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"Manila On Four, Well, Small Engines"  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 17489 times:

"Manila on four, well, small engines"




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Magandang hapon, dear readers,

it´s just two weeks ago since I´ve disembarked a plane at STR airport.
Is this really true?.
Yes, it is!:

"Cancun, Just For The Weekend!" (by FLIEGER67 Feb 17 2013 in Trip Reports)

And as a starter today, I should fly the very same last route in the opposite direction:

http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=str-cdg-hkg-mnl&MS=wls&MR=120&MX=540x540&PM=*

Thanx to, as usual:

http://www.gcmap.com/

No question, the new departure airports rule is as strict as it was also in 2012.
Here is the actual example, MNL counts as no. 233:


Departure Airports II auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

There are some earlier stations done:


Departure airports auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

And the Tripreporter 2013 map is also updated:


TRIPREPORTER 2013 auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

Well, let´s go, isn´t it?.


Saturday, 09.02.2013



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Service AF 1709 operated by Air France
Scheduled: 13.20 // 14.40


These airfare calculations surprised me once again.
Flights to Asia and especially a bit further than the usual places like BKK or SIN, are very expensive ex Germany during the winter break vacation time.
To fly out of Paris is much cheaper this way.
How to reach Paris in time for my long haul leg?.
Ok, ok, there is no competition beside the train service
ex STR and therefore a ticket on AF is swiftly booked.
But wait, fly AF and secured the ticket by Flugladen.de,
there are some vouchers registered to calm the fare down.
Leg 1 and 6 around this trip are on the first confirmation.
45.00 Euro´s only per leg, real good from my point of view.
Well, the AF guy´s also noticed that there is no real need for the Saturday afternoon service and cancelled my originally scheduled 4.00 pm departure short thereafter.
Good or not, the 1.20 pm service is offered with no real other options.
That means much more connecting time in Paris, what is ok with the winter weather conditions and the flights booked on separate tickets. But also might be a little less interesting with CDG not the top notch public side airport.
Well, we will see.
Out of the homebase at 11.15 am, really?.
This is definitely not my standard time and it feels a bit surrealistic to me. But anyway also this time the car found the way for P0, OLCI works well in advance and soon thereafter I´am at the airport for a first view to the screen.
Gate 316 is not the standard AF one
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301001_zps2aef669d.jpg
Yes, winter is still here.
Lot´s of snow along the night, the first inbound ex Paris is more than two hours late but my flight looks like ok.
Leaving my bag at the Sky Priority counter is a quick affair, simply no one in front at T1 security and onwards for a shorty lounge stop.
Well you know, just to pick up some of these delicious AF cookies, well needed for every travel around the world!.
So, what´s up at the gate?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301002_zpsa4c24a87.jpg
F-GUGF, let me check the destinations and planes file.
Is this really a new A318 like on schedule?.
It is!. New to the log and leg no. 18 on type
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301003_zpsf2c4a1b0.jpg
This one is in the air since 02.04.2004 with AF only.
18 examples are in the actual fleet
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Not that much pax around the gate till a last view for the restroom facilities, like always with me prior to boarding a plane.
Boarding is good on the way when I´am back and where are all these people coming from?. Much more than expected.
Well, someone out there for the late boarding rule?.
It works once again.
21D/E/F is open for me. It seems there is someone checked-in but not showing up.
The load is 90%, no biz suits to see, also not in biz!.
3 partly cloudy degrees, 1.20 pm is a perfectly ontime departure from "Two-Five". 1 hour, 05 minutes for
"AirFrance" and me on the well known route to CDG.
The legroom is not that impressive here
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Cabin crew is one middle aged male FA, one elder female, also nice and another middle aged french woman, black hair, not that really slim, but really nice!.
Inde, well, not till now
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Cockpit crew is from France, the captain with a nice welcome, the crew is introduced by name. He´s later once more on the mike short prior to descent.
No route or flightlevel info.
Consignes de Securite
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What about a view to the cabin with the dark blue clean so far fabric seats?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301008_zpsa04a6134.jpg
Looks like cold down there
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Service a la francaise
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Touchdown at the 2700 meters "Zero-Nine-Left". 2.30 pm, 10 minutes ahead to schedule. Zero cloudy degrees and arrival at T2F like it is usually today.
Some 20 minutes to wait for the bag and always interesting to see the few pax only at the belt. Lot´s of connecting flights for the STR people, so it seems also today.
Priority works, it´s the first one out and onwards for the trek to T2A.


