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A Weekend Trip To Prague On OK (many Pics)  
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Posted (6 years 1 month 14 hours ago) and read 18635 times:

Hello fellow A.nutters!
I'm finally back on the TR forum after nearly a month, this time i will be reporting my trip to the beautiful city of Prague this summer.

Purposes of the trip
Since a couple of years back me and my friend have wanted to go on a trip together, many times we have planned trips but nothing had really happened, i guess that the most reasons to that is because the times of the year weren't very suitable for him. This time we decided to go somewhere during the summer and because of this i shortened my stay in Morocco to three weeks instead of two months. Since i'm a very cheap person that hates to spend money on stuffs we decided to just go on a weekend trip to pretty much everywhere as long as the price was right. After looking around on several websites i found a reasonably priced three night stay+flight to Prague on Airtours.com, so we decided to book the trip the following day.

Pre flight
It was the 22th of July 2008, the day when i was finally going to Prague. Me and my friend had decided to meet at his home, so i went over to his place at around lunch time. We had lunch together and discussed the trip. After that we watched an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David, there simply is nothing that can beat that! After that we took our bikes and headed down to the train station where we took a train and then a bus to ARN. Since i had checked in online the day before we only had to check in his bag and pick up our boarding passes, after that we went trough security which was a breeze.


After security we went to an overpriced cafe, i decided to take the cheapest thing they got which was an espresso. A sandwich and a glass of wine there costed just as much as a day pass to the Menzies lounge!


My boarding pass for this segment.


An OS F100 headed for VIE. At the moment i took this photo fellow a.nutter airbuseric was either chilling or being tortured by the poor quality of the Menzies lounge.


With still one hour to go before boarding we went around looking in the duty free shops.


After that it was time for boarding.

Flight One
Flight: OK491 ARN-PRG
Date: 22th July 2008
Departure/boarding: 17.25/16.55
Arrival: 19.30
Seat: 5A Economy
Aircraft and reg: Boeing 737-55S OK-CGH


The plane that will be taking me to PRG today.


Walking down the jetway.


Entering the Aircraft.

When i entered the aircraft i didn't like what i saw. The plane looked and felt old and worn out. The crew where rather decent, i didn't like their cold eastern European reception, they just didn't seem as nice and friendly as on other airlines such as LH and SK. I had also read on their website about all the awards they had won and how good they claim they were. They also said that a hot meal will be served, i also saw on airlinemeals.net they they served full hot meals on flights between ARN and PRG, so my expectations were pretty high.


2-2 seating in business class.


The legroom on the other hand was just amazing I've never experienced this much legroom on a flight before, as ridiculous as it may sound.


I have never really liked the windows on the 737, i hope that any future models will might have the same windows as on the T7, but i guess that's pretty unlikely. At this moment Airbuseric had just made himself comfy in the KLM 734.


We departed 20 minutes ahead of schedule due to the light load.



We taxied by CA's 763 and SK's A343 that had just arrived prom PEK.




The takeoff today was very light and powerful.


The Stockholm Archipelago.


The so called "inflight entertainment" offered on this flight.


I decided to read this instead.

I could hear that the F/As were preparing the meals and as i turned to look back i could see them using the ovens, so a hot meal was pretty obvious to me in this case. A couple of minutes later the meal service started and this is what we got.


A snack box!? I was a bit disappointed,maybe because I've got so spoiled from flying so much with AF during the last couple of years.



The snack box consisted of a tomato and mozzarella pasty and a sour cherry pie. The pasty wasn't nice at all, it didn't even taste like tomato and mozzarella, and just look how many chemicals that it was stuffed with. The cherry pie did also consist of 90% chemicals but it did at least taste like cherry pie, in fact it was quite tasty. My friend didn't like his pasty and he didn't even dear trying the pie so i got his pie too. The drinks provided weren't good at al, the coke was warm and had no bubbles in it and the OJ tasted like water.


I spend the most of the rest of the flight looking out the window.



