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LX ZRH-STR Cancelled Or How To Extend 40 Minutes  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5115 posts, RR: 55
Posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 9346 times:

LX ZRH-STR cancelled or how to extend a 40 minutes flight


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Ciao, dear readers,

well, that was the last of four scheduled legs, I will tell more about it later.

At first the link to my last 2009 story:

Istanbul Sabiha´s New Terminal And Pegasus (by FLIEGER67 Dec 7 2009 in Trip Reports)



Planned start for my flying year 2010 was some three weeks ago with an
weekender trip to Tunisia on Tunisair and the Alitalia MD80.
Planned but not succesful, Miss Daisy, better known as the winterstorm forced me to stop that ride.
Chaos all around at the airports during that weekend.
Now, thats long ago, lets go for another try to start 2010.

These trip will show me one new airport, two new routes and a view inside a nearly defunct, but now recovered airline.

Bookings done by two ticket dealers with good fares, all four legs cheaper than on the airline websites itself.




Friday, 29.01.2010










"Falcone-Borsellino"


Service airberlin AB 8998 operated by Tuifly
Scheduled: 07.20 // 09.35 = 2 hours, 15 minutes, announced 1 hour, 40 minutes
Actual: 07.20 // 09.20 = 2 hours



Out of my bed at 4.15 am, a first view through the window shows me white all around at -1 degrees.
Daisy II today for me?.
Hopefully not. Roads snow covered, but acceptable, no problems and at the airport at around 06.30 am.
Security at T2 was painless, no time to wait.
As usual, a first view at the information screens.
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No AB plane inbound fitted to my departure. So it seems one of the three nightstoppers will be my ride.
According to Acars, two new regs and one three times logged. At least a good 30% chance to catch something new.
No delays at all on the screen, beside that cancelled LH service from FRA, so STR seems well prepared for the winter weather today.
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We saw something special today here, Volga-Dnjepr operates some Haiti relief flights with an Iljushin 76, parked on the cargo ramp
overnight in the far back of these snowy apron picture.
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My home printed boarding pass showed gate 314, that means terminal 3, but no finger, bus boarding today.
Seat 25F secured not long after ab opened OLCI for my flight.
Last row window, as ususal.
Boarding started with a good crowd of pax around the gate, it seems thats a typical VFR route.
Fare´s going usually high, so 65,48 EUR was acceptable.
I´ve joined the second bus as one of the last pax and immediatelly thereafter the doors closed and me, in good hope for a new reg,
shuttled above the apron.
That seems not that bad, two planes parked side by side and the bus goes in direction XI, but no way, it drives around that machine,
turned and stopped at
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, the scheduled 737-700, delivered at 05.04.2007 to Tuifly and since 25.10.2009 in service for ab.
This plane is named after one of TUI´s vacation clubs "Robinson Club Playa Granada".
And, well, looking forward, no complaints, its flying for fun, isnt it?. Leg no. 25 on the 737-700 and number four on this example.
Up the stairs, welcomed by a male FA, together with 2 females in service, not especially friendly but ok.
The plane was deiced on stand, that means a quick taxi and departure from the 3345 meters runway 25.
Service started not that long later.
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Coffee ok, but the breadroll was not my choice that early in the morning.
Only limited views through my deiced window when the sun reached the winglet.
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The last row rule worked fine this time, all three seats for me alone.
Not bad with a 90% load, isnt it?.
Time now for a view at the safety card
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and the clean cabin, fitted with slimline Recaro fabric seats
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Legroom was ok.
Clouds all the way above ZRH-Milano-Genua and the Tyrrhenian sea, but calm, perfect to read my book.
The german cockpit crew seems not that motivated today, only weather informations and a very short bye-bye in german and english
during approach above the stormy sea
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into PMO.
The weather forecast shows gusting winds up to 80 km/h, but the approach was nothing special at all.
Touchdown ahead of schedule at the 3326 meters runway 25 in light rain and 12 degrees.
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Its amazing to see that huge mountain so close to the runway here
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Finger deboarding was warm welcomed
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Into the terminal for another view around my plane
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Some two hours now till boarding for the next leg.




