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~A Promise Kept; To France For Chicken AF A380~  
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1090 posts, RR: 32
Posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 15717 times:

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(After a couple of requests, I have now moved what was a previous add-on to my BA Nod to the North (http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/173004/) into a new thread. This action was mostly incase people might have missed it. I must stress, there are alot of reports already on this, but perhaps you'll enjoy reliving the tale. I have left it in it's original format - happy reading)



If you see truth in the phrase ‘an elephant never forgets’ , then no doubt you’ll have overlooked a promise I made in garish green font somewhat earlier in this trip report. And if your eyes are dim, or scrolling is a chore on your miniscule laptop, it went a little like this; -

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 25):
For the more discerning readers of my reports, I am pleased to announce that I will be doing a 'mini-report' on the AF A380 (~sigh~) as a reply to this one. It will be basic and will come online in a few days as I am off to Africa on Friday!

… and since elephants are not a major user of this forum, I was never pulled up on this false promise. But after living in a land of these lazy and cumbersome beasts (elephants… Africa) for the last 14 months, I shall now pick up the baton and fulfil my part of the promise. Please enjoy the reply segment to my BA Nod to the Northeast, to which I have dramatically created the title ‘BA Nod to the Northeast ‘Part B’




Back in the dim caverns of my prematurely aged mind, I recall quite a buzz generated out of Air France’s rather crafty promotional use of the A380 on their LHR-CDG routing during some balmy months in the Summer of… let me see…. 2010. The forum was abuzz with lists… lists as usual of criticisms, compliments atypical to A.Net and a rapidly increasing list of members that would be partaking in some of the various departures. In the same vein as my maturing noggin, so had my use of aviation matured. Through my hazy university days, the focus had been bagging lots of sleazy Ryanair hops for a dime, of getting rather pissed before such flights and it was quantity, not quality.


However my graduation heralded the summer, the so called new beginning, and a revolution in turning my back on FR. Instead, I was drawn to more prestigious trips with full service carriers. Sadly, the only ones I could afford were the special occasions where airlines were putting foolishly large aircraft on economically short routes. Perfect for the student loan. It sort of smells of 5th-freedom, but my overdraft doesn’t have that remit. Hence why I am plonking this AF A380 Adventure at the end of BA’s Nod. Churchill. Furthermore, there were a plethora of fantastically documented and detailed reports on this identikit AF hop.


But I’ll forge on….





Welcome to my 5th Trip Report – PART B!


I don’t live in London. I live, as you’ll mostly know, in Scotland. So getting down to London had to be factored in. As such, I booked National Express coach down, and a megabus back up. Since I had word of the flight well in advance, it did not add too much extra cost to the trip. My parents have learned to accept my slightly nerdy tendencies with aviation with silent comprehension. Dad casually asks “Where are you going again?” … shortly followed by “When will you be back” … and finally a mystified “why?” Still, he’s easier to placate than by mates.
I take my very unracey ‘Silver Bullet’ Peugeot 10 (enter low denominator) to Glasgow late in the evening, an approximate 2 hour drive, and which google incorrectly estimates will cost £17.69 in fuel.



The Silver Bullet Glasgow bound alongside Loch Lommond


Park in a scummy wee council estate in Townhead. National Express will have 3 buses journeying South through the night, and it’s a scene of disorganised chaos. We finally depart, I sleep mostly, and the other youth beside me is unremarkable. Bit peeved they won’t let me get on the service that goes via LHR, but my ticket states London. Next morning, Victoria Bus Stn is the usual hotch-potch of undesirable characters and smoking overseas workers leaning on the ‘No Smoking Sign’ written in 6 different Slavic languages. I waste little time in getting to LHR on the Tube.



The efficient Tube out to LHR


I have a little snooze in a quiet corner, before checking in at Sky Team’s pretty busy check-in desks. Once the officialdom is complete, then I tuck into my cider, my pre flight tipple. Check-in polite, almost verging on curt, but lets not read too much into a 3 minute interface with a bored blonde.




