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Swiss Chocolate: BCN-GVA-TXL-ZRH & Back  
User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Posted (6 years 11 months 6 hours ago) and read 13681 times:

Hola!

Time for a new post for this mile run trip. Back in September I began to consider the option of flying LX somewhere to get some miles on my card. LX prices for European flights are among the lowest in Europe and their service is always a pleasant experience. Looking at their website I found that they offered a really good price to fly to TXL and get 11,000 miles. Excellent! I booked right ahead.

The routing is quite long: BCN-GVA-ZRH-TXL which means leaving BCN at 9.10 and getting to TXL at 19.10. Taking into account that you will be able to spend some time in LX lounges it makes the trip a really wonderful experience.

Let's get down to the issues:

Thursday 01/11/07
BCN-GVA
Boarding Gate: 50
STD: 09.10
SAT: 10.45
LX 1941
A320-218 HB-IJM
Seat: 1F

Getting up at 6.00 is not really an issue for me as I do it everyday, so why not, when you have ahead a great day of flying with one of Europe's best flight carriers? After a light breakfast I took my bag and head towards the airport by bus. I usually go there by train but I decided to use the new service on one of the urban lines, so my first transport of the day was this TMB 46. It was empty being so early in a holiday morning so I quite chatted with the bus driver along the route. He said this was a really good line to work as it was an easy drive, mostly highway, and people were usually friendly. It took us about 30 minutes to reach the airport and then the fun started.

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My first transport for the day

On Wednesday morning I tried to check in on line but I could only do it for the first flight. I wish they opened all legs once you get on the first one. So I printed my first, of three, boarding passes for the BCN-GVA. I called Swiss in the afternoon and asked to get the others, ten minutes later the not so efficient guy got me the boarding card for the GVA-ZRH but could not get me the last portion as it was not due until later when the 24 period was due. Very strict, very..... Swiss. I doubt the employees cannot access the check-in procedures before the 24 hours curfew. Anyway I got to the Swiss office and got my three boarding cards on a row this morning. Not very happy with seat assignments but still a window was available for all.

I got straight to the departures area after going through all the safety procedures. Not too bad today, again I had to remove my shoes because they seem to have some metal inside, I wonder where, and they set the alarm on.

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Vueling A320 with a nice view of T-Sud, due to open in 2009

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No anger towards Ferrari in BCN

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Entrance to the lounge with the always present clenaning staff

I went into the common lounge there, it is called Slavador Dalí and it serves all clients for all flights departing the Non-Schengen flights from Barcelona. Not much food around but at least some tea and pastries were available. Second light breakfast of the day. There were several groups of Americans departing for JFK with DL and some others to EWR with CO. The lounge is quite big and has some nice furniture around as well as a nice winding wooden roof, nice touch.

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Second breakfast of the day

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The nice winding wooden roof, homage to Gaudí?

At the boarding area many people heading for the New York marathon, you could guess it as many were displaying T-shirts from their running clubs with messages about the event. Good luck to all of them!

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Our gate to GVA

I waited for boarding at the gate. Usually a lot of people getting in a long line, isn't it better to wait for the line to end and then get on your seat comfortably? I went down the bridge after getting the courteous 'Have a nice flight!' from the gate agent. Some nice metal around, CO from EWR had already arrived as well as DL from JFK, while the ATL one was expected soon. SQ from SIN and MXP arrived as I was inside my plane to GVA. It is always nice to see that B777 parked at next gate.

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DL tail

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Almost there, coming from EWR

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Just arrived

After getting on the plane and being welcomed by the purser I was given a bottle of water and a newspaper while taxiing to the runaway. It is always a long run there as you bypass all the construction going on around the new terminal, T-Sud, expected to open at early 2009.

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The Budapest flight

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Nice tails at BCN

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Great neighbor

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The T-Sud on our way to takeoff

It is always nice to see the planes moving around the apron to the runaways. We were preceded by a Clickair A320, a Spanair MD-80 and followed by a IB A320 and some others. One by one all planes started roaring their engines and up the skies they went. As we entered the runaway the captain announced our 'décollage en 2 minutes', French was widely used in this flight to Genève. So time to use my rotten French which I do not use in a daily basis but I still enjoy talking when required to after going through French school for four years back in the 1980s.

Nice 'décollage' and quick turn towards the sea to avoid flying over inhabited areas around the airport.

