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Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:25 pm

Hola a tothom!

March 23rd, 2008

Going back home is always the sad part of holidays and it hit me on March 23rd. My day starts quite early and the first thing I do is get to my computer to check for loads and get my boarding passes for the day: 3 are needed but only two of them come on the system; the FRA-BCN leg is not there so I fear I maybe left in Germany and prevented from going back home.

The second thing I try to sort out is the easiest way of getting from my aunt's, 25th Ave SW, to Calgary's airport in public transport. For those of you unaware of the fact, let me tell you that public transport in the Americas is not as deployed as in Europe and, for example the Transit Calgary Authority gives you an itinerary involving three bus changes... So I go for the itinerary I have known for years and seems the fastest: Light Train to downtown to get onto the Northern West line up to Whitehorn where you catch the Bus #57 to the airport.

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My trip starts here.

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First transport of the day

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Calgary Light Train on a Sunday Morning

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Anyone interested. Waiting for the bus driver

Being a Sunday morning traffic is very low and the trains come every ten minutes, no big deal but waiting for the bus where I am the only passenger for about 20 minutes starts to freeze me, it is about 2 ºC. Luckily the stop is pretty close to the airport at the end of the runaways so you can see planes departing: many Westjet B737s, AC320s and some AC-CRJs lifting this morning to other Canadian cities. No intercontinental flights in the morning.

Before noon I am already at the airport and I proceed to check in at the AC desks located at one of the ends of the airport.

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Calgary airport departures outside

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Check in islands for AC

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Check in counters for AC

The usual islands with lots of check in automated machines is not very crowded and there are two Business Class counters busy at the moment. When the guy at the desk is directed to the bulky baggage scanner to check that big thing inside his bag is really a snowboard I am called to advance to the check in desk. The lady there was very gentle.

YYC - YVR
AC213
Dep. 13.20
Arr. 13.50
A320 C-FFWI
Gate: A11
Seat: 3F

Agent: 'Good morning! Where are you traveling today?'
Me: 'Good morning! Well, first YVR, then FRA and finally BCN'
Agent: 'Oh I see! Mr Franquesa, may I ask you if you would have any inconvenience in taking flight AC213 which has a bigger equipment and you can enjoy more time in our beautiful YVR lounge, so you wouldn't need to hassle through connection in case that flight were late?'
(When asked so politely and nicely I cannot refuse such an argument although I was eager to fly the CRJ to YVR)
Me: 'OK! No problem. What's the equipment for this 213 flight?'
Agent: 'It's a new refurnished A320. You see, your original flight has moved to another smaller equipment and we are trying to move as many passengers as possible to this earlier flight. Obviously at no cost'
Me: 'Let's go then. Thanks a lot and happy Easter'
Agent: 'Happy Easter to you too, have nice flights Mr Franquesa, going to BCN for business?'
Me: 'Not really, I actually live there. I have come to YYC to visit some relatives.'
Agent: 'Oh! I see, thanks for flying with us.'
Me: 'Thanks to you. Bye now'
Agent. 'Bye and enjoy your flights!'

With such a pleasant beginning I start to think that AC has a very good service, let's see what do they have to offer for the rest of the day.

After wandering around for a while I head through security in no time. And I head to the lounge which is just in front of it.

The gates to open the lounge are heavy and you need to have had a good breakfast to pull them open. Once inside I am greatly surprised by a much bigger lounge than last time and excellent views of the tarmac.

The day is clear and although there is not much movement I can see some AC flights departing to YYZ, YUL, YEG...

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Help yourself at the YYC lounge

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Food choice at the YYC lounge

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Need a warm soup after waiting for the bus for 20 min. in Calgary early spring

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Nice view of the lounge. There's even a fireplace and some armchairs around

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My view of the tarmac with this nice E90

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Killing some time at the computer. Notice the web page, sounds familiar?

