So, shall we call this Part 1 of a fairly boring little report? Hey, it will point some problems out though!!
London to Dubai- 11th June, 2040hrs
Not many people around Heathrow T2, and despite only being about 1800 when I arrived, not many flights left to depart either. It made a nice change though.
Well where do we start. Whats the only decent thing about Emirates?
Ah, well thats easy. The A380.
Of course, an A380 with only about 80 people in economy (I doubt it was that many) is even better! I hope she had some freight in her belly, otherwise you'd struggle to pay for all the drink the beast wanted. Sorry, not a beast. The new Queen of the Skies.
If it wasn't for the fact it was an A380 though, well, as per usual, Emirates are nothing to write home about, although the toilet was quite smart!!
An infotainment system which took up 5mins of my time at the beginning of the flight telling me how amazing it is. Well tell you what, if you are so amazing, let me use it, and stop showing unnecessary adverts about yourself. As per usual though, it wasn't that amazing. Not being touch screen, it was slower to work around than most systems. At least the screen was a good size though.
Food which was your normal average airline stuff.
All bog standard, apart from the aircraft!
Unfortunately, all too soon I was jolted by, well, a landing which doesn't go on my list of smoothest landings.
Now for 13.5hrs in Dubai Airport. I supposedly have a baggage transfer booked. I wonder if this will work. First though, lets find the transfer desk. I need tickets printed out for my Singapore Airlines legs.
I am staying within T3 at Dubai, so hopefully it should be easy enough, or so I thought.
Follow connections. Ask about picking up my next tickets. Told to go through Security, down to the gates, and head to gate B18 where there is a connections desk. What seemed like a long treck later, I find it. But oh, this is Emirates only!
For Singapore Airlines, I need to head downstairs, through security, and look out for connections downstairs. By now I am getting a bit peeved. Needless to say, I got lost. Turns out I had to go the wrong way through security, and into some large connections hall, with a small desk. I have no idea how you would usually get here after arriving on a flight. There is another entrance to the area, which didnt involve going the wrong way through security, but I don't know where it came from.
Anyway, nobody here can help at the present time regards my baggage. I wanted to check everything was in hand, and it would be retrieved and dealt with despite only having a label to Dubai. Afterall, that's what I had been led to believe. There should be no need for me to retrieve it.
I was told to come back at 1230 when Singapore Airlines staff will be there. Grrrrr.
So I now have to go back the right way through security, and back up towards the gates to where the transit hotel was. Thankfully I had a room booked.
But still, 3 times through security so far. Twice in the right direction, and once against the flow of traffic.
So the only good thing about this airport stay so far. I have been booked into an Executive Room. Very nice! Don't expect a short walk to the room though. The hotel seems to cover most of T3!! Still, the room made up for this.
A brief shut eye later, and I head back to the general connection desk (all airlines but Emirates).
Back downstairs, and back the wrong way through security. I find a large bunch of passengers at the desk, who seemed to be together, and were taking a long time.
Thankfully I was spotted by the woman whom I spoke to a few hours previous and she took me in hand. The staff dealing with Singapore Airlines knew nothing about the baggage transfer. Oh heck. What is going to happen to my bags!!
But my friendly helper searched the computer system to find where my hold baggage was. She then arranged for it to be retagged to Brisbane. So, I hope it is all sorted, but I am not convinced!!!! First time I have utilised this baggage transfer service.
Now, how about picking up tickets for my Singapore flights? Oh no, the staff to do this aren't here yet. I have to come back at 1630. Is this some sort of joke?
Why can Dubai not have a simple transfer desk where you can do everything, in one go, there and then? Preferably say a side lounge soon after you get off your first flight. Instead I seem to have explored all of T3, going the wrong way through security, up and down elevators and escalators.
So back to the transit hotel (through security again!!)
Lunch is in order.
It is just about time right now, to go back and see if I can pick my tickets up. But so far one thing stands out. If transiting Dubai with a change of airlines, and a long time at the airport, then well, Dubai is a nightmare. An absolute nightmare.
I could not have done this without being directed by staff more than once. Signage is rubbish, and the general transit system is woeful if you aren't doing a simple Emirates to Emirates transit. I mean, I could sort of understand it if i was changing terminals. But I'm not.
Right, lets see if I can pick up some tickets for my next flights!!