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Topic: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-15 02:46:55 and read 13547 times.




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Intro
Back in July, I had the pleasure to meet almost 20 A.netters at Frankfurt Airport. All those who had been planning to write a report have already done so - except for me. Since reports about ordinary short hops on Lufthansa, easyJet and Air France can be found quite often on the forum, I decided to focus on the LAN Airlines A340-300 flight from Frankfurt to Madrid. If you want to see pictures from the outstanding meeting itself as well as many spotting pictures and if want to read about other participants' journeys, have a look at these nice reports:

To The A.net Meeting At Frankfurt With Adria CRJ2 (by SloAir Jul 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet (by airbuseric Jul 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST (by FlyingFinn76 Jul 12 2011 in Trip Reports)
To The FRA A.net Meet From Madrid: Ryanair And LAN (by IberiaA319 Jul 15 2011 in Trip Reports)
A340 Switzerland-Germany To Meet Trip Reporters (by LXM83 Jul 15 2011 in Trip Reports)
To The A.Net Meeting And Back On EW/LH/LO (by SPLTA Jul 19 2011 in Trip Reports)
A.net Meeting In FRA? Thank You Lufthansa! (by akhmad Jul 21 2011 in Trip Reports)



Background
It was in late April when users LH4532 and Luxair747SP first suggested to organize a meeting at FRA in July. As soon as it had been certain that I would be able to join the meeting, I started searching for interesting flight options. I had been wanting to fly between Frankfurt and Madrid on LAN's A340-300 for several years and now I finally saw a good opportunity to do so. A FRA-MAD one-way flight was more expensive than a roundtrip, but I didn't have a choice due to time restrictions. Lufthansa flights from Nuremberg or Munich to Frankfurt were available at relatively low fares, but it was impossible to find a reasonably priced connection between Madrid and Munich or Nuremberg. After searching for a long time, I decided to combine NUE-FRA (Lufthansa A320) and FRA-MAD (LAN) with a Madrid-Paris flight on easyJet (A319) and a Paris-Nuremberg flight on Regional (Embraer 170). Air France wanted more than 500 Euro for the CDG-NUE flight, but I booked it for 10,000 Flying Blue miles plus tax. Some weeks later, we decided to invite many more users and I posted a thread about the meeting on the forum. It was clear soon that it would become a big meeting.



NUE-FRA and A.net Meeting
Lufthansa's A320-200 D-AIZG operated my flight LH147 from Nuremberg to Frankfurt on 9th July. Originally, I had wanted to join the meeting in the morning, but fares had suddenly jumped up, so I had booked the lunchtime flight. Apart from a slightly bumpy approach and the fact that the plane was equipped with the nice new NEK interior, the 34 minute flight was uneventful.

Can you see any A.netters? Probably a pink shirt or a hat?  Wink They are there somewhere:






User SPLTA had contacted me some time in advance and pointed out that he would arrive almost at the same time on a Lufthansa flight from Dusseldorf. He had asked me to wait for him before heading to the meeting point at Terminal 2 and I had certainly agreed. However, when my plane arrived at the gate, SPLTA sent me a message and informed me that his plane was still on the ground at DUS and about to depart soon. I told him that I would wait nevertheless - actually I could use the remaining time to have lunch. Then I informed LH4532 about our delayed arrival and I found out that Luxair747SP and his brother had to leave early. So we agreed to meet for a short chat in the Terminal 1B arrivals hall.

SPLTA finally showed up and we took the Skytrain to Terminal 2. Then we had the pleasure to shake hands with Akhmad, Airbuseric, CaptainRed, Contact Air, CrimsonNL, Eco, FLIEGER67, FlyingFinn76, IberiaA319, LH4532, Luftfahrer, LXM83, Makeree, MD11Bob, MSS658 and SloAir who were all hanging around at a restaurant after having lunch. It was definitely a great experience to meet all these people for the first time. Some time later we went to the observation deck - FLIEGER67 had even negotiated a group discount. The next few hours passed quickly - there was so much to talk about. Unfortunately, time wasn't enough to talk to each participant comprehensively. In the late afternoon it was time to say goodbye and the participants left in all directions.




Saturday, 9th July 2011
Frankfurt (FRA) - Madrid (MAD)
LAN Airlines LA705
Scheduled times: 19:40-22:25
Actual times: 19:50-22:39
Flight duration: 02:28 (hrs)
Distance: 882 miles
Economy Class, seat 38A

Airbus A340-313X
CC-CQC (MSN 363)
Delivered in 10/2000


1st flight on CC-CQC
10th A340-300 flight
15th A340 flight
119th airline



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IberiaA319 and I had already checked in online, so we could go straight to security. We didn't have to wait very long until it was our turn. A friendly screener asked me whether I had a laptop in my bag and other stuff in my pockets. I denied and told him that I had already placed my liquids in a box and removed all items from my pockets. "Ah, you know what's going on", he said and jokingly added: "If it doesn't beep we'll know that you really are an experienced traveller." Well, it didn't beep - other than at Nuremberg, btw. The screener and I were satisfied and we said goodbye. I haven't passed through T2 at Frankfurt very often - but once again I had met cool staff at security there.  thumbsup 

Numerous people were already waiting in the gate area. As we had already found out on a flight operations screen earlier, LAN had sent CC-CQC to Frankfurt today:



The plane made its first flight in September 2000 and was delivered to LAN five weeks later:


I was really relieved about seeing the plane being prepared for the flight as planned - volcanic actions had again and again disrupted air traffic in Chile in the weeks prior to my travel date and I had been hoping all the time that my flight wouldn't be affected.

Numerous magazines were available in the gate area, but I would have preferred certain newspapers. Friendly flight attendants welcomed us on board and we soon realized that the cabin would be packed:



LAN chose different pleasant seat colors - this is IberiaA319's seat (37A)...



...and here's mine (38A):



The 18 inch wide seats are comfortable and the 32 inch pitch is sufficient even for longer flights. Small IFE boxes don't take away much space:



Some nice places were shown on the 8.9-inch high-definition screens during boarding:



While cup holders are installed next to the screens, the handsets are stored in the armrests:



Headphones:



In-flight magazine...



...with fleet information:



After boarding had been completed, I didn't see any empty seats. While IberiaA319 had the pleasure to be seated next to a young and talkative Chilean lady, my seat neighbor turned out to be a German in the 30s who was apparently wondering why I kept taking pictures of everything.  Yeah sure

The recorded German announcements sounded quite impersonal, but that's a minor issue. According to an English announcement, we would be in the air for 2 hours and 8 minutes.

Parked next to us was JAL 777-300ER JA736J - those planes must look horrible in "new" colors:



We left the gate 10 minutes late and soon started taxiing to runway 18. Airbuseric who was waiting for his Lufthansa flight to Amsterdam took a nice picture of our plane:

Picture by Airbuseric


Almost there:



Southern Air 777F also taxiing to runway 18:


CC-CQC turned in, started its takeoff roll - and lifted off relatively quickly. IberiaA319 noticed that, too.

Climbout into dark skies:





Of course I followed our departure route on the screen:



Then I had a closer look at the IFE options. LAN's audio/video-on demand system offers a choice of almost 50 movies, roughly 90 TV features, hundreds of CDs and 20 games - definitely enough for long flights. Main menu:



However, as usual, I watched the airshow most of the time:



Thick clouds over the French-Swiss border region:



Pretty snack boxes were handed out 40 minutes after takeoff...



...containing simple ham and cheese sandwiches and a chocolate bar. The sandwiches were quite good, they tasted better than they looked:



I skipped the "PlaneHunter Ginger Ale Test" this time and ordered a Chilean beer - which was chilled and quite tasty:



Less than an hour to go:


I would have preferred to stay a bit longer on that nice plane - however, I wouldn't have wanted to fly all the way down to Santiago. At least not on that day.  Wink

Thick clouds prevented any views of the Pyrenees:





How about mood lighting, LAN?



