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Asia 1: Limoncello With Alitalia. BA/AZ LHR-NRT  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 19045 times:

Asia 1: Limoncello with Alitalia. BA/AZ LHR-MXP-FCO-NRT

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Hi!

Thanks for tuning into another one of my mad global rampages (or more officially, my Autumn Asia Series!). The reasons for this trip are numerous, so I’ll spare you the details other than that I would be away for 3 months, and spending my time mainly in China and India, along with shorter stays in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangladesh & Singapore.

Now, Japan wasn’t originally in the itinerary until I was made aware of a mistake fare with Alitalia….you may see a rash of reports covering the AZ route to NRT in the coming months as a result. The deal was amazing….a return flight to Tokyo for less than US$100. The catch? It started from MXP and finished in BRI (Bari, southern Italy), routing via NRT. And the maximum stay in Tokyo? Well, depending on your choice of flights, between 3 and 6 hours.

Clearly this deal wasn’t for everyone. However, it worked out very well for me to get a cheap one way to Asia. To get to MXP, I used the international leg of my recent trip from the Isle of Man with my BA Avios. When I booked, there were only seats available to LIN (which was ironic as the last 6 times I’ve visited Milan, I’ve wanted LIN and ended up at MXP), but thankfully, a week before the flight, a single seat opened up on my desired MXP flight.

The flight out of MXP to NRT via FCO would be leaving at 0815, so I decided to again use my Avios for a cheapish night at the Malpensa Sheraton Hotel.

The map, courtesy of GC Mapper, of this report:
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The map, courtesy of GC Mapper, of what is currently booked for this series:
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A little off topic, but fitting into the chronology of the trip, I managed to get hold of quite a few tickets for the Olympics. The photos may be of interest to some of you:

The Torch Relay
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The Rings on Tower Bridge
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The Presidential KU plane flying over the bridge
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My first Olympic event: Boxing at Excel…moderately interesting
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Next was the Beach Volleyball at Horse Guards’ Parade, which was far more interesting
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Women’s football at Wembley
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Some Paralympic Athletics at the Olympic Stadium
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We won gold (I think in the shot putt?)
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Wheelchair basketball in the Dome
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Interspersed with a quick ride on the Emirates Air Line cable car with airbuseric and TurpolevTU154 – great views to be had, and worth the £3 fare.
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Wheelchair Marathon…I have so much respect for the Paralympians. They have so put some much more work and effort to get where they are than their able bodied compatriots.
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And an EY passing the Shard, Europe’s tallest building…wheels down very early
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I was lucky enough to have got my hands on a few tickets for the closing Ceremony of the Paralympics the day before I headed off to Asia. The seats were right at the back, but well worth the £20 price tag.
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Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay Z
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It was a pretty amazing night! I think public support for the Olympics jumped from “waste of money” & “not interested” beforehand to “oooh, I wonder if there are any ticket left for…” & “that was AWESOME!” by the end.

Some guidebooks for the road
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The next day I got my usual bus to LHR, before hopping on the Heathrow Express for the short trip over to Terminal 5
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I tried to pack light, but still left the house with around 22kg….and managed to fill 4 bags (although the Green CX one was full of chocolates…)


FIDS


Check in was pretty quick, as was security. There was a Salvation Army band playing near the checkin desks.
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This was only my second time flying through LHR T5 without lounge access (and yes, I miss it!), so just took a stroll around the terminal. It’s sad to see the faded yellow planes of IB polluting the clean blue and red of BA.
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Lots of BA


Sadly, before long a twenty minute delay posted for my flight. This grew to over an hour in the end. Flying the day after the Paralympics, there was a sizable contingent of the Italian Paralympic team onboard, so their pre-boarding took some time too.
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At 1510, they called for general boarding
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As I was waiting in the airbridge, I had a browse through the complimentary copy of the i. It was nice to see some photos of the event I was at a few hours previously.
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As I turned to this page, some of the Italian team standing behind me got quite excited, but I didn’t see if the guy himself was on my flight.



September 2012
London Heathrow (LHR) – Milan Malpensa (MXP)
British Airways BA 566
Scheduled: 1440-1740 (2h00m)
Actual: 1605-1828 (1h23m)
Airbus A320
Economy

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As I had guessed from the ridiculous fares (one way was selling at nearly GBP 500 one way), this flight was fully booked. I’m amazed an Avios seat opened up just a week beforehand. These photos were taken with my phone, so aren’t of brilliant quality – sorry.

The view from my window
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Legroom was acceptable…I had an exit row seat
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With everyone boarded, the security briefing was played on the videos, and we pushed back.
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Nearly an hour and a half late, we took off…bye England, see you in December!
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Twenty minutes after take off, the trolley reached my row. I was happy to see a full sized sub-roll (chicken with pork stuffing) handed out, along with a double “gabrielchew”. Tasty!
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To Fly To Serve, the BA slogan from the 1980’s (?), reawakened for the 21st Century.


Nice flying weather
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Touch down was rather late into a warm and sultry Milan.
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After a short walk to immigration (there was no queue for EU passports, but a sizable non-EU one), I headed for baggage reclaim…..this is where the wait was (around 20 minutes).
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The walk from arrivals to the Sheraton…interesting
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Alwaysonaplane has covered this hotel already in his report here. I managed to get quite a good rate thanks to part paying with Avios.
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My room was big and comfortable, although the view was less than inspiring. I thought that charging EUR 5 for a top up of the free tea, and the EUR 3 for a compulsory swimming cap was a little cheap.
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Before turning in for the night, I had a quick look around the check in area. I had hoped to be able to get a boarding pass for the next day, but the SSCI machines were having none of it.
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And a quick look outside
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After a reasonable nights’ sleep, I was up bright and early, checked out, and headed over to the deserted AZ desks. I was half expecting some awkward questions regarding my itinerary, but thankfully, the check in lady didn’t say anything, and my bag was tagged straight to Tokyo.

