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Topic: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-12-10 06:19:52 and read 10556 times.

Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV

Hello!

It was a cold winter evening sometime in the late 1990s that my little sister was doing her homework learning the capitals of every country in Europe (I wished it was my homework, which is why I was paying attention). One country came up that neither of us (or our mum) had heard of, mysterious Moldova and it’s capital Chisinau (or Kishniev). I might only have been young, but I was intrigued (and hooked). I wanted to go. After a good decade and a half of occasional fare checks, on one of my (frequent) fare hunts I found a pretty low fare of GBP 137 return with Lufthansa via Munich. Normal fares of this relatively untraveled route lie around GBP 300, so I was delighted with my find. Interestingly, KIV wasn’t mentioned on the list of discounted fares, so it was only by chance that I found the fare. On top of this, a.netter LH4116 had posted about a money off voucher with Lufthansa – before I knew it, I had a GBP 35 voucher in my hand, meaning an overall fare (including credit card charge) of GBP 106. Yes please! Booked!

My map:
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Slightly off topic, I was ‘only’ charged GBP 99.79 in taxes. If I had booked using my Lufthansa airmiles, it would have cost a staggering GBP 203.99 JUST IN TAX! If that’s not a scam, then I don’t know what is. (for those of you interested, the breakdown was : Fuel and Security SurchargeGBP123.20, Air Passenger Duty (APD), GBP12.00Passenger Service Charge, GBP22.19Passenger Service Charge – Intl, GBP27.00Airport Security Charge, GBP4.50Passenger Service Charge (International), GBP5.30Other tax/charge, GBP2.10Airport Development TaxGBP7.70, TotalGBP203.99)

There were two issues with my flights. The first was the times. LH only fly to Moldova once a day, departing MUC at 0915, before the first LHR flight lands meaning having to spend a night in MUC. The second issue was the dates. A few weeks previously I’d booked a trip to Malaga which just happened to be leaving the day after I would get back from Moldova. Not ideal at all. I’d arrive into LHR from Moldova at 2030, then leave from LGW the next morning at 0740. Oh well, worse things have happened!

With a nice late departure time, there was not rush to get to the airport. I took the tube arriving at Terminal 1 around 1820, an hour and a half before my flight. Since I was last here in June a lot of airlines have moved around. LH and OS have moved to the main area (from area K), and share an area with BD. TP, LO and OU (also handled by BD) are still in Area K. LX is somewhere else.

The LHR T2 check in area
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There wasn’t much of a queue at security, and I was soon en route for the BD lounge.
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I was welcomed into the lounge, which was pretty empty. I was happy to see my usual chaise longue was unoccupied. I dumped my stuff, and went to get some supplies. Unfortunately, the sandwiches were a bit stale. The G&T was good though!
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As it was dark, there wasn’t a lot to see.
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Gradually the lounge emptied out until I was the only one left.
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A tasty slice of Mandarin cheesecake


Looking towards the cylindrical Irish terminal
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A nice cup of peppermint tea
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And a roll
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My plane finally pulled onto stand at 1930
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Flights to all corners of the world this evening – such a difference to a few years ago when the terminal was dominated by BA shorthual
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As the gate close time came and went, I took a seat near the gate entrance waiting for “boarding” to pop up on the screen. Luckily, Gate 5 is less than a minute’s walk from the lounge.


Very British – love it!


I’ll be flying LHR-CMN (Casablanca) next month en route to Burundi.


Finally boarding started, and I headed down to the gate
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I know a lot of us love this moment…


December 2011
London Heathrow (LHR) – Munich (MUC)
Lufthansa LH 2481
Scheduled: 2010-2305 (1h55m)
Actual: 2019-2237 (1h18m)
Airbus A320 D-AIPA “Buxtehude” (Lufthansa’s oldest A320, delivered in October 1989, and the oldest Airbus still operating for LH)



As expected, the flight was rather empty for a late Saturday evening flight. Despite the low load (around 20 pax) it took a while to get to my seat as people seemed to be taking their sweet time to store their stuff. Still, with a night in the airport, I’m not in a rush.
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I nearly walked past my seat (I had selected somewhere near the back) as it seemed like we had been upgauged from an A319 to a A320. Still, I was clear of the wing, so I was happy.

Nice and empty
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Pushback was a bit late, and we taxied towards to the runway
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Terminal 5 by night
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Yup, definitely an upgauge


Twenty minutes after take off we were served “dinner”. Unlike BA and their love of either Doormen crackers or s chocolate biscuit, LH like to keep you guessing.

On recent flights I’ve have a wide variety of snacks….

FRA-LCY (5pm flight)
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ARN-MUC (7am flight)
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MUC-HEL (7pm flight)
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LGW-FRA (10am flight)
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LHR-MUC (11am flight)


But what would I get today? Pizza!
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Ok, so it wasn’t the tastiest pizza in the world, but not bad Lufthansa! Whilst BA might have the edge on the drinks, LH definitely trumps BA on the food. (Having said that, I’m writing this flying BA AGP-LCY I’ve I just been served some very tasty sandwiches, which were definitely better than that pizza)

Nice and empty tonight, around 20 pax.
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My final destination, Chişinău
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We landed nearly half an hour empty into a nearly deserted Munich Airport.
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Once again people weren’t in a rush to disembark. I made my way to the service desk to see if I might be able to wangle a free hotel for the night – no dice, unfortunately. I was offered a hotel for Euro 80, no thanks. I found a hoatel online for just GBP 9 for the night, but after an hour getting there, and an hour back, I would have only had 5-6 hours sleep. As such, I decided to just stay in the departures area. The area was quite deserted – I counted 6-7 people spending the night there too.
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A while before my flight
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And a while before the lounge opens
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Whilst most airlines have stopped printed timetables, MUC still publishes one
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I checked out the meditation room – I thought about spending the night in there, but it was a bit bright!
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Typically LH
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An Italian friend of mine had passed through MUC a few weeks previously and mentioned that there were some “napcabs” near gate H32. These Napcabs are little pods (just 2 at present) with a bed, TV and internet access. They normally cost EUR 15/hour (min EUR 30), but at night they are EUR 10/hour. I decided to check in for a few hours. Nice idea, but a bit overpriced I think. I managed a few hours of shuteye.
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Don’t miss your flight!
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After some sleep, I awoke nice an early, ready to head for a shower in the lounge. SQ was here, enroute for MAN – not many pax today though
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The lounge was fairly deserted at this time (6am) on a Sunday. I made a beeline for a shower, which was most welcome!


After the shower, I got some stuff for breakfast, and found a comfy seat to wait for my flight.

Nice gingerbread house
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Tasty breakfast


After a few hours snoozing in the lounge, I headed towards my gate. As I approached the gate (thinking I had plenty of time) the agent announced the final call. Better hurry up! As expected, we had a remote stand.
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The expected CRJ 900. I hope the economics of these planes make them more worthwhile than the Embraers. As I said before, I’m writing this flying AGP-LCY on an E190, and the cabin (also 2x2) is SO much nicer. Higher, and brighter, and with much more storage space. LH have the E170/190s in their fleet, why also have the CRJ 170/190s?
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December 2011
Munich (MUC) – Chişinău (KIV)
Lufthansa LH 1742
Scheduled: 0915-1220 (2h05m)
Actual: 0918-1201 (1h43m)
Canadair 900 D-ACKI



Reasonable legroom
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The front of the plane was pretty full, but towards the back there were a few empty rows. I didn’t have a neighbour. Cold and wet in MUC
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He did actually manage to get that in the locker – was a tight squeeze though!
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Off we go!
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Goodbye MUC
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Cabin
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‘Breakfast’ was a bit strange (but very tasty), a very large chocolate chip biscuit. I had brought along a few tea bags from the lounge (good choice in there), so got a cup of hot water, along with some plain water and an OJ.
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Safety card. Interestingly, the Chinese translation just says “Safety first”
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Reading some reports!
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Our approach was a nice and early into a sunny Chişinău
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There wasn’t much happening on the tarmac. An Air Moldova A320 had just landed from Moscow, bit other than that, we were the only active aircraft.
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We were bussed to the terminal. I managed to get a space next to the door, so was first off at the terminal.
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Passing the Air Moldova A320
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Immigration took around 10 minutes (we had to wait for the last of the Muscovites to go through). My bag was already going round by the time I got to the belt. I decided to “couch surf” rather than stay in a hotel. I’ve done this a few times before in Sweden and the USA, and I think it’s a really great thing to do. You get to meet people that live in the city, and often get access to information/places that you just wouldn’t get in a hotel or hostel. My host couch surfer was kind enough to pick me up from the airport, but was running a little late, so I had time to look around the airport which had emptied out massively since the passengers from the MUC and DME flights have gone.

Arrivals
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Departures
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My bag tag. A green BD transfer tag was attached, but somewhere en route it got ripped off.


