MSYtristar
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France '06, Part 1; MSY-IAD-FRA-LYS (lots Of Pics)

Sat Sep 02, 2006 2:41 pm

It was an incredible adventure. A week in France visiting Lyon, Condrieu, Cannes, and attending a French wedding. It was easily the best trip that i've ever taken. I invite you to come along for the journey...but first, a very brief rundown of my outbound flights....after all, this is a trip report above all else, not a detailed flight report.

MSY-IAD: UA312, B737-300, seat 5A, load: 95%
IAD-FRA : UA916, B747-400, seat 39A, load: 100%
FRA-LYS : LH4170, B737-300, seat 19A, load: 95%

United dissapointed me with poor customer service in New Orleans at check in (waiting one hour in line with only 12 people ahead of me and very rude reponses from the MSY ticket agent) but they made up for it by offering excellent in flight service on both flights, specially IAD-FRA. I loved the 744. Sturdy as a rock, barely felt a bump. The hot towel service was a nice touch, and the meals were a lot better than the ones which AA and CO offer their coach passengers on TransAtlantic flights.

Lufthansa really was a class act. It was the nicest Boeing 737 flight that i've ever experienced. Period.

Now, on to the pictures.

In part 1 of my report, you'll see pictures of my flights, the beautiful City of Lyon, the wedding in Condrieu, and our train ride to Cannes via Marseille. I took over 150 pictures on this trip, so I selected some memorable ones for your viewing pleasure.

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Stay tuned for part 2, which will feature Cannes in all its glory, plus my return adventure on Lufthansa, specifically on LH446 which involved a diversion...let the guessing games begin...
 
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RE: France '06, Part 1; MSY-IAD-FRA-LYS (lots Of Pics)

Sat Sep 02, 2006 5:09 pm

Nice pictures. Although the cabin interiors of UA's planes looks depressing!
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RE: France '06, Part 1; MSY-IAD-FRA-LYS (lots Of Pics)

Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:52 pm

Quoting Tsaord (Reply 1):
Nice pictures. Although the cabin interiors of UA's planes looks depressing!

agreed. UA needs to get new cabin interiors.

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RE: France '06, Part 1; MSY-IAD-FRA-LYS (lots Of Pics)

Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:37 pm

Great report! The pictures are great!

Looking forward to part 2!

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MSYtristar
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RE: France '06, Part 1; MSY-IAD-FRA-LYS (lots Of Pics)

Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:11 am

UA's cabins are a tad old to say the least. They need to spend some $$$ on their 744 econony cabin. It's a premier flagship aircraft. The 74's need some TLC. And the 733's just look, um, retro.
 
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RE: France '06, Part 1; MSY-IAD-FRA-LYS (lots Of P

Sun Sep 03, 2006 3:41 am

good pictures. Definately agree with the change of Economy cabin on UA. Maybe they should also add PTVs now that most airlines have them or working hard to include them...
 
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RE: France '06, Part 1; MSY-IAD-FRA-LYS (lots Of Pics)

Sun Sep 03, 2006 5:14 am

Nice report, thanks.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
The hot towel service was a nice touch

- Is that a new things? I've had numerous UA transatlantic flights in the past and don't recall this.

Thanks for the pictures, looks like you had a good time. The bulkhead pics remind me of my UA flights Smile

Regards

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RE: France '06, Part 1; MSY-IAD-FRA-LYS (lots Of Pics)

Sun Sep 03, 2006 5:34 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
Is that a new things? I've had numerous UA transatlantic flights in the past and don't recall this

The only other time that i've flown UA transatlantic was back in 1998 and they did not have the service then. It was a nice, albeit unexpected, amenity.
 
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RE: France '06, Part 1; MSY-IAD-FRA-LYS (lots Of Pics)

Sun Sep 03, 2006 10:50 pm

Great Report!

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