Welcome onboard this new trip report covering a return flight from Lyon, France to Lisbon, Portugal operated by Portugalia Airlines on behalf of TAP Portugal.
As you probably already know, I'm a huge fan of the Star Alliance. As this alliance has a quite strong presence in Lyon, I decided to try EVERY *A operated flight from Lyon. Here is a list of the flight I've flown so far :
- Lufthansa : FRA
- Swiss : ZRH
- Austrian : VIE
- Brussels Airlines : BRU
- Turkish Airlines : IST
- Aegean Airlines : ATH
- bmi (when it was part of the *A) : MAN
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Obviously, I've missed to try SAS which used to operate a 6 weekly flight to/from CPH
Sadly, they cancelled their flight last winter. Well, I still needed to try TAP Portugal flight to/from LIS
to complete my log. Well, I had some days-off so I decided to visit the famous city of Lisbon. So, here we go!
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The booking process was done on the TAP Portugal app for Android phone. All the process was done very swiftly and conveniently and soon I received the e-ticket on my mailbox. Online checkin is available 48 hours in advance and can be done through the app with an option to collect the boarding pass at the airport. Well done TP
The day of departure, I went cycling with some friends on the morning and after being back home, I did a quick turnaround and soon, I was ready to go to La Part Dieu station and the so-expensive Rhônexpress tramway which will drive (shoud I say "rail me"?) me to the airport on this sunny day.
Self-ticketing machine is being fixed. Pretty cool to see what's inside!
While not crowded, the Rhônexpress has quite healthy loads each time I take a ride on it!
30 minutes later, I found myself inside the majestuous Lyon St-Exupéry railway station.
View over the Terminal 1 curbside taken from the walkway linking the railway station and the airport.
My spotting place is situated in the square between Terminal 1 & Terminal 2
As I arrived quite early for a 6pm departure, I was right on time to watch the AF
/A5 hub wave in action. So, I took some photos, sorry for the poor quality. I could see some heavy construction work in progress, later, I found that some taxiways are being constructed.
A5 Bombardier CRJ-200 still in AF
colors. Some construction work on the background
A Jungle jet meeting a canadian-built RJ
Busy time in LYS
. That's not JFK
but still queuing planes waiting for take-off
A nice A5 ATR 42-500 in old c/s, I flew this one from LYS
Another A5 Bombardier CRJ-200
A5 Bombardier CRJ-700, seems that AF
/A5 is very happy with the Bombardier RJs
While I don't like the new A5 livery, I think it does look well on the Embraer 145. I still think that Hop! by AirFrance is a bit awkward, I would have preferred AirFrance by Hop!...well, taste can be different!
I prefer ATRs in AF
livery than in the A5 one
A longish ATR 72-500 operated by Air Corsica heading to FSC
How I like the old AF
livery! Very nice Embraer 190 still wearing this timeless color
After meeting my girlfriend at the train station, we headed to the checkin counters to drop-off our bags. Well...it was so disorganized! 2 counters for economy passengers and one counter for business. There was no line to queue in and everyone tried to skip other people resulting in a messy "single-for-all-counters" line. However, it didn't took too long before reaching the counter. The checkin agent was business friendy and gave us our boarding passes.
Counters before the crowd...
After dropping-off our luggages and having a drink, we went to the gate. At this time of the day, only one flight was scheduled so there was litteraly no-one in front of us at the security and we passed it in a breeze.
While waiting for our flight,...you know...I couldn't resist, I grabbed my camera and started to spot the aircraft movements...
is in the place with this Embraer 195 ready to go to MUC
. I flew her so many times...
She's orange...An U2
Airbus A319 of course!
[Edited 2013-08-25 01:32:15]