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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39834 posts, RR: 74
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Hello everyone!
I spend the last 6 weeks circling the globe,
visiting Thailand, Russia, Turkey,
Greece and finishing it all off in New York.
I flew on some exotic aircraft,
met lots of friendly people, met some beautiful
women and drank lots of booze in the process.

My itinerary was
SFO-NRT ¡KUnited Airlines 747-400
NRT-BKK ¡KUnited Airliners 747-400
BKK-SVO ¡KAeroflot IL-96-300
SVO-IST ¡KAeroflot TU-154
IST-ATH ¡KOlympic Airways ATR-72
ATH-JFK ¡KOlympic Airways A340-300
JFK-OAK ¡K JetBlue A320
OAK-SFO- BART

I flew business class in the upper-deck of a United 747-400
(reg# N196UA) from San Francisco to Tokyo, Japan.
Service was excellent. I had a 6 hour layover at
Narita before catching my connecting flight to Bangkok,
Thailand. That flight was also business class on United
747-400 (re# N128UA).
After 16 hours of flying, we touched down in Bangkok
at midnight. When stepping off the plane, the heat
& humidity hit me as I walked down the
air-stairs and squeezed in to the shuttle bus that takes
us in to the terminal. Going through customs control
was very swift. I had no idea what I¡¦d be in for over
the next 2 weeks in Thailand.

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I fell in love with Thailand!
The people are very nice and polite.
The women are beautiful, great personality,
the food is amazing, everything is cheap and it's
easy to get away from all the tourist.
Bangkok is a very wild city. Lots of really bizarre
stuff going on but overall, people really have a
healthy and friendly attitude.

I managed to make friends with native
Thais that really showed me a good time including
all the cheap eating spots and
Buddhist temples in Bangkok.
The massage parlors are world-class.

There were some real whacky things I saw in Bangkok.
You can tell by the pictures.
On several occasions, would see someone
riding there elephant through town.
(Pictured below)

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The women of Thailand are exceptionally beautiful.
Here I met two really nice Thai ladies
that are in flight school. They could potentially
become future Thai Airways pilots. I of course stay
in contact with them because
I am ..uhh..an aspiring pilot.too.  Wink




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Bangkok has a great public transit system as well.
I found the Bangkok river taxis to be a
very relaxing way to get from point
A to point B as well as get an un-obstructed
view of the Bangkok cityscape. Best of all, it's
cheaper than a car taxi or ¡¥Tuk-Tuk¡¦.

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Bangkok subways can get very
crowded but they run very frequent,
never break down and make our
sophisticated systems in New York,
San Francisco and Portland, Or. look like a joke.
Yes I know ours are much older.

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When I went to Bangkok,
I had intentions on going to the take the
elephant tours through the jungles of
Thailand as well as visit Cambodia,
Vietnam and Laos.
Well, the mosquitoes in Bangkok ate me alive!
So I know I would certainly have trouble in the
jungles and in those other countries where
Malaria is a problem nationwide. I didn't do
my homework nor get the proper shots &
meds prior to my trip so I stayed in Bangkok.
That of course was no problem at all either.
Out of 13 days, I never had a dull moment.
Damn I love Bangkok!

Enough about Bangkok, Thailand.
Next stop was Moscow, Russia.
I can write a book about my Aeroflot IL-96-300
flight from Bangkok to Moscow alone.

The 10 hour flight between Bangkok & Moscow
was the longest 10 hours I've ever experienced!
I don¡'t know where to begin.
Some here at Airliners.net already know that
I have fascination with Soviet jetliners as well
as all older Western aircraft types.
Well the IL-96 I flew on is less than 10 years old,
yet, the aircraft has old abandoned IL-86 interiors.
In terms of the service by Aeroflot flight attendants,
I've met friendly Hiway Patrol and Police officers that's
pulled me over for speeding.


The IL-96 BKK-SVO was an awful experience and the
worst flight I've ever had!
The IL-96 is a great plane but it's a shame that
Aeroflot put in abandoned bus seats in this new
aircraft. I've had better experiences on Greyhound.
Cubana's IL-62 interiors are much better.
If any of you want to fly on an IL-96, take Cubana
instead. They have two already.

Before I get to the in-flight entertainment¡,
let's talk about the takeoff roll.
I've seen videos here at Airliners.net of some of
the fuel saving techniques Aeroflot pilot's use.

The IL-96 is a modern aircraft, yet the pilot chose to use only
2/3rds power for takeoff and used every inch of the runway
before pulling the nose up at the very end.
We went in to a very gradual ascend.
I mean VERY GRADUAL ascend before going in to a
step ascend 2 minutes after takeoff.

