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CDG MAD. Swiss Made

Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:34 pm

Hello !

This is my first trip report in airliners.net
I appologize firstly for my english, not perfect...

For this first trip report, my last travel in 2008 : Paris Madrid with the best european airline, for a 3 day trip, from 17 to 19 december 2008

Thanks a strike of the french railways (again the new timetables) on the RER B, a train every 15 planed to CDG Airport, but I must wait 40 minutes in Gare du Nord the next train, totally full ! "service public à la française" !!

Arrival "just in time" for check in in T2B. The friendly check in staff indicate me 1 hour delay for LX633, planed at 09.55... enough time to take a small breakfast in the Swiss lounge.

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The Swiss lounge in T2B is pleasant, some snack and viennoiserie in the morning, but not really quiet : no separation with the terminal, it's make the lounge very noisy !! A video screen indicate the flight : operated by a 332 HB IQQ !! Parking near T2A !! Realy ??? so niiiiiiiiiiiiiice !!

The boarding at T2B is everytime horrible. Only 2 safety checks for one boarding gate, and since a few month, Swiss has the pleasure to share the boarding gate with easyjet Sometimes there are 3 boarding with A32s at the same time ! ADP is also a "service public à la française" airport !

Boarding by bus, short trip to the T2A. The Swiss A332 is on the other side of the terminal. No picture, sorry, it's stricly prohibited to do any picture in CDG airport !

After boarding, I take place in the second part of the swiss business cabin. Only recliner seat... but for 40 minutes flight time, it's enough !!

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The cabin look to be full, that's mean a lot of upgrade ! The next swiss flight to ZRH, LX635 planed at 11.00 but also delayed, was this day operated by a AR1 instead of a 32s. Probably many passengers of this flight have been rebooked.

Welcome drink :
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4229.jpg

Horrible weather at CDG Airport
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4231.jpg

Probably the best view over Paris
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4230.jpg

Flying over the Champagne Region
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4233.jpg

Bon appetit !! Only happy mix with drink, not the standard meal on Swiss Business flight. I was a little disappointed...
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4232.jpg

PTV with Airshow
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4236.jpg

http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4238.jpg

crossing of the clouds
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4237.jpg

Beautiful landscape in Zürich region
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http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4241.jpg

Landing RWY 14
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4242.jpg

Two Jumbolino ready to take a shower !
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4243.jpg

After a shower, this Swiss European Airlines Jumbolino will be more beautiful !
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4240.jpg

Saab 2000 Darwin, ex-Crossair, ready to take off to the sunny city of Lugano
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4244.jpg

Fokker 100 with the new Helvetic colors, operating a flight for Swiss
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4245.jpg

Do you need snow tires ?
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4250.jpg

This is a taxiway ! Really ??
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4247.jpg

Winter sport direct from the plane. Swiss made !
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4248.jpg

CRJ 700 Air One, to Naples and Catane
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4246.jpg

A32s at the gate
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4249.jpg

Cabin crew, doors ready to arrival, prepare the toboggans for the exit !
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4251.jpg

Thanks you for this flight !! Instead of 2 hours delayed, the connection missed, it was great !
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4252.jpg

A330-200 at terminal A in Zurich... must be extremely rare. Will be flying to Montreal !
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4254.jpg

I'm also "AF friendly". ATR42 Air France by Airlinair to Lyon St Exupery !!
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4253.jpg

Walking on the snow during the connection... pleasant !!
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4255.jpg

Ski indications will be more appropriated !!
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4256.jpg

This is not one of the beautiful mountain train of switzerland... just a tram line !
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4257.jpg

New tramline, from Zurich Airport to Zurich Downtown
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4258.jpg

Welcome to Zurich Airport !
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4310.jpg

Thank you... You are so sweeeeeet !!
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4311.jpg

With 5 hours delay, and 3 hours connected time, I continue my travel to Madrid on board a A320, coming from Vienna

A small shower before flying
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On this flight, the happy mix is only the apetizer
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4313.jpg

And the meal
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4315.jpg

Arrival in Madrid, parking just near a A319 Easyjet Switzerland flying to Basle
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4314.jpg

My hotel was just near the Airport. I visit Madrid the next day. Very pleasant city !
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4316.jpg

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It was only a 3 day trip. It's now time to fly back to Paris, via Zurich of course !

Before flying, a visit at MAD terminal 4, original structure
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http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4328.jpg

The main operator at the terminal 4 is Iberia, but Brussels Airlines is also flying there
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4329.jpg

Some pics from the terminal 2. Landing of a A330 Air Europa
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4330.jpg

B767 UPS. A A300 Fedex is also flying there to Paris CDG, the Fedex european hub
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4331.jpg

Compagnies who don't come to Paris !
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4333.jpg

B772 Aeromexico. Due to historical reason, MAD has a lot of connection to Latin America !
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4332.jpg

Ryanair in a major airport !! very rare !!
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4338.jpg

Two Ryanair !!
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4336.jpg

HB IJM with the standard colors... In 2008 he was flying as "Airlines for all fans" !!
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4410.jpg

Welcome aboard !
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4414.jpg

Bon appetit !
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Very nice Lindt Chocolate !
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Sunset over Switzerland
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My flight to Paris was operated with the same aircraft, but not the same crew. A short connection, only 40 minutes, no time to visit the lounge.

