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The Crane soars again at latitude 0° ~ Uganda Airlines to Burundi

Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:41 am

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Good day A.net folks,


A quick trip report about a flight done last week between UR's hub and Burundian former capital city - Bujumbura. Earlier this year, a post on the East African Aviation Thread caught my eyes and prompted this journey.

Tickets bought online on the easy to navigate ugandairlines.com website for a reasonnable $157 (per personn) time limited promo fare with a $10 fee. The promo offer was due to expire two months after the first commercial service, however at this moment, anyone can still grab this deal and not only to BJM.
Surprisingly for a fledging carrier, moreover in Africa, payments with American Express card are accepted. If interested, here how you can earn a 30,000 sign up bonus Amex AF/KL Platinum + up to 2 millions miles to share (until the 30/01/20).


Tickets changed after for a more convenient Monday afternoon departure
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Arrived at 1pm so H-3 at Entebbe airport – undergoing phase I of its expansion which includes a new terminal building. Luggage allowance stipulated on the website mentions 1*23kg per person, thus 3 boxes had to be paid as excess luggage for $3 per kg (~ +46kg).

Upon reaching the ticketing office at the next building, upstairs following a screening, the lone agent (going on her lunch break?) locked the door while informing that bag allowance has now increased to 2*23kg instead. She said it would be no problem at check-in so no need to worry about.
Minutes later, a family of 5 Tanzanians supposed to fly to DAR on that day showed up at the office to postpone their travel at the end of week but the closed doors irritated them as their flight was about to leave in 2,5h – and she would not allegedly come back before 2pm.

Reaching the check-in desks was an utter chaos at the first check with only two x-ray scans installed yet.
An ordinary traveller used the left machine for his 7 boxes while some UN Peacekeepers pushed forward their goods there. The pax chose the right one for his personal belongings – clearly clogging up both scans, as QR, EK, ET and UN opened for departure gathered a large crowd with their heavies.

After a tiresome 20 min process there, the two Uganda Airlines desks displaying only Juba (South Sudan) as destination welcomed all travellers in fact.
The female employee expressed no greetings/nice word to welcome us. Truth be told her policy seemed like a no mercy or empathy to anyone, despite being not too busy compared to EK/QR with huge snaking lines:

1) She told us the obvious like 1box per person, either we should go (back again) to ticketing to pay for the 3 extra fees or leave the stuffs behind. And it was not part her job to call her colleagues to verify that what we stated were first hand info. (Long story short: while one of us looked after the boxes two others endured the extended queues back to the still closed ticketing office but displaying emergency phone numbers to contact. After many calls to the super nice agent, Harriett strongly urged us to deal directly with Uganda Airlines supervisor Clara to waive the fees – which was manually done in no time back to CI counters at the main building).
2) A lady who traveled with a standard lowcost carry on of 9kg (2kg above the limit) was forced to remove all valuables to check in the bag to Bujumbura, although the next pax could walk past her counter with one big rucksack plus a normal duffle to the plane without problem. What a confusing logic!
3) A smartly dressed Congolese business man told straight forward or maybe in a clumsy way to this agent "I'm a frequent traveller with UR and you should upgrade me to business class for this flight". Her harsch answer: "Sorry, you are talking to the wrong person, you should buy another ticket in C instead. The office dealing with your requesting is outside turning left. What do you want to do right now Sir?".

Also along with these facts, while we waited for the supervisor to manually waive the luggage fee, a few times she has been caught calling her BF and relatives while on duty at the counters between two passengers ops. Sweet nothings calls did not ease our life but professional ones at this moment could have for sure!


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When we all received the second appropriate bag tag – again thank you very much Clara for solving this issue, BJM flight was closing check-in and time to go to immigration, busier than ever with 4 lanes that could not absorb the mass efficiently. Interestingly a wad of cash of nearly $4000 fell over at the immigration lines from the pocket of a German-Ugandan guy traveling to Dubai with RwandAir. It was really tempting to keep and share them ;) . He was very thankful for the gesture though!

