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Cyprus With Aegean: Business A321 LHR-LCA-LHR  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 15708 times:

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Cyprus with Aegean: Business A321 LHR-LCA-LHR

Hello!

Yes, it’s me again, with my third trip report this week. Still got one more to go too (Cityjet RTM-LCY) before I’m finally up to date and able to, er, “enjoy” the English summer.

If you’d read some of my earlier reports from this year, you’d know I’m a major fan of the spending ability of bmi’s Diamond Club miles. With the sale of BD to BA earlier this year, the Golden Era of cheap premium trips was coming to an end. LH & co decided rather abruptly to end their agreement with BD. The rest of Star Alliance would be withdrawn from BD search engines at the end of May. So sad!

Still, there was opportunity for one final trip before the party ended. I tried to book another stonkingly cheap Europe-SIN-India flight with SQ in C (and actually got a PNR on one occasion), but somewhere along the line each itinerary got cancelled before ticketing. It looked like this sort of routing was finally disallowed. As such, I began hunting for a trip somewhere in Europe. With the LH family out of the picture, I had a choice of SK, TK, TP and A3. I discounted SK as I wanted to go somewhere warm and cheap. I had a brainwave when I realised that TP had direct summer flights from London to the Azores – unfortunately I remembered wrong as that was Sata not TAP. In the end I narrowed it down to direct flights from London – either FNC in Madeira with TP or Larnaca in Cyprus with A3.

I really enjoyed my flights with Aegean in Feburary, as well as my time on the island. TAP was a bit more of an unknown quantity, so even though I hadn’t been to Madeira before, I plumped with Aegean.



Aegean have a daily flight from LHR to LCA with nice daytime hours. For the summer they have based one of their 4 A321s in LCA just to operate this route. From the beginning of the winter season, this route will be switched over to LGW. At 2040 miles, this is the longest flight in the Aegean portfolio, and the first time I’ve flown an airline’s longest route.

Courtesy of GC Mapper:
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When I was in Cyprus in February, I spent most of the time in the South of the island. This time I’d be heading for the Turkish occupied North.

Without further ado, onto the flights!

As mentioned in earlier reports, check in facilities in LHR T1 keep moving. Aegean is now handled in Area K where BA used to be, followed by LH/OS, followed by TP/OU. There was a long line for economy, but no one waiting for Business. Security was quick, and before long I was in the Star Alliance business lounge. It had been a while since I was last in here. The catering is marginally better here than in the BD lounge, although as it lacks windows, I find it rather boring. The place with full of loud Americans having rather excruciating conversations with each other. Without having any interest in the conversation matter, I learnt all about someone’s holiday plans, what they did in London, where they were off to on the next holiday, and how they knew someone living nearby the random couple they’d decided to have a conversation with sitting a few rows over. Please, keep you’re tiresome stories to yourself in future. I wolfed down the best of the hot catering, then headed over to the BD lounge.
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As you can see from the sign, the BD lounge is off limits to most Star Alliance flights. However, thankfully, Aegean has come to an arrangement with BD to use the lounge still (which shows that there was no reason for LH to suddenly stop their Silver members using this lounge). I was expecting the place to be empty given the lack of other *A passengers, but the place was surprisingly full. Still, my usual seat in the corner was free.
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Some Jubilee tea
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It was a lovely sunny day – perfect for plane spotting
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Nice to see the Olympic flame plane again
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Anyone knows who’s operating this ex-Eurofly A330?
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An earlier Aegean flight for Athens
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Why do IB planes always look so faded? I think it’s that horrible middle red/orange stripe.
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Ah-ha, here’s my plane
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A gorgeous FI 757 arriving
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A shiny newly painted Virgin taxiing past…looks like the paint is already peeling though
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Two giants, a lightweight and a minnow
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I tracked the inbound flight, which despite leaving LCA early, had landed quite late. I left the lounge some ten minutes after seeing the plane taxi past.
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FIDS
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Gate 17 today
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There was quite a crowd already waiting to board. I noticed when I OLCIed that the business class was reduced from 5 to 4 rows. Economy was going out full, and C was 56%. Disappointingly there was no priority boarding, just announcements for rows XYZ to board. To compound matters, everyone was held on the airbridge for a good five minutes, for no particular reason.
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June 2012
London Heathrow (LHR) – Larnaca (LCA)
Aegean Airlines A3 759
Scheduled: 1215-1850 (4h35m)
Actual: 1313-1903 (3h50m)
Airbus A321 SX-DVZ
Business



I was one of the first people to sit down in the Business cabin. Reasonable legroom, and a tidy cabin.
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I heard a few comments from people walking past. “Looks nice”. “What a waste of money, they only have, like, 1 extra millimetre of space”. “I like the tables”.

