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A Winter Wonderland: BSL-NCE-GVA  
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1425 posts, RR: 33
Posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5597 times:

Dear readers,

Welcome to my latest trip report.

When I received my roster for December I had a few more days off than expected so decided see if I could fit in a little daytrip. I looked at LX’s one way fares from GVA and saw that their prices were ridiculously low on the NCE route, just 33Euros. There was a mid-morning flight from NCE-GVA available, but could I be in NCE early enough to make it? Yes, I could, thanks to easyJet, and booked a BSL-NCE ticket with seat reservation for 40E. SBB would help get me back to Basel, with a 3 hour train journey from Geneva.

I never intended to write a report about this trip. On paper it looked pretty ordinary: airports, aircraft & airlines all familiar to me. Yet the weather conditions were just perfect and I decided to share my photos with you.

OLCI with easyJet worked just fine, as always, but with Swiss it wasn’t so smooth. It was a good 6 hours late opening. Just as I was selecting my seat, the internet connection failed. Yes, our internet provider had performed an update which went horribly wrong and we were left without a connection for 3 days. Thankfully a neighbour helped out and I was able to complete check-in and print out my boarding pass on his computer.

It looked like the weather certainly on my side, a couple of days previously we’d had a lot of snow, thankfully for my day of travel just freezing temperatures were forecast.

Saturday 1st December
I’m really quite desperate for a lie in after a run of early shifts, but no, my alarm wakes me from a deep sleep at 04:30. I’m on the road at 5am and reach Basel without any problems. I can see there’s quite a queue at security so decide to join the line of waiting passengers. It’s a good decision as I spend over 20 minutes there. The queue moves painfully slowly, there are too few lanes open and more and more passengers keep turning up. Eventually, French style and definitely not Swiss, some more staff turn up, chewing gum and decide to open a third lane, after which things move somewhat faster.

Today’s flights
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Festive decorations
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I pick up a free newspaper and wander down to the gate. It’s a rather surreal experience, not seeing masses of people pushing and shoving to board, but a very calm and orderly gate area.

There were other flights boarding, AMS & SXF and they were missing a few passengers, no doubt due to the problems at security.

Indeed, once the AMS flight had departed and the gate had been unattended for a good 10 minutes, a couple appeared running like the wind, only to see the gate closed.



BSL-NCE
EZS1001
A319 HB-JZL
STD 0725 / ATD 0737
STA 0840 / ATA 0825
Seat 7F
Load: 60-70%
63rd flight on the A319, 2nd on this aircraft


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An orderly queue forms as soon as the gate agents arrive, it’s quite amusing to watch knowing that there is no need to hurry. Passengers sitting in row 15 and behind are told to use the rear stairs, and this seems to work. Boarding starts at 06:50 and I have never been so relaxed prior to an easyJet flight. I am one of the last to pass the gate, can take my time on the tarmac, it’s just great. As I board I greet the purser in German, she asks to see my boarding pass and takes note of the fact it’s in English and proceeds welcomed me on board in English.

My ride down to Nice
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I’d booked row 7 and am pleased to end up with the whole row to myself. There are only 3 passengers in the rows in front, obviously people don’t want to pay the higher prices that come with those seats. I notice that a lot of the other rows behind are full and I’m wondering whether the check-in system tries to block off the seats next to someone who’s paid for a seat reservation, if the flight isn’t full.

There are 4 female FAs on today’s flight and we get a brief welcome from the cockpit and are told our journey to Nice will take 1hr5.

Pushback is on time at 07:25 and much to my surprise no deicing takes place. Perhaps it was done before we started boarding, we certainly need it with these subzero temperatures.

We trundle along to runway 15 and at 07:37 take off into the sky.

Sunrise on this cold December morning


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I was hoping for good weather today, as my previous flights in and out of Nice were in bad conditions. It looks like my luck’s in. Sure enough, before long, the mountains start to slowly peak out of the cloud.

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When the BOB trolley comes along, I buy a bottle of water. The crew also pass through collecting money for Unicef.
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Legroom
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Outside, the best IFE you could wish for continued….


