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Best Of Bavaria And KLC E190: HEL-RIX-MUC-AMS-HEL  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8404 times:

Introduction

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This is the final trip that started at BT’s very generous sale late last year (the same one where Jonas got his cherry poppin’ BT tickets: Mother Fokker! And The A.net Meet (pics) (by LH4116 Apr 4 2012 in Trip Reports) ). After booking a couple of tickets I went to take “one final look” and surprise surprise - ended up booking a HEL-RIX-MUC flight for 34 EUR, not that I intended to...

I had no real plans as what to do with that flight - toyed around with flying LH to KRK or LOT to WAW but those fares shot through my threshold while I was doing so. Finally I decided I’ll just visit a couple of places in Bavaria I’ve longed to visit for quite some time instead of turning this into my usual hopping-around-many-places-in-many-different-planes kind of endeavour. So I decided to book my return flight for Sunday - SAS via CPH was the most suitable option but then I figured out that a return ticket with KLM was only around 40 EUR more and would offer me my first flights on the Cityhopper E190, something which I definitely wanted to do! Plus it would leave me with a return flight back to Bavaria to realize one plan I’ve been hatching for quite a while now...

So anyway I booked the KLM itinerary for around 170 EUR. Finally I added a rental car from Sixt (and rebooked a couple of months later when Sixt and SAS was conveniently running a very nice promo for 2000 EB points on a single rental during the period which perfectly matched my time there) as relying on public transport on this trip would be quite a hassle.

So here we go - a simple itinerary for this weekend trip:

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Well when one of the airlines in your itinerary just happens to be airBaltic you are bound to have some fun with your booking. At some point in early 2012 they announced that the MUC route would be going double daily - this caused my noon flight to be moved to a very early departure ex-RIX. So I did something desperate and asked to be rebooked on the “early bird special” with a departure time at 5.05 on a Saturday morning - and my original flight had a far more civilized departure time of 8.40!

As if this wasn’t bad enough a few weeks before departure BT notified me of a yet another schedule change: the early bird flight would now be departing at an even more inhumane hour of 4.45! This would be the earliest or latest flight I’ve ever taken, depending on your point of view. Well, I had no other choice than grudgingly agree to this as well - at least it meant I’d have a bit more time to have a proper breakfast at the RIX lounge - breakfast is one thing they usually do quite well.

Saturday 31.3.2011

Waking up at 3.30 AM I have to double check I’m not someone living in South Germany - but no, it still is Finland. I’m not up for any food at this insane hour so after an ice cold shower to wake me up, a glass of juice and fumbling for my clothes and backbag I call a taxi (no way I’m taking a bus as the schedules would have me waking up around 3!) which promptly arrives and the nice older driver gets me to T1 in record time - no traffic at all at this hour!

As expected T1 is pretty much deserted at this hour - just some staff at the BT check in desks and a few sleeping passengers on the benches. Quick through the security - actually our gate agents are following me through the check and as soon as they reach the gate 13A which is right opposite the checkpoint they set it up and call for boarding - no nonsense just as I prefer this early.

Remarkably there’s almost no wait in the bus for any last minute pax - from what I can see I think I was pretty much the last pax to arrive at the gate. Quite a few people for this early flight - including a large number of Indians and some Asians, is BT now stealing AY’s bread and butter passengers as well?

Today’s load almost justifies the use of the larger Dash over the Fokker - unfortunately it is YL-BAJ, my second ride on this particular one. The earlier time was back in January, on another one of these BT special deal tickets on my way to Gatwick (see report here: Fare Thee Well, BMI: HEL-RIX-LGW/LHR-TXL-CPH-HEL (by FlyingFinn76 Feb 4 2012 in Trip Reports) ).

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HEL - RIX
BT330
Dash 8 Q 400 YL-BAJ
Seat 21D
4.43 - 5.35

Onboard two male FAs this time - I have the usual jokes about the early flight with them and the other one confesses to sleeping an hour, the other one having no sleep at all - this is the crew that arrives HEL on the “Midnight special” flight, SAT at five minutes past one in the night so not that unusual for them.

