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Mileage Run On LX C: TXL-ZRH-ATH-ZRH-BCN  
User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 10920 times:

Hola nois!

Welcome to my first mileage run or…………..

How to get from
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To

Through
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The end of the year was coming and I was 15K miles short to reach SEN so I decided to look for some LX Business upgrade offers to get it, it was too close to forget about it.

At the end of November LX stopped the offer for BCN-ZRH-TXL, my favorite destination in intra-European so I decided to start looking for other destinations, as there are far more cities in Europe that LX flies to apart from Berlin Big grin; finally I settled for Athens: I had never been there  ashamed , the price was best option  dollarsign  plus a hot meal was offered on that sector which I had rarely sampled on LX European rides as they only serve them on flights longer than two hours.

Settled then: some days in ATH, then to Berlin for a great farewell to the old year and the great ride back home on the 31st December: TXL-ZRH-ATH-BCN.

The first two sectors BCN-ZRH-ATH / ATH-ZRH-TXL will not be covered in this trip report flown on 26th Dec. and 29th Dec. were excellent LX flights, especially the ATH-ZRH sector where the constant attention from the FA serving the C cabin will be long remembered as an example of professionalism on board. While the ZRH-TXL was an example of lack of coordination and improvisation, more common to Southern Europe than to true Swiss reliability. The other two sectors were just LX standard: 8/10, I’d say.

So, let’s get down to the issues.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------December 31st, 2009

LX963
Avro RJ 100
HB-IYU ‘Rot Turm’ (StarAlliance livery)
Gate: A06
Seat: 3A
SDT: 06.50 // 07.15 TXL -3ºC snowing
SAT: 08.15 // 08.45 ZRH 6ºC cloudy

As you can imagine for such an early flight I have an early rise, at 5.30 I set off to the airport from Zoologischer Garten. Berlin is covered in snow as it has been snowing during the previous day and all night. A very typical northern image to start off.

The ride to the airport is quite smooth, not many people around, and when I am finally at Tegel I get to the self boarding unit at the entrance and my two boarding passes are printed in no time. The other two had already been printed the afternoon before from the web; there are always issues involving flights from Germany on LX, they let you check for the TXL-ZRH leg but not for the coming one, I think LX needs to fix that as it is very inconvenient when flying with a connection.

Then up to the Lounge, today the SEN lounge is the only one in use; I imagine not many people traveling today so they use this one. There are two people when I get in, four when I leave. So I guess my assumptions about low loads is not that bad.
I get to the gate, A06, and the amount of people is similar to the one at the lounge, about 60 people on board, so pretty comfortable flight. 4 (1crew) / 20 on C.

Our Avro is sitting there on the snow getting ready for today’s first flight; boarding is called on time and by 06.40 were all on board ready to go.

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Our ride sitting on the snow

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FIDS announcing boarding

We are welcomed by the ‘maître-de-cabin’ and offered the ritual bottle of water and the wet towel. The safety demonstration is played manually by the crew, the male purser and the lady FA. We push back on time a couple of meters and then sit there for a while, then again pushed again and we are informed by the captain about the deicing process and how it will delay our scheduled take off for about ten minutes.

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General view of the cabin

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Fs, seats with a view

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As, seats with no view

We begin taxiing to the deicing position and when we get there two trucks start the deicing process which lasts about ten minutes and then a quick taxi to the closest runaway, 8L.

It is snowing again and I expect a shaky take off, I am mistaken, it is one of the smoothest ones I have ever encountered, you can barely feel we are flying, so smooth, so quiet…
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Water and snow still on the window

About five minutes after take off service starts, we are already above the clouds and the first lights of the last day of the year can be guessed on the far East.

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First lights of the last day of the year

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More of the morning lights

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Morning light more visible

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Engines getting hit by morning light

Service is very professional as usual, with lots of smiles and second offerings on bread selection and coffee.


Best thing in the house, sit sideways for a perfect view

Breakfast is quite filling, although no hot food is offered on LX for flights less than two hours.

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Breakfast service

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Sun about to boost into the sky

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Sequence of the Sun, aka Mr Lorenzo in Spanish, coming out (I)

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(II)

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(III)

Right before the descent into ZRH and the captain informs us about the weather conditions: cloudy and rainy at 6ºC and tells about 25 minutes left.

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First Switzerland view after the clouds

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Town before landing

Descent is not as smooth as take off.

