gabrielchew
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Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Thu May 03, 2012 12:31 pm

Part 9: Yeti Airlines’ “Everest Express” with the Jetstream 41

Welcome to the ninth part of my spring trip to Asia!

The entire map:
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Previous flights in this series:
easyJet London Luton-Barcelona (LTN-BCN)
Singapore Airlines Barcelona-Singapore (BCN-SIN), Business Class on the 77W
Valuair/Jetstar Asia Singapore-Medan
Garuda Indonesia Medan-Banda Aceh
Sriwijiaya Airlines B734 Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta with a fuel “expulsion”
Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Jakarta-Singapore
Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
SpiceJet B739 Calcutta-Bagdogra
Jet Konnect B738 Bagdogra-Calcutta
Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar
Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu

Flights to come:
Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok (KTM-BKK)
Thai Airways Bangkok-Frankfurt (BKK-FRA)
Lufthansa Frankfurt-Dusseldorf (FRA-DUS)
Sun-Air (British Airways) Dusseldorf-Billund (DUS-BLL)
Sun-Air (British Airways) Billund-Manchester (BLL-MAN)
British Airways Manchester-London Heathrow (MAN-LHR)

So, part 8 finished with me enjoying a beer in Kathmandu. My good Darjeelinger friend from Part 5 put me in contact with a friend of his that runs a travel agency in Kathmandu. I gave him a call, and we arranged to meet up when I got into town. Feeling rather energised by the beautiful mountains, we decided to do a cycle around the Kathmandu valley…
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Some interesting flora. Yes, it is what you think it is, growing wild outside Kathmandu.
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And fauna
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Villages in the Valley
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This is a scared river – I’ve never smelt a more revoltingly polluted river in my life. Yuck
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A few shots of Kathmandu
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Overall, it was a wonderful day out, even though I did manage to cycle off a bridge into a muddy stream. Over lunch, I asked my guide about doing an Everest sightseeing flight. He made a few calls, and before I knew it, I had a ticket for the next day’s Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” flight. Brilliant! I also managed to get quite a hefty discount from the advertised $176 rate. Obviously the rates are kept rather high to safeguard the livelihood of agents in town. If you are going to Kathmandu/Nepal, and are interested in a discounted flight/holiday, let me know and I can pass on my friends details (no website at present). He runs tailor-made adventure tours through the country, which sound pretty cool (camping, rafting, cycling, trekking, geeky plane trips etc) and I’d highly recommend him.

I was also very happy to find out that Yeti Airlines operated the Jetstream 41 on the route, rather than the Buddha Air Beechcraft that I’d ticked off with Air New Zealand. I nearly had a flight on the Jetstream waaay back in 1997 on the London-Waterford route (airline/airport, no idea), but we ended up on Aer Lingus Express (or whatever they were called) on STN-DUB instead. Of course, I’d already booked a flight on Sun Air for the following week when I was back in Europe, but that was scheduled for a Jetstream 31. Just like London buses, you wait for ages, then two come along at once.

As the mountains often fog over in the afternoon, all the sightseeing and mountain (e.g. Lukla) flights leave early. My flight was scheduled for 0630 – earlier than I would have liked, but I don’t mind making an exception. My friend booked me a taxi, and after a bone-rattling journey through pre-dawn Kathmandu, I was back at the airport, this time at the surprisingly busy domestic terminal.

Obviously, as the flight is a straightforward return to/from KTM, Great Circle Mapper wouldn’t have been much use. As such, I’ve used Google Maps. Point A is KTM, and Point B is Sagarmatha (or better known in English as Mount Everest). Our fairly simple routing was to fly out from A, towards B (staying clear of the mountains below), before doing a loopy turn, and coming back again.

This report’s approximate map:
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And without the red line:
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There was bit of queue outside the terminal to have one’s bags x-rayed (obviously, I only had a camera with me, despite having an included 20kg luggage allowance), but was the first person to check in for the “Everest Express”. Before getting a boarding pass, however, you have to pay the 200 Rupee departure tax. Not knowing how busy the flight was, I asked for 9A (10 rows). I was initially offered 10C, but changed (which in retrospect I shouldn’t have).
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As well as a boarding pass, I was given a very nice booklet showing the peaks we’d be seeing this morning.
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There was almost no line for security, and in less than a minute, I was in the departure lounge.
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I actually thought this was a toilet at first due to the male and female signs, but it is actually a boarding gate.
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FIDS. The whole day was shown, so it took some time to scroll back to the relevant departures. As you can see, “Mountain” and Lukla feature heavily.
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Just after 6am, boarding was called, and everyone filed through, and sat on the bus awaiting a drive to the tarmac. Passenger make up was a few Japanese, some Spanish, Germans, Indians, myself, and a few others.
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I really want a ride on one of these Twotters
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Military
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Tarmac
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My plane
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April 2012
Kathmandu (KTM)– Kathmandu (KTM)
Yeti Airlines OY 301
Scheduled: 0630-0730 (1h00m)
Actual: 0627-0709 (0h42m)
Jetstream 41 9N-AIH
Economy



There were 19 pax on board today, meaning everyone had a window apart from one guy. Our lovely flight attendant passed out sweets and cotton wool before take off.
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Legroom
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Cabin – nice and airy, and better than the J31 cabin
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Safety Card
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The take off video can be found here.

