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The Short A318 Twice And A New Chance For The F100  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 28533 times:

The shorty A318 twice and a new chance for the Contact F100


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Ciao, dear readers,


two days at home, coming in from Serbia


Belgrade/Serbia On JAT, What Else? (by FLIEGER67 Sep 11 2010 in Trip Reports)


and the next flights are on schedule.
It´s a rather long time ago, since my last legs on the shorty Airbus,
counting in flights, close to 300 legs!.
Beside that, another new airport for my log is also on schedule.
So, no need for difficult decisions here.

It´s only me, or feels scheduling on the paper much more easy than for real.
In fact, when you sit in a slow moving, late italian train and see you´re airport shuttle running away.
But, anyway I´am here and write these story, so I finally find a solution!.




Tuesday, 03.08.2010


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Service AF 1409 operated by Air France
Scheduled: 10.30 // 11.50



The welcoming Airbus A318 on the seatmap during OLCI, the day prior to my flights.
No try with AF this time, KL works easy and quick, 22F, last row window for me, recline is also possible here.
Exp.de wins my business, only some 40.00 Euro´s per leg for flights 1 and 2,
but, as usual with the classic carriers, this is a return booking with legs 3 and 4 later in August.
No need to go that early today, but anyway at the airport at around 8.30 am, also with the usual weekday morning traffic.
Time enough to walk the terminals and view it from above.
AB running well here, so it seems
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Surprise, my plane is also present inbound from CDG
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Looks like me and my son for planespotting, but not with that all white hair!.
That´s my fav place at STR, the bridge between T3 and T4 with these round windows to the apron and the screens directly to view. So it´s possible to locate every movement out there.
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No time to wait at T3 security and in the gate area around 9.30 am.
My silver elite status grants access to AF´s lounge at STR, but without gold or a biz booking, they want some cash injection, not really worth it for me
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Apron action with my machine at gate 316
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It is F-GUGP, indeed the A318, with AF since 14.12.2006.
AF runs 18 planes on type right now.
Leg no. 5 for me on type and the welcoming new registration.
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Enough time till boarding for me
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From the ground floor
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The french captain with a short welcome during boarding, no further information at all.
Nouvelair to Monastir at the gate beside
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The load is 100%, finally all seats taken.
My seatmate is a arrogant african girl, no talking action.
No screens, a manual safety demo here.
Departure from runway 25 this morning, with some special colours ahead
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It is 10.30 am, perfectly ontime, it´s cloudy and the temperature is 14 degrees.
SunExpress´ Istanbul promotion plane
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One hour now to go for France.
One male, two female FA´s here, all middle aged and ok friendly.
The lady in the rear part real nice.
White clouds on the way to France
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Looks like a herd of sheep while turning in direction close to CDG
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The safety card and some snack and free drinks for me
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The very nice magazine, one of the best airline magazines in my opinion and Italy, that fit´s!.
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Cabin view, dark, blue fabric seats, clean so far, the legroom ok.
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On finals for CDG
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A soft touchdown at the 2700 meters runway 26L, it is 11.40 am, ten minutes prior to schedule.
The temperature is 19 degrees, some clouds only here.
Holding short to cross 26R
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Not only we holding short
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Following the Malev B736 to our parking stand
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My comfortable seat
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Apron disembarking
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A nice chat with the FA shows me, that the plane runs back to STR and therefore my next ride will be at least another plane, a chance for a new registration.
Bye-Bye to this A318
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Tuesday, 03.08.2010



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Service AF 1702 operated by Air France
Scheduled: 13.15 // 14.40