A few photos of Chisinau. It was a nice enough city (the sun probably helped!), and looked richer than I was expecting of Europe’s poorest country.
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The ethnographic musuem
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A nice Chisinau beer. This is the kind of place I never would have gone to on my own (lots of rowdy Molodvans), but with my couchsurfing host, I got in.


Later we went to an underground Russian music bar, which was very cool. Somehow ended up doing vodka shots with these friends of my host, even though we couldn’t really communicate with each other.
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Tasty Moldova food and wine
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Nice simple Christmas lights – beats the hell out of the tacky consumerist cr@p we have in London
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With my one full day in Moldova, what self-respecting travel addict wouldn’t take a day trip to the breakaway province of Transnistria? With passport in hand (no visa needed, just a completed arrivals form), I headed to the bus station. Transnistria buses go from stop #13.


I wasn’t sure which bus I should get – luckily my Russian was good enough to read the bus destination
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The Transnistrian border. Took about 15 mins to cross, no hassles! Not the hammer and sickle! Communism is still alive and kicking in some places in Europe!
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Sheriff, a private company (nearly typed ‘pirate’, which may actually be more accurate), seems to run most things in Transnistria
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Downtown Bendery
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Seems like cat walking is a pastime here


Moment from the Molodvan-Transnistrian civil war
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From Bendery, I caught the trolleybus to the capital Tiraspol
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The Nistria River

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-12-10 06:20:56 and read 10635 times.

I wanted to take the train back to Chisinau, but as you can see, they weren’t were frequent, so I was back on the bus instead


“For the customer’s convenience”!


I made it back to Chisinau unscathed, having quasi ticket off another country from my list. The next day, I was London bound. For just a couple of pounds, I took a taxi to the airport. The sun of yesterday had gone, and it was cold and wet. There were a few people in front of me at the Business Class queue, which took around 10 minutes. The Economy line was longer, but moved faster. My bag was tagged, and I was given my boarding passes after requesting an exit seat.
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From the check in desks I went to the post office and sent a few letters (post from Moldova is terribly cheap, so a good place to send long-haul mail from – I don’t think the service could be any worse than the Royal Mail who this week are taking a full 10 days to get First Class letters across London). From there I headed outside to check out the T-134 (?) in Air Moldova colours parked outside the terminal.
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Moldova seems keen to join the EU
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The Terminal
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After the T-134, I headed to the side of the terminal to have a look at the viewing deck – how nice that they have one (just opened) for free. No issues with photos! http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Moldova/CIMG8151.jpg
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Air Moldova headed to IST
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Tend Air – not sure where they were going
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Air Moldova Ads
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The terminal inside
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FIDS
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Aviation has been here a lot longer than some other Eastern European countries. Airports in Estonia and Belarus were only built in the 80s.
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After getting a bit lost trying to find security, I was through into the departures lounge, which is spacious and warm, but poorly lit.
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Alcohol was very cheap, so I bought a nice bottle of Russian Standard Platinum for EUR 11.
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There was free wifi in the terminal, so I checked in for my flight the next day with BA LGW-AGP
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Boarding via bus


Our plane
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Tend Air
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December 2011
Chişinău (KIV) – Munich (MUC)
Lufthansa LH 1743
Scheduled: 1300-1415 (2h15m)
Actual: 1315-1409 (1h54m)
Canadair 900 D-ACKL



Like on the last flight, the first 15-odd rows were full, with the rear ones only have one occupant each. I was very happy with my leg room in row 15. Luckily, I didn’t have a neighbour, meaning I had more space that anyone else on the plane!


Cold and wet outside
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A quarter of an hour late, we took off into a gloomy sky.
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I moved over to the asile seat as the ridge next to the window was a bit annoying.
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More Colombian ads


Hmm, seems like my trip through MUC will coincide with LH A380 flight to JFK.
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25 minutes after take off, lunch was served. This was probably the best shorthual meal I’ve had in quite a while. A very tasty pasta salad with tomatoes, sweet corn and mozzarella. Yum!
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Washed down with a beer and sparkling water


So tasty, I had to ask for another.
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Terrible smog consumes PEK again. Time for Beijing to clean up a bit more.


The cramped cabin of the CRJ 900.
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Good legroom in the exit row.
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Despite being generally grim, there was a bit of sun around
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Turns out I had missed the inaugural LH A380, but caught the EK one (they started on the 25 Nov)
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MS
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When did BD start MUC? Are they operating LH flight to MAN?
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Before we came to final stop, there were plenty of people tring to stand up. The cabin crew made a lot of announcements, but generally to no avail. One lady nearly went flying (we stopped and started a lot). People just don’t learn.
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As I had a 5 hour layover, I headed outside rather than go straight to the lounge (and my vodka would have been confiscated if I had anyway). It seemed like I was the only one ‘going’ to Munich today.
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My first stop was at a ticketing desk to ask about getting an earlier flight to London. I was told that my ticket was too cheap to do this, so no (as expected). I proceeded to head outside to the covered area between the two terminals where MUC host a Christmas Fair. It was really nice, and an excellent diversion if you have an hour or so connecting in MUC.
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I poked around the other terminal to see what that was like.
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I think MUC/Europcar can beat UME and Markus’ (FLIEGER67) strange seating!
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More festivities in MUC
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Old FIDS in T1
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Newer FIDS in T2
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I headed to the basement to do a bit more shopping (some Glühwein and Ritter bars!). I then bundled this all up with my coat into my backpack (and my vodka too), and checked it in. I once again asked about an earlier flight, but was told it was impossible. He added (and I didn’t really listen at the time) “unless there is bad weather”.
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With my bag off my hands, I went upstairs to2 the viewing terrace. Nice place (with some good info), but rather boring. Lufthansa, Lufthansa, Lufthansa, Air Dolomiti, Lufthansa, Lufthansa, Lufthansa, Egyptair, Lufthansa, Lufthansa, Lufthansa, repeat ad nauseam!
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After about 20 minutes up there, I went back downstairs, through security, and into the Schengen lounge.
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Nice tables here


The lounge filled up, then emptied out a few times before I headed through passport control, and up to the non-Schengen lounge. A chocolate Santa from the from desk.
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I took a seat in the corner, with a nice drink or two, and settled down using the internet.
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I started oacking up my stuff aroundf 7pm, to head to my gate for a 1925 departure. I noticed on the screens that my flight was delayed. Oh dear. Because of my early start in the morning (0740 from LGW) I was planning on stayin with a friend in London Bridge. I had said that I’d arrive around 10pm. I didn’t want to be arriving too late as she was working early the next day, so the delay was bad news. I asked at the front desk, and was told that it was snowing, and that both runways were closed. Argh.
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Nothing to do, but have some more food.


One for my 5-a-day, one to refresh, and one to relax  http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Moldova/CIMG8292.jpg

I was rather alarmed to get these messages:
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Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-12-10 06:21:17 and read 10624 times.

December 2011
Munich (MUC) – London Heathrow (LHR)
Lufthansa LH 2482
Scheduled: 1925-2030 (2h05m)
Actual: Cancelled
Airbus A321



I went to the front desk when I was told my flight had been cancelled, and I was on the first flight in the morning. No thanks. I would have loved to stay the night in a nice hotel at LH’s expense, but it would mean missing my trip to the Costa del Sol the next morning. I was moved onto the last flight on the night instead, which was already delayed to after 10pm. At this rate, my ETA to London Bridge would be around midnight. With nothing left to do but wait, I waited (and drank and ate), with the lounge gradually emptying out. It was annoying to see that some flights were running on time, but some were severely delayed. I’m also disappointed that LH decided to delay the last LHR flight of the day when a lot of the pax on that flight were already late from the cancellation. What really infuriated me though was that LH knew I wanted to get an earlier flight, and they knew where I was. They were happier for me (a lowly Silver member) to sit in the lounge, and arrive really late, rather than help me get on an earlier flight. Thumbs down LH.
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Finally at 2157 the flight flashed up as boarding (clearly we wouldn’t be taking off at 2210!).
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The plane had also changed from an A321 to an A320. All seats were sold out. I was lucky enough to get an exit row window though.
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There was quite a mob at the gate. Quite a lot of passengers had seat changes, so couldn’t use the automatic gates. Of course all that happens is that the machine beeps, so people still try and scan their boarding pass, meaning no one else can board. The staff were hopefully overwhelmed, and it took a long time to get on.

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December 2011
Munich (MUC) – London Heathrow (LHR)
Lufthansa LH 2484
Scheduled: 1925-2030 (2h05m)
Actual: 2248-2327 (1h39m)
Airbus A320 D-AIQK



Of course, with a flight full of business travellers, everyone had a roll-aboard bag, so the lockers were all full so it took even longer to get everyone seated.

