Well, where do I start? Over the course of January, and February I was so busy booking flights for my Summer, and as well for my parents and brother, as I am the designated “family travel agent”! The following is a TR
for one of my many yearly runs, which is usually NAS
with the AA
combo. Please enjoy the read, and feel free to leave comments!
I must sadly pre-warn you, that the quality of my photographs will not be top notch, due to the fact that I’m not much of a photographer, and that I’m using a Nikon Colorpix digital camera with no flash, as I don’t wish to be a nuisance to my fellow travelers. Even with this in mind, I still hope the details and details of the (some bad quality) pictures bring out the best for this TR
Well, I wake up at 8 o’clock, so plenty of time for my 12:30 departure. I have a little breakfast, and spend about 20 minutes sitting on my patio with a coffee, just watching the planes on approach to NAS
. Now I know you must feel sorry for me to be living right under the approach to an airport, however, I am after all an a.netter, and besides, with the amount and size of traffic that NAS
sees (not that much), so I don’t really mind.
Some of the traffic that I see regularly. (Not taken on this particular morning)
A Bahamasair aged B732 in the distance, and up close.
An Air Canada A320 on approach from YYZ
A Bahamasair Dash 8-300.
At about 10, I start packing the car, and head to the airport a mere 5 minutes away. The nice thing about living on the western part of the island, is that I get to drive past the runway 14/32 threshold, and occasionally, a plane lands right as we drive past, but sadly not today.
Arriving at NAS
’s Lynden Pyndling International Airport.
Shortly after arriving at the airport, I took this picture, showing the curbside of the US departures building here in Nassau.
I headed to the American Eagle check-in counter, and stood in line at the elite counter, because of my AAdvantage gold status.
View of the US departures check-in hall.
has a truly limited number of shops, cafes, and restaurants. While there is the occasional duty free shop selling alcohol, and other goodies, there is only one cafeteria that probably isn’t half as good as the one back in high school. Truly a disgrace.
About 30 minutes prior to departure time it was time to board my little bird to MIA
Notice the superb condition of the jet ways at NAS
After the safety demo, we headed towards runway 14/32 for an on time departure. On the way I snapped these pictures.
US A319 bound for PHL
Connection CRJ-700 bound for CVG
, and a DL MD
-88 bound for ATL
While waiting at the threshold before departure, I see this AA
ATR-72 arriving from MIA
Behind us waiting for departure, one of the many biz jets NAS
The general aviation terminal, where many island-hopper flights to the Out Islands depart from.
Lake Killarney seen shortly after liftoff.
The ATR-72’s safety card.
Overflying the island of Andros, which is the largest island in the Bahamas, in terms of area.
It still surprises me to this day, that AA
still offers a full beverage service on this short flight. Some of the changes in service that I noticed was the raise for the price of alcohol from $5 to $6, the introduction of “Amenity Kits”, which includes a blanket and pillow for $6, and the raise in price of the snacks (cashews and trail mix) from $3 to $4.
For today’s flight I simply indulged myself to a cup of still water.
Today’s flight has a rather high load, with just one seat empty. View of the cramped cabin.
Approaching Florida, here some outlying islands.
Approaching the Florida coast.
A busy FL
Video of Landing in MIA
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One of the things I enjoy about flying American Eagle into MIA
, is that one parks in the middle of the airfield, and enjoys a bus ride past AA
heavies to the bus gates!
Approaching the remote stand.
A recently new AA
franchise stationed in MIA
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One of the things that I enjoy the most about MIA
, is flying through the new concourse J. It is a truly modern building, which houses mostly Star Alliance, and carriers such as TAM, and LAN. The terminal that LX
used to fly through, concourse F, was like travelling 30 years ago, talk about retro!
View of Concourse J check-in hall.
I then went over to the LX
check-in counters to collect my boarding pass, my luggage however, was checked through to ZRH
, thanks to AA
’s baggage interline agreement.
After check-in, I headed to the Club America J. This “temporary” lounge, is located before security, and is thus not very convenient, as one has to leave early to clear security. This lounge, while a small improvement from the one in concourse F, is truly a disgrace. It its basically one large room, with a couple of sofas and chairs, and a small staffed bar in the corner with nibbles. The food offerings are just as a disgrace. The only thing available is cookies, and pretzels. I find it sad, that carriers such as LX
’s premium passengers have to visit such a place.
General view of the lounge.
The staffed bar with mediocre food offerings.
Another major thing missing in this lounge are bathrooms, forget about showers, not even bathrooms. So, this is the solution. Why not just use the employee bathrooms that are designed for staff of the airline offices? Well, one has to go through a maze of corridors, where various offices are located to reach the bathrooms.
The pictures speak for themselves.
I then proceeded through security, and started exploring.
Here the beginning part of the J concourse.
US 734 bound for PHL
LAN 767 resting before a midnight departure to South America.