Entering gate 3 via another security point showed a jam packed departure lounge – an encouraging sight?

Not really, UN to El Fasher, RwandAir and SAA ( operating an E90 from Airlink) shared this space too. When these 3 flights departed only a meager 12 pax were left behind to Bujumbura.

The Congolese guy from check in kept pushing UR staff for obtaining his free upgrade. Overhearing the discussion, one of the issue was the lack of J catering.
When boarding started, staff teared off his BP and printed a new one for a seat ahead of the curtain. Fascinating method – why not give it a try next time.

Gate staff did not wear the same uniform as check-in staff. Indeed the latter wore grey pullover with a NAS logo embroided. It might eventually explain why some of them are not as customer oriented as UR would like to...

A Canadian lady from Quebec in her mid forty told us that " I (she) use(s) to fly to Burundi on larger aircraft like Boeing and DC10 plane via Paris or Brussels..." which made me chuckle a bit. Either Sabena B744/MD11 prior collapsing or Air France 742 until year 2000 could ply this destination from Europe. Was she right?

Our boarding time was delayed by 15 min and started at 15:30 for quick bus ride to the northern part of the apron next to propeller planes.


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~ Uganda Airlines UR360 ~
Entebbe – Bujumbura
Distance: 317miles, Time difference -1h
16:04 – 15:59 (0h55)
Bombardier CRJ900ER / 5X-KNP
Economy



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Finally, after 2 years of being a hot topic on social media, the Uganda Crane boarded its first commercial passengers from the Pearl of Africa to Nairobi (NBO) the 28th of August 2019. The regional expansion plan included also the launch of Juba in South Sudan, Mogadishu in Somalia, and Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. Bujumbura became the 6th destination the 30th of September. Followed later by Mombasa, Kilimanjaro and recently Zanzibar.

Overseas markets of Dubai, London (LGW), Guangzhou and others will join the network when the brand new A330-800 neo will join the fleet in December 2020.

Warmly welcomed by an all male crew composed of 2 stewards and 2 pilots. If the striking livery truly represents the country flag and is simply lovely, the dark blue crew uniform with dark tie with tiny yellow and red strips looks too ordinary.

Due to the light load, we all took a seat before the wings and only one lucky pax in J....

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Uganda Airlines is the first carrier in Africa to fly the CRJ900 (currently operating 4 frames) with the new "atmosphere cabin" which gives passengers a more spacious and comfortable experience. Indeed the cabin ambiance is adjustable using the mood lighting for the different phases of the flight.

A 2-1 abreast C class with 12 comfy seats
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64 seats in Economy
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A very good legroom
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Annoucements made in English and Luganda. Before the take off roll, we let a sistership Uganda Airlines from Juba landing (visible on the video).

:arrow: Take off video from entebbe
https://youtu.be/q-bGx_DLfmY


KQ sporting the special 900th Embraer livery
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Seat pocket contents
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In English and Kiswahili (instead of Luganda)
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Ng'aali derived from national language – Luganda, means Crested Crane
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Current and planned network
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History of Uganda aviation, from Imperial Airways up to Air Uganda... ;-)
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.... and two nice ads about 1) Burundi is a hidden gem...
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...and 2) a national product widely available beyond the borders...
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Lulamba islands
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And more isolated islands to buy for a peaceful retreat or eventually more!
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Expectations on this 1h long flight were high. Hey come on, the new kid on the block should undeniably raise the bar to divert customers from competitors.
Cabin crew quickly sprang into action to serve a hot snack (no choice) – but very tasty. The beverage cart suggested soft, hot drinks plus beer (0,5l can of Heineken and Tusker wow!).
Somewhere on social media – during an inaugural flight (not sure which one) one guy was mentioning that Ugandan Waragi must be available on every flight to promote the country, so after enquiring, our friendly crew went to the forward galley to grab the bottle and generously poured in a plastic glass. Cheers!