I must say, I did agree about the waste of money comment. My flights were retailing at over £900 return, which is pretty expensive, a 400% or so mark-up over economy. My flights came to around 9,000 miles + £180 tax, which I thought was on the cusp of being good value.

Pre flight sweets and drinks were offered.
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This was sparkling wine rather than real champagne


Rather late, we pushed back. The captain apologised explaining that the headwinds had been over 200km/h coming up, hence the delay. Thanks to the same winds, our journey should be pretty quick going back down meaning a near on time arrival.
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JNB or LHR?
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V Fab indeed
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Nice and shiny
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Over the M25
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This was the first time I’d seen Windsor Castle on departure
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Once the seatbelt sigs were off, the curtains were closed, and menus and wine lists handed out
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Safety card


Blue Magazine


Today’s film would be “This Means War”. Compared to the IFE on the BA 767 back in February, it was FAR easier to watch this film.


Interesting article about Star Alliance. LH is the only airline not to have changed their livery
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Approaching the coast
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Lovely views over Kent and the Channel today
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Lydd Airport
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France
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Calais
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With the first drinks service I go with my signature G&T and sparkling water
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And a packet of nuts
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Headphones are handed out
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A hot towel and a top up
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Table cloths are laid out, and the starters brought out…very tasty aubergine with vegetables and cream cheese.
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Over the Alps with lunch
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Once my starter is cleared away, I’m handed my main course. The menu offered a choice of Chicken with a pistachio crust, or Farmer’s Lamb. Not eating lamb very often, I wanted to go for that. I asked the FA about the lamb, and she half smiled just saying, “Just chicken”. Thankfully, this was a most serious and disappointing part of the flight. I found the crew, service and catering excellent. Still, she could have started with “I’m sorry, I only have chicken left” rather than just handing it to me assuming I wanted it. Still, the chicken was tasty, so no problems.
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With the chicken demolished, it’s time for the dessert. I was really looking forward to this. Sadly, the only bit I liked was the one that looked like a dead slug. The triangle and egg yolk lookalike ones weren’t to my taste.
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All rounded off with a nice espresso
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The seat – it was quite comfortable with the recline. I had the aisle seat empty, so had plenty of space.
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Some more beverages


Moving map – those winds really are strong today, we’re already over Greece
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Lovely clouds
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It seemed like I was the only one making the most of the Business Class bar today. Everyone else seemed to be content with just one drink with the meal.
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Just over half an hour before arrival, the liqueur trolley was rolled down the aisle with chocolates. I went with a Metaxa brandy – not my usual tipple, but was nice to try


I was surprised that we were routed over Turkey…I would have thought that Greek Cypriot flights would be banned from Turkish airspace, similar to how (at least in the past) Taiwan bound aircraft had to fly via HKG/MFM airspace when approaching from the Chinese mainland.
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The final resting place of a mosquito
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Nearly the Sun Island
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Another hot towel before arrival
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Over the Troodos Mountains – not covered in snow like on my last visit
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LCA - can you spot EK?
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Flying over the city of Larnaca
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Still nice and sunny here in the Southern Med
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 15794 times:

Some interesting Eastern bloc aircraft on the ground today
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Two nice Flag liveries...I much prefer Aeroflot though
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Walking to immigration
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Disembarkation was pretty quick, and before long I was through immigration (no queue) and in the arrivals hall. I took a photo of the arrivals screen, but within a few seconds an official turned up saying that photography wasn’t allowed in here (come on, it’s a photo of a TV screen!). He told me to delete the photo, which I did. The previous photo of the Aeroflot plane came on the screen. Before he had a chance to tell me to delete that one too, I told him it was Heathrow, and turned off my camera. He opened his mouth to say something else, but then walked away. Hmm.

I grabbed by bag, and headed out for the shuttle bus to Nicosia. I was *just* in time to catch the next one, so I was pretty happy about that.
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With the late arrival in LCA, and then early departure on the return, I decided to spend the first night in Nicosia, and the final night in Larnaca. From Nicosia I’d hire a car and drive up for a few days on Golden Beach in the far northeast (the best beach in the country), before a night in Famagusta, then Kyrenia, then back to Laranca.

My rather crappy (but cheap) hire car
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Hiking up Buffavento Castle


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Food!
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Long open roads
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My hut on Golden Beach (I don’t recommend Burhan’s unless you like being roasted alive at night)
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Perfect!
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The moon
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Golden Beach
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Driving through the donkey sanctuary which led to a little chapel, and the tip of Cyprus
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From Golden Beach I drove down to near Famagusta – the hostel wasn’t great, but once the hordes of tourists (Turkish? Russian?) had gone for their buffet dinner, the poolside was quite nice.
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Nearby ancient ruin of Salamis
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Lots of snails!


