gabrielchew
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Cyprus With Aegean: Business A321 LHR-LCA-LHR

Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:23 pm

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Cyprus with Aegean: Business A321 LHR-LCA-LHR

Hello!

Yes, it’s me again, with my third trip report this week. Still got one more to go too (Cityjet RTM-LCY) before I’m finally up to date and able to, er, “enjoy” the English summer.

If you’d read some of my earlier reports from this year, you’d know I’m a major fan of the spending ability of bmi’s Diamond Club miles. With the sale of BD to BA earlier this year, the Golden Era of cheap premium trips was coming to an end. LH & co decided rather abruptly to end their agreement with BD. The rest of Star Alliance would be withdrawn from BD search engines at the end of May. So sad!

Still, there was opportunity for one final trip before the party ended. I tried to book another stonkingly cheap Europe-SIN-India flight with SQ in C (and actually got a PNR on one occasion), but somewhere along the line each itinerary got cancelled before ticketing. It looked like this sort of routing was finally disallowed. As such, I began hunting for a trip somewhere in Europe. With the LH family out of the picture, I had a choice of SK, TK, TP and A3. I discounted SK as I wanted to go somewhere warm and cheap. I had a brainwave when I realised that TP had direct summer flights from London to the Azores – unfortunately I remembered wrong as that was Sata not TAP. In the end I narrowed it down to direct flights from London – either FNC in Madeira with TP or Larnaca in Cyprus with A3.

I really enjoyed my flights with Aegean in Feburary, as well as my time on the island. TAP was a bit more of an unknown quantity, so even though I hadn’t been to Madeira before, I plumped with Aegean.



Aegean have a daily flight from LHR to LCA with nice daytime hours. For the summer they have based one of their 4 A321s in LCA just to operate this route. From the beginning of the winter season, this route will be switched over to LGW. At 2040 miles, this is the longest flight in the Aegean portfolio, and the first time I’ve flown an airline’s longest route.

Courtesy of GC Mapper:
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When I was in Cyprus in February, I spent most of the time in the South of the island. This time I’d be heading for the Turkish occupied North.

Without further ado, onto the flights!

As mentioned in earlier reports, check in facilities in LHR T1 keep moving. Aegean is now handled in Area K where BA used to be, followed by LH/OS, followed by TP/OU. There was a long line for economy, but no one waiting for Business. Security was quick, and before long I was in the Star Alliance business lounge. It had been a while since I was last in here. The catering is marginally better here than in the BD lounge, although as it lacks windows, I find it rather boring. The place with full of loud Americans having rather excruciating conversations with each other. Without having any interest in the conversation matter, I learnt all about someone’s holiday plans, what they did in London, where they were off to on the next holiday, and how they knew someone living nearby the random couple they’d decided to have a conversation with sitting a few rows over. Please, keep you’re tiresome stories to yourself in future. I wolfed down the best of the hot catering, then headed over to the BD lounge.
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As you can see from the sign, the BD lounge is off limits to most Star Alliance flights. However, thankfully, Aegean has come to an arrangement with BD to use the lounge still (which shows that there was no reason for LH to suddenly stop their Silver members using this lounge). I was expecting the place to be empty given the lack of other *A passengers, but the place was surprisingly full. Still, my usual seat in the corner was free.
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Some Jubilee tea
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It was a lovely sunny day – perfect for plane spotting
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Nice to see the Olympic flame plane again
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Anyone knows who’s operating this ex-Eurofly A330?
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An earlier Aegean flight for Athens
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Why do IB planes always look so faded? I think it’s that horrible middle red/orange stripe.
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Ah-ha, here’s my plane
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A gorgeous FI 757 arriving
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A shiny newly painted Virgin taxiing past…looks like the paint is already peeling though
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Two giants, a lightweight and a minnow
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I tracked the inbound flight, which despite leaving LCA early, had landed quite late. I left the lounge some ten minutes after seeing the plane taxi past.
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FIDS
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Gate 17 today
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There was quite a crowd already waiting to board. I noticed when I OLCIed that the business class was reduced from 5 to 4 rows. Economy was going out full, and C was 56%. Disappointingly there was no priority boarding, just announcements for rows XYZ to board. To compound matters, everyone was held on the airbridge for a good five minutes, for no particular reason.
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June 2012
London Heathrow (LHR) – Larnaca (LCA)
Aegean Airlines A3 759
Scheduled: 1215-1850 (4h35m)
Actual: 1313-1903 (3h50m)
Airbus A321 SX-DVZ
Business



I was one of the first people to sit down in the Business cabin. Reasonable legroom, and a tidy cabin.
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I heard a few comments from people walking past. “Looks nice”. “What a waste of money, they only have, like, 1 extra millimetre of space”. “I like the tables”.

I must say, I did agree about the waste of money comment. My flights were retailing at over £900 return, which is pretty expensive, a 400% or so mark-up over economy. My flights came to around 9,000 miles + £180 tax, which I thought was on the cusp of being good value.

Pre flight sweets and drinks were offered.
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This was sparkling wine rather than real champagne


Rather late, we pushed back. The captain apologised explaining that the headwinds had been over 200km/h coming up, hence the delay. Thanks to the same winds, our journey should be pretty quick going back down meaning a near on time arrival.
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JNB or LHR?
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V Fab indeed
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Nice and shiny
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Over the M25
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This was the first time I’d seen Windsor Castle on departure
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Once the seatbelt sigs were off, the curtains were closed, and menus and wine lists handed out
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Safety card


Blue Magazine


Today’s film would be “This Means War”. Compared to the IFE on the BA 767 back in February, it was FAR easier to watch this film.


Interesting article about Star Alliance. LH is the only airline not to have changed their livery
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Approaching the coast
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Lovely views over Kent and the Channel today
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Lydd Airport
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France
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Calais
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With the first drinks service I go with my signature G&T and sparkling water
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And a packet of nuts
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Headphones are handed out
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A hot towel and a top up
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Table cloths are laid out, and the starters brought out…very tasty aubergine with vegetables and cream cheese.
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Over the Alps with lunch
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Once my starter is cleared away, I’m handed my main course. The menu offered a choice of Chicken with a pistachio crust, or Farmer’s Lamb. Not eating lamb very often, I wanted to go for that. I asked the FA about the lamb, and she half smiled just saying, “Just chicken”. Thankfully, this was a most serious and disappointing part of the flight. I found the crew, service and catering excellent. Still, she could have started with “I’m sorry, I only have chicken left” rather than just handing it to me assuming I wanted it. Still, the chicken was tasty, so no problems.
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With the chicken demolished, it’s time for the dessert. I was really looking forward to this. Sadly, the only bit I liked was the one that looked like a dead slug. The triangle and egg yolk lookalike ones weren’t to my taste.
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All rounded off with a nice espresso
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The seat – it was quite comfortable with the recline. I had the aisle seat empty, so had plenty of space.
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Some more beverages


Moving map – those winds really are strong today, we’re already over Greece
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Lovely clouds
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It seemed like I was the only one making the most of the Business Class bar today. Everyone else seemed to be content with just one drink with the meal.
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Just over half an hour before arrival, the liqueur trolley was rolled down the aisle with chocolates. I went with a Metaxa brandy – not my usual tipple, but was nice to try


I was surprised that we were routed over Turkey…I would have thought that Greek Cypriot flights would be banned from Turkish airspace, similar to how (at least in the past) Taiwan bound aircraft had to fly via HKG/MFM airspace when approaching from the Chinese mainland.
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The final resting place of a mosquito
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Nearly the Sun Island
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Another hot towel before arrival
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Over the Troodos Mountains – not covered in snow like on my last visit
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LCA - can you spot EK?
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Flying over the city of Larnaca
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Still nice and sunny here in the Southern Med
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http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LGW-OPO-LGW,LHR-FCO-CTA-LIN-LCY,LHR-AMS-GRQ-SEN,LTN-CPH-LHR-ORD
 
gabrielchew
Topic Author
Posts: 3711
Joined: Tue Aug 02, 2005 5:43 am

RE: Cyprus With Aegean: Business A321 LHR-LCA-LHR

Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:24 pm

Some interesting Eastern bloc aircraft on the ground today
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Two nice Flag liveries...I much prefer Aeroflot though
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Walking to immigration
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Disembarkation was pretty quick, and before long I was through immigration (no queue) and in the arrivals hall. I took a photo of the arrivals screen, but within a few seconds an official turned up saying that photography wasn’t allowed in here (come on, it’s a photo of a TV screen!). He told me to delete the photo, which I did. The previous photo of the Aeroflot plane came on the screen. Before he had a chance to tell me to delete that one too, I told him it was Heathrow, and turned off my camera. He opened his mouth to say something else, but then walked away. Hmm.

