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User currently onlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1364 posts, RR: 8
Posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6572 times:

Amazing Romania Trip with TS , LH & KRP

Once again I return to Airliners.net with a trip report, after an absence of about a year or so. I’ve been quite busy lately and had very little time for things such as writing trip reports or even spending time on the computer. With the recession going on, a lot of us are feeling the pressure and vacations are not at the top of the list so I can’t say I’ve been in too many trips lately, especially ones that involve flying somewhere. Aside from flying for necessity, it has been a while since I flew for pleasure. I did plan originally to go back home to Romania sometime in October of this year to see how I can convert my Canadian CPL license to a JAA ATPL; something I’ve wanted to do for a while. My dream has been to fly for a Romanian regional airline, called Carpatair.

With all that being said, a couple of months ago, I received an e-mail from my best friend in Romania. "It is our pleasure to invite you… wedding… July 10 2010… Hateg, Romania". So my friend is getting married!!! How can I miss that??? This was an opportunity to hit two birds with one stone. One, go to my best friend's wedding and two, apply at Carpatair.

I started looking for flights and the best thing I could find was a flight through Chicago, but traveling through the US has become a bit more than a hassle lately (congestions / border wait times, etc) so I try to avoid if possible. I kept looking and finally I found a ticket from Vancouver, Canada to Munich, Germany with Air Transat at an awesome price of $1050 Canadian. I purchased the ticket right away, with a departure on Wednesday July 7th and a return on Thursday July 15th 2010. As you can see, a week in Europe is pushing it, but I had other responsibilities at home in Vancouver. My original plan was to rent a car in Germany, but that proved too expensive for 1 week, so I opted for a flight with Lufthansa, from Munich to Timisoara for about $150.00 CAD.

So after all, my return flights were booked separately, as follows:

Vancouver, Canada - Munich, Germany with Air Transat (with a technical stop in Calgary)

Munich, Germany - Timisoara, Romania with Lufthansa Regional

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Date: Wednesday July 7th 2010

Airline: Air Transat

Flight: TS942

Aircraft: Airbus A330-243

Reg: C-GITS (note this is the famous "Azores Glider")

Departing: Vancouver, Canada (YVR) @ 20:00

Arriving: Munich, Germany (MUC) @ 17:00 (the following day)


I spent most of the day getting ready for the trip and hanging out with my girlfriend, since I wouldn't be seeing her for the next 7 days. It's quite a shame that she couldn't come with me, but she just started a new teaching job and asking for vacation was not the most appropriate thing.

She drove me to the airport that afternoon and after we said our good-byes, I proceeded toward the check in counter. Since I was there quite early, there were only about ten or so people in front of me. Flying low-cost charters, one must adjust to certain things. For starters, you're only allowed to bring one check in bag, no more than 23 kg and one carry-on, under 10 kg. Since I was only going for 1 week, I didn't have a problem with that, but I can see how some people can easily surpass the allowed limits.

I checked in my backpack and was assigned a window seat. The security process was quick, and then I proceeded to Milestones, where I had a beer and watched a re-run of the World Cup. About an hour or so later, I walked around the airport and snapped a few pictures of the planes parked at the gates, and then made my way to the gate.

There were lots of people there, but no aircraft at the gate. This seemed a bit odd, so I asked the gate agent: "Will the flight depart on time?". She assured me it would. I don't really know how, since it was 30 minute prior to scheduled departure and the aircraft was not even at the gate. For a moment I thought that perhaps they changed gates and I was expecting an announcement stating so.

The check in desks at YVR:

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YVR Airport:

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I love this KLM MD-11. It's here every summer, while during the winter months, they bring an A330 from AMS:

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So the announcement came about 10 minutes later: "Attention all passengers travelling on Air Transat, flight TS942 to Munich, via Calgary, the flight has been delayed until tomorrow morning at 9:00am..." WHAT???" Right away I knew I was screwed. I had purchased my LH tickets separately and there was no way I would make the 21:00 flight. Originally I had left a 5 hour window between the two flights, thinking that there was no way a plane can be late more than 5 hours, but I guess I was wrong. That's what you get when you cheap out and fly an airline such as Air Transat, which has a limited amount of airplanes, of which none to spare.

