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La Dolce Vita With Alitalia, Pt 1: LHR-FCO-GOA  
User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3191 posts, RR: 12
Posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 10987 times:

La Dolce Vita with Alitalia, Pt 1: LHR-FCO-GOA

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Hi!

Thanks for clicking on my latest report, covering my recent spate of flights with Alitalia. So, what flights did I take? Well, over a 7 days period, I took 7 Alitalia flights, visiting 8 airports and notching up nearly 15,000 miles of flying. Not bad, especially for the bargain cost of just £154 (€182/$243)….which works out at approximately £0.00104 per mile   Who ever said flying was an expensive method of transport?!

AZ 303 London LHR – Rome FCO, A321
AZ 1391 Rome FCO – Genoa GOA, A320
AZ 786 Milan MXP – Tokyo NRT, B772
AZ 785 Tokyo NRT – Rome FCO, B772
AZ 1603 Rome FCO – Bari BRI, A319
AZ 7108 Brindisi BDS – Milan LIN, A319
AZ 230 Milan LIN – London LHR, A320

My route with all seven flights, courtesy of GC Mapper, of this report:
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And the European detail:
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I’ll be splitting the report into 3 parts:

Part 1, LHR-FCO-GOA
Part 2, MXP-NRT-FCO-BRI
Part 3, BDS-LIN-LHR

The map of Part 1:


So, how did this trip come about? Well, as I mentioned in my report last year, AZ released some rather cheap domestic fares from MXP to BRI, with connections in NRT or SIN. So, back in September I flew MXP-FCO-NRT as the first leg of my Asian trip. A few fellow a.netters decided to take a group flight in January. Well, I’ve already done the flight once, why not do it again, especially at such low prices. Sultanils has already posted his impression of the MXP-NRT flight.

So, how should I get to Italy to start my trip? Well, AZ were having another offer, I think it was 15% off any flight. I have a think, and in the end decided to start my trip with 2 nights in Genoa via Rome, before getting the train over to MXP. And after Bari? Well, why not go all the way to the bottom of the heel? My return flights were therefore booked as Brindisi to London via Milan Linate.

So, onto the trip…


As with many of my trips, it started with a bus, then the free Heathrow Express over to Terminal 4. This trip would be all hand luggage, so presenting, my lovely new carry on….


Ok, so having said it would all be hand luggage, I have to tell you I did actually check the bag in for this leg as I had a few bottles of water. I also figured that baggage reclaim in Genoa would be pretty quick.

This would be my first outbound from Terminal 4 since flying Sri Lankan to Male in 2007. I was interested to see what improvements have been made. The lift from the Hex brought me straight into a queue…oh dear. Actually, no bother, this is just an incredibly long and winding queue for the Air India desks (DEL and BOM, both at similar times).
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I had OLCIed, which is sometime buggy, but does let you change your seat right up until the gate.
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There was no queue for the AZ SSCI machines, or for the bag drop. The lady at the desk was very friendly, and tagged my bag. Security was nearly deserted, and before I knew it, I was in the departure lounge. Time from the Central Bus Terminal to T4 post-security….less than 20 minutes…excellent.

T4 is probably the smallest of the LHR terminals.
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FIDS. 3 things of note: LN is back serving LHR to TIP, QR have three DOH departures in 70 minutes, and BG is flying direct from LHR to the tiny Sylhet airport, covered in my recent Bangaldeshi report.
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I recently acquired an unlimited Priority Pass courtesy of Amex, which I was keen to put to use. Sadly, T4 lacks a priority pass lounge since the KL lounge became the Skyteam one. I therefore had about an hour to just have a wander around. Airside is pretty nice….busy, but nowhere near as hectic as the other terminals.
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There are some nice views over the tarmac…in fact, you get much better views from T4 than any other terminal, except maybe T5B and C.

