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Off To Uganda With Kenya Airways; AMS-NBO-EBB  
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 742 posts, RR: 12
Posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 9472 times:

Every now and then, KQ spams my email box with some reduced fares to East Africa.
Almost every (East) African knows that KQ plays the first roles in its market and imposes its fares regardless the destination.
Going to Uganda could have been done easier and cheaper in many ways of course! But most of people do choose their favorite airlines or the one sentimentally close to them. So did i with " the Pride of Africa " obviously.  

Earlier this week, Ugandan A.netter Sjacob sent me a grim news about this airline:

Quote:

National carrier Kenya Airways has posted a loss before tax of 6.5 billion shillings for the half year period ended 30th of September 2012
It has been hit hard by the Euro-zone crisis and a stronger shilling compared to a profit of 2.03 billion over the same period last year.
Europe accounts for 30 per cents of KQ's total revenues.
KQ said it has had to cut back operations through suspension or reduced frequency on the routes that were not performing well like Rome, Muscat, Zanzibar and London. KQ said it had cut back on the London route by stopping the day flight (rostered only during the week ends)
"London is a big contributor to our passengers numbers and we are looking at alternative routes within Africa to start feeding into the London route" said Titus Naikuni.
...
By Paul Wafula , National Monitor – Uganda , Tuesday 6th of November 2012

.



Hence every passing year, their so - called promotions lose attractiveness in fact. In 2010 a bargain multi-destination ticket from London (LHR-NBO-KGL/LLW-NBO-LHR) cost £405, nowadays Nairobi itself nearly reaches £550. So no wonder about those disastrous financial results

As aforementioned, departing from London was often considered the best bet for many reasons, however through KLM website during the conventional begin-of-the-year sales, Edinburgh was much affordable via Amsterdam, my most favorite Skyteam hub to Nairobi. And then a £132 first price one way to EBB.





Leg KL1286: Edinburgh – Amsterdam






The Servisair staff, handling AF/KLM flights, is pretty much the same 4 times out of 5, i am always quickly welcomed and processed in the usual way with a nice smile and sometimes a personal word.

At that time a trainee or a probable new member never met before, was reluctant to tag my luggages up to Entebbe/Kampala. She mentionned the "sho-con" separating the 2 bookings. I was dismayed and quiet surprised as it has been done countless of times beforehand here and elsewhere.

So the rest of the preflight in EDI has been spent to change the flight. My laptop showed many availabilities for the next flight at 12h55, whilst in London Airport, the phone agent pushed me to the evening flight at 6 pm, until he realised that yes few seats remained left earlier. Thank you!

A text message to the friend in Kampala to explain the later arrival time, the smooth flight with some "delicious bites"and hop here we go, welcome to Schiphol.


Leg KQ117: Amsterdam – Nairobi




19h04 – GMT +1


AMS was reported so many time including its easy transfer terminal, its "See Buy Fly" shopping center and its noisy "Mind the step" autowalks that i directly settled down near the gate, in order to enjoy the complimentary half and hour wifi provided.




The unique gate opened





19h18 – GMT +1


The area is really cosy and comfortable and enables any piano player to demonstrate his talent. A virtuoso Asian shared his fantastic skill. The scarce departing passengers were obviously all enchanted.


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Fancy playing piano: this place waits for you





Wandering around after allowed me to discover the famous lounge 3 inaugurated the day before Suryo flew to Granada - Spain and that impressed him:



Suryo was mesmerized by this great Lounge 3




Interested on buying famous Edam or Gouda it has been made impossible since the long lay over in NBO.



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19 minutes to go




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The latest of their 777-200ER, part of the fleet since February 2007




20h12 – GMT +1


Time was literally flying, and the last call for boarding was imminent, one can feel the advantage of processing at the end, useless Skypriority lanes, friendly security agent and no queue prior boarding despite 5 minutes wait in the air bridge before being immerse in "Africa".





