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Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:33 pm




Hi everyone  


To celebrate my wife’s birthday and her recent move to the UAE, we decided to make a trip to Africa, a continent she haven’t been to. After comparing with Etihad and Ethiopian Airlines, we decide to give ET a try for a fraction of the price in Business Class. Our whole itinerary involves a total of 8 flights. This trip report will only features the first two sectors.


Dubai – Addis Ababa – Johannesburg ET 77L/763
Johannesburg – Cape Town – Johannesburg SAA 738
Johannesburg – Victoria Falls BA 733
Livingstone – Johannesburg T6 M87
Johannesburg – Addis Ababa – Dubai ET 752/77L



25 Feb 2012
Dubai – Addis Ababa
ET601
ET-ANP “The Victoria Falls”
248 pax on board
Flying time 3 hr 35mins






ET601 departs at very early morning hours of 0435 so we arrived half awake at check-in counter in Area B of Terminal 1 of Dubai Int’l. The DNATA agent who checked us in was also half awake, she forgot to give us our baggage receipt and told us we don’t need to clear custom in Johannesburg which later was proved wrong. Anyway we were able to receive all 3 sectors boarding passes all the way to Cape Town.

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The generic DNATA boarding pass , not great for memorablia.

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The non-Emirates departure screen, plenty of colours  


Ethiopian Airlines use DCA Lounge, Dubai Airport Business Class lounge, better than the Merhaba Lounge

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The lounge started serving breakfast (and finished serving dinner) at 3:30am, it actually offers quite an ample selection of food, fruit, snack and bread plus a well stocked self-serve bar.


The boarding gate 136 was surprisingly far at this quieter hour. The lounge is situated at Gate 108 so it was a 15 minutes “Moon walk” at 4am for us. Gate 136 is a remote gate build for Emirates before Terminal 3 was complete to cater the increasing traffic. Like many other departing flights, DNATA agent doesn’t manage well with crowds. There is a single long queue there. I took my wife and jumped ahead of others by showing our Cloud Nine Class boarding pass.

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All passengers were held in the dark tunnel since the boarding by bus took very long time, passenger by passenger. I am very used to the chaotic scenes now.


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An interesting sight with many baggage tags to all ET’s African destination on this trolley. The handling agent asked passengers who have more than 1 carry-on bags to check through their bags at the boarding gate. The bags are then tagged to their final destination with these pre-printed tags on this trolley.

Some favourite destinations from reading the tag : Brazzaville, Lagos, Juba, Luanda, Accra, Harare, Dakar, Kilimanjaro, Ouagadougou, Douala etc

All business class passengers have to wait until all Economy passengers finished boarding, then we were taken to the plane by a separate bus.


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Nice to walk up stairs to the B777-200/LR.


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Looks brand new – barely 1 year old machine.


From onboard the 777-200LR revealed only 10 Business class passengers or so out of 34 seats in Cloud Nine this morning. The usual welcome drink (Champagne/OJ) was served then we were push back and after a long taxi, at about 4:55am we were finally airborne out of Rwy30L of Dubai heading SE direction towards Saudi Arabia, Yemen and then Ethiopia.


There was a breakfast service before landing so we took some much needed rest right after takeoff.


The Cabin

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The seat compares well with the current Emirates Business Class seat on the B777s. It reclines into a shallow (non-deep) angle provided lie flat 180 degrees.

IFE

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I woke up about one hour before landing and was given this menu for breakfast. We were about to cross the Red Sea at that time from the airmap. The IFE on ET 77L was quite impressive, with touch screen enabled for the ease of browsing.

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A turkey croissant sandwich for breakfast. Not too much for an early awakening breakfast.


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Ethiopian Tea served after breakfast.

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I also managed to grab some photo with the Ethiopian girls before landing. Note there is 1 FA per flight wears traditional dress.

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After the photo tour, we started initial descend.

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Descending over the countryside of Ethiopia

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From the color of the ground you can tell it is dry season at the moment. We landed on Rwy 25 of Addis Ababa Bole Int’l at 7:30am. There was 1 hour time difference between Addis and Dubai.

