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Tunisair TU 724: DEC/10: TUN-ORY: J Cabin  
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5090 posts, RR: 55
Posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 19716 times:

Feedback always appreciated.




I > Background:
After an amazing vacation, it was time to leave Tunisia. As I mentioned on the first installment of my Egypt/Libya/Tunisia report (http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/187585/), the three countries I would leave behind would fundamentally change after my departure. In fact, the "story" is still being written for each of them. After arriving from Tozeur and some two weeks in Tunisia, it was time to leave. Feels interesting that I departed Tunis on December 17th, the day Mohames Bouazizi self-immolated, and ignited the revolutions that are still blazing across the Arab world.

There have been a few reports on Tunisair, but this might be the first on its J product between Tunis and Orly.

II > Pre-Flight:

a) Before Airport:
Tunisair (or, Société Tunisienne de l'Air) is the flag carrier airline of Tunisia. Formed in 1948, it operates scheduled international services to European, African and Middle Eastern destinations. From its main base at Tunis, it flies to 53 destinations across Africa, Asia and Europe using a fleet of 31 aircraft.

Flights were booked on Orbitz as I found Tunisiar's site at (www.tunisair.com) rather useless. One could search for flights, price them, select them, and then face a "time out" error. Anyways, my Orbitz generated PNR was good enough and I was able to use it to view my itinerary on the TU site. No facility for choosing a seat however.

b) At Airport:
Tunis Airport reminds me of airports created across the emerging world in the early 1980's. The rather "wanna-be" cool facade and the dark tinted windows lead to a dingy interior. In fact, the outside and the gate areas reminded me very much of Bombay's old terminals 2A and 2C ... and Amman's airport. Inside, the first thing you notice is how "green" the airport is ... and in this instance, not "green" environmentally ... but "green" lighting and effect.

Business class check-in is separate and the lady quickly issued me a boarding pass and lounge invitation card. There was not much pleasantries exchanged, and there was a level of warmth that was solely missed. Anyways, immigration and security checks were rather fast and I was soon airside. It took me a while to find the TU's "flagship" lounge, and again it wasn't much to write home about. There was a TV, some mediocre wine, and some appetizers. Again, it would suffice before a medium haul flight I guess. The lounge attendants were more busy chatting among themselves than caring about the passenger or greeting them. Like the check-in agent, they were not rude ... just indifferent. You might as well have automated the whole process for all I care.

Boarding was delayed for no mentioned reason, and like many other times in this part of the world, commenced without an announcement. Of course, everyone jumped into line and there was no real "priority" boarding.

Upon entering, I was greeted by the crew who smiled very little. J load was around 20% - with almost the entire cabin being Tunisians.

Airport - External:

(Tunis Airport)

*


Check-in:

(TU Check-In Area)


Airport - Internal:

(ALL GREEN)

*

*

*


(FIDS)


(Post Security @ TUN)


*

*


Scenes of the tarmac:

NONE


Lounge: Tunisair's flagship lounge


*

*

*


Boarding:


III> In-Flight:

a) Service Schedule + Impressions:
After take-off, moisten toilet sheets, and then dinner service.

b) Aircraft + Seats:
Tunisair's 320 is well maintained ... but generic. The J-cabin follows the annoying European "curtain" model with a middle seat blocking. The leather seats are comfortable, but both legroom and recline leave much to be desired. While the bathrooms were sparse and contained no amenities, I did appreciate that it was kept clean throughout the flight. Overall, I did not feel the entire hard product had much of a "premium" feel to it.

Aircraft:
(TU 320 - on A.Net)


Views from Aircraft:

(Tunis Airport)


General Seat Views + Seat Legroom

(Seat)
NONE
*
(Legroom)


Seat Recline + Angle View:

(Poor recline)

*


Cabin:


*


(Blanket ++)
NONE

(Bathroom)

c) Meal + Beverage:
Meal service commenced soon after take-off and had a choice of entrées - shrimp or chicken. No fancy menus or anything along those lines. Service kicked off with a rather bland chicken salad, some cheese, and a fruit plate. It was accompanied by a hard cold bread roll. Is it really that hard to serve warm bread in J-class? The shrimp main course was served in a tomato sauce and served with some vegetables. Again, while the portions were satisfactory, the content was rather bland ... and the soggy vegetables did not do anything to enhance the meal.

