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BCN´s New Terminal 1 And The MD87  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Posted (5 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 11489 times:

BCN´s new terminal 1 and the MD87



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Hola, dear readers,

and welcome to the third part of my summer vacation series in Spain.

The other parts are covered here:

Europe Or Africa?: Melilla On Denim Air (by FLIEGER67 Oct 9 2009 in Trip Reports)

Melilla-Malaga And Vueling/Clickair GRX-BCN (by FLIEGER67 Oct 13 2009 in Trip Reports)

Now, I was in Barcelona, ready for my first experience with BCN´s new terminal 1 and another interesting bird to fly on schedule.






Thursday, 20.08.2009
BCN (Barcelona-El Prat) Sunny, Temperature 28 degrees
MAD (Madrid-Barajas) Sunny, Temperature 33 degrees
Duration: 50 minutes announced
1 hour, 10 minutes actual

Service JK 407 operated by Spanair
Scheduled: 13.00 // 14.20
Actual: 13.00 // 14.10
Gate: C 72 Seat: 22A
Load factor: Around 60%


A free and frequent bus service connects BCN´s terminal´s, departing from the arrivals level.
Some ten minutes to go for Terminal 1. A huge and impressive building, so huge and spacious, it seems BCN awaiting much more traffic.

Road side:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901188.jpg

And a smoky AZ MD80 departure:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901189.jpg

The board:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901187.jpg

A lot of Spanair self service terminals there, not a minute to select a seat and take my boarding pass from the machine.

Inside:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901190.jpg

Also no time to wait at security and ready to check the gate area.
Not that much people around for all that shops and bars and when you think you´ve reached the final part of the terminal,
walk around the corner and see the next long corridor with gates ahead.
Well done here at BCN.

In the main area:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901191.jpg

To the gate:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901192.jpg

Around the corner:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901196.jpg

Flights from my area:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901193.jpg

My machine:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901194.jpg

Closer:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901195.jpg

Once more:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901197.jpg

Departures good to follow:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901198.jpg

Close up:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901199.jpg

And again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901200.jpg

Departure KLM:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901201.jpg

Clickair:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901203.jpg

Or Vueling:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901204.jpg

TK A321:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901206.jpg

Not the only spanish registered SK machine here:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901207.jpg

My plane was at the gate. The warm welcomed MD87, still painted in SK livery, only the reg. shows that it is in service with Spanair.
EC-JRR delivered at 01.03.1991 to SK and in service since 19.04.2006 with Spanair, more than three years and no time to paint,
not the best impression from my point of view. Spanair operates in total 14 MD87´s.
Only leg. no 2 for me on type and the first flight on that machine.
The crew arrived and boarding was called some minutes thereafter, three friendly females on that service in the cabin.

Boarding:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901208.jpg

Down the bridge:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901209.jpg

JK special colours beside:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901210.jpg

No comments during the whole flight from the spanish cockpit crew.

The cabin fitted with dark blue oldfashioned fabric seats. Somewhat worn out, low legroom and really noisy.

Cabin:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901220.jpg

Seats:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901221.jpg

Taxi:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901211.jpg

Further:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901212.jpg

Departure from the 2660 meters runway 25L , no route or flightlevel informations.

Take off:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901213.jpg

Above the coastline:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901214.jpg

And the engine:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901215.jpg

Further above the sea:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901216.jpg

The shore again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901217.jpg

Once more:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901218.jpg

Leaving the med:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901219.jpg

Service was between some sweets, buy-on-board.

Near MAD:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901222.jpg

Approach:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901223.jpg

Some water reservoirs:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901224.jpg

Finals:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901225.jpg

Touchdown:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901226.jpg

The flight was uneventful. Approach into MAD´s 3620 meters runway 18L and a long taxi to the old terminal part, where we parked and disembarked at a finger gate.

