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I am starting my journey home. Geneva Airport. Friend user airport. No hassles. Glad I don't have to go through Paris or London. Thiis is the beauty of flying these days when you can fly long international route from secondary city. This is what Middle Eastern carriers are offering. Hate them or love them they do offer fabulous options to the modern travellers. To be honest I don't remember flying to Europe from SYD via the traditional hub of LHR/CDG or FRA. No need, there are better, easier and smoother alternatives. And I really don't want to be caught in a strike :-). Check in for the EY flight is easy. There is no one about. I go through security like a breeze through the dedicated line. There is an automated gate where you scan your boarding pass and it gives you access to a dedicated premium passenger security gate. I go straight to the lounge. Sorry no photos but it is a very nice and cosy lounge. Not a lot of food and beverage to choose from, but at least they have nespresso…. The lounge is shared with other airlines. There is no real view unfortunately.
Passeport control is near the few gates that accommodate the long haul flights. And where traditional EK, QR and EY dock their machines. Again it is Swiss style, very speedy and smooth process. There is a long walk to the aerobridge, and sadly due to glass reflection I can't get a real nice picture also there is an ininterrupted view of the aircraft
Tonight plane operating the flight is A330-300 A6-AFB. In fact I knew it all along as I did track the inbound flight during the day. And I am very excited because I have never flown on that aircraft before. In another words, a new entry in my data base. Which is always a bonus and add to the thrill of the trip.
A close of a busy flight deck.
A dfifferent angle. The plane seen from the aerobridge. Again, sadly the glass reflection is not conducive to a good picture. Tonight plane is full in first, 3/4 full in business class and I don't know about Y class. My seat is the same as for the inbound flight. 6K. In the small section squeeze between the First class and the galley. It is to me the best seat in the house tonight.
The inflight magazine and the fleet synopsis with the new color scheme
Ready to go. The GVA Airport runway, and the terminal on the right handside. We will be taking off to the North East. Flying over the lake. There is no traffic about. We hardly stop from the gate til we roll out….
Tonight's track takes us over the French Alpes then on to Italy. The Eastbound flight traditionally takes a more Southern route than the West bound one. Tonight is no exception
Dinner is served. I am going to try NOT to sleep on this sector to get back into the SYD time zone. I will save my sleep for the AUH-SYD sector. As usual the food is enjoyable with EY, and always well presented. This is the entree. Smoked Salmon. The main will follow. Fish. And the traditional ice cream. I will asked for a second serve :-)
Tracking over Greece and soon Athens is appearing on the map.
Better still, Athens is in sight, although a bit too far to make a good picture. I have never been to Greece.
We cross the Mediterranean sea in a diagonal line, reaching Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula.
Then the plane takes a sharp left turn south of Jordan , half way between Aqaba et Sharm el Sheik, and enter The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia air space.
A long straight line and we rich the oil and gaz rich emirates.
A great shot of Doha as we are about to commence our descent to AUH.
On final approach to AUH. A glance at the Abu Dhabi Corniche.
The full track
Geneva - GVA
Abu Dhabi - AUH
Uneventful flight. Smooth is every aspect, from checking to boarding and deplaning. A light load made it even more comfortable. I could have done with a better selection of movies, but what is on offer on the EY IFE is satisfactory. Again I stress that GVA offers the very enjoyable and smooth experience, reliable and punctual. The crew was impeccable. Although we parked at the Old terminal (round shape white building with satellites), there were no aero bridge. My SYD flight gate (33) s already shown on the board. I need to walk to the new terminal, which is a great opportunity to strech my legs as I feel fatigue is catching up with me. Speak to you again for the fourth and final leg of my trip very soon
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