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LAM Mozambique TM 300: 13/AUG/07: JNB-MPM: Y Cabin

Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:16 pm

Feedback always appreciated.

Trip Report: 026
Flight Category: Y-ISR (See Report End)
Date: 13-Aug-07
SDT/SAT/Delay: 0840/0940/01:00 hrs
Flight: LAM Mozambique TM 300, 269 miles
Routing: JNB-MPM
Aircraft: 732
Seat: Economy, 10F

I > Background:

Ok, I am back! After taking a sabbatical from trip reports for 5 months, here is the first installation from a series of trip reports. Mid-August to mid-November 2007 saw the craziest of my travel plans. 69 flights totalling 175,028 kms on 35 airlines, visiting 49 airports in 34 countries in all 6 continents. And, here is the best part ... all of them were part of a 4month break from life ... pure vacation, and pure food for the mind, body, and soul. Together, they mounted to 21/2 round-the-worlds that was truly insane. As usual, all long haul flights were on Business or First Class; short haul was on Economy Class.

As I have tried for A.Net audience in the past, several of the reports will be firsts on A.Net. These include either first time airline coverages, routes, airports, flights, or countries. This report on LAM´s (TM) JNB-MPM will be the first for the segment, and the first to feature both LAM and the country of Mozambique according to preliminary search on A.Net. The reason for the trip was because I was dying to go to Mozambique. I always felt it was "my kinda country", and of course it did not disappoint. I had an amazing time. Maputo is now my 2nd favourite African capital city (after Asmara), and Mozambique is my favourite African country. The charms of the city, and the beautiful beaches were accentuated by some of the friendliest smiles I have ever got. Who would tell that the country suffered so much? Some pictures have been included at the end of this TR.

II > Pre-Flight:

a) Before Airport:
LAM is the national airline of Mozambique and it utilizes an eclectic fleet of aircrafts to connect Mozambique with the neighbouring countries. It used to fly to LIS and other European cities; however, lack of suitable aircrafts and mismanagement by politically appointed management has led to abandoning of several obvious profit making routes.

I tried to book online using www.lam.co.mz. However, every attempt failed. For some reason, you can do domestic bookings online, but not international ones. Not impressive given how much LAM touts their e-ticketing and website facilities.

Since I was in Venezuela, the only way to book a ticket was to find a South African travel agent who was willing to issue paper tickets and then send them to a hotel address in Johannesburg. All together, very complicated for an airline listed on GDS. Of course, forget actually seeing the itinerary and choosing/changing seats online.

b) At Airport:
I find that JNB becomes a much pleasant experience once you have cleared immigration and security. The outside of the airport looks fairly dismal, and the check-in counters are pretty old school with huge CRT displays. TM uses the check-in bay 86-87 which are at the far end of the terminal. Check-in was quick and one of the outsourced airport agents gave me my boarding card and agreed to my exit seat request ... surprising given that it was so late during the boarding process.

A quick café post security and immigration gave me a few minutes of spotting before heading to the gate for immediate boarding. I find spotting in JNB to be fascinating. Upon boarding, I was greeted by a friendly TM cabin crew. Even though the 732 was showing its age, it was well kept. I managed to find some Arabic markings which showed the origins of the aircraft ... any idea where this bird came from? Y class load was around 30%.

Airport - External:

(JNB and the O.R. Tambo International - note the really sloppy sign)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/001-14.jpg

Check-In:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/002-14.jpg

Airport - Internal:

(Pre-security)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/003-14.jpg

(Departure board: I love departure boards!)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/004-14.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/005-14.jpg

(Post-security and immigration)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/006-14.jpg

(Walk to the gate: love the revamp)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/007-14.jpg

Scenes of the tarmac:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/008-14.jpg

(An eclectic mix of carriers)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/009-14.jpg

(Carrying the hopes of the Rainbow Nation)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/010-13.jpg

(Note the Zambian 732: Does anyone have an idea of what their logo signifies?)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/011-13.jpg

Lounge

N/A

Boarding:
NONE

III> In-Flight:

a) Service Schedule Impressions:
A Box snack/breakfast service only.


b) Aircraft + Seats:
The cloth based seats on the 732 were OK. Nothing to write home about with decent pitch and recline. I was fortunate to have the exit row seat, but there is a photo of a regular row which shows the averageness of the seat and its dimensions. Interestingly, I found this 732 to be significantly more cramped than the ALLIANCE AIR bird (LINK) I had taken last year.