This is LN-NIA, Norwegian’s first plane with the “Famous Finns” tail - this particular Finn being our national poet, Mr. Runeberg:

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Or Johan Ludvig Runeberg to give his full name:

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Interestingly the purser announces the languages spoken onboard (by the crew I assume as I think I can still remember how to speak Finnish) as “English, Latvian and Russian” - never had this with BT before. In the cockpit there seem to be some additional languages spoken as the captain sounds like a Frenchman to me, welcomes us onboard and announces a quick flight time of 50 minutes.

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No need for dangerous and potential delay inducing deicing this morning, so after the doors are closed and engines started we leave the position a couple of minutes ahead of schedule.

No congestion of course so a few minutes later we take to the skies from 04R.

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Some pretty views of the Capital Region lit up on departure:

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I like this photo as it shows how the centre of Helsinki is constrained on that narrow peninsula in the middle of the photo with no space to grow anywhere - all the black areas are sea:

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No doubt what I do for the next 45 or so minutes - drift off into dreamland although it is more like dozing than actual deep sleep, but refreshing nevertheless.

I’m woken up by the sound of the gear coming down and a few seconds later we touch down on RIX’s runway 18, “15 minutes ahead of time” as the crew is happy to announce - looks like this Dash might be equipped with the experimental PWC quantum leap engines as it manages to defy the laws of physics regarding time.

A rather miserable morning in Latvia:

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Couple of minutes later we stop at a proper gate in the B pier (not that the jetway goes that low so we could use it...) and after a bit of a wait for the ground crew who apparently weren’t expecting us this early they let us out and I make a beeline for the BT lounge.

Riga Airport

There’s no one at the lounge reception so I take a look at the display case they have set up with various airBaltic branded merchandise. One of these days I’m going to get me a pair of these cool sneakers - they were first used in the BT advertising but apparently people started asking where they could buy them from so they decided to actually sell them:

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Soon a guy appears from somewhere in the bowels of the lounge. He seems to be part of the permanent fixture nowadays - I think he’s been there for the last five or so times I’ve visited. I kinda miss the nice girls...

So now it is time for a proper cooked breakfast with cheesy egg rolls and sausages:

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Definitely hits the spot very nicely and I’ve recently taken an unexpected fondness on the hot chocolate their coffee machine dispenses - yummy!

That is all I have time for as the front desk guy soon comes and advises me that my flight is boarding, so I say my thanks, gather all my trash and head for gate seven. On the way I notice something interesting:

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Yes, apparently RIX airport nowadays charges FR pax a special “security fee” as I guess they gave Mr. O’Leary such a good deal that it doesn’t cover their operating costs. Very dubious and low in my opinion!

Gate seven is right next door to the gate where I arrived half an hour or so earlier so I know the ride will then be YL-BBX just as I suspected. I get a bit of a deja-vu feeling as this is the very same plane that took me to Gatwick back in January, after flying in on YL-BAJ as well... Third flight with her in any case.

Looks like a lot of people want to go to Bavaria this morning as the boarding queue is very long - while waiting I have another case of deja-vu as on the passport queue for the non-Schengen gates at the end of the B pier next to me I spot the same Ukrainian sports team that I shared my unfortunate RIX-TLL flight the previous Sunday ( How Not To Deice A Plane: HEL-RIX-TLL (by FlyingFinn76 Mar 26 2012 in Trip Reports) ), apparently on their way back to KBP.

On the queue I recognize several familiar passengers from the HEL flight as well - so I’m not the only one doing this connection today.

RIX - MUC
BT221
B737-300 YL-BBX
Seat 4F
6.45 - 7.42

The plane is freezing inside and the faux leather seats are almost painful to touch. Three rows of business class with a single passenger, economy has a good load but luckily I get an empty middle seat next to me after a wealthy looking Latvian woman takes the aisle seat.

Another obligatory legroom shot:

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At some point your stereotypical large, older Bavarian man boards the plane and very loudly asks the purser “Wie geht es?!” in a thicker than thick Bavarian accent. The poor lass is a bit confused, apparently speaking no German and unsuccessfully tries Latvian, Russian and English with the man who says something else which I can’t quite make out, smiles smugly and makes his way into... economy class. With his demeanour and air of authority around him you’d at least expect him to be seated in business!

