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Azal Azerbaijan J2 124: GVA-GYD: J Cabin / < 727 >

Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:20 am

Feedback always appreciated.



I > Background:


Airliners.Net is a beautiful place and I get to learn all kinds of things and “business theories” all the time. While those of us in the industry receive all kinds of informational emails, sometimes you need hard core fans to truly keep track of obscure stuff. On scanning recent news items, I was amused to hear from this post (https://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/6108758) that Azal had announced an all premium 727 service on GVA-GYD operated by Silkway Airlines (ZP). Of course, I had to fly it ☺. A friend of mine would join me as he was bound to go to Delhi for work that Monday and was in EDI. We would both fly to GYD, and he would continue on, while I stayed back for a few days before heading to Australia.

This would be the first report on Azal’s new all premium 727 service and since it is the first flight between the two cities, naturally, the first for the routing.

II > Pre-Flight:
a) Before Airport:


Azerbaijan Airlines is the flag carrier of Azerbaijan, and operates out of Baku’s International Airport (GYD). It has an extremely “diverse” fleet of 25 aircraft including the 319, 320, 340, 752, 763, E70, and E90 … besides aircraft from Silkways, which include the 727. Using these aircraft, AZAL flies to several destinations in Central Asia, China, Western Asia, and Europe. The upcoming 788’s are meant to link GYD with U.S. cities including potentials such as JFK, ORD, IAD, and IAH.

Interestingly, as perhaps because the flight is operated in conjunction with Silkways Travels, booking was not available on the AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines website … despite having banners that promoted the servce on both their site at www.azal.az, on the Baku airport website, AND on the Genevé airport website. In the end, I booked at my usual favourite website for obscuring airlines – the Indian site www.cleartrip.com. E-Tickets were immediately delivered to my inbox … though “shockingly”, I could not make seat selections. Of course, I tried to book seats by calling them in Azerbaijan (no English) and even emailing their GSA in New York and London … again, no success. AZAL has quite a long way to go before it can be “global” of any sort and reminded me of my past AZAL experience of being very very “Soviet”.



b) At Airport:


I arrived at GVA around 0930am after a great night out with my Swiss friend who now works for easyJet, and who gave me a great briefing on U2’s plans for Switzerland. I couldn’t help feel sorry for LX and their “old” practices. While the rest of Switzerland keeps voting bizarre, regressive, and even xenophobic legislations, I have always found GVA to be an “oasis” of internationalism, and usually enjoy my visit to the city. Anyways, at the airport, I looked up J2 on the FIDS and realized that SwissPort handled them and there was a common check-in counter for all SwissPort flights. There was a separate JCL counter and since there was no queue, I walked up to the man.

He was a little surprised and asked whether I was sure there was such an airline. Haha. I assured him of the same and told him that was the reason I came here. He couldn’t believe it … as he had never heard of the same … after I left, he was clearly excited explaining the whole thing to his colleagues who shook their head at this absurd airline and route. Anyways, check-in was fun and he informed me that there was a whole 3 people on the entire aircraft! Now, with 50 JCL and 7 FCL seats, I knew I was going to have a premium experience … but this was just absurd! My sense of excitement grew as he joked which part of the aircraft I wanted. Haha. Further chat about my passport later, I wished him a smooth luck checking in the other 2.

After a quick security, I made myself to the common SwissPort lounge, which of course, did not have AZAL signage. I talked to a very kind woman with the introduction that I was JCL and flying a carrier they handled. This woman had heard of AZAL and even showed me the internal email. The lounge itself was basic – but I actually preferred it over the LX Senator Lounge (or, the Business Lounge) as it was less crowded and filled with less annoying people. Had a nice croissant and tea to get me going towards the flight.

40 minutes prior to departure, I made my way to the boarding lounge via Schengen controls. Geneva is mostly void of non-Schengen departure flights it seems as the extended C gates just had departures for LTN, MSQ, and our flight to GYD. There was definitely a sense of excitement as the gate agent announced our flight, and we were bused to the aircraft. The golden 727 stood out amidst the humdrum collection of 320’s and I even caught the ground crew taking pictures of the plane with their cameras. Of course, they understood our desire to take pictures, etc. On board, a charming staff member welcomed us and asked us to choose any seat of our liking. Of course, I’d change seats several times during the flight. Boarding was quick, and I ended up talking to the Flight engineer about the history of this 727 – it had started life at Northwest Airlines, and had just come to Silkway via the President’s fleet. It was really nice to have a crewmember who knew the history of his plane, and was proud of it.

With a load of less than 10%, the 727 roared off the runway with the 3 beautiful engines making pure magical noise …

Airport - External:
(GVA: Looking old and very 1970’s)


Check-in:



Airport - Internal:


(Pre-Security @GVA)

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(FIDS)


(Post-Security @GVA)

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Scenes of the tarmac:


NONE


Lounge: NONE



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http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/fcb72390-2617-4a09-8bf8-bbd771605616.jpg


Boarding & Gate Area:


http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/0fd40711-2818-463a-8a8b-a91f33c56c85.jpg





III> In-Flight:
a) Service Schedule + Impressions:




By the way, the hot towel was probably the nicest one I had received in a long time. Airlines should seriously put effort in this!



(PS: I hope you like the new icon for service schedule, which has been inspired by KLM. Please let me know what your thoughts are on the same).




b) Aircraft + Seats:

I don’t like bling; and, usually gold denotes bling to me in its purest form. This golden 727 was different in many ways. It looked stunning parked at GVA’s tarmac, and the winglets added an extra aura of “coolness”. This was my first (potentially only?) winglet 727 and she was like a flying carpet.

This excitement only got enhanced as I stepped onboard the flight and was led by a crewmember past the VIP section, which is sold through select channels and via their direct channels … but only in Azerbaijan! The VIP section involved 2 couches facing each other separated by a nice little table on each side. It looked like a section from a fancy rail coach … or what travel used to be in the yesteryears.

Past this section, was the regular J class cabin, which was reminiscent of domestic U.S. First Class seats lined up in 2/2 fashion. Given the aircraft had only 50 seats, the entire aircraft felt very premium. It kind of reminded me of a version of ANA’s BBJ that flies between NRT and BOM.

In terms of comfort, the seats were nothing extraordinary. While supremely comfortable in regular position, I found the recline to be very limited. Thankfully, the pitch was great, and I mostly occupied myself just smiling and looking out of the window reflecting on this special occasion.


