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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.


The bed is made. Time to rest!


Afternoon siesta done and it was time to land into Brussels International Airport :


Video Link :




Mercedes S500 to pick us up at the airport!


Brussels - Mumbai ( Business Class ) ( 29th August 2018 ) :

A Mercedes E250 to ferry us back to the airport :


The Atomium, one of the highlights of Brussels made in Chocolate by Neuhaus :


Not much on offer in the lounge. Passable. Its a common lounge catering to a number of airlines. Hope to Emirates have one of their own soon.


The Seats in Business Class, designed by Mercedes Benz, a bit narrower but equally comfortable :


Takeoff Video :




Whats for dinner?


The Flight Map with Satellite Views :


Live TV, a feature on Emirates Flights :


Crisps and Ginger Ale, Broccoli Soup, Roast Chicken with Pistachio Stuffing and Chocolate Delice for Dessert :


Nearing touchdown at Dubai :


Landing Video Link :




Dubai International Airport :


The Plane is parked a fair distance from the Terminal building so we are picked up by a bus :


Enjoying services of the lounge while we wait for boarding :


Business Class, a slightly older aircraft this :


The lunch menu :


Some shots while taxiing to the Runway :


Up in the air, homebound :


Takeoff Video Link :




Nuts and Ginger Ale followed by Dhingri Paneer Methi Masala and Badami Halwa!


Hovering above Mumbai :


Landing at Mumbai :




Back in the Bay!


I must say that Emirates have a winner with the new Boeing 777-300ER Offering. It simply is a class apart when you compare it to rival airlines on similar sectors. I hope to see the new plane on my other journeys too. Once again, the hospitality onboard Emirates was flawless and being a Gold Member makes the experience even more special.


It isn't just "Fly Better" with Emirates...Its "FLY THE BEST"!


My Business Class Experience to Dubai in November follows shortly...so watch this space!

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 :