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Feb. 2011: MAN-CDG-BEY On BE And MEA  
User currently offlineJOE777 From Saudi Arabia, joined Mar 2011, 46 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9489 times:

Hi all, welcome to my first trip report on airliners.net. I hope you enjoy reading it, and kindly let me know of any feedback or comments  .

Planning:

Since starting my masters degree in January 2010, I didn’t have the opportunity to go on holiday, due to the amount of work load at university.
In November 2010, I decided to book a holiday to go on after submitting my thesis to university. And being an ex-resident of Lebanon and having many friends there, I decided to book a flight to Beirut in early feb. “which means spending my birthday in Beirut! Wooohooo!”.
Another thought was since that I will be flying to the Middle East, I might as well pass by to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to catch up with some friends as well.
After carefully checking all the options, I decided to book my ticket with the following itinerary:

AF1899* 02FEB MAN-CDG 0615 0830 *operated by Flybe*
AF0564* 02FEB CDG-BEY 1030 1550 *operated by MEA*
KL445 13FEB BAH-AMS 0100 0550
KL1073 13FEB AMS-MAN 0805 0825

After purchasing this ticket from travelocity.co.uk, it was time to arrange for my flights from BEY-JED, and JED-BAH.
Having flown on Nas Air previously, I find them quite reasonable priced and so far with my experience, I haven’t been disappointed yet. So I decided to book BEY-JED on Nas Air, with a price of 420SR (£70)!
For the JED-BAH flight, I booked my ticket with my miles on the Gulf Air FF. Taxes costed me £28.

Hence, my full itinerary for the trip would be:
AF1899* 02FEB MAN-CDG 0615 0830 *operated by Flybe Embarer 195*
AF0564* 02FEB CDG-BEY 1030 1550 *operated by MEA A330-200*
XY716 06FEB BEY-JED 2035 0010+1 *operated by Nas Air A320”
SV1589 07FEB JED-YNB 0620 0710 *operated by Saudia E70*
SV1588 07FEB YNB-JED 1600 1650 *operated by Saudia E70*
GF172 10FEB JED-BAH 1405 1620 *operated by Gulf Air A330-300”
KL445 13FEB BAH-AMS 0100 0550 *operated by KLM A330-200”
KL1073 13FEB AMS-MAN 0805 0825 *operated by KLM B737-700”

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First Flight:
Date: 02 - FEB - 2010
Flight Number: AF1899/BE 3121
Departure Airport: Manchester International (MAN)
Arrival Airport: Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG)
Scheduled Departure Time: 06:15
Actual Departure Time: 0624
Scheduled Arrival Time: 0840
Cruising Altitude: 24,000ft
Passenger Load: ~80%
Aircraft: Embraer 195
Registration: G-FBEJ

I decided to leave home quite early in order to sort out an issue “which will be discussed further in this report”. Hence, left home at 3am, and arrived to the airport 3:35am. After having a quick cigarette, I entered T3 and went upstairs to the check-in area. According to the display screens, desks 40-43 were allocated and open for this flight. Nevertheless, by 3:45am, there was still no staff on the check-in desks!


Airlines that operate from T3 at MAN


T3 Entrance


Flybe check-in area at T3




At 3:50am, two young lady staff approached the desks and opened for check-in. I approached the desk, and handed her my passport and travel itinerary.

Me: “Morning love”

Bex: “Morning there sir”

Me: “I would like to ask whether its possible to check-in my bags all the way to Beirut? Since that both flights are Air France codeshare?”

Bex: “Yes certainly, not a problem”.

Me: “Oh thats great, thank you!”

After few clicks on her terminal :

Bex: “Ummm, I’m sorry sir, but I cannot check-in your bags all the way to Beirut. It looks like you have to collect your baggage at CDG and check in again for your other flight!”

Me: “What? But I rang Air France yesterday and they confirmed that my baggage should be checked-in all the way to BEY, as both flights are AF codeshare!”

