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Egyptian Holiday (5): Bye Bye The J Style With LX  
User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 15414 times:

INTRODUCTION

Hello fellow A.netters,

Time flies when you are having fun. Or is it time of having fun when you are flying? No matter how I look at it from any angle, I have enjoyed all my flying experiences very much during our Egyptian holiday.

Starting with the our outward journey AMS-ZRH and ZRH-CAI with LX. Then being continued by MS on ASW-ABS-ASW and LXR-CAI.

To bring the whole thing to a happy conclusion, we booked Business Class on our return journey.


ON LINE FACILITY

As we did on the outward journey, we have checked us in online the day before. Flying Business Class has definitely its own benefits. Unlike our outward journey for which none of the best seats according to seatguru were available on check in, we managed to secure the first row on the left side for both CAI-ZRH and ZRH-AMS. We decided to collect our boarding passes at the airport this time instead of having it printed out at our hotel in Luxor.


AT THE AIRPORT

Upon our arrival from Luxor, we were met by the local agent who escorted us to the departure level.



Public area of the departure hall

I cannot judge other terminals, but Terminal 3 has a separate Premium security check line before check in. We were the only ones at that time, so in no time we were through.

Our agent insisted on checking us in and proceeded to the check in desk. Again, there was practically still no other passenger around.



LX Business Class check in desk

I could feel the airy feeling of the check in area in Terminal 3.







Our agent returned with our boarding passes and lounge invitation cards.



Boarding pass


Invitation card

He beckoned us to take a seat on the chairs nearby while he was completing the custom formalities. IMHO, he did not really have to.

At the end, we were ushered to a separate Premium passport control lane. After wishing us a pleasant flight, he left. The passport control was a swift in comparison with our arrival. Just one person before us and we were soon attended.


The airside

Past the security, we found ourselves right in the middle of a big shopping arcade. A fellow a.netter has mentioned earlier that by the time of our departure, more duty free shops would be opened and they were.





FIDS


Duty free shops

At the end of the corridor you will find the food court.







View at the shops from the food court

Before visiting the lounge, we dropped by at the shops. My partner wanted to buy a fragrance and this was a convenient way to get rid of the Egyptian pounds as we have still got plenty with us. After some smelling and sniffing sessions, we left the shop with a nearly 100 ml bottle of fragrance, wrapped in a transparent sealed bag. Time to visit the lounge.

I must say, it was not easy to find it. An Egyptair attendant directed us eventually to the E concourse. It is located right after the passport control. Just turning left and straight on, you will not miss it.





The Lounge

The lounge, named First Class Lounge, is exploited by Cairo Airport Authority. I do not really understand why LX does not use the MS lounge instead. Moreover I do not get the role of the Airport Authority on running a premium lounge as Terminal 3 is supposed to be a Star Alliance terminal. Anyway, the lounge attendant took our invitations and waived us through. We were the only ones at that time.

The lounge itself consists of one big hall:




As you enter, you will find what more looks like a mini buffet on the left side. The buffet consists of light snacks, soft drinks, juices and no alcoholic drinks.



Soft drinks




Snack offerings


Juices

On the right side, you will find a newspaper stand with the toilets at the end.



Newspaper stand


The toilets

We took a seat next to the window which had a view of Terminal 2.





Visible aircraft tails due to difference of the ground level


Lounge view from our seats

We took some snacks and each a big glass of fruit juice.







We found the lounge quite disappointing. I noticed that other LX premium passengers thought the same as they entered the lounge later on. Some of them have even left shortly after sipping on a glass of juice.

At 13.35 a call was made to all LX passengers to proceed to the gate F7. We decided that we would better go as the gate was not really in our neighborhood. Still about less than ten minutes walk.

On our way, I thought that we could have probably visited the MS lounge as I saw this marking.



Maybe next time?


View outside


The corridor




Our assigned gate

When we arrived at the gate, a huge line was forming before the security check. It looked bad at the first impression. But at the end, we were through in less than ten minutes.



Waiting room

Finally, I caught the glimpse of our beauty.



With Lufthansa A342 on the background


Close up


From another angle with Lufthansa taking off


Then, I spotted some interesting visitors.



Austrian just arrived with Gulfair on the background


Afriqiyah Airways


Libyan Arab Airlines


BOARDING

Boarding was started about twenty five minutes before departure. I did not even hear any announcement. Everyone just stood up and started queuing. They did not even bother a priority boarding call.




“Oh well, just join the line then,” I thought. And we went down the aerobridge.













At the door, we were greeted by a cheerful Maitre de Cabine, Daniel Leunbergen. He took at our boarding passes .

“Welcome, your seats are there upfront on the left side,” he waived us to the forward C cabin with a big smile.

