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A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:34 pm

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I N T R O D U C T I O N
A high-volume holiday airline, Corsair International is France’s second largest carrier with its hub at Paris-Orly. Belonging to the TUI Group tourism umbrella, Corsair International operates to a handpicked selection of holiday destinations that mainly attract the French local market by sheer volumes. Such a super-exotic destination portfolio –many of which span French overseas territories- includes Abidjan, Antananarivo, Mauritus, Dzadoudzi, Réunion, Dakar, Monteal, Punta Cana, Pointe-à-Pitre, Fort-de-France, and Castries.

In previous years, the airline was aligned with TUI’s holiday-heavy theme and was operating under the “Corsairfly” name bearing the TUI “smile” and colors on its aircraft. However, during the more recent times, the airline fully rebranded –now known as Corsair International- away from the charter-only area to attract a wider niche of your everyday passenger, even adding a flexi premium-like element to attract the business traveller.

Corsair’s fleet comprises of seven aircraft –four A330s and three 747s- which come configured with a high-density layout. For instance, the 747s pack 533 seats while their A330s hold no less than 300.What is also remarkable is that Corsair International operates to many small islands with multi-daily services on these jumbos that almost always leave the gate with every single seat occupied.

Recently I had the chance to travel from Paris-Orly on one of the infamous Corsair 747s, to one of my favorite places on this planet, Saint-Denis de la Réunion. Join me on this unique experience on a massive jumbo flying to a tiny island on the Indian Ocean that is just barely visible on your typical world map.



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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:35 pm

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This report shall cover my experience on Corsair International’s 747 from Paris-Orly to Saint-Denis de la Réunion in Horizon Class.


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B A C K G R O U N D
This trip was part of a wider trot around various places on different airlines and aircraft. Booking into the Corsair flight was done simply and very effectively through Corsair International’s very own website.


While not by any means fancy or “bling-ish”, Corsair’s website offers the booking customer everything that is needed to successfully plan a full trip to any of its destinations. But more interesting than that, you also have the flexibility to select the perks you want for an individual price as an add-on service. Not so much LCC style –though similar in its pay as you go structure- you can, with your Economy Class booking, add certain premium services for an extra charge. For instance, you may not see any value in paying so much more for a Business Class ticket, but would like to benefit from such associated features as priority check-in, lounge access, or even a Business Class meal served right at your very own Economy Class seat. Well on Corsair you can, and frankly I thought it was an interesting way to personalize your travel experience.


In my case for instance, I wanted to be seated in the Horizon Class cabin (i.e. Economy Class on Corsair international) but I found it useful to pay for priority check-in and a Business Class meal. And I got exactly what I paid for!



FROM ORLY SUD
Earlier that day, I had arrived at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on Etihad from Tokyo via Abu Dhabi. Since Corsair operates from Orly airport, I needed to transfer between the two airports and there was no easier way to do so than through Les Cars Air France.


As the name suggests, this service is operated by Air France,and offers a very convenient bus transfer between Charles de Gaulle and Orly that can be used for a fee by anyone.


After a 70-minute bus ride, I was dropped off at Corsair’s terminal, OrlySud. The Corsair check-in area is at the very end of the terminal near Entrance D, and tonight’s operation were two “twin flights” departing around the same time to St. Denis and Mauritius. Since both these flights were on 747’s, this meant about a thousand passengers were to be hauled through the airport for just this operation.



Curbside at OrlySud

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Whilst Charles de Gaulle gets its fair share of bashing –though I’ve never had too complex a journey through it yet- Orly seems to be much more of a breath of fresh air, probably because of its smaller size and the ease of traveling through it. Nothing too out of the ordinary here; a check-in area, immigration/security, duty free, gate area, boarding, aircraft, departure, done!



Inside the check-in area at OrlySud

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FIDS

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Arriving at the counters just over 3 hours prior to my flight, the queue that only just formed ahead of the document check area was not only moving, it was practically non-existent. No idea how so many passengers were processed so quickly, but the agents definitely seemed like they were doing their thing perfectly.



Corsair international check-in

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A super-professional agent takes my documents and processes my way through the system and within minutes my boarding pass was issued and my luggage tagged to Saint-Denis de la Réunion.



Boarding pass

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GATE & BOARDING
Passing through immigration and security was a breeze with no hiccups. Once airside, you are suddenly surrounded by the usual duty free shops typical to any other airport.



Airside at OrlySud

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At the gate, the passengers had not yet collected, as there still was some time to spare before departure. But this all changed when the twin jumbos assigned to St. Denis & Mauritius were towed simultaneously to their adjacent gates from the remote stand about an hour and fifteen minutes before departure. It was quite a site seeing them stroll in like royalty, that even the 1000 other everyday-type passengers suddenly appeared from no where to pay respect, take some photos and mumble commentary about them whilst watching them from the window.