Courtesy of Air Transat, we received some lame excuses and some robotic apologies. We were offered a shuttle to a hotel or taxi vouchers to our place of residence, if we chose to stay there. Of course I took the taxi back to my house and my girlfriend was shocked to see me back. She felt sorry for me, but at the same time, happy to see me again. I spent that evening trying to reach the LH office, but it was closed. I ended up calling long distance, the number in Germany and somehow, I managed to get through an agent after pressing random options on the automated system which I should mention, was in German. I asked the agent if he spoke English and lucky for me, he was also an Aussie citizen so he was able to "help" me out. Well he did say that I missed my flight and that was it, there was nothing he could do, which is fine, but he also told me that my return flight, from Romania to Munich was also lost. WTF? How does that work? So I miss my flight, that's fine, it's gone, but the return flight I can still make and they cancel both of them? This is beyond retarded! So now, not only do I need to find a ticket to Romania, I also have to find a way back to Munich. Great!!! I spent the evening pretty upset, looking at flights, airlines, etc. LH was kind enough to offer me a new ticket for the price of 680 Euros. Yeah right...

So the following morning I woke up, ordered a taxi and made my way to the airport. I still had no idea how I would get to Romania once I arrived in Munich, but I was hoping that if I go to the LH counters they'd have a last minute standby deal, or something.


Once I got to the airport, I didn't have to check my bags, since they were kept at the airport overnight. I proceeded straight to the gate and once again, no plane. I started to sweat a little. Now it was a question of "Will I make it in time for the wedding, which was on Saturday?". I had to find out a way. According to the new revised schedule, the plane was to leave Vancouver at 09:00 and arrive in Munich at 06:00 the following morning, which was a Friday, about 13 hours late.


While waiting in line at Starbucks, I noticed the pilots for Air Transat. They said the plane was fixed and that a replacement hydraulic part had to be flown, via private jet, overnight from their home base in Montreal. Okay, well the good part in this was that I'd make it to Germany by Friday morning; the bad part, is that I had to find a way to get from Munich to Hateg, Romania (you read it Hatzeg, the "t" like the tz in "Hertz"). I finally made it back to the gate after wondering the airport for 30 minutes and I was happy to see our bird being loaded and prepped for the long haul to Germany, via Calgary.


The airport once again:

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Our A330 still parked in a remote area of the airport with technicians and engineers still working on it:

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Finally, our bird at the gate, the famous "Azores Glider". This exact aircraft, was involved in a serious incident a number of years back, when it ran out of fuel over the Atlantic, and the pilots had to glide it to the nearby islands of Azores. You can search it up on the net. Quite amazing:

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Boarding started not too long after. The load factor was about 60%, but we would pick up more passengers in Calgary, before flying to Munich. The seats are configured 3-3-3, while toward the tail it transitions into a 2 - 3 - 3 configuration. I sat toward the back on the left side of the aircraft. On the isle seat, sat a guy in his late teens, while nobody sat in the seat between us. We hoped that nobody would sit there, and if that wasn't the case, at least it should be a good looking woman.

We taxied from the gate to runway 26L and took off fairly quick, making a left hand turn over the ocean and flying back over Richmond, Delta, Langley and eventually toward Calgary. The day was beautiful and I could see the airport, the city and the North Shore Mountains. It was strange to fly from Vancouver to Calgary in such a big aircraft. I've flown this route more than 50 times, but it was either a B737, A320, Embraer or some sort of CRJ. Since I flew in Calgary many times, I was hoping for a Runway 34 arrival, which would give me a great view of downtown Calgary, but it turns out we landed on runway 16, same runaway, but coming from the North side. We touched down in Calgary, taxied to our gate where more passengers, cargo and fuel was loaded. We were not allowed outside the aircraft, not that anyone wanted to go. Being 13 hours late, all we wanted is to get to Germany.

Boarding the plane to Calgary:

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Taxiing to the active runway:

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Take-off

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YVR-Vancouver International, with the city in the background:

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Kelowna, BC:

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The Rocky Mountains:


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Approach and Landing in Calgary, Alberta:

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Good ol' Springbank Airport, CYBW, where I have done many circuits back in the day, while working toward my PPL / CPL.

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About an hour after, we pushed back once again, this time, taxing out a lot heavier than in Vancouver. We had a 3rd seat mate joining us. We might have preferred to have the extra room, but it turns out that half our "wish" came true. We had a charming young lady, herself in her late teens, early twenties, who was travelling to Croatia.

