LHR-DXB-SIN

Old Dec 14, 15, 12:32 pm
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LHR-DXB-SIN

My wife and I have 'splashed' out on EK business seats on A80 from LHR to SIN, via DXB.

We have no experience of such long flights and wonder how best to deal with sleeping, etc. I thought I would enjoy the champagne on the LHR to DXB leg, get some exercise at DXB, then tery and sleep on the 2nd leg.

How do you regulars deal with these long flights?
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Old Dec 14, 15, 1:06 pm
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Probably too late, but taking a short stopover would be best. Then you can then do day flights all the way
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Old Dec 14, 15, 7:56 pm
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Originally Posted by botham View Post
My wife and I have 'splashed' out on EK business seats on A80 from LHR to SIN, via DXB.

We have no experience of such long flights and wonder how best to deal with sleeping, etc. I thought I would enjoy the champagne on the LHR to DXB leg, get some exercise at DXB, then tery and sleep on the 2nd leg.

How do you regulars deal with these long flights?
I drink through

In all seriousness two flights of similar length are fine - I'm good up to 7/8 hours.
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Old Dec 14, 15, 10:22 pm
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The official advice is to set your watch to your destination time as you set off, then plan your timetable accordingly. In reality it usually works out differently. I would say do as your body tells you. If you're tired, sleep. If not, there is a bar on the A380 where you can socialise, stretch your legs etc. After flying to Australia from UK many times ( in economy) and dreading the flight every time, we also have splashed out and booked business class in Jan, spending the kids inheritance ��This time we are actually looking forward to it ( but may think differently when we get there after 24 hr flight). Mostly, I would say, just relax & enjoy yourselves.
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Old Dec 14, 15, 11:13 pm
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Thanks for the replies. After flying Y for many years, it's certainly mostly a pleasure in J and far less stressful pre-flight, worrying about legroom etc.

Considering a sleeping pill for DXB-SIN.
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Old Dec 15, 15, 5:41 am
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did this flight last year - albeit 777 from GLA-DXB first then 380 DXB-SIN.
I did exactly as you are proposing - although a quick nightcap at the bar on board was very beneficial !
enjoy
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Old Dec 15, 15, 10:57 am
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As #2 says-two day flights is the way to go.
We are doing such that this week, arriving in DXB at 21.00hours supper in the Lounge then overnight airside hotel (booked early at UAED420) then an easy day flight next morning-loads of opportunity for fizz.
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Old Dec 15, 15, 11:00 am
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Originally Posted by Silverswimmer View Post
As #2 says-two day flights is the way to go.
We are doing such that this week, arriving in DXB at 21.00hours supper in the Lounge then overnight airside hotel (booked early at UAED420) then an easy day flight next morning-loads of opportunity for fizz.
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Why have dinner in the lounge? Get out into dubai the weather is amazing and there are so many amazing places to eat other than the airport lounge!!!
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Old Dec 15, 15, 11:53 am
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Originally Posted by m3red View Post
I drink through
This is always my plan of attack. I'm always a bit gutted when I have to drive on arrival

[Therefore I dont drink - just to be clear]
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Old Dec 15, 15, 12:39 pm
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Originally Posted by m3red View Post
Why have dinner in the lounge? Get out into dubai the weather is amazing and there are so many amazing places to eat other than the airport lounge!!!
^^

That said, baggage reclaim was poor yesterday - 45 minutes for my bag to arrive in the middle of the Y bags. Usually I wouldn't care, but I missed at least 75 minutes of drinking and feasting
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Old Dec 15, 15, 1:38 pm
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LHR-DXB-SIN is not so long route, especially in J. I'm life-long Y-er but can handle such routes with no major problems. My rule is to find such schedule to arrive in late afternoon/evening and go to sleep. I then start the new day per local time. I don't think long layover is beneficial as it only prolongs the travel time.
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Old Dec 15, 15, 2:20 pm
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Originally Posted by eternaltransit View Post
^^

That said, baggage reclaim was poor yesterday - 45 minutes for my bag to arrive in the middle of the Y bags.
Do I take that to mean that J bags are normally unloaded before Y bags?
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Old Dec 15, 15, 2:42 pm
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Do I take that to mean that J bags are normally unloaded before Y bags?
They are normally unloaded first. When you check them in the staff should label them as priority baggage so that they can be identified by the staff handling luggage. It doesn't always work, though. On one occasion on a flight from Brisbane to Singapore, my wife's bag did not appear - it had been sorted with bags going on to Dubai. Fortunately the EK staff were able to get it off the lane before it departed to Dubai. Priority is no guarantee of delivery, or even of prompt delivery. It is good when it works, though.
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Old Dec 15, 15, 3:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Katykat View Post
Do I take that to mean that J bags are normally unloaded before Y bags?
If an IO is onboard, receiving GHA will receive a request email upon the departure of the aircraft for it to unload, on arrival, the baggage of the IO first and will be told in which container (ULD) it is located.

Then F class ULD(s) will be unloaded (which should include any Platinum Card Holder baggage travelling in J or Y too).

Then J class ULDs (which should include any Gold Card Holder baggage travelling in Y too).

Finally Y...................
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Old Dec 15, 15, 3:13 pm
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Why have dinner in the lounge? Get out into dubai the weather is amazing and there are so many amazing places to eat other than the airport lounge!!!
I'd be in Sukhothai about 45 minutes after landing...

Which may be the case very soon if tomorrow's call goes well!
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