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Greece's 5* Airline? Aegean J Class + BMI DUB-ATH

Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:09 pm

Welcome to my latest trip report. I decided to take a short visit to see the family. I had a few things to take over and needed to bring some things back so I started to look at flights. I had not taken A3 in J class on the LHR-ATH route and the flight timings matched so I decided to book them. I also decided that to maximise my time in Athens to take the LH evening flight back Via FRA to DUB. I booked everything with the LH call center and I have to say the experience was very positive and easy.

As usual I took the Airport bus at 0530am Winter is on the way and its dark at this hour now! Not a nice time for me as I hate getting up in the dark.


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AIRLINE : BMI
DATE: 21/SEP/2011
ROUTE: DUB - LHR
CLASS: FLEX Y
SEAT: 5A
AIRCRAFT : AIRBUS A321
REG: G - MEDU



I checked in at the BMI Star Gold desk and my bag was tagged all the way to Athens. 23KGS not as heavy as I thought it was.

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CityJets new Ad campaign :

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Time to walk back to T2 as I want to go to the Chocolate lounge  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3/c2e5caa0.jpg

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Fast Track security was empty and I cleared in a few minutes. No such hassles as last time thank god.

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Oh yes my favourite treat :

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Soon after time to head back to T1 and to the BMI lounge :

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Soon it was time to board at the B Gates :

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Nice new Midhaul interior for me again :

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I love the cabin dividers :

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Soon time to head to the runway :

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Then time to check out the IFE :

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The normal offering which is ample for this short hop and tasty. I was offered a muffin or
other snacks but I declined.

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Not usually my thing but I actually like this design :

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Soon it was time to land into LHR :

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I said goodbye to the crew and disembarked and made my way to the Aegean check in
as I wanted an A3 BP  
 
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RE: Greece's 5* Airline? Aegean J Class + BMI DUB-ATH

Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:23 pm

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I got my boarding pass and proceeded to the security. As usual some idiot decides to leave
their coins in their pocket and delays the whole line ! Then another one refuses to put her
liquids in a re sealable bag. These people should be sent to the back of the que.

I make my way to Harrods for buy some gifts for my family.

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Then time to enter the GBL .

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Some nice food offerings

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A3/OA Alliance in all but name  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3/c36e1b51.jpg

Soon time to head to the gate



AIRLINE : AEGEAN AIRLINES
DATE: 21/SEP/2011
ROUTE: LHR - ATH
CLASS: BUSINESS
SEAT: 6A
AIRCRAFT : AIRBUS A321
REG: SX - DVO



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After a delay due to a ''white'' strike by ATC in ATH it was time to board. I was invited
to board at my leisure and I was greeted by two smiling friendly FA's in Greek.

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First impressions were nice clean and comfortable cabin. Seats also to my liking.

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Nice inflight mag. and useful info . Nice IFE choice also.

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New lounge in SKG :

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RE: Greece's 5* Airline? Aegean J Class + BMI DUB-ATH

Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:25 pm

Glass or Champagne :

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The pretty FA's handed out nice menu's:

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No Octopuss thank god  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3/a7badf70.jpg

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Pilot announcement about the further delay to our flight English and Greek :

CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO's :









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Soon we pushed back and made our way to the long line of aircraft :

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Soon our turn to take off :

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RE: Greece's 5* Airline? Aegean J Class + BMI DUB-ATH

Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:30 pm

Soon the crew handed out headphones.

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Soon the crew commenced a pre dinner drinks service :

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Then a hot towel service all offered with a smile :

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Setting the table for the meal :

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The salad was lovely and well presented.



A nice glass of Greek Rose wine.

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Main course :

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After a lovely starter and main course I was asked if I would like some Greek dessert.
The tray came down and the plate was covered with a plastic lid. The FA removed it
and then placed it on my table. I have to say the attention to detail and manner in which
it was served was Swiss standard.

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It didn't take long before I got my way through that and it was delicious   The FA came
and asked if I wanted anything else to which I asked for a Cappuchino . Again very
well presented and tasted great.

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A look back at Y class . They were served proper hot meals but I couldn't see what
it was. Not a bad load for a midweek flight.

