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Tokyo - Out And About In 52 Hours With AZ + KLM  
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Posted (1 year 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9251 times:

Hi dear a.netters!

my first tripreport in 2013 is from a recent trip taken by me and a few fellow a.net tripreporters. A kind of crazy trip, booked months ago when the national airline of Italy had an error in their IT systems. Not unheard of, especially not with this particular airline. So, when the destination showed Tokyo, one of my most visited places on this earth btw, it was without doubt that I hit the ‘book it’ button on that website of a certain airline in Norway offering these fares.

Well, due time shortage for extensive writing, I decided to do this report a bit shorty style. Pictures are what counts most here, with some text to tell about those pictures. I decided to take pictures with my iPhone, Nikon DSLR and Canon Ixus, mixed throughout the report. Pictures edited on the iPad this time, a first for me. I hope you still can enjoy the ‘read’.

Tokyo - Out and About in 52 hours with AZ + KLM


The trip started in Amsterdam, and to position myself to Italy I made use of easyJet. And to travel in style, I opted for seat 1F for an addtional EUR 15 which comes with speedy boarding as well. I obtain a real boardingpass free of additional charges at the Speedy Boarding desk in departure hall 4 at Schiphol Airport, friendly served by the agent by the way. A good start.
Security was a breeze into the dedicated lowcost area at AMS, so all good here.

Boarding is announced from gate M05, a stair leads me down to the waiting lounge, where a dedicated line for Speedy Boarding is in use, giving me priority over other passengers, and leads me in a dedicated waiting area. There are no seats here, except for the elderly and such.

The aircraft arrives a bit late, but nevertheless ground handling agent Menzies -in my opinion among the best in AMS-, makes sure that boarding starts quickly and we can depart roughly on time.

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That’s the 319 which would fly me to Malpensa





Route: AMS-MXP
Flight: EZY2724 /11JAN2013
STD 09:25 ATD 09:34
STA 11:05 ATA 11:14
A/C: G-EZIP (Airbus A319-100)
S/N: 01F (Economy class/Y)


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The middle seat remains open on this flight, not bad considering the load is not bad with 150 seats taken, leaving 6 empty  . Crew on this flight is Italian and not really interested. Especially during the manual safety demonstration, the F/A in front continueously talks with his collegue in the pantry and does his demo. It’s very unprofessional and lacks interest in his job and doesn’t take my safety real serious, it seems. What a shame.

Departure is from runway 36C in AMS, not the most common runway to use these days. Soon we climb above the clouds and get a smooth ride to Italy.
I take the instant Starbucks coffee fromt the buy-on-board menu, which was good.

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Cruising smoothly above a layer of clouds


During the flight we get flight info which tells me we were flying at 27,000 feet and Malpensa weather would be fog or mist. For sure that forecast was proving to be correct during landing.
But the weather above the Alps was breathtaking once again.

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A beautiful morning down there, overflying the Swiss Alps


Landing was without issues, but with a very low ceiling for sue. Runway 35L was ours, and the captain says ‘ welcome to an always sunny Milan’. He’s probably one the funnier crewmembers on board.
Soon we arrive on stand, where we disembark by steps into 2 buses.

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Leaving G-EZIP at foggy Malpensa


A transfer bus runs between terminals at MXP and is free of charge. In daytime is comes every 7 minutes. The ride takes about 15 minutes in total, and it worked out fine for me

The next ride is on Alitalia, and I can obtain my boarding pass at the desk. I opt for the desk since the quality of paper is better then from the check-in machines. Such a shame a view Japanese tourists with no knowledge of English and Italian are in front, at the Sky Priority desk, not sure if they were entitled to use the desk, but it took me 10 minutes to get served. The lady was 3rd party ground handling for AZ, and very friendly. Meanwhile 3 a.netters (Finland, Sweden and Flanders) join me, and soon we’re off to the lounge.
I try to make use of the Sky Priority securtity lane which works fine and with nobody in front I’m served quickly, friendly and without hassle. The others take the regular lane, so I wait for them but gladly not in a queue.

We decide to lounge a bit, first walk to the wrong place, but later we find it. The ‘Sala Clemente’ is used by Alitalia, offers limited views on the apron, especially on this foggy day, but offers a limited but fine selection of snacks, small sandwiches, drinks and rose prosecco, which we can recommend to you. Soon I was entitled to ask for another bottle, but I guess it was just after noon, so we had an excuse.

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Something to drink and bite in Sala Clemente


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Sala Clemente lounge in MXP interior


Soon we make our way to gate B6, where we meet another a.netter with the other half, and have a minimal glimpse of a beautiful Alitalia Boeing 777-200ER. Views are a bit obstructed, as you can see in another tripreport made up by sultanils: 3h In Tokyo, A Joint A.net Odyssey: BRU-MXP-NRT (by sultanils Jan 21 2013 in Trip Reports)




Route: MXP-NRT
Flight: AZ786 /11JAN2013
STD 14:35 ATD 14:32
STA 10:40+1 ATA 10:39+1
A/C: EI-DBM (Boeing 777-200ER)
S/N: 41A (Economy class/Y)


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Welcome on board is more then friendly by all crewmembers, and I’m impressed by their attitude. I soon find my way to the aft part of the cabin, where most a.netters can take posession of a whole row of seats.
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My seats for the next 12 hours...


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Economy Class cabin view


A pre-departure plastic glass of water is given to us, which is interesting to see since it’s not common for Economy Class. We leave a few minutes early, and the sound of the GE90 engines is a pleasure to hear throughout the cabin.

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Pre departure drink


Taxiing takes a while here at MXP, I consider the time used before takeoff commences the same as we see in AMS to reach the 36L departure runway (Polderbaan). I never hear complaints about MXP though... Furthermore of interest were 3 Cargolux B747-400F’s on the ground here. I didn’t know that this airline had such a big presence here in Italy.

