Review of Emirates flight Dubai Dublin in Economy

Airline Emirates
Flight EK161
Class Economy
Seat 19K
Aircraft Boeing 777-300ER
Flight time 7:35
Take-off 15 Jun 16, 07:20
Arrival at 15 Jun 16, 11:55
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Published on 12th September 2016
Welcome to this trip report, detailing a flight I took from Dubai to Dublin in June 2016, flying with Emirates!

Having arrived on a 12+ hour flight from Melbourne, Australia, I was very tired, but was delighted to see that my flight to Dublin, EK161, would depart from Terminal 3B, the same pier where my flight from Australia had arrived. This put me at ease, as I now knew I'd have more time to relax and get some breakfast. I had about an hour or so before I'd need to head towards my boarding gate, so I took a stroll around the terminal and had breakfast at the Paul Cafe at Terminal 3B.

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Once my boarding gate was made available on the departure screens I headed towards the gate, where pre-boarding preparations were already underway.

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The mighty GE90 up-close!

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My seat for this flight would be 19K in the very first economy class section. Be aware, avoid seat 18K if you can, the window is misaligned:

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I was lucky to get one of Emirates' newer inflight entertainment systems which, although not the newest model, is still miles ahead of what many other airlines offer!

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The menu for this morning's flight

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We pushed-back on time, and after the bone-shaking GE90 start-up had been completed, the safety briefing was delivered and we taxied towards the runway.

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An Emirates A340-300. I believe that Emirates will soon retire its remaining few A330-200, A340-300 and Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, to leave a fleet of solely 777-200LR/300/300ER and A380 aircraft.

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Qantas and Emirates A380s

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An A380 could be seen taxing ahead of us, using one of the cameras positioned outside the aircraft

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Here's a video of the takeoff from Dubai, which included some nice wing vortex action upon rotation from the runway!




After a quick ascent, the first snack meal service was carried-out. The meal portion was rather small, but kept me satisfied until the larger meal which would come later on. After the meal I watched a few episodes of Mad Men and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and afterwards went around the cabin for a walk!

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Later on, flying over central Europe, the main meal was served. The mushroom and tomato pasta dish I received was simple yet very delicious, I think the best I have ever received in an economy cabin.

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The cake was very enjoyable also!

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Wing views before descending into Dublin

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Here's a video of the landing at Dublin!



Taxing to our gate. Dublin airport is a busy place these days!

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I was extremely tired at this stage, since my journey had pretty much began on the other side of the world, but I was glad to be home.
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Verdict

Emirates

9.0/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment9.5
meal/catering9.0

Dubai - DXB

9.1/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services9.5
Cleanliness9.0

Dublin - DUB

6.5/10
Efficiency8.0
Access6.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness7.0

Conclusion

This was another top-class flight experience from Emirates. I really enjoyed the high-quality ICE entertainment system and the food was great too. If there were others seated beside me I would probably have felt a bit too squished in Emirates' 10-abreast cabin, but on this occasion I was lucky not to have to encounter this problem. I look forward to flying them again in the future.

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