Bluespotter95
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My first Business experience! CCS-CDG-FCO on Air France

Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:03 pm

This is my first trip report here in airliners, I always wanted to make a TR here and this is the right time to do it since I had the best trip of my life a few days ago.

I am half italian and half venezuelan, thanks to the political situation I had to transfer from Venezuela to Italy on Febraury, I was expecting to return on April for a two months trip to finish my documents and other issues, since I am a SUMA member (Air Europa's frequent flyer program) I only use Skyteam carriers to earn miles, found a good fare at Air France to go to Caracas, 530€ round-trip, unfortunately I was expecting to do a TR of the first leg but sadly my phone has deleted all the photos, So I lost the chance, I had to do it from the return.

My return flight to Italy was expected on Monday June 26, I went to Caracas 4 days earlier to do some issues, I live an hour away from Caracas on air, so I had to go and return home to return to Caracas on monday, I had the return flight to home for that Friday but lost it thanks to schedule changes, so the race to find a new ticket begun, the economical crisis is also affecting the Venezuelan aviation and the carriers has a little amount of planes flying, Imagine that the route from Caracas to Maracaibo, the second biggest city of Venezuela has only ONE flight on Saturdays, of course that flight was fully booked, after a lot of attempts found a ticket for Sunday at 10am, so I had only less than 24 hours to prepare myself, my bags and everything for the long trip, let the game starts.

After all that madness at my home preparing the bags and everything, went to bed almost at 2:0AM, woke up at 4:00AM since I live and hour away from the airport, so I departed at 5:00AM and arrived close to 6:00AM, I was traveling with my grandfather and grandmother, my grandfather has a handicap condition and requires a wheelchair all the time, so I made the web check-in and only had to drop the luggage, then went to have breakfast and after a few minutes went to customs, and five minutes later I was boarding

Laser Airlines is one of the biggest airlines at the country by the moment, has a fleet of 13 MD - 80's and flies to Aruba, Panama, Santo Domingo and also Miami, so I was boarding another MD-80 in less than a month (4 flights on June) I had the first aisle thanks that I was flying with my grandfather, after 50 minutes we were landing at CCS, sorry for not taking any pictures, I was really tired and slept all the flight.

This is a sad picture for me, this would be the last time I saw a United Airlines plane on Caracas (ceased operations 4 days later at CCS) I used this flight to Houston a lot of times on Continental days.

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We disembarked the plane and went to take our bags, we were carrying 5 so it took a few minutes, this is the national terminal of CCS, very outdated but at least functional.

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After that I went to Eurobuilding hotel, my grandparents would stay a day at the hotel since they were going to fly with TAP Portugal to FCO via Lisbon next day (I booked my ticket two months before, a month later they decided to go to Venezuela and we didn't found tickets for the same day) and I would have the chance to rest a few minutes, take lunch there and go to the airport 3 hours prior departure since I made check in on the Air France App, I wanted this trip to be the most relaxed as possible, I wanted to just check and go straight to the plane if possible.

Air France AF385
CCS-CDG
ETD: 16:25 (19:20 Actual)
ETA: 07:40 (10:07 Actual)
Aircraft: Airbus A330-200
Reg: F-GZCL (14 years)

At 1:30 I took the shuttle to the Airport, my mother was at the airport to say goodbye, she called me to tell me that she started to make the line for me at the check in since the Air France system had a failure and they were checking passengers manually, even those who checked online had tl make the line, no way! My dream of having a relaxed trip vanished.

CCS International Terminal, screen showing arrivals.

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After two hours I was still on the line, of course the plane would have a big delay, I gently asked a Air France asked about upgrades since I was interested on paying it if it wasn't too expensive, she told me since the system had failures it won't be possible to manage me an upgrade, I was sad, but continued on the line, at least I passed a great time with my mother and my sister, we are so close that was hard for us to separate, as known the Venezuelan situation made the youngest to leave the country hoping for a better future abroad, it's my situation now, I didn't wanted to leave, but life change plans.

