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Kenya Airways (J) & Gulf Air (Y) To Paris, Via DXB  
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 21699 times:

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Fourth of July !!!




Besides being THE national holiday in The United States, July 4th marks the Liberation Day and the end of the 100 days of remembrance as Rwandans and friends of Rwanda across the world commemorated the genocide against the Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

On a flight from Dar Es Salaam flown by 3 French crew members, the President Habyarimana's plane crash, which was also carrying Burundian President, Cyprien Ntaryamira, was one of the triggers that sparked the slaughter.

The Presidential Palace Museum is one of the new museums in Kigali that gives visitors an overview of Rwanda’s history. One can also visit some of the flight debris for the  FALCON 50's presidential plane that went down on 6th April 1994. Photography wise, only prior your date, a formal written request to the competent authority (INMR) could grant you this freedom.


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Fragments of a French gift at Presidential Palace Museum – Kanombe




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Dassault Aviation Falcon 50, registered 9XR-NN




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Horizontal and vertical stabilizers




Located just 2 km away from Kigali International Airport, the best idea then was to go for some spotting. This is almost like the world famous "In & Out" in Los Angeles or the Heathrow Renaissance Hotel since it took me barely 3 hours or so to achieve this fantastic outcome   :


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Google Earth





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Silverback Cargo DC8s stored away




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Rwandan Defence Force Mil Mi-8




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RwandAir from Bujumbura




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Dedicaced to Sjacob : Air Uganda bound to its hub




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This one suits well to Gabrielchew




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Ethiopian from Entebbe




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The climax of this spotting...




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...Is one of Suryo's most favorite airline




Before going back downtown to see the latest changes, let's have a look at the powerful marketing used by airlines that has instigated the choice for that trip.


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Earning DreamMiles on direct a route or jetting out with famous sportsmen ?




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Skyteam alliance would be a fair pick this time !




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For sure, the Dream)liner plus Skyteam bring about a perfect combo !




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Hmm maybe not them, since they are not insured by COGEAR LTD




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Maybe the fortunate April KLM's Promo Awards merit consideration !




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Of course, there is always a catch  .



So here are some quick shots of Kigali.

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Skyline in a late afternoon




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Brand new City Hall built by a Chinese firm, involved in a 5 star hotel too...




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...International standards with Marriott to open before 2014








Among the eight airlines that fly in to Rwanda, the last options never flown on my side remain South African and Brussels Airlines, quickly ruled out.

Then, the Flying Blue website exonerated me from emigrating in a "delicious" A330 blue jet.
Kenya Airways cost next to nothing, so few clicks later, the deal was closed.


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Time saving procedure




On the departure day, busy biding adieu to everyone and also because of the usually high security threat level during the commemoration period, all pre check-in photos have been taken a different day.

As a matter of fact, at the first bagage scan an English cocker spaniel helped security officers by sniffing every passenger belongings.


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(Taken another day )




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As stated by Alex ''very 1970s French chic ... sort of like a calmer''




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Public areas (Taken another day )




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The future is close : RwandAir to operate Dream)liner soon...(Taken another day )




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Arabica coffee producing regions (Taken another day )




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FIDS




Justin, a friendly agent dressed with a Rwandair uniform, performed the check-in in no time.
Out of curiosity, i asked how much would cost a last minute upgrade ( usd 150 ), but the bad news from Flying Blue is that now this segment (all East African destinations in fact) accrues only 500 miles instead of 750 few months ago  .

Before hitting the lounge, Rwandair flight to dxb was called to board demonstrating deductively a very healthy load.

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Business channel




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Equal treatment to everybody : a little wait   .




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Transit passengers area providing an American coffee house outlet and a bigger dutyfree




A very warm welcome by the enthusiastic receptionnist asking if i needed a presentation of the lounge made me feel at ease straight forward.


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Multi airlines lounge entrance




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Food and beverage buffet




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Prices list for alcoholic substances




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Tea, orange juice, pineapple chunks and Japanese plum




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A reliable internet access




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Since 2009, newest buildings get British plugs, whilst continental Europe plugs still equip many places across the country… A such annoyance  !




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Rwandair's long haul fleet   .





The boarding, called at 10h45, irritated strongly the traveller sitting next to me who had just poured and started to enjoy his large glass of wine until he was forced by the ground agent to drink it down.


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Boarding thru a jetbridge ?




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Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways and Rwandair...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki
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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 21590 times:

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Sunday, the 21st of April 2013
Kenya Airways KQ468
Kigali International – Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta
Distance: 471 miles
Embraer 170 5Y – KYG
ETD/ETA: 11h35 – 14h05
ATD/ATA: 11h10 – 13h30
Duration: 1h20



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The backbone of KQ regional fleet




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Among the last to step inside the Embraer, Evariste and Ruth still greeted me with a genuine smile. As usual the pretakeoff service followed quickly with a choice of 4 drinks (bubbly, water, orange or apple juice), 2 kenyan newspapers, the menu and a warm and thick hot towel being handed over.




Seat 2F (taken in flight)






Recline OK (the African lady behind breastfed her toddler without nursing cover)




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Pitch ok too !




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Newspaper and pre take off drink




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An amusing « not so professional » french translated menu !




After the meal order taken, the safety demo was shown manually and then taxiing and anticipated take off. Who said one day that Kenya Airways was "the pride of delays" ???

Load in business reached 7/8 including a passenger without J ticket who has been directed to take a seat in front section by the ground staff. This flight originates from Bujumbura – capital city of Burundi.


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Push back very early




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Full thrust applied, do you recognise these birds ?




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The highly fortified Kanombe military camp, home of former Rwanda's French-trained elite unit the Para-commando battalions




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The Presidential Palace Museum lies beneath us




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Being airborne should have occurred at 11h45




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Are cigarettes really sold by 19 in HKG ?




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Lakes Lwelo & Bisongu with behind, the Kagera River being crossed over by Lukeyboy95 at Rusumo Bridge




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When half of the eco section got their lunch trays containing a hot meal, the crew sprung into action for a speedy service in J. Being a serious meat lover, i decided to try out the tilapia thing because on a previous J trip with KQ, they did not stock up enough fish to cater my wish.
The taste of the sauce impressed making this meal enjoyable. I was disappointed that there were no sweet options available whatsoever. It was nice to get linen, metal cutlery and toothpick too.

The crew was eager to serve hot drink or anything else after that helped me to mostly doze off with music over the splendid Lake Victoria and for the rest of an uneventful flight.


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Flying over the Lake Victoria for the 15th times. Cheers !




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Over the lake, the fish meal seems adequate




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A wee Amarula to wash down everything




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As usual a peek in eco




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Waiting for the loo, with a view i'm more accustomed to




Landing well ahead of schedule as usual runway 6, the lay over in NBO was longish so it was not so worthy.


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Lush green landscape when descending into NBO




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In final, Kapa Oil Refineries on Mombasa Road




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A 104 with A 109 junction with Crownplex




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Touchdown




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So sorry for this winglet !




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The closest rival going to Burundi next




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An Embraer farm




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Construction of the Unit 4 in the background




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Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways and Rwandair...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 21533 times:

Here we go again, after more than a year transiting thru Skytrax Europe's best and Middle East's fourth best airports, back to the fundamentals by giving you an update of the East African Skyteam hub. The decision got prompted by the beginning of the renovation in the international units seen last year.
Also in December 2011, the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) gave Anhui Construction Company, a Chinese firm, the tender to construct a new airport terminal and a second runway adjacent to JKIA. The “Greenfield Project” will double the handling capacity of Kenya’s largest airport to over 20 million passengers annually.  it is expected to begin in November and scheduled to be completed in 2017.

Among the key JKIA Airport operators, Pascall & Watson, the architects, have previously worked on similar projects including Heathrow Terminal 5, Dublin Terminal 2 and Abu Dhabi Terminal 3.





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Karibu sana !




A 5h or so lay over, extended by an unbelievable early arrival of the inbound flight, enabled to discover the new features that could finally enhance the standards from this regional semi-circular shaped platform. So what's new in here?

1) The best spotting area, within the "Transit Restaurant" at the top floor next to the BA Executive Lounge has been rearranged and offers now less window, but more affordable meal items.

2) Parents and grandparents will now appreciate to let the kids having fun and running around in the well designated area exclusively for the little ones.

3) The new Burgundy Lounge, also referred as the smoking has now opened, avoiding many nicotine-addicted travellers to pay the hefty fee of usd/eur/gbp/chf 20 to get a transit visa.

4) I totally forgot to reach the regional departure area at the ground level (gate 3) to verify what was substituted for the crappy but convenient dormitory lying down there.

5) I could feel some cool air, meaning that the air-con is now fully operational in all areas

6) The holding rooms behind the shops leading down to docked aircrafts , yet accessible through their own security stations, got fitted with more newer seats.

7) Improved and newly designed business class and Elite Plus lounge now called also "Simba lounge" instead of "Premier Lounge".


