MadameConcorde
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On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:02 pm

On my way to Sydney and SQ380
Trip Report – Part 1

I dedicate the full trip report to my long time friend Malle Dailland Magi, the Star of United Airlines.

24 October 2007

I left the shores of Monte Carlo and my beautiful sea view about mid-morning.






I took the bus from Monaco taking me to the central bus station in Nice. Then on to city Bus #52 to the airport. There was not much traffic so it was an easy bus ride through the city all the way to the airport.

http://www.nice.aeroport.fr/include/default.asp?

When I arrived at Terminal 1 the Lufthansa check-in counter was opened. They had several flights. I did not check any bags.

With my boarding pass the agent handed me an invitation to one of the lounges, the one known as “Salon Shengen” situated near Gates “A”. This is because I had a continuing flight in F class in Frankfurt. Lounge invitations are only for passengers flying International First Class or to Lufthansa Honorary Circle members.

I went upstairs to Departures and through passport control and security check. It is the same paranoia scene in Nice as in any other major airport in the world. Nice is not a shoe carnival airport, we only get liquids carnival, body patting and bags searching.

We are all suspicious so the airport security agents check every bit of what we have. My bags were admitted without belt recheck. Lucky enough my diecast Concorde model went through!

I was early so I went to the Business lounge until boarding announcement.



Flight LH 4139 to Frankfurt - Gate A34 Seat 3 F Business Class - Departure time 2.30 PM






At 2.35 PM a 25 minutes delay was announced... We did not get on board the plane until 3.30.



Take off was very fast followed by a sharp right turn. It was very windy. At take off we could see the waves, windsurfers and sail boats. Weather totally overcast. Planned flight time 1h30min. No sign of turbulence. Aircraft was a B-737-300. A total of 7 passengers in the C cabin with lots more in economy.



http://www.seatmaestro.com/airplanes...ng-737-300-733/seats-comments.html

Food and drinks were served without delay. The lunch platter had smoked salmon, tomato, avocado mousse, a bread roll, cheese and a croissant. With the meal, I had apple juice and coffee.




From Nice we went towards Genova, Milano, a beautiful view of the Swiss Alps, Zurich, Stuttgart and on to Frankfurt. Flight attendants came to pick up the trays and glasses. Weather totally overcast. The FA announced the connecting flights with gate numbers on the PA system. This flight had a code share with SK Scandinavian. The aircraft made a right turn before going down through the clouds.Then another right turn and we were above the clouds. No turbulence. Looks like we were put on hold. We heard the wheels. Then the announcement “cabin attendants prepare for landing”. The descent into Frankfurt was very foggy. This seemed like a long and rather boring flight. We finally touched down in Frankfurt . 5.10 PM view on Lufthansa Technik! All the passengers applauded. We taxied to Terminal A and parked at Gate A 10.

This trip report will be done in several parts. I will post Part 2 as soon as it will be ready.  Smile
I will ask you to be patient as there is more to come...
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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:22 pm

Bonsoir, MadameConcorde,

I remember my short trip to Nice/Monaco two months ago, when I saw your nice pix.

Interesting story, for sure, a nice intro to the (hope so soon) upcoming parts about your
trip to Asia.

BTW, D-ABIU/Limburg, is a -500 series, also a well known plane for me!.

Waiting for the next parts and thanx for posting,

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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:37 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
Life is not only about flying.

One of the most ridiculous things I've read on a.net!!!

When should we expect part 2..
 
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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:38 pm

Hello Markus,
thank you for your comments on the first part of my trip report.
I am amazed that you know the first one of my aircrafts on this trip... so well!  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
BTW, D-ABIU/Limburg, is a -500 series, also a well known plane for me!.
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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:21 pm

Lunch platter...
Mmm...
I always like pictures of meals.
But it should be in C/J or F class ONLY.
I am a spoiled brat.  Smile
 
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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:35 pm

Hello! It seems like the beginning of a beautiful trip report. Can't wait to see the rest  Smile

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
I left the shores of Monte Carlo and my beautiful sea view about mid-morning.

