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GREECE-Business (Class) As Usual A3+BA New Lounge.

Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:48 pm

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Welcome fellow Anetters / Καλώς ορίσετε  

I had been with my Mum to celebrate her 60TH birthday and soon it was time to leave to visit my Family in Greece.

The previous part can be seen here :

Free Elite Status Match-Aer Lingus+Queen's Jubilee (by OA260 Jun 18 2012 in Trip Reports)

The background behind this trip was that my Cousin needed some electrical items which I confess I know little about . He is the one who is the engineer.   He ordered the items he needed to be sent down to Greece but they never turned up even though they were sent UPS. Now when I heard this I thought ''oh they must have been stolen in Greece''. I guess I should not have jumped to this conclusion because investigations turned out that they were stolen in the UK !

Anyway my Cousin was refunded and was going to order again . I advised him not to bother and that I would get them delivered to my Mums house and I could bring them down . We didnt want to risk them getting stolen again and next time they may not refund . The cost was over GBP300 so not something you want to loose.

I had the time off work and I never need an excuse to pop down to Athens especially when its 32C and Sunny  

I was a bit concerned when I was at my Mums house that the weight was going to be a problem . It was around 30-32KG maybe a bit more. I weighed it a few times and my Mum was asking me if I was sure I would be ok . I kept saying yes and trying to convince myself too . My Family had ordered some items of shopping too so I had about 27-30KG in the other bag too . Still I kept positive and ordered my taxi to LHR .

I said goodbye to my Mum and made my way in the taxi . Not long after around 35-40 mins we were at T1. I paid and tipped the driver and made my way into the check in .



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DATE : 03/JUN/2012
AIRLINE: AEGEAN AIRLINES
FLIGHT: A3 605
ROUTE: LONDON HEATHROW - ATHENS
SEAT: 3A
CLASS: BUSINESS
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A320
REG: SX - DVL



BMI handle Aegean Airlines still so I checked in there . I approached the desk a bit nervous hoping I would get a nice check in agent who was in a good mood. I didnt take any photos just in case  

I put both bags on the scales and she said '' You know your over your allowance?'' I replied ''Yes I know Im sorry Im normally way under or exactly on the limit but I just have this item as we needed to re order due to it being stolen''. She said '' Well we will let it go this time but just remember for next time '' and smiled at me. I was so relieved and thanked her alot.

She gave me my Boarding pass and advised me that I could use the BMI / BA Great British Lounge. She then told me to take the box to outsized bags as it would not fit down the normal belts.


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The new branded BA/BMI desks :

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Dual branding again :

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So it was time to go through security which took no more than a few minutes. I decided to go to the Star Alliance lounge as they normally have a decent spread in the buffet.

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First time christening my Turkish Airlines Star Gold Card  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3JUNE/file-14.jpg

After a while it was time to head to the best lounge in LHR IMHO .

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Jubilee stuff everywhere.

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BA's new lounge  

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I was welcomed by two friendly BMI staff and made to feel welcome.

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RE: GREECE-Business (Class) As Usual A3+BA New Lounge.

Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:49 pm

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The previous A3 flight leaving for ATH .

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Nice to see my spot vacant  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3JUNE/file-34.jpg

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Aegean leaves and replaced by the Olympic Dove   Quite fitting .

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RE: GREECE-Business (Class) As Usual A3+BA New Lounge.

Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:50 pm

Shortly after the BMI staff saw that their beloved BMI livery had been ''enhanced'' by BA and started to take photos on their phones and chatting about it . Some liked it and some said it was a shame ''end of an era'' to quote one. I can only imagine the mixed feelings for these loyal and highly trained BMI staff.

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For Jwhite  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3JUNE/file-55.jpg

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A purchase I made at tax free or whatever they call it these days .

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Something interesting arrived from MAD  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3JUNE/file-61.jpg

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Cant think of a nicer place to be lounging despite the weather :

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RE: GREECE-Business (Class) As Usual A3+BA New Lounge.

Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:51 pm

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Nice to see a KU rare jet :

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RE: GREECE-Business (Class) As Usual A3+BA New Lounge.

Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:52 pm

An Airline to watch some say :

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Soon my aircraft landed and made its way to its stand :

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For Mr Nils  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3JUNE/file-103.jpg

Soon it was time to head to the gate :

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After a while boarding for Business Class and Star Golds was announced so I made my way onboard. I was greeted at the door by two friendly young FAs in Greek . ( My time in Ireland has not taken away my Med look ) luckily  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3JUNE/file-105.jpg

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The familiar A3 cabin we have come to expect. Clean and welcoming .

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The crew handed out their signature menu's :

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Pre take off sweet :

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Choice of pre take off orange or Champagne this is the only point where I have to mark them down. Plastic cups for the welcome drink .
 
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RE: GREECE-Business (Class) As Usual A3+BA New Lounge.

Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:53 pm

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The cabin was prepared and we left our stand and headed to the runway .

Icelandair for our fellow Icelandic Anet trip reporter  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3JUNE/file-132.jpg

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Air Malta has a logo jet of their own ! Valletta calling .

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Man love those 777s  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3JUNE/file-140.jpg

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Soon we were above the clouds and in somewhat better weather.
 
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RE: GREECE-Business (Class) As Usual A3+BA New Lounge.

Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:54 pm

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After a while the crew were released for their duties and headphones were handed out :

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Followed by peanuts :

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A pre Dinner drink was offered :

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Hot towel service :

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I was then offered a quite pleasant looking tray :

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After finishing that tasty lot the main arrived. I have to say I was very impressed. Lovely tender Chicken marinated in herbs and lemon. I really didnt expect it to taste so good.

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Once I had finished that the FA came to me and said would I like dessert. I of course said yes especially when I saw it was Greek sweets.  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3JUNE/file-163.jpg

I was then offered Tea or Coffee or something else. I asked for a Cappuchino and soon enough it was brought to me with a smile .
 
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RE: GREECE-Business (Class) As Usual A3+BA New Lounge.

Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:55 pm

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A quick look at the facilities :

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Getting closer :

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Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:56 pm

Before commencing our decent the FA came to me and asked me if I would like another drink. I decided to go for a Greek traditional liquer called ''Mastixa'' which is from the Island of Chios and very pleasant . I was also offered Chocolates.

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Soon after the cabin was prepared for landing and we touched down in ATH  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3JUNE/file-183.jpg

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Soon it was time to disembark and I thanked the crew for a most enjoyable flight. They smiled alot when I said that and I think they were glad someone recognised their efforts.

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I made my way to the baggage reclaim and awaited my ''heavy'' items  

My Cousin was waiting in the arrivals for me and when he saw the box he was actually surprised how big it was and said to me ''how did you manage that ? ''. I said to him ''with difficulty'' lol... I then handed him the trolley and told him ''right Ive done my job its yours now''  

We made our way to the car park where I shot this poster. Yes I do love Greece very much  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3JUNE/file-188.jpg

Time to load the cargo :

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So in around 35 mins taking the fast toll road we were in Piraeus and time to un pack :

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And time for me to do my bit for the local Greek economy  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3JUNE/file-192.jpg

I think I got to bed at 4am but at 7am I was up again as I felt the warm Sun rising and decided to make the mot of it and go to the bakery for fresh bread  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3IPHONEPICS/file-12.jpg

Breakfast time :

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So thats the end of this report guys . I hope you enjoyed it . Aegean again proved that they are a top quality carrier with great crew and a top notch Business Class product. The aircraft were spotless and the loads were very heatlhy. 100% full down the back and not a bad load in J .

I love the way they bring Greek food to the International stage on their flights with a good selection of Greek wines too . They really are good promoters of the good things Greece continues to offer in these hard times.

I love to hear all of your comments as usual it is great to see every one of them and makes the effort even more worthwhile  



Dont believe all of the media hype the country is open for business and there are no strikes planned for the whole Summer season   The hotels and restaurants are all open and the night clubs too .  

Greece is in very hard times but its still a wonderful country with natural beauty , lovely beaches and some great food . Oh and yes its still in the Euro lol...

Regards

Philip / OA260  

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Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:23 pm

Thanks for a great report on Aegean Airlines, which I had the pleasure to fly last month.

It is quite nice for an European airline to offer such nice meals on these intra-European flights these days.

Thanks,
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Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:07 pm

Very nice report Phil....perfect to whet my appetite before my Aegean flights next week to Cyprus!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I put both bags on the scales and she said '' You know your over your allowance?'' I replied ''Yes I know Im sorry Im normally way under or exactly on the limit but I just have this item as we needed to re order due to it being stolen''. She said '' Well we will let it go this time but just remember for next time '' and smiled at me. I was so relieved and thanked her alot.

I wonder how often they say "I'll let you go this time...."

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):

A get lost nicely sign

So can A3 pax still use the BD lounge, or did you fly before the end of May?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Once I had finished that the FA came to me and said would I like dessert. I of course said yes especially when I saw it was Greek sweets.

Ooh, the food looks great...I'm already looking forward to my dessert!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):

I think I got to bed at 4am but at 7am I was up again as I felt the warm Sun rising and decided to make the mot of it and go to the bakery for fresh bread

Looks idyllic (except for the lack of sleep!)
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Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:17 pm

Quoting Carfield (Reply 9):
Thanks for a great report on Aegean Airlines, which I had the pleasure to fly last month.

It is quite nice for an European airline to offer such nice meals on these intra-European flights these days.

Hi yes I remember your lovely reports both A3 and OA .   Indeed A3 offer a very good product up there with LX and BA .

Quoting Carfield (Reply 9):
PS. So jealous to see your Turkish Gold Elite card... TK has chosen not to comp my bmi gold status.

