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Africa 4: Fly 540 ZNZ-DAR. On Orange Zanzibar-Dar  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3243 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 9811 times:

Africa 4: Fly 540 ZNZ-DAR. Hopping across from Zanzibar to Dar

Hello, and welcome to Part 4 of my African series. Part 3 left off on arrival in Zanzibar after my very pleasant flights with Ethiopian Airlines from Kigali to Addis Ababa via Entebbe then Addis Ababa to Zanzibar via Dar es Salaam, both in Business.

This reports flight is the short (45 miles) hop from Zanzibar back to the mainland:


And zoomed out a bit, including some other cities I’ve visited (will stop at) this trip


To start from the very beginning though, you’ll have to check out Part 1 which explains what I’m doing.

Part 2, coving my Brussels/South African Airlines business class flights from Brussels to Burundi and Rwanda is here

The full map:


The next parts:

Africa 5
Swiss, Dar es Salaam-Nairobi-Zurich, First A333

Africa 6
Swiss, Zurich-Athens, Business A320
Aegean, Athens-Larnaca, Business A320

Africa 7
British Airways, Larnaca-London, Business B767

So, first some photos of Zanzibar….

The lovely Danish/Zanzibairan guesthouse I stayed in in Jambiani, Dudes Guesthouse (the guy was called called Dudé)
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The beach – it’s not all white sand, but had a lot of character. There were very few tourists, and lots of locals, giving the place an authentic feel.
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Unfortunately not my hotel pool
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The best place I found for food was the Pink House – very tasty stuff there! Lots of fresh fish
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Night-time on the beach. There were frequent power cuts, but this only added to the amazing ambiance. One evening I went moonbathing, which was a pretty cool thing to do. The stars were also really clear (and thanks to Google Sky Map on my phone, I was actually able to tell what they were)
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One day, I did the obligatory “Spice Tour”
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Natural lipstick
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Half eaten guava and cinnamon
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This guy was great at making things out of leaves
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My crown and jungle tie!


Nutmeg
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A local ‘spice’ lunch


The next stop was the Jouzani National Park to see the red backed Colobus monkeys. This was the 3rd set of monkeys that I’d met on my travels, and like the others, they were friendly and non-threatening (and unperturbed by humans)
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And a quick stop at a mangrove swamp too


After a few idyllic days on the beach, I went over to the capital Stonetown – not quite as nice, but had an interesting Middle Eastern feel to it. Stonetown is Freddie Mercury’s birthplace
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How’s that for a GBP 12/night hotel? 4 posterbed!
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Reminds me of the Malecon in Havana
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Time for one last drink before heading to the airport for my flight to Dar es Salaam
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Whilst I had the internet, I thought I should check in for my flight back to Zurich. A nice empty cabin (for now)
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I had been umming and ahhing for way too long, and even the day before I had to head back to Dar, I was undecided about airline, or even if I should take the boat. The flights were all relatively expensive, except for the one daily flight on Fly540 (who named that airline??). It was scheduled to be a CRJ (although a -100 series), and was only $60. It also had a more generous luggage allowance than others (23kg not 15kg). I had close to 30kg. after a few misses on the website, I was finally able to get my e-ticket.

I finagled a taxi driver into giving me a lift to the airport. After a document check, I was allowed through to check in. I saw the manifest – I was 1 of 9 people to check in just under 2 hours before the flight. I was charged $6 for my excess baggage, which seemed reasonable.
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After security, I was let into the (freezing cold) departures lounge. The views were reasonable though:
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Good job?
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The terminal
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I fear my bag would have been too big to fit in a Cessna
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The Presidential Fokker arriving
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The back of my boarding card
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The wait was getting a bit boring now, so I got a chicken pie from a stall – tasted ok
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Meanwhile the ET flight from ADD had arrived, along with a Precision Air ATR. By this time it was 1440, over an hour after our ETD. I saw quite a few other orange boarding passes. Others were asking questions, so I guessed if they stayed in the departure area waiting, the flight was just delayed. There was no FIDS.
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I did, however, recall seeing a sort of FIDS at check in. I zoomed in and saw that the flight was now (2 hours ago) expected an hour late at 1440, departing at 1500. Nice that the ground crew didn’t say anything!


Finally at our plane landed, and we were allowed onto the tarmac at 1446. To avoid the Precision Air ATR we had to walk very close to the ET plane
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January 2012
Zanzibar (ZNZ) – Dar es Salaam (DAR)
Fly540 5H 532
Scheduled: 1340-1500 (0h20m)
Actual: 1501-1518 (0h17m)
Canadair CRJ-100 5H-YAH
Economy

I was welcomed aboard, and told to take a seat. There were already a few people on board, so I guess they flew in with the plane from ….Mobassa? Not sure. I took an empty pair in front of the wings. Load was about 30%. With not much ado, the safety demo was done, and we pushed off.