I am savoring some of the munchies at the lounge which looks best equipped IMO: great choice of food, including soup and fruit, plus a great selection of drinks of all kinds.

It is about time to leave for the gate. Say goodbye to the agent at the door and head to the gate, pretty busy A concourse and my gate is still closed.

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The A gates area

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My gate to YVR

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Our plane being serviced at YYC

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Side view of the plane at YYC gate

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Fellow passengers on my flight

As I get there they start calling for boarding and I am one of the first on line.

I am welcomed onto the plane who takes my boarding card and greets me by name as he asks to take my jacket and hang it on the closet. Thanks Patrick, our Quebecois purser for today's flight.

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Jet way to the plane. Notice the heating on the floor. Much needed in winter

I take my seat and as I am about to enjoy the free seat on my side a last passenger appears and takes it.

I guess they have done a great job in moving passengers to this flight as it is full both in Y and C. Before we are pushed back a nice FA distributes newspapers with a small towel to remove ink from your fingers once you are done with it.

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View fro my seat before the planes start to fill up

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Very comfortable seats, nice legroom on AC

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View of the new AVOD system on AC. Excellent!

Safety demonstration is done manually while the purser tells us both in English and French.

Then the FO comes on the system and informs about the routing and the 36,000 feet we will be flying as well as the flying time, 1hour and 41 minutes (I did not check it, but promise to do it next time)

We head to the end of the runaway and once a Westjet 737 lands we start roaring and lifting above the Alberta skies. I am seated on the left side and I have a great view of YYC and we head SW until we turn West and I am able to see my Calgary home for a last time.

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Calgary city center right after take off

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By the Elbow river is my Calgary home

Once we reach the beginning of the Rockies clouds appear and there is no sign of them, what a pity, I'd love to see them.

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My only view of the Rockies today

Meanwhile service has started at the front rows. The purser distributes the food while another FA writes down your drink orders and brings them from the galley.

There are two choices: Crab Muffins or a Cheese Platter. I go for the later and when I taken my order for drinks I ask for some red wine.

FA: 'What can I get you to drink, sir?'
Me: 'Some red wine please'
FA: 'Would you like some Argentinean one or some Canadian one?'
Me: 'If it is not going to hurt your national pride I'd go for the one from Argentina.'
FA: 'Sure not sir'

I start to savor the cheeses when the FO comes on the system and informs about the flight development and tells us that we they will switch on the seat belt sign earlier than expected in our descend as the weather in YVR is quite rough today.

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My cheese platter. Nice for this short flight

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Spot the differences with the previous picture.

Every time my cup is empty the FA comes around with some more, as I am reading and listening to some music on the great AVOD system it goes down very well and three more times it is topped with this nice choice.

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AVOD while listening to Paul Potts' first record. Tiny but OK headphones

As anticipated by the FO they switch on the seat belt sign right before we start our descend. As we cross the first clouds the flight turns bumpy and it stays so until we land in YVR. We take the approach over the sea and the plane runs to the end of the runaways until full breaks are applied to stop it. We turn and get to the gate in no time.

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Somewhere under these clouds lies YVR

This flight has been so far the best of my trip and I am more than pleased with AC service, please keep it up like this and I will fly with you again and spread the word.

Again a great airport is ready to welcome me.

I head outside and have a nice walk around. I notice something interesting. There is a terminal dedicated to Domestic flights, one to International flights and one to US flights.

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Construction of a metro link to Vancouver


Find your way at YVR

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My departure area I guess

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Favorite A.netters hotel at YVR

As I walk along the terminal inside I see the counters for all the airlines serving YVR. There is an area dedicated to Premium passengers but it is closed although vastly advertised outside the airport.

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International Departures information

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More detailed information

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Check in area for AC and friends

Once I am done with all this walking outside I head for the departure area.

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Nice sculpture inside the terminal

Woooooooooow! My jaw drops as I see the shops, decoration and functionality of this great airport. No wonder Canada is a big country and land is vastly available. I fall in love with it immediately.

