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A Flying Afternoon: BCN-MXP-ZRH-BCN (LH+LX) +A380  
User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8959 times:

Hola nois!

Some weeks ago I received a M&M promotion stating that for 11,000 status miles I would get 4,400 extra miles if flown up to the end of October. Mmmmmm... too bad to refuse. Taking into account that my flights had been quite scarce lately, except for a brief encounter in Mallorca with Markus (aka. here as Flieger67) in September, I decided to start looking for good combinations at an affordable price.

LX was my first option and then moved to LH Italia special business class prices that fly you to MXP for just 129€. Finally the combination was set: BCN-MXP-ZRH-BCN and the other way around in a coming week.

My worst fear were cancellations as LH and LX tickets were bought separately. I had been looking at LH Italia operations to BCN, three daily flights to and from MXP, except for the weekend when there are only two. Some cancellations and heavy delays had occurred in the previous weeks so my fears were not baseless. Taking into account that if the first flight, BCN-MXP, were canceled all my plans would be screwed up... If I am writing all this is just to prepare you, dear readers, for what is coming ahead.

All set, fasten seat belts and let's go to the airport or we will be late for the flights.

Being it a quiet Saturday I decided to ride the local bus, 46 Plaça d'Espanya-Aeroport, which takes longer than the Aerobus service but is rideable with my transport pass.
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My first ride of the day

On that particular Saturday Barcelona was hosting 'La Festa del Cel' an airplane festival that takes place all years at the end of September-October and during a weekend you have all sorts of exhibition planes flying low and performing acrobatics in front of Barcelona beaches. This year as part of the 100th anniversary of the first flight in Spain that took place in one of the beaches a special guest was expected to come from PMI: the Lufthansa A380. I learn that it will land at BCN around 13.30 and then fly in front of the beaches before going back to PMI and back to FRA. LH had advertised this special flight, FRA-PMI-FRA, on its page and sold all its tickets in a day.
So, luckily I would be there when A380 lands in BCN.

The airport was as busy as it can be on a Saturday noon at the end of the summer season.

Long queues everywhere and security was not an exception, about 15 min. to go through. I realized a special lane opened just for the A380 guests.

Once inside the airport I went around for a while until the time the special LH flight was to land.

Meanwhile I realized there was another strange visitor to BCN, an IB A346 which was just parked at one of the gates. Later I learnt, talking to an IB staff member who was also waiting for the landing of the A380 that she was coming from BOG and had been rerouted to BCN instead of MAD. She did not know why but maybe it had to do with the closing of UIO airport that week due to the failed coup against President Correa. She was not sure about it but I told her that it was a nice addition to BCN log, now that IB has abandoned BCN totally just keeping its 'Pont Aeri' (shuttle) service to MAD.
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A nice view while waiting
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Ready to go to MAD

I followed the A346 to the end of the terminal to see it taking off as today they all occurred on this east configuration, 07R, due to the festival on the beaches where the airspace was restricted and the usual landings were diverted to the 07L runaway.

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Taking off, great view at the end of the Terminal.
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Adéu! Come back soon!

At the same time I was at the terminal I was texting Christian, aka as MIAspotter, who was at one of the beaches enjoying the 'Festa del Cel', and was anxious about seeing the A380.

Finally, at 13.50 the wait was over and here she comes, it was even announced on the speakers at the airport.
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Here she is
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About to land
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A difference in size is sometimes meaningful
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Firemen ready to welcome her as she deserves
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Her first bath at BCN
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Not the only one waiting
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Getting there
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On stand, BTW. the usual stand for the SQ B777

Time to celebrate it my way. A walk to the lounge, operated by Spanair, not very busy today so I was able to grab a seat in front of the computers and had a look at a.net before catching my ride to MXP.
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Cheers everyone!