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My ride docked at the A pier

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A KL Embraer looking for a parking space

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An Adria CRJ arriving from Ljuabljana


FIDS at Zürich

We finally land and I get directly to the A81 gate to get ready for my next flight.

ZRH-ATH
LX1830
A320-214
HB-IJW ‘Bachtel’
Gate: A81
Seat: 3A
SDT: 09.45 // 09.40 ZRH 6ºC cloudy
SAT: 13.20 // 13.00 ATH 17ºC sunny

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My ride to ATH, docked and ready

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Looking at her in the face

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General view of the apron in a rainy morning

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My TXL ride going to NCE

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Boarding to ATH

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Side view before stepping in

Boarding is called on time and completed by 9.30; after the usual greetings in German and English from the crew the water, towels and press are distributed. A Greek recording is played with some information about basic safety on board.

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Old seats on this ride

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Seat am-rests and legroom view

The first thing that strikes me are the old seats on this plane, not the usual LX Recaro seats, They feel more comfortable as they are padded but the armrests are difficult to move and there is no in-flight map.

The load for today is about 70%, on C 9/12.

We taxi to the runaway, 16 (S-SE) and after a DL B-763 we are ready to go. We sit at the beginning of the runaway for a while until full thrust is applied to the engines and off we go.

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A DL heavy precedes us on the runaway

We take off smoothly and climb quite fast, the seat belt sign is turned at 10,000 ft. sharply although we are still crossing a second layer of clouds to cross and the planes shakes a bit.

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Klotten right after taking off

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General view of ZRH airport

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Green Switzerland

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A town in Austria / Germany

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Green fields

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Views before the clouds

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Last view before the sea of clouds

We cross a third layer of clouds and we can see that YES! The sun is out there to say hello on the last day of the year.

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Sea of clouds

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Enough legroom

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First view of the Austrian Alps

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Austrian Alps (ii)

When we reach the open sky drink orders are taken by a smiling and cheerful flight attendant. I go for a red wine and after everybody is served the trays with the meals are distributed: only 3 are taken; the rest of the passengers do not seem to be hungry.

On the first tray: a nice-seized green salad, cheese and dessert are featured. After a while she comes back with the main dish, again, only three are taken, as I am the last one I am presented, the others were just asked for, with the two dishes: Strogonoff ragout and a vegetarian curry. I go for the last and I am pleasantly surprised, it tastes excellent. Glasses are refilled and I go for the champagne this time.

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Austrian Alps (iii)

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First tray of service, excellent salad

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Very tasty vegetarian curry

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Do not forget to look out of the window when eating

Eating on a plane and having a nice view, especially if there are no clouds, is something I really enjoy.

Service is very kind as the FA keeps coming back and forth always smiling and seeming to enjoy her job. At least one of the FA and the ‘maître-de-cabin’ are Italian speaking, not very frequent on LX., from Ticino probably.

The landscape has gone from green Switzerland, to Austrian Alps, to a drier landscape when we are heading South. I do not know the exact route as there is no in-flight map or information from the cockpit until we are half an hour from ATH when we are informed about weather conditions at our destination.

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City in the distance

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The dry landscape of Southern Europe in sight

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First sight of Aegean Sea

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Some Greek islands

The rest of the flight is uneventful until the duty-free trolley is taken out and Mr. 1C decides to buy something and uses his credit card that seems is not working due to a malfunction of the electronic terminal. After a while and trying several times he gets quite upset and starts a verbal discussion that can be heard from my seat. The purser tries to calm him down but he is very up and starts complaining about LX and their service; they finally set down as he throws some money on the trolley from a very stuffed wallet. I really hate this behavior, they were trying their best and it was not really their fault if the electronic device was not working properly.

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Beautiful Greece

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Great views

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More great views

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and more

Right before landing and as the purser is storing the curtains I inform her of my plans to come back with them as the service was so wonderful, she is really neat and asks me to bring them something from my ATH visit (laugh).

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A Greek town on the way

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More Greece views

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Turning over the sea

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Getting there

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Four A343s Olympic sitting on the apron

We land and taxi to our gate, B3, and I set off to the transit area which is nothing less than walking back up to the arrivals level, in fact you can as well exit the airport this way as once you are on departures level you are free to wander around the departures area. There is a guy sitting on a desk as these stairs give way to some gates on the lower level; he asks to see your boarding pass to exit the area.

