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3 A's: Airshow, AirFrance, Avro; ORY-MPL-CDG-EDI  
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 11599 times:

The 3A's: Airshow, AF and Avro ORY-MPL-CDG-EDI


Here is the following part of the Air show, part 1 can be found here:
Eastern Airways And Flybe To Paris Air Show (by eastafspot Jul 4 2011 in Trip Reports)


All the photographs were taken by me or my brother (RwandanFlyer). Nevertheless a special hats off to Flavien aka Leadership, a grateful member of different french speaking aviation-forums (please have a look at http://www.flight-report.com/, but stay here of course!!!), who allowed me using some of his excellent shoots during the event reserved to the professionals .

1 – Paris Air Show 2011

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1.1 – Static Display

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An attendance of 600 000 during the Saturday

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The 2011 special Guest Star: Solar Impulse

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With the permission of Flavien aka Leadership, taken during the week

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With the permission of Flavien aka Leadership, taken during the week

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very tempting, but queuing there, no thanks

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Airbus A400

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Piaggio P.180 Avanti II

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this year apparently the museum was included in the Airshow fee
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1.2 – Air show

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Taken by Flavien aka Leadership during the week

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Russian A/Cs have always something unique


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Rafale-Eurofighter

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Still pretty well for his last professional flight...

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...all the best now and good bye...

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...you really desserve this water salute

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Alenia C-27J Spartan

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Impressive banking at 95°

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OMG: this is actually the Swift S1 glider

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World smallest twin-engine: the CRICRI

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The compulsory Patrouille de France fly-over

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to be continued

[Edited 2011-07-09 10:03:35]

[Edited 2011-07-09 10:06:12]

[Edited 2011-07-09 10:07:56]


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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 11581 times:

2 – Air France Domestic

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For many years this domestic route has had ranked n1 of the trips done, despite it does not represent any interest on normal basis, a TR of flieger67 stopping at MPL and showing this wonderful little city, reminded me how important counts this place for me. Hence you are strongly advised to discover or read again the Markus Journey to Montpellier where he caught the essence of this student laid back town:

Trip Reports Premiere, The CR-K Alas CRJ1000 (by FLIEGER67 Mar 13 2011 in Trip Reports)

when booking this trip, it was utterly shocking how high AF priced the segment, some €161 rtn a month and half prior the date (in France better forget about the o/w fare with the national flag carrier). It would have been easier to book the whole trip together but the price rocketed to nearly £400 or equivalent...argh
So keeping in mind that, i bought the uk-paris-uk trip, and then i realized that a Travel Discount Certificate offered by KLM last October being worth €50 could help reducing the bill. In a meantime yield management were hardly working as now the ticket would cost a mere €192 (€142 including the TDC)...that's was still a steal but no choice as no future intentions flying AF/KLM/DL.

Moreover the TDC can be redeem only in those related airlines Travel agency so for Edinburgh, it applies only for the Airport...

BTW, high speed train TGV fares were higher or not connecting correctly with the 10H15 CDG-EDI outbound flight.

the seating was set up to offer a half decent pitch. It was nice to be back on a PROPER plane.
They were not having any of it. I took my seat 16A and was joined by a guy who was about as excited as me with the change of aircraft


2.1 – to Montpellier

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The journey started under an immaculate blue sky. Exceptionally Dad drove me to the platform, because it was Orly, a couple of hour earlier than the flight due to his other commitment to pick up his wife from the train station afterwards. there was no better day to fly as the weather forecast indicated sun all over France...

