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Topic: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: Luftfahrer
Posted 2011-12-23 10:30:20 and read 10430 times.



Welcome to my sixth trip report!

In October this year, a friend of mine, Daniel, made me aware of that he would fly to Copenhagen in the beginning of December. Since I had no trips planned for the remainder of the year, but definitely needed a getaway, I told him that I would look into it and hopefully get a few days off from work. Initially, I intended to try to make use of SAS' last-minute youth fare. However, after Daniel had mentioned his positive experiences with travel website expedia, I decided to book flights right away so that I would be able to make my way to the capital of Denmark by any means.

The offer by expedia was simply convincing, both in terms of selection and fares (it does help to travel off season, after all). I could choose from a wide range of carriers and alliances, with SK's nonstop service from STR to CPH being by far the cheapest, but also the one with least convenient flight times. Eventually, I decided to fly Austrian Arrows via VIE on the inbound flights, as they had the latest departure of the day out of CPH. As for the outbound journey, I narrowed it down to either LX or LH. Since the layover in ZRH would have been far too short, I decided to fly LH (or rather, their regional affiliate Ausgburg Airways) via MUC, as it would also give me the opportunity to fly on new as well as tried and tested aircraft types.

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Overview of my itinerary on Lufthansa's website

Although advertised differently in the title, I would like to mention that this trip report will focus on the Lufthansa flights. There are two reasons for this: The outbound journey was flown mostly in daylight, which is naturally better for photography, and involved a fairly long layover at Munich airport. Moreover, the battery of my camera went emtpy at CPH without prior notice or possibility to recharge. I'm sorry about this, I wish I could have taken more pictures myself, especially since I arrived at the airport earlier exactly for that purpose. Nevertheless, I will dedicate a few lines to my flights and the service on Austrian Arrows.

OUTBOUND

Fortunately, time went by quickly and I was on holiday by December 2nd. As I would arrive by public transport the next morning hardly one hour before scheduled departure time, I made the decision to use the late-night check-in offered by Lufthansa and several other carriers at Stuttgart airport. Although LH does not really promote this option, it is possible to completely check-in between 6 PM and 8 PM on the eve before departure for all flights leaving till 11 AM the next morning. The procedure turned out to be amazingly fast, also thanks to the competent ground staff. It took hardly five minutes to print out my boarding passes and drop my bag altogether. However, frequent announcements ask passengers to stay at the airport for a while after checking in and pay attention to possible baggage recheck annoucements.



LH Economy Class check-in counters. Those for Business and First Class are on the opposite side



Seen from below. Note the Christmas decoration on the pillars



Check-in machine



New style FIDS – now with airline logos and an enhanced structure



So far, I can definitely agree about London, Berlin and Munich  

The next morning, I took the earliest possible suburban train to the airport, which is scheduled to arrive there at around 5:50 AM – too late for some of the earlier departures. Since I had not much leeway, I was relieved to see it operating on time. It is of course debatable if bag drop really takes too long to do it right before departure, but I must say I liked the thought of simply proceeding to the security check hassle-free. As the departure gate 162 had not changed since the day before, I located it quickly and waited for boarding.



Stuttgart Airport/Trade Fair suburban train underground station



The newly-installed transfer counter



The waiting area of exit 162



Generous newspaper offer



Ground level exit



Thermal paper with a great background design. But I hope these are actual employees and not random models

For those of you familiar with German geography, you will know that Stuttgart – Munich is a no-distance. Depending on the traffic situation, it is doable by car in approximately two to three hours. The ICE train completes the journey in less than two and a half hours, city center to city center, and is a lot cheaper than the flight on LH. Anyway, I was excited for this flight as I hadn't flown on a prop in a very long time and definitely wanted to add the Bombardier Q400 to my log as well. Boarding was called on time, every passenger was on site, so the Cobus could leave quickly for the apron position.

