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Topic: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-01 10:25:26 and read 18312 times.

Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka – Kathmandu (DAC-KTM)

Welcome to the eighth part of my spring trip to Asia!

The entire map:
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This report’s map:


Previous flights:
easyJet London Luton-Barcelona (LTN-BCN)
Singapore Airlines Barcelona-Singapore (BCN-SIN), Business Class on the 77W
Valuair/Jetstar Asia Singapore-Medan
Garuda Indonesia Medan-Banda Aceh
Sriwijiaya Airlines B734 Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta with a fuel “expulsion”
Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Jakarta-Singapore
Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
SpiceJet B739 Calcutta-Bagdogra
Jet Konnect B738 Bagdogra-Calcutta
Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar
Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka

Flights to come:
Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok (KTM-BKK)
Thai Airways Bangkok-Frankfurt (BKK-FRA)
Lufthansa Frankfurt-Dusseldorf (FRA-DUS)
Sun-Air (British Airways) Dusseldorf-Billund (DUS-BLL)
Sun-Air (British Airways) Billund-Manchester (BLL-MAN)
British Airways Manchester-London Heathrow (MAN-LHR)

The last report concluded at Dhaka’s domestic terminal. After being ripped off/overcharged when I first arrived in Bangladesh, I decided to do some extreme bargaining with the taxi drivers hanging around outside, which netted me a reasonable fare into town.

I knew that it was Bangladeshi New Year, but I was completely ignorant of what it involved. The first pleasant surprise was that in parts of the city, there was no traffic.

Street cricket
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I left my stuff at the “just about ok” Hotel Pacific, and got a rickshaw to see what was happening. It didn’t take long to find a very big traffic jam, where I got off, and joined the crowds on foot.
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The atmosphere was great, although I didn’t know why there were giant conga lines floating around the streets. I had a wander, bought a coconut, then sat and people watched (unfortunately there are no nice street-side cafes in Dhaka). In the evening I headed out again, and ended up in a very nice rooftop restaurant.

The next morning I got a taxi back to the airport. I paid for the taxi through the hotel, but lo and behold, the taxi actually had a WORKING meter, and was ON! It was rather annoying actually as it showing I’d overpaid massively….
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Outside the airport
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I managed to get my stuff out of the taxi, and fight my way through the crowds to the x-ray leading to the terminal.

Inside
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I was accosted by an airport official with a wad of departure cards, and asked for my details. It was only after they got half way through that I realised that it was a paid service rather than a complimentary one. I’d spent all my change by this time, so got the card off them, and headed to check in. I noticed on the FIDS that the flight was now scheduled at 1100, rather than the 1000 on my confirmation issued yesterday afternoon. Unsurprisingly, I’m not surprised.

There was also a flight checking in for LHR, but no dedicated queues for each flight. There are people everywhere, I decide to join the business class queue. It moved as slowly as the others. I had a chat to the Swiss guy in front (also flying in Y to KTM), and jointly bemoaned the “system”. To cut a long and boring wait short, I eventually got checked in (45 mins queuing time), and issued with a boarding pass with a window on the right hand side (in a vain attempt to get a mountainesque approach). As you can see, there are plenty of New Year decorations.

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B777-300ER routes


Thankfully immigration was empty, and I’m airside in less than a minute.
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The luxurious waiting area for mothers
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FIDS
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EK
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BG DC10 – not “New Era”
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Air Arabia for SHJ
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BG to LHR
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Airside
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I got a real shock when I saw “Kathmandu 1440” until I realised that that was for Arrivals.
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Muscat is due an hour early….how did that happen? Maybe it’s 23 hours late…
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With my nice long wait before departure, I thought about trying to blag my way into the TG lounge (“my next flight is in TG Business!.....”) but it was closed.


I went along to the joint lounge afterwards, but the staff were so rude I decided to not bother. Upstairs, there is a big empty area.
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What next? Time for some food at the only restaurant. Whilst not the cheapest, or with the friendliest service, the food was ok.
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As I was finishing up my fried rice, a gate finally was posted for the KTM flight. The queue on the right was for BG to KTM, and on the left was FlyDubai to…Dubai.
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There was a bit of a queue for security and a document check, before finally being allowed into the goldfish bowl waiting room.
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Regent, the plane I flew the previous day
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FlyDubai
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Boarding finally commenced at 1151, over an hour later than their rescheduled time. Once on board the crew quasi-apologised saying that the flight crew had got “stuck in traffic”. Of course this is a completely unacceptable reason for delaying a flight. If all the passengers can get there on time, the crew (whom surely know the local traffic conditions) can do the same? I think the plane was originally rescheduled as it was late inbound from somewhere in the Middle East.
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Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-01 10:26:45 and read 18568 times.

April 2012
Dhaka (DAC) – Kathmandu (KTM)
Biman Bangladesh BG 701
Scheduled: 1000-1110 (1h25m) (yes, there is a 15 minute time difference)
Re-scheduled: 1100-1210 (1h25m)
Actual: 1233-1324 (1h06m)
Airbus A310 S2-AFT
Economy


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Executive Class
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And economy. My first shock (other than the colours!) was that the aircraft was ain a 3x3x3 layout. I guess it makes sense for an airline like BG, with a large and fairly poor population. It was my first time on a 3x3x3 Airbus. There was two (rather spacious) toilets adjacent to the central emergency exits, which split the Y cabin in two parts.
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Legroom. Despite the layout, the seats were fairly comfortable and perfectly acceptable for a short flight towards the Himalayas this afternoon.
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My last time on an A310 was in May 2003 when I flew SQ SIN-PEN in First Class in seat 1A. Unfortunately that was long before my trip writing days, but I do remember I head a very nice prawn dinner, and spent many hours eating Häagen-Dazs in the lounge beforehand. Here’s a seat map for old times’ sake:


Boarding
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The flight seemed to fill up quite well, mainly with local looking people, as well as a smattering of hippies and backpackers (myself not included in any of the aforementioned groups)  . Given how few foreigners I saw in Bangladesh, there were a lot on the plane. I guess the load in Y was around 70%, although once boarding was completed, on my row of 9, there were just 2 seats taken – lots of space?

Safety Card


Outside
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I was actually quite surprised to see that the bulkhead mounted TV screens actually worked (although 99% of my photos came out appallingly).
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Once everyone was seated, the FAs came through with juice cartons. “Here we go again”, I thought, “no service in the air”.


