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Leaving Home: Milan To London...via ARN  
User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8596 times:

Good morning dear forumers, thank you for reading this TR from mine!



Ah, the misery of commuting. You know that 5-days-a-week activity, that 7.30 AM torture which manages to ruin everything so unfortunate to cross its path? Let it be a train ride, reading the morning paper on the tram or even drinking a robust espresso standing up in your fav bar: those agreeable experiences will inevitably end up ruined by the routine, by that dreary, sterile and never-ending series of misfortunes called “commuting”.
I have experienced commuting for many years now and I never ceased to be amazed at how such an event had the power to wipe off the smile from my face as soon as I closed my apartment’s front door. But the last weeks have shown, much to my despair, that shuttling from one place to another had the power to wash away all the fun from what I consider – and I bet I’m not the only one – the ultimate travel experience: flying.
The last couple of months have seen me crossing the Alps and the Channel to London on a seemingly endless series of Milan-London flights which have dangerously started to lose their attractiveness. I was no longer happy as a lark to catch a bus to MXP, or the Heathrow Connect to Paddington; instead, the whole affair was beginning to feel a little bit... dull. Like standing on a platform waiting for a crowded train in November, this sort of thing. I was hating, really, it: flying has always been a heart-warming experience to me and I wanted to keep it like that.
These lucubration reached their zenith one fine May evening, when I found myself once again on Lufthansa’s website ready to book yet another MXP-LHR flight. This one should have been an important one as it marked an important date, the one when I finally left home to start my life – and career, hopefully – abroad, at least for some time. It was bound to be an occasion to be remembered! That flight would have been a turning point for me, something to think back as ”Ah, it all started with that very day!” and pardon me for the drama.
In a nutshell, I wanted that flight to be special.
My search for specialness had some constraints, though: money, primarily, and time. I had just one day, Saturday 4th of June, and a limited budget. I’ll spare you the boring part, i.e. the web search and I’ll fast forward to the point when I insert my credit card data on Edreams to buy two flights:

MXP-ARN, with Lufthansa Italia
ARN-LHR, with British Airways



Courtesy The Great Circle Mapper, http://www.gcmap.com/

Ok, this combination might sound as glamorous as a ride on the 316 bus to Kilburn on a first glance, but bear with me: the first leg was the longest one on the soon-to-disappear, ill-fated Lufthansa’s Italian flirt, one of the very few intra-European routes to offer warm meals in-flight. The second leg, instead, was due to be flown on a 767-300ER, one of the yet again very few intra-European routes to be operated by wide bodies. So, it was a journey filled with “very few” and peculiarities. As icing on a cake I’d be going back to Sweden and, at around 80 €, it was a bargain as well. So, let’s get started with the trip, shall we?

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User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8581 times:

LEG #1 – FROM MXP TO ARN

Farewells don’t suit me. Well, I hardly believe that anyone is suited by those awkward hugs between crying relatives, isn’t it? However, I bid au revoir to August to my family and went down to Turin, to spend a final night in the city I called home for the best part of 5 years. As it often happens this time of year it was raining, and the sky was equally overcast the next morning as I crawled under my bags to the bus stop. I looked to my road, to my house, to the people of my borough, to my usual supermarket, to the ice-cream shop, thinking about how odd it is to actually find out that those sights, those places I saw almost every day, would soon be part of my past. That those people, those bars, that city would all continue to live on without me. And I would do equally, without them. Filled with these deep thoughts I snapped a picture of my ol’ pad, definitely messing about with the camera settings – this is why the photos on this TR are so crappy even for my own standards.



The apartment flat where I lived for six years... Six incredible years

However, the next item on the to-do-list was to board the MXP-bound bus and so I did. It was quite early, 7 AM or so, but I couldn’t sleep. Instead, I looked out at the panorama, staring in amazement while the mountains around my hometown cruised by, their peaks engulfed in low clouds. Before I could notice it was already time to descend at Malpensa’s Terminal 1.

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See the group of mountains in the middle of the picture? Under them lies Biella, the town where I was born in (and the home place of the much better known Zegna as well).

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Typical Piedmontese panorama

I already professed my endless and limitless love for the airport and I promise I won’t tire you longer with that; but I couldn’t avoid feeling some tenderness towards this poor airport, badly run by its managers and even worse treated by its local politicians. I queued up to use the Lufthansa’s self check-in kiosk, noticing idly how many of my fellow passengers will be there in a few months’ time, when LH will wrap its stuff up and fly it back to Cologne. For the umpteenth time, I cursed the NPV equation.
Malpensa was looking quite full that day, with the North American departures and some Asian ones as well: too early for the Gulf carriers to show up, but bang on time for SQ’s daily and China Airlines’ 4xw service to PVG. Long queues at the counters and some equally long wanderings around the downstairs cattle corral also known as “security control”.

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American Airlines to New York and, behind, SQ’s daily service to Singapore (whose check-in counters were packed to the brim, especially the premium classes)

[URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/841/p3180062.jpg/]Finally SEA managed to dump the old latrines at T1 in exchange for something more resembling an industrialized country

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The controls were a breeze and soon after having collected all my belongings – and having failed to put my trousers belt on with even a little bit of dignity – I marched down to the Satellite 1, home of most LH’s flights, as well as all Schengen departures. I settled down on one of those comfy chaise longues scattered here and there around the airport and started reading my book, stopping randomly to snap some pictures and to look at the FIDS: luckily this time, my flight seemed to be going all smooth: the airplane arrived on time and was soon being prepared to fly again.

