Sometimes when opportunity strikes in the form of great air fares on crazy routes you just can't let it pass. It was back in late 2015 when British Airways came up with a really cheap double open jar flight from Lyon to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia via Madrid and London, and the return from Singapore to Madrid, also with a stop in LHR. And all this for just a little more than 300,- Euro! To add to the excitment the two longhaul legs would be operated by the Boeing 787-9 and by the A380, two new plane types for my log. So I didn't hesitate very long and booked this journey for February 2016.
It was then to get flights to connect the dots, a short hop by Hop! (pun intended) from Strasbourg down to Lyon and a cheap Iberia Express flight back from Madrid to Stuttgart did the trick. To get from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore the easiest way would have been to just book a nonstop flight, there are plenty of airlines on this route, but I wanted to do something more interesting. So why not add a new country for me to the journey, Indonesia. Air Asia had a good fare to Denpasar on Bali, and from there tigerair won my business to get me to Singapore.
And so it all added up to 9 legs to fly, with a total of 30.257 km in the air:
This was quite a journey so I will split this report into more sections. This first blog post will cover the flights from Strasbourg to London, so to say the prelude of the journey.
Leg 1 - Strasbourg to Lyon
|Route||SXB - LYS|
|Airline||Air France op. by Brit Air (Hop!)|
The day of departure finally arrived, it was an early afternoon departure out of Strasbourg airport, just about a one hour drive from my home. The main entrance of the terminal building:
Leg 2 - Lyon to Madrid
|Route||LYS - MAD|
Back to the terminal after a short night. Security was easy, boarding from a bus gate, perfectly on time, and into the CRJ1000. It was still dark, so no pictures here, this one already after take-off over the clouds in the morning light:
Leg 3 - Madrid to London Heathrow
|Route||MAD - LHR|
Let's first check the FIDS, all looks good for my next flight:
This was also a nice sign for things to come up later on this journey. And a good point to finish this first part of the trip report. So far it was a good start to the trip, three legs done, all went well, with the highlight so far the Iberia A330.
Now stay tuned for more, the next part will be about the first long-haul sector of this journey, the flight to Kuala Lumpur on the Boeing 787-9 and a few pictures of the Malaysian capital.