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Topic: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-12-23 00:04:28 and read 11617 times.

"The blu-express for Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"


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Ciao, dear readers,

Italia is in comparison to the last time definitely not that well covered this year.
Something to improve soon.
Are there any new departure airports not yet logged?.
Ok, maybe one or two!.
What about Reggio di Calabria/REG?.
These nice city southern side, where the whole political establishment is taken away from the business due to Mafia influence.
Nowadays the city is under protection from the calabrian government. All important decisions are taken there. Sounds interesting, at least for me!.
Interesting?. Well, I also made one of the most unpleasant experiences of the last time there.
A visit for the port, Sunday in the evening.
Unbelievable, there are thousands, so it looks like, african refugees on camping in self built beachhouses.
Trying to sell everything what you need or not.
And imagine how much people are around.
It feels like I need an hour or two from one end to the other, trapped inside the crowd and no chance to turn around. Water right hand side, walls left hand side.
I´am sure, every single transaction here is well covered and secured by the tax authority, of course!.

Well, this is today´s routemap:



Great thanx to, as usual:

http://www.gcmap.com/

REG is no. 228 on the departure airports map:


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Here are the previous 200 places:


Departure airports auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

And the latest done routes:


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How to reach REG?.
The story is there to tell you!.

Not to forget the link to the previous experience just three days ago:

France, Spain Or Maybe The Basque Country?/BIQ (by FLIEGER67 Dec 16 2012 in Trip Reports)



Sunday, 16.09.2012

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Service AF 2509 operated by Air France
Scheduled: 07.20 // 08.40


Yes, this is me, certainly!.
Catch the 6th departure of the whole day.
Wake up at 04.30 am. Gate 310 today, sorry, not only today, for this service
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202001.jpg
OLCI works well this time, done the afternoon before,
seats secured, no printout as usual, something for the kiosks at STR.
Four legs on one confirmation, that means 55.00 Euro´s for leg one and two per leg today.
Flugladen.de helps to secure the ticket this time.
Not that long to wait at security and
a shorty visit to AF´s lounge seems possible
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202002.jpg
This one spend the night at the gate
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202005.jpg
The A318 is on schedule and this is F-GUGQ.
Leg no. 15 on type and new to the log.
Since 11.01.2007 with AF. 18 examples are in the fleet
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202006.jpg
Cockpit crew is from France. The captain at the planes door during boarding and later on with a very nice welcome after boarding is completed partly in german language also.
No route or flightlevel info as expected.
07.20 am, ontime, 1 hour to go for "AirFrance" from runway 25.
6 degrees, clear sky and light fog, this is autumn, doubtless.
Cabin view with the dark blue fabric seats.
It´s clean so far
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202008.jpg
Well, the last row rule works perfectly.
23F and three for me.
Cabin crew is one really nice elder male and two female FA´s. One elder and ok, one middle aged and nice.
"Consignes de securite", sure
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202009.jpg
The load is 80%. Sunday morning means VFR and vacationeers, no suits to see at all.
Legroom is also available here, but somewhat lower than expected
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202010.jpg
Nice weather today for a smooth cruiseflight
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202011.jpg
Service a la francaise with biscuits as much as I like, thanx to the nice FA, especially for me together with water, coffee, tea
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What a tiny, small airport down there
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202013.jpg
With one or two planes parked
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202014.jpg
And also these small village looks nice in the morning sun
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202016.jpg
Or is it maybe a little bit bigger than from the first view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202017.jpg
Touchdown at the 2700 meters "Zero-Eight-Right" it´s 08.25 am, 15 minutes ahead to schedule. The temperature is 13 degrees, sunny. What a really warm welcome a la francaise.
Bye now for the babybus
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Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-12-23 00:05:56 and read 11614 times.

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Sunday, 16.09.2012

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Service Air France AF 9802 operated by Alitalia
Scheduled: 09.35 // 11.05