But as you all know i also had to make my "mandatory" visit to the lav. I was quite surprised to see the number amenities in this lav. I didn't have time looking that close at them before a f/a knocked on the door.


A view of the cabin. That guy didn't seem too happy about that.


As i got back to my seat we started our decent.

Some pics from the decent and landing.






The landing was very hard and bumpy and it seemed that the pilot had a hard time holding the plane straight during our final approach, oh well it was just fun for me.


The Prague Ruyne airport looked pretty nice to me.


We parked next to a Skyeurope 73G.


The airport's terminal 2 looked very nice and fresh.


Not in my wildest dreams did i know that KE flew to PRG, i guess that explains why our flight was a KE codeshare flight. I also didn't know that they used the A333 on longer routes. Are those planes international or regional configurated?


A nice DC-3 parked between the terminals.



We took the bus to a very sad looking suburb and from there we took the subway to a place called Invalidovna where our hotel was located.


When we got out from the subway station we got quite chocked, none of us knew that our hotel was located in a Sovjet looking neighbourhood. Luckily it turned out that we took the wrong way. 30 minutes later we arrived at our hotel Olympik Tristar.



Our twin bed room. The hotelroom was nice, but i got quite disappointed by the lack of those tiny shampoo bottles and mintchocolate on the pillows.

The following days we went sightseeing, those are some pics i took in Prague.




They really had some great coffee here.




The famous Charles Bridge.


The Castle.






My very first visit to Starbucks.


I went for a Mocca Frappuchino.






My first look at the Dancing House designed by Frank Gehry.









The Dancing House, this was the main purpose of this trip.


What house is this?

In Prague you can get a three course lunch for a very cheap price.

Vegetable soup to start with.

Beef Goulash as entree.

Appel Strudel as dessert.

Pre flight
Today was the 25th of July 2008, our last day in Prague. Since we both had gotten enough of Prague we only had some lunch before going to the airport.


Chicken fillet with roasted potatoes and sourcream sauce.

Appel Strudel again, this time with a Café Au Lait.



The transit area in PRG T2 looked really nice and airy.

We checked in at the Business Class counters this time, i had already checked us in online so we only had to pick up our boarding passes this time.


My boarding pass for this sector.
Security wasn't a breeze this time, my bag got stuck in the x-ray machine and i almost dropped my pants infront of everybody. After that mt friend had a beer and i had a bag of cashews while looking at the airplanes.


LX's Avro heading to ZRH.


AF's Babybus bound for CDG.


Shortly afterwards a thunderstorm pulled in over the airport and all departing flights were delayed, luckily our flight wasn't affected.

Flight Two
Flight: OK494
Date: 25th July 2008
Departure/boarding: 19.55/19.25
Arrival: 21.55
Seat: 5F Economy
Aircraft and reg: Boeing 737-55S OK-XGD


Our gate. This time our gate was a bus gate, we had to wait for more that 15 minutes for the busdriver to let us in, the short ride lasted for only a minute or two.


Our aircraft for today's flight back home to Stockholm.


Walking up the airstairs.


Entering the aircraft.


Despite being in row 5 again the legroom wasn't as good as on the last flight.


There was only one passenger in Business Class today.


Sunset on an empty apron.

Some pics of the takeoff.



The takeoff was a but heavier than on the last flight and not as powerful.


A last look at Prague before going trough a thick layer of clouds.


Finally above the clouds.


I really love watching a sunset from an airplane but for some reason i always end up on the wrong side of the plane.


After 30 into the flight the F/As began the snack box service.



The snackbox consisted of the same pasty but this time with a carrot and pinapple salad and a chocolate chip cookie bar.

The food tasted rather decent this time, the carrot salad was waaay too sweet, it didn't even taste like carrot and the cookie bar was moist and chewy. My friend didn't want his snack box at all so i ate everything in it except for the carrot salad which he wanted back.