Off we go! All of my plane photos have an annoying blue tint due to the windows – sorry.
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KTM beneath
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Whilst the catering was limited, the in-flight service was amazing. The FA spoke great English, and came by every passenger individually going through the map we were handed, and pointing out the peaks as we passed them.
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Here we go – lots of mountains I’m afraid!
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This is Mt. Gauri Shanker (I think). The FA informed me that it is a holy mountain, and not open for trekking. Damn, and I was planning on hiking up this afternoon.
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Wing shot
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And of course, we have Mt Everest, with a gorgeous cloud hanging over it. Of course the immortal words “which one is Everest?” emanated from lips throughout the cabin, including (I’m ashamed to say) mine. “Um, the tallest one?!”
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What’s this? The cockpit door is open? Yes, everyone is scheduled a minute or so visit.
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The captain did point out some mountains, but right then I was more interested in taking photos of the flight deck than outside. The windows in there were much clearer than down the back. Unfortunately it wasn’t possible to stay for landing.
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In flight video can be found here.

Cabin
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By the time I got back to my seat, we’d turned around, and we heading back to Kathmandu. Annoyingly, we were now flying a bit closer to the mountains than on the way out when I was on the “right” side.
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Of course for $176 a certificate is included!
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Approach to KTM
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The landing video can be found here.

Over the ‘burbs
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The Terminal
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Nepal Airlines fleet
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Domestic terminal
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Domestic fleets
http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LGW-OPO-LGW,LHR-FCO-CTA-LIN-LCY,LHR-AMS-GRQ-SEN,LTN-CPH-LHR-ORD
 
gabrielchew
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Thu May 03, 2012 12:34 pm

Domestic fleets
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(Unfortunately) well ahead of schedule, we disembark into the sunny morning air. My friend said he once had a group who’s flight was diverted to Pokhara for a few hours due to fog in KTM, before flying back. Shame that didn’t happen today.
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After a few parting shots, we pile into the bus, and head back to the terminal. Interestingly, photography wasn’t restricted around the domestic terminal (although there were lots of signs saying it was prohibited). In the international part, it’s a bit more strict.
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A rather horrible tunnel you have to drive through to get to arrivals
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At 0723 I’m dropped back at the chicken wire arrivals area, and head into the car park to meet my driver.
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Well, what can I say? The “Everest Express” was fantastic. Not having enough time to fit in a flight/holiday to Lukla (my friend also mentioned that the Pokhara flight is amazing for views), the mountain sightseeing flight is a great way to “do” the Himalayas before breakfast. Another thing for everyone’s “must-do” list.

All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of San Diego Airport, and American Airlines San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Thu May 03, 2012 1:28 pm

Hi Gabriel,

What a contrast between the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and the peacefulness of the countryside. Very different lifestyles.

Interesting array of aircraft types and liveries on the ground. I notice that all (4) of the Yeti flights are shown as scheduled to depart at the same time. It must get busy around the "Mountain".

Nice touch to have the cabin crew come and point out landmarks along the way. And every one gets a peek into the cockpit in flight. How cool is that? I can just imagine security in other countries having a fit at the idea.

Once again an great trip report. Thanks for sharing.

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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Thu May 03, 2012 3:27 pm

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
What a contrast between the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and the peacefulness of the countryside. Very different lifestyles.

Yeah, was a nice change from the city. Lucky that the rain from the day before had gone.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
Interesting array of aircraft types and liveries on the ground. I notice that all (4) of the Yeti flights are shown as scheduled to depart at the same time. It must get busy around the "Mountain".

YUp, it's pretty busy at that time. Didn't see any other planes though up "the mountain"!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):

Nice touch to have the cabin crew come and point out landmarks along the way. And every one gets a peek into the cockpit in flight. How cool is that?

Yes, it was a very nice and unexpected perk of the trip

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
Once again an great trip report. Thanks for sharing.

No problem, glad you liked it
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Thu May 03, 2012 6:42 pm

If I am correct this airline has had tons of crashes.

