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To Greece With Arkefly (pics)  
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 16563 times:



A couple of months ago, we decided to spend a week of holiday in Greece. With so many islands to choose from and so many special offers being published by various travel agencies it was some hours of work to pick a trip that we both liked at also the right price.
In the end we decided to go for an 8 day trip to Corfu, flying with Arkefly on a direct flight and back on Arkefly via Zakynthos. Besides a great holiday it would also mean a new airline for the log and 2 new airports with CFU and ZTH. The equipment should be Boeing 737-800, but Arkefly has a single 757-200 on lease for the summer. I did cross my fingers as the 757-200 is not covered yet. The -300 is covered some years ago on DE to PMI.
Anyway, enough about possibilities and probabilities, let’s go on holiday!

On June 27th we were about to fly with OR203 departing from AMS at 09.00hrs LT. Our travel-agent advised us to be at the airport 2,5hrs before departure. Since it was our holiday, we went to AMS in time to match this, as we would not have to rush whatsoever.
So around 06.30hrs we arrived at the airport and I parked my car in the parking of my office and we took the Schiphol Sternet bus-service to the terminal.
Check-in can only be done at the airport with Arkefly so we headed to de counters, where we did not need to wait for more than 2 minutes.
Without asking we got seats 26E & 26F so we would have a window seat! It was quite a walk back from the check-in to the security-control for Schengen flights.
Since we had some time to spend, we bought some hot chocolate and a huge coffee at Starbucks and found some very nice relaxing seats to drink our stuff.
After a while we headed for the respective gate, which was D66.

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Our bird waiting at the gate

Flight : OR 203
Stretch : AMS-CFU
Date : 27-jun-2009
Aircraft : Boeing 737-8K5
msn : 35100/2424
Registration : PH-TFA
Delivered : 08-NOV-2007
Seat : 26E
Load : 100%
Gate : D66
6th flight on the 738 and the first on this machine


Boarding started in time and parents with small children were asked to board first. After this ‘normal’ passengers could board this quite new Boeing 737-800. With row 26 it took us a while before we reached our seats. We sat down and although officially I had the window seat, I gave it to my GF. Nice isn’t it Big grin
Legroom was tight but ok. I am 1.91mtr so all Y-seats are tight for me. My GF had no problems with legroom so it was ok.
When boarding finished we were pushed back from the gate and the safety briefing was shown on the overhead screens.

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Crossing roads and water

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and take off

Taxi time was long, as we were assigned rwy 36L, the Polderbaan. We made a rolling start and took of in the Northern direction. Soon we turned eastbound towards the German borders.

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The Cockpit crew on this flight was all Dutch, and the 4 female F/A’s also. Service was BOB and commenced after 45 minutes of flight. We decided to order a sausage roll and some fruit juice. The roll was very hot and tasty, so all ok for us!
Our route roughly took us over CGN, STR, INN, VCE and along the Italian East coast down to Bari.

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on board service

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City of Bari with the Airport

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Nice skies today!

From there we crossed the Adriatic Sea and started to descent into CFU airport.
Our approach was over water so we only saw the water coming closer and closer. And just before we landed we saw land. Quite a nice approach I must say!

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Water getting closer and closer

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First sighting of Corfu Island

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Only seconds later.....

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.....we landed on Corfu

Touch-down was rough and breaking hard and loud. Fortunately no applause after landing, as I really hate this!
We taxied to our stand and left the airport via the rear stairs. Some pics and on to the bus which took us to the nice small terminal of CFU airport.

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Aeroflot was also present

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nice angle

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strange angle

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Terminal building

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Apron view with dark clouds partly covering this mountain

We were picked up by a bus to bring us to the hotel. It took over an hour for the bus to wait since some VIP’s needed to go to CFU also. Local authorities closed all roads for this. In the end we sat in the bus and drove off to the hotel. And we saw the VIP plane parked….. It was our own Dutch Royal Fokker 70 PH-KBX……………………… Stupid Dutch……. Big grin
Mr. Jaap de Hoop-Scheffer was on board for some meeting…..

Nevertheless we had a great stay on Corfu, which really is a beautiful island. Also Corfu Town is nice and worth a visit or two. Time went bye quick and before we knew we were back at the airport for check-in for our CFU-ZTH-AMS flight back home.