The MH Whalejet
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United 777
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And SQ and TG
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Why do they paint individual plane markings on, when a) they don’t always stop exactly on the marker, and b) the airbridge can move anyway?
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Red tails and CX
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UA 757
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And the QR 787 parked next to us
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An hour before our ETD I-BIXR appeared, and taxied onto stand
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Sorry, lots of photos. I just can’t get enough of that great livery. The lounge gradually filled up.
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Go to Gate
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Someone in TAS doesn’t know their airport codes.
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For no apparent reason, boarding was a little late. After pre-boarding, the numerous agents seemed to be a bit confused about what to do. They were very strict about who could board when. Sadly, no one seemed to be in charge, so different agents would announce different rows, but not loud enough to be heard. To confound matters, they called rows in pairs starting from the back, with big gaps between announcements. Ok, it’s nice not to have a free for all, but this was ridiculous. As such, despite only have around a 60% load, boarding took an age.
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http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LHR-GVA-LHR-TXL-LHR-VE-PRN,SPU-OSL-LHR, LGW-DXB-BKK-DXB-LHR
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User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3191 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11015 times:

January 2013
Rome Fuimicino (FCO) – Genoa (GOA)
Alitalia AZ 1391
Scheduled: 1720-1830 (1h10m)
Actual: 1730-1813 (0h43m)
Airbus A320, EI-DSO “Luigi Capuana”
Economy




There was a bit of a scrum at the gate. The bus to the plane was full. My view from the window.
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Despite the availability showing similar to the LHR-FCO flight, this flight seems to be much busier. Still, there is an empty middle seat.
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I was quite surprised to see that my seat back actually had a working TV this time….how unexpected. This is an ex-Air One plane.
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The safety card is denoted as being “enhanced”….i.e. there are PTVs onboard
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I’m surprised to see that my seat (the only one that I can see) has been expanded to give the full business class width. Nice treat for a short flight. The armrest just flips across, fiving you an extra couple of inches (sometimes it makes all the difference).
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With the safety demo done (live, rather than on the TV which stayed blue), we taxi off to the runway. We pass I-DISA (the plane that took me to Tokyo last time) on the way
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Passing Blue Panorama
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And another AZ jet
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Off to GOA, just a few minutes late
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Good legroom near the front
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I was hoping for some reasonable content on the PTVs, especially after the purser announced that they were now “active”. Sadly, the only programming was a slideshow of scenes from around Italy…yawn.
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Catering on this leg was basically identical to the last, although domestics don’t have booze on board. I get a cup to tea and water. I like that they offer “with lemon” as an option (the green packet), rather than just “with milk”. Another packet of nibbles and a wet wipe accompany.
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Before long, we are approaching GOA. I had been really looking forward to this approach. It’s a shame it was so dark and rainy. You can get some great views. Here’s a local map:
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The airport is pretty much deserted…a FR plane takes off as soon as we land.
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On stand
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Walking to baggage reclaim
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As hoped, the bags don’t take long to appear.
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I love the Genoa airport code! I’ll be keeping this tag!
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GOAs terminal is small. This is arrivals
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I head outside to wait for the slightly overpriced express bus. It costs EUR 6. Taxis charge a flat EUR 7 pp if there are 3 people in a taxi.
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GOA airport isn’t far from Genova city centre. I was staying in the Hotel Bellevue. The view from the roof was pretty good!
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Genova by night:
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And by day…more views from the hotel balcony:
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Handy for the station too
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They have a great harbour area
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I decided to take the public boat bus to a town further down the coast…bonus was that it followed the length of GOAs runway. Shame GOA is so quiet.
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Lots of nice boats in Genova’s waters
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AZ flew overhead, inbound from FCO
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The little town down the coast where we turned around
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And a few more photos of Genoa at sunset
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One oddity I found…the Icelandic consulate. Didn’t look like much was happening within


And finally, you can’t go to Italy and not have a pizza….this was a fantastic lunch deal. Large pizza, beer, espresso and dessert for EUR 5…can’t be beaten!
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As always, all comments and questions welcome, and thanks for reading about my latest trip!