After the snack i went back to the Y class lavatory and i got surprised again by the number of amenities available in an Y class lav. I took some refreshing wipes and two soaps.


A cabin view from the back this time.

As i got back to my seat we started our descent to ARN. Here are some pics from descent and landing.





The landing was hard this time too and the pilot made a hard break in so that we didn't have to taxi around the whole airport, my friend was very thankfull for that.

We disembarked and headed straight to the baggage reclaim where my friend's bag had arrived safely. We then took the airport coach back home to VST, when we got home i passed out on my friends couch and slept all night.

Thanks for reading and feel free to come with any comments.

//Jonas


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User currently offlineTDubJFK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 13 hours ago) and read 18579 times:

Amazing report and pics! Prague looks like a really beautiful city. And the pix of the food (on the ground, i mean- not on board!) make me really want to visit. That apple strudel looks delicious!

The Dancing House is very cool -- what's it's story? Apartments or offices?

Thanks for the report!


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 13 hours ago) and read 18561 times:

Interesting report with some nice pics from Prague.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
i didn't like their cold eastern European reception, they just didn't seem as nice and friendly as on other airlines such as LH and SK.

Probably just bad luck with these individuals. I have met very friendly FAs on OK or BT - and I have seen quite the opposite on LH and others.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The snack box consisted of a tomato and mozzarella pasty and a sour cherry pie. The pasty wasn't nice at all, it didn't even taste like tomato and mozzarella, and just look how many chemicals that it was stuffed with. The cherry pie did also consist of 90% chemicals but it did at least taste like cherry pie, in fact it was quite tasty. My friend didn't like his pasty and he didn't even dear trying the pie so i got his pie too. The drinks provided weren't good at al, the coke was warm and had no bubbles in it and the OJ tasted like water.

I wasn't satisfied with the long-haul catering on my PRG-JFK leg either...Details:
JFK For 1 Day: Transatlantic Hop On CSA's A310

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
A view of the cabin. That guy didn't seem too happy about that.

No surprise, considering that you almost made a close-up shot of this face. I guess he would have looked even unhappier if he had known the pic would go online...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I also didn't know that they used the A333 on longer routes. Are those planes international or regional configurated?

There are three different layouts (one with FCY), A333s have been used to Europe and Australia for years.



PH



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User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 18095 times:

A great trip report LH4116 - it gives me memories of my own trip to Prague back in 2004. I loved all of the pictures. One thing though - how does one include the photos in the report? I ask so that in future I could add some to my own.

That guy you got a shot of on your outward flight did not look happy at all! In fact his stare would have sent shivers down my spine.

The snacks appear basic but seeing that they are free and one is flying short-haul within Europe, that is probably the best one could expect. At least they did not charge you for them.

Could that DC-3 you pictured in fact be a Russian-built model, the Lisunov LI-2?

Thanks again for sharing this great report.

TrinToCan.



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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 17985 times:

Thank you for the nice pictures. My sister flew OK to New York and said the food was bad. She also said she did not have one good meal in Prague but your goulash looked very nice.

User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 17664 times:

Thank you very much for the replies guys!

Quoting TDubJFK (Reply 1):
Amazing report and pics! Prague looks like a really beautiful city. And the pix of the food (on the ground, i mean- not on board!) make me really want to visit. That apple strudel looks delicious!

Prague is a very beautiful city indeed and i was very happy with the decision of going there, but London would have been nice too.
There were many restaurants in Prague, everywhere you turn your head there you see a restaurant. And the prices of course are super cheap! The goulash menu costed around 4-5€ and the chicken costed 3.50€. The food of course was very delicious but i found the chicken to be a bit dry and chewy and the portion was rather small.

Quoting TDubJFK (Reply 1):
The Dancing House is very cool -- what's it's story? Apartments or offices?

I don't know very much about its story but i know that it was designed by Frank Gehry and that the construction lasted between 1994-96. The house is very different to the other buildings in Prague and that is what i think makes it so special. The security guard told me that it was an office building.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Probably just bad luck with these individuals. I have met very friendly FAs on OK or BT - and I have seen quite the opposite on LH and others.

