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Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:36 pm

Introduction



Querido fellow A.netters,

“Oh, it reminds me of Alhambra!” a colleague of Herman remarked while leafing through the pictures of Taj Mahal in our holiday album.
‘Alhambra is an Islamic heritage complex of palace, garden and fortress. One particular garden, Generalife, is supposedly very beautiful,’ my former high school friend dropped me a comment about the place.
Their enthusiasm did trigger our curiosity.
Herman and I figured, ‘There is only one way to find out!’




Travel arrangement



It took two to tango. Me and Herman!   
“How about putting up together our own roundtrip? Thirteen days in Andalucía by rental car?”
“That sounds great,”
“What do you think of booking our own hotels? With some helpful instructions of TripAdvisor, we can get around it,”
“Oh, yes, and… do not bother the airline booking. Just leave it to me,”



British Airways



Do you ever experience how a theory makes sense once you find it to your cost? For instance, I was wondering how selective attention might work out.

BA’s partnership with Avis started from April 2009, but yet I was aware of the possibility to create a fly-drive on the website just a couple of months ago. Shame on me for not paying attention much earlier.

How about getting more acquainted with what is more to be found on the website? First of all, just as a global airline is becoming, local interfaces are available.

Furthermore, joining the Executive Club is really worth it as it is free and opens up opportunities. How about choosing one of three payment types (Cash, with miles or cash and upgrade with miles) and ticket types (earning reduced or full Tier points) after creating your trip? How about earning miles for your reward flights or lounge access once you reach a Tier level? You are not into joining the club yet? No problem.

Once your booking is processed, a confirmation will be delivered to your mailbox within seconds. No HTML reproduction, but a text containing useful links and information about your itinerary.

Do you know that you can expand your flight booking with transfers, experiences or hotels? We took the last option and arranged Monté Malaga for our first and last day. A new booking reference will be issued then, but it does not matter as you can it to your existing reference. One side note, not every TripAdvisor recommendation is covered by BA.

Three weeks prior to your journey, a reminder will be delivered about ‘Manage My Booking’ service recommendations like mobile boarding pass, baggage tips, extra baggage allowance and advanced seat selection at a fee. Yet no inquiry? Just check out the feature. It is fun!


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Manage My Booking page




Online check in



Our inbox notified us the delivery of BA’s invitation to check in exactly twenty four hours prior to our departure time.

We were familiar with BA’s on-line check in as we did it several times already. But to be honest, I just took it for granted with no further attention to BA’s efforts to make it user-friendly.

Let’s change the situation, shall we?

The invitation contains a link which directs you to your personal check-in homepage.


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Check-in homepage



On the next page, you can select the passenger you wish to check in. By the way, what if you find out that you are already checked in?


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Flights and name of passengers along with check-in status



Then you can indicate the number of bags you wish to check in.


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Baggage to check in. Remember your allowance



The next step is to confirm your seat. Herman urged me to select emergency exit row seats whenever possible. I could not remember whether BA blocked off those seats like Lufthansa. Well, what do you know?


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Confirm emergency exit row seats. Note the warning



You are ready for the last step. How to obtain your boarding pass?


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Print, fax, save or e-mail your boarding pass, collect it at the airport or your mobile phone



Look how we were all set.



My print out



Will you join us for the discovery of the place named after the Arabic al-qala’a al-hamra (Red Castle)?
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:38 pm

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol






Even though I could quote our flight details from memory, I just had to take a quick look on the screen as Herman and I reached the departure level.



FIDS. Row 21 for BA




Airport check in



Row 21 was practically empty as we got there.


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Overview



Signage



The signage would lead you along eight check-in kiosks. You might not bypass those kiosks without boarding pass as customer service agent Hasima would intercept you.

“Have you already been checked in?” Hasima asked.
“Yes, of course,” Both Herman and I replied.
Hasima satisfyingly smiled as we revealed our printouts. “Thank you,”
“My colleague at the fourth desk will help you,” She directed us to Charlotte.

There were four desks assigned. One for Club Europe check-in assistance and others are for Bag Drop.



Our desk. Note the earlier flight to Heathrow



While Charlotte was processing us, I put our single joint suitcase on the scale. It indicated 20.2 kilograms, slightly heavier than the last time on our outbound flight to India.
“Your final destination is Malaga?”
“That is correct,”
Charlotte went on typing, tagged our suitcase and sent it on.
”Your luggage has been checked through to Malaga,” Charlotte said as she returned our documents, “Your flight will depart from gate D fourteen. Have a nice flight,”
“Thank you,”

Apparently, it was the right moment to get rid of our suitcase as more passengers were joining the line behind us.


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Busier check in kiosks



Queue was growing as well for ticket and subsequently passport control.


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Ticket control



We decided to wait for a while and went outside. That morning lacked sunrays, but what about sunflowers?


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Sunflowers



The queue did not subside as we hoped, so we lined up anyway.


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Passport control



Some five minutes later, we were allowed entrance to newly refurbished Lounge 3.



Lounge 3



Inaugurated just one day before, new eye-catchers got me mesmerized.

What do you think of a florist beneath a green façade?



House of Tulips



Or a bakery?


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Bread!



Or the first outlet ever of certain international brands in Netherlands?


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Victoria’s Secret is one of the brands. It will remain a secret for us though



And what do you think of this angle?


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Overview




The sky was clearing up as we made our way to the gate. Gradually, I learned how Schiphol entertained her visitors.

How about a visit to museum?


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Mini Rijksmuseum Amsterdam



Or a stroll through Holland Boulevard?


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Holland Boulevard’s entrance



Or spotting artwork?



Flowerpot



Or even better… plane spotting! 




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KLM PH-AOD, dedicated to PlaneHunter. 17 February 2009?


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KL PH-KCH, dedicated to Anosh (SR103)




Lounge 2



I could not help it. After wandering through Lounge 3, this area looked less stylish somehow.


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Lounge 2 overview


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D gate overview



It was the end of the corridor where we should be.


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Security line for D14




Gate D14




Gate screen. Note the time planning



Could we have a long wait for the security like my experience last July? Well, with one single flight to handle, it took only a couple of minutes!

I made a quick detour to check something out.



Hand baggage allowance with ours in it. What do you think?



Herman secured some empty seats next to the window.


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Interior overview



Fellow passengers kept themselves occupied by using free airport Wi-Fi for instance. In my case, I got a better idea, ‘How about another spotting session?’

But, you know what? I was shocked at a first sight of our aircraft.


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G-DOCX. Now red-nosed



Do you remember Cypriot Spring Holiday With BA (The Last Part) (by Akhmad May 13 2009 in Trip Reports)?

‘What about the fact that Eric (Airbuseric) left from the very same gate on 16 April 2009 to fly with her?’

‘Don’t get superstitious and move on!’ My conscious Ariel suddenly spoke.
‘Ah, Ariel! Yes, I will move on!’


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Transavia PH-GGZ. Note the GOL winglet


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Croatia 9A-CTG, dedicated to Markus (FLIEGER67). 29 May 2010?


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KL PH-KZM, dedicated to Eric and Christoph (ContactAir). 10 January 2007 and 22 August 2010 respectively?


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Sister ship G-EUYE to LHR being pushed back


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Another sister ship G-BNWC


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Finnair OH-LVI, dedicated to P. (FlyingFinn76). Still on your wish list?




Boarding



The first announcement was made at 11.45, “We will start boarding in fifteen minutes. Please remain seated as we explain our boarding procedure. Gold Card members and our Europe Club passengers are invited to board first, followed by other passengers by row numbers,”

Interestingly, most passengers felt invited.



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Boarding crowd



The queue barely progressed in the following five minutes until the second announcement, “Passengers with small children are invited to board,”


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Passengers with small children. Where?



After another five minutes, passengers with row numbers sixteen to twenty six were called forward.

Eventually on the stroke of 12.00 upon a flash of green light, we were allowed to proceed to the air bridge along with other remaining passengers.


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Interior view



I got excited. Not by the crowd, but the deep red color on the white surface at the end of the corridor, though still partially blocked.


After a hiatus of nearly two and a half years, I was about to make my comeback on board of BA.


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Nostalgic angle before entrance
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:41 pm

On board






Flights Status

Route: AMS-LGW
Date: 10 September 2011
ETD/ATD: 12.20 / 12.15
ETA/ATA: 12.25 / 12.20
Flight number: BA 8114
Plane: Boeing 737-436
Registration: G-DOCX
Delivered: 29 March 1993
Flight deck: Captain Carry Anderson, First Officer Lars Slede



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“Hello, may I see your boarding pass, please?” Cabin manager Karl greeted us at the door. “This way, please,”
“Hello,” Yasmine, a cabin crew member, smiled at us on our way backwards.

Past Club Europe cabin, some passengers were still blocking the aisle.


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Aisle view. Our seats were right behind the gentleman



Once the gentleman realized where we were going to, he stepped aside.


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My seat



Do you notice the cocktail table? 12F must be a Club Europe seat as well occasionally.



Front view



I just loved this dark blue leather seat and its adjustable headrest. Neither I could complain about the legroom.



One of the best seats in the house



But sadly, we were confronted by minor state of maintenance.

Do you see that tiny hole on the upper right of the seatback? I assumed there was used to be a coat hanger. Furthermore, what about coming off part of the leather on the left underneath?

As Herman unfolded his tray table, look what he got to see.


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The glue came unstuck at the left inner part. Note the tiny hole again



‘Could it be an omen of the end of G-DOCX’s service?’ I wondered.
‘Do not get started with it!’ Ariel let me hear again from him.
‘Sorry!’

Gianluca, second cabin crew member, appeared next to our row.
“You are seated in the emergency exit row. We need your cooperation in case of emergency. If you have any question, please let me know,”

Since boarding was still in progress, Gianluca returned to aft galley after going through the emergency procedure with passengers sitting in row 11.


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Forward cabin view. Last passengers were arriving


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Backward cabin view. Note the items for safety demonstration



Just before 12.15, 1L door was closed. When pushback followed soon after, the CFM56 engines came to life.

Accompanied by lovely heavy whining CFM56’s, safety demonstration was performed. Gianluca was on the microphone. Karl was in charge of demonstration in Club Europe cabin, Yasmine of the front half of our cabin while Sandra, third cabin crew member, took charge of the other half.

At the end of demonstration, they pointed at the safety card as a reminder.



Front page with seven languages. Why no Dutch?


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Content




Taxi and take off



G-DOCX set out for neighboring Kaagbaan as number two in sequence.


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KL PH-EZF on take-off roll, dedicated to Palmjet. 1 November 2010?



A glimpse of PH-EZF brought a smile to my face. I was still Embraer jet virgin at that time, but I knew it would change very soon.


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Entering Kaagbaan



After lining up, G-DOCX had to wait for a while. Probably because of a pushing forward KL Fokker 70 somewhere up front.

G-DOCX started to move. High pitched sound became violent like there was no time to loose. I could just hear the CFM56’s screaming, ‘Accelerate, baby! Accelerate!’


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Powerful take-off roll


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Lift off at 12.25



G-DOCX was gaining altitude, revealing the sight of our surrounding.


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City of Hoofddorp


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Getsewoud next to the city border of Nieuw-Vennep



Banking to the right towards UK.



Zandvoort along the coastline




In flight



The fasten seat belt signs were switched off some five minutes after takeoff. While the cabin was prepared for short in-flight service, everyone made himself comfortable and entertained himself. Me included.


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High life and Business life magazines along with Highlife Shop from the seat pocket



One of the magazines found its way into our hand luggage. Guess which one? 

Yasmine started the bar service from the front. Most passengers seemed into non alcoholic drinks.


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Yasmine in action



Soon enough, she reached our row.


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Drink trolley. Note the BA’s orange juice supplier



Herman was attended first.
“What would you like to drink?” Yasmine asked.
“Orange juice, please,”
“With ice?”
“No, thank you,”
“What would you like to drink?” Yasmine turned to me after handing over Herman’s drink.
“Orange juice, please,”
“With ice?”
“Yes, please,”


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My orange juice



Pre-packed soft cookies were distributed.