Our captain is British this morning - James something - but also fluent in Latvian (well at least as far as my Latvian understanding goes which is not too far). He announces a flight time of 1h55mins and says that we will be on our merry way as soon as a bit of deicing action has taken place. Following this we push back, five minutes late.

My inbound ride getting deiced next to us:

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Deicing seems to be smooth enough with no APU-related incidents this time and afterwards we taxi at a rather slow speed to the runway 18 threshold and take off.

Looks like a couple of the Fokkers have been parked here and are apparently not being used actively:

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This would be the view out of the window for most of the flight - overcast all the way:

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It is another very uneventful flight - for the first half I finish my morning paper (yes, this time it showed up before I had to leave, yay for a news addict like me!) and splurge for a coffee from the BOB service:

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For the second half I just listen to some music and kinda drift off, thinking of various things and trying to feel rested enough for the upcoming drive around Bavaria.

Still cloudy but at least not murky:

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The biggest event on this flight is when a toddler a few rows behind me decides to self upgrade himself and wanders up the aisle, thru the curtain into business class - future up front flyer I guess!

This flight actually goes very fast and I am quite surprised (ok, I might have slept for a while...) by our descent and the captain’s announcement about landing in no time at all. After we break the cloud base there are some nice views of the Bavarian countryside around us:

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Landing is on runway 26R, total flight time around 1h45mins.

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The ancient Bavarian tribes built these earthen pyramids that were used to spot flying things - this tradition continues to date:

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While we are taxiing to T1 I’m surprised to see quite a number of LH birds parked on remote stands around it - looks like MUC definitely needs that new T2 satellite building (not to mention the third runway):

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We get a jetway gate at a rather empty looking T1 next to this Air One bird, apparently operating the new MXP-MUC service - quite a big plane for such a short hop:

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Bye:

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Munich Airport, take 1

Deboarding is fast, but it is a bit of a hike to the Munich Airport Center - an area between T1 and T2 that houses facilities such as a lot of shops, restaurants, the train station and most importantly (for me today) the car rental offices. The route from T1 features a rather funkily lit corridor with travelators, I guess the one at DTW looks a bit like this:

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After locating the Sixt counters I get my paperwork sorted out with a very pleasant girl, choose the offered Fiesta over some Fiat model (I’m a Ford man, after all!) and head towards the garage to pick up my ride.

After getting familiar with it it is time to head out, hitting the Autobahn for my first objective of the day.

Primary Objective #1

First stop on my journey is the sleepy but beautiful town of Oberschleißheim, home not only to the Schleissheim Palace (which I drove through) but also the aviation part of Deutsches Museum at the former grounds of the Schleissheim airfield:

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A tranquil and very beautiful morning:

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My spiffy little Fiesta - a fine car but could only do 160 km/h and if you know the German Autobahns that’s nothing:

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Some shots from the museum where I was the first guest of ther day - I was there one minute past the opening time  http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Bavaria_0304_2012/There_4.jpg

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I wouldn’t mind that in my garden. If I had a garden, that is:

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A wonderful, truly wonderful CASA 2.111 - a Spanish built HE-111:

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Are there camels in Afganisthan:

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Bogeyman:

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After a couple of hours of aviation bliss it was time to move on.

Primary Objective #2

I drove to the nearby town of Dachau, (in)famous for its concentration camp which has been turned into a memorial site. Hence my second objective, the KZ Gedenkstätte Dachau:

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Arbeit Macht Frei:

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The vast gathering ground - tons of Italian teenage school groups around:

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Another couple of hours went flying past exploring this very interesting historical site. Afterwards I had a bit of a lunch at Dachau before getting back on the Autobahn for the drive up to Regensburg.

The A9 Munich - Ingolstadt - Nürnberg one was full of cars - wonder why everyone was trying to reach Franconia this day:

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Luckily after a while things settled down and after turning on the A93 it was smooth progress (but that road had a lot of speed restrictions, bummer). The first part of that Autobahn is certainly interesting as it apparently takes you through most of the areas where hop is cultivated in Bavaria.