I approach one of the information counters and ask about the design. The lady there informs me that it has been renovated recently and I tell her how much I like it and how comfortable it feels.

There is a garden with some sort of vertical aquarium and a small lake dividing the terminal. Shops, cafes and restaurants are split around and they I realize that all the shops belong to the Spanish company ALDEASA.

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Very impressive halls at YVR


The vertical aquarium at YVR

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Immigration lines. One week ago it was empty

I spend some of my Canadian dollars in the duty free and they I get a pair of shoes which are heavily discounted at the Timberland store.

I go back to the AC Maple Leaf lounge which does not look as nice as the YYC one. Gates are as heavy though. Once inside I get a seat near the windows and I have something to eat before heading to my gate.


Entrance to the Maple Leaf lounge


My snack with a view

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Salad choice

YVR - FRA
LH 493
Dep. 16.15 /16.20
Arr. 10.20 / 9.25(March 24th)
A346 D-AIHH
Gate: D55
Seat: 5K

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Why walking along these great halls

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CX passengers to HKG

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My gate to FRA

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My plane. She is being stuffed for this long flight

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Some cousins sharing the D gates

As Premium passengers are called I head down the jetway and stopped by one of the six police officers there. As almost every time I have been to Canada I am asked about monetary matters. Do I look like I am taking more than CDN$10,000? Well, I start to think that maybe yes.

The jet divides in two and I am more than pleased to see that our equipment has changed to an A346 so I am still looking forward to keep my two seats at row 5. The map at check in showed an A343 and I changed my original seat, 1K, to a row with two empty ones. At the gate, 1L, I am welcomed by the crew and shown the way to my seat.

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First sight of this beautiful plane

As soon as I take my seat and start my usual ritual of taking out my shoes the cabin crew comes welcomes me on board and takes my jacket and then offered the usual tray with Champagne, Orange juice and water. Needless to say I go for the sparkling. I realize something that disappoints me: there are no socks in my amenity kit. I tell the FA and she brings me a new one fully stuffed. I remember the same thing happened two years ago on an IB flight EZE-MAD and they were not able to provide me with a new one.

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First drink, seat and AVOD control system. All in one

Once boarding is finished I realize that I will have the row to myself which means I can move freely.

Doors are closed on time and five minutes later we are pushed back. I wave goodbye to our neighbors. D54, an AC772ER G-FAF, and D56, an Air New Zealand ZH-OKH.

As we move along the runaway the safety demonstration is played both in English and German and gives some curious information about the amount of people that can go to the toilets on the lower floor in the Economy section, please no more than ten at a time; it has to do with the amount of oxygen masks available downstairs.

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Safety demonstration being played on the overhead monitors

We are directed to the end of the runaway as it starts to rain, the engines start roaring and we get airborne very gently. Unluckily, the amount of clouds does not allow us to see any of the beautiful YVR surrounding area. It takes about fifteen minutes to see the sun again.


Two seats to choose from. Great!


My TV, radio, games....

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Reading and safety card

Once the sun appears again the purser comes round with the menus. She is really nice and spends some time talking to passengers, I am not exception and we have a great talk about traveling, planes and Canada. I tell her how much I like it and I mention to her my favorite cities: Vancouver and Montréal.


Menu

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Drinks choice


Food choice

The usual drink service is performed right away while dinner is being prepared in the galley.

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Inflight map when crossing the Rockies


Nice view of the wing and the engines somewhere over North Canada

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My first drink choice

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North Canada sight

I go for a 'cubalibre' rhum&cola and the bag of nuts is nicely placed on my table which has been previously covered by a linen.

As I am still savoring my drink the FAs have already started the meal service. We are above Lake Athabasca. Having my next seat empty allows me to have both monitors on, I keep track of the flight in my neighbor's while I watch a film in mine.

