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A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:32 am

Hi Everyone,

A while since my last trip report, and time for another one. And one that is a little unique for me.

BACKGROUND

I was up in Thailand on holidays already. When booking my flights to BKK I realised that I had about 28,000 EK Skywards miles that were going to burn by March if I didn't use them. As I was already on holidays in February and wouldn't take more leave before March it annoyed me that I couldn't use them. Until I had a brain wave!
Why not have a day out on Emirates?

I remembered that EK flew BKK-HKG-BKK daily and was really excited by the cost of this sector and how cheap it was. Then I was even more pleasantly surprised by the upgrade miles required: 12,500 from Y to J and 12,500 from J to F in each direction.

I normally fly Y unless I get lucky with an upgrade or use points. The chances of me ever flying F on an airline like EK was very slim. So, upon checking the loads I booked BKK-HKG in J and HKG-BKK in Y. I would have preferred to do the flights the other way around and save F class for last, but the loads weren't in my favour, so to be safe I did it this way. At the end of the day it didn't really matter. I had also never flown on an EK A380. Normally when I fly EK it's from SYD-BKK-SYD which is always a 777-300ER, so it was a unique opportunity for me.

So, without futher ado, let's have a look at EK 384/385 on a day-trip to HKG and back.
(I realise that its probably "just another EK trip report" for many of you, and that many of you fly F and J on a regular basis, but for a traveller like myself this was a really special day, so I hope I don't make you yawn too much!)

EK384 BKK-HKG. Friday 7 February 2014. Dep: 1345. Arr: 1730. Flight on time.
Aircraft: A380-800. Reg: A6-EER. Delivered December 2013.


I'm not into huge amounts of text in my trip reports. Pictures tell a thousand words, so if you like a lot of text in your reports (which I find unnecessary in a lot of cases) then I apologise. 95% of the pictures will be self-explanatory, and if it isn't then I'll let you know what's going on!

A quick check of Flight Radar 24 showed me that my aircraft today would be A6-EER. A very young aircraft - only about 2 months old.


I guess you can't go wrong with a hat on the dashboard and floral garland and a token Thai air-freshener! Felt very protected as we drove along to the airport.


Police on Segways- never seen that before, but I guess it makes sense in a massive place like Bangkok Airport.


There was no one at check-in and I was amazed when the girl who checked me in told me that I was the ONLY person in F on today's flight. Things were getting better and better.
She forgot a "Premium Pass" card for me for immigration and when I went back to her to get one she apologised profusely and felt very embarrassed. I told her it really wasn't a problem. So, from there, off into the airport I go. Immigration was a breeze and then through to the Emirates Lounge. Once I got there I found it was closed for renovation so I had to go to the Qantas lounge. It would have been nice to have been informed of this at check-in as they are quite far apart, but no major problems.



Woof woof!


Check-in area for EK at BKK


Nice Gardens


Premium Pass for Immigration


Bhudda meets Gucci... Or... Old and New Thailand!


Duty-Free Shops


More Duty-Free Shops


I had been in the EK lounge in BKK before and also the QF one. The EK lounge is far superior in terms of comfort and food and beverages offered in the lounge compared to the QF lounge. However, I wasn't too concerned as I only had about an hour in there before having to head for the gate. I also didn't want to eat too much as I wanted to sample what was on offer on board the aircraft in F.

Qantas Lounge in BKK


After a quick snack and a break I made my way down to the gate for departure. The big, beautiful A380 A6-EER was waiting for me already. What a mammoth beast!

Off to the gate...


There she is...


As you know, BKK airport is a horrible airport for taking photos. And they never clean the windows as you can see here:


Boarding was called about 25 minutes prior to departure. The loads in all classes were pretty light today it seemed. Economy seemed about half full. Down the aerobridge, and isn't it a nice feeling to follow the FIRST CLASS signs for a change!

