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German Isles Sylt And Foehr, TUIfly And An2(+pics)  
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Posted (4 years 6 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 11559 times:

Some months ago, Alex (A.Net-user Ndebele) informed me that he had just booked a weekend trip to Sylt, Germany’s most northern isle, going out on Saturday on Air Berlin and returning on Sunday on TUIfly. He asked me if I wanted to join. I said yes, but I expanded the trip a bit and decided that I would already fly to Sylt on Friday and return on Sunday, together with Ndebele. Three airlines serve the airport of Sylt from our home airport STR during summer (LH, AB and X3) but TUIfly is the only airline with flights on Friday, so I booked TUIfly for both ways, for all in all EUR 134.02 for the return flight, including all taxes. Originally, my outbound flight should leave STR in the afternoon, but about six weeks before my flight I got an e-mail from TUIfy informing me about a flight time change. Now I would already leave in the morning. Really great for me as it allowed me some more hours on the island and I wouldn’t work on that day anyway.


Friday, 18 September 2009
Stuttgart (STR) – Westerland / Sylt (GWT)
Airline: TUIfly
Flight number: X3 1182
Scheduled departure time: 08:55
Scheduled arrival time: 10:20
Type of aircraft: Boeing B 737-700
Registration: D-AHXG



This aircraft was built in 2008 and delivered to TUIfly in April 2008.


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I arrived at Stuttgart airport around 90 minutes before departure time. TUIfly is a large player at STR with lots of flights, among them many holiday flights, but they operate separate check-in counters for their domestic network so that the mainly business passengers on domestic flights don’t have to join the masses of tourists at the other counters. Well, Sylt isn’t really a business destination, but it’s domestic anyway, so I was able to check in at these separate counters without any waiting time. A friendly female agent tagged my trolley and handed out my boarding pass for seat number 26A in the back of the aircraft.

I passed security check which was quite busy in the morning, and then I proceeded to gate 316 in Terminal 3:



50 minutes before departure, the aircraft for my flight to Sylt arrived from HAJ on time. It was D-AHXG:






Boarding started at 8:40 which was 15 minutes before departure time. I walked down the jet-bridge and was greeted by all in all three flight attendants (2 female, 1 male). Two German newspapers and a magazine were available in the overhead bins in the front of the cabin. I proceeded to my seat in the second last row of the aircraft. The purser announced the number of passengers to her colleagues: 119+2, so load factor was 80%. The middle seat next to me remained empty; the aisle seat was taken by a middle-aged lady. Nearly all passengers seemed to be tourists, the majority of them older than 60 years, plus some families with children.

The captain made a welcome announcement as well, informing us in a very detailed way about our flight route out of STR. The safety video was shown on the screens and we went off-block on time. After a short taxi to runway 07 and the landing of an LH Regional aircraft it was our turn to take off in eastern direction:






Weather in Southern Germany wasn’t the best, so views were limited:



Soon we were above the clouds. The screens showed the air-show permanently – no other programme on this flight which I enjoyed. Cabin crew started their service which was buy-on-board. Some special snacks can already be pre-ordered during booking. I had pre-ordered a Ciabatta “Caprese” with a drink of choice (hot or cold) for EUR 5.50:



The Ciabatta was tasty and fresh, a good breakfast for me. Cabin crew sold lots of drinks, mainly coffee, and some snacks as well. The weather got better in Central Germany:



Later there was a good view to the City of Kassel:



The first officer made an announcement informing us about our remaining flight route that would be via HAJ and BRE to the North Sea. After passing the Island of Foehr we would fly a turn and approach Sylt from the Northwest.

Rural Northern Germany:



Nice light conditions:



The City of Bremen with its harbour:



Bremerhaven:






Wind power:



Cuxhaven:



The „Wattenmeer“ with its small islands:






The Island of Amrum:



A sandbank:



After a U-turn above the North Sea we approached the Isle of Sylt from the Northwest:






Wenningstedt, a typical holiday town on the isle:



Shortly before touch-down on runway 14:



After touch-down and braking we turned around on the runway and taxied back on the runway as the airport has got no taxiways. We were on-block in front of the terminal on time. On leaving the aircraft, every passenger got a TUIfly-candy. I thanked the crew for the friendly service and made my way down the stairs:



D-AHXG on the apron of Westerland / Sylt, no other aircraft around:









When entering the small arrivals facilities it became clear that the terminal building was designed for regional traffic with small turboprop-aircraft but not to handle the masses of low-cost travel that fly into GWT today. The area was extremely small with two very short luggage belts, but no signs which one would be used. Of course this became clear soon but you didn’t really know where to stand as there was nearly no available space. Anyway, luggage arrived quickly and I left the terminal building. My aircraft, D-AHXG, would fly to CGN after a turn-around time of 40 minutes. By the way, this aircraft and its crew had an interesting routing through Germany today with HAJSTRGWTCGN.

As there is no bus service at Sylt Airport I took a taxi to Westerland, the biggest town in the isle. The weather was beautiful, a great late-summer day. Here are just a few impressions of Sylt. The town hall of Westerland:



The beach near Westerland:



Dunes:



Alex would arrive from STR on Saturday evening so I thought about what to do during the day. At first I intended to spend the day on the Isle of Sylt but while surfing the net I found an offer that I couldn’t resist: The small German airline Hanseflug offers scheduled flights during summer between Sylt and its neighbour isle Foehr, using a historic Antonov 2 aircraft. On that Saturday there were two daily flights in every direction, so perfect for a day-trip. I booked the flight on the evening before I left for GWT, so only two days in advance. The flight price was EUR 100.00 for the return trip, including all taxes, payable in cash before departure.


Saturday, 19 September 2009
Westerland / Sylt (GWT) – Wyk / Foehr (OHR)
Airline: Hanseflug
Flight number: HL 001
Scheduled departure time: 09:30
Scheduled arrival time: 09:45
Type of aircraft: Antonov An-2
Registration: D-FJKA



This aircraft was built in 1958 and is flying for Hanseflug since about 1999. It is the only aircraft in the fleet of Hanseflug. Unfortunately I couldn’t find out more about the history of this aircraft.


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On Saturday morning I returned to Sylt Airport by taxi. The flights of Hanseflug are handled in the General Aviation Terminal, also called Terminal 2, located far away from the “main” terminal, on the opposite side of the apron:



General Aviation Terminal, also called Terminal 2:



Inside:



The small white counter in the back belongs to Hanseflug; it wasn’t staffed yet:



My ride for today, D-FJKA, is still sitting idle on the apron:



In the terminal I watched a couple departing with their private plane, both packed with lots of shopping bags. Obviously a shopping trip to the exclusive shops on the isle. Ten minutes before the departure of my flight, an agent wearing a TUI tourist guide shirt arrived and asked me if I wanted to travel to Foehr. I said yes and he collected my EUR 100.00 in cash, then he signed the printed internet invoice I had brought with me as a confirmation that my return flight has been paid as well. The pilot arrived at exactly 9:30. He was a young guy of around 30 years and wore a pilot’s uniform. It turned out that I would be the only passenger on that flight, so the pilot, the agent and me left the terminal building (no security check) and walked across the apron to our aircraft:



I chatted a bit with the captain and he told me that loads on that route would vary a lot. The return flight from Foehr to Sylt later that morning would be fully booked so I was lucky that I had the whole aircraft for myself. We entered the aircraft and the captain made a safety demonstration which he took very seriously. He then offered me headphones as the engine would be quite noisy. I thanked him but declined and told him that I liked the sound. He asked me to fasten my seat belt during departure and landing but told me that I was free to wander around in the cabin during flight and also visit the cockpit that was open anyway. He was very motivated; you could realize that he liked his job.

The agent took the first officer’s seat; then the engine was started. It was indeed quite loud and sounded a bit like a mixture of a truck and a lawn-mower. Saturday morning is Lufthansa time at GWT. A CityLine CRJ 200 was already present and a Eurowings CRJ 200 just arrived. As soon as it had cleared the main runway we took off on the “side” runway 06 in eastern direction but before we had left the airport area we turned right towards the south. Shortly after take-off:



The City of Westerland in the background:



Flying across the town of Tinnum:



Flying the Antonov 2 is definitely a great experience. It is shaking a bit more than the modern turboprops, but as it is flying that slowly you get perfect views to the ground, like here to the green central part of Sylt:



The narrow southern part of Sylt:



A cabin-shot during flight:



Pilot at work:



Hoernum, the most southern town on the Isle of Sylt:



Soon we were reaching the Island of Foehr which is much more rural and greener than Sylt:









The Village of Oldsum:



Lots of green areas:



The church of the Village of Nieblum:



The Village of Nieblum with its small pond:



Approaching the airport of Wyk / Foehr:



The first houses of the Town of Wyk:



Looks like a nice place, doesn’t it? :



Touch-down on one of the two available grass runways:



Arrived:



Leaving D-FJKA:






The captain said goodbye to me, see you in the afternoon, and informed me that there was a bicycle hire station near the airport which was a valuable information for me. Then he did his pre-flight checks for the return flight. The agent walked with me to the small terminal building where the nine passengers for the flight back to GWT were already waiting. After a short turn-around time, the Antonov was on its way to Sylt again, this time with a load factor of 100%:






The airport is located very close to the Island’s “capital”, the Town of Wyk. There is a holiday housing estate just next to the airport and the daily departure of the Antonov seemed to be a highlight for many tourists as the small viewing area next to the terminal building was quite crowded. I rented a bike for the day for EUR 5.00 (I think you can’t complain about the price) to get around on the Island of Foehr a bit. Here are some impressions. The beach of Wyk:






The beach further in the West, near the village of Nieblum, is much more natural:



After some hours of cycling around and enjoying the sun and the beautiful landscape and beaches of the island it was time to go back to the airport.


Saturday, 19 September 2009
Wyk / Foehr (OHR) – Westerland / Sylt (GWT)
Airline: Hanseflug
Flight number: HL 004
Scheduled departure time: 17:00
Scheduled arrival time: 17:15
Type of aircraft: Antonov An-2
Registration: D-FJKA



This aircraft was built in 1958 and is flying for Hanseflug since about 1999. It is the only aircraft in the fleet of Hanseflug. Unfortunately I couldn’t find out more about the history of this aircraft.


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The rather small terminal building of the Airport of Wyk / Foehr contains a nice restaurant as well:






Shortly before 17:00, the Antonov was approaching from GWT again. No doubt, that must be the An-2:



Touched down:



The flight from Sylt to Wyk was fully booked with nine passengers. Only five passengers left at Wyk / Foehr, the other four, a family, had booked a round-trip and stayed on board. The captain from the morning flight greeted me and we walked over to the aircraft. I was the only passenger boarding at Wyk / Foehr. This time there was no agent so one of the passengers was sitting of the first officer’s seat (unfortunately for me it was already taken by one of the passengers from GWT). Before departure the captain talked a bit about his job and that he was the only full-time employee of Hanseflug operating nearly all the flights. The owner of the company was a captain flying for TUIfly as his main profession.

We taxied to the active runway and took off in eastern direction:






The beach of Wyk:



Flying a U-turn:



Nice view of the Town of Wyk:



The Airport of Wyk / Foehr:



Flying across the green island once again:



Leaving Foehr:



…and reaching Sylt again:



The City of Westerland: not a real beauty from the air:



The airport of Westerland / Sylt from the air; in the background you can see “Hindenburgdamm” linking the Isle of Sylt with the mainland by a railway connection:



A closer look to the airport:



Shortly before touch-down on runway 14:



We taxied to a parking position in front of the General Aviation Terminal. The captain escorted us to the building, then he said goodbye and told us that he was looking forward to welcoming us again on some further flights of Hanseflug.

I walked to Terminal 1, the main passenger terminal, where Alex / Ndebele arrived from STR half an hour later on AB:



We met and walked to Westerland centre as the weather was nice and the distance isn’t too far. The next day we spent with exploring the Isle of Sylt, going around by bus and by foot. In the late afternoon it was time to go to the airport once again.


Sunday, 20 September 2009
Westerland / Sylt (GWT) – Stuttgart (STR)
Airline: TUIfly
Flight number: X3 1183
Scheduled departure time: 18:10
Scheduled arrival time: 19:35
Type of aircraft: Boeing B 737-700
Registration: D-AHXB



This aircraft was built and delivered to TUIfly in 2007.


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The terminal building of GWT is nice, but rather small:



It contains only five check-in counters. Sunday afternoon is a very busy time with five flights leaving within two hours: AB to TXL, DUS and MUC and X3 to CGN and STR. So the small terminal building was extremely crowded:



So we decided to stay outside after check-in and watch the traffic. A well-known aircraft:



At 17:25 our aircraft arrived from STR on time. It was D-AHXB this time. We passed security check as late as possible which was a good thing as the gate area was extremely crowded as well. Everybody was happy that boarding started on time and we walked the short distance to our aircraft:



Boarding D-AHXB:



We took our seats number 26A and 26B in the second last row. This time the number of passengers was 137 plus one infant, so load factor was 93%. Again three flight attendants on board (2 female, 1 male) who were all friendly. After the safety video had been shown we taxied to runway 32. Sister ship D-AHXE bound for CGN is still on the apron:



Then we took off towards the Northwest. Here is a take-off video:
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The northern part of Sylt, in the background you can see the Danish Isle of Romo:



The Town of List on the Isle of Sylt:



The “Hindenburgdamm” linking the Isle of Sylt with the mainland:



Once again the Island of Foehr:



The female captain made a very detailed announcement about our flight route which was from GWT via the island-towns List and Kampen to St. Peter-Ording – Cuxhaven – BREHAJ – Kassel – Fulda – Wuerzburg – STR. Unfortunately it was clouded most of the time, so we didn’t see a lot:



I had pre-ordered a snack again, this time a Ciabatta with Ham-Provolone which tasted good:



The views got better when we reached Southern Germany. Here you can see the Town of Leonberg:
Soon it became clouded:



The stone pit near the Town of Ehningen:



The Town of Ehningen:



The City of Boeblingen:



Final approach into STR:



We touched down on runway 07 and taxied towards a parking position in front of the Terminal building. While we left the aircraft, the air-show was already prepared for the next flight and showed the next destination for this aircraft which would be Rimini in Italy. We passed the jet-bridge to Terminal 3 and proceeded to baggage claim where we collected our luggage. Then we said goodbye to each other and took trains home in different directions.


Conclusion: TUIfly offered a good product with on-time flights, friendly service and detailed information from the flight deck, all at a reasonable price. I would definitely fly TUIfly again. However, this will become more difficult for me as TUIfly will transfer all so-called “City-Routes” (mainly the former HLX-destinations, among them all domestic routes and flights to Austria and Italy) to Air Berlin from October 25. Like that, most of the routes out of my home airport STR will be flown by AB soon. TUIfly will only keep the typical tourist destinations around the Mediterranean Sea, mainly in Spain, Greece, Turkey and Egypt.
A flight on Hanseflug and their An-2 is something special, mainly because of the aircraft. Flying in low altitude and low speed offers great views to the ground and the old aircraft with its unique sound is still “real flying”. The captain of Hanseflug does a very good job, giving lots of information and caring about his passengers. If you should ever get the chance to fly with them, go for it!

Thanks for reading my report. Questions and comments are always appreciated.

Regards

Christoph

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User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2429 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 11448 times:

Hi Christoph,

I truly enjoyed your TR to German Isles. The pictures are just breathtaking.

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
The town hall of Westerland

I like the roof. Just like a castle in a fairy tale.

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
I would be the only passenger on that flight, so the pilot, the agent and me left the terminal building (no security check)

I wish that every airline can put confidence in her passengers this way.

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
unfortunately for me it was already taken by one of the passengers from GWT

That was unfair!

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
A cabin-shot during flight



Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
A flight on Hanseflug and their An-2 is something special, mainly because of the aircraft. Flying in low altitude and low speed offers great views to the ground and the old aircraft with its unique sound is still "real flying".

How nostalgically romantic. Like the good old days.

Thank you for sharing. Perhaps I should fly TUIfly sometime, even only to taste their Ciabatta! Big grin

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1798 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 11368 times:
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Hello Christoph, great report!

That 737 looks great in it's yellow livery! When I heard TUI would be painting their planes yellow I did not know what to think, but it turns out to look neat! Not as good as that Antonov you flew on, what a great opportunity! I spotted that plane at EHOW (small Dutch airfield) last summer, and I'm determined to get an AN-2 ride anywhere next year  Smile

Thanks for sharing,

Martijn



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User currently offlineReifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1310 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11150 times:

Hi Christoph,

Thank you for this great report! The Antonov is definitely a nice experience. I didn't knew that there is a demand on this route.

I will miss X3. I had never ever had a rude F/A with them and most of the F/A seem to really enjoy their job and do a little more than standard service. I hope they will keep this attitude once they will be wearing a AB uniform.I'm lucky to fly with them tormorrow from Istanbul to Frankfurt. The flight from Frankfurt to Istanbul was very enjoyable and I'm expecting the same for the way home.


User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 901 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11118 times:

I was most disappointed , as a Brit , that I was unable to make out any of the " clothing optional" sunbathers on the beach!!
That flight in the Blue Thunderer looked magical.
Thanks for a great report


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5005 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 11043 times:

Hey, Christoph,

a very warm welcomed story.
I´am awaiting that since you´re comment around my D328 report.
That Sylt and Hanseflug Combo was also on my to-do-list during the year.
But to few time, therefore really nice to read it from your hand.
Superb pix as well, a great read.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 10870 times:

Hi Christoph!
That's what I call an interesting report from Germany again. Flying to Sylt on such large aircrafts is already pretty interesting, and the An-2 ride a big plus!
I' ve flown the German TUIfly once, and was very positive on them. I also like their Recaro seating inside. Maybe not too comfortable for a 4 hour ride to the Canaries, but they do well on the shorter legs.
I think your 'Watteninseln' are different compared to the ones we 'own' in Holland. At least, we miss some airports on the islands... Silly I think AB flies the Q400 to GWT from DUS? Maybe that's something I could do someday. The Q400 is also a missing type for me, and this would be a good opportunity.

Regards,
Eric



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User currently offlineHanshubers From Netherlands, joined Feb 2006, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 10619 times:

Hiya Christoph,

Very nice to read your interesting tripreport! I flew once overhead the island of Sylt heading for CPH! Nice to see some detailed pictures of the island as well, it reminds me a bit of our Dutch 'Waddeneilanden' in a certain way. Except that there are no airports, what Eric already mentioned above...

Keep on those good TR's  Smile

Cheers,
Hans



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User currently offlineStefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 10538 times:

Hi Christoph!

Very good report. I enjoyed reading it. Did you record a movie on the An-2 as well?

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 6):
At least, we miss some airports on the islands.

There is an airport on Texel, which I visited 2 years ago. But unfortunately there is no commercial flight linking AMS and Texel.

Stefan


User currently offlineHansHubers From Netherlands, joined Feb 2006, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10528 times:



Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 8):
There is an airport on Texel

Correct! There are several small airfields on the islands, but only for general aviation.



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 10479 times:

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip on the An2.
Some more info on their website

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
As there is no bus service at Sylt Airport I took a taxi to Westerland

I the bus route suspended ? It was running when I flew to GWT two years ago routing ZRH-TXL-GWT and back as a daytrip.

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
A flight on Hanseflug and their An-2 is something special, mainly because of the aircraft. Flying in low altitude and low speed offers great views to the ground and the old aircraft with its unique sound is still “real flying”. The captain of Hanseflug does a very good job, giving lots of information and caring about his passengers. If you should ever get the chance to fly with them, go for it!

With Hanseflug's An2 stationed at HAJ (they use the "Karl Jatho" GA terminal there), I have flown them twice:
Last year a sightseeing flight over Hannover.
This year I flew a roundtrip HAJ-BRE-HAJ for the celebrations of 100 years of flying in Bremen.
On the return flight (after manually cycling the engine by rotating the propeller for a few rotations prior to startup) we were checking out some newly installed (modern) wind turbines east of Nienburg/Weser flying through the array of them at the very height of the mast (= center of the rotors), scaring some cattle beneath ... Big grin

Quoting Reifel (Reply 3):
I didn't knew that there is a demand on this route.

Tourists ... Big grin

-HT



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 10449 times:

A great report of interesting and somewhat different flying from the norm.

I've been wanting to visit Sylt for a couple of years now - the itch actually came from reading somebody's TR in this very same forum - but haven't so far found a suitable time to do so. And I guess doing it in the wintertime is not the best of ideas, so maybe next summer. Riding a biplane would be a perfect addition to such a trip.

Thanks for posting.


User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 10401 times:

Thanks a lot to all of you for your replies and your kind words! They are highly appreciated.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 1):
The town hall of Westerland

I like the roof. Just like a castle in a fairy tale.

Indeed, it's a special building.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 1):
I would be the only passenger on that flight, so the pilot, the agent and me left the terminal building (no security check)

I wish that every airline can put confidence in her passengers this way.

Yes, the direct contact between the captain and the passengers is much closer here than on a bigger aircraft.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 1):
How nostalgically romantic. Like the good old days.

Indeed. After all, the aircraft is more than 50 years old.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 2):
That 737 looks great in it's yellow livery! When I heard TUI would be painting their planes yellow I did not know what to think, but it turns out to look neat!

I have to say that I didn't like the idea at first, but now as I have got used to it I like the yellow livery as well.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 2):
I spotted that plane at EHOW (small Dutch airfield) last summer, and I'm determined to get an AN-2 ride anywhere next year

I wish you a good flight!  Smile

Quoting Reifel (Reply 3):
Thank you for this great report! The Antonov is definitely a nice experience. I didn't knew that there is a demand on this route.



Quoting HT (Reply 10):
Tourists ...

Yes, as they offer at least two daily flights in every direction (only during summer) it is a good opportunity for tourists on both isles to spend a day on the other isle. Besides there is the sight-seeing factor, like the family on my return flight who didn't leave the aircraft at Foehr at all.

Quoting Reifel (Reply 3):
I will miss X3. I had never ever had a rude F/A with them and most of the F/A seem to really enjoy their job and do a little more than standard service.

I agree with that.

Quoting Reifel (Reply 3):
I'm lucky to fly with them tormorrow from Istanbul to Frankfurt. The flight from Frankfurt to Istanbul was very enjoyable and I'm expecting the same for the way home.

I have read your report about your outbound flight and I'm curious what your return flight will be like.

Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 4):
That flight in the Blue Thunderer looked magical.
Thanks for a great report

Thank you David. Yes, the blue colour looks nice on the Antonov.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
That Sylt and Hanseflug Combo was also on my to-do-list during the year.
But to few time

Well, maybe something for next summer. All in all the route seemed to be successful, so maybe they will offer it again next year.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 6):
I think your 'Watteninseln' are different compared to the ones we 'own' in Holland. At least, we miss some airports on the islands...