After returning to my seat, I enjoyed a beautiful sunset...





...colors and light effects were amazing:









Due to traffic congestion, we had to spend more than 10 minutes in a holding pattern and finally touched down after a flying time of 2 hours and 28 minutes. We came to stop at our Terminal 4 gate 14 minutes late, next to LAN 767-300ER CC-CXK:



It was my pleasure, LAN:


Unfortunately, due to the location of our gate, we had to pass passport control - and there weren't many officers left at that time. So we were stuck in a long queue for about 20 minutes. On the way to the exit, IberiaA319 called my hotel, the Hostal T4 in Paracuellos del Jarama, and ordered the shuttle. When we walked outside, the bus was already waiting which was very nice. Then it was time to say goodbye - it had been a pleasure to travel to Madrid with IberiaA319! The hotel itself was fine - the room was clean and the staff members were nice, but the location is bad for all those who don't just need a room in between two flights.

On the next morning I flew MAD-CDG on easyJet A319 G-EZAU and CDG-NUE on Regional Embraer 170 F-HBXJ (my 120th carrier, btw). I had a few hours in between these flights, but all those with tight connections may face big trouble when they have to pass through Terminal 2G where many regional flights arrive and depart from. That building is located about 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) away from the terminals 2A-2F and a bus ride is required in any case.



Conclusion
I really enjoyed flying LAN's A340 between Frankfurt and Madrid - and I could easily imagine choosing that airline for a long-haul trip to South America. Comfortable seats, sufficient legroom, great IFE, nice flight attendants - what more can you ask for?

Meeting all these A.netters at Frankfurt was a great pleasure and I would like to see each participant again soon. Unfortunately, it's very unlikely that I will be able to take part in the next meeting at Stockholm on 14th and 15th January. However, I'll try my best to join the meeting at the opening of Berlin's new airport on 3rd June.


Best Regards,
PlaneHunter



P.S.: Just in case you missed them - my previous trip reports:
Imperfect Giant: CPT-JNB-FRA On SA A332 & LH A380
BA Vs. LCC, African Way: JNB-DUR-CPT, Comair/Mango
Africa's Best Airline? FRA-JNB On SAA A340-600
Fuel Dump & Return To CDG: Enroute To LAX On 9/11
Greek Quality: Aegean, Olympic & Istanbul Spotting
Exploring A Virgin: VS A343/A346 & Dubai Delights
Superb Stübli & Crew: LAS-LAX-ZRH-MUC, LX J Class
Grand Canyon & More: Scenic Flight On Dornier 228
San Francisco Sunshine...and A Frontier Fiasco
Fully Flat Bed to SFO: SWISS' New Business Class
Mountains, Meals & More: SunExpress Vs. Pegasus
Crossing Two Oceans: AKL-SFO-MUC, NZ 777 & LH A346
Bad Weather & Other Bad Luck: Touring New Zealand
Trans-Tasman Treat: Aerolineas Argentinas A340-200
Detours To Sydney: Wildlife, Tiger, REX & QFLink
Thai Fails To Impress: MUC-BKK-BNE On 744 & 777
Painful Delay & My 100th Airline: AF A380, VO F100
Fifth Freedom Tidbit: Kuwait Airways A300-600
Ship Vs. Plane: Porto Santo Line & Sata Air Açores
Awesome Approach, Splendid Scenery: LIS, FNC & TAP
Guernsey, Ash Cloud Alarm & Mostly Empty SQ 77Ws
Totally Thrilling: Scenic Flight On Lufthansa A380
Cirrus D38, Adria CRJ & Captain Niki Lauda On Duty
Monarch Hot Meal, E195 & More: PMI-ALC-MAN-MUC
Premium Meal & Palma Spotting: MUC-PMI, DE 757-300
The Dead Slow Transfer: PEK-MUC On Air China A332
Cancellation Brings Joy: HKG-PEK on Dragonair A330
A380 Cacophony, 777 Star Livery: DXB-SIN-HKG on SQ
The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330
Turkey For 1.5 Hrs: Daytrip To AYT On Sky Airlines
CO Scores Again: ATL-IAH-EWR-FRA On ERJ, 752 & 764
Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR
Pacific Coast Jaunt: 3 Carriers, E120, E140 & Fog
The Ultimate 737: LHR-IAH-PDX On CO 777 & 739ER
Bye Bye, Hell! TRD-OSL-TXL-NUE - DY/AB/HE DH4
My Trip To Hell: NUE-CPH-OSL-TRD On Cimber & SAS
SFO-YUL-FRA: Map- & Sleepless On Air Canada's 77W
Sin City Gloss & Virgin America's Chic First Class
Seat Dilemma & Canyon Glamour: FRA To LAX, AC 763
On Par With Air France? DTW-AMS-MUC, KLM A330
Goodbye, Red Tails! DC-9-40/50 & Chicago Tour
Champagne & World Of Coke: Air France A340 To ATL
"Mission A380": Disappointing Legs On BA/BD/EI
Delights Of Doha, 773 & 77W: DOH-DXB-LHR On EK
A380 Really a Step Forward? LHR-DXB-DOH On EK
Quality & Style: HKG-LHR On Air New Zealand 744
Taiwan Trio: TransAsia, UNI Air And The Taipei 101
"The Wings Of Taiwan": EVA Air A332, 744 Combi
SHA-SZX, Shanghai 757: Delayed By The Military
PEK-SHA, China Eastern A330 & Shanghai At Night
Striking Newcomer: Berlin-Beijing On Hainan A330
Short & Splendid: MXP-MUC On Air Dolomiti's 146
3 Hours On Blue1: HEL-MXP On The MD-90
Winglets On A Classic: MUC-RIX-HEL On Air Baltic
BCN-MAD-ZRH-MUC: UX Shuttle Meets Swiss Quality
MUC-MAD-BCN: Star MD-87 & The Pain Of Vueling
Low Fares, Lovely Island: AK & Best Of Langkawi
4 Stars Or 5 Stars? FRA-KUL-FRA, Malaysia 777s
First And Last Time? JFK-FCO-MUC, Alitalia 777
JFK For 1 Day: Transatlantic Hop On CSA's A310
Sardinian Sun, Shiny New 73Gs & Cramped Mad Dog
Top And Flop: KIX-HEL-MUC, Finnair A320 & MD-11
The 524-Seat Twin-jet: HND-ITM On ANA 777-300
Kobe For 1 Hour: 767-Quickie On ANA & Skymark
Rocketing To Tokyo: FUK-HND On JAL (ex-JAS) 777
Oddities & Okinawa: JTA 734 & JAL 744D(Domestic)
MUC To Nagoya: Finnair E170 & (Old) "New" A340
Mad Dog, A320 Tech Delay & Best Of Lanzarote
Canaries Prop-Hopping: Islas Airways & Naysa
Canaries And Confusion: LH CRJ900 & Spanair A321
Hubbing For 162 Miles: HOQ-FRA-STR Ret On IQ/EW/LH
BOS-JFK-AMS-MUC: SSSS-Check And KLM 777
ATL-PIT-JFK-BOS: FL B717, JetBlue E190 And Delays
MUC-AMS-MEM-ATL On NWA A332 And 40-year-old DC-9
FRA-BKK-FRA Via CMB: SriLankan A332 & A343
BNE-SIN-DXB-MUC On Emirates B772ER & B773
2 Hours In Paradise: Hamilton Island (JQ/DJ)
BNE-SYD-BNE: Domestic Run On QF’s Oldest B747-400
Testing Qantas: SYD-MEL-SYD-BNE (B738, B763, A332)
Going Down Under: MUC-DXB-SYD On EK A332 & A345
Surprised By NIKI's Newest A320 & Screw-up By AB
Leisure Vs. Full Service: Condor & SN Brussels
"betterFly" On LH: Business Class For 99 Euro
Weekend Transatlantic Trip (2): US A321 & B762
Transatlantic For A Weekend (1): MUC-DCA On US


[Edited 2011-11-15 03:25:37]

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: CrimsonNL
Posted 2011-11-15 03:04:08 and read 13501 times.

