The trip started on January 10th. We had booked 3 Emirates Chauffeur Cars. Emirates doesn't have their own fleet in Buenos Aires, they do it through a well known (for Airport transport) company here, named Manuel Tienda Leon. The cars were pretty new, but were medium category. They arrived on time, and so we did to the airport. Our (first time) Emirates Business class experience started as soon as we entered the Airport. There was no one on the Business Class check in lane, and we had our Boarding Passes in no time.
Ezeiza's Airport is usually very crowded and security/migration lines can take long. But this time was the exception. We were past everything, and ready to go to the lounge, after 10 minutes. Lounge time.. American Express had a VIP Lounge till about october, and closed it to build a new one. The opening date was going to be January 1st, but some delays scheduled it for January 11th.. yes.. a day after i left. It's supposed to be a very big lounge for Gold and higher members, and with a small lounge inside for Centurion Cardholders. Since it was not open the day we were leaving, we headed to Aerolineas Argentinas (SkyTeam) lounge, the one Emirates offered for their Business Class Passengers. Right in front of it, we found the entrance to the soon-to-be-opened Centurion Lounge. Here's a picture (Looks like the LAS and DFW ones):
The Aerolineas Argentinas Lounge is not very good. Or at least, I dont like it. Its always very crowded because access to it is really easy, and they offer very little food and drinks. Time to Board had come and we headed to our gate. We then saw the beautiful Boeing 777-300ER (A6-EBU) that would take us first to Rio de Janeiro, and then to Dubai. First time on Emirates, and I was very impressed with the Business Class product (I had seen A LOT of videos, but watching it in person was really nice).
I shared the Window/Aisle seat with my little brother. I'm a big person (Rugby player) and was afraid that the seat might feel narrow/not comfortable. But it was really nice, and very comfortable.
The first part of the trip was a 2:30 hour flight to Rio de Janeiro. I noted some problems. First of all, I was a bit disappointed by the crew. More specifically, my flight attendant who was an Argentine and apparently had a bad mood, because he showed no smile throughout the flight. We were offered Champagne for take off and for my let down, it had a disgusting warm temperature. And finally, both the ICE and the tablet were not working, so i couldn't adjust properly my seat (for my luck, all this changed in the next flight, as you will see). Food for the first flight was just Dinner, and was very good.. one of the best dinner's I've had on a flight. I took the pictures of the menu while the Mood-Light was on, so excuse me for the quality.
I chose the Prawns for main, the cheese Board for dessert and some chocolates to finish. Here are some pictures.
The Prawns, delicious.
Cheese Board and Godiva Chocolates, excellent (forgot to take the picture before eating it!)
Not long after dinner, we were arriving to GIG. Rio de Janeiro's International Airport. The Crew announced that we had to wait inside the plane for the Brazilian passengers to get in. For my fortune, all crew left the plane and the new one arrived. I asked one of the new Flight Attendants if she could show me First class, since I had never seen it in person. She took me to the front of the cabin (with a smile) and showed me the Suites. Many of you have been inside them, its something I will have to try eventually.
Old plane, old ICE.
Does anyone really use those cosmetic products? :confused:
Brazilian people were already boarding the plane, so I went back to my seat. Soon, we were offered a new glass of Champagne before take-off. Champagne for this flight was Veuve Clicquot (in Business), and this time was cool. We were given new Menues. The meals for this flight consisted in a Light Bites right after departure, Breakfast and Lunch. Here are some pictures of the menu. Sorry for the bad quality in some.
Right after we took off, one of the flight attendants asked me if I wanted something for the Light Bites. I ordered the Delicatessen Sandwich, which was OK. My brother ordered a Fruit Tart that was really good.
The Delicatessen Sandwich
I was then ready to get some sleep, since I had a long travelling time before reaching Beijing (final destination). The flight from Rio to Dubai is about 14.30 hours, and i had a 4-5 hour stop in Dubai's airport, and then a 7 hour flight to Pekín (Beijing).
Getting ready to sleep, really comfortable seat.
I asked the Flight Attendant to please wake me up for breakfast, and so he did. I was asked to choose form the menu, and I ordered the Cold Cuts. Im not a very big fan of eating eggs on a plane, and much prefer something cold for breakfast right after I wake up.
The Cold Cuts were OK, the missing croissant was the best one I've had on a flight.
After breakfast I tried to get some more sleep. A few hours later I was once again woken up, but this time.. to have lunch. Before ordering lunch, I was asked if I wanted any drink. I asked for a Campari with Orange Juice and gave the FA kind of an instruction of how i wanted (quantities, etc). He did an amazing job, and brought an amazing Campari with some warm nuts. For lunch, I chose the Palm Hearts and Roasted Pepper salad to start, and then the Lamb and the cheese board again.
The Campari Appetiser and nuts, were excellent.
The Palm hearts starter, it was good. The salad was one of the best salads I've had on board.
The Lamb main course was great, and even better with a glass of Red Wine
Dessert, again the cheese board.. excellent.. best cheese selections in a flight, ever!
We arrived to Dubai's international Airport on time. First class passengers got off first, and boarded their exclusive Bus. Business class passengers followed.. The bus was great, no one had to stand up.. seats for everyone. After a long (to be inside the airport) ride, we arrived to the security checks, a few moments later we began our long walk to Concourse A. Once we arrived there, we went to the Business class lounge, to wait for the next flight. The lounge is Amazing.. its something I had never seen before.. Huge, clean, and lots of food and places to rest. Amazing.
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