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Four Flights To Spain (incl. Pics/vids & B717!)  
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11202 times:

Hello, dear reader;

My first flights in 2008 are going to be reported here. Almost 4 weeks ago since my last flights were done on OS, now the day had come to take my risks again by planning 4 flights on 4 different carriers. It’s always a challenge, but I can already say that I’ve made it again  Wink

January 28, 2008 (Monday)

Living close to the airport, the bus at 05.45am was early enough for me to catch my first leg of the day. It will start on transavia.com (HV). The day before I already used internet check-in to secure my seat. I got a PDF file containing my boarding pass, which I duly printed.
Although, after my arrival at Schiphol Airport, I proceeded first to the self service check-in machine to obtain a normal style boarding pass, which I prefer to use. I usually keep the small slip in my files for future reference  Smile.

Lines for security were really long this morning. Only 2 entrances were opened (out of 5 !), so the airport was not showing her best service. It took me 30 minutes to proceed the queue and security/x-ray was done in a minute. No time for a pitstop at Starbucks today, I immediately proceeded towards my assigned gate in the C-concourse: C12.

Not many passengers waiting in this area. One female groundstaff waiting to start the boarding process. I walked around a bit and noticed my aircraft on the tarmac. I was a bit surprised to see a B737 series 800. To be honest I expected this flight to be on the smaller –700 series, so it was a little bit of bad luck. I still never flew on a B737-700 with blended winglets, and I thought this would be the day to fly one… Of course, the B737-700 in general is already well covered in my personal log  Smile.

Boarding started soon after, and it went all pretty smooth and fast. I was welcomed by a younger male flight attendant and the female purser. Later I found out that this younger boy was on a familiarisation flight, during his training. I was sitting in the front, and took my window seat at 04F.

AMS-MAD
Flight No.: HV 5201 Date: 28JAN08
STD: 0735 ATD: 0733
STA: 1005 ATA: 1010
A/C: Boeing 737-800(WL) Reg No.: PH-HZB
Seat: 04F – Economy Class

My 30th ride on the B737-800, but the first on this particular machine.


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After boarding, the purser counted all passengers. There was a bit of confusion and the groundstaff came inside the cabin. A small conversation between the ladies was easy to follow, and I heard the load was (only) 90 passengers in total. This makes the load factor to be 48,3 %.
Not the best load, and maybe common for this route. HV will discontinue this route from end of March 2008.

The middle seat of my row remained empty. A Spanish lady was sitting on the aisle seat. A comfortable start of the day I thought. Doors closed timely, pushback was ahead of schedule. Well done! Some pre-information from the flightdeck mentioning the expected flighttime of 2:20 hours.


Seatpitch on transavia.com


During start-up, a safety demonstration video was playing on the drop-down panel above every 4 rows. Spoken language is Dutch, with English subtitles. We taxied to runway 24, the one in South-West direction, and following a heavy B747-400 Freighter of Great Wall Airlines from P.R. of China.

I saw the B747 using full runway length to get airborne, so apparently this let us wait for several minutes to avoid the turbulence. Takeoff was powerful, not too long rolling, and airborne time at 07:43am.

Soon after takeoff we found our way through the skies, large layers of clouds below us. Views to the ground were rather impossible. About 20 minutes inflight the menu was distributed, called ‘Flyer’. In this small booklet you’ll find prices on the food and beverage service. Also headphones were on sale for 3,-- Euros, making it possible to listen to the entertainment system (music channels, and 1 video-channel for the main screens).
I decided to buy a Nescafé Cappucino, price EUR 2,50. Taste was good, but of course too expensive for some instant coffee.


EUR 2.50 for this cappucino


In the seatpocket was also the inflight magazine ‘Wings’, in handsome tabloid size. Additionally a Ski Magazine. This was an extra offer, I guess mainly for the flights operating to INN, SZG, GNB and PUF. Of course also the safety card and disposal bag were in the pocket.

Flight was rather uneventful. On the videoscreens a movie, Ratatouille (animated-adventure), was playing for the duration of the flight.


Cabinview on transavia.com


Some other traffic was seen over France, we were quite close to a SK A321, which was probably heading to the Canaries. Routing was over Bordeaux (visible) and Pamplona towards Madrid.

