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Topic: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-11-06 06:28:50 and read 13405 times.

I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural

Hello!

Welcome to my newest Trip Report covering my latest trip to Germany.

Back in early July, I got an email from Lufthansa announcing a couple of new routes from Frankfurt: Aberdeen (ABZ) and London Gatwick (LGW), both starting at GBP 49 one way at the end of October. Hmmm, looked interesting, especially as I’d never been on an inaugural flight. ABZ isn’t terribly handy, so I looked at the LGW flight. For some reason, the morning (and first ever) LGW-FRA flight was on sale on Expedia for GBP 42. Without much further ado, I booked it. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do about the return, but the flight was a couple of months away, so I quickly forgot about it.

A month and a half later I noticed a thread about a new route launch by Munster based airline Jetisfaction. On the day after my LGW-FRA flight, Jetisfaction would be launching a FMO-SEN route. SEN, as I’m sure you all know, is the code for London’s ‘new’ 6th (or 7th if you include “London” Oxford airport) airport, Southend. Now, Southend currently serves a total of 1 scheduled destination, Waterford in Southeast Ireland with Aer Arann, so this would be the second regularly scheduled flight. easyJet are launching a hub here too in April 2012, so it would be nice to have a look around before it turns orange. Southend, if you look for it on a map, isn’t really very close to London, so calling it London is a bit of a stretch. Jetisfaction’s other routes are rather limited, consisting of some triangular routes from Munster/Osnabruck (FMO) to Poznan and Zurich, served by the not very Jet-like Saab 340. For a total of EUR 54 I was able to book a seat on the inaugural FMO-SEN flight.

The plan was good: two inaugurals in two days, two new routes, a new German airport and a new London airport (as a London based a.netter, that doesn’t happen very often!). To link my arrival in FRA, with my next day departure from FMO, I bought a very nicely priced Rail n Fly ticket from LH. For just EUR 25 you can get unlimited rail travel in Germany (including the ICE trains!) for 24 hours. Pretty good value, especially as a normal one way ticket to Munster was costing around EUR 50. It was easy to book over the phone, even after my original ticket had been issued, and was given a new PNR just for my train ticket.

I was pretty happy with everything until just 10 days before my FMO-SEN flight, I got an email from Jetisfaction saying:
Dear Passenger,

Due to unforeseen operational circumstances, we have to postpone our first flight from Munster/Osnabruck to London-Southend for a minimum of two months.

We offer the following options:
- You will receive full refund of your ticket, therefore we require your full account details and amount.
- You keep your purchased ticket, rebook to another date and will receive another two FREE flights with our company.

We apologize the delay of our start and hope, that you understand and look forward to our first flight soon.
Oh dear, not impressed. Luckily, I hadn’t yet booked my (non-refundable) hotel in Munster, or my train ticket from Southend back home. I was very tempted by the second options, but decided to go with the first after a general a.net consensus reasoned that the airport was probably not long for this world. I’m still awaiting my refund.

Now I was stuck with a one way ticket to somewhere I hadn’t planned on going, and a train ticket to nowhere. Options were both endless (I could go ANYWHERE in Germany with my train ticket), and limited (I had no intention of spending hundreds of Euros on a last minute flight home). As coincidences go, the day I was looking at flying back on also happened to be my final day as a BA Silver member (before being sent back to Blue), so it was a good opportunity to get on a BA flight home. Unfortunately cash fares were really quite high, so I decided to spend some miles (just 4500 + tax). There was good availability for miles seats from most places, so it was just down to picking a city. After a bit of umming and ahhing over schedules and a boring choice of A319/320/321, I went with an evening A319 flight back from Hamburg. With that settled, I booked a hotel – I was all set to go!

Oh no, wait, one more thing! A week before my LGW-FRA flight, I sent LH customer services an email asking a) if there was a lounge, and b) what terminal the flight would be departing from. A quick response said that there was no lounge for LH Silver (unlike at LHR), and “With regards to the terminal, please contact our reservations department when your flight is close to departure date for more information.” Um, this was a few days before the flight – surely you know what terminal you’re flying from? My original flight confirmation said North Terminal, but Wikipedia said South. LH IT clearly weren’t up with all the details, as there was no mention of LGW on the LH website. Oh well, I’ll just gamble on South (turns out it was South).

My route map, including the non-flight FMO-SEN:
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With a relatively early start from LGW, I decided to go down the night before and stay with a friend in nearby Redhill. He was also kind enough to give me a lift down to the airport the next morning, despite being early on a Sunday – thanks! The lift was all the more welcome as the trains weren’t running, so there were replacement buses instead.

Outside the South Terminal
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The LH desks were directly in front of the entrance as I walked in. There was one C and one Y desk, just one person queuing at each. The business desk became free first, and I was called over. There was one contract check in lady, a contract overseer, and a head office LH person at each of the desks. I asked to change the seat I got at online check in (for some reason, the first 6 or 7 rows were blocked), and if I could have a priority tag. The seat request was fine (I was given the second row), but the priority tag was referred first to the LH lady, then the overseer, before getting a “no”. Ok, how about a lounge? First to the LH lady, then the overseer…. “no”. Ok, fair enough, just testing the service! You would have through that the check in staff had received some basic training about such matters; clearly not. For the record, they use the No. 1 Gatwick Lounge (which wasn’t on the website when I flew) for Biz and *Gold pax.
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With my bag tagged, and the boarding pass issues, I followed the signs to security, passing this poster on the way.
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My last time I flew through the South terminal en route to the USA, security took an age. Thankfully today there were plenty of security points open. On the far right there were even some empty lanes (a lot of people clearly couldn’t be bothered with the extra walk) and I was through in a couple of minutes.