ATH-ZRH
LX1831
A320-214
HB-IJW ‘Bachtel’
Gate: B03
Seat: 3F
SDT: 14.05 // 14.00 ATH 17ºC sunny
SAT: 15.55 // 16.10 ZRH 6ºC cloudy

As I had checked in for this segment the night before I had already mi boarding card in hand when I went through the first control that gives you access to the one of the shopping areas; be aware that you are able to buy things and then go out of the area again, which I find quite surprising as there are Duty Free items that can be then brought outside again (???).

Anyway I had everything I needed in hand and I went to the gate, in case you want to access the lounge you are directed to the Olympic Air one, which is quite surprising as there is a LH lounge as well, but LX seems to partner with locals here.

To access the door there is a preferred line for Business Class fliers although it proved to be of no use, once I had put my carry-on on the belt I was prevented as there were two elderly people in wheel chairs coming from who knows where. Ç

After about 5 minutes wait it was my turn through the metal detector and I was waived through without much enthusiasm.

Walking back to gate B03 is quite a long walk as you by pass all the other B gates, anyway I got there with plenty of time and then I realized I wouldn’t be alone flying this afternoon, the plane was 100% full.

Stepping back on the plane I was greeted by the ‘maître-de-cabin’ who merrily greeted me again and I said I was sorry for them for the duty-free episode that had taken place just before landing. I promised to buy something and not make that fuss.

I took my seat, 3F, next to a father of two seating on 3C and wife on 3A. They were really calm during the flight except for descending when the toddler began crying, I do not blame her, sometimes I would cry as well when the plane goes down. (red) Two other children were on board seating at 2A & 1A with their parents on 2C & 1C.

Boarding was finished and once everybody was seated we went through the same usual ritual on LX: bottle of water, wet towel, newspapers. Greetings by the crew in English, German and a Greek recording plus safety demonstration on the overhead monitors.

We started taxiing to the long runaway and there we were up on the air. This is almost a straight fly to ZRH, we did not turn until well above our cruising altitude, 37,000ft.

The views are impressive as you get to see all the city of Athens right after take off.

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Town of Spata, housing ATH International Airport

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Crossing Mount Imitos, Athens behind

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First view of Athens

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View of Athens

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Old ATH airport

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Athens massive spread

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Close up of central Athens

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General view of the port

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The Piraeus in a closer view

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Greek landscape, home to the famous Kalamata olives?

The captain welcomed us on the plane before taking off and once on our cruising altitude he informed us of views on both sides, seating on F I was addressed to watch Mount Olympus… great, Zeus’ home on Earth.

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Mount Olympus

Order drinks were taken on the same way as in our incoming flight, the same cheerful FA and the same professionalism and kindness. Despite a full cabin (12) she performed her duty without signs of tiredness, maybe a little bit stressed with four children on board, but very nice.

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Curious cloud and its shade over Greece

Food was brought first to the children: ravioli, crackers, chocolate bars…. Kept them entertained while adults had their trays prepared and served.

Again the first tray featured the salad, cheese and dessert. Refills for my champagne came before the main dish, a perfectly cooked steak (no choice this time), was served to me and bread offered. More refills came after plus a second serving of bread.

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Salad, cheese and dessert service

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Perfect steak

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Snowy mountain

Once we were finished: coffee, tea… was offered and I went for a green tea which was promptly brought to me with a smile.

The rest of the flight was uneventful and some nice views could be seen as we traveled above the Dalmatian coast: Tirana - Dubrovnik - Split - Venice - Innsbruck - Zurich as we are informed by the captain.

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Huge dam

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Dalmatian coast

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Dalmatian coast (ii)

When we began our descent to ZRH we passed several layers of clouds and we shacked a bit. Landing was on the same runaway we departed, 16, which I though was quite curious.

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Initial descent into ZRH

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Sun hiding away

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Sun hiding away (ii)

We were parked at a bus gate and descended the plane thanking the crew for these great flights and wishing them a Happy New Year!

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Apron activity in ZRH

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Engine view from the bus

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Registration and tail view

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Under the wing

Once inside the terminal I headed for the lounge and up the escalator to the bar, which was quite empty that afternoon. I had my usual Campari and a espresso and watched the beautiful sunset on the last day of the year.