Eventually reaching Regensburg I had some problems finding my hotel, thanks to me leaving the Autobahn on the wrong side of the Danube and ending up in some drab industrial park. Eventually after backtracking my way back to the A93 I got onto the right track and finally found my hotel right on the outskirts of society:

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Yes, that hotel is indeed called “McDreams”. I’m pretty sure they will (be forced to) change their name after a certain US corporation takes interest in them...

In the lobby they have a fancy looking self check in machine so I decided to use that one. Sure it got the job done but was so frustratingly slow that in the time it took to do it I could’ve done the manual check in five times over and still had time for a wee pint:

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My room - “functional” and “bare bones” are two of the terms that spring to my mind:

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Still for 35 EUR per night including free wifi (which was very patchy apart from early in the morning, must be all those teenagers downloading porn clogging it up) okay for me.

Did they steal this mural over the bed from some other hotel:

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This room access code (yes, no keys or keycards) is a bit of a mouthful:

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As I mentioned the hotel is somewhere in the boondocks, but as I had the car and it offered free parking plus advertised convenient bus connections to the city I decided to try my luck. Sure there is a bus stop a few hundred meters away with buses to the city centre so fine with me.

Secondary Objective #3

So eventually I took the bus to Regensburg centre. Some images of this Unesco World Heritage listed city:

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The good ‘ole Danube river:

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The mighty Regensburg Cathedral:

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For some reason this hatmaker’s (The Mad Hatter?) shop caught my attention:

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A Burger hat (McHat?):

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No, not München:

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This building reminded me a bit of the Rathaus in Basel - must be the red color and the style of the architecture:

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Very nice local beer at a traditional beer hall:

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The Stone Bridge over the Danube - one of the best preserved medieval bridges in the whole of Germany:

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Kudos to AYA333:

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David & Goliath:

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Sunday 1.4.2011

After a long night’s sleep this morning dawned sunny and cloudless which was a nice change from the drabness of the previous day. One of the first things I did was to check in for my flights in the evening - that HEL flight must be packed with connecting passengers since I already got this sequence number:

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After a bit of lazing around I finally got a grip, showered up, packed and headed out. Outside it was very chilly - and the thermometer in the car confirmed it:

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Primary Objective #3

A short drive along the completely deserted (hey, all good Bavarians are doing the Catholic thing right now, leaving the streets open to the pagans like me) takes me to my final objective of this trip - the Walhalla, located on top of the hill in the middle of very scenic setting:

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The drive up that hill was extremely surreal as the Bavaria 1 radio channel was playing Ace of Base which brought me back around 15 years or so...

So here is Walhalla:

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Yes, it is very surreal, isn’t it? I have been intrigued about this place ever since I saw some pictures of it somewhere on the intellectual wasteland also known as the Internet. Turns out this building, resembling a classic Greek temple was built by the King Ludwig I of Bavaria (no, he is not the one usually associated with the somewhat flattering nickname “Ludwig the Mad”) to celebrate and honor famous and distinguished Germans. Wow, who would’ve have guessed?

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There are excellent views over the Danube and the surrounding flatlands from up here:

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View from below:

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Congratulations - you have just completed all three of your primary objectives. Now fire at will but return to base safe and sound, thank you!

So I actually had no plan for the rest of the day. After consulting the crap (well not really crap, the scale just was far too coarse for my needs) map the Sixt girl gave me the previous day I decided to head down to the town of Deggendorf, through what the roadside signs described as “Bavarian Wine Country” (and I thought Bavarians were beer folk!).

The ride certainly was very scenic, well at least up until I took a wrong turn and ended up on the Autobahn instead of the country road and eventually I made my way to Deggendorf where I parked the car and went for a bit of a walk.

I had assumed Deggendorf to be a very boring, ugly town (must be the association in my mind with Degendorf, a rather drab district of Düsseldorf) but it turned out to be another very pretty Bavarian town:

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It was well past breakfast time so I decided to indulge and have something the menu called a “Bavarian breakfast” - al fresco and all:

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After a short stroll around the city centre I returned to the car and hit yet another Autobahn towards Munich. Instead of going straight to the airport I decided to pay the nearby town of Erding, famous for the Erdinger Weissbier a visit to grab some lunch.

