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The Flying Diaries : BOM - BRU - BOM ( Emirates First & Business ) - Encore!

My annual trip to the Belgian GP was a little different from the earlier trips. My college friends decided to accompany me to Europe for a 3 nation tour, their first to the Schengen States of Belgium, Switzerland and France. One of my friends accompanied me while a couple left for Europe a few days earlier than us.

This trip also gave me the opportunity to try the New Boeing 777-300ER with a revamped First and Business Class.


We flew out on 18th August 2018 and left Brussels on 29th August 2018.


Mumbai - Brussels ( First Class ) ( 18th August 2018 ) :

The Bags ready for the journey :


The Check-in formalities done and it was time to enjoy the lounge. Since I am a Gold Member of Emirates, my friend was allowed to accompany me.


Some shots of the Lounge at Mumbai International Airport :


Enjoying the Services of our lounge. Mumbai International Airport offers complimentary massage service for the guests :


Food, food and more food!


It was 3 am and time for boarding for our flight to Dubai.


The First Class Suite onboard the A380, top notch and prepped as always :


Preparing for takeoff, the onboard cameras doing a fine job :


Takeoff Video Link :




The Breakfast menu :


Green Pea Poha and Cappuccino for Breakfast :


Touching down at Dubai International Airport :


Landing Video Link :




Inter Terminal Transfers and Security Checks done, we made our way to the nearest First Class Lounge at Dubai to relax and grab a bite.


A time of Relaxation and refreshing ourselves in the lounge.


It was then time to board our flight to Brussels!

The latest edition of the First Class Suite onboard the New Boeing 777-300ER is a class apart and a winner! Emirates currently flies the new configuration to Brussels and Geneva and will slowly expand to other routes as well. The updated First Class boasts of a lot of new features - Fully enclosed First Class suite with full height privacy screens, seats designed by Mercedes Benz, Virtual Windows, Bigger LCD Screens, Bowers and Wilkins headsets, Binoculars and Dine on Demand service with Video Calling facility. Video calling is quite a cool feature, you can make a call to the Flight Steward and interact, taking the definition of "Room Service" to a whole new level. In-flight showers aren't available though.


The view of the Suites from the front of the aircraft. Quite artistic I must say :


Preparing for takeoff :


Bound for Brussels :


Video Link :




The Breakfast and Lunch menu onboard :


The Flight Map :


You simply can't stop taking pics of this beautiful suite :


Chicken and Lemongrass Consomme, Prawns with Garlic and Coriander and Chocolate Ricotta Pudding for Dessert!


The First Class also has Virtual Windows for aisle seats, the cameras relay live feed onto the Screens to give the aisles a window seat feel.


The bed is made. Time to rest!


Afternoon siesta done and it was time to land into Brussels International Airport :


Video Link :




Mercedes S500 to pick us up at the airport!


Brussels - Mumbai ( Business Class ) ( 29th August 2018 ) :

A Mercedes E250 to ferry us back to the airport :


The Atomium, one of the highlights of Brussels made in Chocolate by Neuhaus :


Not much on offer in the lounge. Passable. Its a common lounge catering to a number of airlines. Hope to Emirates have one of their own soon.


The Seats in Business Class, designed by Mercedes Benz, a bit narrower but equally comfortable :


Takeoff Video :




Whats for dinner?


The Flight Map with Satellite Views :


Live TV, a feature on Emirates Flights :


Crisps and Ginger Ale, Broccoli Soup, Roast Chicken with Pistachio Stuffing and Chocolate Delice for Dessert :


Nearing touchdown at Dubai :


Landing Video Link :




Dubai International Airport :


The Plane is parked a fair distance from the Terminal building so we are picked up by a bus :


Enjoying services of the lounge while we wait for boarding :


Business Class, a slightly older aircraft this :


The lunch menu :


Some shots while taxiing to the Runway :


Up in the air, homebound :


Takeoff Video Link :




Nuts and Ginger Ale followed by Dhingri Paneer Methi Masala and Badami Halwa!


Hovering above Mumbai :


Landing at Mumbai :




Back in the Bay!


I must say that Emirates have a winner with the new Boeing 777-300ER Offering. It simply is a class apart when you compare it to rival airlines on similar sectors. I hope to see the new plane on my other journeys too. Once again, the hospitality onboard Emirates was flawless and being a Gold Member makes the experience even more special.


It isn't just "Fly Better" with Emirates...Its "FLY THE BEST"!


My Business Class Experience to Dubai in November follows shortly...so watch this space!

The Flying Diaries : BOM - BRU - BOM ( Emirates First & Business )

The Belgian Grand Prix was the second race in 2017 that I had the opportunity of attending. Emirates offers only service to Brussels so it was imperative to have bookings done on time. I decided on a Mixed Class Journey - First to Brussels and Business on Return.

