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B.transatlantic To The B.apple!  
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
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b.transatlantic to the b.apple !!







Background:


PART I:


December 2011, After a bunch of rumors and speculations Brussels Airlines finally decided to operate its first Transatlantic route to New York JFK using its Airbus A330-300 fleet. The opinions where rather indifferent en skeptical towards the success of this route since the major competition on this route by carriers such as United (777 to Newark), Jet Airways (A330 to JFK and Newark), Delta (767 to JFK) and American Airlines (757 to JFK). not to speak about the proximity of Amsterdam and CDG! At the time Brussels Airlines had a hard product you would find in the back of a US Airways 767, however playing the game smart Brussels Airlines soon decided to make an overall refurb of their cabins. lie flats in their Business class (B.business) and Audio Video On Demand in Economy (b.economy).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3_FSJYzKE4

Combining this fact my cousin announced that she would be getting married in December 2012. Another interesting fact is that in all my years of transatlantic travels I only had one sole flight on a Belgian carrier. Back in 1998 I flew on a Sabena A340 from Brussels to Atlanta. Just another reason that builded up to this itinerary. A few months later June 1st came and SN501 to New York JFK departed for the first time, I actually saw OO-SFW the next morning after completing her first transatlantic journey from a company A319 heading to Geneva: Brussels-Frankfurt! The Kuwait Way! (by MSS658 Dec 17 2012 in Trip Reports)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UryHN10qKdI

A few weeks later it was time to plan my next USA trip, not knowing yet where I would be professionally at the time of travel I had to keep some dates in mind. When looking for fares I decided to depart a day before the holiday weekend since fares were much lower than over the weekend. With the possibility of having exams beginning of January I decided to fly back on New Year's eve. When looking up fares All direct routings between Brussels and New York had similar pricings. So without thinking Brussels Airlines flights 501 and 502 were booked. Just too bad there is no advance seat selection in advance!

In the months to come I only heard great things about the new route, even more interesting is that this route had quite an influence on the other carriers flying to the Big Apple. American Airlines and Jet Airways dropped their JFK route while Delta upped the route to one of their refurbed 767's. United downgraded their equipment as well from a 3 class Boeing 777-200ER to a 2 class Boeing 767-400ER. The excitement just grew more and more everyday...

Pre-departure:


After being stuck on the ground for about 4 months I was more than eager to fly once again. Thursday, December 20 at midnight online check in opened for the flight and I selected seat 36K at the window behind the wing. A few hours sleep, some packing and another school evening later the alarm rang at 5.15. By 6.15 I was picked up and little over an hour later I was at Brussels Airport. Thankfully traffic wasn't that bad at all in Brussels.


Leaving Brussels airport



Generally Brussels Airlines haves a dedicated check in zone in rows 3 and 4, decorated with the signature b.logo. However for one or another reason the long haul flights leave at different desks throughout the airport area. Each flight has it's own check in desks as well. Brussels Airlines 501 to New York JFK would be checking in via row 5.



The desks for our flight where clearly marked with a board posting the American flag and a sign posting "SN 501 New York JFK". 1 line for Business class, another for Star Alliance Gold and 3 lines for Economy. After a short line and a very quick security screening (only showing my American passport was enough for them I was at the check in desk and my carry on was weighed and my boarding pass was printed. Next stop was in the arrivals zone to exchange some USD's. In the arrivals hall there was a local radio event going on as well (for the Belgian readers, it was Meneer Konijn's arrival in Brussels after a trip around the world).



Christmas is near



At 8.15 I started my long trek towards the gate. For the ones that are familiar with Brussels Airport know that Concourse A is the one used for shengen and B for non-shengen. However due to the majority of the long haul flights in the morning causing congestions Brussels Airlines decided to move its long haul network to the last gates of the A-concourse and dividing it by a passport control. So up it is for the usual morning gymnastics to the rather calm security check point. Promo of Brussels Airlines new Business class, as seen in many places around Brussels. No J for me unafortunaly  


At around 8.30 I was inside the A concourse. OO-SSG to be seen here.



airBaltic Dash 8-400 operating flight 602 to Riga. YL-BAX has the honors.



Company A319 (OO-SSV) operating flight SN2713 to Geneva.



Adria CRJ-200 operating flight JP 377 to Ljubljana, I must say that the CRJ2 is not my favorite aircraft at all.



There was quite some interesting stuff to see as well at concourse B as all the Jet Airways flights and the North American carriers had arrived. A few times in the week Jet Airways uses it's Boeing 777-300ER on the Mumbai to Brussels run (the continuation to Newark however is operated by an A330). On the blocks was VT-JEL.

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I'm always impressed by the A concourse in Brussels I must say.



Just before our passport control I could get a glimpse of my Airbus A330-300 being prepared for New York JFK. Since catering was in progress it was nearly impossible to see the registration.



While waiting I decided to grab me a bite to eat, however there were no breakfast items anymore available and this at an early hour of 9.00, a bit poor for Brussels Airport here. The only other place was way at the beginning so I quickly ran to the other side and returned while eating. When I came back at the passport control the line had grown quite a bit. Besides our flight there were a bunch of other flights leaving towards Africa in the 10.30-11.00. I cleared passport control by 9.30 and was soon in the T-concourse. Now I at least I could see which airframe would be taking me over the pond today. Assigned to flight SN501 today was OO-SFN, an almost 20 year old airframe and one of the first A330s that came of the production line. The aircraft had arrived earlier as SN 371 from Douala.



