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India 2013 On EK - Part 1 YYZ-DXB

Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:57 am

Toronto, Canada to Hyderabad, India (w/Dubai Stopover) Part 1

Background:

With my cousin’s wedding planned in India for early October I began looking for tickets to the Sub-Continent in July. I was restricted to Emirates in my search as my family had already made their way to India before me on EK and the plan was that we’d return together after the wedding.
With a friend heading to Bangkok around the same time and another cousin in Dubai asking me to stopover enroute to India I tried to get some extra time off work to do a stopover in DXB along with a side trip to BKK. Unfortunately BKK was not possible due to work constraints.
So after searching dates online at emirates.com I finalized my travel date of Oct. 2
As the day approached I was very excited that I was going to finally travel on the A380! My entire immediate & extended family had already flown on the A380 before me (From my 6mos old son to my 90+ year old grandmother) LOL

Wednesday October 2, 2013

It was a beautiful sunny warm morning and my first task was to check-in online. Rest of the day was a whirlwind as I had several last minute items to pick up and pack. With a late evening departure time, I had arranged for the taxi to pick me up around 19:00Local to allow for a stress free drive to YYZ.
After having a light dinner and re-checking the weight of my bags I was ready to head out on vacation.
We arrived at a Terminal 1 and proceeded to the EK check in counters at rows L at around 19:30L. The line for passengers with on-line check-in completed was pretty short and we were up to agent in just a couple of minutes. I asked the agent how full the flight was and he chuckled and said… overbooked as always. I subtly probed to see if they were upgrading people and he said, “No, not unless you’re willing to pay for it”.
The week prior my mother flew out on EK to HYD as well and they were overbooked too. At the time EK was offering passengers willing to give up their seat; credit on EK in the full amount of their paid ticket and they would be put on the TK flight leaving the same evening but would arrive via IST into DXB about 8 hours later than the EK flight. I would have taken them up on it if they had offered it to me… LOL
Security wasn’t crazy busy either which was a surprise. Security checks were performed without any incident and we proceeded down the pier to the “hammerhead” where the international departure gates are located.

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We arrived at the hammerhead and took the escalator down to the gate area. There’s a ton of construction happening at the moment to expand and enhance the Duty Free retail component at T1. Brands such as Burberry, Coach, Michael Kors, Omega, Gucci, Mont Blanc and Ferragamo are setting up shop.
We arrived at our departure Gate - E73 by 19:45L which is pretty impressive.


I was travelling with my cousin’s husband so we decided to chill and grab a snack from the new panini bar Fetta by renowned chef Mark McEwan beside the gate.

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Most of the tables had iPads etc. the changes to the international departure area at T1 are quite impressive and look forward to the continued positive direction that Pearson is taking with the former head of HKG; Howard Eng at the helm. As we ate we could see A6-EDM illuminated by the glow of the terminal lights ready for its 13+hour journey to Dubai.

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Prior to even the pre-boarding announcement being made the area around the gate had mushroomed with people all jostling for a prime spot in the queue to get on. It always baffles me why people are rushing to get on for a very long flight… it’s just more time they’re going to have to spend in a cramped space. Boarding commenced at 21:00L and I eventually we made it to the gate, a lovely agent checked the boarding pass and wished me a pleasant flight.

Sector: 359
Emirates EK242
Toronto (YYZ) – Dubai (DXB)
Type: A380-800
Reg: A6-EDM
Capt.: Christopher Little
F/O: Paul Cunningham
Cabin Crew: 26
Pax Load: 528
Sector Distance: 6899 nm
Class: Y
Seat: 76A
ETD: 21:40 L
ATD: 22:12 L
Departure Gate: E73
Departure Rwy: 23
ETA: 18:35+1 L
ATA: 18:16+1 L
Arrival Gate: F22
Arrival Rwy: 30L
Block Time: 12:55
Actual Airborne Time:
FL: 390
Mach: 0.85
TOW: 530,633 kg
Fuel: 173,000 kg
Meal Service: Dinner, Breakfast
IFE: iCE


At the end of the Jetway I was greeted by two smiling F/As that looked at my boarding pass and said, directed us to toward our seats. As we made our way towards the back of the aircraft there were several AC F/As stationed welcoming us onboard. My seat was 76A in the second-last section of Y class on this massive aircraft.

