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My Homage To THF. Now Or Never, Aug. 08  
User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5686 times:

NOW OR NEVER: THF-BRU-THF

I visited THF in August 08, as the official closure of Tempelhof has already taken place let this TR be my humble homage to the mother of all airports. Long Life to TFH!

Preface

As I was finishing this Trip Report on August 20th my TV was on and the breaking news of the JK5022 MAD accident came on. I continued typing until I realized my friend Pedro was flying to Gran Canaria that day. I called him, no answer. I called some other friends who were already on the island to celebrate their wedding. They told me he might had caught an earlier flight. We agreed to keep in touch. I was calling the airline while they did a research around MAD hospitals. Around 16.30 I confirmed he was on the flight. At 17.20 I got a call telling me he was in La Paz hospital: both femurs and pelvis broken, no serious burns. He has already had three operations and is now recovering at home after more than 2 months at the hospital.

Pedro was born again that 20th August.

May all the dead ones rest in peace and my most sincere condolences to their families and friends.


_______________________________________________________________

Monday 11, August 2008

It is one of the things you have to do now or you won’t be able to do it next year.

Having a month holiday and nothing planned beforehand except for the end of August when I was supposed to fly to BUD for a week’s holiday with a friend I looked up in July at LX fares and was pleasantly surprised with Business Saver fare which allows you to travel to some European destinations at very reduced prices so I booked right ahead a ticket to Berlin.

Having in mind the possibility to fly from THF I booked immediately a day flight to BRU with Brussels Airlines.

11/08/08
THF-BRU
SN 2582
AVRO RJ-100
OO-DWA
Gate A-4
Dep. 11.40//13.20
Arr. 13.05//14.45

Although the fares were not incredibly cheap due to same day return I went ahead and looked forward to fly from THF, a much desired airport in my log-book that I had only visited land side on my numerous trips to Berlin. Obviously the fact of closing down the airport in October was the main factor deciding to use it this summer.

I discovered that Air Berlin Services, www.air-service-berlin.de, offered flights with classic airliners around THF. Obviously they were all booked during my Berlin stay, so I went for the SN options which was a nice option covering flights with Avro, a new plane for me.

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Classical Berlin tram to classical THF

As Monday started I went to the airport using first one of Berlin’s trams then changing to the S41 line which offers spectacular views between and Tempelhof stations instead of using the more convenient U6 to Platz der Luftbrücke.

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Train station bearing a classical name

Riding this train you can experience how much into the city center this airport is located, surrounded by housing at the end of the runaways you can really imagine those neighbors may not be necessary a.netters and even understand their reasons for being in favor of the closure.

I stepped off at Tempelhof station and started walking to the terminal. That is, I found a path close to the runaways where I encountered some people walking their dogs. I went to the fence and tried to take a picture but it was no use, there are some constructions that block the view of the whole roof covering the planes when parked at THF. Few minutes later a police van parked on the sideway…. They did not step off the van but I am sure they had noticed me from one of the cameras and they were there in case I went to the fences again.

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Getting there

I kept walking and soon I reached the impressive building. It took me still about ten minutes to reach the main entrance. What a huge building! I would like to know what they are going to do with such a vast space once the airport is closed down next November. There is a small exhibition in the main hall dealing with this subject and some historical pictures of the place, when the airport was at full-bloom and was over flown by passengers back in the good old days of aviation.

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The most wanted address by a.netters in Berlin

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Piece of history on a wall

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Impressive entrance to the building

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Not suprising for a city with 3 airports

Entering the huge hall is an unforgettable experience. I remember the first time I visited was like moving back to my childhood when most airports were designed in this manner: huge check-in areas, very high ceilings, direct access to the planes…. It as really like going to the 70s again.

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The main hall, empty as usual

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The counters full of activity

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A single pannel dispalys all daily flights

The hall was almost empty, even though it offers all modern amenities one can expect in its modern counterpart but with an old flavor that sure will be missed when gone.

The structure designed in the 30s looks heavy, consistent, permanent… as the regime that designed was supposed to be. The vertical lines and the lack of curves transport you to classical architecture as in ancient Rome.

The airside area presents a curvature that embraces in a welcome everybody arriving at it.

As I walked up and down, in and out of the terminal I kept looking at the few people around. Only three counters were open: one for the special flight for Air Service Berlin where the 15 passengers would be taken for the historical round flight over Berlin. The other two for the SN flight to Brussels; together with Friedrichschafen, Graz and Mannheim the only scheduled services from and to this airport.

