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User currently offlineScandinavian From Sweden, joined Sep 2000, 267 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 19139 times:

With AF and MK to Mauritius.

This is a brief report of my latest trip with my girlfriend. The weather isn´t the funniest in Sweden in November. Therefore we decided to have a short vacation in Mauritius, a country that we hadn´t visited before.


November 22, 2005
ARN-CDG
Air France, AF2063
Airbus 320-211, F-GFKU
14.45-17.25 on time



First I thought about making a bonus trip with SAS using some of my EuroBonus points to Paris, but after looking around on the web I found a great fare for my girlfriend and myself on the Air France website, only 287 dollars for two persons for a round trip ARN-CDG. Air France flights from Stockholm lands in 2D and our flight to Mauritius was going to leave from 2C. On this trip I was going to fly with two new airlines, Air France and Air Mauritius. One new aircraft type, the A318 on this vacation also.

We had two different bookings, one for ARN-CDG and the second one for CDG-MRU. I don’t know why, but the lady at the empty check in couldn't check us all the way to Mauritius, not even our bags. Well, with plenty of time at CDG this was not a problem. CDG is normally a nightmare if you have a short connection, especially if you are going from one terminal to another.

The flight to Paris was uneventful, departed from the old Terminal 5 in Arlanda and landed on time in Paris. I had a good seat, 12B in the emergency exit row, plenty of leg room. One nice thing with Air France is that they serve you something to eat in Economy class (Tempo in the language of AF). (Please SAS, maybe something you also can do again?) The food was decent, some kind of beef. Of course I took a bottle of red wine with the meal.

On arrival in Paris we had a rather long taxi. Our luggage was delivered quickly to the belt after the flight.



November 22, 2005
CDG-MRU
Air Mauritius, MK45
Airbus 340-312, 3B-NAU
20.15-10.55, actual 01.12-15.07





Our holiday didn´t start that well, the flight to Mauritius was delayed to 00.45. No mention why, not at check in or during the flight to Mauritius. Well at least we received a meal voucher at the deserted check in. I must say that Terminal 2 in CDG don’t have that many good restaurants. Finally I ordered a steak as well done at a restaurant (don’t remember the name of the restaurant), but of course it was not that “well done”. Whatever, maybe the guy in the restaurant didn’t understand what I said. One good thing with the delayed flight was that I had plenty of time to walk around Terminal 2. Our transfer from 2D to 2C was easy. (It took about 10 minutes to walk from 2D to C). The terminal is very cramped, I can just imagine how it looks in the peak summer season. But at least Terminal 2 is must nicer than the very outdated Terminal 1 were SAS lands. CDG isn´t my favorite airport in the world.

Finally it was time for boarding. No priority boarding as far as I could see. No newspapers for the passengers. I took my seat in Economy class, 27G and noticed that the leg room was quite generous. Socks and eyeshades were given out. Air Mauritius A340s have 12 First class seat, 28 Business class seat and 254 Economy class seats. I would never pay for flying in Business class with Air Mauritius, 2-3-2 seating, and the pitch is about 43. The seats really looked old and cramped. Well, back to Economy class. The problem with the seats in Economy are that they are very, very hard and the seats don't recline very far and have no lumbar or neck support control, it was impossible to get comfortable.

No drinks were served before the meal. One nice thing though was the fact that we received a menu:

Tagliatelle and Salmon Salad

Alaskan Hake Fish with Moroccan Sauce or Roasted Chicken Fricassée with Curry and Coconut Milk Sauce.

Cherry Clafoutis

I took the chicken, it was not bad but not a masterpiece either. Typical airline food. After the meal the crew more ore less disappeared. No drink rounds during the flight, if you want something you have to go to the back of the aircraft and get it yourselves. Ok, its always good with some exercise, but normally I am used to a cabin crew that walks through the cabin offering water at least a couple of times during a night flight. The breakfast next morning was not that good, a Croissant and an boring Omelet and some fruit appetizer.

The flight time to Mauritius was 10H55. I cant remember our exact routing, but we flow over Genoa, Cairo and Mogadishu. Almost no turbulence during the flight.



Every seat has individual screens with six different movies. I think that the screens are from the first generation. I didn’t watch any of the movies, none of them interested me.


A Russian gentleman who only spoke Russian, sat in one of the middle seats in the same row as we did. I have never witnessed someone drinking one liter of Stolichnaya vodka during a flight. What a show!  Smile

I must say that Air Mauritius is a disappointing contrast to the fantastic service and standards of the island's hotels. The crew onboard our flight were tired, almost no smiles and the service was not that good. Maybe it was the delay? The food was rather ok, but the problem was that the seat was very hard, impossible to sleep well. I really tried to sleep but it was difficult. I wonder if they will have new seats on their new coming A340s.





