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A.net Meeting In FRA? Thank You Lufthansa!  
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 17793 times:

Introduction



Liebe fellow A.netters,

Do you know the feeling of making a commitment after being affected by a personal event?

Believe it or not, even though the A.net meeting on last 9th July in Frankfurt was music to my ears, I was in two minds about my participation.

Firstly, an important exam in June was claiming most of my attention. Secondly, my first A.net meeting ever on 12th July 2010 in Paris got smashed up because Air France decided to deploy the A380 elsewhere on that particular day, most probably for the sake of World Cup. Thankfully, I met P. (FlyingFinn76) and Tim (Vandenheuvel).

If you are interested in my experience, allow me to invite you to read: Paris, Le Bourget And Outward Mission 12th July (by akhmad Jul 16 2010 in Trip Reports)

Then came the turning point. It was the heartbreaking news of departed Sandeep (AI151) on 20th May 2011.  

I was devastated as couple weeks earlier, Sandeep unfolded his plan to come over for a visit along with his girlfriend. Something I was looking forward to, meeting both of them together personally, would never happen. Never…  

The sad event did set me thinking about 9th July.

My conscious spoke to me, ‘Suryo, you cannot look into the future. If you really want to meet your fellow A.netters in reality, 9th July will be your first upcoming chance to do so,’
‘That is right. But my first upcoming chance? Well, that is not entirely true!’

I had another meeting earlier in February on invitation of Hannah (Infodesk) as she and her husband were in Amsterdam. Eric (Airbuseric) was in on it as well. Thanks to Hannah, it was my first time to get together with Eric outside A.net forum.

Oh, do you know that Hannah even provided Eric and me each with a Swiss most favorite chocolate bar at the end of our gathering?  




Mahony. Thank you, Hannah!



I cut the knot, ‘I am coming to FRA, no matter by train or by air!’
Well, to be honest, the last option did matter! Thanks to Eric, I decided on Lufthansa.   

Yes, Eric has posted his report: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet (by airbuseric Jul 11 2011 in Trip Reports)




Travel arrangement



Vliegfabriek



How about enlisting services of an online travel agent for a change?

On several occasions it turned out to be cheaper to book a package with an agent like Vliegfabriek than separate airline and hotel arrangements. For EUR 189, a LH return flight to FRA and an overnight stay with breakfast at Manhattan Hotel were secured for me.

‘Why Manhattan Hotel?’
‘Due to price, location and guest reviews. The lower price was a courtesy of Vliegfabriek,’
‘How about the remaining?’ ‘
‘TripAdvisor!’   





Lufthansa and Miles & More



Though my first acquaintance with LH dates back to 2008, somehow I never paid enough attention to what LH website really has on offer. Let’s change the situation, shall we?

What do you think about dark yellow banner on top of webpage? Attractive and distinguishable. You become aware that you are visiting a LH website. Do you wish to visit your local website or are you curious about other local sites? Change your interface. All countries on LH’s network are represented. Alternatively, you can visit the global website.

So, what can you expect as a LH customer, especially when you have your booking arranged by a travel agent?

First of all, are you a member of LH frequent flyer program Miles & More? Then, let’s see what you have got once you are logged in. No display of your booking? Insert your booking number and it will be automatically registered in your list.

What else?

What do you think of advanced seat selection? This feature is however available if your reservation is set on higher Economy or premium fares. In case you book a lower Y class like me, you can state your seat preference in your profile. Furthermore, you can express your meal preference, update your API or request an upgrade. Comparable to Emirates and Skywards, the features are accessible from both LH and Miles & More member page.




Online check in



As Eric has mentioned in his report, Martijn (CrimsonNL) notified us about the load of our flight from Amsterdam. Only one open seat in Business. Y would be packed to the brim.

Knowing what to expect, I tried my luck at 20.20, though LH website advises that online check-in becomes available 23 hours prior to departure time. In my case, it would not be earlier than 21.15.



Online check-in homepage



Identify yourself with either FF card, credit card, German bank card, booking reference or ticket number. I opted for booking reference.



Identification page by booking reference



Once inserting my booking code, I hit ‘Continue’ button and waited anxiously whether I got through. Well, what do you know?



16A was pre-assigned for me



It was indeed worth trying a bit earlier than advised check-in time. But wait! 16A? I had to switch!



30F, last row window seat. Who might inspire me?   



Then it was about obtaining my boarding pass.



Tick one of the bullets off. Printout or mobile?



Sieh mal!



My boarding pass printout



At the end, my final destination, departure gate, boarding time and baggage drop-off counter were confirmed both on my printout and computer screen.



Check-in confirmation



Perhaps to assure that I made no mistake about the details. Thank you LH, I appreciated it.  


Friends forever
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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 17860 times:

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol






So much I was looking forward to 9th July, so little I realized that I was actually staring at my flight status on one of many FIDS’s at Schiphol Plaza.



FIDS with expected check-in desk 8 for my flight



“What? Ten minutes delay?” A girl shouted from behind my back and brought me down to earth.
A Vueling flight to Palma was obviously running ten minute late. With cacophony of the girl and her girlfriends’ voices, there was no doubt about them being passengers of that flight.
‘But why such excitement about ten minute delay?’ I wondered.

My watch showed 17.35. Abundant two hours before boarding time.
‘What shall we do now?’



Starbucks outlet



‘Having a Vanilla Caffè Latte like P. at Starbucks?’ My conscious suggested.
‘No thanks. I am not really into it,’
‘Dropping in at the aviation store?’
‘That might sound better,’



Former undercarriage of a KLM DC-10



‘Now what?’
‘How about going to the panorama terrace and discover the new eye-catcher there?’
‘Great idea!’



Signage



Operating hours



The stair happens to be a sole direct access from Schiphol Plaza to the panorama terrace.



Free admission


Once outside, a smell of jet fuel tickled my senses. ‘Hey, what have we got there?’



Another eye-catchers. Tulips and a spotted cow. No milk today?



Finally on roof top, I could feast my eyes. For me, the spotting session started already in AMS.   




KL Asia PH-BFP, dedicated to Anosh (SR 103)



KL PH-BGC, being serviced



‘Hey? Where has the eye-catcher got to? Ah, there you are!’



PH-OFE. Is she not beautiful?



Tail shot of PH-OFE. I had always wanted to do it from this angle



‘All right. Let’s see what we have got from this side!’



SAS LN-RMT performing take-off roll, dedicated to William (Knightsofmalta)



Arkefly N739MA, leased from Miami Air International



British Airways G-LCYE, dedicated to Palmjet



Martinair Cargo PH-MPR



Turkish TC-JDK



Arkia 4X-BAW



‘Suryo, do you not think it is about time to exchange your printout to a real one?’ My conscious reminded me.
‘Oh yes! Time to go to the check-in desk, no, check-in kiosk! An advantage of traveling only with hand luggage!’  





Airport check in



There were three self-service kiosks on the opposite of check-in row 8. I made a beeline for one of them.



Self-service kiosk



I inserted my passport in the slot. Nothing happened. The kiosk was apparently out of service.
‘How about the other two?’
‘The same old story!’
‘Perhaps, I have to go to the desk anyway?’ I turned around.



Long queues at row 8



‘I am not too keen to queue up. Then, no real stub this time. Bummer!’
I made my way to the security and could not believe my eyes.



Even longer queue and advised waiting time



Since last December 2007 at London Heathrow Terminal 3, I had never seen such a long line before security.



Still some people in front of me



We moved forward gradually.



Update of advised waiting time



People everywhere. “Stop following me?” Sorry, I have to!



‘Can you rely on the advised times?’ My conscious wondered.
‘Let’s see where I end up some five minutes later!’