On this latter point, Ugandan fellow A.netter Sjacob opened the doors and experienced the first for Airliners.net this state of art place (according to African standards   ). Unfortunately for him, the conditions were not gathered to fulfill his enjoyment and relaxation in this sanctuary whilst he was travelling back home :

The Return Home: BOM - NBO - EBB (Kenya Airways) (by sjacob Mar 23 2012 in Trip Reports)


A mini lounge hoping was available nevertheless. On that specific Sunday, it might look like that both lounges did not welcome too many passengers, moreover a minor technical issue with the hot buffet prevented the long existing Simba lounge from serving any hot dish, probably repulsing many frequent/first time users to rest in, resulting on what one could have craved for many years: a real kind of sanctuary. So, the couple of business travellers working there appreciated mostly its quietness.



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Promoting the Premier World




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Foremost Simba lounge entrance




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New and comfortable furniture




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Serene environment to unwind




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British, Kenyan and Arab Newspapers




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Snacking a beef salad




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Located at the top floor, Transit restaurant with a nice view over the apron




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A satisfactory lounge for Signol's Family ?




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QR and Star alliance cargo ships




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Etihad Airways




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Kenyan airline SAX's DC9




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Recent smoking area




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Comtemporary and redesigned Simba lounge




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Newspaper stand




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Can you spot the Scottish flags ?




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Sample of all day selections




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Lunch time offer (beef and chicken)




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Nice to see the most common staple starch ugali here




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Cheese cakes will suffice presently




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Shower room




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Sample of evening meal choices




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It does look really good





You can notice JKIA Nairobi has a welcoming atmosphere, as it is now relaxing and inviting. You can still browse in peace among the duty free shops but there will always be help on hand if you need it. There is also the famous coffee shop "Java house" moderately priced suitable for friends and irregular visitors.

At 18h47 sharp and the announcement "last call to board", time to make a move towards the correct gate escorted by an courteous agent, but... hmm, still this excessive distance to cover!

The departure lounge totally deserted as well as the (half) jet-bridge leading to KYX, proved a great news, since before there was no – apart from disabled passengers and families – a priority boarding for status holders.



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Departure lounge




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Boeing 767-3P6(ER) 5Y-KYX





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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 21488 times:

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Sunday, the 21st of April 2013
Kenya Airways KQ310
Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta – Dubai International
Distance: 2205 miles
Boeing 767-3P6(ER) 5Y-KYX
ETD/ETA: 19h20 – 1h35
ATD/ATA: 19h22 – 1h33
Duration: 5h10






Excellent greeting at the door by a female attendant, named Mercy expressing a genuine smile.
Since the thrice weekly flight KQ862 to Hong Kong at 22h45 gets a stopover in Dubai, complementing the daily KQ310, it may explain the light load on that night in business (7/20).

Without waiting, pre take off service; a welcome beverage (juices, water, champagne), as well as printed menus, were first passed out. Announcements made in English and Swahili introduced the crew. Then a comprehensive amenity kit from an unknown brand( La Rui?), English or African newspapers and a cheap outmoded headset identical to the one given behind the curtain, were handed over.

The order was taken counterclockwise and at 19h25, taxiing to the active runway 06.


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An Y class headset.




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At least, a comprehensive pouch






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Route map




The seat belt signal switched off, a lapse of time of just 25 minutes before the f/a visited their guests with a round of drinks and something to nibble. When i chose again champ, Barry pulled out a bottle of "Bollinger Special Cuvée" from the trolley, which entirely surprised me. ( not because of the James Bond's special vintage lol)
Here on the Nairobi – Dubai menu, nothing was specifically mentioned about the brand, although in the Kigali - Nairobi sector, one can clearly remember the brand " Moet Chandon" stipulated.

Nonetheless, the chatty Barry expressed hopefulness in clarifying this trivial interrogation and explained that Flights from Europe are stocked up with "Moet"; While others get Bollinger. His last comment added that due to an unforeseen logistic incident, all flights would be served the same brand for few days such as the Bollinger in a 37.5 cl bottle.

Then, he questioned me about my preference. Admittedly my palate is not enough educated to even differentiate them, so, as soon as KQ do not trade it for sparkling wine produced outside the France's Champagne Region, any of them would fit the bill.



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Mixed nuts and a glass of bubbly






Half size bottle




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Airshow got replaced




Soon after the dinner arrived with a single choice first, an healthy and tasty salad if not inspiring hors d'oeuvre. The tray contained the hot garlic bread and Barry suggested the Bordeaux wine to go with the main: interesting proposition, though i recall having the exact same wine few years ago on KQ.

For the main, i've opted for the mouthwatering beef medallion (btw here is the reason why i did not select the tournedos on the previous flight)

The presentation was classic and looked appetizing, i've really enjoyed it because the cooking of the meat - rare and tender - reached the perfection. Broccoli, green beans and carrot were crunchy...thumbs up
Chapati appeared to be a nice discovery, absolutely gorgeous mint flavour, however i would not consume this on a daily basis.

Temptation was high to request another medallion, but i thought maybe this praiseworthy crew would like to try it too. My conscience made me test the chicken breast instead. It was also a delight but the scalloped potato seemed to be mash and the cheese layer at the top not enough gratinated.

The crew finally allowed me to combine the plate of Kenyan cheeses and a dessert, sadly, others passengers eating at a faster rhythm left me with the rather simple fruit salad option rather than the Tiramisu. Well not a big deal as it was pure greed anyway.

A coffee along with the South African Liquor Amarula completed this generous dinner.


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« Medley of Pickled Vegetables »




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Selection of warm breads




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« Beef Medallion, balsamic jus, roasted sweet potato mash and fresh market vegetables »




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Perfectly cooked




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« Chicken Breast with Sweet Tomato Marmalade, Scalloped potatoes, Kenyan beans tossed in sesame seeds »




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« Tropical Fruit Platter » and a «  Choice of Kenyan Farmhouse Cheese »




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Coffee and Amarula time




Before dozing off, let's tour both cabins.
As you could notice the safety card mentions the registration of this aircraft rather than just the type ( B767 or B777... etc) which is usually not a good attestation of quality with KQ.

The beige color of the wall was not really trendy, also the square shaped overhead bins remind me the 24 years old age of this frame. J lays out in 2-1-2 in 4 rows in a similar configuration than other B767. 3 wall mounted screens were broadcasting movies and music mainly in a dark cabin without mood lighting.

The economy section has 6 wall mounted TV screens and lays out in a kind of roomy 2-3-2 configuration. The load factor could reach 70 % maybe as few passengers enjoyed an entire row for themselves.


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Pitch in emergency exit seats




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Lavatory





So back to the seat for restful moments.

While Mercy and Barry strolled the cabin with the duty free items for sale, a sudden turbulence surprised a traveller who spilt his coffee in his trouser. Trying to remove the spot himself, he did not have enough time to think about pressing the F/A button call that Perez, with an apologetic smile, stood already beside his seat holding out some hot wet towels.

In term of comfort this adjustable lie flat seat matches with the continental competitors, in fact i've managed to sleep a good hour.
However for the other elements, Kenya Airways lag far behind the market now. I'd assume that the delay of the B787 program changed considerably their fleet modernisation plans, indeed on a such important route as Dubai, the equipment type rostered is clearly lacklustre:

- The blanket provided, although visually better than Y, is very thin, same goes to the pillow quite small.
- No in-seat power port could been found despite being widely available on their other B767s.
- No PTV, and subsequently a poor audio/video content. The worst thing being the Route map which failed to work, very fustrating. So when i decided to watch the compulsory movie, in none of the seat sound proved to functionning correctly. F/a Perez brought me over a new headset before asking and apologizing to change seat if i wanted to enjoy the (mediocre) IFE.

Anyway for most of the time, the best occupation revealed to be interacting with the crew eager to chat and when most of the passengers slept, Perez tuned in a music program.


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Almost full flat




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The blanket provided




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Seat control






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IFE control




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No PTV




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Safety card specifying the aircraft registration




Approach and landing on time and i thanked the whole crew for their fantastic work and made my way to the exit. A DNATA employee loitered near our jetbridge with his vehicule, so to keep him busy i kindly asked if he could drive me up to immigration posts allowing me to partially beat the queue without any fast track given by KQ.


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Approch




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EK territory




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Enjoying a free lift




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Not too busy




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Luggage arrived obviously first





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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 21443 times:

Flight comparison websites presented me with an embarrassment of riches. There were so much choices that i didn't know where to start!!!

Royal Brunei or Qantas being a bit too pricey for the optimal routing and Ukraine International Airlines (for collecting Flying Blue miles up to LGW) allowed a too tight connection following the KQ flight (based its reputation  ). So after shilly shallying a bit, i've decided to take the pot luck in the exclusion of the low cost carrier Pegasus.

Sightseeing around Dubai was extremely fascinating since one of the greatest Suryo's report taught me that European Union citizens get a free transit visa here. Not many pictures have been taken, however tons of reports can show you the landmarks of this fabulous destination.