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Apricot and coconut cookie



The cookie was moist, not overly sweet with a distinct coconut taste. It was not substantial, but well to my liking.

At 12.45, Captain Anderson announced our descent. The CFM56’s spooled down as D-GOCX was gliding above English soil.


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River Crouch



Sandra distributed landing cards to passengers who required it, though I did not notice many of them.



Landing (UK time)



Ten minutes later, our cabin was prepared for landing. Fasten seat belt signs were illuminated. Soon enough D-GOCX banked to the right for the landing position.

Once breaking the clouds, the extensive typical English landscape became clearly visible. ‘Beautiful!’ I could not help whispering.


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Past City of Edenbridge


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Green field between Edenbridge and Lingfield


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City of Smallfield



With increasingly higher pitched sound, I could hear the CFM56’s shouting, ‘Go, baby! Go!’


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LGW South Terminal



The wheels hit the 08R-26L runway at 12.25.


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Full brakes applied



A five minute long trek followed. I was thrilled once my window faced North Terminal.


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LGW’s landmark. The bridge to pier 6


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HB-JZM, dedicated to Jeroen (BasilFawlty). 20 April 2009?



At 12.20, G-DOCX came to a complete stop. Unbuckling sound of seatbelts echoed as soon as the fasten seat belt signs were switched off. Everyone seemed eager to disembark.


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Cabin rush




Disembarking



As I needed additional details about our flight, I approached Yasmine while disembarking.

But you know what? Yasmine directed me instead to the flight deck where I was genuinely welcomed by Captain Anderson and First Officer Slede. Unfortunately, I could not take any picture due to restrictions after Nine Eleven.

Three of us had a great chat for at least ten minutes. Well, Herman was waiting for me that long inside the air bridge.

“Well, I have a plane to catch. Thank you so much for inviting me here,” I bad farewell to both Captain Anderson and FO Slede.
“You are welcome. It is great to have a plane enthusiast on board,”

To my surprise, Yasmine was waiting with a souvenir.


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BA pen. How about that?



I thanked her and Karl before going outside. The crew members of my BA 8114 flight were just amazing!   

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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:43 pm

London Gatwick Airport






Herman was eagerly waiting outside, “Where have you been? I was worried that you might have taken a wrong exit and ended up somewhere on the apron!”
“I am sorry. They invited me to the flight deck. I just could not resist,”


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Flight deck close up. Note Captain Anderson



There was no one else in the air bridge, but customer service agent Ian.
“I am sorry. I did not want to make you wait so long,” I said to Ian.
“That is okay. I just want to make sure that no one stays behind,” Ian smiled while escorting us. “This way, please,”


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Signage



“Thank you for your patience,” I said to Ian as we split our way.
“You are welcome,”


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Good bye G-DOCX



We had to power walk to catch our connection. Luckily we already had our onward boarding passes.



My printout



We were the only transiting passengers at that time. Nothing changed much in the interior after the ownership’s transfer from BAA Limited to Global Infrastructure Partners, so we knew where to go.

An airport official approached us though as we walked towards the security.
“Do you have onward boarding passes?”
“Yes, we do,”
“This way, please,”
The official directed us to her lone colleague at ticket control and even accompanied us further until the security booth.

I surely appreciated it. The only thing was she came by at the moment I was about taking a picture, so I refrained from it until we cleared the security. The security itself was painless, even though Herman became subject to additional checks.

My impression of transiting at LGW was much better than our last visit two years ago.  





Post security



The first thing to do was checking our gate on FIDS.



FIDS



I skimmed through the screen,“Flight to Malaga closing. That is not ours. Flight to Malaga cancelled... WHAT?”
The announcement did not impress Herman either, “Now what?”
“We have to find our airline’s desk,”


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Airline information desk



With no one in front of us, we were attended immediately by friendly senior customer service agent Sue.
“Can you please help us? Our flight has been cancelled,”
“Do you have your boarding passes with you?”
“Yes, here you are,”.
“How many luggage do you have? Oh, just one?”
“Yes, just one. Can you tell us why our flight got cancelled?”
“The airplane has gone tech, so we will deploy a bigger airplane. A triple seven,”
“Great! That is what I call a blessing in disguise. I have never been on board of BA’s triple seven,”
Sue just smiled upon my remark and continued, “I have assigned you emergency exit row seats as well. Your new seats will be twenty six J and K. Your boarding gate will be announced on the screen,”
“Thank you,”


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My new boarding stub



“How about a little lunch? We have still got another two hours to go,” Herman suggested.
“Agreed. I would not mind having a pint as well,” I replied, “With apron view,”

Too bad it was out of the question. All outlets with alcohol serving were packed to the brim. Luckily, we came across one place with an empty table next to the window.


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Costa



No alcohol was available for purchase there, so we stuck to somewhat healthier option.



Orange juice



While munching something less healthy, but sinfully delicious. 




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Chocolate muffin



Cold comfort was the apron view.


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BA G-DOCF


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ZS-AOL


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BA G-VIIF



I was yet unaware that G-VIIF would bring us to Malaga until the gate announcement a little hour before scheduled departure time.


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FIDS close up. Note the boarding status of our flight



“Finished?”
“Yes, let’s go to the gate now,”

Apart from the passenger bridge, there is something else typical LGW.


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Walkway along the reversed horn shaped fountain



The sight kept intriguing me, recalling my memory of our Cypriot holiday when we departed from gate 61. This time, our gate was less further up.


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Gate 60 overview




Gate 60



My ‘Hello’ was met with “Your passport, please,” by customer service agent Lewis.
The reader flashed green as our boarding passes got scanned.
“Thank you,” Lewis returned our documents.
‘Bummer!’ I murmured while proceeding to the holding area. ‘I was hoping for another exciting last minute seat change,’


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Holding area overview



Some people were leafing through newspapers, provided with compliments of BA.



Newspaper and magazine rack



Not into reading, but peckish instead? There were some vending machines as well.


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Snacks, soft drinks or ice cream



There were still some spaces as we got seated. But soon after, as more and more passengers trickled in, it became really crowded.


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Gate area view




Boarding



Once the gate door slid open at 14.30, everyone eagerly lined up. Not surprising as half of them including us was supposed to be in Malaga already.

“The boarding will be strictly by row numbers. Passengers sitting in Club Europe with row numbers one until fifteen and passengers travelling with babies and children can board now,”

Similar announcement followed five minutes later, but only for passengers with row numbers thirty three until forty.

“You know what? Let’s go!” A lady sitting next to us, beckoned her husband while they were clearly holding boarding stubs with row number twenty eight. They did not get turned away even though ‘ONLY’ was emphasized at each announcement.

Another boarding call came five minutes later. This time including passengers from row number twenty eight.

We and other remaining passengers were finally invited after a couple of minutes to join the queue inside the air bridge.


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Interior view



The queue was progressing slowly. What else with boarding a fully loaded 777 through a single air bridge?


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Entrance in sight


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Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:45 pm

On board






Flights Status

Route: LGW-AGP
Date: 10 September 2011
ETD/ATD: 14.50 / 15.25
ETA/ATA: 18.35 / 19.10
Flight number: BA 2716
Plane: Boeing 777-236ER
Registration: G-VIIF
Delivered: 19 March 1997
Flight deck: Captain Mark Petrie



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Cancelled:
ETD: 13.35
ETA: 17.20
Flight number: BA 2714
Plane: Boeing 737-436



“Hello, your boarding pass, please?” Cabin crew member Adam greeted us.
“Go past the galley to the right aisle and walk straight ahead,” He waived us on after a glance at our boarding passes.

As we entered through 2L door, we had to walk through Club World cabin. I noticed many passengers with small children occupying the cabin. I did not know Club Europe was popular among them.

“Hello,” Lisa, second cabin crew member, greeted us as we entered mini World Traveller Plus cabin.

In World Traveller cabin, Karen and Ruby, third and fourth cabin crew members respectively, warmly welcomed us.

To my horror, someone was seated comfortably at my window seat.
‘Will you make a fuss about it?’ Ariel suddenly whispered.
‘Oh, you bet I will!’

Luckily, I had no problem to bring Mr. 26H to his sense and make him remove to his original seat. Ruby only cracked a smile upon my action.



My 26K



With G-VIIF’s long-haul configuration, pre-packed comfort kit was provided as well.


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Headset and mini toothbrush



The in-flight entertainment prospect made me excited. In the meantime, Leanne, fifth cabin crew member, unfolded individual screens of occupied bulkhead seats for safety demonstration.


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Legroom with my individual screen



Captain Petrie was soon on the microphone. During his introduction, he made an interesting remark, “For most of you, this could be the first time flying a wide-body,”
Herman chuckled at this.

I did not notice the remark at all and got captured instead by Captain Petrie’s following announcement, “Unfortunately, we have sixty meals shorter. Therefore, we have to wait another fifteen minutes for the meals being loaded,”

‘Great! What to do now?’ I wondered.
‘How about exploring your surrounding?’ Ariel suggested.
‘Not a bad idea,’

However, 26K is supposed to be a window seat, but look.



Wall pocket in my view



The actual window is located more in advantage of 27K. I would have to recline my seat and wriggle in between to get any decent position to shoot.

Another thing was, as Ruby was positioned right on our opposite, the use of my camera.
“It has to be switched off only during take-off and landing,” She replied on my inquiry.
‘Bummer!’  

Fifteen minutes were passing by without activity. Captain Petrie had to ask a five minutes’ grace on the microphone.


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Backward cabin view. Everyone remained calm



The supposedly five minutes became fifteen minutes and what a relief as Captain Petrie finally reported, “We are now ready for departure. Cabin crew, take your position,”

During the pushback soon after, GE90 engines staged a play as if they wanted to be a match of Italian quartet Il Divo. Very appropriate while watching safety video.


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Safety video scene



With nothing else to do after the safety briefing, I just went through the safety card.



Front page with eight languages. Again no Dutch


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Content. Note the instruction of Club World and New Club World




Taxi and take off



What do you think of a view during taxi along photogenic objects like Emirates A6-EBW, lineup on the runway, lift off at 15.50 or dancing clouds right after? I just had to let them all pass without any photography.

Amigos, it was killing and I felt uneasy!  





In flight



I had to go the lavatory as soon as the fasten seat belt signs were switched off. Luckily, one of them was located just across our seats.



Lavatory pan


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Washbasin



Some drops of Eau de Cologne would perform miracle, but none of these were available on our flight, except a soap dispenser.  

A little window on 3R cheered me up as I left the lavatory.



Cloudy



While waiting for the weather beneath to clear up further, how about exploring the IFE control unit with its red light district of the control unit?



IFE control



Telephone. Note the alphabet for text processing



And the most essential feature?


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Moving map



In the meantime, Leanne was distributing sandwiches.


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Tuna mayonnaise sandwich



Look what was hidden under the sandwich.


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A sugar bar, a pre-packed skimmed milk and a napkin



Assisted by Ruby, Leanne returned with drink trolley after sandwich distribution. It became evident that Malaga belongs to BA’s band three service, consisting of filled sandwich and full bar.


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Leanne and Ruby doing the bar service



By the way, do you realize that BA takes full bar service very seriously?

An elderly female passenger, who was nursing her baby grandchild, had to wait in our neighborhood while her row and several others were being served.
Leanne was aware of the situation and asked her by first train, “Can I offer you anything to drink? Wine, gin and tonic or perhaps whiskey?”
I was impressed by what I heard, ‘A choice of spirits in intra-European economy apart of common beer and wine offering?’

Moreover, Leanne took very good care of her passengers.
Upon a request for white wine, she replied, “Do you want some ice? It is not chilled enough,”
Was it not lovely of her?  