So far, Uganda Airlines has the monopoly on that route (flown by Air Uganda also for a short time before its demise in 2014), thus there are no benchmark yet. Anyway for what it matters, KQ on their East African routes viewed as domestic since one year now only serves cold sandwich, RwandAir a hot meal + a starchy dessert and Air Tanzania only nuts. For drinks, they all serve wine except Uganda Airlines.

The 2nd best view on any CRJ...
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500ml cans of beer with 2 choices
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Waragi provided as advertised on the inflight magazine Ng'aali. Servair – a French company also at NBO.
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Hot chicken chapati roll along with a fruit salad – a rolex would be great too!
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Zoom in
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An enhanced Uganda Waragi. (FYI, small bottles sold in town are so hard to open lol)
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Immaculate loo
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Akanyaru river, the natural border between Rwanda and Burundi
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No duty free cart rolled out in the aisle as descent started like 10 min after reaching the cruising altitude of 32k feet. Due to the rainy season in East Africa that caused severe floods resulting in a death toll of 38 in Burundi among the 265 in the entire region – Kenya being the most impacted, approach as bumpy as announced earlier by the pilot.
KNP touched down at 15:50 at Bujumbura airport recently renamed Melchior Ndadaye International Airport.

:arrow: Video of landing at Bujumbura:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NdXFnq7BIg


Bags were delivered 17 min after while some JamboJet pax were filling out property irregularity report near the carousel.

Usual customs searches for all incoming boxes that added another 15 min and we all exited the terminal at 16:30.

JamboJet, Kenya Airways' low cost carrier spreading its wings to the region with rock bottom fares!
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Bujumbura airport terminal – BJM with a new extended departure lounge/tunnel visible at the left of "the eggs" or rugos
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Welcome to Melchior Ndadaye International Airport. ( In the past, a visitor terrace was available at the right upstairs)
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Uganda Airlines 5X-KNP, a 3 months old CRJ900 aircraft at Bujumbura airport - Burundi
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The newest and last CRJ900 plane of the fleet, delivered in October 2019.
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Bottom line

The only weak spot on that day is the contracted check-in employee that ruined every pax experience. Not by enforcing the rules obviously but with her attitude and behaviour. Uganda Airlines should recruit its own staff for these important positions especially at its own hub. God bless UR supervisor Clara that worked wonders afterwards :thumbsup: .
Entebbe airport faced the 2nd of its 3 peak times of the day at 1pm due to ME2+ continental flights departing between 3-4pm so except waiting for the new terminal opening soon – long queues and mess will still happen.

On Friday, Uganda Airlines showed a healthier LF with 34 pax at Bujumbura to Entebbe (or beyond).
Now like all of you await, when the Airbus will join the fleet, can the long haul routes keep the quality promise still high?

Flagship airlines ranking and (their main) advantage on Y short haul within the East African Community (E.A.C.):

1/ Uganda Airlines (generous 2*23kg allowance)
2/ RwandAir (Hot meals and fares)
3/ Air Tanzania (Brand new hub terminal)
4/ Kenya Airways (lots of frequencies)


Many thanks for reading, comments and corrections always appreciated! :smile:
Next TR, maybe, Air Tanzania inaugural to South Africa before trying some mayor legacies in West Africa (June 2020).

Finally, how Bujumbura looks like in Decembre 2019:

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Little "Buja"! DRC mountains in the background, taken from Kiriri hill
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One of the houses of current president, different from the newly built Presidential Palace
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The best place for a safe and hassle-free weekday morning run within the city center in Rohero area: " Public Garden".
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A brand new ferry will link Bujumbura, Kigoma (Tanzania), Kalemie (DRC) and Zambia ports from 2021, replacing the antic and venerable 100 years old M.V. Liemba.
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From Safi Beach near the port, with popular Bujumbura Yacht Club (left) and lively Zion Beach bar/restaurant (right, at the lighthouse – like building)
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Bujumbura by night, from the 2nd floor of the excellent Kangaroo Hotel!
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Re: The Crane soars again at latitude 0° ~ Uganda Airlines to Burundi

Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:28 am

Nice TR, as always - great to read from such exotic airlines and airports!

