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A Failed Escape From The Drunkards: EN/Y/MUC-MXP  
User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 6 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 16728 times:



Well, you probably know how it is: one day you surf the internet and stumble upon this website. Sometime later, checking this website has become some kind of daily ritual. And soon enough you reach the point when you spend more time on here than with your girlfriend.    Then you sign up and start posting. It can only go uphill from here.

Since I first came across Airliners.net I became especially fond of the tripreport section. Although tripreport sections in aviation-related forums are plentiful, in my opinion the contributions on here are still one step ahead from the rest - be it the telling pictures or the vivid stories, the respectful tone or the sheer variety of airlines, aircraft and airports covered.

So with my first post, and the ones hopefully to come, I try to contribute a tiny bit to this board that has entertained me so much during the recent years. Many of the regular contributors to this board have been an inspiration for what I am about to do in the following. So, if you recognize some traits of your own tripreport writing (and like what you see), take it as a compliment.

While a report of a not-so-special flight between two large European cities with an airline well covered here might not be too interesting for some people, I will post it nevertheless. Firstly, because on here every report seems to be appreciated and secondly, this flight is a prelude of an exciting itinerary, whose flights I plan to cover in following tripreports. So, let’s say for the sake of the start-to-end coverage of my journey,


Welcome to my 1st tripreport!

This report covers my flight with LH's regional subsidiary, Air Dolomiti, LH1862 from Munich (MUC) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) on an Embraer E-195.



It is a special time of year in Munich. We mark the Third of October, which is not only Germany's national holiday (the German Unity Day), but also the last day of the infamous Oktoberfest, those wonderful 17 days when ladies show us their beautiful traditional dresses (Dirndl) and adolescents the contents of their digestive system.

For a person who grew up in Bavaria, for whom Bavarian beer as well as the demonstration of traditional wardrobe is nothing special, I can hardly be blamed for being relieved to leave this mayhem behind.


“I can yodel and rant in Bavarian” - a typical piece of Oktoberfest paraphernalia


Ironically – perhaps – I am on my way to the one country whose citizens are so attracted by the Oktoberfest that there is even a special weekend (“Italienerwochenende“) dedicated to the visitors of this special country. Milan Malpensa (MXP) is the first destination of my trip which will take me on four flights and three new airlines. Lufthansa's subsidiary Air Dolomiti is the first of them. Although they are the third largest operator at MUC (my home base alongside NUE) I have never flown them. So it was about time.

Air Dolomiti has been covered quite well in this forum recently, but I believe this is the first report on the MUC-MXP route. Also, SR117's excellent recent tripreport features a detailed description of both MUC and MXP.

A few hours before departure I find myself at Munich's Central Station, having just waved goodbye to my better 50%, who I will not see for the next months while I am abroad. As today's holiday is on a Monday, trains are packed to the brim on the end of this extended weekend and, naturally, quite heavily delayed. Deutsche Bahn at its best.


Munich Central at Oktoberfest time, with an ICE high-speed train bound for Dortmund in the background


I head down to the belly of the station and board a dead-slow commuter train which needs 14 stops to reach Munich Airport. Embarrassingly for this city, this 45-minute connection is the quickest option to reach MUC from the city by public transportation. I am glad that my train experience is limited to this journey today and I am looking forward to fly on the E-195 over the Alps on this sunny day.

I step out of MUCs underground station and am released to Munich Airport’s plaza, which you have to cross in order to reach Terminal 2, Lufthansa's home base.


The Entrance to Terminal 2 with large Lufthansa billboard


Trying to be creative. Which is greatly facilitated by the nice architecture at MUC’s central plaza


I head into the Terminal, retrieve my boarding pass from a self-service kiosk in less than 30 seconds (self-check-in is mandatory here) and my suitcase is then checked in by a friendly agent. No waiting time at all, despite today being one of the major travel days in the whole year. The whole check-in process took two minutes, a quick and no-nonsense procedure. You can say a lot about Lufthansa, but their ground product (speaking as an economy passenger) is where they excel.


Everything seems okay with LH1862 to MXP today


Check-in kiosks and Lufthansa baggage drop counters for economy passengers to the right. I chose the ones across the hall (not visible, they are to the left of the kiosks), with no waiting passengers.


