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User currently offlineLufthansaHON From Germany, joined Feb 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9785 times:

Chocolate, FC Barcelona and a First Class Lounge


A trip across Europe in Swiss Business





Welcome to my second trip report, may I invite you to follow along one of my recent intra-European trips on Swiss Air? I know, life can be oh-so exciting.

Welcome onboard of Swiss Air, the FC Barcelona of air travel. Honored by true lovers of the beautiful performance, envied by competitors, always a step ahead of the opponent, sometimes playing in its own league – and several times close to having been bankrupt.

No, no, I should not distract you from the true purpose of this report; sometimes I get taken away and stumble back into the good old times of glorious air travel. Today’s intra-European travel can be as exciting as a trip to your local supermarket, or the dentist that is, if you fly Ryanair. But luckily, a few exceptions still exist and Swiss Air is one of them.

So let us travel to a country that is known for great chocolate, precise technologies, superb service traditions and user-friendly banking policies (for me exactly in this order).



1900h
Welcome to tonight’s trip. It actually starts in the middle of Copenhagen, another such places that one can easily envoy. It basically is the FC Barcelona of cities, because… well, you get it.

Clean CPH Metro Station:




As per a recent global study, the people of Denmark are the happiest in the world, so I expect only smiles and laughter around me. The Copenhagen crowd in the Metro seems to try hard to fulfill this prejudice or are they just laughing at me, because I wear this funny looking wool cap with a huge scarf that absolutely do not match? I guess I will never find out, but it is cold, I am not used to that and I am a man – so getting sick will not be an option due to the fact that us men suffer way more when being sick then our female counterparts in life. It’s science. It has been proven. Read about it.


1920h
The Metro arrives at Copenhagen Airport, a place I have been quite a few times due to some business here in Denmark. You can walk straight from the Metro platform into the terminal, great, no need to go back outside. The first sign I notice is advertising Valentine’s deals in the duty free area. I forgot, airports are of course shopping malls, airplanes just happen to land here as well. And since air travel usually means being late, I fully understand that the advertising is still up, after all Valentines Day just happened only a few days ago.

The Station:




Down the escalators into the check-in hall:

1922h
I am in the terminal and bypass the very Nordic looking check-in counters. For once, I like the self-service kiosks. And secondly, I do not see any smiling Danish check-in staff there and I refuse to talk to non-happy Danes. Or they are not Danish. See 1910h.


1923h
The check-in kiosk refuses to accept any of my entries, so I decide to head over to the non-smiling check-in agent at the SAS/LH/Star Alliance Business Class check-in. As I arrive, he starts smiling. I figure out he then must be Danish.

However, he cannot check me in, even though Swiss is part of Star Alliance and SAS handles almost all Star flights here in Terminal 1, Swiss is the exception and he directs me over to Terminal 2, a five minute hike through the airport. Well, I need any exercise I can get. My cardiologist will love me for that statement.


1928h
The combined check-in counter for Swiss and Brussels Airlines (note to myself: they also check-in at Terminal 2, remember it when flying them back to BRU in 3 weeks) are completely empty and I receive a boarding pass within a few moments. Up the stairs to the security checkpoint, the line tonight is quite long so I try the priority lane.

No such luck though, as I get refused. “This priority line is for all airlines in Terminal 2 except Swiss and Brussels Airlines”, the gatekeeper tells me, “You need to take the SAS priority lane from Terminal 1”. Nice, that is where I just come from. Interesting concept. Off to Terminal 1 again.


1935h
Time to line up (no, not for departure yet, that would mean I would fly on a private jet and I would certainly keep that experience to myself). The SAS priority security line is not very long, maybe 6 people ahead of me. All of them wear suites, all of them have laptop bags, all of them are so like me. Or I am like them. Or we just tend to loose more and more of our individuality these days.

The line moves really fast, the security staff is smiling (so they must be Danish) and I am through in 2 minutes. This is the norm at this über-efficient security check-point, my favorite one in the world. They are like the FC Barcelona of airport security checks, because… well, you get it.


1937h
The SAS lounge is right next door, a place with many faces (people that is). Downstairs is the lounge for the ordinary crowd, upstairs the sanctum for the elites. Does society need such strong diversifications? Shall we really separate elites from non-elites? I am no sociologist, so I am the wrong person to give a firm statement on this. But I know that like the lounge upstairs and that is where I am heading now. Life is exciting.