Pushing back
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As we were trundling towards a little Nepali man came bounding up, and slotted himself into the middle seat. I get quite territorial about my space on planes, so I wasn’t very happy about this at all. I suggested he sat in the aisle seat (or indeed anywhere else in the nearly empty row), but he explained he wanted to look outside. Awhhh. Unfortunately for him, he probably picked the worse person on the plane to try and get to swap a window seat for. Still, I let him sit on the middle seat, as I continued taking photos.

If you’d like to see the take off video, please click here!

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Once we were airborne, and it clouded over outside, I thought I might as well let him enjoy whatever views there were (he was still steadfastly leaning over me), so I swapped for the aisle. He stayed glued to the window for almost the entire flight. Sorry, the photo is completely out of focus, but demonstrates my point.
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Landing cards and Visa-On-Arrivals forms were passed out. Interestingly, they seem to have been printed by BG. In KTM, all the other passengers seemed to have completely different looking arrivals cards. Still, they worked.
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Moving map
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I was very pleasantly surprised when the trolleys rolled to the front, and meals were handed out. A pre-take off drink AND a meal on a short flight. Well done BG! There was a soft drink, a tasteless muffin, a chicken sandwich, and a mystery dish.
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Initially I thought these were meant to be noodles, but they were sweet, and had almonds in, so I assume it was some sort of dessert. Quite tasty actually.
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Window


Originally with Balair of Switzerland, she then moved on to Oman Air, and then Air Comet, hence the Spanish.
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Map again
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I felt quite charitable giving up my window seat. Thankfully, I also enjoy the aisle seat on a wide body on occasion.
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Once the trays had been collected, I wondered down to the back, where the FAs were milling around, trying to look busy. I asked one if it might be possible to visit the flight deck. She immediately apologised saying that this flight was too short and the pilots too busy. I asked if she should phone the flight deck and see, to which she agreed after asking for my nationality and seat number. A few minutes late she came to find me apologising again, and saying that it wasn’t possible. Damn, will have to book a longer flight with BG soon, as they seem very amenable to flight deck visits!

Wing shots
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As the seatbelt sign flashed on, I asked my Nepali friend to shift over. Instead of sitting back in the middle seat as expected, he ran (literally ran) off to the back of the plane, never to be seen again. How odd.

My hopes of some gorgeous mountain views were dashed with the awful cloudy weather
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If you’d like to see the landing video, please click here!

Welcome to Nepal, my 90th country!

For some reason I though that Air Nepal had divested themselves on the old 757s I saw once mentioned many moons ago in an airline magazine. But no, both were still there, awaiting their next missions.
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Silk Air from SIN
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It’s a shame that the Air Nepal livery isn’t a bit more exciting. If you’re going to have a flag like this, you could do something quite cool on the tail?
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The terminal
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A nice little jet
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Disembarking past 2R
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There are a few pairs of seats
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Goodbye!
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TG en route to BKK. My next international flight will be on this very aircraft and route.
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We were loaded into buses, and driven in a big circle to the far side of the terminal, from where we had to do quite a long walk to get to immigration. KTM is one of those airports where you would love to ask the architect exactly what they were smoking when they came up with the design. It wasn’t “out there” like CDG T 1, or just dank and dark like LHR’s old T2, just completely unsuited to its purpose as an airport. Lots of going up, and down, round corners, and nowhere with adequate waiting and queuing space (and of course, no nice views).
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I, along with the majority of tourists, got my visa on arrival. It’s the same price as Indonesia for a short stay ($25/15 days), although the Indonesian one is valid for a month. I queued for about 30 minutes before I was processed in a very haphazard way. There were a LOT of Bangladeshis in the queue with their money ready, only to find at the front that they were eligible for one free visa a year, and had to re-queue in the next line (another 30 mins?) to get their free visa.
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By the time I reached baggage reclaim, my bag was already merrily spinning around.
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I proceeded outside (via a rather pointless x-ray scanner, where the staff were arguing whether I needed to put my bag through – I eventually did). Most budget hotels in Kathmandu offer a free transfer, which is great. Unfortunately for the guy picking me up, I was about three hours late by this stage (he, of course, hadn’t checked the flight info before leaving) so was rather pissed off. Still, I’d made it to Kathmandu!
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My hotel room. A bargain for $9/night with ensuite and wifi.
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Kathmandu’s answer to Khao San Road:
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After the complete lack of tourist infrastructure in Bangladesh, it was a pleasure to be “back in the system”. Time for a beer.


I will leave this part here. The next part, not previously mentioned, is the famed “Mountain Flight”, the tourist sightseeing flight around Mt. Everest.
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So, what did I think of Biman? Once again it was a short flight and once again we were delayed. The onboard meal was nice, and it was great to get another flight on the A310 after all these years. If BG can sort out the awfully slow and chaotic check in procedure in DAC, and get their fleet running to schedule, then they’ll be well on the way to being a nice little airline.

All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
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

[Edited 2012-05-01 11:16:10]

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: win1290
Posted 2012-05-01 11:09:46 and read 18160 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Very nice trip report, always enjoy following your series of flights, interesting airlines and of course aircraft.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Kathmandu’s answer to Khao San Road:

Haha, very nice, but I think Khao San road looks more busy though  

Thanks

Win

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-01 11:38:10 and read 18007 times.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 2):
Very nice trip report, always enjoy following your series of flights, interesting airlines and of course aircraft.

Thanks Win

Quoting win1290 (Reply 2):
Haha, very nice, but I think Khao San road looks more busy though

Yeah, K.S.Road has a bit more action!

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-05-01 11:54:03 and read 17934 times.

Hey, Gabriel

another really good read.
Sure a good catch these oldy A310 with BG.
Shame with the weather on approach, some mountains are always nice to follow.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

My last time on an A310 was in May 2003 when I flew SQ SIN-PEN in First Class in seat 1A. Unfortunately that was long before my trip writing days, but I do remember I head a very nice prawn dinner,

Count me in this way with all these historic experiences and no stories about it.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-01 12:53:11 and read 17718 times.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
another really good read.

Thanks Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Sure a good catch these oldy A310 with BG.

Yeah, was nice to catch the A310, especially on Biman!

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2012-05-01 12:55:52 and read 17715 times.

Nice to see a trip report on the A310, and that too on the interim colour scheme.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I had a wander, bought a coconut, then sat and people watched (unfortunately there are no nice street-side cafes in Dhaka).

You weren't exactly in Paris.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Muscat is due an hour early….how did that happen? Maybe it’s 23 hours late…

Maybe it was earlier  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I thought about trying to blag my way into the TG lounge (“my next flight is in TG Business!.....”) but it was closed.
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I went along to the joint lounge afterwards, but the staff were so rude I decided to not bother.