Bex: “Well, I’m sorry sir, the system is not allowing me to check-in your luggage all the way to BEY, and your connecting flight is only showing with an ME flight code, and that is why I cannot check you in since that I do not have access to their system.

Me: “Oh gosh! So theres nothing you can do? Nothing that can be done? Because that means I have to change my connecting flight in CDG to the later one in the afternoon, since that 1hr30mins transit is not enough to collect my baggage, transfer from terminal 2E to terminal 2F and then check-in again for my next flight!”

Bex: “I’m so sorry sir, theres nothing I can do on my side. However, you can wait for half an hour, and an Air France rep. will be on the customer service desk, and she might be able to help you.”

Me: “Ok then, I’ll check with her, Thank you”.

Obviously, I was gutted once I heard this news, which meant the possibility of having a 5hr transit in CDG! I decided to wait for the Air France rep. to arrive, in order to discuss the matter and hopefully find a solution.

30mins later, the AF rep arrives to the desk, and I approached the desk:

Me: “Good morning, I was wondering if you can help me with my issue?”

AF rep.: “Certainly sir, let me see what I can do”

After less than a minute, and few clicks and buttons pressed, and a few phone calls to AF in CDG and MEA in CDG,

AF rep.: “Here you go sir, you can go back to the check-in desk and they should be able to check you in all the way to BEY”.

Me: “Phewww! Thats a relief! Thank you! However, if I may ask, what was the issue?”

AF rep.: “For some reason, on your reservation, your connecting flight was only showing its ME flight code, and not the AF. And that is why they couldn’t check your bags in all the way. But thats all sorted now. Have a nice trip sir”

Me: “Thank you very much Ms.”

I went back to the check-in desk and asked Bex to try again, and there it goes, everything went smoothly, my bags were checked in all the way to BEY, and got my boarding pass as well for the connecting flight.

Then it was time to proceed to the departure lounge.. And by this time, the airport started to fill up with passengers, and the departure lounge was quite busy.






I couldn’t be bothered to sit down, so I ended up walking around and snapping shots and wanted to see if I could get some good shots of planes. However, since that it was dark, and the light reflection on the glass, it made it really hard to get a decent shot.




Massage chairs, very comfortable!

At 5.45am, gate 44 was assigned for our trip to CDG. Gate wasn’t really busy, and boarding started at 5.50am. No air-bridge available today, hence needed to go down the stairs and then up using the “mini-stairs” for the Embraer 195 “G-FBEJ”.














Push-back was at 6.24am and taxied to runway 23L for take-off at 6.36am. Take-off was nice and smooth, though felt a bit steep climb. Shortly after that, the F.A started the round of “snacks, sandwiches and drinks”. Prices were OK, e.g: a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, with a bottle of water cost me £6.50.

Legroom on the Embraer 195


Inflight magazine - Feb 2011


Safety card


At cruising altitude

At 8.30am Paris Time, we started our descend into CDG. The captain made an announcement that the weather is quite cloudy and low visibility, so it might be a bumpy landing! And yes, he was right, the clouds were so thick that I can say that for nearly 5mins continuously, all you can see from the window is WHITE clouds as we were passing through them.


Beginning of descent into CDG through thick clouds





Touchdown at 8.52am, a bit of a rough one though. Taxied to remote stand, which was surprisingly quite far from Terminal 2E. Disembarked the plane at 9.05am, and was hit by the cold breeze of Paris! The bus that took us to Terminal 2E was very packed! I think they might have squeezed nearly all the passengers on our flight onto one bus, if I’m not mistaken! Anyways, journey took about 7mins to the Terminal, and then entered the Terminal and followed the signs to 2F. I must say though, I was quite disappointed with the fact that there was an AF employee at the door assisting transiting passengers, and he did not speak English! All he could say after me asking him was: “2F” and pointing with his finger towards the bus.
Then I saw the noticeboard with different buses from this pickup point connecting passengers to the other terminals. And there was more than one that goes to 2F. So I asked the AF employee: “Excuse me, when is the next express bus to 2F?”, as there were some express buses that took about 10mins, and others that last about 25mins due to the fact that they go around all the terminals before ending up in 2F. Nevertheless, the AF employee couldn’t reply, and all he said was “2F” and pointing towards the door to exit and get on the bus.