The food station, quite crowded tonight:




My favorite spot in the lounge, the small “private room”:

1940h
Boarding to Zurich is delayed and this is the only reason I decided to even visit the lounge. I hate being late for boarding and make other people wait. I am not that important, I am not the pope – or Messi (he is like the pope of FC Barcelona, just in case you are not familiar with the beautiful game of European Football). I fell like I could have some nice Spanish ham now, but there isn’t any. Shame.

Boarding process starts as I arrive at the gate:

2010h
Boarding! The purser at the door is as friendly as can be and I immediately feel like asking for some of the Swiss Air chocolate, but tell myself no, you are not 10 anymore, you can wait. So I just arrive at my seat. I still want chocolate.


2015h
I am in row 3 and except for me, there is only one other passenger in Business Class tonight. Economy seems to be 60-70 % full. The two lovely older ladies in the row behind me seem to be quite excited to go wherever they will be going tonight. I don’t understand a word, but I could, if I would just speak their language, as they are not talking, but almost shouting. It sounds friendly, so I don’t think they are having an argument. I still decide to move up to row 2 after takeoff, so I can concentrate on some last-minute work.

View from row 3:




View from row 2, not that much different:

2030h
The dinner is served, a small plate with salmon and cucumber, bread, cheese and of course water. I usually only drink water on planes and never any alcohol. The purser is extremely friendly, addresses my by name all the time and offers frequent water refills. Light turbulence shakes the plane here and there, nothing serious though, just enough to keep any Martinis perfect - if they were to be served here.

The dinner tonight:

2045h
Chocolate! Chocolate! Did I mention that I love chocolate? Tea service comes around and with it the famous Swiss Airlines chocolate. I take some black tea and three small sweet bites, just enough to enjoy and not enough to regret. Below us, the city of Hannover just passes by – not that it is of particular beauty or touristic importance, but they have the very famous CeBit trade show, so I go there at least once a year.

Chocolate and tee:

2058h
Rumble in the jungle! The plane shakes every now and then and I hear a very female “Ooohhh” from behind. For a moment, I wonder if it would be worth to turn on my iPhone and put it in video mode, but figure out that it is probably just someone who is a bit afraid of flying. Turns out that is the case.


2102h
The fasten seatbelt signs are off and I make a trip to the loo. I never understood why people love pictures of airplane lavatories so much, but it seemed to be the standard in a.net trip reports, so here it is. The fancy-schmancy, super-dupa A321 forward lavatory. Enjoy, loo-lovers!

2125h
Getting closer to Zurich, we leave the cruising altitude and start our descent towards Zurich Airport. In a close tie with Munich, it is my favorite Airport in Europe. Very clean, very efficient, a nice and comfy Swiss First Class lounge, usually short ways and quick connections and very friendly staff. Kind of like the FC Barcelona of European Airports, because… well, you get it.

City of Kloten, moments before landing:





Landing on runway 28:

2145h
We arrive at the gate, close to the main concourse, and are let off the plane. Quite a lot of people have some late-evening connections to destinations around the world, some of which are high on my list of must-visits. The connecting flight display on board showes a substantial number of flights and people start heading in all directions, giving me this very special feeling that one can only get inside an airport. It’s a mix of excitement and being slightly nervous, sometimes feeling like an explorer, other times just like a commuter on the way to work.

I actually sometimes envoy those fellow travelers that seem not to be frequent flyers, as you can often tell how excited they are about their upcoming trip, might it be for a vacation, for which they worked really hard in the past months, or to see family or friends, in anticipation of meeting the ones they love. There are so many reasons to fly; yet us “very” frequent flyers sometime forget about those special moments of air travel.

Fairly empty concourse:

2150h
With only hand luggage today, I am out of the concourse in no time and on my way to my hotel, which is a mere 50 meters away. If I arrive in the evenings in Zurich, I usually stay at the Radisson Hotel directly connected to the terminal. It is very convenient, with a nice interior design concept and the connection to central Zurich in the morning is easy through many non-stop trains from the airport railway station, right underneath the hotel lobby.

A couple of e-Mails and phone call home later plus the good feeling of a day well spent bring me finally to bed. That’s where we will go separate ways now, fellow readers, as I am not exactly the FC Barcelona of late night activities.

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User currently offlineLufthansaHON From Germany, joined Feb 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9785 times:

Part 2






0735h
Oh, good morning to you, I didn’t notice you around. Good thing that I am already dressed and just on my way to breakfast. Come along my day, and my travels to Berlin, Germany later this afternoon.


0830h
I love travelling by train in Switzerland, it seems the trains are always on time, they are clean, run pretty frequent with a wide variety of destinations and very friendly staff on board. The are kind of the FC Barcelona of European rail systems, because… well you get it. Maybe enough FC Barcelona for one report. Just maybe.

