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LX J Class DUB-ZRH-ATH Vids+Pics (12 JAN 2008)  
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26848 posts, RR: 58
Posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 8797 times:

Ok my last Mileage run on LX . I decided this time to do a day trip and meet some friends in the city center for a few hours between the flights. Saturday was a good day to do it as its party night in Athens and things go on til 4 or 5am which suited my flights perfectly.



DATE : 12/JAN/2008
ROUTE: DUB - ZRH
FLIGHT : LX 401
CLASS: BUSINESS
SEAT: 3A
REG: HB-IJS

I checked in just before 0930 at the Business class counter. No ques so went right up to the desk. I handed the check in agent my passport and FF card. 3 Boarding cards came out DUB-ZRH-ATH. I took the boarding cards and then proceeded to get a timetable from the Swiss ticket office. Whilst on my way over there I noticed something very wrong on my DUB-ZRH boarding card.

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Not a J class boarding card but instead a Y class one !!! Anyway I went to the Swiss ticket office and mentioned it to the very friendly lady. In the meantime a supervisor from a company in charge of the Handling agents (Sky Handling) also came to the office. I asked her if she was in charge of check in and she said she was. I then proceeded to tell her that this is the 3rd time this has happened and I was not happy with it . She tried to blame Swiss saying I must be booked in Y class but the Swiss staff member checked my booking again and I was booked in J all the way !! Funny also how the other two boarding cards came out fine with C class on them. She was obviously trying to blame Swiss and I wasn't having any of it . The Swiss staff at Dublin airport are some of the nicest and helpful you can meet. They also know their jobs thoroughly.

The girl from the handing agent took my boarding card and said she would sort it out whilst I waited in the ticket office. After 5 mins she came back with a C class boarding card with 3A on it. Not the seat that I had pre reserved and she said check in had given it away to another passenger .  Angry Anyway she apologised and said that they had blocked 3C also for me . I didn't mind too much so just thanked her and took the new boarding card. I thanked the lady at Swiss and told her it wasn't her fault but Sky Handling's as usual. She was very apologetic and said it should not have happened.

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I proceeded to the Anna Livia lounge ::

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After that I went to the BMI lounge ::

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I then went to the Boarding gates which today would be from the C area. As I walked down I noticed that two EI USA flights were going from there also. One DUB-MCO and another DUB-SNN. These flights do not pre clear US Immigration in Dublin. The DUB-SNN is done in SNN and the DUB-MCO is done on arrival which is a bit of a pain.

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When I got to the boarding gate the flight on Plaza TV screen still showed the previous one and had not been changed. It caused alot of confusion with passengers asking if this was the Swiss flight. I was also a bit confused at first. Then I realised they just couldn't/could not be bothered to change it. Maybe it was broken I will give Sky Handling the benefit of the doubt .

Time to board :::

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I was greeted by a really friendly crew and took my seat . The J class cabin was back to around half the length of the A/C so I moved as J class was only about 7-9 passengers.

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Good legroom

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DHL cargo

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Time to leave the gate . I was worried that we would be delayed as last time the boarding card fiasco meant nearly an hour delay as there were numerous errors made at check in which delayed the flight.

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After take off service was swift and efficient as usual.

Champagne ::

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And then to my delight for my last DUB-ZRH flight !!! My favourite meal !!

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The obligatory Swiss coffee and Lindt chocolates ::

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And more chocolates ::

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The flight went un eventfully and I slept a bit. The crew came round so many times to make sure we were all happy. ''Is your meal ok sir'' . '' Can I get you another drink''... ''Would you like more coffee Sir ''. I was very impressed. I actually got talking to the ''Cabin Maitre D '' as Swiss call them and we chatted about the difference between Swiss and LH. She was proud that the Swiss product is considered better than the LH one and I have to agree. This was her 2nd flight to Dublin and was asking me about Ireland. She always wanted to visit Dublin for a few days. Around that time we hit some very strong turbulence so I returned to my seat.

