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Air Malta – Aer Lingus - Combo: MLA-MAN-DUB-FRA

Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:22 pm

Hello again dear a.netters

Introduction



The first part of this report has left me on the island of Malta after a nice flight with Emirates from Larnaca in Cyprus and two days on the beautiful island of Cyprus. Now being in Malta of course I wanted to try out the countries national carrier as well, Air Malta. Budget and schedule taken into consideration I basically had the choice of two flights with them, one to Paris Orly and one to Manchester. The one to MAN was a tad more expensive, but hey, I have never been to that airport and it is a much longer flight so I booked that. Nothing suitable from MAN back to Germany though, so I checked the possibilities from Dublin as well and found a reasonably priced flight on Aer Lingus back to Frankfurt. To connect the dots I simply booked a short Ryanair hop from Manchester over the Irish Sea to Dublin.

All settled then, the 'almost' direct way from Malta to Germany:


Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.


Malta



To keep things in chronological order and to keep the tradition of adding some destination pictures to my reports I will start with a few words and pics about my stay on Malta. Feel free to skip to the aviation part below if you are only interested in the flights.

After a cheap but rather long bus ride from the airport I arrived in the town of St. Julians, which is one of the main cities on the island and also the nightlife hotspot. First impressions of St. Julians bay:

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The town itself doesn't have a lot to offer besides a lot of pubs and restaurants, but the location by the bay is quite nice and it shows that it used to by a fishing village:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_004.jpg

And believe it or not, they have the best pizza in the whole world here:



The view towards the neighboring town of Sliema:



And apparently they have some strict and rather complicated rules concerning beverages, hmm, try to make sense of this, especially after a few pints:



Still a pleasant place to spent an evening at the beach at St. Georges bay:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_010.jpg

I was quite tired after a long travel day so I had something to eat and a locally brewed Cisk pint and after that I headed back to my guesthouse and called it a night. Next morning I definitely wanted to visit the Capital of the island, Valletta. On the way there I spotted this interesting vehicle:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_011.jpg

Not so long ago this used to by a regular public transport on the island, but nowadays they use a bit more modern buses. The main street in Valletta, quite touristy here:



But once you leave the main street it gets rather quiet, and interesting details can be seen everywhere:

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Two of the many churches on the island, they say there are 365 churches on Malta, one for every day of the year:

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At the end of the peninsula where Valletta is located there is a the Fort St. Elmo, which houses a museum today:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_018.jpg

Hmm, now which direction do you want to go:



British heritage shows everywhere:



It also shows that most of the population here is pretty seriously catholic:



Also an interesting looking old building:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_021.jpg

When in Malta, of course I had to try a Kinnie, and I must say, once you get used to it after the first sip, I actually liked it. It has a pleasant taste, not so sweet and quite refreshing:



Streets here in Valletta are in a rectangular grid, and since the town is also quite hilly this makes for some great views:



The Saluting Battery overlooking The Grand Harbour, these cannons are still in use today and got fired every day at noon:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_023.jpg

And probably also to salute the big ships arriving, like this cruise ship, the Costa Favolosa:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_025.jpg

You also have a good overview over the town from here:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_024.jpg

Or the other direction, towards the town of Ta'xbiex (don't you just love the Maltese names?):

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_027.jpg

All in all I had a good time on the island, in hindsight I should have taken a bit more time there to explore the other parts of Malta as well, but well, that's for another trip.
 