Ten minutes after the seat belt sign was turned off and the service started. A breakfast was going to be served to the hungry fliers. It would be my third today but the most consistent. Orange juice, tea with lemon for me were my morning drinks today. I'd say that the red fruits müesli is not my favorite morning food, but as I was hungry I emptied the plate. Food for thought: this is the type of food you would get in Y-class some years ago, it is really curious how things have changed in a few years. What's next to save costs?

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My third breakfast, not the best; but it went all down my throat

The crew attending the C-cabin was formed by two FA, Laurent and Sandra. I'D say that the flight was about 100% occupancy in both classes. Eager as I was to practice my French I got always an answer in English. I assumed my French sounded so rotten that Sandra preferred to speak English. When I point this to her she told me that she was not fluent in French so she preferred to speak English. I was surprised to see that, I had assumed that FA were always bilingual, French and German plus English, in LX flights. Another thing which I found curious, to say the least, is the nonexistence of any flight attendants speaking the language of the country of destination... I gave some thoughts about it.

Service on board was very 'à la suisse', punctual, efficient, smiling and refills and more food was offered once service was completed. Chocolates came while I was on the toilet and I was not offered any later..... sniffffffffff; later I took my revenge on the GVA-ZRH flight.

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Marseille harbor

Routing took us over the Mediterranean to Marseille, then to Geneva passing the Alps. Lovely day and wonderful views were available all time as pointed out by both the pilot and First Officer on their speeches. It is always nice to learn about the route, flying altitude, arrival time, weather at destination... I think many airlines should learn from that and keep passengers informed, it makes you feel the airline cares.
Time to land, all procedures on time and after the final check we began our final descent. It was nice to see the routing our previous neighbors were taking: a nice turn around away from Geneva and then a nice landing.

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The Alps, must be approaching our destination

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My best view

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No Sun on the valleys

Geneva airport was quite empty when we arrived, not that it would get any crowded any later.

Went through customs and headed outside to have a walk along the terminal and get some sun and fresh air.

Once back inside I had a look at the check in area, shows its age and cries for some reform IMO. Then upstairs through many shops and through passport control to the lounge.

Swiss lounge is located at the end of a corridor, quite crappy looking, not at all 'à la suisse', but once you go through the door you feel safe again. Really nice and newly furnished, very clean and with plenty of munchies: fruit, nuts, cookies, both cold and hot drinks.... Really nice. It was empty except for the corner dedicated to First Class passengers where there seem to be an ongoing meeting or convention going on there. Once the crowd left it was quite again and I had something to eat and grab a stool in front of one of the six computers available. Read some mails, browsed the internet and sat down to read for a while.

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Nice bar at GVA lounge

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Another view of thi quiet lounge

After having some more fruit I went downstairs and was amazed at the smoking areas of the airport, just some regular seating areas not secluded at all... really amazing these days in Europe. The airport was more than empty, no one around, security was deserted and the waiting areas for the coming flights only filled up when boarding was announced.

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Not a busy gate

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Where is everybody?

Once boarding for my flight commenced there were about 20 people.... That was the load for today.

Thursday 01/11/07
GVA-ZRH
Boarding Gate: A05
STD: 14.00
SAT: 14.50
LX 2811
A320- HB-IJQ
Seat: 6F

The plane was exactly the same as on my previous flight. The new Recaro seats were holding the C cabin until row 20 and the passengers traveling in Y were squeezing in the last rows. Not that there were that many, but it was really curious to see such an empty section with so much room.

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Seating on the comfy Recaro seats

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First items on board on any LX flight

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Our reflection

The two flight attendants serving the C cabin were extremely friendly and cooperative. We were pushed back on time and headed for the runaway where our engines started roaring and in no time we were airborne. With such a light load I had the feeling that someone was pushing the plane from underneath and taking us up in a very gentle way, the softest I have experienced in my flight experiences. The weather was great and you could have a great view of the city and the Alps behind, the best inflight entertainment you could possibly have. The pilot spoke to give some details and talk about the wonderful view we could have on the left side.

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The Alps at its best

Five minutes after take off service started: a nice plate with some munchies and drinks a plenty. Refills came on time. We reached our cruising altitude at 6,000 meters and headed towards ZRH, only half an hour away. Once finished I went to the toilet and had a talk with the flight attendants telling them how cheerful and enthusiastic they seemed, and how rare was that behavior nowadays.... In response I got half a dozen of Swiss chocolates. Very nice touch.