Now, my departure is still two hours away, but on a sunny day like this, heading airside is not really an option for me. Instead, I leave the terminal and head for the Airbräu beer garden at the central plaza. The beer might just be mediocre, but it is freshly brewed and unfiltrated. Also, it is pretty cheap. If you consider that it is a) a beer at an Airport restaurant and b) it is the Airport of Germany’s most expensive city, 2,40€ for half a liter is a good bargain.


The entrance to the beer garden is visible in the background. On the right are the escalators down to the commuter railway station.


I join an American couple at their table and soon we are accompanied by an older German woman. We engage in an interesting conversation and time just seems to fly by. It turns out the Americans are waiting for their luggage, a consequence of them missing their connection at PHL and having been rerouted through Manchester.

Around 20 minutes before boarding I head back into the terminal and pass security. As usual in Munich, you do not have to wait long in the queues. From my experience, security at Munich is not only very quick but also very thorough. It is no surprise for me that my external hard drive, my laptop and my camera get a special security screening.

After that a bit of walking is in order due to my gate being located at the southern end of the terminal. On the way I stop for an obligatory cup of tea at the self-service bars and grab some of the very few newspapers which are left over from the long weekend. On the way to my gates I pass the so-called “commuter yard”, four parking positions for commuter aircraft close to the terminal.


The commuter yard is exclusively occupied by Avros today


After a quick detour to the loo I reach my gate, where boarding is already well underway. I snap a few pictures and catch the registration until I pass the self-service boarding gate.


The aircraft taking me to Malpensa today…


…turns out to be I-ADJM, delivered in March 2009 directly to Air Dolomiti. It is one of five E-195s in the fleet and it is their third delivered example.





03 October 2011
Air Dolomiti
Flight LH1862

MUC-MXP
1720-1830 (on time)
Embraer E-195 (ERJ190-200)
I-ADJM "Madama Butterfly di Giacomo Puccini"



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This, ladies and gentlemen, is a door.


I step aboard the aircraft, am greeted by one of the three female Italian cabin crew greets me, “buona sera”, and I make my way down the aisle. The aircraft is in immaculate condition, it is very clean and the blue and white colors give the cabin a fresh, airy feel.


I reach my row of seats settle down and hope that the aisle seat next to me stays empty, not that this would be necessary…


…given the absolutely sufficient legroom. I am 1.87m/6ft1 tall.


For a few minutes half of the seats at the rear part of the aircraft, where I am seated, stay empty. But then the aircraft is entered by a group of about ten men in their middle or late twenties, all obviously under the influence of alcohol. One of them became my new seat member but thankfully he passed out as soon as he sat down next to me and closed his seatbelt. Others however, started singing some football songs (I guess, I only understood “Luca Toni” and “Maccheroni”). Most of the group were scattered around aisle seats at the back of the aircraft and a rather loud conversation took place across maybe five rows. Before starting their safety demo one of the flight attendants approached the loudest one of the bunch and probably (it was Italian) told him to please be quiet. Although I did not understand the words, the mother-like tone of her rebuke was obvious. And this seemed to work with drunk Italians. So for the time being, they were quiet.

To distract myself, I explored the contents of the seat pocket and was surprised to find two airline magazines there:



Air Dolomiti’s own Spazio Italia


…and the Lufthansa Magazin


Next to us: TC-JHE, bound for Istanbul.


As I expected that the service on Air Dolomiti would be streamlined with the standard LH service, I was very surprised when refreshing towels were handed out before pushback.


Smart Design


The towel was not your average wet wipe, but had in fact a towel-y texture.


Before pushback, the captain, with an heavy Italian accent, gave us some route and weather information. Flight time would be 50 minutes. We then pushed back on time and taxied out for our takeoff from runway 26L.


Quiet before the storm. The next departure wave is due soon.


SP-LID in front of us.


An overview of Terminal 2 @ MUC. Note the ANA 777


An all-white Augsburg Airways E-Jet. The building behind is the baggage sorting hall, which is to become a satellite of Terminal 2 in the near future.


Takeoff in western direction


The Isar river below


The Autobahnkreuz Neufahrn with its new “overfly”-bridge for smoother traffic from the airport to the city center. Heavy traffic on the A9 in northern direction to Nuremberg, Frankfurt and Berlin (north is at the bottom).


The northern outskirts of Munich with the Allianz Arena visible left of the center


The town of Dachau, known for being the location of the first concentration camp in Germany, opened only 51 days after Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. The memorial site is clearly visible.


