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Flying Intercontinental On A Beech + More, On TAP  
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 16298 times:

Hello and welcome to my 9th report of the year. This time I will be covering my family summer trip to Portugal and Morocco on TAP Portugal. As always the report will be accompanied by a lagom amount of pictures that I hope you will enjoy.



Background




As of the year 2004 my mother owns two apartments down in the city of Casablanca. One acts as our summer home, the other one was inherited from my late grandfather shortly after his passing in 2009. From time to time these "homes" need to be checked and looked after, and this very summer happened to be time for just that. As opposed to earlier visits we decided to skip the immediate relatives altogether because quite frankly they've caused nothing but pain for us. My mother's family can best be described as a clan of uneducated, dysfunctional screw-ups (mostly referring to my aunts, and not my uncles whom I love dearly), whose lives evolve solely around the notion of making life miserable for those who have done well in life. They were for instance the reason for the bad outcome of my previous visit back in 2010. This time however we would be spending quality time some good friends of my mother's, and visit some old, distant relatives that we haven't met in years.


Booking & Preparation



Unlike most destinations in Europe (North Africa & Israel), Casablanca is priced as a long haul destination with fares ex Sweden starting at €440 (same as a cheap Y to USA or Asia). These fares were no exception on our usual carriers of choice i.e Air France and Lufthansa. However after some further searching I discovered that TAP Portugal had some attractive fares starting at €350. As a bonus the itinerary included a 23 hour layover in Lisbon and the opportunity to fly the 19 seat Beech 1900D between the continents. After finding suitable dates for the summer, three tickets were booked for me, mom and my sister costing a reasonable €1050 (given the high season).


SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
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Saturday June 16th 2012




Traveling with my mother is anything but convenient. Over the years I've endured the constant ordeals with oversized luggage (one time we managed to bring 140 kilograms without being charged a single penny for overweight. A pure stroke of luck since the agent was more than eager to end her shift), and today was no exception. Four large suitcases packed to the brim weighting a total of 80 kilos, three of which were my mother's. For me I brought along my trustworthy Lowepro® backpack, and packed some additional items in my sister's suitcase.

Getting to the airport as you'd might already have imagined was anything but smooth. I was the one forced to carry the two heaviest suitcases, up and down the stairs and through the pouring rain. After a total of three bus&train connections we finally arrived at the departure's level of Arlanda Terminal 5, just past 12.30.

Early June is when the holiday season kicks-in, and as expected the airport was packed with your stereotypical "fly-once-a-year" holidaymakers. After zig-zagging our trolley through the crowds we finally reached the designated counters for our TAP flight to Lisbon.


Check-In At Arlanda



A total of three counters were assigned for TP787 today, two for Economy and one for Business/*Gold. With two people ahead at the Biz counter we were soon served by friendly Menzies Service Agent Jasmine.


Me: "-Hello" [presents card at the counter]

J: "-Hi. May I see your travel documents please?"

Me: [hands over all three passports]

J: "-I see that you're going all the way to Casablanca, is that correct?"

Me: "-Yes indeed. I would be very thankful if you could check the bags all the way, if it's possible despite the long layover?"

J: "-That's no problem at all. You can put the bags on the scale now." [prints boarding passes]

Me: [puts heavy bags on the belt]

J: [attaches tags and *priority tags] "-Here are your boarding passes for all sectors. Have a nice flight!"

Me: "-Thank you, have a nice day!" [smile]


Having completed all the check-in formalities, we headed for the security check which was just a few steps away. Despite the holiday season and the fairly crowded screening area, the check took less than 2 minutes. I can see why FlyingFinn76 prefers this security area over the one at the SAS concourse.


Airside At Arlanda



Having some 90 minutes to kill before boarding, my sister and I headed to the Lounge while mom was happy enough to stroll around the shops. We agreed to meet up again at our gate 15A, just in time for boarding.


SAS Scandinavian Lounge Arlanda



After emerging from the glass elevators I was finally back at the familiar turfs of the SAS Lounge. At the reception we were greeted welcome by the same elderly woman as during my previous visit. Upon presenting our BP's I was asked to show my card as well which is very unusual at SAS Lounges. Nevertheless, after having the card swiped to confirm its validity we were allowed to enter the lounge.




Lounge overview. Place has been fairly covered already.



I was fairly surprised to find the place so empty, and in spite of the holiday season the guests consisted mostly of suit travellers. A nice sophisticated milieu compared to the chaos down below, I thought to myself. Shortly after settling down in one of the couches, one of the attendants came to greet my sister personally, wishing her a pleasant stay. A rather odd occurrence I thought, given the fact that the staff mostly shrug when they see me, but nevertheless a nice touch.

Food offerings today consisted of raw bacon with lettuce, black olives, red onions, cream cheese and garlic dressing. The bacon looked rather unappetising, so we settled for some salad and bread, along with a glass of Ginger Ale for me.

While the salad tasted fresh it was very unsubstantial, and the bread was chewy like a sponge, just like you'd usually expect. Not that it mattered much since there would be food on the plane. After some coffee, Bailey's and Newsweek it was time to leave for the gate early as the departure time had been moved forward by 10 minutes.



TP787 Stockholm Arlanda – Lisbon Portela



Flight: TP787 ARN-LIS

Departure: 15.00

Arrival: 18.25

Duration: 4h 25m

Date: June 16th 2012

Seat & Class: 22A Economy Class

Aircraft & Reg: Airbus A320-214 CS-TNR



At the gate we met up with our mom who was already part of the massive line that had been formed in-front of the boarding gate. No priority call was made, and people simply flooded the gate. It soon became our turn to board, and after our BP's had been scanned, we were released down the jetway.

At the door, two female pursers greeted the passengers welcome. I did however not receive a welcome, which given my previous crew experiences on TAP was not surprising. Upon entering the cabin, I noticed that the aircraft had the new interior linings indicating that this was a fairly new plane. Turns out it was the same plane that flew me home from LIS during my last TAP flight two years ago. How ironic? Soon we reached our seats on row 22ABC. Backpack, jacket and Docs were stowed in the overhead compartment.




Legroom shot



The cabin was fitted with the same old-style faux leather seats as on previous flights. Seat was fairly comfortable, and the legroom sufficient.

Soon the doors were closed, but no "boarding complete" or "arm slides, cross-check and report" announcement was made over the PA. Neither was any announcement made regarding the safety video, the screens simply dropped down and the video began playing. The video itself was made to look near identical to a children's cartoon. The scenes seemed to make people laugh rather than pay attention to the safety details. Nobody from the crew even bothered to make sure that the cabin was prepared for takeoff, and landing for that matter. I felt slightly worried that the TAP crews might be skipping on some important safety routines.




The A320 safety card, neaty presented by my sister.
Registrations were written on the back side of the card, a nice touch for us a.nutters!



Without further ado, the plane pushed back and the CFM power plants spooled to life. The captain came over the PA announcing the flightpath and welcoming us aboard. Meanwhile we began our taxi towards runway 08-26, which was soon followed by a long and heavy'ish takeoff.




Taking off in the heavy rain. Sorry for the un-focused image.





Flying into thick rain clouds shortly after takeoff.





Finally breaking through the thick cloud layer, 10 minutes into the flight.



Seatbelt signs were kept on until we had reached cruising altitude around 25 minutes into the flight. The crew were nowhere to be seen, which was an indication of the service not commencing anytime soon. So I made a short visit to the lavatorial facilities for some freshening up.




This very same lavatory has been covered in my previous TAP report from 2010.





Cabin view after my lavatorial visit.



As I returned to my seat, the service had yet not begun and quite frankly I was beginning to starve. To pass the time I continued reading my copy of Newsweek which had been ”liberated” from the lounge. I was slightly disappointed that the moving map function was not present on the overhead screens.




My sister however found a different source of entertainment.



Some 90 minutes into the flight, the crew finally appeared from the galley, rolling out the carts to commence the meal service.



Lunch Menu Economy Class TP787



Starter: Tunafish salad with rucola leaves, cherry tomatoes, and bread croutons


Main Corse: Paella with chicken sausage, and chicken breast


Dessert: Orange parfait with coconut flakes


Cheese and Crackers


Bread and butter


A selection of non-alcoholic beverages, beer, wine, coffee or tea


Coffee or tea






The rather generous hot meal tray offered on this 4 hour flight.



With ARN-LIS being one of the longer intra-European sectors, a full hot meal was served in Economy Class. 

The tuna salad starter was very fresh and delicious with lots of flavour. Perhaps one of the better starters I've had in recent days when most airlines either take them off the tray, or serve up a small bowl of leaves á la SWISS. 

The main course however was a big letdown. The paella wasn't much of a paella as there were no vegetables, and I only found some 4 tiny pieces of chicken. It was basically just a bowl of coloured rice, and it tasted very bland and dry. The dessert wasn't much better either, as the so called "parfait" tasted incredibly sweet with hardly any hints of orange. Several cups of coffee were required to wash it down. All in all the meal was a bit of a letdown, and with its lack of proteins it didn't leave me very full.

Soon the trays were cleared, and I requested another glass of Diet Pepsi while spending the reminder of the flight listening to music, and enjoying the spectacular views from the window.




Overflying the city of Paris. Dedicated to AYA333.






Coming in over the Bay of Biscay.



Soon the nose was tipped down, and the plane commenced its descent towards Lisbon Portela Airport. The crew made very little efforts in making sure that the cabin was secured for landing. The descent offered some spectacular views of Lisbon Town.




Coming in over the metropolitan areas of Lisbon. Portela Airport also visible right below the wing.





Flying out over the sea... Before lining up towards the runway.





Short on finals. Sorry about the massive glare.





Touchdown!



Following the smooth touchdown was a quick taxi towards our remote parking position. Interestingly it was the very same position that we parked at two years ago after my last flight to LIS.




Taxiing towards our remote stand.



Shortly after parking on the stand, airstairs were docked to the plane and the doors opened. Passengers seated in the back were allowed to use the rear door for disembarking. "Don't mind if I do!".




Underwing shot for Markus!



Shortly after disembarking the plane, we headed into the waiting bus that would take us all the way to the terminal. Instantly upon entering the terminal we headed straight for the exit before catching a cab into town. 15 minutes or €8,60 later we arrived to the heart of Lisbon.



The Lisbon Night Stop




Having a 23 hour overnight layover in the city, I chose not to book one of the hotels near the airport as our flight was leaving in the late afternoon, so instead I looked for a nice place in the city.

Finding a room for 3 people turned out to be rather difficult as hotels either force you to book two rooms, or require you to pay shameless overprices for an extra bed. Cheapest rooms were priced at €100 which was quite hefty considering a normal room costing roughly half.

Luckily the night prior to departure I found a nice newly renovated suite apartment hotel located in the Old Town (Baixa) of Lisbon. For €50 per night, it was an absolute steal!

After having been dropped off by the friendly taxi driver, he provided us instructions on how to reach our street by foot. After a 100 meter walk, we arrived to the door of our building. As there was no physical reception at this apartment hotel, we got in contact by a staff member by using the "virtual reception", which was basically an intercom connected to a call centre . After having obtained the access codes, we were finally able to access the building, and enter our apartment on the top floor. As we walked through the door, we couldn't help being impressed by the place.




View of the small living room.





The Master Bedroom, that offers a nice corner view of the street.





And the bathroom, that came fully stocked with amenities.





View from the balcony, that runs alongside the facade.



It didn't take long before realising that we had made a great deal. Given the great location, even a lesser apartment would've been good enough. After packing up our stuff, we headed out to explore the city. With most of the main attractions at short walking distance, it was possible to explore much of the city at a relatively short time. After having taken a stroll down the main shopping street, we walked over to the main square where we had a lovely seafood dinner. Feeling tired after dinner, we went back to the apartment at midnight, where I passed out on the sofa and slept like a child for a solid 9 hours.