Flight information

Date
Saturday, 3rd of December, 2011
Carrier
Lufthansa Regional (Augsburg Airways)
Flight
LH 2153
Route
Stuttgart (- Echterdingen) – Munich (- Franz Josef Strauss)
Flight Time
0h 41m (6:54 AM CET - 7:35 AM CET)
Aircraft
De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8
Registration
D-ADHE (delivered 08/07/2002)
Seat
08F
Loadfactor
65%

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As the flight attendant at the door looked at my boarding pass, he said "to Rio". I replied, "would be nice". Outside it was +5° Celsius, cloudy and pitch dark. The interior of the aircraft was equipped with small greyish leather seats, which offered no recline and also showed their age. But for a short flight like this, they were agreeable, the more so as the legroom was quite good and I didn't have a seat neighbor.



Acceptable legroom

After a really bumpy taxi to runway 25, the aircraft skyrocketed – in the truest sense of the word. I wish I could have taken some pictures, but the sun still had not risen. So I was excited to see what the service would consist of on this very short flight. The two flight attendants sprang into action as soon as it was safe to do so, and distributed a full breakfast to the Business Class passengers. Everyone else received a drink and a muesli bar. In the meantime, the aircraft had already climbed to the cruise altitude. However, it didn't stay there for long, but more or less directly began its descent, which was accompanied by some basic flight information from the flight deck.



Black tea for me



On approach for runway 26R

A smooth landing marked the early arrival of this flight. The aircraft came to a final stop on the parking positions nearby terminal 1, which meant that a bus transfer to terminal 2 was needed.



The aircraft still sported the old logo of Augsburg Airways



Just entered the terminal after the bus transfer

Terminal 2 at Munich is a sizeable and modern facility. It handles both domestic/Schengen and international/non-Schengen flights. Most of the passengers from this flight seemed to have a connection in the same terminal. Since both terminals are geographically separated, I decided to confine my stay to terminal 2. Amenities offered by Lufthansa here for all passengers include newspapers and hot drinks.



One of many self-service bars in the terminal



"A [warmly-welcomed] service for our passengers"  



The not exactly true to scale replica of the Allianz Arena is a good place to enjoy your drink in



Maybe the coffee is a bit watered down, but mine was still enjoyable



A standardized LH departure gate – you can actually scan your bording pass yourself



Outbound into the New Jersey or the Illinois coldness?



MUC is one of the few airports worldwide to see B764 aircraft of both the sole operators, DL and UA-CO



I was literally only one click away from booking a flight on this Jumbolino



"Leipzig" seen after and before a long duty



The maple leaf carrier arriving after a transatlantic journey



SQ rushing to the active runway, bound for MAN. It would arrive there more than two hours late



The aircraft type I was about to fly on passing by under a rather threatening sky



I guess by now you have figured out what the big "M" stands for?  

I settled down at gate G17 about one hour before scheduled departure time. Boarding was called without a proper annoucement (it sounded like "Copenhagen boarding"), but everybody seemed to have understood it. When choosing my flights to Copenhagen, I was excited to see that the second leg would be operated by an E-Jet. Having flown on KLM Cityhopper this past March, the Brazilian-built jets have become my preferred equipment for shorthaul flights.

Flight information

Date
Saturday, 3rd of December, 2011
Carrier
Lufthansa Regional (Augsburg Airways)
Flight
LH 2442
Route
Munich (- Franz Josef Strauss) – Copenhagen - Kastrup
Flight Time
1h 33m (10:48 AM CET – 12:21 PM CET)
Aircraft
Embraer ERJ-190-200LR 195LR
Registration
D-AEMD (delivered 07/08/2009)
Seat
19F
Loadfactor
70%

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I scanned my boarding pass myself using the "Quick Boarding" lane. It worked quite well and is most likely also possible using a cell phone displaying the QR code. There is still a gate agent present who checks boarding passes old school like and can provide assistance should there arise problems with the self service lane. Once again, the passengers had to be brought to an apron position. As the bus couldn't make a left turn where necessary, we had a nice circling around some LH mainline aircraft – which of course got me thinking if the equipment had just been upgauged to an Airbus.