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D-ALCE playing darts in the hotel

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Old Fortress in Corfu-Town

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Something old as well Big grin

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Corfu Ferry

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This small boat ferries between Corfu-Town and Paxos island

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Last light of the day

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The Old fortress again (sorry for the blurry pic, no tripod with me)

Check-in procedures in CFU were done slightly different than in AMS or ZRH for example.
You put your suitcase on the belt, and they weigh it. After this they tag it and you take it off again. Next suitcase, same story. After you receive your boarding passes you take your own suitcases to the scanning area, where they compare your boarding pass with the tag on your suitcase. After this you are done with check-in. it sounds very time-consuming but honestly it was rather quick.
Soon there-after our aircraft came in, and not to my surprise it was PH-TFA again.

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The runway taken from the bus on our way to the airport. That's close to the road!

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Check-in desk

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PH-TFA waiting for us

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different angle


Flight : OR 203
Stretch : CFU-AMS
Date : 04-jul-2009
Aircraft : Boeing 737-8K5
msn : 35100/2424
Registration : PH-TFA
Delivered : 08-NOV-2007
Seat : 29F
Load : 70%
Gate : 1
7th flight on the 738 and the second on this machine


Boarding soon started and we were bussed to the aircraft. With row29 we decided to board via the rear-stairs again and took our place. This time I sat on the window-seat, as we agreed earlier that day. Legroom was slightly worse on row 29 compared to row26 the week before.

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legroom

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Aeroflot again

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Greek airforce, operating classic aircraft, probably for forest fire detection or so


We expected the aircraft to be filled with some ZTH bound pax from AMS, but the plane was all empty. So I asked an F/A why this was. She replied with a big smile and answered that we would fly directly to AMS. 99% of the pax, including my GF were very happy, as we would arrive in AMS an hour and a half earlier. Only 1 guy was not happy…..it was me…..I would have loved to fly via ZTH, but not this time…..
Departure was scheduled 1400hrs LT, but boarding was completed around 13.20hrs. Ten minutes later our engines started up and we started our taxi to the runway. Safety demonstration was done manually this time, and we rocketed off back to AMS.

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and take off

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Crew was again all Dutch and service again superb!
Our flight path took us along the coastline of the Former Yugoslavia, with some nice views on Dubrovnik and Zadar. We made landfall near Pula, and flew over INN, Bavaria and turned western over Spa-Francorchamps circuit, ANR and RTM for a rwy 6 approach.

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very small islands in the adriatic sea

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Must be INN

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Spa-Francorchamps racing track

As we started our descent, I found it strange that we stayed on roughly 3000ft or so for too long.
And then I saw some rwy24 departures below us. We were assigned a different runway and we got a very very nice view of the airport and the city of Amsterdam.

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RTM airport

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HV 737 outbound from AMS rwy 24

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Comuter area AMS

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simply stunning to see AMS from up here Big grin

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and again

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Amsterdam Olympic Stadium from the 1928 Summer Olympics

Some sharp turns and landed smoothly on rwy 27. A short taxi back to the gate, which was the same gate as we departed from a week earlier and soon we left the plane.

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Spotters place along rwy 09-27 with an unknown Restaurant......  Wink

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Speed brakes deployed

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Back home again!

We walked to the baggage-belts and had to wait for over an hour before the first suitcases were delivered to the respective owners, our cases took 20 minutes longer. Very bad service from Servisair, who handles Arkefly at AMS.
Our holiday was great and we will go back to Greece in the future. Arkefly is also an option as they offer a decent product. Only pity is the BOB product, which seems to be standard nowadays.

Thank you for reading and feel free to comment!
Cheers,
Joost (D-ALCE)


flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
34 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 16434 times:

Hoi Joost,

What an enjoyable unique TR you have got here. It looks like you had a great time in Corfu.  Smile

I have not seen many Dutch Arkefly report around. So it is certainly a nice addition. I do not like the seat pitch though.

Thank you for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineStefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 16420 times:

Hi Joost!

Nice to read about your holidays. I hope that weather got better at CFU? Is Arkefly the dutch version of the German Tuifly? I think so because all the air crafts have the same livery. Last year a friend of mine flew HAJ-AGP and got a full free meal. Therefore I'm surprised that you had BOB.

What a great chance to take such pics from AMS. Yesterday I passed AMS in 34.000 ft, but I couldn't take any pics because I was on the wrong side in the plane.

Unknown Restaurant  Big grin haha, how funny. I've been there several times already and if weather turn better I will go there on Saturday again.

Thanks for sharing the report and all the nice pics.

Cheers,
Stefan


User currently offlineDeltaHolland From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 16338 times:

Nice TR! I've always wanted to go to Greece and one day I hopefully will. Glad to know you had a great time and ArkeFly seems like a nice airline.