Friday, 29.01.2010







"Falcone-Borsellino"




"Guglielmo Marconi"



Service AZ 1333 operated by Alitalia
Scheduled: 12.00 // 13.35 = 1 hour, 35 minutes, announced 1 hour, 10 minutes
Actual: 12.00 // 13.20 = 1 hour, 20 minutes


PMO is a spotter friendly place, at least in comparison to other italian airports.
Good views to the apron from the gates and also a free viewing area beside the terminal.
Also a well designed counter here.
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Looking for an information screen was the thing to do immediatelly after I was in the pax area.
Interesting destinations here, it seems I should go some day to "Stoccarda"!.
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No information around my plane inbound from BLQ and also for my departure.
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One of AZ´s oldcoloured A321´s arrived from Roma-Fiumicino.
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Followed by AirOne´s A320 from Milano-Malpensa.
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My plane heads back to STR and whats that company just arrived in the background?.
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Remember that view on the screen?.
German Avanti Air operates for Meridiana on the flights from Pantelleria and further on to Lampedusa,
small islands between Sicily and Tunisia and well known for its huge african refugee camps.
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Windjet has also a couple of flights here.
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Bus boarding for my flight was called well ontime.
Gate 3 was on the ground level, absolutely not that well designed like on the upper level.
The female gate agent was somewhat surprised to see my OLCI Boarding Pass printed in german language,
possible at AZ´s german website, but no problem at all.
AZ stated the plane type online as 32S, that means its not possible to check ahead which subtype operates the flight.
The apron spot was not visible from the terminal, so I was intered what shows up.
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A shiny new A320, delivered only some four months ago at 26.09.2009 to AZ.
Leg no. 52 for me on type.
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The cabin spotless clean.
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and good looking with inseat screens.
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Seat 30A for me, the last row rule worked again fine.
Load was around 60% with mixed biz and other pax.
The fare 58,35 EUR also real good from my point of view.
Three female F s and a senior male purser on that flight, friendly and attentive at all.
The italian captain welcomed us during taxi.
Takeoff during light rain and 12 degrees from runway 25 again.
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And with that low load it seems only some meters needed till liftoff.
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Nice views along the coastline.
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Service commenced shortly after departure, exactly my style this time.
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Only low clouds above central italy.
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Well, looks like at home.
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Some more informations from the captain during approach.
We passed that FR plane.
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And followed the shadow closely.
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Finally touchdown on the 2800 meters runway 12 and parked in front of the terminal.
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Temperature 0 degrees centigrade and light couds but at least dry.
In typical loco style further by feet to the terminal entrance with nice views to my good looking plane on the apron.
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BLQ arrivals looks spacious and well designed, a good first impression so far.
One and a half hour now to reach the city and catch my next ride.
ATC Bologna operated the Aerobus, single one way 5 Euros directly with only very limited stops to Bologna Centrale, the main train station.
Not that time to walk around with that cold weather, but Bologna seems a nice and interesting city.
Like Deutsche Bahn and its ICE also Trenitalia operated more and more highspeed trains nowadays.
Eurostar Italia or the new Frecciargento train was my ride to Roma-Termini, fare 58.00 Euros with fixed comfortable seating.
The train does only one stop at Firenze on that route.
I dont spot a single open seat, good biz here by Trenitalia and surprisingly ontime departed from BLQ and some minutes ahead to schedule at Roma-Termini.
Pictures from Termini.
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Two and a half hour to go for Fiumicino and my next flight.
Some tracks further and perfectly fitted to my early arrival waited the Leonardo Express,
lost 12.-- Euros at the cashier and arrived at Fiumicino around 6 pm.


Friday, 29.01.2010







"Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci"




"Zurich-Kloten"


Service LX 1733 operated by Swiss
Scheduled: 19.50 // 21.30 = 1 hour, 40 minutes, announced 1 hour, 05 minutes
Actual: 20.20 // 22.10 = 1 hour, 50 minutes