FIDS – some interesting destinations from LGW. And LH haven’t uploaded a logo yet
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I had a quick look around the duty free shop, which despite still being October, had all the Christmas decorations up, before buying a sandwich from WHSmiths.
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45 minutes before our scheduled departure, the gate flashed up on the FIDS, so I walked down to gate 12. Up to this point there has been no mention of the inaugural. I was hoping the gate would be a bit different.
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I was probably the 6th or 7th person to be scanned into the departure lounge. There seemed to be some teething issues with scanning the boarding passes. No mention of the inaugural. No cake, no balloons.
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Views from the gtae lounges in LGW aren’t great unless you happen to be next to some of the view slit-like windows.
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At 0915 I caught my first sight of a Lufthansa aircraft at Gatwick. The plane had been up gauged from a B735 to a B733 (bigger capacity) with the new seats. The LH staff from checkin, plus a few others, were hanging around the lounge, looking out the windows
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The lounge gradually filled up with around 70 people – not a full flight, but not bad for a first. I saw the inbound passengers disembarking. The female adult passengers all seemed to have been given a trademark Lufthansa rose. Men and children, nothing. Rather sexist/ageist isn’t it Lufthansa? Not impressed. A rather nervous sounding ground crew woman made a preboarding announcement, rapidly followed by a general boarding announcement.
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October 2011
London Gatwick (LGW) – Frankfurt (FRA)
Lufthansa LH 543
Scheduled: 0950-1225 (1h35m)
Actual: 1009-1215 (1h06m)
Boeing 737-300 D-ABEU ‘Goslar’ Delivered in 1995, 2nd youngest 737 in LH’s fleet



I was greeted by a friendly elder cabin crew lady, and made my way past the empty 3 row business class to my seat. I was happy to see that there was no one else allocated to my row, nor in the row ahead. As I already mentioned, this plane had the NEK cabin/seats – lots of legroom.
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View from the window
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There was a bit of a delay once the safety briefing was finished before we finally pushed back about ten minutes late. There was a brief welcome from the captain and crew, although neither mentioned anything special about the flight.
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After flying through a bit of cloud, we were finally in the sun
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Less than ten minutes after takeoff, the trolley rolled to my row. I wasn’t sure what to expect to be served. From personal experience, and reading other recent reports, LH seems to vary their shorthual offerings widely from route to route. Sometimes it’s a hot roll, sometimes a cold one, sometimes a hot wrap, or just a chocolate bar. Today, however, it was a bowl of cereal with a drinking yoghurt. Very tasty actually, and a pretty good choice.
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No beer this morning, but a cup of tea and OJ will do nicely
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After breakfast, I had a look through the magazine to find out where the train station was in FRA
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Taking the opportunity of not having seat mates to disturb, I took a walk to the back of the cabin. The three cabin crew were seconded in business class (curtains drawn), so the back galley was empty. It was interesting to see that the ‘back wall’ galley had been replaced with two toilets in a ‘v’ shape. Makes sense to remove the bigger galley on short hops.


New style numbering
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Safety


Once breakfast had been cleared away, there wasn’t much left to do but listen to some music, and watch the clouds go by
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Weather was rather foggy today around Frankfurt, with the skyscapers hard to make out
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Nice autumnal colours in the forests of FRA
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We touched down ten minutes early at the near end of the new (and furthest) runway, meaing a long back track to the terminal
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Strange looking plane
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We were allocated a remote gate, so disembarked via the front stairs, and onto a bus. This was the last chance for any mention of the inaugural, and nothing.
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One of the few remaining SQ B747s, freshly arrived from JFK enroute for SIN
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A Rossiya 737
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After passport control, I was off to find the baggage belt. FRA was designed so that you have to go airside, then downstairs into a passenger only area to pick up your bags. Weird.

Am I in China? nice for the 交通银行 to welcome me to Germany

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The first time LGW has shown up with a LH number in FRA
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Once I’d collected my bag, I found my way to the basement railway station. I went into the Deutsche Bahn office where a very rude man ‘assisted’ me in printing out my ticket. I tried to get a seat reservation for a train to Hamburg, but was told that it was too late to do so.
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My train ticket
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Heading to Frankfurt Main station
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Mine is the Kiel train
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Before I boarded the train, I went outside for a short walk

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-11-06 06:31:21 and read 13449 times.

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Very nice station


Waiting for the train
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Handy train diagram
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Here’s my train. I was one of the first one (hanging out on the platform has its advantages), and got one of the few empty seats without a reservation. Quite a few people were left standing.
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Interesting views
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The train today was running from Zürich to Kiel
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After a reasonably pleasant 3-odd hours, I was in Hamburg – again, nice station, although a big disorientating
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The hotel was only five minutes walk from the station, very handy. Not the greatest room/hotel, but fine for 1 night
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After dumping my stuff, it was time for a walk. I’d found what looked like a nice place for dinner and a drink, and so headed off. Hope Justin Bieber isn’t in town


Iran Air offices
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The Townhall


Got €500 to spend on trainers? How about this LV pair – possibly the ugliest shoes I’ve ever seen
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Some lovely German beer, along with an enormous pork knuckle. Yum
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The next morning, after a very tasty buffet breakfast, it was time for a walk into town to join a free walking tour. On the way, I went past Occupy Hamburg
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Passing by the HQ of the company that made Zyclon B


The company that spearheaded the colonies in Africa
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The soon-to-be Hamburg Opera House
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Of course, I couldn’t leave Hamburg without having a Hamburger!
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And a nice white beer
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Back at Hamburg station to take the S bahn to the airport. Make sure you’re in the correct carriage (first 3), as the rear of the train goes somewhere else.
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Hamburg Airport is a very nice place – lots of natural light, and very spacious
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There was no queue at the Club Europe desk. A friendly lady checked me in, and tagged my bag. My boarding pass was stamped ‘Fast Lane’, and gave me directions to the lounge. I asked about un upgrade to Club, but was told it would be well over GBP100 – not worth it for a meal and a bottle of champagne. I then asked if the middle seat was empty or not. She replied that I had an emergency exit row, and that she would block the middle seat – excellent!

Hamburg has a great free viewing terrace just above the check in area – not a lot to see other than Lufthansa and Air Berlin, but nice nevertheless
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First time seeing the diminutive InterSky in the flesh
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Makes more sense than painting aircraft types on the tarmac
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Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-11-06 06:32:06 and read 13428 times.

