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From Uganda To The Far East Pt 1: EBB - NBO - BOM  
User currently offlinesjacob From Uganda, joined Apr 2009, 44 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 10170 times:

Hello A.netters,

I have been a member for sometime though I had never gotten the opportunity to fly. When it finally came, I said to myself, THIS SA) and Eagle Air/Arnaflug (Iceland)">IS IT. I have read hundreds of reports here and I have been inspired by quite a number of people especially easpotter, ronerone and ukdispatcher. This is my first ever trip report so I hope it is enjoyable to read.

Background.
As a university student, getting an opportunity to do my internship abroad was a dream come true. When I was accepted in Japan, the excitement was more than i had thought. So the opportunity for me to finally fly was here at last. From Uganda to Japan, the best connections were either MS via CAI or EK via DXB. I dropped the option of MS when the uprising in Egypt started and the airline was grounded. EK was way too expensive, $2100. So I was told by a friend that flights to and from India are quite cheap. So i decided to book my tickets into two segments, completely not connected by a travel agent. it was as follows:

EBB - NBO - BOM (Kenya Airways)
BOM - HKG - TPE - KIX (Cathay Pacific) 5*

With this option, I saved $900 as compared to if I had flown EK and I was so happy about it, as a student in AIESEC, traveling cheap is no option, it brings about extra adventures too.

1. EBB - NBO (Kenya Airways)

Departure: 15.00
Arrival 16.00
A/c B737
Class: The usual of course...Y
Loads: Business (I am not sure) but Y ( about 80%, seat next to me was empty )
Date: 28th February 2011
Entertainment: None at all

Having checked in online the day before, I still arrived at least 2.5 hours before departure just in case the traffic jam may be thick. I chose seat 15 F which is a window seat so as not to miss out on any action. I was ready to enjoy my first flight.
So the pictures start here, enjoy....

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa335/sjacobmpiima/PICT0010.jpg

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa335/sjacobmpiima/PICT0013.jpg



Checking counters weren't crowded at all, so it was hassle free. and after baggage drop and clearing immigration, I went around spotting at the apron and there was quite some activity.


On the tarmac, were ET, KQ and SA Jet Airlines">U7 all preparing. Duty free, to me wasn't actually "duty free" as the goods were over priced in my opinion, so I just did window shopping, called a few friends to say bye and soon time for boarding came



Push back was on time



There she arrives from DXB / ADD / HAAB), Ethiopia">ADD.....I love the EK lively, especially the tail and the FAs



Bye bye Uganda and EBB


Lake Victoria


Arrival at JKIA 's NBO was on time and disembarking was prompt and fast. De boarding was via the stairs again which was cool to look at all the activity at the tarmac.

ET B767 and EK A330


Truthfully, NBO was so busy and crowded.....but well, they seemed to have everything under control.
Thank goodness, I had gotten the next BP from EBB, otherwise, the transfer counter was so crowded with a line snaking all over the place.

Looked at the schedule and my flight was on time.


There she was, GORGEOUS....Having come with a B737, the B777 was breath-taking, it was so HUGE as compared to what I had imagined, and of course the shape is ELEGANT.


After roaming around, with nothing really to do, I decided to proceed to immigration and go out of the airport building to look around.
Outside, it was nice and soooooo windy



When I came back inside, it was time to proceed to the gate and ET was returning home to ADD / HAAB), Ethiopia">ADD.
http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa335/sjacobmpiima/PICT0114.jpg

Gate was changed at the last minute, but no worries....There wasn't alot of people.

2. NBO - BOM (Kenya Airways KQ 0204)

Departure: 18.40
Arrival: 03.10
A/c B777
Class: Y
Loads: Business (I am not sure) but Y ( about 40%)
Date: 28th February 2011
Entertainment: AVOD

I had also booked a window seat even in this case, and when I go to my seat, there were some two Indian guys already there, I asked the one in my seat to vacate it and he refused, instead insisting he wanted to sit with his friend. A male FA came over and I showed him my BP, he asked the two friends to vacate the seats, however, he told me that the flight was quite empty so I could sit anywhere else, I wanted, and that is when I moved to another window row.
All the seats next to me were empty, so had so much space to myself.