Lots of pax around, but thankfully only some minutes to wait at security till I was in the pax area.
OLCI was also done here the day before, quick and efficient at LX´s website.
My flight will go from sector D.
If there is any voting for the less spotter friendliest airport around, FCO is high on my list, at least the D area.
Dirty and scratched windows, no direct views to the apron, dirty and worn out seating, closed shops.
The only place with a view is upstairs beside the lounge, but is also only limited.
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The screen shows some 25 minutes delay, due to the late arrival of the aircraft was the announcement,
thanx for that really detailed information here.
And it shows also two flights, ZRH and VIE from the same gate within 15 minutes.
Now thats what I call efficient airport work.
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Not at all, some minutes later my gate changed to D6.
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My plane arrived from ZRH around the scheduled departure time.
The tail was visible from above.
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Secured the reg during boarding.
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HB-IPV, an A319 and a new registration for me, delivered at 25.04.1996 to Swissair and since 31.03.2002 in service with Swiss, named "Castelegns".
Leg no. 46 for me on type.
Staff was real friendly here at Swiss, three ladies in the cabin, the captain greeted us pax at the door during boarding.
He informed us later during taxi in a nice style that we´re heading for runway 25 ( 3309 meters) and while we´re no. 8 to departure that will last some ten minutes more.
Weather was rainy with temperature around 10 degrees.
We´re going above the Tyrrhenian and Ligurian sea to Milano and further to Lugano at 34000 feet.
A view to the dark cabin from my seat, 36A and also here the last row rule worked perfectly, three seats for me alone.
Load was some 60% mixed with biz and leisure travellers.
Booked in combination with a return from STR to FCO in March calms the fare per leg down to less than 50.-- Euros,
real good in comparison to some so called low costers.
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The dark grey Recaro leather seats looking well used, but clean and good legroom.
The free service was absolutely ok for me here at LX.
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The captain was once more to hear with weather and arrivals informations, also the connecting gates on the screens, well done LX.
Freezing and some snow earlier in the day was also the reason for our late departure to ZRH.
Some shaking around during approach and finally touchdown at the 3700 meters runway 34 with a cloudy sky and a temerature around + 1 degrees.
Arrived and docked at the A area.
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I´ve had a nice chat with the FA in the rear cabin during the waiting to disembark.
She was also from Germany and switched to LX recently.
We joked around my nightflight to STR and with the plane also needed for the very early flight 5.50 am to ZRH Saturday morning it seems impossible that the flight
will be cancelled.
Well, dont talk about such things to early.
A good walk to the main hall from the last gate position where I was exactly at the boarding time for the next flight.
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Well, the next flight shows delay without an exactly time, from my previous experiences in such cases not the best news.
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Once again security screening, but here at ZRH with much more staff than pax at this late afternoon.
The gate screen shows next info at 10.40 pm, the original departure time.
Some wandering around, but it was dark and no action out there, so some more reading at the gate was the thing to do.
Next info jumped to 11.00 pm.
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And finally short to 11.00 pm the sign switched to cancelled.
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Not the best news during this time of the day.
Staff arrived and informed us that the Contact F100 hasn´t arrived at ZRH from is earlier leg
and with the night closure at STR, it wasn´t possible to fly that section.
What to do now?.
Maybe a hotel room and an early flight the next day. But with the very long queue at the LX counters around the corner from the gate
and a couple more earlier cancelled flights possible?.
Sleeping at the airport wasn´t exactly my choice.
No, they offered us a bus transfer, which will need some four to five hours according to the road situation.
By bus, well, I was not amused, by far the last transport option from my preference list.
The behaviour of some biz suits wasn´t acceptable at all.
They shouted around and as far as I´ve noticed they dont want to go with the cheapo eco pax by bus, no, they claimed taxi point to point service.
After some ten minutes more discussion they calmed down, we´re directed to the arrivals area where the bags waited.
And after some more minutes we´re guided out to two waiting busses.
Let me say, the staff was correct, explained the situation and talked with the pax in a calm style.
That was my ride, pictured later at STR.
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The bus was comfortable, catering was onboard, the same breadrolls like on the plane. The driver does some jokes in his swiss-german language, like:
"So, that´s life nowadays, if you want to do some rants, I didn´t hear it, I´am not from the airline".
He´s doing a good job riding to STR with that snow covered motorways where we arrived around 3.20 am, nearly exact four hours later than the scheduled plane arrival time.
Picked up my car, another hour on the snowy roads and well ontime back home to catch the morning newspaper!.

And now, with that F100 mission failed, no question, staying in contact with the F100 in about one and a half week.

What´s coming up?.
These are the countries to visit in order to my schedule:
Germany
Egypt
Morocco
Italy
Tunisia
Italy
with a total of 26 legs secured till now.
Scheduled equipment raises from the E135, F70, E90, F100, MD80 up to the A306, A332 till the A346, hopefully no changes!.

