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Cyprus 1/2: Short Haul On The Emirates 772 MLA-LCA  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5154 posts, RR: 55
Posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 17464 times:

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Cyprus 1/2: Short haul on the Emirates 772 MLA-LCA

Hello, dear readers,

some five weeks after reaching home from Portugal

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/145628/

it was again time to fly a little bit around and catch something new.
In this case, one new aircraft type, one new country, two new airlines and one new airport.
Enough reasons to go, isnt it?.
First I had to go to Malta. Off season there, so not that easy to catch something acceptable.
LH offers the A300-600 from FRA, but terrible expensive without the Saturday night stay.
KM codeshares on that flight and, what a surprise, the fare was much better this way.





Tuesday, 31.03.2009
STR (Stuttgart-Echterdingen) Light clouds, - 1 degrees centigrade
FRA (Frankfurt-Rhein-Main) Light clouds, 0 degrees centigrade
Duration: 30 minutes announced
55 minutes actual

Service LH 1353 operated by Lufthansa
Scheduled: 07.10 - 08.00
Actual: 07.30 - 08.25
Gate: 173 Seat: 23A
Load factor: Near 100%, two open seats
Fare: 53,44 EUR


LH´s online-check-in works well monday afternoon.
I´ve secured seats during the booking process at Orbitz. But as earlier experienced, that information wasn´t arrived at LH.
My preffered seat of choice also in my Miles and more profile is window, you know what the system offered, two aisles for the first legs.
Knowing from previous experiences that the last row on my plane for todays leg to FRA has no full window, I´ve secured generously the second last row window.
Printed out, a short nights sleep and at the airport at around 6.15 am. Time enough do leave my bag at the desks, no time to wait there and doing some pics.

STR departures:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091002.jpg

Impressive T3:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091003.jpg

The middle aged LH agent was friendly, a good start into that day of flying around.
Long queues at T1 security, four nearly empty checkpoints at T3, only some fifty meters away.
My plane was over night at the jet bridge here, but the flightdeck was staffed when I arrived at the gate.

My machine:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091004.jpg

During booking back in december, the flight was announced as operated by LH Cityline on an CRJ7. But with these economic times,
equipment changes are not unusual. Later I´ve noticed the 735 for my flight and finally the 733.
LH operates a 33 machines strong B733 fleet. D-ABXW was one of the older examples, delivered to LH at 24.10.1989. Around twenty years on short intra european legs, but still in good conditions. And it was a new entry to my log, leg no. 33 on the B733.
Boarding started ontime and I was one of the first pax on the plane. Three female FA´s in service, friendly in good mood this early morning.
I´am always impressed till now when I was on one of these classics B733´s. The cabin looks good with the grey leather seats, clean, good legroom.

Indoor:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091005.jpg

The german captain informed us during boarding that we had to wait for some rebooked pax from cancelled flights. His Contact Air colleagues going for another strike action.
No LH by KI today, five planes still parked on the ground, all five early morning departures cancelled.
That means in the end a nearly 100% load.
Finally at 07.30 we´re ready to go for the, as announced, 30 minutes hop to FRA. No screens on that machine, the safety demo in classic manual style.
Taxi was rather unusal. The plane waited some minutes on the apron after pushback without action, than we taxied behind the runway along the military ramp and the cargo area
to the entrance for runway 07 from the wrong side today. We dont block the usual entrance, so I´ve thought about some more delay, but after one plane touching down we
joined the 3345 meter long 07 and departed straight away.

Short finals for Robin Hood SF340 from GRZ:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091006.jpg

Only light clouds on the route above Heilbronn. Nothing further from the flightdeck, no flightlevel information. No service on this short leg.

Approaching FRA:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091007.jpg

Some holding and circling prior to landing on FRA´s 4000 meter long runway 07L . 55 minutes flighttime in the end, the fastest experience on that route was some 20 minutes, a remarkable difference.

Touchdown:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091008.jpg

Parked on the apron in front of T2 and deboarding by bus, something what I like at FRA with all that heavy action around.

Some big bird´s here:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091010.jpg

Under the wing from D-ABXW:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091012.jpg

See you next week!:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091014.jpg

The FA called for pax to GOT, they need to go immediatelly to their gate after arriving in the terminal. I dont want to see their unlucky faces when they made it and arrived
back on the apron to board the very same plane again!.







