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Namaste Mumbai (ii) BOM-ZRH-BCN On LX C  
User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8181 times:

Time to go back home.

As I my short holidays in India finish it is time to head back home.

Most of Europe bound flights leave late at night or in the early hours in the morning, there seems not to be any restrictions into flying times in BOM airports. I cannot imagine flights leaving any European airport at 1.30 in the morning due to noise bans.

That morning I check in for my flight on the Internet as I change my original seat, SA)">9K, to 7B so I can have an easy access to the aisle and I'd be able to get up and walk around the plane due to my inability to sleep on planes.

The flight seems to be full, most seats are taken and only a few are open when I check in. I am quite kind in traveling on aisle seats at night flights, not special views are supposed to be on sight and getting to ZRH at 6.15 in a winter morning does not preview any type of amusement looking out of the window.

Getting to the airport is quite fun. My friend is away in Delhi and the driver home is away for the night due to some family affairs so I take a rickshaw to the airport. The guy has never been at the airport before and does not exactly know the way. He does not speak English, my knowledge of Marathi is restricted to 'my name is....', 'my tea, your tea' and numbers from one to ten so you can imagine it is not the best of skills. I am quite aware of directions and there are some signs at Bandra district directing you to the airport which I point to him and tell him to turn left or right. I am aware where the highway is and try to direct him to it. He asks some mates on the way who tell him where to go after getting through streets where Tetris game could have been created after; there was not a single space left for another car, bus or any other means of transport you could imagine. We got to the highway after a while and from there it is quite easy; I just make sure we get to the International Terminal instead of the Domestic one, Santa Cruz, which is the previous exit. Once we get there I thank him and try to explain that both have learnt a new thing: he the way to the airport and I that my sense of orientation is not as bad as I might sometimes think. I tip him generously and start walking on the crowded sideways to the terminal.

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On one like this I managed to get to the airport

Monday 7/01/2008
BOM-ZRH
LX155
A332 SA)">HB-IQJ
Dep. 01.25
Arr. 06.15
Seat: 7B

BOM International Terminal, Chattrapathi Shivaji International, is divided in two main areas 2A and 2C --I wonder why there is no 2B---and LX departs from 2A... that is walking to the right entrance. To enter the airport you need your ticket and passport so it is outside that you kiss goodbye to the loved ones. I am allowed into the terminal by the two guards heavily armed and get on line for the first X-ray of all my luggage. As it comes out of the machine a lady asks to see my ticket and passport again while the guys at the X-ray zip it with a plastic band to tell everyone that this piece of luggage has been X-rayed. When she is finished she wishes me a pleasant flight and I proceed to the LX counters. There are two agents directing people to the C and Y ones as there is no sign telling you so. There are two for C class, the rest for Y passengers. The agent, a friendly Indian girl, constantly supervised by a Western lady over her shoulder. We have a brief chat over the load, about 100% in both classes, and my bag is tagged all the way to BCN. My two cards are handed to me together with an invitation to the Clipper Bar Lounge bearing my name and a map at the back showing your way to it. I do not notice it and it results in me heading straight to the gate and being stuck there for the rest of my time at the airport; oh well next time! From what I saw it is a regular bar so I imagine they just give you a drink and some snacks for free.

Once I was left with my backpack I headed to the passport control area. Before reaching it there is a great number of desks where you can fill in the exit form from India given to you at the check in. There is a dedicated line for First and Business Class passengers which I take advantage of and in about three minutes waiting my passport gets stamped and my boarding cards gets the first stamp, a blue one. Turn left and head down the escalator link downstairs; another long corridor and I make the fatal mistake of getting on the gate area. There are two separate lines: men and women. My backpack goes through the X-rays, I under the detector and then stand on a stall where I am frisked consciously by a policeman, the same scene happens on my right but with a woman frisking women passengers. My boarding card gets a second stamp, a red one.

