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AZ - JFK-FCO-CDG, MAD-FCO-JFK

Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:20 am

AZ – JFK-FCO-CDG, MAD-FCO-JFK – School trip


Hello! During Easter break, about 10 kids (including myself) went on a school trip to France and Spain. The trip was suppose to start in Paris, but we had to connect through Rome, Italy. Most of the group found this to be a hindrance, but I was personally thrilled at the opportunity to try AZ and to go to Italy (even for a few hours).

We departed JFK on 8th April 2009 bound for CDG, via FCO.


Some tail fins. Air China, Austrian Airlines, and our Alitalia 777.

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Terminal:

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Air France:

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Olympic:

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Lufthansa:

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The board:

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Our Alitalia 777:

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Ok..I was happy we were traveling on a 777. I do love the 767, but as Im sure many of you know, Alitalia has personal IFE systems at every seat in the 777 and not on the 767.

I was also happy to get an aisle seat on this flight. I like window seats (views, etc) for shorter to medium length flights…but for any flight over 5 hours, I just would rather have an aisle. So…no great windows pictures for the 1st leg…but just wait for the FCO-CDG flight! Even though I was ½ asleep by that stage, I still got some nice shots out the window. I also video taped the take off from FCO.

Very shortly after take off the meal and drinks service started. Choices for the main course were beef or fish… At least 90% of the people who HAD a choice took the beef, as did I. They ran out of beef hardly ½ way through economy.

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The beef was ok. Parts of it was very fatty. It came with a side of some lasagna. Eww! It was disgusting to be honest. The side dish was fish. Great! lol Above that was some fruit…not very fresh, but ok. Honestly, Alitalia either needs to get more beef meals or phase out the fish choice! I just would not trust fish from an airline…and a lot of people seemed to agree. ESPECIALLY when the F/As did not even know what type of fish it was….

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Picture093-1.jpg

The flight was uneventful..I did not sleep one wink though. 75% of the plane were kids from all different tours…so everyone was up and walking the aisles.


Coming into Rome:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Picture101-1.jpg

Overall..the flight was good. The food was not, but the F/As were very nice and had pretzels and drinks available for self serve throughout the flight. The seats looked nice, but were cheap and the IFE system was very confusing and about 20 (by my count) of them did not work at all.

I was VERY disappointed not to get my passport stamped in FCO..


FCO terminal:

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Not our plane:

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Our plane to CDG was an A321. Old seats…nice crew.

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KLM, Iberia

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AZ:

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AirOne:

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EasyJet:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Picture115-1.jpg

Here is a link to our take off from FCO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6i7htGFZ-Y



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Leaving Italy behind!

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OK…now I was so not expecting this!!! I was simply thrilled and very impressed when Alitalia served a FREE snack and a drink on a 1hr ½ flight.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Picture119-1.jpg

This did make me happy…but is this perhaps why AZ is struggling to compete with the likes of FR? I know its only a small thing…but still.

They also had TVs on!!

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I was very impressed with AZ on this flight.

OK…beautiful views coming up! I am assuming these are the Alps?

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B E A UTIFUL

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As we approached Paris, it clouded over.

Video of the landing into CDG:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aX9iMMnJ4Q



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Air Canada and Air France:

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AF:

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What a beauty:

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Another beauty:

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…and another:

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Ok..we spend 4 days in Paris. It was a lot of fun! I highly enjoyed Paris. Here are some pictures from Paris:

A nice café in the suburbs, near our hotel:

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The Lourve:

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Paris Metro:

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Notre Dame: (Very beautiful)

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This is Rue Du Chat Qui Peche. The smallest actual legal street in Europe.

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Something old and nice looking:

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River Seine:

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Eiffel Tower:

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Views from the Eiffel Tower:

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Versailles Palace, near Paris, France:

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Hall of Mirrors:

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The actual Moulin Rouge in Mountmarte, Paris, France:

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Arc de Triomphe:

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After our few days in Paris, we got an overnight train to Toulouse, France.

Train station in Paris:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Picture390.jpg


Famous pink buildings in Toulouse:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Picture395.jpg


Countryside in the South of France:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Picture391.jpg

Motorway:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Picture393.jpg


Next, we went to Carcassonne, France. Carcassonne is a beautiful fortified city. The old part of the city is literally build inside a medieval castle! It was an amazing place.

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The city inside the city walls:

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Vineyards:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Picture416.jpg


This is either an airport or a storage place. Its in France, very near the border with Spain. Anyone recognize it?

