mfc
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Emirates MAD-DXB-BKK + Thai Airways BKK-HKT

Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:53 pm

Hey a-netters! Welcome to my latest TR! This is a special one as it covers a very special experience. I hope you like it.

Introduction
I am in 5th grade of Aeronautical Engineering, the last year, so we decided to make an end-of-degree trip to celebrate the end of 5 years of hard studying. I went to Thailand with my family in 2007 and we loved the country, so I suggested going there. We were supposed to be a group of 12 people at a first stage, but we ended up being 6, as many friends backed out. The day before going to the Emirates office in Madrid to book our tickets, two girls decided to back out, so we ended up being 4 friends. I didn’t mind since those 3 friends were very close ones, so we knew we were going to have a great time. Since we were two guys and two girls, many times we were treated like honeymooners, it was funny to explain that we were just friends, many people didn't seem to get that though.

We planned visiting Bangkok and Phuket. Thai Airways offered very good fares for their direct flight to Bangkok from Madrid, but Qatar Airways and Emirates offered better prices. There was no way I was flying QR again after my disappointing experience last year in Doha Airport, so we decided to go for Emirates. I flew with Emirates two years ago to Dubai and I really liked them, so I was happy to give them another try. For the BKK-HKT-BKK flight we chose Thai, they had very good fares and schedule, and flexible tickets were only a little more expensive than restricted ones, so we decided to buy flexible tickets. It turned out to be very useful as later we wanted to change the outbound flight, which was easily made contacting with Thai Reservation Center via e-mail.

We went to the Emirates Office in Madrid in order to get one ticket for all of us, being able to split the payment. The office was really nice and the agent was very helpful, she even offered us some dates that were delicious, we got our tickets and we were able to book our seats. After that we had to wait until the day of departure, which was the day after our last February exam.


Outbound flight
Since it was February, I expected a light load at least of the flights between Madrid and Dubai, so I was surprised when I saw lots of people lining up for check-in. Emirates has many desks open so the line went quick and we got our bags tagged and our BPs in no time.

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Emirates counters

We went through security and then to the APM station given that the flight was leaving from the satellite building. A huge line was already formed when boarding was called, we were supposed to proceed by zones, but given the line formed we proceeded the Spanish way.

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APM station

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T4S

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Boarding gate

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Flight details.
Flight Number: EK142
Origin: MAD
Destination: DXB
Airplane: Boeing 777-31HER
Reg: A6-EGP
Seat: 47K
ETD/ATD: 14:10/14:10
ETA/ATA: 00:15/23:53
Load factor: Pretty full in J and Y, I don't know about F.

I entered the plane and passed through the after Business Class section, it was packed, all seats were taken, Emirates seems to do well on Madrid flights.
The first thing I noticed when I entered the Economy cabin was that the plane had the latest ICE version, featuring HUGE screens.

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HUGE

We got window seats in the first row of 2-4-2 at the back of the plane, the agent at Madrid office told us that they were one of the best in the cabin, and except for the noise from the engines, she was right. Legroom was OK for me (I’m 183cm tall) and well, the seats were very close to each other and given that my friend and I have wide shoulders, our arms were touching constantly. That didn’t bother us as we know each other, but I imagine that going that way with a stranger would be uncomfortable. So I would try to travel with friends or family when flying Emirates in the future.

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Many things have changed in that country since I took the photo

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After push back

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Runway ahead

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The mighty GE90s drying the runway

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Iberia Maintenance facilities always offer interesting views

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Good bye, Madrid!

We departed on time, towels and menus were distributed after take off. I must say that although Emirates IFE is amazing, their headsets are terrible, many of them didn’t work and the sound quality was very bad. We used our own headsets and they worked perfectly.

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The coast of Algeria

The crew on this flight was fine, nothing special but they did their job with a good level of service. I liked the food, the quality was good and portions were generous, the second service (no pictures) consisted of drinks and biscuits.

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Salmon, it was smelly but tasted good!

I spent the flight watching films, enjoying the view of the sunset over Northern Africa and chatting with my friends, so the flight passed by very quickly.

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Sunset over Egypt

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Love the ambience

I noticed that they didn’t show the connecting flights information on the IFE, that would have been useful. We were put on a holding pattern for about 45 minutes as we had arrived very early to Dubai airspace.

