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Topic: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2007-07-01 20:28:56 and read 3852 times.

Some HAM for the weekend!


Hello, dear readers,
time to write down a short, picture illustrated story, from a trip to Hamburg, last weekend.
It was my job to organize the travel for a group of total 17 colleagues.
The destination was fixed and all details booked, long ago, around January.
As usual, around my long term bookings, something, in this case a company meeting, affected my timetable
and therefore, 15 of us used the originally booked AB early morning service, me and another colleague gone
rebooked on a later flight.



Saturday, 23.06.2007
STR (Stuttgart-Echterdingen) - HAM (Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel)
AB 6658 on F100 D-AGPS in AirBerlin colours, but finally operated by Germania
Scheduled: 15.10 // 16.25
Actual: 15.20 // 16.25
Gate: 142
Seat: 19A
Loadfactor: near 100 %
Fare: 7500 Top-Bonus-Miles, no taxes and fees
History:
20.06.1992: Delivered to USAir
27.02.1997: Renamed US Airways
25.02.2004: In service for Germania
19.03.2006: Further to DBA
In Air Berlin colours since: ?
Flight no.6 on the F100 and the first on this machine.


AB offered online check-in, also with luggage, sure my way, while there was not to much time between meeting
and departure. No problem the day before, sequence no.1.
Finally arrived at the airport at around 2.20 pm, 50 minutes ahead to departure.
No time to wait at the counter in T3, open for all AB services, the friendly girl there accepted my suitcase and printed me the usual paper
boarding pass. Also, no time to wait at security and at the gate some minutes before the announced boarding time.
My colleague arrived short thereafter with a sequence number around 80, so it seems a good load on this service.
The plane was ten minutes delayed inbound from NCE.
Bus boarding was called some minutes later, the plane parked on the apron.

Fokker 100 D-AGPS at STR:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07001.jpg

Our neighbour at the apron:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07003.jpg

Boarding D-AGPS:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07004.jpg

Operated by Germania:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07005.jpg

Nice, but windy wheather conditions to fly today.
Two female FA´s on this service, real friendly.
A short welcome from the flightdeck during boarding, the pilots from Germany.
The cabin fitted with bright, grey leather seats, clean, once again my impression about the F100, real good legroom.
Oldie style interior.
Departure from runway 25, in front another F100 from KLM. Duration: One hour.
The route leads us above Kassel and Hannover in northern direction. No info about the flight level.

Inflight to HAM:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07006.jpg

Nice engine shot:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07007.jpg

Snacks and beverages for free, also alcoholic drinks and newspapers, magazines for free.
Calm flight, more and more clouds inbound to HAM.
Arrival at HAM´s runway no. 23 ontime. Airbridge deboarding.
The FA´s offered the chocolate heart, but IMO, green was much nicer than red!.

D-AGPS at HAM:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07008.jpg

Only some minutes for the bags.
Further on the way by taxi to our accomodation, the recommendable Suitehotel Hamburg City, where we meet the rest of the crowd.
A nice, but especially in "net sleeping time" short weekend follows.

U-434: Russian espionage submarine:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07024.jpg

U-434 en detail:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07032.jpg

I will be in HAM again in around four weeks, more detailed pix during the next HAM trip report.




Sunday, 24.06.2007
HAM (Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel) - STR (Stuttgart-Echterdingen)
4U 2047 operated by Germanwings A319 D-AKNT
Scheduled: 17.40 // 18.55
Actual: 17.45 // 18.45
Gate: A38
Seat: 23F
Loadfactor: 105 pax, around 70 %
Fare: 76,72 EUR per pax
History:
22.11.2005: Delivered to Germanwings
Flight no.27 on the A319 and the first on this plane.


Back at the airport, this time by the efficient public transport system, at around 4.00 pm.
No time to wait at check in, three counters for all 4U flights open.
Another friendly girl checked me in and send my suitcase back to STR.
I spent the time on the abservation deck, some nice planes there,
an Emirates A345, IranAir A310, KaliningradAvia B737 and so on.
The cross runway action was real interesting to follow.
Time for security at 5.00 pm, no time to wait there and at the gate at the scheduled
boarding time. The plane was inbound from STR and arrived some minutes early.

