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Cityline & Air Dolomiti: AMS-MUC-FCO-MUC-AMS  
User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 8764 times:

Lufthansa, operated by CityLine & Air Dolomiti: AMS-MUC-FCO-MUC-AMS

Introduction
Recently Lufthansa had a nice offer, return ticket for 159 euro to several European destinations, and most important: no minimum stay restrictions! Four flights for only 159 euro and not even on a low-cost carrier, great idea to book a nice trip. Rome Fiumicino has interesting traffic for me to log new registrations and this was also a good opportunity to try Air Dolomiti, which is a new airline for me. I asked a good friend of mine to join me and I booked the trip.

Monday, 21st of March
I left house just before seven o’clock to arrive in Badhoevedorp, a small village near Schiphol, about 10 minutes later. Free parking and paying 2,60 euro for a bus ticket rather then parking at the airport, which is very expensive, is a much better choice in my view. The bus showed up on-time and I arrived at the airport a few minutes before half past seven. We checked in by using the self-service kiosk. Good seats on all flights except for the first one to Munich. 14D and 30F and no other seats available to change it, hmm that sucks. First of all I don’t like sitting on the last row (Well, 30F is the second to last row, I don’t like that either, I always prefer seats just before, above or just behind the wing) and second of all we prefer seats next to each other. After security we went straight to the gate and asked for a seat change and the lady gave us 31D and 31F. Hmm, last row, but at least two seats together.

Date: Monday, 21Mar11
Flight: Lufthansa CityLine // LH 2301
From: Amsterdam // AMS
To: Munich // MUC
Duration: 1h20m
STD: 08.50 // ATD: 09.05
STA: 10.15 // ATA: 10.28
Aircraft: Embraer ERJ-195 // D-AEBC
Seat: Economy // 31F
Load factor: ~95%

The inbound aircraft arrived a few minutes late from Munich, an Embraer 195 operated by CityLine, as planned. Nothing happened for a while and the gate area filled up more and more. The early morning service to Munich was cancelled so the flight was very busy. Around 8.50 boarding was announced and almost all seats became occupied.

Pushback was 15 minutes late because of the slow boarding process. Runway 24 was in use and with no other traffic around take-off was just a few minutes after we left the gate. In the air we turned left and headed to the south east. The route today was via Arnhem, Cologne and Frankfurt. The cabin crew started with handing out the food on todays’ flight followed with the bar service.

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  Take-off video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ciDS2BP8go



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Full cabin today

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Müsli, tea and mineral water

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Cologne/Bonn airport

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Frankfurt am Main airport

Shortly after we passed Frankfurt descending was started and ‘Der Kapitän’ informed us about the weather in Munich. The weather was almost the same as in Amsterdam, sunny, clear skies, 7C degrees and some light turbulence during the approach. Touchdown on German soil at 10.22 on runway 08L and parking at a remote stand.

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Approaching Munich

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Final approach



  Landing video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4DSEjNOe8I



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FIDS

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Lufty’s retrojet

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The bus brought us to the terminal and with an hour to go for our next flight we walked to the end of the terminal to see if there’s any interesting registrations to log. Around eleven o’clock we decided to go the gate for our next flight. Gate G65, which is located downstairs and is used for all flights parked on remote stands. Boarding was announced on-time and to our surprise the male gate agent was Dutch. The bus drove us to I-ADJL, one of Air Dolomiti’s Embraer 195 aircraft, they have five of them in total plus a dozen of ATR’s.

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Air Dolomiti service desk

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Date: Monday, 21Mar11
Flight: Air Dolomiti // LH 1844
From: Munich // MUC
To: Rome Fiumicino // FCO
Duration: 1h30m
STD: 11.45 // ATD: 11.45
STA: 13.15 // ATA: 13.09
Aircraft: Embraer ERJ-195 // I-ADJL
Seat: Economy // 20F
Load factor: 57% // 66 passengers

Originally we had seats 9D and 9F, but a pair with an infant was seated on 9A and 9C so we moved to 20D en 20F, which was no problem with the light load today. Exactly at 11.45 the flight crew started the engines and we taxied to runway 08R. Take-off was ten minutes later and after a right turn in the direction of the Alps we had a good view on Erding Air Base. While most passengers enjoyed the fantastic scenery outside the aircraft, the cabin crew started with the service. The service onboard Air Dolomiti is the same as on Lufthansa and other regional partners, some food and two drinks.