Traffic in the T-concourse consisted of the 7-strong Airbus A330 fleet heading towards Africa (well except my JFK flight). For the first time it really amazed me how strong the Africa network of SN is. Some destinations on the GIDS systems are ones one would not hear so direct about. Another one of the 4 flights operating on the Brussels-New York route



At 9.40 I decided to head towards my gate, after the usual security questions I was allowed in the gate area. However once inside the gate area there was no return possible. However the wait wasn't too long at all until boarding was called at 9.45. After 4 months of no flying I was thrilled to be on board of...

19. Brussels Airlines flight SN 0501 from Brussels to New York John F. Kennedy


Friday, December 21 2012
Brussels (BRU/EBBR) - New York JFK (JFK/KJFK)
Brussels Airlines 0501 (United Airlines 9929, Lufthansa 5620)
Airbus A330-301 "OO-SFN" "SN: 37" B.economy 36K
Delivered to Air Inter (F-GMBD) at 30 december 1993 and Transferred as OO-SFN to Sabena on 30 July 1997. Further transferred to SN Brussels Airlines, Birdy Airlines and finally to Brussels Airlines on 25 March 2007)
10.30-10.33 (Gate T61; Wheels up on runway 25R at 10.49)
13.05-13.01 (Gate 9; Terminal 1; wheels down on runway 31R at 12.47)
Announced flying time: 8hrs02mins
Cruising Altitude: FL 380
Load factor: 97% in Y
Routing: BRUXELLES-DENUT-LUTTEN-KORUL-LAM-BPX-SUNOT-58N20W-59N30W-57N40W-55N40W-OYSTR-STEAM-TATTY-PQI-FRIAR-ENE-Providence-CALVERTON-JFK.
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Personal statistics
174th registered flight
19th flight in 2012
6th flight on Brussels Airlines
7th flight on the Airbus A330 series
4th flight on the Airbus A330-300
1st flight on OO-SFN

Reccomended song for this long-haul journey: Jeff Jorber- You got Something
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AqxlX4iUjA

Videos related to SN 0501 from Brussels To New York JFK.
Safety video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcLSYaroU3M

Takeoff in Brussels
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI5KhPPyu88

Inflight:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY_OaZeuMNI

Landing in New York JFK:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjPRtZnkaW4

Nice to board an A330 through the glass jet way after boarding tons of A319s, Avros,...



9.55 Brussels time or 3.55 in New York I found myself at the boarding door of OO-SFN.



At the door I was greeted by the two pursers, before the boarding door there was another F/A doing a headcount. I tried pulling the joke that I would find my seat by turning left. Well, it did not work. However I did get a laugh and a respond in the meaning of "You can always try". A good beginning so far. I soon found my way towards seat 36K, first impressions of the new cabin where very good. After installing myself I made a quick stop in the back galley to give my classic gift trick. The flight Attendant that received the box was a bit reserved but thanked me friendly. Todays crew would consist of mostly female's in the upper 30s and 40s. Once seated I noticed the IFE was playing already.



Welcome, Enjoy your Inflight entertainment...



Our neighbor. OO-SFZ being prepared for flight SN463 to Kigali, At this point the only aircraft that has not been refurbed yet.



What Impressed me really was the legroom, this would be what some others offer in their Premium Economy cabins. Hands up for SN here!!



Jet Airways 229 leaving for Delhi, maybe soon to be no sight anymore in Brussels  

By now my seatmate had arrived. A father of a family of 4 took the seat next to me, was hoping for an empty seat but being in high season and the success of the route I wasn't expecting the opposite. Soon our captain came on announcing our flight to be around 8 hours and we would be on our way soon. 10.33 Belgian time, 4.33 Eastern US Time; just a few minutes behind schedule OO-SFN started her pushback towards the runway. In the meanwhile the safety video started to play. Not long after I could hear my seatmate talking on his cellphone. The flight attendant noticed it as well and made a short remark that he had to stop. More commotion to come as there was soon a young couple at the 3L/3R doors discussing something with the flight Attendants. Apparently one of the 2 was unwell and was offered a row for herself in the back. Good move in both situations by the crew. Bye Bye Brussels, see you next year.



SFN's sisters being prepared for their African missions.



As most of the time in Brussels we taxied towards runway 25R



Hmmm... I did not knew that our flight to New York would take us over Antartica today...



This is a map I do like, almost ready for takeoff!



Not too much of a wait here in Brussels. 10.49 in BRU or 4.49 in JFK the front office made the wise decision to push the throttles forward and to get OO-SFN in the air underway to the U, S of A.


Standard departure procedures, over the ring to the right.



Still a pretty long way to go to New York, but I did not mind at all as I felt that this was going to be a great flight.



Too bad there was nothing too much to see of the Belgian country side.



If you find this everywhere, you know you are flying Brussels Airlines



Soon my home town appeared on the map.



Bye the time we reached our cruising altitude we where over the North sea!



No land in sight anymore.



Soon another Flight Attendant came by asking if the box of chocolates where mine. When I responded I was made an offer which I could not say no to. Great to start your transatlantic journey this way.



11.50 in Belgium, 5.50 in Eastern United states or 1 hour since our departure. The first service round started, some nuts with a free glass of red wine. Even better start!



In the meanwhile we were above the UK. Not too much to see down there neither..



In the meanwhile I started a promo film of Belgium on the IFE screen. Actually this one is the motorway I took to the airport earlier.


