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BMI A330 Premium Economy 24 Hours In TLV Lots Pics

Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:15 pm

So another mileage run due to a sale with BMI . Flight tickets for TLV in Prem Y were 100 Euro discount and also I got an email offering me bonus status miles so it was time to book. Last time I was in Tel Aviv I quite enjoyed it so I decided to stay one night this time at the Marina Hotel right by the beach.

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DATE: 13SEP2009
AIRLINE: BMI
ROUTE: LHR - TLV
CLASS: PREMIUM ECONOMY
SEAT: 15A
A/C: A330
REG: G-WWBB ( courtesy of Anetter Aer Lingus )

I had arrived off a BMI flight in Business Class from Dublin. I made my way to the Premium check in area for BMI in Terminal 1 Departures.


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After getting my boarding pass I decided to go over to Terminal 2 to see some friends at Olympic Airlines. Not long now til the ticket counter is closed and Alitalia will be the ticketing agent for the new Olympic Air from 29th September.


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Round the corner from Olympic Airlines is the JAT desk and they always have their inflight Magazines so I picked one up. Always a good read.

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Then it was time to go back to Terminal 1 and go to the BMI Number One lounge .

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Not a good sign in a new lounge

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Now this gets a 10/10 from me as I love traditional English afternoon Tea.

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Pull your own Pint also broken.

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And the other one broken also

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Some decent food and drink offerings but they need to sort out the issues of broken items.

Then it was time to take a shower. Now the last time I was there the flow was terrible and I mentioned this on entering the reception. The lady said that I should use number 3 as it had a very powerful flow. They were aware of the complaints and engineers were coming the next day to install pumps on the others.

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Sure enough a decent spray .

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Then after a nice hot shower it was time for dinner.

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The spicy parsnip soup was lovely and I had two servings. The Maccaroni Cheese was also nice but Id like a change in menu as I had it last time.

I looked at the screen and my flight was showing delayed until 2300! A one hour delay. After about 15 mins an announcement was made for all passengers for the Tel Aviv flight to proceed to the gate as the flight was departing earlier.

Soon it was time to go to the gate and board. Star Golds were invited to board at their leisure.

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Headsets were given out

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Then Menu with Champagne

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Parked next to us was a Cyprus Airways A330 Named ''Kyrenia''

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Soon the doors were closed and we made our way to the runway. The Pilot ha come over the PA and appologised for the short delay but this was due to an engineering issue that had been fixed.

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I had not seen Y class so I got up and took a look before the meal service commenced.

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Then shortly after returning to my seat the FA came around with landing cards. I asked if this was a new thing as I had not been given these or had to fill one out four weeks prior. She said it was a new thing.

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Pre dinner drinks were offered.

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Food was really nice especially the main course. 10/10 to BMI for that.

Then a trip to the bathroom

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A first for BMI two types of bog roll  Big grin

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Soon it was time to land and the pilot came over the PA and asked everyone to take their seats as this was a requirement on entering Israeli air space.

Tel Aviv by night

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Olympic Airlines B737

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No introduction needed

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Time to say goodbye to the crew and disembark. At the top of the stairs the usual security presence stopping random passengers but not me.

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So I approached passport control and this time thank god no long ques. I guess the holiday period is coming to an end. I was asked a few questions also she asked me if I didnt want my passport stamped. I said ''No why?'' She said thats what the paper is for. I said I wanted a stamp and she ripped the paper up then my passport was stamped and I was given a piece of paper which you hand to the guy at the barrier after the booths. The crew must have the wrong information about these landing cards. Its only if you dont want your passport stamped.

I approached the barrier then gave my piece of paper and was met by another security agent who proceeded to question me about my purpose in Israel. I had to show my ticket and hotel voucher and answer some questions including why I was only there for one night.

''Why Israel?'' I said ''Why not ? do you not recommend it ?'' To this she looked at me and smiled , handed me my documents and said ''thank you have a nice stay''.

My bag was first off and I proceeded to the ''Hall of the Greeters''.

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Because it was so early I decided to take the bus to my hotel. I had a few hours to kill before I could realistically request early check in.

I took the number 5 bus and the driver said he would tell me where to change.

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The bus seemed to go all round the airport before it was my turn to get off at an interchange.

Good for spotting

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Then took the 475 to the Central bus station passing this on the way

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The bus was full of commuters and Israeli teenagers who were doing their military service.

