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User currently offlineSwake From Belgium, joined Jan 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

Antwerp airport announced a new route to Prague commencing June 3th. Flights operated by Czech airline Discovery Aviation. Tickets only available on package deals.

Has anyone more information on this? The airline? Partaking travel agencies?
Thanks!

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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5665 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1693 times:

I only know, they should be flying one or two BAe 146. They've postponed already several times their commencement of operations and their webpage is not really useful either. I'll wait till I actually SEE  Wow! them flying.

User currently offlineSwake From Belgium, joined Jan 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

Do you happen to know their web address? (http://www.discoveryaviation.com/ leads you to a Colorado GA commercial site)

Tnx again
Swake


User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2376 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1592 times:

http://www.discovery-link.com


Swiss aviation news junkie living all over the place
User currently offlineDens From Switzerland, joined Sep 2001, 309 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1574 times:

Discovery aviation started operations last february and operated several flights from Prague to Sion, Switzerland. After two months of operations, they stopped flying without informations. Now I heard that they will reopen this route in july and add more destinations : Geneva, Antwerp and maybe some others.
This airline seems very strange to me but I know some people who flew the Sion-Prague route and were very happy. The inbound flight was operated by Farnair Switzerland and the outbound flight was operated by Flightline.


User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5665 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1513 times:

They have a special "first day of operations" domestic route promotion: Zlin - Prague for 3 Euros so I will check 'em out and let you know what they are like.

User currently offlineAlespesl From Czech Republic, joined Jan 2004, 582 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1507 times:

L410Turbolet

where can you make the reservation for their tickets? I went to they website but without any luck I was able to book any tickets.

Thanks
Ales



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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5665 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1473 times:

A hint how to access their online reservation system:

On their webpage: http://www.discovery-link.com click on the "continue" button in lower right-hand corner, no need to login. Their reservation system is pretty straight-forward, with seating selection available, the prices seem to be on the expensive side though.


User currently offlineSwake From Belgium, joined Jan 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1445 times:

This clears it all up. Thanks for all your replies. Turbolet, prices are steep indeed, a hefty +8000Kc (+250€) for any given weekend booking through the summer!! As they target tourists they will face fierce competition from Swartwings out of AMS, SN & OK from BRU and even Germanwings out of CGN for the eastern parts of Belgium.

regards
Swake


User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5665 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1438 times:

Swake,
I was thinking about visiting a friend in Brussels late June/early July, and get some Bellevue Kriek  Love  Love. Anyway, both CSA and SN Brussles are either way cheaper if booked with 30-day advance or some 15 Euro cheaper + they fly you full-service and to BRU directly. Thanx to the online seating option one can see, that they have no customers at all - no wonder if they are presenting 3990,- ow to Antwerps as "special offer", have very user-unfriendly website and in general seem to not really care. I mean it's 2004 so even babies in kindergarten know that website and promotions is THE WAY for LCC to attract customers.


User currently offlineEstablished02 From Belgium, joined Jan 2002, 536 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1426 times:


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Today I noticed that the flight schedules of these new PRG flights are being displayed already on some TV monitors in the departure hall of Antwerp Airport. I assume that this information is provided and confirmed by the Antwerp airport authorities.

Established02


User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5665 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

Swake, Established02,
guys as , what is the most cost-effective and if possible not too much time-consuming way to get from Brussels to AMS or CDG?
Thanx.

Petr


User currently offlineEstablished02 From Belgium, joined Jan 2002, 536 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1409 times:

> what is the most cost-effective and if possible not too much
> time-consuming way to get from Brussels to AMS or CDG?

Train (quicker):

The high speed train connects Brussels Gare du Midi Station with:
Amsterdam Central Station, AMS, Paris Gare du Nord(?), CDG and also Antwerp Central Station.

http://www.b-rail.be/

Bus (cheaper):

http://www.eurolines.be

Established02


User currently offlineSwake From Belgium, joined Jan 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1383 times:

Nazdar Petr

seems like they won't be around for too long this way. Pity...
Let's hope Smartwings grows rapidly and expands its network over more European cities. They seem to attract lots of customers with interesting 100€ return fares if you book early.

Established filled you in regarding transport to Amsterdam and Paris. Eurolines would be cheaper indeed but if I presume correctly that you want to go from AMS or CDG airport to Brussels then nothing beats the high speed trains. Affordable, fast and departing at 200 yards max. from the terminal.

Enjoy the BellevueKriek but give me a Plzenske dvanast anytime  Smile

Swake


User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5665 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1367 times:

Swake, Established02
thanks for your help! If I manage to buy tickets early enough I'll fly CSA/SN for 150 Euros incl. taxes straight to BRU, but I'm leaving AMS/CDG as a "plan B"

BTW, I've flown with Discovery yesterday. It was a 35 min domestic flight UHE-PRG for 99 CZK (3 Euros). I've taken some photos, but the weather was really bad so their not the quality to be published on a.net.
Their BAe146 seems to be an aircraft-"prostitute". Looking up its registration D-AWUE I found out on a.net that its an ex-Deutsche BA/Austrian Arrows/WDL Aviation/Air Berlin aircraft. Flight itself was ok, but runway at UHE is horrible - I really thought the plane is gonna fall apart.

Anyway I might fly them tomorrow again, just for the fun of flying dirt cheap before they go bust. Taking a bus from Brno to UHE and then from PRG to my hometown is quite a detour though, but only 5 Euros more expensive than taking a bus straight home.
There were some managers from Discovery aboard the flight and I heard them talking about getting a 2nd and 3rd plane at the end of June, July respectively, expanding its network to Naples, Geneva, Sion. I have no idea how they want to survive with such a financial burden of having to finance three a/c while having such unbusinesslike attitude at the same time? I'd love to see them flourish, but have serious doubts about it.
Even SmartWings will have hard time struggling against large LCCs and they are pros with years and years of experience from charter operations as well as backing of a prosperous charter airline (Travel Servis).



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