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Topic: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-03-04 11:18:12 and read 16993 times.

Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767

Hi everyone,

Welcome to part 7 of my Africa trip. This report covers my final flight from Larnaca to London Heathrow with British Airways in Club Europe (Business class).

This report’s map:
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The previous reports:

Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y
Africa Part 5: DAR-NBO-ZRH LX First
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy

The entire map:


Picking up from where I left off last time, I was picked up from Larnaca Airport by a Budget Car rep, and driven to their depot, where I was given a ugly little Chevrolet. Not long after, I was in a not terribly nice hotel, not far from the airport. Sleep.
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The next morning I headed out for the other side of the Island to meet a friend I’d managed to convince to join me on the island (I couldn’t find anyone willing to join me in Burundi!).

My aforementioned car (actually stuck in the mud at this point, doh!)
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Nice scenery on the way
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I’m sure the fencing is there for a reason
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A quick stop at the Sanctuary of Aphrodite
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Before long I arrived at Paphos Airport. My friend had elected to fly with easyJet into Paphos from Gatwick, and out from Larnaca.
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I hadn’t realised how many Brits were in Cyprus until I saw the PFO FIDS. It’s not terribly clear, but of the 13 flights on there, 10 were from the UK (LGW,DSA,MAN,GLA,BRS,EDI,LTN,BHX) along with two Russian flights, and a TLV. As well travelled as I am, I had completely missed the relationship between then UK and Cyprus – a long and interesting story!
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With my friend picked up and out on the car insurance, we headed off to our hotel in Paphos. Unfortunately, the weather was very changeable over the next few days – there was some very strong wind, and plenty of squally showers.

Our hotel pool – too cold to swim though
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Sitting in the car waiting for the rain to stop
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Rainbows!
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Nice Cypriot food
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A trip to the Baths of Aphrodite - nice in the sun!
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A trip around the rolling hills
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The birthplace of the first president of the Republic of Cyprus


A nice little monastery


Part of the UNESCO sites in Paphos
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After 2 nights in Paphos, we drove over the incredibly scenic Troodos Mountains towards Mt Olympus and Nicosia.
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What’s this? Snow? In Cyprus?
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Actually, LOTS of snow
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Who knew you could ski in Cyprus?
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The military base at the highest point of the island. No wonder our ears popped. We’d driven 1952 metres (6404 ft) vertically in just a few hours.
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What goes up, must come down. Next stop Nicosia (Lefkosia)
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After parking our car, and finding our hotel (the very nice Hotel Centrum) we headed out for an amazing Meze fish dinner – so much food.
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The next day we headed over to Northern Nicosia. This is the view from a tower in Southern Nicosia
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A new country! They only stamp passports on request
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We spent a pleasant few hours wandering around, eating, and drinking in the sun
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This was a cathedral, now a mosque


Back on the other side of the border, we headed to the National Museum, and then for a further wander
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On our final day, we stopped at the little town of Lefkara
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Another meze lunch
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Heading back to Larnaca. My friend’s flight back to LGW was 4 hours after mine, so I left him heading out for a walk around the salt lakes, whilst I headed into the terminal.
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The terminal was nice and clean. There was no queue for the Club Europe desk
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FIDS


I bought a couple of cheap bottles of Gin
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Then headed to the lounge
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The lounge was bright and airy, and had some nice views of the tarmac
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Food and drink
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Our location


Just over half an hour before the flight, I headed down to the gate, where pre boarding was underway. A few minutes later, they invited Club passengers to board – I was first on.
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Unfortunately it was G-BNWB, the same plane that took me from CDG to LHR last summer. It was nice to have 2 jet bridges to choose from
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Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-03-04 11:19:22 and read 17199 times.

February 2012
Larnaca (LCA) – London Heathrow (LHR)
British Airways BA 663
Scheduled: 1625-1935 (5h10m)
Actual: 1627-1902 (4h35m)
Boeing 767 G-BNWB
Business

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The cabin before it filled up – check it out SN, pillows and blankets! The cabin was clean, and reasonably comfortable given the age of the plane.
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Legroom
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Neighbours
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The ridiculously undersized (the screen is actually smaller than my mobile phone screen) inoperable TV
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Programming on today’s flight – due to the positioning of the TVs, I didn’t ‘enjoy’ any of it.
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I ended up with a pair of seats to myself (yay) but in front of an OAP couple who kept grumbling and making noises and behind a DYKWIA Russian mother and daughter. The daughter was either extremely grumpy, or feeling sick, and made constant requests of the crew.

We took off a few minutes behind schedule
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Flying over Nicosia
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Once the seatbelt sign went off, I asked if I could move to the bulkhead on the other side (nobody was there, or in the row behind). I could now recline in peace.
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Not the greatest legroom
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Not easy viewing
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Menus handed out
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And hot towels
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Canapés and champagne are served – very tasty
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As is normal for BA, trolleys were used. The first had drinks and food, and then a few minutes later another trolley with drinks came by offering top ups. I had been lead to believe that the champagne on this flight (for various reasons) often ran out early in the flight. I’m glad to say that on this occasion it didn’t. What did appear to run dry was sparkling water. Apparently there was only one bottle (ONE BOTTLE!!!) loaded for the entire plane. The staff were always really pessimistic with requests….”um, I don’t think we have any”, “oooh, not sure, I’ll go and have a look”. Never was there an “of course, I’ll go and get you some”.