At the end of the afternoon, here are some birds at DXB:


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Landside




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EK of course !




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Syrian Air and Yemenia




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Pakistan International Airlines




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Pre-departure ritual done 2h before the flight, and time to go to the giant bling bling supermarket quiet disappointing about the so-called bargains especially in electronics... honestly some of the high street shops in UK easily beat most of the "mega deals" here...   .

Though you have many travelators, it's nice to see mother nature represented with many palm trees, very exotic!


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FIDS




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Travel documents








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The shopping center





Since i hold a Premier Mastercard, that allows free entries in various lounges around the World, i walked to the one called Marhaba. Unfortunately after scanning my card, the receptionist denied the access because the card has been issued in the UK, since they only accept cards from Middle Eastern (UAE) or African banks...
The frustration invaded me considering the (conflicting) info written in many forums and the different versions displayed on the official websites... well it was not her fault anyway.   .


Dubai airport provides unlimited free wifi, so it has helped to kill the time until the boarding call near the AF and KL lounge. Does anyone know why these airlines use distinctive places? With at least 4 airlines going there, a nice Skyteam lounge would not be much efficient for all airlines members?


The female agent was friendly and called me by my surname in a respectable manner and spoke a perfect French easing a spontaneous chit chat contributed also by the late boarding pronounced 10 mins behind schedule due to the late arrival of the aircraft. Inside the departure lounge, 80 passengers approximately could be counted.


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Sunday, the 21st of April 2013
Gulf Air GF511
Dubai International – Bahrain Al Manama
Distance: 303 miles
Airbus A321-231 A9C – CD
ETD/ETA: 21h00 – 21h10
ATD/ATA: 21h10 – 21h07
Duration: 1h07



Charlie Delta, a relatively new aircraft, was spotless inside and features PTV already activated on the ground, very impressive!

My fellow seatmate asked to obtain an earphone to watch the movie Invictus, but the crew rather indifferent told him that he does not need it any because of the flight duration. He finally resigned himself to playing chess (certainly not against me lol!!!) during the short hop.

Safety announcements and apologies for the delay from the flight deck and then take off runway 30, i guess.


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I like very much the colors




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Recaro seats in this A321




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Footrest and IFE box (pitch 31'')






Average recline




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Jet Airways




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Safety demo played on the screens




The service consisted of a choice of baguette sandwich "vegetarian or pesto chicken", and for beverage water or orange juice. More than enough for 55 mins.


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Seat pocket content




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Sandwich really tasty




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Removable remote




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The race that happened the day before




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Approach and landing with 7 minutes late only.


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Almost there




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Welcome to Manama




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Federation Square - Melbourne




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Air India




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The connecting procedure is a simple affair, since the airport is narrow just follow the signs until immigration where it becomes a bit confusing and indeed some passengers got lost.


The departure area gets nothing innovative and offers the usual stuffs like eateries, duty free shops...; so i made my way to a lounge for free ( the Falcon Gold lounge reserved for GF J/Elite guests), not the Mahraba this time but to the Dilmun next door for the aforementioned reason. It also welcomes Oneworld, Star Alliance and Skyteam Elite pax.


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FIDS




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These guys wearing blue shirts are members of the F1 team Toro Rosso




Nice greeting by a young lady giving me the wifi code and informing me about the shower rules. Also the games like Scrabble and Monopoly can be borrowed at this desk.

It was crowded when i stepped inside because of the European flights wave. During the day the view onto the apron must be very appreciable.



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Oh really ?




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General view




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Spirits (white wines and sparkling wine are available too)




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Beers and softs




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My light dinner, cheers Planehunter !




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And a sweet selection




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A shower is always nice




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British amenities





Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways and Rwandair...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 21443 times:

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Monday, the 22nd of April 2013
Gulf Air GF19
Bahrain Al Manama – Paris Roissy CDG
Distance: 2999 miles
Airbus A320-214 A9C – ??
ETD/ETA: 1h35 – 7h25
ATD/ATA: 1h35 – 6h59
Duration: 6h24




Standard acknowledgement with large smiles by the F/A and the Sky Chef, some (firstime?) passengers, intrigued by this kind of staff, made a comment like " is there a real kitchen with a full team in that small plane?"
Without any young passenger or infant seen nor heard, none of the cabin crew proved to be a Sky Nanny, unless it's just an extra skill required by GF.


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Awesome J seat for a narrow body (80'')




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Less roomy indeed (34'')




Before sitting, one could clearly notice that all window blinds were down. Also as the cabin was cold enough to freeze the b**ls off a brass monkey and since no blanket could be seen lying on the seats, i obviously asked to get one. The crew replied to wait until the boarding completion for the distribution. Why don't you just put them on the seat prior embarkation, if most of us if not all will request it?   .

As expected, cabin crew in majority Asian, verified that seat belts were fasten but did not bother about the window blinds down or the many seats fully reclined before take off.

With a load factor nearing 70 % we lifted off on time in this A320 Extended Range that flies up to 6500 km compared to the usual having a range of 5950 km.



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Low quality earphone and blanket handed over.




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Pushback on time




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Bahrain World Trade Center




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A today's must have amenity kit, after T/O




Quickly, a light dinner was served, unfortunately nothing had changed since the previous flight apart from the drink cart suggesting some alcoholic drinks too. I was so happy to feast in the lounge so after ordering a Sprite, and receiving by politeness the sandwich i fell asleep while watching the movie "Jack Reacher". The main advantage of small aircrafts is that lights get dimmed off faster, like 40 min after the beginning of service.


The AVOD ("Inflight Falcon Entertainement") is widely adapted for people from different cultures, but each category provides maybe 3 or 4 movies among a total of 40 – 45. So if you have previously watched one or two movies in a specific category, let's say, the Hollywood movies, it becomes quickly limited. Games and flight tracker are available.


With the seat next to me free, the American neighbour got closer when he saw me capturing many pictures of a capital thanks in this cloud free sky.
I went to brush my teeth letting him a full observation of beautiful landscape.

During the flight the crew ensured frequent rounds of soft drinks (apple, orange juice and water).


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Too full, i did not touch the sandwich




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Kuwait city




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9-inch touchscreen TV monitor




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A good movie to watch only in flight




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Baghdad




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this one was okay, since i'm not really into « the Lord of the Rings » things




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Cabin mood at a late stage of the flight




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Same pocket content




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Clearly an Airbus customer




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Breakfast was served extremely late, close to the trip's end or above the French Alps.
During the severe turbulence announced several times by the cockpit crew, the cabin crew and the signs in the overhead panel, a probably distracted lady refused to sit down and got surprised.
When she lost balance her head hardly hit a seat and fell down and stayed unconscious for a flat 35 minutes. Her relative and the cabin crew dragged her away to the galley for giving some first aid. It was so relieving to see her breathing deeply finally, mostly because a diversion would have annoyed us the most.

Questioning the hostess about the contain of the omelet fillings and the presence of cheese or onion (i love that), she proved to be clueless stating that box does not mention anything but the best she could suggest was to take pancake in case of any dietary restriction.


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The croissant was warm




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Still "chewing" the hot croissant, a fast clean and cabin check up introduced the arrival into Paris CDG Terminal T2C.


With a similar situation occurring at BAH, a pre checking of the passport in the jet bridge at CDG allowed (or not ) the passengers to head off to the luggage collection, where among others, some young dudes got interrogated stiffly about their stay in Thailand.


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Short final




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P.H. might like that one




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Saudia in Skyteam livery




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ATN and my ride, being probably AQ





Dad's house was reached within an hour after disembarking!



CONCLUSION


KENYA AIRWAYS:


Alex would accurately say that:

Quote:
Overall, seems rather mediocre ... seems the norm on a bunch of recent Sky Team adds.



Ok, next time on the KGL-DXB sector i might consider Rwandair instead especially on a direct flight. Also how KQ want to battle with the likes of EK, QR and EY on the highly profitable NBODXB route?

On a positive note, the ground experience is on par with some European hubs and the staff truly deserves lots of kudos for their brillant attitude.




GULF AIR:


They did the job on that peculiar trip nothing more. When QR offer a hot wrap, GF do provide a bigger sandwich but i found their plane too cold and the staff was quiet lax and casual in his attitude.

Since they axed all East African routes, there is only a little chance to take them again. Long time ago GF was view as the benchmark in that region, now they can hardly compete with their little A320s, while others deploy heavy A380, B787, A340... to Europe's main destinations.


Any way, it's always better to fly a brand new narrow body than an old African 767!



Thanks for reading, now feel free to comment or improve anything  .

