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Preferential Treatment On The Evening Shift To MCT  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 14281 times:

"Preferential treatment on the evening shift to Muscat"



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Al salam alaykum, dear readers,

not that I have talked about it already!.
It´s late November in Germany and I should catch a couple more sunbeams before the long winter months.
There are still some secured from early November in Taiwan:

"Taipei Ups And Downs By China Airlines 744/343" (by FLIEGER67 Jan 13 2013 in Trip Reports)

But anyway, it´s time to do one more trip in 2012.
Oman comes into my view, it´s not that long to fly,
the weather forecast looks like nice and the circumstances are perfect. New country, new airline, new departure airport and also ok to know that there is the Visa upon arrival system at work for German nationals.

Here is the routemap:

http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=str-fra-auh-mct&MS=wls&MR=120&MX=540x540&PM=*

Best thanx to:

http://www.gcmap.com/

The final 2012 departure airports map with MCT as no.
231 looks like this:


Departure Airports II auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

The previous 200 stations:


Departure airports auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

And the finally done routes:


Tripreporters Flüge II auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

Do we really need more arguments?.



Saturday, 24.11.2012


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Service Lufthansa 129 operated by Lufthansa Cityline
Scheduled: 08.05 // 09.00


Always these annoying cellphones, calling me at 04.30 am, exactly like the last trip. Is this really true?.
Wait, a new trip ahead, how I like these early call´s this way!.
A couple of more people on the road beside me, but nevertheless as expected at the airport. The car turns right at the entrance, P0 is the place the spend the time also today.
No OLCI, seats are secured in advance, a quick step for the Lufthansa Senator counters, papers printed and onwards for the lounge.
Five legs are on one confirmation this time, secured by ebookers.de, the fare per leg is 130.00 Euro´s.
One moment please, a view to the screen is necessary.
My plane inbound from FRA pretty ontime
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201001.jpg
And also no news for the outbound leg from gate 164
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What´s going on here, security is busy, this limit´s my loungetime.
It´s well used this morning, what seems more or less the norm these days
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201003.jpg
Down for the busgates and looking forward to a shorty ride for FRA with this plane on the apron
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Leg no. 11 on the scheduled CR7 and the second experience on exactly this example after GOT-DUS earlier this year.
D-ACPD is named "Vilshofen an der Donau"
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3 degrees, early morning November haze
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In service with LHCityline since 25.08.2011.
The fleet shows 20 actual examples
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The captain is on the mike with a short welcome during boarding. His name sounds like Belgian or French.
No route or flightlevel info to notice.
It´s 08.05 am, perfectly ontime. This is "Hansaline" and me on the short 25 minutes hop for FRA. Departure from "Two-Five".
The load is close to 100%, also upfront is well loaded together with some LH staff on the way.
Late boarding helps this time once again, 18F and two seats for me.
The safety card
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Cabin crew is one middle aged female, biz friendly to say the least and a young woman, black hair, tall, italian style, simply "Bella Donna". Service is free water.
"Vietnam für Entdecker". What about me?
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Inbound FRA
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No, do not forget the legroom shot, which is good here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201012.jpg
And a view to the cabin with the bright grey, really well used leather seats
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201013.jpg
Touchdown at the 4000 meters "Two-Five-Left", light fog also here. 5 degrees and it´s 08.40 am now,
sure impressive, 20 minutes ahead to schedule.
By bus for the terminal and some meters to go now for the next gate.





Saturday, 24.11.2012


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Service LH 618 operated by Lufthansa
Scheduled: 10.25 // 19.35


