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Going MAD For The CRK  
User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4575 times:

Hello readers, time for another trip and the accompanying report.

Back sometime in the early summer, Iberia announced that they were returning to Manchester after a long hiatus. They would be operating an afternoon service from Madrid non-stop to Manchester, followed by an evening return to Madrid using their regional partner Air Nostrum. This got my attention, a new route and a new airline, it had to be done. Even more interesting was the equipment to be used. They were going to be sending the new CRJ-1000 to fly this route. A no brainer now, time to find a suitable weekend to get this into the plans.
The route actually started on the 30th October, but I could not get that date to work out with my plans. I looked a bit further out and went for a Sunday-Monday combination in early December.
Booking was done via Expedia and priced at £70 per segment. I actually wanted to fly home a different route, but one way tickets were pricing at £680.... I could have nested a ticket I suppose but I wasn't too bothered.
I noticed in the booking the return flight was on a CR9. Well, thats ok, just don't go changing the outbound on me.

So here is the very simple routing.



I needed a place to stay on the Sunday night. My only factor was that the hotel must provide a free airport shuttle. Luckily, there seem to be a few properties offering this in Madrid. I had already stayed in the TRYP Alameda earlier in the year and it was ok, but I fancied something different if I could find it. I found a new place on the list by the name Tach By Clementhoteles. Looks to have good reviews and the courtesy airport shuttle is mentioned. Booked without hesitation for £41.

Sunday 4th December.

It had felt a little strange to be hanging round the house on the Saturday, the day when my weekend trips usually start. Even more so on the Sunday as I didn't need to get to the airport until 4pm, the time I'm normally arriving back at Manchester after a weekend of criss-crossing Europe. I just used the time to relax a little watching some films and so on.

I took the train to the airport as usual. Much busier on a Sunday though. I guess a lot of people were heading to Manchester to get some christmas shopping done?

I arrived at the airport just before 4pm and walked over to Terminal 3 for my flight. On-line check in had been done the night before but I wanted a real boarding pass as this was a new airline for my log. 2 check in desks were open and both had no waiting time. I was sorted out in minutes. Security was also a breeze and I was airside with a bit too much time in hand.

The gate areas were as quiet as I have ever seen them.

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flyBE jungle jet sitting in the rain as an FR 738 departs in the background.

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Nothing much to do but sit around and wait until the gate is announced. Time passed pretty quickly really.
The FIDS eventually updated and gate 50 was the place to be for the Madrid flight. It looked as though, in line with the terminal, this was going to be a very quiet flight.

Here she is on stand (sorry about the pole in the foreground). EC-LJT delivered on the 14th Jan 2011.

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Boarding is called just about on time. I count 20 passengers. The guy announcing the boarding doesn't even bother to use the speakers as there are so few of us. He just says “ok, we are ready to board the Madrid flight”.

Time for some pictures from the tarmac during boarding.

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I am welcomed aboard and make my way ALL the way down to 24F. A guy of a similar age to me looks and says “ this is a small plane isn't it”. I retort “ well, it's long but thin so it depends how the women like it? I hear conflicting views” He seems to like the humour.

We push back on time and make our way out to 23R for a underwhelming takeoff. Quite a low cloud base tonight so we are into the soup fairly quickly but out into clear skies equally as fast.

I noticed during the climb that my seat kept reclining of its own accord, so once the seat belt signs were off I moved back a row, giving me chance to chat a bit more to the guy I joked with before as he had mentioned during the taxi he was heading out to São Paulo for 7 weeks. Seemed like a pretty cool guy and we spend most of the flight chatting away about various things.

View looking forward on this long bird.

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Due to the very light load, the snack service was completed in no time. Here is the full service, including an extra sandwich which was offered. Quality was so-so. Not as good as others I have tasted but better than nothing. The beer was quite strong.

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After the rubbish was collected, the lights were dimmed and what follows next is something very unusual to my knowledge. The 2 female crew walk down the plane and come and sit on row 26, right behind me and the other guy. They chat amongst themselves in Spanish for a while then start talking to us about this and that. One gets up and brings us more beer on her return. I'm thinking this is a touch funny. A bit too relaxed, but I kinda like the laid back, friendly style they display. Are they hitting on us even? It's all a bit confusing!!!

I take a picture of the safety card while I decide.

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The service panel.

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Well, I just go along with the flow and it seems quite normal to them. (nothing happens by the way).

With all this talking amongst ourselves we are already well into the approach when the 2 FA's get up and go about the duties. Damn, I took this plane just for the experience of flying this type and didn't really take it in with all the distractions. Better get taking some pictures also.

View from my seat with a badly miss-aligned window in relation to the seat itself

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Seat style with the lights of Madrid visible out of the window.