I grabbed by bag, and headed out for the shuttle bus to Nicosia. I was *just* in time to catch the next one, so I was pretty happy about that.
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With the late arrival in LCA, and then early departure on the return, I decided to spend the first night in Nicosia, and the final night in Larnaca. From Nicosia I’d hire a car and drive up for a few days on Golden Beach in the far northeast (the best beach in the country), before a night in Famagusta, then Kyrenia, then back to Laranca.

My rather crappy (but cheap) hire car
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Hiking up Buffavento Castle


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Food!
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Long open roads
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My hut on Golden Beach (I don’t recommend Burhan’s unless you like being roasted alive at night)
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Perfect!
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The moon
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Golden Beach
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Driving through the donkey sanctuary which led to a little chapel, and the tip of Cyprus
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From Golden Beach I drove down to near Famagusta – the hostel wasn’t great, but once the hordes of tourists (Turkish? Russian?) had gone for their buffet dinner, the poolside was quite nice.
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Nearby ancient ruin of Salamis
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Lots of snails!


I just had 2 hours in Famagusta, which was just enough time to see everything of interest. There is an amazing city wall which you can scramble up for free if you find the right gate
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Remains from Venetian times?
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A nice Efes in the sun
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Now this is rather interesting. The high rise hotel the other side of the fence (which I wasn’t supposed to photograph) are in Varosha, a neighbourhood of Famagusta. Pre the 1974 invasion, this was one of the world’s most famous beach hotspots. Since then, the area was been walled off for various reasons, and now the place is slowly falling apart. Journalists that have visit the area report light bulbs still glowing in abandoned buildings, dealerships full of brand new 1974 cars, and sea turtles nesting on the main beach.
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From Famagusta it was over to Bellepais Monastery
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And finally to Kyrenia. I stayed at the White Pearl Hotel, which is right on the harbour (and has been voted the most scenic place in the country, something I’d probably agree with)
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Party ships
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Atlas Air heading back to Turkey from Ercan Airport


Rooftop bar
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The castle as viewed from my hotel balcony
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Time to explore the castle
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The remains of a 2000 year old cargo ship
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With the castle seen, and the car handed back, I headed back to Larnaca. Following Palmjet’s nice looking trip to Larnaca, I thought I might spend a few hours on the beach seeing what was happening. The beach wasn’t anywhere near as nice as Golden Beach, and it was a LOT more busy/
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Cyprus Air
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Royssia
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Aeroflot
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Sadly planes were arriving from the other end, so we only got departures, which I discovered, are much hard to photograph! I walked onto a supposedly forbidden area of the beach – nice and empty here!
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It’s not just passenger jets
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In a moment of boredom between flights
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Transaero
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Austrian
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CY
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A nice Thomson 767
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And the BA flight, which I was waiting for. I flew G-BNWX in 1997 GVA-LHR
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Another Thomson
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The best picture I could get of the lovely RJ E jet
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I was delighted when I saw this….the wind’s changed so now I’d get some arrivals! A3 from ATH
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Aerosvit
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And the Pièce de résistance of the day, the Il96 from Moscow
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Hello from Switzerland
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The LCA based A321 -the plane that took me to and from Cyprus
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EK from MLA
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As it was getting late, I decided to walk back to my hotel, stopping for a beer and some dinner along the way
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A very good looking MS Express plane
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A lovely FB Ej-et
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A visitor form the North
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I’m quite happy with this shot
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I couldn’t believe it that there was a second IL96 schedule for today – shame this is the best picture I could get
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Walking back into town
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Way too early for my liking, the next morning I was up at 5am. I booked a taxi through the hotel. The driver was quite intent on not letting the speed drop below triple figures, so we got to the airport pretty quickly.
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I manage to time my entrance to the terminal perfectly, arriving at the check in desk just before opening. There was a substantial economy class queue, but no one waiting for the premium desk. I feel more than one set of eyes on me as I walk to the front and am seen first…see, it’s more than just an millimetre of extra legroom!
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My bag is tagged, and boarding pass printed. The lady is friendly, and says “I’m sure you know where the lounge is”… thankfully I recall from my last time in town. There is no queue for immigration or security, so I’m heading for the lounge. The Cyprus Airways lounge that BA use is nice and airy, with some nice windows. The Aegean lounge next door couldn’t not have been more different. It’s tiny, and has no natural light. The décor is nice and stylish, but I’d take the CY lounge over this one any day of the week. As I walk in, I ask about a shower room, but am told there isn’t one available.

This is basically the entire lounge, not much bigger than a large sitting room.
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Some breakfast
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Star Alliance departures for the next 24 hours
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A few minutes after I arrived, a young English guy (who’d end up sitting in front of me) who also asked about a shower, meaning 100% of customers today have asked! He proceeded to pour himself a large glass of red wine. A few more people slowly drifted in. As there wasn’t much to do in the lounge, I thought I’d go for a bit of a walk – there wasn’t much happening around the terminal.

FIDS
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-DVZ again
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Sadly, whilst there was an announcement that Star Gold and Business class passengers could board at their leisure, in practice, by the time they made that announcement, there were so many people standing by the gate, nobody could get through. Surely in this day and age, it wouldn’t be so hard (and cost no extra money) to say something along the lines of: “Ladies and Gentlemen, please stay seated during this announcement! First we would like to board families with young children, THEN Business Class/* Gold, THEN rows XYZ. Please remain seated until you are invited to board”.
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: Cyprus With Aegean: Business A321 LHR-LCA-LHR

Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:25 pm

July 2012
Larnaca (LCA) – London Heathrow (LHR)
Aegean Airlines A3 758
Scheduled: 0815-1115 (5h00m)
Actual: 0830-1954 (4h24m)
Airbus A321 SX-DVZ
Business



I managed to get though after a wodge of people sitting near the back got on…I was the first business passenger. Once again the divider had been moved forward in the time OLCI opened and closed, so only 3 rows of business today (8 passengers). I guess economy was full.
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Clean and comfortable cabin
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The guy in front (the red wine guy from the lounge) shoved his shoes under the seat, just where my feet were. I’d suggest you keep them on for takeoff.
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Lovely SU plane arriving
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I declined the “champagne” and stuck with the OJ
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And some sweets
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The Torygraph, and today’s issue as well – very nice
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Something to look forward to on arrival?
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Tarmac views
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Never heard of Orbest before – a charter company?
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With everyone aboard and seated, we pushed back a few minutes late. Testament to my poor timing, I managed to screw up documenting Cyprus Airways’ only A321 arriving
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Off we go, 2040 miles to London
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Larnaca
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Nicosia
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The abandoned Nicosia Airport
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Monitors


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Leaving Cyprus
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As it was a morning flight, there was no wine list, just a menu
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Table cloths
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I elected to go for the omelette with veal sausage. It tasted quite nice, although I did think that serving only half a sausage in business class was rather cheap of Aegean. I wonder what they served down the back?
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Some sparkling water and some sparkling wine
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A nice cappuccino to round off breakfast
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I was delighted to see we passed over Athens – wonderful views
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The old airport
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Over Athens
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The Parthenon should be down there somewhere
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More water
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Following our progress over the Adriatic. During breakfast, Hugo was shown over the TV screens
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An AF 77W going the other way
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Some snowy peaks
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As I’d been up for quite a while now, I thought I should switch to G&Ts


Time also for some trip reports
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Map again
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And another cappuccino
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We’ve hit the channel
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Back in Britian
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As expected, we entered a nice loopy holding pattern
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Looks like we’ve been here before
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LCY
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Canary Wharf, and the Isle of Dogs
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The Shard, the tallest building in Europe
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The Houses of Parliament
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Wembley
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Olympic fever at Kew
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And we’re back, nice and early
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Lots of shiny metal in LHR in the mornings
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Whilst I have no interest in flying her transatlantic (at least not in Y), she does look great
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Nice to see an AC A319 on the ground
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A3 from ATH
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http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/cyprus/DSCF4162.jpg

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That Eurofly A330 is back again
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A sight not long for this world
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My plane after disembarkation. A rather rude BAA woman shouted at me that photos aren’t allowed “for security reasons” (where have I heard that before?). How is taking a photo of a plane I just got off a security risk?
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/cyprus/DSCF4177.jpg

Unfortunately we parked at gate 5, which is a nice long walk away down some dingy corridors to immigration.
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A view into T1 airside
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/cyprus/IMAG1379.jpg

Thankfully, there was very little queue at immigration, and before long I was at the carousel, where my bag was already going round.


