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A380 LH8940/LH8945 FRA-JFK-FRA

Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:22 am

Alright guys, I don't know exactly how to start with this trip report and how to get together all my experiences from this incredible trip. There are soooooo many things to tell about and I really want to share all of this with all of you. It is something like the parents of a child see their baby making his first steps in his life. They want to safe this moment forever on pictures or videos, want to tell this to everybody, are over-happy, honored and on the top of the world. It is almost the same feeling, a very special feeling and a capture of very special moments. So I'm very happy now and want to tell you everything of this great trip with the biggest airliner of the world -- the Airbus A380!

It's going to be a long report. I also added some pictures and videos. I'm not that professional in writing trip reports (this is only my 3rd one), but I give all my efforts for this one and I hope you will enjoy it.

The beginning
I will begin with "the beginning". I heard in January that Lufthansa is going to make a test-fight to somewhere in the United States with the A380, but nothing definite. Than the days pass by and LH announced the three route-proving flights in March. The first to JFK, the second to HKG and the last one to IAD. They also announced that they will have real passengers onboard of these flights. That day I was at work and had my break. While looking in the intranet for ID tickets I noticed a pop-up on my screen. It was about the A380 route proving flights. You could apply for a seat on one of these flights and they would allot us out of all participants. I applied, but didn't have any hopes to win.
The February passed, the March began and one evening I got an email of Lufthansa. "Gratulations, welcome onboard of the A380 to JFK" The first moment I didn't realize that, because I already forgot my application and even didn't thing about it that time. I read the email maybe five times to realize my big luck. I was so happy and jumped and screamed and so on.
Anyway the day before "the day" came. We was requested to check in the evening before. So I did and went to the airport with my suitcase to find already a long queue there. After almost one hour it was my turn. My colleague checked me in and the best ever question was 'main deck or upper deck?'. I had to take the main deck because I wanted a window seat and there was no windows available anymore at the upper deck. I got 13K. With my boarding pass in the hand and the proud in my breast I left the airport, picked up my girlfriend and had a great dinner at my favourite Italian. Since I entered the airport the whole adventure began and now I was in the middle of it.
The adventure begins
That night I couldn't sleep. I was so excited I never could describe that. I think of many things like 'how is the A380', 'how is the interior', 'what is new' and many many more. I got up very early. The departure time was scheduled for 09.00h and we were asked to be at the gate one hour prior to departure. I went to the airport even earlier to avoid any problems. I didn't want to miss that flight because of a silly traffic jam or queues at the security controls. I wanted to be on THAT FLIGHT for sure!
A new thing for LH beside the new plane and his dimensions was the departure gate. All LH flights are still departing from terminal 1. The departure gate for this flight was E5 in terminal 2. For me it wasn't new, because I worked for Fraport before LH at this terminal and already knew all the facilities there and also worked at this gate handling some airlines like EK, EY, KE, etc. But I saw on the face of many people and colleagues the verve for this new gate.
Eventhough the gate was E5 at terminal 2 I went thru the controls at terminal 1, because I wanted to try the new full-automated passport controls. It is still a pilot project, only installed in section B and works on a voluntary basis. Everybody of a European passport could register for that and use this 'iris based' controls. I went there, put my machine readable passport inside the reader, the doors to the sluice opened, I stepped in on the marked field on the bottom, looked on the blue point (I suppose the iris cam is behind that) and the door opened. That's it. Altogether this took me 30 seconds to pass the passport control. I could recommend that to everybody flying from and to FRA. After controls I went straight to the skyline to going to terminal 2. It was something like 07.30h when I arrived at the gate.
The gate was full of journalists, reporter, TV cameras and important persons. Also many of the passengers including me were already enjoying the gate catering with delicious appetizers, fresh juices and sparkling wine. The minutes passed and everybody was getting more excited.

Oh no, I'm flying we the A380!
Than the agent made the announcement for boarding 50 minutes prior to departure. A very smooth boarding and due to my seat row I was one of the lasts getting on the plane. After the agent took your boarding pass and handed over your receipt you went down with an escalator. Than you had to look up, because there are two entries -- one for the main the other one for the upper deck. After entered the main deck entry this one splits up in two fingers. I really didn't know which one I had to take, because there were no signs so I decided for the left one to take a glimpse of the First class section. My excitement increased to the highest degree.