As later noticed this looks like the last time for the extra satellite connection by Skyteam inbound at T2D
and outbound at T2F.
Some meters to walk with a view like this
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202021.jpg
Well in time at the gate after a quick Sky Priority Check.
No news on the screen for gate F29
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For the lounge, downstairs, please
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202023.jpg
Nice offers and an apron view from down under
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202024.jpg
Just a few other pax around
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202025.jpg
Sure a nice place for a short stay in between the flights
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202026.jpg
09.40 am, short after schedule, 1 hour, 15 minutes "Alitalia" bound for the hop above the alps.
Boarding now for the scheduled A321.
Leg 22 on type and new to the log.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202027.jpg
In the air with AZ since 23.05.1995. 22 planes on type are operating under the Alitalia callsign
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202028.jpg
Cabin crew is one middle aged male FA, two middle aged women and also one younger female FA.
All together biz friendly and nothing special.
Much better the italian cockpit crew.
The captain with a really nice and detailed welcome during boarding.
All crew is presented by name.
3 pax are missing and that means baggage offloading.
Departure finally from the 4215 meters "Zero-Eight-Left", leaving 18 sunny degrees in Paris.
Bright grey leather seats and a really well used cabin.
What about checking the last row rule once again?.
36A and three for me in the end
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202029.jpg
Legroom is also not that impressive here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202030.jpg
For your safety not in italian
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202031.jpg
Well, why not?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202032.jpg
Cabin view, the load is some 90%. No suits to see again and lot´s of connecting pax
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202033.jpg
Service Classica
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202034.jpg
I don´t really want to know what happened here
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At least there is some blue sky up in the air
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202036.jpg
MLH/BSL or who knows?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202037.jpg
No flightlevel info.
Some clouds short to the alps
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202038.jpg
And perfect, the clouds are gone directly above the alps
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202039.jpg
And this is good for a couple of nice pictures
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202040.jpg
Glaciers
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202041.jpg
Welcome to Italia now. Touchdown at the 2442 meters runway "Three-Six", 10.55 am, ten minutes ahead to schedule, 22 degrees and high clouds only
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Bye now for EI-IXC
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202044.jpg
Out in the public, there is no OLCI available for the next airline.
Well, that´s a somewhat special company and therefore nothing else expected!.


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Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-12-23 00:07:39 and read 11614 times.

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Sunday, 16.09.2012


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Service blu-express BV 2121 operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Scheduled: 14.00 // 15.45


