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With O'leary To Malta! EIN-MLA-EIN  
User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 455 posts, RR: 20
Posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9938 times:
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Hi there and welcome on my first trip report!

My story begins at my birthday , september 6th.
I was already aware what kind of weather it would be in Belgium/Holland during October/November.
So I decided to book a trip. But to where?
I heard AB opened DUS-DXB so that could be a possability.
But when I checked the fares, I screamed my lungs out. Too much for a student I'd say.
So why not FR? They are descent, and the fares are always ok.
Well then, let's check their famous website. I noticed they started a new route to MLA from EIN!
And since Malta was on my list , -to visit once in my life-, I checked the fares for the first flight from EIN to MLA on
October 31th. Yes Halloween. But going alone would be a little boring so I searched for a travelpartner.
My aunt wasn't busy at that period and since she went to Budapest and Prague with me , I knew she was a good travelpartner. So I called her up and she said YES! take me with you. for 180 euros for 2 persons return, we were booked on the first flight...

Flightdetails
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registration : EI-DCP
duration : 2h45mins
loadfactor : 98%
departure time : 10.40h
arrival time : 13.25h


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04

Eindhoven is a small airport with more and more lowcost flights. FR has 21 destinations from EIN now, and Wizzair.com has around 7 I guess. also, Cityjet operates a 2 daily flight to LCY with a F50.
Eindhoven is also a military airbase with some nice military planes from the Dutch Army.


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
Main terminal of EIN

We decided to check in a bag cause we were going for 4 nights... and FR's policy is that you have to drop off your baggage at the airport.


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
looks like our flight!


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
well then, off we go! let's go to the securitycheck.



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
ugh Dutch people really like the cheese odor don't they ? 
By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
FR from MAD. EI-EFD


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
Cityjet F50 standing there.. doing nothing.. it preforms 2 flights a day.. but between those 2 flights.. it's just standing there at EIN.


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
almost at the gate..

our aircraft landed some minutes after the FR one... with a Tailwind aircraft who was flying to AYT for Corendon.com

boarding our FR EI-DCP to MLA... next to our EI-DCP, a tailwind aircraft. It's a pretty new airline in Europe/Turkey



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
this picture is taken in the aircraft, that's EIN's main terminal with the 3 famous flags, EIN flag, Dutch flag and European flag.


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
wingview!


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
boarding is almost completed..



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
hit the road Ryan, don't you come back no more no more no more..
Jk



By MrPilotIsMyName at 2010-11-04
Dutch military planes.



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
long taxi but it was worth it.


let's take off!! get me out of this rainy place!


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
that's better .. nice view and no rain.


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04


soon the flight attendant was giving the inflightmagazines, I like this one.. cover looked great and the inside was cool too.

By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
right, I was kinda hungry at 12.00h so I ordered some food. A chicken sandwich with something else I don't know what it was. with my favorite drink on FR flights, J2O !



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
well well well, if it isn't mister Stelios!



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By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
an adv. for Nyköping.



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
starting our descent ...finally


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
Land in sight! it's Gozo, an Island of Malta.


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By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
lot's of churches at Malta



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04

LANDED. after a short and heavy landing, we taxied to our gate.. I was surprised to see that many Air Malta planes and this beauty

By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
AZ going to Rome ofcourse


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
goodbye EI-DCP thanks for the ride!

so we took the bus to our hotel which was the cheapest way and we saw some pretty things on the route to our hotel.
For your information, Malta has a catproblem.. too many cats so if you want one for free, go and get one over there.


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
Secret agent mittens..

Since we were in a lowseason, the hotel had a loadfactor under 40% so they offered us a free upgrade!
Thank you The George!


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
Room was pretty big!


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
mirror was big enough to say 3 times biggie smalls..


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By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-04
time for a nice beer! and some nuts too ofcourse( they were a bit old)


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
hotellobby

time to discover the area around the hotel ! and for some dinner too!