Great report but I would be too scared due to their safety record.

Great pictures. The bicycle trip in the valley seems great.

Did you take any shots / vaccinations? Which ones? Thanks.
 
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Thu May 03, 2012 7:07 pm

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 4):
If I am correct this airline has had tons of crashes.
Great report but I would be too scared due to their safety record.

Um, it has had a few (4 in recent years), but then so have most of the other operators. I guess it's fair to say Nepal is a dangerous place to fly domestically, so you just have to take your chances. I think doing the mountain flight is probably one of the safer flights as all you do is go up and down, landing on the biggest runway inthe country. Lukla on the other hand.....

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 4):
Great pictures. The bicycle trip in the valley seems great.

Thanks, it was a great cycle

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 4):
Did you take any shots / vaccinations? Which ones? Thanks.

Nothing special. I got all the free ones pn the NHS which are topped up when necessary (diphtheria, polio and tetanus, hepatitis A & B, meningitis C, typhoid) as well as yellow fever. After taking Malaria pills in Africa in Jan, I decided I couldn't be bothered this time, so didn't get any (after consulting a doctor). Don't do rabies nowadays either, waste of money.
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Thu May 03, 2012 7:23 pm

Gabriel,

I have been tracking your reports on this amazing trip you are having!
Incredibly beautiful are the Himalayas! I sure want to visit someday! The Andes here in Peru are amazing too, but the Himilayas have much more snow, thus it looks a little different  

Tell me about Katmandu. I have always wanted to visit the city (not sure why, probably for the funny nice name). Is it a nice city worth a visit? Or is it better to head inmediately into the countryside? I heard Nepal in general is a safe country, is it the same for Kathmandu?

And one more question: did the FA gave you the cotton wool because the plane is so loud? Is it really that loud? Certainly looks weird  

Thank you again for these wonderful reports!!!

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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Thu May 03, 2012 9:01 pm

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 6):
I have been tracking your reports on this amazing trip you are having!

Good to hear!

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 6):
Incredibly beautiful are the Himalayas! I sure want to visit someday! The Andes here in Peru are amazing too, but the Himilayas have much more snow, thus it looks a little different

I'd love a trip down to the Andes

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 6):
Tell me about Katmandu. I have always wanted to visit the city (not sure why, probably for the funny nice name). Is it a nice city worth a visit? Or is it better to head inmediately into the countryside? I heard Nepal in general is a safe country, is it the same for Kathmandu?

There are nice parts, but it is a large, poor, polluted city at the end of the day. Thamel is the tourist centre, with plenty of shops set up for people to shop and relax before/after trekking. There are some beautiful old bits in town as well. I guess it'd be good to spe nd a night or two in Kathamdu at the beginning and end of a Nepali trip. I found the place safe, and I think the security situation has improved massively over the past few years. I heard some pretty scary stories from just 3/4 years ago.

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 6):
And one more question: did the FA gave you the cotton wool because the plane is so loud? Is it really that loud? Certainly looks weird
Quoting Checo77 (Reply 6):
Thank you again for these wonderful reports!!!

No problem glad you like them!
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Thu May 03, 2012 9:26 pm

I've finally finished reading, read pt 4 - pt 9 today. Great series! Nice to read about Singapore and India, was there a few weeks ago. Also in BKK where you got later on. Look forward for more.  

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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Thu May 03, 2012 9:41 pm

Hi, Gabriel,

phantastic pictures. Both the cycle ride into town and also the Everest Express, that´s definitely the thing to do.
Also a well written story, good work.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
his is Mt. Gauri Shanker (I think). The FA informed me that it is a holy mountain, and not open for trekking. Damn, and I was planning on hiking up this afternoon.

Such a shame!.

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Thu May 03, 2012 9:43 pm

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 6):
And one more question: did the FA gave you the cotton wool because the plane is so loud? Is it really that loud? Certainly looks weird

Sorry, forgot to reply to that one! Yes, the cotton wool was for the noise, but I didn't think it was very noisy. I didn't use it. Not sure many other people used it.

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 8):
I've finally finished reading, read pt 4 - pt 9 today. Great series! Nice to read about Singapore and India, was there a few weeks ago. Also in BKK where you got later on. Look forward for more.

So you had a busy afternoon Sveinn! Glad you liked them. Bangkok is in the next report....
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Fri May 04, 2012 4:38 am

Hi!

I really loved the Kathmandu Valley photos and your experience with Yeti Airlines. Do you (or anyone) happen to know why Royal Nepal Airlines was changed to Nepal Airlines? Do they still fly the KTM-LHR route? Thank you for sharing your experience with us!