View from the check in area
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FIDS. I was quite surprised to see nothing really got started from MXP before around 8am. I’m sure the U2 terminal was busier earlier.
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Plenty of high end shops in MXP
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Some interesting machines
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MXP views
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Boarding was from the same gate in the basement earlier that I’d flown from a few months earlier to Palermo on Air One. Given how many open gates there were in the terminal, I’m not sure why we were given a remote bus gate. Still, it was nice to board the A321 via the steps in the morning.
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 19365 times:

September 2012
Milan Malpensa (MXP) – Rome Fuimicino (FCO)
Alitalia AZ 1015
Scheduled: 0815-0930 (1h15m)
Actual: 0820-0907 (0h47m)
Airbus A321
Economy



I was sat in the curtained off business class section, although this flight was Y only…good legroom at the front. The flight wasn’t too busy, with the middle seat staying empty.
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Taxiing to the active
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CA must be doing good business in MXP with 2 daily flights.
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Plenty of German speaking planes around this morning
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Just 5 minutes behind schedule, and we’re off to Rome.
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More phantom AZ TVs
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Ulisse Magazine


Not sure that’s of much use in the overcoming jetlag….
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Fleet Info
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Maps
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I was happy to recognise Pisa from the air…sadly my photo of the Tower was a little fuzzy
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Breakfast is served. There was a choice of tea, coffee or water. No juice or snacks. I’m not a coffee connoisseur, but I know this wasn’t great! Nice cup though.
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A port north of Rome
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Approach
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A nice retrojet welcomes me to Rome
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Isn’t it a great livery?
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The walk from the Schengen to non-Schengen G gates was pretty long one, but the walk was interesting and I wasn’t in a rush.
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It involved a shuttle over to the G gates
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FIDS…plenty of USA flights this morning


This pigeon caused quite some consternation from the Japanese (and one British) passengers – not what one expects in the EU.
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There was lots of nice Red and Green metal around this morning
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Why is one A330 still painted in the AP livery?
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Eritrean is a nice addition to the ramp
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And some more on the ramp…my 777 is in the far distance
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Ironically before I bought my seat on AZ to NRT, I nearly bought a seat on this flight to HKG (it was scheduled to be a 777 back then with the new C seats)…it was the only Avios C seat to N.E.Asia leaving that day from Europe. I seemed destined to fly out of Italy to Asia!
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BA has arrived from LHR. My first time flying out of LHR T5 was on this exact aircraft on the LHR-FCO route.


Ha, love this….the ASBO bus for the easyJet crew!
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Waiting at G10 for boarding to start
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With my boarding pass scanned, I headed down the airbridge, then down some steps onto a waiting bus.
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A nice ramp tour
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Sadly, not our plane
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We get I-DISA instead. Nice to have a rare “I” registered plane from AZ, rather than a more common “EI” one.
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Thankfully a) there was no problem with photography on the ramp, b) the bus wasn’t full, so the tarmac was nearly empty, c) nearly everyone else boarded through the front door
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September 2012
Rome Fuimicino (FCO) – Tokyo Narita (NRT)
Alitalia AZ 782
Scheduled: 1130-0650 (12h20m)
Actual: 1154-0635 (11h39m)
Boeing 777-200
Economy



I was welcomed aboard by a bubbly British FA, and found my way to my seat. Initial impressions of the cabin were very good. Nice clean grey lines. This would be my first flight on a 777 with 3x4x3 seating in Y. The pitch and width I found ok, although the aisle was very narrow.

I was able to reassign myself to an empty row of three just before boarding started so I had some space for the trip. The final load when the 2nd/3rd bus arrived was around 60% - plenty of room.
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My curiosity with people’s spatial requirements were aroused again on this flight when 2 Japanese guys in the row in front stayed in their assigned A and B, instead of A and C. I say this as the window seat legroom is AWFUL. There is a massive IFE box. I do NOT recommend the window seat (or the 2 very central seats E/F) for this reason. Stick to an aisle seat.
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Before the 2nd bus of people arrived, I thought I’d try out MSS658’s trick of presenting some chocolates to the FAs in the back galley. They were gratefully received, and a note of my seat number taken….boding well for a good flight?

Safety card


Safety demo
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KU taxiing past
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The Milano-Roma shuttle. I guess they show a glass of water as that’s just about all they off onboard.


Some cool retro mugs for sale
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With everyone seated, doors closed and demo done, we’re off. Arrivederci Italia!
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As the legroom was so bad at the window, I moved over to the aisle seat for the rest of the flight. Nice aisle.


The map showed here throughout the flight, even when the lights were switch off
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A Japanese only shopping catalogue was handed out.


A standard looking seat back for 2012. The PTV could have been a touch larger though. It was nice to have a cup holder, something I definitely appreciated in Y.
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Before dinner was a snack and drinks run. No spirits on AZ in Y, so water and wine will have to do.
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20 minutes later, lunch/dinner is served. I go with the “Japanese” option rather than the Italian/pasta option.
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It’s quite an ok meal without pushing any culinary boundaries
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Finished with a cornetto
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With the tray cleared, I head back to use the facilities. I stop and have a quick chat with the British FA who’s terribly friendly. She asks if she can get me anything. “Is it possible to get a limoncello?” (I just love a a good digestif). She consults with another FA before the magic “of course!”. Wonderful. Not long after I get back to my seat, I’m presented with an ice cold limoncello (in a real AZ branded shot glass) and a Magnifica Class dessert. Benissimo!
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I settled down and enjoy the IFE (reasonable selection. Watch Salmon fishing in the Yemen and a funny Italian film about a porn star) and my limoncello as the cabin lights gradually darken.
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Before long I’m tapped on the shoulder…”thank you so much for the chocolates! Can I get you anything?”…..”a limoncello?”. “Of course!”. This one arrives in a plastic glass (but also a correspondingly large serving), the other flavour of Magnifica dessert (vanilla and chocolate ice cream, then strawberry sorbet) and a packet of biscuits. Grazie mille!
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 19248 times:

Conveniently not long after finishing my 2nd limoncello, I get another tap. This time it’s a Japanese FA also thanking me for the chocolates. Not long after, a 3rd limoncello lands on my table, also in a shot glass. Arigato gozaimashita!

I definitely think I got value for money on this flight (and for my chocolate investment!). I had quite a nice aviational chat with one of the limoncello FAs, and half an hour passes quite quickly.

As it is now supposedly night, I stretch out over my 3 seats, although as always, sleep is evasive.
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Map
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Never gets fully dark over Russia
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These pictures aren’t good, but it’s us crossing the foggy Russian coast….truly beautiful!
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More map
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Just over an hour before arrival, breakfast is served.
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Nothing hot, but adequate
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Our approach is beautiful, with early morning fog patches. Sadly my window is misty and the photos aren’t great.
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Narita!
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Of course, there’s lots of DL here
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Time to disembark
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Ciao Bella!
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Arrivals board. From plane to tarmac took 30 mins…not too bad, although it’s always annoying to see the crew bags coming out waaay before the passenger’s, especially when they are last off!
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I bought a ticket for the direct train to Asakusa where I was booked into the same Ryokan as last year.
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Japanese tranquillity in central Tokyo
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And some Japanese modernity too


And herein end part one. Everything worked out very smoothly with my overnight connecting in Milan, and my flights with Alitalia. Thank you again to the kind person to alert me to the excellent Alitalia fare….you saved me quite a nice sum of money, as well as introducing me to Skyteam’s longhual product (which is more than adequate I believe).