..and the tips of the peaks are bathed in sunlight

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What a day to be flying!
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One of my favourite pictures
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As the sun rises, the pink tinge fades and the white snow glistens

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Snow diminishing, must be close to the coast
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The Med is in sight


Hello Nice


The approach over the sea is equally as stunning and gives me some great photo opportunities

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Snow and sea, so close together

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Nearly there




Land in sight


Bienvenue à Nice. We land early at 08:25 after less than 50 minutes of flight on runway 04L.




A UK visitor
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Must be France then
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This one seems unusual
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For the rich and maybe famous
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A very orange easyJet
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Another local
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"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1425 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5578 times:

NICE

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Au revoir!
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The not-so-impressive Christmas lights
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Changing terminals at Nice is a smooth process. I’m at the appropriate bus stop just a couple of minutes after leaving the aircraft and the bus is already waiting. It sets off shortly after and before I know it I’m over at T1. Although it’s a beautifully sunny day I don’t linger outside, there’s a stiff breeze which is rather chilly so after a few deep breaths of Mediterranean air I head back inside and up to departures.

My shuttle bus at T1
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A winter’s day in Nice
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On the way to departures
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FIDS
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Up to security

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Before security I bought myself this rather cute snack:


I’m somewhat disappointed by the airside set up at T1. Only a small selection of shops & quite a crowded gate area, but at least there are some big windows at one end with some apron views. I treat myself to something from L’Occitane and have a wander through duty free, before finding myself a spot near the window where I do some reading.

Airside

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L’Occitane goodies
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Traffic

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I hadn’t realized that LX have a GVA & ZRH departure within 5 minutes of each other. My flight to GVA was supposed to be an RJ100 but sadly there was a schedule change shortly after I booked and so it was to be a 319, albeit less than full half.

My ride back to GVA
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And here’s the aircraft for ZRH. Yes, ZRH gets an Avro instead of an A319, damn!
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Just a minute. That aircraft seems familiar.
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Yes, it’s HB-IYZ, the flying Sauna. Some of you may remember it from this report:
MLH-LYS-PUF-LCY-BSL Or The Flying Sauna (by infodesk Oct 11 2012 in Trip Reports)

NCE-GVA
LX521
A319 HB-IPT
STD 1035 / ATD 1036
STA 1135 / ATA 1117
Seat 7A/7F
Load: 57 pax
64th flight on the A319, 2nd on this aircraft


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With such a light load, boarding is done in a jiffy. There’s an off duty pilot with a Flying Blue gold card on his bag and an FA. They don’t seem to be acquainted but strike up a conversation where he explains he got stuck in NCE overnight due to a technical problem with an aircraft the day before.

It’s an all female cabin crew on this flight, they have a little difficulty with some of the French announcements as does the pilot. There’s a family on the row in front of me with two small kids, who take delight in kicking everything in sight.

I checked the fares on the flight the day before departure and it was still possible to book for 79E one way. With a load this light, work out how much money Swiss are losing on this rotation.

Legroom
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Pushback view
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Snowy mountains, blue sky & planes, what more could you want?
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Turning


After take-off at 10:36 we have some brief views over the city before doing a huge bank over the Med so that we can fly North over the airport. Almost immediately we leave the coast behind and the terrain becomes more and more mountainous. As soon as the seatbelt sign is turned off, I move over the right as it seems the better views are on that side. In fact, I spend most of the flight changing seats, much to the amusement of some of the other passengers.

Au revoir Nice!

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Today’s route
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Farewell to the Med
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Hello to the Alps

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After changing sides….


Out of this world
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The cloud builds up briefly
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Back to the left


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Much to my surprise, there is a proper drinks service, but I just have a bottle of water which I don’t open anyway, as I’m too preoccupied with taking photos.
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For a while, you could almost think you’re flying over Greenland, as the cloud cover looks like ice

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The views just keep getting better & better. I am mesmerized.

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The pilot is on the PA again, telling us we’ve just overflown Albertville & Courchevel on the left (damn, wrong side!) and that now, on the right, you can see Mont Blanc (horray!) At this moment the seatbelt sign is turned on, so I decide to stay in 7F.

The almighty Mont Blanc, highest peak of the Alps.

