FLIEGER67 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 5243 posts, RR: 54 Posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4974 times:
The Hungarian airshow at Kecskemet ex BSL on LX
Hello, dear readers,
are your ready for some action around the Hungarian airshow?.
OK, follow me.
BSL (Euro-Airport-Basle-Mulhouse) - BUD (Budapest-Ferihegy)
Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes
LX 2232 operated by Swiss European Airlines Avro RJ100 HB-IYT
Scheduled: 11.25 // 13.15
Actual: 11.40 // 13.15
Gate: 35 Seat: 14B
Fare: 62,39 per pax per leg
Load factor: around 85 %
26.01.2001: Delivered to Cityflyer Express
03.01.2003: Changed to BA CitiExpress
10.01.2006: In service with Swiss European Airlines
Premiere: My first flight on the AVRO RJ100
And also my first experience from the multinational Euro-airport Basle-Mulhouse-Freiburg, that means to secure an early start by car
to reach the airport ontime.
No problem to check-in online on LX´s homepage, boarding announced for 10.45 am.
We had sequences 36/37, it seems online check-in is very popular at LX, 1/3 of the plane had done it friday afternoon, strange.
Once again we leave home at around 7 am.
Not that much traffic on the route and arrival at BSL around two hours later. Parking the car on the french part of the airport
means to enter Switzerland at the airport, no problem at passport control.
Like last week at STR, a special counter was announced for bag drop-off only, but not yet staffed.
After some minutes we joined the queue at the standard counters, ten minutes later a not to friendly female accepted our bags for BUD.
No time to wait at security and in the large and spacious gate area one hour ahead to boarding.
Clean, spacious, real good views to the planes on the apron and at the gates, yes, I´am really impressed about BSL airport.
TU at the gate:
No, not our machine:
ECA to Paphos:
Now it is:
Close up HB-IYT:
Our machine arrived and only some minutes later boarding started ontime. We´re walked to the plane.
One female, two male FA´s, IMO it was a kind of a check-flight, usually there are two FA´s only on the Avro100, AFAIK.
A real friendly welcome. We secured seats A/B, comfortable 2/3 seating. The machine fitted with modern style Recaro, dark, grey leather seats, clean cabin.
Also a friendly welcome on the ground from the flightdeck.
The cockpit crew was from Switzerland.
Departure without any time to wait from runway 34 via Innsbruck and Graz. Flightlevel 25.000 feet.
More detailed infos during cruiseflight from the flightdeck.
A free bread roll, beverages and the warm welcomed delicious swiss chcolate, real good.
And finally BUD;
Arrival on BUD´s runway 13R ontime, finger, sorry "jetty" deboarding, only some minutes for the bags.
We´re welcomed by a friendly girl from Thrifty, by shuttle to the office near T1, a friendly guy there offered us a Opel Astra. EUR 67,61
booked by AutoEurope, not bad.
We lost some time during the search for our accomodation, the Stacio Airport Aliance Hotel, usually its not far from T1, but there is
heavy roadwork around and so we need to find another route.
Down to Kecskemet, not far from the Serbian/Romanian border where we arrived around 4 pm.
The entrance was closed, but views from the fence seems also not bad.
Patrouille de France:
MIL heavy on approach:
Sorry, but me and my camera, we´re both to slow for that fantastic flying action!.
Scheduled was to go early the next morning to the airshow again, but the wheather was real bad, thunderstorms, heavy rain, we drove down again,
but it seems not a good idea to pay the fare and don´t see anything. Also the flying display was temporarly interrupted.
24.11.1998: Delivered to Crossair
31.03.2002: In service with Swiss International Airlines
01.12.2005: Changed to Swiss European
Flight no. 2 on the RJ100 and the first on this machine
After some rainy, but nevertheless nice views to the Bukacz Puszta it was time for car return, no problem till now and at the airport at around 4 pm, check-in at the empty biz desk.
