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The Rare B717 From BCN To MRS  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 23754 times:

The rare B717 from BCN to MRS

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Bonjour, dear readers,

what to do with two open segments MRS-AMS-BCN from my earlier ride in May to Marseille?.
Well, MRS is good connected within France but there are only a small number of airlines with acceptable fares around Europe.
Not that easy to catch something interesting till I notice that Spanair will open a new route in comparison to IB/Air Nostrum from BCN to MRS.
Now thats the way to go, especially when I see that the equipment for this service is the Boeing 717,
two legs only in my log here.
But there is another point coming up, how to go for BCN that early in the morning?.

Here is the link to my Poland trip the previous day:

Gdansk And The LOT Polish Embraer 175 (by FLIEGER67 Jun 19 2010 in Trip Reports)


Friday, 28.06.2010

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Service 4U 2528 operated by Germanwings
Scheduled: 06.50 // 08.50


It is once again the cellphone, that calls me at 4.00 am, 6.20 am is the boarding time for my first flight today.
By car to the airport, P2 parking as usual.
OLCI is quick and easy at 4U´s website, no earlier seat reservation due to the extra costs, but 25A is ready for me.
The last row window on the plane and once more three seats for me on this flight with a 90 percent load.
4U beside LX with a tight connection at ZRH and also low time between the flights at BCN is the only way to reach my target ontime from STR.
During my first checks the fare is around 70.-- Euro´s, no way for me Germanwings management,
that fare is much to high for my personal expectations around 4U.
But we know, it´s the best option, waiting for the next sales action to catch a better fare.
The sales action comes and 4U gets the point, the fare jumps up to around 90.-- Euro´s and with the flight on a Friday during south Germany school holiday time, it´s finally me to press the book it button.
Some five minutes to wait at security, a good number of passengers around today.
That´s my first view to the apron this morning, with a nice surprise on the cargo part
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An Iljushin 76 from Russia
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And the view on the screen, my flight seems ontime
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325 is the gate for this flight, down to the groundfloor, the usual bus boarding area with several
4U services and a pretty good number of pax around.
Boarding is ontime, me in the second bus.
With a good number of 4U flights in the log and all STR planes done, it´s only a low chance to catch something new today.
How I like these photo position under the wing
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It is D-AKNK, an Airbus A319, what else, flight number 3 on this plane and in total ride no. 51
on the A319.
First in service with US from 10.09.1999 and since 04.10.2005 with Germanwings.
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Why do they fix these place with a blue colour panel, looks something non professional
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Three ladies with a not really high motivation level this morning in the cabin.
More about it later.
The cabin well used, bright grey leather seats and low legroom, but ok for me in the last row.
A very friendly welcome from the captain, he´s from Switzerland and I like his accent,
the female german FO is pilot flying today.
The FO is also on the speakers with short informations inflight.
The duration is 1 hour 35 minutes.
My seat
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The cabin ceiling
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The safety card
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And the actual magazine
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Departure is from runway 25, a rolling takeoff with no traffic on arrival or infront at 06.50 am ontime,
cloudy sky and 12 degrees.
A view from above to the Iljushin
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The route is along the alps to ZRH-GVA-LYS an MRS
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Service is buy on board, nothing for free.
The cabin crew is somewhat desinterested here.
For example during approach is one overhead bin open, a pax forgot to close it,
one FA walking by and no, its not my job to close it, the overhead bin remains open during landing.
Not only Germanwings on approach to BCN today
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A big MSC cruiser
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Touchdown on the 3352 meters runway 25R at 08.30 am, 20 minutes ahead to schedule, with cloudy sky and 18 degrees.
My plane at the gate at BCN Terminal 2
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A huge number of shops not open, detours, construction places,
it seems they prepare for FR´s arrival here.
Quickly out in the public to catch the free transfer bus for Terminal 1.



