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MAN-ZRH On LX - With A Difference  
User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7648 times:

I commented in my last TR that there were only so many times I could write a report on LX’s ZRH-MAN route. So you may wonder why I’m posting yet another one. Let me explain……..

Like many of you here on airliners, I followed fellow member SandroZRH’s progress with his pilot training with great interest. When he started his new job back in September I asked him to let me know of any Manchester rotations he might have, as I would like to be on board as his passenger. Sure enough, he was given such a flight at the end of November.

At first it looked as though I wouldn’t be able to make it. A combination of prior commitments and the horrendous fares LX were demanding for the flights told me to forget about the idea. Anyway, when I mentioned the situation to a colleague at work, he kindly offered me one of his Swiss „Friend“ tickets, as he had no use for them and they were due to expire soon. So after a few clicks on the computer and after swopping my shift, I was the proud owner of a standby ticket, now all I had to worry about was getting a seat on the plane.

Although the numbers steadily rose, it became clear that there should be room for me on both legs (A319), barring a last minute aircraft change to an Avro or F100 (this happened to me two weeks previously on the same route, where I had the joy of free seating Sad). And so, less than 12 hours after finishing my late shift, I was back at Zurich airport, this time as a passenger.

As the outbound flight was uneventful, I won’t mention it in any detail. There were exactly 100 Pax and I had no problems getting a window seat. Flight was punctual with a friendly crew and only 6 days after my last trip, I was in Manchester again.

Although my parents only live about 40 minutes from the airport, we decided to book a hotel nearby feeling it would be less hectic. After some online searching we settled on the Bewleys, just a couple of minutes from T1 and offering a triple room at the very reasonable rate of £59. Fellow Anetter Flieger67 stayed here recently and seemed impressed, so I was hoping for an equally successful experience.

Bewleys is a large place with well over 300 rooms. No complaints from us and we had a nice snack in the lounge for dinner.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09078.jpg


Saturday 28th November 2009
MAN-ZRH
LX391
A319-112 HB-IPS
STD 0840 / STA 1140
ATD 0850 / ATA 1125
Seat 33A
Pax 104

I’d asked Sandro to inform me if there were any major last minute changes. A smaller aircraft would have meant no seat for me, having to wait for the lunchtime flight and would have ruined my weekend plans. Yes, it was risky and as a result I didn’t sleep too well that night. But hey, that’s the fun of flying standby!

We left the hotel at about 6.45 and headed over to T1. I had no problems checking-in and even got given a choice of window or aisle, which was an unexpected bonus. From there I popped down to arrivals to see when the inbound was due and the screens showed 8am, early! As it happened, the plane landed at 0745 and so by the time I got to gate 23, it had already docked.

I’d planned to take some more pics of the newly revamped departure lounge, but as I’m so used to walking though without getting my camera out , I forgot! Sorry!

Entrance to security, T1
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Not so impressive christmas lights at MAN
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Gate 23 has to have one of the worst views. You could see nothing. Only by walking further down the corridor did I get my first glimpse of the plane. It was the same aircraft that had brought me over the day before!

As you can see it was an absolutely foul day in Manchester. Dark, wet, low cloud, typical really!

IPS waiting at the gate
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The first boarding call was made at 0815.
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Sandro had informed me that the Maitre on the flight had the same surname as me. I knew immediately that I’d been on one of his flights before – the name is not that common and my husband had had quite a long conversation with him about their family history last year. So it was set to be a rather special flight and I was very excited walking down the air bridge. There was a warm welcome from the cabin crew on boarding and I made my way down to the back of the aircraft. Before long I heard the „boarding completed“ announcement and soon we were ready for the off.

Nice day at Manchester  Wink
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09085.jpg

Pushback was at 0840 and as we were taxiing to the runway the Captain made an announcement welcoming us on board and told us „Our First Officer Sandro ------- will be flying us back to Zurich today“. It was so unreal to hear that! The flying time was to be 1hr20, which would have been a record, but in actual fact it took a bit longer. To add to all the coincidences the Captain’s name was Martin, same as my brother-in-law!

