Emirates– EK 342– DXB– KUL
Flight time: 10:30– 21:45 (10:37-21:47)
Duration: 7 hours 15 minutes
22nd June 2015
O V E R V I E W :
This sector is part 2 of my return journey back home from the UK for my summer break. Part 1 can be found here. After about 3 hours and 15 minutes in transit, it was time to board the flight to Kuala Lumpur! Having experienced remote bay handling for my inbound flight from Birmingham, I was hoping that I will not have to travel by bus to my aircraft again.
The boarding gate was B3 for my flight to KUL and it was towards the end of the terminal concourse.
Grabbed something to read in-flight from the complimentary reading stand provided by Emirates before boarding call commenced.
Unfortunately, it was another remote bay handling for this flight on Emirates’ B777. Based on feedback from my previous report for Part 1, I got to know that it will most likely be remote bay handling for flights at Dubai with Emirates’ non-A380 aircrafts.
Thankfully I was the first few to board the bus and got myself a seat for the rather uncomfortable journey to the remote stand.
Settled into 47B with aisle access.
Load factor for the flight was around 80% and I was fortunate to have 47A to myself as well. (I was secretly hoping for that upon choosing my seat online) 🙂
Do note that the gap between the seats and the window can be awkward and this only applies to rows towards the rear section of this B777. On the plus side, it can also mean extra storage?
As usual on all EK flights, the menu was given after the hot towels.
Going for choices on the menu for this flight.
Requested for this during boarding and it was given to me before the plane took off. Very useful adapter on the older version of EK’s B777 without USB charging ports.
The usual scene at DXB, lining up for take off.
The mega structure, Burj Khalifa can be seen from a distance during take-off.
6.5 hours to home! Decent seat pitch on the B777-300
Meal service began shortly after take off, as a seafood lover, I went for the cod option and it was superb! The opposite in taste compared to the bland seafood meal I had from BHX to DXB.
Some green tea after the meal whilst making use of the IFE.
Sun setting and I am almost home!
Before that, lets have some cup noodles, only available on flights to/from Asia. Light bites were also offered about 1.5 hours before landing.
Cabin lights dimmed for the final approach into KUL.
Feels great to be back home!
Parked next to QR from Doha and ready to disembark.
Really hope to try this cabin in the future. When will EK upgrade me for free? 😦
For some unknown reasons, the baggage took about 30 minutes to be delivered and even EK’s crew had to wait for their luggage after clearing immigration, which is not the case usually. KUL’s baggage handlers to blame for?
C O N C L U S I O N:
Similar to Part 1, it was again a pleasant flight on Emirates and no let down on the catering from DXB. I am not sure if it applies to every flight into KUL, Emirates place at least one Malaysian crew on board that will make announcements in Bahasa Malaysia, our national language. While it is a nice touch, it is funny that I experienced bad pronunciation on 2 occasions by the Malaysian crew, and that could be an area where EK can work on, as it shows the lack of professionalism of the crew?