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Crossing The Alps To Have Lunch In Bologna  
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8408 times:

Hi,

While I thought that spring had come and I was to be more outside then inside my house, I changed my mind this week with the return of low pressure systems and storm fronts moving over my country. Wind, lots of rain and clouds, make most of the day. Typical weather to create a brief tripreport on one of my latest day of travels to sunny Italy.

Since I try to obtain some status with my beloved Star Alliance, I’m working on several mileage runs in 2010, or just book my flights with the alliance more often then maybe usual. Anyway, this was a mileage run, and my opportunity to fly on a still very new type in the LH fleet, the Embraer 195.

Done the Embraer 170, the smaller subtype, already twice before now, but the larger types were still missing in my log. Also, LH is not going to send this type to AMS anymore in it’s summer-timetable 2010 (meanwhile started), so I really had to do it this way.

Anyway, it was in early March when I did all of this, the 8th to be exact. A Monday, so an usual busy day with lots of travellers. We’ll see!

Check-in was of course done at LH.com and what always annoys me is that so many seats are blocked for online check-in, including rows just behind the C/Y seperation curtain, and sometimes also the last rows. OK, I can understand some principles about this, taking in mind restricted passengers using the check-in tool online, or for balancing reasons etc. But LH was offering me online a choice of about 5 seats on all the flights I was going to take. And don’t tell me that I was late, because I was among the first to check-in for each flight.

The first flight was leaving early that day. Too early when you ask me. But I had no choice other then stepping out of my bed at an unhuman time on the cold and windy morning. A quick bite for breakfast and get dressed. Some ‘emergency food’ in my handluggage, and off to get on the bus. Oh boy, it was packed! Hard to get fresh air on the bus. Not really the best thing to do in the morning. But also here, not really a choice since I opted for this early flight.

Once at my home airport AMS, I went up straight to the security checkpoint. No queues that morning. How surprising! But new staff this time. From a job agency. Age roughly between 16-22 years old. With fluor jackets. Not the security staff itself, but the ‘helpers’.
-Laptop?
-Liquids?
-Belt off!
-Yes, take your jacket off!
Etc…
How unprofessional this all looks. No wonder I think, that AMS is not the best airport in Europe anymore. Oh no, it was “Best of West-Europe”. MUC was best of Europe. Apparently Germany is not part of “West-Europe” anymore. This was read in a news item in the Dutch media lately and referring to the “World Airport Awards 2010” in Brussels. ( http://www.worldairportawards.com ). How funny things can be. At least the CEO of Amsterdam Airport said to be very proud with the award.

Anyhow I got through in a minute, but was called for a random check. It makes me feel even more irritated sometimes. But it’s part of life apparently. It’s funny that I never experienced being ‘random’ at other airports. At least, not as far as I know. All I know is that AMS is very good and safe… Apparently.

No pictures from the departure lounge this time. I was in a hurry to my gate, B15. My aircraft was already there, after an overnight stay. So usually ‘on time’ and you can’t risk to be late.



Once I was at the gate, snow was falling lightly from the skies again. Not much, but enough to leave a thin layer on top of the wings of my aircraft. Let’s see if the handling company was prepared for this weather situation…

Boarding from 06:35L, finished on time at 06:55L. Why do we need 20 minutes to board an Embraer 195? It’s not so difficult, is it? On time, that’s what counts at least.

AMS-MUC operated by Augsburg Airways
Flight No.: LH 4705 Date: 08MAR2010
STD: 0700 ATD: 0726
STA: 0825 ATA: 0855
A/C: Embraer 195 Reg No.: D-AEMA
Seat: 05F


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Door closed, cabin crew prepared the manual safety demo. After this, and we were delaying already, the captain came on the speakers. Due to snow we needed de-icing, but the handling company was expected to come in 10 minutes. Of course, Aviapartner was not coming in 10 minutes, but too nearly 20 minutes to arrive. A quick spray on the wings was enough to get rid of the trouble causing snow, and once completed we immediately got the push. Followed by a ever lasting taxiing to runway 36L (yes the far away runway). Takeoff was at 07:45L.