Comments welcome,
Markus (FLIEGER67)


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User currently offlineAirdolomiti From Germany, joined May 2003, 687 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 9290 times:

Very good report, sounds like you had a good daytrip despite the cancellation of the last leg.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
AZ stated the plane type online as 32S, that means its not possible to check ahead which subtype operates the flight.
The apron spot was not visible from the terminal, so I was intered what shows up.

I believe AZ doesn't use a generic code for Airbus narrowbodies. "32S" is their code for the newer A320s that they inherited from AirOne  


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26796 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9195 times:

Hi Markus,
Another great report from you. Loved all the photos.

AZ have certainly upped their game. PTV's in Y class ? Very good for intra European. Love the seat colours also.

Glad you had a good trip on Swiss also. Crew are always nice and ready to chat from my experience.

Some nice trips coming up from you.. When do you plan to go to Morocco?

Philip


User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4250 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9032 times:

Guten Abend, Markus!

Thanks for this trip. I expected it already. Good pics and a nice schedule put together once again. That Avanti Air ATR was visible in a Dutch travel programm lately, about those small Italian islands. And the camerateam filmed even on board of that ride.
It seems that Italy has some interesting roues on offer, and as you said, Bologna is really nice. I've been there a few years ago, by train, coming in from RMI. Nice university city with good old architecture, nice bars and terraces, and good shopping too. I prefer in summer though  

Sorry about that busride. I can imagine the behavior of some biz-pax. But I think you've no choice in such an extreme case. It seems that the bus was organised quickly, which is good. Did you get any refund/additional M&M for this?

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8851 times:

Hi Markus,

You are definitely getting faster, only two days for the latest report. It's been a nice weekend, reports from most of my favorite writers here. Solid stuff here as usual.

Sicily, AZ, BLQ etc. are of course of great interest to me, as you know I'll be traveling some of these same places next weekend. Funny, it never occurred to me that there could be snow in BLQ - I guess this will be the situation next weekend as well.

Shame about the last leg, but these things do happen. A bus ride in the middle of the night is never fun, but at least they got you there. It's a good thing they had some catering onboard.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Windjet has also a couple of flights here.

I think Windjet will keep haunting me for a long time, remembering my "interesting" flight with them last summer.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
and good looking with inseat screens.

Whoa, never knew AZ's new Airbuses (Airbii?) have these. Were they switched on during the flight? What did they show, airshow?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
HB-IPV, an A319 and a new registration for me, delivered at 25.04.1996 to Swissair and since 31.03.2002 in service with Swiss, named "Castelegns".

Also in my logbook, funnily enough did ZRH-FCO on this one back in 2004 when LX was going through it's dark BOB service period.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8467 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8803 times:
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Hi Markus,

Good to read your story, all seemed quite well apart from the bus trip, I'd be quite unamused by that too! - The joys of winter travelling!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
PMO is a spotter friendly place, at least in comparison to other italian airports.
Good views to the apron from the gates and also a free viewing area beside the terminal.

- Good to know, thanks.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
If there is any voting for the less spotter friendliest airport around, FCO is high on my list

- Agreed, it's pretty poor, always seems a bit dirty too.

Hoping your next segmnents go a bit sommther than this.

Best Wishes

Mark



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6485 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 8717 times:

Very nice report, Markus! Too bad your flight on the F100 cancelled you had to take the bus. They did not offer you to go in the morning and put you up in a hotel ? Perhaps you needed to be back on that night ?

It seems like you got some very interesting trips lined up! Can't wait for your next trip report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5115 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8586 times:

Hey, real nice to follow all that comments.

@Airdolomiti:

Quoting Airdolomiti (Reply 1):
Very good report, sounds like you had a good daytrip despite the cancellation of the last leg.

Thank you, so it was.

Quoting Airdolomiti (Reply 1):
I believe AZ doesn't use a generic code for Airbus narrowbodies. "32S" is their code for the newer A320s that they inherited from AirOne

Good to know, for example Amadeus showed all subtypes for my flight.

@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Another great report from you. Loved all the photos.

Thank you.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
AZ have certainly upped their game. PTV's in Y class ? Very good for intra European. Love the seat colours also.

Definitely, I was also impressed.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Glad you had a good trip on Swiss also. Crew are always nice and ready to chat from my experience.