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My bag belted in
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Legroom
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Safety First
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Off we go, over an hour late
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Obligatory DC3
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Stonetown
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The kettle’s on, but no service today


Before long the mainland came into view
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Not the newest of planes
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Approach. A good 25% of properties seem to have only have the walls built. Is there a reason why so many buildings are unfinished?
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I was very surprised to see a BA 767 on the tarmac. BA usually operate LHR-DAR overnight, with the return departing DAR around 0900. This was obviously a technical issue.
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Another DC3
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Another surprise, LAM
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We disembarked, and then waited around 10 minutes for a bus to come, affording some nice shots
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Finally, the bus arrived
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The Precision Air that left ZNZ before us, had already dumped her load at arrivals. Our bags came out first though
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Once I’d picked up my bag, I found a travel agent office to look after it (there’s no left luggage office), and caught a taxi into town.
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I was expecting a sea-facing beach in Dar – got this instead. Not the best.
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After about 10 seconds of walking down the road, I was accosted by lots of locals waiting to “talk”. I ended up spending quite an interesting few hours walking about the local travel industry over a few Tuskers.
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With the Tuskers gone, I bid adieu to my friend, and went across to the Kempinski Hotel for a slightly nicer, and much more expensive “last drink in Africa”.
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And some chips
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My last sunset in Africa. It was 32C when I took this. The next time I saw the sun the next morning, I was walking around Zurich and it was -17. That’s a 49C difference overnight, quite a shock to the system!
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I’ll leave this part here. The next bit will be up in a few days (hopefully) covering my very comfortable flight with Swiss in First from Dar es Salaam back to Zurich via Nairobi.

So, what of Fly 540? Well, they were cheaper than the competition, but they were late, and didn’t do anything about it. The flight was so short I couldn’t really comment on it, other than I arrived safely, and with all my luggage.

All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
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


http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:STN-SNN-STN,MAN-LHR-ARN-OSL-TOS-LYR-OSL-CPH-LHR,LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW-DXB-
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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 9658 times:

Again, a very nice read!
Looking forward to your report on the Swiss flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The lovely Danish/Zanzibairan guesthouse I stayed in in Jambiani, Dudes Guesthouse (the guy was called called Dudé

That's funny.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
(who named that airline??)

And who designed their livery? The orange almost hurts my eyes!


User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 926 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 9644 times:

Hi Gabriel. Really nice TR. I loved the pictures of Zanzibar. How amazing! Also great photos on the ramp at DAR. Looks like a busy day there! Thanks for sharing! Cheers, William


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6757 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 9593 times:

Hi Gabriel,

and yet another nice report with beautiful pictures! Good to see a Fly540 report here.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The flights were all relatively expensive, except for the one daily flight on Fly540 (who named that airline??).

Good question. I'm wondering about the meaning, too.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Not the newest of planes

Absolutely. It's the 11th CRJ ever built and started flying with Comair in 1993.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinemloew From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 9585 times:

Thanks for another very nice and interesting TR. Quite different traffic down there in contrast to our standard European one. Hope I can go there once, too!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I did, however, recall seeing a sort of FIDS at check in.

Seems like the time is standing still there. I think it´ll be quite sad when the new terminal opens as all the old-African aviation charm will disappear by then.

Can´t wait to read about your LX TR!

Maurice

[Edited 2012-02-09 10:04:09]

[Edited 2012-02-09 10:04:56]


Proudly flying Oman Air
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1700 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 9278 times:
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Hi Gabriel,

Another nice short episode on your Africa adventure. Man, what a hideous livery that Fly540 plane has, it's even worse than easyJet's flying carrott! Very nice pics of Zanzibar and alike. I guess by now you must've seen enough monkeys?
Nice variety of aircraft in DAR as well, all exotic ones to me.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was charged $6 for my excess baggage, which seemed reasonable.

That's quite reasonable indeed. You just have to tell me how a backpacker gets on with 30kg of luggage?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Is there a reason why so many buildings are unfinished?

Lack of money seems the most obvious reason to me?

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 9236 times:

Hi, Gabriel,

I like you´re Africa series more and more.
Really exotic places and also airlines, well done.
I hope the "system" recovers well from the temperature shock!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: The eastern Intersky!.
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 9199 times:

Hi Gabriel!