Here’s the aircraft taxiing to the runway (taken from the multi-storey car park roof, hence the plane being a bit far away)


We lined up on runway 24L, got clearance and at 0850 Sandro started off down the runway. It was a very nice take off indeed! Unfortunately the cloud was very low, there were no views to be had so I watched the flaps being retracted and followed the big bank we did.

Take off!




And up…!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09088.jpg

Not much time for the views….


Into the clouds…..


And banking…..



The seatbelt sign was turned off very quickly, so I settled down with my ipod. The inflight service started promptly too. Here’s the Maitre working the front part of Y-class.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09092.jpg

My breakfast
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09093.jpg

As we crossed the Channel the Captain gave us some more information. Our route had taken us over London and were now heading for the Belgian coast. Either I missed our flight level or it wasn’t announced – I haven’t got a note of it anyway. It was quite hazy and so my photos didn’t come out too well.



Leaving England


Only just caught this one:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09097.jpg

When the duty free trolley was brought round one of the cabin crew looked at my seat number, then at me and said „You’re Mrs B, is that correct? When we’ve landed please come up to the cockpit. Oh, and hello from the flight deck“! I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity of a visit!

Before long we started our descent and the cabin was secured for landing. As we approached the Swiss border at Basel I was able to enjoy some great views as there was little cloud about.

The Rhine along the German/French border




Still following the Rhine


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Power station at Leibstadt
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09102.jpg

The „Wasserschloss“ at Vogelsang where Reuss, Aare and Limmat meet
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09104.jpg

The flight path on this route usually takes us over canton Aargau before heading over the border the Germany and then back towards Zurich. I’ve been trying to get a decent shot of the village where we live for some while now, without much success. Either it’s been cloudy, too dark, or I’ve been on the wrong side etc. But how could it go wrong on today’s flight?! Sure enough our flight path was just perfect and I got the following snap (thanks Sandro!):

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09106.jpg

Wasserschloss, more northerly view
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09109.jpg

Flying back over the quarry at Villigen


Rhine again


As we headed slightly north, we had some nice views of the Black Forest, where I could clearly see the snow covered Feldberg and the village of Höchenschwand. The window was a bit misty at this stage so my photo didn’t come out.

There was a bit of light chop on the final approach and we touched down on runway 14 at 1125 – nice and early!

On finals


Hohentengen




Village of Höri


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Touchdown!


Hello BA
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09119.jpg

Crossing runway 28
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09120.jpg

My last flight on one of these was only a week earlier
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09121.jpg

Dock A
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09122.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09123.jpg

The old dock B
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09124.jpg

Sad isn’t it?
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09125.jpg

After we’d come to a standstill the usual hurry to de-board began. Being at the back, I realised I was losing valuable cockpit time, so had to make my way to the front as best I could. I greeted the M/C again and he showed me to the flight deck. There I was able to have a quick chat with our F/O.

As I thought very soon I was told the bus was waiting for me (wretched bus gates!) and I had to go. I didn’t even have time to take a proper picture of the plane - these two are from the day before
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09070.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/November09071.jpg

By the time I reached baggage claim my little case was already waiting for me (I might have only been away one night but would never miss the opportunity to bring back some supermarket essentials  Wink )

Just for interest, this is what the new Christmas lights at Zurich look like:


http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/Bewleys/DSCF1004.jpg

Less than one hour after landing, I was back in the flat, that has to be a record.

So my verdict? I rarely have a bad experience on Swiss, but this was definitely one of the best. Many thanks to Sandro and all the crew for their good work and I hope to be your passenger again soon!