My first steps in the A380
I was very hesitant. I made tentative gaits because I didn't know what to expect. After the first steps inside the plane in the very front section the first thing I saw was the cockpit on my left and the very big stairway on my right. It is as wide as a complete middle row that means 4 seats together, but it seems even bigger. It was illuminated and looks great, very different to the 747 stairways.
I made my way through the First Class section. I have to recognize that this didn't impress me that much. It is beautiful and futuristic, but nothing too special compared to SQ's or EY's actual first class. Than I went through a big galley and had the Economy class in front of me. My first impression was 'WOW'. Big, huge, A380! It was a 3-4-3 configuration, something very new to Airbus, but looks very big anyhow. The overhead bins could carry a lot of bags. It was really not a problem to stand together with another person in the aisle.
I took my seat on 13K, prepared myself for the take-off and closed my eyes for a while. I didn't know in which movie I was but it was a great one. Now I realized to undergo the best and most historical day and flight in my life.
After the boarding was completed the Captain and Lufthansa fleet chief Jürgen Raps came on the PA and welcomed us onboard. It was a very warm special welcome. After introducing himself he introduced the whole cockpit crew for this flight. Along with him there was Wolfgang Absmeier from Lufthansa as well as Terry Woods and Raimund Müller from Airbus. It seemed to me that this cockpit crew was the professionalized and experienced crew I ever flew with. After wishing us a great flight the Purser came on the PA. Today there were two onboard and also a complete Lufthansa crew of 23 FA's. Everyone seemed very professional and experienced.

Off-block and take-off
After all checks were completed and we were ready we went off-block almost ten minutes before schedule. On the PTV I saw the tow-truck how he 'ate' the nose wheel and pushed us of the gate. Luckily I had a window seat on the right site so I could saw all the people saying us good-bye. Just for this event the authority of the airport opened the visitor terrace at terminal 2 and a lot of people took this chance and took part as the first ever A380 flying to JFK left FRA in the morning. It was a great sight which you could see in some of my pictures on the bottom. We taxied to 25R. It was a short taxi because the entry to 25R is right in front of terminal 2. There was no traffic (or stopped ATC all the traffic for some minutes  Wink ). Lined up the runway, checked the flaps and spoilers for the last time and accelerate! Woooooooow! It was so amazing. A great feeling which cannot be described. After a long roll we finally took of and the clouds devoured us in the same moment. We made a right bank towards the West. New York we are coming!

The flight
After reaching cruising altitude the purser as well as the captain came on the PA for another time. First the purser told us that they are going to serve a drink at first, followed by a lunch of two choices, coffee or tea, a cocktail afterwards and a dinner before landing. He also asked us to taking part with all the inflight test of LH and Airbus.
After the purser it was again the captains turn. Some word about the route and some technical information from him satisfied the hunger all of us. During the flight we passed CGN -- AMS -- MAN -- SNN -- across the pond -- YQX -- BOS and finally JFK. The take-off weight was 410.000 tons, we had 105.000 tons kerosene onboard and took off with almost 290km/h.
I started playing with the Panasonic IFE. A big choice of movies, TV series and games was available. After some minutes the first service began and after that the great lunch was served.

The dinner
Hors d'oeuvre:
Tuna in Sesame Crust and marinated Papaya, Loin of Veal, Mediterranean Salsa and Caperberries

Entrees:
Filet of Beef and Truffle Sauce accompanied by Grean Beans, Carrots and Potatoes au Gratin
or
Seared Anglerfish and Sicilian-style Eggplant Ragout with Cherry Tomato and Basmati Rice

Cheese and Desert:
Emmental, Fourme d'Ambert, Morbier and Camenbert garnished with Grapes and Celery

Oolong Tea Mouse and fresh Berries

After having that great lunch I wanted to watch a movie. I choose I-Robot with Will Smith. Meanwhile the crew served coffee and tea and cocktails afterwards. It was an all business class treatment for sure.