The town’s namesake brew:

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Good, hearty Bavarian food:


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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
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The Gasthaus I ate in was packed with Sunday lunch folks plus a very unfitting party of three Italian businessmen of which only one spoke any Engish and kept giving the waitress girl a hard time trying to describe what they wanted to eat. Highlight was the spokesman describing Schweinshaxe by saying “pig” and touching the knee of the waitress which had her jumping backwards at the touch...

I told the guy that they were confusing the poor lass to no end but he didn’t seem to understand the point - he kept repeating “We juzt want to know what iz good”... Oh well, can’t please everybody. So I headed outside and drove back to the airport, stopping at a gas station to fill her up on the way - for the record 29.99 liters of gasoline were consumed during this trip!

The Return or All Good Things Must Come To An End

MUC operates a rather civilized central dropout facility for rental cars at the lowest level of one parking garage. Simply park there and someone from your rental company will come over and take care of the rest - very nice. Well apart from the fact that finding the damn place was a bit of a challenge as a certain very crucial turnout on the way did not have a signpost whereas every other junction had one so I drove around in a few (luckily small) circles before figuring out the right way.

Having gathered my trash out of the car I head towards T1. I don’t want to rub in LH’s dominance at this airport but how many flights out of T1 can you see here:

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For all you football fans:

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I’ve got plenty of time, so instead of heading towards the checkin (having done OLCI that morning from the hotel I anyway have the seats I want) I go to the outside part of the Airport Center:

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Here one can find the beergarden (but of course) of the famous Airbräu, one of the few breweries operating on airport grounds (but this is Bavaria after all). A liter of their nice brew comes in at less than 5 EUR, a bargain by any standards:

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Even their coasters are being used in the campaign for the third runway (I say “JA!!!!”):

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After having ingested a litre of brew I suddenly feel the urge to expel a couple of liters of some other brew and head towards my “module” (like MUC T1 likes to call their check in halls) in search of a remedy. On the way I pass this - see, it is awfully clever, isn’t it:

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I have to give a special mention to these toilets at the “D” module - they have been recently renovated and are sparkling, spotless and in general offer a most pleasant venue for a bodily fluid -related transaction:

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The check in desks are located upstairs - for once I get a bit of a buzz for queuing up at the business class counter with exactly one pax in front of me instead of this (small) queue in front of the regular desks:

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Soon I get served by a very pleasant French girl - she confirms my seat selections, prints me my boarding passes, writes the lounge access code on the first boarding pass and finally says “I guess you know where the lounge is?”. “Err no, not really but I guess it is airside?” - “Yes, just go up one level after security.”.

This time the security check is completely empty so I’m through in a blink of an eye. Airside is empty as well. I make a sacrifice to the gods of commerce at the Travel Value store (more staff than customers) and head upstairs to search for the lounge.

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Etihad with a big bird:

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Finnair ads with some bloke I’ve never heard of:

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The Europa Lounge (accessible with Diners Club) and the Air France (and presumably KLM as well) lounges are next to each other.

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I have no idea which one is better or worse but decide to go with the flag and head into the AF one. I have barely touched the keypad to type in the access code when the door opens, presumably buzzed open by the lounge agent on the other side who still insists to check my boarding pass. Weird system - why do they need that access code if the lounges have a normal reception desk anyway?

Well this is a lagom (like a certain mascot of this forum would say) sized lounge - and has only one guest in addition to me at the moment (later some Frenchmen and even later a bunch of annoyingly loud Dutchmen as only Dutchmen know how to be arrive):

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Drinks:

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I get a minor shock as at first I’m seemingly unable to find any beer - I finally cave in and ask the receptionist who points me to a rather well disguised fridge full of various German brews. The whole idea of having a lounge in Bavaria of all places without beer was almost unthinkable!