Having trained mostly at CYYC, I know that airport like the back of my hand. We taxied down Charlie taxiway all the way to the South side of the airport, and took off on runway 34, toward the North. Once airborne, the A330 turned toward the N.E. flying over the Alberta plains. I did recognize a few places, including Three Hills, AB, a small town with an airfiled where I did my first night flight and a few other towns / geographic landmarks along the way.

The flight to Germany was uneventful. We flew over the Canadian Arctic and had quite the view. The meal was served a few hours later with a complimentary wine "glass". The food itself was dog food grade, something that would be banned in prison and the "glass" of wine was actually more like a "shot" of wine. Then again, you get what you pay for. I must say, I did order a beer that I didn't have to pay for since we were "so late". Midway through the flight, we received a 100 dollar gift certificate for a future flight with Air Transat... Lucky me huh?

I read a bit, but for the most part, the three of us talked the entire flight, telling stories of Croatia, Europe or talking about random stuff. Our new lady friend told us all about the latest Hollywood gossip, which I must say was the least interesting topic of this trip, but overall we all had a great time. It sure made for a more exciting flight, which would've been extremely boring otherwise. The in flight entertainment consisted of a few movies on the "old style" monitors that come out of the ceiling... I'll say it again, thanks to my seat mates for making this flight bearable and fun.

Taxiing by a LH sister bus, which was to depart to Frankfurt later that day:

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I nice surprise by the WestJet hangar on the East side of the airport. The Canadian Snowbirds...

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Take-off from Runway 34 at CYYC:

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Some reading material... (I'm due for an IFR ride soon)

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The food:

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The pathetic "glass" of wine:

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The Canadian Arctic:

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The 100 dollar gift certificate:

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Sometime around 05:00 local time, we started our descent into Munich. The sun was shining bright so I was not able to take any decent pictures. The approach was something of a blur. I was extremely tired and I kept falling asleep for fractions of a second, while trying to snap photos:

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After we landed we de-boarded and passed through customs. I love customs in Europe. They are thorough, professional but extremely polite. Some of our North American counterparts should learn a few things from them.

I grabbed my backpack and walked outside the terminal. My first European breath of fresh air in two years. It's always great to be back in Europe. I just love it. First thing first, I was extremely hungry from the flight, having eaten very little before it and the portion size just didn't do it for me. I went to one of the airport pubs and had "The German breakfast of champions"... Sausage, and pretzel. Unfortunately, it was way too early in the morning to be drinking, so no beer for me. The restaurant had some amazing photos on the wall with historic german aviation, including some black and white pictures of Otto Lilienthal, who in my opinion is just as important as the Wright Brothers to human aviation.

After I had something in my stomach, I went to the Lufthansa counter and told them my story. Again, I got the same response. Sorry sir, you lost both flights. I was a little upset. I mean I understand loosing the first flight, but why did I loose my return flight? I think this policy is retarted. I was expecting this, so it didn't really ruin my day. Now I had to find a way to get to Romania. I had a some options: buy a new plane ticket (LH was 750 Euros return, to Timisoara), take the train or rent a car. Well the train was 150 Euros and would take more than 10 hours, while a car was about 380 Euros for the week. The car seemed like a good choice, but I was really short on time.

Since I have never flown with Carpatair before and want to one day work for them, I decided that this is a good opportunity to fly with them, regardless of the cost. I went on their website and managed to find an awesome flight leaving at 10:55 from Munich, going to Timisoara, for 125 Euros (one way). Great, I bought it right away, without thinking too much about the return flight. I would sort that out when I get to Romania.


After I had my e-ticket in my hand I started to relax a bit and enjoy my trip to Europe. I walked around the airport a bit, met some new people, etc. The time passed pretty quickly and once time for boarding came, we were loaded on a bus and drive to our plane. A few firsts for me here: first time flying with Carpatair, first time on a Saab 2000 and first time flying to Timisoara Airport. I have been to Timisoara before, but never actually flew there. Once I saw the green and white tail of the beautiful Saab, I started getting butterflies in my stomach. I have been dreaming of being a pilot on that exact plane for more than 4 years now. I was the last person to board the plane and I had a small request from the flight attendant. I told her about wanting to fly with them and that in the upcoming days I'd apply at their flight training school... etc... Unfortunately, I was not able to take any pictures during this flight, but all I will say, it was for good reason and it was one of the best flights I've ever had.