Hey PH   Thanks for sharing. It was a good day and it was nice meeting you and the other Anetters at FRA. I'm actually looking into logging the LA 343 myself sometime soon.

Best regards,

Martijn

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-15 03:13:05 and read 13481 times.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 1):
Hey PH Thanks for sharing.

Hi Martijn, thanks for your comments!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 1):
It was a good day and it was nice meeting you and the other Anetters at FRA.

Absolutely!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 1):
I'm actually looking into logging the LA 343 myself sometime soon.

I guess it's just a matter of time until all of us have done so!  


PH

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-11-15 03:16:50 and read 13465 times.

Hi PH!

For sure another great report of yours!
Some of your pictures are really nice, such as the sunset ones!
Must have been fun meeting all those A.netters, I'll be attending to the ARN meet myself.
Always nice to fly a longhaul widebody aircraft on such a short flight, I've been considering trying this one too.

Martin

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-15 03:29:58 and read 13429 times.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
For sure another great report of yours!

Many thanks, Martin!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Some of your pictures are really nice, such as the sunset ones!

Yes, I was lucky with that sunset.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Must have been fun meeting all those A.netters, I'll be attending to the ARN meet myself.

You'll have fun there! I'm sure we will also meet one day.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Always nice to fly a longhaul widebody aircraft on such a short flight, I've been considering trying this one too.

I recommend to take that flight soon. Who knows what happens to the route when LA gets the 787.


PH

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: NZ107
Posted 2011-11-15 03:35:59 and read 13414 times.

Hi PH,

Great little TR. Glad that LA served you well!

Great sunset pictures.. Really makes me miss flying - I haven't flown in 6 months!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
How about mood lighting, LAN?

Do any 342s or 343s actually have mood lighting?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 1): I'm actually looking into logging the LA 343 myself sometime soon.
I guess it's just a matter of time until all of us have done so!

You can say that again!


Thanks for sharing, looking forward to reading your next series.


Cheers,
Nicholas

[Edited 2011-11-15 04:00:14]

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-15 03:44:20 and read 13367 times.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
Great little TR. Glad that LA served you well!

Hi Nicholas, thanks a lot for your feedback!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
Great sunset pictures.. Really makes me miss flying - I haven't flown 6 months!

Thanks! That's a lot indeed - but you'll soon be back in the air!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
Do any 342s or 343s actually have mood lighting?

Good question - I haven't seen it yet. Probably some carriers have retrofitted F/C class sections.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
Thanks for sharing, looking forward to reading your next series.

Numerous reports to follow...



PH

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: LH4532
Posted 2011-11-15 05:07:46 and read 13168 times.

Hello PlaneHunter ,

For me it has been worth the time waiting for this Trip Report . It was great meeting you in person the very first time , although we did not have the chance talking that much .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
It was in late April when users LH4532 and Luxair747SP first suggested to organize a meeting at FRA in July.

I still remember the planning .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Some weeks later, we decided to invite many more users and I posted a thread about the meeting on the forum.

It was a very good idea , Planehunter   .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Then I informed LH4532 about our delayed arrival

We were texting for a quite a while .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
IberiaA319 and I had already checked in online

I could not live qithout OLCI . It´s an awesome way for travelling .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
While IberiaA319 had the pleasure to be seated next to a young and talkative Chilean lady,

Always great sitting next to kind and friendly people .


I have enjoyed reading your Trip Report . The pictures you have taken are very nice and clear . It is worth it that you put such a huge amount of effort into your TR´s . Please keep up your good work .

Daniel ( LH 4532 )

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-15 05:15:27 and read 13145 times.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 7):
For me it has been worth the time waiting for this Trip Report .
Quoting LH4532 (Reply 7):
I have enjoyed reading your Trip Report . The pictures you have taken are very nice and clear . It is worth it that you put such a huge amount of effort into your TR´s . Please keep up your good work .

Hi Daniel, many thanks for your kind words! I'm glad you liked it.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 7):
It was great meeting you in person the very first time , although we did not have the chance talking that much .

I can only agree. But we had more time in August.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 7):
It´s an awesome way for travelling .

  


PH

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: sultanils
Posted 2011-11-15 07:40:40 and read 12807 times.

Hello PH,

I’m glad to read you had an excellent journey on LAN’s A340 after a nice day with some a.netters at FRA. No views of lions or wildebeest this time, but hey, this is Europe and not South Africa   Great view on the setting sun. I as well will hopefully someday sample this popular 5th freedom flight, it seems really worth it!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
have a look at these nice reports

Quite a lot of reports now I see them listed all together.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Some time later we went to the observation deck - FLIEGER67 had even negotiated a group discount.

You’re sure it was Flieger67 himself that time? You know he does some uitsourcing nowadays to some weird people by the name of Mr S and Mr C   

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and here's mine (38A)

To be honest, I like the seat color of Iberia319’s seat better.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
shown on the 8.9-inch high-definition screens

They look high quality screens.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
and lifted off relatively quickly

Take that for a fully loaded A340!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I skipped the "PlaneHunter Ginger Ale Test" this time and ordered a Chilean beer

PH, were you sick???

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
and I could easily imagine choosing that airline for a long-haul trip to South America.

Perhaps some inspiration for your next longhaul adventure?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
However, I'll try my best to join the meeting at the opening of Berlin's new airport on 3rd June.

I hope so, I will try to attend as wel. See you then maybe?

Sultanils

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: volvair
Posted 2011-11-15 07:44:45 and read 12800 times.

Hi PH,

nice little report of yours. LAN really seems to be one of the better options for Europe-South America. I also looked into this flight for my journey down to Bolivia, changing to a 767 to LIM at MAD, but fares were not affordable unless I would have went for an Iberia flight on the return journey.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Well, it didn't beep - other than at Nuremberg, btw.

Yes, it almost always beeps at NUE. Maybe a measure of keeping the security staff busy  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
with fleet information

Nice to see them also showing their cargo planes.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
However, as usual, I watched the airshow most of the time:

Yes, one of the 5th freedom perks is an individual monitor with airshow on intra-Europe flights.



Thank you very much for sharing. Looking forward to your next reports, especially the PrivatAir flight!

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-15 07:55:33 and read 12772 times.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
I’m glad to read you had an excellent journey on LAN’s A340 after a nice day with some a.netters at FRA.

Hi Nils, thanks for your comments! Yes, it was a very pleasant flight after a great meeting.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
No views of lions or wildebeest this time, but hey, this is Europe and not South Africa

  

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
I as well will hopefully someday sample this popular 5th freedom flight, it seems really worth it!

Absolutely!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
You’re sure it was Flieger67 himself that time? You know he does some uitsourcing nowadays to some weird people by the name of Mr S and Mr C

Hm, I think it was the real one!  

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
PH, were you sick???

No, but sometimes I prefer a beer.  

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
I hope so, I will try to attend as wel. See you then maybe?

Yes, hopefully!

Quoting volvair (Reply 10):
nice little report of yours.

Servus volvair, thanks a lot for your feedback!

Quoting volvair (Reply 10):
LAN really seems to be one of the better options for Europe-South America. I also looked into this flight for my journey down to Bolivia, changing to a 767 to LIM at MAD, but fares were not affordable unless I would have went for an Iberia flight on the return journey.

IB? No thanks! You found a great alternative!

Quoting volvair (Reply 10):
Yes, it almost always beeps at NUE. Maybe a measure of keeping the security staff busy

Interesting - I mostly fly from MUC, so I don't know much about security at NUE.

Quoting volvair (Reply 10):

Yes, one of the 5th freedom perks is an individual monitor with airshow on intra-Europe flights.