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On the holding pattern

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Hello again, Dubai!

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Taxiing

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On stand

The plane was docked at Concourse A, it was nice and I got the feeling that it was less packed that Concourse B. Our flight to Bangkok was departing from gate A1 so we didn’t have to go to another terminal. Since we were hungry we decided to have some dinner in order to get some sleep on the plane.

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Shops

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One of the most interesting FIDS you can see!

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Our gate

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The crowd

Flight details.
Flight Number: EK384
Origin: DXB
Destination: BKK
Airplane: Airbus A380-861
Reg: A6-EDT
Seat: 48F
ETD/ATD: 3:05/3:06
ETA/ATA: 12:05/11:43
Load factor: I don't know, lots of pax, my cabin was full 

We were seated in the front cabin, the A380 is a wonderful aircraft, very spacious and really quiet, I love it. ICE was of an older generation but nice anyway. Call me crazy but I found the seats less comfortable than those on the 777… Crew on this flight was good again. I managed to get some sleep and the flight went by quickly again. We landed softly on BKK and after waiting for one hour in the immigration line we collected our bags and got a taxi to go to our hotel.

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Older generation ICE

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Flight details

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Waiting for everyone to board

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Breakfast


Getting closer!


Thai flights
After 10 incredible days in Bangkok and Phuket, it was time to go back home. We flew Thai Airways between Bangkok and Phuket and they were really nice, but nothing special, I post the photos of those flights but with no text as the flights were uneventful:

BKK-HKT
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Soon to be history

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Our plane, one of the veterans A330s in the TG's fleet

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Full flight again

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So, we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past
 
mfc
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Posts: 331
Joined: Mon Feb 06, 2006 1:08 am

RE: Emirates MAD-DXB-BKK + Thai Airways BKK-HKT

Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:41 am

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Nice box

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Some tea

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Another drink run!

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HKT-BKK
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Maintenance needed there


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Here you can see the new 738 of Silk Air

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After taking this photo I dozed off with the head leaning on the window...

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...Until then

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Inbound flights
The return flight on EK were similar to the other ones, so I won't give much details and I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

We begun our trip at HKT Airport, we arrived at 1PM for the 7PM flight to BKK and the lady at check-in offered us to fly the 2.30PM flight instead, we accepted as we thought Bangkok Airport would be more suitable for a long transit. We got our bags checked all the way to Madrid and we were told to collect our BPs for the Emirates flights at Suvarnabhumi. We arrived to BKK and proceeded to the EK counters, there was a huge line but I saw an empty counter which was for “No bag check-in” passengers, so we skipped the line. We got our BPs and went through security to have something to eat.

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The afternoon passed by slowly, but it wasn’t that bad as I spent the time doing some shopping and enjoying the last hours of our holidays with my friends.

Finally, it was time to board and I must say that Emirates’ boardings are really organized (except for the MAD-DXB flight, but I forgive them because it’s the way Spaniards are).

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Not photographer friendly...
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Our seats

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Bling bling toilet even in Economy!

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Stairs to the bar, not for me today

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Watching "The Purge", simply awful

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The flight was fine and the crew was really nice, I asked for a cup of noodles as I was starving and couldn’t wait for breakfast and the FA who attended me was lovely. At arrival we were docked at the new Concourse A again and the following flight also departed from there so we didn’t have to take the APM. The same happened on the outbound flight and that surprised me as I thought Concourse A was for A380s only.

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After take-off drink

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Breakfast

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On stand, I was too tired to take photos...


There’s nothing special to say about the transit, it didn’t last long and I bought some dates for my family. I was tempted to buy a model plane at the Emirates Store but finally I didn’t, since my mother’s opinion about those things is that they are useless except for accumulating dust.


Boarding was again very well organized and before entering the plane I checked the plane reg.: A6-ENN, one of the newest 777s in the fleet, it was only one month old, I expected to feel the new car smell onboard but I didn’t notice anything different… The seats were the same as on the outbound flight and I was glad to have the newest ICE system again.