As usual a great tripreport, I'm very much looking forward to the next part with LX F!
Seems like you had a good time in Africa!
Your ride on the Fly540 CRJ-100 seemed ok, at least the planetype isn't the most common one in Europe.

Martin


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9071 times:

Hi Gabriel.

Again hints of the familiar and an enjoyable read.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The beach – it’s not all white sand, but had a lot of character. There were very few tourists, and lots of locals, giving the place an authentic feel

You are lucky to have not found that many tourists. When I went it was totally swamped. There can be no doubt that the character of Zanzibar has been slightly tarnished by the tourist industry. Still a beautiful place with pockets of magic.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
How’s that for a GBP 12/night hotel? 4 posterbed!

That is an excellent deal given that Zanzibar hotels have to pay a hefty levy to government. Did you find this on the streets?

Fly 540 look, to me, a rather unattractive option. That orange makes them look more LifeJacket than Easyjet, the price (on the whole) isn't that great, and as you showed, it is a tardy sort of operation. Still, great to experience it and kudos to them for pioneering budget flights in the EA Region.

Kempinski! You and me are on different budgets me thinks! I could only afford breakfast there - but it was wonderful! Bar looks groovy. Not a great fan of DAR, but avid fan of your reports -

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6557 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 8764 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Thanks for another great installment in your Africa series!

Zanzibar looks relaxing and I would love to go sometime.

Bad of Fly540 to not even mention the delay but that's Africa I guess so not too surprising.

I tried Tusker when I flew KQ a few years ago and it was pretty good.

Looking forward to the next part!

The777Man



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8753 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Fly540 (who named that airline??)

= Fly 540 was named after the introductory fares that brought to the marketplace on their NBO-MBA flights.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
With the Tuskers gone, I bid adieu to my friend, and went across to the Kempinski Hotel for a slightly nicer, and much more expensive “last drink in Africa”.

= Aah ... the Kempinski and the Mojito  .

Thanks for ruining my evening as I freeze here in Helsinki - here for a 2 day project and -25   ... maybe, I need to just to ZNZ which I still have not been to.

Anyways, thanks for sharing a wonderful report. I had reviewed Fly 540 a while back (http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/114180/) and seems like not a lot has changed.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3243 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8751 times:

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 1):
Again, a very nice read!

Thanks!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 1):
And who designed their livery? The orange almost hurts my eyes!

Mine too

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 2):
Really nice TR. I loved the pictures of Zanzibar.

Thanks!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 2):
Also great photos on the ramp at DAR. Looks like a busy day there!

Yeah, I got quite a lot of vairety

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
and yet another nice report with beautiful pictures! Good to see a Fly540 report here.

Thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Absolutely. It's the 11th CRJ ever built and started flying with Comair in 1993.

Yeah, I was happy to get an old model

Quoting mloew (Reply 4):
Thanks for another very nice and interesting TR.

No problem!

Quoting mloew (Reply 4):
Seems like the time is standing still there. I think it´ll be quite sad when the new terminal opens as all the old-African aviation charm will disappear by then.

Yeah, someways it'll be sad, but the old terminal is quite uncomfortable, especially on arrival

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):

Another nice short episode on your Africa adventure

Thanks

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
I guess by now you must've seen enough monkeys?

Nearly. I'm just getting used to them now that I've met some friendly ones!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
That's quite reasonable indeed. You just have to tell me how a backpacker gets on with 30kg of luggage?

I have WAY too much luggage! In ATH my bags weighed in at 31kg, and in Cyprus I've done quite a bit more shopping! Lucky the BA limit is 46kg!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Lack of money seems the most obvious reason to me?

Well, i'd agree except there are SO MANY, and all at the "finished wall" stage. Bizarre

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 6):
I like you´re Africa series more and more.

Thanks!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 6):
I hope the "system" recovers well from the temperature shock!.

Well, I;m in Cyprus now and it's 15C, not too bad

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 7):

As usual a great tripreport,

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 7):
Seems like you had a good time in Africa!

I did!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 8):
Again hints of the familiar and an enjoyable read.

Thanks

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 8):
That is an excellent deal given that Zanzibar hotels have to pay a hefty levy to government. Did you find this on the streets?

No, on hostelbookers, Jambo GH, top rated, and I see why.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 8):
Kempinski! You and me are on different budgets me thinks! I could only afford breakfast there - but it was wonderful! Bar looks groovy. Not a great fan of DAR, but avid fan of your reports -

Well, I only went for a drink and chips!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Thanks for another great installment in your Africa series!

No problem

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Bad of Fly540 to not even mention the delay but that's Africa I guess so not too surprising.

