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Topic: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2010-02-27 16:15:01 and read 11879 times.

Feedback always appreciated. color>

Trip Report: 092
Flight Category: Y-DSR (See Report End)
Date: 25 Dec-09 (See Report End)
SDT/SAT/Dur/Delay: 0955/1220/02:25 hrs
Flight: Felix Airways F0 9151, 684 miles
Routing: SCT-RIY-SAH
Aircraft: CR7
Seat: Economy, FS

I > Background:color>
I have not taken a proper vacation in 2009 and decided to take 2 weeks off to travel to a random collection of countries that I am sure would raise travel flags. Anyways, Yemen was one of the places I wanted to go to … especially after having my plane develop a snag in SAH earlier in the month. Moreover, the island of Socotra had always raised my curiosity and I made it a mission to get there in 2009. Interestingly, I was there during Christmas and arrived on Christmas day after the whole “hijack” attempt of the DL/NWA flight. I think I realized how fortunate I was as security was severely tightened and my Sheraton hotel in SAH turned to an overnight fortress. Thankfully, I escaped to Socotra which was just serene and one of the most amazing places I have EVER been to in my life. In fact, I rank it was one of the top 5 islands in the world. And, I have had my share of island hopping!

I believe this will be the first TR on Felix Airways, and the first to feature Socotra, Sana’a, or Yemen.

II > Pre-Flight: color>

a) Before Airport: color>
Owned by a rich Saudi investor, Felix Airways is a Sana’a based airline that has been spreading in the region with a bunch of CR7’s and finally offering competition to the basket-case known as Yemenia. Interestingly, locals still apparently prefer IY because of the “meals it offers.”

Felix Airways’s website www.felixairways.com/ is an “interesting” booking tool. You can see flight times and availability and “pretend” to do booking … only that you cannot. After going through all the steps, it tells you to call their call center. I did so, and was able to book a round-trip with the acknowledgement that I would be able to pay for and receive my e-ticket at the airport in SAH. Of course, no seat selections and all those other “regular” things many of us take for granted from airline booking engines.

b) At Airport: color>
After a truly memorable vacation in an incredible country, it was time to head home. I had vaguely heard of the attack and knew that I would be grilled in many countries about my Yemen visit. However, I cannot simply let terrorism win now can I? Must travel, and defeat those bloody terrorists!

Ok, so I get dropped off at the incredibly laid-back Socotra airport terminal. Check-in was a breeze, and so was security. At check-in, my boarding card was already there with my ticket “number”. The CR7 had already arrived and we were called to boarding shortly thereafter. The captain was an engaging Yemeni who insisted women board first.

Upon entering, I was greeted as a family member as the crew was exactly the same I had on my outbound flight. Y load was a dismal 10% - though, loads became 90% on the flight from RIY to SAH filled with oil workers and expats heading back to their various homelands.

Airport - External:

(Socotra Airport)

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Check-in:

(Check-in)
Airport - Internal:

(Internal – Arrivals section)


(FIDS)
NO FIDS

(Post Security @ SCT)
Scenes of the tarmac:

NONE

Lounge

NONE

Boarding:

NONE

III> In-Flight:color>

a) Service Schedule + Impressions: color>
Water runs on both legs. Since the crew liked me, they brought me OJ. Nothing more.

Now, regular readers of my TR understand my very little tolerance for rude behavior. And, I have had a remarkably “drama-free” run for a while. This changed on the flight with one of the oil executives from TOTAL (didn’t know they were in Yemen). This Frenchman boarded at RIY in a poor mood and started yelling at the crew when there was no space in the CR7 for his oversized carry-on. When the crew offered to check it in for him, he got even more upset and started yelling in French about how the country was “made of terrorists” and “everyone was a thief”. He kept on using French curse words and did was still bitter after the crew volunteered to keep his bag strapped on some empty seats at the end of the aircraft. Now, I have usually little tolerance for this kind of behavior … especially when it comes from certain people. As he was going on being animated, I went to him and said in French that if he did not calm down or stop insulting his hosts, I would have no choice but to report him as a “disturbed passenger” and have Yemeni police await him at SAH. And, I reminded him Yemeni prison is no honeymoon. He calmed down. The crew thanked me. Life was good. I felt smug. Things moved on. But seriously … some people, I just cannot keep shut.

b) Aircraft + Seats: color>
Felix Airways CR7 were well maintained and the livery made it look clean and new. The leather seats inside were slim-ish, but comfortable to sit in. Seat pitch was generous for a RJ; however, the seats did not recline! Overall, they were satisfactory considering the stage-length of their flights. I felt the bathrooms could have been maintained better during the flight.

