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The Litts tick-off Europe before Brexit- 1)Majorca- LHR-ZRH-PMI Swiss Euro Econ & Biz

Old Aug 22, 16, 2:50 am
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1)Majorca, Spain

Hi Ladies and Gents, welcome back to another Litt family journey. This time we are off to the island of Majorca. Previous Litt family journeys can be seen below:

Previous trip reports:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...y-ba-a380.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...-amritsar.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...evy-tahoe.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...90-review.html

Background:

Its been an interesting year since my last trip report. Father Litt had decided to leave the world of Management Consultancy behind and move on to pastures new. Whilst this had many many benefits, the main downside was that he had less leave to use this summer. This meant that our planned jaunt to Palm Springs, had to be postponed. For me, this was my final year of A-Levels, and having turned 18 in July, with many different birthday functions I had to attend, the only real week that we could travel on was after A-Level results day.

Having booked this trip, a week before we left ( who is seeing the pattern here? ), Swiss air was our best bet for getting to PMI, without paying the same kind of ticket price that one would pay for the trip to LA or to the Far East. We were receiving quotes of 2,400 in Club Europe with BA (SHOCK HORROR). Swiss air was coming it at a full 1,000 cheaper with the return leg being flown in Short-Haul Biz. So we took it.

Brexit has hit the UK quite hard, I think the reality of the decision is finally beginning to sink in and we were quite disappointed about the fact that many people felt so disenfranchised they decided they wanted out, but fair enough! So we thought we would take advantage of being able to travel across Europe whilst we still could and slowly but surely tick off countries that we hadn't been to before... by starting with a country we had been to before

Thats the Litts for you.


The rough overview of what to expect from this trip:

1. The day before the trip
2. LHR-ZRH-PMI
3. The Villa
4. The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
5. Island activities
6. Lounge hoping
7. Flying home- PMI-ZRH-LHR


The day before the trip:

As per my last trip report, which was exactly one year ago, where we drove to Geneva, this year I collected my final batch of A-Level results, with the hope of reading law. Once finding what position I was in and my grades, I began the process off putting the stress of the summer behind me and focusing on the one week of relaxation I had planned, before it all kicks off again.

I began the process of online check-in...






Finished my packing, had one final gym session...



And finally was able to relax.


The Day of the Trip:

We left home at 10:30 and made the short drive to Heathrow T2.















Not as cool...




After pulling up, grabbing our luggage and taking the lifts to departures, we had arrived at bag drop.



My trolley













Rather (un)amusingly, the DIY bag tag machine wasn't working so we had to queue for 25 minutes and go through the standard check-in malarkey.



After finally dumping our bags, we went through an incredibly empty security and were airside.









Our lounge today was the Plaza Premium Lounge, where we gained access using Amex Centurion.











The food options here were actually pretty good.









Tea and Coffee







My preferred beverage of the day




Bit of reading...



I went for the 5 Bean Chilli, which was basically not that chilli and some potato wedges...





How it was meant to be done...





Lavatory.






By 12:45, we hadn't been assigned a gate and I decided to check whether our inbound aircraft had landed yet.



HB-JLT


Lounge Overview:

Overall it was a pretty good lounge to spend an hour and a half. It lacked a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and had no tarmac view or any view for that matter so felt quite dreary. Food was pretty good though!



After leaving the lounge we headed out to do some airside shopping:



I LOVE LEGO!










We eventually checked the information boards once again and our flight gate was available







And after letting the gate lice go through, the Litt Family Brexit Tour had finally begun!
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Old Aug 22, 16, 10:23 am
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Another great one with clever insights and writing style. I'm looking forward to more installments.
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Old Aug 22, 16, 3:47 pm
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Congratulations (I hope) on your A Level results and your planned legal studies. Really enjoyed your previous trip reports so looking forward to following this one.

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Plaza Premium looks impressive! I think I have to try it out....
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Congratulations on your achievements. Nice TR! I might have missed it, but, weren't you flying in LX J? If so, then why didn't you try out one of the many *A lounges? Thanks!!
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Old Aug 23, 16, 6:01 am
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I think it's LHR-ZRH-PMI in Y and then PMI-ZRH-LHR in J.

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Congratulations on your achievements. Nice TR! I might have missed it, but, weren't you flying in LX J? If so, then why didn't you try out one of the many *A lounges? Thanks!!
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Old Aug 23, 16, 1:49 pm
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LHR-ZRH Swiss Euro Econ



Sch. Departure:13:45
Actual Departure:14:17
Flight time:01:10
Aircraft type: A320 Sharklets
Aircraft Reg:HB-JLT
Sch Arrival:16:40
Actual Arrival:16:45
Load: 90%- 160 Pax, 4 Cabin Crew, 2 Air Crew


After scanning our boarding passes, we proceeded to walk down some escalators towards our jet bridge.