Munich with a hint of the Alps in the background.


From left to right: Starnberg Lake, Wörthsee, Pilsensee and Ammersee


The E-Jet’s overhead panel


And before we knew it, we reached the Alps. For your interest, my neighbor was still peacefully asleep.


At this point, about 20 minutes after takeoff, the flight attendants began their service in the economy cabin and distributed cups with a pineapple-melon fruit salad.


Air Dolomiti fruit cup


It’s certainly better than the notorious Milka bar on LH flights of the same length.


However, it took a while until the drink cart reached my row. So I continued enjoying the views.


Must be cruising somewhere over East Austria right now...


…or maybe already Switzerland? Or Liechtenstein (however briefly)?


Aah finally, a cup of tea.


The beverage cart gained of course some attention from our very special friends, many of whom opted for a glass of white wine. Unfortunately, this had the consequence of, let’s say, stepping on a sleeping lion’s tail. As soon as they had their first sip we were back to stage one, and Luca Toni was again prominently featured in the live onboard entertainment, to which the performers also added clapping. Yay.


If only.


Well, the flight attendants did not try to calm them down this time, maybe they knew that this flight would be over soon and so the problem would solve itself half an hour later.


Its much nicer outside of the cabin (well, as long as I don’t have to physically be there)


Soon, we started our descent into Milan Malpensa.


Over Milan


Already lined up for landing


Maybe an oil refinery


And…


…touchdown!


Taxiing to our parking position


Intercontinental flights: Air Mauritius A340-300, Oman Air A330-200


A part of the Air Mauritius 340 wing, Oman Air’s 330-200, TAM A340-500 and an Air China A330-200 tail. I will be boarding one of those aircrafts in a few hours!


A final shot of the cabin…


…and of the aircraft.


We were then bussed to the terminal, a quick trip to the loo and when I reached the baggage carousel my suitcase was already there. Good performance MXP!


Baggage claim at MXP.


I then made my way out into arrivals and from there directly up the escalators in order to check in for my next flight…

Concluding remarks:

So, what is to say about Air Dolomiti? Their E-Jets are nice, clean new and still shiny aircrafts in which one can certainly feel comfortable in. The service was definitely okay for a 50 minute flight, the performance was on time and the Lufthansa ground product at Munich as well as the quick baggage delivery at MXP are also strong arguments for choosing to fly Air Dolomiti again.

However, I did not feel that comfortable during the flight. Please don’t get me wrong. My problems do not lie with the lads who had their fun at the Oktoberfest and then got on the same airplane as myself. I do not blame then for having fun, heck, I myself have certainly made some fellows feel not that comfortable once in a while when I was heading out for a party with my friends. Live and let live. I had my problems with the fact that the same obviously intoxicated passengers who were asked to behave before pushback were served alcohol half an hour later, when it was perfectly clear that this would result in an uncomfortable situation and a possible security threat for the majority of the passengers. However, will that result in me avoiding Air Dolomiti in the future? Probably not.

Thank you for reading!

Feedback is greatly appreciated.


25 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6639 posts, RR: 78
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 16404 times:

Servus volvair,

first of all, welcome to our forum! It's great to see you decided to join us. And as a Bavarian, I'm glad to meet a compatriot here. You made your debut with a very nice report!

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
Since I first came across Airliners.net I became especially fond of the tripreport section. Although tripreport sections in aviation-related forums are plentiful, in my opinion the contributions on here are still one step ahead from the rest - be it the telling pictures or the vivid stories, the respectful tone or the sheer variety of airlines, aircraft and airports covered.

Well, I guess there are many reasons why this TR forum is much more popular than others. You definitely mentioned some of them.

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
Many of the regular contributors to this board have been an inspiration for what I am about to do in the following. So, if you recognize some traits of your own tripreport writing (and like what you see), take it as a compliment.

Some features do indeed look familiar - so I guess I have to say thanks.  

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
For a person who grew up in Bavaria, for whom Bavarian beer as well as the demonstration of traditional wardrobe is nothing special,

Bavarian beer is always something special for us Bavarians, isn't it?

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
Air Dolomiti has been covered quite well in this forum recently, but I believe this is the first report on the MUC-MXP route.