Last time when i was frequently travelling domestic, all MPL flights departed from hall 1and2, and it was always nice to see Spanish or Portuguese metal close to our. Sadly time has changed and now checkin must be done at the Hall 4 next to the Caribbean and Indian Ocean flight desks. With one hour to go i proceed to the J/Elite line, empty, compared to the one on the left. The blond agent greeted me with a nice manner, before telling me that if there is a queue it was for a good reason. Surprised i replied her by asking if her counter was closed, and exactly confirmed the opposite to the only STE/STEP and J. I was probably not in accordance with her profile of the average frequent flyer, but this was no excuse to treat me like a dumb first time flyer Well, it would have been so nice to just ask if i was one of the member.
OLCI was done, but she yet had to print the BP. After 5 mins i collected the travel doc and strolled around. Looking for a good seat with view on the apron and active landing runway 6, the panes type prevented from catching anything worthy. As my mum can not resist to macaroon, there was a choice of the little light green cart of Laduré, quiet busy, or next to it the Maison du Chocolat. The later turned out as a good option with an assortment of chocolate stuffed macaroons, i've sampled the raspberry one: absolutely terrific!


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South Terminal with AF climbing

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Departures level

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Heathrow from West terminal? Good to know

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extensive queue

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Getting a wee gift

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still not ready to replace the manned counters

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For all of us who are nostalgic

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Enjoying a refreshment €4,50 for a demi


At 15h10, it was time to set off towards the security checks, rather quiet, and there a lady agent in her late 30's was working with meticulousness as never seen previously, she was asking politely and kindly to every passenger the routine questions. Indeed, through all the experiences questions are not even sentenced as simply “Any liquid?...” but not for her. Certainly she had been recruited very recently, or probably a passion for her job, anyway she had a great attitude.

The departure lounge was bright and sunny, with an overpriced bar, Internet access computer desktop or One can enjoy Free wifi for 15 min here. It is also fitted with comfy brown armchair And finally a better view to the traffic.

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ADP improvement: dep lounges equipped with Playstations, out of order of simply unplugged?

Boarding through a jetbridge was called on time, as usual for family with young kid, UM, and travellers in need of assistance then by row starting from the rear of the aircraft. With seat 25A i was among the first. A positive point for a wider choice of newspapers. Something which always amazed me to see some travellers, grabbing and manage reading in 1h time on board, 2 to 3 newspapers, the complimentary airport magazine and having a nap... well as soon at it's free...

Air France AF7550
Paris Orly – Montpellier
Distance: 364 miles
Airbus A320 F-HBND
Economy 25A


a standard smiley greeting welcomed us, while awaiting the line moving forward the plane, i pulled out my camera for a quick shoot. Fortunately the male F/A saw me and winked me, what did it mean? Then with a smile he asked if like the cabin, ah ok.
The fabric a darker blue colour of the Recaro seats look and feel very nice and clean, giving the whole plane a very modern feel.
When the seat was reached, the noisy reason appeared of the unavailability of the row 26, it was entirely dedicated to the UMs.
Also a couple has switched places before the boarding completed, so resulting to a compulsory move in the opposite direction to the front of the aircraft.

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looks like Airbus fitted with the new seat

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the seats were thinner no recline and a mini tablet

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then time for spotting with few exotic-sounding airlines from the former French colonies (mostly in Africa)

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Transavia B738 F-GZHE

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behind the Brit Air Fokker, Royal Air Maroc waiting for ATC clearance

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Tunisair 737-600 TS-IOK

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Air Algerie B737-500 7T-VJJ

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Aigle Azur A320 F-HBII

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Wow, breaking off the North African routine Cubana IL96

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cleaning was far to be perfect

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Splendid livery Air Caraïbes A330

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Active take off runway 8, a great choice for the left side

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End of runway 2 and AF industries

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the Seine river

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Surrounded by la Marne River, the lovely city of Champigny

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La defense, Eiffel and Montparnasse Tower

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Seems empty and disused, a forthcoming Ryanair destination?

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Complimentary newspaper and safety card

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Happy mix, apparently provided on LH flights too

The pilot switched off the seatbelt sign only when half of the cabin was fed, which i found extremely late. Of course it makes sense when turbulences are part of the trip but in these conditions. On a short flight like this it leads to long waiting time for the toilet.
The only event of this flight was flying through a cloud, with no visibility on the ground, it lasted 10 min, afterwards the unlimited visibility and the sun took over the sky.