12.35 in Brussels, 6.35 in New York or just about an hour and 45 minutes since we are airborne the main meal was served. Choices where between chicken or pasta. I decided to opt for the Coriander chicken which was one of the better in flight meals. The quantity and quality where superb. So good that I actually forgot to make a picture of it. However thanks to a great report of fellow member thegivenone you can see the meal after all. He had the same meal on his flight from Brussels to Nairobi
The New SN Experience: JFK-NBO-JFK With Pics (by thegivenone May 20 2013 in Trip Reports)

The coulds cleared but all I could see was ocean by now.


Indicating our journey over the Atlantic had started..



Or a better view  


13.05 in BRU, 7.05 in JFK or 2hrs 15 minutes since our departure another service round had started with the typical Belgian frisco.



And some hot tea to drink.



Not long after a duty free run began. Once that was completed the silence and the rest in the cabin returned. It was now about 13.45 in Brussels and 7.45 in New York. 3 hours since our takeoff and about 5 hours to go now. A first handy feature was the IFE console that was integrated in the seat and not in the armrest as some of the older systems have.



An ideal moment to give you a bit of a tour of the Inflight Entertainment system.



While still cruising high above the Atlantic



Integrated console.



The Map, one of the only views inflight. However when getting lower to the ground the zoom changes (see departure, arrival or my return report to come).



Choice of 50 movies and sitcoms on demand!


Or 50 audio tracks as well, did not realize that we had so many Belgian artists. Another nice touch of Brussels Airlines to put our small county on the map.



Or 10 board games.



The IFE system is controlled by a touch screen and is very easy to navigate with, one of the better systems I had seen already. While my neighbor went to use the restroom I quickly snapped a picture of the headrest that provided with some extra comfort.




9.45 in the Big Apple, 15.45 in the European capital or just about 5 hours after leaving the ground in Brussels. I finished some random movie and decided to take a peek outside of the window and was delighted to see that our Airbus A330 had already reached NewFoundland. One of my favorite sites when flying over the Atlantic.



After quite a few hours in the air it was more than time for a little stretch. I took this opportunity as well to make a cabin picture of the back of the bus.



Soon the purser noticed me taking a pic of the cabin and offered to take a picture of me in the cabin which I gladly accepted. After this I was thanked for the chocolates and started to talk with several crew members about SN and the industry. I must say I was very impressed about how our crew (and this would not be my first Brussels Airlines crew where I had encountered this) knew the industry very well. Which led to quite a lengthy conversation. I really did learn a lot, especially about their African network and different types of passengers they encounter on these routes. Before realizing the preparations for the second service began and I returned to my seat. 11.45 New York time, 17.45 Brussels time 7hours after being airborne the second service began. As on most carriers a hot sandwich was served, it tasted quite good to be honest.



Another map view:



As New York was getting closer and closer I made my final stretch and a lavatory visit. Even when you are in the smallest cabin of the aircraft, you still will be reminded which airline you are flying. Before returning to my seat I thanked the crew once again for the amazing flight.



12:20 at JFK, 18.20 back home in Brussels or 7 hours and a half since we where airborne the engines of OO-SFN where idled and soon we started heading towards the ground. Pretty cloudy above the US of A as well.



The majority of our crossing this morning.



As stated earlier how lower our altitude how more the map zoomed in.


The clouds started to break up over long island!



The entertainment system remained on however the majority of the passengers where enjoying the moving map and our flight progress.



I really like the wingtip.



Breaking the clouds.

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Once we broke the clouds we had an excellent view of long island.



Jamaica, NY



12.47 in New York, 18.47 in Brussels and just about 8 hours after takeoff Beeline 501 heavy made a smooth landing on runway 31L ending one of my best transatlantic crossings ever.



The only disadvantage of landing on this runway is that I could not enjoy the various traffic in New York. I did get to see the hanger of one of my least favorite airline.


Like seeing those American trucks again.



Soon the engines where shut down, and we waited to be towed into the gate. We were passed by a Delta airbus, I'm still having to get used to it but I do like the A319 in Delta colors.



13.01 in Eastern USA or 19.01 in Belgium the seat belt sign was turned off indicating we had arrived at our final parking position and the end of Brussels Airlines flight 501.

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My seatmate and I said eachother goodbye and the cabin of OO-SFN started to empty. A last picture of the rear Economy cabin.



And a peek into B.business as well! I wouldn't mind at all if I had to sit here.



And last but least a granted view of the 2 best seats of the Airbus A330-300.


13.10 New York time, 19.10 Brussels time I thanked the crew for the excellent flight and bad them farewell. I also got a request from our purser to be sure to tell my return crew she said hi. Nice touch!

Arrival in New York John F. Kennedy International Airport



Too bad OO-SFN was parked at a windowless gate, however walking towards immigration I could sneek a few pics of some traffic parked at Terminal 1. Aeroflot 100 from Moscow (Airbus A330-300)



Koreanair 81 from Seoul Incheon (Airbus A380-800)



At the end of the hallway I noticed a large queue form. When reaching the end of the line I was asked if I was a resident or a visitor. When responding I was a resident I was able to skip the line until the immigration hall. I'm glad I did not have to wait, I would estimate the wait for the visitors to be at least an hour and a half. The resident line did not take long at all, after immigration it wasn't a long wait for my luggage neither. Soon enough at 13.40 (30 mins after disembarking) I was in the main terminal area of terminal 1. FIAS with a very international list of destinations.