It's time for the European carriers to follow certain Asian carriers' examples...I recently enjoyed PTVs on Garuda and Jet Airways 737s.

Quoting volvair (Reply 10):
Thank you very much for sharing. Looking forward to your next reports, especially the PrivatAir flight!

I'll soon start working on the Privatair report.


PH

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: Luxair747SP
Posted 2011-11-15 08:48:42 and read 12671 times.

Hi PH,

great report about the A340.
Most of the reports about that flight are in the opposite direction, so it was nice to see that they have the same service also on that leg.

It was for sure a nice meeting and I had a great time at FRA.

Thanks a lot for sharing.
Johannes

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-15 08:56:15 and read 12647 times.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 12):
great report about the A340.
Most of the reports about that flight are in the opposite direction, so it was nice to see that they have the same service also on that leg.

Hi Johannes, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 12):
It was for sure a nice meeting and I had a great time at FRA.

I can only agree!


PH

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: akhmad
Posted 2011-11-15 11:39:18 and read 12443 times.

Hi PH,

Finally! I have been waiting for this report for so long. Well, to be honest, I am always waiting for your exciting reports to come.   


Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
if want to read about other participants' journeys, have a look at these nice reports:

That is very sweet of you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Can you see any A.netters? Probably a pink shirt or a hat?   

Oh yes, up close and personal! 


Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and here's mine (38A):

What a beautiful color!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
my seat neighbor turned out to be a German in the 30s who was apparently wondering why I kept taking pictures of everything.   

It's not worth bothering him. You got the window seat and that mattered.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
ordered a Chilean beer - which was chilled and quite tasty:

Well done, LA, to have a Chilean beer on offer instead of dull Heineken!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
(my 120th carrier, btw).

Congratulations.


Thanks a lot for the memorable day in FRA. Once again, it has been a great honor to meet legendary PH in person last July.   

Best wishes,
Suryo

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2011-11-15 11:39:35 and read 12443 times.

Hi PH,

Great read and pictures, nothing less is expected though as you know!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
we soon realized that the cabin would be packed

- These LAN flights do seem to be based on the TR's posted here.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Airbuseric who was waiting for his Lufthansa flight to Amsterdam took a nice picture of our plane:

- Top man! - I do love the LAN livery, very classy IMO.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Pretty snack boxes were handed out 40 minutes after takeoff...

- Great looking box.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...containing simple ham and cheese sandwiches and a chocolate bar. The sandwiches were quite good, they tasted better than they looked:

- Good job, the sandwich looks pretty naff.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I skipped the "PlaneHunter Ginger Ale Test" this time and ordered a Chilean beer

- Well done!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, it's very unlikely that I will be able to take part in the next meeting at Stockholm on 14th and 15th January

- That's a shame, I'm actually able to make this one.

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-15 11:59:28 and read 12401 times.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Finally! I have been waiting for this report for so long. Well, to be honest, I am always waiting for your exciting reports to come.

Hi Suryo, thanks a lot for your comments!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Oh yes, up close and personal!

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
You got the window seat and that mattered.

So true!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Well done, LA, to have a Chilean beer on offer instead of dull Heineken!

Yes, I was really glad about that considering that the plane was already heading home again.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Congratulations.

Thanks!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Thanks a lot for the memorable day in FRA. Once again, it has been a great honor to meet legendary PH in person last July.

It was a memorable day indeed - and it was also a great honor for me to meet you!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 15):
Great read and pictures, nothing less is expected though as you know!

Hi Mark, thanks for commenting!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 15):
- Top man! - I do love the LAN livery, very classy IMO.

That livery is one of my favorites.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 15):
That's a shame, I'm actually able to make this one.

Absolutely. What about 3rd June?


PH

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: OA260
Posted 2011-11-15 12:04:24 and read 12393 times.

Hey Udo another nice report . Some lovely pictures as usual. Nice to see LAN , love their livery also .

Nice route to fly also  


Thanks for the report.

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-15 12:06:55 and read 12388 times.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Hey Udo another nice report . Some lovely pictures as usual. Nice to see LAN , love their livery also .

Hi Philip, thank you for replying! I'm glad you enjoyed that short report.



PH

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2011-11-15 12:49:00 and read 12283 times.

Hi, PH,

cool photos and a very good reminder to that perfect day at and around FRA.
Definitely a pleasure to meet all the others in person.

And sure a good idea to catch the LAN A343 this way, well done.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: Palmjet
Posted 2011-11-15 13:18:36 and read 12211 times.

Hi PH

Nice report and looks like a really nice 340 intra europe experience on the LAN. Despite the bagging that the A340-300 gets, it's still a nice looking aircraft. Looks super in LAN's colours, which I think are quite distinct.

Seats and onboard experience looks good as well. I'd much rather fly LAN 340 in Europe than an IB one - that's for sure!

Also great that you got to meet "the gang" at FRA. I am looking forward to ARN in Jan very much, despite the fact that it's going to be freezing. Sorry to miss you there.

Cheers P/jet

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-11-15 14:15:20 and read 12143 times.

Hi PH

I was waiting for this report! Thanks for sharing it with us  . It was a pleasure meeting you as well in FRA, I still have quite a lot of good memories of that day. Too bad we are different about the ARN and BER meet! While ARN is set for me, while chances for BER are very low  , but there will be more oppertunities to come.

LAN seems to have a nice product. comfortable seating, nice colors, decent IFE... the MAD-FRA or MAD-CDG flight are definitely on my to-fly list.

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: AlwaysOnAPlane
Posted 2011-11-15 14:34:37 and read 12101 times.

Hello PH.

Really interesting report for this widebody Euro hop.

I'm still a little mad to miss the FRA meeting, but other commitments you know? A shame it's not looking possible to meet you at ARN either.. Lets see what happens with Berlin?

Nice looking cabin and good seating with all the modern gadgets for those longer sectors.

Yes, those sandwiches look a bit plain, but good to hear they were tasty, and you can't beat a Kit-Kat  

It's a shame the Pyrenees were obscured by cloud, always impressive viewing. The nice sunset was something to make that a little better.

Thanks for your side of the story PH, all the best.
Cheers, Lee.

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: EL-AL
Posted 2011-11-15 15:46:05 and read 11986 times.

Hey PH,

Great report, thank you for shearing.

Fun to get the A343 for such a short ride.

Jonathan

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: RvXKaz
Posted 2011-11-15 15:52:42 and read 11976 times.

Hi PH,

Very nice to read about your experience with LAN. Its great to hear that you've enjoyed your LAN experience and the interior product looks superior indeed! What a treat it is to fly the A340 intra-Europe and with PTVs as well. The snack box looks really nice too!

Nice to see passenger loads are good on this 5th freedom flight, do you have any idea if most of the passengers were disembarking in Madrid or were they mainly headed for Santiago?

Anyway, as always, awesome report and as a fan of 5th freedom flights, I really enjoyed reading it!  

Cheers,
RvXKaz

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: The777Man
Posted 2011-11-15 16:47:09 and read 11912 times.

Hi PlaneHunter !

Thanks for a nice report with nice pictures!

Too bad I couldn't attend the meeting at FRA but will do my best to attend the one at BER in June. Now I don't have to bound by dialysis times! Doing graet still and spotting a ;lot.

Great to end the trip report meeting with a short trip on a wide body within Europe and by adding a new carrier!

LA looks very nice even for a longer flight. The box looks nice and the sandwich looks great as well.

I like the page with the fleet indo in the inflight magazine! I always look for that info as soon as I sit down in my seat when I fly.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I skipped the "PlaneHunter Ginger Ale Test" this time and ordered a Chilean beer - which was chilled and quite tasty:



Great idea ! I usually also try to test new exotic beers like Tusker on Kenya Airways and Kirin Ichiban on ANA.

I think I have tried Cristal at an Peruvian restaurant somewhere and it was indeed very tasty!

Very nice that you had the company of a fellow a.netter on your flight as well.

