Review of Emirates flight Madrid Dubai in Economy

Airline Emirates
Flight EK142
Class Economy
Seat --
Aircraft Airbus A380-800
Flight time 07:00
Take-off 30 Nov 19, 14:25
Arrival at 01 Dec 19, 00:25
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Chibcha
By SILVER 1145
Published on 9th November 2022

Introduction


Hola Amigos!

This time I'm sharing a FR series on a trip I made to India three years ago (bear with me…I'm trying to clear my backlog as fast as I can).

So a good friend of mine was getting married in Mumbai, and this was going to be my first time in India. I didn't have a clue of how to plan my trip, where to go, for how long or with whom. I only knew this was my golden chance to go to through Dubai, which meant a ride on the A380.

So the very first thing that I bought and planned was my trip on Emirates. I checked the price difference picking a different city of arrival and the one of departure back to Madrid. The pricing remained the same, and so I chose two different cities to arrive and depart India to force myself to at least travel to these two cities.

I will not reveal the routing for dramatic effect.

So, without further ado, here goes the FR on my first A380 flight (weee!!)  


Reaching Madrid Barajas and check in


I had spent the night before having some beers with a friend from Colombia, and I had to wake up early to buy some medicines (in case I got Delhi Belly and so on…). Once I was done with those last minute acquisitions, I took the Metro from my house to MAD.
 


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The Metro took around 45 minutes to Terminal 4 where Emirates operates… There was already a bit of a queue but nothing too bad. 

The check in agent was nice and dilligent (I had already done online check in to secure window seats), she asked me for a physical printout of my Indian Visa (I initially showed her the pdf on my phone), which I had printed anyways.  


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With my BPs at hand I went to T4S to have some rest at the Neptuno Lounge. 


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I forgot to take any pictures of what I served myself. I spent most oof the time checking out the local fauna at that time of day.


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A340s were still a thing back then…



Boarding the beast


I went at the advised boarding time to my gate (the only A380-capable gate at MAD), the boarding procedure struck me as very effective, considering the sheer amount of people that were to share the ride with me.


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These letters you're reading cannot transmit appropiately how excited I was. The little 5-year old AvGeek inside of me was squealing with joy.


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The plane was SO DAMN BIG!

A small peek into the cockpit 


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The stairs to the VIP area…someday….


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I was to be sit on the first cabin of the first floor, so I was going to miss the wing views, but I chose that location to maximise my connection time in DXB


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The seats were starting to show their age and their legacy…but they were still more than good enough for the 6 hours between Madrid and Dubai.



We were provided a pillow, headphones and a blanket. These felt, okay. Not quite premium (and definetely not as cool as EY the first time I flew with them back in 2016).


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Seatpocket contents…I find it silly EK has so much rubbish on the seatback but they didn't hand physical magazines. 


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A view to the puny A346 on our side…(boy they are sorely missed)


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Menu's for the flight were handed out


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Enroute to dubai!


Boarding of course took its time, I didn't care at all, I was just checking every single detail of the plane and try to enjoy each second of my flight as possible.

We were then good to go. I was impressed that our crew for the flight was composed of Spanish pilots (is this a thing with EK?).

We taxied to RWY 14L and headed towards Valencia to make our cross over the Mediterranean. Then on to Egypt and then across the Arabian Penninsula on to Dubai.

The I C E IFE was well stocked, I wouldn't be bored on this flight for sure. But for take off, Black Sabbath (one of my Dad's favourite bands) seemed fair: he would had been as excited as me if we were to fly together. 


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While taking off, I noticed the size of the engines…WOW. The plane didn't feel as powerful as a 757 taking off, but it was not an A340-300 either…I just whaled its way into the sky.



Alas…it was a bit cloudy over Spain


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The skies cleared while we flew over Valencia….I think I managed to spot Calpe and environs in Castellón Province.


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Then we were given our meals. I went with the meatballs. Nothing extraordinary, but it was a good meal.


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After then the mood lighting was on…


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And we gently sailed over the dusk


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I then made a little exploration…

I found these glass interesting, I had never noticed this detail 


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Distant peek into the cabin from the front toilet zone:


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The toilet was clean, spacious and well appointed. Much better than toilets at IB's A350s for J class.


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The camera feature is so cool. There are so many cool things to do with I C E. 


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We got our second meal just after passing over Egypt. It was meh.


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Flying over Damman and Bahrein


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An arrivals video was played


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Our route


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And we made it to Dubai


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Seeing so many A380s is mesmerising 


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We unboarded and followed the signs to my gate to Mumbai, which implied a long bus rid under the army of A380s….


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Verdict

Emirates

9.1/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi10.0
Meal/catering8.0

Neptuno - 4S

8.8/10
Comfort10.0
Meal/catering10.0
Entertainment/wifi7.5
Services7.5

Madrid - MAD

10.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Dubai - DXB

8.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access5.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

This first ride on the A380 was amazing. The plane itself is an experience and definitely has a WOW factor. Other than that, Emirates did set itself appart from other airlines I had flown before, but barely. I don't consider it to be way superior to AF or AA. I don't even think it's better than EY (back then) or QR. But I cannot complain. It was very good, just not the best.

MAD did the job as great as usual. DXB also did the job...or did it?

Stay tuned for the rest of the series!