The crew on the return flight on the other hand were very nice and friendly, but i must say that i've never ever had a bad crew experience on LH but i gues that it's just a matter of time before i do.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
No surprise, considering that you almost made a close-up shot of this face. I guess he would have looked even unhappier if he had known the pic would go online...

Well i was going to put a smiley face or something like that over his face but i changed my mind in the last second.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
There are three different layouts (one with FCY), A333s have been used to Europe and Australia for years.

Are the long haul planes fitted with the new cabin?

Quoting Trintocan (Reply 3):
A great trip report LH4116 - it gives me memories of my own trip to Prague back in 2004. I loved all of the pictures. One thing though - how does one include the photos in the report? I ask so that in future I could add some to my own.

Thank you for that!
To add pics in a report you must have a photobucket accound or something similar, to add them you must first take the direct link and put it between those two [img][/img] so the result is something like this: [img]Direct Link[/img]. When you preview tho post the pics will appear.

Quoting Trintocan (Reply 3):
The snacks appear basic but seeing that they are free and one is flying short-haul within Europe, that is probably the best one could expect. At least they did not charge you for them.

I guess you're right i should at least have been happy to have gotten something on the 1h 30m flight. The snacks are at least a bit better than on LH but i would have preferred a sandwich instead of that pasty. The drink selection was very limited, they only had coke ,fanta OJ, apple juice, water (still and sparkling), beer and wine.

Quoting Trintocan (Reply 3):
Could that DC-3 you pictured in fact be a Russian-built model, the Lisunov LI-2?

I do not know fully but it could very likely have been that by considering that the country is and ex Sovjet state.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 4):
Thank you for the nice pictures. My sister flew OK to New York and said the food was bad. She also said she did not have one good meal in Prague but your goulash looked very nice.

Well it seems like OK's longhaul Y product isn't that good at all, i would not like to fly with them again. How comes that she didn't have a single good meal in Prague, there are restaurants everywhere and i'm sure at least one or two of them have good food. The beef goulash was very nice, the beef was very nice and tender and i was very happy that it wasn't served with the bacon dumplings.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 17554 times:



Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Are the long haul planes fitted with the new cabin?

Haven't heard about that yet - my guess is no.


PH



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User currently offlineEkA380 From Egypt, joined Aug 2008, 120 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 17521 times:

Hello Jonas!
Thanks for the great report.
The food in Prague looks really nice, and I must agree that the amenities in that tolilet are of very good quality (some airlines don't even have them in Bussiness Class).

Thanks for the great pictures of Prague too ( I hope I will visit it some day)

Regards.
Islam.



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User currently offlineCgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1156 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 17503 times:

Hi Jonas

Nice report. Enjoyed the photos many are very similar to the ones I posted here earlier this year. Glad you liked Prague. Would you use CSA again?



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User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3784 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 17244 times:
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Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 8):
Would you use CSA again?

I sure would. I flew with them three years ago when I went to Prague and I had decent flights. I flew CDG-PRG-CDG. The aircraft was a B737-500, registered OK-XGB, on the outbound flight and on the return flight it was a 400.

Thanks for the pictures, Jonas, it reminds me of my trip to Prague which I enjoyed a lot. I also slept in the Olympic Tristar Hotel, I stayed there a couple of nights. The pictures of the sky on your return flight to Stockholm are nice.

Ben Soriano



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 17066 times:



Quoting EkA380 (Reply 7):
I must agree that the amenities in that tolilet are of very good quality (some airlines don't even have them in Bussiness Class).

Hello Islam!
The amount of amenities in the lavs were very generous and i was quite surprised to find them in the Y calss lav. It's this kind of small touches that makes a flight more enjoyable.


Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 8):
Nice report. Enjoyed the photos many are very similar to the ones I posted here earlier this year. Glad you liked Prague. Would you use CSA again?