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Picture422.jpg

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Nearing the Spanish border:

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The border: (French side)

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(Spanish side)

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Picture437.jpg


Ahola Espana!

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Barcelona:

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Marina and beach in Barca:

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We only had one full day in Barca.

Off to Zaragoza:


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Spanish desert:

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Zaragoza, Spain:

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Onwards to Madrid:

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A good few of these around:

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Madrid:

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Where Real Madrid play:

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The symbol of Madrid:

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US Embassy:

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Madrid was a really beautiful city.


Now…finally back to aviation! After a LONG and tiring trip it was time to head home. We had to get up at 3am to get to the airport for our 6am flight to Rome. So…with only 3 hours of sleep behind me, it was time for over 12 hours of traveling.


Alitalia check-in in Madrid:

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KLM:

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Air France:

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Others:

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AirEuropa:

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Spanair:

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AF at MAD:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Picture686.jpg


KLM:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Picture687.jpg


Our Alitalia flight to Rome was an old and tired looking A319.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Picture693.jpg

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As I only had 3 hours of sleep the night before, I dozed in and out for most of the flight to Rome.

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Alitalia bus to the terminal:

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Wind Jet:

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Singapore:

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FCO:

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AA, AZ, SQ

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DL:

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US Airways:

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ELAL:

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United:

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Cathy Pacific:

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/Picture712.jpg


Now onto our 767 for our flight to New York. Yes…767 means no personal IFEs. (not that big a deal…tbh)

I was pleased with the leg room on the 767. It felt like we had more than we had on the 777..but this may just be my imagination. It was a full flight.


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Smooth take off. The lunch service started after the F/As handed out landing and immigration cards. This did take a while, but they had nothing to rush for. Thanks to the high headwinds our flight time was over 9 hours long.

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The meal choice was Beef or Lasagna. I got the lasagna and I actually liked it a lot.

That’s all the photos I have…comments would be greatly appreciated. I had a fun trip…and it was fun posting all this.

Thanks,

Tommy (aka JFKMAN)
NYC
 
B747forever
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RE: AZ - JFK-FCO-CDG, MAD-FCO-JFK

Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:31 am

Nice TR

Your pics are good.

Nice that you flew on 4 different aircrafts. The 777, A321, A319 and 767!

Seems you had a great trip.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever
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xjramper
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RE: AZ - JFK-FCO-CDG, MAD-FCO-JFK

Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:34 am

When were you in BCN?

I was there last week.

Great pictures and good read

xjr
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fly2yyz
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RE: AZ - JFK-FCO-CDG, MAD-FCO-JFK

Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:56 am

Wow looks like an EF Educational Tour! Hope you had lots of fun despite the kids running up and down the aisles of the plane on the way there! lol...

Great report!
 
phileet92
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RE: AZ - JFK-FCO-CDG, MAD-FCO-JFK

Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:01 am

Sweet trip report man. Glad you had fun. Ive always wanted to go on one of those EF tours with my school but have always decided against it. Maybe ill do one next year. Is the supervision really strict? =)

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fly2yyz
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RE: AZ - JFK-FCO-CDG, MAD-FCO-JFK

Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:11 am



Quoting Phileet92 (Reply 4):
Sweet trip report man. Glad you had fun. Ive always wanted to go on one of those EF tours with my school but have always decided against it. Maybe ill do one next year. Is the supervision really strict? =)

I used to work for them on the Canadian side booking the airline space. The tours seemed very comprehensive and I think supervision was more based on how the school board or the supervisors/chaperones, or how the tour director was. So it all depended on which teacher really organized things. They are a great experience for youngins! :P
 
triple7man
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RE: AZ - JFK-FCO-CDG, MAD-FCO-JFK

Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:36 am

Your pics in Barcelona and Paris brought back memories of my time there. I flew AZ 321 LIN-FCO a few years ago. I liked their interior with the green seats.
Have you kissed a 777 today?
 
semsem
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RE: AZ - JFK-FCO-CDG, MAD-FCO-JFK

Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:20 am

What do AZ serve for breakfast? I guess just a small danish?
 
djb77
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RE: AZ - JFK-FCO-CDG, MAD-FCO-JFK

Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:32 am

Hi JFKMAN,
The airport/storage facility you photographed is actually the airport at Perpignan, just short of the border to Spain. We've passed it many a time in the car on the way to the coast in Spain and I've always been amazed at the variety of planes sitting around, often in varying states of repair.
Best
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LHR777
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RE: AZ - JFK-FCO-CDG, MAD-FCO-JFK

Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:55 am

Nice report, well done. Looks like you had a fun time.

