lysflyer
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Air France MRS-AMS Economy

Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:09 am

Hello everyone and welcome aboard my last trip report covering a short weekend to Amsterdam last october.

INTRODUCTION

Early this year I offered a short weekend in Amsterdam to my parents. Unfortunately, for some reason, they had to cancel it and as the hotel booking was non refundable, I decided to go there instead so I won't loose the hotel booking. As everything was decided some days before the departure date, the options were not aplenty. I try to stick with the Star Alliance when it comes to air travel but *A options were lengthy or too expensive so I turned to a rather simple routing with Air France : a simple yet effective flight straight from Marseille towards Amsterdam.
Air France serve MRS-AMS 3 times daily thus offering good connecting through the KLM hub. As for the booking as well as the OLCI, I used the Air France's mobile app that is quite simple and easy to use.

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Simple routing courtesy The Great Circle Mapper

I drove from Avignon to MRS on an almost traffic-free highway, the journey took almost an hour. Fast and easy.
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Car parked at the P7 parking lot,time to head towards the terminal
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Air France and its partners operations are located at the Hall 3-4 now Terminal 1 Hall B
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Upstairs it is
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Morning operations in MRS. Note the twin AMS-bound flights (one operated by Air France and another by Easyjet)
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Towards the Air France common check-in area which was quite crowded and not very well organized
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Long queues for the baggage drop-off
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After dropping off my luggage, I had to backtrack towards the international part of MRS as border controls for European flights are still enforced
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Nice El Al B738 (perhaps it is a B739 actually)
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Food court and duty free shops
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MRS waiting area is clear and modern

28.09.2017
Flight # : AF1820
Departure airport : Marseille Provence (MRS/LFML)
Arrival airport : Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS/EHAM)
ETD : 0945
ATD : 0955
ETA : 1140
ATA : 1145
Scheduled flight time : 01:55
Actual flight time : 01:50
Aircraft type : Airbus A320-200
Reg # : F-GKXE
Seat : 31A



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Today's routing

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Boarding started with Sky Priority passengers being called first and then the rest of the crowd
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Today's load looks very healthy
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Our ride waiting for its flight to AMS
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Towards the jet bridge
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The usual HSBC adds
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I love such views! Especially with a cute Sun Air D328J in the background

Passengers were greeted by typical Air France FAs. They were quite nice and managed to efficiently board a fully loaded flight. During the OLCI, I chosed the last 2-seater on the very back of the plane.

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It looks nice well...it just look nice...while perfectly acceptable for a short domestic hop, I started feeling very uncomfortable later in the flight
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Good legroom however. It's good that the seat can't recline either
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Reading material as well as the newspaper offered before boarding
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Our neighbor in the flesh of this Aegean Airlines A320 getting reading for its flight to HER
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Pushback
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Airbus helicopter plant
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Almost ready to take off
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Airborne
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Above the Etang de Berre
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Salt farm next to a fuel depot
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Istres at the distance
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Overflying the beautiful Alpilles
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The town of Tarascon and Beaucaire on both side of the Rhône river
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Nice landscapes over the Ardèche
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Sadly, it became overcast further north
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The service started with Madeleine as food and a coke. Nothing much to tell but it's still free
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Crossing traffic

My back started to hurt and I wondered when this flight will landed to end that torture.

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Approaching AMS. Well, weather has drastically changed since my week in Tilburg...
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Sure we are over the Netherlands
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Nice reflections
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Canals and canals
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Final approach
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Above the runway
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Full brakes
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The Skyteam usual suspects
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Are you sure we are in AMS? Not any KLM plane in sight
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Last turn
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Docked
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British Airways has a quite substantial operation in AMS with 3 flights bound to LHR in sight
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Last view over our Air France A320
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In the jet bridge towards the terminal
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Passengers for the flight back to MRS already waiting
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Walking to the arrivals
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Down to the arrivals
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Belt 10 in service today where it took 10 minutes for the bags to be delivered
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Baggages delivered it was time to head to the train station as AMS is well connected to the city
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Further down to the train platforms
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Good to see that many passengers are using this transportation mean

During my stay in Amsterdam, I stayed at the Ramada Apollo hotel which is well-connected to downtown Amsterdam as there is a tramway station very few steps away from the hotel. It is a fair hotel for the price, offering everything you can expect from an hotel of this category.

Now, let's have a look on the beautiful Amsterdam where I had a typical dutch weather!