Instead of a dessert, service ended with a pack of nuts and a piece of Valrhona chocolate - something I found to be a tad random. Overall, not a memorable meal by any margin ... but something that is adequate to justify the USD 350 premium over Y class I guess.

Oh, and the wine in the beverage service left much to be desired ... just check the color of the wine for yourself in the picture.

(Table setup)

*
(Meal Service: Appetizer)

*
(Main Course)

*
(Final Touches)


d) Inflight Entertainment:
No IFE. Duty free magazine, but in-flight missing?

(“In-flight magazines”, Boarding Passes, etc.)


e) Crew:
The onboard crew continued the air of indifference that was the hallmark of the ground crew. I don't think I saw them smile during the entire flight. Of course they did their work, and diligently responded to all requests, but again there was a distinct lack of smile.

IV> Post-Flight:
Arrival into Paris-Orly was swift and a breeze. Can I just say how much I LOVE Orly when compared to CDG? Immigration (as usual) left much to be desired - the officials clearly asked a lot more questions to those of Arab ancestry ... even if they held a French passport. Kinda sad.

(Exotic-ness of Orly is always "cool")


V> Impressions + Scores:
Tunisair gets you from point A to point B. On this flight, its service was perfectly adequate. None of it is going to be winning any award anytime soon. For a flight of this length, the lack of IFE option was disappointing. More importantly, what seriously is up with the people who work for Tunisair? Throughout the entire process, I did not encounter any smile or anyone with any desire to actually connect with the passenger. Perhaps, they need to go to the streets and reconnect with that famous Tunisian hospitality!

Overall, no thumps up or down ... and, of course, I would fly Tunisair again ... but the price and schedule will have to be perfect ... and in no way would I go out of my way to fly them.



VI> Other Trip Reports:

PREMIUM:
9.27: JET AIRWAYS **FIRST** (110): LHR-BOM: 10/2010
9.27: THAI AIRWAYS **FIRST** (108): BKK-LHR: 07/2010
8.66: Brussels Airlines (93): FIH-BRU: 01/2010
8.64: Turkish Airlines (59): JFK-IST: 11/2008
8.63: Jet Airways (88): JFK-BRU: 10/2009
8.61: Air Canada (49): YYZ-SCL: 06/2008
8.54: Turkish Airlines (77): GRU-DKR-IST: 04/2009
8.36: Kingfisher (98): BOM-HKG: 01/2010
8.30: Jet Airways (74): KWI-BOM: 04/2009
8.23: United Airlines (72): SFO-SYD: 03/2009
8.11: Aeroflot (33): MOW-DEL: 09/2007
8.05: Air India (80): CCU-JFK: 06/2009
8.04: Korean Air (40): NRT-ICN: 10/2007
8.02: Delta Airlines (24): JFK-CDG: 08/2007
7.82: UNITED AIRLINES **FIRST** (110): SFO-ICN: 10/2010
7.82: Singapore Airlines (06): EWR-SIN: 09/2006
7.66: Sri Lankan (104): DEL-CMB: 07/2010
7.64: Royal Jordanian (91): AMM-YUL: 12/2009
7.61: China Southern (103): LOS-DXB: 04/2010
7.57: Pakistan Airlines (102): ORD-BCN: 06/2010
7.46: LAN (55): YYZ-JFK: 09/2008
7.38: AMERICAN AIRLINES **FIRST** (112): LHR-JFK: 10/2010
7.38: CATHAY PACIFIC **FIRST** (109): HKG-LHR: 10/2010
7.25: Iran Air (88): BOM-IKA: 12/2009
7.23: Virgin Atlantic (81): BOS-LHR: 07/2009
7.14: Swiss (52): SCL-GRU: 06/2008
7.11: Aer Lingus (105): MAD-IAD: 05/2010
7.11: Austrian (79): VIE-JFK: 06/2009
7.07: Privatair (84): BOM-FRA: 08/2009
7.02: Qatar (68): DOH-JFK: 01/2009
6.96: Etihad (61): JFK-AUH: 12/2008
6.93: Delta Airlines (18): SEA-JFK: 11/2006
6.84: ConViasa (65): CCS-DAM: 01/2009
6.82: Air Burkina (106): BKO-OUA: 06/2010
6.81: Air Canada (17): ICN-YYZ: 10/2006
6.75: Afriqiyah + Libyan (113): CAI-TIP: 11/2010
6.70: KLM (32): EBB-AMS: 08/2007
6.52: Emirates (99): LHR-DXB: 02/2010
6.39: South African (97): EZE-JNB: 01/2010
6.36: Privatair (60): MUC-BOS: 12/2008
6.29: TAM Brasil (96): POA-EZE: 02/2010
6.25: Korean Air (45): NAN-ICN: 10/2007
6.21: Iberia (87): BOS-MAD: 10/2009
6.11: A SKY (107): OUA-COO: 06/2010
6.11: TAP Portugal (53): GRU-OPO: 06/2008
6.00: Gulf Air (75): BOM-BAH: 04/2009
5.88: African Express (89): DXB-NBO: 11/2009
5.75: Singapore Airlines (16): CCU-SIN: 10/2006
5.64: SATA Azores (101): BOS-PDL: 04/2010
5.64: NorthWest (46): ICN-NRT-SEA: 10/2007
5.54: Ethiopian Airlines (95): ADD-BOM: 01/2010
5.46: Icelandair (83): KEF-BOS: 08/2009
5.39: LOT (54): WAW-JFK: 06/2008
5.21: Egypt Air (73): CAI-IST: 02/2009
5.11: Tunisair (115): TUN-ORY: 12/2010
5.07: TACA (66): JFK-SAP: 01/2009
4.42: Air France: CDG-JNB (25): 08/2007

ECONOMY: Long + Medium:
9.26: Air India (48): JFK-DEL: 02/2008
7.38: Avianca (01): BOG-LIM: 07/2006
7.07: Sri Lankan (62): KWI-CMB: 12/2008
7.00: LAN (94): IPC-SCL: 01/2010
6.41: Avianca (78): JFK-BOG: 05/2009
6.41: American Airlines (58): LHR-BOS: 11/2008
6.39: Condor (85): SEZ-FRA: 09/2009
6.26: Jet Blue (21): CUN-JFK: 02/2007
6.06: Air Canada (04): YYZ-YVR: 09/2006
5.89: USA 3000 (19): PUJ-BDL: 01/2007
5.85: Spanair (69): MAD-LPA: 02/2009
5.79: Air New Zealand (42): RAR-NAN: 10/2007
5.52: Aerolineas (86): USH-AEP: 10/2009
5.46: TAP Air Portugal (23): OSL-LIS: 05/2007
5.19: Air Europa (70): LPA-MAD: 02/2009
5.16: Iberia (71): MAD-BOS: 02/2009
5.11: Air China (82): FRA-PEK: 08/2009

