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S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:04 am

67 S.America 3: Arabian Abroad - Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE


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Hi there - thanks for taking a look at the third part of my series, following my travels around South America back in April. The previous two parts have seen me fly from London to Sao Paulo and then onwards to Rio. If you missed them, they can be found here:

S.America 2: Onwards To Rio! TAM A319 CGH-SDU (by jwhite9185 Jun 9 2015 in Trip Reports)
S.America 1: British Airways 744 In F To Brazil (by jwhite9185 May 25 2015 in Trip Reports)

This third part will see me leave Brazil and move onwards into my 42nd country - Argentina. But first off, a few pics from a very enjoyable time in Rio de Janeiro.

Copacabana Beach:


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And then taking the cable car up to Morro da Urca and Sugar loaf mountain:


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One of the locals hanging around.


The best part of the two mountains though was the view of the arrivals into SDU. Sunshine, warmth and a great overview of an airport - perfect!


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This one seems to be a regular at SDU



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Next on the list was Christ the Redeemer. It involved quite an eventful mini bus ride from the Copacabana area though the favelas and up the mountain.



Unfortunately, the weather wasn't brilliant and within around ten minutes of arriving the top of the mountain was engulfed in cloud - therefore reducing the visibility of pretty much everything to zero. I only stayed around fifteen minutes or so before taking the hours journey back down the mountain again.


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Once it was time to leave, there were a few options for getting between Rio and Buenos Aires, although the most interesting one, and by far the best priced, was on Emirates.



I logged on to the EK website to book, however it needed some sort of Brazilian ID number to proceed.



Being a Brit, I didn't have the required number. A bit of Googling later and I discovered that if I booked through an agent I wouldn't need the number. So I logged on to Expedia instead and was all set.



By inputting my locator on to the EK website, everything was in order - unlike with AV. More on that in the next part though.



I checked in online the day before and was sent my mobile boarding pass.



When it came to leaving, it turns out I'd picked the right moment - the weather had taken a turn for the worse.


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I did consider getting a taxi to the airport, but as I had plenty of time to spare, I took a bus instead.



Upon arrival I made my way over to the EK check in area where there was a bit of a line.


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However as I'd checked in online I was able to jump the queue and head to a web check in desk instead.



Once I was done, I made my way through a pretty quick security and immigration check and into the pretty basic departure lounge.

Brazil’s exit stamp is just as dull as the entry one.




Luckily, I was able to access the one and only lounge in this part of the terminal (the GOL lounge) via my Airport Angel card. I can't say it was that brilliant - dark and pretty basic food and drink selections. However the wifi was pretty decent.


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I stayed here until around an hour before departure. As I reached the gate, the aircraft was on stand and the crew were waiting to board.



I took a walk around to see if there was anywhere to change my last few Brazilian Reai's into Argentine Pesos, but I was out of luck. So instead I took a look at what was around. The airport wasnt that busy - in fact the only other flight that was even showing signs of life was the TAP departure back to Lisbon.


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Boarding got underway around 20 minutes before departure. It was reasonably well organised, although for some reason the ground crew decided to put all the passengers who came from Dubai into a queue on one side of the gate area and all those originating in Rio into a queue on another. Once everything was in place they lifted the barriers and had four or five ground agents scanning boarding passes. It seemed to stay pretty civilised but I'm not sure it it worked out any quicker or not.



Next to the aircraft door, there was a pile of newspapers.






EK247
GIG-EZE
April 2015
Boeing 777-200LR / A6-EWF
Seat: 34K / Economy
Scheduled: 16:18/19:45
Off Stand: 16:27
On Stand: 19:44


I made my way onboard what seemed to be a pretty full flight. My two seat mates were firmly planted in place and the girl in 34J had already decided the arm rest was hers... As well as having the seat reclined.


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#Teamwork




The captain announced a 2h50 flying time, during which hot towels and menus were handed out. Much like on my very first flight with Emirates back in 2013, neither of the options appealed to me.


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We made a very long pushback - at the end of which I got to hear the best noise in aviation - those massive GE90's firing into life.



Following this came a reasonably long taxi over to the active.


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Once there we hit the brakes pretty sharply and held for a minute or so before lifting off into the rain.