I am not an expert regarding BeNeLux-Aviation, but AFAIK SN neither had (own) B744 or MD11. However, SN operated the look-a-like B747-300 and MD11 on lease from fellow Belgian airline CityBird. The last aircraft serving the route was an A330 - which was "famously" shot at: http://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/repor ... ts-burundi But prior to that, no idea! Sorry! :twocents:
 
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Re: The Crane soars again at latitude 0° ~ Uganda Airlines to Burundi

Sun Dec 22, 2019 2:33 am

debonair wrote:
Nice TR, as always - great to read from such exotic airlines and airports!:

Always a pleasure to entertain you with new stuff my friend - thanks! :smile:

debonair wrote:
I am not an expert regarding BeNeLux-Aviation, but AFAIK SN neither had (own) B744 or MD11. However, SN operated the look-a-like B747-300 and MD11 on lease from fellow Belgian airline CityBird. The last aircraft serving the route was an A330 - which was "famously" shot at: http://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/repor ... ts-burundi But prior to that, no idea! Sorry! :twocents :

Neither do I about BeNelux Thread, but every now and then many good infos appear on it!,
Glad you point out these references as you confirm what the lady said was incorrect even if dating back from decades ago :silly: .
Do you know how long did SN suspend flights to BJM at that time?
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Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:17 pm

Welcome back!! I have missed your trip reports because they are always consistently excellent. This one is no exception. Thank you!
 
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Re: The Crane soars again at latitude 0° ~ Uganda Airlines to Burundi

Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:40 am

Uganda Airlines is the first carrier in Africa to fly the CRJ900 (currently operating 4 frames)


Nice TR. Just a minor correctIon but PAS of Egypt operate a fleet of 3 CRJ900 aircraft - first delivered in 2012.
 
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Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:49 pm

Nileblue wrote:
Uganda Airlines is the first carrier in Africa to fly the CRJ900 (currently operating 4 frames)


Nice TR. Just a minor correctIon but PAS of Egypt operate a fleet of 3 CRJ900 aircraft - first delivered in 2012.


Not only PAS, ARIK AIR, Libyan Airlines, RwandAir and TunisairExpress.
 
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Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:27 pm

caleb1 wrote:
Welcome back!! I have missed your trip reports because they are always consistently excellent. This one is no exception. Thank you!

Very encouraging words Caleb1. Thank you so much for being loyal in reading and commenting.
Also, please accept my since apologies for skipping Air Tanzania Inaugural DAR to JNB trip from June :sorry: - It will get published soon - you have my word :yes: !!

Happy festive season :santahat:
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Re: The Crane soars again at latitude 0° ~ Uganda Airlines to Burundi

Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:37 pm

Nileblue wrote:
Uganda Airlines is the first carrier in Africa to fly the CRJ900 (currently operating 4 frames)


Nice TR. Just a minor correctIon but PAS of Egypt operate a fleet of 3 CRJ900 aircraft - first delivered in 2012.

Thanks for reading Nileblue (as opposed to the White Nile from Uganda - Lake Victoria ;) ).

You unfortunately quoted half of the sentence and missed the most important part :
with the new "atmosphere cabin".

Anyway, with your comment I've discovered a totally new airline today :smile:

Happy Holidays :santahat:
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Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:47 pm

debonair wrote:
Nileblue wrote:
Uganda Airlines is the first carrier in Africa to fly the CRJ900 (currently operating 4 frames)


Nice TR. Just a minor correctIon but PAS of Egypt operate a fleet of 3 CRJ900 aircraft - first delivered in 2012.


Not only PAS, ARIK AIR, Libyan Airlines, RwandAir and TunisairExpress.

As said a post before the full sentence is:
Uganda Airlines is the first carrier in Africa to fly the CRJ900 (currently operating 4 frames) with the new "atmophere cabin"...

Sorry if the way it was written was misleading - my bad :worried: .
Bombardier launched this cabin last year in 2018 (with DL?). Do you know which other airlines in Europe or Africa offer this really nice product.
For sure RwandAir doesn't...

