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Part1: ATW On NZ DUS-LHR-LAX-HNL-AKL-HKG-LHR-STR  
User currently offlineLH748i From Germany, joined Sep 2007, 89 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 15694 times:

Link to part 2: Part2: ATW On NZ DUS-LHR-LAX-HNL-AKL-HKG-LHR-STR (by LH748i Nov 9 2009 in Trip Reports)
Link to part 3: (by Dec 31 1969 in Trip Reports)

This Thread covers: DUS-LHR-LAX

Hi there,
so here is my first Trip report. Having been reading trip reports for over two years now, I decided to post one myself. I moved to Stuttgart (originally I am from the "Ruhrgebiet", close to Duesseldorf) for studying aersospace engineering, since the University of Stuttgart is the only one offering this engineer-discipline with a diploma degree.
I actually failed to become a LH Pilot so this is basically my second option/ way that I am going now.

I made new friends and pretty quick a fellow student (Max) and I figured out that we share the passion of flying long haul. So in the early time of 2009 we were looking for some far-away destination to fly to during vacation in October and - if it would be payable, to even go around the world! We were planning with the *Alliance atw mileage calculator which is an amazing tool to plan great trips. But the trips we were dreaming of, they would have charged us a s*** load of money! Then at some point, basically out of nothing, one of us found a tool on airnewzealand.com to plan trips with NZ to a limited number of destinations (http://www.airnewzealand.com/ -->multistop). Soon we were clear about the following route: LHR-HKG-AKL-some pacific island-LAX-LHR plus some feeder flight from and to Germany. Since we then figured out that the route was cheaper on the westbound flight we added Hawai HNL as the pacific island and finally booked this trip on the 9th of June.

So here is the Trip report from my DUS-LHR-LAX-HNL-AKL-HKG-LHR-STR journey.

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Map hanging in my room with the rount painted on. The numbers above the lines are the a/c-types

Since I had vacation from the University, I spent the week before the journey at home, at my parents place. I was really excited, because Max and I were looking forward to this trip since June and had an actually very hard period of exams behind us. The booked trip would alwas cheer us up and keep us mentally alife while we were studying. Well October 2nd came, I started packing and went out with a couple of friends for a few beers (not too many). Since the flight was scheduled to take off at 1.30pm on 4th of october (saturday), I slept until like 9.30, showered, dressed and finished packing (I always finish packing the day the flight takes place, doesn't matter what time the flight is). I had breakfast with my parents and it was only 11 when we finished. Since Heathrow is still in Europe and I already checked in online, even an hour prior to departure at the airport would have been too early. Well, I was sitting on the couch, watching the clock very excited 11.05, 11.06, 11.07.... At 11.20 I said to my dad: "Let's roll, I can't wait anymore". We got in the car and drove to the airport. We arrived there at approx. 11.35 and it was time to say goodbye to mum and dad. They hugged me and they wished me a great time and some nice flights   Smile


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DUS Departure hall saturday noon

I went into Terminal B to the BA check-in desks. There were maybe two or three people in line so I had to wait for a minute or so. The check-in agent was an old man, who was not really friendly and asked me in a mumbeling quiet english, whether I had checked in online already. I replied "Yes, I did", handed him my passport and he started typing on his keyboard. After a minute the tag with LHR on it came out of the printer, he attached it to my bagpack, gave me my passport and boarding pass, did not tell me where to go for security and said goodbye. I stepped back, took a few pictures and went to security.

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BA check-in area

I went through security and was airside at about 10 to 12.

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Security Terminal B. Very dark spot

I experienced security at Terminal B to be quiet dark and depressing, grey walls, not much light, a lot of shadow... I often fly LH from Terminal A and security there is quiete friendly (not talking about the people but the actual area), bright and open. I guess the reason for that is that sec. at Terminal A is more or less located in the actural departure hall, covered by a glass front, whereas at Terminal B it is somewhere behind the check-in desks between little stores. Anyways, I was airside and had to kill about one hour until boarding. There were two or three duty free shops, where I got a shampoo, cause I forgot one to pack. I then walked around to view some a/c. There was some AB metal standing at the gates, nothing interesting for me.
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DUS departures. My flight: left screen, bottom