Heading for the bus station


My bag, at the end of its final journey. After many journeys, the bottom has finally broken. Time to hunt for a new suitcase.


Well, overall I was very happy with how everything went. The flights with Aegean were nearly perfect…the two slip ups (as far as I was concerned) was the lack of priority boarding, and the FA just assuming I was happy with the chicken. And please, throw in the other half sausage!

Cyprus was great. It was pretty hot (40C+), so I came back to a very cold and wet Britain with a lovely tan. Having now been both south and north, I’d say they were both as good as each other. As the North uses Turkish Lira, it was slightly cheaper, and the food slightly more interesting. Also, it’s less busy, but has less things to do.

As always, all comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX
Bye Bye Baby: easyJet LTN-BFS, bmi Baby BHD-BHX
Air One and Alitalia to Sicily – LGW-MXP-PMO-LIN-LHR
Part 12: Sun Air of Scandinavia & BA, DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR on the J31, D328 and A320
Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
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, and AA 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
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Armenia with Austrian Airlines. LHR-VIE-EVN
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:55 pm

Hey Gabriel great report.

I have been to all those places you documented in the North. Did you notice the Nuns still being there in Apostolos Andreas? They are a dying breed sadly and their only links to the outside were regular UN food supplies and support from the Greek Cypriot authorities. Alot of the young generation of Greeks who did remain were told if they wanted to get an education they had to go South and were not allowed back in to the North. I think only a few token villages in Rizokarpaso exist now . Shame they are dying out .

Flights with A3 look good . They offer a decent product and service . Shame the lamb was off but glad you liked the chicken.   You certainly got your monies worth from the bar lol...

This no picture taking is getting a bit beyond a joke. I can maybe understand it in Cyprus due to the situation there but not of a TV screen . Also at LHR they are taking the piss and using enhanced security due to London 2012 as a power trip weapon. Even though they have already made a balls up of the security and training of staff just a few weeks ahead.

Lovely shots of the arrivals in LCA. Aeroflot and OA were my favourites so thanks for those  

Glad you had a good time and all that food is making me home sick for the region !

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Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:10 pm

Another good one there Gabriel

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Anyone knows who’s operating this ex-Eurofly A330?

I believe its operating for one of the BMI 330's which is off having maintenance.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A shiny newly painted Virgin taxiing past…looks like the paint is already peeling though

Not that new... been in that livery about a year or so now. And interesting to see they're still having the paint peeling problems!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My flights were retailing at over £900 return

How much?! Ive got VS flights to MCO in Y+ for less than that!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This is basically the entire lounge, not much bigger than a large sitting room.

Even the Flybe lounge at BHD looks better than that.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
A rather rude BAA woman shouted at me that photos aren’t allowed “for security reasons”

Seems to be a more common problem. Although i did question somebody on it at LGW (many years ago) and they said it was down to BAA not wanting their ground equipment/staff being photographed and that if i could get just the plane with no equipment in the way it would be fine.
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:34 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Hey Gabriel great report.

Thanks Phil!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Did you notice the Nuns still being there in Apostolos Andreas?

I didn't see any, but it was very hot, so maybe their were watching TV/praying iside (or at the beach)

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Flights with A3 look good . They offer a decent product and service . Shame the lamb was off but glad you liked the chicken. You certainly got your monies worth from the bar lol...

Well, I don't have much premium flying planned, so got to make the most of it!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
This no picture taking is getting a bit beyond a joke. I can maybe understand it in Cyprus due to the situation there but not of a TV screen . Also at LHR they are taking the piss and using enhanced security due to London 2012 as a power trip weapon. Even though they have already made a balls up of the security and training of staff just a few weeks ahead.
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
Seems to be a more common problem. Although i did question somebody on it at LGW (many years ago) and they said it was down to BAA not wanting their ground equipment/staff being photographed and that if i could get just the plane with no equipment in the way it would be fine.

After that I meant to write to BAA to get an offical copy of their photography guidlines...maybe i'll do that this afternoon

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Lovely shots of the arrivals in LCA. Aeroflot and OA were my favourites so thanks for those

Thanks!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
Another good one there Gabriel

Thanks James

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
I believe its operating for one of the BMI 330's which is off having maintenance.

Makes sense

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
How much?! Ive got VS flights to MCO in Y+ for less than that!

Well, I guss that is the full fare Biz
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:33 pm

Hey,

Thank you for a great report, you brought back good memories from my trip to Larnaca and northern Cyprus in 2010.

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Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:48 pm

Hi GC,

Great report and pictures, A3 looks pretty decent, meal presentation nice though I thought breakfast was a bit light food wise compared to the outbound meal.

I've never been to Cyprus but following this and PJ's earlier report, I'm thinking of heading out there next May.

The story of the dealerships full of 'new' cars from 1974 sounds very interesting, shame it's not possible to visit these areas.

The Eurofly A330 is opearing for bmi, one of their A330's has left fleet pending it's lease expiring.

Cheers

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Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:12 pm

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 6):
Thank you for a great report, you brought back good memories from my trip to Larnaca and northern Cyprus in 2010.

Thanks Jonathan, glad you liked it

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
Great report and pictures, A3 looks pretty decent, meal presentation nice though I thought breakfast was a bit light food wise compared to the outbound meal.

Yes, it was good, but I was rather dissapointed with the breakfast. Airlines always seem to get very stingy at breakfast time. I mean, people aren't (generally) hammering the drinks, AND they don't include a dessert, so the main event might as well be a bit more generous.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
I've never been to Cyprus but following this and PJ's earlier report, I'm thinking of heading out there next May.

You should, it's a great island, so easy to get around

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
The story of the dealerships full of 'new' cars from 1974 sounds very interesting, shame it's not possible to visit these areas.

I know, I'd love a poke around a ghost town!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
The Eurofly A330 is opearing for bmi, one of their A330's has left fleet pending it's lease expiring.

Makes sense given how many times I;ve seen it
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:30 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 8):
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
Great report and pictures, A3 looks pretty decent, meal presentation nice though I thought breakfast was a bit light food wise compared to the outbound meal.

Yes, it was good, but I was rather dissapointed with the breakfast. Airlines always seem to get very stingy at breakfast time. I mean, people aren't (generally) hammering the drinks, AND they don't include a dessert, so the main event might as well be a bit more generous.

- Your right about breakfast flights, I tend to avoid the early departures to the US to ensure it's a dinner service rather than breakfast, an important meal so we are told but can be so dull!

Cheers

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Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:37 pm

Hi Gabriel

What a great report. Those pictures you took of the places you visited in Cyprus are really lovely. The landscape kind of reminds me of Malta, made me feel quite homesick.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
With everyone aboard and seated, we pushed back a few minutes late. Testament to my poor timing, I managed to screw up documenting Cyprus Airways’ only A321 arriving

I'm sorry for you for not getting it quite right. But I must say, I find it quite reassuring I'm not the only one that happens to. I recently noticed I have a tendency to cut off the right end of the plane from my photos...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As you can see from the sign, the BD lounge is off limits to most Star Alliance flights. However, thankfully, Aegean has come to an arrangement with BD to use the lounge still (which shows that there was no reason for LH to suddenly stop their Silver members using this lounge). I was expecting the place to be empty given the lack of other *A passengers, but the place was surprisingly full. Still, my usual seat in the corner was free.

