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SATA, The Azores And The A310 Part II  
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 15035 times:

SATA, the Azores and the A310! (part II)
PDL-LIS-BRU&RANGE=&PATH-COLOR=&PATH-UNITS=km&PATH-MINIMUM=&MARKER=1&SPEED-GROUND=&SPEED-UNITS=kts&RANGE-STYLE=best&RANGE-COLOR=&MAP-STYLE=" target="_blank">http://gc.kls2.com/cgi-bin/gc?PATH=P...st&RANGE-COLOR=&MAP-STYLE=


Side note:
This trip will focus on my stay in Ponta Delgada and the flight to Lisbon, which will be widely covered by pics! For the ones interested I did ad the details of my Lisbon to Brussels flight!

Trip related reports
1. SATA, The Azores And The A310! Part I (by MSS658 Oct 16 2011 in Trip Reports)

Background:
New year 2011, quite a bit of spare time before my next school assignment, so an ideal time to do some flying. I had quite a few must-fly types that I wanted to see in my log. Where as the A310, B753 and MD11. I had flown the summer before on the KLM MD11 between Amsterdam and Montreal. So this would leave only 2 desired aircraft types. From my younger teenage years I always wished to fly the 310. As I was with sky team the CSA 310 on the PRG-JFK route always looked attractive to me. But it was zeroed out when Delta took over the route with a 767… Another option was Air Transat who operated 310’s in to BRU from Montreal… Would be nice. In a mood of boredom back in 2010 I found some new codes of airlines and airports S4 and PDL operating flights from PDL to Lisbon on A310’s. This would be SATA Azores Internacional who operated frequently on flights between the Azores, Lisbon, Toronto and Boston. PDL Would stand for Ponta Delgada, The capital of the Azores Island group. Back fast forward to January 2011, Looking for a trip including A310. I had a safe option to a well known city, I could grab a seat on Air Transat’s Paris-Toronto service, or go of path with a similar priced deal on TAP/SATA’s Brussels-Lisbon-Ponta Delgada service. One way or the other?? Oh well, we have to be brave sometimes in our lives. So I chose for the latter option. When I booked online I could not enter my Continental OnePass number, after making a phone call to the TAP office my number was entered. When the booking was completed I checked some reviews and did not hear to much positive about TAP and SATA. Especially them not liking enthusiasts and Photographers… hmmm was it a good choice?? Let’s see..

Pre-departure:
A weekend on a barely known Island somewhere in the Atlantic, what’s to do? When daylight approached I went out to see what is in town! Ponta Delgada appears to be a town that is comparable to any mid-size European town, not big not small. Accompanied by the nice Portuguese architecture and a small harbour where all life is out. Occasionally being passed by a car with loud techno music. In the afternoon hours I took a bus ride up a small village to visit some pineapple yards! It was entertaining to see how easy-going life style was on the Island. People just hanging out by the bar area, hmmm just seems to be nice. In the evening I had a nice 3-course dinner for only 29 EUR. Quite a nice deal!


The next day I found myself taking the bus (with not a bad schedule) to the North side of the Island, Ribeira Grande. It was nice seeing the different landscaping the island while getting there by bus! Once in Ribeira Grande, there was not much to do on this Sunday afternoon, just some fast food shops and wifi on it’s main square. Walking to the North side I could see waves with tops up to 12 feet high! After walking a bit in the countryside It was time to go back to Ponta Delgada. After some good Chinese food I tried to check in for my trip back home. TAP’s website allowed me to check me in for the Lisbon to Brussels sector (different layout of website then when I checked in from Brussels to Ponta Delgada). But not on the Ponta Delgada-Lisbon sector, quite inconvenient. Next morning 6.00 came and it was time to rise and shine! At 7.00 my journey started to the airport, a glimpse of daylight was to be seen. When arriving at the airport I could see an A310 in old colors. So far so good, CS-TKN would not take me back to Lisbon.