The next report will cover my JAL flight from Haneda (HND) to Beijing (PEK). The following one will be a collection of Chinese domestics from China United Airlines (1), China Eastern (3) and Grand China Air (1).

Future reports include:

CX HKG-TPE B744 F
TZ TPE-SIN B772 Y
MH KUL-DAC A330 Y
AI IXM-MAA-BLR A32S Y
SV BLR-DMM-JED-LHR A330/B773 Y

No doubt more will be added over time!

As always, all comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Va BeNe with Cityjet. RTM-LCY Fokker 50
Truly Great Britain: FlyBE EDI-IOM on Saab 340 & BA IOM-LCY on Saab 2000
Cyprus with Aegean. Business on the A321, LHR-LCA-LHR
Scotland In A Day: FlyBE GLA-BHD-LGW. DH8 & E190
Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX
Bye Bye Baby: easyJet LTN-BFS, bmi Baby BHD-BHX
Air One and Alitalia to Sicily – LGW-MXP-PMO-LIN-LHR
Part 12: Sun Air of Scandinavia & BA, DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR on the J31, D328 and A320
Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of SAN, and AA San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Armenia with Austrian Airlines. LHR-VIE-EVN
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

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

[Edited 2012-10-03 05:33:14]


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27239 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 18938 times:

Hey Gabriel  

Been waiting for this one ! Great report as always and nice insight into what ''we'' can expect    

Thanks for the detail you answered all the questions I had .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6902 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 18874 times:

Hi Gabriel,

nice report, good to see the first part of your new series online. AZ's long-haul product still looks decent, I was positively surprised back in 2008.

Good to see the new seats, but it's too bad that both the small screens and the huge IFE boxes are still there. If you want to compare:

First And Last Time? JFK-FCO-MUC, Alitalia 777 (by PlaneHunter Apr 23 2008 in Trip Reports)

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m not a coffee connoisseur, but I know this wasn’t great!

That's bad to hear - I got excellent coffee on Air Dolomiti and Alitalia.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Why is one A330 still painted in the AP livery?

Just a matter of time, there are also some A320s still flying in AP colors.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There is a massive IFE box. I do NOT recommend the window seat (or the 2 very central seats E/F) for this reason. Stick to an aisle seat.

It's indeed huge.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The PTV could have been a touch larger though.

  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
20 minutes later, lunch/dinner is served. I go with the “Japanese” option rather than the Italian/pasta option.

The portion is big, though. I enjoyed a great Italian meal on my JFK-FCO flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Wonderful. Not long after I get back to my seat, I’m presented with an ice cold limoncello (in a real AZ branded shot glass) and a Magnifica Class dessert. Benissimo!

Nice!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nothing hot, but adequate

That looks like a typical Italian breakfast.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The following one will be a collection of Chinese domestics from China United Airlines (1), China Eastern (3) and Grand China Air (1).

Sounds interesting!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 18843 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Been waiting for this one ! Great report as always and nice insight into what ''we'' can expect

Thanks for the detail you answered all the questions I had .

Glad I coud be of assistance!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):

nice report, good to see the first part of your new series online

Thanks

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Just a matter of time, there are also some A320s still flying in AP colors.

Well, the AP A320s operate as Air One rather than AZ, no? Or are they getting rid of Air One LCC?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Nice!

It was!



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1770 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 18552 times:
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Hello mr C,

Thanks for this interesting piece of another of your (grand) series. Or course I was most curious about the AZ B777 for obvious reasons   The cabin looks in fact quite good, the PTV’s are of the older type but they still seem to do the job. The main gripe is that dreaded box at the window seat, that thing is really monstrous! Now I’ve a reservation for a window seat on the way there, an aisle on the way back, but I don’t know if I might keep it. A flight without a window is not a flight...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Now, Japan wasn%u2019t originally in the itinerary until I was made aware of a mistake fare with Alitalia%u2026.you may see a rash of reports covering the AZ route to NRT in the coming months as a result. The deal was amazing%u2026.a return flight to Tokyo for less than US$100. The catch? It started from MXP and finished in BRI (Bari, southern Italy), routing via NRT. And the maximum stay in Tokyo? Well, depending on your choice of flights, between 3 and 6 hours.

Ha ha, you’re the 1st of the pack to have succesfully used that illustre ticket. I paid about € 68 all in. Yeah - that price is really ridiculous. Still I remain quite apprehensie of flying 12h, spending 4h in NRT and flying 12h back. Hmm, we’ll see. If the flight is not (so) full, it’ll probably be bearable I guess?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Interspersed with a quick ride on the Emirates Air Line cable car with airbuseric and TurpolevTU154

I read about that in Airbuseric’s report indeed. Is that a permanent thing, that cable ride?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It%u2019s sad to see the faded yellow planes of IB polluting the clean blue and red of BA.

I beg to differ since I find the IB livery actually a very nice and classic one. That of course says nothing about the carrier itself  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
along with a double %u201Cgabrielchew%u201D. Tasty!

Great! Cheers!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Plenty of high end shops in MXP

With probably prices on the higher end as well...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Waiting at G10 for boarding to start

What a drab looking area.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We get I-DISA instead. Nice to have a rare %u201CI%u201D registered plane from AZ, rather than a more common %u201CEI%u201D one.

Very nice indeed, the reg sounds very Italian as well when you pronounce it  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I say this as the window seat legroom is AWFUL. There is a massive IFE box. I do NOT recommend the window seat (or the 2 very central seats E/F) for this reason. Stick to an aisle seat.

OMG!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thank you again to the kind person to alert me to the excellent Alitalia fare….you saved me quite a nice sum of money

Ha ha, I wonder who that might have been  

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 715 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 18355 times:

Hi Gabriel,

excellent report, good to read something about that AZ flight. I was really tempted to book it as well for this rate but in the end decided against it. But great to include it within such a trip.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The map, courtesy of GC Mapper, of what is currently booked for this series:

Wow, awesome routing. So I guess we can expect another epic trip report series?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
With my boarding pass scanned, I headed down the airbridge, then down some steps onto a waiting bus.

Bus boarding for a longhaul flight, not good. But then it is also nice to board a widebody directly from the apron.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I say this as the window seat legroom is AWFUL. There is a massive IFE box.

That looks really bad, fortunately you had free seats next to you. But besides AZ seemed to offer a great product, food looks nice and quite a generous portion. And well done with the chocolate trick, that got you 3 Limoncellos if I counted right, very nice  

Also thanks for the pictures from the Olympics, must have been a great experience to watch it life.