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One of Air Dolomiti’s other E-jets going to Milan Malpensa

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PrivatAir parked at a remote stand

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Terminal 2, home to Lufthansa and it’s Star Alliance partners

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Waiting for take-off clearance



  Take-off video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWdrOWnHaRg



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Flying over the beautiful Alps

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Winglet close-up

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The cabin as seen from seat 20F

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Italian ham sandwich, apple juice and tea, which arrived a few minutes later

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Headrest cover

Descending started early and it became more cloudy when we approached Rome. We made a very smooth landing at 13.01 on runway 16L. To my surprise we docked in at a normal gate, I was expecting a remote stand.

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Starting our descend in to Rome

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Final approach



  Landing video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78zdsuAXKjg



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On-time arrival

Well, welcome to Rome Fiumicino. In my opinion a bit outdated and not very clean at all places. The toilets are clean but the terminal itself could be improved. We walked around the several piers to log all registrations and went outside to see if there are any hidden aircraft. No Alitalia A330’s present, that was a bit disappointing. There was an US Air Force C-40 parked next to terminal 5, but it was impossible to read the registration. Back at the main terminal complex I noticed the location from ‘Bassie en Adriaan en de geheimzinnige opdrachtgever’ (a Dutch tv serie from the past for children and for adults who were children during that time and grew up with the series, like me  ) Italian episode. http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/21Mar11/IMG_5354.jpg
The airport’s church?

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The remote Terminal 5, used by all American and Israeli airlines

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ATC tower, looks a bit like something from the Soviet Union

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The fountain is not operational today

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’Bassie and Adriaan’ was filmed here 

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Check-in area

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Fiat 500 in special colors on display

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And another car on display

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Airside shops

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We decided to go to airside again and went to security. Security was quiet so it was done in only a few minutes. Once at airside again my companion was reading the registrations and I wrote them down on a notepad. And then, out of nothing, a police officer in civilian clothes but with a police batch on his chest showed up, and another one was watching in the background.

“Policia! What are you doing?”
We explained him that we are aircraft spotters and that we log aircraft registrations. Then he asked for my passport, browsed through it and took it with him together with my notepad. Hmm, what on earth is the problem, we’re not doing anything illegal as far as I know. Every passengers can look out of the window and write down registrations if they like. After a few minutes he came back and asked again what exactly we were doing. We explained it to him again and he gave me back my passport and my notepad. It was ok now but it was absolutely forbidden to take pictures. What the… are we in Iran or on a militairy air base?       We walked away to another place and we haven’t seen him anymore. By the way, it was almost impossible to take good pictures, they have to clean the windows first before you are able to do that. http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/21Mar11/IMG_5366.jpg
Pier D

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Around half past four the inbound aircraft from Munich landed, D-AIZB, one of the newest A320’s in the fleet. My first flight with mainline Lufthansa by the way. Boarding was announced at ten pas five and I saw on the computer screen at the gate that the load would be 122 passengers, 6 in business class and 116 in economy class.

Date: Monday, 21Mar11
Flight: Lufthansa // LH 1847
From: Rome Fiumicino // FCO
To: Munich // MUC
Duration: 1h35m
STD: 17.30 // ATD: 17.37
STA: 19.05 // ATA: 19.02
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200 // D-AIZB
Seat: Economy // 4F
Load factor: 74% // C: 6 passengers // Y: 116 passengers

For a moment I was hoping for an upgrade, because we had seats 4D and 4F, but unfortunately row 4 was just behind the curtain today. Well, better luck next time I guess. Due to air traffic control restrictions we pushed back a few minutes late. Runway 25 was in use departures and 15 minutes after we left the gate we took off, back to Munich. The route today was via Perugia, Rimini, Venice and Innsbruck.