I guess the Dutch islands are a bit smaller than Sylt and Foehr, so not too much space for a larger airport.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 6):
I think AB flies the Q400 to GWT from DUS? Maybe that's something I could do someday. The Q400 is also a missing type for me, and this would be a good opportunity.

During summer it is usually a B737 or A320, but AB serves GWT from DUS in winter as well and due to the lower demand it will be the Q400. So if you don't mind going there in winter...  cold 

Quoting Hanshubers (Reply 7):
Very nice to read your interesting tripreport!

Thank you!  Smile

Quoting Hanshubers (Reply 7):
it reminds me a bit of our Dutch 'Waddeneilanden' in a certain way.

I have never been there - another possible destination for a further holiday as I like islands a lot.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 8):
Did you record a movie on the An-2 as well?

Unfortunately not - I simply forgot.  Sad

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 8):
There is an airport on Texel, which I visited 2 years ago. But unfortunately there is no commercial flight linking AMS and Texel.

Maybe that would be something for Hanseflug as well...  Wink

Quoting HT (Reply 10):
I the bus route suspended ? It was running when I flew to GWT two years ago routing ZRH-TXL-GWT and back as a daytrip.

At least there was no bus going to the airport itself. If you walk a few hundred metres you will get to a regular bus stop.

Quoting HT (Reply 10):
This year I flew a roundtrip HAJ-BRE-HAJ for the celebrations of 100 years of flying in Bremen.
On the return flight (after manually cycling the engine by rotating the propeller for a few rotations prior to startup) we were checking out some newly installed (modern) wind turbines east of Nienburg/Weser flying through the array of them at the very height of the mast (= center of the rotors), scaring some cattle beneath ...

Sounds very interesting as well!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
A great report of interesting and somewhat different flying from the norm.

Thanks a lot!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
And I guess doing it in the wintertime is not the best of ideas, so maybe next summer.

Yes, it is a typical summer destination. In winter it is cold and often rainy. But a colleague of mine went there in winter and liked it. During winter you have the island for yourself, with nearly no other tourists.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineLarshjort From Denmark, joined Dec 2007, 1351 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 10382 times:



Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
A flight on Hanseflug and their An-2 is something special, mainly because of the aircraft. Flying in low altitude and low speed offers great views to the ground and the old aircraft with its unique sound is still “real flying”.

I took a 30 min sightseeing trip in august with An-2 D-FUKM from FLF, complete with exhaust smell in the cabin. The first thing the pilot said was: THe aircraft looks a bit old but I have a wife and kids at home and I want to see them again Big grin
It was one of the best fights I have been on.

/Lars



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (4 years 6 months 4 hours ago) and read 10143 times:

Thanks a lot for your reply, Lars.

Quoting Larshjort (Reply 13):
I took a 30 min sightseeing trip in august with An-2 D-FUKM from FLF, complete with exhaust smell in the cabin.

Sounds very good as well. After all, there is quite a large number of An-2 aircraft still flying around.

Quoting Larshjort (Reply 13):
The first thing the pilot said was: The aircraft looks a bit old but I have a wife and kids at home and I want to see them again

Sounds convincing.  

Regards
Christoph

[Edited 2009-10-19 13:34:59]

User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9920 times:

Hi Christoph, very nice report! I enjoyed reading it while taking a look at the pictures. I have wanted to visit the German isles for a while now, seems like I will have to consider that for the next holiday or so...  Smile
Wonderful scenery there, especially along with the AN2 experience. TUIFly looks good, too!

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
The Town of Ehningen:



Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
The City of Boeblingen:

Thanks for posting these photographs. I recognized everything! It has been a while since I last took off from runway 25/landed on runway 7... it still looks different from google earth.



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 9676 times:

Hi Marius and thanks for your reply.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
I have wanted to visit the German isles for a while now, seems like I will have to consider that for the next holiday or so...
Wonderful scenery there, especially along with the AN2 experience.