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The third concourse, currently under construction and now used as a remote parking position. I guess you’d be able, just over the AZ bird, its newest prop: the twin jetway required by EK to operate its A388

[URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/861/p3180071.jpg/]Malév’s 736 bound to Budapest...see you in August mate!

Other Lufthansa flights were due to leave at around the same time, notably a service to Paris and another, if I remember well, to Prague: the long queues of passengers made me think if, after all, Lufthansa Italia’s situation was so irrecoverable. Loads have consistently been in the 70-80% region on all my latest flights, even if this figure doesn’t tell much about yields and net operating profits.

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A view towards the Cargo City: CSA bound to Prague (didn’t know they were serving MXP by the way) and some cargo birds

[URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/847/p3180074.jpg/]This ad should have been nailed to every wall at Terminal 2, in order to subtract passengers from EZY: instead, it took 2 and half year for it to do the couple of kms. And we know how it went...

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Some views of the airport: a Vueling 320 under the pouring rain, WindJet taxing while Air Italy lifts off a planeload of holidaymakers to the Caribbean and, finally, two travellers – one more seasoned, another slightly more junior – watching the action.

I was in a strange, somehow detached, mood that day: maybe it was the rain, maybe it was REM’s “E-bow the letter” looping in my mind, or God knows what else. Truth be told, I wasn’t excited, but rather feeling like sleepwalking, like it wasn’t actually me about to board the flight. I had the distinct impression to be watching somebody else and, honestly, it didn’t feel unpleasant but quite weird. I passed the time thinking about nothing until I realized that a robust queue was already forming in front of gate A7, my flight’s one: a bunch of Nordic-looking men and women, many of them with children, were congregating in front of the green desk. I woke up and joined the group, obtaining a position behind a couple in their fifties, the man’s skin so red that I could feel his sunburn’s heat waves from a meter away; where he managed to get such a cooking was a mystery though, since it’d been raining for two weeks.

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Gate A7 for Stockholm


User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8551 times:

Flight: Lufthansa LH3714 MXP-ARN
Equipment: Airbus 319-114 D-AILH “Norderstedt”
Seat: 21F
Departure time: 12:50 Arrival Time: 15:20


The boarding started soon thereafter, with a call for families with toddlers, then business class passengers, Star Alliance aficionados and, finally, those seated in the final rows of the bus, including me. I was literally amazed to see my compatriots listening to the announcements and, oh joy!, reacting to them. No Italian speakers were turned back by the agents for having a row 6 ticket, while a couple of Swedes were. Could that be the beginning of a brand new age for this country? I truly hope so!
Anyway, I made my way to my 21F seat, half-hoping for a free middle seat for the flight. My hopes were short-lived, since passengers kept on coming like zombies on a bad horror movie and I found out to be sharing my row with a Swedish couple in their 40s, both gorgeously tanned (and not sunburnt). Again, where did they get the sun from? I was curious enough to try and ask, but my attempts were met with some courteous smiles and nothing more, leaving me feeling like those creepy seatmates you’re always afraid to meet during train journeys. Better look at the tarmac, definitely.

Not a great view outside though

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Happily complying with A.net’s knee-shot rule!

We left our parking position slightly delayed (around 15 minutes) because of some issues with oversize baggage. This gave me a good chance to look at the operations of the ground and in-flight crews: while the first pumped bags into the plane belly (and managed to do some boxe in the slow times!) the cabin crew kept us hydrated with some trays of fresh water and orange juice. It has never occurred to me that the crew gave me something to drink while still on the ground, moreover for such a short delay! I felt like one of you cool A.netters in your F class trips, no less. The crew was really friendly and was composed by a female pursuer, another female F/O and a male colleague of them, probably the most hilarious mate I’ve ever seen on a plane: think of Jack out of Will&Grace, just bald. He was simply great and made smile even the most consistently weeping of the babies.
Jack and his team braved the storm flawlessly until the captain released the brakes and guided us down the taxiways and on towards the runway; during the stroll I managed to capture a bad picture of this interesting beast, a passenger 744 from China Airlines. Given the unusual parking place, and given the fact that the Shanghai flight was operated by the usual 343, I suspect that this was a VIP flight; the PRC’s Vice Prime minister was attending the 2nd June parade after all.

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The much smaller 319 aligned on the runway and, almost immediately, began rolling down at full steam. We took a good chunk of the runway to lift off and, almost immediately, we were greeted with some rough turbulences that caused all the babies on the plane to erupt in screaming tears and my two seatmates to lift the eyes from their books. The little Airbus braved the winds and penetrated the thick layer of clouds: some seconds later we emerged in a utterly spectacular scenery of towering white clouds, angry-looking greyish nimbus and some sparse bank of fog; all in all, a great spectacle. It seemed to me to be in the Millennium Falcon heading towards some landing platform on Coruscant... I know, I shouldn’t slip grappa in the coffee in the morning.

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Today’s reading: Brian Greene’sThe Elegant Universe.

Soon the panorama levelled up, with a distant carpet of clouds opening here and here, revealing some sceneries that were looking more Swiss-German than Italian, like the Lake of Constance (is it?). I gave a brief look at the Lufthansa in-flight magazine, which was remarkably uninteresting this month, and settled down with my book, headphones and some good music to listen to. Commuting? Oh, how wrong.