The sky got more clear after the Pyrenees mountains were passed and we started decending into MAD. Interesting landscape below us. I’ve never been to this part of Spain, so I was looking outside the window all the time  Wink


Enroute AMS-MAD, on PH-HZB



Approaching closer to Madrid


A lot of turning on final approach, and when we got closer to the ground, I decided to film the landing:



Landing was on runway 33L. A lot of traffic on the ground at MAD. It’s a busy airport indeed! I saw the new IB terminal in the midfield, far away. Mountains in the background. Nice scenery for sure, and great architecture! Our flight did not use the new terminal, but the older one instead. We taxied along some parked MD80’s (Spanair, Pronair) and some smaller Spanish stuff. We parked next to an easyJet A319, terminal 1. Position T12 (?). Not sure about this gate. Disembarking using a fingergate. Terminal inside was old-fashioned, but functioning.


Guess which airport this is…?



transavia.com at the gate after arrival from Amsterdam


After passing the immigration (basically there isn’t any, as I travelled between EU states) I looked up my next flight on the screens. I found my flight and saw departure terminal 2. It was quite a long walk to reach T2, and signs were not always clear. Also some construction works were going on inside the building.

Finally I found my check-in counter for UX flights. I handed my passport and Flying Blue card to the lady behind the desk. I requested a window seat, but she kindly apologized as there weren’t an available anymore. She offered aisle instead. She pointed me the way how to walk towards the E-concourse.

Security was an almost empty area. Passing it was a breeze and done in a minute. The airside of terminal 2 offers some good views on the apron. A lot of traffic could be seen, including US B762, IB A346, DL B763, LA B763. I decided to check my aircraft and found it already parked at gate E67. It was a non-wingletted B737-800 (nice for a change today Wink)


My aircraft to Barcelona: EC-IXE. Boeing 737-800



View on EC-IXE from other side


Boarding started 45 minutes before departure. Almost no waiting time for me now. It seemed rather busy as well. I was greeted by 2 friendly female cabin attendants. After passing a small business class section upfront I came into economy class, greeted by a male flight attendant, of older age.

MAD-BCN
Flight No.: UX 2008 Date: 28JAN08
STD: 1130 ATD: 1121
STA: 1245 ATA: 1230
A/C: Boeing 737-800 Reg No.: EC-IXE
Seat: 23D – Economy Class

My 31st ride on the B737-800, and the first on this particular machine and first time on UX.


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Boarding finished timely, good load of passengers. 137 pax, 186 seats; load 74%, and the middle seat of my row did remain empty  Smile. Lightblue, leather wide seats. Seatpitch reasonable. Overall quite comfortable.

Pushback was ahead of schedule. It surprised me, did not expect it at a busy airport like MAD, and flying on such a busy route to BCN. Anyway we needed some extra time for taxiing before departure. Our assigned runway was far away and reaching it took almost 15 minutes. So, we shouldn’t complain about the new runway at AMS anymore now  Wink. Safety demo was done manually by the crew.

OK, takeoff was at runway 36R, we got airborne at 1136am. Sharp right turn when we got in the air. I was not able to see much outside, so I decided to check the contents of the seatpocket. Inside were a inflight magazine, safety card and menu.


Safety Card & Inflight Menu


Also this carrier charges less for coffee and tea then HV does. I bough a lemon tea for EUR 1.60
Service round was done sufficient by all the crew. Quick action. They didn’t sell well on this flight.

I managed to picture the cabin from out of my seat. No complaints from the crew, or they just didn’t notice it;


Inside cabinview of EC-IXE (Air Europa)


Rest of the flight was uneventful. I noticed some cigarette smell coming from the air-conditioning, probably because the flightcrew was smoking on the flightdeck. I didn’t like it. Approach was nice, I saw some views on Barcelona city. Arrival from the Northeast. A bit of crosswind on final approach, just before we roughly landed on runway 25R (1126am). Short taxi to the gate, on the blocks at 1230am. Arrival gate 22, stand B1. Using a fingergate for disembarkation.

I was picked up by a friend at the gate, and he arranged a short cockpit visit for me. I had a small chat with the copilot. He pointed out that this aircraft, EC-IXE, was leased from SK and had a different configuration and systems. He was on the MAD route today, and in his shift he had to fly 4 returns. A lot of work for the crew on such a day! Kind crew, lots of handshaking. Good impression for sure!

