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The Sunny Heel Of Italy: TMP-CIA-BRI-MIL-GDN-HEL  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 10089 times:

Introduction

As I mentioned in my Pisa trip report less than a month ago (see here: Big 1000 To See A Fawlty Tower: TMP-PSA-BER-HEL (by FlyingFinn76 Apr 18 2011 in Trip Reports) ) Ryanair is this spring and summer opening a few new Italian routes from TMP. After PSA the second one to open would be Rome (Ciampino of course). As usual, I was interested in trying out the new route, and luck was on my side as I was even able to book the inaugural flight for that little fuzzy feeling that goes with it. As FR has been hiking up their fares the ticket wasn’t ultra cheap as one has gotten used to with them, but at 47 EUR including priority boarding still very reasonable for what is a 1400 mile flight.

Of course Finland being located where it is the flight times were far from optimal, with arrival at CIA after 23.00 in the evening. That meant I had to spend the night somewhere near CIA and then figure out something fun to do the next day. The good news was the outbound flight was on a Friday, so I would have the whole weekend on my hands. Since I would be near Ciampino anyway that was the most logical departure airport, and wanting to limit my expenses Ryanair was the logical choice! After some searching I decided on a flight to Bari, as that would be a new airport and city to me, had a convenient noon departure allowing for a bit of a lie in and was available for 20 EUR - at least the shorter routes can still be cheapish on FR!

From BRI, I focused on searching flights in the evening so that I would have enough time to visit the city. As there’s quite a bit of competition nowadays in the Italian market fares are generally very cheap, and I soon found a very nice fare of 27.50 EUR on Air One to Malpensa. For some strange reason it was only available on the Italian language Air One website and nowhere else, but with the help of Google Translate I managed to book it anyway.

This meant I had to spend another night in Milan and then fly home the next day. More searching followed, and in the end I found an early afternoon Wizz flight to good old GDN from Bergamo for 25 EUR including extra legroom (read: exit row) seat. That was good enough for me, so out came the credit card once again...

To close the final gap the recently introduced Finncomm flight GDN-HEL was perfectly timed and the deal was sealed by the fact that they were having a sale to celebrate the new route (which is a resurrection of a seasonal AY route from a couple of years ago) with one way tickets available for a very reasonable 69 EUR.

The route map: Friday 6.5.2011

This is another trip that starts with train rides, first a local train from the office to Pasila station in Helsinki, and then a Pendolino high speed train up to Tampere:
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Well, theoretically “high speed” - as usual they are having some problems and congestion and we spend quite some time trundling along at 30 km/h instead of doing over 200 as we are supposed to... The good thing is that the wifi connection works much better on slow speeds than when the train is going faster, go figure. Luckily they manage to catch up along the way, so in the end we are at Tampere only a bit late.

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The weather is gorgeous for once - sunshine and warm temperatures, and Tampere city sure is alive with people, and a surprising number of tourists as well. I walk through the city’s main artery to the local bus station to catch the public bus to the airport. I have some time to spare, so some noodles for dinner sounds like a good idea:

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The bus finally appears a bit late, and a frustrating and long (why do these buses always have to make detours via every residential area on the way?) ride we reach Pirkkala airport. Well, Terminal 1, so it’s another couple of hundred meters to reach the low cost Terminal 2.

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Hmm, you know they are in the business of nickel and diming you when the actual terminal entrance boasts these credit card stickers:

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Up to the desk to get my documents checked (still annoying) - I again ask about any celebrations for the inaugural flight but it looks like the girl doesn’t even know this is the first service - she just shakes her head confusedly and says “No, that’s all”.

Airside it doesn’t actually look too packed, so I’m anticipating the load to be quite low. A good number of Russians are around, as usual on these flights. I head upstairs to the cafe for a pint, chatting with some people, managing to scare them a bit by telling them my opinion on Rome (and let me tell you, it’s not a flattering one!).

The inbound arrives a good 25 minutes early - EI-EKH, another new reg for me. The inbound load doesn’t appear too good. Ten minutes later boarding is called, quite a few people with priority boarding today.

TMP - CIA
FR7097
B737-800 EI-EKH
Seat 16F
20.22 - 22.26

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As usual, most of the pax with priority are completely clueless about the good seats, so no problems snatching an exit row seat - it’s a three hour flight so I definitely need some legroom. The boarding is your typical Ryanair raffle, and despite the terminal appearing to be quite empty the load ends up being very good - around 90%. Luckily an older man sits on the aisle seat quite early, which discourages anybody from claiming the middle seat, whee. The man is quite good for conversation as well, we talk on and off about various things during the flight.

Somehow I don’t think they are filling her with biofuel:

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Our Italian captain announces that ATC permitting, we will be departing early for our flight to Rome which should take around 3h10mins in good weather conditions. Sure enough, departure is 13 minutes early, with take off from 24 four minutes later.

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No ice in these lakes anymore:

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The city of Turku in the distance:

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Quite nice Italian crew on this flight - too bad it takes a good hour for the BOB cart to reach my row (that’s the bad part in sitting at exit rows in the middle of the plane), but at least they still have beer left:

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It appears that recently I’ve been doing quite a few flights during dusk - this flight being no exception:

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I fall asleep for the last half an hour of the flight, and wake up when we are already low over the endless lights of Rome, approaching Ciampino, where we land on runway 15 after exactly three hours of flight time. The crew happily welcomes us to “Rome Ciampino an hour early” (well, it is true) - and of course the good ‘ole Ryanair fanfare is played, which always causes some laughter in the cabin. Oh, and I think there’s some hand clapping as well!

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Apron position in front of the terminal, but in what appears to be another job creation scheme we still get bussed the 50 meters or so to the terminal entrance. A number of passengers try to enter the non-Schengen arrivals ramp (it’s right next to the Schengen one, a certain recipe for confusion), which causes some Italian style shouting and head shaking from the officials.

Ciampino

My hotel for the night is not located far from the terminal, so I decided to walk there. They have some sort of shuttle service, but apparently charge money for it and I’m cheap. What I failed to realize was that the road there is basically a very busy four lane highway with no sidewalk and very few streetlights. With the Italian style of driving, cars are constantly whizzing past me - a bit harrowing experience, let me tell you. Along the way I pass somebody who looks like a transvestite prostitute, trying to bum me for a cigarette - not that I have any as I gave up that habit a long time ago...

Ok, I’d better not stray there - don’t wanna get shot at:

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Benvenuti in Italia:

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Just when I’m almost giving up hope as it gets even darker after I turn off the highway to a side road I spot the hotel’s sign a few hundred meters away - I made it!

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The Hotel Palacavicchi is the closest hotel to Ciampino airport, and although it is more like a motel than a real hotel it is surprisingly nice for the one night stay, and at 70 EUR not too bad value either. I grab a quick drink at the bar (which for some reason never made it to my final hotel bill, not that I mind it!) and retire to my room, which is almost half way back to the airport - the hotel might not have more than a single storey, but they sure make that up in the other dimension...!) and call it a night.

Very long corridors:

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Saturday 7.5.2011

Ahh, don’t you just hate it when you could still sleep for a good few hours, but wake up far too early and can’t really get any more sleep. Once again this Saturday morning has that effect on me - the one hour time difference and the sound of departing (Ryanair, presumably) jets wake me up at six, right after the night curfew at the airport is lifted. Well, at least it is a gorgeous sunny day outside, which immediately perks me up.

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I lounge around the room for a couple of hours, before hitting the restaurant for a quite minimal, Italian style breakfast. Afterwards I check out, and decide to walk back to the airport. There’s actually some sort of parking lot right next to the hotel which seems to offer a free shuttle bus, for a while I think about sneaking in and catching a ride with them, but decide against it as I’m in no particular hurry and the weather is so good. This time the walk is much easier - at least I’m able to see where I’m going!

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20 minutes later I’m back at Ciampino airport and sit in front of the terminal in the sun for a while before heading inside.

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No easyJet flights right now, so quite peaceful here:

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Guess which airline’s bag drop desk this queue is for:

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Interesting to see that SN operates multiple daily flights here - I guess that route is inherited from Virgin Express.