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Flying over a newly awarded Unesco World Heritage Site: Les Causses

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the Zenith (yellow tent under wingtip), Decathlon and Ikea stores at Odysseum nearby A9

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landing on time, runway 13L, best views on left seat when north wind

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today's ride

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Welcome to Montpellier, Temperature 28°C local time 17h00

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General view of the arrival hall


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This represent the cross of the Languedoc (or Occitane)


conclusion:

If the check-in was a tiny black spot on the whole experience, i've found the new seat rather comfortable despite its thickness. The ludicrous width of the amrests must imply a perpetual elbow battle with the neighbour, but luckily today there was no need as the next seat empty.


2.2 – Sète: a town - island

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As we received an invitation from some very old friends living near Beziers, 75 km away. We decided to split the journey and stopped - over at the city of Sète. The First french mediterranean fishing harbour is aslo called The Peculiar Island, and is hometown of the famous french singer Georges Brassens. As there is too much to show the pictures will focus exclusively on the Mount St clair dominating the town.

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Heading to the Top at 175 m/ 574 ft

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so called “le Vieux port” ....

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EUKOR is the biggest overhere

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Commarit, here “the Marrakech”, cruises 4x weekly to Tanger – Morocco

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This channel is commonly used for water tournaments

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the Pond of Thau, famous for the Bouzigues Oysters

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Memorial

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La pétanque, a national sport

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Rather quiet the best Beaches are on this side

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a tiny part of land

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Distance to London: 940 km

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Distance to Brussels: 910 km





2.3 – Leaving Montpellier with AF

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MPL has definetely lost its sparkle nowadays is not what it used to be. And probably everyone here would like to relive past glories dating back when Air Littoral was based here offering a transnational network, AOM/Air Liberte were fiercely competing with AF for the benefit of the passenger, and when the flight to London was operated by the venerable carrier flag of the Queen, British Airways. I feel sorrow to realize that now passengers are merely suggested a narrow choice of operator reduced to AF in domestic, Low-cost (and Iberia) to Europe and the North african airlines such as Air Algerie, Air Arabia and Air Méditerranée.
The last born here BmiBaby, opening middle of juin a new direct link to Manchester, follows the trends which categorizes MPL as low cost destination.
2010 saw 1,1800,000 pax here while during the greatest years it has reached 1.75 millions passengers.


I woke up about 5:15 am or so for this early flight i was schedule to take, i woke up slightly earlier than usual because my mum was dropping me off at the airport then heading to work. We arrived at the Airport just before 6:00am. At this time, the terminal was already surprisingly busy and far beyond than the majority of the passengers were at the AF counters.

The J line was fast, until the lady decided to call all Lyon remaining passengers, which has considerably slowed down the process.
The lady was explained why there was 2 tickets for a such short trip to EDI but finally understood the high level of importance of check-in the luggage all the way up to Scotland. While processing the OLCI, no seat changes could be done, that was annoying, but 7F was perfectly fine on the first leg.


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OLCI ticket, with no seats choice

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awaiting for the first sunlight

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Departure hall

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towards departure gates and arrival hall

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Clearly a monopoly on the morning flights

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Post security, it's divided into 2 quarter departures lounge, gathering each of the dusty useless Duty free shop. One side has got the nice view the sun and the bar, the other none of this, obviously CDG departs from than one.

At 6H45, a PA on the departure lounge acquainted all passengers to CDG of a computer failure, postponing the boarding for 30 min. A quick calculation showed that it would allow only 15min between cdg 2F and 2E before the beginning of boarding and 30 min before the last call. tight

Air France AF7550
Paris Orly – Montpellier
Distance: 381 miles
Airbus A319
Economy 7F



At 7H15 then we all herded inside A318, after selecting a newspapers, picking a refreshing towels and standardly being greeted.