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Crew serving starters

The Captain informs us of our routing today: NE Canada, over Greenland, north of Iceland, over the Shetlands on the North Sea and entering mainland Europe over the Netherlands to head down to FRA, all at 37,000 feet. Due to strong tailwinds we will have an early arrival, it turns out that we arrive almost an hour early.

Menu:

Starters:
.Seared Tuna with Fennel Salad (+)
.Prosciutto with Artichoke and shaved Parmesan

Salad mix presented with Dressing

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My starter choice


My view while having the starter. Lake Athabasca

Entrees:
.Shrimp Massala with Pullao Rice
.Duck a l'Orange. Duck with Orange Sauce, Roasted Baby Potatoes and fresh Broccoli (+)
.Lemon Sage Gnocchi with Tomato Pesto, Romano Beans and Spinach

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Entree service

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My entree choice. Nice canard à l'orange

Dessert:
.Brie, Cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheese
.Blueberry Cheesecake (+)
.Fruit Salad (+)

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My dessert choice. Give me two

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Coffee and Bailey's at 37,000 feet

The food is excellent although some of the Broccoli sprouts are slightly overcooked and they have started to disintegrate in the oven when heated. The quantities are a little scarce for my hunger but anyway I am pretty stuffed after two desserts.

Wines selection:

Champagne:
Jacquart Brut Mosaique, France

White Wines :
.2006 Rheingau Riesling Qualitätswein trocken, Schloss Reinhartshausen, Germany
.2007 Chardonnay Vineyard Selection, Kleine Zalze, South Africa

Red Wines:
.2003 Château Castéra, Crus Bourgeois Supérieur, Médoc, France +
.2005 Vegalfaro Tinto Crianza, Utiel-Requena, Spain

I take no risks here and go for the same excellent French red wine I had on my way here. I think I had the best choice.


Toilet with a view, plus flower


Yours truly during the night, as usual

The flight is totally uneventful. Not a single shake during it.

The Sun sets over North Canada and the Moon comes up on my side, big and round a really nice sight.

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Short night to enjoy such a beautiful moon sight

Few hours later the sun starts to show again. As we fly over the North Sea an amazing sight comes into view. One of the islands, later I discover it is the Mainland, totally covered by snow and you can only notice the roads and what seems to be a small airport.


First sight of the day


Beautiful Orkney Island

Breakfast service is now ready; lights are turned on and we are served. Toilets get busy at this time of the day. Being a poor sleeper, I am ready with this business and hungry again. BTW, during the short night not many crew members have been walking around I have neither notice if there has been a bar service at the galley.

Breakfast:
Fresh Fruit

.Baltic Salami, Capicola, Brie and Cheddar Cheese
.Huevos Rancheros with sautéed Mushrooms and Asparagus Tips (+)

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Crew performing the breakfast service

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My breakfast

The first sight of Europe is the beautiful city of Amsterdam, unluckily some clouds prevent from seeing Schipol at its best.


The Netherlands coastline

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You may be able to see Schipol at the top

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Nice view of Amsterdam

Once over Germany many clouds cover our approach to FRA.

The plane is prepared for landing with a straight approach from the East to the runaway. On our finals the clouds disappear and the sun shines on the airport.


Somewhere over Germany


Really clouds were low today

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First sight of Frankfurt


A stadium near the airport

It is a soft landing. Full reverse and we turn right at the end of the runaway, we are directed to stand on the tarmac, which means a bus arrival to the airport. Good! I will be able to take some more pictures.

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The all fans flight from LX. I flew it my last time to GVA on December

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Take a rest. Thanks for the flight

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'Is anyone in there?'

We are driven to the lower level of Terminal B and after climbing some stairs I am able to use my passport automated control. There are no lines but I get to one of the two automated data recognition system. I place my passport on the screen and the first set of gates open, then I open my eyes so the machine can get a good sight of my iris and a second set of gates open to welcome me back into Europe. The area here looks pretty shabby and I get out of the airport to stretch my legs.