Aircraft:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/012-14.jpg

Views from Aircraft:

(Interesting assortment of parked aircrafts include an IL76, a 707, and a 727: Any idea whose they are?)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/013-14.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/014-14.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/015-14.jpg

Seat Leg-Room:

(Always comfortable 732 exit row seat)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/016-14.jpg

(More standard cramped regular row)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/017-13.jpg

Seat Recline Angle View:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/018-11.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/019-11.jpg

Cabin:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/020-11.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/021-11.jpg

(Gotta love the nostalgia)

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/022-11.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/023-10.jpg

(Showing its pedigree and age)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/024-10.jpg

c) Meal + Beverage:

Breakfast service immediately after take off was a croissant looking sandwich with ham, some juice, and tea and café. Again, nothing to write home about. I did appreciate the gesture on this short flight though.

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/025-10.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/026-5.jpg

d) Inflight Entertainment:
Only inflight magazine was available during the flight.

(In-flight magazines, Boarding Passes, etc.)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/027-5.jpg

e) Crew:

Cabin crew were above average during the flight. They did their alloted task with smiles and then disappeared to the back of the aircraft.

IV> Post-Flight:

It took forever for bags to arrive at Maputo airport. I was confused why this was the case as it was the only flight on the ground. Visa on Arrival (VOA) took forever to happen

(MPM Airport Exterior - no jet bridges)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/028-4.jpg

(MPM Airport Terminal)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/029-4.jpg

V> Impressions Scores:

LAM is a decent airline that provided a clean, comfortable, on-time service. However, they will not be winning any accolades anytime soon. As Mozambique continues to grow, LAM has a real chance to be a positive image of the country. Working on an efficient website would be the first step. Would recommend flying with them for sure in the future for short legs

Reservation: 3.0
Check-In: 7.0
Lounge: N/A
Boarding: 7.0
Seat: 6.0
Aircraft Overall Ambience: 5.0
IFE: 5.0
Crew Service: 6.0
Food: 6.0
Beverages: 5.0
Amenity Kits Others Freebies: 5.0
Disembarkation: 7.0
On-Time Record: 6.0
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 5.67
(Pre-flight average of all-reviews: 6.36)

(Scores are based on comparison with other airlines in THAT class of service %u2013 No comparison of Y vs. F for example)

VI> Other Trip Reports:

1/ Avianca: BOG-LIM: 07/06/06: 7.09pts: Y-IMR
2/ Air Tran: EWR-MDW: 08/02/06: 6.73pts: Y-DMR
3/ West Jet: YYC-YVR: 09/05/06: 7.14pts: Y-DMR
4/ Air Canada: YYZ-YVR: 09/02/06: 5.92pts: Y-DLR
5/ Air Canada: ALB-YYZ: 09/01/06: 5.88pts: Y-ISR
6/ Singapore Airlines: EWR-SIN: 09/20/06: 7.81pts: J-ILR
7/ Adam Air: SIN-CGK: 09/22/06: 6.04: Y-ISR
8/ Valuair: CGK-SIN: 09/22/06: 5.04: Y-ISR
9/ Spice Jet: CCU-DEL: 09/25/06: 6.67: Y-DMR
10/ Indian: DEL-CCU: 09/26/06: 7.25: Y-DMR
11/ Air Sahara: CCU-BOM: 09/28/06: 4.42: Y-DMR
12/ Air Deccan: IXZ-CCU: 10/07/06: 5.75: Y-DMR
13/ Alliance: CCU-IXA: 10/08/06: 7.54: Y-DSR
14/ Kingfisher: IXA-GAU: 10/08/06: 8.21: Y-DSR
15/ Indigo: GAU-CCU: 10/08/06: 6.54: Y-DSR
16/ Singapore Airlines: CCU-SIN: 10/11/06: 5.88: J-IMR
17/ Air Canada: ICN-YYZ: 10/12/06: 7.13: J-ILR
18/ Delta AirLines: SEA-JFK: 11/24/06: 7.17: F-DLR
19/ USA 3000: PUJ-BDL: 01/06/07: 5.96: Y-IMR
20/ Viva Aerobus: CUN-JFK: 02/20/07: 4.58: Y-DSR
21/ Jet Blue: CUN-JFK: 02/20/07: 5.96: Y-IMR
22/ SAS Norge/Braathens: OSL-AES: 05/26/07: 5.75: Y-DSR
23/ TAP Air Portugal: OSL-LIS: 05/29/07: 5.46: Y-IMR
24/ Delta Airlines: JFK-CDG: 08/09/07: 7.85: J-ILR
25/ Air France: CDG-JNB: 08/10/07: 5.33: J-ILR


(Note on Codes: Y - Economy, J - Business, F - First :: I/D - International/Domestic :: SR/MR/LR - Short/Medium/Long Haul :: I have designed these codes so people dont believe my scores are comparing apples with oranges)

VII> Other Pictures:

It has now become customary to share some images of the place I went to, and some other related aviation pictures. Hope everyone enjoys!

