The airline with the best average rating is Emirates with 8.4/10.
The average flight time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.More information
With the news of A380 production discontinue in the near future, I think I might as well try it before it is too late. From Bangkok, EK's fifth freedom right to Hong Kong seemed to be the most manageable with my leftover vacation days.
I booked this short 4 days trip pretty far in advance, slightly before Hong Kong's protest begin. I waited with my fingers crossed and hope for the best of all concerned, but the situation seemed to stay rather consistent, I decided that it might be a good idea to fly forward to Taipei and make this trip a journey to tryout new aircraft types / new airlines
So, instead of trying an A380 only, I ended up with 2 new Airlines, 3 new seat type in 4 flights
Emirates Business Class is probably the most affordable of all airlines flying the routes. I got this promotion fare at 13000 Baht (slightly 425-430 US$) which is quite a good deal
Emirates check in counter is in Row "T" of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, opened 3 hours in advance. I am the second in queue and the wait is minimal.
I got my seat booked in advanced, and the ground agent inform me that I can choose any other seat on board anywhere I like. The cabin is less than half full. (Actually a quarter full, I think)
With quite a lot of time to spare, I proceed to The Emirates Lounge.
A lot of comfortable seat, Business Center and Shower Facility is ready at your service
Since I am quite early, there are wide selection of snack and drinks in the lounge.
And hot food arrive shortly after
I fix some snack for myself. I know it is still early, but Moet & Chandan should not be missed out
At noon, I spotted the incoming aircraft on FR24. It's A6-EUZ, 2 years old
And soon it is time to board. My not so good impression with Emirates begin. Once we reach the door, we were asked to wait for a minute, which is not a big deal. A cabin crew escort me to my seat, and she did not notice a red iPad left charging at my Minibar.
Seat is, as I always envisioned, huge and comfortable. But being on the upper deck of A380, I did not feel how huge it is, but instead feel more like an A330 cabin.
I shall not go into detail of the seat and other amenities, as it can be found anywhere, but the service which I think is unique in this short flight. They start with welcome drink, hot towels which is dripping wet, and menu without winelist (according to my friend flown this flight earlier, there should be one). I did not actually paying attention to the menu since I have looked it up online and already decided on Bzar Chicken (as oppossed my familiar Thai red curry prawn)
My glasses was left unnoticed by the crew until we are on the taxiway, it was collected during the final safety check
The rudder camera provide a clear view of the airport activities, and that was fun
Shortly afterward, we took off toward the south, over Gulf of Thailand and then backtrack. Lunch is served quickly. I mean, very quickly. they practically dump everything onto my table, including coffee. I asked for a glass of wine, which they inquire which one would I like. Well, I don't know, you didn't give me the winelist.
As soon as I took the last bite, the crew is beside me ready to clear the tray. I am a quick eater but still feel the rush. I know speed is needed to serve an entire A380 in 3 hours, but this fligth is just a quarter full. They should have plenty of time.
Getting slightly annoyed. I visit the lounge for some dessert ( I did not like the one in my tray and return it). I know I said I won't go into detail about aircraft facilities, but I can't resist including this private jet - liked sofa here. Forgive me but this is my first A380 and my first Emirates. Everything seemed so exciting to me.
This one from the bar is so much enjoyable. The bar attendant offer to bring it to my seat. I have got impression that they are friendly enough, just having a habit of being extremely rush for this short flight, and probably take it a bit too easy. But again, I usually fly Asian carrier and they have got different approach when they talk to us passengers, and more abide to their service bible.
I visited the restroom, which is impressive from the fact that there is a window in it. But the clenliness is much less than ideal that I have to change to another one
With a bit of time left, I climb down the stairway to see what their economy class is like. To me, it seemed great. Plenty of legroom, nice IFE. I tried to sit on it for a moment and it's comfortable.
Before I know it, we start descending
And then we land a bit ahead of schedule. Quite a lot of interesting aircraft I did not get to see much in Bangkok
A salute to the German Queen
I think I shall conclude my first A380 and first EK review here. Curious what is it like in HKG downtown? Well, I have included my hardship in the bonus below.
I took Airport Express into town, and I found these sad sight scattered around. There are damages all around the station
And I go to bed that night with empty stomach. Restaurants around Tsim Sha Tsui are closed that night. Lucky I took a bottle of water from my minibar and did not feel particular hungry. Even 7-Eleven and Starbucks are closed. Goodness, I can't wait to go to Taipei the next day.
All in all, I think A380 is still not yet my faviourite aircraft, and I especially hate the wondows (large inside, small outside, making photo taking very difficult), and I decided that I will not go out of my way to fly emirates, except if the price is right. The hardware is good, but I did not feel comfortable with their service. But I might try their long haul route one day and got a fairer impression.