Were you trying to blag your way into the joint lounge, and the staff gave you a hard time to get in...or did you get in and they were rude?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Once on board the crew quasi-apologised saying that the flight crew had got “stuck in traffic”. Of course this is a completely unacceptable reason for delaying a flight. If all the passengers can get there on time, the crew (whom surely know the local traffic conditions) can do the same?

Accepted.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I guess it makes sense for an airline like BG, with a large and fairly poor population.
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The flight seemed to fill up quite well, mainly with local looking people, as well as a smattering of hippies and backpackers (myself not included in any of the aforementioned groups)

My aren't you quite full of yourself....a bit of a swollen head  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As we were trundling towards a little Nepali man came bounding up, and slotted himself into the middle seat. I get quite territorial about my space on planes, so I wasn’t very happy about this at all. I suggested he sat in the aisle seat (or indeed anywhere else in the nearly empty row), but he explained he wanted to look outside. Awhhh. Unfortunately for him, he probably picked the worse person on the plane to try and get to swap a window seat for. Still, I let him sit on the middle seat, as I continued taking photos.
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Once we were airborne, and it clouded over outside, I thought I might as well let him enjoy whatever views there were (he was still steadfastly leaning over me), so I swapped for the aisle. He stayed glued to the window for almost the entire flight. Sorry, the photo is completely out of focus, but demonstrates my point.

Unlike you with your many flights, this poor man probably knew he was not going to travel again soon or it was probably his first flight, might have gone by rail to Dhaka, being Nepali. Well whatever the reason your kind gesture is apprecaited.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I knew that it was Bangladeshi New Year,
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Initially I thought these were meant to be noodles, but they were sweet, and had almonds in, so I assume it was some sort of dessert. Quite tasty actually.

It was probably Eid celebrations, and the dessert you were served is one that is made especially during Eid. Of course any Bangladesh a.netter can correct me.

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-05-01 12:56:01 and read 17714 times.

Hi Gabriel!

Very nice report with very nice pictures !


DAC doesn't look so great and seems in desperate need of a new terminal.

BG looks pretty good except for the 3-3-3 seating on a 310. I'm not a fan of those colors inside the cabin but otherwise seems like a nice fairly short flight.

Great with the pictures from Nepal ! Very much looking forward to the sightseeing flight report around Mt Everest!

The777Man

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-01 13:23:55 and read 17628 times.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Nice to see a trip report on the A310, and that too on the interim colour scheme.

Thanks

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
You weren't exactly in Paris.

Nope

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Were you trying to blag your way into the joint lounge, and the staff gave you a hard time to get in...or did you get in and they were rude?

I was trying to ask about paying to use the lounge, but the decided better of it - they wouldn't even look at me

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
My aren't you quite full of yourself....a bit of a swollen head

I beg your pardon? In what way? Bangladesh has a large population, and the GDP by capita of around 155 in the World. That makes it quite poor. The aim of BG by and large is to move the population either to work in the Middle East, or VFR in Asia or Europe, hence having a high density aircraft. I think even the best spin doctor would have a had time persuding many that Bangladesh is an affluent nation.
And being neither Nepali or Bangladeshi, or being one of the many people with dreads and piercings (the hippies) or with a backpack (the backpackers), I'm NOT in one of the aforementioned groups....is that being full of myself?

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Very nice report with very nice pictures !

Thanks

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
DAC doesn't look so great and seems in desperate need of a new terminal.

Actually, DAC on the inside wasn't too bad. There weasn't much to do, but the place was clean, and well air conditioned. It was much better than CCU or KTM.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
BG looks pretty good except for the 3-3-3 seating on a 310. I'm not a fan of those colors inside the cabin but otherwise seems like a nice fairly short flight.

Well, the colourscheme does make it stand out from the crowd! And the 3x3x3 wasn't too narrow I didn't think

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Great with the pictures from Nepal ! Very much looking forward to the sightseeing flight report around Mt Everest!

Thanks, lots more to come in the next part!

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2012-05-01 13:58:57 and read 17527 times.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 8):
I beg your pardon? In what way? Bangladesh has a large population, and the GDP by capita of around 155 in the World. That makes it quite poor. The aim of BG by and large is to move the population either to work in the Middle East, or VFR in Asia or Europe, hence having a high density aircraft. I think even the best spin doctor would have a had time persuding many that Bangladesh is an affluent nation.
And being neither Nepali or Bangladeshi, or being one of the many people with dreads and piercings (the hippies) or with a backpack (the backpackers), I'm NOT in one of the aforementioned groups....is that being full of myself?


Yes Bangladesh is a poor nation, not to mention the services you received at most places is not the best. You were in Bangladesh and you should have not expected anything better. And backpackers and hikers are found in abundance in Nepal, hence so many on the flight who were heading there. (And who probably spents days in Dhaka without as much as complain) No need to highlight in such detail the country's shortcomings and to quite specifically indicate you are not part of those other groups of non-Bangladesh individuals. We all know you aren't part of that economy, and neither are you part of the backpacking lot, hence the swollen headed attitude towards the above.

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: airtrainer
Posted 2012-05-01 14:17:38 and read 17479 times.

Another amazing trip report, thanks for sharing ! The BG A310 looks pretty neat, too bad you weren't allowed in the flightdeck...

Congrats for your 90th country  

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-01 14:39:44 and read 17422 times.

Quoting airtrainer (Reply 10):
Another amazing trip report, thanks for sharing ! The BG A310 looks pretty neat, too bad you weren't allowed in the flightdeck...

Thanks! Yeah, missing out on the flight deck was a shame. Next time!

Quoting airtrainer (Reply 10):
Congrats for your 90th country

Thanks, I'm thinking where to go for my centenary now!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 9):
We all know you aren't part of that economy, and neither are you part of the backpacking lot, hence the swollen headed attitude towards the above.

YOU think I have a swollen head? And what of it? I suggest in the future you stick to commenting on the planes, rather than your perceptions of the author so as to cause no further offence.

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: Quokkas
Posted 2012-05-01 21:12:11 and read 16973 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Once again an interesting read with some lovely photos showing the places visited.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
as it showing I’d overpaid massively….

Don't you hate that?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My first shock (other than the colours!)

After seeing the pleasant colours scheme in J, the Y seats would be a shocker. I rather like the airline livery, though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I get quite territorial about my space on planes, so I wasn’t very happy about this at all.