LH 1793
BCN-MXP
A319-100
D-AILF 'Trier'
First delivered to LH in 1996, then to Air Malta and Germanwings. Back to LH in 2005.
Gate A21
Seat 2A

As I was walking to the gate I got a SMS announcing that my LX flight, MXP-ZRH, had been canceled. What to do? If I went to LX desk I would sure miss my LH flight so I decided to play it cool and board my flight to MXP and then once at MXP see what LX had prepared for me.

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My ride to MXP
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My gate, first time boarding a *A flight on these gates, they usually use B gates.
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Ready to go back to PMI
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Impressive!

Boarding was a but delayed but with just a 40% load we were all on time on board and ready to fly to MXP.

I was originally booked seat 2A but I got 2F to see the last views of our special visitor today especially as Avianca A330 was landing then.
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Nice view
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Walking us back to the apron

As we were moving to the active runaway I saw the A380 taking off on the 07L which is only used by heavy aircraft as it is longer than its sister 07R. Unfortunately I was siting on the wrong side and could not move as 2A had been taken by the only other C passenger today who had been assigned 1F previously.

Take off was on 07R and a quick turn to the right was almost a direct path to MXP.

The weather was calm and the flight was almost uneventful except for some very mild turbulence when leaving the sea somewhere over Genoa.

Food was brought individually to me, the other visitor, was sound sleep as soon as he had taken his seat.

Crew were kind enough to have a chat about the visit of the A380 to BCN.

Food was a plate of cold cuts and some fish, two bites, with some vegetables. It tasted pretty well and together with it I got some more champagne, prossecco on LH Italia, to celebrate a great Saturday afternoon, so far. The fun is yet to come.
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My meal tray, dessert tasted excellent.

Once the meal was over I was asked if I wanted some coffee and I was offered an espresso, no doubt, there we go.
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Espresso on LH Italia, what else?
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Views were very limited with this overcast sky

I do not remember any announcements from the cockpit but I think we started our descent pretty early somewhere over Italy and kept this was until some Italian soil could be seen close to MXP.
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Ciao Italia!
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Getting there
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Lombardian fields in the fall

Landing was on time and once on stand I went straight to the LX office on the departures area.

As soon as I started my speech the agent asked for name and said I was re-booked on a flight to MUC and then to BCN, wooaaaaaawwww, that is what I call service, I guess it pays to be a SEN sometimes.
As he hands me my new schedule I
Waiting at MXP is not particularly fun, thankfully there are some great views of the apron from the terminal and I get to see this Belavia, Belorussian airlines, aircraft which I had never heard of.
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Minsk and Casablanca serviced by this pair.

MXP-MUC
LH 3907
ATR-72
I-ADLT
Delivered to Air Dolimiti in 2000
Gate 35
Seat 5D

My original LX flight was scheduled to depart at 18.20 and the new LH one is supposed to depart at 19.05 so no big time difference. I spend most of the time outside enjoying the beginning of the fall and once I decide to go inside I go to the LH lounge were I grab some pasta salad, prosciutto and cheese that together with some red wine go down very well. Unfortunately the Internet connection is not working in the lounge so I spend most of the time reading and figuring out which aircraft will service MUC today.

I am lucky as I get down to the bus gate area I realize it is not going to be one of LH metal but an Air Dolomiti plane.

My first ride on this company so let's see what it has to offer.

So far my assigned seat, 5A is changed by the gate agent to 5D, no big deal so far.

The bus, full, leaves us at the feet of this beauty.
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My first ride in one of these planes
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Obligatory under wing shot
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Boarding with an IB plane arriving from MAD

As we board the plane I realize it is going to be a full flight. Yeah! I am right all seats are taken.

My view, nice but noisy

As the plane fills it seems clear that there is something wrong, the captain comes out of the cockpit, later a ramper comes in.
As soon as the captain comes back she informs us that there is a problem with a bag from a passenger who seems has not boarded the flight but they will soon track it and take it so we will be leaving with a slight delay.
Well, 10, 20, half an hour.... time goes by and there seems the problem is not solved. The captain comes in again and says that the problem is still there and adds: 'qualche testa saltera questa sera' (someone is going to lose his head tonight) unless the problem is solved quickly.Gluuuuuuups!
The truth is that it was quite surprising to see that it took us almost an hour to solve this problem with missed bags, if it had been an A380 I don't know what would have happened, we would still be there.