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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 17582 times:

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Service CX 278 operated by Cathay Pacific
Scheduled: 20.00 // 15.10


Well, it feels a little bit awkward here.
My flight is ontime on the screen
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Departure 8.00 pm, it´s 02.30 pm now, freezing cold outside and also inside, at least from my point of view.
Some clochards downing another megabottle of the cheapest red in terminal 2C, remarkable the smell of urine, employees walking by, nobody cares.
Less people only around this Saturday afternoon and the counters should open 3 hours prior to departure.
Well, I found a comparative comfortable seat between T2C and A, watching the few people walking by and dreaming away for some mental preparations around my destination. The Philippines here I come!.
But hey, when I´am doing this right now, what should I do on the plane later on?.
Lucky me, around 4.00 pm I´ve decided to have a view for the counters and just to my surprise there is a Northafrican style woman around with an Cathay uniform doing some preparations.
I´ve asked and she decided that it´s worth it for a Oneworld Sapphire client like me, to printout my boarding papers and accept my bag.
Well done here.
The seat selection mode doesn´t work online but CX´s FRA office swiftly found a solution for me.
Legs 2 till 5 are on the second confirmation,
190.00 Euro´s per leg this way managed by french ticketdealer Govolo.
Close to no time to wait at passport check, also at security and well timed in CDG´s terminal 2A gate area.
Just for a first view like this
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301012_zpsbff95865.jpg
Now that´s absolutely top notch terminal design, at least from a CDG lover point´s of view.
Don´t talk about my sarcasmic sense!
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This one for me, please
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301014_zps9fb34ccd.jpg
With the typical smalish engines
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301015_zps00430100.jpg
The sunny gate A39
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Well, time enough for a view to Le Salon Cathay Pacific
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301017_zpsb440e23a.jpg
With just me and a couple of employees around
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This is a large, well designed place
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301019_zpsac3f7ead.jpg
With superb apron views
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301020_zps8af53521.jpg
Count the open chairs
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Well done offers, hot and cold varieties
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And also something for me
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This one is a couple of hours delayed today
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301024_zps798cb891.jpg
And this one is towed for the gate
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Etihad with the larger engines
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301026_zpse9a20ec2.jpg
Heading slowly for the gate where there is another lounge to visit
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Ok, but the CX place suits me better
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301028_zps50306d15.jpg
Comfy seaters
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301029_zps427471da.jpg
Boarding now for Asia´s World City or better said
B-HXA, the scheduled A343
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Leg no. 7 on type, new to the log.
In the air with CX since 27.06.1996. 10 examples are in the actual fleet and this is the second oldest one.
Late boarding, you know, there is an elder chinese woman in my seat, the last row window 70K, of course
and I´ve decided to offer her generously the free aisle seat in the last center row. Sure better with two seats for me now!.
The legroom is ok this way
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301032_zpsf65cc099.jpg
Leaving the gate at 8.00 pm, ontime, "Cathay" on the go for the 11 hours, 15 minutes eastbound ride.
It´s partly cloudy here with -2 degrees, shudder.
De-icing is needed and takes ages prior to departure from the 4200 meters "Zero-Nine-Right".
The captain is from the UK, the FO from Australia, so it seems. A nice and detailed welcome from the front office after boarding is completed.
A view to the somewhat oldfashioned looking really well used cabin fitted with mixed blue green fabric seats
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For your safety, sure
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301034_zps0f8a56a2.jpg
The load is very close to 100%, not that much open seats to spot and lots of chinese people on travel today/night.
Looks like interesting here
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Also a menu card is handed out
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301036_zps9cc7d4a7.jpg
Proudly presented by CX: The offers today
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Service at my seat is done by a nice young chinese woman, really personal and attentive work here.
What about the IFE
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This way
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A shorty snack to follow.
What I´ve completely dislike by CX is no bottled water available. Water is served from a large pot and smells somewhat chemistry like.
I finally switched to Schweppes Soda by can, my second choice beside natural water
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And just by surprise I´ve ended up again with this feature
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A short night only, so let´s have something to eat now
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This is the vegetarian option and don´t get me wrong, I´am usualy not the "clean up the tray" guy, but this meal is so delicious, Risotto Duo with tomato rice, grilled vegetables italian style and pea rice is really to my gusto
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With the stomach filled I´ve decided quickly to have a view for the action in dreamland from where I´ve only come back shortly above northern China
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Russia catches some money again
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The routing at all is LUX-FRA-BER-MOW-Astana- Urumqi-Lanzhou-Chongking at maximum 37000 feet.
My seat, oldfashioned, isn´t it?
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The cabin in daylight
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And some chinese mountains
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Ah, here it is, Hongkong ahead
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301050_zps27ba4b93.jpg
Interesting places on the map
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A few clouds only
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Breakfast, dinner, lunch or who knows
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Just to show you what I not like this time
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The captain is on the mike with a short bye-bye later, not that long to go now.
An cloudy approach for HKG´s 3800 meters "Zero-Seven-Left"
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Really low clouds here
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Arrived, 16 degrees and fog.
8.35 am in Germany, 3.35 pm local and this is 25 minutes late.
Bye now for B-HXA
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One more flight to go till the final destination today.
And what about one more lounge?.
Well, we will see!.