I get caged in the gates area and once I am aware of my fate I look for a comfortable seat, easy as there are many take out my book and start reading while the lounge starts to fill up. About an hour later the OS flight arrives delivering all passengers and the crew on the corridors behind the glass corridor. Some passengers bound for MXP on the AZ start taking seats, I loose my preferred position and find a more comfortable place on the floor against the wall.

At 00.30 boarding starts with the usual call for passengers with children and those in need of special care. The second announcement calls the Economy passengers seating at the last section on the cabin and tells all Business passengers to board at their wish. I keep my floor seat just in case and wait to make sure I am the last one boarding. Once the line is finished I get up, handle my stamped boarding card to the agent who smiles at me and wishes me a good flight before taking the microphone in hand announcing the last call. I get to the gate where a smiling FA welcomes me in and directs me to my seat. Again my jacket, which has been stored for a week as Mumbai's lowest temperature has never gone under 14ºC, is taken to the closet with my personal hanger.

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Boarding time... No rush please, we all will make it to ZRH together

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At the gate of another LX great experience

The man sitting next to me has already set his personal space, unfolded the blanket, covered himself and ready to sleep as soon as he can recline his seat. I say 'hello' to him and that's all we talk for the rest of the flight. I set my camera, my notebook, take off my shoes and get the a pair of socks out of the new amenity kit: a black bag with the same continent as in the incoming flight: socks, earplugs, comb, toothbrush and paste plus a 10€ voucher to acquire products at Pureneige online shop. I liked the old one better.

As soon as everybody is on the plane doors are locked and a smiling FA distributes mango juice, orange juice and water. I wonder why there is no champagne offered, alcohol restrictions on Indian ground? I go for the excellent mango and get ready for take off. Menus are distributed and they include a slip for breakfast orders which I fill up when waiting for dinner.

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Menu and my full breakfast choice

We start moving at 1.25 and the security video comes on the overhead screens. While we taxi the Captain comes on the system giving some information about the flight, some light turbulence is expected over the Oman Sea and he confirms our arrival time at 6.15 that morning. As we are at gate 5 we have to move through all the terminal and this allows me to check all the planes at the terminal: OS / BA / JET / AZ / SA)">NW / AI / SA / AF. Not bad for a 10 minutes spot. My seatmate looks at me suspiciously. Definitely he is not an a.netter.

The plane looks extremely clean, smells nicely and although seats are the old ones they are very comfortable, the leg rest is a little short, and I am just 1.73, so I imagine many people have to fold legs to rest on it.

Once at the head of the runaway we wait for about 2 minutes and then down the runaway, it takes us more than 50 sec. to lift such a heavy plane and I am more than conscious when the plane starts hitting every single hole, and there are many believe me, as it seems it is going to fall apart. Finally we lift the front gear and the rest of the aircraft follows so we have survived the ordeal.

As soon as the 10,000 feet are reached the seat belt sign comes off and half of the cabin sets to sleep. Put on their eye shades, earplugs, cover themselves with the blankets... and see you next morning. I wish I had this ability sometimes.

I wait patiently for dinner as my table is set with a smile and start filling up the breakfast order.

Tonight's Menu:

Western Choice:
.Grilled chicken breast, mint vegetable shashlyk and tomato filled with pickled beetroot.
.Tiramisú.

Indian Choice:
.Steamed Patra with chutney Khandvi and mango salsa.
.Vermicelli Payasam --a milk based sweet dessert.

Hot Savouries:
.Indian and Western style hot snacks.

Swiss chocolates.

Coffee and a selection of teas.

I go for the Indian choice and I have to admit it is delicious. All is served in one tray as advanced by the maître-du-cabin in my previous flights so it is quicker and people have time to sleep. I am offered some snacks, once I am done some more come around and I take a second samosa.

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Full dinner at 2.30. I was expecting something less consistent... too many IB flights

Drinks come right away and my glass is filled twice with the red French Cabernet-Merlot, a great choice. While I am savoring dinner I start watching a film I cannot remember, it must have been nothing special, and think about how fortunate I am being able to spend this short break in Mumbai and how nicely my friends have treated me.