@ the airport
I arrived at 7.30. After saying brigado to the taxi driver I was on my way in to the airport! I found the check in desks to be rather deserted. There where separate desks dedicated for S4 120 to Lisbon. The counter agent gave me both boarding passes and checked my bag all the way in to Brussels, promising me the two loads will be light. Sounds good !! After passing the security it was now 7.45, just about an hour before departure and I was in the quiet terminal of Ponta Delgada. The only planes that where due to depart was us and some intra-island flights and our flight. 95% of the traffic here in Ponta Delgada is operated by SATA air azores or SATA Internacional. Occasionally Air Berlin makes it down from TXL and TAP will operate Lisbon on own metal! In the far distance I could see our A310 enjoying the morning sun before her ride up to Lisbon. At 8.00 some action came in as an A320 registerd CS-TKO came to a stop right in front of me outside. She just had landed as S4 121 from Lisbon. She would leave about an hour after us back to Oporto. I was quite surprised how modern this airport was, even the announcements where automatic. Soon it was to be 8.30 and the boarding was called. We where allowed to walk out on the tarmac, the first passengers started walking and turning right to CS-TKO which raised my adrelaline level. Thank goodness the gate agent redirected the crowd to an A310 located a bit further. She would be registred as CS-TGV


The flight:
Monday, February 7 2011
Ponta Delgada (PDL/LPPD) – Lisbon (LIS/LPPT)
SATA Azores Internacional 0120 (TAP Air Portugal 6550)
Airbus A310-304 CS-TGV. “Sao Miguel ” Economy 24A
Delivered to Air Afrique as TU-TAD on 20 May 1992, later delivered to SATA Internacional as CS-TGV on 16 February 2000)
08.45-08.48 (Gate 3/W06; wheels up on runway 12 at 08.58)
11.50-11.53 (Stand 404; wheels down on runway 3 at 11.46)
Est flying time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Cruising Altitude: FL 400
Load factor: 50% in Y
Routing: PBI-DEKUN-3820W-KOMUI-CPNB-LIS
PDL-LIS&RANGE=&PATH-COLOR=&PATH-UNITS=km&PATH-MINIMUM=&MARKER=1&SPEED-GROUND=&SPEED-UNITS=kts&RANGE-STYLE=best&RANGE-COLOR=&MAP-STYLE=" target="_blank">http://gc.kls2.com/cgi-bin/gc?PATH=P...st&RANGE-COLOR=&MAP-STYLE=
Personal statistics
140th registered flight.
3rd flight in 2011
2nd flight on SATA Azores Internacional
2nd flight on the A310
1st flight on CS-TGV

I opted to board from the forward airstairs, I was greeted by a good morning, and when I replied ‘Hey, how are you doing’. I received –as on my flight to Ponta Delgada Friday – just a nodd in return! The crew was a bit more relaxed than my flight to Ponta Delgada, but still where very cool and distant. On the overhead screens the flight map was shown, this would be the only show we would be able to see for the time being. Soon the doors where closed, and the screens where folded away for the remainder of the flight and the manual safety demonstration begun. 08.57 in Ponta Delgada, 09.57 in Lisbon: the engines where throttled up and we where in the air. I was able to get a last glimpse of Ponta Delgada and Sao Miguel island before heading over the Atlantic towards mainland Europe.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oux4XZkaIhQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGVw_ZIdAo8


While J-class seems to be the same, Economy class seems to be a bit different on this ex-Air Afrique bird. The seats seem to be more thin than the seats to be found on the rest of the fleet and giving a bit more room for the legs. Soon the service started and half of the crew disappeared in the SAGA Business class cabin, the other half was sitting in the back of the plane reading some books. So what does the normal aviation geek does in these circumstances.. Read, look to the ocean, enjoying the non existent IFE?? Or… grabbing my camera and making some good pictures . About 45 minutes into the flight the service began in the Economy cabin. The service consisted of a baguette and some fruit. The remainder of the flight passed by uneventfull
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoZkZAszwrw


10.15 in Ponta Delgada, 11.15 in Lisbon, the throttles started pulling back and the plane slowly started descending. While sitting back and enjoying the final moments of this nostalgic ride, I spotted mainland Portugal coming closer and closer. The weather seemed to be nice and clear. After making some turns we made it on the ground on runway 3, the exact same runway as Friday at 11.46. Passing by I could notice terminal 1 was full of planes. After passing numerous A330’s and A310’s we came to halt at stand 404! Right next to it’s sisterships CS-TKM and CS-TKN. 3 A310’s in a row… a sight you can only find in Ponta Delgada or Lisbon. When deboarding we had to go through the rear air stairs. As the bus just left I had to wait on the airstairs, with a camera by the hand.. This was simply great. After one last greet to CS-TGV I was in the terminal at 12.05.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqSMLB9DB8Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3of_745Vwk