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Nice boat ride
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The NEMO
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Cute small dutch houses
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The Netherlands are definitely Homeland of biking!
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Impressive Rijksmuseum
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Canals again
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The Koninklijk Paleis
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Some Stamppot anyone? Delicious
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The famous Van Gogh Museum
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Funny street art
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Once at The Dam, I was treated by this nice landing of a MEDEVAC helicopter! Impressive!
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After a too short time in Amsterdam, it was time to get back home. I used the hotel shuttle to the airport. I checked-in online the day before using the useful Air France app
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Nice and airy curbside in AMS
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Time to drop-off my luggage
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Sadly, almost no human interraction nowadays...even to drop off your luggage you have to do it by yourself. Cost-cutting in progress...
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Security screening went quite fast and soon I found myself airside. As I felt hungry, I headed upstairs toward the nice food court that is located there. The outbound flight was delayed and I had to wait for a longer time
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A preview for my next trip report? Any guess?
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Wow! The Dutch Coast Guard are performing a nice low fly-by on this D228...
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...Just to be treated few minutes later by this vintage DC3 in the KLM retro livery flying low over the Terminal!
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Heading toward the C Gates
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The crowd at the Gate

01.10.2017
Flight # : AF1821
Departure airport : Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS/EHAM)
Arrival airport : Marseille Provence (MRS/LFML)
ETD : 1230
ATD : 1315
ETA : 1420
ATA : 1440
Scheduled flight time : 01:50
Actual flight time : 01:25
Aircraft type : Airbus A319-100
Reg # : F-GPME
Seat : 16A



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Today's flightpath

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Boarding was called shortly after the aircraft being turned around
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Nice sight
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Average seating arrangement provided by Air France with butt-destroying seats however the legroom is nice and seats cannot recline (which I like a lot for short/medium haul flights)
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Slightly narrow tray table
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Slightly worn-out reading material
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KLM B738 and its LCC brother in the flesh of this Transavia B738
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Longhaul widebodies about to depart
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Taxiing
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Delta livery is smart I think
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Seconds before taking off
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Airborne
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Rocketing the dutch skies
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Passing through cloud layers
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Dutch landscape
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Above the clouds
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Cruising altitude
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How I love to fly
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Service was done shortly after reaching cruising altitude. A rather tasty sandwich but the packaging looks cheap
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The flight went quite fast and we soon reached the Alps
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It was time to descend towards Marseille and a clearer weather
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Nice landscapes
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Can you spot the Mont Ventoux (Mount Ventoux)? An iconic sight of Provence
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Crossing the Durance valley
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Paralleling the TGV high speed line
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Nearing Aix en Provence
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Air France seems to use a specific approach to MRS with a sharp turn towards the runway just before overflying Marseille. I don't know why, it seems that only AF uses that kind of path while other airlines tends to use a longer approach over the Bay of Marseille (which gives you wonderful views by the way)
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Final approach
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Almost landed
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Heavy braking
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Vacating the active
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Taxiing to the terminal
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Quite deserted apron except for an interesting widebody
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El Al has a quite strong operation in MRS as they often send widebodies here
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Almost parked
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Immigration was very fast by using PARAFE automatic border control. And soon found myself in the baggage claim area. It didn't took long before the luggage being delivered

I found my car back and after a quite short drive I was back home!

CONCLUSION
AF : Does the job but needs to improve the seating comfort.
MRS : As usual, a quite efficient airport while the "AF Corner" is not that well organized especially with the Air France basic fares (read : without luggage).
AMS : Very efficient but can be quite crowded. I dislike the self luggage drop-off system but I think we are going to see more of these things in the future.
Amsterdam : A very interesting and pleasant city. A lot of top-notch museums and a must-do for everyone visiting Europe.


Well, thank you for reading. Feel free to comment or to ask any question you want.


Very best regards

The lysflyer


Links to my previous TR :
Swiss Economy LYS-ZRH-EWR
Aegean Airlines A3633/A3632-LYS-ATH-LYS-Inaugural
Brussels Airlines SN3588 - LYS-BRU - Economy
Adria Airways JP395 - BRU-LJU - Economy
Adria Airways JP376 - LJU-BRU - Economy
Brussels Airlines SN3591 - BRU-LYS - Economy
TAP By Portugalia Economy LYS-LIS
Air France Economy MRS-ORY
Turkish Airlines MRS-IST Economy
Ryanair MRS-TUF Low-cost
Ethiopian Airlines NIM-ADD-CDG Business
Eurowings MRS-DUS Low-cost
Swiss LYS-ZRH-FCO Business
Alitalia FCO-PMO Economy
 
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CollegeAviator
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Re: Air France MRS-AMS Economy

Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:57 pm

Very nice trip report, thanks for sharing! AMS looks like a wonderful city - a pity about the weather though. :(

I agree about AMS - I was at Concourse E in December 2015 (transiting between two KL B747 flights) and my God was it crowded!

Cool pics of the MEDEVAC chopper!

Hmm, USA bound next??
 
lysflyer
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Re: Air France MRS-AMS Economy

Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:30 pm

@collegeaviator, thank you! Sure Amsterdam is a great city that worth to visit.
The chopper was heaven for an avgeek lile me!

Hmmm...you're right!!

Regards

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