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
cute little bay

DAY 2

so the next day we decided to discover Malta by bike.
We saw on booking.com that the hotel offers bikes.
so the evening before we talked with Clint, a receptionist and he said the bikes were 10 euros/person/day.
next day, we decided to rent the bike but the fares went up , now it was 16 euros/person/day.
We told the receptionist that Clint told us it was only 10 euros. so the receptionist was kinda mad and offered us a bike for 10 euros and he gave us a free bottle of water for the misunderstanding. Nice touch!


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
my bike



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07




back to the hotel after a bikeride of 50-60km .. I needed a cold shower and a snack

By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07

We decided to go to Valletta for dinner so we took a bus to Valletta and searched a good restaurant over there which wasn't very difficult.


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
our bus after the trip from our hotel to Valletta main busstation.

after a very nice dinner, we walked back to the mainbusstation and I saw this very funny board..

By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07looks like it's a travelagency from the 90's DAY 3

Time to discover Valletta during daylight!
And we took another cute old bus heading to the capitol of Valletta.


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By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07


we discovered this ferry going around Valletta for only 0.97euro. Like I said, Malta is very very cheap. for a bus ride it's only 0.47 euro...


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
our ferry


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We discovered the War Museum of Malta, but the weather was too nice to spend some hours in an indoor museum
So I took some pictures of the outside.

By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
many soldiers died in Malta during WW2. German, Italian, English, American, Greek, etc...


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By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
Huge clock, remembers me to the song of Coldplay-Clocks


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
lol ... seems clear enough


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
I think Harbor Air Malta lands here... (?)



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
huge boats for importing Heineken 
time to go back to our hotel for dinner and some swimming in the swimmingpool!

DAY 4

hmm what can we do on our last day in Malta.. Right ! Let's visit Mdina and Rabat. 2 well known cities and many culture to see. When we arrived we were kind of surprised how many tourists there can be on 1 island?!
from Denmark, U.K., Norway, Russia,Sweden, you name it, they were there:D



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
nice old buildings!



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By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
see, catproblem!
time to go back to our hotel and pack our things, we had an early morning flight leaving around 07.25h and the receptionist advised us to leave at 05.00h. Cause it will be rush hour in Malta.
Well if he says so, let's trust him and wake up around 04.00h


DAY 5

Rise and shine.. ugh this is too early for a human being. When we arrived at the reception, there was nobody there! Panic till we heard a person snorring somewhere in the lobby, it was the receptionist -_-'
The taxidriver came in and woke him on a Maltesian way, he started singing and clapping and he woke up 
I was like : '' Am I still dreaming? :| ''

that was the fastest Check-out in my life. The friendly cabdriver helped us with our luggage and off we go!
after a 25 mins ride, we payed him 22 euros like he told us in the beginning.

I was kind of nervous to see the rushhour at MLA.
But when we arrived I laughed pretty hard. only 3 flights leaving with us.
one to Milan, one to Orly and one to London. all Air Malta.
right.. Rushhour.


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
It sure looks the check-in desks can't stand the rushhour anymore! it's too busy xD


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07


Flightdetails
-----------------
registration : EI-DCP (again, it's the only Malta based aircraft)
duration : 2h45mins
loadfactor : 100%
departure time : 07.25h
arrival time : 10.40h


after some trouble with the boarding,(people who didn't understand the priority system) we entered the plane and I was sitting at the exact same seat as the previous flight

By MrPilotIsMyName at 2010-11-07



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
sorry about the bad picture, still some rain on the window from the night I guess

Ready for take-off!
before us, the Milan flight departed and the pilot said he will not depart from the start of the runway but somewhere in the middle cause the runway was big/long enough for the B737-800AS.

By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
I think Mister Stelios was following us :|



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
quicker than I've expected, we started our descent. The pilot warned us it will be a shocky landing cause there were low hanging clouds at EIN and heavy winds too. Sounds like an amazing landing:P



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
Hourray, land in sight.