Watch this, you might find it funny :lol:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vSllZz4f4A

Happy festive season Chris :santahat:
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Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:55 pm

It is nice to see your informative and entertaining trip reports again, Eastafspot!!! Thank you for sharing the gems of Africa with us! I hope to discover much of Africa sooner than later; travel plans are mainly destined for Seoul these days.

Happy Holidays from Los Angeles. I wish you a meaningful and joyous 2020, too!!!
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Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:12 pm

AirAfreak wrote:
It is nice to see your informative and entertaining trip reports again, Eastafspot!!! Thank you for sharing the gems of Africa with us! I hope to discover much of Africa sooner than later; travel plans are mainly destined for Seoul these days.

Happy Holidays from Los Angeles. I wish you a meaningful and joyous 2020, too!!!


Always happy to read a such positive comment AirAfreak !
LAX and US must be visited at some point in the near future, because of their amazing spotting (and skiing) options nearby :thumbsup:
Korean Air used to fly to NBO direct in A330, but long gone though!
According to your signature, how often do you go to the magnificient S. Korea?

Merry Christmas to you dear AirAfreak :santahat:

Best regards

Léonard
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Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:25 pm

eastafspot wrote:
caleb1 wrote:
Welcome back!! I have missed your trip reports because they are always consistently excellent. This one is no exception. Thank you!

Very encouraging words Caleb1. Thank you so much for being loyal in reading and commenting.
Also, please accept my since apologies for skipping Air Tanzania Inaugural DAR to JNB trip from June :sorry: - It will get published soon - you have my word :yes: !!

Happy festive season :santahat:


You're welcome, and I look forward to reading your next TR!
 
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Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:40 pm

eastafspot wrote:
AirAfreak wrote:
It is nice to see your informative and entertaining trip reports again, Eastafspot!!! Thank you for sharing the gems of Africa with us! I hope to discover much of Africa sooner than later; travel plans are mainly destined for Seoul these days.

Happy Holidays from Los Angeles. I wish you a meaningful and joyous 2020, too!!!


Always happy to read a such positive comment AirAfreak !
LAX and US must be visited at some point in the near future, because of their amazing spotting (and skiing) options nearby :thumbsup:
Korean Air used to fly to NBO direct in A330, but long gone though!
According to your signature, how often do you go to the magnificient S. Korea?

Merry Christmas to you dear AirAfreak :santahat:

Best regards

Léonard


Hello from Los Angeles!!!

Would you believe in the 19 years of me living in Los Angeles, I have never taken a moment to do any airplane spotting at the famous In-n-Out Burger?!!! I should join you for some spotting when you arrive, Léonard! Your arrival will be my motivation to finally watch the planes pass above me!

And yes, I remember the ad campaign for the A330 flight to NBO; the longest A330 flight in the world at the time! I have taken just one Korean Air A330 flight from ICN-NRT, but many times I’m onboard the A380 and 777 aircrafts between LAX (sometimes SFO) and ICN. I fly to Korea on average 5x/annually with some exceptions. My best friend and my family and other close friends live there, so that’s why much of my free time is dedicated to this route.

But one day, I want to visit Africa!!! I don’t want to go to the places where there is so much tourism, but to the less-traveled destinations because I find them more interesting and beautiful at the same time. I still prefer the countrysides of Korea, so I’m happiest when I can see a place unchanged.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you!!! I look forward to seeing more of your trip reports, soon! I might take the new KE A220 flights in February, so I will share my experience if I have time to do as such.

Bon Voyage!!!

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Wed Dec 25, 2019 8:30 pm

Great review...yours are always amazing. Love ur pics too! Keep them coming.
 
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Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:29 pm

caleb1 wrote:
eastafspot wrote:
caleb1 wrote:
Welcome back!! I have missed your trip reports because they are always consistently excellent. This one is no exception. Thank you!