...but to my relief it turned out to be the Embraer after all  



The GE in inGEnious aircraft?



Even if from the wrong side, the sun had eventually come out

When I stepped onboard, I was pleasantly surprised by the cabin. The leather seats turned out to be very large, offering a lot of privacy and great comfort. Legroom was not exactly as good as on the Bombardier, but the distinct Embraer feeling certainly made up for that.



First view out of the window...



Legroom and seat pocket



Overhead panel featuring a non-smoking sign, but lacking an electronic devices off sign

Soon after boarding had been completed, the safety information started, in default of overhead screens as usual by playback sound and manual demonstrations. Additionally, Captain Walter provided the passengers with a lot of details about the flight. What a nice welcome! We seemed to run a little behind schedule, but having already made my connection, that was not too much of a concern for me.



Finally taxiing out for runway 26R. British Airways and Air France can be seen in the distance



Lining up in what turned out to be a gorgeous morning... in Bavaria at least!

As my new camera is capable of filming videos, I decided to give it a try during the take off run and initial climbout.



Make sure to watch in High Definition and full screen



Seamlessly continued from the video: Executing a right turn after departure. Note the strobe light!

As foreshadowed by the video, the climbout was rather shaky. I wouldn't call it turbulence, but it was enough to make the Captain command the cabin crew back to their seats when they had already began with their service run. Soon thereafter though, he "released" them again. We then passed on to a relatively smooth flight.



Climbing...



...and cruising

Since this flight was a little longer than the one before, I was curious to see what we would be served this time. The flight attendants, all of whom were highly professional, distributed pre-packed "Laugenstangen" already filled with butter. I was offered two drinks, so I decided to have some water and Coke. Even a small dessert was given out. And to make the service complete, every passenger could have a cup of sparkling wine. There is no picture of it though, since I did not feel like drinking. I am not quite sure if this was a regular part of the service or a random courtesy by the cabin crew, however it was a nice touch by any means.



A very German snack  



Inspired by airberlin – or vice versa?  

Some more flight information followed from the First Officer, who was flying us that day. He mentioned that it would be rainy and windy in Copenhagen. Kind of an odd timing for the annoucement, since we were still flying overhead the clouds at that time, where the weather was nice as always...



I have had a view like this before...



On approach for runway 22L with a rough sea underneath



Typical pitch-up approach or about to go around?



…landed safely on the first attempt.   Judging from the wind sock, we had a more or less a straight head wind

As soon as the aircraft had vacated the runway, it began to rain rather heavily, so I hoped we would block off at a gate rather than an apron position. Luckily, this would become the case. Upon deboarding, I was granted a quick look in the cockpit. We had arrived a little late and the pilots were already busy planning the flight back to MUC, so there was not much time for an extended conversation. What a pity, but I think we all can understand them.



SK A340-300 destined for Asia?



Shouldn't be too hard to figure out which airlines are shown here  



Icelandair seen in rain while arriving at the gate

As this flight took place within the Schengen area, I could disembark directly into the terminal where I was free to move about. I knew Daniel's flight would come in later than mine, but I figured it would be better to retrieve my bag first. The baggage reclaim area was rather crowded, for the most part owed to the flights arriving from the Middle East. Not many people waited at the belt assigned for my flight, and not many bags made it onto there either. Mine did, which is of course always connected with a feeling of relief, but I did not have many doubts that it would not make it given my rather long connection time at MUC.


After leaving the secure area, I checked the screens for the incoming flights. Daniel's flight from FRA made it to CPH ahead of schedule, and we managed to meet each other shortly after. Unfortunately, he had to fly back home already a couple of hours later, but we still had a nice mini a.net meeting.



Still at the airport...

I continued my journey on the public transport, which made a good impression on me. The staff in the terminal was very helpful and the fares, even by the standards of other European countries, were rather inexpensive. I personally liked the regional train I rode on better than the ones in Germany. The metro was fine, too.

CONTINUED BELOW

Topic: RE: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: Luftfahrer
Posted 2011-12-23 10:31:15 and read 10431 times.

