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Short Ahead To FR//UK Charter For Paphos  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 15520 times:

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Jassas, dear readers,

some two months ago, I´ve noticed that my airberlin TopBonus account shows a deadline for a couple of miles at the end of March.
No way to let them go unused.
But what should I do during this time of the year.
The weather data for Cyprus, Paphos especially, looks like nice, temperatures around 20 degrees and mostly dry during the last years.
And well, PFO is not pinned on the departure airports map till now.
AB runs once a week at Mondays ex Nuremberg.
The only chance to reach PFO at Sunday is a flight out of the UK.
So we will see what´s coming up heading for the UK and further on to PFO.

This is the routemap:

http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=FRA-LGW-PFO-NUE-FRA&MS=wls&MR=180&MX=720x360&PM=*

Thanx to, as usual:

http://www.gcmap.com/


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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 15566 times:

There are some three weeks gone since the return from Thailand:

Comparison: The New Style A388 Ex SIN (by FLIEGER67 Mar 16 2012 in Trip Reports)

And this is the now updated departure airports map:


Departure Airports II auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

And also the latest done routes:


Tripreporters Flüge II auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

There is no highspeed rail connection on the NUE-STR track.
A dead slow local train is scheduled to stop at every corner and needs ages, not my thing for the return from NUE.
So it´s better to fly out of FRA now and skip STR for this trip.



Sunday, 11.03.2012

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Service LH 896 operated by Lufthansa
Scheduled: 08.45 // 09.10


Flying out of FRA in the morning, that means an early start, wake up at 03.30 am, well nothing new to me.
And flying out of FRA means also a detour for Tourcare to park the car.
Everything works as scheduled, close to no traffic and not that long thereafter I saw me on the shuttle for the airport.
Check-In is done online, perfectly fast and reliable with LH´s website. No printout as usual to catch a proper boarding pass.
And I should also do a quick bag weight check to stay under the 5 kilos cabin baggage limit for carrier no. 2 today.
Both went well at the LH desks, no time to wait there.
Close to no time to wait also at passport control and security operates with an priority line, also no time to wait there.
The fare is amazingly good, booked as a one way by LH directly, 55.00 Euro´s.
So, let me check the system for my flight.
Looks like ok from gate B31 on the scheduled 735
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Gate B31 is a short walk only from the worlds largest Senator Lounge. That´s the way to go now for me
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Anyone in need for sleep
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Large and well designed
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This looks like my part of the buffet
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Or better stay this way?
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No, this is finally me
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Lounge chairs with a view, well done
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The bar
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Healthy food around
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You see something like this close to the lounge
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Bus boarding, down the stairs for the groundfloor after usage of the self boarding facility
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Hah, under the wing, you know
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The guys working at the main undercarriage
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08.40 am, short ahead to schedule, is finally the time for "Lufthansa" to leave FRA. 9 degrees and cloudy, 1.00 hour to go from the 4000 meters runway 18.
Good legroom in the last row, three for me btw
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Something for me also
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Cockpit crew is from Germany, the pilot with a short and relaxed welcome after boarding is completed, the FO once more inflight short and not easy to follow.
The safety card, before it got lost, no, that´s a joke for sure!
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The clean NEK cabin
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Cabin crew is one elder and nice female, she addressed me several times by name, real good.
There is also one middle aged male and another middle aged female working the cabin, both ok.
Oldfashioned cabin paneels
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Reaching the blue, at least above
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Cabin view, the load is well mixed today with 60% in the end
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Service is a free danish raisin cake, sorry no pic, it was lost somewhere before I remember to do a picture, together with free drinks.
Leaving mainland Europe, no route info, but the flightlevel is 35000 feet
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And reaching the UK
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Touchdown at the 3316 meters runway 26L, 10.10 am in Germany and 09.10 am local, ontime, 10 degrees and cloudy here.
A gate position at LGW
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My plane from above
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D-ABIP "Oberhausen" shuttled me to the UK.
This is a new entry to my log and leg no. 33 on type.
Since 30.04.1991 in service with LH, one of 22 still in the fleet.
No one in front at immigrations, good timing here, so it seems.
Out in the public now and ready, but not in the best mood, for the next flight.




Sunday, 11.03.2012

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Service TCX 1048 operated by Thomas Cook Airlines
Scheduled: 14.25 // 20.55


