UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4297 posts, RR: 4 Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10123 times:
AeroSvit #132 (EDIT! wrong FLT #)
June 17th, 2004
Seat 2C, Business Class (But AeroSvit has some weird equivalent to it) (Like 2F or something) (Lacks any feasibility)
Scheduled Departure: 6:30PM
Actual Departure: 6:40PM
Takeoff: 7:30PM or So/Lots of holding time
Scheduled Arrival: 11:30AM
Actual Arrival: 12:30PM
Boeing 767-300/ER UR-VVF
Well, There’s an interesting fiasco associated with this trip. We arrived at check-in to be told by a rude Swissport agent that check-in would commence at 2:30PM. We had some Krispy Kremes....some of the best doughnuts out there, shopped, and then went up to AeroSvit check-in, where there were already 35 people in line..over 4 hours before the flight. We asked about a Business Class Line and were rudely ushered (again by Swissport) into a line that had no marking, but had two people standing in it.
I asked the agent about seat 1A (even though AeroSvit did not call it 1A) and he said it wasn’t available, and that all of the seats were “pre-assigned”. My mom did not like that and proceeded to write the agent’s name down. The agent proceeded to consult with another agent, and it turned out that my visa didn’t start until the 20th. Mind you, We were trying to fly on the 17th. The guy kind of rudely said “Your not flying today.” and my mother wisely demanded an AeroSvit Representative. After much calling, (he called the Ukrainian embassy on our behalf and really tried to work something out, but they would be fined if they let us on the plane) it turned out we had to zoom to Manhattan (59th Street and 2nd Ave. I believe) The taxi driver said we have “no chances” to make the flight, but we somehow managed to come back to JFK sometime less than 45 minutes before departure.
My mom and I developed a plan. While she paid for the cab and got the stuff, I was to run to check-in to try to make plans. I had a feeling the whole time we would make it. I ran my heart away knocking off some poor family (Sorry Guys!) And arrived at the AeroSvit counter. They were just about to close, but a very friendly AeroSvit representative chatted with me, and saw it through that we would be checked in onto this flight by a Swissport employee. We had to make check-in that day because all flights for the next 2 weeks after that were overbooked.
We proceeded to security, but not after a long wait for T4s lousy elevators. A really happy guy asked us “Business?” “Business?” “Business.” “Business.” as we went through the security line. The guy sounded really, really, really happy. It was quite funny and a good start to the trip. We went through TSA screening and nothing went off. When we got to the gate it was deserted, except for 2 Swissport agents and another document check.
We got onto the 767 and took our seats and some newspapers. I settled in and called home to explain that we had made the flight. The flight was pretty full, but not in Business, which I would call about half full. If anyone cares, I believe the configuration was 24J/228Y. 2J seats are allocated as crew rests. Maybe it was 195Y/24J.. I honestly don’t remember exactly.
In front of us there were two people chatting with eachother. We made nothing of them, but they were big and muscular, and my mom said they were some sort of boxers (something about the way they looked). Not the underwear, boxers but those who go pow-pow ding!
The really friendly AeroSvit agent approached us and said Good Bye and said Thanks to some other passengers. He was really friendly, his name was Mikola, and he showed up later towards the check-in process and walked around with a cane.
Soon enough the flight attendants (one per aisle) came through with Orange Juice or Water. I chose Orange Juice, which was pretty average, Ukrainian, bottled Orange Juice, Perhaps Sandora, my least favorite of the Ukrainian Juices... Ukrainian Users will know what I’m talking about.
We got very nice amenity kits. I can upload pictures if you like. They had all of the basic amenity kit stuff of pretty good quality. Plus this really nice quality hair comb/mirror combination. Great gifts for all of the women you may meet on your travels
I also got this really nice Coloring Book (I look MUCH younger than my stated age of 13-15.. Which is my real age) , and my maturity as per testing is even less than the age I look (even though it’s old testing) so I really enjoyed that little gift.
We had to wait in line after like 28 jets, and we finally got underway. We got to cruising altitude and nuts were handed out. Basic Nuts in some Ukrainian Brand’s Bag.
Soon enough I got my Children’s Dinner (I know, cutoff age is 12, but the computer didn’t say that )... It was......... of questionable quality. The fish was VERY fatty, my mom even said to stop eating it it had so much fat in it, but the salad was really quite good, as were the fruits. The rolls were all right, but I was really surprised when they didn’t use Tongs to serve the rolls. Some users will know what I’m talking about
I would give the meal 2*/5*.
The crew were all right. They were fairly friendly, and got their jobs done well. I passed out a few hours after takeoff, and woke up about 3 and a half hours before breakfast. There were no flight attendants slouched down over a row of chairs. (Read my SU trip report) . I got thirsty and had some more Multivitamin Juice from a somewhat eager FA. The toilets were all kept in tip-top shape for the flight.
We then had breakfast, for me it was this really, really, really, really nasty.. I don’t even remember what the meal was called, but it was Rubber. Economy gets the same hot dishes as Business at AeroSvit, and you can tell! from the same pretty nice FA and we began our descent into Kyiv/Boryspil international airport.
We landed shortly thereafter, and proceeded through customs. We realized there was a COUNSULAR DEPT. At the airport that could have deal with our problems..if only the Ukrainians could have acknowledged that, and saved us $100 in cab fares. Even though the lady at the embassy was REALLY nice.
The return will come soon:
The extraordinarily friendly FA.
The luxurious lounge.
Are just some highlights from our trip.
A random preview quote from my trip: “This is where it gets interesting”, before the smokers got into play.
In-Flight Entertainment: 2*/5*
Pretty Boring and didn’t work too well.
Don’t remember too much.
Really friendly VV agents compesnated for rude Swissport agents, who were by no fault of AeroSvit bad agents.
Jeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1373 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 9960 times:
I am glad you had a safe flight. It is nice to read that you and your mom kept your cool during your interesting check-in experience. I hope you have a good time in the Ukraine. I was there in 1988. I don't remember much of it other then it was beautiful. I can't waite to read about your return trip. It sure is nice to read about a trip on an airline we rarley read about.
UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9895 times:
I really understated that we really panicked during the abnormal situation .
I guess that's not a focus of the TR, but we were both really tense and upset and agitated, as my mom had to be in Kyiv that Monday (we were flying out on a Thursday) for the opening of a new part of her Hospice (She runs a non-profit hospice over there)
N666FU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 7744 times:
Quoting UN_B732 (Thread starter): it turned out that my visa didn’t start until the 20th. Mind you, We were trying to fly on the 17th. The guy kind of rudely said “Your not flying today.” and my mother wisely demanded an AeroSvit Representative. After much calling, (he called the Ukrainian embassy on our behalf and really tried to work something out, but they would be fined if they let us on the plane) it turned out we had to zoom to Manhattan (59th Street and 2nd Ave. I believe)
Why do you need a visa to enter the Ukraine?
ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: A PASSPORT VALID FOR SIX
20 MONTHS BEYOND THE PLANNED DATE OF TRAVEL IS REQUIRED.
21 ACCORDING TO UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL DECREE 1008 DATED
22 JUNE 30 2005.. U.S. CITIZENS TRAVELING TO UKRAINE ON
23 SHORT-TERM TOURIST.. BUSINESS.. OR PRIVATE TRAVEL DO
24 NOT NEED A VISA TO ENTER UKRAINE. (VISAS ARE STILL
25 REQUIRED OF OTHER CATEGORIES OF TRAVELERS INCLUDING
26 THOSE WHO INTEND TO STUDY.. RESIDE.. OR WORK IN