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It is a really clear night in this part of the world. Some amazing views as we approach. Unfortunately, all my picture taking efforts are in vein, all I get is light reflections in the window.
We make a smooth touchdown, head over to T4S and exit the plane via the steps and a short bus ride to the main building.
I bid farewell to the guy heading off to South America and make my way out to find the hotel shuttle bus. I got lucky as it was just waiting in a line of traffic, so I jump on and I'm at the hotel in under 10 minutes.
Its around 21:30 when I check in and I'm ready for some food. I decide to dump my stuff in the room, take some photos for the report and then head into the restaurant.

The room...

Sleeping.

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Bathroom.

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Shower Cubicle.

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TV and work desk.

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With that job done, it's time for food and drinks.

Restaurant looks nice, I love the modern design.

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Petteri (rightfully) says I'm something of a burger addict. Well, I have a reputation to keep. Unfortunately this ranks as one of the worst I have ever eaten. I should have known it would be bad when it arrived less than 5 minutes after I placed the order. It was more like something from a road side trailer cafe.

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The chocolate brownie was very nice though.

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Monday 5th December

I had a few beers and started to feel a bit tired. Nothing exciting was going on in the bar so I just went up to bed. All I can say is I slept like a log. I wanted to go and see something of the city in the morning, but in the end I slept right through until 10:30 without waking once. I decided to scrap that idea and just got up in my own time and got ready to check out at noon.

Amenity kit in the hotel.

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Hotel exterior, what a lovely clear morning.

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I jumped on the 12:05 airport bus and went for a look around MAD T4.
Security was a bit of a shambles to say the least. Nothing too lengthy, just chaotic. Then it was the LONG trek back to T4S. A train ride followed by a LONG walk...

I was happy to see this architecture at last. I have always thought it looked really good in the photos and it's the same deal in the flesh.

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Some long haul IB action.

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I really, really need to start eating better when I'm on the road.

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Caught this bad boy lining up for departure. Super Torisimo on lease from VA.

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What about this A340? When boarding was called a huge cheer filled the terminal. I'm guessing it was delayed? No destination info at the gate and nothing on the FIDS.

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Talking of the FIDS.

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It seemed like no time at all until the flight back up to Manchester was ready for boarding. Time passes fast when you are enjoying yourself.
I was wondering about the load on this flight? Well, its a CR9 and I count about 50 passengers. An improvement over yesterday.

Time to hit the tarmac again. EC-JYA is the assigned ship and she is just over 5 years in the skies.

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Straight down the line.

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Leg room o.k, seat condition and cleanliness very poor.

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Miss- aligned window again.

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Departure is 5 minutes after the booked time and we climb out into the Spanish skies.

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Service panel.

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Safety card, Markus style.

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The crew are a little less eager to get going on this flight. Probably about 45 minutes until I get my snack, the same as yesterday, minus the extra sandwich.

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Cabin view in flight.

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I was looking to get some sunset shots on this flight. It was disappointing however to find the window in such a poor state. Can't really help the moisture, but the clear plastic panel inside was covered in some kind of glue residue. This is what I was up against!!

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Wing view.

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Something of an uneventful flight really. I put some music on and just sat back and relaxed.

Trying for some sundown shots.

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The weather on the approach was a little rough. Wet and windy has been the only way for the last week or so. We touch down on 23R and roll out smoothly at first but then the pilot flying really stands on the brakes sending some stuff flying about. As we turn off I notice 5-6 emergency vehicles. I wondered if something was wrong with us? We actually come to a stop and so do the vehicles, but we start to taxi again and they don't follow us. I keep a watch on them and they race off after a landing aircraft. It turns out a BE Dash-8 had been struck by lightning during climb out. They came back in for an inspection and thats the reason for the “blue lights”.

Conclusion.

I found Air Nostrum to be pretty average. In fact, on a scale of Euro airlines I would put them smack bang in the middle of the average section. They did nothing to disappoint me, but nothing to really impress me either.

It was nice to get the CRK into the log, but from a passenger perspective, it's nothing different to a CR9 (no bad thing I guess).

The hotel, save for the food, was very good for the money. I would stay again, but eat out next time.

Thanks for reading.
Cheers, Lee.

29 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1711 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4528 times:

Hi Lee, nice report with some great pics as usual!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
They were going to be sending the new CRJ-1000 to fly this route.

I almost forgot that this type even existed, it's rare indeed and I'm somewhat surprised that so few airlines have chose to convert their CR9 orders to CR1K.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
“ well, it's long but thin so it depends how the women like it? I hear conflicting views” He seems to like the humour.

Hehe, nothing can beat a good p**is joke  
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Seat style with the lights of Madrid visible out of the window.

Must say for being such a new aircraft, the seats look really old, or at least the model of the seats that is old. "Hey, the 80s called, and they want their seats back!"