Aircraft:

(CR7@ SCT)

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Views from Aircraft:

(SCT)


(RIY)


(Socotra approach)

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(Mainland Yemen)


(Sana’a Approach)

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General Seat Views + Seat Legroom

(Decent legroom …)


(Blanket provided)
NONE

Seat Recline + Angle View:

Cabin:


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(Bathroom Amenities)

c) Meal + Beverage:
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Given that the entire flight is almost 2:30, the lack of a snack option was disappointing. Just having water is very poor when your competitor gives you a full meal service (though, IY does lose money). Rumors are that a BOB option would be starting soon.

(Juice was not for everyone)
d) Inflight Entertainment: color>
No IFE. No magazine. Again, the rumor is that Felix will be getting an in-flight magazine soon. In fact, I met the guy who is apparently taking photos for the magazine.

NONE

(“In-flight magazines”, Boarding Passes, etc.)
e) Crew: color>
The young Felix crew was nice. They really did not have much to do and so I feel I did not get a good sense of how they would perform in a “real” flight. I liked the fact that they remembered me and brought me an OJ. Moreover, their welcoming me as a part of their family went a long way in demonstrating their kindness.

I must take this opportunity to talk about the Captain. He was probably the nicest person I have ever had. He welcomed us personally and told us in detail about the route. Moreover, he told us every site the aircraft would take and would descent down and tell us things like – “on the starboard side, is the island of XXX. In 1900’s this was the landing point for ships to YYY”. After take-off, he pointed out the SCT runway, the old-town in the island, where the pirates are, the different tribal lands of Yemen, the city of Sana’a. It was almost like getting a private jet trip. Moreover, it was nice as he told us the best window for pictures. Finally, his knowledge of the region’s history and his desire to share his country was truly laudable. He invited several people in the cockpit for different lengths of the flight. Hands down, the most incredible captain I have encountered. Very impressive!

IV> Post-Flight:color>
There is apparently a new Sana’a terminal “opening soon”. Those familiar with the Mid East will recognize that “opening soon” has very little concrete timeline. In the current while, Sana’a is a fantastically old-school terminal where the bus takes you to the locked building and amidst a lot of shouting someone opens it up. Aaw. Bags came fast and I soon made it across to the check-in side for my EK connection to DXB with on-wards to GRU. BTW, the EK lady was super confused and confessed that it was her “first boarding pass to GRU” in all her life. Haha.

(Views of tarmac at SAH)

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V> Impressions + Scores:color>
Felix Airways gets the job done. It provides basic, clean, and timely service between two points. None of their service is going to win any awards, and I am fine with that. However, they must offer something to eat on these flights! Crew left a positive impression ... and so did the incredible country of Yemen. For the route and nature of flight, I would definitely fly Felix again and give them a thump up.