Post flight



I decided to opt for a shared ride to my hotel. I think this is the best way price-quality to get to town. You still have a bit of the comfort you would get from a taxi without paying the 52 USD to get there. The ride was there at 14.10. After picking up passengers from terminal 3 and 7 we were on our way into traffic. Once in Manhattan there was an arguement between a young couple and the bus driver because they mistakenly said the wrong street resulting in the driver being quite angry, upset and even a bit aggressive. After a wild ride I arrived at the Herald Square hotel at 16.00. Happy to be checked in I found this hotel to be one of the worst price/quality that I've encountered. Here is your room for 150 USD.



Bathroom, without proper warm water...


We won't talk about the almost non-existent wifi...Between my arrival in Brussels and my departure down to the Southeast I had a a bit less than 48 hours and except moaning about my hotel I did some other stuff as well.

Concorde tour at the intrepid museum.



The Inside.



G-BOAD, Wish I could have logged her in the air once  


Found on just about every square in NY



While starting a pretty big walk from Ground zero to Times square, a common sight as well.



And Finally we reached the destination.



This concludes part I of the trip report series, the next report will bring us down to South Carolina.

Overall verdict



There was a lot of controversy about Brussels Airlines' new JFK route. Why JFK while they would have a stronger network in Newark? How can a carrier succeed on a route with many competitors like Jet Airways? Maybe they could revamp their product....
Trying Brussels Airlines was a pleasure and well worth every eurocent spended in the ticket. Very comfortable seating, decent and extremely easy to navigate IFE system. The new interiors looked so great that one could not recognize that our Airbus A330 (OO-SFN) was almost celebrating it's 20th birthday. The soft product impressed me as well, high quality meals and great service. The African Coriander chicken tasted great. The crew was very friendly and proactive during all stages of flight. I was surprised about how much our crew in particular knew so much about the industry. Brussels Airlines' product is a half a mile ahead of any of the other US carriers on the route and in my personal opinion they are more or less on par with Jet Airways. The only improvement that needs to be done is their horrible website as it's really a pain to navigate with (no seat selection on long haul flights, unable to add FF number, hard to change a flight). Nevertheless I would not mind to choose Brussels Airlines again on another long haul flight and hope that their new Washington Dulles route is at least an equal succes!

Overall Remarks.



Brussels Airlines 0501 from Brussels to New York JFK:



Departure: 70% (Almost no lines and very smooth procedure, too bad no breakfast items in stock at 9.00)
Aircraft cleanliness : 90% (Very fresh and clean appearance, hard to say the A/C is 20 years old.)
Seat Comfort: 80% (Great leg room, well padded. Just no decent shoulder room)
Crew: 90% (Friendly and very knowledgeable and proactive)
IFE: 90% (Good choice and very user-friendly)
Catering: 90% (Very good portion and quality.)
Arrival: 80% (Easy and fast)

Total score = 84%


How did today's flight compare


Brussels Airlines 0501 on 21/DEC/2012 = 84 %
L. Haul Economy on Brussels Airlines Average = 83% (1st place of 10 in the category)
Brussels Airport average = 69% (39th place of the 51 in the category)
New York JFK average = 63% (48th place of the 51 in the category)
Airbus A330-300 average = 76% (10th place of the 39 in the category)

As a bonus I would like to give a list of regs I spotted in Brussels and New York JFK

Brussels Airport
G-EZGZ
OO-SSQ
OO-DWL
OO-DWF
OO-SSV
D-AEBQ
OE-LBQ
OK-OER
OO-SNA
OO-SFW
YL-BAX
OO-SFZ
OO-SFV
OO-SFO
OO-SFN
VT-JEL

New York John F .Kennedy International airport
N371NB
OO-SFN

Total facts in this trip report
1 New registration (OO-SFN)

Total facts in the series (report 1 of 3)
1 New registration (OO-SFN)

Thanks for reading and viewing this trip report, I hope you enjoyed reading it. As usual, comments and feedback are always welcome

Stay tuned for my next trip report:
Failed Delta Douglas 9 trip!!

Past trip reports:
A 5 Star Meet In The Bavarian Heat! (by MSS658 May 2 2013 in Trip Reports)
Germanwings, A Near Miss And A Smart Upgrade! (by MSS658 Mar 29 2013 in Trip Reports)
Flying The 274 Narrowbody Jet To Mallorca! (by MSS658 Mar 17 2013 in Trip Reports)
The Easy Way To (Air) Berlin! (by MSS658 Feb 16 2013 in Trip Reports)
Brussels-Frankfurt! The Kuwait Way! (by MSS658 Dec 17 2012 in Trip Reports)
Avrojetting To And From Copenhagen! (by MSS658 Nov 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
Toronto, Niagara And A Delayed YYZ-CDG! (by MSS658 Oct 22 2012 in Trip Reports)
Toronto City Centre? But Not On Porter! (by MSS658 Sep 23 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Canada? On Air Canada If Course! (by MSS658 Aug 31 2012 in Trip Reports)
SAS, Stockholm And The A.net Meeting! (by MSS658 Jul 29 2012 in Trip Reports)
Spectacular Southeastern Sunset Takeoff With US! (by MSS658 Jun 17 2012 in Trip Reports)
US Airways A332s, A Step Forward In The Fleet? (by MSS658 Apr 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
Going Home, The Star Alliance Way! (by MSS658 Mar 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
Jetting The Blue Way To New York! (by MSS658 Feb 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
Chasing The Storm On US Airways! (by MSS658 Jan 24 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains! (by MSS658 Jan 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
Losing My Southwest Virginity! (by MSS658 Dec 18 2011 in Trip Reports)
Au-revoir Continental! (by MSS658 Dec 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
SATA, The Azores And The A310 Part II (by MSS658 Nov 13 2011 in Trip Reports)
SATA, The Azores And The A310! Part I (by MSS658 Oct 16 2011 in Trip Reports)
Sun, Snow, Rain And ... Lufthansa! (by MSS658 Sep 4 2011 in Trip Reports)
Propping Around The Upstate! (by MSS658 Aug 7 2011 in Trip Reports)
US Airways And Irregular Operations! (by MSS658 Jul 17 2011 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa, There Is No Better Way To Fly! (by MSS658 Jul 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
A Short Hop On A Big Bird! (by MSS658 Feb 27 2011 in Trip Reports)
A West Side Flight On The East Side! (by MSS658 Jan 9 2011 in Trip Reports)
Wifi And Condensation On US Airways! (by MSS658 Dec 10 2010 in Trip Reports)
Air Canada, North America's Hidden Jewel? (by MSS658 Nov 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
A Ride With A Rare Blue Bird! (by MSS658 Oct 31 2010 in Trip Reports)
US Airways A333's.Are They Really That Bad? Part 2 (by MSS658 Oct 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
US Airways A330-300's. Are They Really That Bad? (by MSS658 Oct 16 2010 in Trip Reports)


Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
30 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6764 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 17412 times:

Hi Marc,

nice report about this transatlantic flight, SN's Y Class product looks fine. I recently seriously considered flying SN long-haul, but decided to try an alternative in the end.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
After installing myself I made a quick stop in the back galley to give my classic gift trick. The flight Attendant that received the box was a bit reserved but thanked me friendly.

Sometimes this gesture may be interpreted as a kind of bribery, that could explain the reaction. But good hear it worked out in the end.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Choices where between chicken or pasta. I decided to opt for the Coriander chicken which was one of the better in flight meals. The quantity and quality where superb. So good that I actually forgot to make a picture of it.

I cannot believe you forgot the picture!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 17131 times:

Hello Planehunter

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Hi Marc,

nice report about this transatlantic flight, SN's Y Class product looks fine. I recently seriously considered flying SN long-haul, but decided to try an alternative in the end.

Thanks, I'm glad you liked the report!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Sometimes this gesture may be interpreted as a kind of bribery, that could explain the reaction. But good hear it worked out in the end.

Glad it did worked out indeed!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
I cannot believe you forgot the picture!


PH

I know, you wouldn't imagine how frustrated it was a few days after when I couldn't find the picture anymore  


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineTomskii From Belgium, joined May 2011, 467 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 15888 times:

Great TR again Marc,

I hope I will be on one of SN's a330's soon to JFK or IAD 

Tom



Nikon D90 + Nikkor f4.5-5.6 18-105mm + Tamron f4-5.6 70-300mm
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1703 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 15050 times:
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Hello Marc,

Thanks for this nice SN writeup. I’m really glad to see all this positive feedback lately, looks like pax are enjoying the route and cabin refurb. For a direct flight, SN really has a competitive product, I’m quite curious to see how 9W does business on this sector. Hopefully the 2nd US destination will prove as succesful!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
United downgraded their equipment as well from a 3 class Boeing 777-200ER to a 2 class Boeing 767-400ER.

Compared to the US carriers, SN is really the better choice objectively.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
only showing my American passport was enough for them

Are you partly a US citizen  Wow!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
however there were no breakfast items anymore available

Yes, that’s one main gripe of the A terminal: only a small shop in the beginning and halfway the terminal to get a bite to eat (take away).

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
the front office made the wise decision to push the throttles forward and to get OO-SFN in the air underway to the U, S of A.

You mean pull the throttles iso push I guess  

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I took this opportunity as well to make a cabin picture of the back of the bus.

Looks like a healthy load.

Sultanils

[Edited 2013-05-30 22:42:21]


In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 14410 times:

Hi Marc !

nice to read report covering b.airlines from your hands ... for me this is the most successfully cabin transformation under the LH ,nothing to pretentious and very elegantly follows existing SN brand ... SN crew and food offer is up to the standard and nothing surprises me that this route is so successful ... this is good decision to put this horse on transatlantic race ...
I look forward to continuing ... thanks stipica  



Open your eyes and think
User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1196 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 14309 times:

Hotels in New York are very expensive.

Look at Tripadvisor next time to check reviews.


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1454 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 14260 times:

Hi Marc,

Good to read a report on SN's longhaul product. I love the branding everywhere, especially that big blue b in the washroom. The crew looked after you well, the chocs worked again. Those headrests are very classy and they look better than a lot of economy ones.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
G-BOAD, Wish I could have logged her in the air once

Me too 

Btw, never knew you had an American passport!

Happy flying & see you soon in Lille!
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 13514 times:

Nice report Marc, thanks for sharing! Looks like SN has a very decent product on the route - I wish them lots of succes with their transatlantic ventures!

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26954 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days ago) and read 13219 times:

Hey Marc  

Another very enjoyable read as always. Impressed by the product offered. Looked very decent .

I see you got NCL Gem in the background at the Concorde museum.   Lovely ship .

Seems you flew over Ireland not far from me also  

Glad you had a good trip .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6558 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 12648 times:

Hi Marc !

Very nice report with nice pictures! Good to see you try another airline trans Atlantic.

Meals look nice !

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
A first handy feature was the IFE console that was integrated in the seat and not in the armrest as some of the older systems have.

I disagree with you here; Controls can be on the screen but the head phone jack should be in the armrest. It seems like a very few options when it comes to music; 4 albums only of pop/rock ? Even Biman Bangladesh has more choices than that......