I start to feel tired and I get my second coffee of the day.

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Schengen flights area

When I tired of going up and down the airport I get to the Agates area for the Schengen flights. I go through security and after walking quite a bit I get to the lounge. First I check the showers and I am told to write my name on a list and they will call me when a shower is available.

The lounge is not really nice. It is full, but luckily there is an empty table next to the bar which displays a low amount of food and some drinks. I get a banana, an orange juice and wait for my turn for the shower.


My best friend after such a long flight


The other side of the shower room

Once my name is called I go to the shower area where a lady directs me to shower 4. It is very clean, and I spend there the best moments of my trip since I left my comfortable seat on the plane.

Once fresh and with fresh clothes on I go back to the lounge where I get a Spanish newspaper, La Vanguardia, and read for a while until I decide to head to my gate, A38, one of the last ones in this area.

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My plane to BCN

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Gate area at FRA

FRA - BCN
LH4454
Dep. 12.50 // 13.30
Arr. 14.45 // 15.10
A321 D-AIRU
Gate: A38
Seat: 3D

Our plane is already there, a nice looking A321, and it seems it will be a full flight today.

The rear windows face directly on the apron and some nice planes go by, so I spend my last moments on the airport looking at some beauties: a A343Gulf Air with Formula 1 commercial passes by and then takes off in front of us.

Then comes this colorful MH.

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Nice views

Boarding is called on time and as soon as the gates are closed it starts to snow; just some flakes at the beginning but it turns pretty heavy while the security demonstration is performed.

After seating for a while on the apron the Captain comes informs us that we will need to go through deicing which means we will be delayed for a while. The first announcement talks about 10/15 minutes but in the end we are about 40 minutes late.

I am very tired by now and I fall sleep till the engines start roaring. Snow is falling quite heavily but it does not affect our take off. We lift without problems and we are almost immediately into the clouds that takes us about ten minutes to abandon.

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Legroom on LH A321

Lunch is served right away and we are informed of the strong winds we will encounter on our way to BCN, so no toilet visit this time.


Food being served

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My last food on a plane today. Notice real silverware is back

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General view of the cabin at lunch time

On our way to BCN we have a direct approach to the airport. The plane shakes quite heavily and it seems the pilots are eager to throw it onto the runaway. The descent is fast and you can really feel it as the planes shakes from left to right and down onto BCN. We land very fast and full breaks are applied which makes the plane shake, even some of the bins open. That is a hard landing, let me tell you.

We are parked on a gate and as soon as the door opens I go to collect my luggage.

As usual priority tags are of no use and my bag comes out after waiting for five minutes, not bad at all.

It feels nice to be back home after such a long travel.

I hope you have enjoyed the reading.

It is your turn to add comments. Feel free to ask for any details you'd like to know about the trip.

Salut!

Roger
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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:08 pm

another great report, involving some of my favourit citys, BCN, YVR and FRA.

Well I am again disapointed about the food service, well the quantitiy isnt big... the breakfast is nice presented but as cheap as my last breakfast on a LH long-haul flight (CCS-FRA) in eco.


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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:13 pm

Brilliant as usual !!! Loved the pics and the write up. I loved the way AC was for you and I really want to fly them now !! The J class product with PTV was very nice. YVR looks really nice .

Also the pic you took of NZ LH AC was cool. Glad you had a good trip and well done on a really cool report .

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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:03 am

Great report, loved the pictures! I have a trip in LH C on the A346 coming up so it was good to get an idea of the service.
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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:50 am

Wow, great report as always. Although I have never been on an LH flight, they are my favorite airline. The service on them sounds very good but is it worth it for the cost of a ticket on such routes or is it pretty reasonable when you upgrade? And just wondering, are you Canadian of Catalonian or Spanish decent, or are you Catalonian just with relatives who live in Canada?
 