After a while the bus arrived at the bus station which is a weird place. Lots of different levels and corridors.

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Then it was time to take the number 4 bus to the beach area. The bus driver was very friendly and told me where to get off.

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I arrived to the hotel and was checked in by a nice receptionist. It was about 8am and she didnt even say anything about me being early. She said that I had access to the Club Lounge which was nice. I asked if I could take breakfast as I would be leaving too early the next day. She made a phone call and then said to me no problem. Nice service and good first impression.

My room , basic but clean.

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View from my window

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Time for breakfast

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I have to say there was a good choice and it was tasty.

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Then I went to look at the rooftop terrace

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Then a trip to the Club level

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After checking my emails and Anet  Big grin It was time to put on some Australian Gold and head to the beach. You can rent a lounger for NIS15 ( €3 ) so thats what I did. I got a good spot right by the water. I then spent the day swimming and sun bathing and it was just paradise. The weather was around 30c / 86f just perfect. The sea was so warm also and some good waves. I noticed some military helicopters flying up and down the beach. I guess its security. Also some ATR's flying into the Domestic Airport.

Then it was time to go back to the hotel and take a shower. Also I went to the rooftop for a drink . They were having a pool party.

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Beach volleyball

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Then on my way to my room I stopped by the Club Lounge again :

Lovely cakes

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More bottled Coke  yummy 

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Soon after I popped out to get some dinner. I decided to get a Kebab type thing but it was actually vegetarian made with eggs like an omellette pattie. Came with salad and spicy sauce was really nice. Then it was time to head back to the hotel and get some sleep.
 
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RE: BMI A330 Premium Economy 24 Hours In TLV Lots Pics

Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:27 pm

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DATE: 15SEP2009
AIRLINE: BMI
ROUTE: TLV - LHR
CLASS: PREMIUM ECONOMY
SEAT: 15A
A/C: A330
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I woke up at 230am and went to reception. I had pre ordered a transfer to the airport from a UK company called www.holidaytaxis.com , beware !! They never turned up . The hotel reception ordered me a taxi instead which cost me NIS 150 ( €30 ). Not too bad but more than I had paid for the transfer. Soon enough I was at the airport. Not before time as the Taxi drive although very pleasant was talking the whole way. I was tired and wanted some peace lol...



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I approached the security line all ready for the interview! A girl took my passport and asked me the usual questions. Saw the Egypt/UAE/Tunisia stamps and Pakistani Visa in my passport. Asked me about them and if I knew anyone in private homes in these countries. Why I had gone and what hotels I had stayed in. I was then asked what I did during my time in Tel Aviv , I showed her my tan LOL... She then asked me to wait and shortly after another higher level girl came and asked me about my work and purpose of my trip to Israel. She also apologised for keeping me waiting. She was pleasant and after answering a few questions I was free to proceed to baggage check. I put my case on the table and the guy opened it. Swabbed it for traces of explosives with a wand and then told me I was free to check in . I got my boarding pass and an invitation to the Dan Lounge. I then proceeded to passport control which was hassle free. Then it was time for Duty Free.



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After a good purchase in Duty Free it was time for the Dan lounge



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My purchase. You can pay in Euro but change is in Dollars and all prices are in $$. It was half price than the stores in Ireland,

couldnt believe it.



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Soon after time to board so I made my way to the gate .



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I was welcomed by the same crew that had been on my outbound flight. They regonised me right away and said ''oh you were here for the night also '' I laughed and was directed to my seat.



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A really nice breakfast with hot pastries



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The rest of the flight was un eventful. I got some sleep. The Prem Y ( Old J class ) seats are very comfortable. I prefer them than the BMI J class flatbeds. Soon it was time to land.



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As the crew came round to check the chief FA came to me and said ''Mr OA260 I see you are a BMI Gold member and I would like to offer you an invitation for the arrivals lounge'' I thanked her very much and took the card.



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So I disembarked the flight and thanked the crew . I then made my way to the Arrivals lounge.



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I was greeted by a not so cheery Eastern European girl. Her responses were neutral. An Indian lady greeted me after I had passed the desk and asked me if I wanted to use the shower.



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Shower was good and after I came out I asked the Indian lady if I could have egg,sausage and bacon. She smiled and said no problem. ( She should be on the desk) she had a much better attitude.