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Kenya Airways flies a handful of Triple Seven, mostly serving London, Amsterdam, Mumbai and Bangkok en route to Hong Kong or Guangzhou depending on the days.
If i had followed PlaneHunter's footer, stating that "Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice", i would have surely given up flying Kenya Airways ages ago since it represented my 3rd time at least onboard the most recent KQ's 777!! However it might be my first report here with this plane  .


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20h30 – GMT +1


Following a truly warm welcome from a couple of Kenyan crew, i've made my way to the window seat – 18J. A few moment later a cool chap from Leeds settled down on the aisle seat. While he told me about his future volunteering mission in Mwanza – Tanzania, i scrutinized that the very last passengers embarking got enough other options than 18I.

In contrast with KQ101 to/from London, KQ117 attracts much more locals ( understand Africans), on that day it was a bit different though.

So the boarding still processing, embarked other African fellows overloaded of goods, gifts(?) or personal belongings who were desperately trying to fit in on the over head bins. I applaud the staff for their patience and managing to please everyone among the families wanting to sit together or other basic issues.

The same crew distributed the headphones thereafter.

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Allocated seat




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Basic comfort kit: thin pillow and blanket!





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A cool British dude




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English and Swahili




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Standard legroom






The recline standard too




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Sure not my hairs   .




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Boarding pass









20h43 – GMT +1


The captain (I read one day that only Kenyan nationals have the right to occupy this position, is it true?) and the senior pursuer presented themselves to the travellers, then gave a very warm welcome to the Skyteam Elite guests, and continued with the usual speech. While the push back began, the security announcements – in English and Swahili – were followed by very few passengers.


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Push-back on time






The several turns indicated a take off from the east like runway 27 or 24.
As nobody cares about a night take off, the greatest short video that must be seen now, is what might have invaded the minds of many wazungu, it is really nice so watch it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP8Y9N946kw



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Somewhere above Holland or Germany!






21h35 – GMT +1


The crew ajusted its uniform before closing the forward curtains and its customary first action was to hand over the hot towels. The opportunity to show you the cabin arose at this moment along with the lavatory, mainly because after the meal service a huge queue appears and the cleanliness becomes doutful, though some passengers dare walking barefoot...


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First cabin lays out in 3 – 3 – 3




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From the back




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Rear section of the cabin




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Second cabin




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The lavatory at an early stage of the flight






21h48 – GMT +1


From the galleys were spread the first appetizing odours, quickly Benson, our pursuer started the first service, dedicaced to the special requests.

From Amsterdam, anyone can order a meal that fits most of the special diet, myself i managed to taste with KQ along with the regular meal; a low sodium, a sea food, a gluten free, halal and today to please the diversity of this community, let's go for a kosher meal.

Quote:

- Benson: "have you ordered a special meal mister EAS?"
- EAS: " that's right, a kosher one?"
- Benson " yes of course, here we go..."
- EAS " Thank you very much"

Few years ago, those special meal requests were not guaranteed especially from Nairobi, but since KLM supplies the catering, things have drastically changed for better. furthermore from Nairobi and Mombasa since 2010 the (French) company Servair ensures all Skyteam needs and caters a majority of major airlines too...

To be honest, the special meal helps to be served among the firsts and extends the resting time!

All in all it was nicely presented, smashing taste, and portions somewhat filling.



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Apron for the hostesses and waistcoat for stewards




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Special mention "The rabbinate only guarantees the kashrut of this meal so long as the seal is intact"




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Close up on the tasty starter...




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Main composed of chicken (again) with coconut flakes and rice: delightful




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Terra Andina has gone, excellent news indeed   !







23h11 – GMT +1


Time for dozing a wee bit in front of the AVOD IFE, that offers 30 movies in 4 languages ( English, French, Indian and Mandarin) including 17 blockbusters, a TV channel with documentaries and news, a kids channel, maybe 10 music channels, a feedback page and a flight track channel.