Aeroflot flight attendants eat before they get up
and serve the passengers. Mind you, I don't have
a problem with this because I like to think of myself
as a Spartan traveler and some of this stuff just comes with the territory.

A fist-fight broke out between two drunk Russian guys
in the rear galley. The fight went on for about 5 minutes
before others tried to break it up. The flight attendants
were older women in there 50s and certainly could
not break up a fight of these men twice there size.
The only male flight attendant was having a
cigarette up in first class. Nevermind the fact that the
'no smoking' light stayed on throughout the flight,
yet half the passengers and some FAs smoke
in-flight. Eventually, things calmed down and our
dinner was served 3 hours in to the flight.

Later on
another drunk Russian guy was running around the plane
opening and slamming lavatory doors shouting out how
much he hates Asians and Africans coming to "his"
country. He was also shouting that Russia should only
be for Russians. This guy wasn't even a skinhead. He
looked like an ordinary family man.
What did the Aeroflot flight attendants do? They sat
him down in first class! I¡¦ve read that a lot of
younger and poorer Russians have latched on to
Adolph Hitler's warped ideology but I'd never imagined
that someone on and international Aeroflot flight would
express there warped views so freely.
This tells me that this ideology is shared by some
middle & upper class Russians as well.
A flight to Bangkok isn't cheap, especially with Rubles.
There were about 14 Chinese exchange
students as well as me and one other man from
South Africa being the only non-Russians/Slavics on this flight.

Towards the end of the flight, things started to
lighten up. Two drunk guys started standing on there
heads in the aisle and were competing to see who can
do it the longest.
By the way, there were NO BOOZ served on this flight!
It was
a BYOB (bring your own bottle) flight! Yes they were
passing around many bottles of vodka they brought on
board.

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Victor (Tu204) was a really nice guy and showed me
around. We went to the bone yard across the road from
SVO and we drank vodka on the wing of an IL-86.
That was very cool!
(I'll add those photos later)
The man guarding the facility was an old-line Communist hardliner.
Being an American pinko-Commie sympathizer
that I am would not have been enough to get in.
So my friend suggested that I say I was from Angola or Cuba.
Well I look more Cuban than Angolan and I've been to Cuba so
I faked a Cuban accent to get in to the facility. Gosh I wish I had a video camera to tape that!
Damn, that was really cool to visit and that was awesome for my friend Victor to be able to arrange all of this.

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I did see Red Square and St. Basils Cathedral.
The Mausoleum and Monino was closed that day.
One of the highlights of Moscow was seeing a beautiful
Zil sedan enroute to the Red
Square. The Zil was/is the Soviet Union's answer to my car
(1970s full-sized, body on frame luxury sedan).

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The absence of center storage bins gave
this flight even more of a 'Circus tent' feel.

Me, Victor (Tu204), and his friend Bracksha
who is an engine mechanic for Aeroflot.
I owe a very special thanks to them and there families for opening there doors to me, showing me around and getting me drunk.

Even though I spend less than 48 hours in Moscow,
I had the unfortunate experience of seeing two low-class
Russians shout at me a give me the Heil Hitler salute
as me and Victor departed Moscow Metro enrout to his place.
The xenophobia in Russia is widespread and it's a
shame that this once great nation has adopted
an ideology which killed 26+ million of it's own citizens.
Red Square was beautiful as well as St. Basils's Cathedral
but the rest of Moscow reminded me of the south suburbs
of Chicago (Calumet City, Riverdell, Dalton)
which is not a good thing.

The flight from Moscow, Russia to Istanbul,
Turkey on Aeroflot TU-154 was great.
I was amazed with it's performance!
It got off the ground in no time.
The passengers (mostly Turkish and Russian mobsters)
were much better behaved
than the idiots on the long-haul IL-96 flight.
The TU-154 was quieter than expected.

I was pleasantly surprised with Turkey.
The funny thing was after checking in with the
Turkish customs agent, he stamped my passport
and sold me my visa, he jumps from behind the
glass window and asked me;
"What is your stage name? Aren't you that singer, Usher¨?
Come on now!
I look way better than Usher so I took that as an insult! Big grin
However, this wasn't the first time on my trip that people
thought that I was an R&B singer.
Several women in Thailand thought I was an R&B singer,
but I let them live out there fantasy while
I was in there presence.  Wink
Twice, women asked me to sing for them.

Istanbul was nice, historical and clean but after
getting a taste of heaven (Thailand),
I didn't want to stay as long as I had planned.

