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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5011 posts, RR: 55
Posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 5259 times:

Come on, let´s fly the Baby-BUS to DUS


Hello, dear readers,
since my last trip to PMI, two weeks ago, some kind of a cold bothered me.
What about the best medicine for the airline enthusiast?.
I called immediatelly a day off, not that much acceptable announcements on short notice, so I booked the following trip.
Main target, to collect two flights with not to much flown aircraft to my log.



Thursday, 14.06.2007
STR (Stuttgart-Echterdingen) - CDG (Paris-Charles de Gaulle)
AF 1409 operated by Air France A318 F-GUGI
Duration: 55 minutes
Scheduled: 10.10 // 11.30
Actual; 10.25 // 11.25
Gate: 310 Seat: 22F
Loadfactor: Not more than 70 %
Fare: 10.000 Flying Blue Miles and 63,06 EUR taxes and fees.
History:
Delivered to AirFrance: 13.12.2004
Flight no. 3 on the A318 and the first on this machine.


I tried to use Online-Check-In, but it worked not in my case.
First flight of the day checked in, no boarding pass printed, second one not able to check in.
Ok, arrival at STR by car around 8.30 am, around one and a half hour to go.
Next try at the machines, but I was further sent to the desk.
Five minutes to wait, a friendly guy printed boarding pass one and checked me in for the second leg
without a further problem.
He asked me, if I really want to sit in the last row, sure, I answered, my personal priority!.
Arrival AF from CDG was announced ontime, so I passed immediatelly T3 security, but was to slow, my plane
was parked at the usual AF gate when I was there.

STR: F-GUGI at the gate:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/DUS07/DUS07001.jpg

Close up: F-GUGI:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/DUS07/DUS07004.jpg

Short ahead to boarding:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/DUS07/DUS07006.jpg

Boarding was called early, not that much pax around, so I hoped for a free seat next to me, so it happened.
Two female, one male FA on this service, friendly so far.
Also a friendly welcome from the flightdeck during boarding.
The whole crew french natives.
The machine fitted with dark blue fabric seats, clean, legroom was ok.
Announcements in french and english, partly in german language.
Departure from runway 25 after a fast taxi down to the eastern part of the airfield in direction to SXB.

Strassburg:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/DUS07/DUS07007.jpg

Service, water, tea, coffee and a cookie for free.
Mostly cloudy sky, no good views, but a smooth ride.
One short information short before descent but without more route or flightlevel details.
Arrival on runway 27L. Taxi around the corner along T2D to T2F, deboarding at a finger position.

My plane at T2F:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/DUS07/DUS07008.jpg




Thursday, 14.06.2007
CDG (Paris-Charles de Gaulle) - DUS (Dusseldorf-Rhein-Ruhr)
AF 1906 operated by Air France A318 F-GUGN
Duration: 50 minutes
Scheduled: 13.05 // 14.20
Actual: 13.20 // 14.30
Gate: F23 Seat: 22F
Loadfactor: Around 80%
History:
Delivered to AirFrance: 26.10.2006
Flight no. 4 on the A318 and the first on this machine.


Sorry, but everytime when I´am in CDG T2F I think about a space station, fingers and airbridges on three or four different levels,
the terminal like a labyrinth, closed ways to separate the arriving finger pax from the departure area.
I walked a bit around, but from the area not that much interesting planes to spot.

No question, AF´s homeport:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/DUS07/DUS07009.jpg

Nice MEA tail in the backround:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/DUS07/DUS07010.jpg

Ok, passed security again, nearly no time to wait and no problems, some shopping and pix and than my flight to DUS was called.
F23 is a small area with three bus gates on the ground level, not the place to rest while waiting for your flight.
They checked boarding pass and passport three times from the gate to the plane!.
We had to wait in the bus for some five minutes, then a ride along the new terminal extension after T2F, the plane was parked near the end of the further extension.
Only some twenty pax are allowed to leave the bus for boarding in one run, IMO they are angry if someone gone lost at the apron!.