At a certain moment it was our turn and rolled down the runway and gently took the skies, views immediately gone by the low clouds but at the same moment we reach blue skies when we climb above the cloudlayer. The next 30 minutes were amazing with clear views on the Southern Alps of Switzerland and Austria. Meanwhile a can of Italian beer is given by the friendly male F/A, who really likes his jobs and was happy to provide a positive appearance. The beer helps the talking, so we have a small a.net occupy in the last rows. Till dinner comes...

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The limited views with low ceiling in MXP


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Climbing away with the Alps on our left


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Italian beer to start with...


Menucards are not onboard, but 2 choices are available. Italian lasagna, or Japanese (chicken), which I decide to eat. The meal was not really good, but filling. Several crew members follow with drinks to take, definitely enough on offer here.

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The setting sun. Great moment!


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Japanese meal


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Limoncello drinks offered by the crew to us


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Not standard in AZ YCL, but delivery service by fellow a.netter Gab


After the meal all windowshades are asked to be closed by the crew. Soon I make up a bed for myself using 3 pillows and blankets, giving me quite a few hours of sleep. Real good! A small break during my sleep because I felt hungry, ending up in a chat with Gab, and scoring 2 main courses lasagna, offered after asking for some midnight snack which is not available on AZ. The crew definitely made a good offer here, and honestly speaking about the food, this lasagna was better then the Japanese meal choice.

After another shorter rest I wake up when we fly already over fareastern Siberia, nearing KHV, the almost standard exit point towards Japan. It’s frozen and deserted down there, and the landscape is impressive as usual. The city of Khabarovsk is visible in a distance. Soon breakfast is served, nothing impressive. The bread is not good at all, as mostly the case with bread on aircrafts.

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Wake up over Siberia


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Breakfast


I get myself in the lavatory to shave and brush my teeth, the fantastic male crewmember hands me over a 1,5 liter bottle of water to take with me and use it for it’s purpose. How attentive of him. After this we get closer to Tokyo, meanwhile overflying the snowy area around Niigata on the westcoast of Japan, soon crossing towards the east and with the city of Sendai on our left visible, we turn south towards the Chiba prefecture where Narita Airport is located. Final descend over the Pacific before coming in straight for landing on the ‘A-runway’ or 34L today.

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Great views over Japan


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The Pacific


Landing was smooth and ontime, and soon we get ‘on blocks’ at gate 24, which is terminal 1. We disembark, check out the Economy Plus seat (we try to upgrade with additional payment on the way back), and get outselves over to immigration, which we all pass quickly except for one of our members from Belgium. Eventually he also is let into the land of the rising sun.
A warning from an official about ‘no photography’ in the baggage area to yours truly is taken, politely accepted and no action taken to remove pics of whatever. Who cares. Immigration is a breeze and soon I find myself in Japan again, after countless times before, but this will be my shortest visit ever.

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Some escalators take me some floors up to departures level, where check in for Alitalia flights is found in zone A. Before check-in we enquire for the upgrade -we thought about an additional payment of EUR 149 pp-, but a new fare is quoted to each of us for EUR 2,300 and a bit more, no way today. After check-in there is some time to shop or visit the observation deck. I did both...

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The T1 observation deck


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Dedicated to Suryo, and myself   Garuda Indonesia’s A330-200


Then it’s time to leave again,

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Flight Information flipboard


I get Nils and Gabriel with me through Sky Priority security lane, and soon we are in the secure area of the terminal again. Taxfree shopping is available but never was a good offer here, so I bring the guys up to the Delta Skyclub lounge. I go back downstairs to buy some sweets which I gave to someone, have a quick look in Korean Airs lounge before going back to the Delta lounge -where I have been numerous times before when flying KLM- for some desired shower and snacks.
I found it quite busy in the lounge at some point, and the snacks were all taken so quickly, the staff was busy all the time to get it refilled.

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Korean Airlines Lounge


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Korean Airlines Lounge


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Delta Skyclub entrance


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Shower room in the Delta lounge


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Another picture from the shower. Really refreshing!


Boarding announcements were made properly here, and we went to gate 24 for boarding. Sky Priority was enforced also here, and I was onboard soon.

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Gate Area


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Upon boarding, a close encounter with a big bird from the USA


I go to the back of the aircraft again to obtain my aisle seat in the last row, noticing that seatpitch is remarkable tighter then on the window seats and also, the other 2 seats are taken by a Japanese couple. I take position, and also Nils was willing to change, resulting in row 41JKL for us with the middle one free. I offer the window to Nils, judging that I’ve seen the Siberian landscape so more often then he had, plus, I prefer aisle seats on longhaul usually.
The Japanese cabin attendant was super friendly with this reseating issue and did her best to accomodate our wish. Domo arigato gozaimasu!!

Route: NRT-FCO
Flight: AZ785 /12JAN2013
STD 14:10 ATD 14:03
STA 19:00 ATA 18:33
A/C: EI-DBM (Boeing 777-200ER)
S/N: 41J (Economy class/Y)


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We leave ahead of schedule by about 5 minutes, kudos to the groundstaff, nothing else expected though. It’s Japan after all, all running on a schedule, even Italian aircraft do here   During taxiing we see several interesting, but standard for NRT, aircraft including one of the new NCA 747-8F’s.

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Pushback


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Followed by this Airbus from South Korea


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One very new Boeing 747-8F


Takeoff from 34L is done in the typical style we’re used to from a Boeing 777 with the mighty GE94 engines. Soon we overfly the snowy mountains of Japan, and cruise towards the Sea of Japan and Russian airspace for a long, long flight...

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Take Off


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Climbing out over Japan...


Mealservice on this flight comes 3 times, we started with a hot meal, being pasta or Japanese option. The crew says the Japanese meal is chicken, but clearly contains fish. The rice is hard to eat and far from Japanese, but the starter was good, as well a fresh salad and the grape jelly was really refreshing too.