Another issue I had with the crew was their continued use of the rather awful “no, actually yes” joke. Basically, whenever you ask for something, they crew member says “no” and walks off, only to return a few seconds later with a big smile on their face saying “only joking, of course”. Hahaha. Not. This “joke” was played on my three times in close succession by different members of the crew just after leaving LCA. It was actually quite uncomfortable having to fake laugh after a while. This was an example of customer interaction gone very wrong. I wrote to BA about it after the flight, but have yet to hear the official line on the matter.

After from those two issues, I was fairly happy with the crew. They were generally polite and smiley.

African nuts
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Another champagne topup
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Awful contrast on the tiny screen in front
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Dinner – a tasty prawn curry
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Sunset
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Dessert
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Tea
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My IFE
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Fairly full cabin – roughly 50%, about 27 pax.
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Retro bathroom
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Eventually the water did run out, and so I resorted to my own stash from the lounge
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I also asked for a slimline G&T – more uming and ahhing from the crew....finally it arrived, only to have me knock it over.


Highlife Magazine
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Lots of changed at T3 for BA
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Safety card
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After a fairly relaxing four and a half hour flight, it was time to land.
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Now that LCA is operating out of Terminal 3, we had the honour of getting a remote stand. It was a bit strange going from LCA where BA’s daily 767 is probably the most prestigious and important flight scheduled with it being offered 2 airbridges and a convenient gate, to Heathrow, where the daily Larnaca flight is shoved off in a corner and just given a set of stairs in the rain.
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One enhancement to the Club Europe service is a private bus from the plane to the terminal, so we were already half way to baggage reclaim by the time the first Y pax were off.
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Baggage reclaim
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A quick stop at Boots to pick up some reduced sandwiches for the bus, and I head to the bus station.
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My bags
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So, that brings me to the end of my report, and trip to Africa. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them. For various reasons, i’m off on another rather random trip very soon, taking in the delights of Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Nepal – I’ll keep you updated! First flight is with Singapore Airlines in their new longhual business class BCN-SIN.

A quick round up of my thoughts and impressions:

Best flight: Undoubtedly Swiss in First from DAR to ZRH. Excellent service, great food and staff, comfy seat
Worst flight: The Brussels Airlines flight from BRU to BJM was very disappointing – old seats, Y class food, unmotivated staff
Most surprising airline: Ethiopian and Aegean tie for this. Both offered service far better than I had imagined
Best country: Hard to say, I loved Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania. Rwanda was the only one I got a proper feel for – I need to go back to Africa soon! If I had to decide though, I’d probably say Rwanda – loved it!
Best hotel: The Serena Hotel on Lake Kivu in Rwanda – you need to bargain hard to get a good rate though!
Best beach: Hands down, Jambiani in Zanzibar – gorgeous
Best drink: I’ve already told you this one, the vintage champagne served on Swiss First. Runners up were the mojito in the Dar es Salaam Kempinski, and the Leffe served on SN
Best food: I’d have to say the beef brochette in Burundi – delicious with chips!
Most unexpected moment: Realising you could ski in Cyprus
Best moment: Sitting in a field with a group of Gorillas!

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All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
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
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: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: LH4116
Posted 2012-03-04 11:40:31 and read 16857 times.

Hey Gab, great roundup on your African adventure! Seems like you had a great flight!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My aforementioned car (actually stuck in the mud at this point, doh!)

Now that looks like a faux car to me. What's the point of screwing up that Chevy brand like that anyway, since clearly that Daihatsu is the opposite. Can't believe some people buy these cars...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Awful contrast on the tiny screen in front

Hmm, I bet back in the 90s those were high-tech state of the art   What did they show on them anyway, moving map, TV-shows?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Dinner – a tasty prawn curry

Dinner looks really nice, especially with the proper canapé and stuff. However do they really make substitute for a starter?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Best drink: I’ve already told you this one, the vintage champagne served on Swiss First. Runners up were the mojito in the Dar es Salaam Kempinski, and the Leffe served on SN

So Primus didn't get the first place?  

Thanks for sharing
//Jonas

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2012-03-04 11:42:36 and read 16845 times.

Thanks for the final report on your epic African adventure - I have enjoyed every bit of it with envy, and hope can take the time to do my own African excursion! While the meal service on BA looked good, everything else looked way too dodgy for me - the 767's really do need new lighting or something - and what's up with that screen? It really is horrific - to top that, the crew and their "jokes" seemed plain amateurish.

Thanks for document this - and I am glad you went to TRNC - magical place. Next time, go beyond the capital as there are many cool things to do. I did not enjoy the Greek Cyprus as I found it overrun, rude, and teeming with 16 year old Brits wanting to get laid and drunk. Or maybe, I have just become too old.

