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Zig-zagging To The French Capital On DY And LH  
User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 504 posts, RR: 17
Posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6328 times:

Zig-zagging to the french capital on DY and LH

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Welcome to the second part of my trip report.

As i still had some two Lufthansa segments booked for the first week in october and when my days off at work I started playing around with different booking engines.
I found quite soon a cheap Air Baltic Combination from LGW to ARN via RIX and the most important fact, the LGW-RIX sector should be operated by one of their 757s. So I quickly booked that for some cheap 80 Euros and started looking into flights to build around.
To get to LGW I had basically two realistic choices: taking the early Cityjet bird to LCY and take the public transport from there, but as I flew this route some two weeks ago, I decided to take theEasyjet flight to LGW from CGN, which would also be a new departure airport for me. That flight was around 30€, so quite a bargain.
In Arlanda I decided to book a night in the famous Jumbo Hostel, as it would also allow me to fly further on the next morning. In ARN i fixed up two meetings with the members LH4116 and Tobry.
For the next morning, I decided to book the DY flight to FCO, as my LH connection would start there, and I was quite interested in DY 's product.
From FCO i already had a connection to CDG via DUS on LH, so all was set.


So after waking up in the nice Jumbo Hostel in the morning, it was time to head back to the airport, as I arranged a meeting there.
There is a free shuttle bus to the Terminal, which I gladly took, as it was quite cold outside, and i wasn't really in the mood of a walk.
After about 10 min, the bus stopped in front of Terminal 5, where I got off.
Inside I grabbed some Inflight magazines from the numerous airline counters and then made my way to Skycity, where I met fellow member Tobias, or Tobry on A.net.

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I met him before earlier this year while on an AZ flight BGY-FCO, so it was nice to talk again, of course mostly about future travel plans and aviation stuff.
Unfortunately the time went by far too quick and it was time to head to my gate.
Thanks again Tobias for coming to the airport so early, really appreciated.

I made my way to Terminal 2, where my flight was going to depart from.
Arriving there after about 5 minutes, I directly went through security, which was a bit crowed, but not bad and I was through in about another 5 minutes.
Airside, there was not much to do, as there were only two shops.
So I just got myself a bottle of water, and then I settled down at a seat with runway views.
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Another DY bird:
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The cargo ramp:
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Soon boarding was announced and I went to the my first DY experience.

The flight:

ARN-FCO
Norwegian B737-800
LN-NOV
10:02-12:38 local-time
flightduration: 2h36min


At the door I was greeted by an friendly F/A and I settled down in my seat 1 A.
Unfortunately the flight turned out to be 100% full, mostly people from Sweden on their way to holidays in Italy.
Next to my was a swedish couple, which was sleeping most of the flight.
Boarding was soon finished, but we had to wait another 30mins, as we were waiting for a stand-by F/A.

Overhead screen:

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Apron:

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Austrian accelerating:

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Soon we taxied.
5min afterwards we were in the air.

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After departure, I just listened to music and enjoyed the great views of the scandinavian coastline.
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The captain soon came on the PA informing us, that our routing will be right over Germany, the Alps and then down to Rome.
As I still had some SEK left, I got myself a slice of pizza from the BoB service.
The taste itself wasn't bad at all, but it was quit fatty.

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Magazine:

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BoB:

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Safety card:

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The obligatory knee shot:

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Cool winglet:

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Soon after we crossed the alps, the First Officer announced the decent.
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After some nice views of mainland Italy, we landed in FCO, where it was much hotter as in ARN.

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Some regionals:

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Anyone an idea what this AF 777 was doing in FCO?

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Two cool E-Jets, dedicated to Tobias, as we had a flight together on one of those.

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Always nice to see the my home carrier:

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For our dutch friends:

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Mad dog:

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Transit in FCO

As I was not in a particular rush, I went off the plane, and had a look around the shops first, before I went to the LH transit desk to get my boarding passes.
Arriving there, no one was at the desk, but the friendly TP staff asked whether it would be okay for me to wait for the LH staff, as they just boarded another flight.

A lone trolley in front of a lone desk:

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As i still had plenty of time left, I talked a bit to the TP girl, and then sat back and enjoyed the music on my iPod.
Soon enough the LH staff came back and apologized for the waiting. She was really nice and even asked me if I want to keep my seats, what I surly confirmed.

My bird arriving:

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After a gate change on short notice, the boarding quickly started.

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CSA:
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The flight:

FCO-DUS
Lufthansa A320
D-AIQU
14:50-16:40 local-time
flightduration: 1h50min


The flight was full of german tourists visiting Rome so it seems and in the end the load in Economy class was 100%, so no free seat next to me, even not in the last row.

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Taxi was very short and soon we were in the Italian sky with beautiful weather.