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Soon time to check out the facilities :

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Soon I noticed the FA's coming along the cabin with a trolley of Liquers .

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She asked me if I would like a Metaxa or Baileys or something else. I opted for the
Baileys and she didn't give small measures LOL... Also she offered me some Chocolates
but I only took one. I loved the way that she presented the Chocolates on the tray and
when someone had taken some she tidied them up again on the tray before offering them
to the next passenger . Nice small touches.

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A short time later another hot towel service. I was very impressed by this .

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Soon it was time to land into ATH passing over the Port of Piraeus and my family
house. Some Royal Caribbean cruise ships were pulling out of the port.

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Hellinikon :

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We had the smoothest landing I have had on any airline since I last flew on Olympic Air!
Greek Pilots know how to land planes unlike some that feel the need to crash down !
Don't know why that is ....

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We pulled up on stand and one last view of my seat.

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I thanked the crew for an excellent flight and disembarked. I made my way to the
baggage reclaim and shortly my bag came off first.

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So thats the end of my report. I have to say Aegean really offered 5 Star service. I was so
full after the flight . The food was excellent and so was the drinks selection. I like the way
they promote top quality Greek food and drink. The FA's really went out of their way to
offer a professional , warm friendly service. The aircraft was named ''Filoxenia'' meaning
Hospitality! They certainly named the aircraft correctly.  

I would certainly fly with them again now that Olympic Air are not on that route. Its great that
there are now two high quality Greek airlines. Its what the country needs to promote Greece
abroad and tourism. My previous Aegean experience was not that great to be honest and the
crew let the product down. Olympic Air still win on the crew side of things but if Aegean can
be consistent with the product I experienced then they will be equal to OA's product.


I look forward to your comments and questions as usual.

OA260 / Philip  
 
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HI Philip,

Brilliant report as usual. I am glad you were more than pleased with Aegean this time. I flew them a few years ago when they operated STN - ATH in Economy and I was certainly impressed, especially considering the fare was only slightly above EZY! The crew were very pleasant, the A320 was brand new and the food was good.

Recent reports on Aegean haven't been as good, which did surprise me a little. However, your flight looked to be of a very high standard from all points of view!

Thanks
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Looks like Agean have a very nice shorthual C service. And nice that you keep getting the mid-hual BDs! The newly done cabins look great.
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Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:31 pm

Very impressive report as usual, OA260!

Aegean in J looks very nice; the food and coffee looks amazing! Really detailed coverage of all aspects of your flight ... Very cool!

Thanks,

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Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:11 am

Great report!

You got two new Airbus A320 family interiors...well done! I also have to say I really like the new BMI interiors, which now reflect the fantastic design of their lounges.
 
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Hello Philip

Great TR as usual and a LOT of pictures.
Nice to see you on the move again.
Great pictures (F/A) they are really nice.
Hope you enjoyed your visit with your family.
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Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:23 am

Hola Philip!

Great TR! Nice to see a report on Aegean Airlines... they seem to be a truly 5* Greek airline. A pity not everything could be 5*, but I guess delays were beyond their responsibility.

Food and wine offerings seem to be very adequate according to the pictures and comments.

Their plane interior looks very nice but after flying the new interior BD anything falls beyond... I really like those seats.

Salut!

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Hi Philip,

great report with many nice pictures! A3's Business Class product looks impressive, but I'd prefer BD's wide seats with PTVs.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Oh yes my favourite treat :

Looks delicious!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
No Octopuss thank god

 

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The infamous grounded A340's ! I will actually miss them when they are gone

I can only hope they won't stay there forever!


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Quoting EuroWings (Reply 5):
Recent reports on Aegean haven't been as good, which did surprise me a little. However, your flight looked to be of a very high standard from all points of view!

Hey many thanks for the reply. Indeed I had mixed reports from the service mostly down to the crew. I couldn't understand it how they can have a great product but non smiling crew but on this flight it was totally different. I would have to take a few more flights to really get a rounded view but the feedback seems to be the same that Olympic Air wins with consistent and happy crew.A3 win with their cabins and IFE. Don't know why there is such a big difference.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):
Looks like Agean have a very nice shorthual C service. And nice that you keep getting the mid-hual BDs! The newly done cabins look great.