Boarding F-GUGN:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/DUS07/DUS07011.jpg

Up the stairs:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/DUS07/DUS07012.jpg

Big engine, small plane:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/DUS07/DUS07013.jpg

Boarding F-GUGN again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/DUS07/DUS07014.jpg


Two male, one female FA´s on this service, sounds like all french natives, also the flight deck crew.
A friendly welcome from the flightdeck, also the FA´s friendly.
Taxi to a 26R departure, two other AF 320´s and a Delta 763 short behind,a UA 777 in front.
No further information about the route and the flightlevel.
The cabin clean and good looking, a new style plane.
All announcements in french, english and german.
Service: A small sandwich and free beverages, tea, coffee.
Again clouds, no views, the captain announced some thunderstorms in the DUS area but the flight was calm so far.
He was on the com in french only later, as far as I understand, he prepared the FA´s to clear the cabin for descent immediatelly while there will be
some turbulences during approach.
What follows was really amazing, not so much from the turbulences side, some shakers ok, but nothing special, much more from the views.
There was a thunderstorm southeastern from DUS, we´re passed northern side and gone along the storm during finals.
I´ve never saw lightnings so near inflight, there was one, alongside the plane, so bright that I closed my eyes.
Water all above when we braked with trustreversers on runway 23L. .
The captain was again on the com during taxi and told us that there is no airbridge available and we had to wait some ten to twenty minutes till disembarking
while the airport stopped the busses according to the heavy rain.
Finally the bus arrived, all pax to deboard from the front door, from my point of view that was much enough rain to deboard a plane by bus, but what
will I do!.

Rainy DUS deboarding:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/DUS07/DUS07015.jpg

Au revoir, F-GUGN:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/DUS07/DUS07016.jpg
The original plan was, to spot some planes in DUS, but the rain wasn´t over, so I checked the National desk. The rental agreement was by Holidayautos,
the cheapest opinion, EUR 52.--, a nearly new Opel Corsa, not bad and no problem till now.
What about the next airport southern side, CGN, for some spotting?. Nope, a thunderstorm there with heavy rain when I was in the area.
FRA will be also in the right direction. And what do you think was there?. The maybe same thunderstorm with heavy rain greeted me on short finals.
Finally I headed home and was welcomed, no question, from a thunderstorm with heavy rain!.


OK, not that much spotting, but nevertheless two interesting flights and also two services on the A318 for my log.
AirFrance was absolutely ok, servicewise and in case of friendlyness, no problems all around.


Thanx for reading, comments welcome,
Markus (FLIEGER67)


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User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 5233 times:

Just another great TR of yours. Man, that's cool, Taking a day off in short notice just to fly to CDG on an A-318!
greetz from BSL: Markus



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5186 times:

Hi Markus,

nice report of an interesting routing. Your description of your descent into DUS during the thunderstorm sounds amazing - must have been a really unique nature experience.

Christoph


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5011 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5135 times:

Hello, Markus and Christoph, thanx for your replys.

Markus:

Quoting DALelite (Reply 1):
Taking a day off in short notice just to fly to CDG on an A-318!

Yep, that was the most interesting open routing offered by Flying Blue for the 10.000 miles
and it was really interesting.

Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 2):
. Your description of your descent into DUS during the thunderstorm sounds amazing - must have been a really unique nature experience.

It was surrealistic, gliding down in the plane and the lightnings flashing around, lucky I was on the correct side of the plane!

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5029 times:

Hi Markus,

Another great read! Nice to get some more flights on the 318, a bird I still miss in my log ( together with lots of others )
A pity you didn't get the chance to get to spotting, but i'm sure the approach into DUS was exciting aswell  Smile
Thanks for sharing again!

Gruss,
Joost



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1194 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4805 times:

Hola Markus!

Great TR again. Nice to ride an A318... I haven't done so yet and I am looking forward to, but what I really like best is the idea of taking a day off to practise such a great adventure.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6643 posts, RR: 78
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4793 times:

Hi Markus,

very nice "thunderstorm" report! Did you encounter any problems with taking pics at CDG?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5011 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4541 times:

Hello, Joost, Roger and PH, thanx for your replys so far.

Joost:

Quoting DALCE (Reply 4):
a bird I still miss in my log ( together with lots of others

There are also some open positions in my log, time for more flying, immediatelly.
 Smile

Roger:

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 5):
the idea of taking a day off to practise such a great adventure.

Yep, that was an interesting day, for real, but EZE like your signature sounds also not bad!.

PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Did you encounter any problems with taking pics at CDG?

I read some weird stories about spotting/photography at CDG, but no problem there till now.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4451 times:
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Great stuff Markus, though I'm feeling jelous, still missing my first 318 flight Sad

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5011 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4428 times:

Hi, Mark, thanx for your reply.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8):
still missing my first 318 flight

When I read your signature, I thought the A318 will be a nice addition.
Hope you catch one soon!.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4404 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
time for more flying, immediatelly.

Hi Markus!
My next flight is coming up on July 9th, also a new adition to my log as I will be flying the SK 736 AMS-OSL-AMS.