The crew makes the biggest difference and they seemed to have made the biggest difference here.

The hotel room in Manhattan is really small and VERY expensive.....

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 12575 times:

Good Evening folks!


@Tom:

Quoting Tomskii (Reply 3):
Great TR again Marc,

I hope I will be on one of SN's a330's soon to JFK or IAD

Tom

Thanks!


@Nils:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
Hello Marc,

Thanks for this nice SN writeup. I’m really glad to see all this positive feedback lately, looks like pax are enjoying the route and cabin refurb. For a direct flight, SN really has a competitive product, I’m quite curious to see how 9W does business on this sector. Hopefully the 2nd US destination will prove as succesful!

Thanks, I believe 9W still does good, mainly due to the India-US traffic?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
Compared to the US carriers, SN is really the better choice objectively.

That's a fact!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
Are you partly a US citizen Wow!

Remember the lost passport series in 2010  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
Yes, that’s one main gripe of the A terminal: only a small shop in the beginning and halfway the terminal to get a bite to eat (take away).

Thumbs down on this one.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
You mean pull the throttles iso push I guess

Don't you pull the throttles when slowing down??

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
Looks like a healthy load.

Sultanils

Hear it's quite often like that.

@stipica

Quoting stipica (Reply 5):
Hi Marc !

nice to read report covering b.airlines from your hands ... for me this is the most successfully cabin transformation under the LH ,nothing to pretentious and very elegantly follows existing SN brand ... SN crew and food offer is up to the standard and nothing surprises me that this route is so successful ... this is good decision to put this horse on transatlantic race ...
I look forward to continuing ... thanks stipica

Thanks, the b.product is very great and even to be a bit better than mother LH's product IMO.

@lychesma

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
Hotels in New York are very expensive.

tell me...

@Hannah

Quoting infodesk (Reply 7):
Hi Marc,

Good to read a report on SN's longhaul product. I love the branding everywhere, especially that big blue b in the washroom. The crew looked after you well, the chocs worked again. Those headrests are very classy and they look better than a lot of economy ones.

Thanks, I must say that the Eco product of SN does really beat many competitors.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 7):
Btw, never knew you had an American passport!

Yup, dual nationality

@Robert:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 8):
Nice report Marc, thanks for sharing! Looks like SN has a very decent product on the route - I wish them lots of succes with their transatlantic ventures!

Thanks, glad you liked it!


@ Philip

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Hey Marc

Another very enjoyable read as always. Impressed by the product offered. Looked very decent .

Thanks, I can only recconmend trying them  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
I see you got NCL Gem in the background at the Concorde museum. Lovely ship .

I noticed that!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Seems you flew over Ireland not far from me also

Haha... next time I will wave down  


@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
Hi Marc !

Very nice report with nice pictures! Good to see you try another airline trans Atlantic.

Meals look nice !

Thanks, glad you liked the report!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
I disagree with you here; Controls can be on the screen but the head phone jack should be in the armrest. It seems like a very few options when it comes to music; 4 albums only of pop/rock ? Even Biman Bangladesh has more choices than that......

Thankfully there where more options than the one displayed on the pics  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
The crew makes the biggest difference and they seemed to have made the biggest difference here.

Fact

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
The hotel room in Manhattan is really small and VERY expensive.....

Unafortunally a fact as well

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man

It will be Delta Domestic  


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinenimool From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 22 hours ago) and read 12435 times:

very nicely detailed and enjoyable report thanks  


If its not Boeing im not Going!
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1290 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 11921 times:

Hi Marc, interesting read there. SN looks to have improved a lot since Gabriel reported on their A330's to Africa last year. Wouldn't mind giving them a go long haul actually. Tried them once between BRU-LHR and they weren't too bad. Almost had another chance to fly them late last year, however the flight was delayed so ended up with the tried and tested LH instead!

Good pice from NYC too - probably one of my favourite trips I've done! Every time I see a report from there that includes destination pics, it brings back the good memories!

Looking forward to the following parts.



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User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 454 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 11839 times:
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Hey Marc,

Very nice trip report you've got there! Really enjoyed it since I logged the same flight and aircraft almost a year go (time flies, ya know!).

Allow me to share some feedback/thoughts. . .   

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
The new interiors looked so great that one could not recognize that our Airbus A330 (OO-SFN) was almost celebrating it's 20th birthday

Exactly, they did a great job refurbishing those cabins!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
The only improvement that needs to be done is their horrible website as it's really a pain to navigate with (no seat selection on long haul flights, unable to add FF number, hard to change a flight). Nevertheless I would not mind to choose Brussels Airlines again on another long haul flight and hope that their new Washington Dulles route is at least an equal succes!

Yeah SN's website disappointed me several times in the past (too much but oh well, I'm sure you already know how much I can hate them sometimes).

Regarding the IAD service, I think that will do well! If the LH748i isn't an option, I'll go for SN, for sure.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
And a peek into B.business as well! I wouldn't mind at all if I had to sit here.

Yeah it was ok... haha just kidding, great experience.

I'm glad to see they treated you well in Y! Looks like a very nice product as well.Thanks for the trip report and keep them coming.

Cheers,

Niek



'A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.' - Winston Churchill
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 11832 times:
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Hoi Marc,

Nice to see you flying another airline TATL. SN looks very good here, I love their interior!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
United downgraded their equipment as well from a 3 class Boeing 777-200ER to a 2 class Boeing 767-400ER.

During some periods they still use the 777..

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I must say that the CRJ2 is not my favorite aircraft at all.

