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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4518 posts, RR: 53
Posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 32415 times:

When trying to decide where to go holiday this summer, I was influenced by a number of Greek friends I had made whilst studying in the UK during this last year who had encouraged me to go to Greece. I actually spent the first four years of my life in Athens. My parents had moved there with my dad’s work when the war broke out in Lebanon in 1975 and the company moved their regional headquarters from Beirut to Athens. As such, I spent the first few years of my life there but hadn’t really been back since 1988.

We booked flights with BA in Club Europe and I asked my mum to reserve 767-300s each way. To my horror, she managed to put us on an A320 for the outbound flight. Fortunately though the return was on a 763 so that was going to have to be alright.

The outbound flight was BA 640, leaving Heathrow Terminal 1 at 08:20. We got to the airport around 7am and for the first time, went to what I believe is the fairly new premium check-in area. Here is a photo of it.

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I was in seat 6F, a window on the right hand side of the aircraft. After proceeding through immigration I went to the lounge and checked email and had some snacks. Here are some photos of what I had to eat as well as the lounge:

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At around 07:35 I proceeded to the gate and we were bused to the aircraft. I took a couple of photos as we were driving around the tarmac. Here is a BA 747-400 snapped just before we got on the bus:

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As we approached the aircraft I noticed that we were going to be traveling on Airbus A320-232 G-EUUE, delivered to BA in August 2002. Boarding via the air stairs took ages and so that gave me an opportunity to get a couple of photos of the aircraft:

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British Airways
BA 640
13 July 2006
LHR-ATH
Departure time: 08:20 (scheduled), 08:40 (actual)
Landing time: 13:55 (scheduled), 13:50 (actual)
Airbus A320-232
G-EUUE
Club Europe
Seat 6F

I took my seat, 6F, and within about 20 minutes we started our taxi out. It was delayed by the fact that a Lufthansa A300-600 (which was right behind us) was having trouble with its brakes. Have no idea what the problem was, but here is the aircraft in question:

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The safety briefing was done in English and they also played a pre-recorded version in Greek. The takeoff runway this morning was 27L and as we taxied out I took a photo of G-BNWB which was parked at the gate. Interestingly enough, I also saw this aircraft on the way to LAX a few weeks later and another photo of it is available for viewing in my LHR-LAX report:

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We had to wait for an Air Canada A340-300, a BA 757-200 and a TAP Air Portugal A319 to pass us by and take off as we were holding short of the runway (not sure why) but we eventually got under way around 08:40.

After takeoff the cabin crew came round with hot towels and then brought the breakfast service. No menus were provided but the first course was a plate of fruit and some muesli:

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This was followed by eggs and sausages:

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In general the food was quite lousy but I didn’t care too much because I was excited to be en route to Athens.

I got bored throughout the rest of the flight so I decided to watch a bit of Seinfeld on my laptop before the battery died!

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At about 1:35 pm we started our descent for Athens and came in to touch down on Athens Airport runway 3L. As we taxied to our stand I noticed a couple of interesting aircraft, including an Air Universal 747-200 and what I believe was a former Olympic Airways 737-200.

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We taxied to the other side of the complex and parked next to a Thai 777-300. Deplaning was done in the Middle Eastern fashion with people getting up before we parked and that sort of thing. Immigration was a breeze and so was baggage collection. It even gave me a chance to try out my Greek reading:

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Unfortunately leaving the airport was a bit of a problem because my mother made the mistake of speaking to the customs officer in Greek and he used that opportunity to make us open all of our bags, only to then not bother looking at them. Oh well – at least he was able to amuse himself.

Taking a taxi to the town was a bit of a hassle. There were literally 100 taxis queued up and far fewer customers. But still we had to wait for about 30 minutes before we were able to get one. Typical Greek inefficiency at play.