INBOUND

I spent two days in Copenhagen. In my opinion, it is a city worth visiting – very modern, friendly people, good public transportation.



At "Kongens Nytorv" metro station waiting for the train bound for the airport

As of current, the Copenhagen Metro consists of two lines (M1 and M2). Both of them have their starting point in the western district of Vanløse and run towards and through the city center. Their shared tracks split after the station of Christianshavn, with the M1 continuing to Vestamager and the M2 to Copenhagen airport. An expansion of the existing system is already under construction and will feature two additional lines, circling the city center, with a scheduled opening in 2018.



Arriving at Kastrup station, obviously very close to the airport, with a view made possible by the driverless concept



CPH metro station



Terminal overview

I had decided to make my way to the airport as soon as possible in order to take pictures in daylight conditions (a plan which was later crushed for other reasons...), as night falls early up north. Once in the terminal, I checked in right away, so that I would not have to carry my bag around. Most Star Alliance carriers are served by Scandinavian Airlines, and so is Austrian. The process was similarly organized like the one in STR, with passengers printing out their boarding passes at the self-service machines first and then dropping their bags at the counters. I found the Scandinavian Airlines staff to be very helpful and courteous, rendering the check-in process quick and easy.



OS to VIE was not to be seen on the FIDS yet



The self-service machine



Just dropped my bag



Outside of terminal 3, enjoying the fresh air  



The curbside of terminal 2



Lots of people checking in for flights to Doha, Dubai and beyond



Terminal 2 overview

As security did not take long at all, I was quickly airside. Unfortunately though, my camera's battery died unexpectedly, so I wasn't able to take any more pictures for the rest of the journey. That's too bad considering there were quite a few photo opportunities in good light conditions, most notably the Airbus A330 aircraft of Emirates and Qatar Airways leaving for the Middle East. The interior of the building is quite nice – I liked the wooden floors a lot. However, in some places it reminded me more of a shopping mall than an airport. I settled down by the B gates as I expected the Austrian flight to arrive at one of them. Once more, Lufthansa provided me with a free newspaper, as I happened to be at the right place at the right time. To be precise, right before boarding for one their flights to FRA started.



Going ahead...

It took an eternity until the departure gate, which turned out to be B1, was finally displayed on the screens. The aircraft came in a little late and boarding was delayed as well without any announcement. During boarding, I appreciated that the flight attendants did everything to ensure we could leave on time. This gave me some relief as I still had to make a rather tight connection after all.



Mobile phone confirmation

Flight information

Date
Monday, 5th of December, 2011
Carrier
Austrian Arrows (operated by Tyrolean Airways)
Flight
OS 304
Route
Copenhagen - Kastrup – Vienna - Schwechat
Flight Time
1h 50m (5:50 PM CET - 7:40 PM CET)
Aircraft
Fokker 100 (F-28-0100)
Registration
OE-LVC (named "Tirana", delivered 20/04/1993 to AA)
Seat
19F
Loadfactor
90%

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Formerly in service with American Airlines, this particular airframe has had a fair share of airline usage. The cabin was equipped with cloth seats featuring an uncomfortable backrest in combination with a tight legroom. That was not good at all, but the scarcity value of the Fokker comes into play as well as Austrian's impressive service: The professional and cordial cabin crew distributed snackboxes which included two slices of pre-packed pumpernickel bread, cream cheese, sausages (no Vienna sausage, though ... sorry, this one had to be!   ), bread sticks, and a Milka Tender chocolate bar for dessert. I had an apple juice to go along with it. After arrival, the aircraft came to a final stop at an apron position right by the Skylink terminal, which is still under construction as of now. As a result, all passengers were transferred to the arrivals by a fully-loaded bus.



Once in the terminal, I had to rush to the departure gate for STR as the flight was nearing boarding time. Much to my displeasure, I had to go through another security check before being allowed to continue.