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: readytotaxi
Posted 2012-03-04 11:49:43 and read 16796 times.

Wow, not happy with that inflight service.  
You appear to have enjoyed most of the journey,weather not being to friendly.
Loved the photos of the island,a place to visit in the summer I think.
4hrs is sure pushing it in those seats, and the IFE, horror. Bit of luck you had the laptop.
Thanks for that.  

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: Avianca
Posted 2012-03-04 11:50:27 and read 16786 times.

great final of your trip to Africa! what a great way to explore the world!

Cyprus looks very nice, I think a visit is more than worth!

The food in Cyrprus and on BA looks delicieus!

Thanks and cheers
Avianca

pd: what was the best beer you had on the whole trip?

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-03-04 12:16:49 and read 16687 times.

Thanks for the replies!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
Hey Gab, great roundup on your African adventure! Seems like you had a great flight!

Thanks, yes, it was quite a good flight

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
Now that looks like a faux car to me. What's the point of screwing up that Chevy brand like that anyway, since clearly that Daihatsu is the opposite. Can't believe some people buy these cars...

Yes, very faux

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
Hmm, I bet back in the 90s those were high-tech state of the art What did they show on them anyway, moving map, TV-shows?

No moving map, just sit coms

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
So Primus didn't get the first place?

Nope, unfortunately not

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 3):
Thanks for the final report on your epic African adventure

No problem, glad you liked it

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 3):
While the meal service on BA looked good, everything else looked way too dodgy for me - the 767's really do need new lighting or something - and what's up with that screen? It really is horrific - to top that, the crew and their "jokes" seemed plain amateurish.

Yeah, those 767s are a disgrace. An overhual can't come too soon.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 3):

Thanks for document this - and I am glad you went to TRNC - magical place. Next time, go beyond the capital as there are many cool things to do

Unfortunately I didn't have anywhere near enough time

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 4):
You appear to have enjoyed most of the journey,weather not being to friendly.

Yeah, the island was lovely

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 4):
4hrs is sure pushing it in those seats, and the IFE, horror. Bit of luck you had the laptop.

Yup, not the best seats/plane

Quoting Avianca (Reply 5):
great final of your trip to Africa! what a great way to explore the world!

Thanks

Quoting Avianca (Reply 5):
Cyprus looks very nice, I think a visit is more than worth!

Yeah, I'd like to go back some summer

Quoting Avianca (Reply 5):
The food in Cyrprus and on BA looks delicieus!

Yup, very tasty

Quoting Avianca (Reply 5):
pd: what was the best beer you had on the whole trip?

Umm, not sure. Africa has some ok beers, but nothing overly amazing. The Leffe was lovely, but that's Belgian!

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: lukeyboy95
Posted 2012-03-04 12:23:49 and read 16659 times.

ONE BOTTLE??!! JUST ONE?!


Congratulations on the completion of this mammoth series Gabriel.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The military base at the highest point of the island. No wonder our ears popped. We’d driven 1952 metres (6404 ft) vertically in just a few hours.

Amazing to see snow that deep in Cyprus. I knew it was quite mountainous but thought the ocean would keep it moderated. Liked the look of Cyprus - I would most likely also keep away from the Greek side of it. Food looked quite arabic ... nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The staff were always really pessimistic with requests….”um, I don’t think we have any”, “oooh, not sure, I’ll go and have a look”. Never was there an “of course, I’ll go and get you some”.

Thats no good. Yeah, I mean BA FA's need to strike a balance between British humour and formal, obliging service. Most of the time they get it right. Sadly not this time.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A quick stop at Boots to pick up some reduced sandwiches for the bus, and I head to the bus station.

Man alive, they'de never believe you if you told them you had just come off a business class flight!

Thanks Gabriel

Rgds

Luke

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-03-04 12:57:00 and read 16504 times.

Hi Gabriel !

Thanks for a very interesting report on BA and Cyprus!

I had no idea you could ski there either! Looks nice though but probably better to visit in the winter time than in the summer for the reason Abrelosojos mentioned.

Service on BA seems absolutely horrible except for the food which looks excellent.

If I was treated like that in Business class I would have been pretty upset and I think it was very good you wrote BA to let them know.

Amazing trip altogether and the next one sounds very promising as well!

I tried a Leffes Blonde a few weeks ago it was horrid! Even worse than Guiness!

The777Man

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-03-04 12:58:18 and read 16490 times.

Hey great final report and BA a mixed bag. Not sure I like the catering to be honest but I guess its personal choice. Glad you enjoyed Cyprus and got a taste of both sides of the Island. People often are ignorant and only look to the British tourist resorts of Ayia Napa etc.. but the Greek side offers so much more than this as you found out. The Ski pictures are great and believe it or not the first time I have seen them so well done for sharing that. Glad you enjoyed the great food. Cypriot cuisine is famous both Turkish and Greek flavors which blend into eachother. I have travelled the whole Island extensively and enjoy both sides for different reasons. I prefer Turkish Nicosia as its like it used to be but I love the Troodos mountains and Pafos on the Greek side. If you ever get a chance to go back hire a car and travel to the pan handle to Aposolos Andreas taking in Salamis/Kyrenia and Morphou. Lots of ancient sites to see and interesting villages.