F-GTUI being towed to the gate

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Mauritius (F-GTUI) to the right, St. Denis (F-HSEA) to the left

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F-HSEA

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F-GTUI

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As the time for boarding neared, the gate area became overly congested with passengers –mainly families and their children- and soon after the crew enplaned, the boarding announcements began to chime in. Given that about 99% of the passengers are normally French speakers, English announcements were very basic to the point that when it boiled down to calling out row numbers –which boarding was strictly adhered to- these were announced only in French.



Gate A11 & A12

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Boarding queue

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On my way to this jumbo

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At the door of the aircraft, two crewmembers were guiding the passengers through with a brief welcome and quick point towards the direction of their seats. Naturally, it was assumed I spoke French –since I was probably the only non-speaker on this aircraft- so I was addressed in French. But I knew where my seat was located anyways, so I wasn’t all that confused.



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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:36 pm

ORLY TO ST. DENIS
ORY-RUN

Airline: Corsair International
Flight: SS 910
Cabin: Horizon

Scheduled Departure: 21:20
Scheduled Arrival: 11:15+1

Registration: F-HSEA
Remarks: Just over 23 years old, previously owned by United Airlines and delivered to Corsair in July 2005



Bienvenue à Corsair International

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HORIZON CLASS
The passengers were hoarded inside the plane, and in no time did the cabins fill up to the very last seat. I was quite impressed with the speed and efficiency here, but it also helps when the passenger on the receiving end is cooperative.

The cabin crew was welcoming, but very minimalist and laid back. Requests were assisted at every call, and passengers were helped as required in order to settle in. Do not expect a subservient Standard Operating Procedure here, because we were far from it on this flight. For a nice change, the vibe was so chill that the crew would casually engage in some form of rapport with each other across aisles and galleys whilst they did their do's in the cabins. Everyone was happy, because La Réunion was calling at the finish line!



The Cabin

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Corsair International's cabins are so dense that no empty space is wasted without being used for some form of seating arrangement. Taking the nose section for instance, there are 52 Horizon Class seats located in exactly the same area where Cathay Pacific has lavishly installed just nine suites. And at my seat at 17G, I am sat at the very front of the middle section -the throne seat facing the nose- which contains three pairs of seats lined up in front of each other (as opposed to just one suite on CX located in the same area).



The Seat

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Needless to say, the seat itself is very comfortable for its kind and is the same style as one of the older generation Emirates seats. On my seat, a prepackaged blanket and headsets were placed over the seatbelts, and the duty free magazine and safety card were shoved to the side since there was no seat pocket being in the front row.



More cabin shots

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TAXI & TAKEOFF
As the doors closed, the seatbelt sign quickly turned on while the cabin crew mildly trotted across the aisles just to ensure that things were manageable. Announcements began to chime through the speakers when our Captain finally came on to welcome us on board and advise us of the usuals, including our 10 hour and 30 minute flight time to Saint-Denis de la Réunion.



Ready to depart

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Cabin lights dimmed for takeoff

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After a powerful 747-style takeoff, we were up in the air and on our way to the Indian Ocean.



IN-FLIGHT
At cruising altitude, the seatbelt sign was switched off and the crew was released to prepare for service. Tonight, dinner shall be served, and a continental breakfast will be offered prior to arrival, as indicated by the digital menu on the IFE screen.



Headsets & inflight literature

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The must-visit lavatory scene

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IFE on Corsair International is quite modern, and features iPad-like screens loaded with a variety of films -French and International- documentaries, music, games, and a route map. In addition, it contains the menu for the flight, and various corporate information about the airline and its network.



Inflight entertainment on Corsair International

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As always, I kept this screen on for the rest of the flight

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The meal service commenced when the crew rolled out a couple of trolleys in the cabin, first to distribute the special meals, followed by everything else. My meal tray was served separately, and my drink order was promptly taken as soon as my tray was placed on my table.



Dinner trolley

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Meal tray

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Bread

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Apple juice

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Smoked salmon starter

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Main course of grilled chicken with risotto

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Cheese

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Dessert

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Cocolates, butter, salt & pepper

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This meal was from Classe Grand Large

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Minus the salmon -which I never eat- the rest of the meal was of great quality. The risotto was especially flavorful and very much like that at a restaurant.

After dinner, meal trays were collected and the lights were dimmed. Given that I had been traveling from Tokyo, I was exhausted and ended up sleeping for most of the uneventful part of the flight.