4A and B would be our home until ZRH. A fluffy pillow and soft blanket have been placed on each seat.





My seat: 4A

When we got seated, Daniel came to us and said, “We have plenty of spaces on this flight. You can pick a seat anywhere. We can give everyone a window seat,”

We thanked him for the information but decided to keep our seats.

Despite the older interior I liked the seat features. I have got the following:



The legroom


Seating control unit
.



Entertainment control unit


[Individual reading light and a laptop plug in


Button to retract the IFE screen


The in seat IFE screen

In the seat pocket, you will find similar things as in Y like Swiss in flight magazine and safety card as I have pictured on my TR of the outward journey. But there are some extra’s:





A hanger provided with the seat number to be hang your cloth at the coat hook


Special magazine for premium travelers


And a magazine rack on the back.





And some views from our seats:



A glimpse of the F cabin


Inside view of the right side


Window view

While I was taking photos, a friendly female cabin attendant approached us.

“Good afternoon, Sir. What can I offer you to drink?” She smiled .
“Can we have a glass of champagne?” We replied.
“Certainly, Sir. Do you care for a newspaper?” She continued.
“No, thank you, I am fine,” I replied.
“Yes, please,” My partner said.
“Certainly, Sir.”

A male flight attendant followed and handed out a headset and a goodie bag.



The headset


The goodie bag


The content of the goodie bag


Our female flight attendant returned with our champagnes and the today menu. Then she emerged with a selection of newspapers.



Our champagnes

The nicely design menu was written in four languages.


The cover


In French and English


In German and Arabic


Story of the participating restaurant on the back


The door closed at 14.59. The pushback was done about three minutes later. Our flight had a light load. I counted four F passengers, seven C passengers and noticed a half full economy cabin.


The aerobridges were disconnected

On this flight, we have got FO Dani Kostenaja (I hope I spelled his surname correctly), Captain Holtz and of course Daniel as Maitre de Cabine in charge. The journey would take 3 hours 45 minutes.

Our female flight attendant collected our empty glasses. Soon our Airbus started to move.



The main screen showed the scenes of the nose camera


OS A320 ready for departure


BMI A332 has joined the party


A departing MS A321 while taxiing

We were first to take off, but we had to wait for some aircrafts to vacate the runway.



MS A332 about entering the apron


A military Casa 235 taking off


A landing MS A320


Entering the runway


On position


TAKE OFF

The four engines spooled up. Once again, our A340 made a powerful takeoff.










Plane graveyard

We made a sharp turn that we could get the last view of CAI:









DURING THE FLIGHT

After eight minutes, we leveled off and the fasten seat belt signs were switched off.

Sara, another female flight attendant, approached us to take our aperitifs. I ordered champagne, my partner whiskey. My partner got even offered three choices of whiskey, Johnny Walker Black Label, Glenvliet and another one I cannot remember.

At that time we were leaving the Egyptian coast line.





Our aperitifs were soon delivered with a bag of pretzels.





The male flight attendant who brought us the headset and the goodie bag, appeared and took our meal order. I took the fish as the main course, while my partner went for the beef.

We decided to try our lie flat seats. It turned out that despite the lie angled design, the seats were not long enough for us.



My seat in full reclining position

It was time to pay a visit to the other parts of the aircraft.

There was one other passenger in our cabin.





And four others in the second cabin.





The nature called. So I went to the toilet.







Amenities


I returned to my seat. Then I found out that my IFE screen was not working. Bummer, but never mind. I could keep myself occupied.  Smile

At 15.40 Captain Holtz came to the intercom. In two languages, German and English, he told us that we were on the cruising altitude of 30.000 feet or 11.600 meters, heading for Venice.

In the meantime, the first female flight attendant laid down the table cloth first before serving our appetizer.




She then returned with a basket of warm bread. Afterwards, without being asked, she topped up my champagne. What a lovely gesture!  Smile

Apparently my partner and I got different garnishes for our appetizers. I have got mints, my partner some basils. Mine was not bad, though. But I preferred basils to mints as accompaniment of tomatoes and mozzarella slices.

We were about finishing our appetizer when she emerged for the second bread round. My partner and I politely declined the offer.

When the appetizer was finished, she soon collected our plates.
“Do you want anything else to drink?” Again she smiled.
“Can I have a glass of red wine, please?” My partner replied.
“Certainly, we have a Swiss red wine or the French one. Which one do you like?”
“I will have the Swiss one, please.”
“Certainly. How about you, Sir?” She turned to me.
“Well, I think I will stick to the champagne,”
“No problem, Sir.”

Sara was in charge this time to serve the main course.