It was a nearly full flight, very few remaining open seats. But the 2-2 layout on these aircraft make a comfortable ride anyway. I really enjoy the flights with the Embraers so far.

The flight was calm. Good views down to Earth too. Nothing special actually, aside from the fact that the catering was below my expectation from LH. A prepacked vacuum sandwich package with 1 very artificial sandwich inside. Some cheese also, looks some fake cheese. Tasteless actually. Something what you’ll get with your cheeseburger at McDonalds. I wondered, if this becomes a new standard at LH. One drink only that morning, the usual coffee. And my own music entertainment. It got me busy for the time being, during the cruise at 35,000 feet.



FRA:






We overflew FRA, well visible from our position, and followed by approach to MUC not much later. We landed on runway 08L. Still listening to my music. I think the crew overlooked my electronic device. After 10 more minutes taxiing we parked on a remote position at the commuter apron. A lot of smaller aircraft around there. But convenient German handling. The bus was standy already on arrival, and after disembarking the aircraft, we were off to the terminal in a minute.



I had some time to relax at MUC. And since the airport/LH offer free coffee, plus I brought some emergency food which went well with it, plus I brought my new ereader with a good book,… time well spend in the airy terminal building.

This car would suit me well; new BMW 5 Series Limousine






Gate G64 was assigned for my connecting flight to Italy. It’s located downstairs, near the mini ‘Allianz Arena’. My next flight was with another small aircraft, hence the bus gate.
I asked for free rows and more in front of the cabin and requested a change from the agent. My request was gladly accepted and a new boarding pass was given to me.

MUC-BLQ operated by Cityline
Flight No.: LH 3984 Date: 08MAR2010
STD: 1110 ATD: 1117
STA: 1215 ATA: 1210
A/C: Bombardier CRJ-700 Reg No.: D-ACPO
Seat: 05A


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The bus was rather full too. But I knew the seat next to me would be empty. Good for me. “Spaichingen” was going to take me to Italy. This is one of the 20 CRJ-700’s flying with Cityline for LH, and delivered in 2003. Another new registration for me, although I logged several of this type before.





The weather was cold. Minus 14°C. But calm winds. So the feeling was not that bad. And the sun was up in the air. Good conditions I would say. Boarding went fine, but loading the oversized luggage too some more time apparently. So we closed a few minutes late, and we left the apron consequently also a bit later. We taxied to runway 08R for takeoff.

Takeoff was powerful and we climbed like a rocket. Turned around to head South, with the beautiful Alps coming closer into viewpoint.







We levelled soon, not a very high altitude. And service started also. Just a bag of crisps, and a drink. That’s all.
Plus nice entertainment when I looked left out of my window. Crossing the Alps with clear skies. Not an everyday happening for me.







After the Alps-experience descend started for BLQ, Good views on the flat Italian landscape. And a lot of turns on approach for the airport. I wonder if this was a standard arrival route or just by ATC instructions. Landing was on runway 12, with parking on a remote position next to a BA B734, from LGW I think.







BLQ airport has no passenger bridges in use. Passengers have to be transported by a bus, or have a small walk from the building to the aircraft. The terminal building is a bit older architecture and not too good looking from the outside. Welcome in Italy!

Now I had a bit of free time. Time to have a lunch in Italy. What else then having a pasta. Upstairs (2 levels up) is an area with restaurants and a coffee bar. The restaurant offers a few pastas and salads, also other menu’s can be prepared. Pricing is good. About 6 Euro for a plate of pasta. Not bad for being at an airport. Seating is in a large dining area with standard tables. But large windows overlooking the apron and single runway. All traffic is guaranteed seen from here. Spotting is possible too, but beware that the windows are dirty (from the inside). Traffic is not too special though, but you might log a few new numbers at this airport. I mainly saw some Italian stuff including a Blue Panorama B767-300 to Cuba, some European airlines as well Ryanair offers numerous flights to/from BLQ.