I was warmly welcomed on board by Purser Nappas and she asked crew-member Simon to show me to my suite. He told me I was the only person on board today, so why not choose any seat I like? Well, what else would you choose for a First Class experience than 1A? I settled into my seat and Simon introduced himself. Then two Thai flight attendants, Benj and Dao came and introduced themselves, as did a Filipino girl who happened to be named Precious. They all said they would be looking after me today and if there was anything I needed to please let them know immediately. Four crew... just for me? You have to be kidding, right?! And no, I'm not kidding.

Home for a few hours:


Simon asked me if I would like a welcome glass of Dom Perignon 2000, and how could I refuse?
After this, Purser Nappas, another Thai, came and introduced herself and said "how wonderful it is" that I was the only first class passenger today. She said this meant they could take extra-special care of me. Wow!

Simon returned with the champagne and we started chatting. The other crew stopped for a chat as well and they couldn't believe it when I told them why I was here and that I would be flying back to BKK with them again that evening - albeit in J class. I'm not sure if they thought I was mad, crazy, out of my mind or all of the above, but they certainly thought it was unique. Purser Nappas then said: "What a wonderful idea! And you're coming back with us? Well, we'll have to really look after you then and make sure you have a great day out!" What a lovely lady. They also offered to take a "souvenir photo" of me in my suite. Why not?



The suite was so large for someone who is used to flying economy class! I guess if you like faux-wood and lots of gold trimmings then you'd be in Seventh Heaven! There are cosmetics in the little recess on the desk top near the lamp.



There is also your own tablet for controlling things in the suite.


As well as a pop-up minibar. To me this was a bit of a waste of space and a bit of a gimmick. The drinks weren't cold and you can ask for one any time you like. Still, there it was....


As I said - you like gold trim? You're in heaven here!


Then Benj brought me some Arabic coffee and a nice Arabic date....


There was a writing kit in the drawer. In this modern day-and-age of email and internet would anyone actually use this?


An empty cabin today...


About to push-back from gate E8...


Benj then brought me the wine list and the menu for today's flight.


Menu and Wine List...


Menu and Wine List...


Menu and Wine List...


Menu and Wine List...


Menu and Wine List...


Menu and Wine List...


This was the controller for the seat, TV, lights etc. Very modern and lots of options here!


We pushed-back and set off for runway 19L and the safety demonstration was played 3 times - in Arabic, English and then Cantonese.
No other aircraft was in front of us so we did a rolling start and zipped into the sky at a quick rate. How quiet it is up the front - you can hardly hear those massive engines at all!

Off we go...


Surrounding the airport in BKK...


Headphones were in a pouch in the seat pocket already...


And there was a card offering inflight connectivity. Very expensive and I didn't partake.


There was also the usual inflight reading materials as well. Quite bulky - must add a lot of weight overall to an aircraft.


There was a storage area here too...


This is the suite with the doors closed. I left them open and just closed them in order to get a pic for the report.


Benj then came past and asked me if I was ready for lunch now. I replied that I was ready whenever they were and she said in that case she would serve me now. Table was extended.


Nuts and a Whisky and Coke. Because I could.


Then a tablecloth laid out...


Starter was Scallops and Smoked Salmon - absolutely delicious! I could have happily foregone the main and just had 3 of these quite happily! Benj offered bread as well and I took the garlic bread.


Lovely starter...


And a glass of 2007 Marlboro Sav Blanc went down very nicely too!


After this it was time for the main. I had the chicken and it was superb. Restaurant quality and an amazing taste.


I didn't need the ICE Entertainment System - as amazing as it is. For me, the inflight map was a perfect sideshow to the meal! I have to say that the quality of the 23 inch screen in F was amazing!


Precious and Dao came back and ask me if I'd like dessert. Of course! They suggested that I try the Vanilla Mousse Cake and the cheese board. Well, I couldn't really say "no", could I? The dessert was so amazing!


And the cheeseboard.


Then, finally, a coffee and some Godiva chocolates. I was well-and-truly full by this stage!


Simon then came by and said, "Why don't you try the shower?" I replied that I didn't want to make anyone clean it just for the sake of having a shower so I wouldn't partake. He tried to tell me that it wasn't an issue - as I was the only F passenger the HKG cleaners would do it - and "how often do you get to shower at 39,000 feet?" Oh...ok! If you insist!