Before we went through immigration, we decided to check-in for my next flight, and I obtained the emergency row, window seat  Wink. After I got my boarding pass, we walked to the carpark, took my friends’ car and drove to some places for a few moments of spotting. We saw some interesting aircraft (at least for me) including LY B763, OK A320 in new livery, BA B763 and some Spanish flying machines.

Weather was fine, sunshine, blue skies and a temperature of 18°C. Time went fast, and I was dropped in the terminal again. Security was also a breeze here as well, all politely and quick.

I had a tasty sandwich with tuna and a café latte with some good views on the traffic (facing sunlight, not good for photography).

I quickly finished my lunch, and had to walk to my gate: 39. This resulted in a busgate, so apparently my aircraft was parked on a remote position. A lot of passengers in the bus, and a nice drive over the airport. We stopped at a, for me very interesting aircraft: the Boeing 717  Wink This was for sure the main purpose of this trip, and I was happy to it coming true. I still remembered my last time on JK, when my 717 flight changed into a MD-83.

Now I was impressed to see the registration. It wasn’t known to me, and little research at home learned me that it is ex SX-BOB, which served with Olympic Aviation for some years. The aircraft is in service with JK since July 2007.



The Boeing 717 for my flight to Palma



Front part of Boeing 717, EC-KHX



One more view on ‘my’ Boeing 717



Boarding was via the aircrafts’ own stairs, using the front door. Seating was 2-3, lightgrey interiour and it was well used/worn out.

BCN-PMI
Flight No.: JK 5722 Date: 28JAN08
STD: 1555 ATD: 1554
STA: 1640 ATA: 1634
A/C: Boeing 717-200 Reg No.: EC-KHX
Seat: 15A – Economy Class/Emergency Exit

My 1st ride on the B717 ever!


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Full house on this flight. I did not see any free seats. Doors closed on time, engines started with the help of a jetstarter. Interesting sound of the BR715 engines. Safety demo by hand at row 1, but not visible from my seat due to the curtains between Business Class and Economy. No need for pushback, we started taxiing by ourselves. At BCN, no speed limitation during taxiing. It seemed we started takeoff already on the taxiways. Then full braking, turning, power on again and proceeding taxiing…  Wink

We lined up for runway 25L, after an easyJet A319. I decided to film the takeoff. It was followed by a sharp left banking towards Mallorca Island (which was visible from Barcelona that day, so you can imagine the short distance of the flight).



Seatbelt sign switched off, cruising altitude maybe 15000ft max. The crew (2 persons) handed some Spanish candy. No further service. Also no information from the flightdeck.

We approached Mallorca from the Northwest, over the city of Pollença. Good views on the island. The Boeing 717 landed smoothly on runway 24L, followed by just a short ride towards our parking gate D82. Disembarking using the fingergate.


Approaching Mallorca Island



View on Mallorca Island



EC-KHX at the gate at Palma, after arrival from Barcelona


PMI is a large airport, and it’s always a long walk through the terminals. When I came into the public area, I went upstairs to check-in myself by the self-service machines. Last flight today will be on Air Berlin. I swept my TopBonus card through the reader, and my booking details came up. I was assigned seat 23A, but I changed it into 01F, first row. My boarding pass was printed and received. Now it was time to catch some sunlight in front of the terminal building. It was very relaxing with 18°C, and very quiet with traffic.


View from departure level, Palma de Mallorca Airport


As the sun was setting, it was time to proceed into the terminal again. Security went fast, also here. I bought a good Paco Rabanne perfume in the taxfree shop, to compensate my day out for my partner  Smile. My evening dinner was at KFC, in the food court.

When I noticed the AB flight arriving from their Spanish origin stations, I decided to check it all out at the gate: C61. Rush hour at PMI. No aircraft at my gate, but boarding started. We had to walk downstairs to a waiting bus. Not many passengers in the bus, and we were brought to the remote apron were about 5 AB planes were parked.

PMI-AMS
Flight No.: AB 9265 Date: 28JAN08
STD: 1945 ATD: 1943
STA: 2225 ATA: 2204
A/C: Boeing 737-800(WL) Reg No.: D-ABBG
Seat: 01F – Economy Class

My 32nd ride on the B737-800, and the first on this particular machine.