I went one floor down again after I finished my meal, since my return journey was scheduled not much later. A different routing was chosen, and planned by equipment which I didn’t flew for quite a while. The Boeing 737-300. Yes, maybe a very regular aircraft, but not on the flights I usually take. So a good opportunity to experience some ‘history’ again.

Check-In Area:


Security control is simple at BLQ. First an officer scans the barcode on the boarding pass and another officer tells you which lane you have to take. Not many passengers in line, but 4 checkpoints open. Good job. No waiting time. And no beeping. Through in seconds here.

The departure lounge is simple. Black stoned floor, a few taxfree shops around, one with Italian designer underwear and pyjamas. And of course an expresso bar also here. Passengers for the Blue Panorama Cuba bound flight had to take the passport control which is located on the left side of the lounge (near gate 10). My LH flight was going to take gate 11, the usual gate for LH at BLQ it seems. Ryanair flights leave from the other end of the lounge, but it’s a small place anyway. Fews on the apron are available also here, but limited options for photography since it’s a double layer of glass. Registration spotters will be fine though.





The seats near gate 11 were used. A busy place, and apparently the flight was going to be packed. One single groundstaff is doing the boarding process. It takes forever, but at least a good line is formed by the passengers, and not the ‘en masse Ryanair style’ boarding here with LH. A bus is waiting downstairs. And it waited until nearly all passengers were in the bus. A bus with cattle… It was a short ride, nobody seemed to care about it.
My aircraft was out of view all the time, so I was happy to find out a B733 indeed. A new entry for the logbook this was going to be. Boarding via front and rear stairs.

BLQ-FRA
Flight No.: LH 3973 Date: 08MAR2010
STD: 1435 ATD: 1440
STA: 1610 ATA: 1609
A/C: Boeing 737-300 Reg No.: D-ABXL
Seat: 24A


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The second bus with the last few passengers were a bit on the late side, causing the few minutes startup delay. We got our pushback, and that B737 was packed! I did not see a vacant seat. I didn’t expect that BLQ would be so popular for LH, but loads of Asian tourists on board that were heading to FRA, connecting to LH longhauls, or NH, OZ, etc.



We would use runway 12 for takeoff again, but a taxiway was under construction. So continued taxiing on the runway and made a 180° turn and powered up for takeoff. A standard takeoff was performed. Nothing special, and a calm climb too.



The flight itself was just a standard LH European flight. I read my ebook, and enjoyed the Alps once again. The captain even came on the intercom telling about the stunning views on the Alps. He even banked slightly left, and then right. So passengers had even a better view.
The service on board was a drink and a middle sized ‘Toblerone’ chocolate bar. Good choice for the afternoon, and I really like that chocolate. So they made me happy again!












The approach to FRA took a while, since we had to follow the arrival procedures for a 07L landing. Coming from the Southeast side, this just takes a while. After landing we taxied to a remote position on the apron, with a bus standby to provide the final ride to the terminal building. Always nice to have the free tour at FRA. So many heavy metal on the ground and you’re driving pretty close to the action.


The transfer at FRA was not really long, but no problem for me. Even with the limited time I took the opportunity to go to the World Shop for some shopping and got myself some additional travel luggage. Actually a bit large for ‘handluggage’ since I got my fully loaded photobag also with me. But I managed to get it on board, and in the end even used up a large part of the overhead bin near my row. Now it was my turn, I thought!

A quick look at FRA Ops screens learned me to fly another B737-300, from a unconvenient and far-away gate. Almost at the total end was gate A42. I used this gate more often for AMS bound flights. Seems to become a standard here? It was crowded in the gate area, seemingly good business again for LH. Maybe connecting traffic which came in from Asian airports on LH or another Star Alliance partner. Boarding started just after 17:00L. Well on time, and I secured the additional handbaggage with me using the self-scan boarding gate (so far away from the groundstaffs, which overlooked this extra piece now, lucky me).