Thats a shame I PMd you  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Very nice report Phil....perfect to whet my appetite before my Aegean flights next week to Cyprus!

Hey there glad I could post before you go to set you in the mood. I hope you have equally a good flight and service . I will look forward to your report.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
I wonder how often they say "I'll let you go this time...."

Well no issues now A3 give me 3 x 32Kilos since they introduced their new luggage allowance. I think its similar to BA now . I dont intend to try going that much over my allowance I couldnt carry it LOL...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
So can A3 pax still use the BD lounge, or did you fly before the end of May?

Yes it was early June so was recent enough and I have not heard any changes so you should be good to go . Dont show your Star Alliance card at entry just your J Class boarding pass otherwise I heard it can confuse them.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Ooh, the food looks great...I'm already looking forward to my dessert!

Oh yes it was lovely especially the choc offering. One might call it ''death by chocolate''  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Looks idyllic (except for the lack of sleep!)

Yes but dont you find in the Sun you dont need as much sleep . ? In the Northern Winters I get so tired and fed up . Look at the weather today it was terrible here in Ireland. High winds and rain was like someone turned on a tap and its been like that for 24 hours !
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:26 am

Thanks, Oa260!

I've read a few reports about Aegean and they always look to provide a really substantial Business Class service on a relatively short flight - I'm always amazed though how so many of these cabins are so empty! I guess I'm just used to the US where F always seems to leave full at domestic airports.

Looking forward to your next trip!

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Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:24 am

A3 is one quality airlines for intra-european flight.
Food offered remind me of Turkish Airlines   another quality STAR airlines.

Many thanks for sharing.
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:11 am

Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):

Hi Matthew  

Yes they are a very nice airline to fly . I agree compared to the US Domestics which I experienced back in December where the F cabin was packed full .

Quoting nethkt (Reply 13):

Hi thanks for the reply . Indeed the food is very similar . Greek and Turkish food is similar sharing many of the same things along with Lebanese food.
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:27 am

Hi Philip!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Now when I heard this I thought ''oh they must have been stolen in Greece''. I guess I should not have jumped to this conclusion because investigations turned out that they were stolen in the UK !

Haha. I guess you can't jump to conclusions in this day and age. At least there was a refund  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I put both bags on the scales and she said '' You know your over your allowance?'' I replied ''Yes I know Im sorry Im normally way under or exactly on the limit but I just have this item as we needed to re order due to it being stolen''. She said '' Well we will let it go this time but just remember for next time '' and smiled at me. I was so relieved and thanked her alot.

That was nice of her and luckily you could take the electronics with you without penalty  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
My Cousin was waiting in the arrivals for me and when he saw the box he was actually surprised how big it was and said to me ''how did you manage that ? ''. I said to him ''with difficulty'' lol... I then handed him the trolley and told him ''right Ive done my job its yours now'

Yes, with great difficulty, indeed. Hehe.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
And time for me to do my bit for the local Greek economy

Very nice.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Oh and yes its still in the Euro lol...

Euro zone, yes. Euro 2012? Not anymore, sorry. Samaras tried but it wasn't enough.



Anyway, great meal and meal pics. Well done by A3. Nice service overall, it seems.

Thanks for writing this up!

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Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:31 am

Another great report, thanks!

A3 service sure looks top notch, a three course meal in Europe, way to go!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
After a while it was time to head to the best lounge in LHR IMHO .

It is indeed a great looking looking lounge. Wish I had the chance to visit it. But how did you get in, as the sign refers Star pax to the Star lounge?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Cant think of a nicer place to be lounging despite the weather :

Heathrow never gets boring!
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:44 am

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 15):
Hi Philip!

Hey Alex  
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 15):
Haha. I guess you can't jump to conclusions in this day and age. At least there was a refund  

Indeed just shows you it can happen anywhere.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 15):
That was nice of her and luckily you could take the electronics with you without penalty  

Yes it was nice of her and really helped me out when I needed it .

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 15):
Euro zone, yes. Euro 2012? Not anymore, sorry. Samaras tried but it wasn't enough.

Although I think it was better to be out of Euro 2012 and in the Euro lol.. or maybe Im wrong  
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 15):
Anyway, great meal and meal pics. Well done by A3. Nice service overall, it seems.

Yes A3 really do offer a top quality Greek product.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 16):
Another great report, thanks!

A3 service sure looks top notch, a three course meal in Europe, way to go!

Hey Robert thanks .  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 16):
It is indeed a great looking looking lounge. Wish I had the chance to visit it. But how did you get in, as the sign refers Star pax to the Star lounge?

A3 are handled by BMI so they always had a seperate lounge agreement in place for non Star customers travelling in Business class so I got in based on J class.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 16):
Heathrow never gets boring!