Skyteam departures



Quiet skyteam check-in area[/i]



Helping contribute to my feeling BAA has bucked its ideas; terminal 4



The buzz of T4 Airside.



Skyteam seem to be trumpeting, but this to me is a little like a sandwich without filling.


Security at LHR is fast an efficient. As ever I feel impressed with Heathrow. Terminal 4’s exterior was smart and linear, but not cold. Whats that word? Chic. Perhaps, though BAA and chic can’t really be used in the same sentence too much. My first in-the-skin views of the A380 are astonishing. Only enhanced as Raulph Vaughn Williams tinkles away through my Sennheisers. It’s the true non-Americanised-youth meaning of awesome. Her swollen, robust shape and unproportional loftiness gives the eyes a lot to compute. I was truly excited. Plenty of spotters scribbling down details. Weather is wet, with dramatic clouds of vaporised spray exploding forth from decelerating heavies on the runway.



My first views of this impressive bird…



Some of the spray, but not the heavy, I mentioned…



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LHR-CDG

Airline……………..Air France
Aircraft…………….Airbus A380-861
Flight……………….AF1981
Registration……....F-HPJC
Seat………………..42A (Voyageur class / Window)
Departure time......12.50 (14.01)
Arrival time……….15.05 (15.28)
LF: 98 %............. Economy
Distance….. …….217 miles (1hr 15 min)

Price……………. £39.50





Spotters! Can’t blame them, she’s a stunner


Boarding begins as if we might leave on time. Quite buzzing as I walk down the airbridge towards this mighty lady. I have seat 42A. There are a couple of Moroccan men beside me who are harmless enough, though not tempted to chat. It appears we are having some delays. This suits as it gives a good opportunity to ascend to the upper deck mingle amongst the snooty business men trying to bury their faces in Financial Times. She is a beautiful bird, and feels modern and well designed. That is if you overlook that god-awful museum part. Seat comfort is good and the navy-blue polkadot thing is inoffensive to the eyes. A removable handset for the IFE has plenty of other snazzy features that would excite a modern man, or lady for that matter.



Boarding begins in earnest from the rather obscure Gate 6b



Doon the air – Bridge



Enjoy my side views…



Yes, try not to stare at the gormless economy class passenger.



The seats, all comfy enough.



Removable IFE handset





Taxiing to active after lengthy waiting game



Positioning



The whale lumbers into the moist London skies.



The joy of flying…. Its never wet above the clouds.


By god I love the French. For many things; food (or gastronomy), the old alliances against the English (all now forgiven and forgotten of course), making kick-arse aeroplanes (such as the one gentle humming below by bottom) and …..erm….. neon lights. You’ll see aviation hospitality doesn’t make an appearance there. I anticipate the worst, I’ll handle these icy ladies with gloves. Their all rather… prim. Yes, prim and neat. Little neckscarfs poke out at jaunty angles, thick-framed trendy glasses are de rigeur and they don’t exude any warmth. Still, they’ve had the brief; this flight will be to showcase the AF product to potential customers who have perhaps shyed away from the company. As such please perform your duties to the highest possible standard and if things are going really well, you could try a smile. And so they do. They are efficient and polite, I get my bottle of red wine with a brief ‘de rien’. And a wee pack of crappy wheat snacks.



The icey French FA’s conducting their fast and efficient service.



Over UK coast



Appropriately meagre inflight catering.


Oh God, is that really descent I feel already? That was as brief as the FA’s boarding smiles. But France is at least sunnier…. Meteorologically speaking.




France comes into site all too soon





A mighty wing


Descent is smooth, but as so often reported, the actual touch-down of this A380 is jolting and heavy. We pull up 25 minutes late, and exceptionally, 2 days later I get an e-mail with words to the effect of


Dear Mr ADDIS,
I write to you further to the delay to your flight on the August 14, 2010. Please accept my sincere apologies on behalf of Air France for any inconvenience this delay may have caused. Let me assure you that the delay you experienced on this occasion was not in line with the high levels of service we aim to provide.