By bus to the terminal, the usual slightly chaos at CDG, detours, heavy traffic and else.
A real surprise follows, no extra security and direct delivery for me into T2D, also the place for the next flight.
Ontime sounds not bad from gate D62
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Believe it or not, that´s CDG T2D, a calm place at the far end in direction T2B with new, clean and comfortable leather seaters, direct view to the apron and no one else around.
Looks like more a place for staff rest.
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Apron view with the Concorde between T2 and T1
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Strange AF coloured needle here
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Another bus ride follows
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To a new registration hopefully
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So it is, F-GUGB, an A318 in service with AF since 07.11.2003.
Leg no. 6 for me on type.
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The french pilot with a friendly welcome during boarding.
The FO closes the planes door.
Four female FA´s here. Three middle aged and the younger purser.
She also inform´s us about the spoken languages on the plane.
The lady in the rear part of the cabin is super friendly and well attentive.
It feels like a kind of checkflight today.
A good number of planes ready to go from the 4215 meters runway 26R. It is 1.20 pm, five minutes behind schedule,
still some clouds and the temperature rises to 21 degrees.
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Jat with the B733
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Olympic
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And its finally our turn, note the strange runway layout, uphill and the pilots
don´t see the end. 1 hour now for Torino above GVA and close to the Mont Blanc at 31000 feet.
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Cabin view with dark blue fabric seats, clean, good legroom. The load is some 50% only.
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The safety card
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The seats, me again in 22F, last row window, three for me on this service, recline is again possible. The pilot is on the speakers wiht route informations.
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Snow covered mountains here during the approach
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And deep valleys
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Doing a full circle and turning for finals
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Close to Torino
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The city center
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Landing on the 3300 meters 36.
The runway with the mountains in the background
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It is 2.40 pm, ontime.
The temperature is 28 degrees and some clouds only.
The pilot with a friendly bye-bye and he is once again on the speakers at the gate with
disembarking informations, far above standard here.
Modern Turin airport
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Competition also here
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And the Ryan joining the queue
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Nice planes, Meridiana with the MD, another chance in October.
Also Jetran Air from Romania with the MD is on the apron
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Quickly out in the public, missing the first bus for a minute or so.
The next runs some 15 minutes later, 5.50 Euro´s by SADEM to Porta Nuovo train station
through the city.
City life
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The refurbished station
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Deutsche Bahn managers take a look, this is not a hotel, this is the train station with a
restaurant, bars and lots of shops.
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Trenitalia runs the Eurostar Italia high speed train on the Torino-Roma route.
My choice for the quick nonstop to Milano Porta Garibaldi, 31.00 Euro´s, not cheap, but comfortable, departure 4.40 pm.
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The oldfashioned looking interior, it feels much better than it looks like
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Green fields and mountains on the way
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My last flight of the day is cancelled the day prior to my flight, so I´am checking my SMS messages from time to time. There is a new message
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Thanks god and good LH service, it´s only a gate change information.
Scheduled arrival at Porta Garibaldi is 5.32 pm. As usual, so it seems, the train is running some minutes late,
5.45 pm will be the next ride to Gallarate.
Lucky me, it´s from the opposite track, disembarking and boarding the next one.
No need to hurry in the end, the train leaves the station also some minutes late
and is also running some more minutes late on the way to Gallarate.
Nothing serious, but enough that I miss the shuttle bus from the station to Malpensa airport.
The next bus will arrive at the airport close to boarding time for my flight, so it seems spending some 20.00 Euro´s for a new Mercedes B class taxi with an old driver, running on the meter, is worth it and much cheaper than to miss the flight in the end.
At the airport at around 7 pm, some 30 minutes prior to boarding.





Tuesday, 03.08.2010


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Service Lufthansa LH 3931 operated by Contact Air
Scheduled: 20.10 // 21.05



