The chance came up to fly in Emirates’ A380s to Sydney for a pittance and I grabbed it. Although, my initial enthusiasm was curtailed somewhat by media reports of a ‘dossier of discomfort‘ which outlined various technical gripes EK detailed to Airbus about the Whalejet. Still, fears of singed wiring were put aside and against my normal preferences, I chose window seats on both sectors for the view and to take pictures. What amazed me most of all was the takeoff noise, or rather lack of it. The fierce straining growl of the engines is not heard here, it is more like a rushing sound of wind. So you may have to be a bit careful with your conversations ! Climb to 40,000 was quick for a such a huge aircraft. Apart from a bit of buffeting at about 24,000 on the descent, it was very pleasant although both landings were quite heavy affairs. And you have the option of watching it all from either the forward camera or the tail camera – for airplane techno-geek-junkies like me, it’s a godsend. Why bother with the movies when you can listen to your favourite music and observe the flight at the same time ? It is really good in Economy (although, I would say that I deliberately chose seats up the front section – Zone C). There’s more headroom, the seats are pitched a bit wider for everyone, the entertainment system is just as good (only difference is a smaller screen) and the food is pretty good as well. I’d be quite happy flying to and from Sydney if I could choose my seats in that area. No other airline flying the Tasman has this kind of product. It is really fantastic and I do recommend it. For the rego collectors, it was A6-EDA to SYD and A6-EDD on the way back.