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Mombasa Beckons (J): New Rwandair VS Kenya Airways  
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 794 posts, RR: 20
Posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

KARIBUNI dear readers,



Since Rwandair opened the link to Dubai via Mombasa - offering a fifth freedom route to the amateurs - it was a great opportunity to jet away to the shore of Indian Ocean.
So back to travels with this business class comparison between one of the latest Rwandair plane and the East African leader KQ, operated respectively in Boeing 737 old generation 500 and 300 series.

Following this short routing, let the journey begin:

1. Kigali – Mombasa on the first ever Rwandair business class
2. Mombasa – Nairobi by Kenya Airways shuttle C class



DISCLAIMER: Simply because an international route offers different benefits than a domestic this comparison report is purely theoretical.


1 – RWANDAIR flies to MOMBASA (en routing to Dubai)

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1.1 – Introduction

Business product was being craved by locals for a little while particularly on the longest route such as JNB and management could not be effectively competitive on a 5H+ journey without selling optimum comfort for the extending network even farther.
Since end of august 2010, and the delivery of the latest B737, Rwandair aims to become a genuine big 5s amidst Eastern Africa and challenges itself by playing in the higher category by focusing its overall service to premium passengers, certainly limited homeland; so by increasing its catchment area through transits via its hub Kigali.


1.2 – Preflight

A great experience for ticketing has been done through its main agency at Union Trade Center in city center where WB features a private and dedicated office for business passengers, but in the main waiting room as advertisement it displays that by 2015 a Boeing 787 will be part of its fleet: reality or fiction? And for which destinations, but it also matches with the new Bugesera airport inauguration though ( more infos and pictures here: http://rwandan-flyer.blog4ever.com/b...tional_airport__open_in_2015_.html )



Heading to the airport: new Kigali landmark featuring at its top floor a restaurant and a night club.

The last international flight happened early in the morning, a bit rough and annoying for me. With plenty time ahead, the journey began at the Airport View Restaurant in Remera suburb, for a light breakfast.

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front of the restaurant: the best seats are located on the left corner

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North balcony: nice view over the city

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Looking towards runway 28-10: with a RDF Mil-Mi8, then the owner quickly banned the spotting session.

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1st Breakfast of the day: veggie samosas and so - called "chaps"


Welcomed at 10H45 by a genuine thoughtful Rwandair colleague of a close friend - Sonia - unofficially confirmed the flight operation. Once the security checks were being fast processed and i arrived at the counters, only for the local airline, one for Entebbe and 2 concerning Mombasa/Dubai. The Business one was decorated with some pretty flowers and an elegant blue carpet,certainly the same for all J class flights departing as seen the same during KLM and KQ flights.
At the desk, over confident, a prime spotter principle has been forgotten such as requesting a windows, and the friendly lady handed over travel documents with BP showing 2C, oh dear let's pray now!

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According to Alex "very 1970s French chic ... sort of like a calmer"

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Rwandair first's non african destination.

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Classy attention with the real flowers at check-in desks


The immigration officer requested that local passport must still fill the exit form and get stamp out. The officer showed some lack of understanding because mine did not have an entry one. Please folks when leaving your home country do you get your passport stamped out?

Time for lounging inside the unique attraction upstairs located after the duty free shop. Recently it became a cafeteria for airport staff. This situation may probably lead to a lack of seats at lunch time. Also Africans with a great title are so easy to recognize as they are often loud and show off, but the main advantage of their "invitations" was an enhancement to the food buffet serving hot dishes. I've kept my appetite for the flight meal, and forgot to check what was offered there. Vocal announcement done by a WB staff on all around the terminal started the beginning of the boarding, so everybody gathered to the narrow main departure lounge past 12 pm.

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Lounge general view

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2nd breakfast: this time 2 wee beef samosas, definitely better than AV Restaurant

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Travel document, a new class of travelling: Z?

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Is it a good idea to mix airport staff, and passengers?

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View from the lounge: Remera area famous for the stadium

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Departure hall at boarding time showing a reasonable load factor

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A little bus ride on the tarmac...

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...and there, side by side, stood 4 WBs and some recent Robinson R44s Akagera aviation

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Also a brand new Augusta 109 in contrast with those oldies EU banned DC8s

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Time to hop in 9XR-WD: notice the other "spotter" on the left. Cheers mate'

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1.3 – The flight


The maiden flight to DXB, via Kenya, occurred the 3rd of November 2010 on a 3x weekly service basis operated on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Rwandair WB211
Kigali – Mombasa
Distance: 566 miles
Boeing 737- 500
Business Class 1A


Calling its office and browsing the website in search of information, one of the agent informed that DXB route would be the only one operated with a business class but it appears also that JNB route has been targeted for using a B737 500 bi class too (thanks to the pictures of BA319-131 when in South Africa).
A smiley F/A greeted all the passengers stepping inside, and among one of the last to board i declined the BP instructions of sitting 2C. As i hate aisle in daylight flight and as the cabin was not full thus I got to move to the upfront seats as the friendly crew offered straight 1A. Once settled down in the cushioned comfy seat a rare surprise was on show.