I could think of quicker ways to get to Paris from JFK though!

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
OK…now I was so not expecting this!!! I was simply thrilled and very impressed when Alitalia served a FREE snack and a drink on a 1hr ½ flight.

Don't be surprised by this - it's the norm in Europe, for non-low cost airlines. Even a small snack and a drink is pretty standard, and a lot of Euro-carriers have free bar service in Y too.
 
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RE: AZ - JFK-FCO-CDG, MAD-FCO-JFK

Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:53 pm

Nice report & pictures,t hanks for sharing Tommy.

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
The beef was ok. Parts of it was very fatty. It came with a side of some lasagna. Eww! It was disgusting to be honest. The side dish was fish. Great! lol Above that was some fruit…not very fresh, but ok. Honestly, Alitalia either needs to get more beef meals or phase out the fish choice! I just would not trust fish from an airline…and a lot of people seemed to agree. ESPECIALLY when the F/As did not even know what type of fish it was….

- Wow, that is one cruddy looking meal, I like the way the FA's have no idea what the fish is, they really have no interest do they!

Cheers

Mark
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buck3y3nut
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RE: AZ - JFK-FCO-CDG, MAD-FCO-JFK

Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:12 pm

Great trip report. Reminded me of my trip to Spain & Southern France (I'm still working on my trip report). In fact I actually drove past that aircraft storage place that you took a picture of. My friends could care less, but I was amazed at sighting a Virgin Nigeria aircraft sitting there. I also drove through the Spain/France border and have very similar pictures  Smile

Also, where have you taken that picture of the view of the city with Sagrada in the middle? was it from Gaudi Park? Or did you make it up to Tibidabo?

Thanks for writing this report & sharing it with us...
 
JFKMan
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RE: AZ - JFK-FCO-CDG, MAD-FCO-JFK

Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:47 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 1):
Nice that you flew on 4 different aircrafts. The 777, A321, A319 and 767!

Ya I know that was really good. Thanks for the comment!  Smile

Quoting XJRamper (Reply 2):
When were you in BCN?

13th April to 15th April.

and thanks for the comments  Smile

Quoting Fly2YYZ (Reply 3):
Wow looks like an EF Educational Tour! Hope you had lots of fun despite the kids running up and down the aisles of the plane on the way there! lol...

It was a fun flight... and EF is good. Thanks!

Quoting Phileet92 (Reply 4):
Sweet trip report man.

Thanks!

Quoting Triple7man (Reply 6):
Your pics in Barcelona and Paris brought back memories of my time there. I flew AZ 321 LIN-FCO a few years ago. I liked their interior with the green seats.

I loved both Barcelona and Paris. I did not really like the AZ green seats..

Quoting Semsem (Reply 7):
What do AZ serve for breakfast? I guess just a small danish?

Yes...small danish upon landing into FCO and ham on a scone when we landed into JFK. Sorry for no pictures of these.

Quoting Djb77 (Reply 8):
Hi JFKMAN,
The airport/storage facility you photographed is actually the airport at Perpignan, just short of the border to Spain. We've passed it many a time in the car on the way to the coast in Spain and I've always been amazed at the variety of planes sitting around, often in varying states of repair.
Best
djb77

Ok. Thanks so much for informing me Djb77.  Smile Appreciated.

Quoting LHR777 (Reply 9):
I could think of quicker ways to get to Paris from JFK though!

lol, I bet!  Smile Thanks for the comments.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 10):
- Wow, that is one cruddy looking meal, I like the way the FA's have no idea what the fish is, they really have no interest do they!

lol I guess not. Thanks Mark.  Smile

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 11):
Also, where have you taken that picture of the view of the city with Sagrada in the middle? was it from Gaudi Park? Or did you make it up to Tibidabo?

We visited both Gaudi and Tibidabo. (IS Tibidabo the one near the Olympic stadium?) That picture was not at Gaudi.
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Quoting JFKMAN (Reply 12):
(IS Tibidabo the one near the Olympic stadium?)

That's Montjuïc. Actually, the Olympic Stadium at the top of the mountain.

Excellent report.

I loved seeing those pics of Zaragoza. I was born there and I had never seen it on a trip report before.
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Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 13):
That's Montjuïc. Actually, the Olympic Stadium at the top of the mountain.

Ok...then that picture was taken from Montjuic. Thanks

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 13):
Excellent report.

I loved seeing those pics of Zaragoza. I was born there and I had never seen it on a trip report before.