This leg is booked directly by TCX, the fare ok with 85.00 Euro´s for an 4 hours, 30 minutes flight. 4 hours, 30 minutes seems a long time to go across Europe.
Strange, you need to reconfirm you´re flight not earlier than 96 hours prior to departure, that´s definitely a blast from the past here.
From my point of view it´s more or less a reminder for the pax to book some extra meal or seating till you finally reach the reconfirm page.
Also somewhat strange is that I can´t find any available confirmation for the plane type operating this flight.
It seems TCX switches it flexible according to the actual needs.
Thankfully no changes at all.
During the booking for this trip I see that there is far to low lounge access possible with my actual cards.
So I´ve decided to join the Club of Diners.
Everything works fine and they confirmed, the plastic is on schedule.
One week prior to the trip, no plastic in the mailbox. I´ve called and reached the information that there are some issues with the plastic producer, but the card will be with me ontime.
Sure, ontime, in theory. No card in the mailbox till Saturday. Oh dear, it seems I will see it for the next trip but definitely not for its original purpose.
Also my try to catch an special seat was not successful with the southern german cost cutting measures.
Paying the credit card processing fee twice with the seat selection thing is definitely not my choice.
Ok, out in the public and looking for an TCX counter.
TCX operates also from the South Terminal like Lufthansa.
Now it seems luck or charme, who knows, join´s my side of the party.
The desks are in preparation while I´am walking there and a young polish male was in a relaxed mode.
We had a short chat .
"Hey, are you ok to check me in for the service to Paphos in the early afternoon?".
"Sure".
"Just me, no bag, but what is this thing with the extra seats, how much is it?".
"Let me check the weight of you´re cabin baggage first. 4,5 kilos, that fit´s. Just you.
Ok, where you want to sit, bulkhead, exit, it´s free for you".
"What about the last row window?".
"Ok, 40A for you".
"Thanx, bye now".
Done a ride to the North Terminal now, just for a look around and it´s well time enough to do so.
Back an hour later, close to no time at security and soon thereafter in the gate area to spot something like this
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Jet2 for Kiruna via East Midlands, sure something special for me
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Hey, what´s that?
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The first time for me to see an AN148 for real
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PGA and Ukraine International
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Red or white nose first?
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White wins the race
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Also a special country these days
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Ah, PFO from gate 25, by surprise the area where I´am waiting prior to the gate information.
Easy to catch with all TCX flights leaving from this part of the terminal
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UIA is running late
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Dedicated to Hannah(Infodesk), Titan/Snowjet for Chambery
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Oh dear, I´am waiting relaxed close to the gate, but my relaxation is somewhat going lost when I see that endless stream of pax boarding my plane.
Lot´s of people with kids beside the usual retired couples.
That looks like a heavy load today and I see my chances for a bit more comfort in the last row gone. I´ve expected the worst, 4 hours and 30 minutes in a cramped seat.
Egypt, maybe sometimes, but not today
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But that´s the place where it all begins
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This is G-TCBB, leg no. 15 on type and also a new entry to my log.
The plane entered service with US carrier National Airlines at 21.06.1999, spend some time in China with China Southern und China Xinjiang till 22.01.2011, when it started it´s relationship with TCX.
There are 10 examples on type in the fleet.
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Looking forward to another flight on the 757-200
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Well, you know, late boarding is always the way to go for me.
And after some pictures it seems I´am the very last pax to enter the plane.
People everywhere, there is simply no open seat to spot.
No open seat to spot?.
The complete row 21 is not taken right now.
A nice elder female FA greeted me not far from this row.
"Hello, I was the last pax to board, is it possible to change for this row?.
Perfectly ontime I hear the boarding completed announcement.
"Sure, it´s definitely better to take this seat than in the last row".
"Thank you, lucky me".
A deep breath, now that´s looking better this way.
Just departed at 2.40 pm, 15 minutes late, 4 hours, 30 minutes now for "Kestrel" from runway 26L again, leaving 12 partly cloudy degrees behind
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Cockpit crew is from the UK, the captain with a short welcome during boarding.
He´s later on to hear inflight real nice while we leave the alps and some turbulence forced him to swich on the seatbelt sign. Once again during approach.
Cabin crew is two male FA´s, one young, one middle aged, both nothing special.
And also four female FA´s, the elder nice woman and three middle aged, two nice and one ok style.
Where it all starts down there
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The well used safety card
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Modern style ceiling
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Legroom, well something more should be not bad.
Worn out dark blue leather seats here and the cabin is not that really clean
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Thomas Cook Travel
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Legroom is better this way
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Service is somewhat special.
They had some paper sheets with the preordered meals for every seats and with lots of package tourists also that needs a long time till all the pax reached what they asked for.
There are several drink runs, but nothing for free at all.
That´s a massive wing
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The route is SZG-SOF-Kalamata-Izmir-Dalaman, no flightlevel info.
My internal watch shows me pretty ontime this view for the alps after a short nap
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The sun is going down while I read my book
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Touchdown at the 2699 meters runway 11, 09.00 pm, some five minutes late, 18 degrees and warm welcomed clear sky.
Apron disembarking at Paphos, it feels good to breath this warm mediterranean air
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Bye now to TCX
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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 15551 times:

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An passport check is necessary to enter Cyprus, quickly done with no other flight on arrivals during the same time.
No bag to wait for, so out in the public a couple of minutes after touchdown.
To early, so it seems, for the free airport pickup offered by my hotel, the Capital Coast Resort.
Some more minutes to wait till the driver shows up.
A nice young hungarian guy who usually works the front desk. We had a really nice chat on the way further on.
Check-in was also quick with no one else around, done by a nice young woman. As requested a room on the top floor was prepared for me.
First view
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My room
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The bathroom
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Sure ok with 45.00 Euro´s only B&B.
A good nights sleep followed and I´am ready the next morning as soon as breakfast is available at 08.00 am.
The lobby
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Poolside
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Looks like nice this way
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Further on by the hotels taxi service to Paphos harbour
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And most wanted a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site.
The sanctuary of Aphrodite
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Surreal, just me and a couple of large birds around
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Impressive when you know that this is built more than 2000 years ago
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Perfectly preserved
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The way to spend the day a couple of years ago
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Real good to follow
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Animals
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More ruins out there
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Heading for the turkish harbour fortress now
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Also well preserved
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And a couple of ships in the harbour
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By the public bus back to the hotel with a detour for this nice church
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I like these yellow flowers, really nice spring feeling here
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Picking up my belongings, a nice chat again with the hungarian guy working the desk now and ready on the free shuttle back to the airport. Well ontime for a view around my new departure place.


Monday, 12.03.2012


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Service AB 3625 operated by airberlin
Scheduled: 16.00 // 18.40