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After one hour I was close finally to the counters, a thing that normally would take 30 minutes, I had the idea to check the Air France app to control the departure time, BUT WAIT, what's this? I saw a change, I no longer had seat 34K as I selected on the check-in, I was mad, but all passed when I saw seat 6A, business and Skypriority, no way, this is an error, let's open agan the App... still 06A, no, no, no... THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING?

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I went again to the air france agent and asked, they told me why I didn't passed through the business line first, and said I didn't booked this ticket on business, then another agent came by and said that I was a fortunate winner of a free upgrade to business class, I ALMOST STARTED CRYING, my dream was always to fly business class, I didn't have the chance on my 21 years of life, and finally, the sad fact of leaving my country for a long time was calmed by this AMAZING gift that Air France gave me, I know this person won't read this, but whoever is that Air France agent that authorized my upgrade, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

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I said goodbye to my mom and my sister, it was a sad-happy moment, but no problem, good things will come! Went through customs in less than 5 minutes, I went directly to the gate and said that boarding would start at 17:15, so I had half hour to celebrate with some good Venezuelan beer the fact that I would be flying business class.

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Boarding, Skypriority line, OMG.

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Here's my plane, F-GZCL

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Welcome onboard to your first business class experience!

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I have looked before at Seatguru that seat 06A had no window, but actually has one, wasn't a problem for me!

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This Air France kit consists of a pair of socks, slippers and a eyemask

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The amenity kit, amazing!

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So this is how it feels to be on a full flat seat? Hmmm.... AMAZING.

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After twenty minutes my last name sounds on the plane, I was called for a security inspection of my bag, so I had to go downstairs the plane, I was mad and happy on the moment, first time on a ramp, but mad because the national guard of Venezuela are a bunch of criminals who forces you to pay them, you can see how they kill innocent people during the protests on Venezuela, but fortunately the guard that opened my bag seemed to be a nice person, he asked me to open my bag, he started controlling everything inside, opened a whisky bottle that I was carrying, and he asked, what are you taking to Italy? And I answered "The need to eat a lot of pizza" He started laughing, closed my bag and wished me a good flight, this is what it is, if you're not nervous, you're respectful and nice, there are no ways that they can bother you!

So I went back to the plane at 19:00, about to be a 3 hour delay, this is the first big delay since I started following this flight since the day I arrived to Venezuela two months ago, I wasn't preoccupied, I have a 5 hours layover at CDG, and I wasn't mad at the Airline after that big gift I received, although it wasn't his fault, at the morning happened a power blackout that affected all the internet and systems through the airport, that's why it was a big delay. Once seated again, flight attendants passed with some orange juice and champagne, I selected the orange juice, sorry, I was thirsty, couldn't wait:

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After 20 minutes we were taking off, at 19:21, the plane had a fast climb and after an hour the service started.

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I decided to take a walk, this is how Premium Economy looks, then started to watch Logan, the movie, but got bored after 15 minutes, so I decided to use my tablet and watch a series episodes that I downloaded before.

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A small snack, I asked for Coke since I do not like wine or any other alcoholic beverages.

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The entrance was some shrimp and duck, I do not like actually shrimp and duck, I had a try just to see how it tasted, I liked, but I felt guilty, poor duck, I skipped it.

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There were 4 options for main course, sorry but I didn't took a photo of the menu, I asked for the chicken, actually was great! Not dry and had a great taste, also the cheese was amazing.

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After a few minutes the dessert came.

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After that I decided to sleep, I haven't slept well since Saturday, since it was 3:20AM at France (I always change my clock once I board the plane) I was planning to sleep for 4 hours, so let's get this seat full flat and... good night!

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After 4 hours, good morning! 7AM local time, I slept very well and I didn't felt tired, the seat was actually comfortable.

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We were 2 hours ahead of CDG, I decided to enjoy the IFE and one hour prior arrival the breakfast was served, an option of omelette or cakes, I chose the omelette, it came with bacon, bread, butter, some fruit, coffee and juice.

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Hot towel

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After a few minutes we began our descent.

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About to land.