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Unsurprisingly we were in the clouds for quite a while - during which time the crew had to shout from the rear galley no less than three time for people to sit down due to the seat belt signs still being on.


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Around 45 minutes after departure, the meal service began. As mentioned, I wasn't a fan of either of the choices but I went for the lamb. It was surprisingly good actually.


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During the meal I put horrible bosses 2 on - not too bad for wasting a couple of hours.


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All the while watching the sun slowly set outside.


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And the stars come out inside. A lot of people had their phones out and were taking pictures of this.



By the time the film had finished, descent was near.



We passed over what I assume was a perfectly clear Buenos Aires.


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After which we turned out towards the wilderness and touched down. A brief taxi followed and we pulled on to stand alongside and AA 772 shortly to depart to MIA.



There was a bit of a wait to leave but I was soon in my way through the surprisingly modern terminal.


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Once I reached immigration there was a bit of a wait but I was processed quickly and out into another country. Somewhat surprisingly, there were no landing cards to fill out - and the only question that was asked was where I’d be staying. I reached baggage claim and my bag was already on its way around - meaning I was waiting no more than about thirty seconds. Yet with all the times my bag has had priority handling with OneWorld I've had to wait for longer.



Once I reached customs, there were three separate lanes for all baggage to be X-rayed: one for crew, one for hand baggage and the third, which was packed for everybody else. I quickly disposed of the tags on my bag and headed for the empty hand baggage lane - and was through pretty quickly. After this, it was past all the taxi agencies. As time was getting on - and I couldn't be bothered to mess about with the buses I pre paid for a taxi for the thirty minute or so journey to my hotel, the NH Latino. A little on the pricey side - and despite being advertised an executive transfer, I ended up in a clapped out Fiesta but I couldn't fault the door to door service. Far less hassle than trying to figure out the buses, then figuring out where my hotel was in relation to the bus station - probably a thirty minute walk as I later found out.


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And with that, I'll leave this somewhat brief report.

Emirates weren't too bad I suppose. The ground staff I encountered were all pretty good but the cabin crew seemed a little robotic. This was also the first time I'd experienced the 10 abreast Y seating on the 777 with somebody in the seat next to me. And I must admit I'm not a fan - in fact I'm pretty sure I would have had more room if I'd taken an AR flight on a 737 on the same route. Its also the reason why quite a few of the on board photos are phone pics - there just wasn't enough room to get my SLR out when the meal tables were down. As experienced on my previous flights with EK the food was of pretty high quality too. Considering I'm not a fan of lamb at all, I did enjoy it on this occasion.

Stay tuned for part 4 which will follow my journey from Argentina up to Colombia with Avianca.

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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sat Jun 27, 2015 1:09 pm

Hi James,

Great photos of Rio and of the aircraft passing in front of all the buildings.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
at the end of which I got to hear the best noise in aviation -

The 777-200LR is one aircraft that I used to like to hear start up in Perth (from my house) because of that distinctive engine sound. It was instantly recognisable among other aircraft movements.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
the meal service began.

That meal looks OK. Indeed, I think that one thing that has remained consistent at EK is the presentation of its meals in economy compared to several other carriers whose offerings look cheap and tacky. The shape of the bowls may have changed but the quality doesn't appeared to have suffered.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):

Er...this is a report on Emirates not Singapore Airlines.   

Thanks for sharing. EN
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:25 pm

ElanusNotatus,

Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 1):
Great photos of Rio and of the aircraft passing in front of all the buildings.

Thanks,

Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 1):
The 777-200LR is one aircraft that I used to like to hear start up in Perth (from my house) because of that distinctive engine sound. It was instantly recognisable among other aircraft movements.

You definitely know when one of those GE90's is starting up!

Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 1):
That meal looks OK. Indeed, I think that one thing that has remained consistent at EK is the presentation of its meals in economy compared to several other carriers whose offerings look cheap and tacky. The shape of the bowls may have changed but the quality doesn't appeared to have suffered.

I must admit, the presentation looks a little different to when I last flew EK in 2013, but the quality was still great.

Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 1):
Er...this is a report on Emirates not Singapore Airlines.