I just had 2 hours in Famagusta, which was just enough time to see everything of interest. There is an amazing city wall which you can scramble up for free if you find the right gate
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Remains from Venetian times?
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A nice Efes in the sun
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Now this is rather interesting. The high rise hotel the other side of the fence (which I wasn’t supposed to photograph) are in Varosha, a neighbourhood of Famagusta. Pre the 1974 invasion, this was one of the world’s most famous beach hotspots. Since then, the area was been walled off for various reasons, and now the place is slowly falling apart. Journalists that have visit the area report light bulbs still glowing in abandoned buildings, dealerships full of brand new 1974 cars, and sea turtles nesting on the main beach.
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From Famagusta it was over to Bellepais Monastery
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And finally to Kyrenia. I stayed at the White Pearl Hotel, which is right on the harbour (and has been voted the most scenic place in the country, something I’d probably agree with)
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Party ships
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Atlas Air heading back to Turkey from Ercan Airport


Rooftop bar
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The castle as viewed from my hotel balcony
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Time to explore the castle
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The remains of a 2000 year old cargo ship
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With the castle seen, and the car handed back, I headed back to Larnaca. Following Palmjet’s nice looking trip to Larnaca, I thought I might spend a few hours on the beach seeing what was happening. The beach wasn’t anywhere near as nice as Golden Beach, and it was a LOT more busy/
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Cyprus Air
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Royssia
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Aeroflot
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Sadly planes were arriving from the other end, so we only got departures, which I discovered, are much hard to photograph! I walked onto a supposedly forbidden area of the beach – nice and empty here!
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It’s not just passenger jets
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In a moment of boredom between flights
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Transaero
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Austrian
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CY
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A nice Thomson 767
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And the BA flight, which I was waiting for. I flew G-BNWX in 1997 GVA-LHR
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Another Thomson
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The best picture I could get of the lovely RJ E jet
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I was delighted when I saw this….the wind’s changed so now I’d get some arrivals! A3 from ATH
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Aerosvit
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And the Pièce de résistance of the day, the Il96 from Moscow
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Hello from Switzerland
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The LCA based A321 -the plane that took me to and from Cyprus
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EK from MLA
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As it was getting late, I decided to walk back to my hotel, stopping for a beer and some dinner along the way
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A very good looking MS Express plane
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A lovely FB Ej-et
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A visitor form the North
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I’m quite happy with this shot
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I couldn’t believe it that there was a second IL96 schedule for today – shame this is the best picture I could get
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Walking back into town
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Way too early for my liking, the next morning I was up at 5am. I booked a taxi through the hotel. The driver was quite intent on not letting the speed drop below triple figures, so we got to the airport pretty quickly.
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I manage to time my entrance to the terminal perfectly, arriving at the check in desk just before opening. There was a substantial economy class queue, but no one waiting for the premium desk. I feel more than one set of eyes on me as I walk to the front and am seen first…see, it’s more than just an millimetre of extra legroom!
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My bag is tagged, and boarding pass printed. The lady is friendly, and says “I’m sure you know where the lounge is”… thankfully I recall from my last time in town. There is no queue for immigration or security, so I’m heading for the lounge. The Cyprus Airways lounge that BA use is nice and airy, with some nice windows. The Aegean lounge next door couldn’t not have been more different. It’s tiny, and has no natural light. The décor is nice and stylish, but I’d take the CY lounge over this one any day of the week. As I walk in, I ask about a shower room, but am told there isn’t one available.

This is basically the entire lounge, not much bigger than a large sitting room.
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Some breakfast
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Star Alliance departures for the next 24 hours
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A few minutes after I arrived, a young English guy (who’d end up sitting in front of me) who also asked about a shower, meaning 100% of customers today have asked! He proceeded to pour himself a large glass of red wine. A few more people slowly drifted in. As there wasn’t much to do in the lounge, I thought I’d go for a bit of a walk – there wasn’t much happening around the terminal.

FIDS
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-DVZ again
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Sadly, whilst there was an announcement that Star Gold and Business class passengers could board at their leisure, in practice, by the time they made that announcement, there were so many people standing by the gate, nobody could get through. Surely in this day and age, it wouldn’t be so hard (and cost no extra money) to say something along the lines of: “Ladies and Gentlemen, please stay seated during this announcement! First we would like to board families with young children, THEN Business Class/* Gold, THEN rows XYZ. Please remain seated until you are invited to board”.



