To fly back to Melbourne I took Emirates. It’s been ages since I’ve flown Emirates, but they still run a pretty good airline. I only realised as I booked in that I would be on an A380, my first experience of this behemoth of an aeroplane, so that alone made it all worthwhile.
I think it’s fair to say that this was the best of my journeys for the recent trip. From Auckland to Melbourne took around three and a half hours in comfort with plenty of entertainment and little turbulence despite being warned we’d be experiencing quite a bit. It was all rather exciting!
Firstly, yes the plane is clearly big but from the inside you’re not quite aware of just how big the thing is. Yes, there are staircases to the mythical upper decks, you walk through some pretty special looking business class and the plane seems to go on for a lot further than usual, but still you just feel like you’re on a pretty big jumbo essentially.
Check in at Auckland was very easy and quick, such a contrast from Sydney. The flight actually is Auckland to Melbourne to Dubai, but we obviously were just on the first leg. We paid about $AUD200 per ticket, that’s maybe $US150 (at the time) so really we got a great price. Emirates affords you 23 kg of checked baggage which is also nice (and unneeded in our case) so all in it was the best value flight of the trip too.
It’s a very smooth aircraft, and the legroom was very good for economy. I can’t remember the last flight I took with as much legroom. It left on time, it arrived a little later because we had to circle Melbourne Airport a few times waiting for a slot to land. Exiting the plane was actually pretty quick despite the volume of passengers.
The food was fine too – we had the dinner service. It probably could have been a little better – I had chicken with vegies in a sort of glaze sauce from memory. It wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination though and of course I am kept happy on most flights when I can have a couple of bread rolls with butter! J
Service is always polite and efficient on Emirates, I don’t know what else to tell you. I thoroughly do recommend Emirates for value, service and comfort end of story. In 2015 I flew with Jetstar, Air Asia, Thai Airways, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Emirates, and Emirates is at number one. In fact whilst I’m at it here’s my list for my 2015 flights in preference.
- Air New Zealand
- Qantas = Thai (equal third)
- Air Asia
Please do comment on any of these airlines, and of course, May the Journey Never End!