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Africa 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 12
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Africa 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU

Welcome to the first in a series of four reports covering my adventure to Eastern Africa!

Introduction (warning, this is *quite* long and detailed. If you don’t want to read the blurb, scroll down to the map)

I’ll start off trying to explain why I decided to spend 2 weeks in Eastern Africa. As with many countries that I visit, inspiration comes from reading or hearing about a place. The idea for taking this trip came about after watching the very emotive “Hotel Rwanda” back in 2005. An awful story showing the darker/est side of mankind. Thankfully, the situation portrayed in the film has long since improved. Without going into the details of the film too much, it centred on how the Sabena (SN) owned Hôtel des Mille Collines in Kigali (KIG), and the brave staff, saved thousands of people from being murdered in one of history’s worst genocides.

With the film in mind, I thought that a trip to the “Land of a Thousand Hills” would be an interesting one. Never having been to Africa before, I thought that it would be nice for my first footstep on African soil to have been at Kigali Airport (KIG). My plan went awry when I went to Morocco both in 2006 and 2011. I could still, however, have my first foot in “proper” African (sorry, but geography aside, Morocco seems a lot more Middle Eastern than stereotypical African to me) in Rwanda if I organised the trip properly.

It wasn’t until summer 2010 that I first started to plan a trip with any degree of seriousness. There is a dry season in July and August which was what I was aiming for. Brussels Airlines had seats available in Business Class on their BRU-KIG route. Unfortunately, due to the late planning, I couldn’t find any award seats available at all from anywhere in Eastern Africa in any class on Star Alliance or OneWorld. Time to re-plan. After checking the weather charts, I decided to try again in the shorter January/February dry season. Good news, there was plenty of award availability on most routes in business and first class. When checking Brussels Airlines’ routes to Kigali, I noticed that they also had seats available to Bujumbura. Where? Bujumbura is the capital of the neighbouring country of Burundi, not somewhere often visited by Western tourists. Hmm, that sounded like an even more interesting and bizarre location for a “first step”. After first checking the FCO advice (no travel warnings (for the capital at least)) and the visa situation (visa on arrival available), I was all set. Booked!

Having read the title, you are probably wondering where the LHR-CMN-LIS-BRU bit comes in. As I was using bmi (BD) miles, I wanted to maximise my flying. I started working off an outdated award chart that showed Morocco as being in the same zone as Burundi, meaning a one way C class flight for just 7,500 miles + £52.50 cash + tax. Bargain! I pieced together what I thought be an interesting way to get from Morocco to BRU, and that was from Casablanca (CMN) on a Portugalia E145 and a SN A319 via LIS. It was only when I went to book that I found out that Morocco had (sensibly) been moved from “Africa” to “Europe” for awards. Still, the CMN-LIS-BRU-BJM redemption was only 11,250 + £75 cash + tax. To get to CMN I was planning on getting a cheap easyJet flight down to Marrakech (which is 3 hours by train from CMN), but in the end found a good value cash flight with bmi on their new LHR-CMN service.

So, where to from Bujumbura? Well, of course I wanted to go to Rwanda. There are plenty of buses running from Bujumbura to Kigali, or else for around £100 I could fly on Rwandair, not an airline I often fly. However, at the end of October I noticed on Airline Route that SA would be starting flying BJM-KIG-JNB in mid-January (just a few days before my flights), with full traffic routes between BJM and KIG. The flight from BJM to KIG was rather early, but there wasn’t a lot of choice and saved me buying an expensive short one way flight.

A bit more serendipitous timing was the entrance of Ethiopian Airlines (ET) into Star Alliance in mid-December 2011. With ET’s introduction, I would be able to link from Bujumbura and Kigali to my next destination, Zanzibar (ZNZ) in Tanzania on a single BD award ticket. ET fly twice daily from KIG to Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia’s capital. There’s a lunchtime B737 operating via Entebbe (EBB) in Uganda, or a direct red eye Dash 8 (yup, a 3 hour overnight flight on a prop). Needless to say, I wanted the daylight 737. From ADD to ZNZ there’s also a daily redeye Dash (via DAR arriving in ZNZ at 0345) - again no thanks. There is also a non-daily morning 737 or 767 service (also via DAR). Unfortunately, the day flight wasn’t running the day I wanted, so I had to shuffle my dates a bit, gaining a bit more time in Rwanda, but a night less on the beach. By avoid the overnight Dash flights, I ended up with 15 hour overnight layover in ADD – not ideal, but an easy way to add a new country to my list (not that I can really say I’ve been to/seen Ethiopia).

From ZNZ, I needed to get back across the Zanzibar Channel to Dar es Salaam for my flight back to Europe. Choices were fivefold. The ferry (fast is 90 mins, or slow is 4 hours), flying with Zanair (either a LET or a Cessna), Costal Aviation (Cessna), or Precison Air on an ATR.

My return flight would be my pièce de résistance…..a flight with Swiss in First Class. This was the flight I was most happy about booking. Swiss flies their newer A330-300s (with the new First and Business Class) on the DAR-NBO-ZRH route, so should be in for a comfortable flight. Of course I was once again using my BD airmiles (18,750 miles + £125 cash + tax). The sensible routing would have been to fly straight back from ZRH to London, but where’s the fun in that. I had a look at the map to see the furthest I could go and still stay in the Europe zone….how about Cyprus (another new country)? I actually came up with a very cool DAR-NBO-ZRH-CAI-LCA routing (thus having two flights in F), but unfortunately the MS flight from CAI to LCA wasn’t running the day I wanted (and I’m not sure it was a valid routing anyway), so I “settled” for a DAR-NBO-ZRH-ATH-LCA routing with Swiss and Aegean. There was an Edelweiss direct flight from ZRH to LCA, but it wasn’t available for a BD booking.

The benefit of ending in LCA was that there were plenty of cheap options back to London (despite the rather long 5 hour flight). Easyjet were only charging around GBP 70 one way, and “proper” airlines like BA and A3 not far behind. However, before I had booked anything, I was sent an email from BA about a half price air miles redemption offer (yes, the same one I used for my SAN/MEX flights last September). I booked a one way Club Europe flight from LCA to LHR for 10,000 miles + £43 tax. Excellent value for +5 hours in a 767 (even if the 767s are very long in the tooth).