The A380
The movie finished and I decided to explore the A380. First I went to the lavatories. You open the door and the very bright light flash up. Also in the lavatory there is a very big miracle which is very important for myself compared to other aircrafts. New fittings and systems completed a positive impression of the lavatory. Than I made my way towards the back of the aircraft. I noticed that the compartment in which I had my seat was more brighter than the one in the back. I suppose they did deliberately to test the feelings of the passengers. In the very rear there was a galley located and the spiral stair illuminated at the bottom. The upper deck configuration was 2-4-2, but seemed to be less spacious than the main deck. I had the feeling of a normal A330/A340. Here they dimmed the light completely so only the light from outside lightened the inside of the cabin. After taking some pics and chatting with some people I went downstairs again to my seat. The bigness of the main deck cabin is so enormous I could give you another example for that. Normally when the FA's stands in the aisle with his cart there is no way to pass by even on long-haul planes. This changed with the A380. The FA was serving while I easily passed him by sidewards. Great job Airbus! To more traffic jam in the aisle. 
I took my seat again and explored my personal comfort while seated. I had to say that the only thing I heard during the flight was the people talking with each other. This aircraft is a revolution regarding noise level. Believe me! The overhead bins and the sneak lights are located at a very high level. To switch on my snake light or turn on the air conditioning I had to stand up. The seat pitch was also great even when the man in front of me reclined his seat. The location of the bins and the big seat pitch gave me a very comfortable feeling. I didn't feel cramped at any time.
All in all it is a very comfortable aircraft to fly with.

Two special things during the flight:
Somewhere over the Atlantic the Captain came on the PA and said that the people on the left side could remark a small jet of British Airways which we are overhauling right now. You couldn't miss his giggle in his voice. As everybody looked outside we saw the small jet -- it was a B747 of BA! Very funny situation and almost the complete cabin started laughing.
And the second thing was the birthday of Raimund Müller, one of the Captains today. It was his 60th birthday and in my eyes the best place to celebrate this. We wish him all the best for the future.

The dinner
Hors d'ouevre:
Composition of Lobster, Scallop and Gray Sole with Cocktail Dip and Asian-style Horseradish Mayonnaise

Cold Gourmet Plate:
Air-dried Beef marinated with Porcini Mushroom, Breast of Guinea hen and Chestnut Puree, Vegetable Pasta Salad, grilled Zucchini, Melon Balls and Cherry Pepper with Cream Cheese

Dessert:
Petit Four

Again very delicious!


The landing at JFK
Before the approach began the captain came on the PA again. He said that they will circle for 15 minutes over New York. The reason was the speed during the flight and that the local media weren't ready at this time. After they got the information that all ground preparations were finished Captain Absmeier started approaching towards JFK and runway 22L. I could catch some great pics which will follow at the bottom.
At exactly 12:34h we touched down at JFK. Everybody started clapping and it was a great moment to be one of the first ever flying with the A380, firsts of flying to New York / United States and firsts ever flying across the pond. We wrote history and I'm so thankful to LH to gave me this pleasure!
We were welcomed in New York by a great armada. Seemed that everybody stopped doing his job for watching the taxi of the A380. Finally we stopped in front of terminal 1 and were been towed to gate 1. After going on the blocks a great adventure or the first part of this adventure finished. Everybody was happy and looked forward to spent a great time in New York.

New York City
I had a great time in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I saw a lot of buildings like the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, the Wall Street, the Times Square and also spent a lot of time on the top of the Rockefeller Center. From here you have the best view of New York city and if the weather is good and sunny as it was during our three days you could stay there for hours just because of the impressive skyline view. I live in Frankfurt which is called Main-hattan, but it never comes that close to what Manhattan with it's skyscraper is.

The return flight
In the morning of the return flight I visited the Brooklyn Bridge and the Central Park. Than I made a last time shopping tour through Macy's and went to the airport. The check-in was at terminal 1 at aisle H. They dedicated 6 counters just for that flight. The check-in took just 15 minutes due to the fact that everybody got the same seat as on the outward flight. Actually I wanted an upper desk seat for that flight but in the end who cares. The main thing is to fly with the A380! After got my boarding pass I explored Terminal 1 of JFK, but there is nothing special to write about. I went airside, did some duty free shopping, watched all the European airlines departing this evening and took a seat near the huge windows to wait for the A380 which actually didn't stand at the gate. After hours it was towed in to gate 1 again. I could catch some pictures eventhough it was already dark outside.
It was almost 1,5 hours before departure when the flight crew came across the terminal to board the aircraft. Some 30 minutes later the boarding began. Very smooth and quickly. It didn't take more than 25-30 minutes to completely board the aircraft. I was one of the lasts boarding this monster and to my pleasure only B. (I know you will read this report) was already sitting at the aisle seat. The middle seat remained empty during the flight. Great, because this was a night flight so we had more space to stretch.
Exactly on schedule we went off-blocks and taxied to runway 13R. After lining up the runway we made stop for 2 minutes. I suppose the Follow-Me cleared the runway. After that we accelerate and took off into the dark sky of New York. The routing was almost the same. We headed towards BOS and YQX. After passing the Atlantic Ocean we flew over DUB -- LHR -- BRU to FRA.