This one is booked directly by the AB website, 10000 miles and 60.00 Euro´s taxes, sure ok with Cyprus as a high fare destination from the German market.
The usual screen check first.
It´s German day now with three flights leaving to my home country, always good for some confusion when two flights on the same airline running close to the same time
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No dedicated Top Bonus Gold counter here, no I´am not amused.
But it seems that´s mainly the fact with most of the travellers here running on a package tour.
Four counters open for both flights, some ten minutes to wait with a good number of pax ahead.
Well, the usual bunch of not that travel experienced retired couples.
The female agent asked for my ticket.
Ticket, no ticket, a booking confirmation sure, but no ticket here.
Finally she found me in the system, no bag to check, more surprise, it seems that´s not the usual standard here.
11F, the exit row window is preselected for me and finally printed.
Let´s go for a view around.
Palm trees, a modern style building around the entrance
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Special charter flight from Canada on the apron
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Lemons, love it
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Prepared for a couple more pax
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No time to wait at security, quickly done after another passport check.
There is a lounge available with Diners, not to talk about more this way.
Easy heading for Gatwick
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Now that´s something what I really dislike, metall seaters
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Good views to the action outdoor, as long as there is some action!
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Transaero heading for Moscow
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With the Easy and Transaero flights gone that´s a good chance to see only AB pax by now in the gate area.
And it feels somewhat unreal, retired couples in front,
retired couples right hand side, retired couples left hand side and simply no one behind me.
So I´am not teenie style, you know, but it seems my age lowers the average here!.
Finally boarding is called from Gate 2.
The other AB service from Gate 5 is also boarding.
And imagine these desperate calls for pax missing at gate 5 till they are sorted out from the queue at my gate, ah, these people!.
This is D-ABGR, the A320 is on schedule, but it´s changed close to my travel date for the A319.
Leg no. 75 on type and yes, it´s new to my log.
In service with AB since 17.11.2008. 8 planes on type are in the fleet actually
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Under the wing, you know
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A little bit more sun above should be nice
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Looks like clean this way
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The two birds sitting on the apron, Syria is not that far away
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Engine close up
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Boarding as the last pax and that´s once more well recommended.
Why?.
The flight is close to fully booked, according to the AB Gold Hotline, but row 1 is completely open.
No question to change for 1F, after a nice short chat with the really nice middle aged female purser
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The load is 90% in the end.
Bulkhead is sure ok for me, but not that really much space to stretch you´re legs. Anyway, the cabin is clean with the dark blue leather seats
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4.00 pm, as scheduled, is the final time for "AirBerlin" on the 3 hours, 20 minutes ride back to Germany from the 2699 meters runway 29. 18 degrees and cloudy here by now.
Cabin crew is one young ok male, the nice middle aged female purser and also a very nice and good looking young girl with black hair, thumbs up for AB this way.
Cockpit crew is from Germany, the captain with a real well detailed welcome after boarding is completed, once again short after departure. Never followed it this way since a long time ago, with all the technical details around the flight, departure weight, speed and direction, followed by all available route details, well done again by AB.
Routing is Rhodos-Samos-Thessaloniki-Sofia-Belgrade-Graz-Linz at 36000 feet.
Service is a large cheese sandwich together with free drinks twice
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How to spend the money in Greece, a small island with an special looking airport
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The engine above the blue sea
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The safety card to confirm the plane type
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The magazine looks like interesting
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Touchdown at Nuremberg´s 2700 meter runway 28, 6.30 pm, ten minutes ahead to schedule, 10 degrees and cloudy here.
A huge number of jetbridges and one plane only docked,
but some more to come shortly with AB´s hub and spoke operation here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Cyprus1201/CY1201138.jpg



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Service Lufthansa LH 153 operated by Lufthansa City Line
Scheduled: 20.35 // 21.25[/b]

This flight is booked by LH directly. The fare once again real good with 45.00 Euro´s and also the seat selection app works well abroad, 28F the last row window for me.
Let me check now if there is a dedicated Senator lounge here.
Ah, yes it is!.
The elder lounge lady printed my boarding pass and so I´am ready to go.
The bavarian corner
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Cyprus1201/CY1201139.jpg
Something for me left hand side
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Cyprus1201/CY1201140.jpg
Leather chairs, but that´s not a huge place
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Cyprus1201/CY1201142.jpg
Also ok this way
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Cyprus1201/CY1201143.jpg
Leaving the lounge some 30 minutes prior to departure for a view to the board
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Cyprus1201/CY1201144.jpg
My plane is docked at A17 inbound from FRA
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Cyprus1201/CY1201148.jpg
The E90 as scheduled.
This is D-AECG, leg no. 11 on type, a new entry to my log.
In service with LH Cityline since 29.07.2010.
9 planes on type are in the fleet actually.
The plane is noted with an incident in late 2011 enroute from FRA to Minsk with smoke in the cabin and an immediate diversion to DRS. The flight was cancelled but thankfully nothing else happened
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Cyprus1201/CY1201152.jpg
Boarding now
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Cyprus1201/CY1201154.jpg
8.30 pm, short ahead to schedule, "Hansaline" is ready for the 30 minutes only in direction FRA, 8 degrees and cloudy here. A rolling takeoff from runway 28, like arrivals follows.
A short chat with an nice middle aged male FA confirmed the low load. Nothing else expected during my latest mobile seat check and a huge number of open seats to spot.
There is also an ok style elder female FA on the plane.
Cockpit crew is from Germany, the pilot with a short welcome only during boarding.
Cabin view, the load is 40%, but when we see the cabin divider fixed after half of the plane, it seems there are a good number of full fare pax here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Cyprus1201/CY1201155.jpg
The safety card
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Cyprus1201/CY1201156.jpg
Legroom is sure ok here in the second to last row, 27F finally
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Cyprus1201/CY1201157.jpg
Modern style dark grey clean leather seaters
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/Cyprus1201/CY1201158.jpg
No service, no route or flightlevel information.
Touchdown at FRA´s 4000 meter runway 25L, 09.10 pm, 15 minutes ahead to schedule. Also here 8 degrees and cloudy, quickly out in the public.
Some ten minutes to wait for the shuttle back to Tourcare and my car and some two hours later back home.

Well, let me tell you a short conclusion flight by flight.
LH FRA LGW: Super comfy.
TCX LGW PFO: Better as expected.
AB PFO NUE: Comfy and nice staff.
LH NUE FRA: Short and relaxed.

Close to three biz weeks now till the next flights on schedule, if nothing goes wrong as usual. And with the frequent changes lately I hope I will make it this way.
Brindisi and of course some MD´s to catch.

Jasu, comments welcome as usual.
FLIEGER67 or "Markus Klaus Felger", that´s the way Facebook knows me!.



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1464 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15307 times:

Hi Markus,

Good to read about the mediterranean spring, although thankfully we have one of our own at the moment. The legroom looks pretty abysmal on TCX. Still, what a good deal you got on the hotel, looking at that fancy bathroom you'd never think it only cost 45E.

Nice to see the photos of the Sanctuary of Aphrodite. I remember learning all about the Greek legends at school, although at that time I didn't find it too interesting.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Hah, under the wing, you know

Mind you don't bang your head!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Service is a free danish raisin cake, sorry no pic, it was lost somewhere before I remember to do a picture, together with free drinks.

Lost? Like the safety cards?!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Everything works fine and they confirmed, the plastic is on schedule.
One week prior to the trip, no plastic in the mailbox. I´ve called and reached the information that there are some issues with the plastic producer, but the card will be with me ontime.
Sure, ontime, in theory. No card in the mailbox till Saturday. Oh dear, it seems I will see it for the next trip but definitely not for its original purpose.

Pretty bad show from Diners.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Paying the credit card processing fee twice with the seat selection thing is definitely not my choice.

That's appalling. Even EZY don't do that if you want to add a suitcase or speedy boarding at a later date.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Dedicated to Hannah(Infodesk), Titan/Snowjet for Chambery

Thank you. Better luck next year?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Never followed it this way since a long time ago, with all the technical details around the flight, departure weight, speed and direction, followed by all available route details, well done again by AB.