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Best place to wait for next flight


FIDS at the bar

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Sun beams coming into the bar

That is, almost home, another leg and I will be home to celebrate New Year’s Eve in my friends’ home.

So, let’s go.

I have to admit that I was a little tired of going up and down planes, basically, I had been doing the same thing since 6.30 that morning.

ZRH-BCN
LX1956
A321-111
HB-IOD
Gate: A74
Seat: 3F
SDT: 17.20 // 17.30 ZRH 6ºC clear
SAT: 19.05 // 19.10 BCN 13ºC clear

Security was a breeze at the area leading to the A gates, the agents were looking forward to closing down and going home. They all wished a Happy New Year as I was moving away trying to put on my belt for one last time that day.

When I got to the gate the plane had already started boarding and one could tell which were the planes heading South; lines were huge to BCN and ROM, the one to HAM or HAJ was fairly empty.

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My ride to BCN

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Beautiful sunset

Again a full plane… and a little late departure from ZRH.

After the customary greetings by the crew in English, German and French came a recording in Catalan and Japanese (there were quite a few on board). The Captain informed us about the route and told us that the FO would take care of the flight tonight.

Again we are pushed back and taxied to runaway 16 where we sit for a while waiting for crossing traffic to stop by and then off we go.

Again a smooth take off, I have noticed that A321 do not vibrate as much as A320 when they take off, but nothing as smooth as that Avro departure in the morning.

Once up we start turning South East towards MRS and then straight to Costa Brava and South to BCN.

The crew springs into action once the seat belt sign comes off and they keep onto it until we reach descending time.

This evening we are served a cold Ceasar salad, which is certainly fresh and tastes wonderfully. With some glasses of champagne it goes down very well.

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Nice Ceasar salad

Meanwhile I try to take some pictures of the last lights of the day that can be seen in the far West. Not very happy with the results.

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Last light of the last day of the year

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Last light

The flights is really smooth and once the duty-free trolley has done the typical run to the back of the plane we start descending to BCN.

It is nice to see all the coast and all the villages with the lights….

We land a few minutes late and that puts an end to my New Year’s Eve mileage run.

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BCN swinging airport lights

I hope you have enjoyed reading as much as I did on board the four planes. Please feel free to leave any comments, suggestions….

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A full moon welcomes New Year’s Eve

And That’s All Folks!

Millor Any 2010!
Happy New Year!
Ein gutes neues Jahr!
Bonne Anné 2010!
Feliz Año Nuevo!
Buon anno nuovo!
Een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
υτυχισμένο το Νέο Ετος!
счастливого нового года!
Urte Berri On!
Erós An Nau!

Roger


"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
34 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1689 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10848 times:

Hi Roger,

First of all, all the best for 2010 and happy flying!

Finally another report from your hand. And a good one too Big grin
I'm always pleased when I see a report covering LX routes, so yours is a very nice addition!

The reason why the 320 have the old seats is that this particular bird was delivered to Swiss Sun. These birds all still feature the old seats. The ones delivered to Swissair have all been retro-fitted with the well-knon Recaro Slimline seats.

It was a very nice read, and I hope to read more from your hand this year!
Cheers,
Joost (D-ALCE)



flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2476 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10823 times:

Hi Roger,

Nice year end's report with LX. It brings back all the memories of great flying with LX.  Smile

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
I really hate this behavior, they were trying their best and it was not really their fault if the electronic device was not working properly.

Me too. That kind of attitude is just disgusting.  Angry

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

Van hetzelfde.  Smile

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10818 times:

Hola Roger!

Nice interesting report, it looks like a long day going up and down airplanes, but it's better than a day at the office LOL!

ATH is a really interesting city, very cheap as well, you should have stayed a day or 2 there.

And yes, the duty free in ATH is quite bizarre, you enter the duty free area, shop and then go out again and pass thru security... weird.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
came a recording in Catalan

Hmm I thought they stopped that and were only playing Spanish recordings, when I flew LX to BSL in March 2008 I heard the Catalan announcements but on my LX flight to GVA in February 2009 only Spanish recordings where played.

Anyways, thanks for sharing and I am also going to start planning some trips for this year and hopefully it will include my 2 favourite airlines LX and LH Big grin

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5170 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10777 times:

Hola, Roger,

also a happy and healthy new year 2010 to you.