One good thing, lots of space:
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Just as I imagined, our delay grew and grew until we finally pushed back at 2238
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For a horrible moment, I thought we’d be delayed even longer to be de-iced. Luckily, we weren’t.
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We finally took off at 2248, with an estimated flight time of 1h40m. Our ETA at LHR was now 2330. The last tube of the night leave at 2346. Unless the impossible happens and it takes less than 10 minutes to land, taxi, disembark, clear immigration, wait and pick up bags, and walk to the tube, then getting that train looked very unlikely…. We’ll see.
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A rather tasteless cheese sandwich. No hot food this evening? Seems like LH catering really is quite random.
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I like these features they have in the LH Magazin – an aerial view of some of their destination airports. Belarus’ Minsk here. Shame the runway follows the centrefold
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Most pax slept or dozed, me included.
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I was hoping for a fast flight home (on the way out it only took 1 h 20 m), but alas it took 20 minutes longer going back.
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Touchdown was at 2327, by far the latest I’ve arrived at LHR. I believe flight landing after 2300 without a permit get a large fine for breaking the night time curfew. Unlucky LH! My latest departure was around 0007 with SQ a few years ago after a storm. Needless to say there was nothing happening on the tarmac (apart from a lone VS A340 being towed somewhere). It was strange seeing all the gates at T3 empty. Between 2300 and 0400 is the only time they ever are.
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Bags took a while to unload, and by the time the first one came out, the train had already left.
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Nothing for it but to take the night bus to London. Not ideal at all.
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After a good eighty minutes of the bus, I took a taxi from Aldwych to my friend’s house arriving at 0150. She wasn’t very happy, and neither was I! After just 3 hours sleep, it was time for my adventure to Malaga, but I’ll leave that to next week!


So, all in all an interesting trip. Moldova and Transnistria were great places to visit. Next time will be for longer than 48 hours though! Flights with LH were a mixed bag. Awkward timings due to poor connectivity, and then a downright shambolic end due to poor planning. Ironically, there was a piece in the Magazin about how they learnt a lot of lessons from last winter – clearly they didn’t. The flights themselves were good (some great, some only adequate catering), just let down by the ground team.

My British Airways Gatwick – Malaga – London City report will be out next week! Thanks for reading.

All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
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
Skiing in Switzerland with Swiss and bmi. LHR-ZRH-DUB-LHR
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: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-12-10 07:12:29 and read 10382 times.

Hi Gabriel!

Thanks for posting another nice tripreport!

You sure picked an interesting destination, Moldova looks rather cool!

Good to read about your LH experience. As you said, the flights seem good, but the could have handled that situation better.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
An Italian friend of mine had passed through MUC a few weeks previously and mentioned that there were some “napcabs” near gate H32. These Napcabs are little pods (just 2 at present) with a bed, TV and internet access. They normally cost EUR 15/hour (min EUR 30), but at night they are EUR 10/hour. I decided to check in for a few hours. Nice idea, but a bit overpriced I think. I managed a few hours of shuteye.

I like these kind of ideas, wish they were available at more places.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
From there I headed outside to check out the T-134 (?) in Air Moldova colours parked outside the terminal.

Beautiful!

Martin

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: reifel
Posted 2011-12-10 07:13:25 and read 10380 times.

Great report. I am planning to go to Tiraspol as well. Aparently you had no problems at the border, that's good to know. I was thinking of coming in from Odessa, but aparently this is much more complicated.

Thanks for sharing.

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-12-10 07:25:57 and read 10351 times.

Interesting report about your Moldova trip!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I made my way to the service desk to see if I might be able to wangle a free hotel for the night – no dice, unfortunately.

Why would anyone offer a free hotel room?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
LH have the E170/190s in their fleet, why also have the CRJ 170/190s?

LH doesn't have any E170s and E175s, only E190s and E195s which offer significantly more seats then the CRJs. LH was among the first carriers to introduce the CRJ and then it consequently ordered larger variants. The first E-Jet order came quite later after it had become clear that other types wouldn't be available soon enough.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
I’m also disappointed that LH decided to delay the last LHR flight of the day when a lot of the pax on that flight were already late from the cancellation.

I'm sure there were good reasons for that decision. There are many aspects to be considered when the weather screws up operations.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
What really infuriated me though was that LH knew I wanted to get an earlier flight, and they knew where I was.

Did you expect them to add a remark to your reservation when you asked for an earlier flight in the afternoon? Wouldn't that be too much to ask for?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
They were happier for me (a lowly Silver member) to sit in the lounge, and arrive really late, rather than help me get on an earlier flight. Thumbs down LH.

But when did they refuse to put you on earlier flight? That was much earlier in the afternoon, long before the snow chaos, right? And was there an earlier flight available after the chaos had started?

I think you can be glad that they put you on the late evening flight - I guess numerous other passengers booked on your original flight HAD to stay at MUC for the night due to a lack of seats on the late evening service. Probably they DID treat you better due to your status. You shouldn't forget that you had a really low fare.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
No hot food this evening? Seems like LH catering really is quite random.

I doubt that anything is random on LH.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Awkward timings due to poor connectivity, and then a downright shambolic end due to poor planning. Ironically, there was a piece in the Magazin about how they learnt a lot of lessons from last winter – clearly they didn’t. The flights themselves were good (some great, some only adequate catering), just let down by the ground team.

Well, mother nature is simply more powerful than anything else - heavy snow can cause big trouble, you can only prepare to a certain degree. And the runway closure wasn't LH's decision, btw. Flying in winter can be challenging for anyone, airlines and passengers.


PH

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: LH4116
Posted 2011-12-10 08:11:00 and read 10203 times.

Hi there Gabriel Caramel Chew Chew, great report! 
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It was a cold winter evening sometime in the late 1990s that my little sister was doing her homework learning the capitals of every country in Europe (I wished it was my homework, which is why I was paying attention).

Hehe, yes I've had countless of those homeworks as well. And now, I know all the capitals by hand  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
If I had booked using my Lufthansa airmiles, it would have cost a staggering GBP 203.99 JUST IN TAX! If that’s not a scam, then I don’t know what is.

I have to agree with you on this one. LH's redemption fares are really insanely, unjustifiably expensive. Don't see how anyone would spent their miles with them, and I guess upgrades are the only thing worth spending miles on.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, the sandwiches were a bit stale. The G&T was good though!

Do they have any other food on offer in that lounge?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And a roll

A plain breadroll? why not another sandwich? 
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ok, so it wasn’t the tastiest pizza in the world, but not bad Lufthansa!

Must say that LH really have the upper hand on EU Y class catering, really the best! Especially after AF ditched their cold meals, in favor for bland bread rolls even on 3hr flights.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I found a hoatel online for just GBP 9 for the night, but after an hour getting there, and an hour back, I would have only had 5-6 hours sleep.

That's really cheap! Surely 6hrs is enough sleep.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I checked out the meditation room – I thought about spending the night in there, but it was a bit bright!

I bet Petteri P would've love to have spent the night in that room  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This was probably the best shorthual meal I’ve had in quite a while. A very tasty pasta salad with tomatoes, sweet corn and mozzarella. Yum!

That looks amazing as well, interesting how they serve it on such a short flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I think MUC/Europcar can beat UME and Markus’ (FLIEGER67) strange seating!

Certainly doesn't look like a comfy seater to me  

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: Widebodyroga
Posted 2011-12-10 08:15:58 and read 10192 times.

Sweet TR, Gab. I was looking forward to it since your announcement that you're going to Moldova. I didn't realize that you were planning on going to Trandnistria too. That was a great bonus. Did your passport got stamped when you entered?

It seems like you had quite a hectic schedule with your back-to-back trips (plus the long layover at MUC). I hope you can finally get some rest.

Thanks for putting this together.

WideBodyroga

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: signol
Posted 2011-12-10 08:26:00 and read 10159 times.

Excellent Gabriel,

another great report amongst a whole lot of excellent ones to obscure destinations! LH looks standard, nice on the food supplies though! Destination pictures look fascinating. Despite the weather you got home that night - a blessing I suppose, though a short turnaround won't help the appreciation of the next day's flight!

Thanks again

signol

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: aerdingus
Posted 2011-12-10 10:41:56 and read 9880 times.

Fair play on the couch surfing, I wouldnt have the balls for that. Looks like you really got to see how the locals live by doing so. And fascinating to see about Transnistria! I only heard of its existence a few years ago myself.

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: TupolevTu154
Posted 2011-12-10 11:12:58 and read 9818 times.

The Tend Air MD80 has come to LGW subbing for Air Moldova on the past two services. Their jungle jets have disappeared somewhere so I guess they're a bit short of aircraft.

Always wanted to visit Moldova, thanks for making me that little more jealous!

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: 717Flyer
Posted 2011-12-10 11:16:49 and read 9811 times.