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After landing ahead of schedule I decided to go into the center of Zurich as I had over 5 hours to kill before the next flight.

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I love the double decker trains and they are so clean and run on time . The integrated transport system here is one of the best in the world.

I took a stroll around the area of the train station and stumbled across the Singapore Airlines office.

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A cardboard A380 !!

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I would have loved some of those brochures, shame I couldn't get them.

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After a few hours time to head back. There was a Christmas Tree throwing competition taking place in the Train station!!



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The First Class / Hon Circle area::

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Swiss Lounges ::

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I had some snacks and drinks then used the Free internet terminals then went to the gate .

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DATE : 12/JAN/2008
ROUTE: ZRH-ATH
FLIGHT : LX 1842
CLASS: BUSINESS
SEAT: 1A
REG: HB-IJR

Time to board the flight to Athens. J class cabin was small only 3 rows with 12 seats and only 3 were empty. I was lucky to have row 1A/C to myself and no middle table to obstruct sleeping as on previous ZRH-ATH flights.

After take off the snacks/drinks service ::

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Then time for Dinner . I like this meal also and have had it a few times .

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Then Desert which I'm not too fussed on . Id prefer Ice Cream to be honest.

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I then went to sleep as I was already a bit tired and I had a long night ahead of me .

We landed at around 0010 .

SX-DFC behind the 737.

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I wanted to get the 0030 bus to Central Athens to meet my mates. I ran all the way from the gate to the arrivals and made it with 3 mins to spare. I got to Syntagma Square 45 mins later then met my mates. I stayed for just over 2 hours and had a good time. I then left my mates and walked back to the bus. Here of some pics of Athens at night ::

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My Favourite pastry shop !!!
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The amazing Grande Bretagne Hotel.

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Guards in front of the Tomb of the Un known Soldier. Theres something different about this place at this time in the morning. I guess its the way its lit up at night. Its a nice atmosphere . I guess you get to enjoy it more without all the noise of the daytime visitors.

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After that the bus stop was across the street so I took the 45 mins ride to the airport. On board were staff from OA and A3 . Looked like they were a mix of rampers and check in / ticket staff. I guess with 5am shift starts. I arrived at the airport and went to the lounge .

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I passed the time on the internet and having a few cups of coffee from the fantastic Nespresso machine .

Also looking at the news in the Greek press::

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I love the Free DVD's they give out in the Greek Newspapers. Theres always something in all papers. All for only EUR2 . In this one there were 2 different movies.





After that it was time to end my report!!! I was so tired that the next two flights I quickly had my meal and slept. I was wrecked LOL....

I hope you enjoyed my last LX TR for a while . Until next Winter when the amazing fares come round again ( I hope ). I will really miss Zurich and Swiss. But I can report that Swiss is as good as ever before . 20 flights in 9 weeks and 99.9% of all flights excellent and good crew and service. Visited BRU / ATH / SKG / ZRH and enjoyed every minute.

I appreciate all your comments / questions as usual . It has been a good few months .....FLYING SWISS MADE ++

OA260

33 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4385 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 8670 times:

Could you please clarify?
You get two actual DVD s when you buy a newspaper?
How much is the paper?

Thanks for the report.


User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2297 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 8532 times:

I love how you include me in the TR  Wink She looks beautiful at night ( SX-DFC that is  Wink ) as well as ATH - don't worry Phil we will chill there soon  Wink Athens is beautiful thats for sure!


ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3427 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 8374 times:

What can I say, another excellent report.

Shame about another f*ckup by SKY handling, time for LX to consider getting a new ground handling contractor me thinks.

While you were strolling around Zurich, I was sitting at home not too far away, recovering from my first week at Swiss's Pilot academy and fighting my way through the books lol Big grin

Thanks for sharing!