Crowd behind me. What do you think?



One remarkably positive thing was that no one was complaining. The whole process was civilized. Kudos to my fellow passengers!



Security booth in sight. Yay!



A ticket control was conducted. I was legal to proceed!  

Then, you shall see that I chose the wrong line. Elderly couple in front me were alright, but I could not say the same thing about middle-aged couple further up front.

The lady of the middle-aged couple was not prepared at all for the screening. She had to take everything out of her hand bag, remove her bracelet, take off her shoes and so on and so on. In the meantime, her husband was ready to go through X-ray. Then another surprise came out of the lady’s handbag… a bottle of wine!   

The elderly couple and I looked briefly at each other. We did not exchange words, but our eyes spoke volumes. To our relief, the security official did not allow any further discussion and send back the middle-aged couple to have their wine checked in.

When it was the elderly couple’s move, they did not have any problem to pass the security as expected.

Well, how about me?
‘Oh, I have a bottle of whisky in my hand luggage! … Just kidding!’ 
Half an hour queuing up, I was airside.



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 17826 times:

Post security




Airside FIDS. My gate B27 remained unchanged



It was 18.55. Still some fifty minutes before boarding time and I was thirsty.
‘How about dropping in somewhere in Lounge 1?’ My conscious suggested.
‘Good idea! Let’s see if I can get a big glass of cold beer somewhere,’



Lounge 1 overview



However, something else drew my attention.



Air Baltic YL-BBD, dedicated to P.



Blue1 OH-BLJ, dedicated to 717Flyer



Belated, I noticed a message from Eric. He was wondering where I was hanging out.

Somehow, I figured out it would be better to lessen my thirst at B pier, so I texted him back that I was on my way to a Grabandfly outlet there. It was a rather long walk with enough distractions.



TAP CS-TTL



LH D-AIQP. Could it be our bird?



Iberia EC-JQZ, dedicated to Markus (FLIEGER67). Did you not fly her on 19th May 2008?



Finally at Grabandfly, for EUR 4,50 a big glass of Heineken was at my disposal. Can you imagine how refreshing it was after not having any single drop since I left my office at 15.30?



My Heineken



Another message came in from Eric that he would be at B pier within fifteen minutes. Grabandfly is located around the corner, so I should not miss him.

As Eric was yet nowhere to see once I finished my drink, I decided to walk further towards B27.



B pier corridor. ‘Hey, is the clock malfunctioning or am I too early?’



Something told me that I had to look back. What do you know? I spotted someone familiar in a pink shirt. There was Eric!  

Chit-chatting, we made our way together to B27. Martijn was already there waiting for us.




Gate B27



“Martijn is upgraded!” Eric remarked as he consulted his mobile phone.
“What a lucky guy!” I replied.
“Hey, I have to come to the counter. I will see you later,”
“All right!”
I got the feeling that Eric must have been upgraded too.
Anyway, since I did not expect anything, I explored the gate area.



Gate screen. Wow, is that Amharic?



Holding area



Silly me! I was too occupied with my surroundings that I did not notice a message from Martijn that he was arranging an upgrade for me and wondering whether an aisle seat would be alright. The upgrade was not confirmed yet at that time.

I came down to earth by Martijn’s second message. ‘Suryo, please come to the counter!’
‘Who am I to say no?’ I thought.

“Look what we have got for you!” Martijn handed a real LH boarding stub over to me once I got to the counter.
Fellows, I believe Eric that I was indeed smiling while receiving the stub.



My new boarding pass with new seat assignment 1C!



I was in cloud nine. Not just because of the real stub, I was upgraded as well!  

“Thank you so much! I am… speechless!”
“You should thank him,” Martijn pointed at Jelle, LH Duty Manager.
Jelle is apparently a loyal trip report reader. He arranged Eric and me the upgrade after Martijn told him about us. How about that?  
I just had to shake Jelle’s hand. “Thank you so much. I really appreciate your nice gesture,”
“My pleasure!” Jelle replied.
What a charming guy!  

Since Jelle had to help his colleague gate agent Aida with other passenger inquires, The Three Musketeers (Eric, Martijn and me) decided to convene our own meeting. Next to the window, that is to say! Three spotters annex trip reporters, what else to expect?   

D-AIQP was eventually not our bird. Instead, sister ship D-AIQF pulled in ten minutes late at 19.55.



D-AIQF



Jelle came on the microphone, “Due to late incoming aircraft, we will start our boarding after fifteen minutes,”
Sighs and moans echoed around us.
‘People, it is only fifteen minutes!’ I thought.



Boarding



At 20.10, Jelle kept his promise. As soon as he made the boarding call, almost everyone got up and soon enough a queue was formed before the air bridge.



Boarding crowd



“Do you want to go on board now or later on?” Martijn asked.
“Later on,” Both Eric and I replied.

Some five minutes later as the line subsided, The Three Musketeers moved on.

“Have a pleasant flight,” Aida smiled as boarding pass reader beeped my admission.

Martijn had to bid farewell to Jelle while Eric proceeded to the air bridge. And me? Most probably getting too excited about what about the view that Martijn overtook me.



Air bridge view




It had been eleven months ago since I flew LH. My excitement was getting stronger as beautiful dark blue colored ‘L’ on the fuselage came closer.



Before entrance. Can you spot Martijn?



Complimentary German and English newspapers were provided on the trolley. Well, even though there would be Dutch newspapers around, I would skip them anyway as I was too occupied by other things. 




Newspaper trolley



Since I was among the last passengers to board, Aida came down the air bridge to settle last paper works.
A remark of Aida however attracted my attention, “Well, he just wants to take pictures as souvenir,”
‘Hmm, could any passenger behind me be questioning my photo-taking?’ I wondered.



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 17815 times:

On board






Flights Status

Route: AMS-FRA
Date: 8 July 2011
ETD/ATD: 20.15 / 20.35
ETA/ATA: 21.20 / 21.30
Flight number: LH 999
Plane: Airbus 320-211
Registration: D-AIQF
Delivered: 26 July 1991
Named: Halle
First Officer: Captain Dirk Essert



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Photo © Jens Breuer





A warm “Good evening,” from Purser Mr. Rohne and his colleague flight attendant Mrs. Muest greeted me as I entered the cabin.
“Good evening. I am happy to be on board of Lufthansa again,” I made no secret of my excitement.
“That is nice to hear,” Mrs. Muest smiled as she waived me on to the new LH European comfort.

Since the inauguration of the new concept on LH website, I was eager to experience the interior. It was love at first sight!

Martijn and Eric already made themselves comfortable on their assigned 1A and 2A. 1C was waiting there for me, but instead I got ready to occupy 1D.
“Are you not supposed to be here?” Martijn rightly pointed at 1C.
“Oh yes, of course!” I realized my mistake.

Being the last one on board meant that there was no space left in overhead locker in my neighborhood. As I desperately looked around for any gap, Mr. Rohne opened lower compartment on the opposite of my row and beckoned me to stow my hand luggage there. Thank you, Mr. Rohne!  




Legroom. My hand luggage was nicely kept inside the compartment



Boarding completed at 20.20. I counted eleven passengers occupying three J rows.

Once the 1L door was closed, Mr. Rohne made a welcome announcement including our flight time of forty five minutes. In the meantime, Mrs. Muest took charge of newspaper distribution. I politely declined her offer.

Captain Essert came on the microphone to introduce himself and to announce that we would experience a further ten minute delay due to ATC restriction.

Mrs. Muest stopped by again with an array of magazines. Very nice of her, but again I had to say, “No, thank you,”

Manual safety demonstration followed with Mrs. Muest in charge of live performance in our cabin.