For the latter, from experiences one must often "choose" between that feature or the movie, however on that day neither overhead sreens or ptv were screening the route map, not a big deal apart maybe for PlaneHunter, because since Libya and Egypt uprisings ended few months ago, the track is well printed in my memory.

Ok, there is no way to compare with the mega funky systems offered by the 4 star + airlines but it must suit very well the markets targeted such as India, China, France & Former french african colonies, especially if you consider that the KQ magazine does contain a section in " Language of Molière".




Usually the flight track indicates Genoa nearby !




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Msafiri stands for the traveller!




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The Skyteam livery emblazons now two aircrafts:
B737-800 (5Y – KQH) and ERJ190 (5Y – FFB )




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The long haul fleet




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The relatively new pass "Skyteam Go Africa" is available here !






As expected, once the trays and trashes cleared, most of the people lined up to the loos, even the hostess had a hard time to push the duty free cart through the aisles.
Also she stared at me in way to dissuade me from paying with a credit card, for few gifts intended to my friend in Kampala, because she had to walk a bit to get the payment terminal.

Before the well deserved rest of Benson, a little favor was asked such as a delightful wee Amarula on the rock, what was brought over in no time and in a double portions. Unfortunately, now the common Baileys has substituted this lovely South African creamy liquor.


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A wee Amarula often eases the digestion!




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Headset




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Main menu




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First movie: Invictus









23h37 – GMT +1


With no mood light transition, light got dimmed, the crew members craved of this moment despite few rebels:

- The talkative and/or frequent travellers, sharing their useful opinions
- The insomniacs and/or sportmen_women going back and forth through the cabin
- My neighbour and others always thirsty
- The unluckiest and crabby passengers refering to the cold temperatures or the faulty IFE
- The trip reporter and his strange attitude of snapping everything


1h04 – GMT+1


Indeed, time came for a quick peek around the cabin prior loading a new movie, in a meantime, the crew kept hydrated the cabin with some juices and glasses of water.

Since two sounds clearly dominated let's compare them:


rooooonnnnn bbsssshhhiiiiiii...
or
vooouuuuuuuu vooouuuuuuuu


According to you, which one is perceived the most?

Added to what Lars (The777man) wrote in his excellent KQ101 report (LHR-NBO):

Quote:

The pillows were very thin and having to sleep upright made it difficult to sleep.

it has just allow a little snooze


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Mood lighting?




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Really entertainning







3h51 – Nairobi time – gmt+3


Dazzling and hardcore wake up call straight in the face! Another hot oshibori contributed to the effective eye-openning. Benson dropped off the light cold breakfast tray because, as you may know, among the 6 millions passengers going to NBO every year, half of them are only transiting out there. Today i'll be counted as the others despite officially being part of the first group without choice given though.


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The good cold breakfast




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The sun will rise soon




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5h46 – GMT +3


With 26 minutes to go, the cabin was prepared for landing, headsets and blankets were collected and the sun rose from the left – the best side to observe the majestic mountains in the background. A quick speech from the flight deck let us know that they wanted to see us soon.


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On short final at JKIA, as usual runway 6








KQ117 landing at Jomo Kenyatta Airport: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCLMpLEYQ14


The main boggey kissed the usual runway 6 at 6h23 local time. How many airports have only one side runway constantly in use?
(i can name only KGL, NBO and a mountain airfield, Courchevel in France)

Passengers were informed about the shortest connections and were wished a pleasant stay or a safe journey, and KYZ docked to an air bridge.


The state of the cabin suggested a tough job for the cleaners. Finally the most of the crew cracked a charming smile as a farewell to everybody!


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Some classic birds (B732, DC9, DC8, L1011), still flying?




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Flew onboard 5H-PAZ on MWZ-DAR




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Karibuni







6h58 – GMT +3


Luckily, the East African Community lane was deserted, managing to pick up the luggages in no time, and soon enough going through the customs hassle free too, where an officer asked many questions before being focused on an Indian family with 3 trolleys loaded of boxes .