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Shortly along came my breakfast complete with Brown Sauce  thumbsup 



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It was one of the nicest have had in a lounge yet. After that I thanked the Indian lady and headed to the BMI DC lounge to wait for my next flight to Dublin.



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I have covered the LHR-DUB flight in another report. A few closing pics. Some purchases from Tel Aviv



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So thats the end of my report. I hope you all liked it. BMI Premium Y is great and I would certainly choose them again. Lots of space and decent food. Crew 10/10. Shame the A330 does not go to more destinations. The only other one Id even consider is CAI but the connections to DUB are not that great on the return.



Comments appreciated as usual.


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Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:43 pm

WOW!!! what a fantastic report, thanks for all the photos of Tel Aviv, it looks like such an interesting city.

BMI's premium economy looks comparable to most others business class on this route.

Cheers!
 
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Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:46 pm

Great TR. I wish BMI still flew to the USA. The premium economy seems to be more akin to business light (looks like it was codes as Z class). I like it!
 
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Very interesting TR, very informative. Tel Aviv sounds very facinating and different. The tight security in the air and on the ground with the random searches and questioning is very intriguing, I suppose its necessary but it would nearly put me off going.
 
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Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:21 pm

I look forward to reading your trip reports.

They are great. Not too much writing + loads of pictures = a great trip report!!
 
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Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:28 pm

Hola Philip!

Again another interesting TR. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Tel Aviv.

BMI seems to be an excellent carrier, I wish they had some flights to BCN, only BMI baby, which is not exactly the same product.

Have you switched to BMI for your usual fall / winter runs instead of LX?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Pull your own Pint also broken.



This may be broken but sure the fridge was pretty well-stuffed  Wink

Salut!

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Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:03 pm

Hey, Phil,

once more a great story.
Superb pics from Tel Aviv, come´s really closer to my mind of new destinations.
And also the hotel looks good, that rooftop terrace, a place for me.

Love to see more stories like this one.

Greetings,
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Quoting Tk747 (Reply 2):
BMI's premium economy looks comparable to most others business class on this route.

Yes they certainly do impress on the A330 Prem Y routes. Sometimes I wonder if they have out done themselves as I would always choose Prem Y over their J cabin.

Quoting FlyingDoctorWu (Reply 3):
I wish BMI still flew to the USA.

Me too. I flew MAN-ORD and MAN-IAD a few times. Was a great service but for me the connections from Ireland were terrible.

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 4):
I suppose its necessary but it would nearly put me off going.

Yes I can understand that. A few people have said that to me. I guess I like a challenge lol.

Quoting Rufusisgod (Reply 5):
They are great. Not too much writing + loads of pictures = a great trip report!!

Thanks Im really glad to hear that. I try to keep a balance but as they say a picture tells a thousand words lol...

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 6):
Have you switched to BMI for your usual fall / winter runs instead of LX?

Hi Roger, Well its just turned out weird this year. My job is coming to an end on October 10th and I wasnt sure what would happen and what a new job will mean for my time so I decided to try to get as many miles in my account and status renewal asap. I will have some Swiss trips also this Winter though god willing.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
Superb pics from Tel Aviv, come´s really closer to my mind of new destinations.
And also the hotel looks good, that rooftop terrace, a place for me.

Hey Markus, Yes you would love it. Some nice domestic opportunities within Israel also on the E Jet . TLV-ETH comes to mind.

The roof terrace watching the Sun go down over the Med. was amazing.
 
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I did not expect to see you back so soon. As usual your report was fantastic. Thanks.
 
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Such a wonderful TR! I am glad to see you had a good time, and took such beautiful pictures! One thing that was a shocker was seeing American money in your TR! Did they give you any Benjamin's?  Wink
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Your trip reports never fail to impress me. BMI looks really nice in Y+!
 
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Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:41 pm

Loved your report; I flew with BMI to TLV last July; I stayed with a family/youth camp in Petach Tikva for a month. I found the security people were much more smiley and friendly when they established I was Irish. Loved Israel so much, you should def. stay for longer if you get the chance.
 
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Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:09 pm

Impressive report, OA260. I wouldn't expect anything less. Love reading your reports. Pictures definitely paint a thousand words. I haven't been lucky enough to visit No. 1 Heathrow yet. Just the Domestic Business lounge for me. Food and service on board BD to and from TLV does look pretty good.