Tuesday, 31.03.2009
FRA (Frankfurt-Rhein-Main) Light clouds, 2 degrees centigrade
MLA (Malta-Luqa) Sunny, 20 degrees centigrade
Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes announced
2 hours, 35 minutes actual

Service KM 2801 operated by Lufthansa
Scheduled: 09.35 - 12.00
Actual: 09.50 - 12.25
Gate: A30 Seat: 36F
Load factor: Near 100%
Fare: 53,44 EUR


Time enough for my connection.
Gate A30 was announced, no plane there when I arrived.
After a bit walking around, my machine joined the jetbridge on arrival from VCE.
Also an equipment change here. Originally scheduled was an A306 on that leg, one of the reasons to book exactly that flight and also one of my favourite machines.
Later changed to the A320 and finally to the A321.
D-AIRF was my machine today. One of the oldest examples in LH´s A321 fleet. Also a strong fleet with 33 planes.
Delivered to LH at 24.05.1994 and another new entry to my log, leg no. 16 on the A321.

My machine:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091017.jpg

Some more departures:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091018.jpg

UA B763:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091019.jpg

Missing that one:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091020.jpg

Boarding was also slightly delayed here. The german captain apologized according to heavy traffic around FRA this morning during boarding in a friendly way.
One male, three females on that leg, another friendly cabin crew. No screens on these older A321´s, also a manual safety demo.
The same seats like on D-ABXW, legroom ok, but the 733 cabin in better shape, much more signs of well usage here visible.

Jade Cargo:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091021.jpg

Departure from the 4000 meter long runway 18 in direction Zurich-Milano-Genua-Palermo, flight level 33.000 feet according to the captain later in the flight short ahead to descent into MLA.

Fog above ZRH:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091022.jpg

Leaving Sicily:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091025.jpg

Service was a cold plate with free drinks.

The meal:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091024.jpg

Arrival on MLA´s 3544 meter runway 13 some minutes delayed.

Malta apron:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091026.jpg

D-AIRF tail shot:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091027.jpg

Touchdown KM:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091028.jpg

KM Taxi:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091029.jpg

Deboarding by bus, time to pick up my bag which was checked to MLA.
Not that long to wait, well organized there at MLA and out in the public.



http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/thumb/1/1d/Emirates_Logo.svg/673px-Emirates_Logo.svg.png

Tuesday, 31.03.2009
MLA (Malta-Luqa) Sunny, 22 degrees centigrade
LCA (Larnaca-International) Sunny, 20 degrees centigrade
Duration: 2 hours, 20 minutes announced
2 hours, 15 minutes actual

Service EK 108 operated by Emirates
Scheduled: 15.40 - 19.10
Actual: 15.45 - 19.00
Gate: 14 Seat: 39A
Load factor: Around 90%
Fare: 97,50 EUR


The check-in desks are only around the corner from arrivals.
Several counters open, not that much other pax around.
A real friendly middle aged female agent checked me in.
Emirates allows seat selection for all booking classes.
At first I´ve secured 49A , later I´ve learned also about an equipment change here and immediatelly secured 39A, window last row, as usual.
During my try to check-in online the system produced an error, it seems its not necessary here on EK to fly the same route return the next day.
The system offered me at first both flights to check-in, but finally send me to the desks.
No time to wait at security and in the gate area. A fence blocked the views to the apron, not the place for plane spotters here.
My machine arrived pretty on time from DXB and LCA, parked on the apron, no finger gates at MLA.

EK taxi:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091031.jpg

EK parked:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091033.jpg

How I like to board big planes by stairs, especially during such nice weather conditions.
Also no time to wait at passport control and in the small extra schengen area.
The gate filled up quickly. During booking I´ve thought about the demand on these route. Are there really lots of people travelling from Malta to Cyprus and onward to Dubai and how much pax fly only the first leg?.
A huge number of pax around, load looks not bad.
Finally boarding was called, first and biz pax in a separate bus.
No problem with pix here at MLA, superb views on the apron.