A-319 D-AKNT still arrived:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07035.jpg

D-AKNT parked:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07036.jpg

Ready for boarding:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07037.jpg

Airbridge boarding at HAM also for Germanwings. Sequences 1 to 30 first, 24 for me, beneath families with children,
so no problem to bring the group together in the rear of the plane and also a window seat for me.
Three friendly female FA´s on this service.
Bright grey leather seats, clean machine, legroom was ok from my point of view.
Duration 1,00 hour.
Departure from runway 23, the same like on arrival yesterday.
Flightlevel 33.000 ft.
Both pilots from Germany. Detailed informaions in a friendly way during cruiseflight.
Good wheather along the whole route, no special service.

Some green northeast STR:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07039.jpg

More colours east of STR:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07040.jpg

East of STR during approach:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07041.jpg

Back home on STR´s runway 25 ten minutes early, bus deboarding and some time to wait for
the bags while three Germanwings flights arrived nearly the same time, only one belt for
these flights available.

Bye-Bye D-AKNT:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAM07/HAM07044.jpg


So, what about my personal opinion on these flights?.
Both services ontime, friendly FA´s both ways.
AirBerlin offers the more familiar service, fixed seating, magazines, free drinks, the chocolate heart.
There was some time ago, since my last Germanwings flight, but this time it was ok, but AirBerlin has still my
preference in direct comparison to Germanwings.

Comments always welcome,
Markus (FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: RJ100
Posted 2007-07-01 21:11:29 and read 3796 times.

Hi Markus, another interesting report about German domestic flights!

I'll have an Air Berlin trip booked for November, was nice to see what to expect.

You were lucky to get the Fokker100!

Enjoy your upcoming trips!

Best regards,
Thomas

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2007-07-01 21:15:20 and read 3789 times.

Hi, Thomas,
thanx for your reply.

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 1):
were lucky to get the Fokker100!

Indeed, I like this oldie plane!.

BTW, your signature sounds also interesting, hope to read a report about that Tupolev ride!.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: Gjunnar
Posted 2007-07-01 21:16:17 and read 3786 times.

Good TR, thanks for sharing. You really come around a lot, don't you  Wink

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2007-07-01 21:27:27 and read 3774 times.

Hello, Gunnar,
thanx for your reply.

Quoting Gjunnar (Reply 3):
You really come around a lot,

I will do my very best
 Wink

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: Contact Air
Posted 2007-07-01 21:33:31 and read 3768 times.

Hi Markus,

again a nice report about your domestic flights. I have flown STR-HAM on DBA several times, but only before the take-over by Air Berlin. Interesting to read that apparently not much has changed since then.

Regards
Christoph

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2007-07-01 21:44:28 and read 3758 times.

Hello, Christoph,
nice to read your reply.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 5):
apparently not much has changed since then.

True, but the green chocolate heart was much nicer than the actually red one  Smile

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: Rogerbcn
Posted 2007-07-01 22:03:42 and read 3742 times.

Hola Markus!

Nice report again.

Looking forward to visiting Hamburg soon. I have been told it is a city not to miss.

Meanwhile just sitting here and waiting for my August trip to Argentina; expect TR on IB and LAN-Argentina.

Bis bald und danke, noch einmal!

Salut!

Roger

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2007-07-01 22:11:21 and read 3734 times.

Hola, Roger,
also nice to read your reply.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 7):
forward to visiting Hamburg soon

Indeed, Hamburg is a city worth to visit nowadays, take some spanish sun with you and it will be great!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 7):
August trip to Argentina; expect TR on IB and LAN-Argentina.

Hope so, interesting destination and airlines.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: BA319-131
Posted 2007-07-01 22:27:41 and read 3724 times.

Hi Markus,

Thanks for another great TR!

The German domestic scene is great for spotters and travellers alike, F100's, 733,735,73G,738,319,320,321,AB6 + RJ's and props - such a nice variety of planes and routes/airlines to choose - you guy's are lucky!

Look forward to the next TR.