Hopefully we can arrange some flight together next year.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: 767747
Posted 2011-11-15 18:50:53 and read 11762 times.

Good report, PlaneHunter!

What a fun gathering! Wish FRA wasn't so far away from MSP -  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I would have preferred to stay a bit longer on that nice plane - however, I wouldn't have wanted to fly all the way down to Santiago. At least not on that day. Wink

Sometimes I feel the same; kind of funny for plane guys like ourselves. Even we want to get off planes sometimes!  

LAN looks pretty nice for a flight in Economy; I'm not so impressed with those white bread sandwiches, but at least they gave you something and it was free.

Best,

Matthew

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: burj
Posted 2011-11-15 21:11:18 and read 11653 times.

Wow very cool! What a unique flight!

The interior is pretty nifty too! Thanks for sharing!

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: aflyingkiwi
Posted 2011-11-15 22:09:23 and read 11604 times.

Hi PH,

As always, a fantastic report with great pictures! I'll be flying on one of LAN's A343's early next year from SYD-AKL so this report is particularly interesting. LA's product looks pretty good, I like their cabin colours & am also a big fan of their livery, Hopefully they'll offer something a little more substantial than those rather plain looking sandwiches on my flight..

Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-16 00:36:03 and read 11479 times.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
cool photos and a very good reminder to that perfect day at and around FRA.

Hi Markus, thanks for your reply!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
Definitely a pleasure to meet all the others in person.

  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
And sure a good idea to catch the LAN A343 this way, well done.

That was long overdue!

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 20):
Nice report and looks like a really nice 340 intra europe experience on the LAN.

Thanks for your comments, Palmjet!

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 20):
Despite the bagging that the A340-300 gets, it's still a nice looking aircraft. Looks super in LAN's colours, which I think are quite distinct.

I can only agree!

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 20):
Seats and onboard experience looks good as well. I'd much rather fly LAN 340 in Europe than an IB one - that's for sure!

No doubt about that.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 20):
I am looking forward to ARN in Jan very much, despite the fact that it's going to be freezing. Sorry to miss you there.

Yes, I'm sure we'll get another opportunity.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
I was waiting for this report! Thanks for sharing it with us

Thanks, Marc!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
It was a pleasure meeting you as well in FRA, I still have quite a lot of good memories of that day.

I can only agree - it was a memorable event.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
Too bad we are different about the ARN and BER meet!

  

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
but there will be more oppertunities to come.

No doubt about that!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
LAN seems to have a nice product. comfortable seating, nice colors, decent IFE... the MAD-FRA or MAD-CDG flight are definitely on my to-fly list.

The MAD-CDG-MAD services don't exist any more as far as I know.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 22):
Really interesting report for this widebody Euro hop.
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 22):
Thanks for your side of the story PH, all the best.

Hi Lee, many thanks for your feedbackl

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 22):
I'm still a little mad to miss the FRA meeting, but other commitments you know?

I know what you mean.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 22):
A shame it's not looking possible to meet you at ARN either.. Lets see what happens with Berlin?

Let's be optimistic!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 22):
Nice looking cabin and good seating with all the modern gadgets for those longer sectors.

  

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 22):
It's a shame the Pyrenees were obscured by cloud, always impressive viewing.

I cannot remember having seen them properly from the air...it's about time!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 23):

Great report, thank you for shearing.

Many thanks, Jonathan!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 23):
Fun to get the A343 for such a short ride.

  

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 24):
Very nice to read about your experience with LAN.
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 24):
Anyway, as always, awesome report and as a fan of 5th freedom flights, I really enjoyed reading it!

Hi RvXKaz, thank you very much for commenting! I'm glad you liked it.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 24):
Its great to hear that you've enjoyed your LAN experience and the interior product looks superior indeed! What a treat it is to fly the A340 intra-Europe and with PTVs as well. The snack box looks really nice too!

Yes, it was a very pleasant flight in every respect.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 24):
Nice to see passenger loads are good on this 5th freedom flight, do you have any idea if most of the passengers were disembarking in Madrid or were they mainly headed for Santiago?

That's hard to say because all passengers had to leave the aircraft.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 25):
Thanks for a nice report with nice pictures!

Thanks for your comments, Lars!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 25):
Too bad I couldn't attend the meeting at FRA but will do my best to attend the one at BER in June. Now I don't have to bound by dialysis times! Doing graet still and spotting a ;lot.

Would be great to meet you there. I'm glad you are doing great!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 25):
Great to end the trip report meeting with a short trip on a wide body within Europe and by adding a new carrier!

  

Quoting The777Man (Reply 25):
I like the page with the fleet indo in the inflight magazine! I always look for that info as soon as I sit down in my seat when I fly.

Hey, that's what I do, too!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 25):
Great idea ! I usually also try to test new exotic beers like Tusker on Kenya Airways and Kirin Ichiban on ANA.

It's always nice to have both ginger ale and beer!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 25):
Hopefully we can arrange some flight together next year.

Yes, that's what I hope, too!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 26):
Good report, PlaneHunter!

Thank you, Matthew!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 26):
LAN looks pretty nice for a flight in Economy; I'm not so impressed with those white bread sandwiches, but at least they gave you something and it was free.

Yes - you don't get anything free of charge on IB.

Quoting burj (Reply 27):
Wow very cool! What a unique flight!

Many thanks, burj!

Quoting burj (Reply 27):
The interior is pretty nifty too!

  

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 28):
As always, a fantastic report with great pictures!

Hi aflyingkiwi, thanks a lot for your feedback! Btw - you have been a member for exactly one year now - congratulations!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 28):
I'll be flying on one of LAN's A343's early next year from SYD-AKL so this report is particularly interesting.

You'll enjoy this flight!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 28):
LA's product looks pretty good, I like their cabin colours & am also a big fan of their livery

I can only agree.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 28):
Hopefully they'll offer something a little more substantial than those rather plain looking sandwiches on my flight..

Yes, hopefully!


PH

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: SCL767
Posted 2011-11-16 01:46:42 and read 11409 times.

Hello PlaneHunter,

Great TR and thanks for sharing your experience on LAN with us. I'm glad that you had a good flight on LAN. LAN's daily service between MAD and FRA is among one of my favorite services operated by LAN system-wide and it's the only service I use to travel to FRA, (no thanks IB). It's also now the shortest A-340 service operated by LAN, (LAN used to operate the A-340 between SCL and EZE, but LAN replaced that service with the B763 a/c).

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Pretty snack boxes were handed out 40 minutes after takeoff...

I really like the different snack boxes that LAN offers on certain flights. LAN always changes them on a regular basis to depict the diverse destinations that LAN serves in South America.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Well done, LA, to have a Chilean beer on offer instead of dull Heineken!

This service is fully catered at MAD where LAN keeps a stock of Chilean beers and wines.  
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 28):
Hopefully they'll offer something a little more substantial than those rather plain looking sandwiches on my flight..

On the AKL-SYD-AKL sectors LAN offers a light meal service in economy on both sectors.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 29):

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
LAN seems to have a nice product. comfortable seating, nice colors, decent IFE... the MAD-FRA or MAD-CDG flight are definitely on my to-fly list.

The MAD-CDG-MAD services don't exist any more as far as I know.

Indeed, LAN had to discontinue services between MAD and CDG due to a shortage of long-haul a/c. The MAD-CDG-MAD flights were great while they were in operation. I really miss those flights.


Saludos,
SCL767

[Edited 2011-11-16 01:47:40]

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2011-11-16 17:46:05 and read 10991 times.

