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

The next post of "The Flying Diaries" series features our Business & First Class experience to London Heathrow and back.

It was my first Business Class experience on an Emirates Airbus A380 and I must admit it was quite an enjoyable one. My mum accompanied me on this trip as well, a quick turnaround of 12 days after our return from the US really testing her globe-trotting skills :)

I was excited about attending the 2019 Cricket World Cup besides taking mum in and around London ( her first visit to the UK ). 


The Outbound journey was on 27th June 2019 and the Inbound on 10th July 2019.


Dubai - London Heathrow is one of the busiest sectors for Emirates Airlines. I have lost count of the number of services offered daily by Emirates and their codeshare with Qantas to Heathrow. 

Miles upgrade from Business to First has almost always worked for me ( most recent being the Mumbai-New York & return ). The Upgrade for the Dubai - London Leg was unavailable right until the time of check-in; at check-in a couple of seats became available but the staff at Mumbai couldn't upgrade us and the same would have to be done at Dubai. Unfortunately the seats were gone by the time we landed in Dubai and we eventually flew Business Class for the entire outbound journey. 

This is something that Emirates needs to look at..the flexibility of upgrading a portion of the journey from the Origin of the journey...


Mumbai - London Heathrow ( Emirates Business ) ( 27th June 2019 ) :

Packed & ready..London beckons!


Our ride to the Airport, a Mercedes E250!


All departure formalities complete and it was time to unwind in the lounge :


Business Class onboard Airbus A380, a great product, the best Business in the Emirates Fleet :


Taxiing to the Runway :


Video Link for the Takeoff from Mumbai to Dubai :



The menu for the first leg of our trip :


Sooji ka Halwa for Breakfast!


Sunrise over the Horizon :


Starting our descent into Dubai :


Dubai International Airport :


Landing at Dubai ( Video Link ) :



The Plane was parked a fair distance from the Terminal Building, so we were ferried in buses to the disembarking area :


Business Class Lounge in Dubai :


Our Seats for the 2nd leg of our Outbound Journey. EK 29 to London Heathrow :


Pushback commences!


Taxiing to the Runway ( Video Link ) :



Takeoff from Dubai ( Video Link ) :



The Onboard Lounge in Business Class. Such a great setting to unwind and socialize. The newer A380s even have tables :


Goodies Galore and light bites in the Lounge :


Whats for Breakfast and Lunch?


Virgin Cucumber Gimlet to drink, followed by a Mushroom Soup for the Appetizer, Chicken & Cheese Sandwich for the Main Course, followed by a Chocolate Truffle Cake for Dessert. The Sandwich was one of the best main courses I have ever had inflight! 


Flying over Europe :


Nearing Touchdown at London Heathrow :


London Heathrow! The busiest airport in the world :


Video Link for the Landing :



Our ride to the hotel in Central London, Mercedes Viano :


Enroute to Central London :



London Heathrow - Mumbai ( Emirates First ) ( 10th July 2019 ) :

We were due to fly out on 9th July by the 10:30 pm flight ( EK 06 ) but I postponed our departure by a day so that I could attend the 1st semi-final between India and New Zealand. Unfortunately the day got rained out and the rest of the game was played out on the Reserve Day.

Our rescheduled flight was EK 32 at 7 pm from Heathrow. EK 04 and 06 were completely booked!

A Mercedes S-Class Estate to ferry us to the airport. This was a longer drive since we were staying in the New Wembley area, right next to the National Stadium! 


Enroute to the Airport :


Nice to see a life-size model of the Emirates A380 aircraft to welcome us at Heathrow :


Making our way to the lounge post check-in..refreshed after our holiday!


The Emirates Lounge in London Heathrow, one of the best lounges outside Dubai :


An amazing spread on offer!


Views from the Lounge..beautiful!


Emirates Airbus A380 First Class, classy as ever!


The crew was kind enough to capture some stills of ours!


Making our way to the Runway!


Up and away, bound for Dubai :


Video Link :



A quick visit to the Onboard Lounge :


Dinner and Breakfast service onboard :


Cream of Mushroom Soup followed by Malwani Chicken and Chocolate & Walnut Torte :


I opted for a short nap post dinner and was woken one hour before our arrival for a shower appointment. Time to enjoy the Shower Suite at 40,000 feet and get refreshed before touchdown in Dubai.


The Emirates Crew remembered my Mum's birthday, a pleasant surprise and she was touched by such a sweet gesture!


The final approach into Dubai :


Video Link for Landing into Dubai :



The First Class Lounge in Dubai..peaceful..


While we were relaxing in the lounge, we met a celebrity from the Hindi Film Industry, Mr. John Abraham. 

A Moment with the Star! Such a down to earth individual, friendly, respectful, chirpy and loves his racing ( specially on 2 wheels )


The last stint of our journey, onboard the Boeing 777-300ER First Class ( EK 506 ) :


Getting ready for departure :


Homebound :


Video Link for Takeoff :



Breakfast service to Mumbai :


Cappuccino, Fruits and Paneer Bhurji for Breakfast :


Enjoying some Moto GP coverage on Live TV :


The Final Descent into Mumbai :


Touchdown Mumbai :


Landing into Mumbai ( Video Link ) :



On our way home :


The Business Class is a great product and Emirates is only making it better with the launch of their revamped Airbus A380 Cabins. The Menu for the Mumbai - Dubai stint needs to be freshened up a bit as some dishes are starting to become repetitive. Nonetheless a memorable journey once again..the crew were fantastic as always! 

The Game Changer First Class on Boeing 777-300ER features next..so don't miss this space! 

Wishing everyone a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

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.