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I transited quite a few time through FCO this year, and I didn't have any bad weather there so far.

Legshot:

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Inflight magazine:

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Safety card:

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We mostly flew along the Italian cost and the pilot frequently announced sights for the passengers sitting on the right side of the plane, but as I was sitting on the left, it was just water I could see.

The hot wrap for snack:

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More northern we came, more clouds appeared and finally it was just a big layer of gray without any views to the ground.

Over the alps again:

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That happened to be the case for the remaining flight until the landing in DUS.

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The landing itself was a bit shaky on final, but the touch down was very smooth.
The came the part of aviation I hate: The clapping of tourists, never understood it...
Back on the ground we taxied past some maintenance hangars to the last gate in a corner.

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As soon as the engines were turned off, everyone got up, but as the doors were still closed, no one could move.

Transit in DUS

Back in good old Germany, even only for a short time, I firstly went to the Dutyfree shop to buy some sweets.
After that I just went to my gate, or better said tried to, as a large glass door was still closed, so about 100 people were just standing in front of this door until about 10mins before boarding where the seating area was finally opened.
Anybody knows why it is done like that, never seen it before?
Boarding started nearly on time and after scanning the boarding pass on the self service scanner, I made my way into the 737 classic.


The flight:

DUS-CDG
Lufthansa B737-500
D-ABIA
18:01-18:50 local-time
flightduration: 49 min


As there were mostly german and french business men on this flight, boarding was finished quickly and we taxied to the runway before making our way into better weather again.

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The flight time was announced as speedy 50mins and the route was straight down to Paris.

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The seatbelt sign was switched off quite quick, as the load was again 100% and the service onboard started immediately.
The last passenger was even served after the seatbelt sign was switched on again.
Sooner as I though we started our decent again and landed in CDG after a flight time of only 49 minutes.

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The gate wasn't ready yet, so we had to wait for another 15mins before we could finally taxi to the gate.



PARIS

For getting to the youth hostel I booked in advance, I took the RER and the metro, which was a smooth journey.
Here are now some impressions of Paris:

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For getting home to SCN, I had booked a ticket on the ICE train for only 29€.
Quite good value for a journey of 1h40 and 440km.

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Conclusion:

Norwegian was a good airline with decent priced BoB. Also the flight was pretty on time and the crew was very friends. My flight with them was quite a long one, but I felt comfy all through the flight. I wouldn't mind flying with them again.
The two Lufthansa segments were solid as usual. Good onetime performance and friendly staff. Also a appropriate service on intra european flights. What do you want more?
The Deutsche Bahn was also fine on my ICE ride. With a speed of 300km/h its the fastest way of getting from Paris to Saarbrücken, and for 29 euros its really a bargain.

Feel free to ask questions.
Comments are also very appreciated.

Thanks a lot for reading.
Cheers Johannes

11 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6176 times:

Hi J.,

Great continuation of your trip!

And a nice routing, always an interesting experience to connect at an airport close to you.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
my seat 1 A.

Always something special about sitting there, even if on a low-cost carrier.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
Anyone an idea what this AF 777 was doing in FCO?
AF dirtyness galore.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
The came the part of aviation I hate: The clapping of tourists, never understood it...

Wow, has been ages since I last experienced this on a German airline. Not even on AB's Mallorca shuttle.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
Quite good value for a journey of 1h40 and 440km.

With the new high-speed railway this is definitely a strong competition for the airlines.

How long have you been in Paris? You squeezed in a lot of nice sights.

Thanks for sharing!

[Edited 2011-11-10 10:03:11]

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5155 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5936 times:

Hi, Johannes,

good stuff and also well done pictures. Sure the way to go for us zig-zagging, like the title.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):

Welcome to the second part of my trip report.

Tried it again, but it doesn´t work at all.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):

Always nice to see the my home carrier:

Some more to come shortly.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Shopping and sun med style!.
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5227 times:

Hi Johannes,

A nice second part of your trip. This time the images work much nicer - I guess you did some scaling.

Some very beautiful views from the air during your trip and of course those pictures from Paris were very nice.

Nice to see the Monty's wraps making an appearance - those are quite good actually. What was served on the DUS-CDG flight? Another surprise LH economy snack, I'm sure of it?


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5155 times:

Hi Johannes,

nice report, for sure an interesting way to get from ARN to Paris. Seems like you had a pleasant experience on DY, an airline still missing from my log.

Some nice pictures as well, especially liked the ones from the approach to FCO. And also from Paris, what a great city. Have been there several times, but that view towards the Eiffel Tower always amazes me.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
For getting home to SCN, I had booked a ticket on the ICE train for only 29€.
Quite good value for a journey of 1h40 and 440km.