I was curious to see whether we’d be actually given a hot meal as promised or not and I wasn’t disappointed: Jack and his mates started emerging from the galley with little wrapped packages which they started handing out to the passengers. I was anxious like a boy on Christmas day and I wasn’t disappointed: my small plastic tray contained a main course (fish with rice), a bread roll, a little baked dessert and some plastic cutlery of the kind that can be broken with a single gaze. The main course might have been a little too small but I wasn’t complaining: in an industry where cutting corners has risen to the #1 commandment, a plastic tray with a hot meal on a two-hours flight was something close to miracles.

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Random scenes over Switzerland and Germany

I had just two reasons to complain: one was the Lufthansa’s salt ‘n’ pepper dispenser, which contained enough material to enrich 4 dishes like mine, something I discovered just after having dumped a small mountain of salt on the fish and an equally remarkable amount of spices up in my nose and eyes. The second reason regarded the drinks: they were being given after the food and the whole affair seemed a little bit too long to me, especially as I was craving for some cool fluids to wash away the salt from my tongue and pepper from my eyelids.

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Does anybody knows why are the banks of this river so filled with moorings?

LHI safety card: a recent addition which will be soon worth something in the memorabilia market

The reason for this apparent delay was constituted by my fellow passengers: it seemed that every Swede on board, including kids, was ordering white wine. Jack was having a helluva day opening up bottles of Riesling and, the number of cadavers was beginning to pile up high on his drink cart. The pursuer ran to the rescue with an additional couple of 75 cl bottles which were emptied well before the duo reached the exit rows.
Eventually, as I nursed carefully the last bit of fish, the cart reached our area. Orders for white wine kept flocking with a consistency that only the Nordics can show and, when it finally came my turn, I felt quite odd to be the only one asking for a Warsteiner. My two seatmates went, that goes without saying, for yet another couple of glasses of wine. Coffee and tea was offered afterwards and I swear I caught some people asking if, by chance, there was any wine left.

Despite its not-too-young age, D-AILH looked spotless

The flight went on flawlessly with some interesting sights and a couple of crossing with other airplanes over Germany. Unfortunately the sky was largely overcast or hazy, making a good recipe for utterly crappy photos and so remained until we made landfall in Scandinavia after a brief crossing of the Baltic sea, portrayed in so many TRs by FlyingFinn.

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The Baltic, looking particularly bath-worth in this gorgeous day

Scania looked from above just like I remembered it from ground level, i.e. a land of beautiful woods, nice little villages, small lakes, rivers, waterways and islands and green pastures that, had we been in the UK, would have all been turned out as golf courses.

Random views of Southern Sweden, including an unknown airport

Is it Stockholm or is it Warsaw?

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This, if I remember well, should be Stockholm’s answer to the Madison Square Garden

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Cruisin’ around the fjords..

Stockholm’s suburbs started running under our wings and we began losing altitude, which meant entering some turbulences and causing all the babies on board to break into tears again. A lot of tears later, we arrived in Arlanda.

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Stockholm Arlanda airport


User currently offlineSomedayTrijet From China, joined Nov 2010, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 8438 times:

Hi! Very nice report of this flight to my hometown, I like your style of writing. Looking forward to the other part of this TR.

Quoting JL418 (Thread starter):
China Airlines’ 4xw service to PVG
Quoting JL418 (Thread starter):
a passenger 744 from China Airlines.

I guess you mean Air China. China Airlines is the flag carrier of Taiwan.



Flown on: ATR72-5, Q300, E190, E195, A319/20/21, A332/3, 734/6/G/8, 744, 752/3, 763ER, 772ER/LR
User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8264 times:

LEG#2 ARN TO LHR

We towed to the gate no. 4, close to an IB Airbus A320. Seconds later I reached the jetway and I arrived in what I assumed was the arrival hall of Arlanda’s Terminal 5. How wrong! We were actually in departures, as arriving passengers were asked to go through the maze of corridors and shops that constitutes a typical terminal to the baggage claim. I was somehow shocked by this unusual layout – if I remember well, I’ve never seen such a thing before – but it made sense: connections are much faster.

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I didn’t have a real connection to catch as I was just interlining, and my luggage hadn’t been tagged all the way down to LHR: I therefore needed to pick it up from the carousel and, then, find the way to the departure hall (if there was such a thing!). To make the story short I got my suitcase, crawled upstairs and found myself in a all new and beautiful space.
Now, let me sing an ode to Arlanda. Its Terminal 5 is no KIX or ICN, meaning that you won’t find it in any glossy architectural digest under the voice “mind blowing space-age design”, but it is seriously cool. There’s everything you’d expect from the Nordics: minimalism, glass, steel, plenty of natural light, laminated floors, bars everywhere and a genuinely relaxed atmosphere. I got my boarding pass printed and sent faithfully my bag through the BHS system and then wandered to the best security control point I’ve seen in more than ten years of flying. It felt like an Alpine house with its wooden floor and furniture and...the staff! Miiiillion miles away from the grumpy folks at Malpensa, they were helpful, nice and didn’t seem inclined to gossip loudly with each other. I walked around the airport in amazement, marvelling at the small Swedish design shop or at the countless bars, thinking “Why on Earth doesn’t Milan – the so-called “Capital of Fashion”, let me remind you, have an airport as cute as this one?” From what I saw it didn’t require such a big effort.. or maybe it did.

A part of T5’s departure hall. Unfortunately the settings I put my camera on simply “burned” every light source.