Sunday June 17th 2012




I woke up from the sound of my alarm clock at 9.00, feeling more rested than ever before. I suppose that one hour time difference really makes a difference in terms of sleep, at least for me. While I was in the bathroom taking a shower, mom and sister headed off to a nearby supermarket to pick up some croissants and coffee for breakfast.

Following breakfast, I packed up my backpack and headed out for a walk around town. This time on my own.




The Arch at "Parca do Comcércio"





The Santa Justa Lift







The Central Square



After having spent a nice, albeit hot afternoon walking around the old town and its surroundings, I met up with mom and sis at the square, from where we took a taxi to the airport. The ride took roughly 15 minutes and ended up costing us €10,20 due to some Sunday surcharge.


Landside at Portela





LIS T1 interior. Looks like a parking garage or an empty shopping mall to me.



After having been dropped off at the departures level, we made our way through the check-in halls to the security area.




View of the check-in area used by Lufthansa.



After a closer inspection of my BP it turned out that I was eligible to use the fasttrack security lane, or "Greenway" as TAP prefer to call it. An agent was guarding the entrance, and after my BP was scanned I kindly asked if mom and sis could come along. The agent strictly denied, so we decided to meet up at the other end. The "Greenway" wasn't much faster than the regular lane though, as a man with two oversized trolleys was taking far too much time re-arranging his laptop and liquids. And to add more "insult" the security officers decided to take me in for a "random" additional screening, involving frisking.


Airside at Portela



Shortly after reuniting with my family, we headed over to the TAP Premium Lounge. Since it was my mother's turn to be guested, my sister headed off to sit at the gate to finish up some drawings.


TAP Premium Lounge Lisbon



The lounge entrance was a fairly discrete, but at the same time a lavish affair. After walking through a long purple neon light corridor, we reached the reception where a young female agent inspected our boarding passes. After being given the green light we were allowed inside.




View of the main seating area located upstairs.





A very comfy seating group of relaxing chairs.





The food and drinks section.



Given the location of the lounge, there are no outside views hence no natural light. Instead various lightning arrangements have been set up in the different areas to substitute for the lack of daylight. While it at some places may have looked much like a nightclub, I actually found it to be a nice and relaxing environment.

Various seating areas were scattered throughout the lounge, consisting mostly of plush leather armchairs. Since it was fairly crowded upstairs, I settled for a nice relaxing chair downstairs.

The food offerings consisted mostly of light finger foods such as open faced sandwiches, various cold cuts, cheese, savoury tartlets, along with various sweet pastries such as the famous custard cream tarts. The drinks section included a basic selection of hard liquor, sodas, beer, and a coffee machine. In addition to this was a very extensive selection of premium wines. Several kinds of white, red, port and sparkling were available.

While there may not have been any "real" food á la LH or SAS, I still found the offerings to be sufficient enough for my likings.




I settled for some spinach and mushroom tarts, along with a Ginger Ale.





...Followed by a 4x shot espresso and a sinful custard tart.



Having spent a grand total of two hours in the lounge, surfing the web and reading magazines, it now became time to head to the gate. Our flight would depart from gate 42A which was a bus gate located in the non-Schengen part of Terminal 1.



TP234 Lisbon Portela – Casablanca Mohamed V



Flight: TP234 LIS-CMN

Operated by: Omni Air International, on behalf of Portigalia Express, for TAP Portugal and Star Alliance

Departure: 17.20

Arrival: 19.05

Duration: 1h 45m

Date: June 17th 2012

Seat & Class: 2A Economy Class

Aircraft & Reg: Beechcraft 1900D CS-TMV



Despite the full load of the flight, the gate area looked very deserted. As mom and I arrived, my sister was already seated near one of the windows. A quick visit to the loo was made, as I wasn't sure whether there would be any lavatorial facilities onboard the plane.

Very soon boarding was called over the PA. No priority call was made for *G. Not that it was necessary thanks to the small passenger count, which made the boarding process very civilised. Shortly after everyone had boarded the Cobus 3000, we set off for the two minute drive to the plane.

As we arrived to the PGA Maintenance hangar, our Beech was undergoing some maintenance work which made me slightly worried that there had been a last minute aircraft change (a Fokker F100, catered and ready to go was parked nearby). Luckily the mechanics soon cleared the plane and we were allowed to board.




My chariot for this short intercontinental hop.



At the door, the senior captain was greeting the passengers prior to climbing onboard. As I entered the plane, I was stunned by how small and cramped the cabin felt. This is after all the world's smallest airliner in commercial service (or well suppose there might be some debate on that).




Despite the small cabin, the legroom on this plane was fairly sufficient.



After having squeezed my way through the door, I got settled in seat 2A. Due to the lack of overhead bins my backpack was stowed at my feet. A small paper lunchbox was placed on every seat, presumably containing the in-flight service items. A nice surprise since I didn't expect to be served anything on this flight.




View from our parking position.



Soon the co-pilot closed the door, and the turboprops buzzed into life. No announcements whatsoever were made from the flight deck. Instead a recorded message was played over the PA system. Shortly afterwards the plane began its taxi to the runway.




Taxiing past Terminal 1 on our way to the runway.



Due to the lack of window blinds, the windows were tinted with sun-reflective coating giving a "Ray Ban" effect, not good for taking pictures. Luckily some fiddling with the white balance settings helped solving that problem. Soon the plane lined up towards the runway, and the captain performed a long takeoff roll.




Takeoff was done at a very un-steep angle.





Climbing out over the city of Lisbon.





Making a right turn to line up towards south.



Following takeoff was a slow climb during which we encountered some light turbulence, and it took us nearly 30 minutes before reaching our initial cruising altitude of 21000 feet. Feeling quite hungry, I decided to check out the contents of the box.




The box containing the in-flight service items.





Contents un-boxed.



The boxed contents were a chicken breast and spinach ciabatta sandwich, a bottle of mineral water, a refreshing towelette, two napkins, and a pair of earplugs. While the thrill of flying a Beech was more than enough for me to please, I found the contents to be sufficient enough for a flight of this duration. The sandwich tasted fairly dry, and required the whole bottle of water to wash it down.

After finishing my food, we had already left the subcontinent of Europe. One big disadvantage of seat 2A was the fact that the window quickly developed a layer of haze which made picture taking nearly impossible. So I was forced to nick a view from my sister who was seated behind me.




Bye bye Europe, see you in a month... ‘ish





Cabin view of this small Beech. I think there was a small lavatory in the back.





Cruising along nicely over the Atlantic Ocean.





View of the cockpit in-flight. Yes Eric, I asked the captain for permission.





A small plane over such a vastness of blue.



Time surely flies when you're having fun, and soon the props were throttled back as we came in over african soil. Lucky for me, the haze on my window had slowly began dissipating. A recorded safety message was soon played over the PA.




Coming in over Moroccan farmlands



Soon the aircraft lined up towards the runway, followed by a smooth touchdown, and a lengthy taxi to the commuter plane's apron.




Short on finals to Mohamed V.





Taxiing to our remote parking stand.



Shortly after the props had been turned off, the co-pilot got out from his seat to open up the door and greet passengers goodbye at the apron.




Disembarking the plane at CMN. That Beech sure is ugly!



Soon as all passengers had boarded the bus, we set off for the one minute drive to the terminal. Given the fact that immigration forms had not been handed out on the plane, we were forced to fill those in at the terminal. In total the immigration process took nearly 40 minutes due to the long lines, and I wasn't able to use the fasttrack lane.

Soon as we entered the baggage hall, our *priority tagged suitcases had been taken off the belt, and neatly placed nearby, resulting in a very swift and quick luggage pickup. 

After having collected our luggage, we were met up by my mother's friend and his wife who were very kind to give us a lift to our apartment in town.



Moroccan Highlights




To me, a trip to Morocco is never really a vacation. It’s a mere change of scenery, going from one hell to another, and while we did our best in staying away from our dysfunctional relatives, we were forced to see them from time to time when visiting my grandmother. I chose not to take many pictures while in the country, mostly due to the high criminal rates.Also there are no longer police officers guarding the streets, due to fears of protests (just like that Arab Spring, in Egypt and Tunisia).

I did however use my camera at one occasion in the City of Rabat, but sadly it drew quite a lot of attention, especially from beggars. Yes, I had at least 5 of them following me at the same time, begging me for money... I did however manage to take a few pics.




Moroccan tea time!
The official beverage of the country, and a must have if you ever chose to visit the country.





Some beautiful weather at the traditional l’Oudaya district in Rabat.





And of course some charmy looking streets in l’Oudaya.







Civil War reenactments, Moroccan style!





Oh, and I also turned 20 this summer. Celebrating with a gelato cake from my favourite ice cream shop Oliveri, Casablanca. Perhaps the best ice cream on the planet!




Saturday July 14th 2012




My four week stay in the godforsaken land of Morocco had finally come to an end, and I just couldn’t wait go get the hell away from there! Once again I was woken up at dawn by the sound of my alarm clock. I was only able to get 3 hours of sleep, which for the record was not caused by pre-flight excitement, but more my mother who decided to stay up all night and finish up her packing.

At 6.30, my uncle came by and picked us up in his car, and gave us a lift to the airport. Already feeling quite grumpy due to the lack of sleep, I was forced to listen to another family argument throughout the 30 minute drive which didn’t leave much jollier. At 7.00 we were dropped off at the departures level of Terminal 2 at Mohamed V International Airport.


Check-In at Mohamed V International Airport = Disaster!



In most 3rd world countries, you need to pass a series of security screenings and baggage checks in order to access the terminal, and at CMN that was no exception. Scanning our 4 oversized suitcases took some time, but we were soon able to proceed to the check-in area.




View of the departures hall at the new’ish T2 at CMN.



Upon gazing at the FIDS board, it became apparent that check-in counter 22 and 23 were dedicated for this morning’s TAP flight to Lisbon. However as I looked over towards the designated counters, the overhead screens only showed a picture of the screensaver, consisting of a picture of the old Terminal 1 and some safety messages.

However, a small queue had formed behind counter 22 which indicated that some form of check-in activity was taking place. Counter 23 however was designated to the low cost airline Air Arabia Maroc. As the line was moving very slowly, I parked our luggage trolley at the back and headed over to the infodesk (not manned by Hannah) to ask what’s going on. A rather disinterested agent was reluctant to serve me.


Me: Excuse me miss, but is check-in for the TAP Lisbon flight open yet?

Agent: Yes, people are being checked in for the flight as we speak.


As I made my way back to counter 22 some three minutes later, my luggage trolley had been moved aside, and the queue had tripled in size. Not feeling like queueing behind 100+ people, I kindly asked the family standing where I was supposed to stand (the queue had not moved) if it was okay for me to retake my place in the line. My request was sadly denied, as the man told me to get to the back of the line like anyone else. Apparently he claimed to have been queueing the whole morning, which frankly was a lie since I didn’t see him five minutes ago.

Being a Star Alliance Gold member, queueing behind 100 other people is simply beyond my spectrum of tolerance, and even more so was the fact that the adjacent counter 21 remained closed, instead of being used as a Priority desk. As I looked around the place, I could see ground agents gathered around in circles behind the desks playing cards and chatting loudly, and from time to time, the occasional disinterested agent came over to counter 22, said a word to the agent and walked away.

This level unprofessionalism is something that we would never have to encounter in the civilised world, and quite frankly I was pissed beyond my mind. So I took things in my own hands, and walked up to a disinterested male agent, who was just sitting at a chair watching the chaos take place instead of doing something about it.


Me: Excuse me Sir, but why isn’t there a priority counter open? [presenting *G card]

Male Agent: Eh, go and talk to the girl at the counter 22. Maybe she can help you.


So I walked over to counter 22, located just a few steps away. At the counter, a man with a group booking in Business Class was experiencing some issues finding the reservation it the system. After the man had been instructed to go to the ticket desk to sort it out, I jumped over to the counter. Manning the desk was the young Mar Ground Handling agent Sara, she seemed to be under a lot of pressure handling the chaos all by her own.


