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Emirates A-380--> Sydney-Auckland 3/13

Discussion in 'Trip Experiences' started by Gary737, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. Gary737

    Gary737 Hangar Silver Member II

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    We recently flew from Sydney, Australia over the Tasman Sea (about 1,500 miles) to Auckland, New Zealand on an Emirates A-380.

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    We were seated in seats 50 A & B. I told my wife that we must be near the tail to be in row 50 but in reality, we were only 7 rows back from the cockpit! Rows 1-42 must be upstairs where it is only First and Biz Class. The Cattle Cabin is the entire lower section of the aircraft! I was not able to visit the cockpit, but I did notice that it's so w-i-d-e that each pilot has his own door and must walk up four steps to open the door from the lower cabin!

    On the way to the gate, we spied her!!

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    They used two jetways to board. One upper and one lower. Boarding actually went fairly quickly! As we taxied toward the runway, the large TV screen on the bulkhead of our section has the "Nose Gear Cam" on!

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    Behind that bulkhead is the grand staircase that goes up to the upper section! Is this on an airliner??? Is that a flower vase at the top?

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    I just had to walk to the aft end of the massive airplane and here's the aft staircase!

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    I walked past the staircase to the other side of the plane and came back up the right hand aisle. This "room" to the left is a F/A rest area I think.

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    We got a snack in-flight and the F/As were not only beautiful and without a hair out of place, but they were from nations all around world...... except for any Commonwealth nations or the US. We had some kids in the row in front of us and a F/A came over to give them a small "Emirates" back-pack and then took some instant photos of them and then she placed them into folders and signed it for each of the three kids!

    With a window seat, I told my wife that this was the quietest airliner that I have even flown on. Almost a complete lack of the usual "wind noise" and we were flying pretty fast at Mach .83!

    As we approached AKL, we got a wonderful view of the greater Auckland area. This map shows Auckland as well as where the airport is located. We passed right over the square yellow box, then made some small right turns until we were lined up with RWY 23. We landed to the west.

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    Here's the downtown area and Auckland Harbour. At the top is the "North Shore" with the downtown and residential areas below. There are 26 dormant volcanos in the greater Auckland area!

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    The entrance to Auckland Harbour with the Hauraki Gulf beyond. The island at the top right is the dormant volcano "Rangitoto" or as it's more commonly called, "Rangi". It's nearly 1,000 feet high. The small white things where the road splits in the middle of the photo is the Auckland Outboard Boat Club and those are boats docked there.

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    Looking out towards Coromandel Peninsula. Capt Cook sailed into those waters in the 1770s with his young Navigator, Lt. William Bligh! Yes, THAT Bligh!

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    And more islands of the Hauraki Gulf.

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    As we worked our way onto our final approach to RWY 23 at AKL, we got some good looks at the countryside just south of the greater Auckland area.

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    A few miles later, I took this photo below and if you look carefully in the center and near the top, you see many white buildings. That's "Ardmore Airfield" and it was a training base during WW2 and it now has several businesses located there who's sole mission is to restore old warbirds! A few days after we arrived, I was able to visit there and I even saw a Spitfire come in and land and I took some photos of that beautiful and historic airplane.

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    More of the beautiful countryside!

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    As the gear came down, I switched my TV screen back to the "Nose Gear Cam"! They have a camera also on the tail, looking down on the airplane as well as one that points straight down. Here we are and our Canadian Capt has us well lined up.......

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    He'll be reducing the power back to Idle and raising the nose slightly to break our rate of descent in just a few more seconds for our touchdown. As he slowly lowers the nose gear, he'll be pulling the Thrust Levers/Throttles into the Reverse Thrust position. On the A-380, only the two inboard engines use Reverse Thrust since the outboard engines are near the edges of the runway and could suck in debris and trash an engine! The A-380 has LOTS of wheels and therefore LOTS of brakes!

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    And after deplaning, we headed for NZ Customs...... pausing to say "Goodbye"!

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  2. KennethHolland

    KennethHolland Hangar Silver Member IV Staff Member

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    GREAT trip report Gary! What a plane! Glad you and your wife got to experience it. :)
     
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    Gary737 Hangar Silver Member II

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    Eleven days later, we flew back to Sydney and again, it was a wonderful and very quiet flight with beautiful F/As!
     
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    Jealous! I always thought that Emirates only did non-stop flights, so I wouldn't have expected they'd be flying with an A380 to New Zealand. The cliffs jutting out of the sea make for some great views!
     