User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3658 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8144 times:

Hey! I have definitely enjoyed reading your trip reports to ATH, especially since I tried to get an insight into the airport on my recent trip to ATH, which I will post shortly.  bigthumbsup 

I also saw these newspapers w/CDs or DVDs. Are these full length versions? I always thought they were short versions to entice readers to watch the movie or get their CDs. Doubt they would work on a US player.

Efharisto!  yes 



The journey of life is not based on the accomplishments, but the experience.
User currently offlineGpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8120 times:

Nice report. Were you by any chance in seat 4F on your ZRH-DUB flight? I only ask as I was in 4A (also doing the mileage run but I flew to SKG instead) and the person in 4F seemed to sleep for much of the flight  Wink. My DUB-ZRH boarding pass was also issued in economy originally but I spotted it before I left the check in desk so the agent reprinted it for me. Very strange. I agree that the crews both ways were very good. What were the crew on ZRH-ATH like? My Maitre de cabine on ZRH-SKG was magnificent. One of the best airline employees I've ever come across. We chatted for nearly all of the flight back to ZRH as I was the only one in the business cabin. It was a great way to spend a weekend (although my work colleagues thought I was mad) and I would do it again tomorrow if the fares were still available.


According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26848 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks ago) and read 7774 times:



Quoting TK787 (Reply 1):
Could you please clarify?
You get two actual DVD s when you buy a newspaper?
How much is the paper?

Its 2 Euro and yes you get the 2 DVD's inside. Every week its something different.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 2):
Phil we will chill there soon

Yes deffo have to do it this year !!!

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 4):
Are these full length versions?

Yes full DVD's with full length movies. Very good value if you like the movie your getting.

Quoting Gpbcroppers63 (Reply 5):
What were the crew on ZRH-ATH like? My Maitre de cabine on ZRH-SKG was magnificent.

Hi there I noticed 3 Mileage runners. One guy from Belfast who actually went to ATH. I think I had 3F on the return but I was sleeping . So must have been me LOL...I was wrecked. Were you the guy that was saying to the other guy when you boarded the ZRH-DUB flight that the lounge was closed in SKG and you got a voucher??? The crew on the ZRH-ATH and ATH-ZRH were great I have to say. The staff in the lounge in ATH are wonderful also. What did you do for the long transit time between flights in ZRH??? You must have had over 7 hours to kill!!!


User currently offlineGpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7690 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Hi there I noticed 3 Mileage runners. One guy from Belfast who actually went to ATH. I think I had 3F on the return but I was sleeping . So must have been me LOL...I was wrecked. Were you the guy that was saying to the other guy when you boarded the ZRH-DUB flight that the lounge was closed in SKG and you got a voucher??? The crew on the ZRH-ATH and ATH-ZRH were great I have to say. The staff in the lounge in ATH are wonderful also. What did you do for the long transit time between flights in ZRH??? You must have had over 7 hours to kill!!!

I was indeed the guy talking about the €8 voucher in SKG. I ended up having 2 litres worth of water just to spend the remaining €2 after using the rest for a slice of apple cake and a frappé.

For the time between flights in ZRH, I went to the observation deck for a bit. There wasn't much going on there though and it was raining so I went back airside and whiled away the hours in the Swiss and Lufthansa lounges. I was actually able to use the Star Alliance shower just outside the Lufthansa lounge which was very nice to freshen up. I had been travelling since 4:30 A.M. as I flew into DUB from Knock and that flight left at 7:15 so a shower was most welcome. I stupidly got to Knock about 5:30 only to discover that the airport is completely devoid of people until 6:30!!  banghead  The joys of travelling for fun and miles. Lol!!



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26848 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7668 times:



Quoting Gpbcroppers63 (Reply 7):
I was indeed the guy talking about the €8 voucher in SKG. I ended up having 2 litres worth of water just to spend the remaining €2 after using the rest for a slice of apple cake and a frappé.