Indeed always something interesting to see . A great day out even if you dont fly anywhere.  
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:08 am

Great TR once again Philip! I was gripped from start to end.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Choice of pre take off orange or Champagne this is the only point where I have to mark them down. Plastic cups for the welcome drink .

I can just about forgive a short haul carrier doing this, but I just can't forgive the likes of UA offering it on an International First Class flight!

Loved the photos at the end of the report too.

Keep them coming  
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:28 am

Great story as usual Philip!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The new branded BA/BMI desks :

Seems like they have been busy in the last month or so since i was there. As i pointed out in my report, the one and only mention of BA at that time was an A4 sized notice in the lounge.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Nice to see my spot vacant

Hmmm not too sure about that - might have to make it a timeshare between you, myself and Gab!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
For Jwhite

Why thank you!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Something interesting arrived from MAD

Hoping its a -600 for my flight in October, although looking at the seat plan its down as a -300. Still any kind of A340 will do!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Air Malta has a logo jet of their own ! Valletta calling .

Looks like its gone through a load of mud!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Aegean again proved that they are a top quality carrier with great crew and a top notch Business Class product.

Certainly looks that way. Might have to add them to my ever expanding to-do list!
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:41 am

Quoting airlineanorak (Reply 18):
Great TR once again Philip! I was gripped from start to end.

Hi there great to hear from you  
Quoting airlineanorak (Reply 18):
I can just about forgive a short haul carrier doing this, but I just can't forgive the likes of UA offering it on an International First Class flight!

I didnt realise they did that or maybe I dont remember it from your TR on them. A3 are not so bad then  
Quoting airlineanorak (Reply 18):
Loved the photos at the end of the report too.

Thanks something to brighten up peoples day especially given the weather here .

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 19):
Great story as usual Philip!

Hey James  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 19):
Seems like they have been busy in the last month or so since i was there. As i pointed out in my report, the one and only mention of BA at that time was an A4 sized notice in the lounge.

Yes they didnt waste any time and I guess they need to make it as clear as possible. It must be an operational task to get everyone where they should be .

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 19):
Hmmm not too sure about that - might have to make it a timeshare between you, myself and Gab!

Haha well I guess for fellow TR reporters its a joint share. But if I ever see you there I will expect you to vacate the property   lol... BTW no eating crisps and making a mess and no shoes on the couch itself  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 19):
Hoping its a -600 for my flight in October, although looking at the seat plan its down as a -300. Still any kind of A340 will do!

Yeah well you never know . Like you say getting on a IB A340 will be fab in itself . I look forward to that TR .  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 19):
Looks like its gone through a load of mud!

Haha dont upset the Maltese  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 19):
Certainly looks that way. Might have to add them to my ever expanding to-do list!

Yep you deffo do . BTW I once flew an A320 of VS LHR-ATH   Those were the days . Complete with VS interiors  
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:36 am

Hi Philip
Thanks for posting another excellent trip report. Your LHR reports remind me why I love flying into Heathrow when im over in London for a day or weekend. All those "exotic" widebodies.....

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I had the time off work and I never need an excuse to pop down to Athens especially when its 32C and Sunny  

Having another dig at the Irish weather in summer are we?  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
After a while it was time to head to the best lounge in LHR IMHO .

Wish I was visiting that lounge instead of the EI GC when im next over in London  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I think I got to bed at 4am but at 7am I was up again as I felt the warm Sun rising and decided to make the mot of it and go to the bakery for fresh bread

How could anyone not love waking up to that view every morning, its just beautiful  

Looking forward to reading your final report on your business jet like flight with EI  
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:25 pm

Hola Phlip!

Thanks for the continuation of your trips in June, great way to start the month.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The background behind this trip was that my Cousin needed some electrical items which I confess I know little about . He is the one who is the engineer.

Do you still need an excuse to board a plane?  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
'' Well we will let it go this time but just remember for next time '' and smiled at me.

Nice touch, great to see there are still some human beings behind a desk.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Nice to see my spot vacant

Great spot, despite the weather, a great way to spend some time while waiting for a plane.

A3 offers a great service on their flights. Great way to show that Greek companies can still leave up to expectations and go a step ahead offering such an excellent service on an international European route, they are up to match the best airlines in Europe, wish them luck!

Thanks for the pictures of Greece, a great destination for those in need of some Med weather during the summer.

Salut!

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Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:35 pm

Quoting eicvd (Reply 21):
Hi Philip
Thanks for posting another excellent trip report. Your LHR reports remind me why I love flying into Heathrow when im over in London for a day or weekend. All those "exotic" widebodies.....

Hi Mark thanks for posting . Yes LHR is always great to be at with so much varied metal to see. Shame the old viewing terraces at the Queens Building are gone long ago that was a great place as a Kid where I used to spot.

Quoting eicvd (Reply 21):
Having another dig at the Irish weather in summer are we?  