The F Shower Spa is rather large and features all the amenities you'd expect - various lotions and potions, hair dryers, creams, towels and even a moving map display! Wonderful!
(Shower spa pictures taken at start of flight so I could capture it "fresh" - before I knew I was the only one who would have access to it!)

Shower Spa on A380 in F


Shower Spa on A380 in F


Shower Spa on A380 in F


Shower Spa on A380 in F


Shower Spa on A380 in F


Shower Spa on A380 in F


Shower Spa on A380 in F - even a moving map in here!


After this it was top of decent and time to get ready for landing in HKG. Purser Nappas came past and asked me how the F experience was. We chatted for a while and I told her it was the most special flight experience I'd ever had and her crew were amazing. She seemed genuinely pleased with this. At this point, Benj and Precious appeared with a lovely EK bag filled with "gifts for you" - some EK pyjamas, slippers and a Bulgari amenities kit. What a lovely gesture. Benj was actually really smart and said,"As you're returning with us from HKG, why don't I keep this for you onboard and give it to you when you get back on, then you won't have to go through security with liquids and gels?" What a lovely and thoughtful thing to suggest. Great idea!

This area is set up as the first class bar when enough passengers warrant it. Nothing today, but a nice space all the same.


Time to decend to HKG...


But not before Benj took a photo of me in lie-flat mode! How I would love to go from SYD-LHR this way!


And what would it be without the obligatory "leg room shot?!" No problems with legroom here!


Before long we'd landed in a misty HKG.


And then taxi to the gate.


Being in F I was the first off the aircraft. All five crew who looked after me gathered round prior to the door being opened and joked about "see you in a few hours, Mr Burnet! We'll look after you again, don't worry! Enjoy your shopping in Hong Kong Airport and the lounge!" What a lovely group of people!

Off the aircraft and into HKG for some quick duty free shopping and then to the EK lounge to wait three hours until the return flight was due to leave for BKK.

Hong Kong Airport - so well organised and easy to navigate! One thing I love here is the ease of taking photos. For someone from Australia, it's wonderful to see so many carriers here we don't get to see in Australia, so I took the opportunity to take some pics of course.

Air Seychelles


Virgin Atlantic off to Sydney this evening


Air India Dreamliner


I wasn't really keen on the EK lounge in HKG. The lounge was nice enough, but having "no walls" all the noise of the terminal was audible, so you wouldn't really call it a "quiet retreat".
TV Area


Food and Drink Offerings


Food and Drink Offerings


Then back to Gate 62 for departure back to Bangkok - same aircraft, same crew!
EK385 HKG-BKK. Friday 7 February 2014. Dep:2115. Arr: 2230. Flight on time.
Aircraft: A380-800. Reg: A6-EER. Delivered December 2013.


The crew were at the door again and said things like: "Haven't we met before? You're a regular around here, aren't you?" and had a bit of a laugh. One of them showed me to my seat. This time 23A in J class. There was only 15/76 in J tonight and I was the only one in the small J cabin the rear - again! This was getting to be like a private jet experience!


Benj came up and gave me the bag of amenities she had stored for me whilst on the ground in HKG. Very kind!

Again, your own personal minibar in J class on the A380.


I have to say that the design of the seat and surrounds was very thoughtful and I liked it a lot.


Seated behind the wing this time!


Storage area:


Plenty of Magazines on Offer...


And of course, lots of room!


Menu and Wine List handed out after take-off...


Champagne was offered prior to departure, and headsets.


And before I knew it, it was time to leave HKG.


Then more nuts and aperitifs!


I could get used to these empty flights!


J Seat in Lie-Flat Mode...


J class bathroom...


J Class bathroom...


Orders were taken for dinner and I chose chicken again. It was a single tray presentation and very tasty it was too!


Dinner pic...


Dessert pic...


And of course - more coffee and Godivas!