Great ending to your journey and I agree with you on your highlights and surprises .

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-03-04 12:59:49 and read 16490 times.

Hi, Gabriel,

really good to follow you´re final story around the great Africa trip.
Well done, also the pictures and believe me PFO and Cyprus was especially interesting for me!.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My IFE

Count me in this way.

Looking for more from you´re hand.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: Widebodyroga
Posted 2012-03-04 13:12:10 and read 16430 times.

Hi Gab. Great conclusion to your epic journey to Africa and the southeast Med. Great photos from around Cyprus. I had no idea that the island could get that much snow either. Never been there even though I would love to one day.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A new country! They only stamp passports on request

Just for the sake of staying politically correct (I have made the same mistake in the past ) officially TRNC is not a "country" but an occupied territory of the Republic of Cyprus, not recognized by any other country in the world except Turkey. It's cool however that you've added another self-proclaimed state in your log after Transnistria   

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The ridiculously undersized (the screen is actually smaller than my mobile phone screen) inoperable TV

You can't be serious. Too bad BA made your flight back to the UK a less than perfect one.

I also liked the nice aerial shot you got of what I believe to be the the abandoned Nicosia airport (NIC). It's one of the few "ghost" airports still out there...

I hope you have as much fun in your new (Asian this time) expedition as you did in this African one.

Thanks for the very entertaining series of TR. Good job!   

WBodyroga

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-03-04 13:13:47 and read 16430 times.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
ONE BOTTLE??!! JUST ONE?!

Yup, just one

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
Congratulations on the completion of this mammoth series Gabriel.

Thanks!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
Amazing to see snow that deep in Cyprus. I knew it was quite mountainous but thought the ocean would keep it moderated. Liked the look of Cyprus - I would most likely also keep away from the Greek side of it. Food looked quite arabic ... nice.

Yeahs, it's quite the destination

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
Thats no good. Yeah, I mean BA FA's need to strike a balance between British humour and formal, obliging service. Most of the time they get it right. Sadly not this time.

Yeah, shame they missed the mark

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
Man alive, they'de never believe you if you told them you had just come off a business class flight!

Ha, yeah, I like to keep myseld guessing!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Thanks for a very interesting report on BA and Cyprus!

No problem

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Service on BA seems absolutely horrible except for the food which looks excellent.

Yeah. nice food

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
If I was treated like that in Business class I would have been pretty upset and I think it was very good you wrote BA to let them know.

Will have to see if they reply - it's already been a week

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
I tried a Leffes Blonde a few weeks ago it was horrid! Even worse than Guiness!

Really? I agree with the Guiness, but the Leffe is lovely

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Hey great final report and BA a mixed bag.

Thanks Paul

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Not sure I like the catering to be honest but I guess its personal choice.

Well, I liked it

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
People often are ignorant and only look to the British tourist resorts of Ayia Napa etc..
Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
If you ever get a chance to go back hire a car and travel to the pan handle to Aposolos Andreas taking in Salamis/Kyrenia and Morphou. Lots of ancient sites to see and interesting villages.

Yeah, I'll have to go back again sometime

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 10):
really good to follow you´re final story around the great Africa trip.

Glad you liked it!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 10):
Well done, also the pictures and believe me PFO and Cyprus was especially interesting for me!.

Thanks

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: Thai744
Posted 2012-03-05 01:32:05 and read 15419 times.

Gabriel, Amazing trip report - have followed with interest!

Those grey boat shoes of yours have done some miles! LOL!

Loved your adventures - far too many thoughts and comments, but I think you seemed to answer most of them in your reports or replies to others anyway, so I just wanted to say thanks for all your efforts!

(Love how you show us the local beer in each location - good man!)

Looking forward to more adventures from you in the future!
 

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: Sultanils
Posted 2012-03-05 02:33:14 and read 15320 times.

Hello Gab,

Nice final report of your Africa voyage.
I didn’t know either you could ski in Cyprus. Quite a contrast in weather there, bright and sunny and rain and snow. Were you able to walk around in short and shirts?

Concerning the flight, I really feel BA should deciding some on what to do with these old 763’s. As nice as it is for us to enthusiasts to fly on them, I think for the normal pax they offer a really inferior inflight product and they have an overall outdated feel.
And indeed I find that crew’s joking behavior quite unprofessional...

Next stop India?

Sultanils

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-03-05 03:34:25 and read 15195 times.

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 13):
Gabriel, Amazing trip report - have followed with interest!

Thanks, glad you've enjoyed them

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 13):
Those grey boat shoes of yours have done some miles! LOL!

Yes quite a few, but they're only new, so they still have quite a few miles left on them. And they're green btw!

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 13):
(Love how you show us the local beer in each location - good man!)

A fellow admirier!?

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
Nice final report of your Africa voyage.

Thanks!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):

I didn’t know either you could ski in Cyprus. Quite a contrast in weather there, bright and sunny and rain and snow. Were you able to walk around in short and shirts?