Hi Gabriel!
What an excellent trip report! There's always something special when reading about such unknown and exotic places. Thank you so much for this insight in Chisinau!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It was a cold winter evening sometime in the late 1990s that my little sister was doing her homework learning the capitals of every country in Europe (I wished it was my homework, which is why I was paying attention). One country came up that neither of us (or our mum) had heard of, mysterious Moldova and it’s capital Chisinau (or Kishniev)

Now I'm impressed! That's exactly the way I personally heard about Chisinau and Moldova - through my Geography homework! There's many years since those assignments but I simply haven't been able to forget it! (Well, I guess it helps being an A.netter).
Otherwise I've only heard about Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest so really nice to read about your experience there, nice and interesting pictures too!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
had a GBP 35 voucher in my hand, meaning an overall fare (including credit card charge) of GBP 106. Yes please! Booked!

What a great deal! Congratulations!
I'm sorry you couldn't find such a deal on Air Moldova (that would have sweetened the deal even further  ), I haven't seen any report or heard anything about them. The cheapest one way fare on their LGW route has been around 100 EUR though, so not even close to the deal you managed to score.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Slightly off topic, I was ‘only’ charged GBP 99.79 in taxes. If I had booked using my Lufthansa airmiles, it would have cost a staggering GBP 203.99 JUST IN TAX! If that’s not a scam, then I don’t know what is. (for those of you interested, the breakdown was : Fuel and Security SurchargeGBP123.20, Air Passenger Duty (APD), GBP12.00Passenger Service Charge, GBP22.19Passenger Service Charge – Intl, GBP27.00Airport Security Charge, GBP4.50Passenger Service Charge (International), GBP5.30Other tax/charge, GBP2.10Airport Development TaxGBP7.70, TotalGBP203.99)

That's completely ridiculous! Finnair Plus is a completely useless FFP nowadays (well, almost) as you pay all taxes and fees (I haven't discovered any scam though) - and makes SAS and EuroBonus even better. Here's an example:

HEL-CPH-HEL as an EuroBonus award trip

Breakdown of taxes:
Security Charge3.63 EUR
Passenger Fee (International)9.65 EUR
Passenger Service Charge20.31 EUR
Total:33.59 EUR

HEL-CPH-HEL paid in cash on the very same flights:
Breakdown of taxes
Security Charge3.63 EUR
Passenger Fee (International)9.65 EUR
Fuel and Security Surcharge
Non refundable charges on non-refundable tickets47.00 EUR
Passenger Service Charge20.31 EUR
Total:80.59 EUR

No fuel surcharges to be seen! Maybe that's what is wrong with Lufthansa? You pay the fuel surcharge for all award trips? (I'm not sure though).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Not ideal at all. I’d arrive into LHR from Moldova at 2030, then leave from LGW the next morning at 0740. Oh well, worse things have happened!

Well, these are the sacrifices one has to make for being an A.netter! Besides I see no problem there at all!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I know a lot of us love this moment…

Yeah, when you discover there IS some light at the end of the tunnel!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Yup, definitely an upgauge

...but never trust the safety card! Once when flying the A319 on Finnair I found a safety card for the B757 in the seat pocket. As I first showed it to the FA she didn't understand what I was complaining about, but in the end she got the point.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nice and empty tonight, around 20 pax.

An A320 with 20 pax could almost be considered a private plane! I once flew on an FC ATR 72 with two passengers: my father and I. As you may understand, service was excellent during that flight!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We landed nearly half an hour empty into a nearly deserted Munich Airport.

Hmm, this is the first time I hear a flight landing half an hour empty! Usually, they're half an hour early or half an hour delayed...  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
An Italian friend of mine had passed through MUC a few weeks previously and mentioned that there were some “napcabs” near gate H32. These Napcabs are little pods (just 2 at present) with a bed, TV and internet access. They normally cost EUR 15/hour (min EUR 30), but at night they are EUR 10/hour. I decided to check in for a few hours. Nice idea, but a bit overpriced I think. I managed a few hours of shuteye.

What a great idea! I've never heard of anything similar!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The expected CRJ 900. I hope the economics of these planes make them more worthwhile than the Embraers. As I said before, I’m writing this flying AGP-LCY on an E190, and the cabin (also 2x2) is SO much nicer. Higher, and brighter, and with much more storage space. LH have the E170/190s in their fleet, why also have the CRJ 170/190s?

I agree with you on that. Even though I think that CRJ series aircraft look much better on the outside!
I flew on the CRJ for the first time this summer on the -200 series on Cimber Sterling and it sure wasn't very comfortable inside. Now I have two CRJ-900 rides booked, but with equipment changes getting more and more usual, we'll see what plane I end up with! (I don't think LH has any Embraer 170's in their fleet though).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
25 minutes after take off, lunch was served. This was probably the best shorthual meal I’ve had in quite a while. A very tasty pasta salad with tomatoes, sweet corn and mozzarella. Yum!

Thumbs up for Lufthansa for having such a variety in their onboard meals! I always thought the "new catering concept" they introduced some time ago would only make things worse with hot meals being part of the history, but apparently they know what they're doing!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
When did BD start MUC? Are they operating LH flight to MAN?

Yeah, they operate the MAN-MUC route for Lufthansa.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My first stop was at a ticketing desk to ask about getting an earlier flight to London. I was told that my ticket was too cheap to do this, so no (as expected).

Sorry to hear that, on the other hand it is no surprise. Some friends of mine flew with Turkish Airlines HEL-IST-AYT-IST-HEL on cheapest possible tickets and as they had long transfer time in Istanbul (some 4,5 hours) TK asked at the transfer desk if they wanted an earlier flight to AYT, shortening the transfer time to only 2 hours.
But I guess it depends on the airline and the fares offered.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A rather tasteless cheese sandwich. No hot food this evening? Seems like LH catering really is quite random.

Indeed it doesn't look all too appetizing. In your situation I would just have been happy about getting on a flight leaving that same day. We had a similar situation at HEL yesterday as the snow storms caused huge delays and flight cancellations. And yet we in Finland are supposed to know how to handle snow!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The flights themselves were good (some great, some only adequate catering), just let down by the ground team.

Indeed LH offers quite a good product! Even though your experience didn't exactly get better towards the end I'm sure all airlines were heavily affected by the bad weather and you should blame Mother Nature, not Lufty for the delays.

Looking forward to your Malaga story and thanks once again for this superb read!

Regards,
717Flyer

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: Sultanils
Posted 2011-12-10 14:04:19 and read 9503 times.

Hi Gabriel,

A nice report once again on your trip to Moldova. It doesn't look quite like my first choice of destination but I'm glad you had a good time there nevertheless. I like the fact you did some couchsurfing there, I always wonder who does things like that  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’d arrive into LHR from Moldova at 2030, then leave from LGW the next morning at 0740. Oh well, worse things have happened!

That should really be no problem for a die-hard traveller now should it?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Looking towards the cylindrical Irish terminal

Urgh, departed there once last year to DUB, hated it...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
it seemed like we had been upgauged from an A319 to a A320.

Considering the passenger load that night they really shouldn't have bothered.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A very tasty pasta salad with tomatoes, sweet corn and mozzarella. Yum!

Looks very appetizing.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
What really infuriated me though was that LH knew I wanted to get an earlier flight, and they knew where I was.

I guess you must be happy they did get you on a flight that evening. You did book the lowest ticket class so you're last in line.

Sultanils

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: volvair
Posted 2011-12-10 15:55:39 and read 9350 times.

Hi Gabriel,

a very interesting destination this time, and you have managed to compose an excellent report out of your journey. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Chisinau does not look to be too bad to spend a couple of days there and enjoy a few bargains. I imagine it to be quite nice in spring when its warmer.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’ll be flying LHR-CMN (Casablanca) next month en route to Burundi.

Casablanca is not really on the direct route down to Burundi, is it? Are you backtracking to Europe again to catch a flight down to East Africa?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Airbus A320 D-AIPA “Buxtehude” (Lufthansa’s oldest A320, delivered in October 1989, and the oldest Airbus still operating for LH)

Great catch!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I decided to “couch surf” rather than stay in a hotel. I’ve done this a few times before in Sweden and the USA, and I think it’s a really great thing to do. You get to meet people that live in the city, and often get access to information/places that you just wouldn’t get in a hotel or hostel.

Good to see someone here who is also enjoying couchsurfing. I have done it in Central/South Eastern Europe before and it is great way to overcome language barriers with the locals. Always had a great time and can only recommend it as well.


Sorry to hear that you had to transit through MUC during the first few hours when the airport encountered problems this winter. As I have heard it was apparently a very sudden snow storm which hit the airport that day, some parts in central and southern Munich did not even see snow on that evening. I have to say, though, that I concur with the opinions in some previous replies that you were indeed lucky to get on the evening departure. Consider that MUC-LHR is business heavy, especially on a late evening flight, and I am sure many pax (or their companies) forked out a lot more for the ticket than you did, probably also quite a few pax carried status just like you.