Friday, 28.10.2010

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Service JK 91 operated by Spanair
Scheduled: 11.30 // 12.30


Some ten minutes on the bus till arrival at the huge new terminal.
Lot´s of people around, large tour groups from the cruise ships,
especially thousand japanese's, so it seems.
But surprisingly no queue at security.
Booking for this flight is done via Govolo, offering the cheapest fare for some 50.-- Euro´s.
OLCI works pretty well with Spanair´s website, done within seconds, seat selection is possible.
Interesting planes here in BCN, the Delta double
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SIA 777
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A Spanair MD
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Delta and Wizz
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Ghana International operation by Astraeus
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The bright and airy terminal
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SIA to the active
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My flight seems ontime, Gate B44
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SIA and Spanair
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What a shorty machine with big engines
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Turning in to my gate
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Closer
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Ground handling preparations
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It is EC-KHX, a warm welcome to the Boeing 717, a new registration for me, only leg no. 3 on type.
In service with Olympic Aviation and Airways since 29.12.1999 and with Spanair since 11.07.2007.
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Spanair operates actually only 4 planes on type.
Boarding now
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Ready to go
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Oldfashioned dark blue fabric seats in the cabin, 21A for me, in total 24 rows and also here two for me. Low legroom, clean so far and pretty noisy. The load is some 50% only.
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Three female FA´s here, all together nice and friendly.
Parallel lineup for departure
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Turning on the active
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With a nice MD behind us
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Takeoff from the 2660 meters runway 07R, it is 11.30 am, ontime, the temperature is 22 degrees and the sky is cloudy. 40 minutes only now to go for MRS.
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The safety card
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And the actual magazine
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Engine view from my seat
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Take a closer look in the middle of these picture and you see the bright sun upfront,
the cockpit door is still open inflight
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No comment from upfront, service is BOB, nothing for free.
The cabin with the now locked cockpit door
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On finals to MRS
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Touchdown on the 3500 meters runway 31R, it is 12.30 am, ontime again, cloudy sky here and the temperature is 19 degrees.
That KL plane looks also interesting
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I should do AirCorsica sometimes
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Very quick out in the public, a small door, looks more like a staff door, leads directly to the bus stops,
nobody cares.
The bus runs frequently and so it was not that long to wait till it shows up and I´am on the way to the main train station, some twenty minutes to go, the fare is 9.-- Euro´s.
Different weather conditions here, also some rain showers.
A first city view with Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde up on the hill
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Historic Gare SNCF
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In the city
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Close to the Vieux Port
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And the Vieux Port
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Lot´s of people all around
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Boats in the harbour
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Walking back up the hill to the train station
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Back at the Gare
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The next bus is around the corner, nearly no time to wait and on the way back to the airport.
The weather improves, some sun also.
Marseille is not my fav place, it feels more like a smaller local town, but definitely it´s a really large city with lot´s of immigrant´s from the North African countries.


Friday, 28.05.2010

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Service KLM KL 1408 operated by KLM Cityhopper
Scheduled: 17.35 // 19.40