The bus dropped us af a few doors prior to where we disembarked Friday after flying from Brussels! This time there we clearly marked signs for transfer passengers and for passengers ending their travels here in Lisbon. I went up stairs and noticed my gate would be gate 116, just a small walk from my position. At the gate I found HB-IJX, would she take me home?? If course not! She is being prepared for flight LX 2085 to Zurich. After some walking around I felt around in my pockets,.. don’t tell me again… Yes another misplaced item, something that normally does not happen to me happened for the second time in a row! Thank goodness, not a drama like on my recent US trip in December, but still an annoyance. I lost the sheet with some flight details of my inbound flight from Ponta Delgada. Normally a non issue, but still begin about an hour and a half from departure I decided to go to arrivals and ask if maybe they had found it. So back to arrivals to make a file, hey It’s always worth asking, right?? And as miracle would happen the bus driver that bussed me from the SATA A310 to the airport had actually found it! 30 minutes later I had it back, all thumbs up for this one! At this time it was 13.35. Time to make it back to the rather cramped and crowded security line, after quite a bit of a wait I was let trough and made my way back to gate 116. Here I found a new plane who had recently arrived from Oporto as TP 1963. Boarding began at around 14.00 for:


Sidenote: As said above, this report would only cover the PDL-LIS sector, for the ones whom are interested I will give some details. For those who are interested in TAP’s service, please see part I where I covered my flight from Brussels to Lisbon.

The flight:
Monday, February 7 2011
Lisbon (LIS/LPPT) – Brussels (BRU/EBBR)
TAP Air Portugal 0614 (Codeshare: Ukraine International 9614, Brussels Airlines 6404, Austrian Airlines 8150)
Airbus A320-214 CS-TNT ‘Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro’ Economy 21A
Built and delivered to TAP Air Portugal on 23 oktober 2009
14.25-14.24 (Gate 116; wheels up on runway 3 at 14.32)
18.15-17.52 (Gate A58 wheels down on runway 30 at 20.49)
Est flying time: 2hrs17mins.
Cruising Altitude: FL 380
Load factor: 60% in Y
Routing: JXIDA 2? DEP, JYIDA-DEI-RIVRO-UN745-ZMR-UN873-VEKIN-V2173-ARVOL,ARVOL 3A ARRIVAL
LIS-BOD-CDG-BRU%0D%0A&RANGE=&PATH-COLOR=red&PATH-UNITS=km&PATH-MINIMUM=&MARKER=1&SPEED-GROUND=&SPEED-UNITS=kts&RANGE-STYLE=best&RANGE-COLOR=navy&MAP-STYLE=" target="_blank">http://gc.kls2.com/cgi-bin/gc?PATH=L...mp;RANGE-COLOR=navy&MAP-STYLE=
Personal statistics
141th registered flight.
4th flight in 2011
2nd flight on TAP Air Portugal
12th flight on the A320 series aircraft
6th flight on the A320.

And some TAP 614 pictures…



After a fairly uneventfull trip back from Portugal I arrived about 21.00 local time, or 19:00 Ponta Delgada time! Time enroute from Ponta Delgada to my home was exactly 12 hours.


Overall verdict
Loose for catching the A310, I think I was clear in part I or my trip report series about SATA being a really average airline! The return flight to Lisbon did not prove any different, while seating was a bit better the crew was still very cold and distant, even on this half full flight! If you are an airline nut who is dying to catch the A310 I would say go for it. But besides that, I really would not recommend SATA for airline travel! The Azores however are great place off the beaten path to visit and would recommend it to everyone

To end my verdict of this trip I would like to give an extra applause to the Lisbon ground staff for actually finding and returning a simple piece of paper which I assumed never to be found!!

Remarks.


SATA Internacional 0120: (Total: 73%)

Departure: 60% (Nice and modern airport)
Aircraft cleanliness : 70% (Aircraft was clean en kept clean despite it’s age)
Seat Comfort: 70% (better than it’s sistership TKN)
Crew: 40% (Not impressed: very cool and disant. Did the job and nothing more.)
Catering: 80% (Decent.. bread was warm and fruit was fresh)
Arrival: 100% (Very impressed by the ground staff who handled the loss of the paper )


As a bonus I would like to give a list of regs I spotted in Ponta Delgada and Lisbon:

PDL:
CS-TREI
CS-TKD
CS-TKO
CS-TGV
CS-TRF

LIS:
CS-TGV
CS-TTS
HB-IJX
UP-BNX
CS-TOI
CS-TNI
CS-TJF
CS-TKM
CS-TKN
CS-TNT
CS-TJE


Total facts on this trip
2 New registrations (CS-TGV and CS-TNT)

Thank you for viewing! As usual, comments and as feedback are appreciated.