One boarding pass for two flights

Flight information

Date
Monday, 5th of December, 2011
Carrier
Austrian Arrows (operated by Tyrolean Airways)
Flight
OS 179
Route
Vienna - Schwechat – Stuttgart (- Echterdingen)
Flight Time
1h 13m (8:29 PM CET – 9:42 PM CET)
Aircraft
Fokker 100 (F-28-0100)
Registration
OE-LVE (named "Zagreb", delivered 08/03/1994 to AA)
Seat
20A
Loadfactor
95%

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Once again, the bus was extremely packed. I think it would be nice if more or larger buses were used when the loadfactor is high. Upon arrival in STR, we were also bussed to the terminal, but it did not feel nearly as cramped, obviously even with the same amount of people. As for the flight, we departed from runway 29 followed by the characteristic sharp left turn. The inflight service consisted of two drinks (coffee and water for me) and another Milka Tender bar. I couldn't ask for more on a flight of this duration. Interestingly, I spotted an OS Airbus A321 on the ramp at STR. It would have been too awesome had this been my ride that evening... oh well. The aircraft happened to be there because Austrian Airlines apparently operates charter flights on behalf of a company called "Fly Car GmbH" to Arvidsjaur (AJR) in Sweden via Hanover (HAJ) on the outbound and Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN) on the inbound. My guess is Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, both of which headquartered in Stuttgart, are testing their cars in the Lapland coldness.


The baggage reclaim area was fairly deserted at this hour. It appeared that only a couple of passengers from that flight did even have checked baggage. Mine didn't make it on the belt this time. I assume the layover time at VIE was simply too short. However, the good thing about flying Lufthansa (or Star Alliance for that matter) to STR is that they have their own office for lost luggage. You can enter it right from the reclaim area and have your report filed. In my opinion, an excellent and appreciable service compared to other airlines. There is even free coffee and tea as a small compensation, which I was still able to enjoy on the suburban train as the whole process did not take longer than two minutes. The next morning, my luggage was delivered to my home adress. Very good!

Conclusion

First of all, I would like to say that the most important thing for me on this trip was that everything worked out just fine. No major incidents, no critical delays – simply a smooth weekend trip including a meeting with a friend and fellow a.netter. I am happy to have spent a little more money on the flights as I felt it was really worth it, although they were just standard intra-European runs.

Lufthansa Regional: Flawless experience onboard Augsburg Airways. Inflight service is decent, and MUC will be a prime choice of mine for connecting flights in the future.

Austrian Arrows:: While the Fokker is not the most comfortable aircraft to fly on, I found Austrian's onboard offering was ahead of Lufthansa's. VIE didn't impress me too much, but then again, I didn't spend much time there. The Skylink terminal looks promising.

Thank you for reading! Please feel free to leave a comment.  

Best regards and Merry Christmas to you all,
Luftfahrer (Marius)
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My trip reports:
LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Goede Vlucht! From Germany To Scotland On KLM
Delta Air Lines Regional & Transatlantic (2)
Delta Air Lines Regional & Transatlantic (1)
germanwings to London-STN
Delta to TUL, ATL and ABQ

Topic: RE: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: LH4532
Posted 2011-12-23 11:01:49 and read 10338 times.

Good evening Marius ,

For me it has been worth the time , waiting for your TR . It has been a nice but short meeting at CPH on December 3rd I had a longer stay due to a one hour delay .

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
travel website expedia

Expedia is relly good to book cheap flights . I just booked FRA-TXL-FRA for my daytrip in February , for a cheap price .

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
my itinerary

That´s an awesome itinerary .

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
As the flight attendant at the door looked at my boarding pass, he said "to Rio".

That´s what I call a funny and great flight attendant .

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
Black tea for me

Good choice . I always stick with Black tea if it is offered .

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
One of many self-service bars in the terminal

Good service to the passengers .

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
Daniel's flight from FRA made it to CPH ahead of schedule, and we managed to meet each other shortly after.

I still remember that it took us a few minutes to find us .

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
I found the Scandinavian Airlines staff to be very helpful and courteous, rendering the check-in process quick and easy.