My sea bass with grilled prawns


My partner’s beef fillet


The whole setting with the Swiss red wine

My fish was delicious. It was cooked into perfection. The accompanying herb sauce gave a nice contrast to the buttery flesh which was tender and melting inside my mouth. My partner was visibly enjoying his beef as well.

Our first female flight attendant came along again with the third bread round. The bread was nicely baked and well kept warm. But we simply did not have any space in our stomach for it.

Our dirty plates were cleared up. Then I went to the other side for some window views.



It was bad weather above the Mediterranean

Then it was time for the dessert.





My partner did not even have time to finish his red wine

The apple tart was superb. Moist, not too sweet with a hint of cinnamon. Usually, I am not into desserts. But this one was just great!  Smile

While we were munching on our tart, our first female flight attendant came along with a box of chocolates. Usually, we preferred the chocolates to accompany our coffee but we decided take a pick of it.

After finishing our desserts, the first female flight attendant appeared to collect our plates.
“Do you want some coffee or tea?”
“Can we have a cup of coffee with cognac?” We replied.
“Certainly.”

Our orders were promptly delivered.





The first male flight attendant was in the meantime doing the duty free run. He asked us if we wanted anything from the duty free. Upon our polite “No, thank you,” he carried on.

I was curious about the Y load. So I made my way backwards. It was indeed half full. Some people have got the entire middle row for themselves.



The forward Y cabin


[/i]The rear Y cabin[/i]

While walking back through the galley, I saw the first female flight attendant having her dinner. I wished her, “Bon appetite,” and proceeded to my seat.

Nearly two hours after takeoff, our first female flight attendant has apparently finished her meal and was wondering whether we would like another coffee round. We politely declined her offer.

I went to the galley and had a nice chat with Sara. I told her that Swiss was delivering a brilliant service both in C and Y. She thanked me for that. I was also curious about her working history. Sara has apparently a twelve year working experience. She started with Swissair, before getting hired by its successor, Swiss.

I expressed my surprise to Sara about the light load of our flight. Sara replied that this could happen. Instead, the flight ex ZRH was fully booked.

At the end, I asked her whether I was allowed to have a picture with here. She agreed.
“But, I have got nobody here. Can we wait until my colleague returns? Then I will get back to you.” She continued.
Sara kept her promise. She appeared not long afterwards with Daniel, ready for a photo session.

My partner had in all sudden a greater proposal to take a picture of me together with Sara and Daniel. Daniel has got the most excitement.
“I will take off my glasses as my wife has told me earlier that I look better without. I cannot then see a thing, but I will survive.”



Me, Sara and Daniel

Daniel was deeply impressed that he would come back after gathering couple nice Swiss postcards as our souvenirs. It was not that necessary for me, but surely I appreciated his efforts very much.

About ninety minutes before landing, I approached Sara for two glasses of whiskey for me and my partner.



Me Johnny Walker Black Label, my partner Glenvliet


Our flight was still on progress.



Flight path




Approaching Italian coast line

Daniel did return. He then addressed me personally.
“You are Suryo, aren’t you?”
“Yes, that is me,”
“I was confused in the beginning because you have swept seats. Anyway, I have got some postcards here for you. I have tried to ask the permission of the captain to take a seat in the cockpit, but it was not allowed. Thanks to Nine Eleven. But as a compensation, I would like to give you these postcards. Do you see this one? I have asked all of my colleagues to put their signatures as a remembrance of this flight.”
I was mesmerized and have got barely anything else to say then, “Thank you! Thank you so much!”



The signed postcard


The approach

At 18.15 Captain Holtz announced through the intercom that we left Venice behind us and would start our descent to ZRH within forty minutes. He mentioned further that we would get cloudy weather in ZRH at nineteen degrees Celcius.

About twenty minutes before scheduled arrival time, an announcement was made that the descent was just started and the IFE would be switched off. Then, they put away the magazines and switched on the nose camera.

Sara then distributed hot towels.





The main screen than displayed the passenger information of the ZRH. A pre recorded announcement in Arabic was in the meantime broadcasted. Daniel appeared to personally say goodbye to each Premium passengers and thanked for flying with LX.

When it was our turn, once again he expressed his appreciation of us being fond of LX. He asked whether we would need a further assistance on transit.
“Do not worry. We have got our onward boarding passes already,”
“Well, then have an another pleasant flight with us. Please take your time to visit our lounge in ZRH,”
“We would love to. Thank you very much.”

At that time, I could capture the moments before landing out of my window clearly.











LANDING







A moment before touchdown

And finally the touchdown.





AT THE AIRPORT

We vacated the runway towards the satellite terminal.





I have captured some shots on the way:





The main terminal




Parked next to sistership HB-JMI


Thank you, LX! You are the best!