What I found interesting was once the instructions in German finished, Mrs. Muest moved to the opening of the cabin divider, in front of Y cabin, for similar instructions in English. Efficient, I would say!  

At 20.35, humming CFM56 engines and audible sounds of hydraulics marked our pushback. D-AIQF was bound for FRA.



Taxi and take off



‘What should I do know without window view?’
‘How about exploring your surrounding?’ My conscious suggested.



New button with Christian name of D-AIQF on bottom right



Cabin button



‘How about the content of your seat pocket?’



Safety card



Lufthansa magazin and WorldShop guide



D-AIQF was somewhat accelerating. As soon as I returned the content of my seat pocket, a powerful take-off followed. The thrust made me somewhat glued to my seat.



Martijn was glued to the window 



D-AIQF lifted off at 20.40.



In flight



Fasten seat belt signs were switched off some five minutes later.
‘How about a closer look at my sanctuary?’



My seat. Is it not elegant?



Elbow room



The front curtain was drawn, as Mr. Rohne and Mrs. Muest had to prepare the meal. As it was Friday evening, most passengers were obviously tired of the week.



Backward cabin view



Opposite neighbor view. Note the coat hanger



The curtain was opened. It was feeding time!



Meal trolley. Do you not like the LH logo on it?



Mr. Muest was in charge of meal distribution. As I sat directly within her arm reach, she proceeded to open my tray table and put a meal tray on it.



Nice and practical design



As Eric has mentioned on his report, the meal was created by star chef Heiko Antoniewicz. A mini menu card was included to inform us about creation elements.



Mini menu card



Creation elements



‘Let’s take a closer look!’



Salmon cannelloni on bean salad



Sundried tomato cottage cheese with grilled vegetables



Fruity pineapple pastry



Mr. Rohne soon appeared with drink trolley.



Drink trolley. I cannot get enough of LH letters



“What would you like to drink?” Mr. Rohne asked me.
“Can I have beer, please?”
“Certainly. And how about you?” Mr. Rohne turned to Martijn.
“Can I also have beer, please?”
“Certainly,”



My beer. A bottle was served along with a glass



“I just have to order beer as LH always serves a real bottle and not a can,” I said to Martijn.
Martijn agreed completely.
‘Warsteiner, eine Köningin unter den Bieren‘ A queen among the beers and it showed!  

‘How about the meal?’
‘Well, I can tell you this. The grilled vegetables nicely absorbed combined sour taste of sundried tomato and cottage cheese. Maybe just because I love eggplants! Bean salad on the other side would have been bland without company of salmon cannelloni. The salmon itself was heaven. Very intense and flavorful!’

‘How about the bread?’
‘It was not warm, but still soft from inside. With some spreads of accompanying butter, it was okay!’

‘And the pastry?’
‘Lovely! Not to sweet, moist and crumbly, really to my liking!’

I just finished my meal, when Mrs. Muest returned to J cabin and offered last drink round before descent.

As you might read earlier, Eric, Martijn and Mr. 2C opted for Baileys. On the other hand, I decided on whisky.



My whisky



“Shall I take a picture of three of you?” Mrs. Muest suggested.
“Oh, sure! Thank you!” The Three Musketeers replied simultaneously.
Soon enough, The Three Musketeers were immortalized by Martijn’s camera. Thank you, Mrs. Muest!  

Time really flew. Before I knew, Captain Essert announced our descent to FRA. At 21.20, fasten seat belt signs were illuminated.

I agreed with Eric that our LH flight was just too short.  




Landing and disembarking



Full break applied as D-AIQF touched down at newly designated 07C-25C runway.

At 21.30, D-AIQF came to a stop. Unbuckling sound of seatbelts echoed as everyone got off and prepared for disembarkation.

Mrs. Muest retrieved my hand luggage.
“Oh, it is very light!” She remarked as she handed it over to me.
I grinned.

While waiting the air bridge to be connected, Mrs. Muest struck up a conversation.
“Are you passing through or is Frankfurt your final destination?”
“Frankfurt is my destination this time. Three of us will have a meeting tomorrow at the airport,”
“I see. Then, enjoy your stay in Frankfurt,”

Once the 1L was opened, I just had to shake the hand of both Mrs. Muest and Mr. Rhone before going down to the air bridge. “Thank you,”

As Eric pointed out in his report, that D-AIQF was docked at the famous gate A01. Fellow A.netter Nils (Sultanils) also knows something about it.   




Thank you D-AIQF



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 17794 times:

Frankfurt International Airport






Do you believe me if it was my first time disembarking in FRA?



Corridor. Spot the two of Three Musketeers



With two experienced FRA travelers before me, was it not easier to follow them blindly?   




Signage. No baggage claim this time



Deserted check-in area



‘I knew I could count on Martijn and Eric!’  




Airport check in



I was not yet checked in for the return flight.
‘How about checking in at the desk?’ My conscious suggested.
‘Are you kidding with plenty empty kiosks around me?’



Three check-in kiosks to choose from



Close up of homepage



Select your desired language. German, English, French, Spanish, Italian or Portugese.
‘Why no Dutch?’ I wondered.
Then, pick your preferred identification by credit card, passport or booking reference. I opted for identification by passport.



Welcome screen. I had to insert either my booking reference destination, flight number or immediate destination. Guess which one?



9A was pre-assigned for me



“How about row 13?” Martijn suggested.
“Nope. It is blocked unfortunately,” I replied. “Besides I have got another idea,”




30F for me



Und sehe mal!



My freshly printed boarding pass



Like my previous experience, check-in confirmation with flight details was displayed.



Check-in confirmation



LH, ich liebe dich!  


Three Musketeers had to go their separate their ways for tonight.

Martijn and Eric went for neighboring Ibis hotel. Me on the other hand, to Manhattan Hotel in Frankfurt am Main by train.



Signage to train station



Do you know what? I silently hoped to meet interesting people at my hotel.



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 17786 times:

Manhattan Hotel






Conveniently located within one minute walk from the main station of Frankfurt am Main, you should not miss the hotel, unless you take the wrong station exit like me.   




Facade



I could not feel more welcome by friendly Tanja, jack-of-all-trades of my hotel. She assigned me room 410 with everything I needed to spend the night.



Comfortable bed



Writing table



Clean bathroom



‘What else could I ask for?’   

‘Wait! What about socializing? Do you not want to meet people?’ My conscious asked.
‘Let’s visit the bar then!’



Hotel bar



Tanja was more than happy to provide me a big glass of German Weizen. I could hardly believe the price, EUR 3,50! Try that at any hotel in Netherlands.



My Schöfferhofer Weizen



I did not mind ordering a second one since I got talking with two Kazakhstani girlfriends, Eionor and Katja at the bar. They were traveling around in Western Europe.

The evening got even more enjoyable when chatty watchman Stephan joined us. Too bad I had to call it quits early since my main purpose for a visit was due within couple hours.

Fast forwarded and freshened up, I was ready for extensive breakfast Manhattan advertises on her website and how extensive!



Assorted bread, pastries, crackers, fresh fruit and something warm



‘What might be inside the chafing dish?’



Meat balls, sausages and scrambled egg



The breakfast bar is located around the corner.



Assorted cereals, jams and yogurts



Boiled eggs, vegetable slices, olives, cold cuts and pre-packed items like butter and chocolate spread



Bowls of fruit slices, fruit salad and yogurt



A thee or coffee jug is served at your table, no matter how many person.



My breakfast serving



Do you believe me that I was not hungry yet during the lunchtime with all the offerings?



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 17755 times:

Frankfurt International Airport






‘Where is it?’ happened to be my first message to Eric.
T2. Second floor. Foodplaza’ Eric texted me back.
‘Meet you there’

On my way to Sky Line station, another message came in. This time from another Eric (IberiaA319) that he was taking Sky Line to T1. What a coincidence.