FIDS
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There wasn’t much of a queue at security, and before long I was walking down to the lounge
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Most the window seats were already taken, but I got a free table in a far corner
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Lounge views
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Some water and a G&T
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Some biscuits, buts, and of course seeing as I’m in Germany, some Haribo
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Some reading material, and some fruit
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Spotting wasn’t terribly easy in the fading light, but I managed a few photos. KL
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SN
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Halloween Haribo
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Tarmac
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Watching the Qantas crisis play out
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Tracking the inbound aircraft – should be here soon
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The Flensburger as pointed out by FlyingFinn
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Who’s Sky?
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My jet on the ground
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Not boarding yet, but time to get my stuff together


The toilets in the lounge were down this rather nice corridor – not very airport like


Walking past the staircase to the LH lounge
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The queue for passport control. As well as our BA flight to LHR, there was a Sun Express flight to Izmir
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I was rather shocked to see the gate door slam shut just as I was arriving at the desk (just one other pax there, and the gate staff). Thankfully it seemed to do that after every passengers – boarding hadn’t finished – phew! My boarding pass was scanned, and I was on my way
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October 2011
Hamburg (HAM) – London Heathrow (LHR)
British Airways BA 796
Scheduled: 1840-1925 (1h45m)
Actual: 1842-1904 (1h22m)
Airbus A319 G-EUPB



My boarding pass was checked by a friendly lady wearing a hat when I boarded – that meant one thing, Mixed Fleet crew. After my flight to San Diego in September, I was keen to see what the MF was like on shorthual.

The flight wasn’t too busy, and I was glad to see the middle seat still empty (and remain like that).
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A bad photo of a CSA ATR arriving from PRG
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Another option back from HAM was with SK via CPH
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Off we go, just two minutes behind schedule
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Less than ten minutes after departure, the trolley was rolled to the front. For some reason, despite being row 4 or 5 of economy, I was first to be ask for my drink request. Of course, it was ”a couple of G&Ts and some water please”. Of course, I was handed some Doormen, whilst my neighbour (who ordered coffee) got a chocolate biscuit.


I’ve not been given one of these cuplets before – nice to be contributing to clean water in Africa though. However, when poured out, the cuplets are only ½ a proper glass
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Time to read a few more trip reports. I think this might become a new thing for me to do – exit row, and some TRs on my laptop!
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Sorry, it was hard to get a good picture of the moving map
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Couldn’t resist, and got another G&T.
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Showing the pre-arrival video
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When the seatbelt sign came on, I packed away my laptop, and had a look through the Daily Mail instead. You can always rely on them for some shocking headlines. Does anyone know of any airlines that have dropped the UK because of the tax situation? I can’t think of any
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Nice views of London
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A blurry shot of Concorde. We landed a good 20 minutes early
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IB have recently started operating the A343/6 to LHR again
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Taxiing past T5B, where most longhual flights leave from
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This is G-ZZZC, the 15th 777 off the assembly line, and one of the three non ERs in the BA fleet used to the Middle East and the US East Coast
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Despite being quite a few empty gates at the terminal, we were assigned a bus gate – I guess our plane wasn’t going to be used again tonight
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The bus ride was short, and before long I was headed through passport control to baggage reclaim
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Less than five minutes after out STA, I had my bag, and I was on my way to the Heathrow Express, for the short ride to the Central Bus Terminal
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BA is still moving flights around. This time, the Spanish flights are coming to T5. I think that this means that some Mad flights (IB ones) are from T3, and the rest from T5 – should cause some confusion
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Finally, my bus arrived to take me home – nothing like some Ritter Sport for the journey!
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Well, that brings me to the end of my report!

I was really disappointed in the inaugural with Lufthansa – not a single word was said by anyone about it being a new service – what with all the posters around LGW, I would have thought that someone might try and promote the service – clearly not! Maybe as they already serve two London airports from FRA, they thought that LGW wasn’t special enough – I wonder what was happening further north for the inaugural ABZ-FRA service? They made quite a song and dance about their new flights to Rio on their Facebook page. Still, if you ignore the fact that it was an inaugural, the flight was pretty good. Comfy seats, pleasant staff, clean plane, and a nice snack.

Jetisfaction – well, there were no jets, and no satisfaction. Perhaps I should sue under the trade descriptions act? Still waiting for my refund too.

BA – well, at least someone was on the ball today. Lovely check in staff, fairly good lounge, and a reliable on board service. It’s a shame I’ve now lost my Silver status, but all good things must come to an end sometime. I’ve got another trip booked with BA in December down to Malaga (out from LGW, back to LCY) so it will be interesting to see what it’s like flying with them again, but as a lowly Blue status passenger.

My next flights are Ryanair Birmingham-Dublin-Luton. Not terribly exciting, so no report. On the plus side, it’ll be my first time flying out of BHX!

All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of San Diego Airport, and American Airlines San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: EuroWings
Posted 2011-11-06 07:04:38 and read 13236 times.

Hello,

Another great report! Shame you missed out on Jetisfaction, Muenster/Osnabruck to Southend sounds like a very interesting route!

Not promoting the inaugural service with a cake or something like that seems slightly unusual - I watched the series 'Inside Gatwick' and they have been very keen to attract new airlines, so I'm surprised that LGW management didn't make an appearance at the gate or check-in area. Of course, it's just a new airport for LH, rather than strictly a new destination.

LH and BA look to be of their usual high standards on short-haul, I like some of the various light bites LH now serves on short-haul, they are bit more interesting than a boring sandwich!

Great pictures from the city of Hamburg, I have always been impressed with Hamburg Airport too - very airy and modern.

Thanks
EuroWings

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: Widebodyroga
Posted 2011-11-06 08:56:59 and read 12822 times.

Hey Gab. Very neat TR and a pleasure to read as always. What a bummer about Jetisfactions. I grew very excited while reading the intro, expecting to see photos of FMO and SEN so it was very disappointing to read about the cancellation (but not more disappointed than what you must have felt for sure...). I have to admit however that I would have chosen the 2 free tickets over the refund, even under the current circumstances, but that's just me.

Loved your Frankfurt and Hamburg photos. The latter eludes me still.

Thanks,

WBodyroga

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2011-11-06 09:54:20 and read 12635 times.

Hi GC,

Good read as always, thanks for posting.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
. I asked to change the seat I got at online check in (for some reason, the first 6 or 7 rows were blocked), and if I could have a priority tag. The seat request was fine (I was given the second row), but the priority tag was referred first to the LH lady, then the overseer, before getting a “no”. Ok, how about a lounge? First to the LH lady, then the overseer…. “no”. Ok, fair enough, just testing the service! You would have through that the check in staff had received some basic training about such matters; clearly not

- You would expect the basics to be known, where is the German efficiency and knowledge here?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I then asked if the middle seat was empty or not. She replied that I had an emergency exit row, and that she would block the middle seat – excellent!