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My view for the next 1,5 hour

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Air Italy 767-300 resting on a remote stand

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Travel Service A320 and Blu-Express 737-400, one of Italy’s low-cost airlines



  Take-off video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U13j47FwHU



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Climbing to our cruise altitude

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German sandwich with Brie cheese and cream cheese with apple juice and tea

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The Alps again

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The new style Lufthansa cabin

Descending was started and ‘Der Kapitän’ came on the intercom to inform us that we would be landing in about 25 to 30 minutes, on time. The weather was almost the same as earlier today in the morning. Landing was at 18.58 on runway 08R and four minutes later we parked at gate G22.

  Landing video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1-F9QeI2gQ



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On-time arrival

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FIDS with connecting flights

A screen at the gate was showing connecting flights and our flight to Amsterdam was at gate G19. We walked to both ends of the pier and waited at the gate for the rest of the time. Boarding was announced on-time and everybody walked downstairs to the waiting bus on the apron. To my surprise our aircraft was parked at stand 233, which is one of the four stands on the other side of terminal 2. They could have used one of the downstairs gates and let us walk to the aircraft, that’s more efficient and it will save them two busses.

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Date: Monday, 21Mar11
Flight: Lufthansa CityLine // LH 2312
From: Munich // MUC
To: Amsterdam // AMS
Duration: 1h35m
STD: 20.50 // ATD: 20.47
STA: 22.25 // ATA: 22.16
Aircraft: Avro 146-RJ85 // D-AVRJ
Seat: Economy // 7F
Load factor: ~60%

D-AVRJ, one of CityLine’s Avro RJ85’s was waiting for us. It’s sad but I believe that they will leave the fleet in the near future, a few of them are already gone. On the internet there are several negative comments about the 3-3 configuration but in my opinion the seats are comfortable, enough legroom and not cramped at all. Boarding was completed and pushback was a few minutes ahead of schedule. We taxied at high speed to runway 08L for an immediate rolling take-off. The announced flying time was approximately 70 minutes and the route went via Nürmberg, Fulda and Münster.

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My view from seat 7F



  Take-off video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30bJAHUfE08



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The cabin

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Pasta salade with meatball and crackers and apple juice and tea

Descending started somewhere near the border between The Netherlands and Germany and the approach went via Lelystad, Volendam, Alkmaar and on final approach, my own village Zwanenburg. Touchdown at 22.06 on runway 18R, a.k.a. the ‘Polderbaan’. Just like in Munich the flight crew taxied at very high speeds. After crossing runway 18C-36C we made two fast turns from taxiway B to taxiway A and a lot of power was applied so we could overtake the Iberia A321. From runway 18R to gate B27 in barely 10 minutes, would be great if all flight crews taxied that fast.

  Landing video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv95Obr_5uI



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Arrived at gate B27, ahead of schedule

We went to the arrivals hall very fast so I could take the 22.33 bus to Badhoevedorp, I made it just in time. I asked for a ticket and the bus driver asked for my destination. He said it was rubbish to let me pay for a 10 minute ride and that I could ride for free today, now what a great guy!    I chatted with him for a while and it turned out that he was born in Zwanenburg as well and that he lived only a few streets away from my house in his early years, what a small world. Soon we arrived at Badhoevedorp and I thanked him for the free ride. Ten minutes later I was home and that’s the end of this story.

Thank you for reading!

Best regards,
Jeroen



*Please feel free to comment or ask your questions.



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'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8484 times:

Nice selection of planes for a day. LH's catering is much improved nowadays, it seems Air Dolomiti reduced it's offerings on board slightly, compared to my experience on their E95's to BLQ last year.
Yes, planespotting and Italy don't go together really well, widely known by the spotting people. Didn't you know about this in advance, because even in Italy people got arrested for spotting from the terminal, iirc it was at MXP a few years ago.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8411 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 1):
Yes, planespotting and Italy don't go together really well, widely known by the spotting people. Didn't you know about this in advance, because even in Italy people got arrested for spotting from the terminal, iirc it was at MXP a few years ago.

Yes, I was aware of the fact that they don't like spotters in Italy but I thought it was only for spotting outside around the airport perimeter.