Not much to landside, so through the security to airside it is. Security is your typical Italian affair - lots of shouting, pushing and confusion, but not too unpleasant. Airside I realize there really is not much to this airport at all - there’s not really much to do here either. Well, I buy a soda from a cafe and sit down to read my book and watch the antics of my fellow low cost travelers.

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No doubt who’s the boss:

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Interestingly at one point I see a CSA A319 landing - not sure what it is doing here. It parks somewhere away from the normal apron, so maybe there’s some sort of maintenance facility here.

In true Ryanair fashion a large queue starts to form in front of my gate almost an hour before the departure time, and it soon mingles with another queue for a flight to SKG on the opposite gate which causes some confusion. Boarding is finally called quite late, only around fifteen minutes before the scheduled departure time. It appears to be another job creation scheme as they use far more buses than necessary, they could easily cram all the pax in two buses but appear to use at least five, well it means that there’s plenty of room in the bus, though.

Today’s ride is EI-EKJ, and is another new one for me.

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CIA - BRI
FR7071
B737-800 EI-EKJ
Seat 30F
11.50 - 12.38

It’s a short flight so I don’t bother with an exit row seat, instead I grab a window seat in the last rows. Load is again good in Ryanair style, maybe around 80%. Three for me, though, so no problem.

Our captain announces the flight time as 45 minutes, with sunny weather and seventeen degrees in Bari. Despite our pushback being ten minutes late he expects us to be landing on schedule.

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I remember these firebombers from my last visit here. Saw one of them taking off and returning a bit later - surely it is not yet forest fire season?

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Take off is from 15 nine minutes later.

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Notice the OK Airbus:

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Bye, CIA:

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FCO in the distance:

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The town of Fiumicino on the right and Ostia on the left:

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Pratica di Mare Air Force Base - the largest one of the Italian Air Force:

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Nice beaches - notice the water park on the right. Would love to be there with fighter jets taking off nearby:

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This flight affords some great views with the clear, sunny weather. First we fly down the Tyrrhenian coast - this is the Ponza island (Isola Di Ponza):

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No, it’s not a tax paradise and no, it’s not home to any Ponzi schemes as far as I know  .

Gaeta, Formia and Torre di Orlando along the Gulf of Gaeta:

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Just north of Naples a turn towards the left follows to point us directly towards Puglia. This is Grazzanise airport, some 30 kilometers north of Naples:

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Northern part of the greater Naples metropolitan area:

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Soon beautiful, lush, green hills come into view as we cross the Apennines:

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The BOB service must be the quickest ever on Ryanair, I think exactly one person buys some coffee and that’s it. Well, the “duty free” (anything but) service takes considerably longer as quite a few ladies seem to be interested in the perfumes they have.

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25 minutes after take off the seat belt sign is switched on again and we commence our descent. I think those things make electricity out of sunlight:

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I’ve never seen so many olive trees before - this region must be a top producer:

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Soon the olive groves give way to urbanization:

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The weather is gorgeous:

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Looks like they are building a rail connection to the airport:

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We touch down quite hard on runway 07 after just 39 minutes of flight time.

This picture reminds me of some old Iron Maiden lyrics “Sunlight, falling on your steel...” (although it would be aircraft grade aluminium in this case):

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I bet the Skiteam is not here for skiing today:

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I should be flying one of these babies in August:

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AZ from Linate and BA from Gatwick:

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Wizz looking great in the sunshine - who’s that behind the Air Italy 757?

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Oh, it’s JetTran Air - never heard of ‘em before:

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Bye:

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An FA definitely sees me taking the above picture, but doesn’t say anything. However an Asian guy snaps another shot right after me and she proceeds to yell at him that taking photos is not allowed - do I look that intimidating or is she just being racist?

Another short bus ride and we are free to enter the terminal, a new one constructed in 2005 and surprisingly nice.

Bari

I just miss the public bus to the city (which at around 90 cents offers unbeatable value!), and the next one is around 50 minutes away so decide to take the express shuttle service, which costs a bit over four Euros, goes to the same place (the main station) and is only marginally faster. Well, it turns out to be quite a frustrating experience - for some reason the driver collects money from all the passengers individually, which is dog slow. As a bonus point he somehow decides to ignore me, and despite me waving a 5 EUR note at him he never charges me so I get a free ride in the end. Then again I get what I pay for - the half hour ride is absolutely miserable, the minibus has the worst legroom I’ve ever experienced in a bus and is completely packed, with a rather burly man sitting next to me...

Finally we reach the train station and I’m freed from my agony. The “new” part of Bari is quite boring and sterile, so I head towards the waterfront and the old town which is much nicer.

Bari Centrale:

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The university:

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Dedicated to all you Nespresso fans:

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“Pleasure's a sin, and sometimes Sin's a pleasure”:

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The covered area that can be seen in the background reeked of fresh fish - the fish market had just finished and all the fishermen were sitting around, drinking beer:

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Extremely fresh and yummy:

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I don’t think he’s going to get much tan that way:

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When I first saw this:

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… I was thinking that these guys must be really lazy to still have their Christmas decorations up in May. But then I saw these fair stalls all around:

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… and realized that something was up. Some consultation to my Lonely Planet book and it turned out that Bari is actually the burial place of St. Nicholas (or more familiarly: Santa Claus) or what is left of him (the remains were brought from Turkey of all places to here - everybody knows’s that Santa is Finnish so maybe the Turks stole them from Finland!). More importantly this very weekend hosts an annual fair where he is celebrated - so all this is connected to it (see - Santa Claus - Christmas decorations - so clever!). Looks like once again I’ve stumbled upon another local festival - completely randomly of course! I seem to have a habit for this (or maybe I just should do my background research a bit more diligently!).

The whole festival is actually quite my kind of one - all along the stalls there are people selling ice cold beer from ice boxes for 1 EUR a bottle - I could spend a whole day here and not spend any serious money...  

This is the church where the remains are buried in:



The man himself - is he giving out a Victory sign:



Sticking out of the church wall - gives a whole new meaning to the expression “Holy cow”:

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Narrow lanes in the old town:

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All part of the celebrations:

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It is quite hot:

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Eventually I get back to the station, again I just manage to miss the public bus so it’s another shuttle ride for me, this time the driver charges me properly upon entering the bus. I have just settled in my seat when I hear some loud jet engines nearby, and glancing out of the window I see this:


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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
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It turns out that the “Frecce Tricolori” - the Italian Air Force’s aeronautic display team is on town to put on a show for the festivities - too bad I need to leave. There are some videos on Youtube - search for “Frecce Tricolori Bari 2011” to find them!

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Luckily the bus is not very full this time, so the ride is much more comfortable. As a bonus it takes a different route than the inbound one, so there is a change of scenery.

Bari Airport

Back at the airport some 20 minutes later. Very nice and modern feel to this place:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Italy_05_2011/Bari_Departure_1.jpg

There’s quite a bit of competition on the BRI-MIL route - Air One, Lufthansa Italia and easyJet all fly to Malpensa (although Ezy will stop their flights after the summer), AZ to LIN and FR to BGY:



I’m trying this company in July:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Italy_05_2011/Bari_Departure_3.jpg

Not much to do landside and no lounge available for me this time, so I head through the deserted security check point to the gate area where there are somewhat more people.

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Guess which airline this is for:

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Yep, you got it right, it’s a flight to HHNt:

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Some beer and plane watching follows. Who’s that:

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Oh, La Belle from Tirana (interestingly enough in Italian register, though - do they think that an Albanian registered plane would scare pax away?):

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Italy_05_2011/Bari_Departure_8.jpg

The inbound plane lands on time at 17.55 - it taxis to a remote parking stand, so I can’t see the registration right away.

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Ok, I was right about the rail link:



Plenty of Milan in the boards:

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Boarding is from a bus gate area downstairs - the staircase there is very well hidden. Quite a few people around, and the whole thing is somewhat disorganized. AirOne has OLCI on their website which I did, but it doesn’t allow one to select a seat at all, and assigned me a random aisle seat instead (shame on me for not paying extra for a seat assigment!). Somehow it failed to occur to me that I should’ve gone to the check in desk to get it changed, so I decide to be the last person onboard to see if there are any available window seats.
I’m one of the last ones to enter the second bus, at the podium the gate agent (in Alitalia uniform) changes my self printed boarding pass to a genuine one on Alitalia stock. Short drive to the plane, and finally I spot the registration - EI-DSS, a new bird for me.

