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Trip Report, JER-LHR-ZRH - BA/SR  
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12407 posts, RR: 37
Posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2354 times:

Hi all,

I've just got back from a weekend in Zurich (it's a bank holiday in the UK today) and this is how it went.

Got to JER at c.0600; nice morning, but quite a heavy downpour a few minutes after I arrived; BA check in agent was new and took forever. Good seat - 8F - and acft was 'SJ ("Water dreaming" scheme). BA crew, as ever, very nice and I "chanced my arm"; initially, I was told no, as he was a new pilot (to the 320), but as we were delayed, the captain invited me up. As it happened, I got it all the way!! Way to go. London was beautiful, out and back, beautiful clear day with wonderful views of the city - dome & ferris wheel both visible and LHR seen from ten miles out. Good landing and parked over at unusual gate, so we had to bus it to baggage area. Used LHR Flight connections centre for first time; quite efficient. A little worried as I saw SR 321 landing (had hoped for M11), but the 321 was doing GVA.

Flight dep. sched. for 0945; we pushed back at 10.35. Hmm . . . It was, however, an MD11 (IWM) - which, frankly, was all that mattered to me. Unfortunately, it was also a crew training flight. Cabin crew were, however, very nice. Surprised at smallness of brunch, but it did hit the spot and crew v. generous with extra drinks and croissants (very nice & flaky - the croissants, not the crew!)

Told weather in ZRH was fine at 10 degrees. As we came beneath cloud, rain splashed against window. Not altogether a good sign, weatherwise! Good, firm landing - not too heavy, runway 14. Rain cleared up after a while. Stored bag in lockers and went into Buchair shop. Nice selection of goodies, mostly models, although there's a new 747 book I saw (In English) which I'd like to get sometime; however, this year's JP was out, so that was the choice.

Zurich. Well, what can one say. Good? Doesn't have cover it. Spectacular, wonderful, unbelievable - just go see the w/site and you'll see. From the end of the spectator's area, with a 300mm lens, you have just fabulous shots of widebodies taking off. (most small ones used 28). Added to that, you have BRILLIANT tours of the airfield, which take about 30 minutes. What other airport (exc. FRA) gives you this? And there's a parking area near the rwy intersection where they stop for about 10 mins. And for 3SFR? I mean, there's nothing better value than that in the whole of Switzerland. An A++++ airport.

This morning, checked in early; fairly wet day. Good c/in guy, checked all the way through to JER and two window seats. Acft was an A330-200, which was what I wanted - another first. Boarding at 7.10; slightly delayed departure, 7.36 v. 7.30, but that didn't pose a problem. 34 in use, left side seat; this can offer some spectaculr views for US flights, as they circle over airport; ours went straight on, but good views anyway. Seatback videos, v. comfy seats, great SR crew. How do you top that? With the j/s into LHR of course! 27L today - lovely approach and great views again; great weather in London.

Well, you get the general idea; SR was great, ZRH was great and I was thrilled with the whole thing. Although I didn't think the M11 was anything like as nice as the 330 (still looks old on the inside, for some reason), I'm delighted I got it.

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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

It's nice to hear that you liked ZRH. I am often out there and think is not as good as it was a few years ago. It will be much better in two to four years when the new midfield terminal, the airside center and the people mover will be finished. As I heared there will be a visitors deck on this midfield terminal, this would be just great.
I had also excellent experiences on Swissair's MD 11s and A 330-200s, but on long-haul flights.


User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2160 times:
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Hi

Zurich is..............fab!!

 

Regards
Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland


User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2154 times:

I'm starting to cry... I wish I could have done your trip. ZRH is my "home"-airport, where I spend hours and hours spotting and taking pictures.

Thanks a lot

Regards
Gerardo
http://fly.to/zrh



dominguez(dash)online(dot)ch ... Pushing the limits of my equipment
User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5293 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2134 times:

Great trip report ! I love ZRH too  ! I will hopefully spent a few days there this summer. I might non rev GVA-ZRH-GVA a few times. Did anyone of you see the new 3 Metre fences? What are they doing? Is it the new management that are less spotter friendly?

Jeremiah Teahan






Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

Look out! Apparently, the new fences have some holes, so that spotter can take pictures.

But I don't have any confirmation on that. I only know, that the new management said, they wanted to do something for us spotters.

Regards
Gerardo



dominguez(dash)online(dot)ch ... Pushing the limits of my equipment
User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

Gerardo:
What was the reason to buy a new fence. Was the old one not good enough anymore? Is it eletricfied?

Avion


User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5293 posts, RR: 61
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2124 times:

It is definely not electrified! I still think it spoils an otherwise great viewing spot (the walk along the runaway!)

Jeremiah Teahan







Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2119 times:

I have already been many times at the new fences. They are of course not electrified but they are much higher than the old ones. It is true at some places, for example at the Ruemlang side (runways 16 and 28), there are indeed holes for photographers. I was told by an airport police officer that they had to build new fences because of security reasons, it has nothing to do with the new airport managing company, they would have done it anyway.

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