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 15793 times:

July 2012
Larnaca (LCA) – London Heathrow (LHR)
Aegean Airlines A3 758
Scheduled: 0815-1115 (5h00m)
Actual: 0830-1954 (4h24m)
Airbus A321 SX-DVZ
Business



I managed to get though after a wodge of people sitting near the back got on…I was the first business passenger. Once again the divider had been moved forward in the time OLCI opened and closed, so only 3 rows of business today (8 passengers). I guess economy was full.
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Clean and comfortable cabin
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The guy in front (the red wine guy from the lounge) shoved his shoes under the seat, just where my feet were. I’d suggest you keep them on for takeoff.
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Lovely SU plane arriving
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I declined the “champagne” and stuck with the OJ
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And some sweets
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The Torygraph, and today’s issue as well – very nice
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Something to look forward to on arrival?
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Tarmac views
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Never heard of Orbest before – a charter company?
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With everyone aboard and seated, we pushed back a few minutes late. Testament to my poor timing, I managed to screw up documenting Cyprus Airways’ only A321 arriving
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Off we go, 2040 miles to London
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Larnaca
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Nicosia
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The abandoned Nicosia Airport
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Monitors


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Leaving Cyprus
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As it was a morning flight, there was no wine list, just a menu
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Table cloths
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I elected to go for the omelette with veal sausage. It tasted quite nice, although I did think that serving only half a sausage in business class was rather cheap of Aegean. I wonder what they served down the back?
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Some sparkling water and some sparkling wine
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A nice cappuccino to round off breakfast
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I was delighted to see we passed over Athens – wonderful views
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The old airport
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Over Athens
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The Parthenon should be down there somewhere
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More water
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Following our progress over the Adriatic. During breakfast, Hugo was shown over the TV screens
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An AF 77W going the other way
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Some snowy peaks
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As I’d been up for quite a while now, I thought I should switch to G&Ts


Time also for some trip reports
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Map again
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And another cappuccino
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We’ve hit the channel
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Back in Britian
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As expected, we entered a nice loopy holding pattern
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Looks like we’ve been here before
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LCY
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Canary Wharf, and the Isle of Dogs
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The Shard, the tallest building in Europe
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The Houses of Parliament
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Wembley
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Olympic fever at Kew
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And we’re back, nice and early
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Lots of shiny metal in LHR in the mornings
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Whilst I have no interest in flying her transatlantic (at least not in Y), she does look great
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Nice to see an AC A319 on the ground
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A3 from ATH
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That Eurofly A330 is back again
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A sight not long for this world
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My plane after disembarkation. A rather rude BAA woman shouted at me that photos aren’t allowed “for security reasons” (where have I heard that before?). How is taking a photo of a plane I just got off a security risk?
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Unfortunately we parked at gate 5, which is a nice long walk away down some dingy corridors to immigration.
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A view into T1 airside
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Thankfully, there was very little queue at immigration, and before long I was at the carousel, where my bag was already going round.


Heading for the bus station


My bag, at the end of its final journey. After many journeys, the bottom has finally broken. Time to hunt for a new suitcase.


Well, overall I was very happy with how everything went. The flights with Aegean were nearly perfect…the two slip ups (as far as I was concerned) was the lack of priority boarding, and the FA just assuming I was happy with the chicken. And please, throw in the other half sausage!

Cyprus was great. It was pretty hot (40C+), so I came back to a very cold and wet Britain with a lovely tan. Having now been both south and north, I’d say they were both as good as each other. As the North uses Turkish Lira, it was slightly cheaper, and the food slightly more interesting. Also, it’s less busy, but has less things to do.

As always, all comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX
Bye Bye Baby: easyJet LTN-BFS, bmi Baby BHD-BHX
Air One and Alitalia to Sicily – LGW-MXP-PMO-LIN-LHR
Part 12: Sun Air of Scandinavia & BA, DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR on the J31, D328 and A320
Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
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, and AA 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
Armenia with Austrian Airlines. LHR-VIE-EVN
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

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



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27111 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15591 times:

Hey Gabriel great report.

I have been to all those places you documented in the North. Did you notice the Nuns still being there in Apostolos Andreas? They are a dying breed sadly and their only links to the outside were regular UN food supplies and support from the Greek Cypriot authorities. Alot of the young generation of Greeks who did remain were told if they wanted to get an education they had to go South and were not allowed back in to the North. I think only a few token villages in Rizokarpaso exist now . Shame they are dying out .

Flights with A3 look good . They offer a decent product and service . Shame the lamb was off but glad you liked the chicken.   You certainly got your monies worth from the bar lol...

This no picture taking is getting a bit beyond a joke. I can maybe understand it in Cyprus due to the situation there but not of a TV screen . Also at LHR they are taking the piss and using enhanced security due to London 2012 as a power trip weapon. Even though they have already made a balls up of the security and training of staff just a few weeks ahead.

Lovely shots of the arrivals in LCA. Aeroflot and OA were my favourites so thanks for those  

Glad you had a good time and all that food is making me home sick for the region !

Regards

Philip  


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Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15542 times:

Another good one there Gabriel

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Anyone knows who’s operating this ex-Eurofly A330?