This is something I like about the typical charter destinations. LX do it as well and I really appreciate the extra info.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
How to spend the money in Greece, a small island with an special looking airport

Wow, what an approach that would be!

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 15073 times:

Hi Markus,

a very enjoyable with many nice pictures from Cyprus, thanks a lot for sharing!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):

A dead slow local train is scheduled to stop at every corner and needs ages, not my thing for the return from NUE.
So it´s better to fly out of FRA now and skip STR for this trip.

Definitely the better decision. They also have the old rolling stock there ("Silberlinge"), so not too comfortable as well.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):

Close to no time to wait also at passport control and security operates with an priority line, also no time to wait there.
The fare is amazingly good, booked as a one way by LH directly, 55.00 Euro´s.

Very good indeed, I am starting to like LH's new oneway fares!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):

Strange, you need to reconfirm you´re flight not earlier than 96 hours prior to departure, that´s definitely a blast from the past here.
From my point of view it´s more or less a reminder for the pax to book some extra meal or seating till you finally reach the reconfirm page.

Does it also apply to (inexperienced) package tourists taking this flight? Very odd indeed.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
So I´ve decided to join the Club of Diners.
Everything works fine and they confirmed, the plastic is on schedule.
One week prior to the trip, no plastic in the mailbox. I´ve called and reached the information that there are some issues with the plastic producer, but the card will be with me ontime.

Diners Club support leaves a lot to be desired in Germany. I also needed to wait very long for my card last fall. And last week I contacted them to ask them about a possible lounge at the new BER. I received a reply but without any sensible information in it.

In your case, they could have prepared a letter or a provisional paper card stating your credit card number and that you paid the credit card fee so that you can enter the lounges. They mostly type in the code themselves and don't swipe it anyway.
But I get Diners as a partner-card for 24 EUR. This is a very good deal so I better do not complain  .

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
the southern german cost cutting measures.

Oh I know what you are talking about, I am also heavily affected by them!

The LH Lounge at NUE looks like a dull place. The Noris lounge offers at least some nice apron views.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):

Cabin view, the load is 40%, but when we see the cabin divider fixed after half of the plane, it seems there are a good number of full fare pax here

Good to know they are still making good money here. Those domestic LH connections are vital for NUE with less activity from AB in the future. NUE lost 9 destinations in its summer schedule this year..

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[Edited 2012-03-25 05:07:25]

User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12147 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 15031 times:
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I have to say I always enjoy your trip reports and the great photos you include. Thanks.


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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 14939 times:

Nice report Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Gate B31 is a short walk only from the worlds largest Senator Lounge. That´s the way to go now for me

GOod to see this lounge - looks much better than the one Petteri and I were in in Oct - I'll look out for this next month

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Paying the credit card processing fee twice with the seat selection thing is definitely not my choice.

Oh, thats a bit harsh, having to pay the CC again to reserve a seat

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Jet2 for Kiruna via East Midlands, sure something special for me

Cool flight

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
"Sure, it´s definitely better to take this seat than in the last row".

Nice to be able to get an empty row

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Sure ok with 45.00 Euro´s only B&B.

Paphos is great for hotels off season

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It´s German day now with three flights leaving to my home country, always good for some confusion when two flights on the same airline running close to the same time

Funny to see two flights at basically the same time.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Transaero heading for Moscow

When I was there in Feb, it was operated by a 747



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6902 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 14905 times:

Hi Markus,

interesting report and nice routing. Good idea to catch such a TCX 757. Paphos looks nice.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Flying out of FRA in the morning, that means an early start, wake up at 03.30 am, well nothing new to me.

Horrible!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A huge number of jetbridges and one plane only docked,
but some more to come shortly with AB´s hub and spoke operation here

Permanent loss of destionations, passenger numbers decreasing, NUE has seen better days!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 14857 times:

Hi, nice to follow all that comments.


@Hannah:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 3):

Good to read about the mediterranean spring, although thankfully we have one of our own at the moment. The legroom looks pretty abysmal on TCX. Still, what a good deal you got on the hotel, looking at that fancy bathroom you'd never think it only cost 45E.

Thank you and sure the hotel is a great one.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 3):

Nice to see the photos of the Sanctuary of Aphrodite. I remember learning all about the Greek legends at school, although at that time I didn't find it too interesting.

Count me in, much more interesting these days.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 3):

Mind you don't bang your head!

Good point.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 3):

Lost? Like the safety cards?!

Somewhere like this.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 3):

Pretty bad show from Diners.

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 3):

That's appalling. Even EZY don't do that if you want to add a suitcase or speedy boarding at a later date.

Terrible, you know.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 3):

Thank you. Better luck next year?

Hopefully.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 3):

This is something I like about the typical charter destinations. LX do it as well and I really appreciate the extra info.

Good point again here.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 3):

Wow, what an approach that would be!

I like to do it somedays.


@O.:

Quoting volvair (Reply 4):

a very enjoyable with many nice pictures from Cyprus, thanks a lot for sharing!

Thank you.

Quoting volvair (Reply 4):

Definitely the better decision. They also have the old rolling stock there ("Silberlinge"), so not too comfortable as well.

"Silberlinge", now that´s definitely out of time now.

Quoting volvair (Reply 4):

Very good indeed, I am starting to like LH's new oneway fares!

Count me in.

Quoting volvair (Reply 4):

Does it also apply to (inexperienced) package tourists taking this flight? Very odd indeed.

So it seems.

Quoting volvair (Reply 4):

Diners Club support leaves a lot to be desired in Germany. I also needed to wait very long for my card last fall. And last week I contacted them to ask them about a possible lounge at the new BER. I received a reply but without any sensible information in it.

In your case, they could have prepared a letter or a provisional paper card stating your credit card number and that you paid the credit card fee so that you can enter the lounges. They mostly type in the code themselves and don't swipe it anyway.
But I get Diners as a partner-card for 24 EUR. This is a very good deal so I better do not complain  

Not the best impression here with Diners by now.

Quoting volvair (Reply 4):

Oh I know what you are talking about, I am also heavily affected by them!

The LH Lounge at NUE looks like a dull place. The Noris lounge offers at least some nice apron views.

Good point, I will check it the next time.