Only at lunch in Nicosia in the sun did i finally take off my jumper - the rest of the time it was too cold/windy. I think normally in Feb it should be slightly warmer

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):

Concerning the flight, I really feel BA should deciding some on what to do with these old 763’s. As nice as it is for us to enthusiasts to fly on them, I think for the normal pax they offer a really inferior inflight product and they have an overall outdated feel.

Well, they've started the refurb process, so just a matter of time before they are revamped. Keeping the 767s this loing wasn't the original plan, it's just that the 787s were so delayed

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
And indeed I find that crew’s joking behavior quite unprofessional...

Yeah, not very professional. Still waiting to hear back from BA about that

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
Next stop India?

Sort of. Indonesia is the first major stop, then India after that - should be picking up my Indian visa today

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: jwhite9185
Posted 2012-03-05 12:19:59 and read 14292 times.

As usual a very interesting read, from a very interesting series.

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-03-05 13:21:04 and read 14191 times.

Hi Gabriel,
Been expecting this last part and here it is! Nice trip report once again! Seems like you really enjoyed Africa.

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-03-05 13:34:50 and read 14152 times.

Thanks for the comments, and sorry Stojan for missing your reply earlier!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 11):
Great conclusion to your epic journey to Africa and the southeast Med

Thanks!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 11):
Great photos from around Cyprus. I had no idea that the island could get that much snow either. Never been there even though I would love to one day.

Yeah, it;s quite the island

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 11):
Just for the sake of staying politically correct (I have made the same mistake in the past ) officially TRNC is not a "country" but an occupied territory of the Republic of Cyprus, not recognized by any other country in the world except Turkey. It's cool however that you've added another self-proclaimed state in your log after Transnistria

Thanks for the info. Still not sure how to define a "country"...perhaps places with their own stamps?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 11):
I also liked the nice aerial shot you got of what I believe to be the the abandoned Nicosia airport (NIC). It's one of the few "ghost" airports still out there...

How come NIC was abandoned?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 11):
I hope you have as much fun in your new (Asian this time) expedition as you did in this African one.

So do I - booking some domestic Indonesian flights as I type

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 16):
As usual a very interesting read, from a very interesting series.

Thanks!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 17):
Been expecting this last part and here it is! Nice trip report once again! Seems like you really enjoyed Africa.

Thanks Brendan. Africa was great, can't wait to go back

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-03-05 14:36:11 and read 14062 times.

Hi Gab!

Welcome home! Nice to see your TR up. Was nice following you around the African continent!
Despite the age BA's 767s look quite well. Just apart from the small screen!

The stairs statement made on arrival in LHR made me think about a flight a few years ago from mine.
While departing CVG on how the 767 looked huge in between the ERJs and CRJs. The same 767 would look like a regional jet between the mass of 777's and 747's.

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-03-05 15:48:09 and read 13962 times.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):

Welcome home! Nice to see your TR up.

Thanks Marc!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):
Just apart from the small screen!

It's hard to imagine a time when a 3" screen was acceptable!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):

The stairs statement made on arrival in LHR made me think about a flight a few years ago from mine.
While departing CVG on how the 767 looked huge in between the ERJs and CRJs. The same 767 would look like a regional jet between the mass of 777's and 747's.

Well, most of the remotely parked planes at that part of T3 are BA's A320s

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: airbuseric
Posted 2012-03-05 15:57:56 and read 13947 times.

Hi Gabriel!

never been on Cyprus myself, but wow... some great sights there and I am very much surprised by the snow you got there!
Lovely pictures and a good place to find some rest again between your Africa and UK life  

Regarding BA; the 767 is great of course, but an outdated product on this one which is a shame. I think the seats are still good enough, but the overall interior is old fashioned and people will notice. They better update or get rid of these aircraft soon. It's operating on a daily (?) flight to AMS now as well... Might be good to get a ride on it myself also.
The meal is definitely my taste and liking. I didn't get this one yet, but looking forward to try this curry.

Regards
Eric

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-03-05 16:35:34 and read 13902 times.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 18):
How come NIC was abandoned?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicosia_International_Airport

A brief and interesting piece on good old Wiki . Would be amazing to get access to it after all these years and the CY Trident !

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-03-05 16:40:00 and read 13897 times.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 21):
Lovely pictures and a good place to find some rest again between your Africa and UK life

Thanks Eric

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 21):

never been on Cyprus myself, but wow... some great sights there and I am very much surprised by the snow you got there!

Yeah, Cyprus was full of surprises

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 21):

Regarding BA; the 767 is great of course, but an outdated product on this one which is a shame. I think the seats are still good enough, but the overall interior is old fashioned and people will notice. They better update or get rid of these aircraft soon. It's operating on a daily (?) flight to AMS now as well... Might be good to get a ride on it myself also.
The meal is definitely my taste and liking. I didn't get this one yet, but looking forward to try this curry.

Hopefully the 787s will be making an appearence soon. Good luck finding that curry!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicosia_International_Airport
A brief and interesting piece on good old Wiki . Would be amazing to get access to it after all these years and the CY Trident !