FRA-AMS
Flight No.: LH 4682 Date: 08MAR2010
STD: 1735 ATD: 1733
STA: 1845 ATA: 1833
A/C: Boeing 737-300 Reg No.: D-ABXO
Seat: 23A


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Boarding went quick and doors closed early, and we eventually left the gate a few minutes early. The plane was fully booked again. No available seats, at least in Economy. Newspapers upon boarding, including a Dutch one. Good service here! I didn’t expect it to be honest. So something to read along the way. Also here a manual safety demo, and the cabin was carefully checked since a lot of handluggage was placed under the seats also.

Taxiing took not much time, 07L also in use here for takeoff. Upon line-up I was surprised by the unexpected landing in front of us of the daily JL flight (JL407) from NRT. It was served by their international ‘Eco-Jet’ with the green colourscheme. We got that one once only in AMS so far. We took off and needed quite some length to get in the air. After takeoff good views on the busy apron and airport surroundings and the city of Frankfurt.







The flight was again a standard European happening. Usual round of drinks, catering came with a ‘Cream-Cheese Sandwich’. It was tasty and fresh. OK for the timing of this flight.
Some more reading kept me busy also on this flight back home, until descent and approach, which I enjoyed again with an interesting arrival routing from the Northeast via the cities of Zwolle, Lelystad and Almere to runway 36R for landing. You’ll see some nice Dutch polderlandscape on this route, and the sun was setting on top of that. Very entertaining to many on board, since many people were looking through the windows.

Approaching AMS:




Landing itself was smooth, and strong braking made us vacate even via E1, just taxiing behind the runway 24 line-up position (S7). Taxi-route via taxiway B to gate B15, common for LH flights at AMS. Block-in was about 10 minutes early, so good performance here. Deplaning via the passenger bridge took a while, since I was nearly in the back of the plane, so that was not too nice. But we can’t change these things, and go away with it. Leaving a B737 via rear stairs is not a usual procedure in AMS. We’re not in FRA after all.

It took an additional while to get out of the terminal building. Crowded with people at some places, the evening rush was still there. And the walk from the B-gates is a rather long one too. Nevertheless I was out in about 10 minutes, time to grab a bus heading home.

Four more flight successfully completed and logged four new registration for my flightlog. The Boeing 737-300’s were nice. Long time ago that I travelled on those ageing birds. And happy with my purchase from the World Shop at FRA (It’s located in the public area, so you have to leave the ‘airside section’ to go there. And they gave me a nice discount also, which makes the purchase even better.
About LH? It’s still a good carrier. I notice a slight reduce in cabin supplies/catering on board, but still a acceptable level. The crew is not very personal with service, but very professional at least. And they serve both alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks in Y-class, which is a nice extra as well for the afternoon flights.

I hope you liked the report, despite featuring just very standard carriers. I hope that the pictures make up for this a bit. Comments or any reply from you is more then welcome.
Thanks for reading again,

Eric


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27308 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8199 times:

Hey Eric,
Great report and photos as usual. Even though standard carriers still nice to see. MUC still looks pretty decent, its years since I was there. Did you get a chance to look at the LH shop?

Looking forward to the next one.

Philip


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1965 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8055 times:
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Great report airbuseric!

Looks you had a nice trip to BLQ. Great photos from your trip !

767747


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7645 times:

Hi Eric,

Congratulations with your E195 flight. I envy you on that.   

Beautiful sceneries you have captured there. You were blessed with the weather. Those snowy landscapes are truly a feast in the eye.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
but was called for a random check. It makes me feel even more irritated sometimes.

I know that. Just experienced it myself upon arrival from IST yesterday.

Thank you for sharing this report. Are you StarGold member by now?

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6938 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7627 times:

Hi Eric,

great report with really nice pictures of MUC amd the Alps. I guess it's also the first LH E195 report here - but I missed some cabin shots.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A prepacked vacuum sandwich package with 1 very artificial sandwich inside. Some cheese also, looks some fake cheese. Tasteless actually. Something what you’ll get with your cheeseburger at McDonalds.