VI> Other Trip Reports:color>

PREMIUM:
8.64: Turkish Airlines (59): JFK-IST: 11/2008
8.63: Jet Airways (88): JFK-BRU: 10/2009
8.61: Air Canada (49): YYZ-SCL: 06/2008
8.54: Turkish Airlines (77): GRU-DKR-IST: 04/2009
8.30: Jet Airways (74): KWI-BOM: 04/2009
8.23: United Airlines (72): SFO-SYD: 03/2009
8.11: Aeroflot (33): MOW-DEL: 09/2007
8.05: Air India (80): CCU-JFK: 06/2009
8.04: Korean Air (40): NRT-ICN: 10/2007
8.02: Delta Airlines (24): JFK-CDG: 08/2007
7.64: Royal Jordanian (91): AMM-YUL: 12/2009
7.46: LAN (55): YYZ-JFK: 09/2008
7.82: Singapore Airlines (06): EWR-SIN: 09/2006
7.25: Iran Air (88): BOM-IKA: 12/2009
7.23: Virgin Atlantic (81): BOS-LHR: 07/2009
7.14: Swiss (52): SCL-GRU: 06/2008
7.11: Austrian (79): VIE-JFK: 06/2009
7.07: Privatair (84): BOM-FRA: 08/2009
7.02: Qatar (68): DOH-JFK: 01/2009
6.96: Etihad (61): JFK-AUH: 12/2008
6.93: Delta Airlines (18): SEA-JFK: 11/2006
6.84: ConViasa (65): CCS-DAM: 01/2009
6.81: Air Canada (17): ICN-YYZ: 10/2006
6.70: KLM (32): EBB-AMS: 08/2007
6.36: Privatair (60): MUC-BOS: 12/2008
6.25: Korean Air (45): NAN-ICN: 10/2007
6.21: Iberia (87): BOS-MAD: 10/2009
6.11: TAP Portugal (53): GRU-OPO: 06/2008
6.00: Gulf Air (75): BOM-BAH: 04/2009
5.88: African Express (89): DXB-NBO: 11/2009
5.75: Singapore Airlines (16): CCU-SIN: 10/2006
5.64: NorthWest (46): ICN-NRT-SEA: 10/2007
5.46: Icelandair (83): KEF-BOS: 08/2009
5.39: LOT (54): WAW-JFK: 06/2008
5.21: Egypt Air (73): CAI-IST: 02/2009
5.07: TACA (66): JFK-SAP: 01/2009
4.42: Air France: CDG-JNB (25): 08/2007

ECONOMY: Long + Medium:
9.26: Air India (48): JFK-DEL: 02/2008
7.38: Avianca (01): BOG-LIM: 07/2006
7.07: Sri Lankan (62): KWI-CMB: 12/2008
6.41: Avianca (78): JFK-BOG: 05/2009
6.41: American Airlines (58): LHR-BOS: 11/2008
6.39: Condor (85): SEZ-FRA: 09/2009
6.26: Jet Blue (21): CUN-JFK: 02/2007
6.06: Air Canada (04): YYZ-YVR: 09/2006
5.89: USA 3000 (19): PUJ-BDL: 01/2007
5.85: Spanair (69): MAD-LPA: 02/2009
5.79: Air New Zealand (42): RAR-NAN: 10/2007
5.52: Aerolineas (86): USH-AEP: 10/2009
5.46: TAP Air Portugal (23): OSL-LIS: 05/2007
5.19: Air Europa (70): LPA-MAD: 02/2009
5.16: Iberia (71): MAD-BOS: 02/2009
5.11: Air China (82): FRA-PEK: 08/2009