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A friendly welcome at the door. Crew offered candy at the door. Also free Dutch newspapers (2 different choices) and I took additionally the German magazine Focus.
Doors closed on time, light load. I guess the load factor around 40%. The 2 other seats in my row remained empty. On 1A a mother with baby was sitting. Good for me: her child was mostly quiet during the flight  Wink. Safety demo done on the video screens.

We taxied to runway 24R, the one in use for takeoff. Takeoff was powerful, and we got airborne quite quickly. Good views on the city of Palma on the right. Always nice to see all the lights at night!

Some minutes after takeoff we turned right towards Barcelona. The city was visible, including BCN airport. Then right to Northern directions. Route was roughly over Barcelona, Toulouse, Paris, Lille, Belgium coastline into Dutch airspace.

Enroute free sandwich. It was packed in a carton box. Free drinks. I got a coffee. I was immediately offered a second, cold drink as well. Service was very polite. Sandwich a bit dry, but fine for me. Another coffee was offered later during the flight.
I mainly listened to my walkman phone, read the newspapers, and just relaxed during the flight. Nothing special to mention here. Once we got information from the flightdeck, telling us the flying altitude of 37,000 feet and weather forecast for Amsterdam.


Free food and beverages on Air Berlin


Approach into AMS was a bit bumpy. It was mostly cloudy, but dry. With some strong winds. We came in from the North, for runway 18R. Landing was very, very rough and some people were a bit scared. We probably had some crosswind at our touchdown.

Taxiing too about 10 minutes, parking at the lowcost terminal. Gate H1. Using stairs to get off the plane. Everything went pretty quick. Block-in was at 22:04, I departed by bus to my hometown at 22:20, and entered my house at 22:45  Wink Very convenient to travel this way!

Overall, it was a good day for me. 4 new aircraft registrations to add for my personal logbook, one new aircraft type: the Boeing 717. One new airline flown: Air Europa.

In words to the service level. HV sells overpriced food and beverage service, but they perform good, and crew is always attentive and nice. UX has a good seat in the aircraft. Prices on the food are very reasonable. Service a bit quick and hectic, but it might be the Spanish way, or the short flight (MAD-BCN). Negative was the smell of cigarette during the flight.
JK was interesting for the equipment used on the flight taken. No words on the service, there wasn’t any (almost). Cabin was worn, I expected better. No problem for this short flight.
AB was good as always. Attentive crew, free sandwich, free beverages. Good choice of reading material.

All flights departed ahead of schedule, and arrived within scheduled times. So good performance by all of them.

Next time I’ll do 4 flight on a day will be on February 12th, but then including some propeller aircraft. I am already looking forward to it for sure! So stay tuned, in a few weeks another report will follow!

Your comments are mostly appreciated  Wink Thanks for reading!

Eric  wave 


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11171 times:

Hi, Eric,

I know about your B-717 trip to Spain.
And today it was a perfect timing, to switch on my notebook and view your story posted with only 2 views in front.

A nice and interesting story with great pix, nothing else expected, and a great Airline combination. Well done.

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
It was quite a long walk to reach T2, and signs were not always clear. Also some construction works were going on inside the building.

Same impression to me, when I was last there, next time in April.

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
My 1st ride on the B717 ever!

Congrats, for sure not easy to catch it, nowadays.

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
Next time I’ll do 4 flight on a day will be on February 12th, but then including some propeller aircraft. I am already looking forward to it for sure

You´re once again ahead with the schedule, I will go a week later for trip no. 2 in 2008.
I´am also looking forward to read about your experiences.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11165 times:

Hi Markus.
Thanks for your reply  Wink

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Same impression to me, when I was last there, next time in April.

My next MAD visit will be June, but in the new IB terminal, in transit  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
You´re once again ahead with the schedule,

Just a guess... some day this year we'll be flying on the same date  Wink

Gruß
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11153 times:

Hi, Eric,

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 2):
Just a guess... some day this year we'll be flying on the same date

We´re going closer, maybe
 Wink

And BTW, I will also "enjoy" these IB/MAD connection in May.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8594 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 10990 times:
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Hi Eric, good report and pix, thanks.

My first 717 flight was on Spanair too, though the interior on mine sounds better than your was.

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
Next time I’ll do 4 flight on a day will be on February 12th, but then including some propeller aircraft. I am already looking forward to it for sure! So stay tuned, in a few weeks another report will follow!