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5013 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15955 times:

Hoi, Joost,

this time from a readers point of view!.

Great story and also pix. Especially that AMS pix, stunning.
Corfu looks nice, never been there myself.

Quoting DALCE (Thread starter):
Our route roughly took us over CGN, STR, INN, VCE and along the Italian East coast down to Bari.

Nice routing, btw.!

Quoting DALCE (Thread starter):
would arrive in AMS an hour and a half earlier. Only 1 guy was not happy…..it was me…..I would have loved to fly via ZTH, but not this time…..

What a big disappointment.
Aproach to ZTH is also something special.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 15752 times:

@ Suryo

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 1):
I have not seen many Dutch Arkefly report around. So it is certainly a nice addition.

There are only a couple of them here on a.net but I think only on their 767's
I was therefore quite eager to drop a report. Everybody knows all about LH,LX,EI and others  Smile

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 1):
I do not like the seat pitch though.

I have seen worse! Try FR on the last rows of their 738's or LH's older 321's. Both are worse than this.

@Stefan

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 2):
I hope that weather got better at CFU?

Weather was quite good. Last couple of days we reached well over 35 degrees in the shade Big grin

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 2):
Is Arkefly the dutch version of the German Tuifly?

That's right. I even think this particular bird came from a existing Tuifly order. I remember reading something about this.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 2):
What a great chance to take such pics from AMS.

It sure was unique! After quite some flights from AMS, this was a first-timer for me to getr such a great view.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 2):
Unknown Restaurant haha, how funny. I've been there several times already and if weather turn better I will go there on Saturday again.

:D drop me a pm if you like to meet, perhaps we can organize a mini a.net meeting someday.

@ DeltaHolland

Quoting DeltaHolland (Reply 3):
Nice TR! I've always wanted to go to Greece and one day I hopefully will

Thanks! It was the first time to Greece for me, and will go back there 100% sure!

@ Markus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Especially that AMS pix, stunning.

I fully agree! It was great!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Corfu looks nice, never been there myself.

So there are places in Europe still not touched by the famous Flieger67 afterall Big grin

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Nice routing, btw.!

Unfortunately too cloudy to score a picture of STR Big grin

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
What a big disappointment.
Aproach to ZTH is also something special.

It was, but everybody else on board was happy  Sad
Better luck next time  Smile

All of you thanks for your comments
Cheers,
Joost (D-ALCE)



flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1801 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 15363 times:
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Hello Joost, Nice report! Good to see something about "that other Dutch airline  Wink ) Great approach over AMS! I was lucky enough to have that myself once. Great view!

Thanks for sharing!



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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 15356 times:



Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 6):
Nice report!

Thank you for reading!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 6):
Good to see something about "that other Dutch airline

Not too much reports about OR online here. At least one more now!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 6):
Great approach over AMS! I was lucky enough to have that myself once. Great view!

It was really something special. A pity my pics were not too great



flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4299 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 15174 times:

Thanks for the report,
Great pics of Corfu and AMS from above. The food doesn't look that great. How much was it?What was the selection like?
Thanks.


User currently offlineSeemyseems From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 967 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 15149 times:

Great TR!

I've been to Corfu, its a really nice island, the town is also very nice.



seemyseems
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 14976 times:



Quoting TK787 (Reply 8):
The food doesn't look that great. How much was it?

Well, the food was not free on board. This sausage roll costs € 3,00 or $ 3.00 and the van costed € 2,50 or $ 2,50. The taste is quite nice to be honest.

Quoting TK787 (Reply 8):
What was the selection like?

Roughly the same as any LCC around I think.

Quoting Seemyseems (Reply 9):
Great TR!

I've been to Corfu, its a really nice island, the town is also very nice.

It sure is a nice island, and Corfu Town is a nice place to stay. Absolutely nice!

Thanks for your comments!



flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26508 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14901 times:

Hi great report. Im glad you liked Corfu. Much nicer than Zakynthos actually so you picked the nicer Island. Glad you had good flights. Nice photos. Your first photo landing is ''Pontiki Nissi'' ( Mouse Island. ). The last time I was there was a lovely peaceful morning in 2001 .... It was September 11th !! I will never forget it for obvious reasons....

Thanks for the great report...

OA260

PS. Love the Olympic Airlines branded Fiat Panda lol...



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User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 611 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 14890 times:

Corfu is such a nice place to visit. Ive been twice now.

Shame about not routing via ZTH as the approach into there is pretty cool. I did it back in 2004 on a 757!