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Japanese meal again


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Great light conditions


Later during the flight we got served onigiri (plum or salmon, random handout), but I couldn’t get done with it, so quality wise this was not good either (I’m used to very good onigiri onboard JAL flights).

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Onigiri and green tea


Well the long flight continues, taking a quite northerly route though not as far as North as I’ve been on before on these sectors. In this time of the year resulting in a setting sun on the horizon all flight long, not bad!

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Beautiful, isn’t it?


A sort of ‘light meal’ is being served about 90 minutes prior arrival. The meat on this plate didn’t attract me, but the potato salad is nice, the bread and cream cheese real tasty as well the mocca cake thingy is good.

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Light meal prior arrival in FCO


Soon the cabin is prepared for landing, well prepared is a big word, because some checks for safety are just overlooked by the crew. Quite a bad performance here, seatbelts not closed, seatbacks not upright, handluggage on seats or not placed under the seat in front.
Soon we landing on the runway closest to the shore, also known as 16R, and just minutes later we will arrive on stand, roughly 20 minutes early. Well done!

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Transit is FCO is smooth. We remain airside, grab a burger at MacDonalds, bid goodbye to Nils who decided to go all the way in the FCO Hilton property, where Gabriel, the FlyingFinn and yours truly decided to make max use of our ticket and continue our way to the South, the final destination is BRI.
During the transfer we lounge a bit in the lounge, at least with some good drinks.

We must leave the lounge early though, since it is about 15 minutes walking distance to the gate in terminal B (the lounge is in D). Our flight to BRI is from a lower side busgate area, and when we arrive, they were already filling the second bus.

Route: FCO-BRI
Flight: AZ1603 /12JAN2013
STD 21:30 ATD 21:32
STA 22:35 ATA 22:23
A/C: EI-DTK (Airbus A320-200)
S/N: 02A (Economy class/Y)


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Boarding the Irish registered Italian Airbus


I’m seated next to Gabriel, 2A and C, B seat taken by an Italian person. So Gabriel ends up in the middle because the Italian guy doesn’t want to move to a vacant row 5 DEF (soon taken by other passengers of course). Well, Gabriel didn’t care much, for the 40 minute flight.
We leave in the the rush of late evening flights out to various Italian airports, taking off from runway 25.

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Alitalia narrowbodies to various Italian airports are leaving at night


Load on this flight is estimated at 75%, service is free drinks and chocolate cookies. Friendly service by the crew and when I notice that they have the chocolate cookies, I’m gladly offered 2 bags of those. Grazie!

Early landing in Bari, runway 07 and on the ground some other aircraft: Poste Italiane Boeing 737, Montenegro F100, Ryanair 737-800.

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Ryanair resting the night


We soon walk together the 1 or 2 kilometer to our hotel, the Parco Dei Principi hotel, definitely a 4* property and offered to us at a good rate.

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Double (triple) room


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Bathroom


I share room with Gabriel, obviously the tall Dutchman gets the largest bed here, but we both were satisfied with our room, including a balcony overlooking the airport in a distance. The bathroom was nicely stocked with amenities also, and the reception guy was definitely going all the way for us with giving directions to a nearby pizzeria. We followed up and had a midnight pizza and beer for about EUR 8 per person. My best pizza so far in 2013 (not difficult, the year just started).
After some texting with a friend in Ireland it was time to sleep, and it was a good rest in Bari for sure. Wake up by the alarm, followed by a good breakfast in the empty restaurant area of the hotel. Breakfast is included in the rate here, definitely the way to go.

I think about the upcoming day, 2 flights home with the last leg on easyJet. I had too much handluggage (2 pieces) and didn’t fancy discussions, so decided to book a oneway flight on the 13.05 departure on KLM (ex FCO). Check-in done immediately but nothing else offered to me then a middle seat in Y (19E). I’m not amused. Something to re-arrange at the desk in FCO.

Then I must say farewell to Gabriel also, he continues for a few days in Italy, while I must grab the hotel shuttle (EUR 8,--) to the airport, running on guest demanded times. Not Italian style, but running at your wish. I arrive at the terminal just 5 minutes later and check-in for my oneway flight on Alitalia to FCO again.

Check-in is breeze, no other passengers around, and 3 seats secured for me by the friendly ground staff. When I walk to the security checkpoint I notice an landside lounge for Alitalia by coincidence. So I enter and am welcomed for a cup of Nespresso coffee. I’m the only guest here, but a shame no views from this lounge due to it’s location in the middle of the airport.

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BRI lounge interior


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Self Service bar


After I while, 2 espresso’s and a pear juice (nice for a change), I head off to security which I pass without issues. Inside the airside waiting area I see the few shops and a bar, good views on the apron though but furthermore quite boring. Lucky me, boarding starts after a few minutes and on time. For me that means boarding an aircraft in Air One livery for the first time (but operating for Alitalia of course).

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Departure lounge


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Air One for Alitalia today


Route: BRI-FCO
Flight: AZ1612 /13JAN2013
STD 11:20 ATD 11:14
STA 12:25 ATA 12:11
A/C: EI-DSW (Airbus A320-200)
S/N: 02A (Economy class/Y)


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Departure is ahead of schedule here as well, great performance and we leave with 119 passengers on board, not bad I guess for a Sunday morning flight? Purser Barbara on board announces a flight time of 55 minutes.

Unexpectedly we depart from runway 25 today, meaning no views on the city or harbour of Bari. Well, I would’ve been on the wrong side anyway but I visited BRI before last summer so no problem for me.
We climb away, mostly clear but a bit hazy skies.
Service on this flight consists of 2 drinks, water and blood orange juice for me, plus the tiny chocolate cookies again. Really sufficient for these kind of flights. And even better, the crew is definitely in their best mood on this flight. During the flight an update about the process is given from the flightdeck, mentioning about a cloudy/rainy situation in Fiumicino. Well..., ok today. I’m just in transit and not on an Italian holiday.