Phew, quite a lot of flights, but a rather fun and varied itinerary I think! Here’s my route map. It looks a bit like an arrow pointing back to base.



Obviously, there are quite a few flights here, so I’ll be splitting the report in six parts:

Africa 1
bmi, London-Casablanca, Economy A319
TAP Air Portugal, Casablanca-Lisbon, Business ERJ
Brussels Airlines, Lisbon-Brussels, Business A319

Africa 2
Brussels Airlines, Brussels-Bujumbura, Business A332

Africa 3
South African Airlines, Bujumbura-Kigali, Business A319
Ethiopian Airlines, Kigali-Entebbe-Addis Ababa, Business B737
Ethiopian Airlines, Addis Ababa-Dar es Salaam-Zanzibar, Business B767
Undecided, Zanzibar-Dar es Salaam

Africa 4
Swiss, Dar es Salaam-Nairobi-Zurich, First A333

Africa 5
Swiss, Zurich-Athens, Business A320
Aegean, Athens-Larnaca, Business A320

Africa 6
British Airways, Larnaca-London, Business B767

Onto the trip……!

After getting back from Tallinn last weekend, I had hired a car at Luton Airport for the week. As a result, I would have to drop it back at Heathrow nicer and early before my flight.

Leaving home at an ungodly hour – I’ve never driven around town at 5am before!
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The M25 was pretty empty (the M4 more so) so I managed the 30 mile journey in a very respectable 30 minutes (normally it takes 45 mins minimum). I found the Europcar place fairly easily, and was soon in an empty shuttle bus to Terminal 1.
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I checked in at the bmi Premium counter (thank to my LH Silver card), and my bag was tagged. It weighed 25kg, which was a bit heavier than I was hoping for – I am so bad at traveling light! Luckily, despite this being my only Y class flight, BD very generously gives Morocco flights a 30kg limit in Y, and 40kg in C fitting in well with my 30kg limit for the rest of my trip. The lady at the desk printed my boarding card, and said I could use the BD lounge. I didn’t query this as BD is well known for being haphazard and changeable. Normally I only get BD lounge access when flying on LH/OS/LX/LO, but (ironically) not BD.
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I trotted off to security, where the queue for the fast track was longer than the others, but only by a minute or so. Once through, I stopped quickly at WHSmiths for a magazine. Airport locations also have a range of foodstuffs for homesick Brits to take with them!


Once done with that, I headed to the BD lounge where I was told I was not allowed entry (as expected). The dragon on duty said that the check in lady was not up to date, and took my details to follow up with…clearly it happens a lot! Not feeling hard done by, I headed back to the departure lounge. Before long the gate flashed up and I headed over.
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FIDS


This must be the Casablanca flight – I’ll take a seat. The lounge was small and incredibly hot – not sure if the agents turned up the thermostat, or it was just acting up. I asked about an emergency exit seat, but was told they were full – turns out I had a row to myself anyway, so no problem.
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Feel like an Olympian – have a chocolate bar (I’m sure most great Olympians gorge themselves on Cadbury’s (and McDonalds))…… Ridiculous sponsorship deals. How about getting a healthy sponsor for a sporting event rather than fast food and chocolate?
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After a bit of a wait, the ground staff starting ripping boarding passes without any sort of boarding call at all. I was sat near the desk so was on amongst the first.
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January 2012
London Heathrow (LHR) – Casablanca (CMN)
bmi BD 441
Scheduled: 0735-1045 (3h10m)
Actual: 0812-1052 (2h40m)
Airbus A319 G-DBCI
Economy Class

The cabin was in the new very eye-soothing brown leather. This has the new Lufthansa slim line seats which are quite comfortable.
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Legroom was acceptable
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Our Portuguese neighbour – still not light outside
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The i
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It seemed like there were some issues with baggage. The captain (who spoke very slowly and gave a lot of information) apologised for the delay.
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Finally 30 minutes after boarding the doors were closed and we pushed back
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Morocco Map. The map maker was clearly unsure whether BD flew to BCN or not. They don’t


Safety card


I used this gate en route to Bergen last May
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The new LHR East terminal’s looking good
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A BA 767 has just landed, and an AF 321 is heading across to T4
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We finally rotated over half an hour late
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After a few minutes we broke through the clouds – nice and sunny up here
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I was hoping for a full English (BA would serve one on a flight of this length), but instead we were given a hot wrap (same as the ones sometimes seen on LH) with tomato and scrambled egg, and a full size twix bar (haven’t had one of those in years).


It was too early for a G&T so a screwdriver it was! Interestingly if you asked for just an OJ you got served from a bottle, but if you wanted OJ as a mixer it came in a can?!
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The wrap was tasty, so I asked for another
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The family seated opposite moved somewhere else leaving me with a full row to myself. The plane was about 50% full.
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I took the opportunity to try out the bmi economy class flatbed seat – not too comfy, but gives an interesting view – I managed a bit of sleep.


Just as I was waking up, the trolley stopped at my row – another vodka orange please!
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Overflying Faro at FAO
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Landing cards were handed out
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Finally Morocco came into view
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Brand new or abandoned?
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We did a bit U turn over CMN – not sure why given there was barely any other traffic around
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The FA put the arm rests down, but didn’t raise the shades
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Touchdown not too behind schedule
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Looks like a lot of the RAM fleet is parked up
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Parking next to Air Algerie
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There wasn’t much of a queue at immigration. Bizarrely as soon as you have gone through immigration there is a further passport check literally ten meters away. Seems rather pointless. Arrivals
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The timing on the screen was completely pointless as the bags came off before the first was bag due, and finished way before the final bag was due
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Once I’d picked up my bag I headed out to the station. My Hotel, the Ibis Casa Voyageurs was right next to the airport train station, so was a convenient way to get into the city. Trains seem to run hourly during the day – I ended dup having to wait around 25 minutes.
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Not user friendly for those with heavy bags
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Old but clean
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My room at the Ibis
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View of the garden and train station


Welcome to Morocco!