Overall, the flight with BA was fine but hardly anything special. I expected to be given a menu and perhaps a choice for breakfast. They should also block the middle seat on the right side of the cabin as well as the left. Oh well.
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My time in Athens was absolutely a blast. One of my dearest friends from Oxford is from Athens and I spent most of the time with him and his friends. Having dinner in a Greek restaurant is a relaxed affair, often taking up to 3 hours to enjoy a fine meal and then following it with going to a club by the sea in Glifadha or going somewhere else for some dancing. As it happened, on my first night there it was my friend’s sister’s birthday, so we ended up doing just that sort of thing and I didn’t get back to my hotel until 5am. The same thing happened on subsequent nights.

In the middle of this, I also had time to go and visit the house where I was effectively born. It is situated in the north of Athens and since my parents hadn’t been there for ages we had a bit of a tough time finding it, but we eventually did and I managed to remember certain aspects of it. Ironically, we also ran into an old neighbour on the street in front of the house and he was very surprised and very happy to see us. He invited us up and we ended up seeing other people that my parents used to know. It’s so refreshing when something DOESN’T change over the course of 20 years.

Here’s a shot of where my old house was:

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And here is a shot of the city just for the sake of including a photo of Athens for the trip report:

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In short, I haven’t really tried to describe how much I liked Athens but in short let’s just say that I think it has so many of the good things (intangible and tangible) that I like about Lebanon and I would like to live in Greece one day. I’ve actually taken the first step by starting to learn Greek!

After Athens we went to Paros (one of the Greek islands in the Cyclades). Unfortunately Paros Airport has a very short and lopsided runway, which means that only very small (Dash-8 size) turboprops can land there and as a result there are only about 90 seats per day from Athens to Paros. That being the case, we weren’t able to get plane tickets and so we had to take the ferry from Piraeus to Paros.

Paros is also very nice but in a much different way. I effectively did nothing during the 5 days that I was there except for relax on the beach, swim in the sea, swim in the pool, eat and read. We stayed near what I believe is the biggest town in Paros, Naoussa, and I have included a couple of photos of the time I spent there:

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Town of Naoussa:

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The car I hired:

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One of the restaurants – see if you can spot what I found funny  Wink:

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The trip back to London started first with a ferry ride back to Athens. Our flight was scheduled for 7pm from ATH and our ferry was meant to arrive at Piraeus (the port near Athens) at 16:20. We were advised by the Greeks that since the ferry system is hopelessly unpunctual that we should take an earlier boat if we didn’t want to miss our flight. I personally would have died if that had happened because I’d have missed the 767-300! So we ended up taking an earlier boat to Rafina, a port closer to Athens airport.

Traveling by Hellenic Seaways in Greece is more of a pain in the ass than anything else due in large part to how disorganized the system is. The boat I was on took us from Paros to Naxos, Mykonos, Ios and then Rafina for a total journey time of 5.5 hours that would get us into Rafina at 15:20 thereby allowing us to get to Athens Airport by 4pm at the latest.

The journey started off with a ride in a 1996 Mercedes E-Class taxi with 400,000 km on it to the port at Paros. From there, we got onto the boat called “High Speed 2” which is operated by Hellenic Seaways and looks something like this:



Here are a couple of photos from the journey:

Naxos (I think):

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Mykonos:

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The ferry from the terrace outside:

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And the interior:

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With heavy winds and a delay at Ios, we didn’t reach Rafina until 16:30 and from there took a Volkswagen Passat taxi to Athens airport, arriving by 5pm.

Here is the departures board at ATH:

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And the check-in area:

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Overall I must say that the new Athens airport is quite nice, albeit quite out of the way from the city.

We checked in and I was very happy to learn that the aircraft was indeed going to be a 767-300. I was assigned seat 5K and after going through security and immigration, proceeded to the BA terraces lounge.

The BA lounge is very small and in fact there weren’t enough seats for everyone to sit down. There were 3 computers and a selection of newspapers and snacks though. The other interesting thing is that there were proper BA timetables on offer! I used to collec their timetables but hadn’t seen one in circulation for at least 5 years!