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The big 4000m peaks of the Valais. The Toblerone shaped one on the right is the Matterhorn
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Here’s the Monte Rosa. Always reminds me of a big ice cream coupe.
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Nearing the Swiss border


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Before long we sadly descend into the clouds and emerge into this delightful weather:
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Over the motorway


Hello BA


We land at 11:17 on runway 05

Here’s one we don’t see at Zurich: MEA
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One of the few transatlantic flights to GVA:
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Privatair’s B752
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A Belgian visitor
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Geneva
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We are bussed to the terminal and on entering the building a lot of the passengers are confused by the fact there are two exits, one for France and one for Switzerland. Yep, just like Basel. Although strange here is that the exits are separated before baggage claim.
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The ubiquitous arrival duty free
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Arrivals
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Geneva airport has changed since I was last here. Although it’s still dreary in some parts, there are lots of new restaurants and attractive cafes that quite frankly beat some of the landside establishments at Zurich. The new information/hotel reservations desk is also rather smart.

Rather interesting cloud effects in the toilets
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I set off for the station which is inside the terminal and discover a super café/bakery selling an array of sandwiches and cakes which is full of airport staff. I don’t blame them, you could have a different sandwich every day for about 3 weeks with this huge selection. I buy myself some goodies for lunch, then purchase my train ticket and make my way to the platform.

SBB departures
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My train
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The train journey back to Basel takes about 3 hours and I have to change once. I’m unlucky enough to get a tilting train on both legs, I really hate them. I spend the first 90 minutes eating my lunch, watching the view and playing on my phone, but by the time the train reaches Biel where I have to change I feel positively queasy. So after boarding the next train I get out my ipod and promptly fall asleep. When I wake up we’re not far from Basel and I’m actually rather cross, as the line between Biel & Basel is one I’ve never travelled on before and I miss the scenery.

Arriving at Basel SBB I buy a few Christmas cards from one of the shops, take the bus back to the airport, collect my car and am back home shortly after 4pm.

My verdict:

Sometimes the spontaneous decisions in life are the best. I booked these flights for a bit of fun as they were cheap and I was treated to some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever had in the air. In fact, the NCE-GVA leg ranks as one of my all-time favourite flights.

Once again easyJet impressed me. For a fare that cost peanuts I had and good flight with a friendly crew, it landed early and I had some wonderful views. I’m delighted with the assigned seating and am happy to pay the small fee and know that the boarding scrum is a thing of the past. Whether the price will slowly creep up remains to be seen.

I didn’t have much interaction with the crew on LX, they were polished and correct, but not as outgoing as the ladies on easyJet. It’s good that they’re experimenting with one way fares, but I don’t think it’ll be enough to intimidate EZY at Geneva. All that remains is to hope that they introduce these one way fares across the board.

Thanks for reading and if you’ve made it this far then please leave a comment,

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1194 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5416 times:

Hola Hannah!

Mouth dropping pictures. Impressive. Stunning. It is a good vocabulary exercise trying to get as many adjectives as possible to decsribe such a scenery. Great! Time to have a look at my thesaurus dictionary  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
For the rich and maybe famous

You mean you did not fly this back to ZRH?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
The not-so-impressive Christmas lights

Really, I would expect something more elegant for an airport like NCE at the Côte d'Azur.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
I hadn’t realized that LX have a GVA & ZRH departure within 5 minutes of each other.

LX seems to enjoy having all their flights squeezed in 15 minutes. At BCN they have:

.LX 1955 to ZRH at 14.40
.LX 1943 to GVA at 14.50
.LX 1935 to BSL at 14.55

and they usually use contiguous gates, so if lucky you have in the same picture an A321, an A320 and an AVRO.

All the best!

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 677 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5393 times:

Hi Hannah,

great little report, and what a good idea to spend a day at the Mediterranean. Spectacular approach into NCE, something I have yet to do. And indeed some stunning pictures, the crisp winter air often offers very clear views, especially of course over the mountains.

Good to read that Swiss now offers decent one-way fares as well, kind of like LH from Tegel occasionally. Hope these fares will be around for a while.