Very encouraging words Caleb1. Thank you so much for being loyal in reading and commenting.
Also, please accept my since apologies for skipping Air Tanzania Inaugural DAR to JNB trip from June :sorry: - It will get published soon - you have my word :yes: !!

Happy festive season :santahat:


You're welcome, and I look forward to reading your next TR!

:bigthumbsup:
Now, it officially becomes New Year's resolution #1 :wink2:
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Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:37 pm

AirAfreak wrote:
Hello from Los Angeles!!!

Would you believe in the 19 years of me living in Los Angeles, I have never taken a moment to do any airplane spotting at the famous In-n-Out Burger?!!! I should join you for some spotting when you arrive, Léonard! Your arrival will be my motivation to finally watch the planes pass above me!

Huh, seriously?!?! :wideeyed:
Maybe because you know that you can go whenever you want! But It could be a cool idea to pay a visit there in fact!
As a popular location, it must crowded most of the time too especially on sunny days no?
It reminds me an Avgeek who travelled the world to fly all A318 operators because there was none in his country or continent... while i.e. many Brazilians, Colombians or Romanians wouldn't be in hurry to specifically fly this plane.

AirAfreak wrote:
but many times I’m onboard the A380 and 777 aircrafts between LAX (sometimes SFO) and ICN. I fly to Korea on average 5x/annually with some exceptions. My best friend and my family and other close friends live there, so that’s why much of my free time is dedicated to this route.

Interesting to learn that! :smile:
Do you know until when will KE keep their whales? Between the 777 and A380, is the comfort equal on KE? Or on your transpac, you rather choose a flight # for the timing/cost?

AirAfreak wrote:
I still prefer the countrysides of Korea, so I’m happiest when I can see a place unchanged.

Compared to Africa where development is evenly low, the contrast and disparities there might be even greater with large cities where the race to modernity is ubiquitous.

AirAfreak wrote:
I might take the new KE A220 flights in February, so I will share my experience if I have time to do as such.

On which route(s) will KE roster that A/C? Hope it won't be swapped at the last minute! :crossfingers:
I had my very first trip on an A220 thanks to Air Tanzania – an enjoyable ride.

Best wishes to you for 2020 with many free upgrades :airplane:
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Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:45 pm

F27500 wrote:
Great review...yours are always amazing. Love ur pics too! Keep them coming.

Many thanks F27500 for such kind words - very motivating. Glad also you often read and write your feedbacks on my TR. It's very much appreciated :smile:

Next one will feature Air Tanzania inaugural flight to South Africa (from June 2019) - a not even 6 months old - route already axed! :rotfl:

Best wishes to you for 2020!
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Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:33 pm

eastafspot wrote:
AirAfreak wrote:
Hello from Los Angeles!!!

Would you believe in the 19 years of me living in Los Angeles, I have never taken a moment to do any airplane spotting at the famous In-n-Out Burger?!!! I should join you for some spotting when you arrive, Léonard! Your arrival will be my motivation to finally watch the planes pass above me!

Huh, seriously?!?! :wideeyed:
Maybe because you know that you can go whenever you want! But It could be a cool idea to pay a visit there in fact!
As a popular location, it must crowded most of the time too especially on sunny days no?
It reminds me an Avgeek who travelled the world to fly all A318 operators because there was none in his country or continent... while i.e. many Brazilians, Colombians or Romanians wouldn't be in hurry to specifically fly this plane.

Honestly, I don’t have an answer for you regarding the crowds at In-n-Out Burger by the airport. I also cannot recall whether I’ve flown the A318 or not. My memory is not as sharp as it were in my twenties. Lol!!!

AirAfreak wrote:
but many times I’m onboard the A380 and 777 aircrafts between LAX (sometimes SFO) and ICN. I fly to Korea on average 5x/annually with some exceptions. My best friend and my family and other close friends live there, so that’s why much of my free time is dedicated to this route.

Interesting to learn that! :smile:
Do you know until when will KE keep their whales? Between the 777 and A380, is the comfort equal on KE? Or on your transpac, you rather choose a flight # for the timing/cost?