Bus routes info

FIDS

Luckily enough, the next bus was the express to 2F, with only one stop at 2C first and then continuing to 2F. Journey time to 2F was about 10mins in total.


Onboard transfer bus to T2F


SV A320


Oman Air A330


Ukraine Airlines (B757?)

On arriving to 2F, and going up the escalator, I was greeted by an Asian French airport employee. Again, they started talking in French. Lucky enough I understand and can speak the basics, so replied back to her in French as well. Though she giggled when I replied, so that made me believe that my accent isn’t that great in French apparently :p!
Again at the security check, I was spoken to in French, with one officer asking “if i had any liquids, gels, etc...”. The only way I understood that is because he was sitting down on a table and had small plastic bags in front of him! And again, at the x-ray machine, I was spoken to in French, however this time I replied in English, but it didn’t seem to matter as I was still replied back to in French!

9.35am and I’m wondering about in Terminal 2F duty free. Gate F53 was assigned for our CDG-BEY flight. Boarding commenced at 9.50am. I was quite disappointed again that there was no air-bridge to the plane, and that we had to get on the bus again to take us to the remote stand. Journey time to the plane took about 10-12mins roughly.


Terminal 2F Duty Free on lower level, and gates on upper level


Gates area

Second Flight:
Date: 02 - FEB - 2011
Flight Number: ME /AF 564
Departure Airport: Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG)
Arrival Airport: Beirut International Airport (BEY)
Scheduled Departure Time: 1030
Actual Departure Time: 1132
Scheduled Arrival Time: 1550
Actual Arrival Time: 1710
Passenger Load: ~30-40%
Aircraft: Airbus A330-200

Upon boarding the plane, I was greeted by the Cabin Manager and showed to my seat “21D” on this A330-200. I was quite shocked with the seat configuration for the first two rows in economy. The first row was configured as 2-3-2, and the second row onwards were 2-4-2. And the fact that my seat “21D” is positioned in a weird position and legroom was awful and the PTV was not directly infront of my seat, it was onto the right “behind the first aisle seat of the first row”! Quite inconvenient configuration I must say!


PTV on ME A330


Legroom

Since that the passenger load today was about 30-40%, there were many empty seats, so I decided to move back to row 25, and take the middle 4 seats for myself.

Here are some pics of the MEA A330 PTV system:











Door was closed at 10.32am, and we were “supposed” to be ready for push-back! However, at 10.50am, the captain announced that there will be a 40mins delay starting now, due to the bad weather and low visibility at CDG and that only one runway was operating at the moment. Drinks were distributed during the wait. Later on, I decided to head to the galley and have a quick chat with the flight attendants and take some cabin pics.










Finally push-back was at 11.32am local time, and take-off was at 11.56am from runway 26L.

Following take-off, menus were given out, and a round of drinks commenced, along with peanuts. I must say, those were the most delicious and freshest peanuts I have ever had! And upon checking the production date on the bag, it was less than 2weeks ago!





Choice for lunch today were either Salmon Fish, or Chicken. I opted for the chicken.












The chicken dish was “supposed to be” chicken with sauce! However, as it can be seen in the pictures, and after me tasting it, it was quite dry and plain. But credit must be given and honesty said, the chicken itself was cooked perfectly. not too hard and not too soggy and soft. The smoked salmon appetizer was delicious. All in all, I was satisfied with the meal.
Following the meal service, trays were collected and tea and coffee was served. I must say, the F.A were very attentive and efficient!