OLCI work´s well here with LH´s website, the fare is some 40.00 Euro´s only, also booking is done as a return flight in October.
Exp.de again with the best offer.
Straight downstairs to security, a mafioso style guy in a white suit ahead.
Some italians dont use a wallet, they go instead with a money-clip and the guy
throws his in the basket for screening, together with a diamond covered watch,
a nice looking bunch of 500.-- Euro notes.
Nearly no time to wait and in the gate area some 30 minutes prior to my flight.
How to compare airport prices?.
Sounds like a strange question, isn´t it?.
For me, staying in close touch with more and more espresso´s, its always a thing to remember when on travel.
Doing espresso´s everywhere, I know how the airport price level is.
And MXP tops the board from a positive point of view, a well designed bar, quick service,
real china stuff and all in for 1.-- Euro, it seems they sell thousands of these small cups every day!.
Some walking around and pictures is nevertheless possible.
All big alliances here side by side
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And TAM at the Non-Schengen terminal
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Dolomiti E-Jet scheduled later this month
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Action around the A gates
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No bad news for my flight, so it seems from Gate A35
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The Star-Alliance F100 on the apron
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Olympic also here
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New registration no. 3 today?
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Not at all, it´s D-AFKB, leg no. 15 for me on the F100, the second ride on this particular machine.
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In service from 03.12.1994 with indonesian Merpati, heading for South America with Tam from 01.07.1998, to Asia again with Mandarin from Taiwan at 01.07.2004, coming to Europe with KL Cityhopper at 09.07.2008 and in service with Contact since 17.03.2009.
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The machine looks like clean and new
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Star Alliance colours
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Good idea, easy to switch from LH to LX services
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Boarding
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Comfortable seaters, 18A for me, not the last row due to the limited engine view, two for me here.
Dark grey hard, clean leather seats, real good legroom
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Wing view, the load is some 50 % only.
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Cockpit crew is from Germany, the senior captain with a friendly welcome during boarding.
Two female FA´s here, one younger blonde and one older black haired, both ok, but not that especially friendly or not exactly my style.
Another TAM view for the A345
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On the 3920 meters runway 35R, it is 8 pm, ten minutes prior to schedule, some clouds only and still 28 degrees
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Departure, 50 minutes for STR
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The nice looking lakes
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Clean cabin
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More lakes northbound
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The FO with real detailed informations inflight, well done.
The route above Bergamo and Friedrichshafen at 22000 feet.
Service is snack and coffee for me.
The cabin
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The safety card, note the integrated stairs again
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The nice magazin with a very interesting article this time
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Planespotting, what the heck is this?.
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Planespotting for beginners
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Engine and mountains
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or lakes
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We should avoid this, close to STR, looks like a nuclear bombing for me
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Soft touchdown with speed brakes on runway 25, it is 8.55 pm, ten minutes prior to schedule, partly cloudy with 19 degrees.
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Not all CRJ200s are gone, so it seems
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Further on by bus to the terminal.


AF with interesting metal and super nice service on the CDG-TRN leg,
no complaints today with Contact and the F100, all well ontime.

Some two weeks now, till the next story:

"Baboo to Nice with nice companion"

And what about Facebook,
"Markus Klaus Felger", if you want to see me on the friends list.

Comments welcome,
Markus(FLIEGER67)


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37 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineeicvd From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2171 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 28316 times:

Hi Markus
As usual, an excellent report & a very enjoyable read.


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 28249 times:

Hi, Mark,

Quoting eicvd (Reply 1):
Hi Markus
As usual, an excellent report & a very enjoyable read.

Thank you, warm welcomed as always.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 28241 times:

Thanks for your report and pics - looks like you had some nice flights. I flew with LH last month and also picked up a copy of that inflight magazine with the article on plane spotting. Well done LH, but did you notice the glaring error in the text?

They recommend going to the Emmantina Hotel in Athens. That might have been accurate if it wasn't for the fact that Hellinikon is *closed* and has been for some time !!!! Wonder why nobody picked this up before publication?



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 28217 times:

Hi Markus,

Very nice report and pictures about another day-trip, well done. Good to hear that everything went fine with your Contact Air flight this time.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Believe it or not, that´s CDG T2D, a calm place at the far end in direction T2B with new, clean and comfortable leather seaters, direct view to the apron and no one else around.

Looks like the perfect spotting place!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
How to compare airport prices?.
Sounds like a strange question, isn´t it?.
For me, staying in close touch with more and more espresso´s, its always a thing to remember when on travel.
Doing espresso´s everywhere, I know how the airport price level is.

Good idea - after all, you should get an espresso nearly everywhere. It doesn't surprise me that value for money is excellent in Italy in this aspect.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27102 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 28208 times:

Hey Markus,

Another great report.  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
but not with that all white hair!.

Many years for you yet I think before you get that colour lol...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Nouvelair to Monastir at the gate beside

The worst legroom I ever had DUB-MIR some years ago .

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Olympic
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Olympic also here

Thanks for the Olympic Air shots   Made me smile, nice to see the fleet around Europe.