I believe its operating for one of the BMI 330's which is off having maintenance.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A shiny newly painted Virgin taxiing past…looks like the paint is already peeling though

Not that new... been in that livery about a year or so now. And interesting to see they're still having the paint peeling problems!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My flights were retailing at over £900 return

How much?! Ive got VS flights to MCO in Y+ for less than that!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This is basically the entire lounge, not much bigger than a large sitting room.

Even the Flybe lounge at BHD looks better than that.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
A rather rude BAA woman shouted at me that photos aren’t allowed “for security reasons”

Seems to be a more common problem. Although i did question somebody on it at LGW (many years ago) and they said it was down to BAA not wanting their ground equipment/staff being photographed and that if i could get just the plane with no equipment in the way it would be fine.



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15452 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Hey Gabriel great report.

Thanks Phil!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Did you notice the Nuns still being there in Apostolos Andreas?

I didn't see any, but it was very hot, so maybe their were watching TV/praying iside (or at the beach)

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Flights with A3 look good . They offer a decent product and service . Shame the lamb was off but glad you liked the chicken. You certainly got your monies worth from the bar lol...

Well, I don't have much premium flying planned, so got to make the most of it!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
This no picture taking is getting a bit beyond a joke. I can maybe understand it in Cyprus due to the situation there but not of a TV screen . Also at LHR they are taking the piss and using enhanced security due to London 2012 as a power trip weapon. Even though they have already made a balls up of the security and training of staff just a few weeks ahead.
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
Seems to be a more common problem. Although i did question somebody on it at LGW (many years ago) and they said it was down to BAA not wanting their ground equipment/staff being photographed and that if i could get just the plane with no equipment in the way it would be fine.

After that I meant to write to BAA to get an offical copy of their photography guidlines...maybe i'll do that this afternoon

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Lovely shots of the arrivals in LCA. Aeroflot and OA were my favourites so thanks for those

Thanks!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
Another good one there Gabriel

Thanks James

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
I believe its operating for one of the BMI 330's which is off having maintenance.

Makes sense

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
How much?! Ive got VS flights to MCO in Y+ for less than that!

Well, I guss that is the full fare Biz



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User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1313 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 15171 times:

Hey,

Thank you for a great report, you brought back good memories from my trip to Larnaca and northern Cyprus in 2010.

Jonathan



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User currently onlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 15130 times:
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Hi GC,

Great report and pictures, A3 looks pretty decent, meal presentation nice though I thought breakfast was a bit light food wise compared to the outbound meal.

I've never been to Cyprus but following this and PJ's earlier report, I'm thinking of heading out there next May.

The story of the dealerships full of 'new' cars from 1974 sounds very interesting, shame it's not possible to visit these areas.

The Eurofly A330 is opearing for bmi, one of their A330's has left fleet pending it's lease expiring.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 15048 times:

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 6):
Thank you for a great report, you brought back good memories from my trip to Larnaca and northern Cyprus in 2010.

Thanks Jonathan, glad you liked it

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
Great report and pictures, A3 looks pretty decent, meal presentation nice though I thought breakfast was a bit light food wise compared to the outbound meal.

Yes, it was good, but I was rather dissapointed with the breakfast. Airlines always seem to get very stingy at breakfast time. I mean, people aren't (generally) hammering the drinks, AND they don't include a dessert, so the main event might as well be a bit more generous.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
I've never been to Cyprus but following this and PJ's earlier report, I'm thinking of heading out there next May.

You should, it's a great island, so easy to get around

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
The story of the dealerships full of 'new' cars from 1974 sounds very interesting, shame it's not possible to visit these areas.

I know, I'd love a poke around a ghost town!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
The Eurofly A330 is opearing for bmi, one of their A330's has left fleet pending it's lease expiring.

Makes sense given how many times I;ve seen it



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Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 15007 times:
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Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 8):
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
Great report and pictures, A3 looks pretty decent, meal presentation nice though I thought breakfast was a bit light food wise compared to the outbound meal.

Yes, it was good, but I was rather dissapointed with the breakfast. Airlines always seem to get very stingy at breakfast time. I mean, people aren't (generally) hammering the drinks, AND they don't include a dessert, so the main event might as well be a bit more generous.

- Your right about breakfast flights, I tend to avoid the early departures to the US to ensure it's a dinner service rather than breakfast, an important meal so we are told but can be so dull!

Cheers

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User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 14988 times:

Hi Gabriel

What a great report. Those pictures you took of the places you visited in Cyprus are really lovely. The landscape kind of reminds me of Malta, made me feel quite homesick.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
With everyone aboard and seated, we pushed back a few minutes late. Testament to my poor timing, I managed to screw up documenting Cyprus Airways’ only A321 arriving

I'm sorry for you for not getting it quite right. But I must say, I find it quite reassuring I'm not the only one that happens to. I recently noticed I have a tendency to cut off the right end of the plane from my photos...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As you can see from the sign, the BD lounge is off limits to most Star Alliance flights. However, thankfully, Aegean has come to an arrangement with BD to use the lounge still (which shows that there was no reason for LH to suddenly stop their Silver members using this lounge). I was expecting the place to be empty given the lack of other *A passengers, but the place was surprisingly full. Still, my usual seat in the corner was free.