After the lunch service, I headed back to the galley to have a chat with the Senior Cabin Manager, “whom I apologise for forgetting his name!”, and discussed how MEA has changed over the years, their new fleet orders, their current strategy, and his position in MEA. Apparently, he has been with MEA since that time they had their 747s in the 1980s. I was really impressed with his professionalism. He introduced me to his fellow flight attendants on the flight, “Nadine, Michelle, Sara, Reema”. All were lovely and very beautiful! I must say, thumbs up MEA for that :-P!




Clean and well maintained lavatories


Inflight magazine, Feb 2011


Ended up going there, amazing atmosphere and food, and lovely live entertainment  







Soon it was time for our descent into lovely Beirut. I returned back to my seat, grabbed my camera, and positioned myself onto a window seat behind the wing on the left side to have a view of the landing at BEY. Clear skies, normal visibility, and low wind helped for a smooth descent.




Touch-down was a little rough, and braking was too strong. Though all in all, good landing. We taxied to the gate, and deplaned at 1710.

Passport Control queues were quite empty as not many flights arrived at that time. And as soon as I was done, I approached the baggage reclaim hall and was impressed that my bags were already there waiting for me! Another thumbs up for BEY handling services.

And thats the end of my first TR, I would appreciate your kind comments and feedback to improve my future TRs.

TRs coming up soon:

BEY-JED on Nas Air A320
JED-YNB-JED on SV E170
LHR-JED on BA 767
along with a couple more trips coming up in the next 2months!


Cheers,
Joe   

18 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineryan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1494 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 9390 times:

Interesting report. Glad your issues in MAN were sorted in a satisfactory manner.

Despite the french hating the english langauge, you would think at a major international gateway like CDG, there would be someone who can speak some english.



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User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 9361 times:
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Great report with a good selection of photographs. MEA looks to offer a very good service and the IFE looks more than suitable to a flight of this length too.

I look forward to your next reports,

Kev.



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User currently offlineJOE777 From Saudi Arabia, joined Mar 2011, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9270 times:

Quoting ryan h (Reply 1):
Interesting report.

Thank you Ryan!

Quoting ryan h (Reply 1):
Glad your issues in MAN were sorted in a satisfactory manner.

Yes indeed! It was such a relief that an AF representative managed to solve my issue in a satisfactory manner.

Quoting ryan h (Reply 1):
Despite the french hating the english langauge, you would think at a major international gateway like CDG, there would be someone who can speak some english.

Totally agree with you on this point! This issue actually made me not consider CDG as a transit point for my future travel

Quoting FlyKev (Reply 2):
Great report with a good selection of photographs. MEA looks to offer a very good service and the IFE looks more than suitable to a flight of this length too.

I look forward to your next reports,

Thank you FlyKev  . MEA do actually offer a great product on their A330s from LHR and CDG. Service was outstanding and relatively new fleet. However, for a 4hr flight time, I very much enjoyed their service. This actually made me certain of my choice to avoid using BMI for a route of MAN-LHR-BEY, as they use an A321 on the LHR-BEY and service does not even come close to what I experienced on ME.

More reports coming soon  .



Cheers,
Joe   


User currently offlineRAGAZZO777 From Uruguay, joined Jul 2010, 579 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8855 times:

Interesting trip report. I think you did a great job for your first report.

It's quite a shame that you didn't 'enjoy' your transit at CDG. In my opinion, CDG is not that bad, it's just that most of its agents/airport staff aren't really efficient. Whether one likes it or not, English is THE international language (at least for the time being) and airport staff should be qualified in that language.

Looking forward to your nex trip reports !

Regards,
Nick  



JESÚS, TE AMO !!
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1571 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8498 times:
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Hi Joe,

Very interesting report on your FlyBE & MEA experience. Judging from your pics MEA looks like a decent airline and their A332 looks clean & well maintained inside.

