B777 - EK
Flight was supposed to depart at 3.15pm. STA
would be at 1am. By the time I reach Gold Coast it’ll be at an ungodly 3am.
But due to late a/c arrival from DXB
, new departure was at 4pm. Good grief, I’ll get to Gold Coast at 4am!
Boarding was called at 3.30pm. Everyone was at the gate and all were onboard before 4pm. A/c pushed backed few minutes later. Can’t wait for it to go. We’re already late! Funny, after the push back, a/c stalled for another 15min. Oh why? Technical problems? Then PA came on stating that due to sick pax and they will be leaving the a/c. So a/c pushed back to the gate. Saw the pax got off. Next ground staff had to search their luggage. As soon as it was done we’ll go. That brought it to almost 5pm. Due to heavy traffic landing and departing, plus threatening dark clouds with heavy rain, a/c had to line up it was 5.45pm. As I could see there were about 5 a/c ahead of us taking off. Finally, we took off at 6pm! I’ll prob arrive Gold Coast just in time for sunrise!
From the website I managed to get a window seat in the front smaller Y cabin just behind Business. After getting my boarding pass, I walked around, but something made me go back to the check-in agent to change my seat. I went back to the same check-in agent asked her if the flight was full. Nope, it was not. Then I asked if she could give a check if I would have an empty seat next me. She was very nice and did some pecking on the computer. She then inquired if I’m alright with bulkhead right behind Business? Oh, yes! Since flight already late, I can be the one of the first few economy pax to leave the a/c once at BNE
. I took it. Bulkhead and no seat mates!
However after settling down to my window seat bulkhead with two empty seats, a boy (about 7 years originating flight from LHR
), came and took the aisle seat. Damn it!
Then a crew came and told him he has to sit next to his mum and dad way behind unless permission was given. Off he went back. Then he reappeared with a crew to take the aisle seat again. Obviously with permission. Fine! At least there was still an empty seat between us. He was restless opening the curtain separating Business and Y till a crew had to warn him. After take off a crew gave him a bag of chips from BCL and made him promise not to peek through the curtain again. Of course he lied. He was climbing up and down taking his bag from the overhead bin one item each time. He was bored as he didn’t know how to fully use the IFE and walking up and down the aisle (for stealing my whole row I didn’t want to help him with the IFE). Prior to dinner when I returned from the lav, to my horror, he brought a friend to sit on the empty middle seat! I’m usually nice to kids but this time I was rather curt to them. To my relief, this horror episode didn’t last long. Just before dinner two of them got bored after 30min being together and left permanently behind for the rest of the flight. Their IFE screen was on audio and they were fiddling to get the TV
screen. On other occasion, I would gladly help out, but not this time. After they left, I reclaimed my 3 seat bulkhead. It’s time to enjoy the flight.
Very dark clouds. Capt did say that we may have to wait for it to clear. Thank goodness we need not have to.
No carrier comes close to ICE.
The smaller Y cabin.
Menu card and ICE booklet. There’s tons and tons to watch, listen and play. Took me good 10min to see what’s available.
After take off, drink service.
The boy got a bag of chips and OJ in real glass from BCL (bribe not to open the BCL curtain).
Dinner: Choice (1) Chicken w potatoes or (2) Szechuan beef w rice. Came with smoked salmon, apricot cake, cheese crackers and chocolate. Also a package of crackers and dips.
As I skipped lunch as I rushed from work to airport by 2pm and the delay, I was so hungry by the time dinner was served at 7pm (supposed to be at 5pm). I asked for second serving, and was gladly given. Good quantity and quality.
Most pax from Europe were already sleeping.
(boy was gone by then)
After dinner snack from the package.
Sweet chili sauce and red pepper dips with bread and crackers.
Cold tandoori chicken sandwich and coconut cake before landing.
Very appropriate size snack served 2 hours prior to landing.
Plane finally landed slightly earlier at 2.45am instead of 3.15am. Tech crew did catch up with the favourable winds and flight path. Managed to get out of the airport by 3.30am. By the time I took the shuttle bus to Gold Coast it was 5am!
After the weekend in Gold Coast, I was off to Canberra for work. I’ll skip the flight from BNE
. All were on QF
Unearthly hour 2.30am departure.
I was in airport at 10pm as it was the last public train service from downtown. Had to kill 3 hours!
There was an MAS flight BNE
There were less than 50 pax on the flight. Odd too was there were more male cabin crew than female. Flight took off 20min earlier than STD. A rough year for MAS.
433 – B777
No drama on this flight.
No bulkhead, but I had 3 rows all to myself. Not a very full flight.
747SP brought Saudi leader to APEC that was on in BNE
Brisbane downtown was in a locked down. Very tight security.
Ordered AVML on the return flight.
Terrible Veg sandwich. Only lettuce and tomato.
Norma meal was chicken roll with cake.
Anyways, it was a decent light snack for this early morning flight. Almost all pax were asleep. I didn’t eat it. I settled to my suite.
I’m not that tall, so it was a good stretch with 3 seats. Not the best comfy lie flat in on the bus, but still had a good solid 3 hours sleep.
Was so hungry after a good 3 hr sleep. Asked for the chicken sandwich and cake.
Lights switched on 2 hours to arrival for breakfast.
AVML breakfast. Indian Veg semolina with tomato masala. Delicious.
I’m ok with eggs, but I try to avoid it if I can on flights. Just don’t like the aroma when reheated up in the air. On EK
website I found the menu on this flight. Omelette or Frittata. I booked for the AVML.
Another good flight SIN
inflight was good.
As a comparison. Both EY
are very very good.
has amenity kits for economy.
Other than that, both are superb.
Anyways, I’d prefer EY
because of its better timing to BNE
and return as compared to EK
My both EK
flights I had empty seats. Thus I had an awesome time. This made a huge difference. I don’t think I would have the same experience if it was a very full flight.
Next on Qatar …