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Seat view: Experiences of a lifetime in Remote Lands as Thousand hills...

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... India, Jordan, Thailand and more adventures for $67 000, three weeks vacations...

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...A 70 seat winglets comparison: TOM B757 versus a just landed KQ Embraer170.

Look at the 2nd catch of Starquest at Kigali (OOBF last year) and the 3rd in total ( Livingstone – Zambia: OOBF too) of those magnificent co-branded beauties TSC Thomson/Starquest Expeditions. It looks like Thomsom has retrofitted in all eco BF and substituted the cattle class of BE to an all J configuration. Unless TOM owns several planes like this? I've never been keen on flying charter airlines but in these conditions, honestly who would mind? Just the time to dream about how lucky those tourists were by travelling a full biz charter, and time came for the doors closure.

Albertine was offering a tray loaded of orange juice, water or – as she allegedly stated – Champagne; rather crispy and sharply bodied in real glassware though. But no newspapers or reading selection available on stock.

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Welcome drink: a wee glass of bubbly.

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Boeing medium bodies kingdom!

A technical issue delayed, by 7mins, the taxiing to the usual take off runway 10, so not a big issue on itself, as by 13H05, Whiskey Delta's wheels were up already.

TAKE OFF VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk5VGpHMStY

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The new Free Trade Zone

Once the Greek chief instructor on the left seat (why so many Greeks in the country) and a Rwandan F/O switched off the seat belt sign, they announced some basic facts about the trip as altitude; We first climbed to 34,000 and then 37,000 feets, and the duration of only one hour and twenty minutes!


Well the first impression of the B737’s J cabin is that the fabric of the seat all leather reminds me of CityJet by AF. All dark blue!

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Cabin overview: non-rev pax in the top corner

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He dozed off straight away and all way long


This ex-LOT Polish Airlines was clean and spotless even and offers a 2*2 abreast for a spacious comfortable seat. Timco apparently fitted the cabin in both class with in J the Brice TIMCO 2054B but if someone can confirm that those seats are actually from this company and not a some Recaro BL4400 or others. Somehow, again, it sounds like a pretty nice news once googled it and seen advertise on the WB website but it does not mention if it features the actual B737-500 or the B737-800 due to be delivered late june. Actual the recline so generous on the website, was a typical Y one and finally turned out to close of what was, eventually, expected. Also the headrest cover, the same that one can find in Y, seemed really cheap and IMHO has nothing to do out here in J. There was an extra tray table in the middle armrest but no PTV nor overhead screen at all. Well what a relief getting off next stage!!!


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A spacious seat (54"): taken while disembarking

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After 10A/10F seat, probably the best legroom in all the aircraft


Seat recline for a regional flight

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En routing over the Lake Victoria in Tanzania

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Despite cruising at 37000 feets those Cumulonimbus are above us

Albertine started the service by handing over some hot oshiboris to the 8 pax (67% loading in J cabin), and then quickly disappeared into the galleys for a flat 25 mins. Although Eco travellers were already nibbling a fairly stocked food tray (main course + bread + dessert), mouthwatering odours released from upfront galleys increased our hungers. Finally the F/A came out with an appetizing starter: a hot combo of Chinese beef samosas and savory spring roll. It tasted really nice, as slightly spicy, but it was not crispy. Devouring greedily this little snack was a matter of a minute or probably two. While eagerly waiting for the main dish, i gazed through the windows trying to catch a glimpse of the Ngorongoro Conservation area passing by below. Albertine appeared once again, not to offer something more substantial, but instead to clear the tray and offer a cup a tea ( in clay though). That was it for lunch's today. The good fact showed that menu sticked perfectly to my bud tastes as a big fan of the samoussa at least, and also for passengers planning a diet... the F/A dropped off an additional cup of coffee on the seat next to mine for Sonia who then came to crack few jokes and explain basically her night shift at Dubai airport. Very interesting and always great to have an insight view of the airline operation.


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Good wine from South Africa, plastic cutlery and paper linen look cheap

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Closer look at this Chinese combo


The compulsory bathroom shot

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Lost in translation: i suspect the airline joining the Star Alliance group in a future, as it has signed code-share agreements with ET and SN, tied partnership with Lufthansa technik, and bought aircrafts from Lufthansa and LOT.

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The usual "Insozi" in flight magazine has gone...

