Emirates Flights

April 7, 2006 at 4:58 am (Report)

The first flight was from Heathrow to Dubai, and on an Emirates Boeing 777 with the infamous 10-across seating. For a big bloke, the seat width was definitely tight. In this case, though, travelling with a 5-year-old was a plus! We just put the seat arms up, and treated it like a sofa.

On the positive side, the leg-room was fine for a 6’2″ guy. It is supposed to be 34″, and is much better than BA’s euro- traveller. The downside was that my legroom was hit by an equipment box. I could put my feet either side of it, but it really stopped me moving my legs around.

The second flight was an Airbus 340-500 and definitely had wider seats. Some websites show that this plane has a smaller pitch of 32″, but I can say that it felt the same, if not longer. It also felt better when the person in front reclined their seat. On the whole it was much more comfortable, so much so that I didn’t feel that the flight was really 6 hours longer than the first.

The seat-back entertainment system was a definite hit with Samantha -She was as good as gold through both flights, even though she didn’t get as much sleep as we would have liked.

The system only suffered from the problem that, if you’re tall, and the seat in front is reclined, the LCD becomes only partially visible.

As for the airports, Heathrow was as busy as you would expect for a Friday evening, . plus the first day of school holidays. Dubai was a straight-forward international airport . Busy. but coping, and fairly relaxed. When we left at 10 am, it was starting to get warm out on the tarmac.

Melbourne airport was surprisingly well-staffed for 6 A.M. on a Sunday morning. And they still let us in!

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