Good to read something more from you´re hand, nice and well detailed.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
SDT: 09.45 // 09.40 ZRH 6ºC cloudy
SAT: 13.20 // 13.00 ATH 17ºC sunny

Now, thats what I call a good reason to switch from morning snow in Germany
to sunny 17 degrees in Athens.

Btw. do you know

http://www.radarvirtuel.com/

always good to follow some lost routings.

Best wishes,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: Capital travel on schedule!.
User currently offlineLXA340 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2006, 2122 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10736 times:



Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):

The first thing that strikes me are the old seats on this plane, not the usual LX Recaro seats, They feel more comfortable as they are padded but the armrests are difficult to move and there is no in-flight map.

Great trip report! The charter configured Airbus A320's of SWISS (HB-IJU,V,W) who feature different seats, however the same amount also have a inflight map, probably it was broken on this partucular plane


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10713 times:

Hola!

Great to read your comments and remarks.

@ Joost:

Quoting DALCE (Reply 1):
Finally another report from your hand. And a good one too

Thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

@ MIAspotter:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 3):
ATH is a really interesting city, very cheap as well, you should have stayed a day or 2 there.

In fact I was there for three days. My routing was BCN-ZRH-ATH // ATH-ZRH-TXL and then came the trip presented here.

@Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Now, thats what I call a good reason to switch from morning snow in Germany to sunny 17 degrees in Athens.

Yes a very good reason, among many others.

@Suryo:

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 2):
Nice year end's report with LX. It brings back all the memories of great flying with LX.

Always a great airline to fly and many places to visit.

Roger



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User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1312 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 10669 times:

Hey Roger,

Very good TR, swiss C service looks good as always.

Those air pics of Athens are amazing! Other views from the planes are very nice also.

(if you are looking for some more sun, +22C sunny in Tel Aviv tommarow, going +25C sunny for the weekend).

LY



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User currently offlineIainbhx From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 10654 times:

I had the same chicken caesar salad ZRH-BHX on the 30th after my 12 minutes mad dash from A75 to the dreaded B non-Schengen bus gates after my TXL-ZRH was rather late due to the snowy conditions. It's rather good isn't it, it's a shame I'm not flying LX again for a few months.


iainbhx
User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 10597 times:

Hola!

Thanks for your comments.

@LX340,

Quoting LXA340 (Reply 5):
Great trip report!

Thanks for the information about planes.

@LY,

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 7):
Very good TR, swiss C service looks good as always.

It is indeed, excellent service 98% of the time.

@lainbhx,

Quoting Iainbhx (Reply 8):
I had the same chicken caesar salad ZRH-BHX

It was very fresh and great to eat it. They usually serve the same meal on all 'short' flights out of ZRH.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 10474 times:

Hey Roger!

Thanks for taking your time to share your latest LX run with us, i'm happy that you were pleased with the service.

I was working that evening, in fact i worked the evening flight to ARN, departing about an hour before your flight to BCN did. The atmosphere was certainly special, everyone just seemed to want to get home for their new years celebrations, and we had a wonderful view of Copenhagen on the returnflight, with a lot of firework all over the place.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
The rest of the flight is uneventful until the duty-free trolley is taken out and Mr. 1C decides to buy something and uses his credit card that seems is not working due to a malfunction of the electronic terminal. After a while and trying several times he gets quite upset and starts a verbal discussion that can be heard from my seat. The purser tries to calm him down but he is very up and starts complaining about LX and their service; they finally set down as he throws some money on the trolley from a very stuffed wallet. I really hate this behavior, they were trying their best and it was not really their fault if the electronic device was not working properly.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of these idiots, and I always feel sorry for our cabin crews who have to deal with them. Did you hold on to your promise and buy something from the duty free on the return leg? What did you buy?  Wink

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Landing was on the same runaway we departed, 16, which I though was quite curious.

Whenever we're parked at the busgates, we'll ask for a RWY16 landing if possible. It'll shorten the taxitime considerably. This seemed to be the case on your flight aswell.

looking forward to your next installment!

Sandro


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 10345 times:

Hola Sandro!

Thanks for your comments and the info on the runaways. It is always good to know.

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 10):
Thanks for taking your time to share your latest LX run with us, i'm happy that you were pleased with the service.

With LX it is always easy to feel pleased with service, they are usually very kind, if something exceptional happens, good or bad, I write to them and let them know.