Aircraft:


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Views from Aircraft:



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General Seat Views + Seat Legroom


(J Class)

(VIP Class)


(Legroom)


(Blanket)


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Seat Recline + Angle View:


(One shortfall … limited recline)



(Angle view)



Cabin:








(Bathroom)

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c) Meal + Beverage:


Lunch service began with a welcome drink, and I had a nice glass of Möet. This was accompanied by an assortment of fresh nuts. As I wanted to experience the VIP section, the crew had no problem in taking me to the VIP section to lounge and enjoy my champagne. After the champagne, I was brought the main tray, which included an assortment of cheese, fruit salad, and cold cuts. Except the paltry salad, the meal was excellent and I readied up for the main course. There was a selection of 4 (!) offerings and I decided to go with the traditional Vine Leaves Dolma, which was basically minced lamb wrapped up in vine leaves and offered with yoghurt. It was excellent and I ended up finishing the whole dish. And yes, I felt like a pig! Generous offering of bread was available, and post meal tea/café service included mint baklava dessert and a mint tart. Finally, fresh fruits were offered to end a truly memorable meal service.

Throughout the flight, there was drinks available and I ended up drinking a few glasses of Bailey’s.

Finally, 40 minutes prior to landing, there was a tea/café service accompanied by yummy samosas. All in all, it was an excellent product and truly something that I recommend people to do.

(El Menu)

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(@ Gate)


(Chilling in the VIP Lounge)


(Lunch)

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(Post Lunch Thirst)


(Arrival Snack)



d) Inflight Entertainment:


IFE on these flights included 2 options – on the overhead monitors, there was some bizarre movie being played which I did not quite understand. It was an Azeri movie shot during the super Soviet times I think. You were also offered an individual video unit with a cheap version of a noise canceling headset. There was a limited amount of movies on display and I ended up watching “THE TOURIST”.

Besides the audio/visual, we were offered several glossy magazines in Azeri, and their inflight magazine which was actually pretty impressive and contained many articles on the transformation that is happening due to oil in the country.

(Magazines + Newspapers)
NONE


(IFE)

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(“In-flight magazines”, Boarding Passes, etc.)



e) Crew:


While the crew did not have the sophisticated charm of Singapore Airlines, or the precision “anticipation of needs” concept of ANA, they were absolutely fantastic offering service from the heart. They were genuinely excited for us to be onboard and went to do simple things like tell us about Azerbaijan, tell us of their experience working with Azal, and just being generous with their service. I did not feel like a passenger … more, I felt like being taken care at home. None of my request seemed too much, and in the end, I really ended up liking their unrefined qualities. Excellent work for sure.



IV > Post-Flight:


We landed in the new GYD Terminal 2 which has to be one of the nicest new airports in the world. Arrival was on time, and we were whisked by a VIP escort, that took us through immigration and onto baggage claim. Classy act indeed.

(Arrivals Pics)
(Pics like this inspire me to know what’s it; who works there; and the story …)

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(Over Caspian Sea)

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(The shiny new terminal – wonder why this hasn’t be reviewed. It is nice.)



IV > Impressions + Scores:


Silkways operated 727 for AZAL was truly an incredible experience. With loads like this, I wonder how long the flight will sustain … but for now, it is a time-travel into how travel used to be. The all premium 727 added a layer of class that is very rare in today’s world. AZAL did many things right. From having a decent lounge in GVA, to a strong welcome. On board, good seats, amazing food and drinks, a decent IFE, and finally great crew. Of course, nothing can beat all of this within the context of your own private jet … and that too, a 727!

I give this route a two thumbs up, and strongly would go out of my way to fly AZAL and their 727 … do you blame me?! Do this route now, as I don’t think it will be staying for long.

So how did J2 stack up with the rest of the competition?


VI> Other Trip Reports:
PREMIUM:

9.27: JET AIRWAYS **FIRST** (110): LHR-BOM: 10/2010
9.27: THAI AIRWAYS **FIRST** (108): BKK-LHR: 07/2010
9.07: Singapore Airlines (146): SIN-CDG: 02/2013
9.00: All Nippon: ANA (133): NRT-FUK-BOM: 12/2011
8.66: Brussels Airlines (93): FIH-BRU: 01/2010
8.64: Turkish Airlines (59): JFK-IST: 11/2008
8.63: Jet Airways (88): JFK-BRU: 10/2009
8.61: Air Canada (49): YYZ-SCL: 06/2008
8.60: SWISS **FIRST** (142): ZRH-YUL: 07/2012
8.54: Turkish Airlines (77): GRU-DKR-IST: 04/2009
8.36: Kingfisher (98): BOM-HKG: 01/2010
8.30: Jet Airways (74): KWI-BOM: 04/2009
8.23: United Airlines (72): SFO-SYD: 03/2009
8.11: Aeroflot (33): MOW-DEL: 09/2007
8.05: Air India (80): CCU-JFK: 06/2009
8.04: Korean Air (40): NRT-ICN: 10/2007
8.02: Delta Airlines (24): JFK-CDG: 08/2007
7.91: KOREAN AIR **FIRST** (143): ICN-YVR: 02/2013
7.83: AZAL Azerbaijan (152): GVA-GYD: 07/2014
7.86: Thai Airways (145): FRA-BKK: 02/2013
7.82: UNITED AIRLINES **FIRST** (110): SFO-ICN: 10/2010
7.82: Singapore Airlines (06): EWR-SIN: 09/2006
7.66: Sri Lankan (104): DEL-CMB: 07/2010
7.64: Royal Jordanian (91): AMM-YUL: 12/2009
7.61: China Southern (103): LOS-DXB: 04/2010
7.57: Pakistan Airlines (102): ORD-BCN: 06/2010
7.55: Air Canada (132): YEG-LHR: 06/2011
7.52: LUFTHANSA **FIRST** (141): BLR-FRA: 05/2012
7.46: LAN (55): YYZ-JFK: 09/2008
7.38: AMERICAN AIRLINES **FIRST** (112): LHR-JFK: 10/2010
7.38: CATHAY PACIFIC **FIRST** (109): HKG-LHR: 10/2010
7.36: Turkish Airlines (134): IST-LAX: 10/2011
7.25: Iran Air (88): BOM-IKA: 12/2009
7.23: Air Pacific (120): NAN-APW-HNL: 01/2011
7.23: Virgin Atlantic (81): BOS-LHR: 07/2009
7.14: Swiss (52): SCL-GRU: 06/2008
7.11: Aer Lingus (105): MAD-IAD: 05/2010
7.11: Austrian (79): VIE-JFK: 06/2009
7.07: Privatair (84): BOM-FRA: 08/2009
7.02: Qatar (68): DOH-JFK: 01/2009
6.96: Etihad (61): JFK-AUH: 12/2008
6.93: South African (140): JNB-PER: 02/2012
6.93: Lufthansa (139): ASM-JED-FRA: 02/2012
6.93: Delta Airlines (18): SEA-JFK: 11/2006
6.90: Air France (147): CDG-JFK: 02/2013
6.88: Egypt Air (123): LHR-CAI: 03/2011
6.84: ConViasa (65): CCS-DAM: 01/2009
6.82: Air Burkina (106): BKO-OUA: 06/2010
6.81: Air Canada (17): ICN-YYZ: 10/2006
6.75: Afriqiyah + Libyan (113): CAI-TIP: 11/2010
6.70: KLM (32): EBB-AMS: 08/2007
6.52: Emirates (99): LHR-DXB: 02/2010
6.39: South African (97): EZE-JNB: 01/2010
6.36: Privatair (60): MUC-BOS: 12/2008
6.29: TAM Brasil (96): POA-EZE: 02/2010
6.25: Korean Air (45): NAN-ICN: 10/2007
6.21: Iberia (87): BOS-MAD: 10/2009
6.11: A SKY (107): OUA-COO: 06/2010
6.11: TAP Portugal (53): GRU-OPO: 06/2008
6.00: Gulf Air (75): BOM-BAH: 04/2009
5.88: African Express (89): DXB-NBO: 11/2009
5.75: Singapore Airlines (16): CCU-SIN: 10/2006
5.64: SATA Azores (101): BOS-PDL: 04/2010
5.64: NorthWest (46): ICN-NRT-SEA: 10/2007
5.54: Ethiopian Airlines (95): ADD-BOM: 01/2010
5.46: Icelandair (83): KEF-BOS: 08/2009
5.39: LOT (54): WAW-JFK: 06/2008
5.21: Egypt Air (73): CAI-IST: 02/2009
5.11: Tunisair (115): TUN-ORY: 12/2010
5.07: TACA (66): JFK-SAP: 01/2009
4.89: TAAG Angola (117): TMS-LAD: 12/2010
4.42: Air France: CDG-JNB (25): 08/2007

