Warning: Anyone with “socialist” leanings should not read this blog for the next two weeks. We are taking a trip that will make people either jealous or angry. This is not a budget holiday.
So, here we go. It started. We were picked up in a large black Mercedes (S class long version), compliments of Emirates Airline. This is part of the first class ticket. We chose Emirates because the price was about 20% of a Lufthansa ticket (I don’t know how companies can justify paying those prices for their executives) and 40% of a Singapore Airlines ticket. We must fly via Dubai to reach Singapore, but the price makes it worth. And, Emirates first class is reputed to be better than SIA. It goes without saying that it is better than Lufthansa, because Germans would complain about people having so much luxury.
Anyways, the driver was ten minutes late, but I was relaxed. It’s Saturday, and we are flying first class. There will be little traffic and no lines at the airport. The drive was pleasant, because I was not driving and did not have to worry about parking. The drive even wheeled my wife\s suitcase to the check-in desk. I had to manage my own, but have had plenty of practice.
Check-in took literally two minutes. There was no line. But, the plane will be delayed by one hour. Again, I do not care. We have plenty of time in Dubai for the connection, and there is an Emirates lounge. Depending upon the airline, food and drink is plentiful and varied. Champagne is common. I do not usually partake of the feast, because I do not eat or drink on flights. I might make an exception or two on this trip. For those poo souls destined to fly in the North America, travel in other parts of the world is different. Lounge access is part of the deal; one does not need a special membership. Unfortunately, first class passenger share the lounge with business class in Frankfurt. Dubai will be different, but more on that later.
Next report should be from Dubai, where we should arrive about midnight...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.