Yes, blu-express should take me further south for Reggio.
The ticket is fixed directly with the airlines website,
the fare 50 Euro´s.
A good time to wait in the narrow terminal with no views and also no nice places to sit till, so it seems, one counter is under preparation for my flight.
A supercute italian young woman, long black hair, at work, no sign at all on the screen, at least till now.
"Buongiorno, is this blu-ex for Regio?".
"Yes, it is", with a smile.
"Ok, my previous experience shows me free seating with the company?".
"Yes, that´s also the case today".
"Oh, no, I dislike free seating".
"Me, too".
"We should change that immediatelly".
"Yes, we should do it this way, that´s you´re boarding pass", with a smile again.
"Thank you and arrivederci!".
Well, after this nice experience and also close to no time to wait at security, I´am back in the gate area.
For a view this way, not to talk about the help of Diners
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202045.jpg
Leather chairs but no apron view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202046.jpg
The bar
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202047.jpg
And the screen with, just by no surprise, a delay announced
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Well, also in this case I decide to leave again not that long thereafter for a view around the gate.
A bus one, no question.
A thousand of people around till boarding starts.
Well, it´s hopefully not that long to fly down for Calabria.
Pictures also in this case, sure, as much as possible.
The logo view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202051.jpg
The 734 is on schedule, but no, this is a 733
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202052.jpg
A real surprise when I check the history of I-BPAG.
This plane is in my log since years ago with Deutsche BA and a flight on the STR-NCE route.
It spend also some time in Bulgaria with Bulgaria Air prior to Blue Panorama.
The first service is recorded at 18.12.1997.
Leg no. 50 on type for me now by "Citta di Catania"
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202053.jpg
Two -300´s are in the fleet
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202054.jpg
Perfectly well maintained and not showing any signs of age. You know, there is these irony out button missing here!
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202055.jpg
2.50 pm and 50 minutes late is the final time to leave LIN. 1 hour, 30 minutes by "Blue Panorama Airlines" for Calabria.
Well, at least it flies
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202056.jpg
The load is 80%, VFR traffic, no more foreigners to notice at all. Also a nun decides to travel by blu-ex today. So what should go wrong!.
And the most strange thing is the boarding procedure.
There are two busses operating. The first bus stops only at the front door, the second one at the rear door.
Pax are not allowed to walk along the apron.
The consequence is sure ok this way. The plane filled up from the front and also the rear door and in the middle part of the cabin is a full row open for me also with late boarding.
15A and three for me again here, that fit´s!.
Seat view, dark blue leather
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202058.jpg
And also the cabin
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202059.jpg
These seats are really worn out and the legrom is also missing
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202060.jpg
Cabin crew is two female FA´s, one middle aged, one younger and also two male FA´s, both younger.
All together biz friendly to say it in a positive way.
Nicaragua, not really on my view till now
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202062.jpg
Per la vostra sicurezza, sure
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202064.jpg
Cockpit crew is from Italy, the captain with a nice welcome during taxi and a delay apologize.
The reason?. The late inbound aircraft, sure nothing else expected!.
No route, nor flightlevel info.
Departure from "Three-Six" like arrivals with 26 degrees and clear sky.
And not only the plane is blue!
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202065.jpg
Some clouds also on the way
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202066.jpg
That´s an superstrange offer. Espresso with electronic cigarette especially on long haul services
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202067.jpg
And now the menu
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202068.jpg
No service cart to see, if you want to order anything you should press the call button and the FA´s coming to your seat.
Certainly, the electronic cigarettes are on offer
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202069.jpg
Reaching Calabria
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202070.jpg
No, wait, that´s Sicily at the other side of the Stretto
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202072.jpg
But now, Calabria ahead
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202073.jpg
This is it
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202074.jpg
Italia both sides of the wing now
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202075.jpg
Leaving Sicily and Messina
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202076.jpg
Traffic down there
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202077.jpg
Flying along the Stretto
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202078.jpg
Reggio left hand side
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202079.jpg
Perfect guidance by some FB friends told me to take my seat here. Why?.
This is a superspecial approach, certainly Kai Tak style.
Low level along the airport
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202080.jpg
Turning left
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202081.jpg
Slow and low
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Slower and lower
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202083.jpg
Not that the pilot decides for an straight in approach, no way!.
Along the runway directly for the mountains
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202084.jpg
No turn till now
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202086.jpg
A sharp right turn
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202088.jpg
And an even sharper left turn followed directly
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202090.jpg
Very close to the mountains
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202091.jpg
And we´re anyway not that really on the approach path
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202092.jpg
Low level above the houses
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202093.jpg
We should turn left now
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202094.jpg
Or not?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202095.jpg
Final corrections
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202096.jpg
Close to touchdown
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202097.jpg
1996 meters or runway "Three-Three" welcomes me to Calabria
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202098.jpg
4.20 pm, 35 minutes late. 26 partly cloudy degrees here.
Turning and backtracking
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202099.jpg
The terminal
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202100.jpg
Palm trees, nice
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202101.jpg
Bye now for "Cita di Catania"
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202102.jpg
Under the wing. Sure not to miss
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202103.jpg
Palm trees and the blue nose
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202104.jpg
The sicilian mountains in the distance
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202105.jpg
Out in the public a couple of minutes later,
where my personal shuttle waited.
The nice owner of my accomodation, Best Season
send one of his relatives to pick me up.
Thanx and well done, again.
So, not that long to drive till the Bed and Breakfast directly in the old town.
Sure something recommendable for real italian city life
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202112.jpg
The entrance
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202111.jpg
On the way for my room
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202110.jpg
This is it
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202109.jpg
The bathroom
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202107.jpg
And the place to spend the, well, short night
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202106.jpg
What about a view downtown?.
This is close to the cathedral
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202113.jpg
Palms at the seafront
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202114.jpg
A view for Sicily in the evening
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202115.jpg
Walking down the seafront
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202117.jpg
Fisherman at work
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202118.jpg
Nice historic buildings together with strange arts
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202121.jpg
And what´s this?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202130.jpg
Well, this should be explained with the next story,
together with some more flights like this:

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/I1202/I1202176.jpg

Online in a couple of days, if nothing goes wrong!.

Wait, the conclusions are missing:

Air France STR-CDG: Superscenic Paris approach.
Alitalia CDG-LIN: Calm and superb views above the alps.
blu-express LIN-REG: Now that´s a fantastic approach.

Ciao per ora,
comments welcome,
FLIEGER67 or "Markus Klaus Felger" by Facebook.

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: CARST
Posted 2012-12-23 01:54:12 and read 11413 times.

Hi Markus,

nice story and a very rare airport. Can't remember reading a TR about that place. The last airplane really looked worn out, hope it felt safe at least. Do they have beaches down there? Looks for a nice place for a weekend in the European summer...

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: debonair
Posted 2012-12-23 02:29:42 and read 11333 times.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Service blu-express BV 2121 operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Scheduled: 14.00 // 15.45

Nice TR! I flew this year blu-express as well. But quite the opposite experience - flight on time, full free beverage service and operated by MD80Q of TEN AIRWAYS (YR-MDK).

