First of all, thanks a whole bunch to FlySSC, an a.netter and an AF insider (I think) who gave me the info on IFE on my MEX-CDG leg. I was so happy when he told me that I would have my individual screen on the 747; and that’s why I was so motivated to complete good trip report. Sorry it took me two weeks but I have been busy with my school.
Saying goodbye to my dogs wasn’t easy. They knew I was leaving. Aren’t they cute? The one on the left is sulking, the center wiping his tears and the right one says “Méchant!” So I console her: “I’ll be gone for only 7 days OK?”
Equipment: MD 88
The new South Wing of GDL. It’s quite nice eh? I have yet to see the spacious, cylindrical North Wing.
My vehicle to Ciudad de Mexico.
Doesn’t that stormy cloud look so surreal? Though, this is very typical in Guadalajara during the rainy season.
The flight was on-time but the boarding was a bit messy; probably because the plane was not that full. Service was just OK, but it was only a one-hour flight. May be it is because I am Thai so I expect everyone to be smiling all the time like we do in Thailand. Meals? Peanuts and alcoholic beverage as always on this route. If you fly in the morning you get a patisserie packed by EL GLOBO which is supposed to be a gourmet baker here in Mexico.
Ready to land at MEX. Look at the glorious view of Mexico City:
Aeromexico international transfer lounge. I like it a lot because the bar is self-service. And the view?—simply priceless. The AF 777 sandwiched between MX and LH you see here leaves one or two hours before my AF 747, I think. Air France is doing extremely well on this route.
As this was my first time flying out of Mexico with an FM3 (the Mexican green card), I discovered that it was such a hassle. I’ve never seen a system so poorly designed in my whole life. The immigration office in Guadalajara was great. The best I’ve ever dealt with. I got my FM 3 in 15 days. I wish getting the carte de séjour when I was a student in France was that easy.
But the immigration officers at MEX? They were so mean! Since I was coming from Guadalajara, the AF transfer desk (inside the secured area) said I had to go to the immigration office #22 (or 23… I forgot), which was OUTSIDE the security checkpoint. I have to get a stamp there then come back in to give her a copy and then keep one for myself for the return. There was an immigration section for people arriving just right by AF gate but they told me that that section was intended only for arriving passengers. OK? so I had to go outside and look for office #22. It was already late so the immigration office was already closed! So I kept looking everywhere for an immigration stand. I was hoping to ask the AF check-in staff outside but the check-in line was so long. So I went to ask a Continental agent. I said I know “I am not flying Continental but could you please tell me where the immigration stand is please?” (in Spanish of course). He said “We’re not Air France!” So I said “¿Sabe señor? Por eso, en Guadalajara, dicen que los chilangos son animales.” And I just walked away. I really didn’t want to be a bitch but he really asked for it. How much energy would it have cost him to tell me that it was just right behind him.
In the end I found the immigration stand right by the security checkpoint to go into the international terminal. How was I supposed to know? The sign in front of the immigration office did not indicate this. Anyhow, I didn’t want this small incident to ruin my transatlantic crossing. So I went back into Aeromexico international transfer lounge, got a glass of wine and all that was forgotten.
Dep : 2325
Arr : 1650 (+1)
Equipment: Boeing 747 I think the registration was F-GITI
Boarding was VERY messy. They have separate lines for Business and First but then the lines merged 5 inches after the separation point. But that’s because of the airport. And all the boarding agents were so tired. This lady standing in front of the aircraft door told a passenger “Here, just take the boarding pass out and hold it out, in front of your passport, like this!!!” as if that passenger were her husband (who has lived with her for 20 years) or her kid whom she hates.
I have yet to see an Air France flight between Mexico and Paris that is not full. They are doing extremely well on this route. It’s full, full, full all the time on both legs.
Here’s the economy cabin:
This is the dinner. Quelle délice! I forgot to take picture of the breakfast. But it was good too.
View from the hotel room by La Place Vendôme:
Jogging in the evening dans le Jardin des Tuilleries.
Le Ritz Escoffier (Cooking School). I really recommend it to everyone.
Ben voilà, je me suis retrouvé, à nouveau, à Paris. I am back in Mexico now though.
CDG-AMS-MEX on AF and KL (11 Sep. 05)
GDL-CUN-GDL on CLICKMX
Both trips above have been completed. I just need to find some time. Clickmx is awesome by the way. Now I can fly from Guadalajara to Cancun—and then go down to Playa del Carmen or go to Isla Mujeres—every weekend. Can’t wait to write about it.