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Addis Ababa Bole Int’l. Hangar of Ethiopian Airlines. Gabon and Safi B767-200 there plus a few old B737-200s.

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There are 2 waves of Ethiopian planes in the hub daily, one in the morning and one at night.

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Terminal 1 of Bole Int’l.

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We deplane by staircase, a usual practice in this region but there are also a few aerobridges.

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All business class passenger board the mini bus back to terminal. It took only 30 seconds to drive but 5 mins to board. Why can’t we walk?

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Welcome to Ethiopia sign at the terminal!

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We have only 1 hour in transit before our next flight ET809 for Johannesburg. We visited Cloud Nine Lounge briefly.

The lounge was filled to capacity in the morning (and in the evening when we returned back from South Africa). It was practical but nothing luxury to write home about. Good amount of foods were on offer.




Some Ethiopian traditions were on display.

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Food area in the morning

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Pizza, Samosa, Springroll and Potato – your choice of Carbs.

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The cook happily press your sandwich of your selections.

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Ethiopian Beer. Tried one on later flights, not too bad.

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Outside of the lounge, waiting area. The terminal 2 looks quite modern from outside and it was bright and airy inside.

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We use another remote gate for Johannesburg and no separate bus for Business class this time. It was an old B767-300 (used by Hainan Airlines of China and Sobelair of Belgium).


25 Feb 2012
Addis Ababa - Johannesburg
ET809
ET-AMF
97 pax on board
Flying time 5 hr 35mins


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Boarding view: Note a white B767-300 operated by Ethiopian. No other airlines apart from its home airline at the terminal in the morning.



The Business Class cabin has 4 rows, with 6 seats across each row making total of 24 seats. The leather seats recline well but the leg rest don’t come up much higher for elevated support. It is also interesting to point out that ET have many different type of Business Class seat from what I can see over the pictures on internet. Many different fabrics (red, blue, brown etc) so I guess it is the luck of the draw on what you will get!

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We took off on-time using Rwy07 (opposite direction to our landing). There was no breakfast service but lunch service due to start about 3 hours into the flight. (Around 11am)

The only inflight entertainment was from the small overhead screen and not many passengers were watching it. This is something ET is lacking especially their B767 flies Medium/long haul to Europe and Asia.

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This time the menu selection was broader and you can select from traditional Ethiopian food such as Injera offered on the cart. You also get a choice out of 3 main Western dishes (Filet, Salmon or Ravioli Mushroom).


I tried the Ethiopian dishes and found it a bit spicy and too flavoursome but I am sure there are many lovers out there.



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Traditional Ethiopian Food on Offer. It is quite popular!

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Starter : Vegetable Terrain. Taste just as it looks like…..can’t describe it. The Focaccia was excellent!




After a full lunch service, we were about 1 hour to land in Johannesburg. Shortly before landing, traditional Ethiopian music came to play around the whole cabin creating a relaxing atmosphere on descend into the vast land of South Africa.

We landed and arrived into gate exactly onetime at 13:10 local time. Our first portions of flights came to an end.



Conclusion:


Ethiopian Airlines was the 132nd airlines I have flown with. I didn’t overly set my expectation on them knowing that I didn’t pay much so I shouldn’t expect or ask much in return. I think ET is fair, practical and punctual. Clearly they have been benefited from the membership of Star Alliance and proud to be part of it. They’re still a long way to go to match the other world class airlines in the rest of Star Alliance. What I think their biggest asset is their African network. The connection was perfect timing wise and by far, they offer the best convenience to Africa through their hub in Addis. From a country with GDP per capita of only 300 USD per person (taken from Wikipedia), Ethiopian airlines took everyone by surprise! I look forward to their B787 soon!


