Hello Fellow A.neters!
This trip report will focus on the return portion of my trip to Spain in the summer. Due to the fact that I was really busy the last month and a half with University case studies, and field work, I’m sorry for delaying to post my return TR.
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!
When booking my flights, I wanted an interesting routing with as many new carriers and aircraft as possible. While I could’ve taken a direct LX ZRH-AGP flight, I wanted to be more exotic. So in the end, I thought why not choose Spanair, also a Star Alliance member, and I found the routing ZRH-BCN-AGP with ZRH-BCN in LX J and BCN-AGP in JK Y. My booking as usual was done through the respective companies websites, www.swiss.com and www.spanair.com , and the only nuisance was not being able to choose my seats online, which is one major factor which I think LX’s website lacks, and needs to be updated soon.
Outbound Trip report
ZRH-BCN-AGP (LX/JK) in J and Y
Getting to AGP and Check-in
Well, lets just say my day didn’t start too well! I had ordered a taxi the night before to take me to the 2hr away AGP airport. It was scheduled to arrive at 7:00 am, which would give me more than enough time for my flight, which departed at 11:00 am. Well, in true Spanish fashion, it arrived a mere 45 minutes late, at 7:45! So, with this, and the morning rush hour traffic around Algericas, I got to the airport at 10:15 am, with 45 minutes to spare! I went straight to the JK check-in area, which was only two counters for their BCN and MAD flights, one for C and one for Y. The economy class line was stretching all the way to the back of the building, and luckily for me, I am a Star gold, and was flying with LX J class on my connecting flight, so I was able to stand in the Business class line. Upon showing the agent my two tickets, to BCN and continuing to ZRH, she only tagged my bags to BCN, and said I would have to reclaim them. I explained to her that since JK and LX were both in Star Alliance, they had interline baggage agreements so she CAN check my bags through to ZRH. Finally a supervisor explained to her, and my bags were tagged to my final destination, however JK didn’t manage to give me a boarding pass for my LX flight, interestingly enough, on my outbound trip, I received my JK (BCN-AGP) boarding pass already in ZRH, so this is what they call Star Alliance partnership?
After clearing security, I didn’t have much to do but wait, and since there was no Star gold lounge in AGP, going to a lounge was also not an option. I spent my time walking around the duty-free area, and gate area, and later also went to get an ice-cream at Haagen-Dazs (crazy expensive).
Departure hall right after security, with the escalators leading up to the duty free and restaurant area.
Walking towards my gate.
Brussels Airlines 737 to BRU.
Condor 757 to somewhere in Germany.
Air Europa 737 to CDG.
Flyglobespan 737 landing.
Gate and Boarding
My gate to BCN.
My A320 waiting.
Legroom on this A320 was standard. While many find JK’s A320 to have restricted legroom, I found it more roomy than the 717 I flew with previously.
Like many legacy carriers in Europe, JK has become more of a LCC. I truly believe Star Alliance needs to re-think the presence of these LCC legacy carriers, as they bring down the general appearance of such so strong and service orientated alliance.
This small indulgence put me back 3.50 EUR!
In-flight entertainment on this short sector consisted of the Airshow.
Descent and Arrival into BCN
Shortly thereafter, I didn’t even realize we were already on finals for BCN. I quickly fastened my seatbelt and prepared for landing. Just as I wanted to start filming the landing, my camera ran out of battery! So sorry no pictures or videos of landing and taxiing in BCN!
After I arrived, I had to proceed to the LX check-in counters to get my boarding pass and lounge invitation. In addition, I had to go through security once more, however it was very comfortable. I proceeded through passport control, and into the Salvador Dali lounge.
Seating in the Lounge
Snack and drink self-service areas.
Some little snacks and an Ice tea in the lounge.
And of course I had to visit my favorite website! ☺
Gate and Boarding
I proceeded to walk around the module 5, where non-schengen international flights depart from. To me it also seemed like an A321 factory!
RJ A321 to AMM
TK A321 to IST
SU A321 to SVO
LX A321 taking me to ZRH
My gate, 50.
I then proceeded to my seat, 2F.
Legroom on this A321
Pre-departure water and moist towel
As soon as we reached cruising altitude, we were given our meals followed by a drink. I must say, this was a great disappointment! To me it seemed like the caterers just put whatever they had leftover on the plate to make a meal! Nevertheless I ate the snack, the little rhubarb pudding wasn’t that bad though!
Then my favorite part of any LX flight, chocolate!
We were also served Moevenpick ice-cream, delicious!
While there was a show called “Just for Laughs” playing, I wasn’t interested, and concentrated on the beautiful French coast below!
Shortly after Take-off
Overflying the city of Marseille
Landing and Taxiing in ZRH
After a smooth landing, we taxied past Dock E, with a LX A343, TK 737, KL 737, and an Air Malta A319.
PrivatAir BBJ operating on behalf of LX to EWR.
LX A343 and Air Berlin 737.
LH 737 and view of Dock A.
Helvetic old and new color schemes.
Afternoon LX lineup at Dock A.
Well, that concludes my TR, I hope you have enjoyed reading it, and please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions!
Previous Trip Reports
NAS-MIA Daytrip American Eagle
ZRH-MIA LX Business Class
NAS-MIA-ZRH AA Y & LX Business Class
ZRH-BCN-AGP LX Business Class & Spanair Y (outbound part of this report)