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With Air France From Basel To Marseille In Economy  
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10270 times:

I can explain everything. Really.

As you may know, a while back Air France came up with the bright idea of setting up secondary, low-cost hubs in Toulouse and Marseille. Among the newly opened routes was Marseille to Basel, where I live. I’ve always wanted to visit the Provence region of France, so once the flights were released, I booked myself on a flight from Basel to Marseille in the evening of Friday, 29. June 2012. The return would be the next evening, on Saturday, 30. June 2012. This gave me nearly 24 hours to drive out of the city to see if I could find the famous lavender fields of Provence, which are in bloom in June.

And then along came Air France and made a dog’s breakfast out of the whole thing. Quite a while after I had booked the flights, I received a mail from Air France informing me that due to the bad performance of the route, the Saturday flight had been cancelled. I would need to be rebooked. The easiest thing of course, would have been to rebook me for the flight the next evening, Sunday, 01. July 2012. But private affairs required me to be back in Basel on Sunday morning, so instead of taking the direct service, I opted for a 06h15 departure from Marseille to Roissy and then onto Basel. That would get me into Basel at 09h45. But yet, 06h15 is very early and yes, transferring in Roissy is not my idea of fun either. But it cannot be helped.

Then a while later, a customer needed me to be in Dubai for a week, until 28. June 2012. I subsequently booked flights with Oman Air to get me from Zurich via Muscat to Dubai and back. You can find those trip reports here:
Oman Air Business Class_ Zurich To Dubai (by Knightsofmalta Jun 29 2012 in Trip Reports)
Oman Air Business Class_The Return (by Knightsofmalta Jun 29 2012 in Trip Reports)

The Oman Air flight would be on Friday, 29. June 2012 and would arrive back in Zurich at 18h40. This gave me enough time to get back to Basel, grab my rucksack and head for Basel airport for the flight to Marseille at 23h00.

And then along cam Air France and made a dog’s breakfast out of the whole thing. After I had booked the trip to Oman, I received another mail informing me that the flight from Basel to Marseille had been rescheduled and would now already be leaving at 20h00. There was no way I would make it from Zurich by that time. And so it came that the outbound flight had to be changed as well. Eventually I was rebooked to leave Basel at 10h00 on Saturday, 30. June 2012. I would fly to Marseille via Orly. One must look at the positive side. At least this meant that I would be flying on the Britair CRK to Orly.

This is what I booked. It’s quite simple really.


This is what Air France had me fly. Not quite the same.


And now, without further ado, off we go!

Date: 30. June 2012
From: Basel
To: Paris Orly
Aircraft: Bombardier CRK
Cabin: Economy
Seat: 1A


The journey begin, yet again. outside the main railway station in Basel. It is here that I catch the line 50 to the airport.
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The airport is looking good. Following the completion of the exterior, the interior has now also been revamped.
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This here is actually what used to be the oldest part of the original construction from the 1970s.
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I cross over into the French side.
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I've already done OLCI, so I head upstairs for security.
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The French side of the departure lounge is empty.
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Our resident unused A340-600 looking seriously worse for wear.
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At around 09h30, my bird finally makes an appearance. This will be my first trip with the CRK!
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Trust him, he knows what he's doing...
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See!
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A short while later, boarding is called.
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On my way to the plane I take a few shots of my bird.
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THE CABIN
The flight is not entirely full. Platinum members get seats at the front of the plane, hence I am on 1A. There are then about 8 empty rows in between me and the rest of the passengers.
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Boarding is quickly completed and we are soon on our way.
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Take-off is to the south towards Switzerland and Basle. After take-off we do a steep right turn and set course for Paris.
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THE SERVICE
Once the seat belt sign goes off, the curtains close and the crew start to prepare for the service.
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Hot chocolate with biscuits. The flight attendant tells me that the hot chocolate is made with water. But If I add to creamers I won't be able to tell the difference. I try and must admit, not bad at all.
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The rest of the flight is short and smooth. The weather en route is overcast.
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On the approach the weather clears up. But alas I am sitting on the wrong side to to be able to see the city.
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We arrive in Orly on time and taxi past the huge variety of different airlines and aircraft types. A short and plasant flight comes to an end.
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Waiting to be allowed off the plane.
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User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10195 times:

TRANSFER AT ORLY OUEST
Domestic flight arrive and depart from Orly Ouest. The terminal is quite old and evidently not geared for transfer passengers. This means that although I'm on an intra-Schengen flight, I will still have to go through security again.