Saludos ;)

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5 Comments

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  • Comment 615330 by
    NGO85 SILVER 2002 Comments
    Hola Chibcha, thank you for sharing this FR!

    bear with me…I'm trying to clear my backlog as fast as I can

    I have some from 2015-2016, so you aren’t as behind as others

    A340s were still a thing back then…

    You should go to MUC, the LH A340 fleet is resurrected from the dead.

    It just whaled its way into the sky.

    Everything feels slow motion due to the size of the plane. Taxing feels like you aren’t even moving and regarding the take-off, it is not too much different feeling to the A343 and those little hair dryers.

    I don't consider it to be way superior to AF or AA. I don't even think it's better than EY (back then) or QR. But I cannot complain. It was very good, just not the best.

    Never flown EK, but just based on the meals shown, they offer a much more substantial tray (cheese and crackers are pretty much gone from any US carrier) and metal cutlery. While it’s not way ahead, it is still ahead. You don’t see too many 9 overall ratings on US carriers ;) The ME3 will always be strong to South Asia and Oceania from Europe, just not useful carriers from the US, would you want to do a 16-hour LAX-DXB in that seat?

    Thanks again for sharing and I look forward to your drama in DXB :)
    • Comment 615345 by
      Chibcha SILVER AUTHOR 581 Comments
      Hi!

      You should go to MUC, the LH A340 fleet is resurrected from the dead.

      Yes I'm torn between riding the A340 once more and enduring LH's sub par product, or just acknowledge the changing times. Happily for me it seems I still have chances to ride the A380 once more in more decent airlines. Hopefully 2023 brings some chances for this.

      Never flown EK, but just based on the meals shown, they offer a much more substantial tray (cheese and crackers are pretty much gone from any US carrier) and metal cutlery. While it’s not way ahead, it is still ahead. You don’t see too many 9 overall ratings on US carriers ;) The ME3 will always be strong to South Asia and Oceania from Europe, just not useful carriers from the US, would you want to do a 16-hour LAX-DXB in that seat?


      You have a point. Although I didn't find the catering way better than what I had on LATAM earlier that year between South America and Madrid, and on AA transatlantic.

      Thanks for passing by, saludos!
  • Comment 615344 by
    Pilpintu TEAM 1001 Comments
    Delhi Belly

    Nunca había oído eso! Juro que estoy haciendo un esfuerzo sincero por no discriminar negativamente, pero mi lista de razones para NO visitar la India no para de crecer. A lo mejor el norte, donde es más fresco.... no sé.

    a physical printout of my Indian Visa

    Me pregunto por qué en algunas ocasiones piden documentos impresos en casa si son hasta menos confiables que los digitales. Y qué pasa si no los tienes impresos? Tienen dónde imprimirlos en el aeropuerto?

    the VIP area

    VIP, VIP, que sonrían las que ya les metí en el VIP...
    jajajaj perdón. Me carga Bad Bunny pero la otra vez escuché esta y se me pegóooo!!! XD

    The seats were starting to show their age and their legacy

    Para alguien acostumbrado a viajar en Y eso parece la cabina del piloto!!

    I think I managed to spot Calpe

    Sorpresa para mí. Pensé que Calpe era solamente una editorial (Espasa Calpe)

    Nothing extraordinary, but it was a good meal.

    Hm! Otra sorpresa. No anda tan lejos de latam.

    Lindo vuelo. Bonito detalle el del menú impreso. Estoy seguro de que mi próximo vuelo de 6 horas va a ser en JetSmart o en Sky, y creo que voy a recordar mucho este informe, y maldeciré mi vida. jaajja :’’’)

    Gracias por compartir!!
    • Comment 615346 by
      Chibcha SILVER AUTHOR 581 Comments
      Nunca había oído eso! Juro que estoy haciendo un esfuerzo sincero por no discriminar negativamente, pero mi lista de razones para NO visitar la India no para de crecer. A lo mejor el norte, donde es más fresco.... no sé.


      Es un decir para las enfermedades gastrointestinales por la comida y aguas contaminadas. Pasa en varios países en vías de desarrollo, la clave es tener cuidado con solo tomar agua en botella, no pedir hielo ni alimentos/bebidas preparadas con agua en lugares de dudosa reputación, y clave: uñas cortas y lavado constante de las manos.

      India es una experiencia única. No quiero hacer spoilers, pero quiero volver pronto.

      Me pregunto por qué en algunas ocasiones piden documentos impresos en casa si son hasta menos confiables que los digitales. Y qué pasa si no los tienes impresos? Tienen dónde imprimirlos en el aeropuerto?


      Totalmente. Un sinsentido. No sabría donde imprimir esos documentos en MAD pero seguro hay donde.

      Hm! Otra sorpresa. No anda tan lejos de latam.

      Nope. De hecho la comida en LA me pareció mucho mejor. No sé si eso siga siendo el caso hoy en día.

      Saludos!
  • Comment 615413 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6856 Comments
    Hola Chibcha!

    So a good friend of mine was getting married in Mumbai, and this was going to be my first time in India.

    That is such a perfect opportunity to go to India!

    A340s were still a thing back then…

    So beautiful. RIP ?

    I was kinda surprised when I was T4! I sometimes forget there are (a few) other airlines besides Iberia + oneworld at T4. EK A380 Y is an overall good experience with one of the most spacious Y seats and legroom around and as you say, the A380 itself has a wow factor.

    Thanks for sharing!

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