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Once we had located our seats and had stowed our cabin baggage I settled in, I received a text from my brother who had just arrived from CVG and was taxing right past us to Pier E in Terminal 1…Pretty cool!

View from my seat
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I was checking out the iCE AVOD system and getting ready to fully enjoy my first A380 experience when we began pushback at 21:45L. Several passengers were still standing, shoving the last of their carry-on baggage into the overhead bins. During pushback we were turned north, which meant we’d be using Rwy 23 tonight.

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The tug was uncoupled and we made the taxi out for a Rwy. 23 departure on a clear night. We were held short of the runway to allow an AC Express Dash-8 to sneak in ahead of us. Then we were #1 and without any further delay we lined up and then powered down Rwy. 23 for almost a full minute. 280,000lbs of thrust from the four GP7270s’ finally propelled us off terra firma at precisely 22:12L.

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We continued west until we were over Milton before turning left toward the lake and then another left over Lake Ontario and then climbed rapidly past Toronto’s city centre. Next stop… DUBAI! ☺

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Shortly after take-off hot towels were distributed along with Menus. After deciding on the Lamb, I watched the Hangover III.

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Dinner was served at 23:00L the Lamb was tasty but a tad dry for me. The cabin crew performed the service with a good degree of attentiveness and friendly smiles toward the passengers. I then napped for about two hours.

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I woke up at 03:11EDT as we neared the western coast of Ireland
Tailwind: 25mph
Mach: 0.83
Ground Speed: 909mph

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The cabin crew were handed out sandwiches to the passengers at 03:30EDT. Sadly these were a disappointment and should be renamed “breadwiches” as they weren’t very good. I watched a little ‘Big Bang Theory’ then fell asleep again. I normally don’t sleep on planes but must have been dead tired from work etc.

Finally work up again at 07:30EDT. I headed to the galley area for a snack & drink. While there I asked tour lovely F/A Lydia, if she could have the flight crew complete my Logbook. She replied that she’d be happy to and took the book.
We were over Turkey and had travelled ~5750 miles with ~1500 miles to go.

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Breakfast service commenced at 08:30EDT as we overflew the ancient city of Baghdad. I had the Omelette w/turkey sausage. It was very good and accompanied by a nice warm croissant.

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With breakfast done by 09:00EDT my flight logbook was returned. Lydia commented that the both the flight and cabin crews really enjoyed leafing through the book and taking in the details and pictures enclosed. I thanked her for her assistance. We were over Basra and about to enter the Persian Gulf

We began our descent at 09:45EDT or 17:44L approximately 200 miles west of Dubai and vectored in for a landing from the East. As we descended on our downwind leg over Sharjah alongside Al-Dhaid Rd. I could see SHJ through the haze and rapidly fading light. Our base turn was over E611/Emirates Rd. and then straight in to 30L. Touchdown happened at 18:16L, a full 19 minutes ahead of schedule and it was a surprisingly graceful and gentle landing for such a gargantuan airplane.

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We rolled down 30L for a bit before vacated the runway and parking in Gate B19 a scant 3 minutes after touchdown at 18:19L. I was surprised we didn’t park at Concourse A the A380 dedicated building.
Since I was at the back of the bus and not connecting, I waited until the crowd had thinned before popping up and heading out. Dubai airport has grown so much since my very first visit back in 2002.

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After freshening up we headed down to the Immigration and Baggage Claim area.
Immigration was uneventful as Canadians no longer need a Visa to enter UAE.
There usually aren’t many passengers from the Toronto flight stopping in Dubai and that held true this flight as well as ~50 pax were scattered around carousel #9 where EK242’s baggage was arriving.

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Bags were quickly retrieved and we made it out to the arrival hall were my cousin greeted us. One step outside and we were consumed by the heat and humidity of the city. We headed off immediately to Burj Khalifa & Dubai Mall.