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Being airside at DUS


I went to the Gate because boarding was announced. From the boarding area I could see what was going on at the LH Terminal. Not much either. Only an A343 almost ready for departure to MIA

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A343 getting ready for MIA

I watched her a long time, since the screen already showed her to depart soon. Finally she got pushed back. At the same moment the last person in queue boarded our A319 to LHR. But I wanted to see the LH Airbus taking off cause I had quite a good view over the runway. So I asked the very nice Gate-Agent:

me:"Hey, how much time do I have left until the gate closes because I want to spot this aircraft taking off"
her:"You're all allright you got 20 minutes left"
me:"Great, so I'm just going to wait here"
her:" Yeah, we can see you, we'll tell you when it is time"

She was really nice, they all were (There were about three or four BA staff standing at the desk, talking laughing and joking aorund). I liked that.

I went back to the window and watched the truck pushing. I thought the 20 minutes would be more than enough but it took forever until she began to make her way to 23L

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Push back

Then the ramp agent kindly asked me in a laughing way whether I wanted to be called out or if I would like to come over to board now. Since the Airbus was still taxiing, and I had a seat on the left, I decided to board and watch from my seat.

1st leg


  • DUS-LHR
  • Airline/ Flight: British Airways/ BA939
  • Aircraft/ Type: G-EUPS/ A319-100
  • Distance: 325nm
  • Date: 10/03/2009
  • Departure Terminal/ Gate: Terminal B, Gate 37
  • Scheduled Departure Time/ Actual Departure time/ Push back: 1.30pm/ 1.40pm/ 1.20pm
  • Take-off Rwy: 23L
  • Scheduled Arrival Time/ Actual Arrival Time/ at Gate: 2pm/ 1.50pm/ 2.05pm
  • Touch-down Rwy: 27R
  • Arrival Terminal/ Gate: Terminal 5
  • Scheduled Duration/ Actual Duration: 1hr, 30 min/ 1hr, 10min
  • Seat/ Class/ Load: 6A/ Y/~75% in Y



Sorry, there is no Picture of our ship to London, becaus the Gangway was in the way. No chance. Same in Heathrow...

I was pretty much the last passenger to enter the aircraft, I had a seat on 6A right behind C-Class, waited a couple of minutes for LH .

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View towards the back, while LH343 to MIA takes off

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Not much going on at Terminal A. I could see our engine. I always like to see them in reverse. Still had to wait 1,5 hours until touch down in London for that

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While taxiing to 23L

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Legroom, a little tight, if you want to sit in a relaxing position, but for the next 70 minutes I didn't care

Take off is the green, Touchdown the red arrow:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6B2buJ3jQk
Take off DUS-LHR

I used BA short haul a couple of times in the last years and the interior appears to look sort of not very well maintained. The table had some sticky coke-sprinkles on it and the back of the seat just looked a little bit run-down. Also what I don't like about BA is the dark blue color. It darkens the aircraft's interior, what makes me sleepy and just doesn't look nice to me. I prefer a bright interior. I have to compare to LH domestic here because besides BA, that is the only Airline I flew on in the last years. I think the LH domestic interior is great. It is clean, well maintained, bright and if I remember well enough, they have a little more seat pitch, but I'm not sure about that.

I wanted to shoot some pictures but when I took the first one, the F/A came around and asked me to delete it. I was quite surprised, I have to say. I didn't expect that at all, I even took it from the rear and not from the front. I asked her for the reason. And she said, I wasn't allowed to take cabin pictures at all, except out of the window. Okay, so I deleted it. She was nice about it though.

I went on to check out the lavatories.

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Clean, a few springles on the mirror

As I went back to my seat, two F/A followed me with a trolly of drinks and food.

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Snack was a coconut-apricot-biscuit, which tasted very nice (I am a fan of coconut anyway) Plus a whole can of sprite, which turned out to fill the cup only once

After the meal service, shortly befor beginning our descent into LHR the F/A came past and told me that she had talked to the captain. I would now be allowed to take pictures from the cabin. I thought "Why didn't you just ask him while I was still standing"... I decided not to get up once again. I think it was nice though that she came by. Showed that she cared about her passengers.

touch down
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Touchdown in heathrow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5LJRzTmFjo


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Virgin A346 on apron

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American Triple 7 Take off from 27L

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After taxiing and waiting on the taxiway we finally made it to our gate

Bevore leaving the Airbus I went to the cockpit to ask the captain for the nautical miles distance. He gave me the information, I said thank you to him, he wished me a nice stay and I got off.