I liked the colors of the interior.



I was disappointed by the fact that they didn't have mood lighting at night. But still no worries.



Settled and ready to go.


Push back was on time
QR was following closely to take off after us, back home


Soon meal service started and I chose chicken Tikka.

The meal was delicious

The male FA (name was Polycarp offered me also a bottle of wine)
This was the best wine ever, and after that, I watched a movie....I don't remember which movie it was.
I slept and woke up with severe stomach ache. I asked one of the FAs and she offered me some tablets plus a huge bottle of water, saying that I was too dehydrated. I felt so sick after that, so I decided to move around cabin and chatted with some gal from Rwanda who was on her way to BLR.

Bathroom


I went to the galley and interacted a bit with the FAs. The lady was asleep, the gentleman (Polycarp) was reading a newspaper, we chatted a bit, and returned to my seat when the pilot announced decent into BOM.

The decent was horrible for me, may be because it was my first time to fly, but I thought my eardrums were going to burst, I tried to drink water and swallow alot but the discomfort was too much. It made the headache that I had initially worse.

Having landed ahead of time, we found a BA B747 delayed at our jet bridge, so that meant staying the in AC longer, however it was removed in about 20 minutes. We parked between a LH B747 preparing to return to AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA. (Now, the B747 was sooooo HUGE, I was amazed ) BOM was really busking with activity at this ungodly hour of the night, but well, it is a very busy airport, I guess DEL is worse.

I said good bye to the crew and de boarded. Immigration was really crowded (as usual for BOM), but the line shifted and soon it was my turn.
The immigration officer (A lady) threw my passport back at me screaming, "Address of where you are going to stay"...

Since I had a transit visa, I didn't think it was necessary for me to have it...So I asked my Rwandan friend to give me hers and I filled that in.
The Immigration officer said I had forged and took me to the "Boss" in the back office and reported my case. I nearly died thinking i was going to be arrested. But when i explained to the "Boss" that I had a transit visa of India and I was on my way to Japan the following day and showed him the Japanese Visa and tickets, he simply said to his junior, "Let him though, he doesn't need an address, this a very simple thing." Ohhh Thanks to God.

This is my savior after collecting our luggage.


At the arrivals, the crowd was soooo enormous, and my friend who was supposed to pick me up wasn't there because he thought i was coming the following day, at this moment, I was so mad and tired to even take any pictures. However, the friendly hotel agents lent me a fone and I called the sleepy friend to come and pick me up.
The next 24 hours in Mumbai were really action packed, trying to tour Mumbai in the shortest time possible....This city, is really, really BIG. I enjoyed the food and so much more....
Just have a look at the train station



End of the first sector, Watch out for the continuation on to promised Land (Japan)

Thanks for reading.

PS:
1. Thanks to 22886 from the UK for teaching me and guiding me on how to post a trip report.
2. I had never imagined, how not easy a task writing a SA Linhas Aereas">TR is.........I respect all those who post here, men you are great...

19 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10037 times:

Hi

Thanks for reposting this trip report. Yea.. I know without html skills it's pretty hard to make a TR.

Good report however.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1702 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 9941 times:
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Hello Jacob,

You did very well on your first TR! Finally another one from a resident of the African continent   They're very much welcomed because reports from Africa are very scarce here. I loved the pics of EBB and NBO.
The cabins of the KQ aircrafts seems rather nice. How were the F/A's?

Quoting sjacob (Thread starter):
Bye bye Uganda and EBB

EBB looks actually like a quite nice airport.

Quoting sjacob (Thread starter):
The Immigration officer said I had forged and took me to the "Boss" in the back office and reported my case. I nearly died thinking i was going to be arrested. But when i explained to the "Boss" that I had a transit visa of India and I was on my way to Japan the following day and showed him the Japanese Visa and tickets, he simply said to his junior, "Let him though, he doesn't need an address, this a very simple thing." Ohhh Thanks to God.