Well, I posted a report about a MXP-MUC flight some years ago:

Short & Splendid: MXP-MUC On Air Dolomiti's 146 (by PlaneHunter Oct 31 2008 in Trip Reports)

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
I leave the terminal and head for the Airbräu beer garden at the central plaza. The beer might just be mediocre, but it is freshly brewed and unfiltrated. Also, it is pretty cheap. If you consider that it is a) a beer at an Airport restaurant and b) it is the Airport of Germany’s most expensive city, 2,40€ for half a liter is a good bargain.

Yes, it's a nice place. But the owner should become aware that certain staff members aren't really customer friendly.

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
For a few minutes half of the seats at the rear part of the aircraft, where I am seated, stay empty. But then the aircraft is entered by a group of about ten men in their middle or late twenties, all obviously under the influence of alcohol. One of them became my new seat member but thankfully he passed out as soon as he sat down next to me and closed his seatbelt. Others however, started singing some football songs (I guess, I only understood “Luca Toni” and “Maccheroni”). Most of the group were scattered around aisle seats at the back of the aircraft and a rather loud conversation took place across maybe five rows. Before starting their safety demo one of the flight attendants approached the loudest one of the bunch and probably (it was Italian) told him to please be quiet

Ah, great...  
Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
A part of the Air Mauritius 340 wing, Oman Air’s 330-200, TAM A340-500 and an Air China A330-200 tail. I will be boarding one of those aircrafts in a few hours!

Very interesting - my guess is TAM.


I'm looking forward to your next report - and I hope to meet you in other threads here, too.



PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedjb77 From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 15980 times:

This report made me smile: I had a similar experience recently going from AMS > FRA on a KLM cityhopper F70 - five guys behind me were heading back to Frankfurt after a stag-night in Amsterdam, they honked of booze. The crew were great at telling them nicely to "shut up" and the first officer actually came out before departure and said that if they started to get annoying while we were rolling, he would return to the gate and have them evicted. They were also refused any alcohol from the bar - the crew were pleasant to them but very no-nonsense.

What made me laugh, however, was that one of the group of five was terrified (I mean, *really* terrified) and his "friends" spent a lot of time winding him up with anecdotes about horrible flights and the occasional "OMG, the wing is shaking", "OMG, what IS that noise?" Entertaining in a very masochistic way.


User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 15975 times:

Servus PH,

thank you for your warm welcome!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
And as a Bavarian, I'm glad to meet a compatriot here

Likewise!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
You made your debut with a very nice report!

Thank you!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Bavarian beer is always something special for us Bavarians, isn't it?

That is definitely true - especially if your heading abroad for a couple of months.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
But the owner should become aware that certain staff members aren't really customer friendly.

Not only that, in my last two visits there also it took over half an hour from sitting down until I got my first drink and more than fifteen minutes to get my check. Not really a way to make money, especially with costumers who have a flight to catch.


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 15966 times:

Brilliant report!!! I loved your writing style, sense of humour and, of course, the excellent photos.

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a door.

I LOL'd at this...I guess it appealed to my sometimes warped sense of humour! 

Thanks for the report - looking forward to the next one.

Cheers.

Andy.



Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 15954 times:

Hi djb77, thanks for commenting!

Quoting djb77 (Reply 2):
The crew were great at telling them nicely to "shut up" and the first officer actually came out before departure and said that if they started to get annoying while we were rolling, he would return to the gate and have them evicted. They were also refused any alcohol from the bar

It is very good that they established some boundaries from the beginning.

Quoting djb77 (Reply 2):
however, was that one of the group of five was terrified (I mean, *really* terrified) and his "friends" spent a lot of time winding him up with anecdotes about horrible flights

You can't really call them friends when they are exploiting a vulnerable situation (his drunkenness) to terrify him.


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 675 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 5 days ago) and read 15875 times:

Hi volvair,

welcome on-board, excellent first trip report, enjoyed it very much.

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
And soon enough you reach the point when you spend more time on here than with your girlfriend.

You have to set your priorities here  
Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
2,40€ for half a liter is a good bargain.

Wow, that's indeed a great price.

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
…given the absolutely sufficient legroom.

Looks surprisingly good, especially for a regional plane. Great. Although I don't agree with the color of the seat.

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
Although I did not understand the words, the mother-like tone of her rebuke was obvious. And this seemed to work with drunk Italians. So for the time being, they were quiet.

Well done by the crew to get them to behave.

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
It’s certainly better than the notorious Milka bar on LH flights of the same length.