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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 17558 times:

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Service CX 903 operated by Cathay Pacific
Scheduled: 16.40 // 18.45


My connection time is relatively short and with the delay also shortened again.
Onward flights are shown on the screens during approach and it´s also mentioned that pax with short connections are welcomed at the gate.
These pax are guided to a special security lane.
Well, not me and all the others, we should go to transfer security now, what is a painfully slow process.
It seems the pax had no idea that there is another security check necessary for the next flight.
Bottles, wallets, other stuff, simply everything what you don´t like to see in such situations.
Finally through and with HKG not the tiny place a quick walk for the gate is definitely necessary right now.
For the gate?
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Ah, ok, 25 for me and finally no chance to hit the lounge this time
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301060_zpsb36c25dd.jpg
A recent scheduled equipment change for this service
is noticed during my checks at the homebase.
Originally booked on the A343, changed for the 772, but this one at the gate is definitely not the one and also not the other
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301061_zps82a51b40.jpg
B-HLV is an A333, new to the log and leg no. 7 on type
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301062_zps7e4b86c9.jpg
In the air and around with CX since 26.09.2003.
37 planes on type are in the fleet
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301063_zps58d70f44.jpg
And this flight is packed, late boarding doesn´t help.
Very few Europeans only and
an middle aged Filipino guy in the aisle seat.
The last row of course, 70K, sounds somewhat well known to me.
For your safety, ok
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301064_zpsa044bbb1.jpg
5.00 pm, 20 minutes late, "Cathay" on the run, 1 hour, 40 minutes only for the Philippines. Departure from the 3800 meters "Zero-Seven-Right".
16 foggy degrees here.
Less legroom with the really well used oldfashioned, mixed green blue fabric seats
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301065_zps0e3841b7.jpg
The captain is on the mike after boarding is completed with a short welcome, sounds like from the UK, also the FO´s name is European.
A view for the cabin
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301066_zps35ab6f71.jpg
Leaving HKG with a view to the large apartment houses along the flightpath, in theory
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301068_zpsa69a80ec.jpg
Just to emerge from the clouds again
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Taipei sounds well known to me
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301071_zpsd0e216d2.jpg
The route is completely over water at a maximum of 37000 feet.
Close to Manila. The FO is on the mike shortly announcing decent
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301074_zps2e0cb3c0.jpg
But wait, also this leg is a full service leg.
Served by a middle aged ok style chinese woman
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301076_zps511446fd.jpg
The scratched window in the dawn
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Touchdown at the 3737 meters runway "Zero-Six", 7.00 pm local, this is 15 minutes late.
And hey, what´s the weather here?.
27 degrees, clear sky, definitely the place to be for me.
Arrival cards are handed out inflight, it´s the visa on arrival way.
Simply no time to wait at immigration, the young officer is a relaxed guy, just a question about my intention and a stamp later I´am on the Philippines for the very first time.
A couple of bank counters are open to catch some Pesos without a minute to wait.
Priority works, my bag is swiftly on the belt, no time to wait at customs and out in the public.
Due to terrible stories with the taxi rip off crowd here I´ve managed with the hotels reservations desk to pick me up, the fare is agreed with 900 Pesos.
Well, in theory, there is no one to be seen outdoor.
A middle aged police officer walked around, asked the lonely travellers about their intention and send them in several directions. He recommended that I should ask at the other side of the road where there is a hotel shuttle waiting room for my transportation.
Done, a nice young guy there, he called the hotel and told me that due to the chinese new year events taking place right now during the weekend and my hotel is located in the very middle of Chinatown, it wasn´t possible for the van to leave the hotel´s car park.
He offered me a ride on a shared van for another hotel but that will take some time to wait till the other pax arrived.
No, my book told me about the licensed airport taxi company running on the meter, that´s the way to go now for me.
The driver does a good job, he called his main office and asked for the best way to reach my hotel as close as possible. Lot´s of detours later, running by dark streets where you even don´t believe that these are streets to drive through, we are there, some 300 Pesos more expensive but finally there. Just around the corner from the Ramada Manila Central, the only international hotel in Binondo, Chinatown, Manila.
A high floor was requested and granted, level 12 for me now
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The bathroom
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Nicely designed here
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Well, Manila, one of the most polluted megacities around the world and also a place where there is a massive difference between the few rich and the millions of poor people. So a closer look at you´re surroundings is recommendable here.
The festivities going on outdoor, simply leave your valuables in the hotel room safe and join the party.
Just a couple of meters away is located in a backyard the Cheap Chinese Superstore, believe it or not, that was the name, where I´ve found something to drink for the night and yes, it was cheap!.
And also in Manila´s Chinatown there is a McD only some 100 meters away.
Good for a coke and some fries.
Have you ever been to a place where kids, let me say between six and ten years old, are standing at the exit and try to eat what the customers left on the tablet´s?.
Also inside there are some even younger kids, they eat from the leftover on the tables till the security guy noticed it and pushed them away.
The street is the living room here in Chinatown, lot´s of people sleeping in corners, begging for money and else.
I´am not sure if this is special during the event or simply the standard here.
This is a road where the typical Manila public transport lines up for new passengers, Jeepneys at night
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301081_zps7f546479.jpg
A wet market in Chinatown where you can buy anything what you know or not and where there are a thousand of people around, imagine the odor, no westerners at all to see
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301082_zpsef0b2794.jpg
And yes, it´s dirty here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301083_zps58a2a0f9.jpg
The "Gift of God", ok, well needed here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301084_zpsf832eeb1.jpg
It´s close to midnight now, there are some pictures to do tomorrow and the streets calming slowly down.
Time to hurry back to the hotel immediatelly now.
WLAN is free, but works only acceptable in the hotels lobby, so time to catch some well worth sleep.