No time to wait at security, OLCI is done from home the night before.
Seat selection is possible. The gate is not far from security and it´s also time enough to walk
to the other end of the terminal with the french domestic flights.
The fare is some 40.-- Euro´s booked by Opodo together with the inbound STR-LYS-MRS earlier in May.
Windjet heading for Italy
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Twinjet´s Beech 1900 on the apron
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Amsterdam seems ontime from gate 24
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CCM with the ATR also, done these company years ago
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And here it is, the E190 on arrival from AMS
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Turning to the gate
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Not really on the centerline
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But it seems ok
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It is PH-EZL an Embraer 190 as scheduled, a pretty new machine, in service with KLCityhopper since 22.01.2010 only.
15 E90´s in the fleet with Cityhopper, leg no. 2 for me on type and a new registration.
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Boarding now
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Two very friendly dutch girls doing the cabin service, really well done here with Cityhopper.
Dark grey leather seats, clean, comfortable, good legroom.
The only negative point is the cabin temperature, to cold for my personal well feeling.
My seat 26F, last row window and again two for me with a load close to 100%.
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Also the cockpit crew from the Netherlands, superb nice here with KL Cityhopper, boarding is completed and the captain is out of his office, face to face with is passengers,
performing a very friendly and detailed welcome.
The FO looks pretty young, I see him while waiting for boarding from the gate,
he is also on the speakers nice and friendly during the approach later.
And finally leaving Marseille Provence
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Takeoff from runway 31R like on arrivals, it´s 5.35 pm, ontime, sunny sky and 23 degrees.
The duration is 1 hour 35 minutes.
This is the safety card
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And the magazine with a nice and fitting title
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Free service is really good here
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The modern cabin ceiling
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Nice weather above the Netherlands
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Close to AMS
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It looks like Rotterdam
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Touchdown is on the 3300 meters runway 36C, not really sure with that huge number of runways here, maybe some of our friends from the Netherlands check it, if its possible.
The time is 7.20 pm, 20 minutes ahead to schedule, the sky is perfect clear, no cloud at all and it´s 14 degrees.
Cargo haulers on the apron
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Pretty oldfashioned looking MD11, on schedule in August
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Apron disembarking and bye-bye
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By bus to the terminal, up the stairs and some walk to my next gate.




Friday, 28.05.2010

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Service KLM KL 1879 operated by KLM Cityhopper
Scheduled: 20.50 // 22.10


OLCI is also for this flight done the evening before.
Seat 16A for me. The aisle is taken here with a load close to 100%.
B07 is the place to go for STR, down at the groundlevel, that means another apron bus ride ahead.
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Air France by Regional at the finger gates
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Crossing the apron with a huge number of blue tails, which will be mine?
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This one?
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No, this one.
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It is PH-WXC, a Fokker 70 as scheduled, in service with Avianova from 03.01.1996 and with KL Cityhopper since 15.12.1997.
The company operates actual 27 planes on type and this is a new registration for me,
leg no. 6 on type, according to my log.
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Sunny afternoon boarding
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The nose close up
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Blue and green together
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The UK captain is on the speakers during boarding with a very friendly and detailed welcome,
we see a start up delay due to some runway congestion.
The FO is from the Netherlands, he´s also to hear with a friendly goodbye during approach later on.
The safety card, same style like on the Embraer
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In the cabin, one male, one female in service, nothing special here.
Dark blue oldfashioned but nevertheless comfortable fabric seats, clean, good legroom.
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Something big ahead to departure, it is 9.10 pm, 20 minutes late, clear sky again and 12 degrees.
Flighttime to STR is 1.00 hour.
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Turning right after departure from the 3500 meters runway 24.
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The sun is going down
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The perfect seat here on the F70
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Service is crackers/biscuits and drinks for free.
Routing is above FRA at 21000 feet.
Touchdown on the well known runway 25 at STR, it is 10.10 pm, ontime, still cloudy and the temperature is 15 degrees, welcome back home.

Four flights with no. 3, the ride on the Embraer from MRS to AMS far above the others, well done KL Cityhopper.

It is around 11 pm when I reach finally my house, the earlier nights are short, but the next is even shorter. I need to catch an pretty early ICE from STR´s main trainstation to ride for FRA the next morning, but we know, no pressure, it´s just for fun!.

"Sarajevo/Bosnia on Croatia Airlines" is coming up soon.

Comments welcome,
Markus (FLIEGER67)


Next: Capital travel on schedule!.
19 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8544 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 23675 times:
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Hi Markus,

A great read, 4 flights and all different types, not bad at all!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
during approach is one overhead bin open, a pax forgot to close it,
one FA walking by and no, its not my job to close it, the overhead bin remains open during landing.

- Seems it was too early in the day for the Germanwings crew, perhaps they were better upom the return flight.

Those 717's are real rare beasts in most parts of the world, seems I've been lucky, 7 sectors on 7 different ones.

Looking forward to the next TR!

