The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6688 posts, RR: 55 Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 9311 times:
Date: 10 November 2007
Route: London (LHR) – Nairobi (NBO)
Flight: KQ 101
Flight Time: 7:37h
Dep. Time: 18:49
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200/ER
Dep. Gate: 404
I made my way to Terminal 4 as soon as I arrived from BOM on 9W (see separate trip report). I had purchased a ticket online but was told I had to pick up a paper ticket in person at the counter at LHR so I went directly to the transfer desk for Kenya Airways and is handled by KLM. The guy there told me it was too early and to be back at about 13:00. I did a lot of spotting and eventually got my boarding pass at around 15:00, about four hours before the flight. The ticket would actually be given to me at boarding time. I did some more spotting before heading to the gate about 90 minutes before departure.
Boarding started at about 40 minutes before departure but it didn’t seem very crowded and was fairly orderly. The flight was little over half full about 65 % or so with only a few center seats open. I had a person next to me but the aisle seat was open. Even when the door had closed, I had ask the guy to move to the aisle to give us both more space….
All signs were in English and Swahili. The seat was comfortable and had nice legroom. The screen was a bit small but about the same as Air France or British Airways. The seat pocket was much larger than normal which was nice. We pushed back about ten minutes early and had a short taxi for departure. During taxi the safety video played and it was an animation and it was a bit different. Fireworks could also be seen here and there while taxing, I guess a lot of Indians live near Heathrow (celebrating Devali) ? I also noted that most passengers on the flight were not from Africa but mostly British and Americans.
Take off was to the west and a drink service started about 30 minutes after take off. Most off the flight attendants were male and were very easy going. Their uniforms were okay and had some African color combinations in them. I tried a Kenyan beer called Tusker and asked for Coca Cola and got two small bottles to go with the mixed nuts. No menus were given out but shortly thereafter, dinner was served and I had lamb curry with steamed rice and it was very, very good.
The inflight entertainment options were a bit limited and not AVOD. There were ten channels and the movies started every ten minutes and you could request to be reminded when the movie started next. Very nice feature! There was an Airshow map but no videogames or outside camera. There was no remote control and all controls for the system was in the armrest. Very simple but okay. Lights were not dimmed for at least an hour or so after dinner even though most people were trying to sleep. Lights were dimmed eventually but no mood lightning; just dimmed lights.
I watched The Contract with Morgan Freeman and after that decided to get some sleep. The pillows were very thin and having to sleep upright made it difficult to sleep but I still managed get about 90 minutes of shut eye.
Breakfast was served about 90 minutes before arrival and I was a bit hungry so I managed to finish most of it before I took the picure….The tea was way too strong and not great. It also took a long time, 30 minutes or more before the flight attendants had collected the trays which was a bit too long in my opinion.
We eventually made it up to 37 000 feet and descent started only about 20 minutes before arrival. Ir had rained in the morning before our arrival it was only about 60 F outside, probably because of the high altitude. Also to note that even though the terminal had jet bridges, we parked right next to one but deplaned thru stairs and walked a few feet to go up stairs in to the terminal. I noticed later in the day that this was a common practice for the Kenya Airways flights but Virgin Atlantic and British Airways used the jet bridges. Only on KQ flight (from AMS) used jet bridge and only to deplane. For departure at the same gate later, stairs were again used….
To sum it up, it was a nice flight and the flight attendants were nice and offered nice service.
That completes my 777 flying for now. I have flown on all 41 carriers’ 777s that have had them in scheduled service. I hope to fly on QR 77W in about two weeks from now. After that I will take a break with 777 flying for about two years. Next year I will focus on getting my website together again.
Trip report will follow from the QR 77W trip as well.
Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
Triple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 763 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 9194 times:
Quoting The777Man (Thread starter): That completes my 777 flying for now. I have flown on all 41 carriers’ 777s that have had them in scheduled service. I hope to fly on QR 77W in about two weeks from now. After that I will take a break with 777 flying for about two years. Next year I will focus on getting my website together again.
That is quite an accomplishment to fly on all 41 carriers with the 777. But what will you do for the 2 years you take a break from 777 flying?
Mk777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 8478 times:
Nice TR, again. Seems like you enjoy the 777, of course, your name says it all.
Was the quantity of food enough on the flight?? Looks like a pretty small serving to me. How would you compare this flight to 9W and AI, in other words, which one was the best? From what i have read, my guess is AI.
QR 77W is going to replace the A346 on the DOH-IAD route, if i am not mistaken!!!??!!
Well then, you will be at my home base airport-IAD
Good luck, looking forward to reading about that trip in a few weeks
5YKQW From Kenya, joined Feb 2007, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6767 times:
Thanks for flying KQ's 777. I attended the original launch at Nairobi airport and the plane looked massive! Now that you've flown on all airlines operating the T7, what aircraft model do you have next in your mind to achieve the same feat? Are you also monitoring the 777 order book to identify new carriers?
The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6688 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6536 times:
Quoting 5YKQW (Reply 16): Now that you've flown on all airlines operating the T7, what aircraft model do you have next in your mind to achieve the same feat? Are you also monitoring the 777 order book to identify new carriers?
This has taken me 10 years to complete and have no plans to start trying to fly on another aircraft model. This is crazy enough. There are still more carriers getting 777s so I'll be busy with this for a while. Yes, I do monitor orders for the 777 closely. I had a website about the 777 and it's not working properly right now but will try to fix it.
Quoting B747forever (Reply 15): Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
but then will concentrate on my website and do the ultimate 777 trip in Oct/Nov 09; Round The World thru all six continents all on 777s.
Wow, what a great trip that will be.
Will we see a TR
Yes, will definatly do a trip report for the whole 777 RTW trip. But it will not happen for about two years.....
Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s