Yeah, so it was.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Some nice trips coming up from you.. When do you plan to go to Morocco?

Scheduled on AF/AT/TO/AF 16/17.02 with destination Marrakech.

@Eric:

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 3):

Thanks for this trip. I expected it already. Good pics and a nice schedule put together once again.

Thank you.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 3):
It seems that Italy has some interesting roues on offer, and as you said, Bologna is really nice.

It seems worth another visit.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 3):

Sorry about that busride. I can imagine the behavior of some biz-pax. But I think you've no choice in such an extreme case. It seems that the bus was organised quickly, which is good. Did you get any refund/additional M&M for this?

Good point. I´ve dont asked about it, so checking my M&M account.

@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
You are definitely getting faster, only two days for the latest report. It's been a nice weekend, reports from most of my favorite writers here. Solid stuff here as usual.

Thank you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
Sicily, AZ, BLQ etc. are of course of great interest to me, as you know I'll be traveling some of these same places next weekend. Funny, it never occurred to me that there could be snow in BLQ - I guess this will be the situation next weekend as well.

Believe me, I´ve done a second look to clear it up during the approach into BLQ, a good portion of snow there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
Shame about the last leg, but these things do happen. A bus ride in the middle of the night is never fun, but at least they got you there. It's a good thing they had some catering onboard.

Definitely, it was not that bad as expected.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
I think Windjet will keep haunting me for a long time, remembering my "interesting" flight with them last summer.

True, I remember.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
Whoa, never knew AZ's new Airbuses (Airbii?) have these. Were they switched on during the flight? What did they show, airshow?

No action, the FA told me that they use it only on the longer flights.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
Also in my logbook, funnily enough did ZRH-FCO on this one back in 2004 when LX was going through it's dark BOB service period.

Hey, good to know.

@Mark:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
Good to read your story, all seemed quite well apart from the bus trip, I'd be quite unamused by that too! - The joys of winter travelling!

Thank you.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
Hoping your next segmnents go a bit sommther than this.

Yeah, hope so.

@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
Very nice report, Markus! Too bad your flight on the F100 cancelled you had to take the bus. They did not offer you to go in the morning and put you up in a hotel ? Perhaps you needed to be back on that night ?

Thank you. No more offers than the ride by bus. It seems they running out of hotel rooms with a few cancellations that day.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
It seems like you got some very interesting trips lined up! Can't wait for your next trip report!

More coming up soon.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8480 times:

Hi Markus,

interesting review, nice routing. Good to see a new report from you! Bad to hear about that cancelled flight, but Swiss managed the situation well.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Planned but not succesful, Miss Daisy, better known as the winterstorm forced me to stop that ride.

Did you have to cancel confirmed flights? Was that expensive?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Coffee ok, but the breadroll was not my choice that early in the morning.

Was it a freshly brewed coffee? Read about instant coffee on AB recently.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
and good looking with inseat screens.

Wow, nice seats with PTVs - I guess that interior had been ordered by Air One. Isn't that the Air One logo on the seats? Will be interesting to see whether AZ will keep the PTVs. Btw - the seats look like the new ones on LH.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
That was my ride, pictured later at STR.

At least you got a new reg!  


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8446 times:

Hi Markus,

nice to read the first report in 2010 from your side - very well done as always!  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Planned start for my flying year 2010 was some three weeks ago with an
weekender trip to Tunisia on Tunisair and the Alitalia MD80.
Planned but not succesful, Miss Daisy, better known as the winterstorm forced me to stop that ride.
Chaos all around at the airports during that weekend.


A pity that this trip couldn't take place - sounds really interesting. But in your schedule I see that something similar might be planned.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
and good looking with inseat screens.


Indeed, the cabin looks fantastic. AZ seems to become really modern.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
No, they offered us a bus transfer, which will need some four to five hours according to the road situation.
By bus, well, I was not amused, by far the last transport option from my preference list.



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Let me say, the staff was correct, explained the situation and talked with the pax in a calm style.
That was my ride, pictured later at STR.


A bus ride during night isn't much fun, but I guess it was the best solution they could offer for the relatively short distance to STR. According to your pictures, the flight to DUS was cancelled as well. I wonder what happened to these passengers - DUS might be too far away for a bus transfer.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Picked up my car, another hour on the snowy roads and well ontime back home to catch the morning newspaper!.