Cheers and continuous happy travels,

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Fri May 04, 2012 6:25 am

Hi Gabriel,

What an awesome experience that must’ve been! It looks a bit like the Alps, but I guess in real the views are for sure different and even more impressive. I’m positively surprised about the F/A addressing each passenger and then the cockpit visit. For sure something special. KTM seems full of thess little exotic aircraft, spotters heaven  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Feeling rather energised by the beautiful mountains, we decided to do a cycle around the Kathmandu valley…

Wow, what a scenery. And where’s that pic of you stuck in the mud 

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Yes, it is what you think it is, growing wild outside Kathmandu.

How was it  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Just like London buses, you wait for ages, then two come along at once.

That’s a good metaphore.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I actually thought this was a toilet at first due to the male and female signs, but it is actually a boarding gate.

Perhaps before the ‘renovation’ it really was a toilet...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I really want a ride on one of these Twotters

Too bad you couldn’t get on a flight to Lukla, then most probably you did get to fly on one.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Safety Card

Better study that carefully, see the asymmetry in the emergency exits?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Another thing for everyone’s “must-do” list.

Well maybe someday, who knows..;

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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Fri May 04, 2012 7:10 am

Hi Gabriel,

another great report with stunning pictures! You have become an expert for exotic destinations.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Brilliant! I also managed to get quite a hefty discount from the advertised $176 rate.

I'd say that even that rate is not too bad for such a special flight.


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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Fri May 04, 2012 9:48 am

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Both the cycle ride into town and also the Everest Express, that´s definitely the thing to do.

Yup, was a good few days in Nepal!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
phantastic pictures.Also a well written story, good work.

THanks!

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 11):

I really loved the Kathmandu Valley photos and your experience with Yeti Airlines.

Thanks

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 11):
Do you (or anyone) happen to know why Royal Nepal Airlines was changed to Nepal Airlines?

There was a little incident with the Royal Family.....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepalese_royal_massacre

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 11):
Do they still fly the KTM-LHR route?

THey usesd to fly LGW-FRA-KTM I believe, but no longer

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 11):
Thank you for sharing your experience with us!

No problem!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):

What an awesome experience that must’ve been! It looks a bit like the Alps, but I guess in real the views are for sure different and even more impressive.

Similar to the Alps, just a *little* higher  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
I’m positively surprised about the F/A addressing each passenger and then the cockpit visit. For sure something special.

Yeah, was a v nice touch

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
Wow, what a scenery. And where’s that pic of you stuck in the mud

Haha, thankfully no one was around to see it. My friend had cycled ahead, so was just around to haul out my bike!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
How was it

I'm a good boy Nils!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
Better study that carefully, see the asymmetry in the emergency exits?

Yup, a nice little plane

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
another great report with stunning pictures! You have become an expert for exotic destinations.

Yup, can't get enough of them

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
I'd say that even that rate is not too bad for such a special flight.

True, it wasn't too OTT.
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Fri May 04, 2012 7:09 pm

Hi Gabriel!

Very nice and unique report with very nice pictures !

Very worthwhile to do such a sightseeing trip when you are in the area and extra bonus to get a new type.

Looking forward to the next report in the series!

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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Fri May 04, 2012 8:12 pm

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Very nice and unique report with very nice pictures !

Thanks Lars!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Very worthwhile to do such a sightseeing trip when you are in the area and extra bonus to get a new type.

Well, it wasn't a hard sell for me!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Looking forward to the next report in the series!

I'm working on it right now
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Sat May 05, 2012 9:22 am

Hi!

Again, a really nice TR. When I watch your cabin pictures I'm amazed about the space. I have always thought that Jetstreams are cramped.

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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Sat May 05, 2012 9:56 am

Quoting tobbry (Reply 17):

Again, a really nice TR

Thanks Tobias

Quoting tobbry (Reply 17):
When I watch your cabin pictures I'm amazed about the space. I have always thought that Jetstreams are cramped.

Yeah, the cabin was quite spacious, but it was only a 70% full, so bascially no one was sharing. On my J31 flight with SunAir a week later, the cabin was VERY squashed. A full flight, and I was stuck next to thw window with someone on the aisle.
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Sat May 05, 2012 10:11 am

Hi Gabriel!

What can I say - amazing! This was the first time I got to take a closer look at the Jetstream 41 along with some beautiful views. You really make me jealous...  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome to the ninth part of my spring trip to Asia!

Part nine? I thought I had read most of them and missed a few but apparently you really are a fast uploader, hope you don't mind if I read them in the wrong order.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The entire map:

Amazing routing!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Brilliant! I also managed to get quite a hefty discount from the advertised $176 rate.

I wish airline ticket prices would be negotiable in Europe as well.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Just like London buses, you wait for ages, then two come along at once.