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 23522 times:

Hi Markus,

another really interesting report and a good choice of aircraft. Getting a 717 is always nice, probably the one and only remaining good reason to fly Spanair...  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The sales action comes and 4U gets the point, the fare jumps up to around 90.-- Euro´s and with the flight on a Friday during south Germany school holiday time, it´s finally me to press the book it button.

Yes, quite expensive for a 4U flight.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Why do they fix these place with a blue colour panel, looks something non professional

Looks like Lufthansa blue...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Low legroom, clean so far and pretty noisy.

Noisy during boarding?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Free service is really good here

Looks quite good. Nice to see there were two different sandwiches.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinebedo From Spain, joined Jul 2009, 57 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 23328 times:

Well done again Markus!!

It should be too noisy back there on the 717 and Fokker 70.

Looking forward for that Croatia trip!!



greatings!
Benito



bedo
User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 23255 times:

Hola Markus!

Again a great pre-lunch, aka. here as 'vermut', read.

I am having a disastrous love affair with JK B717 as it is some times scheduled on my trips to MAD but it is always changed for MDs or A320s... I keep up the spirit though.

I will be on a Fokker though flying between MXP and ZRH.

I was in Marseille once and I thought it was a nice Mediterranean city, especially around the harbor, I had pretty nice times at the Vieux Port.

As you started your journey in June....

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Friday, 28.10.2010


... that is a long layover in BCN, as well as a travel in time,....  Wow!  Wow! hehehehehehe  

Salut!

Roger

[Edited 2010-06-26 04:28:03]


"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 22979 times:

Hi Markus,

Nice catch of B717. This bird looks very cute with the big engines on the fuselage.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
that calls me at 4.00 am, 6.20 am is the boarding time for my first flight today.

Ouch! That's early.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Govolo

How was your booking experience with them?

Thanks for sharing. I have had a great Saturday afternoon read.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 22515 times:

Hey, nice to see some comments.


@Mark:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 1):
A great read, 4 flights and all different types, not bad at all!

Thank you.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 1):
- Seems it was too early in the day for the Germanwings crew, perhaps they were better upom the return flight.

Only a small chance, you believe it when you see these ladies.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 1):
Those 717's are real rare beasts in most parts of the world, seems I've been lucky, 7 sectors on 7 different ones.

Well done.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 1):
Looking forward to the next TR!

Just on the production line here.


@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
another really interesting report and a good choice of aircraft. Getting a 717 is always nice, probably the one and only remaining good reason to fly Spanair...

Thank you and good point with the reason to go on Spanair.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Yes, quite expensive for a 4U flight.

A 100% agreement.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Looks like Lufthansa blue...

Yes, so it seems.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Noisy during boarding?

There was a wining sound from the back, not sure what it was.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Looks quite good. Nice to see there were two different sandwiches.

I´am also positive surprised with KL service.


@Benito:

Quoting bedo (Reply 3):
Well done again Markus!!

It should be too noisy back there on the 717 and Fokker 70.

Looking forward for that Croatia trip!!

Thank you and Croatia coming up soon.


@Roger:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 4):
Again a great pre-lunch, aka. here as 'vermut', read.

Thank you.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 4):
I am having a disastrous love affair with JK B717 as it is some times scheduled on my trips to MAD but it is always changed for MDs or A320s... I keep up the spirit though.

Good luck.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 4):
I will be on a Fokker though flying between MXP and ZRH.

Hey, some story coming up, it looks like Contactair.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 4):
I was in Marseille once and I thought it was a nice Mediterranean city, especially around the harbor, I had pretty nice times at the Vieux Port.

Ok, but not my favourite city.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 4):
As you started your journey in June....

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Friday, 28.10.2010


... that is a long layover in BCN, as well as a travel in time,....

That´s what I call finger trouble, thanx for the notice.


@Suryo:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Nice catch of B717. This bird looks very cute with the big engines on the fuselage.

Also my opinion.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Ouch! That's early.