I skipped check in as I had done on line the night before. Although I had asked for advice before taking this trip to Flieger67-Markus about where to sit on the plane, I had forgotten his mail home and I took a seat on the A row, the one with two seats on the SN Avros and that as my big mistake as you have the whole city of Berlin on the other side as you take off.

There is a desk at the entrance to the gate area which serves as security control, then you go through the arch and X ray where the officers look more than bored with so little traffic. As you exit the control there is a long corridor where the gates area located. There are four gates and then the corridor continues to the B gates, where there is a passport control, closed today as there seem to be no planes going out to non-Schengen countries.

Needless to say the area as empty. On gate A1 the lucky passengers to the Air Services Berlin historic flight where all sitting around with their cameras ready as they were called for boarding and I felt more envious than ever before… lucky b%&$?*>s. BTW, this was LH 8801.

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The lucky ones...

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...on a classical aircraft

As I went back to the small hall for my area other passengers had gathered there, around 25 I’d say and all of us were suddenly disappointed as it as announced that our flight would be delayed for about 95 minutes. In the corridor there are a coffee and a soda machines, plus the toilets which look as they have not been refurnished since the 1930s , luckily they have been cleaned more often.


All classical airlines on the same board

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Corridor to gates

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The only lounge in THF

On the corridor there is a room called Melli Beese which is used as a IP lounge for the C passengers. With the general atmosphere of the whole airport it did not seem to be very busy as the guy attending it came in and out several times leaving this ‘back in 5 minutes sign’ on the door.

With the idea of a 90 minutes delay I followed some more experienced passengers back to the terminal. I think this was nice as I guess you cannot do at most of the airports.

Back in the terminal I approached the SN counters and asked about the delay and there is where I learnt about the strike in Brussels airport where many flights had been delayed and others cancelled. Glooooops! Would my 19.45 SN flight back to THF make it or would I be stuck in BRU until the next day?

Keep reading.

As other passengers I went out through a side gate, walked up to the General Aviation entrance where a private jet had delivered some customers. As usual a big black Mercedes was waiting for this 50s business man traveling with a young blond lady wearing big sun glasses, short mini-skirt and a big, very big Prada shopping bag.

Walking around the airport I did not meet many more people: some taxi drivers, some policemen and some rampers who were out for a smoke.

As I entered the building it was already 12.00 and the lucky passengers from the historic flight where back and displayed this satisfaction face you can have after such a flight.

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The daily flight from Graz has arrived

I went up and down, left to right. Killed some time reading about the history and projects for THF on a small exhibition caged on the main hall where some anti-THF closure supporters had expressed their feelings.

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No confusion on baggae belts here

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My delayed flight is now displayed

Back to the gate as our SN flight was about to land. Some of the passengers were called on the speakers and I wondered why, I will learn later.

The views from the gate areas are great as you can reach the whole runaway and parking area. A Cirrus flight landed and about 30 passengers debarked and walked up the blue line taking you to the arrival gate, then to the single luggage belt on the main hall.
While there the only refreshments could be obtained from a vending machine offering coffee and tea plus the always present Coke dispenser. No bar or cafeteria once you have gone through security.


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The lucky ones are back

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My plane is here. Finally!

Finally the SN Avro landed and the passengers, about 60, exited the plane and all of us were lining up eagerly to board this much awaited flight.

As I descended the stairs from the building to the apron I could admire the huge floating ceiling which covers the airplanes parking slots. I do not know if it was added later to the original building but it sure is an impressive sight.

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Magic moment, my first AVRO flight

I boarded the plane from the front to find out that I was sitting at the very last row. As I took my seat I found out about two interesting things: first that my neighbor companions would be most of the luggage not being stored on the hold and that was explained by the Captain announcing the strike of baggage handlers in BRU. This explains why many passengers were called back to the desk at THF.

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Interior: clean, old but comfortable

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Fancy a chat with the neighbors? Not today

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See you later

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Another classical on the apron

Soon we are ready to depart and as the plane starts moving to the runaway the safety demonstration is performed manually by the FAs, two females and a male who perform this and other jobs punctually and professionally. Not much on the smile side, though.

A flying time of 1:10 is announced as we are at the beginning of the runaway ready for take off.

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Best spotters housing project


We are soon in the air above magnificent Berlin city. As I said, I took the wrong side on the plane so my views are limited to industrial areas and parks on South Berlin.