Next trip report:
Au-revoir Continental!



Past trip reports
SATA, The Azores And The A310! Part I (by MSS658 Oct 16 2011 in Trip Reports)
Sun, Snow, Rain And ... Lufthansa! (by MSS658 Sep 4 2011 in Trip Reports)
Propping Around The Upstate! (by MSS658 Aug 7 2011 in Trip Reports)
US Airways And Irregular Operations! (by MSS658 Jul 17 2011 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa, There Is No Better Way To Fly! (by MSS658 Jul 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
A Short Hop On A Big Bird! (by MSS658 Feb 27 2011 in Trip Reports)
A West Side Flight On The East Side! (by MSS658 Jan 9 2011 in Trip Reports)
Wifi And Condensation On US Airways! (by MSS658 Dec 10 2010 in Trip Reports)
Air Canada, North America's Hidden Jewel? (by MSS658 Nov 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
A Ride With A Rare Blue Bird! (by MSS658 Oct 31 2010 in Trip Reports)
US Airways A333's.Are They Really That Bad? Part 2 (by MSS658 Oct 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
US Airways A330-300's. Are They Really That Bad? (by MSS658 Oct 16 2010 in Trip Reports)


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27 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27122 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 14883 times:

Hey Marc very nice report and nice to get that rare aircraft. It brought back memories of my trip to PDL very nice indeed.

Thanks for the report.


Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14782 times:

Hi Marc!

Another nice tripreport.

Really nice that you logged the A310. I must get around logging it myself soon, before it't too late!
Those seats on the TAP flight sure looks old-school.

Martin


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 14674 times:

Hi,

Great report & great job logging that A310. I've always wanted to fly that bird, PK's HKG-BKK is probably the easiest way for me to log it but I'm yet to commit. Hopefully I'll log the A310 sometime.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 14472 times:

Hi Marc !

Thanks for a nice report with nice pictures especially from Punta Delgada.

Sata looks slightly better than on the outbound mainly because the flight was not that full,

Looking forward to your next report.

The777Man

[Edited 2011-11-13 20:01:59]


Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14415 times:

Hola Marc!

Nice to see your return from PDL posted, 12 hours to go back to BRU seems quite a long day of flying but sometimes it is so on these trips to catch a rarity like the A310... I last flew one on LH on FRA-BCN back in 2005.

Nice pictures of the island. I landed once in PDL, on my first trip to New York where we stopped to refuel on an AVIACO flight from Madrid back in 1981.

So your TR brings some of my past back.

Keep the coming!

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 14063 times:

Nice report about your return trip, Marc. I really need to visit the Azores one day.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
3 A310’s in a row… a sight you can only find in Ponta Delgada or Lisbon.

You may see even more in one row at MEM.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
After some walking around I felt around in my pockets,.. don’t tell me again… Yes another misplaced item, something that normally does not happen to me happened for the second time in a row! Thank goodness, not a drama like on my recent US trip in December, but still an annoyance. I lost the sheet with some flight details of my inbound flight from Ponta Delgada. Normally a non issue, but still begin about an hour and a half from departure I decided to go to arrivals and ask if maybe they had found it. So back to arrivals to make a file, hey It’s always worth asking, right?? And as miracle would happen the bus driver that bussed me from the SATA A310 to the airport had actually found it! 30 minutes later I had it back, all thumbs up for this one!

What a nice surprise, you were really lucky. Considering that it was "just" a sheet of paper they could have easily thrown it away.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 510 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 14049 times:

Hi Marc,

great report with many good pictures, I especially like the one of the A310 in dawn.
The service on TP seems to be a bit better than on SATA, but then again great for you to catch the now rare A310.
Thanks again for sharing.
Johannes


User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1887 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 13790 times:
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Hey Marc, thanks for sharing! I love these 310 reports. Good to see you got one on both of the legs!

Regards,

Martijn



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 13644 times:

Hi, Marc,

count me in for the historic A310, sure something special.
Well done pictures and interesting story, also PDL is sure a place also missing in my log.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 934 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 13639 times:

Hi Marc. This was an excellent report. The pictures of the Azores were fantastic. I have only flown the A310 one time. It was on Delta flight after they acquired part of the Pan Am operation. Wonderful ride!


