Back again for more English translations, always a pleasure to write in a foreing language, so please bear with me with typos or spelling errors :) This new series will bring me to Colombia, I found a super deal for 1'200€ from CDG with LH via FRA. The flights to and from CDG will be with AF HOP! including overnighting at the Sheraton CDG (overpriced but the best hotel in terms of location) and the flights to Bogotá with the mighty A340-300.
I arrived pretty early since most of the departures are in the evening and I wanted to avoid the massive crowds that BOG is fameous for.
In fact the airport was still quiet at that time:
SktyTeam had more people:
And so was it with LH, thanks to my SEN card, I could check in at the First Class counter, with no wait at all.
Then I went to the controls:
Absolutely nobody and the agent was lovely!
The duty free prices are crazy, prices downtown were much cheaper …
My flight was announced with a 30 minutes delay, before going to the lounge, I pay a terminal visit :)
Followed by an A330 Avianca:
The airport is still quiet:
I then went to the Avianca lounge:
It is upstairs:
After a warm welcome I toured the lounge that was, as the airport, still very quiet:
The first concern I noticed is that all plugs are were the Movistar signs are, and there not that much. Meaning everyone tries to grap a seat next to it. I was lucky enough to secure on of the last spots :)
Fun Fact: Movistar sponsorises the lounge and offers a WiFi network. But if you want to use the free WiFi you need to use the AviancaGoldMovistar network, not the Movistar one :)
The food offering was not as self service and was really, but really poor.
It looks you can help yourself but no, you have to call someone to get served:
The other big problem is since nothing is selfservice, even not the drinks, you need to queue for absolutely everything. Need coffee? Queue, want water? Queue.
And when the lounge begins to fill up, the queue can be massive. In the meantime I continued with my lounge tour:
Samsung is the sponsor in this part:
I decided to give a try at the offer at a moment that was a bit more quiet. The only available juice was peach, and forget about ice, no ice in the lounge. Drinking a juice luke warm is disgusting.
Everything was as it looks: average at best. At least the popcord was good:
At some point I decided to leave the lounge since it was now overcrowded, noisy and all but a peaceful place to work or to relax.
Making my way to the plane:
Boarding started with priorities first:
And fuselage shoot:
After a new warm welcome, left for me:
My seat was 5D, last seat on the last row:
Water and doggy bag (^^):
Then the purser and the hostess in charge of business class come to greet me. They both enquire about my stay in Colombia and told me that they are aware that I came with them on the inbound flight.
The purser then says that he blocked seats 1A & C for me in case I wanted to have a window and nobody next to me. I gladly accepted the offer and thanked him warmly. I was immediately offered a glass of orange juice:
My new space:
The inbound menu is at least, different :)
I couldn't take pictures of the take off since the lights were not dimmed. The IFE:
One for the movie, the other for the map :) The aperitive :
For the starters I had the gambas that were good but the portion is a bit on the small side:
Then I took the beef:
That was perfect for me:
And a small dessert that was adequate:
Night tee-shirts were then handed over:
I put my seat in full flat mode, use the two mattress top, the two blankets and the two pillows and will sleep for a solid 6H. A first for me :)
Over Ireland as I woke up. Did I already mention that the CFM56 on the A340 are lovely? :)
Another one :)
I took the light option for the breakfast, granola and cheese:
Really liked it. The flight reaches its end:
Another CFM56 picture:
As for the inbound flight, that one was too short! Loved every minute of it!
FRA in sight, 21 degrees on arrival:
And then what every regular traveller in FRA fears, a docking at terminal B, awful when your connecting flight is at terminal A.
My connecting flight was supposed to be at 04H25 with 01H10 connecting time. As my flight was announced with 30 minutes delay, LH automatically rebooked me onto the next flight which was only one hour later, at 17H25. At the end, we landed even two minutes ahead of schedule but I was happy not having to rush and making my way to my connecting flight peacefully. Some last shoot of this beautiful baby:
Bogota - BOG
Frankfurt - FRA
Another lovely flight, the crew made it brilliant!
The food was really good and was perfectly adequate to my taste.
BOG was fast and efficient, but I think that it wouldn't have been the case later in the evening.
FRA is great but not if one arrives at B non Schengen and needs to go to A Schengen. Will tell you in the next part about it.
The Avianca lounge is average at is best. An ok spot to wait a bit but that's it.
Thanks for reading, and as for last time, I'll publish everything in once in order for you to get the series straight ahead.
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What a fantastic crew--that always makes a huge difference. Similarly, as someone who has also worked in the industry, I used to love chatting with cabin crew--that was before having a kid of course...now I never have any free time on a flight, haha.
The food looks much better on this flight than the inbound. Beef on a plane is always a gamble and often way overcooked, but yours looks perfectly pink! Very rare on a plane.
Thanks for sharing!
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