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My 300th Leisure Flight: Summer In Germany  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5153 posts, RR: 55
Posted (7 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 6164 times:

My 300th leisure flight: Summer in Germany


Hello, dear readers,
time to write down another story.
Some weeks ago, I noticed in my log, that leisure service number 300 is not far away.
As I want to complete this number ahead to the summer holidays, I´ve secured a short trip around germany.



Tuesday, 17.07.2007
STR (Stuttgart-Echterdingen) - HAJ (Hannover-Langenhagen)
Duration: 40 minutes
X3 370 operated by Tuifly B737-700 D-AHXD
Scheduled: 07.15 // 08.20
Acutal: 07.50 // 08.30
Gate: 313 Seat: 27F
Loadfactor: around 80%
Fare: 46,20 EUR

History:
Delivered to X3: 21.06.2007

Leisure flight no. 8 on the 737-700 and the first on this machine.


Hannover was a white area on my map, fare and time ok, so that will be the starter for this trip.
Up and away by car, at the airport at around 06.00 am, boarding was announced for 06.45 am, check-in was done at home,
the night before, without problems, this time.
Earlier a 73G was announced, changed to the 73W late monday.

A nice STR visitor in the background:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07002.jpg

The An 124 on the cargo apron again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07004.jpg


No time to wait at T3 security. Gate 313, that means a bus gate, on the upper level, but down the stairs to the ground.
Boarding was ontime, the bus filled up and surprise, D-AHXD awaited me on the apron, a real baby machine, age, three weeks only.

Welcome to D-AHXD:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07006.jpg

Sunny STR boarding:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07007.jpg

Rear door boarding, as usual, two male, one female FA´s on this service. Cabin crew was nice.
A short welcome from the flightdeck during boarding, the pilot seems not to enthusiastic this morning.
The cockpit crew from germany.
Taxi for a runway 25 departure, I count eight planes ahead, hey, this is not Heathrow!.
The cabin clean, modern style, fitted with new style fabric recaro seats in mixed colours.
One short info from the flightdeck while on cruise over PAD, nothing more, no map system.
No special service. Calm flight.
Touchdown on HAJ´s runway no. 27L , ten minutes delayed, mainly about the long departure queue at STR.
Airbirdge deboarding.

More clouds at HAJ:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07010.jpg

D-AHXD from the groundlevel HAJ:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07011.jpg

HAJ has a direct train connection to the main station, so further to the city center.
Some impressions from lower saxony´s capital:

The opera:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07012.jpg

Modern architecture, AFAIK NordLB:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07013.jpg

The new town hall:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07014.jpg

And the old one:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07016.jpg

And what about this?:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07015.jpg


With Deutsche Bahn´s special advertissement, EUR 29.-- for a oneway trip in germany, it´s easy nowadays to fill the gaps between
your flights.
I leave Hannover at around 12.30 am by the ICE, high speed train and arrived short after 2 pm at Berlin´s new main station.
A nice ride with the view on both former parts of germany. By bus to TXL airport, where I arrived at around 3 pm.






Tuesday, 17.07.2007
TXL (Berlin-Tegel) - FRA (Frankfurt-Rhein-Main)
Duration: 50 minutes
AB 6559 operated by AirBerlin B737-800 D-ABAS
Scheduled: 16.55 // 18.10
Actual: 17.20 // 18.10
Gate: A06 Seat: 31A
Loadfactor: Around 80 %
Fare: 83.-- EUR

History:
Delivered to AB: 11.02.1999

Leisure flight no. 28 on the 737-800 and the first on this machine.



Check-in was also done the night before, no problems, so no need to hurry, especially when you know the gate system in TXL´s main building.
There is a separate security check at every gate, and the gate areas much to small for nowadays needs.
There was a new terminal just opened and from the upper stair level it was nice to follow the apron activity.