Let's see how long they will survive - as Blue Panorama is under bankruptcy protection.

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: airbuseric
Posted 2012-12-23 02:47:40 and read 11299 times.

Hi Markus,

good to see your report again here. A nice trip to sunny Italy.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Legroom is also available here, but somewhat lower than expected

Indeed, also my impression, A318 has a bit tighter legroom but I do like the seats.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
As later noticed this looks like the last time for the extra satellite connection by Skyteam inbound at T2D
and outbound at T2F.

What you mean exactly? My last trip I was parked on the T2D satellite apron, bussed to T2G for my transfer from T2F  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
I don´t really want to know what happened here

Looks like a delicious pasta bolognese inflight meal  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
That´s an superstrange offer. Espresso with electronic cigarette especially on long haul services

When we've to believe on the pictures, you get the espresso in nice real cups.

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):
and operated by MD80Q

What is a MD80Q?

Regards
Eric

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-12-23 03:07:37 and read 11260 times.

Hey and good to follow these comments.


@C.:

Quoting CARST (Reply 3):

nice story and a very rare airport. Can't remember reading a TR about that place. The last airplane really looked worn out, hope it felt safe at least. Do they have beaches down there? Looks for a nice place for a weekend in the European summer...

Thank you and sure lots of nice beaches not that far from Reggio.


@d.:

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):

Nice TR! I flew this year blu-express as well. But quite the opposite experience - flight on time, full free beverage service and operated by MD80Q of TEN AIRWAYS (YR-MDK).

Let's see how long they will survive - as Blue Panorama is under bankruptcy protection.

Thank you and good to know about these Romanian registered MD.
Also my impression with Blue Pan, we will see.


@E.:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):

good to see your report again here. A nice trip to sunny Italy.

Thank you.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):

Indeed, also my impression, A318 has a bit tighter legroom but I do like the seats.

Sure ok on short flights.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
What you mean exactly? My last trip I was parked on the T2D satellite apron, bussed to T2G for my transfer from T2F

STR flights are shifted to T2F, so my last experiences are intra T2F connections.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):

Looks like a delicious pasta bolognese inflight meal

Or something like this!.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):

When we've to believe on the pictures, you get the espresso in nice real cups.

So it looks like.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):

What is a MD80Q?

Dont know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-12-23 03:24:20 and read 11218 times.

Hi Markus,

Excellent report as always. That for sure is a stunning approach into REG, I think I need to do that too one day!
Looking forward to the return part!

Ciao,
Robert

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: CaptainRed
Posted 2012-12-23 04:13:24 and read 11139 times.

Hi Markus,

another great report, well done and with some nice pictures. Certainly an interesting experience with blu-express here   And wow, that approach into REG is for sure spectacular with the mountains and the sea around and all these low-level turns. Must be fun for the pilots as well. And lucky for you that you got a window seat on this side of the plane, despite the free seating. Does blu-express has anything like priority boarding or so?

Finally nice pictures from Reggio here, looks good with this Mediterranean atmosphere.

CaptainRed

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-12-23 04:47:18 and read 11075 times.

Hi, more comments, nice.


@R.:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 7):

Excellent report as always. That for sure is a stunning approach into REG, I think I need to do that too one day!
Looking forward to the return part!

Thank you and that´s for sure recommendable.


@M.:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 8):

another great report, well done and with some nice pictures. Certainly an interesting experience with blu-express here   And wow, that approach into REG is for sure spectacular with the mountains and the sea around and all these low-level turns. Must be fun for the pilots as well. And lucky for you that you got a window seat on this side of the plane, despite the free seating. Does blu-express has anything like priority boarding or so?

Finally nice pictures from Reggio here, looks good with this Mediterranean atmosphere.

Thank you and don´t noticed any priority boarding action with blu-ex.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-12-25 03:31:03 and read 9845 times.

Bonjourno Markus


Great Christmas morning read, thanks for sharing it with us!
I really liked the alps pics! very nice.
Interesting to read about Blu Express as well, good too see you logged the 737 classic.

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-12-25 13:42:32 and read 9697 times.

Hi, M.,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):


Great Christmas morning read, thanks for sharing it with us!
I really liked the alps pics! very nice.
Interesting to read about Blu Express as well, good too see you logged the 737 classic.

Thank you.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-12-25 22:11:14 and read 9552 times.