Really nice read Markus and look forward to the next one.


Philip


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 27592 times:

Hey, good to see more comments.

@Palmjet:

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
Thanks for your report and pics - looks like you had some nice flights

Thank you.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
looks like you had some nice flights. I flew with LH last month and also picked up a copy of that inflight magazine with the article on plane spotting. Well done LH, but did you notice the glaring error in the text?

Good point, I don´t finished the text at all, not enough time.


@Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 4):
Very nice report and pictures about another day-trip, well done. Good to hear that everything went fine with your Contact Air flight this time.

Thank you.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 4):

Looks like the perfect spotting place!

100% my opinion.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 4):
Good idea - after all, you should get an espresso nearly everywhere. It doesn't surprise me that value for money is excellent in Italy in this aspect.

Really true, the italians know, how to go with espresso.

@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Another great report.

Thank you.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):

Many years for you yet I think before you get that colour lol...

Hopefully.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
The worst legroom I ever had DUB-MIR some years ago .

Never been on that company myself.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Thanks for the Olympic Air shots   Made me smile, nice to see the fleet around Europe.


Really nice read Markus and look forward to the next one.

I should do a flight with Olympic, definitely and the next story coming up soon.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 27574 times:

Hi Markus,

Superb trip report with many high quality pictures. Nice to know you managed to log three new registrations. And the A318, I just have to go on board this cutie sometime.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
close to 300 legs!.

Wow!  Wow!
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
but without gold or a biz booking, they want some cash injection, not really worth it for me

Too bad. So what is the point of mentioning a lounge access to Silver member?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Believe it or not, that´s CDG T2D, a calm place at the far end in direction T2B with new, clean and comfortable leather seaters, direct view to the apron and no one else around.

I would have not believed it until you show me.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
a nice looking bunch of 500.-- Euro notes

I have never seen any of them in real.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
In service from 03.12.1994 with indonesian Merpati, heading for South America with Tam from 01.07.1998, to Asia again with Mandarin from Taiwan at 01.07.2004, coming to Europe with KL Cityhopper at 09.07.2008 and in service with Contact since 17.03.2009.

The F100 still looks immaculate despite her flying history.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The nice magazin with a very interesting article this time

It looks like the most read edition among the A.netters!  

Thanks for sharing and looking forward to your Baboo installment.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 27501 times:

Hi Markus!

Very nice report with very nice pictures! Nice to go on two different AF 318s; I have yet go fly on any 318.....

Contact Air F100 looks nice as well and to me, it make a big difference if there are some empty seats on the flight in terms of personal comfort. Very much looking forward to the report on FlyBaboo.

The777Man



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 27263 times:

Hey, Suryo and Lars, good to follow you´re comments.


@Suryo:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Superb trip report with many high quality pictures. Nice to know you managed to log three new registrations. And the A318, I just have to go on board this cutie sometime.

Thank you.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Wow!

And a couple more to come.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):

Too bad. So what is the point of mentioning a lounge access to Silver member?

Good question.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
I would have not believed it until you show me.

Me, too when I see it not with my own eyes.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
I have never seen any of them in real.

Biz shows me them from time to time.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
The F100 still looks immaculate despite her flying history.

Also my opinion.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
It looks like the most read edition among the A.netters!  

Thanks for sharing and looking forward to your Baboo installment.

Sure, thats the point and Baboo coming up soon.


@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Very nice report with very nice pictures! Nice to go on two different AF 318s; I have yet go fly on any 318....

Thank you and I like the 318.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Contact Air F100 looks nice as well and to me, it make a big difference if there are some empty seats on the flight in terms of personal comfort. Very much looking forward to the report on FlyBaboo.

Absolutely my opinion and Baboo coming up soon.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 27216 times:

Hi, Markus

thanks for the read on this Saturday afternoon at work.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
My seatmate is a arrogant african girl, no talking action.

Also good morning to you! I think I can imagine the kind of girl...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Some italians dont use a wallet, they go instead with a money-clip and the guy
throws his in the basket for screening, together with a diamond covered watch,
a nice looking bunch of 500.-- Euro notes.