Yes the pics were very similar to the ones in your report, as a matter of fact it was from there i got the inspiration, so thank you!
I don't think i would ever fly with OK again, i was pretty disappointed with the service onboard. I could might fly with them again when all the 737s are replaced, from what i've heard their A32X are very nice planes.



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 16728 times:

Hello Ben!

Quoting American 767 (Reply 9):
I sure would. I flew with them three years ago when I went to Prague and I had decent flights. I flew CDG-PRG-CDG. The aircraft was a B737-500, registered OK-XGB, on the outbound flight and on the return flight it was a 400.

Well weren't OK a much better airline only a couple of years ago. As far as i know they even served a full hot meal on the ARN-PRG flight as recently as 2006.

Quoting American 767 (Reply 9):
Thanks for the pictures, Jonas, it reminds me of my trip to Prague which I enjoyed a lot. I also slept in the Olympic Tristar Hotel, I stayed there a couple of nights. The pictures of the sky on your return flight to Stockholm are nice.

It's always a pleasure.
The Olympik Tristar hotel was a decent hotel, the breakfast buffet was terrible, they didn't have scrambled eggs and the cold cuts platter didn't have any turkey. The selection of breads was VERY limited, only two kinds. And not to speak about the cereals, they were too sweet and sugary. They didn't even have any proper OJ or apple juice, instead it was some sort of colored water, it was just horrible. The beds were pretty good though but the pillows were too big and too flat. The bathroom didn't have any of those tiny shampoo bottles and there was no mint chocolate on the pillows.



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User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3784 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 16650 times:
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Hello Jonas,

Thanks for your feedback. When I flew CSA back in 2005, I didn't have a hot meal but I had a plate with veggies and cold cuts, it was quite nice for a short one hour flight. Getting this on a one hour flight, I would consider myself spoiled. Also in 2005, I flew Air France (the aircraft was a 737-500, I wanted to fly on that one because I knew Air France was phasing them out) from Vienna to Paris, a two hour flight, I received a glass of water only! No food, not even peanuts, not even other drinks available, nothing! That was because there was at that time a strike at the catering department in Paris. But besides that, the flight was nice. If you fly coach in the United States, you receive only a drink and peanuts or pretzels if the flight is under four hours long, and if the flight is longer you can have a sandwich but they charge you for it.
I haven't flown on CSA A320's but I believe those have drop down screens under the overhead bins. I believe they are getting rid of the 737's in favor of A32X aircraft, so next time you fly CSA, if you decide to use them again, chances are you'll be on an A320.
The breakfast buffet I had at the Olympic Tristar wasn't too bad either, it was almost as good as a breakfast in a five star hotel in Paris. The other thing I remember about the hotel is, you could pay your goods in Euros at the gift shop. I bought matrashka (it's those Russian dolls that you put one inside the other, you know?) for my girlfriend at the time.

Ben Soriano



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User currently offlineQantasistheway From Australia, joined May 2008, 309 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 16611 times:

Thank you fr this great trip report, all the photos and effort really make it worth wile, I always work hard on mine but my photos never get on properly, I will try photo bucket next time, however yours is a prime example of what a proper TR should look like. OK looks OK but nothing too special.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I went for a Mocca Frappuchino.

Oh dear....hopefully this doesn't become a common occurence.

Looks like you had a good time.

Qantasistheway.  goodvibes 


User currently offlineMAN23R From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 16546 times:

i was there from 26th-31st how strange...

User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 16147 times:



Quoting Qantasistheway (Reply 13):
Thank you fr this great trip report, all the photos and effort really make it worth wile, I always work hard on mine but my photos never get on properly, I will try photo bucket next time, however yours is a prime example of what a proper TR should look like. OK looks OK but nothing too special.

Thank you, it's an honor hearing those words from you.

Quoting Qantasistheway (Reply 13):
Oh dear....hopefully this doesn't become a common occurrence.