1500h
Finished with my day in the suburbs of Zurich and time to head back to the airport. I again take the train, the trip takes less then 20 minutes on a very clean commuter train and I arrive at the airport in plenty of time. There is even enough time for a visit to the very nice Swiss First Class Lounge. I’ll take you along!

On the commuter train back to the airport:

1530h
Inside the airport, it does not seem like it is Friday afternoon. The check-in area is almost empty and so is the fairly new central security checkpoint. Almost no one around and I am done in a few minutes. Behind security, I get dropped off in another duty free shopping area. One has to walk straight through it in order to get to the terminal concourse, no way around. I bet these are the most expensive rental areas in the whole airport. In the end, one thing does catch my attention, there is a “Whiskey Tasting Station” with iPads connected to several bottles of Whiskey. However, I don’t manage to find out how the tasting station works (and I wouldn’t have tried the Whiskey anyway), and instead head towards the Swiss First Class Lounge.

Fairly empty check-in desks:





After security, one is released into another duty free area, no way of bypassing it:





Nice architecture in the main concourse at ZRH:





Completely empty concourse A, reminds me of a Steven King novel:





Again, not crowded at all, this is the main transfer area:





Entrance to the First Class Lounge:

1540h
Welcome to the sanctum of air travel at Zurich Airport, the really nice Swiss First Class Lounge. Not as big as the counterparts in Frankfurt or Munich (let alone the First Class Terminal), but of a really decent size with separate areas, workstations, fine dining area, a large bar, some shower spas as well as day rooms. These rooms are actually the best day rooms in all of the LH/LX First/HON Lounge system; they have really comfy beds, integrated showers (not, not integrated into the bed) as well as a work desk. Quite spacious and very handy for a one or two hour nap after a long overnight flight.

My favorite part of the lounge, the “living room”-like area to the right of the entrance, complete with its own small bar and coffee machine:





Nice brick wall:





Wooden artwork, displaying the Swiss fleet:





But no day room for me, not today. I head for the buffet instead, getting some cucumber salad, some fruits and a sandwich, together with red grapefruit juice. I usually prefer the area to the right of the entrance, as it feels almost like a cozy living room, with a smaller bar, very good coffee machine and nice views of the tarmac as well as runway 28 arrivals. I could easily spend one or two hours here, just my schedule almost never allows for it. I really should come here on a weekend, with a two hour layover, a nice book and just relax. Funny, how some people actually think they can relax at airports while waiting to fly somewhere. I should apply for a real hobby. Like football.

The main buffet:





Snack time:





View from the lounge across to runway 28:

1615h
Time to leave, and as we have an outside position today, I am driven there in a car, rather then joining the crowd in the bus. It’s a really nice service and it comes handy when the aircraft is not parked at the gate. I am the only one with this service on our flight today, so I get my own car – even if it is just for a five-minute trip across the apron.

My ride to the plane:





View across the empty apron:





I don’t own a car at home, heck I am almost never home at all, so usually public transportation is my way to work, which is quite extensive in my German hometown. Thus being driven by car every now and then is welcomed, I just wish I could actually drive it – that would be fun. LH, are you listening? Would that not be a great enhancement for HON’s: Drive yourself to your plane, we drive the car back to the lounge. Love it. Gotta call my patent lawyer.

Arrival at the plane:





Adria Airways taking off ahead of us:

1650h
We take off bang on time and legroom in row 1 is very sufficient. The Avro jets are not necessary my favorite plane, but they are quite comfortable in the first few rows, as there is extended legroom there. And Swiss only has a 2-3 abreast, not like Lufthansa, which squeezes 6 poor people in each row.

Rotate!





Sufficient legroom in row 1:





Climbing out of Zurich:





I decide not to work right away and instead just enjoy the view out of the window with some nice music to accompany that. Those are my favorite moments, when you can relax, let the world pass by below you and listen to your favorite music, just being in your own little sphere. Marvelous.

Above the clouds:





Clouds giving way to a view on southern Germany:

1730h
The sun is almost disappearing and makes for some great shots during our decent into Berlin and weekend is almost there. After arrival, my phone dies, so no more pictures from here on. I head into the city by public train and arrive at my hotel just as planned, everything worked like clockwork today. Well, little wonder if you travel with a Swiss company.

The sun is almost gone:





Last ray of light above the clouds:

1830h
I have a dinner meeting later this evening before heading back home tomorrow morning, but with a business partner whom I call a friend, and I really look forward to that. So it is not business, it is friendship. After all, that is what really matters in life.