I returned from CFU just 3 weeks ago... Stay tuned for my trip report coming soon!

Matt


User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 14733 times:

hi Philip!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
Your first photo landing is ''Pontiki Nissi'' ( Mouse Island. ).

Good to know! Always good to learn something new  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
The last time I was there was a lovely peaceful morning in 2001 .... It was September 11th !! I will never forget it for obvious reasons....

I understand that you will never forget that. Also I know exactly where I was when I heard the news. The TV was on CNN for the whole day.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
PS. Love the Olympic Airlines branded Fiat Panda lol...

Nice car isn't it  Smile Didn't see a OA plane at CFU though.

Hi Matt!

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 12):
Corfu is such a nice place to visit. Ive been twice now.

Glad you liked it too!

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 12):
I returned from CFU just 3 weeks ago... Stay tuned for my trip report coming soon!

CFU is popular on a.net so it seems  Smile
I sure will read your report, always interesting to read about a known destination from somebody else's point of view.

Thanks both for you comments!
Cheers,
Joost (D-ALCE)



flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 14474 times:

Hi Joost,

Very nice report and great pictures. You don't read Arkefly-reports often here, so this one was interesting. The approach into CFU looks stunning.

Quoting DALCE (Thread starter):
Fortunately no applause after landing, as I really hate this!

What a surprise - usually there is applause on holiday flights; at least on German leisure carriers it still seems to be common...

Quoting DALCE (Thread starter):
The runway taken from the bus on our way to the airport. That's close to the road!

Great picture!

Quoting DALCE (Thread starter):
So I asked an F/A why this was. She replied with a big smile and answered that we would fly directly to AMS. 99% of the pax, including my GF were very happy, as we would arrive in AMS an hour and a half earlier. Only 1 guy was not happy…..it was me

I totally understand that - some island hopping would definitely have been nice.

Quoting DALCE (Thread starter):
simply stunning to see AMS from up here

Really great view!

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineDL752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 174 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 14397 times:

Loved the pictures!
Greece looks fun!
DL752 Smile


User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 14007 times:

Hi Christoph,

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 14):
What a surprise - usually there is applause on holiday flights; at least on German leisure carriers it still seems to be common...

I was so glad!
A couple of years ago I flew DE to PMI, and there was applause, I hated it!

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 14):
I totally understand that - some island hopping would definitely have been nice.

Must have something to do with our hobby I guess Big grin

Hi DL757,

Quoting DL752 (Reply 15):
Loved the pictures!
Greece looks fun!
DL752

Thanks for reading, glad you liked it.

Cheers,
Joost (D-ALCE)



flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
User currently offline787seattle From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 641 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 13840 times:

Lovely photography! I've always wanted to go to Greece. It looks so beautiful there!


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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13818 times:

Hoi Joost,

finally time to read your report. Just back from some days in Spain.

ArkeFly is such a great airline in Dutch skies. Legroom is better then competitor HV, since ArkeFly uses the slimline seats. Didn't you opt for their comfort class? For a small fare much more legroom. I always choose it on this airline, and I will do so next month on my flights to Greece.
Nice pictures again, you're improving your skills! Especially the terrace with the evening sun. That is a piece of 'art'  Wink And of course the winglets on the B737NG, greatest idea ever, makes views out of the window much more enjoyable.

Had the flight over AMS myself a few times before. It is actually a normal approach procedure, if I remember the charts correctly. I can look into it and let you know.

btw, baggage handling in AMS seems to be bad overall. I think it is the negative part of the 'great baggagesystem' we have. Just a simple belt for delivery would be much more convenient, and faster, I think.

Anyway, great report. Thanks!

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13816 times:

btw, for those who want to read an ArkeFly B767-300 report, I posted some time ago:

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/111186

Bye,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 13795 times:

Hoi Eric,

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
finally time to read your report. Just back from some days in Spain.

No problem, since you were working on creating a new report from your hand  Wink

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
ArkeFly is such a great airline in Dutch skies. Legroom is better then competitor HV, since ArkeFly uses the slimline seats.

Good to know, I did not fly HV so far, and actually am also not planning to fly them within the foreseable future.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
Didn't you opt for their comfort class? For a small fare much more legroom.

No, we just opted for the normal seats, since I don't think the extra legroom is worth € 30,- per person per return flight.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
I will do so next month on my flights to Greece.