I then went and checked out the F/J Class bar area at the back of the cabin. I have to say it was very comfortable and impressive. There were numerous sandwiches, desserts, bread and snack options set-up here. It would be a nice place to socialise on a longer flight.


Bar area and Offerings:


Bar area and Offerings:


Bar area and Offerings:


I was talking to the crew member working behind the bar for a while. I asked her how much food is just wasted and thrown out at Emirates. This was just one flight, and it would all have to be thrown out in Bangkok and replaced if people didn't eat it. She admitted that this was an issue for Emirates. I wonder if there's something that can be done about the amount of food wasted on a daily basis, but I can't think of a solution. If there's passengers in the cabin, a full bar has to be set up.

And before I had time to think about it, we were landing in Bangkok.


Prior to landing I went to the galley and asked to see Purser Nappas. She was fetched immediately, and the other crew who had looked after me were there too. I thanked them sincerely for their efforts in looking after me and informed them that they were the most amazing crew I have ever encountered on an aircraft. (And I fly quite often - at least 30 times per year). They were truly wonderful and are a credit to their airline and their profession. They seemed really touched and said it was something out of the ordinary to look after me today too doing such a unique thing and Purser Nappas described me as "the perfect passenger". That's a nice thing to hear. I actually wrote to EK afterwards giving them my high praise and making sure I named all the crew members. I received a reply within 12 hours stating this would be passed on to "the powers that be" and to thank me for taking the time to provide positive feedback. I really hope this crew received a "pat on the back" from their bosses. Sure, they had to be nice and polite to a passenger flying in J and F, but I really got the impression that they were exceptionally caring people and genuinely wanted me to have a great day when flying with them. So, to the lovely crew I encountered that day, "THANK YOU" for making my day so special and one I will never forget!

And so ends my "Day Out to Hong Kong with EK!"


I hope you enjoyed reading it even 10% as much as I enjoyed my amazing experience that day!
(Pics taken on phone - apologies for any that aren't perfectly clear).
Thai744.

[Edited 2014-02-16 23:37:14]
 
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:50 am

Is F worth it?

Or is C really just as good for a much cheaper price?
 
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:00 am

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):

Is F worth it?

Or is C really just as good for a much cheaper price?

Good question!

I guess it depends how much money you have, or how many points you have to use.
If you were a multi-millionaire and didn't have to worry about what you spend, then yes - you probably would go first.

If not, then (for me, anyway) J class would be perfectly fine. Both have lie-flat beds and are extremely comfortable.
I would be more-than-happy to be "stuck" in J class on an EK A380!  

The main thing about the F Suite on EK is PRIVACY
If you're a person who really wants to shut yourself off from the rest of the world, and you have the money/points to pay for it, then it would be worth it I guess.

But for me, J class would be more than fine.

I hope this answers your question a little. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply to my report. I appreciate it.
 
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:12 am

Great report! Thanks for doing it. Why not do trips like this? Looked like a magical experience you'll never forget.
 
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:19 am

Quoting SpeedbirdAbz (Reply 3):
Great report! Thanks for doing it. Why not do trips like this? Looked like a magical experience you'll never forget.

Absolutely spot on! Sometimes travelling just for the sake of travelling is a wonderful thing to do.
I'm sure fellow A-Net members understand!  
 
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:29 am

Hi!

Wonderful read and nice pictures, always nice to indulge in a little luxury now and then, and it looks like everything turned up nicely that day, wonderful crew, wonderful aircraft, etc.

But I must say... the cabin on EK is very gawdy! all that gold, faux wood and bling bling is just waaaaay too much, even a rapper would cringe.

Something more tasteful and delicate would have worked better IMHO.

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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:35 am

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
But I must say... the cabin on EK is very gawdy! all that gold, faux wood and bling bling is just waaaaay too much, even a rapper would cringe.

Something more tasteful and delicate would have worked better IMHO.

Yes, I 100% agree with you. Very over-the-top and gaudy in my opinion.

However, for them to do it, I guess someone must like it.
Is it a particularly Arabic/Middle Eastern type thing to "bling things up" in this sort of style?
Having not spent much time there I can't answer that, but I'm sure someone can.