CaptainRed


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 18272 times:

Thanks for the replies so far guys!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):

Thanks for this interesting piece of another of your (grand) series.

Thanks!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Now I’ve a reservation for a window seat on the way there, an aisle on the way back, but I don’t know if I might keep it. A flight without a window is not a flight...
Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Still I remain quite apprehensie of flying 12h, spending 4h in NRT and flying 12h back. Hmm, we’ll see. If the flight is not (so) full, it’ll probably be bearable I guess?

If the flight isn't full, it should be ok. If the flight is full, and you are stuck by the window, you will NOT enjoy yourself, I'm 99% sure.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
I read about that in Airbuseric’s report indeed. Is that a permanent thing, that cable ride?

Yes, I think it's permanent

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):
excellent report, good to read something about that AZ flight..

Thanks!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):
Wow, awesome routing. So I guess we can expect another epic trip report series?

Yes!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):
Bus boarding for a longhaul flight, not good. But then it is also nice to board a widebody directly from the apron.

Well, it's ok sometimes (mostly on departure). THis time it was excellent

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):
That looks really bad, fortunately you had free seats next to you. But besides AZ seemed to offer a great product, food looks nice and quite a generous portion. And well done with the chocolate trick, that got you 3 Limoncellos if I counted right, very nice

Yes, I'm very happy with AZ (and the chocolate trick!)

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):
Also thanks for the pictures from the Olympics, must have been a great experience to watch it life.

Yes, was an amazing experience



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User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 427 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 17836 times:

Hi G !
you are really restless guy hehhhe a nice introduction to a new journey ... and winter special trip reports marathon AZ / NRT ...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I have so much respect for the Paralympians. They have so put some much more work and effort to get where they are than their able bodied compatriots.

me too ... through my business and disability organizations I know how much trouble peoples have just to navigate through a variety of architectural barriers ... although awareness was increased strongly after the war

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
along with a double “gabrielchew”. Tasty!

hahhahahha do not people will start ordering

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’d try out MSS658’s trick of presenting some chocolates to the FAs in the back galley. They were gratefully received

in croatia we have a word for that ... corruption at lower levels hehehehhehehe
I look forward to ...stipica  



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1367 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 17661 times:

Great report on what will no doubt be another interesting series,

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It’s sad to see the faded yellow planes of IB polluting the clean blue and red of BA.

Agreed! Saw one for the first time at T5 a few weeks back and though it just messed up the look of it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As I turned to this page, some of the Italian team standing behind me got quite excited, but I didn’t see if the guy himself was on my flight.

Alex Zanardi! I saw him race and got to meet him more than a few times when he was over in America (pics on my facebook page if you're interested), and is genuinely one of the nicest guys i've met. I remember watching his accident as it was happening and it was touch and go for him for the next week or so. Luckily the safety team at the track did enough to save him, despite losing 75% of his blood and both his legs. More amazingly, despite suffering the horrific injuries he did, he was able to return to the track when the series returned there the following year and complete the 13 laps he didn't the previous year in a specially adapted car. Winning the 3 gold medals he did was just another step on the amazing journey he has been on in the last 11 years.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Before turning in for the night, I had a quick look around the check in area. I had hoped to be able to get a boarding pass for the next day, but the SSCI machines were having none of it.

I tried the same thing in FRA earlier in the year - and had the same result!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I go with the “Japanese” option rather than the Italian/pasta option.

Looks more substantial than the last meal I had on a plane... Although your flight was a bit longer.

Looking forward to the next parts!



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 17567 times:

Hey, Gab,

that´s for sure a great starter for the Grand Asia tour.
Good to see the AZ special fare is working well and also the flight was ok.
Well done and looking for more now.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 17037 times:

Quoting stipica (Reply 9):

you are really restless guy hehhhe a nice introduction to a new journey

Yes, very restless!

Quoting stipica (Reply 9):
in croatia we have a word for that ... corruption at lower levels hehehehhehehe

Ha, I think of it more as an inducement for good work!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 10):
Great report on what will no doubt be another interesting series,

Thanks

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 10):
I tried the same thing in FRA earlier in the year - and had the same result!

Also with AZ? I'd OLCIed already which was probably the issue

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
that´s for sure a great starter for the Grand Asia tour.

Thanks

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
Good to see the AZ special fare is working well and also the flight was ok.

Yes, it all went well. Are you also booked?



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5126 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 17011 times:

Cool trip report - amazing what you people do for a good fare  . Surprised by AZ quality - the few flights I have had with them have been very good. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1128 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 16615 times:

Greeting Gabriel.


Fascinating report, and I am so glad to hear that you are off globetrotting once more. Back to Asia...

I thought AZ looked really good actually, especially for the mistake fare, but the offerings were fine. Bit sad about no spirits! Where's your spirit of giving? Was it wine AND beer? Seems to be the first thing financially insecure airlines do is jetison the gin. If it hadn't of been for that bit of raw fish, I don't think you could have passed the main off as massively 'Japanese!'

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
you may see a rash of reports covering the AZ route to NRT in the coming months as a result. The deal was amazing….a return flight to Tokyo for less than US$100. The catch? It started from MXP and finished in BRI (Bari, southern Italy), routing via NRT. And the maximum stay in Tokyo? Well, depending on your choice of flights, between 3 and 6 hours

Upset not to have acted quickly on this one. Grr. . .

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some guidebooks for the road

From the library? I used to do that, but kept loosing them, and I am more inclined to doodle and interact with my guidebooks nowadays...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The next day I got my usual bus to LHR, before hopping on the Heathrow Express for the short trip over to Terminal 5

I thought you were only a bus journey from LTN?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It’s sad to see the faded yellow planes of IB polluting the clean blue and red of BA

Well said! Here here.... But just you wait, IAG will turn it into a cash cow and get rid of that middle faded red stripe...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Twenty minutes after take off, the trolley reached my row. I was happy to see a full sized sub-roll (chicken with pork stuffing) handed out, along with a double “gabrielchew”. Tasty!

A delightful sight. Very British all round...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This pigeon caused quite some consternation from the Japanese (and one British) passengers – not what one expects in the EU.

haha - clearly a security breach if this plucky character can get in a 'sealed' airport...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I stop and have a quick chat with the British FA who’s terribly friendly. She asks if she can get me anything. “Is it possible to get a limoncello?”

Surprised at a UK FA. Was she bilingual? Nice to hear she was friendly... and the chocolates worked. It is a high-risk strategy but paid off! Gotta cry 'False Advertising here' as from you intro photo, I thoughts the whole Y cabin was getting glass lemencello, a real spoon, and a massive italian dessert.

