Globally recognized for being one of the leaders in the aviation industry, the multiple award-winning Emirates is certainly the airline of choice for most travelers traveling on transcontinental flights.
Competitive. Straight from their website, a ballpark figure for a return ticket on this sector normally starts at MYR3500. Members of their frequent flyer program, Skywards, could sometimes get away with better deals.
Checking in would normally be snappy at Emirates’ counters in Kuala Lumpur International Airport as there are several open to ensure smooth operation. For smart travelers, you can take advantage of the self check-in kiosks for a smoother process.
While checking in would normally be a brisk, going through the immigrations might take a little more time. During peak hours, expect to be in line for a good 15 minutes before you are through.
Once you are cleared to go at the security checkpoint, take the aerotrain from the main terminal building to Satellite Terminal A, where your departure gate is located.
THREE: AIRCRAFT TYPES
Emirates configured both types of aircraft in a 3-4-3 layout in its economy class with the Boeing’s seats tapering to 2-4-2 on the last 4 rows. While it is not the most generous layout in terms of space as compared to other airlines’ typical 3-3-3 on their Boeing 777s, it is slightly more comfortable on the wider A380.
Seated at seat 88A on the A380, I almost had the entire tail section all to myself as only 7 out of 80 seats were filled for the evening flight. On the contrary, I could hardly find any vacant seat each time I take the red eye flights onboard both triple seven variants used to serve this sector.
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FOUR: IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
For movie lovers, Emirates’ notable in-flight entertainment system, ICE, would definitely be a treat in the sky for you as it offers and often updated with the latest movies and music. If you are not sleeping in the journey, the wide selection of genres in the IFE will surely keep you entertained throughout the 6 hours, 50 minutes flight.
On top of the sufficient flight information communicated from the flight deck, using the touch screen you can easily navigate yourself around the system to keep yourself updated to-the-minute about the flight while having the option to enjoy great views from the aircraft mounted cameras.
Although having airline food isn’t all that great, it is something I always look forward to. For supper on the Boeing, it was rather simple with beef sandwich offered as the mains and chocolate and banana gateau for dessert plus biscuits for small bites.
Dinner on the Airbus, on the other hand, was more filling and out of the award-winning cuisines offered on the menu, this is what I had:
Appetizer: Mixed salad with chicken salsa.
Mains: Sea perch in dill cream sauce.
Dessert: Chocolate mousse served with vanilla sauce + cheese and biscuits.
Savory Snack: Cajun chicken mayonnaise + mixed fruit cake.
If that’s still not enough, instant cup noodles are also available upon request; and if you are nice to the flight attendants, they might just give you extra food or fruits, if asked for, provided that they don’t run out of stock. For the record, all meals served in this sector are halal.
To compliment my meals, I would typically have juices and tea while some the other passengers indulge themselves in wines, spirits, beers and also liqueurs.
Flying with the super jumbo means you would arrive at the purpose built Emirates A380 Hub where you can later seamlessly move around to other gates, if you are catching another flight, via the underground train.
The Boeing, contrarily, although by default should arrive at Terminal 3, is sometimes parked at a remote parking bay hundreds of meters away from the terminal. In this instance, buses would be deployed to shuttle you from the aircraft all the way to the terminal building.
At a glance, Dubai International Airport is one that doesn’t sleep and has more people than your average shopping malls. Known for being the quietest airport in the world with their minimal airport announcements, the constantly packed airport is also a shopping heaven for some travelers.
SEVEN: AMENITY KITS
The airline’s thin pillows and blankets are nothing much to shout about, at least in the economy class. Their amenity kit, however, is not bad. Unlike some other airliners, which would normally include a pair of socks in their kits, this Dubai-based airline packed their complimentary brown pouches with a pair of toothbrush and a tiny tube of toothpaste as well as a sleeping mask.
Overall, flying with Emirates has always been pleasant. From the first moments you step onboard to their last goodbyes, the skillfully trained and highly experienced multinational crew members have never failed to display outstanding services that clearly separates them from the rest.