After dropping my stuff in the room I headed out to find some lunch. Due to poor planning on my behalf I got a bit lost. Eventually I made it to the medina/souq area, where I got a glass of OJ – very tasty.


Casablanca is completely different in feel to the more touristy Fez and Marrakech. The souq area here was filthy, smelly, untouristy and terribly authentic!
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I failed to find a nice looking Moroccan restaurant, so went into a Senegalese one – food was interesting!
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After the excitement of the city, I took a taxi out to the Corniche, and had a walk on the beach. Compared to Corniches in the Middle East, Casablanca’s pretty horrible.
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The Hassan II Mosque was a nice finish to my walk along the coast. It’s the world’s 3rd largest, and has the world’s tallest minaret.
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I wasn’t sure if I was allowed in, but I had a quick walk around anyway – amazing inside, but not a patch on the gorgeous one in Abu Dhabi.
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I was planning on taking the train back to the airport the next morning. Found one arriving exactly 90 minutes before STD, so went to buy a ticket. Later in the evening I was trying to check in online, but TP don’t have OLCI from Morocco. I had a look at the last check in times and saw that check in closes 90 minutes before departure. Hmmm. Having already bought the train ticket I was in a bit of a conundrum as to whether turning up at T-88 minutes was ok or not. I had no idea if the non-TP staff would be shutting exactly on time, or if it was a very casual affair. Not waiting any repeats of IST I decided not to chance it and booked a taxi.

Early the next morning I checked out, and headed off to CMN. The drive was cold and unenjoyable. The driving in Casablanca was awful. Why did they even bother painting lines on the road when most drivers aim to drive exactly half way between lanes?
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After scanning my bags to get into the terminal, I headed over to the check in desks. Very annoyingly, the screens above the desks said check in closes 60 mins before departure – the TP website is wrong! Grrr. There were 2 desks, one without anyone queuing. The lady there however took my passport, then said she couldn’t check me in. Another guy (also in C) was also said to go away. After ten minutes the check in supervisor (?) who had been standing there the entire time said to use the other woman. I argued that she was incapable of doing anything. He insisted. The lady insisted she couldn’t, until the supervisor insisted she could. With the supervisor standing over her she reluctantly checked me in. WHAT was that about? Bizarre. I asked if I could have one bag tagged through to Bujumbura, and my smaller bag tagged to BRU. I was told “impossible”. I insisted. Surprise, surprise, the tags could be printed. I got my 1st boarding pass to LIS, but they “couldn’t” print my LIS-BRU pass. What a waste of time, and what a load of crap staff. Took 20 minutes to check in.
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I tried to change my last 100 dirhams, but an American guy got to the desk 10 seconds before me. Of course he had a massive wodge of notes. After five minutes I gave up and headed to security. This was one of the few things to work well today. The fast track really was fast, and staff quite nice. My passport was stamped with a smile. The private screening area took seconds. Easy, what a relief!
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FIDS – boarding over an hour before the flight? Don’t think so.

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Next stop was the lounge.
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The lounge was a reasonably nice, although on offer was tea/water/coffee and Danish pastries only. The lounge lady asked how I wanted my coffee. The OJ was tasty, as were the danishes.
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CMN


My Embraer
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I got to the gate 40 minutes before departure, where I was found by the useless check in lady. Turns out my bag couldn’t be tagged to BJM, so now both my bags were headed for BRU only. Onto the bus:


EY from AUH
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January 2012
Casablanca (CMN) – Lisbon (LIS)
TAP Air Portugal TP 237, operated by Portugalia
Scheduled: 0910-1040 (1h30m)
Actual: 0946-1047 (1h01m)
Embraer 145 CS-TPI “Cuco”
Business Class

Our lovely little “Cuco”.
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The Biz cabin has a total of 2 pax, myself included. Strangely enough when I was reserving my seats I could only pick either 4A or F, row 3 and 5 were occupied. 2A didn’t even exist. However, once on board only 3A was occupied. Flightstats showed the load as being very full around 2 weeks before (something like C1Y1, everything else 0) – not sure what happened to all those people as the final pax count was 17 out of 50 odd seats.
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Ok legroom – it was good having the adjacent seat free
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My view
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Safety card


The FA asked if I wanted a paper – the only English language one was the IHT – not my favourite paper at all
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TAP mag


Interesting idea for upgrades – I like it


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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 8 hours ago) and read 13470 times:

Maps
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The cabin – Y was very back heavy
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I thought we might be in line for a very early take off given we all seemed to be seated 30 mins before STD. however we just sat, and sat and sat. After about fifteen minutes the captain announced that we were still waiting for a few pax. Eventually around T-15 three more pax joined us. Time to go? Seemingly not…

The CDG flight taxiing in
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And an AT plane being moved to the terminal
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Another announcement at T-0 from the captain said that the ground crew had made a mistake with the paperwork, so we waited a bit more. There were 4 policemen in the back that didn’t originally have boarding passes (I saw the FA bring them sometime before pushback) so maybe this was the problem? They were onboard before our bus arrived. Whatever happened we finally were given a very quick safety demo, and we pushed off stand at T+27. Conclusion, ground handling in Casablanca SUCKS! By this time I’d been onboard for over an hour (same as the flight time!).
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Just as we were turning onto the active the FA brought me a copy of Time, very nice of her even if was an old edition.


We finally took off over half an hour late (not that late I know but given how early most of us boarded it seemed like a long and unnecessary wait)
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You can see here quite how big that mosque is
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Goodbye Africa! See you tomorrow evening!
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Ever been on an intercontinental flight on an RJ? Flying over the Atlantic
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Fifteen minutes after take off the male FA (there were two) handed me my tray. Nothing amazing but perfectly tasty and adequate for the flight. The bread was warm (IB Business class longhual catering take note!)
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A glass of champagne for me please! I was a bit surpised to see that they only had full sized bottles – last few times I’ve had champagne in C (BA/NH) they’ve had little bottles – makes sense. I was the only one drinking, seemed a waste!
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And some sparkling water


Nice orange salad
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And some tea
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Mostly all gone. Thumbs up to TAP catering
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Top up


Back in Europe
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The guy in 3A moved over to 3F for landing
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Lisbon’s Christ the Redeemer?
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A prison I guess – I hadn’t realised how close the airport is to the city.
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Testament to schedule padding, we arrived only a few minutes late
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EWR bound
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FIDS


After a cursory passport check I headed to the transfer desk to get my SN boarding pass. For some reason they said they couldn’t print it, but said I could use the pdf on my phone to board. I like collecting card passes so this wasn’t the news I wanted. I was directed towards the (something, can’t remember the name, but wasn’t the Blue one) lounge. The lady there said she couldn’t print it either.
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F&B
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Some interesting decoration in this lounge….
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I thought I’d try my luck at the other lounge for a proper boarding card.


