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

I have never been to the Continent of Africa. I play a lot of Amateur Cricket in Mumbai and our team participated in a Tournament called "Last Man Stands", the prize being a trip to Cape Town to participate in the World Championships in December 2017. We qualified and were invited to be one of the 32 teams playing the Tournament. 

Thankfully Emirates flies to Cape Town. Tickets were booked, the outbound trip on 8th December 2017 and return on 18th December 2017.


Mumbai - Cape Town ( First Class ) ( 8th December 2017 ) :

Beautiful Architecture in the First and Business Class Lounge at Mumbai International Airport :


Enjoying some of the spread on offer :


The Real Deal :


The First Class Suite for the Flight to Dubai :


The Breakfast Menu :


Arabian Coffee and Arabian Dates, a special feature of the First Class onboard Emirates :


Making our way to the Runway :


Takeoff from Mumbai bound for Dubai ( Video Link ) :



Watching Dunkirk on ICE - Emirates Inflight Entertainment System :


Breakfast time, some fruits and poha, a regional dish from Maharashtra :


Hovering above Dubai :


Landing At Dubai International Airport ( Video Link ) :



I chose to have a quick slumber in the Lounge and it was time to start boarding.


The First Class Suite in the Boeing 777-300ER :


Goodies galore :


A Busy Morning at Dubai International :


Ready for Takeoff!


Adios Dubai!


Takeoff from Dubai bound for Cape Town ( Video Link ) :



Somewhere over North Africa. Stunning views!


Lunch menu enroute to Cape Town :


Lunch is served!


Post Lunch, its time for siesta :


Woke up just before we started our descent into Cape Town :


Touchdown Cape Town!


Landing at Cape Town International Airport ( Video Link ) :



Our Ride to our Hotel in Waterfront :


Enroute to our Hotel :


Cape Town - Mumbai ( Business Class ) ( 18th December 2017 ) :

A VW Minivan to the Airport again :


Enroute to the Airport :


The First and Business Class Lounge in Cape Town :


Quick a nice spread in the Lounge :


My Business Class Seat for the Return Journey :


The Menu :


Taxiing to the Runway :


Bye Bye South Africa :( you were Fantastic!


Leaving Cape Town bound for Dubai ( Video Link ) :



Dinner Service!


We were served breakfast just before landing :


Landing at Dubai International Airport ( Video Link ) :



Business Class Seat for the last leg of the Trip :


The Menu :


Taxiing to the Runway :


Bye Bye Dubai :


Takeoff Bound for Mumbai ( Video Link ) :



Up in the Sky :


Just a Dessert for Lunch :


Nearing Touch down in Mumbai


Back home in Mumbai!


Landing at Mumbai International Airport ( Video Link ) :



I had an amazing time in Cape Town and the Journey was as good as the Destination. Well done Emirates! 

Flying Diaries will return later in the year once the European Season kicks off and God willing I can be a guest at a couple of races.

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 - LHR - BOM ( Emirates First ) ( June 2017 )

The ICC Champions Trophy was held in the UK in June 2017. I was blessed with the opportunity of attending 3 games. This would be my first experience of watching a cricket match overseas.
The Match Seats were reserved, flights booked and I was off to London Heathrow with Emirates in First Class.

I chose EK029 this time instead of EK 01. This allowed me more time in the Lounge and I was the only passenger in First Class!


The Outbound Flight was on 6th June and the return on 20th June.


Mumbai - London ( 6th June 2017 ) :

The GVK First and Business Class Lounge :


A-La-Carte dining on offer in the First Class Section :


The Buffet Spread :


Kathi Roll and the Molten Chocolate Cake, an absolute delight!


A Warm Welcome to the A380 Suite :


My Seat for the 3 hour flight to Dubai :


The Breakfast Menu :


Taxiing to the Runway :


Taking off from Mumbai ( Video Link ) :



Emirates' In-Flight Entertainment System - ICE i.e. Information, Communication & Entertainment offers a wide array of options for flyers


A Cappuccino will suffice please!


A Beautiful Sunrise beckons on the Horizon!


Flying into Dubai :


Nearing Touchdown into Dubai :


Landing at Dubai International Airport :



Beautiful morning at Dubai International Airport :


A spacious and relatively empty First Class Lounge in Dubai :