Thanks so much for our kind comments! BTW, Zaragoza was amazing and Id go back anyday.
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Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:52 pm

Tommy,

Brilliant TR! Now on to my many selections and comments for them:

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
Austrian Airlines

Is that an OS 777 tail I see?

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
Air France

Tommy ... seriously ... this took my mind back to 17 May 2006 where I was waiting at this EXACT gate for my AF 023 flight to CDG !!!

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
Our Alitalia 777

And no joke... an AZ 777 was right next door to my F-GSPM!  Wink

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
It came with a side of some lasagna

Well, they had to throw something in to make it look "Italian!"

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
I just would not trust fish from an airline

Just like in the movie "Airplane!"

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
I was VERY disappointed not to get my passport stamped in FCO

I must admit, when I took my HS Eurotrip, I was in AMS, MAD, BCN, NCE, Monaco, and FCO, and not once did they stamp my passport. Only for AMS! (Which I am grateful to have that one, at least.)

Once again, brilliant TR and videos. (I also commented on them as well.) I also love the shot you have of the AF Concorde and the US Airways A330 at FCO. Please post further TRs and I will try and do the same.

Cheers,
Jeremy
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Quoting Carlisle (Reply 15):
Brilliant TR! Now on to my many selections and comments for them:

Thanks...your too kind.

Quoting Carlisle (Reply 15):
Is that an OS 777 tail I see?

Yes indeed! OS has such a beautiful paintjob...and the beautiful 777 makes it all work.

Quoting Carlisle (Reply 15):
Tommy ... seriously ... this took my mind back to 17 May 2006 where I was waiting at this EXACT gate for my AF 023 flight to CDG !!!

Thats cool indeed  Smile Im happy I brought you a nice flashback.

Quoting Carlisle (Reply 15):
Well, they had to throw something in to make it look "Italian!"

Yes! Gotta keep with tradition. Although, Im sure most Italians were insulted by the low quality of that lasanga.

Quoting Carlisle (Reply 15):
Once again, brilliant TR and videos. (I also commented on them as well.) I also love the shot you have of the AF Concorde and the US Airways A330 at FCO. Please post further TRs and I will try and do the same.

Cheers,
Jeremy

Thanks Jeremy. Your honestly too kind! I look forward to your next TR...(and I might have another very soon)
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Fri May 01, 2009 9:11 am



Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
This is either an airport or a storage place. Its in France, very near the border with Spain. Anyone recognize it?

You were on the Highway "La Catalane" and you passed PGF, Perpignan-Rivesaltes Airport.
What you saw are the facilities of E.A.S Industry (Maintenance company).

This is where you were (click on pics below) :

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3595/3490252277_b330527537_o.jpg
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Fri May 01, 2009 11:53 am

Ahhh...great TR!
I also went to Paris during Easter on a school trip but have yet to finish the TR. I was half expecting to see myself or a member of my group at the Louvre or Versailles, LOL. Well done with the plane-spotting!
 
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Fri May 01, 2009 2:30 pm

Great TR! I love how you stopped in Italy to get to Paris  Smile

-A
What now?
 
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Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
Next, we went to Carcassonne, France. Carcassonne is a beautiful fortified city. The old part of the city is literally build inside a medieval castle! It was an amazing place.

There is a very successful game named and based after Carcassonne, named none other than Carcassonne.


I enjoyed seeing the NW logos in Madrid, too bad they never started planned service.
 
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Quoting FlySSC (Reply 17):
You were on the Highway "La Catalane" and you passed PGF, Perpignan-Rivesaltes Airport.
What you saw are the facilities of E.A.S Industry (Maintenance company).

Oh wow. Thank You very much!  Smile

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 18):
Ahhh...great TR!
I also went to Paris during Easter on a school trip but have yet to finish the TR. I was half expecting to see myself or a member of my group at the Louvre or Versailles, LOL. Well done with the plane-spotting

Ah thats cool indeed. What days were you about? Did ya enjoy it?
And thanks for the comments.

Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 19):
Great TR! I love how you stopped in Italy to get to Paris

Cheers  Smile

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 20):
enjoyed seeing the NW logos in Madrid, too bad they never started planned service.

Wherever you see KLM you see NW. Nice ploy that was by NW. (and likewise by KLM)
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Sun May 03, 2009 7:43 am

Just for your info, that "something old and nice looking" in Paris is the "assemblée nationale" building, the lower chamber of the french congress  Wink

I really liked your report, it made me a good read while drinking my coffee  Smile

And I must say you were unlucky with the lasagnes. I frequently went to FCO these last years, half of the times with AZ, and generally he food was correct.