Internally, at Korean Air, no confirmed dates to end A380 passenger service have been formally-announced. Regarding passenger comfort between the 777 and the A380; very close to equal is the best way to describe my experience. Korean Air offers the lower density “3-3-3” Economy Class cabin configuration onboard the Boeing 777, for example. Both aircraft types offer 33-34” seat pitch throughout Economy Class. I fly in Prestige more than I do in Economy nowadays, so I can also confirm that comfort is equal across both aircraft types in the J cabin. For personal comfort, I only book evening departures to/from Seoul; regardless of aircraft type.

AirAfreak wrote:
I still prefer the countrysides of Korea, so I’m happiest when I can see a place unchanged.

Compared to Africa where development is evenly low, the contrast and disparities there might be even greater with large cities where the race to modernity is ubiquitous.

AirAfreak wrote:
I might take the new KE A220 flights in February, so I will share my experience if I have time to do as such.

On which route(s) will KE roster that A/C? Hope it won't be swapped at the last minute! :crossfingers:
I had my very first trip on an A220 thanks to Air Tanzania – an enjoyable ride.

Best wishes to you for 2020 with many free upgrades :airplane:


I don’t have the February roster for all scheduled A220 flights handy, but I do know they are scheduled at Seoul/Gimpo, Jeju, Yeosu, and Busan. I can’t wait to share my travel experience onboard the A220!

Also, very best wishes to you and also Happy Flying throughout 2020, too!
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AirAfreak wrote:
I don’t have the February roster for all scheduled A220 flights handy, but I do know they are scheduled at Seoul/Gimpo, Jeju, Yeosu, and Busan. I can’t wait to share my travel experience onboard the A220!

Also, very best wishes to you and also Happy Flying throughout 2020, too!

KE will schedule them on domestic routes! Isn't one of these cities still served by 747? That would be a big change!

And yes, feel free to share this experience and other trips too. Every new story is gladly welcome as this part of the forum isn't as lively as before (or on your blog if you have one).

Looking forward to reading more from you!
Have a nive day :wave:
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Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:16 pm

eastafspot wrote:
AirAfreak wrote:
I don’t have the February roster for all scheduled A220 flights handy, but I do know they are scheduled at Seoul/Gimpo, Jeju, Yeosu, and Busan. I can’t wait to share my travel experience onboard the A220!

Also, very best wishes to you and also Happy Flying throughout 2020, too!

KE will schedule them on domestic routes! Isn't one of these cities still served by 747? That would be a big change!

And yes, feel free to share this experience and other trips too. Every new story is gladly welcome as this part of the forum isn't as lively as before (or on your blog if you have one).

Looking forward to reading more from you!
Have a nive day :wave:


Seoul-Jeju-Seoul is a scheduled a mix of A220, A330, 737-800, 737-900, and 777-200 in February.
Occasionally, the 747 is subbed due to operational reasons. Some flights to Jeju are scheduled with the 747 aircraft during higher demand travel periods such as Chuseok; the Korean Version of the American Thanksgiving Holiday. And yes, I agree the forum has declined and now I feel overwhelmed and discouraged by the numerous video reports. I do not have a personal travel blog; too busy at work as it is.

Happy and Healthy New Year to you, Léonard!!!

Bon Voyage,

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Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:49 pm

Hello Michael,
Hope you are well, sorry for the long time!

AirAfreak wrote:
Seoul-Jeju-Seoul is a scheduled a mix of A220, A330, 737-800, 737-900, and 777-200 in February.
Occasionally, the 747 is subbed due to operational reasons.


Eishhh, what an embarrassment of riches, lucky you :bouncy: !
February is already coming quickly, so – just in case for your plan B, if you can (could) choose between all of these types, what would you pick up as the sub?

AirAfreak wrote:
Some flights to Jeju are scheduled with the 747 aircraft during higher demand travel periods such as Chuseok; the Korean Version of the American Thanksgiving Holiday.