About 15 minutes on the flight a light turbulence appears. Nothing to worry about, the service, BOB, is performed on time.

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One of my four friends to BRU

As I was hungry I ordered a sandwich and some wine. Not bad. I pay with a 20€ note and the guy asks politely for smaller. I think it is funny, half the world begging for a bigger one and he wants smaller…

The flight goes on smoothly until we start descending; very cloudy in BRU today.

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Approaching BRU

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Belgian countryside before landing

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A bigger cousin to fly to US

We land without incident and as we taxi to our finger stand we pass by lots of heavies, up to three B777 Jet Airways, a SN A300 and a novelty to me, a Novveair A320 (TS-INN).

Climbing up the steep finger when you get out of an AVRO is quite a job.

As I get to the main terminal to see what will happen to m return flight to THF I see the board with many cancelled flights: KL, AZ, TP…. And many others have cancelled some of their flights departing or arriving to BRU. Being it in the middle of August, the terminal is full of people: families on holidays, many kids around and big lines at airlines desks. SK seems to have arranged a hotel for their passengers to stay overnight. AZ desk was full of people as well and you can easily tell the difference between Nordic and Mediterranean people, those Italian conversations could be heard from the entrance, especially when the ‘mamma’ took part in them.

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Yellow signs indicate cancelled flights

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SK counter. Quite a bit of work today

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Most wanted men at the airport

Some BRU airport employees pushing two carts full of water bottles offering them to everyone.

I go outside and the scenery looks like a huge construction site as there are many road works taking place. Fences everywhere and narrow passages for walking pedestrians. Not very appealing.

I head back inside and go upstairs to eat something hot and more consistent. I pass next to this cute Tintin sculpture, together with Hércules Poirot, the two most famous citizens of Belgium.


My favorite Belgian citizen

11/08/08
BRU-THF
SN 2589
AVRO RJ-85
OO-DJW
Gate: A-59
Dep. 19.35//19.50
Arr. 21.00//21.15

I go down and head to SN counters where a nice lady answers my questions about my flight. I request a seat change to be on the right side and se does it promptly and reminds me I have already done one before when checking in online. I tell her that I am very inconsistent on this matter; not in any other aspects of life, God forbids. We have a good laugh and I think about how many people have already visited her today, not with this happy mood.

I walk both terminals, one is totally empty, everybody is at my terminal. Hey guys come on here, plenty of room, seats for everyone and some quite moments I grabbed before going into the zoo again.

Time to cross security, a breeze; then the trek begins as my plane leaves from the satellite terminal. Big shops, more chocolate than in Switzerland. I thought about having a haircut but I went for a beer at the bar. Then escalators don to the huge corridor connecting the to terminals and up again.

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Fancy walking?

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Gate area at the satellite terminal

After all this trekking it was time to wait, I walked the entire terminal up and down. I visited the prayer room, the far end gates with some interesting views of the apron and runaways as I tried to make up time for my departure. My flight was about 75% full so I expected a whole row to myself.


Gate to THF, strike permitting!

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My ride back

Next to our gate was a delayed IB flight to MAD, A321 EC-JDM, and a SN flight to Corfu.

Finally we were called for boarding and there we went.

Down the slopes to the tiny aircraft. I discovered a difference between that morning RJ-100 and the afternoon RJ-85: three rows less for the smaller one.

While waiting to depart the gate I got this unusual vision: the Captain/FO himself was loading the luggage. Either this or there has been a drastic change in rampers uniforms. Boy, the strike was bad!

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A neighbor to MAD

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Wait! That is not a classical worker

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Definately this was not in the flightlog

Safety demonstration is performed in English by the cabin crew and a recorded French, Flemish and German options come after.

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Detail of the engines

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Adieu/Tot ziens BRU!

Taking off is performed rapidly and we climb very steep to cross two layers of clouds over the Belgian / Netherlands / France / German skies; difficult to tell where you are when flying that airspace. That particular second layer is very thick and provokes some mild turbulence, it is like driving on a country road.

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Flight interior. 75% load I guess

Finally we reach the blue skies and all announcements: services, SN infos… are recorded. No flight information.

While the crew serves the nobles we, the peasants, look eagerly to see if any crumbs are left. Yes there are but first you have to scratch your pocket and hand out some money for the sandwich they serve. No begging for smaller money this time.

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My hungry tummy got relieved with that

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Again, a whole row to myself

We descend through clouds and more clouds plus some rain until I can see the city of Berlin waiting for us. We o around to Ostkreuz, then we turn and when it seems we are going to land on any roof the runaway appears and the magic of flying is over. Hard landing I must say.