Like that you were away from home for nearly 24 hours - very long for a day-trip.

I wish you good luck to catch the Contact Air F 100 next time and I'm looking forward to your report.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineReifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1326 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8400 times:

Hi Markus,

nice adventure   I was suprised to see that the AZ A320 had inseat LCD-Screens. Is it video on demand or what is showing there? Last time I flew AZ was approx 1 year ago from FRA to FCO in an MD80 (or 82, can´t remember) and drink service was limited to Water, Coffee, tea and some very acid red orange juice. Did this change?

I don't like their new livery, but that's my personal opionion. I think they should have kept their old one.

Was the ZRH-STR flight full? They seem to have made a good job to get busses that fast. I had the same situation a few months ago (report still pending) when I waited at Rijeka airport and the plane turned away due to strong winds, took some fuel in Venice and then flew to Zagreb. It took ages to get a bus, in Zagreb they had to fly in a new crew and we finally arrived approx 10 hours later in CGN...


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5115 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8330 times:

Hey, good to follow more comments.

@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
interesting review, nice routing. Good to see a new report from you! Bad to hear about that cancelled flight, but Swiss managed the situation well.

Thank you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Did you have to cancel confirmed flights? Was that expensive?

Acceptable so far, one leg rebooked with a small fee, the two others booked as low fares and taxes
returned without extra fees.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Was it a freshly brewed coffee? Read about instant coffee on AB recently.

It smells like freshly brewed and was ok, at least for me.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Wow, nice seats with PTVs - I guess that interior had been ordered by Air One. Isn't that the Air One logo on the seats?

It seems that machine was one of the originally ordered by Air One.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
At least you got a new reg!

And a fairly unexpected one!.

@Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 9):
nice to read the first report in 2010 from your side - very well done as always!

Thank you.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 9):
A pity that this trip couldn't take place - sounds really interesting. But in your schedule I see that something similar might be planned.

Indeed, I will try it again early April.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 9):
Indeed, the cabin looks fantastic. AZ seems to become really modern.

Also my opinion.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 9):
A bus ride during night isn't much fun, but I guess it was the best solution they could offer for the relatively short distance to STR. According to your pictures, the flight to DUS was cancelled as well. I wonder what happened to these passengers - DUS might be too far away for a bus transfer.

And some more also, the queue at the transfer desks was huge, so it seems hotel and rebooked for the DUS pax.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 9):
I wish you good luck to catch the Contact Air F 100 next time and I'm looking forward to your report.

Hopefully it works out this time.

@Reifel:

Quoting Reifel (Reply 10):
nice adventure

Thank you.

Quoting Reifel (Reply 10):
I was suprised to see that the AZ A320 had inseat LCD-Screens. Is it video on demand or what is showing there?

Good question. I´ve dont read the mag and also dont asked the FA's about it.

Quoting Reifel (Reply 10):
Last time I flew AZ was approx 1 year ago from FRA to FCO in an MD80 (or 82, can´t remember) and drink service was limited to Water, Coffee, tea and some very acid red orange juice. Did this change?

Service was real personal, maybe according to the low load, they asked me twice if I want anything.

Quoting Reifel (Reply 10):
Was the ZRH-STR flight full? They seem to have made a good job to get busses that fast. I had the same situation a few months ago (report still pending) when I waited at Rijeka airport and the plane turned away due to strong winds, took some fuel in Venice and then flew to Zagreb. It took ages to get a bus, in Zagreb they had to fly in a new crew and we finally arrived approx 10 hours later in CGN...

I count around 80 pax, so not full, but a good load here.
Interesting to hear about RJK, also when the situation was not that good.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8187 times:

Hi Markus,

Nice to read something from you again. What an adventurous trip you have got here. Well done! I like your scenery pictures very much!  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The last row rule worked fine this time, all three seats for me alone.
Not bad with a 90% load, isnt it?.

Certainly not. Perhaps I will follow your example on my next flight.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Its amazing to see that huge mountain so close to the runway here

Beautiful!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Service commenced shortly after departure, exactly my style this time.

The meal looks palatable. What have you got there on the right side? Pesto Rosso?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
HB-IPV, an A319 and a new registration for me,

Hey, I have been on this bird last year. I sat at the first row though.