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BRI - MXP
AP115
A320 EI-DSS
Seat 10F
18.43 - 20.12

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True to my plan I’m the very last person to walk up the front stairs. Environmentally friendly my butt - I seriously hate greenwashing:

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Inside I ask the friendly middle aged woman purser whether I can pick any available window seat - she proceeds to explain that the first three rows and the exit rows will cost an extra 15 EUR, but apart from that it’s free game. Right at the same time she gets handed the pax manifest by a ground agent and she tells me to hold on for a minute and then announces that row 10 is completely free, so I should grab a window seat there. I ask what the load is - “Around 130” - I thank her and head to my seat.

These are the “comfort” (or whatever they call ‘em) seats - same crap pitch as everywhere:

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Wow, seat pitch indeed is tight:

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The seats are the same as the new AZ Airbuses have:

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...including the empty PTV place and the credit card reader - I tried swiping my card but it gave me no extra legroom:

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La Belle off to TIA:

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BOB menu:



Our flight time this evening is announced as 1h20mins with good weather all along the way and 22 degrees at Milan. Departure is three minutes late, with a slow taxi all the way to the end of the runway 07 where we hold short for another couple of minutes before finally taking off towards the sea.

In Romanian register:

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Bye, Bari - I hope I’ll be back someday:

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The old town in the front peninsula:

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Bari has quite heavy ferry traffic across the Adriatic to Albania, Croatia, Greece and Montenegro:

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Actually the first half an hour of the flight is over the Adriatic before we finally turn left and head inland. I think this is the Croatian Palagruža archipelago in the middle of the Adriatic:

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I’ve flown Air One once previously, that was LIN-FCO in 2007 with a 734, and back then the service was similar to the Alitalia offering - drinks and a free sweet or salty snack. Not so anymore, as apparently the carrier is now some sort of budget carrier within the Alitalia group, offering a full BOB product and cheap fares. We are handed a leaflet advertising these:

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BOB prices aren’t too bad, so I decide to buy some wine:

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Landfall:

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Nice views of more lush green hills once we get further north:

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Traffico:

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I catch a 15 minute power nap during the second half of the flight. By the time I wake up my feet are hurting from the lack of legroom, luckily we are already descending so at least it won’t be for much longer!

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We land on 36L after exactly the promised 1h20mins of flight time. Reverse thrust applied:

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I didn’t know Jet flew to Milan:

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Eurowings, probably from DUS:

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TAM and Etihad:

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Like father, like son:

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All OK:

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Apron position here as well - well it’s actually nice this time as the buses take one straight to the main terminal building instead of the satellites, saving me the walk. Company bird next to us:

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Beautiful sunset:

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One last shot of the cramped legroom:

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Milan and around

Since my hotel is right around the corner from the Milano Centrale station I decide to take the express bus there, as most of the “express” trains (which are not very express at all) go to Cadorna instead, and I’m not really fancying another metro ride to get to my destination from there. There’s actually one train departing shortly for Centrale as well, but I end up in the bus anyway - in retrospective I think I’d been better off with the train...



The ride to Milan is another miserable and a rather long one - the bus is again completely packed and legroom and personal space is low. Luckily I manage to sleep half of it, you can’t be uncomfortable is you are unconscious!

Finally we get to Centrale, where it’s a short walk to my hotel, but not just yet - I stop for some supper along the way. Must have pizza in Italy:

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Fellow member CaptainRed recently had a trip where he ate breakfast, lunch and dinner in three different countries - I didn’t manage that, but at least I did it in Rome, Bari and Milan today so maybe that’s a good silver medal for me!

Then it’s time to go to the hotel, Club Hotel Milan. Not a too bad one, despite the homeless people sleeping on the street in front of it giving out a not very favorable first impression. For 60 EUR for the night good value as well, although wifi costs 5 EUR extra - but then again you get a whole week’s worth of access for that.

I score some bonus points with the friendly woman at the front desk after telling her that I was in Bari - she is originally from the region of Puglia (of which Bari is the capital). No upgrade to a suite, though  .

I head to the room, use the wifi for a while and crash.

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Sunday 8.5.2011

Good morning:



This morning I manage a longer sleep in, and not feeling particularly hungry I skip the hotel breakfast and lounge around the room for a bit longer until checking out and heading to Centrale for my bus to Bergamo.

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Along the way I stop for the authentic Italian experience: a stronger than life espresso the Italian way - standing up in a corner bar: 90 cents. The experience: priceless.

I booked a ticket on the 10.20 bus, and have some time to kill before it, so I walk around Centrale, certainly one of the most impressive and grand station buildings in Europe:

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The weather is again absolutely gorgeous, no clouds and sunshine, and it’s already well over 20 degrees. I buy a sandwich from a small stand and eat that sitting in a park beside the station.

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Then it is time to catch the bus to Bergamo (or Orio al Serio Airport actually):

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Err, what an earth is “Mutant Architecture”:

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Why is it that it feels like I’m spending more time in buses than actual planes on this trip? Anyway it’s another packed ride, quite a few Finns are onboard as well - I guess the FR service to TMP or LPP is departing shortly. Some nice scenery along the way - I never realized the greater Milan area is so heavily industrialized - but then again it is one of the wealthiest areas in Europe, so I guess it makes sense.

An hour later we pull off the Milan - Venice Autostrada near Bergamo:

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Pulling in to the airport - sorry for the bad picture, I tried to capture the Medallion Air Mad Dog from Romania in the foreground (which curiously was still there when we took off):

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Orio al Serio Airport

The airport is quite a madhouse:

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La Belle is here as well:

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It’s not all Ryan:


Luckily there’s a much better alternative than the general scrum for me - the airport company operates a lounge here which includes a private check in and a nice waiting area - of course I have already done OLCI so no use for me. Not many offerings here - I grab some juice and some more mags for my collection:

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Notice the dedicated check in desk and luggage belt:

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They have a proper lounge airside, so soon I use the private entrance to security bypassing the queues (not that there are any, surprisingly!) from the lounge and head airside. Wow, what happened - I can’t recognize this place at all from my last time here in 2009!

They have created a huge maze of a shopping area - shops, restaurants and tons of people everywhere.

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A Golden Death Star:

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Hmm, very interesting - although I don’t think your typical passenger in this low cost airport is that much into gold:



I don’t really agree with the bar code decoration - feels quite weird:

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The whole setup is very confusing, I spend some time following signs to the lounge which lead nowhere and have me walking in circles until I finally see the very discreet door:



Oh dear - this is not good:http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Italy_05_2011/Bergamo_11.jpg

Somehow the agent in the landside lounge failed to tell me about this, bugger.

To lick my wounds I retire to the old part of the terminal - this is pretty much the only part I remember from my previous visit:

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I decide it’s not too early to have a beer (why does the plastic glass read “Marianna”?!):

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At some point I break my daydreaming and look up to the flight board and am quite shocked to see my flight showing “imbarco” already more than half an hour before the scheduled departure time - looks like the inbound arrived way early. So I down the last of my beer with one huge gulp (I know someone who’ll be very eager to use the onboard lavatory!) and hurry to the gate.

Sure enough, boarding is going on and there’s a long queue ahead of me:

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By the time I reach the nice young gate agent she chirpily informs me that “Next time remember: Extra legroom seat comes with priority boarding here” - which means that I could’ve skipped the whole queue. I thank her and say that I’ll try to keep that in mind...

Downstairs we go, into some sort of holding pen - looks like they are waiting for the next bus.

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This display is not really up to date:

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Soon enough the bus arrives. Quite an impressive line up of Wizz birds - BGY is a very busy destination for them - at times like this you’d easily think it is a base:

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Out of the four planes we stop in front of the newest - HA-LWH which was delivered less than two monts prior to Wizz, and is a new registration for my log as well.