Haha well I was on the phone to my family and they are complaining it 40C ! So maybe I should swap with them  
Quoting eicvd (Reply 21):
Wish I was visiting that lounge instead of the EI GC when im next over in London  

Well never say never   Im sure you will love the EI one .

Quoting eicvd (Reply 21):
How could anyone not love waking up to that view every morning, its just beautiful  

Yes I love it puts me in such a good mood. I guess if I lived there I would get immune to it but love it all the same.

Quoting eicvd (Reply 21):
Looking forward to reading your final report on your business jet like flight with EI  

Well yes the grand finale will be up soon  
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 22):
Hola Phlip!

Hola Roger !  
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 22):
Thanks for the continuation of your trips in June, great way to start the month.

Welcome and I thank you for reading the journey too .

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 22):
Do you still need an excuse to board a plane?  

Very true Roger I never need an excuse . I can always justify flying .

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 22):
Nice touch, great to see there are still some human beings behind a desk.

Indeed always nice when someone goes the extra mile and provides good service.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 22):
Great way to show that Greek companies can still leave up to expectations and go a step ahead offering such an excellent service on an international European route, they are up to match the best airlines in Europe, wish them luck!

Indeed Roger its great to see both Aegean and Olympic Air offering a decent product in such times. I hope they weather the financial storm too . Mind you recent A3 figures seem to be healthier than some of their Western European cousins even though A3 made a loss.
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:33 pm

Hi Phliip.

Nice to follow up the latest trip to Greece. It looks like A3 has made another great mark in the book. On time flight and great service.

The BD lounge looks to be a great place for spotting soo to see.

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Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:59 pm

Hiya Phil,

Looks like I was correct in my guess regarding your next destination. But of course that wasn't too difficult, was it?  

Aegean biz class looks great, but nothing less is assumed from them, after all their economy product is already one of the best in Europe so they certainly need to work hard to top that in biz class!

Those lounges with the BA branding... no, it does not feel right and probably never will!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
BA's new lounge  

Oh no! That is still so wrong! So very wrong.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Nice to see my spot vacant

Hey sir, that is *my* spot! I spend a good number of quality hours there back in January, thankyouverymuch!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
And time for me to do my bit for the local Greek economy

Good for the Greek if that souvlaki joint is indeed still run by the locals. Here in Finland like most of the Europe you'd find a bunch of Middleeastern guys there running the fast food place. Sure, they might pay their taxes (or on a similar strike of luck might not), but in any case I would have a hard time referring to that as "the local economy"...
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:39 pm

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 24):

Hi Marc and thanks for dropping by . Yes you cant ask much more. Just need them to start a twice weekly DUB service and I will be happy  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 25):
Hiya Phil,

Hey P great to hear from you  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 25):
Aegean biz class looks great, but nothing less is assumed from them, after all their economy product is already one of the best in Europe so they certainly need to work hard to top that in biz class!

Well I would expect them to offer a decent product down the back . Something I believe they beat Swiss on . Swiss J is top notch but I hear differing stories down the back lately .

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 25):
Hey sir, that is *my* spot! I spend a good number of quality hours there back in January, thankyouverymuch!

I first signed a lease back on 31st July 2010 and BMI have not advised me its expiring anytime soon LOL.. Or is that BA   But I will be happy to share although not at the same time  www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/173398/

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 25):
Good for the Greek if that souvlaki joint is indeed still run by the locals. Here in Finland like most of the Europe you'd find a bunch of Middleeastern guys there running the fast food place. Sure, they might pay their taxes (or on a similar strike of luck might not), but in any case I would have a hard time referring to that as "the local economy"...

Well lucky this is a Greek family owned business who has been in the local community for over 20 years. He has watched me grow up and as soon as I land I run round and its like seeing family. I know his Kids and the workers many of whom have been there over 5-7 years. Its a lovely set up which is quite rare today .
 
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Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:35 am

Hi there Phil,

Very nice on my friend! What a miserable looking LHR with the rain, glad you got to spot quite some nice machinery there, otherwise the wait for your flight would've been very dull.
Aegean performing very well once again, I love the fact that they serve this lovely local cuisine!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I guess I should not have jumped to this conclusion because investigations turned out that they were stolen in the UK !

Well, what do you know...

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Aegean leaves and replaced by the Olympic Dove Quite fitting .

A nice looking plane and concept.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
I can only imagine the mixed feelings for these loyal and highly trained BMI staff.

Yeah - I bet they must go through some emotional times as well.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
For Mr Nils

Now Phil, that's not nice 

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Man love those 777s

Nice lineup!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I was then offered a quite pleasant looking tray :

Woohoo, that looks excellent. Makes you feel like coming home, no?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
I decided to go for a Greek traditional liquer called ''Mastixa'' which is from the Island of Chios and very pleasant .