ECONOMY: Short
8.56: Paramount Airways (38): BLR-MAA: 09/2007
8.56: Kingfisher (64): HYD-CCU: 12/2008
8.24: Kingfisher (14): IXA-GAU: 10/2006
7.87: Indian (34): BOM-MAA: 09/2007
7.72: Alliance Air (13): CCU-IXA: 10/2006
7.57: Indian Airlines (10): DEL-CCU: 09/2006
7.23: West Jet (03): YYC-YVR: 09/2006
7.15: JetLite (37): BOM-GOI: 09/2007
6.70: Spice Jet (09): CCU-DEL: 09/2006
6.63: Air Fiji (44): NAN-SUV: 10/2007
6.63: Jazeera (67): DAM-KWI: 01/2009
6.58: Air Tran (02): EWR-MDW: 08/2006
6.48: Air India Express (63): CMB-MAA: 12/2008
6.44: CO Micronesia (39): ROR-YAP: 10/2007
6.41: Pacific Sun (43): NAN-SUV: 10/2007
6.37: Skybus (47): SWF-CMH: 02/2008
6.33: Kenya Airways (29): NBO-BJM: 08/2007
6.33: Sky Europe (56): LTN-BTS: 10/2008
6.31: Indigo (15): GAU-CCU: 10/2006
6.31: easyJet (57): BUD-LTN: 11/2008
6.22: Air Link Swazi (28): MTS-JNB: 08/2007
6.22: Air India (36): HYD-BOM: 09/2007
6.13: Adam Air (07): SIN-CGK: 09/2006
6.13: Air Rarotonga (41): RAR-AIT: 10/2007
6.00: Transairways (27): INH-MPM: 08/2007
5.95: Air Canada (05): ALB-YYZ: 09/2006
5.85: SAS Norge (22): OSL-AES: 05/2007
5.81: LAM Mozambique (26): JNB-MPM: 08/2007
5.69: Air Deccan (12): IXZ-CCU: 10/2006
5.67: Rwanda Air Exp (30): KGL-NBO: 08/2007
5.37: Felix Airways (92): SCT-SAH: 12/2009color>
5.11: Aero Republica (76): BOG-CCS: 04/2009
5.07: Go Air (35): MAA-HYD: 09/2007
5.00: Sky Airline (51): IQQ-SCL: 06/2008
4.96: Valuair (08): CGK-SIN: 09/2006
4.78: Air Comet Chile (50): SCL-IQQ: 06/2008
4.74: Fly 540 (31): MYD-LAU: 08/2007
4.33: Viva Aerobus (20): ELP-MTY: 02/2007
4.11: Air Sahara (11): CCU-BOM: 09/2006

(Note on Codes: Y – Economy, J – Business, F – First :: I/D – International/Domestic :: SR/MR/LR – Short/Medium/Long Haul)
(Note on Date: Dates are modified to be +/- 3 days from actual flight date to not reveal actual flight pattern)

VII> Other Pictures:color>

(Sana’a Airport)

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(Beautiful Sana’a)

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(Amazing Socotra)

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(Dolphins and whales came up to the island I was staying and greeted me in the morning)


[Edited 2010-02-27 16:22:50]

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: Marambio
Posted 2010-02-27 18:03:42 and read 11683 times.

Most amazing, Alex. I too always had a certain cliché for Soqotra - remote as it is, it seems like an amazing place. I never tought they'd have such great beaches!

Thanks a lot for this report.  

Saludos,
Marambio

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: LYchemsa
Posted 2010-02-27 18:12:29 and read 11675 times.

I saw a TV program years ago about this island. Looks gorgeous .What are your 5 favourite islands? Thanks for posting. I would love to go to Yemen one day but even if I could I would be too scared.

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: SOBHI51
Posted 2010-02-27 18:37:19 and read 11624 times.

Thank you very much for the great report on an airline i have never heard of.

Strange it is called Felix and owned by a Saudi. In the pictures the Arabic name translate to Happy Aviation.

That Total guy better behave, people in Yemen are very proud and they will not thake BS from anybody. can he speal kidnapped, big ransom?

Again thanks

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: EL-AL
Posted 2010-02-27 20:06:24 and read 11483 times.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Anyways, Yemen was one of the places I wanted to go to

You're braver than me.

Unusuall report, thx for shering.

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: TwoLz2Rn
Posted 2010-02-28 01:05:19 and read 11250 times.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Anyways, Yemen was one of the places I wanted to go to

I have some expat friends here in Cairo who used to work in Sanaa and we were talking about going to Socotra (with a brief stop in Yemen for me) since they never got the chance when they were working there. It looks amazing! I want to go now!

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: EkA380
Posted 2010-02-28 01:39:28 and read 11193 times.

Thanks for the great report, your recent reports are exceptional not just because of your style in writing them but because of them being unique and lately frequent .Yemen really looks like an interesting country in many ways. Moreover SCT somewhat resembles HBE which is quite funny. The captain certainly was the highlight of your flight, hope to meet such people more often.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Bags came fast and I soon made it across to the check-in side for my EK connection to DXB with on-wards to GRU

Can we finally expect a TR from you on EK, or the time hasn't come yet   . I will wait!
Regards,
Islam

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: henkybaby
Posted 2010-02-28 02:06:02 and read 11141 times.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I cannot simply let terrorism win now can I? Must travel, and defeat those bloody terrorists!