Just for fun, you know.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
How was your booking experience with them?

A something strange company,
for example they always put one letter to the airline reservation code and you try it to go for online check in.
More about the company with the next story.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Thanks for sharing. I have had a great Saturday afternoon read.

Thanx again

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 22486 times:

Hola Matkus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 6):
it looks like Contactair.

It is more a Helvetic Airways affair  

Roger



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 22156 times:

Hi Markus,

awaited this report of course. We talked already about it. A nice trip for sure. Some parts familiar for me  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
During my first checks the fare is around 70.-- Euro´s, no way for me Germanwings management, that fare is much to high for my personal expectations around 4U.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The sales action comes and 4U gets the point, the fare jumps up to around 90.-- Euro´s and with the flight on a Friday during south Germany school holiday time, it´s finally me to press the book it button.

I don't get those quotes?! So you paid 90 ?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
For example during approach is one overhead bin open, a pax forgot to close it,
one FA walking by and no, its not my job to close it, the overhead bin remains open during landing.

WTF?! That's against safety regulations. Would never expect that from this German airline to be honest. That cabin crew should be resigned from duty and send back to training course.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A huge number of shops not open, detours, construction places,
it seems they prepare for FR´s arrival here.

Same impressions by me last month. It looks terrible in this once beautiful terminal.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It is EC-KHX, a warm welcome to the Boeing 717, a new registration for me,

What a coincidence. I logged EC-KHX also before. It looks like the cabin has been refurbished since then.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Historic Gare SNCF

Yes very familiar. We started our train journey through France from here. Our brandnew hotel was just opposite of the station, very convenient.

Marseille city is a disgrace though. It's dirty all over, you can't feel really save on the streets and must be aware for pickpockets etc. all the time. It's smelly in every corner, and shopping isn't good either here. Not a recommended city to spend time at all!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The FO looks pretty young, I see him while waiting for boarding from the gate,
he is also on the speakers nice and friendly during the approach later.

Crew at cityhopper tend to be very young. Most of new KLM staffs starts their career on these smaller aircraft before going to KLM mainline fleets.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Touchdown is on the 3300 meters runway 36C, not really sure with that huge number of runways here, maybe some of our friends from the Netherlands check it, if its possible.

Didn't you get my sms messages? Yes you landed on 36C, I confirm. Quite special, with that runway not in use for landing very commonly.

Hope to read more soon. That Croatia trip sounds somewhat special!

Gruß
Eric



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User currently onlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1871 posts, RR: 41
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 21979 times:
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Hi Markus, nice report as usual. Would love to try the 717 myself sometime!

Keep up the good work!

Best regards, Martijn



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1459 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 21793 times:

Hi Markus,

That was definitely a busy week of holidays you had. Were you glad when work started again and you could have a lie in?!  
It was obvioulsy worth it, catching the 717 and getting 3 new registrations.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Quoting FLIEGER67:
Govolo

Do you use a price comparison website that comes up with all these online travel agencies? Govolo is a new one for me.

The crew on 4U certainly don't sound attentive, doesn't inspire much confidence. It's situations like that when I wonder just how they'd react in an emergency.

KL Embraer looks very nice, my first flights on this type coming up soon!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 7):
It is more a Helvetic Airways affair

Roger - They recently took delivery of another F100, HB-JVH. You might be lucky and catch that.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 21534 times:

Hey, good to see more comments.


@Roger:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 7):
it looks like Contactair.

It is more a Helvetic Airways affair

Good to know and definitely interesting.


@Eric:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
awaited this report of course. We talked already about it. A nice trip for sure. Some parts familiar for me

Thank you.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):

I don't get those quotes?! So you paid 90 ?

Payed around 90,00 Euro´s and the fare doesn´t came down again.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
WTF?! That's against safety regulations. Would never expect that from this German airline to be honest. That cabin crew should be resigned from duty and send back to training course.

Me, too, I was not impressed.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
Same impressions by me last month. It looks terrible in this once beautiful terminal.