That doesn't sound very good...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I wondered, if this becomes a new standard at LH. One drink only that morning, the usual coffee.

They didn't offer an extra drink, e.g. orange juice?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
About LH? It’s still a good carrier. I notice a slight reduce in cabin supplies/catering on board, but still a acceptable level. The crew is not very personal with service, but very professional at least. And they serve both alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks in Y-class, which is a nice extra as well for the afternoon flights.

According to certain LH managers major cost-cutting measures are necessary for European operations - I fear the service level will further decrease.


PH



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8588 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7624 times:
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Hi Eric,

Nice post, some interesting and classic planes and lunch in Italy, excellent!

BLQ looks worth a visit for some domestic and off the beaten path spotting, at least for us UK folks.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
LH was offering me online a choice of about 5 seats on all the flights I was going to take. And don’t tell me that I was late, because I was among the first to check-in for each flight.

- Interesting to note, sounds quite the opposite of the OLCI BA check-in, at least in my experience.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
After landing we taxied to a remote position on the apron, with a bus standby to provide the final ride to the terminal building. Always nice to have the free tour at FRA

- Always! - Had a day spotting there some weeks bak, made 55 new registrations, a good day indeed.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Deplaning via the passenger bridge took a while, since I was nearly in the back of the plane, so that was not too nice

- Don't I know it, was in the last row (33) on that BA flight (re Twitter post) took ages to get off  

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Mark



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User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7612 times:

Some **super** pics on all sectors, and a great day trip - thanks for posting this report airbuseric.


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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7544 times:

Hi guys,
thanks for your replies!

Quoting oa260 (Reply 1):
MUC still looks pretty decent, its years since I was there.

I think it's indeed the best European airport. I always have a pleasant experience at MUC, easy to navigate, friendly service, and able to make 30 minute connections (even with bus-gates) without trouble.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 1):
Did you get a chance to look at the LH shop?

Yes, but on the return at FRA as you've read. Is the MUC shop something special?

Quoting oa260 (Reply 1):
Looking forward to the next one.

In a week or so... maybe 2  
Quoting 767747 (Reply 2):
Great photos from your trip !

Thanks!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Congratulations with your E195 flight. I envy you on that.

I thought of you. I knew you were hunting a flight on this type/airline also, but now it gets difficult from AMS during the summer schedule.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Just experienced it myself upon arrival from IST yesterday.

Interesting. IST is what I do in 3 weeks again on LX. Did you fly LX or TK ?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Are you StarGold member by now?

Hehe,... I'm in M&M for years, but I doesn't fly enough for Gold though.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
I guess it's also the first LH E195 report here - but I missed some cabin shots.

Yes, could be the first indeed. I've 1 cabinshot, not a very good one though. The flight was rather full and I didn't want to disturb my neighbour. Here you go:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
They didn't offer an extra drink, e.g. orange juice?

No, not on the MUC bound flight. Maybe I should've asked for it. Usually LH crew offers it as a standard though.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):
BLQ looks worth a visit for some domestic and off the beaten path spotting,

Yes, you should go. Nice seating, good windows, reasonable priced food/drinks nearby. I'll show you some pics later in your mail. Traffic was including Air One/Cityliner B737/A320/CR7, Eurofly A320/A330, BluePanorama B767, Albanian BAe146, DHL B757, Turkish A320/B738, CSA AT4, BlueAir B733, Germanwings, Aer Lingus etc.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):
Don't I know it, was in the last row (33) on that BA flight (re Twitter post) took ages to get off

Remember that post. At least you got a reason for your move to the back of that plane   

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 6):
Some **super** pics on all sectors, and a great day trip

Thanks Palmjet. Appreciate it!

