AF F100 ; AF Embraer 145; KLM B737-900
KLM Crown Lounge; AF Lounge LYS; AF Lounge CDG 2F
This weekend I decided to go visit some good friends of mine who have a house in the south of France, about 175km south of Lyon. Nothing much exiting happened on the trip, so it will be a picture report mostly. You will have to endure the wide shots, since I bought a Nikon 10.5 mm Fish-eye and a Tokina 11-16mm zoom for my Nikon D80. I have been experimenting a bit and that shows. It is too long, I know.
AMS -- LYS
Friday 8/8/08 (lovely date)
AF Fokker 100
I was originally booked on a later flight via CDG. Even though I was on a non-changeable ticket I knew that if I went straight to the KLM sales desk at Schiphol I might get lucky. KLM staff are absolutely the best in the world. Upon my friendly request to please, please, please, pretty please be allowed to take the direct flight I was handed a new boarding pass. That's what I love about KLM: rules are not something to hide behind. I was happy. This meant I would arrive in LYS around 16:30 in stead of 22:10.
I had only 30 minutes to relax in the lounge. Not bad, since it was very crowded. Some pics:
It was busy
Smokers Area (I don't smoke, but at least it was quiet)
Here are some picture I took on my way from the lounge to the plane:
Café down the escalator from the lounge
Bubbles Champagne bar
The flight was on a F100. Strange for a Dutch guy, but I never flew one before. Although nothing beats the exit row on a KLM 737 I thought the cabin and seats weren't half bad. Luckily the plane was only about 45% full, so I had it an entire row to myself.
The view from my location
Not as roomy as it looks with a wide angle. Exit row did not actually have any extra legroom.
The view behind
The view in front
To the left
And to the right
In the seat pocket
Soon after boarding we went on out merry way. It was raining in AMS so I was not unhappy leaving for the sunny south.
I like these shots with a Fish-eye
Ok enough of that. We did not get any catering other than a pair of cookies. Really lousy. I don't like eating in airplanes as much as some of you do, but this is ridiculous. Ah well, time to take some shots of the cabin.
The Anet legroom shot done in a different way
Cabin from the back (low)
Cabin from the back (high)
The toilet is really small
Especially if you're 1.96 tall
Ok, not much else to say about this flight. We arrived in LYS a couple of minutes early and we disembarked straight to the tarmac 10ft from the terminal entrance. After a very long walk we arrived at the exit of the terminal and I headed for the AVIS rental centre.
END OF PART 1