Turns out they could only print out the paper one if I emailed them. Of the computers in the lounge, only 2 of 6 worked properly. Finally I managed to email them and get a print out so at least I have something now for my collection. It’s ridiculous that a C pax can’t get a boarding pass – what happened to Star Alliance connectivity?!??
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My plane taxiing in
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Swiss next door
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There were two boarding line, but the business one was being used by everyone. Once my bp was scanned, I was let onto the air bridge where everyone was stopped. With the glass walls, it was baking in there. After about five minutes we were let on to the plane.
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 8 hours ago) and read 13465 times:

January 2012
Lisbon (LIS) – Brussels (BRU)
Brussels Airlines SN 3816
Scheduled: 1220-1605 (2h45m)
Actual: 1218-1541 (2h23m)
Airbus A319
Business Class

I wasn’t sure when I was reserving seats is row 1 was good for legroom or not. I tend to avoid it as sometimes there is no space for your legs, so I boked 2A (C was 2 rows, premium Y 3-7).
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I was offered a drink by a male FA – just a sparkling water


Once boarding was completed I moved to row 1. The only other C pax stayed in row 2. Quite a few pax in Y+ tried to upgrade themselves to empty rows in C but were sent back. There was no curtain between C and Y+, but there was between Y+ and Y (although it wasn’t drawn).
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There was more space in row 1, but I could still easily touch the bulkhead.
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A lot of Y pax took the magazines at the front. They only left the timetables and Miles and More brochures
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Bridge bring removed


Lots of U2
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Tails
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Rotate! 2 minutes early, well done SN
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I grabbed a copy of Time in the lounge – the up to date version


Hot towels
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Table cloth
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There was no choice for lunch (I wasn’t even asked if I wanted it). This was plopped onto my tray less than 15 minutes after takeoff
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Some champagne and water please
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Cheese plate – that green stuff was pretty horrible
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The dessert was good though
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Once again I had a full bottle of champagne to myself


Bread with balsamic vinegar and olive oil
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Very nice orangey dessert
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A lake somewhere over Spain
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Some tea and chocolates
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I thought I might as well get cracking with the trip report
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I had to have a G&T – tasted quite nice. Not sure what gin they used though.
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Contents of the magazine
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Approach
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It wasn’t just the Romans that love straight roads!
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Nice castle
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“Welcome to Brussels. We have landed 25 minutes early!” was the welcome speech from the purser.


Lots of SN – I find the livery very blah.
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A presidential plane?
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SV cargo
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My seat
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Goodbye!
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This was my first time in BRU since 2002 when I flew LHR-BRU-FCO with Virgin Express. My, what a lovely pier A is. What I didn’t like (at all) was the VERY long walk to baggage reclaim. I walk quite fast and it took a full ten minutes of fast marching to get there, up and down escalators. Any elderly or people with families could easily take the best part of half an hour to get out.
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My bag was out amongst the first. As I walked towards the exit I went past the direct AT flight from CMN – that could have saved me some time this morning!


Before long I was on the #21 bus heading into the city. Given that this is an airport bus there isn’t much luggage storage space.
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Ok, I’ll leave this first edition here. Lord knows how many words I’ll have typed out by the time I’ve finished part 6! It’s going to take a while! So, three Star Alliance airlines. bmi were quite good. A hot full breakfast would have been lovely, but we can’t have everything. TAP were very good in the air. Ground services in CMN were quite diabolical. I enjoyed my European flight with SN. It was great to have a full hot meal on an intra-European flight – it’s been a while!

Casablanca – what can I say? I’m glad I’ve ticked it off. I won’t be back any time soon.

I have no idea when my next report will be out covering my SN flight from Brussels to Bujumbura in Burundi in Business. I’m on that flight right now (watching the sun go down over South Sudan, we’re about 50 miles from Juba, enjoying a cold Leffe), it’s going well. However, when I get to Buj (as the locals call it) I’m couchsurfing/camping in a garden so have no idea when I’ll have time/internet connection….we’ll see. Hopefully I’ll be able to comment at some stage!

*edited to add, I’ve finally uploaded this in Burundi. Internet here is SLOW. I hope you appreciate the pictures!*

**Anther edit! Just before I pressed “post” I checked my onward booking from Bujumbura to Kigali with South African Airlines. I’d been rebooked on the next flight SIXTY TWO HOURS later!!!! No phone call or email. Thank god I checked my flight with Amadeus**

All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of San Diego Airport, and American Airlines San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744



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User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 504 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 7 hours ago) and read 13286 times:

Hi Gabriel,

what a nice first part of your series, didn't expect it so early, but an enjoyable afternoon read.
The service on TP looked the best out of the three airline you flew so far, BD could have definitely served more than just a hot wrap.

Also I like your pictures of Casablanca, a city which is on my to-do list.

THanks a lot for sharing
Cheers
Johannes


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 972 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 7 hours ago) and read 13236 times:

Very interesting trip report Gabriel! I already look forward to the next parts.
I also appreciate the destination pictures, be sure to keep those coming too  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Our Portuguese neighbour – still not light outside

A nice coisendence to be parked next to TP.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The wrap was tasty, so I asked for another

Great that you got another one!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We did a bit U turn over CMN – not sure why given there was barely any other traffic around

At least you got a nice view of the airport.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I failed to find a nice looking Moroccan restaurant, so went into a Senegalese one – food was interesting!

Interesting indeed. How did it taste?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS – boarding over an hour before the flight? Don’t think so.