Me: Hello, will you by any chance open up the priority counter? [handing over *G card]

S: [takes a long look at the card] Sure, do you have your passports? Will check you in right away.

Me: I’ll get you those in just a second!


Having been given permission to jump the whole 100+ people queue sounded like music to my ears, so I called out to mom, telling her to come over. As I rolled the trolley past the queue, many of the other passengers got seemingly pissed, and yelled out their anger.


Pax: Don’t you have any manners, you impatient son of a b*tch!?! [I head one of the pax saying]

Me: [hands over passports, along with custom forms] Here you go.

S: Thank you, Sir. [typing on the computer and printing BP’s] Please put your luggage on the scale.

Me: [putting on the bags] Don’t forget the priority tags!

S: Here are your passports and boarding passes, have a nice flight!


I later found out that many of the passengers in the queue came from a cancelled TAP flight, originally scheduled to depart from Marrakech, that had been rebooked to LIS from CMN, hence spending the whole night on a bus through the desert. On top of that, the check-in system had malfunctioned which resulted in some reservations not showing up on the system, and passengers needing to be checked in fully manually (luckily not us).

While I felt sorry for the pax who had to go through all the trouble, the situation itself was handed very very poorly by the ground handling company, Mar. I just don’t see how they can have 10 agents not doing s*it, and at least 3 adjacent counters unmanned. Heck this s*itful company of a ground handler even chose to open check-in counters for flights scheduled to leave six hours later. I simply could not understand why they chose not to do anything to try and solve a crisis situation.

I really hope the TAP management decide to file a lawsuit against this company, if such situations are handed this poorly on a regular basis. I did however really appreciate the service I was given as a *G customer (flying on a high booking class, for the record as well!), the situation was handled in a service minded, hence ad-hoc manner. I didn’t even have to pay for the 15kg overweight!


Customs at Mohamed V International Airport



Soon, mother, sister and I made our way over to the passport control. The lines were luckily short, and soon we were served by a very unfriendly police officer.


P: Passports please!

Me: Hands over passports and BP’s.

P: What’s this!? I don’t see and custom forms.

Me: Ah dammit! I think the check-in agent must’ve accidentally taken them.

P: Step aside sir, there is a stand with custom forms over there. Fill out new ones and come back.

In a hurry, we picked up some new forms and filled them out. In order to speed things up, we filled out one form each, using three different pens. Five minutes later, we got served by the same agent.

Me: Here you go. Passports and custom forms! [smile]

P: [inspecting the documents] No, I can’t accept these two.

Me: How comes?

P: They’re filled out with pencils, how do you expect us to keep storage of there forms when the writings will wear off almost right away. Please fill out new ones using a proper ink pen.


The forms in question happened to belong to my mom and sister, so they were forced to repeat the process while I was able to proceed to security. We agreed to meet up again at the departure gate, just around boarding time. The security check was a breeze, and luckily the agents didn’t go through my luggage.

I was told by my mother that back in the olden days the officers would often take stuff they liked from your luggage, e.g if you happened to carry some gifts to the family or so. Either that or they would force you to pay them a bribe. Luckily things have changed since then, but still the police officers in Casablanca Airport are some of the worst in the entire country!


Airside at Mohamed V International Airport





View of the airside part of CMN T2. Quite dull and boring. I liked T1 better.



Having been in contact with TAP a few days earlier, I was told that they used the Priority Pass 3rd party lounge at CMN. So after a quick escalator ride, I was at the lounge floor located below the departures level. Manning the reception was the cleaning lady, who looked very strangely at my *G card. I was told to sit down and wait until the agent showed up, which she soon did.

After some discussions I was told that the lounge could only be accessed with a Business Class ticket, and not *G. Quite strange since TAP said that *G would do fine. I’m suspecting that some sort of invitation card would have been needed, and quite frankly the check-in agent forgot to give me one.

Nevertheless, the lounge did not look spectacular. Just a small room with some chairs, a sub-standard coffee machine, a bottle of whiskey and some supermarket biscuits. Having only 15 minutes until boarding, I figured that spotting was a more fun way to kill time.



TP233 Casablanca Mohamed V – Lisbon Portela



Flight: TP233 CMN-LIS

Operated by: Portugalia Airlines, for TAP Portugal and Star Alliance

Departure: 9.50

Arrival: 11.15

Duration: 1h 25m

Date: July 14th 2012

Seat & Class: 17A Economy Class

Aircraft & Reg: Fokker F100 CS-TPD



At the gate, I met up with my mom and sister, who had already kept a seat free for me. The gate area was however not as full as I’d imagined, and very soon boarding was called. I was suspecting that many of the passengers had yet not been checked in, but in spite of that we were allowed to board the bus. The bus remained stationary for another 15 minutes while waiting for some remaining pax to board, before making the short 2 minute drive to the apron.




Underwing shot for Markus again. Fokker style!



Upon leaving the bus, I figured I’d be better off enjoying the fresh air and beautiful sunshine while waiting for the other passengers to board, rather than shuffing in line. A couple of minutes later, I entered the aircraft as the last person. At the door, a senior purser asked to see my boarding pass. Something which is standard practice only on long haul flights, and Ryanair. As I went through my backpack to find it, the purser made a loud ”sigh” and rolled her eyes. Quite unprofessional in my opinion. Soon, I found my BP stub and I was allowed down the aisle.

The cabin on this machine was clad with dark blue leather seats, very similar to those found on BA. While the seats were quite worn, I still found the cabin to be in acceptable condition. Soon I made my way to my seat 17A. Backpack (but not the Docs) was stowed in the overhead compartment, before settling down.




The legroom was a bit on the tight side, but sufficient enough for this 1hr flight.





View from our parking position.



Soon the captain came over the PA announcing a one hour delay caused by the malfunctioning check-in system. Around half of the remaining passengers were still at check-in, many of those coming from the canceled RAK flight. Since we still had some time left on the ground, I thought it was appropriate to make a little visit to the lavatorial facilities to freshen up.




Very retro-looking lavatory on this Fokker.



Upon returning to my seat, the remaining passengers had finally arrived. Minutes later, all passengers were comfortably strapped to their seats, so the purser closed the door, the engines spooled to life, and a manual safety demonstration was made as we taxied towards the runway. A powerful takeoff was later performed.




Taxiing by some RAM planes at Terminal 2. I bet this airline is on FF76’s to-fly list!





And of course the DHL Building, complete with its very own B757. Dedicated to AYA333.





Lining up on the runway, just before takeoff.





”Wheels Up!” at 11.15.





Banking left towards the Atlantic. Overflying some suburbia along the way.





Climbing out over the Moroccan countryside.



This was my first takeoff in a Fokker F100, and I was quite surprise by the fact that it didn’t use any flaps for takeoff. I thought the F28 was the only jet certified for takeoffs in clean wing configuration. Engines weren’t as noisy as the MD-80 either, despite being seated towards the back.

The climb on this plane was very rapid, and the seatbelt sign remained on until we reached cruising altitude.




Reaching cruising altitude over the atlantic.



Shortly after the seatbelt sign had been switched off, the purser made an announcement asking everyone to remain seated as the in-flight service would commence immediately. I suppose they didn’t want people blocking the aisle, slowing things down. Crew on this flight was all female, consisting of one senior purser and three younger attendants. All of them good looking, and very friendly. Nonetheless, the carts were soon rolled out and I was soon handed my ”breakfast” by one of the younger crew members.




Catering was very generous for a 1hr flight. Must say I’m impressed with TAP!



The breakfast consisted of a traditional Portuguese croissant, filled with gouda cheese and turkey. In addition to that was a tiny bottle of strawberry smoothie. Coffee or tea, along with additional beverages were served soon after.

While I had expected the ”croissant” to be as dry and dull as the sandwiches I’ve been served previously on Portugalia flights, I was pleasantly surprised to find it very moist and delicious. The filling consisting of three generous slices of turkey breast and gouda cheese, made this seemingly small bun (or croissant or whatever) into a very sufficient and filling breakfast. The strawberry smoothie packed with vitamins added a very tasty and energising ending to the breakfast. I must say that TAP are really on the forefront when it comes to short haul catering.




Making landfall over the southern tip of Portugal.



Very soon, the seatbelt sign was switched back on, and the captain announced our descent into Lisbon Portela Airport. Almost instantly the crew were back up and running through the aisle to collect the trash from the breakfast service. Once again though, they didn’t bother much in making sure that the cabin was secured for landing, as both passengers seated in front of me had their seats fully reclined.




Coming in right above the city centre, overflying the Old Town Baixa.





Coming in short on finals, with my hotel visible from a distance.





A very smooth touchdown at 12.11, 56 minutes behind schedule.



Following the smooth touchdown, we made a quick taxi to the Portugalia apron, located right in front of the maintenance hangars.




Taxiing by an old friend, CS-TMV: The son of a Beech who took me to CMN!



Very soon we parked on the apron, and passengers immediately began disembarking from the front door. Two busses were waiting to take the passengers to the terminal, and as my mom and sister were seated at 7A&B they managed to get onboard the first bus. I chose to wait until all passengers had disembarked, before slowly making my way out to the apron and into the waiting bus. A few minutes later, I arrived to the terminal where I found mom and sister already waiting in line for the passport control. Being a EU citizen, we were quickly allowed through, before proceeding straight to the arrivals hall.



The Lisbon Night Stop: Take Two!




A few months earlier, fellow a.netter and friend Daniel (aka LH4532) notified me about his summer plans. He would be spending two weeks in July (10th – 24th) visiting his grandmother. With this in mind, I specifically booked my return segments to make a meet possible.

Daniel agreed to meet us up at the arrivals hall at the time of arrival, and having notified him in advance about the delay he didn’t have to wait for us too long, and nonetheless we spotted each other almost instantly upon emerging from the baggage claim. After meeting and introducing the rest of my family, we took a taxi to the home of Daniel’s grandmother in Lisbon town, who had invited us over for lunch.

While the taxi ride took less than 15 minutes, the driver purposely took a wrong turn, resulting in an extra €4 on the taximeter. Those driver simply seem to pull off every single scam they can think of. Soon, we entered the apartment at the 11th floor, where we were greeted welcome by Daniel’s grandmother. In spite of her impressive age of 93, she was still a very active and cheerful woman. After exchanging the usual pleasantries, lunch was soon served.

On the menu today was seafood, mainly due to religious reasons for my mom and sis. A very impressive four course lunch consisting of a cold cucumber soup, and kind prawns with Grandma’s signature seafood sauce for starters. A main course consisting of Stockfish gratin, and chocolate ice cream for dessert. Both taste and presentation wise, the lunch was very impressive given the fact that it was home cooked. Everything tasted absolutely delicious, and I must say that the prawns were much better than the ones we had at the restaurant in central Lisbon a month earlier.

Lunch was ended some traditional Portuguese at the downstairs café. Following the meal, we discussed our plans for the day. My sister would be visiting a friend of hers in Belem, while my mother decided to head over to the hotel for a Siesta. Since the room was booked in my name, I had to come along and be present at check-in. We agreed to all meet up again at Grandma’s place at 8pm.


The Radisson Blu Hotel Lisboa



Originally my mother had requested me to book the same apartment hotel in Baixa as on the outbound, and in order to score a good deal I was forced to wait until last minute. Sadly though the hotel got fully booked two days prior, and I had to settle for other alternatives. After examining the different alternatives for Lisbon, we decided to simply play it safe by booking the Radisson Blu Lisboa, located very close to the airport. Rate for a twin room was the reasonable €80, including breakfast and complimentary airport shuttle. Very handy for catching an early morning flight. On top of that was the Club Carlson 50 000 points campaign, which was valid for our dates. Since 50K is enough for a free night at any Radisson hotel the €80 rate (and the excellent currency exchange rate. €1 = SEK 8,49! I can see why FlyingFinn76 is so upset about Greece, hah!), provided some excellent value for the money.

