Welcome to this flight report, detailing a flight I took with Emirates in May 2016, flying on one of their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from Dublin to Dubai. After this flight I'd connect on to a flight to Melbourne.
Flight EK164 is Emirates' second daily flight from Dublin to Dubai. I arrived at Dublin's Terminal 2 at 8pm, and was surprised to see that the terminal was very quiet. Once I got inside and seen the departure board for Terminal 2, however, I quickly realised why it was so quiet. There were only three flights left to depart: two Aer Lingus flights to London Heathrow, and my own Emirates flight to Dubai.
As I had checked-in online at home, I could skip the regular check-in queue and instead use the bag drop-off desk where there was no queue. There were no queues for security either and 11 minutes after arriving at Emirates counter I was already through security. After a short while relaxing in the departure lounge it was time to board my beautiful 777, registration A6-ECO.
Free newspaper courtesy of EK. It's the little things.
Once onboard I discovered that I would have an entire row all to myself, I was delighted considering that this would be an overnight flight!
Boarding appeared to be completed very quickly. The Irish captain introduced himself and his co-pilot and the cabin crew. A number of the cabin crew were also Irish, which is certainly unusual for a foreign airline flying from Dublin.
As it was dark outside, I couldn't take a video of the takeoff.
Climbing out from Dublin.
The cabin lights were then adjusted for the dinner service.
This evening's dinner menu.
I started watching James Bond, Spectre while the meal service began.
I then received a very excellent Vegetarian Meal. The main dish was simple but delicious, with great flavour.
After the meal I sat back and enoyed the rest of the film. Afterwards I headed for a walk around the 777!
Snacks available for all.
Crew busy in the rear galley!
I freshened-up in the bathroom, where I discovered these quaint Emirates-branded cups!
On my way back to my seat I noticed the wonderful star lighting in the cabin ceiling, again something so simple but the impact it had on the cabin atmosphere was wonderful.
After this point I dozed for 3-4 hours, occasionally checking on the progress of the flight using the flight information section of the ICE entertainment system. Eventually it started to become bright outside just as we passed over Iran.
We were then shortly nearing the UAE!
Here's a video of the landing at DXB:
Taxiing at Dubai.
After pulling onto stand at DXB's Terminal 3 disembarkation began almost immediately as many passengers, including myself, had onward connections to make!
Dublin - DUB
Dubai - DXB
This was my first time to fly with Emirates and I thought it was an outstanding flight experience. Although I didn't get to try Emirates' latest inflight entertainment product on this flight, the ICE system was impressive and the cabin interior was warm and welcoming. The dinner served was excellent and I made generous use of the free alcohol on offer! Although I was lucky on this flight, if there were other passengers seated beside me in my row I would probably have felt less comfortable throughout the duration of the flight.
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