Rgds

Mark

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2007-07-01 22:40:52 and read 3712 times.

Hi, Mark,
thanx for your nice reply.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 9):
such a nice variety of planes and routes/airlines to choose

When I read about FlyWhoosh, Jetstream Express and else, it seems that the UK scene
has also a lot to discover for me!.

BTW, some more bookings, included BHX, CPH and HAM for the upcoming summer season
secured.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: BA319-131
Posted 2007-07-01 23:01:00 and read 3692 times.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 10):
BTW, some more bookings, included BHX, CPH and HAM for the upcoming summer season
secured.

- Excellent! Can't wait for those TR's.

Best Wishes

Mark

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2007-07-01 23:54:09 and read 3658 times.

Hi, Mark,
and further under construction:
STR-MAH on the DE 757-300 secured
MAH-BCN still open with maybe the Aerbal B717
BCN-FRA on Clickair secured.

Hope to read also some stories from your latest travels.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2007-07-02 10:17:13 and read 3567 times.

Nice report, Markus. Not even two years ago I flew ST's F100 on NUE-DUS-NUE, already operating for dba, but still in full ST colors. Now these planes are all painted in AB colors. Fast changes in aviation.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
In Air Berlin colours since: ?

11.12.2006

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The FA´s offered the chocolate heart, but IMO, green was much nicer than red!.

True - I also suppose it's another chocolate brand. dba's heart tasted better - undercover savings by AB?  Wink

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
There was some time ago, since my last Germanwings flight, but this time it was ok, but AirBerlin has still my
preference in direct comparison to Germanwings.

No disagreement here.


PH

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: Buck3y3nut
Posted 2007-07-02 15:34:53 and read 3469 times.

great pictures m8. Enjoyed the trip report a lot...
thanks for writing and sharing...

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: Airbuseric
Posted 2007-07-02 21:04:23 and read 3406 times.

Markus, nice report to see and read  Smile You beat me again by bringing the AB report online before I did it  Wink To be honest, I still have to start on it! But it will be nice.

Good to see the F100 in action again. About the legroom, yes, it also impresses me always. On KL, the F100 offers the best legroom for your European flight. It's always a pleasure to be on board such aircraft.

About the AB drinks, you mention also alcoholic beverages for free?! I think I saw in the inflight magazine last week that you've to pay for such drinks (usually)?! Or did it change on domestic services? Anyway, good option by AB!

4U,... I know them as well. Flown on their A319's 4 times in the early months when they just started operations. I remember them as a good lowcost airline. Still the grey/darkred leather seats? It's indeed a big difference to AB that they don't offer anything free.

About your next flights... you also beat me there! I really have to find some rides for myself during July/August. And I want to fly the B753 too  Sad But that's so difficult for me out of AMS! Anyway,... keep you informed  Smile

Eric

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2007-07-02 21:05:01 and read 3406 times.

Hello, PH and Saurabh,
thanx for your replys.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
In Air Berlin colours since: ?

11.12.2006

 checkmark 

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
dba's heart tasted better -

Much better!

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 14):
Enjoyed the trip report a lot...

Good to read your statement!.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Some HAM For The Weekend!
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2007-07-02 21:21:18 and read 3389 times.

Hi, Eric,
thanx for your nice reply.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 15):
I still have to start on it! But it will be nice.

I will check A.net till I see your story!.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 15):
On KL, the F100 offers the best legroom for your European flight. It's always a pleasure to be on board such aircraft.

Also on JK or AF, also my personal view.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 15):
you mention also alcoholic beverages for free

I had a nice conversation with the girl next to me, she asked for a "Prosecco" and the friendly FA delivered it,
nothing to pay for, but I think also, that was not the standard service.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 15):
Still the grey/darkred leather seats?

 checkmark 

By now, I prefer AB or Tuifly, especially due to the fixed seating and the more interesting aircraft!.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 15):
want to fly the B753 too

Finally secured, the B753, the B717 and an A320 during the next trip.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 15):
Anyway,... keep you informed

Good luck to catch an B753 ride, wait for your further statements.
 Smile

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)


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