LGW to Dubai. As usual for a day flight I travelled Y on the cheapest available fare.
Check in – no queue at the business/first check in and at 7am the fast track was deserted so I was in the lounge within 10 mins of arriving at the airport.
Lounge – undergoing some refurbishment but good selection of hot and cold food. Toast cooked to order. Good supply of English/Arabic papers and magazines. Left the lounge on the second boarding call and a 5 minute walk to the gate.
Boarding – the plane was fully boarded when lounge passengers arrived. There was however some form of UK Border check taking place. Two people checking passports and three watching. Caused a short delay. Welcomed back by cabin staff and cabin manager introduced herself. Flight left on time.
Seat – I had an emergency exit row. Plenty of leg room but armrests a bit hard.
IFE – remains the best I have come across.
Food – as a GCH my order was collected first to ensure I got my preference. I skipped the main meal (chicken tikka or lamb) but the second snack (sandwiches and scone/jam) was fine. 3 bar services.
Service – usual slightly eclectic service on EK with many different nationalities but quite acceptable. The attendants were taking free Polaroid photos of any kids with parents.
Landing and arrival – arrived on time, through immigration quickly (more immigration desks are staffed these days it seems), priority bags out first and within 30 mins of touchdown I was out of the airport and on my way.