There is a separate areas for SkyPriority passengers to check-in, but alas no fast track through security.
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Even so, once I'm through security I still have enough time to visit 'Le Salon Air France'. Air France operates a shuttle, called 'La Navette', to a number of French cities. These flights all leave from the same area and the lounge is only available to these flights.
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The lounge is not very well stocked and not exactly fancy. But it get the job done and it offers some excellent views of the apron.

THE FLIGHT
Boarding is called a few minutes late. It's an orderly affai and Air France take their boarding by seat rows very seriously.
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Date: 30. June 2012
From: Paris Orly
To: Marseille
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Cabin: Economy
Seat: 10D

Originally I'm on 10E, the middle seat on the emergency exit. Fortunately the guy on the aisle recognises some pal of his just as the doors close and decides to move. I shift across to the aisle seat, leaving the middle seat empty for the rest of the flight.

THE CABIN
The cabin looks rather new. The seats are not exactly comfy but sufficient for a short flight of only one hour.
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SERVICE
Service on this flight is pretty much the same as on the previous flight. I have a Perrier and more of the biscuits.
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ARRIVING IN MARSEILLE
The approach takes us over water and eventually a set of large salt pans. It's quite spectacular.
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After we land, we taxi past a huge fleet of fire protection aircraft.
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I deplane and head outside. It's a nice day but very hot. But it still feels nice. Just like a summer holiday. As for Air France, I don't think I'll ever be a fan. But I must say, these two flights as well as the return flights were very solid performances.

I did not prepare a report on the return, it was simply too early in the morning for me. So I'll leave you, if I may, with a few pictures of the lavender fields of Provence.

William

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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 9990 times:

Hello Knightsofmalta

Very well written.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I can explain everything. Really

This made me chuckle...

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
transferring in Roissy is not my idea of fun either. But it cannot be helped

Oh well a man has got to do what a man has got to do.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
the flight to Marseille at 23h00

Wow, seriously, at 23:00?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
This is what Air France had me fly. Not quite the same.

Nice to get 4 flights for the price of two. No wonder the MRS operation is not profitable!!

Best regards,
LXM83


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 9912 times:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
There are then about 8 empty rows in between me and the rest of the passengers.

Nice knees!      

A nice set of reports from you lately...seems you've been spending a lot of time in the air! Thanks for the interesting read.

Cheers.

Andy.



Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1652 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 9420 times:
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Bonjour William,

Nice one, once again! I loved your intro as it shows very clear that airlines adapt their strategy very quickly in this harsh economi climate. Only too bad that the customer is usually the victim with these things... But hurrah! you got to log the sleek and sexy CRK!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
One must look at the positive side. At least this meant that I would be flying on the Britair CRK to Orly.

Oh, how I long to be on a CRK one day   

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
This is what Air France had me fly. Not quite the same.

Still a nice geometric shape, way better than a straight line. You’re an enthusiast after all, no 

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The airport is looking good.

It sounds like you are in love with your airport   Perhaps rightfully so, I’ve never been in BSL so I can’t tell.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
This will be my first trip with the CRK!

Woohoo, definitely a big + to this trip (imho...).

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
This means that although I'm on an intra-Schengen flight, I will still have to go through security again.

How annoying.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 8902 times:

Hi LXM83

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 2):
Very well written.

Thanks, I decided to keep it short this time.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 2):
Oh well a man has got to do what a man has got to do.

Exactly.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 2):
Wow, seriously, at 23:00?

Apparently Air France were of the opinion that a low-cost operation required crap timings.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 2):
Nice to get 4 flights for the price of two. No wonder the MRS operation is not profitable!!