Lufthansa has always been very brand conscious. Even so, it's good Aegean has decided to keep on using that lounge. Without a doubt, as far as the views are concerned at least, it must be one of the best lounges out there!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
With the chicken demolished, it’s time for the dessert. I was really looking forward to this. Sadly, the only bit I liked was the one that looked like a dead slug. The triangle and egg yolk lookalike ones weren’t to my taste.

So what exactly was the thing that looked like an egg yolk?

Apart from the dessert, the food looks rather tasty, especially the starter. What was the main dish like? It looks kind of greasy.

In any case, thank for posting yet another one of your excellent trip with us.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 14922 times:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
What a great report. Those pictures you took of the places you visited in Cyprus are really lovely. The landscape kind of reminds me of Malta, made me feel quite homesick.

Thanks William, glad you liked it

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
Lufthansa has always been very brand conscious. Even so, it's good Aegean has decided to keep on using that lounge. Without a doubt, as far as the views are concerned at least, it must be one of the best lounges out there!

I know, the BD lounge really is a nice lounge, shame LH had to go and ruin it for everyone!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
So what exactly was the thing that looked like an egg yolk?

No idea!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
Apart from the dessert, the food looks rather tasty, especially the starter. What was the main dish like? It looks kind of greasy.

Main fish was nice, don't recall it being very greasy



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 14893 times:

Great report Gabriel! As I have confessed many a time, Cyprus is in my bucket list and I love reading TRs about the island.

Needless to say it was interesting to see photos from the occupied territory. The Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque in Famagusta (which used to be a Catholic church as it is evident from its architecture) is a building I really want to see up and close. You don't see Gothic-style mosques everyday. Too bad much of it had to be destroyed (especially architectural features of its interior).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Why do IB planes always look so faded? I think it’s that horrible middle red/orange stripe.

I have wondered the same thing myself.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A lovely FB Ej-et

That's one good looking devil.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
it’s time for the dessert. I was really looking forward to this. Sadly, the only bit I liked was the one that looked like a dead slug. The triangle and egg yolk lookalike ones weren’t to my taste.

Don't blame you. I find it very hard to eat those Greek-Turkish style syrupy desserts. Way to heavy for my liking.


I'm glad you got the opportunity to re-visit the island so soon after your first visit. I need to find some good deal with CY next time I'm in Europe to check out the place myself.

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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 14836 times:
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Really nice report, gabrielchew!

I love your coverage of each of your reports - It felt like I took a vacation there as well! Nice job.

Aegean looks very nice in J class, but I found it interesting you talk about some of the little things (like in regards to the chicken dish issue) that make it seem lacking in a few places.

Larnaca looks very cool, and an interesting place to visit!

Thanks for sharing!

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 14765 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 12):
Great report Gabriel!

Thanks Stojan

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 12):
Needless to say it was interesting to see photos from the occupied territory. The Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque in Famagusta (which used to be a Catholic church as it is evident from its architecture) is a building I really want to see up and close. You don't see Gothic-style mosques everyday. Too bad much of it had to be destroyed (especially architectural features of its interior).

Yeah, it's an interesting island, plenty to explore

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 12):
That's one good looking devil.

It is indeed - have you been on it?

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
I love your coverage of each of your reports - It felt like I took a vacation there as well! Nice job.

Thanks, glad you enjoyed the holiday!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
Aegean looks very nice in J class, but I found it interesting you talk about some of the little things (like in regards to the chicken dish issue) that make it seem lacking in a few places.

Yeah, like I said, everything was pretty much perfect, so it's the little things that stand out

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
Larnaca looks very cool, and an interesting place to visit!

Well Larnaca itself isn't great, but the island is wonderful



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User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 14670 times:

Hola Gabriel!

Great TR to Cyprus... sure a place to visit.

I have had a look at A· fares from BCNand they seem to offer decent prices, this combined with the great service you show in the report makes it a great destination for winter months.

The meal looked much better and more substantial than the breakfast offered on the way back. The plane looks fresh and comfortable, especially on C when there is no one sitting next to you.

Good to know that no pictures of screens are allowed in LCA...

Any more reports in the coming week?   Great to follow them!

Salut!

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 14626 times:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 15):
Great TR to Cyprus... sure a place to visit.

Hi Roger, yes, Cyprus, a lovely place to visit!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 15):
I have had a look at A· fares from BCNand they seem to offer decent prices, this combined with the great service you show in the report makes it a great destination for winter months.

So, when are you off?!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 15):
The meal looked much better and more substantial than the breakfast offered on the way back. The plane looks fresh and comfortable, especially on C when there is no one sitting next to you.