That FIDS reminds me of de FIDS at the T2E and T2F at CDG. And 60 minutes boarding for a Jungle Jet? That's like 1 person per minute  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
A prison I guess – I hadn’t realised how close the airport is to the city.

Lisbon and the approach into LIS looks great. I should visit some time.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
There was no choice for lunch (I wasn’t even asked if I wanted it). This was plopped onto my tray less than 15 minutes after takeoff

What was the main course? Some stew thingie?


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 7 hours ago) and read 13213 times:

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 3):

what a nice first part of your series

Thanks!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 3):
didn't expect it so early, but an enjoyable afternoon read.

I thought I might as well post it asap as I don't know when I'll next have internet

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 3):
The service on TP looked the best out of the three airline you flew so far, BD could have definitely served more than just a hot wrap.

Agree, TP was best

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 3):
Also I like your pictures of Casablanca, a city which is on my to-do list.

Thanks. I'd reccomened Marrakech or Fez over Casablanca though



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 7 hours ago) and read 13207 times:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):
Very interesting trip report Gabriel

Thanks!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):
Great that you got another one!

There were lots left

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):
Interesting indeed. How did it taste?

Nicem, although it was a bit cold!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):
Lisbon and the approach into LIS looks great. I should visit some time.

Yeah, great apporach, and nice city

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):
What was the main course? Some stew thingie?

Oh, forgot to say! Stwed beef with spinach and mash potatoes



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User currently offlineleopoldm From Belgium, joined Oct 2011, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 12982 times:

Thanks for writing this up !
It's nice to see my home carrier featured in a TR. I tend to look at SN in a different light.

Also looking forward to the sequels. I have always wanted to fly SN longhaul to one of their African destinations.
They will start JFK in June, so might be a good opportunity to try them longhaul.


Quoting Gabrielchew:
A presidential plane?


It's not actually. We don't have a president.

This plane is used by both the Army and the Government.
They use it to fly soldiers to places in Central Asian countries and from there on to Afghanistan.

Usually, Ministers and our Royalty use smaller jets.

[Edited 2012-01-23 09:16:45]

[Edited 2012-01-23 09:17:18]

[Edited 2012-01-23 09:21:28]

User currently offlinemilesaddict From Singapore, joined Dec 2007, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 5 hours ago) and read 12826 times:

Wow, I'm impressed about the load of photos, I can't wait for part 2. How would you rank SN ?
cheers


User currently offlinePieterBoth From Belgium, joined Jan 2010, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 5 hours ago) and read 12774 times:

Great trip report! Looking forward to your report of SN to Bujumbura!

User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 12730 times:

Hi Gabriel!

As usual a great report!
I'm really looking forward to read further about your African adventure!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Phew, quite a lot of flights, but a rather fun and varied itinerary I think! Here’s my route map. It looks a bit like an arrow pointing back to base.

Looks awesome!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The cabin was in the new very eye-soothing brown leather.

I can only agree after my BD flight, a great looking cabin with comfortable seating.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We did a bit U turn over CMN – not sure why given there was barely any other traffic around

Well, it's always nice to see an airport from above!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Cheese plate – that green stuff was pretty horrible

Yeah... that kind of cheese dont tickle my fancy either.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Lots of SN – I find the livery very blah.

Agreed.

Martin


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 12669 times:

Interesting report, but I'm disappointed about SN's C Class product.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I failed to find a nice looking Moroccan restaurant, so went into a Senegalese one – food was interesting!

Hopefully it tasted better than it looked.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It’s the world’s 3rd largest, and has the world’s tallest minaret.

Interesting, I'm wondering if there are any plans in the UAE to built the tallest.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

There was no choice for lunch (I wasn’t even asked if I wanted it). This was plopped onto my tray less than 15 minutes after takeoff

The main course looks awful - I wouldn't pay a penny for that in a restaurant.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinebwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 12634 times:

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 3):
Morocco Map. The map maker was clearly unsure whether BD flew to BCN or not. They don’t

They do....a daily flight from Basel to Barcelona on behalf of Swiss. Love working these flights for the boxes of Swiss chocolates!!


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Photo © Javier Gonzalez - Iberian Spotters

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):
The FA put the arm rests down, but didn’t raise the shades

Quite correct - bmi only requires window blinds to be opened at emergency exit rows.


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 3 hours ago) and read 12531 times:

Hi Gab,

You certainly got your first part up very fast.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Introduction (warning, this is *quite* long and detailed. If you don’t want to read the blurb, scroll down to the map)

Sure, it's long but interesting and educating at the same time!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
(18,750 miles + £125 cash + tax).

Wow, these BMI award rates are quite mind boggling actually. No wonder people love them.

For the record you can just barely get a one way award to LHR or CDG with SAS Eurobonus for that point amount and that in economy minus. Or almost a business class return ticket within Scandinavia. With AY that's almost enough for a domestic return ticket.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Phew, quite a lot of flights, but a
rather fun and varied itinerary I think! Here’s my route map. It looks a bit like an arrow pointing back to base.

Now that looks good! The only thing it is missing are tons of local, exotic African carriers and some classic airframes like a 732 etc!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Leaving home at an ungodly hour – I’ve never driven around town at 5am before!

Really? Your work must've been very nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Luckily, despite this being my only Y class flight, BD very generously gives Morocco flights a 30kg limit in Y,

Well, I'm sure they need it - you are going to a Maghreb country after all!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Airport locations also have a range of foodstuffs for homesick Brits to take with them!

Bovril? Ugh! I bet they have Marmite aka "the most disgusting substance known to man" as well.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The i

What's this? A new el cheapo Sun, judging from the headlines?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It seemed like there were some issues with baggage.

One word: Maghreb.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Morocco Map. The map maker was clearly unsure whether BD flew to BCN or not. They don’t

They do.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I used this gate en route to Bergen last May

And that route didn't seem to have lasted for long, together with Stavanger...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It was too early for a G&T so a screwdriver it was! Interestingly if you asked for just an OJ you got served from a bottle, but if you wanted OJ as a mixer it came in a can?!