Heh, we all like a bit of extra space but you only have an entitlement to one seat. If you get a free row that's a bonus, but we can't complain if others also want to spread out.

Shame about the adverse weather for photography during approach.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and had to re-queue in the next line

That appears silly but I suppose the have their "procedures".

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Kathmandu’s answer to Khao San Road:

Nice shot of all the airlines that the agent can book you onto.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Time for a beer.

Thank goodness, it's not Heineken. Cheers!  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
It was probably Eid celebrations,

As Gabriel correctly pointed out, it was Pôhela Boishakh (Bangla New Year’s Day), which is celebrated on 14th April each year. Which Eid are you referring to? If I am not mistaken Eid ul-Fitr falls on the 18th August this year (just a few days before my own Eid al-Milad), while Eid ul-Adha falls on 26th October.

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: omidp
Posted 2012-05-01 22:52:30 and read 16765 times.

Excellent and amusing report. Thank you  

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: sultanils
Posted 2012-05-02 00:06:55 and read 16606 times.

Hello Gab,

Excellent report. Biman is such an intriguing airline, it is truly a box of chocolates  
Those flowery seats, damn that looks good 

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It was rather annoying actually as it showing I’d overpaid massively….

Consider it a generous tip to the driver, he needs it more than you do probably...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Unsurprisingly, I’m not surprised.

Haha, Biman, the full-of-surprises airline  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The luxurious waiting area for mothers

   Ample and comfortable seating is provided.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Muscat is due an hour early….how did that happen? Maybe it’s 23 hours late…

lol, the latter most probably.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Given how few foreigners I saw in Bangladesh, there were a lot on the plane.

If not all of them?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Awhhh. Unfortunately for him, he probably picked the worse person on the plane to try and get to swap a window seat for. Still, I let him sit on the middle seat, as I continued taking photos.

That’s really hilarious. I guess this man was - without him knowing - an aviation enthusiast himself?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome to Nepal, my 90th country!

Congrats!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and had to re-queue in the next line (another 30 mins?) to get their free visa.

Poor folks. Something similar happened to me in IST. Without knowing I queued for border control, only to find out at the booth that I had to buy a visa at another booth which meant another lenghty queue and then again the queue for another border control. My own stupid mistake...

Sultanils

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: dc9northwest
Posted 2012-05-02 00:29:28 and read 16559 times.

Hi Gabriel, thanks for the TR!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I noticed on the FIDS that the flight was now scheduled at 1100, rather than the 1000 on my confirmation issued yesterday afternoon. Unsurprisingly, I’m not surprised.

I'm not surprised either. Should I be? Naaah.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I got a real shock when I saw “Kathmandu 1440” until I realised that that was for Arrivals.

A heart attack moment for sure.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Boarding finally commenced at 1151, over an hour later than their rescheduled time. Once on board the crew quasi-apologised saying that the flight crew had got “stuck in traffic”. Of course this is a completely unacceptable reason for delaying a flight. If all the passengers can get there on time, the crew (whom surely know the local traffic conditions) can do the same? I

LOL. That wouldn't fly in many places. I get the traffic can be bad, but really, that's the official explanation?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Executive Class

Looks quite good... I thought they wouldn't have a premium cabin, like on the DC10...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
My first shock (other than the colours!) was that the aircraft was ain a 3x3x3 layout. I guess it makes sense for an airline like BG, with a large and fairly poor population.

Yeah, it makes sense. Short-ish flights, I suppose, as well. Still, not a big fan of the 3-3-3 at all.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
As we were trundling towards a little Nepali man came bounding up, and slotted himself into the middle seat. I get quite territorial about my space on planes, so I wasn’t very happy about this at all. I suggested he sat in the aisle seat (or indeed anywhere else in the nearly empty row), but he explained he wanted to look outside. Awhhh. Unfortunately for him, he probably picked the worse person on the plane to try and get to swap a window seat for. Still, I let him sit on the middle seat, as I continued taking photos.

What an interesting seatmate! Yeah, I know what you're saying about personal space.... and it's hilarious how he ended up next to you. Maybe the camera attracted him?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As the seatbelt sign flashed on, I asked my Nepali friend to shift over. Instead of sitting back in the middle seat as expected, he ran (literally ran) off to the back of the plane, never to be seen again. How odd.

Haha. What? Very strange.


Anyway, thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the 313 from DAC to KTM (certainly a flight for the die-hard A.netter).

Nepal is a place I'd like to visit soon. Interesting aviation scene. Lukla, etc... Terrifying, nonetheless.

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: palmjet
Posted 2012-05-02 01:39:34 and read 16380 times.

Hi Gab

Thanks for posting this one. Very nice to see an A310 report too. I was also surprised to see those seats - perhaps someone else has already made the comment but I wondered whether BG cannibalised these from one of the now retired DC10s? They look very retro but unique at the same time.

Nice to see the Nepal Airlines 757s still flying. IIRC these are the only two 757 Combis flying in the world today? I remember seeing one of the 757s at LGW back in the day when they flew here. Back then, they were Royal Nepal Airlines - before the monarchy there was disbanded. Looks like the 757s could do with a wash!

I also really enjoy your destination pics - thanks for posting all of these.

Thanks again - Palmjet

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-02 01:58:49 and read 16352 times.

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 12):
Once again an interesting read with some lovely photos showing the places visited.

Thanks

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 12):
After seeing the pleasant colours scheme in J, the Y seats would be a shocker. I rather like the airline livery, though.

Yeah, it's funny J was so "normal"

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 12):
Heh, we all like a bit of extra space but you only have an entitlement to one seat. If you get a free row that's a bonus, but we can't complain if others also want to spread out.

Yeah, I know, I only paid for 1 seat so shouldn't complain. But he wasn't really spreading out if he ignored the empty 3 middle seats, ans the aisle seat!?  
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 12):
Nice shot of all the airlines that the agent can book you onto.

Supposedly book on to

Quoting omidp (Reply 13):
Excellent and amusing report. Thank you

No problem, glad you liked it!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):

Excellent report

Thanks Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Biman is such an intriguing airline, it is truly a box of chocolates
Those flowery seats, damn that looks good

What a tasty airline!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Consider it a generous tip to the driver, he needs it more than you do probably...

Yes, probably

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
lol, the latter most probably.

Yeah, definately late!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
That’s really hilarious. I guess this man was - without him knowing - an aviation enthusiast himself?

I should have introduced him to a.net!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Congrats!