Where you not tempted to join that pool party and show off your tan?  Wink

Look forward to reading more reports.
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Quoting Semsem (Reply 9):
I did not expect to see you back so soon. As usual your report was fantastic. Thanks.

Thanks neither did I but the fares and the extra miles were too tempting. Plus the day on the beach was lovely.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 10):
Did they give you any Benjamin's?  

No I wish lol...

Quoting UAL757 (Reply 11):
Your trip reports never fail to impress me.

Thanks very much. Appreciate that.

Quoting IrishLPL (Reply 12):
Loved your report; I flew with BMI to TLV last July; I stayed with a family/youth camp in Petach Tikva for a month.

That sounds like a cool experience. One month is a long time but Im sure it was unique.

Quoting Hejmatt (Reply 13):
Where you not tempted to join that pool party and show off your tan?

Haha  blush  Not at the moment. Maybe after 6 months at the gym I might. Tel Aviv beach is a good choice as I know I wont bump into anyone I know lol...
 
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Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:38 pm

Great report as always!!!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
It was time to put on some Australian Gold

My favourite brand too  Smile
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Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:00 am

Hi OA260,

Wow, so many details pictures. I enjoyed reading your trip report.

I think someone else has comment, but I can't believe BMI called this Premium Economy  Smile It's more like a Business Class to me. If I did not see your pictures, my perception about Premium Economy is much different.

What is the average price of BMI's Premium Economy? I would imagine it will lean toward business class fare?

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Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:13 am

Thank you OA260 for another great report, BM seems to offer good product to Israel. Hope to see in Israel again soon.
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Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:12 am

@OA260

nice report. Could have been mine!

Was also for only one day in TLV this month.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I was asked a few questions also she asked me if I didn't want my passport stamped. I said ''No why?'' She said thats what the paper is for

I did not wanted a stamp in mine but did not have to fill out the landing card either as I was staying only one day. She said that she had put a remark in their system.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
answer some questions including why I was only there for one night.



Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
She then asked me to wait and shortly after another higher level girl came and asked me about my work and purpose of my trip to Israel.



Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Saw the Egypt/UAE/Tunisia stamps and Pakistani Visa in my passport. Asked me about them

Same procedure as with me. The girls were quiet confused about my routing. Coming from FRA, staying only one night and continuing via LCA to ATH. She asked me why I was going to Athens and not back to Frankfurt and I told here just have a look at my passport!

She then asked my why I was in the UAE and I told here because of my studies. Wrong answer as she then continued asking me questions as what I´m studying and where. This of course did not fit into to here whole picture. Living in FRA, studying in LON with courses in DXB and going to ATH! Anyway after some more questions I was cleared for check in.

Thanks for taking some pictures of the flight which I took back home. That day when I returned the BMI flight was also parked next to the CY flight.

TLV is a very nice city and next time I will have to stay longer. I can only recommend it.
 
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Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 15):
Great report as always!!!

Thanks

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 15):
My favourite brand too

Cant beat it !

Quoting Vietsky (Reply 16):
What is the average price of BMI's Premium Economy? I would imagine it will lean toward business class fare?

I paid €556 for DUB-LHR-TLV return. A great fare. Business Class was €1,100

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 17):
Hope to see in Israel again soon.

Hope so too. Next time to some different cities.

Quoting FRACO7X (Reply 18):
Was also for only one day in TLV this month.

Good at least the more people that go will make it not so strange anymore lol
 
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Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:42 pm

What a superb TR with tonnes of pics.
Much appreciated...

The BMI lounge at LHR looks very cozy with its mood lights.

I like the interior of the BMI A330 as well, with fresh and perky colours.
The seats looks comfy.

Looking forwartd to your next TR.
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Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:39 pm

Hi Phil, thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed TR.

Your photos complement your writing very nicely.

Quoting Tk747 (Reply 2):
BMI's premium economy looks comparable to most others business class on this route.

Couldn't agree more. The prem Y cabin on BMI looks really good.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Then it was time to go back to Terminal 1 and go to the BMI Number One lounge.

I'm impressed, looks like they have a bit of everything!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Soon it was time to land and the pilot came over the PA and asked everyone to take their seats as this was a requirement on entering Israeli air space.

Any specific reason for this requirement?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Then I went to look at the rooftop terrace

Somehow the marina, the pool, the white of the sofas and chairs reminds me of Greece...

