July 2012 was my maiden flight on Emirates Airlines. I have always dreamt of flying First Class on Emirates A380 and the wish came true in July 2012 when I visited the UK for the British Grand Prix.
Soon enough, I drew up new plans to visit the United Kingdom again but this time it was for Football. I would attend games at Old Trafford ( Manchester United ) and the Camp Nou ( FC Barcelona )
It was time again to fly First on the Emirates A380 to London Heathrow!
Mumbai - London Heathrow ( 20th November 2012 ) :
I flew out on 20th November 2012 but this time took the First Flight out of Mumbai which would help me reach London at 1:30 in the afternoon
My Ride to the Airport :
A Brisk Check-in, Easy Immigration and Hassle-free security ensured a restful time in the Lounge before boarding commenced.
Shots from the Lounge :
An Elaborate Spread :
The Boarding commenced and I was ushered into my Private Suite :
The 24" LCD :
Minibar, Makeup Kit and the Writing Kit :
The Touchscreen console which controls all the features of the Suite :
The Suite :
The Bed :
The Suite lights up in brilliant blue during takeoff :
The Breakfast Menu :
A Slight delay in landing meant a quick switchover to the A380 which was bound for London :
Video Link to the Emirates A380 Taking off from Dubai :
The Goodie Basket featuring Chocolates, Crisps, Gums, Mints!
Post Lunch, I decided to take a stroll down to the Business Class Lounge at the back of the Business Class!
The Lounge offers Canapes, Hors D'oeuvres, Sandwiches and Drinks :
What can I serve you sir?
After spending sometime in the Lounge, I returned to my Suite to find my Bed ready. Time to relax before heading for a shower prior to landing at Heathrow!
An Hour before landing, I was woken up by a crew member. It was time to head to the Shower and freshen up prior to landing :
A refreshing shower and I was all ready for arrival into London
Video Link to the Emirates A380 Nearing Touchdown at London Heathrow Airport :
Emirates A380 landing on a cold and rainy afternoon at Heathrow :
Fast Track ensured a quick completion of the arrival formalities and I had my ride waiting for me at Heathrow!
A Mercedes Benz S-Class courtesy of Emirates Airlines!!
London Heathrow - Mumbai ( 12th December 2012 ) :
I always prefer late evening flights.
My Ride, another Mercedes Benz S Class courtesy of Emirates Airlines :
Night falls early during winters in London :
There was a considerable amount of passenger traffic at Heathrow. However Fast Track made the experience a lot easier.
Shots from the Emirates Lounge at Heathrow :
The Emirates A380 being readied for the Journey to Dubai :
Food, Food and More mouth-watering food!!
Emirates offer a plethora of drinking options :
Boarding commenced from the Lounge and it was a breeze!
Shots from my Personal Suite!!
Emirates offered us some amazing amenities!
The Aircraft taxiing to the Runway :
Video Link to the Emirates A380 Takeoff from London Heathrow :
The Flight Path to Dubai International Airport :
The Elaborate Dinner Menu for First Class :
Dinners are always special on Emirates Flights and this one definitely didn't disappoint :
Gluttony isn't good and going to bed immediately after a meal is worse...but in an Emirates A380 First Class, all should be forgiven.
The Bed ready!
As always, I was woken one hour before touchdown in Dubai to enjoy my Customary Shower On-board, an experience I can never get enough of!
Nearing Dubai :
Dubai from the Sky - Simply Stunning :
Video Link to the Emirates A380 nearing Touchdown at Dubai International Airport :
Dubai International Airport :
The Emirates First Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport ranks among the best and one can never get tired of visiting it over and over again!
Savour the Spread..simply amazing :
I made the most of my time at the Lounge - had a wholesome meal, got a massage & caught up on some sleep!
The Final leg to Mumbai was in a Boeing 777-300
The First Class Seat in a 777-300 ( not much difference compared to the Business Class barring the Lie-Flat Bed ) :
Shots from Pushback and Taxiing to the Runway :
Video Link of the Emirates Boeing 777-300 taking off from Dubai International Airport :
Final Shots of Dubai :
The Lunch Service to Mumbai :
Emirates Airline leaves no stone unturned in taking care of its guests and as a First Class Traveller, I was really pampered.