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BGY - GDN
W61682
A320 HA-LWH
Seat 12A
13.10 - 15.01

Inside I ask if I can sit on the first bulkhead row with my extra legrom thingy (the tray tables are down which makes me a bit suspicious that they have blocked them) - one of the FAs tells me that they have a couple of wheelchair pax onboard and these seats are reserved for them and tells me to head to the exit rows instead - fair enough.

There’s a definitive new smell to this plane and the seats are a bit different from the older Wizz ones - much nicer actually. I comment this to Agata, the pretty young FA guarding the exit rows - she agrees with me. We chat a bit - apparently the weather over at Gdansk was quite bad - stormy and rainy and nowhere near as nice as here.

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Once I shoot this picture of the seats, she says to me “Actually you are not allowed to take pictures of other passengers.” - “Well, I’m only taking a picture of the seats!” - this seems to satisfy her:

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She is good at keeping the riff raff out of the exit row seats - several people without the proper note in their boarding pass try to do it and are promptly turned around. Thus I get an empty middle seat next to me, despite a good load of around 85%.

Why is there a LOT container on board:

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The flight time is announced as 1h55mins. Despite the early boarding we only depart right at our original time. That cargo Fokker was here the previous time as well:

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No doubt who’s still the boss around here:

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The city of Bergamo creeping up the hill:

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PGS really seems to be an on an expansion spree:

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This interesting bird belongs to the Italian Postal service:

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Take off from 28 is six minutes later.

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Right after take off we bank left and head southwards for a while before turning lazily towards the north - I guess this is to gain altitude before the Alps which rise right next to the airport.

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The first 20 minutes I’m glued to my window - some very pretty views of the Italian and Austrian Alps follow:

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On the other side:

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The city of Munich:

User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 10067 times:

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MUC airport:

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Over Poland it starts getting cloudy:

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By the time we are descending towards Gdansk the weather is quite bad:

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We land on runway 29 after a flight time of 1h45mins.

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The weather looks worse in these pictures than it actually is - thanks to the window getting fogged over. The new terminal building - not much advanced since my last time here four weeks ago:

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Bye:

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Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport

I did OLCI from the hotel in Milan that morning (not that it matters much - free seating and all), but alas could not print my boarding pass, and apparently the SMS one is no good here (unlike at HEL and ARN for example). Check in is of course not yet open as it is more than three hours before departure of the Finncomm flight, so I head upstairs to the surprisingly nice airport restaurant for some good, hearty and cheap Polish food.

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Cimber not throwing a mech this time:

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They really must be excited:

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An hour later I head back downstairs - check in is still closed but there are quite a lot of Finns around (a lot of Norwegians as well as a DY flight to OSL is being checked in at the same area) very confused about not finding any check in. I spy a pair of empty desks and an agent who seems to be setting up shop there - I head there and ask:

- “Excuse me, are you opening the Helsinki check in.”
- “Not yet open!”
- “I know, I know, I just wanted to know if this will be for Helsinki?”
- “Yes yes, a couple of minutes.”
- “Dzienkuje!”

Not surprisinly right after this some other Finns ask me the same question and after confirming a queue forms behind me - sometimes it’s tough job being a leader, but somebody’s gotta do it!  

Minute or two later another agent arrives and the counters are opened. The conversation takes a funny spin:

- (handing over my ID card): “Hello, how are you?”
- “Fine, how about you?”
- “I’m thirsty, I want to go to the lounge to drink some beer - that’s why I was the first one!”
- (laughs)
- “Quite busy around here - you definitely need the new terminal!”
- “Oh yes, it is crazy sometimes.”
- “When will it finally open?”
- “Oh, I think not until 2012, some delays...”
- “That’s too bad.”

She needs to consult her colleague for something regarding the check in - I think it has to do with the fact that I’m already checked in and she just needs to (re-)print the boarding pass, but in the end I get my boarding pass. Hmm - what kind of seat is “NSS”:

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I thank her and head upstairs, through the security check which is annoying as the young guy there insists on going through all the stuff in my back bag by hand (at least he has the decency to leave my dirty underwear intact) and of course not bothering to put them back - leaving me to deal with the mess. Well, he’s military and has a business-looking sidearm, so I better play along and just thank him...

A quick stop in the tiny duty free store swamped by alcohol-starved Norwegians for some good and cheapish Polish vodka and then off to the lounge. Interestingly enough the same agent is on duty as on my last visit here - I’m just about to comment to her that she didn’t bring her daughter this time when I see her too - there’s definitely a bit of a Groundhog day feeling!

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Beer, Internet, beer, some snacks and beer later the flight shows up as boarding so off to the gate I go. The same bus gate as last time, downstairs to the bus:

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OH-ATH “Athens” (again my term!) will do the honors today. A relatively less-traveled FC bird for me, only my seventh flight with her. A funny coincidence is that I flew the very same bird exactly a year ago today as well - I even wrote a report about it: Bumpy Times In Vaasa: VAA-HEL (by FlyingFinn76 May 8 2010 in Trip Reports)

The agents from the check in are there to supervise the boarding - the male one is very worried about a possible tailstrike so he makes sure only a couple of passengers enter the cabin before a small pause - quite weird as I’ve never had this with the ATR anywhere (but experienced it with the AN-24 at KBP).

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GDN - HEL
FC704
ATR72-500 OH-ATH
Seat 16A
18.14 - 21.14

I recognize the other one of the two FAs - after all this is my 99th flight with FC so I’m quite well used to them (and for the record, the big 100 is scheduled for July!). Free seating as usual - I settle for the back cabin which I prefer as it is quieter here.

I like these seats and cabin a lot - very comfortable:

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The load is quite good - 75% or so. Our flight time is announced as 1h50min, and we even manage to depart a minute early.

Thanks to the taxiways being under construction we have to wait for a while for this Cityline bird to depart:

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Afterwards we backtrack down the runway, turn around and take off from 11:

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Right after take off a left turn points us towards Gdynia and the Baltic Sea:

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An interesting beach - although I’m not sure if I wanted to swim next to a large oil terminal:

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Is that a Ship Control Tower:

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Our route today is quite a bit eastern than I anticipated and takes us straight across the Gulf of Gdansk to the Kaliningrad enclave:

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The former Marienkhof airbase near Kaliningrad. I will actually never forgive myself for not taking the BT RIX-CPH flight which operated via KGD - sadly that flight does not exist any more!

From here we follow the east coast of the Baltic Sea up to HEL - this is definitely the Curonian Spit:

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Service is standard FC - coffee/tea/juice and a tasty sandwich. The only extra above the domestic flights is the Fazer chocolate candy:

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There’s no water in the toilet - instead the washbasin is full of refreshment tissues:

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I ask the crew about this and they say that the water hasn’t yet been “turned back on” - apparently they nowadays do not keep any water in the tanks during the winter as it has a tendency of freezing in the harsh Finnish winter temperatures. Quite a wise idea - listen to them KF - they still manage to serve you coffee even during the winter months!

Cabin view:

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The route is basically GDN-KGD-PLQ-RIX-TLL and across the Gulf of Finland.

Sun going down over the Gulf of Riga:

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The Estonian Island of Ruhnu - I so much wanted to fly there but it looks like LFH has stopped their EPU-Ruhnu-URE flights:

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Hello, Helsinki:

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We fly right past the city centre on the eastern side. Here are some crimes against architecture in Pihlajamäki:

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Helsinki Malmi airport:

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Hey, my house is in this picture. Actually I can even see my car in it:

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HEL - not very far from my place:

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Looks like 15 is in use - Lufthansa landing there unless I’m mistaken:

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To fit into the traffic flow we fly quite far north before turning around and making our final approach:

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Landing on 15 is after around 1h55mins of flight time.

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Bye:

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Parking position over at the FC apron as usual, a bus ride to terminal, some wait for the next bus home and so another nice trip has been brought to a successful completion! I even manage to get home at a decent hour for a change!


Conclusions

One new airport and city, four new registrations and lots of sunshine in Italy - that’s what I call a great weekend!