“Something to drink, Sir?” Leanne asked me when it was our turn.
“Can I have beer, please?”
“Do you want Heineken or Grolsch?”
I did not get it in the first instance, “I am sorry?”
“Heineken or Grolsch?” Herman repeated Leanne’s question.
“Just a moment,” Leanne dug into the drawer and showed me a can of each Heineken and Grolsch.

I surely appreciated Leanne’s effort, but choosing between Dutch beer brands on board of British flagship was not anything I looked forward to.

While I was in two minds, Herman said, “Please give me the Heineken,”


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Herman’s Heineken



“How about you, Sir? Heineken or Grolsch?” Leanne turned to me after serving Herman’s Heineken.
I just could not delay Leanne any longer, “Then, I will have Grolsch, please,”
“Do you go for Grolsch anyway?” Herman asked me teasingly as I took my order in hand.
“As long as it is not Heineken, it will do,”
Herman laughed.

While munching his sandwich, Herman got curious, “Do you like the sandwich?”
“What can I say?” I replied. “Concoction of spicy caper and flaky tuna with smooth sensation of mayonnaise. I love it,”

Sadly, my sandwich delight ended too soon.

Some one and a half hour into the flight, G-VIIF encountered turbulence. It was not severe, but serious enough to keep fasten seatbelt signs illuminated for fifteen minutes.

After another five minutes, rubbish was collected. What a timing as I needed to pass water. I took the opportunity to visit one of the bigger aft lavatories.



Interior



‘What to do now?’ I wondered after fulfilling my nature call.
‘Let’s play what about,’ Ariel suggested.
‘What about? How?’
‘Say what about something and point your camera on it,’

‘What about World Traveller cabin?’


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Left forward view


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Right forward view



‘What about World Traveller Plus cabin with its much fewer rows?’


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Right forward view



On board sales has begun. While Adam and Lisa wandered through the left aisle, I searched my wall pocket before they reached our row. Hey, look!


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Two High Life Shop guides



There were two September/October editions, interestingly with each a different cover. None of the covers was even similar to the one on board of BA 8114. What do you think of that?

I wished I could make Adam and Lisa happy with my purchase. Unfortunately, there were no BA branded merchandises I was looking for.

At 17.40, Captain Petrie was on the microphone, “We expect to land in Malaga in twenty five minutes. It is clear, sunny weather up there with twenty six Centigrade. Fasten seat belt signs will be switched on in five minutes. I hope you have enjoyed our flight so far,”

‘Suryo, you have got five minutes to capture some window views,’ Ariel reminded.


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Urbanización Soto Alberche and Fuente Romero at the bottom left corner. Nombela barely visible bottom right near the middle


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Cijara



Five minutes were up. Fasten seat belt signs were indeed illuminated.



Landing (Spanish time)



Final rubbish collection took place while everything including our individual screens was being stowed.

As we were prepared for landing, Ruby returned to her position in front of us. Of course, my camera had to be switched off again.  

In upcoming twenty minutes, I could only say my prayer, ‘Dear Heaven, please have these moments being recorded somehow,’

Well, guess what? My prayer has been heard by bokeroncito1983

It was just a small part of the whole sequence and also taken from outside, but still.

Brakes were barely applied after touch down at 19.05. G-VIIF glided leisurely into an immediate exit and proceeded to Terminal 3 where it came to a complete stop five minutes later.



Disembarking



Unlike our departure, our exit turned out to be 1L. I got excited.
‘But why?’ Ariel wondered.
‘Just stick along,’

We bad farewell to Ruby and joined the flow.


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Club World cabin



‘What do you think of First Class cabin being located between 1L and 2L?’



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3E and F


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1F



Several Club Europe passengers had the privilege to sample the First Class seats the last three hours with full attention of cabin manager Jackie. She was standing before 1L as during disembarkation.

Even though I never saw Jackie around in our cabin, it just felt appropriate to thank her as well as a member, well manager, of the crew.
“Thank you. Bye, bye,” Jackie replied.
See what I meant?  





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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:47 pm

Malaga Costa del Sol Airport






Costa del Sol. I immediately understood where Malaga owes the name to as I looked through the window.


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Sunbathing G-VIIF



However as Herman and I walked further, we were being prepared to enter an undiscovered dimension.


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Long corridor with low ceiling



Color change at the end of the corridor marked the entrance to the next dimension.


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Queue before passport control



Look how we might reward ourselves when we survived the bi-dimensional experience at 19.30.


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Arrival Duty Free



“What? It is even more expensive than our liquor shop at home!” Herman remarked, “Let’s collect our luggage,”


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Our belt screen



The priority tagged luggage was already on the belt as we arrived.

But then, minutes were passing by without any sight of ours. Fear came over me as I recalled Gabrielchew’s Where's My Bag? British Airways, Milan - London (by gabrielchew Aug 8 2011 in Trip Reports)

After twenty torturing minute wait, a familiar blue suitcase emerged. We were finally reunited! Together, we were ready to accomplish our last mission, collecting our rental car.  




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Signage. Note three different languages



“Oh, no! Not again!” I gasped as we reached Avis counter.


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Long queue



Herman was not too keen to spend another time in the queue. He decided to have a seat while I kept our sequence occupied.

The very same customer was still being attended when I stuck out my neck , literally, five minutes later. Just then, a cordoned entrance on the left attracted my attention.



Avis Preferred counter



Thankfully, we accepted BA’s invitation for Avis Preferred membership.

I quickly notified Herman and dodged forward before any other customer in the queue became aware of it.

The counter was unstaffed when we were there. But soon enough, suntanned and muscular Avis representative came by. Now, that made me feel even more preferred. 

By the way, do you see the queuing pink shirted guy in earlier picture? Suddenly, I noticed him standing right outside the entrance, staring in disbelief.
“Excuse me! Is this the counter for preferred customers?”
“Yes, sir,” Our representative replied.
“Is it the same as this?” Pink shirted guy showed his Avis Preferente membership card.

One side note, I am sure you know what Preferente means.   

Upon confirmation of our representative, the pink shirted guy became rude, “Why does it not say the same as Preferred?”
He quickly left, probably to get his travel companion out of the queue.

Our representative was not impressed that much by the guy’s behavior and just moved on with our formalities. I, on the other side, was impressed by his calmness.  

Fifteen minutes later, E-15 highway became a host of a black Opel Astra with two passengers and a blue suitcase on board.




Monte Málaga






After such exhausting day, all we needed was a good night sleep.


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Comfortable beds



Followed by a refreshing shower the next morning.



Well appointed bathroom



We brought along our own toiletries. Nevertheless, we appreciated complimentary amenity kit provided by our hotel.



Amenity kit



We were just wondering why we got assigned a Female Executive room.

Anyway, I was hungry as we did not really have dinner the previous evening. ‘What should I have for breakfast?’



Scrambled egg



Bacons, beans in tomato, sausages



‘Or…’



Assorted bread



Andalusian delicacies



‘Or perhaps…’



Yoghurts, assorted fruit



I was undecided, but at least I knew a place to enjoy our breakfast.



Terrace



‘So, what did you have?’ Ariel asked.
‘Well, the only thing I remember is that I was not hungry at all during lunchtime in Granada,’
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:49 pm

Granada




Alhambra



The Islamic-era splendor of the Alhambra sets some 6,000 visitors on their feet at the height of the summer. We decided to play it safe and booked our tickets in advance for the first time slot at 08.30.

‘What if you had decided not to?’ Ariel wondered.
‘Then, even it was yet before eight o’clock in the morning, we would have ended up this way,’


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Small part of even longer queue



After the opening of the entrance on the stroke of 08.30, we darted towards Palacios Nazaríes (Nasrid Palaces), the central palace complex.

Looking up after our entrance through the fourteenth century Mexuar, we could only gasp.


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Geometrically carved wood ceiling



Our admiration did not end while looking around us.


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Stucco work



The more pieces of intricate stucco work we got to see, the more I understood why Taj Mahal reminded Herman’s colleague of Alhambra. The pieces went beyond words.




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Just next door, Emir Yusuf I had Patio de Comares, his private residence, built in the mid-fourteenth century, overlooking the rectangular pool.


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Patio de Arrayanes (Court of the Myrtles)



His visitors were used to meet him in the Salón de Comares. If you were among them, could you keep your eyes of the ceiling?


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Ceiling



The star patterned domed ceiling represents the seven heavens, created by using more than 8,000 cedar pieces.

Adjacent is Patio de los Leones (Courtyard of the Lions).

Unfortunately, it was the wrong time to go there as the centerpiece of twelve marble lions, dating from the eleventh century, was under renovation.


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Work in progress



The lions have been moved into a corner room of the courtyard.



Renovation flag



Too bad, no picture was allowed inside the room.  

We had to carry on to a particular tower of Alcazaba where the cross and banners of Reconquista (Christian reconquest) were raised in January 1492.



Torre de la Vela (Watchtower)



Granada’s converted Muslim population after Reconquista were levied taxes by which the construction of Palacio de Carlos V in 1527 was financed.


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Interior



The Palacio appears to be the only example in Spain of the Renaissance-era circle-in-a-square ground plan.

Anyway, it was time to visit another complex even other nationals talks about. ‘Hey, why did it remind me of a particular airline’s slogan?’

While walking through the archeological area of Palacio Yusuf III, I nearly mistook it for Generalife because of all the greeneries.


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Palacio de Partal



Green gate



Generalife owes its name to the Arabic jinan al-‘arif (the overseer’s gardens).

Once we entered the lower garden, I had to admit that the overseer did have the outlook for the gardens. Let me ask you a couple of questions.

‘Which pathway would you prefer?’


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‘What about the patios?’




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‘Or Patio de La Aquecía further up?’


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‘Or Patio de La Sultana upstairs?’




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Generalife is supposedly very beautiful. What do you think?



Abrasador Casa Castañeda



Do you know that Granada is famous of serving Andalucía’s best tapas for free?

There are many places serving tapas in generous portions for Andalusian standards, but Casa Castañeda is the place to be, especially after our visit to Alhambra.


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Facade



Just look what we got for free after ordering our tubos (draught beer served in a straight glass).


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Skewered veal plate



Every drink round of yours would be accompanied by a different plate. How about that?  





Hotel Los Tilos






Have you ever been assigned a room displayed on the hotel’s website? What do you think of our assigned room 302?


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What about our view through one of the windows?


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While enjoying the sight of the place we visited earlier from our bed, we dozed off.
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:51 pm

The free tickets on BA are a bit of a joke. I paid $600 for a "free ticket" from NYC to GVA. They add huge taxesand fuel surcharges.

But I think they lowered their Award fares on short haul awards. Surprised they use such a large aircraft. I flew the same route on GB Air which was acquired by BA about 6 years ago. In those days we were still served a hot meal.
 
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:52 pm

Conclusion



First of all, I would like to thank Herman for his valuable photographic contribution.

Secondly, I wish to thank all involved BA’s customer service agents, cabin managers and crew members, in particular:

Captain Anderson, First Officer Slede and Yasmine, who made me feel more than welcome on their flight;
Ian, who was patiently waiting for us after arrival in LGW;
Leanne, for her caring service on our way to AGP;


Last but not least, my gratitude to all of you for joining me along to the last bastion of Al-Andalus.

I sincerely hope you enjoy my report. Please, feel free to leave comments. I look forward to your feedback as there is always room for improvement on my writings.


Un abrazo,
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:23 pm

Hi Suryo,

excellent report with high-quality pictures! I had been wondering for a while when you would post your next report. What a nice surprise to get a mighty 777 instead of an ordinary narrowbody.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
KLM PH-AOD, dedicated to PlaneHunter. 17 February 2009?

Thanks, Suryo! Great picture! I remember that flight well - never before had I rejected a meal...  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
But, you know what? I was shocked at a first sight of our aircraft.

That reminds me of Nok Air!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Transavia PH-GGZ. Note the GOL winglet

The plane has meanwhile been returned to GOL.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Three of us had a great chat for at least ten minutes. Well, Herman was waiting for me that long inside the air bridge.