Snacks:

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Reading material:

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I decide to perform a Ginger Ale test as copyrighted by PlaneHunter - but this Kinley stuff is so horrible that I can only manage half of the mini can:

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No free wifi here which is a bit annoying but seems to be the status quo on most German airports - must be the T-Mobile monopoly. There are a couple of workstations available for use, though and I use one of them for a while.

Eventually it is time to head to the gate, where I’m happy to see the long awaited E-jet:

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Boarding has just started so I join the queue. Well they have these signs but I’m not really comfortable with the idea of queue jumping and besides I’m in no particular hurry to get onboard anyway:

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At the podium there’s the same girl from check in - everybody else has to show their ID but after I start taking mine out she just says “Oh I remember you, no need to do that. Bon voyage!” which is a nice touch and adds just that one extra bit of personal touch so many service related encounters in this world lack. Thumbs up for the AFKL MUC ground handling!

MUC - AMS
KL1798 Operated by KLM Cityhopper
E190 PH-EZR
Seat 26F
17.30 - 18.58

I stop to shoot a photo of this weird symbol at the front entrance - the purser looks at me suspiciously so I have to say that it looked so funny that I just had to take a photo - she seems to agree with me:

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What is this anyway? A bee farmer’s safety hat is stowed under the jumpseat?

Quite a few people already onboard, looks like a packed flight. I chose the last row so I make my way there. An American man is seated on the aisle seat one row up, he makes it quite clear where he is from and that he wants to help people to put their stuff up on the bins - after he grabs my backbag without my consent I get quite a bit pissed off at that and sort of yank the bag from his hand and say “No, this one doesn’t go up there”. He seemingly jumps a bit backwards and says something along the lines of “Sure buddy, keep your bag, no need to get edgy at me”. The guy reminds me a lot of Al Bundy from “Married With Children” and his somewhat trophish (presumably) wife only acts to strengthen that apperance. The FA in the back galley is just watching over the whole thing, shaking her head and smiling at me.

Excellent legroom even on the last row:

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The red seat belts are a nice touch and add some color to the cabin:

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My hopes for an empty seat next to me are shattered by two Asian women (who look like a mother and daughter) arriving and claiming the A and D seats. Well the woman next to me is tiny so it doesn’t bother me too much. The C seat stays empty, apparently the only empty seat on the whole flight.

Pleasant cabin:

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Alas this is not to be, after a while and at the last moment a guy who looks exactly what I’d imagine CaptainRed’s father to look like comes huffing and puffing towards the last row and claims he has the C seat. The nice FA is onto it right away and suggests that the two women move to sit next to each other and the guy sits next to me, which everybody seems to accept. Well not me, as they never asked me so I say loudly “But you never asked me - I prefer a woman next to me!” which causes a bunch of people around us, including the American guy to laugh out aloud. The FA assures me that this is best for all of us so I give her the wink and say that yes, I am fully aware of that.

The guy says that he was stuck at security for 45 minutes and was late because of that - I say that when I passed security it took me barely half a minute as there were no people there. Anyway the guy turns out to be a good neighbour as he falls asleep soon after sitting down, not bothering me with any conversation anymore (sorry, not in the mood for it right now).

The cabin crew announces the flight time as 1h15mins and push back is bang on time.

Air One again on the same jetway:

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AF sistership already preying on our gate position:

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Here’s a shot for PlaneHunter:

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Air Berlin seems to be the biggest tenant at T1:

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These weird gateless jetways are my first memory of Munich airport from 2003, arriving to one of these with an SAS Mad Dog:

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During the somewhat lengthy taxi to 26R the FO comes on, repeats basically the same information as the cabin crew did on their announcement and promises to come back with more information once we are nearing Schiphol. After that it is our turn to turn on the runway and gun it:

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Great weather for flying:

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Bye, MUC, see you in May:

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This winglet looks seriously cool:

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Soon the service commences. It is the standard short hop choice between a sweet or a salty snack and drinks. After asking for the salty one with red wine the terrific FA insists I take also some water with it. The only problem is that she forgets to give me another glass so I have to down the water first and then use the glass for the wine:

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When she comes to gather trash I ask for a second bottle, she winks at me, smiles and says “Of course for you!”, wonder if she has checked the manifest for status pax or is just genuinely this friendly. Anyway a great FA - her colleague the purser is a bit more reserved and not as bubbly but still very nice.