What about another lounge?
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The Asia Soup Bar is not that well used this morning
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201015.jpg
And the lounge shows some space for me this time
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My flight looks like ok from gate C14
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Call me "Landshut"
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The A333 is on schedule for this service
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201019.jpg
And this is D-AIKE, leg no. 5 on type, new to the log
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In the air with LH since 03.12.2004.
18 planes on type are in the fleet actually
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Two engines for long haul
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10.25 am, "Lufthansa" is ontime, 5 hours, 40 minutes now for the Arabian Peninsula from the 4000 meters runway 18.
The temperature is 6 degrees with some high fog.
Cockpit crew is from Germany.
The captain with a very nice welcome, "Merhaba", experienced style during boarding.
FO and pilot flying is a German woman with also nice and detailed info´s inflight.
"Für Ihre Sicherheit", sure
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201025.jpg
Space is ok here in the bulkhead row, 24K, two for me. According to Seatguru the best eco seats in the house. But anyway I prefer a seat with the chance to stretch my legs
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201026.jpg
The hotspot for me, please
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201027.jpg
Cabin crew done an impressive good job here, thumbs up for LH.
The elder woman acting as purser welcomes me personally at my seat during boarding, talkactive all along the way.
Is there something wrong here?. It seems she knows me well!. You´re coming all the way till Muscat with us today. How long do you stay. Really, one night only. This is for business, isn´t it. You´re flying back with us Sunday evening, that will be nice. Some pictures to do. And a new story to tell. For the first time in Oman.
Not much more and I tell here my whole life!.
Also the middle aged woman serving my seat addressed me several times by name and asked if everything is ok.
A view for biz just around the curtain
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Legroom is ok this way.
The load is 90%, no suits to see at least in eco. Travellers from all nations around
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Just departed
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Welcome!
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For a view like this
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Routing is NUE-PRG-BUD-Cluj-Bucarest-Constanta-Samsun-Mosul-Bagdad-Kuwait-Bahrain-Doha at 39000 feet maximum.
And the hot spot shows me this never noticed before website online on my tablet, courtesy to a free LH Senator voucher
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Snacks and something to drink
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And also to eat
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With the right hand side sure ok for me
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Clouds all along the way
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Also above Iraq
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Sundowner
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The horizont looks like nice this way
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Just a sandwich prior to arrivals
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With the last sunbeams ahead
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Touchdown at AUH´s 4100 meters runway "Three-One-Left". It´s 4.25 pm in Germany and 7.25 pm Emirates time. The sky is clear and the temperature is 26 degrees. Yes, that´s exactly what I´am looking for!.
And just a couple of minutes more to go for the next leg.

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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 14290 times:

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Muscat International Airport
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Service LH 618 operated by Lufthansa
Scheduled: 20.25 // 21.30


The very few connecting pax for Muscat should stay on the plane, no need to disembark here.
And much to my surprise, no new passengers get in.
LH doesn´t fly the way like daughter Swiss, who offers this leg also to pax ex AUH.
Sure ok to count leg no. 6 on the A333 right now.
My seat with the bright grey fabrics
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En detail
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Gate 8 here for this service. 8.10 pm, 15 minutes ahead to schedule, 40 more minutes for "Lufthansa" to Muscat.
Departure from "Three-One-Left" like arrivals.
The safetycard the other way
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No crew change, both cockpit and cabin.
The FO is on the mike with short and nice infos inflight.
Routing is via Al Ain at maximum 21000 feet.
Which seat should I take, difficult with a 30% load!
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Just departed
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201048.jpg
No, that´s not the right direction for Muscat
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Service is free drinks.
Nice nightly views
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Short to destination
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Yes, this is it
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Touchdown at the 3584 meters "Zero-Eight". 26 degrees and light clouds only, simply perfect at 09.10 pm and this is 20 minutes ahead to schedule.
Also the airport buildings show an Arabic style here
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Apron disembarking
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For the busride to the terminal
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In comparison to no action beside my plane on the apron, it´s busy here to say the least. With a thousand of Pakistani/Indian workers crowded like cattle in one part of the terminal.
Visa upon arrival means you buy an electronic permission at the Travelex counter. Sure ok with the need to cash a couple of Omani Rials, but not really comfortable when we know that not only me should do it this way.
Some minutes to wait now till a young female agent handed me a visa receipt and onwards for the officer. Also here separate counters for different needs.
Working visa´s, Gulf country nationals, special visas, transit pax and finally VOA guests.
Some more minutes to wait.
Finally stamped without further questions and in the public with a thousand of people around. For the rental car desk now, Thrifty managed by Car del Mar which is supercheap here, 25.00 Euro´s all inclusive. The agent is nice and the car is delivered just outside the terminal entrance.
A close to new indian built Suzuki
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201095.jpg
Let´s go for the short drive to the hotel or not?.
The hotels address is as Omanilike as it should be:
"Near Al Maha Petrol Pump Station".
Well, it´s pitch dark, traffic is nevertheless massive and the roads are not that really signed as expected. For example the motorway exit leading to my hotel doesn´t show the same name like on the map, but just from the distance it should be the right one.
Also the hotels address doesn´t make it easier to find the place.
Surprise, my internal radar shows me the right way, no detour and when I´am very short to some kind of distress, turn around and start another try, the "Eastin Residences Muscat" shows up and yes, short thereafter also "Al Maha Petrol Pump Station", by the way!.
A very nice welcome from the young guy at the desk,
a room on the top floor is prepared as ordered and also to my convenience a gas station with a shop for something to eat and drink ist just around the corner.
Room first view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201061.jpg
The bathroom
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And the comfy bed
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Nightlife is limited here to say the least, good for a couple of hours to sleep now.
This is the hotel pictured the next morning
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A view from my room
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201062.jpg
The lobby
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Ready for breakfast
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Like this way
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201065.jpg
These young woman at the hotel´s desk, not sure if she´s local or maybe from Pakistan/India is super nice.
We have a chat about the main things to do now and finally I leave the hotel for some Muscat impressions.
By the harbour, Muscat old town
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201068.jpg
This looks like Aida and some tourists in town
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201069.jpg
The harbour entrance
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One of the doors for the old town
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A mosque ahead
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Blue style
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Sultan Qaboos bin Said Palace, the rear entrance
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I´am not sure if you really need a anti aircraft gun here, but who knows?
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The more historic examples
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Around the palace
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The main place
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For the front entrance
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201080.jpg
And the old fortress
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201081.jpg
Up the hill
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201082.jpg
Some more impressions should follow soon
and also something more to fly like this way
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201138.jpg
Please be patient!.