After being checked in at the Carlson priority counter, we were given key cards for our room on the 7th floor. Expectations for this hotel were set quite low, as the pictures on the website made the rooms look very old and worn. I was pleasantly surprised to find the facility in such great shape.




Our standard room with two queen beds. Sorry about the ”mess”.





Some nice chairs by the window. We had an excellent view towards the airport terminal, and runway from our room. Could’ve easily spent hours spotting from the room.





A desk with coffee/tea maker and TV. Standard in most 4* hotels.





The bathroom. A bit too dark for my likings, but sufficient enough.



My mother and I were both very satisfied with the room, and I really think the hotel should update the pictures on their website. But then again it’s always nice to have expectations exceeded. I didn’t stay long at the hotel, since mom needed to get some rest. Having a couple of hours to kill before dinner, I asked Daniel if he wanted to join me for a walk around town. Sadly however, he was too lazy and very determined to have his usual 3 hour siesta. Convincing him was near impossible, so I decided to just explore the city on my own.

Having seen enough of old town and the city centre during my previous visit, I decided to explore the Parque das Nações district. A place I for long had wanted to visit, which luckily happened to be a short 15 minute metro ride away.




First stop was a visit to the Nespresso® store, to pick up a small gift for Daniel’s grandmother. Never have I imagined the capsules being so cheap, heck even those 3rd party capsule makers charge more. Perhaps it’s about time I get a machine of my own. And no PettEric, I didn’t drink any of her capsules.





Weather was wonderful on this particular day.





The cable car built for the 1998 World Expo was an impressive structure.
Sadly they charged too much for a ride.





So instead I settled for a nice walk down the seaside promenade.



After having walked around, smelling the fresh air and soaking up the sunshine for two hours, my legs were starting to feel a bit tired. So I took the Metro back to meet Daniel at his grandma’s place, where I arrived at 19.20. We spent some 40 minutes chilling and catching up at the downstairs café, while waiting for my mom and sis to arrive. Roughly one hour later, we all gathered up and headed over to a nearby Brazilian restaurant for some dinner.

The dinner in question was a traditional Brazilian Churrascaria or ”meat on a skewer”, which turned out to be an interesting experience. While the food tasted absolutely delicious, I don’t think I’ve eaten such large quantities of red meat in a single meal before in my entire life. At €65 for the entire 5 people party on a saturday evening, it was really a bargain too!

Following the very heavy dinner, my mother and sister headed back to the Radisson to catch some well needed sleep, whereas I decided to stay for some G&T’s with Daniel. At half past eleven, I bid Daniel goodbye at the metro station, before heading back to the hotel.



Sunday July 15th 2012




The familiar marimba tone of my iPhone once again woke me up at 5.30 in the morning. I only managed some five hours of sleep, which was way below my required limits of rest as I only spelt thee hours during the night before. Nonetheless, I quickly jumped in for a refreshing shower before ”packing my junk” into the trustworthy Lowepro®. At 6.30 I met up with my mom who was already enjoying the extensive breakfast buffet. My sister opted to have her breakfast in the lounge, in favour for some more sleep. Given the previous night’s heavy dinner, I settled for a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a brioche.

At 6.50 my sister came down to the reception with the bags, and following a quick checkout we boarded the airport shuttle van at 7.00.


Check-In, Security & Airside at Lisbon Portela




The shuttle ride took less than five minutes, and after having been dropped off by the friendly driver at Terminal 1, we quickly made our way into the departures hall. On this particular sunday morning the place was absolutely packed, and even worse so a security officer was guarding the entrance to the check-in area. Luckily we were able to access the area after showing our luggage receipts for the ARN flight.

I quickly made my way to an empty SSCI machine where I printed out the boarding passes for the ARN sector. My sister made some remarks about the flimsy paperstock, asking me to print out proper ones instead. Heck, I thought only a.netter cared for such things.

We soon headed off to the security area, and once again I was able to access the ”Greenway”. As there was no point arguing with the officers, we agreed to meet up again at airside. This particular morning the regular screening area was quite full, whereas the fast track lane was completely empty. After a leisurely stroll through the metal detector, I was airside in less than one minute.




View of the airside at LIS. Just like most other airports these days, security dumps you rtght into the duty-free.



TAP Premium Lounge Lisbon



I spent a total of five minutes exploring the offerings of the duty-free shop, before finally meeting up the rest of my family. Since mom had already eaten breakfast at the hotel, she headed off to Gate 16 whereas my sister and I went to the lounge.



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 16323 times:



View of the lounge entrance. Very discrete, but yet so lavish.



At the reception, a friendly male lounge dragon scanned our BP’s before welcoming us in. The lounge was very crowded this morning with mostly Business-style pax, and as it had already been covered on the outbound, I opted not to take any pics. Finding a seat proven to be slightly difficult, as some arrogant guests took up 4 armchairs all to themselves, dumping their bags and stretching out their legs. Honestly, some people really lack manners!

We soon find some seats near the F&B section, which were sufficient enough for our short visit. Not feeling very hungry, I only went for an open-faced prawn sandwich, an espresso and some still water, whereas my sister sampled the various tartlets. At 8.00, roughly 20 minutes prior to scheduled boarding time, we left the lounge as my sister wanted to do some last minute shopping.



TP782 Lisbon Portela – Stockholm Arlanda



Flight: TP782 LIS-ARN

Departure: 8.55

Arrival: 14.15

Duration: 4h 20m

Date: July 15th 2012

Seat & Class: 21A Economy Class

Aircraft & Reg: Airbus A320-214 CS-TNI



We arrived to the gate at 8.25, just in time for the scheduled boarding. However no call was made. So we quickly met up with my mother who was already seated at one of the ”benches”. The gate area was fairly crowded, mostly with swedish holiday makers on their way home. Quite sadly many of them traveling with small children. At 8.45 the boarding call was made, and as usual when flying Star Alliance these days, no priority call whatsoever. Not that it mattered much to me anyway. BP’s were soon scanned, and we were allowed to board.

At the door, I was greeted welcome by a beautiful young stewardess. Yes by Mark’s standards she would definitely qualify as ”cross the street hot!”. Crew today was once again all-female, consisting of three younger flight attendants, all very good looking, along with a senior purser. We soon reached our seats at row 21ABC. Backpack and Doc Martens were stowed in the bin as usual, before settling down.




Legroom was the same as on the outbound flight. ”Standard” by Eric’s means.





View from our parking position.



”Boarding completed” was soon announced over the PA, and instantly the screens showing the safety video dropped down. No further announcements made. Push back and engine start occurred simultaneously, and the plane began its taxi towards the runway. This was followed by a heavy’ish takeoff.




Slowly making our way towards the runway.





This West Air ATP is for sure a loong way from home!





Throttling up for takeoff!





”Wheels Up!” at 9.15.





Climbing out over the City of Lisbon.





Before turning north, and continuing our climb over the countryside.





Reaching cruising altitude 25 minutes into the flight, just crossing the Spanish border.



The seatbelt signs remained on throughout the entire climb, and were turned off once we reached cruising altitude. Given the time of departure, one would expect there to be some kind of breakfast to be served, but strangely no activity was coming from the galley. Assuming the fact that service would commence 90 minutes into the flight, just like on my outbound, I popped in my Bose® In-Ear® headphones and listened to some tunes on my iPhone.

I managed to get one and a half hours of sleep, before being woken up by the crew commencing the meal service.



Lunch Menu Economy Class TP782



Starter: Seasonal salad with rucola leaves, goat cheese, yellow peppers and grapes


Main Course: Braised beef with boiled potatoes, and gravy


Dessert: Almond flan with caramel sauce


Cheese and Crackers


Bread and butter


A selection of non-alcoholic beverages, beer, wine, coffee or tea


Coffee or tea






A generous, and nicely presented meal for this 4hr flight.



At first glance, I couldn’t help but noticing that the meal looked very similar to what I was served on my outbound flight, and I was really fearing it might being that awful ”paella” again. Upon removing the lid, I was relieved to have found a different dish.

The starter salad tasted nice and fresh, and while the rucola leaves didn’t have that bitter aftertaste, the grapes were a bit on the soggy side. The goat cheese added a nice substance to the salad, making it a satisfying starter.

As for the main course, given last night’s dinner I wasn’t really in the mood for more red meat. I estimated the two generous chunks to be at least 200 grams, and while it was surprisingly tender for being prepared inside an aeroplane. The fat attached to the meat was not so nice, although I suspect it helped keeping the meat moist, as well as adding some flavour. The potatoes were cooked to perfection, and the gravy didn’t taste too fatty. All in all, a so-so main course.

The dessert however was an absolute delight. Being a big flan fan myself, I found the texture and sweetness to be absolutely perfect. TAP catering managed to impress me once again.




Very cloudy over western Europe this noon.



Due to the lack of sleep during the previous two nights, I reclined the seat and slept for the reminder of the flight. Some two hours later, I was waken up by the captain coming over the PA announcing our descent into Stockholm Arlanda airport. Seatbelt signs were soon turned on. Once again the crew made little efforts in making sure that the cabin was safe and secured for landing, but rightfully I put my seat in the upright position.




Plunging down into the thick clouds.





Strangely, the dull Scandinavian weather felt welcoming.





”Wheels Down!”





Touchdown.



Following the smooth touchdown was a quick taxi to Gate 15, which happened to be the very same gate we departed from 29 days earlier.




Taxiing by the notorious F-Pier at ARN.





Parking next to a very familiar visitor.



The doors were soon opened, and passengers began flooding the aisle. As usual, I remained seated until everyone had disembarked. I bid the crew farewell and made my way up the jetway, and down to the baggage reclaim. It didn’t take long for the *Priority bags to show up, something highly unusual at Arlanda, but then again I have the summer interns to thank for that. We did however have to wait for the last of our suitcases, missing a *Priority tag to show up. And it took long.

Since I had some re-bookings to deal with at the SAS Ticket Counter, I offered to meet up with mom and sister at the SkyCity train station, while I got the re-bookings solved. A very friendly and service minded ticket agent was able to re-book my canceled ARN-GDN-ARN flights for September, into ARN-CPH-GDN-OSL-ARN. After thanking the agent, I headed over to SkyCity from where we took the train back home to Västerås.



Conclusions




Being my second time flying TAP to Casablanca, I must say that I am very satisfied with the airline. Good fares, good schedules, and some very nice catering. The crew seem to have gotten friendlier compared to back in 2010, and that stupid ”no photo!!!” policy seem to have vanished. Yes the newly reinstated slogan ”With arms wide open” really seem to indicate there being some improvements made in the crew’s way of treating the passengers.
As for Morocco, it’s somewhat uncertain whether I would bother making another visit in the near future. Having some mentally f*cked up relatives down there, I would really think twice before ever having the idea of booking another ticket down there. Nonetheless, the country has its good sides, and with our lovely apartments and great friends, making short 1 week stays might be a better strategy for the future. Who knows…


Thanks for reading, comments are much appreciated!



Previous Reports




Feel free to have a look at my previous reports. The reports are categorised chronologically based on their year/date of publication.