[Edited 2012-02-19 09:59:10]

[Edited 2012-02-19 09:59:58]

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 9459 times:

Quoting LufthansaHON (Thread starter):
No such luck though, as I get refused. “This priority line is for all airlines in Terminal 2 except Swiss and Brussels Airlines”, the gatekeeper tells me, “You need to take the SAS priority lane from Terminal 1”. Nice, that is where I just come from. Interesting concept. Off to Terminal 1 again.

That's annoying - I'm still confused why LX is checked in separately in so many airports than other *A carriers. In LHR it's always on it's own

Quoting LufthansaHON (Thread starter):
Chocolate and tee:

A paper cup? When I flew ZRH-ATH 2 weeks agop I got a china cup

Quoting LufthansaHON (Thread starter):
My ride to the plane:

Very nice



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User currently onlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3506 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 9444 times:
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This is like a Barcelona FC trip report, well you know what i mean.
Very enjoyable to read.



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User currently offlineLufthansaHON From Germany, joined Feb 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 9388 times:

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 3):
This is like a Barcelona FC trip report, well you know what i mean.

Unfortunately, not exactly. Some of my pics are somewhat messed up in part 2, they don't match the descriptions. Sorry for that.... will do better next time.


User currently onlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3506 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 9374 times:
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Quoting LufthansaHON (Reply 4):
Unfortunately, not exactly.

Even Barcelona FC do not win every time, so no worries.



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 9251 times:

Hi

Great trip report! I liked your writing style.
Good pics and nice to see you got to catch the ARJ on the ZRH-TXL leg as well!

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineyp6370 From Germany, joined Apr 2000, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 9157 times:

Thanks for another nice report!

Actually I am glad to see, you still seem to enjoy flying even as a HON  
Would love to read a report about your experience on LH on domestic/european flights. As they've changed a lot there recently, it would be interesting to see it from a customer's perspective  


User currently offlineLufthansaHON From Germany, joined Feb 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 9123 times:

Quoting yp6370 (Reply 7):
Would love to read a report about your experience on LH on domestic/european flights. As they've changed a lot there recently, it would be interesting to see it from a customer's perspective

Coming up next week, on an intra-Europe route in C plus the First Class Lounge in MUC...stay tuned  


User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8959 times:

Wow! Nice trip report!

Quoting LufthansaHON (Thread starter):
Completely empty concourse A, reminds me of a Steven King novel:

That made me laugh because I've been at PIT which is so under utilized they've actually have walled off parts of the airport and had the EXACT same thought....there is just something so wrong and disconcerting about an completely empty airport!


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8855 times:

Hi LufthansaHON,

First of all I'm very glad to have you here on a.net. I've read your previous report and you really give us a different perspective of air travel i.e from a real frequent flyer's point of view. It's so much more different then us hobby flyers... I guess your reluctance to alcohol on planes summons it all pretty well 
Quoting LufthansaHON (Thread starter):
It basically is the FC Barcelona of cities, because… well, you get it.

Well I have to disagree there. As much as I find CPH a beautiful city, the place is simply too boring, to overpriced, poor nightlife, expensive hotels, people not so friendly. Overall I think Copenhagen is a rather overrated city. But I guess it's nice during the summers.

Quoting LufthansaHON (Thread starter):
Welcome onboard of Swiss Air, the FC Barcelona of air travel. Honored by true lovers of the beautiful performance, envied by competitors, always a step ahead of the opponent, sometimes playing in its own league – and several times close to having been bankrupt.

That, I can agree on. SWISS is really a world-class airline, completely corresponding with the Swiss fine sense of details. Just like watchmaking where every µm diameter screw plays a crucial part in creating a piece of artwork, the smaller touches like those lovely chocolates, the extra amenities in the lavs, and the crew's willingness in taking that extra step help creating a truly magnificent service experience.

Quoting LufthansaHON (Thread starter):
Swiss is the exception and he directs me over to Terminal 2, a five minute hike through the airport. Well, I need any exercise I can get.

Now this is something I dislike about SWISS, their contracts with the handling agents are completely different from mother Lufthansa. Same applies at Arlanda where LX use Nordic Aero instead of SAS. This of course means no fasttrack for SWISS passengers. Well you can access the fasttrack since there's a LX sign on it, but it's at the other side of the airport. Pretty much the same as in CPH it seems. I hope they'll change their ground handlers soon, or maybe they've kept it for the purpose of creating some market diversity by differentiating their offerings from mother Lufthansa, what do I know  
Quoting LufthansaHON (Thread starter):
No such luck though, as I get refused. “This priority line is for all airlines in Terminal 2 except Swiss and Brussels Airlines”, the gatekeeper tells me,

Again I'm chocked how he turned you down. I was even admitted (even though I shouldn't have) to the fasttrack when flying on a low-ball *S on a low-ball airline. There's simply no logic in the CPH security staff.