Taxi:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901227.jpg

Near the oder terminal area:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901228.jpg

Air Comet, more later:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901229.jpg

Swiftair:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901230.jpg

At the gate:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901231.jpg

Again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901232.jpg

Gate close up:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901233.jpg

Friendly cabin staff, a special plane, at least for me and ontime service, fare around 40.-- euros, three weeks prior to departure, ok so far Spanair.
And the MD87?: Noisy and oldfashioned, but everytime warm welcomed!.
With check-in done for the next flight online, also departing from this terminal area, no need to go out in the public.







Thursday, 20.08.2009
MAD (Madrid-Barajas) Sunny, Temperature 34 degrees
GRX (Federico-Garcia-Lorca-Granada-Jaen) Sunny, Temperature 34 degrees
Duration: 50 minutes announced and also actual

Service FR 5376 operated by Ryanair
Scheduled: 16.20 // 17.15
Actual: 16.30 // 17.20
Gate: C 43 Seat: 29F
Load factor: Around 90 %


As usual, I´am staying away from that company in every possible way. But this time the only alternative was IB with more than 100.-- Euros fare difference.
FR was booked for around 50.-- Euros.
IB seems worth it, when there is a special plane on that route, but scheduled was the A319, absolutely no need for me to catch that machine.
So eyes shut and pressed the booking button for that flight.
While checking the gate I´ve passed the area for Air Comets around 8 hours delayed service to PMI.

No Comet to PMI:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901236.jpg

That was like a riot, the gate agent does an announcement, it seems nothing positive and some pax yelling loud and throwing boarding passes at him.
Well not easy to accept with several flights to PMI coming and going. Mechanics worked at the plane outside.

Comet hit the top:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901234.jpg

Followed by UX:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901235.jpg

Time enough for some spotting here at MAD.

Nice apron scene:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901237.jpg

AM departed:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901238.jpg

Egypt from CAI:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901239.jpg

Takeoff Mexicana:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901240.jpg

LAN A343 bound for FRA:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901241.jpg

The new UX E90:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901242.jpg

Bound for South Amercia:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901243.jpg

Argentina Jumbo:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901244.jpg

My gate was a finger one, but no plane to see yet. As usual, immediatelly after a girl staffed the desk a long line was formed.
With me and the only luxury when going on FR to pay for priority in the background.
Boarding started, but no pirority call, not usual here in Spain?. Me and two or three other priority pax approached the gate followed by not that friendly
views from the pax in line. Something what I really dislike, but it´s FR, we know.
Down the stairs to the waiting bus and further to the parked plane on the apron.

Pullmantur 747´s:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901245.jpg

Boarding:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901246.jpg

Close up:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901247.jpg

Tail shot:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901248.jpg

Window view:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901249.jpg

TAM A332:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901250.jpg

EI-DAM, the usual 737-800, what else to expect, was parked . Delivered at 23.04.2003 to FR, one of the 202 examples strong fleet and also one of the oldest nowadays.
Leg no. 42 for me on type and thankfully a new registration.
Two male, two female FA´s, two friendly, two neutral here.
Load was around 90% and it needs some time till all pax found seats.
Cockpit crew was from Spain. The captain with a friendly welcome during boarding and some departure informations.
We had to wait some minutes due to heavy traffic and therefore restrictions till we´re allowed to start up the engines.

Taxi:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901252.jpg

Line up:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901253.jpg

Finally departure from the 4220 meters runway 15R, no flightelvel or route informations.

And departed:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901254.jpg

Service was buy-on-board as usual with FR. No comment to the commercial informations, also something what I really dislike.
The cabin fitted with the oldfashioned blue fabric seats, low legroom and somewhat dirty.

Classic FR cabin:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901251.jpg

Near GRX:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901255.jpg

Some water and mountains:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901256.jpg

Finals:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901257.jpg

Just arrived:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901258.jpg

Another uneventful flight and followed by touchdown on GRX´s 2900 meters runway 09, the other direction this time.

At GRX:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901259.jpg

Under the wing:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901260.jpg

On the apron:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901261.jpg

IB nearby:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901262.jpg

Both beside:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901263.jpg

Once more quickly out in the public and soon thereafter back at the hotel.
FR was ok, significantly cheaper than IB on that route, mixed impressions from the staff and not well organized at the gate at MAD,
reasons enough to stay away as far as its possible.