Up the stairs:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091038.jpg

Under the wing:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091039.jpg

The engine:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091040.jpg

My machine again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091042.jpg

Side view:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091043.jpg

The engine again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091044.jpg

And finally boarded:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091045.jpg

The crew was also at the gate, I don´t remember the number of FA´s but it was an impressive one.
The captain was asian the FO african native.
Originally a 773 was stated for the flight, later changed to the 772. No problem, well it was my first leg on these type.
Always nice to catch something new.
EK operates 16 machines of that type, todays plane A6-EMK was delivered at 30.10.98 and is one of the elder examples.
The cabin fitted with fabric seats in mixed colours, not my style to say the least, but clean, legroom ok and comfortable.
A short talk with a real friendly FA, it seems from France/Belgium informed me about some 30 open seats, a good load factor.
Departure from runway 13, incredible short takeoff run. The 772 is a real powerful machine.

Departed:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091047.jpg

Nice view above MLA:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091049.jpg

And again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091050.jpg

The airport:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091051.jpg

The route mostly over water, Crete and finally Cyprus.

Reaching Crete:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091059.jpg

And whats that?:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091061.jpg

HER/Heraklion:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091062.jpg

Flight level 41000 feet.
All together good to follow on the IFE, a real nice system from my point of view.

Some ICE please:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091046.jpg

Service was a free cold plate and one time free drinks.

The menue card:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091052.jpg

Inside:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091053.jpg

And for real:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091055.jpg

Cabin shot, a.net style:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091063.jpg

The crew was friendly and in a good mood, the pilot welcomed us during boarding, the FO with short weather and arrival informations prior to descent.
The FA´s ok, especially a nice indian female and these young french/belgian guy.

Reaching Cyprus:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091064.jpg

Touchdown:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091065.jpg

Arrival at LCA´s 2980 meter runway 22 well ontime, also no finger gates and bus deboarding in nightly conditions, no more pix.
A quick passport check, my bag was also quick and only some minutes later I´ve lowered my cash status to the taxi drivers side and arrived at my accomodation.
The Amorgos Boutique hotel close to the city beach in Larnaca. All sights within walking distance, 69.-- Euros B&B, acceptable so far.

My room:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091067.jpg

Breakfast area:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/LCA091/LCA091068.jpg

I will show you some more pix around the return story, another new airline for me included, online during the next days.

Comments welcome,
Markus (FLIEGER67)


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32 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 17394 times:

Servus Markus,

nice too see the first part is already online only a few days after the trip.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
EK operates 16 machines of that type, todays plane A6-EMK was delivered at 30.10.98 and is one of the elder examples.

EK operates three 777-200s, six 777-200ERs and ten 777-200LRs. A6-EMK is a -200ER model.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Departure from runway 13, incredible short takeoff run. The 772 is a real powerful machine.

Yes, one reason why the 777 is one of my favourite types. Loud, powerful, beautiful.  Wink

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Service was a free cold plate and one time free drinks.

The meal looks nice - EK's catering has never disappointed me.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineAFKL From Netherlands, joined Feb 2008, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 17389 times:

Nice TR! I've always wondered about the loads on the Emirates flights to and from Malta. Good to hear that they seem to be doing well.


ALLARD.



ALLARD. First flight: KLM DC-10, LLW - AMS.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26909 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 17118 times:

Hi Markus,
I was waiting for this TR, Very nice to see its a nice route and nice service. I like the meal . Not bad at all. You got some really nice photos also.

Nice A/C also on such a small intra Med. flight. Great price also .

Im looking forward to the return part.


Philip


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 17022 times:
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Hi Markus,

Great TR, been looking forward to this for a while  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
My preffered seat of choice also in my Miles and more profile is window, you know what the system offered, two aisles for the first legs

- Funny how these systems tend to ignore your prefered seats!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
another new entry to my log, leg no. 16 on the A321.

- Result, a new 733 and 321 to start.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Emirates allows seat selection for all booking classes.
At first I´ve secured 49A , later I´ve learned also about an equipment change here and immediatelly secured 39A, window last row, as usual.

- Yes, was this not supposed to be a 773 or 77W?

Look forward to the next installment of the trip.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5154 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 16965 times:

Hello, good to read your replys.

@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
nice too see the first part is already online only a few days after the trip.

As soon as possible, as always.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):


EK operates three 777-200s, six 777-200ERs and ten 777-200LRs. A6-EMK is a -200ER model.