Departure to T2 estimated within 150 seconds



Eric arrived with another train on the opposite, so we could instantly make our way together to T2.



T2 overview. Sky Line level is located above Shopping Plaza façade




A.net meeting



The most exciting moment came. Meeting my fellow A.netters in reality! Apart from Eric (Airbuseric) and Martijn, I had the pleasure to meet eco, CaptainRed and our European ambassador Markus. Markus jr. did not come along as he decided to stay at home for his grandfather’s birthday. But, is it not sweet of him?  

As we made our way to the visitor terrace, Daniel, Marc (MSS658), Johannes (Luxair747SP) and his brother were joining us. P., makeree, Marius (Luftfahrer), Blaž (SloAir), LXM83, Robert (MD11Bob) and Christoph (ContactAir) were waiting outside already.

I am sure that we were instantly drugged by the smell of jet fuel. So what did we do apart from chit-chatting?

Correct! Spotting!



LH D-AIMB, dedicated to PlaneHunter



Air Canada C-FITL, dedicated to Matt (WhereToNext)



Aer Lingus EI-DER, dedicated to Philip (OA260). Did you not fly her to Barcelona in 2008?



LH Cargo D-ALCN, last built MD11, dedicated to Robert (MD11Bob)



Etihad A6-EYH, dedicated to flightsimboy



Delta N713TW, dedicated to Martijn. Did you not fly her to New York some two years ago?



British Airways G-BNWA, dedicated to FlyKev



Iberia EC-KBX, dedicated to Eric (IberiaA319)



USAirways N278AY, dedicated to Marc (MSS658)



I said to Marc at one moment, “Can you imagine flying with her all the way from Yemen?“



Yemenia 7O-AFA



I remarked to Christoph, “We are here the whole day and no sight of retro livery,”
Well, speaking of the devil…



LH D-AIRX, dedicated to Christoph



Vietnam Airlines VN-A144, dedicated to Lars (The777Man). 20th February 2004?



We retreated from the terrace for lunch. I joined Eric (IberiaA319) and CaptainRed at Manzana, a Mexican restaurant at Foodplaza. As they were savoring burritos, I was enjoying my big glass of pilsner.



My Halleroder



P. unexpectedly distributed typical Finn delicacy.



Salmiakpastiller. Thank you, P.!  



The spotting session continued after lunch with welcomed companion of SPLTA and legendary PlaneHunter.



Turkmenistan EZ-A005 and S7 VP-BTN



Royal Jordanian JY-AYK



Johannes and his brother were the first to say goodbye.
“It was nice to meet you, Johannes!”
Their goodbye reminded me that my turn would not keep people waiting.  




Rossiya VO-BAS



Hapag Lloyd D-AHLK, dedicated to Marius. From London Stansted, was it not it?



Too bad, the time was up. It was my turn to bid farewell. As Eric (Airbuseric) has mentioned, I had to leave earlier to catch my onward train connections from AMS. With somewhat mixed feelings I made my way back to T1.  

‘Wait! Wait! Wait! Are you just leaving that way without any group photo?’ My conscious protested.
‘Of course, we have made several group photos. Just check out Eric (IberiaA319)’s report’: To The FRA A.net Meet From Madrid: Ryanair And LAN (by IberiaA319 Jul 15 2011 in Trip Reports)



Departure to T1 within 110 seconds



Thanks to Eric (Airbuseric)’s good advice, I stayed on the left side of Sky Line.



TAM PT-MUA and LH D-AISX



LH D-AIRN, dedicated to Christian (MIASpotter). 23rd February 2008 from FRA?



Everyone from my compartment disembarked at Concourse B exit. I was on my very own way to Sky Line’s final station, Concourse A.



My private compartment


Sky Line finally dropped me at 15.15.

Believe it or not, after ticket control, I was the only one going through the security booth manned by all in all five officials. With no one else around, I became subject to swipe test like Eric (Airbuseric) after the regular security check.

The whole process took about five minutes. It was not that bad. Even though I was curious about the purpose of the swipe test, I did not dare to ask.

Nevertheless, I would give the officials their genuine attitude. While pushing the elevator button, one official said, “Please go to the second level. Have a pleasant flight,”
How about that?  



Friends forever
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 17713 times:

The queues for secutirty in AMS looks pretty bad. 20+ minutes isn't really acceptable in a major quality airport like AMS. Nice that you got the upgrade, although on a 45 minute flight, Y also probably would have been ok!


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 17732 times:

Post security




FIDS



‘Hey, A23? Not A27? Could it be a mistake?’ I wondered.

Silly me again! LH sent me a message about the gate change, but I noticed it later on after arriving at closed gate A27.



LH SMS



Gate screen



‘All right, I am convinced now!’



Gate A23




Gate signage



‘So how about some lounging?’
‘Lounging? Do you fly J anyway?’ My conscious questioned.
‘No!’
‘Aha! So your membership grants you a lounge access?’
‘Nope. I am just a regular member!’
‘So, are you going to pay for a lounge visit?’
‘Certainly not!’
‘Tell me now what you are up to!’
‘Just check out the gate area!’



Bistro seating



‘Take one of the chair. How about some coffee or tea?’



Coffee and tea corner



‘Oh, in that case, coffee, please!’
‘All right!’



Your choice at your finger point



‘Coffee, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Hot Chocolate, Marocchino, Espresso, Espresso Macchiato, Café au Lait or Wiener Melange?’
‘Oh, wow! How about Wiener Melange? I know we are in Germany, but still!’
‘Now put your seat facing the window, hold your Wiener Melange and Sehe mal!’



My Wiener Melange. Courtesy of LH, Jacobs and apparently Melia



‘Is it not lounging? Look over there!’



Egyptair SU-GCH



‘Or do you prefer to play a game?’



Table football



‘No thanks! It is better this way!’
I was enjoying my view so much that I completely forgot to drop in at Lufthansa WorldShop outlet, until Daniel asked me about it once I got home .  





Boarding



Couple minutes before advised boarding time, I queued up.



Quick boarding gate. Where else?



‘Hey, what is that? Let see if my hand luggage indeed meets the requirement,’



Hand luggage measurement. What do you think?



“Please,” the gate agent waved her arm at bang 16.15.

‘Blip’! I was legal to proceed.
I did not know why, but again other passengers overtook me even I was among the first one.

I was kind of expecting a finger gate, but I got funny feeling as we further walked downstairs and finally turned right. It was a bus gate!  




Our bus



As I got on the bus, I somehow kept Eric (Airbuseric)’s advice in my mind and took a seat on the left side. I did not clearly remember whether it was only applicable for Sky Line or also for the bus.



Interior



As we hit the road, I did not regret my view couple minutes later. Thanks, Eric.  





LH D-ABJD, dedicated to Eric and Martijn



We drove towards the remote apron in front of T2.



Visitor terrace. A familiar pink spot was among the crowd   



I wondered whether there would be a last minute equipment change.



D-ABXX, familiar to WILCO737



A good old Boeing 737-300. That would be nice! But we drove past her and pulled next to yet another elegant bird.



D-AIQN



As soon as we came to a stop, the doors slid open. Everyone looked eager to get off. Me too, but for something extra.



Under wing shot. Inspired by Markus



No problem whatsoever with photography on the tarmac. Burj and Buck3y3nut can also confirm this, I suppose.   
Once I walked up the staircase, I just had to make a couple of farewell shots.



