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In the sky with Emirates from London to Cebu

Long Flight Test

Economic Class with food, drinks, entertainment and two almost soundless landing

EMIRATES FLIGHT LONDON – CEBU. Before departure Heathrow airport I was mentally prepared to be seated, on the road and in the skies for 15-16 hours. A two-hour break in Dubai came as a welcome time out. And before Emirates brought me all the way to The Philippines I had been through daytime, silent night and another day.


We are familiar with Dubai as the ultimate luxurious destination and the airline Emirates one of the best when it comes to service, style and relaxation. This time, I wanted to put a long-route from London to the city and island of Cebu on a test. At seat 40A in Airbus A380 and seat 45B onboard a Boing 777 – both Economy Class. But I felt all the comfort needed, even the short distance from the extra space and cold champagne served in Business Class.

Screen, TV and Wi-Fi

Onboard a spacious new Airbus fitted with more than 500 seats, the staff seemed jazzed to fly. For a moment I sensed what it must have been like to go back in time when flying was glamorous. We were taken care of a crew of 40 from 28 nations speaking more than 40 languages.

We were very much connected with a screen covering live-tv news, 400 movies, wi-fi access and linked to Emirates´ entertainment system. I could stay connected using SMS and email direct on the screen – and notified when a new email arrives. For me, the best bit was all the information about what to do in Dubai.

Four meals included

Every meal has been planned and prepared with care and we were served two in each leg. Throughout the flight, staff circled the cabin and made a balance between formality and casual friendliness. My best meal was the one served from London to Dubai. The starter was a been salat with vegetables and lemon vinegar Main course was braised beef with vegetables and sliced potatoes and cheese, and very tasty. The chocolate mousse dessert was topped with salted caramel sauce – couldn´t be better. All food and drinks are included.

The main course served after departure London

My night and day activities

The next flight from Dubai to Cebu will give you two hour’s time for shopping at Dubai Duty Free. Or you can shoes a real stop-over in Dubai for no extra cost of your ticket.

Shopping at Dubai airport is a possibility

During my two legs and almost 16 hour in the air from London to Cebu I spent time on this activity: I had 1 beer, 2 red wine, 1 gin and tonic, water, 2 main courses, 2 mini courses, 2 movies, 2-hour listen to audios, 3-hour sleep, 3 toilet breaks and this article written.

The soundless Flight

Before landing in Cebu I listen to an interview with Tim Clark, the CEO of Emirates. He told about the new Boing 777 with longer wings adding the fleet to 500 and reducing emission and fuel. At that time of the journey I realized how my flight had been great fun. Flying new Aircrafts are like experience sound of an almost soundless flight.

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Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya a few years back. Meeting people, local food and engaging stories are my passion. I plan for ambitious once-in-a-lifetime trips. My delight is the prospect of Future Travels: Longer, Slower, Farther! I just want a tiny slice of adventure to be alive, and then excited to return home.


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