We flew over the beautiful Austrian Alps, over Hungary and eventually into Romania, landing on runway 11 and shortly taxied to the ramp. I said good-bye to the crew and thanked them for an amazing flight. What great crew and great airline. Now I want to fly for them even more...


Once at Timisoara Airport, I started feeling so at home. I missed my home country very much and to hear my mother tongue spoken everywhere was a great feeling. Since Romania is now part of the EU, the "passport control" was a mere formality. I did get a stamp on my passport, since I used my Canadian one. I still don't have a Romanian passport yet, because I've lived in Canada most of my life and when we moved here I was on my dad's passport.

Once I collected my checked in back-pack I walked out of the small terminal and met my friend's friend who came to pick me up and drive me to Hateg in Hunedoara County, about 130 km from Timisoara. The trip itself took about 2 hours, since we stopped for food, etc. in a city called Caransebes. I was once again on home soil, having amazing Romanian food (though, not too healthy for the heart)  ...

Munich Airport:

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Very interesting photos of historic German aviation:



Superior decisions reduce the need for superior skills.
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User currently onlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1364 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6558 times:

Very interesting photos of historic German aviation:

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Me in Munich...

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My luggage:

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The most beautiful airplane in the world...

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My dream bird:

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Timisoara Airport after arrival:

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It was amazing to see my best friend after two years. Ovi and I have been friends sine kindergarten and over the years, even though I moved to Canada we have kept in touch and every time I go back home to visit Romania I stay with his family and now that we're both adults, with him. I consider him a brother, not just a best friend.


I spent Friday night with him and the boys at some outdoor patio catching up on two years of not seeing each other and of course, as tradition goes, picked on the soon groom to be about his upcoming "incarceration" (marriage)... We called it a night early because the next morning we had a wedding to attend. He was the groom and I was the best man.

The wedding was awesome. We did it according to Romanian traditions and customs and it was very exciting. The official wedding was done at the town hall, by the mayor of Hateg (small town) and then the religious Orthodox ceremony was done at the church. After they were married in front of the law and in front of God, we went partied all night. The only thing that was missing was my girlfriend, who I really wanted to be there. Myself, along with "Nasu" (that's the Godfather of the bride and groom), were the last to leave the establishment at 9:00am the following morning after polishing off a bottle of Slibovica.

My best friend Ovi (the groom), on the righ and myself, on the left:



Ovi, his beautiful bride Ruxi, his parents and me:

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The bride and I:

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The wedding ceremony at the town hall: "Do you Ovi, take Ruxi to be your..." The mayor of Hateg is the guy in white.

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After the religios ceremony at the Orthodox church:

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The Party:

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Good times...

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The boys: Emi, Zeppa, me and Ovi

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My best friend and I... showing some brotherly love:

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PART 2 OF 2 AVAILABLE HERE...
Amazing Romania TR With TS LH KRP (300 Pics)2 Of 2 (by vio Jul 28 2010 in Trip Reports)

[Edited 2010-07-28 16:23:27]


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User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 900 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6271 times:

Wow...can't wait to read part 2! Love all the pictures, especially the wedding pictures as I've never been to or seen a Romanian wedding before!

One question...what IS that they served on the air transat flight for the meal? Was that suppose to be lunch? It just looked like a plate of gruel/porridge or something...


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1152 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6230 times:
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Excellent report and what a nice fun filled ending. You seem like a fun guy lol. About you losing the LH ticket, that rule is universal I believe with every airline. Glad you could make it in time for the wedding!! And it's awesome you are training to be a pilot!

User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1065 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6033 times:

I really enjoyed reading your report. Childhood friends are really the best friends I have found. That LH rule is a ripp off. The bride is very pretty. I only know Bucharest and Brasov. I would like to go back to Romania after seeing the pictures.

Anyway Vancouver is a great city. One of the nicest in my opinion. Your parents chose a nice place. Good luck in your flying career. I would have thought a job with Jazz to start would have a better future as salaries in Romania must be very low.


User currently offlinerichcandy From UK - England, joined Aug 2001, 716 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5884 times:

Hi

Great trip report, but I have to say the grey stuff that was served as lunch on TS does not look good!

