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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26854 posts, RR: 58
Posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 18618 times:

So I fancied a mini break to Frankfurt so I used some miles and got myself a round trip with LH in Business Class. I had not been to Frankfurt in nearly 2 years so I was looking forward to it . Whilst I was there I would take the oppertunity to visit some airline offices to obtain sales material.



FLIGHT : LH 4985
ROUTE : DUB-FRA
REG: D AILP
A/C : A319-114
NAME : CITY OF TUBINGEN
CLASS: BUSINESS
SEAT : 2A (MOVED TO 1A)



I took the coach to Dublin Airport and was there at 0520am. I proceeded to check in which was fast an efficient.

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LH ticket desk

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I then went through the Fast Track line and into the BMI Diamond Club.

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After a while it was time to go to the C gates to board. It was very busy and a group of around 60 Italian Rugby fans were waiting to board. They had been in Dublin for the game that weekend.

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I was greeted by two friendly female crew.

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The crew came round the Business class cabin with pillows and blankets.

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Shortly after that the pilot announced a delay of around 40 mins due to ATC slots . The crew came round and asked if we wanted a drink whilst we waited.

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After a while we pushed back from the gate and proceeded to our take off position .









After take off no announcements . Maybe they didnt want to wake people up on this 0655am flight !!! The service started after the seat belt sign went out.

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The meal was just ok . I like a hot breakfast but this was all cold. It was not bad though for a cold meal. The bread was hot and the coffee was excellent. The crew came round a few times offering drinks etc...



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After a non eventful flight and a bit of sleep it was time to land .













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After landing I had a quick look around Terminal 1

German gift shop.

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A Lego exibition .

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Time to go to the basement and catch the S Bahn train to the City. They have building works going on here and all the old supermarket and restaurants are closed . I used to shop at the supermarket there on many transits Via FRA over the years. Shame to see it gone .

If this was LHR or DUB it would be a small bucket !!! Not here in Germany .....they do everything properly !!!

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Shortly after getting the train I was in the City center. I decided to go to the Nespresso Boutique as it was on my list.

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Theres money in this street!!!

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Finally I arrived at the Nespresso Boutique .

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I bought a selection of coffee then left to go to SQ office.

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After getting some nice posters and brochures I took the train back to the central station . I saw a ICE train in the station so I decided to have a look onboard.

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Outside Frankfurt HB

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I went to Agean Airlines to see if they had some sales material and they were hopeless!! A timetable was all I got and they were busy eating and didnt seem to care.

Time to check in to my hotel and drop the bags . I then went to Olympic Airlines as it was only a few streets away.

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The guy from sales gave me a really nice 2008 calender and some other brochures.

I then went to Turkish Airlines and they were the best . I was taken to the sales office and told to take whatever I wanted. There were posters/stickers/brochures/city maps and I got given a really nice diary. The staff were really friendly and we chatted about TK's entry into Star Alliance and Turkey in general. I was made to feel very welcome. I left with a big bag of goodies .



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I also called into the offices of JAT / PIA and Ariana Afghan Airlines.





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That night I met with a friend who is studying in Frankfurt from Greece and we went to a really nice Asian restaurant.

The next morning I got up and had breakfast and decided to leave the hotel early to go spotting at FRA. I could have taken the ICE train for EUR11 but instead took the S Bahn for EUR 3.60 !!! I will do the ICE train another time .

I arrived at Frankfurt Flughafen and went to the check in area.

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I went to the Priority check in area and used the self service machine.

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I decided to go to the Senetor lounge to use the free lockers and store my bags before going to spot .

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The lounge was packed but some good food choices and good views of the planes.

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I left the lounge and then decided to look at the UA Red Carpet Club.

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I loved the homely feel of the Club but the food choice was very basic .

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I walked out past passport control and went to see what they did to the old viewing area ::

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Sadly all blocked off now ....

