Vandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 509 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 15518 times:
Last month I was looking for a city to visit during my Christmas holiday. Several came to mind. After checking some flight info I decided to book the KE925 to Madrid.
Shortly after booking this trip I came in contact with A.net user Suryo (Akhmad). He was also going to spend some time in Madrid. Since we where there at the same time, we decided to meet each other. More about that later.
The evening before my departure, quiet some snow fell down. After earlier problems with transportation and traffic congestion I decided get up early and get to the airport well on time. Once on the road, it was made snow free and there was not a single car to be seen. On the airport I’ve made some pictures and settled down at the Starbucks.
AMS Tower. Most footsteps weren’t going any further than this.
Delta planes started to come in.
After finishing my coffee I headed for the check in counters. I was the only one there, and was told there where only 41 pax joining the flight at AMS. Since this flight actually does ICN-AMS-MAD-AMS-ICN. The check in agent was surprised about a system request to check my credit card. Apparently most pax booked a city trip via a travel agent, and did not pay by credit card.
Passport control took me only a minute. Time to take some pictures on airside. The arrival information listed the arrival of my plane at 12:55LT. While departure was listed as scheduled at 13:20LT.
My ride. HL7539.
While the plane was docking into the gate, the pax where called for the security check. No PAS was used for this. Just a call from the same lady that checked me in.
By this time, the holding area loaded mostly with Korean pax continuing to Madrid.
Empty seat row.
The seats where fine. Only a cool air vent was missing.
Take-off was short and power full. Like 30 minutes after taking off, meal service began.
Very tasty meat with mushroom sauce. Tasty mashed potatoes and some nice vegetables. Together with a decent salad, a very sweet cake and a little bread roll with butter. Together with this, there was water, a cold drink of your choice and coffee or tea. I took the coffee witch was better than average.
After a nearly two and a half hour flight we touched down at Madrid. The descent was shaky and the ground became visible only like 15 seconds before touchdown.
There was a long walk to the metro station. Down there I bought my 3 day tourist pass, and left for my hotel. I had to change trains twice, once at the beautiful nuevos ministerios station. Before I finally arrived at the Marques de Vadillo station. From there it was a 10 minute walk to my hotel.
Once there I already had a missed call from Suryo.
Since Suryo already posted the first part of his trip report, I was surprised to find out he was having the same broken shower panel.
Some scenery pictures of a rainy Madrid.
Atocha railway station.
All over this day little bags filled with grapes were offered for sale. If only I knew this was part of a local tradition and not a little bag of candy.
After all this I met up with Suryo. Undoubtedly he is going to write more about this. Together we went to the new year celebration and watched the fireworks.
Not the greatest picture, but it represents the ambiance very well.
No one is looking.
After this the subway was surprisingly calm. I traveled back to my hotel, and had a good night of sleep.
Since most of Madrid was closed the next morning I went to the airport to have lunch and have a look at terminal 4.
Plaza de Espana subway station.
Impressive roof structure.
Empty line 8 train.
For check-in I met up with Suryo. Who happened to be on the same flight. Without any arrangements made beforehand. An A.net first?
Having a drink at the terminal.
Really, its because of the plastic.
Air Europa heavy.
My ride back home. HL7552.
The aircraft taxied to far into the parking. Since the parking is slightly sloped, they just let her roll back on gravity force.
Seat row. The cup holders are great. Only the pax in front of me where very busy, so it was not possible to make proper use of them.
Upon boarding a diversity of Korean newspapers was offered. No English, Dutch or Spanish newspapers to be found.
About ten minutes after the bridge was uncoupled, it came back. Some minutes later a Korean announcement was made. Some shocked reactions came from the Korean pax. The English version was hardly understandable. The only thing that came through was traffic congestion and two hours. Off course it was clear that there would be a 2 hour delay. Since a was starting to be hungry I was happy the meal service was offered on the ground.
The meal was great again. The meat was the same. The whole was very tasteful. The salad was good and the cinnamon cake was fantastic. So was the coffee again.
During the waiting we were accompanied by a FR plane. I was so happy I was enjoying dinner on some more comfortable seats. I can imagine the misery those pax were going through.
Good for them this beacon light already lighted up halfway our delay.
After one and a half hour we left for our long taxi ride. Leg space was fine again.
After this it was to dark to make pictures. The flight went over very fine. I enjoyed being on board.