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Nice snack for this half an hour flight

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My revenge

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Our arrival gate at ZRH

Getting down to ZRH was a little bumpy, the flight had been so smooth so far that the slightest shake was perceived as turbulence. We landed safely and driven to gate on no time. Again I headed outside the airport to get some sun and have a look at the airport. After sitting outside for a while I went downstairs towards the train station, God, it is such a huge airport underground as it is outside. Several corridors and plazas lead you to a big area where there are many stores and cafés. Switzerland is such a quite country that you could perfectly listen to a street (underground musician, in this case) playing the harp!!!!!!

Back to the check in area and inside the terminal through customs to the busy lounge. Being a Thursday evening it was quite full of people and not many places to seat, so I went upstairs to the bar and sat at the counter and asked for a bourbon. Looking at the screens I realized that the NRT flight had been delayed for about 5 hours, so people were still there waiting for it. Once I finished my recovery drink I headed for the PCs, some are on tables and some others are on a common desk where you have to stand while you use it. So, lot of rotation there. I grabbed a banana, some apple cake and a tea and sat for a while before my flight was due.

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Name it! The best airport in Europe 2006

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Very nice hallways

Many people at the main security area so I headed for the other ones leading to the A gates, there are about three more and there is always a dedicated one for Business and First Class passengers. No one there and soon I was at the gate. Very busy area, lots of lines. Our neighbor was heading to Vienna, the ones in front to Warsaw.

Thursday 01/11/07
ZRH-TXL
Boarding Gate: A75
STD: 17.40
SAT: 19.10
LX 978
A320-214 'Agassizspitze'
Seat: 2F

Waited until the line was empty and headed into the bridge. This plane still had the old interiors of Swiss and my seat was taken by another passenger. As I was the last one onboard and there were only three of us in C I asked the purser, a nice gentleman, if I could seat at the front row on 2F, he obliged and took my jacket away to hang at the closet.

We sat there for about ten minutes and the captain came on the speakers to inform us about it, nice touch again, not that frequent. There seemed to be quite a crowd of planes leaving ZRH at the time and all trucks were busy. We were moved at 17.50 and headed towards the runaway. Water and towels had already been distributed and safety demonstration played on the overhead monitors exactly the same as in all LX flights.

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Many Swiss flights today

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Old seating on this flight

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Our Austrian neighbor with Spanish registration

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Thanks, Danke, Merci, Grazie, Grazia

Take off was fast and soon we reached our cruising altitude. Service began at the back, that is, the gentleman seating behind me, and soon I was given my meal, again a cold plate with some salad, three pieces of a Swiss 'wurst' and a slice of what seemed a potato omelet. Bread and French cheese (do cheese Swiss producers know about this?) were offered twice during the flight. I took some wine and as well refills came any time my cup was half empty. After dinner I was offered some tea and chocolates, which I obviously I did not refuse.

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My dinner, not filling but OK

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A nice tea to finish the meal

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Quite cold in ou descent to TXL

The flight was uneventful and our descend to TXL was fast and safe. We landed just 5 minutes behind our schedule, and I was fast out of the plane and into TXL towards the bus stop.

After three flights with Swiss today, I can say that their performance was excellent, both crews and pilots. They keep you informed on all flights: first the pilot at mid flight, then the first officer before descent. The crews very good on all three: very attentive, nice, smiling, enthusiastic and cheerful. Thumbs up for Swiss.

Way back.

After three days in Berlin which included an attendance to the Deustsche-Staatsoper to enjoy Carmen in a 2004 production it is time to get back home.

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Tiergarten at full colors

I get to Zoologischergarten Bahnhof to catch my bus to Tegel airport. I have always loved this place, when I began to study German all characters in language books headed to this train station as it was Berlin's central station before the opening of the spectacular Hauptbahnhof, really worth a visit: 5 floors where trains come and go from the top floor or the basement, simply amazing, all glass and full of life.

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Banhhof Zoologischer Garten

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My bus to Tegel

I catch one of the buses that take you to Tegel from there, either 109 or X9, the express service. I go for the first one as I have plenty of time. After half an hour I am in Tegel, the sun is beginning to shine and the feeling of cold gets lower. I get my boarding cards from the auto-check in machines and head outside again to watch some of the action.