Haha if I had have known I would have said hi . Glad you had good flights and maybe see you again on another trip although Im thru with mileage runs until maybe December, I hope they will introduce them again. . Deffo you should do ATH next time. Theres more to do even if its a longer stop over. SKG is not too bad for a regional airport but its dead at 4am LOL... Its a nice city though if you ever get the chance to stay a night or two.

Happy flying and enjoy cashing in those miles !!!

OA260


User currently offlineGpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7651 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
SKG is not too bad for a regional airport but its dead at 4am LOL

It wasn't dead at 4 a.m. when I was there. There was a delayed BMI charter flight to Cork and Dublin so it was full of disgruntled Irish people! Lol!! Made for quite an interesting few hours. Especially when they announced that they could board while we were all queueing up to board and they had to walk through our queue to get to their gate. Got to love Greece for organisation! Big grin



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26848 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7589 times:



Quoting Gpbcroppers63 (Reply 9):
Got to love Greece for organisation!

Haha must be why I feel at home here in Ireland !!! Tell me were these passengers on Ski trips to Bulgaria or something?? I never heard of BMI charters to SKG !!!


User currently offlineGpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7530 times:

I have absolutely no idea why they were there. I wouldn't imagine they were on a normal "sun worshiper" type tour to Greece. It was only 3 degrees when we landed so I'm guessing it doesn't get very warm in the days there in January!


According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlineRineanna From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7525 times:

Great TR. Those double-decker trains are impressive! Was the fare expensive from the airport to the city centre?

User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3916 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7520 times:

Another fab TR, pretty much reflects my thoughts on LX. I think I would be hard pressed not to choose LX if they were going my way, and I would pay a little more for it too. Reading this TR has filled me with longing for another LX excursion!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Time to board the flight to Athens. J class cabin was small only 3 rows with 12 seats and only 3 were empty. I was lucky to have row 1A/C to myself and no middle table to obstruct sleeping as on previous ZRH-ATH flights.

I asked The Maitre D' on my ZRH-DUB flights about these tables, and why they were only in the A321s. The answer is pretty smart actually. The tables are only fitted to 5 seats in the aircraft, only in the A321 and take the seat count to exactly 200, despite there being 205 setbacks. Thus SWISS needs only 4 cabin crew, as they need an engineer to remove them. Have a look at the seatmaps on the LX timetable.

Quoting Gpbcroppers63 (Reply 5):
It was a great way to spend a weekend (although my work colleagues thought I was mad) and I would do it again tomorrow if the fares were still available.

Me too. I dearly hope LX bring these fares back next year. Even if I dont kneed the miles, I will still go!

Brian.



Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)
User currently offlineFiatstilojtd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7507 times:



Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The Swiss staff at Dublin airport are some of the nicest and helpful you can meet. They also know their jobs thoroughly.

As already mentioned in the other Trip Report I can only wholeheartedly agree to that  Wink

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I thanked the lady at Swiss and told her it wasn't her fault

That is the way how to do it Big grin  bigthumbsup 

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
She was very apologetic and said it should not have happened.

Thats typical Swiss  Wink

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I was worried that we would be delayed as last time the boarding card fiasco meant nearly an hour delay as there were numerous errors made at check

They ruin the whole Swiss reputation with this crappy partner at DUB.

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 3):
While you were strolling around Zurich, I was sitting at home not too far away, recovering from my first week at Swiss's Pilot academy and fighting my way through the books lol Big grin

Thanks for sharing!

You  Wow! finally becoming a pilot. God help us  Wink


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26848 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7466 times:



Quoting Rineanna (Reply 12):
Was the fare expensive from the airport to the city centre?

It was CHF 12 return . EUR 8 !! Not bad at all.

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 13):
Thus SWISS needs only 4 cabin crew, as they need an engineer to remove them. Have a look at the seatmaps on the LX timetable.

Brian such a technophobe LOL..... I wouldnt have dreamed asking about that LOL....I just know I cant move the damn thing LOL.....