Thankfully the reality wasn't too bad either, thanks AZ for your comp glitches.

Thanks Gabriel for an excellent start to the series.



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User currently offlineEY460 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 16532 times:

Great report and pics! Thanks for sharing! Regarding the Air One A320: they are here to stay. Air One Smart Carrier is the low-cost brand of Alitalia and it uses A320. There are still two former Air One A330 in Alitalia fleet, one still in old colours, and both with an old interior configuration. They are both used for charter flights (or last minute emergency plane changes) and they are supposed to leave the fleet next year.

User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 16351 times:

Hi Gabe

Nice to see the first of many TRs from this latest epic travel series up - I was curious to see how AZ to NRT would be and from what you've showed us, looked pretty good. Not sure how things would have felt if the flight had been full. Great stuff for booking that fare (and to AZ for honouring the booking)!

Have made mental note to self not to choose a window seat on their 772s! Ouch!

The chocolate offer seemed to do the trick - great response from the crew. Sometimes just a small thing - to show appreciation for what I imagine is a rather thankless job these days, can go a long way. I know Marc has been doing this for some time and it's generally received positively.

Thanks again and great to see some pics of the Olympics and Japan as well.

Cheers
Palmjet



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 16167 times:

Thanks for all the comments!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 13):
Cool trip report

Thanks Alex

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 13):
Surprised by AZ quality - the few flights I have had with them have been very good.

Yes, they are pretty good.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
Fascinating report, and I am so glad to hear that you are off globetrotting once more. Back to Asia...

Thanks Luke!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
Was it wine AND beer?

Yes, just beer and wine in Y

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
From the library? I used to do that, but kept loosing them, and I am more inclined to doodle and interact with my guidebooks nowadays...

Well in the end I only took the South India one....too heavy to take them all!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
I thought you were only a bus journey from LTN?

Ha, i am!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):

Surprised at a UK FA. Was she bilingual? Nice to hear she was friendly... and the chocolates worked.

I presume she was...Italian husband?

Quoting EY460 (Reply 15):
Great report and pics!

Thanks!

Quoting EY460 (Reply 15):
Regarding the Air One A320: they are here to stay. Air One Smart Carrier is the low-cost brand of Alitalia and it uses A320. There are still two former Air One A330 in Alitalia fleet, one still in old colours, and both with an old interior configuration. They are both used for charter flights (or last minute emergency plane changes) and they are supposed to leave the fleet next year.

Right, thanks for the info!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 16):

Nice to see the first of many TRs from this latest epic travel series up

Thanks

Quoting palmjet (Reply 16):
Great stuff for booking that fare (and to AZ for honouring the booking)!

I think it was more a question of AZ not realising!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 16):
The chocolate offer seemed to do the trick - great response from the crew. Sometimes just a small thing - to show appreciation for what I imagine is a rather thankless job these days, can go a long way. I know Marc has been doing this for some time and it's generally received positively.

Yes, it's a great idea, althohg nof course not all crews deserve them....

Quoting palmjet (Reply 16):
Thanks again and great to see some pics of the Olympics and Japan as well.

Glad you liked them



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 896 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 16109 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Great report! Seems AZ are pretty decent in Y. My dad flew them to Rio back in 2010 in J and was positively surprised. Seems like they've completet transferred from the monster they were to true Italian Class.

Kind regards and look forward for the next part!
Sveinn  



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 16046 times:

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 18):

Great report!

Thanks Sveinn!

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 18):
Seems AZ are pretty decent in Y.

Yes, I have no qualms flying with them again



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1014 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 15707 times:

Hello Gabriel,

Great report! The first of the NRT-mistake fare reports I guess. Interesting teaser for my flights too, although I'll be doing a SIN-run on AF

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The map, courtesy of GC Mapper, of what is currently booked for this series:

That looks like another amazing trip!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Finished with a cornetto

Nice Italian touch

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I definitely think I got value for money on this flight (and for my chocolate investment!)

I should start investing in chocolates too for my next long hauler!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Our approach is beautiful, with early morning fog patches.

Beautiful indeed!


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 15171 times:

Hiya Gabs,

Good to read the first account on these Alitalia "super special fare" Asia trips. Glad to hear you didn't have any issues whatsoever with the booking or tickets. You know a bunch of us are doing a 4 hour turnaround to NRT in January and I'm also doing a same plane A380 turnaround to SIN two weeks later  .

Nice to read about Japan too since I was just there two weeks ago with another "super special fare" deal, although with Aeroflot this time.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The reasons for this trip are numerous, so I’ll spare you the details other than that I would be away for 3 months, and spending my time mainly in China and India, along with shorter stays in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangladesh & Singapore.

Sounds like the beginning of another GC epic!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The map, courtesy of GC Mapper, of what is currently booked for this series:

Mate, you are one crazy mf, you know that?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A little off topic, but fitting into the chronology of the trip, I managed to get hold of quite a few tickets for the Olympics. The photos may be of interest to some of you:

Well you know my opinion on this pointlessness...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Next was the Beach Volleyball at Horse Guards’ Parade, which was far more interesting

Hey, there are a couple of pictures there I enjoy! I'm sure you know which ones  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some guidebooks for the road

From a library?! I think you are in for a bit of a delay penalty if you return them after being three months on the road?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As I was waiting in the airbridge, I had a browse through the complimentary copy of the i. It was nice to see some photos of the event I was at a few hours previously.

BA saving money these days with the newspapers? The Daily Mail is too expensive in favor of the 20p i? I really like Daily Mail, its political views are a perfect match to mine and because of that it is a great read!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Twenty minutes after take off, the trolley reached my row. I was happy to see a full sized sub-roll (chicken with pork stuffing) handed out, along with a double “gabrielchew”. Tasty!

Ahh, the good old BA sandwiches. I really like them a lot, most of the time. Sometimes they are awful, but nine times out of ten they are great! Also good to see something more substantial on this route than the birdseeds you get on the shorter European routes.

BTW I think I invented that name for a G&T  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My room was big and comfortable, although the view was less than inspiring. I thought that charging EUR 5 for a top up of the free tea, and the EUR 3 for a compulsory swimming cap was a little cheap.

So how much would've the "beautiful view surcharge" been?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Boarding was from the same gate in the basement earlier that I’d flown from a few months earlier to Palermo on Air One. Given how many open gates there were in the terminal, I’m not sure why we were given a remote bus gate. Still, it was nice to board the A321 via the steps in the morning.
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Taxiing to the active

Good to see that AA 767 there. I took that JFK-MXP flight back in 2009. It was a good flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
CA must be doing good business in MXP with 2 daily flights.