Oh my, that was not a good start. I do think this immigration officer did not the job properly, and she wasn't friendly either. 2 thumbs down     

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 9828 times:

hujambo Jacob,

Karibu na hongera rafiki, safari hii nzuri kabisa  


Your report series popped up few weeks ago, but the opportunity to reply never arose, hence i'm truly glad to see the chance coming back, especially due to the meagre East African posts.

Also for your first trip, you did not seemed to express any stress added to fact of taking pictures, thumbs up.
Despite the fear at BOM immigration, it's great that everything on your trip ran smoothly. Kenya Airways is far to be the best airline of the continent but one must admit they have fantastic prices and excellent connexions within our region. the crew is always helpful and happy to chat a bit.

Quoting sjacob (Thread starter):
I have been inspired by quite a number of people especially easpotter,

Asante sana, you've made my day,

Quoting sjacob (Thread starter):
I love the EK lively, especially the tail and the FAs

Soon they will fly straight DXB-EBB in Airbus A330

Quoting sjacob (Thread starter):
I decided to proceed to immigration and go out of the airport building to look around.

Sure a good move, was the queue not to long or did you use the EAC line?

Quoting sjacob (Thread starter):
which was cool to look at all the activity at the tarmac

For you next transit at NBO, you can enjoy a stunning view over the apron, when you head off to the transit restaurant, toward KQ Simba & Eco lounge, located at the 7th floor past the BA executive lounge. not to be missed!

Quoting sjacob (Thread starter):
But still no worries.

lol, hakuna matata

Quoting sjacob (Thread starter):
This was the best wine ever

are you referring to the Terra Andina merlot really? needless to find the reason of your stomachache 
Quoting sjacob (Thread starter):
so that meant staying the in AC longer,

luckily that you did not have any connection on that day


So after this epic trip how would you rate the different carriers?

Ulisoma nini? Nitaenda hadi Kampala kesho mwezi wa tatu...

East African Spotter (Léo)

[Edited 2012-01-25 07:13:45]

[Edited 2012-01-25 07:14:58]


Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways and Rwandair...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki
User currently offlineantskip From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 931 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9447 times:

thank you so much for your report, sjacob! There are not so many reports from Africa so yours is very special to some of us. I once lived in Kisumu and often transited Entebbe, and so really appreciated your pics. loved your enthusiasm (first trip! wow!) and positivity (glass half full, not half empty)! sounds like the food on the section from Nairobi might have given you a problem... Re pain in the ears descending into Bombay, next time maybe take some boiled sweets / lifesavers to suck! That should stop the pain of the ears adjusting.

User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 9308 times:

Hi Jacob,

Welcome on A.net! That's quite a big flight for a starter, isn't it?

Quoting sjacob (Thread starter):
With this option, I saved $900 as compared to if I had flown EK and I was so happy about it, as a student in AIESEC, traveling cheap is no option, it brings about extra adventures too.

Well done, and good luck with your internship. Japan is a very interesting country, where are you going to stay? It'll be an experience which, job aside, will give you a lot, of that I'm sure. I was inches from joining AIESEC as well but then I found another option and my life took another direction.

Quoting sjacob (Thread starter):
There she was, GORGEOUS....Having come with a B737, the B777 was breath-taking, it was so HUGE as compared to what I had imagined, and of course the shape is ELEGANT.

I have to say that, the more I look at 777s the less I like them. Perhaps it's because I see mostly 772's and not many 773's, but I think the "hump" behind the cockpit makes them look like a big, stolid Chinook salmon. The airplane of the airplanes, in this time and age, for me is the Airbus A340-500. Never as good as the 77L, but twice as pretty (and I think you've spotted it in Entebbe, sporting EK colours).

Looking forward to read the next part!

JL418


User currently offlineTCASAlert From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 9273 times:

Hi Jacob

Welcome to A.net, and thank you for this wonderful trip report! Very nice to have a report out of Africa, we don't get many on here. Really nice seeing your photos from EBB and NBO.

A shame you had trouble at the Indian border, but pleased you got through without incident. I guess they aren't too used to seeing transit visas in India too often.

Already looking forward to your next leg!