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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Sun Mar 30, 2008 6:57 am

I really enjoyed both of your TRs. Great details, many good pictures - well done. Glad you seemed to like LH and AC.
 
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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:09 am

Hola!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):
Well I am again disappointed about the food service, well the quantity isnt big... the breakfast is nice presented

Thanks for your comments Avianca. The food service was no as good as expected, or at least what I expected. Quantities were not big but it tasted really nice. I have flown LX very often and I was looking forward to having something similar t it. Unfortunately it seems that LX standards are difficult to reach even by its parents airline.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Glad you had a good trip and well done on a really cool report

Thanks again Philip! AC has a very good service. When I have flown them long-haul the service was very good as well. Next time to YYC I'll try them longhaul and see if it has improved. Meanwhile I'd say they are far superior to what I know about American standards.

Quoting Planecrazy2 (Reply 3):
I have a trip in LH C on the A346 coming up

Thanks Planecrazy2! I hope you enjoy your A346 trip.

Quoting AFKLMLHLX (Reply 4):
is it worth it for the cost of a ticket on such routes or is it pretty reasonable when you upgrade?

Thanks AFKLMLHLX! The cost of a trip like that is totally reasonable to me, as far as the seat and room are concerned. I try to fly C class on longhaul. It really pays the difference.

BTW, I only have relatives in Canada, but I have visited it so many times like I feel like applying for citizenship.  Wink

Quoting Gjunnar (Reply 5):
I really enjoyed both of your TRs

Thanks Gjunnar! Glad you liked my TR.

Salut!

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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Sun Mar 30, 2008 7:18 pm

Hola, Roger, Buenas Tardes,

another great read, right on time sunday evening after the whole day in action.

So, once again top-notch service on AC, but LH seems also ok this time.

My wife told me today, that a friend of us, working as a FA for LH was also on the Vancouver flight around the
easter days, but I can´t see her on your pics!.

Thanx for posting and best regards,
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Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:22 pm

Hola Roger,

Great report, a nice follow up to the outbound trip, thanks.

Must say the AC Cheese platter dish makes a nice change to the usual food stuffs served, especially with a few glasses of red wine.

LH looked ok, though I'm not impressed with the presentation of meals, breakfast looked real cheapo type serving.

Nice to get a 346 flight, such quiet birds, love them  Smile

Best Wishes

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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:02 pm

another great trip report. thanks a lot for the nice read... and awesome pictures  Smile
 
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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:22 am

Great report, I really liked all the photos. Nice seeing the YYC and YVR airport lounges.
 
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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:24 am

Very nice report. It's good to see something about YYC and YVR. I'm surprised that you opted to take the C-Train and Bus 57. Oh man, I would never do that. I think the 30 dollars for the cab ride on Deerfoot is well worth it. Also, I find that the flight from YYC to YVR took too long. 1 h and 41 min??? Normally it's about an hour, isn't it?

Anyway, fantastic report. It was well written, nice photos and it's nice to see LH346. Next time I fly to Europe, I will try them out, since I now live in Vancouver. After 6 years in Calgary, I decided to move somewhere warmer, so in Feb 08, I moved here. So far, so good, but the clouds and rain get to you after a while. Too bad you didn't have a clear day to admire the mountains.

Thanks again and hope to have you back in Canada soon,

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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:49 pm

Hola!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
So, once again top-notch service on AC, but LH seems also ok this time.

Danke für deine Antwort Markus!

As said I really liked AC service: They were very nice and offered a great product. I think I'll try to fly them more often when visiting Canada.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8):
Must say the AC Cheese platter dish makes a nice change to the usual food stuffs served,
especially with a few glasses of red wine.

Thanks Mark! You got it right, a few glasses of wine really helped to enjoy the flight and the constant service was very nice. I think they have managed to get what the passengers are looking for.

What I am still surprised about is why they offered some snack on the YYC-YVR but not on my previous fight YVR-YYC where only a bag of nuts was handed to us. My cup was as well topped three times.