By the way, I was at MXP T1 in October 2009 for a whole day of aircraft spotting without any problems.  



'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8375 times:

Hi Jeroen !
I am also took advantage of the Lufthansa promotion and for 160 Eur have a ticket for SPU - MUC - VCE...
like the new more diversity service of Lufthansa and branding of Air Dolomiti ... agree with you about the FCO this is a very familiar airport for me because Rome is the closest and cheapest hub only 40 minutes flight from Split...Greetings and thanks for report...Stipica



Open your eyes and think
User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8354 times:

Hi Stipica,

Thank you for your comment.

The new Lufthansa shorthaul service is really good in my opinion, very sufficient for the duration of the flights. Air Dolomiti is a nice little Italian airline operating with Lufthansa standards, I'm sure you will like them!  



'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8081 times:

Hi Jeroen.

Nice day trip you took there. Yes, some really good fares from LH have been seen lately. They managed to get me to part with some money also, booking a few separate trips this way.

Nice to see the catering on offer and also your pictures of the Alps.

Glad you had a good day and thanks for sharing your story.

Cheers, Lee.


User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7939 times:

Hi Lee,

Thank you for your compliment! LH has indeed good fares lately, hopefully they will continue with these special offers.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 5):
Glad you had a good day and thanks for sharing your story.

You're welcome.



'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1844 posts, RR: 42
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7574 times:
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Hi Jeroen, nice report! Nice variety of planes. I may have very well dispatched your AMS MUC flight as I was working that day. The Avrojet's are indeed being retired soon. I will miss them as I think they are nice planes! I will be doing a MUC roundtrip myself in two days, on the AR8 and E95.

Regards,

Martijn



Fly DC-Jets!
User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7517 times:

Hi Martijn,

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 7):
nice report!

Thanks, glad to hear that.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 7):
I may have very well dispatched your AMS MUC flight as I was working that day.

Two OPS guys were talking at the gate desk about the balance and the trim of the aircraft while I asked the woman for a seat change, maybe you was one of two guys?  



'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7498 times:

Hello Jeroen

Thank you for a great report. Some really good pictures and high quality videos.
This report reminds me of my flights with Air Dolomiti back in 2009 and I like them really much.

Hope to see more from you soon!

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7441 times:

Quoting parton87 (Reply 9):
Thank you for a great report. Some really good pictures and high quality videos.

Thank you!

Quoting parton87 (Reply 9):
Hope to see more from you soon!

Several other tripreports are coming up so stay tuned.



'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 18 hours ago) and read 7249 times:

Hi Fawlty (towers),

A nice report on your spotting day out at Fiumicino. LH and its subsidiaries offer a very consistent and nice product, they are always a blast to fly with, if a bit boring at the same time (that's the problem with Germany in general  ). Congratulations on scoring to E-jets as well.

Looks like you got lucky with the weather as well.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
and most important: no minimum stay restrictions!

A nice fare and yes, that minimum stay requirement can be a bitch. Most of the cheap LH fares ex-HEL have at least a Sat night stay requirement and due to the availability being very restricted you usually can't do a Sat - Sun weekend trip either.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
Müsli, tea and mineral water

I like the idea with Müsli - very nice.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
Frankfurt am Main airport

Nice to see the fourth runway taking shape!

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
Italian ham sandwich, apple juice and tea, which arrived a few minutes later

Hmm, I think Dolomiti has somewhat scaled down the onboard offering - some earlier reports have shown a much better and more substantial offering.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
ATC tower, looks a bit like something from the Soviet Union

Well, Italy has a long tradition of socialism  .

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
“Policia! What are you doing?”

That's quite bad, but yes, the hostility of the Italian Police towards spotting or anything like that is quite widely known, unfortunately so.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
Travel Service A320 and Blu-Express 737-400, one of Italy’s low-cost airlines

Interesting to see that Travel Service bird in Latvian register, must be a lease from Smart Lynx.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
German sandwich with Brie cheese and cream cheese with apple juice and tea

What's so German about it? Brie isn't very German at all!

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
FIDS with connecting flights

Nice to see good old HEL at the top of that list!