ECONOMY: Long + Medium:

9.26: Air India (48): JFK-DEL: 02/2008
9.04: First Air (129): YEG-YFB: 06/2011
8.74: Japan Air Lines (130): NRT-BOS: 04/2012 – INAUGURAL
7.99: WestJet (131): YYZ-YYC: 06/2011
7.85: Air Austral (149): MAA-BKK: 03/2013
7.38: Avianca (01): BOG-LIM: 07/2006
7.07: Sri Lankan (62): KWI-CMB: 12/2008
7.00: LAN (94): IPC-SCL: 01/2010
6.85: Royal Air Force (150): BZZ-ASI-MPN: 06/2013
6.81: STP Airways/Euro Atlantic (116): LIS-TMS: 12/2010
6.74: Air Asia (136): VTE-KUL: 12/2011
6.67: Air Malta (124): MLA-FRA: 04/2011
6.63: Vladavia (126): KHV-PEK: 06/2011
6.41: Air North (127): YEV-YEG: 06/2011
6.41: Avianca (78): JFK-BOG: 05/2009
6.41: American Airlines (58): LHR-BOS: 11/2008
6.39: Condor (85): SEZ-FRA: 09/2009
6.26: Jet Blue (21): CUN-JFK: 02/2007
6.11: Caribbean Airlines (119): POS-FLL: 01/2011
6.06: Air Canada (04): YYZ-YVR: 09/2006
5.89: USA 3000 (19): PUJ-BDL: 01/2007
5.85: Spanair (69): MAD-LPA: 02/2009
5.80: Canadian North (128): YEV-YVQ-YZF-YEG: 06/2011
5.79: Air New Zealand (42): RAR-NAN: 10/2007
5.52: Aerolineas (86): USH-AEP: 10/2009
5.35: MIAT Mongolia (151): ULN-ICN: 06/2013
5.46: TAP Air Portugal (23): OSL-LIS: 05/2007
5.19: Air Europa (70): LPA-MAD: 02/2009
5.16: Iberia (71): MAD-BOS: 02/2009
5.11: Air China (82): FRA-PEK: 08/2009
4.89: Jet Airways (148): CCU-MAA: 03/2013
4.59: IR Aero (125): IKT-VVO: 06/2011

ECONOMY: Short

8.56: Paramount Airways (38): BLR-MAA: 09/2007
8.56: Kingfisher (64): HYD-CCU: 12/2008
8.24: Kingfisher (14): IXA-GAU: 10/2006
7.87: Indian (34): BOM-MAA: 09/2007
7.72: Alliance Air (13): CCU-IXA: 10/2006
7.57: Indian Airlines (10): DEL-CCU: 09/2006
7.23: West Jet (03): YYC-YVR: 09/2006
7.15: JetLite (37): BOM-GOI: 09/2007
6.98: Air Koryo (100): PEK-FNJ: 04/2010
6.96: Maldivian (137): MLE-TRV: 12/2011
6.96: Lao Airlines (135): VTE-KUL: 12/2011
6.70: Spice Jet (09): CCU-DEL: 09/2006
6.63: Air Fiji (44): NAN-SUV: 10/2007
6.63: Jazeera (67): DAM-KWI: 01/2009
6.58: Air Tran (02): EWR-MDW: 08/2006
6.54: Buffalo (138): YZF-YXY: 10/2007
6.48: Air India Express (63): CMB-MAA: 12/2008
6.44: CO Micronesia (39): ROR-YAP: 10/2007
6.41: Pacific Sun (43): NAN-SUV: 10/2007
6.37: Skybus (47): SWF-CMH: 02/2008
6.33: Kenya Airways (29): NBO-BJM: 08/2007
6.33: Sky Europe (56): LTN-BTS: 10/2008
6.31: Indigo (15): GAU-CCU: 10/2006
6.31: easyJet (57): BUD-LTN: 11/2008
6.22: Air Link Swazi (28): MTS-JNB: 08/2007
6.22: Air India (36): HYD-BOM: 09/2007
6.13: Adam Air (07): SIN-CGK: 09/2006
6.13: Air Rarotonga (41): RAR-AIT: 10/2007
6.04: Suriname Airways (118): PBM-POS: 01/2011
6.00: Transairways (27): INH-MPM: 08/2007
5.98: Merpati (144): DPS-DIL: 09/2012
5.95: Air Canada (05): ALB-YYZ: 09/2006
5.85: SAS Norge (22): OSL-AES: 05/2007
5.81: LAM Mozambique (26): JNB-MPM: 08/2007
5.69: Air Deccan (12): IXZ-CCU: 10/2006
5.67: Rwanda Air Exp (30): KGL-NBO: 08/2007
5.52: Sevenair (114): TOE-TUN: 11/2010
5.37: Felix Airways (92): SCT-SAH: 12/2009
5.11: Aero Republica (76): BOG-CCS: 04/2009
5.07: Go Air (35): MAA-HYD: 09/2007
5.04: Biman (121): DAC-CGP: 01/2011
5.00: Sky Airline (51): IQQ-SCL: 06/2008
4.96: United Bangla (122): CGP-DAC: 01/2011
4.96: Valuair (08): CGK-SIN: 09/2006
4.78: Air Comet Chile (50): SCL-IQQ: 06/2008
4.74: Fly 540 (31): MYD-LAU: 08/2007
4.33: Viva Aerobus (20): ELP-MTY: 02/2007
4.11: Air Sahara (11): CCU-BOM: 09/2006