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... replaced by a new magazine with a KQ and KLM advertisement

Duty free shopping was not being offered, which was a value added to the quietness of the flight. 37,000 feets was the highest flight level reached, due to the stormy clouds of the rainy season before we were hitting the Kenyan Air space, near Arusha. There was a hot towel service before we began the descent over the Tsavo West NP, as we passed desertic dry plains with only a single tarmac road visible; i was refreshed and relaxed. We made our approach as the cabin crew announced we will be [i]on the ground [i/]in ten minutes. I wish they wouldn't make such alarmist announcements. I prefer to [i]land [i/] than to be [i]on the ground [i/].

Of course WD wheels touched down safely runway 21 at Moi International Airport. This airport has only one runway, but an old disused runway crosses (#15). No planes at the terminal, but after a couple of minutes an Ethiopian B737 showed up ready for taxiing.

LANDING VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVlhlGIA_aw

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East Coast approach and Mombasa downtown

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Ethiopian 73W taxiing to threshold


The flight attendants were definitely a smily and beautiful batch, natural though, i mean they at least tried very hard to give a good service even if , during the hot drinks service, a extra glass of water was being requested, and up to now has not been received yet. They did not patrol the cabin that much ( 4 times including safety checks) guessing that all J guests were fine.


1.4 – ARRIVAL


The flight from KGL was 90% full in eco and 67% in J. A small dozen of eco travellers and 2 in J left at Mombasa, welcomed by an oppressive temperature, Immigration and custom were really fast compared to NBO at the same time.

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Sonia and your truly "reporter"


Even though no other aircraft parked, 9XR-WD did not dock up on an air bridge


Terminal building


Gears up for ET 814 to Kilimanjaro


... And immigration was obviously hassle-free


Afternoon deserted luggage Hall



Conclusion:

Well, among the developing airline in Central Africa, Rwandair steadily adds its footprint among the mayors of the East African Community skies as a reliable and viable growing carrier:

Business class product is still young indeed ( August 2010). Company tests the potential of upper class and will enhance its on board equipment from June with the delivery of the brand new B737-800 fitted with a real IFE, a more attractive interior with seats offering decent recline (fingers crossed), and an apparently african "advanced" FFP.

The huge fans of 5th freedoms are now being offered a Mombasa – Dubai direct, (FYI a Libreville – Brazzaville also). Although that experiencing the whole route would have contributed to a fairer judgement, the catering turned out to be a disappointing appetizer not balanced at all. Anyway, the whole crew is an asset for the company, hats off.

[Edited 2011-05-12 07:26:10]

[Edited 2011-05-12 07:33:39]


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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 794 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Few shots of MOMBASA

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Racing a Ferrari, we've taken the lead

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the Mombasa downtown landmark: the famous Tuskers

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The Portuguese fortress

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The pool over the Indian Ocean of the Mombasa Club

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The deal of the month, anyone?

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The most famous whale and dolphins of Mombasa


Tower control and KQ 737 to NBO


This guy just arrived hometown after 1.5 years spent in Saudi Arabia. That's all his belongings (some cigarettes inside the plastic bag). If i could always travel like this!


Landside newspaper stand selling also "Gala" and "Voici" tabloids


Terminal view towards arrival side.


2 – The "SHUTTLE SERVICE" by Kenya Airways

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East coast's favourite holiday resort is still the prime destination of their route network with almost 100 flights per week there (with subsidiary) during the high season, earning the airline the honorable title of the Mombasa Shuttle.
Since a couple of years, competition has became fierce between Kenya capital and the seaport as 3 other operators such Fly540, Jetlink to NBO and AirKenya to Wilson (Nairobi "domestic") sharing the piece of cake. KQ main advantage is that its schedules the only real bi-class aircraft on this route. Its drawbacks obviously appears on their fares where its best fare ticket down to 7990 kes, in opposite to Fly540 promoting sometimes at 5400 kes (both in eco).
But as we grow older and wiser, the bottom line matters less, and convenience matters more, so it was time to reach back home, via my favorite hub Jomo Kenyatta International.


2.1 Preflight

The stifling terminal building does not have any windows, in order to prevent high humidity and the oppressive temperature, some 9°c more than Kigali or Nairobi, even the several ceiling fans ventilate noisily more than getting rid of this heat.
As Nairobi, a first security check leads to the departure hall, international and domestic does not make any difference, as every travellers mix up.
Ethiopian ET812 to ADD departing soon had 2 counters J/Y but staffed only one, thus the KQ ones seem to be the only perpetually buzzing, close to chaotic, with a departure to NBO every 1H30. I proceed twice to the counters:
First for a purpose of relieving my mind, and bidding a seriously funny traveller dude good bye originating from Saudi Arabia, long story short, whom airlines had lost his luggage whilst transiting in Oman, met hours previously. At the desk a confusion of wheelchairs, crying babies and staff swapping counters whatsoever made wondering about the sense of it, gave me the idea to back away.
The 2nd try was much better indeed as, when queueing behind probably some Skyteam Platinum/Gold card, the agent interrupted his ongoing C/I process to ask me if i was flying Premier World (Business). The result was clear and with an immediate effect as she suddenly ejected on the side all others passengers to deal with my simple MBA-NBO... WOW that was effective sense of priority, and business class treatment, despite i felt sorry for them and would not mind waiting another10 mins.