The cockpit announced a further 10 min delay, related to the similar issue at CDG, the main concern was i the connecting is tight will the luggage follow as it is 2 seperate ticket. I've got a travel insurance with my credit card but it only works to or from UK...so had to wait and see

The cabin was fitted with the old traditional blue fabric AF, seat with recline were wider and amrest provided with an ashtray, the tablet was twice bigger than the previous flight.
The cabin crew ladies wore a bright sky blue uniform, rather attractive but seemingly older than the dark blue. Or the summer version?

With no other choice than waiting, 2 birds were spotted here


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A321 F-WTAX unknown, his last routing was eventually AUH-LCA-MPL

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Unfortunately no reg, is it for maintenance or storage?

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The local headlines

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Terminal view

90% of the takes off are done from Runway 31R, today no exception with only 40 min delay, i regretted the right side (without choice though), but not for long. Seat belt sign has been switched off after the crew served food, is it to help theme during their duties?


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Airport overview and the town of Carnon

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Seaside resorts: Port Camargue, Le Grau du Roi, and la Grande Motte

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Nimes Garon Airport

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Breakfast served, a second pastry has been generously offered

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A cabin full, showing the old cabin seat

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touchdown occurred at 9h00, hoping to be out by 9H15

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AF supremacy: same tail on probably the same type

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Europairpost B737 F-GZTC

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DL landing, while EZ is departing

It's hard to remember where the aircraft docked up, for sure not at a T2F jetbridge and everybody rushed to get out from here. Unfortunately a bus was engine on and doors opened... it has ruined the main benefit of seating in the front area, and aslo the smallest chance to catch the connecting flight.

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The positive side of being bussed to the arrival: hello KQ

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Luggage area at 2F



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 11547 times:

3 – the AVRO RJ85: Back to Edinburgh with Cityjet

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Connecting, late from MPL, began with a run to Terminal E, when i reached the huge black FIDS at 9h34, the line for EDI was displaying “à l'heure”, like some of the flights which would actually departs at this slots. Confused, there was still no time to waste with emigration and security checks. The line chosen was the slowest of course (murphy's law), and an agent remarking my haste invited me to switch the line. Thanks to him i did make up the delay to arrive at 9H44 gate E25, out of breath though.

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departing downstairs today, in bus again

Due to a shortage of bus, boarding would start eventually 25 min after EDT, good news time to get a quick tea somewhere around

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Skellig Michael, an AF tail Avro



Air France AF5054
Paris CDG – Edinburgh
Distance: 540 miles
Avro RJ85
Economy


We were welcomed at the door by a flight attendant with a definite French accent, however one of the cockpit crew had an Irish accent!

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I took the window seat, the seat next to me was quickly filled but not the aisle one. The girl next to me looked puzzled because I was photographing everything, moreover she took a while before deciding to get the aisle seat meaning more space for both of us

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A skyteam member at T1

15min after lifting up seatbelt sign were off, a different timing with AF

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/cdgedi/cabinfront.jpg
a good load factor 80% maybe more

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/cdgedi/readings.jpg
Complimentary Entertainment

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/cdgedi/frenchcoast.jpg
The french coastline around Boulogne sur Mer

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/cdgedi/englishcostline.jpg
Approaching the England's coastline

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/cdgedi/fb.jpg
Pepsi fans will no longer enjoy it here, AF has recently tied patnership with Coca,

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/cdgedi/london.jpg
London, can you spot LCY?

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/cdgedi/yourflight_path.jpg
The flight path

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/cdgedi/oceanterminal.jpg
Arthur's Seat and Ocean Terminal visible

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/cdgedi/golf.jpg
the home country of golf

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/cdgedi/unitedklm.jpg
the daily routine

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/cdgedi/arrivaledi.jpg
Glad to be back on this flight


Conclusion


Air show: Overall it was a great show, the price is pretty attractive, compared to the farnborough (£25), the program less, more stunning acrobatics would be much appreciated, IE from the parachutists.