(Maputo Charm)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/030-4.jpg

(A roadside bar "my kinda style" and a super friendly bartender. Actually, all people I met had these awesome smiles)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/031-4.jpg

(Smiling kids in the town of Inhambane)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/032-3.jpg

(Tofu Beach)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/033-3.jpg

(Kid near Tanzanian border town)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/034-3.jpg

[Edited 2007-11-21 11:21:07]
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Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:57 pm

Great TR!! Thanks for reporting!!

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Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:23 pm

HI.
Enjoyed it.

Good read. Flew LAM from DAR-MPM and then MPM-JNB in the first week of August 2007.

Good Airline, all flights on time, good service.
Just the baggage came in very late almost 30mins after arrival of our flights in MPM. but that is the airport handling company works.
Overall good Airline.
 
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Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:33 pm

Awesome report,

It is interesting that LAM has the current American Airlines' seats in their 732. Especially since American has not had any 732's in 20 years.

Mozambique looks lovely,

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Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:52 pm

Great report on a little flown carrier. Nice pix too!  Smile

Quoting USFlyer MSP (Reply 3):
It is interesting that LAM has the current American Airlines' seats in their 732.

- I thought that fabric looked farmiliar!

Rgds

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Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:08 pm

My My My... Interesting report! you certainly don't read about Mocambique everyday.

You certainly get around my friend, just the way I like it! this is a big wonderful planet and there are loads of wonderful places to discover.

Keep them coming.

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Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:08 pm



Quoting Jambo (Reply 2):
Just the baggage came in very late almost 30mins after arrival of our flights in MPM. but that is the airport handling company works.

= Haha. Interesting because I had the same experience.

Quoting USFlyer MSP (Reply 3):
It is interesting that LAM has the current American Airlines' seats in their 732. Especially since American has not had any 732's in 20 years.



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
- I thought that fabric looked farmiliar!

= But here is whats weird then. Where does this bird come from? I asked the same in the TR because it seems that the exit row sign (see picture) and also signs in the bathroom were in Arabic. Perhaps AA 732 to TM 732 via the MENA?

Quoting USFlyer MSP (Reply 3):
Mozambique looks lovely,

= It indeed is!

Cheers,
A.
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Thu Nov 22, 2007 5:09 pm

Mom's been to Mozambique and loved it - friendly people, gorgeous beaches and (according to her) they even spoke Portuguese with an accent that made it really easy to understand for a Spanish speaker. I wish I could go too.

LAM looks like a reasonable airline.

Thanks for the report. As usual, you bring us great news from remote parts of the world.

Saludos,
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Thu Nov 22, 2007 5:15 pm

Thanks a lot for such an interesting report from a region quite unknown to me!

Have you heard of anything about carrier Air Corridor?

A girlfriend of mine is going to live for a while in the north of Mozambique (Nampula) and was asking about this airline.

Greetings

Sebastian
 
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Thu Nov 22, 2007 5:16 pm



Quoting Marambio (Reply 7):
Mom's been to Mozambique and loved it - friendly people, gorgeous beaches and (according to her) they even spoke Portuguese with an accent that made it really easy to understand for a Spanish speaker. I wish I could go too.

LAM looks like a reasonable airline.

Thanks for the report. As usual, you bring us great news from remote parts of the world.

Saludos,
Marambio

= Thanks man. Yes, Mozambique is absolutely great. I speak Portuguese and their Portuguese is very interesting. Oh, are you in BA? I am there for NY eve (and maybe 2 weeks after) I think. If you wish, we must get a drink.

Cheers,
A.
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Thu Nov 22, 2007 5:36 pm



Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 9):
Oh, are you in BA? I am there for NY eve (and maybe 2 weeks after) I think. If you wish, we must get a drink.