I would like to thank you my wife Vicki, for putting up with me on taking photos of planes inside and out  

Some Non-Aviation Photos:

Cape Town


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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, view from Helicopter "Angel Flights"


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Chobe National Park, Botswana

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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:17 pm

Hi Sam. What a wonderful TR (as usual)!   Wow I guess I did not realise how so many flights depart DXB in the ungodly hours! I always try and get a mid morning flight out if possible. I am surprised that ET's gate was so far away! I have also used that very lounge in DXB.I do also like the new JCL on the 777. It is much nicer than the 767. I suspect we will be in for a treat with the 787. ADD appears to be a nice and very modern terminal as well. Your photos of CPT bring back so many wonderful memories of my visit there. Seriously it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I also really liked your animal photos on the safari. The elephany appears to be having a great time in the water as well as the hippo. Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Will
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Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:28 pm

Is it worth going to Chobe and Victoria Falls? What was your favourite? Everyone raves about Cape Town.

Thanks.
 
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Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:56 pm

Hi Sam,

excellent report, and pictures! I was drawn to your report as I recently flew JNB-ADD, then FRA-ADD-JNB (there are reports here somewhere) in Y, and I wondered what it was like at the front! Very nice, good food. I wanted to try the injera, but no luck in Y! Your non-av destination photos are stunning as well, visiting Vic Falls is very high on my must-do list, one of the future visits to SA (my wife is from there, so frequent visits are required).

Thanks!

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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:08 pm

Hello Sam,

I too recently flew on ET in Y and was curious about the 'up front' experience on medium haul. I was generally pretty impressed with their inflight product. On the hour or so flight from Addis to Djibouti, they even had a meal service; and it wasn't bad! Next time I fly down, I think I might look into upgrade options. Thanks for posting!
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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:35 pm

Hi Sam!

Nice report, great pictures!
It was very nice to read about your flights on ET, I'll fly them myself on their fifth freedom flight ARN-FCO in June, I'm very much looking forward to it!

Their product on the 77L looked quite nice, while the seats on the 763 looked so-so. I guess they will get a more consistent product once the 787's start to arrive.

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
The non-Emirates departure screen, plenty of colours

Sadly no SAS anymore though.

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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:41 pm

Hi, Sam,

wow wonderful cabin on the 77L, great hardware it seems. Love the large IFE screen and the crew's dress look awesome.
The 767 is a disgrace compared to this new product. Maybe ET should invest some money and update the 767 cabins or are they waiting till the 787 arrives?
Food look delicious too; definitely an airline which is proud to serve their country.

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Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:35 am

Great report on Ethiopian Airlines, Sam. It looks like they are a really nice airline! I love how they present their food; very stylish dishes and good looking choices ... all you need when flying in a Premium cabin!

Hope you had a great trip.

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Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:49 am

Nice report Sam - good to see the longer hual C class from ET after my flights with them last month on the 737s.

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
An interesting sight with many baggage tags to all ET%u2019s African destination on this trolley. The handling agent asked passengers who have more than 1 carry-on bags to check through their bags at the boarding gate. The bags are then tagged to their final destination with these pre-printed tags on this trolley.

Interesting, not seen that before

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
All business class passengers have to wait until all Economy passengers finished boarding, then we were taken to the plane by a separate bus.

THat's not good if you WANT to board. It's ok to wait if you are in the lounge, but not if you are just hanging around by the gate

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
There was no breakfast service but lunch service due to start about 3 hours into the flight. (Around 11am)

That seems quite late into the flight, espcially for those that didn't have breakfast in their hotel/lounge

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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:13 am

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 1):
Your photos of CPT bring back so many wonderful memories of my visit there. Seriously it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I also really liked your animal photos on the safari. The elephany appears to be having a great time in the water as well as the hippo. Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Will

I totally agree and think Cape Town has the nicest lifestyle around! We may try to escape the harsh summer in the Middle East to Cape Town next time. My wife was so impressed there!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 2):
Is it worth going to Chobe and Victoria Falls? What was your favourite? Everyone raves about Cape Town.

Correct, now add me on the list, I raved about Cape Town. In my opinion, I think it is worth to go since you making a trip all the way down to South Africa.

Quoting signol (Reply 3):
Your non-av destination photos are stunning as well, visiting Vic Falls is very high on my must-do list, one of the future visits to SA (my wife is from there, so frequent visits are required).

Thank You! SA is so natural, beautiful and affordable luxury!