(Note on Codes: Y – Economy, J – Business, F – First :: I/D – International/Domestic :: SR/MR/LR – Short/Medium/Long Haul)
(Note on Date: Dates are modified to be +/- 3 days from actual flight date to not reveal actual flight pattern)




VII> Other Pictures:


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* Unbiased view on how an actual traveler may view the flight
* Not a professional photographer (so please keep in mind)
* Commitment that I won't identify myself to the airline as “reviewing them”
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RE: Azal Azerbaijan J2 124: GVA-GYD: J Cabin / < 727 >

Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:44 am

Very fast report, thanks for bringing in all the details!  

FYI, the outbound GYD-GVA has 15 pax on the 2nd flight, (4 Av Enthuasists) 7 pax on the 1st flight. However, the best is the first GVA-GYD flgiht, 2 pax, (both Av Enthusiasts!) AZAL crew let them sit and dine in First Class all the way!  

I am flying the B727 also this coming Sunday . The J class seat reminded me of Iran Aseman B727 I flew last year, which has similar pitch, but Aseman got it from AA domestic F

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RE: Azal Azerbaijan J2 124: GVA-GYD: J Cabin / < 727 >

Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:02 am

Thanks for the report, seems like an interesting flight on a classic!

I wonder how long this route will survive though.
 
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RE: Azal Azerbaijan J2 124: GVA-GYD: J Cabin / < 727 >

Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:27 am

Interesting report. Good to see something different from the usual A320/737 reports.
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RE: Azal Azerbaijan J2 124: GVA-GYD: J Cabin / < 727 >

Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:28 am

Hi Alex,

Well, what can I say!

If the inaugural flight would've happened even 2 weeks earlier, I'd've likely been on it, and deeply in debt...   Unfortunately I moved from GVA on July 1st...

Still, if this flight is still going in December I'll try to be on it... Though, it's a shame they don't offer Y on this flight... I don't care about flying in J; I only care about the 727!

Back to your experience...

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
While the rest of Switzerland keeps voting bizarre, regressive, and even xenophobic legislations

The latest one makes no sense.

I was surprised when they decided for entering the Schengen area though...

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
After a quick security, I made myself to the common SwissPort lounge, which of course, did not have AZAL signage. I talked to a very kind woman with the introduction that I was JCL and flying a carrier they handled. This woman had heard of AZAL and even showed me the internal email. The lounge itself was basic – but I actually preferred it over the LX Senator Lounge (or, the Business Lounge) as it was less crowded and filled with less annoying people. Had a nice croissant and tea to get me going towards the flight.

Ah, that lounge. Let's just say I found the agent I went to... less than knowledgeable... and the experience of getting in that lounge reminded me of Romanian bureaucracy.

I don't really like GVA (the airport) btw... My American colleague once showed his American passport once and the boarding agent asked "do you have another document, Sir?" or something along those lines... And security lines are often rather long, with the agents proving rather unfriendly most of the time.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(The shiny new terminal – wonder why this hasn’t be reviewed. It is nice.)

Maybe because no one goes to Azerbaijan?  Not sure why... The only problem for me is the visa.

Anyway, service and meal looks good. And it's always nice to fly on a 727...

Cheers, Alex, and thanks for posting!
 
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RE: Azal Azerbaijan J2 124: GVA-GYD: J Cabin / < 727 >

Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:32 am

Thanks for another great and obscure report, Alex! You're very lucky to be able to just find these obscure routes, a/c, and airlines and just get on them! I thought Russian/Cyrillic was the only language used in Azerbaijan. It didn't click that their language would be of the Turkic variety.

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RE: Azal Azerbaijan J2 124: GVA-GYD: J Cabin / < 727 >

Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:22 pm

Quoting N178UA (Reply 1):
Very fast report, thanks for bringing in all the details!  

= I have a backlog of 100 to clear, so trying to be more proactive. We will see how long it lasts!

Quoting N178UA (Reply 1):
FYI, the outbound GYD-GVA has 15 pax on the 2nd flight, (4 Av Enthuasists) 7 pax on the 1st flight. However, the best is the first GVA-GYD flgiht, 2 pax, (both Av Enthusiasts!) AZAL crew let them sit and dine in First Class all the way!  

= Good to know. Do you think the flight with last with these loads?

Quoting N178UA (Reply 1):
I am flying the B727 also this coming Sunday . The J class seat reminded me of Iran Aseman B727 I flew last year, which has similar pitch, but Aseman got it from AA domestic F

= Have a safe an amazing trip. I have a friend of mine on the flight as well ... are you doing ex-GYD, or ex-GVA. Irrespective, I look forward to your classy photos Sam.

Quoting joeytaffy93 (Reply 2):
Thanks for the report, seems like an interesting flight on a classic!

I wonder how long this route will survive though.

= Me too. They might come back for more than a season. Aberdeen lasted for a while.

Quoting ryan h (Reply 3):
Interesting report. Good to see something different from the usual A320/737 reports.

= Good to fly on something different than a 320/737  .

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
If the inaugural flight would've happened even 2 weeks earlier, I'd've likely been on it, and deeply in debt...  Unfortunately I moved from GVA on July 1st...

= Oh no! So, where are you now?

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
Still, if this flight is still going in December I'll try to be on it... Though, it's a shame they don't offer Y on this flight... I don't care about flying in J; I only care about the 727!
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
While the rest of Switzerland keeps voting bizarre, regressive, and even xenophobic legislations

The latest one makes no sense.