OK, do any of you old-timers remember
Airliners.net user, 'RealHigh'?
For those of you too young to remember,
she was a SFO member and friend of mine
that was a Belly-Dancer.
Me and a lady friend of her's became
good friends but both of us lost contact
with her after she moved to Belgium. Anyhow,
me and her friend
(I won't divulge her name at this site)
stayed friends
throughout the years.
Well this friend of ours visa expired and she
had to move back to Turkey (her homeland).
We stayed in contact over the years.
After spending a few days with her and her
fQ#king mother, f$%king friends, f*4king co-workers,
f!^king family and repeatedly hearing the "M" word (marriage) for 5 days, it was time to get the hell out !
I ended up spending more time in Greece than planned.
So the book is closed on that chapter of my life.
Tbar220 and others, please, no more emails
asking about RealHigh!



Let me tell you all, the Athens airport is AWESOME!!!!!!
I arrived at 12:30 AM midnight and what do I hear
being played over the PA system?
'Theme from Superfly' by Curtis Mayfield!
It's as if Greece knew I was coming!
One thing I liked about the airport in Athens
is the high concentration of backpackers
(although I am not one) and just cool folks
that bring there sleeping bags, inflatable
mattresses and in some cases, hammocks
to the airport. I must say, Athens has some
of the coolest music I've ever heard at an airport terminal.
Hell, Athens even has a cool Herpa Wings retailer in which
I bought a Silk Way IL-76 1:500 scale model plane.

What I have gathered from other tourist is that
Greece is the most affordable European Union
nation to visit.
Being a Chicagoland native, it was mandatory
that I try the original pita gyro sandwich and compare.
Well, I must say that Athens has the best pita gyros in world!
I know of a place in which I could get
TWO pita gyro sandwiches and 1 liter of Mythos beer
for only 4 Euros.
In the United States, that would be $18 (24 Euros).

After touring Athens and Corinth,
it was time to visit the islands of Greece.
OMG!
Great beaches, beautiful women and almost as cheap as Thailand!
I visited Ios, Paros and Mykonos. Sad thing was that no one
in Corinth knew of any sort of Corinthian leather
that was sold exclusivly in Chrysler luxury vehicles from
1974-1995. As a former Chrysler Lebaron convertible owner, I was
rather peaved.
(dripping with sarcasm).
I didn't let this discovery ruin my trip.  Wink
Considering it was mid-June, Ios was still cheap and vacant.
I felt as if I had the entire island to my self.
I was told it was the party island but parties wasn't what
I was looking for. I found a room for only 9 Euros a night
and it was just a block from beautiful white sand beaches
and turquoise blue/green tropical water.

Mykonos was not my speed. Two cute girls
I met on the ferry (from LAX) talked me in to visiting
the island for the day.
Well there were no ruins, the scenery was just
average and it was over-priced. It was just a place
for rich gay guys to hook up.
Well I am not rich, nor gay so it's not my kind of island.

Now lets talk about the spectacular Olympic Airways A340-300!
OK, some members here think I am a nut because
I LOVE this aircraft/livery combo.
Keep in mind, my praise for this airline has nothing to
do with my bias based on appearance.
The flight and the service are top-notch. It's
mind-boggling to hear that this airline is struggling.
These are the best coach seats I've ever flown on.
Olympic coach rivals United business. The seats are
very comfortable, has adjustable head rest, foot rest
and everyone has there own PTV. The food was great,
and they served two rounds of meals. The first round
was lamb gyros with olives and potatoes, the second
was salmon with rice. They had a good selection of
Greek wines and I had about 9 rounds on this 10 hour
flight. Olympic also uses real silver wear.

The all female flight attendant crew was very
Professional and beautiful.
I didn't want this plane to land. This was the
shortest 10 hour flight I've ever flown on.
The plane I flew on was 'Olympia' (SX-DFA) which was
one of the first photos I viewed at Airliners.net when
I discovered the site back in April 2000. This exact
plane has been listed in my favorites in my profile
every since A.net added this feature.


My stay in New York was great as well.
I stayed at two different places. My friend's
place in the Flatbush section of the borough of
New York and found a very affordable place
in the Village called the St. Marks hotel.
That place is ideal for the traveler on the budget.
My return flight to San Francisco was supposed
to be on United but I ended up get a
companion pass on JetBlue from JFK to Oakland,
California. I am not a huge fan of David Needleman
but he has a great airline with a fantastic F/A staff
and pilots. Ground crew? Well I'll take the 5th,.

If I had the chance, I'd do it all over again!