Ryanair did what I expected them to do - got me to my destination intact, on time or early and provided decent value for money. Although afterwards I started thinking about the last point - if you factor in the train ride up to Tampere and the bus ride there the total expense of getting to CIA was around 85 EUR - for an equivalent (or even slightly less) amount of money DY or BT could’ve flown me to FCO from HEL, so no, I don’t think I am going to be using this service again. And it was another inaugural flight where there were no celebrations whatsoever - but that’s more Finavia/Airpro’s fault than Ryan’s - they are after all too cheap for anything like that!

I don’t exactly like what Air One has become - a low cost carrier within the Alitalia Group. Ok, the fare was really good and the crew very friendly, but the seating comfort was simply horrible - just about bearable for that flight length, but anything longer would really be pushing it (or at least I’d be spending extra money on an exit row or bulkhead seat). Fortunately most of the routes they operate seem to be short hops in Italy. I’d still choose them over the main competition (Ryan and Ezy), mainly due to the assigned seating (and cheaper BOB prices!) given that the fare is right.

Another solid flight with Wizz - every time I fly with them I tend to like the company more and more. A new plane, new comfortable seats (given that you pay for the extra legroom seat - I like the way they are not lax at all in letting people sit there unless they paid for!), friendly young Eastern European crews, very good fares and usually good on time performance. I’ve just about gotten over from being embarrassed of flying in pink planes as well...  

And finally a good flight home with Finncomm. I like this cute airline quite a lot, and being a big fan of ATR turboprops (especially the -500 series) it was nice flying a bit longer sector than usual on one. Good seats, friendly and happy young crew and good onboard offerings for a decent price, not bad at all!

Finally Bari was quite a hidden gem. I knew it was a popular destination (heck, this summer even airBaltic operates a couple of weekly RIX-BRI flights!) - but didn’t really know anything about it (apart from what I learned from Marcus’ pair of reports from there). A very beautiful and interesting city, with a very laid back feeling to it (thus a complete opposite of what one usually finds in Rome and Milan!) and not too touristy feeling at all - comes heartily recommended! I think I should really spend some more time in Southern Italy if this is what it is like.


Two weeks to go before the next trip - checking out another new Norwegian route ex-HEL and spending some time visiting The Rock plus catching a 757 ride on a new airline for me: HEL-LGW-GIB/AGP-HEL.

Happy contrails!


User currently offlineCoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 451 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 9650 times:

Congratulations on an excellent trip report. I feel like I was there with you.

I agree that southern Italy (Puglia) is overlooked. I spent about a week in Foggia and the promontory of Gargano (the spur of the boot) and really felt in some areas that it was the 1950's. Puglia and Abruzzo are worth the time to explore. Italians like to vacation there, like in Pescara, Silvi Marina and that whole Adriatic general area. I have spent lots of time in Sicily and recommend it greatly, especially Taormina...just can't go wrong there.

At my age I'm not going to punish myself with Ryanair or other LCC where you have to be a performer with Cirque du Soleil to get into or out of a seat. Lufthansa is bad enough.

Ciao.


User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2468 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9447 times:

Hi, great TR. I wish I could do such a great Italian trip- but the possibilities from my home-town are very limited- either over-priced AirVallee DO328Jet from Hanover to Rimini or to Rimini (as well) on WindJet from Berlin.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Oh, La Belle from Tirana (interestingly enough in Italian register, though - do they think that an Albanian registered plane would scare pax away?):



Nope, thats belle air EUROPE, an Italian sister company to offer domestic flights within Italy and Europe; like Ancona - Bergamo.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
- “Quite busy around here - you definitely need the new terminal!”
- “Oh yes, it is crazy sometimes.”
- “When will it finally open?”
- “Oh, I think not until 2012, some delays...”



YES! Visited Gdansk last month- JetAir Poland GDN-HAM, codeshare service with OLT, J32 downgraded from the ATR42. Pure nightmare- Hopefully you haven't done the mistake to visit the washroom. Never seen such a dirty and filthy airport within Europe in many years.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
I think it has to do with the fact that I’m already checked in and she just needs to (re-)print the boarding pass, but in the end I get my boarding pass. Hmm - what kind of seat is “NSS”:



You know the answer, NO SEAT SELECTION = FREE SEATING. Sad to see, the boarding passes in GDN are not up to the new AY design standards. oh, oh...

chris


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 9025 times:

Hi, P.,

great pictures and story again. Well done, good for my pre weekend starter.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

The weather is gorgeous for once - sunshine and warm temperatures,

Where is all the white mess up there in the north, it seems time for me to go there now.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
very busy four lane highway with no sidewalk and very few streetlights. With the Italian style of driving, cars are constantly whizzing past me - a bit harrowing experience, let me tell you. Along the way I pass somebody who looks like a transvestite prostitute, trying to bum me for a cigarette - not that I have any as I gave up that habit a long time ago..

That souns somewhat risky, not the enjoyable experience.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
(Ryanair, presumably) jets wake me up at six, right after the night curfew at the airport is lifted. Well, at least it is a gorgeous sunny day outside, which immediately perks me up.

Well, that´s what I call a wake up call.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well, I buy a soda from a cafe and sit down to read my book and watch the antics of my fellow low cost travelers.

Better than any movie.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Today’s ride is EI-EKJ, and is another new one for me.

Congrats.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

I should be flying one of these babies in August:

Good idea.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m trying this company in July:

Another real good idea.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Wow, seat pitch indeed is tight:

Remember my MXP-NAP story, same with me.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Somehow the agent in the landside lounge failed to tell me about this, bugger.

Well, the perfectly organized Italians, you know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
but didn’t really know anything about it (apart from what I learned from Marcus’ pair of reports from there).

Thanx retour for a couple of new pictures.

Have a nice weekend,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineDanTaylor2006 From UK - England, joined Feb 2006, 496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8988 times:

Hi,

Excellent report, as usual! The photos both from your flights and destinations such as Bari are excellent, it makes me want to go there. The weather you had was great!

Nice to see an Air One aircraft in here, I had read about the 'low cost' service Air One were being used for out of Malpensa, so nice to see a report on them. I can sympathise with the legroom as I recently flew 4 Alitalia/Air One Airbus A320s in the hi-density configuration, but at least they were flying for mainline so we got the service to go with it!

Thanks for posting  

Regards,
Daniel.



Flown: A319-21, A346, A380, B733-4, B738, B744, B752, B762-4, B77W, CR2, CR9, DH4, E190-95, F70-100, MD-11, MD-88, MD-90
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8923 times:

Hi P.,

thanks for yet another well written and interesting report. Really enjoyed it, especially since I know some of the places myself. Great routing with a good variety of airlines.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I have some time to spare, so some noodles for dinner sounds like a good idea:

Mmh, does it really read 'wrong' on this plate? Interesting name  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

As usual, most of the pax with priority are completely clueless about the good seats, so no problems snatching an exit row seat - it’s a three hour flight so I definitely need some legroom.

Good idea to get an exit row seat on a long flight like this. And true, I think most of the people don't even know that there is more space in the exit rows.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It appears that recently I’ve been doing quite a few flights during dusk - this flight being no exception:

Awesome colors on some of the pictures there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
My hotel for the night is not located far from the terminal, so I decided to walk there.

Good idea that you didn't take a taxi as the drivers really like to rip you of there. You probably would have paid around 20,- for the ride to your hotel. Happened to me once at CIA, I had a hotel in the town of Ciampino, less than five minutes to drive and 20 Euro  And that walk you had there sure was exciting  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Airside I realize there really is not much to this airport at all - there’s not really much to do here either.

Yep, had the same impression of this airport, certainly not a very pleasant place.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
AZ from Linate

That's how I arrived at BRI, only it was an MD82.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
and the next one is around 50 minutes away so decide to take the express shuttle service, which costs a bit over four Euros, goes to the same place (the main station) and is only marginally faster.

I took the very same express bus service last time in Bari as well. And true, on the way back it was a different route. The driver used some small side streets through some very run down industrial areas. I was actually worried that we get lost. But still, Bari seems to be a nice little town, unfortunately I had only about 40 minutes there and just made it to the beginning of the old town. Next time I need some more time there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The whole festival is actually quite my kind of one - all along the stalls there are people selling ice cold beer from ice boxes for 1 EUR a bottle - I could spend a whole day here and not spend any serious money...