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Unfortunately this ranks as one of the worst I have ever eaten.

It's interesting since Petteri P have this theory that it's practically impossible to fail with a hamburger. So in that sentence your burger must've been really, really bad?  

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4505 times:

Hi Lee,

It has been a while that I read about the full service arm of Iberia. Very nice report. Despite the minor quality of the sandwich, you still get everything for free on board.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
flyBE jungle jet sitting in the rain as an FR 738 departs in the background.

It is like capturing a ghost unintentionally while taking photo of other.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
He just says “ok, we are ready to board the Madrid flight”.

I would love such personalized boarding call.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
make our way out to 23R for a underwhelming takeoff.

Hmm, I would have expected a powerful one with twenty passengers on board.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Seemed like a pretty cool guy and we spend most of the flight chatting away about various things.

You were blessed with your fellow passenger.  


Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I had a few beers and started to feel a bit tired.

Perhaps you would better stick to Mahou instead of Heineken.   


Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4504 times:

Hi Lee!

Great stuff mate, I made extensive plans to log the CRK on this very same flight but so far haven't realized any of those. Actually I think I came up with a very attractive plan B with Britair so I might go with them instead, let's see. Anyway I still need to log the CRJ-1K, that's for sure!

Anyway a nice short trip down to MAD, everything seemed to work out just fine, good for that!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I actually wanted to fly home a different route, but one way tickets were pricing at £680.... I could have nested a ticket I suppose but I wasn't too bothered.

Actually you can get some nice open-jaw itineraries with IB for not that much money - if nothing else you could've flown into Heathrow (even with the BA codeshares) at least. Plus IB is operating the A340 into LHR once agian so that could've been one option...

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
flyBE jungle jet sitting in the rain as an FR 738 departs in the background.

I really like that picture - the long exposure time makes for some interesting effects on the FR bird.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Here she is on stand (sorry about the pole in the foreground). EC-LJT delivered on the 14th Jan 2011.

Another nice picture, what a long plane she is!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
“ this is a small plane isn't it”. I retort “ well, it's long but thin so it depends how the women like it? I hear conflicting views” He seems to like the humour.

Love it!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I noticed during the climb that my seat kept reclining of its own accord,

Not bad for such a new bird.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Due to the very light load, the snack service was completed in no time. Here is the full service, including an extra sandwich which was offered. Quality was so-so. Not as good as others I have tasted but better than nothing. The beer was quite strong.

Ahh, looks good. I flew Air Nostrum ones years ago and was really impressed by the service, good to see they are keeping up the good standards. With real IB you'd paid at least ten quid for this stash!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
One gets up and brings us more beer on her return. I'm thinking this is a touch funny. A bit too relaxed, but I kinda like the laid back, friendly style they display. Are they hitting on us even? It's all a bit confusing!!!

Hey, you should be a little more open minded. Have a party with them at Air Nostrum's expense! Probably they were just bored out of their minds with that low pax load and everything - these kind of situations can be used to your advantage. I remember a BA LHR-HEL flight on a Saturday night last year when the load was maybe 40 pax so the crew didn' thave much to do. I went to the back galley and spent quite a few very nice moments there chatting with them and getting frequent refills on my G&T  .

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Well, I just go along with the flow and it seems quite normal to them. (nothing happens by the way).

You have lost your edge, haven't you?

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
. Damn, I took this plane just for the experience of flying this type and didn't really take it in with all the distractions. Better get taking some pictures also.

No worries, mate. As long as you enjoy yourself and are having a good time go for it! It is totally worth it in the end.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Its around 21:30 when I check in and I'm ready for some food. I decide to dump my stuff in the room, take some photos for the report and then head into the restaurant.

Sounds like what I'd do!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
The room...

Looks quite nice! I'll hold on to that name, maybe it will come handy at some point.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Petteri (rightfully) says I'm something of a burger addict. Well, I have a reputation to keep.

Well, I think you mentioned it yourself! But that burger does look like fresh off the microwave, one of these "five for Euro" burgers you get at the supermarket. Yuck.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Monday 5th December

Ahh, I love this. This very same day I woke up insanely early at my hotel in St. Julian's, Malta, spent some confusing moments trying to find a bus to the airport and finally ended up in a taxi to MLA, followed by MLA-VIE-MUC-HEL.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I was happy to see this architecture at last. I have always thought it looked really good in the photos and it's the same deal in the flesh.

Yes, it is a very nice terminal. Too bad it is so far from the others. And too bad it is for Iberia.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I really, really need to start eating better when I'm on the road.

Well sometimes it is really hard, airport offerings can be quite bad!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Leg room o.k, seat condition and cleanliness very poor.

Looks very shabby indeed.


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4490 times:

Hi Lee!

