LXfan
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There Are No Better Way To Fly From CDG To GVA

Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:58 pm

A new trip report of journey last may.

No fly planed last may... It must be a mistake !! Thanks Lufthansa and the last minute offers Ready to fly, i booked the friday afternoon a flight for the next day morning, back the sunday evening.

The destination is : Geneva !! Clear, LH is not the most obvious... AF operates a flight every 1or 2 hours, in code share with Swiss Intl (I don't understant why it still exist !!), and Easyjet Switzerland 3 daily flights from Orly Airport, with arround 1 hour flight time !

The journey was :
- saturday : CDG FRA GVA with 735 / 735
- sunday : GVA MUC CDG with 735 / 319

Departure from CDG Terminal 1. Sorry, no pics, is there stricly prohibited ! The "satellite" 6 is in restauration in 2008, departure from "satellite" 3. No lounge for C/HON/SEN/FTL travlers, only a 10 EUR restauration vouncher valid in the snack at the boarding gate. The "satellite 3" is now renovated with fitted carpet and toilets in the gate !! the "luxe à la française" !!

So, time is now ready for departure, some turbulance on board due to the bad weather. Good board service on this short flight !

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Cheese sandwich, a small twix, accompanied with cold and hot drink. LH has a very good service for european flight.

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Arrival in gate at terminal A, near a UA B767. The gate of the terminal A also operate the USA flights of Star Alliance, with boarding in the upper level.

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At the arrival in the terminal, video screen indicate the connecting flights for passengers !! Very good service !!

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Thanks a 15 early arrival, mentionned by the Maitre de cabine at the landing, i can visit the lounge, even if the connection is not to long... A small snack and drink...

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Nice view from the lounge !!

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Nice QR A333 !

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SQ B744 operating the flight SIN FRA JFK

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UA B744

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A346 dragged to the terminal by a pushback tractor

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Very nice livery !! China Airlines with A343 ready for departure to a non stop flight for TPE. Now operating with B744

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Boarding by bus from busgate B30's, near a A346 with Star Alliance Colors

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Apron parking near a El Al aircraft and high safety (that's why no pics), boarding by bus take off to GVA, moderate turbulance accross coulds.

It's now lunch time... bon appetit !

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Descent to Geneva, over lanscape of vaud region, line up over lake of Geneva

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The french side near Evian Les Bains. These day, the Evian water was coming from the sky !!

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Over Thonon Les Bains

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The very nice medieval town of Yvoire

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View over Geneva just before landing

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My stay in Geneva as very pleasant, even if the weather was horrible !! Here some pics of Geneva, taken during a previous trip

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This is the VOR buoy of St Prex, in the direction of the GVA RWY 22

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Return flight on sunday evening with a horrible weather, high turbulances. Short connecting in Munich, continuation with a A319. Sorry, no pics of the return flight, just one of the snack

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Even if the weather was horrible, this short week end trip with LH was very pleasant. LH is a very good quality airline for european flights.

It was really not the direct way for a CDG GVA geneva, but 4 flights for 149 EUR and 3750 miles earn... it was very nice !!
 
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SOBHI51
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RE: There Are No Better Way To Fly From CDG To GVA

Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:27 pm

Thank you for a very nice report and pictures.Geneva is a city i like very much specially in the late summer.
I have three trips that if i have a choice i would take the train
Washington to New York using Amtrak
London to Paris Using Eurostar.
And Paris to Geneva with the TGV
I find the train to be less hassle no shoes carnival no TSA no weather delay and more space and comfort.
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RE: There Are No Better Way To Fly From CDG To GVA

Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:13 am

Wow, I can't even explain you how much I miss Switzerland from these pics, especially in the vaud region. So many memories from Yvoire, Evian les bains and all the other countless little towns situated on lac leman. Definitely a very relaxing area. Visiting again this summer.

As for the train between Switzerland and Paris, I never even got my passport checked entering France and leaving. No more passport checks?

