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A Gallery of Memories - Part 15

The German Grand Prix made a return to the F1 Calendar this year and the race was held at Hockenheimring. I was fortunate to be a part of the same and the first blog post from the weekend kicks off with the "Gallery of Memories"


Chase Carey, CEO and Executive Chairman of the Formula One Group :


Dr. Helmut Marko, Head of Red Bull's Driver Development Program and advisor to Red Bull Racing F1 Team :


Charles Leclerc, Alfa-Romeo Sauber F1 Team!


Bernd Maylander, FIA Safety Car Driver :


Joe Saward, F1 Journalist :


Mervi Kallio, Finnish TV MTV Presenter :


Mara Sangiorgio, Sky F1 Italia Journalist!


Federica Masolin, Presenter for Sky Italia F1 :


Jacques Villeneuve, 1997 F1 World Champion :


The Man who made me fall in love with F1, Mika Hakkinen, 1998 and 1999 F1 World Champion! A LEGEND!!!


Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team :


Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing F1 Team :


Peter Bonnington, Race Engineer for Lewis Hamilton :


Norbert Haug, a legend from the Kimi years in McLaren and Former Vice President of Mercedes Motorsport :


Mattia Binotto of Scuderia Ferrari, Gene Haas ( Team Owner ) and Guenther Steiner ( Team Principal ) of Haas F1 Team :


Beat Zehnder of Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team :


Pierre Gasly, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :


Grace Capristo, German Artist who had the honour of singing the National Anthem before the Race.


Brendon Hartley, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :



Maurizio Arrivabene, Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team Principal :

Antonio Giovinazzi, Reserve Driver for Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team :


Alexander Molina, Marketing Operations, F1 Hospitality :


Toto Wolff, Team Principal for Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team :


Robert Kubica, reserve driver for Williams Martini Racing F1 Team. Nice to see him back in the Paddock.


Paul Ripke, Photographer for Mercedes AMG F1 Team :


Lewis Hamilton, 4 time World Champion and Driver for Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team :


Matteo Bonciani, head of F1 Communications for FIA :


Riccardo Adami, Sebastian Vettel's Race Engineer in Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team :


Rosanna Tennant, presenter and host for F1 :


Lance Stroll, Williams Martini F1 Racing :


Nico Rosberg, 2016 F1 World Champion :


Will Buxton, Broadcaster and Journalist in F1 :


Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team :


Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India F1 Team :


Paddock Club Diaries to follow soon, so watch this space!

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

July is the month when the European Leg of F1 is at its busiest. I had the privilege of being at Nurburgring in 2013. 2014 saw Hockenheim host the German GP ( as it alternates between the 2 venues ). This was the first race I had the privilege of attending - Live.


Mum accompanied me for the journey to Frankfurt. We flew Business Class, outbound travel on 17th July and inbound on 24th July ( arrival +1 on 25th )


Mumbai - Frankfurt ( 17th July 2014 ) :


I opted for the early morning flight which enables travellers to land in Europe in the afternoon.

Our Chauffeur service was punctual and efficient as always :


Mumbai Airport's New International Terminal "T-2" is an amazing piece of architecture and a benchmark when it comes to passenger mobility. Completing formalities is such a breeze. ( in Departures )


The "First Class and Business Class" Lounge of GVK wasn't ready yet and we were still making use of the makeshift one for our journey.


Mum Relaxing in the Lounge :


The Lavish Spread in the Lounge :


Brilliant artwork at the airport :


Our Flight being readied for the Dubai Leg :


Our seats in Business Class :


We had been so well fed up until our flight that neither of us opted for breakfast. Just the Beverage Service :


Nearing touchdown at Dubai :


The Boeing and Airbus of Emirates all lined up at DXB :


Business Class Lounge :


Breakfast in the Business Class Lounge :


A restful time in the Lounge and we were ready for the 2nd leg of our trip to Frankfurt! Our Seats in Business Class :


The Menu for the Food & Beverage service to Frankfurt :


Other operators to Dubai :


Food, Food & More Food!


A good sleep and it was time to get ready for the descent into Frankfurt :


The beautiful sky enroute to Europe :


Nearing touchdown at Frankfurt :


Frankfurt from above!


Frankfurt Airport and it was nice to see national carriers of various countries. Frankfurt is the 3rd busiest airport in Europe.


Enroute to our Hotel, The Jumeirah Frankfurt.



Our ride to our Hotel. A Mercedes S500 & the VW Phaeton!


Frankfurt - Mumbai ( 24th July 2014 ) :

The Return Trip
started on a brilliant note! I was overjoyed to see the quality of cars offered by Emirates in Germany. Audi A8L & the BMW GT 530d!


Frankfurt Airport Departures :

The Formalities were completed at a brisk pace and it was time to relax in the lounge :


The Dinner Spread :


Business Class on the return leg to Dubai :


Shots from Frankfurt Airport :


The Entertainment screen during night flights :


Dinner Menu inflight :


Beverage Service :


Dinner time! What a lip smacking meal!