You've lost me?
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:20 pm

Hey Jwhite9185  

Great TR   Was most of the load originating in GIG? How was the food?Was EK the cheapest on the route? Was RIO safe?

Anyways great read and thanks for posting  
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sat Jun 27, 2015 4:48 pm

Great report, James! Awesome photos from Rio. I'd love to visit Brazil one of these days.

Emirates looks to provide a nice service on this route down to Buenos Aires.

Looking forward to seeing your next report!

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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sat Jun 27, 2015 4:53 pm

I flew the same route in 1978 on a VARIG DC-10.

They used to serve nice meals.
 
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:06 pm

Excellent trip report, it's quite interesting to see how these fifth-freedom flights are doing.

Do you know if the crew does a GIG-EZE-GIG turn-around or do they also layover in EZE?

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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:20 pm

Where's the Argentine immigration stamp? I was hoping to see what it looks like.  
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:02 pm

Lesfalls,

Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 3):
Great TR

Thanks,

Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 3):
Was most of the load originating in GIG?

Seemed about a 50/50 split.

Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 3):
How was the food?

Pretty good.

Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 3):
Was EK the cheapest on the route?

By over £100

Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 3):
Was RIO safe?

Very.

Matthew,

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
Great report, James! Awesome photos from Rio.

Thanks,

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
I'd love to visit Brazil one of these days.

I'd highly recommend Rio.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
Emirates looks to provide a nice service on this route down to Buenos Aires.

Yes, no complaints, other than the cramped 10 abreast seating on the 777.

lychemsa

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 5):
I flew the same route in 1978 on a VARIG DC-10.

They used to serve nice meals.

Sounds amazing now, but no doubt the DC10 was as common as the 777 back in those days.

jetblue777,

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 6):
Excellent trip report

Thanks,

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 6):
Do you know if the crew does a GIG-EZE-GIG turn-around or do they also layover in EZE?

No idea, sorry.

LTU932,

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 7):
Where's the Argentine immigration stamp?

Knew I'd forgotten something!

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 7):
I was hoping to see what it looks like.

Better than the Brazilian stamp:

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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:20 pm

Great pictures! The shots of the planes landing were awesome. Thanks for sharing.
 
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sun Jun 28, 2015 2:20 am

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 2):
Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 1):
Er...this is a report on Emirates not Singapore Airlines.

You've lost me?

Sorry. It's an allusion to a time in the forums when certain words were almost obligatory when writing reports on particular airlines. E.g. SQ crew = robotic, EK = bling, etc.
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:10 am

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 8):

Better than the Brazilian stamp:

And a thousand times better than the standard Schengen stamps you get entering the EU through a Schengen country (which I as German don't get on my passport anyway   ).
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:58 am

Great report, thanks for sharing! EK changed the Y service ware for several reasons but haven't cut corners on catering contracts. Till around 2009 EK served an appetizer and salad separately (has since been combined and the outright salad dish eliminated). I'd hasten to say EK is more generous than SQ when it comes to Y catering, I've noticed SQ has cut corners and no longer does a full bar/nuts service before the meal. They do a quick run from a tray of juice, water or beer then go straight into the main service. Wine is only available on request or from the meal cart as are other sodas and juices. I also noticed that coffee/tea is no longer proactively offered either. This was on 4 regional flights within SE Asia on the A333, about 3:15 hours block time, no turbulence issues. Crew on 2/4 flights were standard consistent polished SQ, and on the other 2 were amazing - friendly, charming and on their feet non stop.

Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 6):
Do you know if the crew does a GIG-EZE-GIG turn-around or do they also layover in EZE?

It's a turnaround. Rotation is DXB-GIG-layover-GIG-EZE-GIG-layover-DXB. For the flight deck the augmenting crew on the DXB-GIG sector usually do the turn to EZE.
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:37 pm

guitarsingapore,

Quoting guitarsingapore (Reply 9):
Great pictures! The shots of the planes landing were awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks,

ElanusNotatus

Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 10):
Sorry. It's an allusion to a time in the forums when certain words were almost obligatory when writing reports on particular airlines. E.g. SQ crew = robotic, EK = bling, etc.

Ahh now I've got you!