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The main shopping/spotting area. Needless to say, a very nice place to be.

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D-AILH baking under the sun before leaving back to a rainy Milan

Arlanda is made of place like this: it’s more like your cool friend’s living room than an international terminal

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Shortly before non-Schengen departures controls

I entered the non-Schengen area and settled in one of the bars there, sipping a big pint of Staropramen and nursing a little cup of warm nuts. It was as good as it could get: I had drinks and finger food, some interesting action to watch at (a bunch of Swedish chavs en route to Tunisia, a drunk guy escorted away by two of the world’s friendliest police officers) and my book whenever the chavs became boring. The only bad thing was the lack of view of the tarmac since the sun shields were up. Sometime later I gulped down my beer and walked to gate F69, the very last of this concourse.

Had I been less idiot with my camera, this could have been an interesting picture. But alas...

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Checking documents at the bar

Laminated floor! Oh joy!

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These neon light sculptures were placed on several ventilation shafts connecting the non-Schengen departures with the lower floor. The sentence was the same, reading something like “I am a world citizen, my homeland is everywhere” or something like that. It was written in English, Swedish, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Hindi and – I guess – Chinese...but no Italian!

The holding area was simply enormous, with plenty of seating and a calm atmosphere, the kind of relaxation you’d expect to find in a park on Sunday morning before the joggers and seize-the-day families turn up: definitely the best airport I’ve ever been.

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The holding area

Given the few people scattered here and there on the comfortable chairs of the holding area, I was expecting the flight to have a light load and, I have to say, the idea of an almost empty 767 (whose peculiar nose I could see between the sun shields) literally thrilled me. Soon after, it was time to board the bus.


User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8250 times:

Flight: British Airways BA781 ARN-LHR
Equipment: Boeing 767-336(ER) G-BNWW
Seat: 31K
Departure time: 18:35 Arrival Time: 20:01


The first “decent” of my next ride I could get. Unfortunately the whole jetway was covered in what appeared to be an anti-glare film and, therefore, the view was spoiled a bit.

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I stepped in G-BNWW expecting to find a bird in the European configuration, i.e. with dark blue leather seats. Not the prettiest interior in the industry if you ask me as it gives the benefit of timetravel back to the 80s like in “Ashes to Ashes”. This time, though, it was different: no DCI Gene Hunt waiting on the aisle to punch me in the face but, instead, I found out that the ride of the day was fitted with a proper business class (with seats mounted also against the direction of flight) and wide, comfy Y class seats with proper, adjustable headrest and also an IFE.

Seat 31K, pleased to meet you

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Two knee shots in one TR, that’s a good treat innit?

I settled in my seat 31K, happy as a lark. My seat was showing some tear and wear here and there, but I couldn’t care. The airplane looked empty and the perspective of an empty chair next to mine was becoming ever more and more appealing. I had plenty of space to stretch around and it felt great to be on a widebody for such a short hop. I was smiling as if I had swallowed a whole tube of Prozac (and I bet that some of the FAs thought that as soon as they saw my Romano Prodi-like grin).

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The IFE – As for a KIX-NRT flight in 2009, this was due to remain turned off for the whole flight. Seat controls didn’t seem to be working either.

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Nouvelair taxing towards Tunisia if I remember well

I got two windows for myself on this flight

safety card: I tried to pin it to the foldable tray blocking mechanism but it kept on falling... I guess I’d need to follow Markus’ evening classes if he’s available!

Everything was announcing a great flight, until a big, fatty, sweaty and smelly bloke reached the seat next to mine and basically dumped himself in it. Bugger.
I looked around, scouting the cabin in search for some other free places where to move after we reached cruising altitude, but there was none. It seemed that, while I was busy smiling as an idiot to every fuselage panel, a planeload of Swedes had boarded the airplane: in that very same moment I realized that BA is sending a 763 to Arlanda for a reason. I sat down on my seat, my smile vanished. Just a moment before I was thinking at a joyride and now it looked like a smelly nightmare.
Our plane left the gate slightly in advance and soon reached the runway used for departures; on the way there I spotted an improvised football pitch and the carcass of what looked like an old Caravelle. Moments later we were skyrocketing through the golden air of Stockholm.

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See the football pitch?

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Left to rot...

My seatmate was a very gentle person, I have to say that, and very polite as well. He kept reading his “Brown at No. 10” book and didn’t attempt to patronize completely the armrest as many other did. The only thing wrong in this picture was that he really badly needed a shower.. and I didn’t even have an air vent to try and block his aroma!

The Swedish answer to Essex business parks!

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This panorama reminded me of some exotic Tropical ocean... Instead it was the Northern Sea!

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...Soon followed by a thick carpet of clouds

Turning over what looked like North-East London

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Yes, that’s Britain.

A quite interesting neighbourhood

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Scenes from Heathrow: Ethiopian, Oman Air and the master of the house

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Bound to Asia?

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Our neighbour at T5’s dependence: another 763

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Two companies I’d be boarding right here, right now.

However, what the flight lacked in comfort was counterbalanced by the views and service. Despite a fastidious sun glare on the wing and windows I really had stuff to be glued to the window, from the impressive wing flex to the succession of land and sea baking under the late afternoon sun. And, contrary to my beliefs, the flight assistants did a beverage run and handed out some yummy shrimp rolls. I was very tired by then and I therefore lost consciousness for some time, until we reached land some 40 minutes later: a golf course told me we were definitely over the Ol’ Blighty. Moments later we arrived at LHR’s T5, which revealed itself as a seemingly infinite sequence of passages, automatic people movers, escalators and – sorry for this rant – the usual 40-minutes long wait to get my passport a brief look and a blip on a reader, while the non-EU queue was, obviously, empty.