Cheers
Noel


User currently offlineokapi From France, joined Jun 2006, 214 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8954 times:

Jambo Jacob!
I'm happy you're not a virgin anymore  . I hope everyone here at A.net does remember their first time. And thanks to our common passion, as we board a plane, a wave of excitement is always accompanying us. I have to read the second part at all costs. I'm happy you had a good time on board and wish you the best for your studies.

OKP


User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8854 times:

Hey Jacob,

Thank you for rare view inside Africa. It was very interesting and well written report.

I hope you had a good time in Asia.

Thx for shearing,
Jonathan



"In our country, those who do not believe in miracles are irrational" - David Ben Gurion.
User currently offline9w748capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 580 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8669 times:

Great first report! Most reports we see out of EBB seem to be at night, so it's cool to see some daytime pics. And wow, what a trip for your first time flying! Sorry the immigration agent at BOM gave you so much trouble - trust me they can be just as bone-headed with Indians as foreigners. Hope you enjoyed your short stay in Mumbai! Where in Japan are you going? Very much looking forward to the next TR! I have some friends who are going to Uganda in a few months - I will surely send them the link to this report so they can get their first glimpses inside Uganda. Thanks again!

User currently offlinebakersdozen From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 336 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8627 times:

Great report. I enjoyed reading it. Hope to see more!!!

User currently offlineebbuk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8254 times:

Don't know what happened to your report the first time out but glad it's back.

Nice to see Entebbe airport. One that I know well!!


User currently offlinesjacob From Uganda, joined Apr 2009, 44 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8195 times:

Thanks guys alot, however, at the moment, I am quite infuriated by photobucket, when I re-uploaded my trip reports a month later, and I have not added any new photos, they have sent me mail sayng that thay are going to de-activate the photos again, yet they had been in-active for a whole month....Please inbox me on how to handle this issue, I am tired of re-uploading the trip reports all the time. BR

User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1702 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8124 times:
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It looks like the bandwidth limit is exceeded because of too many views. Only one solution: take a (paying) pro-account on Photobucket. This happens quite often with the 'free' accounts, bandwidth is rapidly exceeded if your report gets a lot of views.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently onlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8535 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7953 times:
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Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
Your report series popped up few weeks ago

- Yes then vanished so did part 2, what happened?



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User currently offlinesjacob From Uganda, joined Apr 2009, 44 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7117 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
Yes then vanished so did part 2, what happened?

I am always having bandwidth issues....


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6151 times:

Another excellent report ... but this one has really made me want to see pictures! As you said, next time via Facebook. Thanks for taking the time. I know how time consuming these are.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinesjacob From Uganda, joined Apr 2009, 44 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5710 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 16):
As you said, next time via Facebook. Thanks for taking the time. I know how time consuming these are.

Does anyone have an idea how to link to photos using Facebook? I cant seem to find the IMG (Image) address of the photos? If anyone knows, please guide me. Thanks


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4908 times:

Hey Sjacob

Wow that is nice to see that you've managed to fix the picture issue,
Good to see that you did not give up.

i cannot wait to visit some friends in Kampala soon.

Have you plan a TR for the return leg?



Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways and Rwandair...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki
User currently offlineQFKangaroo747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4592 times:

Thank you for a very good trip report, I especially enjoy trip reports from Africa due to their being less common on here. KQ certainly looks like a reasonable option when flying to / from your part of the world, and their aircraft look quite nice.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 18):
The immigration officer (A lady) threw my passport back at me screaming, "Address of where you are going to stay"...

Since I had a transit visa, I didn't think it was necessary for me to have it...So I asked my Rwandan friend to give me hers and I filled that in.
The Immigration officer said I had forged and took me to the "Boss" in the back office and reported my case. I nearly died thinking i was going to be arrested. But when i explained to the "Boss" that I had a transit visa of India and I was on my way to Japan the following day and showed him the Japanese Visa and tickets, he simply said to his junior, "Let him though, he doesn't need an address, this a very simple thing." Ohhh Thanks to God.

Heavens above, what an unpleasant experience for you!


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