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1110 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5300 times:
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Hi Hannah,

Great report with many many nice pictures, really enjoyed them!
Looks like you had a fantastic day trip here, what an amazing scenery, WOW!
Fly over the Alps many times a year and they always look impressive!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5023 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5296 times:

Hoi, H.,

pretty good to follow you´re new story.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):


I never intended to write a report about this trip. On paper it looked pretty ordinary: airports, aircraft & airlines all familiar to me. Yet the weather conditions were just perfect and I decided to share my photos with you.

Fantastic pictures. Lucky me that you decided to take the camera with you.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
A very orange easyJet

Its a "real" airline now. I should check it also this way in April, you know.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):

Before security I bought myself this rather cute snack:

Lovely!.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):

Yes, it’s HB-IYZ, the flying Sauna. Some of you may remember it from this report:

No chance to forget this special flight!.

Best greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1700 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5258 times:

Hi Hannah

Thanks for sharing. Those are some really lovely pictures you've got there of the alps. So how much time did you actually spend in Nice?

I see you approached Geneva from the south. I'm just wondering, given that the mountains are actually rather close in Geneva, was the arrival route unusual in any way?

On a side note: how was Malta?

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 909 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5245 times:

Hannah! I am so jealous! I had to have these views on my trip to Nice past June (AMS-ZRH-GVA-ZRH-AMS) but all I had was overcast al the way   At least now I have some idea of what the views would have been like, with a little bit less snow of course  

Also interesting to see that they had proper drink service on NCE-GVA, on my GVA-NCE it was just water and chocolates.


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6414 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4893 times:

Hi Hannah !

Very nice report with stunning pictures !

Great choice to fly to Nice which is one my favorite cities in Europe. You should stay longer sometime. Lots of things to see and do there.

Very good fares both ways and you were very lucky with the weather.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly...T5, CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6658 posts, RR: 78
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4848 times:

Hi Hannah,

great report about this nice daytrip!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Sunrise on this cold December morning
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
..and the tips of the peaks are bathed in sunlight

Wow, amazing pictures!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Before security I bought myself this rather cute snack:

Very nice indeed!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
There’s an off duty pilot with a Flying Blue gold card on his bag and an FA.

Working for Swiss?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
The views just keep getting better & better. I am mesmerized.

Another set of impressive pictures!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1425 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4441 times:

Great to see so many replies, they are very much appreciated, thank you!

Roger,

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 2):
Hola Hannah!
Mouth dropping pictures. Impressive. Stunning. It is a good vocabulary exercise trying to get as many adjectives as possible to decsribe such a scenery. Great! Time to have a look at my thesaurus dictionary

Gracias! Even as a native speaker I sometimes have that trouble too  
Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 2):
You mean you did not fly this back to ZRH?

Sadly my Christmas bonus didn’t quite stretch to chartering that bird…..

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 2):
Really, I would expect something more elegant for an airport like NCE at the Côte d'Azur.

Agreed. Mind you, I think no airport can top Zurich’s lovely lights (ok, I’m biased, I know!).

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 2):
LX seems to enjoy having all their flights squeezed in 15 minutes. At BCN they have:

.LX 1955 to ZRH at 14.40
.LX 1943 to GVA at 14.50
.LX 1935 to BSL at 14.55

and they usually use contiguous gates, so if lucky you have in the same picture an A321, an A320 and an AVRO

I never realised that. Strange in a way, but it must be quite a nice sight at BCN.

Captain,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
great little report, and what a good idea to spend a day at the Mediterranean. Spectacular approach into NCE, something I have yet to do

Thank you. NCE sure is something worth doing, but you need the good weather to get the most out of that approach.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
And indeed some stunning pictures, the crisp winter air often offers very clear views, especially of course over the mountains.

I think when it comes to flying in winter you’re either incredibly lucky and get gorgeous views or it doesn’t stop snowing and your plane goes nowhere!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
Good to read that Swiss now offers decent one-way fares as well, kind of like LH from Tegel occasionally. Hope these fares will be around for a while.

Yes, I’ve seen those LH fares from TXL. It’s a start at least!