= The last one? I think all their recent votes have been regressive.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
I was surprised when they decided for entering the Schengen area though...

= We will see how long it lasts given their last years decision to restrict movements from Schengen.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
Ah, that lounge. Let's just say I found the agent I went to... less than knowledgeable... and the experience of getting in that lounge reminded me of Romanian bureaucracy.

= Oh come on. I was in Romania in March, and had an amazing experience. The people are so incredibly nice and patient. And, unlike the rest of the Central/East/Balkan block, they are civil drivers  !

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
I don't really like GVA (the airport) btw... My American colleague once showed his American passport once and the boarding agent asked "do you have another document, Sir?" or something along those lines... And security lines are often rather long, with the agents proving rather unfriendly most of the time

= Airport is like 1970's and they don't seem to know how to evolve ... but I never had problems with security, etc.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 4):
Maybe because no one goes to Azerbaijan?  Not sure why... The only problem for me is the visa.

= The visa sucks.

Quoting Coal (Reply 5):
Thanks for another great and obscure report, Alex! You're very lucky to be able to just find these obscure routes, a/c, and airlines and just get on them! I thought Russian/Cyrillic was the only language used in Azerbaijan. It didn't click that their language would be of the Turkic variety.

Cheers
Coal

= Yes. Azeri is similar to Turkish, but unlike other ex-Soviet states, Azeri's speak perfect Russian, and I did not find an attempt to curb it. Perhaps, those more versed in the socio-political affairs can chime in?

Thanks again everyone for stopping by.

Saludos,
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Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
Oh no! So, where are you now?

In Romania for a while. I'm gonna visit Greenland in late-July/early-August and will go back to the States in late-August (Seattle starting mid-September).

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
We will see how long it lasts given their last years decision to restrict movements from Schengen.

Well... I'll go back to Suisse (GVA) at some point unless something drastically changes. It would be useful to not have to pass through passport control every time I fly to a Schengen state!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
Oh come on. I was in Romania in March, and had an amazing experience. The people are so incredibly nice and patient. And, unlike the rest of the Central/East/Balkan block, they are civil drivers  !

Haha, glad you managed to visit. What did you end up seeing?

Civil drivers? OK, better than in Russia (and South Side Chicago), that's for sure! Did you drive, then?

And you should know that the bureaucracy in every country is worse than the regular people  
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
Yes. Azeri is similar to Turkish, but unlike other ex-Soviet states, Azeri's speak perfect Russian, and I did not find an attempt to curb it. Perhaps, those more versed in the socio-political affairs can chime in?

The guy from Azerbaijan whom I worked with said Azeris can speak 4 languages (you know which ones, I'm sure)... I don't know if he meant everyone, though 
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
Airport is like 1970's and they don't seem to know how to evolve ... but I never had problems with security, etc.

Oh, I wouldn't say I've had "problems" with security. But waiting 30 minutes in a queue is not pleasant, especially when the first tram of the day didn't show up and you're perilously close to missing your flight 

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Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:43 pm

Interesting to see GVA Airport so deserted in the summer. It can get really busy around 10.00 AM. I like it when it's nice and quiet.

It's also very rare to take a bus. In the past few years I only took the bus once on an Easyjet flight to Olbia.

In regards to your comments about strange laws, when my mother was dying they refused to allow me to stay beyond 90 days, though as my mother was a citizen of the EU, I could make a request. The response was "your mother does not need you as she can go into one of the 53 nursing homes in Geneva." She died 10 days before I was ordered to leave and I was given a card to hand in at the airport to prove I was indeed leaving. After she died, they did allow me to stay though for 3 extra weeks as my accountant was on holiday. That is more important to the Canton / State of Geneva.

This route seems crazy. Makes no sense.

The fare must be very expensive?

Maybe they keep it open for the Government officials to hop on whenever they need to.

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Great to see a report out aboiut this bizarre new route! It looks pretty cool, although the seats are a bit retro. Reminds me of the SV A320 seats. Good that you had nice service and crew.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
He was a little surprised and asked whether I was sure there was such an airline. Haha. I assured him of the same and told him that was the reason I came here. He couldn%u2019t believe it %u2026 as he had never heard of the same %u2026 after I left, he was clearly excited explaining the whole thing to his colleagues who shook their head at this absurd airline and route.

It's ridiculous and awful training that the ground handler staff at the premium desks hadn't even heard of the airline.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
The lounge itself was basic %u2013 but I actually preferred it over the LX Senator Lounge (or, the Business Lounge) as it was less crowded and filled with less annoying people

I was in this lounge last week. The Senator side was so crowded, and the staff and passengers very angry looking. The Business side was far nicer, less people, more space, identical catering.
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Thanks for the wonderful report!

Between 1979 and 2002 I had the chance to fly on 24 B727's. Sadly, I doubt I'll be able to fly on one again (unless by some miracle I'm able to try out this service), but this trip report sure does bring back a bunch of fond memories. Again...thank you.
 
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This is another great report of yours, thanks for sharing!

Unfortunately I never got the chance to fly on one of the classics (707, 727, DC-10, MD-11, L-1011), so I am always happy to read trip reports about unusual routes and airlines that involve one of the old era planes. Hope to read more of your excellent reports in the future!
 
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Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:37 pm

Once again a really great and inspiring trip report!

The whole flight seems like an awesome and special experience. The food looks very delicious.

Thanks for sharing  
 
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Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:00 pm

Lived in Azerbaijan for a few years, so maybe I can chime in on a few things. Sadly I was never able to experience GYD's new terminal.

Quoting Coal (Reply 5):
I thought Russian/Cyrillic was the only language used in Azerbaijan. It didn't click that their language would be of the Turkic variety.

Most Azerbaijanis are ethnically Turkish, hence the language is similar though not identical to Turkish: if you understand one, you won't have too much trouble grasping the other. You'll find this is true throughout much of Central Asia.

Russian is still widely spoken by those who grew up in Soviet Azerbaijan, and Russian language schools still exist throughout the country. Baku's social and business elite, most whom have a fairly firm grasp of English, still speak Russian as a first language since many were educated in Moscow. Outside Baku though, if you don't speak Azerbaijani, you will likely be safe with Russian.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
= The visa sucks.

Yes, yes it does, and it is expensive. Furthermore, visitors are required to register with local authorities within three days once in country or face heavy fines upon leaving the country. Fortunately, most hotels will take care of this for guests, but it is one more thing to worry about.
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Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:48 am

I always look forward to your trip reports! They're the best written on Airliners.net! I like your service schedule you included in this report. Please Keep writing!
 