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Drinks and cookies


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FCO in a distance


Soon we approach the airport and obviously on a visual approach we continue for landing on 16L, smooth landing and we remain on the runway. We park at a remote spot meaning a trip by bus to the terminal. No problem for me, it is always good to have a tour on the apron somewhere.

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Disembarking on the apron


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Something to do maybe in the future?


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Her sister ship went off the runway just weeks later...


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I have just 45 minutes in FCO for my KLM flight to Amsterdam. First thing to do is the transit desk, to clear the seat issue. No way that I wanna be in a middle seat also considering I’m a Elite Plus member with them. But the flight was closed and no seats where available according the staff. I can’t believe that at once, to insist that they take another look, resulting a a surprise printed boarding pass with 09F written on it. Thank you Alitalia girls, that’s how is should be.




Route: FCO-AMS
Flight: KL1602 /13JAN2013
STD 13:05 ATD 13:07
STA 15:40 ATA 15:21
A/C: PH-BXE (Boeing 737-800/WL)
S/N: 09F (Economy class/Y)


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Boarding starts immediately from gate B13, and when I’m onboard and friendly greeted by the crew I find my way to my seat, with an orange headrestcover instead of the usual blue one. That means, 09F was within the ‘new’ Economy Comfort zone, seats available against an additional fee. I’m used to be seated in these seats usually, but now it is part of a new sales strategy with KLM, and I am not amused about all of this. A complaint form with my opinion is on KLM’s way. The middle seat remains empty also as I like it.

Well, after the manual safety demonstration we depart just 2 minutes late, runway 25 again for takeoff, with clouds and the coast line visible immediately we get airborne. The climb is slighlty rough with a few bumps here and there caused by the unstable clouds all around.

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Takeoff from a not so sunny FCO


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Not a good day to be on the beach


After a while the seatbelt signs are extinguished and a word comes from the captain mentioning our cruising altitude of 40,000 feet and the route would take us via Milan, Zurich, Strassbourg, Luxemburg and Brussels towards Amsterdam. Good and welcome information, from a captain or first officer obviously originating from South Africa... Suid-Afrikaans is such a funny language, closely related to my Dutch.

Service on this flight is a pack with sandwiches, one with egg salad, the other with veal (strange choice, and not my liking). They are at least honest and don’t give it out as beef   Drinks and bar is offered here.
Later another service with coffee/tea and the famous little caramel cookie.

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Sandwich and drinks on KLM


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Second service is coffee/tea and a cookie


During the cruise I have an interesting exchange of opinions about KLM’s change of service concept and also the seating issue. I talk for about 15 minutes with the purser and her trainee about all of this, we don’t agree on all points but it was a healthy conversation for sure   

The sky clear up over Belgium and I get a good view on the city of Antwerp (hello Nils, are you home already?), and then soon it’s the great city of Rotterdam and final descend for Amsterdams runway 06, also known as ‘Kaagbaan’.

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Approaching Amsterdam, good to be home again!


That’s it, all flights on time and for this great fare, it was a fantastic trip out to Japan for a while, accompanied by some great people I know from a.net. Alitalia MXP-NRT crew was definitely of high class and service minded, kudos to them especially, especially when I compare them with the crew on the way back.

easyJet was booked as positioning to MXP, nothing to complain about this flight and thanks to my friend working in this orange airline  

KLM, good as always but some issues now with the seating choice. I’m afraid things are changing to the worse... maybe I should reconsider if I wanna stay in Skyteam or move back to oneworld instead, especially considering the entrance of MH to that alliance, and CX as well, both carriers I prefer for flights to SE-Asia. Well, time will tell.

Thanks for reading, and I promise to try to bring up a few more reports online here soon.

Regards
Eric   


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User currently offlineCARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 822 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9110 times:

Hi Eric, thanks for your report! A good read.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
And to travel in style, I opted for seat 1F for an addtional EUR 15 which comes with speedy boarding as well.

How much was the complete ticket? Was it overall much cheaper than AZ or KL?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
But the weather above the Alps was breathtaking once again.

Great photo, one of the few times I really like the Instagram'esque editing.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I soon find my way to the aft part of the cabin, where most a.netters can take posession of a whole row of seats.

That is good and really needed as you found out on your flight back. 10-abreast is a horror-show on the 777, so tight and coupled with no real legroom on AZ you really get thankful for a light load.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A warning from an official about ‘no photography’ in the baggage area

That seems like someone had his own agenda here, like some flight attendants who don't like photos taken onboard aircraft despite there being no rules against it. I did take photos at NRT after arrival, at immigration and in the baggage claim area with my DSLR back in November.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The crew says the Japanese meal is chicken, but clearly contains fish.

That is really odd. How can this happen? I think Nils wrote the same thing in his report. Perhaps the crew got the wrong information from the caterer? Or the flight attendant (assuming it was the same person for both of you) just got it wrong?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We soon walk together the 1 or 2 kilometer to our hotel, the Parco Dei Principi hotel, definitely a 4* property and offered to us at a good rate.

I booked the same hotel in November last year, great place to stay. Btw, when booking I was offered one transfer for free. So I called them after arrival and got picked up.

And did you guys not use the spa at the hotel? The swimming pool there is fantastic, so is the jacuzzi. Open until 11 PM, IIRC. I swam there for 3 hours or so, all the while having a great view of the setting sun.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I must grab the hotel shuttle (EUR 8,--) to the airport, running on guest demanded times.

Well, I think running on demanded times is much better than having to take a bus at an time that is not fitting your needs. I hate it when you have to get up 20 minutes to early, just because you have to catch that specific bus, because the next one would run a little bit late.


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 6 days ago) and read 8640 times:

Hi Eric,

I am the king of slow reports, with the old mantra better late than never. I think this must be one of the most well reported routes on A.net now, after the AF LHR-CDG TG BKK-SIN and KLM AMS-LHR! Most enjoyable...