Hi Markus !

Thanks for a nice report with nice pictures !

Flights look okay although Blu-express's legroom seems very tight.

Approach to REG seems really interesting ! That must have been an amazing experience!

The777Man

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-12-25 22:31:14 and read 9544 times.

Hi Markus,

interesting report, that approach is indeed nice. Good idea to try Blue Panorama, who knows how long it will survive.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I don´t really want to know what happened here

Horrible!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
You know, there is these irony out button missing here!

But there's an appropriate smiley:  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
That´s an superstrange offer. Espresso with electronic cigarette especially on long haul services

Illy espresso? Yes! Cigarette? No!


PH

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-12-26 01:36:13 and read 9491 times.

Hey, more comments, nice.

@L.:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):


Thanks for a nice report with nice pictures !

Flights look okay although Blu-express's legroom seems very tight.

Approach to REG seems really interesting ! That must have been an amazing experience!

Thank you and for sure that approach into REG was something special.


@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
interesting report, that approach is indeed nice. Good idea to try Blue Panorama, who knows how long it will survive.

Thank you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
Horrible!

Exactly my impression.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
But there's an appropriate smiley:

Good point here.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
Illy espresso? Yes! Cigarette? No!

Count me in this way!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: sultanils
Posted 2012-12-26 05:40:57 and read 9392 times.

Hello Markus,

Glad to see a next one here! That approach into REG is certainly exciting and good to follow through the window. Too bad you weren't up front, that would've even been better. Blu Panorama seems like nothing special, at least your flight was on time (that doesn't happen too often apparently) but a pity you've been on this frame before on a former operator. Another A318 on AF (I'm jealous!) and a nice AZ Embraer into LIN, all good!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Wake up at 04.30 am

That's quite late for you.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
All crew is presented by name.

Now that is a nice touch, was it understandable?

Sultanils

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-12-26 07:32:42 and read 9355 times.

Hi, N.,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):

Glad to see a next one here! That approach into REG is certainly exciting and good to follow through the window. Too bad you weren't up front, that would've even been better. Blu Panorama seems like nothing special, at least your flight was on time (that doesn't happen too often apparently) but a pity you've been on this frame before on a former operator. Another A318 on AF (I'm jealous!) and a nice AZ Embraer into LIN, all good!

Thank you and count me in with the surprise when I´ve noticed this particular B733 in the log with DBA.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):

That's quite late for you.

Well, from time to time!.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):

Now that is a nice touch, was it understandable?

It was!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-12-26 08:48:17 and read 9309 times.

Hi Markus!

Another nice report as usual. Looks like you had a couple of nice flights although Blu-Express doesn't impress all too well with the legroom and interior. That approach to REG looks very cool!

Looking forward to the next part  

cheers,

Brendan

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-12-26 13:06:18 and read 9231 times.

Hoi, B.,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 17):


Another nice report as usual. Looks like you had a couple of nice flights although Blu-Express doesn't impress all too well with the legroom and interior. That approach to REG looks very cool!

Looking forward to the next part

Thank you and greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: reifel
Posted 2012-12-26 14:40:51 and read 9178 times.

Hi Markus,

thanks a lot for sharing. While I heard of REG already, its always nice to read and get pictures. There are videos on the web as well for those who are interested.

Excellent to read about Bluexpress. These Italian Airlines. I recall Alpi Eagles, all very strange airlines...

Looking forward as you are a very frequent AF flyer to tell us how connecting Schengen-Schengen in 2F is like now and if CDG for intraschengen flight is becoming a real alternative to other more "easy" airports. I believe even if it does, CDG has a very bad reputation to get rid from. Hope they're on a good way as I somehow like this airport.

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-12-27 12:22:38 and read 8895 times.

Hi, F.,

Quoting reifel (Reply 19):
thanks a lot for sharing. While I heard of REG already, its always nice to read and get pictures. There are videos on the web as well for those who are interested.

Excellent to read about Bluexpress. These Italian Airlines. I recall Alpi Eagles, all very strange airlines...

Thank you and REG it´s for sure a recommendable place to visit.

Quoting reifel (Reply 19):

Looking forward as you are a very frequent AF flyer to tell us how connecting Schengen-Schengen in 2F is like now and if CDG for intraschengen flight is becoming a real alternative to other more "easy" airports. I believe even if it does, CDG has a very bad reputation to get rid from. Hope they're on a good way as I somehow like this airport.

Coming up soon with the story already on the production line.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: infodesk
Posted 2013-01-01 08:28:25 and read 8268 times.