Is that the same as Metaxa?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
And time for me to do my bit for the local Greek economy

Ha ha, good initiative. But beware of the balance  

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Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:00 am

Hi Philip!

great report and indeed a good excuse to bring another visit to Greece  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I advised him not to bother and that I would get them delivered to my Mums house and I could bring them down . We didnt want to risk them getting stolen again and next time they may not refund . The cost was over GBP300 so not something you want to loose.

How nice of you!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I put both bags on the scales and she said '' You know your over your allowance?'' I replied ''Yes I know Im sorry Im normally way under or exactly on the limit but I just have this item as we needed to re order due to it being stolen''. She said '' Well we will let it go this time but just remember for next time '' and smiled at me.

How nice of her!   That's very friendly service. She gives you a warning in a friendly tone, definitely she's trained to commucate with a customer.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
BA's new lounge

Ah yes, almost forgot. Tell me more about this one because I want to use it also... it's T3 isn't it? Hmm... so that means another flight to BCN or do I have other choices from T3?  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I was then offered a quite pleasant looking tray :

Looks great!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
I decided to go for a Greek traditional liquer called ''Mastixa'' which is from the Island of Chios and very pleasant . I was also offered Chocolates.

Good choice, lovely Belgium chocolate. They gave these on VLM/CityJet flights as well (at least, they did).

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
I think I got to bed at 4am but at 7am I was up again as I felt the warm Sun rising

When I saw this picture I really want to go to Greece again too. I love the country and atmosphere there. The food, the sun, the music... It seems not in 2012 though. Maybe next year again...

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Your TRs are such a treat, but this time, there was a sentence that reminded me of everything I miss from Greece : waking up early in the morning to go to the bakery. EARLY MORNING SUN AND A SMELL OF FRESH BREAD....Priceless, my friend.
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Quoting sultanils (Reply 27):
Hi there Phil,

Hey Nils  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 27):
Aegean performing very well once again, I love the fact that they serve this lovely local cuisine!

Yes me too better than the normal standard stuff you can get one some airlines.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 27):
Well, what do you know...

Indeed never jump to conclusions .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 27):
A nice looking plane and concept.

Yes I like it but alot dont but when you see it up close you get it . Those that dont need to go to Specsavers LOL

Quoting sultanils (Reply 27):
Yeah - I bet they must go through some emotional times as well.

Yes I know a few of the staff having travelled with BMI for over 10 years and you get to know the faces. Although alot are sadly gone already some long timers still remain . I can only wish them the best .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 27):
Now Phil, that's not nice 

But Nils I meant it in a nice way !  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 27):
Woohoo, that looks excellent. Makes you feel like coming home, no?

Yes always a good feeling . Maybe the best Greek restaurant at 37,000 FT  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 27):
Is that the same as Metaxa?

No Metaxa is brandy . You must try it sometime.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 27):
Ha ha, good initiative. But beware of the balance  

Well Nils Im happy to say the balance is tipped in my favour the last week , all is good   Ready to tipp the balance again this week  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 28):
Hi Philip!

Hey Eric  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 28):
great report and indeed a good excuse to bring another visit to Greece  

Yes indeed  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 28):
Ah yes, almost forgot. Tell me more about this one because I want to use it also... it's T3 isn't it? Hmm... so that means another flight to BCN or do I have other choices from T3?  

No Eric its T1 International . BA has their own lounge in T3 we were in it remember ?   BCN ! That was a nice trip on the B757 .  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 28):
When I saw this picture I really want to go to Greece again too. I love the country and atmosphere there. The food, the sun, the music... It seems not in 2012 though. Maybe next year again...

Yes well I hope you book and go next year and enjoy it once again . Prices are good these days so great for tourists.

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 29):
Your TRs are such a treat, but this time, there was a sentence that reminded me of everything I miss from Greece : waking up early in the morning to go to the bakery. EARLY MORNING SUN AND A SMELL OF FRESH BREAD....Priceless, my friend.

Добро јутро Alex  


Thanks for the reply and yes the bakery in Greece in the morning is a favourite of mine. You can smell the cakes and bread half way up the street   Maybe just as well I dont live there .
 
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Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:39 pm

Another fab report mate. Really enjoyed it. Glad to see that A3 are up to their usual high standard. They really are an amazing little airline and I really hope they continue to do well. It's nice to see quality carriers survive in a very tough economic climate.

Greece looks stunning as usual. I can't wait to get there later in the week. I need some warmth and sunshine after the crap weather we've had recently.

Looking forward to reading about your return journey.  

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Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:56 pm

Hey Philip,

Nice job once more taking us with you on this particular trip. Great spotting photos at LHR. I'm loving the idea of sitting on a couch and watching all those heavies parading in front of me, all the while it's raining outside (I love rain).

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I put both bags on the scales and she said '' You know your over your allowance?'' I replied ''Yes I know Im sorry Im normally way under or exactly on the limit but I just have this item as we needed to re order due to it being stolen''. She said '' Well we will let it go this time but just remember for next time '' and smiled at me. I was so relieved and thanked her alot.

