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Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS  
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3821 posts, RR: 51
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4282 times:

Greetings!

Our friends at www.airevents.de have arranged to charter a Boeing 747-300 for a scenic flight of about an hour over the Netherlands, out of AMS on Saturday, April 14, 2007.

There has been a somewhat short and now archived thread on this when there was no exact pricing and date info available yet.
Boeing 747-300 Sightseeing Flight (by Canberra Oct 24 2006 in Civil Aviation)

They have chartered PZ-TCM, a colorful ex-KLM bird. For many an aviation enthusiast this might be the last chance to fly on a dash 300, and for some this might be a trip down memory lane.


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Tickets start at 111 Eur, that is about 147$ American or 74.73 Sterling (what a coincidence!). This price is very reasonable in my opinion, and for a little more you'll get seats in the premium sections, the upper deck for example.

I have attended the Airevents Iran Air 747-100 flight out of CGN about 2 years ago, and there was a 747SP flight one year earlier, and many fellow A.netters will agree that it was a truly wonderful experience! The guys at Airevents (they're fellow A.netters, by the way) are experts at this kind of thing and I am 100% sure that they'll make this another unforgettable flight.

They need 300 bookings before the year ends, so if you're in the area or willing to travel it would be great if you'd book as soon as possible. Here's a link to the detailed description (including seat maps) and to make a booking:

http://www.airevents.de/product_info.php?products_id=93

You don't pay a cent until the flight is conformed, which is in early January, so you shouldn't make any acomodation and transportation arrangements yet.

I'm sure we'll have a great time before and after the flight, it's Amsterdam and it's the weekend, what more could you ever want!

Hope to see you all in April!

Soren  santahat 


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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3821 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4177 times:

I might add that AMS is a great spotting destination to begin with and we could certainly make up a program of flying, then spotting, and then going to town in the evening.

Soren  santahat 



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User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10707 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4093 times:

I agree that were nice events and I´m thinking to book this flight as well. See you all there.

User currently offlineDYflyer From Norway, joined May 2006, 676 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4007 times:

I have booked, and i really hope they get the necessary 300 bookings. Also, spending some time spotting at the Kaagbaan is a must, as they are closing the place.


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User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2175 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3980 times:

Can i provisionally put my name down for it, and then if circumstances change (quite likely) then I can remove my name?

Henry


User currently offlineAirAmericaC46 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 590 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3873 times:

I haven't been on a 743 and so I am interested. I suggest a routing like AMS-RTM-AMS.(Is RTM able to handle 747?) or AMS-Maastricht-AMS-----thereby,experiencing 2 take-offs and 2 landings on a 743!!

User currently offlineMACDADDY From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3826 times:

Its going to be excellent. If we go to MSt then it will add significant cost to the operation which could increse the ticket price by 10 or 15%!

Myself and some of my colleagues are going along.

Hope to see you all there!

matt



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User currently offlineAJO From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 575 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3728 times:

Quoting AirAmericaC46 (Reply 5):
Is RTM able to handle 747?

We don't see them too often, unfortunately, but RTM is 747-capable:

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Would be nice to see the PY in RTM  crossfingers   pray 



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User currently offlineMACDADDY From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3721 times:

Just to add, there flight is planned to be off stand so would be bussed out. They are trying to arrange a photo site onthe adjasant stand to take pictures from.


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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3821 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3680 times:

Quoting AirAmericaC46 (Reply 5):
I suggest a routing like AMS-RTM-AMS

Sorry, but this is an AMS-AMS flight, no stop anywhere else. It costs a shipload of money to land a 747.

Quoting MACDADDY (Reply 8):
Just to add, there flight is planned to be off stand so would be bussed out. They are trying to arrange a photo site onthe adjasant stand to take pictures from.

Sounds awesome! I can't wait till they release the exact timing so I can book my flights in and out.

Soren  santahat 



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3639 times:

hmm, bit steep for a sightseeing tour, but I might consider it.

I've flown this very bird twice while she was with KLM, and have very good memories of those flights.
Always a welcome sight at Schiphol, even if she's now more often sitting on the ramp than flying (SLM seems to have some problems with keeping schedules, leading to delays which regularly run to several days).



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User currently offlineMACDADDY From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3603 times:

The flight is going to be around 1400 local time i think, but there is plenty of room to manovre around everyone. Remember to wait until the flight is confirmed before booking a flight!

MP



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3821 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3571 times:

Quoting MACDADDY (Reply 11):
Remember to wait until the flight is confirmed before booking a flight!

Yeah thats true, but there's an awesome deal for AMS-BSL that afternoon on www.sleasyjet.co.uk (wow, the link works! go figure!) at 1700 in the afternoon and I thought about booking now. I could check-in online so I'd be ok even if the sightseeing flight leaves at 1500 or so. If they do cancel, I'd just make it an Amsterdam tourist weekend.

Soren  santahat 



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User currently offlineAviopic From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 2681 posts, RR: 42
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3504 times:

Nice idea although I don't really get it.
A sightseeing flight at what altitude and speed ?
I am quite sure they won't get permission for a VFR flight and certainly not between 1000 and 1500ft.
A flight at 10.000ft with 350kts is not exactly a sightseeing flight if you ask me.
Then there is the flight time of 1 hour, 1 hour to where ?
When you blink your eyes ones you are above Belgium and at the next above Germany, you can circle the whole country 4 times in an hour.

My idea of a sightseeing flight is:
With the very first 1958 production F27 flying VFR at 1000ft.

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Or with the world's largest single engine bi-plane almost hovering over the country with 80kts.

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Or a Catalina flight including a water splash.

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Or an aerobatics and/or formation flight in a '55 Fokker S11.

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However if 350kts speed is the motive why not taking a Mustang or Fouga flight.

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What can beat a flight in a warbird, at least you will see something.

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Just to mention a few possibilities for you while visiting our country.
For the spotters among you guys, by April we should just have our Connie flying.

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Not available for passenger flights but still an opportunity not to be missed I guess.


Have fun,
Willem



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3821 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3447 times:

Quoting Aviopic (Reply 13):
Nice idea although I don't really get it.

Sir, I believe you are mislead by the description on the Airevents web site. It is not written by native english speakers and the word "sightseeing" is a bit off. The point is not a "scenic flight" where everybody sits at the windows and marvels at the windmills, which would be nice in one of the planes you have mantioned and pictured, I believe the point is to experience a flight on a 743 which is quickly disappearing from passenger service. Myself for example, I have flown on 747s countles times, mostly in my youth and on 742s, and I love this plane. I have even flown on a 741, but never in my life on a 743. So this is my chance.

Soren  santahat 



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User currently offlineAviopic From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 2681 posts, RR: 42
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3430 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 14):
Sir

Please don't call me like that Big grin

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 14):
It is not written by native english speakers

I am not either  Wink

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 14):
I believe the point is to experience a flight on a 743 which is quickly disappearing from passenger service

Still don't get it.
What the fun of sitting in a "bus", might as well take a ride in the local kiddies school bus.

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 14):
mostly in my youth and on 742s, and I love this plane. I have even flown on a 741, but never in my life on a 743

Do you think you will notice any difference between a -100, -200, -300 or even a -400 ?

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 14):
and I love this plane

Me too, to take apart that is Big grin

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Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 14):
So this is my chance

For a moment I was thinking people were looking for a real flying experience and it was not my intention to take someone's fun away if this is what you want then I wish you all a great day.



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