After an hour on flight the plane starts shaking slightly and the seat belt sign comes on. For about half an hour it stays on while the plane moves, nothing violent, just the usual moving left to right when crossing a turbulent area.

When I am tired of reading I go for a walk to the end of the cabin, mostly everybody is sleeping and I look at them with some envy. When back I stop by the galley and talk for a while with the on duty crew. They tell me they take turns, two at a time for each shift. We talk about BCN, BOM, traveling, the aircraft... a nice conversation that confirms my absolute believe that LX has the best crews I have ever encountered.

Toilet time. It is clean and shows that is not yet heavily used but most of the lip balm and moisturizing cream containers are already gone....

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Beauty products had already been taken care of at the toilet

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Yours truly around 3.00

I kill time watching another film, looking at the inflight map and taking pictures of the flight stats.

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First European land

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My best IFE (i)

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My best IFE (ii)

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My best IFE (iii)

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My best IFE (iv)

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My best IFE (v)

When the lights are turned on I am one of the first to be served breakfast and I see that I have ordered a full one.... No problem I have it all. The service is not according to seat number as trays come and go depending on when the order was placed. Mine must have been taken while I was out of my seat on one of the frequent rounds of the crew offering water to still awake passengers me and few others.

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My full breakfast

Once service is finished all tables are cleaned and ready for landing announcements are made: headphones from C class passengers will be collected while Y class passengers can keep them.

Plane is set for landing and we land in cloudy ZRH right on time.

I head out of the plane thanking the crew and head to the train, then to the Arrivals Lounge. You have to cross the border as it is in the luggage belt area for arriving passengers. Indications are perfect but I'd say it would be better to have inside the main terminal.

I am offered a shower cabin in a corridor containing about a dozen and I go for the best experience after a long flight. It is not as elegant as the MAD IB lounge but it looks really clean, soft towels and hot water are best at this time of the morning.

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Partial view of the shower cabin

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The shower itself

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Before the best experience after a long-haul flight

I get out and head for the breakfast area. I desperately need a strong coffee, better two, a sandwich and a banana come on handy as well.

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A nice shower sets my hunger on

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View of the Arrivals Lounge at ZRH

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Breakfast counter at the lounge... Coffee please!

And now making up time until 9.25 when my flight is due.

First thing is going to the check in area to have my seat changed. I asked for a window seat and I was given at BOM a 3D aisle.

ZRH-BCN
LX4756 / JK096
MD87 EC-JYD
Dep. 9.25
Arr. 11.00

The helping girl at the desk has no problem in giving me a new boarding card with a 1F seat on it. The best seats are F as you get to see the coast and BCN city and I am ready to take more pictures.

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Dark and cold morning at ZRH

Once I am done walking outside and have felt the cold of a Swiss morning I get back inside and hit the stores looking for a special offer, once I have found it I get it home with me but first I stop by the lounge which is empty in this morning.

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No one at the right

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No one at the left

I sit at the bar and despite being 8.00 the American guy on the next stall orders a Bloody Mary, ooops! My tea with lemon looks quite ridiculous, ok! I get a espresso.

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My humble lemon tea

When I get to the gate, A83, I am more than disappointed; my long awaited B717 has turned into a MD83.

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Corridor to my gate

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My biggest disappointment, the B717 turned into a MD87

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Morning apron shot

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Another view at ZRH apron. Love those little AVRO

This flight is operated by Spanair code sharing with LX, as all the LX/JK flights between Spain and Switzerland.

Before boarding you need to have your boarding pass stamped once your passport is inspected at one of these stalls they set up for some of the flights out of the A area.

The plane has the Star Alliance scheme on the outside; inside the old but clean interior is quite disappointing. It displays the 3-2 seating and it is about less than half full.

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Inside Spanair MD87

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Generous seat pitch at row 1

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Maybe the youngest members have never seen these

The purser, a French lady, welcomes us on board and the rest of the crew perform the safety demonstration manually. It is cloudy and some rain drops start falling when we taxi to the end of the runaway.

The usual quiet and fast take off for such an empty plane takes us fast over the clouds and the Sun greets us in about 10 minutes.