Yeah, I wasn't too cut up about that. But I would have liked to have more time in MRS. Guess this means I'll have to go again.

Hi BAViscount aka Andy

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 3):
Nice knees!

Thanks. I thought that perhaps this report might be a bit of an anticlimax after my Oman Air extravaganza. So I though I'd add some panache by including a few pics of my studly knees...

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 3):

A nice set of reports from you lately...seems you've been spending a lot of time in the air!

To be honest, it's getting to be a it much, as much as I like flying.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 3):
Thanks for the interesting read.

My pleasure. Glad you enjoyed.

Hi Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
Nice one, once again!

And thank you, again!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
loved your intro as it shows very clear that airlines adapt their strategy very quickly in this harsh economi climate. Only too bad that the customer is usually the victim with these things...

Quite. As you say, it's impressive how quick they can react to the market. But it does make planning somewhat problematic at times.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
Oh, how I long to be on a CRK one day

Blimey Nils, I think you should have that checked some day.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
Still a nice geometric shape, way better than a straight line. You’re an enthusiast after all, no

Absolutely, how right you are! If it looks good on the great circle mapper, then it's good enough for me!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
It sounds like you are in love with your airport

I am! Nothing wrong with Zurich, really. But it's just so convenient to only live 15 minutes away from the airport.

Well guys, thanks for taking the time to comment.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 8859 times:

Hi William,

Good grief, my dear man, don't you have any pants on!? Those pictures of hairy knees will be haunting me for a while!  

An interesting quickie on trying out the new AF route which then again didn't really succeed at all  . At least you managed to log the CRK, congrats on that. I'm a bit jealous. Ok, I'm *very* jealous!

I spent a couple of hours at MRS airport in May, coincidentally also in a (failed) quest for the CRK. Flew a couple of Régional flights instead, and I have to say I liked them a lot - very nice cabin crew, nice planes in good condition, perfectly on time and just pleasant. Definitely better than mama AF.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
And then along came Air France and made a dog’s breakfast out of the whole thing.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
And then along cam Air France and made a dog’s breakfast out of the whole thing.

Hah, they certainly didn't make it easy for you. I was very curious about these "low cost" routes (how much did you pay, BTW?) ex-TLS and MRS and wasn't really surprised to see the first route and schedule changes take place very soon. I'm thinking of doing one of these in November as a part of an itinerary to try to catch the CRK again, but I'm kinda worried that I'll get into the same kind of rebooking rigmarole as you (not that it would be particularly hard in the case of the itinerary I have in mind as there are plenty of direct flights instead of a dog leg via TLS...).

Did you ask to be rebooked directly ex-ZRH after your arrival from the Gulf?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The flight is not entirely full. Platinum members get seats at the front of the plane, hence I am on 1A. There are then about 8 empty rows in between me and the rest of the passengers.

Hah, exactly the same happened to me on my Régional SXB-MRS flight with the E145. I was on row 3 or 4 I think, the rest of the passengers apart from a deadheading AF pilot somewhere after row 10  .

Those seats look very nice and new - I bet there was the new plane smell still in the cabin?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The approach takes us over water and eventually a set of large salt pans. It's quite spectacular.

Yes, it is quite a picturesque one. We landed from the other direction, but it offered equally nice views, especially of the urban area of Marseille.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I did not prepare a report on the return, it was simply too early in the morning for me. So I'll leave you, if I may, with a few pictures of the lavender fields of Provence.

Wow, some very beautiful shots there. I'll go there one day, I promise... if only... etc. etc.


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 8694 times:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
Thanks. I thought that perhaps this report might be a bit of an anticlimax after my Oman Air extravaganza. So I though I'd add some panache by including a few pics of my studly knees...

And studly they are indeed, don't listen to that pale bloke from northern climes who wears odd hats and who doesn't appreciate that everyone wears "pants" on this side of the Atlantic! Well, apart from kilted Scots...allegedly! 



Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8568 times:

Air France...

Love!

Gorgeous report

I'm feeling French!