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1715 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7299 times:

Good afternoon Eric, great report! Always good to enjoy them on a lazy saturday like this 

A pretty interesting read, LH is indeed a pretty standard carrier, but still I enjoy this kind of reports and for some reason I find them a bit more interesting then the reports covering more exotic airlines, lol. The pics were great as usual, and it's pretty impressive that you managed to get those results using a compact, good job!  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
But new staff this time. From a job agency. Age roughly between 16-22 years old. With fluor jackets. Not the security staff itself, but the ‘helpers’.

Hmm, perhaps I should apply for a job there  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Followed by a ever lasting taxiing to runway 36L (yes the far away runway).

The Polderbaan, in other words?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A prepacked vacuum sandwich package with 1 very artificial sandwich inside. Some cheese also, looks some fake cheese. Tasteless actually. Something what you’ll get with your cheeseburger at McDonalds. I wondered, if this becomes a new standard at LH. One drink only that morning, the usual coffee.

That doesn't sound good at all, and considering it's a morning flight, one could have expected them to serve a muffin and maybe some yoghurt. But I guess that's too much to ask for. It's at least nice to be fed for free...
Still I find that processed cheese, from McDo pretty tasty, actually 
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
This car would suit me well; new BMW 5 Series Limousine

Yes it's a nice car indeed. But would one dare to take it out in the hostile environment of the dutch highways?  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
And since the airport/LH offer free coffee,

Looks like LH have upgraded their coffee machines, last time I was there they only had brewed coffee, now it seems like they have cappuchino, latte, etc. Very generous of LH to offer this to their Y costumers. Are there coffee machines in all terminals now, or only at the A gates?

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7288 times:

Hi Jonas,

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Always good to enjoy them on a lazy saturday like this

Good to hear it kept you busy for a while...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
The pics were great as usual, and it's pretty impressive that you managed to get those results using a compact, good job!

Not all came from the compact cam. Few were from my Nikon too  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
The Polderbaan, in other words?

It is indeed that one.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
That doesn't sound good at all, and considering it's a morning flight, one could have expected them to serve a muffin and maybe some yoghurt. But I guess that's too much to ask for. It's at least nice to be fed for free...

Maybe just a one off. The other flights catering was a bit better quality wise...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
But would one dare to take it out in the hostile environment of the dutch highways?

Yes why not? Nothing wrong with the Dutch highways. Except my broken windows all the time caused by stones that got loose by frostbite last winter.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Looks like LH have upgraded their coffee machines, last time I was there they only had brewed coffee, now it seems like they have cappuchino, latte, etc. Very generous of LH to offer this to their Y costumers. Are there coffee machines in all terminals now, or only at the A gates?

Yes, upgraded new machines indeed. Hot chocolate also offered, various coffees and espresso etc.
Not sure if only at gates-A, I only used the other terminal once only, 2 years ago by LTU/Air Berlin. I'm pretty sure one of our German members can answer your question though  

Regards,
Eric



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7026 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7):
Did you fly LX or TK ?

None of them actually. I am now working on the first part of the TR. I hope I can upload it this evening.



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8588 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6899 times:
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Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7):
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):
BLQ looks worth a visit for some domestic and off the beaten path spotting,

Yes, you should go. Nice seating, good windows, reasonable priced food/drinks nearby. I'll show you some pics later in your mail.

- Excellent, I'll keep an eye out.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6725 times:

Hoi, Eric,

good quality story.
Nothing else expected from you´re hand.
LH doing good business, so it seems and give´s us the chance to fly some interesting equipment beside all that
Airbus machines.

Looking for the next stories now and hope that you do some more Star A mileage runs this year.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6612 times:

Hi Eric,

You've got some stunning shots of the Alps - they are always a joy to cross when the weather is clear. Congrats also on the Augsburg E-jet. BLQ is a familiar place to me as well, been there twice within the last year...

Did you change you writing style a little? For the better I mean? Some shots of the inflight (lack of) service would've been nice.

Great stuff anyway, are you going to post the second Bologna trip as well?


User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1433 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6558 times:

Hi Eric, thanks for the interesting trip report.

The photo right after take-off with the slight layer of snow is lovely!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Plus nice entertainment when I looked left out of my window.