Oh, something healthy on board of a plane, how about that? But seriously, a nice snack.

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
…or maybe already Switzerland? Or Liechtenstein (however briefly)?

Ahh, crossing the Alps in a plane is always a treat, nice pictures...

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
I had my problems with the fact that the same obviously intoxicated passengers who were asked to behave before pushback were served alcohol half an hour later, when it was perfectly clear that this would result in an uncomfortable situation and a possible security threat for the majority of the passengers.

Maybe if these guys were denied more alcohol it would have resulted in a much more uncomfortable situation, who knows. Probably a difficult situation for the crew as well, but I guess they knew what they were doing.

Anyway thanks again for the report, never been on Air Dolomiti myself, but your report makes me want to try them as well. And looking forward to your next reports...

CaptainRed


User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 15806 times:

Hi Andy,

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 4):
loved your writing style, sense of humour and, of course, the excellent photos.

I'm glad you enjoyed it!



CaptainRed,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
welcome on-board, excellent first trip report, enjoyed it very much.

Thank you for your welcome and for your nice comments!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
You have to set your priorities here

That's what I tried to do with signing up  
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
Although I don't agree with the color of the seat.

While the seat color itself may look a bit odd, I think it works pretty well with the overall design of the cabin.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
crossing the Alps in a plane is always a treat

  

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
Maybe if these guys were denied more alcohol it would have resulted in a much more uncomfortable situation, who knows. Probably a difficult situation for the crew as well, but I guess they knew what they were doing.

Yes, maybe it is indeed better do give them what they want in a manner of deescalating things.


User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 15776 times:

Congratulations to you volvair on your 1st trip report and I must say a great one too!   Loved the pics and enjoyed the read, looking forward to your next one. Cheers again!  


3 words... I Love Aviation!!!
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 15183 times:

Hi

Welcome to the trip reporters community, We are glad you're here. WOW!!!  what an amazing first trip report, I even had to browse back up sometimes to be sure it was someone's first reports. Love the details and pictures provided. Sorry to hear about the drunkards who accompanied you!!


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1194 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 15155 times:

Hi volvair

What a great trip report. I really enjoyed your journey and your pics are fantastic. Please keep posting!

Those EM190s are great looking aircraft - I really need to book an Air Dolomiti flight soon. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

I know what you mean - sometimes you just don't know who your fellow passengers are going to be. I've just recently travelled to MAD (for work) and the flight was full of Chilean teenagers on a Rugby and Hockey tour of Britain and Ireland. Needless to say it was not a particularly quiet flight, but that's why I always now bring headphones with me!!!  

Thanks again P/jet



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 3 days ago) and read 15078 times:

Great to see some more replies!

Hi LGWflyer,

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 8):
Loved the pics and enjoyed the read

I'm glad you enjoyed it!


MSS658,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
joined exactly 1 years ago today!

happy A.net birthday!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Welcome to the trip reporters community, We are glad you're here.

Thank you for welcoming me here!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Love the details and pictures provided.

Good to hear that you liked it!


Hi P/jet

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 10):
I really enjoyed your journey and your pics are fantastic. Please keep posting!

Thanks, I'll try to keep it up!

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 10):
Those EM190s are great looking aircraft

Not just great looking, but also very comfortable. It has definitely a mainline rather than a commuter aircraft feel to it.


User currently offlinedkdaviator From Denmark, joined Jun 2009, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 14954 times:

Hi volvair,

That is a nice debut trip report there on your experience with Dolomiti. Some nice pictures there too. (I'm also somewhat of a newbie here, having sent in my first trip report not too long ago...   )


Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
I leave the terminal and head for the Airbräu beer garden at the central plaza. The beer might just be mediocre, but it is freshly brewed and unfiltrated.

  

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
The towel was not your average wet wipe, but had in fact a towel-y texture.

Nice touch there.  

Look forward to hearing about the rest of the journey.

dkdaviator



dkdaviator
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5005 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 14831 times:

Congrats and welcome Volvair, that is for sure a high level debut here.

Good pictures and a well written story. You promised some more to come, I will count on you.

Well, thats exactly my opinion with the guys on alcohol, no excuse with the crew to serve them more stuff, that´s not acceptable.