“Well, I have a plane to catch. Thank you so much for inviting me here,” I bad farewell to both Captain Anderson and FO Slede.
“You are welcome. It is great to have a plane enthusiast on board,”

To my surprise, Yasmine was waiting with a souvenir.

Great!

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“Yes, just one. Can you tell us why our flight got cancelled?”
“The airplane has gone tech, so we will deploy a bigger airplane. A triple seven,”

That must have been a special moment!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
During his introduction, he made an interesting remark, “For most of you, this could be the first time flying a wide-body,”
Herman chuckled at this.

  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigos, it was killing and I felt uneasy!

I can fully understand that.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
And the most essential feature?

  

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Well, guess what? My prayer has been heard by bokeroncito1983

It was just a small part of the whole sequence and also taken from outside, but still.

Very nice video!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 7):
Surprised they use such a large aircraft.

As Suryo said, the originally assigned plane had gone tech.


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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:47 pm

Another great trip report. I honestly look forward to reading about your adventures in travel. Thanks.
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:52 am

Great re[port, thanks for sharing!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
We decided to wait for a while and went outside. That morning lacked sunrays, but what about sunflowers?

Very pretty

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Croatia 9A-CTG, dedicated to Markus (FLIEGER67). 29 May 2010?

I flew her twice this year LHR-ZAG-LHR, and saw here in MUC last week

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Do you notice the cocktail table? 12F must be a Club Europe seat as well occasionally.

I think all seats on the shorthual fleet have tables?

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Front page with seven languages. Why no Dutch?

Because the Dutch are such good linguists! Honestly though I don't know why BA have so many languages - looks stupid.

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“The airplane has gone tech, so we will deploy a bigger airplane. A triple seven,”

Great for you, but you should have asked for Club (or at least WTP) for your "inconvenience"!

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“You know what? Let’s go!” A lady sitting next to us, beckoned her husband while they were clearly holding boarding stubs with row number twenty eight. They did not get turned away even though ‘ONLY’ was emphasized at each announcement.

Thats the problem with having a system...people ignore it, and very rarely do staff care.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The queue was progressing slowly. What else with boarding a fully loaded 777 through a single air bridge?

That's BAs speciality, using just one airbridge, even on full B744.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I was impressed by what I heard, ‘A choice of spirits in intra-European economy apart of common beer and wine offering?’

That's why I love BA. Spirits, even on domestic!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘What do you think of First Class cabin being located between 1L and 2L?’

Great photos of Granada
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Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:16 am

Awesome trip report! Again love all the photos and all the details!

I just have to ask....WHO IS ARIEL? Is is the person who was in the 777 lav with you who was wearing the exact same jeans? Must be a big lav for two people to fit!

 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Victoria%u2019s Secret is one of the brands. It will remain a secret for us though

You don't know her secret? Victoria's secret is that she is a hussy....can't you tell from her clothes?!
 


Did you go back to the Al Hambra at night? When I went they offered a different night time ticket to the Nasrid Palaces...it is really beautiful and peaceful at night they way it is lit up and since there are so few people there!
 
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Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:16 am

Great report, akhmad!

Looks like you had some nice flights with BA. Its been a while since I've had the pleasure of flying them - they always strike me as one of the world's better airlines.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Or a bakery?

Interesting to have this in an airport? Kind of cool!

The place you visited looks beautiful! Hope I can get there someday.

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Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:45 am

Fantastic report with superb pictures Suryo! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to explore Andalucia with Herman & yourself. BA seemed to offer pretty good service on both flights. The crew made sure you had a great flight & a sandwich looks just right for the relatively short flights you had with them. Also good to see that they were proactive & were able to sort out another plane to take you to Malaga without too much hassle.

Andalucia looks fantastic & the Alhambra is a place I would really like to visit someday. BTW those tapa's remind of the time I spent in the Basque country a little over a year ago.   

Looking forward to your next report.

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Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:01 am

Suryo, what can I say?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Oh, it reminds me of Alhambra!”

A wonderful destination captured so well by Herman and told in an entertaining style.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
You might not bypass those kiosks without boarding pass as customer service agent Hasima would intercept you.

Is either kiosk or online check-in obligatory now? Or can passengers still go to a desk to check in?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
That morning lacked sunrays, but what about sunflowers?

So cheerful and so appropriate when you think of how many sunflowers are grown in Spain.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Interestingly, most passengers felt invited.

That always amuses me. Either everyone has top tier status or they don't listen.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
But sadly, we were confronted by minor state of maintenance

The condition of the aircraft leaves a little to be desired: torn seats on G-DOCX and the toilet on G-VIIF appears to have an air of grubbiness. But the staff seem to have made up for that.   

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Three of us had a great chat for at least ten minutes. Well, Herman was waiting for me that long inside the air bridge.

He must be used to that by now. It is noticeable in reading trip reports how some airlines have different policies on letting people into the cockpit and on taking photos. It is always a bonus if you can do either. And the souvenir pen is a nice gesture.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
,“Flight to Malaga closing. That is not ours. Flight to Malaga cancelled... WHAT?”

Mild panic attack. But it is good to see that the staff attended to the problem so efficiently and in a friendly manner. And the bonus aircraft change.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
“It has to be switched off only during take-off and landing,” She replied on my inquiry.

What a shame but how fortunate that someone was on the ground to record your flight arrival.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Signage. Note three different languages

Yes, and notice that German is first. Obviously the German tourists spend more than the English ones.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Unfortunately, it was the wrong time to go there as the centerpiece of twelve marble lions, dating from the eleventh century, was under renovation

Still? They were doing that last year in August during my own visit. But I do notice that some progress has been made.

Suryo, thank you for sharing with us a truly beautiful visit to Granada. I look forward to reading the continuation.
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Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:37 am

Hi Suryo

Nice trip report, thanks for posting it. Getting a 777 on the LGW-AGP sector is a very good catch. Luck and unluck can fall at the same time as you can see. It's nice to see the details such as every dialogue between you and the flight attendants, gate agents,....

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

On the next page, you can select the passenger you wish to check in. By the way, what if you find out that you are already checked in?

I actually did have this on Southwest Airlines a few months back.

Nice pic of PH-KCH. Flew on that one on jul 19 2010 from AMS to YUL. A Ride With A Rare Blue Bird! (by MSS658 Oct 31 2010 in Trip Reports)

Greetings
Marc

[Edited 2011-10-19 02:04:09]
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Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:31 am

Hola Suryo, what a nice and well written report, great how you point out all the little details, really enjoyed reading it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Gradually, I learned how Schiphol entertained her visitors.

Interesting, a nice difference to all the shopping mall like airports around nowadays.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Or even better… plane spotting!

Sure, it is an airport after all   ...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Interestingly, most passengers felt invited.

As usual, some people obviously seem to be afraid to be left behind.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“You are welcome. It is great to have a plane enthusiast on board,”
To my surprise, Yasmine was waiting with a souvenir.

Wow, that's nice of the crew. An opportunity to visit the cockpit is always great. I think these pilots enjoy their jobs very much and like it to talk to someone who really is interested. Well done by the crew here.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
However, 26K is supposed to be a window seat, but look.

Oh, that's too bad. It was certainly a nice surprise to fly the mighty 777 on an intra-European flight, but not having a window is quite a disappointment.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Another thing was, as Ruby was positioned right on our opposite, the use of my camera.
“It has to be switched off only during take-off and landing,” She replied on my inquiry.
‘Bummer!’

That's often the downside of the exit row or bulkhead seats. You are in plain view of the FAs. Too bad they took it serious with the no-camera-rule. I know how it feels when you are not able to take pictures.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
I surely appreciated Leanne’s effort, but choosing between Dutch beer brands on board of British flagship was not anything I looked forward to.

Well, Heineken seems to be the beer of choice for many airlines, don't understand why. Even on my latest LAN flight from MAD to FRA they had this brand on board.

Also thanks for the nice pictures of Granada. While I have been to Andalucia once before I haven't made it to Granada. Your pictures make me want to go there as well, the Alhambra is certainly a must-visit place.

Again thank you for sharing your trip with us, hope you have enjoyed the rest of your holidays as well.

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Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:58 am

Hi Suryo!

A nice read, Im currently just finishing off my report to AGP, also on a widebody!

Great you got to fly on the 777 though, I wouldn't have minded this if my flight was cancelled!

Great service shown by BA on the flight and lets not forget, nice pictures illustrating the trip.

Thanks for sharing,

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Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:56 am

Well hello there mr Akhmad,

Finally another report from your hands, it was well worth the wait. An almost romantic story, reading like a novel with beautiful pics throughout. So thanks very much for that. I’m glad BA treated you nicely: pro’s go for the lovely crews, the 777 upgrade and the transit at LGW, cons go for the abominable state of the 734 on the AMS-LGW leg, the windowless exit seats (a bit to be expected) and the gentleman in pink at the AVIS rental desk. I also loved your destination pics, made me feel a bit like being in the Middle East although it was ‘just’ in equal sunny Spain.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Row 21 was practically empty as we got there.

A nice start of your journey I’d say.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
but what about sunflowers?

My wife loves them but to put them on the curbside of an airport, even in Holland, hmm…   

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Or spotting artwork?

You mean the KLM tails  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Hand baggage allowance with ours in it. What do you think?

Fits perfectly: allowed on board!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Another sister ship G-BNWC

I didn’t know BA operated their 767’s to AMS. That’s kinda interesting to know…

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“The airplane has gone tech, so we will deploy a bigger airplane. A triple seven,”

  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amigos, it was killing and I felt uneasy!

I know the feeling Suryo, I know the feeling…

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Color change at the end of the corridor marked the entrance to the next dimension.

You did not consider teleportation: it’s a lot quicker!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Now, that made me feel even more preferred.

  

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Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:08 pm

Wow Suryo. You manage to cover every nuance of a flight... so much so that it really feels like I was along on that one with you.

What it with the illustration of the teddy-bear being handed back to the kid in the Flight Information board at your gate in AMS? Probably glaringly obvious but I missed it.

Great fortune to get the 777. Happy days... Due to fly BA today... another opportunity to see just how much they have scaled back on shorter hops. Urgh.

Gardens looked very beautiful... I am a huge fan of Islamic architecture too..

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Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:08 pm

Hi Suryo

Great report. You certainly didn't leave me waiting for too long. In any case, I really do think some guys get all the luck: I mean, an a/c going tech is one thing, but to have it replaced by a B.777 on an intra-European leg is just so cool, especially for the lucky ones that ended up in First Class!

As for your pictures of the Al-Hambra, they really bring out the beauty of the place very well. It's such a magnificent place. There's a Parador that is actually on the grounds of the Al-Hambra. The rooms are nothing special, but having dinner out in the garden of the Parador on a warm summer's evening is simply serene.

In any case, thank for posting.

Cheers,
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Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:04 pm

Very nice ! I really liked your detailed report ! I know it is often said here, but I really felt as I was flying with you guys !
 
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Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:56 pm

Suryo! Another excellent well detailed report as usual!

Lucky that there was an equip change to a 777! Though I've been on a couple BA 777s and they need some interior refitting!

Loved your pics of Granada, might be considering it sometime soon!



Cheers,

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Wed Oct 19, 2011 4:09 pm

Hi Suryo!

Great tripreport! I truly enjoyed reading it.

How nice to get that 777, especially within Europe. Those economy seats do look comfortable.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
How about a visit to museum?

Cool idea, they have a similar thing at ARN, a mini Junibacken, which is sort of an Astrid Lindgren museum.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Front page with seven languages. Why no Dutch?

Why no Scandinavian language?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“The airplane has gone tech, so we will deploy a bigger airplane. A triple seven,”

Congrats!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Tuna mayonnaise sandwich

Not my kind of sadwhich, I'm not a big fan of either tuna or mayonnaise!

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Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:28 pm

Hey Suryo! Nice report. Good to read something about BA at AMS. I hope my coworkers treated you well. I always call DOCX the "Nose bleed" Nice job getting the 772!

Best regards,

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Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:41 pm

Hi Suryo!