Brendan,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 4):
Great report with many many nice pictures, really enjoyed them!
Looks like you had a fantastic day trip here, what an amazing scenery, WOW!
Fly over the Alps many times a year and they always look impressive!

So glad you enjoyed it, thanks! I don’t think I could ever get bored flying over the Alps, when the weather’s on your side it’s breathtaking every time.

Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
Fantastic pictures. Lucky me that you decided to take the camera with you.

I never, ever get on a plane without a camera!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
Its a "real" airline now. I should check it also this way in April, you know.

And it finally feels like a real airline too.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
Lovely!.

It was very tasty, but very messy. That chocolate decoration went everywhere.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
No chance to forget this special flight!.

No, never ever!

William,

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
Thanks for sharing. Those are some really lovely pictures you've got there of the alps. So how much time did you actually spend in Nice?

I had 2 hours in Nice! This trip was just about the flying.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
I see you approached Geneva from the south. I'm just wondering, given that the mountains are actually rather close in Geneva, was the arrival route unusual in any way?

This was my first flight into GVA for nearly 3 years, so I’m honestly not that familiar with the approach. All that thick murk didn’t really help either, but I’m guessing quite a lot of the approach was over French territory.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
On a side note: how was Malta?

Wonderful! I will write a report on the trip. Watch this space……

Robert,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 7):
Hannah! I am so jealous! I had to have these views on my trip to Nice past June (AMS-ZRH-GVA-ZRH-AMS) but all I had was overcast al the way At least now I have some idea of what the views would have been like, with a little bit less snow of course

I totally understand your frustration, that was exactly how I felt the first time I flew into Nice. I was rewarded for my patience though!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 7):
Also interesting to see that they had proper drink service on NCE-GVA, on my GVA-NCE it was just water and chocolates.

That surprised me too. I wonder whether it had anything to do with the light load.

Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Very nice report with stunning pictures !

Thank you!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Great choice to fly to Nice which is one my favorite cities in Europe. You should stay longer sometime. Lots of things to see and do there.

Oh yes, I should indeed. We did visit the city about 10 years ago when we stayed down the coast. High time for a return visit.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Very good fares both ways and you were very lucky with the weather.

Very lucky, both with the weather and the fares!

PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
great report about this nice daytrip!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Wow, amazing pictures!

Thanks for your kind comments, much appreciated.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Very nice indeed!

Very tasty too!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Working for Swiss?

Could well have been. No amount of eavesdropping solved the mystery though  

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4383 times:

Hello Infodesk

Fantastic pictures, I especially love the ones from the BSL-NCE leg. Also the snowy mountains behind Nice look stunning!

Nice LX one-way fare, unfortunately I doubt we will ever see those in ZRH. Not enough low coast competitIon.

So how much was the seat reservation on easyJet?

Cheers, LXM83


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4183 times:

Hi Hannah

Great report, thanks for sharing this one with us today!
I really enjoyed watching the pics of the Alps and the Approach in NCE!

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1425 posts, RR: 33
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4090 times:

Hi J,

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 11):
Fantastic pictures, I especially love the ones from the BSL-NCE leg. Also the snowy mountains behind Nice look stunning!

Thank you and glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 11):
Nice LX one-way fare, unfortunately I doubt we will ever see those in ZRH. Not enough low coast competitIon.

I doubt it as well, we can but hope.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 11):
So how much was the seat reservation on easyJet?

5CHF, bargain. Compared with what they charged for speedy boarding I think it's very fair. The seats up front cost more though, I wonder just how popular they are.

Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 12):
Great report, thanks for sharing this one with us today!
I really enjoyed watching the pics of the Alps and the Approach in NCE!

My pleasure and thanks for your feedback.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1582 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4072 times:
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Hi Hannah,

Good to see this picturesque tale of your latest explorations ‘just for the flying’ sake. Indeed, these very simple trips can be very rewarding as well, as shown by your photos. A true delight and I hope you didn’t had too much troubles on de-glueing your face from the window  

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I never intended to write a report about this trip. On paper it looked pretty ordinary: airports, aircraft & airlines all familiar to me. Yet the weather conditions were just perfect and I decided to share my photos with you.

I’m most glad you did. What views you had! So even A32X or B73X flights can be great fun as well!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
my alarm wakes me from a deep sleep at 04:30.