2012

SAS, Lounges & Lovely Bavaria: ARN-CPH-MUC (pics) (by LH4116 May 4 2012 in Trip Reports)

Mother Fokker! And The A.net Meet (pics) (by LH4116 Apr 4 2012 in Trip Reports)

SAS, Lounges, MD-87 & The Brussels Disaster (pics) (by LH4116 Mar 15 2012 in Trip Reports)

Ich Bin Ein Berliner & SAS: B736/MD-82, Y (pics) (by LH4116 Feb 24 2012 in Trip Reports)

Proper Short Haul – Lufthansa CPH-FRA-CPH Y (pics) (by LH4116 Feb 13 2012 in Trip Reports)

SAS At Their Very Finest! ZRH-ARN, Business (pics) (by lh4116 Feb 2 2012 in Trip Reports)

Swiss Flatbed Business Class: PVG-ZRH +More (pics) (by LH4116 Jan 23 2012 in Trip Reports)

Proper Long Haul – Swiss Made: ARN-PVG Y (pics) (by LH4116 Jan 10 2012 in Trip Reports)

2011

LH Italia, You Won’t Be Missed! ARN-MXP C (pics) (by LH4116 Oct 31 2011 in Trip Reports)

Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt (by LH4116 Aug 27 2011 in Trip Reports)

Long, Sleek And Still Blue. Finnair B757! (pics) (by LH4116 Aug 5 2011 in Trip Reports)

Off To Norway, On A Classic. ARN-BGO SAS Y (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 30 2011 in Trip Reports)

”Flying It Fake” On SAS, ARN-DLM Rt In ”C” (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 5 2011 in Trip Reports)

Norwegian ARN-GOT Inaugural Flights, Feb 17 (pics) (by LH4116 Feb 25 2011 in Trip Reports)

2010

TAP Portugal, And The Moroccan Travesty (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 15 2010 in Trip Reports)

Off To The Northern Skies, On SAS And X2000 (pics) (by LH4116 May 9 2010 in Trip Reports)

http://ww.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/164070/

2009

KLM Y, ARN-AMS R/t + Wonderful Holland (pics) (by LH4116 Oct 30 2009 in Trip Reports)

Trip Report: Train to Gothenburg, 1st Class (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 10 2009 in Non Aviation)

I Give You, SAS At Its Very Best! (pics) (by LH4116 Apr 17 2009 in Trip Reports)


Comments are much appreciated!

”Wheels Up!”
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6816 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 15763 times:

Hi Jonas,

great report with many nice pictures! Too bad you didn't take more pictures during your stay, but I totally understand that it's better not to carry an expensive camera around all the time.

TP looks fine, I wouldn't hesitate to fly on it again. CS-TNI is the plane which flew us around France (due to strike action) on our LIS-MUC journey in 2010.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
My sister however found a different source of entertainment.

Very impressive!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):

The main course however was a big letdown. The paella wasn't much of a paella as there were no vegetables, and I only found some 4 tiny pieces of chicken. It was basically just a bowl of coloured rice, and it tasted very bland and dry. The dessert wasn't much better either, as the so called "parfait" tasted incredibly sweet with hardly any hints of orange. Several cups of coffee were required to wash it down. All in all the meal was a bit of a letdown, and with its lack of proteins it didn't leave me very full.

It looked better than it tasted!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I settled for some spinach and mushroom tarts, along with a Ginger Ale.

Ah, I hate these tiny cans. What a waste of resources.


[quote=LH4116,reply=0]This is after all the world's smallest airliner in commercial service (or well suppose there might be some debate on that).

Well, other types come to mind as well, e.g. DHC-6 and Let L-410, but I'm not an expert for these tiny machines.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
That Beech sure is ugly!

I can only agree!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Yes, I had at least 5 of them following me at the same time, begging me for money...

Well, they beg or money, others beg for lounge entry...  

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Oh, and I also turned 20 this summer. Celebrating with a gelato cake from my favourite ice cream shop Oliveri, Casablanca.

Congratulations!



PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 15710 times:

Hej Jonas,

Nice little report you've got here.

A few comments:

Scanning luggage before check-in... yeah, that was the way it was in OTP before 2002 or so. It was really aggravating, so I have something to compare your experiences to!

Lavatorial facilities on the Beech--why didn't you visit the small lavatory in the back (assuming there indeed is one)? Would've liked to see that, as I really dislike aircraft with no lavatorial facilities  

TAP catering looks very good by European standards but the staff doesn't really seem to care about anything, do they? Oh well, that's too bad.

Also, TAP check-in at CMN... What a horrible experience! That's not the way to handle priority check-in... They can't make you jump in line to get priority check-in. It would piss me off to have to do that, not to mention the other pax.

Shame about the Moroccan beggars following you. Do they not leave you alone if you ignore them?

Thanks again for writing up this intercontinental Beech trip report.

Alex


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1730 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 15606 times:
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Hello Jonas,

Thanks for this very nice report Jonas! The photos are really outstanding, I’m glad you decided to make them a bit larger, it enhances the outlook significantly. You had quite a holiday there, flying some nice (new) types and encountering a lot of much needed sun. All in all, a succesful trip there   

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
one time we managed to bring 140 kilograms without being charged a single penny for overweight.

Are you kidding me. How long ago was that? I think even being *G doesn’t allow you this much overweight  

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
For me I brought along my trustworthy Lowepro® backpack

Your fascination for branding is quite prominent. A bit too much maybe...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
given the fact that the staff mostly shrug when they see me

You don’t want to know what they must be thinking i guess  

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Duration: 4h 25m

That’s quite lenghty, call it medium-longhaul.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
and Docs were stowed in the overhead compartment.

 Wow! Oh no, barefoot again! Run while you still can. Seriously Jonas, there really is no need to brag about the fact that you take you shoes off on a plane. Adding to that posting pics of hairy legs   

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I felt slightly worried that the TAP crews might be skipping on some important safety routines.

This seems to be an issue on all of the flights taken? Not good I tell you. So they did not come around to check seatbelts, seats, luggage in the way? Unacceptable!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
This very same lavatory has been covered in my previous TAP report from 2010.

For God’s sake Jonas, it’s just a toilet...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
My sister however found a different source of entertainment.

Wow, she seems to have some talent there.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Interestingly it was the very same position that we parked at two years ago after my last flight to LIS.

How about that for a déja-vu?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Underwing shot for Markus!

It’s rather a semi-underwing shot as you seem to be standing miles away from it 

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Despite the full load of the flight, the gate area looked very deserted.

Then again, 19 pax is not that much either, is it...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Cabin view of this small Beech. I think there was a small lavatory in the back.

Nice shot showing clearly what a small cabin it really is. You gotta like the 1-1 seating? Was it noisy inside? And no pic of the toilet 

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
mostly due to the high criminal rates

The same high rates as in Brussels?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Something which is standard practice only on long haul flights, and Ryanair.

How would you know this is standard practice on FR, you have never ever - nor will you ever - flown with them?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
and while it was surprisingly tender for being prepared inside an aeroplane.

Fact: it is ‘reheated’ rather than prepared (sorry to nitpick you  ).

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently onlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1087 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 15535 times:

A quick nice trip report you covered on TAP.
It was just yesterday my friend and I were talking about Moroco.....Marrakesh and Casablanca....then BAM!

Not sure how many STAR airlines flying to Morocco but TAP seems to be one of the nice choice.
You mentioned good schedule...with overnight layover? That's good schedule for you? lol

Etihad offers cheap fare from Bangkok to Casablanca at around USD 900, B77W, A332 and A345!
That may be our choice though no STAR lounge.

Wish I could see more of your trip pics.

Correct, Nespresso capsules and machines are much cheaper in Portugal and Spain.
Staff at Nespresso Saint Germain Des Pres boutique in Paris told me the same thing.
She mentioned that Brazillian tourists often come and buy the machine there.
I've got a Citiz at home, will get a Pixie for my office. Fun stuff...

Well, thanks a lot for your high quality pics and the report.
Cheers,
net-hkt



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 15385 times:

Hej, Jonas. A very detailed and entertaining report. A great way to enjoy my morning coffee as I'm desperately trying to wake up.

How often can one say that they've done an Intercontinental on a Beech? I wasn't even aware that TP/NI flew this route with such an aircraft.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
by a lagom amount

You just had to use that word again didn't you?  
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I discovered that TAP Portugal had some attractive fares starting at €350. As a bonus the itinerary included a 23 hour layover in Lisbon and the opportunity to fly the 19 seat Beech 1900D between the continents. After finding suitable dates for the summer, three tickets were booked for me, mom and my sister costing a reasonable €1050 (given the high season).

There are so many things in your TR that I would love to give a try myself sometime. I've heard so many bad things about TAP over the years but I really wanna fly them at some point. I think an airline with such a cool-looking livery should be given a chance (at least once). Also Portugalia has been in my bucket list for a number of years. One of my best friends lives in Lisbon so I have been trying really hard to combine a visit there with a Portugalia hop to somewhere fun nearby. Lisbon looks great. A very photogenic place no doubt.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Backpack, jacket and Docs were stowed in the overhead compartment.

Such a luxury to be able to put your stuff in the overhead compartment. In the US this is practically impossible nowadays unless you are one of the first to board.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
rucola leaves

I'm assuming (by the looks of it in your photo) that "rucola" is the Swedish word for what people call "rocket" in UK English and "arugula" in US English? In any case this is the first time I see it in an in-flight meal. Given that it's not a cheap green to get I have to say I'm impressed. Personally I'm a big fan of its unique bitter/peppery flavor.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
For €50 per night, it was an absolute steal!

That's just fantastic!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
That Beech sure is ugly!

Haha, I was just thinking the same thing. However I think that the Beech is so ugly it's in fact beautiful. I would love to fly one of these bad boys again. I flew with it in the Bahamas last year (NAS-LGI-SML-NAS) and it was a lot of fun.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I chose not to take many pictures while in the country, mostly due to the high criminal rates.
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I did however use my camera at one occasion in the City of Rabat, but sadly it drew quite a lot of attention, especially from beggars. Yes, I had at least 5 of them following me at the same time, begging me for money...

That's just sad. Not good for tourism for sure. It can be really off-putting if you have to watch your every step without the ability to behave like you want. I would just go nuts if I couldn't take photos.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Pax: Don’t you have any manners, you impatient son of a b*tch!?! [I head one of the pax saying]

Whoa, what? If anyone said that to me in this context I would have to have some words with him.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Catering was very generous for a 1hr flight. Must say I’m impressed with TAP!

It seems like southern European airlines are keeping it real. TP, A3, OA, TK etc, all offer a substantial amount (and quality) of food even on short hops. Kudos to them.


Thanks for the very interesting TR, Jonas.

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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 15349 times:

Hi Jonas,
A thoroughly enjoyable read. How maddening it must be to have to travel as a donkey, carrying all the gear, to visit what

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
can best be described as a clan of uneducated, dysfunctional screw-ups

But is it really "hell"? I thought that was in Norway.  

The flights themselves seem to have passed comfortably and safely enough, but

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I was slightly disappointed that the moving map function was not present on the overhead screens.

I would be too: it's the only thing on IFE that I ever want. The meals seem quite reasonable size-wise for the length of the flights. It is a shame that they weren't all that inspiring taste-wise.

Your sister appears to have some talent for sketching. Does she intend to develop it further as part of a career?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I found a nice newly renovated suite apartment hotel located in the Old Town

The location looks good and convenient. But am I right in thinking that you self-cater in the apartment? You don't show any kitchen facilities, so I may have misunderstood. If it does include self-catering it would certainly be ideal for someone wanting to stay for a week or two and not pay hotel/ restaurant prices for food every day.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The Central Square

Amazing how the cobble-stones create a sensation of the ground undulating or forming waves.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
And to add more "insult" the security officers decided to take me in for a "random" additional screening, involving frisking.

Oh, do you fit the "profile"; were they bored, or was it that they thought you were cute?   The lounge in Lisbon does appear to have a pleasant ambiance.

As your family is from Morocco and you have visited a number of times, I can understand that you would not wish to take many photos - it would be all too familiar to you. I know that in popular tourist spots requests for money will be made of people taking photos, especially in Marrakesh where an entire photo-for-money industry has developed.

But thank you for posting the few that you did. I recall the blue and white painted houses in the old part of Rabat and your photos of the horsemen re-enacting scenes reminds me of a visit that i was able to make to the Haras Regional et Jumenterie de Meknes, where they cross the Arab stallions with Berber dams to produce the unique breed used in such events and in sports.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
In most 3rd world countries, you need to pass a series of security screenings and baggage checks in order to access the terminal, and at CMN that was no exception.

