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The Flying Diaries : BOM - BCN - BOM ( Emirates First ) - Encore!

The "Flying Diaries" return with the trip to Barcelona being the first documented from 2017. The Spanish Grand Prix was held in May and I had the opportunity to fly down and experience the Hospitality of Emirates in the air all over again.

The outbound flight was on 10th May and the Return on 18th May.

Mumbai - Barcelona ( 10th May 2017 ) :

The Stunningly Beautiful Terminal 2, Mumbai :

The First and Business Class Lounge of GVK at Terminal 2. One of the best lounges in the world! A lavish buffet, Complimentary massage services and offering breath taking views of the Planes at Mumbai

I also got the opportunity to meet the Music Maestro A.R. Rahman! Fan Moment!

The First Class Suite to Dubai. Stunning and comfortable as ever!

Arabian Dates and Arabian Coffee for the First Class guests :

Taxiing to the runway :

Takeoff from Mumbai International bound for Dubai ( Video Link ) :

I am not much of a breakfast guy but never shy away from Chocolate Croissants and some Cappuccino!

A Beautiful morning beckons as we fly into Dubai :

Touchdown at Dubai International Airport :

Landing at Dubai International Airport ( Video Link  ) :

The First Class Lounge in Dubai offers boarding from the Lounge itself. There is a separate terminal to cater to Airbus A380s.

A Quick stop in the Lounge and it was time to board the flight for Barcelona!

Goodies galore in the suite. The basket is replenished also.

The Plethora of Emirates Airlines planes at Dubai :

FlyDubai, the low cost option flying out of Dubai and merged with Emirates now :

Taxiing to the Runway :

Up, up and away!! The Burj Khalifa visible in the distance :

Takeoff from Dubai International Airport bound for Barcelona ( Video Link ) :

Breakfast and Lunch menu onboard. Emirates offers "Food on Demand" for First Class passengers.

Lip Smacking Lunch :

A Well Stocked bar in front of First Class :

The Bar and Lounge behind Business Class :

Business Class seats in A380 :

I returned to my seat to find my bed made. Time for a nap along with the Do Not Disturb option!

I was woken up an hour before the flight was due to land for a shower appointment. Yes a shower at 40,000 feet!

I returned from the shower and we had already started our descent into Barcelona :

Touchdown at El Prat International Airport :

Landing at El Prat International Airport in Barcelona ( Video Link ) :

A Mercedes S500 sent to pick me for the drop off at Hilton Diagonal Mar in Barcelona :

Barcelona - Mumbai ( 18th May 2017 )

Emirates sent another S500 for the return pickup! This one came with a Panaromic Sunroof!

Driving to El Prat Airport :
A Quick check in and a brisk completion of all other formalities, it was time to enjoy the facilities the lounge had to offer! The Lounge is multi-airline and I wish they had a better spread on offer.

The First Class seat for the Flight to Dubai :

A Night Flight means an Emirates Night Suit, Amenity Kit, Slippers and Eye Shades are offered as Standard Issue.

Taxiing to the runway :

Takeoff from Barcelona bound for Dubai ( Video Link ) :

Dinner Menu :

Time for a movie while the food is prepared!

Dinner is served!

Well Stocked Bar and Lounge behind Business Class :

A Quick tour of the Shower Suite :

Video Link :

Starting our Descent into Dubai :

Nearing Touchdown :

Welcome to Dubai International Airport :

Landing at Dubai International Airport ( Video Link ) :

The Transit time was short in Dubai and I made a run for my connecting flight to Mumbai

The Final Leg of my Journey was on a Boeing 777-200LR, a flight nearing the end of its stint with Emirates.

First Class Seats, an old configuration this :

The Lunch menu for Dubai Mumbai leg :

Taxiing to the runway. Dubai Airport teeming with flights all around!

Bye Bye Dubai, until we meet again!

Takeoff from Dubai bound for Mumbai International Airport ( Video Link ) :

Lunch on the Final Leg of the Trip :

Nearing touchdown in Mumbai. The Vashi Bridge clearly visible :

Mumbai International Airport :

Landing at Mumbai Airport ( Video Link  ) :


The Return Pickup, the Mercedes C220 again.

Emirates have never faltered in maintaining the standards they have set. Every trip is a memorable one. There is more to come in the "Flying Diaries" - London next!

Apologies for the delayed posts, but then better late than never!

