it's been a while since I reported in English, so I'd like to share my experience with TAROM, the national airline of Romania. I went on a business trip to Bucarest in October and on this occasion I had to take this slightly vintage 737-300.
The adventure starts in CDG in terminal 2E, gate L. Once more, the electronic passport gates for French citizens and those who register with another EU passport (like me) are broken, which seems to be the case 90% of the time. I don't really understand why these gates work perfectly fine in the UK and Ireland but never do in France?! Did they pick a wrong provider?
After customs, we're off to L gates with a metro shuttle. Our flight leaves from a gate at the very end of the pier, where we had a great view on the tarmac. This is where this report starts. I'm sorry it's not earlier, I simply had forgottes. I'm skyteam elite +, but my colleagues weren't, so no lounge on this flight.
Boarding started peacefully and I quickly took my seat at the very front of the economy cabin. On this old and worn 737-300, there are till real business seats in business class, which has become an usual sight in Europe.
I have something similar to a bulk seat because there is a real wall between me and the business cabin. The great thing is, that I spread my legs into the business cabin :))))
The business cabin
My "IFE" is switching from this fascinating picture of a sight in Bucarest and a grossly pixelled map. Long live the 1990s.
I found it funny that "floorlighting" is actually made of lights and not of fluorescent stripes
Lunchtime! On a state owned airline from a post communist country, you can still expect a real meal on a 3h flight :)
Nothing too refined, but creamy and filling this chicken and rice was!
However the red wine was disgusting! But I was fairly stupid to order it anyway since cream and red wine don't match (dare I say I am half french!)
Signage in the loo
Yes, it's an old plane.
We've landed and this another view of the business cabin
Leaving the plane next to AB A321 from DUS
Finally able to catch a glimpse of the bird
And off to the terminal, where the arrivals hall is still very 90s too!
… and a FIDS to finish this FR, thanks for reading! The return leg will be on AF's A319 in a refreshed cabin
Paris - CDG
Bucharest - OTP
CDG with its strenghts and weaknesses as usual. Defo missing the electronic passport gate!!! But the big windows with a view on the tarmac and the runway are great.
The flight itself was not too bad, but the cabin definitely worn. Flight attendants smiling and speaking very good English. Food was good compared to competitors but nothing too sublime either. OTP airport does the job but is a little behind in terms of equipment.
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