People with connections, like myself, were starting to get anxious about our delay, some of them told the crew, two Italian young Fas. They came on the speakers and said that they will contact LH and inform them about that.

Finally at 19.50 we are ready to go; we speed to the runaway and the noise of the propeller gets into my ears. We take off immediately and once we reach our cruising altitude the captain comes on again informing about the delay and regrets the inconvenience caused to all us.

Although my boarding card stated that I will be not given any meal due to the rush in the connection I am offered a filling salad and I enjoy it. Service is quite rushed, the plane is full and not many smiles are on hand today.
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My 'no meal service', not bad
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Cabin view
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Nice glassware, with Air Dolomiti logo

As we are approaching MUC the FO informs us about our altitude and that a direct approach has been granted to us due to the delay. In a matter of minutes the cabin is cleaned and some jelly candy is passed around.

We land right away and taxi to stand at a high speed.

When we are preparing for disembarking the Fas inform that all people with tight connections (it is 21.10 and my flight is supposed to depart at 21.20 and I still do not have a boarding card as the agent at MXP said I was on a wait list although there were more than 40 open seats), I guess I am one of them , there will be some LH agents with vans taking us directly to the plane. All other passengers boarded the bus.

Connections are mentioned: Stuttgart, Shanghai, Warsaw.... and Barcelona. So there I go.

I get off the plane and I see that guy with a card on which Barcelona is written. I go to him and he asks for my boarding card , I hand him the ticket and after checking I am the one he is waiting for he asks me to ride the van and drives me around the airport. At least there were 6 other vans to collect passengers, so service here is a super ten.

As we drive around, my plane is parked at one of the G gates I thank him for the service and joke about how organized Germans are, he tells me that this works 95% of the time. I do not know what happens to the other 5%.

When we reach the gate I walk left to the outer stairs but he corrects me 'this way please' and takes out a key that opens the lower door to the gate tower. We take the elevator up and head down the bridge to the plane where the crew welcomes me by name.

I am most impressed.

MUC-BCN
LH 4482
A320-200
D-AIPX 'Mannheim'
First delivered to LH in 1991, to Germanwings in 2003 and back to LH in 2004
Gate G??
Seat 2F

The plane is half empty and everybody seems to be there for a time, it is 21.20 so the doors are secured and locked and we move to the runaway.

The plane is clean, fresh and well maintained.
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Obligatory shield of the city after which the plane is named

The purser, a middle-aged man, offers me the refreshing towel and some magazines.
Safety demonstration is done manually and we take off after some other LH planes.
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Oktoberfest grounds. I assume many people down there would get similar pictures after some beers.

Once we reach our cruising altitude we are offered the traditional cold meal for LH European short flights. The cold cuts are fresh and taste really good but the dessert is like a ball of heavy concrete.
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Tonight's meal

The flight is uneventful and refillings and coffee are offered throughout the flight.

Once we reach BCN area some clouds make the plane shake a bit; they are scarce but quiet thick and every time we cross one the plane shakes a bit.

But there is still one surprise before we land, all indicates that we are going to land on 07R but no, we turn over the sea and land on 02, the runaway that crosses the airport from the south and that starts right over the sea, it is a pity it is so dark because it is a nice landing.

We are quickly directed to the gate and once we park I am off for a taxi ride that takes me home in 15 minutes.

All in all a great afternoon/night of flying with some interesting surprises.

Looking forward to flying the next segment: BCN-ZRH-MXP-BCN next Saturday October 9th.

Let's see what surprises it brings.

Thanks fro reading and please feel free to write any comments.

Roger_BCN


"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8912 times:

Hola Roger,

Finally another exciting report of yours after a long time. It looks like you had a succesfull day trip with nice airlines like Lufthansa Italia and Air Dolomiti. On top of that, a close encounter with LH A380.