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Serving both international and domestic

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Thomson and Blue Panorama direct to Europe


Ethiopian counters

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KQ check in, premium on the right

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Rather crowded desks

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Various airline offices

We were 9 in total inside the lounge upstairs, granted to all passengers too for 1200 KES fee (a tenner), among them a couple of Scandinavian, pink-salmon color tanned skin which was clearly showing off the purpose of their trip, in comparison with the other guests. The Safari Comfort Lounge has almost all the basics and enough comfy, laying out also with a quiet area, kind of private lounge at the back, after the communications area. The essential equipment of this lounge was undoubtedly the air conditioning, kind of priceless luxury and words are not enough to describe it for whoever has stopped in Mombasa before, guaranteed !

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lounge reception unstaffed

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Looping BBC World news and F&B offer

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closer view at the buffet: cakes/muffins, sandwiches and crisps, no alcoholic drink at all.

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Seating area, love those paintings showing typical kitenge patterns

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Newspapers kiosk, better choice than NBO lounges

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Snacking and catching up local news

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The coolest website, and a PDQ machine just decorating


The lounge hostess vocally announced about the imminent boarding time and we all herded to the departure hall, through a second security check, despite rather useless.


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Duty free shop "winking" an US hip hop artist...

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Watch out: some nasty and pilferer monkeys over here


Kenya Airways, Skyteam timetable and booking reference announced 10 jets daily on the route, rostered in B737-300 real bi-class. Here and now things will be different as the KQ609 will be operated on the newest embraer 170. In one hand, this TR should have been a 737 comparison, but as usual KQ keeps best secret always hiden as a last minute suprise. But in the other hand, it is always nice to fly a new type of jet!


2.2 – The flight

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Kenya Airways KQ609
Mombasa – Nairobi
Distance: 262 miles
Embraer 170 5Y-KYH
Business Class 1F
Load factor: J 50% Y: 80%




Boarding was called on time regardless the travelling class or the help needed, whilst biz class foes stepped inside through the jet way mostly at the end. With Rwandair 737 no jet bridge on use, at NBO with regional/domestic flights no jet bridge too and now with a smaller bird in smaller location yes. I prefer a bus ride or little walk (for claustrophobic reason).

Inside the KQ E-jet, economy class seats are in blue colour placed in 2*2, while the one can find the trout orange identical seat on the 2 rows of 4 in J. The cabin gives you a ”fresh” and clean impression. In eco cabin crew operating the route can be seen sporting the unique coastal polo shirts that distinguish this relax new service. J offers the classic and formal all red jacket and straight trouser or half long dress similar to medium/long haul routes.

Once all J passengers settled down (others were KLM crew, thanks to their identifications), Pauline, our pursuer offered a choice of juices (apple and orange) and water and took the in flight drink order, then she came back with a selection of local newspapers. Once all passengers were being welcomed in Swahili and English and a manual security demonstration was made from a tape or what it sounded like, but in fact the senior F/A, front of me was literally reciting her usual poem...


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Today's ride: Embraer 170 5Y-KYH

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Decent Legroom

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Cabin view

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Getting some sun tan for Hercules ZS-ORB ?

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Mombasa Air Safari ZS-OJK, are the schedule flights operated with this DC3? further back at the holding point CRJ100 Fly540 to NBO

A Kenyan first officer lady made announcement ( a premiere for me with a lady in command) and taxied straight forward to runway 21, escorted with a strong crosswind component.
With Engines switched on at 14:35, we took off from runway 21 and was airborne 14:58, after 2 probably Kenyan fighters landing at MOI. When taking off, Kenya Airways only uses 55% of take off thrust the first seconds, and then giving full take off thrust.

TAKE OFF VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krE6F6lzh9Q

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MOI is also an airbase: too fast for a nice picture sorry!

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Banking with a great airport overview

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The city sprawling along the Indian Ocean


Before reaching an altitude of 34000ft, collation was served rather quickly. First, the ever eternal mix of cajus nuts were being offered, and directly packed away for my nephews and nieces who are fond of such unhealthy stuffs. Onto the tray, seafood option on request was brought with a mouthwatering spicy combo shrimps wrap filled with of mix peppers, onions and curry salad. Also a piece of delicious cold crusty apple pie (she felt quiet embarrassed and has asked whether she put the pastry into the sandwich plate or on the linen which was twice bigger as the tray). That's was yummy indeed. Mineral water all the way long was offered. Lovely having a lunch, and outside passing the Kilimanjaro mountain, not on my side though.
Even if this snack was a little less elaborate, with a cold half portioned filled bun, and mainline spirit drinks. Still, it was hard to complain for the flight duration. As i wish to have this on Air France domestic.