ECONOMY: Short
8.56: Paramount Airways (38): BLR-MAA: 09/2007
8.56: Kingfisher (64): HYD-CCU: 12/2008
8.24: Kingfisher (14): IXA-GAU: 10/2006
7.87: Indian (34): BOM-MAA: 09/2007
7.72: Alliance Air (13): CCU-IXA: 10/2006
7.57: Indian Airlines (10): DEL-CCU: 09/2006
7.23: West Jet (03): YYC-YVR: 09/2006
7.15: JetLite (37): BOM-GOI: 09/2007
6.98: Air Koryo (100): PEK-FNJ: 04/2010
6.70: Spice Jet (09): CCU-DEL: 09/2006
6.63: Air Fiji (44): NAN-SUV: 10/2007
6.63: Jazeera (67): DAM-KWI: 01/2009
6.58: Air Tran (02): EWR-MDW: 08/2006
6.48: Air India Express (63): CMB-MAA: 12/2008
6.44: CO Micronesia (39): ROR-YAP: 10/2007
6.41: Pacific Sun (43): NAN-SUV: 10/2007
6.37: Skybus (47): SWF-CMH: 02/2008
6.33: Kenya Airways (29): NBO-BJM: 08/2007
6.33: Sky Europe (56): LTN-BTS: 10/2008
6.31: Indigo (15): GAU-CCU: 10/2006
6.31: easyJet (57): BUD-LTN: 11/2008
6.22: Air Link Swazi (28): MTS-JNB: 08/2007
6.22: Air India (36): HYD-BOM: 09/2007
6.13: Adam Air (07): SIN-CGK: 09/2006
6.13: Air Rarotonga (41): RAR-AIT: 10/2007
6.00: Transairways (27): INH-MPM: 08/2007
5.95: Air Canada (05): ALB-YYZ: 09/2006
5.85: SAS Norge (22): OSL-AES: 05/2007
5.81: LAM Mozambique (26): JNB-MPM: 08/2007
5.69: Air Deccan (12): IXZ-CCU: 10/2006
5.67: Rwanda Air Exp (30): KGL-NBO: 08/2007
5.52: Sevenair (114): TOE-TUN: 11/2010
5.37: Felix Airways (92): SCT-SAH: 12/2009
5.11: Aero Republica (76): BOG-CCS: 04/2009
5.07: Go Air (35): MAA-HYD: 09/2007
5.00: Sky Airline (51): IQQ-SCL: 06/2008
4.96: Valuair (08): CGK-SIN: 09/2006
4.78: Air Comet Chile (50): SCL-IQQ: 06/2008
4.74: Fly 540 (31): MYD-LAU: 08/2007
4.33: Viva Aerobus (20): ELP-MTY: 02/2007
4.11: Air Sahara (11): CCU-BOM: 09/2006

(Note on Codes: Y – Economy, J – Business, F – First :: I/D – International/Domestic :: SR/MR/LR – Short/Medium/Long Haul)
(Note on Date: Dates are modified to be +/- 3 days from actual flight date to not reveal actual flight pattern)

VII> Other Pictures:

NONE


Live, and let live.
27 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 19608 times:

Hi A.,

very nice report about TU. The J Class product doesn't look impressive at all.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Lounge: Tunisair's flagship lounge

I find the term "Handling" on the plate quite inappropriate.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
The onboard crew continued the air of indifference that was the hallmark of the ground crew. I don't think I saw them smile during the entire flight. Of course they did their work, and diligently responded to all requests, but again there was a distinct lack of smile.
Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Throughout the entire process, I did not encounter any smile or anyone with any desire to actually connect with the passenger. Perhaps, they need to go to the streets and reconnect with that famous Tunisian hospitality!

That's very disappointing!


PH



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8541 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 19604 times:
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Hi Alex,

Interesting read, thanks for sharing.

Your not wrong about the green lighting, very odd!

The lounge looks quite drab, I'd not want a long wait here, looks far from comfortable.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Instead of a dessert, service ended with a pack of nuts and a piece of Valrhona chocolate - something I found to be a tad random

- Quite an wierd end to a meal service, very random!

It looks like they have made some form of effort with the meal service, metal cutlery, proper salt and pepper shakers, that's good, though presentation of the meal is weak, that brocolli looks like it's almost gone off!

What was that wine? - very odd colour!

ORY is a great airport compared to CDG, just wish the connections from LHR made it a viable option.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 18648 times:

Hi Alex,

once again nice to read a report from you! The green colors in the airport are incredible. I first thought this was Photoshop but this is just awful...

Actually the seats of Tunisair look quite good... For economy class standards I guess... For Business it's definitely nothing special... I guess it's fine for such a short flight.

I love Orly Sud too... It's completely outdated, but I love this yesterday's feelings and all the exotic carriers there, too...