Lufthansa has always been very brand conscious. Even so, it's good Aegean has decided to keep on using that lounge. Without a doubt, as far as the views are concerned at least, it must be one of the best lounges out there!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
With the chicken demolished, it’s time for the dessert. I was really looking forward to this. Sadly, the only bit I liked was the one that looked like a dead slug. The triangle and egg yolk lookalike ones weren’t to my taste.

So what exactly was the thing that looked like an egg yolk?

Apart from the dessert, the food looks rather tasty, especially the starter. What was the main dish like? It looks kind of greasy.

In any case, thank for posting yet another one of your excellent trip with us.

Cheers,
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:00 pm

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
What a great report. Those pictures you took of the places you visited in Cyprus are really lovely. The landscape kind of reminds me of Malta, made me feel quite homesick.

Thanks William, glad you liked it

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
Lufthansa has always been very brand conscious. Even so, it's good Aegean has decided to keep on using that lounge. Without a doubt, as far as the views are concerned at least, it must be one of the best lounges out there!

I know, the BD lounge really is a nice lounge, shame LH had to go and ruin it for everyone!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
So what exactly was the thing that looked like an egg yolk?

No idea!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
Apart from the dessert, the food looks rather tasty, especially the starter. What was the main dish like? It looks kind of greasy.

Main fish was nice, don't recall it being very greasy
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:13 pm

Great report Gabriel! As I have confessed many a time, Cyprus is in my bucket list and I love reading TRs about the island.

Needless to say it was interesting to see photos from the occupied territory. The Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque in Famagusta (which used to be a Catholic church as it is evident from its architecture) is a building I really want to see up and close. You don't see Gothic-style mosques everyday. Too bad much of it had to be destroyed (especially architectural features of its interior).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Why do IB planes always look so faded? I think it’s that horrible middle red/orange stripe.

I have wondered the same thing myself.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A lovely FB Ej-et

That's one good looking devil.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
it’s time for the dessert. I was really looking forward to this. Sadly, the only bit I liked was the one that looked like a dead slug. The triangle and egg yolk lookalike ones weren’t to my taste.

Don't blame you. I find it very hard to eat those Greek-Turkish style syrupy desserts. Way to heavy for my liking.


I'm glad you got the opportunity to re-visit the island so soon after your first visit. I need to find some good deal with CY next time I'm in Europe to check out the place myself.

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Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:42 pm

Really nice report, gabrielchew!

I love your coverage of each of your reports - It felt like I took a vacation there as well! Nice job.

Aegean looks very nice in J class, but I found it interesting you talk about some of the little things (like in regards to the chicken dish issue) that make it seem lacking in a few places.

Larnaca looks very cool, and an interesting place to visit!

Thanks for sharing!

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Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:09 pm

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 12):
Great report Gabriel!

Thanks Stojan

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 12):
Needless to say it was interesting to see photos from the occupied territory. The Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque in Famagusta (which used to be a Catholic church as it is evident from its architecture) is a building I really want to see up and close. You don't see Gothic-style mosques everyday. Too bad much of it had to be destroyed (especially architectural features of its interior).

Yeah, it's an interesting island, plenty to explore

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 12):
That's one good looking devil.

It is indeed - have you been on it?

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
I love your coverage of each of your reports - It felt like I took a vacation there as well! Nice job.

Thanks, glad you enjoyed the holiday!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
Aegean looks very nice in J class, but I found it interesting you talk about some of the little things (like in regards to the chicken dish issue) that make it seem lacking in a few places.

Yeah, like I said, everything was pretty much perfect, so it's the little things that stand out

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
Larnaca looks very cool, and an interesting place to visit!

Well Larnaca itself isn't great, but the island is wonderful
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:04 pm

Hola Gabriel!

Great TR to Cyprus... sure a place to visit.

I have had a look at A· fares from BCNand they seem to offer decent prices, this combined with the great service you show in the report makes it a great destination for winter months.

The meal looked much better and more substantial than the breakfast offered on the way back. The plane looks fresh and comfortable, especially on C when there is no one sitting next to you.

Good to know that no pictures of screens are allowed in LCA...

Any more reports in the coming week?   Great to follow them!

Salut!

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Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:21 pm

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 15):
Great TR to Cyprus... sure a place to visit.

Hi Roger, yes, Cyprus, a lovely place to visit!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 15):
I have had a look at A· fares from BCNand they seem to offer decent prices, this combined with the great service you show in the report makes it a great destination for winter months.

So, when are you off?!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 15):
The meal looked much better and more substantial than the breakfast offered on the way back. The plane looks fresh and comfortable, especially on C when there is no one sitting next to you.

The plane was indeed nice and fresh. It;s just a shame about the lacklustre breakfast catering

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 15):
Any more reports in the coming week? Great to follow them!

Just one more, Cityjet RTM-LCY
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:56 pm

Great TR, great pictures...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Anyone knows who’s operating this ex-Eurofly A330?



The name of this airline is MERIDIANAfly- and not Eurofly. Eurofly is an airline of the past! The a/c pictured I believe is EI-EZL.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Never heard of Orbest before – a charter company?



The airline was better known as IBERWORLD of Spain- and no, it is no longer a charter-company. orbest ORIZONIA airlines is also offering scheduled flights, like Madrid-Edinburgh: http://www.orbest.com !
 
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:06 pm

Quoting debonair (Reply 17):
Great TR, great pictures...

Thanks!

Quoting debonair (Reply 17):
The name of this airline is MERIDIANAfly- and not Eurofly. Eurofly is an airline of the past! The a/c pictured I believe is EI-EZL.

Well, there are still planes painted with Eurofly on the outisde

Quoting debonair (Reply 17):
The airline was better known as IBERWORLD of Spain- and no, it is no longer a charter-company. orbest ORIZONIA airlines is also offering scheduled flights, like Madrid-Edinburgh: http://www.orbest.com !

Interesting, never heard of them. Their EDI-MAD flights only operate once a week, but good to know!
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:32 pm

Thanks for a wonderful trip report!

The breakfast service looks a bit lackluster though, compared to its more elaborate lunch and dinner service. I am surprised that there is no dessert service prior to arrival.

Thanks for the plane pictures too!
I love the MS Express E-170 shot!

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Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:51 pm

another great report!

I have really on my agenda to visit within the next year Cypris, Greece or Turkey ... lets see what I can realize.

What I really like that you always include in your reports the yummy food and of course the cold beers you are consuming  

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RE: Cyprus With Aegean: Business A321 LHR-LCA-LHR

Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:58 pm

Quoting Carfield (Reply 19):
Thanks for a wonderful trip report!

No problem!

Quoting Carfield (Reply 19):
The breakfast service looks a bit lackluster though, compared to its more elaborate lunch and dinner service. I am surprised that there is no dessert service prior to arrival.

Yes, it was sad to have a scaled down breakfast, especially on such a long flight

Quoting Carfield (Reply 19):
Thanks for the plane pictures too!
I love the MS Express E-170 shot!

Glad you liked them!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 20):
another great report!

Thanks!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 20):
I have really on my agenda to visit within the next year Cypris, Greece or Turkey ... lets see what I can realize.

Please do - they're a long trip from South America though - some nice flyiong options though!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 20):
What I really like that you always include in your reports the yummy food and of course the cold beers you are consuming

Well, it's nice for me to look back on the reports as I'm normally too lazy to upload them to Facebook!
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:17 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):

Please do - they're a long trip from South America though - some nice flyiong options though!

yes - but I think I can combine it quite well with my 1 or 2 yearly visits to my hometown munich...  

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Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:40 pm

Quoting Avianca (Reply 22):
yes - but I think I can combine it quite well with my 1 or 2 yearly visits to my hometown munich...