There is no in flight information but the Captain comes in the system and informs us of the route followed: Geneva / Marseille / Costa Brava and BCN, all at 35,000 feet at a cruising speed of 850 km/h.


A passing neighbor

Before take off I am offered a bunch of newspapers and I go for La Vanguardia, glad to have it on paper after reading news on the screen for so many days.

Service is performed punctually but the smiles and warm service experienced on LX has disappeared here and it is quite robotic. Due to my few hours of sleep I spill my wine for the cold breakfast on the floor. I tell the FA on charge and she says not to worry, she forgets to offer me a new one. These little details tell you about the quality of the airline.

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Cold snack for this 1.30 hour flight

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Another lemon tea

My visit to the toilet, there are only two at the back of the plane shows another lack on this plane. One of them has a broken door that cannot be closed properly and it is half open. No sign telling you it is out of order. Ay, ay, ay.... How can JK code share with LX?

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View of the cabin... 40%load?

The clouds have disappeared once we reach the sea and I am able to identify all the villages from Costa Brava to BCN.

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Sant Feliu de Guíxols. My favorite town on Costa Brava

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Barcelona's Port Olímpic area

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Barcelona from beaches to Tibidabo hill at the back

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Help yourself

Landing is announced and all the cabin is set up for the event.

It is a soft landing.

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DL pushing back before climbing onto the skies to JFK

We pass by the whole airport and docked at a bus gate. This allows me to see the DL B767 to New York being pushed back and the CO B757 to EWR taking off while a small IB CRJ takes off simultaneously on the third runaway.

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A curious neighbor at the apron

Immigration is a breeze but waiting for the baggage takes about 10 minutes, not bad after all. Priority tags result in coming out last... I start missing BOM.

Getting out to a nice day and taking the bus home ends up this trip.

I hope you have enjoyed.

Comments, criticisms and questions are all welcome.

Happy flights!

Salut!

Roger


"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
21 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8134 times:

Hi Roger,
great report. Nice to read! LX service sounds good. I would love to try them someday in Business on longhaul!

About JK, indeed a different story as you say. Although you got served some food for free, you don't feel yourself in business class on the shabby MD-87. Didn't you ask for another wine yourself when you noticed that you won't get a replacement by the F/A ? I would've done that for sure!

What you mentioned in my report as well, I also can't see the commonality on some partners in an alliance. JK and LX differ a lot. Service level is quite poor on JK, although for me it's still an interesting airline to fly with as long as I don't get on one of their A320/321's  Wink

Great pics, hope to read more from you soon!

Eric  wave 



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User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1844 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7873 times:

Hello Roger,

Excellent trip reports (I read both)! I love the details and the wonderful pictures.

Would love to read more from you! Take care!


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7488 times:

Hola, Roger,

another well written and detailed story from your point fi view.

Thanx for taking it all together.

So, it seems Swiss offers once again the service with the special details we honour at all.

And JK, on the other hand side, push´s it down to reality!.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Yours truly around 3.00

Cool pic,
count me to the list of "Every nightflight a sleeping flight", till now.
I remember a HKG-FRA service, with one eye open, every half an hour for a view to the map
and nothing else noticed from short after departure till approach at all.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Next Flight: BCN-FRA-YVR-YYC

Another nice routing, for sure.
When will you be in FRA?.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)

[Edited 2008-02-05 09:13:37]


Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 766 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7422 times:
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Hi Roger.

Thanks for a nice and well written report. Really enjoyed your pictures as well. It is good to see that LX still up their with best carriers service vice Big grin

Quite astonishing that you got to the airport in BOM in one pice considering your choice of transport  Smile

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Priority tags result in coming out last..

Typical. Just typical  Wink

Stein



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7374 times:

Hola!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
Didn't you ask for another wine yourself when you noticed that you won't get a replacement by the F/A ? I would've done that for sure!

Thanks for your reply Eric.

Sure I did, but I think she should have come forward and after telling me not to worry about the stain on the floor offering me a new one.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
it's still an interesting airline to fly

It is for me as well, IMO because of the different planes they use. I am still looking forward to the B717. I was really disappointed in ZRH when I saw that MD87. Next time!