I see this error as a small gift to you hard-working Anet community. It was a total steal, most disappointed I didn't get on it and waiting for the next computer error!

AZ will be thankful for that error, as you presented a fine account, and it all looked really good; especially the attitude of the crew members and good quality spirits. Never seen that type of tonic either!

Best wishes

Luke



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 6 days ago) and read 8640 times:

Hi Eric,

great report about your short trip to Japan. AZ has become the most reported airline recently.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, due time shortage for extensive writing, I decided to do this report a bit shorty style. Pictures are what counts most here, with some text to tell about those pictures. I decided to take pictures with my iPhone, Nikon DSLR and Canon Ixus, mixed throughout the report. Pictures edited on the iPad this time, a first for me. I hope you still can enjoy the ‘read’.

No worries!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Furthermore of interest were 3 Cargolux B747-400F’s on the ground here. I didn’t know that this airline had such a big presence here in Italy.

They have a subsidiary called Cargolux Italia which is based at MXP.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Before check-in we enquire for the upgrade -we thought about an additional payment of EUR 149 pp-, but a new fare is quoted to each of us for EUR 2,300 and a bit more, no way today

Probably that was the fare for all those only who paid almost nothing for their tickets...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Boarding the Irish registered Italian Airbus

There are only few Italian registered planes left.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Thanks for reading, and I promise to try to bring up a few more reports online here soon.

I cannot wait to read about your Indonesia trip!


PH



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8280 times:

Nice report Eric! Was a pleasure to fly with you!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A beautiful morning down there, overflying the Swiss Alps

Great shot!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A pre-departure plastic glass of water is given to us, which is interesting to see since it’s not common for Economy Class

Oi, I didn't get one of those. Clearly reserved for those sat in the final few rows.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I share room with Gabriel, obviously the tall Dutchman gets the largest bed here, but we both were satisfied with our room,

Ha, well, you did pay the lion's share, you only fair you get the lion sized bed!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
No way that I wanna be in a middle seat also considering I’m a Elite Plus member with them. But the flight was closed and no seats where available according the staff. I can’t believe that at once, to insist that they take another look, resulting a a surprise printed boarding pass with 09F written on it. Thank you Alitalia girls, that’s how is should be.

Oh dear, I hate it when seats assignements don't make sense. Last week EY tried to put me in a middle seat down to JNB despite having a FF number in the booking. Then BA/Comair refused to put me in a seat at the front saying they were all full. Upon boarding, row 6 was completely empty....



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1168 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7953 times:
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Great report as always Eric..
Looks like you had a great time on your very short trip to Japan.. Glad to hear almost all the crew were good and lets hope the incident with KLM is not a sign of things getting worse, although I am afraid it is..

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7819 times:

There have been lots of trip reports recently on the MXP-NRT sector and surprisingly i dont see the flights going too full..atleast In Y....

They seem to deliver a good on board product though...

Good report and great photos

Cheers

Pradat



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7601 times:
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Hey Eric,

Nice read and pictures, good to see the journey through your observations.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, due time shortage for extensive writing

- I suffer from the same issues.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A transfer bus runs between terminals at MXP and is free of charge. In daytime is comes every 7 minutes. The ride takes about 15 minutes in total, and it worked out fine for me

- Now that's pretty impressive!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
rose prosecco, which we can recommend to you. Soon I was entitled to ask for another bottle, but I guess it was just after noon, so we had an excuse.

- No excuse needed, this is a vacation  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A pre-departure plastic glass of water is given to us, which is interesting to see since it’s not common for Economy Class

- No, nice touch AZ!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Not standard in AZ YCL, but delivery service by fellow a.netter Gab

- GC is turning out to be a real legend!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Before check-in we enquire for the upgrade -we thought about an additional payment of EUR 149 pp-, but a new fare is quoted to each of us for EUR 2,300 and a bit more, no way today

- Bugger, not at that price!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
After check-in there is some time to shop or visit the observation deck. I did both...

- I love the NRT (&HND) observation decks.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Mealservice on this flight comes 3 times, we started with a hot meal, being pasta or Japanese option. The crew says the Japanese meal is chicken, but clearly contains fish. The rice is hard to eat and far from Japanese, but the starter was good, as well a fresh salad and the grape jelly was really refreshing too.

- Yikes, not a great looking meal, I've usually found meals x NRT to be pretty good, not sure what happened here!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A sort of ‘light meal’ is being served about 90 minutes prior arrival. The meat on this plate didn’t attract me, but the potato salad is nice, the bread and cream cheese real tasty as well the mocca cake thingy is good.

- Wow, what a bland looking meal.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Service on this flight is a pack with sandwiches, one with egg salad, the other with veal (strange choice, and not my liking). They are at least honest and don’t give it out as beef  

- Veal, how odd, never seen that on as plane as a sandwich, but as you say, at least they never claimed it to be beef!

Looks like a pretty decent trip all in and for the price, really, what can you complain about?

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6987 times:

Hi Eric !

Very nice to see this excellent report from you! Pictures are great as usual and nice narrative as well.

Very nice for you to get three seats for yourself going; always good to get quality sleep that way.

Very lucky that you were able to find other seats on the return with at least one empty seat next to you. It makes a big difference comfort wise.

Meals look okay to me but not sure about how they tasted of course.

I think fees for seats for bags and meals are coming to Europe really soon so get used to it even on KL/AF, BA/IB and LH etc. Just my opinion. Always good to let them know of your opinion though but I doubt it will change their policy.

Very much looking forward to your next report!

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6830 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
- GC is turning out to be a real legend!

Turning out to be??! I've always been a legend!