EastAfSpot/ Léonard


Previous trip reports:

KU Biz & SV Eco To The South: CDG-FCO-JED-JNB (by eastafspot May 6 2013 in Trip Reports)
Rwandair,FastJet,Air Tanzania: JNB-KGL/MWZ-DAR-TKQ (by eastafspot Feb 17 2013 in Trip Reports)
Off To Uganda With Kenya Airways; AMS-NBO-EBB (by eastafspot Nov 9 2012 in Trip Reports)
Bye, Legendary & Loved BMI (J): ADD-AMM-LHR-EDI (by eastafspot Oct 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
Enduring The QR Byway To London, Via EBB & DOH (by eastafspot Oct 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
Qatar Airways Inaugural (J): A Fifth Freedom Hop (by eastafspot Oct 3 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Journey In Deutsch-OstAfrika & Zanzibar (by eastafspot Dec 8 2011 in Trip Reports)
Swimming Places: Hilton To Burundi By Fly540 (by eastafspot Sep 25 2011 in Trip Reports)
3 A's: Airshow, AirFrance, Avro; ORY-MPL-CDG-EDI (by eastafspot Jul 9 2011 in Trip Reports)
Eastern Airways And Flybe To Paris Air Show (by eastafspot Jul 4 2011 in Trip Reports)
Mombasa Beckons (J): New Rwandair VS Kenya Airways (by eastafspot May 12 2011 in Trip Reports)
From Malawi To Scotland With Kenya Airways And BMI (by eastafspot Dec 7 2010 in Trip Reports)
The Blue Bird Amid Gorillas: KLM Inaugural KGL-AMS (by eastafspot Nov 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
Linking Other Great Lakes: Air Uganda + Rwandair (by eastafspot Nov 12 2010 in Trip Reports)
The Ride In Africa: Kenya Airways Business Class (by eastafspot Apr 28 2010 in Trip Reports)
BMI Regional To Lyon Via Man In ERJ145 (by eastafspot Apr 18 2010 in Trip Reports)
Just Plane Smart... (by eastafspot Apr 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
Rwandair And Skyteam Airlines To Scotland (by Eastafspot Dec 10 2009 in Trip Reports)
KLM And Kenya Airways To Rwanda (by Eastafspot Dec 7 2009 in Trip Reports)

[Edited 2013-07-03 20:59:37]


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User currently offlinedavidho1985 From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2012, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 21177 times:
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Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):

Are cigarettes really sold by 19 in HKG ?

Cigarettes are sold by 20 in Hong Kong.
It means that you need to break the seal, give up one cigarette before you can go through the custom.
It is a way to prevent people re-sell those duty-free cigarettes in Hong Kong.


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 21111 times:

Thank you for the first two replies that have been deleted with the uncompleted version  .

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Hi Leonard  

Great report with amazing photos. The best African report I have seen in a long time.

Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together.

Regards

Philip  

   , such kind words are admirable, cheers Philip

Quoting davidho1985 (Reply 6):
Cigarettes are sold by 20 in Hong Kong.
It means that you need to break the seal, give up one cigarette before you can go through the custom.
It is a way to prevent people re-sell those duty-free cigarettes in Hong Kong.

Thanks for your input!
It does make sense in that way, is the price difference so huge in comparison with neighbouring countries?

[Edited 2013-07-03 22:09:19]


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User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2429 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 20301 times:

Great TR as always! Wonderful!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 2):
Kenyan airline SAX's DC9

Seems more like a Fokker 29 to me... Have a look on the engines!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
No PTV, and subsequently a poor audio/video content.

WOW! Not even a hand held DVD-player?! KQ needs urgent improvement in this area!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 5):
hy don't you just put them on the seat prior embarkation, if most of us if not all will request it?

Bcs. it's saving cleaning costs! If you place a blanket on every seat- some passengers might take another from an empty seat. It saves $ to hand out only 100 instead of 120 blankets. On top, some airlines (I worked for such airline), will use it as first customer contact for a more personal touch...

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 5):
The main advantage of small aircrafts is that lights get dimmed off faster, like 40 min after the beginning of service.

Not true at all, as you have to see the crew/passenger ratio, training & service standard... I know same crews working longer on smaller a/c's, than a good well trained crew on a larger a/c!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 5):
Long time ago GF was view as the benchmark in that region, now they can hardly compete with their little A320s, while others deploy heavy A380, B787, A340... to Europe's main destinations.

True, but don't forget, QR is also flying the A320 to Europe - and some European airlines (like CSA) the A320 to the UAE!


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 19934 times:

Hey Chris

I really glad of your comment, thank you for reading   .

Quoting debonair (Reply 8):
Great TR as always! Wonderful!

You are welcome as always

Quoting debonair (Reply 8):
Seems more like a Fokker 29 to me... Have a look on the engines!

Ooops my bad, seems pretty hard to differentiate them though. Have you ever had a ride on a F29 or DC9?

Quoting debonair (Reply 8):
WOW! Not even a hand held DVD-player?! KQ needs urgent improvement in this area!

that's an understatement   .

A TR from a French forum, showed a BKK-NBO flight onboard 5Y-KYV layed out in 2-2-2, but passengers got a hand held DVD player... strange
I guess KQ aims to save some $$$...

Quoting debonair (Reply 8):
it's saving cleaning costs! If you place a blanket on every seat

Thanks for the explanation    .

Quoting debonair (Reply 8):
Not true at all, as you have to see the crew/passenger ratio, training & service standard... I know same crews working longer on smaller a/c's, than a good well trained crew on a larger a/c!

The tiredness might have impaired my judgement. however many passengers skipped the first meal

Quoting debonair (Reply 8):
True, but don't forget, QR is also flying the A320 to Europe

Well to Zagreb or Vienna....



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19732 times:

Bonjour Léonard,

What a joy as always to read your report! Clear pictures, extensive background information, tips and references to your A.net colleagues!   


Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
July 4th marks the Liberation Day and the end of the 100 days of remembrance as Rwandans and friends of Rwanda across the world commemorated the genocide against the Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

I did not realize that July 4 has become such significant date to Rwandan genocide. May such cruelty never happen again.   


Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Photography wise, only prior your date, a formal written request to the competent authority (INMR) could grant you this freedom.

I just let your pictures talk in this case.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
..Is one of Suryo's most favorite airline

I have a confession to make…

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
in a "delicious" A330 blue jet.

I have been cheating on Qatar since it keeps abandoning AMS.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Hmm maybe not them, since they are not insured by COGEAR LTD

  


Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
A very warm welcome by the enthusiastic receptionnist asking if i needed a presentation of the lounge made me feel at ease straight forward

How a host can make the difference!  


Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Prices list for alcoholic substances

No free booze?  


Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
A reliable internet access

Hey, I’m also on the picture!  


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 1):
Full thrust applied, do you recognise these birds ?

Silverback Cargo DC8s?   


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 2):
Among the key JKIA Airport operators, Pascall & Watson, the architects, have previously worked on similar projects including Heathrow Terminal 5, Dublin Terminal 2 and Abu Dhabi Terminal 3.

Great to learn about architects involved in airport projects!   


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 2):
Comtemporary and redesigned Simba lounge

With tantalizing food and beverage!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
At least, a comprehensive pouch

The anti-slip socks are just cute!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
Temptation was high to request another medallion, but i thought maybe this praiseworthy crew would like to try it too

How considerate of you!   


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
Trying to remove the spot himself, he did not have enough time to think about pressing the F/A button call that Perez, with an apologetic smile, stood already beside his seat holding out some hot wet towels.

What a sweet touch!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 4):
Sightseeing around Dubai was extremely fascinating since one of the greatest Suryo's report taught me that European Union citizens get a free transit visa here.

Thank you for the sweet words!   


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 4):
Footrest and IFE box (pitch 31'')

Like Qatar, but Gulfair is better since AVOD is provided in Y!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 4):
Part of the cold buffet

  


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 5):
" is there a real kitchen with a full team in that small plane?"

Did the crew say, “Oh yes! We’ve even got a big oven each under the wing!”?   


Thank you for sharing another marvelous experience!  

All the bests,
Suryo  



[Edited 2013-07-04 07:28:58]


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User currently offlinedavidho1985 From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2012, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 19493 times:
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Quoting eastafspot (Reply 7):
Quoting davidho1985 (Reply 6):
Cigarettes are sold by 20 in Hong Kong.
It means that you need to break the seal, give up one cigarette before you can go through the custom.
It is a way to prevent people re-sell those duty-free cigarettes in Hong Kong.

Thanks for your input!
It does make sense in that way, is the price difference so huge in comparison with neighbouring countries?

I am not a smoker so that I don't know the actual price.
But I remember that the tax is quiet heavy in order to discourage people to smoke.


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 19404 times:
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Great report! What a trip, and great to see what Kenya Airways Premier World looks like. Food looks pretty good, and seats on the 767 look really comfy!

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 19228 times:

Many thanks for the new comments guys   .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):

Bonjour Léonard,

What a joy as always to read your report!

Goedenavond Suryo !

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Clear pictures, extensive background information, tips and references to your A.net colleagues!   

what a heartwarming feedback, thank you very much

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
I did not realize that July 4 has become such significant date to Rwandan genocide. May such cruelty never happen again.   