Never too early for a G&T, just ask Luke. I can't drink Screwdrivers anymore, thanks to certain horrible memories from my younger days.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The wrap was tasty, so I asked for another

Shameless, aren't you?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Trains seem to run hourly during the day – I ended dup having to wait around 25 minutes.

Wow, didn't expect there to be a train connection to the airport in Morocco of all places...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My room at the Ibis

Cookie cutter Ibis room, as found everywhere.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I failed to find a nice looking Moroccan restaurant, so went into a Senegalese one – food was interesting!

Errrr, what's that? Not sure if it looks good or bad.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Not waiting any repeats of IST I decided not to chance it and booked a taxi.

Heh, after it has happened to you once you are overly cautious the rest of your life. I bet Lee & Palmjet are the same from now on  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
What a waste of time, and what a load of crap staff. Took 20 minutes to check in.

Sounds bad. Certain kind of people shouldn't be in a customer facing job at all.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS – boarding over an hour before the flight? Don’t think so.

Somehow I thought you were on the early bird flight leaving CMN at 5.55 or thereabouts.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Interesting idea for upgrades – I like it

Hmm, wonder if there's already a website where people post their winning bids.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Conclusion, ground handling in Casablanca SUCKS! By this time I’d been onboard for over an hour (same as the flight time!).

Not surprised at all.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Just as we were turning onto the active the FA brought me a copy of Time, very nice of her even if was an old edition.

Hey, I nicked this very same issue from the BT RIX lounge when coming from the TLL meet.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was the only one drinking, seemed a waste!

Nope, it's a challenge: can you finish it during the flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A prison I guess – I hadn’t realised how close the airport is to the city.

Yes it is just a few kilometers. Plus you got the terrific approach from the south - I love it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some interesting decoration in this lounge….

I was here courtesy of Finnair two years ago. Did they still have the wall lined up with (presumably dirty) underpants next to the loos (your pictures aren't loading up)?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There was no choice for lunch (I wasn’t even asked if I wanted it). This was plopped onto my tray less than 15 minutes after takeoff

Ugh, what's that? Doesn't look very appetizing.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Once again I had a full bottle of champagne to myself

And another challenge! Forget G&Ts, this is the real nectar of Gods.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
“Welcome to Brussels. We have landed 25 minutes early!” was the welcome speech from the purser.

Ryanair!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Before long I was on the #21 bus heading into the city. Given that this is an airport bus there isn’t much luggage storage space.

Hmm, why take a bus when the train is so convenient? Ok, the carriages are in horrible condition and the Brussels train stations are nothing to write home about, that much is true.


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1273 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 3 hours ago) and read 12487 times:

Excellent read as ever. Good to see bits of the SN A319 too as I'm considering using them for an upcoming trip to BRU.


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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6538 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 3 hours ago) and read 12396 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Thanks for an interesting report !

You seem very impatient with lots of expectations that things will work and go fast; CMN is in AFRICA where things usually take a long time IF they work. And you are going BUJ, KIG and DAR ??

Casablanca looks interesting and I will visit there sometime.

Meal looks best on NI (TP) and the the meal on SN looks very bad. Least appetizing is the Senegalese meal in Casa. How did it taste ?

Looking forward to the rest of the series!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2414 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 12083 times:

FANTASTIC TR...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

From ZNZ, I needed to get back across the Zanzibar Channel to Dar es Salaam for my flight back to Europe. Choices were fivefold. The ferry (fast is 90 mins, or slow is 4 hours), flying with Zanair (either a LET or a Cessna), Costal Aviation (Cessna), or Precison Air on an ATR.



There is also fly540 www.fly540.com with DASH8-100/CRJ and AirExcel http://www.airexcelonline.com/ (LET410).
Best B&B to stay in Stonetown will be http://www.stonetowncafe.com/ , best dinner at the Archipelago restaurant and a MUST do is a G&T at the "Sunset Bar" at the AFRICA HOUSE HOTEL.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Turns out they could only print out the paper one if I emailed them. Of the computers in the lounge, only 2 of 6 worked properly. Finally I managed to email them and get a print out so at least I have something now for my collection. It’s ridiculous that a C pax can’t get a boarding pass – what happened to Star Alliance connectivity?!??



Well, the system of SN doesn't like online check-in for just a segment of an itinerary or if the connecting flight is not yet opened for check-in. In this case, you have to ask politely to be offloaded from all of your flights and manually re-checked-in...


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26900 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 12032 times:

Hey great first part of your wonderful journey . Cant wait to read the rest. SN look pretty decent didnt expect such a meal on them almost kinda Swiss  

I loved the pics of CMN I love that city for its rawness and un touristy feel.

Thanks for all the nice photos.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1925 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 11807 times:
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Good report! Looks like you had some decent flights; my parents just spent a few weeks in Morocco and your photos were good to see! I'd love to visit.

SN J looks pretty nice for a short-haul, European flight. Looks like a lot of food on that tray!

Thanks for sharing, and I'm looking forward to Part # 2 !

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 11558 times:

Hi Gabriel

Nice to see your first part up already! It's great to read. I actually prefer BD's seating compared to LH's.
CMN looks to be quite crowded, looks like BRU once outside of the center! With exception of the coast and the mosque area.

Ground handeling in CMN is very poor, comm'on even CDG beats it. SN seems to have a pretty decent product as well. Like how they really keep the Belgian culture in the air (your meal was a typical Flemish plate btw).

The A319 did land indeed on the main departures runway (the parrallel one where I was standing).


Looking forward to the next!


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 11515 times:
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Hi Gabriel,

Nice one! You’re almost as fast as I am in putting your report up. I’m glad to see this one already on the line, the 1st of your massive itinerary.
I didn’t expect Morocco to be this green and Casablanca seems to be relatively modern city, no?
I was of course most interested in your BRU and SN experience, your 1st impression didn’t let you down I see. Too bad I missed out on our date in the city, we’ll do that again sometime it the future hopefully.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Luckily, despite this being my only Y class flight, BD very generously gives Morocco flights a 30kg limit in Y

That’s nice although quite unexpected. I believe SN gives it’s pax in Y class for African destinations more than 20 kg as well.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
but instead we were given a hot wrap

A hot wrap in the morning: that’s a bit of a weird brekkie. And you even asked for a refill!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Very annoyingly, the screens above the desks said check in closes 60 mins before departure – the TP website is wrong!

