Around the world in J & F (YYZ-YUL-ZRH-IST-BKK-SYD-ICN-NRT-YYZ)

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  1. c_9
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    In February, my husband and I used 140,000 Aeroplan points each to do a "mini-RTW" (explanation thread). Plane details below, and links to the photos and stories too. Part 1 is done, so I figured I better get it posted before I got bogged down in work again!

    Part 1 (YYZ-YUL-ZRH-IST)
    Part 2 (IST-BKK-SYD)
    Part 3 (SYD-ICN-NRT-YYZ) New!

    Added Note: photos are hosted elsewhere and linked to FT because MP only allows 5 photos per post. This restriction is kind of shocking and I'm not going to reformat the entire thing to match. FT's restriction is 20 and even that is a bit much in my mind. Please follow the photo links provided if you like, and please MP up the limit!​

    More airplane-geek-oriented information below:

    YYZ-YUL: Air Canada flight AC412, 1:13 duration
    Departure: 2011-02-06 13:00
    Arrival: 2011-02-06 14:13
    Aircraft: Embraer 175, registration C-FEJD (fin 375)
    Safety: 4:30 video (English & French)
    Seat: 1F, J-class regional/domestic recliner. 1-2 configuration. My review: we all know these seats, and I find them great for domestic travel.
    IFE: Small wall-mount LCD, touch-screen and remote, audio/video/map on demand, AC power & USB. Didn’t really check it out much since it’s so familiar from regular domestic travel.
    Food: Small hot lunch after takeoff, very tasty and unexpected.
    Service: Good, met expectations.
    Favourite memory: None, very short flight.

    Photos can be found on FT in this post: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16178585-post1.html

    YUL-ZRH: Swiss flight LX87, 7:25 duration
    Departure: 2011-02-06 17:00
    Arrival: 2011-02-07 06:25
    Aircraft: Airbus A330-300, registration HB-JHE
    Safety: 3:00 video (English, French, German I think)
    Seat: 1D, F-class low-wall suite-style lounge chair with adjustable & seat-belted ottoman, convertible to a wide lie-flat bed with bedding. 1-2-1 configuration. My review: it was fantastic, and I wish it had been a longer flight. Really flat, not crowded width-wise, and lovely to have room for a companion to join you for a meal. Multiple convenient and large storage locations.
    IFE: Large wall-mount LCD, remote control, audio/video/map/games on demand, AC power. Fast, responsive.
    Food: Multi-course supper after takeoff, extensive breakfast before landing. Disappointing quality lobster and scallop appetizer, good smoked salmon, good beef, standard molten lava cake dessert.
    Service: Outstanding, exceeded expectations.
    Favourite Memory: Being the only two passengers in F, and the Captain coming to introduce himself to us after boarding and let us know how long until we were departing.

    Photos can be found on FT in this post: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16178585-post1.html

    ZRH-IST: Turkish flight TK1910, 2:50 duration
    Departure: 2011-02-07 18:00
    Arrival: 2011-02-07 21:50
    Aircraft: Boeing 737-800, registration TC-JFI
    Safety: 8:15 video (English & Turkish)
    Seat: 3D, J/C-class regional/domestic leather economy seat in a 3-3 configuration with the middle seat blocked off by a bolted-in table. Middle seat actually sliced in two (tray table too) for use as seat or as extra table space for each passenger independently. Hard to describe, but see photos. My review: laughable. Uncomfortable and just barely qualifies as J/C seating. I tell friends “it was practically Westjet.”
    IFE: None. Maybe a map, don’t recall.
    Food: Single-tray supper after takeoff.
    Service: Good, but did not meet our expectations for business in Europe.
    Favourite Memory: None.

    Photos can be found on FT in this post: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16182272-post6.html

    IST-BKK: Turkish flight TK68, 9:00 duration
    Departure: 2011-02-12 23:40
    Arrival: 2011-02-13 13:40
    Aircraft: Airbus A340-300, registration TC-JDK
    Safety: 3:50 manual demonstration (English & Turkish)
    Seat: 3J, J/C-class clamshell design, lie-almost-flat, ~165°. My review: good quality construction, but uncomfortable for overnight – too hard and angled to sleep well. Also showing signs of wear in storage areas, such as stains and scrapes. Convenient but small storage shelf.
    IFE: Medium seat-mount LCD, audio/video/map/games/SMS/email on demand. AC power. Didn’t explore due to overnight timing and need for sleep.
    Food: Single-tray supper with separately served main after takeoff. Good appetizer, disappointing main.
    Service: Good, met expectations.
    Favourite Memory: Seeing the Turkish on-board chef, with a chef hat on.