I personally don't like Injera, found the meat dishes way too salty and spicy, but that's a personal preference, I think there are many Ethiopian food lover out there!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 5):
Their product on the 77L looked quite nice, while the seats on the 763 looked so-so. I guess they will get a more consistent product once the 787's start to arrive.
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
The 767 is a disgrace compared to this new product. Maybe ET should invest some money and update the 767 cabins or are they waiting till the 787 arrives?

Totally agree. The B767 cabin left a lot to be desired especially on the longer flights. May be that explain why ET offer substantial lower prices in Business cabin.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 5):
Sadly no SAS anymore though.

Definitely miss seeing SAS. I can't wait for my 1st trip to Scandavia in Sept this year (flying SAS Paris to Oslo, then to Iceland) I have had a great flight with SAS in 1999 from LHR- x CPH - PEK with MD80/B767-300. No Airbus at that time!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 8):
Nice report Sam - good to see the longer hual C class from ET after my flights with them last month on the 737s.

Thanks. I actually read yours before I flew out that evening. Sorry I forgot to comment on it but I really enjoy it. I think your travel was very interesting and more genuine tourism to those countries such as Rwanda etc Keep up the trip reporting, even if people don't comment on it, it serves many more purposes!

Quoting chopchop767 (Reply 4):
I too recently flew on ET in Y and was curious about the 'up front' experience on medium haul. I was generally pretty impressed with their inflight product.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 7):
Great report on Ethiopian Airlines, Sam. It looks like they are a really nice airline! I love how they present their food; very stylish dishes and good looking choices ... all you need when flying in a Premium cabin!

Thanks. I think ET still have a long way to go but they are certainly ahead of their peers from Africa!


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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:38 am

Hi Sam

Great report, thanks for sharing. ET does look like a welcome addition to the Star Alliance. Seats on the 77L look good I must say.

The 767 is indeed has a bit outdated hardware  . Hope they will change that soon, however the service looks very great.

Thanks for sharing the victoria falls pictures as well

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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:03 pm

Hi Sam,

Incredible trip report once again!! ET use a B767 to JNB, but i have spotted on an odd day their B777LR operating this route as well.

Ethiopia is a country that has been through a lot in the past from famine, human rights abuses, droughts, etc. So it is that much more special seeing ET rising from such a difficult past to what it is today. I believe ET is vital to the economy and continued growth of this country, so its success is important

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
From a country with GDP per capita of only 300 USD per person (taken from Wikipedia), Ethiopian airlines took everyone by surprise! I look forward to their B787 soon!

Yes the B787 will be another great achievement for the airline, and I believe they have identified JNB as the inaugural route..yay!!


I look forward to your next chapter in this series Sam

Regards,

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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:00 pm

Hi Sam!

Thanks for a great report with great pictures on ET ! J looks very nice but too bad the seat is angled lie flat rather than horizontal.

I had a nice flight with ET last year in January on the 77L in Y and then a flight on a very worn out 763 ADD-DXB so I know what you mean when you talke about that the seats are very hit and miss. I posted a trip report here but can't seem to find the link for it.

Fantastic pictures from Southern Africa!

Looking forward to your next report!

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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:15 pm

Hi Sam,

Always a plesure to see your reports. But this one even though filled with Sam's photos, seemed to be missing the Sam's touch, in terms of the usual photos!! Was it because the wife was tagging along so close by lol!! Awesome pics with the crew and so glad that you got the uniforms the pursers wear.

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
An interesting sight with many baggage tags to all ET’s African destination on this trolley. The handling agent asked passengers who have more than 1 carry-on bags to check through their bags at the boarding gate. The bags are then tagged to their final destination with these pre-printed tags on this trolley.

When leaving an airport like Dubai of all places, people are carrying more than one bag on the plane. No wonder they have to force this rule. Etihad is very strict with this at Abu Dhabi, sometimes not even allowing you to carry the single hand carry you are allowed on the aircraft, and asking passengers to put it into the hold.

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
Nice to walk up stairs to the B777-200/LR.

And nobody prevented you from taking pics at Dubai Airport. Oh does even Dubai Airport by now know the great Sam Chui!!