Thanks!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Poor folks. Something similar happened to me in IST. Without knowing I queued for border control, only to find out at the booth that I had to buy a visa at another booth which meant another lenghty queue and then again the queue for another border control. My own stupid mistake...

How annoying

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 15):
Hi Gabriel, thanks for the TR!

No problem

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 15):
A heart attack moment for sure.

Definately

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 15):
LOL. That wouldn't fly in many places. I get the traffic can be bad, but really, that's the official explanation?

Well, this is Biman.....they do things differenetly

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 15):
Looks quite good... I thought they wouldn't have a premium cabin, like on the DC10...

I was suprised to see that the A310 had J to be honest

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 15):
Nepal is a place I'd like to visit soon. Interesting aviation scene. Lukla, etc... Terrifying, nonetheless.

I'd love a trip to Lukla - next time!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 16):

Thanks for posting this one

no Problem

Quoting palmjet (Reply 16):
I was also surprised to see those seats - perhaps someone else has already made the comment but I wondered whether BG cannibalised these from one of the now retired DC10s? They look very retro but unique at the same time.

I wonder what the Airbus seats were like before...

Quoting palmjet (Reply 16):
Nice to see the Nepal Airlines 757s still flying. IIRC these are the only two 757 Combis flying in the world today? I remember seeing one of the 757s at LGW back in the day when they flew here. Back then, they were Royal Nepal Airlines - before the monarchy there was disbanded. Looks like the 757s could do with a wash!

I'll have to try and get a ride on one of these when I next over there

Quoting palmjet (Reply 16):
I also really enjoy your destination pics - thanks for posting all of these.

No problem

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-05-02 03:41:28 and read 16239 times.

Hi Gab!

Thanks for sharing the final part! It was a pleasure to read!
Quite interesting to see the 15min time difference, a bit funny  
The 310 looks nice as well, decent seating and legroom for a 1hr flight!
Looking forward to the next

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-05-02 04:19:56 and read 16142 times.

WOW amazing report as usual. I always enjoy your style and photos. Love the flower power interiors. What a great experience. That TG lounge is cute too .

I have to say I like the new BG livery but much prefer the original one. Its a classic IMHO . Those DC-10s are cool too. Time is running out for those .

Thanks for a wonderful read.

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-02 05:22:13 and read 16021 times.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 18):
Thanks for sharing the final part! It was a pleasure to read!

Glad you liked it!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 18):
Quite interesting to see the 15min time difference, a bit funny

Well, they need to differentiate themselves from India somehow

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 18):
The 310 looks nice as well, decent seating and legroom for a 1hr flight!

Yeah, was a nice flight

Quoting OA260 (Reply 19):
That TG lounge is cute too .

Yeah, shame I couldn't get in!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 19):
I have to say I like the new BG livery but much prefer the original one. Its a classic IMHO . Those DC-10s are cool too. Time is running out for those .

I like the Green livery (the A310 one). Now they have 3 different designs on their small fleet.

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: RvXKaz
Posted 2012-05-02 08:04:15 and read 15676 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Another exciting installment from you, even though its such a short flight, it seemed really exciting indeed, from check-in to boarding, taking-off and landing.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was accosted by an airport official with a wad of departure cards, and asked for my details. It was only after they got half way through that I realised that it was a paid service rather than a complimentary one.

woah.. what an original idea of making a few pennies!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Boarding finally commenced at 1151, over an hour later than their rescheduled time. Once on board the crew quasi-apologised saying that the flight crew had got “stuck in traffic”.

Most amusing and the oddest thing to say. Well, perhaps not, considering the context!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
My first shock (other than the colours!) was that the aircraft was ain a 3x3x3 layout. I guess it makes sense for an airline like BG, with a large and fairly poor population. It was my first time on a 3x3x3 Airbus

Look at how narrow the aisles are. Its really cool to sit in this more unusually-configured plane, an A310 nonetheless.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
pre-take off drink AND a meal on a short flight. Well done BG! There was a soft drink, a tasteless muffin, a chicken sandwich, and a mystery dish.

Not bad at all! Its quite impressive actually, considering the really short duration of the flight!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
thought I might as well let him enjoy whatever views there were (he was still steadfastly leaning over me), so I swapped for the aisle.

Thats nice of you.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I asked my Nepali friend to shift over. Instead of sitting back in the middle seat as expected, he ran (literally ran) off to the back of the plane, never to be seen again. How odd.

Strange indeed but your entire flight experience had been filled with stranger happenings! hoho...

Really great to have read your TR on such a rare airline and rare plane! Kudos on flying on both the A310 and MD-10 of Biman Bangladesh! Quite an experience I must say! 

Cheers,
RvXKaz

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: eastafspot
Posted 2012-05-02 08:34:56 and read 15615 times.

hi Gab,

A very nice TR, with also a great collection of non-aviation pictures. You've logged some classic birds those days, so which one do you prefer?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
yes, there is a 15 minute time difference

how odd, it is like a + 13 for NZ during the summer time.

thank you very much for sharing


EAS

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-02 09:24:08 and read 15532 times.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 21):

Another exciting installment from you

Thanks Gavin

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 21):
woah.. what an original idea of making a few pennies!

Yes, an interesting idea indeed

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 21):
Look at how narrow the aisles are. Its really cool to sit in this more unusually-configured plane, an A310 nonetheless.

I'm glad that the BG 'bus had a very unique interior

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 21):
Not bad at all! Its quite impressive actually, considering the really short duration of the flight!

Yes, more than I was expecting to get

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 21):
Really great to have read your TR on such a rare airline and rare plane! Kudos on flying on both the A310 and MD-10 of Biman Bangladesh! Quite an experience I must say!

Yes, was great to have flown them

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 22):

A very nice TR, with also a great collection of non-aviation pictures.

Thanks Léonard!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 22):
You've logged some classic birds those days, so which one do you prefer?

Um, I guess the DC10 was probably the best

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-05-03 07:29:00 and read 14928 times.

Hi Gabriel,
Like always, excellent report with some nice pictures. Looks like you had an ok flight with BG, too bad that they are frequently delayed though!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I thought about trying to blag my way into the TG lounge (“my next flight is in TG Business!.....”)

Looking forward to that TG Business TR

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome to Nepal, my 90th country

Wow, congrats on your 90th country!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The next part, not previously mentioned, is the famed “Mountain Flight”, the tourist sightseeing flight around Mt. Everest.

Saw that you just posted that part online. Hope to read that one soon

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-03 08:27:43 and read 14847 times.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Like always, excellent report with some nice pictures

Thanks Brendan!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Looks like you had an ok flight with BG, too bad that they are frequently delayed though!