Last shot towards T2



Tail shot. I got somewhat addicted to this angle



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 17696 times:

Continued below

[Edited 2011-07-21 06:28:54]


Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 17716 times:

On board






Flights Status

Route: FRA-AMS
Date: 8 July 2011
ETD/ATD: 16.45 / 16.50
ETA/ATA: 17.50 / 17.50
Flight number: LH 996
Plane: Airbus 320-211
Registration: D-AIQN
Delivered: 30 January 1992
Named: Laupheim
First Officer: Captain Klaus Smith



View Large View Medium
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Photo © Emilio Zeininger




“Good afternoon,” Flight attendants Mrs. Grochulski and Mrs. Muller greeted me with a warm smile.
“Good afternoon. It is nice to meet you,” I replied.

I was delighted as European Comfort cabin welcomed me past the aft lavatory.



Right side row 30. Window seat for me



I had to jot down something before I got seated.
“Are you writing a diary?” Mrs. Muller caught me by surprise.
“Oh, yes,” I smiled back though felt busted.
“Oh, that is nice,”



Ample legroom. Note the position of magazine pocket



30A was occupied as well.



My neighbor view



Last row window seat worked out well! I got the whole row at my disposal.  

29C, D, E and F were occupied by a group of two guys and girls. They had apparently made a night of it as Mr. 29C suddenly had all armrests folded up on his side and was just lying across the seats. But not for long as Mrs. Grochulski came along and woke him up.

Although 2L door was closed, boarding was not yet completed.



Handling agent waiting for the next load



Finally, more passengers trickled in.



Cabin view during second boarding



A couple claimed 29A and 29B, so no more lying about again for Mr. 29C.

Boarding completed at 16.45. Captain Smith introduced himself and his colleagues on the microphone and advised our flight time of fifty five minutes.

Manual safety demonstration followed. Mrs. Grochulski took charge of live performance in our cabin. Just like Mrs. Muest on our inbound flight, Mrs. Schröder appeared from J cabin in front of the cabin divider for instructions in English.

‘Yes, you can still consult the safety card!’



Front page



Back page



Pushback commenced at 16.50 along with a thrilling orchestra of hydraulics and humming CFM56 engines.



Taxi and take off



D-AIQN set out for 07C-25C and had to wait for an incoming guest.



JAL JA736J touched down



Finally, D-AIQN allowed to proceed.



Lining up at 07C-25C



Cabin view. Everyone prepared for take-off, err, sort of



Powerful take off followed shortly.



Lift off at 16.55



D-AIQN rocketed into the air and made a U-turn, revealing the surroundings of FRA.



Okriftel



New runway 07L-25R



FRA overview




In flight



Just past 17.00, fasten seat belt signs were switched off. Everyone made himself comfortable for the short flight.



Miss 29D demonstrating the new seat in reclining position



Mrs. Muller appeared with a drink trolley, followed by Mrs. Grochulski with the meal trolley.



Mrs. Grochulski and Mrs. Muller attending passengers at front Y rows



Meal distribution was quick. Before I knew, Mrs. Grucholski’s reached my row.
“Here you are,” She passed a meal box and a napkin with a smile.
“Thank you,”
Surprisingly, it was the similar one to what Eric and Martijn got served on their later flight.



’Be invited’ by LH



‘Let’s have a look what might be inside,’



Pasta salad with chicken meatballs



Pre-packed sesame crostini’s and smart idea of folded plastic fork



I agreed with Eric about the taste. The salad was fresh, while rich flavored chicken meatballs saw to extra bite.

In the meantime, Mrs. Grochulski was assisting Mrs. Muller. Mrs. Schröder joined them in Y cabin.



Presenting Mrs. Grochulski, Mrs. Muller, Mrs. Schröder and Purser Mrs. Schwed



I overheard an interesting conversation of Mrs. Muller and a couple of 29A and 29B.
One of them asked a question to which Mrs. Muller replied, “No, no, it is free,”
‘Could the couple be connecting from a certain LH’s partner, let say SK or Spanair?’ I wondered.

As Mrs. Grochulski was about to attend my row, an announcement came that we were leaving the cruising altitude.
‘That soon?’ I was kind of disappointed. ‘It was just 17.20!’

“Can I offer you something to drink?” Mrs. Grochulski asked me again with a lovely smile.
“Can I have beer, please?” I cheered up.
“Beer? Sure,” Mrs. Grochulski beckoned Mrs. Muller to prepare my drink.
“Here you are. Enjoy!”
‘How caring!’  




My serving. Note separate bottle and glass holders



‘Warsteiner! I had to upgrade my snack, did I not?’   
Unfortunately, I had to quickly finish my beer and return them to Mrs. Grochulski since fasten seat belt signs were illuminated for a while.




Landing



The nice weather allowed me a great view during the descent.



Dronten



Houtribdijk with on the opposite Flevo Marina Haven and Batavia Stad



Suddenly, I heard some rummaging.
“Please sit here and fasten your seat belt,” Mrs. Muller ushered an airsick female passenger to 30C.
It looked like she was spending most of the cruising time inside one of the lavatories.
‘Poor woman!’ I thought as her sickness seemed to worsen at every movement of D-AIQN.
Unexpectedly, Mr. 29C turned to the woman and said, “I have got medicines against airsickness if you want,”
His gesture made me smile. ‘He is not that indifferent after all!’  
I turned back to my window.



Northwestern part of Purmerend



Westknollendam



Junction Rottepolderplein



The scenery could only mean one thing. An approach to Polderbaan!



Touch-down at 17.40



Just like after our arrival from Dubai with Emirates last February, a ten minute trek followed. Not that I minded, though!   




Crossing the Hoofdvaart in Haarlemmermeer



Crossing A4 highway



Amsterdam Airlines PH-AAZ, dedicated to Eric (Airbuseric)



Docked next to Austrian OE-LVC



D-AIQN barely came to a stop, but everyone just got up to recollect his belongings.



Cabin rush. People, relax!




Disembarking



The farewell announcement of Mrs. Schwed was concluded with something interesting, “Please keep your passport ready. There will be passport control at the gate,”
As long as I could remember, I never experienced such procedure when traveling through AMS Schengen area.

As 2L was opened, the group of four were preparing to disembark through 2L. They were soon directed to 1L.
Que pena!” Miss 29D remarked loudly as she turned around.
‘Ah, ah, sweetheart, how inconvenient!’ I thought.   

Before leaving, I just had to shake Mrs. Grochulski and Mrs. Muller by the hand, “Thank you,”
“You are welcome,” Both of them broadly smiled.

Mrs. Schwed and Mrs. Schröder were waiting before 1L.
Although they were mostly serving J passengers, I shook their hand as well, “Thank you,”
“Thank you for flying with us,” Both Mrs. Schwed and Mrs. Schröder smiled at me.

Fellows, their reaction really warmed my heart.  



Bye LH. Thank you for everything



“Are you the last one?” asked the official after a glance at my passport.
“Yes, I think so,”
“All right, then.”



Friends forever
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 17688 times:

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol






Fellows, do you remember where my spotting session was started? Well, I figured out that it would be appropriate to finish it there.   



D-AIQN. Just for the last time


Transavia PH-XRA. Eric’s obvious acquaintance



‘All right, that was enough. You have got a train to catch!’ My conscious reminded.


Signage



Through ‘Nothing to declare exit’ and straight to the station, or probably not as custom official Mr. Sallam stopped me.
‘Oh, here we go again!’ I thought.
“Where are you coming from?” Mr. Sallam asked in a rather stern voice.
“Frankfurt,”
“And before Frankfurt?”
“Frankfurt was my origin,”
“Can you come with me, please?” Mr. Sallam beckoned me to follow him to a screened area.
“Can I see your boarding pass?”
“Can I see your ticket?” Mr. Sallam demanded as he was apparently not yet satisfied with my boarding pass.
Once my ticket was examined, I was waived on without any single word.