Here are the conclusions with the first three legs:
1.)Air France Stuttgart-Paris/CDG: Calm and relaxed.
2.)Cathay Pacific Paris/CDG-Hongkong: As comfy as it should be in eco.
3.)Cathay Pacific Hongkong-Manila: Packed, short and calm.

More pics and more flights to come soon.
What about this way:

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/RP1301/RP1301169_zps894e3fb0.jpg

But, at least as nothing goes wrong, there is another long haul ride in between!.

Paalam na po,
comments welcome,
FLIEGER67 or "Markus Klaus Felger" by Facebook.



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 904 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 17079 times:

Hi Markus,

Great report once again! Seems like CX did a pretty good job on the Paris-Hong Kong leg. I would love to fly the A343 one day, it's sadly still missing from my log.

Btw, I flew B-HLV myself from Bangkok to Delhi last April.  

Regards,
Sveinn  



Flights flown: 289 - Airlines: 41 - Airports: 66 - Next flights: RKV-AEY-RKV, KEF-EWR-MCO, SRQ-LGA, JFK-KEF
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 16867 times:

Hey, S.,

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 3):

Great report once again! Seems like CX did a pretty good job on the Paris-Hong Kong leg. I would love to fly the A343 one day, it's sadly still missing from my log.

Thank you.

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 3):

Btw, I flew B-HLV myself from Bangkok to Delhi last April.

That´s really interesting to know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 16807 times:

Hi Markus!

Good story about your eastbound adventure. CX doesn't look bad at all, would love to fly them some day. The A343 is a nice machine to fly, despite its 4 small engines.

Martin


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2866 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 16798 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
"Manila on four, well, small engines"

Ha I thought this was gona be a BAE 146 report!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Some clochards downing another megabottle of the cheapest red in terminal 2C, remarkable the smell of urine, employees walking by, nobody cares.

Ew

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Proudly presented by CX: The offers today

I love looking at menus. I´ll have the chicken please

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A high floor was requested and granted, level 12 for me now

Very nice

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Have you ever been to a place where kids, let me say between six and ten years old, are standing at the exit and try to eat what the customers left on the tablet´s?.
Also inside there are some even younger kids, they eat from the leftover on the tables till the security guy noticed it and pushed them away.
The street is the living room here in Chinatown, lot´s of people sleeping in corners, begging for money and else.

That´s very sad  

Cool report, looking forward to the next bit  



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 16776 times:

Hi Markus,

another very nice report here, and good to see you on more longhaul flights. Looks like your new-airport-rule makes it difficult for you to find interesting trips within Europe anymore   ...

Anyway a good flight with Cathay it seems. Food and service looked quite good. But indeed strange with the water service, never seen anything like this, would definitely prefer bottled water as well.

And some interesting pictures of Manila, hope you also have some daylight views to share with us   ...

CaptainRed


User currently onlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 16697 times:

Hey Markus,

Nice story as always. Seems CX is decent enough economy, nothing special, but just what you would expect to Asia nowadays. Looking forward to the return part, as always!


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 16666 times:

Magandang hapon Markus,

I vividly remember our conversation when you were in the lounge. Now here you are with your CX story!  


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
That means much more connecting time in Paris

Probably a wiser move as you were booked on a separate ticket.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Some clochards downing another megabottle of the cheapest red in terminal 2C, remarkable the smell of urine, employees walking by, nobody cares.