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So I took the Skyline to Terminal 2 and paid EUR4 to get into the viewing gallery there. It was windy and raining alot and I was the only person at the viewing area. There is no shelter so I was getting wet. I stood in the door way and then a security guy came and started to chat to me. He was also interested in aviation and we had a good talk about many things. He said he saw the A380 when it came to FRA and that the 4th A380 of SQ is due to run to FRA.

I then took some photos and videos .

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Time to get the train back to Terminal 1

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I then went through security and to the LH Senator lounge which was much more comfortable as not so many people were there .

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Some more nice views of the planes

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After a while relaxing in the lounge it was time to go to the C gates to board.

FLIGHT : LH 4982
ROUTE : FRA-DUB
REG: D ABIT
A/C : B737-530
NAME : CITY OF NEUMUNSTER
CLASS: BUSINESS
SEAT : 4F (MOVED TO 2A)



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I was impressed by this Plazma Standby info screen !!!

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I was greeted by a friendly crew and took my seat . There were only myself and another in Business class today.

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After boarding I moved to 2A .

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We pushed back from the gate and made our way to the runway .

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After take off the crew shortened the C class cabin by moving the dividers .

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Then time for lunch !!! I was expecting a hot lunch but it was cold !!! Still it tasted quite nice and the coffee and chocolates were good.

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I relaxed and slept for the rest of the flight . The LH magazine had some good articles in it. Also this was very interesting and sightseeing flights will start soon .





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And some postcards

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The crew came around with more drinks . Then the pilot announced we would be coming into Dublin and there were some thunderstorms.







We landed on time and were at the gate to disembark. I asked the crew for a photo. One was too shy but this one said it was ok LOL....

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All in all it was a good experience and the crew were friendly and efficient. The lounge staff in FRA were really nice and helpful. I wish the food was better and will probably send them an email . A 2 hour flight in Business class should really mean a hot meal. Fares are around EUR 600 return DUB-FRA-DUB so its not cheap if you had to pay. The seats and cabins were really nice and comfortable.

Thanks for reading and I welcome your comments as usual.

OA260

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User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3659 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 18511 times:

Hey! Thanks for the trip report to FRA! I miss the days when I could go to various airline ticket offices in New York or Chicago and have a suitcase filled with a bunch of timetables, magazines, and a whole lot of junk! Did your gate in FRA have the self-boarding line similar to MUC?


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User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 18486 times:

very nice report. I always enjoy reading about your trips.

I especislly enjoy the takeoff videos you took from the observation deck. It cool to see all the rain being kicked up!


User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 879 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 18272 times:

very nice trip report. really enjoyed all the pictures and the videos.
thanks a bunch for writing this report and sharing it with us...


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26854 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 17705 times:



Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 1):
Did your gate in FRA have the self-boarding line similar to MUC?

No I didnt see them, it was a weird set up. They didnt even tear the boarding cards. They just told everyone to board. Maybe the C gate area is a prefab area.


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17053 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 17662 times:

Brilliant TR

The pics are great and the videos brilliant!!

So which do you prefer LH or LX??

Looking forward for more TRs!!!



Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineEireRock From Ireland, joined Nov 2007, 301 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 17388 times:

Great Trip Report as usual OA260, nice to see a LH DUB-FRA run. Also interesting that you got a 737 on the return leg, its been mostly A319/320/321's for the past year or so.

FRA looks great, will have to take a spotting trip there this year.

Again well done, enjoyed reading it.


User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 17311 times:

Hi Philip

thanks for this report. First I've to mention that my PC was having some difficulties with it  ashamed  but it might have to do with so many pics and videos Big grin

Anyway, back to the topic:

Good service, although LX C class food seems to be better then on her parent LH.
Frankfurt rules for shopping  Wink We've been there last year, and it was perfect. But most large German cities are. btw, we went 1st Class on that ICE nonstop from Amsterdam Central Station, the TV screens only show 2 channels (1 newsservice, 1 from/about DB).

Question: do you collect such airline stuff or do you have other purpose for it? Otherwise I would gladly provide you with some items which I still have or can obtain for you.