Ah yes, much easier from Munich!
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RE: Cyprus With Aegean: Business A321 LHR-LCA-LHR

Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:12 am

Hi Gabs,

Good to see this one up! I remember us talking about your trip during your stay in Antwerp some weeks ago! It’s also nice to see Aeagean through the eyes of another person, and not OA260, he’s prejudiced  (no offence there Philip  ). But you prove here as well the Aegean business is a pretty nice way to spend some time in the European skies. The meals look very good as well. The only thing I find a bit weird though is that they actually stationed 4 planes at LCA. What other destinations are served then?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and the first time I’ve flown an airline’s longest route.

How’s that for your stats  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some Jubilee tea

You really are a royalty fan methinks.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I heard a few comments from people walking past. “Looks nice”. “What a waste of money, they only have, like, 1 extra millimetre of space”. “I like the tables”.

They probably all know what they were talking about. But it’s like you said: not only the extra space is what matters of course.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I would have thought that Greek Cypriot flights would be banned from Turkish airspace

Aren’t those times long gone?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My rather crappy (but cheap) hire car

You even dare to take a pic of it, such an ugly little monster. Isn’t that a Chevrolet?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And the Pièce de résistance of the day, the Il96 from Moscow

Good catch and nice classic Soviet plane. I wonder how much longer they will fly around.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A lovely FB Ej-et

Surprise! I didn’t know they any of these.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Surely in this day and age, it wouldn’t be so hard (and cost no extra money) to say something along the lines of: “Ladies and Gentlemen, please stay seated during this announcement! First we would like to board families with young children, THEN Business Class/* Gold, THEN rows XYZ. Please remain seated until you are invited to board”.

True. Don’t know why however why they don’t do it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The guy in front (the red wine guy from the lounge) shoved his shoes under the seat, just where my feet were. I’d suggest you keep them on for takeoff.

I know some a.netters who do just the same thing, even on very shorthaul. Yuck.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
That Eurofly A330 is back again

It is haunting you!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A rather rude BAA woman shouted at me that photos aren’t allowed “for security reasons” (where have I heard that before?). How is taking a photo of a plane I just got off a security risk?

This trip certainly goes in the books as the one with ‘most yelled at for taking pics’. Sad...

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RE: Cyprus With Aegean: Business A321 LHR-LCA-LHR

Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:52 pm

Thanks for the comments Nils!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 24):
It’s also nice to see Aeagean through the eyes of another person, and not OA260, he’s prejudiced

Ha, yes, I tell the truth about them!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 24):
The only thing I find a bit weird though is that they actually stationed 4 planes at LCA. What other destinations are served then?

Sorry, I meant that they'd stationed just one of their 4 A321s in LCA. 1 x A321 for the LHR route, and the ATH route is served by A320s based in ATH.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 24):
You really are a royalty fan methinks.

I'm not really, but do enjoying trying new things

Quoting sultanils (Reply 24):
Aren’t those times long gone?

No idea.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 24):
You even dare to take a pic of it, such an ugly little monster. Isn’t that a Chevrolet?

Ha, I think it was a Hyundai!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 24):
This trip certainly goes in the books as the one with ‘most yelled at for taking pics’. Sad...

Yes, maybe I should retire my camera?
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Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:06 pm

Hi Gabs,

Very nice account of your little trip to the "Island the Sun loves", like their tourism adverts here in Finland usually say. Aegean business class looked nice, although it sounds like it lacks a certain finesse and sophistication of carriers like BA. Good way to get rid of the rest of your DC miles.

An exhaustive amount of pictures as well, most of them fab. Cyprus looks so nice, I should really go back sometime soon. My first real trip abroad (Sweden doesn't count as a "real" trip) was to Cyprus back in 1984 at the ripe age of seven - we flew an Finnair DC8-62 both ways to PFO and back from HEL. I was also there with my parents when I was 17 I think, that time we stayed in Limassol and made a sort of a pilgrimage back to the old stomping grounds of that first holiday at Pafos. I have (some) fond memories of those trips - I think I should close the circle and go there now that I'm (supposedly) grown up...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Yes, it’s me again, with my third trip report this week.

You are on fire!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I discounted SK as I wanted to go somewhere warm and cheap.

Couldn't you just flown SK *via* the cold and expensive north to somewhere warm and cheap like Spain or Greece?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
At 2040 miles, this is the longest flight in the Aegean portfolio, and the first time I’ve flown an airline’s longest route.

There you go, how about doing Singapore's marathon SIN-EWR next? Unfortunately that one is not available in economy any more, so you can't be hardcore for 18 hours...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This time I’d be heading for the Turkish occupied North.

I'm so glad you used that term. A military occupation it surely is, no matter what the Turks keep saying.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Please, keep you’re tiresome stories to yourself in future.

Ahh, Americans. I know exactly what you are talking about...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Still, my usual seat in the corner was free.

Hey, that's MY seat! In the (unlikely) event we are ever there together, I will take it!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some Jubilee tea

*Oh dear*

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nice to see the Olympic flame plane again

I don't like that livery - it looks weird. The color is like urine actually.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Why do IB planes always look so faded? I think it’s that horrible middle red/orange stripe.

Or the Spanish sun? I've never thought of it, but now that you mentioned it you certainly are right - they look kinda faded like your favorite shirt you washed a few too many times...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A shiny newly painted Virgin taxiing past…looks like the paint is already peeling though

Must've had its cherry popped then.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Two giants, a lightweight and a minnow

What's a "minnow"? A typo?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I heard a few comments from people walking past. “Looks nice”. “What a waste of money, they only have, like, 1 extra millimetre of space”. “I like the tables”.

No one commented about you - "what a rich bastard"? You could still feel a little bit of superiority, couldn't you?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This was the first time I’d seen Windsor Castle on departure

Hey, come to think of it I've never seen it. 80% of the times I've been to Heathrow take offs have always seem to be on the 09s.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
With the first drinks service I go with my signature G&T and sparkling water

With these weird Tuborg branded cans. Never seen this outside Greece (and Cyprus as well I guess which is like Greece+ anyway).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Table cloths are laid out, and the starters brought out…very tasty aubergine with vegetables and cream cheese.

Aubergine? Ugh, not a big fan of that. It looks slimy and suspicious in your pictures, almost like it is... alive!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Still, she could have started with “I’m sorry, I only have chicken left” rather than just handing it to me assuming I wanted it. Still, the chicken was tasty, so no problems.

That's really weak. But the food looks good, so all was fine in the end.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Sadly, the only bit I liked was the one that looked like a dead slug. The triangle and egg yolk lookalike ones weren’t to my taste.

What thing exactly are you referring to as the "dead slug"? Those slices of apple (?) look like dead slugs to me, and then that turd-shaped thing looks like a dead snail (without it shell)?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It seemed like I was the only one making the most of the Business Class bar today. Everyone else seemed to be content with just one drink with the meal.

What's wrong with these people? Well, good for you to meet the allocated quota for the whole business class cabin. You see if people drink less then at the next round of cuts some consultant will come to the brilliant conclusion that people don't need that much booze anymore - reduce the stock and save money (and piss off a Finn and a Brit at the process).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I went with a Metaxa brandy – not my usual tipple, but was nice to try

I'm not a huge fan of brandy - I prefer whiskey, but Metaxa is passable every now and them. Still love Ouzo, far, far more.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was surprised that we were routed over Turkey…I would have thought that Greek Cypriot flights would be banned from Turkish airspace, similar to how (at least in the past) Taiwan bound aircraft had to fly via HKG/MFM airspace when approaching from the Chinese mainland.

Funny, I thought exactly the same when I saw that picture earlier about the airshow and your flight path pointing directly towards the Turkish mainland.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some interesting Eastern bloc aircraft on the ground today

Hey, I'm supposed to fly one of those in four days!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
but within a few seconds an official turned up saying that photography wasn’t allowed in here (come on, it’s a photo of a TV screen!).

Completely ridiculous. Can't understand what's wrong with these people.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My rather crappy (but cheap) hire car

It does look very cheap.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Food!

Yes!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My hut on Golden Beach (I don’t recommend Burhan’s unless you like being roasted alive at night)

No aircon?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Perfect!

Your stash seems to be unlimited? Do you do special purpose "G&T runs" - i.e. just book random cheap BA flights where you ask for as many G&Ts as possible to add to your stash?