The immigration in Mauritius went pretty fast, about 20 minutes after landing we sat in a taxi on our way to the hotel. At this time of the day 15 pm, the Airport was almost deserted.

Ile de Maurice

During our (to short) vacation in Mauritius we stayed at the Shandrani Hotel located next to the airport. The hotel is fantastic, the location near the airport is perfect for airline freaks as us. it’s marvelous to lie on the beach and watch a Boeing 747 or Airbus 340 take off. Mauritius is a great destination, especially for us who live in the dark and cold Northern countries. The people are very friendly.








November 28, 2005
MRU-CDG
Air France, AF963
Boeing 747-400, ?
08.50-17.25 on time





Before we could proceed to the check in we went trough security. After that we had to use our elbows to go to the Air Mauritius/Air France check in. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport (SSR) is really quite cramped. At least in the morning when passengers for a couple of 747s and an A340 and a 767 are checked in almost at the same time. The lady at check in didn’t have any problems at all to send our bags and check us in all the way to Stockholm-Arlanda, nice work!





I am a bit confused about the configuration of our aircraft. Normally AF flies with a 747 with over 450 seats to leisure destinations in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean. But I could see that our aircraft had the new Business class seats onboard (looked very nice). My seat was 19A, over the wing. Maybe someone can tell what kind of 747 AF normally use to Mauritius.

After a rather chaotic boarding, with no priority boarding this time either we took of 10 minutes late, but landed on time in Paris about 11 hours and 15 minutes later. Our flight today was completely full. Last time I flow with a 747 was back in 2003 (with Lufthansa). Its always nice to feel the power of a 747. Wonderful aircraft!

This was my first long haul flight with Air France. The seat was much better than on Air Mauritius, softer and more comfortable. The pitch was not as good as on Air Mauritius though. No personal PTVs on our aircraft, only the old fashioned style with monitors in the wall/ceiling. An other boring thing, no air show on this flight. Wonder why? I am always interested to know about the route the aircraft is flying.

After a beautiful take of with some fantastic scenery a rather boring breakfast was served. No warm things on that one. About four hours later we were served a lunch, chicken with rice. No menu and no choices, everyone ate the same food. One interesting thing, a bottle of wine and a bottle of liqueur were on the tray. Maybe a typical thing for a French carrier? The food was ok, the best thing of it was the dessert. A very good chocolate cake.

During the flight the attendants went through the cabin and offered water. One could also go to a self-service bar with soft-drinks, water and some sandwich to eat.



I must say that the flight attendants were very professional and friendly during the flight, what a difference compared to the flight with Air Mauritius.

One interesting thing, we were warned about turbulence and requested to return to our seats maybe 4-5 times during the flight. The problem is that there was no turbulence. I wonder why they did that? Does anyone know if AF normally sells duty free items on their long haul flights? On our flight they didn’t.


November 28, 2005
CDG-ARN
Air France, AF 1262
Airbus 318-111, F-GUGB
19.30-22.05, on time


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Our aircraft to Stockholm was parked at a remote stand. The A318 looked nice in the evening.

We left the remote stand 10 minutes late but landed on time in Stockholm. Once again an emergency exit seat for me, this time 9B. Plenty of leg room. The A318 is a nice “little” aircraft, quite powerful during take off.

The food on this flight was bad, some kind of turkey. I didn’t eat it at all. The dessert was the only good thing about this meal, and the French Kronenbourg beer of course.

Once again friendly and professional flight attendants on this almost full flight.

Our bags were delivered rather quickly at the deserted Terminal 5 in Arlanda Airport. 15 minutes after landing we sat in a taxi on our way to our home in Stockholm.

What can I say? Mauritius is a marvelous little island. Air France was a pleasant surprise, but I am disappointed about Air Mauritius. I think that they can do better, or I hope that at least. Would I fly with Air France again? Yes, especially if they will give me emergency exit seats for 2 flight out of 3! Air Mauritius? Maybe.

Thanks for reading!


"He was a wise man who invented beer"-Platon
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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3494 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 19073 times:

Good report. What were the loads on the MK flight from CDG-MRU?


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User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 19005 times:

Great report, and just in time! My wife and me will fly to Mauritius on saturday - I also considered Air Mauritius, but decided to book via TUI, so we will fly Condor.

Question: did immigration require anything special from you? I read something about that you have to show them some $100 cash per day of your stay (just to prove that you can afford your stay on the island), but I find it hard to believe that in times of credit cards.

Looking forward to our holiday (which is actually our honeymoon), maybe I'll also write a short TR.

Cheers
Zak


User currently offlineScandinavian From Sweden, joined Sep 2000, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 19003 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 1):
What were the loads on the MK flight from CDG-MRU?