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8470 times:

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 7):
And studly they are indeed, don't listen to that pale bloke from northern climes who wears odd hats and who doesn't appreciate that everyone wears "pants" on this side of the Atlantic! Well, apart from kilted Scots...allegedly! 

Well, actually judging from those photos it looks like he might be without both trousers and pants!


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8128 times:

Hi Wiliam,

very nice little report here. A shame that you couldn't fly the new route, but at least you could log the CRK, for sure a nice plane. I have also booked a flight with Brit Air on this type later this year, looking forward to it. All in all it seems you had two nice flights with AF/Brit Air.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
But If I add to creamers I won't be able to tell the difference. I try and must admit, not bad at all.

That's very nice, good when a FA pays attention to such details, great customer care.

Also some very nice pictures of the Provence, a very beautiful area there, actually my favorite region in France. Great that you could get there when the lavender was in bloom, I can almost smell it when looking at your pictures  

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7810 times:

Hi Flyingfinn

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Good grief, my dear man, don't you have any pants on!?

Please, let a man have his secrets!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Those pictures of hairy knees will be haunting me for a while!

I know, they're quite stunning.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
At least you managed to log the CRK, congrats on that. I'm a bit jealous. Ok, I'm *very* jealous!

Thanks, that is rather cool. As far as I know, the CRK is quite reliable to catch on the route to Basel.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
I spent a couple of hours at MRS airport in May, coincidentally also in a (failed) quest for the CRK. Flew a couple of Régional flights instead, and I have to say I liked them a lot - very nice cabin crew, nice planes in good condition, perfectly on time and just pleasant. Definitely better than mama AF.

That impressed me too, the planes were in mint condition. While the Airbuses just looked like...Air France.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Hah, they certainly didn't make it easy for you. I was very curious about these "low cost" routes (how much did you pay, BTW?) ex-TLS and MRS and wasn't really surprised to see the first route and schedule changes take place very soon. I'm thinking of doing one of these in November as a part of an itinerary to try to catch the CRK again, but I'm kinda worried that I'll get into the same kind of rebooking rigmarole as you (not that it would be particularly hard in the case of the itinerary I have in mind as there are plenty of direct flights instead of a dog leg via TLS...).

Seriously, just don't bother. Air France have already announced that there will be further cuts at their 'hubs' in MRS and TLS.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Did you ask to be rebooked directly ex-ZRH after your arrival from the Gulf?

That was not possible because I was actually holding a domestic ticket, because Basel shares the airport with Mulhouse in France.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Hah, exactly the same happened to me on my Régional SXB-MRS flight with the E145. I was on row 3 or 4 I think, the rest of the passengers apart from a deadheading AF pilot somewhere after row 10 .

Strangely enough, if you select a seat further back and then decide to change again, it's no longer possible!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Wow, some very beautiful shots there. I'll go there one day, I promise... if only... etc. etc.

It certainly was a nice place. I'll have to go back again soon. Especially the place called Aurel was so tranquil.

Hi Andy

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 7):
And studly they are indeed, don't listen to that pale bloke from northern climes who wears odd hats and who doesn't appreciate that everyone wears "pants" on this side of the Atlantic! Well, apart from kilted Scots...allegedly!

Thanks for the enourgement. Perhaps my knees should start their own facebook profile...?

hi September11

Quoting September11 (Reply 8):
Gorgeous report

Thanks!

Quoting September11 (Reply 8):
I'm feeling French!

Blimey! How you do that?

Hi CaptainRed

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
very nice little report here.

Thanks!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
A shame that you couldn't fly the new route, but at least you could log the CRK, for sure a nice plane. I have also booked a flight with Brit Air on this type later this year, looking forward to it. All in all it seems you had two nice flights with AF/Brit Air.

Yeah, it was a pitty. But as you say, the CRK more than compensated for that. I hope you'll enjoy your flight. It's a great little plane. And so stylish to look at!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
That's very nice, good when a FA pays attention to such details, great customer care.

Generally speaking the crew were all quite nice and charming.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
actually my favorite region in France.

