Monday, August 11, 2008

The Long (and delayed) Road Home


Sadly, I must complain about Emirates Airlines. My flight home started last Wednesday, August 6 aboard Emirates 856. As we were rolling down the runway at Kuwait International Airport, our plane - a Boeing 777-200 LR - came to a screeching halt. Two fire trucks rolled up and deployed their fire hoses. No word on what happened (Emirates only said it was a 'technical problem') but all of us passengers were eventually ushered off the plane and into the Pearl Lounge where we sat from about 11 am until about 4 pm. Finally, Emirates flew another jet to Kuwait to pick us up and fly us to Dubai where we arrived about 8 hours late!! Fortunately, my connection wasn't until the following morning so I only missed having a pleasant afternnon in Dubai to shop. Unfortunately, most of my fellow passengers missed their connections to Europe/Asia and had to make other arrangements.
I arrived at my hotel - The Intercontinental Hotel - Festival City. I only had time to unpack and go to bed. I got up the followng morning, Aug. 7, at 5:30 am, headed over to the Dubai Airport (the lower photo of the above two photos attempts to show just how crowded the Dubai airport is at such an early hour) and I boarded Emirates 211 at 8:30 am. Thankfully my flight home took off ON TIME at about 9:30 am Dubai time and landed in Houston a few minutes early at 4:00 pm Houston time. The next time I go over to Kuwait I am thinking of flyng KLM!

9 comments:

Morgan the (Almost) Muse said...

I know the feeling, once I was flying out east, and my plane had to land (unscheduled) in Baltimore, and we were there for 11 hours. It really stunk, since I know nobody withing five hundred miles of Maryland.

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Judy said...

sigh... jet 'snags'

XOemo_nerd_boyOX said...

Lol. I have experianced that in a sort of different way, mines was due to communication errors, the lady in Honk Kong failed to tell me and ny sister we need H.K dollors and not American dollors. Bet we told her supervisior lol.

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