The J meal looked all delicious and well presented on the nice crockery's.

The interior photo of Aerobus and BCN T1 make me miss Barcelona somehow.

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8820 times:

Hi Roger,

for sure intereresting. Nice score with IB 346 and LH 380 around in BCN. Not the usual sights indeed! That AV A330 is great stuff also, but somehow I always see their B762 in BCN.

Impressed by LH's service, or LX for that matter. I think they treat normal passengers the same though. Rebooking is just a standard solution for these airlines in case of cancellations. Good for you that you fly on the LH group. They always get you at the destination. Can be different on the lowcost airlines or smaller companies.

Quoting rogerbcn (Thread starter):
We take the elevator up and head down the bridge to the plane where the crew welcomes me by name.

I am most impressed.

Yeah you got a name. That Roger,... that passenger who delays our last leg to BCN and we've to wait for him since he's SEN and in C   Yep, I'm sure that's what happened... Nice, because crew can show their best of friendly skills in such situations.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8753 times:

Hola nois!

Thanks for your replies so far.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 2):
That Roger,... that passenger who delays our last leg to BCN and we've to wait for him since he's SEN and in C

That is putting it mildly as the looks on some of the passengers' faces showed a more angry look. That is when they tell you, we will have a slight delay because of a connecting passenger.... in fact, we just left 5 min. late. Not too bad.
Anyway, thanks for waiting.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
make me miss Barcelona somehow.

Well Suryo, you are welcomed back any time.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8669 times:

Hola, Roger,

that sounds like a real interesting day, the A380 at BCN, the cancelled flight and the rebooking for Air Dolomiti.
Also MUC transfer service sounds well done.
Nice pictures, meals looks also good.

Quoting rogerbcn (Thread starter):
except for a brief encounter in Mallorca with Markus (aka. here as Flieger67) in September,

Thanx again for the nice day, my story will coming up soon.

Best wishes,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5129 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8176 times:

Hello Mister Roger. I have been thinking of Barcelona a lot lately ... I have a lot of fond memories of the city and have a lot of connections to it ... and the people for sure  . Hmmm ... you're giving me thoughts I can't afford to have ...

Quoting rogerbcn (Thread starter):
IB has abandoned BCN totally just keeping its 'Pont Aeri' (shuttle) service to MAD.

= I have a feeling, that this will change soon.

Quoting rogerbcn (Thread starter):
The fun is yet to come.

= You should write mystery novels ... you're good at getting us hooked. I am almost waiting for what would happen next  .

Quoting rogerbcn (Thread starter):
'qualche testa saltera questa sera' (someone is going to lose his head tonight)

= LOL.

Thanks so much for the report.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8588 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8035 times:
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Hi Roger,

Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing the day with us, sure did change a bit!

Quoting rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Food was a plate of cold cuts and some fish, two bites, with some vegetables. It tasted pretty well and together with it I got some more champagne, prossecco on LH Italia

- Not a bad looking meal really.

Quoting rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Waiting at MXP is not particularly fun, thankfully there are some great views of the apron from the terminal

- The view from the terminal is the best thing about MXP.

Quoting rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Although my boarding card stated that I will be not given any meal due to the rush in the connection I am offered a filling salad and I enjoy it

- Always nice to get something, especially when not expecting it, looks ok too.

Quoting rogerbcn (Thread starter):
When we reach the gate I walk left to the outer stairs but he corrects me 'this way please' and takes out a key that opens the lower door to the gate tower. We take the elevator up and head down the bridge to the plane where the crew welcomes me by name.

I am most impressed.

- Me too!

The LH 'cold cuts' is the worse looking meal of the 3 flights, IMO.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinemusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1098 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7865 times:

I am most curious if anyone knows why the LX flight was cancelled?

regards
musapapaya



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User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7786 times:

Hola nois!

Thanks for your comments so far.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
that sounds like a real interesting day, the A380 at BCN, the cancelled flight and the rebooking for Air Dolomiti. Also MUC transfer service sounds well done.