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Since I met my friends who arrived from FRA and LEJ, I had to walk/ take the train over to Terminal one, where we met at the "Skylark"-bar/ restaurant

Max was already waiting for about 2 hours, Julia had just arrived at the bar 10 minutes prior to my arrival. I let them finish their drinks and we headed towards our friend in London, where we would spend the night.

That was the first leg. To be honest, I am more kean on flying long-haul, so this little hop to Heathrow was kind of an allright start of the journey, a little warm up for the heavy on the next day, which would bring us into LAX

Some London pics:

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Millenium bridge over the thames

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The London Eye

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The parliament


After sleeping very well in Doris' (our friend in london) bed (she was so nice, to sleep on the floor so that we could use her bed) Thanks again bigthumbsup  , we headed towards Heathrow.

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A typical red mailbox where I dumped some postcards for friends and family

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Using the Underground to heathrow

I have been waiting for this day for almost 4 months now. As I already mentioned, the short hop to LHR didn't really count into the ATW journey, here the acutal Around the World flights begin!

We arrived at LHR exactly two hours early. Having reserved seats already online we would only need to check the bags and get the boarding passes. So we did.

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Check in - not really full. We stood in line for about 10 minutes

For some reason it took one passenger very long at the check-in desk so there were in fact only two check-in counters left, that's why we had to wait a little bit longer, considering the short line. Check in was efficient and quick. The agent was friendly. I asked for an upgrade to premium eco but it wasn't available for free, so I didn't do it. My bag was light enough, so no extra charge and then I was good to go towards security.

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Since the terror warnings - police with heavy guns were all over the Check-in area

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Overview over NZ check in after I dropped my bag. It actually started to fill up

I have to say, I don't really think that Terminal one looks bad or something. It does look a little bit old and used, definetely that but not dirty (I have to think about the American Eagle domestic terminal at JFK, was there two years ago - nasty). It was clearly arranged, we could see where we had to go, every airline-counter was viewable, but I thought the check-in area was quite small, but it seems to work out.
We wanted to get airside so we made our way over to security, which was only a few meters away from Air New Zealand's check-in.

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Security area at Heathrow Terminal 1. Not much going on either, we were airside within a few minutes

Being airside, we saw a lot of duty free stores, bars, cafés.

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Waiting areas located between stores and bars

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Bentley Continental GT to win. Looks stunning, doesn't it?

I actually liked it. Max and Julia went to some store to get post stamps, I walked all across T1 to look for some airliners. Either the aircrafts I saw didn't interest me or they were interesting but totally covered by walls and gangways. I could only see the Gate-screens with the Flight information on it. Disappointing! No pics. Sorry. Anyway. I walked and walked

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and wished I'd have a *Alliance status so that I could have waited in there

After walking for a good half hour I was at the gate. Actually NZ39 from AKL via HKG had just arrived and was getting ready for deboarding

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NZ Triple 7 just arrived from Hong Kong. I would arrive on this flight in excactly two weeks

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Our 747 Jumbo Jet was parked next to the Triple, getting ready for departure. Boarding wasn't announced yet

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on the opposite side of gate 50 a lot of construction was going on. What are they going to build there?

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Waiting area, not too full yet

I really love the atmosphere of departure at longhaul gates. I was just sitting/ walking around, soaked it all up.
I actually think that there is a difference between the atmosphere at a longhaul gate and a domestic gate (I know, domestic doesn't necessary mean short-haul but most likely).
People just behave different. Kids with their Mums and Dads, all excited to go on vacation, same as the business man who is thinking about some good deals, he is going to sign at the other end of the flight. There is grandma and grandpa who are happy to visit their family or a fresh married couple beginning their honeymoon. Whereas at a domestic gate, people are just sitting around, waiting to finally get on the flight, sit there for an hour, knowing they will arrive in the same country under the same weather and cultural conditions. You know what I mean?