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Last Sun beam today

As I thank the crew for the flight and walk the stairs down to follow the blue line to arrivals I pass under the roof of THF for a last time.

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Thanks SN for today's flights

Entering the empty terminal is kind of sad. Walking to the exit and a last farewell as I head outside to the city.

Farewell THF. You are now part of history, mine today and millions others’ before.

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Trivia: What Metro station is this?

Salut!

Roger

Any comments are more than welcome!


"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
14 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5640 times:

Wow Cool TR! Old airport lol.


Roar, lion, roar
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27123 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5593 times:

Hi Roger ,
Wonderful report as usual. I really enjoyed every detail and photo. You were so lucky to get to THF. It really looked amazing. Classic.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
He has already had three operations and is now recovering at home after more than 2 months at the hospital.

Im glad your friend is getting better this is something I can never imagine. I think he was only one of 19 IIRC?? He certainly was re born again.

Thanks again Roger and Im looking forward to the next report.

Regards

Philip


User currently offlineSAAB900 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5335 times:

Hola Roger,
Nice TR! Your friend is certainly a very lucky person considering how few people survived!
I so wish I'd managed to sort a flight in & out of THF!  Sad It will be added to the why didn't I do that list!!  Confused On the first photo of the Ju52 on the apron is that a VFW614 in the background?

Dave(SAAB900)


User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1705 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4966 times:

Hi Roger,

First of all, my best wishes for your friend, who was lucky enough to survive the JK plane crash!
I sincerly hope he will have a full recovery!

Then back to your report, which is a superb one.
SN must have made quite some money on the last months flying to THF as one of the only remaining carriers there!
It was a very good read and added some very nice pictures!

Congrats on scoring both the AR8 & the AR1 on this day of flying!
Also scoring THF is nice, an airport that will not be in my log  Sad

That captain really made some effort to make his flight work with loading the luggage himself!
A good move from the guy!

Thanks for sharing!
Joost ( D-ALCE )



flown: F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,77W,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 4836 times:

Hola a tothom!

@ StarAlliance 38,

Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 1):
Wow Cool TR! Old airport lol.

It certainly is. Thanks for your comments. It may be considered the oldest one in the world still in operation, at least until October 30th.

@ Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Wonderful report as usual. I really enjoyed every detail and photo. You were so lucky to get to THF. It really looked amazing.

Thank you for your comments.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Thanks again Roger and Im looking forward to the next report.

There are still many to come; I am little bit behind: two pending from summer, TXL and BUD; an another one two weeks ago to BSL. Obviously all on LX, beacuse as you know there is no other airline to fly

@ Dave,

Quoting SAAB900 (Reply 3):
is that a VFW614 in the background?

It is the plane you can see on the picture I took while taxiing quoted as 'Another classical on the apron'

@ Joost,

Quoting DALCE (Reply 4):
Then back to your report, which is a superb one.
SN must have made quite some money on the last months flying to THF as one of the only remaining carriers there!
It was a very good read and added some very nice pictures!

Thanks for your comments. I always thought so, flying people right into Berlin city center must have brought them many customers.

@ all of you,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):

Im glad your friend is getting better this is something I can never imagine. I think he was only one of 19 IIRC?? He certainly was re born again.



Quoting DALCE (Reply 4):
First of all, my best wishes for your friend, who was lucky enough to survive the JK plane crash!
I sincerly hope he will have a full recovery!



Quoting SAAB900 (Reply 3):
Nice TR! Your friend is certainly a very lucky person considering how few people survived!


Thanks a lot, I will tell him as soon as I visit him again.

Salut!

Roger

[Edited 2008-11-17 04:05:00]


"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4258 times:

wow, what a nice & well written trip report. Good to look at all the pictures from Berlin.


Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
The most wanted address by a.netters in Berlin

I'm sorry if this is a stupid question, but I did not understand this.

Other than that, thanks for writing this report & sharing it with us...


User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4126 times:

Hi Roger,
first of all, give you friend my best wishes for his recovery after the Spanair crash. What a lucky guy he is!! And gosh, that would've been such a relieve when you got the positive info about his status that day!

About your flights. A nice read, and you're lucky to get both RJ100 and -85 on these flights. The RJ-85 is e.g. still missing in my log, where the -100 is widely done so far  Silly
These sandwiches on SN are big aren't they  Wink Good food, for a reasonable price on this airline.