Questions and comments welcome as always

Happy flying!
Infodesk  spin 


"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
16 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7597 times:

Hey, Hannah,

what a nice read and also what a nice special event.
You´ve told me about that chance and so I´am waiting for you´re story.
A.netters flying A.netters around the world, real special.

Quoting Infodesk (Thread starter):
Fellow Anetter Flieger67 stayed here recently and seemed impressed,

Indeed, have you been in the tower or in the other part of the building?.

Looks like overall another well done experience by LX.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: Capital travel on schedule!.
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7244 times:

Hi Hannah,

great report about a special flight with an A.Net-member as a first officer. You don't experience this every day! Good to hear that you enjoyed Swiss once more.

The weather at MAN around this time of he year doesn't look impressive indeed - a reason why I prefer going there during summer..

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineSeemyseems From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 967 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7046 times:

Excellent TR! I have always wanted to try LX they look really good.

Thanks!  Smile



seemyseems
User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6921 times:

Very impressive trip report with awesome pics. The tarmac view of your aircraft departing is simply a nice touch.

It looks like that you have been blessed with the flying experience.

Thank you for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6921 times:

Hi Hannah,

That is a nice report on LX. Service is pretty good for Y class.
And good to see that Sandro also flew you safely already... I wonder how many other a.netters he will get to fly in his career  Wink

btw, do you prefer the F100 or A319?

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineJFKMan From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6800 times:

Very nice TR! Thanks. Although not sure about the breakfast. Don't like it touching the table. Dirty!!! lol


Thanks  Smile

Tommy

(aka JFKMan)



US / AA - JFK / TPA
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6348 times:

Hi,

Good stuff, I guess nothing beats flying with a fellow forum member! Sandro seems to be getting a lot of familiar passengers and attention lately. Just wait until he's a captain...  Smile

Crap weather in MAN - well, that's to be expected really. Much nicer in Switzerland, though. Also congrats on getting a picture of your village - I'd love to do a good shot of my house but that would require landing on runway 33 @ HEL which is very very rare due to noise abatement regulations.

Quoting Infodesk (Thread starter):
Just for interest, this is what the new Christmas lights at Zurich look like:

Nice contrast with the lame ones at MAN.


User currently offlineShamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6259 times:

Great report, some great pics there, christmas lights at ZRH are amazing!

User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1016 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6147 times:

Hi there, nice trip report! Really cool you got to fly with a fellow a.net member in charge of the aircraft  Wink
Love the Christmas lights at ZRH. Precious.

Quoting JFKMan (Reply 6):
Don't like it touching the table. Dirty!!! lol

...and I thought I was the only one paranoid enough to notice Big grin



Et là tu montes encore plus haut et ça persiste, alors on vole
User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6011 times:

Hi all and many thanks for taking the time to leave some feedback!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
A.netters flying A.netters around the world, real special.

It sure is!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Indeed, have you been in the tower or in the other part of the building?.

No, I didn’t go in the end. By the time we checked in it was dark anyway. I remember your picture were pretty impressive. Maybe I’ll get the chance another time.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 2):
The weather at MAN around this time of he year doesn't look impressive indeed - a reason why I prefer going there during summer..

Although even then it can leave a lot to be desired! I remember once when we landed a lady saying in a loud voice “Ooh murky Manchester! Get me on the next plane out of here!”

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 4):
The tarmac view of your aircraft departing is simply a nice touch.

Thanks – I know the plane’s a bit far away but I too thought it was worth putting in the report.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 5):
And good to see that Sandro also flew you safely already... I wonder how many other a.netters he will get to fly in his career

Well, he seems to be doing alright so far if the crew are commenting on how many fans he has – like sending notes via the F/A  Wink

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 5):
btw, do you prefer the F100 or A319?

I personally have always had good flights on Helvetic’s Fokkers and find the leg room to be particularly generous. Yet all the technical issues they have with those planes is really beyond a joke, so I probably feel happier on an A319.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Sandro seems to be getting a lot of familiar passengers and attention lately. Just wait until he's a captain...