A Gallery of Memories - Part 14

The Latest post in the "Gallery of Memories" comes in from the Legendary Track of Spa Francorchamps in the Ardennes region of Belgium. I got the opportunity of attending the Belgian Grand Prix in the final week of August and it was a great experience!

Once again I had the privilege of meeting celebrities and the tradition began from the day I flew out of Mumbai Airport bound for Brussels International.

A Quick trip down memory lane!

Bollywood Actress Parineeti Chopra :

Bollywood Music Director Anu Malik :

Bollywood Actress & Comedian Sugandha Mishra :

Marc Gene, Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team Development Driver :

Mattia Binotto, Chief Technical Officer of Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team :

Riccardo Adami, Sebastian Vettel's Race Engineer :

Federica Masolin, Sky Sports F1 Italia Hostess :

Jacques Villeneuve, Former F1 Champion and Expert on Sky Sports F1 Italia :

The Jovial trio, Martin Brundle, Damon Hill & Paul Di Resta of Sky Sports F1! Stay blessed guys!

Pat Symonds, Ex Williams and Sky Sports F1 co-presenter :

Mark Webber, Fan moment here with the AussieGrit!

Jock Clear, Scuderia Ferrari F1 team :

Niki Lauda!

The Professor! Alain Prost! What a gentleman!

Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing F1 Team Reserve Driver :

Maurizio Arrivabene, Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team Principal :

Not the selfie I wanted but nonetheless, Kimi Raikkonen!

Gino Rosato, Scuderia Ferrari F1 :

A Moment with Seb's P2 Trophy :

Massimo Rivola, Scuderia Ferrari Academy Supremo :

Giuliano Alesi, Jean Alesi's son & Scuderia Ferrari Academy Driver in GP3 :

Mark Arnall and Kimi's Partner in Ice One Racing ( Motocross ) :

Silvia Hoffer, McLaren F1 Team PR and one of the oldest faces in the paddock :


Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :

Sir Franz Tost, Team Principal, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :

Carlos Sainz, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :

It was a memorable weekend in Spa and I would like to thank Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team for the Hospitality and the graciousness shown to me over the weekend. A big thank you to Edge Global Events for ensuring nothing was out of place and ensuring that I had an enjoyable weekend.

Apologies for the delay, Paddock Club Experiences coming thick and fast!

Paddock Club Diares - 2017 Spanish Grand Prix - Day 3

A glorious Sunday Morning, the weather seemed perfect for a day of Racing. I had a relaxed start to the day and I decided to skip the Paddock Club Truck Tour Opportunity! Need to train myself to be an early riser!

Love the view from my room!

Enroute to the Circuit :

The Paddock on Sunday Morning :

FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race is the second event on Sunday Morning after Race 2 for GP3. Shots from the Starting Grid.

FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race Formation Lap ( Video Link ) :


FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race Start ( Video Link ) :


Shots from the FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race on Sunday :

Safety Car - FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race ( Video Link ) :


Race Restart after Safety Car - FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race ( Video Link ) :

Maurizio Arrivabene visited us in the Ferrari F1 Club to share his expectations before the race. An amazing person! Great to have him as the Team Principal :

I won the Raffles Draw and got a Keyplate autographed by Maurizio Arrivabene! Finally I won in the Raffles!

Maurizio Arrivabene Interview in Ferrari F1 Club ( Video Link ) :

Ferrari preponed the Timing for Sebastian Vettel to visit the Ferrari F1 Club and I missed him! Huge disappointment for me!

Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director comes in for a quick Q&A in the Ferrari F1 Club Suite :

Photos from the Pit Lane Walk on Sunday before the race :

Scuderia Ferrari F1 getting ready :

Photos with the GoPro :

Paddock Club Parking is never short of stunning Ferraris :

Lunch! A Quick bite, hard to eat as the tension rises!

Prepping up for the Grid Presentation :

Pit Lane Open and time for some sighting laps :

Team Personnel make it to the grid :

Celebrities on the Grid :

Drivers being interviewed as they make it to the grid :

Scuderia Ferrari F1 on the Grid :

Its Time to climb into your machines boys!

Counting down the Clock to the Formation Lap :

Team Personnel make a run for the pits as the cars head out for the Formation lap :

Formation Lap, Shot with Sony HX400V ( Video Link ) :

Formation Lap, Shot with Samsung Note 5 ( Video Link ) :

FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting getting ready to switch on the 5 Red Lights :

Cars line up on the grid for the Race Start :

Race Start, Shot with Sony HX400V ( Video Link ) :

Race Start, Shot with Samsung Note 5 ( Video Link ) :

Shots from the Race :