Still, at any rate, I think I can cope with it if it means I'm in F or J!  
 
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:04 pm

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 6):
Is it a particularly Arabic/Middle Eastern type thing to "bling things up" in this sort of style?

Probably, specially in Dubai where everything has to bee flashy and blinged up.

But I think out of the big ME3, EK´s is probably the flashiest, I checked out pics of EY and QR First class and they look much more subtle.

My boss travels frequently between BCN and PVG usually on QR, but on one trip they had to go with EK and he told me that he was not very impressed with EK´s Business Class, he said it was nice, but QR achieves more with less bling. I was lucky enough to fly QR on Business and I can only agree  
Quoting Thai744 (Reply 6):
Still, at any rate, I think I can cope with it if it means I'm in F or J!

Exactly, we ain´t gonna complaint lol!

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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:05 am

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 7):
But I think out of the big ME3, EK´s is probably the flashiest, I checked out pics of EY and QR First class and they look much more subtle.

My boss travels frequently between BCN and PVG usually on QR, but on one trip they had to go with EK and he told me that he was not very impressed with EK´s Business Class, he said it was nice, but QR achieves more with less bling. I was lucky enough to fly QR on Business and I can only agree  

I would LOVE to try QR Biz, however, as they only fly out of MEL and I live in SYD it's not overly convenient to do so. Also, I travel mainly to Asia and QR only fly to DOH from MEL so, again, it's not that convenient to use them. Next time I manage a trip to Europe I might do that though and just buy a one-way domestic on QF/VA to MEL to connect.
 
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:22 am

I live in BKK and I have taken this same flight, in Economy class. It was still great service. EK has probably the best IFE I've seen before. After we landed in HKG I was treated to a tour of the upper deck, and given some souvenirs, including a stuffed animal. I also got to visit the cockpit. On another EK A380, the captain told me if I'm on his flight again, I could come up and watch the pre flight. Too bad they don't allow inflight cockpit visits anymore. EK is a great airline and the A380 is a wonderful airplane.
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:23 pm

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 7):
My boss travels frequently between BCN and PVG usually on QR, but on one trip they had to go with EK and he told me that he was not very impressed with EK´s Business Class, he said it was nice, but QR achieves more with less bling. I was lucky enough to fly QR on Business and I can only agree  
Quoting Thai744 (Reply 6):

I would agree.
However, he probably flew on the 77W- and there the Business Class is notably subpar compared to other airlines, as well as to Emirates' own A380s.
 
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:12 am

Great report, loved to read it!

Just like you, I also flew F once (BA, EWR-LHR), once in a lifetime experience for me!
 
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:01 am

Hi Thai744,

What a great report and the great crew. They made your experience extra special for you.
Normally on US carriers they know who used miles and it shows in their attitude. I just flew from NRT to ORD in F on UA and was not impressed at all.
My take on it is sure I did not paid $10 K for the ticket, but those hundreds of miles I had to use did not come for free either.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
But I must say... the cabin on EK is very gawdy! all that gold, faux wood and bling bling is just waaaaay too much, even a rapper would cringe.

I agree it is disturbing to look at, but in the ME everything is dripping gold.
 
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:05 am

Hi Thai744,

A good way to spend the day and not lose your AirMiles.

The meals look appetising and are generous portions, so no chance of being left hungry.

Your experience of friendly and proactive crews mirrors my own when flying with Emirates. There are some really wonderful people among the crew and it is good to hear that you passed on your comments. So many people are quick to complain: so few offer praise where praise is due.

The decor onboard may not be to everyone's taste but I have never understood why faux walnut is a no-no while faux teak on other airlines passes without comment. Either way, when the cabin lights are turned down you don't see it. LOL.

Thanks for sharing.

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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:48 am

Hi Thai744

Honestly when I read F & J I thought it was a report by another a.netter on here who has a similar name to yours, and thought it was him. What a wonderful surprise it was to read your report, and I have to congratulate you on this awesome experience. Wow the only one in F and that too on the A380!!!

Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
When booking my flights to BKK I realised that I had about 28,000 EK Skywards miles that were going to burn by March if I didn't use them. As I was already on holidays in February and wouldn't take more leave before March it annoyed me that I couldn't use them. Until I had a brain wave!
Why not have a day out on Emirates?

What a brain wave indeed.

Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
I realise that its probably "just another EK trip report" for many of you, and that many of you fly F and J on a regular basis, but for a traveller like myself this was a really special day, so I hope I don't make you yawn too much!)

Yes there are tons of EK reports on here, and some up front too, but what makes your report special is that you were treated in a very "special" way...thanks for sharing.

Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
There was no one at check-in and I was amazed when the girl who checked me in told me that I was the ONLY person in F on today's flight. Things were getting better and better.

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Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
I was warmly welcomed on board by Purser Nappas and she asked crew-member Simon to show me to my suite. He told me I was the only person on board today, so why not choose any seat I like? Well, what else would you choose for a First Class experience than 1A? I settled into my seat and Simon introduced himself. Then two Thai flight attendants, Benj and Dao came and introduced themselves, as did a Filipino girl who happened to be named Precious. They all said they would be looking after me today and if there was anything I needed to please let them know immediately. Four crew... just for me? You have to be kidding, right?! And no, I'm not kidding.

Did you have to pinch yourself to realise it was not a dream lol

Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
Benj took a photo of me in lie-flat mode!

Pure bliss.

Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
The crew were at the door again and said things like: "Haven't we met before? You're a regular around here, aren't you?" and had a bit of a laugh. One of them showed me to my seat.

Looks like you got a really fine bunch of EK staff....they are known otherwise to be a hit and miss.

Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
Dessert pic...

What is that item on the right....like a mutant dessert.

Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
I was talking to the crew member working behind the bar for a while. I asked her how much food is just wasted and thrown out at Emirates. This was just one flight, and it would all have to be thrown out in Bangkok and replaced if people didn't eat it. She admitted that this was an issue for Emirates. I wonder if there's something that can be done about the amount of food wasted on a daily basis, but I can't think of a solution. If there's passengers in the cabin, a full bar has to be set up.

Such a shame that EK wastes so much food both in the air, as well as the amount of food in those overstocked lounges....just because you can it does not mean you should splurge, considering so many go hungry in the world.

Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
Prior to landing I went to the galley and asked to see Purser Nappas. She was fetched immediately, and the other crew who had looked after me were there too. I thanked them sincerely for their efforts in looking after me and informed them that they were the most amazing crew I have ever encountered on an aircraft. (And I fly quite often - at least 30 times per year). They were truly wonderful and are a credit to their airline and their profession. They seemed really touched and said it was something out of the ordinary to look after me today too doing such a unique thing and Purser Nappas described me as "the perfect passenger". That's a nice thing to hear. I actually wrote to EK afterwards giving them my high praise and making sure I named all the crew members. I received a reply within 12 hours stating this would be passed on to "the powers that be" and to thank me for taking the time to provide positive feedback. I really hope this crew received a "pat on the back" from their bosses. Sure, they had to be nice and polite to a passenger flying in J and F, but I really got the impression that they were exceptionally caring people and genuinely wanted me to have a great day when flying with them. So, to the lovely crew I encountered that day, "THANK YOU" for making my day so special and one I will never forget!

I think the pic in itself makes them remember you as a passenger they will never forget....It was nice of you to write to EK and thank them for their service!
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:02 pm

Hey,

Thank you for a very nice report, looks like you had one hell of a day.

I liked the detailed comparison between F & J service, both looks like EK is offering very good product, in particular on the A380. For this short flight, I do not think anyone can ask for more.

Also a nice comparison between the inefficient BKK terminal to the great HKG one. Unlike you, I must say that I like the open terminal, even in the lounges.

Thx for shearing! Jonathan
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:39 pm

Great report.

I actually recognise the man on the left from the last picture of the crew. I think he was crew on one of my flights too.

Do you know if it was the same crew operating the BKK-HKG-BKK leg?

