sutrakhk
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Europe Trip 2011 Part IV – LHR-ZRH-MLA On LX/KM J

Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:59 pm

This is part IV of this trip report, the reason for visiting Malta is due to transformation of the new bus system there in early July.
I planned to take Air Malta’s direct flight from LHR, but when I book the ticket, all the cheapest fares were gone, with the higher booking class, I found that Swiss’s LHR-ZRH-MLA was cheaper. As I never use LX before, it is good to try one more airlines in my life.

The day start from here, LHR Terminal 4, where Yotel located
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Waiting the train to Terminal 1 at 6:30am
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Inside the train made by Siemens
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Arrived LHR Terminal 1, SWISS counter is at Zone G
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After checking-in, I headed to the departure area, there was a Fast Track there
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Passed the security check, let’s go to the Star Alliance Lounge to have some food
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There were many passengers in the lounge already, after walking around, I found a quiet corner to sit down
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It’s what I can have…European style!
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After the breakfast, it’s time to go to the gate
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Oh, Hong Kong (without the iconic IFC)
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BMI’s A330
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27 June 2011

London Heathrow (LHR) – Zurich (ZRH)
Airline: Swiss International Air Lines
Flight: LX 317
Aircraft: A320-200
Registration: HB-IJW
Seat: 8F (Business)
Gate: 33B

Gate 33B
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Boarding Pass
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HB-IJW, my first ride on Airbus A320-series
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While waiting, LH’s A320 arrived
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Waiting area
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Finally boarding started, here is my seat 8F
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Wrong decision…the seating pitch in row 8 seems tighter than the first few rows
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View from my seat, the flight was full in business class
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Safety Instructions Card
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Pushback on time, and we were airborne 10 minutes later

Once the seat belt signal was off, breakfast was served, hush brown again…
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Not a long later, arrived Zurich
Parked at the remote gate
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Transfer seems so complicated…
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Finally found my way
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After the passport control, finally inside the transfer zone for Schengen area
The terminal was very nice, however the room temperature was quite high, I kept sweating
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Visiting the SWISS Lounge
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Simple and finctional
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Dining area
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View from the lounge
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Only hot food available was pasta
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Sandwiches
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Most attractive was the Movenpick ice-cream. You can ask for Wifi voucher for 1 hour free access
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It’s about time to go to the gate, with some plane spotting
LH’s 737-500
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Contact Air’s F28, D-AFKA
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27 June 2011

Zurich (ZRH) – Malta (MLA)
Airline: Air Malta
Flight: KM 491
Aircraft: A320-200
Registration: 9H-AEO
Seat: 2F (Business)
Gate: A86

Gate A86
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Boarding pass
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9H-AEO
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Another angle
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Boarding was commenced, and I was at my seat 2F very soon
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Normal seating pitch for intra-Europe business class
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Only 3 passengers today in Business
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I have my own row
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Safety Instructions Card
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Pre-takeoff drink, I chose water
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Takeoff was powerful with the light load, and the meal was distributed soon after take off
AFAIK, no hot meal for flight within 2 hours, but the cold meal was good enough!
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After the meal, take a look to the in-flight magazine
Yes, I go Malta because of them
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LH brought their A380 to Malta
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Touched down after 1 hour 45 minutes, did a quick u-turn in the runway, and finally stop outside KM’s hanger
All passengers was on the bus already, but we were still waiting for good 5 minutes. Finally realized that we have to wait for the flight crews and cabin crews
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As Malta is in Schengen area, so no passport check was needed and we proceed to the baggage reclaim directly
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Got my bag 15 minutes later, and I have pre-booked the transfer to the hotel in Valetta city center
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First Time To Japan Part I: AI HKG-KIX In F (August 2010)
First Time To Japan Part II: JL KIX-HND In J (August 2010)
First Time To Japan Part III: OZ NRT-ICN In C (August 2010)
First Time To Japan Part IV: OZ ICN-PEK In NEW C (September 2010)
First Time To Japan Part V: IR PEK-NRT In C (September 2010)
First Time To Japan Part VI: NH FUK-ITM In C (September 2010)
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Europe Trip 2011 Part III - SIN-LHR On SQ F Suite (June 2011)

[Edited 2011-10-04 13:38:56]
 
gabrielchew
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RE: Europe Trip 2011 Part IV – LHR-ZRH-MLA On LX/KM J

Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:50 pm

Nice report. Food on KM flights looks pretty good. I went to Malta in May, and loved seeing (and riding) the old buses. I hadn't realised that the new Arriva ones were arriving so soon. They look so mundane in green compared to the characterful orange/yellow old buses. Shame.
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Burj
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RE: Europe Trip 2011 Part IV – LHR-ZRH-MLA On LX/KM J

Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:29 am

Cool trip report...Since you had the whole row to yourself, could you have put all the armrests and the center tray up to have more space?
 
Knightsofmalta
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RE: Europe Trip 2011 Part IV – LHR-ZRH-MLA On LX/KM J

Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:32 am

Hi there,

Nice report, so thanks for that!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I went to Malta in May, and loved seeing (and riding) the old buses. I hadn't realised that the new Arriva ones were arriving so soon. They look so mundane in green compared to the characterful orange/yellow old buses. Shame.

Not really! It was fun for the tourists but if you have to depend on those old buses to commute to and from work every day it's a nightmare. Those old buses were unreliable and slow and most of their drivers had some serious personality issued going on.
 
AIR MALTA
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RE: Europe Trip 2011 Part IV – LHR-ZRH-MLA On LX/KM J

Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:08 am

Very nice trip report. It brings back memories of the KM flighst I used to take when I used to live in Malta.
A warm meal would have been better but the food looked good.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 3):
Not really! It was fun for the tourists but if you have to depend on those old buses to commute to and from work every day it's a nightmare. Those old buses were unreliable and slow and most of their drivers had some serious personality issued going on.

Arriva had some serious problems in the first few months of operations... Not very good. And I would love to change those ugly clours back to Orange and Yellow for Malta, and Grey and Red for Gozo.
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MSS658
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RE: Europe Trip 2011 Part IV – LHR-ZRH-MLA On LX/KM J

Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:50 am

Hi

Another nice trip report in your series. Looks like KM and LX did a pretty decent job. Quite surprised to see the old seating on your LX flight.

Greetings
Marc
Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
 
aflyingkiwi
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RE: Europe Trip 2011 Part IV – LHR-ZRH-MLA On LX/KM J

Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:05 pm

Great report sutrakhk!

The product on LX & KM both seemed pretty good. The meals on both flights looked fantastic though am a bit surprised there was no hot meal on the Air Malta flight.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi
 
sutrakhk
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RE: Europe Trip 2011 Part IV – LHR-ZRH-MLA On LX/KM J

Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:25 am

Quoting Burj (Reply 2):
Cool trip report...Since you had the whole row to yourself, could you have put all the armrests and the center tray up to have more space?

Yes, all the middle armrests and the small table can be raised.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 3):
Not really! It was fun for the tourists but if you have to depend on those old buses to commute to and from work every day it's a nightmare. Those old buses were unreliable and slow and most of their drivers had some serious personality issued going on.

So how is Arriva doing now? everything alright?

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
Another nice trip report in your series. Looks like KM and LX did a pretty decent job. Quite surprised to see the old seating on your LX flight.

Oh, this is the old seating in LX? Is it rare?

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 6):
The product on LX & KM both seemed pretty good. The meals on both flights looked fantastic though am a bit surprised there was no hot meal on the Air Malta flight.

AFAIK, KM would provide hot meal when the flight is longer than 2 hours

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