Thanx for the informations. For me it was simply the first 772!.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
The meal looks nice - EK's catering has never disappointed me.

Yes, it looks nice.



@Allard:

Quoting AFKL (Reply 2):
Nice TR! I've always wondered about the loads on the Emirates flights to and from Malta. Good to hear that they seem to be doing well.

Thank you.
Also the traffic between MLA and LCA was impressive, 2/3 of the pax deboarded with me at LCA.


@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
I was waiting for this TR, Very nice to see its a nice route and nice service. I like the meal . Not bad at all. You got some really nice photos also.

Thank you.


@Mark:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
Great TR, been looking forward to this for a while

Thank you.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
Funny how these systems tend to ignore your prefered seats!

You know, self service check-in is the best way to secure what you want!.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
- Yes, was this not supposed to be a 773 or 77W?

Different informations, EK shows the 77W, KM the 773 for the same leg.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 16945 times:
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Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
- Yes, was this not supposed to be a 773 or 77W?

Different informations, EK shows the 77W, KM the 773 for the same leg.

- Interesting they show different types!

Was a shame the flight to MLA got downgraded to a 321, I'm still annoyed both of my A300 flights next week got downgraded  Sad

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineAirthanet From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 16809 times:

Great trip report, thanks for sharing

I myself was only in Malta last summer and saw the EK 777 on a number of occasions. I have always wondered what the loads for this route were like, and what kind of pax boarded - tourists? migrants or workers?

thanks, looking forward to more trip reports



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 16791 times:

Hi, Markus,

thanks for this tripreport! Very interesting. Gratuliere! With flying the B772 finally  Wink
Up to now, the most covered longhaul type for me so far, shortly followed by B744.
The machines are powerful indeed, and I like the interior. Although, on longhaul flights, the cabin air seems to become very dry, which makes it feel a bit uncomfortable to me  Confused

I don't like the LH A321's legroom. But my last flight on it was on a newly delivered one, with new cabin. It was offering slightly more space to me. I guess this was not the case on good old AIRF  Wink

I've to say that I'm happy with you picturing the meal, not covered too much in your reports till now, but it looks quite generous for the short flight!

Gruß
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5154 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 16757 times:

Hello, again,

@Mark:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
Was a shame the flight to MLA got downgraded to a 321, I'm still annoyed both of my A300 flights next week got downgraded

Me, too. It seems its more and more difficult to catch the A306 with all that aircraft changes.


@Jack:

Quoting Airthanet (Reply 7):
Great trip report, thanks for sharing

Thank you.

Quoting Airthanet (Reply 7):
I have always wondered what the loads for this route were like, and what kind of pax boarded - tourists? migrants or workers?

Load was really good on both flights.
No workers or migrants seen, only some very few biz like pax.
All groups of tourists, lots of retired couples.


@Eric:

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 8):
thanks for this tripreport! Very interesting. Gratuliere! With flying the B772 finally

Thank you.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 8):
Although, on longhaul flights, the cabin air seems to become very dry, which makes it feel a bit uncomfortable to me

Really no problem on these shorty legs.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 8):
guess this was not the case on good old AIRF

Absolutely right!.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 8):
I've to say that I'm happy with you picturing the meal, not covered too much in your reports till now, but it looks quite generous for the short flight!

You know, I dont like to eat in planes. So nowadays I picure the meal, take some souvenirs
and thats it!.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: Shopping and sun med style!.
User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 16746 times:

When I was in Malta I met an Australian who told me he flew to Malta on Emirates. And when I was in Cyprus I met some Americans who told me they also flew Emirates from Malta to Cyprus. They seem to do well on this route. Thanks.

User currently offlineGardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 16350 times:

Great report. From one sunny island to another. Nice.

Most of the MLA pax are Australia bound, well I'm sure the majority are. Melbourne especially, there's a very large number of people with a Maltese background here.


User currently onlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1680 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 16040 times:

Hi Markus,

3 new reg's, 1 new a/c type. It does sound quite ok, only pity that you missed out on the AB6. As you know the AB6 is my favorite LH plane, and I really hope to get one more before they are all gone. Congrats on scoring the 772, which is also still missing my log.
ALso some very nice pics made on your trip!