I owe a special thanks to (Victor) Tu204 for
being my tour guide/bodyguard as well as Bracksha
& family for letting me pass out at there pad.
Also, Alex (An-225) for making it all happen!


Bring back the Concorde
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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39834 posts, RR: 74
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 32643 times:

Other highlights from this trip.

My lady friends;

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The women of Greece are beautiful!

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This is the Turkish customs agent that thought I was Usher!
He begged to have his photo taken with me!
Hillarious! Big grin

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This image sums up Russia in 2006 pretty well.
An abandoned fighter jet once aimed to kill Americans rust away in a open field will cheap Ikea-like faux luxury condos crop up over night.


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My diet in Greece.
Damn I miss these things!
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…and her too! Big grin
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a touch of class…
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User currently offlineFutureSDPDcop From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1293 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 32568 times:

Interesting report..... funny picture I liked was the guy riding thru town on his elephant (with the 7-11 in the background.)

Thanks for posting it.


User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 32560 times:

Welcome back !

Great trip report.

We should make you Ambassador to Russia. You can have all the hot blond slavic babes and give those neo-nazi morons the sh*ts. But it looks like you'd rather be Ambassador to Thailand !


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 32432 times:

Hilarious. Thank you for making me laugh so much. If I ever go to Thailand I will try to go at the coolest time and take insect repellent.

User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2571 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 32406 times:

Where are the CCS and HAV stops? You certainly missed the best places on earth!

 sarcastic 


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 32287 times:

Excellent report, Superfly!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
A fist-fight broke out between two drunk Russian guys
in the rear galley. The fight went on for about 5 minutes
before others tried to break it up. The flight attendants
were older women in there 50s and certainly could
not break up a fight of these men twice there size.
The only male flight attendant was having a
cigarette up in first class. Nevermind the fact that the
'no smoking' light stayed on throughout the flight,
yet half the passengers and some FAs smoke
in-flight. Eventually, things calmed down and our
dinner was served 3 hours in to the flight.



Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Two drunk guys started standing on there
heads in the aisle and were competing to see who can
do it the longest.

 rotfl  Flying long-haul on Aeroflot must be a pretty cool experience, I will definitely check them out since nobody cares if you're smoking or if you're drunk! Sounds like a really funny experience!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
The flight from Moscow, Russia to Istanbul,
Turkey on Aeroflot TU-154 was great.
I was amazed with it's performance!
It got off the ground in no time.

Great to hear. A friend and me will fly to Moscow next month and finally I managed it to book us on an Aeroflot flight operated by the TU-154! This will be my first flight in a Russian jet and I can't wait!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
My diet in Greece.
Damn I miss these things!

They taste awesome! How was the Mythos beer? I've never had the chance to check it out when I was in Greece because they mostly sell import beer on Zante.

Again, thanks for the fantastic report!

Patrick


User currently offlineMalmoaviation From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 385 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 32275 times:

The pictures from Bangkok reminds me of my trip there a half-year ago. I can remember it as yesterday..  Smile Well, I'd like to see you with Cuban accent! Big grin Nice report anyway.

User currently offlineMaury From United States of America, joined May 2005, 532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 32179 times:

Only the 'fly would go round-the-world..In Search Of: Rich Corinthian Leather.

A classic report, good to have you back!


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39834 posts, RR: 74
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 32106 times:

I forgot to add, these are the beautiful girls I met that are in flight school in Thailand.
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Quoting Jaysit (Reply 3):
We should make you Ambassador to Russia. You can have all the hot blond slavic babes and give those neo-nazi morons the sh*ts. But it looks like you'd rather be Ambassador to Thailand !

Nah, I'll pass on the Ambassador to Russia gig. I can get plenty of hot blond slavic babes here in San Francisco. The Thai girls just blew my mind!
Lots of thick in chunky girls in Thailand, yet none of them make it over here to the USA. Only the skinny ones seem to immigrate here.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 4):
If I ever go to Thailand I will try to go at the coolest time

I've been told the only two seasons are hot & very hot.  
I had to douse my body with 100% DET. It was a bottle sold at 7-11 and all the text was in Thai but it did have a mosquito with a red X on it. Not sure it was for my skin or not but it worked!

Quoting Luisde8cd (Reply 5):
Where are the CCS and HAV stops? You certainly missed the best places on earth!

I've already been to HAV and had a great time! CCS is next on my list. I'll look you up when I arrive. 