I just sent you a PM. It would be great to share some beers with you.  Smile

Saludos,
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Thu Nov 22, 2007 5:43 pm



Quoting Lima (Reply 8):
Thanks a lot for such an interesting report from a region quite unknown to me!

Have you heard of anything about carrier Air Corridor?

A girlfriend of mine is going to live for a while in the north of Mozambique (Nampula) and was asking about this airline.

Greetings

Sebastian

= LMAO. Jajajaja ... "a girlfriend of mine" ... you have many girlfriends you playa  Wink.

Anyways, to be serious ... yes, I have heard of Air Corridor. They have a bunch of random BEH and Brasilias, and seem to have a 732 which was ALWAYS parked at MPM. Usually, their flights are slightly cheaper than LAM or comparable routing. In Mozambique, ALWAYS go to different agencies and to the airline counters AND go there many times ... the prices are NEVER the same each time.

Nampula rocks! I LOVE Nampula. What is she going to do there? If she needs any help, let me know.

Saludos,
A.
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Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:23 am

Great to see a report from a country little heard of nowadays, which I guess is a good thing given that news reports from Mozambique in the past were mostly about war and natural disaster. Great to see them getting back on their feet again.

Best wishes

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Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:40 am



Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I managed to find some Arabic markings which showed the origins of the aircraft ... any idea where this bird came from?

To my knowledge, C9-BAI was NEVER registered to any Arabic country- but was operating there...

Dlv. in 1985 to Midway, in 1991 op. by ARAMCO SAUDIA ARABIA as N714A, short-stop @ Nacional Brazil...

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Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:29 pm

Great t/r ! Nice to see my favorite airport (JNB) and by favorite African capital (MPM).
I can also suggest going from JNB to MPM by car. There is a beutiful scenery.

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Fri Nov 23, 2007 4:21 pm



Quoting AlexEU (Reply 14):
Great t/r ! Nice to see my favorite airport (JNB) and by favorite African capital (MPM).
I can also suggest going from JNB to MPM by car. There is a beutiful scenery.

Cheers

= I actually have done this drive. It is beautiful indeed ... I flew to try LAM, and to avoid the rush at the border crossing. And as I said, Maputo is my new second favorite African capital city ... after Asmara ... just love the ambience and the overall bohemian feel to both of them. Very laid back and cool.

Quoting Debonair (Reply 13):
Dlv. in 1985 to Midway, in 1991 op. by ARAMCO SAUDIA ARABIA as N714A, short-stop @ Nacional Brazil...

chris

= Wow. Thanks for the info. I guess Aramco changed the signs irrespective of it being on lease. Very cool.

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Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:31 pm

Hey hola A.

Thank you! and also for the tip! appreciated.

My friend (girl, haha) (mi amiga) is going to work for a development agency. So will be stationed in Nampula. Happy to hear the positive feedback from Mozambique, she is indeed very excited.

Greetings

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Sat Nov 24, 2007 5:04 pm



Quoting Lima (Reply 16):
Hey hola A.

Thank you! and also for the tip! appreciated.

My friend (girl, haha) (mi amiga) is going to work for a development agency. So will be stationed in Nampula. Happy to hear the positive feedback from Mozambique, she is indeed very excited.

Greetings

Sebastian

= Hola Sebastian ... one thing tho, Nampala is pretty isolated. Make sure she tries the beaches of Tofu and the whole archipelago around Vilanculos. Also, if she needs any advice, PM me.

Saludos,
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Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:26 pm

As usually a great TR.

The pics are really good.

I love your score system. Keep them coming.!!


Thank you for sharing.

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Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:08 pm

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Note the Zambian 732: Does anyone have an idea of what their logo signifies?)

Yeap, it is very simple- I guess... It's an eagle.

1. The eagle is the symbol in the national-flag, representing the people's ability to rise above the nation's problems.
2. The eagle is also the 3rd verse of the national anthem:
One land and one nation is our cry,
Dignity and peace 'neath Zambia's sky,
Like our noble eagle in its flight,
Zambia, praise to thee.
All one, strong and free.

3.The color-scheme also represent the national flag...
GREEN: for natural resources
RED: symbolizes the struggle for freedom
BLACK: for the people of Zambia
ORANGE: mineral wealth

[Edited 2007-11-27 04:13:38]
 
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Tue Nov 27, 2007 3:50 pm

is he smoking ?

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Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:07 pm



Quoting Omoo (Reply 20):
is he smoking ?

= Hmmm ... I would think (or like to think) thats like the end of some lollipop.

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