Great tripreport! I really enjoyed reading about your adventure to MAD.
Nice logging the CRK, I hope I will be able to fly that bird some time too, I have only flown the CR9 yet in that family.
MAD T4 sure looks great, for sure a terminal I'd like to visit one day.
Funny about those FA's, I guess they were just bored with that light load.

Thanks for posting!

Martin


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1703 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4228 times:
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Hi Lee,

A nice short read you've posted there! Good thing to get both the CRK and CR9 in one, from your conversation with the guy on the outbound, my guess is you like the CRK just a bit more  

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Even more so on the Sunday as I didn't need to get to the airport until 4pm, the time I'm normally arriving back at Manchester after a weekend of criss-crossing Europe.

Must've been a bit strange indeed: you are a bit excited to go flying but then there's quite qome time to kill before. It's like a child awaiting it's X-mas gifts at the 23rd of Dec or so  

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Here she is on stand

Nice photo from this angle.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
A guy of a similar age to me looks and says “ this is a small plane isn't it”. I retort “ well, it's long but thin so it depends how the women like it? I hear conflicting views” He seems to like the humour.

You were off to a good start I see!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Are they hitting on us even? It's all a bit confusing!!!

  

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
It was more like something from a road side trailer cafe.

Come on Lee, I would've expected a bit better food for you than this?

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I have always thought it looked really good in the photos and it's the same deal in the flesh.

T4 is an amazing terminal, you are right.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Leg room o.k, seat condition and cleanliness very poor.

Doesn't look appealing and that for a only 5 year old airplane...

Sultanils



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User currently offlineEuroWings From UK - England, joined Sep 2011, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4219 times:

Hi Lee,

Great report! I was interested in hearing about Air Nostrum's new UK regional routes to GLA and MAN. Quite low loads its sounds on the MAN flight, although 50 on the way back seems to be OK. They're operating CR9/CRKs out of MAN and CR2s (!) out of GLA.

I'd confidently say that Air Nostrum offers a better service than short-haul mainline IB, JK, AEA e.t.c.

The CRK looks great. To be honest, and it's not a popular opinion, but I find the larger ERJs quite boring, just like scaled down 737s in terms of appearance. The CRJ series is more interesting by far in my opinion.

Thanks
EuroWings


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6769 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3936 times:

Hi Lee,

nice report with good pictures as usual! It's really amazing that Air Nostrum continues to serve free drinks and snacks while Iberia operates like a cheap LCC.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Here she is on stand (sorry about the pole in the foreground). EC-LJT delivered on the 14th Jan 2011.

It's still a very nice picture!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Here is the full service, including an extra sandwich which was offered. Quality was so-so. Not as good as others I have tasted but better than nothing. The beer was quite strong.

These sandwiches are really small.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Leg room o.k, seat condition and cleanliness very poor.

That looks very shabby!



PH



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26954 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3836 times:

Hey Lee ,
Great report. I was wondering what they were like as they do the DUB-MAD run now .
Thanks for the insight and nice photos.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2830 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3795 times:

I misread the title as "going mad for the craic" . I enjoyed this tr though, some of your cabin pics are interesting; is there a tilt shift thing going on there? Really cool about the crew being so relaxed on the outbound! The state of that inbound CRJ though, oh my god. Its weird now to see the Air Nostrum CRJs @ DUB, we used to get dirty A321s, now these mini maddogs.

Thanks



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8535 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3752 times:
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Hi Lee,

Nice report, I'm looking at sorting a trip on this route myself, perhaps in March, need to see how the schedules look.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
one way tickets were pricing at £680

- I saw this too, crazy pricing.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
After the rubbish was collected, the lights were dimmed and what follows next is something very unusual to my knowledge. The 2 female crew walk down the plane and come and sit on row 26, right behind me and the other guy. They chat amongst themselves in Spanish for a while then start talking to us about this and that. One gets up and brings us more beer on her return. I'm thinking this is a touch funny. A bit too relaxed, but I kinda like the laid back, friendly style they display. Are they hitting on us even? It's all a bit confusing!!!

- Quite interesting, never had crew that chatty.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Petteri (rightfully) says I'm something of a burger addict. Well, I have a reputation to keep. Unfortunately this ranks as one of the worst I have ever eaten. I should have known it would be bad when it arrived less than 5 minutes after I placed the order. It was more like something from a road side trailer cafe.

- That burger looks worse than a Wimpy one, yuck!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
the clear plastic panel inside was covered in some kind of glue residue. This is what I was up against!!

- I've noticed this issue on a few BA 734's too.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I found Air Nostrum to be pretty average.

- I've not flown Air Nostrum for a few years now, back then the service/crews were far better than mainline IB, if they have gone down hill it's a shame.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3247 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3727 times:

Nice trip of an unsual plane Lee

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
flyBE jungle jet sitting in the rain as an FR 738 departs in the background.