Yeah, I'm not shocked!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
I tried Tusker when I flew KQ a few years ago and it was pretty good.

Yeah, it was perfect for a hot Dar afternoon!



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26947 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8599 times:

Hey fantastic job . Wonderful photos of Africa again . We will have to name you the Lion King   King of African TR's . You really have brought them to a new level.

I will be sad when your adventure ends as the stories are so interesting to read.

Thanks for a great report and looking forward to the next one .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3243 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8439 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Hey fantastic job

Thanks Phil!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
We will have to name you the Lion King King of African TR's . You really have brought them to a new level.

Ha, yeah, Lion King sounds good!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
I will be sad when your adventure ends as the stories are so interesting to read.

So will I - back to cold wet England!



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8291 times:

Hi Gabriel,

again a great report with some very nice pictures. Sansibar really looks impressive, looks like you had a wonderful time there. Nice range of exotic and colorful airlines there in DAR. And for sure a great experience to fly with an exotic airline like Fly540, even though the service wasn't that good. And a planetype which is getting quite rare in Europe.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1821 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8279 times:

Hi Gabriel

Just wanted to let you know I'm really enjoying your African adventure. You took some great pictures of some really beautiful looking places.

What I particularly like, from an aviation perspective, are the pictures of Precision Air. When I worked for SWISS I had one client you traveled extensively in Africa working for NGOs. Very often he needed to travel with Precision Air. The only problem was the SWISS had no ticketing agreement with them, which meant that I usually made a call to their head office and would have the tickets deposited for collection at the SWISS counter in NBO or DAR. In any case, I was always very impressed by how professional and reliable their staff were. And always very friendly and nice to chat to.

In any case, thanks for posting. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3243 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8265 times:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 14):

again a great report with some very nice pictures

Thanks!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 14):
Sansibar really looks impressive, looks like you had a wonderful time there.

It was a lovely place to chilll out for a while

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 14):
Nice range of exotic and colorful airlines there in DAR. And for sure a great experience to fly with an exotic airline like Fly540, even though the service wasn't that good. And a planetype which is getting quite rare in Europe.

Yeah, I'm glad I added it to my list, but it wasn't the best!



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8197 times:

What a nice 4th segment to your African series Gab. Zanzibar looks like a really picturesque place indeed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was charged $6 for my excess baggage, which seemed reasonable.

Sweet. With this kind of excess baggage fees I'd be bringing my whole household with.

And by the way the "FIDS" in ZNZ are the coolest I've seen in a while. And I do mean it.  

The cabin of that CRJ looked like it was in a pretty bad shape. It kinda reminds me of the way Air Scotland's 757 used to look like.

Looking forward to your next installments.

WBodyroga



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2459 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8048 times:

Hi Gabriel,

A short, but sweet experience on Zanzibar. A place which was never covered on A.net. I am very touched to see through your eyes how people live there with their hospitable, charming and utmost friendly attitude.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My crown and jungle tie!

Things to be cherished. Did you take them back home?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
How’s that for a GBP 12/night hotel?

Who am I to say “No”?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Good job?

So it seems. I love his casual pose with the shorts on.


Thanks for sharing. Your beautiful pictures do justice to DAR being a spotter heaven.  


Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3243 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8034 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 17):
What a nice 4th segment to your African series Gab. Zanzibar looks like a really picturesque place indeed.

Thanks - Zanzibar was lovely

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 17):
And by the way the "FIDS" in ZNZ are the coolest I've seen in a while. And I do mean it.

Cool, but not terribly useful

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

A short, but sweet experience on Zanzibar. A place which was never covered on A.net.

I'm the first? Another honour!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Things to be cherished. Did you take them back home?

No, not enough space in my bags!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
So it seems. I love his casual pose with the shorts on.

Yeah, I think it looks nice!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Thanks for sharing. Your beautiful pictures do justice to DAR being a spotter heaven.

NO problem. Dar was quite good for the spotting



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 773 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7912 times:

hello

Very job again, Africa doesn't have anymore secret for you.  
great to see the so called EA low cost carrier. It is interesting to see that you've boarded a Tanzanian metal, which has a worn-out interior too like one in the Kenyan fleet.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There were frequent power cuts, but this only added to the amazing ambiance.

When this did happened to me, i was in the middle on the narrow streets in ST, It was difficult to find the way out of this maze some 35 mins or so, but keep an excellent souvenir though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I did the obligatory “Spice Tour”

a classic indeed

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The flights were all relatively expensive

How much did the other options cost?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Fly540 (who named that airline??

the introductory fare of 7540 Kenyan shillings. weird isn't it?