I can only agree with you . The SK staff is very friendly and helpul .


Once again , thank you very much for this TR . We should try to meet more often if it is possible .
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year , Marius !!! Many happy landings .


Daniel ( LH 4532 )

Topic: RE: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-12-23 11:21:55 and read 10277 times.

Hi Marius,

great report with very nice pictures! What a comeback - I hadn't seen you here for months!


PH

Topic: RE: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2011-12-23 12:10:30 and read 10138 times.

Hello, Marius,

detailed work and good to read. Always nice to follow STR report´s, you know.
Service on OS sounds really good, sure above average these days.
Also well done pictures, shame the camera doesn´t want to go for more.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: Luftfahrer
Posted 2011-12-23 13:05:41 and read 10010 times.

Thanks for the feedback so far  

Hi Daniel,

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 2):
For me it has been worth the time , waiting for your TR . It has been a nice but short meeting at CPH on December 3rd

Thank you and I can only agree!

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 2):
Expedia is relly good to book cheap flights

Indeed, I will consult it more often in the future.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 2):
I still remember that it took us a few minutes to find us .

I still don't know how I managed not to spot you right by the arrival...

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 2):
The SK staff is very friendly and helpul .

For sure a recommendation for my next trips.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 2):
We should try to meet more often if it is possible .

Absolutely.

Hi PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
great report with very nice pictures!

thanks a lot.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
What a comeback - I hadn't seen you here for months!

Indeed. I haven't been very active on the entire forum. It has taken me almost three weeks to finish this TR... normally I'm faster but especially the last quarter of this year has just been very busy for me. I have been reading a lot of great reports on and off, and I will try to make time to leave a comment as soon as possible.  

Hi Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
detailed work and good to read.

Many thanks!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Service on OS sounds really good, sure above average these days.

That was my impression as well. Of course, chances are higher to try a longhaul product of an airline when you're satisfied with them on shorthaul...  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Always nice to follow STR report´s, you know.

Excellent coverage from here.  

Topic: RE: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: GVAJFKflyer
Posted 2011-12-23 19:24:21 and read 9482 times.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
I guess by now you have figured out what the big "M" stands for?

Nice touch from Lufthansa to personalize boarding passes in that manner  

Topic: RE: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: burj
Posted 2011-12-23 23:49:33 and read 9323 times.

Nifty trip report!

It is funny about the wood floors, where I live REAL wood floors (not that laminate crap) is considered quite upscale/favorable....

Alas industrial carpeting seems to be the norm as it is easy to tear it out and replace it every 10 years as it wears down...

Topic: RE: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: sultanils
Posted 2011-12-25 05:52:48 and read 8672 times.

Hello Marius,

Very neat report with excellent photos. I loved the takeoff video on the E-Jet: either you have a steady hand or your camera has this excellent steadycam feature    A couple of nice flights you had on LH's subsidiaries, my personal favorite being the E-Jet as well. They are excellent and comfortable planes for short haul operations.
And and a.net meet is always a bonus  

Sultanils

Topic: RE: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-12-25 09:17:32 and read 8586 times.

Hi Marius!

Nice tripreport!

CPH is for sure a nice city and a nice airport. I should really do a proper visit to that town again soon...
Nice to fly those Fokkers to and from VIE. I have really considered to fly those machines aswell.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
One boarding pass for two flights

Interesting that only the first flight is listed as "Operated by VO", and the second one "Operated by OS". While in reality both were operated by VO.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
My guess is Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, both of which headquartered in Stuttgart, are testing their cars in the Lapland coldness.

I indeed believe that is the case.

Martin

Topic: RE: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-12-26 04:21:01 and read 8367 times.

Hi Marius

Great report, thanks for sharing. It makes me look forward to my CPH trip in March (meeting Daniel there as well).
Sorry to hear about your battery dying in CPH. But stuff happens,...
LH and OS seem to have a decent product. However I flew on OS back in 2005 and was not so happy with the service.


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: CaptainRed
Posted 2011-12-26 13:29:21 and read 8219 times.