Conclusions, sure:
1.) Lufthansa Cityline STR-FRA: Short and calm.
2.) Lufthansa FRA-AUH: Comfy, calm and really nice staff.
3.) Lufthansa AUH-MCT: Big bird, short hop.

Ma'a ElSalama,
comments welcome,
FLIEGER67 or "Markus Klaus Felger" by Facebook.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 14215 times:

Hi Markus,

interesting report with nice pictures from Oman! Good idea to make a short visit to that country.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Call me "Landshut"

Ah, probably the most famous name in the LH fleet.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Space is ok here in the bulkhead row, 24K, two for me. According to Seatguru the best eco seats in the house. But anyway I prefer a seat with the chance to stretch my legs

Exactly my opinion. I try to avoid bulkhead rows.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A view for biz just around the curtain

Was it full? No chance for an upgrade? Shouldn't you get these more frequently as a Senator?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Just a sandwich prior to arrivals

Looks rather basic.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineiainbhx From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 14164 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Was it full? No chance for an upgrade? Shouldn't you get these more frequently as a Senator?

I remember getting upgraded as an FTL, since I became a Senator, they appear to have dried up unless I spend miles or vouchers. Great report, btw, makes me think that a visit to Oman would be very enjoyable.



iainbhx
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14058 times:

Hey, good to see some comments.


@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):

interesting report with nice pictures from Oman! Good idea to make a short visit to that country.

Thank you and sure a nice place for a shorty visit.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):

Ah, probably the most famous name in the LH fleet.

Exactly!.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):

Exactly my opinion. I try to avoid bulkhead rows.

Count me in this way, you know.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):

Was it full? No chance for an upgrade? Shouldn't you get these more frequently as a Senator?

Good point. Checked with the M&M Hotline, but not possible due to closed booking classes.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):

Looks rather basic.

Also my opinion.


@:i.:

Quoting iainbhx (Reply 3):
I remember getting upgraded as an FTL, since I became a Senator, they appear to have dried up unless I spend miles or vouchers. Great report, btw, makes me think that a visit to Oman would be very enjoyable

Thank you and also my opinion with the Upgrade situation.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14052 times:

Markus,

I fear that no sooner will have cleared your backlog of reports you’ll be starting all over again!

Great to read about Muscat, the old town looks lovely with that combination of historic buildings and hills close by. LH looked after you well on board for sure and that last leg, near empty on a widebody, must have been quite special.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Always these annoying cellphones, calling me at 04.30 am, exactly like the last trip. Is this really true?.
Wait, a new trip ahead, how I like these early call´s this way!.

The early wake up calls are fine if there’s an exciting day of travel ahead. They’re not ok when it’s work that calls.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Is there something wrong here?. It seems she knows me well!. You´re coming all the way till Muscat with us today. How long do you stay. Really, one night only. This is for business, isn´t it. You´re flying back with us Sunday evening, that will be nice. Some pictures to do. And a new story to tell. For the first time in Oman.

I’m sure she was intrigued by your short trip!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And the hot spot shows me this never noticed before website online on my tablet, courtesy to a free LH Senator voucher

Flying to Oman for the weekend and surfing a.net whilst doing so? That’s pretty cool!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The sky is clear and the temperature is 26 degrees. Yes, that´s exactly what I´am looking for!.

26 degrees? I’m also looking but haven’t found them yet. Not outside. Not in the car. Not at the airport. Not in my suitcase  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Thrifty managed by Car del Mar which is supercheap here, 25.00 Euro´s all inclusive. The agent is nice and the car is delivered just outside the terminal entrance.
A close to new indian built Suzuki

25Euros for that new car, a very good deal

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A view from my room

That’s how winter should be!

By the way, I can’t believe you ended up with Hero jam for breakfast in Oman. The factory is only a few km down the motorway from me…..

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14003 times:

Great report Markus. You sure travel the world for all these short visits. Oman, an interesting destination. Looking forward to reading about the return part!

User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 13977 times:

Hola Markus!

A wonderful reading in this cold cloudy morning here.

Nice to see Muscat, of all the destinations in the Gulf, this is the one that has always caught my attention, I have heard very nice things about the old town of Muscat and the history there, from your pictures one can tell it does not disappoint.

Plus, their national airline, Oman Air, has one of the best looking liveries out there.

LH seems is slowly starting to recognize you and praise for your travels, but they should offer you some upgrades as a sign of recognition. Nice to have a talkative FAs. It seems it is getting quite difficult nowadays.

Love the filled sweet yogurt (?) glasses at the SEN lounges, one of my favorite foods there, but they disappear quite quickly.

All the best for the upcoming trips.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 13916 times:
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Hi Markus,

Nice read and pictures, the warmth of Muscat is shining through on this cold snowy Sunday morning.

Flights look typical LH, get's the job done with some warmth and reasonable food, though that sandwich looked a bit dry.

Muscat looks lovely, seems an idea place to spend a long weekend, must consider it.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 13900 times:

Hey, more comments, nice.


@H.:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 5):

I fear that no sooner will have cleared your backlog of reports you’ll be starting all over again!

Great to read about Muscat, the old town looks lovely with that combination of historic buildings and hills close by. LH looked after you well on board for sure and that last leg, near empty on a widebody, must have been quite special.

Thank you and if nothing goes wrong the backlog will fill up again soon, you know.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 5):

The early wake up calls are fine if there’s an exciting day of travel ahead. They’re not ok when it’s work that calls.

Really true words here.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 5):

I’m sure she was intrigued by your short trip!

A little bit out of the ordinary, definitely.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 5):

Flying to Oman for the weekend and surfing a.net whilst doing so? That’s pretty cool!

You know my opinion!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 5):
26 degrees? I’m also looking but haven’t found them yet. Not outside. Not in the car. Not at the airport. Not in my suitcase

And also not here in Germany these days.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 5):

25Euros for that new car, a very good deal

I was also surprised to see this fare.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 5):
That’s how winter should be!

By the way, I can’t believe you ended up with Hero jam for breakfast in Oman. The factory is only a few km down the motorway from me…..

Oh, yes and sure also my surprise with the Hero jam.


@R.:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 6):
Great report Markus. You sure travel the world for all these short visits. Oman, an interesting destination. Looking forward to reading about the return part!

Thank you and give me two weeks for the return part.


@R.:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 7):


A wonderful reading in this cold cloudy morning here.

Nice to see Muscat, of all the destinations in the Gulf, this is the one that has always caught my attention, I have heard very nice things about the old town of Muscat and the history there, from your pictures one can tell it does not disappoint.

Plus, their national airline, Oman Air, has one of the best looking liveries out there.

Thank you and Oman Air will be covered with the next story.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 7):
LH seems is slowly starting to recognize you and praise for your travels, but they should offer you some upgrades as a sign of recognition. Nice to have a talkative FAs. It seems it is getting quite difficult nowadays.

Love the filled sweet yogurt (?) glasses at the SEN lounges, one of my favorite foods there, but they disappear quite quickly.

All the best for the upcoming trips.

Sure also my opinion with the FA´s, not that often these days. Good point again with the SEN Lounges and the sweet things.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 13882 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Al salam alaykum, dear readers,

Wa 'alaykum as-salaam, Markus. Keef Haluk?

A good little trip report to a destination a little less OTT than Dubai. No indoor ski-slopes but still some history.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
nice and detailed info´s inflight.

I like that too. It is always interesting to see how the individual pilots personalise their greetings and information.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
welcomes me personally at my seat during boarding, talkative all along the way.

More than business-friendly? It is good to come across crew who seem to take an interest in making the passenger welcome and comfortable. A bit easier to do on the longer flights than on the shorter hops, but still wlecome.

I can't say that the meals look inspiring, but I suppose they filled a gap.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
LH doesn´t fly the way like daughter Swiss, who offers this leg also to pax ex AUH.

That's interesting. I thought that Swiss operated DXB-MCT while BA operate AUH-MCT. It would be interesting to see what their passenger loads are like.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
With a thousand of Pakistani/Indian workers crowded like cattle in one part of the terminal.

To think that the economies of the Gulf States would collapse without them, and the loss of remittances would equally be bad for the countries from which they come.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Sultan Qaboos bin Said Palace, the rear entrance

Not bad for the tradesmen's entrance. The whole area and formal gardens look well maintained. The Bougainvilleas add a nice splash of colour. Oman also has some beautiful mountainous and coastal landscapes. It's a shame that you didn't have more time to explore.

Thanks for sharing. Ma'a s-salaama.

Roy/ Quokka


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 13688 times:

Hey, more comments, nice.


@M.:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):

Nice read and pictures, the warmth of Muscat is shining through on this cold snowy Sunday morning.

Flights look typical LH, get's the job done with some warmth and reasonable food, though that sandwich looked a bit dry.

Muscat looks lovely, seems an idea place to spend a long weekend, must consider it.

Thank you and sure Oman and Musct are worth a visit.


@R.:

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Wa 'alaykum as-salaam, Markus. Keef Haluk?

A good little trip report to a destination a little less OTT than Dubai. No indoor ski-slopes but still some history.

Thank you and sure also my opinion between DXB and MCT.
Labäs,al-hamdu-lelläh!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
I like that too. It is always interesting to see how the individual pilots personalise their greetings and information.

Definitely.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):

More than business-friendly? It is good to come across crew who seem to take an interest in making the passenger welcome and comfortable. A bit easier to do on the longer flights than on the shorter hops, but still wlecome.

I can't say that the meals look inspiring, but I suppose they filled a gap.

Sure also my impression.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
That's interesting. I thought that Swiss operated DXB-MCT while BA operate AUH-MCT. It would be interesting to see what their passenger loads are like.

Good point here and it seems there are a good number of flights like this around the gulf countries.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):

To think that the economies of the Gulf States would collapse without them, and the loss of remittances would equally be bad for the countries from which they come.

Good point here, but when you see the immigration situation in MCT, it´s not that really nice.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):

Not bad for the tradesmen's entrance. The whole area and formal gardens look well maintained. The Bougainvilleas add a nice splash of colour. Oman also has some beautiful mountainous and coastal landscapes. It's a shame that you didn't have more time to explore.

Another visit it´s the answer.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1718 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 13342 times:
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Hello Markus,

For sure a nice way to end my weekend, to read your latest odyssey. I'm glad to see the Luftwaffe doing a more than decent job once again, delivering you in style to the Arabian peninsula. And don't forget to cash in another nice set of miles on this one of course.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
D-ACPD is named "Vilshofen an der Donau"

That's a nice and romantic name for an airplane. And much better than 'Landshut' lol!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
"Vietnam für Entdecker". What about me?