As gesture of genuine regret for the inconvenience suffered on this occasion, I am pleased to inform you that 1000 Miles will be credited to your Flying Blue account within the next few days.

I very much hope you will give us another opportunity to welcome you on our services and that your future flights with Air France will be to your entire satisfaction.

Yours sincerely,

AIR FRANCE
Customer Relations Department


Good customer service right there!




Probably the only airport windows that actually enhance the view. Bye JC!


It is my intention to head into Paris. Frankly the airport transport options astound me. The bus is as overpriced as RER, and having been to Paris on a few other occasions, I decide to veto that plan, and instead take the only local bus heading out of the airport. Takes me an age to find the bus-stop mind, on some rooftop road. The driver is polite, and drops me off at a supermarket. Here I go and purchase my little pic-nic, remind myself of how poor I am at French etc. I am not sure what the area is called, I am tempted to say Little Morocco/ Africa/ Tunisia. Little something, I know that. I buy an absolutely mindblowing rotisserie chicken, and some fresh crusty bread and enjoy it in the park. The sun is setting when I get the bus back to the airport.



Stairway to heaven…



The obscure Little xxxxxx the local bus (351 perhaps?) took me to.



Great ethnic shop selling kick-ass roast chicken.



Simple but bloody satisfying picnic in the local park.



Sun setting gloriously on my return to CDG



This is what I term as ‘on the roof’


Spend a lot of time tottering around CDG in a slight daze. Out on the rooftops, I enjoy the pretty sunset. CDG is sprawling and quite interesting, and I really appreciate the graceful, flowing architecture prevalent throughout. Note, departing from Terminal 2E! The actual set-up could get confusing… say for example, like if I went overboard with this TR and decided to form PART 2A-Z and placed them randomly around the Anet forum. That’s how the terminals felt to me, also I was directed at times by staff who also plainly did not understand the layout either.



Continuing the picnic in the airport


That night, as the airport quietens down, like the silencing of the aircraft engine, the terminal reveals itself more clearly and calmly to me. Flight details slowly disappear off the oval departures board, rowdy crowds disappear to wherever rowdy crowds all go. I like airports at this time, just like I like touristy cities in the winter. I find a table outside a suave eatery that has closed, and munch on the remainder of my picnic.



In the quiet of night… admiring the wooden roofs.



The departure board gradually empties.



Peace at last






Then as the hour approaches 2am, I make my bed …. Unfortunately its only floor available, but very clean floor, and I have material to provide a little insulation. At some point a couple of policemen gently wake me, ask my flight details, and passport, and wish me ‘Bonne nuit’. Bonne nuit….




My bed…. And camembert




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Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1090 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 15613 times:

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zzz


.... As ever, loud and large groups seem strangely attracted to conduct their business beside a quietly sleeping bundle. That’s me. Some school group of giddy children wake me prematurely. Fortunately I am blessed with the ability to sleep through what ought to wake most normal people up. I rise a little later, complete the check-in formalities. I check a bag in with a solitary bottle of cheap red wine wrapped in a fleece top. Security fine.



By morning, everything is back to normal, and it begins over again….


Terminal is smart and, oh god, here it comes again. Chic. The French keep things tasteful and modern here. It smacks of smartness, and is efficient to boot. But I prefer ‘welcoming’. Achieving ‘welcoming’ in an airport is a fine art. Any suggestions on an airport that pulls it off? Perhaps Dundee was my most welcoming, just because it felt like someone’s house.



Palms giving my aircraft a slightly tropical feel on this shitty day…



JA today


I particularly like the Flight Screens which display a smorgasbord of useful information… as follows for the St Petersburg flight;










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CDG-LHR

Airline……………..Air France
Aircraft…………….Airbus A380-861
Flight……………….AF1980
Registration……....F-HPJCA
Seat………………..94K (Voyageur class / supposed Window)
Departure time......10.05 (10.08)
Arrival time……….10.25 (10.35)
LF: 100 %............. Economy
Distance… …….217 miles (1hr 15 min)

Price……………. £39.50


Boarding area is busy, but en general well organised.