- Good girl!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Who’s Sky?

- They are a Turkish charter outfit operating 737's and A320's.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My boarding pass was checked by a friendly lady wearing a hat when I boarded – that meant one thing, Mixed Fleet crew

- Still not been on a MF route yet.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’ve not been given one of these cuplets before

- Not seen these before.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Despite being quite a few empty gates at the terminal, we were assigned a bus gate – I guess our plane wasn’t going to be used again tonight

- I use BA1463 almost weekly from EDI, always get bussed without fail, real pain given the 9pm arrival time, all you want to do is get home!

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-11-06 11:00:10 and read 12397 times.

Thanks for all the replies so far!

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 3):
Another great report!

Thanks

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 3):
Shame you missed out on Jetisfaction, Muenster/Osnabruck to Southend sounds like a very interesting route!
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
What a bummer about Jetisfactions. I grew very excited while reading the intro, expecting to see photos of FMO and SEN so it was very disappointing to read about the cancellation

Yeah, big shame. Would have been great to fly

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 3):
LH and BA look to be of their usual high standards on short-haul, I like some of the various light bites LH now serves on short-haul, they are bit more interesting than a boring sandwich!

It's good that LH are thinking outside the box for catering

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 3):
Great pictures from the city of Hamburg, I have always been impressed with Hamburg Airport too - very airy and modern.
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
Loved your Frankfurt and Hamburg photos. The latter eludes me still.

Hamburg is a great city - would be nbice to go back sometime

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
Very neat TR and a pleasure to read as always.

Thanks!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):
Good read as always, thanks for posting.

No problem, glad you liked it

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):
- You would expect the basics to be known, where is the German efficiency and knowledge here?

It was a rather dissapointing check in, I must say

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):
- Still not been on a MF route yet.

Well, they are growing in number!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):
- I use BA1463 almost weekly from EDI, always get bussed without fail, real pain given the 9pm arrival time, all you want to do is get home!

How annoying for regular commuters

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: reifel
Posted 2011-11-06 11:39:10 and read 12252 times.

Thanks for sharing. Not impressed by LH's inaugural. Even more suprised that LGW airport authorities didn't made any special thing, as if they don't care welcoming such a carrier.
Interesting that you were able to print your Rail&Fly in the railway office. Usually you're supposed to print it from a self service machine and LH is supposed to tell you to do so and give you a PDF information leaflet with it... I didn't even knew that regular counters could print them for you  

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-11-06 12:08:35 and read 12156 times.

Hi Gabriel!

Another nice tripreport!

Looks like you had a couple of nice flights. Too bad about the delayed Jetisfaction inagural SEN flight. But it seems like everything worked out pretty well after all. That Lufthansa rail ticket sure sounds like a nice deal.

Martin

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: 717Flyer
Posted 2011-11-06 12:44:15 and read 12065 times.

Hi Gab
- and thanks for this great report!

Interesting to read about your newest adventure but sorry to see you didn't get any Jetisfaction this time. Keeping my fingers crossed the refund money will turn up on your bank account as soon as possible!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I wasn’t sure what I was going to do about the return, but the flight was a couple of months away, so I quickly forgot about it.

Hmm, that sounds familiar. Or actually I tend to forget about booking a hotel, which is kind of confusing sometimes. On the other hand hotel prices don't have booking classes in the same manner as flights have, so no big problems yet.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Jetisfaction’s other routes are rather limited, consisting of some triangular routes from Munster/Osnabruck (FMO) to Poznan and Zurich, served by the not very Jet-like Saab 340.

Yes, a Saab 340 sure doesn't describe a company named Jetisfaction very well.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Oh well, I’ll just gamble on South (turns out it was South).

What happened to the German punctuality

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS – some interesting destinations from LGW. And LH haven’t uploaded a logo yet

Now I'm starting to get worried - where's the boring but reliable Lufthansa that always does everything according to plans?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Up to this point there has been no mention of the inaugural. I was hoping the gate would be a bit different.

Yes - some sparkling wine, a sortiment of cakes, souvenir bags, the Lufthansa CEO, miniature models of LH planes and a widebody upgrade to celebrate their inaugural at LGW!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The female adult passengers all seemed to have been given a trademark Lufthansa rose.

Let me have a guess at this: As a cost saving measure they hand out a gift to all male passengers as a sign of appreciation - and then the men pass on the joy by handing their gift to their female travel companions?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
around Frankfurt, with the skyscapers hard to make out

That's Bankfurt!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Hope Justin Bieber isn’t in town

Why does he need to pop up everywhere nowadays?

Finally nice to see BA still flying high - let's wish they will do it also in the future!

Regards,
717Flyer

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-11-06 15:44:59 and read 11722 times.

Thanks for the comments

Quoting reifel (Reply 7):
Thanks for sharing

No problem

Quoting reifel (Reply 7):
Not impressed by LH's inaugural. Even more suprised that LGW airport authorities didn't made any special thing, as if they don't care welcoming such a carrier.

Yeah, it's quite a thing for LGW to get a carrier like LH - maybe a whole load of better airlines are planning on moving and they're saving their cake!

Quoting reifel (Reply 7):
Interesting that you were able to print your Rail&Fly in the railway office. Usually you're supposed to print it from a self service machine and LH is supposed to tell you to do so and give you a PDF information leaflet with it... I didn't even knew that regular counters could print them for you

That might have been why the man in the office was so rude. He ssaid I should use the machines (which I was going to), but also wanted to know about reservations, so went there first.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):
Another nice tripreport!

Thanks

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):
That Lufthansa rail ticket sure sounds like a nice deal.

Yeah, they're great - completely flexible too

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 9):
- and thanks for this great report!

No problem

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 9):
Interesting to read about your newest adventure but sorry to see you didn't get any Jetisfaction this time. Keeping my fingers crossed the refund money will turn up on your bank account as soon as possible!

My fingers are crossed too!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 9):
Yes - some sparkling wine, a sortiment of cakes, souvenir bags, the Lufthansa CEO, miniature models of LH planes and a widebody upgrade to celebrate their inaugural at LGW!