Quoting volvair (Reply 4):

Good to know they are still making good money here. Those domestic LH connections are vital for NUE with less activity from AB in the future. NUE lost 9 destinations in its summer schedule this year..

Not that easy times for NUE these days.


@luv2fly:

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 5):

I have to say I always enjoy your trip reports and the great photos you include. Thanks.

Thank you, warm welcomed.


@Gabriel:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):
Nice report Markus!

Thank you.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):

GOod to see this lounge - looks much better than the one Petteri and I were in in Oct - I'll look out for this next month

Do it, sure a nice place.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):

Oh, thats a bit harsh, having to pay the CC again to reserve a seat

Exactly my opinion, you know.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):

Cool flight

Definitely.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):

Nice to be able to get an empty row

Lucky me, you know.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):

Paphos is great for hotels off season

Also my impression.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):

Funny to see two flights at basically the same time.

Always good for some confusion.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):

When I was there in Feb, it was operated by a 747

Lots of russians around also during my stay.


@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):

interesting report and nice routing. Good idea to catch such a TCX 757. Paphos looks nice.

Thank you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):

Horrible!

Indeed, but nothing new to me.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):

Permanent loss of destionations, passenger numbers decreasing, NUE has seen better days!

Really not the best time for NUE actually.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6645 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 14578 times:

Hi Markus !

Another great and interesting report from you! Back to your usual style; early departure and a short trip in Europe!

Nice flights on LH; I thought they had under wing registrations? I guess not. Flights look nice.

It looks VERY cramped on Thomas Cook. Definetly better with the legs sideways! Glad you had some empty seats next to you!

Cyprus looks very nice ! Great sights to visit like you did! I should try to go there some time.

AB looks very cramped especially for the bulk head row which I thought had lots of legroom.

Thanks again for another great report!

Looking forward to the next one from Italy!

The777Man



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 715 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 14516 times:

Hi Markus,

interesting and nice report, good idea to put these topbonus miles to a good use and combine it with a nice escape of the winter here. Good catch on the Thomas Cook 757, for sure a very nice bird. Even though the service wasn't anything to write home about in my opinion flying a 757 compensates for that.

And looks like you were twice lucky with your seats on this trip, well done.

Nice pictures from Cyprus, these ruins are certainly interesting.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
There are several drink runs, but nothing for free at all.

Wow, not even water for free, on a flight that long? Not good.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And imagine these desperate calls for pax missing at gate 5 till they are sorted out from the queue at my gate, ah, these people!.

A bit strange that they have 2 flights to the same destination by the same airlines within 10 minutes. Of course that's a bit confusing for the not so experienced travelers. Was the other flight also on a A319/320? If so I wonder why they haven't combined the two flights and used something bigger.

CaptainRed


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3018 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14411 times:

Hi Markus,

good report as usual  

Shame about Diners, did you tell them you wanted it for this weekend? If they know that they will then have to pay the lounge for your access perhaps they "lost" it? Sorry, I'm just too cynical these days!

Nice brief stopover at Gatwick. I take it you couldn't meet any of the Easy crew on here?  

I'm wondering why the reference to FR in the report title?

Finally Cyprus looks nice, I know only a short visit but clearly worth more investigation, especially also after Gabriel's recent report!

Thanks

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14391 times:

Hi and nice to follow more comments.

@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):

Another great and interesting report from you! Back to your usual style; early departure and a short trip in Europe!

Thank you, warm welcomed, you know.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):

Nice flights on LH; I thought they had under wing registrations? I guess not. Flights look nice.

Good point, no underwing regs with LH.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):

It looks VERY cramped on Thomas Cook. Definetly better with the legs sideways! Glad you had some empty seats next to you!

Lucky me, definitely.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):

Cyprus looks very nice ! Great sights to visit like you did! I should try to go there some time.

Do it, really recommendable.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):

AB looks very cramped especially for the bulk head row which I thought had lots of legroom.

Also my opinion here.


@M.:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):

interesting and nice report, good idea to put these topbonus miles to a good use and combine it with a nice escape of the winter here. Good catch on the Thomas Cook 757, for sure a very nice bird. Even though the service wasn't anything to write home about in my opinion flying a 757 compensates for that.

And looks like you were twice lucky with your seats on this trip, well done.

Thank you and this was also one of the ideas around this trip.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):

Nice pictures from Cyprus, these ruins are certainly interesting.

Definitely interesting,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):

Wow, not even water for free, on a flight that long? Not good.

Nothing at all.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):

A bit strange that they have 2 flights to the same destination by the same airlines within 10 minutes. Of course that's a bit confusing for the not so experienced travelers. Was the other flight also on a A319/320? If so I wonder why they haven't combined the two flights and used something bigger.

A 738 and an A319, well worth it for something bigger, like you stated.


@R.:

Quoting signol (Reply 11):

good report as usual

Thank you.

Quoting signol (Reply 11):

Shame about Diners, did you tell them you wanted it for this weekend? If they know that they will then have to pay the lounge for your access perhaps they "lost" it? Sorry, I'm just too cynical these days!

Good point, they know it, but no way to go this time.

Quoting signol (Reply 11):

Nice brief stopover at Gatwick. I take it you couldn't meet any of the Easy crew on here?

Good point again, don´t checked it en detail.

Quoting signol (Reply 11):

I'm wondering why the reference to FR in the report title?

FR is on schedule to open up a base with 2 planes there in early April.

Quoting signol (Reply 11):

Finally Cyprus looks nice, I know only a short visit but clearly worth more investigation, especially also after Gabriel's recent report!

Definitely worth a visit.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27234 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 14259 times:

Hey Markus ,
Lovely report as usual. Nice to see a TC B757 one . Nothing special but a nice B757 ride  

Glad you enjoyed Cyprus a wonderful place to visit anytime of the year. Good value hotel room also . Loved the photos of the mosaics  

Looking forward to the next one  

Philip  


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1770 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (2 years 8 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 14060 times:
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Hello Markus,

Good report and nice to see your search for warmer climes paid off: 4 new log entries and a new carrier and the mighty 757, that’s what I call a success getaway!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The fare is amazingly good, booked as a one way by LH directly, 55.00 Euro´s.

Indeed sometimes these excellent fares on LH, too bad they’re usually not there when I need them...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
From my point of view it´s more or less a reminder for the pax to book some extra meal or seating till you finally reach the reconfirm page.