How nice of her. What a relief it must have been for you I guess.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
After a while boarding for Business Class and Star Golds was announced so I made my way onboard. I was greeted at the door by two friendly young FAs in Greek . ( My time in Ireland has not taken away my Med look ) luckily

Haha. You know, every time I fly A3 or OA the crew also thinks I'm Greek and they greet me as such. I guess it's hard to tell us Balkans apart.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
a Greek traditional liquer called ''Mastixa'' which is from the Island of Chios and very pleasant

I love that thing! Oh why did you have to remind me of it?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
And time for me to do my bit for the local Greek economy  

Normally I would be drooling all over this photo but I just found a very authentic greek takeaway place in my neighborhood and I'm chomping on some gyro as we speak...


It's great to see that A3 continue to offer an excellent product. I know that it's not in their future intentions but I'm very curious to see how their long-haul product would look like.

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Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:13 am

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 31):
Another fab report mate. Really enjoyed it. Glad to see that A3 are up to their usual high standard. They really are an amazing little airline and I really hope they continue to do well. It's nice to see quality carriers survive in a very tough economic climate.

Hey Gareth thanks glad you enjoyed it . Yes as you know from your own flights A3 normally excel.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 31):
Greece looks stunning as usual. I can't wait to get there later in the week. I need some warmth and sunshine after the crap weather we've had recently.

Yeah and I am just a wee bit jealous of your trip it sounds fab and I know you will all have a great time .  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 32):
Hey Philip,

Hi there  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 32):
I'm loving the idea of sitting on a couch and watching all those heavies parading in front of me, all the while it's raining outside (I love rain).

Well I like it sometimes not all the time like its been here recently   The spotting I deffo agree with you on .

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 32):
Haha. You know, every time I fly A3 or OA the crew also thinks I'm Greek and they greet me as such. I guess it's hard to tell us Balkans apart.

Haha well you do look Greek but I guess we can fit in alot of Balkan countries .  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 32):
I love that thing! Oh why did you have to remind me of it?

Really I never had it before that flight   I had only the chewing gum haha...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 32):
Normally I would be drooling all over this photo but I just found a very authentic greek takeaway place in my neighborhood and I'm chomping on some gyro as we speak...

Glad you found a place to get your fix   We need one in Ireland too .

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 32):
but I'm very curious to see how their long-haul product would look like.

Well I can only think of a 4 weekly JFK service with 787 but its a pipedream and not something I ever expect to see .
 
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Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:36 pm

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Breakfast time :

This photo brings back so many memories of when I lived in Athens and Syros as a teenager, I ate that exact same breakfast almost every day!
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Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:49 pm

Hi Philip,

excellent as usual!

Nice little tour of LHR lounges, especially as your favourite seat was available  

Kind of the agent to let you off the excess baggage - for someone at the back, not Star Gold, I doubt that they would be quite so generous! Still, it is a perk of a frequent customer.

The seats look like normal seats - was there any extra legroom? Food and service look fantastic, as one would expect!

And some nice shots to finish! I didn't get to sample a proper, greasy takeaway gyros last time there, had some lovely other Greek food though!

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Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:20 pm

My friend Philip,

I am speechless. Every story about your visits to either your Mum or your family in Greece is always heartwarming and encouraging.  


Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I had been with my Mum to celebrate her 60TH birthday and soon it was time to leave to visit my Family in Greece.

A true family man you are…

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I paid and tipped the driver

and a grateful man…

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Greece is in very hard times but its still a wonderful country with natural beauty , lovely beaches and some great food . Oh and yes its still in the Euro lol...

a honored ambassador!  


Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
because investigations turned out that they were stolen in the UK
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The cost was over GBP300

Pathetic scumbags!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
She said '' Well we will let it go this time but just remember for next time ''

Your good deed paid off.   


Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Nice to see my spot vacant

Psst! They just shooed away some people there when you showed up.  


Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
I can only imagine the mixed feelings for these loyal and highly trained BMI staff.

I hope BA gives them similar recognition.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Something interesting arrived from MAD

A346!  Wow!


Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
( My time in Ireland has not taken away my Med look ) luckily

I can confirm that.  


Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Choice of pre take off orange or Champagne this is the only point where I have to mark them down. Plastic cups for the welcome drink .

Shame about the presentation. At least, A3 still serves welcome drinks in European business class.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
I was then offered a quite pleasant looking tray :

Amazing! Three meal courses followed by coffee and digestive.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
I decided to go for a Greek traditional liquer called ''Mastixa'' which is from the Island of Chios

Probably A3’s signature liquor!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
They smiled alot when I said that and I think they were glad someone recognised their efforts.

No doubt about that. Especially when they got compliments from a good looking customer.   



Thank you so much for sharing.

