LX 448 GVA
– Business Class (C)
After a nicey 2-hour drive from High Elbonia to Geneva, I made my way towards the numerous LX
check-in counters. In GVA
there are no flight-dedicated counters as any LX
counter can check-in any LX
Being on an economy ticket and not yet being used at LX
being a * member, I first went towards the Economy class counters.
The queues there were as long as my…, hence I went to the LX
First Class check-in, being * Gold.
Check-in was fast and efficient and I got my first surprise of the day; my 3F seat (checked-in online the day earlier, heheh) transformed itself into a nicey 1F boarding pass !
I then went through passport control towards the LX
lounge (after checking out the LH
lounge), which had a nice selection of sandwiches, snacks and drinks as well as a couple of web-connected computers. I had only a little time to have a quick snack and drink and it was already time to go to the boarding area.
After a little queueing at the security check there was very little walking to do to get to the gate as the aircraft was parked in A1
, an Avro RJ
-100 registered HB
-IXK (I would have preferred a 332 or 343 but landing at LCY
would have been…interesting).
I could not take any pictures as GVA
has double windows between the boarding are and the aircraft, rhaa !
Boarding was on time and quite quick, C and *Golds being called for priority boarding.
The aircraft was a full house in both classes.
The seat pitch/width is the same in both classes, the only difference being the meal/drink service and the divider.
Row 1 is a bulkhead row therefore all bags had to go in the overhead bin.
The cabin (inflight) :
There was no welcome drink as on most other carriers, which I thought rather odd.
After pushback and the safety demonstration, we had a short taxi behind the SK
Star-Alliance liveried MD
-80 towards runway 05. After the aforementioned MD
-80 had taken off it was our turn :
We flew runway heading for a little while before heading northwest towards Paris.
We were thus soon flying over Elbonia :
Hot towels were handed out and the first round of drinks started and I chose to start with a tomato juice. Strangely enough, no peanuts or other snacks were offered with the drinks.
Being in row 1 we were the first ones presented with lunch, which consisted of the following cold platter and dessert :
Smoked salmon with dill
Pasta with herbs, olives and sundried tomatoes
Marinated chicken breast
Choice of bread rolls with butter
Almond cake with chantilly
Coffee or tea
I chose champagne with the meal, which was a nice 33cl bottle of Piper Heidsieck :
I finished my lunch just as we were passing Paris and making our way towards Normandy. Here we are seen over the Beauce region :
After lunch and coffee/tea the purser passed through the cabin with a basket of nicey Swiss chocolates, which is a tradition on all LX
The crew then started the duty-free service.
After an hour of flight we were above the French coastline :
A few minutes of flight at our cruising altitude of FL295 and the English coast was in view :
Soon after that we began our initial descent into London :
The 1F seat meant I could take pictures of the city unimpeded by the wing/engines :
As usual for LCY
, there was no circling around Biggin Hill like for LHR
and we were soon into our final approach :
My camera’s batteries died down just before landing (rhaa !) but I was on the wrong side anyways.
After a flyover of some of the City’s landmarks (like the Gherkin
) we landed on time and with beautiful weather. We did a 180-degree turn on the runway and taxied towards gate 3 where we promptly disembarked, again due to being in the first row.
So in all a nice hour-and-a-half flight with a relatively good meal and excellent service. I however wonder how much one has to pay for a full-fare C ticket.
IMHO the same seat configuration (no blocked middle seat) than In Y would not warrant the extra money if I’m the one paying.
Score : 16/20
Comments and queries are welcome !
[Edited 2006-07-24 10:30:10]
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