Quoting Boeing744 (Reply 2):
Excellent trip reports (I read both)! I love the details and the wonderful pictures.

Thanks for your reply Boeing744.

My next TR will cover BCN-FRA-YVR-YYC on LH and AC

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
count me to the list of "Every nightflight a sleeping flight", till now.

Thanks Markus.

Lucky you!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Next Flight: BCN-FRA-YVR-YYC

Another nice routing, for sure.
When will you be in FRA?.

It is indeed, my 20th trip to YYC on a different routing as I usually fly FRA-YYC or FRA-YUL/YYZ-YYC.

As shown on my schedule I will arrive FRA at 9.15 LH4465 on March 17 leaving at 12.10

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 4):
Quite astonishing that you got to the airport in BOM in one piece considering your choice of transport

Thanks Stein.

Rickshaws are the best means of transport to go around BOM, where allowed, as they are fast and nimble.

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2852 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7322 times:

Another excellent report Roger I loved the pics of the approach into BCN, my friend was drooling over the Nissan's vans at the garage (he drives one for a living) Big grin

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 5):
It is for me as well, IMO because of the different planes they use. I am still looking forward to the B717. I was really disappointed in ZRH when I saw that MD87. Next time!

I am also interested in flying their 717, maybe on a BCN-MAD or even a shorty PMI flight... Interested? IM me and see what we can work out, I also want to fly on Vueling.

Adeu!

MIAspotter



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User currently offlineStefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7206 times:

Hi Roger!

Thanks for the second part. Again a nice detailed report.

Quote:
Rogerbcn: I say 'hello' to him and that's all we talk for the rest of the flight


Is this behaviour common in C-Class? On my last long haul flights I was struggling with myself, if I should offer some miles for an upgrade to C-class. In the end I kept my miles and chose a Y-seat, because I often learn interesting people there to chat with. In C most people are looking quite anonymously. Maybe I'm a bit prejudiced after an experience with a big-headed sniffy C-class passenger last time.

What are your experiences?

Stefan


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7042 times:

Hallo Stefan!

Thank for your comments.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 7):
Is this behaviour common in C-Class?

I would not say this is the most common behavior in C class. Las summer I had a great talk with an Argentinian girl on my IB flight MAD-EZE, it is about 12 hours long. Nice experiences as well on NW AMS-SEA or KL YUL-AMS. guess it depends a lot on the time of the day, BOM-ZRH is a late night one: leaving at 1.25 am is not the best time to chat for many people. That man slept for the whole flight, except breakfast and he wa looking at me suspiciously when taking notes on my notebook.... IMO, I think it is no the usual behavior, but the world is really diverse.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 7):
On my last long haul flights I was struggling with myself, if I should offer some miles for an upgrade to C-class.

Be sure to get a seat next to mine next time and we can have a good chat.  Smile

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27295 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6985 times:

Hi there very nice photos and report. Glad you had a good time. LX sure do have one of the best products.

OA260


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8588 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6796 times:
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Hi Roger,

A great read and nice selection of pictures, thanks indeed for this super trip.

Sure looks like LX provide great service, and more so when compared to the JK codeshare on the last flight home.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
My seatmate looks at me suspiciously. Definitely he is not an a.netter.

- There people need to get a life and join us here!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
My biggest disappointment, the B717 turned into a MD87

- Gutting, truly gutting!

Look forward to the next TR!

Best Wishes

Mark



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6732 times:

Nice Pics.Especially the Car park.
Thanks for sharing your experiences out at BOM.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3712 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6632 times:

Hola Roger!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
The best seats are F as you get to see the coast and BCN city and I am ready to take more pictures.

Is this true for all flights into BCN? I'll have to remember that!  bigthumbsup 

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
I sit at the bar and despite being 8.00 the American guy on the next stall orders a Bloody Mary, ooops! My tea with lemon looks quite ridiculous, ok! I get a espresso.