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Gate

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Waiting for boarding

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Our new plane

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Empty cabin

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Generous legroom

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I love the screen

Flight details.
Flight Number: EK141
Origin: DXB
Destination: MAD
Airplane: Boeing 777-31HER
Reg: A6-ENM (Delivered on January 24th)
Seat: 46K
ETD/ATD: 7:25/7:24
ETA/ATA: 12:30/12:35
Load factor: There were some empty seats in J when I passed through, Economy seemed to be about 90% full.

The crew on this flight was a little chaotic, during services the FAs serving my aisle were much more slower that the others. In any case they weren’t bad, they did their jobs (they were friendly and attentive, did drink runs, etc) and many of them spoke Spanish, it was a nice touch.

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No boxes on any plane! Excellent!

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Menu



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We had one unpleasant passenger, the guy seating on 45H liked to be standing next to us in the aisle (remember that we were seated of the first row with a 2-4-2 configuration in the back, so the aisle there is wide), but the most annoying thing was that while standing he farted sometimes, we couldn’t believed it! We didn’t know what to say given that it was so disgusting and embarrassing… Later the guy decided to seat down and take a nap, when the FAs came with lunch and tried to wake him up, he didn’t respond to one of them saying “Caballero! Caballero! (Sir! Sir!)” the other one then asked “respira? (does he breath?)” then I started to get worried about having a corpse on the seat in front of me but suddenly he woke up and they give him his meal.


The farting man

The rest of the flight went smooth and we arrived in Madrid without any major concern. Immigration was empty and we got our bags after 15 min of wait.

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Naples

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Lunch, the choice had gone so I had chicken

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Alcudia, in Majorca

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RE: Emirates MAD-DXB-BKK + Thai Airways BKK-HKT

Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:45 am

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It was cloudy again in Madrid

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American Airlines exclusive handling equipment...

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Beautiful A319

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Waiting to disembark

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We were back to reality, but the best therapy for post-holiday depression planning the next trip 

CONCLUSION

I really like Emirates. My experience with them has been great again and wouldn’t hesitate to fly them in the future. Their 777 seating is narrow, if I travel with mates I wouldn’t have any problem with that, but if I had to travel on my own I think I would avoid them. A380s are wonderful.

The best advice I can give to anyone flying Emirates is: BRING YOUR OWN HEADPHONES!!

I hope you have enjoyed reading my report, please feel free to ask and/or comment whatever you want, the best part of writing trip reports for me is answering to you!

Best regards

Martin
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RE: Emirates MAD-DXB-BKK + Thai Airways BKK-HKT

Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:47 pm

Nice report, thanks for posting. I'm booked on my first EK flights later in the year LON-BKK, so this was a good report to read.

Quoting mfc (Thread starter):
The best advice I can give to anyone flying Emirates is: BRING YOUR OWN HEADPHONES!!

Noted! I have my own!
http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: AMS-RIX-BUD-VDA,ETH-TLV-FCO-LHR,STN-TXL-LCY,LTN-CPH-LTN,LGW-SZG,MUC-LHR
 
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RE: Emirates MAD-DXB-BKK + Thai Airways BKK-HKT

Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:00 pm

Hello mfc!

I really enjoyed reading your trip report! It's been almost 2 years since I last sat Emirates, and it's nice to see that they've introduced an upgraded ICE system, as well as much larger screens in Y. It really makes me wonder why SQ made such a big hoo-ha about their new/improved Economy Class, when Emirates had already quietly implemented something similar. And, SQ isn't even doing it fleet-wide, just on their new 77Ws.. Tsk tsk. Of course, the J angled lie-flat in Emirates' 77W is still a bit last decade..

Quoting mfc (Thread starter):
We got window seats in the first row of 2-4-2 at the back of the plane, the agent at Madrid office told us that they were one of the best in the cabin, and except for the noise from the engines, she was right.

Does everyone get to book seats at the time of booking? I'm normally travelling in a group on Emirates so not much choice...

Quoting mfc (Thread starter):
I liked the food, the quality was good and portions were generous,

I agree that I've never gone hungry on my flights on Emirates! MH are you listening....

Quoting mfc (Thread starter):
Bling bling toilet even in Economy!

Very nice!

Quoting mfc (Thread starter):
I was tempted to buy a model plane at the Emirates Store but finally I didn’t, since my mother’s opinion about those things is that they are useless except for accumulating dust.