Last glimpse of the F class

Daniel was standing at the door. Again we said goodbye and thanked each other for the enjoyable flight experience.



Thank you Captain Holtz and FO Dani


ARRIVAL

We made our way to the main terminal.


[
FIDS

We proceeded downstairs to catch the Skytrain.











The train ride was an exciting one, as we would hear piped birdsong and cow noises upon entering the main terminal.


Upstairs to go through the passport control

We did have plenty transit time. As we wanted to sample the lounge, we followed the sign.







Swiss Business Lounge

We arrived around 19.30 at the lounge. After getting our boarding passes scanned, we were waived through.


The main lounge are

On the right corner, there were massaging seats. I decided to sample one.





The main area was crowded. I could secure a pair of couches, while my partner was getting us orange juice. When he returned, I went upstairs for an obligatory visit to the famous Swiss longest attended bar. I found out that it was a smoke bar, so I got my partner to follow me upstairs. He smokes.  Smile



View of the longest bar

I then ordered two Bloody Mary’s.
“Spicy?” The bartender asked.
“Yes, please,” I replied.



The spiciest Bloody Mary ever according to my partner Big grin

At 07.50, we left the lounge to proceed to the gate. First, we had to go through the security. I must say, it was busy in that Friday evening. Despite our assigned gate being located couple meters away, we were there ten minutes later.



Our assigned gate


Shopping arcade beyond


Our aircraft


FLIGHT INFORMATION



Our itinerary:
Route: ZRH-AMS
Date: 25 September 2009
ETD/ATD: 20.30 / 20.53
ETA/ATA: 22.05 / 22.07
Flight number: LX 736
Plane: Airbus 319-112
Registration: HB-IPV
Delivered: First delivered 25 April 1996 to Swissair


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There were lines forming at the gate despite no boarding call. I was guessing what happened. The departure time was readjusted. So there must be something going on.





Soon, it became evident that our flight was overbooked. The LX gate agent made a call for a volunteer to fly the next day on compensation of 380 CHF and an overnight stay in a hotel. It did not take long before someone stepped forward.


BOARDING

The boarding commenced at 20.35. But this time, LX followed an unusual procedure. Economy class passengers sitting in the row 14 until 26 were invited to board first. All other passengers including Business Class were requested to wait for the special call.



Y passengers boarding

Finally, the rest of the passengers were allowed to proceed.


Waiting in the aerobridge


Our plane

At this moment, I started getting confused with the registration of our Airbus. I was quite sure that I have noticed HB-IJO outside, but later on during the flight I saw HB-IPV instead.  confused 

We were greeted by Maitre de Cabine Eveline Bodeman at the door.


Welcome greetings


Our seats 1A and C

The cabin was hot. The second time I experienced it. The first time was on our outward flight to CAI. I did not understand why.

It became obvious that there were just two C rows on this flight! It means 8 passengers and the rest were Y passengers.





These convertible Recaro seats do not have as many features as the long haul C seat. But it was still sufficient for short haul:



Reclining control button


Legroom

In the seat pocket, there were as usual the Swiss in flight magazine and a safety card. It was the A319 one!







I wondered, “Could it be misplaced?”
I looked back and noticed one over wing emergency exit door. We were definitely on board of an A319! But, how come I got the idea of HB-IJO?....



View of the right side


Our neighbor HB-IJU

Another female flight attendant distributed refreshing towel and a bottle of water. She was then in charge of Business Class.





Then an announcement was made that we would be experiencing some delay to the Air Traffic Control . I overheard something like a strike was going on. This situation forced us to fly along the eastern of Frankfurt and not a chance to leave earlier than 21.02!

I thought, “OMG, how can we possibly catch the last train back from Schiphol?”

In the meantime, the main screen started broadcasting “Just for Laughs”. I had never realized this program could be such successful with the airlines.


In the meantime, HB-IJU was leaving the gate, revealing this beautiful Avro in the Star Alliance scheme.




Another announcement came that we would still have a shorter flight time anyway as we were allocated another route across Luxemburg and Belgium.

We eventually left the gate at 20.53.







Satellite terminal


Entering the runway


TAKE OFF

The engines spooled up and we rocketed into the air.





I stopped taking outside pictures as it got too dark.


DURING THE FLIGHT

About eight minutes after takeoff, we leveled off. I had to leak so I paid a visit to the toilet.







Today we have got salad with Parma ham and walnuts. There was apple tart as dessert as well. The tart was likely similar to the one we got on our previous flight. But it was still enjoyable.





To drink we would like to have a glass of red wine. We have got a choice between two reds, the French one and the…other one. I was trying to read the label but I could not figure out which language was written. So I took the French one.