This time I was very tired so I felt asleep just after the dinner and woke up in the morning. I am a person who can't sleep well in aircrafts. This time it worked and I was very about that because it avoids jet-lag. When I woke up the crew already served the breakfast, but asked me if I wanted one anyhow. After the breakfast I made use of the amenity kit and freshened up. It was a great feeling to woke up in the A380. 
I want to write more about the return flight, but unfortunately I can not, because I slept almost the complete flight. Sorry for that!

I noticed that the captain started the approach to FRA. The clouds were coming closer and closer. After braked them through I could saw the skyline of little New York. This would mean that we will land at 25R and so we did. Such a smooth landing of Captain Lutz I never expected due to the bigness of the aircraft. It felt like the runway was built out of gum. Again we taxied to gate E5 where again a lot of people welcomed us. Mission accomplished!

We deplaned the plane, said good bye to the whole crew and got a certificate of Lufthansa to be the 'First A380 Lufthansa Passenger'. With this certificate in my hand and the honour in my breast I went home. That day I couldn't think of anything else. The A380 and New York was in my mind. It was so great and I appreciate it so much to got this chance. It is something I will remember my whole life and will tell my grandchildren. Thank you Lufthansa and thank you Airbus!



Video from the take off at FRA



Video form the landing at JFK



and finally the landing at FRA



the pics will follow soon
 
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RE: A380 LH8940/LH8945 FRA-JFK-FRA

Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:31 am

Nice one. Seems more like a normal flight compared to Sam Chui's A388 HKG trip report. Indeed an enviable experience.  wave 
 
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RE: A380 LH8940/LH8945 FRA-JFK-FRA

Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:48 am

Very nice report, well done  Smile
 
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RE: A380 LH8940/LH8945 FRA-JFK-FRA

Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:59 am

Hey Stylo,
Good one, very jealous. Don't you have any photos? I love the shot from the tail looking at JFK landing runway.
Thanks.
 
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:01 am

here are my pics of that trip. enjoy!

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Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:44 am

Thank you for your great TR, the pictures are awesome. I really wish i could have been aboard on the first a380 visit in JFK.  Silly Very nice Manhatten Pictures, they remind me at my last visit to JFK.
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:25 am

Absolutely fantastic trip report..... there's another Anet member who has been onboard the JFK flights, and he took some absolutely stunning pictures.

Find them at:

http://www.airteamimages.com/photographer51.html

Cheers
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:19 am

amazing report, history in the making!
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:23 am

Great report for this historical flight! Enjoyed every bit, I liked the enthusiasm you put in your trip report. Great pictures !!! Best regards, Alejandro
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:33 am

Quoting Stylo777 (Thread starter):
That night I couldn't sleep. I was so excited I never could describe that. I think of many things like 'how is the A380', 'how is the interior', 'what is new' and many many more.

You are a real aviation geek  Smile

Thanks for the report, very interesting and detailed and great pictures!
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:55 am

People sleeping on the aircraft? What the !@#$ They don't deserve to ride on it! I honestly would be awake cherishing every moment on board that aircraft.
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:28 am

Great trip report, certainly a great read!

The cabin of the A380 reminds me of a A330/A340 cabin (top cabin) ontop of a 777 cabin  Wink

Whoa, a LH flight with PTV's...what next?  bigthumbsup 

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Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:49 am

Wow, wow, wow! Your excitement is very well conveyed in the report, it must have been a marvellous experience! Loved the pics at FRA and JFK where it seems nearly the whole airport came to a standstill to watch your flight. Lucky you!
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:09 am

Quoting Rammstein (Reply 9):
You are a real aviation geek

yes I am and I love to be one

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 12):
Loved the pics at FRA and JFK where it seems nearly the whole airport came to a standstill to watch your flight

it was almost the same! I didn't saw another plane moving while we were taxiing or departing.