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1744 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6629 times:
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Hello airbuseric,

Good to see your version of the facts here! Obviously you spend a lot of time in editing your pics, it gives the whole a nice different look for a change, well appreciated. It’s funny to see and read how different people see and experience different things although we were all together on the same airplane. Heck, we even were seatmates  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Security was a breeze

No arguing with the security folks? Is this AMS you are talking about?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I opt for the desk since the quality of paper is better then from the check-in machines.

Lol! It’s just a piece of paper  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Views are a bit obstructed, as you can see in another tripreport made up by sultanils

Thanks for the reference. Obstructed indeed, a bus boarding would’ve been nicer this time to appreciate the grandeur and beauty of our ‘air vessel’.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A pre-departure plastic glass of water is given to us, which is interesting to see since it’s not common for Economy Class.

Hey, you’re right, I’ve forgotten about that. Indeed, an extra touch and a prelude of how good and personal the service was on that flight.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
this lasagna was better then the Japanese meal choice.

I’m glad I took that one as well then  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
which we all pass quickly except for one of our members from Belgium.

Huh? Me? The officer was just wondering where my return flight was written, I had to explain and then it was allright.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I offer the window to Nils

Thanks again. The views to both the left and right when in my seat were excellent   

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Soon the cabin is prepared for landing, well prepared is a big word, because some checks for safety are just overlooked by the crew. Quite a bad performance here, seatbelts not closed, seatbacks not upright, handluggage on seats or not placed under the seat in front.

Exactly my opinion. The crew was very sloppy in their cabin check and in fact I find there’s no excuse for that.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
First thing to do is the transit desk, to clear the seat issue. No way that I wanna be in a middle seat also considering I’m a Elite Plus member with them. But the flight was closed and no seats where available according the staff. I can’t believe that at once, to insist that they take another look, resulting a a surprise printed boarding pass with 09F written on it. Thank you Alitalia girls, that’s how is should be.

It could of course very well have been that the flight was indeed full. So now I know for the next time and I shall waive my cards  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
and I get a good view on the city of Antwerp (hello Nils, are you home already?)

Yes, I was home already, but not too long.

Sultanils



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1341 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6613 times:

Hello Eric,

Good to see yet another version of events from the Japanese day trip!

Liking the borders on the pictures - Snapseed?

Interesting to hear about the AZ crew not noticing a few things on approach. I experienced a similar sort of thing on a certain Spanish airline a few months back. Makes you wonder if its standard practice, and what action will be taken. It's no real issue if everything goes smoothly, but if something goes wrong and its found out later that the cabin wasn't secure, there could be real problems for the airline in question.



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User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6364 times:

Hola Eric!

Nice to see your TR on one of the most flown routes by a.netters this year  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The middle seat remains open on this flight, not bad considering the load is not bad with 150 seats taken, leaving 6 empty

Good to see you treated yourself to a nice start with EZ.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
But the weather above the Alps was breathtaking once again.

Lucky you and really nice pictures.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I get Nils and Gabriel with me through Sky Priority security lane, and soon we are in the secure area of the terminal again. Taxfree shopping is available but never was a good offer here, so I bring the guys up to the Delta Skyclub lounge.

It is a pleasure to fly with you, let me know when you have your next flight.  

Certainly this is a very nice TR, like the combination of pictures you used. AZ looks very nice in all aspects for being on a Y seat, food looks OK, seat nice, despite the legroom shortage... so no hassle to fly them in the future.

Thanks once again for such a nice report.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6235 times:

Hoi Eric,

It looks like you had a blast with our A.net friends!  


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I decided to take pictures with my iPhone, Nikon DSLR and Canon Ixus, mixed throughout the report

We do the same for our holidays. No iPhone though, just good ol’ Samsung Galaxy!   


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Such a shame a view Japanese tourists with no knowledge of English and Italian are in front, at the Sky Priority desk, not sure if they were entitled to use the desk, but it took me 10 minutes to get served.

Hmm, were there no Japanese speaking agents around?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Welcome on board is more then friendly by all crewmembers, and I’m impressed by their attitude.

Awesome!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A pre-departure plastic glass of water is given to us, which is interesting to see since it’s not common for Economy Class.

Nice touch! It reminds me of my PIA flight to IST in 2010!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
or Japanese (chicken), which I decide to eat.

It would have been my choice as well.   


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I get myself in the lavatory to shave

SensoTouch by Philips?  


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Dedicated to Suryo

Aww, thank you!   


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I get Nils and Gabriel with me through Sky Priority security lane
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I offer the window to Nils, judging that I’ve seen the Siberian landscape so more often then he had, plus

How considerate of you!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Japanese meal again

Now, I have got the better view of your meal! Yummy!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
so quality wise this was not good either (I’m used to very good onigiri onboard JAL flights).

What a shame!  


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
So Gabriel ends up in the middle because the Italian guy doesn’t want to move to a vacant row 5 DEF

Perhaps, he felt safer with both of you around him. 


See you in April!
Suryo  



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5668 times:

Hi all, thank you for your replies so far. Good to see you've enjoyed the report  
Quoting CARST (Reply 1):
How much was the complete ticket? Was it overall much cheaper than AZ or KL?

I paid around 38 Euro including the seat and speedy boarding.

Quoting CARST (Reply 1):
10-abreast is a horror-show on the 777

No problem for me to take a these 777's. I've flown on several ones in these configurations and always enjoyed the flights.

Quoting CARST (Reply 1):
That seems like someone had his own agenda here, like some flight attendants who don't like photos taken onboard aircraft despite there being no rules against it. I did take photos at NRT after arrival, at immigration and in the baggage claim area with my DSLR back in November.

No. The officer was right. After he warned me, I noticed the 'no photography' signs in above the baggage belts in the immigration area.

Quoting CARST (Reply 1):
And did you guys not use the spa at the hotel? The swimming pool there is fantastic, so is the jacuzzi. Open until 11 PM, IIRC. I swam there for 3 hours or so, all the while having a great view of the setting sun.