Sabena332, try to contact Victor (Tu204) when you get to Moscow. He is a real fun guy to hang out with. Very knowlegable of aircraft, fluent in English & Russian and likes to drink. Those are all good qualities when hanging out in Russia.
Mythos beer is OK for the hot climate of Greece. I wouldn't be my beer of choice in the winter but often times, it was the only Greek beer sold. I can get Heineken and Amstel everywhere else.

If you fly Aeroflot longhaul, this will be your meal. Remember, you CAN bring your own booze onboard.   
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Quoting Malmoaviation (Reply 7):
Well, I'd like to see you with Cuban accent!

Well I was talking about aircraft with an al-la Ricky Ricardo from I Love Lucy accent.  

Quoting Maury (Reply 8):
Only the 'fly would go round-the-world..In Search Of: Rich Corinthian Leather.


Well I figured it was a marketing gimmick but I am the kind of guy that needs to see the proof.

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One of the highlights of visiting Bangkok was going to the top of the Bayoke Sky Hotel. It's the tallest hotel in the world, topping off at 85 stories. I like the glass elevator ride to the top.  

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Now this was strange. This is a Thai death metal group. The lead vocalist growls in Thai.
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This is how I got around on the islands of Greece.
Renting those mopeds were lots of fun.
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It is really sad to hear of Olympic Airways financial situation. There service is world-class.  

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I just love those classic lines!  

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Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 31971 times:

'Fly! How cool! What an adventure you had...as did the ladies around the world!  Smile

Sorry your flight to Moscow wasn't better. Maybe if they had known that Usher was on the plane, they would have behaved...nah, probably not!

Welcome back!



But that was when I ruled the world
User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 940 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 31893 times:

Very interesting trip report and it sounds like you had a great time everywhere you went!

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Bangkok is a very wild city. Lots of really bizarre
stuff going on but overall, people really have a
healthy and friendly attitude.

Hope you get a chance to come back and explore the country a bit more. While Bangkok does have its wild side, there is a lot more to it than that, and of course a lot more to the entire country. But I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Quoting Semsem (Reply 4):
If I ever go to Thailand I will try to go at the coolest time

I've been told the only two seasons are hot & very hot.

Three, actually: Hot from March to July, Rainy from July to October, Cool (relatively) from October to February



Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39834 posts, RR: 74
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 31868 times:

Christao17:
Hey it's great to see an Airliners.net member from Thailand!
I fell in love with your country! I certainly don't need to have my arm twisted to come back.  Smile
I am glad to hear that Thailand has a cool season. Just how "cool" is it?
Is there any parts that get below 32 degrees C?
I have seriously considered moving to Thailand since my trip. I have many questions I want to ask you terms of being a non-Thai person and finding work.

Just how bad is the Maleria situation in the rural parts of Thailand?
Have you came down with it? Do you know anybody with Malaria?
How do you all cope living with the risk of this deadly disease?

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 10):
Maybe if they had known that Usher was on the plane, they would have behaved...nah, probably not!

Funny! Big grin



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User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 31797 times:

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I owe a special thanks to (Victor) Tu204 for
being my tour guide/bodyguard as well as Bracksha
& family for letting me pass out at there pad.
Also, Alex (An-225) for making it all happen!

Excellent trip report! I hope to visit Thailand some time in the fall. Care to tag along?  Wink.

Alex.



Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 31757 times:

There was an article in the Wall Street Journal about a trip to Russia. The authour flew like you on Aeroflot from BKK to Moscow on an Ilyushin and he said like on your trip that some of the passengers were drunk. He said it was terrible.

User currently offlineNZ8800 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 425 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 31737 times:

What a fantastic journey lol - remind me to fly Aeroflot sometime!
Loved the bit on the replies - only the Fly would go round the world in search of real Corinthian leather!

I love this place - where else do people do things like go around the world to sample different carriers, or even fly to a particular place simply to be able to go on a particular aeroplane!!!! Big grin

You met some nice ladies didn't you!  Wink It will be Mykonos for me though, but I ain't rich!  Wink
All the same, from an aesthetic point of view, I do like women in a crisp uniform, like those Thai ladies at flight school - and they were pretty too.
Liked the elephant shot, and how this site puts us in touch with all sorts of people from all over the world.

For now - add a long haul Aeroflot flight to Sheremetyevo with three bottles of Vodka to the List Of Things To Do Big grin



MDZWTA ~ Mobile Disaster Zone When Travelling Abroad
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 31728 times:

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Well, I must say that Athens has the best pita gyros in world!

If they're as good as the ones on Corfu, they were EXCELLENT!!!