Exactly my view as well. I guess the holidaymakers are easy targets for this.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Ok, where you want to sit, bulkhead, exit, it´s free for you".

Nice gesture. Did he ask any ‘frequent traveller’s proof’ or was he just being kind?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Jet2 for Kiruna via East Midlands, sure something special for me

I remember that story. And something for user deltamartin as well probably!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It´s German day now with three flights leaving to my home country, always good for some confusion when two flights on the same airline running close to the same time

That’s asking for big trouble with a plane load of retired holiday makers  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And it feels somewhat unreal, retired couples in front,
retired couples right hand side, retired couples left hand side and simply no one behind me.

Maybe someday Markus, we will find ourselves in that very same catergory and situation  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Cockpit crew is from Germany, the captain with a real well detailed welcome after boarding is completed, once again short after departure. Never followed it this way since a long time ago, with all the technical details around the flight, departure weight, speed and direction, followed by all available route details, well done again by AB.
Routing is Rhodos-Samos-Thessaloniki-Sofia-Belgrade-Graz-Linz at 36000 feet.

Nice to have such an extensive amount of info, but I feel that most of the pax couldn’t care less about that.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Brindisi and of course some MD´s to catch.

Given the destination, these MD’s will belong to Alitalia?

Sultanils



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 13916 times:

Hello FLIEGER67

Nice report! Always good to read something special.

I love the routing and the fact you could add this UK charter flight. Also, PFO-NUE is not an everyday route.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
The fare is amazingly good, booked as a one way by LH directly, 55.00 Euro

That's indeed a nice fare, plus I didn't know LH did one-ways! Good to know.

Best regards,
LXM83


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (2 years 8 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 13791 times:

Hey, good to follow more comments.


@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):

Lovely report as usual. Nice to see a TC B757 one . Nothing special but a nice B757 ride

Thank you.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):

Glad you enjoyed Cyprus a wonderful place to visit anytime of the year. Good value hotel room also . Loved the photos of the mosaics

Definitely, I was impressed with "Kypros".


@Nils:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):

Good report and nice to see your search for warmer climes paid off: 4 new log entries and a new carrier and the mighty 757, that’s what I call a success getaway!

Thank you.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):

Indeed sometimes these excellent fares on LH, too bad they’re usually not there when I need them...

Good luck the next time, but sure not that easy to catch.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):

Exactly my view as well. I guess the holidaymakers are easy targets for this.

Definitely.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):

Nice gesture. Did he ask any ‘frequent traveller’s proof’ or was he just being kind?

Nice talking seems the way to go here.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):

I remember that story. And something for user deltamartin as well probably!

Good point.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):

That’s asking for big trouble with a plane load of retired holiday makers

Exactly the way it goes.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):

Maybe someday Markus, we will find ourselves in that very same catergory and situation

Oh, well, so it seems.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):

Nice to have such an extensive amount of info, but I feel that most of the pax couldn’t care less about that.

Good point again, but really interesting for me.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):

Given the destination, these MD’s will belong to Alitalia?

As scheduled it is.


@J.:

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 15):

Nice report! Always good to read something special.

I love the routing and the fact you could add this UK charter flight. Also, PFO-NUE is not an everyday route.

Thank you.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 15):

That's indeed a nice fare, plus I didn't know LH did one-ways! Good to know.

But not that easy to catch, lot´s of searching here for me.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (2 years 8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 13721 times:

Hallo, Markus!

Finally a nightshift, good time for me to read your report. Now, first about the Diners card, such a shame that they're late sending out your plastic.. I want to have this card too, but unfortunately they do not issue to card anymore in the Netherlands. If there's any other way to do it, I would like to know but so far no chance  

I must say, these British charters are way to go, nice plane, another 757. Not common these days. Well done.

You made a nice trip of it. And you're AB Gold now, giving you a nice level at oneworld alliance, with lounge access now also on BA flights, I assume you're sapphire level? I once had AB Silver, but since they stopped flying to AMS there was no chance for me to keep it up, despite me loving this airline.

Nice pics all the way, well done.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinelewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3671 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (2 years 8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 13710 times:

Very good trip report! I see you enjoyed the lemon trees, they are all over the place, at least in Greece.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
How to spend the money in Greece, a small island with an special looking airport

That would be Kastelorizo (Aka Megisti Island). It is the eastern-most inhabited Greek island. I think it only gets one flight a day with OA from Rhodes. Not a very modern or busy airport.

[Edited 2012-03-26 18:43:54]

User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (2 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 13642 times:

Hi Markus,

I have to admit at first I had a hard time figuring out your title and what did FR have to do with your trip until I got it: yes, the UK (and many other) charter's nowadays are exactly like FR and the other ultra low cost carriers. Nothing is free, even saying "Hello" will be charged according to the price list on the inflight magazine. Such a shame, but hey, if the public wants low fares that is what they are gonna get. You can thank FR, U2 et. al for this trend.

It is still different in countries like Finland where the competition is much less intense so charter carriers get more money and can offer some limited frills like meals, sandwiches and soft drinks for free.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
some two months ago, I´ve noticed that my airberlin TopBonus account shows a deadline for a couple of miles at the end of March.

Hmm, that reminds me that I have a bunch of miles expiring in June. Maybe I should do something with them - too bad it is only a handful, enough for a German domestic flight whenever they are running a special discount deal.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Flying out of FRA in the morning, that means an early start, wake up at 03.30 am, well nothing new to me.

Oh dear. This is pure Markus.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The fare is amazingly good, booked as a one way by LH directly, 55.00 Euro´s.

Yep, I hope Lufty's experiment with these cheap one way fares expands to established routes from the new routes like all the 40+ BER ones and the new DUS-HEL service.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Gate B31 is a short walk only from the worlds largest Senator Lounge. That´s the way to go now for me

This is definitely a very nice lounge - I was impressed by my visit there on my birthday last November. Too bad it is on the non-Schengen side, though!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
You see something like this close to the lounge

Nice! Looking forward to September!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Something for me also

What? Cornwall?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Cabin view, the load is well mixed today with 60% in the end
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Since 30.04.1991 in service with LH, one of 22 still in the fleet.

Considering this plane is 20 years old the tender loving care by Lufthansa and the NEK make it look very fresh.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Strange, you need to reconfirm you´re flight not earlier than 96 hours prior to departure, that´s definitely a blast from the past here.
From my point of view it´s more or less a reminder for the pax to book some extra meal or seating till you finally reach the reconfirm page.