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Berlin Tegel Airport, one of the three airports in the city

Something really amazing happens then: the Mongolian Airlines flight from Ulan-Bator and Moscow arrives and soon the Delta flight to JFK departs so you get this curious view of such two different airlines, so close together.

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These two countries have never been so close together

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Nice tails

Some other action includes a BA to LHR, an IB to MAD, several AirBerlin and a KLM to AMS. After all that I head to our departing gate where all the remains from the previous DL flight can still be seen. The flight seems to be full and sure it is once we board the aircraft. We are bused in two carriers to the remote stand where our CRJ-700 stands. It is not sitting alone on the apron, there is another one and a 200 series next to it.

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Our gateto ZRH

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Wasn't it a flight I had paid for?

Sunday 04/11/07
TXL-ZRH
Boarding Gate: B20
STD: 13.10
SAT: 14.35
LX 3653 (Op. by Lufthansa CityLine)
CRJ-700 D-ACPK 'Besigheim'
Seat: 1A

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Nice winglet and tail

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Boarding one by one

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View of the engine from the plane door

It is my first time on this plane and I like the way we board, through the front stairs and seeing its silhouette, so much stylized and thin gives the idea of a flying pencil. My handbag, too big to fit the overhead bins is left on the apron together with three others with the promise that it will be delivered back to me once I reach my destination.

Inside the plane it feels very cozy and comfortable although I almost hit the ceiling, I am just 1.73, but it is almost the clearance height. I take my seat, full of legroom on this first row and I feel I am flying my own private jet. The purser introduces herself and takes my jacket away and offers me newspapers, magazines, a cup of water and a refreshing towel. We are still sitting on the apron due to some late arrival of baggage as the captain informs us. Ten minutes later we start our way to the runaway. We take the path behind the airport crossing the highway and going through the bridge that has a 2% climb and descent as advertised on a road sign. We reach the runaway and after a short stop we start running along and we take off in such a gentle way and quite manner that it feels really smooth.

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Water, magazine and towel, my first items of the day

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Dedicated aircraft

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Nice legroom

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Aufwiedersehen Berlin! Bis bald!

We climb above the scattered clouds in no time and soon reach our cruising altitude when service begins.

A cold lunch is served: two brochettes, one meat one shrimps, plus a salad, some bread and cheese and a nice apple cake together with a nice red wine a glass of water and some tea... really nice for lunch. My views were great: we were flying high above the clouds and some other planes could be seen, most going north but there was this nice view of this LH747 flying under us; due to perspective it seemed to fly sideways. Who needs a PTV when you can have so wonderful views?

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Lunch. Notice my notepad on the right

The only pushback of the plane was that it feels really cold during the flight, too much air conditioning or being too close to the front door?

Service is very courteous and pleasant. When offered wine, I am asked to choose between the two basic options: French or South African, I go for the first one. The purser apologizes for it being too cold and offer me a third German option. I stick to my selection and have to say that she is right, anyway I drink it all.

Landing in clouded ZRH is as pleasant as the rest of the flight and we are taken to a remote stand. When we disembark my bag is already there waiting for me. I take it and get on the bus that takes us to the main terminal.

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Bye CRJ-700, thanks for such a nice flight

I go through passport control and after helping some passengers heading for MAD to find the way to their gate for the connecting flight I go outside to have some air and there I run into a colleague of work who has been in Switzerland for the weekend with his wife and a group of architects visiting Luzern and Basel.

I head to the terminal, really quiet and nice on this Sunday afternoon. I head to the lunch where the bar is there ready to help me spend some time having a bourbon then downstairs where I get on a PC to catch up some of the work for tomorrow Monday.

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Best way to wait for next flight

Then I go the A07 gates which is together with all the other bus gates (A01-10) and has a quite crowded waiting area. At security I notice that everyone wearing boots is asked to remove them and throw them into the X-rays. Our flight is delayed to 17.00 due to a late arrival and we are taken on time to the plane by bus.

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Must be ZRH, mustn't it?

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Busy waiting area

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Our gate to GVA

Again another A320 that has a light load, many C seats and a secluded Y at the last rows. The crew is gentle and performs their duties with punctuality and a smile.

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Swiss engine, any doubt?