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Here are a couple of photos of the lounge:

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British Airways
BA 633
ATH-LHR
Departure time: 19:00 (scheduled), 19:00 (actual)
Arrival time: 20:55 (scheduled), 20:30 (actual)
Boeing 767-336ER
G-BZHA
Club Europe
Seat 5K

By 18:30 they had called the flight and we went over to the gate. I saw that G-BZHA (del 1998) would be operating the flight. Inside the plane looked to be in fairly decent condition but of course had the anachronistic overhead bins. Here are some shots of the cabin:

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What is nice is that on BA 763s in Club Europe the middle “E” seat is blocked so the layout is effectively 2-2-2. I had a pretty good view from seat 5K but couldn’t see the whole engine unfortunately.

We were parked next to an Olympic Airbus A300-600 and the crew was getting the aircraft ready, I noticed that outside the window the baggage truck had dropped some cases onto the tarmac:

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We taxied out to the runway (3R) and with a roar, the RB211s starting churning quickly and we gathered pace. We took off smoothly into the Greek sky and were treated to a lovely view from the right side of the aircraft:

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After about 5 minutes the crew came round the cabin with hot towels and the beverage service. My father had a scotch on the rocks and I had a vodka and orange:

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As you can see the F/A wasn’t being parsimonious with the bottles of whiskey.

Soon after, the BBC World News became available for viewing on the CRT screens on the ceiling in the aisles:

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And subsequently, menus were passed out. I rested the menu on my laptop keyboard (the same laptop which I am using to write this trip report) for the sake of taking a photo:

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As you can see, the main offerings for dinner were chicken and lamb.

First course was a tabbouleh salad (which wasn’t particularly good – leave the tabbouleh making to the Lebanese in my opinion) but here is a photo nonetheless:

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I asked for the lamb and my dad had the chicken, thus enabling me to take photos of both.

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I must comment that the lamb was actually really good and I was surprised to have been offered a menu as well as a choice since there was no such thing on the outbound. Unfortunately the meal was made slightly unpleasant by the fact that the gentleman sitting in 4K, was loud and wouldn’t shut up.

After the main course came the dessert and a plate of cheese and biscuits. The chocolate mousse was very good but slightly too rich for my liking:

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And the cheese:

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After dinner I went back to door 2R in order to take a forward facing photo of the cabin:

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Upon returning, I swapped seats with my mother (who was in 5F) so that I could speak to the gentleman in 5D, who was a Frenchman from Brittany. I practiced my French with him and we spoke about what sort of things I could do on holiday in Brittany and I also took the opportunity to ask him some things about his work (he works for a travel agency in London). All in all we had a splendid chat and we kept on talking until the moment that we started our descent for Heathrow, at which point I went back to my original seat in order to look out the window.

We came in for a landing on runway 27R and taxied over to Terminal 1. Just after we pulled off the runway, the F/O made an announcement along the following lines:

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to London Heathrow where the local time is 8:30pm and the temperature is 28 degrees celcius. As you can see, we’ve arrived well ahead of schedule and we have just learned that a gate is available for us, so we expect to be on stand in about 5 minutes. Also, three cheers to our pilot for his first 767 landing in over 5 years. Of course, you wouldn’t have known that from how smooth it was, but none the less, congratulations are due.”

That last little bit from the pilot was my cue. When we deplaned, I went up to the cockpit and asked the F/A if I could ask the pilot a question. She started to say something like “oh I don’t think that will be possible” but my timing could not have been more perfect. As I was asking her the question, the pilot popped out himself and said that he would love to have a chat with me.