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Welcome to CDG monsieur! I was expecting to arrive at terminal 2E Lounge L, but we arrived at lounge K, another terminal to visit, great!

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Finally I disembarked on the preferential passway for business class! There's only one at a Caracas A little control and then straight to customs.

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After a little walk I was at terminal 2F, first passed a security control and then European Passport line, it was empty, so after 15 minutes I was at terminal 2F. First of all lets look for a Starbucks coffee, I don't understand why Italy doesn't have Starbucks.

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Flight AF1104
CDG-FCO
ETD: 13:05 (13:35 Actual)
ETA: 15:10 (15:08 Actual)
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Reg: F-GKXM (11 years)


I went to the AF lounge at 2F, the lady said that I couldn't access, because I didn't pay for the business ticket, it was a free upgrade, I said sorry, I was said at Caracas that I could go in, said goodbye and was about to leave, then the lady said: go in, no problem! Must been dreaming seriously! First and upgrade to Business and also the access to the VIP Lounge! I decided to rest and take a little nap, then have something to eat, and take a shower too.

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About 20 minutes prior to boarding I left the lounge, said thanks again to the beautiful french lady that gave me the access to the lounge and head straight to change some Dollars I had to Euros and buy a portable charger, then came back to the gate where I made the Skypriority line, I was the first boarding the plane! I was no longer travelling on Business class but still had the Skypriority option.

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Service for passengers travelling in a connection flight from La Premiere class, maybe?

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I love AF new seats and interior!

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The honeymoon between me and the plane came to an end when I discovered there was no charging spot on my armrest! Two months before I flew FCO-CDG on a AF A321 and had those, I was joking, still in love with the plane!

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We began taxing and passed next to the terminals, and also saw the Concorde! Didn't have the chance to see it on its glorious days but at least had the opportunity to see it in person, here I have the look of some heavies.

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I have followed this flight on Flightradar24 two weeks before my flight and discovered that the plane passes over the centre of Paris, so, choosing a window seat on the left side would allow me to have a great view of Eiffel Tower, but guess what? We took off on the opposite direction, I was soooo mad! Eiffel Tower, in other occasion!

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After we reach our final altitude the service began with a little of turbulence, the service was a chicken or vegetable sandwich, not a vegetarian guy, give me the chicken one! Also I asked for a coffee since I was getting sleepy.

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After one hour we saw the Italian coasts with Genova at the bottom.

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Twenty minutes later we began our descent to Rome, just at the moment I decided to go the lavatory, need to wait and go on the airport... then we were landing, living in a tropical zone where you only see dry and rain seasons, makes me a little bit difficult to understand the four seasons, but on this day last year I was here in Italy, and it was more greener than this photo.

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Benvenuti al Aeroporto di Roma Fiumicino, si prega a I passeggeri di rimanere seduti con la cinta di sicurezza aggiustata.

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We disembarked at Gate B3, great! luggage belts are closer from this gate, I was really hurry to arrive to the restrooms, finally at the belt, I went, and a few minutes later my bag was the first to come out since it has a Priority tag, I walked outside to take my shuttle to the hotel, I had to wait my grandparents on Rome, they arrived the day after and then we have gone together to our town.

This is my first Airliners report, I hope you friends like it and hoping to have another lucky free upgrade to business class and share another amazing Report with you hahaha.

Saluti da l'Italia!
 
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Re: My first Business experience! CCS-CDG-FCO on Air France

Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:14 pm

Bienvenue Mr Bluespotter and thank you for sharing this very good TR with us!

You were lucky to fly upfront for "free" :)

" I don't understand why Italy doesn't have Starbucks."

Funny comment from an Italian poster :D

"I was said at Caracas that I could go in, "

Maybe Caracas staff referred to the Lounge in CCS? Btw did you have time to go there before your flight? how is it?

Grazie mille
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Bluespotter95
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Re: My first Business experience! CCS-CDG-FCO on Air France

Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:33 pm

Thank you eastafspot!

Actually I asked for the 2F Lounge at CDG, the lady said that I could go in without any problem just presenting my business ticket, at Caracas they have a lounge shared with other airlines, but didn't asked for the access cause we were close to board!