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
On the internet there are several negative comments about the 3-3 configuration but in my opinion the seats are comfortable, enough legroom and not cramped at all.

Have you ever flown on an Avro with 2-3 seating? Once you have gotten used to that, going back to 3-3 is a pain.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
Pasta salade with meatball and crackers and apple juice and tea

Never seen a salad like that being offered onboard. A very nice idea actually, I like it.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
From runway 18R to gate B27 in barely 10 minutes, would be great if all flight crews taxied that fast.

Maybe some of them are thinking more about conserving fuel? Or actually made to think so by their corporate beancounters.


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 15 hours ago) and read 7190 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Never seen a salad like that being offered onboard. A very nice idea actually, I like it.

OS does it in Y, I had a salad on some flight in late 2010 VIE-AMS.



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 8 hours ago) and read 7049 times:

Hi Jeroen, nice report!

A very nice offer you got from LH, €159 is a very good price for the amount of "quality flying", quite surprising to hear that they didn't have the minimum stay requirement. Too bad I missed out on this offer, but I'll keep my eyes open in case they have it again  

Nice to see LH offering such generous service on their short haul flights, seems like they're taking a step in the right direction. Pasta Salad looked great, especially for the short duration of your flight, just makes me wonder what they'll serve on their routes from ARN...

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



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User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 3 hours ago) and read 6954 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
A nice report on your spotting day out at Fiumicino.

Thanks!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Looks like you got lucky with the weather as well.

Yes, the weather was very good, especially in AMS and MUC.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Interesting to see that Travel Service bird in Latvian register, must be a lease from Smart Lynx.

There was another one present, YL-LCA, also in TVS colors. OK-TVO, one of their own 737's was also in FCO.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
What's so German about it?

The type of bread.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Nice to see good old HEL at the top of that list!

HEL is in my next trip, AMS-TLL-HEL-AMS on OV and KF.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Have you ever flown on an Avro with 2-3 seating?

No, I've only experienced 3-3 so far, flown on BA Cityflyer, Cityjet and Lufthansa CityLine.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 13):
Hi Jeroen, nice report!

Thanks!   

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 13):
Too bad I missed out on this offer, but I'll keep my eyes open in case they have it again

There are still some low fares available if you do some good searching, but only to a limited number of destinations.



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6875 times:

Hi Jeroen,

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 14):
HEL is in my next trip, AMS-TLL-HEL-AMS on OV and KF.

That's very interesting to hear! Is the AMS-TLL leg on the new CRJ-900?

Can you drop me a private message with details, I wouldn't mind a short meet if it fits my schedules. Although judging from the schedules it looks like you don't have too much time at HEL so maybe it won't be possible.

BTW noticed some very cheap fares on KF ex-TLL!

BTW2 quite a few of the HEL-AMS evening flights are operated by another KF wetlease - Augsburg Airways E190!


User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6797 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
That's very interesting to hear! Is the AMS-TLL leg on the new CRJ-900?

Yes it is, Estonian's new pride  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
Can you drop me a private message with details, I wouldn't mind a short meet if it fits my schedules. Although judging from the schedules it looks like you don't have too much time at HEL so maybe it won't be possible.

Time in HEL will be indeed very short, here's the schedule:

13Apr:
OV174 09.40-13.05
KF608 15.10-15.45
KF835 17.10-18.55

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
BTW noticed some very cheap fares on KF ex-TLL!

Yes, booked mine for only 88 euro.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 15):
BTW2 quite a few of the HEL-AMS evening flights are operated by another KF wetlease - Augsburg Airways E190!

Yes, noticed that, but thankfully our flight is scheduled on a 717. I've already flown the 717 in 2008 (AeBal BCN-PMI) but it's a much more interesting aircraft then the E190.



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User currently offlineHansHubers From Netherlands, joined Feb 2006, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6493 times:

Nice report Jeroen! I expected more from FCO though, it looks a bit old...


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User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6355 times:

Quoting HansHubers (Reply 17):
Nice report Jeroen!

Thanks!

Quoting HansHubers (Reply 17):
I expected more from FCO though, it looks a bit old...

It's indeed a bit outdated.  



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