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
ok hold on, heavy landing! | Eindhoven terminal



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
737 in full action ! EIN tower in the background


By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
back normal again



By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07
during our taxi to the gate, I saw this strange looking aircraft which I haven't seen before.. reg. OM-CCA
does anyone knows if this airline is new or ?




By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07arrived. back in grey, rainy Belgium/Holland.


conclusion:
Ryanair.com is a good option if you want to go out for a good price. just follow their rules and you'll be fine!
Eindhoven Airport is my favorite airport. Don't ask me why..
Air Malta seems ok, but I heard their prices are too high.
Luqa aiport was a bit boring and very very busy! xD
Malta , well expect me back within 1 year 


thank you for reading!
regards,
Niekos

[Edited 2010-11-07 06:08:36]

[Edited 2010-11-07 06:14:11]

[Edited 2010-11-07 06:16:24]


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User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3047 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9475 times:

Good trip report and plenty of pictures to go along with. That hotel looks nice.  

You should have taken a cat home as a souvenir.  


User currently offlineEkA380 From Egypt, joined Aug 2008, 120 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9470 times:

Hey Niek !
I am glad that you had a great time in Malta   Now I really want to go there - hopefully soon. And it seems like you had decent flights with FR - its sad that there were no festives to mark this inaugural flight , well they are a LCC but still :S

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
I heard AB opened DUS-DXB so that could be a possability.
But when I checked the fares, I screamed my lungs out. Too much for a student I'd say

Hahahaha yea , well lets hope they lower their fares   haha

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
soon the flight attendant was giving the inflightmagazines

Isn't it supposed to be in the seat pocket - do FR's planes have a seat pocket ?


Thanks again for sharing , will certainly look forward for more TR' s from you  
Cheers
Islam Darwish



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User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 455 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9420 times:
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Quoting EkA380 (Reply 2):

Hey Islam, thanks for your comment
I'll visit DXB when I have the money and when the fares are dropped:D i'll promise
well on the return flight, the crew had this better uniforms , I thought it was for celibrating their first flight back?
and they hand out the inflightmagazines, they removed all seat pockets.. sadly.
ah well, they hand out newspapers these days so that's an improvement!

greetings,

Niekos



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User currently offlineTwoSevenRight From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 28 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9353 times:

Nice TR Niek, seems like Malta is a very historic island... I hope to see your Stansted one soon 

I thought it was EI-DCT you came back on?



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10930 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8594 times:

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
hit the road Ryan, don't you come back no more no more no more..
Jk

Good thing you came back! A proof that with as much publicity they get they still get passengers to their destinations.

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
soon the flight attendant was giving the inflightmagazines, I like this one..

I prefer safety cards!

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
For your information, Malta has a catproblem.. too many cats so if you want one for free, go and get one over there.

We will have to send Mrs Brigitte Bardot to the rescue!

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
time to discover the area around the hotel ! and for some dinner too!

A beautiful view!

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
back to the hotel after a bikeride of 50-60km ..

Quite a distance... you should register for Triathlon!!

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
Like I said, Malta is very very cheap

A good thing in our times of economic downturn!!

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
loadfactor : 100%
Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
loadfactor : 100%

They really fill up those planes!

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
I'll visit DXB when I have the money and when the fares are dropped:D i'll promise

We could have a meet-up with our little group!


Thank you for your trip report, Niek. Looks like you had a good time in Malta.
I would say... why not post pictures that are a little bigger?
Other than that, everything is very good for a first trip report!!!

Wishing you many more fun trips and see you in NIce sometime in the near future!!

        



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User currently offlineCamiloA380 From Sweden, joined Feb 2008, 486 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8273 times:

Hey Niek, thanks for a fun and good TR!

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
Well then, let's check their famous website

Tell me, their website really looks like a pokerwebsite doesnt it? 
Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
goodbye EI-DCP thanks for the ride!