Ok, so I get dropped off at the incredibly laid-back Socotra airport terminal. Check-in was a breeze, and so was security.

Funny...  

As always a great and interesting TR and very unique at that. Would love some more picture of Socotra!

I see you also have some trouble with the layout and HTML code. Something is wrong with the editor here I think...

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2010-02-28 02:55:52 and read 11056 times.

Hi Alex,

Just wanted to say what a great report on an airline i've never heard of, just excellent stuff!!

I do agree some sort of food offering should be provided on the longer segments, epecially if the competition offer it. How are the ticket prices for Felix vs IY on the competing routes?

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I had vaguely heard of the attack and knew that I would be grilled in many countries about my Yemen visit. However, I cannot simply let terrorism win now can I? Must travel, and defeat those bloody terrorists!

- You are so right, we can't let these scum bags stop us travelling for vacation, work & exploration of new interests.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I must take this opportunity to talk about the Captain. He was probably the nicest person I have ever had. He welcomed us personally and told us in detail about the route. Moreover, he told us every site the aircraft would take and would descent down and tell us things like – “on the starboard side, is the island of XXX. In 1900’s this was the landing point for ships to YYY”. After take-off, he pointed out the SCT runway, the old-town in the island, where the pirates are, the different tribal lands of Yemen, the city of Sana’a. It was almost like getting a private jet trip. Moreover, it was nice as he told us the best window for pictures. Finally, his knowledge of the region’s history and his desire to share his country was truly laudable. He invited several people in the cockpit for different lengths of the flight. Hands down, the most incredible captain I have encountered. Very impressive!

- Yemen has been getting some bad press for some time now, whilst I imagine there are bad things going on in parts of the country, I think your captain just goes to show that almost all of the everyday people are genuine in their love of their country and want to show the people of the world it's history and treasures. I imagine the same is true in many of the 'danger' states around the world.

Quoting henkybaby (Reply 7):
I see you also have some trouble with the layout and HTML code

- Yes, still too many of these problems persisting for my liking.

Regards

Mark

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: The777Man
Posted 2010-02-28 06:53:55 and read 10725 times.

Very nice report from a very exotic island! Love the pictures from the airport of SCT!

The777Man

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: aivisavia
Posted 2010-02-28 07:09:18 and read 10697 times.

Great trop report, I really like the pictures you took of the island and I see that every trip for you remains in memory! Waiting for another report  

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2010-02-28 09:58:46 and read 10529 times.

Quoting Marambio (Reply 1):
Most amazing, Alex. I too always had a certain cliché for Soqotra - remote as it is, it seems like an amazing place. I never tought they'd have such great beaches!

Thanks a lot for this report.

Saludos,
Marambio

= It is amazing man. GO before it all changes!

Quoting LYchemsa (Reply 2):
.What are your 5 favourite islands?

= Hmmm ... this will be hard ... let's see ... Los Roques (Venezuela), Sao Tome & Principe (ST&P), Lakshwadeep (India), Socotra (Yemen), and Rakahanga (Cook Islands).

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 3):
Strange it is called Felix and owned by a Saudi. In the pictures the Arabic name translate to Happy Aviation.

= Yup.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 4):
You're braver than me.

Unusuall report, thx for shering.

= Haha ... the "braver" part was to hide my passport with over 40 entry stamps to TLV in 2 years  . The person I am "dating" is from there.

Quoting TwoLz2Rn (Reply 5):

I have some expat friends here in Cairo who used to work in Sanaa and we were talking about going to Socotra (with a brief stop in Yemen for me) since they never got the chance when they were working there. It looks amazing! I want to go now!

= It IS amazing.

Quoting EkA380 (Reply 6):
Can we finally expect a TR from you on EK, or the time hasn't come yet . I will wait!
Regards,
Islam

= Haha ... might to have a little bit longer ... a lot of my flights on EK are for work ... and as I said elsewhere, it consistently gets my "award" for inconsistent service. One day, great crew ... the other day, absolute shockers.