Love the FR zooming off in the background

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I am welcomed aboard and make my way ALL the way down to 24F. A guy of a similar age to me looks and says “ this is a small plane isn't it”. I retort “ well, it's long but thin so it depends how the women like it? I hear conflicting views” He seems to like the humour.

Ha, very funny

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Due to the very light load, the snack service was completed in no time. Here is the full service, including an extra sandwich which was offered. Quality was so-so. Not as good as others I have tasted but better than nothing. The beer was quite strong.

Strange that Air Nostrum has free catering, but IB don't

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
View from my seat with a badly miss-aligned window in relation to the seat itself

Typical of the CRJ family which is one reason I don't like them



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3717 times:

Hi Lee

Nice to see this one up so soon after travelling. Great stuff. Superb low light pics as well. As Planehunter says, great shot of your CRK at the gate at MAN. Very nice.

Weird behaviour from the crew on the outbound flight but hey ho, at least it was something a little out of the ordinary.

I liked the hotel you stayed at in MAD too - looked very nice, although the hamburger did look a bit sad. I hope we find a good hamburger seller in ARN next month!?

Great shot of the CRJ900 on the way back especially from the forward entry door. Very nice.

I'd heard good things about Air Nostrum, particularly when compared to mainline IB. However, the offerings onboard your flights looked pretty average - which seemed to sum up your experience overall. I'd still like to get the CRK as I've not got one for the log yet (that and the CRJ 700 are still missing from my CRJ list!)

Thanks again - P/jet



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3706 times:

Hi, Lee,

good to see you´re story.
Weather looks nice down there in Spain.
Also the CR-K and CR9 combiantion, sure interesting.
Some more CR-K´s coming up soon here.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):

I am welcomed aboard and make my way ALL the way down to 24F. A guy of a similar age to me looks and says “ this is a small plane isn't it”. I retort “ well, it's long but thin so it depends how the women like it? I hear conflicting views” He seems to like the humour.

Me,too!.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):

Safety card, Markus style.

That´s the way, definitely.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: The eastern Intersky!.
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 14, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3699 times:

Quoting palmjet (Reply 12):
I liked the hotel you stayed at in MAD too - looked very nice, although the hamburger did look a bit sad. I hope we find a good hamburger seller in ARN next month!?

Easy - the New Orleans bar/restaurant at Skycity has some amazing burger, although as it is Sweden and an airport you'll pay through your nose for it! There's a McD next door if feeling cheap. Sadly MAX (a Swedish version of McD and usually very high quality at that) over at T4 is airside so off limits unless you are doing a domestic flight!

T5 airside has O'Leary's - sadly the name does not bear any relationship to that Irish king of cheapness, so their burgers are quite expensive and quite mediocre, still better than that one above!

FF the burger expert.


User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3675 times:

Great to see a good number of comments already, thank you.



Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Hi Lee, nice report with some great pics as usual!

Thanks Jonas.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I almost forgot that this type even existed, it's rare indeed and I'm somewhat surprised that so few airlines have chose to convert their CR9 orders to CR1K.

Yes, non too common. I'm not sure if there is any performance difference with the airframe over and above the extra seats? Probably a reduction in range?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Must say for being such a new aircraft, the seats look really old, or at least the model of the seats that is old. "Hey, the 80s called, and they want their seats back!"

I agree they look a little old school, but that includes the comfort that goes with such a seat.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Hi Lee,

It has been a while that I read about the full service arm of Iberia. Very nice report. Despite the minor quality of the sandwich, you still get everything for free on board.

Hi Suryo. Thank you. I was glad to get the double offerings on the outbound. It's good to see that in this age of ever increasing BOB we can still pick up something gratis.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
It is like capturing a ghost unintentionally while taking photo of other.

Good point.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Hmm, I would have expected a powerful one with twenty passengers on board.

Maybe De-Rated. I think that the 900 and 1000 have FADEC which would allow such an option?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
You were blessed with your fellow passenger.

Indeed, you never know what to expect with some fellows. A bit like roulette.


Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Perhaps you would better stick to Mahou instead of Heineken.

My days of being able to handle beer are a long way behind me. 2 pints of any booze has me felling slow.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Hi Lee!

Great stuff mate, I made extensive plans to log the CRK on this very same flight but so far haven't realized any of those. Actually I think I came up with a very attractive plan B with Britair so I might go with them instead, let's see. Anyway I still need to log the CRJ-1K, that's for sure!

Hey P, nice for you to stop by.
Yes, I'm sure you will come up with something CR-K sized during one of your jaunts.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Anyway a nice short trip down to MAD, everything seemed to work out just fine, good for that!