That's indeed a great price for that trip, certainly a good competition for the airlines here. And it seems that DB also have that airline like fare structure nowadays, I have recently paid much more on a much shorter ride from Frankfurt to Karlsruhe.

Thanks again
CaptainRed


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5068 times:

Hi Johannes!

Nice second part of your tripreport!

Seems like your experience with DY was similar to mine. They offer cheap flights for a decent enough flight.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
Airside, there was not much to do, as there were only two shops.

Yeah, ARN T2 airside is not that pleasant.

Martin


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4865 times:

Hi Johannes,

nice report, now everything worked fine. What did you change?

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
Anyone an idea what this AF 777 was doing in FCO?

Probably getting washed?  


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4679 times:

Hey

Nice trip report, enjoyed reading the story!
Good to see you got the 735 classic  

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1681 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4618 times:
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Hello Johannes,

Thanks for another interesting episode! That's a nice zig zag route indeed you got yourself there. I hope DY will one day start serving BRU, I'm craving for some LCC's up north that are not FR. Hopefully someday...

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
Always nice to see the my home carrier:

Yes I agree. And Luxair is even hard to find iso for example LH!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
My bird arriving:

Oh man, what dirty windows, the cleaner at FCO will have a difficult job removing all that filtiness...

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
We mostly flew along the Italian cost and the pilot frequently announced sights for the passengers sitting on the right side of the plane

A nice touch of the pilot. Too bad you couldn't see anything!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
The clapping of tourists, never understood it...

  Neither do I...

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineLH4532 From Germany, joined Sep 2011, 81 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4531 times:

Hello Johannes ,

You have written a very good end to the last part of your TR series . I have enjoyed reading it . The pictures you have taken , have been very nice to follow . Keep up the good work .

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
I met fellow member Tobias, or Tobry on A.net.

Always great meeting fellow A.netter . I am very looking forward to my little meets at CPH this year and in 2012 .

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
At the door I was greeted by an friendly F/A

Always nice having a friendly FA   .

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
Arriving there, no one was at the desk, but the friendly TP staff asked whether it would be okay for me to wait for the LH staff, as they just boarded another flight.

TP is getting better and better .

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
The Deutsche Bahn was also fine on my ICE ride.

I also like travelling with the ICE . It is an awesome way to get to my Boarding School .

Thank you for writing this Trip Report .

Daniel


User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 504 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4386 times:

Hi Volvair,

Quoting volvair (Reply 1):
Great continuation of your trip!

Thanks a lot.

Quoting volvair (Reply 1):
Always something special about sitting there, even if on a low-cost carrier.

Yes it felt nice to sit there up front.

Quoting volvair (Reply 1):
How long have you been in Paris? You squeezed in a lot of nice sights.

Only two nights, but we squeezed in everything we could.

Hi Markus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
good stuff and also well done pictures. Sure the way to go for us zig-zagging, like the title.

Thanks a lot.

Hi P.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Some very beautiful views from the air during your trip and of course those pictures from Paris were very nice.

Thanks for that.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Another surprise LH economy snack, I'm sure of it?

It was a cold salad wrap this time.

Hi CaptainRed,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 4):
nice report, for sure an interesting way to get from ARN to Paris. Seems like you had a pleasant experience on DY, an airline still missing from my log.

THanks a lot. Yes DY is a nice carrier, a shame they cancelled their FRA plans again.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 4):
nd also from Paris, what a great city. Have been there several times, but that view towards the Eiffel Tower always amazes me.

Same with me, its an amazing city.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 4):
That's indeed a great price for that trip, certainly a good competition for the airlines here. And it seems that DB also have that airline like fare structure nowadays, I have recently paid much more on a much shorter ride from Frankfurt to Karlsruhe.

Yes, the funny thing is, I booked it on the french SNCF website, as they had it for this cheap price, on DB it would have been about 30 euros more.

Hi Martin.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 5):
Seems like your experience with DY was similar to mine. They offer cheap flights for a decent enough flight.

Yes exactly, the value is not bad at all.

Hi PH

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
What did you change?

Using picasa again now.

Hi Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 7):
Nice trip report, enjoyed reading the story!

Thanks a lot.

Hi Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
That's a nice zig zag route indeed you got yourself there. I hope DY will one day start serving BRU,

Thanks, would be great as the train from LUX to BRU is not a long ride.

Hi Daniel,

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 9):
You have written a very good end to the last part of your TR series . I have enjoyed reading it . The pictures you have taken , have been very nice to follow . Keep up the good work .

Thanks a lot for the kind words


User currently offlinetobbry From Sweden, joined May 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4102 times:

Quoting Luxair747SP (Thread starter):
Thanks again Tobias for coming to the airport so early, really appreciated.

No, problem. I had a great time. Nice report and it was fun to be apart of it  .


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