90 mins before departure, you didn’t believe that di you. That’s almost impossible.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
TAP mag

Nice cover. How was the contents?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Goodbye Africa! See you tomorrow evening!

isn’t it weird to fly to Africa one day, come back the next and go back the day after. That’s only for the ultra hardcore  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Turns out they could only print out the paper one if I emailed them. Of the computers in the lounge, only 2 of 6 worked properly. Finally I managed to email them and get a print out so at least I have something now for my collection. It’s ridiculous that a C pax can’t get a boarding pass

What a fuss for a stupid piece of paper...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
“Welcome to Brussels. We have landed 25 minutes early!”

The famous SN fanfare! And you landed on 25R, it seems. That’s not so common.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A presidential plane?

Hey, we are not a republic, mind you   It’s a Belgian government/army plane. A leased one.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
What I didn’t like (at all) was the VERY long walk to baggage reclaim.

Indeed, one of the sole and major disadvantages of this terminal. Imagine: the EZY flights mostly park at the very far end of this pier. Quite a walking distance!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently onlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 762 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 11405 times:

hi Gab

Very good introduction, actually it comes up rather quickly. thumbs up   

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I started working off an outdated award chart that showed Morocco

what a nice news, but i bet that eventually BMI shifts other destinations farther away

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Kigali Airport (KIG)


   the airport code is KGL... sorry to be so picky  .
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
However, at the end of October I noticed on Airline Route that SA would be starting flying BJM-KIG-JNB in mid-January

the airline has resumed JNB-KGL, axed in 2006, also it was supposed to be (re)launched the 31st of October 2011

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
with full traffic routes between BJM and KIG

Honestly that's a surprisingly sign of open mindness, whilst Qatar Airways will have a full right too in the region soon, why European airlines do not have such right? (ex KLM, Swiss, SN...) how local politicians decide whether an airline is granted this right or not, linked on how it will affect the competitivness of their state flag  
.

Murakoze cyane and urugendo ryiza

For some obvious reasons i cannot wait the rest of your journey   



Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways and Rwandair...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 11198 times:

Thanks everyone for your comments! I've just arrived in Kigali from Bujumbura, and I've found a cafe with some quite fast interet so am uploading my pics before heading into the wilderness tomorrow.

Quoting leopoldm (Reply 7):
Thanks for writing this up !

No problem

Quoting leopoldm (Reply 7):

It's not actually. We don't have a president.
This plane is used by both the Army and the Government.
They use it to fly soldiers to places in Central Asian countries and from there on to Afghanistan.
Usually, Ministers and our Royalty use smaller jets.

Thanks for the info

Quoting milesaddict (Reply 8):
Wow, I'm impressed about the load of photos, I can't wait for part 2. How would you rank SN ?

Shorthual good, longhual ok.

Quoting PieterBoth (Reply 9):
Great trip report! Looking forward to your report of SN to Bujumbura!

Thanks. Next part up sometime in the next week

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 10):
As usual a great report!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 10):
Well, it's always nice to see an airport from above!

True

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Interesting report, but I'm disappointed about SN's C Class product.

I though shorthual they were quite good

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Interesting, I'm wondering if there are any plans in the UAE to built the tallest.

Well, they already have the most expensive.,.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
The main course looks awful - I wouldn't pay a penny for that in a restaurant.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
Errrr, what's that? Not sure if it looks good or bad.

Was quite tasty actually. Stewed bef with potato and spinach. It was better than the longhual food.

Quoting bwaflyer (Reply 12):
They do....a daily flight from Basel to Barcelona on behalf of Swiss. Love working these flights for the boxes of Swiss chocolates!!
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
They do.

Well according to flybmi.com they don't, wetleases aside.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
Sure, it's long but interesting and educating at the same time!

Glad I can still entertain and educate!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
Now that looks good! The only thing it is missing are tons of local, exotic African carriers and some classic airframes like a 732 etc!

Well, there is some possiblity...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
Really? Your work must've been very nice.

I've never driven to work, either walk or train

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
What's this? A new el cheapo Sun, judging from the headlines?

Actually is the offshoot of the Independent, which is a good paper. All the sensible bits, minus the less intereting bits, and cheap and handily sized

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
And that route didn't seem to have lasted for long, together with Stavanger...

Aren't they still running?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
Cookie cutter Ibis room, as found everywhere.

Yeah, it was scarily similar to the one in Bogota

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
Somehow I thought you were on the early bird flight leaving CMN at 5.55 or thereabouts.

No (thank goodness). Schdules change daily I think

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
I was here courtesy of Finnair two years ago. Did they still have the wall lined up with (presumably dirty) underpants next to the loos (your pictures aren't loading up)?

Yes, the pants were still there!
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/africa1/CIMG9650.jpg

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
Hmm, why take a bus when the train is so convenient? Ok, the carriages are in horrible condition and the Brussels train stations are nothing to write home about, that much is true.

Train was less convenient (needed a change ) and was more expensive

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 14):
Excellent read as ever.

Thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Thanks for an interesting report !

Thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
You seem very impatient with lots of expectations that things will work and go fast; CMN is in AFRICA where things usually take a long time IF they work. And you are going BUJ, KIG and DAR ??

CMN is in Africa, but Morocco is quite developed and rich. I DO expect to be able to check in for a flight in C in less than 20 minutes when there is no queue. The staff have the ability, they just don't! The Staff in the Ibis were very helpful and efficient. FOr a European company operating in Africa, I expect them to find better staff 9or at least staff they operate).

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Least appetizing is the Senegalese meal in Casa. How did it taste ?

Tasted ok.Ive Had better!

Quoting debonair (Reply 16):
FANTASTIC TR...

Thanks!

Quoting debonair (Reply 16):

There is also fly540 www.fly540.com with DASH8-100/CRJ and AirExcel http://www.airexcelonline.com/ (LET410).
Best B&B to stay in Stonetown will be http://www.stonetowncafe.com/ , best dinner at the Archipelago restaurant and a MUST do is a G&T at the "Sunset Bar" at the AFRICA HOUSE HOTEL.