CONCLUSION

All in all, two solid flights by LHI and BA. I am saddened by the fact that Lufthansa has decided to close its Italian branch now that its recognition among travellers was rising and load factors were following the same trend as well. One thing is sure, I’ll miss them badly, especially now that I’m based in London. Who knows, perhaps things will change in the future but it seems – right here right now – that years of mismanagement are yet again taking their toll on Malpensa. I’m having more flights on the pipeline, thanks for reading and if you’ll feel like leaving some comments – I’ll appreciate them enormously. As for now, goodbye!


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 8051 times:

Nice report, with a different style to many. As you listed G-BNWW, I remembered working on this aircraft on longhaul many times and wondered if it had been converted to shorthaul config but clearly not, you just got lucky. Shame they didn't at least have the moving map on!

Thanks for sharing.



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User currently offlineLazialeMKD From French Polynesia, joined Oct 2009, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7873 times:

great and fun report, I hope you will have good time in London  

User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7705 times:

Quoting SomedayTrijet (Reply 3):
Hi! Very nice report of this flight to my hometown, I like your style of writing. Looking forward to the other part of this TR.

Hi there Someday! thanks for reading and thanks for your kind compliments, very appreciated. I've been to Stockholm before and I really liked it, hope to go there again in the future!

Quoting SomedayTrijet (Reply 3):

I guess you mean Air China. China Airlines is the flag carrier of Taiwan.

Bugger, this must be the classical lapsus! I wish I could edit the text, but I have no clue about how to do it.

Quoting A340600 (Reply 6):
Nice report, with a different style to many

Thanks A340600, very appreciated!

Quoting A340600 (Reply 6):
As you listed G-BNWW, I remembered working on this aircraft on longhaul many times and wondered if it had been converted to shorthaul config but clearly not, you just got lucky.

Now that I think about it, it occurs to me that the C class did not seem to be used on that particular flight (I've seen nobody deplaning from it and it looked suspiciously clean when I left the plane. Maybe it has something to do with the new European utilization of G-BNWW, don't you think?

Quoting A340600 (Reply 6):
Thanks for sharing.

You're welcome, my pleasure.

Quoting LazialeMKD (Reply 7):
great and fun report, I hope you will have good time in London

Thanks Laziale (fluent in Italian by chance?). I'll try and have fun in London even if the real estate sector is working hard to ruin my days!


User currently offlinewingsofman72 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 120 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7689 times:

Great report, just the kind of trip I would make if I had the time or money. I was very happy to see that good old G-BNWW is still working, as was my first (and only so far) BA 767 flight almost 15 years ago from SVO to LHR!

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3268 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7174 times:

I love you way of writing - very amausing at times! I hadn't realised that LHI were shutting up shop - I thought they had been making lots of money in MXP, with all the AZ business men moving to a more reliable company - clearly not!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 4):
Seconds later I reached the jetway and I arrived in what I assumed was the arrival hall of Arlanda’s Terminal 5. How wrong! We were actually in departures, as arriving passengers were asked to go through the maze of corridors and shops that constitutes a typical terminal to the baggage claim. I was somehow shocked by this unusual layout – if I remember well, I’ve never seen such a thing before – but it made sense: connections are much faster.

SIN/FRA/MUC do this as well - make transfers very easy as you said.



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User currently offlineLazialeMKD From French Polynesia, joined Oct 2009, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6953 times:

Quoting JL418 (Reply 8):
Thanks Laziale (fluent in Italian by chance?)

Not really, I know to say 'ciao bella' though  . Just a big SS Lazio fan.


User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6940 times:

Great TR. Really like your pics.

Glad that you really liked ARN, it is a nice airport. Though, so you know, the F pier is quite new and not utilised to its full extent.

Always love to fly the BA 767 from/to LHR. Hopefully BA will send the 787 to ARN once they have retired their 767 fleet.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2470 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6449 times:

Hi JL418,

I really like your style of writing. What a beautiful report! I can really feel your emotions from the moment you closed the apartment door behind you until your arrival in London for a new adventure. Very nice to know where you were born.

I am really impressed by what LH Italia has on offer for you.

Quoting JL418 (Thread starter):
one of the very few intra-European routes to offer warm meals in-flight.
Quoting JL418 (Reply 2):
he cabin crew kept us hydrated with some trays of fresh water and orange juice. It has never occurred to me that the crew gave me something to drink while still on the ground, moreover for such a short delay!
Quoting JL418 (Reply 2):
in an industry where cutting corners has risen to the #1 commandment, a plastic tray with a hot meal on a two-hours flight was something close to miracles.


What a pity that LH Italia will be gone soon. The direct routes to AMS will never materialize.  


Quoting JL418 (Reply 4):
if I remember well, I’ve never seen such a thing before – but it made sense: connections are much faster.

  



Quoting JL418 (Reply 8):
I wish I could edit the text, but I have no clue about how to do it.

You can only do editing within an hour after posting,

Thanks for sharing. I wish you all the best.

Cheers,
Suryo

[Edited 2011-06-17 11:27:06]


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User currently onlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1310 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6279 times:

Hey JL,

Very nice report, had some great photos - thank you for posting it. Good job.