Haha! I've been trying to get on a 777 for quite a long time now and all of a sudden I found myself booked on three such flights on the very same trip..

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There were 19 pax on board today, meaning everyone had a window apart from one guy

Luckily that guy wasn't you!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Whilst the catering was limited, the in-flight service was amazing. The FA spoke great English, and came by every passenger individually going through the map we were handed, and pointing out the peaks as we passed them.

Another thing I have a hard time picturing in European airspace! What a great flight attendant.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
What’s this? The cockpit door is open? Yes, everyone is scheduled a minute or so visit.

Now you have convinced me that I HAVE to take this flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After a few parting shots, we pile into the bus, and head back to the terminal. Interestingly, photography wasn’t restricted around the domestic terminal (although there were lots of signs saying it was prohibited). In the international part, it’s a bit more strict.

Also part of the special $176 treatment?

Thanks again for sharing.

Regards,
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Sat May 05, 2012 11:32 am

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 19):

What can I say - amazing!

Thanks!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 19):
This was the first time I got to take a closer look at the Jetstream 41 along with some beautiful views. You really make me jealous...

I like to inspire!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 19):
Part nine? I thought I had read most of them and missed a few but apparently you really are a fast uploader, hope you don't mind if I read them in the wrong order.

Rread them in whichever order you like (as long as you leave a nice comment   )

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 19):
I wish airline ticket prices would be negotiable in Europe as well.

Well, if you know the agents....

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 19):
Haha! I've been trying to get on a 777 for quite a long time now and all of a sudden I found myself booked on three such flights on the very same trip..

Always the way

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 19):
Luckily that guy wasn't you!

It was a couple travelling together

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 19):
Now you have convinced me that I HAVE to take this flight.

Please do!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 19):
Also part of the special $176 treatment?

Ha, I guess so! Even the people on the normal flights were taking photos I guess as part of their "Neapl Holiday snaps"
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Sat May 05, 2012 12:59 pm

Hi Gabriel,

Great report, really enjoyed this one. My father is on an Everest expedition as we speak and has been at base camp since April 1. So it was nice to see your pics of where he is.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Feeling rather energised by the beautiful mountains, we decided to do a cycle around the Kathmandu valley…

Looks very beautiful!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As well as a boarding pass, I was given a very nice booklet showing the peaks we’d be seeing this morning.

Nice touch. Seems like Yeti provides a good service.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I actually thought this was a toilet at first due to the male and female signs, but it is actually a boarding gate.

That is confusing, indeed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Our lovely flight attendant passed out sweets and cotton wool before take off.

Interesting! Never heard of cotton wool being given out before.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Whilst the catering was limited, the in-flight service was amazing. The FA spoke great English, and came by every passenger individually going through the map we were handed, and pointing out the peaks as we passed them.

Again, seems like great service.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And of course, we have Mt Everest, with a gorgeous cloud hanging over it. Of course the immortal words “which one is Everest?” emanated from lips throughout the cabin, including (I’m ashamed to say) mine. “Um, the tallest one?!”

 

Thanks for posting!

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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Sat May 05, 2012 3:30 pm

Hi Gabriel,

wow, I am amazed. Another wonderful great report you have put together here with some stunning pictures. Kathmandu and Nepal is one of the exotic destinations I have always dreamed of visiting as well ever since I have read a book about it as a child. So good to read about it and seeing some pictures.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This is a scared river – I’ve never smelt a more revoltingly polluted river in my life. Yuck

Ouch, that looks really bad.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A few shots of Kathmandu

Interesting, what are these people doing there, building a tower on wheels?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
obviously, I only had a camera with me, despite having an included 20kg luggage allowance

Hmm, pretty pointless for a sightseeing flight that returns to the same airport, but why not.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Here we go – lots of mountains I’m afraid!

Well, that's the main point of this flight (at least for most of the people, for us of course flying a J41 of Yeti airline is almost as exciting   ) But then really amazing views.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
What’s this? The cockpit door is open? Yes, everyone is scheduled a minute or so visit.

How cool is that, a cockpit visit during the flight, very nice. I bet the pilots were enjoying the flight as much as you did. Great service here from Yeti airlines.

Just a bit a shame that you couldn't fit a flight in a Twin Otter up to Lukla in your plans, I am sure that would have been exciting as well   ...

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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Sat May 05, 2012 6:18 pm

Hi Gabs,

Another great episode. Nice to see something a bit different from your usual norm. Certainly a very interesting idea to take that sightseeing (or mountainseeing?) flight and with a very rare type (and airline) as well - good stuff!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Feeling rather energised by the beautiful mountains, we decided to do a cycle around the Kathmandu valley…

A very good idea - the scenery there looks amazing.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some interesting flora. Yes, it is what you think it is, growing wild outside Kathmandu.

