Myk From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6707 times:
Lufthansa flew to ALG from 1976 to 1990. They suspended the flights in 90 as they needed Aircrafts to fly within the reunified Germany.
Anyway, LH was back since three years I guess and they have now 8 flights a week, three of them beeing dayflights.
A short Trip to ALG was the occasion to try their service on this route. So I decided to take the dayflight back to FRA.
ALG - FRA
Lufthansa A319 D-AILT "Staubing"
SDT 1630 EDT 1630
SAT 1950 EAT 1950
ALG has a brandnew Terminal for International Flights. Security is everywhere as you have to be screened when you get in the Terminal, to the gates and also just before boarding the plane. Even if the control seemed a little bit lousy. Npt sure if they really check your bags, especially as a foreigner.
Algiers is a very crowded city. Due to the fact that trafic jam can be annoying, we decided to head very early to the Airport. So we were the first to check-in. The flight was supposed to be nearly full. It seems that lH is doing well on this route as they are a lot of connecting traffic in FRA, especialy to Asia (China), North America and France.
As we had some time, we enjoyed a drink at a coffee inside the terminal...Probably the only Airport Bar in the World where you don't get a Coke !? But anyway, the Airport is nice and not crowded.
Going through Passport Control, Screening and Customs was a breeze and people were almost friendly.
Our Plane D-AILT. Note the AH ATR landing behind.
View of the surrounding planes : An AH A330
B737-600 and B737-800 the first one flying to ORY
Alitalia heading to FCO. Note the armed Guard under the LH Wing
Boarding went quickly and on time, 45 minutes beofre Departure. Therefore, we were ontime for our flight to FRA.
Departure was from Runway 05 heading North.
On our way to the runway, the new Terminal
and the old Terminal now used for domestic flights:
The routing was ALG-NCE-MXP-STR-FRA. On my way to ALG, we overflew MRS, but this time the route was more to the East overflying NCE. Compared to the nightflight to ALG operated by a 737, the flight with the A319 was shorter, only 2H20 compared to the 2H45 with B737.
Somewhere over teh Mediterranean :
Inside the Cabin :
Approaching the french RIviera :
On this flight, you get a small meal. Tortelini with all the choice of Drinks, and a Milka !!! Everything tasted good.
I talked a little bit with the crew (some of them where very friendly, others not at all) and they were flying FRA-ALG-FRA-MAD with a nightstop in MAD.....a long journey. But it seem's that the crews enjoy the ALG flight, especially the night flight, as it is a very quiet flight. I wondered that they had no duty-free on this flight.
There is not a lot to say about the flight as time went by very quickly. Soon we were on approach to FRA with an On-time Landing.
Overall, a good flight, typically LH. Not excellent, not bad. A more or less friendly service with a good catering, even if it was not the best catering that I head for such short trips, but it was absolutely OK. As said before, LH is doing good on this route due to the connecting Traffic. I was wondering if AF had a better service to CDG and if they were also enjoying such a connecting traffic. AFAIK, AH is only flying two times a week to FRA.
Finally I just wanted to share some pictures about Algiers, which by the way, is a nice City, but its a little bit fading away.
AH332 From Algeria, joined Mar 2007, 276 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6615 times:
Well, good to see a ALG trip report! I've taken LH to ALG the past two summers but I took the night flights out of ALG in order to connect with LH's MIA flight.
I'm headed there again this summer but with IB so, it'll be interesting to compare the two flights. Did anyone give you a hard time about taking pics in the airport? They gave me a bunch of trouble, that's why no TR from me!
Very nice pictures of Algiers and I hope you enjoyed your time there and that you enjoyed some good Algerian hospitality!
Thanks for sharing!
Bledi Heya Al Djazaeer! // Next Flights: AB MIA-DUS-ORY, AF ORY-MRS-ALG
AznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3583 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6444 times:
Nice report! One of my good friends in the lab is from Algeria, and she always talked about her country. I shower her report and it made her happy! She had not been back in years, but hopes to once she's done! Pictures were awesome! Also the food looked good, and you definitely can't go wrong with Milka chocolate!
The journey of life is not based on the accomplishments, but the experience.
AH332 From Algeria, joined Mar 2007, 276 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6344 times:
Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 1): Thanks for sharing this awesome TR. Reports ex-Algeria are extremely rare on A.Net. It is a country on the top 10 list for me, so perhaps I might head there in 2009?
You won't be disappointed! Algeria is a beautiful country with so much to offer, but due to the turbulent 90s it's a country people aren't very anxious to go to. If you want some inside knowledge , let me know!
Bledi Heya Al Djazaeer! // Next Flights: AB MIA-DUS-ORY, AF ORY-MRS-ALG
Abrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 4991 posts, RR: 55 Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6334 times:
Quoting AH332 (Reply 4): You won't be disappointed! Algeria is a beautiful country with so much to offer, but due to the turbulent 90s it's a country people aren't very anxious to go to. If you want some inside knowledge , let me know!
= Don't worry ... I almost NEVER judge a country from "what people say". As some of my TR's hopefully indicate, I am pretty into traveling to and forming my own conclusions. And I will be taking you up on the offer for "inside knowledge".
BrusselsSouth From Belgium, joined Aug 2001, 609 posts, RR: 5 Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 4 days ago) and read 5944 times:
Thanks for this report about an unusual route. Algeria is slowly gaining more and more international connections (when I was there in 2005 the only options were AH, AF, AZ, ZI, TK and a bunch of arab carriers).
The country could gain much from a (controlled) opening to tourism, after they improve their infrastructures (which they begin to do seriously). The new terminal at ALG is a good example of the current modernization (the old one was the deepest mess I had seen). Unfortunately, fares between Europe and Algeria remain high, especially when compared to neighbouring countries.
Thanks also for the pictures (those from Algiers and Tipaza bring back very good memories).
I'll add a link to my own report from Algeria (in 2005), hopefully you won't take it as a shameless plug, but as others posters above have written, TR from that country are rare and I think it could be a nice comparison between the old / new terminal experiences.
MSYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 851 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5425 times:
Very nice report on an extremely rare route . Not too many reports on Algeria on A.Net as well . The city of Algiers looks just beautiful .
Does LH only fly single aisle A/C to ALG ?
It is interesting that you mentioned that a lot of passengers transit through FRA on their way from ALG to China cause i heard that Air Algerie may be considering adding a destination in China .
Thanks for sharing.
Goldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1746 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (5 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 4510 times:
Thank you for your TR. I had the chance to flew CDG-ALG-CDG in C class on AF last december for a business trip (just a few days before the last bombing in Algiers streets). I stayed 2 days there and I really enjoyed this trip with the wonderful welcome from the Algerian people who were hosting me. My trip was very nice with the usual good service on AF. I was also very impressed by the new ALG international terminal, except for the business lounge which was very disappointing. AF doesn't have its own lounge and is using the AH lounge which is totally without interest (no window, nothing to eat, and very few choice of drinks).
Security was also amazing. As you, I noticed the 4 armed guards on the ground who are checking on the plane during its layover at ALG. It's also the 1st time I had to X-ray my carry-on bags on arrival when leaving the A/C to enter the terminal. On departure :
- X-ray of carry-on and check-in bags to enter the terminal
- usual X-ray of carry-on bags after check-in
- immediately after the latter : manual search of your carry-on bags
- during boarding, in the jetway : new manual search of your carry-on bags + just before entering the plane, manual search on your body (palpation).
And we had an air marshall on board (seat 1C. I was seating 1D).
I know these security measures were some of the conditions asked by AF to the Algerian authorities to resume service to ALG after the terrible AF highjacking of Christmas 1994.