Saludos!
 
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Re: My first Business experience! CCS-CDG-FCO on Air France

Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:07 pm

It seems like the Business Class has smaller screens than the Premium Economy Class :P :lol:
 
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Re: My first Business experience! CCS-CDG-FCO on Air France

Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:38 pm

Buen informe. Siento la situation en Venezuela, pero te deseo buena fortuna en Italia.
 
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Re: My first Business experience! CCS-CDG-FCO on Air France

Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:10 pm

I don't understand why Italy doesn't have Starbucks


I think Starbucks would be considered a crime against coffee in Italy! Not that many European countries aside from the UK have many Starbucks, too many local competitors I guess.
 
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Re: My first Business experience! CCS-CDG-FCO on Air France

Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:03 pm

Great report! It is sad in what my hometown airport had become. Once the "Door to South America" is now on the verge of getting closed :(
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Re: My first Business experience! CCS-CDG-FCO on Air France

Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:06 am

I am impressed by your guts to request upgrades. And it seems to work. You must be a very likable person. My father had friends who emigrated to Venezuela in the 1950s and he used to say that maybe we should have emigrated there. How things have changed. I also had to leave my country and it's tough but you are young. Good luck in Italy / Europe.
 
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Re: My first Business experience! CCS-CDG-FCO on Air France

Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:32 am

HimalayanFlyer wrote:
I don't understand why Italy doesn't have Starbucks


I think Starbucks would be considered a crime against coffee in Italy! Not that many European countries aside from the UK have many Starbucks, too many local competitors I guess.


Grazie for understanding :)
 
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Re: My first Business experience! CCS-CDG-FCO on Air France

Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:44 pm

Wonderful Trip Report! :)

That food certainly looked delicious, and I chuckled a bit by your "poor duck" comment! I guess I need to try flying upfront on Air France some day.
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Re: My first Business experience! CCS-CDG-FCO on Air France

Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:48 pm

Buen reporte, gracias.
I expected a sort of boom of Venezuelan domestic flights, as you could well find flights (at least to PMV) for 20U$S return, just in a travel agency.
La Chinita with just one daily flight to Maiquetía seems weird, like too little. How full was your flight out of CCS? Which percentage you think were Venezuelans? Many leaving for ever? How do you pay a ticket there? Do you need to go to the airline office and pay dollars cash? Do they still accept local currency? Do credit cards work?
Not many people writes from CCS lately.

My best wishes
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Re: My first Business experience! CCS-CDG-FCO on Air France

Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:37 am

Thanks for sharing your life changing trip, I'm sure it was bitter-sweet leaving, but you have plenty to look forward to. Congrats on the

eielef wrote:
Buen reporte, gracias.
I expected a sort of boom of Venezuelan domestic flights, as you could well find flights (at least to PMV) for 20U$S return, just in a travel agency.
La Chinita with just one daily flight to Maiquetía seems weird, like too little. How full was your flight out of CCS? Which percentage you think were Venezuelans? Many leaving for ever? How do you pay a ticket there? Do you need to go to the airline office and pay dollars cash? Do they still accept local currency? Do credit cards work?
Not many people writes from CCS lately.

My best wishes
A latino expat in Moscow


Yep. what he said. I also would like to know. I'm hoping for a flying trip of Venezuela next May. I heard a rumour, if you trade currency on the black market first you can get a trip for very much less than $20 converted into VEF, more $1-3. Last time I did that it was about 6-7 x official rate, now it is 80X.
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Re: My first Business experience! CCS-CDG-FCO on Air France

Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:08 pm

eielef wrote:
Buen reporte, gracias.
I expected a sort of boom of Venezuelan domestic flights, as you could well find flights (at least to PMV) for 20U$S return, just in a travel agency.
La Chinita with just one daily flight to Maiquetía seems weird, like too little. How full was your flight out of CCS? Which percentage you think were Venezuelans? Many leaving for ever? How do you pay a ticket there? Do you need to go to the airline office and pay dollars cash? Do they still accept local currency? Do credit cards work?
Not many people writes from CCS lately.

