During August 2015 Kuwait Airways withdrawn their A300 et A310 and due of the late A330 arrival they use their sole B747-400 on the route Kuwait-Geneva-Frankfort-Kuwait. Being informed by a friend I decided to take the same flight than him. For me it will be the opportunity to fly for the first time on Kuwait Airways and also on a plane that I like, the Boeing 747-400. But one thing more special, it is the government aircraft. It is fitted with a flying hospital and on the upper deck a VIP area (not able to visit it).
So I arrived the day before at Geneva and I slept at the airport. The next morning I took time to have a breakfast at the Ibis next to the airport then I went to join my friend and we went to check in together. But we didn't took seats next to each other to allow us to get different views. I enjoy the Geneva airport, I found it comfortable, this is the third time I'm flying from it, I'm starting to know perfectly this airport.
Now we are having our boarding pass, so we decided to go to the boarding gate. During the waiting time we took time to chat together. To go to the gate we had to go into a tunnel, to be able to go to the satellite. Oh what a surprise it is the same gate than our flight on the Tupolev 154 last may. This time there are definitely less people. Quickly our flight was called… Oh and what do we see on background, our 747.
Because our plane is parked far away, we had to go bus. We stayed in front of bus which allow us to get a nice view about our plane. I'm a bit sad that we didn't get a nice weather today but no worry that's not a problem. It will not avoid me to take pictures. When we arrived at the plane, the bus driver came to me to chat about this nice plane… He really enjoy this nice this special plane. I saw me taking picture, that why he came to chat quickly with me.
After our quick chat, the ground staff came to talk a bit with me. This was because they also enjoy to see this nice plane. Unfortunately the rain stopped our chat but no worry now it's time to enter into the plane and to see how is the inside. We were warm welcomed by two stewardess. When we enter, we were directly into the first class and then followed by the business class (which was looking more to a premium economy) and finally to the economy class where was my seat.
The seat was comfortable with a nice pitch. When I saw how many passengers there was in the waiting area the boarding was quick and we are around 10. Then the boarding was completed, and we started to push back. The the safety video started on the individual TV; what surprised me is that the plane was a bit old, and had old generation individual TV… Just for information, few years ago AF and LH didn't have individual TV. When push back was finished we taxi to the take off runway.
Here we are on the take off runway. Because the plane was not so heavy it speed up and rotate quickly and also the climb was quick. It was a rocket take off. Because the plane was light it had a high pitch rate which help it to climb quickly. Few minutes later the service started by the drinks and the lunch boxe.
Inside the lunch boxes, the were a little sandwich (with only cheese), an orange jus and a little tablerone. Stewardess gave the lunch boxes and water glasses one by one without trolley due of the low number of pax. For I think that it is a nice idea the lunch boxes, especially for a such small flight. Also I discover what I had into my seat pocket. So there was the inflight magazine, the film booklet, the safety card and the headset.
Then I walked a bit into the cabin, it was in mint condition. We can guess a central screen which shows the route map. But because it was sunny it was not possible to see it clearly. On this route the individual TV were not working. After this little tour we started our descent to Francfort, and yes it was a very short flight. The descente was quick, when the seatbelt sign was switch on I went back to my seat.
Descent was made over different german cities which were around Francfort. Here in Germany the weather was great compare to Geneva. We had a soft touch down, followed by a soft braking. The plane was so light that it didn't had to open completely the spoilers. That's the first time for me that a plane doesn't open completely the spoilers… Then the landing was followed by a taxi to our parking gate.
What a short flight, too short for me. It was made with a great crew who took care of us. They took time to answer to my question about this nice plane. At the end of the flight I received the health pocket and the bid with the airline logo. That was very kind from them. As bonus I will put you some extra pictures and the drawing I made for this special flight with the safety video. Thank you for your reading for this special flight between Geneva and Francfort onboard this special B747-400.
Bonus : Click here displayhide
- - - - - - - BONUS - - - - - - - The health pocket :
My drawing :
The bid with the airline logo (for the collectors) :
The safety video :
Geneva - GVA
Frankfurt - FRA
#CABIN : A vintage cabin in mint condition with a seat which was comfortable and with a nice pitch.
#CREW : The crew was careful to the passengers at the same time with few passengers, it is easier to take care to each pax.
#ENTERTAINMENT : The flight itself was the entertainment.
#CATERING : The lunch boxe was nice, especially for a such short flight.
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