Sam Chui, you are an expert at doing trip reports.
I was in the back of the Bus flying lumpenproletariat class yet I had a terrific time.
I have taken a good number of pictures from this truly wonderful experience but you will have to give me time as I had a couple of mishaps happening during the trip to Sydney and on the way back.
a very long trip that started in KL
. A succession of flights with airport layovers. KUL
-NiCE. I had to stay up all night at Changi Airport as they only gave boarding passes for the United Airlines flight to HKG
at 4.30 in the morning.
The first accident was on the back spiral stairs of the Big Ship. I fell by missing a step and my camera was badly damaged at 2/3 of the flight, in such bad shape that I could no longer use it. I had to get a replacement in Singapore. I still have the SD
cards with all the pictures.
The serious accident was at FRAnkfurt, getting off the LH
flight from HongKong. I badly bruised my right leg. This happened as I put my first foot off the aircraft and to the jetway. I tripped on the grid between the two and fell. Many people were getting off the flight at the same time as me but nobody cared. They went on their way.
I was a First Class passenger on that flight. I asked the stewardess at the door to do an accident report for the aircraft. She refused pretending I fell on the jetway not inside the plane. This was not true. I fell from inside the plane and landed flat on the jetway I hurt myself badly. She refused to take any responsibility. It is much easier that way of course. These German flight dragons are some mean authoritarian b*tches. The same goes with the captains. They are just awful. Airlines are afraid of being taken to court and having to pay.
I was so tired of the many sleepless nights in a row and huge time differences. I had so much to carry that an accident was bound to happen. So I got off that LH
744 with a badly bruised leg and the pain. I went to the First Class lounge as they also use them for arrivals for F passengers. I explained the situation to the guard at the gate and showed all my travel documents.
She offered me a "shortcut" to put me on the next direct flight to Nice instead of having to go via Zurich the next day. I could not do anything else due to my condition. I accepted. I had a bath in one of their beautiful facilities and had a bite to eat. The creme brulee tasted divine. I don't know how to make them like this. I wish the chef would give me his recipe. LOL.
One of the F lounge agents then escorted me to the LH
flight to Nice. It was a race through that huge aiport. She helped me through security because of the accident. There was only 20 minutes left. The only problem about changing the flight was that my checked bag was already in the system so she could not put them on the flight I was to go with. She said this was all she could do and she would take care of the paperwork after she get back to her office. She said goodbye and I said thank you. Boarded the bus from the gate to the aircraft on a different side of the airport.
I was the only passenger in the small business cabin. I could not even eat anything. I just had a cup of coffee. Weather overcast and rainy. Plane landed without any problems.
The checked bag arrived at the aiport in Nice today. It was traced. They agent in Nice took my address and phone number to bring it here to my place. They brought it to me this afternoon.
I arrived in Nice last night well after midnight not in good condition. I looked if they had coaches to Monaco but there was noting more at this late time in the night. Should I have wanted to take a helicopter there were no more either. There was no more transport from the airport to Monaco whichever way. Some night busses exist but only on the weekends for the late night and party goers.
I looked if there was a city bus that would take me to the central train station. Fortunately there was still one running so I took it. It came some 1/2 hour later. A few people boarded the bus and it left. I noticed that the driver went the other way around. He went to the port and made the last stop at the train station.
I went to the train station and looked about a train to Monaco. There was going to be one in the next hour coming from Cannes. I bought the ticket and went to the right track. I waited some more. Finally the train came. It was awfully slow, old and made stops at every station on the way.
When I got to Monaco I went out the station to the taxi stand. I knew I was in Monaco. A taxi came immediately. Got on the taxi. The ride up to my place took less than 10 minutes. No traffic at this hour in the middle of the night. Monaco taxis are extremely efficient. The driver knew where he was going. He got me to my place in no time. When I arrived in my place I looked at the clock: it was quarter to three in the morning. At least I was home.
This made me the whole inaugural trip in 5 days instead of 6.
My leg does not look good and I felt some terrible leg cramps during the night and this morning.
From the minute I deplaned from the HKG
flight getting to my place was certainly not easy. I missed out on the chocolate shopping in Zurich but there will be other chances.
I am back home badly bruised but still alive and safe.
This was a most unusual trip to say the least. I went all the way to Sydney and did not see any of the city. The same thing happened in Singapore and Hong Kong. Then I had to cancel Zurich my final destination before home because of the accident in Frankfurt.
There were quite a few pictures taken at the time the wonderful cabin crew presented my birthday cake on the A380 flight, the SIA
chairman came. I had a long talk with him. The discussion was more about Concorde than about the A380. I have no idea who has the pictures. I had even placed my Concorde on the cake!
If somebody has these pictures it would be great. I had a first accident on the spiral stairs in the back coming down from the upstairs C and Y cabin. I tripped and lost balance. My camera fell down and got badly damaged to the point where I could no longer use it. This happened at about 2/3rd of the time in the flight.
I missed out on all the final pictures, the deplaning and the reception in the arrivals gate at Changi, the band with the drums and dancers and the photos with the captain, flight attendants, and Mr Lelaie from Airbus who supervised the cockpit crew during the inaugural flights. It felt like being off some VVIP flight somewhere on a Hawaiian Island as we were all given flower leis (garlands) as we came off the A380.
More to come.... Please be patient... I have not even unpacked yet as I got here right in the middle of last night.