Now that sounds like fun  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Must have pizza in Italy:

Of course, you cannot go to Italy without having a pizza. And this one really looked nice.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Fellow member CaptainRed recently had a trip where he ate breakfast, lunch and dinner in three different countries - I didn’t manage that, but at least I did it in Rome, Bari and Milan today so maybe that’s a good silver medal for me!

A good second place isn't that bad   But I guess you have also done three or more countries in one day sometimes? Well, that's one thing I like about traveling and about flying, to be in so much different places in such short periods of time, sometimes really amazing.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Quite an impressive line up of Wizz birds - BGY is a very busy destination for them - at times like this you’d easily think it is a base:

I had no idea Wizz is such a big player there at BGY, interesting. Always thought it is mostly FR there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The first 20 minutes I’m glued to my window - some very pretty views of the Italian and Austrian Alps follow:

Ahh, the Alps, indeed always amazing.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
One new airport and city, four new registrations and lots of sunshine in Italy - that’s what I call a great weekend!

Indeed, must have been a great trip, thanks again for sharing it with us.
CaptainRed


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8701 times:

Hi P.

Another action packed weekend for you and an entertainign read as always. Bari is somewhere I have to visit one day: I discovered my great uncle is buried there after being killed in WW2.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
too bad it takes a good hour for the BOB cart to reach my row (that’s the bad part in sitting at exit rows in the middle of the plane), but at least they still have beer left:

Yes, I've learned from my mistakes too on ezy, never again will I sit in the middle when I want something to drink.....

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Benvenuti in Italia:

Is that sign for the benefit of those who have picked up a hire car and need to know the speed limits? If so, it's a good idea.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I was thinking that these guys must be really lazy to still have their Christmas decorations up in May


   and to think you were actually nearly right!!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I tried swiping my card but it gave me no extra legroom

Now there's a novel idea!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Fellow member CaptainRed recently had a trip where he ate breakfast, lunch and dinner in three different countries - I didn’t manage that, but at least I did it in Rome, Bari and Milan today so maybe that’s a good silver medal for me!

and I get joint silver for 3 countries but no planes  

As for the lounge opening hours in Bergamo, well, talk about a long siesta. That's one way to save money.

Those exit rows on Wizz Air do look worth the money. And I'm quite fond of the pink engines, give a nice touch to the photos you took of the snow covered Alps.

Some gorgeous evening shots as usualy, particularly on the TMP-CIA flight. Oh, and well done on spotting your car!

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1946 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8568 times:

Excellent trip report and I really enjoy all of them! They sort of inspire me to book a few interesting intra-Scandinavian flights this June! Finncomm is an interesting airline and I was tempted to book a HEL to Turku flight but the price is so ridiculous and I can't use AA miles for AY flights operated by Finncomm.

Thanks again for sharing!

A silly question - Poland is EU now right? So there is no border checkpoint for EU internal flights right?

Thanks again for sharing!
Carfield


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8503 times:

Hi P.,

Again, you get me hooked on your geography lesson. Your explanation makes the whole trip become lively. Keep it up!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I found an early afternoon Wizz flight to good old GDN from Bergamo for 25 EUR including extra legroom (read: exit row) seat.

That is a bargain! Actually the best deal among other flights on your weekend round trip.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
so some noodles for dinner sounds like a good idea

Err, why is the noodle shop called ‘Wrong’?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
but at least they still have beer left:

An Italian brand I have never seen before. How did it taste?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
not that I have any as I gave up that habit a long time ago...

I did not know you were used to be a smoker.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Guess which airline’s bag drop desk this queue is for:

Let me guess. SN?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
do I look that intimidating or is she just being racist?

I seriously hope it has been the first one.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
with a rather burly man sitting next to me...

To be honest, I would not mind.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Extremely fresh and yummy:

You definitely wet my appetite by this. I should visit the Mediterranean again.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Some consultation to my Lonely Planet book and it turned out that Bari is actually the burial place of St. Nicholas (or more familiarly: Santa Claus) or what is left of him (the remains were brought from Turkey of all places to here - everybody knows’s that Santa is Finnish so maybe the Turks stole them from Finland!). More importantly this very weekend hosts an annual fair where he is celebrated - so all this is connected to it (see - Santa Claus - Christmas decorations - so clever!).

What an exciting detail. I did not expect Finland, Turkey, Italy and Netherlands (with Sinterklaas) to be connected this way.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
I tried swiping my card but it gave me no extra legroom:
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I didn’t know Jet flew to Milan:

Do you remember the FIDS after our arrival in DEL? Good job to capture it in MXP.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Must have pizza in Italy:

Pizza Carbonara?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Along the way I stop for the authentic Italian experience: a stronger than life espresso the Italian way - standing up in a corner bar: 90 cents. The experience: priceless.

I can imagine it. I hope that the moment could have been captured.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
She is good at keeping the riff raff out of the exit row seats - several people without the proper note in their boarding pass try to do it and are promptly turned around. Thus I get an empty middle seat next to me, despite a good load of around 85%.

Good job of Agata. I wished she was there on our Air Asia flight to Bali to shoo the couple for unauthorized row occupation. By the way, I applaud your move to call her by name!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
some good, hearty and cheap Polish food

It looks delicious. What is it called?

Thanks again for sharing. A real joy to read after some studying.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8404 times:

Hi all, thanks for the comments, very much appreciated! Keep 'em coming.

Quoting CoachClass (Reply 3):
Congratulations on an excellent trip report. I feel like I was there with you.

Thanks, that's generally the feeling I try to convey.

Quoting CoachClass (Reply 3):
I have spent lots of time in Sicily and recommend it greatly, especially Taormina...just can't go wrong there.

Yes, I've been to Sicily a couple of times and it indeed is a great place. Very laid back and beautiful with just about the world's friendliest people!

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):
Hi, great TR. I wish I could do such a great Italian trip- but the possibilities from my home-town are very limited- either over-priced AirVallee DO328Jet from Hanover to Rimini or to Rimini (as well) on WindJet from Berlin.

Well, I'm sure AirBerlin et al can offer you plenty of affordable options. Just grab a 29 EUR ticket on DB and any German airport is within your reach! And doesn't Germanwings nowadays have lots of flights ex-HAJ as well? As long as you get into Italy, getting around is easy as flights are generally very affordable, thanks to the competition.

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):
Nope, thats belle air EUROPE, an Italian sister company to offer domestic flights within Italy and Europe; like Ancona - Bergamo.

Yeah, I kinda figured it out. But still part of the same company, I assume?

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):
Visited Gdansk last month- JetAir Poland GDN-HAM, codeshare service with OLT, J32 downgraded from the ATR42. Pure nightmare- Hopefully you haven't done the mistake to visit the washroom. Never seen such a dirty and filthy airport within Europe in many years.

Hmm, I've been to GDN quite a few times, I even slept there in a sleeping bag some years ago and it doesn't strike me as that bad a place. And yes, I've been to the washrooms many times  . It's not the greatest airport in the world and has a tendency to get crowded, but perfectly OK for me.

Never got around flying JetAir when they operated in Finland, bugger.

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):
You know the answer, NO SEAT SELECTION = FREE SEATING. Sad to see, the boarding passes in GDN are not up to the new AY design standards. oh, oh...

Maybe they have a stock of the old boarding passes to use up first! I know what NSS means, I was just wondering because the AY system normally prints "FREE" in these cases in the place of the seat number.

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Reply 6):
Excellent report, as usual! The photos both from your flights and destinations such as Bari are excellent, it makes me want to go there. The weather you had was great!

Thanks Dan. Indeed I was very lucky with the weather and Bari sure is quite interesting and beautiful.

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Reply 6):
I can sympathise with the legroom as I recently flew 4 Alitalia/Air One Airbus A320s in the hi-density configuration, but at least they were flying for mainline so we got the service to go with it!

Yep, I read your reports. Interesting to see that we were flying around on the same weekend. Although your service wasn't exactly much to write home about.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):
Mmh, does it really read 'wrong' on this plate? Interesting name
Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Err, why is the noodle shop called ‘Wrong’?

