Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Journey to Brazil - From Paris to Rio de Janeiro
FuFu Journey to Brazil - Part Three
From Paris to Rio de Janeiro | 22nd - 23rd July 2010
Heading to aircraft Boeing 747 - 400.
The boarding was delayed 20 minutes. My seat was 51L (row 51, window seat L) at the back of the plane so i could get onto the plane first. Because the passengers sitting in front won't block the corridors putting their hand-carry luggages into the compartment. Lucky enough, i managed to took a video of the entrance to the upper deck for the pilots as well as both First and Business Class passengers. Really wish could be upgraded to at least, Business Class in the future. The safety demo was not conducted by the flight attendants but was airing with funny animation.
The flight to Rio de Janerio, Brazil was alright. But shamely this long-haul (11hrs) flight didn't provide any in-flight entertainment. It's a night flight, so after the dinner, i was sleeping until breakfast was served approximately three hours before landing. Because of the time zone, it's 5:30am when the captain was getting ready for landing. As usual, a very smooth and steady landing from Air France. Overall, it's a pleasant journey. I managed to recharge with seven hours of sleep.
The whole journey was delayed nearly 40minutes. I had only two hours left to catch my next flight (TAM Airlines) to Curitiba after i got my huge baggage. I didn't have much time left exploring the airport because the line going through the immigration counter was too long. After that, i quickly rush to Terminal Two and checked-in for the domestic flight to my destination. I did a short and quick check of the airport. Old airport but neat and clean.
Goodbye Charles de Gaulle International Airport.
Wonder when could FuFu enjoy the luxurious seat on the upper deck!
Airbus 747-400 (Flight AF442 - Voyageur).
FuFu was one of the earliest passengers got to the back rows of seat.
The in-flight dinner.
Quite tasty chicken rice with cheese.
A very special salad.
The berry tart was yummy.
Typical Western breakfast.
Cheese, beef and pork.
Liked this butter bread!
A smooth landing at Rio de Janerio International Airport, 5:40am.
If the landing could be an hour later, the city could be seen better.
Waiting for the baggage.
The toilet at the airport was clean!
If compared to the toilet at CDG Int'l Airport in Paris...
This is totally nothing worth to mention!
Gotta head to the immigration counter for the domestic flight.
Nothing to declare yet the line was very long.
FuFu's arrival to Rio de Janeiro International Airport.
Like the airport scene when FuFu was in Manila three years ago.
Infraero, the government corporation managing all Brazilian airports.
Rest of the passengers were busy shopping for duty-free stuff.
So the arrival hall looked very quiet.
Went up to second floor - the check-in counters.
Heading to Terminal Two.
FuFu was gonna fly with TAM Airlines.
GOL is the only Brazilian low-cost airlines.
Will definitely fly with GOL when travelling around Latin America.
TAM Airlines, Brazil's largest airline, also a member of Star Alliances.
Arrived Terminal Two five minutes later.
TAM Airlines allowed FuFu to checked-in two baggages. Good!
While waiting for the boarding pass.
Terminal Two, Rio de Janerio International Airport.
Looking for the entrance for domestic departure.
Last call for my flight's boarding.
Damn! Had no time to walk around.
Anyway a very nice and neat domestic departure hall still.
FuFu was one of the several last passengers to board!
The bus was waiting for me! lol
On the bus, heading to the plane.
TAM Airlines, Airbus A319.
See, the exterior of the international airport. Amazing.
Five minutes passed. Still stuck here.
Gotta wait for the crew to load the baggages into the plane.
Finally the baggages were sent and about to be loaded.
FuFu's baggage were the purple one and a black backpack bag.
See how the crew load the baggages.
The captain started the engine.
Heading to the take-off lane.
Goodbye Rio de Janerio Int'l Airport. FuFu will be back!
Ready to take-off!
To be continued.