No we had no time, since we arrived around midnight and preferred the pizza and beer  
Quoting CARST (Reply 1):
Well, I think running on demanded times is much better than having to take a bus at an time that is not fitting your needs.

Agree, but only if they have a fair price. I won't take taxi's in 'expensive' places when it is not necessary (e.g. Netherlands, Germany, Italy etc)

Luke,

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 2):
I think this must be one of the most well reported routes on A.net now, after the AF LHR-CDG

Thanks very much, and indeed that A380 flight was reported massively. The reason actually that you didn't get to see mine   * I flew it also back then

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 2):

AZ will be thankful for that error, as you presented a fine account, and it all looked really good

Sure, AZ does a good job on these longhauls. And the seats are adequate also.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
They have a subsidiary called Cargolux Italia which is based at MXP.

As you mention it, it comes back from the memory. But I recall them having a slightly different colourscheme at some point.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
There are only few Italian registered planes left.

You're right indeed. I got to fly 2 of them last summer afaik

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
I cannot wait to read about your Indonesia trip!

Next one is one of from Indonesia, for sure. I'm working on it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Was a pleasure to fly with you!

Thanks Gab, as it was with you!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Oi, I didn't get one of those. Clearly reserved for those sat in the final few rows.

Who said seats in front are always enjoying better service?  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 5):
lets hope the incident with KLM is not a sign of things getting worse, although I am afraid it is..

Thanks Brendan, and I'm worrying a lot about KLM recently... but it seems even BA is following already. Times are changing.

Quoting planiac787 (Reply 6):
There have been lots of trip reports recently on the MXP-NRT sector and surprisingly i dont see the flights going too full..atleast In Y....

Thank you Pradat! The NRT-FCO flight was nearly full though, a lot of honeymooners on board as well.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
I love the NRT (&HND) observation decks.

Totally agree Mark. I've spend many hours on the decks. Very pleasant in Japan.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
Yikes, not a great looking meal, I've usually found meals x NRT to be pretty good, not sure what happened here!

Also my impression, ex Japan usually very good catering quality, but this one definitely not.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
Looks like a pretty decent trip all in and for the price, really, what can you complain about?

Nothing to complain at all. AZ gave a great quality, comparing with other airlines they are certainly not so bad as we might think of them (maybe)

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Very nice to see this excellent report from you! Pictures are great as usual and nice narrative as well.

Thanks L., you're mostly welcome!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Very lucky that you were able to find other seats on the return with at least one empty seat next to you. It makes a big difference comfort wise.

One of the only free seats was between me and Nils. Some gap as a border between Netherlands and Belgium is always a good thing  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
I think fees for seats for bags and meals are coming to Europe really soon so get used to it even on KL/AF, BA/IB and LH etc. Just my opinion. Always good to let them know of your opinion though but I doubt it will change their policy.

I'm agreeing, you're right about that. Nevertheless the airline(s) should be careful not to touch too much of the current 'benefits' offered to the higher frequent flyers, like Gold and Platinum card holders.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
Obviously you spend a lot of time in editing your pics, it gives the whole a nice different look for a change, well appreciated.

I must come up with something slightly different then your version Nils  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
No arguing with the security folks? Is this AMS you are talking about?

No, but security seems to become slightly better these days. Maybe they heard my complaints...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
Huh? Me? The officer was just wondering where my return flight was written, I had to explain and then it was allright.

Duhh... there were no others from Belgium. Of course I meant you  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
The views to both the left and right when in my seat were excellent

Thank you.   

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
The crew was very sloppy in their cabin check and in fact I find there’s no excuse for that.

  




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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5662 times:

...

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 11):
Liking the borders on the pictures - Snapseed?

Well noticed!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 11):
Interesting to hear about the AZ crew not noticing a few things on approach. I experienced a similar sort of thing on a certain Spanish airline a few months back.

Oh yeah, I mention UX (and former JK) as very sloppy airlines with their cabin preperation checks for landing. A shame both UX and AZ are in Skyteam.

Hola chico Roger, come esta?

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 12):
Nice to see your TR on one of the most flown routes by a.netters this year

Haha... sure it's a real hit! Why you didn't join us?

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 12):
It is a pleasure to fly with you, let me know when you have your next flight.

I think I should still visit you in BCN, I remember making that promise when we were in Berlin  
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 12):
AZ looks very nice in all aspects for being on a Y seat, food looks OK, seat nice, despite the legroom shortage... so no hassle to fly them in the future.

Legroom is in general not so bad. You'll survive any ride on them.

Suryo, thank you also for your reply,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
Hmm, were there no Japanese speaking agents around?

MXP have probably no own AZ staff anymore. It seems all is transferred to ground handling agencies.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
SensoTouch by Philips?

AquaTouch  

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (1 year 8 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5470 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
I think fees for seats for bags and meals are coming to Europe really soon so get used to it even on KL/AF, BA/IB and LH etc. Just my opinion. Always good to let them know of your opinion though but I doubt it will change their policy.

I'm agreeing, you're right about that. Nevertheless the airline(s) should be careful not to touch too much of the current 'benefits' offered to the higher frequent flyers, like Gold and Platinum card holders.

I agree with you on that as well; benefits for Gold and Platinum will and should stay as is now ie no fee for two bags, no fee for seats with more legroom etc.

The777Man



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5132 times:

Hoi Eric

Great to see another view about this A.net flight. Must have been fun.
The pics look pretty good, even with some of them being from the Iphone.
However I'm a bit surprised to know that the F/A's on the NRT-FCO leg aren't that strict with saftey at all.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 33
Reply 18, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days ago) and read 5059 times:

Hi Eric,

Good to read another of your reports and to see your version of the Tokyo trip! I’m sure you all had a blast. Must have been quite a strange feeling visiting one of your favourite places for such a short amount of time.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
And to travel in style, I opted for seat 1F for an addtional EUR 15 which comes with speedy boarding as well.