Thanks for sharing!
Joost (D-ALCE)



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User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2452 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 16007 times:

Hi Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And for real

That is what I call cold plate.  Smile

Great TR! I can hardly wait to experience Cyprus myself.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineDairy From Germany, joined Nov 2003, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 15758 times:

thank you for sharing, flieger67.
I have booked the same trip STR-FRA-MLA-LCA on 24APR09  Smile
Nice to see it from your eyes and helping to prepare  Smile



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User currently offlineStefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 15594 times:

Hi Markus,

I was already waiting for this TR. Nice trip and extraordinary routing as always.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
My preffered seat of choice also in my Miles and more profile is window, you know what the system offered, two aisles for the first legs.

How crappy is that? I have always the same problem, even on LX. Must be a StarAlliance illness.

Both carriers offer a cold meal on 2+ hours flight. Which one was better?

BTW, why don't you like to eat on planes?

What a pity that you missed the A300-600. Any other flights with it on your schedule?

Thanks for sharing and I'm looking forward to the next part.

Cheers,
Stefan


User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2306 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 15517 times:

Great TR! Its always nice to fly on a big plane such as the 777 on such a relativley short route! Overall were you impressed with the 777?

Another thing too, although I don't know if this is supposed to be a surprise or not, but on your return, what is your new airline?


Great Job Markus!



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5154 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 15270 times:

Hello, nice to read some more comments.

@Semsem:

Quoting Semsem (Reply 10):
. They seem to do well on this route. Thanks.

Thank you for your reply. Also my opinion.


@Joe:

Quoting Gardermoen (Reply 11):
Great report. From one sunny island to another. Nice.

Most of the MLA pax are Australia bound, well I'm sure the majority are. Melbourne especially, there's a very large number of people with a Maltese background here.

Thank you. That sounds like a logical explanation.

@Joost:

Quoting DALCE (Reply 12):
ALso some very nice pics made on your trip!

Thank you.

The 777 is still an impressive machine.
But catching some more A300´s before they leave is also very important for me.


@Suryo:

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 13):
Great TR! I can hardly wait to experience Cyprus myself.

Thank you. I hope to read something about your Cyprus experiences soon.

@Dairy:

Quoting Dairy (Reply 14):
thank you for sharing, flieger67.
I have booked the same trip STR-FRA-MLA-LCA on 24APR09
Nice to see it from your eyes and helping to prepare

Thank you and good to know that I´am not the only one doing that run.

@Stefan:

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 15):
I was already waiting for this TR. Nice trip and extraordinary routing as always.

Thank you.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 15):
Both carriers offer a cold meal on 2+ hours flight. Which one was better?

The EK presentation was definitely better. For my personal needs I prefer what LH offers.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 15):
BTW, why don't you like to eat on planes?

To eat is something personal for me, so with all that other pax close by I dont like it
anymore.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 15):
What a pity that you missed the A300-600. Any other flights with it on your schedule?

I know about some possible schedules, but nothing fixed till now.

@Bobby:

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 16):
Great TR! Its always nice to fly on a big plane such as the 777 on such a relativley short route! Overall were you impressed with the 777?

Yes, definitely I´am impressed about the 772. A real powerful machine.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 16):
Another thing too, although I don't know if this is supposed to be a surprise or not, but on your return, what is your new airline?

KM will be the other new adittion to my log. Report follows soon.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 18, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 14985 times:

Hi Markus,

I'd lost track of which trip you were doing next so it was a nice surprise to see this TR online! A great read as always.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Tuesday, 31.03.2009
FRA (Frankfurt-Rhein-Main) Light clouds, 2 degrees centigrade
MLA (Malta-Luqa) Sunny, 20 degrees centigrade

That's what I call a change in temperature!

The breakfast on that leg looked a little feeble, still it's nice to see the Swiss Hero jam, made not that far away from me.

Your shots around Malta reminded me of our holiday there. How impressive does that EK look when boarding by stairs?! Glad you able to take advantage of that and get some nice piccies. And the inflight service seems very impressive for a hop of 2 1/2hrs. What an exciting way of getting to Cyprus.

Glad to see that you got 3 new planes for your log and can't wait for part 2

Happy flying
Infodesk  spin 



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5154 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 14550 times:

Hello, Hannah,

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 18):
I'd lost track of which trip you were doing next so it was a nice surprise to see this TR online! A great read as always.