The usual numerous touts promoted their services but facing an unsual transit customer they gave up quickly


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Do you prefer NBO or ADD architecture?





Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways and Rwandair...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki
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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 742 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 9472 times:

Leg KQ412: Nairobi – Entebbe




7h14 – GMT +3


40 minutes remained before the expiration of the free ticket change before departure, i dreamt to eventually catch up the original one but sadly it was to late, so i got the 12h55 flight... jeez, 4h or so to wait here. I strolled around and got a fair priced beef pie in a land-side eatery


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"3 – star or less Skytrax" Airlines using Unit 2




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Check – in desks






FIDS showing past and future departures




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A sign clearly stipulated on the panes: "do not sleep here!"






Leg KQ412: Nairobi – Entebbe




10h07 – GMT +3


Unlike our East African fellow Jacob, who visited the transit lounge accessible for KQ and KL passengers; after a light breakfast in public area i headed straight to the 7th floor, where the British Airways Executive lounge is located. NO, i don't have access yet, so next door is the Transit restaurant that offers yet the best panorama before refurbishment.( in one of my TRs you can appreciate the great view from here). I did not take any picture for the simple reason that the lovely Manageress of this restaurant proved to be much more knowledgeable than the outside activity comprising, between 10h30am and 11H45, KQ Embraers only, ensuring the show. Anyway this is the place to be inside NBO, so far. (forget about the lounge next time)


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Transit Restaurant at the top left!





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VS axed the route in September but a rumor says they might start DAR and JRO soon...





11h11 – GMT +3


Too early, time to reach the second departure check, where an old B737 was waiting for us. Entebbe is considered as the shortest international destination. Why KQ does not roster a modern Embraer... Also i've flown the KQA and KQC to EBB whist fellow Jacob managed to log KQB and KQD out/to Uganda, so pity. Anyway the comfort seems alike.


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First flight onboard KQC




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World Food Program (WFP) Embraer ERJ145





Push-back and taxiing on time


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greeting KQ's closest rival





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Unit 4 should be ready soon...





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A so awaited modernisation, has anyone got more information?




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On hold, for this Kenyan Buffalo





13h12 – GMT +3


Kenya Airways takes off from Nairobi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-qxtaO71L4

Take off on time north easterly


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Nairobi outskirt




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An Y load factor around 60%




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Not as good as row 10






The recline




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The Lake Victoria




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Loneliness





Efficient service with a tray containing a hot roll (chicken or veg) and a starchy cake, the very friendly (and greedy) mama seated next to me was so happy to try her friend one and mine too lol.


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The luxury refreshing towel made the difference




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Warn and tasty chicken roll




As usual, scattered clouds but no rain around Entebbe!


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Runway 17 in sight






Landing at Entebbe/Kampala airport: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3VXB9EWLzM



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QR always around




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Logistic hub of the UN




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Air Uganda MD80




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Welcome to Entebbe




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QR got an airbridge







13h59 – Kampala time – GMT +3




A military regiment of 50 soldiers wearing a blue hat clearly symbolising the UN, blocked most of the immigration lanes with one soldiers entering between every two passangers.

The EAC lane was a breeze.


5 hours later than expected schedule, the pleasure to listen again "tinda tine" and "onyamba nga mukana" at the radio was a sign of great stay in the Pearl of Africa.



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Conclusion



With the Gulf carriers, Kenya Airways can hardly compete with their current hardware, their overall product is good but not great, the fares rival more with KLM, BA or SN than Ethiopian, or TK.
The Eurozone crisis did not help, but on The Middle East and Asia routes that account for 19 per cent of the carrier’s revenues; And the African routes, representing half of KQ’s sales, the profits edge down too.

Nairobi airport undegoes a massive facelift, that will hopefully contribute to bring back the unsatisfied regular travellers.

