. Ah, somehow I got addicted to EK
’s dotted wooden pattern!
tray table was evidently bigger than the Sicma one as Sikharin draped the table cloth.
Like our previous flight, the trays were prepared beforehand. The basic setting consisted of a water glass, a butter dish, a pair of pepper and saltcellar, a side plate, a bowl of sliced fresh fruit and cutlery set. The bowl contained two slices of kiwi and one each slice of apricot, red orange, pineapple and melon.
Breakfast table set
“What would you like to drink, Sir?” Sikharin asked after serving Herman’s coffee.
“I would like to have a cup of coffee, please,”
“With milk and sugar?”
“No, thank you. Only black coffee, please,”
My request was met with a smile.
My coffee served in a beautiful EK cup. Do you not just love the EK crockery?
“Do you want any bread, Sir?” Sikharin asked Herman.
“No, thank you,”
“How about you, Sir?” Sikharin turned to me.
I was in two minds for a second. The Naan just looked too appetizing, but I really needed the little remaining space in my stomach. “No, thank you,”
“I will come back with your meal very soon, Sir,”
Sikharin attending passengers at row 8
In the meantime, I took a bite out of the fruit bowl. The kiwi was mostly impressive as it was juicy and surprisingly sweet.
Sikharin indeed returned with another trolley. Like Laarnie, she placed my meal crockery by using pincers.
Piping hot masala dosa
What could I say about it? Well, it became my reference every time I ordered the similar in India. You know what, none was as flavorful as the EK
’s. Well done, EK
It was around six o’clock as Sikharin collected our trays.
The sun started to shine in the horizon. Nevertheless, most fellow passengers had their seat arranged in the full reclining position. Herman decided to follow their example.
Herman’s seat. Do you not just love the motif?
seats go really flat into the 78 inch pitch. For more sleeping comfort, you can adjust one armrest to the cushion level. Well, as long as you are not assigned a middle seat.
I was in two minds. I wished to socialize with Sikharin and her colleagues, but I was too tired to enter into a conversation. Before I managed to make any decision, I dozed off .
Landing (Indian time)
I woke up halfway a cabin announcement. “…our descent to Delhi. Could you please put your seat in the upright position? We expect to land in Delhi within thirty minutes. The local temperature is nine Centigrade. Sunny weather with some haze in the morning. I hope you have been enjoying your flight this far. Thank you for flying Emirates,”
Past 08.30, fasten seatbelt signs were illuminated. Sikharin emerged to prepare her passengers for the landing.
Sikharin returned to her station upon the announcement, “Cabin crew, please prepare for landing,”
Our position on airshow
Overflying a part of Greater Noida Taj expressway with Jaypee Group Circuit and Gautam Buddha University complex on the background.
A6-EMH made an U-turn into the landing pattern. The GE90 engines were intensely whining to get her to the runway as soon as possible.
Flying past Vasant Square Mall
Seconds before touch-down
The wheels hit the 11-29 runway at 09.00. Full brakes were applied.
Thrust reverser deployed
Of course, I got the nose camera switched on.
Nose camera view
A6-EMH vacated the runway for a five minute ride to DEL
Complex around Shahabad Muhammadpur
At one point, A6-EMH turned right to reveal the glimpse of T3
and her early visitors.
Air India VT-EJL
At 09.05, A6-EBK came to a stop. Unbuckling sound of seatbelts echoed as everyone was eager to get up to gather his belongings.
Queue for disembarkation
Apparently, there were only one air bridge deployed and interestingly connected to 1L door.
Napassarath was standing at the door opening. I thanked her though I did not see her around during the flight. Probably, she was occupied with her passengers in F.
While writing this report, I realized that I did not say goodbye properly to Sikharin.
Thank you A6-EMH. Thank you Sikharin!