Thanks Paul - I actually had a read of that earlier this evening - would be nice for them to reopen it sometime

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-03-06 05:36:01 and read 13498 times.

Hi Gabriel,

nice last part of your series with great pictures from Cyprus! All these food pictures made me hungry - I guess I will only read your reports after lunch or dinner in the future...  

BA's catering looks fine, I guess I would have ordered the prawns, too.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The staff were always really pessimistic with requests….”um, I don’t think we have any”, “oooh, not sure, I’ll go and have a look”. Never was there an “of course, I’ll go and get you some”.

Not good!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Another issue I had with the crew was their continued use of the rather awful “no, actually yes” joke. Basically, whenever you ask for something, they crew member says “no” and walks off, only to return a few seconds later with a big smile on their face saying “only joking, of course”. Hahaha. Not. This “joke” was played on my three times in close succession by different members of the crew just after leaving LCA. It was actually quite uncomfortable having to fake laugh after a while. This was an example of customer interaction gone very wrong. I wrote to BA about it after the flight, but have yet to hear the official line on the matter.

I agree it's a bit annoying, but does it justify a complaint? Why didn't you tell them your opinion on the flight?


PH

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-03-06 09:19:15 and read 13271 times.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 24):

nice last part of your series with great pictures from Cyprus!

Thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 24):
All these food pictures made me hungry - I guess I will only read your reports after lunch or dinner in the future...

Ha, probably a good idea!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 24):
I agree it's a bit annoying, but does it justify a complaint? Why didn't you tell them your opinion on the flight?

It wasn't a complaint, more a question of how staff are trained to interact with passengers. Are they encouraged to joke with them? Is the "no, actually yes" joke part of the training? I also asked if loading just one bottle of sparkling water onto a 767 is standard procedure or not.

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: 717Flyer
Posted 2012-03-06 09:24:28 and read 13258 times.

Hi Gabriel,

What a great finale to your big African adventure! Some really gorgeous shots of Cyprus, delicious food both on the ground and in the air made a very enjoyable read, thanks!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m sure the fencing is there for a reason

Apparently the man of the house has some rights of his own. Not that the fence would make taking photos impossible for a man of his height...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Back on the other side of the border, we headed to the National Museum, and then for a further wander

Ah, you've got to love airline office spotting. But Air 2000, I don't think they're around anymore?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Food and drink

I like the website visible on the computer screen! Not a big surprise, I guess.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
What did appear to run dry was sparkling water. Apparently there was only one bottle (ONE BOTTLE!!!) loaded for the entire plane.

One would think champagne would be a much more logical choice for cost cutting, but who knows.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The staff were always really pessimistic with requests….”um, I don’t think we have any”, “oooh, not sure, I’ll go and have a look”. Never was there an “of course, I’ll go and get you some”.

Well, a pessimist is never disappointed.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Another issue I had with the crew was their continued use of the rather awful “no, actually yes” joke. Basically, whenever you ask for something, they crew member says “no” and walks off, only to return a few seconds later with a big smile on their face saying “only joking, of course”. Hahaha. Not. This “joke” was played on my three times in close succession by different members of the crew just after leaving LCA. It was actually quite uncomfortable having to fake laugh after a while. This was an example of customer interaction gone very wrong. I wrote to BA about it after the flight, but have yet to hear the official line on the matter.

That doesn't sound like British Airways at all! Jolly crews are nice, but when you hear the same joke for the third time it is far from laughter. Even further as you were travelling upfront I find such behavior quite unacceptable.

And a very nice conclusion as well!

Regards,
717Flyer

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-03-06 12:50:15 and read 13077 times.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 26):

What a great finale to your big African adventure!

Thanks

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 26):
Some really gorgeous shots of Cyprus, delicious food both on the ground and in the air made a very enjoyable read, thanks!

Glad you liked them

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 26):
Ah, you've got to love airline office spotting. But Air 2000, I don't think they're around anymore?

Air 2000 vanished quite a while ago - nice to see some signage

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 26):
One would think champagne would be a much more logical choice for cost cutting, but who knows.

I think there is strong demand for champagne on this route, so cutting it would not be popular - clearly dropping the 30p bottles of water is easier to do!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 26):
And a very nice conclusion as well!

Thanks

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: signol
Posted 2012-03-06 19:53:34 and read 12792 times.

Hi Gabriel,

nice conclusion, as has been said! Good few days "holiday" with a friend at the end of a mammoth trip. Some great photos too. You can see the British influence in the road signs!

A shame the flight wasn't up to par, especially compared with all the other Business flights on this trip. Those tired 767s must be overdue for retirement by now.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A quick stop at Boots to pick up some reduced sandwiches for the bus, and I head to the bus station.

Man alive, they'de never believe you if you told them you had just come off a business class flight!

Luke, great quote  

Thanks

signol

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-03-07 02:16:20 and read 12600 times.

Quoting signol (Reply 28):

nice conclusion

Thanks!

Quoting signol (Reply 28):
Some great photos too. You can see the British influence in the road signs!