It looks as if you caught up jst a bit too much with FLIEGER67 lol!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Boarding starts at 06:50 and I have never been so relaxed prior to an easyJet flight.

An excellent move of the folks at the orange airline. Finished with the boarding scrum and I’m happy to pay a few €’s surplus for my window seat.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
For the rich and maybe famous

Isn’t NCE usually flooded with these? But perhaps not in winter time.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
ZRH gets an Avro instead of an A319, damn!

Ha ha, the perfect swap for you today... not!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Yes, it%u2019s HB-IYZ, the flying Sauna.

I remember that one, yes. In today’s season, I guess you probably wouldn’t have bothered

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
In fact, I spend most of the flight changing seats, much to the amusement of some of the other passengers.

You could be very well on YouTube by now in the ‘freaks’ category, just like me   

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I booked these flights for a bit of fun as they were cheap and I was treated to some of the most beautiful views I%u2019ve ever had in the air. In fact, the NCE-GVA leg ranks as one of my all-time favourite flights.

Just great!

Sultanils



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1194 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3977 times:

Hi Hannah

Quote:
I never intended to write a report about this trip. On paper it looked pretty ordinary: airports, aircraft & airlines all familiar to me. Yet the weather conditions were just perfect and I decided to share my photos with you.

Sometimes the least planned trips turn out to contain some of the best experiences. I am glad you decided to share your photos - they are fantastic. I really enjoyed your report.

Quote:
The approach over the sea is equally as stunning and gives me some great photo opportunities

Isn't the light in the south of France just beautiful - no matter what time of the year.

Quote:
Although it’s a beautifully sunny day I don’t linger outside, there’s a stiff breeze which is rather chilly so after a few deep breaths of Mediterranean air I head back inside and up to departures.

lol I thought I was the only one who spent 5 minutes landside before going back airside again....Gabriel thinks I'm nuts!

Quote:
I’m somewhat disappointed by the airside set up at T1. Only a small selection of shops & quite a crowded gate area, but at least there are some big windows at one end with some apron views. I treat myself to something from L’Occitane and have a wander through duty free, before finding myself a spot near the window where I do some reading.

Totally agree - what an uninspiring space it is. I was really underwhelmed both times I have flown through there. Not even any real decent viewing areas because of all that double glass (which is mostly dirty)! At least you were able to treat yourself!

Quote:
Snowy mountains, blue sky & planes, what more could you want?

That's pretty much all I need.

Quote:
As soon as the seatbelt sign is turned off, I move over the right as it seems the better views are on that side. In fact, I spend most of the flight changing seats, much to the amusement of some of the other passengers.

Hilarious! Don't worry - I would have probably done the same if the views were as amazing as your pics show. Some people need to be reminded that windows in planes are made to be looked out of - not an annoying light source in which to pull down the shade as soon as you board. The earth is a beautiful place from the air and your pics demonstrate that. On behalf of the few people today who like looking out of plane windows and do it on every flight - thank you!

Thanks again and Happy New Year to you!

Palmjet (aka Mapleprop)



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1425 posts, RR: 33
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3839 times:

Hi Nils, hi Palmjet,

Thanks so much for your kind words and detailed replies, great to read!

Nils,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Good to see this picturesque tale of your latest explorations ‘just for the flying’ sake. Indeed, these very simple trips can be very rewarding as well, as shown by your photos. A true delight and I hope you didn’t had too much troubles on de-glueing your face from the window

Well, leaving all that sun behind and descending into the grey murk once again was not something I enjoyed!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
I’m most glad you did. What views you had! So even A32X or B73X flights can be great fun as well!

They certainly can. And for me the inflight views are probably my favourite part about flying.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
It looks as if you caught up just a bit too much with FLIEGER67 lol!

Oh yes, he got me started on all these early departures from BSL  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
An excellent move of the folks at the orange airline. Finished with the boarding scrum and I’m happy to pay a few €’s surplus for my window seat.

My sentiments exactly.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Isn’t NCE usually flooded with these? But perhaps not in winter time.