Quoting N178UA (Reply 9):
Definitely miss seeing SAS. I can't wait for my 1st trip to Scandavia in Sept this year (flying SAS Paris to Oslo, then to Iceland) I have had a great flight with SAS in 1999 from LHR- x CPH - PEK with MD80/B767-300. No Airbus at that time!

I really am looking forward to this trip report on SAS. Especially after all the negative feedback SAS has been receiving of late on this forum. The feeback coming from you on SAS will truly be a professional one!!
 
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Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:00 am

Great report Sam, the J seats same as TK 77W/333 look great, the meals and lounge less so.

Too bad our discount "236 ticket stock" that you wisely used will be no more soon, and "037" took a bad inflation lately as well despite the ongoing promos...  

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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:04 am

Quoting lufthansa747 (Reply 14):


Great report Sam, the J seats same as TK 77W/333 look great, the meals and lounge less so.

Too bad our discount "236 ticket stock" that you wisely used will be no more soon, and "037" took a bad inflation lately as well despite the ongoing promos...

Wow I am honored to receive a reply from you, Mr Lari!  

I don't go to flyertalk so I have no idea about this. When will 236 stop and when will 037 takes effect? My family still have combined over 300,000 miles with 037!!!! This is no good !

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
I had a nice flight with ET last year in January on the 77L in Y and then a flight on a very worn out 763 ADD-DXB so I know what you mean when you talke about that the seats are very hit and miss. I posted a trip report here but can't seem to find the link for it.

Hey Lars, Yes I read your report and think I replied too. Thanks for being the 1st guy to try out all new 777 operator, what's next?

Quoting Shudu (Reply 11):

Ethiopia is a country that has been through a lot in the past from famine, human rights abuses, droughts, etc. So it is that much more special seeing ET rising from such a difficult past to what it is today. I believe ET is vital to the economy and continued growth of this country, so its success is important
Quoting Shudu (Reply 11):
I look forward to your next chapter in this series Sam

Thank you for the kind words Shudu, I probably won't be able to post the next few as these seems to be short interesting flight, but takes up bit of time and effort. Our iPad was left behind on a Comair B733 flight from JNB to VFA, and after 20 minutes we went back to search it and it was gone! That fast, I think Comair cleaner or staff in Zimbabwe may have took it and sold it on the black market within 20 minutes......who knows but we certainly learn a lesson out of it.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
Always a plesure to see your reports. But this one even though filled with Sam's photos, seemed to be missing the Sam's touch, in terms of the usual photos!! Was it because the wife was tagging along so close by lol!! Awesome pics with the crew and so glad that you got the uniforms the pursers wear.

Spot on, thanks for the generous comment. All I can say is once you're married (or if you have already) then you will understand my situation in Trip Reporting and travelling. It ain't the same as the free single spirit anymore but I don't think it is a bad thing though. More travels will be with family instead of plane spotting and I am now more relaxed using a small handy camera instead of a DSLR so the quality does compromise.   I am also rushing in typing this TR to make more family time!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
When leaving an airport like Dubai of all places, people are carrying more than one bag on the plane. No wonder they have to force this rule. Etihad is very strict with this at Abu Dhabi, sometimes not even allowing you to carry the single hand carry you are allowed on the aircraft, and asking passengers to put it into the hold.

While I haven't personally experienced in this in AUH, but thanks for sharing with me. ET did enforce this at DXB on my 777 flights to Addis.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
I really am looking forward to this trip report on SAS. Especially after all the negative feedback SAS has been receiving of late on this forum. The feeback coming from you on SAS will truly be a professional one!!

Sorry I didn't even have much photos from this year 1999 trip. I just have some distant memory of it. I remembered just came off a Air Canada and United flight, SAS service was in sharp contrast. A full lunch for 2 hours flight from LHR-CPH on MD81 and then a very nice Scandi feel terminal in CPH before a B767 (sort of empty) flight in the winter from CPH-PEK. The crew were so nice when I asked about the A/C type, he went to the cockpit and collected all sort of flight data, pax numbers and handed to me. I have no idea what SAS becames in the last 10 years. I look forward to my next flight with them this September from Paris to Oslo and to Iceland  

Cheers
Sam
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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:40 am

Quoting N178UA (Reply 15):
Hey Lars, Yes I read your report and think I replied too. Thanks for being the 1st guy to try out all new 777 operator, what's next?