Air France: ground staff is in general helpful, both flights were enjoyable, the new seat rather comfortable despite its thickness and the ludicrous width of the armrests. I still wonder about the seatbelt sign rule.

Avro RJ85: Obviously not favorite aircraft, pitch is ok but, it's hard to find a seat with a good view (apart from the 3 first row), and what about the engine's sound...


I hope having delivered what you would expected from a TR covering an Air show, many videos are available on request.


Thanks you for reading, Comment and feedback are always welcomed, so feel free!


East African Spotter (Léonard)


Previous Trip Reports:


Eastern Airways And Flybe To Paris Air Show (by eastafspot Jul 4 2011 in Trip Reports)
Mombasa Beckons (J): New Rwandair VS Kenya Airways (by eastafspot May 12 2011 in Trip Reports)
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)

[Edited 2011-07-09 10:18:42]


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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 10943 times:

Wonderfull trip report, Like the MPL pics. Brings me back memories of my 12 week stay there.


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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10696 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3):
Wonderfull trip report, Like the MPL pics

Cheers, much appreciated, glad to see someone who knows there and not from France -lol-. Actually, there are many belgian tourists (even owners) on the coast at this time of the year...

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3):
Brings me back memories of my 12 week stay there.

did you stay in town or around? for many years we've been living in Lattes, between Montpellier and Palavas les Flots



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10688 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 4):
id you stay in town or around? for many years we've been living in Lattes, between Montpellier and Palavas les Flots

I was just outside of the main centre.



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User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2418 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 10608 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Unfortunately no reg, is it for maintenance or storage?



As you might not know, MPL is home to one of the major aircraft maintenance centres in France/Europe- EAS:

http://www.eas-industries.com/

This a/c must have been stored 3X-GCB (as it was replaced by B733 3X-GGR).


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 10390 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
I was just outside of the main centre.

that's nice, but in constant renovations with new tramway line...

Quoting debonair (Reply 6):
MPL is home to one of the major aircraft maintenance centres in France/Europe- EAS:

oh really??? EAS in Perpignan yes but i did not know that is was the same maintenance compagny in Montpellier, thanks for that

Quoting debonair (Reply 6):
This a/c must have been stored 3X-GCB

Spot on!!! exactly what i was looking for, does this airline still operate?



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User currently offlineRukundo From France, joined Jan 2007, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10171 times:
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Nice TR, it reminds me my childhood in Montpellier.

About maintenance', it's Latecoere, they bought Jade Aviation two years ago, which provided check for Airlinair and Atlantique Air Assitance. The region hosts three maintenance companies : EAS at Perpignan, Latecoere at Montpellier and Sabena Tecnics at Nimes.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 7):

Spot on!!! exactly what i was looking for, does this airline still operate?

Air Guinee is or maybe was a joint venture between Guinea and China. They planned to use two A320s and one A340-500 to China and Europe. But due to politic climate in Guinea Conakry, the airline has never taken off. Another one A320 is stored at Dinard, i think


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 9869 times:

hey Gio,

Quoting Rukundo (Reply 8):
Nice TR,

cheers, it would have been better an approach from the sea though  
Quoting Rukundo (Reply 8):
it reminds me my childhood in Montpellier.

oh yes for sure   

Quoting Rukundo (Reply 8):
EAS at Perpignan

yup, visible from the motorway and the train

Quoting Rukundo (Reply 8):
But due to politic climate in Guinea Conakry

it's pity, as many people were probably relying on them...



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6558 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 9760 times:

Hi Leonard !

Nice report with nice pictures ! New seat on AF looks okay but the armrest looks way to tiny.....

Nice to see that CityJet has their own magazone. Great also that AF has switched to Coca-Cola!

