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The Flying Diaries : BOM - DXB - BOM ( Emirates Business ) ( Nov 2018 )

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2018 Abu Dhabi GP was the last race of the season and I had the opportunity of attending the same. 2013 was the last time I flew to the UAE for F1. It also was my last journey of the Old Terminal of Mumbai International Airport.

The Outbound Journey was on 22nd November 2018 and the Return Journey on 27th November 2018.

 

Mumbai - Dubai ( Emirates Business ) ( 22nd November 2018 ) :

Packed and ready!


Emirates have revamped their Chauffeur services with the introduction of the BMW 520d Luxury Edition for ferrying its guests to the airport :


Shots of the Lounge :


The View of the Airport..mesmerizing :


The Business Class onboard Boeing 777-300ER, not the upgraded version this time :


The Menu onboard :


Preparing for Takeoff :


Takeoff Video Link :



Lunch, Paneer Makhani and Chocolate Mousse Cake :


The Descent into Dubai :


Touchdown Dubai International Airport :


Landing at Dubai ( Video Link ) :



Another BMW 520d Luxury Edition for pickup at Dubai Airport :


Dubai - Mumbai ( Emirates Business ) ( 27th November 2018 ) :


The Chauffeur Service to the airport :


The Business Class Lounge, Classy as ever :


A lipsmacking spread in the Lounge :


The New Business Class onboard the Boeing 777-200LR. This is a 2 class Boeing which has Business and Economy Class only.


Time for Pushback :


Taxiing to the Runway :


The Onboard Cameras :


Prepare for Takeoff :


Takeoff from Dubai ( Video Link ) :



Bye Bye Dubai, see you next time :


The Dinner Menu :


A spread of small bites in the Boeing 777-200LR


Dinner Service, Paneer Butter Masala, Chocolate and fig Mousse Cake :  


Landing at Mumbai in the evening :


Touchdown in Mumbai ( Video Link ) :



Another BMW to ferry me home :


It was a great experience flying with Emirates in 2018. A Big Thank you for their Hospitality! Looking forward to many more memories and Journeys in 2019!

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 - BUD - BOM ( Emirates First & Business )

Barcelona had been a great trip. Ferrari achieved a double podium and I couldn't wait to embark on a new journey - to a new track, a new city, a new nation. Budapest, Hungary and the Hungarian GP was the next stop.

I again chose to fly mixed class, i.e. First Class on the Outbound Journey and Business Class on the return journey.


The Flying dates were on the 20th and 29th of July. Emirates operates a solo flight out of Budapest. The afternoon departure meant an early morning arrival into Mumbai, similar to the flight taken to Brussels in 2015.


Mumbai - Budapest ( 20th July 2016 ) :


July is a relatively light in terms of passenger travel from Mumbai and the necessary formalities of check-in, security and immigration were completed in no time. It was time to relax in the First and Business Class Lounge.

Beautiful GVK Lounge hosting First and Business Class Guests :


A Lip-smacking spread. I tend to binge and at such odd hours, makes you really lazy!


The First Class Suite onboard Emirates! Never get tired of this!


An Air India that flies Trans Atlantic Routes :


Breakfast Menu :


Taxiing to the Runway :


Taking off from Mumbai International Airport ( Video Link ) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDKGMOSpRVk


I had a catch in the back and the Massage Function on the Seat was utilized heavily. Thankful for such a feature :


A quick nap and it was morning and time to land at Dubai International Airport. The Early Morning Flight really robs you of your sleep :


Landing at Dubai International Airport ( Video Link ) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EJ6VGI1plk


Dubai International Airport :


The First Class Lounge in Dubai. Unfortunately no Timeless Spa in this lounge :


A good meal and I was ready for my Flight to Budapest. The First Class onboard the Boeing 777-300 was as per the Old Specification and no Suites here :


Goodies kept separately :


Emirates, Emirates, Emirates everywhere :


Taxiing to the Runway :


Taking off from Dubai Bound for Budapest ( Video Link ) :


Breakfast, Lunch and everything in between. Eat until you land!


Nuts and an Orange Fizz to start it all off :


Lunch Service :


Enroute to Budapest ( Flight Info ) :


Flying over Europe :


Budapest beckons! Nearing Touchdown!


Landing at Budapest ( Video Link  ) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsZVdxcao4o


Budapest Airport, small yet very beautiful!


My S Class awaits its guest. It still is the most comfortable Luxury Sedan!


Enroute to the Hotel



Budapest - Mumbai ( 29th July 2016 ) :

My Pickup, A Mercedes S Class :


Enroute to the Airport, taking in the sights of this beautiful city one last time :


First and Business Class Lounge in Budapest. Decent but nowhere near the level of more frequented European Cities :


Business Class in Boeing 777-300 :


The Pushback begins :


Well this is a First! Onlookers, Photographers busy watching planes and taking photographs of Planes taxiing to the Runway :


Bye Bye Budapest, Take Off ( Video Link ) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkcObkE1kAs


Taking off from Budapest and taking in the sights of this beautiful city one last time :


The Menu for today!


Lunch Service Commences onboard :


Touching down at Dubai International Airport :


Landing at Dubai International Airport ( Video Link ) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Zy8x615M8


Business Class Lounge in Dubai :