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 10):
Did you hold on to your promise and buy something from the duty free on the return leg? What did you buy?

Oh yes! I forgot. I did. One of those Modaine watches... what can be more punctual than Swiss railways?  Wink I guess a Mondaine watch is a pretty good answer, since they are hung in all stations.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineLYChemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1203 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 10157 times:

The desert from Athens looks just as small as in Y.

User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10044 times:

Hola Roger,

Great stuff - Swiss is quickly becoming the most covered airline in this forum  Smile. Looks like a great if long and tiring day of flying, but at least you were traveling in the proper class and not in the back of the bus.

Wish LX flew to HEL (both SR and the old CrossAir did at times in the past) and offered these J fares here as well. My only flights with Swiss were ZRH-FCO-ZRH back in 2004 when it tried to become a loco carrier for a while and had BOB service in economy.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Sequence of the Sun, aka Mr Lorenzo in Spanish, coming out (I)

These are great pictures!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
A KL Embraer looking for a parking space

Hmm, did you get any sponsor money for including that cigarette advert in the picture?  Smile

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
City in the distance

Looks like Sarajevo.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Beautiful Greece

Island of Skiathos.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Millor Any 2010!
Happy New Year!
Ein gutes neues Jahr!
Bonne Anné 2010!
Feliz Año Nuevo!
Buon anno nuovo!
Een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
υτυχισμένο το Νέο Ετος!
счастливого нового года!
Urte Berri On!
Erós An Nau!

Hyvää uutta vuotta!


User currently offlineAntonovA330 From Switzerland, joined Jul 2007, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 9899 times:

Hola
Looks like you had a nice trip. Maybe I should also consider paying ATH a visit, food on board looks quite good. Thanks for the pics!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
A town in Austria / Germany

No offense, but that is Winterthur, about 20km from ZRH, still in Switzerland  Wink



Good day to you sir! Please turn left, your seat is in the first row.
User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3636 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9860 times:

Great trip report. I liked LX when I flew them, their service to ATH looks excellent. How long did you stay in ATH?

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
A Greek town on the way

Marathon

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Town of Spata, housing ATH International Airport

Actually this is Koropi, Spata should be on the other side of the aircraft.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Greek landscape, home to the famous Kalamata olives?

Nah, that is much further to the south.


User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9826 times:

Hi Roger,

happy new year for you too! And hoping for a well filled year of flying in 2010!

Nice as always is LX. Good flights, though I wouldn't like the Avroliners. Too cramped in my opinion.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
A KL Embraer looking for a parking space

That's a B737-700.... one of their new additions too, and good looking  Wink

I'm still looking for time to complete my continuation of a LX/IST trip. Hope to post it within a week, since my first flights for 2010 are coming closer also now...

Regards,
Eric



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 17, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9823 times:

Hey Roger ,
I was waiting for your report. Great as usual. Makes me want to go back ASAP. Lovely photos of Athens. Also you got an aerial view of my family home ( Piraeus ) , I must show them.

Just one question because I was not aware that LX now use Olympic Air lounge as they used to use Swissport lounge. Last time I used the LH lounge which IMHO inferior to the Swissport and OA lounge. Did you just go into the OA lounge show your BP and they let you in no problem? I must do that next time.

My favourite Swiss J meal you got ATH-ZRH I love that one.

As usual a good Swiss experience. As for the rude man you would love to put him in the cargo hold where he belongs lol...

Again great report and chat soon

Philip


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9762 times:

Hola nois!

Thanks for your kind replies and comments. My pleasure.

@FlyingFinn76

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
Hmm, did you get any sponsor money for including that cigarette advert in the picture?

I thought about asking them for some money? Do you think they will accept?  Wink

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
Looks like Sarajevo.

I thought when I looked up in the atlas.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):

Island of Skiathos.

Thanks for the geographical update.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):

Hyvää uutta vuotta!

Kiitos!

@AntonovA330

Quoting AntonovA330 (Reply 14):
that is Winterthur, about 20km from ZRH, still in Switzerland

Thanks for your geographical update. I thought they should post signs in the air telling when you are crossing borders  Wink

@Lewis,

Quoting Lewis (Reply 15):
How long did you stay in ATH?

For three days, but that was in my first part of the trip; not posted here.

Quoting Lewis (Reply 15):
Marathon



Quoting Lewis (Reply 15):
Actually this is Koropi,

Thanks for the geographical update.

