EK is one of several carriers operating fifth freedom flights on this route - fares also seem to be cheaper than TG and CX. Having tried EK once before (in Y class) on another fifth freedom route (SYD-CHC) I thought I would go with them again. This would be my third flight on an A380 (after QF and LH). I chose seat 11K (window) for the out and inbound segments.
The lounge is ‘open air style’ but you couldn’t hear too much noise from the gate areas below. The food and service were very good and the lounge was a about ˝ full. After a pre-departure meal, it was time to head to the gate.
Boarding was orderly and commenced on time. The J cabin was about a 1/3 full.
After the meal service, I made a trip to the bar area.
Summary and conclusion: Overall an uneventful flight with EK’s very good hard and soft product.