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Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:16 am

Hello Alex,

What a stunning TR, a pure delight, that leaves speechless!
One must be totally nut to embark on that kind of airliner on regular flight must have thought the agent at check in haha!!!
Did you check the price difference between J and F, do you think the catering is the same?

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
It looked stunning parked at GVA’s tarmac, and the winglets added an extra aura of “coolness”.

Looks like from "Pimp My Ride"...  .

Again many thanks for sharing this unique (and last ?) 727 experience.

Looking forward to reading you
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Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:37 pm

Thanks for sharing the great report.

I wonder why would they fly such a route when pax load seems to be so low. Interesting it's not Zurich but Geneva.

Food looks great! Looks like they fed you a lot, and looking at the quantity of vine leaves it doesn't look like the amount for one passenger!
 
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Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:53 am

Hi, as always a truly fantastic TR!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
We would both fly to GYD ... while I stayed back for a few days before heading to Australia.

So will we see soon another AZAL (maybe A345) TR from you?

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I arrived at GVA around 0930am after a great night out with my Swiss friend who now works for easyJet, and who gave me a great briefing on U2’s plans for Switzerland. I couldn’t help feel sorry for LX and their “old” practices.

*off-Topic* It seems that swiss will soon leave BSL airport, making space for a new Lufthansa LCC (to fight back against EZS) - the days of LX -at least @ BSL- are counted!
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Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(VIP Class)...
As I wanted to experience the VIP section, the crew had no problem in taking me to the VIP section to lounge and enjoy my champagne.

Nice, but quite strange to see that the floor is still covered with protection (like during maintenance work)...
 
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Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:01 am

Wow, so... retro! Even the Dig-e-player is in that category now. But what an opportunity and GYD airport looks interesting. Flown over Azerbaijan a few times and your photos brought back memories - the desert suddenly turning into sea, the oil rigs dotting the water. Thanks!
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Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:17 am

That's gotta be THE hottest looking 727 I have ever seen. Very cool it is a former NW bird.

Amazing report as always, Alex !!
 
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Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:57 am

Nice to read your report, especially having experienced the same flight on the first day. You're right about the Dolma - very nice indeed.

Hope to catch up with you next week.

Quoting N178UA (Reply 1):
However, the best is the first GVA-GYD flgiht, 2 pax, (both Av Enthusiasts!) AZAL crew let them sit and dine in First Class all the way!

Lucky buggers. I wonder who they were  
 
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Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:45 am

Hi Alex,

What a great read and pictures.

Its been some years since I flew a 727

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I'd love to do this trip but it's just way too pricy with all the other travel plans I have, so glad you shared your experience.

Cheers

Mark
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Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:31 pm

Hi Alex...absolutely brilliant! I love the new service offering chart you created! Fantastic. I have flown so many 727s in the past and always loved this work horse. How cool to see the executive class on AZAL. Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Will
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Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
In Romania for a while. I'm gonna visit Greenland in late-July/early-August and will go back to the States in late-August (Seattle starting mid-September).

= I wish I knew you were in Romania. We really do need to do a calendar of A.Net visits. I am also in Greenland in August - going to fly to Nuuk on an exotic route  .

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
Well... I'll go back to Suisse (GVA) at some point unless something drastically changes. It would be useful to not have to pass through passport control every time I fly to a Schengen state!

= Are you moving to GVA for work?

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
Haha, glad you managed to visit. What did you end up seeing?

= I went to a bunch of places including Brasov and Sibiu.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
Civil drivers? OK, better than in Russia (and South Side Chicago), that's for sure! Did you drive, then?

= Yes. I had zero problems driving ... finding a parking spot in Bucharest was a very different thing  .

Thanks a lot everyone for stopping by.

Saludos,
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Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:59 am

How bizarre. Seems like several of my responses were cut from the previous one. Anyways, thanks everyone for visiting.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 8):
Interesting to see GVA Airport so deserted in the summer. It can get really busy around 10.00 AM. I like it when it's nice and quiet.

= Yes. I have noticed the peaking/de-peaking issues as well at GVA.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 8):
In regards to your comments about strange laws, when my mother was dying they refused to allow me to stay beyond 90 days, though as my mother was a citizen of the EU, I could make a request. The response was "your mother does not need you as she can go into one of the 53 nursing homes in Geneva." She died 10 days before I was ordered to leave and I was given a card to hand in at the airport to prove I was indeed leaving. After she died, they did allow me to stay though for 3 extra weeks as my accountant was on holiday. That is more important to the Canton / State of Geneva.

= OMG. This is horrible. It is amazing how many people I meet who think Switzerland is one of the most regressive states in the world.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 8):
The fare must be very expensive?

= Actually, at around USD 1,000, I found it rather reasonable.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Great to see a report out aboiut this bizarre new route! It looks pretty cool, although the seats are a bit retro. Reminds me of the SV A320 seats. Good that you had nice service and crew.

= Thanks.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
It's ridiculous and awful training that the ground handler staff at the premium desks hadn't even heard of the airline.

= Oh come on. The flight is new and barely used! Besides, he was nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
I was in this lounge last week. The Senator side was so crowded, and the staff and passengers very angry looking. The Business side was far nicer, less people, more space, identical catering.

= Most Senator lounges are overcrowded don't you think?

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 10):
Thanks for the wonderful report!

Between 1979 and 2002 I had the chance to fly on 24 B727's. Sadly, I doubt I'll be able to fly on one again (unless by some miracle I'm able to try out this service), but this trip report sure does bring back a bunch of fond memories. Again...thank you.

= Thanks. Why don't you make the trip?

Quoting TxlThfSxf (Reply 11):

This is another great report of yours, thanks for sharing!

Unfortunately I never got the chance to fly on one of the classics (707, 727, DC-10, MD-11, L-1011), so I am always happy to read trip reports about unusual routes and airlines that involve one of the old era planes. Hope to read more of your excellent reports in the future!

= Well, you still have a chance no?

Quoting flyingqueen (Reply 12):

Once again a really great and inspiring trip report!

The whole flight seems like an awesome and special experience. The food looks very delicious.

Thanks for sharing  

= Thanks for stopping by.

Quoting blink182 (Reply 13):
Lived in Azerbaijan for a few years, so maybe I can chime in on a few things. Sadly I was never able to experience GYD's new terminal.

= I actually like the outside architecture of GYD's old terminal. Inside, the smoke filled interiors is another story altogether  .