Quoting JL418 (Thread starter):
The third concourse, currently under construction and now used as a remote parking position. I guess you’d be able, just over the AZ bird, its newest prop: the twin jetway required by EK to operate its A388

Looks very much like Terminal 3 D wing in TLV airport.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 4):
Turning over what looked like North-East London

Beautiful!

jonathan



"In our country, those who do not believe in miracles are irrational" - David Ben Gurion.
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 6170 times:

Hi, JL418!

great report, and a good choice for routing to London! For sure the 767 flight is awesome, and giving LH Italia another try, why not before they're gone  
Quoting JL418 (Thread starter):
Malév’s 736 bound to Budapest...see you in August mate!

Due with me in September also... would be my first time on a -600 series. For you as well?

btw, nice pictures especially from the sunsetting skies closer to London. I love the colours in those images!



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5831 times:

Hi all,

thanks for your kind replies! I'm glad you all liked my TR.

Quoting wingsofman72 (Reply 9):
Great report, just the kind of trip I would make if I had the time or money. I was very happy to see that good old G-BNWW is still working, as was my first (and only so far) BA 767 flight almost 15 years ago from SVO to LHR!

Hello there Wingsofman,

thanks for replying. I think you'd definitely do such a trip - it's not very expensive, at least it wasn't for me! all it took was around 80-90 euro. Of course, crossing the Atlantic should be somehow more pricey, but if you happen to find yourself in Europe it's a trek worth making, especially if you can squeeze a small visit of the towns as well. G-BNWW was coping well with the years, the only note I can make was a constant buzzing from the windows; I guess that on a long-haul flights it'd have driven me completely nuts.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
I love you way of writing - very amausing at times! I hadn't realised that LHI were shutting up shop - I thought they had been making lots of money in MXP, with all the AZ business men moving to a more reliable company - clearly not!

Hi Gabrielchew,

thanks for your comment. I love writing when I have time and inspiration and I'm glad you liked it.I'm disappointed as well by the LHI fiasco, it has been a shared misadventure between the local politicians, LH's management and,finally, AZ/Air One and EZY put together the last nails in the coffin.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):

SIN/FRA/MUC do this as well - make transfers very easy as you said.

Thanks for telling me, didn't know!

Quoting LazialeMKD (Reply 11):
Not really, I know to say 'ciao bella' though . Just a big SS Lazio fan.

Ah, ok!   Ups and down for your team these days anyway...

Quoting B747forever (Reply 12):
Great TR. Really like your pics.

Thanks B747, too gentle. Compared with other TRs' pictures, mines were crap. As Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson says, "Ambitious but rubbish!".

Quoting B747forever (Reply 12):
Glad that you really liked ARN, it is a nice airport. Though, so you know, the F pier is quite new and not utilised to its full extent.

ARN is not a nice airport, is truly awesome. One of the very few places were I wouldn't mind being stranded for a couple of days.. With a little more "exotic" planes I might be tempted to call him "home".

Quoting B747forever (Reply 12):
Always love to fly the BA 767 from/to LHR. Hopefully BA will send the 787 to ARN once they have retired their 767 fleet.

I guess they'll do, my 767 was packed.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 12):
Thank you for sharing

My pleasure.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
Hi JL418,

I really like your style of writing. What a beautiful report! I can really feel your emotions from the moment you closed the apartment door behind you until your arrival in London for a new adventure. Very nice to know where you were born.

Hi Suryo!

Great to hear from you. I have still to read your return from Delhi but my so-called "broadband" decides to become a 56K when I open it up. You're right, it has been the most emotional flight of my life, full of bittersweetness. True, I won't leave my homeland for good (I'm due to be back to visit in a couple of weeks!) but, you see, a departure is a departure.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):

I am really impressed by what LH Italia has on offer for you.

I am, well was, too.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):

What a pity that LH Italia will be gone soon. The direct routes to AMS will never materialize.

Indeed, it is especially bad now that the LFs is climbing up and the Milan-based crews are being hired and trained. But the new LH CEO has decided otherwise, with good grounds I must admit.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):

You can only do editing within an hour after posting,

Nice to know that!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
Thanks for sharing. I wish you all the best.
Quoting EL-AL (Reply 14):
Hey JL,

Very nice report, had some great photos - thank you for posting it. Good job.

Thanks El-Al, reading it from you makes me proud! Please keep your Asian series coming!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 14):

Looks very much like Terminal 3 D wing in TLV airport.

Never been to TLV but I've seen plenty of pictures from there and if Satellite 3 gets as good as Ben Gurion, well, it'd be a hell of a good place. Still have to know what to fill it with, but those are details!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):
Hi, JL418!

great report, and a good choice for routing to London! For sure the 767 flight is awesome, and giving LH Italia another try, why not before they're gone

Hi Eric,

cheers for replying. I agree, I'll try LHI as long as they are around and after - I'll miss 'em badly.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):
Due with me in September also... would be my first time on a -600 series. For you as well?

btw, nice pictures especially from the sunsetting skies closer to London. I love the colours in those images!

Yes, it should have been my first -600 flight but, as soon as I booked the ticket, I've seen that Malév has sent the -700 on the Milan route on their second frequency! Bugger. At least I'll try and find one of those 2-abreast seats on the very first rows of economy.