Wonderful report with amazing pictures and really nice with so many details!

The 734 on BA looks very old and in need of urgent replacement/refurbishment! Looks like Rudolph the reindeer with that red nose. Great that you got the exit row. Very nice bonus to get the BA pen! Very cool!

Too bad your original flight LGW-AGP got cancelled but great bonus to fly a 777 on a intra-European flight! I hate those windowless window seats; I had that on PR a few months ago........I did fly a RG 777 CDG-AMS about 10 years ago and it was a very short flight; about 40 mins......They still managed a drink service......

I LOVE the pictures from the Al-Hambra! I think I really need to go there sometime. I'lll keep in mind to get there early.

Looking forward to part 2.

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Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:04 pm

Hola, Suryo,

let me say at first, superb pictures. Really well done.
And for sure a good idea to compare Granada´s wonder´s with you´re India impressions.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

‘Don’t get superstitious and move on!’ My conscious Ariel suddenly spoke.
‘Ah, Ariel! Yes, I will move on!’

You know, that´s something what I like to bring different characters to the story, a real good idea.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Croatia 9A-CTG, dedicated to Markus (FLIEGER67). 29 May 2010?

Congrats.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

But sadly, we were confronted by minor state of maintenance.

Do you see that tiny hole on the upper right of the seatback? I assumed there was used to be a coat hanger. Furthermore, what about coming off part of the leather on the left underneath?

As Herman unfolded his tray table, look what he got to see.

Now these bird looks like not in the best state, compare it with LH´s 733/5´s.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
o my horror, someone was seated comfortably at my window seat.
‘Will you make a fuss about it?’ Ariel suddenly whispered.
‘Oh, you bet I will!’

The subject don´t know that there is someone from the tripreporters party on approach!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
The Islamic-era splendor of the Alhambra sets some 6,000 visitors on their feet at the height of the summer. We decided to play it safe and booked our tickets in advance for the first time slot at 08.30.

Exactly what we managed last year, well done again.

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Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:13 pm

Hi Suryo

I loved your report - thanks very much for such a detailed showcase of your recent adventures. I really want to visit the Palace. Your pics make me want to book my ticket tomorrow!

BA's 737s are now so old and the cabins are really showing it. I guess they are competing with the 767s for the shabbiest cabin in the fleet!

Glad you enjoyed your flight over to LGW in any case.

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Ha! Thank you! Yes, that's my baby. The date is indeed correct too. I loved that EM190 flight with KL.

Fantastic luck getting the 777 for the flight out of Gatwick. It did not seem like the delay caused too much inconvenience for you?

I always remember that while sitting in a bulkhead seat is good from a legroom perspective, there is a very good chance there will be cabin crew sitting near or in front of you - and I really felt your pain in NOT being able to take your camera out. It's such a stupid thing because airlines are so inconsistent in their approach. Qantas' Safety Card actually expressly says that cameras can be used AT ANY TIME provided they are not being used for commercial purposes. If it's good enough for them, then I don't see what the issue is - particularly if all you are doing is taking pictures out of the window.

Thanks for taking the time to post this report - looking forward to the return. I know it has an E-jet in there somewhere!!!

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Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:48 pm

Hey Suryo ,
Great read as always and lovely photos. What a surprise to get a 777   Thats what I call lucky on such a short flight. I bet you were glad of the cancellation. Just like I was on my last trip to FRA  

Lovely photos from Spain. You were very nice to the crew and they showed their appreciation back , the way it should be .

Thanks for the report.

Regards

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Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:32 pm

Hey Akhmad,

Once again, great trip report as usual! BA seem to have impressed you, I've heard a lot of negative comments about them lately.

Also, it was a nice surprise that you got to fly on the 772! May I ask, what was the original aircraft? And how was your flight on the 777 full? Were there additional flights also canceled beside yours? I was expecting an empty flight considering that the original A/C would most likely be a narrow-body.

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Amigos, it was killing and I felt uneasy!

I understand! I almost lost my 100% record on sitting on a window seat every time I fly this summer. We flew from DEN-ORD with UA originally scheduled to be a 777 with the 2-5-2 configuration, there was a last minute A/C swap and our 777 has been replaced with the newer version. The good thing was that I got upgraded to E+, the horror set in when all of the window seats has been taken! Long story short, I tried to check-in early at DEN to no avail....But 15 minutes before boarding, via UA's iPhone app, a single window seat just opened up and luck was with me, the record still lives on! 

Anyways, once again, fantastic trip report. My family will be visiting Europe soon and I'd love to fly with BA! Looking forward for more.

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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:16 pm

Hola Suryo!

As usual always impressed byt your TRs.

Your attention to any detail is always an inspiration for all those of us who write TRs.

Alhambra is truly a great place to visit, too bad the lions were out of their place. I remember going there when I was 4 and having my picture taken riding one of them... long, long time ago. Then it was allowed, sadly not any more.

Thanks a lot! Looking forward to reading more reports.

Salut!

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Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:22 pm

Hello Suryo ,

Very nice Trip Report . I have to reply here altough I already done it

Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
“Can I offer you anything to drink? Wine, gin and tonic or perhaps whiskey?”

I find it very nice of the FA offering the lady almost everything .


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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Thu Oct 20, 2011 3:17 pm

Hi Suryo,

Excellent, as always. You haven't lost your touch  

I was going to saw how comfy the seats looked on the 737 until I saw your photo of the seat back falling apart. Some action needs to be taken there.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Oh, yes, and… do not bother the airline booking. Just leave it to me,”

The words of a true aviation expert  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
That morning lacked sunrays, but what about sunflowers?

Beautiful. That has to be the best display of blooms I've ever seen at an airport.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Gate screen. Note the time planning

I love the oversized teddy the child has in the animation. It looks big enough to take up a whole seat on the plane!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Interestingly, most passengers felt invited

Haha, or didn't listen to the announcement!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Where have you been? I was worried that you might have taken a wrong exit and ended up somewhere on the apron!”

Even better  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
I skimmed through the screen,“Flight to Malaga closing. That is not ours. Flight to Malaga cancelled... WHAT?”

I'm surprised the cancelled isn't marked in red. It would make it a lot clearer.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
“The airplane has gone tech, so we will deploy a bigger airplane. A triple seven,”

I can't begin to imagine how you must have felt at that moment! What fantastic news......

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
However, 26K is supposed to be a window seat, but look.

...but how frustrating! I remember that happening to me on the A380.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
What do you think of a view during taxi along photogenic objects like Emirates A6-EBW, lineup on the runway, lift off at 15.50 or dancing clouds right after? I just had to let them all pass without any photography.
Amigos, it was killing and I felt uneasy

I can sympathise with you 100%

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
What can I say?” I replied. “Concoction of spicy caper and flaky tuna with smooth sensation of mayonnaise. I love it,”

Suryo, I just love your descriptions, you even make a tuna sandwich sound sexy!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Upon confirmation of our representative, the pink shirted guy became rude, “Why does it not say the same as Preferred?”

Oh dear. One of my fellow countrymen?

Looking forward to the return leg,

Happy flying
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Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:03 pm

Querido(a) lychemsa, PH, TEW, Gabriel, Burj, Matthew, aflyingkiwi, Roy, Marc, CaptainRed, Matt, Nils, Luke, William, taichen, JOE777, Martin, Martijn, Lars, Markus, Palmjet, Philip, Jezrel, Roger, Daniel, Hannah,

How wonderful to hear from you. Thank you so much for dropping by.


PH, TEW, Gabriel, Burj, Matthew, aflyingkiwi, Roy, Marc, CaptainRed, Matt, William, Martin, Martijn, Lars, Markus, Palmjet, Philip, Jezrel, Roger:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
excellent report with high-quality pictures!
Quoting luv2fly (Reply 10):
Another great trip report.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Great re[port, thanks for sharing!
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Great photos of Granada
Quoting Burj (Reply 12):
Awesome trip report! Again love all the photos and all the details!
Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
Great report, akhmad!
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 14):
Fantastic report with superb pictures Suryo!
Quoting Quokka (Reply 15):
A wonderful destination captured so well by Herman and told in an entertaining style.
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Nice trip report, thanks for posting it
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
what a nice and well written report, great how you point out all the little details, really enjoyed reading it.
Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 18):
A nice read
Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 18):
lets not forget, nice pictures illustrating the trip.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 21):
Great report. You certainly didn't leave me waiting for too long
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 24):
Great tripreport! I truly enjoyed reading it.
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 25):
Hey Suryo! Nice report. Good to read something about BA at AMS
Quoting The777Man (Reply 26):
Wonderful report with amazing pictures and really nice with so many details!
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 27):
let me say at first, superb pictures. Really well done.
Quoting Palmjet (Reply 28):
I loved your report
Quoting OA260 (Reply 29):
Great read as always and lovely photos
Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 30):
Once again, great trip report as usual!
Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 30):
Anyways, once again, fantastic trip report
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 31):
As usual always impressed byt your TRs.

Thank you. I really appreciate your positive reaction.


aflyingkiwi, Roy, Matt, William, Palmjet, Philip:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 14):
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to explore Andalucia with Herman & yourself.
Quoting Quokka (Reply 15):
Suryo, thank you for sharing with us a truly beautiful visit to Granada.
Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 18):
Thanks for sharing,
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 21):
In any case, thank for posting.
Quoting Palmjet (Reply 28):
thanks very much for such a detailed showcase of your recent adventures.
Quoting Palmjet (Reply 28):
Thanks for taking the time to post this report
Quoting OA260 (Reply 29):
Thanks for the report.

It has been a great pleasure.


PH, Martijn, Lars:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
That reminds me of Nok Air!
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 25):
I always call DOCX the "Nose bleed"
Quoting The777Man (Reply 26):
Looks like Rudolph the reindeer with that red nose.

  



PH, CaptainRed, Nils, Palmjet, Jezrel, Hannah:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
I can fully understand that.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
I know how it feels when you are not able to take pictures.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
I know the feeling Suryo, I know the feeling…
Quoting Palmjet (Reply 28):
and I really felt your pain in NOT being able to take your camera out.
Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 30):
I understand!
Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
I can sympathise with you 100%

Thank you for your support.


TEW, aflyingkiwi, Roy, Lars, Palmjet, Jezrel, Roger, Hannah:

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 10):
I honestly look forward to reading about your adventures in travel. Thanks.
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 14):
Looking forward to your next report.
Quoting Quokka (Reply 15):
I look forward to reading the continuation.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 26):
Looking forward to part 2.
Quoting Palmjet (Reply 28):
looking forward to the return. I know it has an E-jet in there somewhere!!!
Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 30):
Looking forward for more.
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 31):
Thanks a lot! Looking forward to reading more reports.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
Looking forward to the return leg,

I am doing my best.


lychemsa:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 7):
I paid $600 for a "free ticket" from NYC to GVA. They add huge taxesand fuel surcharges.

$600 is steep indeed.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 7):
I flew the same route on GB Air which was acquired by BA about 6 years ago. In those days we were still served a hot meal.

I miss those good old days.


PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
I had been wondering for a while when you would post your next report.

I am sorry to make you wait that long.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
What a nice surprise to get a mighty 777 instead of an ordinary narrowbody.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
That must have been a special moment!

I was excited when I learnt about the swap.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Thanks, Suryo! Great picture!

You are welcome.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
I remember that flight well - never before had I rejected a meal...   

Oh yes, I remember that too.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
The plane has meanwhile been returned to GOL.

Thanks for the information.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Very nice video!

It feels special as I have been a part of it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
As Suryo said, the originally assigned plane had gone tech.

  




Gabriel:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
I flew her twice this year LHR-ZAG-LHR, and saw here in MUC last week

How could I have missed that? In that case, I dedicate 9A-CTG to Markus and you.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
I think all seats on the shorthual fleet have tables?

You could be right. I did not pay any attention to other seats of the rows behind us.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Because the Dutch are such good linguists!

Thanks for the recognition. 



Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Honestly though I don't know why BA have so many languages - looks stupid.