The best entertainment when crossing mountains   

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Yes it's a nice car indeed. But would one dare to take it out in the hostile environment of the dutch highways?  

Hostile environment of the dutch highways? In my experience they're one of the less hostile in Europe, especially comparing it to the South & East of Europe  



Всяк глядит, да не всяк видит.
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6452 times:

Hi guys,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
LH doing good business, so it seems and give´s us the chance to fly some interesting equipment beside all that Airbus machines.

Some good looking around the schedules and destinations still offers enough interesting metal for us.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
Looking for the next stories now and hope that you do some more Star A mileage runs this year

I assure you that more will follow...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
You've got some stunning shots of the Alps - they are always a joy to cross when the weather is clear.

Yes, I felt so lucky also that I finally got a fine day.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
Did you change you writing style a little? For the better I mean? Some shots of the inflight (lack of) service would've been nice.

Slightly changed maybe. I didn't want to have the small tags below the images this time, since the a.net site all messed up last time. And promise to take the meal shots again next time. You didn't miss anything btw. And you can find a Toblerone chocolate bar also in the shops in Finland   LOL

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 13):
Great stuff anyway, are you going to post the second Bologna trip as well?

Time permitting, hopefully soon...

Quoting Severnaya (Reply 14):
The photo right after take-off with the slight layer of snow is lovely!

Thanks. Yes, it was a kind of lucky moment I think,

Quoting Severnaya (Reply 14):
Hostile environment of the dutch highways? In my experience they're one of the less hostile in Europe, especially comparing it to the South & East of Europe

I' ve to drive a little in France this summer. And Spain,... also very nice. I think we are very friendly in Holland (not if we are all in a hurry though)

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27308 posts, RR: 60
Reply 16, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6288 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7):
Yes, but on the return at FRA as you've read. Is the MUC shop something special?

I was getting confused sorry. I thought MUC had a ''flagship'' one , maybe Im wrong?


User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 504 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6096 times:

Hi Eric. Great report from you again.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
and my opportunity to fly on a still very new type in the LH fleet, the Embraer 195.

It's great to see this one covered. Unfortunately the low quality sandwiches seem to become a LH standard. Your photo of FRA looks great. I always like seeing airports from the sky.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I used this gate more often for AMS bound flights. Seems to become a standard here?

It indeed looks like a new standard. That number sounds very familiar to me. LH seems to let you walk for your AMS-FRA flights. At least coffie is available at the FRA gate.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I hope that the pictures make up for this a bit.

Your pictures are great. I like reading about one of my favorite carriers.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
None of them actually.

So 9 hours before posting your TR your still hiding it  


User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1907 posts, RR: 42
Reply 18, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6010 times:
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Hey Eric, nice report! You should have told me you we're flying the LH ERJ! I was working that morning, so I was either doing your flight, or the one to FRA! The ERJ's won't be here too often during the summer schedule, which I don't really mind. I hate working with the Ejets, but the plane is a beauty, and the Augsburg crews are generally nice.

Loved the pictures as usual, I see the DABXO here quite often btw.

Thank you for sharing!

Martijn



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5811 times:

Hi guys, thanks once again for your kind replies,

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 17):
It's great to see this one covered. Unfortunately the low quality sandwiches seem to become a LH standard.

Tim, it might have been a one off, since the other flights were a bit more LH standard catering wise. And, some more flights done meanwhile, and I did not notice significant changes yet on...

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 18):
You should have told me you we're flying the LH ERJ! I was working that morning, so I was either doing your flight, or the one to FRA!

Oh yes, I completely forgot. And I flew again on LH last week. Was it you then at the gate? My office is close to yours, so we can have a meet easily btw.

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1907 posts, RR: 42
Reply 20, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 5751 times:
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Quoting airbuseric (Reply 19):

Oh yes, I completely forgot. And I flew again on LH last week. Was it you then at the gate? My office is close to yours, so we can have a meet easily btw.