Unbelievable! You did not expect to see something like that on an EU airport!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
The seat selection mode doesn´t work online

Strange! I did not encounter any problem. Was it because of arrangement with GOVOLO as travel agent?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
This is a large, well designed place

And that for twice daily flights to HKG? Great job, CX!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Count the open chairs

23 or do I need to count chairs on another pictures as well?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Etihad with the larger engines

Which one do you prefer? CX or EY?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
I´ve decided to offer her generously the free aisle seat in the last center row. Sure better with two seats for me now!.

Very wise decision! Everybody happy!  


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
mixed blue green fabric seats

How did you like the seat?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Proudly presented by CX: The offers today

Three choices in Economy? Wow!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Risotto Duo with tomato rice, grilled vegetables italian style and pea rice

It sounds great and looks yummy too.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
It seems the pax had no idea that there is another security check necessary for the next flight.
Bottles, wallets, other stuff, simply everything what you don´t like to see in such situations.

They just never learn.   


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
The last row of course, 70K, sounds somewhat well known to me

Now I believe that A330 and A340 are twins!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
full service leg.

Nice! What did you get? It look like a spring roll to me.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Have you ever been to a place where kids, let me say between six and ten years old, are standing at the exit and try to eat what the customers left on the tablet´s?.

Is it that bad? How heartbreaking!  



Salamat. Great to hear about your CX experience. Thank you for showing us around Manila. The city is totally different to Taipei. It makes me realize even more how fortunate we are in Europe!


All the bests,
Suryo  



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1177 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 16595 times:
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Hi Markus,

Another great report as usual. Looks like you had 3 nice flights, CX looks quite OK nothing special!

Looking forward to the next part and meeting you in 2 weeks!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 16467 times:

Hey, more comments, nice.

@M.:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 5):

Good story about your eastbound adventure. CX doesn't look bad at all, would love to fly them some day. The A343 is a nice machine to fly, despite its 4 small engines.

Thank you.


@A.:

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 6):

Ha I thought this was gona be a BAE 146 report!

Hey, good point here.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 6):
Ew

Imagine my impression.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 6):

I love looking at menus. I´ll have the chicken please

Good choice!.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 6):
Very nice

Definitely.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 6):

That´s very sad

Oh, yes, it´s hard to follow.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 6):

Cool report, looking forward to the next bit

Thank you.


@M.:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):

another very nice report here, and good to see you on more longhaul flights. Looks like your new-airport-rule makes it difficult for you to find interesting trips within Europe anymore

Thank you and there is a lot to do in Europe, nevertheless.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):

Anyway a good flight with Cathay it seems. Food and service looked quite good. But indeed strange with the water service, never seen anything like this, would definitely prefer bottled water as well.

Sure my opinion with the water, you know.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):

And some interesting pictures of Manila, hope you also have some daylight views to share with us

A lot of to come soon.


@R.:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 8):

Nice story as always. Seems CX is decent enough economy, nothing special, but just what you would expect to Asia nowadays. Looking forward to the return part, as always!

Thank you.


@S.:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
I vividly remember our conversation when you were in the lounge. Now here you are with your CX story!

Thank you and I remember that messages also.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):

Probably a wiser move as you were booked on a separate ticket.

Definitely.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):

Unbelievable! You did not expect to see something like that on an EU airport!

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
Strange! I did not encounter any problem. Was it because of arrangement with GOVOLO as travel agent?

So it seems.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):

And that for twice daily flights to HKG? Great job, CX!

Yes, exactly my impression.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):

23 or do I need to count chairs on another pictures as well?

Lot´s of!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):

Which one do you prefer? CX or EY?

CX this time!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):

Very wise decision! Everybody happy!

Exactly.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):

How did you like the seat?

Not the real pleasure, but ok this way.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):

Three choices in Economy? Wow!

Also my opinion, really good.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):

It sounds great and looks yummy too.

Perfect.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):

They just never learn.

Never ever.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):

Now I believe that A330 and A340 are twins!

Hah, good point.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):

Nice! What did you get? It look like a spring roll to me.

It was a spring roll, indeed.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):

Is it that bad? How heartbreaking!

For sure really special to follow.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):

Salamat. Great to hear about your CX experience. Thank you for showing us around Manila. The city is totally different to Taipei. It makes me realize even more how fortunate we are in Europe!

Good point again, MNL is really much more different than expected.


@B.:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 10):

Another great report as usual. Looks like you had 3 nice flights, CX looks quite OK nothing special!

Looking forward to the next part and meeting you in 2 weeks!

Thank you and hopefully no changes for ATL.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 16425 times:

Markus, really good to get the memory back after reading your CX report. I had 8 longhaul flights on them in 2012, all perfectly in order and great service in Y. No real big issues with this airline.