Sorry, I forgot to mention the loads on the MK flight to Mauritius. Economy Class was packed, Business Class looked quite full. I have no clue about the loads in First Class.

Quoting ZakHH (Reply 2):
did immigration require anything special from you?

We didn't have to show our wallets, but the immigration Officer wanted to see our return tickets. I wish you a great holiday! (buy the way, were are you staying?)



"He was a wise man who invented beer"-Platon
User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 18995 times:

Quoting Scandinavian (Reply 3):
(buy the way, were are you staying?)

We will stay at the Indian Resort in Le Morne.


User currently offlineScandinavian From Sweden, joined Sep 2000, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 18982 times:

Wow, your Hotel seems to be a great one! I guess you will like it a lot!  Smile


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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 18957 times:

I also find the seats on the A340 (LX) and A330 "hard" and uncomfortable. I try to avoid them.

On Airlinemeals the Air Mauritius meals look great. I noticed the airfares to Mauritius from Europe are steep.


User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3212 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 18661 times:

Great report! How did it feel to get back to Sweden  devil  Smile?


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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7084 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 18435 times:

Nice report there. Glad to hear you had a nice holiday. Do you prefer the 744 or the 343?

User currently offlineCorsairf/a From France, joined Oct 2000, 373 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 18217 times:

Hi you had got the standard service on AF Caribbean and Indian ocean network. In Y class, no choice of meal, wine and a baby bottle of cocktail and two piece of bread on the meal tray. A menu and an amenity kit with ear plug and eye shade is given as well. No alcohol but wine and beer are offered. Normally there is a duty free boutique but usually the announcement is not made and it is done from the galley.

User currently offlineASWISSinMAD From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 148 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 18006 times:

Very interesting report!

When I was still an F/A, until a year ago, I often came to deal with MK's F/A's who were positionning from GVA to ZRH... they were the most arrogant, picky and snobish crews I have ever met... EVER! Therefore your bad experience with MK doesn't surprise me at all. They always acted like little spoiled princesses....


User currently offlineScandinavian From Sweden, joined Sep 2000, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 18006 times:

Quoting Nimish (Reply 7):
Great report! How did it feel to get back to Sweden

Mauritius +28, Stockholm -4 and snow a couple of days ago....hmm, I think that I prefer summer!  Smile

Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 8):
Do you prefer the 744 or the 343?

I prefer the 747, a great aircraft! But the 343 is also a nice aircraft, quiet.

Quoting Corsairf/a (Reply 9):
Normally there is a duty free boutique but usually the announcement is not made and it is done from the galley.

Thanks for the info. Is is the same procedure on all AF long haul flights?



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User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 17992 times:
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Quoting ASWISSinMAD (Reply 10):
Very interesting report!

When I was still an F/A, until a year ago, I often came to deal with MK's F/A's who were positionning from GVA to ZRH... they were the most arrogant, picky and snobish crews I have ever met... EVER! Therefore your bad experience with MK doesn't surprise me at all. They always acted like little spoiled princesses....

... strange then, I've been non-rev with them and found them to be very friendly. And I'm not the only one to have this impression among my colleagues who flew with MK.

FB.



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User currently offlineAmhilde From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 643 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 17921 times:

Nice report- weve been talking about going to Mauritius some day and as Im the plane freak Ive been poking around a little on flights and times. Thats a long way to go with an uncomfortable chair- I hope the beach made up for it!


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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8483 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 17751 times:
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Nice report, thanks.

Quoting Scandinavian (Thread starter):
CDG isn´t my favorite airport in the world.

-Nor mine, it's a dump, all of it!

Quoting Scandinavian (Thread starter):
Socks and eyeshades were given out.

-Thats pretty good going.

Quoting Scandinavian (Thread starter):
After the meal the crew more ore less disappeared. No drink rounds during the flight

-Non unusual these days, most carriers seem to have this problem.......

Quoting Scandinavian (Reply 11):
But the 343 is also a nice aircraft, quiet.

-Yes it is, one of the reasons I'd take the A340 over a 747 & or 777.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineKennethsk From Thailand, joined Oct 2005, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 17688 times:

Quoting Scandinavian (Thread starter):
only 287 dollars for two persons for a round trip ARN-CDG.

That is real good deal. I would have chosen the same. And your trip seemed fun and enjoyable but sorry to hear about Air Mauritius.

Great Trip report!
Kennethsk



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User currently offlinePerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 17193 times:

Neat report - good to see someone corroborate my views on the hardness of the seats in MK's A340s - seems nothing has changed in 2 and a half years.

See:
RE: Air Mauritius: Perth - Mauritius Return (by PerthGloryFan Jul 5 2003 in Trip Reports)#ID33865

I haven't found the some problem with the seats on SQ's or EK's A340s so it seems to be an Air Mauritius thing.

PGF


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