After sitting around for maybe 20 minutes boarding was announced. I decided to wait until the queue became shorter.

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Passengers of NZ 001 waiting to get on the plane



2nd leg


  • LHR-LAX
  • Airline/ Flight: Air New Zealand/ NZ001heavy
  • Aircraft/ Type: ZK-NBW/ B 747-400
  • Distance: 4998nm
  • Date: 10/04/2009
  • Departure Terminal/ Gate: Terminal 1/ Gate 50
  • Scheduled Departure Time/ Actual Departure time/ Push back: 4.15pm/ 4.25pm/ 4.15pm
  • Take-off Rwy: 27R
  • Scheduled Arrival Time/ Actual Arrival Time: 7.30pm/ 7.35pm
  • Touch-down Rwy: 24R
  • Arrival Terminal/ Gate: Terminal 2/ Gate 21
  • Scheduled Duration/ Actual Duration: 11hr, 15min/ 11hrs, 10min
  • Seat/ Class/ Load: 57K/ Y/ 100% in Y




After a while I lined up and finally boarded the plane. Welcomed by a nice crew, the journey could begin. I showed my ticket and the nice stewardess asked me to walk up the right aisle towards my Seat 57K. As I arrived at the seat, my first impression of the aircraft was that it was in good condition. It was clean and bright. A pillow, blanket and headphones were provided on the seat. I took some things like ipod, cell phone, passport out of my backpack, lifted it into the overhead bins and sat down.

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very nice legroom. My mum once accidentally put one of my sox into the washer while she was bleaching something else :D

The legroom in fact amazed me. There was so much space. I could stretch out, and didn't touch the seat in front of me. That was cool.

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View out of my window. I opted for that seat because I had a clear view towards the right and could overview what was going on with the wing. NZ39 Boeing 777 parked next to us

The view over the apron and the tarmac wasn't so good, so there wasn't much to see for me.

Pushback was at 4.15, after a short taxi to 27R we took off at 4.25

takeoff
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Take off video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuZ8sai4ed4
I don't want to talk much about the Take-off run. It is the most special moment of a flight for me, and I always enjoy each milli second of it. I just LOVED it!!

After about 20 minutes into the flight, crew came around with a small snack and drink service. I did not get a whole can, just a full cup. Fine with me since I wasn't really thirsty, just hungry.

http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy221/vaddaabraham/2_16.jpg (The crisps weren't good. Not tasty at all. No salt no nothing. But I ate them)

About 75 minutes into the flight, shortly after the first snack first meal service began. There was the choice of lamb and potato&chicken.

Since the lamb was gone when the trolley arrived at my row, I had to take the chicken (I would have opted for it anyway, since I don't like lamb).

I am going to evaluate the food with the ++,+,~,-,-- system, ++ being very good + good....

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salad+, crackers with some strange butter/cream ~,bun with butter and cheddar+, the chicken potato bean carrot combination +, chocolate cake ++

It took the F/As very long to start clearing. I and everybody else were done eating. Sitting around with the tray in front of us we couldn't get up or sit back properly.

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Somewhere over iceland

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leaving iceland

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showing the map, approaching greenland

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a cool thing to keep an overview of the flight

Well, I got up after some out off the window watching. Walked arround a little bit and talked to somebody from New zealand. I got some first hand information about bungee jumping. Too bad I was going to go to the northern part of New zealand. The guy told me I had to go to the south for bungee... Next time

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lavatories, clean and alright

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Being back on my seat, it was time to explore the IFE-game-part. I sucked at minigolf)

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over Baffin sea, approaching AC's Home country

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View outside the window. Engine number 4 on duty

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Canadian Ice landscape

I got up once again, got myself a drink from the Kitchen in the middle section, where always some F/A was on duty to be there for the passengers. Since I was sure that there wouldn't be an opportunity to talk to the Captain after the flight, I asked our Concierge about the nautical mile-distance. That's a nice thing about NZ. They had a concierge on board who was concerned with the passengers that would either have to get off at LAX, continue to AKL or had to connect at LAX. I thought that she was not really neccessary. I didn't get what differed her from a normal F/A. Anyway. I asked her about the distance and she took the phone that was sitting next to us and called the captain. I wished I could have done that. Our nm distance today: 4998, first hand information from the cockpit.