Though I did not mind such control, but why I only noticed dark skinned passengers around me during the formality? Oh well, maybe it was just me.



Conclusion



First of all, I would like to thank my fellows who organized the meeting.
Daniel, PH, Eric (Airbuseric), Markus, can I give you the credit?

Then I wish to thank LH for the wonderful return trip:

Martijn, Jelle, thank you for the upgrade;
Mr. Rohne, Mrs. Muest, Mrs. Grochulski, Mrs. Muller, Mrs. Schröder, Mrs. Schwed, thank you for making me feel at home in the air;
Captain Essert, Captain Smith, thank you for the save flights.


I have fallen in love again with LH!  

Furthermore, I wish to thank CaptainRed, Christoph, eco, P., Eric (IberiaA319), Marius, Johannes and his brother, LXM83, makeree, Robert, Marc, Blaž and SPLTA for a great companion in FRA.

Apart from trip reports of Eric (Airbuseric) and Eric (IberiaA319) I have mentioned earlier, how about reading trip reports of other fellows about this occasion?

eco: http://forum.bgspotters.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3372
P.: The Meet At FRA + Number 200: HEL-DUS/HHN-STN-VST (by FlyingFinn76 Jul 12 2011 in Trip Reports)
LXM83: A340 Switzerland-Germany To Meet Trip Reporters (by LXM83 Jul 15 2011 in Trip Reports)
Blaž: To The A.net Meeting At Frankfurt With Adria CRJ2 (by SloAir Jul 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
SPLTA: To The A.Net Meeting And Back On EW/LH/LO (by SPLTA Jul 19 2011 in Trip Reports)

And Last but not least, all of you, my fellows, for joining me along. Vielen Dank!

I hope that you have enjoyed my report. Please let me know what do you think of it. I know there is always room for improvement.

If you are interested, please feel free to read my reports about my trip to India last February:

Love At First Sight: An Emirates Story From AMS (by akhmad Mar 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
Incredible India: Dubai To Delhi And Beyond (by akhmad Apr 1 2011 in Trip Reports)
Along Rajasthan Back To Dubai (by akhmad Apr 30 2011 in Trip Reports)
Dubai-Amsterdam: A Tribute To Friendship (by akhmad Jun 3 2011 in Trip Reports)

Mit besten Grüßen,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineluxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 508 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 17476 times:

Hi Suryo,

I was waiting for this report.
You can always turn a usual flight in an amazing TR, which is a great pleasure to read.
This time again with many high quality pictures.
The service on LH in both C and Y class seemed to be nice for this short time of flying.
It was very nice to meet you in FRA and I hope we can meet up sometime again in the future.
Thank you a lot for sharing this outstanding piece.
Cheers
Johannes


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 1 day ago) and read 17262 times:

Hi Suryo,

what an excellent report you once again delivered, simply amazing! I highly enjoyed reading, thanks for taking the time to create this report.

And let me tell you again that it was a great pleasure meeting you at FRA!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Jelle is apparently a loyal trip report reader. He arranged Eric and me the upgrade after Martijn told him about us. How about that?

Very good start!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

As Eric has mentioned on his report, the meal was created by star chef Heiko Antoniewicz. A mini menu card was included to inform us about creation elements.

Wow, that meal looks delicious.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Warsteiner, eine Köningin unter den Bieren‘ A queen among the beers and it showed!

Oh no...   

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
LH D-AIMB, dedicated to PlaneHunter

Thank you, Suryo! It's my favorite A380 out there.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The spotting session continued after lunch with welcomed companion of SPLTA and legendary PlaneHunter.

 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Too bad, the time was up. It was my turn to bid farewell. As Eric (Airbuseric) has mentioned, I had to leave earlier to catch my onward train connections from AMS.

It's too bad we didn't have more time to talk about our hobby, but maybe next time?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Pasta salad with chicken meatballs

Very nice snack!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
First of all, I would like to thank my fellows who organized the meeting.
Daniel, PH, Eric (Airbuseric), Markus, can I give you the credit?

You're welcome, Suryo.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 17172 times:

Hi Suryo,

Thanks for another fantastic report to your usual standard! Really entertaining to read.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
If you really want to meet your fellow A.netters in reality, 9th July will be your first upcoming chance to do so,’

I really must get to a meeting, it seems that everyone had such a great time!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Vliegfabriek

I obviously don't know this travel agent, but it can pay to shop around, sometimes agents are cheaper than airlines direct!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
PH-OFE. Is she not beautiful?

Indeed so! Can you go inside? Unfortunately my next 2 visits to AMS will be too short to visit the terrace myself  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Since last December 2007 at London Heathrow Terminal 3

That is a very long queue, and like you my longest was at LHR, T2 this time.
(http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/117288/ - my first ever a.net post, but no pics!)

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
a bottle of wine!

How could they miss all the signs and announcements?!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
I was upgraded as well!

Very nice - not lucky but thanks to the kind staff!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Backward cabin view

Everyone is sleeping - it was an afternoon flight, wasn't it? Perhaps hard days in the office!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Manhattan Hotel

Looks like a nice hotel, especially for the price with the flight included.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
A.net meeting

Lots of good aircraft shots, and good company - what can be better?  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
How about some coffee or tea?

I've my first FRA experience in December coming up, and I'm looking forward to the little perks that LH gives Y passengers, like this.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Warsteiner!

Nice to see tha glass bottle in Y as well. The beer (and other drinks) always taste better from glass.

Again thanks, and I like the splitting up the report into different posts. It makes commenting easier  

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 17140 times:
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Yet again a perfectly written enjoyable read. Makes me feel like I was along for the trip.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 17050 times:

Hi, Suryo,

superb well done.
Exactly what it feels like to meet you at FRA, looking forward to more chat, hopefully, the next time.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
30F, last row window seat. Who might inspire me?

Absolutely no idea!.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Iberia EC-JQZ, dedicated to Markus (FLIEGER67). Did you not fly her on 19th May 2008?

Sure, perfect reminder, Suryo.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The most exciting moment came. Meeting my fellow A.netters in reality! Apart from Eric (Airbuseric) and Martijn, I had the pleasure to meet eco, CaptainRed and our European ambassador Markus. Markus jr. did not come along as he decided to stay at home for his grandfather’s birthday. But, is it not sweet of him?

Next time, maybe.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Under wing shot. Inspired by Markus

Love it.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Last row window seat worked out well! I got the whole row at my disposal.

Absolutely well done.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Capital travel on schedule!.
User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 17028 times:

Hi Suryo,

incredible report with so much details, great job.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
For EUR 189, a LH return flight to FRA and an overnight stay with breakfast at Manhattan Hotel were secured for me.

That is a nice deal.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I was in cloud nine. Not just because of the real stub, I was upgraded as well!

I know that feeling, it is great that Martijn and Jelle were able to get all three of you up front.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Do you believe me if it was my first time disembarking in FRA?

Great photos from the airport, it reminds me of what a great place it is. I did the same thing you did when you arrived, visit one of the check-in kiosks and printed my boarding pass for the return flight. It is so simple nowadays, especially when traveling without checked luggage.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Conveniently located within one minute walk from the main station of Frankfurt am Main

The hotel looks great.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I could hardly believe the price, EUR 3,50!

It still seems quite a lot to me, I think I have never paid more than 2 EUR for a beer in Ljubljana.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Too bad, the time was up. It was my turn to bid farewell.

Shame you had to leave so early and we did not have more time to talk. Maybe next time.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Presenting Mrs. Grochulski, Mrs. Muller, Mrs. Schröder and Purser Mrs. Schwed

It is so nice to have a nice crew.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Pasta salad with chicken meatballs

That looks great for a 45 minute flight!