All the best and hope all is well.

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Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:45 pm

Great TR Philip, thanks! I really enjoyed your pics of my hometown  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Then shortly after returning to my seat the FA came around with landing cards. I asked if this was a new thing as I had not been given these or had to fill one out four weeks prior. She said it was a new thing.

It's actually an old regulation that isn't always followed.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Taxi drive although very pleasant was talking the whole way

Typical Israeli taxi driver... and watch out if he's having a bad divorce or if he disagrees with the Prime Minister's actions....
 
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Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:05 pm

I have come to the conclusion that I don;t need to go anywhere because your TR are so in depth and the pictures are amazing. Well done!
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Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:05 pm

Hi Phil

Another great report even if it did once again test my antique computer to the limit! So the Israeli immigration officers finally caught on to you? About bloody time if you ask me lol.

The flights looked excellent though I must say and I continue to be pleased and surprised at the food on BMI medium haul.

Looking forward to the next one

Well done again
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Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:47 pm

Excellent TR!

The BMI lounge in LHR looks fantastic! BMI serivce was great, and Tel Aviv looks like a nice city.  Smile

BMI is really a great airline, I flew them last year on JED-LHR-JED, in the A330 and they were top notch. I have a BMI Diamond Club Card too  Wink

Just one question, why were candles banned in the hotel rooms??

P.S If you ecide to try out CAI next, tell me so I can give you advice  Smile

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Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:54 pm

Shalom Phil,
Thanks for another great report.
As other has mentioned allready, BD premium economy looks better then some carriers J class. Also it vary good price for such a trip. Also the catering looks more J then Y. I wonder how the J cabin is then.
Great photos of Tel Aviv. I really want to visit there.I just hope my Iranian visa is not a big problem.otherwise i will have to wait untill my passport expires before i go.
The hotel looks nice.
Thanks for sharing
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Quoting Asiaflyer (Reply 20):
What a superb TR with tonnes of pics.
Much appreciated...

Thanks for the thumbs up , much appreciated .

Quoting A1ring23 (Reply 21):
Somehow the marina, the pool, the white of the sofas and chairs reminds me of Greece..

Yes Tel Aviv has hints of Athens in it, the cafe culture and atmosphere. Other parts are like America and other bits like the Middle East. Its a real mix.

Quoting Elal772 (Reply 22):
Typical Israeli taxi driver... and watch out if he's having a bad divorce or if he disagrees with the Prime Minister's actions...

LOL... I got the Daughter mixing with bad people story and how he promised to shoot the boyfriend. Also about the drugs problem. Still he was actually a nice guy but not at 3am.

Quoting Force13 (Reply 23):
I have come to the conclusion that I don;t need to go anywhere because your TR are so in depth and the pictures are amazing. Well done!

Haha thank you , Im humbled. Just think of all the $$$ I saving you.

Quoting EIRules (Reply 24):
So the Israeli immigration officers finally caught on to you?

Well not really , when I get the rubber glove treatment I will know its my last time in TLV lol...

Quoting Egyptair269 (Reply 25):
P.S If you ecide to try out CAI next, tell me so I can give you advice

I have looked at Cairo but the return flight involves an overnight at LHR and connecting to Dublin the next day. A shame really.

Quoting Flyboy_se (Reply 26):
Shalom Phil,

Здраво Petar, Great to hear from you. Hope you are well.

Quoting Flyboy_se (Reply 26):
I just hope my Iranian visa is not a big problem

I wouldnt even have the balls to go in with an Iranian Visa. Im not joking either. Because of the tense situation I think you would get serious grilling. Change your passport and when you go get the piece of paper and avoid getting a stamp from Israel otherwise you will not be able to go to Syria/Lebanon etc.. I am getting a new passport anyway thats why I wanted the stamp as a souveneir. With my new passport I will be requesting a piece of paper if I go back to TLV.
 
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Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:37 pm

Correct me if I am wrong, I heard that in Isreal they accept US money as their own as if its actually used more than their own currency?

Btw, Excellent trip report thanks for sharing!
 
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Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 28):
Correct me if I am wrong, I heard that in Isreal they accept US money as their own as if its actually used more than their own currency?

Btw, Excellent trip report thanks for sharing!

