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RTW In 96 Hrs Incl AirEurope 777

Sat Jul 13, 2002 1:38 pm

Hi ! Did this trip for the sole purpose of flying AirEurope777. It was very tiring and very long. This report will be very long too. Route: Washington IAD - New York JFK, Date: 30 June 2002, Dep. Time: 11:11, Flight: UA 7220, Flight Time: 1:03h, Aircraft: BAe Jetstream 41, N305UE............................................First time for me on a Jetstream and it was very small inside. Not too bad once you get used to it. A short taxi and we were on the runway. Take off was very slow and the plane seemed to almost stand still compared to flying in a jet. Once up on cruising altitude, it was pretty nice. Our cruising altitude was at 15 000 ft so we had a great view of the landscape below us. After a drink service with refills, we started our decent into JFK and again the plane seemed to move very slowly. Soon enough we were on the ground and taxing to the gate. Just before the gate, we were face to face with BA Concorde but they turned oneway and we the other. Very nice to see Concorde up close! Deplaned and took transfer bus to Terminal 1 for my next flight.
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............................................Route: New York JFK - Paris CDG, Date: 30 June 2002, Dep. Time: 17:04, Flight: AF 023, Flight Time: 6:23h, Aircraft: Boeing 777-228ER, F-GSPA............................................Did some spotting from inside the terminal before the flight and eventually went to check in and was glad to get on the flight (flying as non-rev). This was the first of four daily flights for AF so I wasn't too worried I wasn't going to get on any of them. Got a center seat next to the window but it was okay. Another short taxi for take off and almost no wait since we left before the really busy time at JFK, around 1800-1900. Shortly after departure there was a drink service and then very also dinner. I was given a koshermeal which I didn't order and couldn't order either as a non rev. I tried to protest but to no avail; either koshermeal or no meal at all. Had the same problem last time from JFK on AF and on the same aircraft even, but then they tried to give me a vegitarian meal. Then eventually they gave in a gave me a regular meal which was wonderful. This seems to be a regular practice by AF towards non revs ? Watched Airshow map and also the movie Lord Of The Rings which was pretty good. Slept an hour or so before I got my breakfeast and managed to get a regular one, not kosher. Then watched more of the Airshow map before we landed. Really friendly crew and I really like AF but don't like getting special meals I haven't ordered. No one from AF met the flight upon arrival and no info on where connecting flights were leaving from. There were signs to get to different terminals but if you had no idea from what terminal your flight was leaving, they weren't any help. Eventually, I thought I would go to 2 F and went downstairs and then realized that my flight was leaving from 2 D. So up the stairs again and thru immigration. This was very confusing for other connecting passengers also so AF should really improve in their customer service on the ground at CDG 2 A.
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............................................Route: Paris CDG - Milan MXP, Date 1 July 2002, Dep. Time: 8:15, Flight: AF 1114, FLight Time: 1:00h, Aircraft: Airbus A320-200, F-GFKK............................................Flight was delayed slight due to ATC in Italy, but soon enough we were on our way. Somewhat long taxi to take off on one of the two southern runways where we had to wait maybe ten minutes before it we could go. Lots of other planes waiting for departure also. Nice short flight with a drink service and a personal favorite; pain au chocolat - bread with chocolate!!! Very nice. Always like flying with AF and although I speak French, they always speak very good English. Nice view of the Alps on the latter half of the flight.
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............................................Route: Milan MXP - Rome FCO - Male MLE, Date: 1 July 2002, Dep. Time: 22:03, 00:27, Flight: PE 7924, Flight Time: 0:49h, 8:21h, Aircraft: Boeing 777-2Q8ER, EI-CRS............................................Very shortly after I arrived, I went to purchase my ticket on PE and that went very smooth. Very close to the ticket counters were some big windows with great views of the gates, taxiways and runways. I had a great time there for 11 hours, spotting and also took some photos. The police came by a few times and asked me what I was doing. After showing the JP Fleets book, they walked away the three first times. The fourth time, one of the two policemen said I could not write down registrations since that was a "security risk". This even after I showed him my airline badge. Oh well, I was tired and hungry and had something to eat. Tried to sleep a little in a couch and I at least nodded off a little for maybe an hour or so. Saw my plane land and then checked in. Very happy that there was no last minute aircraft substitution. This was going to work after all!!! Boarding started late and we even had to wait in the jetway for a few minutes even when they did start boarding. This was a regular ticket and I had gotten an aisle seat since there were no window seats available. At least the seat next to me was empty. The seat was very comfortable with good support but not very much legroom. No personal TV which was a disappointment but understandable; AirEurope is basically a charter carrier although they fly a few scheduled flights. Flight attendents were a mix of male and female and all were young; under 25. All were very friendly and helpful. All announcements were made in both Italian and English although I was probably the only non-Italian on board. First a short flight to Rome FCO and there we refueled. We stayed on the plane and asked NOT to have seatbelt on, in case of a hasty exit I guess. This stop in Rome took quite a while; over an hour. Eventually, passengers originating in Rome were boarding and the flight was close to full but the seat next to me was still empty. The other aisle in my section of three was taken though. They did show pictures from outside cameras when we were taxing. Nice! No Airshow map, but captain described the routing : Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman and direct to Maldives. We were served dinner shortly after takeoff and it was okay but not much more than than. Too many cooked vegetables for me and meat was okay. Tried to get some sleep and managed to sleep an hour or two. The movies that were shown were quite old; Tortilla Soup that I had seen on UA in December last year. About two hours before arrival, we were served breakfeast and it was very good; danish and croissant. All in all, a great flight that was above my expectations. Nice approach over some of the atolls of Maldives. Airport was on its own island which was basically just the runway and the ramp with the terminal. No taxiway; planed backtaxied on runway back to the terminal where we deplaned on stairs.
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............................................Route: Male MLE - Singapore SIN, Date: 2 July 2002, Dep. Time: 23:21, Flight: SQ 451, Flight Time: 4:27h, Aircraft: Airbus A310-300, 9V-STF............................................Stayed in the city of Male for a few hours before heading back to the airport. I was really tired but no dayrooms at the airport so slept on a chair off and on for a few hours. Seemed like a really nice place, Maldives and I hope to go back sometime to stay on a nice island. Very happy that it worked out with AirEurpe 777 and now it was time to start the trip back. Got window seat on SQ and the A310 was okay but seemed somewhat worn for being SQ. No PTVs of course. Flight attendents were courteous but distant as always on SQ. After takeoff, we had a great dinner with icecream for desert. I watched Big Fat Liear and then slept a little. The FAs had disappeared and never came back to offer water or juice. Did get breakfeast which was okay. No immigration forms for Singapore were given out either although I was just going to transit. Even on a Transcon LAX-JFK on UA, FAs would come by a few times with water and juice and in the morning with coffee. Seat was okay and legroom adequate. Don't mind flying SQ but hope to avoid the A310 the next time.
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............................................Route: Singapore SIN - Bangkok BKK, Date: 3 July 2002, Dep. Time: 12:24, Flight: TG 404, Flight Time: 2:03h, Aircraft: Boeing 777-2D7, HS-TJA............................................Spent about four hours spotting before this flight. Got a window seat with two people next to me. Legroom is pretty good and it's not too bad that it's ten seats across rather than the normal 9 like most other carriers' 777s. 30 mins after take off we got lunch and it was fantastic!!! Really great food, chicken with some sauce that was amazingly good!! Had some good wine too. Really nice and friendly service by the flight attendents. I like flying Thai a lot, always consistant, good service. They also had the Airshow map and come by to offer something to drink like water and juice.
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............................................Route: Bangkok BKK - Tokyo NRT, Date: 3 July 2002, Dep. Time: 23:30, Flight: NH 916, Flight Time: 5:58h, Aircraft: Boeing 777-281, JA705A............................................More spotting before I spent about four hours in a dayroom but still really tired. Nice to see NG and MS 777 right before we left. Got a window seat again and that was great. NH have PTVs with outside cameras on during taxing and initial climbout. Then Airshow map and movie for me. Saw a really good Japanese movie called Waterboys. Food was very good and as an extra bonus they serve Kirin beer which is one my favorite beers. Got a nice breakfeast before arriving on Narita's new runway.
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............................................Route: Tokyo NRT - Washington IAD, Date: 4 July 2002, Dep. Time: 11:15, Flight: NH 002, Flight Time: 12:13h, Aircraft: Boeing 777-281ER, JA710A ............................................Went to the transfer desk right away and got my boaring pass right away. I had been somewhat worried that I would
Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777
 