Quoting blink182 (Reply 13):
Most Azerbaijanis are ethnically Turkish, hence the language is similar though not identical to Turkish: if you understand one, you won't have too much trouble grasping the other. You'll find this is true throughout much of Central Asia.

Russian is still widely spoken by those who grew up in Soviet Azerbaijan, and Russian language schools still exist throughout the country. Baku's social and business elite, most whom have a fairly firm grasp of English, still speak Russian as a first language since many were educated in Moscow. Outside Baku though, if you don't speak Azerbaijani, you will likely be safe with Russian.

= Cool. Thanks.

Quoting thegoldenargosy (Reply 14):

I always look forward to your trip reports! They're the best written on Airliners.net! I like your service schedule you included in this report. Please Keep writing!

= Thanks so much. Very kind.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 15):
Hello Alex,

What a stunning TR, a pure delight, that leaves speechless!
One must be totally nut to embark on that kind of airliner on regular flight must have thought the agent at check in haha!!!
Did you check the price difference between J and F, do you think the catering is the same?

= I could not find a place to buy the FCL ticket.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 15):
Looks like from "Pimp My Ride"...  .

= LOL.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 15):
Again many thanks for sharing this unique (and last ?) 727 experience.

= Thanks!

Quoting hirofumi (Reply 16):
Thanks for sharing the great report.

I wonder why would they fly such a route when pax load seems to be so low. Interesting it's not Zurich but Geneva.

Food looks great! Looks like they fed you a lot, and looking at the quantity of vine leaves it doesn't look like the amount for one passenger!

= Haha. I was not complaining about the amount of food.

Quoting debonair (Reply 17):
Hi, as always a truly fantastic TR!

= Thanks.

Quoting debonair (Reply 17):
So will we see soon another AZAL (maybe A345) TR from you?

= Sure ... when they fly to JFK  .

Quoting allrite (Reply 18):
Wow, so... retro! Even the Dig-e-player is in that category now. But what an opportunity and GYD airport looks interesting. Flown over Azerbaijan a few times and your photos brought back memories - the desert suddenly turning into sea, the oil rigs dotting the water. Thanks!

= What routing would you take?

Quoting newhaven (Reply 19):
That's gotta be THE hottest looking 727 I have ever seen. Very cool it is a former NW bird.

Amazing report as always, Alex !!

= Agreed.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 20):
You're right about the Dolma - very nice indeed.

= Thanks for trying it out  .

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 20):
Lucky buggers. I wonder who they were  

= Me too ...

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 21):

Hi Alex,

What a great read and pictures.

Its been some years since I flew a 727

22/11/00. United Flight UA868 MIA - ORD 727-222 N7271U 17F

I'd love to do this trip but it's just way too pricy with all the other travel plans I have, so glad you shared your experience.

Cheers

Mark

= Hi Mark, long time. Where have you been hiding?!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 22):
Hi Alex...absolutely brilliant! I love the new service offering chart you created! Fantastic. I have flown so many 727s in the past and always loved this work horse. How cool to see the executive class on AZAL. Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Will

= Thanks Will for stopping by.

Saludos,
Alex
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Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:38 am

PS: Those supposed to be on the flight, did the 727 go tech today (Sunday)?

Saludos,
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Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:06 pm

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 24):
= What routing would you take?

SIN/KUL to LHR on QF (no longer flies the route)/MH
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Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:05 pm

Thanks for another amazing report Alex !

Great to see you try out this new route !

Amazing with so few passengers on the flight but even better because it made so much more private for you.

Food and drink looks very good and nice to see the updated interior of the 727!

Thanks again for posting and looking forward to your next report !

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Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:48 am

Hi Alex,

what a great review.. I had read about it here and on some other websites and also followed discussions on Facebook. This must have been such a special flight with such a light load. That said, not sure how they can earn money with it...

Thanks for sharing!
 
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Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:51 am

Hi Alex

Well, as you may heard of, AZAL has now using A319 to replace the B727 on this flight.

On the 3rd service from GVA to GYD (18 July), the B727 has a small part fell off its wing and went TECH afterwards.

I was stuck in Geneva for 10 hours and have to cancel my flight on 20 July. Because the A319 replaced the B727.

Nevertheless seeing your trip report and many photos from fellow av enthusiasts on Facebook is really great and I am glad that you all flew it. My last B727 is only last year, Iran Aseman B727 in their new Business class with some amazing LED light!

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Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:15 pm

Great report, Abrelosojos!

The service looks to be fine, but the plane seems to be nearly empty! Also, I love those gold wings and winglets! 

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Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:29 pm

Hi Alex,

unique report about this exotic 727, what a pleasure to read! These golden wings look really hot!


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Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:02 pm

Hi abrelosojos,

Another very unique report you made here, just like the 5O TR I was very curious to see if there would be a report on this special 727 flight. Well done!
It looks like you had an absolutely fantastic experience. From the great crew, to the delicious looking food and of course the classic aircraft. It looks so sexy with those winglets and livery!
The low LF definitely helped the whole experience, I don't think this route will last very long..

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
The upcoming 788’s are meant to link GYD with U.S. cities including potentials such as JFK, ORD, IAD, and IAH.

Interesting, who would want to fly from GYD to the U.S.?

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
PS: I hope you like the new icon for service schedule, which has been inspired by KLM. Please let me know what your thoughts are on the same)

I really like it, gives a good overview of the service schedule  

Thanks for sharing!

cheers,

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Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:59 am

Quoting allrite (Reply 26):
SIN/KUL to LHR on QF (no longer flies the route)/MH

= Of course!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):

Thanks for another amazing report Alex !

Great to see you try out this new route !

Amazing with so few passengers on the flight but even better because it made so much more private for you.

Food and drink looks very good and nice to see the updated interior of the 727!

Thanks again for posting and looking forward to your next report !

The777Man

= Thanks so much. Guess I got lucky, as the 727 has been replaced by a 319.

Quoting reifel (Reply 28):

Hi Alex,

what a great review.. I had read about it here and on some other websites and also followed discussions on Facebook. This must have been such a special flight with such a light load. That said, not sure how they can earn money with it...

Thanks for sharing!

= I don't know how much AZAL is motivated by money. It was indeed a special flight, and so great that I got to see it. Do you have links to the discussion on FB? It would be great to follow it, and see if the meals were any different.

Quoting N178UA (Reply 29):
Well, as you may heard of, AZAL has now using A319 to replace the B727 on this flight.

= Ya. Heard. I had a friend who was scheduled to take it ex-England, and he was super upset.