The Outbound Journey was on 22nd August and the Return on 30th August


Mumbai - Brussels ( 22nd August 2017 ) :

Shots from the First and Business Class Lounge in Mumbai :


Midnight Binging in the Lounge!


They also have A-La-Carte on offer for Guests flying First Class :


Kathi Rolls, delicious as ever!


The First Class Suite, a new Airbus A380 this :


Mumbai - Dubai Breakfast Menu :


ICE - Emirates Award Winning In-flight Entertainment System :


Takeoff from Mumbai ( Video Link ) :




Enjoying some Yogurt and Poha for breakfast :


A Short Haul journey, so the Bar bears a deserted look in front of the First Class Cabins :


Dubai awaits our arrival!


Touchdown Dubai International Airport :


Landing at Dubai International Airport ( Video Link ) :




First Class Lounge at Dubai Airport :


The 2nd leg of the Trip was in a Boeing 777-300ER and the layout is slightly different to the Airbus A380. I feel the seats are slightly wider.


The Goodies Basket, Mini Bar and Arabian Dates with Arabian Coffee!


Taxiing to the Runway. Emirates Airlines all around us!


Enroute to Brussels!


Takeoff from Dubai bound for Brussels ( Video Link ) :




Lunch Menu :


Arabic Mezze, Prawn Machbous and Sticky Date Pudding!


The Bed is made, Time for a snooze!


Nearing touchdown at Brussels :


Brussels International Airport!


Landing at Brussels International Airport ( Video Link ) :




A Mercedes S Class to ferry me to the Hotel :


Brussels - Mumbai ( 30th August 2017 ) :

Mercedes E Class for the return pickup :


Enroute to the Airport :


The First and Business Class Lounge in Brussels. The Mousse was excellent :


My Business Class seat for the 1st leg of the return journey :


Live TV on offer onboard!


The Pushback and it was time for takeoff :


Goodbye Brussels :


Takeoff from Brussels ( Video Link ) :




Lunch Menu :


Lunch is served!


Touching down in Dubai :


Touchdown at Dubai ( Video Link ) :



The Business Class Lounge in Dubai :


I was boarding my flight for Mumbai when I got informed that Emirates had upgraded me to First Class! Well Thank you!

First Class Suite :


Breakfast Menu :


Making our way to the Runway :


Takeoff from Dubai bound for Mumbai ( Video Link ) :




Some Crisps, Pakodas and Cappuccino :


Descending into Mumbai :


A Lovely morning at Mumbai International Airport :


Landing at Mumbai ( Video Link ) :




Emirates once again ensured that I had a memorable trip. The Upgrade to First Class for the Final leg of the Trip was really appreciated since it was a Red Eye Flight from Dubai. Being a Gold Member on Emirates always has its perks!


Emirates First and Business Class Experience to Cape Town is up next!

The Flying Diaries : BOM - BRU - BOM ( Emirates Business )

The 2nd Race I had the privilege of attending in 2015 was at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium. Spa is a fair distance away from Brussels, the capital of Belgium but closer to the German Town of Aachen & Dutch Town of Maastricht. I had to make a choice and chose Maastricht as my resting place for the First 4 days of my trip.

I flew out of Mumbai on 20th August 2015 bound for Brussels. Maastricht was an hour away from the airport. The return pickup was form the heart of Brussels and on 28th August 2015.


Mumbai - Brussels ( 20th August 2015 ) :

A brisk check-in, not so brisk Security and Immigration check and it was time to relax in the lounge.

Shots from the Lounge :


The Boarding commenced and I received a big surprise. I had been upgraded to First Class due to the Flight being overbooked. I had Bollywood Celebrity Akshay Kumar and I wasn't complaining.

Well, who doesn't enjoy an upgrade! My First Class Suite!


Shots of the Suite from the GoPro Hero4 Black :


The Best Piece of News I received on boarding the flight. Ferrari had retained Raikkonen for 2016! YES!


The Menu onboard :


Taxiing to the runway :


Video Link to the Airbus A380 taking off from Mumbai International Airport :


Breakfast service :


I decided to sleep during the flight and was awakened when the flight was nearing touchdown at Dubai International Airport :


Video Link for the Emirates A380 landing at Dubai International Airport :


A quick transit and it was time to relax in the Business Class Lounge :


Business Class enroute to Brussels :


Taxiing to the Runway :


Spoilt for choice when it comes to food!


Video Link for the 777-300ER takeoff from Dubai :


Up in the air, Brussels beckons!


Live TV on ICE, Emirates' entertainment system :


Kimi Raikkonen sounds so happy about his contract renewal at Ferrari :