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):

I head down to the belly of the station and board a dead-slow commuter train which needs 14 stops to reach Munich Airport. Embarrassingly for this city, this 45-minute connection is the quickest option to reach MUC from the city by public transportation. I am glad that my train experience is limited to this journey today and I am looking forward to fly on the E-195 over the Alps on this sunny day.

Count me in, thats not appropriate for our second largest airport. Recently checked the connections by train from MUC to STR, believe it or not, close to 4 hours. Finally fixed LH by Augsburg Airways also when its somewhat more expensive this way.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Is there something new for the new countries?.
User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 14753 times:

Hello dkdaviator,

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 12):
That is a nice debut trip report there on your experience with Dolomiti. Some nice pictures there too.

I'm glad you found my first tripreport enjoyable!


Hallo Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
Congrats and welcome Volvair, that is for sure a high level debut here.

Thank you very much for the welcome and the compliment.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
You promised some more to come, I will count on you.

Be sure to look out for it  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
Finally fixed LH by Augsburg Airways also when its somewhat more expensive this way.

Well, I'll take a 55 minute ride in an Augsburg Dash over a 45 minute ride in the Munich S-Bahn anytime. Even if its more expensive, you save a lot of time and hassle and get more out of your day.


User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 716 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 14710 times:

Greetings volvair, and welcome to the Trip Reporters' Club! You will receive your choice of T-shirt or light jacket as recognition of your achievement.   

Your trip reminded me of an experience I had on an E-170 sitting next to a drunken individual. We had a series of strange conversations, but he eventually went out on his own. Here's what I wrote about him:

Quote:
It became obvious after a few minutes that Mr. 9D had consumed enough liquid courage to addle his brain. He wasn’t rude or obnoxious, but he’d had just enough to be a little…off. He’d make little comments to nearby passengers. He’d interact with the flight attendants. He’d break out into a few seconds of whistling. He’d tell me about how he would have relations with the pretty flight attendants. There was one point where, after the initial beverage service was completed, he asked for a can of ginger ale. He got it, poured a little into his cup, and gave it back when the FAs came back around. Perhaps as a sign of sympathy for my plight, one of them gave me an unsolicited can of Sierra Mist.

Count me among those waiting to see where you go from here! Oh, and one more thing...

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a door.

I hate to break it to you, but that door is ajar.   



On the occasion of United overtaking Frontier as my most-flown airline, I say...let's get friendly.
User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 14675 times:

Hi Tigerguy!

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 15):
You will receive your choice of T-shirt or light jacket as recognition of your achievement.

Aw man! I thought we'd all get matching life vests...

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 15):
Your trip reminded me of an experience I had on an E-170 sitting next to a drunken individual.

I do recall your great tripreport series! In comparison to your situation I apparently got lucky, as my seat neighbor doze off as soon as he sat down.


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 14491 times:

Hi Volvair,

Welcome to the Trip Reporter's Guild (and a.net as well I guess?)! A very nice debut report from you - most enjoyable. Lots of nice pictures, especially of your short Alp crossing - good to see you obviously put some effort in retouching and enhancing the pictures to look better (or either you have a REALLY fancy camera!).

Air Dolomiti is a class act - I had the pleasure of flying with both their ATR-72 and the E195 this summer and both were very nice rides, although I've understood that the service used to be much much better before. Still a very nice carrier, much better than its parent LH and most (if not all?) the LH Regional partners.

Hope to see your continuation journey (it's that TAM A345, isn't it?) soon.

Once again, willkommen und Danke Schön!


User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 14462 times:

Hi, FlyingFinn76,

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Welcome to the Trip Reporter's Guild

Kiitos!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
very nice debut report from you - most enjoyable.

I'm glad you liked it!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
good to see you obviously put some effort in retouching and enhancing the pictures to look better (or either you have a REALLY fancy camera!)

Well, I'm using an Olympus Pen E-PL1, which I find to be a perfect compromise of size and quality. I only played around with contrast and colouring in Photoshop with some pictures, unfortunately some quality and sharpness got lost when resizing the pictures.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Air Dolomiti is a class act - I had the pleasure of flying with both their ATR-72 and the E195 this summer and both were very nice rides, although I've understood that the service used to be much much better before.

Same story with Lufthansa Italia, isn't it? Apparently, the Italian market, at least in the eyes of LH, demanded a higher service level.


