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Emirates: My 50th Airline, to Europe and back

 
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ameya
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:25 pm    Post subject: Emirates: My 50th Airline, to Europe and back Reply with quote

Emirates: My 50th Airline, to Europe and back

Friends, fellow avgeeks and social media expressed equal surprise and amusement when I said Emirates will be my 50th airline. To have traveled 49 and not flown Emirates or been to Dubai was a surprise for all.

When this trip was being planned, I had in mind to fly Ukraine International Airlines from Delhi, visit Kiev for two days before heading to Madrid – where I was to attend the graduation ceremony of my younger brother.

As things played out in Ukraine and the airspace closure by Pakistan – led to re-thinking of the plan and looking for other options. With a plan finalized to visit Croatia as well, we had to look for options which gave us good connections both ways, and the search ended with Emirates – the airline becoming by 50th airline!

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The booking was done by a friendly travel agent, who also handled the visa part. We were stamped with a multi entry Schengen which took care of travel in Croatia and Montenegro. The trip involved four flights with Emirates, and one on Croatia Airlines – ticketed by Emirates. None of the flights were on the flagship A380.

Leading up to the day of departure, I used the efficient Emirates website to register for its FFP, explore meal options and block meals. I was amazed by the feature where the airline gives out the meal options for the flight, making it very easy to select meal preference.

An email had landed in my inbox to inform that check-in was open. I promptly checked-in which again was an easy affair.

Full text and pictures on the link..
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How come SumantraJi hasn’t replied yet Question Question Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iflytb20 wrote:
How come SumantraJi hasn’t replied yet Question Question Very Happy

Ha Captain...here he is.
Nice short report, Ameya Sir!
It is nice that you have kept a count of the airlines you have flown. This is an impressive number, by all means. I like the new red-and green summary of points liked, and disliked.
The food: it is nice to see another airline get the difficult phirnI right, apart from Air India, which absolutely excels at the dish.
I missed your meal+snack descriptions for the second leg!
The return leg looks even more compressed in terms of the material, more so, the food! I do hope that you find time to revisit this, and add to your nice notes.
Thank you! Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
iflytb20 wrote:
How come SumantraJi hasn’t replied yet Question Question Very Happy

Ha Captain...here he is.
Nice short report, Ameya Sir!
It is nice that you have kept a count of the airlines you have flown. This is an impressive number, by all means. I like the new red-and green summary of points liked, and disliked.
The food: it is nice to see another airline get the difficult phirnI right, apart from Air India, which absolutely excels at the dish.
I missed your meal+snack descriptions for the second leg!
The return leg looks even more compressed in terms of the material, more so, the food! I do hope that you find time to revisit this, and add to your nice notes.
Thank you! Sumantra.


Thank you sir for the critical comments - on food Smile

I tried to keep the length in limits and the food on return leg was so tasty, I forgot to click pictures !
Noticeable difference in the service for onward and return journey - making it clear how important a role the crew plays!
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