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still over canada

It was time now to serve the second meal. There were only two hours left of this flight, so the crew came around with dinner. A choice of a chicken sandwich or a mushroom quiche were offered. For me it was the chicken sandwich

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salad~, chicken sandwich+, raisin-bun with jam and clotted cream-

The chicken sandwich was nicely spiced with curry. Tasted different than expected but good though.

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almost forgot to take a picture of the sandwich. salad~, chicken sandwich +, rosin-bun with cream and jam -

I must say that this meal wasn't filling at all. There was no food service for the last 8 hours or so and now only this? Not enough for me... I know, I could have organized some snack from the kitchen... but I was to lazy at this point :D

Again it took the crew very long to start clearing. And they forgot our row. There was one cart beginning at the rear and one at the front. They both finished one row away from us and never came back. Since all F/As were busy cleaning up in the kitchens, nobody responded the call-button  Angry I am not kidding, we were sitting there for 15 minutes until somebody noticed. They were sorry about it. I forgave them Big grin

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some nice colors outside while sun was setting. I only have a digi cam... So no deep colors here (sorry)

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sun is almost behind the clouds

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people prepare themselves for descent. Soon the light will be switched off

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sun is pretty much gone

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we were going towards the pacific, so we would fly past LAX, I was already happy to see LAX from above

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LAX at night. Beatiful

I must say, I really enjoyed this flight. Approach and touchdown were great. Since we still had to fly a couple of miles before a 180 degree turn for the 24R line-up, I could see the planes on short final approaching 24R and 25R. Stunning. It was just amazing what was going on at this massiv airport. Too bad these moments only last for a few minutes. But I caught them on a video:

touchdown
http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy221/vaddaabraham/LaxTouchdown.jpg

LAX Touchdown video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feHL0O_EeiY

First time in my life that I saw the famous in'n out burger, where I planned to spot a day.

While taxiing, I could see a QF A380 sitting on the tarmac, waiting for flying back to Australia.

Customs went quick and our bags were already circeling.

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Was nice to be back in the USA. I enjoyed the warm air outside the terminal.

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Using the flyaway bus which brought us to Union station, from where we continued on the metro towards hollywood, where our hostel was

Some exclusive pictures from Los Angeles and one day of spotting at In-n-out burger at 24R

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overview over hollywood with the sign in the background

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My priority destination while I was in Los Angeles. A dream came true! (Actually I am talking about the spotting spot in front of the restaurant, not the In-n-Out itself.)    Wink

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Tasted awesome while a/cs were approaching above me and my burger

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I love those three letters. They stand for one of the largest Major airports in the world

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Korean Air 744 inbound from ICN

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Eva Air 773 on short final, inbound from TPE<

That was it so far. I hope you enjoyed the report. Continuing with the LAX-HNL-AKL legs in another thread

Link to part 2: Part2: ATW On NZ DUS-LHR-LAX-HNL-AKL-HKG-LHR-STR (by LH748i Nov 9 2009 in Trip Reports)
Link to part 3: (by Dec 31 1969 in Trip Reports)

[Edited 2009-11-09 14:42:50 by srbmod]


Lights will guide you home... next: FRA - BOG - FRA
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User currently offlineEddy From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 15605 times:



Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
I hope you enjoyed the report.

I enjoyed it a lot. The combination of pictures, text and videos is just awesome. I'm looking forward to parts 2 and 3.

Eddy


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 15605 times:

Very nice report, always interesting to read about NZ. I was quite impressed by the carrier when I flew HKG-LHR last year.
Quality & Style: HKG-LHR On Air New Zealand 744

Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):

After about 20 minutes into the flight, crew came around with a small snack and drink service. I did not get a whole can, just a full cup. Fine with me since I wasn't really thirsty, just hungry.

Ginger ale?

Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
salad+, crackers with some strange butter/cream ~,bun with butter and cheddar+, the chicken potato bean carrot combination +, chocolate cake ++

Looks very good.

Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
I must say that this meal wasn't filling at all. There was no food service for the last 8 hours or so and now only this? Not enough for me... I know, I could have organized some snack from the kitchen... but I was to lazy at this point

The snack size is quite normal - I have never seen a full second meal on these West Coast flights. And the snack looks delicious compared to the stuff certain other carriers serve. And, as you say, there would have been snacks available in the galley.

Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
Since all F/As were busy cleaning up in the kitchens, nobody responded the call-button Angry I am not kidding, we were sitting there for 15 minutes until somebody noticed. They were sorry about it. I forgave them

Not a big deal considering they were busy. I had to wait much longer on AC, EK or EY. And on AC, the calls in the whole rear sections were ignored. They even switched off the call button lights after a while. Report to follow soon.

Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
My priority destination while I was in Los Angeles. A dream came true! (Actually I am talking about the spotting spot in front of the restaurant, not the In-n-Out itself

Good choice. I always enjoy hanging around there when I visit LA.


PH



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User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 15143 times:

Hi LH748i,

Great report! Truly enjoyable!

Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
I wanted to shoot some pictures but when I took the first one, the F/A came around and asked me to delete it. I was quite surprised, I have to say. I didn't expect that at all, I even took it from the rear and not from the front. I asked her for the reason. And she said, I wasn't allowed to take cabin pictures at all, except out of the window. Okay, so I deleted it. She was nice about it though.



Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
After the meal service, shortly befor beginning our descent into LHR the F/A came past and told me that she had talked to the captain. I would now be allowed to take pictures from the cabin. I thought "Why didn't you just ask him while I was still standing"...

Strange. I have never had any problem of taking pictures inside the BA cabin. At least the FA was not barking at you.

Thank you for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineLH748i From Germany, joined Sep 2007, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 15099 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Ginger ale?

jepp

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Good choice. I always enjoy hanging around there when I visit LA.

yeah, it's awesome. But you have to come earlier. I was there from 2.30pm till 8pm. There were not too many heavies during this time period.



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User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1651 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 14998 times:

Great TR, very enjoyable. A great start, and look forward to the other installments Big grin

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8484 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 14853 times:
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Nice report and pictures, thanks for posting.

Cabin looks good compared to other 744 interiors, food looks pretty good for economy too.

Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
I wanted to shoot some pictures but when I took the first one, the F/A came around and asked me to delete it. I was quite surprised, I have to say. I didn't expect that at all, I even took it from the rear and not from the front. I asked her for the reason. And she said, I wasn't allowed to take cabin pictures at all, except out of the window. Okay, so I deleted it. She was nice about it though.

- Interesting, not had any problems before on BA.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6405 posts, RR: 39
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 14830 times:

Hi LH748i,

Nice TR! Looking forward to reading the other 2 straight away! Great pictures to follow up too.

Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
Too bad I was going to go to the northern part of Newzealand. The guy told me I had to go to the south for bungee... Next time

Actually there's one from underneath the Auckland Harbour Bridge. But the ones in the South Island around Queenstown are much more spectacular and have a bigger drop I think.

Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
That's a nice thing about NZ. They had a concierge on board who was concerned with the passengers that would either have to get off at LAX, continue to AKL or had to connect at LAX. I thought that she was not really neccessary. I didn't get what differed her from a normal F/A.

The concierge there is to help with travel related stuff that they may "know" over normal FAs. But they can also help out with FA related jobs. It's just something that NZ does to try to make a difference because tourism is worth so much to the country.

Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
Tasted awesome while a/cs were approaching above me and my burger

I'm so envious!

Thanks for sharing!

Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineLH748i From Germany, joined Sep 2007, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 14816 times:



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 8):
Actually there's one from underneath the Auckland Harbour Bridge. But the ones in the South Island around Queenstown are much more spectacular and have a bigger drop I think.

Yeah, I know but it's "only" 30meters and I wanted to get higher. I heard the highest near I think christchurch is about 200meters... I would like to do that one

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 8):
The concierge there is to help with travel related stuff that they may "know" over normal FAs. But they can also help out with FA related jobs. It's just something that NZ does to try to make a difference because tourism is worth so much to the country.