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 13571 times:

Hi

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Hey Marc very nice report and nice to get that rare aircraft. It brought back memories of my trip to PDL very nice indeed.

Thanks for the report.


Regards

Philip

Hi Phillip, thanks for commenting! I'm glad we have the same opinion about PDL.  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
Hi Marc!

Another nice tripreport.

Really nice that you logged the A310. I must get around logging it myself soon, before it't too late!
Those seats on the TAP flight sure looks old-school.

Martin

Hi Martin,
Thanks! I can only reccomend to log it before they are history! I agree on the TAP-seating, quite old-school and cramped!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 3):
Hi,

Great report & great job logging that A310. I've always wanted to fly that bird, PK's HKG-BKK is probably the easiest way for me to log it but I'm yet to commit. Hopefully I'll log the A310 sometime.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi

Hi aflyingkiwi

Thanks for commenting! I PK A310 seems to be an interesting ride   !

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
Hi Marc !

Thanks for a nice report with nice pictures especially from Punta Delgada.

Sata looks slightly better than on the outbound mainly because the flight was not that full,

Looking forward to your next report.

The777Man

Hi The777Man

Thanks for replying! the different seating on CS-TGV made the difference as well!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 5):
Hola Marc!

Nice to see your return from PDL posted, 12 hours to go back to BRU seems quite a long day of flying but sometimes it is so on these trips to catch a rarity like the A310... I last flew one on LH on FRA-BCN back in 2005.

Nice pictures of the island. I landed once in PDL, on my first trip to New York where we stopped to refuel on an AVIACO flight from Madrid back in 1981.

So your TR brings some of my past back.

Keep the coming!

Salut!

Roger

Hi Roger

Thanks for commenting, glad to see there have been a few here that have landed in PDL as well

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Nice report about your return trip, Marc. I really need to visit the Azores one day.

Hi PH

Thanks for commenting, I can only reccomend the Azores!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
You may see even more in one row at MEM.

haa.. the good Fedex ones  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
What a nice surprise, you were really lucky. Considering that it was "just" a sheet of paper they could have easily thrown it away.


PH

Fact

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 7):
Hi Marc,

great report with many good pictures, I especially like the one of the A310 in dawn.
The service on TP seems to be a bit better than on SATA, but then again great for you to catch the now rare A310.
Thanks again for sharing.
Johannes

Hi Johannes,
Thanks for commenting, TP was indeed much better then SATA (loose from being the A310 as aircraft)

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 8):
Hey Marc, thanks for sharing! I love these 310 reports. Good to see you got one on both of the legs!

Regards,

Martijn

Hi Martijn

Thanks, those 310's are great to fly with  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Hi, Marc,

count me in for the historic A310, sure something special.
Well done pictures and interesting story, also PDL is sure a place also missing in my log.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Hi Markus

Thanks, maybe an idea for next flying season   I can only reccomend The Azores and the A310.

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 10):
Hi Marc. This was an excellent report. The pictures of the Azores were fantastic. I have only flown the A310 one time. It was on Delta flight after they acquired part of the Pan Am operation. Wonderful ride!

Hi globalflyer

Thanks for commenting, Glad you found the 310 to be a wonderfull ride as well!

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 13460 times:

Hi Marc

Very nice to see another SATA report here.

Shame you did not have a nice crew on your flights. When I flew with them in April, the crew on my A320 were lovely:

The Atlantic And Me: Sata To Madeira (pics) (by Palmjet May 22 2011 in Trip Reports)

I guess it goes to show that all airlines can be inconsistent with their service delivery!

Nice to see you got the A310. A rare bird in most parts of the world these days for sure.

Cheers P/jet



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 13262 times:

Hi Marc

Thanks for the interesting report. Those are some really lovely pictures you took of the Azores, although strangely enough the countryside look very English to me somehow and not as I would have expected.

As for the A310, I just love the shape of the wing, so elegant.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1746 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 13231 times:
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Hello Marc,

A nice story accompanied with nice sunny pics. I remember myself flying on the A310 quite some years ago now, back in the time that Pan Am flew this bird all the way from BRU to JFK with me and my parents on board. But after my recent KU adventure, I must admit I like the A300-600 even more  

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
just some fast food shops and wifi on it’s main square

Even wifi on the square  Wow!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
The only planes that where due to depart was us and some intra-island flights and our flight.

