Flumuc From Germany, joined Oct 1999, 392 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2524 times:
In June 2000 (Long)
Our flight from Munich to Hong Kong started at 05:30pm with BA 953 to London Heathrow. The B757-200 with the Hong Kong colorscheme was 15 mins late, after the plane arrived the captain (a really old man ) said to us that the plane is unable to fly because of a technical failure in the cockpit. When the captain said to us that there is a problem and he dont know when we will start we tried to catch a DeutscheBA flight to Gatwick (this flight was overbooked) and a LH-plane to LHR (but without our luggage ). So we decided to wait. The British Airways man in Munich told us that there is another B767 nearly empty later on that day. When the problem was solved we boarded the plane and took off at MUC about 2 hours late. The B757 was not very full and me and my friend had 6 seats for us in Y-class. Food on the plane was nothing special, some ham, a salad, bread different juices and other drinks. We arrived at LHR 2 and a half hours later. First we asked our flight attendend where Cathay Pacific flights are depating in LHR (which Terminal), she called an other person and told us in Terminal 3. It took us a long time to get from T1 to T3 with that little busses. The safety check (which is totally unnecesarry for connecting passengers) took a long time, too. In Terminal 3 we searched for a restaurant like Mc Donalds. We found a TG Fridays (i think that was the name), which was really overcrowded (I think you are not interested in what i have eaten). After that we went to our gate and heard Music (that was about 3 hours before the flight). We saw a lot of great planes which we dont have in Munich like MEA A321, Gulf Air A330 and a lot of BAs aircraft. Our A340-300 Aircraft left LHR at 11:55pm, our seats were in the last but one row. The FAs were really nice but i was not very happy with their inflight entertainent and comfort. The PTVs had no joysticks, they were integrated in the seats but not on top of the arm, they were at the side of the arm, also the whole for the headset, that was not very comfortable :-( . The food was ok, the dishes which you usually get on every flights, but we get a really nice menu. After 3 hours of flight we asked the FA wheter we can visit the cockpit, after a call to the pilot he said that we should follow him. When we walked to the nose we saw that Y-class was totally full, business class, too but First class was totally empty. Our pilots, one was from Britiain and one from Australia were really nice. We talked about flying, routes, service, competitors, Airports and technical things of the A340 (ILS etc.). I had to get a book from my seat called JP-airline fleets where every plane worldwide is inside. We compared everything in the book with the real plane description. After that the first officer took a pen, looked in the book and he crossed out some planes because he knew that this planes were crashed. Our Routw as over Russia and in Beijing we turned alround 90° south to HK. After 2 hours we left the cockpit. Back in the seat i slept for the rest of the flight. When we arrived in HK i thought we will see a really huge airport but my first impression was that HKG is not very huge. After we got our baggage we went to our hotel called Metropole.
8 days later we flew back to Munich, again with an A340. Our plane departure time was 11:00pm but as we are interested in Airports we drove there early in the morning (at 9:00am). HKs airport is really one of the nicest i have ever been to, a lot of glass, clean and quiet airport. A lot of good view points in the Terminal.I think there should be more Restuarants in the departure area. While weare waited for the plane we saw a lot of B777-300s and thousands of B744s. During the afternoon a SR flight to ZRH left HKG and we discussed with the SR crew which waited in the Terminal waiting area, too. Before our flight a China Mandarin Airlines MD-11 left HK to Taipeh. After that our A340 stands there. This time we sat in the first row after Business class. Next to us there was a old couple which wanted to have our ayle and window seats but we reserved the seats and so they were really angry about us . The flight was nearly the same like LHR-HKG but 1 hour longer because of the jetstream and without a cockpit visit. Same thing in LHR with the Bus tour etc. In LHR there were about 10 United Planes, 10 American Airlines planes and 2 MH, 2 CX, 2 SQ planes. During the Bus ride we also saw LHs A310, AF A310... . Our plane was a BA B767-300 in Union Jack colors. I thought the plane must be not very full because of the big plane, but it was fully booked. After boarding the captain told us that we have to taxi to a waiting area for about 1 hour. THAT WAS HORRIBLE. When I looked outside of my window I saw the planes arriving in LHR (SR A330, a new CP B767 and a lot of BA 747s). At that flight we got a breakfast (nothing special as well). In MUC we had 33°C and the airüport was overcrowded like every morning with nearly all the widebodys serving MUC. Just a word to BAs FAs-they are very nice but some of them are really ugly. CXs FAs are nice and friendly.
PSAHO88 From Italy, joined Sep 2000, 90 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2356 times:
Very intersting report!
I agree with you, there is no need of security check for connecting travllers. They make you loose a lot of time, and you even risk to lose your connecting flight if the queue is too long!
WorldVoyager From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 393 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2338 times:
I agree. The Metropole is not in a great location (it is not in Central Kowloon). I have also stayed at the Hong Kong Hotel in Central Kowloon. It is similar to the Metropole ($100 breakfasts and all), but it is in a much better location (the water is just a block away). I never did use the hotel phones (I was only in HK for a day and I don't know anyone there) thank god!
$5 USD for a glass of milk . . . what is this world coming to????