Well unfortunately not, since we do not have Starbucks here in Sweden there's no chance in universe that i'll ever get tu put my hands on a Frappuchino again (at least for a while).

Quoting American 767 (Reply 12):
Also in 2005, I flew Air France (the aircraft was a 737-500, I wanted to fly on that one because I knew Air France was phasing them out) from Vienna to Paris, a two hour flight, I received a glass of water only! No food, not even peanuts, not even other drinks available, nothing! That was because there was at that time a strike at the catering department in Paris

Such a pity for you that you didn't get a meal. If i remember it correctly the meal service on AF flights less than 2h 30m was back then just a muffin or a sandwich with a small yoghurt, business class got a very similar meal. After that they replaced the muffin with a light meal such as pasta salad and a piece of cobbler.
I flew on an AF 735 back in 2002 when they still served hot meals on the ARN-CDG sector.

Quoting American 767 (Reply 12):
If you fly coach in the United States, you receive only a drink and peanuts or pretzels if the flight is under four hours long, and if the flight is longer you can have a sandwich but they charge you for it.

I know, in my point of view that would be considered as torture. CO seem to be the only good US airline domestic but even their "meals" served on transcons doesn't seem to be that good. Still the service offered on US domestic Y is far better than the service on SAS and we all know how bad they are.



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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 16, posted (5 years 12 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 15577 times:
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I second whats been said by Ben. A great TR with some aviation stuff but some great photos all around.

I was there in Dec 2005 and you brought be back. Much appreciated.

I noticed you listed prices in euros. At '05, the euro was not used much. I recall never paying more than $1.50 for a beer. Is it a bit more expensive than that now?



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (5 years 12 months 21 hours ago) and read 15434 times:



Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 16):
I was there in Dec 2005 and you brought be back. Much appreciated.

Well thank you very much for that.

Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 16):
I noticed you listed prices in euros. At '05, the euro was not used much. I recall never paying more than $1.50 for a beer. Is it a bit more expensive than that now?

Well the currency used in the country is still Czech Crowns (CZK), the only reason to make things more understandable for people who read the report is to write the prices in €. Things could might have become a bit more expensive now than what they were back in 05, i guess that the beer costed just as much on every bar or restaurant in the city.



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4268 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 14029 times:

Hi Jonas,
Sorry for the fact that I missed this report actually  Sad So, now I found it and it was a good Sundays read!!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
At this moment Airbuseric had just made himself comfy in the KLM 734.

The lounge at ARN was not very well stocked and made a rather poor impression to me.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
At the moment i took this photo fellow a.nutter airbuseric was either chilling or being tortured by the poor quality of the Menzies lounge.

At that moment, I was getting it hot since the APU of this old KL B734 was broken and the airco wasn't working. So, at that time not too comfortable.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
view of the cabin. That guy didn't seem too happy about that.

Next time picture cabins from the back  Wink

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
My very first visit to Starbucks.

And did you like it? Starbucks is one of my favourites. I go there always, and I'm happy that they opened 3 branches in The Netherlands (Amsterdam & airport) recently.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I really love watching a sunset from an airplane but for some reason i always end up on the wrong side of the plane.

When able, I usually take care for the seating myself, considering the sunlight as well  Smile

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
A cabin view from the back this time.

Ahhh, you seem to learn quickly  Silly Good decision!

So, good report on CSA. They are not too bad, but twice the exactly same snackbox is not so good. But at least you get something in Y. Is AF so much better for European Y class? I never got impressed by the AF service.

Thanks for the great pics. When I knew you were there at ARN, we could have meet! Maybe next time we can...

Cheers,
Eric



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 13893 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
Hi Jonas,
Sorry for the fact that I missed this report actually Sad So, now I found it and it was a good Sundays read!!

No problems, I'm just glad you enjoyed reading it  Smile

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
The lounge at ARN was not very well stocked and made a rather poor impression to me.