Some more Granada city pix:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901264.jpg

Sunshades:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901268.jpg

The next day we explored Calahorra and its fascinating castle and also Europes largest Solar energy power station and also the second largest around the world
and the Guadix caves.

And what´s that?:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901270.jpg

Calahorra castle en detail:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901271.jpg

Solar energy:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901272.jpg

Interesting appartments:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901277.jpg

A visit to Granada isnt a visit to Granada without the Alhambra. During booking, two weeks prior, the only available timeslot was Saturday morning.
It seems there is a huge demand for that thing.
And it´s really worth it, spectacular.
Some pix:

Indoor:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901292.jpg

Detail:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901293.jpg

Green water:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901295.jpg

Indoor again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901297.jpg

My son and the Alhambra:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901300.jpg

Pillars:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901305.jpg

And again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901311.jpg

City view:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901320.jpg

In the gardens:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901340.jpg






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Sunday, 23.08.2009
MAD (Madrid-Barajas) Sunny, Temperature 32 degrees
FRA (Frankfurt-Rhein-Main) Sunny, Temperature, 26 degrees
Duration: 2 hours, 10 minutes announced and actual

Service LH 4413 operated by Lufthansa
Scheduled: 16.35 // 19.10
Actual: 16.55 // 19.05
Gate: C 42 Seat: 21C
Load factor: Near 100%


Another four sunday morning hours on the spanish motorways during low traffic and returned the car perfectly ontime.
Seat selection and check-in was done in the usual style.
Online from the hotel internet station to print out the boarding passes at the airport.
A 737-500 was scheduled and the very last row was free for us.
Pax waiting at the standard check-in desks for all LH flights, no one in front at the kiosks and also at bag drop off,
something what me once more surprised. Why dont use the kiosks?. Who knows?.
No time to wait at security and back in the well known gate area where also my last flight at Thursday departed.
No more riots at the Air Comet gate, but nevertheless Comet was also today the airline with the most delays on the screen.
Good time now for some spotting with all that interesting planes here at MAD.

The board:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901359.jpg

And Comet leads again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901360.jpg

Comet A343:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901371.jpg

Quantum B717:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901347.jpg

China and Quantum:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901348.jpg

Air Europa heavy:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901349.jpg

IB A343 and a parked A320:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901350.jpg

The UX E90 once more:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901351.jpg

Avianca bound for Bogota:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901352.jpg

Top of the day, at least for me: Santa Barbara from Venezuela operated by Lithuanian SmartLynx:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901353.jpg

And departed:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901357.jpg

Quantum again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901358.jpg

LOT at the gate beside:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901354.jpg

My machine?:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901355.jpg

LOT and the cargo apron:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901356.jpg

Quantum ready to go:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901361.jpg

CO B752W:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901362.jpg

Another IB A343 departure:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901363.jpg

LOT and Aeromexico:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901365.jpg

Departed:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901366.jpg

UX twice:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901367.jpg

TK A310 cargo taxi:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901370.jpg

So close?:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901372.jpg

LH planes comng and going, but no 737-500, instead a 737-300 approached our gate. A plane change?.
So it seems. Parked was D-ABEA, a 737-300 delivered at 20.02.1990 to LH, named Saarbrücken. .
One of 33 operated by LH. Leg no. 39 for me on type and again a new registration.

My machine at the gate:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901369.jpg

Another shot at the gate:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901373.jpg

Boarding:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901374.jpg

Boarding was called a little late and the reason was explained by the german captain during boarding.
Well, exactly the same like at Thursday, heavy afternoon traffic and a slot delay for us.
Three friendly female FA´s on that machine.
The cabin clean, good legroom and the dark grey leather seats in real good conditions.

Cabin:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901380.jpg

Load was near 100%, it seems the reason to change from the smaller 735 to the 733 here.
Departure from the 3620 meters runway 15L in direction San Sebastian and Biarritz, above france to FRA. Flightlevel 30.000 feet.