The plane was indeed nice and fresh. It;s just a shame about the lacklustre breakfast catering

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 15):
Any more reports in the coming week? Great to follow them!

Just one more, Cityjet RTM-LCY



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User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2444 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 14560 times:

Great TR, great pictures...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Anyone knows who’s operating this ex-Eurofly A330?



The name of this airline is MERIDIANAfly- and not Eurofly. Eurofly is an airline of the past! The a/c pictured I believe is EI-EZL.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Never heard of Orbest before – a charter company?



The airline was better known as IBERWORLD of Spain- and no, it is no longer a charter-company. orbest ORIZONIA airlines is also offering scheduled flights, like Madrid-Edinburgh: http://www.orbest.com !


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 14540 times:

Quoting debonair (Reply 17):
Great TR, great pictures...

Thanks!

Quoting debonair (Reply 17):
The name of this airline is MERIDIANAfly- and not Eurofly. Eurofly is an airline of the past! The a/c pictured I believe is EI-EZL.

Well, there are still planes painted with Eurofly on the outisde

Quoting debonair (Reply 17):
The airline was better known as IBERWORLD of Spain- and no, it is no longer a charter-company. orbest ORIZONIA airlines is also offering scheduled flights, like Madrid-Edinburgh: http://www.orbest.com !

Interesting, never heard of them. Their EDI-MAD flights only operate once a week, but good to know!



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User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1934 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14299 times:

Thanks for a wonderful trip report!

The breakfast service looks a bit lackluster though, compared to its more elaborate lunch and dinner service. I am surprised that there is no dessert service prior to arrival.

Thanks for the plane pictures too!
I love the MS Express E-170 shot!

Thanks,
Carfield


User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5934 posts, RR: 40
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14267 times:

another great report!

I have really on my agenda to visit within the next year Cypris, Greece or Turkey ... lets see what I can realize.

What I really like that you always include in your reports the yummy food and of course the cold beers you are consuming  

Cheers
Avianca



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14256 times:

Quoting Carfield (Reply 19):
Thanks for a wonderful trip report!

No problem!

Quoting Carfield (Reply 19):
The breakfast service looks a bit lackluster though, compared to its more elaborate lunch and dinner service. I am surprised that there is no dessert service prior to arrival.

Yes, it was sad to have a scaled down breakfast, especially on such a long flight

Quoting Carfield (Reply 19):
Thanks for the plane pictures too!
I love the MS Express E-170 shot!

Glad you liked them!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 20):
another great report!

Thanks!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 20):
I have really on my agenda to visit within the next year Cypris, Greece or Turkey ... lets see what I can realize.

Please do - they're a long trip from South America though - some nice flyiong options though!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 20):
What I really like that you always include in your reports the yummy food and of course the cold beers you are consuming

Well, it's nice for me to look back on the reports as I'm normally too lazy to upload them to Facebook!



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User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5934 posts, RR: 40
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14216 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):

Please do - they're a long trip from South America though - some nice flyiong options though!

yes - but I think I can combine it quite well with my 1 or 2 yearly visits to my hometown munich...  

Cheers
Avianca



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14197 times:

Quoting Avianca (Reply 22):
yes - but I think I can combine it quite well with my 1 or 2 yearly visits to my hometown munich...

Ah yes, much easier from Munich!



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1744 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 13946 times:
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Hi Gabs,

Good to see this one up! I remember us talking about your trip during your stay in Antwerp some weeks ago! It’s also nice to see Aeagean through the eyes of another person, and not OA260, he’s prejudiced  (no offence there Philip  ). But you prove here as well the Aegean business is a pretty nice way to spend some time in the European skies. The meals look very good as well. The only thing I find a bit weird though is that they actually stationed 4 planes at LCA. What other destinations are served then?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and the first time I’ve flown an airline’s longest route.

How’s that for your stats  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some Jubilee tea

You really are a royalty fan methinks.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I heard a few comments from people walking past. “Looks nice”. “What a waste of money, they only have, like, 1 extra millimetre of space”. “I like the tables”.

They probably all know what they were talking about. But it’s like you said: not only the extra space is what matters of course.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I would have thought that Greek Cypriot flights would be banned from Turkish airspace

Aren’t those times long gone?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My rather crappy (but cheap) hire car

You even dare to take a pic of it, such an ugly little monster. Isn’t that a Chevrolet?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And the Pièce de résistance of the day, the Il96 from Moscow

Good catch and nice classic Soviet plane. I wonder how much longer they will fly around.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A lovely FB Ej-et

Surprise! I didn’t know they any of these.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Surely in this day and age, it wouldn’t be so hard (and cost no extra money) to say something along the lines of: “Ladies and Gentlemen, please stay seated during this announcement! First we would like to board families with young children, THEN Business Class/* Gold, THEN rows XYZ. Please remain seated until you are invited to board”.