Hey yes the food service really made it for me . Really good quality. The BD Midhauls are so nice they really have done well.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 7):
Aegean in J looks very nice; the food and coffee looks amazing! Really detailed coverage of all aspects of your flight ... Very cool!

Many thanks , I take lots of photos to convey the product as much as I can . Not always possible but glad I did on this trip.

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 8):
You got two new Airbus A320 family interiors...well done! I also have to say I really like the new BMI interiors, which now reflect the fantastic design of their lounges.

I agree I love the lounge designs . Might get that wallpaper for my bedroom LOL...

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 9):
Great TR as usual and a LOT of pictures.
Nice to see you on the move again.
Great pictures (F/A) they are really nice.
Hope you enjoyed your visit with your family.

Hey good to hear from you after a long time   Yes I enjoyed seeing my family always good to spend time with them. I can't wait to see them again in December.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 10):
Great TR! Nice to see a report on Aegean Airlines... they seem to be a truly 5* Greek airline. A pity not everything could be 5*, but I guess delays were beyond their responsibility.

Hola Roger.   Yes very nice product and Greek ATC are a law to themselves. I have no respect for them at all. They earn huge wages by Greek standards and are greedy. Normal Greeks are suffering and they still want luxury lifestyles. If they want UK wages they should apply to British ATC  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
great report with many nice pictures! A3's Business Class product looks impressive, but I'd prefer BD's wide seats with PTVs.

Hey there your recent A3 Y report prompted me to take A3   But I was praying for no Octopuss LOL.... The PTVs on BMI are very nice for sure even if they are old. Id love to see BMI operate LHR-ATH with that cabin it would be like the Olympic Air product before they came off the route.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
I can only hope they won't stay there forever!

Who knows at least they seem to be looking after them now !

Sorry for the mis match of some of the pics above. The Anet servers were playing up last night and it was taking ages to post so something must have happened. Nevermind you get to see some of the pics twice LOL... 
 
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Hi


Nice trip report, If i'm not mistaking this is one of the fewer A3 J-reports down here. Looks like you have had a wonderfull expercience. Also nice to get the midhaul config on the DUB-LHR segment
and those OA 343's... are they still there??


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Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:57 am

Hello Philip,

Nice picturesque report on your BMI/Aegean experience. Some very nice overview pics of both LHR and ATH in there, well done. It's good to read your positive experience on A3, reports until now describe a quite inconsistent service.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Nice new Midhaul interior for me again

Is it just me or does that C cabin look very big due to the large seats and the spacing in between?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Seats also to my liking.

Apparently the new ultrathin Recaro's as well here?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The aircraft was named ''Filoxenia'' meaning
Hospitality!

Very appropriate.

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Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:00 pm

Excellent as usual Philip, thanks!

Looks like Aegean's service is certainly up to scratch  

Is anything planned for the old Athens airport, development, or is it used for the air force / GA flights now?

Thanks,

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Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:54 pm

Hi Philip!

Great tripreport!

Nice architecture of the terminal in DUB.
The Great British Lounge in London looks great.
The Service that Aegan offered in business looks really impressive, as you said, they really seemed to care about the details.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Nice new Midhaul interior for me again :

Looks great.

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Quoting MSS658 (Reply 12):
Nice trip report, If i'm not mistaking this is one of the fewer A3 J-reports down here. Looks like you have had a wonderfull expercience. Also nice to get the midhaul config on the DUB-LHR segment
and those OA 343's... are they still there??

Many thanks yeah not too many or at least not many extensive reports . I tried to get as many photos as possible showing an A-Z of the product. Hope I did it justice.  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):
Is it just me or does that C cabin look very big due to the large seats and the spacing in between?

It does indeed and maybe its the decor but it looks spacious .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):
Apparently the new ultrathin Recaro's as well here?

Yes I like the firm feeling of them , some don't but it suits me fine.

Quoting signol (Reply 14):
Excellent as usual Philip, thanks!