That was the best TR ever, I like your style, if you ever decide to come to NZ, Jafa's yer man to show you the highs and lows (hope you like fishing!)

jafa39  Smile


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39834 posts, RR: 74
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 31718 times:

Quoting Semsem (Reply 14):
he said like on your trip that some of the passengers were drunk. He said it was terrible.

I don't have problems with people drinking. Hell I drink a lot anyway.
I just don't like to be around those that are aggressive, violent and beligerant.
Another problem I noticed was that some seats were not properly bolted to the floor. The carpets were not tacked down to the floor so someone can slip and fall easily in some parts of the plane.

This is really too bad because I like the IL-96 and much rather fly on one instead of a 777. I like four engine and three engine aircraft. I completed my entire trip without a 777.  Cool

It's a shame that there are no TU-154s in service in North America. I just love the sound of those Soloviev engines.



Quoting An-225 (Reply 13):
I hope to visit Thailand some time in the fall. Care to tag along?

You know you don't have to twist my arm! Big grin



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User currently offlineNZ560 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 31712 times:

A lovely trip report. Well worth the reading.

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 16):

That was the best TR ever, I like your style, if you ever decide to come to NZ, Jafa's yer man to show you the highs and lows (hope you like fishing!)

Fishing. What's that?? I'm sure there are more important things than that word to do.  duck 



-OJL RIP Also to the 7 onboard
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39834 posts, RR: 74
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 31718 times:

Quoting NZ8800 (Reply 15):
I love this place - where else do people do things like go around the world to sample different carriers, or even fly to a particular place simply to be able to go on a particular aeroplane!!!!

Oh yes, ...umm... I chose Bangkok because the Aeroflot IL-96 flies there.
(dripping with sarcasm)  Wink


Being an aviation & car buff and womanizing alcohalic that I am, this trip was essential.  Silly

Quoting NZ8800 (Reply 15):
It will be Mykonos for me though, but I ain't rich!

I am sure you'll find a sugar daddy there to make sure your needs are met.  Wink

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 16):
That was the best TR ever, I like your style, if you ever decide to come to NZ, Jafa's yer man to show you the highs and lows (hope you like fishing!)

Thanks man and yes, I do like fishing.
In fact I went on a camping trip up near Lake Tahoe last weekend to 'decompress' from this trip. We did go fishing but didn't catch anything.  Sad



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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 31663 times:

Quoting NZ560 (Reply 18):
I'm sure there are more important things than that word to do

Yes, duck mate, keep your head down.  Smile  Smile


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 31549 times:

Hey great report and pics 

Whats with all the different ladies?  

Oh, I agree that Thailand is a fantastic place. I'm certainly gonna go back there Big grin



Lee

[Edited 2006-07-11 22:01:25]


Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39834 posts, RR: 74
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 31477 times:

Here are more photos of us drinking vodka on the wing of an IL-86.

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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39834 posts, RR: 74
Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 31440 times:

Gosh, I am such an idiot. Embarrassment
I forgot to include the Aeroflot TU-154 I flew on between Moscow and Istanbul.


Here are some artifacts from Olympic Airways.
It's great to see that they still use real silverware with there logo engraved in the handles. It was a reminder of how great travel used to be.

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Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 21):
Whats with all the different ladies?

Well you see Lee I took this trip all by myself so I needed 'company'.  Smile



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User currently offlineIlikeyyc From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1373 posts, RR: 20
Reply 24, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 31384 times:

Welcome back!

BCAInfoSys never got your memo that you went around the world, so he got worried.

Did I Miss The Memo - Where's Superfly? (by BCAInfoSys Jun 29 2006 in Non Aviation)


Does that say "Bang Sue" on that banner? Thats funny.

I'm gald that you made it home safely! Thanks for sharing. That is a trip I would love to make some day!



