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SOF B2B Meet Up Thread

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Zdrasti (which apparently means hello in Sofia... suppose I should learn something, given my travel plans below!)
Please feel free to add your travel plans if you wish, or reach out to a fellow traveller via PM.

Oct 2022
Thu 27 Oct LHR-SOF BA890 - onobond
Thu 27 Oct SOF-LHR BA891 - onobond
Sat 29 Oct LHR-SOF BA890 - LeeT,
Sat 29 Oct SOF-LHR BA891- LeeT,


Nov 2022
Sat 5 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - stephenjc+1, LeeT, 86BA7, Gastrocnemius, palcsaky, FlyingBrit,
Sat 5 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - LeeT, palcsaky, FlyingBrit
Sun 6 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - palcsaky,

Sun 6 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - stephenjc+1, 86BA7, Gastrocnemius, palcsaky* Plane went Tech in Sofia, Pax overnighting, returning on Mon 7 Nov @ 12.30pm
Tues 8 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - IJG2,
Tues 8 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - IJG2,
Thu 10 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun, FlyingBrit, Vahan Hovhannisyan, smiles in the aisles,
Thu 10 Nov SOF-LHR BA891- TPRun, Vahan Hovhannisyan, Lucanesque,
Sat 12 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - jfallesen, 81romeo,
Sat 12 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - 81romeo FlyingBrit,
Sun 13 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - Lucanesque,
Sun 13 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - jfallesen,

Tues 15 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun, rosswill,
Tues 15 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - TPRun, rosswill, smiles in the aisles,
Thu 17 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun, Percy Pig+1, 81romeo,
Thu 17 Nov SOF-LHR BA891- TPRun, Percy Pig+1, 81romeo, Lucanesque,
Sat 19 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - Vahan Hovhannisyan, ms101, 1A or No Way,
Sat 19 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - Vahan Hovhannisyan,
Sun 20 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun,
Sun 20 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - TPRun, ms101, 1A or No Way,

Tues 22 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun,
Tues 22 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - TPRun,

Wed 23 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - DarkHarlequin, Waggy, travellingwigbury, rosswill, Jetstreamer, MrCheapSeats,
Wed 23 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - DarkHarlequin, Waggy, rosswill, Jetstreamer,
Thu 24 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun+1,
Thu 24 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - EGLK FLYER, travellingwigbury,
Sun 27 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 -
Sun 27 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - TPRun+1,

Tues 29 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - EGLK FLYER, josh100+1,
Tues 29 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 -
Wed 30 Nov LHR-SOF BA890 - DarkHarlequin, Jetstreamer, gustavmahler, AtoB,
Wed 30 Nov SOF-LHR BA891 - DarkHarlequin, EGLK FLYER, Jetstreamer, josh100+1, gustavmahler,

Dec 2022
Thu 1 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 - TPRun,
Thu 1 Dec SOF-LHR BA891- TPRun,
Sun 4 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 - DarkHarlequin,
Sun 4 Dec SOF-LHR BA891 - DarkHarlequin,
Wed 7 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 - DarkHarlequin, EGLK FLYER, gustavmahler,
Wed 7 Dec SOF-LHR BA891 - DarkHarlequin, gustavmahler, AtoB,
Thu 8 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 -
Thu 8 Dec SOF-LHR BA891- EGLK FLYER,
Tue 13 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 - Lucanesque,
Tues 13 Dec SOF-LHR BA891 -
Thurs 15 Dec LHR-SOF BA890 -
Thu 15 Dec SOF-LHR BA891 - Lucanesque,
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Old Nov 23, 22, 11:51 am
  #286  
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
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Great to meet some of you today. Here are some food photos. I ordered a VLML in both directions but got the standard veggie option from the menu both times. Worth considering if you are in the last few rows. Only complaint - was not offered pastries with breakfast but got a warm bread roll on the return.


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Old Nov 23, 22, 11:55 am
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Originally Posted by higham44 View Post
If a book a flight and car for 5-7 days through BAH to SOF (with SOF-LHR nested return) do I have to actually go to the car rental desk at SOF airport to make sure I get the double TPs, or can I just go to the lounge to catch the return flight for my B2B? Don't want to lose out on the double TP offer. What are others' experiences?
I got chatting to a few FTers after we arrived in SOF today and completely forgot to pick up my car Ask me in a few weeks but I'm reliably informed it should be ok.
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Old Nov 23, 22, 1:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Jetstreamer View Post
I got chatting to a few FTers after we arrived in SOF today and completely forgot to pick up my car Ask me in a few weeks but I'm reliably informed it should be ok.
My fault. Was too busy to enjoying the freshly squeezed orange juice and I think we lost track of time 😂
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Old Nov 24, 22, 4:53 am
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Were back! Early start for my first Sofia holiday this morning. Actually travelling with bags this time!