I shall be on the ‘Superieur’ deck, and it certainly feels superior ascending the wee escalator and momentarily imagining I am ascending into the higher echelons of business-class travel. But alas, I shuffle through the cabin to my exit seat. Bit bummed to see its got nae winday pal. But the day is wet. JC is being prepared beside ours, off further afield today.



JC is heading further afield…



Novelty escalators



Pont superieur, fortunately not just for personnes superieur.



The fancy glass airbridges.



Mirror, mirror… reflections on the terminal.



If only the silver bullet got such royal treatment.


The staff are much the same, marginally more pleasant, on this run. I have all the space in the world, fine wine and the sublimely, or should it be subliminally, named ‘Happy Snacks’. I watch Finding Nemo on the excellent and user-friendly IFE system. I get a couple of wines more by obliging staff, and before I know it it’s the end of the return flight. The FA infront of me seems equally interested in the Tail camera. An essential feature in all aircraft. It softens the blow hugely for not having a windae.



Finding Nemo seems strangely appropriate, wonderful room at this exit seat.



With wine and those damned snacks



Curiosity.



On the sly crew shot.


We have time it seems, as passengers mill around, lingering about the aircraft to take pictures and get the thrill of lounging in a business class seat once the various air-bridges have been attached and the travellers for whom aeroplanes are a just a practical way to get from A to B have buggered off. There’s some syntax in there that would have my English teacher turning in her grave! Haha. We are welcomed also into the flightdeck, though welcomed might be a bit rich.



Milling around the stairs.



Is this the crew rest?



Flightdeck



Rather lovely and a little odd first class…


I leave the plane feeling great, it had been a wonderful journey. Hurrah.

Since I had time on my side, I decided to try something that I had wanted to try for quite some time, that is getting into the heart of London only by London Bus. Had my Oyster. London buses do operate directly out to LHR, but it’s a night service. It takes ‘like a gazillion transfers’ (name the film), but I eventually get there, and get to see the delights of Hounslow in the process.



London bus adventure, with a dashing plane.



Liked this statue



Speakers corner unearths all sorts of cookies…



A particularly difficult interviewee.


I head out towards Greenwich, which is generally my favourite place to while away a few pleasant hours in London. Faff around with many of the exhibits explicitly for children in the Maritime Museum, and go drink my cheap bottle of wine up at the Observatory watching the sunset over London. London’s busy airspace has added contrails like scars on the rich sky. How lovely.



Don’t tell me Britain isn’t multicultural!



London lives below Greenwich park…



A ‘scarred’ sky



Thames night-time activity before bus


At 23.45, I take a deep breath, and board my vengabus back north. Sleep like a dormouse, and awake at the world’s most wretched service station 2 hours outside of Glasgow. For the remainder, I wrap up warmly and enjoy looking out into a miserable, rainy Scotland. It gives me a little time to reflect on the trip. Ultimately, it was well-worth it. Flying on the A380 was a joy – by way of its prestige, size and shape, infamy, sheer audacity and because whales weren’t designed to fly. But she does, with a wonderful peacefulness and lumbering loftiness. Air France wasn’t really a factor, it could have been Bangladeshi Airways for all I cared. However they do deserve recognition, it was one of the more clever promotional uses of the A380. Each A380 airline had a way in which to promote the appeals of the A380 and I feel AF did a cracking job on their part. The service and smiles where nothing to write home about, but with a wine and happy snacks, who can complain?

Celebrate success of car not being keyed by getting a M&S pain au choc, in my final salute to the trip.



Fin.


You know the drill! If you have any comments, abuse, corrections or harangues they are warmly welcomed. Otherwise I hope you enjoyed reading.

Regards,

Luke!


