This is my first but un-planned trip report, however I would like to share a special experience with you.
Date: June 15, 2011
Flight: EK 148 (seat 10K)
Boeing 777-36NER A6-ECM (SN 37703, delivered 12/08)
ETD: 15:30 ATD 15:35
ETA: 23:49 ATA 00:35
The Emirates experience is well reported on A-Net, f.i. in Akhmad's TR ' Dubai-Amsterdam: a tribute to Friendship' posted on June 3 last.
I regularly fly the AMS-DXB-AMS route, their product is very consistent so nothing new.
Since I live within the 65km range from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport I can use the Emirates Limousine service which adds very positively to the EK travel experience!
Well underway to Dubai passing Qatar at 11:17 DXB time (09:17CET) the captain made a PA advising that all passengers seated at the right side of the aircraft were offered an alternative to the ICE entertainment system by having the chance in witnessing a full moon eclipse!
The moon was visible at 2 o'clock and the eclipse was at that time 80% underway under a 100% clear sky.
Since we were flying in almost a straight line at cruising speed, we were treated with the full experience, it took about 10 minutes to reach a complete eclipse and after another 10-15 minutes the sun had passed the moon for 80% again.
Although the windows on a T7 are quit large, my view was still restricted and I decided to sit on the cabin floor for a better view upwards.
The aft C-cabin was almost empty (ca. 10pax) and I thought I could do this discretely, but my move was almost immediately noticed by the cabin staff, "anything wrong sir?" "No, just watching the Moon." "cool, where is it?..shall I give your an extra pillow to sit on and something to drink?"
All in all, this made the flight a life-time special, by luck a nice addition to ICE and an excellent service extended to floor-level, thanks to a very attentive Emirates crew, both in the Cabin as well as the Flight deck!
Unfortunately I did not bring a camera, otherwise I should have shared them with you all.