Thanks ! Planning a trip for mid-May....... 

So the seat on ET in J is the same as TK's ? I'm a bit surprised that TK would have angled seats.

Where you in HKG last Friday, 16 March by any chance ? I saw someone who looked very much like you.

It's great that you are posting reports again; you should continue to do so.

Looking forward to your next report !

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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:15 pm

Quoting N178UA (Reply 15):
I don't go to flyertalk so I have no idea about this. When will 236 stop and when will 037 takes effect? My family still have combined over 300,000 miles with 037!!!! This is no good !

It depends when the EU lets the BD/BA deal to close. Rumor seems to be BD DC will cease to exist immediately upon completion. No worries with "037" miles, I was just referring to the new purchase price, went from 2.5c to 3.5c.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
So the seat on ET in J is the same as TK's ? I'm a bit surprised that TK would have angled seats.

I just read on Flyertalk that they are the same, but there may be some slight differences then. TK is fully flat on the 77W and 333.

Regards,

Lari
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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:21 pm

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
So the seat on ET in J is the same as TK's ? I'm a bit surprised that TK would have angled seats.

Where you in HKG last Friday, 16 March by any chance ? I saw someone who looked very much like you.

The ET 77L seat in J are angle flat, but not so steep and actually I found it comfortable enough for a long flight. I think it is quite comparable with the Emirates 777 J seats. (new ones) Some ADD-BKK-CAN flight and ADD-PEK are operated by 77L.

Sorry that person isn't me  
Quoting lufthansa747 (Reply 17):
TK is fully flat on the 77W and 333.

I thought so too. The TK seat pitch are longer than ET from what I can see.
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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:28 am

Hi Sam,

Quoting N178UA (Reply 15):
Our iPad was left behind on a Comair B733 flight from JNB to VFA, and after 20 minutes we went back to search it and it was gone! That fast, I think Comair cleaner or staff in Zimbabwe may have took it and sold it on the black market within 20 minutes......who knows but we certainly learn a lesson out of it.

Wow that is fast, shocking as well! I hope you reported it. Also, look into downloading the "Find my iPhone/iPad" App. This has helped me in the past track down my missing phone.
 
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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:01 pm

Hi Sam,

Excellent TR on Ethiopian! I am still contemplating whether i should fly them to Washington some time or not! I probably will in the end anyways!

It's a pity -though not unexpected at all- about the poor-ish DNATA service, and i completely agree with you in that they seem to not handle crowds too well. I haven't seen that dark gate before either. Very eerie indeed!

As for the flights, everything seemed okay, and as always, i loved the pics of crew. Priceless   Still not sure about the food, but if it's spicy, i may like it! What is Injema?


Thanks for another great report, and for posting amazing pictures whilst on your trip! Love the elephant pic!  

Cheers,
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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:49 pm

Great report Sam! Looking fwd to your biman one
 
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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:27 pm

Quoting ronerone (Reply 20):
It's a pity -though not unexpected at all- about the poor-ish DNATA service, and i completely agree with you in that they seem to not handle crowds too well. I haven't seen that dark gate before either. Very eerie indeed!

Hi Roni

Thank you. Do not look forward one bit to fly Cathay with DNATA handling the check in at DXB next week. Abu Dhabi was much better at check in.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 20):
Still not sure about the food, but if it's spicy, i may like it! What is Injema?

It is Injera, I believe it is the main stable food
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Injera

Quoting zizou (Reply 21):
Looking fwd to your biman one

Thank you. Will be out this week. There is already a fantastic article on Biman DC-10 on Airliner World by Charles Kennedy. (april 12)


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RE: Proud To Serve - Ethiopian DXB-ADD-JNB 77L/763 J

Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:54 pm

Hi Sam,

Lovely read and great pictures, as always!

The difference in the 77L cabin vs the 763 is quite stark, I know where I'd rather be, so long as its not in that darn middle JCL seat!

Food looks so so, Interesing colours on that starter meal on the JNB bound flight, also, terrible load, more suited to a 737 than a 763.

Cheers

Mark
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