Quoting henkybaby (Reply 7):
Funny...

As always a great and interesting TR and very unique at that. Would love some more picture of Socotra!

= Will try to post a few more. Am back traveling.

Quoting henkybaby (Reply 7):
I see you also have some trouble with the layout and HTML code. Something is wrong with the editor here I think...

= Yes. Any help with this? It is really beginning to get annoying.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):

Just wanted to say what a great report on an airline i've never heard of, just excellent stuff!!

= Thanks man.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):

- You are so right, we can't let these scum bags stop us travelling for vacation, work & exploration of new interests.

= Amen brother!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
- Yemen has been getting some bad press for some time now, whilst I imagine there are bad things going on in parts of the country, I think your captain just goes to show that almost all of the everyday people are genuine in their love of their country and want to show the people of the world it's history and treasures. I imagine the same is true in many of the 'danger' states around the world.

= Yup.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Very nice report from a very exotic island! Love the pictures from the airport of SCT!

The777Man

= SCT was such a delight.

Quoting aivisavia (Reply 10):
Great trop report, I really like the pictures you took of the island and I see that every trip for you remains in memory! Waiting for another report

= I think some of the subsequent reports will be kinda boring  .

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: UK_Dispatcher
Posted 2010-02-28 10:14:22 and read 10501 times.

Nice report. I've seen Felix Airways flights several times whilst looking up unusual routings for trips but since they do not operate any interesting types I've never needed to fly them. Nice to finally see a report on them though.

Looks like a great trip. Where next?

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2010-02-28 10:18:49 and read 10497 times.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 12):
Nice report. I've seen Felix Airways flights several times whilst looking up unusual routings for trips but since they do not operate any interesting types I've never needed to fly them. Nice to finally see a report on them though.

= Since you are in the region, just go visit them  . It is a really unique and beautiful country.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 12):

Looks like a great trip. Where next?

= I have one super cool trip coming up ... more the country, than aviation. In terms of flying, I am going "mainstream" for sometime.

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2010-02-28 21:01:45 and read 10188 times.

Great trip report on an airline I never knew about. The flight was horribly empty, and then no food too, but yet you managed to do a reasonably good report. And glad you could silence that rude passenger. People should keep their attitudes at home!

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: henkybaby
Posted 2010-02-28 22:55:43 and read 10155 times.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 11):
= Yes. Any help with this? It is really beginning to get annoying.

I am writing my next TR completely in Notepad. I noticed that some of the formatting that Word applies is transferred even if you do copy-paste to here. Or I maybe a complete idiot. I will let you know if this helps.

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2010-03-01 08:36:28 and read 9970 times.

Quoting henkybaby (Reply 15):
I am writing my next TR completely in Notepad. I noticed that some of the formatting that Word applies is transferred even if you do copy-paste to here. Or I maybe a complete idiot. I will let you know if this helps.

= Cool. Thanks. Please let me know if it helps.

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: directorguy
Posted 2010-03-01 10:27:58 and read 9842 times.

Hey there,

Thanks for sharing a unique and wonderful TR. Socotra is amazing-a true paradise. Wonder what it would be like if this was developed as a touristic getaway...certainly has the potential-reality is of course another matter.
Great to see a review on the oddly-named Felix Air-never hurts to try new things.
Liked how you handled that incident-the man's comments were unacceptable and I would have wanted to do the same as you did-not sure if I'd have the courage, lol
Thanks for sharing.
Regards,
DG

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: Aussie_
Posted 2010-03-01 13:57:22 and read 9735 times.

I love reports about airlines and destinations I have never heard of. It shows how much more of the world there is to experience. Great report as always too!

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2010-03-02 06:48:10 and read 9506 times.

Quoting directorguy (Reply 17):
Liked how you handled that incident-the man's comments were unacceptable and I would have wanted to do the same as you did-not sure if I'd have the courage, lol

= You'd be surprised how general populace react to these things  . So, just do it.

Quoting Aussie_ (Reply 18):
I love reports about airlines and destinations I have never heard of. It shows how much more of the world there is to experience. Great report as always too!