I have no idea why they call it that way, but "Wrong Noodle Bar" is a chain here in Finland. Quite good food as well, I eat there every now and then.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):

Good idea that you didn't take a taxi as the drivers really like to rip you of there. You probably would have paid around 20,- for the ride to your hotel.

Tell me about it, Italy is the number one country for me in taxi drivers ripping me off. I will never take a taxi there unless there really isn't any alternative! Poland is number 2 on that list, BTW  .

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):
But I guess you have also done three or more countries in one day sometimes?

I did on the last day of that trip, actually. Breakfast in Italy, lunch in Poland but no real dinner in Finland... But then again your home country doesn't count!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):
I had no idea Wizz is such a big player there at BGY, interesting. Always thought it is mostly FR there.

It's actually quite varied with some interesting airlines. Take a look at the departure board shot.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 8):
Bari is somewhere I have to visit one day: I discovered my great uncle is buried there after being killed in WW2.

Hey Hannah, that's interesting. Bari has a very interesting history in WW2, the Luftwaffe's raid there in December 1943 sank a number of Allied ships (maybe your great uncle was right there?), including one with a secret (and illegal) cargo of mustard gas, which had quite nasty side effects on the local population.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 8):
Is that sign for the benefit of those who have picked up a hire car and need to know the speed limits? If so, it's a good idea.

I think so. I saw a similar sign when leaving Malpensa as well. Here in Finland we have those in the ferry terminals, but not at airports, though.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 8):
As for the lounge opening hours in Bergamo, well, talk about a long siesta. That's one way to save money.

Well, I think the main airline who the lounges are for is AZ, and not surprisingly they have only two flights a day, in the morning and evening..  
Quoting Carfield (Reply 9):
Excellent trip report and I really enjoy all of them! They sort of inspire me to book a few interesting intra-Scandinavian flights this June! Finncomm is an interesting airline and I was tempted to book a HEL to Turku flight but the price is so ridiculous and I can't use AA miles for AY flights operated by Finncomm.

Thanks Carfield - you are the guy who does a lot of inaugural flights as well, aren't you? In that case I really like your reports and photos.

Yeah, AY and one way fares is ridiculous - it's always a full Y fare. You could try booking a return and ditching the other segment, but even then it won't be exactly cheap. A better deal is looking at those routes available at fc.fi, you can get a one-way ticket on a domestic Finnish flight for 69 EUR and HEL-NRK (or vv.) can often be had for 49 EUR...

Drop me a private message if you need and more advice or perhaps a short meet (schedules permitting, of course) here in HEL! I'm more than happy to help.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 9):
A silly question - Poland is EU now right? So there is no border checkpoint for EU internal flights right?

Poland is EU, yes, but the determining factor is actually the Schengen agreement, basically forming a single travel area with no real border controls. Sure, you still need to have an ID, but there won't be an official immigration on the way. Countries in Schengen are all the EU countries apart from UK, Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus, plus the non-EU countries of Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. So for a flight from Poland to Norway = no border control, flight from Poland to Ireland = yes, there will be border (passport) control. It is a bit confusing, look it up from Wikipedia.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
An Italian brand I have never seen before. How did it taste?

Quite ok, actually. It was cold, which is always a plus (and which doesn't always happen with FR!).

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Guess which airline’s bag drop desk this queue is for:
Let me guess. SN?

Ryan, come on! Yes, the ad next to it is a bit misleading, true. It looks like SN doesn't have any flights on Saturdays.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Pizza Carbonara?

Can't remember what it was called, but the toppins were Parma ham and Italian salami. Just delicious.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
By the way, I applaud your move to call her by name!

Yeah, I'm so bad with names that usually I just can't remember anybody. This time I made a point in writing it down. You must have a terrific memory for names or you must do the same...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
It looks delicious. What is it called?

That's "pierogi", or basically dumplings. Very common all around Eastern Europe. Too bad they were out of the meat ones, these were filled with mushrooms which I don't like that much...


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1788 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8345 times:

Hello Petteri!

You have created yourself another nice escape weekend from the colder north! Very good pics as well. I liked it very much. My computer's memory nearly gave op on me on this huge photo amount  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
but at 47 EUR including priority boarding

Still that's indeed not too bad on FR.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The man is quite good for conversation as well, we talk on and off about various things during the flight.

Always nice to have good company next to u.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh, and I think there’s some hand clapping as well

 

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Interesting to see that SN operates multiple daily flights here - I guess that route is inherited from Virgin Express.

Oops, aren't you mistaken? By my knowledge SN does not fly to CIA but to FCO. Virgin Express did fly to BGY, yes  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the “Frecce Tricolori” - the Italian Air Force’s aeronautic display team

Saw these guys once, fantastic display that was!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Fellow member CaptainRed recently had a trip where he ate breakfast, lunch and dinner in three different countries - I didn’t manage that, but at least I did it in Rome, Bari and Milan today so maybe that’s a good silver medal for me!

And I had PZA in PSA just for the sake of it, now that's an achievement   

Bye,
Nils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3360 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8159 times:

Another great report!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Quite nice Italian crew on this flight - too bad it takes a good hour for the BOB cart to reach my row (that’s the bad part in sitting at exit rows in the middle of the plane), but at least they still have beer left:

After my 5 (!) FR flights this week, I've decicded that seat 2F is by far the best. Lots of legroom, near the door/toilet, and normal width (all other extra legroom seats seem to be narroer than normal).

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Interesting to see that SN operates multiple daily flights here - I guess that route is inherited from Virgin Express.

I flew Virgin Express to Rome in 2002 from BRU, but we went into FCO, not CIA.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
BA from Gatwick:

I didn't know BA flew this route.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Fellow member CaptainRed recently had a trip where he ate breakfast, lunch and dinner in three different countries

Yesterday I had breakfast in Bologna, lunch in San Marino, and dinner in London.



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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27295 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8007 times:

Hey nice report and nice sunny blue skies  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
flight but it looks like the girl doesn’t even know this is the first service - she just shakes her head confusedly and says “No, that’s all”.


Well I guess it is FR !

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Along the way I pass somebody who looks like a transvestite prostitute, trying to bum me for a cigarette - not that I have any as I gave up that habit a long time ago...


Which bit did you give up ? lol...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Dedicated to all you Nespresso fans:

Arr much appreciated !  

Thanks for the nice enjoyable read on a wet Sunday here in Ireland.

Regards


Philip  


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 7923 times:

Hey FlyingFinn!

Great tripreport as usual, always an interesting read!
Italy is a country i should visit soon, especially with all the airlines serving Milan from Stockholm.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Soon beautiful, lush, green hills come into view as we cross the Apennines:

Nice pictures!

Martin


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6671 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 7871 times:

Hi FlyingFinn!

Nice report with nice pictures! Bari looks nice and so does Tammerfors too in the nice spirng weather.

Legroom on AirOne looks extremely cramped; I hope that's not the legroom on AZ's new A320s. That would be a very good reason to avoid them.......

Wizz and Ryanair looks okay too. Nice with FC that they give you a sandwich although too bad you had flown that aircraft before......

Nice also with the sun still being out after 21.00, something I miss here in Los Angeles at this time of year.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 7645 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Quite an impressive line up of Wizz birds - BGY is a very busy destination for them

Impressive indeed! As is your report, thanks for posting!


User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7464 times:

Thanks for the new TR Petteri, it was a good read on an otherwise miserable train journey.
I'm particularly happy that you like Bari - not 'cause I'm from there, but because it's the proof that Southern Italy can actually grow. The whole Puglia region is hyping, thanks to a good regional government and thanks to law enforcement which has almost wiped out the local mafia, the Sacra Corona Unita. Honestly, Bari in the mid-90s, early 2000s was a dump. Now, it's a small jewel. And the Salento is the new must-be place for holidays, cheap and sunny. Much better than Rome, as you said.

Air One has indeed become the low-cost branch of Alitalia and the leg room is abysmal, as you noticed. I've been flying on them with I-WEBB, an old Volare Web bird, and the space for your limbs was so tight that the Americans could have used that very same configuration as a way to extract information from Guantanamo detainees albeit I think it'd be even crueller than waterboarding.

