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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:25 am    Post subject: Summer 2018: 777, 330, MA60, AF1, F16, TK, TG, AI, 9W, UK... Reply with quote

Now where do I even start!
As unfortunate as it is, my trip reports are all quite delayed, but after several mundane USA domestic flights (DL JFK-MSP-GFK, UA FAR-ORD-EWR vv) it was time to go international. Several flights happened during this trip, new countries were visited, new airlines were tried out, interesting planes on flights were flown on....

Starting off with an Envoy Air/American Eagle ERJ-175, my anxiety is tested thanks to past experiences. I needed this flight to make it on time in order to catch my connection onwards.

This is a Fargo (ND) to Dallas (TX) flight, one of 2 daily flights on the relatively new sector:

Trip report link: AA3418 FAR-DFW
Video trip report: AA3418 video trip report #88

BONUS: Air Force One, and the F-16 Thunderbirds! Smile



Look, it's me flying a plane!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Part 2 puts me on a Boeing 777-200ER of American Airlines following a nervous 45 minute layover at Dallas. I made it, and with a lot of time to spare. I was quite impressed by the hard product, and I will say this put's AA in a great spot against the MEB3 to compete against on the international scale. Soft product is always an unknown... but anyway, I enjoyed my time on this quick hope to Miami:

AA1195 DFW-MIA
#89: AA1195 DFW MIA video trip report



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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Despite logging my first American Airlines wide body flight in the previous part, part 3 is where things get serious. The Turkish Airlines B777-300ER from Miami to Istanbul! Barring the one strange breakfast, I loved everything about this flight: dinner, IFE, seat, empty seat, legroom, etc (who doesn't love 3-3-3 in Economy on a 777!)... I knew Istanbul Ataturk is/was a bit of a sh*! show, but little did I know I was in for a tough layover, a contrast to the flight that was...

Turkish Airlines TK78 Miami to Istanbul
Video Trip Report: Click here!!!
Text Trip Report: Click here!!!




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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JB: nothing is mundane with you. Your pictures and descriptions light up any day, or night. To start with a picture of you up in the sky (behind the controls) is nice Smile
And what a sweet picture of Dobby, with his hand in yours. We will all miss him.
What a nice collection of photos: AF1, the Fedex exotics (A300 included!), a B-25 Mitchell, and an A-10. Lovely!
Nice wing pics...especially the one with the shadow!
The second one had a nice one on a refurbished domestic B777 experience: this is something on my TODO list. It is nice that you made the tight connection!
Chilli's. Hmm Smile
You did capture some exotics at MIA!
An amenity kit in Y: that is something.
Synthetic omelette: ha ha, apart from that and the potatoes, the food looks nice. I look forward to the next leg, now.
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JB: nothing is mundane with you. Your pictures and descriptions light up any day, or night. To start with a picture of you up in the sky (behind the controls) is nice Smile
And what a sweet picture of Dobby, with his hand in yours. We will all miss him.
What a nice collection of photos: AF1, the Fedex exotics (A300 included!), a B-25 Mitchell, and an A-10. Lovely!
Nice wing pics...especially the one with the shadow!
The second one had a nice one on a refurbished domestic B777 experience: this is something on my TODO list. It is nice that you made the tight connection!
Chilli's. Hmm Smile
You did capture some exotics at MIA!
An amenity kit in Y: that is something.
Synthetic omelette: ha ha, apart from that and the potatoes, the food looks nice. I look forward to the next leg, now.
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
JB: nothing is mundane with you. Your pictures and descriptions light up any day, or night. To start with a picture of you up in the sky (behind the controls) is nice Smile

Thank you again, sir! It has been quite the turnaround over the year in terms of flight training, and hopefully new & great things to come Smile

sumantra wrote:
And what a sweet picture of Dobby, with his hand in yours. We will all miss him.

Ahhh, once again, it is getting close to the one year mark.. Sad

sumantra wrote:
What a nice collection of photos: AF1, the Fedex exotics (A300 included!), a B-25 Mitchell, and an A-10. Lovely!

Hoping to go to Duluth again this year for some F-35 action, I am surprised I did not include any pictures of the C-17s that were at Fargo...

sumantra wrote:
Nice wing pics...especially the one with the shadow!
The second one had a nice one on a refurbished domestic B777 experience: this is something on my TODO list. It is nice that you made the tight connection!

Like I said, AA have a real ace up their sleeve if they can fix up their soft product, and soon.

sumantra wrote:
You did capture some exotics at MIA!
An amenity kit in Y: that is something.
Synthetic omelette: ha ha, apart from that and the potatoes, the food looks nice. I look forward to the next leg, now.
Cheers, Sumantra.

