Hi everyone! Welcome to my 30th trip report here on FR, and yet another flight on the Summer 2018 travel series! Before I get to the details, I wanted to state that I'm quite excited to share this flight experience with all of you as I would consider this my spiciest trip report, as I will be flying on two of my favourite airlines, Emirates and Cathay Pacific! This time, I'll be going to Bangkok and then onwards to Hong Kong. I'll explain my whole situation in the pre-flight section.
So, this trip to Dubai was rather short. However, I was able to visit places that I didn't go while in January such as Abu Dhabi, the Palm Jumeirah, as well as various restaurants that I haven't tried before! Overall, it was a good trip! Anyways, I hope I hadn't bored you all too much with my travel plans. Let's get on with the flight! ;)
I initially thought I could change my destination while in the process of booking flights. However, I was proven wrong. I ended up calling EK to find out if I could end my journey in Hong Kong instead of flying to Bangkok (since the ticket originated from there). I later found out that even though I was flying on First class, I couldn't necessarily make these changes including changes dates without making a hefty payment as I only had a First Flex ticket.
Since I already paid in order to change the dates on EK, I used my CX mileage to get myself a one-way flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong on business class. On the bright side, I was able to find a flight being operated by an Airbus A350-1000, an aircraft that CX has recently acquired!! I don't know why, but I always believed that things happen for a reason and this was definitely a good one! I was already excited!
Anyways, back to this flight! I ended up spending the day at The Dubai Mall in order to kill some time since my flight wasn't until 10:30 PM. Afterwards, I went back to my hotel, did some last-minute packing, and got ready for my chauffeur, which picked me up at 7:30. I was staying about 25 minutes from the airport and as always, I needed as much time as possible in a huge airport like DXB!
Premium departure drop-off at Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3
Emirates First and Business Class check-in
Since there was no one behind the check-in counters, I eventually found someone after two minutes. The check-in process this time took less than 5 minutes. Before I knew it, my bag was immediately checked in all the way to Bangkok. At least I can say I'm going to one of my favourite holiday destinations and to an airport I'm extremely familiar with!
Walking down the red carpet yet again! ;)
The long walk to security
Business Class check-in counters
Finally making it to security
This time, my flight to Bangkok was departing from Concourse B, which didn't require a ride by the Automated People Mover but a simple ride on the elevator
IMO, I would say that Concourse B is a decent airport terminal with a variety of duty-free options, but not as great as Concourse A
More shots of Concourse B
Yet another luxury car at the terminal!
Now, time to head to the lounge!
Everything in Concourse B is actually close to one another, which is a definite positive detail
Business Class lounge entrance
First Class lounge entrance
A little fountain area at the entrance
To cut a long story short, this lounge was not bad, but it is quite old and a bit dark compared to Concourse A that I have raved so much about.
Shots of the lounge
The famous view of the concourse from the lounge. I believe the business class lounge is a level above from the first class one.
Since I had about 2 hours before the flight, I decided to get something to eat before the flight. So, I made my way to the dining area after exploring the lounge and check out some of their catering options.
Just like any other lounge, there were à la carte options as well as choices from the buffet. I have to admit, they looked really good!
There was an additional dining area, which was a bit secluded but had an amazing atmosphere, especially the lighting.
I ended up getting palak paneer for my main course, which was amazingly delicious!
More shots of the lounge
Despite the fact it did look a bit old from my standpoint, the lounge was quite spacious, providing the same standards that Emirates always promises its passengers!
Little did I know that two hours would fly in an instant.
Walking towards gate B17
Time for the long journey back home!
Taking the elevator towards the aerobridge
Despite the average pre-flight experience, I was quite excited for this flight!
Plane to BKK: A6-EER
Well, time to board!
Some pre-flight information: Date: 27 July 2018 Airline: Emirates Flight Number: EK 374 Route: Dubai (DXB) - Bangkok (BKK) Aircraft: Airbus A380-800 Registration: A6-EER Distance: 3049 miles Scheduled Departure Time: 10:30 PM Actual Departure Time: 11:10 PM Scheduled Arrival Time: 8:00 AM Actual Arrival Time: 8:09 AM Flight Time: 6 hrs 30 mins Departure Gate at DXB: B17 Arrival Gate at BKK: E4
As soon as I entered the first class cabin, I was lead to my seat by one of the cabin crew members.
Emirates A380 First Class
My suite, 4K
More photos of my suite
Tablet and mini-bar
Amenity kits were handed out almost immediately, which included the usual slippers, eye-mask, and set of pyjamas
Inside of the amenity kit
Welcome drink - Orange juice
View from my seat
Exploring the inflight entertainment yet again!
The tailback camera view never disappoints
Collection of snacks
I remember boarding being complete at around 10:20 that evening, and that was when the captain came on with the pre-flight welcome and a welcome by the multinational crew. He advised us that the first half of the flight was going to be smooth, but the second half was going to be very turbulent at all levels. So, let's just see how things play out
Loving the legroom!
Duvet and comforter tucked in the back
It is obvious that Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world that there is bound to be some kind of delays, and I wasn't wrong with this one! We were waiting to pushback from the gate for some time. By the time I checked, it was around 10:45 PM
I was well-settled into my seat for the next 6 hours! ;)
Cabin lights were dimmed in preparation for takeoff
Terminal view with the DXB Control Tower
More views during the taxi
Additional tail camera views
Taxiing to Runway 30R
We then took off 30 minutes behind schedule at approximately 11:10 PM
View of Sharjah after takeoff
Thanks for everything once again, Dubai!