I can see the sense in this when you think that armed attacks have been made at airports without anyone actually checking-in. Remember the bomb attack at Moscow's Domodedovo airport that killed some 35 people and injured more than 100 last year?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I’m suspecting that some sort of invitation card would have been needed, and quite frankly the check-in agent forgot to give me one.

Shame that you couldn't access the lounge but as you say, if it was not much to speak of spotting would have been more enjoyable. I can imagine the lack of invitation may have been an oversight. On one of my visits to CMN the agent forgot to give us the boarding pass for our connecting flight, which I didn't notice at the time. Like you, I was travelling with my mother and was more concerned about the assisted boarding that she required.
There was one humorous incident. We were in the Salon and time to board was approaching and I reminded the receptionist that someone was meant to take us up to the aircraft. Eventually someone came and as we approached the door of the aircraft, the purser enquired: "Où étaient-ils?" The man pushing the chair replied, "Au Salon des chefs," and the idea of us sitting there wearing cooks' hats crossed my mind. But I just quipped, "nous avons eu à pomper les pneus."

But I had better stop. My reply will end up longer than your post. Once again an enjoyable read.

Best wishes,
Roy (aka Quokka)

[Edited 2012-07-19 05:39:26]

User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3175 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 15136 times:

I just returned from CMN myself on TAP (we we in Morocco at the same time as you.... my stomach, unfortunately is still there - in a bad way).

I thought that TAP ground service (contracted) was deplorable in CMN. Observations:

The agent who checked us is printed duplicate sets of boarding passes for my partner and none for me. We had to go back in line for that.
The departure forms... Why on earth is there a separate kiosk for those when they could have been given at check in?
Customs: Agent gave us a hard time because we were not in C yet used the Fast Track area. (We are on C tickets)
Lounge: we got access, but only because I had read that we needed the invites. You didn't miss much.
Departure: Same agent that checked us in tells us at departure time that the flight is 50 minutes late because it was not on the ground yet. This is something she could have told us at check in.
Boarding: They heard us on the bus where we wait in the 100 degree heat for 30 minutes. We waited 15 more minutes at the aircraft.

Baggage: 3 out of 4 bags made it. One was sent to Copenhagen. (My routing was CMN-LIS-LHR-LAX).



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3284 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 15029 times:

Nice report Jonas - good that even if your relatives are crazy, the weather is nicer than the damp cold miserable Swedish "summer"

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):

Unlike most destinations in Europe (North Africa & Israel), Casablanca is priced as a long haul destination with fares ex Sweden starting at €440 (same as a cheap Y to USA or Asia).

In the UK, Morocco is nealry always classed as Europe for fares etc. LH often send me offer with CMN for "only" £400, when easyJet and BA are charging around £150 return.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
My sister however found a different source of entertainment.

Very nice - does she like planes too?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The rather generous hot meal tray offered on this 4 hour flight.

Looks good

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Me: [hands over passports, along with custom forms] Here you go.
S: Thank you, Sir. [typing on the computer and printing BP’s] Please put your luggage on the scale.
Me: [putting on the bags] Don’t forget the priority tags!
S: Here are your passports and boarding passes, have a nice flight!

Well, you check in situation was differently awful to mine in January - good though that you managed to skip the long queue, even if people were shouting at you

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
but still the police officers in Casablanca Airport are some of the worst in the entire country!

I found the departing security/police very nice at CMN. And you didn't miss anything by not going into that lounge!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
a senior purser asked to see my boarding pass. Something which is standard practice only on long haul flights, and Ryanair.

It's standard on British airlines (and by extension Irish airlines (hence FR)). Makes a lot of sense to a) avoid people getting on the wrong plane and b) so the FAs can "welcome" you accordingly.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
My sister made some remarks about the flimsy paperstock, asking me to print out proper ones instead. Heck, I thought only a.netter cared for such things.

Ha, I'm sure she's a closeted a.netter!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I popped in my Bose® In-Ear® headphones and listened to some tunes on my iPhone.

How come there is an ® after Bose but not after iPhone?... I'm not sure they are needed in a TR to be honest



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User currently offlineCARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 820 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 14957 times:

Beautiful photos Jonas, good report.

Too bad about the beggars, hate that. Doesn't really let you enjoy the touristc attractions. Not really their fault as they just don't have enough for a good living, but still not a nice situation.

Hope you enjoyed the overall trip as flying is never really a bad thing IMO.


Carst


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1316 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 14719 times:

Nice report there Jonas. Great pictures too as usual!


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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 14700 times:

Hi Jonas,

Nice report, very well written and accompanied by some great pictures.
I should really go to Lisbon some time, it looks wonderfull. And get a ride on a B1900 while I am at it.

Robert


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1691 posts, RR: 31
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 14639 times:

Nice and comprehensive TR, Jonas; well done !!!

I must say, your sister is very artistic - her drawings are excellent !!!

Nice PGA flights to/from Morocco; must try the Beech one day - it's still on my 'to do' list...

Thanks for sharing and looking forward to your next TR...

Cheers,

MH017/Pieter...



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User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 14473 times:

Great report, Jonas. Brought back some nice memories of our trip to Portugal. I haven't flown on a Beechcraft 1900 in years, and certainly not to another continent. I think it was CMH-BWI or something like that.

Too bad the check-in staff was so bad in Morocco. I was rather fond of TAP in general. And those tarts in the lounge in Lisbon are delicious!

Kurt


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 13975 times:

Hello guys, thanks for the round of replies. So glad you enjoyed the report  

Hi PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Too bad you didn't take more pictures during your stay, but I totally understand that it's better not to carry an expensive camera around all the time.

Yeah I've been there millions of times, seeing exactly the same things so no need to put myself to that risk. Armed robberies have become more common these days when there's no police.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
others beg for lounge entry...  

Haha, well that's a thing of the past  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
I can only agree!

  

Hello Alex,

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
Lavatorial facilities on the Beech--why didn't you visit the small lavatory in the back (assuming there indeed is one)?

Well I saw a small door at the very back of the cabin, indicating there being some kind of door at the very back of the cabin. Sadly two passengers seated at the very back, stretching their legs out making it quite hard to get there. Also I didn't want to bother, since many pax got slightly annoyed of my excessive picture taking  
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
TAP catering looks very good by European standards but the staff doesn't really seem to care about anything, do they?

Well the staff were friendly most of the times, although they had some bad habits of not checking that everybody's seatbelt is on, and that the seatbacks are upright. I think there needs to be some change in that!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
They can't make you jump in line to get priority check-in. It would piss me off to have to do that, not to mention the other pax.

Why? I think it was the completely right thing to do, and especially on times like there when there were a max of 10-15 *G/Biz pax on the flight. Generally speaking, providing such ad-hoc service manners can only act to strengthen the customer loyalty, by showing that the airline actually care for their most loyal customers. But overall, it was the ground handling company's fault (they should've informed the passengers more), and not the airline's.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
Shame about the Moroccan beggars following you. Do they not leave you alone if you ignore them?

I may look just like any streetboy, so most of the times I'm not bothered by them. However on this very occasion, seeing an expensive camera around my neck, only seemed to attract them, as I saw one of their "beggar" companions pointing and whispering stuff. Maybe they were trying to rob me, who knows. I got straight into the car though 

Hoi Nils!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Are you kidding me. How long ago was that? I think even being *G doesn’t allow you this much overweight

This was 2004, back in the olden days when you were allowed to bring 30 kilos in Economy Class, and SAS served us a free sandwich on the ARN-FRA segment. It was indeed a pure stroke of luck, and I'm guessing the agent must've had her fair share of discussions that day since she clearly didn't want to take another.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
That’s quite lenghty, call it medium-longhaul.

Oh yes, it's a medium haul for sure. Heck many transatlantic flights are similar in duration, hence just some 30 or so minutes longer.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Oh no, barefoot again! Run while you still can. Seriously Jonas, there really is no need to brag about the fact that you take you shoes off on a plane. Adding to that posting pics of hairy legs

It's a long flight, so you oughta make yourself comfortable. I don't see what the problem of being barefoot is, it's comfy and your feet and shoes get to breath. Also the Docs don't leave a bad smell. Waxing your legs is very un-manly  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
This seems to be an issue on all of the flights taken? Not good I tell you. So they did not come around to check seatbelts, seats, luggage in the way? Unacceptable!

Yes this was the case on the 3 flights with cabin crew. They did come down the cabin, but clearly they weren't making any efforts in making sure that the cabin was indeed kosher for landing.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Wow, she seems to have some talent there.

Hehe, oh yes she's been drawing since she was 3  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
It’s rather a semi-underwing shot as you seem to be standing miles away from it 

Well if you see the ground agent in the pic, he was shouting at me to "Get back! Get back!", making it slightly hard for me.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
You gotta like the 1-1 seating? Was it noisy inside?

Oh yes it's a very good configuration, and the cabin was noisy indeed. Hence the supplied earplugs.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
The same high rates as in Brussels?

No, Casablanca is much safer.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
How would you know this is standard practice on FR, you have never ever - nor will you ever - flown with them?

I've told you before Nils, that I flew them back in 2006 and 2007. On all flights they checked for BP at the door. If I find a really really dirt cheap STN ticket ex VST, then I might fly them again  

Hi there,

Quoting nethkt (Reply 6):
It was just yesterday my friend and I were talking about Moroco.....Marrakesh and Casablanca....then BAM!

Haha, well speaking of the devil it sure seems! I would much recommend Rabat, Marrakech or Fez over Casablanca.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 6):
Not sure how many STAR airlines flying to Morocco but TAP seems to be one of the nice choice.

As of today, only TAP, Egyptair, Lufthansa and Turkish fly to Casablanca.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 6):
You mentioned good schedule...with overnight layover? That's good schedule for you? lol

Sure to me those times suited well. Departure times were at comfortable hours, also the overnight provided some good opportunities for seeing the city of Lisbon twice.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 6):
That may be our choice though no STAR lounge.

Well *A airlines use contract lounges, so which lounge and whom is granted access differs from carrier to carrier.

Hey WB-roga!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
How often can one say that they've done an Intercontinental on a Beech? I wasn't even aware that TP/NI flew this route with such an aircraft.

Indeed, I don't recall there being any other Beech routes crossing actual continents. The Beech was deployed on the route very recently.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
You just had to use that word again didn't you?  

Well I come from the little land of lagom, so of course 
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
One of my best friends lives in Lisbon so I have been trying really hard to combine a visit there with a Portugalia hop to somewhere fun nearby. Lisbon looks great. A very photogenic place no doubt.

That's good. The LIS-CMN return fares can be found for as little as €80, if you book well in advance.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
I'm assuming (by the looks of it in your photo) that "rucola" is the Swedish word for what people call "rocket" in UK English and "arugula" in US English?

I see, thought Ruccola was the english word for the vegetable. Oh well I learn something new every day.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
Whoa, what? If anyone said that to me in this context I would have to have some words with him.

Yeah I was too busy hurrying the luggage up to the counter, so didn't bother taking up the argument. What surprises me of course is that Moroccans are generally the WORST people in the world when it comes to queues, cutting queues all the time. It took me half an hour to order a coffee at Starbucks once, because everyone kept cutting in line. So I really don't see why he got so upset... But that's Karma I guess.  

Hey Roy,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 8):
But is it really "hell"? I thought that was in Norway.  

Ah you have a good memory Sir!  Well compared to Morocco, I would call the glorious fjordlands of western norway heaven  
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 8):
Your sister appears to have some talent for sketching. Does she intend to develop it further as part of a career?

She is very talented indeed. And yes, she's a semi-professional, working part time as a comic writer. A good way to earn extra money it seems, since her books sell out very quickly.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 8):
But am I right in thinking that you self-cater in the apartment? You don't show any kitchen facilities, so I may have misunderstood.

There was a kitchen indeed, which I forgot to take a picture of. Although since we were staying just 1 night, we didn't use it much since there was a €25 penalty fee if you left some dirty dishes there. So we didn't want to risk anything.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 8):
Oh, do you fit the "profile"; were they bored, or was it that they thought you were cute?   The lounge in Lisbon does appear to have a pleasant ambiance.