A friendly girl secured us once again the A/B seats. No time to wait at security or passport control and at the gate half an hour prior to the announced
View at T1:
HB-IYZ in BUD:
Our plane arrived ontime and also boarding was ontime.
Again the "jetty", two female´s doing the FA job today.
It seems this was older metal. Old fashioned, dark blue but nevertheless comfortable leather seats.
A real friendly welcome from the flightdeck, the captain wishes us all a good flight.
Departure from BUD´s 31L, once again no time to wait there.
The route: Vienna, Salzburg, south of Munich and further straight to BSL.
More informations in a friendly way during cruiseflight about route, sights to see and wheather.
A free breadroll, beverages and the swiss chocolate for free.
Touchdown on BSL´s runway 16 ontime. Another nice gesture, the captain thanked his crew for the good work during taxi and wished us all a good day.
The plane parked directly at the entrance to the terminal, so deboarding by feet.
Arrived at BSL:
Some more minutes for the bags than expected, two EZY flights on the same belt.
There are two ways for leaving the baggage area, one to Switzerland and another to France, a short passport control and on the way back home.
Now, time for my opinion.
BSL, as earlier stated is a high level airport, real recommendable.
BUD T2, ok, but nothing special.
The 2/3 seating on the Avro is comfortable, much better than the 3/3 on for example Eurowings, I like these Avro´s.
And what about Swiss?: Acceptable fares, ontime services, friendly and attentive FA´s, informative flightdeck crews on both ways.
Thumbs up for Swiss!.
Aleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3241 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4940 times:
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3): Only shortly from the fence, it was closed late Saturday and there was no time left at Sunday,
but, you´re right, it looks like interesting.
I visit that museum every time I go to Ferihegy. It is a great example how a nice aviation museum can work with little money and lots of enthusiasm. Also, there is a small shop there that offers various things and lots of them are made by local aviation enthusiasts like postcards, CD-ROMs, DVDs. The only problem is that museum's working hours depend on the weather. Fortunately, I was blessed with decent weather every time I went there. You can check out some of the pics I made there on MyAviation (direct link is in my profile). The quality of the pics is not good enough, but it will give you a good idea what is waiting for you in the museum.
RJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4134 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4933 times:
Thank you for another nice and interesting report- your first report from BSL so certainly a special one for me. The weather in BSL that day looks really bad but I'm glad you enjoyed your flights. The Sunday evening flight obviously is very popular- I took the very same flight in the first week of operation (last January) and it had a 100% load too.
I hope you had a nice trip to Nice and back and seriously hope that your current signature does not mean you stopped flying
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4393 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4732 times:
good to see another report. Good to see LX changed their style again and offer something for free. IIRC last time I flew them I even had to pay SFR 2.50 for a coffee The Avroliners are great to fly indeed. Did them a couple of times myself (all LX) and never complained
Sorry for you to hear about the weather. Airshows are real fun with blue sky and sun, just relax lying on your back in the grass and watch up to the shows
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
Infodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1497 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4410 times:
Nice to see that you had such a good experience on LX and flying out of Basel (looked like a November mornign though!). I too, think the Avro is very comfy with those nice seats - and you can get such good fares out of BSL, well how can you say no?!
The airshow also looked like a great attraction.
BTW, which airport is actually the nearest / most convenient for where you live?
"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
FLIEGER67 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 5243 posts, RR: 54
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4371 times:
thanx for your nice reply.
Quoting Infodesk (Reply 19): Nice to see that you had such a good experience on LX and flying out of Basel (looked like a November mornign though!). I too, think the Avro is very comfy with those nice seats - and you can get such good fares out of BSL, well how can you say no?!
Both, BSL and LX =
Quoting Infodesk (Reply 19): BTW, which airport is actually the nearest / most convenient for where you live?
If traffic is ok, 30 minutes south of STR, FKB/FDH/BSL is within two hours, FRA/ZRH/MUC two hours 30 minutes.