   .
The 1st of July, more significant now than the latter, is the Independence day
The 4th of July, is the Liberation day, basically when « democracy » has come and stopped the genocide

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
I have a confession to make…
Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
I have been cheating on Qatar since it keeps abandoning AMS.

Oula la !!! This is a such revolution !
Do you mean that you are going to fly with your national airline  soon?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
No free booze?  

Yes, Heineken and local beers, and the first glass of wine is free of charge

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Hey, I’m also on the picture!  

Excellent timing for your reply, well done    .

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 9):
Silverback Cargo DC8s?   

You are a Star, congratulation !

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Great to learn about architects involved in airport projects!   

Oh really ?
I thought the same since they did a excellent job with the aforementioned airports, one can expect a trendy shape for Nairobi too.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
With tantalizing food and beverage!

  , a such big improvement with its predecessor

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
The anti-slip socks are just cute!

once you've put them you are the king of the plane and roaring like Simba   .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Thank you for the sweet words!  

Don't mention it!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Like Qatar, but Gulfair is better since AVOD is provided in Y!

That's nice, since i believed QR was far better. However without earphone options were limited,
Apart from the flight track what features are offered on DOH-DXB ?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Did the crew say, “Oh yes! We’ve even got a big oven each under the wing!”?  

   , no just they smiled and simply said no

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Thank you for sharing another marvelous experience!  

Many thanks for reading and taking time to comment it!




Hey Davidho1985

Quoting davidho1985 (Reply 11):
I am not a smoker so that I don't know the actual price.
But I remember that the tax is quiet heavy in order to discourage people to smoke.

excellent initiative !
I wonder how many first time tourists get caught with an extra cigarette, and how much fine they have to pay



Hello Matthew, happy independence day ( if you are American or in the USA  )

Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):

Great report! What a trip,

Glad you read and enjoyed it, thank for dropping off a word

Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):
great to see what Kenya Airways Premier World looks like. Food looks pretty good, and seats on the 767 look really comfy!

Agree, with the lounge here are the KQ strengths if you compare with QR and EY sending an A320 to NBO.
For the food, portions are a bit small though

Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):
Thanks for sharing!

You are welcome !



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1092 posts, RR: 31
Reply 14, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 18926 times:

Hi Leonard.

A wonderful report, crammed full of information, observations and all written in a nice way. Your reports just keep getting better and better, and you seem to cram alot of flying in. Good stuff...

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
...Is one of Suryo's most favorite airline

and lukeyboy95's least...!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 1):
Recline OK (the African lady behind breastfed her toddler without nursing cover)

Oooh er, your lucky day. There is a funny picture of a western woman a few photos down from this, looking completely exasperated as she enters the aircraft.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Kagera River being crossed over by Lukeyboy95 at Rusumo Bridge

Incredible a) that you remember I was there and that b) to see it from the air like that. I remember thinking the mountains just seemed to appear from nowhere when we got to the falls.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 2):
Can you spot the Scottish flags ?

I do indeed. I hope you got sentimental!

Very interesting to see Gulf. They have really been left behind by the others, as you say. And in the old 'bottom of the barrel' contest, they are competing with Saudia ... who knows what will happen with them. Very clearly poorly trained staff on your longer sector.

Many thanks Leo

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineeco From Bulgaria, joined Nov 2010, 84 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 18872 times:

Hi Leonard,

Amazing trip. Thanks for sharing & hope to see more soon.


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 18646 times:

Fàilte Mr Luke,

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
A wonderful report, crammed full of information, observations and all written in a nice way. Your reports just keep getting better and better,

Words fail me ! cheers

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
and you seem to cram alot of flying in. Good stuff...

Last year yes but this year apart from these trips not much in fact. What about you do you have few nice stories coming up ?

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
and lukeyboy95's least...!

LOL, who does not know that fact yet ?   .

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
Oooh er, your lucky day. There is a funny picture of a western woman a few photos down from this, looking completely exasperated as she enters the aircraft.

You are right indeed, she was among the last to board and might have been rushed by something i guess...

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
Incredible a) that you remember I was there and that

Honestly, you've produced an outstanding trilogy, btw nice picture of your, man    .

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
Incredible b) to see it from the air like that.

After more less 10 flights, I'm getting used of it more over there are not too many river in Eastern Rwanda/ Western Tanzania.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
I remember thinking the mountains just seemed to appear from nowhere when we got to the falls.

So true, as it is a relatively flat area.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
I do indeed. I hope you got sentimental!

Och aye pal,

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
They have really been left behind by the others, as you say. And in the old 'bottom of the barrel' contest, they are competing with Saudia ...

And Saudia is much better for their brilliant staff and great service !

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
Very clearly poorly trained staff on your longer sector.

It's so sad as this element can have a huge impact with passengers who can feel relatively unsafe

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
Many thanks Leo

It's all my pleasure





Hello Eco

Quoting eco (Reply 15):
Hi Leonard,

Amazing trip. Thanks for sharing & hope to see more soon.

thanks for stopping by and for your kind feedback  

[Edited 2013-07-04 15:59:11]


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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1268 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 18438 times:
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Hi Leonard,

Nice report, lots of information but not overwhelming  

Interesting about the chappati on board lol....A staple in the Indian subcontinent, and eaten every day, sometimes two to three times a day lol


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 18241 times:

Hello FSB,

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 17):
Nice report, lots of information but not overwhelming  

Many thanks for your appreciation   .

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 17):
Interesting about the chappati on board lol....A staple in the Indian subcontinent, and eaten every day, sometimes two to three times a day lol

Lots of Indian food in East Africa,   .
by any chance, do you know what are the most common recipes for Chapati? because it is widely available plain in Rwanda and also the first time i saw and ate it with mint too?



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1714 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 18190 times:
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Léonard mon ami,

Tu m’as pris par surprise de nouveau avec ton TR tellement appreciable!

I really loved the African vibe all throughout, from the nicely coloured plates on Kenya Airways to the spotting at Kigali airport. Quite surprisingly for me at least is that KQ really is no match for the competition on the DXB sector, an old B763, rather outdated. Quite a contrast with the flight on the E170 which looked nothing less than very good. I share your opinion with GF as well - altough I haven’t flown them yet - a boutique carrier that probably surivives thanks to some sjeikh’s $$$  

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Hmm maybe not them, since they are not insured by COGEAR LTD

Lol, what a terrific display of African commercial   

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Among the eight airlines that fly in to Rwanda, the last options never flown on my side remain South African and Brussels Airlines, quickly ruled out.

Hey, you are letting me down here... Why no Brussels Airlines may I ask?

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Tea, orange juice, pineapple chunks and Japanese plum

Ha ha, thanks for providing me with the password for the lounge’s wifi. If I ever get very close to this lounge, I can ‘steal’ some signal lol!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Among the last to step inside the Embraer, Evariste and Ruth still greeted me with a genuine smile. As usual the pretakeoff service followed quickly with a choice of 4 drinks (bubbly, water, orange or apple juice), 2 kenyan newspapers, the menu and a warm and thick hot towel being handed over.

Off to a very good start of the journey!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Over the lake, the fish meal seems adequate

As said, I really like those coloured plates, it brings a touch of Africa to your tray table, well done KQ!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
So sorry for this winglet !


Yeah, difficult choice, a 3-holer or that beautiful winglet...

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Located at the top floor, Transit restaurant with a nice view over the apron

What’s with all those antennas?

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
btw here is the reason why i did not select the tournedos on the previous flight

Oh, so you knew it was coming?

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Anyway for most of the time, the best occupation revealed to be interacting with the crew eager to chat and when most of the passengers slept

That is certainly a nice way to pass some time.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
As expected, cabin crew in majority Asian, verified that seat belts were fasten but did not bother about the window blinds down or the many seats fully reclined before take off

Not a good impression. Don’t window blinds usually have to be open upon takeoff and landing? And seats upright as well as a safety measure!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
During the severe turbulence announced several times by the cockpit crew, the cabin crew and the signs in the overhead panel, a probably distracted lady refused to sit down and got surprised.

I’m sorry to hear that person got injured. Good to see she was ok in the end. Just an example that shows that those seatbelt signs are not put on for nothing...

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
ny way, it's always better to fly a brand new narrow body than an old African 767!

Lol, good quote!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineAF185 From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2012, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 18168 times:

Hi Leonard,

Amazing trip report! You made me travel to Africa and ME for a few minutes  
Those Y seats of KQ's B767 seem much more comfy than the new slim shaped seats..

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 7):

It does make sense in that way, is the price difference so huge in comparison with neighbouring countries?

The pack in HK retail is HK$50 (5 euros), and HK$25 (2.5 euros) in duty free channel from China/Macau. At airport, the carton of 10 packs is around HK$185 which is around 18euros


User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 38
Reply 21, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 17527 times:

Thanks for a great report eastafspot.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 4):
near the AF and KL lounge. Does anyone know why these airlines use distinctive places? With at least 4 airlines going there, a nice Skyteam lounge would not be much efficient for all airlines members?

