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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 :


An elegant First Class Suite enroute to London. I was the only flyer in First Class!


Goodies Basket, Arabian Coffee and Dates to start the journey with!


Taxiing to the Runway :


Takeoff!


Taking off from Dubai bound for Heathrow ( Video Link ) :



The Menu for the journey!


Lunch Service!


A Well Stocked Bar in the First Class Section :


The Emirates Insignia proudly displayed onboard


An Empty First Class :


A Quick tour of the First Class Suite ( Part 1 ) :



A Tour of the First Class Suite ( Part 2 ) :



After a hearty lunch, I decided to head down to the Business Class Lounge.

Some shots of the Lounge Seating Area, offering some stunning views of the sky.


Shots of the Lounge bar :


Business Class seats, 76 in all :


I returned to my seat and my Bed was set! It was time for a siesta before going in for a shower before landing into Heathrow :


Some Shots of the Shower Suite offered onboard, yes a shower at 40,000 feet!


A refreshing shower and we were nearing our destination :


Hovering over London :


Heathrow Airport!


Landing at Heathrow International Airport ( Video Link ) :



Heathrow the busiest airport in the world catering to numerous airlines!


Well hello Emirates!


A Mercedes Benz S500 to ferry me to my friend's home!


Enroute to Stanmore :



London - Mumbai ( 20th June 2017 ) :


The Return pickup too was in an elegant Mercedes S500 :


Driving to Heathrow :


A Brisk Check-in, Fast Track Security Check and Immigration and it was time to unwind in the Lounge :



The Spread :


Some views from the Lounge :


Heathrow is one of the few airports ( other than Dubai ) that offers boarding from the Lounge :

Shots of the First Class Suite :

Making our way to the runway :

Bye Bye London...until next time :


Takeoff from Heathrow International Airport ( Video Link ) :




The Dinner Menu to Dubai :

Mocktail, Nuts and Crisps kick off the Dinner Service!

Hors D'oeuvres, Light Bites and some catching up in the Business Class Lounge onboard A380 :

The Bed set for the Night.

As always, the Flight Steward woke me up an hour before the flight landed to enjoy the Shower Service on-board :


A Tour of the Shower Suite ( Video Link ) :




Descending into Dubai :


Dubai International Airport :


Landing at Dubai International Airport ( Video Link ) :




The First Class Lounge, oozing class as always :


The Boarding was offered from the Lounge and I soon settled into my First Class Suite :


Taxiing to the Runway :


The Final leg of the trip begins :


Takeoff from Dubai bound for Mumbai ( Video Link ) :




The Lunch Menu :


Lunch Service. Quite a good meal :


Nearing Touchdown in Mumbai :


Mumbai!


Landing in Mumbai ( Video Link ) :




Once Again, Thank you Emirates for memorable Flights!

The buck doesn't stop here! Trips to Brussels and Cape Town to follow shortly!

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

2015 featured 2 Business Class trips to Austria and Belgium. I had plans of attending a match at Old Trafford to see Manchester United play. My last visit was in November 2012 and when the opportunity came knocking, I took it with both hands.

I flew to London Heathrow ( just like 2012 ), taking the early morning flight out of Mumbai. My family friend in the UK was more than glad to have me over and was also accompanying me to the game at Manchester.


The Outbound Flight was on 19th January 2016 and the return on 29th January 2016.


Mumbai - London ( 19th January 2016 ) :

My Ride to the Airport, the Mercedes C220 :


Quick check-in, not so quick Security Check and Immigration ( never seen so much rush in the Fast Track, excruciatingly slow ) and I was at the GVK First Class Lounge. The First Class Lounge offers a complimentary Massage and has a separate seating area with A la-carte menu.


Shots from the Lounge :


After a quick nap, it was time to board the early morning flight. The Airbus A380 boasts First Class Suites and it is such a pleasurable experience. The Traditional Welcome includes Dates and Arabian Coffee :


Breakfast Menu :


Video Link for the Emirates A380 Takeoff from Mumbai International Airport :


Breakfast service commences :


Shots of the Business Class Lounge :


Dubai International Airport :


Video Link for the A380 Landing at Dubai International Airport :


A Quick Security Check and I was at the First Class Lounge :


The Boarding Commenced from the Lounge and it was so nice to be in the FIrst Class Suite of the A380 again!


Taxiing to the Runway :


Video Link for the Takeoff from Dubai International Airport :


The Breakfast, Lunch and everything in between Menus :D


Amazing Lunch Spread onboard :


The Unused but Small Lounge in front of the First Class. The Business Class Lounge is the USP in the A380.


76 Business Class Seats :


The Business Class Lounge :


I roamed the Upper Deck for sometime and returned to find my bed ready for a quick nap!


One Hour before the Flight landed into London, I was awakened by the Stewardess for my On-Board Shower Appointment! A Shower 40000 feet in the Sky!


Video Link of a Quick Tour of the Emirates A380 First Class Onboard Shower :


Refreshed and ready for arrival, I was served some fruits and tea before landing. Now that is Service!


Nearing Touchdown at Heathrow :


Video Link for the A380 Landing at Heathrow International Airport, London :


Touchdown :


Heathrow is the Busiest Airport in the world and these photos prove it :


Fast Track Service at Heathrow is brilliant and all formalities were completed in less than 20 minutes. I then walked into the Emirates Arrivals Lounge for my Chauffeur service.

The Mercedes S Class. Pampered! Business Class passengers get chauffeured in an E Class.


Enroute to my Friend's Place.




London - Mumbai ( 29th January 2016 ) :

A memorable trip came to an end and it was time for the return journey. Once again I had the luxury of the S Class to shuttle me to the Airport :


Amazingly, Heathrow wasn't crowded the way it was in 2012. Fast Track ensured brisk movement and I was in the Departures' Hall in no time :


The Emirates Lounge is quite a walk and the Lounge does have the option of Boarding from the Lounge. However our flight would follow the standard single gate boarding procedure.


Shots of the Lounge :


One thing is certain, when flying in premium classes, you are never famished! Lip Smacking Spread :


I boarded the last flight out of Heathrow, I think its termed as the "Red Eye" Flight since it lands at Dubai in the morning. The First Class Suites number 14 onboard the A380.