Another 100% agreement.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
What a coincidence. I logged EC-KHX also before. It looks like the cabin has been refurbished since then.

Another coincidence.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
Yes very familiar. We started our train journey through France from here. Our brandnew hotel was just opposite of the station, very convenient.

Marseille city is a disgrace though.

I remember you´re messages on FB and me, too, Marseille is not my fav place.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
Crew at cityhopper tend to be very young. Most of new KLM staffs starts their career on these smaller aircraft before going to KLM mainline fleets.

Also my impression.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
Didn't you get my sms messages? Yes you landed on 36C, I confirm. Quite special, with that runway not in use for landing very commonly.

Yes, received and also noticed, but I wasn´t sure at all with these huge number of runways at AMS.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
Hope to read more soon. That Croatia trip sounds somewhat special!

Coming up soon.


@Martijn:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 9):
Hi Markus, nice report as usual. Would love to try the 717 myself sometime!

Keep up the good work!

Best regards, Martijn

Thank you.


@Hannah:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 10):
That was definitely a busy week of holidays you had. Were you glad when work started again and you could have a lie in?!
It was obvioulsy worth it, catching the 717 and getting 3 new registrations.

Thank you and indeed, biz was a good excuse for back to standard.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 10):
Do you use a price comparison website that comes up with all these online travel agencies? Govolo is a new one for me.

Two recommendable on the german market, Swoodoo for LoCo flights and Idealo for everything else.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 10):
The crew on 4U certainly don't sound attentive, doesn't inspire much confidence. It's situations like that when I wonder just how they'd react in an emergency.

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 10):
KL Embraer looks very nice, my first flights on this type coming up soon!

Good to know, a recommendable plane type till now, from my point of view.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineYP6370 From Germany, joined Apr 2000, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 21068 times:

Just wanted to add a comment here after reading so many of your reports  
It's always great and interesting to read with very detailed information/photos.
Keep on going!

Did the run to GDN on LO in January (other leg on WizzAir). And from this day I knew why LO is close to bankruptcy  
Had MRS just a couple of weeks ago with LH. Share your views about the city. Prefer NCE. But had a nice trip from MRS to Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. Really nice there!

But now I'm definitely looking forward to the SJJ-report! A city which is still on my to-do-list  


User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7175 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 20897 times:

Great report. I spent four months in Barcelona and flew in and out of BCN many times. I enjoyed the pictures, I have some pictures from the same exact spots. BCN is a fantastic airport!


"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26992 posts, RR: 57
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 20476 times:

Hey Markus ,
Great report and nicxe to ride the B717 , Id love to get on that also nice history since I remember it with OA. It looked great in OA livery  

Nice trip on the E Jet also , great choice.

Philip


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 20034 times:

Hi Markus,

Another nice report from you. Looks like a fun day of flying around and catching the 717 on the way as well. I've only logged one flight on these birds, but something tells me I have many more coming up starting this autumn...  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The route is along the alps to ZRH-GVA-LYS an MRS

Did you ask if they'd let you off at MRS, sparing you the detour via BCN? And not having to endure that nasty 717?  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Ghana International operation by Astraeus

I wonder if Bruce Dickinson was piloting it?


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6430 posts, RR: 38
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 19962 times:

Hi Markus,

Very enjoyable report on, yes, quite a rare aircraft! Qantas have a few but they're a long way away from centres I've been visiting and quite expensive to get onto.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Why do they fix these place with a blue colour panel, looks something non professional

Just like the spare grey cowlings they have a lot of the time.. It looks awful!


It's pretty cool how you were able to fly both the 717 and F70 on the same day.. How do you compare these and also these to the newer type like the E90?


Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6568 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 19803 times:

Hi Markus!

Very nice report with great pictures and flying a rare aircraft, the 717. I have yet to fly on one but it looks very nice as does KL Cityhopper. I have been to Marseille but in 1984 so a while back, nice pics from there.