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Yes! It's Swiss

Sunday 04/11/07
ZRH-GVA
Boarding Gate: A07
STD: 16.50
SAT: 17.40
LX 2808
A320-214 HB-IJO 'Liestegerat, 2346m'
Seat: 6F

We are offered a nice bite and a glass of champagne to enjoy this short flight are served smilingly and refilled before reaching GVA. Meanwhile through the window I see an amazing sunset full of colors... again a lot better than watching the many times seen 'Just For Laughs' episodes that keep repeating on LX flights.

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One of the many pictures I took of this wonderful sunset

Landing is really smooth and we are taken to the C gates, the furthest possible from terminal. Having to return to this very plane for my flight to BCN it is really a long walk along the airport: many corridors, left and right turns until finally reaching the security area where there are many people; it takes about 10 minutes, not bad after all, to head on my way back to the plane. More corridors and more turns until I reach a really crappy boarding area where all stores are closed and the people have already started to board the plane.

Sunday 04/11/07
GVA-BCN
Boarding Gate: C14
STD: 18.20
SAT: 19.45
LX 1946
A320-214 HB-IJO 'Liestegreat, 2346m'
Seat: 3F

Seeing the same faces of the crew is quite amusing and they all welcome me back on board. The plane is full except fro one seat in C, by the way, the C section has been reduced for this flight to the first three rows.

Same welcome, same water and towels before take off and then a newspaper service that included some Spanish ones. My seat has been cleaned on this short time as I left some bread crumbs on it, just as Tom Thumb, to find my way back.

Doors close right after me and pushback is immediate, we are following a BA to LHR and take off right after. We turn southwest and head directly to BCN after flying above the Massif Céntral and Perpignan as the captain informs us. The flight is uneventful and the food service, the same as the ZRH-TXL flight, is Ok, but a little soggy this time. Once near BCN we go around for a while as there is some congestion tonight as we are informed by the FO.

I can see some other flights going around as well, after two loops we are told to descend and land in about ten minutes heading to the gate to disembark. I say goodbye to the crew and inform them not to wait for me on their way back to GVA.

Taking a ride on the bus back home resulted in arriving home 50 minutes after landing... not bad at all.

Well folks, that is it.

I hope you enjoyed and please leave any comments, suggestions, criticisms... as you please.

Thanks for reading.

Salut!

Roger


"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
29 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineCytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 13490 times:

I love the pictures you took!

I especially like the shot of the CR7 deplaning...it looks like those two men are serenading the arriving passengers with air violins!

Thank you for your great report.

-Chris


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27034 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 13413 times:

Great TR !! Always love LX TR's. The photos are very good .

Glad you had good flights.

OA260


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 13414 times:

I flew C from Berlin to Zurich 15 years ago on SR. In those days they served a great dinner of filet mignon. How things have changed.

User currently offlineIndio66 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 13410 times:

Nice report, Zurich is my favorite airport. I flew ZRH to TXL with LH City a couple of weeks ago and then back with Air Berlin. Both were nice and beat the product here in the states by a mile.

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5171 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 2 hours ago) and read 13343 times:

Hola, Roger,

you´ve told me about your planned trip on LX to Berlin.
Now it´s posted and I have to say, a good and funny read, thanx for writing it down so detailed.

So, it seem´s you´ve had really good experience´s on LX once again and also on you´re single
Lufthansa one.

BTW, I´ve read about a problem with the train lines from BCN to the city centre. Is it fixed now?.
BCN is on my to-do-list early next month and I usually go by train there.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: Capital travel on schedule!.
User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 2 hours ago) and read 13323 times:

Hola a tothom!

Quoting Cytz_pilot (Reply 1):
I love the pictures you took!

Thanks for the comment Chris.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
The photos are very good

Thanks.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 3):
How things have changed.

Yeah! They have changed quite a lot. That would be a regular meal for Y in those days, and probably you'd get something hot.

Quoting Indio66 (Reply 4):
Nice report,

Thanks.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
I´ve read about a problem with the train lines from BCN to the city centre. Is it fixed now?.

