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Earlier in May I was informed that Aigle Azur was flying some flight for the training of the crews, so I jumped on the opportunity to fly with them on the Paris-Porto route. It was a new page for Aigle Azur which was usually flying narrow bodies planes.
Aigle Azur was aiming new markets such as China and Brazil, and to do so they received two new plane which were A330-200 (F-HTIC / F-HTAC). Before to fly to the 2 new destinations, the planes made some flights between Paris, Algiers, Porto and Bamako. I was onboard one training flight on the route Paris to Porto, let’s see how was the flight.
I arrived on time at the airport, but I made the check-in online, I printed the ticket at the airport. On this flight, we were able to choose all seats located in premium economy or on basic economy. Once my boarding pass was printed I went to the gate.
Our gate was located on the remote building, which is in front of the main one. To go there we had to take a bus. During the ride we had nice views about the planes. Then once the boarding started we board the plane by the stairs. What a livery !
I really like the livery, it is a stunning one ! The boarding by stairs allowed me to get nice shots of this new plane. When I arrived in front of the door, two crew members welcome me, and invited me to go on the front, at the seat 5A, business class.
They didn’t sold the business class but I was welcomed by the crew to try the new business seat. What a surprise ! The stairs were removed and we were ready to push-back. Safety demonstration were shown on the IFE prior to take off during taxi.
During the taxi, before the take off the crew came to me to welcome me onboard and wish me to enjoy this flight onboard this new plane, very kind from them ! Now align, the plane speed up with a nice roar and start to climb.
Once we were in the air, I start to discover the IFE, it was nice, with a good film selection, the only thing which was not good, was that the map was not working. Then I started to watch a movie, the remote control was good, and reactive.
When the seat belt sign was turned off, the crew came to me and offer me a meal, it was good, and very kind from them ! Once I finished my meal, I went to walk a bit to discover this new plane, which was flying with Air Berlin before.
The business seat was comfortable, the place of this seat was giving more privacy. The good point was that it was full-flat, very comfortable for long-haul flights. The business class was equipped of 18 seats.
The economy class was able to welcome 268 passengers (48 premium seats). The cabin was looking good. Today’s flight was not full, the crew told me that on the return flight there will be much more passengers. As you can observe there was some mood-lightning.
Some other part of the plane such as the toilets and the door. The crew was with me, explaining me different specifications of this new plane. Then I went back to my seat. Inside the seat pocket we were able to find the safety card, the inflight magazine, the menu and the sickness bag.
Then I relaxed a bit. It was very enjoyable. Then later we started our approach to Porto, it was a bit cloudy, nothing crazy. The landscape was a bit different than in France. The Airbus A330 is very comfortable to fly.
Now we are in final, last cabin check and we were ready to land. Landing was fine and soft. Because the plane was not full, we didn’t use all the runway, and to let another plane to take off we clear the runway.
After a short taxi we arrived to our stand, next to an Iberia’s plane. As you can see on the back there is another Aigle Azur’s plane, an Airbus A320. There was 3 flights to Porto, and 1 with the Airbus A330-200.
On the IFE we could read « Thank you » for flying. Then I was invited to meet the Captain. He was very happy to welcome me onboard, and we took some time to chat about this new plane, and the futur flights for Aigle Azur.
Then before to leave I thanks all the crew for this great flight, and their warm welcome during this flight, and it was time to go.
NOTE : On the 27th September 2019 Aigle Azur sadly filed for insolvency.
This plane is a new « era » for Aigle Azur, it is a nice product, with the cabin. The crew is really happy to fly this new plane, and I thanks them for the time the took to show me this plane. I was really happy to realized this flight.