Myself, i like KQ, because it's part of Skyteam, and the B777 has a good lay out. The crew is always eager to chat indeed.
I can not afford to fly with them as often as before due to the fierce competition,but will do as much as possible to in order to log those new liveries and to get the shortest flights to Europe or Africa.



Thank you for reading, comments and corrections are valuable!

East African Spotter (Léonard)


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From Uganda To The Far East Pt 1: EBB - NBO - BOM (by sjacob Jan 25 2012 in Trip Reports)
KQ 777 LHR-NBO 10Nov07 (by The777Man Nov 15 2007 in Trip Reports)



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BMI Regional To Lyon Via Man In ERJ145 (by eastafspot Apr 18 2010 in Trip Reports)
Just Plane Smart... (by eastafspot Apr 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
Rwandair And Skyteam Airlines To Scotland (by Eastafspot Dec 10 2009 in Trip Reports)
KLM And Kenya Airways To Rwanda (by Eastafspot Dec 7 2009 in Trip Reports)





Now enjoy a little bonus all the way from the Pearl Of Africa!


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The hilly Kampala




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Kabalagala: towards the CBD






The amazing town of Jinja that Suryo perfectly guessed previously   


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Left bank of the White Nile River




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Right bank of the White Nile River




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Universal Apostle of peace and non violence – Mahatma GANDHI





Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways and Rwandair...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9473 times:

Hi Léo,

thanks so much for posting another great report with many nice pictures! What an enjoyable read! I'd love to try KQ one day, the product looks fine and I really like its stylish livery. I may have a look at the carrier's 77W, the first one should arrive in the next few months.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Hence every passing year, their so - called promotions lose attractiveness in fact. In 2010 a bargain multi-destination ticket from London (LHR-NBO-KGL/LLW-NBO-LHR) cost £405,

Very good deal!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
If i had followed PlaneHunter's footer, stating that "Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice", i would have surely given up flying Kenya Airways ages ago since it represented my 3rd time at least onboard the most recent KQ's 777!!

Yes, that's really bad indeed! How often have you flown on KQ's 777s?

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Allocated seat

The seat design looks nice - similar to QR's, but better.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
From the back

Air France used to have the same seats.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Main composed of chicken (again) with coconut flakes and rice: delightful

That looks good - and I guess I would have tried the South African wine as well.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):

For the latter, from experiences one must often "choose" between that feature or the movie, however on that day neither overhead sreens or ptv were screening the route map, not a big deal apart maybe for PlaneHunter, because since Libya and Egypt uprisings ended few months ago, the track is well printed in my memory.

Ah, I would have been unhappy, no doubt about that!  

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
The Skyteam livery emblazons now two aircrafts:
B737-800 (5Y – KQH) and ERJ190 (5Y – FFB )

I know I'm picky, but 5Y-KQH is a -700...sorry.  

Anyway, any aircraft in that livery looks great! It always makes me happy when a new one is rolled out.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
- The talkative and/or frequent travellers, sharing their useful opinions
- The insomniacs and/or sportmen_women going back and forth through the cabin
- My neighbour and others always thirsty
- The unluckiest and crabby passengers refering to the cold temperatures or the faulty IFE
- The trip reporter and his strange attitude of snapping everything

LOL!   

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
The good cold breakfast

Interesting to see Almighurt on that flight - even with German labeling!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Some classic birds (B732, DC9, DC8, L1011), still flying?

Unlikely.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Flew onboard 5H-PAZ on MWZ-DAR

Another airline with great livery!


Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
VS axed the route in September but a rumor says they might start DAR and JRO soon...

Nice to see 3B-NBF in your report! I saw that one when I visited DUR for a few hours last year.



Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Too early, time to reach the second departure check, where an old B737 was waiting for us.

Come on, it's a 1998-model, almost brand new!  

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
greeting KQ's closest rival

No doubt about that. What I find rather scrary is the fact that both carriers lost a 738 under strange circumstances. I must admit that these accidents made me skeptical about ET and KQ for a while. But I wouldn't hesitate any more to fly them.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9472 times:

NIce report Leo, thanks for posting. KQ looks quite reasonable...it's nice that they have remained as a 3x3x3 carrier on their new 777 rather than the 10 abrest most now go for.


http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LHR-GVA-LHR-TXL-LHR-VE-PRN,SPU-OSL-LHR, LGW-DXB-BKK-DXB-LHR
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9472 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
.it's nice that they have remained as a 3x3x3 carrier on their new 777 rather than the 10 abrest most now go for.

The last one was delivered in 2007 - let's wait for the 77W.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1164 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9472 times:

Virgin just got out of the London to Nairobi route. My friends now fly Kenya Airways. Interesting that even though capacity is down as a result of Virgin Kenya Airways still plan to reduce service.

User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 925 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 9472 times:

Really nice TR. KQ has so much potential. I hope that they keep moving up and up. Thanks for sharing!


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 742 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 9471 times:

Hi everybody, a link to a picture does not appear properly, my bad


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Warn and tasty chicken roll





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Hey Udo, Thank you so much for the corrections, really much appreciated  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
thanks so much for posting another great report with many nice pictures! What an enjoyable read!

Thanks you for your feedback!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
I may have a look at the carrier's 77W, the first one should arrive in the next few months.

Before or after their 787s?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Very good deal!

Yes and it happened once only that's a big problem because a promotion is always expected to be priced at the same level

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
How often have you flown on KQ's 777s?

More less 20 times, Need to check my flightmemory account for an accurate figure

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
That looks good
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Interesting to see Almighurt on that flight - even with German labeling!

I believe that KLM flights get the same special meal out of AMS. what about those excellent yoghurts? are the widely available in the shops?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
I know I'm picky, but 5Y-KQH is a -700...sorry.  

Ouch, it is clearly written on the magazine, my bad, kudos for your careful reading    .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Another airline with great livery!

   .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
The seat design looks nice - similar to QR's, but better.

In general or on their 777s

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Nice to see 3B-NBF in your report! I saw that one when I visited DUR for a few hours last year.

What a coincidence indeed, wOW, what an amazing memory how can you remember all the reg that you've seen? BTW you should add this picture on the Photo database.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Come on, it's a 1998-model, almost brand new!


The brown-ish color of the wing misled me indeed. KGL and BJM are served with newer Embraer.




Good evening Gabriel

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
NIce report Leo,
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
thanks for posting.

Thanks for reading,You are welcome!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
.it's nice that they have remained as a 3x3x3 carrier on their new 777 rather than the 10 abrest most now go for.

+1, also Most of the time from AMS, it is quiet easy to get a full row for sleeping

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
The last one was delivered in 2007 - let's wait for the 77W.

Don't give them bad idea    ...

Hello Lychemsa, Thanks for replying

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 5):
My friends now fly Kenya Airways.

Best move ever, tell him   .

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 5):
Interesting that even though capacity is down as a result of Virgin

And Gulf Air!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 5):
Kenya Airways still plan to reduce service.

the number of tourists has decreased, due to the terrorism threat and competition of other South East Asia destination!


Globalflyer,

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 6):
Really nice TR.

Cheers!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 6):
KQ has so much potential. I hope that they keep moving up and up. Thanks for sharing!

I really wish them to see the end of the tunnel ASAP,   



Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways and Rwandair...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 9470 times:

Hello Léo

Another great report on the EUR-Africa segment! KQ looks pretty good, actually nice to see somebody is still having the 3-3-3 configuration, looks much more roomy! Catering looks delightfull as well!
Nice to see the classic 737 on the NBO-EBB leg, we don't get see that much in europe anymore!