Previous TRs;

An Indian Summer; The North – BA And IT (Part 1) (by lukeyboy95 Jun 11 2010 in Trip Reports)
An Indian Summer; The South – S2 And IT (Part 2) (by lukeyboy95 Jul 15 2010 in Trip Reports)
Pivo In Bratislava ; A Day With FR (by lukeyboy95 May 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
BA And Cityjet - Scotland To London (DND/GLA/LCY) (by lukeyboy95 Mar 31 2010 in Trip Reports)




*Edited to add extra photo, I can confirm I will not be editing the images to fit within Anets skimpy borders as I have already pissed away enough of this rare sunny day in Scotland! ... oh and to apologise for the most lame title to ever feature on airliners.net. Next time I will message planehunter for more edgy suggestions...

[Edited 2011-10-23 13:13:52]


Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3185 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 15374 times:

Great photos there! Especially the black and white ones.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
The icey French FA’s conducting their fast and efficient service.

I flew CDG-LHR last month, the crew really had to go quickly to serve the full 767

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
We pull up 25 minutes late, and exceptionally, 2 days later I get an e-mail with words to the effect of

Strange to get that email, but nice of them

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
Continuing the picnic in the airport

Ha, looks nice. Very French not to have a screw top! Such a hassle



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 14538 times:

Hi

Nice pics and nice report as well! Always interesting to have a whale-jet on such a short route! Shame they discontinued CDG-LHR on the 380's.



Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 900 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 14423 times:

Wow very cool!

The best picture was the one of you on the floor of CDG with cheese and wine! Only on a.net, only in France!  

Even if you family and mates don't get you...we do!


User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1063 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 14337 times:

Dude!
Amazing trip report! Truly enjoy all the pictures. You are good at writing!!
Hope you will make it this way down to Phuket, Thailand one day man...

Thanks for sharing!
Net-HKT



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 13708 times:

Hi Luke,

I wish your TR were more frequent here on A.net: everytime I read one of those I feel like wanting to read some more. Anyway, I think all this ordeal (and a trip on Megabus is definitely an ordeal!) was well worth it but I cannot understand whether you liked your A380 experience or not, if you liked what Air France offered or if it felt more like an advertising effor aimed at premium travellers with you as an unwanted liability.

Fabrizio


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 13537 times:

Hi Luke,

nice report about your AF A380 experience. I also flew CDG-LHR on F-HPJA last year. However, our plane was hit by a ground vehicle and the flight was delayed by more than two hours. Like you, I got some miles as compensation.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 13422 times:

Hi Luke,

I was like reading a novel. Nicely written and… gosh… how I envy you for flying the A380 last year!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
At some point a couple of policemen gently wake me, ask my flight details, and passport, and wish me ‘Bonne nuit’. Bonne nuit….

Sweet!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 1):
On the sly crew shot.

He is mysteriously good looking.



Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1090 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 12688 times:

Thanks dearest readers! I know it is a chore to comment on such a well published route and carrier... but the effort is appreciate.... let me honour those replies....

Gabriel;

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Great photos there! Especially the black and white ones.

Thanks... I always say it... photos are nothing to do with me! Just push the button... but I love looking back on them!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
I flew CDG-LHR last month, the crew really had to go quickly to serve the full 767

I bet! It seems all rather silly... but I guess its all part of the full service package. Was there a time a hot meal was ever served? They'de have to circle CDG untill everyone had cleaned their plates!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Strange to get that email, but nice of them

Yeah - impressive really. Bit unnecessary

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Very French not to have a screw top! Such a hassle

I concur! A real pain in the arse... fortunately it gave a good opportunity to practice my shoddy French with a grouchy shopkeeper... have had this predicament many times in airports.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3):
Nice pics and nice report as well! Always interesting to have a whale-jet on such a short route! Shame they discontinued CDG-LHR on the 380's.

Cheers Marc. It was all a tad unusual... but lest we complain!

Quoting Burj (Reply 4):
he best picture was the one of you on the floor of CDG with cheese and wine!

Haha... yes . Quite a contradiction I can appreciate. It is part of my mantra that wherever I make a saving I take a little treat... Plus I needed the wine to knock me out on that concrete floor...

Quoting Burj (Reply 4):
Even if you family and mates don't get you...we do!