Same here, I barely fit in it 
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I'm always impressed by the A concourse in Brussels I must say.

I quite like the A concourse at BRU myself too!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I tried pulling the joke that I would find my seat by turning left. Well, it did not work. However I did get a laugh and a respond in the meaning of "You can always try".

You try that joke everytime dont you 
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Jet Airways 229 leaving for Delhi, maybe soon to be no sight anymore in Brussels

Will be great to see those at AMS!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
started her pushback towards the runway

You pushed back all the way to the runway :O 
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
If you find this everywhere, you know you are flying Brussels Airlines

Love the winglet!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Soon another Flight Attendant came by asking if the box of chocolates where mine. When I responded I was made an offer which I could not say no to. Great to start your transatlantic journey this way.

That was very nice of her, cheers!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
As on most carriers a hot sandwich was served, it tasted quite good to be honest.

Was there anything in it?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I did get to see the hanger of one of my least favorite airline.

Nothing wrong with Jetblue    
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Happy to be checked in I found this hotel to be one of the worst price/quality that I've encountered. Here is your room for 150 USD.

Wow, that room is very poor for 150USD :O Didn't you check any reviews on the hotel?

Thanks for sharing yet another TATL experience, really enjoyed it and looking forward to the next part!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 11269 times:

Hello All

@Nimool:

Quoting nimool (Reply 12):
very nicely detailed and enjoyable report thanks

Thanks  

@James:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 13):
Hi Marc, interesting read there. SN looks to have improved a lot since Gabriel reported on their A330's to Africa last year. Wouldn't mind giving them a go long haul actually. Tried them once between BRU-LHR and they weren't too bad. Almost had another chance to fly them late last year, however the flight was delayed so ended up with the tried and tested LH instead!

Hi James, Glad you enjoyed it.
SN has improved quite a bit since then, I remember that report actually and was a bit dissapointed then by SN as well.
You should try them out one day!

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 14):
Hey Marc,

Very nice trip report you've got there! Really enjoyed it since I logged the same flight and aircraft almost a year go (time flies, ya know!).

Hi Niek,
Thanks. But wasn't it OO-SFV on the return we had in common?

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 14):
Exactly, they did a great job refurbishing those cabins!

I can only agree!

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 14):
Yeah SN's website disappointed me several times in the past (too much but oh well, I'm sure you already know how much I can hate them sometimes).

Regarding the IAD service, I think that will do well! If the LH748i isn't an option, I'll go for SN, for sure.

Well that website is big *****

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 14):
Yeah it was ok... haha just kidding, great experience.


I'm glad to see they treated you well in Y! Looks like a very nice product as well.Thanks for the trip report and keep them coming.

Cheers,

Niek

Would not mind sitting there as well.

@Brendan:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Hoi Marc,

Nice to see you flying another airline TATL. SN looks very good here, I love their interior!

Was a great way to fly indeed

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
During some periods they still use the 777..

or the 757..

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
I quite like the A concourse at BRU myself too!

Great space and room!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):

You try that joke everytime dont you

haha, you got me  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
That was very nice of her, cheers!

And it tasted pretty good!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Was there anything in it?

Cheese

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Nothing wrong with Jetblue

You know my opinion :p

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Wow, that room is very poor for 150USD :O Didn't you check any reviews on the hotel?

Thanks for sharing yet another TATL experience, really enjoyed it and looking forward to the next part!

cheers,

Brendan

It was poor indeed, Stay tuned!!


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 10718 times:

Hi Marc,

very nice report here, looks like you had a really good flight there with SN. Service and catering looks very nice. Also I really like how they have their logo everywhere, it looks really stylish, especially on the winglet.

A shame about that hotel in New York, what a shabby room for that price. Well, it is Manhattan after all, but still....

Thanks a lot for sharing
CaptainRed


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 10289 times:

Hello Captain

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Hi Marc,

very nice report here, looks like you had a really good flight there with SN. Service and catering looks very nice. Also I really like how they have their logo everywhere, it looks really stylish, especially on the winglet.

Thanks, glad you liked it  
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
A shame about that hotel in New York, what a shabby room for that price. Well, it is Manhattan after all, but still....

I know...

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineEmek96 From Germany, joined Apr 2013, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 10160 times:

Hey Marc !

Nice report of another of your atlantic-crossings!
SN seems to be quite good, I think better than LH. I didn't expect that service on them.
Their new business is nice also, seems like LH introduce a new standard (the same on LX and OS)
Also alsways nice to visit a Concorde, in my mind the greatest plane ever, I visited one in Sinsheim, maybe you know it, it is a museum in germany which has a concorde and a TU-144, quite impressive.

Regards

Elias


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4268 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 10007 times:

Hi Marc,

thanks for writing up your trip to NY on SNBA. They really have some old Airbusses flying around, but the refurbished cabin sure looks good and comfortable. About the legroom not so sure, what would happen if I take your seat? I think they are not as good as we find on YCL with carriers like MH or CZ. Overall description about the service sounds really nice.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Jet Airways 229 leaving for Delhi, maybe soon to be no sight anymore in Brussels

But soon in AMS (I heard ... )  

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9571 times:

Hello Eric and Elias

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 19):
Hey Marc !

Nice report of another of your atlantic-crossings!
SN seems to be quite good, I think better than LH. I didn't expect that service on them.
Their new business is nice also, seems like LH introduce a new standard (the same on LX and OS)

Thanks, glad you liked it!
I must say that they did top LH on an earlier MUC-MIA flight I took in 2010!