The flight attendant did some bread basket offerings which we politely declined. She tried a second round but we were completely stuffed. But I took the opportunity to verify the registration. She surprisingly nodded when I pointed at HB-IJO on my notebook. “Now, I am lost,” I thought.

At 21.25 we were flying above Brussel. The captain announced that we would start our descent and the weather in AMS was twelve degrees Celcius.

There was a coffee or tea run. But we left it out. Before landing, a “Mr. Bean” episode was broadcasted.

About twenty minutes before landing, we were asked whether we wanted anything from the duty free. Again we politely said, “No, thank you,” So as other C passengers anyway. Soon after, the fasten seatbelt sign was switched on.

On the last minutes, Eveline distributed the Swiss chocolates.





LANDING

A pre recorded announcement in Dutch was made during our approach. In the meantime, I tried to capture some outside views.







A moment before touchdown

And finally the touchdown. Luckily it was not the Polderbaan.







AT THE AIRPORT

We vacated the runway towards the Schengen terminal.







Safely arrived


To our pleasant surprise, the priority tag on our luggage was working this time. Ours was among the first to get loaded on the conveyor belt. These crucial actions allowed us to catch the last train from Schiphol to our home.
 bigthumbsup 


VERDICT

What can I say? Swiss, you are the best! I have encountered the friendliest crew ever who definitely made my return flight the most memorable one. They were efficient, service minded and hospitable. Would I fly LX again in the future? ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY YES!

With this chapter, I put an end to my Egyptian holiday trip report. I truly hope you have enjoyed my covering so far. Please feel free to leave some comments and suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you.  Smile

Cheers,
Suryo


Friends forever
26 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineForce13 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 15381 times:

WOW! Amazing pictures and great detail! Glad you enjoyed your trip, I certainly enjoyed reading about it  Smile


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User currently offlineKq787 From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 15364 times:

excellent report and a great read. i am sure the F/A can make the trip enjoyable with just a few pax and not a cabin full

User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3518 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 15306 times:
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Great TR. Enjoyed reading it very much. Egypt and Egyptair should hire you for public relation. I am happy that you enjoyed your trip. I lived over 15 years in Egypt and i love that country and its people.

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
Today we have got salad with Parma ham and walnuts

This looks more like viande de grison (air dried beef)


Thank you.



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User currently offlineEgyptair269 From Egypt, joined Mar 2007, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 15033 times:

Amazing. Simply Amazing. Thankyou so much for all these fantastic installments. Really, you write excellent TRs, and you are infact on my list of prefferred TR writers  Silly You really make me feel as if I'm travelling with you.

LX again looks top notch, I love that 'Thankyou for flying Swiss" chocolate at the end Big grin You have officialy given us the best ever pics of Cairo T3 on A.net, and concerning all of your installments, probabaly the best pics ever of the Egyptian Aviation and Egypt itself.

The lounge you used in CAI T3, was the temporary lounge until last week, because the official brand new Star Alliance lounge was just opened last week. When T3 CAI commenced operations, the official Star Alliance lounge was not completed, that is why they used the lounge you were in as a temporary measure. How come you didn't use the new (proper) Star Alliance one?? Maybe thats why the old lounge was empty?

I hope you enjoyed my country Egypt, thankyou for visiting, and I'm sure Egypt would definitley welcome you here again anytime.  Smile

Salam,
EgyptAir269


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 14953 times:

Hola Suryo!

Thanks for this amazing Tr... I have gone through all and I have enjoyed them all.... but this last one is truly superb.

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
Afterwards, without being asked, she topped up my champagne. What a lovely gesture!

This is typical LX service... go Swiss!

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
"I was confused in the beginning because you have swept seats. Anyway, I have got some postcards here for you. I have tried to ask the permission of the captain to take a seat in the cockpit, but it was not allowed

Woooooowwwww!
This goes beyond all my expectations... the postcard thing was a very nice touch but the idea of sitting on the cockpit is something truly exceptional... really nice gesture.

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
The boarding commenced at 20.35. But this time, LX followed an unusual procedure. Economy class passengers sitting in the row 14 until 26 were invited to board first. All other passengers including Business Class were requested to wait for the special call.

This is the typical LX boarding at ZRH.

By the way, which plane did you fly in the end? HB-IJO? HB-IPV?  Smile Too many HB-IJO trip reports maybe.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 14889 times:

Great end to your holiday, glad to see the service on this flight was superb. My experiences on LX's JCL were rather blah and I had far better and more enthusiastic service on SR, unfortunately.


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User currently offlineRichcandy From UK - England, joined Aug 2001, 730 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 14670 times:

Hi

Thanks for this trip report, it was a great read. It seams like you had a good trip and a nice crew.