True. Don’t know why however why they don’t do it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The guy in front (the red wine guy from the lounge) shoved his shoes under the seat, just where my feet were. I’d suggest you keep them on for takeoff.

I know some a.netters who do just the same thing, even on very shorthaul. Yuck.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
That Eurofly A330 is back again

It is haunting you!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A rather rude BAA woman shouted at me that photos aren’t allowed “for security reasons” (where have I heard that before?). How is taking a photo of a plane I just got off a security risk?

This trip certainly goes in the books as the one with ‘most yelled at for taking pics’. Sad...

Sultanils



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25 gabrielchew : Thanks for the comments Nils! Ha, yes, I tell the truth about them! Sorry, I meant that they'd stationed just one of their 4 A321s in LCA. 1 x A321 fo
26 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi Gabs, Very nice account of your little trip to the "Island the Sun loves", like their tourism adverts here in Finland usually say. Aegean business
27 Post contains images roberts87 : With that bloody weather outside, you might as well stay inside and write some reports Anyway, great report. I remember your earlier A3 report and it
28 Post contains links gabrielchew : Wow Petteri, that was a LONG reply! Thanks Are you kidding? A3 trounced BA on the LCA route. A3 were so much better I could have, but it would have be
29 Post contains images NZ107 : Hi Gabriel, Great report. Starting to miss LHR already for the diversity of airlines/aircraft even though I've just finished editing each and every pi
30 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Gabriel, nice report, I particularly liked the spotting pictures. So you cannot enjoy the summer with a backlog of reports? Well, it's Iberia. Once
31 gabrielchew : Thanks for the comments so far! Thanks Nick Yes, its a nice little airline Well, you can get there easily via EK.... Yes, it was a bit of a balls up H
32 Post contains images LH4116 : Hey Mr. Chew Gabs, great report! You really seem to have an endless supply of BMI Miles. How many did you have on stock, prior to your burning bonanza
33 gabrielchew : Thanks Jonas Are you kidding?! I never got off Blue. 99% of my BD miles came from credit cards, mostly transfrred from my Amex rewards account. Bring
34 Post contains images signol : Hi Gabriel, excellent report, easy to read and great pictures! They did seem to be very good, shame I joined too late! Still, Avios arn't bad, especia
35 gabrielchew : Thanks Robin! Yes, I quite like those new BA saver rewards Ha, yeah, didn't want to rub salt in the wounds! Well it's on the Turkish side, but there
36 MSS658 : Hello Gabriel Great report, thanks for sharing. I did not realize that Aegean had a base in LCA. A3 has a great product IMO, would like to try them ou
37 flykev : Great report as always gabrielchew, thanks for sharing. Looks like Cyprus has a lot to offer away from the tourist resorts and the Turkish side looks
38 gabrielchew : Thanks Marc Well, only SKG, ATH and LHR currently You should, they're pretty good Glad you liked it The whole island is pretty good Yup, a nice C cla
39 FLIEGER67 : Hi, Gabriel, really good pictures from you´re time at Cyprus and also the flights with Aegean are looking nice. Well done to catch these flights befo
40 lukeyboy95 : Hi Gabriel, Excellent report... a real good-yin. Had all the key elements of a Gabriel report. You're one observant fellow that is for sure... hawk-ey
41 Post contains images deltamartin : Hi Gabriel! Nice to read about your Aegean adventure to Cyprus! It indeed turns out we were there at the same time, but I was only there for a few hou
42 The777Man : Hi Gabriel! Nice report with nice pictures ! Looks like a great mini vacation. Flight seem nice and meals look good too especially the dinner flight.
43 dc9northwest : Hey Gabriel, Good to see a Cyprus report, I'm heading here myself in just over a week, but only staying for a day or so before heading onward. Great p
44 gabrielchew : Thanks for all the comments guys! Thanks Markus Yes, they were good Thanks Luke! When is your domesitc report coming? or your GLA-RUH one? Enjoy?! Not
45 lukeyboy95 : Ah yes. I must try and get that one up. I have intermittent internet and missing keys on my laptop (as can be seen in one of my old BA Nod to the Nor
46 SInGAPORE_AIR : Nice report - thanks for the write up. I saw the Eurofly A330 parked near BA's maintenance hangars this evening.
47 gabrielchew : I'm sure KL would be a fine choice. Do you not fancy BA to GLA? Oh dear, is it stil achingly hot? Glad you liked it!
48 lukeyboy95 : I suppose, it would also be good to widen my portfolio of flown airlines... very narrow at the moment. BA would be really nice, but they're pricing m
49 gabrielchew : How about one of the 2nd tier ME carriers? MS/KU/IR etc? Oh dear. Best of British luck to you!
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