I think that they should might consider improving the food and beverage offerings in the lounge, but since since the price one can pay to get acces (€25) i guess that's just what to expect. But for Business Class passengers i would consider the lounge to be pretty bad. Will Skyteam ever open a lounge at ARN?

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
At that moment, I was getting it hot since the APU of this old KL B734 was broken and the airco wasn't working. So, at that time not too comfortable.

Oh, that's not nice at all, especially on a hot summer day. It actually once happened to me on an old DY 733.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
And did you like it? Starbucks is one of my favourites. I go there always, and I'm happy that they opened 3 branches in The Netherlands (Amsterdam & airport) recently.

I LOVED that Frappuchino, no wonder everybody seems to talk about it. Though it contained lots and lots of ice, which is very poor in my opinion. Here in Sweden we have a similar Café chain called Wayne's Coffee, and their coffee and smoothies are overpriced and taste terrible. I hope that Starbucks will find their way to Sweden anytime soon.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
When able, I usually take care for the seating myself, considering the sunlight as well

I wanted to have a seat at the ABC side, but those seats were already taken, so i had to settle with the DEF side.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
So, good report on CSA. They are not too bad, but twice the exactly same snackbox is not so good. But at least you get something in Y.

The snackbox service wasn't that good. They should might have served sandwiches or something similar. Though the quantity of food for a 2 hour flight was very good, and i shouldn't complain that much since many airlines have cut their meal service in Y.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
Is AF so much better for European Y class?

Yes, in my opinion Air France's European Y class is far more superior than any other European airline. For flights longer than 2h 30m they serve a full meal tray, and the food is of very high quality. As a matter of fact the food served in Y on AF is almost up to par with what's served in J on LH and AF.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
I never got impressed by the AF service.

Really? Have you flown them on longer sectors? On short hops, let's say between CDG-LHR or AMS they only serve a sandwich or a bisquit. But on flights around 2h they serve a lighter meal. As a matter of fact they used to serve hot meals on the 2h 30m flights, to as recent as 2003 IIRC.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
Thanks for the great pics. When I knew you were there at ARN, we could have meet! Maybe next time we can...

Yes, if we would have known earlier that we would have been there at the same time, i would have loved to meet you. Though it was such a pity that neither one of us managed to spot the JL plane IIRC Big grin



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User currently offlineSebjacques92 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 13600 times:

Thanks LH4116 for a great trip report, having lived in the wonderful city of Prague your trip report really does the city justice, your pictures showed how wonderful the city really is!

OK is an ok airline, i used to fly them yearly and one thing is for sure is that they have always been reliable. The service may not excel but your guarenteed to get it. I haven't had a bad experience with them (apart from with a check in agent working for Air France operating the flight to Prague from LHR but thats another story) and would always concider flying with them. I do agree though that their Boeing fleet needs replacing and having known people who has been on the new Airbus's the airline should do very well for itself in a year or two.

Prague airport in my opinion is stunning, especially Terminal Server 2 which is only 2 years old. It is very spacious and easy to walk around which im sure you found. Terminal Server 1 is also very nice and i can see how PRG is concidered one of the best upcoming airports in Europe.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
What house is this?

This house is called Obecni Dum and is one of the opera houses in Prague. It famously has 5 star dinning and has featured in many movies like xXx where Vin Deisel jumps out of the Opera house and amazingly comes out by steps leading to the castle which im sure you know is across the river and quite a distance from Obecni Dum lol


Quoting TDubJFK (Reply 1):
what's it's story? Apartments or offices?

Yeah your right they are offices. The building was concidered such a landmark because it signifies the change in Prague after the end of communism.

Thanks again

Seb  airplane 


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 13306 times:

Hello Seb!

Quoting Sebjacques92 (Reply 20):
Thanks LH4116 for a great trip report, having lived in the wonderful city of Prague your trip report really does the city justice, your pictures showed how wonderful the city really is!

Thank you, I'm glad that you enjoyed reading my report.