Markus,
it was a very interesting day. It is amusing to think that such an easy scheme of flying can turn into something special. When I was told the LX cancelled the flight it came to my mind all sort of possible combinations, even I thought about spending the night at an airport hotel.... anyway, very interesting day.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 5):
I have a feeling, that this will change soon.

Alex,
is it just a feeling? or something more behind it? If you are thinking about the BCN-GRU rights they have been granted I think it is just an IB move to fight the SQ flight on the same route; anyway, you are the expert, so I am just guessing.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
The view from the terminal is the best thing about MXP.

Mark,
It is just the only acceptable distraction in MXP. I found it to be quite a dull airport.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
Always nice to get something, especially when not expecting it, looks ok too.

In fact, it was the same meal everyone else had on board. So I guess someone did not want his/her meal or they had packed extra ones.

Quoting musapapaya (Reply 7):
I am most curious if anyone knows why the LX flight was cancelled?

Musapapaya,
I am just guessing but since I was told that the flight was cancelled around 14.00 I assume it was just because the poor load, bear in mind that there are about 6 frequencies on a Saturday operated by Swiss on Avros or Fokker 100 and they sent an A320 for their last flight that day as I saw it while departing to MUC. So they packed all the passengers to ZRH and their connections on that flight.



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User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5934 posts, RR: 40
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7362 times:

great report! and looks like LH and their doughter companys are still offering a good service.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
The LH 'cold cuts' is the worse looking meal of the 3 flights, IMO.

can not agree with you! specially that they even served "Wurstsalad" just great !  



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7137 times:

Hi Roger,

A very enjoyable Monday morning read.

Quoting rogerbcn (Thread starter):
it was even announced on the speakers at the airport.

What a really nice touch. And how great that you managed to see both the A343 and the A380 at BCN, that was certainly a special day.

So, the MXP-ZRH was cancelled. My guess - it was a Helvetic gone tech. Still, you were treated the way a SEN should be. Great that you got to fly on Air Dolomiti and what excellent service at MUC. I'm not surprised they win so many awards.

Hope all went well on Saturday. I was up in the mountains so wouldn't have been there when you passed through ZRH...

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27295 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7136 times:

Hey Roger a great read and nice photos as usual. LH catering not bad . The Belavia photo you took is nice although its weird seeing their livery on a non TU- fleet. They used to fly SNN-MSQ for a long time with the TU's .

Thanks for the great report and nice LH A380 pics.

Regards

Philip


User currently offlineNQYGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7038 times:

Great report. I'm flying MXP-ZRH with LX by Helvetic in December. Your story doesn't fill me with hope!

User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6950 times:

Hi Rogerbcn,

thank you for your TR!!! I'm deeply envious of your Fiesta del Cel but, given that the most "beachy" thing my town has to offer are the river's banks, I see no way we can copy such an event.

However, bad load for LHI on the BCN flight, 40% means that the flight won't make any profit at all. Can you tell us how many premium passengers were on board? I think I haven't found it in your reportage.

Keep them coming!

JL418


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6764 times:

Hola nois!

Thanks for the bunch of replies. Happy you enjoyed reading the TR.

Avianca,

Quoting Avianca (Reply 9):
great report! and looks like LH and their doughter companys are still offering a good service.

They certainly do. I enjoyed the service very much and the crews on LH were excellent, Air Dolomiti a little below, but it was a full plane on a relatively short flight, so they were busy and the heavy delay was adding stress I guess.

Hannah,

Quoting infodesk (Reply 10):
Hope all went well on Saturday. I was up in the mountains so wouldn't have been there when you passed through ZRH...

Thanks for your nice comments.
Sure MUC is a superb airport to go through, although I still prefer ZRH. My original connecting time at ZRH was very short so I did not contact you in advance. Next time, I will PM you.

Philip,

Quoting oa260 (Reply 11):
Thanks for the great report and nice LH A380 pics.

Thanks for your informative comments about Belavia.
Glad you enjoyed reading it.