Looking forward to read about your next trips.

Reifel


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2471 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 18520 times:

Hi Alex,

Thank you for this great insight review of TU J medium haul service.

Shame that you did not manage to do business directly with the airline as the website looks well arranged and one would not expect any time error during booking process.

The airport’s green lighting… hmm , I don’t know. Perhaps purple would have been nicer or just plain white like the post security area.

The airport’s website says that there is a single VIP lounge available. I assume it must be the Flagship Lounge. How big is it? Would it be sufficient to cater all premium passengers? By the way, did you depart outside rush hour?

The J cabin somehow reminds me of BA’s one. The legroom looks pretty tight for J. Could it just be 32 inch?

Pity that the food and beverage service was disappointing. The presentation was not bad, though. I like the crockery.

Like Mark, I wish there was a direct flight to ORY from AMS.

Thanks again for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 18313 times:

Interesting report. As flights to mainland Europe are considered short-haul then that is why TU offers the product it does. If you fly the likes of AF, BA and LH you will also get short-haul standards in C class.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 2):
ORY is a great airport compared to CDG, just wish the connections from LHR made it a viable option.

Don't forget you it's also possible to fly ORY-LCY.


User currently offlineordjoe From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 707 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 18081 times:

Great TR as always Alex, too bad J was sort of a let down, but for the $350 premium, I suppose not bad for a business seat. Have had the privilege of using ORY once, spotting wise it was one of my favorites due to all the airlines I have not heard of
And I will chime in what is up with the green at the airport, almost seems like an acid trip 


User currently offlineMilesDependent From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 856 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 17596 times:

Great report Alex.

What a blah business class hey. Will be sure to avoid them.

I must say I thought there was something wrong with your camera with those departure airport photos with all the green. Looks really weird.

Once again, thanks for another interesting report.


User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 17557 times:

Hello abrelosojos,

Its nice to read yet another report on yours and I am glad to read that you've flown with yet another very exotic carrier. The airport's green hue is just really bizzare. Are we checking-in in Tunis or on Mars?  

Is that diced cabbages accompanying the shrimps? I must say the meal presentation doesn't look good at all. Like you said, it looks poor for C but too good for Y. Sorry to hear that the crew weren't too friendly as well (maybe it didn't help it was a red-eye).

It may be alittle disappointing but anyhow, kudos for trying a new airline and I enjoyed your very systematic style of writing. It makes easy reading.

Glad to hear that you would fly Tunisair again if you can.

Cheers,
RvXKaz



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User currently offlineTS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3481 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 17397 times:

You may expect a better service and a warmer welcome in your next TU trip. The overthrown president and his family and fellows were ruining Tunisair. They have taken over the catering branch and service went down since. Also the lounge was owned and directed by the friend of a daughter of i don't know whom and that explains the bare accomodations.

J class is now getting a special interest and the airline wants to rely on business travellers to upgrade its image.

The latest destination that has been upgraded with a J class service is FRA, starting the first week of May. Besides, new A320 was accepted 2 days ago and is part of a A320/A330/A350 order.


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6568 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 16604 times:

Hi Alex !

Nice report with nice pictures! The airport in Tunis looks very nice except for the green color......

Seat does not look great at all and meal looks okay but not great. As for the wine, I guess yout have to be happy that they have wine at all; I thought they were a dry airline.

Hopefully things will change now.....

The777Man



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 16537 times:

Nice report about a not so great J product... actually the J cabin looks big...i really like the colors of your pictures (even on the Sevenair TR) glad to see you went to France. i share the same point of view concerning Orly, much more convenient even if it gets rather outdated...i'll be next month there and try to publish something.
btw on most of your reports we can see passenger faces, great  , but what about their reactions?

regards



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User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 16357 times:

Nice report, once again. It's nice to see these TRs from exotic airlines we usually don't hear from.

The airport definitely looks odd, sorta reminds me of Grand Central Station in NYC but with that strange green lighting. The lounge also looks poor, looks very sterile dull.