LTU932,

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 11):
And a thousand times better than the standard Schengen stamps you get entering the EU through a Schengen country

Agreed - the Colombian one I got was pretty good too.

sq_ek_freak,

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 12):
Great report, thanks for sharing!

Thanks, no problem.

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 12):
EK changed the Y service ware for several reasons but haven't cut corners on catering contracts.

Good to know, as they're pretty famous for their good catering.

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 12):
Till around 2009 EK served an appetizer and salad separately (has since been combined and the outright salad dish eliminated). I'd hasten to say EK is more generous than SQ when it comes to Y catering, I've noticed SQ has cut corners and no longer does a full bar/nuts service before the meal. They do a quick run from a tray of juice, water or beer then go straight into the main service. Wine is only available on request or from the meal cart as are other sodas and juices. I also noticed that coffee/tea is no longer proactively offered either. This was on 4 regional flights within SE Asia on the A333, about 3:15 hours block time, no turbulence issues. Crew on 2/4 flights were standard consistent polished SQ, and on the other 2 were amazing - friendly, charming and on their feet non stop.

Interesting stuff.
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:08 pm

Hello James.

Another good installment to this series. Interesting to see you didn't really think much of the EK cabin crew, at least they weren't bad though.

I'd hate to end up in a clapped out Fiesta... But then I hate Fords with a passion...   Also that hotel room looks very nice. The Argentina stamp on your passport looks a tad more interesting than the Brazilian one, hardly the end of the world sort of issue though!
 
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:29 pm

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 13):
Agreed - the Colombian one I got was pretty good too.

The Costa Rican one is pretty nice too (though you only get an entry stamp when travelling by air, exit stamps are only stamped on land border checkpoints).

But enough with the talk on stamps.  
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:32 am

Everytime I go through EZE or see pictures it seems they have added a new area, it is a patchy airport, from very nice to very old. I hope you enjoyed fantastic Buenos Aires.
 
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Mon Jun 29, 2015 2:45 pm

Hi James,

Good to follow the written version too. It’s pretty cool to be able to sample this non South Am carrier far away from homebase. Never experienced this 10 abreast nor Emirates yet, so hard to comment on that but I believe you when you say it’s cramped. Imagine flying DXB-GIG and onwards which is 14h and counting, no thanks. On a positive note, good choice on the lamb  

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
and was sent my mobile boarding pass.

Never seen such a cute and flowery QR code before.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Boeing 777-200LR

Nice to have this rare subtype of the EK fleet.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
in fact I'm pretty sure I would have had more room if I'd taken an AR flight on a 737

Yeah, but it runs at such ungodly hour!

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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:59 pm

JoeyTaffy93,

Quoting JoeyTaffy93 (Reply 14):
Another good installment to this series.

Thanks,

Quoting JoeyTaffy93 (Reply 14):
Interesting to see you didn't really think much of the EK cabin crew, at least they weren't bad though.

Yeah exactly - they weren't bad but were a little on the quiet side. Maybe they feel like they don't have to try as hard on this short sector away from home?

Quoting JoeyTaffy93 (Reply 14):
I'd hate to end up in a clapped out Fiesta... But then I hate Fords with a passion...

Well at least it got me there! Although there were a lot of warning lights on the dashboard...

Quoting JoeyTaffy93 (Reply 14):
Also that hotel room looks very nice.

Yeah, shame I couldn't figure out the air con until the second day, so it was a little warm.

Quoting JoeyTaffy93 (Reply 14):
The Argentina stamp on your passport looks a tad more interesting than the Brazilian one, hardly the end of the world sort of issue though!

A stamp is a stamp.

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 15):
The Costa Rican one is pretty nice too (though you only get an entry stamp when travelling by air, exit stamps are only stamped on land border checkpoints).

But enough with the talk on stamps.

Seems a bit hit and miss with some places as to whether you get an exit stamp. I've never got one from the USA or Canada.

Bogota,

Quoting Bogota (Reply 16):
Everytime I go through EZE or see pictures it seems they have added a new area, it is a patchy airport, from very nice to very old.

True - the area I arrived at was very modern. The area I departed from was a dump!