See, it is all in the name of gouging more money out of you, the self loading profit generator. Having "passengers" is so last season.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Also somewhat strange is that I can´t find any available confirmation for the plane type operating this flight.
It seems TCX switches it flexible according to the actual needs.

Yes they do. Really annoying when you are trying to catch a particular plane type. Reminds me of my MAN-TFS flight two years ago when I first thought I was flying on an A330, then a 757 only to end up on an aisle seat on a completely packed A320. Talking about an anticlimax...

Still congratulations on scoring the 757 - sure beats a boring Airbus (unless it is a 300).

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
So I´ve decided to join the Club of Diners.

Congratulations, you made the right choice.

How much do you pay for it? I get it for free which makes the deal even more sweeter!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Sure, ontime, in theory. No card in the mailbox till Saturday. Oh dear, it seems I will see it for the next trip but definitely not for its original purpose.

Now this is a shame! I think you should've called them and asked them to fax or mail you a statement that you indeed have a card with the card number, in many places that should be enough to get in.

Then again the Servisair lounges at Gatwick South are nothing to write home about. No real food at all, plenty of drinks but that's about it. One of them has view of planes landing on 26 but the other one is pretty much subterranean...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Paying the credit card processing fee twice with the seat selection thing is definitely not my choice.

That's a royal rip off!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Jet2 for Kiruna via East Midlands, sure something special for me

Sounds nice. Too bad one probably can't book tickets on it just like that. I also like the Monarch flight to Kittilä!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The first time for me to see an AN148 for real

Nice - looks like an Avro where someone stole the other pair of engines. Hope I will manage to catch one of these in July, it is in the plans!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Also a special country these days

...and heading there with this carrier & plane combination as part of that same trip  .

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The complete row 21 is not taken right now.

Congratulations! Sometimes it pays off to hold til the end.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Legroom is better this way

Ouch, that looks abysmal.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Further on by the hotels taxi service to Paphos harbour

Hey, nice to see pictures of Paphos/Pafos. My first real trip abroad (Sweden doesn't count) was a trip to Paphos back in 1984 I think. We flew there with an AY DC-8, certainly a special trip. I remember some of these views from Paphos, a nice and laid back town with not too much mass tourism back then. Nowadays it might be a bit different. The airport looks like it's been rebuilt a few times - back then it was just one large shack with lots of seats and a couple of gates and bars.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Finally she found me in the system, no bag to check, more surprise, it seems that´s not the usual standard here.

AHh, I love traveling on the flights where I definitely don't fit into the usual passenger demographics. Always nice to surprise the staff. Like the DY flight PLQ-RYG I took some years ago where I think I was the only pax who wasn't a Lithuanian guest worker going back to Norway or that one ARN-EPU flight where 90% of the plane were retirees on a package tour to Pärnu's Spas - I even managed to talk myself into hitching a ride to town with their tour bus. Lovely.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Lemons, love it

You know the airport security officers are required to eat a couple of these before their shift to make them appear suitably grumpy and well... sour  .

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The bavarian corner

Looks yummy, luckily I'm heading to Bavaria this weekend! Is that Leberkäse on the corner?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Also ok this way

Pretzels, mmmm....


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3018 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (2 years 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 13527 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
FR is on schedule to open up a base with 2 planes there in early April.

Understood. Visit it before the Harp arrives in force!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (2 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 13417 times:

Hey, good to see more comments.


@Eric:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 17):

Finally a nightshift, good time for me to read your report. Now, first about the Diners card, such a shame that they're late sending out your plastic.. I want to have this card too, but unfortunately they do not issue to card anymore in the Netherlands. If there's any other way to do it, I would like to know but so far no chance

Thank you and my first impression with Diner is not that good by now. So we will see.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 17):

I must say, these British charters are way to go, nice plane, another 757. Not common these days. Well done.

Definitely interesting stuff around the British charter carriers these days.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 17):

You made a nice trip of it. And you're AB Gold now, giving you a nice level at oneworld alliance, with lounge access now also on BA flights, I assume you're sapphire level? I once had AB Silver, but since they stopped flying to AMS there was no chance for me to keep it up, despite me loving this airline.

Sapphire is correct, so I will do a couple more flights on AB to enjoy the One World lounges.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 17):

Nice pics all the way, well done.

Thanks again.


@lewis:

Quoting lewis (Reply 18):
Very good trip report! I see you enjoyed the lemon trees, they are all over the place, at least in Greece.

Thank you and I love the lemon trees, so nice.

Quoting lewis (Reply 18):

That would be Kastelorizo (Aka Megisti Island). It is the eastern-most inhabited Greek island. I think it only gets one flight a day with OA from Rhodes. Not a very modern or busy airport.

Really good to know. That´s something for me.


@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):
I have to admit at first I had a hard time figuring out your title and what did FR have to do with your trip until I got it: yes, the UK (and many other) charter's nowadays are exactly like FR and the other ultra low cost carriers. Nothing is free, even saying "Hello" will be charged according to the price list on the inflight magazine. Such a shame, but hey, if the public wants low fares that is what they are gonna get. You can thank FR, U2 et. al for this trend.

It is still different in countries like Finland where the competition is much less intense so charter carriers get more money and can offer some limited frills like meals, sandwiches and soft drinks for free.

Thank you and you´re on the right way, the only noticeable difference is the fixed seating from my point of view.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Hmm, that reminds me that I have a bunch of miles expiring in June. Maybe I should do something with them - too bad it is only a handful, enough for a German domestic flight whenever they are running a special discount deal.

Do it, no chance to let them go.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Oh dear. This is pure Markus.

Back to the roots, you know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Yep, I hope Lufty's experiment with these cheap one way fares expands to established routes from the new routes like all the 40+ BER ones and the new DUS-HEL service.

Count me in this way.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

This is definitely a very nice lounge - I was impressed by my visit there on my birthday last November. Too bad it is on the non-Schengen side, though!

Sure a nice place to visit more often.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Nice! Looking forward to September!

Good to know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

What? Cornwall?

For example Exeter or Newquay, why not?.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Considering this plane is 20 years old the tender loving care by Lufthansa and the NEK make it look very fresh.

Exactly my point of view.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

See, it is all in the name of gouging more money out of you, the self loading profit generator. Having "passengers" is so last season.

