Welcome to my first flight report! I discovered this site recently and I really liked its design and features, so I have finally decided to post some of my reports here.
I am in 5th grade of Aeronautical Engineering, the last year, so we decided to make an end-of-degree trip to celebrate the end of 5 years of hard studying. I went to Thailand with my family in 2007 and we loved the country, so I suggested going there. We were supposed to be a group of 12 people at a first stage, but we ended up being 6, as many friends backed out. When we finally decide to book the tickets, two girls decided to back out, so we ended up being 4 friends. I didn’t mind since those 3 friends were very close ones, so we knew we were going to have a great time. Since we were two guys and two girls, many times we were treated like honeymooners, it was funny to explain that we were just friends, many people didn't seem to get that though.
This report covers the first leg of the trip.
Ground Experience Since it was February, I expected a light load at least of the flights between Madrid and Dubai, so I was surprised when I saw lots of people lining up for check-in. Emirates has many desks open so the line went quick and we got our bags tagged and our BPs in no time.
We went through security and then to the APM station given that the flight was leaving from the satellite building. There was some construction going on in T4S (it has been like that for quite a while, I wonder when they will finish), so the building didn't look particularly good. A huge line was already formed when boarding was called, we were supposed to proceed by zones, but given the line formed we proceeded the Spanish way.
Taking the lift to go down to the APM station
Inside the T4S
Enjoying tarmac views
I entered the plane and passed through the after Business Class section, it was packed, all seats were taken, Emirates seems to do well on Madrid flights. The first thing I noticed when I entered the Economy cabin was that the plane had the latest ICE version, featuring HUGE screens.
We got window seats in the first row of 2-4-2 at the back of the plane, the agent at Madrid office told us that they were one of the best in the cabin, and except for the noise from the engines, she was right. Legroom was OK for me (I’m 183cm tall) and well, the seats were very close to each other and given that my friend and I have wide shoulders, our arms were touching constantly. That didn’t bother us as we know each other, but I imagine that going that way with a stranger would be uncomfortable. So I would try to travel with friends or family when flying Emirates in Y in the future.
Our Spanish neighbor
This tiny one arrived minutes later
Pushing back, you can see T4 and Madrid's skyline
Choosing between the window and the camera was hard
Drying the runway
Iberia Maintenance facilities
The Southern part of MAD
We departed on time, towels and menus were distributed after take off. I must say that although Emirates IFE is amazing, their headsets are terrible, many of them didn’t work and the sound quality was very bad. We used our own headsets and they worked perfectly. The crew on this flight was fine, nothing special but they did their job with a good level of service. I liked the food, the quality was good and portions were generous, the second service (no pictures) consisted of drinks and biscuits.
Here it's always sunny
The meal. I went for the salmon, it smelled strong but tasted really good
Coca Cola in Arabic
I spent the flight watching films, enjoying the view of the sunset over Northern Africa and chatting with my friends, so the flight passed by very quickly. The crew passed through the aisle frequently offering drinks.
Afternoon passed by quickly
Sunset over Egypt
I loved the ambience
I noticed that they didn’t show the connecting flights information on the IFE like on my previous flight on EK two years ago, that would have been useful. We were put on a holding pattern for about 45 minutes as we had arrived very early to Dubai airspace.
Taxiing to the stand
The plane was docked at Concourse A, it was nice and I got the feeling that it was less packed that Concourse B. Our flight to Bangkok was departing from gate A1 so we didn’t have to go to another terminal.
Madrid - MAD
Dubai - DXB
I think that Emirates offers a very good product. ICE System was excellent, there are some many movies, sitcoms, etc. that it's impossible to get bored. Seat comfort was fine, except for the width issue. The crew did their job, but they weren't specially friendly either. I have met better crews on other EK flights and other airlines too, but in any case they were OK.
Well, this is the end of the Part One of this trip. I hope you have enjoyed reading it, please feel free to comment and make questions, I will be more than happy to answer! I will try to upload the next report as soon as possible.
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