A cold meal on this flight.
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4416.jpg

I was a very nice travel. The Swiss crew, on board and also the ground staff, was perfect, as everytime ! I hope flying again with swiss, specialy now with my new Senator statut !!

I hope that my trip report was interesting, comments are welcome !
 
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RE: CDG MAD. Swiss Made

Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:02 pm

hey there

Good first TR, and nice pics. Don't worry about your english skills, it was perfectly understandable, and pictures say more than words anyway  Wink I particularely l iked the pics of the snowy ZRH!

It seems that they had delays due to eithe rthe snow in ZRH or the bad weather in paris, or most probably due to a combunation of both (hence the A330). They probably didnt have time to load a complete J class catering or it just wasn't available as the A330 was probably dispatched on very short notice. Even so, it shouldng happen.

Quoting LXfan (Thread starter):
service public à la française

 rotfl  I like the self irony  Wink
 
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RE: CDG MAD. Swiss Made

Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:21 pm



Quoting LXfan (Thread starter):

Bon appetit !! Only happy mix with drink, not the standard meal on Swiss Business flight. I was a little disappointed...

Great trip report, with nice pics. As Sandro said this should not happen in Business Class but this was just due to the equipemnt change and the flight does not have enough crew members to ensure a standard service on such a short flight on this A330 if loads are full.
 
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RE: CDG MAD. Swiss Made

Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:41 pm

Hey, LXfan,

welcome.
No problems with your english, I´am also not the perfect one!.

Interesting story and also pix.
Flying the A332 on this short hop instead of the full meal,
no problem for me!.

Greetings,
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OA260
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RE: CDG MAD. Swiss Made

Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:09 pm

WOW how cool is that to get a LX A330. Id deffo love to do that sometime.

Fantastic pics of Madrid. Another city I want to see. Also snowy Zurich... Oh I miss it so much.

Thanks for the great report.

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RE: CDG MAD. Swiss Made

Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:36 pm

Nice report & pictures, thanks  Smile

Quoting LXfan (Thread starter):
This is my first trip report in airliners.net

- Thanks for posting it.

Quoting LXfan (Thread starter):
I appologize firstly for my english, not perfect...

- Reads pretty well to me  Smile

Nice to get a 332 out of CDG on such a short route, shame the meal was missing though.

Rest of the food looks pretty good.

Look forward to more TR's in the future.

Regards

Mark
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RE: CDG MAD. Swiss Made

Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:08 pm

Thanks for your comments !

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Flying the A332 on this short hop instead of the full meal,
no problem for me!.

Yes, it's also what I think now... It was very great flying with this wide body !!

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 1):

It seems that they had delays due to eithe rthe snow in ZRH or the bad weather in paris, or most probably due to a combunation of both (hence the A330).

It was due to the bad weather in ZRH. All the flights was delayed this day ! In Paris it was only hard raining.

Quoting LXA340 (Reply 2):
As Sandro said this should not happen in Business Class but this was just due to the equipemnt change and the flight does not have enough crew members to ensure a standard service on such a short flight on this A330 if loads are full.

I can imagine this reasons and I understand. It was a very good experience. Flying with swiss is everytime a great time !!

Quoting Ba319-131 (Reply 5):

Look forward to more TR's in the future.

coming soon...
 
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RE: CDG MAD. Swiss Made

Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:11 am

I enjoyed reading your trip report. The pictures also added a nice touch. By the way, your English is just fine.
 
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RE: CDG MAD. Swiss Made

Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:48 am

Hi LXfan!

Your TR is very good, specially because of this exotic way to go from Paris to Madrid, as well as for getting an A330! Wow, that must have been nice.
I´ve flown LX in July and I loved it. There´s a TR here in a.net, if you´d like to check it out.

Rgs!
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RE: CDG MAD. Swiss Made

Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:16 pm

Hola LXfan!

Soyez bienvenue sur les TRs!

Quoting LXfan (Thread starter):
This is my first trip report in airliners.net

Great to have another LX fan on the site. I often travel them, and the more I fly the more I enjoy their services.

Quoting LXfan (Thread starter):
Only recliner seat... but for 40 minutes flight time, it's enough !!

I flew on one of this to BOM last ear and I found the seat really comfortable in the seating and cradle positions. On the flight back to ZRH, a night service, was a total different story bbut OK for a poor sleeper like myself.

How come you had two of those wonderful dessert cups?
http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/06/77/100_4416.jpg

Salut!

Roger
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RE: CDG MAD. Swiss Made

Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:09 pm



Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 9):

How come you had two of those wonderful dessert cups?

No idea... Perhaps just a sweety Maitre de cabine...
 
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RE: CDG MAD. Swiss Made

Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:26 pm

Bonjour!

Thank you for sharing your nice experience with LX.
It must have been great to fly this big beautiful 332 on such a short stretch!
AFAIK LX is flying around europe with an 332 more often nowdays.

Also I especially liked the pic of the tram to downtown ZRH as I have seen the construction works more than once, good to see the line finally opened!

Quoting LXfan (Thread starter):
HB IJM with the standard colors... In 2008 he was flying as "Airlines for all fans" !!

Luckily I had her covered last year, still wearing the HOPP SUISSE special colors!
A pity she's back to the standard livery.

Merci Beaucoup for sharing your report!
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