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Water was enough at the moment , G&T for later on, apple stuffed pastry a little chewy

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/KenyanShuttle/maincourse.jpg
Very tasty seafood wrap

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/KenyanShuttle/Newspapers.jpg
Regional newspaper, despite its name, is still not sold in Burundi...

Prior stepping inside the aircraft an usual embarrassment invaded myself as a business pax, on taking many pictures and recording videos, for the lonely purpose of posting here; but once the KLM guy caught me, after a smile and a wink, he pulled out his camera and sized the opportunity to shoot great scenery of the whole flight and the Kilimanjaro (lucky was he). Also his shriek like a wolf to his colleagues showing his probably first time in Kenya. Dear Pauline, she would have probably preferred the quiet attitude of the rear class.

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/KenyanShuttle/Judith.jpg
Pauline: our pursuer preparing the cabin for landing

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/KenyanShuttle/Approach.jpg
Descending to JKIA


2.3 – Arrival


During approach a whole good view of Kenyatta airport showed off quickly, before the huge 90° right turn to same again runway 6. Approach was smooth, as well as touchdown occurring at 15H38. Short landing meant a profitable shortcut to the domestic terminal on the far east where the light luggage arrived immediately.

LANDING VIDEO (any one can translate at 1:13-15): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jyKEkLJr08

.

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/KenyanShuttle/Tristar732DC9.jpg
Classic collection: Lockheed L-1011 TZ-MHI, 2*B737-200 unknown = help, East African Safari DC-9:

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/KenyanShuttle/9QcongoGov727CBA.jpg
this odd DR Congo Government 9Q-CBA reg belongs to an ill-fated aircraft.

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/KenyanShuttle/EastAfricancraft.jpg
DC-9 East African Express 5Y-XXA, mainly operating domestic.


Landside of the arrival hall

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/KenyanShuttle/tagluggage.jpg
Priority-tagged luggage arrived ... first

Another quality and great flight with "The Pride of Africa". Ground facilities were ok, collation served was somewhat good. Although the 737 would have been preferred to the Embraer, mainly because of the better seat; the 45mins flight were not a too suffering, and the joy to ride a new jet has definitely forgiven the substitution. I had a feeling there was less turbulence when a lady is in charge and her piloting skills makes flying smoother and better than men!



FINAL WORDS

.
Rwandair:
This direct flight represents a outstanding opportunity for all the community, as Emiratis are now being offered the shortest flight to Rwanda, Kenyan can enjoy and non stop service to Dubai without a lay over in JKIA outdated terminal, and Rwandans can be proud of the step forward of their airline.

Kenya Airways:
I was impressed how high are the standards on a domestic flight, this journey was akin to a medium haul /regional route for the whole experience.

Now check the winner per category:

Dep. Airport: Mombasa (Kenya Airways): because we can check in and – after the security of course – quit the terminal for a cigarette (my bad) or a refreshment landside.
Lounge: Kigali (Rwandair) because there is hot food buffet and alcoholic drinks offer
In flight: Kenya Airways: quality catering, newspapers selection,
Seat: Rwandair wider and deeper
Crew: Rwandair F/A are more human than just machine delivering a standard service

Despite Rwandair catering did not reach a "3 michelin stars" and lacked of some consistent essentials, it won with 3 points vs 2 for Kenya... Do you agree?



Many thanks for reading, now feel free to comment or improve anything


East African Spotter (Léonard)


Need more adventures? Click on those stories:

From Malawi To Scotland With Kenya Airways And BMI (by eastafspot Dec 7 2010 in Trip Reports)
The Blue Bird Amid Gorillas: KLM Inaugural KGL-AMS (by eastafspot Nov 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
Linking Other Great Lakes: Air Uganda + Rwandair (by eastafspot Nov 12 2010 in Trip Reports)
The Ride In Africa: Kenya Airways Business Class (by eastafspot Apr 28 2010 in Trip Reports)
BMI Regional To Lyon Via Man In ERJ145 (by eastafspot Apr 18 2010 in Trip Reports)
Just Plane Smart... (by eastafspot Apr 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
Rwandair And Skyteam Airlines To Scotland (by Eastafspot Dec 10 2009 in Trip Reports)
KLM And Kenya Airways To Rwanda (by Eastafspot Dec 7 2009 in Trip Reports)

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[Edited 2011-05-12 07:46:42]


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User currently offlineEC001 From France, joined Jan 2009, 94 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hello there Léonard!