My best wishes
A latino expat in Moscow


Saludos, amigo.

Actually no, national airlines at Venezuela are having the worst crisis ever, the currency problems forces to sell the tickets at a very low price in dollars (For venezuelans, a RT ticket represents the 100% of your monthly wage) But in the change at the black market (The real market cause the official change system is controlled by the government and limited to those who have high jobs at the government) the ticket costs actually 20$, it's impossible for an airline to survive with a ticket at 20$ and using old aircrafts that requires more maintenance.

For an example, Aeropostal is currently operating with one MD, Aserca passed to have 17 aircraft to only 3, 4, Laser has 13 but is focusing more on intenrational routes, cause they can sell this tickets in dollars and that means more profits than selling national tickets at 20$

Maracaibo has only one or two flights daily, 3 years ago we had 20, Barquisimeto, one of the most importants city of Venezuela only has one flight on MON, WED, FRI.

To buy tickets, national tickets are sold in bolivares,you can buy it at the airline webpage or in agencies, you can use your credit cards too.

For international tickets, you must buy it on dollars, with an international credit card on the webpage of the airline or go to an agency and pay it in dollars directly, international airlines no longer sell tickets on our national currency cause the problem with the currency change, the government debts the airlines a lot of money, this caused many airlines to leave the country, the case of Air Canada that was the first to leave in early 2014, Alitalia, that returned a few months later with the promise that the debt would be paid in a part with jet fuel, since the debt wasn't paid, Alitalia left again, Alitalia route to Rome was really full everyday, was really hard to find tickets since the high amount of Italian people on our country.

Then LAN, Lufthansa, Aeromexico, United and a few days ago Avianca ceased operations, Delta has declared that would stop his weekly flight to Atlanta on September, Air France and Iberia stopped flying temporaly this week thanks to the political crisis.

Also, the Airport is really unsecure, old and outdated, last year an egipcian tourist was killed at the outside of the national terminal to get robbed, you see homeless people asking for money and food, the national guards that are dedicated to extort passengers instead of giving you security, the bags that are opened and stoled the personal belongings, this is the reason why you don't see CCS Trip Reports anymore, if the situation continues we will only have flights to La Habana and Nicaragua, that's our sad reality and that's why I had to leave, it hurts to write these lines and tell the truth about my country.

Saludos!
 
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Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:06 pm

Its a sad state of affairs in Venezuela. An absolute political and economic crisis. It is only getting worse, and will continue to get worse. The only means to an end is an outright coup of the government. The issue is the opposition does not have the power to do so, with little to no arms and little to no money. Hopefully things can change, hopefully the opposition finds the means to get arms and take back the country.
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Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:16 am

Such an amazing and sad insider opinion. I'm sorry you had to leave, I hope you can restart your life in Europe. Thanks for the detailed information. AR keeps a weekly flight to CCS (on the route EZE-BOG-CCS-EZE) still in A343. Maybe it will be the last 4 engine plane seen in Maiquetía. Conviasa had (in may) a weekly flight from PMV and 3 weekly flights from CCS, in B744. I heard the plane was returned back to the owner in Spain
Some few Venezuelans are now living in Moscow!
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Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:09 am

thanks for the great report!

it is really unbelivable what is going on in Venezuela - and how CCS airport is these days! remember well when it took 2 or 3 hours at immigration in CCS....

I am so sorry for the Venezuleans... even I am not Venezulean - I lived combined their nearly 10 years of my life and got only 5 months ago my *ss out of the country were I had such great years.

Would be interesting to see the load factors for the in and outbound flights from europe to CCS!

Cheers
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Re: My first Business experience! CCS-CDG-FCO on Air France

Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:07 am

Thanks eielef! Unfortunately, AR cancelled this week the weeky flight they had to CCS, it was being operated with a Boeing 737-800, another airline that leaves the country in less than a month :(

An update:

Iberia flies 3 flights a week to CCS, making a layover in SDQ, the reason? The crew, the crew doesn't want to stay at CCS, so then the flight continues from SDQ to CCS, and then CCS straight to MAD.