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RE: Air Malta – Aer Lingus - Combo: MLA-MAN-DUB-FRA

Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:25 pm

Flight 4: MLA-MAN


03.10.2014
Air Malta KM 146
Malta - Manchester
Distance: 2343 km / 1265 nm
Airbus A320 (9H-AEI)
Seat 22F
scheduled 17:00 – 19:35
actual 17:05 – 19:28
flight-time 17:08 – 19:20 (3 hours 12 minutes)

After almost a whole 24 hours on Malta it was time to head back to the airport. By bus and again my general rule to always take one bus earlier than necessary when going to an airport worked out well. Their was an accident on the way and the bus got stuck in an epic traffic jam, so it took almost 2 hours to reach the airport (normally it would have been 70 minutes). Finally there:

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And into the building:

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Fortunately still with enough time, my flight shows no problems on the display:

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Online check-in was a big pain, the Air Malta website didn't work well on my phone. But after fiddling around for a while I somehow manage to check-in and select myself a window seat. And a friendly lady at one of the check-in counters then printed out my boarding pass on proper Air Malta paper:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_036.jpg

There even is a small visitors terrace here at the airport. It was a bit hard to find, with almost no signs for it, you have to take the elevator up to the third floor, walk along an empty corridor, and then there it is:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_100.jpg

Nothing special, but it's free and you have good views over the apron. Like this one with an Air Malta airbus:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_032.jpg

Or TK on the way to the active, with the flight that took me here the day before in the background:

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Turkish blasting off towards Istanbul:

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After a while on the terrace I headed towards the departure through the check-in hall again:

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Passport control was quick and easy, in the gate area it was really busy though with a flight to LHR and a delayed Tunisair Express flight to Tunis departing at about the same time than my flight. Anyway boarding started then, quite orderly actually and a bus then brought us to 9H-AEI, the A320 as expected, and one with a special classic livery, nice:



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And once again from the stairs:

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After a friendly hello by the flight attendant I settled down at the window in row 22. And the cabin filled up quite quickly, apparently all seats were taken in the end:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_040.jpg

The leather seat was comfortable, enough space for my legs, everything looked a bit worn though:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_041.jpg

In the seat pocket there was the Il-Bizzilla, the KM inflight magazine:



And of course also something for your safety, this card has seen much better times obviously:



Captain Denise M. then was on the speakers with a long and informative greeting, told us about the imminent on-time departure, an estimated flight time of around 3 hours and 20 minutes at flight level 360. The engines were then started indeed almost on time and after a short taxiing we took of from an intersection on runway 31 into the quite hazy skies over Malta:

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From up here you could actually see that a lot of the island is covered by a big urban sprawl, especially around the Northern coast:

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This is St. Julians in the background where I have spent the night before:

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And the smaller town of Il-Mellieha:

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Malta on the right, Gozo on the left, with the little island of Comino in the middle:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_048.jpg

And a little later after reaching cruise level we were over Sicily, the airport of Palermo is just barely visibly at the top of the picture:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_049.jpg

Then the smell of hot food wafted through the cabin and the overall quite friendly crew began to distribute the meal trays. Let's see what's inside:

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Meatballs with rice (again, had something similar on the Aegean flight just a few days before), together with vegetables, a somewhat too soft bread roll and for dessert a sweet cylinder-formed cake like thingie. The taste was quite good. Now since KM actually charges for alcoholic drinks on board I had another Kinnie with it.

I had a cup of coffee after the meal, together withs view over the island of Corsica:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_052.jpg

And there was even a second coffee run later. The rest of the flight was quite uneventful, it got more and more cloudy outside, so no more good views of the ground:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_051.jpg

At least the airshow was turned on the whole time which was a big plus. Later our Captain was once more on the mike with another update of the weather in Manchester, windy with around 17 degrees, and another thank you for flying with KM. Approach through the clouds in the dark and a smooth touchdown after a little more than 3 hours in the air. A few minutes of taxi time to our stand in terminal 2. It took a while to get out of the plane with the full load, but no problem at all with a quite long connection time here. Bye bye and thank you to the crew and into the terminal building.