I ask because I once took the EK385 HKG-BKK-DXB flight and the crew changed between the HKG-BKK flight and BKK-DXB flight which I thought was a bit odd since it was only 3 hours to BKK and 6 hours to DXB.
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:11 pm

Quoting cipango (Reply 16):
Do you know if it was the same crew operating the BKK-HKG-BKK leg?
Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
Being in F I was the first off the aircraft. All five crew who looked after me gathered round prior to the door being opened and joked about "see you in a few hours, Mr Burnet! We'll look after you again, don't worry! Enjoy your shopping in Hong Kong Airport and the lounge!" What a lovely group of people!

Off the aircraft and into HKG for some quick duty free shopping and then to the EK lounge to wait three hours until the return flight was due to leave for BKK.
Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
EK385 HKG-BKK. Friday 7 February 2014. Dep:2115. Arr: 2230. Flight on time.
Aircraft: A380-800. Reg: A6-EER. Delivered December 2013.

The crew were at the door again and said things like: "Haven't we met before? You're a regular around here, aren't you?" and had a bit of a laugh

They do the BKK-HKG-BKK leg, so even though it appears short sectors it's actually a turnaround out of BKK, including the three hour wait in HKG.
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Tue May 06, 2014 1:18 pm

Lovely report. A very enjoyable day out.
 
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Wed May 07, 2014 4:58 am

Hi Thai744.... nice TR and pics. One day if I ever feel the need to escape my life for a few hours and spend them eating, watching movies and being waited on hand-and-foot, I'd love to try a similar day-trip on say, a SYD-AKL-SYD rotation.

Someone else asked the question I was going to, namely, is there any real difference between F & J on a carrier such as EK?

Based on my only F-cl experience (on LH back in '08, LAX-FRA...when I spontaneously upgraded from J to F using points at check-in when told that the second of their 2 FRA flights - the one I was booked on - was going to be delayed for "3 hours or so". It was the only way I could get any seat at all on the earlier flight...) , I had decided that the only difference between J & F was what you'd call "style" , "panache" and "attitude" on the part of the cabin crew. The seat, meals and other tangible product were too similar for the price difference - unless of course, you happen to be a certain Australian ex-foreign minister.

 

Again... nice TR, thanks.
 
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Fri May 23, 2014 2:51 pm

Hay Thai744,

Let me start off by saying that was a very enjoyable trip report to read.

Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
(I realise that its probably "just another EK trip report" for many of you, and that many of you fly F and J on a regular basis, but for a traveller like myself this was a really special day, so I hope I don't make you yawn too much!)

hahaha I wish I flew F and J on a regular basis.

you're trip report was great to read, and yes i agree that crew for J and F are supposed to be nicer, I have experienced very robotic crews, who just go through the motions, like its a check list.

to have a crew with personality who joke around, i think makes the flight much more enjoyable.

I gotta say though, I am so surprised at how empty the cabins are. I guess EK have so many A380, they just put them on routes that don't have high volume of traffic.

And that vanilla mousse looks delicious! my mouth was watering!

So all that food, beautifully presented at the bar, are thrown out?? That's such a shame, and while EK has very deep pockets, its a shame to see things go to waste.

But apart from that, I really enjoyed your report, it was wonderful!
 
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RE: A Day Trip On Emirates In F And J

Fri May 23, 2014 3:58 pm

wow such a brilliantly written TR. I could sense your excitment and enjoyment just reading your words. I always said to myself that if I ever travel first I would steal anything that wasnt nailed down haha! You will have to fly with them again to rack up some more points to fly first on a longer sector!

Do you know if the crew get off the plane in HKG or they stay on board for 3 hours?

I am surprised that they show the safety demo in Cantonese too. I flew DXB- HKG direct and the video was only in Arabic and then in English. Did they show Thai for the return sector?

The BKK-HKG sector is well served by many carriers both local and foreign and so I am always in awe that EK can send their largest aircraft on this very well served route.

Are the showers in first only on for 2 minutes worth of hot water? you have to time each body part just right haha

Well done hope that you are using the EK pajamas that they gave you lol

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