Many thanks for the reply. Glad you liked it .

Quoting signol (Reply 14):
Is anything planned for the old Athens airport, development, or is it used for the air force / GA flights now?

Nothing yet its just the old Terminals and some under used legacy Olympic Stadia. I passed the old OA West Terminal and it brought back memories. My Cousin said there was a fire there some time ago which cause damage. The place is just a dumping site now . There were plans to turn it into a eco park or a mix of apartments and parks but typical Greece nothing happened and now it will most certainly not .

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):

Nice architecture of the terminal in DUB.
The Great British Lounge in London looks great.
The Service that Aegan offered in business looks really impressive, as you said, they really seemed to care about the details.

Im glad you liked it thanks for the reply. I love the GBL and the views out to the tarmac. I have my regular lounge area and its very nice to sit there and look out. A3 did indeed offer an impressive product.
 
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Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:40 pm

Hi Phil,

Another solid piece of work in your trademark style! Liked it as usual!

Good to catch another one of those very nice looking BMI interiors, those seats look very comfortable and good, not sure about the service but I guess it is fine for such a short hop.

Aegean is a class act, I very much liked my flight with them (in economy, though) back in January, although I can say the same about Olympic and am still not quite sure which one was better. Your biz experience looks even better, although honestly I am a bit underwhelmed by the food service - I would've expected something a bit more for an almost four hour flight, but I guess the friendly crew and great service more than made up for it - not to forget that generous pour of Bailey's!

It will be interesting to see how Luftwaffe compares on the return journey...
 
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It must get cold for the stewardesses with the short sleeves. I would hate that.
 
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Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Another solid piece of work in your trademark style! Liked it as usual!

Many thanks for the reply.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
I am a bit underwhelmed by the food service - I would've expected something a bit more for an almost four hour flight, but I guess the friendly crew and great service more than made up for it - not to forget that generous pour of Bailey's!

To be honest it was enough for me but I know how you like your food   Im sure you would have enjoyed it   The Baileys was indeed generous lol....

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
It will be interesting to see how Luftwaffe compares on the return journey...

Indeed , well an interesting story there soon to follow  
Quoting lychemsa (Reply 18):
It must get cold for the stewardesses with the short sleeves. I would hate that.

Im not sure I wear short sleeves even in Winter and I don't get cold   The cabin was not cold really. I quite like them and some Male Anetters seem to also  
 
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Hi, Phil,

such a great number of pictures, Good to follow something more from Greece, especially these days.
Aegean service looks pretty good. Well done.

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Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 20):
such a great number of pictures, Good to follow something more from Greece, especially these days.
Aegean service looks pretty good. Well done.

Hey Markus many thanks for the reply .Indeed nice to have a positive story   I think I will try out A3 again sometime and see if they offer the same level of service. A few trips would be good to compare.
 
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Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:14 pm

Wow, your A3 flight looks great, thanks for the report. BTW, the catering and the attention to detail by A3 crew looks even better than what I am getting on TK lately on intra-European flights. Now you have me made consider a stop-over in ATH to try out A3  
 
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Quoting tcm (Reply 22):
Wow, your A3 flight looks great, thanks for the report. BTW, the catering and the attention to detail by A3 crew looks even better than what I am getting on TK lately on intra-European flights. Now you have me made consider a stop-over in ATH to try out A3  

Many thanks. Funny the dishes reminded me a bit of TK. I have always had lovely food on TK I hope that still exists? They have a good product also.
 
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Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:05 am

Hi Philip,

I always love the purpose of any short visit of yours. Visiting the family. You really make me want to do the same.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I booked everything with the LH call center and I have to say the experience was very positive and easy.

Kudos to LH!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Time to walk back to T2 as I want to go to the Chocolate lounge  

I knew it! I just knew it! 


Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Fast Track security was empty and I cleared in a few minutes. No such hassles as last time thank god.

I remember that. I wonder what the guy was doing on the day you were traveling.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Nice new Midhaul interior for me again :

It looks like BD frequently deploys A321 with Mid-haul interior to DUB.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Not usually my thing but I actually like this design

Pillow, pillow everywhere!   


Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
as I wanted an A3 BP 

Way to go, Philip!   


Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
As usual some idiot decides to leave
their coins in their pocket and delays the whole line ! Then another one refuses to put her
liquids in a re sealable bag. These people should be sent to the back of the que.

or banned for flying, especially the one who refused to pack her liquids!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
No Octopuss thank god  

  


Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Beirut anyone ?  )

How about you?   


Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
The aircraft was named ''Filoxenia'' meaning
Hospitality! They certainly named the aircraft correctly.  

Agreed. Everything the cabin crews delivered on board was just to perfection! Well done, A3!   


Thank you for sharing. What a wonderful morning read!

Best wishes,
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Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Visiting the family. You really make me want to do the same.

Hey Suryo thanks for the reply. Yes always nice to visit family.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
I knew it! I just knew it! 

Always have to pass by there  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
I remember that. I wonder what the guy was doing on the day you were traveling.

I actually saw him by the security area LOL...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Pillow, pillow everywhere!   

Yes a new bedroom for me maybe in the Spring  I want to do something totally different than I have now.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
How about you?   

Id love to fly MEA A330 again one day . Who knows ! .
 
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Sat Oct 01, 2011 1:16 pm

Hi OA260,

Not flying Swiss any more ?  

Jokes aside, fabulous trip report as usual. I loved the pictures, and the way they conveyed your experience, which indeed looked fabulous.

Terminal 2 in DUB looks like an amazing, amazing building.

I was also very impressed by BMI's business class interior: seems very comfy.

Also, the Great British Lounge in London is very nice. The only thing I never understood is where it is located. Last time I went, I had the impression it was almost at a dead end, and that I had to walk back forever to take my flight. Truth be said, I was flying Swiss (  again) to GVA. Perhaps the lounge is better suited for BMI flights, which would make sense. Anyway, I have trouble figuring LHR T1 altogether ...

Regarding Aegean, on the basis of your report, I must say that I would not hesitate to fly them if I had the occasion. Perhaps I can create it by scheduling some Greek holiday some time next year. Wouldn't that be nice ?

Thanks again for the wonderful report, and best wishes,

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RE: Greece's 5* Airline? Aegean J Class + BMI DUB-ATH

Sat Oct 01, 2011 5:28 pm

Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 26):
Also, the Great British Lounge in London is very nice. The only thing I never understood is where it is located. Last time I went, I had the impression it was almost at a dead end, and that I had to walk back forever to take my flight. Truth be said, I was flying Swiss (  again) to GVA. Perhaps the lounge is better suited for BMI flights, which would make sense. Anyway, I have trouble figuring LHR T1 altogether ...

The GBL is basically the old BA lounge in Gate 5 which serviced domestic / super shuttle departures. When BA moved to T5, access to Gate 5 was blocked from the domestic pier and connected to the international departure lounge, so it's not a particularly logical route. There won't be too much additional building work carried out to simplify it as (if bmi is still around) there'll be a new lounge in the new T2 currently under construction and due to open in 2013. It's an easy walk down to gate 5 departures (naturally!), but for departures on the original international pier, on the Europier, or the first part of T2B stuck on the end of the Europier, it's a long trek back through the departure lounge. The Star Alliance lounge in the departure lounge is a better bet for a shorter walk if you know where you'll be boarding!
 
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Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:45 pm

Hi Philip!

Very nice report with nice pictures!

Seats on bmi look very comfortable but food looks very good on Aegean.

Looking forward to the report for the return flight.

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Sun Oct 02, 2011 6:31 am

Many thanks for the comment.

Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 26):
Not flying Swiss any more ?  

Swiss is a Winter pilgrimage for me   So Dec/Jan/Feb I will be flying the Cross again  
Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 26):
Last time I went, I had the impression it was almost at a dead end

I know what you mean , I have got used to it but it is tucked away and it does look very remote but I don't mind as the lounge is worth the walk  
Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 26):
Wouldn't that be nice ?

Yes you should plan it for the Spring  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 28):
Very nice report with nice pictures!

Seats on bmi look very comfortable but food looks very good on Aegean.

Looking forward to the report for the return flight.