Thank you very much for this thorough trip report! I really loved it! It isn't that often that we a.netters get to see a Rwandair TR!

The photos are great, and the report is well detailed.

Well done!

cheers from Paris,

o2


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
According to Alex "very 1970s French chic ... sort of like a calmer"

= Yup  . I miss KGL!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
with those oldies EU banned DC8s

= Oh God. I don't think the aircraft has moved since I was last in Rwanda in 2007!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
... India, Jordan, Thailand and more adventures for $67 000, three weeks vacations...

= Clearly, I am in the wrong job.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
The huge fans of 5th freedoms are now being offered a Mombasa – Dubai direct, (FYI a Libreville – Brazzaville also). Although that experiencing the whole route would have contributed to a fairer judgement, the catering turned out to be a disappointing appetizer not balanced at all. Anyway, the whole crew is an asset for the company, hats off.

= Hmmm ... tempting. BTW, the meal does indeed look disappointing.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
The pool over the Indian Ocean of the Mombasa Club

= Isn't this the Coast Club? I have stayed here a few times and maintain my reciprocal membership  . I always confuse the Mombasa Club, the Coast Club, and the Mombasa Sports Club.

Thanks for taking us on this ride. WB reports are rare, and it is good to see them online. I believe their network was developed by a particular European consulting firm ...

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 794 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting EC001 (Reply 2):
I really loved it!

hey Orian, thankyou for stopping by,

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 3):
Isn't this the Coast Club?

probably, it was touch 'n' go stay, over here... so not too much time to enjoy

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 3):
I believe their network was developed by a particular European consulting firm ...

correct, good to see that you keep updated informations



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User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Léonard,

I want to thank you for this fascinating report! I am very intrigued and inspired by the African continent and I enjoyed your report very much. What a rare and detailed insight into Rwandair.

Looking at your pictures, Its nice to see samosas so readily available in Africa. I'm not sure if its the same in Africa but over here, they are quite spicy (thanks to their South Asian origin) and crispy, and I've always enjoyed them as snacks very much.

Quoting EC001 (Reply 2):
Watch out: some nasty and pilferer monkeys over here

LOL gosh, monkeys are NOT something I expect to find above the duty-free at the airport!!!

Its really great to see the business offerings of the African carriers in their intra-African routes and I am surprised to see Kenya Airways offering a very nice looking seafood wrap on their domestic service, in addition to an apple pie as well!

Thanks for your detailed journey from the check-in to the flight end. It was nice to read your report. I have intention to do a TR on comparing two African carriers as well, and I'd share with you when I'm done.

Thank you once again for this delightful read,
RvXKaz



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Leonard!

Thanks for a very nice report with very nice pictures ! Both WB and KQ look good on such short flights. Seats on WB lookd more comfortable but still nice that both airlines have specific seats for business rathar than just blocking the middle seat like they do in Europe.

Most countries in Western Europe do not stamp their own citizenz passports either in or out. US has no exit contol at all other than airlines collecting a card from the passport for people who need a visa here.

Food looks disappointing on WB but very impressive on the short KQ flight. I love to fly on the EMB-170 and glad that you gpt to experience a different type of aircraft.

Looking forward to your next report.

The777Man



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 794 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
this fascinating report

hey Leow, a such great comment from you is very kind, many thanks

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
to see samosas so readily available in Africa

oh dear, it's probably the 2nd staple food (in central/southern africa)... but probably the choice of filling is limited to rice of beef in most of the case and quality can not be compared with what you offer in Asia...

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 5):
do a TR on comparing two African carriers as well

what a great idea, i'm looking forward to read it. BTW what a good surprise to see you've flown, KQ on its most famous 5th freedoms right route, your videos are beautiful and comments excellent, especially the one made my day "this passenger called the stewardness sister"...
Also how lucky you were to see KQ uniforms wore by asian crew, that suit them really well, and pretty unusual for me...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
Thanks for a very nice report

thnak you, it is much appreciated

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
both airlines have specific seats for business

this feature is apparently widely spread in Africa and presents a great advantage indeed

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
US has no exit contol at all other than airlines collecting a card

you've perfectly confirmed my thoughts. cheers



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Léonard,

great report with many nice pictures - you permanently surprise us with these exciting trips in Africa. KQ's product looks very good - and I particularly like the porcelain design! Wow!


PH



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User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hey Léonard,

Thanks very much for looking at my flight videos. I didn't quite expect you'd find it haha. But anyway, I appreciate your feedback and again, I must reiterate that I enjoy your perspectives and in-depth insight into the carriers from the African continent and afaik, you're one of the few TR writers dedicated to those exotic and unusual airlines from the far-away continent.

I sincerely look forward to more of your travels and flight experiences. Thank you once again for the enjoyable read.