Quoting Sebjacques92 (Reply 20):
OK is an ok airline, i used to fly them yearly and one thing is for sure is that they have always been reliable. The service may not excel but your guarenteed to get it.

Yeah, they are actually a good airline, and if i ever go to Prague again i would definetly fly with them rather than crappy SAS. The good thing about them was their on-time performance, both flights departed on time and arrived 30 min ahead of schedule. The crew on the second flight were very nice and attendive. The meals were ok. The only really bad thing was that they served all sodas from big 2liter bottles, the soda was luke warm and flat by the time it was poured in my glass.

Quoting Sebjacques92 (Reply 20):
I do agree though that their Boeing fleet needs replacing and having known people who has been on the new Airbus's the airline should do very well for itself in a year or two.

They have actually upgraded ARN-PRG to an A319 now, though their Boeing's aren't that old, they could might just need a new interior retrofit.

Quoting Sebjacques92 (Reply 20):
Prague airport in my opinion is stunning, especially Terminal Server 2 which is only 2 years old. It is very spacious and easy to walk around which im sure you found. Terminal Server 1 is also very nice and i can see how PRG is concidered one of the best upcoming airports in Europe.

The Airport was indeed very nice and fresh, and there were a good number of cafées and restaurants, though the selection of shops wasn't that nice. Basically the shops had different names, but with the same stuff and the same prices.

Quoting Sebjacques92 (Reply 20):
This house is called Obecni Dum and is one of the opera houses in Prague. It famously has 5 star dinning and has featured in many movies like xXx where Vin Deisel jumps out of the Opera house and amazingly comes out by steps leading to the castle which im sure you know is across the river and quite a distance from Obecni Dum lol

Okay, thanks for the information. Actually i heard someone say that the house was the Town Hall, but apearently that was wrong.

Cheers
Jonas



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User currently offlineTANS From Czech Republic, joined May 2005, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 12869 times:



Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
I do not know fully but it could very likely have been that by considering that the country is and ex Sovjet state.

Hey Jonas, great report and some very nice pictures.

The Czech Republic, though, is not an ex-Soviet state. It was part of the Soviet-bloc, if that is what you meant, but never formed part of the Soviet Union itself. Most Czech are extremely allergic to such suggestions Smile.


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 11 hours ago) and read 12562 times:



Quoting TANS (Reply 22):

Hey Jonas, great report and some very nice pictures.

Thank you. always nice that you enjoyed reading.

Quoting TANS (Reply 22):
The Czech Republic, though, is not an ex-Soviet state. It was part of the Soviet-bloc, if that is what you meant, but never formed part of the Soviet Union itself. Most Czech are extremely allergic to such suggestions

Yes, now I'm aware of the Czech not being a Soviet state. But i still found many things in the town, especially the suburbs to be rather Soviet influenced. The city of Prague is still in the old 1700's style, which i liked very much.

In case I have insulted you and your countrymen, i here give you an apology.



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User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1420 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 4 hours ago) and read 12475 times:

Great report Jonas !!!

I loved your photos, especially the ones from the city. I haven't been to Prague since 1993 when I was a little kid and I flew there on a CSA Tu-154. Wow that was a long time ago. By the way, be happy that you got a lunch at all. In North America, that's pretty unheard of. We get a lot of B.O.B. (Buy on Board), but even that 5 dollar sandwhich sucks!!!

The only terrible thing about this whole gig is that Starbucks made it to Prague... HAHAHA!

But thanks again for taking the time to write this report and post the photos. You guys are so lucky to be in Europe where you can fly for the weekend to a totally new culture and you won't have to pay an arm and a leg.

Cheers,

Vio



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25 LH4116 : Thanks for reading Vio! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you. I used a crappy Powershot A460 for the report, but i have recently upgraded my equipment
26 Vio : I can see how one can get used to hot meal service. Well I flew quite a bit in Northern Europe in the past few years. I flew from CPH-HEL with SAS an
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