Coming right up! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Part 4 takes us from Istanbul's now closed Ataturk Airport to New Delhi one of three 777-300ERs leased from Kenya Airways, almost like a sub-fleet to operate these short flights with density configuration.

Ataturk was also a source of big delays on quite a regular basis, and so was experienced on this flight. It got real tight with the next connection...

I did, however, finally manage to live a (childhood...?) dream by snagging a seat in front of the monstrous GE90-115B engine! And that too in Y, thanks to the high density configuration. Enjoy!

Turkish Airlines TK716 IST-DEL 777-300ER text report

As always, the YouTube video trip report, the 91st of mine on YouTube!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jbalonso777 wrote:
Turkish Airlines TK716 DEL-IST 777-300ER text report
Sir, thank you! For once, I managed to read this TR well in time, from the moment you posted the link on the WhatsApp group.
Yes, I was looking forward to it, and waiting with bated breath, just as beautifully you put the tension in your mind, as to whether you would make it on time. I have gone through some similar experiences, and can completely associate with that feeling.
The title surprised me a bit before I realised that it was just a typo. Sorry, no, I do not wish to nitpick on trifles. The link to the actual TR has it obviously correct, IST-DEL. It is nice to see perhaps the last TR from the Ataturk airport: thank you for describing an airport I have heard of from many people including a cousin, but never got a chance to visit. A lot of people have quite a bit of affection for this airport, in spite of its obvious deficiencies. Thank you for the photographs of the exotics: I love those!
I remember being mesmerised by your GE-90 first description, the Mooo...sound. You have captured the beauty of the Bosphorus bridge in all its lighted glory. Amenity kits in Y, flimsy headphones, nice food, Metal Disney, and the lovely sunrise: I am now looking forward to the next intra-India TR!
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
Sir, thank you! For once, I managed to read this TR well in time, from the moment you posted the link on the WhatsApp group.

And the same goes for what's coming up as well Smile

sumantra wrote:
Yes, I was looking forward to it, and waiting with bated breath, just as beautifully you put the tension in your mind, as to whether you would make it on time. I have gone through some similar experiences, and can completely associate with that feeling.

It wasn't the first time it had happened, but definitely wasn't the last: hint, the same rush of adrenaline happened on the same day, several hours later! This time however, with the less desirable impact. Sad

sumantra wrote:
The title surprised me a bit before I realised that it was just a typo. Sorry, no, I do not wish to nitpick on trifles. The link to the actual TR has it obviously correct, IST-DEL.

Oops. Embarassed Fixed!!

sumantra wrote:
It is nice to see perhaps the last TR from the Ataturk airport: thank you for describing an airport I have heard of from many people including a cousin, but never got a chance to visit. A lot of people have quite a bit of affection for this airport, in spite of its obvious deficiencies. Thank you for the photographs of the exotics: I love those!

Ataturk was an interesting one. There are 2 more reports from my end that'll be from this airport. I am glad my layover on the way back was a whole 2 hours shorter, and I knew what to expect so it wasn't as bad on the way back. If anything, I am glad they're out of Ataturk once and for all, from a personal view.

sumantra wrote:
I remember being mesmerised by your GE-90 first description, the Mooo...sound. You have captured the beauty of the Bosphorus bridge in all its lighted glory. Amenity kits in Y, flimsy headphones, nice food, Metal Disney, and the lovely sunrise: I am now looking forward to the next intra-India TR!
Cheers, Sumantra.

The GE90s never get old, and I wait for my next opportunity to fly on the 777-300ER! I am glad you enjoyed the rest of the report, and the first domestic leg is up & running! Smile
Thank you so much for giving this a read, I appreciate it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:34 am    Post subject: (5) 9W336 A330-200 DEL-BOM Reply with quote

Making it in the nick of time, I headed right back up to the domestic check in for flight 9W336, the 8am departure from Delhi to Mumbai, one of thirteen during the day. In addition, this was one of three Airbus A330 flights during the day which made me want to take this flight ever so more! It did change back to a B737-800, which made me contemplate changing over from the 737-800 flight to the following one operated on a 737 MAX - this proved to be pretty expensive, and that staying on with 9W336 was the best choice, since it was back to being an A330 anyway.

A sentimental flight - given Jet gave me my first ever wide body flight (that I can remember...), and it was only a fortnight after that the first report of Jet running out of cash made for several emotions - did I just have my last ever Jet Airways flight...?
Jet Airways flight 9W336 DEL-BOM VT-JWP A330-200 Economy Jul '18
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