Cheers,
RvXKaz



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User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Well....I read your previous TRs and I have to tell you that it is such a treat to read another one. Keep up the good work...not only that you give us an insight into an area that was not so well covered with TRs before, but you do it so well.   


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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 794 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Many thanks to all for the comments,  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
you permanently surprise us with these exciting trips in Africa
Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 10):
an area that was not so well covered with TRs before

Something new and nice should be here in a little while

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
I didn't quite expect you'd find it haha

neither do i, somehow i must admit that it was after a random search on you tube, a surprising good video appeared!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
from the far-away continent.

even if i have received many invitations from a friend living Shanghai, it has always seemed farther than Africa, lol, maybe times will change.

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 10):
Well....I read your previous TRs

glad to learn this, cheers...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
and I particularly like the porcelain design!

agree, the KA (KQ) logo seems outdated though, it's pity



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User currently offlineAirIndia77W From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantastic trip report! Enjoyed every picture and all the descriptions that go with them!

--Nate


User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (3 years 5 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hello Léonard!
what to say ... I'm so glad that you are active member of this community ... My big wish is to visit Central and East Africa and reading your trip reports this desire is just growing ...

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Sonia and your truly "reporter"

nice to see you ... Good luck and best wishes ...Stipica  



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (3 years 5 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Hi,

Nice read and pix, thanks for posting.

Rwandair J looked pretty reasonable for such a short flight, need to work on the catering though.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
thanks to the pictures of BA319-131 when in South Africa

- Glad you enjoyed  
Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
TOM B757 versus a just landed KQ Embraer170

- Now i'd not expected that TOM 757 there!

The KQ snack on this short flight looks pretty decent and a G&T to wash it down is most civalised, shame the expected 737 was subbed, however the 170 is a nice plane to fly on.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 794 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi everybody

Quoting AirIndia77W (Reply 12):
Enjoyed every picture and all the descriptions that go with them!

Welcome to you and many thanks, Nate, it is because the standards are so high in here  
Quoting stipica (Reply 13):
this desire is just growing

never to late to go, start with a 5th freedom maybe!

Quoting stipica (Reply 13):
nice to see you

thanks for your comments, do you know the self-pic thread here?

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
Nice read and pix,

from a premium class expert like you, such comment is encouraging. thank you Mark

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
Now i'd not expected that TOM 757 there

and guess what? it departs (apparently every year) from London, don't know if LGW or others

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
Glad you enjoyed

absolutely, as i was sure it was a MD8 or CRJ200 on this route

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
G&T to wash it down is most civalised

really helpful for a little nap...



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User currently offlineRukundo From France, joined Jan 2007, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice TR bro. I m happy to see that RwandAir is growing and is becoming a reliable airline in Africa.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 3):
Oh God. I don't think the aircraft has moved since I was last in Rwanda in 2007!

According to Air International (Feb 2011), the airlines has ceased flights. But it's hard to find the info, on internet.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Lost in translation: i suspect the airline joining the Star Alliance group in a future, as it has signed code-share agreements with ET and SN, tied partnership with Lufthansa technik, and bought aircrafts from Lufthansa and LOT

There is also a SAA team based (until 2013) at Kigali, for 737-500s and B737-800s.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
displays that by 2015 a Boeing 787 will be part of its fleet: reality or fiction?

Really, do you have a picture ??

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Business product was being craved by locals for a little while particularly on the longest route such as JNB and management could not be effectively competitive on a 5H journey without selling optimum comfort for the extending network even farther.

I read on Jeune Afrique and on a Tanzanian forum, that WB plans to fly to Lagos, with its news B737-800, before the end of the year. Kinshasa will be served, when Congo CAA will give its approval.

[Edited 2011-05-28 04:32:50]

User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 4):
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 3):
I believe their network was developed by a particular European consulting firm ...

correct, good to see that you keep updated informations

= Yes. And, the decision behind it ... and, the short-listed US firm, and the one that withdrew from South Africa   ...

Quoting Rukundo (Reply 16):
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 3):
Oh God. I don't think the aircraft has moved since I was last in Rwanda in 2007!

According to Air International (Feb 2011), the airlines has ceased flights. But it's hard to find the info, on internet.

= Thanks for trying Rukundo. Some of these aircraft movements are indeed hard to track.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 794 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Rukundo (Reply 16):
Nice TR bro

Hey Gio, thanks for commenting and i'm glad you have enjoyed

Quoting Rukundo (Reply 16):
There is also a SAA team based (until 2013) at Kigali, for 737-500s and B737-800s.

Actually it makes sense, thanks for another fact,hopefully, getting closer WB to *A.

