BasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1290 posts, RR: 1 Posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7830 times:
A tribute to SkyEurope Airlines! AMS-PRG-AMS
As a tribute to this fantastic airline I decided to make this trip report. When GECAS decided to take back almost the whole fleet earlier this year, the end of SkyEurope was near. After struggling for months they finally stopped flying about a month ago. But before all those trouble it was one of the best low-cost airlines in Europe. Attractive schedules, good prices, new aircrafts and very friendly crews!
A year ago I went to Prague with a good friend of mine to do some plane spotting. As usual SkyEurope had a special offer, a return ticket for only 75 euros including taxes and creditcard fee.
We arrived at the airport around 07.15. Check-in was done online so the only thing to do was waiting until boarding time. This was actually the first Tuesday morning service since two months (the schedule to Amsterdam was reduced during the summer months) and it seemed that nobody was informed. The departure lounge remained closed until 08.00 when the security people arrived in a hurry. Inside lounge 4 all shops were closed. Well, lounge 4 is extremely boring anyway with only two shops available. My advise: go through security as late as possible when you are leaving from the M-pier.
The aircraft had arrived 25 minutes early and was almost ready for boarding when the first passengers arrived at the departure gate. A light load today so it took not very long before everyone was onboard and the aircraft was ready for pushback. We pushed back 8 minutes early and taxied to runway 24. With no other traffic in front of us we made a rolling take-off:
Prague Ruzyne Airport has two terminals, T1 for non-Schengen flights and T2 for Schengen flights. CSA Czech Airlines and Travel Service are based at the airport and most other flights are operated by the main European legacy and low-cost airlines. The interesting stuff is from Eastern Europe and Russia, Aerosvit Airlines and Ural Airlines for example. Below some pictures that I took during the day:
Boarding for the return flight started 20 minutes prior to departure time. Again a light load so the boarding process was ready 10 minutes later. We pushed back exactly on-time and taxied to runway 24. After another SkyEurope 737 was airborne to Milan Bergamo it was our turn:
The route to Amsterdam was the same as we flew this morning, via Dresden, Erfurt, Kassel and Dortmund, this time at 40000 feet. At 20.10, somewhere above the border between Germany and The Netherlands, descending was started. We approach runway 18C, also known as the Zwanenburgbaan, named after my village. Touchdown was ahead of schedule at 20.29.
FlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1705 posts, RR: 41 Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7591 times:
Some nice pictures on this great little report. Thanks!
Funnily enough (well.. not really) I booked a flight on NE the very day they went bust - 31th August 2009 . No wonder it was so cheap. So unfortunately I won't have the chance to try them out any more.
FlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1705 posts, RR: 41 Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7013 times:
Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 2): This Embraer operated probably a charter for some company or so. It's in AMS from time to time, but only on special charters. No scheduled flights.
Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 4): I checked the registers for you:
CF812/511 17:10/09:15 (9th) GRS-AMS-CDG-GRS SE-DZB ER4
and on the 10th of September the aircraft was at AMS again:
CF512/813 19:10-20.00 GRS-CDG-AMS-MAD SE-DZB ER4
Thanks guys for such detailed information. Could that be a charter for some sports team or what?
CrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1727 posts, RR: 41 Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6555 times:
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Hi Jeroen, nice report once again! I flew with NE on the same routing last may and I liked them pretty good, that was just after GECAS pulled all the planes but we still got the NGN and NGP. I liked the crew and it was a good experience but the last months of their operations were a mess!
Ps. The LBA trip was great, thanks for the inspiration
HansHubers From Netherlands, joined Feb 2006, 77 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6145 times:
Very nice tripreport, Jeroen! I think this is wat NE deserves, although it's too late! A pity that I couldn't join this trip with you, but I'm looking forward to our next trip to MXP the 28th of october