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1658 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 9469 times:
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Salut Léonard,

Very nice report on KQ. Not seen too often around here so good that our African bound a.netters make some trip report from this carrier and region as well. KQ seems to have provided you with quite a decent product. The plane interior looks nice - I very much like the African seat motif on the B777 - and the meals and crew attitude are good enough as well.

Nice to see some pics of 'local Africa' as well and I also liked that fact that you used time frames to describe the ongoing things on board. Good job!

Sultanils



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User currently offlineraffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 9469 times:

Great trip report- looks like the legroom , catering and IFE are really good.
I much prefer the 3-3-3 layout but saying that, I recently did a few EK 777 flights and didn't find the width that much narrower?



Happy -go- lucky kinda guy!
User currently offlinethegivenone From Austria, joined Jan 2008, 192 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 9469 times:

Léo,

What a fantastic report! I am so glad to see EBB so present in the most recent list of Airliners.net TRs (I count three reports on the first page)! I am half Ugandan myself and travel to me second home city, Kampala, about once a year with EK or SN. Here is a report to EBB I wrote in 2009: http://oliverckhaas.com/tripreports/ek_vieebb_09/

I appreciate your loyalty to KQ, despite the higher price etc. This is the same way I feel LH/LX/OS/TK.


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 742 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 9469 times:

Many thanks folks for stopping by dropping a comment! very encouraging indeed!    .



Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
Another great report on the EUR-Africa segment!

Thanks

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
KQ looks pretty good, actually nice to see somebody is still having the 3-3-3 configuration,

Cannot agree more

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
Catering looks delightfull as well!

Keep in mind this is a special meal, and made for KLM flights  .

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
we don't get see that much in europe anymore!

Really? which airlines come to your mind having one of them?


Nils,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Very nice report on KQ.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Good job!

Cheers, much appreciated!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
so good that our African bound a.netters make some trip report from this carrier

They need some advertising   .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
the meals and crew attitude are good enough as well.

Never have to complain whatsoever! however on Skytrax some of the comments are harsh .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Nice to see some pics of 'local Africa' as well

For an insider, this was the most difficult part believe me lol.


Hello Raffik,

Quoting raffik (Reply 10):
Great trip report-

glad to read that you've enjoyed!

Quoting raffik (Reply 10):
I recently did a few EK 777 flights and didn't find the width that much narrower?

you must consider the measurements of everyone, myself i won't notice any difference too


Dear Oliver

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 11):
What a fantastic report!

Weebale nnyo musajja   .

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 11):
I am so glad to see EBB so present in the most recent list of Airliners.net TRs (I count three reports on the first page)!

Hehe... an Ugandan A.netters suggested to flood this section...  .

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 11):
I am half Ugandan myself and travel to me second home city, Kampala, about once a year with EK or SN.

Glad to learn this   , Kysansuso okuba nti nkomyeewo na abeganda ne mikwano

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 11):
Here is a report to EBB I wrote in 2009:

Jeez, that what is called a trip report truly fabulous, what is your favorite period to go there, for summer or Christmas holidays?

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 11):
This is the same way I feel LH/LX/OS/TK.


fair enough!
So the Big question is Star Alliance of EK then? i'm eyeing the gulf carrier but not too sure about the lay over in DXB

Thanks for your input



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User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1105 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 9469 times:

Hi Léonard!

Thank you sharing this awesome trip report. KQ seems to offer a solid, reliable product. It's great to see them in SkyTeam, however, Jomo Kenyatta Airport looks horrible! At least they seem to be expanding / renovating it.

In your opinion, which airline is best to get from Europe to Uganda? Entebbe airport looks pretty nice!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 1):
"3 – star or less Skytrax" Airlines using Unit 2

LOL I was thinking what an "interesting" list of airlines that was. Then I saw your description -- perfect.


User currently offlinesjacob From Uganda, joined Apr 2009, 44 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 9469 times:

Leonard,
man, yo TRs are always nice to read and I appreciate you mentioning my name.