Manchester Airport



Alright, let's see, my next flight departs from terminal 3, so I thought it's only a short way to go from T2. But no, actually you have cross terminal 1 and the railway station to reach it. And all through these funky lit long corridors:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_053.jpg

Finally there after a quite a hike:



A couple of flyBe planes were already parked here for the night:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_055.jpg


Flight 4: MAN-DUB


03.10.2014
Ryanair FR 559
Manchester - Dublin
Distance: 266 km / 144 nm
Airbus B737-800 (EI-DWJ)
Seat 21A
scheduled 23:00 – 23:50
actual 23:28 – 00:12
flight-time 23:34 – 00:07 (33 minutes)

T3 in Manchester was a big mess with construction going on in the main area after security. And the floor was dirty as hell, but with not much choice and quite a lot of time before my next flight I settled down at the only bar there and got myself a drink and a sandwich. My flight was the last one of the day, and with the second-to-last on already departing around 9 pm it was only just your typical Ryanair weekend trip crowd around, oh well. But I survived and when the gate got announced I made my way there. This was the only FR plane in sight, so I assumed it would be my ride:

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But no, my plane was still in the air by that time. It arrived a few minutes late and therefore boarding also started with around 20 minutes delay. Again not necessary to make an announcement for it. I didn't bother with seat reservation this time, being only a short night flight, but once on board I settled down at my assigned aisle seat, and when my seat mates arrived, they asked me if I would want the window seat. Well, it's not me to say no, is it? Anyway the flight then was short, around half an hour in the air, but with quite a few turbulences during approach into a rainy and windy Dublin this night.

Once in the airport there was another long hike before I could exit into the wet night and into a taxi to get to my hotel, the Premier Inn in Swords, only a 5 minute ride from the airport. It was a long day and I was really glad that I could now finally fall into a comfortable bed to have a good nights rest.

[Edited 2015-03-07 13:34:33]
 
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RE: Air Malta – Aer Lingus - Combo: MLA-MAN-DUB-FRA

Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:32 pm

Swords



The next day started with a generous Irish breakfast from the buffet, yeah:

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My hotel, certainly a recommendable place to stay near Dublin airport:



Somehow on this day I wasn't in the mood for a big city, so I didn't go into Dublin, instead I just walked around the hotel and explored the little town of Swords where it is located. Nothing special actually, but pleasant enough to while away a an hour or two especially since the weather was also on my side. A few impressions:

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There even is a small castle here:

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It was closed for renovation this day though:



And the castle grounds offered nice views of the skies as well. Guess the airline:

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Dublin Airport



After a little snack and a drink at the local pub I headed back to the airport with the hotel's shuttle service. Approaching terminal 2:

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The FIDS, no problem for my flight:

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And the check-in area for Aer Lingus, interesting colors, but no need to go there for me since I have done online check-in of course.

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_067.jpg

Artsy:



This thing was interesting as well, no possibility to taste a dram though:



So instead I went to the big pub at the upper floor and had classic BLT sandwich and of course a pint of Guinness:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_071.jpg

And with a view like this it tasted even better:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_070.jpg

Now this is a great idea, water bottles to take on your flight for a reasonable price. Wish they would have this at every airport:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_072.jpg

On the way to my gate, a visitor from Abu Dhabi:

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Flight 5: DUB-FRA


04.10.2014
Aer Lingus EI 656
Dublin - Frankfurt
Distance: 1089 km / 588 nm
Airbus A320 (EI-DVH)
Seat 26A
scheduled 17:00 – 20:05
actual 17:08 – 20:15
flight-time 17:17 – 19:52 (1 hours 33 minutes)

And here my ride turned in. EI-DVH had the honors today, an A320 named St. Ciara, built in 2007 and wearing the green colors since then:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_074.jpg

Boarding started a few minutes late, they boarded in zones and it was enforced quite strictly. After a nice hello by the FA I settled down in my window seat, and lucky me again, the middle seat remained empty, despite a healthy load on this flight. So I had enough space around me, the seat was quite hard and uncomfortable though. And the cabin definitely showed some signs of wear, ball pen marks and no idea what these white stains were from (and I don't even want to know):

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/zyp214/tr1404_077.jpg

So let's rather check out the inflight magazine:



A detailed welcome speech then by Captain O'Brien with an apology for the short delay, explained by a late arrival of the plane from Zurich. Route today would take us over Manchester, Amsterdam, Cologne and then to Frankfurt, all at flightlevel 370 with good weather enroute and at the destination. Engines started then, pushback, and goodbye to Baile Atha Cliath:

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On the way to the active, an ATR with a somewhat fatty callsign:

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Friends (not really me thinks):

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Then it was our turn, take off thrust applied and off we went from runway 28:

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The departure route offered us a good overview of Dublin:

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The Irish scenery:

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And finally the Irish East coast:

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It was getting cloudy then for the rest of the flight:

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Buy-on-Board service only as usual with Aer Lingus these days, let's have a look at the menu:

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I wasn't hungry though after that sandwich back in Dublin, so I didn't get anything and I just relaxed on board. Approach then started and we were on the way to the Northern runway 07L, where we touched down smoothly after around 1,5 hours in the air. Still quite early, but this runway in Frankfurt also means very long taxi times, it took us over 20 minutes to finally reach our assigned remote parking stand. Highlight on the way there was this 'Smiling' Air China 777:

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Another long bus tour of the FRA apron followed, and after arriving at the terminal and after a brief passport check I was finally out where my dad picked me up and another successful and fun trip came to an end.

Conclusion



Two enjoyable flights with Air Malta and Aer Lingus. Both with friendly crews, both with a pleasant and relaxed style. Service wise the winner clearly was Air Malta with a hot meal and free drinks on board, while EI only offering buy-on-board.

So for now thanks a lot for reading this report, hope you enjoyed it. And as usual, if you have a question or would want to leave a little comment, there is space for it below   .


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Sat Mar 07, 2015 10:47 pm

Interesting itinerary back home for you! Air Malta looks great. Looks like you enjoyed DUB & well done for explore Swords

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Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:25 am

Hi CaptainRed,

Great trip report. I like all the photos of Malta, including the choice of coming inside to eat or remain in the cruel world.

I like the Air Malta Livery of the plane that you boarded. As I notice other aircraft shown have a more "modern" looking one, was this a special "retro"?

Good to see friendly staff and the meal included on Air Malta. With Aer Lingus being BOB, is there an option to pre-purchase when making a booking?

Thanks for sharing.
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Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:58 am

Nice TR!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Service wise the winner clearly was Air Malta with a hot meal and free drinks on board

Unfortunately, since then, KM switched to sandwich&water service - the days of hot meal are gone...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And the cabin definitely showed some signs of wear, ball pen marks and no idea what these white stains were from

Looks for me familiar... My cabins, despite different registrations, had the same dirtiness. EI really needs to improve their night-stop/deep cleaning.
 
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Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:53 pm

I loved Malta and Gozo but flew on Alitalia on an award ticket.

I wanted though to go on Air Malta but a free ticket is better.

Very impressive that they still serve a nice meal. And a "hot" meal instead of a sandwich today in Y is a big deal.
 
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Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:28 pm

Hello CaptainRed,

Thank you SOOO MUCH for sharing this great report! We will be holidaying in Malta ourselves next month and your experience get us really excited!   


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I will start with a few words and pics about my stay on Malta.

Greatly appreciated!   


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
First impressions of St. Julians bay:
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
but the location by the bay is quite nice and it shows that it used to by a fishing village:

Do you think that a half day visit would be sufficient?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And believe it or not, they have the best pizza in the whole world here:

Did you give the pizza a try?   


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
On the way there I spotted this interesting vehicle:

Pity that they have abandoned it. Why could this be retained as public transport?  


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Two of the many churches on the island, they say there are 365 churches on Malta, one for every day of the year:

You were supposed to stay two days in Malta, then!  


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
At the end of the peninsula where Valletta is located there is a the Fort St. Elmo, which houses a museum today:
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The Saluting Battery overlooking The Grand Harbour, these cannons are still in use today and got fired every day at noon:

Cool! Must-visits for us!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
When in Malta, of course I had to try a Kinnie

So many counties, so many customs!   