@Eric,

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 16):
though I wouldn't like the Avroliners. Too cramped in my opinion.

Not in that particular flight, plus they are so quiet.... a pleasure to fly.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 16):
That's a B737-700.... one of their new additions too, and good looking

Ooooooooppppps! Thanks. Time to visit my optician again. Very unacceptable in Airliners.net  ashamed 

@Phil,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Did you just go into the OA lounge show your BP and they let you in no problem?

Glad you enjoyed my TR. Getting on the OA lounge is something that surprised me as well, but they had the Swiss sign outside. LH only caters to SEN or * Golds. When I got in as I presented just my self-printed boarding pass, the lady at the desk made a phone call and gave my name... then she let me in. No big deal, but I guess you need an invitation.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineCmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 9398 times:

Thanks for the report. As you seem like an expert I have a question I've been meaning to ask. I'm looking at doing BCN-ZRH in Y on the 6:30 AM flight in April. Any idea what LX serves in Y on that route as far as food? Thank you!


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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 9376 times:

Hola nois!

thanks for your comments.

@LYChemsa,

Quoting LYChemsa (Reply 12):
The desert from Athens looks just as small as in Y.

I hope it tasted as good.

@Cmk10,

Quoting Cmk10 (Reply 19):
As you seem like an expert

 ashamed   smirk  Thanks, I am just a frequent traveler... (well SEN right now)

Quoting Cmk10 (Reply 19):
Any idea what LX serves in Y on that route as far as food?

That is a new flight, they are adding it in mid-February. It will be their fourth daily frequency to BCN which seems to be a good market for them. I suppose they will serve a muffin / croissant plus beverages. I think this service will be mainly for connections to the Far East and some of the US early bound flights. Anyway, enjoy the flight. Plus, you can have all sorts of breakfast at BCN airport T1: from McDonald's to local cuisine.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineShamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 8873 times:

Great report! love LX reports, was looking at some cheap flights to Berlin next week myself also my favourite city but it didnt work out, maybe next month!

User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 22, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 8759 times:

Hola Shamrock321!

Quoting Shamrock321 (Reply 21):
Great report!

Thanks for your comments. Keep trying, you sure will find a deal to Berlin... excellet destination!

Roger



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 54
Reply 23, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8660 times:
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Hi Roger,

Another great read, really enjoyed your flying, sometimes flying for the purpose of miles or status makes it all the more fun - there is a reward in addition to flying!

Swiss are a pretty decent carrier, I'm looking forward to an excuse to need top fly them again!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 24, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8563 times:

Hola Mark!

Thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoyed reading it.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 23):
sometimes flying for the purpose of miles or status makes it all the more fun - there is a reward in addition to flying!

Flying, no matter what purpose, is always fun. In this case as I have been rewarded with all those perks when reaching SEN on M&M I am more than happy... a very good Christmas and birthday present, I'd say.

Salut!

Roger



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25 Akhmad : Really? When was your birthday? Suryo
26 Rogerbcn : Hola Suryo, In fact, it is on Dec. 25th, so Christmas and birthday have always been synonyms to me, let it alone 50% less presents than anybody else..
27 Akhmad : Hola Roger, Well, in that case, though late. Felicidades! Mine is on the Epiphany, Jan 6th. Cheers, Suryo
28 ZRH : Thanks for this excellent report. Have you ever flown on a SWISS AVRO? With the 2-3 seating they are not cramped at all. The 3-3 seating on other airl
29 NZ107 : Hi Roger, Great TR, thanks for sharing! I've liked the BAe 146/AVRO RJ since I was a kid and I wish I had better memories being on board them when the
30 Post contains images Rogerbcn : Hola nois! Gracias. Congratulations to you as well   or better, Gelukkige Verjaardag!!!! True words.      It was indeed really great food, espec
31 Akhmad : Bedankt!
32 Infodesk : Hi Roger, A very nice report and what a special touch choosing to fly it on Dec 31st. It seems as though you had some excellent flights on LX, food lo
33 Rogerbcn : Hola Infodesk! Thanks for your comments and remarks. Glad you liked it! Flying on the 31st was a real interesting decision, letting weather aside as y
34 LH4116 : Hola Roger, great report! LX's short haul J product looks really nice, much nicer than most other EU majors. Their fares are pretty nice, perhaps I sh
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