Good morning everyone, this is my first TR
- and my first post on A.net as well. An MXP
may sound quite like a trifle if compared to the reports I use to read here, but I'm confident you'll find it worth reading, given the lack of reports about the young carrier on which I had the pleasure to fly.
Anyway, let's get started with the outbound leg.
Milano - Malpensa (MXP
) T1 - Budapest Ferihegy 2a
4th January 2010
1834 (Lufthansa - Italia)
Departure: 5:20 PM
scheduled, 5:25 PM
Arrival: 7:00 PM
scheduled, 6:51 PM
Airbus A319 D-AKNG "Varese"
I arrived quite early to Malpensa, but that wasn't a conscious decision: connections with Western Piedmont, the region where my birthplace is, are quite scarce and appalling if you don't own a private car (as do I): just a simple shuttle bus running between T1 and Novara's railway station.
Forecast expected snow and, indeed, flurries were falling on much of Piedmont, from Turin (where I left) to Novara but, luckily enough, Malpensa was clear from it all.
Anyway, after an hour of apparently pointless wandering around Novara's industrial neighborhoods, we reached Malpensa. Below are two pictures of the new Sheraton building site:
was quite busy that day, with plenty of holidaymakers returning/departing towards the Caribbeans or Thailand. Despite that, I made my way to the upper floor, where I found LH
's baggage drop-off counters and automatic ticket machines. Having been doing the on-line check-in, I skipped the queue and went straight to the drop-off to leave my bag in LH
's hands, whereI was greeted by a smiling LH
employee who quickly checked my passport and M&M card and, seconds after, I was holding my printed boarding pass. He was really a gentle person, brava Lufthansa!
Queue at passport checks seemed eternal, but it lasted the time it took me to listen half of "I've heard it through the grapevine" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Almost every gate was open indeed, and plenty of security staff around. They seemed to be quite on the alert, given what nearly happened on Christmas day, and passengers bound to London, EWR
and - I guess - Tel Aviv were given an additional check. Everything seemed fine for me, at least until I've seen - while putting my belt on again - that a small crowd of blue-dressed security staff was staring at a monitor, looking...yeah, my bag's x-ray.
Apparently, the problem was a bridge camera I was holding inside it, in a small present package: it was the start of a kind of surreal discussion:
"Why are you travelling with two cameras?"
"Well, one it's mine and the other is a present"
"Maybe the one in the paper-covered box with a big ribbon, huh?"
"Can't you open it?"
"But I'd ruin the package, why on Earth would I do that?"
I think you might guess how this ended: I've left passport check area slightly annoyed and without the cover I hardly put up together.
Anyway, a few shots from inside&outside T1's Satellite 1.
TAM's Airbus 345 and the Satellite 3's building site.
LHI 319 (bound for Madrid if I remember well) and Emirates' 343 bound to DXB
, the first of two daily flights from MXP
. I was expecting to see their 77W anyway.
Satellite 1 is, I think, the best part of a poorly-built airport. It doesn't lack shops and restaurant, including this brand new "Mozzarella bar" which I tried in Turin (avoid it, it's ridicolously overpriced). What SEA
owner, should do is to refurbish radically the toilets: they're kept in a clean state, but they're really old-fashioned.
Sorry for the poor images.
As I was eating something, my cellphone rang: it was an SMS from LH
to tell me my flight's gate number. A gentle touch indeed, really appreciated.
Boarding started some 30 minutes prior to departing, as a small but tidy queue formed with little rush: not a common view, in Italy. I was one of the last to pass through the finger and I found nobody sitting in the Business class cabin: such an appalling LF
was to be repeated on the return leg.
Y class was about 60% full,but still looked empty. I was sitting in seat 5A
, first row, and had the entire row for me to spread out, a thing I did immediately. Seats were absolutely comfortable and well-made: I'm not a big fan of leather, but the one used on LHI is nice, soft and full of good-scented.
A good legroom, sorry for the blurry image.
See? the typical Italian lady can even cross her legs!
The flight included a small in-flight service carried out by three smiling German female FAs, all of them fluent in Italian. Pilots had a less convincing accent, but they were nice and easygoing. As soon as the "belt-on" sign went off the FAs started their serving this:
Coffee wasn't bad at all, and the suspiciously-looking focaccia wasn't that bad either.
the front-seat pocket content: the LHI magazine is a gentle touch, despite being badly translated from English to Italian.
That's all for the outbound leg, feedbacks are greatly appreciated.