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks ago) and read 5630 times:

Hi Fabrizio,

More great stuff, as one could only except from you. Good luck with your new life in London - things can get far too hectic there (a friend of mine was unable to sleep anymore after studying there for three years!), but apart from that it is THE place to be. Still is and I'm pretty sure it will be when the official language will be Chinese English...

Shame about LHI closing up shop - I kinda liked that operation a lot and they offered some amazing fares.

Hope to see some traveling ex-Blighty then in the future, at least the possibilities there are far better than in Northwestern Italy, unless you love Ryanair...

Quoting JL418 (Reply 1):
SEA managed to dump the old latrines at T1 in exchange for something more resembling an industrialized country

So they actually are hyping over their new toilets?  
Quoting JL418 (Reply 1):
where he managed to get such a cooking was a mystery though, since it’d been raining for two weeks.

Well, LHI does offer a bunch of connections to more sunnier places like Spain, Morocco (or did they already shut down the CMN route?) and Sicily - not to mention glorious Bari (yes, I'm still quite wired over my trip there!).

Quoting JL418 (Reply 1):
Today’s reading: Brian Greene’sThe Elegant Universe.

That's quite heavy going. But good for you.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 1):
until we made landfall in Scandinavia after a brief crossing of the Baltic sea, portrayed in so many TRs by FlyingFinn.

Thanks for the mention - living where I live it is kinda hard NOT to cross the Baltic Sea when going abroad. Well there's always Russia, but Russia and me - that's not exactly a match made in heaven!

Nice picture of Rostock, BTW.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 1):
Stockholm or is it Warsaw?

Oh yes, I can see where that comes from. Rest assured that the Stockholm highrises are usually far nicer than their ex-communist counterparts all throughout Eastern Europe. OK, there are exceptions, some of the suburbs built during the "Miljonprogrammet" and nowadays inhabited by various immigrants can be quite dire, but generally speaking.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 1):
Seconds later I reached the jetway and I arrived in what I assumed was the arrival hall of Arlanda’s Terminal 5. How wrong! We were actually in departures, as arriving passengers were asked to go through the maze of corridors and shops that constitutes a typical terminal to the baggage claim. I was somehow shocked by this unusual layout – if I remember well, I’ve never seen such a thing before – but it made sense: connections are much faster.

Hmm, you must've been traveling through the wrong airports - but if you do UK a lot I can see where that comes from! Most of the good airports around the world simply dump you right into the middle of the airside where you can then make your own way wherever you need to go. Unfortunately this never happens in the UK due to some ridiculous government rules regarding separation of arriving and departing pax (why?!) and on flights originating outside the Schengen area you also need to be rescreened when re-entering the Schengen area (actually that's only for flights from outside the EEC, but it usually is far easier to impose these restrictions at the Schengen border).

Quoting JL418 (Reply 1):
Now, let me sing an ode to Arlanda. Its Terminal 5 is no KIX or ICN, meaning that you won’t find it in any glossy architectural digest under the voice “mind blowing space-age design”, but it is seriously cool. There’s everything you’d expect from the Nordics: minimalism, glass, steel, plenty of natural light, laminated floors, bars everywhere and a genuinely relaxed atmosphere.

Hmm, I think you were mostly staying in Arlanda Norra, around the F pier. That is the newest part of the airport and T5 and yes, it is quite cool and beautiful. The two other piers in T5 are far dingier and older. But yes, relaxed it is, as a legacy of Per Albin Hansson's interesting ideas...

Quoting JL418 (Reply 1):
then wandered to the best security control point I’ve seen in more than ten years of flying. It felt like an Alpine house with its wooden floor and furniture and...the staff!

Yes, this must be the F pier security point. The staff is usually nice, true. They are Swedish (mostly) after all. But I don't like the fact that it dumps you right in the middle of the duty free store - I hate that kind of crap. That's why I usually use the one at the other end of T5, next to Sky city. Then again my flights tend usually to leave from that end.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 1):
escorted away by two of the world’s friendliest police officers

Heh, this reminds me of the Swedish movie "Kopps" - you should watch it once. Not sure what it is called in English - a direct translation would be of course "Cops". But rest assured it is nothing like the American TV series with the same name. Or maybe it actually is - both are supposed to reflect the duties of the law enforcement officials in their respective countries...  


User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5422 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Hi Fabrizio,

More great stuff, as one could only except from you. Good luck with your new life in London - things can get far too hectic there (a friend of mine was unable to sleep anymore after studying there for three years!), but apart from that it is THE place to be. Still is and I'm pretty sure it will be when the official language will be Chinese English...

Shame about LHI closing up shop - I kinda liked that operation a lot and they offered some amazing fares.

Hope to see some traveling ex-Blighty then in the future, at least the possibilities there are far better than in Northwestern Italy, unless you love Ryanair...

Hi Petteri,
thank you for your comment, too gentle. Thanks for the encouragement for my London stay, let's see how things will develop. I'll be flying a greater deal than I used to do before in Italy, at least just for going back home. I have a big-ish Eurotrip planned for August and perhaps something else as well.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
So they actually are hyping over their new toilets?

Basically, yes. The result is quite "Milan-Suburbia-Middle-bourgeoisie" but definitely better than the latrins we've getting today. Still, not enough for the so-called "Fashion Capital" if you ask me (Oh, how I love bashing the Lombards!)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Well, LHI does offer a bunch of connections to more sunnier places like Spain, Morocco (or did they already shut down the CMN route?) and Sicily - not to mention glorious Bari (yes, I'm still quite wired over my trip there!).