We have a saying here ... somewhere else in the world it is already Happy Hour!  drunk 

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Barcelona's Port Olímpic area

Awesome pic and love the area!  bigthumbsup 

Again ... Moltes Gràcies!  wave 



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6577 times:

Hola!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Hi there very nice photos and report. Glad you had a good time. LX sure do have one of the best products.



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 10):
Sure looks like LX provide great service, and more so when compared to the JK codeshare on the last flight home.

Thanks for your kind comments. I am truly convinced that LX offers the best product although they serve cold food in less than 2 hour long flights around Europe! Far away from JK service.  no 

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 11):
Nice Pics.Especially the Car park.

Thanks for your comments MEL. In fact, that is more a car depot for Nissan / Seat at the harbor where cars are kept till they are loaded onto ships.

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 12):
Is this true for all flights into BCN?

Gràcies pels teus comentaris AznMadSci!

As far as I have seen, for all flights coming from the North.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17142 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6376 times:

Great TR

The pics are really good.

Love all the details!!



Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineTui From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6260 times:

Great Report !

Thanks for sharing ! Where is your next trip ? Let me know if your ever passing through London !

Andy


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6203 times:

Hola!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 14):
Great TR

The pics are really good.

Love all the details!!



Quoting Tui (Reply 15):
Thanks for sharing ! Where is your next trip ? Let me know if your ever passing through London !

Thanks for your comments.

My next trip will cover BCN-FRA-YVR-YYC on LH & AC in March. I usually go to London for weekends as, when possible, I fly *A carriers.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5987 times:



Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 13):
In fact, that is more a car depot for Nissan / Seat at the harbor where cars are kept till they are loaded onto ships.

Thanks Roger.Thats educational.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 39
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5888 times:

Great report, absolutely amazing!

It was good to see the offerings Swiss provides on their Mumbai flights. I have flown quite a bit over the years with various airlines into and out of Mumbai. The last time I flew out of BOM on Swissair was in 1998 on my way back to Frankfurt, where I lived at the time. I still remember the upper deck of the 747-300Combi with the then new blue seats and 11 inch AVOD PTV.

While things may be very different with Swiss these days, it is good to see the high level of service provided by the cabin crew has remained consistent. I personally have switched to KLM for the majority of my travels and would very much like to experience the new Swiss sometime soon.

Thank you for a very informative trip report, it has got me wondering on how I should use my Star Alliance miles.

SR 103


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 5709 times:

Hola SR 103!

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 18):
Thank you for a very informative trip report, it has got me wondering on how I should use my Star Alliance miles.

Thanks for your comments.

Using your *A miles on LX would be a great choice, I am sure, you won't regret.

(I do not work for LX whatsoever)  Wink

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2893 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5515 times:

Hey Roger just as good as the first one infact better especially with the description of the rickshaw ride.

Did you like the Indian food option , because altough presented nicely they are not too filling

When is your next one


[quote=Rogerbcn,reply=0]Again my jacket, which has been stored for a week as Mumbai's lowest temperature has never gone under 14

Went under 8 degrees on one day in feb


Karan


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5512 times:

Hola Karan!

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 20):
Hey Roger just as good as the first one in fact better especially with the description of the rickshaw ride.

Did you like the Indian food option , because although presented nicely they are not too filling

When is your next one

Thanks for your comments.

I love Indian food in general and the one served onboard was no exception. It appeared to be quite filling to me as it was already 2.00 in the morning when it was served and I had had dinner at home previous to the flight, so no complains here, as usual when flying LX.

Rickshaw ride was more than fun although at some point I doubted we would make it to the airport. Instead of taking the highway straight away from Bandra he went all the way through Andheri. But in the end we made it, I tapped him on the shoulder everytime he had to tun left or right when there was a road sign. I really enjoyed the ride, it was a great farewell to such a great country. As I was more than happy at the end of the trip I thanked him with a 100 Rupees note.

Next TR is scheduled at Easter, LH/AC BCN-FRA-YVR-YYC to take care of some family matters in Canada.

Salut!

Roger



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