Quoting Rukundo (Reply 16):
Really, do you have a picture ??

hum, the day of booking i did not carry the camera, but for sure it can be proven in other ways: ask those guys on facebook  
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 17):
Yes. And, the decision behind it ... and, the short-listed US firm,

Very interesting to learn this, hope you guys can justify this sharply expanding strategie, as here it is hard to understand some of the destinations- lol - the next WB new routes, my thoughts will go straight to you  


by chance do you know what's happened to the German CEO R.Janatta?


regards

[Edited 2011-06-16 11:36:49]


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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 18):
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 17):
Yes. And, the decision behind it ... and, the short-listed US firm,

Very interesting to learn this, hope you guys can justify this sharply expanding strategie, as here it is hard to understand some of the destinations- lol - the next WB new routes, my thoughts will go straight to you

= Trust me ... the current route network and expansion plans were not drawn by my firm/me  . It would have been different.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 18):


by chance do you know what's happened to the German CEO R.Janatta?

= From what I have been told, there were differences with political leadership. Keep in mind that the strategy for WB mirrors the overall Rwanda development plan of President K to be a connection between Francophone and Anglophone Africa. Also, he *really* likes SIA ...

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineRukundo From France, joined Jan 2007, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 19):
Also, he *really* likes SIA ...

I read that Rwanda and Singapore signed a BASA last year.


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report,
thanks for sharing some flight excperciences from that side of the globe  . Always a nice read.



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice couple of flights you had. It's great at Rwandair now have C class, although the catering was very lacklustre.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Watch out: some nasty and pilferer monkeys over here

Can't believe there aere monkeys in the airport!

The KQ cabin looks very nice.



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 794 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

"RwandAir is the first African carrier to take delivery of the Boeing 737 with Sky Interior". According to the schedule the first aircraft will be hand over to WB the 23rd of august. More information (and tickets to be won) and a glimpse of the cabin here:

http://www.rwandair.com/about/boeing-737-800ng.html


............................................................

Many thanks for the last comments

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 19):
It would have been different.
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 19):
the strategy for WB mirrors the overall Rwanda development plan of President K

Which sometime may be strange, as he allegedly just targets the far away continental destination. while the crj aircrafts are grounded most of the day, some cities nearby such as Kigoma or Mwanza in Tanzania lack of link to the capital, maybe a bet for the future. DRC still delays the rights...
By the way, are you aware than Turkish airlines plan to open KGL in April 2012?

Quoting Rukundo (Reply 20):
a BASA last year.

let see when it will be useful  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
thanks for sharing some flight excperciences from that side of the globe

hi Marc, you are very kind, that what is great on A.net

Hey Gabriel

Thanks for reading and commenting this report,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 22):
although the catering was very lacklustre

My friend's colleague told me the section MBA-DXB is more promising, but still the plastic cutlery  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 22):
Can't believe there aere monkeys in the airport!

this is Africa dude  

that was at Livingstone ( International) Airport last year:



[Edited 2011-08-13 12:49:02]


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27112 posts, RR: 60
Reply 24, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hey great report and very rare . Really enjoyed it  
Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Once the Greek chief instructor on the left seat (why so many Greeks in the country)

A lot of Greeks worked in Africa . Three of my ex Colleagues were brought up in Kenya/Congo when they were kids as their parents were based there with various companies. Also Lebanese . They used to tell me stories from their time there and they really miss it !

Loved the seats in J on Rwanada Air and also KQ. Last time I flew KQ was LHR-ATH on an A310  

Regards

OA260  


25 Post contains links and images eastafspot : hey Phillip , glad to see you've commented they are reliable investors over there, and supporting a lot local communities Lucky were you, so pity it i
26 Post contains images akhmad : Habari za jioni Léonard, I am so grateful of this report of yours! You meticulously take us, readers, along with you on awe-inspiring journey within
27 Post contains images eastafspot : Hello Suryo, Mzuri sana bwana! It is a real pleasure to read your extensive comment! Still in Africa right now, i was about to publish an update more
28 Post contains images akhmad : Jambo Léonard, Safi!! Great to hear from you. That is very kind of you, but don’t worry about me. Just post it whenever you like. Apart from Mombas
29 Post contains images Eastafspot : Thank you for this new comment Suryo Same here, looks like you were busy these days. Ok, do you plan to write a TR? Hope you'll visit both parts of th
30 Post contains images akhmad : Habari za mchana Léonard, Karibu. To be honest, I am taking a break from trip reporting. But with this upcoming trip to Kenya (and Tanzania), maybe I
31 Post contains images Eastafspot : Shikamoo wapendwa bwana Suryo, Always very good when reading your excellent replies! . You definitely needed it after those quality reports posted. Ma
32 Post contains links and images akhmad : Habari za jioni Léonard, Karibu! Unaelewa. You understand me. It will be my first ever visit to sub-Saharan African countries. You really encourage m
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