Quoting JOE777 (Thread starter):
Hence, my full itinerary for the trip would be

That's quite an interesting itinerary you have there!

Quoting JOE777 (Thread starter):
Here you go sir, you can go back to the check-in desk and they should be able to check you in all the way

Good thing you insisted in having this issue solved, good customer service also from the AF employee.

Quoting JOE777 (Thread starter):
and he did not speak English!

That's bad for a big international airport like CDG...

Quoting JOE777 (Thread starter):
Legroom

Looks excellent!

Thanks & looking forward to your next stories,
(Sulta)Nils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineJOE777 From Saudi Arabia, joined Mar 2011, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8310 times:

Quoting RAGAZZO777 (Reply 4):
Interesting trip report. I think you did a great job for your first report.

Thank you Nick, I appreciate your valuable comment  .

Quoting RAGAZZO777 (Reply 4):
It's quite a shame that you didn't 'enjoy' your transit at CDG. In my opinion, CDG is not that bad, it's just that most of its agents/airport staff aren't really efficient. Whether one likes it or not, English is THE international language (at least for the time being) and airport staff should be qualified in that language.

Much agreed, to be honest, I have been to France before and experienced this issue. However, I thought that I wouldnt face this issue at CDG for it being an international hub! But nonetheless, it was a smooth experience afterall.

Quoting RAGAZZO777 (Reply 4):
Looking forward to your nex trip reports !

Thanks  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Very interesting report on your FlyBE & MEA experience. Judging from your pics MEA looks like a decent airline and their A332 looks clean & well maintained inside.

Indeed it was a lovely experience, and the A332 was well maintained and a great service for a relatively small airline.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
That's quite an interesting itinerary you have there!

Hahaha, well, it was quite exhausting as well to be honest! All within 11days

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Good thing you insisted in having this issue solved, good customer service also from the AF employee.

I very much appreciated AF's customer service, both through their call centre and at the MAN airport itself.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Looks excellent!

It was quite generous I might say compared to other airlines I have flown on.



Cheers,
Joe   


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2429 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 8156 times:

Hi Joe,

I did not expect to see your report popping up so soon. But I do not mind at all. In fact, you have made an impressive debut! Bravo!

I really like your conversational style of writing. It makes your experience become real. Especially when you described the check in issues.

ME is a good choice of airline. Courteous service, decent food, lovely in flight entertainment. I never read any bad experience with ME on A.net.

Oh, last but not least, your pictures are gorgeous!   

Yes, I will be there with you in the next two months until you are back in MAN.   

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1520 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7667 times:

Cool report.
The MEA product looks good onboard. I have however heard pretty bad things about their cabin service, but you seem to have been lucky.
Really like those cute little menus!
Landing in Beirut is totally amazing! Lukcy you were sitting on the left hand side of the aicraft.


User currently offlineairlinefreak1 From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 260 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7635 times:

Shukran for an Awesome trip report ... Really enjoyed reading it. Shame the loads on the cdg- bey flight were low.
Would lOve tO try them one day.

Are you in Manchester uni ?

Can't wait for the other reports  

Regards

Ahmed


User currently offlineJOE777 From Saudi Arabia, joined Mar 2011, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7567 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
I did not expect to see your report popping up so soon. But I do not mind at all. In fact, you have made an impressive debut! Bravo!

Thank you very much Suryo! It means alot coming from a fellow a.netter that I enjoy reading his reports  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
I really like your conversational style of writing. It makes your experience become real. Especially when you described the check in issues.

I tried to use this style to be as accurate as possible, especially considering that I write my reports in step by step, and as soon as I experience a certain part of the journey. However, posting the report took some time as I was quite busy in the last few months  .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Oh, last but not least, your pictures are gorgeous!  

Thank you! Although I thought the picture quality weren't that great basic of my relative basic camera, however, I'm glad they turned out OK.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Yes, I will be there with you in the next two months until you are back in MAN.   

