Stepping off from the London service, I was two-thirds of the way home and ready to connect onto my next leg. EK418 would stop in Bangkok before heading onto Sydney, breaking up the long journey home into smaller stints.
Check-in and luggage allowance:
This first sector appeared to be quite empty, probably around 60% full. After the plane made its transfer in Bangkok loads dropped even further to around 50% of the cabin.
Configured in a 3-4-3 cabin, most passengers had a block of seats to themselves.
Meal and snack service:
Though I haven’t used it myself, the new ICE systems allow passengers to utilise their mobile phones in-flight, and encourages users to turn their phones to silent while doing so.
Even in Economy class, the ICE system features a universal power plug as well as a USB port for mp3 players. Unfortunately for me, my power plug did not appear to be working on this sector,
Making up some time in the air, the plane arrived in Bangkok at the scheduled time of 1810 and was able to quickly enact a transfer. This allowed for a slightly earlier departure than the scheduled 1950 slot, as it pushed back at 1940.
The flight made very good time into Sydney, even a delay by air traffic control which saw the plane directed into a short holding pattern and full gates due to early morning congestion at Sydney Airport, saw the plane slide into the gate only five minutes behind the scheduled time of 0745.
Other:EK418 continues onwards to Christchurch, New Zealand as its final destination.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X