They were looking like coming straight from Milan (judging from their gadgets) but I guess you must be right unless there's some kind of weird Swedish tour operator offering the definitive tour of Milan's tanning salons.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Nice picture of Rostock, BTW.

I knew you'd be able to spot that place! Sometimes I wish I were as good as you in geography.


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5416 times:

Quoting JL418 (Reply 18):
I knew you'd be able to spot that place! Sometimes I wish I were as good as you in geography.

Try Google Maps  .

But seriously speaking it is a mix between knowledge of geography, Google Maps and the experience of flying over 1000 flights within the European continent - you start picking out certain things by heart after you've flown over them the tenth time...  


User currently offlinelh4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5395 times:

Great report!

Not everyday we get to see a report featuring ARN as a transit airport. I'm guessing due to it being so far up north, transferring through it wouldn't be the choice for most pax.

Too bad that LH Italia are closing down, how comes? I've been pretty tempted to try them out, so I'm guessing now is my only chance.

Nice that you managed to score D-AILH, I've flown on this bird once back in 2000, of course back then it operated for LH mainline   Too bad that you didn't get a pic of the meal, would've been interesting to see what they have on offer.

The BA 767 is a nice change from the usual blend of A320's B737's and various Regional Jets, flying around Europe. I guess the J pax must've been pretty lucky to have scored the Club World seating!

Anyway it was a nice report, and I enjoyed reading! Thanks for sharing  
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5156 times:

Hi Jonas,

thank you for replying, I'm glad you liked my dispatch.

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 20):
Not everyday we get to see a report featuring ARN as a transit airport. I'm guessing due to it being so far up north, transferring through it wouldn't be the choice for most pax.

Indeed, Sweden being this far north may play a role in the apparent lack of transit (or at least in the lack of transiting trip reporters!) but, if you think about it, Helsinki manages to get its fair share of transits nonetheless. I wouldn't mind doing that extra bit at all, at the end of the day it's just one hour north of Frankfurt, more or less.

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 20):

Too bad that LH Italia are closing down, how comes? I've been pretty tempted to try them out, so I'm guessing now is my only chance.

You know, the usual stuff worth of a Harvard Business School case: marketing problems, uninterested institutions, problems with unions back in Germany and, above all, competition. The new LH big cheeses decided to go investing somewhere else, Berlin and Duesseldorf I guess, and who can blame them? My advice is to fly them as long as you can, it is a properly good service.

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 20):
Nice that you managed to score D-AILH, I've flown on this bird once back in 2000, of course back then it operated for LH mainline Too bad that you didn't get a pic of the meal, would've been interesting to see what they have on offer

You know, I'm a little bit shy of picturing food. Someone's unable to score a picture of the loo, somebody else of what they're about to eat. However, the apperance wasn't really inspiring and the tray was a little too on the small side, but it was nice and, for about 50 €, a bargain.

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 20):
Anyway it was a nice report, and I enjoyed reading! Thanks for sharing
//Jonas

Thanks again!


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1457 posts, RR: 33
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4869 times:

Hi Fabrizio,

What a great read. I really like your style of writing, had me chuckling a few times. A special compliment for the black & white shot of the UA plane and the elderly man, very effective.

I share your emotions of taking this special flight to a new life in London, having done the same thing myself but in the other direction, altough my epic journey was done by train! A 767 on a European flight sounds a bet more interesting!

Quoting JL418 (Thread starter):
Ok, this combination might sound as glamorous as a ride on the 316 bus to Kilburn on a first glance, but bear with me

I don't know, still sounds pretty glamourous to me!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 2):
I was literally amazed to see my compatriots listening to the announcements and, oh joy!, reacting to them.

I'm impressed!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 2):
but my attempts were met with some courteous smiles and nothing more, leaving me feeling like those creepy seatmates you’re always afraid to meet during train journeys. Better look at the tarmac, definitely.

Better be discreet with the camera too   I'm dreading the day someone asks me why I'm taking so many pictures.....

Quoting JL418 (Reply 4):
I was somehow shocked by this unusual layout – if I remember well, I’ve never seen such a thing before – but it made sense: connections are much faster.

Sounds a bit like the layout at PMI, special indeed.

All the best for your new life in London!

Happy flying
Infodesk   

[Edited 2011-07-02 07:40:40]


"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4748 times:

Hi Hannah,

thanks for replying and also thanks for your compliments, greatly appreciated.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Hi Fabrizio,

What a great read. I really like your style of writing, had me chuckling a few times. A special compliment for the black & white shot of the UA plane and the elderly man, very effective.

Glad you liked the writing and the pictures, I wasn't particularly proud of my efforts this time.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):

I share your emotions of taking this special flight to a new life in London, having done the same thing myself but in the other direction, altough my epic journey was done by train! A 767 on a European flight sounds a bet more interesting!

The other way round? So did you move from Scandinavia (or UK?) to Switzerland? Seems like a nice decision which I am thinking to copy in about 6 months, when my current commitment in the UK will end and I'll have to decide whether to stay a little more or to move around. You see, I'm missing the familiar sight of the Alps!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):

I'm impressed!

Me too!!! We're also sticking to the right on the escalators here in London.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
Better be discreet with the camera too I'm dreading the day someone asks me why I'm taking so many pictures.....

Well said indeed, especially during our paranoid times.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 22):
All the best for your new life in London!

Thanks a lot!

Fabrizio


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