Plane Hunter, reading all these reports one after another is really making me think of you as a plane "Hunter" indeed.    . All these exotic carriers, all these long haul trips and some trips that are a day, and some long hauls just a few days all in an attempt to get on board various airlines and planes!! You are truly a.net's "Hunter". Keep on hunting!!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Then we had the pleasure to shake hands with Akhmad, Airbuseric, CaptainRed, Contact Air, CrimsonNL, Eco, FLIEGER67, FlyingFinn76, IberiaA319, LH4532, Luftfahrer, LXM83, Makeree, MD11Bob, MSS658 and SloAir

Wow that is a really nice group that you met with. So many familiar names, and now all of you in the group have a face to go with the name   Of course we have had the privilige to see some like Akhmad, Ronerone to name a few.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Airbuseric who was waiting for his Lufthansa flight to Amsterdam took a nice picture of our plane:

That is so awesome. Always so nice to have a picture of an aircraft that you were actually on board.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
CC-CQC turned in, started its takeoff roll - and lifted off relatively quickly. IberiaA319 noticed that, too.

Not very common for an A340 and especially not a fully loaded one.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
However, as usual, I watched the airshow most of the time:

One can have 500+ movies, music etc on an airline's entertainment unit, but an A.nutter will always be distracted with the Airshow. However EK does have the option to flip between the movie and the airshow without disrupting either, if I can recall correctly.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The sandwiches were quite good, they tasted better than they looked:

I sure hope that sandwich does not appear to be lying directly on the tray table. You never know what was on it before!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After returning to my seat, I enjoyed a beautiful sunset...
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...colors and light effects were amazing:

Those series of pics will make a great slide show on a computer screen. Nicely captured. And with a beautiful airbus winglet to go with it, that makes one beautiful picture. Nothing like the Airbus wide-bodied winglets...so gorgeous!!!

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: nipoel123
Posted 2011-11-16 23:17:07 and read 10809 times.

Hi PH,

Another great trip report. I didn't expect this one, as all the other reports about the meet have been published already.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 25):
Too bad I couldn't attend the meeting at FRA but will do my best to attend the one at BER in June.

The same over here! If I can sort out the financials, I will try to be there in June, would love to meet some of my 'fellow enthusiasts'.

kind regards,

Nick

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: moosecamel88
Posted 2011-11-17 06:36:43 and read 10685 times.

Hi PH!
What a wonderful TR on LAN! I enjoyed reading it!   I really love your pictures, especially the one with the picture of machu picchu on the snack box. Did you keep the box? I would definitely do so if I were you. 
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
How about mood lighting, LAN?

hmmm.. not bad...   

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Comfortable seats, sufficient legroom, great IFE, nice flight attendants - what more can you ask for?

That's true!   It would be great to have airlines from South America flying to/fr SIN.

I'm glad you enjoyed your experience with LAN. Keep your TRs coming!  

moosecamel88

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2011-11-17 08:47:53 and read 10596 times.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
What about 3rd June?

- Not looked at that yet - I assume the new airport will have a viewing deck?

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-18 04:25:31 and read 10404 times.

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 30):
Great TR and thanks for sharing your experience on LAN with us. I'm glad that you had a good flight on LAN.

Hola, SCL767, thanks a lot for your nice comments!

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 30):
It's also now the shortest A-340 service operated by LAN, (LAN used to operate the A-340 between SCL and EZE, but LAN replaced that service with the B763 a/c).
Quoting SCL767 (Reply 30):
I really like the different snack boxes that LAN offers on certain flights. LAN always changes them on a regular basis to depict the diverse destinations that LAN serves in South America.
Quoting SCL767 (Reply 30):
This service is fully catered at MAD where LAN keeps a stock of Chilean beers and wines.

Very interesting, thank for providing these pieces of information!

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 30):

Indeed, LAN had to discontinue services between MAD and CDG due to a shortage of long-haul a/c. The MAD-CDG-MAD flights were great while they were in operation. I really miss those flights.

I didn't know that. It will be interesting to see what happens when the 787s enters into service. Any ideas about new routes/destinations?

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 31):
Plane Hunter, reading all these reports one after another is really making me think of you as a plane "Hunter" indeed. . All these exotic carriers, all these long haul trips and some trips that are a day, and some long hauls just a few days all in an attempt to get on board various airlines and planes!! You are truly a.net's "Hunter". Keep on hunting!!!

Hi flightsimboy, many thanks for your feedback!   

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 31):
Wow that is a really nice group that you met with. So many familiar names, and now all of you in the group have a face to go with the name

  

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 31):
That is so awesome. Always so nice to have a picture of an aircraft that you were actually on board.

Very true!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 31):
However EK does have the option to flip between the movie and the airshow without disrupting either, if I can recall correctly.

Yes, I think so.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 31):

I sure hope that sandwich does not appear to be lying directly on the tray table. You never know what was on it before!!

No worries, I cleaned it!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 31):
Those series of pics will make a great slide show on a computer screen. Nicely captured. And with a beautiful airbus winglet to go with it, that makes one beautiful picture.

Thanks!

Quoting nipoel123 (Reply 32):
Another great trip report.

Thank you, Nick!

Quoting nipoel123 (Reply 32):
I didn't expect this one, as all the other reports about the meet have been published already.

Yes, it was bit delayed...  

Quoting nipoel123 (Reply 32):
The same over here! If I can sort out the financials, I will try to be there in June, would love to meet some of my 'fellow enthusiasts'.

Would be nice to see you there!

Quoting moosecamel88 (Reply 33):
What a wonderful TR on LAN! I enjoyed reading it!

Many thanks, Mustafa!

Quoting moosecamel88 (Reply 33):
Did you keep the box? I would definitely do so if I were you.

No, I stopped collecting all these items some time ago. I keep amenity kits, though.

Quoting moosecamel88 (Reply 33):
I'm glad you enjoyed your experience with LAN. Keep your TRs coming!

Many more to follow.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 34):
Not looked at that yet - I assume the new airport will have a viewing deck?

Hopefully - I haven't read about that yet.


PH

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: infodesk
Posted 2011-11-18 06:46:19 and read 10367 times.

Hi PH,

Great idea of yours to choose such an exotic flight back after the FRA meet! Very fitting.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Can you see any A.netters? Probably a pink shirt or a hat?

Now, I wonder which A.netters you are reffering to there?  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
my seat neighbor turned out to be a German in the 30s who was apparently wondering why I kept taking pictures of everything.

My sympathy, I've had those kind of neighbours in the past too......

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Pretty snack boxes were handed out 40 minutes after takeoff...

Very pretty indeed and nice to see some advertising for the destination, great idea.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After returning to my seat, I enjoyed a beautiful sunset...

What beautiful big clouds tinged with pink, lovely.

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: eastafspot
Posted 2011-11-18 07:29:07 and read 10340 times.

Hello Udo

this report represents the icing on the cake of this fantastic day, great pics and nice fifth freedom!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
it for 10,000 Flying Blue miles plus tax

IMHO it was probably not the best deal though !

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
It was definitely a great experience to meet all these people for the first time

Lucky you were, Berlin is written in the diary, hopefully i'll make it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
119th airline
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
If it doesn't beep we'll know that you really are an experienced traveller."

If he had known the passenger faced was PH...  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
skipped the "PlaneHunter Ginger Ale Test

changes are good indeed

Thanks for sharing


enjoy your week end
EAS (Léo)

[Edited 2011-11-18 07:30:22]

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-19 01:24:40 and read 10159 times.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 36):
Great idea of yours to choose such an exotic flight back after the FRA meet! Very fitting.

Hi Hannah, thanks for your feedback! It was about time to take that flight.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 36):
Now, I wonder which A.netters you are reffering to there?

 

Quoting infodesk (Reply 36):
Very pretty indeed and nice to see some advertising for the destination, great idea.

  

Quoting infodesk (Reply 36):
What beautiful big clouds tinged with pink, lovely.

Yes, really beautiful.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 37):

this report represents the icing on the cake of this fantastic day, great pics and nice fifth freedom!

Bonjour Léo, many thanks for replying!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 37):
IMHO it was probably not the best deal though !

Yes, I know. But it was still the cheapest option.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 37):
Lucky you were, Berlin is written in the diary, hopefully i'll make it.