Really enjoyable trip report. Thank you for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1673 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7526 times:

Hi Markus,

Nice to read a report from your hand again. Not much time from my side to keep up with all the reports lately.
An interesting route you ahve picked again. Good to score a new AZ 320, bad to score a 4th ride on the same a/c and very bad you got a cancelled flight with 'my' airline LX.
I can imagine you weren't too happy with the offered busservice, but they got you home in the end.....
A hotel would have been the better solution i guess....

Thanks for sharing, and I'm looking forward to your next reports. An impressive program you have!

Viele Gruesse,
Joost (D-ALCE)



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5115 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7250 times:

Hey, good to follow more comments.

@Suryo:

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 12):
Nice to read something from you again. What an adventurous trip you have got here. Well done! I like your scenery pictures very much!

Thank you.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 12):
Certainly not. Perhaps I will follow your example on my next flight.

Always a good chance for some privacy.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 12):
The meal looks palatable. What have you got there on the right side? Pesto Rosso?

A very black italian coffee.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 12):
Hey, I have been on this bird last year. I sat at the first row though.

Hey, good to know.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 12):
Really enjoyable trip report. Thank you for sharing.

Thanx again.

@Joost:

Quoting DALCE (Reply 13):
Nice to read a report from your hand again. Not much time from my side to keep up with all the reports lately.
An interesting route you ahve picked again.

Thank you.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 13):
Good to score a new AZ 320, bad to score a 4th ride on the same a/c and very bad you got a cancelled flight with 'my' airline LX.
I can imagine you weren't too happy with the offered busservice, but they got you home in the end.....
A hotel would have been the better solution i guess....

Definitely preffered the hotel, but I was back home at all, so it was ok.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 13):
Thanks for sharing, and I'm looking forward to your next reports. An impressive program you have!

You know, hopefully no changes.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineRcaq From Austria, joined Aug 2009, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7198 times:

Some Pax' behavior in cases like this seems to be anything but acceptable - Hence those who take their freedom shouting at ticket counter & check in staff

As far as I can remember my last F70 trip to HAM w/ OS in Y last year, sitting in the bus was more comfortable, I guess. On the other hand - hey, we just wanna fly...

Great TR, Thanks for sharing !


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5115 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 6625 times:

Hey, Rcaq,

Quoting Rcaq (Reply 15):
Some Pax' behavior in cases like this seems to be anything but acceptable - Hence those who take their freedom shouting at ticket counter & check in staff

Definitely true.

Quoting Rcaq (Reply 15):
As far as I can remember my last F70 trip to HAM w/ OS in Y last year, sitting in the bus was more comfortable, I guess. On the other hand - hey, we just wanna fly...

More true words, we just wanna fly, that´s it.

Quoting Rcaq (Reply 15):
Great TR, Thanks for sharing !

Thanx and regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1838 posts, RR: 42
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6480 times:
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Hi Markus! Sorry to hear your last flight turned out so bad. I personally HATE bus travels. I haven't had any of my flights canceled but I did have a bus ride from EIN to NRN due to an FR diversion. I hope your next trips will work out better!

Thanks for sharing and regards,

Martijn



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5115 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6114 times:

Hey, Martijn,

thanx for you´re comment.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 17):
Sorry to hear your last flight turned out so bad. I personally HATE bus travels. I haven't had any of my flights canceled but I did have a bus ride from EIN to NRN due to an FR diversion

Definitely, by plane/train/ferry, but not by bus!.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 17):
I hope your next trips will work out better

Hope so,too.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6394 posts, RR: 39
Reply 19, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6083 times:

Hi Markus,

Another interesting TR! Thanks for sharing! Another good mix of different airlines again. I've decided that I'd rather sit in the second to last row so that I can recline if I want.. It's close enough to the back! At least your bus looks better than mine.. I'll have a TR later on in my series about my trip to ZQN which was diverted and we took a bus from DUD to ZQN taking 5 hours.. But I guess our bus ride occurred during the day, making for a nice scenic drive through.

And what a shame missing out on the F100. I'm sure you'll get it soon!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
What´s coming up?.
These are the countries to visit in order to my schedule:
Germany
Egypt
Morocco
Italy
Tunisia
Italy
with a total of 26 legs secured till now.

Looking forward to it!

Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 5 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5961 times:

Quoting Rcaq (Reply 15):
As far as I can remember my last F70 trip to HAM w/ OS in Y last year, sitting in the bus was more comfortable

Really? I found this one of the most spacious and comfortable short-haul Y seats ever (ZRH-VIE).

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
He´s doing a good job riding to STR with that snow covered motorways where we arrived around 3.20 am, nearly exact four hours later than the scheduled plane arrival time.

Did you get any compensation (miles or money)?



WARNING! The post above should be taken with a grain of salt! Furthermore, it may be slightly biased towards A.
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5115 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (4 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5780 times:

Hey, good to follow more comments.

@Nicholas:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
Another interesting TR! Thanks for sharing! Another good mix of different airlines again.

Thank you.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
I've decided that I'd rather sit in the second to last row so that I can recline if I want.. It's close enough to the back!

Also accepted here!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
At least your bus looks better than mine.. I'll have a TR later on in my series about my trip to ZQN which was diverted and we took a bus from DUD to ZQN taking 5 hours.. But I guess our bus ride occurred during the day, making for a nice scenic drive through.

Hey, bus rides seems more and more common these days, but we need to fly, isn´t it?.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
And what a shame missing out on the F100. I'm sure you'll get it soon!

In two days, if nothing goes wrong.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
Looking forward to it!

And I´am also looking forward to you´re upcoming stories.

@AustrianZRH:

Quoting AustrianZRH (Reply 20):
Really? I found this one of the most spacious and comfortable short-haul Y seats ever (ZRH-VIE).

I should check it for another opinion here.

Quoting AustrianZRH (Reply 20):
Did you get any compensation (miles or money)?

Nothing special till now, the usual miles and I will check my account closer sometimes next week.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6394 posts, RR: 39
Reply 22, posted (4 years 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5665 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
Hey, bus rides seems more and more common these days, but we need to fly, isn´t it?.

Yeah, flying's definitely the way. But I got my money's worth - we spent about an hour circling over ZQN and effectively the time we spent in the air was nearly enough to reach Australia! But now that Jetstar should have full RNP certification, I don't think I'll be diverting to DUD again any time soon.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
And I´am also looking forward to you´re upcoming stories.

Not long off, by the end of the week. I just hope that my TR doesn't get screwed over by the bugs like a lot of these TRs in the past week have been like.


Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5115 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (4 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5547 times:

Hey, Nicholas,

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
Yeah, flying's definitely the way. But I got my money's worth - we spent about an hour circling over ZQN and effectively the time we spent in the air was nearly enough to reach Australia! But now that Jetstar should have full RNP certification, I don't think I'll be diverting to DUD again any time soon.

Hey, that sounds really worth it, scenic flying above NewZealand.
Weather here looks not that good for tomorrows schedule.
Todays F100 to TXL had more than 2 hours delay, that means impossible to catch my connecting flight to FRA.
Hopefully better tomorrow.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
Not long off, by the end of the week. I just hope that my TR doesn't get screwed over

More travel for me around the weekend, if nothing goes wrong, so looking for a good read next week.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1445 posts, RR: 33
Reply 24, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5037 times:

Hi Markus,

Better late than never! I couldn't believe it when I saw the title of your TR. What a disppointment that the F100 leg was cancelled. It's always interesting to hear this kind of story from someone like yourself. The staff at the Transfer Desk must have nerves of steel in situations like this. It's a job I couldn't do. It seems to be the norm with STR that when a flight is cancelled they organise a bus. It just takes ages to get all the passengers dealt with, in the right place and so on. Good to hear that the staff were all correct. And as for the biz suits who wanted a taxi, well, dream on.
Did you get any voucher for food or drink?

Some nice pics of PMO, particukarly that big rock next to the runway. Impressive. It seems you're Italian legs were all very acceptable.

It certainly was a long day for you and an experience not to forget for a while, if for the wrong reasons. I'll be keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for the 18th March  

Happy flying
Infodesk



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5115 posts, RR: 55
Reply 25, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4923 times:

Hey, Hannah,

really nice to follow you´re reply.

That was definitely not the succesful end around that travel day.
Italy was ok, LX and the Fokker, well I will give them another try, you know.

And also a rough day for the staff at ZRH, for sure.

So, looking forward to the 18th with hopefully a good flight to ZRH and maybe a short visit
to the infodesk!.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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