I am actually back in MAN, however I have some trips in early June ex-LHR to DXB, and a few other flights between DXB, BAH, JED and a couple of domestic flights in Saudi Arabia too.

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 8):
Cool report.

Thank you gardermoen  
Quoting gardermoen (Reply 8):
The MEA product looks good onboard. I have however heard pretty bad things about their cabin service, but you seem to have been lucky.

Hmmmm, interesting. I haven't heard any bad comments about their comments from fellow frequent travellers on MEA. Though, I am interested to know what you have previously heard?

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 8):
Landing in Beirut is totally amazing! Lukcy you were sitting on the left hand side of the aicraft.

It is indeed! Lovely approach coming in from the sea into BEY. I actually have a video of the landing too, will upload it over the next few days and add it to this TR.

Quoting airlinefreak1 (Reply 9):
Shukran for an Awesome trip report ... Really enjoyed reading it.

You're most welcome Ahmed. I'm glad you enjoyed it  
Quoting airlinefreak1 (Reply 9):
Shame the loads on the cdg- bey flight were low.

Yes indeed, I was actually quite surprised. However, I think considering the fact that there are around 3-4 daily flights between CDG and BEY, shared between AF and ME. I have also heard that their flights from LHR are usually quite busy though.

Quoting airlinefreak1 (Reply 9):
Would lOve tO try them one day.

You definitely should, it was a satisfactory experience for me  .

Quoting airlinefreak1 (Reply 9):
Are you in Manchester uni ?

Nop, I used to be based in London and finished my masters in London, however relocated to Manchester in the last few months. Though still a frequent commuter between London and Manchester.


Cheers,
Joe   


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2429 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7449 times:

Quoting JOE777 (Reply 10):
especially considering that I write my reports in step by step, and as soon as I experience a certain part of the journey.

That is the way to do it! Keep it up.

Quoting JOE777 (Reply 10):
However, posting the report took some time as I was quite busy in the last few months .

Oh yes, tell me about it.



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User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1520 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7422 times:

Quoting JOE777
Hmmmm, interesting. I haven't heard any bad comments about their comments from fellow frequent travellers on MEA. Though, I am interested to know what you have previously heard?

I have heard from several friends in Lebanon who prefer to fly other carriers because of lazy and poor cabin service of MEA. Mind you, this was some 3 years back now,.

One thing I noticed, your menu did not offer any Lebanese meal option. Not even dessert. That is somewhat dissapointing!


User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3493 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7338 times:

Great first trip report! BEY is on the top of the list of places I'd like to visit sometime soon and I'd really like to fly MEA if at all possible. Looks like the load factor on that CDG-BEY flight was pretty low--was it? I'd find that surprising.

Quoting ryan h (Reply 1):
Despite the french hating the english langauge, you would think at a major international gateway like CDG, there would be someone who can speak some english.

I had the same problem when I transferred through CDG a few years ago (enroute SEA-LAX-CDG-HEL on AS/AF/AY...might have to write that trip report at some point). My lack of French language skills wasn't a huge problem until I was boarding my AY flight to HEL when it took two gate agents to sort out a simple confusion with my boarding pass before finally being allowed on my way. The fact that I had to traverse the entire airport to make my flight really discouraged me from any future codeshare transfers, but I was certainly impressed by the facilities!



Next Flight: 9/17 BFI-BFI
User currently offlineairlinefreak1 From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 260 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7218 times:

That's excellent ! I work between Manchester and Dubai ! so I regularly take flights to the middleeast.
Shame mea doesn't fly from man
Can't wait for the other trip reports !

Regards

Ahmed


User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26489 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7086 times:

Nice report love MEA. A great airline that should do well in future , with the expansion at BEY and Skyteam they are well placed.

The food doesnt look as good as I got on my flights. Did they offer you Mamoul after the meal?

Thanks for the report.