There were separate lounges long before the two airlines got together. Houston is the same way and I much prefer it this way. Give me KLM over Air France anyway, that includes the lounges!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 4):
It was crowded when i stepped inside because of the European flights wave. During the day the view onto the apron must be very appreciable.

It is quite a nice view during the day, but you rarely see anything other than GF. BAH is a relatively quiet airport outside the back in the late evenings.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 5):
Without any young passenger or infant seen nor heard, none of the cabin crew proved to be a Sky Nanny, unless it's just an extra skill required by GF.

The Sky Nannies have a blue scarf with black spots around their neck while normal F/A's have a gold scarf with black spots.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 5):
Awesome J seat for a narrow body (80'')

Thats one thing GF got right, that J class seat. It really is a great seat and I would be quite happy with it on a wide-body.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 5):
Clearly an Airbus customer

Haha, oh so true. Though they had Embraers up until earlier this year.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 5):
but i found their plane too cold and the staff was quiet lax and casual in his attitude.

Lucky, most of my flights as of late have been boiling hot! With regards to the GF staff attitudes, I could not agree more. I have flown a decent amount of GF over the last few years and have experienced staff that are in general pretty average. Rarely do I get someone bad or great, though the Sky Chefs in business class tend to surprised me with the best service.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 5):
Any way, it's always better to fly a brand new narrow body than an old African 767!

The wall panels on your KQ 763 actually gave away the aircraft's past. Not sure if you know this, but guess who this 763 started life with? Hint:

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Aldo Bidini



User currently offlineEmek96 From Germany, joined Apr 2013, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 17355 times:

Hey eastafspot !

Very nice and interesting report !
I am very impressed both by Gulfair and Kenya Airways, I also had a special look on the GF flights here in the report, because I will fly Gulfair soon from FRA to DXB via BAH. I yet didn't hear a lot about their LR-A320s . Now I can be sure that they are providing a very nice service! Also the seats incl. IFE are looking rather good !

Thanks for that report!

Elias


User currently offlinesjacob From Uganda, joined Apr 2009, 44 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 16949 times:

Hey Leo,

cool report once again from the "Sleepy" continent where not much is heard.

Thanks for the dedication of Air Uganda, am not sure when I will ever fly it though. I like the way you traveled around, it was quite interesting and only an enthusiast would dare such an itinerary and I am one of them.

Today I booked my return home, with ET via FRA and ADD and hopefully they will use the Dreamliner on the FRA-ADD route because lately it seems like lately they are using the B767 and truthfully, i cant stand an aircraft without PTVs. Unfortunately, I couldnt book QR though it was cheaper and I have FF miles with them, but because of their 23 Kg policy, I am sure I will be way above that limit.

regards and talk to you soon


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 16904 times:

So many feedbacks in a day are gladly welcomed    .

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Léonard mon ami,

Tu m’as pris par surprise de nouveau avec ton TR tellement appreciable!

En esperant que ta surprise soit bonne, ton commentaire me fait très plaisir, merci beaucoup Grand Sultan!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
I really loved the African vibe all throughout, from the nicely coloured plates on Kenya Airways to the spotting at Kigali airport.

Merci pour ces mots très encourageant ! An African spotting out of JNB = what a nightmare... never again even believe me of a friend lives nearby (and i cheated a bit on the actual time spent around the airport...lol) mais chut c'est un secret entre nous   .

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Quite surprisingly for me at least is that KQ really is no match for the competition on the DXB sector, an old B763, rather outdated.

This is disgusting indeed, should i believe it was a punctual unpleasant surprise ?

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
a boutique carrier that probably surivives thanks to some sjeikh’s $$$  

Everything plays on their favour such as low notoriety...

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Lol, what a terrific display of African commercial  

     . At the limit of the « commercial » indeed but who care ??? As far as i know noboby has flown (and published) yet Continental (?) in a Skyteam B787 so far  .

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Hey, you are letting me down here... Why no Brussels Airlines may I ask?

Procrastination mainly.... but wait and see year finishes the 31/12 only   .

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Ha ha, thanks for providing me with the password for the lounge’s wifi. If I ever get very close to this lounge, I can ‘steal’ some signal lol!

More things can be free if you come in here   .

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Yeah, difficult choice, a 3-holer or that beautiful winglet...

A no brainer...

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Oh, so you knew it was coming?

Well, you'd better know airlines meals, regardless of the class : « beef or chicken or fish and beef... »

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
Not a good impression. Don’t window blinds usually have to be open upon takeoff and landing? And seats upright as well as a safety measure!

   , indeed you've got the point ! And i'm not a frequent traveller nor an aviation professional.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 19):
I’m sorry to hear that person got injured. Good to see she was ok in the end. Just an example that shows that those seatbelt signs are not put on for nothing...

  

Nils, je te remercie beaucoup pour avoir pris le temps de lire et de commenter en détail ce TR

Quoting AF185 (Reply 20):

Hi Leonard,

Amazing trip report! You made me travel to Africa and ME for a few minutes  

Pleased to read your kind feedbacks. However going there in Africa is even better  .

Quoting AF185 (Reply 20):
Those Y seats of KQ's B767 seem much more comfy than the new slim shaped seats..

Do you presume AF or the CX herringbones ?

Quoting AF185 (Reply 20):
The pack in HK retail is HK$50 (5 euros), and HK$25 (2.5 euros) in duty free channel from China/Macau. At airport, the carton of 10 packs is around HK$185 which is around 18euros

What a rip off  in HKG???????????
But government must ensured first there public health safety.
Do you live in HKG, did you attend to one of the yellow Duck event recently ?



Welcome to you SR103,

Let me applause the view of a frequent flyer who is always appreciated !

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 21):
Thanks for a great report eastafspot.

You are welcome !

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 21):
Give me KLM over Air France anyway, that includes the lounges!

Even inside the CDG T2E...  ?
Btw so many promotions « La Première » were being offered for less than a 100 k return or one way to Africa (incl JNB). You would like it as never seen before

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 21):
It is quite a nice view during the day, but you rarely see anything other than GF. BAH is a relatively quiet airport outside the back in the late evenings.

Your comment is just so appropriate for a next visit, many thanks ! .-) .

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 21):
The Sky Nannies have a blue scarf with black spots around their neck while normal F/A's have a gold scarf with black spots.

   Admittedly you did a great job of clarification, Many thanks!

On average, do you know how many lady (ies) do own this job position on a single A/C (A330 or 320)? What about steward, are they allowed to apply to that position too?

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 21):
That's one thing GF got right, that J class seat. It really is a great seat and I would be quite happy with it on a wide-body.

Dude, the J seat was (almost) flat, on a top of this if you add a Sky chef (don't the menu though) and a Sky Nany for the J/Eco, your holidays start perfectly in you are wealthy. Unfortunately this is not the case right now for most of us 
Quoting SR 103 (Reply 21):
Lucky, most of my flights as of late have been boiling hot! With regards to the GF staff attitudes, I could not agree more. I have flown a decent amount of GF over the last few years and have experienced staff that are in general pretty average. Rarely do I get someone bad or great, though the Sky Chefs in business class tend to surprised me with the best service.

How does it work, i'm very curious (intrigued), honestly ?

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 21):
The wall panels on your KQ 763 actually gave away the aircraft's past. Not sure if you know this, but guess who this 763 started life with? Hint:

   .This comment truly made my day as i've never thought about it. Thank you so much SR 103 for your valuable input .   .


Guten Abend Elias,

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 22):
Very nice and interesting report !

Your comment is so much appreciated, thank you !

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 22):
because I will fly Gulfair soon from FRA to DXB via BAH.

Which aircraft will you have on both sectors ?
Will you publish your feedbacks here ?

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 22):
I yet didn't hear a lot about their LR-A320s .

Neither do i   .

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 22):
Also the seats incl. IFE are looking rather good !

AFAIK, there is a German section with few excellent movies, hope you will like



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1092 posts, RR: 31
Reply 25, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 16061 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 16):
och aye

Ohno, that will stay forever with you!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 16):
Last year yes but this year apart from these trips not much in fact. What about you do you have few nice stories coming up ?

Haha... just you wait! Been travelling9months through Asias so certainly some reporting to be done!



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User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1311 posts, RR: 5
Reply 26, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 15932 times:

Hey,

Fascinating report! thank you for this rare inside view of premium travel in Africa.

I was surprised to see Syrian air plane, I have no Idea they are operating with the heavy fighting around Damascus airport and the Aleppo airport been occupied.

Jonathan



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6568 posts, RR: 55
Reply 27, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 15696 times:

Bon Soir Leonard !

Thanks for another fantastic report with fantastic pictures !