It had been another memorable trip in the First Class Suites of the 777-300ER and the famous Emirates A380!
I even earned promotion to the Silver Tier at the end of my First Leg of the Trip! The Extra Baggage allowance came in handy during the Return Leg!
I want to thank Emirates for all the hospitality and care showered on me throughout the journey.. it was an experience that is still etched in my mind.
Next up is my first "Business Class" Experience on-board Emirates ( Mumbai - Düsseldorf - Mumbai ) .. so watch this space.
Romain Grosjean spun at Turn 19 ( Lap 7 ) and dropped from 6th to 10th. Meanwhile, Felipe Massa finally muscled his way past Michael Schumacher into 8th.
Michael Schumacher was now going backwards and fell into Button's Clutches and the latter had to be brave to get past the German who left very little racing space.
Kimi Raikkonen, justified his return to F1 when he pulled alongside Nico Hulkenberg around the outside in the run down to Turn Two. They were side-by-side through Turn Two, but Raikkonen kept his foot on the gas and Hulkenberg had no choice but to yield. ( Lap 13 )
Lewis Hamilton was quickly closing in on Sebastien Vettel. Both Cars were matching each other for pace all weekend and their race pace too seemed similar.
Jean-Eric Vergne was the first retirement as his Toro Rosso suffered suspension damage. Meanwhile, Michael Schumacher, who had been struggling for pace all race, dived into the pits from 14th.
Lap 17 saw Mark Webber lose KERS and then his subsequent retirement a lap later. Red Bull had enough reason to worry now with Vettel's car. Felipe Massa was now closing in on Kimi Raikkonen.
Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso pitted on Lap 19 & Lap 20 respectively. The Latter had a very slow stop as the right rear got stuck. Vettel had the perfect stop a lap later and retained his lead.
Jenson Button was hustling Fernando Alonso ( Lap 23 ) who was struggling on the hard tyres. This was bad news for the championship contender. The McLaren driver used the DRS down the long straight to catapult past the Ferrari driver who did little to defend. Kimi Raikkonen had not yet pitted and was losing his tyres. He fell into the clutches of Lewis Hamilton who had got his hard tyres up to temperature and wasted little in time in slotting down the inside of the Lotus at Turn 12. Raikkonen finally pitted on Lap 25 but he too encountered a problem on the right rear tyre and was unable to jump Alonso into 5th. Kimi Raikkonen then lost a place to the Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo on Lap 26. Massa's quickfire pitstop ensured that he jumped both Raikkonen and Ricciardo ( Lap 27 ). Kimi Raikkonen, who had his tyres up to temperature, then put a fantastic pass on Felipe Massa into the blind apex of Turn One a lap later.
Laps 32 - 35 saw Vettel lose all his advantage to Hamilton as he started getting caught up in traffic. However the German held on to the lead. Button on the other hand was moving up the field with his switch to the softer compound tyres. Felipe Massa passed Raikkonen to take 4th place on Lap 39.
Lap 42 witnessed a change in leadership, a change that would still leave the Driver's Championship in the balance. Lewis Hamilton got mighty close to Sebastian Vettel after the German got blocked by traffic. As they entered the long straight, Hamilton tucked in behind Vettel and used his DRS to close. Vettel went defensive, taking the inside line but Hamilton just swept to the outside line to make the move stick.
Lap 46 saw Jenson Button take 5th place from Raikkonen after a lot of jostling and wheel-to-wheel racing. The gap between the leaders hovered around a second but Lap 53 saw some rough racing and contact as Maldonado made his way past his team-mate Senna.
Lewis Hamilton went on to win the Inaugural United States Grand Prix. Sebastien Vettel and Fernando Alonso were the other podium finishers.
Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean, Nico Hulkenberg, Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna completed the top 10.
The Podium Finishers :
Mario Andretti was present for the podium interviews :
The Result allowed Red Bull Racing to clinch their 3rd consecutive Constructors' Championship!!
However the Drivers' Championship had all to play for. Vettel led Alonso by only 13 points. Alonso has never given up.
So it ain't over until its over!! So we head to the Brazilian GP to see who will reign supreme in 2012!!