Nice, the sweet leaf! Yes, it should be legalized, big time.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and before I knew it, I had a ticket for the next day’s Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” flight. Brilliant!

Congratulations! Certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was also very happy to find out that Yeti Airlines operated the Jetstream 41 on the route,

Congrats again - the bigger Jetstreams aren't exactly common, I've still searching for a convenient way to log them!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
but that was scheduled for a Jetstream 31. Just like London buses, you wait for ages, then two come along at once.

Well no, not really. That's two distinct types.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My flight was scheduled for 0630

Whoa, that is early - for a leisure flight that is! Nothing new if you are a frequent BT flyer, though  .

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and Point B is Sagarmatha (or better known in English as Mount Everest).

And also the name of my local Nepalese joint, well known by you  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I actually thought this was a toilet at first due to the male and female signs, but it is actually a boarding gate.

Hah, hilarious!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS. The whole day was shown, so it took some time to scroll back to the relevant departures. As you can see, “Mountain” and Lukla feature heavily.

I find that "Mountain" destination quite interesting. Maybe they should've put "Kathmandu" in there to confuse people further...  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Our lovely flight attendant passed out sweets and cotton wool before take off.

Cotton wool? Seriously? Are there no ear plugs in Nepal? I wouldn't put that stuff in my ears, no no!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Cabin – nice and airy, and better than the J31 cabin

Wow, the J41 looks almost like a real plane instead of the mini J31!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This is Mt. Gauri Shanker (I think). The FA informed me that it is a holy mountain, and not open for trekking. Damn, and I was planning on hiking up this afternoon.

Hah, I bet you were! Time for a plan B - a day of drinking beer!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Here we go – lots of mountains I’m afraid!

Well that's the main point, isn't it?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Domestic fleets

Nice to see so many different turboprops there - after all I'm a big fan of those planes.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After a few parting shots, we pile into the bus, and head back to the terminal. Interestingly, photography wasn’t restricted around the domestic terminal (although there were lots of signs saying it was prohibited). In the international part, it’s a bit more strict.

Very refreshing to see a flight where everyone was taking tons of photos and thus you didn't feel awkward and self-conscious for taking them yourself, plus a crew that had absolutely no problems with it! I wish it would always be like this.
 
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Sun May 06, 2012 7:10 am

Hi Gabriel,

Thank you so much for sharing this exceptionally beautiful experience of “Everett Express”. Apart from the breathtaking in-flight scenery, I would indeed appreciate the cockpit visit and courteous service of well read FA.

Thanks also for taking us along the cycle tour around the Valley. Especially the shot of dwarf goats and plushy ducklings made me melt right away.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Yes, it is what you think it is, growing wild outside Kathmandu

Help me. I am no botanist.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This is a scared river – I’ve never smelt a more revoltingly polluted river in my life. Yuck

Awful!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
If you are going to Kathmandu/Nepal, and are interested in a discounted flight/holiday, let me know and I can pass on my friends details (no website at present).

  


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Before getting a boarding pass, however, you have to pay the 200 Rupee departure tax

Just like in Indonesia.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I actually thought this was a toilet at first due to the male and female signs, but it is actually a boarding gate.

   So, what are the male and female signs supposed to mean?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Of course the immortal words “which one is Everest?” emanated from lips throughout the cabin, including (I’m ashamed to say) mine. “Um, the tallest one?!”

So, what’s the correct answer?


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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Sun May 06, 2012 6:37 pm

Thanks for all your comments!

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 21):

Great report, really enjoyed this one.

Thanks!

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 21):
My father is on an Everest expedition as we speak and has been at base camp since April 1. So it was nice to see your pics of where he is.

Hope he has a nice time

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 21):
Nice touch. Seems like Yeti provides a good service.

Yes, was a great flight

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 21):
Thanks for posting!

No problem

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):

wow, I am amazed. Another wonderful great report you have put together here with some stunning pictures.

Thanks

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):
Ouch, that looks really bad.

Yeah, not nice

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):
Interesting, what are these people doing there, building a tower on wheels?

It' was a religious thing - I think it get burnt?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):
I bet the pilots were enjoying the flight as much as you did.

Yeah, a nice job to have

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):
Just a bit a shame that you couldn't fit a flight in a Twin Otter up to Lukla in your plans, I am sure that would have been exciting as well ...

Hopefully they'll still be operating the next time I'n in Nepal

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):

Another great episode.

Thanks!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):
A very good idea - the scenery there looks amazing.