Near Biarritz:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901378.jpg

Reaching France:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901379.jpg

Just departed:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901375.jpg

Aiport view:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901376.jpg

Small door window:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901381.jpg

On the way:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901382.jpg

Service was a hot meal and two times free drinks, also wine and else for free, real good.

Service:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901377.jpg

Approaching FRA:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901383.jpg

Again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901385.jpg

Taxi:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901386.jpg

Touchdown on the 4000 meters runway 07R and by bus to the terminal.

EK on the way:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901387.jpg

Again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901388.jpg

Apron action:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901389.jpg

TS A332:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901390.jpg

Passing by:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901391.jpg

My machine at FRA:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901393.jpg

Again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901394.jpg

The final apron view:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/ES0901/ES0901395.jpg

Well done here LH, friendly staff and good service.
Germany welcomed us back with afternoon sun and 26 degrees, real nice.
Not that long to wait for the bags, shuttled to Tourcare and on the way back home with some 400 pics and lots of new impressions.

And further: Via Switzerland on the Cisalpino to Milano and back by plane from LIN.

Comments welcome,
Markus (FLIEGER67)


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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 11421 times:

Hola Matkus!

It is finally here, well done; really enjoyed reading your comments and looking at the pictures.

BCN's new terminal is impressive, I really enjoy it; although I haven't been able to explore it fully, I am still missing the A gates.

JK's MDs are supposed not to last long... that is why probably they have not bother to change the colors, they want to have an all Airbus fleet; less cost in maintenance and less gas consumption. I think, although not admitted by JK, that last year accident at MAD has something to do with that change.

JK service on board is pretty standard for Spanish carriers, nothing for free and very limited information.

LH seems to follow a *A policy, less than two hours flights: cold meals; more than two hours, you get something hot... It is a standard procedure for LX as well.

Alhambra pictures are great, no wonder it was difficult to find tickets, it is one of the most visited monuments in Spain. I do really recommend you go back in winter or spring when Sierra Nevada is covered by snow. Sights are impressive. Another great time to visit is at sunset...

Well, now that Spain is well covered I am looking forward to reading your Swiss and Qatar experiences.

Thanks again,

Roger



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 11251 times:

Hi Markus,

great report about the last part of your holiday combined with lots of good pictures. BCN Terminal 1 looks great, very light and spacious.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Spanair operates in total 14 MD87´s.
Only leg. no 2 for me on type and the first flight on that machine.

That's good - the MD-87 is a really rare aircraft. I missed it on SAS as it was replaced by a Cimber CRJ 200 on my flight from STR to CPH.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
As usual, immediatelly after a girl staffed the desk a long line was formed.
With me and the only luxury when going on FR to pay for priority in the background.

Oh yes, typical Ryanair. I would also consider booking the priority - like that you can start your flight much more relaxed. But I haven't been on FR for a long time anyway - like you I avoid it as long as there are other reasonable options.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Calahorra castle en detail

Looks impressive. Alhambra looks fantastic as well - seems to be worth a visit. Spanish mainland is a part of Europe that is still basically missing on my personal travel map, maybe an idea for one of my next holidays.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 11165 times:

Hallo Markus,

A great conclusion for your Spanish trip. Lots of cool pictures from BCN and MAD. There's lot of interesting traffic there.

That SK-liveried MD is bit weird - it can't cost that much to have it redone in the proper JK livery. The seats look like the original SAS seats as well. My first flight with JK was ARN-BCN back in 2002 and I remember being very disappointed to find a SAS machine at the get in ARN - it even carried a Swedish registration. The flight staff was from JK, though. Subsequenty I've flown them once more, the very same BCN-MAD as you to catch the B717.

As for me, the MD-87 is not a rare aircraft at all - as a former loyal fan of SAS I've logged quite a few of those. What about the MD-88? I've got two of those, both IB birds (now retired).