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 9):
awesome pictures

Thanks for your comments.

Quoting Bakersdozen (Reply 10):
Nice seeing the YYC and YVR airport lounges.

Yes, they were great. I liked more the one in YYC; it offered a wider variety of food an the area featured a nicer decoration. Both offered, though, great views of the tarmac.

Quoting Vio (Reply 11):
'm surprised that you opted to take the C-Train and Bus 57.

Thanks for your comments Vio!

I had lots of time so I went the European way, public transport which I am very used to.

Quoting Vio (Reply 11):
the flight from YYC to YVR took too long. 1 h and 41 min???

That is exactly what the FO said right before pushback. I guess he was meaning gate to gate, which seems more reasonable.

Quoting Vio (Reply 11):
Anyway, fantastic report. It was well written, nice photos and it's nice to see LH346. Next time I fly to Europe, I will try them out, since I now live in Vancouver.

Thanks. I think Vancouver is a great place to live: I love the city and the nature surrounding it is just spectacular. Enjoy your time there!

Salut!

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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:26 pm

Very nice pictures. Is it cold in Calgary in March?
 
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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:55 pm

Hola!

Quoting Semsem (Reply 13):
Very nice pictures. Is it cold in Calgary in March?

Thanks for your brief comment Semsem!

While I was there I had great weather: sun everyday. Expect lows up to -7ºC and highs up to 11ºC.

Salut!

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Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:25 pm

Awsome second part.

You are a really good photographer!!

Just a question, what is that tower that sticks up over the clouds??



Thank you for sharing

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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:38 pm

Thanks for a couple of nice reports  Smile

The LH 346 is definately on my to do list, I really enjoy the way LH's "new" business class looks Big grin

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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:52 pm

What a real great report, thanks for sharing. Your writing made me feel like I was along for the ride, and your photos helped to close the deal.

Thanks again.
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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:38 pm

Hola Roger!

Another excellent report! the pics are again lovely, kinda cool how you can portray such a long flight in a few pictures Big grin

AC seems to be a nice airline, I would definitely love to fly with them since sometimes they have some cracking deals to MIA. I could try BCN-ZRH-YUL on LX and then AC down to MIA.

Salut

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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:39 pm

Hola Roger!

Another great report and now I want to add YVR to my list of airports I need to visit!  bigthumbsup 

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
public transport in the Americas is not as deployed as in Europe

What? Public transport in North America??? I have never heard of such a thing!  sly 

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
So I go for the itinerary I have known for years and seems the fastest: Light Train to downtown to get onto the Northern West line up to Whitehorn where you catch the Bus #57 to the airport.

Thanks for the tip! I'll have to remember that when I make my trip to YYC sometime soon!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
With such a pleasant beginning I start to think that AC has a very good service, let's see what do they have to offer for the rest of the day.

I definitely would like to try AC now, especially internationally via YVR!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Killing some time at the computer. Notice the web page, sounds familiar?

I have never heaerd of that website! NEVER!  cheeky 

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Safety demonstration is done manually while the purser tells us both in English and French.

Was the video not working? They do have an A319 version that's floating around on YouTube.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
My plane. She is being stuffed for this long flight

Whoa nelly!  eyepopping 

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
the usual tray with Champagne, Orange juice and water. Needless to say I go for the sparkling.

I wounder if they would do mimosas!  drunk 

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Yours truly during the night, as usual

You and taking your pic in the toilet!  cheeky 

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Really clouds were low today

Cool pic!  bigthumbsup 

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
The all fans flight from LX. I flew it my last time to GVA on December

Which airline was behind the LX one?

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
My best friend after such a long flight ... The other side of the shower room

And no towel pic???  duck 

Awesome report! Where to next?

Moltes graces!

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Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:35 pm



Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 19):
Which airline was behind the LX one?

Hola!