I think both, actually. The lounge was quite pleasant indeed, although I don't like the lack of daylight which seems to be standard is most lounges these days. SAS Scandinavian Lounge in CPH is an exception though. Big bright windows overlooking the sea, just love it there  
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 8):
Shame that you couldn't access the lounge but as you say, if it was not much to speak of spotting would have been more enjoyable.

Yes it didn't matter much anyway. I've always enjoyed spotting from CMN, many interesting and exotic carriers, and also the windows offer good opportunities for just that.

Hey Zach,

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 9):
I just returned from CMN myself on TAP (we we in Morocco at the same time as you.... my stomach, unfortunately is still there - in a bad way).

So if I understand it correctly, you were on the same flight as me? Your experiences sounded very similar to what I experienced. I think I may have seen you at the lounge that day, if you were the american couple in the armchairs near the wall? Was there at around 8.50am.

Hey there Mr. Chew,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
LH often send me offer with CMN for "only" £400, when easyJet and BA are charging around £150 return.

That's very interesting. I suppose there may have been some competition ex the UK, hence why the fares are cheap? Oh well would love if BA could sell some reasonably priced to CMN from here too.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Very nice - does she like planes too?

Hehe, sadly not. She hates flying. Sketching the cabin, and other passengers was just a way for her to pass time  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
I found the departing security/police very nice at CMN.

Interesting, suppose you were lucky then. Or they're just friendlier to non-native speakers.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
How come there is an ® after Bose but not after iPhone?...

Well Bose® are very strics with the ®'s when it comes to their products. Apple however are not.

Hey Carsten,

Quoting CARST (Reply 11):
Too bad about the beggars, hate that.

Yes they're quite the mood breakers, but then again it's not always their own fault for being in those bad situations.

Quoting CARST (Reply 11):
Doesn't really let you enjoy the touristc attractions.

Luckily there weren't so many beggars in the tourist spots, at least not l'Oudaya where the pics were taken. The "stalking" incident occurred on a supermarket parking lot.

Quoting CARST (Reply 11):
Hope you enjoyed the overall trip as flying is never really a bad thing IMO.

Oh yes, flying is always fun and any excuse for it will do  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 12):
Nice report there Jonas. Great pictures too as usual!

Hey James, thanks a lot for reading! Glad you enjoyed.

Hoi Robert,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):
I should really go to Lisbon some time, it looks wonderfull. And get a ride on a B1900 while I am at it.

Lisbon is really a wonderful city, and also TAP have some other Beech destinations from there. I think Bilbao, Spain is served by the Beech.

Hoi Pieter,

Quoting MH017 (Reply 14):
I must say, your sister is very artistic - her drawings are excellent !!!

Thanks! Yes she's very talented indeed  

Hi Kurt,

Quoting kurt (Reply 15):
I haven't flown on a Beechcraft 1900 in years, and certainly not to another continent.

That's quite surprising for somebody who practically lives in the motherland of the Beech. But yes, I suppose the routes are nowhere near as spectacular as mine. hehe 
Quoting kurt (Reply 15):
I was rather fond of TAP in general. And those tarts in the lounge in Lisbon are delicious!

TAP are a good airline indeed, above average when it comes to quality. Same applies to the lounge, really enjoyed the food selection. A shame I wasn't able to make any longer visits in that lounge.

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3007 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 13727 times:

Hi Jonas,

excellent report, thank you! Some great pictures as well.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I discovered that TAP Portugal had some attractive fares starting at €350.

That seems a reasonable fare for such a long flight.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
My sister however found a different source of entertainment.

Very talented. Has she been published?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The rather generous hot meal tray offered on this 4 hour flight.

Looks good, a shame it didn't taste so nice.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I found a nice newly renovated suite apartment hotel located in the Old Town (Baixa) of Lisbon. For €50 per night, it was an absolute steal!

That is indeed a bargain. What was the name of the place? Lisbon is definitely on my must-visit list.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The Central Square

I love the mosaic patterns, reminds me of Rio. But which came first, Rio or Lisbon?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Since it was my mother's turn to be guested

Very fair. taking in turns. Kudos to you.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Cabin view of this small Beech

Very quaint. Not sure my wife would like that, she likes "bigger is better" for aircraft, for stability.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Moroccan tea time!
The official beverage of the country, and a must have if you ever chose to visit the country.

I took a day trip to Morocco once, on a ferry from Spain, and we were given it everywhere. Shame I don't like mint.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Oh, and I also turned 20 this summer. Celebrating with a gelato cake from my favourite ice cream shop Oliveri, Casablanca. Perhaps the best ice cream on the planet!

That looks lovely!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I could see ground agents gathered around in circles behind the desks playing cards and chatting loudly,

That is terrible service. Shame on them.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
With this in mind, I specifically booked my return segments to make a meet possible.

An A.net meeting is always good  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Very cloudy over western Europe this noon.

I love this, from black space to bright light on the ground.

Thanks for the report!

signol



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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 13627 times:

Thanks for sharing.
I found Casablanca airport quite normal, expect immigration on arrival, which was a complete mess, and countless people going directly to the customs offices on the left,greeting people there and then skipping the lines..
The lounge you missed is a joke. It is the worst lounge I have ever experienced. It is complete chaos, there is no food at all, and just water bottles and some sodas. That's it.

However the TAP lounge is really nice and I love the food offerings.


User currently offlineTravellerPlus From New Zealand, joined Nov 2008, 347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 13551 times:

Thanks for sharing. It was a enjoyable report.

I write this with a smile. You're right about the smallest airliner debate. I regularly fly on scheduled Islander flights- 10 seats, no aisles and windows the size of a car's. You should try and get to fly in one. The experience is amazing and they seem to frequent tropical places.  



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 13476 times:

Hi Jonas,

Great report with crystal clear pictures! What camera do you use? I'm buying a new camera later this year and are weighing the options.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
This is after all the world's smallest airliner in commercial service (or well suppose there might be some debate on that).

Eagle Air Iceland use Cessna 7- and 9-seaters on some of their flights...  

cheers, Sveinn



Flights flown: 282 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1827 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 13255 times:

Hi Jonas

Once again a lovey set of pictures you've prepared for your audience. Thanks a lot! Your account reminds me a lot of my own summer holidays when I was much younger than you are today. I always hoped my parents would go somewhere new, where I would get the opportunity of sampling a new airline or aircraft. They however, would announce, like every summer, that we'd be going to Malta for five weeks.

And when we got there, we'd have a constant stream of relatives arriving at the house to visit us. By the end of the five weeks I would be truly ready to go home.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
As opposed to earlier visits we decided to skip the immediate relatives altogether because quite frankly they've caused nothing but pain for us. My mother's family can best be described as a clan of uneducated, dysfunctional screw-ups (mostly referring to my aunts, and not my uncles whom I love dearly), whose lives evolve solely around the notion of making life miserable for those who have done well in life.

Boy, you really don't take hostages!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Traveling with my mother is anything but convenient. Over the years I've endured the constant ordeals with oversized luggage (one time we managed to bring 140 kilograms without being charged a single penny for overweight. A pure stroke of luck since the agent was more than eager to end her shift), and today was no exception. Four large suitcases packed to the brim weighting a total of 80 kilos, three of which were my mother's.

I'm impressed, I've always wondered how people do that!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
After emerging from the glass elevators I was finally back at the familiar turfs of the SAS Lounge. At the reception we were greeted welcome by the same elderly woman as during my previous visit. Upon presenting our BP's I was asked to show my card as well which is very unusual at SAS Lounges. Nevertheless, after having the card swiped to confirm its validity we were allowed to enter the lounge.

Don't you just love the design of those SAS lounges?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
My sister however found a different source of entertainment.

From what I can tell, she's got talent!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
All in all the meal was a bit of a letdown, and with its lack of proteins it didn't leave me very full.

That looks like a lot more than what I got in TAP Business Class on my way back to Zurich!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Luckily the night prior to departure I found a nice newly renovated suite apartment hotel located in the Old Town (Baixa) of Lisbon. For €50 per night, it was an absolute steal!

Wow, I'm impressed! The flat looks really nice, and the price is dirt cheap. May I ask where you found that (for future reference...)?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
LIS T1 interior. Looks like a parking garage or an empty shopping mall to me.

Ah yes, the joys of Lisbon airport. I really do believe you have to make an exceptional effort to design such a tremendously ugly building.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The box containing the in-flight service items.

Funny to see you had ear plugs in the box with the sandwich.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Some beautiful weather at the traditional l’Oudaya district in Rabat.

Pity about the rubbish on the sand.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Oh, and I also turned 20 this summer. Celebrating with a gelato cake from my favourite ice cream shop Oliveri, Casablanca. Perhaps the best ice cream on the planet!

In that case, happy birthday to you!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Having been given permission to jump the whole 100+ people queue sounded like music to my ears, so I called out to mom, telling her to come over. As I rolled the trolley past the queue, many of the other passengers got seemingly pissed, and yelled out their anger.

'How to make yourself instantly unpopular with your fellow passengers in one simply step' - brought to you by Jonas!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
”Wheels Up!” at 11.15.

I always find it kind of weird that the F100 does not need to set flaps for take-off.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I decided to explore the Parque das Nações district.

That's close to where I stayed last November when I gave a course in Lisbon.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
A generous, and nicely presented meal for this 4hr flight.

That looks rather tasty.

By the way, how do you get the font of the titles so big?

Thanks for posting, Jonas.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinedkdaviator From Denmark, joined Jun 2009, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 13212 times:

Hi Jonas,

Nice report there on your travels to Portugal/Morocco.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Food offerings today consisted of raw bacon with lettuce,

Does not sound very appetizing.     

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The scenes seemed to make people laugh rather than pay attention to the safety details.

hmmm, that can't be good, if passengers don't actually "get" the safety content/details.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Some 90 minutes into the flight, the crew finally appeared from the galley, rolling out the carts to commence the meal service.

Wow, that's a long time to wait for their first appearance...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
and enjoying the spectacular views from the window.

Some nice pics there from your window seat.    

The TAP Premium Lounge looks pretty nice, especially for not having exterior windows.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Aircraft & Reg: Beechcraft 1900D CS-TMV

What a cool way to go intercontinental!    

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Check-In at Mohamed V International Airport = Disaster!

"disaster" even sounds like an understatement!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The breakfast consisted of a traditional Portuguese croissant, filled with gouda cheese and turkey.

That's a tasty looking breakfast there!    

cheers,

David



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User currently offlinepacifique75 From Portugal, joined Oct 2006, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 12926 times:

Hello LH4116; thank you for sharing your views on TAP and it is good to hear you overall were happy with TAP service and offerings. I would just like to comment a few points, if I may...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Soon the doors were closed, but no "boarding complete" or "arm slides, cross-check and report" announcement was made over the PA.

Can I just say it is not TAP procedure to announce "boarding complete" over the public address system. About arming the doors (again, we dont use the phrase you mention), it could have been done over the interphone. I can assure you the doors would be armed before take off!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Some 90 minutes into the flight, the crew finally appeared from the galley,

Here is an aspect of the service that could change and I personally agree it takes too long before we start the service.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Once again the crew made little efforts in making sure that the cabin was safe and secured for landing, but rightfully I put my seat in the upright position.

This is not good! It is somehow strange that the 2 crew working in Y both missed seats not being upright...but then again I see it everyday passengers being asked to switch off electronics and put their seat up and the minute we turn our backs they do it again  


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 12815 times:

Hejsan Jonas den lagom mannen,

Good to read about your biannual "homecoming". Looks like your attitude has changed a little - at some points I actually agreed with your opinions and observations  . Nice flights with TAP too, and the Beech is of course a great icing on the cake, especially when you got to fly it on this rare intercontinental flight.

I was hoping for more pictures from Morocco though, surely it can't be that bad there, especially since you are semi native anyway?