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Hmm maybe not them, since they are not insured by COGEAR LTD

Very graphic and tacky add.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
This is almost like the world famous "In & Out" in Los Angeles

I would love to meet up with when you come to visit here!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
At least, a comprehensive pouch

Very impressive!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
Seems ok this time

Nice to see the menu en Francais as well as English.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
« Beef Medallion, balsamic jus, roasted sweet potato mash and fresh market vegetables »

Look really good!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 5):
Less roomy indeed (34'')

Looks much less than 34'; more like 30 if that. It looks very cramped.

Kenya looks very nice although the seats and interior are old. Things will get better when they get their 787s.

Gulf Air looks okay for the first short flight and but less so on the on the longer flight.

You really should try Turkish Airlines the next time, that would be very interesting.

Very much looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineAF185 From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2012, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 15513 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 24):
Quoting AF185 (Reply 20):
Those Y seats of KQ's B767 seem much more comfy than the new slim shaped seats..

Do you presume AF or the CX herringbones ?

I was refering to most new Y seats which are way less comfortable compared to old seats. I flew on TG B747 with old eco seats a few months ago: wider and more comfy feeling seats than most of the newer ones (CX, AF, DL etc..) I have been flying on lately. It seems to be quite the same case on KQ B767.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 24):
What a rip off in HKG???????????
But government must ensured first there public health safety.
Do you live in HKG, did you attend to one of the yellow Duck event recently ?

Yes the price of cigarettes doubled here in the last 5 years.
I do live in HK, and I went to see the Rubber Duck floating on Kowloon side.. well, let's say it's just a big duck, nothing more  


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 29, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 15390 times:

Hi Leo

Another interesting review from your side! Thanks for sharing it with us.
quite shocked about the KQ 767. For one or another reason I always figured that all the planes where redone.
GF on the other hand surprised me, a warm and comfortable interior with good meal service. definate a nice alternative compared to EY/QR/EK.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineYLWbased From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 830 posts, RR: 4
Reply 30, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 15019 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Are cigarettes really sold by 19 in HKG ?

Cigarettes are sold in pack of 20 in our City.

The reason behind this 19 cigarettes non-sense was that the govt has increased tobacco tax to 250% 2 yrs ago, and in an effort to avoid people from bring cheap duty free smokes when crossing the land boarder between HK and China, they have decided it would be a great idea to make it 19 to cause so much inconvenience that ppl would just stop buying duty free smokes.

The allowance for alcohol on your flight is also incorrect, HKG have a 1L rule on Liquor with an alcohol strength of more than 30%, the tax rate is 100% payable upon arrival. Everything under 30% is tax free, yes ZERO tax, you may bring it as many Beer and Wine as your like with you. For your information, HKG is the largest wine trading center on earth as of 2012 due to the tax free measurement on alcohol.

YLWbased



Hong Kong is not China. Not better or worse, just different.
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 31, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 14585 times:

Another flow of great comments cheers everyone


Hey Jacob, welcome what a genuine pleasure to read your comment  .

Quoting sjacob (Reply 23):
Hey Leo,

cool report once again from the "Sleepy" continent where not much is heard.

Weebale nnyo my brother, you are part of the future here !

Quoting sjacob (Reply 23):
Thanks for the dedication of Air Uganda, am not sure when I will ever fly it though.

You are welcome (in fact i've shamefully missed its arrival), too bad they don't have domestic network.

Quoting sjacob (Reply 23):
I like the way you traveled around, it was quite interesting and only an enthusiast would dare such an itinerary and I am one of them.

Great to read this such promising comment   .

Quoting sjacob (Reply 23):
Today I booked my return home, with ET via FRA and ADD and hopefully they will use the Dreamliner on the FRA-ADD route because lately it seems like lately they are using the B767 and truthfully, i cant stand an aircraft without PTVs.

I am soooo jalous dude since i've missed it last year   !!!for this obvious reason, i call for your generosity to, if you can, write a TR.    .

Well if you have a B767, that will be really frustrating. On checkmytrip you can view your flight details and check the A/c, btw when will you leave Sttutgart ?

Quoting sjacob (Reply 23):
Unfortunately, I couldnt book QR though it was cheaper and I have FF miles with them, but because of their 23 Kg policy, I am sure I will be way above that limit.

Seems you did not have exclusively window shopping in Germany ?  
More over you confirm that Africans don't like travelling light !

Quoting sjacob (Reply 23):
regards and talk to you soon

You've been sent an email



Dear Luke,
i'm truly honoured by your kind gesture. THANK YOU very much   .

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 25):
Ohno, that will stay forever with you!

Guaranteed !

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 25):
Haha... just you wait! Been travelling9months through Asias so certainly some reporting to be done!

Can not wait this (ose?) installments... sounds like a trip of a lifetime...    .
Will they include Papua New Guinea ?


Hey Jonathan

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 26):
Fascinating report! thank you for this rare inside view of premium travel in Africa.

You are very welcome, glad you drop a nice feedback !

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 26):
I was surprised to see Syrian air plane, I have no Idea they are operating with the heavy fighting around Damascus airport and the Aleppo airport been occupied.

Excellent question indeed,   , although i have not got any clue about, aviation wise, what's going on over there … my bad


Hey Lars,
Merci beaucoup for your warm words

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):
Bon Soir Leonard !

Your french is really good, bonsoir (or perhaps for you now « bon jour »)

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):
Thanks for another fantastic report with fantastic pictures !

Glad you liked it !

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):
Very graphic and tacky add.

  
I hesitated a long time before putting it or not, unfortunately with the event that has happened this week-end, it is sad !
At that time and even now, I wondered if they (insurance company) could use freely the picture...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):
I would love to meet up with when you come to visit here!

So do i, Los Angeles looks so beautiful, let's see when now...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):
Nice to see the menu en Francais as well as English.

That's why i like KQ a lot...(yes i might be silly  )

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):
Looks much less than 34'; more like 30 if that. It looks very cramped.

These measurements have been round up just in case... but they are all extracted from the official GF website. Also i remind you that i don't know the aircraft registration. (safety card mentions A320ER)

http://www.gulfair.com/English/info/...formation/Pages/Airbus-320-ER.aspx

Thank you for this valuable correction, very much appreciated  .

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):
Kenya looks very nice although the seats and interior are old. Things will get better when they get their 787s.

100 % agree

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):
Gulf Air looks okay for the first short flight and but less so on the on the longer flight.

again, you get the point

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):
You really should try Turkish Airlines the next time, that would be very interesting.

Last year, i have tried TK on IST-KGL route,
Honestly i felt disappointed by the inflight comfort where we've got a B737-800 (TC-JGH ) fitted with an old cabin.
Catering ok, staff ok, but even in J there was no PTV. I don't have enough pictures to write a TR, sorry.

In december TK replaced the -800 for the newer -900, so i believe the experience must be better. However your 777 flight(s) might have set the standards very high.
Thanks for reminding me this option



Hey AF185

Quoting AF185 (Reply 28):
I was refering to most new Y seats which are way less comfortable compared to old seats. I flew on TG B747 with old eco seats a few months ago: wider and more comfy feeling seats than most of the newer ones (CX, AF, DL etc..) I have been flying on lately. It seems to be quite the same case on KQ B767.

Yup you are right and sorry for my too quick reading 
Airlines try, to save weight and fill the planes with more seats. Did you get a better fare at least if less comfortable ?

Quoting AF185 (Reply 28):
Yes the price of cigarettes doubled here in the last 5 years.

Jeeeezz !

Quoting AF185 (Reply 28):
I do live in HK, and I went to see the Rubber Duck floating on Kowloon side.. well, let's say it's just a big duck, nothing more  

hmm, of course no, this is the BIGGEST duck man  


Hey Marc, thanks for your comments

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 29):
Another interesting review from your side! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Glad you read and commented it  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 29):
quite shocked about the KQ 767. For one or another reason I always figured that all the planes where redone.

Me too, i guess they've been stuck with the 787 delay and were obliged to lease aircrafts

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 29):
GF on the other hand surprised me, a warm and comfortable interior with good meal service. definate a nice alternative compared to EY/QR/EK.

No alliance and no miles but great fares indeed !


Hey YLWbased

Quoting YLWbased (Reply 30):
The reason behind this 19 cigarettes non-sense was that the govt has increased tobacco tax to 250% 2 yrs ago, and in an effort to avoid people from bring cheap duty free smokes when crossing the land boarder between HK and China, they have decided it would be a great idea to make it 19 to cause so much inconvenience that ppl would just stop buying duty free smokes.

If you want people to stop smoking, just ban the cigarettes, cigars...  
Sounds stupid but, how much is the fine for carrying a packet of 20 on arrival at the customs?

Quoting YLWbased (Reply 30):
The allowance for alcohol on your flight is also incorrect, HKG have a 1L rule on Liquor with an alcohol strength of more than 30%, the tax rate is 100% payable upon arrival.

Are you kidding ???    .

Quoting YLWbased (Reply 30):
Everything under 30% is tax free, yes ZERO tax, you may bring it as many Beer and Wine as your like with you. For your information, HKG is the largest wine trading center on earth as of 2012 due to the tax free measurement on alcohol.