Yes, flying that low and slow with the An-2 offers great views to the beautiful landscape of the isles.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
Thanks for posting these photographs. I recognized everything!

I also enjoy flying above our home region when you know the places below. But of course it's also interesting to discover new areas where you have never been before.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6639 posts, RR: 78
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9638 times:

Hi Christoph,

great report with so many excellent shots. The lighting conditions were perfect. You really got an exotic aircraft...

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
Some special snacks can already be pre-ordered during booking. I had pre-ordered a Ciabatta “Caprese” with a drink of choice (hot or cold) for EUR 5.50:

Not bad considering that it tasted good.

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
A cabin-shot during flight:

Wow, so different from the usual cabin shots here. But I really miss PTVs...  Wink


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9447 times:

Hi PH and thanks for your nice reply.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
The lighting conditions were perfect.

Actually we were quite lucky with the weather on that weekend. A week later it would have been much colder, rainy and more autumn-like.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
Wow, so different from the usual cabin shots here. But I really miss PTVs...

Would be a further improvement, so you could watch "candid camera" on a 15-minutes-leg...  Wink

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2898 posts, RR: 23
Reply 19, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9124 times:

Hi Christoph,

thanks for taking the time and efforts to put this report about our GWT weekend trip online! It was definitely a nice short holiday and two nice flights. A pity I didn't take that An-2 flight, it would have been my first flight on a Russian-built aircraft. Nice pics by the way!

Refards, Alex.


User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9085 times:

Thanks, Alex, for your reply!

I also enjoyed the weekend and the flights with the nice views to the islands in the North Sea.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1423 posts, RR: 33
Reply 21, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 8919 times:

Hi Christoph,

A very informative and refreshing read of a region not covered too much here on airliners. It seemed be be a perfect weekend break, with a very special highlight on Hanseflug. Great that you found out about these special flights! And how lucky you were to have such an enthusiastic pilot and the whole aircraft to yourself on the way to Foehr.

Loved the idea of hiring a bike for 5Euros, more airports should offer this  Wink

Shame about TUIfly transfering some routes to AB. Hope you still manage to find some interesting flights with them.

Thanks for posting & happy flying
Infodesk



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8766 times:

Hi Hannah,

thank you for your reply.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 21):
Great that you found out about these special flights! And how lucky you were to have such an enthusiastic pilot and the whole aircraft to yourself on the way to Foehr.

It was something special indeed - I would always go for it again.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 21):
Loved the idea of hiring a bike for 5Euros, more airports should offer this

I agree - I would definitely appreciate it. But not all airports are located in such a beautiful landscape...

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 21):
Shame about TUIfly transfering some routes to AB. Hope you still manage to find some interesting flights with them.

I hope so, too - at least the Mediterranean routes will stay with TUIfly. And I guess I will fly AB more often in the future as they will become one of the biggest players on my home airport.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineGjunnar From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8607 times:

Enjoyable sunday afternoon read, Christoph. Your report and pictures really make me wanna go visit Sylt (or any of the German isles in the North Sea, for that matter) as I've never been up there.

User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8519 times:

Hi Gjunnar,

thanks a lot for your reply!

Quoting Gjunnar (Reply 23):
Your report and pictures really make me wanna go visit Sylt (or any of the German isles in the North Sea, for that matter) as I've never been up there.

It would be definitely worth a visit, especially during summer. However, neither AB nor LH already offer direct flights between STR and GWT for summer 2010 until now. Let's see what will happen with that route next summer.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 25
Reply 25, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 7855 times:

Looks like Hanseflug will resume the twice daily shuttle between GWT and OHR in 2010; on their website they are taking bookings from 01-MAY to 30-SEP-2010.
On the downside this means that (as of now) I will not have the opportunity to fly out on that a/c on any airshows from HAJ ....  Sad
Only 2 days of sightseeing flights over Hannover are scheduled.
-HT



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