Fighting Absurdity with Absurdity!
25 Post contains images EK773 : No wonder Olympic might be in financial trouble if everyone keeps stealing their cutlery and headsets
26 Post contains images Superfly : Thanks Ilikeyyc! Sorry I forgot to CC him on the memo. To answer your question; yes that sign does say "Bang Sue". I was on my way to Bang Sue when I
27 Post contains images Tu204 : Nice trip report! Two little notes: my (strange) friend's name is Pasha, who, btw asked nearly every day how the rest of your trip was going. (I will
28 Post contains images FXramper : Excellent!
29 Post contains images Superfly : Damn, I was way off! Well, now he knows. Pasha was a lot of fun to hang out with. I like people that are "strange" but have good intentions. Normal p
30 Christao17 : If you go further north (Chiang Mai) it gets much cooler in the winter months. Overnight lows in the mid-teens. Here in Bangkok, the lowest it gets d
31 Post contains images Sabena332 : Yesterday me and my friend sent our passports to the Russian embassy and I hope that everything works well this time. I will definitely contact Victo
32 Post contains images Vaporlock : Well, Mr. Fly my dear.....that's for taking the time to put together an amazing trip report. The pics are fantastic and I can tell by the smile on you
33 MH017 : Excellent trip-report, especially the Aeroflot flights !!! Gosh, these Thai pilots-to-be look awesome: what's their age-bracket ???
34 Post contains images BMIFlyer : Great idea By the way, have you cut your hair? I think it was longer when I saw you in Vegas?
35 Post contains images Superfly : Yes I did have an afro in Las Vegas. I realized the angry militant look doesn't work for me. Mid 20s. Thanks for the kind words. Thanks again for the
36 Post contains images CXA330300 : Excellent! I imagine some of the people on your BKK-SVO were the kind who go to Pattaya to do the nasty.............
37 Post contains images PerthGloryFan : "bizarre" ain't the word - I have vague memories last December of being in a "ping-pong" bar at 2am but I was very heavily dosed up on Singha and the
38 Post contains images Sabena332 : Sounds excellent! I am sure that we will have fun! A tourist visa cost 35 EUR (44 USD) when you choose "14 days handling time", additionally I have t
39 Post contains images Superfly : Well I am carrying the torch of pleasure and hedonism. Why is it cheaper for the Germans? Damn, we helped Russia defeat the Germans! Oh well. I had t
40 DL021 : I already commented in the email, but this is one great trip report! Love the photos (the head-standing competition on Aeroflot is surreal) and from t
41 Post contains images Myt332 : Yo Fly. Well I read this a few days ago but I've only just paid my FC membership so feel honoured I remembered to congratulate you on a) the trip and
42 TheLUREnyc : Great Trip Report and fantastic pictures. I wanna hear more about that "World Class" massage you got in BKK!
43 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Very good report my friend! Excellent . . . Sounds like quite the adventure for a womanizing, alcoholic old car driving aviation fan!
44 Touchdown777 : Nice and funny trip report. I am glad to see that they even have 7-11s in Bangkok Thailand. 7-11 is just something I can not live without. T7
45 Post contains images Superfly : Is it the spicy bratwurst dogs and cheap beer?
46 Superfly : Christao17: I send you an email with some questions.
47 Lewis : Excellent trip report. I really like the style you used to write it. The truth is that its getting too expensive in Athens and in most of the popular
48 Post contains images Superfly : I need to check out Spain again. The last time I was there, I was a teenager so my dad was paying for everything. Cheaper beer in Spain, huh? I may h
49 Superfly : Tu204: Tell Pasha that I'll have the photo tomorrow.
50 Post contains links and images Superfly : Tu204: Show these to Pasha. I still need to send photos of us hanging out at Pasha's place. I had a great time hanging out with them.
51 Superfly : Tu204: The place that processed my film made an error on one of the photos I took at Pasha's place. I should have it corrected in a few days.
52 767Lover : Superfly, Awesome trip!!! The Aeroflot report was priceless...I thought that kind of behaviour was a myth. Hey, were you back home in SF between June
53 Post contains images IAH777 : Did you get to rub anything with olive oil while in Greece? Y'know....in the name of goodwill?
54 Post contains images Superfly : I was hoping it was a myth too. The Russians I know here don't act like that at all. At that time, I was in Greece and headed for New York. I didn't
55 FXMD11 : Really glad to hear that you liked it here in BKK. Living and working here is sure different than coming as a tourist to experience the sights and so
56 Superfly : FXMD11: When is the new airport expected to open? I like the current BKK airport. I hear that the BTS is supposed to connect at the new airport. I mad
57 Usair320 : Amazing report. Flying longhaul on SU sounds like quite an expierience. I would love to try the IL=96 someday.
58 Superfly : Usair320: Yes indeed. It was certainly an "experience". I am curious if Cubana will continue to order the IL-96 after Fidel Castro is gone. That would
59 Post contains images VonRichtofen : I think you have your exchange mixed up, should be the other way around Great report, though I'm surprised you didn't stop in Montreal! Kris