Sure, easy going and no dashing around airports.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Actually you can get some nice open-jaw itineraries with IB for not that much money - if nothing else you could've flown into Heathrow (even with the BA codeshares) at least. Plus IB is operating the A340 into LHR once agian so that could've been one option...

I never realised this mate. Thanks for the info. Another good thing from here to increase the knowledge.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
I really like that picture - the long exposure time makes for some interesting effects on the FR bird.

Thank you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Not bad for such a new bird.

Exactly my first thought. Not even one of these flimsy new thin things either!!!!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Ahh, looks good. I flew Air Nostrum ones years ago and was really impressed by the service, good to see they are keeping up the good standards. With real IB you'd paid at least ten quid for this stash!

Crazy. Always funny when the smaller brother outshines the big daddy. Same with bmi mainline V bmi regional for a time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Hey, you should be a little more open minded. Have a party with them at Air Nostrum's expense! Probably they were just bored out of their minds with that low pax load and everything - these kind of situations can be used to your advantage. I remember a BA LHR-HEL flight on a Saturday night last year when the load was maybe 40 pax so the crew didn' thave much to do. I went to the back galley and spent quite a few very nice moments there chatting with them and getting frequent refills on my G&T

It's a good point P. I guess it's just the same as any job when it's quiet, time drags and you look to negate that feeling. Another BA G+T story!!!! Well, looks like I'm on the Gin for the ARN meeting.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
You have lost your edge, haven't you?

No surprise with a nose like mine  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Looks quite nice! I'll hold on to that name, maybe it will come handy at some point.

Yes, really good and modern. Looks to be a good number of bars in close location.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Ahh, I love this. This very same day I woke up insanely early at my hotel in St. Julian's, Malta, spent some confusing moments trying to find a bus to the airport and finally ended up in a taxi to MLA, followed by MLA-VIE-MUC-HEL.

Cool. Nice routing.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
Hi Lee!

Great tripreport! I really enjoyed reading about your adventure to MAD.
Nice logging the CRK, I hope I will be able to fly that bird some time too, I have only flown the CR9 yet in that family.

Hiya Martin,
Thanks, Yes, it's much the same, but I know that the log book recognises those extra 10 seats so it has to be ticked off.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
MAD T4 sure looks great, for sure a terminal I'd like to visit one day.

Really nice. Lots of natural light too.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
Funny about those FA's, I guess they were just bored with that light load.

It would be nice to get more flights with bored crews.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Hi Lee,

A nice short read you've posted there! Good thing to get both the CRK and CR9 in one, from your conversation with the guy on the outbound, my guess is you like the CRK just a bit more

Nils, good to hear from you.
Well, you know it's much the same, but I guess it wins on the rarity factor.


Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Must've been a bit strange indeed: you are a bit excited to go flying but then there's quite qome time to kill before. It's like a child awaiting it's X-mas gifts at the 23rd of Dec or so

Ha ha, a good comparison. Well, it's hard to sleep sometimes before a trip, just like christmas as a kid.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Come on Lee, I would've expected a bit better food for you than this?

Hindsight, I should have gone out to a local style place. It wasn't good mate.


Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Doesn't look appealing and that for a only 5 year old airplane...

I was shocked with the appalling state. With the window too.


Quoting EuroWings (Reply 6):
Hi Lee,

Great report! I was interested in hearing about Air Nostrum's new UK regional routes to GLA and MAN. Quite low loads its sounds on the MAN flight, although 50 on the way back seems to be OK. They're operating CR9/CRKs out of MAN and CR2s (!) out of GLA.

Hey EW.
Yes, would be interesting to get some idea of how the average load is stacking up on those flights. With the outbound i'm sighting the Sunday evening and the time of year as possible reasons as to the poor load.

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 6):
I'd confidently say that Air Nostrum offers a better service than short-haul mainline IB, JK, AEA e.t.c.

Sure better than paying for stuff.

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 6):
The CRK looks great. To be honest, and it's not a popular opinion, but I find the larger ERJs quite boring, just like scaled down 737s in terms of appearance. The CRJ series is more interesting by far in my opinion.

T tail and engines mounted at the rear all day long for me, aside from the amazing DC-8.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Hi Lee,

nice report with good pictures as usual! It's really amazing that Air Nostrum continues to serve free drinks and snacks while Iberia operates like a cheap LCC.

Hi PH, nice to see you enjoyed it. Long may it continue in our enthusiast eyes.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
It's still a very nice picture!

Thanks PH.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
These sandwiches are really small.

Yes, I prefer the bmi or LH/LX style and size.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
That looks very shabby!

Like the floor of a scruffy taxi.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Hey Lee ,
Great report. I was wondering what they were like as they do the DUB-MAD run now .
Thanks for the insight and nice photos.