It's a shame that they have those regular seats for J class! Also, that shrimp main course doesn't look that appetizing. It looks like some random Chinese take-out placed in a Styrofoam with no proper presentation or anything.


Great report though, looking forward to the next one!   



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5090 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 16174 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):

very nice report about TU. The J Class product doesn't look impressive at all.

= I wonder how the J class is on their upcoming widebody fleet. I really wanted to try out the 300, but the times just did not work.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
I find the term "Handling" on the plate quite inappropriate.

= Curious. Why is that?

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 2):
Your not wrong about the green lighting, very odd!

= That is what I thought.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 2):
- Quite an wierd end to a meal service, very random!

= I know ... and the mix of them were quite the combo.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 2):


It looks like they have made some form of effort with the meal service, metal cutlery, proper salt and pepper shakers, that's good, though presentation of the meal is weak, that brocolli looks like it's almost gone off!

= Presentation was very weak - the shrimp lacked any taste.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 2):
What was that wine? - very odd colour!

= It was one of the strangest wine I have ever had. At first, I asked the FA if she had diluted it. Haha.

Quoting reifel (Reply 3):
The green colors in the airport are incredible. I first thought this was Photoshop but this is just awful...

= Doesn't it look random? I don't photoshop any of my pictures.

Quoting reifel (Reply 3):

I love Orly Sud too... It's completely outdated, but I love this yesterday's feelings and all the exotic carriers there, too...

= COMPLETELY AGREE  .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Shame that you did not manage to do business directly with the airline as the website looks well arranged and one would not expect any time error during booking process.

= What is strange Suryo is that you can book a ticket on the website of affiliate Sevenair. Go figure.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
purple would have been nicer or just plain white like the post security area.

= Purple? Really? I am beginning to question you   ...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
How big is it? Would it be sufficient to cater all premium passengers? By the way, did you depart outside rush hour?

= I don't know if there really is a "rush" hour at TUN. Perhaps our Tunisian friends can elaborate. At the time of departure, it was quiet.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
The J cabin somehow reminds me of BA’s one.

= Perhaps, the blue seats?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):

Pity that the food and beverage service was disappointing. The presentation was not bad, though. I like the crockery.

= Agreed.

Quoting ordjoe (Reply 6):
And I will chime in what is up with the green at the airport, almost seems like an acid trip

= LOL.

Quoting MilesDependent (Reply 7):

I must say I thought there was something wrong with your camera with those departure airport photos with all the green. Looks really weird.

= Ya - no ... the lighting was just plain weird.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 8):

Its nice to read yet another report on yours and I am glad to read that you've flown with yet another very exotic carrier. The airport's green hue is just really bizzare. Are we checking-in in Tunis or on Mars?

= LOL

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 8):
Is that diced cabbages accompanying the shrimps?

= Yes.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 8):
Sorry to hear that the crew weren't too friendly as well (maybe it didn't help it was a red-eye).

= I don't qualify this flight as a red-eye.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 8):

It may be alittle disappointing but anyhow, kudos for trying a new airline and I enjoyed your very systematic style of writing. It makes easy reading.

= Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 9):
You may expect a better service and a warmer welcome in your next TU trip. The overthrown president and his family and fellows were ruining Tunisair. They have taken over the catering branch and service went down since. Also the lounge was owned and directed by the friend of a daughter of i don't know whom and that explains the bare accomodations.

= Thanks. I hope so! Did not know all the family connections. Is it true that Sevenair was named after his favorite number?

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
As for the wine, I guess yout have to be happy that they have wine at all; I thought they were a dry airline.

= Tunisia is fairly liberal - actually, question is, will it remain so?

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 11):
i really like the colors of your pictures (even on the Sevenair TR) glad to see you went to France. i share the same point of view concerning Orly, much more convenient even if it gets rather outdated...i'll be next month there and try to publish something.

= COOL! Looking forward to it man. I do love Orly - the opposite of my deep hatred towards CDG.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 11):
btw on most of your reports we can see passenger faces, great , but what about their reactions?