Yeah, was lovely out there

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):
Congrats again - the bigger Jetstreams aren't exactly common, I've still searching for a convenient way to log them!

No, I've had a hard time finding the,

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):
And also the name of my local Nepalese joint, well known by you

Did you know what was what it meant?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):
Cotton wool? Seriously? Are there no ear plugs in Nepal? I wouldn't put that stuff in my ears, no no!

Clearly no ear plugs! THe plane wasn't loud, so I didn't use it

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):
Wow, the J41 looks almost like a real plane instead of the mini J31!

Yes, much more spacious

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):

Thank you so much for sharing this exceptionally beautiful experience of “Everett Express”.

No problem

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Thanks also for taking us along the cycle tour around the Valley. Especially the shot of dwarf goats and plushy ducklings made me melt right away.

Glad you liked them!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Help me. I am no botanist.

Haha, the plant so many tourists head to your fair country to enjoy! And I'm not talking about tulips
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Sun May 06, 2012 8:13 pm

Hi Gab

Another great report, this one goes as exotic as it can get.
However I'm impressed about Yeti Airlines, seem to have a great product.

Greetings
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Sun May 06, 2012 9:47 pm

Hey another amazing trip report . Well done   Lovely photos especially the cute animal ones .

Really was a trip to remember !

Regards

Philip  
 
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Sun May 06, 2012 10:30 pm

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 26):
Another great report, this one goes as exotic as it can get.

Thanks Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 26):
However I'm impressed about Yeti Airlines, seem to have a great product.

Yeah, was a pretty good flight, with well organised service

Quoting OA260 (Reply 27):
Hey another amazing trip report .

Thanks Phil!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 27):
Well done Lovely photos especially the cute animal ones .

Thanks again!
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Mon May 07, 2012 5:53 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 25):
And also the name of my local Nepalese joint, well known by you
Did you know what was what it meant?

Yes I did. The restaurant explains it on their website and maybe also in their menu!
 
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Tue May 08, 2012 5:07 pm

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 29):
Yes I did. The restaurant explains it on their website and maybe also in their menu!
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Wed May 09, 2012 8:41 pm

Hi Gabriel,

again thanks, excellently done. Fantastic to see such a sightseeing flight, and to be back before breakfast - it probably takes longer to read than to fly !

Nice to see another rare aircraft type. Good service for a short flight, but then you did say the regular price is quite high.

But the star of the show has to go to Everest itself. Magnificent.

Thanks again

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Thu May 10, 2012 7:09 pm

Hi Gabriel,
Another good report as always.
What a great idea to fly the "Everest Express" and what a beautiful scenery, cant get enough of that!

cheers,
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Thu May 10, 2012 7:17 pm

Hey Gabriel, thanks for sharing this series of reports. Congrats on logging all those exotic types, the DC-10, wow! I'm green with envy! Good to see that most of the Bangladeshi airline staff seems to be friendly. Great pictures of Mt Everest in this report, and I loved the impressions of Bangladesh and Kathmandu in the previous reports.

Brgds,

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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Thu May 10, 2012 9:49 pm

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting signol (Reply 31):

again thanks, excellently done

Thanks

Quoting signol (Reply 31):
Fantastic to see such a sightseeing flight, and to be back before breakfast - it probably takes longer to read than to fly !

Yeah, was a great flight to take

Quoting signol (Reply 31):
Nice to see another rare aircraft type. Good service for a short flight, but then you did say the regular price is quite high.

Yeah, pricey, but worth it

Quoting signol (Reply 31):
But the star of the show has to go to Everest itself. Magnificent.

Truly amazing mountains

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 32):
Another good report as always.

Thanks

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 32):
What a great idea to fly the "Everest Express" and what a beautiful scenery, cant get enough of that!

Yeah, great views

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 33):
thanks for sharing this series of reports

No problem

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 33):
Good to see that most of the Bangladeshi airline staff seems to be friendly

Yeah, they're a friendly bunch

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 33):
Great pictures of Mt Everest in this report, and I loved the impressions of Bangladesh and Kathmandu in the previous reports.

Thanks Martijn
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Sat May 12, 2012 2:17 pm

Hi Gabriel!

Another nice portion of your long trip report series!   Very enjoyable to read as usual!
Great idea to do a sightseeing flight, and a nice bonus to do it in a J41!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Cabin – nice and airy, and better than the J31 cabin

Does indeed look quite nice. Just as you said, better than the J31.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And of course, we have Mt Everest

Some nice shots there.

Martin
 
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Sat May 12, 2012 9:20 pm

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 35):

Another nice portion of your long trip report series! Very enjoyable to read as usual!

Thanks Martin

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 35):
Great idea to do a sightseeing flight, and a nice bonus to do it in a J41!