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
the town is also quite hilly this makes for some great views:
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Ta'xbiex (don't you just love the Maltese names?):

I am so excited!   


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
my boarding pass on proper Air Malta paper:

Nothing beats a real boarding pass stub!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
It was a bit hard to find, with almost no signs for it, you have to take the elevator up to the third floor, walk along an empty corridor, and then there it is:

How did you figure it out?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
and one with a special classic livery, nice:

How exciting!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
Captain Denise M.

Cool! A female captain!   


Do you know what? We will be flying with Air Malta as well!   

Once again, thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story of Malta!  


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Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:48 am

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Thank you SOOO MUCH for sharing this great report! We will be holidaying in Malta ourselves next month and your experience get us really excited!

Have a nice holiday! AFAIK, KM is now also offering their Business Class upgrade for 119€ p.P. from AMS; at check-in/if space is available. A good alternative, if you consider that you have to pay for legroom seats and food in Economy...
 
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Mon Mar 09, 2015 3:53 pm

Hello CR,

Thanks for this good report. Malta looks like an attractive destination it seems. Congrats on logging Air Malta’s logojet, she looks very fine from the outside. Good to have a hot meal on the way to MAN but presentation looks a bit uninspiring... Ryanair, well not much to comment there but good to see your fellow passengers recognising your a.net status 
Aer Lingus , I have about the same impression as you which is average to good. BOB service and yes, their cabins are not always spic and span with abvious wear and tear. But it does mean of course their planes are well utilised which is a good thing.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Now this is a great idea, water bottles to take on your flight for a reasonable price.

I can only agree. Did you indulge?

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Quoting aerdingus (Reply 3):
Interesting itinerary back home for you! Air Malta looks great. Looks like you enjoyed DUB & well done for explore Swords

Hello aerdingus, thanks a lot. And yes, I like Swords, certainly a pleasant place.

Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 4):
Great trip report.

Hi ElanusNotatus, thanks for stopping by, glad you liked my report.

Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 4):
I like the Air Malta Livery of the plane that you boarded. As I notice other aircraft shown have a more "modern" looking one, was this a special "retro"?

This was indeed a special retro paint scheme. Always nice to catch such a plane.

Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 4):
With Aer Lingus being BOB, is there an option to pre-purchase when making a booking?

I don't think that there was an option, but then honestly I am not quite sure. Usually during booking I always click 'no' when it comes to extras and I don't really remember.

Quoting debonair (Reply 5):

Unfortunately, since then, KM switched to sandwich&water service - the days of hot meal are gone...

Hi debonair, thanks. And too bad to hear that KM now reduces on their service as well. But seems to be the norm these days unfortunately  ...

Quoting debonair (Reply 5):
My cabins, despite different registrations, had the same dirtiness. EI really needs to improve their night-stop/deep cleaning.

Yes, definitely.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
I wanted though to go on Air Malta but a free ticket is better.

   ... then next time you can choose Air Malta.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Thank you SOOO MUCH for sharing this great report! We will be holidaying in Malta ourselves next month and your experience get us really excited!

Hey Suryo, thanks a lot. And great to hear that you will visit Malta as well. I am sure you will like it, it is certainly an interesting destination.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Do you think that a half day visit would be sufficient?

St.Julians you mean? Yes, I would think that half a day there is enough. But depends on where you stay and how long you have altogether on the islands. It is located within the big urban area, and a lot of the bus lines will cross it, so I would say just ride the bus and exit where it looks nice and have a look around. Maybe you should go there for an evening or so and try out some of the restaurants and pubs and enjoy the atmosphere.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Did you give the pizza a try?

No, somehow I had my doubts about their claim   .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Pity that they have abandoned it. Why could this be retained as public transport?

Indeed a pity, but still possible to ride on some more touristy routes.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
So many counties, so many customs!