Haha... thanks. The great misunderstood....

Quoting nethkt (Reply 5):
Amazing trip report!

Thanks Mr Phuket...

Quoting nethkt (Reply 5):
You are good at writing!!

Well... its quite a pleasure.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 5):
Hope you will make it this way down to Phuket, Thailand one day man...

I have been! Twice infact... it is a little overpopulated with boozey European and Israeli youths at the moment... but I shall duly return in the quiet season... Have always wanted to visit HkT too..>!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 6):
I wish your TR were more frequent here on A.net: everytime I read one of those I feel like wanting to read some more.

Cheers Fabritzio. That's very decent of you... yes. Well. Unless everyone would like to chip in to send me off on exotic routes... it will just be a trickle of reports until I get a job that takes me away. Not to mention that most of my travel is focussing on seeing places from a non-aviation angle... i.e. travelling overland!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 6):
and a trip on Megabus is definitely an ordeal!

Indeed... it can age you... or it can be a joy. Depends on the coach and if/ how smelly a person is who sits beside you!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 6):
I cannot understand whether you liked your A380 experience or not, if you liked what Air France offered or if it felt more like an advertising effor aimed at premium travellers with you as an unwanted liability.

Perhaps in my vague summaries I should have made it more clear. I love to moan! But all in all it was awesome. I thought the usage was very clever of AF and I was overjoyed to finally fly on this beautiful plane!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
However, our plane was hit by a ground vehicle and the flight was delayed by more than two hours. L

Yo PH. Ever faithful... your comments are appreciated. A ground vehicle ploughing into us would have been a pleasure... the atmosphere was very relaxed and comfortable on board I could have stayed for a long time. I was glad even for our small delay..

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Like you, I got some miles as compensation.

I mean... do they really have to do this? Will people shriek in joy as say 'gosh we must fly them again next time?'!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
I was like reading a novel. Nicely written

Cheers Akhmad... thats very kind of you... if you can stand all the moaning... !

Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
Sweet!

They were very polite and it was appreciated. Also I wake in a wine-haze

Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
He is mysteriously good looking.

That is entirely your view.. but I am glad you appreciated the photo!

I am going to bed.

Luke



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 12342 times:

Hi Luke,

You are one crazy son of a ... Scotsman! Always a pleasure to read your random mutterings about your random wanderings and having a tipple or five on the way. You should really write these more often - planning to get anything up from Africa any time soon?

Oh yeah, there were some planes in there as well, very nice and a sore point for me, having missed that flight last summer, ending up on the A321 instead, bugger that.

BTW you look like a well dressed homeless wino in that picture of you lying at CDG with the wine bottle and all. Be glad that you didn't get arrested, had you had scruffier clothes and a couple of days worth of stubble on your chin I'm sure there wouldn't have been any "Bonne nuits"  


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1217 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 12249 times:
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I have no idea what happened to the comment I just posted, it seems to have disappeared. Should it appear later please excuse me.

I'll write it again as I did earlier, you have a writing style that is just amazing, no wait almost magical. I was going to quote almost every line but I will save you the hassle from having to reply to all of them lol. Missed the usual plethora of magical photos but your surroundings did not permit you to do more I guess. I'll just have to settle for what is here, and admire them at my leisure.


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1090 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 11508 times:

Hi FF. Wonderful to hear from one who also loves the tipple and aviation!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
You are one crazy son of a ... Scotsman!

Well.... we do have a reputation to keep up!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
You should really write these more often - planning to get anything up from Africa any time soon?

I do try. But sadly there are no flights to comment. I could try trip reports on the number 139 bus into Dunoon but I just don't think it would get the same kind of following. Indeed... I have 3 reports coming up from Africa. But intermittent Internet.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
having missed that flight last summer, ending up on the A321 instead, bugger that.