About WizzAir: I haven't been flying them since Lufthansa Italia has opened the MXP-BUD route, which was better for location and timing for me, but I'm happy to see that they're still delivering a decent service. The only thing I'm not entirely sure about, however, are the seats: they look like the typical Recaro-style slims you'd find on Easyjet, while I loved the previous ones.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):

I’m trying this company in July:

Urgh, Blue Panorama? Of one thing I'm sure: it'll make you evaluate more positively the new Air One.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Italy_05_2011/Gdansk_Departure_15.jpg

I'm not much into football, but is this a stadium for the 2012 Euro cup? If so, it looks seriously cool!

Thanks again, keep ‘em coming!


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7322 times:

Hi guys, thanks for the comments!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
My computer's memory nearly gave op on me on this huge photo amount

Time to get a new computer, then?  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
Oops, aren't you mistaken? By my knowledge SN does not fly to CIA but to FCO. Virgin Express did fly to BGY, yes

Ok, that appears to be true. I was just confused because the CIA check in hall had large adverts for them - kinda weird advertising in another airport!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
After my 5 (!) FR flights this week, I've decicded that seat 2F is by far the best. Lots of legroom, near the door/toilet, and normal width (all other extra legroom seats seem to be narroer than normal).

Ok, I'll keep that in mind. How was it for taking photos - do the crew in the jumpseats actually see you or is the bulkhead on the way? That's why I hate 1ABC on Ezy, the crew is right across from you and at least the British ones are always very strict about taking photos, which I absolutely hate.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
I didn't know BA flew this route.

They have quite an extensive route network ex-Gatwick, quite a few Italian destinations in there like CTA, PMO, PSA, NAP. BLQ, TRN etc.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
Yesterday I had breakfast in Bologna, lunch in San Marino, and dinner in London.

San Marino doesn't count. It's not a real country.  
Quoting oa260 (Reply 14):
Along the way I pass somebody who looks like a transvestite prostitute, trying to bum me for a cigarette - not that I have any as I gave up that habit a long time ago...
Which bit did you give up ? lol...

Dressing in women's clothes of course!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
Legroom on AirOne looks extremely cramped; I hope that's not the legroom on AZ's new A320s. That would be a very good reason to avoid them.......

Actually that is the case, I'm afraid! I flew with one of their A321s last year which had the new seats but the seat pitch there was better, I think.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
Nice with FC that they give you a sandwich although too bad you had flown that aircraft before......

Well, I've flown on all the planes in the current FC fleet multiple times, so that's unavoidable, I'm afraid  . Well actually they just took delivery of a new ATR-72 a couple of days ago, so that one I still need to catch.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 18):
I'm particularly happy that you like Bari - not 'cause I'm from there, but because it's the proof that Southern Italy can actually grow. The whole Puglia region is hyping, thanks to a good regional government and thanks to law enforcement which has almost wiped out the local mafia, the Sacra Corona Unita. Honestly, Bari in the mid-90s, early 2000s was a dump. Now, it's a small jewel. And the Salento is the new must-be place for holidays, cheap and sunny. Much better than Rome, as you said.

Ok, interesting to know. Indeed the vibe and everything in Bari was far better than in many other places. I guess the toe of the Italian boot is then the complete opposite, and let's not even talk about Napoli!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 18):
I've been flying on them with I-WEBB, an old Volare Web bird,

I flew with I-WEBA back when VolareWeb served HEL-MXP for a while. I think the seat pitch was better back then, although I was on an exit row so no real problems. Interesting flight BTW, load maybe 20 persons  .

Quoting JL418 (Reply 18):
Urgh, Blue Panorama? Of one thing I'm sure: it'll make you evaluate more positively the new Air One.

Blu Express actually, but as it is basically the same company so yeah, let's see... It's a short hop NCE-FCO, so should be manageable.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 18):
I'm not much into football, but is this a stadium for the 2012 Euro cup? If so, it looks seriously cool!

Yep, indeed it is the Baltic Arena - see: http://eurochamp2012.com/euro-stadiums-in-poland/

Quoting JL418 (Reply 18):
Thanks again, keep ‘em coming!

I've got more Italy lined up, including Air Dolomiti, Air One CityLiner and Eagles Airlines in August! Hope the last company stays alive until them!


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3360 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7217 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

San Marino doesn't count. It's not a real country.

Well, a quasi-real country. They have different license plates on their cars!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
After my 5 (!) FR flights this week, I've decicded that seat 2F is by far the best. Lots of legroom, near the door/toilet, and normal width (all other extra legroom seats seem to be narroer than normal).

Ok, I'll keep that in mind. How was it for taking photos - do the crew in the jumpseats actually see you or is the bulkhead on the way? That's why I hate 1ABC on Ezy, the crew is right across from you and at least the British ones are always very strict about taking photos, which I absolutely hate.

Thats the other good thing about it, it can't be seen from the crew seats, so you can photo away.



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User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6765 times:

Hello Petteri!

Thanks for the report. Bari looks really nice and very clean for being Italy!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
end I found an early afternoon Wizz flight to good old GDN from Bergamo for 25 EUR including extra legroom

Well that´s cheap

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Hmm, you know they are in the business of nickel and diming you when the actual terminal entrance boasts these credit card stickers:

:D

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A good number of Russians are around, as usual on these flights.

Do you think FR will ever start to fly from Russia?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It appears that recently I’ve been doing quite a few flights during dusk - this flight being no exception:

Beautiful!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I bet the Skiteam is not here for skiing today

You are probaly right 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m trying this company in July:

Interesting

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Good morning

Coozy

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Why is there a LOT container on board

Maybe they put it on the wrong A/C? 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
good, hearty and cheap Polish food

I think I ate dish when I last was in Poland. Quite good.

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 427 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6562 times:

Ciao FlyingFinn76 ! ... Morning coffee and a trip to Italy ... thanks for that

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I think this is the Croatian Palagruža archipelago in the middle of the Adriatic:

my thought : You are at 32 000 ft and Palagruža is some 1300 metres long and 350 metres wide and about 90 metres above sea-level with a lighthouse on the top and very rocky ... so it is not Palagruža because this is much bigger island... I think this is Vis ( with archipelago and Biševo on the left) ... image quality and visibility is low so maybe I'm wrong ...but my parents have a summer house on the island and during the north wind and good visibility the Italian coast is visible ... so it's possible that you photographed Vis from 32 000 ft + mid-Adriatic route + after turning left you have flown over Civitanova Marche ... just my thought

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
We are handed a leaflet advertising these:

Zagabria da 25 eur ... thanks for the information

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Err, what an earth is “Mutant Architecture”:

The answer is here ... yes yes I know ...hihiiih
http://www.interni-events.com/the-2011-event

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Beer, Internet, beer, some snacks and beer later the flight shows up

hahhahah where is chocolate yogurt

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
sometimes it’s tough job being a leader, but somebody’s gotta do it!

hahahhaha This is not your first time obviously you have talent

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’ve just about gotten over from being embarrassed of flying in pink planes as well...

hahhaahhah
brilliant as always ... Stipica



Open your eyes and think
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 23, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6392 times:

Hi guys, good to see more comments!

Quoting parton87 (Reply 21):
Do you think FR will ever start to fly from Russia?

Well, they'd LOVE to do, but Russia is notorious for how hard it is to acquire the proper permits to fly there. Their government is extremely protectionist towards their own carriers and basically all permits are bilateral and require any given route to have both a foreign and a Russian carrier serving it in order to be awarded route permits...

Quoting stipica (Reply 22):
my thought : You are at 32 000 ft and Palagruža is some 1300 metres long and 350 metres wide and about 90 metres above sea-level with a lighthouse on the top and very rocky ... so it is not Palagruža because this is much bigger island... I think this is Vis ( with archipelago and Biševo on the left) ... image quality and visibility is low so maybe I'm wrong ...but my parents have a summer house on the island and during the north wind and good visibility the Italian coast is visible ... so it's possible that you photographed Vis from 32 000 ft + mid-Adriatic route + after turning left you have flown over Civitanova Marche ... just my thought

Ok, thanks. That is quite possible, I'm not really that well versed with the Adriatic islands. I trust your insider knowledge much more!

Quoting stipica (Reply 22):
hahhahah where is chocolate yogurt

Good catch!


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