Many thanks . Food was lovely on Aegean and everything was done perfectly I will be writing the next part of my report soon.
 
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Sun Oct 02, 2011 12:29 pm

Hi Philip,

Thanks for another nice report. I am really impressed with Aegean, the presentation of the meal in particular looks truly excellent. I also liked your photos of Dublin airport in the early morning light, very effective.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I love the cabin dividers :

Stylish indeed, but not sure they complement the seats?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The infamous grounded A340's ! I will actually miss them when they are gone

What a sad sight.

Thanks for the pic of Santorini. I was only there in June but want to go back already!!

Hope you had a good time with your family

Happy flying
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Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:31 pm

Quoting infodesk (Reply 30):
Thanks for another nice report. I am really impressed with Aegean, the presentation of the meal in particular looks truly excellent. I also liked your photos of Dublin airport in the early morning light, very effective.

Hi many thanks for the reply. I liked that shot Im glad you liked it also .

Quoting infodesk (Reply 30):
Stylish indeed, but not sure they complement the seats?

I know its mis matched but sometimes things like that I like LOL...  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 30):
Thanks for the pic of Santorini. I was only there in June but want to go back already!!

Id love to go also . Whenever I see photos of Santorini/Thira I want to be there.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 30):
Hope you had a good time with your family

Yes thanks I always enjoy my time with them even if its only a very short visit. I will be with them for longer this December so I can't wait .
 
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Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:05 pm

The return part of my TR is here :

Lufthansa Business -ATC Strike+New Senator Lounge. (by OA260 Oct 4 2011 in Trip Reports)
 
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Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:57 am

Hi Philip,

Another report up to your usual excellent standards!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
As usual some idiot decides to leave
their coins in their pocket and delays the whole line ! Then another one refuses to put her
liquids in a re sealable bag. These people should be sent to the back of the que.

- Don't get me started, some of the passengers using the 'Fastrack' facilities actually slow it down so much the regular screening can be better!

Aegean look great, might be on them next year for a long weekend in Athens, if not looks like bmi to Moscow, see what the wife prefers..........

Cheers

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Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:42 am

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 33):
Another report up to your usual excellent standards!

Hey Mark many thanks for the reply.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 33):
- Don't get me started, some of the passengers using the 'Fastrack' facilities actually slow it down so much the regular screening can be better!

Tell me about it , often done that myself  

Fur sure try out Athens although Moscow sounds nice also. Id go myself except I hate going to places I need visas or at least places I cant buy one on arrival .
 
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Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:54 am

Hey Philip,

Another great TR that I'm only just getting around to replying to due to my computer problems. Lol!! Thanks for giving us this great insight into A3. I've flown them a couple of times this year in both business and economy and they've impressed me every time. A full drinks run and a very nice croissant on a 40-minute flight from Athens to Rhodes in economy is very good service! The crew have all been fab too. I may be flying them more once BD get sold  .

Thanks again for the report. Keep them coming!
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:53 pm

Hi Philip !
I run to the training ...thanks for the super photo-report ... stipica  
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Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:15 pm

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 35):
Hey Philip,

Another great TR that I'm only just getting around to replying to due to my computer problems. Lol!! Thanks for giving us this great insight into A3. I've flown them a couple of times this year in both business and economy and they've impressed me every time. A full drinks run and a very nice croissant on a 40-minute flight from Athens to Rhodes in economy is very good service! The crew have all been fab too. I may be flying them more once BD get sold .

Thanks   Yeah I think we will all be looking to A3  
Quoting stipica (Reply 36):
Hi Philip !
I run to the training ...thanks for the super photo-report ... stipica

Thanks for the reply. Sorry for my long time to reply also. Ive been travelling for a month so limited time  
 
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RE: Greece's 5* Airline? Aegean J Class + BMI DUB-ATH

Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:22 pm

Great TR and I really enjoyed reading it - can't understand why I hadn't come across this one earlier!

I have flown Aegean a couple of times on domestic flights which were all good , however I always tend to think of the FA's uniforms as being a tad 'unhygenic' for some reason, especially if the girls got a bit warm and sweaty!

Cheers & Merry Christmas!

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