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Pappa Roti!!!
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Burj Khalifa
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Burj Khalifa Fountains
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Dinner
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Finally heading to my cousin’s place and a real bed. ☺
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The last time I flew EK on this sector it was on their 10-abreast 77W. I can say that the A380 was infinitely more comfortable for a tall person (6’2”) like myself. The Cabin crew were fantastic in dealing with such a long flight and the diverse “personalities” amongst the 400+ pax.

I hope that you have enjoyed my report. As always, comments/feedback is appreciated.

Cheers,
Kaz

Coming soon...
India 2013 on EK - Part 2 DXB-HYD
India 2013 on EK - Part 3 HYD-DXB-YYZ
Mumbai 2013 on AI - HYD-BOM-HYD
 
theaviator380
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RE: India 2013 On EK - Part 1 YYZ-DXB

Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:23 pm

Good TR, EK as usual consistent product.

No wonder you didn't like that awful sandwich, I wasn't even bother to taste it last time they offered me on my EK21, I said No thank you. Their catering is usually so well (8/10) don't understand why they have got this crazy idea of wrapping some cold chicken in a baguette or bun and serve passengers at 6am in the morning !!

You mentioned about greeted by 2 female crew members, however I can see a guy on left side as well which you didn't mention, but I won't blame you, lol lol.  

Having flown on A380 twice, must admit I dislike other aircrafts now, too good even in Y class.

Looking forward to see your next TRs.

Cheers.
 
omidp
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RE: India 2013 On EK - Part 1 YYZ-DXB

Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:34 pm

Very nice TR. Thanks for the great pix  
 
buck3y3nut
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RE: India 2013 On EK - Part 1 YYZ-DXB

Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:00 pm

Great report Kaz and great pictures! That croissant on the breakfast tray looks dismal though!  
 
tonyban
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RE: India 2013 On EK - Part 1 YYZ-DXB

Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:05 pm

Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):
Tailwind: 25mph
Mach: 0.83
Ground Speed: 909mph

Are you sure about the speed ? 909 mph ?

Anyway, wonderful trip report. How was the wedding ?
 
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RE: India 2013 On EK - Part 1 YYZ-DXB

Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:49 pm

Quoting omidp (Reply 2):
Very nice TR. Thanks for the great pix

Thanks!

Quoting buck3y3nut (Reply 3):
Great report Kaz and great pictures! That croissant on the breakfast tray looks dismal though!

Thanks! Looks can be deceiving... lol

Quoting tonyban (Reply 4):
Are you sure about the speed ? 909 mph ?

Anyway, wonderful trip report. How was the wedding ?

Oops meant 909 kph
Wedding was eventful, I'll be covering it in the next report.

Cheers,
Kaz
 
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RE: India 2013 On EK - Part 1 YYZ-DXB

Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:52 am

Hey Kaz,

Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):
As the day approached I was very excited that I was going to finally travel on the A380!

I really don't know when I'll get excited about flying the A380? Maybe when I do it'll be raving all about it, but for now I really have no interest at all.

Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):
I subtly probed to see if they were upgrading people and he said, “No, not unless you’re willing to pay for it”.

Doesn't hurt to ask lol

Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):
At the time EK was offering passengers willing to give up their seat; credit on EK in the full amount of their paid ticket and they would be put on the TK flight leaving the same evening but would arrive via IST into DXB about 8 hours later than the EK flight.

Wow that is very generous, considering you still get to fly EK at another time and get to sample Turkish all the way to DXB....And on the TK Boeing 777-300ER that is pretty much a no-brainer

Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):
There’s a ton of construction happening at the moment to expand and enhance the Duty Free retail component at T1. Brands such as Burberry, Coach, Michael Kors, Omega, Gucci, Mont Blanc and Ferragamo are setting up shop.

These stores are good enough in the mall, why bother to bring them to YYZ! Unless it's to attract the transiting passengers as AC plans to make YYZ it's hub for travel.

Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):
I was travelling with my cousin’s husband so we decided to chill and grab a snack

I don't know why I read that as "we decided to grab a chilli"

Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):
My seat was 76A in the second-last section of Y class on this massive aircraft.

I think I'd prefer a seat a little further behind....I know the A380 is really quiet, but do you actually hear the roar like one does on the 773ERs when sitting behind the wings.

Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):
we lined up and then powered down Rwy. 23 for almost a full minute. 280,000lbs of thrust from the four GP7270s’ finally propelled us off terra firma at precisely 22:12L.
Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):
Dinner was served at 23:00L

You sure you had dinner served in 40 minutes after take off? Which included a preliminary run of drinks and distribution of menu cards...I guess it helped with those who wanted to call it a night!!

Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):
my flight logbook was returned. Lydia commented that the both the flight and cabin crews really enjoyed leafing through the book and taking in the details and pictures enclosed.

This was a good opportunity to ask Lydia and her colleagues if they wanted to become part of the logbook, with their own pictures added to it. EK crews are generally quite accommodating.

Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):
We headed off immediately to Burj Khalifa & Dubai Mall.

Oh nice, finally see a pic of the Tim Horton's....Did you feel the need to have a double double  .
LAX772LR - "Answer to goofy question:" in response to my question about the B737-MAX8 being grounded. 48 hours later all B737-MAX8 grounded worldwide. Go figure!!
 
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RE: India 2013 On EK - Part 1 YYZ-DXB

Fri Jan 17, 2014 5:00 pm

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):I subtly probed to see if they were upgrading people and he said, “No, not unless you’re willing to pay for it”.
Doesn't hurt to ask lol

In Part 2 of the report... (should be posted this weekend)... I do get upgraded.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):There’s a ton of construction happening at the moment to expand and enhance the Duty Free retail component at T1. Brands such as Burberry, Coach, Michael Kors, Omega, Gucci, Mont Blanc and Ferragamo are setting up shop.
These stores are good enough in the mall, why bother to bring them to YYZ! Unless it's to attract the transiting passengers as AC plans to make YYZ it's hub for travel.

That is precisely the reason.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):My seat was 76A in the second-last section of Y class on this massive aircraft.
I think I'd prefer a seat a little further behind....I know the A380 is really quiet, but do you actually hear the roar like one does on the 773ERs when sitting behind the wings.

Very quiet aircraft... which is one of the reasons I love Airbus. The A330 is my favourite aircraft.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):we lined up and then powered down Rwy. 23 for almost a full minute. 280,000lbs of thrust from the four GP7270s’ finally propelled us off terra firma at precisely 22:12L.Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):Dinner was served at 23:00L
You sure you had dinner served in 40 minutes after take off? Which included a preliminary run of drinks and distribution of menu cards...I guess it helped with those who wanted to call it a night!!

Yes, the dinner service started about 40min after wheels-up. F/As distributed the special meals first, followed by the regular service.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):my flight logbook was returned. Lydia commented that the both the flight and cabin crews really enjoyed leafing through the book and taking in the details and pictures enclosed.
This was a good opportunity to ask Lydia and her colleagues if they wanted to become part of the logbook, with their own pictures added to it. EK crews are generally quite accommodating.

Can't show those pics...  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Quoting airbusfanyyz (Thread starter):We headed off immediately to Burj Khalifa & Dubai Mall.
Oh nice, finally see a pic of the Tim Horton's....Did you feel the need to have a double double .

Nope... had a great chai at Pappa Roti
 
phunc
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RE: India 2013 On EK - Part 1 YYZ-DXB

Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:39 pm

Great TR mate. Love ultra long haul TR's. Presented very well and I'm looking forward to the rest of your series...especially DXB-YYZ. Long ol' slog.
 
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RE: India 2013 On EK - Part 1 YYZ-DXB

Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:37 pm

Thanks Phunc,

Part two has been posted: India 2013 On EK - Part 2 DXB-HYD (by airbusfanyyz Jan 19 2014 in Trip Reports)

DXB-YYZ report is in progress... no time left after work, kids etc. to finish it. lol  

Cheers,
Kaz

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