Yeah, if they could sort out their tardiness, they might be quite good!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Looking forward to that TG Business TR

Out next as Part 10!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Wow, congrats on your 90th country!

Thanks

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Saw that you just posted that part online. Hope to read that one soon

Yes, it's out now!

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: YYCFlyer
Posted 2012-05-03 19:18:22 and read 14491 times.

Great trip report and pictures! My favorite aircraft type the A310!

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2012-05-03 22:01:41 and read 14360 times.

Wow. Bangladesh continues to be the flavor of the month. Thanks a lot for keeping us in the loop with all your travels. A few comments and observations:

* What really is up with that empty space at DAC? I made it up there last year and was so confused.
* The 310's look in great shape - or maybe, it was because I am so used to their D10's!
* Aah, KTM ... joining CDG as one of my least favorite airports.

Glad you did this. Thanks again for writing it up.

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-05-03 23:55:44 and read 14292 times.

Hi Gabriel,

great report, I had been waiting for this one! BG's A310 looks nice, good to get an impression prior to my BG flights next week.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
BG to LHR

Very nice plane...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My first shock (other than the colours!) was that the aircraft was ain a 3x3x3 layout. I guess it makes sense for an airline like BG, with a large and fairly poor population. It was my first time on a 3x3x3 Airbus.

That's indeed shocking - but I'd still prefer such an A310 over a 738. The seat colors are awesome.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Legroom. Despite the layout, the seats were fairly comfortable and perfectly acceptable for a short flight towards the Himalayas this afternoon.

Good to know!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Once we were airborne, and it clouded over outside, I thought I might as well let him enjoy whatever views there were (he was still steadfastly leaning over me), so I swapped for the aisle. He stayed glued to the window for almost the entire flight. Sorry, the photo is completely out of focus, but demonstrates my point.

Well, you are a very frequent traveller while that man may not fly very often. I think you made him very happy by giving up the window seat.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A few minutes late she came to find me apologising again, and saying that it wasn’t possible. Damn, will have to book a longer flight with BG soon, as they seem very amenable to flight deck visits!

I'll keep that in mind.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For some reason I though that Air Nepal had divested themselves on the old 757s I saw once mentioned many moons ago in an airline magazine. But no, both were still there, awaiting their next missions.

Nepal Airlines signed a MoU for an A320 and an A332 in 2009, but nothing else has happened yet.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
TG en route to BKK. My next international flight will be on this very aircraft and route.

HS-TJH flew me from BKK to BNE in 2010.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 15):
Short-ish flights, I suppose, as well.

The A310s have also been used on flights to Europe.


PH

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-04 02:56:00 and read 14238 times.

Quoting YYCFlyer (Reply 26):
Great trip report and pictures! My favorite aircraft type the A310!

Thanks

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 27):
Wow. Bangladesh continues to be the flavor of the month. Thanks a lot for keeping us in the loop with all your travels.
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 27):
Glad you did this. Thanks again for writing it up.

No problem

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 27):
* What really is up with that empty space at DAC? I made it up there last year and was so confused.

Maybe they're planing something amazing....shops? Transit hotel?

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 27):
* The 310's look in great shape - or maybe, it was because I am so used to their D10's!

Yeah, was much better than the DC10 interior

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 27):
* Aah, KTM ... joining CDG as one of my least favorite airports.

Yeah, I completely agree

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 28):
great report, I had been waiting for this one! BG's A310 looks nice, good to get an impression prior to my BG flights next week.

Looking forward to hearing all about it

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 28):
Well, you are a very frequent traveller while that man may not fly very often. I think you made him very happy by giving up the window seat.

Shame he couldn't get a window seat allocated

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 28):
I'll keep that in mind.

Please do

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 28):
Nepal Airlines signed a MoU for an A320 and an A332 in 2009, but nothing else has happened yet.

Interesting

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2012-05-04 12:48:53 and read 13970 times.

Nice read and pictures GC, thanks for sharing the experience.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I noticed on the FIDS that the flight was now scheduled at 1100, rather than the 1000 on my confirmation issued yesterday afternoon. Unsurprisingly, I’m not surprised.

- With BG that's not a shock really

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
To cut a long and boring wait short, I eventually got checked in (45 mins queuing time),

- Yikes!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
economy. My first shock (other than the colours!) was that the aircraft was ain a 3x3x3 layout

- Wow, never seen an A310 in that layout.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
a little Nepali man came bounding up, and slotted himself into the middle seat. I get quite territorial about my space on planes, so I wasn’t very happy about this at all. I suggested he sat in the aisle seat (or indeed anywhere else in the nearly empty row), but he explained he wanted to look outside. Awhhh. Unfortunately for him, he probably picked the worse person on the plane to try and get to swap a window seat for. Still, I let him sit on the middle seat, as I continued taking photos.

- You are just like me, a window seat means the window is mine and mine alone  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
meals were handed out. A pre-take off drink AND a meal on a short flight. Well done BG! There was a soft drink, a tasteless muffin, a chicken sandwich, and a mystery dish.

- Rather interesting looking meal!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I felt quite charitable giving up my window seat

- Well done, I'd never do that, even the wife has trouble getting the window  

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-04 16:52:41 and read 13858 times.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 30):
Nice read and pictures GC, thanks for sharing the experience.

Thanks Mark! Glad you liked it!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 30):
- With BG that's not a shock really

No, not really

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 30):
- Rather interesting looking meal!

And tastyish

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 30):
- Well done, I'd never do that, even the wife has trouble getting the window

Haha

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: tobbry
Posted 2012-05-05 02:15:42 and read 13508 times.

Very nice TR! I enjoy reading about airlines I probably never would fly  . It was nice of you letting the little man take the window seat.

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-05 04:54:47 and read 13421 times.

Quoting tobbry (Reply 32):
Very nice TR!

Thanks Tobias

Quoting tobbry (Reply 32):
I enjoy reading about airlines I probably never would fly .

Well, there are plenty of inrtesting airlines in Europe

Quoting tobbry (Reply 32):
It was nice of you letting the little man take the window seat.

Thanks

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2012-05-05 08:25:13 and read 13332 times.

Hi Gab,

You keep rolling along like a freight train - another great episode in your life touring the lesser known parts of Asia. Good to read about a classic A310 with Biman, the flying aviation museum! I love the green livery on that plane, looks very classy.

BTW I challenge you to log a visit to Bhutan!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome to the eighth part of my spring trip to Asia!

