Less than an hour before departure, we went to the gate and we only had to wait shortly until priority boarding commenced. We were among the first passengers to step on board and received a friendly welcome. Interestingly, most of the flight attendants working in Business Class were Asian females, most likely Koreans - and even though they were friendly and helpful, they were reserved and I missed a personal touch throughout the whole flight, just like on Korean Air.
Taking pictures wasn't easy due to the continuous passenger flow. I was more or less forced to place all my stuff on my seat and quickly took pictures of the seats in row 11 (which is missing a window):
The majority of the 777-300ERs is equipped with lie-flat Business Class seats. They are 20.5 inches wide and 78 inches long, almost 2m, when reclined (Business Class seats on the company's A380s are only 18.5 inches wide). Seat features include a privacy divider, power supply, dual port USB and a large table. I found the seat very comfortable in all positions. This is my seat (photographed after the flight):
We really liked the abundance of storage space...
...and had no reason to complain about a lack of legroom:
17-inch screens provide an excellent viewing experience:
I used to dislike Emirates' omnipresent wooden elements, but now I find them rather classy:
Large and nice table:
Classic (high-quality) IFE handset and funky wireless control pad for IFE and seat functions:
High-quality noise-cancelling headphones...
...which were so effective that I switched to normal mode when I started to miss the gorgeous GE90 engine sound later during the flight.
The flight attendants were soon offering pre-departure drinks, including champagne. We sat back and enjoyed some Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial
Time had passed quickly and we were soon ready to go. Parked next to us was Cathay Pacific 777-300 B-HNH - our engines were larger than theirs…
We left the gate 8 minutes ahead of schedule and I could soon enjoy the lovely GE90 start-up music. During taxi, I switched to front camera view - which is certainly not half as nice as the A380's tail camera view. One minute after midnight, A6-ECI
turned onto the runway...
...and rocketed into the sky after a powerful takeoff roll:
I kept watching the moving map for the next 30 minutes:
As far as I know, Emirates is still the one and only carrier showing the aircraft's registration in the flight info section:
Nuts and drinks were offered and I enjoyed some ginger ale in style:
Then it was time to have a closer look at various stuff, e.g. this Economy Class style plastic-packed amenity set:
Shocked? No worries, here's the real amenity kit...
...full of high-quality items:
Regular inflight magazine and First & Business Class magazine:
So let's see...Emirates doesn't distinguish between the three 777-200s and the six 777-200ERs (what about the significant range difference?) and the A330-200 image lacks an RR engine. But everything else looks fine.
...and a very thick IFE guide for the excellent ice digital widescreen
As dinner service was about to commence, it was high time to have a closer look at the menu:
Interesting introduction which raises expectations:
Rather impressive beverage list...
...and this appetizing selection of food did not make my decision an easy one:
And here are some more treats:
Let's switch to the wine list:
Now everything was set for the feast...
…and I decided to start with crabmeat avocado tian, peppered scallops, water melon and herb salad. The tray looked really pretty:
Even though I'm not a big fan of scallops, everything tasted fine. Then I continued with Korean beef fillet, served with barley rice, spinach and white radish. Once again, the presentation was faultless:
That looked really good...
...and the beef was indeed excellent, the whole main course tasted delicious. I also liked the garlic bread:
Meanwhile we were cruising near Hohhot...note the curve around Beijing:
While I was having a break before dessert, my brother ordered cheese and fruit, served on a nice wooden board:
While all other items had been served by the friendly, but reserved female Asians, dessert was offered by a very cheerful male flight attendant (from South Africa, as I would find out later) who - unlike the ladies - also engaged in small talk. I asked him whether he could recommend the cheesecake and he thoroughly confirmed. I also ordered a decaf espresso and he smiled and said: "Yes, of course!"
It was obvious that he really likes his job.
Here's what I got - very tasty blueberry cheesecake with vanilla and strawberry sauce and good decaf espresso:
There was not a single reason to complain about the meal itself, but we weren't entirely satisfied with the drink service. On my previous flights in Emirates' Economy Class, drinks had been served quite late in most cases - and the same had now happened in Business Class as well. My brother had been planning to try a different wine with each course, but the flight attendants always showed up too late.
After the filling meal, I played around with the wireless controller for a while:
Which position would you like?
I tested the lie-flat position for a while and found it quite comfortable, but I wasn't sleepy at all.
What I kept enjoying for the next few hours were different massage modes:
I don't think it's necessary any more to go into detail about Emirates' excellent ice
IFE system - it offers countless entertainment options and navigation is very easy. The latest version - ice digital widescreen
- is the world's best IFE system in my opinion. Main menu:
When flying, I usually I listen to music on my MP3 player, but this time it remained switched off. The combination of high-quality headphones and the IFE system's amazing range of songs was unbeatable...
All those who want to read more about ice
just need to click here:
In the middle of the night, I went for a walk and also made an excursion into the Economy Class cabin which was totally packed. Moving through the narrow aisle in the dark cabin wasn't easy. Even though I was careful, I permanently hit someone's leg. Back in the Business Class section:
Classy wooden elements can also be found in the Business Class lavatories:
Back in my seat - what would an Emirates cabin be without starry sky?
Time was flying by - less than 3 hours left:
Red mood light was flooding the well-filled Business Class cabin about 90 minutes before arrival...
...and it was time to have a look at the breakfast options:
The South African flight attendant showed up again and cheerfully asked: "How are you? Did you get some good sleep?"
Then he took our breakfast orders and soon brought nice trays:
Here's my main course of choice:
Preparation and presentation were different from my expectations - but I found the dish really interesting. Everything tasted good except for the shredded veal sausage. The flight attendants kept offering tasty croissants and pastries, breakfast service left nothing to be desired.
Unfortunately, the flight was nearing its end...11 minutes left:
We made a turn over the Persian Gulf and went into final approach. Burj Khalifa
However, the GE90s suddenly roared and the plane started climbing again - go-around!
It wasn't as spectacular as on the Jet Airways 77W in November 2011 (report can be found here)
, but still a nice experience.
Spectacular view of the giant terminal buildings:
While climbing out again, the captain made an announcement, but it was hard to understand due to the engine noise. He mentioned "Sharjah", but I have no idea what exactly had happened.
We flew an extended pattern over the Persian Gulf before going into final approach again. Some 20 minutes after the go-around, we finally touched down after a flying time of 9 hours and 35 minutes. Even though it wasn't very busy at the airport, it took 15 minutes to reach the final parking position - which was a remote stand. Parked next to us was 777-200LR A6-EWB:
Of course I took the chance to take some pictures on the way to the bus, but I had to be discrete. What a massive beast the GE90-115B
, it was a great ride!
We were hoping that we wouldn't be stuck at immigration again, but the Terminal 3 arrival hall was rather deserted. Actually I had never been at the Terminal 3 arrival hall which looks so much better than its counterpart at Terminal 1:
Passing immigration was just a matter of a few minutes. But I guess waiting times in that exclusive Emirates facility never reach the same levels as in Terminal 1, not even during peak times. After grabbing our luggage, we took a taxi and returned to the Hilton Dubai Creek
. Just a few hours later, it was time to head to the Burj Al Arab
where I had reserved a table for the famous Friday Brunch
at the Al Muntaha
restaurant. That visit and the journey back to MUC were already featured in Part I of my series:
5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks (by PlaneHunter Aug 10 2012 in Trip Reports)
[Edited 2012-11-21 08:49:20]