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RE: RTW In 96 Hrs Incl AirEurope 777

Sat Jul 13, 2002 1:53 pm

Not sure why it cuts off like that. Any way here's what's missing: that I wouldn't get on so very happy to get on. Turns out I got Exit row window which was perfect. There was someone in the aisle seat but no one directly next to me. Had a great lunch with more Kirin  Smile and then watched movies John Q. and The Time Machine. NH also had the outside camera on during taxi and climbout. Also watched the Airshow quite a bit. Arrived at 1045 and was first thru Immigration and Customs. Went straight to work where I saw the great news that I was off due to holiday reduction. YES!!! home and slept for 12 hours straight. ............................................All in all a great but very tiring trip. Very happy to finally fly AirEurope 777 which was better flight than expected. Have now flown on all carrier' 777s and will post next trip report after I have flown Alitalia 777 next year sometime.............................................The777Man
Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777
 
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RE: RTW In 96 Hrs Incl AirEurope 777

Sat Jul 13, 2002 1:59 pm

Thanks Ryanair for reading my long report! The ticket on AirEurope was about EUR 780 and the rest of the tickets were on ID90 or ID95 and cost about USD 300. Then some spending for lunch etc. another USD 100. The777Man
Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777
 
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RE: RTW In 96 Hrs Incl AirEurope 777

Sat Jul 13, 2002 3:11 pm

777,

on your TG flight, was the sauce of the chicken yellowish? I thought it looked hideous but it tasted excellent! Salty but delicious...