One or more of those is what I was expecting - I got none

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 9):
Let me have a guess at this: As a cost saving measure they hand out a gift to all male passengers as a sign of appreciation - and then the men pass on the joy by handing their gift to their female travel companions?

Ha, that's a good idea

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: LondonCity
Posted 2011-11-06 15:59:34 and read 11682 times.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Does anyone know of any airlines that have dropped the UK because of the tax situation? I can’t think of any

Here's one example of where an airline (D7) did not totally withdraw from the UK but it dropped plans to fly ex-MAN to KUL because of APD. It launched flights from ORY instead.


http://www.centreforaviation.com/new...ns-for-manchester-due-to-tax-71181

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: LGWflyer
Posted 2011-11-06 17:35:17 and read 11582 times.

Hey gabrielchew thanks for catching the inaugural LH flight. It's quite strange seeing them here now but great, and I hope they do well on this route and they decide to do more routes in the future from LGW. Thanks again!  

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-11-06 18:01:00 and read 11548 times.

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 11):
Here's one example of where an airline (D7) did not totally withdraw from the UK but it dropped plans to fly ex-MAN to KUL because of APD. It launched flights from ORY instead.

Interesting, I hadn't heard about this. I think the market might have a bit more to do with it though!

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 12):
Hey gabrielchew thanks for catching the inaugural LH flight. It's quite strange seeing them here now but great, and I hope they do well on this route and they decide to do more routes in the future from LGW. Thanks again!

From what I've seen so far, the cheapest fares from 'London' are now nearly always from LGW. Seems like they're trying hard to either fill LGW with cheaper pax, or keep LHR expensive. Seeing as I get lounge access at LHR, I'd rather stay there! And with only 2 flights a day vs LHR's 8 or so, scheduling is a lot better from LHR.

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-11-07 05:14:39 and read 11203 times.

Hi Gab,

You really need to get yourself a job - otherwise you just keep putting out these reports at too fast a rate to allow us any time to catch up!  

Great to read about your LH inaugural, even though it wasn't very obvious onboard. That day BTW was quite a nice one for inaugurals as e.g. FlyBE Nordic launched four new routes, including me onboard one of them and a good number of other carriers did so too, according to the list (and cake pics) at anna.aero. These summer winter timetable switches can sometime be fun, too...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural

You are welcome to use the title. Now I think you own me 50% of the revenues you make out of this report, I take Amex, MC and Visa.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
served by the not very Jet-like Saab 340.

Hah, kinda like NextJet in Sweden.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
. For just EUR 25 you can get unlimited rail travel in Germany (including the ICE trains!) for 24 hours.

Wow. I thought you could only book it for one designated stretch but it is even better than that. What a nice bargain! I'll have to keep this in mind when adding new remote airports to my log around Germany...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
. As coincidences go, the day I was looking at flying back on also happened to be my final day as a BA Silver member (before being sent back to Blue), so it was a good opportunity to get on a BA flight home

So better to make most if it!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
“With regards to the terminal, please contact our reservations department when your flight is close to departure date for more information.

That's something really weird - I've had a LOT of discussions with various airline employees (FAs, gate agents, call center staff etc.) who have been absolutely clueless and claimed that the airline don't serve the routes I've inquired about etc. Internal communications don't seem to work that well in these companies.

What is even more peculiar is that for example someone like me who earns their living doing something completely different and for whom aviation is just a hobby (ok, a passion bordering on obsession  ) knows far more about an airline's operations, news and plans than someone who actually is on their payroll. I can't really understand this at all... It's not a "McJob", come on - show some passion!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Rather sexist/ageist isn’t it Lufthansa? Not impressed.

So you'd wanted a rose too? I'm sure they would've given you one if you asked 
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Today, however, it was a bowl of cereal with a drinking yoghurt. Very tasty actually, and a pretty good choice.

Hmm, interesting choice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We touched down ten minutes early at the near end of the new (and furthest) runway, meaing a long back track to the terminal

It's actually not that far if you are going to the A pier - it didn't take much time last night. The B and C piers of course are further away, as are the apron stands...

Anyway congratulations on landing on that runway twice within a week.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
. This was the last chance for any mention of the inaugural, and nothing.

That's so lame. Again you'd think they would be aiming to make everything out of it - it's free publicity after all. I flew two inaugurals last week and the same thing on both of them: they were just like any other flights. Major fail.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After passport control, I was off to find the baggage belt. FRA was designed so that you have to go airside, then downstairs into a passenger only area to pick up your bags. Weird.

Errr, I don't really see your point here - how's that weird? That's how every good airport in this world I've passed through works. I absolutely hate the UK regulations for separating arriving and departing passengers, as it makes short connections impossible, forces you to reclear security and to use all kinds of weird transfer facilities.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was in Hamburg – again, nice station, although a big disorientating

I don't like that station that much - there always seems to be a huge throng of all kinds of riff raff hanging around! Well, that's true for most of the stations in the world, but somehow in Hamburg it is really in your face.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Hope Justin Bieber isn’t in town

Hah, hilarious!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Of course, I couldn’t leave Hamburg without having a Hamburger!

Good choice, mate.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The Flensburger as pointed out by FlyingFinn

So did you drink it or did it fall into your bag by accident?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thankfully it seemed to do that after every passengers – boarding hadn’t finished – phew! My boarding pass was scanned, and I was on my way

You see, that's the last perk you got out of your expiring Silver status. Had you flown the next day they would've just offloaded you. BA loves its frequent fliers.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Of course, I was handed some Doormen, whilst my neighbour (who ordered coffee) got a chocolate biscuit.

Hah, they never fail to do that to you, do they!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
IB have recently started operating the A343/6 to LHR again

Hey, thanks for this! I actually looked up some flights and draw some plans - would be a nice flight (and pretty much the only reason to fly IB!).

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: CaptainRed
Posted 2011-11-07 10:47:36 and read 10776 times.

Hi Gabriel,

nice report. A shame for the cancellation of your Jetisfaction flight, would have certainly been an interesting route. Let's see what the future holds for them, but I think it was a wise decision to get a refund for your flight.

Also quite disappointing by LH for not even mentioning that it was an inaugural. I guess most of the passengers wouldn't care anyway, but it shouldn't be hard to just mention it. At least the service on board seemed to be ok. And of course nice to land on the new runway.