Looking good  
Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
Malta has a catproblem.. too many cats so if you want one for free, go and get one over there.

So sad, i found the same problem in Tangier, Morocco in 2009, too many homeless cats and dogs.  
Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
so the receptionist was kinda mad and offered us a bike for 10 euros and he gave us a free bottle of water for the misunderstanding. Nice touch!

Indeed nice touch!

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
We decided to go to Valletta for dinner so we took a bus to Valletta and searched a good restaurant over there which wasn't very difficult.


Let me ad some info here, those buses are old because the goverment decided they will stay at it, and that they won't be changing those for new ones since they want to stay unique, i wonder how they will manage to get some "new" parts in the future if they need some for those buses.

Once again, thanks for sharing!

Camilo   



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1715 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7673 times:

Nice report!

Thanks for sharing!

//Jonas



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User currently offlinebeeweel15 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1793 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7202 times:

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):

By mrpilotismyname at 2010-11-07looks like it's a travelagency from the 90's DAY 3

You mean more like from the late 70's cause those logos are old and UTA and Sabena are no more


User currently offlinebeeweel15 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1793 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7166 times:

Eindhoven Airport how far is the from Amsterdam and is it easily accessible by train from downtown Amsterdam

User currently offlineps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6779 times:

Hello(!),

Just to say many thanks for the report/pics etc. I also like Ryanair and find them quite cheap and good enough (although they're not as cheap as they used to be). Thanks for the virtual visit to Malta. It looks like a pretty nice place to spend a few days relaxing. I have been to Eindhoven for a day trip with Ryanair and I liked the airport too. I visited Eindhoven and took a train to Maastricht too which was cool.

Many thanks and keep the OLeary reports coming!

Pierre


User currently offlinekingfriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1304 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6677 times:

woot woot seems like ya had a good trip. cant wait to go back to europe and finally fly on ryanair myself one day. reminds me of us airways, they get the job done for a good price and have lots of options/frequencies, although US is a bit nicer i think.

-J.



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User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 455 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5926 times:
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Quoting beeweel15 (Reply 9):

Hey,
it's 60-80kms south of Amsterdam city.
There's a bus at eindhoven airport going to Eindhoven train station every 10-15 mins.
from there you can take a train to Amsterdam which will take like 1 and an half hour  

thanks for reading,
Photoshooter



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User currently offlineMD11Bob From Germany, joined Mar 2010, 115 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5228 times:

Nice report, thanks for sharing. Malta looks like a good destination and is also on my still-to-do list.

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
Cityjet operates a 2 daily flight to LCY with a F50.

That would come to my to-do list as well, looks like a good opportunity to fly a Fokker 50 for me.

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
Dutch military planes.

Nice photo.

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
Since we were in a lowseason, the hotel had a loadfactor under 40% so they offered us a free upgrade!

That hotel looks very good.

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
ugh this is too early for a human being

Methinks that one of the main disadvantage of our flying hobby is that it collides with my second favorite hobby, sleeping.

Quoting photoshooter (Thread starter):
Ryanair.com is a good option if you want to go out for a good price. just follow their rules and you'll be fine!

While I generally tend to dislike FR, there for sure are certain situations where they offer clear advantages that are worth of taking the extra effort that goes along with them.

Just a little bit of criticism... I personally prefer it if the pictures are larger... and also the picture details make it a little bit difficult to read. Maybe as an idea for next time.

Robert


User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1907 posts, RR: 41
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5159 times:
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Hi Niek, I'm catching up on reading TR's so excuse the long reply. Looks like a nice trip, be sure to bring me a cat next time you go!

Martijn



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User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 455 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4813 times:
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Quoting MD11Bob (Reply 13):

Hi Bob! thanks for all the good comments!
I really don't understand the problem with the pictures...
But you learn so much with making a second TR so I'll expect a better one next time  
I might go back during March with Air Malta this time so I hope the weather will be the same or even better.
apologies for the smaller pictures..


greetings,

Photoshooter



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