airxliban
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Sun Aug 06, 2006 8:14 am

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.
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Sun Aug 06, 2006 8:16 am

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?
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Sun Aug 06, 2006 9:02 am

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.
 
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Sun Aug 06, 2006 10:17 am

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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Sun Aug 06, 2006 12:16 pm

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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Sun Aug 06, 2006 5:45 pm

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.....
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Sun Aug 06, 2006 6:00 pm

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

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Sun Aug 06, 2006 6:15 pm

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
 
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Sun Aug 06, 2006 6:30 pm

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

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Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:06 pm

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.

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Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:40 pm

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!

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Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:01 am

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

Hope you enjoyed your time in Athens!

Regards,
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Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:51 am

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.

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Tue Aug 08, 2006 8:23 am

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

take care: DALelite
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Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:40 pm

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!
 
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Tue Aug 08, 2006 8:33 pm

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!
 
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Tue Aug 08, 2006 8:42 pm

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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Tue Aug 08, 2006 8:49 pm

Great trip report man.
I like the picture you took of the Maersk Cargo aircraft. Boy I really miss good ol' Maersk Air  Sad
 
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Wed Aug 09, 2006 1:45 am

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.
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Wed Aug 09, 2006 2:22 am

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.
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Wed Aug 09, 2006 2:33 am

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).
 
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Wed Aug 09, 2006 2:36 am

Didn't notice that myself Lewis...but check it out again. There's something funnier  Wink
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Wed Aug 09, 2006 2:41 am

AAAH! The LAMP with lemon sauce!!! Yummy!
 
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Wed Aug 09, 2006 3:53 am

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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Mon Aug 14, 2006 1:33 am

Another Great report Mike..

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

Mousaka ?  Wink



So whats next? LAX-LHR-DXB Report?


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Tue Aug 15, 2006 7:49 am

Mmm, Ill take the lamp in lemon sauce please.

Top notch report mate, thanks for sharing.

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Tue Aug 15, 2006 3:08 pm

Very nice, highly enjoyable trip report, Michel! Thanks for putting it together.  Smile
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Tue Aug 15, 2006 7:12 pm

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 Olympics has had has been dramatic, but thankfully Athens has not changed too much!

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
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.

It sounds like you were unlucky. Every time I arrive and need to take a cab, I find that there is hardly any queue, and I am away in no time. As for Greek inefficiency, let's see how London copes with delivering an Olympics that can match Athens...

Bad luck to get the A320 outbound. Perhaps on your next visit you would consider OA- it is a wonderful experience to fly business class on their A340 as you are getting a long haul seat. I don't know if you saw my recent trip report? Olympic Airlines Business Class: LHR-Athens + Pics (by Cambrian May 8 2006 in Trip Reports)#ID76863

I am not a fan of the BA 767 in its short haul configuration as I find the Club cabin rather dark and cramped.

The printed BA timetable is indeed an endangered species these days. I can remember the days when I would get the new timetable through the post automatically.

The BA lounge in Athens is pants. There is never enough room, and the silly fountain thing that they have in the middle just makes me want to go to the loo all the time.

I am glad that you enjoyed Athens, and good luck in Dubai.
 
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Sat Aug 19, 2006 4:46 pm

Thanks for the comments guys!

Quoting FOMEA (Reply 24):
So whats next? LAX-LHR-DXB Report?

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!

Quoting Cambrian (Reply 27):
OA- it is a wonderful experience to fly business class on their A340 as you are getting a long haul seat.

Thanks for the comments Cambrian, I did indeed read your report with great interest. I was also quite pleased to see what the interior of the OA 340 looked like in business class, as I was considering flying them to DXB from the US. (in the end I got put off the idea by the prospect of a 734 outbound from AThens).

At this point I am determined to go back to Greece once a year and will certainly try Olympiake Aeroporia. Only it'll be from DXB now instead of LHR so I don't think I'll be able to get on the 343!

Quoting Cambrian (Reply 27):
I am not a fan of the BA 767 in its short haul configuration as I find the Club cabin rather dark and cramped.

Unfortuantely I can only agree with regards to the feel of the cabin. Miniature overhead bins and generally poor lighting I'd say, but still a pleasure to fly on for an enthusiast and massively better than a 320. I do quite like the 2-2-2 layout though.

Quoting Cambrian (Reply 27):
The printed BA timetable is indeed an endangered species these days. I can remember the days when I would get the new timetable through the post automatically.

The BA lounge in Athens is pants. There is never enough room, and the silly fountain thing that they have in the middle just makes me want to go to the loo all the time.

I am glad that you enjoyed Athens, and good luck in Dubai.

My jaw almost dropped to the floor when I saw the timetable. The only annoying thing is that they label any aircraft that isn't either a 747, 767 or 777 as JET so for instance you won't know what sort of aircraft you're traveling on if the route you're flying isn't operated by one of the above. That includes routes like LHR-FRA or LHR-EDI which in addition to the A32X's have 757s operating them and there's no way of knowing which flight has which a/c.

Compeltely agreed about the Athens lounge.

Thanks for the good wishes!
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Sun Aug 20, 2006 7:15 am

Quoting VinnieWinnie (Reply 15):
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!

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 place where I have the patience to read threats in full) I have to admit I was wrong! Now that I am in front of my laptop I can confirm that the music buttons are indeed on the right side of the laptop!

Silly me  Smile
 
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Sun Sep 03, 2006 11:45 pm

What a trip report! I enjoyed reading it and watching photos of the city that I really like. Well done!  bigthumbsup 
Now, few question:

The photo of Athens. It seems like you took it from Acropolis. Am I right?

One of the first photos from 763 shows a row of seats and first thing I notices were folders in seat pockets. Being an overgrown child  Silly , the first thing I look when I sit down is the pocket, so tell me what was there?

Photos from cockpit are amazing. Can you scan a postcard you were given there?

Once again, this is a very nice trip report and I keep wondering how on Earth did I miss it for so long?
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Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:25 am

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 30):
The photo of Athens. It seems like you took it from Acropolis. Am I right?

I guess it was taken from Lycabetus hill, the Acropolis is visible in the photo.
 
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Thu Sep 07, 2006 6:53 am

Quoting Lewis (Reply 31):
I guess it was taken from Lycabetus hill, the Acropolis is visible in the photo.

Thanks  bigthumbsup  I was looking more at the buildings and it reminded me of a view from Acropolis.
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