We'll have to do that! Then for sure we're not going to be on the flight, but are in for some further checks and questions.

Nice report, A318 still missing for me, and that F100 shows good. I think the majority of passengers didn't know it's age.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Not all CRJ200s are gone, so it seems

Nope, indeed D-ACRH is for example still flying. Did HAM-AMS yesterday, I noted from our systems.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 27148 times:

Hoi, Eric,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
thanks for the read on this Saturday afternoon at work

Thank you.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):

Also good morning to you! I think I can imagine the kind of girl.

Definitely.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
We'll have to do that! Then for sure we're not going to be on the flight, but are in for some further checks and questions.

Sure in D and NL, no problem in Italy.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Nice report, A318 still missing for me, and that F100 shows good. I think the majority of passengers didn't know it's age.

Thats the case with the F100 and I prefer the A318 around the Airbus single aisle planes.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):

Nope, indeed D-ACRH is for example still flying. Did HAM-AMS yesterday, I noted from our systems

Interesting to see.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 614 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 26688 times:

Hi Markus

Nice to read another report from you. Great to catch the A318 and F100, both aircraft that I am yet to score.

Cracking photos, espically the mountain views. The seats on the F100 look really comfortable.

Thanks for sharing.

Matt


User currently offlinedalce From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1704 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 26592 times:

Markus,

Again a pleasure to read your reports! You still are increasing your amount of flights per week it seems!
Very interesting to see the Contact Air sticker mentioning both LH and LX.
Also the cup of Coffee at MXP, still EUR 1,-, just like 4 years ago, when I was there.

Thanks for sharing!

ps. a report from my hand finally coming up in about 2 weeks

viele gruesse,
Joost



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 26390 times:

Hey, Matt and Joost, good to see you´re comments.


@Matt:

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 12):
Nice to read another report from you. Great to catch the A318 and F100, both aircraft that I am yet to score.

Cracking photos, espically the mountain views. The seats on the F100 look really comfortable.

Thanks for sharing.

Thank you and good luck with the AC score.


@Joost:

Quoting dalce (Reply 13):
Again a pleasure to read your reports! You still are increasing your amount of flights per week it seems!

Thank you.

Quoting dalce (Reply 13):

Very interesting to see the Contact Air sticker mentioning both LH and LX

Also my opinion, good to operate the AC on different airlines.

Quoting dalce (Reply 13):

ps. a report from my hand finally coming up in about 2 weeks

I´am waiting for it.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1887 posts, RR: 42
Reply 15, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 26266 times:
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Hey Markus, nice report as usual! There's 2 plane types I still need! Stuttgart airport looks really nice.

Thanks and regards, Martijn



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User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 26250 times:

Hello Markus!

Like I wrote on Facebook, nice to see a new story from you! It was a while ago since your last one  

The A318 is a cute and chubby little plane! Not a every day seen in the skies!

You were lucky that the F100 didn´t went technical! Anyway it looks beatiful in the Star Alliance livery. Is this the only A/C painted in that livery?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
In service from 03.12.1994 with indonesian Merpati, heading for South America with Tam from 01.07.1998, to Asia again with Mandarin from Taiwan at 01.07.2004, coming to Europe with KL Cityhopper at 09.07.2008 and in service with Contact since 17.03.2009.

What a history!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The city center
it looks like a big city! But you dont hear much about exept of the olympic games back in 2006(?)

[quote=FLIEGER67,reply=0]The nice looking lakes

....and a nice looking wing! I never get tired of watching wingwiews on the Fokkerjets.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Following the Malev B736 to our parking stand

Maybe my ride in three weeks?

Once again thanks for a great report!

Greetings
/Robert


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 26096 times:

Hey, Martijn and Robert, good to follow you´re comments.

@Martijn:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 15):
Hey Markus, nice report as usual! There's 2 plane types I still need! Stuttgart airport looks really nice.

Thanks and regards, Martijn

Thank you.


