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LH DUB-FRA-PAD Part 2  
User currently offlineStefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7388 times:

Hello, dear readers, this is part 2 of my TR to DUB. The first part can be seen here:
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...s/trip_reports/read.main/149174/1/

After a night at the Radisson Airport Hotel at DUB I had to get up very early at 4:45 am. With the two Austrian girls from the bar the night before we agreed on a meeting in the hotel lobby at 5:15 am, because we wanted to take together the airport shuttle bus. And so we did. After checking out we had coffee and water, which was offered for free in the lobby for early departing guests. After some minutes the shuttle bus arrived and our baggage was stowed. Only a short ride to the Airport and we made our way into the crowded terminal. The Austrian girls had to check in at the crowded EI gates, because the kiosks made an issue that they couldn’t check in themselves for their EI flight to VIE. We planed to meet again after check in and had another coffee together after security check. I went on to the LH check in which is located at area 10 in DUB. I lined up at the business class check in with only one pax in front of me. When it was my turn, I asked for window seats. The desk agent, which wasn’t LH staff, was very friendly and I got my window seats. She made a sticker on my boarding pass and told me to use the fast track at security.

Check in hall at DUB. The crowded counters in the distance were mainly EI desks:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB50.jpg

The LH check in counter (sorry for the bad quality):
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB51.jpg

My boarding passes with the fast track sticker:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB55.jpg

I went back to the EI counters to see how the girls were doing. They didn’t move very much and it was clear that they had to wait for a long time. Boarding would start in 30 minutes for me so we said our goodbyes and I headed to security. An officer had a look on my boarding pass and waved my through to the fast track. Just 3 people in line and I was through a few minutes later. The other lines were overfilled so I was glad to enjoy the privilege of the frequent traveler state.

Behind security were shops and bars:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB52.jpg

View onto the apron:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB53.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB54.jpg

My assigned gate was C52, which is a bus gate downstairs. The area was a bit crowded because next to our gate was a flight to Porto boarding.

At gate C52:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB56.jpg

Flight: LH 4985
Route: MAN-FRA
DATE: 17. May 2009
SCHEDULED: 06:40 // 09:40 (1 hour time difference, duration 2 hours)
ACTUAL: 06:45 // 09:35
A/C: A319-100
REG: D-ACLP, 3rd flight on a A319, 1st time on this machine
SEAT: 4A
CLASS: ECONOMY


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This A319 was delivered to LH on August 27th 1997

Boarding started on time and I was quickly on the first bus off to the plane. Boarding via stairs was very slow. Time to take some pics:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB57.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB58.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB59.jpg

My seat was 4A which was in the first economy row. No view to the front because of the curtain dividing Y from C class cabin. At 4C was a DHC f/a. I hoped that the middle seat would remain empty. Then another bus with pax arrived:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB60.jpg

Shortly before boarding was completed another woman settled in 4B. The load was quite high this morning. A short welcome from the captain after boarding was completed, but no route information today.

We left the parking position a dew minutes late and taxied a long way to rwy. 16. At 7 am we took off:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB61.jpg

In front of the engine you can see the Radisson Airport Hotel:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB62.jpg

At FL100 the crew started their service. We got a cheese baguette and drinks. I chose tea and water. Another beverage round came again later in the flight.

In flight:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB63.jpg

Shortly before descent begun the f/a came to the lady next to me and told her to come into the front now. I didn’t see her again.

Approach over the City of Mainz:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB64.jpg

In Mainz the Main river flows into the Rhine river:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB65.jpg

We landed on rwy 07L at 9:30 and reached gate A34 (if I remember right) at 9:35:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB66.jpg

A company A320 next to us:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB67.jpg

The new tower with the tower lounge on the roof of the A pier:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB68.jpg

We had to disembark via stairs, because this gates are for the Schengen area, but we arrived from a non-Schengen country. Therefore a bus picked us up and drove us to the B pier:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB69.jpg

No I had to kill more than three hours, so I had a breakfast at McDonalds in the airside centre of the B pier. I’m not a big Fast food fan, but I was still hungry and McDonalds has a nice view onto the apron. Later I walked through the tunnel to the A pier and into the business lounge at gate A 26. It was crowded, but I found an empty armchair at the window and had a nice view onto the apron again. After a while I dozed off. Not that the view was boring, but the night before was short. Sometime it was time to leave the lounge. The walk to the gate was short. It was gate 20, a usually finger gate, but we went downstairs and a bus brought us to a remote stand. I hoped again for a new registration of the CRJ fleet, but… oh no, D-ACJH again.

Flight: LH 1172, operated by Lufthansa Cityline
Route: FRA-PAD
DATE: 17. May 2009
SCHEDULED: 13:30 // 14:10
ACTUAL: 13:25 // 13:55
A/C: CRJ200LR
REG: D-ACJH (little Europe), 23nd flight on a CRJ100/200, 5th time on this machine
SEAT: 8A
CLASS: ECONOMY


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I was greeted at the door by the same crew as yesterday. We left the position some minutes early and taxied to rwy 25R. Winds changed, so we took off to the direction where I approached from some hours before.

After take off, the US Air Force Base in Wiesbaden:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB70.jpg

The city of Wiesbaden:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB71.jpg

The flight was very short. One round of beverages and we started our descent into PAD. Before landing we flew around the Airport. Here you can see the regional airport of PAD:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB72.jpg

We landed on rwy 24 and after a short taxi we arrived on our parking position in front of the terminal. A bus brought us to the other end of the terminal, where the pax entrance the baggage claim are located. A last view from the bus:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/StefanPAD/Dublin/DUB73.jpg

A nice short trip for the weekend was over now. But no reason to worry. Two weeks later (last weekend 30/31 May) I had the next short trip to MAN, which hold a nice surprise in readiness for me. I will write a TR about it within the next days.

