Now onto the actual trip report!
After three weeks of travelling around a very humid South East Asia it was time to return to the cold climate of the UK. Since we had flown with Emirates on the outbound leg of the journey to KUL
it made sense to book with them coming back from HKG
. Another reason I wanted to fly with them as opposed to CX
was because EK
fly the A380 into HKG
on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. As I had never flown on an A380 before this was a good opportunity to do so!
We left the Harbour Grand Hotel in Kowloon at 10pm for our 12.35am flight. The taxi ride seemed to take a while but we arrived at Terminal 1 in good time.
Drop off area at T1
Area 3 for EK
Main terminal entrance
As soon as I stepped inside I was impressed by the building. It is such a huge building but it is very open, bright and airy which makes it a nice relaxing environment to be in.
FIDS with a couple of UO and CX
Zone G for EK
check in opposite
Overview of check-in
The check in agent was very friendly and checked the bags through to Newcastle and gave us boarding passes for both of the flights. I then went through security, and afterwards walked the entire length of the terminal, I was exhausted by the end of it, but got some good pictures!
A333 B-18306 with CX
’s ‘Asia’s World City’ B77W in the background
A couple of BA
B744’s and AY
B763 heading to ADD
Head to head!
B744 heading back to AMS
F-GSQA getting ready for CDG
A346 G-VSHY heading home to LHR
having arrived from SYD
earlier in the evening
I headed up the terminal a bit more and saw the EK
A380 heading for DXB
Not mine yet! A6-EDK heading to BKK
Was happy to see the Orient Thai B743
Looking up to the other end of the terminal
I took a walk down to gates 15-19 to see the KE
A380 amongst others
A380 just after arriving from ICN
One of two late night BA
departures to LHR
(2315 and 2345) – G-CIVE
By this time my EK
A380 had arrived from DXB
B777 heading to SFO
The second BA
By this time it was time to head to gate 60 for my first flight on the A380!
Wednesday 24th August 2011
Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok Airport (HKG
/VHHH) – Dubai International Airport (DXB
Departure Time – 12.35am
Arrival Time – 4.35am
Duration – 8 hours
Aircraft – Airbus A380-861 / A6-EDL / Built in 2010, Delivered to EK
on 12th August 2010
Seat – 75A
The beast getting prepped for the flight
Boarding was soon announced and I was on board by 12am. The whole boarding process didn’t seem to take too long despite the size and amount of passengers on the plane. Once boarding was completed the load seemed to be good, there weren’t many empty seats.
View of the massive wing from 75A
The big IFE screen
The window was pretty cool as well, although it was harder to get photos with no glare due to the big gap between the inner and outer windows.
The flight information for tonight, although it seems they need to update the code for Hong Kong!
Tail camera with the cargo doors still open
I couldn’t get over the size of the wing!
The captain soon made a PA to say we would have a little delay due to a passenger not showing up but having a bag on the flight. It took a little while for the bag to be found and we soon pushed back around 20 minutes late. Soon the safety video was played and hot towels and menus were handed out.
During pushback I was amazed at how quiet the engine start was. Even when all four were fired up, they were very very quiet!
There was just the KE
A380 taking off in front of us, so after that departed we were on our way to DXB
Takeoff video from HKG
Just after takeoff
About 30 minutes into the flight I had a walk around the A380.
The rear staircase heading up to Business Class... you could hear people at the bar from the bottom of the stairs!
logo at the back of the plane
Front staircase heading up to First Class
From my seat behind the wing I thought the engines were quiet but at the front section of economy the engines are completely silent!
Flying along the South coast of China
A midnight snack was served which consisted of a Beef Pastrami sandwich and fruit.
Menu for the flight
Midnight snack... it didn’t taste bad but I didn’t really enjoy it at 1.15 in the morning.
Flying over the Ganges Delta in Bangladesh... too bad it was at night as it would have probably made for some good photos
I then watched the comedy film Little Fockers before I fell asleep for about three hours as I was shattered after having a whole day in Hong Kong before heading to the airport.
When I woke up I decided to have some of the instant cup noodles (which I forgot to take a photo of!) However, it was just basically a vegetable pot noodle.
Breakfast was served just after leaving the coast of India – It was either a Swiss cheese omelette or Stir-fried Hokkien noodles – I went for the omelette which tasted pretty good.
Getting closer to Dubai
We commenced our descent about 140 miles from DXB
and had a straight in approach with no holds to runway 30R.
The landing was VERY hard, i’m not sure if this is normal for the A380 because of its size but it was possible the hardest landing I have ever experienced.
Landing video in DXB
Parked at the gate with another A380 taxiing into the gate next door
Final tail camera view
At the end of the flight I again went into the flight deck and talked to the very friendly American captain.
All in all it was a great flight on the A380... it is definitely a fantastic aircraft to fly on, it is very comfortable and very quiet! Can’t wait for my next flight on one!
We have clearance, Clarence. Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?