= I have never had anyone ask - but if asked, I will delete the photo.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 12):

The airport definitely looks odd, sorta reminds me of Grand Central Station in NYC but with that strange green lighting. The lounge also looks poor, looks very sterile dull.

= Interesting comparison.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 12):
It looks like some random Chinese take-out placed in a Styrofoam with no proper presentation or anything.

= OMG. How right!

Thanks a lot for reading. A very exotic country and report is coming up ... bet no one can guess   ...

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 928 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 15986 times:

As always another fantastic report! Still waiting for your TR Novel to be published!  


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User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 15894 times:

Hi A ! ...
I did not know that Tunisair has the euro-business class concept ... is this a standard or just a leased aircraft ... hmmm ... educational as always ...

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 13):
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 13):
A very exotic country and report is coming up ... bet no one can guess

Central African Republic ...easy question ...   ...



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User currently offlineTS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3481 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 15547 times:

Quoting stipica (Reply 15):

It's the standard. Aircraft is TS-IMD which has a J/Y configuration, but of course easily convertible to a single Y class.

@ abrelosojos : that's correct. Sevenair was named after his favorite number. It was named Tuninter from 1992 to 2007.

Flight TU724 departs by 19:00 LT which is not a rush hour, but it depends on days and seasons. The TUN rush hour is in the morning up to 9 a.m. (departures) and in the afternoon between 12 a.m. and 3 p.m. (arrivals & departures) and a kind of arrival rush between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5090 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 15152 times:

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 14):
As always another fantastic report! Still waiting for your TR Novel to be published!  

= You gonna publish  ?

Quoting stipica (Reply 15):
I did not know that Tunisair has the euro-business class concept ... is this a standard or just a leased aircraft ... hmmm ... educational as always ...
Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 16):
It's the standard. Aircraft is TS-IMD which has a J/Y configuration, but of course easily convertible to a single Y class.

= Curious. What kind of configuration does the AB3's have?

Quoting stipica (Reply 15):
Central African Republic ...easy question ...   ...

= Close ... but no. Though, you do give me some ideas to visit Bangui again ... that my friend, is one crazy place!

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 14877 times:

Thanks for your reply TS-IOR ...

Quoting IOR" class="quote" target="_blank">TS-IOR (Reply 16):
It's the standard. Aircraft is TS-IMD which has a J/Y configuration, but of course easily convertible to a single Y class.

I was confused because in this trip report ( www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/107015 ) in reply 6 there are pictures of the A319 2+2 business class ... hmmm different offer , more flexibility (perhaps for charter operations) ?

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 17):
What kind of configuration does the AB3's have?

the same link... ok trip report is from 2007 so take it with reserve ... Stipica



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 14760 times:

Hi Alex

nice report also here. TU, not often featured on this site, so your report a warm welcome!
I have been to Tunesia once and my impression at the airport,... hmm let's say it's a below average experience during my arrival and departure, although at MIR.
You're flying the A320's here, but how about their A300 product? That type is still being operated by them, iirc? I expect the business class to be better on these widebodies.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineTS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3481 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 14554 times:

@ abrelosojes : A300-600 is AB6. AB3 is A310  

Tunisair's fleet configuration is as such :

14x A320 with 32J/114Y or 162Y.

2x A319 with 144Y.

2x A319LR with 16J/90Y.

3x A300-600 with 28J/235Y convertible to a single Y class when needed. (Hajj flights and charters).

11x B737-5/600 with 126Y.

@ stipica : the photos on reply 6 are of the J seats on A319LR. Comparing to 2007, AB6s has now a warmer interior and a meal service similar to that showed here...

A332s will be fitted with flat-bed seats Evolys http://www.sogerma.eads.net/Evolys from EADS.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3268 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (3 years 4 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 14409 times:

TU looks distinctly lacklustre. The green airport in TUN is pretty bizarre - are the lights just old, or are they deliberatley green?


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User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 14074 times:

Hi!