Very interesting fact, when does it happen exactly? ( since am not a student anymore – just to avoid the stratospheric fares and/or foolish crowd in case of a future trip as we did experience during the Dragon Boat festival in HK a few years ago... :crowded: )


AirAfreak wrote:
And yes, I agree the forum has declined and now I feel overwhelmed and discouraged by the numerous video reports. I do not have a personal travel blog; too busy at work as it is.


On one hand, I'm extremely jealous about A.net members who do directly post [excellent] video reports here, along with a full TR (only one member so far, from the US signing C.A. If i'm correct!), but on the other hand, until YouTube charges for membership, this is the best way to keep your videos, and photos safe and away from the extortionate photobucket.com or Flickr.com accounts... !

If you want to post, please do it - the wide audience of A.net makes that it will be unique from one point of the globe, at least!


AirAfreak wrote:

Happy and Healthy New Year to you, Léonard!!!

Bon Voyage,

Michael ☺️


Cheers!

Going for skiing in the French Alps in 2 weeks, with a low cost carrier though !
What about you?

Take care :wave:

Léonard
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Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:02 pm

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Hello Michael,
Hope you are well, sorry for the long time!

Bonne Année ét Bonne Santé, Léonard!!! No worries for the time; happy to have a message from you! How are things from “your corner of the sky?”

AirAfreak wrote:
Seoul-Jeju-Seoul is a scheduled a mix of A220, A330, 737-800, 737-900, and 777-200 in February.
Occasionally, the 747 is subbed due to operational reasons.


Eishhh, what an embarrassment of riches, lucky you :bouncy: !
February is already coming quickly, so – just in case for your plan B, if you can (could) choose between all of these types, what would you pick up as the sub?

My flights for February are now confirmed for the following:

2/11 DL LAX-SFO 738 F
2/11 KE SFO-ICN 77W J
2/13 KE GMP-RSU-GMP A220/738 Y+/C
2/14 KE GMP-CJU-GMP 772/A330 C
2/18 DL ICN-SEA A339 W
2/18 DL SEA-LAX 738 F

AirAfreak wrote:
Some flights to Jeju are scheduled with the 747 aircraft during higher demand travel periods such as Chuseok; the Korean Version of the American Thanksgiving Holiday.


Very interesting fact, when does it happen exactly? ( since am not a student anymore – just to avoid the stratospheric fares and/or foolish crowd in case of a future trip as we did experience during the Dragon Boat festival in HK a few years ago... :crowded: )

It’s a three-day holiday during the month of September.


AirAfreak wrote:
And yes, I agree the forum has declined and now I feel overwhelmed and discouraged by the numerous video reports. I do not have a personal travel blog; too busy at work as it is.


On one hand, I'm extremely jealous about A.net members who do directly post [excellent] video reports here, along with a full TR (only one member so far, from the US signing C.A. If i'm correct!), but on the other hand, until YouTube charges for membership, this is the best way to keep your videos, and photos safe and away from the extortionate photobucket.com or Flickr.com accounts... !

If you want to post, please do it - the wide audience of A.net makes that it will be unique from one point of the globe, at least!

Honestly, after posting my DELTA AIR LINES DL283/284 LAX-NRT-BKK-NRT-LAX 747-400 trip report in the Businesselite cabin, I gave up posting other trip reports because the photo upload feature on this website became an exhausting task. I wanted to share my AIRFRANCE LAXPPTLAX Business Class flight experience to Tahiti, but I had so many photos and the thought of spending that time to post it felt exhausting. It was a great flight and I was very comfortable in the angle-flat seat on the 772 COI configuration to/from Pape’ete. The food was spectacular and the service was beyond my expectations. But maybe I will post that report if this website makes life easier to upload photos from my photo album. Oh well.


AirAfreak wrote:

Happy and Healthy New Year to you, Léonard!!!

Bon Voyage,

Michael ☺️


Cheers!

Going for skiing in the French Alps in 2 weeks, with a low cost carrier though !
What about you?

Take care :wave:

Léonard


I don’t know how to ski, so I will continue my work routine until it is time to fly to Séoul. Lol.
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