BTW I'm drinking a G&T right now, made with the same brand of Tonic but with Greenal's gin.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Driving through the donkey sanctuary which led to a little chapel, and the tip of Cyprus

What on earth is a "donkey sanctuary"?! A place where they rescue the donkeys from the infamous Mexican "donkey shows"?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Journalists that have visit the area report light bulbs still glowing in abandoned buildings, dealerships full of brand new 1974 cars, and sea turtles nesting on the main beach.
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And finally to Kyrenia. I stayed at the White Pearl Hotel, which is right on the harbour (and has been voted the most scenic place in the country, something I’d probably agree with)

Which country is that? Turkey?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Aeroflot

I like this amazing perspective - you could call it "Up to the arse of Aeroflot", spoken in "rally driver English".

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The best picture I could get of the lovely RJ E jet

Maybe you should've left that one out?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Aerosvit

Lovely livery, although once again I dislike the fact it is in the colors of the Swedish flag.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And the Pièce de résistance of the day, the Il96 from Moscow

Wow, I never realized what an amazing wingspan these buggers have. Makes it weirdly asymmetric as the wingspan is much more than the actual fuselage length...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As it was getting late, I decided to walk back to my hotel, stopping for a beer and some dinner along the way

Love ice cold Keo. Those shrimps look very tasty too.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
but no one waiting for the premium desk. I feel more than one set of eyes on me as I walk to the front and am seen first…see, it’s more than just an millimetre of extra legroom!

Ahh, sometimes I really love doing that. Airline status can be a handy thing.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
. As I walk in, I ask about a shower room, but am told there isn’t one available.

Didn't you just come straight in from your hotel? Surely they had showers there? Or is this just your personal quest to take a shower and a massage (with a happy end) in as many airports as possible?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Surely in this day and age, it wouldn’t be so hard (and cost no extra money) to say something along the lines of:

Well you know, many things that could be used to make air travel more smoother and more passenger friendly don't seem like such a big deal to you and me, but amazingly most of the airports and companies never get them right or even bother trying. Not sure why, though - maybe it's human nature.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Never heard of Orbest before – a charter company?

Yes.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As it was a morning flight, there was no wine list, just a menu

Did your Red wine guzzling friend ask for one?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
only half a sausage in business class was rather cheap of Aegean. I wonder what they served down the back?

The other half of the sausage?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Following our progress over the Adriatic. During breakfast, Hugo was shown over the TV screens

Hugo? The crappy old TV game featuring a friendly troll you played with touch tone phones? Surely not?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As I’d been up for quite a while now, I thought I should switch to G&Ts

Ahh, never a bad time for one! Did I already mention I'm enjoying one right now, courtesy of the Aspire lounge at HEL?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My bag, at the end of its final journey. After many journeys, the bottom has finally broken. Time to hunt for a new suitcase.

The same happened to my trusty old hardsided cabin roller on the final stretches of the US trip. Had to throw it away when I got back home as the pulling handle (for the lack of better term) came off. People were looking at me funnily in the US airports when I was pulling it along with only one of the two "pipes" sticking from it  . I bought a new hard cased one which was amazingly cheap but probably won't last the ten years to previous one did. Just using it for the first time on this trip right here!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and the food slightly more interesting.

Yes, nothing beats kebab!  
 
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RE: Cyprus With Aegean: Business A321 LHR-LCA-LHR

Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:26 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Yes, it’s me again, with my third trip report this week. Still got one more to go too (Cityjet RTM-LCY) before I’m finally up to date and able to, er, “enjoy” the English summer

With that bloody weather outside, you might as well stay inside and write some reports  

Anyway, great report. I remember your earlier A3 report and it seems they did a great job again. Nice way te burn those remaining miles while you still can.
 
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RE: Cyprus With Aegean: Business A321 LHR-LCA-LHR

Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:09 pm

Wow Petteri, that was a LONG reply!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):

Very nice account of your little trip to the "Island the Sun loves"

Thanks

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):
Aegean business class looked nice, although it sounds like it lacks a certain finesse and sophistication of carriers like BA.

Are you kidding? A3 trounced BA on the LCA route. A3 were so much better

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):
Couldn't you just flown SK *via* the cold and expensive north to somewhere warm and cheap like Spain or Greece?

I could have, but it would have been quite a few more miles

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):
Hey, that's MY seat! In the (unlikely) event we are ever there together, I will take it!

Um, I think I got there first

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):
What's a "minnow"? A typo?

No type...Google it

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):
Aubergine? Ugh, not a big fan of that. It looks slimy and suspicious in your pictures, almost like it is... alive!

But it's SO tasty

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):
What thing exactly are you referring to as the "dead slug"? Those slices of apple (?) look like dead slugs to me, and then that turd-shaped thing looks like a dead snail (without it shell)?

Top left

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):
No aircon?

Nope, and it was baking

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):
Your stash seems to be unlimited? Do you do special purpose "G&T runs" - i.e. just book random cheap BA flights where you ask for as many G&Ts as possible to add to your stash?

No special G&T runs! Just normal travel

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):
What on earth is a "donkey sanctuary"?! A place where they rescue the donkeys from the infamous Mexican "donkey shows"?

What's a Mexican Donkey Show?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):
Which country is that? Turkey?

Um, Northern Cyprus?!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):
Didn't you just come straight in from your hotel? Surely they had showers there? Or is this just your personal quest to take a shower and a massage (with a happy end) in as many airports as possible?

A bit for the quest, but also as I was still very sleepy

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):
Did your Red wine guzzling friend ask for one?

Ha, no, he passed out and slept all thw way home

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 26):
Hugo? The crappy old TV game featuring a friendly troll you played with touch tone phones? Surely not?

No. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0970179/

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 27):
With that bloody weather outside, you might as well stay inside and write some reports

Yes, awful summer we're having!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 27):
Anyway, great report. I remember your earlier A3 report and it seems they did a great job again. Nice way te burn those remaining miles while you still can.

Yes, it was nice to fly with A3 again. The rest of my miles will now be Avioised
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RE: Cyprus With Aegean: Business A321 LHR-LCA-LHR

Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:18 am

Hi Gabriel,

Great report. Starting to miss LHR already for the diversity of airlines/aircraft even though I've just finished editing each and every pic from there!

Aegean does look decent, especially at the pointy end.. One place where I wouldn't expect to be anytime soon!

Cyprus is such a long way away from Western Europe and UK.. I'm always thinking it's not too far off Greece - I suppose I keep mistaking it for Crete.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
before I’m finally up to date and able to, er, “enjoy” the English summer.

And the Olympic ads  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It was a lovely sunny day – perfect for plane spotting

Nice position too.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Why do IB planes always look so faded? I think it’s that horrible middle red/orange stripe.

That middle stripe nearly looks pink!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Disappointingly there was no priority boarding, just announcements for rows XYZ to board. To compound matters, everyone was held on the airbridge for a good five minutes, for no particular reason.

Not a good start.. It would have been nice to be at the front of the line rather than somewhere in the middle of the airbridge!


A shame about the meal selection/dessert.. Still looks pretty decent though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nearby ancient ruin of Salamis

For a second, I was imagining big dried meat sticks in place of the pillars  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
And the Pièce de résistance of the day, the Il96 from Moscow

Nice! Maybe I should go there to catch one!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
see, it’s more than just an millimetre of extra legroom!

Not always!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
The guy in front (the red wine guy from the lounge) shoved his shoes under the seat, just where my feet were. I’d suggest you keep them on for takeoff.

Very... Business Class-like of him..

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
I elected to go for the omelette with veal sausage. It tasted quite nice, although I did think that serving only half a sausage in business class was rather cheap of Aegean. I wonder what they served down the back?

Not as filling as I'd want.. Then again Y probably got half that omelette served in plastic dishes.


Thanks for the quick tour of Cyprus.. One interesting place I have no idea if/when I'd get to visit!


Cheers,
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RE: Cyprus With Aegean: Business A321 LHR-LCA-LHR

Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:13 pm

Hi Gabriel,

nice report, I particularly liked the spotting pictures.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Yes, it’s me again, with my third trip report this week. Still got one more to go too (Cityjet RTM-LCY) before I’m finally up to date and able to, er, “enjoy” the English summer.