Interesting to see some pics from Manila also, I like these places a lot, but it seems this is a class apart compared to some places I've been to. I might put this place on my list for a future visit.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27342 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 16139 times:

Hey Markus  

Great report and nice to see the continued longhaul ones. Really great to see you on these flights and reporting them.  

Looking forward to the next report.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5130 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 16134 times:

Thanks for the report. Good to see you have had a standard CX experience. The picture of MNL made me smile.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
What I´ve completely dislike by CX is no bottled water available. Water is served from a large pot and smells somewhat chemistry like.

= Personally, I like this approach (smell aside), as I find small bottles handed out in flight to be a terrible ecological waste.

Saludos,
Alex



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 16127 times:

Hey, good to see more comments.


@E.:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):

Markus, really good to get the memory back after reading your CX report. I had 8 longhaul flights on them in 2012, all perfectly in order and great service in Y. No real big issues with this airline.

Thank you.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):

Interesting to see some pics from Manila also, I like these places a lot, but it seems this is a class apart compared to some places I've been to. I might put this place on my list for a future visit.

Sure a special place, but anyway worth a visit. More pics to come.


@P.:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Great report and nice to see the continued longhaul ones. Really great to see you on these flights and reporting them.

Thank you.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 16121 times:

Hey, A.,

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 14):
Thanks for the report. Good to see you have had a standard CX experience. The picture of MNL made me smile.

Thanx for the feedback. More MNL to come.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 14):
= Personally, I like this approach (smell aside), as I find small bottles handed out in flight to be a terrible ecological waste.

Sure ok with me to have water from a large bottle, I don´t need the small ones but this smell was really terrible.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 15863 times:

Hello there!

How did you find the seat comfort with the fixed-shell seat? I am 188cm in height, so I am always unsure whether or not to fly CX LAXHKG or just stick with my usual KE via ICN?? Thoughts?

Great trip reports as usual, btw!!! Thank you for your continued contributions over the years!

And another question, when arriving in Stuttgart, how are the train options here versus FRA, for example?

Danke!!!


AirAfreak =]



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User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 15666 times:

Hey,

Thank you for great report. Manila looks like very interesting place to visit, hopfully one day.

Jonathan



"In Israel, on order to be a realist, one's must believe in miracles" - David Ben Gurion.
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1789 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 14837 times:

Hello Markus,

Nice report. Looks like you had a nice journey onboard CX. They don’t seem to have the most recent and modern cabin but the service level is really good. The HKG-MNL seems to be a ‘regional’ cabin config, quite the difference with the longhaul ones. I noticed that too on my set of CX flights some years ago to and from Vietnam.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Late boarding, you know, there is an elder chinese woman in my seat, the last row window 70K, of course
and I´ve decided to offer her generously the free aisle seat in the last center row. Sure better with two seats for me now!

You’re too good of a person  The perfect way to secure some extra legroom.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
fitted with mixed blue green fabric seats

The ‘sliding down iso recline’ seats I see?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This is the vegetarian option and don´t get me wrong, I´am usualy not the "clean up the tray" guy, but this meal is so delicious, Risotto Duo with tomato rice, grilled vegetables italian style and pea rice is really to my gusto

It looks really good as well.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Just to show you what I not like this time

It would certainly have been something for my taste. As long as there’s no sea-beasts involved  

Sultanils



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 14722 times:

Hi Markus,

Thanks for your latest installment, you’re writing them really fast at the moment!

CX seem perfectly acceptable. Shame you had such a long time to kill at CDG, must have been a bit annoying, but better that way than the other.

Good job you made the connection in HKG, your short weekend would have been even shorter otherwise!

As for Manila, I’m not sure it would be for me. All the poverty and dirt and litter, very sad to see.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Is this really a new A318 like on schedule?.

You are lucky with those A318 on the STR run. I haven’t managed to log one single one yet with AF.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Service a la francaise

We got some of those grissini on the PUF-LCY flight only pesto flavour. Very good they were too.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Also a menu card is handed out

Aways a nice touch in Y.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And just by surprise I´ve ended up again with this feature

That made me smile. Glad to see good old Mulhouse is shown on there alongside the big cities of Paris, Munich & Warsaw!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This is the vegetarian option and don´t get me wrong, I´am usualy not the "clean up the tray" guy, but this meal is so delicious, Risotto Duo with tomato rice, grilled vegetables italian style and pea rice is really to my gusto

Count me in. That looks delicious.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Breakfast, dinner, lunch or who knows

Yeah, I remember that feeling from the NZ trip.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Just to show you what I not like this time

Oh, I don’t know. Once you remove the offending meat it would be ok for me.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
27 degrees, clear sky, definitely the place to be for me.

Perfect.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Have you ever been to a place where kids, let me say between six and ten years old, are standing at the exit and try to eat what the customers left on the tablet´s?.
Also inside there are some even younger kids, they eat from the leftover on the tables till the security guy noticed it and pushed them away.