= Thanks man. I should "consult" you. I have a great Australian wedding to attend to ... and I want to go overland from Perth to Darwin. My Aussie friends think I am crazy.

Saludos and thanks for reading,
A.

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: henkybaby
Posted 2010-03-02 06:57:33 and read 9497 times.

Quoting henkybaby (Reply 15):
I am writing my next TR completely in Notepad. I noticed that some of the formatting that Word applies is transferred even if you do copy-paste to here. Or I maybe a complete idiot. I will let you know if this helps.

It helped. Writing the TR in notepad instead of Word made all the problems go away. Hope that helps you for your (no doubt many) future reports. Always a pleasure to read them!

PS: Writing them in Word, copying them to Notepad before pasting them here does not seem to work....

[Edited 2010-03-02 06:58:41]

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2010-03-02 08:44:55 and read 9428 times.

Quoting henkybaby (Reply 20):
It helped. Writing the TR in notepad instead of Word made all the problems go away. Hope that helps you for your (no doubt many) future reports. Always a pleasure to read them!

PS: Writing them in Word, copying them to Notepad before pasting them here does not seem to work....

= Thanks. Let's see  . Though, I might wait for them to figure out the bugs. I just don't have the energy/time to write it all over on Notepad. Wish my utilization rate was better in 2010  .

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2010-03-06 00:11:25 and read 9116 times.

Hi A.,

another great report about an ultra-rare airline and an ultra-rare place!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Owned by a rich Saudi investor, Felix Airways is a Sana’a based airline that has been spreading in the region with a bunch of CR7’s and finally offering competition to the basket-case known as Yemenia.

They also have two ex-Indy Air CRJ200s.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
This Frenchman boarded at RIY in a poor mood and started yelling at the crew when there was no space in the CR7 for his oversized carry-on. When the crew offered to check it in for him, he got even more upset and started yelling in French about how the country was “made of terrorists” and “everyone was a thief”. He kept on using French curse words and did was still bitter after the crew volunteered to keep his bag strapped on some empty seats at the end of the aircraft. Now, I have usually little tolerance for this kind of behavior … especially when it comes from certain people. As he was going on being animated, I went to him and said in French that if he did not calm down or stop insulting his hosts, I would have no choice but to report him as a “disturbed passenger” and have Yemeni police await him at SAH. And, I reminded him Yemeni prison is no honeymoon. He calmed down. The crew thanked me. Life was good. I felt smug. Things moved on. But seriously … some people, I just cannot keep shut.

Well done, perfect reaction!         


PH

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: MaverickM11
Posted 2010-03-20 15:57:45 and read 8642 times.

How long do you recommend for Socotra? I almost went over Thanksgiving but the trip got moved to April, and we're bouncing between JIB, SAH/SCT, and ASM. It seems like SCT could be like IPC where after 48 hours you've seen the whole island. Twice. But IPC is much smaller. How much was the SAH/SCT roundtrip?

Topic: RE: Felix Air F0 9150: 25/DEC/09: SCT-RIY-SAH: Y Cabin
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2010-03-22 21:30:31 and read 8083 times.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):
another great report about an ultra-rare airline and an ultra-rare place!

= Thanks. Socotra was stunning for sure!

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 23):
How long do you recommend for Socotra? I almost went over Thanksgiving but the trip got moved to April, and we're bouncing between JIB, SAH/SCT, and ASM. It seems like SCT could be like IPC where after 48 hours you've seen the whole island. Twice. But IPC is much smaller. How much was the SAH/SCT roundtrip?

= I would give Socotra at least 3-5 days. Part of it is how much you want to relax at the most amazing beaches. I am a beach snob, so for me, I enjoyed the 3-5 days of R&R. You can technically see all of the island in say 3 days. I prefer SCT to IPC though. SAH-SCT-SAH was around USD 195,00 with taxes on Felix. You can "reserve" a ticket online and then pay for it at Sana'a. Let me know if you need more help and I will forward you the contact info and mobile numbers.

Saludos,
A.

PS: Asmara is my favorite African city.


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