Questions and comments are desired as always.

Cheers,
Stefan

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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3020 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7033 times:



Quoting StefanPAD (Thread starter):
I had the next short trip to MAN, which hold a nice surprise in readiness for me.

Seems you are already dying to tell us about it, from:

Quoting StefanPAD (Thread starter):
Flight: LH 4985
Route: MAN-FRA
DATE: 17. May 2009

:D

Very nice report with good pictures, keep them coming!

-CXfirst



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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1673 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6925 times:

Hi Stefan,

great report of your return trip from DUB.
Thanks for sharing!

ps. still in contact with the girls?  Wink



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4250 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6795 times:

Hi Stefan,

thanks for another great report. LH offered a good service, sorry to hear that your complete row was taken by other passengers. Lucky you to have some status with M&M, saves you from a lot of hassle in the early morning rush at DUB.

Quoting StefanPAD (Thread starter):
A/C: A319-100
REG: D-ACLP, 3rd flight on a A319,

Uhh,... Or you flew a CRJ or it's a little slip of the finger  Silly

Regards,
Eric



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User currently offlineStefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6756 times:

Hi guys, thanks for your replies and your alertness.

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 1):
Seems you are already dying to tell us about it, from:

Quoting StefanPAD (Thread starter):
Flight: LH 4985
Route: MAN-FRA
DATE: 17. May 2009

:D

Ups, it was DUB-FRA of course.

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 1):
Very nice report with good pictures, keep them coming!

Thank you, I will try my very best.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 2):
great report of your return trip from DUB.

Thank you, Joost.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 2):
ps. still in contact with the girls? Wink

 yes  We changed mailadresses.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 3):
thanks for another great report.

Thank you, Eric!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 3):
Lucky you to have some status with M&M, saves you from a lot of hassle in the early morning rush at DUB.

Indeed!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 3):
Quoting StefanPAD (Thread starter):
A/C: A319-100
REG: D-ACLP, 3rd flight on a A319,

Uhh,... Or you flew a CRJ or it's a little slip of the finger Silly

Ups, I shouldn't write TRs in the late evening. It was of course D-AILP.

Thanks again for your answers.
Cheers,
Stefan


User currently offlineCptRegionalJet From Germany, joined Oct 2007, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6482 times:

Hi Stefan,
Yor chances were 50/50 to be on either D-ACJF or D-ACJH for your flight to PAD.
We have now implemented a system that has certain registrations allocated to certain bases
(its called dedicated tailsigns).Seems to be good for maintenance issues but not for aviation enthusiasts  Wink .
Currently only -JF and JH are based in FRA.

Cheers
CptRegionaJet


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8467 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6260 times:
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Hi Stefan,

Good return, thanks.

Quoting StefanPAD (Thread starter):
Route: MAN-FRA



Quoting StefanPAD (Thread starter):
A/C: A319-100
REG: D-ACLP

- Looks like some errors?

Quoting StefanPAD (Thread starter):
I hoped again for a new registration of the CRJ fleet, but… oh no, D-ACJH again.

- What a shame to get the same plane again!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6036 times:

Hi Stefan,

nice second part of your DUB series.

Quoting StefanPAD (Thread starter):
I hoped again for a new registration of the CRJ fleet, but… oh no, D-ACJH again.



Quoting CptRegionalJet (Reply 5):
Yor chances were 50/50 to be on either D-ACJF or D-ACJH for your flight to PAD.
We have now implemented a system that has certain registrations allocated to certain bases
(its called dedicated tailsigns).

Interesting to hear...


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineStefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5916 times:

Hi guys, thanks for your replies.

Quoting CptRegionalJet (Reply 5):
Yor chances were 50/50 to be on either D-ACJF or D-ACJH for your flight to PAD.
We have now implemented a system that has certain registrations allocated to certain bases
(its called dedicated tailsigns).Seems to be good for maintenance issues but not for aviation enthusiasts Wink . Currently only -JF and JH are based in FRA.

Interesting info, but last weekend I've been on ACHB from FRA to PAD  scratchchin 

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
Quoting StefanPAD (Thread starter):
A/C: A319-100
REG: D-ACLP

- Looks like some errors?

Hi Mark, sorry, it was D-AILP.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
nice second part of your DUB series.

Thanks, PH!

Cheers,
Stefan


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5118 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5869 times:

Hi, Stefan,

good to read from your return experiences.
Nice story and pix.

It seems always good loaded flights these days.
The airlines building better load factors with smaller planes or lower flights,
same happened to me lately.

Looking for your MAN story now.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineCptRegionalJet From Germany, joined Oct 2007, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5750 times:

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 8):
Interesting info, but last weekend I've been on ACHB from FRA to PAD

Hi Stefan,
Must have been due to heavy maintenance check(which for the CRJ can't be done in FRA) or technical breakdown of an a/c.Also -JF is due to leave the fleet soon,maybe it's gone already.
Anyway ,no more PAD in my June-schedule,it is kind of sad to leave PAD,I always liked flying there....

CptRegionalJet

[Edited 2009-06-08 02:33:49]

User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5417 times:

Hi Stefan,

Very nice to read about your return flight as well. Great pictures, especially of the area around FRA with Mainz and Wiesbaden.

Regards
Christoph


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