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
but he also told me that my return flight, from Romania to Munich was also lost. WTF? How does that work? So I miss my flight, that's fine, it's gone, but the return flight I can still make and they cancel both of them? This is beyond retarded!

This is standard policy at least in Europe, miss the outbound and the return or onward gets cancelled. I think the reasoning is to do with the ways fares are set. In many cases one way fares are more expensive than the lowest return fare, example the lowest one way fare that AF quote from LHR to CDG is £210 but there are return fares from £80. Airlines don't tend to discount one ways. To stop people buying a return and only using part of it they cancel the full journey if the passenger no shows for a sector.

So if a passenger needs a one way ticket from CDG-LHR and buys a return LHR-CDG-LHR to get a lower fare but no shows for the first sector. The airline cancels the lot. There is not a lot they can do if the passenger books a return and only uses the outbound.

If also happens when fares are lower from other cities. Example CDG-LHR-GRU-LHR-CDG with BA can be lower in cost than LHR-GRU-LHR. The reason is that BA do not fly direct from CDG-GRU so to get passengers they have to offer a fare lower than say AF on a direct service. So to stop passengers in the UK buying a ticket from Paris and just not showing for the first sector they cancel all sectors if the passenger does not show for the first.

Alex


User currently onlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1364 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5389 times:

Thanks for all your comments guys!!!

Quoting burj (Reply 2):
One question...what IS that they served on the air transat flight for the meal? Was that suppose to be lunch? It just looked like a plate of gruel/porridge or something...



Well it was actually some sort of Sheppard's Pie and it was supposed to be dinner. It wasn't very good.  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3):
Glad you could make it in time for the wedding!! And it's awesome you are training to be a pilot!



Yeah, me too. After all, it was the only reason I went to Romania at this time. Originally I was going to go sometime in the fall. Yeah, I've been a pilot for a while now. I just need to get a decent job   I could stick around Canada and get a job up North, but I want to have my cake and eat it too... I've been dreaming of that Saab ever since I start flight training.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 4):
I would like to go back to Romania after seeing the pictures.



I would really recommend it! It's a great country, especially to visit.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 4):
Good luck in your flying career. I would have thought a job with Jazz to start would have a better future as salaries in Romania must be very low.



Thank you. Actually the salary in Romania is comparable to the one at Jazz, but when you factor in the cost of living in Vancouver, compared to the one in Timisoara, you'll quickly see that you can barely get by on a F/O salary in Vancouver, while in Timisoara you live very well... very very well...

Quoting richcandy (Reply 5):
This is standard policy at least in Europe...



Thank you for the thorough explanation. I really appreciate it. I imaged it was something along those lines, but given the circumstances, they should relax that rule a bit. None the less, I've learned my lesson and next time I either buy a connecting ticket, or buy travel insurance   Thanks for your comments.



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User currently offlineAI151 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2009, 303 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5302 times:

Hi vio loved the 1st part of this double header. Definitely looking forward to part 2. Always good to keep in touch with old friends and even more so when they are abroad. The pictures from the wedding looked amazing and some of the women are absolutely stunning!

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
For starters, you're only allowed to bring one check in bag, no more than 23 kg and one carry-on, under 10 kg. Since I was only going for 1 week, I didn't have a problem with that, but I can see how some people can easily surpass the allowed limits.

I'm surprised they don't allow extra bags for money, I'm sure they would make a bit of money of that.

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
Courtesy of Air Transat, we received some lame excuses and some robotic apologies. We were offered a shuttle to a hotel or taxi vouchers to our place of residence, if we chose to stay there. Of course I took the taxi back to my house and my girlfriend was shocked to see me back.

At least they offered a voucher to let you get back home but a shame that they didn't present another one for the return the following morning.

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
I spent the evening pretty upset, looking at flights, airlines, etc. LH was kind enough to offer me a new ticket for the price of 680 Euros. Yeah right...

Kind....my backside! I still don't understand how LH got away with that! I suppose you learn by you're mistakes. In this case that is not to travel with Air Transat.

Sandeep (AI151)



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1084 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5140 times:

HI Vio.

Well done on this part of the TR. I will read the second half but wont comment on that.