Looking forward to your AGP report now!

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: akhmad
Posted 2011-12-11 00:56:46 and read 9050 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Excellent report. I feel like tagging along with you. Somehow, I like the scenery pictures of Bendery most. Especially the cat walking shot. So cute!  


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It was a cold winter evening sometime in the late 1990s that my little sister was doing her homework learning the capitals of every country in Europe (I wished it was my homework, which is why I was paying attention).

I remember myself doing the same as your sister did and got an A!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The G&T was good though!

I would not expect anything else.   


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Very British – love it!

Well done, BD!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
(Lufthansa’s oldest A320, delivered in October 1989, and the oldest Airbus still operating for LH)

And look how well maintained the interior is.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Unlike BA and their love of either Doormen crackers or s chocolate biscuit, LH like to keep you guessing.

LH catering is good, but there is nothing wrong with Doormen crackers. I love the Doormen’s Indian Korma.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Having said that, I’m writing this flying BA AGP-LCY I’ve I just been served some very tasty sandwiches, which were definitely better than that pizza)

Pickle and cheese?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
MUC still publishes one

Did you liberate it?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I decided to check in for a few hours. Nice idea, but a bit overpriced I think. I managed a few hours of shuteye.

Nice solution indeed. But is it me or is the wall transparent?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nice gingerbread house

Did you try it?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
LH have the E170/190s in their fleet, why also have the CRJ 170/190s?

To keep us A.netters happy as customers. 


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Interestingly, the Chinese translation just says “Safety first”

That is clear.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Somehow ended up doing vodka shots with these friends of my host, even though we couldn’t really communicate with each other

Let the vodka do the talking.  


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
luckily my Russian was good enough to read the bus destination

Do you speak Russian as well? Cool!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
“For the customer’s convenience”!

And suppleness!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
the T-134 (?) in Air Moldova colours

That is TU-134 indeed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Alcohol was very cheap, so I bought a nice bottle of Russian Standard Platinum for EUR 11
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
As I had a 5 hour layover, I headed outside rather than go straight to the lounge (and my vodka would have been confiscated if I had anyway).

That made sense. I was wondering at the beginning how you could get away with the bottle at the security?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
so I checked in for my flight the next day with BA LGW-AGP

What if you found out 3-3-3 seating arrangement?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
This was probably the best shorthual meal I’ve had in quite a while. A very tasty pasta salad with tomatoes, sweet corn and mozzarella. Yum!

It looks tasty indeed!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
So tasty, I had to ask for another.

and another Warsteiner as well! I have a feeling that Warsteiner has come into fashion among us A.netters!   


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
One lady nearly went flying (we stopped and started a lot).

I assume she has learned the lesson the hard way.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
It was really nice, and an excellent diversion if you have an hour or so connecting in MUC.

Also worth a daytrip!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I went upstairs to2 the viewing terrace

Hmm, does the gate count down the number at every passage?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I took a seat in the corner, with a nice drink or two, and settled down using the internet.

White wine and G&T?   


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Thumbs down LH.

I can imagine your frustration.  


Thank you for sharing. I am curious about your AGP adventure!  

Best wishes,
Suryo

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: debonair
Posted 2011-12-11 01:26:57 and read 9031 times.

Nice TR-as always. But, maybe next time, can you split your TR in 2 parts (inbound/outbound)? Otherwise long loading of pictures...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Tend Air – not sure where they were going

CRAZY!!! Ok, AIR MOLDOVA lsd. this bird due to the fact, that they are short on a/c's - bcs. there own metal is lsd. out to other companies like RAK AIRWAYS! Very Strange...

But it gets better, this a/c is op. by Romanian carrier TEN AIRWAYS aka/former Jetran Air, in colours of TREND AIR (no idea about this company) for AIR MOLDOVA on flights into Europe (like FRA).

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-12-11 02:31:06 and read 8976 times.

Hi Gab,

Great report on your little trip to one and half new countries (yeah, Transnistria is a bit of a faux country).

I spent around 20 hours in Chisinau a few years ago, it was June though and the temperature was around thirty degrees Celcius so a bit different. But yes, a very nice and interesting city and country - would love to go back some time to try to make it to Tiraspol and of course fly Air Moldova as well (give me the Embraer 120 anyday!).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I had a GBP 35 voucher in my hand, meaning an overall fare (including credit card charge) of GBP 106. Yes please! Booked!

Wow, that's a bargain of the year! I paid around 170 EUR just for my BT flights HEL-RIX-KIV. RIX-KIV was a three hour flight on a Fokker 50, that's quite a long time in such a small plane.... Chisinau isn't exactly the most popular or well connected destination out there for sure.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Gradually the lounge emptied out until I was the only one left.

I have to repeat what I have said earlier - that lounge looks just so darn good. Luckily I'll have a chance to try it out in January, probably the only time as I don't think it will be around like that that much longer anymore...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I know a lot of us love this moment…

We certainly do!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Twenty minutes after take off we were served “dinner”. Unlike BA and their love of either Doormen crackers or s chocolate biscuit, LH like to keep you guessing.

They sure do, I'm with you on this one!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
But what would I get today? Pizza!

Wow, interesting. But looks rather good and a nice to get a hot snack on a short flight like that.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
They normally cost EUR 15/hour (min EUR 30), but at night they are EUR 10/hour. I decided to check in for a few hours. Nice idea, but a bit overpriced I think. I managed a few hours of shuteye.

Interesting concept. Yeah, they look a bit overpriced but could come in handy at some point, thanks for the info. Is there somebody tending to them or are they completely automatic (you wipe your credit card to unlock it etc.)?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nice gingerbread house

I noticed the same when passing through the previous day.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After a few hours snoozing in the lounge, I headed towards my gate. As I approached the gate (thinking I had plenty of time) the agent announced the final call. Better hurry up! As expected, we had a remote stand.

Getting flashbacks to Istanbul, are you?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
He did actually manage to get that in the locker – was a tight squeeze though!

Hope there wasn't anything delicate inside.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Passing the Air Moldova A320

Ahh, I really need to try to catch a flight with them! Such a lovely colorful livery and all.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My host couch surfer was kind enough to pick me up from the airport, but was running a little late,

That's so nice of him. What do you think of couchsurfing, have you ever had any problems with it?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A few photos of Chisinau. It was a nice enough city (the sun probably helped!), and looked richer than I was expecting of Europe’s poorest country.

Yes, Chisinau is weird. There are lots of very nice cars and high quality restaurants around there, I guess you are not supposed to ask where that money comes from!

I had a really weird moment there, sitting at a restaurant patio under leafy trees eating dinner and watching and listening to some older Norwegian guy (who drove in with a Porsche Cayenne) talk about his wealth and power and ex-wives and kids etc. to a couple of Russian ladies on the next table. And yes, they all left together, although I don't think the guy was exactly fit to drive but drove he did...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Tasty Moldova food and wine

Oh yes, they had really nice food and wine there. Plus the local brandy is excellent. And everything's so cheap.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
With my one full day in Moldova, what self-respecting travel addict wouldn’t take a day trip to the breakaway province of Transnistria? With passport in hand (no visa needed, just a completed arrivals form), I headed to the bus station. Transnistria buses go from stop #13.

Wow, that's cool. I always thought accessing the breakaway "country" would be much harder, but apparently not.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Sheriff, a private company (nearly typed ‘pirate’, which may actually be more accurate), seems to run most things in Transnistria

Yes, and of course they are owned by the people in power here. There's nothing communist about Transnistria, it's just organized crime pretending to be a state. Unfortunately it is always the people who suffer from this.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Downtown Bendery

They must love Futurama there!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
“For the customer’s convenience”!

Hilarious!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
sent a few letters (post from Moldova is terribly cheap, so a good place to send long-haul mail from – I don’t think the service could be any worse than the Royal Mail who this week are taking a full 10 days to get First Class letters across London).

You really are taking this globalization thing seriously - I've never heard of anyone sending letters abroad just "because it is cheaper there"!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Moldova seems keen to join the EU

Despite the recent developments a lot of countries are!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Aviation has been here a lot longer than some other Eastern European countries. Airports in Estonia and Belarus were only built in the 80s.

No, that is not quite right. For example the Tartu airport has been in the current location since 1946 and aviation in Estonia goes back to the 1920's.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
25 minutes after take off, lunch was served. This was probably the best shorthual meal I’ve had in quite a while. A very tasty pasta salad with tomatoes, sweet corn and mozzarella. Yum!

That indeed looks very good. Another variation of what we got on our MUC-HEL flight when coming back from Colombia. Although the same grissini sticks seem to be there and I didn't like those one tiny bit!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
So tasty, I had to ask for another.