Quoting Bogota (Reply 16):
I hope you enjoyed fantastic Buenos Aires.

Certainly did - great city.

Nils,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Good to follow the written version too.

Sometimes its good to see the written version of the movie...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
It’s pretty cool to be able to sample this non South Am carrier far away from homebase.

Yeah - I never even knew such a flight existed until I punched the route into sky scanner.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Never experienced this 10 abreast nor Emirates yet, so hard to comment on that but I believe you when you say it’s cramped.

A lot like a 9 abreast 787.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Imagine flying DXB-GIG and onwards which is 14h and counting, no thanks.

Not for me either.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Never seen such a cute and flowery QR code before.

It has been doctored slightly...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Nice to have this rare subtype of the EK fleet.

Another appealing factor.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Yeah, but it runs at such ungodly hour!

That seemed to be an issue with most Brazil-Buenos Aires flights actually.
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:51 pm

Hey James  

Another nice part. Good to catch EK on this sector. The meal did look quite good for Y.

The spotting looks great from your vantage point. Made for some good shots.


Thanks for the report.

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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:51 pm

Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 19):
Another nice part.

Thanks,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 19):
Good to catch EK on this sector.

True, although AR would have been a new carrier. I doubt they would have been quite as interesting though, as they use the 737 on that route (at least on the flights I was looking at taking)

Quoting OA260 (Reply 19):
The spotting looks great from your vantage point. Made for some good shots.

Yes, I could have spent a lot longer up there - ended up getting covered in bugs though so figured it was best to leave!
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:17 am

James!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Copacabana Beach:

Very nice, I always had the impression, Rio was kinda tatty and unsafe, seeing your pictures, it changed my perception, it does look very nice, clean and safe.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
And then taking the cable car up to Morro da Urca and Sugar loaf mountain:

Lovely views!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Luckily, I was able to access the one and only lounge in this part of the terminal (the GOL lounge) via my Airport Angel card. I can't say it was that brilliant - dark and pretty basic food and drink selections.

No pao do queijos? lol.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
We made a very long pushback - at the end of which I got to hear the best noise in aviation - those massive GE90's firing into life.

Ohhh yeah, but our friend Pokfur doesn´t think the same (he doesn´t know)

The approach into BA looks nice, it is a massive city! I had a friend who went in May and now it has sparked my interest.

Onwards to Colombia....

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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:56 pm

Christian,

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
Very nice, I always had the impression, Rio was kinda tatty and unsafe, seeing your pictures, it changed my perception, it does look very nice, clean and safe.

Great city - very enjoyable time there and I didn't feel un safe at all, even after dark.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
No pao do queijos? lol.

I'd probably had some for breakfast...

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
Ohhh yeah, but our friend Pokfur doesn´t think the same (he doesn´t know)

Strange chap...

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 21):
I had a friend who went in May and now it has sparked my interest.

Another great city - pics will follow in the next part.
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:31 am

Hi jwhite9185,

Wonderful report! I love the pics from Rio de Janeiro, such a picturesque city that I really want to visit some time. Anyways, it must've felt weird to take a short intra-South America flight on a Middle Eastern carrier - that's EK for you  

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Much like on my very first flight with Emirates back in 2013

Hey I also flew EK for the first time in 2013. It didn't leave such a great impression, but when I flew them again a couple weeks ago I loved it so much. Probably because my last flight was on an AA 777-200...

Thanks for sharing,
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RE: S.America 3: Arabian Abroad-Emirates 77L, GIG-EZE

Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:17 pm

Ytraveller,

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 23):
Wonderful report! I love the pics from Rio de Janeiro,

Thanks,

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 23):
it must've felt weird to take a short intra-South America flight on a Middle Eastern carrier - that's EK for you  

Not really, as EK have such an international cabin crew and the section I sat in was mostly full of Brazilians. The strangest part was when I was leaving and I was bid farewell by a British crew member.

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 23):
Hey I also flew EK for the first time in 2013. It didn't leave such a great impression, but when I flew them again a couple weeks ago I loved it so much. Probably because my last flight was on an AA 777-200...

Yeah, despite the AA 772 only being 9 abreast, they're not the most up to date cabins around.
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