This might just be me, but I have to say that I don't like the dishes that LX use for the main course. I mean they look like the sort of thing you make a flan in or stick in the oven rather than the best china. (might just be a personal dislike)

Alex


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 14631 times:

The steak your friend got used to be the standard Y meal on SR until the mid 1980s.

User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 14603 times:

Hi Suryo!

That's what I call travelling back in style. Can't wait much longer now... in about 4 weeks I'm in your place with LX  Wink Meals look great for this flight duration, and as you mentioned, good bread! And that's an important item, which lacks sometimes (on other airlines).

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
Nearly two hours after takeoff, our first female flight attendant has apparently finished her meal and was wondering whether we would like another coffee round. We politely declined her offer.

How can you refuse a nice cup of Nespresso?  Wink

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
My partner had in all sudden a greater proposal to take a picture of me together with Sara and Daniel. Daniel has got the most excitement.

I agree with your comment about Daniel. I think this person is very personal and dedicated to his job, and with a lot of history and knowledge already. Good picture!

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
The LX gate agent made a call for a volunteer to fly the next day on compensation of 380 CHF and an overnight stay in a hotel.

I accepted such an offer once, for a 15 minute later arrival the same day, via another airport, no hotel, but good money! Any day again  Wink

Quoting Semsem (Reply 8):
The steak your friend got used to be the standard Y meal on SR until the mid 1980s.

Nowadays this is a supurb meal for the duration of such a flight. You won't get much better elsewhere, and... the 80's are gone a long time ago....

Regards,
Eric



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6452 posts, RR: 38
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 14382 times:

Hi Suryo,

Great series. Sorry I haven't had time to reply to the others! But I thoroughly enjoyed them all. Great pics to go along with the report again too.

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
The buffet consists of light snacks, soft drinks, juices and no alcoholic drinks.

Not even a fridge! I'd surely expect better. Maybe the other lounge would have been better!

Looks like the rest of the flights were good though, I wouldn't mind trying LX one day! And the postcard added a really nice touch to the flight.


Thanks for sharing!

Regards,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6648 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 14049 times:

Hi Akhmad!

Great report with excelllent pictures! Swiss looks great except for the angled lie-flat seats.

The777Man



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 13866 times:

Hi Suryo,

great final part of your Egypt series, enjoyed reading a lot.

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
Afriqiyah Airways

Brand new A332.

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
There was one other passenger in our cabin.

Wow, hopefully that light load was an exception.

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
Then I found out that my IFE screen was not working.

Too bad. But you had a big choice of empty seats.

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
Do you see this one? I have asked all of my colleagues to put their signatures as a remembrance of this flight.”

Fantastic gesture!

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
At this moment, I started getting confused with the registration of our Airbus. I was quite sure that I have noticed HB-IJO outside, but later on during the flight I saw HB-IPV instead.

Too much champagne?  Wink

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
But I took the opportunity to verify the registration. She surprisingly nodded when I pointed at HB-IJO on my notebook.

Oh no, the flight attendants should know better.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 5):
By the way, which plane did you fly in the end? HB-IJO? HB-IPV?

HB-IPV - the single over-wing emergency exit shows it was an A319.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 13655 times:



Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
With Lufthansa A342 on the background

It was Lufthansa A343.

Quoting Force13 (Reply 1):
WOW! Amazing pictures and great detail! Glad you enjoyed your trip, I certainly enjoyed reading about it

Hi Force 13, thank you for reading. Glad you enjoyed it. It has been my pleasure.

Quoting Kq787 (Reply 2):
excellent report and a great read.

Thank you.

Quoting Kq787 (Reply 2):
i am sure the F/A can make the trip enjoyable with just a few pax and not a cabin full

And it shows!

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 3):
Great TR. Enjoyed reading it very much. Egypt and Egyptair should hire you for public relation.

Thanks, it makes me happy to hear that.  Smile

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 3):
I lived over 15 years in Egypt and i love that country and its people.

Really, where do you live?

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 3):
This looks more like viande de grison (air dried beef)

I think you are right. Thanks for the correction.

Quoting Egyptair269 (Reply 4):
you are infact on my list of prefferred TR writers You really make me feel as if I'm travelling with you.



Quoting Egyptair269 (Reply 4):
You have officialy given us the best ever pics of Cairo T3 on A.net, and concerning all of your installments, probabaly the best pics ever of the Egyptian Aviation and Egypt itself.

I am flattered. It is my pleasure to share my experiences with you guys.

Quoting Egyptair269 (Reply 4):
How come you didn't use the new (proper) Star Alliance one?? Maybe thats why the old lounge was empty?