Your experiences with Air Transat seem... abysmal! I would never, ever fly that airline... my friend often does and sometimes they are not even alot cheaper than the competition. Food looks terrible and no-one seemed that bothered about that stupendous delay. $100? Insult. Travel is very rarely point-to-point these days and I am sure they were well aware of the inconvenience this caused. I take it they were unwilling to transfer you to another carrier?

Also thanks for your very personal insight into a great friendship, eventual marriage and the ensueing celebrations that go on in your mother tongue. Romania is far up my list of Eastern European countries to visit...

Well done.

L.



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1084 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5140 times:

HI Vio.

Well done on this part of the TR. I will read the second half but wont comment on that.

Your experiences with Air Transat seem... abysmal! I would never, ever fly that airline... my friend often does and sometimes they are not even alot cheaper than the competition. Food looks terrible and no-one seemed that bothered about that stupendous delay. $100? Insult. Travel is very rarely point-to-point these days and I am sure they were well aware of the inconvenience this caused. I take it they were unwilling to transfer you to another carrier?

Also thanks for your very personal insight into a great friendship, eventual marriage and the ensueing celebrations that go on in your mother country. Romania is far up my list of Eastern European countries to visit...

Well done.

L.



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User currently onlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1364 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5101 times:

Quoting AI151 (Reply 7):
Hi vio loved the 1st part of this double header

Thank you for taking the time!

Quoting AI151 (Reply 7):
I'm surprised they don't allow extra bags for money, I'm sure they would make a bit of money of that

I think they do, but I'm not sure what the price for that is.

As far as the LH thing.. well it is what it is. I was pretty upset too, especially when they offered such ridiculous price for a trip to TSR. I don't know what I would've done if KRP didn't fly to MUC... probably rented a car and that's it. The drive itself would've been pretty nice.


Hi lukeyboy95,

Thank you reading my report and the great comments. There's a good saying in my country: "I'm too poor to buy something cheap"... well that was the case here. I wanted to save 200 dollars and I lost 400 + half a day, not to mention the travel arrangements I had from Timisoara to Hateg. Instead of driving with my friend's sister from Timisoara (where she lives) to Hateg, he had to send a friend the following day to pick me up.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 9):
Romania is far up my list of Eastern European countries to visit...

I reallay recommend it, especially Transilvania: Timisoara; Cluj; Brasov; Sibiu, even Alba-Iulia (my home town). Very friendly people and nice places... + it doesn't put a big dent in your wallet.



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User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2358 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 4881 times:

Hi, very nice trip-report!

I am sorry to read the problems with Lufthansa- what have you done with your ticket?!

First at all, you can ask for a refund for part of your ticket (e.g. for not used taxes etc.) - minus a service fee; in your case I think it is not worth it.

BUT, now it is getting complicated. This year the Bundesgerichtshof-BGH (Highest Supreme Court of Germany) ruled out, that the behaviour of Lufthansa in such cases like yours is unfair and against the law. Lufthansa has still to accept parts/segments of a ticket, even the first part/leg was not used. In your position, I would ask for a full refund of your ticket, claiming that Lufthansa denieded the 2nd leg of your ticket- which is against the final BGH ruling.


User currently offlineSAAB900 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 485 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4624 times:

Hi Vio,
as usual from you a fantastic trip report. The wait between them is certainly worth it! I see you managed 2 include some fantastic looking Eastern/Central European woman in the TR as usual for you!   I cant wait to read the 2nd part once I've posted this reply!


Quoting vio (Thread starter):
With the recession going on, a lot of us are feeling the pressure and vacations are not at the top of the list so I can’t say I’ve been in too many trips lately, especially ones that involve flying somewhere. Aside from flying for necessity, it has been a while since I flew for pleasure.

I am going to have to tighten my belt now as well. I finally took the plunge & got married last year,my wife is Slovakian & we've just found out that she's pregnant with our 1st child which is due in Mach 2011.      So it looks like my trips are going to be few & far between for the next couple of years! Although I will be assured of a couple of flights when we take the little one to meet its Grandparents & other relatives on my wife's side in Slovakia.
Looking forward to Part 2! I wish u well in trying to get your dream job with Carpatair flying the SAAB2000. Please let us know how you go on?

Dave(SAAB900).