My mum says the same thing, but, I buy them anyway   

Quoting mfc (Thread starter):
but the most annoying thing was that while standing he farted sometimes, we couldn’t believed it! We didn’t know what to say given that it was so disgusting and embarrassing…

Oh that is just appalling. But to be honest, I'm not sure what I would have done if I was in your shoes too.. I'm glad he moved away in the end  

Quoting mfc (Thread starter):
Later the guy decided to seat down and take a nap, when the FAs came with lunch and tried to wake him up, he didn’t respond to one of them saying “Caballero! Caballero! (Sir! Sir!)” the other one then asked “respira? (does he breath?)” then I started to get worried about having a corpse on the seat in front of me but suddenly he woke up and they give him his meal.

Haha that is sort of funny, but after an incident that happened to my sister, it can be quite scary after all. She was flying home from London and a passenger experienced deep-vein thrombosis after sleeping non-stop for 10 hours. The passenger collapsed, and the plane made an emergency landing in KL, and despite 5 doctors (including my sister and her husband) trying to resuscitate her, she died on the flight... Traumatising. And with carriers squeezing more seats across Y class in the 777 and 787, I can imagine it might only get worse  

Thanks for posting this TR. I feel like perhaps I should give Emirates another go soon to see how things have changed!

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RE: Emirates MAD-DXB-BKK + Thai Airways BKK-HKT

Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:33 pm

Quoting mfc (Thread starter):

Hey mfc, wonderful read with nice pictures, EK sure looks like a nice airline, I am yet to give them a try, I still sort of have a soft spot for QR (yes, yes the airport is a dump, but NDIA ¨should¨ be open soon) but EK now brings the A380 to BCN and I am quite tempted to give them a try.

Hardware looks out of this world, those ICE screen are massive! and the foods looks very appetizing too.

As for Mr Farts, I would have asked him politely to go fart in the lavatory, I am sorry but I won´t tolerate that kind of thing, there are 300+ people squeezed on a tube breathing the same air, and his bowel movements is the last thing I would want to smell.

TG flights looked very nice as well, I think you got the 77W on the return from HKT (judging by the engine)

Quoting mfc (Reply 2):
but the best therapy for post-holiday depression planning the next trip

LOL true!

Quoting mfc (Reply 2):
The best advice I can give to anyone flying Emirates is: BRING YOUR OWN HEADPHONES!!

Yup, I always do.

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RE: Emirates MAD-DXB-BKK + Thai Airways BKK-HKT

Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:52 pm

Great report, but unfortunately the pictures are not showing up anymore. Getting the dreaded Photobucket bandwidth exceeded images...
 
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RE: Emirates MAD-DXB-BKK + Thai Airways BKK-HKT

Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:23 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):

My pleasure! Have a nice trip!

Quoting pokfur (Reply 4):
Hello mfc!

Hi pokfur!

Quoting pokfur (Reply 4):
It really makes me wonder why SQ made such a big hoo-ha about their new/improved Economy Class, when Emirates had already quietly implemented something similar.

Well, SQ's product is superior as the seats are in a 3x3x3 configuration. Business Class looked nice on EK, but I agree that SQ's product is much more nicer.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 4):
Does everyone get to book seats at the time of booking? I'm normally travelling in a group on Emirates so not much choice...

I had the cheapest Y fare, so I guess that the answer is yes.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 4):
Haha that is sort of funny, but after an incident that happened to my sister, it can be quite scary after all. She was flying home from London and a passenger experienced deep-vein thrombosis after sleeping non-stop for 10 hours. The passenger collapsed, and the plane made an emergency landing in KL, and despite 5 doctors (including my sister and her husband) trying to resuscitate her, she died on the flight... Traumatising.

What a bad experience, feel sorry for the poor woman who died.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
Hey mfc, wonderful read with nice pictures

Hey MIAspotter! Thank you!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
TG flights looked very nice as well, I think you got the 77W on the return from HKT (judging by the engine)

Yes, it was. I forgot to write the flight details of the Thai flights! The 77W was HS-TKM and I was seated on 34K. It was a comfortable ride 
Quoting buck3y3nut (Reply 6):
Great report, but unfortunately the pictures are not showing up anymore. Getting the dreaded Photobucket bandwidth exceeded images...