I'm not surprised! It really is an enchanting place. So peacful and quiet. I was expecting more tourists actually!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
Great that you could get there when the lavender was in bloom, I can almost smell it when looking at your pictures

That really was just the coolest thing! And when the wind blew through the shrubs, they looked like the sea with the light reflecting on it.

Thanks for taking the time to comment, FlyingFinn, Andy, September11, CaptainRed.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7438 times:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 11):
Thanks for the enourgement. Perhaps my knees should start their own facebook profile...?

I'd "like"!  



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User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7404 times:

Nice report William. Shame that AF had to cancel your flights, but nice that you were rebooked on something acceptable. I'm surprised that there is no business on BSL-ORY.


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User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7197 times:

Hi BAViscount

Well, if ever I start a profile, you'll be the first to know!

Hi Gabriel

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
Nice report William.

Thanks.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
I'm surprised that there is no business on BSL-ORY.

As far as I know, Air France doesn't offer a Business Class product on any of its domestic flights except on flights to the Départements d'Outre-Mer. Then again, Air France Business Class on European short-haul flights is rarely anything to write home about...

Thanks for taking the time to comment guys.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6825 times:

Hello William

Interesting report about AF's short haul service.
While not impressed by Air France at all I must say that the product is pretty impressive.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1447 posts, RR: 33
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6662 times:

Hi William,

You sure know how to catch our attention when writing trip reports!

Seriously though, this was of particular interest as I have some AF legs comings up ex BSL in September with a transfer on ORY for the first time. The CRK looks very smart, nice seats and much better than the ones on the A319.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
And then along came Air France and made a dog’s breakfast out of the whole thing
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
and would arrive back in Zurich at 18h40. This gave me enough time to get back to Basel, grab my rucksack and head for Basel airport for the flight to Marseille at 23h00.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
And then along cam Air France and made a dog’s breakfast out of the whole thing. After I had booked the trip to Oman, I received another mail informing me that the flight from Basel to Marseille had been rescheduled and would now already be leaving at 20h00.

Nothing ever seems to go smoothly when you're flying, does it? Especially not when AF/KL enter the equation!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
This is what I booked. It’s quite simple really

...until Air France messed it up!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The flight attendant tells me that the hot chocolate is made with water. But If I add to creamers I won't be able to tell the difference. I try and must admit, not bad at all.

That's interesting. I despise hot chocolate made out of water so I'm still not convinced the cream helps.

Anyway, glad it worked out in the end and that you found the lavender fields! I've flown over MRS several times and always think it must be a pretty impressive airport to land at.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6599 times:

Hi Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):
Interesting report about AF's short haul service.

Thank you.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):
While not impressed by Air France at all I must say that the product is pretty impressive.

I've never been much of a fan of Air France's either. But I must say, on these flights the offered a solid performance. And the hardware on the regional jets is great.

Hi Hannah

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
You sure know how to catch our attention when writing trip reports!

Good, it seems to have worked!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
Seriously though, this was of particular interest as I have some AF legs comings up ex BSL in September with a transfer on ORY for the first time.

Transfer is very easy at ORY, you can't go wrong. And the walking distances are very short. If you're connecting from a domestic/Schengen flight to an international/non-Schengen flight your best option to transfer between terminals is probably the Orlyval.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
Nothing ever seems to go smoothly when you're flying, does it? Especially not when AF/KL enter the equation!

I was afraid somebody might use that against me one of these days. But I have to say, recently I haven't had that many things go wrong actually *touch wood*. Of late my biggest problem seem to be more with coordinating the trips rather doing them.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
...until Air France messed it up!

Exactly, thank you. Nice to feel understood.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
That's interesting. I despise hot chocolate made out of water so I'm still not convinced the cream helps.

Have you tried those 'Options' thingies you can get in the UK. Not half bad really. But obviously not as good as the real thing, or as unhealthy...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 16):
Anyway, glad it worked out in the end and that you found the lavender fields! I've flown over MRS several times and always think it must be a pretty impressive airport to land at.