Thank you, Suryo, for taking part in that great sunny Saturday at Frankfurt, I think I will remember that day every time I will pass through Frankfurt airport. What a great place  

Regards,
Blaž



Visit Ljubljana
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 16879 times:

Hi Suryo!

Great tripreport, really well written. Too bad about the long security queue at AMS, those kind of thinks are always annoying. You really seem pleased with your flights with LH, and also nice that you got an upgrade on the outbound flight. Manhattan Hotel looks like a nice facility, that breakfast looks great.

Martin


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months 16 hours ago) and read 16781 times:
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Excellent report, Suryo! Great to see another report from you. Excellent coverage/detail as usual.

Looks like a wonderful little trip. Impressive little meal for a AMS-FRA. Glad you guys had a good time!

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 months 14 hours ago) and read 16739 times:

Hi Suryo!

Another great trip report full of detail and plenty of photos. It seems that you all had a great day out at FRA and getting the upgrade on the outbound journey was a bonus. I would have liked to join you all but was on another visit to the Hansestadt and at least my thoughts were with you.

But I notice that you have started talking to your self. Is this new? Should we be worried? In all seriousness, it makes for a very entertaining reading style.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Cabin rush. People, relax!

This always amuses me. There is always a few minutes before you can even begin to disembark so why the rush?

Once more Suryo, "Vielen Dank für deinen ausgezeichneten Bericht".

Roy.


User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1063 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 16687 times:

Hi Suryo,

A wonderful report! Food and service on LH looks wonderful, I'll definitely consider flying them in the future!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Believe it or not, even though the A.net meeting on last 9th July in Frankfurt was music to my ears, I was in two minds about my participation.

I'm glad you chose to go!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Then came the turning point. It was the heartbreaking news of departed Sandeep (AI151) on 20th May 2011.

It's already been 2 months.   Talk about time flies!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I was devastated as couple weeks earlier, Sandeep unfolded his plan to come over for a visit along with his girlfriend. Something I was looking forward to, meeting both of them together personally, would never happen. Never…

We were talking about how I can visit him in London after my army too, in 2013.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I cut the knot, ‘I am coming to FRA, no matter by train or by air!’

Once again, glad you chose to go by air!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
‘Dropping in at the aviation store?’

Mandatory for a.netters!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
How about going to the panorama terrace and discover the new eye-catcher there?

This is something to attract me to AMS!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Tail shot of PH-OFE. I had always wanted to do it from this angle

Looks wonderful!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“Look what we have got for you!” Martijn handed a real LH boarding stub over to me once I got to the counter.

Very kind of him and Jelle!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Jelle came on the microphone, “Due to late incoming aircraft, we will start our boarding after fifteen minutes,”
Sighs and moans echoed around us.
‘People, it is only fifteen minutes!’ I thought.

Happens all the time doesn't it.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
It had been eleven months ago since I flew LH. My excitement was getting stronger as beautiful dark blue colored ‘L’ on the fuselage came closer.

I'm awaiting for the monent.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
new LH European comfort

Looks wonderful. Wonder how many of their fleet has been retrofitted already?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
“Are you not supposed to be here?” Martijn rightly pointed at 1C.
“Oh yes, of course!” I realized my mistake.

You must be too excited!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
As I desperately looked around for any gap, Mr. Rohne opened lower compartment on the opposite of my row and beckoned me to stow my hand luggage there.

Very kind of him!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
The front curtain was drawn,

I always thought it would be a curtain that goes across the aisle like those on airlines with "proper" business class. However, I guess this design makes it easier to move it around.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Do you believe me if it was my first time disembarking in FRA?

I had to read twice to reconfirm that I am reading it correctly!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Tanja was more than happy to provide me a big glass of German Weizen. I could hardly believe the price, EUR 3,50! Try that at any hotel in Netherlands.

That's pretty cheap! No hotels or even neighbourhood stores offer it at such a cheap price here.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
The breakfast bar is located around the corner.

You are making me hungry!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
As we made our way to the visitor terrace, Daniel, Marc (MSS658), Johannes (Luxair747SP) and his brother were joining us. P., makeree, Marius (Luftfahrer), Blaž (SloAir), LXM83, Robert (MD11Bob) and Christoph (ContactAir) were waiting outside already.

This is making me jealous. :P

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Can you imagine flying with her all the way from Yemen?

In business maybe, definitely not in economy! Would make an interesting TR though.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
I remarked to Christoph, “We are here the whole day and no sight of retro livery,”
Well, speaking of the devil…

If only that happens to me.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Even though I was curious about the purpose of the swipe test, I did not dare to ask.

What is that about?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
As soon as we came to a stop, the doors slid open. Everyone looked eager to get off. Me too, but for something extra.

I always rush for the first to board when flying AK, for the same reason.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
“Are you writing a diary?” Mrs. Muller caught me by surprise.

Did you tell her about your intentions? :P

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Fellows, do you remember where my spotting session was started? Well, I figured out that it would be appropriate to finish it there.

Nice, normally I exit the airport immediately after arrival.

Looking forward to your future reports!

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 16688 times:

Hi Suryo,

Well, what can I say? Another truly excellent report from start to finish about what was obviously a very enjoyable a.net meet. Amd memorable of course, not least thanks to the upgrade you enjoyed

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Secondly, my first A.net meeting ever on 12th July 2010 in Paris got smashed up because Air France decided to deploy the A380 elsewhere on that particular day, most probably for the sake of World Cup.

Yes, that really was a shame that AF mucked that day up.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Oh, do you know that Hannah even provided Eric and me each with a Swiss most favorite chocolate bar at the end of our gathering

That bar of choccie is becoming quite famous now  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘How about the remaining?’ ‘
‘TripAdvisor

Just like me, never book a hotel without consulting Trip Advisor!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Once outside, a smell of jet fuel tickled my senses. ‘Hey, what have we got there?’

I'm quite intrigued about the cow on the viewing terrace. However, I think the Fokker looks better!

Wow, what a queue at security. Guess it must be usual Friday evening rush.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Before entrance. Can you spot Martijn?

I think I can also spot Eric's pink shirt?!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
. unexpectedly distributed typical Finn delicacy.

mmmm, yummy!

Thanks for all the nice shots from the terrace. It seems a successful spotting day was had by all.

And as for customs, what a pain that you got stopped. At least he was happy once he'd seen your ticket.

Hope it will be third time lucky for the next meet-up!

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 16639 times:

As always I really enjoyed your trip report...feels like I got to go with you!

I am always amazed that you are able to sweet talk the FA's and get to know them so well...even their names!

No matter how many European trip reports I read I still can't get over the fact that you get FOOD in coach on even relatively short flights!

Thanks for sharing your adventure with us...I am really glad you decided to go!


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (3 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 16619 times:

Hi Suryo,

Great report with fantastic crisp photo's. Sound's like you had great day out in FRA, shame I live half way around the world  .

Lufthansa also seem to offer a very good short haul product. Lovely looking meals, comfortable seats, great crew, what more could you want?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘How about going to the panorama terrace and discover the new eye-catcher there?’

Nice to hear that AMS has a viewing terrace. Not really sure about the cow though...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
I was in cloud nine. Not just because of the real stub, I was upgraded as well!

That's what I call a great start to the trip!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
As I sat directly within her arm reach, she proceeded to open my tray table and put a meal tray on it.

That looks like a lovely meal. I especially like the kiwifruit on the meal card.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
The salad was fresh, while rich flavored chicken meatballs saw to extra bite.

Another great meal, I also like that they choose something different from the generic sandwich.

Thanks for the report and looking to reading more.  