You have lovely view
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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:50 pm

Hi there ,
Im looking forward to all parts of your trip and what an excellent way to do it . Your LH flight looked nice.

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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:38 pm

Quoting Bofredrik (Reply 4):
But it should be in C/J or F class ONLY.

May I ask why?
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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:17 pm

Really great TR

The pics are really nice.

The first pic in the TR makes me remember the Monaco GP in F1. Thinks on all that houses that are beside the track. You dont have to pay for a ticket to see the race. Just look down form your balcony.

Does the track pass beside your house?? Then it is really great because you can watch it free.!!!!

Looking forward for next part.

Thank you for sharing,

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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:24 pm

I'd love to visit Monaco sometime. Let alone live there  Smile Great report Madame...
looking forward to part 2 and your experience on the A380...
Thank you much for sharing it with us!!!
 
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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:24 am

I have been very busy since I got back after this wonderful... albeit too short... experience!!
I am now woring on part 2. I will have it posted as soon as it is all typed up and put together. It takes time.

off-topic now:
For those asking about Monaco: I am way up on the hill above the mountains with the fabulous view. I don't see the F1 from my place.
I like going to the track and to pre-race preparation. This is when you can really see the cars, get a close-up and talk to the people in the teams. For the race I buy my tickets just like everybody else as if I am given tickets they are never located at the place I want. I very much look forward to the next F1 season and to Hamilton's victories!!!

How about a Monaco National Day report with photos complete with the fireworks?
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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:21 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 10):
I don't see the F1 from my place.

Okey, I see.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 10):
like going to the track and to pre-race preparation. This is when you can really see the cars, get a close-up and talk to the people in the teams

That is true. It is best time if you want to see the cars and talk to "F1 folks". they are not stressed during the pre-race preparation.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 10):
I very much look forward to the next F1 season

Same here. Will see F1 in Barcelona. First time I will see F1 in place!!!!
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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:32 pm

How about a Monaco National Day report with photos complete with the fireworks?
I am sure that would be very nice.Thanks in advance.

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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:59 pm

I will certainly do my best. I will have to pick up the official program of events and set up a schedule accordingly weather permitting.

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 12):
I am sure that would be very nice.Thanks in advance.

On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 2 is now posted.
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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:48 am

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 10):
For those asking about Monaco: I am way up on the hill above the mountains with the fabulous view. I don't see the F1 from my place.

Oh, it's a pity.  Sad

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 10):
How about a Monaco National Day report with photos complete with the fireworks?

That would be very nice, but I would also love to see a report from 2008 Grand Prix  bouncy 
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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:53 am

Madame,

I very much enjoyed the first installment. I look forward to many more. Your photographs provide a nice overview of the assorted elements experienced during the first leg of your journey.

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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:18 am

Great report and photo's for part 1.

Was good to meet you in SYD before your A380 flight, shame about the delay, hope they kept you in booze  Smile

Best Wishes

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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Pa

Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:32 am

Oh, I would be more than happy to do one. Only that to get the whole thing I would need to get a Media Pass. You all have to get A.net to write me a letter to be the official A.net reporter for the event. Serious!

Then I can apply for a Media Pass on site and easily get it and provide the forums with a great report, complete with pictures.

I am a devout F1 (only not Ferrari) fan so no problem!!! I will do an unbiased report with every news on all the teams and drivers.

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 14):
I would also love to see a report from 2008 Grand Prix
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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:34 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 17):
I am a devout F1 (only not Ferrari) fan so no problem!!! I will do an unbiased report with every news on all the teams and drivers.

Well, with or without pass, I am absolutely sure that it would be a wonderful report. It seems that there is so much going on in and around the race track during those few days.
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RE: On My Way To Sydney And SQ380 Trip Report – Part 1

Wed Nov 07, 2007 2:58 pm

Those pictures from your balcony remind me of my trip to Cannes last year. Brings back a lot of memories!

And for the record, my flight on an LH 733 was the best 737 flight I've ever experienced.

Nice job!  Smile

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