Gabriel, thanks for reporting this airline and this magical island.



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, 3243 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7882 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 20):
Very job again, Africa doesn't have anymore secret for you.

Thanks - still lots more to see in Africa!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 20):
great to see the so called EA low cost carrier. It is interesting to see that you've boarded a Tanzanian metal, which has a worn-out interior too like one in the Kenyan fleet.

I was surprised to see that it was actually Tanzania metal - I thought it was a Kenyan Airline

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 20):
How much did the other options cost?

$20-30 more, plus more for the bags

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 20):
Gabriel, thanks for reporting this airline and this magical island.

No problem!



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7811 times:

Excellent Gabriel, thanks!

Dare I say it, but your "destination" photos were more of a highlight in this report than the "flight" photos! Not that fligth was commonplace of course - a hand-written FIDS for one thing is a rare thing to see nowadays! Zanzibar looks spectacular (I've seen my sister's photos from her visit last year), Dar es Salaam looks, well, like an African city.

Thanks again!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinebritjap From Japan, joined Aug 2006, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7784 times:

Another great report and some fantastic photos. The whole trip looks amazing, you are the itinerary king I think.

Zanzibar looked awesome but..

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Not the newest of planes

That looks a bit icky! You wouldn't want to drop anything down the side of the seat.

Great to see that the low cost model is making headway in East Africa before it's even come to Japan. Sigh.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And some chips

haha When in Rome??? Well you can't go wrong with chips I guess.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Your beautiful pictures do justice to DAR being a spotter heaven.

I second that. ZNZ looks interesting too. From above, all the caravans etc on the ramp make the ET 737 seem huge!

So finally which was best, Primus, Serengeti or the Tuskers?!

Rgds


User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7746 times:

Hi again Gabriel,

Another great African adventure! Seems like I am getting used to your treats so I guess I will have a hard time coping with the fact that even this amazing series of reports will come to an end at some point..

Also very interesting to read about FlyNumbers (yeah, that's a better name for them!) and as always some nice photos to go with it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Night-time on the beach. There were frequent power cuts, but this only added to the amazing ambiance. One evening I went moonbathing, which was a pretty cool thing to do.

Now you've made me really jealous...  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I had been umming and ahhing for way too long, and even the day before I had to head back to Dar, I was undecided about airline, or even if I should take the boat

So what other airlines operate the route?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The back of my boarding card

This is starting to look like easyJet!

Perhaps the airline has a number in its name so that they can easily found a new airline (Fly541 next?) if one startup goes bancrupt ...at least 30 per cent load factors do not seem very good..

Hope you have had a safe journey back home!

Regards,
717Flyer


25 gabrielchew : Thanks! Thanks! Itinerary King? I like it! No, could have done with a clean THey were good chips too Yeah, quite dwarfed Um, hard to say, prob the Se
26 Post contains images KaiGywer : My first thought was "man that looks like Comair inside..." Must still be the original interior
27 gabrielchew : Yes, I don't think they've redecorated (or even cleaned it) since aquisition
28 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi Gab, Another lovely mini episode of your African travels. 540 looks okay, although me too can't really get the name. Wonder how they would be on a
29 gabrielchew : Thanks! Well Leonard/eastafspot did one a few years ago covering NBO-BJM. Yes, I did It was, but not it the hot spicy tradiational way. As expected i
30 MSS658 : Gabriel Congratz on finally finding a way for your ZNZ-DAR sector! Looks like you made a good choice! Nice to see the exoticness of the ZNZ airport, s
31 gabrielchew : Thanks! Well, I'd have preferred a flight on the Zan Air Let, but Fly540 is still quite unusual
32 Post contains images reifel : I've been following your trip already since the beginning and I can't wait to read the next parts. Your stay seemed quite authentic, not too touristic
33 gabrielchew : Glad you've enjoyed the series so far It was, and a very nice break it was too yes it was exotic and different...I'm satisfied!
34 airbuseric : HI Gabriel, nice to read about this little airline, I thought they were Dutch... with that orange colourscheme! Though it's only a short run and simpl
35 gabrielchew : Thanks Ha, yeah, maybe KL should repaint their planes a la Fly540! No problem
36 JL418 : Hi Gab! Another great TR, congrats. You really make me want to fly to the Great Lakes region (or to Africa as a whole) more than ever! From one side t
37 gabrielchew : Thanks Fabrizio Yeah, the Precision one is nice, the 540 one, well, it stands out! Yes, looks like that. Quite a few aircraft don't have life jackets
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