Congratulations mate, I think you just broke the record for the "TR with most installments"! And there still are plenty of parts to come  .

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I knew that it was Bangladeshi New Year, but I was completely ignorant of what it involved.

Great luck you had there. Always special to visit a place during some local celebration - unless it means everything is closed like one time when I was in Bratislava during whatever public holiday they had.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I didn’t know why there were giant conga lines floating around the streets.

They were waiting for you to join them!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I noticed on the FIDS that the flight was now scheduled at 1100, rather than the 1000 on my confirmation issued yesterday afternoon. Unsurprisingly, I’m not surprised.

Heh, that's the Bangladeshi way! You learn fast.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
B777-300ER routes

They have a thing about serving both the first and second city, don't they?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The luxurious waiting area for mothers

Well it says it is merely the site for it, so I guess they haven't yet built it? Or somebody siphoned off the money reserved for it?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
With my nice long wait before departure, I thought about trying to blag my way into the TG lounge (“my next flight is in TG Business!.....”) but it was closed.

You are starting to sound a little too Jonas for your own good, you know that?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
What next? Time for some food at the only restaurant. Whilst not the cheapest, or with the friendliest service, the food was ok.

Hmm, those neon lights look downright tacky! But I guess it is the local way here.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Once on board the crew quasi-apologised saying that the flight crew had got “stuck in traffic”. Of course this is a completely unacceptable reason for delaying a flight.

Sounds like the usual excuse they use in Milan - "traffico"!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Scheduled: 1000-1110 (1h25m) (yes, there is a 15 minute time difference)

Really? That is *weird*. Some countries have some half hour time differences but 15 minutes is just ridiculous really.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Executive Class

Nice. I really like the look of those green seats. Must be mighty comfortable!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My first shock (other than the colours!) was that the aircraft was ain a 3x3x3 layout.

Heh yes, indeed very hippy seat cushions here. The perfect plane for flying into SFO back in the sixties.

As for the seating - yes, it does sound tight as hell, but from your photos and description it appeared not to be in the end.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The flight seemed to fill up quite well, mainly with local looking people, as well as a smattering of hippies and backpackers (myself not included in any of the aforementioned groups)

Are you sure?   Oh yeah, you had a haircut so no hippie hair anymore!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Once we were airborne, and it clouded over outside, I thought I might as well let him enjoy whatever views there were (he was still steadfastly leaning over me), so I swapped for the aisle. He stayed glued to the window for almost the entire flight.

The good deed of the day! Very nice of you to do this.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was very pleasantly surprised when the trolleys rolled to the front, and meals were handed out. A pre-take off drink AND a meal on a short flight. Well done BG! There was a soft drink, a tasteless muffin, a chicken sandwich, and a mystery dish.

Hmm, that looks quite okay for a short flight like that. Those 7UP bottles seem to be standard service items for BG.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I felt quite charitable giving up my window seat. Thankfully, I also enjoy the aisle seat on a wide body on occasion.

Very nice - reminds me of what I did on our flight back from BGO!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It’s a shame that the Air Nepal livery isn’t a bit more exciting. If you’re going to have a flag like this, you could do something quite cool on the tail?

I couldn't agree with you more here, mate.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
By the time I reached baggage reclaim, my bag was already merrily spinning around.

Love those signs - who needs display screens anyway.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My hotel room. A bargain for $9/night with ensuite and wifi.

And lovely pink walls and ceiling to give you... interesting dreams.

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: SR117
Posted 2012-05-05 12:31:46 and read 13179 times.

Hey Gabriel

Pretty awesome reports !! Thanks for sharing and for the many pics from in and outside the actual flying experience.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Street cricket

Handy use of an empty street. Wouldn't want to park my car nearby though !

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I left my stuff at the “just about ok” Hotel Pacific, and got a rickshaw to see what was happening. It didn’t take long to find a very big traffic jam, where I got off, and joined the crowds on foot.

Wow, now that's a nasty looking traffic jam :S Walking sounds like the smart choice for sure.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Outside the airport

Love the style ! Those pillars give it a pretty neat look. Shame the inside of the airport isn't quite as nice to look at.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There was also a flight checking in for LHR, but no dedicated queues for each flight.

Boy, that looks like a mess. Such a long time to check in at the home airport sounds pretty bad as well.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Boarding finally commenced at 1151, over an hour later than their rescheduled time. Once on board the crew quasi-apologised saying that the flight crew had got “stuck in traffic”. Of course this is a completely unacceptable reason for delaying a flight.

Judging by the pictures you posted of the traffic in the city, I'm not surprised that the crew was late because of it. But as you say, they should probably know better by now.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Executive Class

That looks pretty nice, I like the green color, although, I think I'd prefer something more flowery like the seats in the back.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And economy. My first shock (other than the colours!) was that the aircraft was ain a 3x3x3 layout. I guess it makes sense for an airline like BG, with a large and fairly poor population. It was my first time on a 3x3x3 Airbus. There was two (rather spacious) toilets adjacent to the central emergency exits, which split the Y cabin in two parts.

Is it a one off that the airplane is in a 3-3-3 config? As you mention Balair and Air Comet, both charter ops, perhaps the plane was already set up for 3-3-3?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As we were trundling towards a little Nepali man came bounding up, and slotted himself into the middle seat. I get quite territorial about my space on planes, so I wasn’t very happy about this at all. I suggested he sat in the aisle seat (or indeed anywhere else in the nearly empty row), but he explained he wanted to look outside. Awhhh. Unfortunately for him, he probably picked the worse person on the plane to try and get to swap a window seat for. Still, I let him sit on the middle seat, as I continued taking photos.

Ha, sounds like you won the "Odd Seatmate" lottery ! Seriously, he could have probably gotten the same view from the aisle without intruding so much on your personal space. Nice of you to let him watch out the window for a while though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Initially I thought these were meant to be noodles, but they were sweet, and had almonds in, so I assume it was some sort of dessert. Quite tasty actually.

Doesn't look bad for a short flight, and the dessert thing looks interesting.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My hotel room. A bargain for $9/night with ensuite and wifi.

Wow, that really is a bargain ! Cheaper than what you pay for wifi in some fancy hotels...

Thanks again for posting : )

Ricardo

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-06 11:37:23 and read 12775 times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 34):

You keep rolling along like a freight train

You'd better keep up!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 34):
another great episode in your life touring the lesser known parts of Asia.

Thanks

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 34):
BTW I challenge you to log a visit to Bhutan!

It's on the list!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 34):
Congratulations mate, I think you just broke the record for the "TR with most installments"! And there still are plenty of parts to come .