We moved over to door 1R (deplaning was from 1L) and I asked him what aircraft he had been flying before he came back to the 767s. He told me that he was previously on the Airbus fleet and had decided to move back to the 76s. He also said that landing a 767 is much different from landing an Airbus, because the 767 is thrust neutral (not the exact terminology) and so when you idle the engine, the nose droops down and you really have to pull up on the stick in order to touch down with the right attitude, otherwise you’ll bury the nose wheel. We then went to talk about the RB211s and he told me that on a TOGA for instance, you get a lot more thrust at the high end (or something like that). I don’t remember the terminology he used completely (partially due to the fact that I was on the verge of having an orgasm at the joy of all this) but I think I have captured the gist of what he said. He then invited me into the cockpit (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). He put me in the captain’s chair and we also spoke to the other pilot about a couple of different things. To be honest, we did have a good conversation but I can hardly remember what was spoken about because I was just so happy to be in the cockpit. But in brief, the dusking of the 763 fleet, FADEC and 763 destinations were discussed. I then asked if it would be alright to take a photo and they both agreed and so here I present you all with British Airways Captain Michel of the 767-300:

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Afterwards I expressed my sincere gratitude and said goodbye, and was presented with a 767-300 postcard. At this point, I was so happy I wasn’t even thinking of anything else (such as missing the bus back to Oxford). For the last 2 years I had dreamed of getting on a BA 767-300 before I left the UK and it became effectively too late, and not only had I gotten on one but I had traveled in Club Europe, had an excellent flight, and to top it of I had gotten a post-landing cockpit visit!

That makes the rest of the trip report too boring and I won’t even bore you with the details of it. All I can say is I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to visit the cockpit and chat with the crew and that if the pilot of that flight (whose name I have written down but escapes me now) is reading this report, I owe you one mate. He could have easily said no I’m afraid I can’t talk to you or let you in the cockpit, but he didn’t and as a result he made one aviation enthusiast very, very happy.


PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4518 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 32414 times:

Incidentally all of my photos are getting cropped (both in this report and the LHR-LAX one) on the right hand side!! Some of the photos look a bit stupid beacuse of this, any idea why it is happening?


PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
User currently offlineDc10s4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 32333 times:

That lamb dish reminds me of the Lamb Fries that Chevy Chase ate in Funny Farm....Sheep Balls....Testicles....gotta snip them off real high.

User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5870 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 32244 times:

nice pics from Greece, i've fond memories of Glyfada also...our family has a house in Glyfada and Vouliagmeni and the grandparents house is on the isle of Kastellorizo.

great report



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User currently offlineErikgnoha From Venezuela, joined Jun 2006, 214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 32089 times:

Excellent trip report my friend, I really enjoyed. What a nice touche of the F/O making that announcing. Keep the good work!!!


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User currently offlineSpootter10 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 31813 times:

Thank you for this great trip report!
Especially for including some photographs of Paros! I just love the Greek Islands, in fact Greece is my favorite holiday-destination in Europe. The people are so nice, the food is delicious, the sea so clear and such a beautiful landscape.....
(gotta stop dreaming and return to learning micro-economics  Embarrassment - no time for holiday this year)


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 31786 times:
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Nice report & some superb photo's, looks like a grat place to visit - not made it there yet myself.

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
In general the food was quite lousy

- That's a shame, never had a bad meal on BA myself.

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
there were proper BA timetables on offer

- Not seeen one of those for years! I guess they make them avaliable in those markets where Internet usage is less?

Nice report, well done for getting your 763 flight & the cockpit visit at the end.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineTolosy From Luxembourg, joined Oct 2003, 357 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 31753 times:

Hi AirxLiban,


As usual, great trip report! Keep sending some!

It's funny, because while doing my MSc at Southamtpon two years ago, I also met a lot of greeks who were in the course as well. They all invited me there, that's how I ended up in Athens before starting the dissertation (unlike in Oxford, we submit it in September and not in June).


Good luck,

Nico


User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2853 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 31714 times:

Excellent trip report my friend! I enjoyed reading it as well as looking at the nice pictures, Athens looks very beautiful and I am sure one day I will go there!