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RE: RTW In 96 Hrs Incl AirEurope 777

Sun Jul 14, 2002 5:30 am

Great report Lars. Does this complete your goal of having flown every airlines' 777?
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RE: RTW In 96 Hrs Incl AirEurope 777

Sun Jul 14, 2002 6:20 am

At last you posted it!
I was almost thinking that you wouldn't write any report at all.
However, it was a really nice report!  Smile


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RE: RTW In 96 Hrs Incl AirEurope 777

Sun Jul 14, 2002 6:24 am

Ryanair!!: yes, that was the sauce. It was one of the best meals I have ever had in economy class, on top there with the orange duck I had on AF in 1999 and the roastbeef on NG in 1998. Fantastic meal. Sean: Thanks for the nice compliment. Yes, have now flown on all carriers' 777s. Just realized that this will be very difficult as the planes go to second and third owners eventually, like the 767s now. Oh well, that's later. Hope to fly AZ 777 and VN 777 next year sometime. Future travel will be with my girlfriend and two year old son so this type of long itinary will not be possible. The777Man
Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777
 
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RE: RTW In 96 Hrs Incl AirEurope 777

Sun Jul 14, 2002 6:29 am

Sean: Hope to fly on a 777-237 ER someday.... Smile. Any idea what the chances of that are ? Hi Simon! Yes, finally had time to post it. Takes a while to write  Smile Thanks! The777Man
Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777
 
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RE: RTW In 96 Hrs Incl AirEurope 777

Mon Jul 15, 2002 12:50 pm

Wonderful report Lars!!! Enjoyed every part of it. Any B777s you haven't actually been on before? Big grin Once again thanks for sharing your experiences with us and linking one of my photos!

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RE: RTW In 96 Hrs Incl AirEurope 777

Mon Jul 15, 2002 3:23 pm

Hi Alvin! Thanks! Used your pic since it was one of 9V-STF that I flew one. Have been on 60 different 777 aircraft including 28 UA 777s. Have now flown on 777s from all carriers that fly them. There's one VIP that I can't go on, VP-BRH unless I get invited  Smile The777Man
Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777
 
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RE: RTW In 96 Hrs Incl AirEurope 777

Tue Jul 23, 2002 7:02 pm

Lars....

Great report. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your journeys around the globe on different carriers' B777s.

So what's next now? Just regular old nonrev travel with the family? I suppose you could try to fly on the rest of UAL's 777s, but that's a lot harder than it sounds. Just finding the time to go for a ride on N867DA is hard enough for me.

Here's a suggestion for something you could add to this thread or maybe post under a new one. Tell us about your best and worst flights, most nicely configured 777s and worst, 777s that have unique configurations or characteristics.

And look at the bright side about VP-BRH, if you get invited, at least you won't need to buy an ID90.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Take care... it's always nice to see that there are other 777 afficionados out there.
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RE: RTW In 96 Hrs Incl AirEurope 777

Fri Jul 26, 2002 12:32 am

Thanks Patrick! I'll post some high- and lowpoints during my 777 travels later this week when I have more time. I'll keep this thread. Going on all UA 777s is a long time goal, but like you said will be very difficult. Will go to SEA on 2 Aug to get pics of AZ 777 and will fly UA 777s to/from SEA. Good chance of going on ones I haven't been on before since they are in Transpacific config. and I have only been on one of those. I would then have been on 30; half of the 60 that UA flies. I will still be somewhat busy flying on new carriers taking delivery on 777s, like AZ, VN and KL next year. Really think you should try RG or NG 777s, Patrick. Be a little more adventerous!!  SmileThe777Man
Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777
 
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RE: RTW In 96 Hrs Incl AirEurope 777

Fri Jul 26, 2002 3:01 pm

Best 777 flight is really difficult to say because some of the them have been very short and others very long. My favorite was PEK-ORD on UA in First Suite. I was really tired and slept very good for about 8 hours of the flight. Also great service with wonderful food. Other favorites include RG and NG 777s in the longhaul catagory. Didn't really like SU because seats were extremely hard; like sitting on a wooden park bench for nine hours. Food could have been better also on SU. DL was great since they upgraded me to Business Elite and CX was very nice in the medium haul catagory. CX should be even nicer now with 3-3-3 seating and PTVs in economy. The777Man
Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777
 
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RE: RTW In 96 Hrs Incl AirEurope 777

Sat Jul 27, 2002 6:21 am

Truely a great report. What route did you fly the AA 777 on?
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RE: RTW In 96 Hrs Incl AirEurope 777

Sat Jul 27, 2002 1:09 pm

Hi CMK10! Flew N775AN DFW-ORD in June 99. See my website for details under "Statistics". The777Man
Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777

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