Well as soon as I heard baout the Everest flight, I knew I had to do it!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 35):
Some nice shots there.

Thanks - shame about the blue tint in the glass
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Sat May 26, 2012 8:27 am

Hi Gabriel,

Great report.... gorgeous sightseeing flight!
And well organized as well, with those maps, flight deck visit and English-speaking FA.
 
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:34 am

Hi Gabriel!
What a wonderful and unique report with amazing pics! I was reading your TR with huge pleasure  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The take off video can be found here.

I like all your videos, especially landing video

Vsego dobrogo,
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:31 pm

Amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing.
 
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:07 pm

Hi Gabriel,

Didn't I say to you a week ago that I wanted to read this TR? Well, I finally got round to it! And very enjoyable it was too!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As well as a boarding pass, I was given a very nice booklet showing the peaks we’d be seeing this morning.

Am sure that made a lovely souvenir.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
actually thought this was a toilet at first due to the male and female signs, but it is actually a boarding gate.

Any reason for that? Had it once upon a time been a toilet or did they really enforce boarding that way? Surely not?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As you can see, “Mountain” and Lukla feature heavily.

I like the 'Mountain' one. So I guess, depending on the weather, they fly you anywhere with mountains?!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Here we go – lots of mountains I’m afraid!

There can never be too many mountain pictures! I love your photos of the Himalayas, the ones you took from the cockpit are even better. Great that you were all granted a visit. Incredible to see Everest like that.

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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:48 am

dude, you're crazy brave!
 
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:24 am

Great report! I was in Nepal last year trekking to Everest base camp. The flights in and out of Lukla are among my most memorable ever! Your report brought back fond memories of a beautiful country. I hope to go there again soon!
 
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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:07 am

Hi Gab!

great report, lovely views on the mountains for sure!! Shame about the windows though. Maybe some editing software can get you some better results?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some interesting flora. Yes, it is what you think it is, growing wild outside Kathmandu.

Many people still think these plants also grow on every street corner in Amsterdam :P

So, for the J41, KTM seems a good place to get a ride. Enough of these interesting props around in that area.

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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:08 pm

Great pictures here GC, looks like a great trip, one of those once in a lifetime ones.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Overall, it was a wonderful day out, even though I did manage to cycle off a bridge into a muddy stream.

- Sounds like the kind of thing my wife would do!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As well as a boarding pass, I was given a very nice booklet showing the peaks we’d be seeing this morning.

- Nice touch.

Cheers

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RE: Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” On The J41

Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:35 pm

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 37):
Great report.... gorgeous sightseeing flight!

Yes, was a great day out

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 37):
And well organized as well, with those maps, flight deck visit and English-speaking FA.

Yup, Yeti Air have put some effort into making it a good event

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 38):
What a wonderful and unique report with amazing pics! I was reading your TR with huge pleasure. ] I like all your videos, especially landing video

Спасибо Anastasia! Glad you liked them

Quoting amsspot (Reply 39):
Amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing.

No problem, glad you enjoyed it

Quoting infodesk (Reply 40):
Didn't I say to you a week ago that I wanted to read this TR? Well, I finally got round to it! And very enjoyable it was too!

Good you finally read it..!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 40):
Am sure that made a lovely souvenir.

Indeed it did

Quoting infodesk (Reply 40):
Any reason for that? Had it once upon a time been a toilet or did they really enforce boarding that way? Surely not?

Sometimes they frish at the gate, so they split it up like this

Quoting infodesk (Reply 40):
I like the 'Mountain' one. So I guess, depending on the weather, they fly you anywhere with mountains?!

Well, I think they just get away with seeing THE mountain, then head back to base

Quoting sfflyer123 (Reply 41):
dude, you're crazy brave!

Um, thanks!

Quoting cx777fan (Reply 42):
Great report! I was in Nepal last year trekking to Everest base camp. The flights in and out of Lukla are among my most memorable ever! Your report brought back fond memories of a beautiful country. I hope to go there again soon!

I hope to go to Lukla soon...Nepal is such a beautiful country

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 43):
great report, lovely views on the mountains for sure!! Shame about the windows though. Maybe some editing software can get you some better results?

Thanks Eric...will investigate software

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 43):
So, for the J41, KTM seems a good place to get a ride. Enough of these interesting props around in that area.

Yes, plenty of interesting props in Nepal

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 44):
Great pictures here GC, looks like a great trip, one of those once in a lifetime ones.

Yes, was a great flight

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 44):
- Sounds like the kind of thing my wife would do!

Ha, I must say I wasn't expecting to do anythign like that!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 44):
- Nice touch.

Yes, it was a great
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