Quoting N178UA (Reply 29):
On the 3rd service from GVA to GYD (18 July), the B727 has a small part fell off its wing and went TECH afterwards.

= Any thoughts on if they said it would be back?

Quoting N178UA (Reply 29):
I was stuck in Geneva for 10 hours and have to cancel my flight on 20 July. Because the A319 replaced the B727.

Nevertheless seeing your trip report and many photos from fellow av enthusiasts on Facebook is really great and I am glad that you all flew it. My last B727 is only last year, Iran Aseman B727 in their new Business class with some amazing LED light!

Sam


= I heart Iran Aseman. You never know ... it might be back?

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 30):

Great report, Abrelosojos!

The service looks to be fine, but the plane seems to be nearly empty! Also, I love those gold wings and winglets! 

-LPDAL

= Thanks ... and yes, Gold never looked so good!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 31):

Hi Alex,

unique report about this exotic 727, what a pleasure to read! These golden wings look really hot!


PH

= Agreed.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 32):
Hi abrelosojos,

Another very unique report you made here, just like the 5O TR I was very curious to see if there would be a report on this special 727 flight. Well done!
It looks like you had an absolutely fantastic experience. From the great crew, to the delicious looking food and of course the classic aircraft. It looks so sexy with those winglets and livery!
The low LF definitely helped the whole experience, I don't think this route will last very long..

= I don't know about the route, but it seems like the 727 has been replaced ...

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 32):
Interesting, who would want to fly from GYD to the U.S.?

= Oil business + vanity + money ...

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 32):
I really like it, gives a good overview of the service schedule  

Thanks for sharing!

cheers,

Brendan

= Thanks Brendan. I am super glad you liked it.

Thanks all for stopping by.

Saludos,
Alex
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RE: Azal Azerbaijan J2 124: GVA-GYD: J Cabin / < 727 >

Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:22 pm

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
do you blame me?! Do this route now, as I don’t think it will be staying for long.

Amazing Trip Report, and I really do envy you on traveling on a time machine to Azerbaijan.

I just returned last week from Baku, and it is a wonderful city and the people are very friendly. I would only assume the service is as well. It seems in your last sentence of your TR that you had a hunch that this route would not last long--and your hunch was correct. Always follow your hunch when it comes to aviation.

Is it me or do the windows look much larger than normal planes?

Quoting N178UA (Reply 29):
On the 3rd service from GVA to GYD (18 July), the B727 has a small part fell off its wing and went TECH afterwards.

Yikes! Hope its not the engines or winglets lol
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RE: Azal Azerbaijan J2 124: GVA-GYD: J Cabin / < 727 >

Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:01 am

Superbly structured trip report.!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I hope you like the new icon for service schedule, which has been inspired by KLM. Please let me know what your thoughts are on the same

Genius!
 
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RE: Azal Azerbaijan J2 124: GVA-GYD: J Cabin / < 727 >

Sat Aug 23, 2014 1:27 pm

Wow - impressive! A great read, and the gold 727 - very eye-catching I must say!  Wow!

As mentioned, quite a unique read and one with a difference. Great to have a record on A.net of this experience.   

I like to read some of these trip reports at least twice, as they are long, and I like to 're-live' it again, and IMO you've made this very real for some of us, in / through your writing here.

Thanks for sharing,

=

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RE: Azal Azerbaijan J2 124: GVA-GYD: J Cabin / < 727 >

Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:08 pm

Hey Alex!

Great report, as usuall. Service looks great and flying a 727 in 2014 isn't simple at all. Last time I had one was on American Airlines almost 15 years ago. I want to visit Baku myself, I may take this route sometime in spring.

Thx for shearing. Jonathan
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RE: Azal Azerbaijan J2 124: GVA-GYD: J Cabin / < 727 >

Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:01 am

Hi Alex,

Another super report as usual! Glad that you've managed to get on this beautiful B727 before they replaced it with the A319. Looks like you had an interesting check-in process, and it's great that you get to board via the stairs! The interior looks great, and the food looks good too!

Thanks for sharing again one of your many interesting trips (your trips never cease to amaze me).

yapple
 
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RE: Azal Azerbaijan J2 124: GVA-GYD: J Cabin / < 727 >

Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:46 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 34):
Amazing Trip Report, and I really do envy you on traveling on a time machine to Azerbaijan.

= Thanks.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 34):
I just returned last week from Baku, and it is a wonderful city and the people are very friendly. I would only assume the service is as well. It seems in your last sentence of your TR that you had a hunch that this route would not last long--and your hunch was correct. Always follow your hunch when it comes to aviation.

= Yes. I totally lucked out! BTW, what did you go to Baku for? Or, are you in the LNG business?

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 34):
Is it me or do the windows look much larger than normal planes?

= I think larger for its size of aircraft.

Quoting newbief1yer (Reply 35):

Superbly structured trip report.!

= Thanks so much for stopping by.

Quoting newbief1yer (Reply 35):
Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I hope you like the new icon for service schedule, which has been inspired by KLM. Please let me know what your thoughts are on the same

Genius!

= Thanks for the compliment.

Quoting VapourTrails (Reply 36):
Wow - impressive! A great read, and the gold 727 - very eye-catching I must say!

= Agreed!

Quoting VapourTrails (Reply 36):
As mentioned, quite a unique read and one with a difference. Great to have a record on A.net of this experience.  

= Yes, lucky to have put this one! BTW, my next report (Europe Air Post) may also be the last one written as I suspect 5O will plug this route due to WS entry on YHZ-GLA.

Quoting VapourTrails (Reply 36):
I like to read some of these trip reports at least twice, as they are long, and I like to 're-live' it again, and IMO you've made this very real for some of us, in / through your writing here.

Thanks for sharing,

= Thanks for the kind words.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 37):
Hey Alex!

Great report, as usuall. Service looks great and flying a 727 in 2014 isn't simple at all. Last time I had one was on American Airlines almost 15 years ago. I want to visit Baku myself, I may take this route sometime in spring.

Thx for shearing. Jonathan

= Thanks Jonathan. Hopefully, the 727 is back?

Quoting yapple (Reply 38):

Hi Alex,

Another super report as usual! Glad that you've managed to get on this beautiful B727 before they replaced it with the A319. Looks like you had an interesting check-in process, and it's great that you get to board via the stairs! The interior looks great, and the food looks good too!

Thanks for sharing again one of your many interesting trips (your trips never cease to amaze me).

yapple

= Thanks so much!

Thanks everyone for stopping by. I can't believe I was part of one of the lucky 4 (or 3?) rotations.

Saludos,
Alex
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