The plane next to the LX A320 is the special livery Condor 757-300 D-ABON

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Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:13 pm



Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 20):
The plane next to the LX A320 is the special livery Condor 757-300 D-ABON

Cool! Vale, Gracias!  wave 
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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Tue Apr 01, 2008 6:16 pm

Hola!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 15):
Awsome second part.

You are a really good photographer!!

Just a question, what is that tower that sticks up over the clouds??



Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 16):
Thanks for a couple of nice reports

Thanks for your comments.

I was wondering the same, it's a communications tower I guess. But I have no idea where. Can someone help?

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 17):
Your writing made me feel like I was along for the ride, and your photos helped to close the deal.

I like having the same feeling when reading TR.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 18):
AC seems to be a nice airline, I would definitely love to fly with them since sometimes they have some cracking deals to MIA. I could try BCN-ZRH-YUL on LX and then AC down to MIA.

Thanks for your comments Christian.

AC is definitely a great airline, I have been very surprised to see how much they have improved their service and how well they have done it. Keep it up AC! I'd definitely fly them again and long-hul if possible, eager to try their XM seats.

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 19):
Was the video not working?

Thank for your comments. I think it was not as they did both safety demonstrations manually.

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 19):
Awesome report! Where to next?

Well.... I have a B717 trip to PMI coming ahead.

Salut!

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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:53 am

Awesome report..

I just booked flight in Lufthansa C for this coming September and these two reports get me very very excited for my trip. One question I didn't noticed an amenity kit, does Lufthansa hand these out to its C class passengers?
 
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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:54 am

Hola PHLstudent!

Quoting PHLstudent (Reply 23):
I didn't noticed an amenity kit, does Lufthansa hand these out to its C class passengers?

Thanks for your comments.

As I wrote in my TR, the amenity kit LH offers to C passengers is nothing to write home about. The usual zip bag with all toiletries needed for the flight, plus a pair of socks and a pair of covers to use on the headphones. It is dark blue and does not even bear the LH logo. Pretty poor, IMO.

Enjoy the flight anyway.

Salut!

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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Mon Apr 14, 2008 1:32 pm

ahh must have missed that, thank you
 
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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:27 am

i don't get it the 346 has one level.
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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Sat Jun 21, 2008 2:14 am

A genuine A.net trip report at its best. Congrats for the amazing hop you took on that gorgeous A346!

I have a few questions, if you don't mind. I'll be doing almost an identical route, from YYZ to FRA on an AC 77W and my way back on the LHA346. Unfortunately, I'm going in the back. Did you notice if there is AVOD system in coach on the A346?

How was the A321? I'm flying on it to FCO afterwards.

Thanks in advance and keep up the great work.

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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:04 am

Hola!!

Thanks for your comments. Let's see

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 26):
i don't get it the 346 has one level.

It is true that everybody is sat at the same level but in Y onboard this A346 they have the bathrooms downstairs so they can have more seats.

Quoting 797 (Reply 27):
Did you notice if there is AVOD system in coach on the A346?

I did not go into Y section but I think there is no AVOD... but do not quote me on that.

[quote=797,reply=27]How was the A321? I'm flying on it to FCO afterwards.

I flew it on the route BCN-FRA-BCN and I have to admit that it is, to me, the best series of the A320 family plane. It is a very comfortable aircraft, nice ride, quiet and fast.

¡Feliz vuelo!

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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:45 am

Hola Roger,

Funny that you can completely miss out a report.
Luckily it was high in the list again.
A very enjoyable read, with high details of the quality of both AC and LH.
Great pictures aswell.

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RE: Family Matters: YYC-YVR-FRA-BCN On AC/LH (ii)

Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:16 pm

Hola Joost!

Quoting DALCE (Reply 29):
Funny that you can completely miss out a report.
Luckily it was high in the list again.
A very enjoyable read, with high details of the quality of both AC and LH.
Great pictures aswell.

Thank you for your message!

Yeah! I was missing your comments  Wink

Salut!

Roger
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