Quoting Fiatstilojtd (Reply 14):
You finally becoming a pilot. God help us

I cant wait to do a TR with Pilot SandroZRH in it . I will expect a special welcome over the PA though LOL...


User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7394 times:



Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I love the double decker trains and they are so clean and run on time . The integrated transport system here is one of the best in the world.

You were lucky to get the new double-deck S-Bahn trains. The old ones are also good and usually clean but don't have (yet?) this information system with the screens.


User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3427 posts, RR: 50
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7385 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
I cant wait to do a TR with Pilot SandroZRH in it . I will expect a special welcome over the PA though LOL

Or a jumpseat ride?  duck   Wink


User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7380 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
It was CHF 12 return . EUR 8 !! Not bad at all

With the strong Euro ot is even only 7.40 EUR. Really not too expensive for a return trip airport-city center.


User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3916 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7363 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
I wouldnt have dreamed asking about that LOL....I just know I cant move the damn thing LOL.....

I was always talkative at school. I got into so much trouble, you would not believe. It never left me. Seems to be paying dividends now though, quite good with patients! My favorite flights are always the ones which feature a good chat with the crew. Although I try to wait till after they have completed cabin service and had their break, etc. I like emergency exit rows for this reason too, usually a crew member posted there and usually they are good for a chat.

For future reference, if you do want to sleep on the A321 just ask for a seat in row 4 or above there is no table in these rows. I know you like row 2 though! I found a good way to sleep was to recline the seat, take a pillow and put that against the armrest and swing my legs under the table thing. Slept for almost two hours that way!


Quoting ZRH (Reply 18):
With the strong Euro ot is even only 7.40 EUR. Really not too expensive for a return trip airport-city center.

I loved the train. I got one of the double deck train on the way into HB but an ICN train on the way out. I would not mind traveling on these trains across Europe, comfortable, exactly on-time and spotlessly clean. I officially love Switzerland!

Brian.



Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)
User currently offlinePhileet92 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7211 times:

Thanks for the reports. lots of pics! i guess they could close the curtains between cabins in europe.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26848 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 7171 times:



Quoting Phileet92 (Reply 20):
i guess they could close the curtains between cabins in europe.

Yes I forget about that in the US but I wonder does it really work or make a difference.


User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 746 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7131 times:

Excellent TR as always Phil, think its about time I was in one of those TR's with you!! The food looked really good on LX and usually airline food is gross! I think I may try them on my SIN-BKK sector in a couple of weeks!

Thanks again Phil, well done again



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7097 times:

Cool report OA260. Those meals look really nice.
Pity about Sky messing up your boarding card yet again.

Can't wait for next Winter, and your next Swiss report LOL

EISHN



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
User currently offlineFiatstilojtd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7040 times:



Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 17):
Or a jumpseat ride?

"Jumpseat" in a modified Airbus maybe, where you can open up the roof inflight  duck   Big grin


25 Post contains images OA260 : I hope he didnt mean ejecta seat like in James Bond LOL..... Well its not for the lack of me asking you
26 BA319-131 : Another great report, many thanks, shame this will be the last for a while, at least of the LX runs. - Wow, pretty huge, was the inbound flight that b
27 EIRules : Well maybe you should ask me again!!
28 ThePRGuy : Pics don't seem to be working! I've been following all your trip reports,however, and they have been fab, reminds me a lot of the business trips with
29 AFKLMLHLX : wow....wish I could see the photos.
30 OA260 : Sorry guys looks like i uploaded just a few too many and they have been blocked for 3 weeks !! I will send you a message when they come visable again
31 B747forever : Brilliant TR The videos and pics are great!!! I will really miss your TR. Lets hope that you can fly as much as you had done, next winter also!! This
32 FLIEGER67 : Hi, Philip, count me on the INFO list when you´re pics working again. I "need" to view them. Best regards, Markus (FLIEGER67)
33 OA260 : OK they are working now . Sorry for the cut off period. OA260
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