Good! Will run to a 12 parter!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 34):
Great luck you had there. Always special to visit a place during some local celebration - unless it means everything is closed like one time when I was in Bratislava during whatever public holiday they had.

Well, the museums were closed, but there was plenty happening (unlike say the UK on Christmas)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 34):
Well it says it is merely the site for it, so I guess they haven't yet built it? Or somebody siphoned off the money reserved for it?

More likely the second

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 34):
You are starting to sound a little too Jonas for your own good, you know that?

If you don't ask, you don't get

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 34):
Really? That is *weird*. Some countries have some half hour time differences but 15 minutes is just ridiculous really.

They just want to differentiate themselves from India (understandably)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 34):
As for the seating - yes, it does sound tight as hell, but from your photos and description it appeared not to be in the end.

No, they were quite alright

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 34):
Very nice - reminds me of what I did on our flight back from BGO!

You mean BOG?!

Quoting SR117 (Reply 35):
Pretty awesome reports !! Thanks for sharing and for the many pics from in and outside the actual flying experience.

Thanks

Quoting SR117 (Reply 35):
Handy use of an empty street. Wouldn't want to park my car nearby though !

I think they were using tennis balls!  
Quoting SR117 (Reply 35):
Boy, that looks like a mess. Such a long time to check in at the home airport sounds pretty bad as well.

Given the number of people in Bangladesh looking for work, I don;t know why there are so few check in staff

Quoting SR117 (Reply 35):
Is it a one off that the airplane is in a 3-3-3 config? As you mention Balair and Air Comet, both charter ops, perhaps the plane was already set up for 3-3-3?

No idea to be honest

Quoting SR117 (Reply 35):
Wow, that really is a bargain ! Cheaper than what you pay for wifi in some fancy hotels...

Yeah, Nepal hotels are great value

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2012-05-07 10:51:21 and read 12457 times.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 36):
Very nice - reminds me of what I did on our flight back from BGO!
You mean BOG?!

Yes! Must be the beer talking!

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: signol
Posted 2012-05-09 13:25:22 and read 11992 times.

HI Gabriel,

excellent as usual! Nice to see another rare type still flying in some part of the world. Maybe the guy sitting by you is a prospective member of A.net?  

Thanks again

signol

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-10 12:55:53 and read 11690 times.

Quoting signol (Reply 38):

excellent as usual!

Thanks!

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
Maybe the guy sitting by you is a prospective member of A.net?

Yeah, I should have told him about a.net!

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-05-11 09:16:15 and read 11542 times.

Hi Gabriel!

A great report as usual!
Looks like you had a nice flight with BG, with a pretty nice meal.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome to Nepal, my 90th country!

Congrats! And very impressive!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The next part, not previously mentioned, is the famed “Mountain Flight”, the tourist sightseeing flight around Mt. Everest.

Will read it soon.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
it was great to get another flight on the A310 after all these years.

I'm considering to fly S4 and their A310. We'll see if I get around making a booking one day.

Martin

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-05-11 22:18:59 and read 11397 times.

Hi Gabriel!

I flew S2-ADF a few days ago and it was in a 2-4-2 configuration.

The777Man

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-05-21 11:08:37 and read 10748 times.

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 40):
A great report as usual!

Thanks Martin!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 40):
Looks like you had a nice flight with BG, with a pretty nice meal.

Yeah, the flight was pretty good

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 40):
Congrats! And very impressive!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 40):
I'm considering to fly S4 and their A310. We'll see if I get around making a booking one day.

Looking forward to reading about it!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 41):
I flew S2-ADF a few days ago and it was in a 2-4-2 configuration.

Interesting that they have a different set up on other planes...

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-05-25 22:48:48 and read 10325 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Reading these in the wrong order I know, but that's part of playing catch up!

Congrats on catching Biman & the A310. I have to admit, those seats and bright blue & pink pillows are all quite psychedelic, they make a unusual change.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Safety Card

Looks very well used.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As we were trundling towards a little Nepali man came bounding up, and slotted himself into the middle seat. I get quite territorial about my space on planes, so I wasn’t very happy about this at all. I suggested he sat in the aisle seat (or indeed anywhere else in the nearly empty row), but he explained he wanted to look outside. Awhhh. Unfortunately for him, he probably picked the worse person on the plane to try and get to swap a window seat for. Still, I let him sit on the middle seat, as I continued taking photos.

How annoying. I'd be really cross at that!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Once we were airborne, and it clouded over outside, I thought I might as well let him enjoy whatever views there were (he was still steadfastly leaning over me), so I swapped for the aisle. He stayed glued to the window for almost the entire flight. Sorry, the photo is completely out of focus, but demonstrates my point.

Very noble of you. I'm not sure I'd have been so nice  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Originally with Balair of Switzerland, she then moved on to Oman Air, and then Air Comet, hence the Spanish

Ex-Balair, that certainly shows its age!

Nice that you got a meal, although I don't think I'd have tried the mystery dish!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A bargain for $9/night with ensuite and wifi.

That must be one the cheapest hotel rooms ever.

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-05-26 01:12:26 and read 10281 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Nice report as usual!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I knew that it was Bangladeshi New Year, but I was completely ignorant of what it involved. The first pleasant surprise was that in parts of the city, there was no traffi

Always nice to get stuck in a unexpected local celebration!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Once on board the crew quasi-apologised saying that the flight crew had got “stuck in traffic

That's got to be the best excuse I ever heard for a delay  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I thought I might as well let him enjoy whatever views there were (he was still steadfastly leaning over me), so I swapped for the aisle.

Your good deed of the day!  

Topic: RE: Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310, Dhaka–Kathmandu
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-22 08:35:43 and read 9209 times.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 43):
Congrats on catching Biman & the A310. I have to admit, those seats and bright blue & pink pillows are all quite psychedelic, they make a unusual change.

Biman is certainly an interesting airline

Quoting infodesk (Reply 43):
Very noble of you. I'm not sure I'd have been so nice

Well, it was my good deed of the day!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 43):
Nice that you got a meal, although I don't think I'd have tried the mystery dish!

Life is all about trying new things Hannah, even if they are yuck!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 43):
That must be one the cheapest hotel rooms ever.

Yes, and was quite nice

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 44):
Nice report as usual!

Thanks Robert

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 44):
Always nice to get stuck in a unexpected local celebration!

Well, sometimes. Getting stuck in Oct 1 or May 1 holidays in China isn't much fun!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 44):
Your good deed of the day!

Indeed it was!


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