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
How did you figure it out?

A little detective work   . Well, there was a small sign for it, it just pointed in the wrong direction, so I Just asked and then found it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Do you know what? We will be flying with Air Malta as well!

Cool, though, as debonair pointed out, there are no longer any hot meals.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Once again, thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story of Malta!

You are very welcome, hope you enjoy your trip there  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Thanks for this good report. Malta looks like an attractive destination it seems.

Hello Nils, thank you very much.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Congrats on logging Air Malta’s logojet, she looks very fine from the outside.

Thanks again, and yes, definitely a nice plane, though their regular livery is pretty nice as well I think.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Ryanair, well not much to comment there but good to see your fellow passengers recognising your a.net status

 
Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
But it does mean of course their planes are well utilised which is a good thing.

Yes, that's true.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
I can only agree. Did you indulge?

Yes, I did buy a bottle here, always like to have some water on me when on a plane and not having to rely on the onboard service/sale.

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Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:30 pm

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
And too bad to hear that KM now reduces on their service as well.

Sorry, I forgot to add the official press release - so here we go:
http://www.airmalta.com/information/...detail/Air-Malta-In-flight-Service
 
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RE: Air Malta – Aer Lingus - Combo: MLA-MAN-DUB-FRA

Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:07 pm

Hi Captain...

thanks for this write up on KM! I missed this carrier 2 years ago when EK got in late and rebooked me on LH. Good to follow your story now.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
All settled then, the 'almost' direct way from Malta to Germany:

Well, the a.nutter direct way to everywhere 
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And a friendly lady at one of the check-in counters then printed out my boarding pass on proper Air Malta paper:

That's one good looking piece of paper. Another reason to show up at the desk old school... I do like passbook, but I like these papers more  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
a bus then brought us to 9H-AEI, the A320 as expected, and one with a special classic livery,

Nice catch!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Now this is a great idea, water bottles to take on your flight for a reasonable price. Wish they would have this at every airport:

Hmm, agree. Nice idea. But..., 'honesty water'? I'm sure 90% of the people rushing through airports won't be so honest, at least..., at most (bigger) airports. Just selling water for EUR 1.- in the bookstores would already be a big step forward to 'friendlier skies'.

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Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:35 am

Hello Captain,

Great report! Nice pictures of Malta, looks like had you a nice stay there. Good flight with Air Malta, they seem like a good airline. And an interesting way to get back home, the Irish way.

Thanks for sharing!
 
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Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:36 am

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):
thanks for this write up on KM! I missed this carrier 2 years ago when EK got in late and rebooked me on LH. Good to follow your story now.

Hi Eric, thanks a lot. Shame you missed Air Malta. LH is good as well, but then you can fly them anytime, while KM is a bit more special.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):
That's one good looking piece of paper. Another reason to show up at the desk old school... I do like passbook, but I like these papers more

Agree, especially these on proper cardboard paper with the airlines branding on it.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):
Hmm, agree. Nice idea. But..., 'honesty water'? I'm sure 90% of the people rushing through airports won't be so honest, at least..., at most (bigger) airports. Just selling water for EUR 1.- in the bookstores would already be a big step forward to 'friendlier skies'.

Well, count me to the other 10%   . Actually I think that more people are honest in such situations. But you are right, would certainly be nice if water was sold regularly at the airports for more reasonable prices than usual.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):
Great report! Nice pictures of Malta, looks like had you a nice stay there. Good flight with Air Malta, they seem like a good airline. And an interesting way to get back home, the Irish way.

Hi Robert, thank you. Indeed a good flight with Air Malta, and yes, who wants to go the direct way   ...

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Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:12 pm

Hey, Captain M.,

well done. A good idea to bring this together not the straight way.
Also thank you with the local Malta impressions, really nice.