Danke Markus. Alles war prima
When are you coming to BCN? The train is not running these days to the construction of the high-speed connection and there is a real mess on the lines heading South. I suggest you take the bus: A1 direct link to city center or TMB46, local, to Plaça Espanya.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7107 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 1 hour ago) and read 13297 times:

Great pics. A very nice report there, thanks for sharing

User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 13144 times:

Very cool report, and an interesting routing. Made me curious and i looked up soem fares, indeed a good deal for the six sectors involved. How much did you pay? I'm tempted to do that very same trip with an added ZRH-MAD-BCN rt on LX and Spanair.

Thanks for your effort!

Sandro


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 12915 times:

Hola Sandro!

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 8):
Very cool report, and an interesting routing

Danke für deine Antwort.

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 8):
How much did you pay?

The trip cost about 600€, which is not a bad fare for European C-class flights. For the same routing you pay about 1,000€ in all major carriers and in LX you are sure to get a pleasant service, new planes and visit such great airports as ZRH, my favorite European hub now.

Salut,

Roger



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User currently offlineStylo777 From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 2978 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12869 times:

great report, nice pics especially from the Alps... another great LX-Business Class story...

but... did you forget???

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
After having some more fruit I went downstairs and was amazed at the smoking areas of the airport, just some regular seating areas not secluded at all... really amazing these days in Europe.

Switzerland isn't in Europe  Wink  duck 

just kidding...

thx for sharing!!!
bis zum nächsten mal in Deutschland...


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10901 posts, RR: 37
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12869 times:

How could you get all these chocolates on the flight? I never get so many when I fly with them. Maybe the staff on the flights from Nice to Zurich are more skimpy.

I absolutely love Zurich airport. The Swiss Lounge with the long Bar is always a nice experience. Talking about Swiss chocolates I always love going to the Lindt and most specially to the Sprüngli stores to do my chocolate shopping. Then I always take some from the lounge too.

I am definitely planning to go up there before Christmas to do more chocolate shopping. You find chocolate in Zurich that you will find nowhere else and I love the city, much more than Geneva or Lausanne. Lucerne is also an easy trip from the airport by train. I really love the place. Lucerne is magic with the lake, and surrounding mountains, the wooden bridge, baroque churches and historical houses.

Thanks for your trip report. It brings back some good memories of chocolate and Switzerland.

Zermatt, St Moritz, Gstaad, Pontresina, Montreux, Klosters, Davos... Swiss to me always sounds good!!  veryhappy 



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User currently offlineAirEcosse From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12786 times:

Bon Dia! Thanks for such a great trip report. Brilliant pictures and detailing. Was in BCN myself on Nov 4th and was amazed at how big the new T-Sud looks up close.

Best wishes

AirEcosse


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12786 times:

Hola!

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 11):
How could you get all these chocolates on the flight?

As said on my trip report I visited them in the galley and told them how wonderful they were, which was true by all means, and how infrequent is this nowadays on flights. They were really enthusiastic and seemed to enjoy the flight as much as I did. What a pity we were just together for 40 minutes. I wish I met them when flying to BOM.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 11):
Thanks for your trip report. It brings back some good memories of chocolate and Switzerland

Merci à vous Madame Concorde, j'ai lis vôtre commentaires des vols NCE-FRA-SYD et ils sont très interessants aussi.
Regarding chocolate I totally agree with you, the best ever.

Quoting Stylo777 (Reply 10):
thx for sharing!!!
bis zum nächsten mal in Deutschland...

Danke für deine Antwort. Nächste mal in Deutschland wird ich nach Hamburg fahren.


Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12780 times:

Hola AirEcosse!

Quoting AirEcosse (Reply 12):
Bon Dia! Thanks for such a great trip report

Gràcies per la teva resposta.

Yeah! T-Sud is really big and it will be really nice when it opens, we have a crowded airport these days. It will be the perfect parking for the SQ 777-300ER that flies to BCN. The only thing I don't like is having it awarded to a compnay such as IB, together with XG, that have clearly shown no compromise with the city and the country's pushing financial and economic powers crying out for intercontinetal connections from it. As seen, others, such as CO, DL, SQ, AR are taking over as they do not make any significant move.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12706 times:

Very nice and interesting report. Glad you once again had good experiences on Swiss and nice to hear that you're such a fan of Zürich airport!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Wasn't it a flight I had paid for?


 Wink Nice idea though, putting the destination on the bus. I'm sure it must avoid some confusion.