Well you know the Chinese desire for anything bling and expensive. And Milan is where many of those things come from...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A port north of Rome

Civitavecchia, a very important port on the Tyrrhenian Sea. All the big cruise ships call here for Rome.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS…plenty of USA flights this morning

...and many of them available for amazingly cheap prices courtesy of AZ  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This pigeon caused quite some consternation from the Japanese (and one British) passengers – not what one expects in the EU.

Well, a couple of weeks ago I spent some three hours at one of the AZ Schengen lounges and there was a sparrow flying inside! Luckily it didn't poop on me. Oh and they had some quite lovely looking sugar glazed croissants but those were out in the open and covered with a swarm of flies! Disgusting! And yes, this is the "old" EU.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Eritrean is a nice addition to the ramp

Nice colorful livery.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
BA has arrived from LHR. My first time flying out of LHR T5 was on this exact aircraft on the LHR-FCO route.

What goes around comes around. Nice coincidence though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I say this as the window seat legroom is AWFUL. There is a massive IFE box. I do NOT recommend the window seat (or the 2 very central seats E/F) for this reason. Stick to an aisle seat.

Wow, that looks horrible. I think I will be going for an aisle seat or maybe an exit row/bulkhead window. Hopefully the load on my flights will be similar with space to spread out.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
They were gratefully received, and a note of my seat number taken….boding well for a good flight?

Hmm. maybe I should try this same thing.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The map showed here throughout the flight, even when the lights were switch off

Very nice, just the way I prefer it. SU did it too on their longhaul.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It’s quite an ok meal without pushing any culinary boundaries

That pork looks very Japanese i.e. fatty indeed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m presented with an ice cold limoncello (in a real AZ branded shot glass) and a Magnifica Class dessert. Benissimo!

Hmm, you sure like limoncello don't you? I don't like it that much - I find it far, far too sweet, preferring my tipple to be on the dry side. But never tried it chilled though, maybe it makes a big difference.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
These pictures aren’t good, but it’s us crossing the foggy Russian coast….truly beautiful!

Yeah, had similar experiences on my SU flights. Flying SVO-NRT makes you appreciate what a huge country Russia really is. You really overfly only two countries - Russia and Japan plus a bit of international waters between the two. Around ten hours of flying of which nine hours are spent in Russian airspace. Amazing - and the country even goes on for a good bit towards the east and also towards the west from Moscow!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nothing hot, but adequate

The SU breakfast was better.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Of course, there’s lots of DL here

I counted four or five DL 747s there at one time! Plus the 757s operating the shorted APAC sectors.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thank you again to the kind person to alert me to the excellent Alitalia fare….you saved me quite a nice sum of money, as well as introducing me to Skyteam’s longhual product (which is more than adequate I believe).

Hmm, that was me, wasn't it? If so then you are most welcome!


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6645 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14757 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Thanks for a very nice report with very nice pictures !

That's a very long trip you just started !

BA looks nice as always and hotel looks nice too.

AZ 777 looks very familiar to me   I was almost in the same seat on my flight in late May LAX-FCO although I was across the aisle. That IFE box is the largest I've ever seen, like a small bag rather than a normal IFE box. I was lucky to get the aisle and not have the box under my seat.

You were very lucky that the load was so light that you had three seats for yourself. That makes a huge difference to have so much space and to be able to get lots of sleep.

Very much looking forward to follow this series of reports!

The777Man

PS Any recommodation for a restaurent in Beijing that serves good Peking duck ? I'll be there in about 10 days DS



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 830 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 14633 times:

What an hors d'oeuvre dude!

How long it will take?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The map, courtesy of GC Mapper, of what is currently booked for this series:

Jeeez!
Can you tell me a bit more about the leg DMN-JED-LHR?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
along with a double %u201Cgabrielchew%u201D. Tasty!

Bet that when you book your ticket, they load this extra liquid specially for you  



Looking forward to read these next adventures  


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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 14615 times:
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Nice read GC, thanks for posting.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I think public support for the Olympics jumped from “waste of money” & “not interested” beforehand to “oooh, I wonder if there are any ticket left for…” & “that was AWESOME!” by the end.

- Agreed, I think that's a good view of most peoples thoughts.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As I had guessed from the ridiculous fares (one way was selling at nearly GBP 500 one way), this flight was fully booked. I’m amazed an Avios seat opened up just a week beforehand

- Indeed, I'd never have expected one to show up at last minute, bit of a result really.

The size of the IFE box is amazing, it's frigging huge?

The AZ 772 interior Y looks very dull, too much grey, looks very drab.

Food and general catering looks ok, interesting the don't serve spirits in Y.

Cheers

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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 25, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 14422 times:
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Great report, gabrielchew!

It sounds like you had a good trip with Alitalia! The food and service looks to be really good on your flight to NRT; I'm impressed. Nice job, Alitalia! Ice cold Lemoncello in a glass? That's impressive, and a small thing that goes a long way in a traveler's mind.

Thanks for sharing!

Best ,

Matthew


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 26, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 14356 times:

Thanks for all the comments!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 20):

Great report!

Thanks

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 20):
That looks like another amazing trip!

Yes, hopefully will be good

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 20):
I should start investing in chocolates too for my next long hauler!

Maybe you should!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Glad to hear you didn't have any issues whatsoever with the booking or tickets

Yes, it all went well

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Sounds like the beginning of another GC epic!

Yes, it might be

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
From a library?! I think you are in for a bit of a delay penalty if you return them after being three months on the road?

I only brough the South India guide with me...too heavy!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
BA saving money these days with the newspapers? The Daily Mail is too expensive in favor of the 20p i? I really like Daily Mail, its political views are a perfect match to mine and because of that it is a great read!

I think BA's demographic might prefer the i to the Daily Mail (I certainly do)...a but more upmarket....Either way, I don't think BA pays for the papers anyway

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
What goes around comes around. Nice coincidence though.

Yes, was a nice coincidence

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Hmm, you sure like limoncello don't you? I don't like it that much - I find it far, far too sweet, preferring my tipple to be on the dry side. But never tried it chilled though, maybe it makes a big difference.

Well, to each their own. When in Rome....

Quoting The777Man (Reply 22):
Thanks for a very nice report with very nice pictures !

Thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 22):
You were very lucky that the load was so light that you had three seats for yourself. That makes a huge difference to have so much space and to be able to get lots of sleep.

Yes, made a massive difference

Quoting The777Man (Reply 22):
PS Any recommodation for a restaurent in Beijing that serves good Peking duck ? I'll be there in about 10 days DS

Hmmm, I went last week and had a very nice meal at the 京尊烤鸭 Jingzun Restaurant (朝阳区朝阳区春秀路4号, 4 Chunxiu Lu) which is directly across the road from the Holiday Inn Express in Dongzhimen. If you want to sit outside (if the weather is still nice) then you should call ahead and book. +86 10 6417 4075. If that isn't convenient, check out the Beijing magazine which has listings and reviews.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 23):
How long it will take?