I find it cool to see all those exotic airports on the FIDS, and all operated by SATA!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
and when I replied ‘Hey, how are you doing’. I received –as on my flight to Ponta Delgada Friday – just a nodd in return!

You must understand Marc that not everyone is as joyful in the morning as you  

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Read, look to the ocean, enjoying the non existent IFE??

Your window = your IFE.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
And as miracle would happen the bus driver that bussed me from the SATA A310 to the airport had actually found it! 30 minutes later I had it back, all thumbs up for this one!

That’s great and even for just a stupid piece of paper. Maybe you wrote on it with a golden ballpoint?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Time enroute from Ponta Delgada to my home was exactly 12 hours.

12 hrs? That’s ie from to here to Asia nonstop lol!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 13046 times:

Hi

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 12):
Hi Marc

Very nice to see another SATA report here.

Shame you did not have a nice crew on your flights. When I flew with them in April, the crew on my A320 were lovely:

Hi Palmjet, I red your report! It seemed like you'r expercience was slighly better! Actually CS-TKO had been photographed in this report  . Seating on the 320 seems to be cramped (like TAP's).

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 12):
Nice to see you got the A310. A rare bird in most parts of the world these days for sure.

except for Lisbon...

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 13):
Hi Marc

Thanks for the interesting report. Those are some really lovely pictures you took of the Azores, although strangely enough the countryside look very English to me somehow and not as I would have expected.

As for the A310, I just love the shape of the wing, so elegant.

Cheers,
William

Hi William
Thanks for commenting, I know.. not the typical Spanish/Portuguese landscaping as one may expect.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Hello Marc,

A nice story accompanied with nice sunny pics. I remember myself flying on the A310 quite some years ago now, back in the time that Pan Am flew this bird all the way from BRU to JFK with me and my parents on board.

Hi Nils
Thanks for commenting! Pan am.. where where those days...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Even wifi on the square Wow!

my reaction as well.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
That’s great and even for just a stupid piece of paper. Maybe you wrote on it with a golden ballpoint?

Indeed

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
12 hrs? That’s ie from to here to Asia nonstop lol!

The outbound took as long as my typical USA trip  


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 12825 times:

Hi Marc,

Great conclusion of your A310 adventure. The island scenery pictures are just stunning!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
In the evening I had a nice 3-course dinner for only 29 EUR.

Good value. Were drinks included as well?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
even the announcements where automatic.

I think the less busy schedule of PDL allows it. Can you imagine automatic announcements at let say, FRA?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Thank goodness the gate agent redirected the crowd to an A310 located a bit further.

Nothing is more tedious than equipment downgrade and therefore missing your goal.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
And as miracle would happen the bus driver that bussed me from the SATA A310 to the airport had actually found it! 30 minutes later I had it back, all thumbs up for this one!

Phew! It was indeed worth asking. Well done and kudos to the LIS ground crew!


Thank you for sharing. Perhaps you can consider a mini notebook in the future instead of a piece of paper.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 12710 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Hi Marc,

Great conclusion of your A310 adventure. The island scenery pictures are just stunning!

Hi Suryo,
Thanks for commenting!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Good value. Were drinks included as well?

Yes, they where!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
I think the less busy schedule of PDL allows it. Can you imagine automatic announcements at let say, FRA?

Do I want to imagina :-p !

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Nothing is more tedious than equipment downgrade and therefore missing your goal.

Agree, had a mini adhrilaline stroke, when seeing pax go to CS-TKO

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Phew! It was indeed worth asking. Well done and kudos to the LIS ground crew!

Indeed

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Thank you for sharing. Perhaps you can consider a mini notebook in the future instead of a piece of paper.

Best wishes,
Suryo

Is an option, usually I have everything in a map!


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3017 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 12610 times:

Hi Marc,

excellent conclusion to this mini-series!
The Azores look very pleasant to visit, as has been said very reminiscient of rural England in the country and like plenty of other Portuguese towns in town.
Nice catch on the A310, certainly a rare aircraft in most places now. Your final target 753 - will you follow FlyingFinn on the 4am Condor flight from FRA?  

Thanks again,

signol



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 33
Reply 19, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 12348 times:

Hi Marc,

Good to read the second part of your TR and well done on logging another A310. Nice to see some pics of the Azores too, thanks.