Hi Marius,

thanks for this nice little report, good idea to combine Augsburg Airways and Austrian Arrows on a short trip to CPH this way. And great to even include a short a.net meet on the way, well done.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
Note the Christmas decoration on the pillars

Hmm, I have been at STR just a day after you, but I didn't even notice the Christmas deco there. But well, that was before six in the morning, I must have been still asleep   ...

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
Everyone else received a drink and a muesli bar.

Now that's nice for a flight of this length. I have done this route as well with Augsburg Airways in the other direction last year and all we got was a cup of water.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
the Brazilian-built jets have become my preferred equipment for shorthaul flights.

Yes, the E-190 is definitely a nice plane, really like it as well.

Too bad you couldn't take any pictures on that Austrian Arrows flights. But it seems you had some nice flights with them with very good service.

Greetings
CaptainRed

Topic: RE: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: Luftfahrer
Posted 2011-12-26 14:39:33 and read 8172 times.

Once more thanks for the feedback everyone!

Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 6):
Nice touch from Lufthansa to personalize boarding passes in that manner

Isn't it?  I very much liked the background design, too, certainly the nicest boarding passes I've had in a while. And consider that with the plain 'eurowhite' LH livery.

Hi Burj,

Quoting burj (Reply 7):
Nifty trip report!

thank you.

Quoting burj (Reply 7):
REAL wood floors (not that laminate crap) is considered quite upscale/favorable....

I'm honestly not sure if this was real wood or just laminate, but it seemed to be of decent quality and made for a good atmosphere. It is also typcially nordic, which of course goes hand in hand with 'upscale'...

Hi Nils,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Very neat report with excellent photos.

many thanks.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
either you have a steady hand or your camera has this excellent steadycam feature

Glad you liked the video. I personally thought it was not that steady? The air was a bit rough after take-off, though. Anyway, I don't want to take too much credit for my photo-videography skills, I owe a large part to the camera itself.

Hi Martin,

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 9):
Nice tripreport!

thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 9):
I should really do a proper visit to that town again soon...

I'm planning to visit more Scandinavian cities, like ARN, OSL, BGO etc..   But preferable when it's warmer outside. It was not that cold in Copenhagen, but the wind chill was pretty bad at times.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 9):
Nice to fly those Fokkers to and from VIE. I have really considered to fly those machines aswell.

Do it for the experience, not for the comfort.   If you are seated in the back, you'll at least have a good sound.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 9):
the first flight is listed as "Operated by VO", and the second one "Operated by OS"

I noticed that as well. Really not sure about the background. It is a bit confusing by any means... Austrian Airlines flight number, Austrian Arrows written on the plane, actually operated by Tyrolean Airways   . Similar situation with LH. I could tell some people were pretty confused by their conversations on the bus.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 9):
I indeed believe that is the case.

The companies don't like to make a big fuss about it though... I once saw a documentary on photographers trying to catch the newest car models and they were everything but welcomed up there. Flights are only bookable on request. I wonder if they would accept leisure travelers?

Hi Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Great report, thanks for sharing.

many thanks.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
my CPH trip in March (meeting Daniel there as well)

I heard so.  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
However I flew on OS back in 2005 and was not so happy with the service.

Could you elaborate? I seriously consider flying them longhaul next time, probably in combination with SK. They had the cheapest option for STR-NRT on expedia, an itinerary which I just randomly checked.

Hi CaptainRed,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 11):
thanks for this nice little report

thanks!  
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 11):
combine Augsburg Airways and Austrian Arrows

Almost endless connections available on expedia. OS was a definite choide due to the flight times, would have liked to try LX as well. But I was completely satisfied with LH, solid service as expected.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 11):
I have been at STR just a day after you, but I didn't even notice the Christmas deco there.

I was there when they were fitting it.   IIRC that was in the end of November and looked like quite a lot of work!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 11):
a cup of water.

Only water? That's really not as good as the full choice of drinks I got. I was also very impressed that the Business Class passengers received a full breakfast (pretty much the standard on LH, trying to find a sample picture).