Hi Phil, thanks for stopping by.
Well, maybe you could work that into the plan for 2012?

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 9):
I misread the title as "going mad for the craic" .

Ha ha, well, thanks for taking a look either way.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 9):
I enjoyed this tr though, some of your cabin pics are interesting; is there a tilt shift thing going on there?

No, I quite like the shallow depth of field look so I make use of the f1.8 on my 35mm which follows me around on these trips.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 9):
Really cool about the crew being so relaxed on the outbound!

I hope to come across this again sometime, Good to meet as many new folks as possible.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 9):
The state of that inbound CRJ though, oh my god. Its weird now to see the Air Nostrum CRJs @ DUB, we used to get dirty A321s, now these mini maddogs.

Yes, yuck!!!. Well, I suppose the 321 isn't mega common like its smaller 320/19 family, but good to see some variety.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 10):
Hi Lee,

Nice report, I'm looking at sorting a trip on this route myself, perhaps in March, need to see how the schedules look.

Hiya Mark.
Cheers, I hope you find a chance to get it sorted. Nice to see the IB colours back at MAN.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 10):
I saw this too, crazy pricing.

Indeed, I will never get my head around these massive one way fares. If they were 2/3 the price of a return maybe? But not 4-5 x the price of a return.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 10):
Quite interesting, never had crew that chatty.

It was a surprise, but one to enjoy.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 10):
That burger looks worse than a Wimpy one, yuck!

Some of the plastic 'imitation' food in Japan would have looked better than this.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 10):
I've not flown Air Nostrum for a few years now, back then the service/crews were far better than mainline IB, if they have gone down hill it's a shame.

Maybe not downhill, but not up to the standard wich I judge all Euro airlines against, that of LX.


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3653 times:

Hi Lee,

nice read thanks!

Flights on IB / Nostrum look average, at least the snacks were free unlike IB mainline. Always good to get a friendly FA  
The hotel looks quite nice, though the metro goes to Barajas so anywhere near a station is possible. I keep meaning to visit Madrid at some point, I've a friend in Mostoles that I haven't seen in years  

Thanks again

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3646 times:

Some more comments is great to see. Thanks fellow reporters.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Nice trip of an unsual plane Lee

Thanks Gabriel.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Love the FR zooming off in the background

Lots of spray to add to the action.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Ha, very funny

 . You have to try for a laugh sometimes.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Strange that Air Nostrum has free catering, but IB don't

Well, indeed it is. Who knows what the deal is here?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Typical of the CRJ family which is one reason I don't like them

Yes, and the very low down windows on the -200s also. No good for us window watchers.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 12):
Hi Lee

Nice to see this one up so soon after travelling. Great stuff. Superb low light pics as well. As Planehunter says, great shot of your CRK at the gate at MAN. Very nice.

Hey PJ, hope you are well mate.
Well, it is either really fast or really slow 'aka' Venice... Right P!!
Thanks for your kind comments on the photos side. You know I like to try in this area.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 12):
Weird behaviour from the crew on the outbound flight but hey ho, at least it was something a little out of the ordinary.

I think most guys like some interaction with young stewardesses. Well maybe not so much the case the the AA or US grannies....


Quoting palmjet (Reply 12):
I liked the hotel you stayed at in MAD too - looked very nice, although the hamburger did look a bit sad. I hope we find a good hamburger seller in ARN next month!?

I'm sure the locals will be good to point us in the direction of the best spots.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 12):
Great shot of the CRJ900 on the way back especially from the forward entry door. Very nice.

Always looking for the angles you know.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 12):
I'd still like to get the CRK as I've not got one for the log yet (that and the CRJ 700 are still missing from my CRJ list!)

Maybe You can join me on a LH run next year to fix the -700 situation?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
Hi, Lee,

good to see you´re story.

Markus, Hope you are enjoying the weekend and thanks for your reply.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
Weather looks nice down there in Spain.
Also the CR-K and CR9 combiantion, sure interesting.

Hey, it's all good when the sun is shining and we are on the road for more aviation experience.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
Me,too!.

 
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
That´s the way, definitely.

I borrowed your style for one flight.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Easy - the New Orleans bar/restaurant at Skycity has some amazing burger, although as it is Sweden and an airport you'll pay through your nose for it! There's a McD next door if feeling cheap. Sadly MAX (a Swedish version of McD and usually very high quality at that) over at T4 is airside so off limits unless you are doing a domestic flight!

T5 airside has O'Leary's - sadly the name does not bear any relationship to that Irish king of cheapness, so their burgers are quite expensive and quite mediocre, still better than that one above!

FF the burger expert.

Sounds like some good options P. Always ready to pay a bit extra for the quality meat.


User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3640 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
Hi Lee,

nice read thanks!

Cheers signol, your welcome.