Lucky you to get a brief cockpit visit, I have been tempted to do the same but I chicken out at the end Big grin

I flew on a BA 767 in November 2002 LHR-MXP G-BZHC and the service and the flight was just outstanding.

Cheers

MIAspotter



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1966 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 31403 times:
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Great report! Too bad the food was lousy.

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 1):
Incidentally all of my photos are getting cropped (both in this report and the LHR-LAX one) on the right hand side!! Some of the photos look a bit stupid beacuse of this, any idea why it is happening?

I had the same problem with one of my reports; I thought perhaps my photos were too big. I don't really know.

-767747


User currently offlineGCDEG From Greece, joined Jan 2006, 352 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 31338 times:

Great trip report AirxLiban!! Lots of great pics there as well especially the ones in Greece. Ahh the memories!

Glad you got on a BA 767 after all. I always have fond memories of the BA 767 and in fact I actually sat in for a landing in the jumpseat of one back in the early 90's but into the old Athens airport - Hellinikon. That was just an amazing experience and one I'll never forget.

I hope to get one of the BA 767's for my next trip to ATH.

Keep up the good work!

Nick



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User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 30621 times:

Great report Mike, even more so that you got a cockpit visit!!!  Smile

Hope you enjoyed your time in Athens!

Regards,
Justin Baby Big grin


User currently offlineWN230 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 30494 times:

I thought this was a great report. I always enjoy reading your reports because they are always so detailed.

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
He then invited me into the cockpit (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). He put me in the captain’s chair and we also spoke to the other pilot about a couple of different things

I got to do this on my last flight on WN. (BUR-SJC-RNO) Got to sit in the captain's seat and get a pic with the FO. Keep these reports coming.

 bigthumbsup 



Judas Priest North American tour in '08 . . . cannot wait!!!
User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 30462 times:

just another great very touching and moving trip report from AirxLiban.
you are for sure a worlds citizen.

take care: DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3679 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 30331 times:

Great report. I also flew to Athens on the 13th, still here, but working on my project so I probably have no time to visit the islands.

I see you used to live in Philothei, very fancy!


User currently offlineVinnieWinnie From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 803 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 30286 times:

Nice report!

In moments of pure happiness it's quit funny how you lose all your senses and afterwards forget what you did or say!  Smile

PS: Got the same laptop as you have! Will check this evening but I am pretty sure that my music buttons are actually located at the left side of the keyboard... Doesn't matter anyway have had it for 3 years and will replace it in September!


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 30265 times:

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 1):
Incidentally all of my photos are getting cropped (both in this report and the LHR-LAX one) on the right hand side!! Some of the photos look a bit stupid beacuse of this, any idea why it is happening?

I believe the problem you're having with your images is the resolution. Your photos are coming through as 800x600 @ 72ppi that makes it 11.11" x 8.33" in physical size (about as large as some laptop screens). That may be more than the a.net forum software can scale down properly. Note how your photo of the timetable is 600x800, and also scaled down.

Compare that to this trip report:

Long Distant Relationships LHR-LAX VS A346 (+Pics) (by Jkw777 Aug 6 2006 in Trip Reports)

Where one of the photos I pulled out is 600x400 @ 180ppi, or 3.33" x 2.22". It's not having to be scaled by the forum software at all. A bit of tweaking and reuploading to photobucket might solve your problems.

Great report, though! Always love to read about sunny Greece.



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User currently offlineClogman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 30251 times:

Great trip report man.
I like the picture you took of the Maersk Cargo aircraft. Boy I really miss good ol' Maersk Air  Sad


User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4518 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 30057 times:

Thanks to everyone for the kind responses.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
Not seeen one of those for years! I guess they make them avaliable in those markets where Internet usage is less

I know, I was literally awe struck. I can't even remember the last time I saw a BA timetable but I'd have guessed late 90s?