The777Man



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9629 times:

hi Lars

Thank you for your comments

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
but the armrest looks way to tiny.....

the cabin was not full so it was ok, ortherwise it becomes hard to share it

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
Great also that AF has switched to Coca-Cola!

i don't know about Cityjet, but i assume that yes as the cart are usually identical. i prefer Coke too, probably getting used to it more than a real difference of flavour



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User currently offline63Bobster From Netherlands, joined Jan 2012, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 12 hours ago) and read 7502 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
The 2011 special Guest Star: Solar Impulse

Nice report with a lot of pictures!

During the 2011 airshow week I walked from Le Bourget trainstation to the venue for the sunday airshow and from the street I could see this solar Impule flying its display. The wingspan was rather impressive. Of course I wasn't able to get the camera out in time  and only had a pic of questionable quality taken with my smartphone..

The Korean A380 looks good, it's so unfortunate that so many aircraft on display during trade days are gone during the public days.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3245 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 7418 times:

Nice report, thanks! Always nice to read about the South of France!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
The blond agent greeted me with a nice manner, before telling me that if there is a queue it was
for a good reason.

How rude, hope you reported her!



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 7283 times:

Hi Eastafspot,

Very nice report. I really miss the summertime with sub zero outside temperature the last couple of days.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 1):
Fortunately the male F/A saw me and winked me, what did it mean? Then with a smile he asked if like the cabin, ah ok.

That is more I like it.   


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 1):
La defense, Eiffel and Montparnasse Tower

Ah, I had nice memories of visiting Paris in 2010.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 1):
Flying over a newly awarded Unesco World Heritage Site: Les Causses

Good to know.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 2):
The girl next to me looked puzzled because I was photographing everything, moreover she took a while before deciding to get the aisle seat meaning more space for both of us

Did she relocate herself the aisle seat on her own decision? Anyway, it’s certainly better for both of you.


Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlineparis380 From France, joined Jul 2011, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6937 times:

Air France is the best airline in the world. This is very good reporting.

User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6582 times:

Hello all,

wow, it is so surprising to read more comment after the long period, thanks

Quoting 63Bobster (Reply 12):
I could see this solar Impule flying its display

how lucky you were, that must have been really impressive!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
Always nice to read about the South of France

Cheers Gab for stopping by

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
hope you reported her

no, she did not even apologized, after granting the access

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Very nice report

Hey Suryo, what an honour to read your feedback

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
I really miss the summertime

we all need this now  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
I had nice memories of visiting Paris in 2010.

really? did you write a report? if so can you provide a link?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Did she relocate herself the aisle seat on her own decision?

not exactly she needed encouragment

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):

Thank you for sharing

You are very welcome, is there something from you coming up soon?

Quoting paris380 (Reply 15):
Air France is the best airline in the world

I do agree with you on the domestic network, otherwise i have never flown AF yet on longhaul routes unfortunately, so i'm unable to provide a fair opinion.

Quoting paris380 (Reply 15):
This is very good reporting.

Merci beaucoup  



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6571 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 16):
Hey Suryo, what an honour to read your feedback

My pleasure.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 16):
really? did you write a report? if so can you provide a link?
Paris, Le Bourget And Outward Mission 12th July (by akhmad Jul 16 2010 in Trip Reports)

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 16):
is there something from you coming up soon?

In exactly three weeks I will be flying out again for Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.  



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6560 times:

hi Suryo again,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
Paris, Le Bourget And Outward Mission 12th July

Thank you very much, i'll definitely read your perspective of Paris and le Bourget,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
In exactly three weeks I will be flying out again for Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.

OMG, sounds really appealing which part of Australia will you visit? Few years ago I've been visiting an uncle living in Sydney, and we went to Byron Bay too, in one word amazing. i cannot wait for you installment (serie?)

Have a nice week end
Léo



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6556 times:

Hi again Léo,

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 18):
i'll definitely read your perspective of Paris and le Bourget,

I hope you like it.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 18):
which part of Australia will you visit?

Not the part where your uncle lives. For the rest, just wait and see.   


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 18):
i cannot wait for you installment (serie?)

There will be series coming.


Have a nice weekend too,
Suryo



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