Welcome to this trip report, detailing a flight with Emirates from Melbourne to Dubai, which I took in June 2016!
As it was winter time in Australia, MEL was dark even at 6pm! The check-in and security processes were very efficient and I found myself with plenty of time to spot different aircraft at the airport.
My aircraft, A380-800 A6-EDP, after arriving from AKL.
Close-up of a Qantas A380, taken as my flight was preparing to board!
For this flight I had chosen seat 50K in economy, which I think is the best seat in Emirates' economy class!
An empty row 50 as boarding began
An incredible view of the engines!
Plenty of personal space for window seats on the A380, a godsend on such long flights!
Checking flightradar24 as we taxiied for the active runway!
Here's a video I took of the takeoff. The A380 is super-quiet on takeoff, which is ironic considering the aircraft is so huge!
After an initial climb, I had a look through the Emirates ICE entertainment system and connected my iPhone to the onboard wireless.
I noticed that the crew were presenting a cake to an elderly man since it was his birthday. It was cute to watch!
Shortly thereafter the main meal service began. As I had pre-ordered the vegetarian vegan option, I was one of the first to be served. It was a truly delicous meal!
I followed-up my meal with a Baileys coffee, to help me get some sleep!
Before settling-in for the night I went for a walk around the cabin and visited the bathroom and inflight bar to freshen up.
I spent the next 6-8 hours dozing off and watching a few tv shows, occasionally checking on our progress towards Dubai.
As we approached the middle east the cabin was awoken for breakfast.
You can check out the landing which starts after the 1 minute mark in my takeoff video!
Dubai Airport was very busy, as always, however our taxi to the terminal was quite short.
Waving goodbye to the gargantuan A380. Luckliy, I had arrived at the pier where my later connecting flight to Dublin would depart!
Melbourne - MEL
Dubai - DXB
For ultra-longhaul flight Emirates is my carrier of choice, and this flight proved again proved why this is so. The A380 cabin is very comfortable, the special meals I order are always nutritious and the ICE entertainment system has a wide range of quality entertainment options. And, of course, their prices are usually quite reasonable!
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