Oh, I see...That's right, being a tourist in Auckland was a pleasure. They weren't overfriendly but very helpful and kind, always



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6405 posts, RR: 39
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 14746 times:



Quoting LH748i (Reply 9):
I heard the highest near I think christchurch is about 200meters... I would like to do that one

It's near Queenstown, called the Nevis Highwire bungy. Make sure you get Queenstown on your next trip down here - you travel so far to get here! And make sure you fly into Queenstown too because it's a breathtaking flight flying really close to the mountains.

Quoting LH748i (Reply 9):
being a tourist in Auckland was a pleasure. They weren't overfriendly but very helpful and kind, always

That's good to hear!



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User currently offlineShamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1594 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 14359 times:

Great report, I love it when these type of reports come along, I hope the rest are as good!

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17051 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 13241 times:

Fantastic TR!

Great pics and videos.

NZ looks like a good airline, but was sorry to hear about them forgetting to pick up the tray after dinner.

Hope you had a great time in Los Angeles,


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineHOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 438 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12540 times:

I just finished all three of your ATW trip reports (in reverse. hee) and enjoyed every word! It is nice to read about traveling from someone who obviously is as passionate and appreciates travel as much as I do. Thanks for the effort you put into your report, and your final shot of that beautiful EVA 773 arriving into LAX made me a little emotional.

Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
I made new friends and pretty quick a fellow student (Max) and I figured out that we share the passion of flying long haul

I share it as well. I simply loooove to fly the long routes. My longest are recently ORD-HKG, ORD-PVG, LAX-SYD, ORD-NRT (all with UA 744). I loved every minute in the air.

Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
Well, I was sitting on the couch, watching the clock very excited 11.05, 11.06, 11.07.... At 11.20 I said to my dad: "Let's roll, I can't wait anymore".

Oh, how I can relate to that feeling of excitement!

Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
I really love the atmosphere of departure at longhaul gates. I was just sitting/ walking around, soaked it all up.

Nice that you notice the difference between these and the run-of-the-mill domestic departures. I concur totally.

Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
I could see the planes on short final approaching 24R and 25R. Stunning. It was just amazing what was going on at this massive airport. Too bad these moments only last for a few minutes.

I agree, I love seeing so many heavies lined up for landing, and so many cargo heavies taxing everywhere you look while on the ground at LAX!



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User currently offlineLH748i From Germany, joined Sep 2007, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12417 times:



Quoting HOOB747 (Reply 12):
I share it as well. I simply loooove to fly the long routes. My longest are recently ORD-HKG, ORD-PVG, LAX-SYD, ORD-NRT (all with UA 744). I loved every minute in the air.

yeah, it starts when the engines spool up to full thrust and ends when you leave the T/D rwy. The time in between is one of the best feelings one can have. Cut-off the world in an aircraft. Actually I love the 744 too but I adore the Triple  Wink

Quoting HOOB747 (Reply 12):
I agree, I love seeing so many heavies lined up for landing, and so many cargo heavies taxing everywhere you look while on the ground at LAX!

Have you ever seen LAX at dark from where I saw it from? Fantastic. And actually while your own a/c does the 180 degree turn for the line up you can see all that stuff following you Big grin That's amazing. So much frequency over there... Was one of the best approaches in my life

Actually I just checked out your profile and I recognized you on one of the photos. I read your TR about a flight from LAX to SYD a couple of weeks ago... I enjoyed it one a lot.

Thanks for your comments. I am glad you liked it!



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User currently offlineHOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 438 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12392 times:



Quoting LH748i (Thread starter):
Have you ever seen LAX at dark from where I saw it from? Fantastic. And actually while your own a/c does the 180 degree turn for the line up you can see all that stuff following you Big grin That's amazing.

Thanks, and I'm happy you enjoyed my TR on CMH-SYD! I landed at LAX just after dark, and we had to hold on a taxi-way for a while. And I could see plane after plane after plane lined up and landing just off to our right, far as the eye could see. Such a beautiful sight, I love seeing all those birds lined up, coming home.



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User currently offlineLH748i From Germany, joined Sep 2007, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 12384 times:



Quoting HOOB747 (Reply 14):
coming home.

or coming from home...



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