I think that I will try SN again in the future for some flights. It's a good airline, and the Belgium staffs are very polite and friendly usually.

Adios!
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4030 times:

Hola, Roger,

what a great and interesting read about your last ever visit to THF during the summer months.

I remember our conversation during your arrangements.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
plus the toilets which look as they have not been refurnished since the 1930s ,

And smelling like this!

Thanx for posting and maybe see you anywhere around the world,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3905 times:

Hola nois!

Thanks for reading and writing your comments. Always a pleasure to read.

Hola Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
what a great and interesting read about your last ever visit to THF during the summer months.

Thanks. I really enjoyed it. I have not flown the Concorde, only God knows when I will be able to fly on the A380. Flying from and to THF is something I wanted to do and I am really proud of it.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
I remember our conversation during your arrangements.

I do as well. Thanks for your advice.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
see you anywhere around the world,

Sure. I am flying to TXL next month (6-8 Dec.)

Hola Eric:

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 7):
give you friend my best wishes for his recovery after the Spanair crash. What a lucky guy he is!!

Thanks for your message of support. I will tell him as soon as I see him again.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 7):
you're lucky to get both RJ100 and -85 on these flights. The RJ-85 is e.g. still missing in my log, where the -100 is widely done so far

Yeah! They were the first AVROS in my life and I simply love them.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 7):
Good food, for a reasonable price on this airline.

Really nice and the best views on Earth.

Hola Buck3y3nut:

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 6):
I'm sorry if this is a stupid question, but I did not understand this.

Thanks for your reply. This is the very address were THF is located.

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3778 times:

Interesting report, Roger. Always nice to see pictures from good old THF.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Wait! That is not a classical worker

Priceless!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3641 times:

Hola PlaneHunter!


Thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoyed.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Priceless!

It was indeed, it was the first time I had seen a captain performing these extra duties. He walked off the cockpit, went to the trolley and threw the pieces of luggage inside the AVRO belly, secured the door and off we went.

Luckily this was not an A380 flight!  Wink

Salut,

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineEBBRbased From Belgium, joined Oct 2007, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3615 times:

Thanks for compiling this trip report, glad you enjoyed THF and Brussels Airlines.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
Wait! That is not a classical worker

Priceless!

Actually, the strike lasted for two days and SN didn't have to cancel any single flight, simply because the crews AND the office staff freed up time to go on the tarmac.

Next to the pilots, a lot of employees and managers were working on the tarmac (until the last arrival after midnight, and as from 5am in the morning to offload the early arrivals from Africa and Tel Aviv, + the first departures as from 6.30am).

Only during the first hours of the strike the situation was a bit chaotic, but after that all flights could leave with minor delays & in most cases with all luggage on board! I haven't seen a lot of other airlines reacting in the same efficient & professional way...

The passengers really appreciated the efforts (f.e. inbound flights with animals in the hold, people who had their children's buggies in the hold, elderly passengers with weelchairs...). A friend of mine arrived on a flight from Barcelona. After an on-time arrival, she made her way to the luggage reclaim area and when she arrived her luggage and the luggage of the other 150 passengers was already coming on the luggage belt! These two days were an unforgettable experience for sure!

EBBRbased


User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3602 times:

Hi Roger,

very nice report about your first and last flights from / to THF and some great pictures. We have seen quite a lot of THF-reports this summer here on A.Net - obviously many A.Netters took the last chance for a flight into this unique airport.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
As I said, I took the wrong side on the plane so my views are limited to industrial areas and parks on South Berlin.

Well, at least the luggage being stored in your row on the other side of the aisle had some good views.  Wink

Quoting Rogerbcn (Thread starter):
While waiting to depart the gate I got this unusual vision: the Captain/FO himself was loading the luggage.

Wow, you don't see that every day.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3457 times:

Hola nois!

Thanks for your comments.

@EBBR,

Quoting EBBRbased (Reply 12):
all flights could leave with minor delays & in most cases with all luggage on board! I haven't seen a lot of other airlines reacting in the same efficient & professional way...

Sure they did. I was really amazed to see my flight depart with just 15 min. delay. I know some people who were flying Vueling back home and it took them more than that, almost 48 hours.

@Christoph,

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 13):
very nice report about your first and last flights from / to THF and some great pictures. We have seen quite a lot of THF-reports this summer here on A.Net - obviously many A.Netters took the last chance for a flight into this unique airport.

It was either a hit or miss, so there I went.

Salut!

Roger



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