OA260  



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3022 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6709 times:

It was nice to see a TR for MEA as I just came back from Amman on Royal Jordanian - nice comparison, and the service seems similar, albeit that MEA give out menus still.

Quoting JOE777 (Thread starter):
The bus that took us to Terminal 2E was very packed! I think they might have squeezed nearly all the passengers on our flight onto one bus, if I’m not mistaken! Anyways, journey took about 7mins to the Terminal, and then entered the Terminal and followed the signs to 2F. I must say though, I was quite disappointed with the fact that there was an AF employee at the door assisting transiting passengers, and he did not speak English! All he could say after me asking him was: “2F” and pointing with his finger towards the bus.
Then I saw the noticeboard with different buses from this pickup point connecting passengers to the other terminals. And there was more than one that goes to 2F. So I asked the AF employee: “Excuse me, when is the next express bus to 2F?”, as there were some express buses that took about 10mins, and others that last about 25mins due to the fact that they go around all the terminals before ending up in 2F. Nevertheless, the AF employee couldn’t reply, and all he said was “2F” and pointing towards the door to exit and get on the bus.

Chaning in CDG sounds like a complete nightmare. I wonder why they made it so difficult. Many of the IB staff in MAD only speak Spanish, so AF/CDG aren't alone in that respect.

Quoting JOE777 (Thread starter):
Shortly after that, the F.A started the round of “snacks, sandwiches and drinks”. Prices were OK, e.g: a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, with a bottle of water cost me £6.50.

It's a shame, given that they codeshare with AF, that catering isn't complimentary on that route.



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Reply 17, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6701 times:

Hi Joe,


Welcome to the world of a.net trip reporting, and thank you for a great first!   the pictures are of excellent quality!

MEA seems to offer a very good product, and they are on my list for sure. One question, did you need to get a visa to enter Saudi? and if so, how difficult was it to obtain?


Thanks a lot for sharing! definitely looking forward to more! Keep it up!

Cheers,
Roni  



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User currently offlineJOE777 From Saudi Arabia, joined Mar 2011, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6585 times:

OA260,

Quoting oa260 (Reply 15):
Nice report love MEA. A great airline that should do well in future , with the expansion at BEY and Skyteam they are well placed.

Thank you  . Yes indeed, they do look to have a bright future ahead.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 15):
The food doesnt look as good as I got on my flights. Did they offer you Mamoul after the meal?

Well, the food was ok to be honest. Not bad for an economy class meal served on a 4hr flight.
Hahahaha, Nop, unfortunately I did not get any Mamoul! I did not know they usually offer that!


Gabrielchew,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
It was nice to see a TR for MEA as I just came back from Amman on Royal Jordanian - nice comparison, and the service seems similar, albeit that MEA give out menus still.

Interesting to know! I am actually quite interested to try RJ's service after they joined oneworld

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Chaning in CDG sounds like a complete nightmare. I wonder why they made it so difficult. Many of the IB staff in MAD only speak Spanish, so AF/CDG aren't alone in that respect.

I find this to be extremely weird and yet a negative sign, given that such airports "CDG, MAD" are busy international hubs with passengers flying from all over.


Roni,
First, I must say it gives me great honour to have your feedback on my TR, as I am a frequent follower of your TRs and a big admirer too  .

Quoting ronerone (Reply 17):
MEA seems to offer a very good product, and they are on my list for sure.

Yes indeed they do, I definitely recommend trying their service. Maybe we can do a DXB-BEY-DXB trip together  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 17):
One question, did you need to get a visa to enter Saudi? and if so, how difficult was it to obtain?

Yes, a visa is needed to enter Saudi. However, I do possess a residence permit in Saudi as I previously used to live there and my old man and family are still residents there. The only three types of Visa you can obtain for Saudi are "Umrah Visit Visa" for Muslims, or a Transit Visa, or a Business Visa "if a company sends you an invitation to visit them".


Cheers,
Joe   


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