Where are you flying to? Please drop a report if you want, always nice to compare this airline from somebody elses point of view.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
Nice pictures again, you're improving your skills! Especially the terrace with the evening sun. That is a piece of 'art'

Thanks, I thought the pics were actually getting worse..... My camera will get cleaned soon, there is some dust on the mirror.
But I have to admit that that one was very nice. I also liked the small boat in the last rays of sunlight.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
Had the flight over AMS myself a few times before. It is actually a normal approach procedure, if I remember the charts correctly. I can look into it and let you know.

I was surprised as the captain told us somewhere above Belgium that we would land on rwy06, so we didn't exspect this at all.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 18):
btw, baggage handling in AMS seems to be bad overall. I think it is the negative part of the 'great baggagesystem' we have. Just a simple belt for delivery would be much more convenient, and faster, I think.

Have not experienced it so bad yet. But it should be faster.

thanks for reading!
Cheers,
Joost (D-ALCE)



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6643 posts, RR: 78
Reply 21, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 13408 times:

Hi Joost,

very enjoyable review, good to see an Arkefly report. The pictures from Corfu are really great, nice place to go. Too bad you got the same aircraft twice and had to fly back nonstop.

Quoting DALCE (Thread starter):
Only pity is the BOB product, which seems to be standard nowadays.

That's odd considering it's a TUI carrier.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 13190 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
Too bad you got the same aircraft twice and had to fly back nonstop.

It was a pity indeed. sh*t happens Big grin

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
Only pity is the BOB product, which seems to be standard nowadays.

That's odd considering it's a TUI carrier.

Indeed, also Comfort class is served as BOB on short haul flights.
Is ArkeFly the only TUI carrier who has BOB?

Thanks for reading!



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 13183 times:



Quoting DALCE (Reply 22):
Only pity is the BOB product, which seems to be standard nowadays.

That's odd considering it's a TUI carrier.

Indeed, also Comfort class is served as BOB on short haul flights.

Because the Dutch public is crazy and thinks that paying for everything is the standard nowadays, and we gladly accept it  Sad That's why our country became one of the most expensive countries in Europe now.
Because HV is BOB, ArkeFly also does BOB. Why making a difference on the Dutch market? ArkeFly prices are just a bit lower and more acceptable. And for them, it's a nice extra income. People buy anyway. Maybe only a water or coffee, but it's all big money for them!

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 13171 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 23):
Because the Dutch public is crazy and thinks that paying for everything is the standard nowadays, and we gladly accept it That's why our country became one of the most expensive countries in Europe now.
Because HV is BOB, ArkeFly also does BOB. Why making a difference on the Dutch market? ArkeFly prices are just a bit lower and more acceptable. And for them, it's a nice extra income. People buy anyway. Maybe only a water or coffee, but it's all big money for them!

I knew I was crazy Big grin
I admit that we are amongst the most stupid people on earth.
Often when I am abroad, I feel sorry for my countrymen and their stupid behaviour. Wherever on earth you go, the Dutch are always the loudest, most selfish, arrogant and most impatient people around.



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25 EICVD : Hi Joost Great trip report. Really liked the pics of AMS from above. Thanks for posting.
26 LY777 : Very good TR I found the first generation of 737s (737-100/200) so ugly!!! But now, the 737NG with its winglets are for me the most graceful planes ar
27 BA319-131 : Hi Joost, Nice! Really enjoyed your trip, I have suggested to the wife we need to have abreak here, loved your pictures. Shame you had the same plane
28 DALCE : @ EICVD Thank you for your comments! @LY777 I am not really a 737 lover, prefer the looks of the 320-series. Also to fly, I prefer the 320's due to mo
29 NZ107 : Hi Joost, I've been meaning to reply for ages but kept on forgetting! Another great TR to read accompanied by great pics! Oh, you're way too nice. I o
30 DALCE : No problem, glad you liked the report! Well, sometimes you have to be nice to the girl. ehhhh.............good question! and I thought I would have 2
31 Infodesk : Hi DALCE, Such a shame you didn't get to fly back via ZTH. These island hops on charter flights are fun aren't they? Still, it seems like you enjoyed
32 DALCE : Hi Hannah, Thanks for reading my report! It was a shame indeed not to fly via ZTH, but better luck next time I guess Well, you know you are not flying
33 AlexEU : Nice trip report and pictures!! Shame you didn´t fly via Zakynthos. I just can´t imagine how long would that flight take. 15 minutes?! Regards, Alex
34 DALCE : I believe it is something like 20 minutes or so, obviously the weather takes her role too with departing CFU and the arrival path into ZTH. Thanks fo
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