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4393 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 15457 times:
Great report, and as I mentioned already to Suryo, it's great to meet up with other a.net members. Haven't meet much of the Dutchies yet, but maybe in a future travels...
KE seems very nice, and definitely the best choice out of AMS for MAD. (e.g. like LA on FRA-MAD). The A330 looks boring though, not my choice to fly on a ICN bound flight.
Madrid is a nice city for a few days. Not my personal choice for a second visit though, since I think other cities are offering much and much more to a tourist. I was there in last July, with very high temperatures, which was a bit too much. But better then rain of course
Happy New Year, and looking forward to more...
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
Akhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 15335 times:
Finally you have got your trip report posted. I must say, I have broken into a smile many times as I recognize most of your pictures. And especially the return flight. !
Quoting Vandenheuvel (Thread starter): The check in agent was surprised about a system request to check my credit card. Apparently most pax booked a city trip via a travel agent, and did not pay by credit card.
Apparently a little bug in the KE's system. The system for instance can not register the European ID card number automatically either.
Again, what a coincidence! Which seat did you have?
Quoting Vandenheuvel (Thread starter): Very tasty meat with mushroom sauce. Tasty mashed potatoes and some nice vegetables. Together with a decent salad, a very sweet cake and a little bread roll with butter.
One thing you've surely missed. The station is beautiful, there's also a major dome on this massive building. There should be a monument for the terrorist attacks in Madrid some years ago, only I couldn't find it.
Quoting Akhmad (Reply 2): I think it is a typical Spanish bathroom interior.
In combination with the fixed shower head some spare towels come in very handy.
It was the family of witch the mother, and later the daughter sat separated somewhere down the aisle. Unbelievable how they managed to block the aisle for 10 minutes just to stow their coat, isn't it? Or the multiple toilet visits they needed in 3 and a half hours.
Yeah amazing isn't it? I have been waiting for one to be available for quiet a while. When finally the surrounding flights started the security checks, they all became available. Let me tell you, they are truly amazing
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 8): Now now, you know by own experience they aren't THAT bad
Alright , there not THAT bad, yet I was happy to not be on board of that aircraft
Quoting Burj (Reply 9): One thing that made me smile was the few times the word "witch" has been used instead of "which"...
I realize this now, thanks for correcting me
Quoting Burj (Reply 9): I am curious about the "do not disturb" and wake me for duty free/meal service stickers...where exactly are you suppose to put those?
I am curious about this too. It says attach to the neck rest of your seat. I noticed people stuck it on top of their neck rest. While if its too far to the back. It may refer to the person behind you, and you still miss the catering.
Quoting Burj (Reply 9): Also...WHERE are those great looking relaxing chairs located at AMS?
This was on the end of the G gates. There quiet some more of them, all around the terminal. This was the first time ever I found some of them vacated. There is a great view on the taxiway and runway from there.
Quoting FCA767 (Reply 10): Nice! I always Love those Square Cake Sponges on Airplanes
Thank you. The cakes are too dry most of the time. However the cinnamon one was great.
It was fantastic. In the Netherlands its more about destroying things and light fireworks. Madrid was very busy, but everyone behaved well. Also the subway continued operating without notable problems.
I was a bit disappointed by the rain. Usually weather in Spain is better than here. It was still acceptable.
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 14): They look very small, much like Emirates' one which can't hold anything more than their cups they give out with the drinks.
They where too small. It could only hold KE cups, coffee cups where too big already. Maybe this is for safety purposes.
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 14): The pre-take off meal is something very unique!
Its unique, but I was very happy they did this. During the flight no more hot drinks where served. Maybe because the coffee cup was included in the meal service. They did some extra effort to bring around another round of cold drinks and water.
Akhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 12724 times:
Hi again Tim,
Today, I had my first working day in the New Year. I must say, it was not that easy.
Quoting Vandenheuvel (Reply 6): 30A, only three seats in front of 33A I was on, on the return flight.
Of course, you had told me before.
Quoting Vandenheuvel (Reply 6): Unbelievable how they managed to block the aisle for 10 minutes just to stow their coat, isn't it?
At that time I started to wonder why no more passengers were coming. Now, I know.
Quoting Vandenheuvel (Reply 6): Or the multiple toilet visits they needed in 3 and a half hours.
Was the daughter assigned a window seat? If it was the case, I think I can figure out the reason why mother and daughter had swept seats. Because I saw her approaching her mother and complained about something I could not hear.