Also thanks for the pics of Hamburg. Actually I have been there only once on a short business trip and never had the opportunity to really visit the city. Should definitely do that some day, looks like a very interesting city.

CaptainRed

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: ROGERBCN
Posted 2011-11-07 10:51:58 and read 10770 times.

Hola Gabrielchew!

Great TR as usual, quite a difference from the previous long haul one, but still very interesting.

I was disappointed to see that there were no special celebrations for the inaugural flight, it does not look as they were looking forward to their new route, one of many I guess.

Pity you had not your Jetisfaction flight, I have never heard of them; now I have looked at their web and it seems they have not yet decided when they will start although it is already advertised at just 99 GBP... let's see.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Hamburg has a great free viewing terrace just above the check in area – not a lot to see other than Lufthansa and Air Berlin, but nice nevertheless

I have to disagree here, I spent a week in Hamburg, great city by the way, and the terrace offers a great place for lunch and occasionally seeing some A380s did some turnarounds on HAM which was a great asset.

Salut!

Roger

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: LXM83
Posted 2011-11-07 13:25:10 and read 10610 times.

Hello gabrielchew

Thanks for your report.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Due to unforeseen operational circumstances, we have to postpone our first flight from Munster/Osnabruck to London-Southend for a minimum of two months.

Oh dear, I almost booked the inaugural SEN-FMO - I'm glad I didn't after all. I guess with this sort of airlines it's better to wait with booking until after the actually started operating. And then book quickly, before they disappear again.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS – some interesting destinations from LGW.

I'll take Mount Pleasant via Sal.

Quoting reifel (Reply 7):
Even more suprised that LGW airport authorities didn't made any special thing, as if they don't care welcoming such a carrier.

I guess airports only do such things if the airlines want it.

Best regards,
LXM83

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-11-07 15:30:22 and read 10498 times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Great to read about your LH inaugural

Glad you liked it!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
You are welcome to use the title. Now I think you own me 50% of the revenues you make out of this report, I take Amex, MC and Visa.

Ha, I think if anyone's getting any commission, it's going to be Mick Jagger unless it was you that gave him the lyrics back in 1965!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Wow. I thought you could only book it for one designated stretch but it is even better than that. What a nice bargain! I'll have to keep this in mind when adding new remote airports to my log around Germany...

Yeah, it's a great deal

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
So you'd wanted a rose too? I'm sure they would've given you one if you asked

Well, it was only the inbound pax, I didn't even have the chance to ask for a rose...poor me  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Anyway congratulations on landing on that runway twice within a week.

Thanks

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Errr, I don't really see your point here - how's that weird? That's how every good airport in this world I've passed through works. I absolutely hate the UK regulations for separating arriving and departing passengers, as it makes short connections impossible, forces you to reclear security and to use all kinds of weird transfer facilities.

So, I meant you have to go LANDSIDE. So, you leave the airside bit like a normal arriving pax, go into the main airport, then go back airside (well, into a pax only zone, although there's nothing stopping ayone from going in) to get your bags.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
So did you drink it or did it fall into your bag by accident?

No comment

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):
nice report.

Thanks!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):

Also quite disappointing by LH for not even mentioning that it was an inaugural.

Very dissapointing

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):
Also thanks for the pics of Hamburg. Actually I have been there only once on a short business trip and never had the opportunity to really visit the city. Should definitely do that some day, looks like a very interesting city.

Yeah, it;s a very nice city

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 16):
Great TR as usual,

Thanks!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 16):
I was disappointed to see that there were no special celebrations for the inaugural flight, it does not look as they were looking forward to their new route, one of many I guess.

Yeah, maybe the crew wanted the new ABZ flight!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 17):
Thanks for your report.

No problem!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 17):
I'll take Mount Pleasant via Sal.

Me too! Just found out that Thomas have return flights starting at only GBP 208!

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: Sultanils
Posted 2011-11-08 00:41:37 and read 10321 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Thanks for another entertaining read and congrats to you on scoring this inaugural. Maybe LH was in no need of publicity? Sure they will attract enough customers in the London area who will choose this LGW service. Still a bit strange that even no announcement – at the gate or on board – was made with a comment refering to this 1st flight. But hey, at least for you it was something a bit out of the ordinary…

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Southend currently serves a total of 1 scheduled destination, Waterford in Southeast Ireland with Aer Arann

Doesn’t FlyBE have a service to SEN as well?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ok, fair enough, just testing the service!

  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And LH haven’t uploaded a logo yet

It is an awfully uncommon and difficult logo, you know  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
View from the window

Looks like the gate staff having a blast or a toast on the inaugural.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The first time LGW has shown up with a LH number in FRA

Woohoo!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
IB have recently started operating the A343/6 to LHR again

Have they? Sure it wasn’t a sub?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Comfy seats, pleasant staff, clean plane, and a nice snack.

…as is customary with LH & BA.

Sultanils

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: LXM83
Posted 2011-11-08 04:18:47 and read 10156 times.

Hi gabrielchew

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 18):
Me too! Just found out that Thomas have return flights starting at only GBP 208!

Where did you see that offer? I looked for it but could not find anything... I'm very interested to go!

Cheers, LXM83

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-11-08 05:23:00 and read 10118 times.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Have they? Sure it wasn’t a sub?

Nope, it appears in the schedules for the evening flight to MAD.

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: LXM83
Posted 2011-11-08 12:50:17 and read 9867 times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Nope, it appears in the schedules for the evening flight to MAD.

Yes, it is indeed scheduled. As I'm personally interested in adding the A340-600 to my log, I already did some research and it seems - at least for November - that the 346 will operate an evening flight each Monday. On other days they use Airbus narrowbodies or the the A340-300.

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-09 07:48:32 and read 9610 times.

H Gabriel,

nice report about this trip. Too bad LH didn't make it any more special.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
%u201CWith regards to the terminal, please contact our reservations department when your flight is close to departure date for more information.%u201D

Very odd!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
How about this LV pair %u2013 possibly the ugliest shoes I%u2019ve ever seen

  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This is G-ZZZC, the 15th 777 off the assembly line, and one of the three non ERs in the BA fleet used to the Middle East and the US East Coast

Even though it's not the oldest 777 in the fleet, G-ZZZC was the first frame to be delivered to BA. I had the pleasure to fly LHR-DXB on that bird in 1999 when its tail was still painted in Rendezvous cls, flight deck visit included. Good old times!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And a nice white beer

Good choice!