I've not sorted out Zanzibar yet, but will take heed!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Hey great first part of your wonderful journey . Cant wait to read the rest.

Thanks!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Thanks for all the nice photos.

No problem

Quoting 767747 (Reply 18):
Good report!

Thanks

Quoting 767747 (Reply 18):
SN J looks pretty nice for a short-haul, European flight. Looks like a lot of food on that tray!

Yeah, was very filling

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):
It's great to read.

Thanks Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):
. SN seems to have a pretty decent product as well. Like how they really keep the Belgian culture in the air (your meal was a typical Flemish plate btw).

Yeah, I was very impressed with SN shorthual

Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
Nice one! You’re almost as fast as I am in putting your report up. I’m glad to see this one already on the line, the 1st of your massive itinerary.

Thank! Not sure when the next one will be up though

Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
I didn’t expect Morocco to be this green and Casablanca seems to be relatively modern city, no?

Yeah, in the winter is green and cold!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
I was of course most interested in your BRU and SN experience, your 1st impression didn’t let you down I see. Too bad I missed out on our date in the city, we’ll do that again sometime it the future hopefully.

Yewah, shame we didn't meet - next time!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
Nice cover. How was the contents?

Didn't read it to be honest!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
isn’t it weird to fly to Africa one day, come back the next and go back the day after. That’s only for the ultra hardcore

Yeah, it was a funny itinerary!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
What a fuss for a stupid piece of paper...

Yes, quite a fuss

Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
Indeed, one of the sole and major disadvantages of this terminal. Imagine: the EZY flights mostly park at the very far end of this pier. Quite a walking distance!

Well, the African flights have a guarenteed long walk

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 21):
what a nice news, but i bet that eventually BMI shifts other destinations farther away

Probably

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 21):
the airport code is KGL... sorry to be so picky .

Yes, I know that now. Flew there today!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 21):
the airline has resumed JNB-KGL, axed in 2006, also it was supposed to be (re)launched the 31st of October 2011

I hadn't realised it was a relaunch. It's now operating JNB-BJM-KGL, not JNB-KGL-BJM

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 21):
Honestly that's a surprisingly sign of open mindness, whilst Qatar Airways will have a full right too in the region soon, why European airlines do not have such right? (ex KLM, Swiss, SN...) how local politicians decide whether an airline is granted this right or not, linked on how it will affect the competitivness of their state flag

There seem to be a LOT of intra African 5th freedom flights on African airlines.



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LHR-VIE-PRN,SPU-OSL-LHR,STN-SNN-STN,LHR-ARN-OSL-TOS-LYR-OSL-CPH-LHR,
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 23, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 11119 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 22):
And that route didn't seem to have lasted for long, together with Stavanger...
Aren't they still running?

They're not on the route map shot you posted!


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2452 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 11073 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Very exciting first part of your African adventure. Thank you for posting it so quickly.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
the visa situation (visa on arrival available),

Does it apply to all EU passport holders?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
a direct red eye Dash 8 (yup, a 3 hour overnight flight on a prop)

Well, I don’t know.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It was too early for a G&T so a screwdriver it was!

A nice variant of Champagne breakfast. Coffee and Screwdriver! 


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We did a bit U turn over CMN – not sure why

Because you were on board.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I failed to find a nice looking Moroccan restaurant, so went into a Senegalese one –

What did you order?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I decided not to chance it and booked a taxi.

Wise decision!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The lady there however took my passport, then said she couldn’t check me in. Another guy (also in C) was also said to go away.

OMG, was she having a bad day?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I was the only one drinking, seemed a waste!

You should have taken the bottle along with you.


Cheers,
Suryo



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25 AlwaysOnAPlane : Hey Gabe. I have the feeling this is going to be a classic series of reports from you. Looking at that map you are in for a treat. Other than Morocco
26 Post contains images ba319-131 : Hi GC, Great start to this 6 part instalment! - Excellent film as I recall. - That is quite some itinerary! - Sad Brits, just ridiculous! - Indeed the
27 reifel : Wow, what a terrific report! And the best is yet to come. Can't wait to read more. Just fantastic!
28 eastafspot : Were you not supposed to arrive today (the 25th)? you are right indeed, but EU airlines do not have any (?) right ( LX: NBO-DAR, SN: NBO-BJM, KL:EBB-
29 Post contains images LH4116 : Hey there Gabriel Chew Gab! Nice report I hope that car made it back to the renter in one piece Yes, the moroccans do for some reason like to bring ov
30 LXM83 : Helll gabrielchew Great report. Your complete routing is simply awesome! Hell no, very interesting to read how you cobbled together your itinerary! So
31 Post contains images gabrielchew : Thanks for all the comments! I'm finally back online after a few days in the jungle Well, what did I say about the authenticity of the map?! Thanks, g
32 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hi Gabriel, Just one word: amazing. What a great routing, interesting places to visit and moreover a really well written report! I may not have much t
33 gabrielchew : Thanks! It's true, every day is a school day! I've been up and about at that time, just not me personally driving! Thank goodness! Well part 2 is now
34 signol : Hi Gabriel, excellent first part of an eagerly anticipated series - and all the more as you wrote and uploaded it whilst still away! I guess BD to Cas
35 gabrielchew : Thanks. I tend to forget the details if I leave it too long! Not a lot of tourists to do in Casablanca - there are so many better places to go in Mor
36 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Gab, This was a great first part of what looks like being a most interesting series. I enjoyed reading about tall the planning that went into this
37 FLIEGER67 : Hi, Gabriel, sure a really good starter to you´re great Africa trip. Not the usual routing, definitely, but something for me also, definitely again.
38 gabrielchew : Yes, it's a good routing! Hopefully all good flights! Lot of planning indeed.... They're still haemorhaging cash though Yeah, PGA was a great little
39 sfflyer123 : Gabriel, excellent report. I read a previous report, and you were traveling with a very pretty woman. No travels with her this time?
40 gabrielchew : Thanks1 Ha, no, the idea of Burundi scared all my friends off! Meeting up with a different friend in Cyprus though
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