It is already fixed! Thank you for notifying!

Thanks for your comments!

Best regards,

Martín
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RE: Emirates MAD-DXB-BKK + Thai Airways BKK-HKT

Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:20 pm

How was Phucket? Did you like it?

I am afraid of another Tsanumi.
 
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RE: Emirates MAD-DXB-BKK + Thai Airways BKK-HKT

Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:38 pm

Very nice trip report.
However I never understand people to use Thai on domestic flights in Thailand as Bangkok Airwys offer the superior service in Economy,
 
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RE: Emirates MAD-DXB-BKK + Thai Airways BKK-HKT

Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:55 pm

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 8):
How was Phucket? Did you like it?

Phuket and its surroundings are awesome, there are some beaches and places that are really beautiful. I haven't been to many beach destinations, but from my experience Phuket is much better than Riviera Maya/Cancun, Punta Cana or Canary Islands in terms of nice beaches and impressive landscapes. In terms of nightlife Cancun was the best, followed by many places in Spain. Nightlife in Phuket is not of my taste, too much prostitution and that kind of things...

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 8):
I am afraid of another Tsanumi.

I don't see the point in that. It's like saying you won't go to San Francisco because you're afraid of another earthquake... That kind of things are out of our control...

Quoting conrad (Reply 9):
Very nice trip report.

Thanks!

Quoting conrad (Reply 9):
However I never understand people to use Thai on domestic flights in Thailand as Bangkok Airwys offer the superior service in Economy,

Well, I considered Bangkok Airways, but I went for Thai and here are the reasons:
- They offered very cheap flexible fares (140EUR roundtrip), Bangkok Airways' flexible fares were not that cheap.
- I flew Bangkok Airways in 2008 from REP to BKK and the service was very good, but I didn't find it significantly better than what Thai offers. OK, Bangkok Airways offers airport lounges for everybody, but I can manage without that for a 1-hour flight.
- I preferred Thai as I would fly A330s or 77Ws, much more interesting than A320s.
- I got Star Alliance miles.
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RE: Emirates MAD-DXB-BKK + Thai Airways BKK-HKT

Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:21 am

Martin,

Many thanks for this report. Having passed through MAD lately and also witnessed the going on regarding the EK flight you took as well, it was really interesting to see you have about the same remarks as I had   Overall, EK looks very good, especially in the hardware dept they have few competitors. The ICE system and the abscene of IFE boxes are a real bonus on their aircraft.

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The day before going to the Emirates office in Madrid

I’m surprised that in nowadays digital day and age, people still go to the ‘store’ to purchase their flight tickets. I can’t remember how long ago I just did that, maybe 15 years already?

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We were put on a holding pattern for about 45 minutes as we had arrived very early to Dubai airspace.

That’s DXB and it’s congested airspace for you. A few months ago I came from MCT which is a 45 min flight and we had to queue in the air for about as long at the flight itself, also 45 min.

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Another drink run!

Nice to see those branded platic cups.

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except for the MAD-DXB flight, but I forgive them because it’s the way Spaniards are

Considering queuing for boarding, the Spaniards are indeed on (the) top  

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No boxes on any plane! Excellent!

  

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RE: Emirates MAD-DXB-BKK + Thai Airways BKK-HKT

Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:13 pm

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Many thanks for this report.

You're welcome!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
I’m surprised that in nowadays digital day and age, people still go to the ‘store’ to purchase their flight tickets. I can’t remember how long ago I just did that, maybe 15 years already?

Well, I'm 22 years old and that was the first I went to a ticket office to buy tickets  . We wanted to book the tickets at a time (same price for everyone, no confusions when selecting the flights, etc.) and we also wanted to split the payment in four. Buying the ticket in the office had a surcharge, but the agent suggested to make the booking through the website and then he retrieved the booking and we made the payment, so we skipped the office surcharge. Going to the office was also an excuse to take a morning off University... 
Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
That’s DXB and it’s congested airspace for you. A few months ago I came from MCT which is a 45 min flight and we had to queue in the air for about as long at the flight itself, also 45 min.

Extra time for the crew for doing the service, then.

Thank you for you comment, Sultanils!

Best regards,

Martín
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