Nice of them to give you another one!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Turns out I had missed the inaugural LH A380, but caught the EK one (they started on the 25 Nov)

I saw it the previous day as well - was quite surprised as I had no idea they used the whalejet to MUC.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Before we came to final stop, there were plenty of people tring to stand up. The cabin crew made a lot of announcements, but generally to no avail. One lady nearly went flying (we stopped and started a lot). People just don’t learn.

Yeah, this is just so stupid. And quite often it is people from certain countries that do it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
where MUC host a Christmas Fair. It was really nice, and an excellent diversion if you have an hour or so connecting in MUC.

Very nice, I had no idea they have such a thing at the airport. Another reason to admire MUC, it simply is a great airport!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A chocolate Santa from the from desk.

And your Avianca travel wallet I see  .

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nothing to do, but have some more food.

I had the same meatballs the previous day at the Senator lounge, quite okay.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A rather tasteless cheese sandwich. No hot food this evening? Seems like LH catering really is quite random.

And again this is the same sandwich I got on MUC-HEL the previous day!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Touchdown was at 2327, by far the latest I’ve arrived at LHR. I believe flight landing after 2300 without a permit get a large fine for breaking the night time curfew. Unlucky LH!

That's nice of Lufthansa to still operate the flight despite this and get you and other passengers to London still that evening. I'm pretty sure some other airlines would've simply cancelled the flights and booked you on a new service the next morning.

I think you are a bit too harsh on how LH handled the situation. After all it was weather related, so it is really out of their hands. Still they got you on the last flight of the day, safe and sound.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
I bet Petteri P would've love to have spent the night in that room

What? I doubt I could've slept that well there.

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: JL418
Posted 2011-12-11 02:52:00 and read 8943 times.

Hello Gabriel!

Thanks for sharing with us your TR, I read it with pleasure. Here below some comments, sorry that I haven't selected some parts of your report but I'm definitely too lazy to scroll up and down in search for the "Quote" button!

Transnistria is definitely interesting, those USSR-styled banners looks like a trip back in time. You definitely made a case for couchsurfing, surely booking at an hotel wouldn't have been quite the same. However, though, the only thing that prevents me from trying and doing it as well is the classic question "What if my hoster is a complete nutter?"

I share your view regarding the CRJs. I've flown them on Iberia - Air Nostrum and, honestly, they don't stand a chance against an Embraer when it comes to cabin comfort. The Iberia plane reminded me of something like a Q400 without the glamour of being a prop. Sometimes Lufthansa's decisions when it comes to fleet requirements leave me baffled: surely they do what they do with a purpose and they know better than me, but their choices sometimes look like overlapping. Their regional fleet is surely one of those.

Munich Airport, finally, is definitely one of Europe's finests. Some other terminals, in my opinion, are equally as brilliant architecturewise (BCN's newest, T5 at LHR, Arlanda's T4) but Munich seems one of the very few ones designed to make people enjoy flights. Too bad that they and LH let you down with the snowstorm, these are things that shouldn't happen especially if you've got status (and you are a valuable customer, one to be kept away from competitors).

Looking forward to read about your next trip!

Fabrizio

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-12-11 03:04:20 and read 8918 times.

Hi Fabrizio,

Quoting JL418 (Reply 17):
, Arlanda's T4)

Surely a (Freudian?) slip here, T4 at Arlanda is the dire domestic terminal, definitely nothing to admire or write home about.

I think you mean the "Arlanda Norra" development, i.e. the F pier of T5 which indeed is a very nice part of the airport (and since you flew BA to Heathrow that's where they depart from).

All the other terminals, including A and B piers of T5 at ARN are quite mediocre.

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2011-12-11 04:55:34 and read 8823 times.

Hi GB,

Another good read and interesting destination, thanks for sharing! - btw, Moldova looks quite interesting, had no idea what I was expecting I guess.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I found a pretty low fare of GBP 137 return with Lufthansa via Munich. Normal fares of this relatively untraveled route lie around GBP 300, so I was delighted with my find. Interestingly, KIV wasn’t mentioned on the list of discounted fares, so it was only by chance that I found the fare. On top of this, a.netter LH4116 had posted about a money off voucher with Lufthansa – before I knew it, I had a GBP 35 voucher in my hand, meaning an overall fare (including credit card charge) of GBP 106. Yes please! Booked!

- Even @ £137 it's a good price, though the extra £35 off is a nice bonus.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Slightly off topic, I was ‘only’ charged GBP 99.79 in taxes. If I had booked using my Lufthansa airmiles, it would have cost a staggering GBP 203.99 JUST IN TAX! If that’s not a scam, then I don’t know what is

- I'd love to see how LH customer services could explain this one.........

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
so it wasn’t the tastiest pizza in the world, but not bad Lufthansa! Whilst BA might have the edge on the drinks, LH definitely trumps BA on the food

- Certainly does look like they have the catering edge, some very interesting options seem to be offered.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Whilst most airlines have stopped printed timetables, MUC still publishes one

- FRA does too, mother in law picked me up one last week  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
‘Breakfast’ was a bit strange (but very tasty), a very large chocolate chip biscuit

- That's huge!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Reading some reports!

- I've seen that map before  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I headed to the side of the terminal to have a look at the viewing deck – how nice that they have one (just opened) for free. No issues with photos!

- Nice to know though the traffic levels are a bit low for my liking.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
lunch was served. This was probably the best shorthual meal I’ve had in quite a while. A very tasty pasta salad with tomatoes, sweet corn and mozzarella. Yum!

- Does look good!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I went upstairs to2 the viewing terrace. Nice place (with some good info), but rather boring. Lufthansa, Lufthansa, Lufthansa, Air Dolomiti, Lufthansa, Lufthansa, Lufthansa, Egyptair, Lufthansa, Lufthansa, Lufthansa, repeat ad nauseam!

- Brewox and I froze ourselves on a spotting trip there about a year ago, don't ever recall being so cold!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m also disappointed that LH decided to delay the last LHR flight of the day when a lot of the pax on that flight were already late from the cancellation. What really infuriated me though was that LH knew I wanted to get an earlier flight, and they knew where I was. They were happier for me (a lowly Silver member) to sit in the lounge, and arrive really late, rather than help me get on an earlier flight. Thumbs down LH

- Given they knew the weather would be deteriorating they could have bent the rules and put you on an earlier flight, just shows the airlines do things to suit them, not the passenger.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A rather tasteless cheese sandwich. No hot food this evening? Seems like LH catering really is quite random.

- Random indeed, looks quite bland compared to some of the options you've shown us.

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-12-11 05:07:26 and read 8800 times.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 17):
Too bad that they and LH let you down with the snowstorm, these are things that shouldn't happen especially if you've got status (and you are a valuable customer, one to be kept away from competitors).

What should they have done? Using all the planes' engines to melt the snow? The situation was really bad on that day. And it's not always predictable how the weather turns out in the end. Snowstorms can severely affect operations, airlines and passengers have to deal with it.


PH

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2011-12-11 05:44:13 and read 8751 times.

Hi, Gabriel,

great to see a good number of pictures from Moldova and Transnistria.
Also the inbound flights on LH together with the outbound to MUC looking good.
Shame to follow the onward connection to LHR, definitely not nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

I think MUC/Europcar can beat UME and Markus’ (FLIEGER67) strange seating!

Well, that´s indeed super strange seating.

Looking forward to the Costa del Sol story.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-12-11 06:20:12 and read 8717 times.

Thanks for all the comments so far! I've tried to group replies by topic, so things aren't grouped by user!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
great report!
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Thanks for posting another nice tripreport!
Quoting reifel (Reply 4):
Great report
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Interesting report about your Moldova trip!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
You sure picked an interesting destination, Moldova looks rather cool!

Moldova was very cool

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
I like these kind of ideas, wish they were available at more places.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 11):
What a great idea! I've never heard of anything similar!

Well, in LGW and LHR they have a similar thing landside called Yotel....

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Nice solution indeed. But is it me or is the wall transparent?

There is a window (so people can see what they're going to get), but there is a curtain

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Interesting concept. Yeah, they look a bit overpriced but could come in handy at some point, thanks for the info. Is there somebody tending to them or are they completely automatic (you wipe your credit card to unlock it etc.)?

It's opened by c/c. I guess once you check out, someone is alerted to come and change the sheets, and get a new bottle of water. In the meantime they aren't available for use.

Quoting reifel (Reply 4):
I am planning to go to Tiraspol as well. Aparently you had no problems at the border, that's good to know. I was thinking of coming in from Odessa, but aparently this is much more complicated.
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
I was looking forward to it since your announcement that you're going to Moldova. I didn't realize that you were planning on going to Trandnistria too. That was a great bonus. Did your passport got stamped when you entered?
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Wow, that's cool. I always thought accessing the breakaway "country" would be much harder, but apparently not.

I think if you enter from Ukraine, you will have issues leaving Moldova either at the airport or to Romania as you won't have a Moldova entry stamp. Not sure how people get around this issue, but I guess the border guards understand the situation. There is no stamping of passports on the Moldovan/Transnistria border.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Why would anyone offer a free hotel room?