Cruising out of Dubai
After 20 minutes, the cabin lights came back on. This was when the crew came around to distribute menus.
Menu for tonight's flight
Cruising above the Arabian Sea
Overall cabin views
After some time, I went to check out the famous first class bathroom yet again!
I fall in love with this every time I'm here!
Stairs leading to the lower deck
Before heading back to my seat, I had requested one of the cabin crew members to schedule a shower for me after 2 hours, in which she delightfully did so!
Since I missed out on a mojito the last time I was onboard the Emirates A380 lounge, I thought I might as well go now before they run out!
Photos of the onboard bar
I definitely came at a time where it was extremely busy. However, I was finally able to get my mojito!
Business class cabin with mood lighting before heading back to First
I then headed back to my seat to enjoy the rest of the flight!
Somehow, I found the crew on this flight to be more friendly and attentive than on my previous leg from New York. Knowing that I'm an aviation geek, I ended up having hilarious conversations with a lot of the crew members throughout the flight!
Noise-cancelling headphones along with the case
I decided to explore the inflight entertainment once I got back to my seat.
Controlling the seat using the tablet
Time to continue where I left off!
Orange fizz, with kettle cooked chips
After 15 minutes into the movie, I thought it was time to try out the meals. From then on, the crew delightfully took my dinner order, set up the table, and told me it would take approximately 25 minutes to prepare.
Carrot and ginger soup with cheese straws, which was truly outstanding!
Viewing my movie on the big screen, and the flight progress on the smaller tablet!
I did end up waiting for about 10-15 minutes for the main course to be ready, but it was worth the wait!
In the meantime, I switched to the inflight map to find out our current location
A second round of orange fizz
For the main course, I ended up getting grilled king prawns with egg fried rice, assorted vegetables, and orange sauce. I wasn't expecting much out of this short flight, but Emirates really met my expectations for this one! Apparently, this dish was much better than when I flew out of New York. Words can't say how much I'm loving this flight already!
Once I was done with my main course, I ended up getting some dessert: chocolate truffle cake with raspberry jellies (which was a nice compliment)
Post-meal offerings: including chocolates, a hot towel, as well as dental hygiene products including a toothpick and floss
The next thing I knew was that half an hour already passed by, as I found out that my shower has been scheduled!
Bar area in front of the first class cabin, fully decked with selected snacks and drinks
Soon after, I was on my way towards the spa and ready to take a shower. The experience was amazing as always! As soon as I was done freshening up, I changed into my pyjamas and decided to head off to bed. Hence, I asked one of the cabin crew for the turndown service.
Fruit assortment handed out post-shower
Cabin view with the amazing star illusion!
Calling it a night above India
Photos of the seat as a flat bed
In regards to sleep on this flight, I would say that it was like any other red-eye flight where I would sleep for about 2 hours, only to wake up to the captain's announcement stating that we were now starting the descent into Bangkok and had approximately 25 minutes until landing. I was enjoying this flight already, and it's already sad to see it fly by so fast!
Cabin with mood lighting
Filling out the Thai immigration form
It wasn't long before the seat belt sign came back on giving the indication that we had to prepare for landing
Starting the descent into Bangkok
One of the funny things that happened on this flight was that I didn't have time to change back into my regular clothes prior to landing. So, what I ended up doing was to wait until we docked at the gate. On the bright side yet again, I get to spend more time on the Emirates A380!
Time flies when you have fun!
View of the engines yet again!
I just love the views of Thailand upon descent!
Final shots before landing
We landed at Suvarnabhumi International Airport at around 8:10 AM, which was about 10 minutes from the scheduled arrival time. Honestly, it wasn't that bad as I had plenty of time before my next flight to Hong Kong.
Thai Airways International Airbus A380-800, HS-TUF
Actual flight route
Taxiing towards the gate
Docking at gate E4, right next to a Arkia Boeing 767-300ER, I-NDDL and another Thai Airways International Airbus A380-800, HS-TUD
Before disembarking, I went back to the first class bathroom to change into my regular clothes as well as take one last look!
One last look of the first class cabin. I have to admit, this was a good flight!
Disembarking/Arrival into BKK
The usual long walk to immigration
The "warehouse" look of the airport
Making our way to immigration
Reaching the Premium Lane
Just like the last time I arrived in BKK, it took more than 15 minutes to get to the baggage claim area due to long lines, even in the premium lane! I don't think I've experienced any waiting time like this in the past. I thought there might be some kind of improvement, but I was wrong!
However, it took just 5 minutes to get my bag
Heading towards the arrival hall
I took an elevator leading to the departure level so I can check-in for my flight to HKG. So, my goal after checking-in as well as clearing security and immigration was to head to the CX lounge to sit back, get some breakfast, and relax!
Emirates Lounge - First (Gates B)
Dubai - DXB
Bangkok - BKK
Overall, this was a pretty decent flight onboard Emirates. Despite the average pre-flight experience, I found it to be a significant improvement than my previous flight from New York a couple of days before this one. There were a number of factors which did well such as the crew (who were friendly and courteous as always), entertainment, bar, and even the spa
All I can say in conclusion is that this flight was pretty much the way I expected it. Anyways, thanks for reading this trip report. I hope you enjoyed it. Tune in next time as I'll be flying with Cathay Pacific back to Hong Kong on the Airbus A350-1000!
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