Best wishes,
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Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:33 pm

Hi Phillip,

Another excellent report as usual, great stuff! Aegean Business Class looks great, they seemed to have taken good care of you. Love the BA lounge too  Great spotting pictures from the lounge!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
First time christening my Turkish Airlines Star Gold Card

Looks great!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Nice to see my spot vacant

What a great spot with a perfect view.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
BMI livery had been ''enhanced''

That sure is a sad sight

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Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:00 pm

Hi Philip!

Great report of the A3 Business. They sure seem to offer a very nice product, I'd love to try them some day. I'd love to visit Greece one day, for that matter!  
That Great British Lounge sure seems nice. I wonder what will happen to it in the long run.

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Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:23 am

Quoting retrolivery (Reply 34):
This photo brings back so many memories of when I lived in Athens and Syros as a teenager, I ate that exact same breakfast almost every day!

Hey thanks for the reply. I love Syros although I have not been there since the June 1989 election time. An Aunt of mine was posted there for a few years and we went for a visit before all coming back to Athens to vote.

Quoting signol (Reply 35):
Nice little tour of LHR lounges, especially as your favourite seat was available  

Hi thanks .   Yes I love this place. I first visited it when the lounge first opened and since then its become my spot of choice. Hopefully its not going anywhere soon .

Quoting signol (Reply 35):
And some nice shots to finish! I didn't get to sample a proper, greasy takeaway gyros last time there, had some lovely other Greek food though!

Well Im sure the food you did have was very good and maybe better for you  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 36):
My friend Philip,

Hey Suryo thanks for the reply.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 36):
A true family man you are…

I am that  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 36):
Pathetic scumbags!

Oh I know I dont know why people feel they can take other peoples property.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 36):
Psst! They just shooed away some people there when you showed up.  

Haha funny enough most of the time its vacant .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 36):
Amazing! Three meal courses followed by coffee and digestive.

Yes they offered a very good spread for the intra European flight.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 36):
No doubt about that. Especially when they got compliments from a good looking customer.   

Haha I dont know about that Suryo  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 37):
Another excellent report as usual, great stuff! Aegean Business Class looks great, they seemed to have taken good care of you. Love the BA lounge too  Great spotting pictures from the lounge!

Hey Brendan thanks . You should certainly visit it sometime  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 37):
That sure is a sad sight

Yes more and more are being painted everyday . They are doing it with great pace .

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 38):
Great report of the A3 Business. They sure seem to offer a very nice product, I'd love to try them some day. I'd love to visit Greece one day, for that matter!  
That Great British Lounge sure seems nice. I wonder what will happen to it in the long run.

Thanks Martin . Get booking and go take a nice well earnt vacation  

Regards the lounge there are rumors the London Room ( Domestic Lounge ) will close and then they will just use the GBL which makes sense. Cant be viable to keep both .
 
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Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:37 pm

Hi Philip!

Thanks for another great report with great pictures!

A3 looks better than most carriers in C in Europe! Very impressive. Meal look better than what Gabriel Chew had on his LHR-LCA flight a few weeks later.

Nice spotting pictures from LHR; weather doesn't look too great so it mush have been great to get out of there to a warmer climate....

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Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:27 pm

Great pictures, Phil,
thank you and good to know that you promote Greece these days.
Definitely a hard time for the country.
Aegean biz looks like really good, something for me also.
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Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:12 am

Quoting The777Man (Reply 40):
Thanks for another great report with great pictures!

Hi thanks alot  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 40):
A3 looks better than most carriers in C in Europe! Very impressive. Meal look better than what Gabriel Chew had on his LHR-LCA flight a few weeks later.

Yes it did seem better on the ATH run .  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 41):
Great pictures, Phil,
thank you and good to know that you promote Greece these days.
Definitely a hard time for the country.
Aegean biz looks like really good, something for me also.
Greetings,

Hi Markus many thanks .   Yes something for you to maybe burn some miles on in future  
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:43 am

Love all those BA 777's lined up.

Thanks for the report  
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:46 pm

That meal just looked great! Although I'm not a big eggplant fan, it does look appealing to me. I would have killed for that chocolate dessert btw! :p

Interesting that a greek carrier is still able to offer such a product while the crisis is the worst down there.

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Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:33 am

Quoting bowdej01 (Reply 43):
Love all those BA 777's lined up.

Yes always makes for a nice shot .

Quoting bowdej01 (Reply 43):
Thanks for the report  

Welcome Im glad you enjoyed it .  
Quoting Tomskii (Reply 44):
That meal just looked great! Although I'm not a big eggplant fan, it does look appealing to me. I would have killed for that chocolate dessert btw! :p

Yes I never had a bad meal on A3 and the desserts are normally a highlight  
Quoting Tomskii (Reply 44):
Interesting that a greek carrier is still able to offer such a product while the crisis is the worst down there.

Indeed lets hope it lasts ! Lots of schedule changes for the Winter which is going to be a tough one for them .

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