Sponsor Message:
Aviation Trip Reports Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
3rd TR: STR-TXL And TXL-STR On AB In Y  
User currently offlineCARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 836 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6667 times:

--- OUTBOUND LEG ---


Hello and welcome to my third trip report!



***BACKGROUND-INFO:***
As already mentioned in my first TR I fly home to Berlin regulary from MHG or STR. So this time it was STR. Btw the last time before I move back to Berlin in October this year (2011), I booked all flights for this year with C9 (Cirrus Airlines) from MHG.



***PRE-FLIGHT:***
I started my drive to STR around 01:00 PM and parked at the P2 parking-garage. From there it is a 5 minute walk to the terminals:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-001.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-002.jpg

STR terminals:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-003.jpg

As I had used online-check-in before I just went to the baggage drop-off as I had to use my larger bag for this 10-day-trip:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-004.jpg

Passing through security, I love the analogue FIDS:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-005.jpg

Digital FIDS after security:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-006.jpg

I walked through the Duty Free shop to buy some christmas presents and then proceeded to my gate to find out the arriving flight was late:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-007.jpg

NetJets' Falcon 7X CS-DSA waiting as number 2 in the queue:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-008.jpg

Contact Air Fokker 100 on short final with a Germanwings A319 waiting as number 1 in the queue:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-009.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-010.jpg

Arriving AB Q400 D-ABQE:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-011.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-012.jpg

My aircraft arriving, AB 738 D-ABBY:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-013.jpg

CS-DSA lining-up:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-014.jpg

D-ABBY taxiing to the gate:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-015.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-016.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-017.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-018.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-019.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-020.jpg

Despite the arriving flight coming in late, boarding was on-time, beginning around 14:45/02:45PM:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-021.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-022.jpg



***FLIGHT 1:***
Date: 23 December 2010
Airline: Air Berlin / AB
Flight: AB 6536
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Aircraft Reg: D-ABBY
Departure Airport: STR / Stuttgart Airport
Arrival Airport: TXL / Berlin - Tegel
Scheduled Departure Time: 15:00 (on time)
Scheduled Arrival Time: 16:15 (on time)
Class: Economy
Seat: 15F (window/exit-row) (checked-in 16F)
[img]http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20100723-26/flug.jpg[/img
]

As I was the first to board the plane I had time to go the back of the aircraft to take this photo:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-023.jpg

Foggy STR:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-024.jpg

A dead-heading captain:


Push-back:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-026.jpg

As the exit-rows stayed empty I moved one row up:


LH 737 to HAM:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-028.jpg

Lots of legroom in the exit-row:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-029.jpg

Take-off:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-030.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-031.jpg

While climbing through the fog and clouds dark spots appeared at the horizon and at first I didn't realize these were the mountain tops south of STR coming through the very low hanging clouds:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-032.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-033.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-034.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-035.jpg

In-Flight:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-036.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-037.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-039.jpg

The sky started to get orange before 04:00 PM:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-040.jpg

Drink and snack service, and because I couldn't decide between the salty and sweet snack the friendly FA gave me both snacks:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-041.jpg

Approach to TXL:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-042.jpg


Visibility was under 200m/yds, I wasn't able to see the parallel runway, I wondered why it is visible in this picture:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-044.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-045.jpg

Arriving at Terminal C, Air Berlins' low-cost-terminal, Terminal A was not visible in the distance, just the appron lights could be seen:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-046.jpg



***POST-FLIGHT:***
Deplaning via stairs, followed by a 30 second bus-ride to the terminal:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-047.jpg

Inside Terminal C, Picking up my bag:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-048.jpg

Terminal C as seen from the parking lot:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-049.jpg



More in Reply 1 ...

9 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineCARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 836 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6664 times:

--- INBOUND LEG ---



***BERLIN***
This time I am posting no photos from my hometown, if you want to see some touristic photos have a look at my first TR.

This last-week-of-december visit was just for Christmas and partying with friends:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-050.jpg




***PRE-FLIGHT:***
New Year's Day came too fast and I had to fly back, on my way to the airport through the "airport tunnel":
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-053.jpg

I had checked-in the day before, online, but again had to drop-off my bag. To my disappointment this took me about 30 minutes as the baggage-conveyor-belt had a malfunction and it took them some time to fix it:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-054.jpg

So after 30 minutes I could drop-off my bag:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-055.jpg

Bye, bye bag:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-056.jpg

Security, fast and efficient:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-057.jpg

Boarding had already begun, so I got into the long queue:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-058.jpg



***FLIGHT 2:***
Date: 02 January 2011
Airline: Air Berlin / AB
Flight: AB 6541
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Aircraft Reg: D-ABBY
Departure Airport: STR / Stuttgart Airport
Arrival Airport: TXL / Berlin - Tegel
Scheduled Departure Time: 21:00 (on time)
Scheduled Arrival Time: 22:00 (on time)
Class: Economy
Seat: 15A (window/exit-row) (checked-in 16A)
[img]http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20100723-26/flug.jpg[/img
]

The aircraft was packed, every seat was taken, except for the 12 seats in both exit-rows, so I moved one row up again, from 16A to 15A.