Very interesting information, where are the wines mainly coming from ?

[Edited 2013-07-09 12:51:09]


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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 32, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13979 times:

Hi Léonard,

what a great report about your latest journey! I truly enjoyed the reviews of rare airlines and the impressive range of pictures!

I'm really disappointed by the ancient KQ J Class product - I had expected a bit more! The food looks okay, though.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Hmm maybe not them, since they are not insured by COGEAR LTD

That's a very irritiating ad - UA may be furious about it.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Rwandair's long haul fleet

They have built up a nice modern fleet.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):

Flying over the Lake Victoria for the 15th times. Cheers !

Very cool picture!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Kenyan airline SAX's DC9
Quoting debonair (Reply 8):
Seems more like a Fokker 29 to me... Have a look on the engines!

Let's say it's a Fokker F28. Was it stored?

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Perfectly cooked

What fascinates me most is the porcelain design - wow!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 4):
So after shilly shallying a bit, i've decided to take the pot luck in the exclusion of the low cost carrier Pegasus.

Pegasus isn't that bad, but probably not a great choice on a journey between Dubai and Europe.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Charlie Delta, a relatively new aircraft, was spotless inside and features PTV already activated on the ground, very impressive!

Very nice interior - I hope GF will finally find a successful long-term business model after its transformation process.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Sandwich really tasty

What was it stuffed with?

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Part of the cold buffet

Nice!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
During the severe turbulence announced several times by the cockpit crew, the cabin crew and the signs in the overhead panel, a probably distracted lady refused to sit down and got surprised.
When she lost balance her head hardly hit a seat and fell down and stayed unconscious for a flat 35 minutes. Her relative and the cabin crew dragged her away to the galley for giving some first aid. It was so relieving to see her breathing deeply finally, mostly because a diversion would have annoyed us the most.

That's bad!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Questioning the hostess about the contain of the omelet fillings and the presence of cheese or onion (i love that), she proved to be clueless stating that box does not mention anything but the best she could suggest was to take pancake in case of any dietary restriction.

But the meal looks quite nice.

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
P.H. might like that one

Absolutely!   

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Any way, it's always better to fly a brand new narrow body than an old African 767!

I can only agree.


PH



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 33, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 12534 times:

Hey PH, thank you very much for your great comment

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 32):

Hi Léonard,

what a great report about your latest journey! I truly enjoyed the reviews of rare airlines and the impressive range of pictures!

Cheers, unfortunately some pictures have disappeared while posting!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 32):
I'm really disappointed by the ancient KQ J Class product - I had expected a bit more! The food looks okay, though.

You are right, KQ is constant in deceiving passengers about on board comfort, especially in J

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 32):
That's a very irritiating ad - UA may be furious about it.

I truly hope they will remove it ASAP    .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 32):
They have built up a nice modern fleet.

Yup can't wait to read their confirmation order of B787 though!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 32):
Let's say it's a Fokker F28. Was it stored?

According to Flysax website it is still operated on regular regional routes from JKIA (but only JRO is "regional"... the rest being domestic only). I will have a serious look onto it, just in case...   .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 32):
What fascinates me most is the porcelain design - wow!

True it is very local but still showing the former KQ logo (KA)

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 32):
Pegasus isn't that bad, but probably not a great choice on a journey between Dubai and Europe.

Initially, bagage allowance was my first concern   .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 32):
Very nice interior - I hope GF will finally find a successful long-term business model after its transformation process.

So do i and they face many challenges and serious competitors..

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 32):
What was it stuffed with?


It tasted like chicken pesto and was really good



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 34, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 10782 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 13):
what a heartwarming feedback, thank you very much

You are welcome.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 13):
Do you mean that you are going to fly with your national airline  soon?

You know the answer.   


Quoting eastafspot (Reply 13):
Yes, Heineken and local beers,

Oh no! Not Heineken again! Give the local beers at anytime!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 13):
You are a Star, congratulation !

Thank you!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 13):
Many thanks for reading and taking time to comment it!

My pleasure!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 13):
Excellent timing for your reply, well done    .

Thanks, mate!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 13):
Apart from the flight track what features are offered on DOH-DXB ?

Nothing else. I would have appreciated some music selection!   




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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 35, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 9885 times:

Welcome back Suryo,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 34):
You know the answer.   

May i ask you, why it took so long?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 34):
Oh no! Not Heineken again! Give the local beers at anytime!

"Rwandan" Heineken does not taste the same as the European ones because they use water from the Lake Kivu, hence you are right by choosing a cheaper local beer   .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 34):
Nothing else. I would have appreciated some music selection!  

Agree, especially on a night flight!



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3268 posts, RR: 12
Reply 36, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9347 times:

Nice report Leonard! Thanks for posting. You took an interesting route to Paris!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Hmm maybe not them, since they are not insured by COGEAR LTD

Interesting poster...I wonder if UA would be happy to see it!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Recline OK (the African lady behind breastfed her toddler without nursing cover)

THat cbin looks very cramped. Shame they don't block every other seat in J, or offer proper J seats

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Part of the cold buffet

Looks good. Middle Eastern lounges generally have the best buffets. The common use F lounge in DXB has a super range (shame the rest of the lounge is so horrible).

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
since no blanket could be seen lying on the seats, i obviously asked to get one. The crew replied to wait until the boarding completion for the distribution. Why don't you just put them on the seat prior embarkation, if most of us if not all will request it? .

Very poor not to provide a blanket as standard on an overnight flight. GF are clearly feeling the pressure.



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User currently offlineYLWbased From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 830 posts, RR: 4
Reply 37, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 8706 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 31):
If you want people to stop smoking, just ban the cigarettes, cigars...  
Sounds stupid but, how much is the fine for carrying a packet of 20 on arrival at the customs?

You may choose to declare your 20th cigarettes upon arrival at the customs, the duty payable for that single cigarette is HKD$3.2 (USD 0.4) and the process takes about 30 mins to complete.

If you were caught crossing the boarder without declaration, the maximum penalty is HKD$1million (USD 128,000) and 2 year imprisonment, and yes, it is strictly enforced, I had a cousin who got caught walking through with that 1 extra smoke and got fined for HKD$5000 (USD $640).

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 31):
Very interesting information, where are the wines mainly coming from ?

Some interesting data:

Wine Imports 2011 into Hong Kong = 1.255 Billions
French wines accounted for 40% of Hong Kong's wine import in 2011
Hong Kong is the world's largest Wine Auction Centre, with sales of US$170million in 2011
18% of all world's fine wines are owned by Hong Kong collectors (Hong Kong Permanent Residents)

YLWbased



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 38, posted (1 year 1 month 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8284 times:

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 35):
May i ask you, why it took so long?

It was just meant to be.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 35):
hence you are right by choosing a cheaper local beer   

So many countries, so many customs!   

While Heineken is just everywhere!   




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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 778 posts, RR: 12
Reply 39, posted (1 year 1 month 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7715 times:

Hi Gabriel

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 36):
Nice report Leonard! Thanks for posting. You took an interesting route to Paris!

Thank you so much for your feedback highly appreciated!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 36):
Interesting poster...I wonder if UA would be happy to see it!

Excellent question  .

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 36):
THat cbin looks very cramped. Shame they don't block every other seat in J, or offer proper J seats

Only their Embaers 190 have a 1-2 lay out and seat back tv screens. For less than 2h it was still bearable.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 36):
Looks good. Middle Eastern lounges generally have the best buffets. The common use F lounge in DXB has a super range (shame the rest of the lounge is so horrible).

A real treat and hard to choose, for the rest it sounds similar to DOH even if i would not mind to visit it on day. Do you remember the conditions of access?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 36):
Very poor not to provide a blanket as standard on an overnight flight. GF are clearly feeling the pressure.

Indeed, luckily boarding process was completed quickly. Maybe entering in an alliance would help them.



Hello YLWbased

Quoting YLWbased (Reply 37):
If you were caught crossing the boarder without declaration, the maximum penalty is HKD$1million (USD 128,000) and 2 year imprisonment, and yes, it is strictly enforced, I had a cousin who got caught walking through with that 1 extra smoke and got fined for HKD$5000 (USD $640).

Whaou that's harsh, 30 minutes are worth to be lost!

Quoting YLWbased (Reply 37):
Wine Imports 2011 into Hong Kong = 1.255 Billions
French wines accounted for 40% of Hong Kong's wine import in 2011
Hong Kong is the world's largest Wine Auction Centre, with sales of US$170million in 2011
18% of all world's fine wines are owned by Hong Kong collectors (Hong Kong Permanent Residents)

Impressive figures, i would never thought about that, thank you so much for these captivating details   .



Hello Suryo

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
It was just meant to be.

Great special occasion, i truly hope the return was on par with the first leg!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
While Heineken is just everywhere!   

And nobody will complain about that !



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