@Robert:

Quoting parton87 (Reply 16):
Like I wrote on Facebook, nice to see a new story from you! It was a while ago since your last one  

The A318 is a cute and chubby little plane! Not a every day seen in the skies

Thank you and indeed the A318 is a rare bird.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 16):
ou were lucky that the F100 didn´t went technical! Anyway it looks beatiful in the Star Alliance livery. Is this the only A/C painted in that liver

Two of them, AFAIK.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 16):
What a history!

Always interesting from my point of view.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 16):

....and a nice looking wing! I never get tired of watching wingwiews on the Fokkerjets

Me, too.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 16):
Maybe my ride in three weeks?

Maybe, looking forward to read about you´re MA impressions.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 25810 times:

Hi Markus,

Nice to have you back after a long (so it seems at least!) absence!

Looks like a nice day of flying although nothing too exciting in my opinion. Nice for you to log two babybuses on one trip - I've only logged a flight on one, a RO example.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It´s a rather long time ago, since my last legs on the shorty Airbus,
counting in flights, close to 300 legs!.

The sad thing is I think I remember your report about it just like yesterday - it was the STR-CDG-DUS one wasn't it? How time flies!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
My silver elite status grants access to AF´s lounge at STR, but without gold or a biz booking, they want some cash injection, not really worth it for me

Really? They expect low-tier elites to shell out cash for access? That's a first one for me methinks. Most airports have at least one lounge that offers access for money anyway so seems to be a bit pointless to me. This is kinda like the Servisair lounge at MAN T1 four years ago who proudly displayed a Diners Club logo outside the lounge (and they were even listed on the DC website as granting access with a card!) but who refused me entry - arguing that "Oh, that sign just means that you can pay for access with a DC card.". I was rather pissed off, to say the least.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The very nice magazine, one of the best airline magazines in my opinion and Italy, that fit´s!.

Is it? I don't like it at all - too much French and too little English.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Strange AF coloured needle here

Hey, that's the AF head office at the Roissypole complex!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
At the airport at around 7 pm, some 30 minutes prior to boarding.

Well done! You were cutting this really close this time. Glad you made it.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Some italians dont use a wallet, they go instead with a money-clip and the guy
throws his in the basket for screening, together with a diamond covered watch,
a nice looking bunch of 500.-- Euro notes.

Sounds like the behavior of some Russians here at Finland. Actually the only times I've seen 500 EUR notes for real have been in hands of these people, paying at shops.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
How to compare airport prices?.
For me, staying in close touch with more and more espresso´s, its always a thing to remember when on travel.
Doing espresso´s everywhere, I know how the airport price level is.

Hey, I do the same! Except that I use beer as my chosen object of comparison.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Some two weeks now, till the next story:
"Baboo to Nice with nice companion"

Hope it won't take two weeks until you get it online!


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 25662 times:

Hey, P., nice to follow you´re comment.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Nice to have you back after a long (so it seems at least!) absence!

Thank you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Looks like a nice day of flying although nothing too exciting in my opinion. Nice for you to log two babybuses on one trip - I've only logged a flight on one, a RO example.

That RO example is also still missing here.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
The sad thing is I think I remember your report about it just like yesterday - it was the STR-CDG-DUS one wasn't it? How time flies!

So it is.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Really? They expect low-tier elites to shell out cash for access?

Definitely, same situation at CDG another time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Is it? I don't like it at all - too much French and too little English.

Not bad from my point of view.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):

Hey, that's the AF head office at the Roissypole complex!

Good to know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):

Well done! You were cutting this really close this time. Glad you made it.

No risk, no fun, you know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Sounds like the behavior of some Russians here at Finland. Actually the only times I've seen 500 EUR notes for real have been in hands of these people, paying at shops.

That was for sure a strange feeling to see that bunch of notes flying down there like paper.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):

Hey, I do the same! Except that I use beer as my chosen object of comparison.

Also a good idea.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):

Hope it won't take two weeks until you get it online!

Well, some biz travel, pivate activities around the weekend and the next run to Spain, so it seems one or two weeks to go till the next story.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7415 posts, RR: 57
Reply 20, posted (4 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 25515 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Strange AF coloured needle here

The "AF coloured needle" marks the main entrance of Air France Headquarters (the huge long building behind the needle)

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Four female FA´s here.

AF A318 has a regular Crew of 3 F/A.
If they were 4 on your flight, it means that there was a Flight Instructior as additional crew.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (4 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 25403 times:
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Hi Markus,

Another fine report, thanks for putting it together.

Those little baby busses are quite cool, I've gone from none flown to 3 flights in just a few months!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
My silver elite status grants access to AF´s lounge at STR, but without gold or a biz booking, they want some cash injection, not really worth it for me

- Interesting to read, I would have assumed access would have been free, just like it is for BA Silver members.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (4 years 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 25237 times:

Hey, good to see more comments.


@FlySSC:

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 20):
The "AF coloured needle" marks the main entrance of Air France Headquarters (the huge long building behind the needle)

Thanx for the information.

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 20):
AF A318 has a regular Crew of 3 F/A.
If they were 4 on your flight, it means that there was a Flight Instructior as additional crew

Exactly my opinion here, far above standard.


@Mark:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
Another fine report, thanks for putting it together.

Thank you.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):

Those little baby busses are quite cool, I've gone from none flown to 3 flights in just a few months!

Good to know, looking for you´re story, you know.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
- Interesting to read, I would have assumed access would have been free, just like it is for BA Silver members

Some weeks to go and FB gold will solve the problem, if nothing goes wrong.
LH biz for biz the next days in Berlin now on schedule.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (4 years 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 24942 times:

Hola Markus!

Great TR as ususal.

Flying A318 is one of my next ideas... I have not flown it yet and looking forward to it, in Europe it basically means flying AF or Tarom, the airlines where you have more possibilities to catch one.

Well, there is always BA on their premium service LCY to JFK but at a very different price.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 24724 times:

Hola, Roger,

just back from two biz days in our favourite capital city, ready to see you´re feedback.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 23):
Great TR as ususal.

Thank you.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 23):
Flying A318 is one of my next ideas... I have not flown it yet and looking forward to it, in Europe it basically means flying AF or Tarom, the airlines where you have more possibilities to catch one.

Good idea, the RO example is also missing here.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 23):

Well, there is always BA on their premium service LCY to JFK but at a very different price.

There is something about it on the short list. not from me, but anyway should come up soon.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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25 Post contains images BA319-131 : - Hope to get the BA baby bus TR up this weekend Cheers Mark
26 FLIEGER67 : Hey, Mark, really good to see you´re notice. You know, me and a couple more guys here waiting for it. Best wishes, Markus(FLIEGER67)
27 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Markus, Time for me to catch up on some reading. Another nice plane and train combo, particularly good to see the continued good service on AF, and
28 Post contains images FLIEGER67 : Hey, Hannah, and thanx for you´re reply. Thats it, indeed. It looks not that really perfect also for me. Maybe also something for ZRH. A 100% agreeme
29 JL418 : Hi Markus, it doesn't happen everyday to see a TR regarding the places I live in. Therefore, I read your adventure with more pleasure than usual, than
30 FLIEGER67 : Hi, JL418 and tanx for you´re reply, warm welcomed. Good to know, I was once more to Torino since then and like you´re city. I will be there again,
31 JL418 : Well, have a nice flight then! I'll be looking forward to read your new TR in a few weeks time. Good, It'd be nice to see my house from above. I don'
32 FLIEGER67 : Hey, JL 418, good to see you´re notice. Coming up soon. Done a couple of more pictures and the weather was pretty nice. Same again yesterday very ear
33 NZ107 : Hi Markus, Thanks for another cruise around Europe! They look like quite comfortable flights. The F100 interior looks nice and seems like there's a lo
34 FLIEGER67 : Hey, Nicholas, Thank you for you´re feedback and indeed the legroom on the F100 is generous in comparison to some newer planes. Greetings, Markus(FLI
35 vhsmm : Hello Markus Another excellent trip report - I too like the Fokkers, I don't know why but they feel different to other jets. I am looking forward to f
36 MSS658 : Nice report, glad you got to get on the 318 and the F100. Both types are still on my to-fly list.
37 FLIEGER67 : Hey, nice to see more comments. @vhsmm: Thank you. Hey, good to know to see you in Europe and good luck to catch the A318. @Mss658: Thank you and inde
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