Vacation time is now over, and to quote Britney Spears in her new song Now get to work b*tch!
During this vacation, we wanted to get away to a close and sunny destination, with nice beaches and if possible some cultural interest. Well, that pretty much meant Italy, Spain, Portugal or Malta.
We also had a constraint of being gone for less than a week, as I had a special event to go to on september 6th. We first looked at Malta, being the more exotic of the four. But as Air Malta is the only airline flying from Paris to Malta, they charge pretty much what they want, and the airfares on the dates we wanted were far above 300€ (are you f*cking kidding me?!) Portugal and Italy were expensive too.
That left Spain, though I wanted to avoid the infamous Costa Brava and its trash scattered around, half drunk under the sun ;-)
I then thought of Mallorca, we had seen a nice documentary about it on TV, and clearly this island has much more to offer than beaches, with some great landscapes, a couple f historical sights and pretty old villages.
As a bonus, we could fly with AirEuropa at convenient times (versus Vueling or EZY) and gain some FlyingBlue segments.
The routing was:
ORY-MAD: 738 (No FR) MAD-PMI: 738 (No FR either) PMI-ORY: E195 Here it is!
First, let's start with some pics I took during our stay.
This is the northeastern part of the island (a natural park where our hotel was) which by coincidence happens to be one of the most beautiful part on it according to tourist guides.
The very nice village of Pollença
A castle on the opposite mountain
A view of Bay of Alcudia
Cala d'Or and its cristal clear water
We really enjoyed our stay, Mallorca is really beautiful, very clean, roads are easy to drive on and the people we met were friendly. Also, I forgot my camera when visited the city of Palma and that's a shame, because there are numerous beautiful old buildings with mauresque influence and of course the cathedral. I really recommend to sightsee it.
Back to the FR
We were sort of late at the airport, so no lounge time!
By the way, PMI is much bigger than I expected, and depending where you gate is, you may need some time to reach it.
We proceeded directly to the gate where bording started on time.
Unsurprisingly the jetbridge is sponsored by AB, our E195 is EC-LKM
At the door a friendly looking FA was greeting the passengers in Spanish and French
The first 3 rows hada red headrest, as opposed to a grey one in the rest of the cabin, and there is a curtain behind row 3.
For a moment I wondered if I had been upgraded.
Window view with 2 Germanwings A319, a LH Airbus and another one of AB taxiing
There really are a lot of germans in Mallorca!
We push back on time and the pilot announces a flight time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.
We taxied past this military aircraft, a CASA I think and this DC9 which is in a sad state
I had chosen a seat on the right side as it enables a view of the city of Palma when taking off in a southerly direction.
The Palma cathedral
Another nice spot of this gorgeous island
I kinda like this shot
Leaving PMI behind
And leaving the whole island behind
A ferry on its way to the Spanish mainland
The captain made another PA explaining we departed to the north west and would enter the continent near Barcelona before banking on the right and flying straight to Paris.
Shortly after this PA we were treated to a nice view of BCN airport
Then it got cloudy
AirEuropa is BoB airline on its Euopean Y class, though I saw some passengers getting a glass of water for free.
It turned out I didn't get any upgrade as the is no C Class on the PMI-ORY flight.
The FAs were smiling and all spoke French, which was surprising.
I didn't order anything, but a lot of passenger actually did.
Here are some shots of the menu, I found the prices to be reasonable
The flight passed by uneventfully.
It was cloudy when we started our descent to ORY
Sitting on the right side when landing in ORY in a westerly direction also enables a view of Paris.
Some famous towers in a kind of mist
We stumbled upon this Beech 1900D, about to depart for a long haul flight to Caen or La Rochelle lol
Before we parked, this SS A333 taxied for take off
15 min early, we docked at the gate, next to this A319 bound for Montpellier
I exited the aircraft and spotted this 77W pushing back before its flight to FDF
A last view of our aircraft
On the next day KevinDC and his friend arrived in Paris. On the same evening we went to this special event I had to be back for, and thoroughly enjoyed it!
AirEuropa was a nice surprise, on each flight we took the crew was friendly and smiling, even if you don't have much interraction with them if you don't buy anything onboard. There was a newspaper selection at the entrance of the plane for everyone which explains the Entertainment grade. The front E195 is very quiet and those huge windows a big plus. My friend who's not an avgeek told me how confortable he found the plane.
PMI is an average airport, there is no fast track lane, it's a bit crowded, some parts of it have a fast food stench and I don't like having to pass through a duty free to reach my gate. ORY was a pain, there was only one belt for our flight and one from Madrid, our bags took 25 to arrive in spite of the priority tag.
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