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


25 IberiaA319 : Hi, Suryo, thanks a lot for this amazing and detailed report, with very good pictures! Did not know about this panorama terrace. Good to know this! Th
26 SPLTA : Hey Suryo, Great report! Original narrative, lots of details plus tones of high quality pictures. Thanks for sharing! It was pleasure meeting you. Hop
27 Ryanair!!! : You guys are just so damn lucky with your open air viewing galleries! ZRH, AMS etc... Makes me wanna make a trip just so I could get up there. Was in
28 Post contains images ojas : Very nice TR .... excellent pictures. I wouldn't miss A.net meets if they happened within my reach! That's good, chaotic security checks are a common
29 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi Suryo, Man you are one of a kind, and I mean that it a good way! You may not fly nearly as much as some of us (*cough* *cough*), but when you do, y
30 Post contains images PlaneHunter : That's still better than having no facility at all...LHR, CDG etc. Okay, let's get it started! PH
31 Post contains images akhmad : Hi gabrielchew, Johannes, PH, signol, TEW, Markus, Blaž, Martin, Matthew, Roy, Daniel, Hannah, Burj, aflyingkiwi, Eric, SPLTA, Ryanair, Ojas, P., Tha
32 Post contains images akhmad : P.: You make me blush. Thank you! Thanks to you. Who knows where we may end up together July next year? Hence the dedication. I am sorry. I am just tr
33 Post contains images flightsimboy : You made a simple spotting trip report into an fairy tale with an imaginary friend, your conscience. I had these images of a little Suryo, running aro
34 Post contains images CrimsonNL : Hey Suryo! The long awaited report Very good job as usual. I did indeed fly on that DL 757 back in the day. I had a great time in FRA and it was nice
35 Post contains images abrelosojos : Finally got a chance to read the report. Thanks for sharing. I really seem to have missed a great trip. Next time perhaps? BTW, what has happened to m
36 Post contains images The777Man : Hi Suryo! Thanks for yet another fantastic report with amazing pictures to go with it! Really nice with the F100 at the Panorama terrace in AMS! Did y
37 Ryanair!!! : It isn't open air, my dear. Nothing beats the feeling of being out there with the air thick with Jet A1 fuel and the sounds of engine start ups, APU
38 Post contains images MIAspotter : Suryo, another nice read my friend. Looks like the A.net met was a hoot. I enjoyed the little meet back in 08 and your report brought back memories fr
39 Post contains images OA260 : Hey Suryo , Another superb report by you as expected Very high quality photos and a pleasure to read after a tough day at work ! Love the Model Fokker
40 Post contains images akhmad : Hi flightsimboy, Martijn, Alex, Lars, Christian, Philip, Hello again Ryan, I am very happy with your replies. Thank you so much. flightsimboy, Martijn
41 parton87 : Hello Suryo! Thanks for a great story! As I have said before your relly put much time and effort intro your stories and they´re all top-quality! The
42 Post contains images CaptainRed : Hi Suryo, thank you very much for this wonderful and detailed trip report, with some very nice pictures as well. It was a nice reminiscence of our mee
43 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hi Suryo, Thank you for this detailed report. I may have said it before once or twice, but the way you notice all the small details, you really make t
44 sfflyer123 : This is an excellen trip report! It was so thorough and comprehensive. Feels like I was there with you! Fantastic! thanks.
45 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Robert, CaptainRed, 717Flyer, sfflyer123, How nice to meet you here. Thank you for dropping by. Robert, CaptainRed, 717Flyer, sfflyer123: You are w
46 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hi again Suryo Oh dear, how could I forget to mention your dedication in my reply. It really makes me feel welcome, my first dedication here on the fo
47 Post contains images Contact Air : Hello Suryo, Fantastic report with lots of pictures - very detailled, all in all: "Suryo-style". I also enjoyed the meeting a lot - it was great to me
48 RvXKaz : Hi Suryo, I finally have had the opportunity to read your beautiful TR on Lufthansa and I am most honoured to have done so! Its a beautiful read indee
49 Post contains images Sultanils : Mijn beste Suryo, Now I see what took you so long in posting: a wonderful story with a lot of great pics (and now taken by yourself and not by Herman
50 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi Suryo, nice and detailed report, quite lengthy, since you seem to notice really everything That might be the only downside of this report, is the s
51 Post contains links flightsimboy : Here you go! Lufthansa YYZ-FRA (A343) & FRA-DXB (B744) Dec'07 (by Flightsimboy Dec 29 2009 in Trip Reports) And the return Lufthansa DXB-FRA (B74
52 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Christoph, RvXKaz, Nils, Eric, Hi again 717Flyer, flightsimboy, I am very happy with your replies. Thank you so much. Christoph, RvXKaz, Nils, Eric
53 Palmjet : Hi Suryo What a lovely story and some fantastic pics. It is a great shame I was unable to make the meet in FRA. Planehunter had contacted me to tell m
54 Post contains images MSS658 : Hey Suryo Was wonderfull meeting you in FRA. Thanks for dedicating the US 330 for me . Glad you enjoyed the trip as well. I really enjoyed reading thi
55 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Palmjet, Marc, Hi again flightsimboy, I am very happy with your replies. Thank you so much. flightsimboy: Apparently, my previous reply got cut off
56 Post contains images flightsimboy : Suryo, you really are too kind!!
57 Post contains images Contact Air : Of course I do. Thanks for that!
58 Post contains images akhmad : Hi flightsimboy, Christoph, How nice to meet you again. flightsimboy: Now you make me blush. Christoph: You are welcome. flightsimboy, Christoph, viel
59 Post contains links and images SR 103 : Another fantastic report Suryo. You know, I was in Frankfurt the weekend before your trip. Shame it did not coincide. What a good looking 747, thanks
60 Post contains images LH4116 : Hey Suryo, fantastic report with some really nice pics! Which camera did you use for this one? I don't ever recon reading such a detailed report on an
61 Post contains images akhmad : Liebe Anosh, Jonas, I am very happy to meet you here. Thank you for dropping by. Anosh, Jonas: Thank you. I am doing my best Anosh: What a missed oppo
62 Post contains images wheretonext : Thanks for the dedication, Suryo! You have quite some memory! I think AC's livery on their 77W look really smart. Sorry it took me so long to notice!
63 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Matt, Thank you so much for your reply. You make me happy with that. You are welcome. Never mind. Take your time. I will be waiting. I am doing my
64 mk777 : Awesome TR suryo...the food served in C class on a 45 minute flight looked good and the Y class food on the return even better considering here in the
65 Post contains images akhmad : Liebe Mohit, How nice to meet you here. Thank you so much for dropping by. Thank you. I am doing my best. Burj has pointed this out. I am surprised wh
66 knightsofmalta : Hi Akhmad, Thanks for that! I can just hear the sound she makes, a deep menacing rumble...And Thanks for the post, looks like you had quite some fun.
67 Post contains images ronerone : Another fantastic report Suryo! thank you for sharing your experience and perspective on the a.net meeting in Frankfurt It seems that i did miss out o
68 Post contains images akhmad : Liebe William, Roni, Thank you so much for your replies. You really make me happy. William: You are welcome. We did have a lot of fun together. Please
69 ndebelebev : Lovely report Suryo... We must meet one day... The beer will be on me!! Regards... Bev...
70 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Bev, Thank you for your reply. I really appreciate it. The second round will be mine. Best wishes, Suryo
71 LH4532 : Hello Suryo , I now can finally reply to this amazing Trip Report of yours . In my opinion it is the best TR you have written this year . I enjoyed re
72 Post contains images akhmad : Liebe Daniel, Vielen Dank für deinen Kommentar. Really sweet words of yours. You make me blush. I know. Worth trying in any way. Jolly! You keep your
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