Yeah I remember reading that... what a pain in the ayrse...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
Be glad that you didn't get arrested, had you had scruffier clothes and a couple of days worth of stubble on your chin I'm sure there wouldn't have been any "Bonne nuits"

Indeed. Welll ... stubble is impossible. Already have a headstart on my Movember. It was nice that they were so polite.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
ou have a writing style that is just amazing, no wait almost magical. I was going to quote almost every line

Oh you are too kind! Well... it is not often I get to vent a bit of creativity so I am relish the opportunity to do so. Think magic might be pushing the boat out!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
but your surroundings did not permit you to do more I guess. I'll just have to settle for what is here, and a

No indeed.... I did not get many scenic oportunity on this trip. And it is always more exciting to document the little-documented things... e.g. not LHR CDG London or Paris!

Thanks again for comments!



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineGroup51 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 11298 times:

I regret not doing this in 2010. I couldn't justify it because I learned about it after coming back from holiday in Europe via Paris in particular. What a great trip report, lovely read. I should do my Bergen trip some time.

User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 11257 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
(After a couple of requests, I have now moved what was a previous add-on to my BA Nod to the North

See...I told you so!!  



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User currently offlineAI121 From Canada, joined Jan 2011, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 10545 times:

Hey Luke,

Your reports are very well written and makes me want to travel more after reading them  . Loved your Indian summer trip reports too. Keep up the good work!

Dhruv



dhRuv
User currently offlineMarcoPoloWorld From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 631 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 10448 times:

What an utterly telling, and indeed poetic, trip report!

The picture of you tucking in on the airport floor with the wine bottle in the background has got to be an all-time classic, wonderful!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
Dad casually asks “Where are you going again?” … shortly followed by “When will you be back” … and finally a mystified “why?”

Will "they" ever come to understand the nirvana of flying?... I take it that your beloved dad was perhaps not an a.netter in his previous incarnation.....

Thanks so much for sharing!


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 725 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (2 years 8 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 9592 times:

hey Luke,

It was an enjoyable read for sure, it is always great to keep one's promise!!!
OMG, hard to believe that you've slept straight like this...   
Many thanks for sharing this report

East African Spotter



Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways and Rwandair...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1090 posts, RR: 32
Reply 18, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 9255 times:

A wee batch of replies for you to mull over -

Quoting Group51 (Reply 13):
I regret not doing this in 2010.

I am sure there will be future opportunities on new airlines and new aeroplanes!

Quoting Group51 (Reply 13):
What a great trip report, lovely read.

I thank you very much. It is always good to get a bit of feedback...

Quoting Group51 (Reply 13):
I should do my Bergen trip some time.

Really you should - I think everyone appreciates it here.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 14):
See...I told you so!!

Well - you did. And... I did! It seems to be Ok - met with generally positive reviews. Always makes me want to keep writings RT's if I only had enough material!

Hi Dhruv...

Quoting AI121 (Reply 15):
Your reports are very well written and makes me want to travel more after reading them  .

Well. If I can inspire anything from my report it would be that. Thanks!

Quoting AI121 (Reply 15):
Loved your Indian summer trip reports too. Keep up the good work!

Yeah - they were an enjoyable couple of reports. I looked back at them recently with fondness. I write reports as much as for myself as the users of this forum!

cheers.



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6485 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9188 times:

Hi Luke!

Nice report with nice pictures!

Good that you were able to get on the 380 on such a short flight.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1090 posts, RR: 32
Reply 20, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8668 times:

next trench!

Quoting MarcoPoloWorld (Reply 16):
What an utterly telling, and indeed poetic, trip report!

Hi MPW. You are very generous with your words! No poet!

Quoting MarcoPoloWorld (Reply 16):
The picture of you tucking in on the airport floor with the wine bottle in the background has got to be an all-time classic, wonderful!

Yes... it seems a bit of a juxtaposition but I guess I would rather save on the unnecessary things and fortunately I am still at an age where beds are just that! Won't last forever I can assure you...

Quoting MarcoPoloWorld (Reply 16):
Will "they" ever come to understand the nirvana of flying?... I take it that your beloved dad was perhaps not an a.netter in his previous incarnation.....