Bulgarian Air Charter on the way to Burgas:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07019.jpg

And finally departed:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07020.jpg

A-300 arrival from FRA:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07021.jpg

The one and only Germania plane in Germania colours heading for IST:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07023.jpg


My plane was announced with a ten minuted delay arriving from LED/St.Petersburg but after I followed the touchdown of a 738, I´ve checked the screens again
and noticed that this was my machine to FRA, in the end arrived some minutes early.
Ok, to the gate, no time to wait at the secuirty there, the area crowded as expected, the door to the next gate also open, but with another LH 737 to STR, not more space at all.

TXL: My machine at the gate:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07024.jpg

Boarding ontime by an airbridge, the last rows first, four female, one male FA on this service, friendly so far.
Departure from runway 26L via Erfurt to FRA. Another calm flight. Flightlevel 28.000 ft.
The map system on the screens during the whole flight.
A real friendly welcome from the german flightdeck crew during boarding and later more info´s when we cruised, good job there.
The machine fitted with dark, grey fabric seats, ok conditions, legroom was better than on X3 this morning.
The FA´s served snacks and beverages, also free magazines during boarding.
Arrival ontime on FRA´s runway 25L , taxi to the apron in front off T2 and parked beneath another company A320.

And finally at sunny FRA:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07025.jpg

Deboarding at FRA:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07026.jpg

Bye-Bye D-ABAS:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/HAJ07/HAJ07027.jpg

By bus to T2, via the Skyline to T1 and ontime at the long distance train station to reach my ICE, booked for another 29.-- EUROS,
back home to STR.



So, time for my opinion about leisure leg 299 and finally 300.
Both airlines provided nearly ontime services, the fare on X3 was lower, AB was more expensive but acceptable at all.
AB has the more enthusiastic cockpit crew, while the cabin crew was nicer on X3.
Ok, difficult, I think I will go for 300 or so more flights to improve my opinion!.


Comments welcome, also the short one´s.
Markus (FLIEGER67)


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38 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 6137 times:

Hi Markus,

Congratulation on passing the 300 mark! That alone leaves me so enthusiast to fly more and more. I am standing at 114 at the moment.  bouncy 

Nice photos as well. They make me miss Germany so much. I was in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Mainz, Wiesbaden and Berlin back in 2004.


User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 6131 times:

Hi Markus,

congrats to your 300th leisure flight!!!  bigthumbsup 

Nice report and great pics once again. You were really lucky to fly on such a brand new plane like D-AHXD.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Hannover was a white area on my map

The same with me - I know neither the city nor the airport. I only know the train station from passing by there by train.

By the way: was there any particular reason why you didn't take a direct AB-service TXL-STR in the evening but instead headed for FRA first and then took the train again? Did you also want to visit FRA or was it just for fun? Or did you also want to include some more train rides in your trips?

I'm looking forward to trip report number 301!  Wink

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1201 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 6091 times:

Hola Markus!

Congratulations on your 300th flight!

Thanks for sharing; I do really enjoy reading them!

All the best in the next 300 flights!

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5153 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 23 hours ago) and read 6063 times:

Hello,

Azizul:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 1):
Congratulation on passing the 300 mark!

Thanx!

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 1):
I am standing at 114 at the moment.

Not that really far away and you had some exciting Indonesian domestics on your list.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 1):
They make me miss Germany so much. I was in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Mainz, Wiesbaden and Berlin back in 2004.

Time to come back now?.

Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 2):
congrats to your 300th leisure flight!!!

Thank you

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 2):
lucky to fly on such a brand new plane like D-AHXD.

I was really surprised when I saw the machine there on the apron.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 2):
was there any particular reason why you didn't take a direct AB-service

Yes, there are several reasons to go not on TXL-STR:

- This route is one of the best covered in my log

- The fares for the afternoon services are not cheaper than into FRA

- But especially, I like the international atmosphere at FRA

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 2):
forward to trip report number 301!

I´am also
 Wink

Hola Roger,

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 3):
Congratulations on your 300th flight!

Thanx and also for your reply

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4118 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 22 hours ago) and read 6008 times:

Wow Markus, already your 300th leisure flight!  Smile There is hardly any competition for you (I have only 169 flights so far Big grin ).

Thanks for the report, nice as usual. Only thing I can say is good luck and much fun on your next 300 trips...I think you should set the 1000 as your goal in the next five years  Wink

Best regards,
Thomas



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5153 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 22 hours ago) and read 5994 times:

Hello, Thomas,
thanx for your reply.

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 5):
hardly any competition for you (I have only 169 flights so

But some real interesting russian domestics, still not covered in my log.

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 5):
1000 as your goal in the next five years

Maybe
 Wink

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1680 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 6 hours ago) and read 5702 times:

Hi Markus,

First of all, congrats on your 300th leisure flight!
A very nice report, with nice pics of both aircraft and the city off HAJ, which seems to be quite nice.
You must have felt lucky when you saw such a new bird waiting for you  Smile
I had that luck once with 3 LH CRJ-900's within 4 days Big grin

Good luck and enjoy the holidays!
Gruss aus Holland,

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 offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 5654 times:

Congratulations and here's to the next 300  thumbsup 

Sounds like a nice round trip you did. I didn't know DB had this E29 offer, so good to know and very tempting particularly as it seems you can use the ICE.

Happy flying!
Infodesk  spin 



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5153 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 5614 times:

Hello, again and nice to read your replys.

Joost:

Quoting DALCE (Reply 7):
congrats on your 300th leisure flight!

Thanx.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 7):
must have felt lucky when you saw such a new bird waiting for you

Yes, indeed
 Smile

Infodesk:

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 8):
Congratulations and here's to the next 300

Thank you.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 8):
know DB had this E29 offer,

Bookable till 31.12.07 as long as seats available.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 880 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 5613 times:

great pictures of Germany!!! and congrats on getting to the 300 mark!!!

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5153 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 1 hour ago) and read 5581 times:

Hey, Saurabh,
thanx for your nice reply.
Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5499 times:

Hey Markus,

Congrats on the "300" milestone matey!! You sure have been doing a lot of flying this year and giving us lots of great reports to read.

Funnily enough I've been home for about half an hour after having a long weekend in Germany - DUS and FRA to be precise. I even did a quick trip on the Skyline, just because I had the time and I could - but preferred the Skytrain at DUS though! Seriously bumpy flight back to LHR this evening though...trip report to follow shortly.

Cheers.

Andy.



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5153 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5493 times:

Hello, Andy,
nice to read your reply.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 12):
Congrats on the "300" milestone matey

Thanx a lot!

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 12):
Seriously bumpy flight back to LHR this evening though...trip report to follow shortly.

Hope to read your "german" story soon.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5485 times:

Nice report Markus, and congrats on the 300th flight.

I still have some way to go to NR. 300, after just having passed my 200th flight (now at 210)

Keep flying

[Edited 2007-07-23 21:56:30]

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5153 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5475 times:

Hello, Sandro,
thanx for your reply and the congrats.

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 14):
I still have some way to go to NR. 300, after just having passed my 200th flight (now at 210)

According to your profile, not to far away at all
 Wink

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineIliriBDL From Germany, joined May 2007, 1205 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5455 times:

Hallo Markus, wie gehts?


Nice pics.

Can't wait to come back to Deutschland this winter. (Dec. 25 - Jan. 20)

I was there last year with my brother first time ever. I have lots of family there so I'll be there every year from now on. I loved it there.

This time I'm coming with my whole family. We'll be staying in Bielefeld, Herzebrock, Weiden and also Stuttgart.


Tschau



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User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5443 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
According to your profile, not to far away at all

haha Big grin I'll give my best!


User currently offlineBps3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 564 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5380 times:

Hey Markus,

another excellent trip report. Always enjoy reading about your adventures and can't believe how much has changed in the domestic aviation sector with such abundance of cheap fares since I left Germany in 1996

Cheers,

Peter


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5153 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5289 times:

Hello,
nice replys, thank you.

IIiriBDL:

Quoting IliriBDL (Reply 16):
Can't wait to come back to Deutschland this winter. (Dec. 25 - Jan. 20)



Quoting IliriBDL (Reply 16):

This time I'm coming with my whole family. We'll be staying in Bielefeld, Herzebrock, Weiden and also Stuttgart.

Wish you a good time when you´re in germany.


Peter:

Quoting Bps3458 (Reply 18):
can't believe how much has changed in the domestic aviation sector with such abundance of cheap fares since I left Germany in 1996

I agree 100 %. When I think back to my travels 10 years ago thats really unbelievable how much the market changes
during the last years.
What will happen during the next 10 years, Ryanair to Australia ?.
 Wink

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5280 times:

Markus,

let me also add the congrats for that jubilee flight! Do you only count your leisure flights?


PH

[Edited 2007-07-24 17:37:48]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5153 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5268 times:

Hey, PH,

thanx to your congratulations.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Do you only count your leisure flights?

 checkmark 

Business is a different world!.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineBPS3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 564 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5226 times:

Hey Markus,

need your input and expertise. Will be in Germany on holidays in October and may need to travel to Leipzig for a day or two on business. What would be my best option/airline for HAM-LEJ ? Thanks in advance for the input.

Cheers,

Peter


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5153 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5171 times:

Hey, Peter,

no problem!.

LEJ is well connected with CGN/DUS/MUC/STR, but always early/late flights, that means not ok when you depart/arrive
at HAM.
No direct flights between HAM and LEJ.
The best opinion is from my point of view, the LH connection via FRA, that starts at around 40.-- EURO´s per leg
during October with interesting aircraft like the A300/600 included.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineBPS3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 564 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5092 times:

Hi Markus,

thanks for the advice. Will either book with LH or drive depending on the dates and meeting times. Looking forward to your next trip report.

Cheers,

Peter


25 FLIEGER67 : Hi, Peter, once again, no problem!. Up to the office now and tomorrow to Birmingham, if nothing goes wrong!. Regards, Markus (FLIEGER67)
26 HT : Correct. The arc is the last remain of Hannover's old city wall. There is hardly anything left from the old Hannover, as it was among the cities most
27 Post contains images Airbuseric : Markus, Gratuliere! I'm already waiting for flight No. 301 That's maybe the reason why I found too many passengers on board my ICE rides from Amsterda
28 B747forever : Really good TR. Your TR is always a pleasure to read. You write them very good. How many business flights have you made so far.
29 FLIEGER67 : Hello, straight back from BHX and ready to reply to your postings. Holger: Thanx, local advice is always the best source for further informations. Eri
30 Post contains images B747forever : All in all how many times do you flies every year. (About 1000 )
31 Post contains images FLIEGER67 : Hey, Gabriel, simply not to much till now. Greetings, Markus (FLIEGER67)
32 Post contains images BA319-131 : Hi Marcus, Great stuff and congrats on hitting the 300 flight mark, well done. I hit my 400th flight today, and a new aircraft typefor my log book - T
33 Post contains images OA260 : Hey Markus another cool TR and photos again!!! Whats your carbon footprint??? LOL...probably similar to mine Thanks for an excellent report OA260
34 Post contains images FLIEGER67 : Hello, Mark and OA260, straight back from another trip to HAM late last night. Mark: Thanx and also congrats to your 400th flight. Hope so, too OA260:
35 Post contains images TriStar500 : Thanks for your report - what a nice idea to celebrate this special occasion!
36 FLIEGER67 : Hello, Jens, thanx for your kind words. Best regards, Markus (FLIEGER67)
37 Ndebele : A late reply to a nice report. Once again thanks for sharing. I was already surprised when I found out that they didn't install any screens on their o
38 FLIEGER67 : Hello, Alex, thanx for your reply. Returned from BUD late yesterday. So it is. Germania shows us the way to save money!. The ST planes serve´s greek
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