Would be great to meet you there!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 37):
If he had known the passenger faced was PH...

I guess I should start wearing a PH-branded shirt or cap.  

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 37):
enjoy your week end

Thanks, I hope you have a good one, too.


PH

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: 717Flyer
Posted 2011-11-19 02:57:30 and read 10103 times.

Hi PH,
There sure is something special in flying a widebody on such a short flight. And your report reflected this very well. Some very nice views and an exotic carrier, thank you for this!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Back in July, I had the pleasure to meet almost 20 A.netters at Frankfurt Airport.

Sorry I wasn't there - actually I had barely joined A.net back then so that's my excuse.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
"If it doesn't beep we'll know that you really are an experienced traveller." Well, it didn't beep - other than at Nuremberg, btw. The screener and I were satisfied and we said goodbye

Hmm, makes me remember an incident at the island of Sardinia two summers ago. AHO airport was completely packed with about five charter flights leaving at the same time, check-in queues were horribly long and people even tried to get their check-in luggage through security control instead of queuing to check them in... The airport staff were of course stressed and so as I arrived to the security control (without bags), showed my ticket, emptied my pockets and walked through without a beep one staff member asked me "Do you work here?". Something similar to your experience!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
my seat neighbor turned out to be a German in the 30s who was apparently wondering why I kept taking pictures of everything. Yeah sure

That's one advantage I have - thanks to my pretty young age no one ever questions as I take pictures all over the place on a flight.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Pretty snack boxes were handed out 40 minutes after takeoff...

Talk about a good-looking snack box!

Regards,
717Flyer

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: CaptainRed
Posted 2011-11-19 09:01:15 and read 9979 times.

Hi PH,

I was looking forward to this report and now I almost missed it. Enjoyed reading it especially since I have done that same FRA-MAD flight with LAN recently as well. I have even been on the same plane, although on the return flight. Had very much the same experience on board as you described, even had the same brand of beer (tasted indeed good, an opportunity to try a genuine Chilean beer is not to be missed). Very good and consistent service here from LAN.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
however, I wouldn't have wanted to fly all the way down to Santiago. At least not on that day.

Any other day, count me in   ...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Meeting all these A.netters at Frankfurt was a great pleasure and I would like to see each participant again soon.

Yes, it was indeed a pleasure and a very enjoyable day. Hope you can make it to Berlin in June  

CaptainRed

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-20 01:58:29 and read 9772 times.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 39):
There sure is something special in flying a widebody on such a short flight. And your report reflected this very well. Some very nice views and an exotic carrier, thank you for this!

Hi 717Flyer, many thanks for your comments! I'm glad you enjoyed reading.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 39):
Sorry I wasn't there - actually I had barely joined A.net back then so that's my excuse.

I'm sure we'll find an opportunity to meet in the near future.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 39):
Hmm, makes me remember an incident at the island of Sardinia two summers ago. AHO airport was completely packed with about five charter flights leaving at the same time, check-in queues were horribly long and people even tried to get their check-in luggage through security control instead of queuing to check them in... The airport staff were of course stressed and so as I arrived to the security control (without bags), showed my ticket, emptied my pockets and walked through without a beep one staff member asked me "Do you work here?". Something similar to your experience!

Nice!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 39):
That's one advantage I have - thanks to my pretty young age no one ever questions as I take pictures all over the place on a flight.

Well, I'm not "pretty young" any more...  

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 40):
I was looking forward to this report and now I almost missed it. Enjoyed reading it especially since I have done that same FRA-MAD flight with LAN recently as well. I have even been on the same plane, although on the return flight.

Hi CaptainRed, thanks for your reply! Good to hear from you. I enjoyed reading your LAN report!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 40):
Yes, it was indeed a pleasure and a very enjoyable day. Hope you can make it to Berlin in June

Yes, I really hope to meet you and all the others there!



PH

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: IberiaA319
Posted 2011-11-20 08:39:38 and read 9696 times.

Thanks a lot for this fantastic report, it was nice reading it as it was the same flight I took but from your view. Also you took some excellent pictures.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
While IberiaA319 had the pleasure to be seated next to a young and talkative Chilean lady, my seat neighbor turned out to be a German in the 30s who was apparently wondering why I kept taking pictures of everything.

Yes really, my seatmate on the A340, a Chilean lady, was very talkative, and we kept talking about Germany and Chile (two countries that I know personally). On the picture that you took from the back of the cabin before takeoff I am sitting on the right of the picture, and I am already talking. That's why I did not check the IFE or the PTVs.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
CC-CQC turned in, started its takeoff roll - and lifted off relatively quickly. IberiaA319 noticed that, too.

Yes it was a surprise for me. I did not expect that either.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
On the way to the exit, IberiaA319 called my hotel, the Hostal T4 in Paracuellos del Jarama, and ordered the shuttle. When we walked outside, the bus was already waiting which was very nice. Then it was time to say goodbye - it had been a pleasure to travel to Madrid with IberiaA319! The hotel itself was fine - the room was clean and the staff members were nice, but the location is bad for all those who don't just need a room in between two flights

Yes, it was also a pleasure for me to travel with you and to help you at the airport in Madrid. I really enjoyed the FRA meeting, and I hope I can attend future meetings.

Thanks a lot for posting the report!

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2011-11-20 12:19:33 and read 9559 times.

Thanks for the report PH. Glad you enjoyed LA on this short hop. Final of the series from A.Net - do I guess.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, due to the location of our gate, we had to pass passport control - and there weren't many officers left at that time. So we were stuck in a long queue for about 20 minutes.

= You're still lucky. This flight causes a ton of drama and headache as many South Americans have single entry Schengen visa and they are "checked out" of Europe in FRA and then face MAD. Not all officials know what's going on.

Thanks again for sharing.

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2011-11-21 12:44:27 and read 9409 times.

Hi PH,

Good to read your view of that nice Saturday we spent at FRA airport! It was good meeting you and the other guys, too bad there wasn't that much time as you yourself put it, but I guess this time it was about quality, not quantity (unlike my flying habits  ).

Glad you finally caught that LAN flight, it is a very nice chance to experience a rather exotic (for us Europeans) carrier plus of course any flight with a widebody is always nice. It never ceases to amaze me how LAN is able to fill those birds - I wonder how many of the passengers are just flying that short hop and how many are continuing all the way to SCL.

Now if we could only get them to do MAD-XXX with a wingletted 767 I would be the very first to sign up!

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-25 03:24:00 and read 8980 times.

Quoting IberiaA319 (Reply 42):
Thanks a lot for this fantastic report, it was nice reading it as it was the same flight I took but from your view. Also you took some excellent pictures.

Many thanks for your comments, Eric!

Quoting IberiaA319 (Reply 42):
Yes, it was also a pleasure for me to travel with you and to help you at the airport in Madrid. I really enjoyed the FRA meeting, and I hope I can attend future meetings.

I can only agree. Maybe we can meet again next year.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 43):
Thanks for the report PH. Glad you enjoyed LA on this short hop.

Hi A., thanks for replying!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 43):
Final of the series from A.Net - do I guess.

That's what I guess, too.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 43):
You're still lucky. This flight causes a ton of drama and headache as many South Americans have single entry Schengen visa and they are "checked out" of Europe in FRA and then face MAD. Not all officials know what's going on.

Interesting, sounds quite bad!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 44):
Good to read your view of that nice Saturday we spent at FRA airport! It was good meeting you and the other guys, too bad there wasn't that much time as you yourself put it, but I guess this time it was about quality, not quantity (unlike my flying habits ).

Hi P., thanks for your feedback. I can only agree, we need more time next time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 44):
It never ceases to amaze me how LAN is able to fill those birds - I wonder how many of the passengers are just flying that short hop and how many are continuing all the way to SCL.

Yes, would be nice to have some insight.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 44):

Now if we could only get them to do MAD-XXX with a wingletted 767 I would be the very first to sign up!