It's a much nicer island than I expected, no doubt because of the British influence  
Quoting signol (Reply 28):
A shame the flight wasn't up to par, especially compared with all the other Business flights on this trip. Those tired 767s must be overdue for retirement by now.

Yeah, it was a bit dissapointing overall. Until the 787s arrived, the 767 will just have to keep going

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: raffik
Posted 2012-03-07 02:50:29 and read 12565 times.

Very good report. I did expect more from the 767 though- particularly in Business class.
The leg room looked well below par! The catering looks good though and a good level of service
despite the annoying "teasing" by the cabin crew. I don't understand why they would to that!

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: Carfield
Posted 2012-03-07 02:54:39 and read 12557 times.

Thank you for your series of trip reprots and I love every one of them! They definitely give me some nice perspective on flying within to and from Africa. Sorry that SN experience disappoints and I am flying its BRU to JFK flight on June and hope that I will get the new flat bed seats by then, and the meals will be better. I like their intra-European flights in general. Swiss is always amazing. I think Aegean Airlines is very nice as well!

Thanks for sharing again!
Carfield

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-03-07 03:43:04 and read 12520 times.

Quoting raffik (Reply 30):
Very good report.

Thanks!

Quoting raffik (Reply 30):
I did expect more from the 767 though- particularly in Business class.

Thankfully I was expecting a run down cabin so it was such a big dissapointment - manage your expectations!

Quoting raffik (Reply 30):
The catering looks good though and a good level of service
despite the annoying "teasing" by the cabin crew. I don't understand why they would to that!

I guess the crew saw me as an "easy" passenger, so were able to relax a bit around me. For them it's a long and tiring day....not a good excuse really though

Quoting Carfield (Reply 31):
Thank you for your series of trip reprots and I love every one of them!

Thanks!

Quoting Carfield (Reply 31):
Sorry that SN experience disappoints and I am flying its BRU to JFK flight on June and hope that I will get the new flat bed seats by then, and the meals will be better

I'm sure, despite the African routes being the highest earners, that the JFK route will get the best crew/meals/equipment!

Quoting Carfield (Reply 31):

Thanks for sharing again!

No problem!

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2012-03-07 11:23:19 and read 12266 times.

Hi Gab,

Very nice conclusion to your three weeks on the road. Cyprus looks nice and quiet during the off season. As you saw the weather can be hit or miss this time of year but it is still far better than most of Europe.

A nice flight onboard CE with BA, although that 767 is starting to look SO dated.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome to part 7 of my Africa trip. This report covers my final flight from Larnaca to London Heathrow with British Airways in Club Europe (Business class).

Well not really Africa any more, but since I've enjoyed the ride so much I'll forgive you  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My aforementioned car (actually stuck in the mud at this point, doh!)

Damn that indeed is a very ugly car! Those wheels seem to be far too small when compared to the rest of the car.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Before long I arrived at Paphos Airport. My friend had elected to fly with easyJet into Paphos from Gatwick, and out from Larnaca.

Nice. My first ever international flight (and I thought my third overall flight) was HEL-PFO charter on a Finnair DC-8. I think I was around eight years old back then.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As well travelled as I am, I had completely missed the relationship between then UK and Cyprus – a long and interesting story!

Really? This is why I thought it was strange that you hadn't been there before.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A trip to the Baths of Aphrodite - nice in the sun!

Hey, I bathed there!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Actually, LOTS of snow

Hah. During our time there we hired a taxi for a tour of the western part of the island, including the Trodos mountains. When we got up there near that military installation you pictured the taxi driver hopped out and went off somewhere. For a while my parents were really confused but then he came running back with snow on his hands. He showed it to us kids, yelling excitedly "SNOW, SNOW, LOOK SNOW!". Back then I thought he was been crazy as for me the snow was nothing new. I guess he didn't really understand where Finland actually is located and what kind of climate we have...  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After parking our car, and finding our hotel (the very nice Hotel Centrum) we headed out for an amazing Meze fish dinner – so much food.

Yummy. I think Greek and Cypriot food (which are very closely related) have now another friend in you?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Then headed to the lounge

I don't see LH or A3 on the list - I guess with LCA being a mini hub for Aegean they have their own lounge there?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The ridiculously undersized (the screen is actually smaller than my mobile phone screen) inoperable TV

Wow, what a blast from the past!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I ended up with a pair of seats to myself (yay) but in front of an OAP couple who kept grumbling and making noises and behind a DYKWIA Russian mother and daughter. The daughter was either extremely grumpy, or feeling sick, and made constant requests of the crew.

Oh dear. Almost the worst possible company you could have. That hangovery, G&T quaffing, keeps-passing-out Finn that sat next to me on an AY business class flight LIS-HEL comes to a close second...!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Canapés and champagne are served – very tasty

Killer combination. Those canapes look excellent.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Apparently there was only one bottle (ONE BOTTLE!!!) loaded for the entire plane.

Really? That's ridiculous.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Another issue I had with the crew was their continued use of the rather awful “no, actually yes” joke.