Yes what about you? I'm pretty sure you have a standing booking on VN or so 

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
But anyway I prefer a seat with the chance to stretch my legs

Then I ask myself: why did you choose that seat in the 1st place?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The hotspot for me, please

I didn't know LH offers wifi? What is the cost of that?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And the hot spot shows me this never noticed before website online on my tablet, courtesy to a free LH Senator voucher

Ah, here's your Google Nexus  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Surprise, my internal radar shows me the right way, no detour and when I´am very short to some kind of distress, turn around and start another try, the "Eastin Residences Muscat" shows up and yes, short thereafter also "Al Maha Petrol Pump Station", by the way!.

Hilarious! You and distress, I don't think that's a common occurence.

Sultanils



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 11835 times:

Hi there Markus. Good to see a few impressions of Muscat, as ill be taking a day trip there myself in a few months. LH long haul seem reasonable too - must try them out someday!


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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 11621 times:

Hey and good to see more comments.

@N.:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):

For sure a nice way to end my weekend, to read your latest odyssey. I'm glad to see the Luftwaffe doing a more than decent job once again, delivering you in style to the Arabian peninsula. And don't forget to cash in another nice set of miles on this one of course.

Thank you and it was for sure good service here by LW, sorry, LH!.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):

That's a nice and romantic name for an airplane. And much better than 'Landshut' lol!

Definitely.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):

Yes what about you? I'm pretty sure you have a standing booking on VN or so 

Not till now, but who knows?.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):

Then I ask myself: why did you choose that seat in the 1st place?

Seatguru, but next time again my own decision.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):

I didn't know LH offers wifi? What is the cost of that?

Sorry, don´t checked it.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):

Ah, here's your Google Nexus

It is!.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):

Hilarious! You and distress, I don't think that's a common occurence.

And hopefully not again!.


@J.:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 13):


Hi there Markus. Good to see a few impressions of Muscat, as ill be taking a day trip there myself in a few months. LH long haul seem reasonable too - must try them out someday!

Thank you and perfectly good to know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11460 times:

Hi Markus,

another great report as usual, and what a good idea to do a short escape to Muscat from the gray German autumn. Looks like a couple of nice and solid flights with LH, for sure interesting to do that short hop from AUH to MCT on a widebody with such a low load. Muscat looks interesting as well, with these rocky mountains all around.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 11374 times:

Hey, M.,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 15):

another great report as usual, and what a good idea to do a short escape to Muscat from the gray German autumn. Looks like a couple of nice and solid flights with LH, for sure interesting to do that short hop from AUH to MCT on a widebody with such a low load. Muscat looks interesting as well, with these rocky mountains all around.

Thank you and you know, that was exactly my excuse to go for MCT this way.
Sure a interesting place for a short stay.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1268 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 10972 times:
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Hey Markus,

Great little report on my favourite European carrier (well after the ex-Swissair and now Swiss and the yet to be flown KLM) lol

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Al salam alaykum

A little typo perhaps....it's As salam  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Cabin crew done an impressive good job here, thumbs up for LH.

One of the reasons I like LH! Their crews are very good.

Muscat seems like a perfect destination to experience the Middle Eastern culture and hospitality, and just a few miles away from Dubai where most seem to flock.

PS: I'm curious to know the term "underwing" shots for Markus!! How did it evolve and looks like you had no opportunity to take one with the LH A333 lol....Love that bird!!


User currently offlineixemctdca From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 10871 times:

Great TR and nice to see pictures from one of my old home airports!


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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10774 times:

Hey, more comments, nice.


@f.:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 17):

Great little report on my favourite European carrier (well after the ex-Swissair and now Swiss and the yet to be flown KLM) lol

Thank you and good to know!.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 17):

A little typo perhaps....it's As salam

Thanx again, something to update.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 17):
One of the reasons I like LH! Their crews are very good.

That was exactly the case here.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 17):

Muscat seems like a perfect destination to experience the Middle Eastern culture and hospitality, and just a few miles away from Dubai where most seem to flock.