Quoting LufthansaHON (Thread starter):
My favorite spot in the lounge, the small “private room”:

I've never made it to this lounge yet, and I'm very eager to try it out soon. Place seems really huge and in every report covering the lounge I come across, there's a new room. Must say though, the chair really look more like belonging in the waiting room for some Swedish governmental institution née hospital, police station, tax office, rather then an airline flagship lounge.

Quoting LufthansaHON (Thread starter):
I never understood why people love pictures of airplane lavatories so much, but it seemed to be the standard in a.net trip reports,

Sir, please don't put the blame on my fellow reporters. I am the guilty one here. I am the one who take pictures of the lavatories...  
Quoting LufthansaHON (Thread starter):
complete with its own small bar and coffee machine:

Hmm, why don't I see a Nespresso machine in the lounge – The FC Barcelona of coffee machines  
Quoting LufthansaHON (Thread starter):
I am driven there in a car, rather then joining the crowd in the bus.

Is it true that HON Pax in ZRH are the only ones who get the S Class, and the lowly F pax get to share the bus?

Quoting LufthansaHON (Thread starter):
so usually public transportation is my way to work, which is quite extensive in my German hometown. Thus being driven by car every now and then is welcomed, I just wish I could actually drive it – that would be fun. LH, are you listening?

And again, is it true that they come and pick you up from your house and drive you to your airport? (if living in a certain radius from FRA/MUC/ZRH)

Thanks again for sharing this fun report. I'm really looking forward to seeing more from you!

//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineORDnHKG From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8706 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Is it true that HON Pax in ZRH are the only ones who get the S Class, and the lowly F pax get to share the bus?

I just did LX F HKG-ZRH, LX C ZRH-MUC, LH F MUC-ORD, I was driven by a S class from the LX F lounge to the AR1 for ZRH-MUC, I am not HON member.


User currently offlineRabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 1011 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 8365 times:

Quoting ORDnHKG (Reply 11):
I just did LX F HKG-ZRH, LX C ZRH-MUC, LH F MUC-ORD, I was driven by a S class from the LX F lounge to the AR1 for ZRH-MUC, I am not HON member.

It would be fantastic to hear a detailed report on that journey!


User currently offlineyp6370 From Germany, joined Apr 2000, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8255 times:

Quoting ORDnHKG (Reply 11):
I just did LX F HKG-ZRH, LX C ZRH-MUC, LH F MUC-ORD, I was driven by a S class from the LX F lounge to the AR1 for ZRH-MUC, I am not HON member.

It's regular service for all F/Cl passengers but HON members get this service even when flying Economy as they are always allowed to use the First Class Terminal/Lounges.


User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2445 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8220 times:

Quoting LufthansaHON (Thread starter):
However, he cannot check me in, even though Swiss is part of Star Alliance and SAS handles almost all Star flights here in Terminal 1, Swiss is the exception and he directs me over to Terminal 2,
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Now this is something I dislike about SWISS, their contracts with the handling agents are completely different from mother Lufthansa. Same applies at Arlanda where LX use Nordic Aero instead of SAS.



Quite funny, alliance member airlines are always pointing out there huge benefits from combined services and purchases...
Only exception seems to be the airport handling, lets have a look into StarAlliance mini HAM-hub: Brussels Airlines is handled by ACCIONA, LOT by AHS, Lufthansa by Lufthansa, but now it is getting funky: TAP check-in is in LH hands, but ticketing is done by AHS, THY check-in by AHS- but ticketing by THY and on top based in the non *A terminal...   
So, alliance member airlines, like *A, should point out much more clearly the right Terminal, the right Ticket-Agent etc. during booking and flight confirmation.


User currently offlineORDJOE From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 718 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7837 times:

Thanks for the trip report, I will also commend you getting HON status, that takes some heavy duty flying to get that status.

User currently offlineLufthansaHON From Germany, joined Feb 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7117 times:

Quoting ORDJOE (Reply 15):

Thanks for the trip report, I will also commend you getting HON status, that takes some heavy duty flying to get that status.

Yes, it does take some heavy flying, but it is part of my job, and not so much for pleasure. It just came with the amount of flying, but I still fly BA every now and then, sometimes across the Pond, just enough to keep my status with them as well.


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