I’m sure that’s the case. Still quite interesting to see though, they’re always well hidden at ZRH.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Ha ha, the perfect swap for you today... not!

Well, you can’t win them all!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
remember that one, yes. In today’s season, I guess you probably wouldn’t have bothered

Maybe a sauna would have been ok to keep away those winter chills!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
You could be very well on YouTube by now in the ‘freaks’ category, just like me

Should I be worried now?  

Palmjet aka Mapleprop (you just have to love this new user name of yours!),

Quoting palmjet (Reply 15):
Sometimes the least planned trips turn out to contain some of the best experiences. I am glad you decided to share your photos - they are fantastic. I really enjoyed your report.

Thanks & very true, it is often the way.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 15):
Isn't the light in the south of France just beautiful - no matter what time of the year.

Gorgeous (well, when you get the right weather…)

Quoting palmjet (Reply 15):
lol I thought I was the only one who spent 5 minutes landside before going back airside again....Gabriel thinks I'm nuts!

I think my total time landside was 15minutes max, so you’re not alone!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 15):
Totally agree - what an uninspiring space it is. I was really underwhelmed both times I have flown through there. Not even any real decent viewing areas because of all that double glass (which is mostly dirty)! At least you were able to treat yourself!

It just doesn’t fit in with the whole Cote d’Azur atmosphere, does it? Thanks goodness for L’Occitane!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 15):
That's pretty much all I need.

Me too!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 15):
Hilarious! Don't worry - I would have probably done the same if the views were as amazing as your pics show. Some people need to be reminded that windows in planes are made to be looked out of - not an annoying light source in which to pull down the shade as soon as you board. The earth is a beautiful place from the air and your pics demonstrate that. On behalf of the few people today who like looking out of plane windows and do it on every flight - thank you!

Well said. I noticed on my last flight back from MLA how many people pulled the blind down. Come on, it was a glorious day with views the whole way. Flying is a wonderful thing and people should appreciate it more  
Quoting palmjet (Reply 15):
Thanks again and Happy New Year to you!

All the best to you too,

Happy flying
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Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3665 times:
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Hey! Great Report. I love Geneva, and this summer we went to Matterhorn. Great View!

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26521 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3290 times:

Hi Hannah  

Great report . Love the bread Man snack lol.. My fav photos of course are the snow capped mountains. Just cant get enough of those. Such beauty .

Looking forward to your travels in 2013.

Regards

Philip  



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User currently offlineCPAir From Brazil, joined Apr 2010, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3265 times:
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Wonderful pictures, great report. Thanks for share!

User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2433 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3226 times:

Dear Hannah,

Oh wow! It’s truly Winter Wonderland. I am so glad that you decided to share this unique experience with us.

Like you have said here.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
The views just keep getting better & better. I am mesmerized.

You have made us mesmerized as well!   


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Eventually, French style and definitely not Swiss, some more staff turn up, chewing gum and decide to open a third lane, after which things move somewhat faster.

Chewing gum? C’mon! You’re not supposed to do that on duty in front of the public.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
a couple appeared running like the wind, only to see the gate closed.

If the security did make the couple miss the flight, it would be outrageous!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
As I board I greet the purser in German, she asks to see my boarding pass and takes note of the fact it’s in English and proceeds welcomed me on board in English.

She tried to be accommodating.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I’m wondering whether the check-in system tries to block off the seats next to someone who’s paid for a seat reservation, if the flight isn’t full.

If that’s true, it should be worth paying additional reservation fees!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Legroom

And it says 29 inches!  Wow!
The slimline seat design can indeed make a difference!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
One of my favourite pictures

Mine too!  


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Outside, the best IFE you could wish for continued…

Breathtaking!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
For the rich and maybe famous

Maybe it’s just me. But a private jet seems so boring!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Before security I bought myself this rather cute snack:

Rice cracker chocolate coated ginger bread!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Yes, ZRH gets an Avro instead of an A319, damn!

First, I thought why, but then I understand. It’s your flying Sauna!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Yes, it’s HB-IYZ, the flying Sauna

I hope HB-IYZ made it up to you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
There’s a family on the row in front of me with two small kids, who take delight in kicking everything in sight.