Sounds very unprofessional, especially for a classy carrier like BA and in their premium class. Maybe on a witty carrier like Southwest but not here. Major fail.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
African nuts

Very appropriate!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Dinner – a tasty prawn curry

This looks good too.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Now that LCA is operating out of Terminal 3, we had the honour of getting a remote stand.

Hah, that's the curse of T3. Must be even more harsh for the 747ful of pax coming in from BKK...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
One enhancement to the Club Europe service is a private bus from the plane to the terminal, so we were already half way to baggage reclaim by the time the first Y pax were off.

They nowadays do this? Very good service. For once a genuine improvement instead of an "improvement".

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For various reasons, i’m off on another rather random trip very soon, taking in the delights of Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Nepal – I’ll keep you updated! First flight is with Singapore Airlines in their new longhual business class BCN-SIN.

There you go. I was sure you wouldn't stay home too long before the call of the road would be heard again! Anyway looking forward to another mega report from that journey!

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-03-07 13:03:51 and read 12184 times.

Thanks for the reply PetteriFinn (I quite like that name!)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 33):

Very nice conclusion to your three weeks on the road.

Thanks

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 33):
Cyprus looks nice and quiet during the off season. As you saw the weather can be hit or miss this time of year but it is still far better than most of Europe.

I think stay to the East in the winter - the west seems to get the wind and rain

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 33):
Damn that indeed is a very ugly car! Those wheels seem to be far too small when compared to the rest of the car.

Very ugly - ugh

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 33):
Really? This is why I thought it was strange that you hadn't been there before.

There's a lot of the world to see....

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 33):
He showed it to us kids, yelling excitedly "SNOW, SNOW, LOOK SNOW!". Back then I thought he was been crazy as for me the snow was nothing new. I guess he didn't really understand where Finland actually is located and what kind of climate we have...

Ha, very amusing

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 33):
Yummy. I think Greek and Cypriot food (which are very closely related) have now another friend in you?

Yeah, I am looking forward to some more Cypriot food soon

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 33):
I don't see LH or A3 on the list - I guess with LCA being a mini hub for Aegean they have their own lounge there?

Yeah, A3 have their own lounge opposite

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 33):
Sounds very unprofessional, especially for a classy carrier like BA and in their premium class. Maybe on a witty carrier like Southwest but not here. Major fail.

Yeah, wasn't terribly proffesional

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 33):
This looks good too.

Yeah, tasted good

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 33):
They nowadays do this? Very good service. For once a genuine improvement instead of an "improvement".

Yeah, is a recent genuine enhancement for T3 only (I think)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 33):
There you go. I was sure you wouldn't stay home too long before the call of the road would be heard again! Anyway looking forward to another mega report from that journey!

Yup, lots of reports to come!

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-03-08 04:36:14 and read 11928 times.

Hi Gabriel!

Great final to your awesome Africa journey!
Nice pictures of Cyprus, I was there once as a kid, although I don't remember much of it!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Who knew you could ski in Cyprus?

I sure didn't!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The ridiculously undersized (the screen is actually smaller than my mobile phone screen) inoperable TV

Haha, that is one small screen!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
What did appear to run dry was sparkling water. Apparently there was only one bottle (ONE BOTTLE!!!) loaded for the entire plane.

That's bad, I usually like to drink sparkling water during a flight so I would not have been pleased with that.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For various reasons, i’m off on another rather random trip very soon, taking in the delights of Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Nepal – I’ll keep you updated! First flight is with Singapore Airlines in their new longhual business class BCN-SIN.

Looking forward to read about it!  

Martin

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-03-09 10:13:50 and read 11521 times.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 35):

Great final to your awesome Africa journey!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 35):
Nice pictures of Cyprus, I was there once as a kid, although I don't remember much of it!

Glad you like the photos - time for you to pay a return visit?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 35):
Haha, that is one small screen!

Waaay too small!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 35):
Looking forward to read about it!

I leave in a few days - very excited!

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-03-11 10:15:08 and read 11064 times.

Like the other reports: thanks for posting!

Is that BA 767 one of the European configured birds, without a dedicated C class?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The ridiculously undersized (the screen is actually smaller than my mobile phone screen) inoperable TV

Is that actually in use to show television and movies and stuff?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Who knew you could ski in Cyprus?

You can ski in Cyprus?! Must be weird going from the blue ocean to the white snow?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Another champagne topup

Finish your trip in style!

Topic: RE: Africa 7: British Airways LCA-LHR, Business B767
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-03-18 06:10:20 and read 10362 times.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 37):
Like the other reports: thanks for posting!

Glad you liked it Robert

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 37):
Is that BA 767 one of the European configured birds, without a dedicated C class?

Yeah, 99% of the time it's just on EU route. All euro routes have a dedicated C class, just with Y seats!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 37):
Is that actually in use to show television and movies and stuff?

Supposedly, if you can squint hard enough!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 37):
You can ski in Cyprus?! Must be weird going from the blue ocean to the white snow?

Yeah, was an interesting drive that day

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 37):
Finish your trip in style!

Of course!


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