3 months (give of take a week or so)

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 23):
Can you tell me a bit more about the leg DMN-JED-LHR?

Well it's BLR-DMM-JED flight (30 mins in DMM, just pax get off), then 6 hours in JED.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 24):
Nice read GC, thanks for posting.

No problem Mark

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 24):
- Indeed, I'd never have expected one to show up at last minute, bit of a result really.

Yes, I was very surpised too. Saved me having to get 2 buses across Milan in rush hour, so worth the £35 change fee

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 24):
The AZ 772 interior Y looks very dull, too much grey, looks very drab.

Mmm, it was a bit grey, but clean and efficient at the same time

Quoting 767747 (Reply 25):

It sounds like you had a good trip with Alitalia!

Yes, was very nice

Quoting 767747 (Reply 25):
Nice job, Alitalia! Ice cold Lemoncello in a glass? That's impressive, and a small thing that goes a long way in a traveler's mind.

Well, that's wasn't "standard" Y service!



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 27, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 14144 times:

Hey Gabriel,

great read, and the pics still come out really well too!
Pleasantly surprised by AZ. I knew the seats would be my liking (saw them on the A330-200 I recently flew), and I love the colours in Y-class too. Shame about the legroom on the window seat. I make sure to go aisle all the way now.
What to do in January with a bunch of us, all bringing loads of chocolate 

Good choice to stay in a Ryokan. Low pricing and real Japanese. Also my choice, I did one near Asakusa/Ueno during one of my last visits.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 28, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 14099 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 27):
great read, and the pics still come out really well too!

Thanks Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 27):
What to do in January with a bunch of us, all bringing loads of chocolate

Ha, yes, I don't think it will work if EVERYONE takes a box!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 27):
Good choice to stay in a Ryokan. Low pricing and real Japanese. Also my choice, I did one near Asakusa/Ueno during one of my last visits.

I love Ryokans! Such nice places to stay



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 29, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 13861 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Nice report and a great read of the start of your next big trip!  
Glad to see you took advantage of that great AZ fare, good idea to use it this way as a oneway.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A little off topic, but fitting into the chronology of the trip, I managed to get hold of quite a few tickets for the Olympics. The photos may be of interest to some of you:

Nice and interesting pictures! Thanks for including.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Legroom was acceptable…I had an exit row seat

Doesn't look bad of course but isn't the exit legroom on 737 often better? At least I'd say it is based on my limited experience.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The walk from arrivals to the Sheraton…interesting

I remember that room/corridor from my only visit to MXP. Interesting indeed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
. I say this as the window seat legroom is AWFUL. There is a massive IFE box.

That box does indeed look annoying.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It was nice to have a cup holder, something I definitely appreciated in Y.

Agreed.

Martin


User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 799 posts, RR: 1
Reply 30, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 13429 times:

Hey Gabriel

Many thanks for the report, I was looking forward to this one.

Is it my imagination, or does FCO look slightly less crappy than MXP? That green at MXP rubs me the wrong way !

Alitalia doesn't look bad at all, although I'd hate being stuck in the window seat on a full flight... The main meal looks nice, but breakfast looks quite light, I guess that's why Italians are so skinny :S Still, I'm glad you had your fair share of Limoncello and extra Dessert   I wonder what happens when you take TWO boxes of chocolates..

Interesting to see the departure board on your arrival flight from FCO to NRT, the plane that got to Narita before you was AM58 landing from my hometown, cute to see the spelling in katakana : )

Thanks again for posting.

Ricardo


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Reply 31, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 13376 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Now, Japan wasn’t originally in the itinerary until I was made aware of a mistake fare with Alitalia….you may see a rash of reports covering the AZ route to NRT in the coming months as a result. The deal was amazing….a return flight to Tokyo for less than US$100. The catch? It started from MXP and finished in BRI (Bari, southern Italy), routing via NRT. And the maximum stay in Tokyo? Well, depending on your choice of flights, between 3 and 6 hours.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Ha ha, you’re the 1st of the pack to have succesfully used that illustre ticket. I paid about € 68 all in. Yeah - that price is really ridiculous. Still I remain quite apprehensie of flying 12h, spending 4h in NRT and flying 12h back. Hmm, we’ll see. If the flight is not (so) full, it’ll probably be bearable I guess?

How do you find out about such deals?! is it word of mouth? I'd have been up for a trip to Tokyo  

And Alitalia long haul looks very nice apart from the IFE boxes  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 32, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 13374 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 29):
Nice report and a great read of the start of your next big trip!

Thanks

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 29):
Nice and interesting pictures! Thanks for including.

Glad you liked them!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 29):
Doesn't look bad of course but isn't the exit legroom on 737 often better? At least I'd say it is based on my limited experience.

Um, I guess it varies on the airline. BA seats are quite fat compared to the new ones on LH etc

Quoting SR117 (Reply 30):
Many thanks for the report, I was looking forward to this one.

Thanks, glad you like it

Quoting SR117 (Reply 30):
Is it my imagination, or does FCO look slightly less crappy than MXP? That green at MXP rubs me the wrong way !

Ha, yes FCO is slightly less crappy

Quoting SR117 (Reply 30):
I wonder what happens when you take TWO boxes of chocolates.

God only knows....any upgrade?!

Quoting SR117 (Reply 30):
Interesting to see the departure board on your arrival flight from FCO to NRT, the plane that got to Narita before you was AM58 landing from my hometown, cute to see the spelling in katakana : )

Yes, there were lots of Mexicans wondering around the terminal...must be quite a culture shock..Tijuana to Tokyo!



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 33, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 13216 times:

Hello Gab

Thanks for putting up this report, it was for sure an interesting read. Nice to see what we can expect the following months here on the board.
Despite the 3-4-3 seating AZ's seating actually looks pretty nice. However the window seats are cramped.
Fun to see the gift trick worked out as well!

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 34, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 13155 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 33):

Thanks for putting up this report

No problem Marc!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 33):
Despite the 3-4-3 seating AZ's seating actually looks pretty nice. However the window seats are cramped.

yeah, AZ is pretty good, except for those awful window boxes

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 33):
Fun to see the gift trick worked out as well!

Yes, thanks for teaching it to me! I will now use it selectively as I travel!



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 35, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 12385 times:
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Hi Gabriel!