Probably. We were just following the directions.

Quoting Egyptair269 (Reply 4):
I hope you enjoyed my country Egypt, thankyou for visiting, and I'm sure Egypt would definitley welcome you here again anytime.

Egypt is an impressive country with a rich history. A must see for everyone!  Smile

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 5):
Thanks for this amazing Tr... I have gone through all and I have enjoyed them all.... but this last one is truly superb.

Hola Roger, thank you for reading. It has been a pleasure.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 5):
This is the typical LX boarding at ZRH.

I did not know that. Next time we will spend a bit longer in the lounge.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 6):
My experiences on LX's JCL were rather blah and I had far better and more enthusiastic service on SR, unfortunately.

Sorry to hear about your experiences with LX. Who knows LX will resume the segment in the future. I silently hope with an extension to CGK or PER.

Quoting Richcandy (Reply 7):
Hi

Thanks for this trip report,

You are welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 9):
Can't wait much longer now... in about 4 weeks I'm in your place with LX

I have noticed it on your profile footer. I am looking forward to it.  Smile

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 9):
How can you refuse a nice cup of Nespresso?

Was it a Nespresso???  hissyfit 

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 9):
I think this person is very personal and dedicated to his job, and with a lot of history and knowledge already. Good picture!

Daniel was just adorable. LX can consider herself fortunate to have him employed.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 9):
I accepted such an offer once, for a 15 minute later arrival the same day, via another airport, no hotel, but good money! Any day again

I would have volunteered as well if I were traveling on my one.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 9):
Quoting Semsem (Reply 8):
The steak your friend got used to be the standard Y meal on SR until the mid 1980s.

Nowadays this is a supurb meal for the duration of such a flight. You won't get much better elsewhere, and... the 80's are gone a long time ago....

I miss the romance of flying Y in the eighties.  Sad

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 10):
Hi Suryo,

Great series. Sorry I haven't had time to reply to the others! But I thoroughly enjoyed them all. Great pics to go along with the report again too.

Hi Nicholas. Never mind. I am glad you enjoyed reading all my reports.  Smile

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Swiss looks great except for the angled lie-flat seats.

It is not that comfortable for people taller than 6 feet, but these seats will soon be replaced with the lie flat seats by 2010.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
Hi Suryo,

great final part of your Egypt series, enjoyed reading a lot.

Hi PH, it has been a pleasure.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
Wow, hopefully that light load was an exception.

It looks like that the load is higher during the weekdays. I think that is why Swiss deploys A343 at that period and smaller A321 during the weekend.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
Too bad. But you had a big choice of empty seats.

I know. But I enjoyed spending my time capturing pics and having a chat with the crews as well.  Silly

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 5):
By the way, which plane did you fly in the end? HB-IJO? HB-IPV? Too many HB-IJO trip reports maybe.



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
Too much champagne?

I think both. Big grin

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
HB-IPV - the single over-wing emergency exit shows it was an A319.

You have got me on that.  wink 

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3518 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 13468 times:
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Quoting Akhmad (Reply 13):
Really, where do you live?

Well you can say i lived all over the world

11 yeras in Damascus Syria
13 years in Heliopolis Cairo Egypt
3 years in Ealing London
28 years in McLean VA USA
And for the last 2 years in Riyadh Saudi Arabia



I am against any terrorist acts committed under the name of Islam
User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1697 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 13230 times:

Awesome. TR. Just plain awesome. I can tell you that Swiss is an extremely popular choice for travellers from Egypt, ever since the Swissair era. Your TR is proof of that :p
Glad you thought the T3 lounges were okay- I thought they were dissapointing, since it's a brand-new terminal and it could've been better. But overall, T3's a significant improvement over the dodgy, Soviet-style slab of Second World vileness that is T2.
The catering looks good as well-it has this homely look without being primitive and poorly presented.
Awesome photos btw-you dedication in taking them is impressive.
Glad you enjoyed your experience in Egypt. Thanks for sharing Big grin
Regards,
Omar


User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 13072 times:



Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 14):
11 yeras in Damascus Syria
13 years in Heliopolis Cairo Egypt
3 years in Ealing London
28 years in McLean VA USA
And for the last 2 years in Riyadh Saudi Arabia

 Wow!

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 15):
Awesome. TR. Just plain awesome.

Shukran, Omar.

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 15):
But overall, T3's a significant improvement over the dodgy, Soviet-style slab of Second World vileness that is T2.

I can imagine that. The outside view of T2 does not look quite inviting to me.

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 15):
Glad you enjoyed your experience in Egypt. Thanks for sharing

It has been a pleasure. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed my report.  Smile

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 13009 times:

Hoi, Suryo,

great stuff, but according to you´re earlier posted stories, nothing else expected.