Truthfully, for KQ to axe LHR daily service, I was too shocked but I hope with their sister KLM they will concentrate more on African routes. I think EU is extremely competitive nowonder VS axed NBO.

You know yo flight from AMS arrives shortly before the one from BOM so the time I was from BOM, too the same flight to EBB, I saw the same planes on the tarmac at NBO and yes I loved looking at the VS A340, I think it is sleek and also it was nice to see air Mauritius.

I personally will also fly KQ again since it is African, and after they upgrade NBO and hope it looks like JNB at least. KQ doesnt seem concerned about the competition from the GCs and yet they are very strong, I think their prices especially to Europe since they involve a connection with KLM are always too high as compared to their rivals.

Otherwise, I hope they grow more and more. Long live KQ long live Africa....

Looking at the pictures of Kampala is also lovely and it brings back memories of the roads I have trodden since childhood.


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5074 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8552 times:

Asante sana Leo. Looking at KQ's map, it is amazing how far their network has evolved. KQ 101 rotation still seems to hold their own in terms of product. I actually find the product consistency between KQ/KL/and erstwhile NW to be remarkably similar. JKIA always brings back memories. I am back in East Africa next year trying to take trains and buses only from MBA to JNB. We should keep track if you're around.

Thanks again for writing this up.

Saludos,
A.

[Edited 2012-12-16 00:49:47]


Live, and let live.
User currently onlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8496 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8171 times:
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Hi,

Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing your KQ experience.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
The opportunity to show you the cabin arose at this moment along with the lavatory, mainly because after the meal service a huge queue appears and the cleanliness becomes doutful, though some passengers dare walking barefoot...

- Barefoot, yikes!!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
she stared at me in way to dissuade me from paying with a credit card, for few gifts intended to my friend in Kampala, because she had to walk a bit to get the payment terminal.

- Hmm, not so great service.

All in all KQ seem to have performed pretty well on these flights, not flown them yet myself and unlikely to do so for some years, but good to keep track on the service.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 7383 times:

Bonjour Léonard,

First of all, I would like to wish you and your beloved ones Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année 2013.

Now let’s go to the report!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
its noisy "Mind the step" autowalks

It is sooo Schiphol! 


Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
the famous lounge 3 inaugurated the day before Suryo flew to Granada - Spain and that impressed him:

I am impressed. You remembered it correctly!   


Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
I applaud the staff for their patience and managing to please everyone among the families wanting to sit together or other basic issues.

This is one of many good things I heard about KQ crew members. Kudos to them!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
though some passengers dare walking barefoot...

I usually walk barefooted at home, but I would think twice in this situation.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
let's go for a kosher meal.

You are such a culinary explorer.  


Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
maybe 10 music channels,

Also dance music? 


Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Also she stared at me in way to dissuade me from paying with a credit card, for few gifts intended to my friend in Kampala, because she had to walk a bit to get the payment terminal

She indeed had a tough time.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, now the common Baileys has substituted this lovely South African creamy liquor.

I would rather say, luckily. Amarula is exotic! So give it to me at any time!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
- The insomniacs and/or sportmen_women going back and forth through the cabin
Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
- The trip reporter and his strange attitude of snapping everything

Well, sometimes I consider myself a trip reporting sportsman who is going back and forth through the cabin while snapping everything. 


Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
The sun rose from the left – the best side to observe the majestic mountains in the background.

Thanks for the tip.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Do you prefer NBO or ADD architecture?

Now I understand what you’re talking about. ADD is clean and modern, but regarding NBO, there is something mysteriously charming about the building.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 1):
Not as good as row 10

But still, what a legroom!  Wow!


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 1):
QR always around

but not yet in AMS.  


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 1):
The amazing town of Jinja that Suryo perfectly guessed previously   

You are too kind.   


Thank you for sharing this fairy tale. May prosperities surround you.  

Best wishes,
Suryo  



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