Parts 2 and 3 will be out soonish. Apart from those, I’ve got a few trips to come in the next few months:

Late Jan/early Feb will see me complete my Star Alliance lounge tour of Europe (i.e. do the lounges I want to see before my LH Silver card finally gives way to Blue) with LH, LO & OS routing LHR-DUS-WAW-VIE-LHR
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A rather hastily and still as of yet poorly planned trip to Zimbabwe has been booked for mid-February. Routing is a bit eclectic, on a combination of Aer Lingus and Etihad. BHX-DUB-MAN-AUH-JNB-AUH-LHR. Flight between JNB and Zimbabwe/Zambia haven’t been booked yet.


And Easter will herald another inaugural, Cityjet’s new LCY-DRS route, along with a return NUE-LCY.
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Some of my other TRs:

Dubrovnik with British Airways. Club on the B 734
Autumn Asia Part 10: Take me home Saudia! DEL-RUH-LHR B777
Autumn Asia Part 9: Air India 787. Calcutta - Delhi
Autumn Asia Part 8: United Airways DAC-ZYL, Jet Airways DAC-CCU
Autumn Asia Part 7: Going Beyond Expectations. MH KUL-DAC on the A330
Autumn Asia Part 6: Silk Air and Firefly around the Malay Peninsula. SIN-LGK-SZB
Autumn Asia Part 5: Fine Dining on Scoot. TPE-SIN on the 777
Autumn Asia Part 4: First with Cathay Pacific: HKG-TPE F on the B744
Autumn Asia Part 3: Around China with KN, MU & CN
Autumn Asia Part 2: JALing it to Beijing. JL HND-PEK 772 Business
Autumn Asia Part 1: Limoncello with Alitalia. BA/AZ LHR-MXP-FCO-NRT
Va BeNe with Cityjet. RTM-LCY Fokker 50
Truly Great Britain: FlyBE EDI-IOM on Saab 340 & BA IOM-LCY on Saab 2000
Cyprus with Aegean. Business on the A321, LHR-LCA-LHR
Scotland In A Day: FlyBE GLA-BHD-LGW. DH8 & E190
Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX
Bye Bye Baby: easyJet LTN-BFS, bmi Baby BHD-BHX
Air One and Alitalia to Sicily – LGW-MXP-PMO-LIN-LHR
Part 12: Sun Air of Scandinavia & BA, DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR on the J31, D328 and A320
Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of SAN, and AA San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Armenia with Austrian Airlines. LHR-VIE-EVN
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

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



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User currently offlineFlyingSicilian From Italy, joined Mar 2009, 1292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 10727 times:

Great report! Funny about the Icelandic Consulate too.

But Pizza in Genova.... you gotta go more south for real pizza  



Ciao Windjet mi manchi
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1646 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 10692 times:
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Hiya Gabs,

Good to see you've started your writing to this trip as well. Isn't AZ by now your most flown carrier   I was a bit confused here as you seemed to take off in LHR and got directly over to the FCO-GOA flight. Did I miss something here  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Who ever said flying was an expensive method of transport?!

Ha ha, it's all about putting things in perspective. You do seem know how to do that.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Well, I’ve already done the flight once, why not do it again

Sure, why not? Admittedly: isn't it easier to do it in good company 

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As such, despite only have around a 60% load, boarding took an age.

So much for an organised boarding procedure. So no one and everyone was in charge?

Sultanils



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10574 times:

Hi Gabriel,

interesting first part of your new series. Genoa looks great - and seems to be perfect for plane spotters.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And finally, you can’t go to Italy and not have a pizza….this was a fantastic lunch deal. Large pizza, beer, espresso and dessert for EUR 5…can’t be beaten!

What a deal! And the picture made me hungry...


PH



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User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3191 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10446 times:

Thank you Nils....copy and pasted the wrong bit....missed out the LHR-FCO flight...here we go!