Hi Markus,

Ok. Now I know what you meant when you said the approach into REG was fantastic. That must have been such a great experience.

Certainly an interesting boarding method on Blu Express, perhaps other carriers should try this. Did they say which bus was going to stop at the front and which at the back?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
OLCI works well this time, done the afternoon before

Just out of interest, does it always work ex STR?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The captain at the planes door during boarding and later on with a very nice welcome after boarding is completed partly in german language also.
No route or flightlevel info as expected.

The captain at the door on AF: very unusual
No route or flightlevel info on AF: not unusual!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
For the lounge, downstairs, please

That lounge looks rather fine. Maybe I should plan some flights connecting there!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
don´t really want to know what happened here

Seems to be more than just spilt tea!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
MLH/BSL or who knows?

Looks exactly like BSL-MLH to me.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Glaciers

What super photos you took over the Alps. That last one is of the Rhone glacier. The Furka pass road is the one that almost touches the glacier and the Grimsel pass road at the bottom of the picture. The lake in the background is the Göschneralpsee. Done some lovely walks in that area.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
A supercute italian young woman, long black hair, at work, no sign at all on the screen, at least till now.
"Buongiorno, is this blu-ex for Regio?".
"Yes, it is", with a smile.
"Ok, my previous experience shows me free seating with the company?".
"Yes, that´s also the case today".
"Oh, no, I dislike free seating".
"Me, too".
"We should change that immediatelly".
"Yes, we should do it this way, that´s you´re boarding pass", with a smile again.
"Thank you and arrivederci!".

Working your charm again were you?  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Also a nun decides to travel by blu-ex today. So what should go wrong!.
And the most strange thing is the boarding procedure.

I never object to seeing a nun onboard!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Certainly, the electronic cigarettes are on offer

Strange that you're allowed to smoke them during the flight. At ZRH for example they can only be used in the smoking areas.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Palm trees and the blue nose

And don't forget the lovely blue sky.

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2013-01-01 10:31:51 and read 8220 times.

Hoi, H.,

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):


Ok. Now I know what you meant when you said the approach into REG was fantastic. That must have been such a great experience.

Certainly an interesting boarding method on Blu Express, perhaps other carriers should try this. Did they say which bus was going to stop at the front and which at the back?

Thank you and they don´t told us where the bus stops, but it seems the idea itself is not that bad.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):

Just out of interest, does it always work ex STR?

It seems so.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):

The captain at the door on AF: very unusual
No route or flightlevel info on AF: not unusual!

You know it´s a somewhat special company!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):

That lounge looks rather fine. Maybe I should plan some flights connecting there!

Good idea.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):

Seems to be more than just spilt tea!

Well, so it looks like.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):

Looks exactly like BSL-MLH to me.

Exactly.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):

What super photos you took over the Alps. That last one is of the Rhone glacier. The Furka pass road is the one that almost touches the glacier and the Grimsel pass road at the bottom of the picture. The lake in the background is the Göschneralpsee. Done some lovely walks in that area.

You´re the expert, definitely.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):

Working your charm again were you?

If ever possible!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):

I never object to seeing a nun onboard!

Me, too till this flight.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):

Strange that you're allowed to smoke them during the flight. At ZRH for example they can only be used in the smoking areas.

Really strange also from my point of view.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):

And don't forget the lovely blue sky.

Good point here.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: LXM83
Posted 2013-01-07 00:48:36 and read 7773 times.

Hello FLIEGER67

Very nice report. I once had the pleasure to experience the REG approach - and it is indeed spectacular.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Scheduled: 07.20 // 08.40

Such a civilized time for you!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A real surprise when I check the history of I-BPAG.
This plane is in my log since years ago with Deutsche BA and a flight on the STR-NCE route

I always like to find out about the history of the planes I'm flying with. Sometimes - as you did here - you'll find out that you had been on it already.

Best regards,
LXM83

Topic: RE: "The Blu-express For Europe´s Kai Tak/REG"
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2013-01-07 12:14:01 and read 7673 times.

Hi, J.,

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 23):
Very nice report. I once had the pleasure to experience the REG approach - and it is indeed spectacular.

Thank you and good to know.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 23):

Such a civilized time for you!

Just for a change!.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 23):
I always like to find out about the history of the planes I'm flying with. Sometimes - as you did here - you'll find out that you had been on it already.

Count me in this way. And sometimes like here it´s a real surprise.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)


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