Absolutely heartbreaking.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And yes, it´s dirty here

Awful. What terrible conditions people must have to live in there.

Looking forward to part 2, as always.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 14605 times:

Hey, more comments, nice.


@A.:

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 17):

Great trip reports as usual, btw!!! Thank you for your continued contributions over the years!

Thank you.

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 17):

How did you find the seat comfort with the fixed-shell seat? I am 188cm in height, so I am always unsure whether or not to fly CX LAXHKG or just stick with my usual KE via ICN?? Thoughts?

186 cm here and not really pleased with these shell seats. Ok with the open seat beside, not good with a full house.

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 17):
And another question, when arriving in Stuttgart, how are the train options here versus FRA, for example?

FRA is much better connected by train. STR is a more than 30 minutes sub ride for the main train station.


@J.:

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 18):

Thank you for great report. Manila looks like very interesting place to visit, hopfully one day.

Thank you.


@N.:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):

Nice report. Looks like you had a nice journey onboard CX. They don’t seem to have the most recent and modern cabin but the service level is really good. The HKG-MNL seems to be a ‘regional’ cabin config, quite the difference with the longhaul ones. I noticed that too on my set of CX flights some years ago to and from Vietnam.

Thank you and also my impression.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):

You’re too good of a person  The perfect way to secure some extra legroom.

Lucky me, here!.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):

The ‘sliding down iso recline’ seats I see?

It is.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):

It looks really good as well.

Definitely.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):

It would certainly have been something for my taste. As long as there’s no sea-beasts involved

Sure ok with me but not really when served as a breakfast.


@H.:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

Thanks for your latest installment, you’re writing them really fast at the moment!

Thank you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
CX seem perfectly acceptable. Shame you had such a long time to kill at CDG, must have been a bit annoying, but better that way than the other.

Good job you made the connection in HKG, your short weekend would have been even shorter otherwise!

CX was for sure ok and the perfect point with CDG.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

As for Manila, I’m not sure it would be for me. All the poverty and dirt and litter, very sad to see.

For sure a special place.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

You are lucky with those A318 on the STR run. I haven’t managed to log one single one yet with AF.

Lucky me, definitely.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

We got some of those grissini on the PUF-LCY flight only pesto flavour. Very good they were too.

Oh, yes, I remember.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

Aways a nice touch in Y.

Definitely.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
That made me smile. Glad to see good old Mulhouse is shown on there alongside the big cities of Paris, Munich & Warsaw!

Count me in here.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

Count me in. That looks delicious.

Definitely.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

Yeah, I remember that feeling from the NZ trip.

Sure a special feeling.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

Oh, I don’t know. Once you remove the offending meat it would be ok for me.

Perfectly ok without meat, but not during this time of the day.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

Absolutely heartbreaking.

Oh, yes, it was.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

Awful. What terrible conditions people must have to live in there.

Not that really comfortable all around.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14229 times:

Hi Markus,

interesting report, CX's product looks fine as usual. Too bad you didn't get the 772, would have been a really old one.

Did you choose the A343 twice on purpose? No 744 leg possible?


PH



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User currently offlinenewbief1yer From UK - England, joined Dec 2012, 221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 14131 times:

Like the Livery on the A343 mettle of CX.

Great report FLIEGER67.


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (1 year 10 months 5 days ago) and read 13905 times:

Hey, good to see more comments.


@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):

interesting report, CX's product looks fine as usual. Too bad you didn't get the 772, would have been a really old one.

Thank you and sure the point here with the lost 772.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):

Did you choose the A343 twice on purpose? No 744 leg possible?

No chance to fit in a 744 here.


@n.:

Quoting newbief1yer (Reply 23):
Like the Livery on the A343 mettle of CX.

Great report FLIEGER67.

Thank you.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 25, posted (1 year 10 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 13454 times:

Hey Markus

Interesting read from your side. It was great to read your CX story.
Looks like the schedule at CDG has changed since last time, the 744 used to leave earlier.

Neverthless CX looks to be a great way to fly to Asia.


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 26, posted (1 year 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 13273 times:

Hey, M.,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 25):

Interesting read from your side. It was great to read your CX story.
Looks like the schedule at CDG has changed since last time, the 744 used to leave earlier.

Neverthless CX looks to be a great way to fly to Asia.

Thanx for the feedback and CX is for sure ok to fly this way.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6676 posts, RR: 55
Reply 27, posted (1 year 10 months 11 hours ago) and read 12521 times:

Hi Markus !

Great to see another long haul report from you again!

CX looks very good here but I'm surprised that you couldn't thru check your bag in STR all the way to MNL.