HQYGuy,

Quoting NQYGuy (Reply 12):
I'm flying MXP-ZRH with LX by Helvetic in December. Your story doesn't fill me with hope!

Do not panic. 5 out of 6 MXP-ZRH are operated on LX metal, AVROS, only the 15.00 flight is operated by Helvetic, Fokker100, which I certainly prefer as the take off of those little machines are always a pleasure to fly.

JL418,

Quoting JL418 (Reply 13):
However, bad load for LHI on the BCN flight, 40% means that the flight won't make any profit at all. Can you tell us how many premium passengers were on board? I think I haven't found it in your reportage.

Thanks for your comments.
Certainly 'La Festa del Cel' is a great asset to BCN, I love it although I could not enjoy it this year. Next one!
The load in C was just two passengers: the sleeping guy and myself out of 12 seats... very good service indeed. I do not know if they make out any money out of this flight but I hope they keep their prices as low and keep up the possibility of buying OW at reasonable prices, something LH does not allow.

Salut!

Roger

[Edited 2010-10-11 08:02:00]


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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6711 times:

Hola Roger,

That's definitely a nice Saturday afternoon of flying with a bit of surprises and suspension thrown in! Glad that LX sorted your cancellation out so quickly and proactively, but then again that's the main difference between full service, traditional carriers and LCCs - when something goes tits up on the latter you usually are screwed and on your own!

Congrats on seeing the A380 as well. I agree it would've been great if I could've logged so registration of the one I saw at MAD the next day to see if it was the same bird - maybe they were doing a two-day Iberian tour or something.

Hope you post another report on the return part, that should make for some interesting comparison (assuming LX doesn't do another cancellation!) .


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6679 times:

Hola FlyingFinn76!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
Congrats on seeing the A380 as well. I agree it would've been great if I could've logged so registration of the one I saw at MAD the next day to see if it was the same bird - maybe they were doing a two-day Iberian tour or something.

As far as I know, after checking airfleets.net it seems it was the same bird indeed, D-AIMC, Peking, flying that weekend twice to PMI from FRA and then heading on Saturday to BCN and on Sunday to MAD before returning to PMI and then to FRA. Certainly a great catch of Mediterranean sun for her before heading to the 'cold north'  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
Hope you post another report on the return part, that should make for some interesting comparison (assuming LX doesn't do another cancellation!) .

Sure I will, A morning of flying will soon follow after my return on Saturday afternoon. I am sure LX has played enough around with me so I assume it will all be smooth, although I wouldn't mind another unexpected tour around Europe.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6233 times:

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 14):
Thanks for your comments.
Certainly 'La Festa del Cel' is a great asset to BCN, I love it although I could not enjoy it this year. Next one!
The load in C was just two passengers: the sleeping guy and myself out of 12 seats... very good service indeed. I do not know if they make out any money out of this flight but I hope they keep their prices as low and keep up the possibility of buying OW at reasonable prices, something LH does not allow.

Salut!

Roger

You're welcome, and thanks for the informations. I hope they'll keep the current prices as long as possible but, given the amount of competition LHI is facing, I'd be surprised if they'd rise them up. I do agree about one-way tickets, sometimes Lufthansa's website goes bonkers and asks 500 € for one of them, especially for those heading towards Zurich or Frankfurt. Luckily however it's still possible to find good offers at around 40-50 €.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6937 posts, RR: 77
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6221 times:

Interesting report, Roger. The catering looks absolutely delicious.

Quoting rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Firemen ready to welcome her as she deserves

Ah, a very familiar scene...these LH A380s get wet very often.  


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6124 times:

Hola!

Thanks for the replies.

Hola JL418,

Quoting JL418 (Reply 17):
You're welcome, and thanks for the informations. I hope they'll keep the current prices

Indeed!         

Hola PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Interesting report, Roger. The catering looks absolutely delicious.

Thanks for reading.
Food was delicious all along, but I would like to have warm plates on all flights.

Salut!

Roger



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