Post Dinner, it was time to catch up on some sleep before landing into Dubai.

Flight Path into Dubai :



The Business Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport :


The Final Leg of the trip to Mumbai :

Business Class seats of the Boeing 777-300ER. Comfortable and spacious.


The Menu enroute to Mumbai :


The Plethora of Carriers at Dubai International Airport :


Takeoff from Dubai :


Lunch time onboard. The Final meal of our trip :

Enjoying our Lunch :


Returning Home with Emirates Chauffeur Service :


Once again, Emirates was top class in their Hospitality and nothing was found wanting in both the legs.

Its always a joy to see the crew recognize you as a Gold Member and welcome you on board!

The Next Post will feature my Trip in First Class to Toronto alongwith mum. We also used our Miles for some sweet upgrades. Details coming soon in the next post!






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

July 2013 was my First Business Class Experience on Emirates Airlines.

I flew to Düsseldorf to attend the 2013 German Grand Prix.

The Outbound journey was on 4th July 2013 and the Inbound on 13th July.


Mumbai - Düsseldorf ( 4th July 2013 ) :

A Prompt Transfer service to the airport, a brisk check in and breezy completion of the formalities characterize the service of Emirates on-ground.

I quickly settled into my seat as we waited for pushback :


The Flight to Dubai was a Brand New Boeing 777-300 ER and the control console was a fantastic looking tablet. The Tablet has a plethora of functions from controlling the Personal TV Screen to activating the in-seat massager. Lighting Options and Seating options add other value additions.


ICE - Information, Communication and Entertainment, the award winning Inflight Entertainment of Emirates offering programs for all ages :


Business Class Seats :


The Menu Onboard :


Taxiing to the runway :


Breakfast time! Emirates pampers their Business Class Guests!


Keeping myself entertained during the journey :


Nearing Touchdown at Dubai International Airport :


A Journey of 1948 kms and we have arrived at Dubai!


Dubai International Airport boats of dedicated lounges for its Business and First Class passengers and numerous lounges are spread across the 3 different terminals.


Enroute to the Business Class Lounge :


View from the Lounge :


Shots from the Lounge, Boarding commences from the Lounge itself!


After a restful 3 hours in the Lounge, it was time to board the flight for Düsseldorf.

The 700-300 ER to Düsseldorf was an older aircraft but then this isn't the most frequented sector.


Personal TV Screen :


The Seat Console :


My Seat in Business Class :


Enjoying Apple Juice as I settle into my seat :


Waiting for Pushback :


2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button and his partnership with Tag Heuer.


Takeoff for Düsseldorf!


Some Sprite and Assorted Nuts in the Beverage Service :


The Menu for Lunch!


The Lunch Service Commences :


After a fantastic 3 course meal, I chose to catch up on some sleep and the 3 hour nap was extremely comfortable in the Lie - Flat Bed!


6 Minutes to Touchdown :


Arriving at Düsseldorf. An Amazing City from the Sky :


Emirates Chauffeur Services in Europe are top - notch and I had a BMW M5 waiting for me in the arrivals hall to take me to Cologne!


Enroute to Cologne :

It was a very comfortable and smooth 1st leg of the trip and I was taken care of very well by Emirates!


Düsseldorf - Mumbai ( 13th July 2013 ) :


I always opt for the late evening flight and the return leg was no different.

Emirates never fails to impress me and this time they had a BMW 750 Ld waiting at the hotel to take me to Düsseldorf.


The Exquisite Luxury of the BMW 750 Ld!


Enroute to Düsseldorf, spotted my personal car, the Passat on the Autobahn :


Düsseldorf Airport :


Brilliantly built Airport :


Shots from the Emirates Lounge in Düsseldorf :


A Lavish Buffet spread in the Lounge :


Boarding commenced from the Lounge and I quickly settled into my seat. This time the Boeing 777-300 ER was the new aircraft!


The Sunset nearing at Düsseldorf Airport and we wait for the pushback :


Taxiing to the Runway :


Takeoff Time :


Video Link of the 777-300 Takeoff :


Enroute to Dubai in the setting sun :


The Console for Seat and the Joystick to make calls :


Dinner Service on-board. I had my fill in the Lounge but the spread on-board is too much to resist. Gluttony!


Emirates replicates the Constellations seen in the sky within the plane during a night flight. They leave no stone unturned in ensuring that you sleep under the stars :


A 4 Hour Nap and it was time to land into Dubai. Emirates AV welcoming their guests into Dubai International Airport :


The Business Class Lounge next to the gate :


Buffet Spread for Breakfast :


The Last Leg was in an Airbus A330-200 and this plane seemed to be a generation old.


Pushback :


Takeoff Time :


I chose to sleep the final leg of the trip and returned home after a refreshing trip.

A Big Thank you to Emirates Airline for all the Hospitality showered on me. The Business Class on Emirates Airline is a fantastic product offering but once you have travelled First.. you will forget all else.

The Next Update would feature the First Class Experience to Milan in the month of September ( 2013 ).

God Bless everyone!