Wonder how much these guys spend on advertising at Heathrow?



-JLT




We boarded through one door and as we began moving down the aisle heard the cabin crew request that all boarding passengers move quickly to ensure that we can request a departure slot- new experience for me!

My view *Our* view for the next 1 hour and 10 minutes





The seat



I tried to get my Go Pro working but once again it turned into a "stay" pro as it didn't really want to work.



Taxing out for departure








Budgets are running tight at BA- Only 1 meal for Econ pax and now paint is scarce...








Not today



Need to get on one of these before the final flight!



More BA



Waiting to get on the Runway



27R was the departure runway for today







Airborne













To take a line from Queen "I Want to break free"









Legroom was quite tight.



At 16,000ft the Crew began service and the vegetarian option on this flight was a cheese roll





Still climbing



They then proceeded to give us these chocolates





View from the front




Very rarely were these screens showing a moving map. Most of the time, it was just advertising new Swiss routes and the new CS100.

By the end of the flight I could tell you everything you wanted to know about the new Edelweiss short and medium haul flights to Birmingham



Quite soon after the crew began to collect our rubbish and momentarily after the seatbelt lights switched back on



Gates for connection







In awe at how stunning the outskirts of Zurich were















Don't get any of this at LHR





Touchdown!



Happy Swiss Gentleman







We pulled up at the gate, said goodbye to our crew, (or so we thought) and began our 55 minute connection at Zurich.




Exactly one year later I was back on Swiss soil. Great to see you too Switzerland, its always a pleasure :-:







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Connecting at Zurich

Connecting at Zurich

As previously mentioned, we had a 55 minute connection and with boarding being called in 30 minutes, going to the lounge, dare I say it, seemed pointless.

We began walking up the stairs to immigration, with our A320 still in sight



After clearing immigration, we began looking for our Abflug gate





Quite like this








Whilst I was walking to our new gate, B36, I saw a plane with a bunch of faces on it. Ignoring it initially, it began to stick our like a sore thumb when put next to a bunch of A320's, it was this...







-HB-JNA Swiss's first 777-300ER!!


(More pictures of that later)!

Anyhow, boarding was called at 17:10 and we began walking down Zurich's corridors, which seemed like they had run out of budget and were unable to finish...



Makes you think...



More 77W





Our second A320 today, subbed in instead of a A321



As I was busy taking pictures,I heard a lady say "Oh Hello again." Bit peculiar seeing as how I had never been to Zurich before. It turned out to be the crew from our first flight.

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ZRH- PMI Swiss Euro Econ

Sch. Departure:17:35
Actual Departure:17:33
Flight time:01:55
Aircraft type: A320
Aircraft Reg:HB-JLT
Sch Arrival:19:25
Actual Arrival:19:23
Load: 48%- 68 Pax, 4 Cabin Crew, 2 Air Crew

We were met with a welcoming hello, from the same cabin crew and flight crew that flew our first leg, I think they were more surprised to see us than we them!

Our aircraft today "Basserdorf"



We proceeded to take our seats until boarding had completed and then the Cabin Crew member from Hong Kong, came up to us and said that we could move before take off. I quickly sprang for an exit row ^^

I got comfortable and spread my tech out on the seat next to me



HB-JNA off to Athens on a crew Famil flight. Lucky passengers on that flight!!





Exit row 4 Ever!!!



Lets hope I don't have to use that








Safety video, nothing done manually



Suppose it makes a change from HSBC





Full glory



Pushback

































Time to climb



















Mountain Ranges in the distance




At 16,000 ft, exactly like the last flight, the seat belt signs turned off and the crew sprang into action. I was hoping that I wasn't going to get another Cheese roll but sadly my wish was not granted.

If my parents see this, sorry for playing with my food guys



Sparkling water for this flight



In love.





Love these chocolates. Made by Frey Chocolates.





Looney Tunes was playing on todays flight





Always important to browse over the safety card




I opened up Swiss Magazine on this flight



Useful article...



Also interesting to look at the Swiss fleet







At this point, we crossed landfall over the North of Majorca and began final descent



Dividers being opened for landing



Really enjoyed this flight





"Every breath you take, every move you make, the Estee Lauder lady will be watching you..."





If my window wasn't steamed up, these pictures would have been ^^







Whilst these A320's seem so incredibly dinky, when sitting on the wing you actually realise it is actually quite big!