Quoting Spootter10 (Reply 5):
(gotta stop dreaming and return to learning micro-economics - no time for holiday this year)

Haha...good luck m8.

Quoting GCDEG (Reply 10):
always have fond memories of the BA 767 and in fact I actually sat in for a landing in the jumpseat of one back in the early 90's but into the old Athens airport - Hellinikon. That was just an amazing experience and one I'll never forget.

WOW!! That must have been awesome. I wish that sort of thing was possible now!

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 16):

Got it...thanks. I take these photos at 1600x1200 and then go into photoshop to create a web photo gallery and size them down but from now on I'll have the software reduce them to 640x480 instead of 800x600.



PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4518 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 30011 times:

Incidentally...no one figured out what was funny about the menu:

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And also, can anyone shed light on why I got a menu, a fairly elaborate meal and some choices on the ATH-LHR leg but not the LHR-ATH leg?

I also wanted to say that it must be pretty cool to fly on the 767 fleet. You get to fly to select European destinations such as IST, ATH, MAD? and a couple of others, you get to fly to North America (BWI, DTW, YYZ) and you get to fly to Caribbean destinations and African destinations. Must be great.

If BA 767 pilots also fly 757s, then there's there also a plethora of other European destinations that they'd get to fly too.

So I am just making the general comment that the 757/767 fleet is an awesome fleet to fly if you're at BA.



PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3679 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 29997 times:

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 19):
Incidentally...no one figured out what was funny about the menu:

The fact that they are giving one chick pea per serving (the use of singular)???

Other than that I see nothing very wrong, I have seen way worse translations in Greek menus (ie. Seefood instead of Seafood).


User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4518 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 29989 times:

Didn't notice that myself Lewis...but check it out again. There's something funnier  Wink


PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3679 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 29989 times:

AAAH! The LAMP with lemon sauce!!! Yummy!

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 29910 times:

Great report again! Also nice to see some pics from the place you travelled to, especially somewhere as nice as Greece. My wife spent some time there when she was younger and wants to take me back...still evaluating our future travels and Greece certainly comes up.

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 19):
Incidentally...no one figured out what was funny about the menu:

Beaten to the 'Lamp'....although I wouldn't like to eat 'Musak', have never liked elevator music  Wink

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 19):
And also, can anyone shed light on why I got a menu, a fairly elaborate meal and some choices on the ATH-LHR leg but not the LHR-ATH leg?

You should have had one on the LHR-ATH leg  Wink

Glad to see you went up to the Mezzanine level in the T1 Terraces. I'm surprised at how empty it is up there even when the downstairs is rammed. I guess BA elites and premium cabin travellers suffer from vertigo more than your average traveller  Wink



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Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 29381 times:

Another Great report Mike..

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
One of the restaurants – see if you can spot what I found funny

Mousaka ?  Wink



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25 FlyKev : Mmm, Ill take the lamp in lemon sauce please. Top notch report mate, thanks for sharing. Kev.
26 Post contains images TriStar500 : Very nice, highly enjoyable trip report, Michel! Thanks for putting it together.
27 Post contains links Cambrian : Another enjoyable trip report, especially as I fly that route quite often, albeit on Swiss or Olympic. Athens is a great city, and the effect that the
28 AirxLiban : Thanks for the comments guys! Yes, still have to write LAX-LHR-DXB during the security crisis and have to also write LHR-GVA-LHR in CE and STN-PRG-LHR
29 Post contains images VinnieWinnie : Having read this trip report at work (airliners.net keeps me highly entertained at work when I'm bored fed up or when I just fancy a break + Only pla
30 Post contains images Aleksandar : What a trip report! I enjoyed reading it and watching photos of the city that I really like. Well done! Now, few question: The photo of Athens. It see
31 Lewis : I guess it was taken from Lycabetus hill, the Acropolis is visible in the photo.
32 Post contains images Aleksandar : Thanks I was looking more at the buildings and it reminded me of a view from Acropolis.
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