When is you next trip to AMS? Aer Arrann will start service soon on the new BAe 146's  Wink

Cheers,
Eric



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 17192 times:

Hola Philip!

Thanks for another great TR.

Like Eric, my computer has a hard time loading this TR, no wonder with so many pictures and videos. Worth waiting for.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I was expecting a hot lunch but it was cold !!!



Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I like a hot breakfast but this was all cold. It was not bad though for a cold meal

Yeah! This seems to be th norm both in LH and LX in less than two hour flights. It has happened to me in all European legs flown with them: BCN-GVA, BCN-ZRH, GVA-ZRH, ZRH-TXL, ZRH-LHR, ZRH-BHX, ZRH-MXP, ZRH-FCO, BCN-FRA, BCN-MUC.... I am looking forward to fly to AGP, DUB, ATH or SKG... where hot meals are served.

Anyway LX food is always great, better than LH ad the chocolates are the end are most than welcome.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineBFSBHD From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Jul 2006, 78 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 17163 times:

Super report, as always Philip.

User currently offlineCaspritz78 From Germany, joined Aug 2007, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 16942 times:

Wonderful report. A trip just for spotting and joy. That's the spirit.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26854 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 16900 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 7):
First I've to mention that my PC was having some difficulties with it but it might have to do with so many pics and videos

Haha sorry Eric.... there were too many pics I should have made them smaller in MB!!! Mine also crashed LOL...

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 7):
Question: do you collect such airline stuff or do you have other purpose for it? Otherwise I would gladly provide you with some items which I still have or can obtain for you.

When is you next trip to AMS? Aer Arrann will start service soon on the new BAe 146's

Who knows but if I do come to AMS you will be the first to know. Maybe a day trip spotting together!!!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 8):
Anyway LX food is always great, better than LH

Yes I have to agree. Whilst I enjoyed my LH flights the food was a bit basic.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 5):
So which do you prefer LH or LX??

Has to be LX !!!!

Quoting BFSBHD (Reply 9):
Super report, as always Philip.

Hey there thanks , nice to hear from you , hope all is well with you.


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17053 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 16897 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
Has to be LX !!!!

As I thought!!  bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5138 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 16843 times:

Hi, Philip,

a nice story and lot´s of interesting pics.

So, I hope you had a good flight on the A319, which is called like my office home.

FRA is indeed a place to go for us plane enthusiasts,

as soon as the wheather will be better, I will go for more FRA spotting visits.

That Nespresso bar looks cool, something interesting also for the non-aviation ones.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 747 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 16726 times:

Great TR Philip as always, thats a serious amount of pics! LH looked nice, efficient!! I'd say it was a nice change from LX though.

Well done as always



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8507 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 16679 times:
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Wow, another great TR, Thanks!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The meal was just ok . I like a hot breakfast but this was all cold. It was not bad though for a cold meal

- Pretty poor compared to LX, plus the return meal was not impressive either, LH sure have improvements to make here.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 7):
First I've to mention that my PC was having some difficulties with it but it might have to do with so many pics and videos

- Glad it's not just me having problems! - Took me ages to get to this point!!

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineReifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 16636 times:

Great report, actually the city of "Tübingen" is my hometown  Smile I'm glad that you enjoyed your trip to germany. Actually it's sad, but the Terrace in Terminal 1 is closed since quite a long time now... And the missing roof in the S-Bahn-Station is also missing since almost 2 years now... Seems they will never finish building there...

User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 739 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 16402 times:
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I guess I'm not the only one who had trouble loading your TR...it locked up my computer and when I finally did get it loaded my computer was still very slow, and I got a message saying my virtual memory is low. It looks like others had the same problems. Still it was worth the wait. FRA is one of my favorite places for spotting. It is too bad they closed the observation gallery on Terminal 1 because that was my favorite place to go at FRA. I've made a couple trips there just for spotting only (DFW-FRA on AA 777).
Enjoyed the fancy shops. Made me feel like I was in Omote Sando (in Tokyo). Also the inside of the ICE train. If you get the chance, take the ICE for a longer ride. It's nice.
And if you ever come to Tokyo be sure to ride the Shinkansen (Bullet Train). It's even faster, especially the Nozomi Shinkansen



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User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 16051 times:

Great report as always Philip!!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 5):
So which do you prefer LH or LX??



Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
Has to be LX !!!!

Not surprised with that. I have to admit I'm not a huge LH fan myself.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
That Nespresso bar looks cool, something interesting also for the non-aviation ones

Yes, they're wonderful. So Philip you're into Nespresso as well? One of the best investments I ever made. I did my first orders online, and only visited the Nespresso boutique in Toulouse for the first time in January. What an experience, it really is the "Luois Vuitton" of coffee. The service in the boutique was incredible. Showing me everything and explaining things as if I was about to hand over huge sums of money, then inviting me to the "café" area to have some free coffee if I wanted... and the girls working there were absoloutely beautiful!


Quoting Triple7man (Reply 17):
I guess I'm not the only one who had trouble loading your TR...it locked up my computer and when I finally did get it loaded my computer was still very slow,

Ha... so glad I just got a new PC, ahd no problems, but weeing the problems some of you had, it would have probably killed the laptop I'd been using exclussively until recently!



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User currently offlineStefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 15682 times:

Hi Philip!

I read your TR without any problems. Nice pics and vids as well. Good job as ever!

Quote:
OA260: Fares are around EUR 600 return DUB-FRA-DUB so its not cheap if you had to pay.

Fares for FRA-DUB-FRA are around 1,400 EUR. I think LH offers lower fares for Irish to dig off passengers from EI or other airlines. But you are right. For a 2 hours flight you can expect a hot meal. Would you fly LH again or go by LX via ZRH next time?

Regards,

Stefan


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26854 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 15544 times:



Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 19):
Fares for FRA-DUB-FRA are around 1,400 EUR

Oh my god thats crazy money .

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 19):
Would you fly LH again or go by LX via ZRH next time?

I would fly LH DUB-FRA again no problems . Its the fastest way to FRA . If I needed the miles and LX had their J class specials again then I would probably go with LX Via ZRH . I would love to do F class to DXB using the FRA F class terminal......I would check in 6 hours before LOL.....


Thanks guys for all the comments. Really appreciate them . Some different TR's coming up in April/May Long haul.


User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 15510 times:

Cool TR OA260.

How many pics did you take? There must be more than 200 by the looks of things. Plus what camera do you use?

EISHN



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26854 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 15282 times:



Quoting EISHN (Reply 21):
How many pics did you take? There must be more than 200 by the looks of things

Haha yes around 200 !!! Its so easy to do ...lol

Quoting EISHN (Reply 21):

I used my Casio Xlim 4 megapixles. Its a pocket camera that I got in Dubai tax free. There is a new one out with anti shake technology so you get alot less blurry photos. I want to upgrade to it soon.


User currently offlineThereAndBack From Turkey, joined Aug 2005, 699 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 15146 times:

Great pictures of the plane, airport scenes, and Frankfurt!
I am glad to hear TK was so nice.
We have the same name  Smile


User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 14892 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
I used my Casio Xlim 4 megapixles. Its a pocket camera that I got in Dubai tax free. There is a new one out with anti shake technology so you get alot less blurry photos. I want to upgrade to it soon.

That would explain why you have so many then! They small ones are very handy. For my last report (yet to be written) I used my new Nikon Dx40! Which is quite large, but is of good quality. But from now on I think I'll stick to using a smaller camera, I looked kinda daft walking around the place with this big black camera hanging around my neck.



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
25 SU : excellent report - it seemed that i was actually taking the flight. Thanks a lot!
26 Post contains images FRAspotter : Yes they do... By the looks of it, was typical weather for Germany....
27 PlaneHunter : Very nice TR, though it took a long time to load even with my fast Internet connection. That observation deck is a joke - and they even charge money f
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