No worries, we should arrange something some time. Actually, your first pic, it's hard to see but that guy left from the engine, that could be me. Not sure but the outfit matches haha, as well as the scarf!



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 5743 times:

Hi Eric,

Great report and fantastic pictures! You were really lucky with the weather - the views and the light conditions seemed to be great.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
But LH was offering me online a choice of about 5 seats on all the flights I was going to take. And don’t tell me that I was late, because I was among the first to check-in for each flight.

That doesn't really encourage people to use online check-in, I guess.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
But the 2-2 layout on these aircraft make a comfortable ride anyway. I really enjoy the flights with the Embraers so far.

Me too. From a passenger's point of view, the Emb 170-195 series is a great regional aircraft.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
FRA:

Fantastic picture!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Crossing the Alps with clear skies. Not an everyday happening for me.

Once again really wonderful photos.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I didn’t expect that BLQ would be so popular for LH, but loads of Asian tourists on board that were heading to FRA, connecting to LH longhauls, or NH, OZ, etc.

I got the same impression when flying with LH out of FLR some time ago. LH seems to do good business in Northern Italy.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4700 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 5674 times:

Great report, keep them coming if you can!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
MUC-BLQ operated by Cityline
Flight No.: LH 3984 Date: 08MAR2010
STD: 1110 ATD: 1117
STA: 1215 ATA: 1210
A/C: Bombardier CRJ-700 Reg No.: D-ACPO
Seat: 05A

Am I the only one who finds this very unusual?

I thought that all LH MUC-Northern Italy flights are operated by Air Dolomiti?



Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5659 times:

Hi again,

thanks for your feedback. Glad to hear you liked the report  
Quoting A342 (Reply 22):
Am I the only one who finds this very unusual?

I thought that all LH MUC-Northern Italy flights are operated by Air Dolomiti?

Actually not in the winter schedule 2009-2010. It ended in late March. Flights are now back with Air Dolomiti (I can confirm, tripreport will follow soon).

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 21):
I got the same impression when flying with LH out of FLR some time ago. LH seems to do good business in Northern Italy.

It's a strong brand, and they have a good partnership with that Italian Air Dolomiti also. A good and reliable product, maybe something which can not be said about their own national AZ. Plus, a lot of people travelling for business and holidays to Northern Italy, fed by the great Star Alliance networks via FRA and MUC of course.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 20):
Actually, your first pic, it's hard to see but that guy left from the engine, that could be me. Not sure but the outfit matches haha, as well as the scarf!

Hmm,... I'll see if I can zoom a bit on you then. I will send the picture by mail if you like. Let me know your mail by PM then.

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4700 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5632 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 23):
Actually not in the winter schedule 2009-2010. It ended in late March. Flights are now back with Air Dolomiti (I can confirm, tripreport will follow soon).

Ok, thank you. Seems to have been an exception.



Exceptions confirm the rule.
25 Post contains images DALCE : Hey Eric. Good to read you flying one of my favorite airlines again Also nice to read a report on the E195 with LH, something I was quite interested i
26 Post contains images vandenheuvel : Hi Eric, Thats nice to hear. It will be some months before I will fly them again. Come on Martijn. Your a lot taller than that Can't wait reading abou
27 Infodesk : Hello Eric, What a nice report and a great idea to have lunch in Italy. It seems you had another successful trip. I totally agree with you about the w
28 Post contains images airbuseric : Hello again! Good to follow your latest comments; Joost, that's since a long time. We're going to miss your tripreporting here. So, anything special i
29 Post contains images DALCE : Hey Eric, Unfortunately only some AMS-ZRH flights, so nothing special. I am however in the planning phase of some leisure trips here and there. Last
30 NZ107 : Hi Eric, Great report on these smaller planes! Fantastic pics, great view. What's your opinion on ERJ vs CRJ? It's nice that pilots still do this kind
31 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi guys, thanks for your further comments; That sounds good. Will keep a close look out for your next story coming online then! Hi Nicholas, Thanks. I
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