    Photos can be found on FT in this post: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16182277-post7.html

    BKK-SYD: Thai flight TG477, 9:21 duration
    Departure: 2011-02-13 23:59
    Arrival: 2011-02-14 13:20
    Aircraft: Airbus A340-600, registration HS-TNF
    Safety: 4:55 video (English & Thai)
    Seat: 1D, F-class older-clamshell-like design, recliner-style lounge chair with adjustable non-seat-belted ottoman, convertible to lie-almost-flat, ~170°. My review: good quality, but old. Felt like a generation behind after experiencing Swiss F. No sense of privacy at all. Inconveniently-located and small storage bins.
    IFE: Small console-pop-out LCD, audio/video/map on demand. AC power. Didn’t explore due to overnight timing and need for sleep.
    Food: Multi-course supper after takeoff, extensive breakfast before landing.
    Service: Great, met expectations.
    Favourite Memory: Eating too fast for their normal approach, so the dessert mousse cake being served frozen solid. Also, having the crew appear at our seats individually, kneel, and thank us for our business. Third, having an airport agent waiting for us at our previous flight’s arrival gate to whisk us by golf cart directly to the lounge.

    Photos can be found on FT in this post: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16182277-post7.html

    SYD-ICN: Asiana flight OZ602, 10:30 duration
    Departure: 2011-02-21 10:10
    Arrival: 2011-02-21 18:40
    Aircraft: Boeing 777-200ER, registration HL7500
    Safety: 5:20 video (English & Korean)
    Seat: 2C, J/C-class clamshell design, lie-almost-flat, ~165°. My review: good quality construction but showing its age: outside armrests loose and moveable. Convenient but small storage shelves.
    IFE: Medium seat-mount LCD, audio/video on constant loop, airshow/games/SMS/email on demand. AC power. Slow, confusing UI at times, and constant loop nature of movies meant large gaps of nothing but static after movie A while waiting for movie B to end, so that entire movie set could be restarted. Felt very VHS. Plug required laptop adapter to be plugged in without the laptop first, then the laptop attached.
    Food: Brunch after takeoff, snack at halfway point, and lunch 2 hours before landing. Tasty and reasonable portions. Not much drink service, felt it could have been more assertive as a daytime flight, though many slept.
    Service: Good, met expectations.
    Favourite Memory: Having a flight attendant quickly and discretely check the washroom before I could get in there, in case it required attention.

    Photos can be found on FT in this post: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16182283-post8.html

    ICN-NRT: Asiana flight OZ102, 2:10 duration
    Departure: 2011-02-22 10:00
    Arrival: 2011-02-22 12:10
    Aircraft: Airbus A330-300, registration HL7740
    Safety: Missed timing, but appeared to be the same as previous: 5:20 (English & Korean)
    Seat: 2G, J/C-class clamshell design, lie-almost-flat, ~165°. My review: good quality construction but showing its age: outside armrests loose and moveable. Convenient but small storage shelves.
    IFE: Medium seat-mount LCD, audio/video on constant loop, airshow/games/SMS/email on demand. AC power.
    Food: Hot lunch, medium-quality food.
    Service: Good, met expectations.
    Favourite Memory: None – very short flight.

    Photos can be found on FT in this post: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16182283-post8.html

    NRT-YYZ: Air Canada flight AC2, 12:00 duration
    Departure: 2011-02-28 17:10
    Arrival: 2011-02-28 15:10
    Aircraft: Boeing 777-200LR, registration C-FIVK (fin 704)
    Safety: 4:30 video (English & French)
    Seat: 3K, J/C-class angled lie-flat pod. My review: standard AC pod; comfortable but not luxurious, and showing its age a bit. Lights worked for first hour of flight, then something happened and the light switch stopped working.
    IFE: Standard AC IFE system, worked perfectly including video/audio/maps on demand. Video interface updated slightly to show remaining flight time when the video is paused so that you know whether you’ll finish what you’re watching.
    Food: Very disappointing Japanese meal to start (there were Western options too) – having just spent a week in Japan, the meal probably was guaranteed to disappoint.
    Service: Great, mostly due to having a friend in common with the Service Director, so we got extra attention. Duty-Free was out of many things we wanted, but that’s common I guess for a very-long-haul return flight.
    Favourite Memory: Conversations with the SD. Nice to have friendly conversations with actual content and not feel like you’re in their way.

    Photos can be found on FT in this post: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16182283-post8.html

    ...looking forward to the next one already!
     
  2. Rlpro
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    Loved reading Part 1! Great pics and yes, that video does make me hate you a little ;) I need to get serious and figure out how to book a RTW. Looking forward to the next installment!
     
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    Added links to photos! Sorry I can't host them here, but MP's 5-image restriction makes it not worth the effort. Enjoy!
     
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    Thanks heaps for posting! Swiss F looks stunning!!
     
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    Great trip report. Thanks.
     
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    Yes, very much so. My husband has informed me that all future travel is to be in Swiss F. Even if it's just to the grocery store.
     
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    Haha... thats what I tell my husband too!!
     
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    Bumping this thread as I've added a link to part two of the story version of the trip (top of first post). Enjoy!
     
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    Thanks for all these photos. I will do a RTW soon. I hope I'll have the discipline to take all the photos the same way.
     
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    Fun trip report and funny too!
     
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    Nice TR and pics c_9 :)
     
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    Great trip report! I'm flying YYZ-NRT in December, and NRT-ZRH in January, so it's nice to see what I'll be experiencing.
     
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    Finally remembered to add part three, so bumping one last time. :)
     

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