Interesting to see the name in Tagalog for MNL; everyone writes and says in English. Even my Filipina wife has never seen it like you mention.

Legroom seems quite tight; I flew on PR's 343 today and I probably had twice the legroom also in Y.....but no PTV on PR's 343.

Too bad you couldn't try out the lounges at HKG but perhaps on the return ?

Odd choice of location for your first stay in MNL; far away from most things unless you really had things to do in Binondo.

Hotel looks really nice but I prefer something less expensive which is not as fancy but still okay.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 28, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 12344 times:

Hi, L.,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):

Great to see another long haul report from you again!

Thank you.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):
CX looks very good here but I'm surprised that you couldn't thru check your bag in STR all the way to MNL.

No teamwork here with AF and CX.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):

Interesting to see the name in Tagalog for MNL; everyone writes and says in English. Even my Filipina wife has never seen it like you mention.

Well, the book told me this way!.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):

Legroom seems quite tight; I flew on PR's 343 today and I probably had twice the legroom also in Y.....but no PTV on PR's 343.

PR was much more expensive, no chance to try this time.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):

Too bad you couldn't try out the lounges at HKG but perhaps on the return ?

Sure!.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):

Odd choice of location for your first stay in MNL; far away from most things unless you really had things to do in Binondo.

Hotel looks really nice but I prefer something less expensive which is not as fancy but still okay.

Sure again, next time I should check it in advance.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6676 posts, RR: 55
Reply 29, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 12319 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 28):
No teamwork here with AF and CX.

They do interline bags even though they are not in the same alliance.

The777Man



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 30, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 11962 times:

Hey, L.,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 29):

They do interline bags even though they are not in the same alliance.

Thanx for the info, I know, but don´t asked about it this time.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 31, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 11766 times:

Hi there Markus. Once more a great report - seems like you're really getting around recently. Nice insight into CX - and airline I hope to try out at some point - hopefully this year.

Looking forward to the next installment.



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 32, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks ago) and read 11620 times:

Hi, J.,

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 31):


Hi there Markus. Once more a great report - seems like you're really getting around recently. Nice insight into CX - and airline I hope to try out at some point - hopefully this year.

Thank you and good to know about more CX.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 33, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks ago) and read 11609 times:

Nice eport Markus....a trip to the Philippines must have been intersting!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Well, time enough for a view to Le Salon Cathay Pacific

Ooh, they've got a new lounge since I was last in CDG. Their previous one was so small and cramped - the new one looks great! I wonder if BA now use this as their default lounge? Is it open all day?



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User currently onlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 34, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11586 times:
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Nice read and pictures Markus, thanks for sharing.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
With superb apron views

- Much better than the AA lounge, it has views!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Ok, but the CX place suits me better

-I've had some nice sandwiches in this lounge but the lack of views is disapointing.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
What I´ve completely dislike by CX is no bottled water available. Water is served from a large pot and smells somewhat chemistry like.

- Was this the case on all the flights?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This is the vegetarian option and don´t get me wrong, I´am usualy not the "clean up the tray" guy, but this meal is so delicious, Risotto Duo with tomato rice, grilled vegetables italian style and pea rice is really to my gusto

- Looks pretty good!

Some of the images of Manila remind me of parts of Vietnam, dirty but wonderful.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 35, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11333 times:

Hey, more comments, nice.


@G.:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 33):
Nice eport Markus....a trip to the Philippines must have been intersting!

Thank you and sure it is!.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 33):

Ooh, they've got a new lounge since I was last in CDG. Their previous one was so small and cramped - the new one looks great! I wonder if BA now use this as their default lounge? Is it open all day?

Open for all One World customers, so it seems and sure a nice place.


@M.:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 34):
Nice read and pictures Markus, thanks for sharing.

Thank you.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 34):

- Much better than the AA lounge, it has views!

Definitely.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 34):

-I've had some nice sandwiches in this lounge but the lack of views is disapointing.

That´s the case here.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 34):

- Was this the case on all the flights?

So it was.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 34):

- Looks pretty good!

Some of the images of Manila remind me of parts of Vietnam, dirty but wonderful.

So I should go for Vietnam the next time!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 427 posts, RR: 8
Reply 36, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 9716 times:

Hi M. !
so glad that you put this statement in your trip report ... for me this section is not only for travel experience ... spreading awareness is humble job ...thanks stipica  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Have you ever been to a place where kids, let me say between six and ten years old, are standing at the exit and try to eat what the customers left on the tablet´s?.



Open your eyes and think
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 37, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9221 times:

Zdravo, stipica,

Quoting stipica (Reply 36):

so glad that you put this statement in your trip report ... for me this section is not only for travel experience ... spreading awareness is humble job ...thanks stipica

Thank you and really good to know about you´re opinion here.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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