Well, somehow I like the many languages.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Great for you, but you should have asked for Club (or at least WTP) for your "inconvenience"!

Great suggestion. I will keep it in mind. Thanks.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Thats the problem with having a system...people ignore it, and very rarely do staff care.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
That's BAs speciality, using just one airbridge, even on full B744.

Then shall it be.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
That's why I love BA. Spirits, even on domestic!

  



Burj:



Quoting Burj (Reply 12):
I just have to ask....WHO IS ARIEL? Is is the person who was in the 777 lav with you who was wearing the exact same jeans?

You have answered your own question. 



Quoting Burj (Reply 12):
Must be a big lav for two people to fit! 

It was.   



Quoting Burj (Reply 12):
Victoria's secret is that she is a hussy....can't you tell from her clothes?!  

Now I get it.

Quoting Burj (Reply 12):
Did you go back to the Al Hambra at night?

No, we did not.

Quoting Burj (Reply 12):
When I went they offered a different night time ticket to the Nasrid Palaces...it is really beautiful and peaceful at night they way it is lit up and since there are so few people there!

Wow, it sounds wonderful. If we are ever back in Granada, we will certainly do that.


Matthew:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
Its been a while since I've had the pleasure of flying them
Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
The place you visited looks beautiful! Hope I can get there someday.

How about flying BA to visit Granada?


aflyingkiwi:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 14):
The crew made sure you had a great flight & a sandwich looks just right for the relatively short flights you had with them. Also good to see that they were proactive & were able to sort out another plane to take you to Malaga without too much hassle.

Besides Captain Anderson, FO Slede, Yasmine, Ian and Leanne, I should give Sue credit as well for changing our boarding passes.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 14):
Andalucia looks fantastic & the Alhambra is a place I would really like to visit someday

Go for it.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 14):
BTW those tapa's remind of the time I spent in the Basque country a little over a year ago.   

To be honest, I have never been in the Basque country.


Roy:

Quoting Quokka (Reply 15):
Is either kiosk or online check-in obligatory now? Or can passengers still go to a desk to check in?

Either Kiosk or online check-in is obligatory for Euro Traveller passengers on the contrary to Club Europe passengers and passengers with top tier status.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 15):
So cheerful and so appropriate when you think of how many sunflowers are grown in Spain.

You put it aptly.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 15):
That always amuses me. Either everyone has top tier status or they don't listen.

  



Quoting Quokka (Reply 15):
The condition of the aircraft leaves a little to be desired. But the staff seem to have made up for that.   

  



Quoting Quokka (Reply 15):
He must be used to that by now.

Herman has never complained.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 15):
It is noticeable in reading trip reports how some airlines have different policies on letting people into the cockpit and on taking photos. It is always a bonus if you can do either.

Agreed. I would say, grab your chance whenever it is possible.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 15):
And the souvenir pen is a nice gesture.

It was impressive of Yasmine.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 15):
Mild panic attack. But it is good to see that the staff attended to the problem so efficiently and in a friendly manner. And the bonus aircraft change.
Quoting Quokka (Reply 15):
What a shame but how fortunate that someone was on the ground to record your flight arrival.

My feeling is exactly the same.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 15):
Obviously the German tourists spend more than the English ones.  

Could it work that way? 



Quoting Quokka (Reply 15):
Still? They were doing that last year in August during my own visit. But I do notice that some progress has been made.

Perhaps we should come back once the renovation is completed.


Marc:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
It's nice to see the details such as every dialogue between you and the flight attendants, gate agents,....

You will be surprised how you can memorize things by some key words.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
I actually did have this on Southwest Airlines a few months back.

Was it after you lost your passport?

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):

Nice pic of PH-KCH. Flew on that one on jul 19 2010 from AMS to YUL.
A Ride With A Rare Blue Bird! (by MSS658 Oct 31 2010 in Trip Reports)

How could I have forgot that? Then, I dedicate PH-KCH to Anosh and you, Marc.


CaptainRed:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Sure, it is an airport after all   ...

  



Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
As usual, some people obviously seem to be afraid to be left behind.

Amusing, is it not?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Wow, that's nice of the crew. An opportunity to visit the cockpit is always great. I think these pilots enjoy their jobs very much and like it to talk to someone who really is interested. Well done by the crew here.

Definitely. You sum it up nicely.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Oh, that's too bad. It was certainly a nice surprise to fly the mighty 777 on an intra-European flight, but not having a window is quite a disappointment.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
That's often the downside of the exit row or bulkhead seats. You are in plain view of the FAs.

I did have mixed feelings.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Even on my latest LAN flight from MAD to FRA they had this brand on board.

When we flew with Korean Air from AMS to MAD in 2009, the only brand they had on offer was… Heineken! It seems that all intra-European fifth freedom flights are supplied with that brand.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Also thanks for the nice pictures of Granada. While I have been to Andalucia once before I haven't made it to Granada. Your pictures make me want to go there as well, the Alhambra is certainly a must-visit place.

You just have to go there.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Again thank you for sharing your trip with us, hope you have enjoyed the rest of your holidays as well.

You are welcome. We have certainly enjoyed the rest of Andalucía.


Matt:

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 18):
Im currently just finishing off my report to AGP, also on a widebody!

Great! I look forward to your report.

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 18):
I wouldn't have minded this if my flight was cancelled!

I know you would not.   




Nils:



Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
Finally another report from your hands, it was well worth the wait. An almost romantic story, reading like a novel with beautiful pics throughout. So thanks very much for that. I’m glad BA treated you nicely: pro’s go for the lovely crews, the 777 upgrade and the transit at LGW, cons go for the abominable state of the 734 on the AMS-LGW leg, the windowless exit seats (a bit to be expected) and the gentleman in pink at the AVIS rental desk. I also loved your destination pics, made me feel a bit like being in the Middle East although it was ‘just’ in equal sunny Spain.

Thank you. You make me blush with your beautifully well thought summary.   



Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
A nice start of your journey I’d say.

Certainly.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
My wife loves them but to put them on the curbside of an airport, even in Holland, hmm…   

It is worth trying, so it seems.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
You mean the KLM tails  

Busted! 



Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
I didn’t know BA operated their 767’s to AMS. That’s kinda interesting to know…
BA occasionally deploys 763’s to AMS during the summer.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
You did not consider teleportation: it’s a lot quicker!

Probably, it is reserved for premium passengers.


Luke:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
You manage to cover every nuance of a flight... so much so that it really feels like I was along on that one with you.

You make me blush. Thank you.   



Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
What it with the illustration of the teddy-bear being handed back to the kid in the Flight Information board at your gate in AMS? Probably glaringly obvious but I missed it.

The kid should not have any fear of losing her teddy-bear for security screening.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
Happy days... Due to fly BA today...

Nice to hear.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
another opportunity to see just how much they have scaled back on shorter hops. Urgh.

Do not worry, be happy.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
Gardens looked very beautiful... I am a huge fan of Islamic architecture too..

I believe you.


William:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 21):
In any case, I really do think some guys get all the luck: I mean, an a/c going tech is one thing, but to have it replaced by a B.777 on an intra-European leg is just so cool, especially for the lucky ones that ended up in First Class!

I wish I could be one of those lucky guys, just for the sake of the trip report

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 21):
As for your pictures of the Al-Hambra, they really bring out the beauty of the place very well. It's such a magnificent place.

Herman gets the credit for the pictures.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 21):
There's a Parador that is actually on the grounds of the Al-Hambra. The rooms are nothing special, but having dinner out in the garden of the Parador on a warm summer's evening is simply serene.

I can imagine that. When did you stay at the Parador?


taichen:

Quoting taichen (Reply 22):
Very nice ! I really liked your detailed report ! I know it is often said here, but I really felt as I was flying with you guys !

You make me blush. Thank you so much.   




JOE777:

Quoting joe777 (Reply 23):
Suryo! Another excellent well detailed report as usual!

Thank you. It has been a while. How are you doing?

Quoting joe777 (Reply 23):
Though I've been on a couple BA 777s and they need some interior refitting!

Ouch, so our interior is common on board of BA 777.



Quoting joe777 (Reply 23):
Loved your pics of Granada, might be considering it sometime soon!

It is worth it, I assure you.


Martin:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 24):
Those economy seats do look comfortable.

It is.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 24):
they have a similar thing at ARN, a mini Junibacken, which is sort of an Astrid Lindgren museum.

I will keep it in mind in case of a visit to ARN

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 24):
Why no Scandinavian language?  

Because Scandinavian people are linguist as Gabriel has said about Dutch people.   



Quoting deltamartin (Reply 24):
Congrats!

Thank you.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 24):
Not my kind of sadwhich, I'm not a big fan of either tuna or mayonnaise!

You would not be the only one. I noticed many passengers leaving the sandwiches untouched.


Martijn:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 25):
I hope my coworkers treated you well

Hasima and Charlotte were exemplary.



Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 25):
Nice job getting the 772!

Thanks.


Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 26):
Very nice bonus to get the BA pen! Very cool!

Thanks to Yasmine.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 26):
Too bad your original flight LGW-AGP got cancelled but great bonus to fly a 777 on a intra-European flight

Good to know that from The777Man.   



Quoting The777Man (Reply 26):
I hate those windowless window seats; I had that on PR a few months ago..

Oh yes, I remember that. Your experience was even more torturing.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 26):
I did fly a RG 777 CDG-AMS about 10 years ago and it was a very short flight; about 40 mins......They still managed a drink service......

Ah, the good old fifth freedom route.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 26):
I LOVE the pictures from the Al-Hambra! I think I really need to go there sometime. I'lll keep in mind to get there early.

Do not forget to book your tickets in advance.


Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 27):
And for sure a good idea to compare Granada´s wonder´s with you´re India impressions.

The splendors of both countries are different, but yet equally breathtaking.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 27):
You know, that´s something what I like to bring different characters to the story, a real good idea.

Thank you. Perhaps we can arrange a meeting between Ariel and Mr S.   



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 27):
Now these bird looks like not in the best state, compare it with LH´s 733/5´s.

Striking comparison.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 27):
The subject don´t know that there is someone from the tripreporters party on approach!.

Exactly what I thought. He learnt about us soon enough.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 27):
Exactly what we managed last year, well done again.

That was the better way to go.


Palmjet:

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 28):
I really want to visit the Palace. Your pics make me want to book my ticket tomorrow!

Be my guest.  



Quoting Palmjet (Reply 28):

BA's 737s are now so old and the cabins are really showing it. I guess they are competing with the 767s for the shabbiest cabin in the fleet!

I have to agree with you about this.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 28):
Glad you enjoyed your flight over to LGW in any case.
LGW is improving.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 28):
Ha! Thank you! Yes, that's my baby. The date is indeed correct too. I loved that EM190 flight with KL.

The pleasure is mine too.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 28):
Fantastic luck getting the 777 for the flight out of Gatwick. It did not seem like the delay caused too much inconvenience for you?

We missed sipping cold beer on a terrace while enjoying the sunset in Malaga. But hey, the following days abundantly made it up for.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 28):
Qantas' Safety Card actually expressly says that cameras can be used AT ANY TIME provided they are not being used for commercial purposes.

Kudos to Qantas about this. There can be no misunderstanding.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 28):
If it's good enough for them, then I don't see what the issue is - particularly if all you are doing is taking pictures out of the window.

Perhaps an assignment for the authorities to make it clear once and for all?



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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:22 pm

Philip:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 29):
What a surprise to get a 777   Thats what I call lucky on such a short I bet you were glad of the cancellation. Just like I was on my last trip to FRA  

It was a blessing in disguise.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 29):
Lovely photos from Spain.

Herman gets the credit for the photos.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 29):
You were very nice to the crew and they showed their appreciation back , the way it should be .

You know, we are the same for this matter.   




Jezrel:

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 30):
BA seem to have impressed you, I've heard a lot of negative comments about them lately.

I was aware of the negative comments and just delighted that my experiences were positive.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 30):
May I ask, what was the original aircraft?