- Cool, look forward to it.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 10960 times:

Hi Mark,

thanks for your reply!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
My first 717 flight was on Spanair too, though the interior on mine sounds better than your was

I don't know, but might the interiour still be the one which was used with OA ?! The seats differ from the ones I know on a JK MD83.

Cheers,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27325 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 10942 times:

Hi Eric,
Another marathon trip which is cool to do. Nice photos and interesting routes. What colour were the seats inside the B717?? Would have loved to see a cabin shot from that one. Must be the old OA seats.

Looking forward to the next one incl the props...

OA260


User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 10923 times:

Wow, what a cool trip!

I'd love to fly on the 717, although it is indeed very difficult to catch these days  Sad

Fantastic pictures  thumbsup 

JG



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User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10862 times:

Hi Eric,

As always, it's a pleasure to read your trip reports! Very interesting routes, although I can't say the same about the planes ( all 737-800  Wink) Too bad you didn't get your 737-700 winglet experience! Maybe soon!

Your pictures are great! Also I loved the video. It reminded me of when I landed at MAD several years ago coming in from ZRH.

The old terminal seems "empty" or less congested! Maybe it was just the hour you arrived.


Thanks for sharing! Hope to read you soon!

Alonso



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10843 times:

Hola Eric!

Thanks for your TR.

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
In words to the service level. HV sells overpriced food and beverage service, but they perform good, and crew is always attentive and nice. UX has a good seat in the aircraft. Prices on the food are very reasonable. Service a bit quick and hectic, but it might be the Spanish way, or the short flight (MAD-BCN). Negative was the smell of cigarette during the flight.
JK was interesting for the equipment used on the flight taken. No words on the service, there wasn't any (almost). Cabin was worn, I expected better. No problem for this short flight.
AB was good as always. Attentive crew, free sandwich, free beverages. Good choice of reading material.

I am always really surprised to see how airline belonging to alliances such as UX-Skyteam o JK-Strar Alliance have such a poor level of service, charging for food and drinks an others like AB offer them for free... I think a minimum level of service should be established when joining the alliance because some times you end up buying a legacy carrier flight operated by one of these airlines and encountering this poor service.

How long did it take to 25L from the tarmac in BCN? I bet you than longer than the flight itself?  Wink

Salut,

Roger



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10835 times:

Hi guys, thanks for your replies!  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Another marathon trip which is cool to do.

Indeed, they are cool  Wink So more of these marathons are on my schedule for this year...

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
What colour were the seats inside the B717?? Would have loved to see a cabin shot from that one. Must be the old OA seats.

Colour of the fabric seats were greyish, maybe some blue tint as well. Rather shabby seats. No pic: full flight, Spanish carrier. My neighbour wasn't very happy with me making the video during takeoff (and I made one during landing too, not shown).

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 7):
Wow, what a cool trip!

I'd love to fly on the 717, although it is indeed very difficult to catch these days

Fantastic pictures

Hi Jordan, thanks for your kind words!
When I knew you're also looking to get on the 717, I would've invited you LOL!

It's quite good possible to jump on JK's examples, for good fares too. I paid EUR 33,16 for BCN-PMI all-in.

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 8):
Very interesting routes, although I can't say the same about the planes ( all 737-800 ) Too bad you didn't get your 737-700 winglet experience! Maybe soon!

Alonso, thanks for your reply!
All 738 ? No no,... 1x 717 hehe, and I'm happy with that result  Smile

of course the 737-700 with the winglets will pop up somewhere on my next trips, for sure.

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 8):
The old terminal seems "empty" or less congested!

It was not very busy at the moment of my arrival. Lucky me!

Bye!
Eric  wave 



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10829 times:

Roger, thanks for your reply!

I agree with your opinion about the service level. There is a huge difference in between e.g. KL and UX, or LH wit JK. But they're are belonging to the same alliance respectively. It's a mad world nowadays in aviation  Wink

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 9):
How long did it take to 25L from the tarmac in BCN? I bet you than longer than the flight itself?

Maybe 10 minutes. The guys upfront in the 717 were taxiing like crazy... and burned a lot of fuel. But they saved on time LOL!  Smile

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27325 posts, RR: 60
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10788 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 10):
Rather shabby seats. No pic: full flight, Spanish carrier. My neighbour wasn't very happy with me making the video during takeoff

Oh ok doesnt sound like OA seats to be honest. Theirs are usually dark blue. Dont know why your neighbour would have an issue with you taking videos !!! Silly people....