You were lucky to get your flight sheet back, PH is right that such a piece of paper could easily have been thrown away. Here at ZRH you'd probably be charged something to go and collect it  

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1313 posts, RR: 13
Reply 20, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 12246 times:

Hey MS,

Thank you for an interesting report.

I must say I am not very impressed from both the airline and the destination.

Some great pics on this report, Thx for shearing.

Jonathan



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 12039 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 18):
Hi Marc,

excellent conclusion to this mini-series!
The Azores look very pleasant to visit, as has been said very reminiscient of rural England in the country and like plenty of other Portuguese towns in town.
Nice catch on the A310, certainly a rare aircraft in most places now. Your final target 753 - will you follow FlyingFinn on the 4am Condor flight from FRA?

Thanks again,

signol

Hi signol

Thanks for replying! The cooler weather and landscaping did remind me of Engeland as well! The 753 has been added by the 5th freedom routes of KU/SQ and LA. The 4am flight seems a bit to early, but never say never...
Hi

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
Hi Marc,

Good to read the second part of your TR and well done on logging another A310. Nice to see some pics of the Azores too, thanks.

You were lucky to get your flight sheet back, PH is right that such a piece of paper could easily have been thrown away. Here at ZRH you'd probably be charged something to go and collect it

Happy flying
Infodesk

Hi Hannah

Thanks for the nice comments! I was indeed more than happy to get that sheet back and was very surprised as well!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 20):
Hey MS,

Thank you for an interesting report.

I must say I am not very impressed from both the airline and the destination.

Some great pics on this report, Thx for shearing.

Jonathan

Hi Jonathan
Thanks for commenting, yea SATA is not an impressing carrier indeed, the Azores however....


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 698 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 11930 times:

Hi Marc,

nice conclusion to your report about the Azores. Great to log another A310. The Azores certainly look interesting, judging from your pictures a bit like a mixture between Ireland and Portugal. For sure nice for a short visit.

Well done by the staff at LIS with the sheet of paper you lost there. It was also my impression in LIS that people are very friendly and helpful there.

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (2 years 11 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 11582 times:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):
Hi Marc,

nice conclusion to your report about the Azores. Great to log another A310. The Azores certainly look interesting, judging from your pictures a bit like a mixture between Ireland and Portugal. For sure nice for a short visit.

Well done by the staff at LIS with the sheet of paper you lost there. It was also my impression in LIS that people are very friendly and helpful there.

Greetings
CaptainRed

Hi Marco

Thanks for yout comment! The Azores are definate worth visiting plus an added bonus of getting an A310 Is always a treat!

Once again, I was very surprised about the service from the LIS ground staff.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 11038 times:
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Nice report Marc, I finally got around to it!!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I checked some reviews and did not hear to much positive about TAP and SATA. Especially them not liking enthusiasts and Photographers… hmmm was it a good choice??

- True, though I never had any problems taking pictures on my recent TAP flights, that said I do try to be c

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
After some walking around I felt around in my pockets,.. don’t tell me again… Yes another misplaced item, something that normally does not happen to me happened for the second time in a row! Thank goodness, not a drama like on my recent US trip in December, but still an annoyance. I lost the sheet with some flight details of my inbound flight from Ponta Delgada. Normally a non issue, but still begin about an hour and a half from departure I decided to go to arrivals and ask if maybe they had found it. So back to arrivals to make a file, hey It’s always worth asking, right?? And as miracle would happen the bus driver that bussed me from the SATA A310 to the airport had actually found it! 30 minutes later I had it back, all thumbs up for this one!

- Glad it's not just me loosing stuff and having to get people to find it for me! - Glad they they found your sheet!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
SATA being a really average airline!

- Based on your experience I would certainly agree with you.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
The Azores however are great place off the beaten path to visit and would recommend it to everyone

- It sure seems so, shame SATA don't make a better impression for the Azores.

Cheers

Mark



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25 MSS658 : Hi Mark Thanks for commenting! After reading this I feel exactly the same Unless you're willing to ad the A310 in your log! SATA is a no-go Greetings
26 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi M, Finally managed to read through these two reports, I know I know it is very late but hey, better late than never, eh? Anyway that SATA A310 look
27 Post contains images MSS658 : Hi Petteri Thanks for your comment! Always welcome I can only reccomend visiting it and making the trip on the A310! It sure is a nice catch (tough,
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