Morning all While it's fresh in my head I'd like to share my thoughts on the above. The trip includes what is at the time of writing the second longest scheduled flight sector, DXB-AKL. I'll try and break up my comments between sector and airport. MAN I can see why the TP is so overdue. T1 is no longer fit for purpose, and pier B is obviously patched up for use by the A380 by default. The security checks were fine, and extremely thorough. I find this reassuring. The shops in the terminal are okay, but the critical mass and space in the new T2 should mean that a step change in offer/quality is possible moving forward. Restaurants were also disappointing. The selection is limited, the terminal is crowded and that which is there is Under staffed and poor service. I think this is another area where MAN can aim for a step change. As noted above, pier B and the loading of the aircraft was obviously designed as a temporary measure. The TP should improve this, but I'm yet to see a truly great way of loading an A380. That are so big! MAN-DXB (EK020) This was on a nigh on brand new A380, delivered in September 2017. The aircraft gets its knocks in avgeek land, but it is a superb aircraft. Very spacious, and almost completely silent on takeoff. Extraordinary. The flight was smoot, only issue being the long weekend crowd to Dubai who made the most of the booze. This aircraft has live sport broadcast, and BBC world service news (amongst others). I'd not seen this before, and it is very impressive. Food and drink is fine, nothing special, but in Economy I don't think you can expect miracles. I'd not flown emirates before, and I was impressed overall. DXB I don't like DXB! The aircraft was parked on a remote stand and we were bussed into the terminal after going on a tour of the perimiter of the airfield. For full disclosure, I'm used to SIN and quite frankly DXB is an unfair comparison. Architecturally DXB looks good, but the concourse is packed and doesn't really offer anything above and beyond MAN (which I think is average). It badly needs expansion and improvement. DXB-AKL (EK448) This is a long flight. The aircraft was slightly older, and the hard product (seat, screen etc) was noticeably worn. The IFE packed up just before AKL, which would have been frustrating earlier in the flight. As above, the A380 is a remarkable aircraft. It would be tough to imagine such a flight even on a 787 or 350. The space makes a huge difference. EK service generally good, the upside of such a long flight is less of the drinking crowd, this flight is long enough to get a hangover on. AKL Quick word on AKL, we got out of the airport in decent time and it went smoothly. They hace tight bio laws in NZ and this added 20-25 mins to the processing. The airport is being improved at the moment, mostly to cope with the 4x EK A380 that end up their each day (one direct from DXB, others via BNE, SYD and MEL) so I'd expect a better experience and more speed next time around.