Travelling in style on easyJet, who would have thought it   . Shame the crew created a bad impression during the safety demo. I’ve always found the UK & Swiss based ones to be very professional.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Soon I make up a bed for myself using 3 pillows and blankets, giving me quite a few hours of sleep. Real good!

Sounds very comfy. Not surprised you were soon in dreamland!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
the fantastic male crewmember hands me over a 1,5 liter bottle of water to take with me and use it for it’s purpose. How attentive of him

Great to see such attentive service……

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Quite a bad performance here, seatbelts not closed, seatbacks not upright, handluggage on seats or not placed under the seat in front.

….such a shame to see the good service followed by such sloppiness.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
So Gabriel ends up in the middle because the Italian guy doesn’t want to move to a vacant row 5 DEF (soon taken by other passengers of course).

Some people just make life difficult, don’t they?!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We soon walk together the 1 or 2 kilometer to our hotel, the Parco Dei Principi hotel, definitely a 4* property and offered to us at a good rate.

I’m sure you were glad of the chance to stretch your legs after so much flying.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
2 flights home with the last leg on easyJet. I had too much handluggage (2 pieces) and didn’t fancy discussions, so decided to book a oneway flight on the 13.05 departure on KLM (ex FCO).

Would paying the baggage fee on EZY not have been an option?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Service on this flight is a pack with sandwiches, one with egg salad, the other with veal (strange choice, and not my liking). They are at least honest and don’t give it out as beef

I got the sandwiches on my last ZRH-AMS leg which was a surprise as the previous time it was just a salty snack. The egg one was very tasty. What a cute cup you got on the second drinks service, never seen one like that before. I hope I get one on my next flight!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
During the cruise I have an interesting exchange of opinions about KLM’s change of service concept and also the seating issue

Pity you didn’t have the luggage issue to discuss too!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
KLM, good as always but some issues now with the seating choice. I’m afraid things are changing to the worse...

Yeah, sad for sure.

Already looking forward to your next report,

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5045 times:

Hi Eric!

Good to read your story of this mistake fare to Japan. AZ doesn't look too bad, and nice to get a snack on the domestic sectors as well.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Crew on this flight is Italian and not really interested.

Reminds me of my one and only easyJet flight.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A transfer bus runs between terminals at MXP and is free of charge. In daytime is comes every 7 minutes. The ride takes about 15 minutes in total, and it worked out fine for me

Bus worked fine for me as well when I was at MXP in 2011, but the bus was covered in an advertisement so it was impossible to look out the windows, quite annoying!

Martin


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27115 posts, RR: 60
Reply 20, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5029 times:

Hey Eric  

Great report as always. Looked like a fantastic trip . Cheaper than a day out in Amsterdam huh ?  

Wondered about the new style of pics you told me about and I have to say I love it . Different and funky this could become your signature style  

Anyway Im looking forward to the future ones including maybe one including DUB ?  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4723 times:

I get exhausted just reading of what you did with the others! As I said, AZ looks perfectly fine to me. Thanks for sharing, and I do hope you got checked for DVT  .

Saludos,
Alex



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 999 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 8 months 21 hours ago) and read 4559 times:

Hello Eric,
Nice to read your side of the Tokyo story too! Interesting expirement with the picture, nice to see something different for a change!


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4182 times:

Hi all, thank you for replying and your comments   

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 17):
Great to see another view about this A.net flight. Must have been fun.

Marc, I missed you. I thought you would've come along with Nils  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 17):
However I'm a bit surprised to know that the F/A's on the NRT-FCO leg aren't that strict with saftey at all.

Well can be an Alitalia(n) thing, at several places in this company you see less interested staff, unfortunately.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Must have been quite a strange feeling visiting one of your favourite places for such a short amount of time.

Indeed Hannah, the feeling to arrive in Tokyo is special to me, and I actually worked 2 weeks at the airport itself and would've loved to visit some of my former colleagues, but as you said, no time. Maybe another time.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Shame the crew created a bad impression during the safety demo. I’ve always found the UK & Swiss based ones to be very professional.

This was Italian though   Maybe ex AZ staff?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Would paying the baggage fee on EZY not have been an option?

Hmm, I didn't fancy the one hour later arrival and I felt like flying KLM. I was home earlier, and had an enjoyable evening afterwards  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
What a cute cup you got on the second drinks service, never seen one like that before. I hope I get one on my next flight!

Haha, Hannah, maybe you get nothing anymore on your next KLM flight :P

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):
AZ doesn't look too bad, and nice to get a snack on the domestic sectors as well.

Hi Martin, AZ domestics are actually quite good and I have nothing to complain about. Their orange juice is really tasty.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):
Reminds me of my one and only easyJet flight.

But we shouldn't generalize. I think easyJet crew are really good in their job usually, gladly I flew them more then once but they have of course quite a presence in AMS

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):
Bus worked fine for me as well when I was at MXP in 2011, but the bus was covered in an advertisement so it was impossible to look out the windows, quite annoying!

Seems we had the same bus then  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
Cheaper than a day out in Amsterdam huh ?

Haha, Philip that depends, but sometimes you must invest some money in a successful evening.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
Wondered about the new style of pics you told me about and I have to say I love it . Different and funky this could become your signature style

But I try to be 'normal' again in my next report.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
Anyway Im looking forward to the future ones including maybe one including DUB ?

Dublin? Hmm... another one to write about. Ok, I put it on the list!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):

I get exhausted just reading of what you did with the others! As I said, AZ looks perfectly fine to me. Thanks for sharing, and I do hope you got checked for DVT

Alex, some exercise is good enough to avoid DVT. I did a 'SIN in 36 hours' not too long ago, in AF-Y, plus 6 European flights as well on one ticket. So that was my initial training for this trip  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 22):
Nice to read your side of the Tokyo story too! Interesting expirement with the picture, nice to see something different for a change!

Thank you Robert.

Regards
Eric



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