I only saw $$ prices at the airport Duty Free. I did see a billboard advertising Duty Free electronics at the airport and that was in $$ also but in the city I never saw prices in $$ only in NIS . Im not sure what would happen if you went into a store and asked to pay in $$, maybe our Israeli members can clarify.
 
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Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:35 pm

Great Report Phil, with plenty quality pics as usual. The hotel in Tel Aviv looks very impressive indeed.

BMI medium haul service looks very nice, just a pity the network is so limited. The food and seat look excellent considering it's a Y+ service.


Thanks for posting,

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Quoting FRACO7X (Reply 18):
I did not wanted a stamp in mine but did not have to fill out the landing card either as I was staying only one day. She said that she had put a remark in their system.

Another great trip report!

On my last flights to TLV since maybe the last year or even longer I did not receive any Arrival card to fill out. Possivly now they changed the regulations again?
 
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Quoting LXA340 (Reply 31):
Possivly now they changed the regulations again?

I never had one given to me on the first trip in August but on the second one it was. But its only if you dont want a stamp. The BMI crew were under the impression that it was compulsory but its not.
 
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RE: BMI A330 Premium Economy 24 Hours In TLV Lots Pics

Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:08 pm



Quoting OA260 (Reply 27):
Здраво Petar, Great to hear from you. Hope you are well

Kalispera, ti kaneis? Things are ok.Preparing for Swedish winter...buurrr....lol

Quoting OA260 (Reply 27):
I wouldnt even have the balls to go in with an Iranian Visa. Im not joking either. Because of the tense situation I think you would get serious grilling. Change your passport and when you go get the piece of paper and avoid getting a stamp from Israel otherwise you will not be able to go to Syria/Lebanon etc.. I am getting a new passport anyway thats why I wanted the stamp as a souveneir. With my new passport I will be requesting a piece of paper if I go back to TLV

Thanks for the tip.
My passport is expiring in 1 year, so guess i should leave my TLV visit untill then.
Its a shame.I heard it is possible to get 2 passports.Apparently many businessmen do this and they use one for green countries, and the other one for the red ones..lol
The passport number remains the same in both passports.

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RE: BMI A330 Premium Economy 24 Hours In TLV Lots Pics

Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:33 am

Thankyou for another great TR! The picture tell a thousand words. BD's inflight service looks very nice for premium economy and it would be nice if the likes of BA and the soon to be released version from AF would upgrade their catering in this cabin.

I also enjoyed seeing the terminal photos you took @ LHR. Photos of this terminal are rare on here and enjoyed seeing something a bit different of LHR.
 
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RE: BMI A330 Premium Economy 24 Hours In TLV Lots Pics

Sat Sep 26, 2009 8:14 am



Quoting Flyboy_se (Reply 33):
Kalispera, ti kaneis? Things are ok.Preparing for Swedish winter...buurrr....lol

Kala eimai efharisto... I dont envy you , I hate Winter. lol...

Quoting LACA773 (Reply 34):
I also enjoyed seeing the terminal photos you took @ LHR. Photos of this terminal are rare on here and enjoyed seeing something a bit different of LHR.

Yes Terminal 1 is pretty decent now and ques not bad, a good selection of shops etc..
 
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RE: BMI A330 Premium Economy 24 Hours In TLV Lots Pics

Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:13 am

Hi Philip,

Excellent report. I echo other fellow A.netters about the Premium Y product of BMI. Simply top notch!

Cheers,
Suryo
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RE: BMI A330 Premium Economy 24 Hours In TLV Lots Pics

Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:20 pm

Hi Phil,

great report with many nice pictures. You took many pictures at Ben Gurion Airport - didn't anyone approach you because of that?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Food was really nice especially the main course. 10/10 to BMI for that.

Good to hear it was fine. The presentation could be much better, though. Salad and gravy? Not to my taste.


PH
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RE: BMI A330 Premium Economy 24 Hours In TLV Lots Pics

Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:24 pm



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 37):
You took many pictures at Ben Gurion Airport - didn't anyone approach you because of that?

No problems. No one saw me and I am very discreet when using the camera , its a Sony cybershot W115 pocket camera so not really too visable.
 
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RE: BMI A330 Premium Economy 24 Hours In TLV Lots Pics

Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:30 pm



Quoting OA260 (Reply 38):
No problems. No one saw me and I am very discreet when using the camera , its a Sony cybershot W115 pocket camera so not really too visable.

Alright. I guess I need to get a smaller camera, too...  Wink


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