TAP Portugal it's doing the same, stopping at Curazao.

Air France is the only european carrier that flies by the moment nonstop to CCS.

Turkish started his flight as IST-HAV-CCS-IST, and it continues to be in the same way.

Say hello to all my fellow venezuelans at Moscow! Un abrazo

@Avianca thanks! So sad you had to leave too, I hope in a future we can all reunite again in a full crowded CCS airport with a lot of flights!

Ten years ago I used to talk with my friends about how small the airport was getting, the rush hour was around 1400 and 1700, when all european carriers depart, at that moment we had IB, UX, AZ, LH, AF, TP, also Conviasa and Santa Barbara offered flights to MAD, FNC, TNF, AA flights to MIA, SJU, Copa flights, AV to BOG, AR to EZE, LAN to MIA, LIM and SCL, The airport was always crowded and we used to pass 3 hours at inmigration as you said thanks to the short space and the big number of passengers, now the airport looks desert, alone and like a mall about to close

About the load factors, I can say that I flew the route CCS-MAD con UX in Febraury, the flight is operated in a A330-300, and there were no more than 80 passengers on that flight! Tickets are way too expensive from CCS, I paid 900 euros for a one way ticket to Rome.

In April I took CDG-CCS in a A330-200, the flight was full in Economy, business and premium economy too, only they were 3 non occupied seats at Premium Economy, the flight was full of asian people, if it wasn't for the landing at CCS I would believe I was heading to Beijing.

In June I took the flight from this report, the flight was totally full, Business, Premium Economy and Economy.
 
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Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:50 pm

Bluespotter95 wrote:
Thanks eielef! Unfortunately, AR cancelled this week the weeky flight they had to CCS, it was being operated with a Boeing 737-800, another airline that leaves the country in less than a month :(

An update:

Iberia flies 3 flights a week to CCS, making a layover in SDQ, the reason? The crew, the crew doesn't want to stay at CCS, so then the flight continues from SDQ to CCS, and then CCS straight to MAD.

TAP Portugal it's doing the same, stopping at Curazao.

Air France is the only european carrier that flies by the moment nonstop to CCS.

Turkish started his flight as IST-HAV-CCS-IST, and it continues to be in the same way.

Say hello to all my fellow venezuelans at Moscow! Un abrazo

@Avianca thanks! So sad you had to leave too, I hope in a future we can all reunite again in a full crowded CCS airport with a lot of flights!

Ten years ago I used to talk with my friends about how small the airport was getting, the rush hour was around 1400 and 1700, when all european carriers depart, at that moment we had IB, UX, AZ, LH, AF, TP, also Conviasa and Santa Barbara offered flights to MAD, FNC, TNF, AA flights to MIA, SJU, Copa flights, AV to BOG, AR to EZE, LAN to MIA, LIM and SCL, The airport was always crowded and we used to pass 3 hours at inmigration as you said thanks to the short space and the big number of passengers, now the airport looks desert, alone and like a mall about to close

About the load factors, I can say that I flew the route CCS-MAD con UX in Febraury, the flight is operated in a A330-300, and there were no more than 80 passengers on that flight! Tickets are way too expensive from CCS, I paid 900 euros for a one way ticket to Rome.

In April I took CDG-CCS in a A330-200, the flight was full in Economy, business and premium economy too, only they were 3 non occupied seats at Premium Economy, the flight was full of asian people, if it wasn't for the landing at CCS I would believe I was heading to Beijing.

In June I took the flight from this report, the flight was totally full, Business, Premium Economy and Economy.


AF is / was always very popular within the Chinese community in VE - more tan once I had to hep Chinese with Venezulean Passports to fill out immigration forms :-) no spanish speaking nor written but with a a Passport " de la patria"
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Re: My first Business experience! CCS-CDG-FCO on Air France

Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:55 am

Yep! That's right, at least 50% of the chinese group flying on that flight didn't speak spanish but had a Venezuelan passport, incredible.

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Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos