FLIEGER67 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 5243 posts, RR: 54 Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6114 times:
U-434: How to enter a russian submarine or HAM ex FKB
Once again, hello, dear readers.
I will continue my "summer series" with an enjoyable trip to HAM.
Have you ever been inside one of the largest non-nuclear russian submarines, follow me!.
FKB (Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden) - HAM (Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel)
Duration: 1 hour
AB 6681 (Air Berlin) operated by Germania F-100 D-AGPO
Scheduled: 08.25 // 09.40
Actual: 08.25 // 09.25
Gate: 5 Seat: 19C
Load factor: Around 80%
Fare: 53,75 EUR per pax per leg
18.04.1991: Delivered to USAir
27.02.1997: Further to US Airways
18.06.2004: In service with Germania
31.03.2006: Further to DI
15.12.2006: Painted in AB colours
Flight no. 7 on the F 100 and the second on this machine
This trip will start with the usual question: Is Online-check-in available?.
Not on AB services from FKB. Why ?. I prefer online seat selection, no hurry to secure good seats.
One hour to go by car , so we started at around 6.30 am, no queues on the motorway and arrival at around 7.30 am.
FKB has only limited activities, today one 4R holiday service earlier, followed by two AB services to TXL and HAM.
So, no queues expected, a nice modern airport with short and fast ways.
Check-in was quickly done, seats A and C secured as always when travelling on the F100 with the 2/3 seating.
I was a bit surprised about the F100, the systems show a 733 for this flight, but really ok for me!.
Also no time to wait at security, some shopping, the shop there is less expensive in comparison to other airports.
There is a nice outdoor area after security with an partly apron view.
Our plane arrived early from HAM shortly followed by the 733 from TXL.
Bus boarding as announced, that means not more than 20 minutes from arrival at the parking lot to boarding the plane, not bad from my point of view.
What a nice morning at FKB:
The company 733 to TXL:
Mini-Flieger and D-AGPO:
Welcomed by two friendly female FA´s. The plane fitted with dark grey leather seats, clean. Free magazines available during boarding.
Also a real funny und friendly welcome from the Captain, a experienced one today!. Both, Captain and FO from germany.
If you ever been to HAM, than you know that guys on the harbour cruise ships, that means they tell always never true, impossible stories.
"Moin, moin, on your AB service to HAM. We will bring you fast and sure to HAM, but it is your own decision to go today, don´t call us later when we arrived".
He means the wheather, sunny and warm in southern germany, windy and wet in the northern part.
A short taxi and what I´ve called a rolling take-off from runway 21 in direction HAM via FRA and HAJ.
A free croissant and water/coffee/tea on offer.
High clouds during cruiseflight.
And again, traffic included:
Interesting was the approach into HAM, a LH 737 was beneath us the last ten minutes and lined in for finals directly ahead to us.
Touch down 15 minutes ahead to schedule on runway 23, also not bad.
An apron stand during a rain shower, now thats not good, but the captain warned us earlier.
Also a nice gesture was the FO and pilot flying himself, who delivered us the AB chocolate heart at the door and wished us a nice day.
From my personal point of view a real familiar flying experience today on Germania.
No time to wait for the bags and up by public transport to the city.
We stayed at the Motel One Altona, a accomodation with a perfect price/earning ratio.
Some pix from our activities there, including the famous U434 guided tour inside one of the largest ever-built russian non-nuclear submarines.
MS Deutschland at the cruise terminal:
Now, that´s U434:
Ready to go?:
A large one:
Welcome to Russia:
Me, after the submarine experience:
An elevator for cars?:
Sure, the old tunnel under the "Elbe":
HAM (Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel) - FKB (Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden)
Duration: 1 hour
AB 6686 (Air Berlin) operated by Germania F-100 D-AGPL
Scheduled: 18.00 // 19.15
Actual: 18.05 // 19.05
Gate: C13 Seat: 18C
Load factor: Near 100 %
07.11.1990: Delivered to US Air
27.02.1997: Further to US Airways
19.08.2003: In service with Germania
01.01.2006: Further to DI
01.02.2007: Repainted in AB colours
Flight no. 8 on the F-100 and the first on this machine
Time to return to HAM airport at around 3.00 pm, again by the fast and effective public transport system.
No time to wait at the AB counters, the agent was surprised when I asked about the operating plane and further immediatelly about seats 18 A and C.
He means that I know the planes and seats better than he knows it!.
Some spotting from the terrace at HAM, a shame that they built a higher fence there.
Quick security, not that much action this time at HAM.
Our machine arrived from NUE, I hoped for a new adittion to my log and so it was.
D-AGPL, just arrived from NUE:
Bus boarding once again at around 5.40 pm. Two female FA´s on this service.
A short welcome from the flightdeck during boarding. Departure from runway 23 via HAJ to FKB.
More and detailed informations from the FO during cruiseflight. Another german cockpit crew on this service.
The machine fitted with dark, grey leather seats, good legroom. Again free magazines, snacks and beverages.
Good wheather along the whole route, touchdown ten minutes early on FKB´s runway 21.
Finally arrived at FKB:
Bus deboarding, not that personal service like on the flight yesterday, but not unfriendly at all.
Quick bags and on the way back home.
So, time for my personal opinion.
FKB is a nice airport to fly from, HAM also not a bad place, spacious and modern.
The outbound service on AB/Germania was real special, the inbound more standard but not bad at all.
HAM itself is an interesting and recommendable city with lots of things to do there.
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4393 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6006 times:
Markus, good to see you scored another 'new' F100 to your log! Well done, because it's rather difficult when you fly as often like you do I really enjoyed the views of the City, and the U-boat. Not really my thing actually, but as long as you guys enjoyed it, then it's great!
btw, is this your first personal appearance on airliners.net in a picture?
We are actually thinking to visit either MUC or HAM for some end-of-year shopping before X-mas this year. LH offers good fares from AMS. But I prefer MUC, just to catch the CR9 We'll see...
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
DALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1892 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5545 times:
Another great report about an interesting Trip to HAM. I really enjoyed the U-boat pics! Made me remind to the one time I was inside a nuclear submarine in NYC, next to the USS Intrepid Museum.
Great pictures as usual!
Nickbbu From Romania, joined Jan 2007, 185 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 5207 times:
I took me a while to see this trip report... But I finally spotted it!
Nice and interesting tour of the U-boat.
I wish I should've made some time in New York, to pay a visit at the USS Intrepid Museum, too see a sub too. Maybe next time...
Congratulations for the report and also for taking the courage to post a picture with you!
BPS3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 577 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5198 times:
another great report. Seeing the pictures of the Speicherstadt almost made me home sick and I can't wait to visit my relatives in Hamburg in October. My office used to be right outside of the Speicherstadt and our car park was within the Speicherstadt. Did you have a chance to visit the large model train set-up in one of the warehouses ?
Aleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3241 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5197 times:
Thanks for another great trip report. At first, I didn't want to open it, because I don't like submarines at all, but had to because something was telling me that another treat was hiding inside and there certainly was some. I saw Air Berlin F-100s last year in Budapest and they really look nice in that livery.
Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed your trip and from the pics it's obvious that Mini Flieger was really impressed with Russian submarine.
So, what's next?
PS I am almost 90% sure that we have same jeans. If you mention the name of Tom Tailor I will know for sure
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3): I noticed it at home, but even more special than an A320!.
Oh, please - I can tell you what "plane unlucky" means. That's when you fly NUE-VIE-NUE in June 2006 on OE-LEE and D-ABAE (delayed by some six hours) and repeat the same trip in August 2007, again ending up on OE-LEE and D-ABAE...