Just wanted to say many thanks for the report and pics etc. It was nice to read of a slightly more unusual route here on airliners.net. Tunisair looked ok to me but no smiles and no IFE would have been a bit of a letdown. Did they have pull-down screens with a moving map at least? I have also flown to Orly and although it is nowhere near as nice as other French airports like Toulouse and Nice it's much much better than Charles de Gaulle which in some parts is like the airport of my nightmares!

Many thanks,

Pierre


User currently onlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6429 posts, RR: 38
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 12828 times:

Hi Alex,

Sorry for the lateness, finally on holiday. Yet another great report.

That green is rather strange! Going from that green to sterile white would make me quite confused, especially in an airport..

I still don't like the idea of J being called J when it's a Y seat with the middle seat blocked by a table. But I guess offering a more exclusive product in this manner is better than what NZ do and actually give just an economy seat to the highest fare payers in the A320 rather than allowing that extra space by the middle armrest being squeezed in a little.

Disappointing about the meal..

Looking forward to reading the next one.


Cheers,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5090 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 12504 times:

Quoting stipica (Reply 18):
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 17):
What kind of configuration does the AB3's have?

the same link... ok trip report is from 2007 so take it with reserve ... Stipica

= Ok. I really did think the 300's would have a better (older) comfortable layout.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 19):
Hi Alex

nice report also here. TU, not often featured on this site, so your report a warm welcome!
I have been to Tunesia once and my impression at the airport,... hmm let's say it's a below average experience during my arrival and departure, although at MIR.
You're flying the A320's here, but how about their A300 product? That type is still being operated by them, iirc? I expect the business class to be better on these widebodies.

Regards
Eric

= Eric - why was your impression below average? I am curious. I thought the 300 would have a better product as well, but as you can see from TU insiders, this is not the case.

Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 20):
@ abrelosojes : A300-600 is AB6. AB3 is A310

= Actually, this is not true. AB6 is definitely the 300-600 ... but the AB3 is the generic version of the 300. 310 is usually 310 or 313 ...

Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 20):

@ stipica : the photos on reply 6 are of the J seats on A319LR. Comparing to 2007, AB6s has now a warmer interior and a meal service similar to that showed here...

= Is the LR used for the flight to DXB?

Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 20):

A332s will be fitted with flat-bed seats Evolys http://www.sogerma.eads.net/Evolys from EADS.

= Oh NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. This is my LEAST favorite J class seat.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):
TU looks distinctly lacklustre. The green airport in TUN is pretty bizarre - are the lights just old, or are they deliberatley green?

= Ya - I have no idea. It was kinda weird for sure.

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 22):
Hi!

Just wanted to say many thanks for the report and pics etc. It was nice to read of a slightly more unusual route here on airliners.net. Tunisair looked ok to me but no smiles and no IFE would have been a bit of a letdown. Did they have pull-down screens with a moving map at least? I have also flown to Orly and although it is nowhere near as nice as other French airports like Toulouse and Nice it's much much better than Charles de Gaulle which in some parts is like the airport of my nightmares!

Many thanks,

Pierre

= Pierre, thanks. I still like ORY - guess I compare it to CDG - which like for you - is the airport of my nightmares. Though, Frankfurt is FAST climbing up the ranks of "worse" airports ...

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 23):
Sorry for the lateness, finally on holiday. Yet another great report.

= Holiday?! What? Can you send some my way?

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 23):
I still don't like the idea of J being called J when it's a Y seat with the middle seat blocked by a table. But I guess offering a more exclusive product in this manner is better than what NZ do and actually give just an economy seat to the highest fare payers in the A320 rather than allowing that extra space by the middle armrest being squeezed in a little.

Disappointing about the meal..

Looking forward to reading the next one.


Cheers,
Nicholas

= Nicholas, I am totally with you on this one ... but, you'd be hard pressed to maintain these standards living in Europe. Sadly.

BTW, does anyone know who was the first carrier in Europe to do the whole blocked/convertible middle seat?

Thanks a lot for stopping by everyone.

Saludos,
A.



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