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

I believe I belong to the club of "Self-appointed" Emirates Airlines Ambassadors! July 2012 was the first time I had the opportunity of flying with the airline and as they say..the rest is history. The quality of service has been impeccable, the staff always welcoming and one always yearn for more at the end of each journey. 

Frankfurt was the first destination I flew to with the airline in 2018. I stayed in Mannheim ( since I was attending the F1 German Grand Prix ) for the first leg of the trip and then in Frankfurt.

The First Leg of the Journey was in the Airbus A380 with switching of planes at Dubai. The return leg was an Airbus A380 until Dubai and then the Boeing 777-300ER to Mumbai.


The Outbound journey was on 18th July and return journey on 27th July.


Let us go back in time and refresh our memories!


Mumbai - Frankfurt ( First Class ) ( 18th July 2018 ) :


The Bags ready for the Journey :


My ride to the airport ( Emirates Chauffeur Service ), the Mercedes C Class in its final few months of service with Emirates :


All Airport formalities completed briskly and it was time to enjoy the services on offer in the lounge!

An elaborate menu :


The Lounge!


Time to binge. First Class fliers have the privilege of ordering from an A-La-Carte Menu as well :


Both legs were in the Airbus A380 and this was my First Class Private Suite, so comfortable!


Emirates have revamped the goodies, amenities and accessories on offer. Bowers and Wilkins headphones offer amazing audio quality!


Breakfast menu onboard :


Heading towards the runway for takeoff :


Takeoff Video :



Coffee, Poha and some Idli ( Rice Cakes ) for Breakfast :


The Emblem of Emirates glowing in the First Class Cabin :


Landing into Dubai :


Landing Video :



Dubai International Airport in the early hours of the morning, busy onground and in the terminals :


Security check complete, inter-terminal transfer done and it was time to catch up on some sleep in the lounge :


The First Class Suite on the Airbus A380. So Beautiful!


The Aerobridge withdraws as we get ready for pushback :


The busyness of the Airport in the morning. Emirates flights flying to multiple destinations across the world :


ICE, Emirates in-flight entertainment system offers onboard camera feed on all flights :


Takeoff from Dubai :


Video Link :



The Breakfast and Lunch menu. Dine on demand service offered in First Class :


I was in the mood for an early lunch, placed my order and then decided to head to the Onboard Lounge at the back of Business Class.

Snacks on offer in the Onboard lounge :


Small bites on offer in the Onboard Lounge :


Lunch, Carrot and Ginger Soup, followed by Chicken Cacciatore and Pear and Chocolate Crumble :


Bon Apetit!


I had a good rest and was woken just in time before landing :


Touchdown in Frankfurt ( Video Link ) :



Frankfurt International Airport on a beautiful summer afternoon :


A BMW 730Ld to take me to Mannheim from Frankfurt, Emirates has top class cars for transfers in Europe :



Frankfurt - Mumbai ( First Class ) ( 27th July 2018 )


The Audi A8L to ferry me to the airport! Luxury is an understatement for this car :


Frankfurt Airport is a busy but efficient airport. Check-in, Security and Immigration was a breeze and I had the chance to relax for sometime in the lounge :


Some more stunning shots of the First Class Suite, my seat up until Dubai :


A relatively empty First Class enroute to Dubai, a rare scenario :


The Flight Map being displayed on ICE, Emirates On board Entertainment system :


Preparing for Takeoff :


Takeoff from Frankfurt ( Video Link ) :



Some shots of the Onboard Lounge again :


Ginger Ale and some crisps before the start of Dinner Service :


The Dinner Menu :


Roasted Tomato Soup, Roasted Chicken and Deconstructed Black Forest Cake for Dinner!


A hearty meal and it was time to head to bed. I would eventually be woken 45 minutes before touch down in Dubai. It was a short but very comfortable siesta.


Nearing touchdown at Dubai :


Landing at Dubai ( Video Link ) :



Dubai International Airport :


A couple of shots of the lounge just before leaving for boarding :


The Dubai-Mumbai leg was on a Boeing 777-300ER, frankly speaking I find the First Class Suite in this a bit more comfortable than the one in A380.

My Suite for the last leg of the trip :


The Lunch Service on offer :


Taxiing to the runway :


Up in the air, homebound :


Video of the Takeoff :



Paneer Tikka Masala and Shahi Tukra for Lunch  :


The Dubai Mumbai flight only lasts 2 hours and 50 minutes. A hour of slumber and we were on our final approach into Mumbai.


The Final Approach :


Touchdown Mumbai :


Video Link :



It was a great experience flying with Emirates to Frankfurt! I would like to thank Emirates for their hospitality.

The new Boeing 777-300ER will feature in the next post of the Flying Diaries..so watch this space!