We have touchdown





Taxiing to gate







Time to hit the road!


Huge thank you to the Swiss Cabin Crew and Flight Crew for giving me a quick glimpse inside the cockpit!



Thats a lot of paper


Bye Bye JLT!




And with that the Litts were free... minus going through customs and grabbing their bags and the rental car. Oh yeah the rental car. Stay tuned for that bit.
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Another great one with clever insights and writing style. I'm looking forward to more installments.
Thank you Glensea, means a lot! I hope you enjoy the rest of this TR

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Congratulations (I hope) on your A Level results and your planned legal studies. Really enjoyed your previous trip reports so looking forward to following this one.

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Thank you 1F They went well Taking a gap year though, and currently trying to find an internship for the year, hence the slow updates of the trip. Hope this one lives up to the rest of them

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Plaza Premium looks impressive! I think I have to try it out....
You should. Having just done three of the Swiss air Business lounges at Zurich, from a food perspective the Plaza lounge beats it hands down

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Congratulations on your achievements. Nice TR! I might have missed it, but, weren't you flying in LX J? If so, then why didn't you try out one of the many *A lounges? Thanks!!
Thank you

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I think it's LHR-ZRH-PMI in Y and then PMI-ZRH-LHR in J.
It is indeed

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Enjoying the report so far and looking forward to the rest.

Thanks for the links to your other reports, I've just lost Sunday afternoon reading them good job it's a bank holiday weekend
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Letting the holiday begin... or does it?



We got off the plane at Palma and began our walk to passport control



Just a quick note, it was quite surprising to see departure passengers and arriving passengers being able to interact with each other, i.e there was no separation between the two. First time I have seen this and was an interesting surprise.



We didn't have to clear immigration because we were in the Schengen Zone, and so we went straight to baggage reclaim. Being honest with you all, I wasn't expecting our luggage to come out. With a 50 minute connection I just didnt have high hopes.



But it must have been the Litts day because it did make it





We grabbed our luggage whilst dad went to the Hertz desk to get the car info.

Waiting for dad



You come out of Palma airport, which is full of holiday reps and walk to a separate building to collect your car, having already been given the key at the desk in the terminal.

Released into the sweltering heat



Pushing and photo-taking





Not us...


Ah this is us...



Just about managed to get the luggage in the car...



A BMW 218 D Active Tourer was our car for the trip. Basically a larger 1 series.




Sadly not enough room for my rucksack in the boot





My job as navigator was to well um... navigate so I had to program in the address



Its a hard life

Auto Gearbox



Standard BMW control panel



Father Litt turned on the car only to find the entire thing was in German



We wasted a good five minutes trying to change the language with multiple yells of "DIDN'T YOU DO GCSE GERMAN" from Mother Litt... No mum I did French and Spanish and boy do I regret that decision now

Soon we rocketed out onto the Motorway heading north to the area of Creastaux at the North of the Island where our Villa is located





































It took us 35 minutes to get from the South of the Island to the North and by 21:00 we had arrived at our Villa






Whilst we waited for the owner to arrive and give us the keys, we got out to look at the BM

And the most obvious thing was this...


And um this...



How prey tell did we miss that?

We decided to put dealing with that on the back burner and whilst waiting for the lady, I took more pictures



Anyway after she arrived, we went inside to our villa and after spending the next hour unpacking and becoming familiar with our home for the week, we decided to order pizza because we had no food.

The pizza was meant to be delivered and after an hour after being order, bearing in mind its now 22:55 we find out the pizza guy can't find our house.

Of course, Dad and I decide its time for a mini-road trip and rush off to collect it.
I get dressed and tie, what is without a doubt the worst turban I have EVER tied and we head out into the town of Sa Pobla

13 minutes drive



Back on the road again...





10 minutes later and after being seen in public with my poorly tied turban we had collected dinner!







A derelict restaurant, well what else was I expecting at 11:15 on a Sunday evening to be fair?





The Sa Pobla square



Reminds me of Geneva





All the streets in this town were incredibly narrow. Had we a larger 4x4 we wouldn't have fit



20 Minutes later I found myself eating this pizza, drinking yet another Sprite and I was struggling to stay awake. What a start to this vacation...

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Excellent TR; thanks for sharing!

A friend of mine got me a tank top that I think is hilarious: "Made in the UK Destroyed in Magalluf". I think it was for a hen week-end. Apparently, it's rather wild there.

Enjoy the vacation!
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Its pretty normal cars on Mallorca are configurated in German
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Well done on the A Levels. Enjoy your short holiday - looks like a great TR. I am looking forward to the rest.
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