Sure the point, Muscat ist much underrated in comparison to Dubai.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 17):

PS: I'm curious to know the term "underwing" shots for Markus!! How did it evolve and looks like you had no opportunity to take one with the LH A333 lol....Love that bird!!

No chance here, but it´s always my intention to do some pics on the apron under the wing of an aircraft, love it!.


@i.:

Quoting ixemctdca (Reply 18):
Great TR and nice to see pictures from one of my old home airports!

Thank you, warm welcomed.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6569 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10674 times:

Hi Markus !

Very nice to see another long haul report from you! Great pictures and story as usual!

Seat looks great but bulkhead behind that wall is not so great.

Meal is not my taste....

Very nice that you got to try wifi! Airliners.net is probably the first site I would go to as well. Was it reasonably fast ?

Muscat looks very nice and I look forward to going there at some point.

Looking forward very much to the next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 10419 times:

Hey, L.,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 20):

Very nice to see another long haul report from you! Great pictures and story as usual!

Thank you.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 20):
Very nice that you got to try wifi! Airliners.net is probably the first site I would go to as well. Was it reasonably fast ?

Pretty fast, much to my surprise.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 20):
Seat looks great but bulkhead behind that wall is not so great.

Meal is not my taste....
Quoting The777Man (Reply 20):

Muscat looks very nice and I look forward to going there at some point.

Exactly my opinion with the seat and Muscat is for sure a place worth a visit.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 10376 times:

Nice report Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Space is ok here in the bulkhead row, 24K, two for me. According to Seatguru the best eco seats in the house. But anyway I prefer a seat with the chance to stretch my legs

Me too, I hate bulkheads if you can't stretch out your feet.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
LH doesn´t fly the way like daughter Swiss, who offers this leg also to pax ex AUH.

I was surprised when I flew BA MCT-AUH-LHR, there were lots of pax just doing the MCT-AUH leg.



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 10331 times:

Hi, G.,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 22):
Nice report Markus!

Thank you.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 22):

Me too, I hate bulkheads if you can't stretch out your feet.

That´s also my opinion now.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 22):

I was surprised when I flew BA MCT-AUH-LHR, there were lots of pax just doing the MCT-AUH leg

LH, you never know!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10032 times:

Hello Markus

Great trip report, doing a lot of long haul flying nowadays I see.
LH looks good. However the seats on the 330/346 look more comfortable then the ones found on the 747/343/380/...
Great to see you had a great crew onward to MCT.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26994 posts, RR: 57
Reply 25, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9917 times:

Hey Markus  

Nice report on your trip to Oman. LH food looks ok. As for the upgrades it seems a lot of people complain about that these days. They are not as generous as they used to be even to their top tiers.

Really looking forward to the Oman Air report  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 26, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 9614 times:

Hey, good to see more comments.

@M.:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 24):

Great trip report, doing a lot of long haul flying nowadays I see.
LH looks good. However the seats on the 330/346 look more comfortable then the ones found on the 747/343/380/...
Great to see you had a great crew onward to MCT.

Thank you and definitely a great crew here on the long haul service.


@P.:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 25):


Nice report on your trip to Oman. LH food looks ok. As for the upgrades it seems a lot of people complain about that these days. They are not as generous as they used to be even to their top tiers.

Really looking forward to the Oman Air report

Thank you and sure the point with the upgrades. Not that standard by LH these days.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 27, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9102 times:
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Hi Markus,

Another great report with many nice pictures, really enjoyed it!
Great idea to head to Oman for a couple of days. LH looks quite good here, especially the crew calling you by your last name, well done!
Looks like you stayed at a nice hotel and great pictures of Oman, thanks  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
3 degrees, early morning November haze

Beautiful

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Just a sandwich prior to arrivals

Quite poor IMHO

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 28, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9087 times:

Hoi, B.,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 27):

Another great report with many nice pictures, really enjoyed it!
Great idea to head to Oman for a couple of days. LH looks quite good here, especially the crew calling you by your last name, well done!
Looks like you stayed at a nice hotel and great pictures of Oman, thanks

Thank you and for sure Oman is worth a visit.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 27):
Beautiful

Definitely.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 27):
Quite poor IMHO

Also my opinion, you know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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