This time I went to the USA for a roundtrip of 3 weeks with friends. I booked on a promotion fare with LH BRU – SFO – PHX via FRA and return SFO – BRU also via FRA. Flights to and from SFO where with the A380.Flight:
: Boeing 737-300 D-ABXSRoute:
Brussels – FrankfurtFlighttime:
A rather short flight so also a short report for this. Flight departed ontime and everything went on without a problem. Service started shortly after take-off. Everyone received a candybar with a warm and/or cold drink served. Small but enjoyable.
We landed on the on the newest runway in FRA, 25R. Wich is pretty far for the taxi. The pilot had the same toughts I guess because he braked like hell to get a shorter exit. FRA Airport
We arrived at a remotestand, deboarding by bus and a nice drive to the terminal. Always interesting to drive around in FRA, with all those wide-bodys standing there in the morning.
When entering the building the flights weren’t yet on the screens so we didn’t had the exact gate for our next flight to SFO. But no problem, we needed to be in the C-terminal so we began our walk to screening and bordercontrole. We arrived at the screening wich wasn’t that crowded so it went rather quickly also border control was fast and we continued to the gate. That one was really crowded, so a completely full flight would follow. Gate area was quite nice and after a 30 minutes waiting boarding started. The boardingpass is read by a scanner, doors automaticly opens and you can enter. There are 3 entries for the A380, 1 for the upperdeck, 1 for the first rows in Y and 1 for the last rows in Y. Everything went very smoothly and we where seated really fast.Flight:
: Airbus A380-800 Route:
Frankfurt – San Francisco FRA – SFOFlighttime
: 11 hoursLoadfactor:
We where seated in a exitrow so legroom we had more then enough. Pushback ontime and then a short taxi to runway 25C and a direct take off towards SFO. All this is perfectly visible on the cameras mounted in the aircraft. You have 1 tailcamera, 1 nosewheelcamera and 1 camera that looks down. Nice feature to follow everything outside. We climbed to the North heading to AMS, Scotland, Iceland, Greenland, Canada and back South again towards SFO.
What me surprised is that you don’t hear or feel a lot in the A380, very comfortable aircraft to fly with.
On cruising altitude service began.
They started with drinks and biscuits. You could choose between a soda-drink or something stronger like Gin or Wodka even champagne was available. After that the foodservice began and we could choose between a pasta or a chickenmeal. Again drinks where served and now you could have also red or white wine with it. I took the paste with a soda and a red wine wich was very delicious even as the meal itself, very tasty. A second time they came by with the wine. First service was perfect and after service they came with a digistiefke, Cognac or Bailys was the choice or coffee. So time to relax and explore the IFE.
IFE was very good, nice films, a good choice of music and musicvideo’s. You had no time to get bored on the flight.
Flight went on, nothing happened not even turbulence so perfect for me.
When we had around 1,5 – 2 hours to go they started again with a service. Same as the first one, all drinks where available and again you could choice between pasta or chicken. This time I took the chicken wich was also very nice. Second service also perfect.
Time to start our landing at SFO, also visible on the screens thanks to the cameras. Landing on 28R and a slow taxi to our gate. Deboarding went rather fast and there we went. SFO Airport
We arrived at the bordercontrole, together with us a SQ flight. So quite a lot of people where waiting to pass the border. I think we waited around 1 hour before it was our turn. Wich wasn’t a problem because we had to wait around 5 hours for our next flight to PHX. This was the second time I flew to SFO and I knew the TSA people are very friendly there, they even can smile. So this time same as before. With a little chat and a smile my papers where checked and the last part of our flyingtrip could began. We took our baggage of the belt, past customs without a problem and of we went towards the US Airways check in. Since we already had our boardingpass we only needed to put our baggage on the belt and waiting could began.
All this took around 2 hours so we still had plenty of time.
Heading for our last flight we past screening again. Wich was done by the newest type of scanners. Fast and effective. To the gate area we went and waited for our flight to PHXFlight
San Francisco – Phoenix SFO – PHXFlighttime
First time with US, so I didn’t know what to expect.
Boarding went fast since it wasn’t a full flight, push back and taxi to 28L began. After take off we made a 180° turn so I had a perfect view of SFO airport. Flight went on but with a little bit of “chop” like the American pilots like to call it.
A service began and I didn’t know if we had to pay or not for our drinks. But I saw quickly that it was for free and I took again a soda drink. The last domestic flight in the US I flew with the old UA and nothing was for free so thereby I was wondering if it was for free or not.
We past some nice scenery on our why to PHX, we even past Victorville storage field.
Landing in PHX was smooth and warm. We took our baggage, went to the car rental and the trip could start.
After 3 weeks our trip was over and time to go back home. This time it where only 2 flights SFO – FRA and FRA – BRU.Flight:
: A380-800 D-AIMGRoute
: San Francisco – Frankfurt SFO – FRAFlighttime
: around 10 hoursLoadfactor
After a little struggle at check in, because 23kg is not 24kg and bordercontrole we went to the gate area. Again a lot of people for our flight back. Same system for boarding as in FRA, 3 entrys into the plane wich makes it easy for everyone. This time I was seated in a normal seat. I must say, it was very comfortable. Even when the person in front of me reclined his seat I had enough space and I'm 191cm.
Again everything was visible via the camera system and of we went via 28R towards FRA.
Service was the same as on the previous flight, drinks with pasta or chicken and the after service wich was more than OK for me.
Flight went on and after we experienced some turbulence everything went calm again.
Just like on the previous flight, 1,5 – 2 hours before landing they started to serve our breakfast. Wich was a omelette wich tomatoe and coffee, again very tasty.
Landing in FRA was on 07R and a short taxi to the gate. Deboarding and up to our final flight back to BRU.FRA Airport again
This time we needed to go to the B-terminal wich is a good walk from the C-terminal where we arrived. So up and away again. We past bordercontrole pretty fast and then to the last screening where it was very crowded. After 30 minutes we where past it and up to the gate for our flight.Flight:
Frankfurt – Brussel FRA – BRUFlighttime
: 40 minutesLoadfactor
Again a short flight back home. Departure on runway 18 and then left turn towards BRU. Service was the same as before, a candybar and the choice between soda drinks, beer or coffee.
We arrived in BRU perfectly on time.All in all:Legroom:
perfect for me, don't know what it is in a 747 or A330/340 but for the A380 I was happy with it. Service:
more then perfect, tasty, good choice for drinks.IFE
: also good indeedAgain with LH?
: ofcourse, it was the best longhaul flight that I did the past few months, it was even better then QR for me. And I will recommend them to to other persons.
A380: perfect aircraft, you don't have the feeling that you are packed in Y. Smooth and silent it is
Next flight, TG to BKK and HKT