B737-436.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 30):
And how was your flight on the 777 full?
Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 30):
I was expecting an empty flight considering that the original A/C would most likely be a narrow-body.

BA 2714 and BA 2716 were combined into the last one. I did not know about the load upfront. Both World Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabins were full anyway.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 30):
Were there additional flights also canceled beside yours?

Do you mean other flights to Malaga? No, I think not.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 30):
a single window seat just opened up and luck was with me, the record still lives on! 

You were lucky indeed.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 30):
My family will be visiting Europe soon and I'd love to fly with BA!

Very nice. Which part of Europe are you going to visit?


Roger:

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 31):
Your attention to any detail is always an inspiration for all those of us who write TRs.

Thank you.   



Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 31):
I remember going there when I was 4 and having my picture taken riding one of them... long, long time ago. Then it was allowed, sadly not any more.

Amazing that you still remember it. What a nice childhood memory.


Daniel:

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 32):
Very nice Trip Report . I have to reply here altough I already done it

Welcome on board. Nice to meet you here. I really appreciate your reply.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 32):
I find it very nice of the FA offering the lady almost everything .

Yes, Leanne was so sweet.


Hannah:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
Excellent, as always. You haven't lost your touch   

That is very sweet of you. Thank you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
I was going to saw how comfy the seats looked on the 737 until I saw your photo of the seat back falling apart. Some action needs to be taken there.

I wish BA could better maintain the 737’s. Such gorgeous birds just deserve better.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
The words of a true aviation expert  

Like everyone of us!   



Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
Beautiful. That has to be the best display of blooms I've ever seen at an airport.

I believe you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
I love the oversized teddy the child has in the animation. It looks big enough to take up a whole seat on the plane!

As long as the teddy gets screened properly, why not?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
Haha, or didn't listen to the announcement!

I had to chuckle as well at the scene.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
Even better   

You know me.   



Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
I'm surprised the cancelled isn't marked in red. It would make it a lot clearer.

You make a point here.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
I can't begin to imagine how you must have felt at that moment! What fantastic news......

Our delay did suddenly not really matter after hearing the news.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
...but how frustrating! I remember that happening to me on the A380.

I remember that. Also that unappreciative guy on the window seat.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
Suryo, I just love your descriptions, you even make a tuna sandwich sound sexy!

Thank you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
Oh dear. One of my fellow countrymen?

I am afraid so.


Amigos y amiga, thanks again for encouraging. Muchisimas gracias.

Un abrazo
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:40 pm

My frist time with no quotes, but it does not mean the report was not great   Don't want to overdose you in replying to quotes all over again lol. In fact, you took a flight on a 737 with seats falling apart to become a magical report!! That was great to know your flight had an equipment change to a B777! Just terrible when you find someone sitting in your "window seat"...the horror of it all lol.

I can't recall in which thread you actually gave you conscience (or imaginary friend as I like to put it) a name, but glad to see those around you and the characters in your head being addressed by their names lol. I'm thoroughly enjoying Ariel!!! Even the ground and cabin crew are noted on here by their names, all in way to thank them personally on here for their great service.

Like your India trip reports you take the time to help educate us on what you see and admire in the city of your visit from a cultural point of view. Again thank you for doing this and making it so much easier to follow with and enjoy,(without having to go later and google it and learn about it even more if one was further inclinded to). Suryo, you truly are a.net's Cultural Ambassador with a very genuine humanitarian side to you, in especially the way you treat others around you!
 
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:53 pm

Hola Suryo!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 35):
Amazing that you still remember it. What a nice childhood memory.

It is not my memory.... it is the pictures my parents took on that trip.

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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:41 pm

Hi Suryo,

once again a pleaseure to read your report! Thank you for taking the time and effort to entertain and delight us with your words and pictures (and Herman's of course)!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Thirteen days in Andalucía by rental car?

An excellent idea! A friend and I did this very thing some years ago, before I discovered a.net.
http://www.cslacey.co.uk/spain03/index.html
His pictures / route map...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
What do you think of a florist beneath a green façade?

Is that new? I didn't notice it last time through AMS. I'll keep an eye out in 2 weeks  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):

Or a stroll through Holland Boulevard?

I spy a door marked Baby Room... we'll be there soon no doubt!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Or even better… plane spotting!

I'm sure our older boy will like this more   He threw a tantrum recently when we had to leave the fence by NWI, when he wanted to go through the security gate onto the airfield...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
‘Don’t get superstitious and move on!’ My conscious Ariel suddenly spoke.

What is it with alter egos and trip reporters?  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
G-DOCX. Now red-nosed

Possibly due to Comic Relief, AKA Red Nose Day, a charity event every two years.
http://www.rednoseday.com/

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
But sadly, we were confronted by minor state of maintenance.

I have noticed that about BA, in my last report on them in April part of the curtain separating us Y passengers from the Club seats was mended with gaffer tape.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Yasmine directed me instead to the flight deck

Very good service. BA I've found makes up for the interior wear and tear in their excellent crews.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):

While munching something less healthy, but sinfully delicious.

Very nice, but you should visit the cafe in DUB where Phil / OA260 hangs out  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Not into reading, but peckish instead? There were some vending machines as well.

I've seen some similar vending machines selling paperback books, an excellent idea for an airport.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
They did not get turned away even though ‘ONLY’ was emphasized at each announcement.

Some people may be more used to the Ryaniar "scrum" to get on board.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
visit one of the bigger aft lavatories.

Not standing on the seat?   I guess you're not Swedish!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Alhambra

Looks stunning, a shame we didn't get there in our own visit back then.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
there is always room for improvement on my writings.

Actually Suryo, there isn't. Your reports are perfect just the way they are  

Thank you again,

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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:42 pm

Hi Suryo,

Great read and pictures, nothing less expected, as you know!  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
We decided to wait for a while and went outside. That morning lacked sunrays, but what about sunflowers?

- Nice touch of colour, like the idea.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Or even better… plane spotting! 

- Now that's my kind of thing  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Gold Card members and our Europe Club passengers are invited to board first, followed by other passengers by row numbers,”

- Odd, they normally include Silver members too.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“You are welcome. It is great to have a plane enthusiast on board,”

- Now you can't buy that kind of comment!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“The airplane has gone tech, so we will deploy a bigger airplane. A triple seven,”

- Cool, who cares about the delay!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I would not mind having a pint as well,” I replied, “With apron view,”

- A pint sounds good, along with a view of course 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Leanne was distributing sandwiches.

- Hmm, was there a choice? - this would not float my boat.......

Cheers

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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:34 am

Quoting akhmad (Reply 35):
Very nice. Which part of Europe are you going to visit?

We have family in Sweden and my grandparents are actually flying from the Philippines to Sweden, so it'll be a big family reunion. We'll probably spend three weeks around Scandinavia, my mom's sister will cover lodging and food, so we're good. From Sweden, we'll head off to Italy and France, of course, a must!

From France, we'll head off to Marrakech, Morocco. Depending on time and $$$ We also have family and friends in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands to sponsor our stay and of course tour as around their respective cities. So it pays to have a world-wide network of friends!  

You guys have a plethora of low-cost airlines in Europe, so fares are so attractive! I guess our main issue is the food and hotels in France and Italy. Though we have been saving up quite a bit for this "dream" vacation, that's why we went local this summer.  

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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:41 am

Thanks a lot for this. Only you would have made an otherwise mundane Y class intra-European report so fun to read. Good to see great BA crew overall.

Saludos,
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:15 am

Another wonderful TR from you, Suryo! I enjoyed reading it very much. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:35 pm

ooooo Suryo you are like a good book what to add after these comments ... vamonos en granada ! heheh stipica  
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:52 pm

Suryo,

Only you could have written such an awesome TR of a mundane regular Y class flight.

I can believe your elation when your a/c was switched to a B777 for a not so long of a flight. I know i would be. Crew was wonderful and did make an expression.

Loved the picture of the MD-11. Its been a while since i flew on the type (Audrey Hepburn, it was then) and i would like to fly it again, maybe on my way to DEL next summer.

The pictures from Granada are awesome and warrants a visit from me. The architecture and planning of the fort/palace has a Muslim feel to it. The gardens look awesome and the veal looks scrumptious.

As always, waiting for more..

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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:09 am

Querido(a) flightsimboy, Roger, signol, Mark, Jezrel, Alex, Alan, stiptica, Mohit,

I am very happy to hear from you. Thank you so much for dropping by.


flightsimboy:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 36):
My frist time with no quotes, but it does not mean the report was not great    Don't want to overdose you in replying to quotes all over again lol.

No worries. Look! I am now the one who is quoting again.   


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 36):
In fact, you took a flight on a 737 with seats falling apart to become a magical report!!

You are too kind.  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 36):
That was great to know your flight had an equipment change to a B777! Just terrible when you find someone sitting in your "window seat"...the horror of it all lol.

I just could not deny all the feelings which have become a part of our trip.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 36):
I can't recall in which thread you actually gave you conscience (or imaginary friend as I like to put it) a name, but glad to see those around you and the characters in your head being addressed by their names lol. I'm thoroughly enjoying Ariel!!!

I am sure Ariel will be happy to hear that.   


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 36):
Even the ground and cabin crew are noted on here by their names, all in way to thank them personally on here for their great service.

Thank you. I indeed wished to express my appreciation of them this way.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 36):
Like your India trip reports you take the time to help educate us on what you see and admire in the city of your visit from a cultural point of view. Again thank you for doing this and making it so much easier to follow with and enjoy,(without having to go later and google it and learn about it even more if one was further inclinded to). Suryo, you truly are a.net's Cultural Ambassador with a very genuine humanitarian side to you, in especially the way you treat others around you!

You really make me blush. Thank you so much for your sweet words.   
It has been a pleasure to share the joy of our journey with you.


Roger:

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 37):
It is not my memory.... it is the pictures my parents took on that trip.

The pictures are to be cherished forever.


signol:

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
once again a pleaseure to read your report!

Thank you for your kind words.

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
Thank you for taking the time and effort to entertain and delight us with your words and pictures (and Herman's of course)!

It has been a pleasure.

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
An excellent idea! A friend and I did this very thing some years ago, before I discovered a.net.
http://www.cslacey.co.uk/spain03/index.html
His pictures / route map...

Cool! We did it just the other way around. Only Tangier and Gibraltar were missing.

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
Is that new? I didn't notice it last time through AMS. I'll keep an eye out in 2 weeks  

The inauguration was just the day before our departure.

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
I spy a door marked Baby Room... we'll be there soon no doubt!

Eagle eyed signol.   


Quoting signol (Reply 38):
I'm sure our older boy will like this more   He threw a tantrum recently when we had to leave the fence by NWI, when he wanted to go through the security gate onto the airfield...

A.net is in his blood. No doubt about it.

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
What is it with alter egos and trip reporters?   

It is hard to explain, but it exists.

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
Possibly due to Comic Relief, AKA Red Nose Day, a charity event every two years.
http://www.rednoseday.com/

Oh, that is good.

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
I have noticed that about BA, in my last report on them in April part of the curtain separating us Y passengers from the Club seats was mended with gaffer tape.

I remember that in your report.

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
Very good service. BA I've found makes up for the interior wear and tear in their excellent crews.

Definitely. The interior drawback did not matter anymore.

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
Very nice, but you should visit the cafe in DUB where Phil / OA260 hangs out  

Well, you will never know.   


Quoting signol (Reply 38):
I've seen some similar vending machines selling paperback books, an excellent idea for an airport.

Or even gadget vending machines.

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
Some people may be more used to the Ryaniar "scrum" to get on board.

I just found it amusing.

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
Not standing on the seat?    I guess you're not Swedish!

I am Dutch, remember? 


Quoting signol (Reply 38):
Looks stunning, a shame we didn't get there in our own visit back then.

It makes a good excuse to visit Alhambra with your family.

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
Actually Suryo, there isn't. Your reports are perfect just the way they are  

You are too kind. Thank you.