MAD-MUC-MAD would be perfect.  




PH

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: SloAir
Posted 2011-11-25 07:07:24 and read 8893 times.

Hi PH,

great to read your report now, when the days are getting shorter and colder, so we could remember that great, sunny and warm day on top of FRA T2. A very interesting flight on board LAN, I hope to try this service sometime in the future, maybe next year.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Some weeks later, we decided to invite many more users and I posted a thread about the meeting on the forum. It was clear soon that it would become a big meeting.

Good thing you did, the number of people that showed up really shocked me (in a good way of course).

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Pretty snack boxes were handed out 40 minutes after takeoff...

They look great and the sandwich looks ok too. Not bad for this flight.

Regards,
Blaž

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: Patagon
Posted 2011-11-25 12:25:28 and read 8810 times.

Nice trip report and picture, feels so good to see our carrier in such far destinations

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: ronerone
Posted 2011-11-27 08:11:32 and read 8607 times.

Hi PH,

A great report on LAN's! Very glad to see the beautiful LAN A340 in Economy Class! Again, this airline has some really slick cabin interiors!

How was the crew and the service? I wonder if they serve the same snack box on the Tasman crossing ..In which i think they could have done with slightly more of an offer.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The recorded German announcements sounded quite impersonal.

On my flight to AKL last year, there was an abundance of automated announcements. They have a pre-recorded announcement for almost all scenarios   I actually liked it. Was this also the case on your flight?


I really wish an airline like LAN (or LATAM) would operate flights to my region, but this is so far-fetched for time being!


Many thanks for sharing this with us   looking forward to more!

Cheers,
Roni

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-11-30 11:13:56 and read 8363 times.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 46):
great to read your report now, when the days are getting shorter and colder, so we could remember that great, sunny and warm day on top of FRA T2.

Hi Blaž, many thanks for your feedback! It was indeed a great day.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 46):
A very interesting flight on board LAN, I hope to try this service sometime in the future, maybe next year.

You really should!

Quoting SloAir (Reply 46):
Good thing you did, the number of people that showed up really shocked me (in a good way of course).

Nice to hear!

Quoting Patagon (Reply 47):
Nice trip report and picture, feels so good to see our carrier in such far destinations

Thanks for your reply, Patagon! Your carrier looks good everywhere.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 48):
A great report on LAN's!
Quoting ronerone (Reply 48):
Many thanks for sharing this with us looking forward to more!

Hi Roni, thank you for your comments!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 48):
Again, this airline has some really slick cabin interiors!

  

Quoting ronerone (Reply 48):
How was the crew and the service?

It was okay, but not special.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 48):
On my flight to AKL last year, there was an abundance of automated announcements. They have a pre-recorded announcement for almost all scenarios I actually liked it. Was this also the case on your flight?

No, only the German one attracted my attention.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 48):
I really wish an airline like LAN (or LATAM) would operate flights to my region, but this is so far-fetched for time being!

Chances are low considering that ME carriers have entered the market.


PH

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: Parton87
Posted 2011-11-30 11:39:12 and read 8352 times.

Hello PH!

Thanks for the nice story with some good pictures. Cool flying on a South American airline on a intra-European flight.
The A340 is a beautiful A/C and LAN´s livery suit it very good!

I really like the pictures of the approach to MAD! Very beautiful!

Sadly I couldn´t join you at the meeting because I couldn´t take any more days off from work, it seems that you had a good time! I coming to ARN in January, are you attending?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Some nice places were shown on the 8.9-inch high-definition screens during boarding



Looks nice! I can only compare to BA and their was like stone-age compare to this!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and here's mine (38A



Looks very comfortable!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
wondering why I kept taking pictures of everything



people used to do  And when you tell them they think you are crazy:D

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
CC-CQC turned in, started its takeoff roll - and lifted off relatively quickly.



Interesting, do they refuel it in FRA or MAD for the flight to Chile?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
sandwiches were quite good, they tasted better than they looked:



I hope they did!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Thick clouds prevented any views of the Pyrenees:



Oh, pity! I guess there as good as the Alps!?

Thanks again PH!

Greetings
Robert

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: signol
Posted 2011-12-01 20:15:38 and read 8205 times.

Hi PlaneHunter,

nice to see your report join the others of the FRA meet! Lan looks to be a very good airline, certainly a high choice for any possible trip to South America.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
However, I'll try my best to join the meeting at the opening of Berlin's new airport on 3rd June.

I hope to see you there!

Thanks again

signol

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-12-10 03:58:01 and read 7858 times.

Quoting signol (Reply 51):
nice to see your report join the others of the FRA meet!

Hi signol, thanks for your comments!

Quoting signol (Reply 51):
Lan looks to be a very good airline, certainly a high choice for any possible trip to South America.

  

Quoting signol (Reply 51):
I hope to see you there!

Yes, would be great to meet to you there!


PH

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: Initious
Posted 2011-12-24 06:23:20 and read 7294 times.

Hi PH,

Yet another wonderful report from you! LAN is a nice airline (I'd assume) and their livery is splendid on the A343, so good that you managed to score them! The seats look pretty comfortable and the screens are of a decent size too.

The "in" IFE system has a nice interface, I'm sure it is as nice as it looks! However, the snack offered looks menial. I'm sure they could offer much more for a 2h flight, although I might be too pampered here in Asia where we get a hot meal even for a short regional hop.

Congrats on being part of the legendary a.net meeting, I hope I'll be part of it someday.

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: airbuseric
Posted 2011-12-24 08:06:05 and read 7258 times.

Hi PH,

I feel sorry about posting my reply so late. Although that's in line with our life these days it seems. Posting late, replying late. Well, it's holiday time for a few days, so here we go again  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I decided to focus on the LAN Airlines A340-300 flight from Frankfurt to Madrid.

Good choice! I loved my flight with them as well, although my flight was better catered then yours.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Some time later we went to the observation deck - FLIEGER67 had even negotiated a group discount.

He's a good business man... thanks Markus!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Parked next to us was JAL 777-300ER JA736J - those planes must look horrible in "new" colors

As long as they can survive,... I have good hope at the moment.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Airbuseric who was waiting for his Lufthansa flight to Amsterdam took a nice picture of our plane:

You're welcome.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, it's very unlikely that I will be able to take part in the next meeting at Stockholm on 14th and 15th January. However, I'll try my best to join the meeting at the opening of Berlin's new airport on 3rd June.

Sorry to hear about January. In my case, January is al set, but June is very unlikely at the moment.

Frohe Weihnachten, und bis später!
Eric

Topic: RE: 1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-12-29 05:51:38 and read 6888 times.

Quoting Initious (Reply 53):
Yet another wonderful report from you!

Hi Daniel, many thanks for your reply! Good to see you posting again!

Quoting Initious (Reply 53):
The seats look pretty comfortable and the screens are of a decent size too.

Yes, the interior was very nice.

Quoting Initious (Reply 53):
However, the snack offered looks menial. I'm sure they could offer much more for a 2h flight, although I might be too pampered here in Asia where we get a hot meal even for a short regional hop.

They used to serve more!

Quoting Initious (Reply 53):
Congrats on being part of the legendary a.net meeting, I hope I'll be part of it someday.

That's what I hope, too! Btw - it's very likely that I will visit Singapore again in 2012. QF again...hopefully it will work out this time.  

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 54):
I feel sorry about posting my reply so late.

Hi Eric, thanks for your comments! No worries, better later than never!  

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 54):
Although that's in line with our life these days it seems. Posting late, replying late.

  

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 54):
He's a good business man... thanks Markus!

  

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 54):
As long as they can survive,... I have good hope at the moment.

Let's hope for a bright future...and a new livery!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 54):
Sorry to hear about January. In my case, January is al set, but June is very unlikely at the moment.

There will be more meetings in the future!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 54):
Frohe Weihnachten, und bis später!

Danke! Gelukkig nieuwjaar!


PH


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