Well, GF has done for me in the past. I wasn't expecting them too, just checking on the off chance seeing as with LH there it's not actually possible to do a same day connection, you HAVE to stay over in MUC.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
LH doesn't have any E170s and E175s, only E190s and E195s which offer significantly more seats then the CRJs. LH was among the first carriers to introduce the CRJ and then it consequently ordered larger variants. The first E-Jet order came quite later after it had become clear that other types wouldn't be available soon enough.

That explains it. I wonder which works out better for LH.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Did you expect them to add a remark to your reservation when you asked for an earlier flight in the afternoon? Wouldn't that be too much to ask for?

Yes, that was what I was sort of expecting.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):

But when did they refuse to put you on earlier flight? That was much earlier in the afternoon, long before the snow chaos, right? And was there an earlier flight available after the chaos had started? I think you can be glad that they put you on the late evening flight - I guess numerous other passengers booked on your original flight HAD to stay at MUC for the night due to a lack of seats on the late evening service. Probably they DID treat you better due to your status. You shouldn't forget that you had a really low fare.

Well last winter BA proactively put me on an earlier GLA-LON flight, and even let me change from LHR to LCY, and the flight wasn't even delayed! SK have also done this for me flying LHR-CPH, and CA PEK-SHA. I think you need to look at getting people on earlier flights differently if they are O/D pax or transiting. It wasn't like I had 5 hours to wait in MUC because I had finished my business meeting in Munich early.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
I doubt that anything is random on LH.

Well, it SEEMS random!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
I have to agree with you on this one. LH's redemption fares are really insanely, unjustifiably expensive. Don't see how anyone would spent their miles with them, and I guess upgrades are the only thing worth spending miles on.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 11):
No fuel surcharges to be seen! Maybe that's what is wrong with Lufthansa? You pay the fuel surcharge for all award trips? (I'm not sure though).

I'm saving up for a 1st class trip somewhere so I don't feel too ripped off with the taxes and surcharges!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Do they have any other food on offer in that lounge?

Soup, buscuits, fruit, crisps, peanuts, salad, cereal...... nothing proper hot though. Hot food is one thing that the *G lounge has over the BD lounge.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
That looks amazing as well, interesting how they serve it on such a short flight.

Well, the flight was 2 h20m

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
Sweet TR, Gab.
Quoting signol (Reply 8):

another great report amongst a whole lot of excellent ones to obscure destinations!

Thanks!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
It seems like you had quite a hectic schedule with your back-to-back trips (plus the long layover at MUC). I hope you can finally get some rest.
Quoting signol (Reply 8):
Despite the weather you got home that night - a blessing I suppose, though a short turnaround won't help the appreciation of the next day's flight!

Well, I managed to sleep almost the entire LGW-AGP flight!

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 9):
Fair play on the couch surfing, I wouldnt have the balls for that. Looks like you really got to see how the locals live by doing so.
Quoting volvair (Reply 13):
Good to see someone here who is also enjoying couchsurfing. I have done it in Central/South Eastern Europe before and it is great way to overcome language barriers with the locals. Always had a great time and can only recommend it as well.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
That's so nice of him. What do you think of couchsurfing, have you ever had any problems with it?
Quoting JL418 (Reply 17):
You definitely made a case for couchsurfing, surely booking at an hotel wouldn't have been quite the same. However, though, the only thing that prevents me from trying and doing it as well is the classic question "What if my hoster is a complete nutter?"

I think couchsurfing is quite safe. People you meet rate you, and write comments. If someone is a real freak then others will comment as such! And there is an electronic trail left of your messages so good thance that a physco killer would be tracked down fairly easiliy! The host can choose not to host someone if they wish. I've only ever met really colol people from C.S. Lots of like minded travellers.

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 10):
The Tend Air MD80 has come to LGW subbing for Air Moldova on the past two services. Their jungle jets have disappeared somewhere so I guess they're a bit short of aircraft.

Thanks, interesting info

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 10):
Always wanted to visit Moldova, thanks for making me that little more jealous!
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 11):
I'm sorry you couldn't find such a deal on Air Moldova (that would have sweetened the deal even further ), I haven't seen any report or heard anything about them. The cheapest one way fare on their LGW route has been around 100 EUR though, so not even close to the deal you managed to score.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
and of course fly Air Moldova as well (give me the Embraer 120 anyday!).

Well, monitor the LH website for more offers. KIV wasn't actually on the list of offers I saw, it was only when I specifically checked that the same price came up. I want to try and get on Air Moldva from OTP on their EMB 120. Fare start around GBP 50 o/w.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 11):
What an excellent trip report! There's always something special when reading about such unknown and exotic places. Thank you so much for this insight in Chisinau!
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):

A nice report once again on your trip to Moldova
Quoting volvair (Reply 13):

a very interesting destination this time, and you have managed to compose an excellent report out of your journey. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Thanks!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
That should really be no problem for a die-hard traveller now should it?

Well, I do like my sleep!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
Considering the passenger load that night they really shouldn't have bothered.

No, they needn't have. Strange the empty outbound got upgagued, the full return was downsized.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
I guess you must be happy they did get you on a flight that evening. You did book the lowest ticket class so you're last in line.

Well IROPS is the one place where having status shold count in your favour

Quoting volvair (Reply 13):
I imagine it to be quite nice in spring when its warmer.

Yeah, a summer time trip would be good

Quoting volvair (Reply 13):
Casablanca is not really on the direct route down to Burundi, is it? Are you backtracking to Europe again to catch a flight down to East Africa?

Yes, it's not enroute. I'm going LHR-CMN-LIS-BRU-BJM.....not entriely sure why!

Quoting volvair (Reply 13):
Consider that MUC-LHR is business heavy, especially on a late evening flight, and I am sure many pax (or their companies) forked out a lot more for the ticket than you did, probably also quite a few pax carried status just like you.

There were surpisingly few people in the lounge, so not that many status pax.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Especially the cat walking shot. So cute!

haha, yes, I was so happy to see that!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Pickle and cheese?

No, a choice of FOUR types!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Did you liberate it?

No, got too much paper already

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Do you speak Russian as well? Cool!

Barely

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Hmm, does the gate count down the number at every passage?

I shows the max no. of spaces left to prevent overcrowding

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
White wine and G&T?

Sparkling white and water  
Quoting debonair (Reply 15):
Nice TR-as always. But, maybe next time, can you split your TR in 2 parts (inbound/outbound)? Otherwise long loading of pictures...

I do split some, maybe I should have split this one too. Sorry

Quoting debonair (Reply 15):

CRAZY!!! Ok, AIR MOLDOVA lsd. this bird due to the fact, that they are short on a/c's - bcs. there own metal is lsd. out to other companies like RAK AIRWAYS! Very Strange...

But it gets better, this a/c is op. by Romanian carrier TEN AIRWAYS aka/former Jetran Air, in colours of TREND AIR (no idea about this company) for AIR MOLDOVA on flights into Europe (like FRA).

Thanks for the info

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Great report on your little trip to one and half new countries (yeah, Transnistria is a bit of a faux country).

Thanks

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Wow, that's a bargain of the year! I paid around 170 EUR just for my BT flights HEL-RIX-KIV. RIX-KIV was a three hour flight on a Fokker 50, that's quite a long time in such a small plane.... Chisinau isn't exactly the most popular or well connected destination out there for sure.

I didn't know BT flew to KIV

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
I have to repeat what I have said earlier - that lounge looks just so darn good. Luckily I'll have a chance to try it out in January, probably the only time as I don't think it will be around like that that much longer anymore...

Better go quick. It's a great lounge

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Getting flashbacks to Istanbul, are you?

I ALWAYS get IST flashbacks! Damn you TK!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Yeah, this is just so stupid. And quite often it is people from certain countries that do it.

It IS fun to see them learn the hard way though

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
And your Avianca travel wallet I see .

Yup!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):

That's nice of Lufthansa to still operate the flight despite this and get you and other passengers to London still that evening. I'm pretty sure some other airlines would've simply cancelled the flights and booked you on a new service the next morning. I think you are a bit too harsh on how LH handled the situation. After all it was weather related, so it is really out of their hands. Still they got you on the last flight of the day, safe and sound.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
What should they have done? Using all the planes' engines to melt the snow? The situation was really bad on that day. And it's not always predictable how the weather turns out in the end. Snowstorms can severely affect operations, airlines and passengers have to deal with it.

What I don't understand is why they didn't use one of the many aircraft parked up opposite the terminal (that's one of the benefits of being at your base isn't it?). They retimed the later flight to 2210 for a reason, surely? Everyone was hanging around the gate waiting to go, so why not board a free plane earlier? If they had a 2210 slot, why did boarding not even start until 2205? Longhuals were running on time, so it's not like the place was completely shut down. When I checked in in MUC they didn mention snow, so they did know about it in advance.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 17):

Thanks for sharing with us your TR, I read it with pleasure
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):

Another good read and interesting destination, thanks for sharing!