Quoting signol (Reply 38):
Thank you again,

You are most welcome.


Mark:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 39):
Great read and pictures, nothing less expected, as you know!  

Thank you. I really appreciate your comment.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 39):
- Nice touch of colour, like the idea.

So do I. They brought some color in the grey morning.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 39):
- Now that's my kind of thing  

Like anyone of us.  


Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 39):
- Odd, they normally include Silver members too.

I assume Silver members would not get turned away if they came forward.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 39):
- Now you can't buy that kind of comment!

But you can get it from a captain.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 39):
- Cool, who cares about the delay!

Sue could only smile when I said, “It was a blessing in disguise,”

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 39):
A pint sounds good, along with a view of course  

That is the way to go.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 39):
- Hmm, was there a choice? - this would not float my boat.......

There was no choice unfortunately. I would not mind a second serving as well.


Jezrel:

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 40):
We have family in Sweden and my grandparents are actually flying from the Philippines to Sweden, so it'll be a big family reunion.

That is a great idea to meet each other halfway. We did the same last year Indonesia with our Australian family.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 40):
So it pays to have a world-wide network of friends! 

That is what A.net is for. 


Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 40):
I guess our main issue is the food and hotels in France and Italy.

Can you tell me why?


Alex:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 41):
Thanks a lot for this. Only you would have made an otherwise mundane Y class intra-European report so fun to read

You make me blush. Thank you.   




Alan:

Quoting amax1977 (Reply 42):
Another wonderful TR from you, Suryo! I enjoyed reading it very much. Thanks for sharing.

You are welcome. I really appreciate your reply.


stiptica:

Quoting stipica (Reply 43):
ooooo Suryo you are like a good book what to add after these comments ... vamonos en granada ! heheh stipica  
Muchas gracias, stiptica. You are legendary!  



Mohit:

Quoting mk777 (Reply 44):
Only you could have written such an awesome TR of a mundane regular Y class flight.

That is very sweet of you. Thank you.   


Quoting mk777 (Reply 44):
I can believe your elation when your a/c was switched to a B777 for a not so long of a flight. I know i would be.

We are the same for that matter.

Quoting mk777 (Reply 44):
Crew was wonderful and did make an expression.

They were doing their best to make everyone happy and I appreciated their efforts.

Quoting mk777 (Reply 44):
Its been a while since i flew on the type (Audrey Hepburn, it was then) and i would like to fly it again, maybe on my way to DEL next summer.

Are you going to DEL? Cool!   


Quoting mk777 (Reply 44):
The pictures from Granada are awesome and warrants a visit from me. The architecture and planning of the fort/palace has a Muslim feel to it. The gardens look awesome and the veal looks scrumptious.

You will love Granada.

Quoting mk777 (Reply 44):
As always, waiting for more..

I am doing my best.


Amigos, thanks again for encouraging. Muchisimas gracias.

Un abrazo
,
Suryo
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:47 pm

Fantastic trip report as always Suryo!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
I skimmed through the screen,“Flight to Malaga closing. That is not ours. Flight to Malaga cancelled... WHAT?”

Thats a shame!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
“Great! That is what I call a blessing in disguise. I have never been on board of BA’s triple seven,”

I guess it all worked out in the end. Must have been quite a treat to fly the 777 on such a short hop.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Tuna mayonnaise sandwich

Not a bad little snack for an intra Europe flight.
Good to see the BA cabin crew did not disappoint. I have always found them to be a nice friendly bunch. Then again my experience with BA is pretty limited as I have not had the chance to fly them in quite some time.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
KL PH-KCH, dedicated to Anosh (SR103)

As always, thank you very much for the dedication, you took a fantastic picture of. While I have not flown PH-KCH, I have flown quite a few of her sisters. I always have a soft spot for the MD-11.

Again, excellent trip report. Looking forward to the return portion.
 
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:05 pm

Hey Suryo, great report! A very nice and interesting read as always  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
How about earning miles for your reward flights or lounge access once you reach a Tier level? You are not into joining the club yet? No problem.

BA Executive Club seem like a very generous programme to me, as the Blue Card gives priority wait listing, also reaching Silver isn't too hard either (well in March 2012 it'll be 600 TP, not good at all), and of course the redemptions which seem great! Perhaps you should get yourself a BA Miles VISA® card?  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
but what about sunflowers?

That looks very Dutch, wonder if they have tulips during the spring?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Inaugurated just one day before, new eye-catchers got me mesmerized.

To be honest, AMS isn't on the top of my list over favorite airports. I found it pretty dull and sterile, although this Lounge 3 looks really nice actually. Hope to see the rest of the airport getting a refurbishment.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
G-DOCX. Now red-nosed

That's a clown! Looks just plane silly  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Gold Card members and our Europe Club passengers are invited to board first, followed by other passengers by row numbers,”

Interesting that only Gold costumers got priority boarding, I thought that applied for Silver also.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
But sadly, we were confronted by minor state of maintenance.

These seats look really really old, and that applies for all seats on BA's short haul fleet. Perhaps time for them to make some updates, like Lufthansa and Air France.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
High life and Business life magazines along with Highlife Shop from the seat pocket

Hmm, guessing Business Life since it's only offered to Club pax?  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
“I have assigned you emergency exit row seats as well. Your new seats will be twenty six J and K.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
I was hoping for another exciting last minute seat change,’

Interesting. How comes you didn't ask for a seat further up front in the first place? Clearly I doubt that everyone who got seated in CW had booked their tickets in Club.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
My 26K

Seat looks very old and worn here also. Wonder how the progress is going on refitting their long haul fleet with the new products.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
However, 26K is supposed to be a window seat, but look.

Now that's a bummer!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Some drops of Eau de Cologne would perform miracle, but none of these were available on our flight, except a soap dispenser.  

Hehehe, well I'm more used to seeing you in Business Class on EK and QR, so yes you've all right to complain 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Telephone. Note the alphabet for text processing

Lol, looks like this handset was designed in the 1980's. Typing must take ages on that thing.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
“Can I offer you anything to drink? Wine, gin and tonic or perhaps whiskey?”
I was impressed by what I heard, ‘A choice of spirits in intra-European economy apart of common beer and wine offering?’

It's nice that BA are one of few airlines who still offer strong spirits in Y on EU flights, I believe AF dropped those not too long ago. I would've gone for the G&T, as I don't like beer  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Several Club Europe passengers had the privilege to sample the First Class seats the last three hours with full attention of cabin manager Jackie. She was standing before 1L as during disembarkation.

Interesting that they had opened up First on that flight. Normally they tend to close it up, I guess. But then again the load looked quite high so not too surprising. Also nice that those Club pax got some more bang for their buck!  

Thanks for sharing mate!
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:48 am

Hi Suryo!

I had been really looking forward to reading your TR and now I had and I just want to say, again, a most stellar TR! Thanks so much for sharing with us your BA experience and I am most glad to hear that you've had a great time onboard BA! BA has intrigued me for ages now and I'd very much appreciate your insight into the BA service and experience, especially on your surprise B777 sector!!! Wonderful photos that allows me a really good glimpse into BA's onboard features! I love it!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Herman and I figured, ‘There is only one way to find out!’

You're most right!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Oh, yes, and… do not bother the airline booking. Just leave it to me,”

haha! I'm sure he can trust you to do a fine job on that!

Thanks for bringing us through with the online check-in process! BA has a really good and user-friendly check-in interface!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The invitation contains a link which directs you to your personal check-in homepage.

Wow, this is really kewl!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
That morning lacked sunrays, but what about sunflowers?

The sunflowers looked really lovely despite the dreary skies.

Thanks for the wonderful insight into AMS airport! The architecture is really lovely and you've spotted some really cool aircraft. I love the KL MD11! I am most surprised to see the BA B767 in AMS though! Is it a regular equipment or an upgauge (always wanted to use that term   )?

It looked like a most pleasant flight on this short sector and the less-than-full load and really interesting apricot-and-coconut cookie is a real treat! I am curious, why does your plane have a really cool Rudolph-red nose?

It was really nice to hear BA is so hospitable towards aviation enthusiasts! Wonderful that you could have a chat with the pilots in the cockpit and I think what the pilot said to you was what most enthusiasts would love to hear!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
To my surprise, Yasmine was waiting with a souvenir.

Another really nice touch from Yasmine and BA. What a lovely way to end the flight on such a sweet note!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
“The airplane has gone tech, so we will deploy a bigger airplane. A triple seven,”

That's the most wonderful reason for flight cancellation I've heard!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Cancelled:
ETD: 13.35
ETA: 17.20
Flight number: BA 2714
Plane: Boeing 737-436

Gosh! I had been expecting the original equipment to be a B767 or something! Lest I expected it would be such a dramatic upgauge (yes! I am starting to like this word!) from a cutesy B734!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Left forward view
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Right forward view
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Right forward view

Gosh the flight was so full! Did the original aircraft really go tech or the loads justified the upgauge (and again!)?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
“What can I say?” I replied. “Concoction of spicy caper and flaky tuna with smooth sensation of mayonnaise. I love it,”

Sounds really delicious! mmmm!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
As we were prepared for landing, Ruby returned to her position in front of us. Of course, my camera had to be switched off again.

Oh yes, I am curious, have you ever had issues with holding on to your camera during take-off or landing whilst being sitted at the emergency exit rows? I was on a Jetstar flight and the crew had told me even holding on to my camera (with the strap around my neck) is an issue and that I had to put my camera away in the overhead compartment! Luckily, I had a smaller camera hidden away in my pocket on that flight!

Its a really wonderful treat to fly on a longhaul wide-body aircraft on this intra-European sector! What a wonderful surprise to start your vacation, especially with the PTV and all! BA was really lucky to have you onboard to fully appreciate this awesome experience. I'm sure many of the full-load of passengers didn't even notice let alone appreciate the difference in aircraft! (Oh, I was wondering who's Ariel too but it became most apparent in the end! *chuckles*)

Thanks so much for sharing your beautifully shot photos (again, Herman's wonderful photography skills I guess?) during your trip and the place itself looks really lovely. Generalife is indeed very magnificient! I can't really fathom how beautiful it must have been to be there looking at the beautiful gardens and architecture. To quote you again,

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Herman and I figured, ‘There is only one way to find out!’

  someday, I'll like to do the same!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Do you know that Granada is famous of serving Andalucía’s best tapas for free?

Wow, really interesting to know and the tapas looks really good!

I certainly hoped you had a great time over in sunny Spain and I definately can't thank you enough for sharing your perspective on BA. As mentioned earlier, I've always had a soft spot for BA and most people have pursuaded me otherwise but I am really happy to see that you've had a wonderful time with them! It gives me a warm feeling to read your excellent experience with BA and I'm really happy that you've had a taste of BA's B777 aircraft and service! Thanks for the pictures around the cabin which I really enjoyed!

Oh do I need to mention that you've produced a most stellar TR as always, I love your intricate details from start to end! You must teach me some day how you've always managed to find out the names of the crew though (I'd always try to peak at their name-tags, not the most successful strategy I believe!)

Anyway, its really enjoyable to catch up on your TR and thanks so much for your effort in doing up this masterpiece!

Warmest Regards,
RvXKaz
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RE: Granada, First Taste Of Andalucía By BA

Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:26 pm

Thank you Suryo, your trip reports are more than outstanding, some of the best we get around a.net !

Really lucky to get upgraded to the B777 for a short hop !

I've flown on G-VIIF BAH-LHR in Economy, and I must say that the hard product did disappoint me, for a long haul the aircraft just doesn't feel crisp anymore.

When will you loose your E-jet virginity?

Schipol airport seems to have not changed in years, I've transited there countless times in the early 2000s when my parents would book me on KL multiple times a year to visit my mother who worked in Europe, I remember as a child being fascinated by the horde of red Martinair stewardesses, are they all but gone?

Otherwise, it seemingly hasn't changed!

Grenada seems to be beautiful, it will surly be one of the first places I visit once I move up to the UK next year for a couple of years.

Thank you again !

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