TFW easy this morn & GF relatively quiet. Bus gate (grrr A bloody 10!) to arguably the furthest stand in the world 😅 but boarding completed on time!

30 mins later we took off. This is when I noticed no pillows or blankets on the flight 😟 Crew said its because there are too many CE.. I thought to myself its only 12 rows but he pulled one out of a locker so I kept quiet.

Special Meals quickly sent out, followed by meals on wheels trolley & then drinks. My charcuterie looked different this time (see below) and different to my seatmates. Other crew have been better at keeping me lubricated, but they always delivered a chilled Bucks Fizz when asked. Club Basket from the back to the front this time, wasnt much left when it got to me 🥲

Touch down now & ready to finally explore the city! I see the Christmas Markets have started too 🎄Soon on way to Intercon, where I definitely deserve a massage!

✈️ 11 down, 3 to go.

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Old Nov 24, 22, 6:04 am
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Your charcuterie plate looks very different to the one that I yesterday. Yours looks better!
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Old Nov 24, 22, 7:13 am
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⅓ of an egg! Wow, just wow
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Old Nov 24, 22, 7:34 am
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Originally Posted by Bluekjp View Post
Your charcuterie plate looks very different to the one that I yesterday. Yours looks better!
haha did you take a pic? My other one is post #265.
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Old Nov 24, 22, 7:57 am
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Originally Posted by stephenjc View Post
⅓ of an egg! Wow, just wow
Not even that I guess, looks more like 1/8 to me
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Old Nov 24, 22, 8:40 am
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Originally Posted by Jetstreamer View Post
I got chatting to a few FTers after we arrived in SOF today and completely forgot to pick up my car Ask me in a few weeks but I'm reliably informed it should be ok.
Great to meet some others from here yesterday - i thought it was a great crew and pretty seamless B2B (although it was my first!) - can highly recommend the freshly squeezed orange juice in the lounge which is easily doable in the 30 mins you have from deplaning to boarding.
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Old Nov 24, 22, 8:52 am
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Originally Posted by stephenjc View Post
⅓ of an egg! Wow, just wow
The supermarkets are rationing them!
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Old Nov 24, 22, 9:05 am
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Originally Posted by TPRun View Post
haha did you take a pic? My other one is post #265.
I didn't take a picture as my microscope wasn't handy. There wasn't enough on the plate to cover a bee's knee. However, that suited me as I was feeling bloated from the lounge breakfast. All jokes aside, I am nearly always very pleased with CE meals.
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Old Nov 24, 22, 9:25 am
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Originally Posted by stephenjc View Post
⅓ of an egg! Wow, just wow
Dont go for the light option!
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Old Today, 6:19 am
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Thanks for the no blanky tip, I am quite far back on my trips as I booked late, and will 'pack' my daypack accordingly.
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Old Today, 6:20 am
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Did you 'register' to pick up the car?
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Old Today, 6:45 am
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Pre-flight message from me:

Feels weird coming in from Sofia Landside today 😂 Great mini-break in Sofia checking out the sights, the Christmas markets & the alcohol (note to self: I dont like Rakia). Reflecting with some fresh OJ in the lounge (aspire here is pretty terrible, isnt it?)

Loved the Intercon and for anyone staying I, like everyone else, fully recommend. We were well looked after, especially in the Club, the rooms were a great size & the free alcohol (and food!) helped keep me warm in Sofia! Each day wed have the place to ourselves for breakfast too.




Spa & massage all top notch, a well needed rub down after 20k+ steps each day. Club room stays get a late check out of 4pm, so today we grabbed a late breakfast (til 11.30am in the Lounge but they dont kick you out even if you arrive at 11:33..) and a little spa time before we left the hotel at 2pm to get to SOF.

As big gin fans the location is perfect, with The Gin House a walk away & free gin tasting by some lovely waitresses.

The hotel concierge organised excellent dinners for us, traditional at the Izbata Tavern & highbrow Japanese at Himachi Ni. We also had dinner at Floret, before donating our remaining BGN to the casino next door (made it to a new gold card - see pic!).


Immigration was easy & soon well head to the gate. CE is only 7 rows (they got it easy today!). If anyone is on the 891 today, give us a nod on the way back (row 1, youll know its me..).
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