Cabin after the meal service

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Waking up already over the Indian Ocean

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I woke up with two hours left for the flight, and while the cabins were still pitch dark, the crew was busying in the galleys preparing for breakfast.



Cabin

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The lights were then switched on, and the trolleys were brought out to serve breakfast.



Breakfast time

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Two trolleys and four cabin crew were suddenly present in the nose section and were casually serving everyone in the most laid back manner. They all engaged in a conversation and as breakfast boxes and drinks were flying across the aisle from trolley to trolley, they were laughing and chatting amongst themselves and with the passengers as well. Maybe it wasn't professional by standard, but it seemed to work, and everyone was happy in the end!



Breakfast snack box

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Served with coffee and water

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Yoghurt, butter and preserve

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Bread

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Breakfast was very basic. While I did not mind the portion, the offer was quite limited to dry bread and preserves more or less. I remember French breakfasts to be a feast of interesting pastries with condiments like Nutella and what not, so I believe a bit more could have been done here.



Cabin shots after breakfast

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The crew were intrigued by my interest in taking photos during the flight so they pulled me into the galley for a chat. Once they discovered where I was from, one of them -originally from Algeria- switched to Arabic language which really took me by surprise. Maybe I wasn't the only Arabic speaker on board after all! And of course, they were all in for a picture session!



Corsair International rocks!

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DESCENT & ARRIVAL
At initial descent, the seatbelt sign was switched on and the cabin was readied for arrival.



Cabin before landing

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And like a beached whale dumped on the shoreline, our 747 suddenly roared into this small island bringing with it an additional hoard of 500+ passengers.



The aircraft parked at Aéroport Roland Garros de la Réunion

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Same plane arriving the following day

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The arrivals formalities were almost non-existent. As this flight was treated like a domestic arrival, no immigration check was required and we sailed right through to baggage claim.




C O N C L U S I O N
The Corsair International 747 was a real treat to fly on, mainly due to the sheer volume of passengers it carries in one go, and the exotic destinations it flies to. On the service front, Corsair International offers a typical Economy Class product similar to any other airline, and whilst the 747s come in a high-density layout, the seating is fairly comfortable and does not feel cramped. In terms of meals, the Business Class meal was of good quality, but was more like a Singapore Airlines Economy Class offer, whilst there is definitely more room for improvement on the breakfast side. Finally, the crew was very laid back, but that was charm in it all, because they kept the passengers content during the whole flight.



A few goodies from the flight

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This concludes my Trip Report. I hope that you have enjoyed it; your comments are always welcome!



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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:50 pm

Thanks Roni for another superb trip report!

Wow I have seen those Corsair Boeing 747 many times, when I flew in and out of Orly. Now I finally saw the interior. That is a very dense configuration... It is amazing that it is packed full.

The main meal looks pretty good, but I agree that the breakfast is a bit on the light side.

Thanks again for sharing!
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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:31 pm

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
And like a beached whale dumped on the shoreline, our 747 suddenly roared into this small island bringing with it an additional hoard of 500+ passengers.

This is a great quote!

Corsair have been serving the Indian Ocean islands for some time now, as I remember as a kid always seeing their 747s at MRU and RUN, lined up with AOM. I always thought of them as a French longer haul equivalent of Monarch? I remember as a kid thinking the planes had flown from Corsica, what was they doing down here in the Indian Ocean!
I really liked their old livery, I wish they had kept it:

https://www.airliners.net/photo/Corsa...d=56caf234e075b4d38b6df4c442dd6baa

Thanks for the TR!

[Edited 2015-12-22 12:35:31]

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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:19 pm

Thank you Roni for another interesting report to a very exotic destination. Perhaps Corsair will once again fly to LAX and if so, they may be an interesting choice for me to fly to ORY. Keep up the great work!
 
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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:54 pm

I had some nice flights on Corsair a few years ago, YUL-ORY-YUL (744, 333). Yes those planes are dense, but the service was pretty good. I was also seated in the nose cone section (albeit in a window) of the 744 which was great for the novelty.
 
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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:44 pm

OUTSTANDING TR, as always...

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
This trip was part of a wider trot around various places on different airlines and aircraft.

Will we see more TR's soon? PLEASE!!!!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
Since Corsair operates from Orly airport, I needed to transfer between the two airports and there was no easier way to do so than through Les Cars Air France.

True, Corsair and the B747 is a MUST do for sure... But why not AirAustral or XL AIRWAYS FRANCE from CDG?
 
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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Wed Dec 23, 2015 12:05 am

Interesting report. Corsair crew seem to be very nice.