User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 10714 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 10):
Hi Jordan, thanks for your kind words!
When I knew you're also looking to get on the 717, I would've invited you LOL!

Haha. You're Welcome
And if I'd have been able to come along, I would have done so, haha. Thanks, xD

JG  Smile



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 10656 times:

Hola Eric!

Thank for your answer.

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
My 1st ride on the B717 ever!

Lucky you! I was looking forward to flying this machine on my way back from ZRH some weeks ago but it was changed to the MD-83.  banghead   cry 

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4696 posts, RR: 42
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 10514 times:

Very nice report as usual, Eric!  Smile


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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1723 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 10467 times:

Hi Eric,

Great report as usual! A nice combination of airlines, although the equipment wasn't that dramatic  Smile
The 717 nevertheless is great, still uncovered in my log so far. But there are more common types, still not covered in mine.
Actually I don't have the 737-800 in my log......  Smile

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
At BCN, no speed limitation during taxiing. It seemed we started takeoff already on the taxiways. Then full braking, turning, power on again and proceeding taxiing…

This is your captain speaking, My name is Fernando Alonso, F1 World Champion for Renault F1 Big grin

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
PMI is a large airport, and it’s always a long walk through the terminals.

The lay-out of the concourses is just terrible at PMI, if you are unlucky it's a 20 minute walk to get outside


I'm already looking forward to your prop-story!

Groetjes,
Joost ( D-ALCE )



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 10433 times:

Hi Jens,
thanks! Glad you liked it.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 16):
Actually I don't have the 737-800 in my log......

Joost.... come on  Wink not that difficult to catch out of AMS  Smile

Thanks for your replies!

Eric



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17147 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 10181 times:

Great TR

The pics and videos are really good.

Would love to do a flight marathon also!!!


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 10020 times:

Thank you Airbuseric for this very interesting day trip. AMS - MAD - BCN - PMI - AMS on 4 planes including the 717! Very well done indeed. I have been to all of those airports except MAD but on different trips. The integration of the EU via the Schengen Treaty makes this sort of trip very easy to do.

Thanks again, I loved the pictures. Keep up the great work and continue having fun.

TrinToCan.



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 9984 times:

@ B747forever & TrinToCan;

thanks for your replies guys!  Smile

Quoting Trintocan (Reply 19):
The integration of the EU via the Schengen Treaty makes this sort of trip very easy to do.

Difficult enough  Wink I have to find as much as possible different airlines, or aircraft types, with enough time in between the flights to make the transfers (and checkin/immigration/security) all possible.
But, still some options... stay tuned: next week another 4 flights on the planning!  Cool

Eric



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1715 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8528 times:

Hi Again, Eric! Can't help spending the weekend reading through some of your old reports 

Very nice and interesting report. The BoB prices on HV seem pretty overpriced, though that instant cappuchino looked pretty tasty. Also the service provided on Air Berlin looked very generous, not sure whether they still give that kind of stuff, or if they've moved over to only serving bagles. Still free food on an LCC is simply great. Though if I'd might fly them this year, I'll try out their gourmet meals. If only SAS could offer that  

Your 717 flight seemes pretty nice, it's indeed a rare type. Hopefully we'll get them in Scandinavia soon, perhaps it'll give you a second chance!

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
I noticed some cigarette smell coming from the air-conditioning, probably because the flightcrew was smoking on the flightdeck. I didn’t like it.

If my newly gained knowledge about aircondition systems are right. That wouldn't really be possible, since the flight deck and main cabin have their own separate airconditioning-packs, which are supplied from one engine each. I could be wrong though, hmm...

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
He pointed out that this aircraft, EC-IXE, was leased from SK and had a different configuration and systems.

Thypical SAS, they always want to order their aircraft with different equipment than the other airlines, i.e that is considered normal. They've done this for decades now, like their A300's for example were ordered without center fuel tanks, which had to be retro fittet again. And SAS never seem to learn  
Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
I bought a good Paco Rabanne perfume in the taxfree shop,

Haha, I love Paco Rabanne, especially their unisex fragrances, sadly they don't sell them much here in Sweden.

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



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