That´s it, definitely.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Yes they do. Really annoying when you are trying to catch a particular plane type. Reminds me of my MAN-TFS flight two years ago when I first thought I was flying on an A330, then a 757 only to end up on an aisle seat on a completely packed A320. Talking about an anticlimax...

Still congratulations on scoring the 757 - sure beats a boring Airbus (unless it is a 300).

Lucky me this time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Congratulations, you made the right choice.

How much do you pay for it? I get it for free which makes the deal even more sweeter!

After waiting for more than a year about a good deal, no chance, 80.00 Euro´s.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Now this is a shame! I think you should've called them and asked them to fax or mail you a statement that you indeed have a card with the card number, in many places that should be enough to get in.

Then again the Servisair lounges at Gatwick South are nothing to write home about. No real food at all, plenty of drinks but that's about it. One of them has view of planes landing on 26 but the other one is pretty much subterranean...

My mistake here, I´ve dont noticed that there is no Sunday phone service for the german members.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

That's a royal rip off!

Definitely.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Sounds nice. Too bad one probably can't book tickets on it just like that. I also like the Monarch flight to Kittilä!

Count me in, something for me.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Nice - looks like an Avro where someone stole the other pair of engines. Hope I will manage to catch one of these in July, it is in the plans!

Hah, good point and looking forward to you´re impression.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

...and heading there with this carrier & plane combination as part of that same trip

Something more to look forward to.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Congratulations! Sometimes it pays off to hold til the end.

Lucky me, again, you know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Ouch, that looks abysmal.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Hey, nice to see pictures of Paphos/Pafos. My first real trip abroad (Sweden doesn't count) was a trip to Paphos back in 1984 I think. We flew there with an AY DC-8, certainly a special trip. I remember some of these views from Paphos, a nice and laid back town with not too much mass tourism back then. Nowadays it might be a bit different. The airport looks like it's been rebuilt a few times - back then it was just one large shack with lots of seats and a couple of gates and bars.

Those days, love it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

AHh, I love traveling on the flights where I definitely don't fit into the usual passenger demographics. Always nice to surprise the staff. Like the DY flight PLQ-RYG I took some years ago where I think I was the only pax who wasn't a Lithuanian guest worker going back to Norway or that one ARN-EPU flight where 90% of the plane were retirees on a package tour to Pärnu's Spas - I even managed to talk myself into hitching a ride to town with their tour bus. Lovely.

Ah, great stories to tell.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

You know the airport security officers are required to eat a couple of these before their shift to make them appear suitably grumpy and well... sour

Hah, good point, it seems that there are a lot of lemon trees around!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Looks yummy, luckily I'm heading to Bavaria this weekend! Is that Leberkäse on the corner?

It is, yes, it is.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):

Pretzels, mmmm....

Count me in.


@R.:

Quoting signol (Reply 20):

Understood. Visit it before the Harp arrives in force!

Exactly the way to go and it seems there is a lot of interest around.
TA shows me frequently the number of readers around my Hotel contributions and there are more than 500 in less than a week.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (2 years 8 months 2 hours ago) and read 13319 times:

Hi again,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
Thank you and my first impression with Diner is not that good by now. So we will see.

Well after reading your report I contacted Diners today and by surprise they are now able to supply a standard Diners Card to me, which is requested immediately. They expect to get it all settled withing 4 weeks from now. Not sure about the experience and their customer service. So far, their website is very bad.

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 23, posted (2 years 8 months ago) and read 13285 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 22):
Well after reading your report I contacted Diners today and by surprise they are now able to supply a standard Diners Card to me, which is requested immediately. They expect to get it all settled withing 4 weeks from now. Not sure about the experience and their customer service. So far, their website is very bad.

Welcome to the Club, Eric! No chance we will see Jonas there due to the pay access for SE (and DK) members nowadays  


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 13211 times:

Hi Markus

Great report you have got there! I'm really fan of the writing style used.
LH and AB look sufficient as normal, 3 great flights.
Getting the 757 in Europe is pretty rare, good job on catching it to Paphos. However, seating does look cramped for a 4,5hrs trip to cyprus.


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
25 FLIEGER67 : Hi, interesting to follow more comments. @Eric: Now that´s a surprise. Welcome to the Club and tell me how long they need to present you the card. @P
26 roberts87 : Thanks for posting, a great read as usual! Ah yes, LH offers one ways ex-Germany to the UK. Too bad they don't offer one ways to more destinations. Go
27 ba319-131 : Nice read Markus, thanks for posting. Interesting to read there are only 8 A320's left in the Air Berlin fleet, always thought there were more than th
28 FLIEGER67 : Hi and nice to follow more comments. @Robert: Thank you. That´s indeed really difficult to catch these fares. Sure the point here and also my backgro
29 deltamartin : Hi Markus! Great report as usual! Especially nice to read about your visit at LGW, as I recently went there for the first time myself. The way it shou
30 musapapaya : This is interesting - I would prefer the A319 myself, wonder if these 2 planes made a race together, which one arrived first, did you know? nice repo
31 adamspotter : Hi Markus, nice report, sure enjoyed reading it. Paphos sure looks good, a nice getaway! Nice looking lounge indeed! cheers, adamspotter // Brendan
32 FLIEGER67 : Hi and good to see more comments. @Martin: Thank you. Definitely. Good point, I like it, too. Something for the next winter season, maybe. Interesting
33 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hi Markus, I'm sorry for my late reply - I've been so busy with tens of exams in the last past few weeks, but now I finally have some time to read tri
34 FLIEGER67 : Hi, R., good to follow you´re comment. Thank you. Sure ok this way. Once more sure ok this way. My time, you know. Exactly my opinion, you know. We w
35 Post contains images akhmad : Hello Markus, Finally I get around replying another exciting report of yours. Great entertainment for cold Easter morning. Action needed! There’s no
36 FLIEGER67 : Hoi Suryo Sitting in the Club Rotana Lounge by Park Rotana Abu Dhabi right now and pretty nice to follow you re comment. Definitely. Sure thats the wa
37 Post contains images dkdaviator : Hello, I just saw your nice report there on a trip to a nice destination. And plus it includes the 757, a nice type indeed! Wow, that's an early start
38 FLIEGER67 : Hey, David. Thank you. Not unusual for me!. Sure, I´ve checked it several times. Definitely. Good point here. More, sure!. It is, sure the place to v
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