Thank you very much for sharing with us!!!
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RE: There Are No Better Way To Fly From CDG To GVA

Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:44 am

The train is only about 4 hours. Most people I know take the train on this route.
 
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RE: There Are No Better Way To Fly From CDG To GVA

Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:16 pm

Hi,

Just to say many thanks for the report. Looks like a trip I would like to take someday (I think this summer I'm going to Zurich again so maybe Zurich to Geneva or Zurich to Paris).

Many thanks,

Pierre
 
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RE: There Are No Better Way To Fly From CDG To GVA

Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:13 pm

Thank you tor the comments !

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 1):
I have three trips that if i have a choice i would take the train
Washington to New York using Amtrak
London to Paris Using Eurostar.
And Paris to Geneva with the TGV

I also like travelling by train... Never take train in USA, must try this !!

Quoting LXA333 (Reply 2):

As for the train between Switzerland and Paris, I never even got my passport checked entering France and leaving. No more passport checks?

Since January 2009, the Schengen agrement is now available between europe and switzerland, and from april for airports border. But since a few year, the border controls are very light, specially in the French side.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 3):
The train is only about 4 hours. Most people I know take the train on this route.

TGV has a good succes on this line. They are operated by Lyria train company. They have yield management fare politic, from 20 EUR one way, but can be very expensive !! In a few years, the travel time will be reduce to 3 hours, with the reactivation of a old line (via Nantua). Probably AF will stay, specially for connecting service at CDG hub, but not sure for EZS.

Quoting LXA333 (Reply 2):
Wow, I can't even explain you how much I miss Switzerland from these pics, especially in the vaud region.



Quoting Ps76 (Reply 4):
Looks like a trip I would like to take someday

Holiday in Switzerland are very relaxing, even for a few days !
 
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RE: There Are No Better Way To Fly From CDG To GVA

Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:41 pm

Nice report LXfan

It's good to see that LH still offer free snacks on short european hops, unlike a certain Scandinavian airline, who blew away their well known reputation of having good service, by cutting the meal service in Y  Yeah sure

The sandwiches on the other hand, looked a bit small, but nice. Did they offer you a 2nd serving? I usually have 3 or 4 of these, when flying LH Big grin

Lovely pics of Geneva, by the way.

Thanks for sharing.
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RE: There Are No Better Way To Fly From CDG To GVA

Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:40 pm

Hi LXfan,

thanks for the nice TR.

Quoting LXfan (Thread starter):
AF operates a flight every 1or 2 hours, in code share with Swiss Intl (I don't understant why it still exist !!)

I have been on this code share flight last October and had some trouble with check in. Not really convenient.

Cheers,
Stefan
 
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RE: There Are No Better Way To Fly From CDG To GVA

Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:34 pm



Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 7):

I have been on this code share flight last October and had some trouble with check in. Not really convenient.

I mean... it's juste a little surprising to have a flight operating by the Skyteam leader airlines in code share with the subsidiary company of the Star Alliance leader airlines !!
 
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RE: There Are No Better Way To Fly From CDG To GVA

Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:38 pm



Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):

It's good to see that LH still offer free snacks on short european hops, unlike a certain Scandinavian airline, who blew away their well known reputation of having good service, by cutting the meal service in Y

Yes, I'm again a paying service in a major airlines ! It will be for me a reason for no flying a such airline !!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Did they offer you a 2nd serving? I usually have 3 or 4 of these, when flying LH Big grin

No, just one !! I never had a second sandwich...
 
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RE: There Are No Better Way To Fly From CDG To GVA

Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:35 pm

Nice pics and nice report.

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RE: There Are No Better Way To Fly From CDG To GVA

Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:09 pm



Quoting LXfan (Reply 8):
I mean... it's juste a little surprising to have a flight operating by the Skyteam leader airlines in code share with the subsidiary company of the Star Alliance leader airlines !!

Yes, I was confused as well.

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