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 :
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 :
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!