So you cannot enjoy the summer with a backlog of reports?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Why do IB planes always look so faded?

Well, it's Iberia. Once the colors have totally disappeared, the planes get transferred to Iberia Express...  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
All rounded off with a nice espresso

Good to see Illy espresso on A3!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Two nice Flag liveries...I much prefer Aeroflot though

EK for me...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It tasted quite nice, although I did think that serving only half a sausage in business class was rather cheap of Aegean.

Well, I'd be glad about not finding such a sausage at all in a Business Class meal...  


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RE: Cyprus With Aegean: Business A321 LHR-LCA-LHR

Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:30 pm

Thanks for the comments so far!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):

Great report.

Thanks Nick

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):
Aegean does look decent, especially at the pointy end

Yes, its a nice little airline

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):

Cyprus is such a long way away from Western Europe and UK.. I'm always thinking it's not too far off Greece - I suppose I keep mistaking it for Crete.

Well, you can get there easily via EK....

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):
Not a good start.. It would have been nice to be at the front of the line rather than somewhere in the middle of the airbridge!

Yes, it was a bit of a balls up

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):
For a second, I was imagining big dried meat sticks in place of the pillars

Ha, nearly!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 29):
Not as filling as I'd want.. Then again Y probably got half that omelette served in plastic dishes.

Sometimes the food in Y can surpise you - not so fancy, but often more filling

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 30):
nice report, I particularly liked the spotting pictures.

Thanks

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 30):
So you cannot enjoy the summer with a backlog of reports?

Well, the backlog is annoying, but the lack of sun is worse!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 30):
Well, it's Iberia. Once the colors have totally disappeared, the planes get transferred to Iberia Express...

Haha!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 30):
EK for me...

Well, i've not flown either, so have to go on the paint job for now
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Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:57 pm

Hey Mr. Chew Gabs, great report!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
If you’d read some of my earlier reports from this year, you’d know I’m a major fan of the spending ability of bmi’s Diamond Club miles.

You really seem to have an endless supply of BMI Miles. How many did you have on stock, prior to your burning bonanza? Also I'm a bit surprised you never reached Gold with them.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The rest of Star Alliance would be withdrawn from BD search engines at the end of May. So sad!

Yeah I must say I was pretty lucky to have gotten my tickets issued only hours before the deadline  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I had a brainwave when I realised that TP had direct summer flights from London to the Azores

Oh speaking of which, I'm thinking of burning off my miles on a trip to Horta, Azores over easter.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I wolfed down the best of the hot catering, then headed over to the BD lounge.

Must say that the *A Lounge looks very boring and dull, however the bacon looks nice...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
(which shows that there was no reason for LH to suddenly stop their Silver members using this lounge)

Well that FTL card will be even more useless after Sep 1, when contract lounge access will no longer be given. On the other hand, most 3rd party lounges are crap anyway.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
All rounded off with a nice espresso

I must say that I'm quite impressed with the catering on A3, far better standard than other EU carriers it seems. Branded Espresso was a nice touch too 
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My rather crappy (but cheap) hire car

Well at least it was better than that rubbish chevy you had during your last visit?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The guy in front (the red wine guy from the lounge) shoved his shoes under the seat, just where my feet were. I’d suggest you keep them on for takeoff.

Looks like I'm not the only one who prefers to fly barefot. On the other hand, he should've kept the shoes to himself!

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Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:05 pm

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 32):
great report!

Thanks Jonas

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 32):
You really seem to have an endless supply of BMI Miles. How many did you have on stock, prior to your burning bonanza? Also I'm a bit surprised you never reached Gold with them.

Are you kidding?! I never got off Blue. 99% of my BD miles came from credit cards, mostly transfrred from my Amex rewards account.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 32):
Oh speaking of which, I'm thinking of burning off my miles on a trip to Horta, Azores over easter.

Bring an umbrella!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 32):
Must say that the *A Lounge looks very boring and dull, however the bacon looks nice...

Yes it is dull

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 32):
Well that FTL card will be even more useless after Sep 1, when contract lounge access will no longer be given. On the other hand, most 3rd party lounges are crap anyway.

When flying LH, there are very few 3rd party lounges anyway. The big difference I think is with LX

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 32):
Well at least it was better than that rubbish chevy you had during your last visit?

Yes, it was

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 32):
Looks like I'm not the only one who prefers to fly barefot. On the other hand, he should've kept the shoes to himself!

A lot of people take off their shoes (myself included)...I just make sure I keep them by MY feet, rather than shoving them underneath my seat into someone else's legroom (or putting them in the overhead, which is ...a bit wierd)
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Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:21 am

Hi Gabriel,

excellent report, easy to read and great pictures!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
If you’d read some of my earlier reports from this year, you’d know I’m a major fan of the spending ability of bmi’s Diamond Club miles.

They did seem to be very good, shame I joined too late! Still, Avios arn't bad, especially the low taxes of Euro rewards.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some Jubilee tea

I have some of those at home. Not bad, but not as good as regular Yorkshire Tea or PG Tips.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Why do IB planes always look so faded? I think it’s that horrible middle red/orange stripe.

Possible parked in the sun all day? We've a friend in SA with a red car - or rather it was red, now more pink. Bad choice of paintwork for a hot sunny climate!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
“What a waste of money, they only have, like, 1 extra millimetre of space”.

You didn't mention you probably paid less than they did?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
JNB or LHR?

Lol, especially with the BA tails, that could be Comair's...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Calais

Depending on what day you took this, I might well be down there somewhere...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Lots of snails!

We had the same thing in Corfu. The seem to like light fittings.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Pre the 1974 invasion, this was one of the world’s most famous beach hotspots. Since then, the area was been walled off for various reasons

Any idea why? Did it fall in the "buffer zone"?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We’ve hit the channel

Looks like Le Touquet - Paris Plage.

Thanks again!

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Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:19 pm

Quoting signol (Reply 34):
excellent report, easy to read and great pictures!

Thanks Robin!

Quoting signol (Reply 34):
Still, Avios arn't bad, especially the low taxes of Euro rewards.

Yes, I quite like those new BA saver rewards

Quoting signol (Reply 34):
You didn't mention you probably paid less than they did?

Ha, yeah, didn't want to rub salt in the wounds!

Quoting signol (Reply 34):
Any idea why? Did it fall in the "buffer zone"?

Well it's on the Turkish side, but there was some sort of UN resolution saying that the Turks were not allowed to do ANYTHING to the buildings (including updating them), so they're just crumbling away. Odd
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Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:46 pm

Hello Gabriel

Great report, thanks for sharing.
I did not realize that Aegean had a base in LCA.
A3 has a great product IMO, would like to try them out one day.
Great LCA and LHR pics as well, nice to see some old BD out there

Greetings
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Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:50 pm

Great report as always gabrielchew, thanks for sharing.

Looks like Cyprus has a lot to offer away from the tourist resorts and the Turkish side looks intriguing - somewhere I shall have to check out at somepoint.

Aegean looks to offer a good J product for within Europe, though I must admit I would have passed on the breakfast options.

Look forward to your next report,

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Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:12 pm

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 36):
Great report, thanks for sharing.

Thanks Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 36):
I did not realize that Aegean had a base in LCA.

Well, only SKG, ATH and LHR currently

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 36):
A3 has a great product IMO, would like to try them out one day.

You should, they're pretty good

Quoting flykev (Reply 37):
Great report as always gabrielchew, thanks for sharing.

Glad you liked it

Quoting flykev (Reply 37):
Looks like Cyprus has a lot to offer away from the tourist resorts and the Turkish side looks intriguing - somewhere I shall have to check out at somepoint.

The whole island is pretty good

Quoting flykev (Reply 37):
Aegean looks to offer a good J product for within Europe, though I must admit I would have passed on the breakfast options.

Yup, a nice C class, but the afternoon offerings are definately better than breakfast
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Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:58 pm

Hi, Gabriel,
really good pictures from you´re time at Cyprus and also the flights with Aegean are looking nice.
Well done to catch these flights before the BD offers are gone.
Looking for more, you know.