Yes, the approach is very scenic. First you come in low over the sea, with sailing boats below, and then shortly before landing you pass over these salt pans with the most unusual red colours. Definitely very nice.

Marc, Hannah, thanks for taking the time to comment.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6418 times:
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Hi William,

Another great report as usual. AF in the air looked quite OK this time, very bad that they kept changing your schedule! Love the lavender field pictures, looks impressive!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
On my way to the plane I take a few shots of my bird.

beautiful bird

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6296 times:

Hi William!

Nice little report of AF shorthaul, nice to log the CRK!
Except for the hassle with rebooking AF didn't look too bad.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):

This is what Air France had me fly. Not quite the same.

At least you got to fly 4 legs instead of 2, haha!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):

At around 09h30, my bird finally makes an appearance. This will be my first trip with the CRK!

Now that's a long RJ!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Platinum members get seats at the front of the plane, hence I am on 1A.

I can imagine that the takeoff was rather quiet!

Martin


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6174 times:

Hi Martin

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):
Nice little report of AF shorthaul, nice to log the CRK!

Thanks! Catching the CRK was cool. It also has the added benefit of being one up on FlyingFinn...  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):
At least you got to fly 4 legs instead of 2, haha!

How very true. Four take-offs and landings for the price of two.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):
I can imagine that the takeoff was rather quiet!

Yeah, as we pushed back I kept waiting to hear the engines start up. Then eventually we started moving forward and I had to presume that it was under our own power. Quite impressive.

Hi Brendan

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Another great report as usual.

Thank you.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
AF in the air looked quite OK this time, very bad that they kept changing your schedule!

Yeah, so much for opening up those secondary hubs away from Paris...

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Love the lavender field pictures, looks impressive!

Those lavender fields were really something different. I was not expecting there to be so many and such large fields. Very beautiful countryside indeed.

Martin, Brendan, thanks for taking the time to comment.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6169 times:

Oh dear William,

Almost every time you fly intra Europe, you never fulfill it according to the first itinerary. But somehow, the changes have always been to your benefit in terms of new airports, aircraft types or interior. These AF flights of yours to Provence were nothing different.

I am impressed how you look at everything from the bright side.  

Your reward this time? CRK! A type which will be added to Garuda’s fleet later this year.  


Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Hot chocolate with biscuits.

Hot chocolate? I would love to have one on board.   


Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 1):
a few pictures of the lavender fields of Provence

Beautiful! Did you buy any lavender product as souvenir?


Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5959 times:

Hey Suryo!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Almost every time you fly intra Europe, you never fulfill it according to the first itinerary.

I know, that's what Hannah said a while back too. But you must grant me this: it's not my fault!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
But somehow, the changes have always been to your benefit in terms of new airports, aircraft types or interior.

Yeah exactly, the original route would have been just an A319. I don't think i would even have written a report then!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
I am impressed how you look at everything from the bright side.

From experience I'd say everything else is futile. And life's too short.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Your reward this time? CRK! A type which will be added to Garuda’s fleet later this year.

Really? I had no idea. Usually the airlines in that neck of the wood have a penchant for the big birds. In any case I bet that will look funky in the Garuda livery.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Hot chocolate? I would love to have one on board.

Not many airlines seem to offer that these days.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Beautiful! Did you buy any lavender product as souvenir?

Nah, I figured if I don't I have a better excuse to return!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Thanks for sharing.

My pleasure, thanks for commenting, Suryo.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5215 times:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 22):
In any case I bet that will look funky in the Garuda livery.

Take a look at this



Friends forever
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4992 times:

Hey Suryo

Thanks for the link. That really looks very cool, the clean and simple lines of the CRK with the cool blue livery of the Garuda. I like it. Next thing is to figure out an itinerary that will get me on one of these birds!

Cheers,
William


25 lukeyboy95 : Hi William. Another nice report - you manage to keep them light / airy and humorous. Less keen on the fact that your knees seem to be 'trending' in th
26 Knightsofmalta : Hi Luke Thank you, that's very nice of you to mention. Yes, I know they can be quite intimidating... Oh okay, admittedly I was not too cut up about al
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