Just loved your snaps of the alps from above

Happy flying
Infodesk  spin 



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User currently offlineStylo777 From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 2978 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 12637 times:

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 13):
Danke für deine Antwort. Nächste mal in Deutschland wird ich nach Hamburg fahren.

you're also welcome to Frankfurt  Wink


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 12614 times:

Hola de nou!

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 15):
Very nice and interesting report

Danke sehr Infodesk!

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 15):
you're such a fan of Zürich airport!

I am one of its best supporters... it is really amazing the great design and how much customer oriented it is. You feel the building cares about you: its orientation, its layout, its easiness, its facilities... everything there is designed to make your experience memorable. BTW, who designed it?

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 15):
Nice idea though, putting the destination on the bus

I had the same thougt. So simple so easy to understand it must be...........a German idea.

Quoting Stylo777 (Reply 16):
you're also welcome to Frankfurt

Danke. Ich bin in Frankfurt schon seit 2 Wochen gewesen.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 12548 times:

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 9):
The trip cost about 600€, which is not a bad fare for European C-class flights

Not bad indeed, i looked up the same routing for February and the price displayed was CHF700, about €422!! Somehting tells me that i should go for it Big grin


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 12332 times:

Hola Sandro!

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 18):
Somehting tells me that i should go for it

A little voice in you telling so? Then no doubt, expect a very good service, fasten your seatbelt and enjoy your flight!

Salut!

Roger  Wink



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27034 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 12327 times:

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 18):
Not bad indeed, i looked up the same routing for February and the price displayed was CHF700, about €422!! Somehting tells me that i should go for it

Yes also there are amazing J class offers on LX from DUB to SKG/DME/ATH etc... you get 8,000 miles per roundtrip and the fare is only EUR277 Incl taxes!!! Must book by 30th November and travel from 1st December until 15th January!!! Some people are buying a cheap T class ZRH-DUB then taking the J class fares from DUB to bump up their miles.


User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 21, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12280 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
the fare is only EUR277 Incl taxes

You're right!! Thanks for the tip

Edit: seems like they're offering low J class fares from DUB to all over Europe. I just tried FCO and BCN and both came out at about €260!

[Edited 2007-11-09 08:01:13]

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17067 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12257 times:

Wow, excellent TR.

The pics are just amazing.

Thank you for sharing.

B747forever.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27034 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12251 times:

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 21):
seems like they're offering low J class fares from DUB to all over Europe. I just tried FCO and BCN and both came out at about €260!

Yeah amazing deals. I booked 4 roundtrips and have renewed my Gold card . Great deal. Plus you get the pleasure of flying LX .

All these are possible ::::

Athens from EUR 278.-
Barcelona from EUR 256.-
Berlin (TXL) from EUR 270.-
Brussels from EUR 274.-
Budapest from EUR 266.-
Dusseldorf from EUR 268.-
Frankfurt from EUR 274.-
Hamburg from EUR 261.-
Hanover from EUR 267.-
Istanbul from EUR 260.-
Madrid from EUR 256.-
Milan (MXP) from EUR 264.-
Moscow (DME) from EUR 261.-
Munich from EUR 269.-
Nice from EUR 279.-
Nuremberg from EUR 264.-
Paris (CDG) from EUR 283.-
Prague from EUR 267.-
Rome (FCO) from EUR 264.-
Stuttgart from EUR 265.-
Thessaloniki from EUR 262.-
Vienna from EUR 273.-
Warsaw from EUR 266.-
Zurich from EUR 247.-

Link is here :::: http://booking.swiss.com/web/bba.htm?Market=IE&group=IEEU


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 24, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 12245 times:

Hola!

Thanks guys for so much information about these amazing fare deals!

BTW, which days have you booked?

Salut!

Roger



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25 Post contains images BA319-131 : Hi Roger, great report, loved the pix! - I that a new model? To me, the meals you got on LX were pretty poor for 'C', the LH CR7 flight seemed to serv
26 Rogerbcn : Hola Mark! Thanks for your comments. It must have been. I am not that familiar with registrations... so, thanks for the information. You are right. I
27 MIAspotter : Excellent report and pictures, I totally agree with you about LX and Zurich Airport, I have flown 4 times with LX and all I have is nothing short of p
28 Post contains images Rogerbcn : HolaMIAspotter! Organizing a A.net meeting in BCN? Sure... let's talk about it. Salut! Roger
29 MIAspotter : I have PM´ed you! MIAspotter
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