Then perhaps there’ll be a special Anetter charter flight……There’s an idea!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Nice contrast with the lame ones at MAN.



Quoting Shamrock321 (Reply 8):
Love the Christmas lights at ZRH. Precious.

I too think the new lights at Zurich are stunning. The airside centre too is full of these incredible chandeliers. I’d hate to have the job of changing the bulbs! Manchester’s lights are pathetic, but in their defence at least they had a nativity scene at the low level check-in in T1. In these days of political and religious correctness it’s amazing they still do that.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
I'd love to do a good shot of my house but that would require landing on runway 33 @ HEL which is very very rare due to noise abatement regulations.

Well, I guess you never know. The amount of flights you do I’m sure you’re in with a chance. It’s nice to see your house from above when most of the time you’re standing on the ground staring up at the planes!

Quoting JFKMan (Reply 6):
Don't like it touching the table. Dirty!!! lol



Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 9):
and I thought I was the only one paranoid enough to notice

Quite right guys! I guess I was too excited to think of opening my serviette out  Wink

Happy flying
Infodesk



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8542 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5886 times:
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Hi Hannah,

Great stuff and what a great reason to fly!

Quoting Infodesk (Thread starter):
It was the same aircraft that had brought me over the day before!

- Bugger!

Quoting Infodesk (Thread starter):
As you can see it was an absolutely foul day in Manchester. Dark, wet, low cloud, typical really!

- Yes, usual lovely Manchester weather  Smile

Quoting Infodesk (Thread starter):
Just for interest, this is what the new Christmas lights at Zurich look like

- Looks like they made more of an effort than MAN!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2772 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5564 times:

Nice report!

Glad you had a nice flight with Sandro at the wheel, maybe someday I will also get the chance to have Sandro as a F/O on my LX flights.

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 36
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5518 times:



Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 12):
Glad you had a nice flight with Sandro at the wheel,

hehe "wheel" might be a bit wrong in this case....  Wink


User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2772 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5462 times:



Quoting ZRH (Reply 13):

Hmm.... you are right LOL! well let's just say "With Sandro at the controls"

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5444 times:

Hey Hannah, I just got back from a 4 days trip away from base, so didn't have the time to read your TR earlier. But I got back full of excitement because I knew it would be online by the time i get home  Wink It's a wonderful TR, and it's really cool to actually see some pics from the back of one of my flights! The crew was great indeed, you always know that when the "chemistry" within the crews is right, you're passengers are in good hands! I know I should have made a PA announcement, but Like I told you, I didn't feel too well, got sick teh next day and had to stop duty. It's a shame that we didn't have more time to chat and hang out up front, I hate those cursed openstands! Thanks again for the nice card and the magazine.

I'm sure this wasn't the last time having you onboard, and knowing how much you would enjoy it, we'll be sure to arrange a jumpseat ride next time! By the way, the Flightlevel was 390  Wink The bump you felt on short final was some wake-turbulence from the UA 763 that landed before us, nothing to get worried about  Wink

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 10):
Then perhaps there’ll be a special Anetter charter flight……There’s an idea!

haha, now there's an idea indeed! Big grin

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 5):
I wonder how many other a.netters he will get to fly in his career

Well there have been three that I know of, and the number keeps growing  Wink


User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5091 times:

Mark and MIAspotter - thanks for your nice comments!

Sandro -
I knew you were busy in the sky over the last few days - hope you had good flights. Not to worry about the announcement - it was toughthat you were ill, but luckily it wasn't a day earlier or else this TR wouldn't have been written!

I'm sure there's a lot of people who'd like a jumpseat ride - I certainly won't say no and hope we can sort something out for the New Year!

Thanks for filling me in on the flightlevel and the wake turbulence  Smile And yes, those open stands are a real pain...the sooner the new Dock B gets built the better!

Danke again and all the best
Infodesk  spin 



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