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Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:07 pm

Hi CaptainRed,

nice report with good pictures from Malta and Dublin! The flights look alright with the KM sector being the most attractive one.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):

There even is a small visitors terrace here at the airport. It was a bit hard to find, with almost no signs for it, you have to take the elevator up to the third floor, walk along an empty corridor, and then there it is:

Interesting, good to know!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Anyway boarding started then, quite orderly actually and a bus then brought us to 9H-AEI, the A320 as expected, and one with a special classic livery, nice:

Congratulations, always a pleasure to get a special plane.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Meatballs with rice (again, had something similar on the Aegean flight just a few days before), together with vegetables, a somewhat too soft bread roll and for dessert a sweet cylinder-formed cake like thingie. The taste was quite good.

That meal looks fine!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Now this is a great idea, water bottles to take on your flight for a reasonable price. Wish they would have this at every airport:

Yes, great idea. But we'll never see anything like that in Germany...


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Fri Apr 03, 2015 8:36 am

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):

well done. A good idea to bring this together not the straight way.
Also thank you with the local Malta impressions, really nice.

Hi Markus, thanks a lot. And yeah, Malta certainly is a nice island.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
nice report with good pictures from Malta and Dublin!

Hi PH, thank you, glad you liked it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Congratulations, always a pleasure to get a special plane.

Indeed, that was a nice surprise.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
That meal looks fine!

Yes, the meal was pretty decent. Though apparently hot meals with KM are no more in the meantime, too bad.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Yes, great idea. But we'll never see anything like that in Germany...

That's right, never going to happen in Germany.

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Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:12 pm

Good day Captain,

Sorry for the late reply on this one, I somehow missed it.

A nice route and combo of airlines to get you back to Frankfurt. I hope KM can continue in this day and age and don't go the same way as CY. Your EI experience sums up my recent fiight with them: got me from A to B ontime at a good fare, but nothing speical.

You know already that I like Malta very much and have stayed in St. Julian's before. Valletta is a beautiful city in my opinion, so different to many places in Europe.

Glad you approved of the Kinnie, it can become quite addictive!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Hmm, now which direction do you want to go:

Great sign!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
After almost a whole 24 hours on Malta it was time to head back to the airport. By bus and again my general rule to always take one bus earlier than necessary when going to an airport worked out well. Their was an accident on the way and the bus got stuck in an epic traffic jam, so it took almost 2 hours to reach the airport (normally it would have been 70 minutes).

That was a good idea to take the earlier bus. I'm certainly over-cautious now after having missed a flight last year due to a traffic jam.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
And a friendly lady at one of the check-in counters then printed out my boarding pass on proper Air Malta paper:

Good one for the collection.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):

T3 in Manchester was a big mess with construction going on in the main area after security. And the floor was dirty as hell, but with not much choice and quite a lot of time before my next flight I settled down at the only bar there and got myself a drink and a sandwich.

Sounds like a normal day at MAN  

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Sat Apr 11, 2015 4:10 pm

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Sorry for the late reply on this one, I somehow missed it.

Hi Hannah, no problem, thanks a lot for your reply.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
I hope KM can continue in this day and age and don't go the same way as CY.

Yes, they get a lot of pressure from Ryanair I think, but I hope they will manage.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
You know already that I like Malta very much and have stayed in St. Julian's before. Valletta is a beautiful city in my opinion, so different to many places in Europe.

Definitely an interesting island, liked it as well. And Valletta might be a bit touristy here and there, but I agree with you, it has quite a unique atmosphere.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Glad you approved of the Kinnie, it can become quite addictive!

Indeed, it tastes a bit unusual at first, but then I really liked it. So much that I got another one in the plane later.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
That was a good idea to take the earlier bus. I'm certainly over-cautious now after having missed a flight last year due to a traffic jam.

Ouch, that's bad. I never missed a flight because of that, but it was close once so now I always allow plenty of time, especially in places where I am not overly familiar with the public transport.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Sounds like a normal day at MAN

Seriously, is it that bad always   ?

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Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:11 pm

Thanks, what a nice report.

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