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
Flights on IB / Nostrum look average, at least the snacks were free unlike IB mainline. Always good to get a friendly FA

That is 100% the case.

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
The hotel looks quite nice, though the metro goes to Barajas so anywhere near a station is possible.

Yes, the metro was just along the road, another good option to miss the expensive taxi ride.

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
I keep meaning to visit Madrid at some point, I've a friend in Mostoles that I haven't seen in years  

I hope you can fix the trip in the near future.


User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3611 times:

Hi Lee

Quote:
Maybe You can join me on a LH run next year to fix the -700 situation?

Count me in ! Would love to. Sounds like something worth planning for 2012.

Cheers P/jet



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3585 times:

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 15):
Yes, really good and modern. Looks to be a good number of bars in close location.

Hmm, what made you think of bars and me at the same time?? 


User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3531 times:

Hi Lee!

What a great report! And congratulations for scoring the CRJ-1000, it sure is a quite rare type! Is there any other airlines than Air Nostrum and Air France operating it at the moment?

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Here she is on stand (sorry about the pole in the foreground). EC-LJT delivered on the 14th Jan 2011.

She is looooong!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
A guy of a similar age to me looks and says “ this is a small plane isn't it”. I retort “ well, it's long but thin so it depends how the women like it? I hear conflicting views” He seems to like the humour.

Hilarious!  
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
With all this talking amongst ourselves we are already well into the approach when the 2 FA's get up and go about the duties.

Now that's customer service!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
View from my seat with a badly miss-aligned window in relation to the seat itself

Hmm, is this standard on the CRJ? I noticed the exactly same thing when flying the CRJ-200 on Cimber Sterling in August this year.

Thanks again for sharing!

Regards,
717Flyer


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3491 times:

Hi Lee,

great little report here, and of course congratulations on logging the CRJ-1000, still a rather rare bird. Air Nostrum seems to be an ok airline, nothing special maybe, but the service seems to be ok. At least you got a nice Spanish beer with it.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I found a new place on the list by the name Tach By Clementhoteles.

Hey, that's exactly the hotel I was staying on our Madrid layover on the way to LIS with my dad earlier this year. Have to agree with you, the hotel was certainly nice. We didn't eat there though, seems like that was a good decision.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Here she is on stand (sorry about the pole in the foreground).

But a very nice picture.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I was happy to see this architecture at last.

Yes, the architecture of that terminal is definitely impressive.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Leg room o.k, seat condition and cleanliness very poor.

Ouch, that doesn't look very good.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Miss- aligned window again.

Yes, I have experienced this on my CRJ rides as well, not nice.

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3352 times:

Hi Lee

Nice trip report thanks for sharing
The CRJ1000 sure looks long.
While Air Nostrum looks to be mediocre, they look to be better than the fare share of Spanish carriers we have seen here the latest time!

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1454 posts, RR: 33
Reply 24, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3166 times:

Hi Lee,

Good to read about another one of your weekend jaunts. Nice to see IB back at MAN, there should be enough demand for the route but the loads could do with a boost. I like your photos, you make even a beer & burger look like they've come out of a 5* hotel. Your hotel looked good too.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
The gate areas were as quiet as I have ever seen them.

They look so dated on that photo.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I retort “ well, it's long but thin so it depends how the women like it? I hear conflicting views” He seems to like the humour.

Cheeky!  Wink
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
The 2 female crew walk down the plane and come and sit on row 26, right behind me and the other guy. They chat amongst themselves in Spanish for a while then start talking to us about this and that. One gets up and brings us more beer on her return. I'm thinking this is a touch funny. A bit too relaxed, but I kinda like the laid back, friendly style they display. Are they hitting on us even? It's all a bit confusing!!!

Now I was going to crack a joke back but.....

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Leg room o.k, seat condition and cleanliness very poor.

Terrible! Wouldn't fancy sitting there.

Happy flying
Infodesk   

[Edited 2011-12-13 02:50:23]


"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
25 parton87 : Thanks for the nice story Lee. Air Nostrum seem to be much better then other Spanish carriers. Nice that you manage to catch the CRJ1000. it for sure
26 Post contains images AlwaysOnAPlane : Thank you for the further replies, really welcome. Thank you 717 flyer. To my knowledge, no more operators than Brit Air and Air Nostrum (quick check
27 The777Man : Hi Lee! Thanks for a nice report on something different! Looks like the you had a nice outing with two different aircraft types. Hotel looks nice in M
28 Ps76 : Hi! Many thanks for the trip report. I've never flown on Iberia but would like to try them sometime. I mean where else do you get an airline where the
29 AlwaysOnAPlane : Thank you for further comments and apologies for a later reply. You are welcome 777Man. Yes, a good relaxing time with no connections to make. Recomme
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