And the parents did nothing against that behavior?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
In fact, I spend most of the flight changing seats, much to the amusement of some of the other passengers.

And no one followed your example? Geez, they did not know what they had missed!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
The almighty Mont Blanc, highest peak of the Alps.

Gorgeous!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
One of the few transatlantic flights to GVA:

Somehow, I get fascinated by this sight.


Thank you for sharing this exciting evening read. Have a nice evening to you and your husband.


Best wishes,
Suryo  



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1425 posts, RR: 33
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3138 times:

Great to see some more replies!

Rahulrahul,

Quoting rahulrahul (Reply 17):
Hey! Great Report. I love Geneva, and this summer we went to Matterhorn. Great View!

Thank you. Count yourself lucky to have seen the Matterhorn, some people that go to Zermatt never get a glimpse as it’s covered in cloud the whole time.

Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
Great report . Love the bread Man snack lol.. My fav photos of course are the snow capped mountains. Just cant get enough of those. Such beauty .

Good to read your comments. Yes, the little fellow was very tasty. I’m a sucker for the big snowy mountains too, although I’m sure you’ve all noticed that already  !

CPAir,

Quoting CPAir (Reply 19):
Wonderful pictures, great report. Thanks for share!

Thanks for your feedback.

Suryo,

As always your kind and copious comments are much appreciated.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Oh wow! It’s truly Winter Wonderland. I am so glad that you decided to share this unique experience with us.

Thank you. And I’m pleased that you agree with my decision.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
You have made us mesmerized as well!

I’m glad to hear that  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Chewing gum? C’mon! You’re not supposed to do that on duty in front of the public.

Absolutely. It looks so unprofessional.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
If the security did make the couple miss the flight, it would be outrageous!

Well, their answer would be: get to the airport in enough time. Hence why I’m always way too early for nearly every flight I take!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
She tried to be accommodating.

Oh yes, she did, and she was also very observant.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
If that’s true, it should be worth paying additional reservation fees!

As long as EZY keep the fees reasonable, I will be happy to pay to secure my preferred seat.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
And it says 29 inches!
The slimline seat design can indeed make a difference!

The legroom was better than I ever remember it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Maybe it’s just me. But a private jet seems so boring!

Not as impressive as the big stuff for sure. Nevertheless interesting to see when quite a few of them are lined up.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Rice cracker chocolate coated ginger bread!

Yummy!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
First, I thought why, but then I understand. It’s your flying Sauna!

One I will never forget!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
And no one followed your example? Geez, they did not know what they had missed!

No, they were too busy giving me strange looks…..

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Somehow, I get fascinated by this sight.

Always good to see a widebody amongst a sea of A32x and co.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Thank you for sharing this exciting evening read. Have a nice evening to you and your husband.

Thank you too Suryo. Hope your week has started well.

Happy flying
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User currently onlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1155 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3023 times:

Hi Hannah,

Nice little day trip there (sorry couldn't resist!) brings back the memories of my trip back in May. You're right, the terminal is pretty dull there - although the lounge wasn't much better.

I seem to remember there being quite an interesting approach and departure from there too. Something to do with noise abatement if I remember correctly.

And some great pics of the Alps too! Shame it was a little bit cloudy the last time I flew over them - which reminds me I must get round to finishing that report as those flights were ages ago....



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1425 posts, RR: 33
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2810 times:

Hi James,

Thanks for your feedback.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 22):
Nice little day trip there (sorry couldn't resist!) brings back the memories of my trip back in May. You're right, the terminal is pretty dull there - although the lounge wasn't much better.

Yeah, there are lot of puns with Nice, aren't there?!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 22):
I seem to remember there being quite an interesting approach and departure from there too. Something to do with noise abatement if I remember correctly.

Ah, ok, I didn't know about the noise abatement but then it doesn't surprise me, guess they have to keep the rich residents and holiday home owners happy.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 22):
And some great pics of the Alps too! Shame it was a little bit cloudy the last time I flew over them - which reminds me I must get round to finishing that report as those flights were ages ago....

Thanks! It's such a lottery with the Alps, you win some you lose some. When you get the perfect conditions, it's amazing.

Happy flying
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