January 2013
London Heathrow (LHR) – Rome Fuimicino (FCO)
Alitalia AZ 303
Scheduled: 1220-1600 (2h20m)
Actual: 1248-1540 (1h52m)
Airbus A321, I-BIXR “Piazza di Campidoglio, Roma”
Economy




My seat
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QR next door
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As the loads suggested, the flight wasn’t too busy
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Once boarding was competed I hopped across to the aisle seat…I’d forgotten when OLCIing in which side the Alps would be. This is the DL 764 to MSP
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So, nearly half an hour late, we rotate into a sunny winter’s sky
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Terminal 4
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The crew weren’t in much of a rush today…it took nearly an hour for the trolley to reach me. I opt for a tasty red OJ and sparkling water. A wet towelette and one of the many different types of Classisca snacks comes with the drinks.
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Moving acorss the aisle paid off…there were some great views between banks of cloud
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To break up the tedium of the journey, I headed to the back galley to ask for another bag of tarelli….i’m given a glass of water, and then 3 bags of chocolate cookies. Thanks! Terribly friendly staff on AZ.
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With the tables cleared, we began our descent into FCO. My window fogged up quite a lot, so not many photos here.
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Welcome to Rome!
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We parked on a remote stand, after passing the ATR farm (AZ operated by Carpatair)
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We were bussed over to the non-Schengen arrivals point. I was first off the bus, and into the screening area. It’s annoying they can’t let other EU non-Schengen arrivals directly access the deparute lounge, rather than having to go through security again.

In the corridor towards the Schengen area
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FIDS. I’m on the 1720 to Genova


Whilst LHR T4 lacks a Priority Pass lounge, FCO doesn’t (in fact, has 2 in the Schengen pier).Today’s lounge is the I Mosiaci, mostly used by Star Alliance. The lady on the desk was very friendly, although it took a while for my card to be approved.
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Now, the lounge itself….it’s not great. There was no self service bar, just a manned bar being operated by a very depressed looking woman.
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I ordered an espresso and water, and took a seat whilst using the wifi.
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Thankfully, my connection was short, so after a second espresso, I bid adieu to the lounge lady, and headed to my bus gate. On the way I passed gate C13…for some reason this gate number has stuck in my head ever since using it many years ago (like circa 1996) flying FCO-LHR on a BA 757.
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Walking towards the AZ pier
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User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3191 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10426 times:

Quoting FlyingSicilian (Reply 2):
Great report!

Thanks!

Quoting FlyingSicilian (Reply 2):
But Pizza in Genova.... you gotta go more south for real pizza

Ha, yes probably!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
Isn't AZ by now your most flown carrier

Well, AZ has just made into joint 9th position with easyJet

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
I was a bit confused here as you seemed to take off in LHR and got directly over to the FCO-GOA flight. Did I miss something here

Yes Nils, you're correct. I pasted the wrong bit. Doh! The rest is now up there. How embarassing!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
Sure, why not? Admittedly: isn't it easier to do it in good company

Of course! Was great to fly with you!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
So much for an organised boarding procedure. So no one and everyone was in charge?

Yes, it was an odd experience

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
interesting first part of your new series. Genoa looks great - and seems to be perfect for plane spotters.

Thanks Udo. GOA would be great if there was a bit more variety.....AZ and FR gets quite boring!



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User currently offlinetheobcman From UK - England, joined Nov 2010, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9938 times:

Really nice report ! But can I clarify one thing, you say all these flights for £154 - how exactly have you done that ? AZ miles ? It's incredible. I know there were some very heap fares Italy-NRT (AZ error I think)

User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3191 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9449 times:

Quoting theobcman (Reply 7):
Really nice report

Thanks!

Quoting theobcman (Reply 7):
But can I clarify one thing, you say all these flights for £154 - how exactly have you done that ? AZ miles ? It's incredible. I know there were some very heap fares Italy-NRT (AZ error I think)

Yes, £154 is correct.....the LHR-GOA/BDS-LHR were a standard sale for £6 + tax (£93 total). The NRT flights were the previously publicised £61 fare 9down from £a lot. Both cash fares bought directly over the next without miles (in fact, all earning miles (except the Italian domestics)).