Paddock Club Diaries - 2018 German GP - Day 3

The Big day had arrived. It was the day of the 2018 German Grand Prix. Ferrari had one hand on the winner's trophy after Sebastian Vettel's brilliant pole on Saturday. So did they? Lets relive the day!


The Paddock on a Sunday Morning. The Place is abuzz with activity!


I went for a walk and bumped into some F1 Fraternity!

Pierre Gasly, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :


Alexandre Molina, the man who is a regular feature at the podium ceremonies :


Antonio Giovinazzi, Scuderia Ferrari F1 Reserve Driver :


I headed back to the Paddock Club and was just in time for Maurizio Arrivabene, the Team Principal's interview in the club :


Video Link of the Interview :



A Moment with the man, cordial and friendly as always :


I then ran across to the Club Suite and met Brendan Hartley, the WEC Champion and Toro Rosso F1 Driver!

Brendan Hartley, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :


I got myself some lunch and as I walked back, was shocked to see Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari F1 Club. He had come to see us before the scheduled time.


Video Link of the Interview :



Digging into some food :


I was one of the winners of the Golden Ticket, a Ticket that is placed in some F1 Race Programmes, the ticket enables you to be on the Truck Tour at the same time as the Drivers' Track Parade!


We waited for the truck to arrive and had front row seats as the Drivers headed out for the Track Parade.


Drivers' Track Parade Video Link : 



Still waiting for our truck. The main truck developed a technical snag so had to wait for the back-up :


On our way! The Track is ready for some action!


A special mention to the fans of Max Verstappen ( mainly Dutch ), better known as the Orange Army seated in the "Max Verstappen Stand".


I had the privilege of taking a Friend along on the Truck Tour. Some photos shot from the GoPro with my dear friend Jos Matthews!


The Truck tour ended and I just about had time to take some pictures before the Pit Lane shut for the guests.


The Drivers heading back to the Garage for the final time after bringing their cars on the grid. 


Grid Kids make their way to the front :


National Anthem time :


Getting ready for the Formation lap :


Formation Lap Video Link :



The 5 red lights illuminate and as they go out, the 2018 German Grand Prix is a go!


Race Start Video Link :


Some shots from the Race :



Scuderia Ferrari F1 during the Race :


A light drizzle caused a lot of unrest. Sebastian Vettel crashed into the barriers while leading the race while Lewis Hamilton stormed from P14 to take an unlikely victory. A massive blow to Vettel's title chances.

I got the chance of being at Parc-Ferme below the podium and was able to see the Interviews up close. Lewis Hamilton took victory from Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen. 


Parc Ferme :


Podium Interviews :


The Drivers headed for the Podium and the heavens opened. It was quite a challenge to take photos in the pouring rain but it didn't come off as bad as expected.


Mechanics busy covering the cars as the rain got harder :


Bucketing down!


Drenched :


Some more shots of a rainy evening in Hockenheim :


The Paddock Club was going to shut for the weekend and Ferrari were kind enough to give me Paddock passes for the rest of the evening!


Kimi Raikkonen also sent me a special gift, an autographed mini-helmet! Thank you Iceman!


Photos with the Scuderia Ferrari F1 Club Team! Great hosts!


The Paddock after a race Sunday, tear-down, pack and head out :


Sunday evening is another great time to meet the famous faces from the world of F1.

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


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


Robert Kubica, reserve driver for Williams Martini Racing F1 Team :


Paul Ripke, Photographer for Mercedes AMG 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 :


Bye bye Paddock, see you in Belgium :


Time to head back to Mannheim :


The German Grand Prix was a great experience. Sebastian Vettel's mistake which cost him a certain victory was a sad sight to behold, however a lot of races still remained to turn the tables. Kimi Raikkonen, my favourite stayed consistent as ever and I was happy to be under the podium under the pouring rain and celebrate his P3.


Belgian Grand Prix was the next race that I got a chance of attending. The experience will be documented soon. Once again, thank you to the Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team and the hosts in the Ferrari F1 Club for the all the love and hospitality. Thank you to Edge Global Events for ensuring that nothing was out of order over the weekend. 


Paddock Club Diaries - 2018 German GP - Day 2

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Saturday morning at the 2018 German GP began at 7 in the morning. I got out of my room, rushed to the Elevator and bumped into Bernd Maylander, the Safety Car Driver! 


Soon enough, I hailed a taxi for Hockenheim and I was on my way.

Way to the Circuit :


I was in time for the Saturday Morning Paddock Club Track Truck Tour! Our guides all suited up for a hectic day :


Shots from the Truck Tour :


Some stills with the GoPro Hero 5 Black :


The Truck Tour done, it was still a bit early for the Paddock Club to open and welcome its guests. I chose to stand outside the Paddock Entrance where Mechanics were waiting for the FIA Curfew to be lifted.


Beat Zehnder of Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team ( Kimi's close friend ) :


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 :


Shots from the Pit Lane in the morning :