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it

Quoting JL418 (Reply 17):
Too bad that they and LH let you down with the snowstorm, these are things that shouldn't happen especially if you've got status (and you are a valuable customer, one to be kept away from competitors).

Maybe if I had been HON they would have got me on an earlier flight!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
- Even @ £137 it's a good price, though the extra £35 off is a nice bonus.

I know, bargain!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
- I'd love to see how LH customer services could explain this one.........

I think they'd have difficulty explaining that one

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
- I've seen that map before

Ha, yes, a nice read for the plane

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
- Nice to know though the traffic levels are a bit low for my liking.

Well, at least the traffic is a bit more interesting than MUC

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
- Brewox and I froze ourselves on a spotting trip there about a year ago, don't ever recall being so cold!

I was pretty freezing up there - I'd just checked in my coat to protect my vodka!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
- Given they knew the weather would be deteriorating they could have bent the rules and put you on an earlier flight, just shows the airlines do things to suit them, not the passenger.

Exactly. I'm sure there are "bad weather SOP" that allow more ticket flexibility. LH clearly didn't think it was time though

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: palmjet
Posted 2011-12-11 06:20:19 and read 8717 times.

Hi Gab

Thanks for your report. I felt exhausted by the time I got to the end - that was a long weekend for sure. Glad you made it back and then off to AGP the following day.

For some reason, nearly every Chinese translation of the safety card that I've seen always seems to use the safety first "安全第一" format. It sounds perfect in Chinese!  

Shame your original flight out of MUC was cancelled. Weather events always tend to be chaotic, no matter how organised the airline normally is. At least it was comforting to know that LHR isn't the only airport that suffers from weather events, although you'd expect the cold weather in MUC to be more predictable than here. Having said that, LH got you back the same night, albeit later than expected.

Nice scenes from Moldova too - thanks for sharing !

Cheers P/jet

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: 767747
Posted 2011-12-11 07:46:23 and read 8631 times.

Another nice report, and photos!

Looks like you had a good trip to Moldova! LH looks to have provided you with some nice service! I'm impressed with the little short haul meals - very unique to them!

Glad you made it back to LHR for your next trip. It can definitely be stressful when delays begin to happen!

Matthew

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: CaptainRed
Posted 2011-12-11 08:26:22 and read 8612 times.

Hi Gabriel,

what an interesting report. We don't have reports about Chisinau here very often. Also great to add a side-trip to Transnistria, well done. I must admit that I had to look up where exactly that is.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I know a lot of us love this moment…

  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ok, so it wasn’t the tastiest pizza in the world, but not bad Lufthansa!

Interesting to see all the different LH meals. Me being a pizza lover I would have preferred the pizza as well, it doesn't look too bad.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I decided to check in for a few hours. Nice idea, but a bit overpriced I think.

Hmm, nice, I have read about these sleep thingies there and always wanted to know how it is. For sure a good idea if you have to overnight at an airport and the price, I guess still better then most of the airport hotels if you only need couple of hours of sleep.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Somehow ended up doing vodka shots with these friends of my host, even though we couldn’t really communicate with each other.

Sounds like a great evening. Being out with the locals is always fun, and after some vodka the language barrier doesn't matter anymore  

Anyway thanks again for this interesting report, enjoyed reading it very much.

CaptainRed

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: LXM83
Posted 2011-12-11 08:58:05 and read 8581 times.

Hi gabrielchew

Thanks for your great report. Moldova and Transnistria are on my do-to-list since a long time! Thanks for sharing some pictures from there.

Did you manage to get some Transnistrian Rubles?

Best regards,
LXM83

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: OA260
Posted 2011-12-11 13:05:18 and read 8449 times.

Hey great report and nice choice of destination. Very interesting.

I was at that same bus stop the other day for the X26 to Worcester Park  

Thanks for the great report and photos.

Philip  

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-12-11 13:17:24 and read 8437 times.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):

Thanks for your report.

No problem

Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
Glad you made it back and then off to AGP the following day.

Me too!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
For some reason, nearly every Chinese translation of the safety card that I've seen always seems to use the safety first "安全第一" format. It sounds perfect in Chinese!

It does sound nice in Chinese, agreed!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
Having said that, LH got you back the same night, albeit later than expected.

True

Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
Nice scenes from Moldova too - thanks for sharing !

No problem

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
great to see a good number of pictures from Moldova and Transnistria.

Thanks

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
Shame to follow the onward connection to LHR, definitely not nice.

Not at all

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
Well, that´s indeed super strange seating.

Very

Quoting 767747 (Reply 24):
Another nice report, and photos!

Thanks

Quoting 767747 (Reply 24):
Looks like you had a good trip to Moldova! LH looks to have provided you with some nice service! I'm impressed with the little short haul meals - very unique to them!

Yeah, they generally do good catering

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 25):

what an interesting report.

THanks

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 25):
Also great to add a side-trip to Transnistria, well done. I must admit that I had to look up where exactly that is.

I think a lot of people have to look that one up!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 25):
Hmm, nice, I have read about these sleep thingies there and always wanted to know how it is. For sure a good idea if you have to overnight at an airport and the price, I guess still better then most of the airport hotels if you only need couple of hours of sleep.

Yeahs, they're great for a short stay - lucky I had shower access in the lounge

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 25):
Sounds like a great evening. Being out with the locals is always fun, and after some vodka the language barrier doesn't matter anymore

It's true, with vodka, you don't need language!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 26):

Thanks for your great report

Thanks!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 26):
Moldova and Transnistria are on my do-to-list since a long time! Thanks for sharing some pictures from there.

No problem

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 26):
Did you manage to get some Transnistrian Rubles?

I did, and some stamps too!

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-12-12 01:05:46 and read 8190 times.

Hi Gabriel

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing it with us.
Sorry to hear that you where stuck in MUC with the snow issues! I was stuck there as well last december
Sun, Snow, Rain And ... Lufthansa! (by MSS658 Sep 4 2011 in Trip Reports)
Nice to see the little MUC Airport tour, something I missed during my long layover! But I guess jetlag was just to hard to make me explore the area  .


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-12-12 06:42:31 and read 8064 times.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 29):
Nice trip report, thanks for sharing it with us.

Thanks, glad you liked it

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 29):
Sorry to hear that you where stuck in MUC with the snow issues! I was stuck there as well last december

I know, nothing worse than being stuck in the snow, not knowing when you can leave.

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: The777Man
Posted 2011-12-14 19:22:46 and read 7576 times.

Hi Gabriel!

The pictures finally loaded so I got to see the whole report.

Very nice and interesting destination to go to Moldova! It looks a bid old fashioned.

Very bold to ask LH for a hotel for the night in MUC when you scheduled the flights that way.

Looking forward to read your next report which seems to be online already!

The777Man

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2011-12-17 22:47:44 and read 7147 times.

WOW WOW WOW! I have become inspired to go to Moldova ... that says a lot about the power of your trip report. Thanks for writing it up, even though the return from MUC was hellish.

Saludos,
A.

PS: I just visited Air Moldova's website ...

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: LGWflyer
Posted 2011-12-19 18:50:51 and read 6866 times.

Hey gabrielchew, loved your TR. Haha all the LH snacks in this TR are making me hungry! MUC airport looks really great, have to go there sometime. And well done just catching the last flight home, what a bummer it would have been for you if you have not made it.

Thanks!  

Topic: RE: Mysterious Moldova (& Transnistria) LH LHR-MUC-KIV
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-12-20 03:50:41 and read 6715 times.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 31):
Very nice and interesting destination to go to Moldova! It looks a bid old fashioned.

Yeah, it's a bit old, but an interestingplace to visit

Quoting The777Man (Reply 31):
Very bold to ask LH for a hotel for the night in MUC when you scheduled the flights that way.

Well, as I said in the beginning, there wasn't a choice of flights that didn't involve an overnight. I was booked on the shortest connection possible with was still 10 hours.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 31):
Looking forward to read your next report which seems to be online already!

Yup, it up and running!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 31):
WOW WOW WOW! I have become inspired to go to Moldova ... that says a lot about the power of your trip report. Thanks for writing it up, even though the return from MUC was hellish.

I'm glad I made such an impression on you! I'll be looking out for your report soon!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 31):
PS: I just visited Air Moldova's website ...

They have some cheap fares on there, but they take some hunting down

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 33):
Hey gabrielchew, loved your TR

Thanks!

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 33):
MUC airport looks really great, have to go there sometime.

It's much nicer to transfer in than FRA

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 33):
And well done just catching the last flight home, what a bummer it would have been for you if you have not made it.

Yeah, would have been very annoying not to have made it to Spain the next day


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