60 Post contains images BA319-131 : Great stuff!! - I'll say! - Sounds like a flight from hell if you ask me! - I don't see the vodka Fab, loved it. Rgds Mark
61 Post contains images Superfly : VonRichtofen: I made that correction in one of my post above. I had the conversion backwards. I will get back to Montreal eventually. A city we lived
62 BuyantUkhaa : Great report, I also enjoyed the Tu154 a lot! I'll still try to fly the IL96. In fact I was in Cuba at the time you made this trip, but unfortunately
63 Post contains links and images Superfly : One thing I forgot to mention earlier was that Olympic and Aeroflot still uses the old style carbon copy airline tickets with red ink.
64 Gunsontheroof : Nice report, Usher. Looks like a killer time.
65 Post contains images Superfly : Gunsontheroof: Perhaps they were thinking that Usher really let himself go!
66 Post contains images Airtrainer : Hi, thanks a lot for this trip report, it was really interesting to read ! I just love the elephant in town... and of course drinking vodka on the win
67 Superfly : That was one of the highlights of visiting Russia. That was totally cool of my frind Victor to organize that. I had returned to Bangkok again and saw
68 Post contains links and images Superfly : Sorry I am a bit late in adding these photos. I have a few more I need to upload. This is another photo taken on the IL-86 wing. Many of those photos
69 Post contains images CPH757 : What a great and fun report there Superfly, especially the Aeroflot part. I've just booked a CPH-SVO-PVG ticket, first time on SU. Happy to know that
70 Superfly : Have a great time on your trip. What is Aeroflot using on there flights to Shanghai? I thought they use the IL-96 on flights to Asia.
71 Post contains images CPH757 : No, they actually use 767-300ER's for PVG, PEK and HKG flights. So I have just to hope for a substitution, and besides that head for training camp to
72 Superfly : Nah, they'll win as they've had more practice. Take lots of interior shots of there 767s. I haven't seen any Aeroflot 767 interior shots in the datab
73 Post contains images CPH757 : I'll see was I can make up, I also noticed the lack of 767 cabin shots in the database. Do they btw mind taking photos in SVO? Thanks for the reply in
74 Post contains images Superfly : You could be the first. Not problem at all. If you are on the main level at the terminal, you can get decent shots only if the aircraft is right in f
75 Mike89406 : Superfly, You never cease to amaze me with you're dramatic trip reports although I read this trip report when it first came out.You're adventures kind
76 Post contains images Superfly : What slowed you down? Whackyness seems to be a part of my life.
77 Mike89406 : I've been married for almost 10 yrs
78 Superfly : That will do it.
79 Irelayer : Awesome report! I was laughing at all the pictures and the descriptions, and the Usher thing was just hilarious. Excellent job. BTW, did you go by you
80 Alessandro : You are my hero Superfly, cool report. I flew on the Aeroflot B777 from Moscow to New Dehli in 2005, some seats where empty and a drunk russian guy to
81 Post contains images Superfly : Thanks. At first when I was asked by a cook in a Thai restaurant, I was taken back but it happened several times. I though these girls were just flir
82 Alessandro : Well, that´s A.net you get your 30 minutes spell check time, that´s it. Yes, he adversory was thin air when he boxed, never seen that before. Neo-sk
83 Superfly : Was this on your Aeroflot flight LAX-SVO? What a shame that Eastern Europe has allowed this sickness to spead. Sounds like this will be a problem for
84 Alessandro : SVO-Dehli, never been to LAX. Well, you can´t fight the world, some people like old ideas, defunct ideas.
85 Superfly : Do you have any interior shots? I don't think there are any in the database of there western aircraft types.
86 Post contains images Alessandro : Sorry not as talented with photos as you are...
87 JamesJimlb : WOW tu124 hasn't found the thread, un believable
88 MadameConcorde : Thank you for this trip report, Superfly! I had a hell of a fun time reading through it and looking at the photos. Some day I want to do these weird R
89 Post contains images Superfly : Is ti124 a member that usually post in trip reports threads? MadameConcorde: Glad you enjoyed reading my report. Again, I apologize for the poor writ
90 Post contains images MadameConcorde : It was arranged in advance by invitation. I was also there the next day when it crashed. My attention was all on the Concorde prototype flight demo (I
91 B747forever : Brilliant TR. The Aeroflot flight seems really horrible. The pics are great. Thank you for sharing. B747forever.
92 Post contains images Superfly : B747forever: Glad you enjoyed it. Actually, I would do the Aerflot flight again as long as I had some back up. Incredible!
93 OA260 : Excellent report Superfly , Where was the pic taken of you with the OA B747?
94 Superfly : Thanks. That was taken at an Olympic Airways ticketing office in Athens near the Acropolis. yeah I know that doesn't narrow it down. This ticketing o
95 Post contains images RussianGirl : Wow wow wow It's really interesting report with nice pic!!! I was shocked by your flight on IL-96!! Glad to hear that you liked Tu-154! Very funny! Th
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