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Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:59 pm

2015-01 Garuda J, Swiss J, SAS Y around Europe

Introduction

This little weekend trip came about, indirectly, as last year we took our annual family visit to South Africa on Lufthansa instead of KLM (see report here: http://signol.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03...014-02-south-africa-flights.html). This meant that my wife's and my stash of Flying Blue miles were on a countdown to expire - without another Skyteam flight, they would expire at the end of January 2015. In November, my wife went of a girls' weekend to Amsterdam with a friend of hers, and it was decided that I'd do something in January.

Now, Garuda Indonesia have been operating a tag on to their Jakarta - Amsterdam flight to London Gatwick daily, and as Garuda are a Skyteam member I thought about taking a ride on this flight. At the time I was looking, the cheapest economy fare was about £50 one way, with the cheapest fare earning Flying Blue miles was about £70. I then looked at Business class - there was a special on, with one-way costing just £98 (and still earning miles). At this price differential, I booked it.

But how to return home from Amsterdam? KLM charge a fortune for one-way fares, so I could use some of the saved Flying Blue miles to return. Or fly Easyjet or BA back to the UK, or even take the ferry - but I'd done that the previous spring (report: http://signol.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06...ms-meet-by-ferry-and-easyjet.html) It was around this time, that another special deal was being advertised by Swiss, but only on one particular route: "Fly Business for the price of Economy!" The route in question was Geneva to Copenhagen. How to build this into my itinerary? I had enough Nectar points (from British supermarket Sainsbury) to fly Amsterdam to Geneva for free on Easyjet, which was easy enough to book. Finally, SAS departures from Copenhagen to Heathrow were also on offer, at about £40. Train travel to and from the London airports was free as well, paid for with Red Spotted Hanky loyalty points. Finally was a hotel in Geneva. I booked a refundable rate in the airport F1 Hotel, knowing that I had some £77 of credit in the Hotel Tonight app (sign up for £15 of free credit using my referral RTHOMPSON183   ) This app used to allow hotel bookings, but only for that very night, but recently started to allow bookings from one week ahead. As it happened, the Geneva Airport Holiday Inn Express popped up for £89 in the week before, so I booked that, using the credit and only £12 cash. I also booked a room at the Travelodge Croydon Central for the night before the trip for very little, so I wouldn't have to wake at stupid o'clock to train it down to Gatwick.



Route map, courtesy of www.gcmap.com

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I had recently received a GPS watch, for tracking running and exercise. I decided to try it on the flight, so this is my actual track.

The trip started on the evening of the Friday, when after putting the children to bed, and wishing goodnight my wife, I walked down to Norwich station to board the 21:00 train to London. It wasn't busy, which was shown by the price of the First Class fares, indeed there were a total of 3 passengers in First - or one passenger per carriage! The good ambiance didn't last for long, though, as a tannoy announcement spread the news that the train in front had broken down, and that our departure time was as yet unsure. Following this, we were told that we would depart "in 20 minutes", several successive times. In the end, we departed 45 minutes late. As well as this, we would stop en route for some time, meaning an eventual arrival into London 1h10 behind schedule - enough delay to qualify for Delay Repay, the full cost of your ticket back in vouchers. There was even a staff member waiting on the platform handing out the claim forms.

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On the First Class carriage

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On arrival into London. Note the Windows screen

On arrival into London, I made my way to Blackfriars station, and caught a late night service to Croydon. These run all night, at 1 hour intervals, on to Gatwick. My hotel was just around the corner from Croydon station, and was a standard Travelodge room. I didn't bother with breakfast in the hotel, as there was a McDonalds nearby for a sausage and egg McMuffin.

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My room

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The view

After a short night, I woke and breakfasted at a nearby McDonalds, before taking a train for the 15 minute journey to the airport. On arriving, I mistakenly took the tunnel from the South Terminal to the curbside, rather than to the North Terminal shuttle. I quickly realised my mistake, and boarded the automated shuttle for the 3 minute journey.

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North Terminal shuttle station

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Exterior of the North Terminal

Finding the Garuda checkin desks was easy, and the process was even easier. I had carry-on only, and had already chosen my seat, so it was just a case of giving me a boarding pass and putting a "Fast Track Security" sticker on it. Not that this mattered, as when I went to the security checkpoint, I couldn't find the Fast Track, and the regular lines were not long anyway. I was also given a lounge invitation, to the Number 1 Lounge, which would probably have been my choice anyway thanks to my Airport Angel card.

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BSOD at the Garuda checkin desks

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FIDS - Jakarta via Amsterdam is 3rd from bottom on the left

First of all, I had a look around the lounge, saw that there was not much happening on the apron, then found some snacks and drinks.

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View from the window

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Snacks and drinks

I then noticed the GA 777 taxiing in - it must have landed without my noticing. I watched it approach the terminal, and pass near the lounge.

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First sight of Garuda

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Head on

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Round the corner

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Nearly gone

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View from the only free seat in the lounge, when I arrived.

Finishing my snacks, I made my way out, to find the gate, once it had appeared on the FIDS in the lounge.

Date: 17/01/15
Flight: GA89
Route: LGW-AMS
Aircraft: PK-GIA

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Through the window

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A bit clearer, but still not great

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Overhead

Once passing through the boarding pass check into the holding area, I could board immediately - boarding had already started, so I've no idea if they pre-boarded status passengers, young families, or F or J passengers.

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From the holding pen

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From a window in the jet bridge

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First place I needed to visit!

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In case you didn't know...

I then returned back to my seat. I had been shown to it personally, and my coat already taken. I was offered a drink at this point - orange juice, there was no choice.

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My seat

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Plenty of legroom

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Map

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Gate neighbour

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My welcome juice

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Cabin overview. I was in the smaller J cabin, just 3 rows of seats. There were perhaps only 2 other passengers here.

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View back of the engine

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Star-speckled ceiling

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Seat controls

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Safety card

We soon pushed pack, and held for a while whilst the towbar was removed. At this point, I started my GPS watch, to see if it could track our progress.

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LGW track

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Pushback

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Moving forward

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The famous bridge. We didn't use it.

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Onto the runway

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Straightening up

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Accelerate. VS and BA wait their turn.

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Liftoff

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The other runway. Contrary to popular belief, Gatwick does actually have two runways, just that they are too close together to be used simultaneously. One is used as a taxiway unless the main runway is closed.

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Chasing our shadow

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Looking back at Gatwick

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And zoomed in

Fairly quickly after takeoff, I was addressed by name and asked if I would like something to eat. I replied in the affirmative. Again, there was no choice in food.

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The meal

The meal consisted of smoked salmon, a single breadstick, a quarter of an egg, a single cherry tomato, some potato salad and a sprig of greens, followed by a small piece of melon, a kiwi piece and some unidentified red berries (that I didn't really like). A glass of water was also on the tray. I must say, that it was very tasty, apart from the berries, but very small - I was expecting it to be a starter before a main, but no. So, then, make sure you eat in the lounge!

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Sheerness

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Southend, with its pier

Shortly after, a drinks service began, and I asked for a G and T. A large glass was brought to me, and easily half of it must have been gin - it was very strong!

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G&T

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Cloud formations

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Reflective sunshine

At this point I looked at my watch, to see how it was doing. Somehow, it had started tracking "laps", of 5km, so was busy updating itself every few seconds with the lap number (here already on lap 154)

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GPS watch

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Legroom

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Descending through the clouds

By now we had started our descent, and soon were over the Netherlands.

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Ijmuiden

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We followed the coast some way before turning inland

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On finals

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Nearly there

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Touchdown

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As you can see, we landed on the Polderbaan, and taxied in

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Pulling up

I had asked if any other forum members were about, and indeed Eric, Servaas and Martijn were free, so we arranged to meet by the rooftop Fokker. I had brought some "controversial" new Cadburys Creme Eggs, and handed them out. After some time chatting on the terrace, we adjourned to the nearby cafeteria, where we continued conversation over hot drinks. Thanks guys, it was great seeing you!

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The rooftop Fokker

Now, Amsterdam airport has both Schengen and non-Schengen zones, as well as a low-cost pier. I've used the low cost pier before, on an Easyjet flight to London, so it was at the far end of the non-Schengen zone. What I didn't realise was, that the Schengen area is downstairs from the non-Schengen part, and thus completely separated from the rest of the Schengen part of the airport. This meant that facilities were limited once I'd passed security, and certainly lounge-less - my Airport Angel card would let me use the Servisair lounges, but I couldn't get to either! In any case, once I said goodbye to the guys, I found somewhere landside to buy some food, a sandwich from Albert Heijn, then proceeded to the M gates - the low cost Schengen zone.

Date: 17/01/15
Flight: U21358
Route: AMS-GVA
Aircraft: HB-JYB

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FIDS, with my lonely Geneva flight from the M gates

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And all the evening's flights from the M zone

As can be seen, there were no other flights from this zone that evening apart from mine. The area itself was well maintained, with some interesting stepped-design seating areas, as well as a small cafe and shop.Before too long, the gate number appeared on the FIDS and everyone headed towards it. The gates are shared between the two zones, so once I arrived my boarding pass was checked and I was in the holding pen queue, quite possibly the same one as the Stansted flight the previous year. I was about half way down the queue. We weren't held there for long, and soon the doors were opened for Speedy Boarders, followed by the rest of us. I didn't see much point in speedy boarding, especially now that Easyjet have assigned seats, and I had paid my £3.50 for a window. And my bag was small enough to go under my seat if necessary.

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In the holding pen

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Heading for the rear stairs

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Other ramp neighbours

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Reg check

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Under the wing, you know.

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Tight legroom as always on Easyjet

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View over the cabin

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What's this Finnair machine doing on the low cost pier?

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Safety card

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Pushback

I didn't use my GPS watch on this flight, or indeed any of the others of the trip - I wanted to see how it worked first, with just one flight stored.

We pushed back on time, and taxied to the runway and took off. As this was a night flight, there wasn't really much to see for the most part, and I bypassed the sales service. I was feeling quite tired by this point.

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I think this is the city of Mulhouse

Also from my position, and it being night, on approach I couldn't really see much. We seemed to follow the coastline of the lake for some time, and I saw a train driving on its tracks, before we touched down and taxied to a remote stand. Exiting the aircraft and boarding the bus the temperature of about -2C was very noticeable after the +7C or thereabouts of northern Europe. As there was no passport control, and I had no checked baggage, I was out into the public zone within a few minutes. I now just had to find my hotel, which was apparently very close. After walking for about 15 minutes, I found it, and checked in. As an IHG Gold member, I was asked if I'd like 300 bonus points or a free drink. Given the measly value of this low number of points, and the new-found strength of the Swiss franc, I chose a drink.

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Drink voucher

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My room, same as any other Holiday Inn Express

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My drink - I asked for a local beer, if they had one.

I then went to bed, as I had an early start in the morning, as I wanted to be at the airport at 7am for my flight at 9, to have some breakfast in the lounge.

The next morning, I woke and dressed quickly, and checkout our before walking back to the airport. I picked up a boarding pass from the checkin desk, as I had checked in online the previous day on my phone. I had originally selected seat 4A, but I had been moved to 2F. It turned out that this was due to the Business cabin being reduced to just 2 rows. Also, after I had bought the ticket, I later found that coiincidentally, fellow forumer James had also booked onto the same flight. And, even with the reduced J cabin, there was just one other passenger in front of the curtain. Anyway, after I got my boarding pass, I spotted James, so we met and went through security together, looking for the Business lounge, access to which came with the tickets.

Date: 18/01/15
Flight: LX1286
Route: GVA-CPH
Aircraft: HB-IPU

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FIDS

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Good news for coeliacs

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Food choices. The lounge was rather quiet.

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Seating area

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Business area.

After getting some tea and a croissant, and being disappointed that they only had bread and jam, I remembered my Aegean Star Alliance Gold card - with which we could enter the First Class lounge. So we decided to lounge hop to the supposedly "better" lounge, with me guesting in James. Indeed the food offering was more comprehensive, including ham and cheese for the bread, but this lounge was much fuller.

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2nd breakfast course

It was soon time to head to the gate. We found it easily enough, but there was no sign of an aircraft.

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At the correct gate

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Geneva airport is long

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Gate neighbour

Eventually an aircraft pulled onto stand, and we were soon called to board.

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The infamous spots, preventing good pictures

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In front of the wing, you know

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The glass bridge

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Nose

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Decent enough leg room

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Safety card

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Cold out of the window. We didn't de-ice though - something I've still yet to experience.

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The whole J cabin, James arranging his bag

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The screens had the map displayed

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James filming the pushback

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Pushback

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The terminal

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Cold looking apron

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Remote stands

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Takeoff

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Climbing

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Into the cloud layer

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Into the sunshine

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The Alps

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Turning northwards

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More mountains

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The Jura

Soon the crew asked if we'd like some breakfast - naturally we agreed.

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The breakfast tray

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And with the warm bread from the basket

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Some tea. Shame about the coffee creamer instead of milk.

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And the famous Swiss chocolates!

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The steward saw James and I photographing, and asked if we'd like a shot of him offering the basket!

The flight passed well, with chat and more drinks, despite the view out of the windows remaining the same - clouds and more clouds. Before long, we started our descent into Copenhagen.

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Descending

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Into the murk

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Is that the sea?

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Indeed it is

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I think this is the new aqarium

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Getting closer

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Over the approach to the road and rail bridge / tunnel to Sweden

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The airport approaches

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Touchdown

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Brakes on

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Taxiing onto stand

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Some neighbours

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Confirmation of where we were

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Spotted Wow Air of Iceland

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Pulling up next to a Norwegian neighbour

Now we had several hours in Copenhagen, with James booked on the SAS flight to Heathrow before mine. We were disgorged into the main secure area, but without boarding passes, so we headed to the transfer desks to get some, despite not really needing them as we had both checked in online.

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Transfer desks

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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:18 pm

Great, err... Complicated trip report. I can't keep track of your loyalty programs and points...  
I like artificial banana essence!
 
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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:04 pm

Argh, report truncated. I'll add the final section soon.

Quoting allrite (Reply 1):

Thanks allrite. Yes, plenty of loyalty schemes. So many in fact that I have no real loyalty to anyone, as long as the deal is good  

Thanks

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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:27 am

Garuda meal is a joke.

Even BA C serve better than that.
 
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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:20 pm

Might do this flight for the craic. Or maybe SQ J MAN - FRA. Breakfast does look crap but it's such a short flight! Looking forward to the rest.

 
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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:09 pm

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Airside at CPH

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A cafe

We decided to head for the lounge. We were both flying back in Economy, but the Aegean Gold card came out again, and I was able to guest James in again. Before that, however, I bought my wife a Starbucks mug for her collection. Once inside, we were directed upstairs.

Note - from this point I made a video report as well, which can be seen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqfPFXUCCgo

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Entrance to the lounge

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Model A340

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Strange combination

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More good news for coeliacs

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The food selection

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And some drinks. As well as hot drinks, and fridges of cold drinks, and bottles of wines and spirits.

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We found a table overlooking the concourse

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Some lunch

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Someone doing some filming

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Any Scandinavians know who this guy is?

After yet more chat, it was time for James to leave, and find his way to his flight. I remained for a little while, before exiting and looking around the shops some more.

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FIDS

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This is Denmark after all. What was surprising, was that it was more expensive here than in London.

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Children's pushchairs seemingly randomly placed, that parents could borrow for their children.

The non-Schengen area of Copenhagen is upstairs, again so that gates can be shared. I went through passport control, and found my gate. Once it was confirmed, my boarding pass was checked, and I was in the holding pen. Before too long boarding was called, and being Star Gold I was one of the first on.

Date: 18/01/15
Flight: SK1517
Route: CPH-LHR
Aircraft: OY-KAM

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Gate confirmation

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Some nearby aircraft, including Norwegian's new Boeing 787

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This one looks like my ride

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Quite a long way from the building!

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Indeed it is mine.

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My seat, near the back

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Legroom, similar to Easyjet

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Safety card

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Baggage handlers loading

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BOB menu. Note "Coffee and tea is always free".

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Pushing back

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Onto the runway

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Takeoff

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Up into the clouds

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And through into the dusk

The crew then started the service run. Not many people bought anything, but most people partook of their free hot drink.

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Tea

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Dusk

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Finished

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Town of Chelmsford

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Over Essex

By now we had started our descent into Heathrow. There wasn't so much congestion, so no holding this time.

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London City airport

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The O2 Arena - Queen were playing, and a good friend of mine was there

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The Thames

On landing, we had to wait for what seemed like ages for our parking gate to be cleared of a previous aircraft. In actual fact, it was nearer to about 15 minutes. Eventually we pulled onto stand next to a company 737.

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Gate neighbour

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Baggage hall

This was also my first ever time in the new Terminal 2, even though only arriving, it was a pleasant experience, similar to T5. I soon made my way outside, and onto the tube, for the journey home from Stratford, as Liverpool St Station was closed for engineering works.

Overall, it was a great weekend, made even better by meeting friends. So thanks Eric, Martijn, Servaas and James for the company!

Garuda were certainly the highlight, and for anyone wishing to travel London to Amsterdam, they are my recommendation.
Easyjet were normal, LCC. Exactly as expected.
Swiss were very nice too, excellent service.
I was also impressed with SAS. Having never flown them before, I was led to believe they were a LCC in all but name. I was pleasantly surprised, and wouldn't hesitate to fly them again.

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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:17 pm

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 3):
Garuda meal is a joke.

Even BA C serve better than that.

Hi Lychemsa, you are correct, it wasn't much of a meal, though it was tasty. BA in Club Europe was a more substantial salad - though I only flew them in C once.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 4):
Might do this flight for the craic. Or maybe SQ J MAN - FRA. Breakfast does look crap but it's such a short flight! Looking forward to the rest.

Thanks Aerdingus for the reply! Definitely, short flights on long haul planes are great, especially in C as you often get the big seats, instead of European C of blocked middle seat. Though I paid £98 for the ticket, I gather the usual price is £249 - watch out for a sale, or spend some Avios on an Iberia J on Heathrow - Madrid  

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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:46 pm

Great TR Signol. Service on LX looked really amazing. Do you know why their is the Swiss flag on the easy jet safetycard? Anyways great TR.

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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:37 pm

Hi signol,

great report here, enjoyed it very much. Especially since I have that LGW-AMS Garuda flight planned as well in about two weeks time (in economy though). Looking forward to it very much. And what a nice coincidence, I will then also use easyjet to GVA after it  

Quite impressed by the meal and service on Garuda, it might be a small portion, but for a flight of this length I think it is more than ok. And at least the G&T was generous  

And well done with adding the GPS tracks, very interesting.

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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:14 am

Hi signol,

Nice trip report and good that you were able to catch up with fellow anutters along the way.

It is also great to see that ou have the option of some intra-EU flights on extra-EU carriers. Great that you were able to score a seat in J at a "Y" price due to the special and still earn points too.

The GPS watch is cool and the experiment worked well but would they permitted everywhere? Would they not be regarded as electronic devices that need to be turned off for landing and take off? I ask because it isn't something that I had previously thought about.

Glad you enjoyed the trip and thanks for sharing.
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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:13 pm

Hi!


Nice report first of all.
Nice to see the Garuda C class. The seat looks quite good I think, but as you mentioned, the food lacks quantity.
The flight on SWISS looks very good as well, glad that you ended up with James on the same flight, also great you had the cabin to yourselves.
The lounge in GVA looks identic to the lounges in ZRH.


thanks for sharing
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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:48 pm

Hey Robin  

Great report and nice you got to try out Garuda J and Swiss J. Nice company with James too. Always nice to include your train journey  

Look forward to more from you this year.

Regards

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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:41 am

Hi signol,

A good report! Very nice that you were able to snatch those 2 affordable business class fares, on Garuda and Swiss.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
so this is my actual track.

Did I inspire you  

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Airport Angel card.

Seriously, how can one have so many loyalty cards? I try to have as little as possible!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
I replied in the affirmative.

Is that a posh way of just saying ‘yes’ lol?

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
I must say, that it was very tasty, apart from the berries, but very small

Looks more like an amuse-bouche. Quite disappointing...

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
I didn't see much point in speedy boarding

I guess nowadays it’s more used by people who want to have space in the overhead bins for their hand luggage.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Under the wing, you know.

Nearly...  

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Legroom, similar to Easyjet

Nah, that I cannot believe. Legroom on SAS is by my knowledge quite good on the Airbus?

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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:28 am

Hello Robin,

Great report! Nice to read about your experience with Garuda too, didn't realise you took the flight In J. Seems like you were able to build a nice trip around it as well, particularly with all those points. The Swiss meals looks a bit a disappointing and small though, I heard (and experienced once) a lot better about Swiss.

Thanks for sharing!
 
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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:14 am

Hey Robin,

Thank you for sharing this great report. What a great way to cross the North Sea on the mighty 77W. What a bargain fare, too.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
A large glass was brought to me, and easily half of it must have been gin - it was very strong!

Perfect!  

U2 look perfectly fine as usual.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
I didn't see much point in speedy boarding, especially now that Easyjet have assigned seats

When I flew U2 last year, I booked an exit row seat, which had speedyboarding included, so those pax were probably seated in the exit rows. But yes, there isn't really much point otherwise imo.

SK & LX both look great as well.

Thanks for sharing!  
 
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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:55 am

Hi there Robin, been looking forward to seeing your version of events from the weekend! Mine should be along soon.

Garuda looks pretty good - seems like a decent seat to go all the way to Jarkarta in.

EZY look standard but I can't really comment on LX and SK!

Thanks again for guesting me into the lounges.
 
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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:00 pm

Hi all,

Thanks for the comments and kind words!

Quoting lesfalls (Reply 7):
Great TR Signol

Thanks!

Quoting lesfalls (Reply 7):
Do you know why their is the Swiss flag on the easy jet safetycard?

Easyjet have a 2nd operating company in Switzerland, I'm not sure the reasons but it was "operated by Easyjet Switzerland".

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 8):
great report here, enjoyed it very much

Thanks CaptainRed!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 8):
Especially since I have that LGW-AMS Garuda flight planned as well in about two weeks time (in economy though).

I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 8):
And what a nice coincidence, I will then also use easyjet to GVA after it

Ha! I think I used the first Saturday flight of the season, as it wasn't operating the previous week when I looked into booking.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 8):
And at least the G&T was generous

Indeed it was!

Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 9):
Nice trip report and good that you were able to catch up with fellow anutters along the way.

Thanks! Indeed, always good.

Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 9):
It is also great to see that ou have the option of some intra-EU flights on extra-EU carriers. Great that you were able to score a seat in J at a "Y" price due to the special and still earn points too.

This too  
Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 9):
The GPS watch is cool and the experiment worked well but would they permitted everywhere? Would they not be regarded as electronic devices that need to be turned off for landing and take off? I ask because it isn't something that I had previously thought about.

The watch itself has no transmitter, only receiving, so it is the same as any other electronic watch, even the old Casio digital watches. My understanding of the "no devices" rule is for distraction in critical stages of flight, and also they may fly about the cabin in an emergency. Neither would count for this watch. In any case, some airlines (British Airways included) specifically mentioned that all electronics can be used throughout the flight (with the exception of phones, which must be in Flight Mode)

Quoting emek96 (Reply 10):
Nice report first of all.

Thanks!

Quoting emek96 (Reply 10):
The flight on SWISS looks very good as well,

It was!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
Great report and nice you got to try out Garuda J and Swiss J. Nice company with James too. Always nice to include your train journey

Thanks Philip. It's always good to meet friends. Though the train can be a little repetitive after a while!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
Look forward to more from you this year.

Hopefully so!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
A good report! Very nice that you were able to snatch those 2 affordable business class fares, on Garuda and Swiss.

Hi Nils, thanks, some bargains to be had sometimes!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Did I inspire you?

Ha, of course!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Seriously, how can one have so many loyalty cards? I try to have as little as possible!

I won't be swayed on choice by which loyalty card / alliance to use, so I keep them all and take what value I can from them. But I had so many points to not lose, with their associated value.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Is that a posh way of just saying ‘yes’ lol

Affirmative  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Looks more like an amuse-bouche. Quite disappointing...

Yes. At least I could have eaten more in the lounge.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Nah, that I cannot believe. Legroom on SAS is by my knowledge quite good on the Airbus?

A comment on my Youtube video of the flight mentioned that the legroom is more generous at the front of the plane...

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):
Great report! Nice to read about your experience with Garuda too

Thanks Robert!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):
The Swiss meals looks a bit a disappointing and small though, I heard (and experienced once) a lot better about Swiss

It was a breakfast, and considering I'd eaten some more breakfast in the lounge, it was just fine. Some nice variety too, and we were offered more bread rolls after as well.

Quoting ab486 (Reply 14):
Thank you for sharing this great report. What a great way to cross the North Sea on the mighty 77W. What a bargain fare, too.

Thanks! The 777 to AMS is definitely the best choice  
Quoting ab486 (Reply 14):
When I flew U2 last year, I booked an exit row seat, which had speedyboarding included, so those pax were probably seated in the exit rows

Good to know.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 15):
Hi there Robin, been looking forward to seeing your version of events from the weekend! Mine should be along soon.

Hi James, I look forward to your opinions about it  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 15):
Garuda looks pretty good - seems like a decent seat to go all the way to Jarkarta in.

I certainly wouldn't mind it!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 15):
EZY look standard but I can't really comment on LX and SK!

Ha, I'll just have to wait  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 15):
Thanks again for guesting me into the lounges.

Any time.

Thanks again for your replies!

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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:05 am

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
The watch itself has no transmitter, only receiving,

Thanks for the explanation. I appreciate it.  
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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:12 am

Hi signol,

nice report, interesting choice of carriers/routes. LX J Class looks fine as usual. While I really like the colors in GA's Y Class, I'm a bit disappointed by those selected for J Class. The layout is certainly great, though.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
At the time I was looking, the cheapest economy fare was about £50 one way, with the cheapest fare earning Flying Blue miles was about £70. I then looked at Business class - there was a special on, with one-way costing just £98 (and still earning miles). At this price differential, I booked it.

Very good deal!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):

Fairly quickly after takeoff, I was addressed by name and asked if I would like something to eat. I replied in the affirmative. Again, there was no choice in food.

It's indeed small - and bad to see there was no choice considering that many people don't like fish.

Was champagne available, too?

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
The steward saw James and I photographing, and asked if we'd like a shot of him offering the basket!

Nice!


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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:24 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):

Thanks for your reply PlaneHunter!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Very good deal!

Since then the regular J one way fare has been around £220 every time I've looked, so it must have been an introductory offer.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Was champagne available, too?

To be honest I didn't ask. I'm not a massive fan (shock horror!)

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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:57 pm

Hi Robin,

nice report! That GA seat is probably much better use for the flight all the way to CGK  
Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Once passing through the boarding pass check into the holding area, I could board immediately - boarding had already started, so I've no idea if they pre-boarded status passengers, young families, or F or J passengers.

I hate the LGW gate used by GA. There is no Sky Priority for boardingpass scanning when they let you into the waiting area. Also, once boarding started, no call for Sky Priority and everybody just walked towards the aircraft. I found this a major lack on GA's groundservice honestly. Such a simple detail they overlook...

Then again, GA is definitely not the 5* airline. I had major issues with a flight booking on them last week, and I will have to see how they will handle that case from now on.

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RE: Garuda J, Easyjet, Swiss J, SAS Y Around Europe

Sat May 16, 2015 8:54 pm

Hi Eric,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
nice report

Thanks!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
That GA seat is probably much better use for the flight all the way to CGK

Yes, that would have been nice  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
There is no Sky Priority for boardingpass scanning when they let you into the waiting area

Really? A shame. Though I didn't notice a large pax load on board anyway.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
Then again, GA is definitely not the 5* airline. I had major issues with a flight booking on them last week, and I will have to see how they will handle that case from now on

A shame.Maybe the 5* rating was only based on "premium" routes? I hope your issue is swiftly resolved, anyway.

Thanks

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