I boarded an Emirates Airlines Boeing 777 plane on my way to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was my first time to ride a plane of that size. I became excited at the thought of riding a huge aircraft even if it meant spending 8 hours in the flight.
My Emirates Boeing 777 Experience
Emirates Aircraft Boeing 777 from HK to DXB
During my backpacking adventure, an A320 or an ATR would suffice. But since the plane from Hong Kong to Dubai took longer than 4 hours, a bigger aircraft is truly necessary.
I didn’t know what to expect; so I was wide awake despite not getting much sleep the day before. At the boarding area, I was already taking photos of the Hong Kong airport. I recall the last time I visited this region of China, and the first time I felt when I landed on a foreign country.
at the HK International Airport
Hong Kong is my first destination outside the Philippines that I travelled to. It brings back a memory of excitement because of endless possibilities to wander.
Emirates In-flight Entertainment System
We proceeded to the aircraft and I didn’t realize how big the plane was until I got in. I passed by the Business Class area and took a photo of one of the seats so I could compare it with the economy class. Here, you have a cubicle all to yourself. You can put your feet up and sleep on a chair that can be converted to a bed. I wonder what the First Class seats look like.
business class seat
I was happy to see that even from an Economy class ticket, I had ample space to stretch. I also had my own multimedia screen where I could watch TV shows and movies, listen to music and play games.
economy class seat
It wasn’t a full flight, so other passengers transferred to seats that were vacant when the plane was ready for takeoff. I was too busy checking the channels from my entertainment system and I was contented with my window seat.
After takeoff, the Emirates flight attendants served refreshments with a biscuit and I was already happy even if it was merely a snack. I was also given a small wet towel to wipe my hands with them.
stewards serving refreshments
I travel on a budget. Even during plane trips, I make sure to get cheap flights, with no baggage allowance or extra add-ons.
I bring my own snacks on the plane so I won’t have to buy from a stewardess serving items. This time was different. I had my own food and beverage, a complete meal served. Of course, this was already included in the plane fare. Still, it’s something new to me and I gladly accepted whatever the aircraft crew served.
They served dinner on a tray. The destination of origin was Hong Kong which is why their dishes are also Asian-inspired. The food was just alright. I loved the vegetables.
my meal – chicken with veggies and some side dishes
Coming from long bus rides where I just sleep through an 18-hour land trip, or play “Snake” from my old Nokia GSM phone to kill time, the amenities of the Emirates aircraft was more than enough to keep me busy. The 8-hour flight didn’t even feel long.
So many choices for entertainment
Classic and current movies, updated music albums, TV show series, concerts, etc.
I heard in other aircrafts, they have Wi-Fi installed. So you can go online even during a flight!
They switched the lights off since it was also dark and the ceiling had what looked like stars to give the notion as if we were on earth. A creative lighting system if I might say so. All the time I was busy scanning through movie titles and TV shows of which there were lots! I actually slept a little in the entire flight.
creative lighting system
Arriving in Dubai
I arrived in Dubai, UAE; finally! When I stepped inside the Dubai Terminal, it felt all new. Ceilings were very tall and the architecture was different. We passed by the immigration counter and headed to get another meal in one of the food shops in the airport terminal.
landing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
I checked the time and it was about 11pm. I realized that I have switched to a different timezone.
JET LAG JOKE
A funny thought: During my first trip abroad, from Cebu to Hong Kong, I joked that I had jetlag. That flight was only about 3 hours away and I had the balls to brag that I was not feeling well because my body was tired from jet lag.
To which my colleagues explained to me that jet lags happen when there is a change in time zones. They just sneered cause I wasn’t using the term properly. To think that I even adjusted my watch when it was not necessary since HK and the Philippines is just near. Feeling kasi. lol
inside the terminal 3
Anyway, it was unusual that I didn’t have one (jet lag) during this trip from Hong Kong to Dubai. Probably because I was too excited with the thought that I was going to cross another country that I didn’t know that I could do so.
Burj Al Arab
Arriving in Dubai made me contemplate on how my trips have evolved. How great is the feeling to travel my country & Southeast Asia, and now to a new location. I still get those jitters when I step on an airport for the first time as I am not sure if I’m capable of doing so in the first place.
The first step is always a critical moment. Still I am truly thankful to have had this chance to travel.
Check out my other Dubai articles here:
- Dubai Hatta Mountain Safari Tour Highlights
- My Dubai Desert Safari Adventure Experience
- First Time to Ride an Emirates Boeing 777 Plane
- Now Blogging in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Dubai, UAE: Driving a Desert Buggy in Lahbab, Sharjah
- Dubai, UAE: Swimming in Wadi Al Qahfi
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soloflightEd.com is a travel blog by Edcel Suyo. He enjoys performing headstands and crazy stunts during his trips in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Now based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and working to earn a living, he takes time to enjoy the city and travel during weekends.
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