LX taking ggod care of you on these two legs.
It seems I need to go on LX sometimes also soon.

Also interesting details around CAI, never been there before.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 12948 times:



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
Hoi, Suryo,

great stuff, but according to you´re earlier posted stories, nothing else expected.

Well Markus, I am flattered. Glad you enjoyed it again.  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
It seems I need to go on LX sometimes also soon.

You won't regret. I assure you.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
Also interesting details around CAI, never been there before.

CAI is a must see. T3 is stylish, modern and easy to navigate. Be there after midday, then you'll see Star Alliance gathering.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 12494 times:

Dear fellow A.netters,

I have just realized that I forgot to include the flight information for the CAI-ZRH leg in my TR.


FLIGHT INFORMATION




Our itinerary:
Route: CAI-ZRH
Date: 25 September 2009
ETD/ATD: 15.05 / 15.02
ETA/ATA: 19.15 / 18.57
Flight number: LX 237
Plane: Airbus 340-313
Registration: HB-JMD, named Liestal
Delivered: 28 November 2003


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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Stefan Sonnenberg



Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 12338 times:

Salam Suryo!

Thanks for putting all this effort in producing all 5 episodes of this TR. A job well done, with excellent detail. Exactly the type of details all us a.nutters just love!

I was not too impressed with LX's hardware in J, but i must say that their inflight service was in typical Swiss fashion, amazing! .. That postcard had to be the best gesture!

Also nice to know that there exists someone else here that drinks Bloody Mary's!  Smile


Thanks for sharing!

Regards,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 12262 times:



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 20):
Salam Suryo!

Thanks for putting all this effort in producing all 5 episodes of this TR. A job well done, with excellent detail. Exactly the type of details all us a.nutters just love!

Salam Roni! Thank you for your compliments. It has been a pleasure to share my trips with all of you. I am happy that you enjoyed it.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 20):
I was not too impressed with LX's hardware in J, but i must say that their inflight service was in typical Swiss fashion, amazing! .. That postcard had to be the best gesture!

I have indeed seen better hardware with other airline, but it was no big deal since I have experienced the greatest in flight service ever with LX. The postcard is something I definitely cherish as a remembrance.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 20):
Also nice to know that there exists someone else here that drinks Bloody Mary's!

Hehe, how about having some Bloody Mary's together sometime?

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 11993 times:

Hi Suryo,

once again a fantastic report with great pictures.

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
To bring the whole thing to a happy conclusion, we booked Business Class on our return journey.

Good decision - I think ending a holiday with a highlight can never be wrong.

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
4A and B would be our home until ZRH. A fluffy pillow and soft blanket have been placed on each seat.

Looks quite inviting.

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
BMI A332 has joined the party

Interesting - I didn't know that BMI operated their wide-bodies into CAI.

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
Anyway, I have got some postcards here for you. I have tried to ask the permission of the captain to take a seat in the cockpit, but it was not allowed. Thanks to Nine Eleven. But as a compensation, I would like to give you these postcards. Do you see this one? I have asked all of my colleagues to put their signatures as a remembrance of this flight.”

 bigthumbsup  Fantastic! This is something really unique and personal that goes far beyond what you can expect even in Business Class. But I think it is nice for the crew as well if a passenger shows interest in their job, experiences the flight as something special and shows it.

Quoting Akhmad (Thread starter):
It became obvious that there were just two C rows on this flight! It means 8 passengers and the rest were Y passengers.

I guess demand for Business Class on European routes is declining - many companies have to save costs...

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 11842 times:



Quoting Contact Air (Reply 22):
Hi Suryo,

once again a fantastic report with great pictures.

Hi Christoph, glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by.  Smile

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 22):
Interesting - I didn't know that BMI operated their wide-bodies into CAI.

They do. Just like BA and MS due to the high load of this route. This topic
is interestingly being discussed now.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 22):
But I think it is nice for the crew as well if a passenger shows interest in their job, experiences the flight as something special and shows it.

I know what you mean. Treat others as you like to be treated!

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 22):
many companies have to save costs...

And it shows...  Sad

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineB737100 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 10396 times:

I read all 5 parts of your trip report and what a great read it was! You did such a nice job on all the details which made it such a pleasure! Thanks for the great trip report!

All the best,


Will-SAN



Boeing 737 sunjet service
25 Babybus : Wow! What a fantastic trip report. I'm amazed to see that Cairo airport was so modern. I hadn't expected it to look so clean and organised. You remind
26 Akhmad : Hi Will, you are welcome and thank you for taking your time reading my trip reports. Your kind words definitely encourage me to keep on going, hopefu
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