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Trip Report My first trip with Emirates - and first trip on A380

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In the beginning of 2009 I came across a good offer on Emirates Airlines to Asia and as a colleague and I was going there, we decided to go for it. The price was £1350 per person for a round trip from London to Bangkok and in addition to this I bought tickets from Stavanger to London and Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur.

So on March 26th 2009 we took the bus to Sola airport to take the flight to London Heathrow.
Our flight SK4627 was supposed to take off at 5.50 PM but after we went through security, there was a power failure at the airport and that lead to some problems. But it “only” lasted for 30 minutes and we used the opportunity to enjoy a glass of beer and something to eat.
http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss143/gardkarlsen/Asia%202009%20down/warm_up_Sola.jpg

When boarding we were in the front and eager to get in. And soon they started letting people go through but the walkway to the plane was still blocked near the plane as they were not finished getting the plane ready. So we had to stand there for 5 to 10 minutes and that was not very pleasant as I only wore a thin shirt (and it was still a cold spring day in Norway). So I was pretty frozen when we finally got onboard and I had to grab a blanket on the way to my seat. Due to a slot time in London, the passenger were instructed to find their seats as fast as possible. I have never seen a Boeing 737 be filled this fast. We did take off on time and hence we got to London on schedule.
http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss143/gardkarlsen/Asia%202009%20down/SAS_flight_to_London.jpg

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss143/gardkarlsen/Asia%202009%20down/View_on_flight_to_LHR.jpg

We had economy tickets and that means that you have to buy food and drinks on board. Normally I don’t buy stuff on board but this time I went for coffee and Baileys to warm up. After we arrived in London we had to freeze again – after we got our luggage we went to the Hoppa bus service to take a shuttle bus to the hotel but we had to wait awhile before the bus came. We did try the taxi service by the way and we were turned down and they asked us to go for the Hoppa service. I guess they didn’t want to just take a short trip.
http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss143/gardkarlsen/Asia%202009%20down/London_by_night.jpg

But our shuttle bus H3 finally came when we took it to our hotel Sheraton Skyline for £4 each. Check in was fast and we just had dinner at the Al Dente Italian restaurant at the hotel. What I remember best from my previous stay at the hotel was the comfortable bed and it still was. The lounge at the hotel was small but cosy. The breakfast selection in the lounge was not over the top in any way but more than enough. There was also a very good view of one of the runways at Heathrow from the lounge in the hotel – pure heaven if you are into plane spotting :-)
http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss143/gardkarlsen/Asia%202009%20down/View_from_Sheraton_Skyline_Heathrow.jpg

On March 27 it was time to start the “Emirates experience”. We took a hotel taxi to the airport (£10 to terminal 1 and £12 to terminal 3) and we came early as we didn’t really have anything else to do. When you drive in towards the airport you pass a big model of Emirates Airlines A380.
http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss143/gardkarlsen/Asia%202009%20down/Fly_Emirates_A380_Heathrow.jpg

But at check in we got some bad news…our flight had been delayed so we would not be able to catch our next flight from Dubai to Bangkok…but we had been rescheduled to a new flight from Dubai to Bangkok about 6 hours later on.
http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss143/gardkarlsen/Asia%202009%20down/Emirates_check_in_LHR.jpg

So we just went to the Emirates lounge in Heathrow terminal 3 – we were a bit surprised with the anonymous lounge entrance but it turned out that it was just the lobby. The rest of the lounge was located on a floor above. We found some nice chairs and at 11 am lunch was brought out. They brought out dish after dish and as you can see in the photos and video there was lots to choose from. It seems like Singapore Airlines uses a gate near by as we saw one of their A380 being pushed from the gate right next to where we were seated. We tried some of the food (of course) and also tried some of the drinks they had to offer.
http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss143/gardkarlsen/Asia%202009%20down/Singapore_A380_and_MAS_747.jpg

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss143/gardkarlsen/Asia%202009%20down/Emirates_lounge_entrance_LHR.jpg

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss143/gardkarlsen/Asia%202009%20down/Full_lenght_of_Emirates_lounge_LHR.jpg

To be continued...

Regards
Gard
http://gardkarlsen.com - trip reports and pictures

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