[CONTINUATION OF THE EK248 FLIGHT FROM BUENOS AIRES]
After 5 hours wait in an incredible lounge, we headed to gate 3 (inside the lounge). Our new a380 was waiting for us there, the A6-EEH. If I'm honest, I was hoping to get one of the new a380's because of the new ICE. It was the first time I boarded an a380, and thankfully it was in Emirates Business class because I was really looking forward to use the Sky Lounge/bar. Once I boarded, I proceeded to take some pictures of the seat and It's features.
My Seat 9A with the new Tablet.
The In-Seat Mini Bar.
The new HD ICE screen (with golden wood trims)
One thing I noticed, is that the mini bar should really get some kind of cooling system.. because everything except maybe the pineapple juice becomes undrinkable after a few hours of flight.. and not that if I ask any flight attendant I can get a glass of anything that is in there. Other than that, the seat is amazing. It's very comfortable, spacious and very private. It really doesn't look nor feel like Business class.. As soon as I was settled, waiting to take off, my Flight Attendant came and introduced himself. He showed me the seat features and explained to me what meals we were going to have. I'm sorry to say that i forgot to take pictures of the menu. I'll see if my brother took some, and will add them in the future if I get them. But before I start with that, the ammenity kit. I forgot to take a picture of the other flight's kit, but it is the same as this one. Really complete Ammenity kit.. I even kept it :D. Here's a Picture.
The Ammenity Kit, and a Glass of Möet Chandon Champagne.
Now I can go back to the meals. It was 3am, so the meals consisted in some Light Bites right after take off and then breakfast. The light Bites had two sandwiches, an Indian Chicken curry with rice, a fruit tart, some fruits and some other snacks. I chose the Chicken Curry. Now, the plate was small.. but it was the best Curry I've tried in my life.. Excellent. Breakfast consisted in omeletes, scambled eggs, pankcakes, etc. Again, I wasn't feeling like eating eggs for breakfast.. so I just had the fruit, bread and the croissant. Will get to that later. Here's a picture of the amazing Curry.
The Indian Chicken Curry, was spicy (love it) and really tasteful. Also had a glass of an Australian Chardonnay.
After this Amazing meal, I went to see the Sky Bar. I was impressed.. Lots of High quality brand alcohol, snacks, and a really attentive and skilled barman. I took some pictures of the Bar that talk for themselves. The bar is stocked with thing from Wine (red and white), Champagne, Grey Goose Vodka, to Bombay Sapphire Gin and Hennessy Cognac. I had, to start, a Dry Vodka Martini (which was the first time I had one, and was really good). Then I tried some snacks, which were really tasty. And then I had a Gin and tonic, also very good. Here are some pictures.
A (half) panorama of the Bar.
Behind the bar there's this screen showing the map, and some more snacks!
The Barman and the very well stocked bar (and some snacks).
After a while, of chatting with some fellow passengers, the barman and some flight attendants, I headed back to my seat. I setted it in bed mode, and after a few minutes, I was fast asleep. Really comfortable seat. I was waken up, as asked, in the morning to have breakfast. Here's a picture of it.
The bread, missing croissant, and fruit plate.
We arrived Shortly after to Pekin (Beijing). I took a last picture of my a380. Will miss the giant of the skies.
Migrations and Security were really fast in Beijing's Airport. Another thing that was really good, was the fact that baggage came out in order of class. I've travelled a lot of times in First and Business classes, but never before they really respected the class Luggage.. or at least with us. We were quickly outside the Airport with our guide (we didn't book Chauffeur for this part), ridding Rolls Royce to the Hotel (will post pictures when I get them from my brother's camera).
The following Sections will be posted in Mid February, when my next Emirates Flights will take place. Hope you enjoy what was written till now, any questions/corrections/whatever will be answered and corrected as soon as i see them! thanks in advance!
Emirates Lounge - Business (Gates A)
Dubai - DXB
Beijing - PEK
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The A380 J seat is really great, especially for privacy if you're travelling alone. A few pics of the lounge in DXB would have been nice, but I get that at 2AM after a 15h flight that's not always easy, I know. The bar is truly a unique feature that makes flying on an EK A380 such a luxurious experience. It's really a shame that most other airlines have not taken advantage of all the extra space offered by the A380 to do something creative like EK, rather than cramming in more seats. Thanks for sharing! I look forward to more reports.
Nothing beats a martini at 39000 ft.! Maybe next time you can get lucky and get a taste of the Paradis cognac and experience what 5000 euros a bottle taste like.
Macanudo el vuelo!
Thanks for the report !
I know it's very personal, but I almost fell off my chair seeing your first picture: wood, wood, wood... around the windows, at the back of the tablet, the whole TV compartment, that's too much ! If they could do a wooden seat, I'm sure they would ! Super bad taste and tacky !
That said, nice seat, as said before, good level of privacy at the windows seats.
An overview of the cabin is missing from your FR, with the cabin surroundings.
3:10am as a departure time ? :(
After all, maybe most pax are only transiting through DXB and don't adjust to the local time ?
@Caribel: Paradis is a couple of 00s euros (around 300 I think), Hennessy Richard retails for up to 1500-2000
@Durian Thanks for the reply! I know that its a lot of wood, but i somehow like it a lot better than the older a380's which are very dead in my opinion. But i would take the windows wood panels, that's too much wood. Actual time departure was 3.10, its scheduled at 3.35. We were transiting from Buenos Aires, plane arrived at around 22:10. But the DXB Business Class Lounge in concourse A makes it totally pleasant and worth it, the wait time. And flying Business class makes you not arrive dead tired to the connection.
@Kevin, thanks again! I honestly didn't sleep at all at the lounge. I just forgot to take pictures. Only picture i took was at the Hägen Dasz fridge :P. But yeah, i regretted a lot. Its the most impressive Airport i've been to. Dedicating almost a complete floor to the Business Class Lounge is just amazing. There are so many places to eat, and seat and rest.. Really impressive.
@Caribel, gracias!! :P. The Martini was amazing. I still wished they had Fernet. But I would probably not leave the Bar and therefor deprive myself from sleep time. I guess i'll have to try the Cognac next time! Hopefully we'll be able to fly Emirates again soon.
One day when I'm free of SkyTeam's grip I'll try Emirates, if anything to experience the awesome DXB lounge! :-)
@Saraotou Thank you!! :P
Thanks for sharing this FR
Great hard and soft J product
The Sky Bar is really a must
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