Thank you.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 18):
That's what I call a change in temperature!

Warm welcomed!.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 18):
The breakfast on that leg looked a little feeble, still it's nice to see the Swiss Hero jam, made not that far away from me.

One of my souvenirs!.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 18):
Your shots around Malta reminded me of our holiday there.

I remember that story.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 18):
How impressive does that EK look when boarding by stairs?!

Yes that was indeed impressive, like that.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1817 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 14332 times:

Excellent trip report! Well done!

Seems like all your flights were downgraded to "smaller" aircrafts. I personally never like LH's leather seats, makes the cabin look extremely dull. However, I think your EK flight is the best of them, because obviously for the aircraft, IFE, and good food. And yes the 772 is indeed a powerful bird, but very noisy!



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User currently offlineGlobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 14269 times:

Hi there Markus!

A very interesting route and yet another trip report on Emirates! This is probably a flight I will never end up taking, because I cannot possibly see how it could fit into an itinerary, so I'm glad you tried it out for me.  Smile

Some great pictures and interesting detail! I look forward to the second part.  Smile

Globetraveller


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5154 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 14095 times:

Hello, again,

@QuatarA340:

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 20):
Excellent trip report! Well done!

Thank you.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 20):
And yes the 772 is indeed a powerful bird, but very noisy!

And I love it!.


@GT:

Thanx for your reply.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 21):
This is probably a flight I will never end up taking,

Yes, definitely not along our usual routing´s.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 21):
Some great pictures and interesting detail! I look forward to the second part.

It seems US comes straight ahead, before I will finish the second part!.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineLinglesou From Australia, joined Apr 2009, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 13915 times:

G'day, nice report!
Don' t you think Stuttgart departures look sortof dingy, well atleast that tunnel part - what's that mural thing supposed to be? I like that single carrot stick on the FRA-MLA flight; sortof like the token vegetable in the meal!  biggrin  Shame you missed out on the AB6, A300s are beautiful aircraft to ride in...



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User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 13842 times:

Markus, thanks for a great TR!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
LH´s online-check-in works well monday afternoon.
I´ve secured seats during the booking process at Orbitz. But as earlier experienced, that information wasn´t arrived at LH.

= Why is this? I seem to have these problems ONLY with LH/LX. Anytime you buy a ticket using any website outside LH or LX, I have problems with seat assignments. It is frustrating!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Some big bird´s here:

= 3 AI aircraft @ FRA. Is this normal? I know one is ORD bound, the others? I thought EWR comes online much later?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The FA called for pax to GOT, they need to go immediatelly to their gate after arriving in the terminal. I dont want to see their unlucky faces when they made it and arrived
back on the apron to board the very same plane again!.

= How did you know aircraft going to GOT?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The meal:

= The LH meals looks really poor!

Thanks again for sharing,
A.



Live, and let live.
25 Ojas : Nice TR! liked the Pictures. ORD,FRA flights arrive from India at 7am - ish at FRA, and the India bound flights to BOM,DEL arrive from the US at 8am i
26 FLIEGER67 : Hello, again, @Linglesou: Thank you. It´s the bridge between the new T3 and the former interims building called T4, nowadays mostly used for the ethn
27 Aleksandar : Hello Markus! Really nice TR. I was wondering how it looks to fly EK on such flight and thanks to you, I have some picture Pitty that there was an equ
28 Contact Air : Hi Markus, Very detailed and interesting report and great pictures. Really a good idea to try out Emirates' only(?) intra-European service. Lufthansa'
29 FLIEGER67 : Hello, good to see some more comments. @Aleksandar: Thank you. Definitely a far better choice than the A321. The usual cost cutting here also. @Christ
30 Reifel : Hi Markus, nice report once again. I saw this beast on my last visit with LH in MLA. I would love to fly them once... I am impressed to sea on the pic
31 Ndebele : Hi Markus, finally I found time to read part 1 of your mediterranean excursion - just to notice that part 2 is online already as well. But let me firs
32 FLIEGER67 : Hello, good to read some more comments. @Reifel: Thank you. Definitely a recommendable ride on that short route. @Alex: Let me say, thank you. Regards
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