Great pictures as usually.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
As always the report will be accompanied by a lagom amount of pictures that I hope you will enjoy.

Come on Jonas, for someone with such a huge ego and aspirations as yourself maybe you should stop being lagom for once? Stop being so Swedish, become Kim Dotcom!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
My mother's family can best be described as a clan of uneducated, dysfunctional screw-ups (mostly referring to my aunts, and not my uncles whom I love dearly)

Well in countries like Morocco educating women has never been much of a priority.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Unlike most destinations in Europe (North Africa & Israel), Casablanca is priced as a long haul destination with fares ex Sweden starting at €440 (same as a cheap Y to USA or Asia).

Well that is quite a weird way of putting it. You know there's no standard pricing model for flights (well there is in fact, the generic IATA fares but let's not talk about those - they are outrageous). Tickets are priced based on supply and demand, just like pretty much anything in a free market economy. Clearly there isn't much competition nor that many people traveling between Sweden and Morocco, hence the somewhat higher prices than to a e.g. New York where you have tons of flight connections and seats available every day. And good luck finding such a fare to NYC on high season - off season is of course completely different.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
booked for me, mom and my sister costing a reasonable €1050 (given the high season).

That's very lagom indeed. And the extra was spent on flights to Egypt then?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
(one time we managed to bring 140 kilograms without being charged a single penny for overweight. A pure stroke of luck since the agent was more than eager to end her shift), and today was no exception. Four large suitcases packed to the brim weighting a total of 80 kilos, three of which were my mother's.

What on earth does your mother pack in there?! Everything including the kitchen sink? Certainly a complete opposite to you since you don't even bring a spare set of clothes on a month long trip.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
the check took less than 2 minutes. I can see why FlyingFinn76 prefers this security area over the one at the SAS concourse.

Well it is much better located, faster and doesn't dump you in the middle of the duty free store. What's there not to like? Plus a certain hot Turkish girl is usually working there instead of the stupid guys on the other check point.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Upon presenting our BP's I was asked to show my card as well which is very unusual at SAS Lounges.

It is no SAS boarding pass, it is a TAP one. Different system.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Backpack, jacket and Docs were stowed in the overhead compartment.

I thought it is a safety requirement to be wearing your shoes during take off and landing. Why do you always take them off? People will hate your smelly feet.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The A320 safety card, neaty presented by my sister.

Wow, those are some hot legs right there!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
This very same lavatory has been covered in my previous TAP report from 2010.

But it is not the one where you pulled your famous "standing on top of the loo" stunt, no?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Lunch Menu Economy Class TP787

There was no menu, you are just making these up?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The rather generous hot meal tray offered on this 4 hour flight.

Hmm, that paella looks horribly dry. Or as you put it it doesn't look like paella as all, just a slab of dry rice with some "stuff" in it.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Luckily the night prior to departure I found a nice newly renovated suite apartment hotel located in the Old Town (Baixa) of Lisbon. For €50 per night, it was an absolute steal!

Hey, that's a good bargain. And the place does look good. I've always been very wary of these kind of apartment places as I think you have a fair share of getting ripped off - you can easily end up in a dingy, crappy old apartment.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The Arch at "Parca do Comcércio"

Did guys offer to sell you some genuine Moroccan "herbs"? All the times I've been there I've always been harassed by some guys offering exactly that. Once there was an old guy, must've been at least sixty years who showed me a huge five+ kilo sack of "oregano".

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Very soon boarding was called over the PA. No priority call was made for *G. Not that it was necessary thanks to the small passenger count, which made the boarding process very civilised. Shortly after everyone had boarded the Cobus 3000, we set off for the two minute drive to the plane.

Why would you need priority boarding for a bus boarding anyway? Unless there's a separate VIP bus?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
. A nice surprise since I didn't expect to be served anything on this flight.

Well it is an intercontinental flight after all...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
and a pair of earplugs.

Interesting dessert. How did they taste?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
we had already left the subcontinent of Europe.

Actually Europe is a full continent.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Disembarking the plane at CMN. That Beech sure is ugly!

Yep, an ugly little bugger for sure.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
In total the immigration process took nearly 40 minutes due to the long lines, and I wasn't able to use the fasttrack lane.

Fast track lane in Casablanca? Come on, that's only reserved to cousins of the king and anyone willing to pay some bakeesh to the officials.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Yes, I had at least 5 of them following me at the same time, begging me for money...

And lounge access?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
but more my mother who decided to stay up all night and finish up her packing.

So why did you have to stay up as well?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Apparently he claimed to have been queueing the whole morning, which frankly was a lie since I didn’t see him five minutes ago.

Did you confront him about this?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Being a Star Alliance Gold member, queueing behind 100 other people is simply beyond my spectrum of tolerance,

Never fly AC ex-BRU then.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Pax: Don’t you have any manners, you impatient son of a b*tch!?! [I head one of the pax saying]

Again you didn't confront them? You know, the less bullshit you take from people the more they respect you. If someone would say something like that to me I'd be all over him. Quiet resistance a'la Gandhi is not for me. I hope you at least gave the guy The Stare (TM).

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Me: [putting on the bags] Don’t forget the priority tags!

Why? They are worthless anyway, but if it makes your ego (and your manhood) bigger, then by all means.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I really hope the TAP management decide to file a lawsuit against this company, if such situations are handed this poorly on a regular basis.

It's not worth filing a civil court suit in a case like this - in a country like Morocco it will get you nowhere. What you should do is to write a complaint to TAP, explaining what happened (but not really demanding any compensation, that is pointless). If they get enough of these, it sends a clear message and they might cut the deal with the company. That is the way to go.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
P: They’re filled out with pencils, how do you expect us to keep storage of there forms when the writings will wear off almost right away. Please fill out new ones using a proper ink pen.

Ridiculous. Filing *papers* in this age...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
but still the police officers in Casablanca Airport are some of the worst in the entire country!

At least they seemed to be there, from your description the rest of the police force were busy smoking, chatting and drinking mint tea indoors.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Manning the reception was the cleaning lady,

WHAT?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
At the door, a senior purser asked to see my boarding pass. Something which is standard practice only on long haul flights, and Ryanair.

No, I've told you this before - certain countries make it mandatory for the cabin crew to inspect your boarding pass. These include Ireland (hence Ryanair) and the UK. On longhaul (with widebodies) they do it mostly to be able to guide you to the right aisle.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The legroom was a bit on the tight side, but sufficient enough for this 1hr flight.

And the same clothes as on the outbound again? You didn't change them at all during the month?!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Taxiing by some RAM planes at Terminal 2. I bet this airline is on FF76’s to-fly list!

Well every airline I've not flown with is on my to-fly list. But I told you already I have plans to fly them later this year, although Mr. Taskila is trying to complicate those plans.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I must say that TAP are really on the forefront when it comes to short haul catering.

Hey hey, just a few months ago it was Lufthansa this and Lufthansa that!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Those driver simply seem to pull off every single scam they can think of.

Well two of the most honest taxi drivers I've ever met (well outside of Scandinavia at least) have been in Portugal. Italy and Poland are the countries where I've been consistently ripped off by them.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Lunch was ended some traditional Portuguese at the downstairs café.

Some traditional Portuguese what?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
(and the excellent currency exchange rate. €1 = SEK 8,49! I can see why FlyingFinn76 is so upset about Greece, hah!), provided some excellent value for the money.

Jonas, that's quite a simplistic way of looking at it. The whole of Europe is fucked up and completely dysfunctional right now, it goes far, far beyond the simple value of your beloved Krona. But still, I'll be keeping out of "Mamma Svea's land" for a while now. Well I'm flying there this week, but not leaving Arlanda for sure  .

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The cable car built for the 1998 World Expo was an impressive structure.
Sadly they charged too much for a ride.

It is a nice ride with great views, you should've done it. The aquarium is also nice, but of course it costs money too.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
So instead I settled for a nice walk down the seaside promenade.

It's actually still the river Tagus, not the sea.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The dinner in question was a traditional Brazilian Churrascaria or ”meat on a skewer”, which turned out to be an interesting experience. While the food tasted absolutely delicious, I don’t think I’ve eaten such large quantities of red meat in a single meal before in my entire life. At €65 for the entire 5 people party on a saturday evening, it was really a bargain too!

Oh dear, don't remind me. Two years ago in Lisbon I ate in one of these places, I think I ate more than a kilo of meat during that night. I was hardly able to walk back to the hotel and the dreams I had the next night were certainly interesting... A great concept but far too prone to over eating. Ugh.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
My sister made some remarks about the flimsy paperstock, asking me to print out proper ones instead. Heck, I thought only a.netter cared for such things.

Hey, bring her onboard! We could certainly use a pair of legs like those!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I spent a total of five minutes exploring the offerings of the duty-free shop, before finally meeting up the rest of my family.

So what did you get there? The olive oil is dirt cheap and of good quality and always good for stocking up a few liters. The Port is of course a must buy as well.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Legroom was the same as on the outbound flight. ”Standard” by Eric’s means.

Your clothes are the same as on the outbound flight as well.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Taxiing by the notorious F-Pier at ARN.

What's so notorious about it?


25 Post contains images LH4116 : Hey there, thanks for the 2nd round of replies. I'm glad you all enjoyed reading! Hi Signol, That's true, but compared to the cheapest tickets to LIS
26 palmjet : Hi Jonas - or should you now be referred to as the "flan fan"? Great report - super pics and I would not have expected anything less from you. Very ni
27 Post contains images CaptainRed : Hi Jonas, excellent report here with great pictures. Good to read that you had a nice experience on TAP. On my flights with them last year I was as we
28 MSS658 : Hello Jonas Great report, thanks for sharing. I'm glad you where Impressed by TAP. I flew them early 2011 to LIS and was pleased as well. just the leg
29 Post contains images deltamartin : Hej Jonas! Great report, with great pictures, just as usual! Nice to read about your experience with TAP and PGA. I have seen those TP birds around AR
30 lukeyboy95 : Hi Jonas. Superb report... alot of nice variety, aviation and non-aviation. A few more pictures of Morocco would have been greatly appreciated, but I
31 The777Man : Hi Jonas ! Thanks for a great report with great pictures ! It seems everything worked out really well for you on this trip; great fare, good service o
32 Post contains images akhmad : Hello Jonas, Very entertaining report with great pictures as usual about your annual homecoming to Morocco. Too bad about the arguments with them on y
33 Post contains images LH4116 : Hello there, thanks for the 3rd round of replies. I'm so glad you all enjoyed the read! Hey P/Jet! Happy Olympics btw Ha ha, well I must admit. I do h
34 lukeyboy95 : Ah right - actually where is cheapest to buy an DSLR? My old gal Cannon has been forced into early retirement with a lens error. Eek. Surely not more
35 Post contains images airbuseric : Hej Jonas, nice report. I read it a while ago, just didn't find a moment to reply. Pictures are in of good quality again, well, that is something I ca
36 Post contains images OA260 : Hey Jonas nice report . As mentioned I would have loved to have seen more pictures of the destination . I have to say I like the country myself and lo
37 Post contains images LH4116 : Hey there, thanks for the 4th round of replies. I'm glad you all enjoyed reading! Hmm, if it's just a lens error you're better off just picking up a n
38 LH4532 : Hello Jonas, I now finally have the time to write my reply. I have enjoyed reading this Trip Report. It was very nice having you and your family at my
39 Post contains images LH4116 : Hello Daniel, thank you so much for your reply. I'm glad you enjoyed the read! Hehe, well it was a great pleasure being your guest Yes, these days I'm
40 LH4532 : Really, why would they do that afterwards ? I do not see any reason for that.
41 Post contains images adamspotter : Hello there Jonas, Another nice report you have made here provided with a lot of nice and sharp pictures, thanks! TP looks fairly good and hope to try
42 Post contains images LH4116 : Hoi Brendan, thanks for your reply. I didn't have anything to eat the previous night, not during the morning so I was feeling pretty hungry I think it
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