User currently onlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1364 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4488 times:

Quoting debonair (Reply 11):
BUT, now it is getting complicated. This year the Bundesgerichtshof-BGH (Highest Supreme Court of Germany) ruled out, that the behaviour of Lufthansa in such cases like yours is unfair and against the law. Lufthansa has still to accept parts/segments of a ticket, even the first part/leg was not used. In your position, I would ask for a full refund of your ticket, claiming that Lufthansa denieded the 2nd leg of your ticket- which is against the final BGH ruling.

hi debonair,

That's great to hear! Thank you so much for that. I will def. look into it. I wish I knew that beforehand. I will def. document myself a bit more and ask for a refund. Thank you so much for the information.

Quoting SAAB900 (Reply 12):
The wait between them is certainly worth it! I see you managed 2 include some fantastic looking Eastern/Central European woman in the TR as usual for you!

Yeah, no kidding, but the pictures only tell 1% of the story. Geez... when I was in Timisoara on the patios, everywhere you looked, you could find amazingly good looking women. Oh well, I'm on my way to the "scaffold" too ...

Quoting SAAB900 (Reply 12):
I finally took the plunge & got married last year,my wife is Slovakian & we've just found out that she's pregnant with our 1st child which is due in Mach 2011

WOW!!! CONGRATS! It must be very exciting... I agree that Eastern European women are great...  
Quoting SAAB900 (Reply 12):
I wish u well in trying to get your dream job with Carpatair flying the SAAB2000. Please let us know how you go on?

Thank you! Will do... and hopefully I get to make a TR about my first flight with them  



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User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2358 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4354 times:

Quoting vio (Reply 13):
hi debonair,

That's great to hear! Thank you so much for that. I will def. look into it. I wish I knew that beforehand. I will def. document myself a bit more and ask for a refund. Thank you so much for the information.

Finally I found a link in English: http://ifttablog.blogspot.com/2010_04_01_archive.html
And one thing is MOST important for you! Pay attention!

"German Supreme Court (BGH) in today's judgment Xa ZR 5/09 decided that airlines must not declare a ticket void if the flight coupons are not used in their correct order. Such provisions are widely used in general conditions of contract of several airlines to prevent passengers from booking flight segments which they actually don't want to use in order to benefit from a lower price. ...
BGH acknowledged a legitimate interest of the airlines to avoid evasions of their tariff systems; this purpose, however, could also be achieved by milder means as for instance a surcharge for not having used a coupon for a flight segment. To completely ban the passenger from further contractual services would be disproportionate and against the principle of good faith as the provisions at stake made no distinction on whether the passenger deliberately booked more segments than required or left coupons unused for justified reasons.
"

So I think the delay of your flight into MUC is definitely a "justified reason". Let us know, what Luftahnsa is answering

[Edited 2010-07-30 15:27:07]

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6640 posts, RR: 78
Reply 15, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4248 times:

Hi Vio,

great report, very entertaining - but too bad you had so much trouble on your trip via MUC. I think there's still a chance you get some money back. Debonair already explained it well.

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
Reg: C-GITS (note this is the famous "Azores Glider")

Wow, definitely a famous plane!

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
So the announcement came about 10 minutes later: "Attention all passengers travelling on Air Transat, flight TS942 to Munich, via Calgary, the flight has been delayed until tomorrow morning at 9:00am..." WHAT???" Right away I knew I was screwed. I had purchased my LH tickets separately and there was no way I would make the 21:00 flight. Originally I had left a 5 hour window between the two flights, thinking that there was no way a plane can be late more than 5 hours, but I guess I was wrong. That's what you get when you cheap out and fly an airline such as Air Transat, which has a limited amount of airplanes, of which none to spare.

I can imagine how you felt.

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
The seats are configured 3-3-3, while toward the tail it transitions into a 2 - 3 - 3 configuration.

3-4-3 on a 777 is acceptable, but 3-3-3 on an A330/340 is really bad.

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
The food itself was dog food grade, something that would be banned in prison and the "glass" of wine was actually more like a "shot" of wine. Then again, you get what you pay for. I must say, I did order a beer that I didn't have to pay for since we were "so late".

Hm, the main course looks a bit strange...

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
went on their website and managed to find an awesome flight leaving at 10:55 from Munich, going to Timisoara, for 125 Euros (one way).

Very good offer!



PH



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User currently offlineviasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1853 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4088 times:

Oh, you had a very good time in Romania... not only because of the nice romanian girls...

Thank you for your very personal trip report.


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