Quoting B742 (Reply 11):
The cabin of the A380 reminds me of a A330/A340 cabin (top cabin) ontop of a 777 cabin

hehehe great mix! But as you said it is realy the same.

[Edited 2007-03-27 00:09:43]
 
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:14 am

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! I've been looking forward to your report ever since you announced you had won the trip.
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:49 am

WOW!!! Tesekkür ederim..... this has made my weekend. What an excellent trip of a lifetime. Your photos are brilliant and I loved your writing. You really expressed your excitement and it was great. This has to be the BEST trip report I have read . Thanks so much for sharing this amazing trip.

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P.S. I love the PTV showing a camera on the tail outside the Aircraft.
 
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:33 pm

You are such a lucky person and thanks for sharing your trip with us. I can't wait to fly the A 380 in the future.

Cheers,

Peter
 
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:43 pm

Great report and pictures! The one thing I'm wondering about is how was the turbulence in that monster? Could you even feel any at all? Because I have heard it can get pretty rough over the Atlantic sometimes.
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:47 pm

Best of the best trip reports
i want to know, was it a smooth journey or you experienced little turbulance, how is it performing in turbulance?
 
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:53 pm

Good for You! I probably would have jumped and hollered and cried too, if I had found out that I was taking the trip.
Just out of curiosity, how did you find the width of the seats? The legroom looks average in the pictures, of course the cabin is wider, but overall kind of looks like an A330 or A340. The pictures of the rows of seats look as though the seats are a bit wider, maybe an inch or 2? Would be interesting to find out.
Thanks for relating a great experience!
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:48 pm

Why are those two women in the pictures sleeping? Where's their excitement?
 
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:55 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience. It was pleasure to read.
 
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:49 pm

Quoting Mke717spotter (Reply 17):
The one thing I'm wondering about is how was the turbulence in that monster? Could you even feel any at all?



Quoting UAEflyer (Reply 18):
i want to know, was it a smooth journey or you experienced little turbulance, how is it performing in turbulance?

all in all I didn't feel any intensive turbulence. Just before the landing in FRA there were some little turbulence which we don't have to talk about. Big grin

Quoting AY104 (Reply 19):
I probably would have jumped and hollered and cried too, if I had found out that I was taking the trip.
Just out of curiosity, how did you find the width of the seats? The legroom looks average in the pictures, of course the cabin is wider, but overall kind of looks like an A330 or A340. The pictures of the rows of seats look as though the seats are a bit wider, maybe an inch or 2? Would be interesting to find out.

yes it was an amazing feeling when realized to won such a great thing.
the width of the seats is similar to LH's eco seats. I don't know exactly the number, but it is almost the same. the seat pitch is different. It is more than any normal eco class seat. But you have to take into account that this was an Airbus configuration which means that every airline will configurate his A380 individually. The will install their own seat and make their own seat pitch, but due to the overall height and width of the cabin it will probably a little bit more comfortable.
 
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 6:54 pm

Great TR and very interesting to see the A380 in action. Thanks!

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Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:00 pm

Thanks a lot for posting this
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Wed Mar 28, 2007 2:20 pm

Wow!! Thank you for sharing this momentus occasion. I am so jealous. I really appreciate you including the video and pictures of your historic adventure. I look forward to flying on an A-380 in the near future. Most likely it will be LAX to SYD or somewhere in Asia. Cheers!
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Wed Mar 28, 2007 7:24 pm

great trip report. The A380 looks great. The bins are the same as on the 777 on the lower deck, am I wrong?
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Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:32 am

Thanks very much, great report!
 
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Sat Mar 31, 2007 9:17 am

It is amazing that on your videos you don't hear any engine noise during take-off and landing.
 
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Tue Apr 03, 2007 2:18 am

I'm sorry guys, I exceeded the bandwith of photobucket. in a few days they will load another 10GB Big grin
 
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 11:18 am

Hey Stylo, great trip report.

When you landed at JFK, we were on the other side of you. Let me know, I can show you the photo. GOt a great image of you guys the moment you touched US soil. I have not uploaded it here yet but have it up on another site.
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Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:05 am

All I can say is fantastic and I just wish I'd been lucky enough to be travelling on those flights.

Lucky chap Smile

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Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:48 am

Wondeful report as im an Airbus supporter
And thanx for sharing with us
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