Anyway thanks again for a nice report.
from Philippe near Paris
 
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Sun May 03, 2009 9:32 am

Hi, nice trip report! Why didn't you fly directly JFK-CDG, and in return MAD-JFK?

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
I was VERY disappointed not to get my passport stamped in FCO..

I bet they would have stamped you if you asked! I hate when immigration officers refuse to stamp someones passport too !

Cheers, Alex
 
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Quoting PhB95 (Reply 22):
Just for your info, that "something old and nice looking" in Paris is the "assemblée nationale" building, the lower chamber of the french congress

Now that you say it...I remember the tour guide saying that. I knew I took a picture of it for a better reason than it was old! Thanks.  Smile

Quoting PhB95 (Reply 22):
I really liked your report, it made me a good read while drinking my coffee

Oh thank you  Smile

Quoting PhB95 (Reply 22):
And I must say you were unlucky with the lasagnes. I frequently went to FCO these last years, half of the times with AZ, and generally he food was correct.

I did like the second lasanga..on the way home.

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 23):
Hi, nice trip report! Why didn't you fly directly JFK-CDG, and in return MAD-JFK?

EF (the tour company) did the flights. Im told it was because of seats.

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 23):
I bet they would have stamped you if you asked! I hate when immigration officers refuse to stamp someones passport too !

Actually, I did ask. The guy was just so not in the mood and said something along the lines of "no no not now. Later, later". Ya right...


Thanks for reading and commenting.  Smile
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Sun May 03, 2009 4:14 pm

Hi Tommy,
nice to read this report. AZ wouldn't be my first choice to be honest, for longhaul, but you've ' survived' your time on board with them. Quite bad to read that their quite modern A319/321 equipment looks already tired.
Can it be that the legroom on the B767 was better due to the fact that IFE was missing, so also no IFE box under the seat in front of you?!
btw, terminal 4 at JFK is so messy, I was there last week to grab some food. It was quite messy and gave a bad impression on me. Used T8 myself, which was perfect, convenient,. clean and friendly.
Good pics, and thanks for the report. Not too often that we get AZ longhaul here. Thanks.

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Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 25):
Can it be that the legroom on the B767 was better due to the fact that IFE was missing, so also no IFE box under the seat in front of you?!

Yes that would probably make sense...but it also felt like I had more room as my knees were not pressed against the seat infront of me (like they were on the 777.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 25):
terminal 4 at JFK is so messy

It was not out of terminal 4, but terminal 1. I have no real problems with 1 or 4. I use to go out of 4 a lot...and I actually like it.


Thanks for commenting  Smile
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Wed May 06, 2009 11:31 pm



Quoting LHR777 (Reply 9):
Don't be surprised by this - it's the norm in Europe, for non-low cost airlines. Even a small snack and a drink is pretty standard, and a lot of Euro-carriers have free bar service in Y too.

Hi again,

again...you were so right. I saw on another TR that BA gives a free (decent) english breakfast on domestic UK flights. (LHR to GLA)
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Thu May 07, 2009 12:38 am

Tommy,

Loved the trip report. The food looked gross though! Thanks for all the pics. Looks like you had a great trip. Enjoyed all the destination shots too!

Thanks,
Matt
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Quoting DFW13L (Reply 28):
Tommy,

Loved the trip report. The food looked gross though! Thanks for all the pics. Looks like you had a great trip. Enjoyed all the destination shots too!

Thanks,
Matt

Thanks Matt. Your too kind.  Smile
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Fri May 08, 2009 8:57 am

Interesting report with many nice pictures!

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
They ran out of beef hardly ½ way through economy.

Bad to hear...

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
The beef was ok. Parts of it was very fatty. It came with a side of some lasagna. Eww! It was disgusting to be honest. The side dish was fish. Great! lol Above that was some fruit…not very fresh, but ok.

I got a very similar meal on a JFK-FCO flight two years ago, but everything tasted excellent.

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
OK…now I was so not expecting this!!! I was simply thrilled and very impressed when Alitalia served a FREE snack and a drink on a 1hr ½ flight.

An American point of view!  Wink


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Fri May 08, 2009 5:00 pm



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 30):
Interesting report with many nice pictures!

Thank You  Smile

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 30):
Bad to hear...

Indeed...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 30):
I got a very similar meal on a JFK-FCO flight two years ago, but everything tasted excellent.

Everyone has different tastes.  Smile
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