Gruss.
Joost



flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5011 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4390 times:

Hi, Joost,
sounds interesting.
The 736 is still missing in my log.
OSL early July is sure a good time to go there.
Hope to read a report.
Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3414 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4148 times:

Great TR! I shall be flying back to CDG on saturday Big grin
I didnt get away so cheaply as you did though, paid 15'000 miles & more miles and about €90 taxes  Angry


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2898 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4108 times:

Hi Markus,

again a nice report. I liked especially the photo withh all the AF A32S at CDG - this one has to remind me that I'm still missing *lots* of AF registrations.

Is there a particular reason why you mention that all your crews were native french? I mean, that's what one expects when flying on Air France. Or did you experience non-native french crews on any earlier AF flights, so that you found it worth mentioning that this time the crews were french?

Regards, Alex.


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5011 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3933 times:

Hello, Sandro and Alex, thanx for your replys.

Sandro:

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 12):
15'000 miles & more miles

Yep, the price/earning rate on Flying-Blue, especially on One-Ways is real good from my point of view.

Alex:

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 13):
Is there a particular reason why you mention that all your crews were native french?

According to my log, AF is by far my most flown non-german airline.
I never mentioned that there was a non-french crew, a real difference to, for example LH or other german carriers,
where I had more international crews.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3886 times:

Markus
nice to read the A318 reported here  Smile Sorry for the weather, but indeed is was quite 'electric' above us in the last weeks Big grin AF is good in service like on my most experiences on them. Will try to jump on one of their A321s on Saturday. Report will follow of course  Wink

PS - do you know more info when 4U will start STR-AMS ? There are rumours about in Holland  Wink

Eric



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5011 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3729 times:

Hi, Eric,
thanx for your nice reply.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 15):
Saturday. Report will follow of course

Hope so!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 15):
4U will start STR-AMS

I heard rumours about that possible new route, but I heard also about STR-BRU, not sure if this will be real
or just a story!.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineDC10Widebody From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3663 times:

Nice TR always neat to see things from the other side of the pond!


Cheers thanks a lot.
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3644 times:

Quoting DALCE (Reply 10):
My next flight is coming up on July 9th, also a new adition to my log as I will be flying the SK 736 AMS-OSL-AMS

Apperently the B737-700 is scheduled to fly AMS-OSL that day, probably even the new LN-RRA (with winglets), also planned to operate today (22Jun).

Maybe you can get even 2 types then that day!  Wink



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5011 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3546 times:

Hello, Linc,
thanx for your reply.

Quoting DC10Widebody (Reply 17):
always neat to see things from the other side of the pond!

Me too!


Eric, thanx for the further information.

According to your signature, we´re together in the air tomorrow!.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3457 times:

Nice report Markus! The A-318 is a nice little cute aircraft indeed. Had the pleasure to fly it on CDG-CPH last year.

Looking forward to your next trip report!

Best regards,
Thomas



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5011 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (6 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 3363 times:

Hello, Thomas, thanx for your nice reply.

I´ve just returned from a weekend trip with some colleagues to Hamburg.
Report from a trip to Sweden is also ready to post.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4692 posts, RR: 43
Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3290 times:

Another interesting read - I am sorry that you had such a bad luck with the weather, since especially during the summer there can be some very interesting movements at DUS especially from Mediterranean leisure airlines.


Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5011 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3239 times:

Hello, Jens,
thanx for your reply.

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 22):
DUS especially from Mediterranean leisure airlines.

Sure, one of the reasons to plan this trip.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3213 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 16):
Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 15):
4U will start STR-AMS

I heard rumours about that possible new route, but I heard also about STR-BRU, not sure if this will be real
or just a story!.

STR-AMS is more realistic than STR-BRU as LH is operating STR-BRU already. I don't think they will put their LCC-carrier alongside a higher rev. Cityline operation.
I would love to see them at AMS, sounds good to me  Smile

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
Apperently the B737-700 is scheduled to fly AMS-OSL that day, probably even the new LN-RRA (with winglets), also planned to operate today (22Jun).

Let's hope for it, That would be superb  Smile  Smile  Smile



flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
25 FLIEGER67 : Hello, Joost, thanx for your further statement. Also my opinion, while BRU is more a high yield market, but AMS seems realistic. Greetings, Markus (FL
26 Post contains images ShannoninAMA : Great report! A318 looks fun to fly in Shannon
27 FLIEGER67 : Hello, Shannon, thanx for your reply. Yep, sure not a bad experience!. Regards, Markus (FLIEGER67)
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