Excellent report on part 1 of this epic looking series, well done! I was one of the unfortunate ones to get this dirt cheap flight I booked cancelled, oh well to bad.
Thanks for this report as I will be flying AZ longhaul 777 also via FCO except to the USA in January. AZs service looks quite good, food looks adequate and sounds like quite a nice crew, I might even bring chocolates for the crew  

Looking forward to reading part 2

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2299 posts, RR: 7
Reply 36, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 12249 times:

Hey Gabriel,

Thanks a lot for writing it up... it's something that interests me personally, of course  

AZ seems to have reached a certain standard on their flights, which is good. Most reports here have had a positive or at least neutral twist to them.

Yeah those boxes seem pretty huge. Moved to an aisle seat myself, good to know that's a good choice. Overnight+12-hr flight+your report=right choice  

Thanks a lot and good to see it worked out  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 37, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 12092 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 35):

Excellent report on part 1 of this epic looking series, well done!

Thanks!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 35):
I was one of the unfortunate ones to get this dirt cheap flight I booked cancelled, oh well to bad.

Ah, thats a shame. I wasn't even contacted by AZ or the agent.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 35):
Thanks for this report as I will be flying AZ longhaul 777 also via FCO except to the USA in January. AZs service looks quite good, food looks adequate and sounds like quite a nice crew, I might even bring chocolates for the crew
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 36):
AZ seems to have reached a certain standard on their flights, which is good. Most reports here have had a positive or at least neutral twist to them.

Yes, AZ are pretty good...and the chocolates can't hurt!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 36):
Thanks a lot for writing it up... it's something that interests me personally, of course

Glad you liked it!



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User currently offlineI39OO From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 38, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 10846 times:

Hi Gabriel,

thanks for your TR. It's interesting to read a review of Alitalia's "new" Y class on the 777 as I was quite concerned with the 3-4-3 layout. I don't know whether I'll try it or not, so far I've only flown the 332, but it seems a decent product. And giving out chocs to the crew was a touch of class, well done!

Too bad they don't serve booze in Y, I wonder what the savings might be on the long run, nothing exceptional I figure. I guess the only way to get some spirits in AZ Y, then, is to buy the spray grappa from the duty free and then starting spraying it into the coffee!



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User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 39, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 10786 times:

Hiya Gabe.

Your GCMap has just had me calling you a crazy b*****d (not for the 1st time)  

A really enjoyable start to the write up and a very nice touch to add those olympic photos. The beach volleyball looked like something a good zoom lens was essential for  . The picture of the Italian paralympian holding his wheelchair in the air is very moving and inspirational, a very strong picture.

Good to see the Sheraton is still in nice shape and the "charge for everything" policy is still in full swing!!

The AZ product looks reasonable for the long haul. Brilliant to board a 777 via air stairs.
It would seem you were very well looked after from the chocolate box hand over. Great to see the gesture is appreciated by all concerned.

Your accommodation looks great.
Off to read part 2 now.
Cheers, Lee.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 40, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 10549 times:

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting I39OO (Reply 38):

thanks for your TR

No problem!

Quoting I39OO (Reply 38):
It's interesting to read a review of Alitalia's "new" Y class on the 777 as I was quite concerned with the 3-4-3 layout. I don't know whether I'll try it or not, so far I've only flown the 332, but it seems a decent product.

I was concerned at first too, but AZ were pretty good.

Quoting I39OO (Reply 38):
Too bad they don't serve booze in Y, I wonder what the savings might be on the long run, nothing exceptional I figure. I guess the only way to get some spirits in AZ Y, then, is to buy the spray grappa from the duty free and then starting spraying it into the coffee!

Well, they do free wine and beer. The grappa spray sounds interesting

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 39):
Your GCMap has just had me calling you a crazy b*****d (not for the 1st time)

Ha, yes, I guess I am

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 39):
The beach volleyball looked like something a good zoom lens was essential for .

Lucky our seats were near the front!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 39):
Good to see the Sheraton is still in nice shape and the "charge for everything" policy is still in full swing!!

Yes, pay, pay, pay!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 39):
The AZ product looks reasonable for the long haul. Brilliant to board a 777 via air stairs.

Especially in the sun, with no rush to get onboard

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 39):
It would seem you were very well looked after from the chocolate box hand over. Great to see the gesture is appreciated by all concerned.

Indeed, excellent service for the chocolate-fuelled crew!



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1464 posts, RR: 33
Reply 41, posted (2 years 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9982 times:

Hi Gabriel,

I've finally got round to reading this, sorry it's taken me so long. I was curious to see if everything worked out on the bargain fare you got with AZ. It must have felt so good to fly so far for so little money! And an extra bonus getting the LHR-MXP leg with your Avios.

AZ's longhaul product looks perfectly acceptable. Great that you were able to board the 777 by stairs at FCO, must have been a super experience.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After a reasonable nights’ sleep, I was up bright and early, checked out, and headed over to the deserted AZ desks. I was half expecting some awkward questions regarding my itinerary, but thankfully, the check in lady didn’t say anything, and my bag was tagged straight to Tokyo.
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I say this as the window seat legroom is AWFUL. There is a massive IFE box. I do NOT recommend the window seat (or the 2 very central seats E/F) for this reason. Stick to an aisle seat.

That box is huge! It would be awful if the flight was full and you weren't able to change seats.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I thought I’d try out MSS658’s trick of presenting some chocolates to the FAs in the back galley. They were gratefully received, and a note of my seat number taken….boding well for a good flight?
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Wonderful. Not long after I get back to my seat, I’m presented with an ice cold limoncello (in a real AZ branded shot glass) and a Magnifica Class dessert. Benissimo!
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
thank you so much for the chocolates! Can I get you anything?”…..”a limoncello?”. “Of course!”. This one arrives in a plastic glass (but also a correspondingly large serving), the other flavour of Magnifica dessert (vanilla and chocolate ice cream, then strawberry sorbet) and a packet of biscuits. Grazie mille!

I think you can safely say the chocolates worked a treat!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some cool retro mugs for sale

Very nice.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 42, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 9755 times:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 41):
I've finally got round to reading this, sorry it's taken me so long. I was curious to see if everything worked out on the bargain fare you got with AZ. It must have felt so good to fly so far for so little money! And an extra bonus getting the LHR-MXP leg with your Avios.

Yes, everything worked out - great value for money!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 41):
AZ's longhaul product looks perfectly acceptable. Great that you were able to board the 777 by stairs at FCO, must have been a super experience.

Wonderful indeed. I love a good set of stairs! (it's the one near 100% positive thing about FR!)

Quoting infodesk (Reply 41):
That box is huge! It would be awful if the flight was full and you weren't able to change seats.

Yes, would have been awful. I hope everyone has learnt the lesson!



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