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1570 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 14084 times:
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Hi volvair,

Congrats on your first report, it is a very nice piece with good pics as well. I very much liked your intro and I guess that's the way most trip reporters come here. I do hope you stay onboard on this great forum.
Concerning the flight: any trip here is worth writing about as long as it's documented with fine pics and a good story. Pretty simple, ain't it? Now on with some comments:

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
self-check-in is mandatory here

Oh, that's new to me. So you are actually not allowed to checkin by a staff member?

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
I-ADJM "Madama Butterfly di Giacomo Puccini"

I like that name; very lyrical and very Italian.

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a door.

 Wow! Thanks for clarifying  

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
all obviously under the influence of alcohol.

Hmm, very questionable...

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
It’s certainly better than the notorious Milka bar on LH flights of the same length

Now that looks quite inviting and fresh and indeed a good substitute for a chocolate bar.

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
I will be boarding one of those aircrafts in a few hours!

By now I already know which one   

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
I had my problems with the fact that the same obviously intoxicated passengers who were asked to behave before pushback were served alcohol half an hour later, when it was perfectly clear that this would result in an uncomfortable situation and a possible security threat for the majority of the passengers.

You have a point there. Indeed how will they act ICE?

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 14052 times:

Hi Sultanis, thanks for stopping by!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
it is a very nice piece with good pics as well

Thank you!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
Oh, that's new to me. So you are actually not allowed to checkin by a staff member?

There is a staff member verifying if you are in posession of boarding pass before you join the baggage-drop queue. There are also fully automated check-in machines where you tag your luggage yourself and put it on the belt yourself. Of course, there are staff members around assisting passengers if necessary.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
I like that name; very lyrical and very Italian.

I also like the fact that they chose operas as names for their airplanes. Its something different.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
Thanks for clarifying

Your most welcome  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):
Indeed how will they act ICE?

Those were my concerns exactly when I was on the plane with them.


User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 422 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 13241 times:

Hi volvair ! ... it seems to me that you have set high criteria for your self ... but clearly we are demanding reading public ...ihihihiih ... congratulations and welcome ... stipica  


Open your eyes and think
User currently offlineagrflyer From Switzerland, joined Nov 2005, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 12971 times:
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Thanks for your reports which I really liked. I will connect through MXP in February on my way from ZRH to BKK (The fares out of ZRH are more than doubble price) on two seperate tickets LX and TG). What minimum connecting time do you recommend for this?

Once again thanks for the whole serie of reports



May: ZRH-MXP-ZRH-MIA/LAS-ORD-ZRH-MXP-ZRH (LX in J/F, UA in F), MXP-MUC-ORD/DFW-FRA-MXP in September LH in C
User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 12841 times:

Hey guys, thanks for some more comments,


Hi Stipica,

Quoting stipica (Reply 21):
congratulations and welcome

glad you liked the report. Thanks for the warm welcome to the forum.



Hi Agrflyer,

Quoting agrflyer (Reply 22):
I will connect through MXP in February on my way from ZRH to BKK (The fares out of ZRH are more than doubble price) on two seperate tickets LX and TG). What minimum connecting time do you recommend for this?

I had 3 1/2 hours and easily made it. Had almost 2 hours to spare. However, I arrived at the TAM check-in desk quite early, so the lines were not that long yet. But seeing as you connect from LX to TG and only fly one leg on TG, LX should be able to tag your luggage all the way to BKK, so you might be able to skip the queues which could cut down your connection time siginificantly. With two hours you should be fine.

There are no long ways at MXP's Terminal 1. You exit baggage claim, take an escalator up one floor and you are already in the check-in area for your flight.

However, I would recommend a travel insurance which will rebook you on another flight if your feeder is delayed. They often do not cover strikes and weather but at least operational or technical delays and are not too expensive. Mine came in at 5 EUR/Ticket.


User currently onlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2915 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 12694 times:

First of all, welcome to A.net.

Excellent trip report debut- I've never flown EN, so this was particularly interesting.



The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 25, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 12417 times:

Hello volvair

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
Welcome to my 1st tripreport!

Congratulations, well done!

Quoting volvair (Thread starter):
Well, you probably know how it is: one day you surf the internet and stumble upon this website. Sometime later, checking this website has become some kind of daily ritual. And soon enough you reach the point when you spend more time on here than with your girlfriend. Then you sign up and start posting. It can only go uphill from here.

I know exactly what you mean and you summed it up very nicely!

Best regards,
LXM83


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