Topic: RE: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: stipica
Posted 2011-12-29 11:05:25 and read 7516 times.

Hi Marius !
thanks for the excellent trip report ...and for the whole opus ... very elegant and neat ...
I particularly enjoyed in presentation of STR airport ... LH is very familiar to me , so I can only shout
"I want Laugenstangen" ... I wish you all the best in 2012 and many happy landing ... stipica  

Topic: RE: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: akhmad
Posted 2011-12-29 12:18:25 and read 7461 times.

Hi Marius,

First of all, though belated, Merry Christmas to you. It has been a while that I read a report of yours. What made it special was your mini A.net meeting with Daniel.  


Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
Although LH does not really promote this option, it is possible to completely check-in between 6 PM and 8 PM on the eve before departure for all flights leaving till 11 AM the next morning.

How convenient. Especially if you are located nearby the airport.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
pay attention to possible baggage recheck annoucements.

Did you really have to hang out long at the airport for the announcement?

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
Anyway, I was excited for this flight as I hadn't flown on a prop in a very long time and definitely wanted to add the Bombardier Q400 to my log as well.

Good on you. Q400 is still missing in my log.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
he said "to Rio". I replied, "would be nice".
Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
Amenities offered by Lufthansa here for all passengers include newspapers and hot drinks.

That is my LH!.   


Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
Maybe the coffee is a bit watered down, but mine was still enjoyable

Mine too last July. No complaint at all!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
you can actually scan your bording pass yourself

Isn’t it great?

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
I guess by now you have figured out what the big "M" stands for?

Marius.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Thread starter):
The flight attendants, all of whom were highly professional, distributed pre-packed "Laugenstangen" already filled with butter. I was offered two drinks, so I decided to have some water and Coke. Even a small dessert was given out. And to make the service complete, every passenger could have a cup of sparkling wine.

Wow, what an amazing service! Pity you declined the sparkling wine.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 1):
That's too bad considering there were quite a few photo opportunities in good light conditions, most notably the Airbus A330 aircraft of Emirates and Qatar Airways leaving for the Middle East.

I can imagine your feelings. I had to refrain from photography while being seated in front of BA cabin crew member Ruby on our flight to Malaga.


Thank you for sharing. By the way, do you know that I spotted several airliners you were flying with during our travel to Andalucía?

All the best for The New Year 2012,
Suryo

Topic: RE: LH & OS – Perhaps The Best Way To Fly To CPH
Username: Luftfahrer
Posted 2012-01-02 11:12:32 and read 7065 times.

Sorry for the late response!

Hi Stipica,

Quoting stipica (Reply 13):
thanks for the excellent trip report

Thank you for your kind words!  
Quoting stipica (Reply 13):
"I want Laugenstangen"

Staple food here - also Laugenbrezel of course.

Quoting stipica (Reply 13):
I wish you all the best in 2012 and many happy landing

Thanks! I wish you the same.  

Hi Suryo,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
First of all, though belated, Merry Christmas to you.

Thank you Suryo. Same to you, of course. And an also slightly late Happy New Year to you!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
It has been a while that I read a report of yours.

Indeed. I only had two flights on germanwings after my trip to Scotland this year.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Especially if you are located nearby the airport.

Pretty much so, yes. I wouldn't have done it if the flight had taken place later.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Did you really have to hang out long at the airport for the announcement?

Well, I decided to wait a couple of minutes, and they play the annoucement very often. I had missed my train anyway.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Q400 is still missing in my log.

Let me say, I prefer the Bombardier aircraft with jet engines.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
By the way, do you know that I spotted several airliners you were flying with during our travel to Andalucía?

I did, and I will comment as soon as I can. All of you put in some much effort in your reports, it's amazing. I notice myself how I am really behind arrears with commenting. I wish I had as much time for my hobbies as I used to have. But times change...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
All the best for The New Year 2012,

Thank you Suryo, I wish you the very same!  

Best regards,
Marius


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