The777Man



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 19656 times:

Hi Markus,

Once again a very nice trip report - sounds like a good idea to build something interesting around your open segments. And I think you found a very good solution, including the rare B 717 and a new route.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
4U beside LX with a tight connection at ZRH and also low time between the flights at BCN is the only way to reach my target ontime from STR.

Since a few days there is another carrier on that route with AB serving STR-BCN nonstop now as well. Flights are leaving STR in the early morning and return in the evening which makes it perfect for day-trips as well.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
boarding is completed and the captain is out of his office, face to face with is passengers,
performing a very friendly and detailed welcome.

Very nice touch. I always find it a good thing when flight crews meet the passengers as well at some time before or after the flight.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 19554 times:

Hey, nice to see more comments.


@YP6370:

Quoting YP6370 (Reply 12):
Just wanted to add a comment here after reading so many of your reports
It's always great and interesting to read with very detailed information/photos.
Keep on going!

Thank you, nice nickname, hold a few AeroLloyd legs in my log.

Quoting YP6370 (Reply 12):
Did the run to GDN on LO in January (other leg on WizzAir). And from this day I knew why LO is close to bankruptcy

Thats indeed a nice comparison, LO and W6 on the same run.

Quoting YP6370 (Reply 12):
Had MRS just a couple of weeks ago with LH. Share your views about the city. Prefer NCE. But had a nice trip from MRS to Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. Really nice there!

I prefer NCE, too, coming up in August on the Baboo Dash 8 from GVA.

Quoting YP6370 (Reply 12):
But now I'm definitely looking forward to the SJJ-report! A city which is still on my to-do-list

Still on finals, a real positive surpirse for me, nice people, feels somewhat exotic.


@Steven:

Quoting flymia (Reply 13):
Great report. I spent four months in Barcelona and flew in and out of BCN many times. I enjoyed the pictures, I have some pictures from the same exact spots. BCN is a fantastic airport!

Thank you and also my opinion about BCN.


@Phil:

Quoting oa260 (Reply 14):
Great report and nicxe to ride the B717 , Id love to get on that also nice history since I remember it with OA. It looked great in OA livery

Nice trip on the E Jet also , great choice.

Thanx a lot.


@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):

Another nice report from you. Looks like a fun day of flying around and catching the 717 on the way as well. I've only logged one flight on these birds, but something tells me I have many more coming up starting this autumn...

Thank you and I should try Blue1 sometimes.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
Did you ask if they'd let you off at MRS, sparing you the detour via BCN? And not having to endure that nasty 717?

Exactly my thoughts in the air above MRS.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
I wonder if Bruce Dickinson was piloting it?

Maybe.


@Nicholas:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 16):
Very enjoyable report on, yes, quite a rare aircraft! Qantas have a few but they're a long way away from centres I've been visiting and quite expensive to get onto.

Thank you and interesting to read that QF holds it also.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 16):
Just like the spare grey cowlings they have a lot of the time.. It looks awful!

Also my opinion.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 16):
It's pretty cool how you were able to fly both the 717 and F70 on the same day.. How do you compare these and also these to the newer type like the E90?

As far as I like the oldfashioned types, the E90 was still the winner of the day, real comfortable to fly.


@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Very nice report with great pictures and flying a rare aircraft, the 717. I have yet to fly on one but it looks very nice as does KL Cityhopper. I have been to Marseille but in 1984 so a while back, nice pics from there.

Thank you.


@Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 18):
Once again a very nice trip report - sounds like a good idea to build something interesting around your open segments. And I think you found a very good solution, including the rare B 717 and a new route.

Thank you.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 18):
Since a few days there is another carrier on that route with AB serving STR-BCN nonstop now as well. Flights are leaving STR in the early morning and return in the evening which makes it perfect for day-trips as well.

Started only two days after my flight, prefer AB in every case.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 18):
Very nice touch. I always find it a good thing when flight crews meet the passengers as well at some time before or after the flight.

Absolutely, a real personal feeling.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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