Push-back:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-059.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-060.jpg

Line-up and take-off:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-061.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-062.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-063.jpg

Relaxing with lots of legroom:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-064.jpg


Cabin service started shortly after take-off while we were still in climb as our flight time today would be unter 60 minutes:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-066.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-067.jpg

Approach and landing:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-068.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-069.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-070.jpg

Arriving at the gate, but the airbridge was frozen and malfunctioning, so a Bus took us to the terminal:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-071.jpg
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-072.jpg



***POST-FLIGHT:***
Willkommen in Stuttgart / Welcome to Stuttgart:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-073.jpg

Waiting for my bag, took endless 15 minutes, what is rather long for STR:


On my long way back to P2 parking:
http://www.carstenrau.de/diverses/TripReports/20101223-0102/20101223-0102-TripReport-075.jpg



***FINAL WORDS:***
Two short domestic hops with AB, nothing to complain about regarding service or the aircraft itself (was the same on both flights). Airport STR really should think about changing their operator of the parking-garages as the fees are unbelievably high; one of the reasons why I try to fly from MHG, parking is free there.






*** PREVIOUS TRIP REPORTS ***
1st TR: MHG-TXL And TXL-MHG On C9 In Y
2nd TR: STR-CDG-ORY-LCY / LHR-CDG-STR on AF in Y


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6526 times:

Hi Carsten,

nice report full of details and high-quality pics - keep posting here!

Quoting CARST (Reply 1):
This last-week-of-december visit was just for Christmas and partying with friends:

These are pretty candle holders!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6369 times:

Hi Carsten,

Good report on AB who seem to offer a very consistent good service.

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
, and because I couldn't decide between the salty and sweet snack the friendly FA gave me both snacks:

That's good, the same thing happened to me on my last NZ domestic flight.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineCARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 836 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6256 times:

Thx for your answers so far....

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
These are pretty candle holders!



You can buy them at the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt !!! ^^


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6226 times:

Hi, Carsten,

you know, no chance for me to miss a STR story.

Nice pictures again, it seems D-ABBY doing a good number of runs on this route, also in my log, the very same route.

Never done MHG, maybe something for me later in the year.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6210 times:

Hi Carsten,

nice report on AB and nice to see another a.netter from STR on the forum 
AB seems to treat you well, nothing else then expected from them. Some good pics also, I like the AB machine on the apron in TXL with the foggy conditions.

Grusse,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinegjunnar From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5963 times:

Very good trip report, thanks for putting it together.

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
Airport STR really should think about changing their operator of the parking-garages as the fees are unbelievably high

I agree, but as the airport most certainly earns its fair share of the fees it is highly unlikely that the fees are ever going to be going down.


User currently offlineshamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1610 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5773 times:

Short and efficent trip report, sums up AB perfectly 

User currently offlineCARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 836 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5529 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
Never done MHG, maybe something for me later in the year.

Try it ! Really! The immense powerful take-off and the short landing are such a great thing. It is much more intense than LCY.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
nice to see another a.netter from STR on the forum

Well, I won't say i'm from STR, just living here for some times that is over soon. Movin back to Berlin in October, already counting the days.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
I like the AB machine on the apron in TXL with the foggy conditions.

I loved it too. I didn't land in such conditions since summer 1998 on my way back from MLA. Perhaps not so much fun for the cockpit crew, but for me it was great. Visibility under 100m is always something special...

Quoting gjunnar (Reply 7):
I agree, but as the airport most certainly earns its fair share of the fees it is highly unlikely that the fees are ever going to be going down.

Yes, I bet they have to pay STR a lot of money for being allowed to manage the parking decks. They won't care, but they lost me as a customer, I booked all flights for 2011 home to TXL from MHG with C9.


Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic 3rd TR: STR-TXL And TXL-STR On AB In Y
Username:
No username? Sign up now!
Password: 


Forgot Password? Be reminded.
Remember me on this computer (uses cookies)
  • Trip reports only! Other topics here
  • If criticizing an airline, express yourself in a dignified manner.
  • No adverts of any kind. This includes web pages.
  • No hostile language or criticizing of others.
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Use relevant and describing topics.
  • Check if your post already been discussed.
  • Check your spelling!
  • DETAILED RULES
Add Images Add SmiliesPosting Help

Please check your spelling (press "Check Spelling" above)


Similar topics:More similar topics...
1st TR: MHG-TXL And TXL-MHG On C9 In Y posted Mon Sep 13 2010 13:52:37 by CARST
Some Pix From Another Time In Berlin: STR-TXL-STR posted Tue Aug 15 2006 23:09:09 by FLIEGER67
STR-TXL-STR On Deutsche BA B 737-300 posted Mon Nov 26 2001 14:12:56 by Contact Air
Another PBM TR:AMS-PBM-AMS On KL744 In Y And J posted Tue Sep 21 2010 03:04:28 by Kappel
TXL-AMS-SEA On KL/NW In C (with Pics) posted Sun Aug 12 2007 20:05:19 by PA101
LH Domestic: STR-TXL-STR (+ Pics) posted Thu Feb 15 2007 18:12:13 by Contact Air
STN-TXL-ZRH-DUS-STN On AB For £3 posted Mon Jul 10 2006 12:41:58 by LGW
AMS-TXL-AMS On AB (Fokker 100) 06/12/'05 posted Tue Dec 6 2005 22:40:38 by Airbuseric
AMS-TXL-AMS On AB posted Fri Sep 2 2005 11:51:17 by MH017
Capital Taxi : HLX, STR-TXL-STR posted Tue Aug 2 2005 20:25:56 by FLIEGER67

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format