Greetings,
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Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:31 am

Hi Gabriel,

Excellent report... a real good-yin. Had all the key elements of a Gabriel report. You're one observant fellow that is for sure... hawk-eyed! You seem to enjoy the people-watching/listening in the lounge!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
the Golden Era of cheap premium trips was coming to an end.

Urp. This was a nice finishing flourish though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
At 2040 miles, this is the longest flight in the Aegean portfolio, and the first time I’ve flown an airline’s longest route

Cool. A fan of long routes on narrow-bodies. I was booked EDI-IST with TK but sadly had to cancel. Did you know Saudia flies RUH-CDG on an A320? I thought that was quite impressive.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Calais

Nice. Bad memories of this place... lots of silt at the entrance indicating shallow waters. Most flights seem to pass over Calais or Dover.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I took a photo of the arrivals screen, but within a few seconds an official turned up saying that photography wasn’t allowed in here (come on, it’s a photo of a TV screen!). He told me to delete the photo, which I did.

Pathetic. Quick thinking to say it was at Heathrow though. I normally ask them what the reason for deleting is, but worry that if I had had a bit of booze I could be shirty.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Perfect!

Nice dude! Infact, your travel photos of Cyprus were superb. Looks like you had a brilliant time cruising about... you should have called for some company!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
I guess economy was full.

Impressive if this is the case. I am really enamoured to A3 and wish them the best luck during the turbulent times in Greece. if anything, they seem to be doing not badly out of it.

Many thanks Gabriel,

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Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:34 pm

Hi Gabriel!

Nice to read about your Aegean adventure to Cyprus! It indeed turns out we were there at the same time, but I was only there for a few hours and didn't leave LCA:  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was in the Star Alliance business lounge. It had been a while since I was last in here. The catering is marginally better here than in the BD lounge, although as it lacks windows, I find it rather boring.

Wow, that does indeed look like a very boring lounge. At least when comparing to the Great British Lounge.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Interesting article about Star Alliance. LH is the only airline not to have changed their livery

It always makes me a little proud that SK is a founding member!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Flying over the city of Larnaca

Nice to see some shots from the descent, it was pitch dark during my entire Cyprus visit.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Disembarkation was pretty quick, and before long I was through immigration (no queue) and in the arrivals hall. I took a photo of the arrivals screen, but within a few seconds an official turned up saying that photography wasn’t allowed in here (come on, it’s a photo of a TV screen!).

Shame. I didn't have any problems taking pictures there. Maybe I was lucky.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

And the Pièce de résistance of the day, the Il96 from Moscow

It was a nice ride, report shall follow in due time.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

A visitor form the North

The DY 738 on the same trip were also quite a nice ride!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The Shard, the tallest building in Europe

I'm really impressed of how quickly they built that thing!

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Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:02 am

Hi Gabriel!

Nice report with nice pictures !

Looks like a great mini vacation.

Flight seem nice and meals look good too especially the dinner flight.

Nice pictures from Cyprus; I'll get there one day.

Very good spotting pics from LCA! It's great when they land so close over the beach like that. Not SXM but nice regardless.

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Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:26 am

Hey Gabriel,

Good to see a Cyprus report, I'm heading here myself in just over a week, but only staying for a day or so before heading onward.

Great pictures from Cyprus, seems like they have some really scenic places on the island.

I probably won't be spending a lot of time in LCA (gonna stay in Nicosia) but maybe I'll see a couple of aircraft landing over the beach.

A3 looks good once again.

Thanks again for the report Gabriel, I enjoyed it!
 
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Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:11 am

Thanks for all the comments guys!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 39):

really good pictures from you´re time at Cyprus

Thanks Markus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 39):
the flights with Aegean are looking nice.

Yes, they were good

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 40):

Excellent report

Thanks Luke! When is your domesitc report coming? or your GLA-RUH one?

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 40):
You're one observant fellow that is for sure... hawk-eyed! You seem to enjoy the people-watching/listening in the lounge!

Enjoy?! Not at all. But sometimes listening to Americans on holiday does entertain me

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 40):
Cool. A fan of long routes on narrow-bodies. I was booked EDI-IST with TK but sadly had to cancel. Did you know Saudia flies RUH-CDG on an A320? I thought that was quite impressive.

I saw their A320 in MAD once....would rather the EK A345

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 40):
Pathetic. Quick thinking to say it was at Heathrow though. I normally ask them what the reason for deleting is, but worry that if I had had a bit of booze I could be shirty.

Their answer is invariably "for security reasons".....rarely any way of convincing them otherwise

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 40):
Nice dude! Infact, your travel photos of Cyprus were superb. Looks like you had a brilliant time cruising about... you should have called for some company!

I did have a superb time. Are you allowed out of the Kingdom then?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 41):

Nice to read about your Aegean adventure to Cyprus!

Glad you liked it

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 41):
Wow, that does indeed look like a very boring lounge. At least when comparing to the Great British Lounge.

Yes, the lack of windows is sad

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 41):
Shame. I didn't have any problems taking pictures there. Maybe I was lucky.

I guess they only have issues incertain areas?

Quoting The777Man (Reply 42):
Nice report with nice pictures !

Thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 42):
Looks like a great mini vacation.

It was!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 42):
Very good spotting pics from LCA! It's great when they land so close over the beach like that. Not SXM but nice regardless.

You just have to hope the wind is right

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 43):
Good to see a Cyprus report, I'm heading here myself in just over a week, but only staying for a day or so before heading onward.

Shame, you should stay longer!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 43):

Great pictures from Cyprus

Thanks

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 43):
I probably won't be spending a lot of time in LCA (gonna stay in Nicosia) but maybe I'll see a couple of aircraft landing over the beach.

Well, Nicosia is a lot more interesting than Larnaca
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Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:14 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 44):
Thanks Luke! When is your domesitc report coming? or your GLA-RUH one?

Ah yes. I must try and get that one up. I have intermittent internet and missing keys on my laptop (as can be seen in one of my old BA Nod to the Northeast reports... )

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 44):
....would rather the EK A345

well... Gabriel! Beggars (ahem - me) can't be choosers! Still need to figure that out for returning (for brother's wedding in Oct) - would you dare to take a kLM Y RUH-AMS-EDI? The catering and alcohol control looks dire.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 44):
Their answer is invariably "for security reasons"...

hmmm. I remember the BAA boys at T5 gave me a very nice spiel.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 44):
Are you allowed out of the Kingdom then?

Not yet! My one year prison sentence... continues!
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Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:50 pm

Nice report - thanks for the write up.

I saw the Eurofly A330 parked near BA's maintenance hangars this evening.
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Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:33 pm

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 45):
well... Gabriel! Beggars (ahem - me) can't be choosers! Still need to figure that out for returning (for brother's wedding in Oct) - would you dare to take a kLM Y RUH-AMS-EDI? The catering and alcohol control looks dire.

I'm sure KL would be a fine choice. Do you not fancy BA to GLA?

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 45):
Not yet! My one year prison sentence... continues!

Oh dear, is it stil achingly hot?

Quoting SInGAPORE_AIR (Reply 46):
Nice report - thanks for the write up.

Glad you liked it!
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Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:35 am

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 47):
I'm sure KL would be a fine choice. Do you not fancy BA to GLA?

I suppose, it would also be good to widen my portfolio of flown airlines... very narrow at the moment. BA would be really nice, but they're pricing me out at the moment. I might also try just flying out of DXB - think I can take a bus down there... although once again falls into the 'boring' category.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 47):
Oh dear, is it stil achingly hot?

The heat I can cope with, my employers treating it's staff worse than cattle is another thing though!
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Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:55 am

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 48):
I suppose, it would also be good to widen my portfolio of flown airlines... very narrow at the moment. BA would be really nice, but they're pricing me out at the moment. I might also try just flying out of DXB - think I can take a bus down there... although once again falls into the 'boring' category.

How about one of the 2nd tier ME carriers? MS/KU/IR etc?

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 48):
The heat I can cope with, my employers treating it's staff worse than cattle is another thing though!

Oh dear. Best of British luck to you!
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