Welcome aboard this 3rd Flight Report from Etienne16. Before we take-off, please relax, seat back and make sure you enjoy the flight!
(By the way, the reason I am writing this flight report in English is because I feel more comfortable with this language as it is my native language) Now, on with the FR ;)
After my summer holidays spent in London, Paris and Cannes, it was time for me to go back to Doha, my home town. Unfortunately, Qatar Airways had removed its flight from Nice to Doha via Milan, so my family decided to take Emirates.
On Wednesday 14th of August, we were heading to Nice airport from Mandelieu, via the A8 highway with cloudy weather:
Arriving in the check-in counter, not much queue:
Departures before security:
My plane that has just landed 15 minutes before scheduled time, with SAS 737-500 in the foregroud:
Boeing 747… is it like a private plane from Bahrain?
My plane taxiing:
I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me what airline this is? Thanks in advance.
Norwegian 738 ready for taxi:
Boarding will be done through gate B39:
The aircraft's tail hidden behind all those gates:
Boarding with views of the aircraft:
Passing through the business class:
The PTV, old version of ICE, not the digital widescreen. Pretty good size, but not very responsive with the touch There was a disappointing selection of movies on this flight.
Views from my seat, 43K:
(BA A319 taking off in the background:)
Cargo doors still open:
Leg-room: Very good, but then I please note that I measure 1.63 m.
Transavia 737-800 parked next to us:
Oh, so we are allowed to smoke ;P.
That's what I do:
Norwegian 737-800 taxing to gate, followed by an EasyJet A319:
The PTV handheld controller:
Push-back at 16:06, 1 minute late.
Rain drops starting to collect on my window:
Safety video playing:
Shots while taxiing:
Misty, dark weather over Antibes, St. Laurent du Var, etc:
Lining up runway 04R:
Cabin crew please prepare for take-off:
View of the airport:
Climbing up to 38,000 feet:
PTV next to me with a … how to say … green aspect:
A random pic:
Appetizer: Salted biscuits and choice of beverage, apple juice for me :
A slight turn to the left:
Wing view - again - :
Dinner served: This is what the menu says:
Appetizer: Tuna Salad; marinated tuna salad mixed with potatoes and beans, served with boiled egg, tomato and black olive.
Main Course: Grilled chicken breast served with a creamy red pepper sauce, accompanied by sauteed spinach and chunky mashed potatoes.
Lamb biryani; lamb marinated in Arabic spices and cooked with basmati rice, accompanied by vegetable masala.
Dessert; Pear and chocolate delice; a bartlett pear compote, topped with a moist chocolate fudge brownie, encased in a rich chocolate sauce.
Cheese and biscuits.
Tea or coffee
I took the lamb option:
It was excellent! One of the best main courses I've ever had on economy class!
However, the tuna salad was more disappointing. There was no vinaigrette and it lacked freshness, but oh well.
I have read many Fr's saying the dessert is very industrialist and not good. However, I found it very good, probably because I am a child and still love sugary things! :D
Once the meal finished, we are approaching Istanbul:
The 'TV' section in the entertainment part of ICE:
Nothing's better than a bit of Big Bang Theory on a 5 hour 43 minute flight! :D
The Airshow map:
Another random pic:
We slowly begin pour descent into Dubai. We enter a holding pattern due to dense traffic landing at Dubai. However, we were way ahead of schedule and we would still be arriving before 00:25. 10 minutes pass and finally, after circling over Dubai, we line up ahead of the runway. I quickly switch over to the front camera:
Views from my window. Sorry for the bad quality of these photos:
After a long taxi, we park at gate C22 at 00:09, 16 minutes before scheduled time; next to Air France 777-200 aircraft:
De-boarding, walk, security, walk again and I am then in front of gate C23 for my next flight to Doha. It was delayed 15 minutes for some unknown reason. I apologize for not making a flight report on that flight but it was 2:30 am and I was exhausted.
Anyways, I hope you have enjoyed this FR. Please feel free to comment and feedback. I do thank you for your attention and time you have devoted reading my FR.
My next FR will be when I travel to South-East Asia with my school.
Good-bye and great flight to all of you! :)
Nice - NCE
Dubai - DXB
I was very surprised by Emirates this time! They seemed to have fixed some of the problems, especially regarding the distribution of meals. There was an empty seat next to me which also helped maximize space and comfort. It is true nevertheless that if if the seat(s) next you are taken, the 3-4-3 configuration makes it feel a bit cramped. (But the legroom is very good.)
On previous Emirates flights, the crew are a bit cold and distant. But on this flight, they were truly helpful and nice, always passing down the aisles with drinks to offer. I then went to the galley and had a discussion with them about the English and UK accents.
The meal was very good. Although the tuna salad was disappointing, the main meal and dessert made up for it. However, -1 because we had no snack before arrival, unlike Qatar Airways.
The ICE entertainment system had a very slow and not very responsive touch-screen. However, the film selection was poor and not up to the standards it claims.
On time performance: Departed 1 minute behind schedule, arrived 16 minutes before schedule so nothing to say.
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