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    Edward Jeszka Hangar Gold Member I

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    Awesome report and great pics. How did you get this all in one post? I keep getting an alert that my post exceeds the limits and I am not even posting photos.
     
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    Gary737 Hangar Silver Member II

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    I assume that the flight was to SYD and then continuing on to AKL. We only needed the SYD-ALl leg and that was what my wife booked based on schedule. She took vacation in the middle of a Singapore/Sydney/Hong Kong biz trip and I tagged along. The day before the 380 flight we flew from Singapore to Sydney on a Singapore B-777.
     
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    Gary737 Hangar Silver Member II

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    I have never gotten a warning, but I had to shrink the photos a bit in order to be able to get the cursor/line to drop below the photos...... the I could go back and expand them out a bit.
     
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    I haven't flown on the A380 but my son has on several occasions from (Cyprus to Dubai on a 777-300) then Dubai to Auckland via Sydney. He was upgraded on one occasion from business to first class and told me he actually had a shower on board prior to landing in Sydney. For me the 747 is more aesthetically pleasing on the eye.
     
  9. Shawn White

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    I know there still is a size limit, but the picture limit was extended from 10 to now 20 pictures in one experience I think!:D
     
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    Gary737 Hangar Silver Member II

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    I agree!

    AB uses a highly modified A-300-600 to deliver large sections of their planes to the final assembly point. It's called the Beluga and the idea no doubt came from the old Boeing 377 Super Guppy which AB used to use to haul sections around in.

    Perhaps the Beluga spawned an "idea" of a double decker?

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    I recall the first "Guppy" was the "Pregnant Guppy" followed by the "Super Guppy" and then the Beluga. NASA hauled their oversized space program parts on the first "Guppy". The "Super Guppy" was longer and larger, etc. etc.



    The Aero Spacelines B-377PG Pregnant Guppy was flown to Dryden for tests and evaluation by pilots Joe Vensel and Stan Butchart in October 1962. The outsized cargo aircraft incorporated the wings, engines, lower fuselage and tail from a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser with a huge upper fuselage more than 20 feet in diameter. The modified aircraft was built to transport outsized cargo for NASA's Apollo program, primarily to carry portions of the Saturn 5 rockets from the manufacturer to Cape Canaveral.

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    "In summer 1963, the Pregnant Guppy commenced cargo flights for NASA. Among its early duties was transporting the first and second stages of the Gemini program's Titan II from the Martin Co. in Baltimore, Maryland to Cape Canaveral. As the space program increased through the late 1960s, it became clear that this one aircraft could not carry the whole transport load, and so 25 more Stratocruisers and ex-USAF C-97s were purchased to construct four Super Guppy aircraft, which were even longer and larger than the original.
    The various Guppy aircraft served throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond, initially transporting space components, and later, as NASA scaled down its operations after the success of the Apollo program, transporting airliner sections.[1]
    The Pregnant Guppy was sold to American Jet Industries and registered N126AJ. Leon Yarzab was assigned as its chief mechanic. It was broken up at Van Nuys in 1979."
     
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    I'm sure the Beluga was the model they used for the A-380. Great pics and another reason to snag a window seat! Love those on plane cams big time and the kids LOVE them too! Just as a reference my Mom went with my Aunt and Uncle on a 63 day sail on a Holland America boat that went from San Diego ending in Sydney. The sea between New Zealand and Australia is some of the roughest ocean to sail on. Imagine bypassing all that in a 380! I have to agree with Baddie as the 747 is more pleasing to the eye.
     
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    No doubt they would use the "Beluga" based on an Airbus frame. Not like Boeing, using AN-124 to haul spares. Guess we will just have to scratch our heads on that one.[​IMG]


    The "Super Guppy" :
     
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    Gary737 Hangar Silver Member II

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    And then there was the modified DC-4 known as the Carvair! Turn up the volumn for this nice video!!

     
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    Forgot about this one. Thanks. Great video for us round motor guys. Loved the smoke on engine start.
     
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    HaHa! Never seen an airplane on Viagra before! That one takes the cake and maybe the pie lol.
     
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    There's a 10,000 word limit.
     
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    I wished there was a 10,000 word limit in politics these days!
     
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    Gary - Great review - Loved it!! Please do post pics of the spitfire, and while you are at it we wouldn't mind the good looking FA's either ;)
     
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