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 19):
Also alsways nice to visit a Concorde, in my mind the greatest plane ever, I visited one in Sinsheim, maybe you know it, it is a museum in germany which has a concorde and a TU-144, quite impressive.

New for me, good to know  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
Hi Marc,

thanks for writing up your trip to NY on SNBA. They really have some old Airbusses flying around, but the refurbished cabin sure looks good and comfortable.

Glad you liked it, SN did to some good work there  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
About the legroom not so sure, what would happen if I take your seat? I think they are not as good as we find on YCL with carriers like MH or CZ

I admit I havent had that much expercience with Asian carriers till now!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
But soon in AMS (I heard ... )

Any set date yet?


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1822 posts, RR: 19
Reply 22, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9491 times:

Hi Marc

Thanks for the excellent report. Somehow SN Brussels is an airline we don't hear that much about, so it's all the better to have this report of yours. The hardware looks rather nice actually. Just out of curiosity, did the guy next to you comment at all about you taking that picture of the leg room?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
As New York was getting closer and closer I made my final stretch and a lavatory visit. Even when you are in the smallest cabin of the aircraft, you still will be reminded which airline you are flying. Before returning to my seat I thanked the crew once again for the amazing flight.

The loo looks very seriously funky with those blue lights. It's perhaps a tad inconvenient though if you want to check yourself in the mirror.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
And a peek into B.business as well! I wouldn't mind at all if I had to sit here.

Is that the same seats Swiss has or is it just very similar?

Cheers,
Williakm


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9375 times:

Hi, M.,

good to follow you´re well written story now.
Also the pictures, well done.
It seems SN offers a very good product here on you´re flight.
Watching for more, you know.
Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: The eastern Intersky!.
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8873 times:

Sorry for the late reply guys!

Hi william

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 22):
Hi Marc

Thanks for the excellent report. Somehow SN Brussels is an airline we don't hear that much about, so it's all the better to have this report of yours. The hardware looks rather nice actually. Just out of curiosity, did the guy next to you comment at all about you taking that picture of the leg room?

My pleasure,
No he didn't at all  
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 22):
The loo looks very seriously funky with those blue lights. It's perhaps a tad inconvenient though if you want to check yourself in the mirror.

Haha, I did not have any probs with it

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 22):
Is that the same seats Swiss has or is it just very similar?

Cheers,
Williakm

Same design!

Hey Markus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 23):
Hi, M.,

good to follow you´re well written story now.
Also the pictures, well done.

Thanks!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 23):
t seems SN offers a very good product here on you´re flight.

I can only agree

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinerobcol99 From Turkey, joined Jun 2004, 294 posts, RR: 2
Reply 25, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8405 times:

Hello Marc,
Thanks for the report. Once again, I'm convinced that BRU is a great airport to spot. Thanks again for the images.


A question is from which source do you get the actual routing of the atlantic crossing?


Regards,


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 26, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week ago) and read 7962 times:

Hello robco99

Quoting robcol99 (Reply 25):
Hello Marc,
Thanks for the report. Once again, I'm convinced that BRU is a great airport to spot. Thanks again for the images

Thanks!

Quoting robcol99 (Reply 25):
A question is from which source do you get the actual routing of the atlantic crossing?

Can be found on sites such as flightaware.com

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 27, posted (1 year 2 months 2 hours ago) and read 7334 times:

Hey Marc

Superb report with many details and some nice pictures, the bonus at this end is pretty cool   .

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Our neighbor. OO-SFZ being prepared for flight SN463 to Kigali, At this point the only aircraft that has not been refurbed yet.

Oh no, do you know when will it be completed, as i hate Lottery...

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
So good that I actually forgot to make a picture of it.

a such basic, how is it possible?  
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
the 2 best seats of the Airbus A330-300.

agree, in term of viewing and a NO for comfort   .


After you Delta TR will you post SN502?

Many thanks for sharing



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 28, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6804 times:

Hello Leo

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 27):
Hey Marc

Superb report with many details and some nice pictures, the bonus at this end is pretty cool

Thanks, glad you liked it.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 27):
Oh no, do you know when will it be completed, as i hate Lottery...

All A/C are completed

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 27):
a such basic, how is it possible?

Shame on me   ....

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 27):
After you Delta TR will you post SN502?

haha surprise  


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3246 posts, RR: 12
Reply 29, posted (1 year 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5066 times:

Nice report Marc - nice of your to be able to try out the new SN hardware - looks like they've done a good job on the cabin.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Soon another Flight Attendant came by asking if the box of chocolates where mine. When I responded I was made an offer which I could not say no to. Great to start your transatlantic journey this way.

Nice to get some champers to start your trip

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
FIAS with a very international list of destinations.

I think that's the first time i've seen the 24 hour clock used in the States!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
After a wild ride I arrived at the Herald Square hotel at 16.00. Happy to be checked in I found this hotel to be one of the worst price/quality that I've encountered. Here is your room for 150 USD.

Looks horrid, but what can you expect in NYC?!



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 30, posted (1 year 4 weeks ago) and read 4740 times:

Hi Gabriel:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 29):
Nice report Marc - nice of your to be able to try out the new SN hardware - looks like they've done a good job on the cabin.

Thanks, must agree. Light years ahead of what it was.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 29):
Nice to get some champers to start your trip

Nothing beats that.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 29):
I think that's the first time i've seen the 24 hour clock used in the States!

I've seen it before, I believe in BOS

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 29):
Looks horrid, but what can you expect in NYC?!

Tell me about it..

Greetings
Marc



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