PH

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-11-09 13:26:14 and read 9459 times.

Thanks for the comment!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 20):
Where did you see that offer? I looked for it but could not find anything... I'm very interested to go!

Check http://flights.thomson.co.uk/en/index.html. The flight on 7-14 Dec is GBP 218 return at the moment.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Thanks for another entertaining read
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Doesn’t FlyBE have a service to SEN as well?

tI don't think so, but maybe.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Have they? Sure it wasn’t a sub?

No, scheduled. I actually flew an IB 340 to MAD back in 2000 - was scheduled twice a day back then too

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):

nice report about this trip

Thanks

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
Too bad LH didn't make it any more special.

Yeah, very dissapointing

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
Even though it's not the oldest 777 in the fleet, G-ZZZC was the first frame to be delivered to BA. I had the pleasure to fly LHR-DXB on that bird in 1999 when its tail was still painted in Rendezvous cls, flight deck visit included. Good old times!

Interesting history for you then!

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2011-11-09 13:36:02 and read 9461 times.

Hello, Gabriel,

another good read from you´re hand.

And another nothing out of the ordinary experience on inaugurals these times. They should do more to celebrate this, definitely.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Time to read a few more trip reports. I think this might become a new thing for me to do – exit row, and some TRs on my laptop!

That fits perfectly.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: EuroWings
Posted 2011-11-09 14:15:57 and read 9424 times.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 24):
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Doesn’t FlyBE have a service to SEN as well?

tI don't think so, but maybe.

BE did have a summer service to Jersey, which ended this year. I believe it was operated on a once weekly basis and it was predominantly a charter service, however, BE sold tickets directly.

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-11-09 16:44:46 and read 9346 times.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 25):
another good read from you´re hand.

Thanks!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 25):
That fits perfectly.

Indeed it does!

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: AlwaysOnAPlane
Posted 2011-11-10 14:01:48 and read 9120 times.

Hey Gabriel,

What a shame that LH or LGW made no fuss about the inaugural service to FRA. Would have been good to get some cake at least.
Even more of a shame to loose out on the jetisfaction flight. At least they acknowledged the fact with the offer of 2 free future flights, not bad if it suits you I guess?

Not seen the cereal on a LH flight yet. One to look out for, you never know what's coming these days, which I quite like.

Some nice photos from around Hamburg, and of course, the Hamburger.

A few G+Ts with BA there, like your style.

Cheers, Lee.

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: infodesk
Posted 2011-11-11 10:44:52 and read 8957 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Thanks for this report. Shame about not getting the Jetsatisfaction flight as planned, but I think you were wise to take the refund and not the 2 free flights, you could be waiting a while to use those tickets. Pity LH didn't deem it necessary to have any inaugural celebrations, but nevertheless it's always something special for the log.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And LH haven’t uploaded a logo yet

You'd think that something like that wouldn't be too difficult for such a big airline......

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Handy train diagram

Yeah, they're good, you see them in Switzerland too. Always good to know which end of the platform to wait.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
nothing like some Ritter Sport for the journey

Yummy, my favourite Ritter sport there  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Jetisfaction – well, there were no jets, and no satisfaction. Perhaps I should sue under the trade descriptions act?

Haha, good idea!

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-11-13 00:59:34 and read 8777 times.

Hi Gabriel

Nice trip report you have got there, good to see an inaugural here!
Sorry to hear about Jetisfaction postponing it's flight, but at least you got to see HAM

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: akhmad
Posted 2011-11-17 13:00:16 and read 8489 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Entertaining report of both LH and BA. Pity that LH did not celebrate the inaugural flight to LGW.

Too bad you missed Jetisfaction as well. The SF3 flight to SEN would have been something special.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Today, however, it was a bowl of cereal with a drinking yoghurt. Very tasty actually, and a pretty good choice.

I love having cereal and yoghurt for breakfast. Well, full English breakfast is still the best though! 


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Strange looking plane

A rejected prototype?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Interesting views

Beautiful.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
possibly the ugliest shoes I’ve ever seen

And for 500 Euros! No thanks!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I couldn’t leave Hamburg without having a Hamburger!

How appropriate!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Hamburg Airport is a very nice place – lots of natural light, and very spacious

I believe you!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
She replied that I had an emergency exit row, and that she would block the middle seat – excellent!

Kudos to her!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Makes more sense than painting aircraft types on the tarmac

Hmm, I wonder which aircraft might be number 13?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
The Flensburger as pointed out by FlyingFinn

It reminds me of Grolsch!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
it was ”a couple of G&Ts and some water please”.

G&T. Your signature drink!   


Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: akhmad
Posted 2011-11-17 13:03:44 and read 8486 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Entertaining report of both LH and BA. Pity that LH did not celebrate the inaugural flight to LGW.

Too bad you missed Jetisfaction as well. The SF3 flight to SEN would have been something special.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Today, however, it was a bowl of cereal with a drinking yoghurt. Very tasty actually, and a pretty good choice.

I love having cereal and yoghurt for breakfast. Well, full English breakfast is still the best though! 


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Strange looking plane

A rejected prototype?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Interesting views

Beautiful.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
possibly the ugliest shoes I’ve ever seen

That all for 500 Euros? No thanks!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I couldn’t leave Hamburg without having a Hamburger!

How appropriate!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Hamburg Airport is a very nice place – lots of natural light, and very spacious

I believe you.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
She replied that I had an emergency exit row, and that she would block the middle seat – excellent!

Kudos to her!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Makes more sense than painting aircraft types on the tarmac

Hmm, I wonder which aircraft might be number 13?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
The Flensburger as pointed out by FlyingFinn

It reminds me of Grolsch!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
it was ”a couple of G&Ts and some water please”.

Gabriel and G&T. The right combination.


Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: signol
Posted 2011-11-17 18:12:08 and read 8402 times.

Hi Gabriel,

I guess you went for the Jetisfaction refund then?  
Nice report, shame the LH inaugural had nothing of note. Solid performance by BA, and included a good train ride.
That DB ticket seems to say on it "From: Railway Germany To: Frnakfurt Airport" - I would expect that to be the other way around. At least the ticket inspector approved of it  

Thanks again

signol

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: Ps76
Posted 2011-11-21 09:43:54 and read 8069 times.