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Lithuanian SmartLynx:

Latvian, mate, Latvian.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 10755 times:
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Hi Markus,

Good stuff, nice to see some Spanish travelling  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The warm welcomed MD87, still painted in SK livery, only the reg. shows that it is in service with Spanair.
EC-JRR delivered at 01.03.1991 to SK and in service since 19.04.2006 with Spanair, more than three years and no time to paint,
not the best impression from my point of view

- You'd at least expect them to remove the SAS titles!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I´ve passed the area for Air Comets around 8 hours delayed service to PMI.

- Ouch, for such a short flight, nasty.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
With me and the only luxury when going on FR to pay for priority in the background.
Boarding started, but no pirority call, not usual here in Spain?. Me and two or three other priority pax approached the gate followed by not that friendly
views from the pax in line. Something what I really dislike, but it´s FR, we know.

- So you pay for priority boarding but get bussed, that's not right.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Service was a hot meal and two times free drinks, also wine and else for free, real good.

- Hmm, what was that meal though, presentation was not nice.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 10469 times:

Excellent report and wonderful pics especially of the Alhambra !

Weird with the JK aircraft but in SK colors......

LH looks really nice on the 733!

The777Man



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 10064 times:

Hi Markus,
thanks again for the nice report. Good catch, that mixed SK/JKK MD87! I think it's just a lease from SK to JKK? Therefore only re-registered and not painted? But I'm not sure about it.
The seats are typical SK seats, only the headrest covers are changed. I think these seats are more comfortable then the usual JKK seating on the MD80s.
T1 in BCN is nice, good architecture, I like it. This week also Skyteam moves into the new building, so the old terminal becomes quiet in BCN.
Although I agree with you about 'staying away from FR', it's easy money to save, especially on such routes. They will be my no.1 choice IF nothing special is listed by another airline, or if fares are differing too much. I think you made the correct decision to book with FR. And, IB wouldn't offer much better on such flights, since IB is also BOB service, and the seating on the A319's is terrible with IB. I'm sure the seats on the FR B738 were more comfortable  Silly
LH performs good once again. Flew the same flight in last July (didn't report that flight), but got an A320. Meals were good, nice pasta indeed! I like it, but preferred the LA A340 from my flight in 2008  Wink Did you notice LH flies a complete different routing to FRA compared to LA? The LAN flew me over Switzerland and STR to FRA, while my LH flight went like yours.
I noticed similar differences between KLM and LH between AMS and FRA routing.

Regards,
Eric



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User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9929 times:

Hi Markus,

Thanks for this extensive and very detailled report! I really enjoy it. I envy you on flying with MD-87. I still have a hard time to convince my partner to come along with me on board of this beauty.

I like the interior of The New Terminal 1 of BCN. It looks easy to navigate, very passenger friendly.

Your pics of Alhambra are truly breathtaking!  Wow!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Quantum B717:

Hey, a new airline?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Service was a hot meal and two times free drinks, also wine and else for free, real good.

Great service of LH. I wonder what KL serves nowadays on their flights to Spain.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9857 times:



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 7):
I wonder what KL serves nowadays on their flights to Spain.

I'm working on a KL report in Y to Spain, done a few weeks ago. So Suryo, stay tuned. All I can say is that LH will win that battle  Wink



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27123 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9828 times:

Hi Markus,
Fantastic report. Love the new Terminal at BCN. Great pics. Never knew Air Europa got the E jet. Lots of carriers now getting them , very nice to see.

Lots of photos of unique metal also.

Thanks again

Philip


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9526 times:

Hi, good to follow such a number of comments.

@Roger:

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 1):
It is finally here, well done; really enjoyed reading your comments and looking at the pictures.

Thank you.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 1):
BCN's new terminal is impressive, I really enjoy it;

A 100% agreement, I was really impressed.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 1):
LH seems to follow a *A policy, less than two hours flights: cold meals; more than two hours, you get something hot... It is a standard procedure for LX as well.

But definitely nice from my point of view.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 1):
Alhambra pictures are great, no wonder it was difficult to find tickets, it is one of the most visited monuments in Spain. I do really recommend you go back in winter or spring when Sierra Nevada is covered by snow. Sights are impressive. Another great time to visit is at sunset...