TAM A330 bound for GRU
LAN 767-300 bound for LIM
Ted A320 bound for LAS
At one point, I saw emergency services close to one of the gates, perhaps awaiting an aircraft with a sick passenger?
A342 bound for EZE
LTU/Air Berlin A330 bound for MUC
One of the things I enjoy about the “South Terminal” in MIA
, is the ability to travel from concourse J to H. Here the shopping corridor between the two terminals.
As the gate LX
uses at MIA
(J17) has impossible views of the plane, I had to go to concourse H to take a picture of my plane to ZRH
Shortly after, I looked at the time, and noticed it was soon time to board, so I headed back to the J gates. Upon arriving at J 17, they just began calling Business class passengers, senator, frequent traveler, and star alliance gold members to board the A332. I was one of the first to board, and after a friendly welcome by the purser (LX call them maitre de cabine), I settled into my seat, 9G, and the f/a offered to hang my sweater, and offered me a pre-departure beverage.
My sweater resting on a LX
My pre-departure beverage, an OJ.
The legroom in seat 9G.
Shortly thereafter, another flight attendant came by to see what my dinner and breakfast choices were. The menu reads as follows:
Dinner North America – Switzerland
First Course Jicama salad with bresaola, grilled artichoke, cherry tomatoes, and Kalamanta olives. Or Fresh seasonal salad with a balsamic vinaigrette.
Main Course Beef tenderloin with a kafir lime sauce accompanied by pea puree and flatbread wrap filled with tomatoes. Or Seared chicken breast served with asparagus, tomato, and olive ragout and steamed rice. Or Grouper fillet with a Pernod sauce accompanied by sautéed carrots, Chinese long beans and coconut pilaf rice.
Or Vegetable cannelloni served with a fire-toasted red pepper sauce.
Cheeses Selection of traditional Swiss cheeses with pear bread.
Dessert Swiss dark chocolate mousse. Or Fresh seasonal fruit salad.
Coffee, Tea, and Digestive. For the first course, I chose the Jicama salad, and for the main course, I chose the beef tenderloin. For the breakfast service, I had to fill in a sheet, with my preferences from a list, so the cabin crew could perform an expedited one-tray breakfast service. My choices were the following: Orange Juice Fruit Smoothie Croissant Whole Wheat Bread roll Fresh Fruit Honey glazed turkey, cheddar, and Pepper Jack cheese. Okay, let the dinner service begin!
Don’t you just love these old style carts LX
uses, if I remember correctly, they even had the OLD Swissair logo on them!
To begin, salted puff-pastry sticks, and an apple juice. A big improvement from the packaged pretzels I had in January.
The first course, Jicama salad with bresaola, and a green salad.
The main course, the beef tenderloin.
And last but definitely not least, chocolate mousse for dessert!
After that filling and delicious meal, I decided to head to the bathroom to brush my teeth, and get ready for bed.
Here some bathroom shots.
After a solid couple of hours of sleep, I awoke, and decided to watch a movie, ahh what are the choices?
So I decided to start watching The Other Boleyn Girl, which was quite interesting.
Approaching Continental Europe, not the curvature of the earth!
Shortly thereafter, they started serving the breakfast. I find this one tray service very effective, because all of the people are served at the speed in which they wake up, and everyone already has what they want on the tray.
I was then served my pre-ordered breakfast, which consisted of many different breakfast items such as fruit, breads, cheese, and hams.
After that filling, yet reasonably sized breakfast, I decided to take a stroll throughout the cabin.
Peeping out of the emergency door’s tiny window.
Overflying the French countryside.
Approaching Paris…almost home!
View of the Business class cabin shortly before descent.
After the entertainment system was shut off, and the headphones were collected, I decided to play the in-flight trivia, because just sitting there reading the same magazine can get very boring!
Does anyone know the answer?
I believe this is the Rhine river, on our approach to ZRH
Overflying the Swiss countryside.
Video of landing in ZRH
. Note all the special field markings promoting the Euro 2008.
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After landing, I see LX
’s only Star Alliance logo jet, and Avro RJ
-100. Shame they won’t paint any larger aircraft in the Star Alliance livery.
As we make our way to the E-gates, we taxi past this unknown all-white aircraft. Any ideas?
Pulling into our stand next to an Air Berlin B738 and further down a company A343.
Dock E Skymetro station.
View into the tunnel that goes under the runway.
And probably the most welcoming welcome to Switzerland, getting a kiss from Heidi!
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Well, that does it for now. Sorry it has taken so long for me to write it, I’ve had a very busy summer, visiting Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Morocco, Gibraltar, Italy, and the USA. Some more trip reports to select destinations and flights that I have taken in the last few months will soon follow, but for now, I need to catch up on all that work, 2 months of vacation also comes with a downside!
Any comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Thanks for your time in reading and commenting my trip report,
SWISS remains Swiss. With Lufthansa. :D