Hi!

Just wanted to say many thanks for the report. Was cool to follow your adventures in reading. Hamburg did look like a really nice airport and you had a nice mix of planes and trains on this trip.

Many thanks,

Pierre

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-11-24 14:59:34 and read 7640 times.

Thanks for the great comments

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 28):
What a shame that LH or LGW made no fuss about the inaugural service to FRA. Would have been good to get some cake at least.

I was holding out for that cake!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 28):
Even more of a shame to loose out on the jetisfaction flight. At least they acknowledged the fact with the offer of 2 free future flights, not bad if it suits you I guess?

I think the refund was the best way forward - their network is a bit awkward

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 28):
Not seen the cereal on a LH flight yet. One to look out for, you never know what's coming these days, which I quite like.

I think it's great on a morning flight, better than a sandwich

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 28):
Some nice photos from around Hamburg, and of course, the Hamburger.

Thanks

Quoting infodesk (Reply 29):
Shame about not getting the Jetsatisfaction flight as planned,

Yeah, shame

Quoting infodesk (Reply 29):
You'd think that something like that wouldn't be too difficult for such a big airline......

Clearly someone overlooked it

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 30):
Nice trip report you have got there, good to see an inaugural here!

Thanks

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 30):
Sorry to hear about Jetisfaction postponing it's flight, but at least you got to see HAM

True, although I missed Munster

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Entertaining report of both LH and BA.

Thanks

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Too bad you missed Jetisfaction as well. The SF3 flight to SEN would have been something special.

Yeah, would have been much better than an A319

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Kudos to her!

Yeah, great service

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
G&T. Your signature drink!

Yup!

Quoting signol (Reply 33):
I guess you went for the Jetisfaction refund then?

Yeah, and I'm still waiting!

Quoting signol (Reply 33):
That DB ticket seems to say on it "From: Railway Germany To: Frnakfurt Airport" - I would expect that to be the other way around. At least the ticket inspector approved of it

Well, seeing as it's valid from anywhere to anywhere, it doesn't make a difference. I'm sure the guy that sold me the ticket (LH) knew that it was conncting from a flight, rather to a departing one

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 34):

Just wanted to say many thanks for the report.

No problem!

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 34):
Hamburg did look like a really nice airport and you had a nice mix of planes and trains on this trip.

Yeah, it's a very nice facility

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: LXM83
Posted 2011-11-25 13:02:44 and read 7374 times.

Hi gabrielchew

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 24):
Check http://flights.thomson.co.uk/en/index.html. The flight on 7-14 Dec is GBP 218 return at the moment.

Finally I get it... I think we were having a misunderstanding. I thought you were talking about Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands but you probably meant Sal, Cape Verde.

Would have been too nice to go all the way to the Falklands for just above GBP 200.... I'll keep on dreaming.

Cheers,
LXM83

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-11-29 07:46:47 and read 7024 times.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 36):

Finally I get it... I think we were having a misunderstanding. I thought you were talking about Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands but you probably meant Sal, Cape Verde. Would have been too nice to go all the way to the Falklands for just above GBP 200.... I'll keep on dreaming.

Oh yeah, sorry for the misunderstanding! A return to the Falklands for £200 would have been amazing! But still for Cape Verde it's quite a good deal.

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: Parton87
Posted 2011-11-29 11:44:06 and read 6968 times.

Hello Gabriel!

Thanks for the nice story! Shame about the Jetisfaction! It would be fun to see pictures from these rare airports!

LH and BA looks nice like always were LH is slightly better. At least in my experience.

Keep up the good work!

Greetings
Robert

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: airbuseric
Posted 2011-11-30 10:40:34 and read 6844 times.

Hi, Gabriel

really nice report you've made here. Sorry for my late reply!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Jetisfaction’s other routes are rather limited, consisting of some triangular routes from Munster/Osnabruck (FMO) to Poznan and Zurich, served by the not very Jet-like Saab 340. For a total of EUR 54 I was
able to book a seat on the inaugural FMO-SEN flight.

I was also booking almost on this first flight from FMO to SEN, but couldn't get a guarantee to be off work. Well, a wise decision for me, I think.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m still awaiting my refund.

How about the status now? Otherwise call your creditcard company to get the money back for you.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
route. Sometimes it’s a hot roll, sometimes a cold one, sometimes a hot wrap, or just a chocolate bar. Today, however, it was a bowl of cereal with a drinking yoghurt. Very tasty actually, and a pretty good choice.

I like this one!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
One of the few remaining SQ B747s, freshly arrived from JFK enroute for SIN

Soon A380, iirc. Maybe I should consider it to JFK in April 2011.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My train ticket

Looks like a wrong ticket? Reading it 'from any German station towards FRA', and you were leaving from FRA. But I can be wrong though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
She replied that I had an emergency exit row, and that she would block the middle seat – excellent!

Nice gesture!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
e was on the ball today. Lovely check in staff, fairly good lounge, and a reliable on board service. It’s a shame I’ve now lost my Silver status, but all good things must come to an end sometime.

I'm working to Silver in December and January, and I will get my hands on it in early 2012 if all goes according plan.

Regards
Eric

Topic: RE: I Can't Get No Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA Inaugural
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-12-07 09:44:40 and read 6529 times.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 38):

Thanks for the nice story!

No problem Robert!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 38):
Shame about the Jetisfaction! It would be fun to see pictures from these rare airports!

Yeah, a shame to have missed it

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 38):
LH and BA looks nice like always were LH is slightly better. At least in my experience.

The food is definately better on LH

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 38):
Keep up the good work!

Will try!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 39):

really nice report you've made here

Thanks

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 39):
How about the status now? Otherwise call your creditcard company to get the money back for you.

I've already submitted my claim, should take max 6 weeks.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 39):
Looks like a wrong ticket? Reading it 'from any German station towards FRA', and you were leaving from FRA. But I can be wrong though.

Well, the ticket is valid to/from anywhere in Germany, so it's academic where it starts

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 39):
Nice gesture!

Indeed

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 39):
I'm working to Silver in December and January, and I will get my hands on it in early 2012 if all goes according plan.

Good luck - BA Silver is pretty good. Better than *G


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