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6489 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8981 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Thanks for another great report with great pictures!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There are some nice views over the tarmac…in fact, you get much better views from T4 than any other terminal, except maybe T5B and C.

This view looks very familiar to me....I was there Tuesday. 
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Why do they paint individual plane markings on, when a) they don’t always stop exactly on the marker, and b) the airbridge can move anyway?

It may seem like it's irrelevant but they are there for a purpose. If they are over the line or short, they are supposed to move the plane. The placement of the line is so that it gives clearance behind the aircraft to the ramp area for other aircraft and for the jet bridge to be able to reach the aircraft door and be clear of the engines. If it's parked in the wrong spot, there might be a problem. Trust me, I drive those things every day when I'm at work.

Genoa looks like a wonderful city! I've been thru with the train several times and may have stayed a night but didn't explore the city. It looks like I should explore the city more when I eventually go back.

Flights on AZ look okay. Too bad it took so long for the drink cart to reach your row.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8888 times:

Hey Gabriel,

Nice to read about your Japan-bound Alitalia adventures too. Genoa looks great, very typical italian, but in a good way.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And finally, you can’t go to Italy and not have a pizza….this was a fantastic lunch deal. Large pizza, beer, espresso and dessert for EUR 5…can’t be beaten!

Wow, I guess Genoa isn't as overpriced as Rome. Good to know.

A nice prelude to what is about to come next. Looking forward to the rest. As you know AZ is not my favorite carrier but it's nice to see how you guys exploited it to have fun all over Europe and Asia.  .

Widebodyroga



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User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3191 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8545 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Thanks for another great report with great pictures!

Thanks Lars!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Trust me, I drive those things every day when I'm at work.

Nice to know there's reasoning behind the madness!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Genoa looks like a wonderful city! I've been thru with the train several times and may have stayed a night but didn't explore the city. It looks like I should explore the city more when I eventually go back.

Yes, Genoa is a very nice city...you should stop by next time

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Flights on AZ look okay. Too bad it took so long for the drink cart to reach your row.

Well, I wasn't in a rush, so a leisurely service was fine with me.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):

Nice to read about your Japan-bound Alitalia adventures too.

Thanks Stojan

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
Wow, I guess Genoa isn't as overpriced as Rome. Good to know.

Yes, much more reasonable than down south

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
A nice prelude to what is about to come next. Looking forward to the rest. As you know AZ is not my favorite carrier but it's nice to see how you guys exploited it to have fun all over Europe and Asia. .

Yes, we love exploitation (of airlines) on A.net!



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26811 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8544 times:

Hey Gabriel  

Great to read your AZ adventure and looking forward to the rest.  

I liked Genoa when I was there. I called in there on a cruise ship and thought it was quite pleasant. As for the prices in Italy having just come back from a cruise around Italy and Spain and France I found the prices in Italy the best. I guess coming from Ireland anywhere is cheap lol...

Hope to see the next part soon .

Regards

Philip  


User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3191 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8419 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Great to read your AZ adventure and looking forward to the rest.

Thanks Phil

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
I liked Genoa when I was there. I called in there on a cruise ship and thought it was quite pleasant. As for the prices in Italy having just come back from a cruise around Italy and Spain and France I found the prices in Italy the best. I guess coming from Ireland anywhere is cheap lol...

Yes, Genoa was nice...Italy has a great vibe, indeed better than Spain and France.



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User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8289 times:

Hola Gabriel!

Nice report of a much more adventurous trip for a very convenient price. Great you could participate with a bunch of a.netters into this interesting experience, I think we should congratulate AZ for such opportunities. Hope they come in the future as well.

AZ seems OK for these European hops. Having the idea of hitting Genoa before flying East is a great opportunity, I have only been to the harbor several times to take the ferry to BCN which is a nice way of coming back home, slow but nice to cross the Mediterranean. It looks like a very nice city, I have driven down its winding streets to the harbor, so the views of local streets is very informative to me.

Enjoyed reading ti and great to see you had some local food... who can not eat a pizza when in Italy?

