After the new year's eve I decided to have some rest to a sun country, my company gave me 3 days off (but I had to cut one). I choose Marrakesh in Morocco. I went several times in Agadir in the past. I use to fly on Boeing 737-500 or 400. At the begining the 747-400 CN-RGA was sheduled but at the last minute, Royal Air Maroc informed us that the flight operator changed for Hifly. After checking on their website, I saw that it would be the Airbus A340-500 CS-TFX which will be for our flight.
I arrived a bit earlier to Paris Orly allowing me to observe the A340 landing. Then I went to the passeport controle (Parafe) and the bag checking. It was crowded today !!! Many people were going on small holidays or were flying back home after the new year's eve. I arrived on time for the boarding. There were not so many people waiting for the flight.
During the boarding, I saw on the screen that they made a little mistake, the wrote EuroAtlantic against Hifly. Few days ago it was an EuroAtlantic plane which was doing the flight. Also look on my boarding pass, I had the sequence number one today.
We took a bus which drive us to the plane. It was parked far away from Orly Sud. It was closer to Orly Ouest that Orlys Sud. After few minutes we were allowed to walk to the plane. Here is today's lady. A nice 4 engines plane, for a 2 hours and half flight… What a big dream… You havn't seen inside yet… Let's dicover it !
When I enter into the plane, four flight attendants were welcoming us. One for the business class, two for the economy class and the Royal Air Maroc flight puser. All the crew was from Hifly. A stewardess show me where to go, helping me to find my seat. Kind from her. The boarding arera was from the bar, the I walked thought the business class and when I arrived into the economy part, another stewardess told me and to some other passengers, that today it was free seating due of the changing plane. I had the 3O A and I sat to the 31 A to get a better view. Now divorver my seating area for the next flying hours.
The seat was comfortable with a nice pitch. Each seat got a little TV (or IFE). On my left side there was a remote TV but it doesn't work. As you can observe, the TV was still on the Arik Air signature. Where was the remote TV, there were some indi writing, because at the begining the plane use to fly with Kingfisher. The seat-belt signs were new (as you can see with the electronic devises sign).
We had a long hour delay. During that time I was on the phone speaking with my manager, about to negociate my 3rd day off. Due some work reasons I had to come back to work earlier… But anyway, during this waiting time I was also drawing today's plane (you can see it at the end of this flight report). Then after our waiting time, the flight attendant start to realize the safety demonstrations, and we push back. After a short taxi we took off from Paris Orly.
When the seat belt sign turned off I walked a bit into the economy class. It was looking great, we were not so many. That was really comfortable ! The plane was clean, as the toilets were. That's a good news cause this is not always like that on the leased planes. Few minutes after the flight attendants starts to serve today's meal. I sat back to my seat allowing me to have my lunch.
Today's lunch was some truite fish as starter, beef meat with pasta for the main course and a yogurt as desert. It was serve with some bread and butter. The crew made another service for the cold drincks (I took a coke), asked if we would like to have some more bread and a final service for the hot drinks (I took a tea). During our lunch I watch a bit the The Great Gatsby movie. During the lunch we were flying over the french-spanish border. It was less cloudy.
When the crew took back our trays, I walked into the plane to dicover it. Inside this plane there was a flying bar with some sofas and seats in front of this bar. I talked a bit with the flight purser, like me he really enjoy the bar. I thought that it is a great idea to have a bar for the long haul flights. From this part of the plane we've got a nice view on the plane's engines.
Close to the business class bar, there was the business class. There were some full flat red seats. In this part of the plane, only some TVs were working. There were like little suites. Seats were comfortable and we were able to get some massages from these seats… I like that ! The little seat remote panel was with the Arik's logo and the seats were red, which was the Kingfisher color. Between the economy and business class there was another bar, which was for the economy class passengers. Great idea I think !
After my business class testing, I went back to my seat. We were flying over desert when we start our descent. Then we turn to the left to be on final to Marrakesh airport. There were no clouds, only blue sky and sun ! The crew made a last check and we were ready to land.
The landing was soft, but after that the pilot slow down the plane hardly… The landing runway was not so long ! On the Marrakesh airport ground, I was able to see some airlines like Germanwings, Ryanair, Jetairfly and some private jets. Another Airbus from Hifly arrived after us from Paris… It was an Airbus A330. Before to leave the plane I took a last picture, from the flight deck.
Now we're arrived to the end of this flight report, that was a great flight on a special plane, which is the Airbus A340-500. There are not so many of this plane still flying. The crew was great ! You can see myself with the flight purser (from my Flickr Gallery). It was a great flight experience, really special. A last view about today's plane, which was the A340-500 Hifly CS-TFX.
Thank you for your reading !
HERE IS THE A340-500 HIFLY CS-TFX DRAWING
Paris - ORY
Marrakech - RAK
#CABIN A great looking cabin, with a nice pitch, which very enjoyable and also 2 bars.
#CREW A crew which was professional, and friendly. I really appreciate du flight purser kindness. It was a real pleasure !
#ENTERTAINMENT No need to tell again about the IFE but to be honest, the plane WAS today's entertainment !
#MEAL The meal was good, it's nice to get some food on this type of flight.
#ORLY AIRPORT An airport which is a bit old, but having a little refreshing.
#MARRAKECH AIRPORT An airport which looks nice, and clean. And also it will be bigger soon !
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