I will do so.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 1):
Well, now that Spain is well covered I am looking forward to reading your Swiss and Qatar experiences.

Italy, Hungary and Italy once more now in the production line.

@Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 2):
great report about the last part of your holiday combined with lots of good pictures. BCN Terminal 1 looks great, very light and spacious.

Thank you and also my impression.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 2):
That's good - the MD-87 is a really rare aircraft. I missed it on SAS as it was replaced by a Cimber CRJ 200 on my flight from STR to CPH.

You know, here, too.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 2):
Oh yes, typical Ryanair. I would also consider booking the priority - like that you can start your flight much more relaxed.

FR without priority, no way.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 2):
Looks impressive. Alhambra looks fantastic as well - seems to be worth a visit. Spanish mainland is a part of Europe that is still basically missing on my personal travel map, maybe an idea for one of my next holidays.

A good idea, especially the heli service to Ceuta is still on my to-do-list.

@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
A great conclusion for your Spanish trip. Lots of cool pictures from BCN and MAD. There's lot of interesting traffic there.

Thank you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
My first flight with JK was ARN-BCN back in 2002 and I remember being very disappointed to find a SAS machine at the get in ARN - it even carried a Swedish registration.

What a joke.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
. What about the MD-88? I've got two of those, both IB birds (now retired).

One only also a IB machine.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Latvian, mate, Latvian.

Thanx.

@Mark:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
Good stuff, nice to see some Spanish travelling

Thank you.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
- You'd at least expect them to remove the SAS titles!

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
- Ouch, for such a short flight, nasty.

The gate agent has definitely a hard time there.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
- So you pay for priority boarding but get bussed, that's not right.

So it was, FR all the way.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
- Hmm, what was that meal though, presentation was not nice.

According to my son, real good.

@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Excellent report and wonderful pics especially of the Alhambra !

Weird with the JK aircraft but in SK colors......

LH looks really nice on the 733!

Thank you for reading and you´re comment.

@Eric:

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 6):
thanks again for the nice report. Good catch, that mixed SK/JKK MD87! I think it's just a lease from SK to JKK? Therefore only re-registered and not painted? But I'm not sure about it.

Maybe the background.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 6):
T1 in BCN is nice, good architecture, I like it. This week also Skyteam moves into the new building, so the old terminal becomes quiet in BCN.

Not that much airlines stay in the old terminal now.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 6):
the seating on the A319's is terrible with IB. I'm sure the seats on the FR B738 were more comfortable

Good point here.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 6):
Did you notice LH flies a complete different routing to FRA compared to LA? The LAN flew me over Switzerland and STR to FRA, while my LH flight went like yours.

Yes, I´ve noticed that too, strange.

@Suryo:

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 7):

Thanks for this extensive and very detailled report! I really enjoy it. I envy you on flying with MD-87. I still have a hard time to convince my partner to come along with me on board of this beauty.

Thank you and if its possible, do it, not that much machines all around.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 7):
I like the interior of The New Terminal 1 of BCN. It looks easy to navigate, very passenger friendly.

A great step forward for BCN.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 7):
Your pics of Alhambra are truly breathtaking!

Thank you.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 7):
Hey, a new airline?

Only for charter´s nowadays.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 7):
Great service of LH. I wonder what KL serves nowadays on their flights to Spain.



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 8):
I'm working on a KL report in Y to Spain, done a few weeks ago. So Suryo, stay tuned. All I can say is that LH will win that battle

Thanx, Eric for the notice. Hopefully we will see some points from your hand later.

@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Fantastic report. Love the new Terminal at BCN. Great pics. Never knew Air Europa got the E jet. Lots of carriers now getting them , very nice to see.

Lots of photos of unique metal also.

Thank you for reading and you´re comment.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineShamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1603 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9475 times:

Yet another great report, so consistent in their quality, bravo!

User currently offlineTaichen From Spain, joined Jul 2001, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9431 times:

A nice and interesting read, as always !

I am very fond of MD87, even if they feel a bit worn and old for today standards. But I have had great flights on board the MD87 and MD88 and I cannot forget that  Smile -- I think JK used to fly Spain <> Scandinavia flights on behalf of SK, perhaps that's why they didn't bother to change the livery ?

As someone else pointed out, JK (lack of) service is, sadly, now standard for Spanish carriers. None of them stands out service-wise, I am afraid.

Sorry to hear about the severe riot and delays for Air Comet Flights. The airline is facing severe financial trouble, and of course poor customer service won't help at all.

LH dinner looks really cheap (OMG ! you can get those "martinez" pastries, which are awful in taste, for a few cents at a cheap supermarket), but still better than nothing, and being a hot pasta dish is a nice touch, I suppose.


User currently offlineTaichen From Spain, joined Jul 2001, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9252 times:

As for Quantum air : they are a new airline flying ex-Aebal (ie, ex-Spanair Link, former commuter operator for JK) 717. they offer scheduled services, and they tried to spice things service-wise a bit (reintroducing free catering and other frills) but it seems they failed and are in economical dificulties right now. They might continue operations, perhaps with other aircraft, but theuir future is uncertain. I think they had a promising niche (low fares, better service than mainstream carriers IB,Jk, UX) but they failed on the marketing and, most important, their reservarions procesure just sucks and is unaceptable in 2009.http://www.quantum-air.com/

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9007 times:

Hey, good to follow more comments.

@Andrew:

Quoting Shamrock321 (Reply 11):
Yet another great report, so consistent in their quality, bravo!

Thank you.


@Taichen:

Quoting Taichen (Reply 12):

A nice and interesting read, as always !

Thank you.

Quoting Taichen (Reply 12):
am very fond of MD87, even if they feel a bit worn and old for today standards. But I have had great flights on board the MD87 and MD88 and I cannot forget that

Here, too, always warm welcomed.

Quoting Taichen (Reply 12):
Sorry to hear about the severe riot and delays for Air Comet Flights. The airline is facing severe financial trouble, and of course poor customer service won't help at all.

So it seems, not the best financial statings there.

Quoting Taichen (Reply 13):
As for Quantum air : they are a new airline flying ex-Aebal (ie, ex-Spanair Link, former commuter operator for JK) 717.



Quoting Taichen (Reply 13):
most important, their reservarions procesure just sucks and is unaceptable in 2009

Again, here, too. While checking the website, really difficult to catch flights.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (4 years 12 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8693 times:

Hi Markus,

Wow! Barcelona T1 looks just fantastic. Spacious, light ,everything an airport should be. Your pics of that SK machine confused me at first. It does seem a little strange, maybe a Star Alliance livery would be the answer here? Still, great that you got that unusual one for your log.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
So eyes shut and pressed the booking button for that flight.

That made me laugh! It's appaling though that no call was made for priority boarders. It makes a mockery of the whole system and really does result in who can push and shove the most. I hate it.

Another impressive service on LH. They seem to really pride themselves on it.

Glad you managed to find a slot at the Alhambra. Oh, and that poor gate agent getting boarding passes thrown at him. Bet he was glad to go home at the end of that shift.

Happy flying
Infodesk



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (4 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 8354 times:

Hey, Hannah

and thank you for you´re reply.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 15):
Wow! Barcelona T1 looks just fantastic. Spacious, light ,everything an airport should be. Your pics of that SK machine confused me at first. It does seem a little strange, maybe a Star Alliance livery would be the answer here? Still, great that you got that unusual one for your log.

Absolutely my opinion.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 15):
That made me laugh! It's appaling though that no call was made for priority boarders. It makes a mockery of the whole system and really does result in who can push and shove the most. I hate it.

It´s FR, we all know it.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 15):
Glad you managed to find a slot at the Alhambra. Oh, and that poor gate agent getting boarding passes thrown at him. Bet he was glad to go home at the end of that shift.

He had definitely a hard day.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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