Looking forward to the next report.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8220 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Great report as always! Genoa looks great, definately on my to visit list. Looking forward to reading about your view on the NRT flight!


User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1747 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 8147 times:

Hi Gabriel

Interesting report and some lovely pictures of Genova, it really is such a nice spot. Just out of curiosity, what seat were you on? I recently flew Alitalia on a ZRH-FCO-BRI routing. It was quite irritating that on most rows the windows were not aligned, which made taking pictures non necessarily impossible but still quite uncomfortable.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 8039 times:

wonderful trip report and great pix. really enjoyed it a lot.

ps. I have to admit, when I read the title, I opened it purely on the fact that I thought you were traveling to Goa, India. lol., As I was reading, I got to the takeoff from Rome and thought, how cool, a Rome-Goa nonstop flight !! But then you landed in Genoa.

But I loved it and I have been to Genoa before so it was nice to see the pix and relive my trip of several years ago. (although I went via train).


User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3191 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7795 times:

Hola Roger!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):

Nice report of a much more adventurous trip for a very convenient price

Thanks!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):
Great you could participate with a bunch of a.netters into this interesting experience, I think we should congratulate AZ for such opportunities. Hope they come in the future as well.

Yes, thanks AZ!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):
Having the idea of hitting Genoa before flying East is a great opportunity,

Yes, I think it was a good idea

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):

Great report as always

Thanks Robert

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
Genoa looks great, definately on my to visit list. Looking forward to reading about your view on the NRT flight!

Yes, Genoa is a great little city

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 16):

Interesting report and some lovely pictures of Genova, it really is such a nice spot.

Thanks William

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 16):
Just out of curiosity, what seat were you on? I recently flew Alitalia on a ZRH-FCO-BRI routing. It was quite irritating that on most rows the windows were not aligned, which made taking pictures non necessarily impossible but still quite uncomfortable.

LHR-FCO row 28, FCO-GOA row 5

Quoting Aeri28 (Reply 17):
wonderful trip report and great pix. really enjoyed it a lot.

Glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting Aeri28 (Reply 17):

ps. I have to admit, when I read the title, I opened it purely on the fact that I thought you were traveling to Goa, India.

Ha, yes, many people get confused! Goa is GOI. THe code was one reason why I wanted to go!

Quoting Aeri28 (Reply 17):
But I loved it and I have been to Genoa before so it was nice to see the pix and relive my trip of several years ago. (although I went via train).

Glad I could help you relive your trip!



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7520 times:

Hi Gabriel

Great trip report, thanks for sharing it with us.
Interesting to see the PTV work on the LHR-GOA segment. However not to much choices at all....

Greetings
Marc



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User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3191 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7334 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):
Great trip report, thanks for sharing it with us.

Thanks Marc!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):
Interesting to see the PTV work on the LHR-GOA segment. However not to much choices at all....

Yes it was strange to see them....why not have an automated safety breifing or map on them? Seems very odd to just show stills from around Italy. Still, that's AZ for you!



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1241 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7028 times:

Hi Gabriel, great read as usual. Genoa looks a very photogenic city. I've been meaning to explore a bit more of Italy actually so MIT have to add this one to the list!

You're right about the views from T4 at LHR also - much better than the central area for sure.

AZ look pretty good too - I always had the impression that the staff were a bit rude and the planes/service wasn't that great either. Don't know what gave me that impression though.

Looking forward to the next part.



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User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3191 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6476 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 21):
great read as usual.

Thanks James

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 21):
Genoa looks a very photogenic city. I've been meaning to explore a bit more of Italy actually so MIT have to add this one to the list!

Is it, it's a lovely city

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 21):
AZ look pretty good too - I always had the impression that the staff were a bit rude and the planes/service wasn't that great either. Don't know what gave me that impression though.