Seems that never is the answer. Then again I do not go around trying to convert... just get them to be a little less scornful. Dad likes ships so he is his own spotter!

Quoting MarcoPoloWorld (Reply 16):
Thanks so much for sharing!

No problem.

Hello EAS

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 17):
It was an enjoyable read for sure, it is always great to keep one's promise!!!

Well I mostly try to arrive on time and keep promises as my general principles!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 17):
OMG, hard to believe that you've slept straight like this...   
Many thanks for sharing this report

East African Spotter

No problemo! Yes I can sleep in all sorts of compromising positions! Have become very used to it... wait till you see my Africa photos!



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 725 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8282 times:

hi again,

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
wait till you see my Africa photos!

It is mouth watering indeed,   

Do you still live in Scotland nowadays?


Leo



Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways and Rwandair...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki
User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8467 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7512 times:
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Hi Luke,

Not quite sure how it took me so long to get around to reading this but I'm sure glad I did, great read and some superb pictures, most impressive!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
As ever I feel impressed with Heathrow. Terminal 4’s exterior was smart and linear, but not cold

- Indeed, BAA have really made T4 looks a much more impressive and inviting place than before.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
Spotters! Can’t blame them, she’s a stunner

- Great picture!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
By god I love the French

- You jest I trust  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
We pull up 25 minutes late, and exceptionally, 2 days later I get an e-mail with words to the effect of

Dear Mr ADDIS,
I write to you further to the delay to your flight on the August 14, 2010. Please accept my sincere apologies on behalf of Air France for any inconvenience this delay may have caused. Let me assure you that the delay you experienced on this occasion was not in line with the high levels of service we aim to provide.

As gesture of genuine regret for the inconvenience suffered on this occasion, I am pleased to inform you that 1000 Miles will be credited to your Flying Blue account within the next few days.

I very much hope you will give us another opportunity to welcome you on our services and that your future flights with Air France will be to your entire satisfaction.

Yours sincerely,

AIR FRANCE
Customer Relations Department

Good customer service right there!

- That's impressive, wish my flight had been delayed too!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
Thames night-time activity before bus

- That is a great shot, well done.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineDelboy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 725 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7294 times:

Just seen your TR and thought it was very well written and the photos were excellent, especially the scarred sky on near the end.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26796 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7007 times:

Hey great report and nice to look back at those series of flights. I really enjoyed my trip on the AF A380 .

Regards

OA260  


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1090 posts, RR: 32
Reply 25, posted (2 years 7 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6543 times:

A jovial hello to you...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):
Hi Luke!

Nice report with nice pictures!

Thanks very much! Glad you enjoyed....

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):
Good that you were able to get on the 380 on such a short flight.

ah yes... but its not a 777 is it!? No it was a great privilage to fly her on such a tiny run....

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 21):
It is mouth watering indeed,   

Do you still live in Scotland nowadays?

Hi Leo. Never you fear... take a sip of cold scottish tap water as they should be up by Christmas.

Yeah. Well i am temporarily living in Venice but from Christmas will be back in sunny Scotland. Your in Edinburgh no?

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
Hi Luke,

Not quite sure how it took me so long to get around to reading this but I'm sure glad I did, great read and some superb pictures, most impressive!

Hi Mark....Not to worry! Most important thing is you caught it eventually... it had quite an unassuming title so maybe that kept you at bay!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
You jest I trust  

well!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
- That is a great shot, well done.

Thanks... I do look forward to being a fly on the wall to some more of your adventures. . .

Hi Delboy...

Quoting Delboy (Reply 23):
Just seen your TR and thought it was very well written and the photos were excellent, especially the scarred sky on near the end.

Thats very kind of you to say... the effort is appreciated... London always has a great sky....

Quoting OA260 (Reply 24):
Hey great report and nice to look back at those series of flights. I really enjoyed my trip on the AF A380 .

Regards

OA260  

Thanks Philip... yes it is most likely a bit of a trip down memory lane for most... but I am fond of that jaunt.

many thanks again.

Luke



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