Breakfast is typical of what I used to eat when living in France, Switzerland, Austria; roll with jam and pastry.

In Britain I would eat toast and jam.

thanks.
 
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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:09 am

Hey Roni,

Detailed typical Roni report, gracing the pages of a.net once more  
Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Such a super-exotic destination portfolio –many of which span French overseas territories- includes Abidjan, Antananarivo, Mauritus, Dzadoudzi, Réunion, Dakar, Monteal, Punta Cana, Pointe-à-Pitre, Fort-de-France, and Castries.

YYZ gets the mainstream airlines, but YUL get these and other exotic carriers, of course French speaking like Air Algerie, Royal Air Maroc to name a few.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Earlier that day, I had arrived at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on Etihad from Tokyo via Abu Dhabi.

Are we seeing some kind of blockbuster Etihad A340-500 trip report, perhaps in First Class? Judging the dates from the stickers on the trays looks like the flights on Etihad were to get on the A340-500 before they were supposedly gone forever. Etihad has been planning to take their A340-500s out of service, but a bit of indecisiveness to actually set a date.

http://airlineroute.net/2015/09/21/ey-345-w15update1/

http://airlineroute.net/2015/09/30/ey-ist-dec15/

http://airlineroute.net/2015/11/16/ey-rba-jan16/

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
The crew were intrigued by my interest in taking photos during the flight so they pulled me into the galley for a chat. Once they discovered where I was from, one of them -originally from Algeria- switched to Arabic language which really took me by surprise. Maybe I wasn't the only Arabic speaker on board after all! And of course, they were all in for a picture session!

Not just the crew but the guy in the red t-shirt too!
LAX772LR - "Answer to goofy question:" in response to my question about the B737-MAX8 being grounded. 48 hours later all B737-MAX8 grounded worldwide. Go figure!!
 
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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:49 am

Great to see another report from your, ronerone! Looks like you had a nice flight with Corsair. I've often wondered about them, so great to fly along with you and get a good idea of what it's like to fly with them.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Recently I had the chance to travel from Paris-Orly on one of the infamous Corsair 747s, to one of my favorite places on this planet, Saint-Denis de la Réunion. Join me on this unique experience on a massive jumbo flying to a tiny island on the Indian Ocean that is just barely visible on your typical world map.

Awesome! How great to get on a 747.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
In my case for instance, I wanted to be seated in the Horizon Class cabin (i.e. Economy Class on Corsair international) but I found it useful to pay for priority check-in and a Business Class meal.

This is a really nice pricing structure, and I wish more airlines would do this. If you want the premium meal, you can splurge and get it. The food did look very good, except Breakfast did look too light. They might as well not even put it in the box, if it's just bread they're giving you.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
Earlier that day, I had arrived at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on Etihad from Tokyo via Abu Dhabi. Since Corsair operates from Orly airport, I needed to transfer between the two airports and there was no easier way to do so than through Les Cars Air France.

Wow, I love flying, but I don't think I'd be able to get on an 11 hour flight after a long day of travel the day before!

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew
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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:59 am

Hi Roni.

An excellent trip report with plenty of the right kind of detail and photographs. Also good to see that it covers the onboard experience of an airline not often covered in the forum.

It is surprising that the two flights depart and arrive so close together but I guess the airlined and airports are equipped to deal with it.

Thanks for sharing.
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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:57 am

Very nice report Roni, I should of been there with you and go to Reunion together!

Corsair Int'l have interesting service concept, how much is the upgrade just for the meal and check in priority cost?

The meal looks excellent, far better than expected from a Holiday charter airline but it is France, so expect good food....

Btw, nice seat choice in 17G!

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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:09 pm

Great report as always! This is a route I have on my "to-do" list, as the scenery in Reunion looks amazing.

The Y-product does indeed look great, and far superior (atleast based on the pictures) to what SK offered me in Y home from HKG some weeks ago.

Looking forward to your next report

O
 
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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:36 am

Quoting N178UA (Reply 12):
The meal looks excellent, far better than expected from a Holiday charter airline but it is France

That's brings me up with the question, what was served as "standard" meal?
 
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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:04 pm

Hey Roni,

Thank you for a great report! Sitting in the front of a 747 for YCL fare.... I need to fly all the way to Reunion just for that. The cabin looks cramped, but booking a seat like yours in advance makes it OK.

Long day you had, considering all the way you had from Japan...

Thx for shearing, very interesting airline and route. Jonathan
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RE: A Corsair 747 On The Horizon: Orly To La Réunion

Mon Dec 28, 2015 1:24 am

Thank you Roni!

Wonderful to read.

Looking forward to may more in 2016!

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