I think everyone assumes they are just the Italian version of IB, which they aren't....they're so much better



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5120 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6401 times:

Hi, G.,

good to see so many pictures from you´re hand about AZ. I like the livery, too.
And also perfect to follow something from Genoa, a place I like also logged on my travel map.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 24, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 6107 times:

Hi Gabriel,

great little report here, thanks for sharing. Nice to see that you also took advantage of that incredibly priced Japan trip by AZ. And good to see that you actually went all the way down to Bari (and even further to Brindisi) after the longhaul flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My route with all seven flights, courtesy of GC Mapper, of this report:

Cool itinerary.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Sorry, lots of photos. I just can’t get enough of that great livery.

No problem, I like that livery as well, looks good with that classic green stripe.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Sadly, the only programming was a slideshow of scenes from around Italy…yawn.

What, not even an airshow, that's bad. What's the point of having a PTV then.

Nice pictures from Genua and the area as well here. And the approach into GOA must be quite spectacular as well, just a shame that you didn't have perfect weather. But still some good night pictures from the approach here.

CaptainRed


User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3191 posts, RR: 12
Reply 25, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5972 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 23):


good to see so many pictures from you´re hand about AZ

Thanks Markus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 23):
I like the livery, too.

It's great, isn't it!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 23):
And also perfect to follow something from Genoa, a place I like also logged on my travel map.

Lovey city. I shoudl go back in the summer

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 24):

great little report here, thanks for sharing

No problem

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 24):
Nice to see that you also took advantage of that incredibly priced Japan trip by AZ. And good to see that you actually went all the way down to Bari (and even further to Brindisi) after the longhaul flight.

yes, but I think i've had enough of AZ for now

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 24):
What, not even an airshow, that's bad. What's the point of having a PTV then.

None! I guess they use these planes on longer routes loo like TLV, so might be useful then?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 24):
Nice pictures from Genua and the area as well here. And the approach into GOA must be quite spectacular as well, just a shame that you didn't have perfect weather. But still some good night pictures from the approach here.

I'd like to try it again during the day next time.



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User currently offlinethemit9 From Australia, joined Apr 2012, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5596 times:

Hi gabrielchew,

Just taking the time now to read your latest series and it's a great read as always. Your mile-gathering skills are highly respected by me (all those flights for so few Euros...) and I'm looking forward to heading over to the rest of the series. Makes me excited to be planning my first Europe trip since 2002 for sometime this year hopefully.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

The armrest just flips across, fiving you an extra couple of inches (sometimes it makes all the difference).

It really shows in the picture how much extra space you get.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

I was hoping for some reasonable content on the PTVs, especially after the purser announced that they were now “active”. Sadly, the only programming was a slideshow of scenes from around Italy…yawn.

So the credit card swiper is no longer in use, or perhaps that was the problem?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

I head outside to wait for the slightly overpriced express bus. It costs EUR 6. Taxis charge a flat EUR 7 pp if there are 3 people in a taxi.

That would be cheap in Australia- which is fast becoming one of the more expensive countries on earth...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

A rather hastily and still as of yet poorly planned trip to Zimbabwe has been booked for mid-February.

Can't wait to read that one

Once again another great report.
Regards,
themit9


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 27, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5343 times:
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Hi Gabriel,

Great first part of your series here, really enjoyed it.
Looks like you had 2 nice flights with AZ and great pictures of Genova too  

Hope to read the final parts this week and hope you are having a great time in Africa!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3191 posts, RR: 12
Reply 28, posted (1 year 5 months 20 hours ago) and read 5131 times:

Quoting themit9 (Reply 26):

Just taking the time now to read your latest series and it's a great read as always

Thanks!

Quoting themit9 (Reply 26):
It really shows in the picture how much extra space you get.

Yes, it;s nice at the front!

Quoting themit9 (Reply 26):
So the credit card swiper is no longer in use, or perhaps that was the problem?

Perhaps

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 27):
Great first part of your series here, really enjoyed it.

Thanks Brendan

Quoting themit9 (Reply 26):
Can't wait to read that one
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 27):
Hope to read the final parts this week and hope you are having a great time in Africa!

I'm at MAN airport now. AUH boarding soon!



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