She also manages to bang the service cart into the knee of my (sleeping) seatmate - which wakes him up.

Busy skies over Germany:

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Once we get closer to Holland the skies start gathering clouds:

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Less than an hour into the flight the FO is back on again as promised, says that we will commence our descent right away and should be landing perfectly on schedule. Indeed the engines spool back right after that announcement and we descent through quite thick clouds until finally breaking into a very Dutch looking view:

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Notice the moat around the medieval city:

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Hmm, that tower definitely has a distinctly phallic shape:

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I don’t recognize the surroundings at all so looks like we are landing on some runway where I haven’t landed before. This is indeed true as it turns out we land on 36R:

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Hello, Schiphol:

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Being so congested and short of apron space AMS has recently started experimenting with dual level aprons - this Fokker is parked on the upper one:

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SAS Norge off to OSL:

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Well hello:

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All my favorites seem to be here:

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We park at the Fokker Farm instead of the gate positions these E-jets sometimes get. It is actually all the better for me as the bus takes one straight into Schiphol Plaza instead of the lengthy walk from the B gates:

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Bye:

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There’s a slight delay before the bus can leave as some customs officers have come around and ask a Chinese guy to open his carry on bag. My seatmate (who is now standing beside me in the bus) says that they are hunting for cigarette smugglers. We get into chatting and it turns out he is on his way to Guangzhou as he spends most of his time there for work (and apparently for some personal reasons as well, at least judging from the picture of the cute young Chinese girl he uses as a wallpaper for his smartphone...). He says he usually takes Emirates but it was full this time so he decided to try KLM and so far is liking it. Well I don’t have the heart to tell him (if he doesn’t already know) that he will be flying China Southern to CAN...

Eventually the customs guys are satisfied that there’s no contraband to be had and the bus trundles off.

Interesting bird, wonder who it is operating for:

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

I have a perfectly choreographed plan for this transfer:

1) Hit the loo (priorities, priorities).
2) Do the shopping. Almost run behind schedule since I get stuck in a conversation with the nice cashiers - these Dutchmen certainly are very chatty (and nice)!
3) Head to the Crown Lounge.

Hungry?

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Entrance to the Crown Lounge:

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No matter what Jonas says again I’m not terribly impressed by this lounge. It is far less busy than the last time so I actually have no problems finding a seat, but still far too many people around for comfort and the buffet food seems to have stood there for quite a while and is not looking its best.

Sure, the place does look very classy:

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They are running some sort of “tex mex” theme buffet this evening - at least the Chili con Carne is quite passable even though it tastes a bit like the canned stuff:

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Beer - notice the obligatory Dutch-style spatula for wiping off the extra foam from the head:

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After the snack and a couple of drinks it is time to head towards the gate. Again the HEL flight is boarding from the newly renovated D pier which is quite a hike away.

Spot the sheep among the wolves (or is it the other way around?):

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Over at the gate I spot this - doesn’t look like the scheduled -700:

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Yep, looks like they’ve upgauged the equipment to an -800.

PH-BXF - well I haven’t flown any KLM -800s yet so it is bound to be a new reg:

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One more:

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Boarding has almost finished by the time I get to the gate. The three meter tall blonde (well, she is Dutch after all!) asks “Can I see your passport?” to which I say “No, you can’t.”. She looks a bit confused so I quickly add “But here’s my ID card!”. She doesn’t seem to appreciate the joke, though...

Somehow I’m rather annoyed by this whole flight - must be part of the fact that I’m returning to bloody Finland again, partly memories of my last experience on this flight a month ago which was less than stellar. At least I have a window seat now... The fact that the jetway is clogged by fellow Finns does nothing to lift my mood:

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AMS - HEL
KL1171
B737-800 PH-BXF
Seat 3F
20.31 - 23.45

...and neither does the purser who gives the term “business friendly” a whole new meaning. Sure she greets me but there’s no warmth or anything in that, it is strictly robotic and I’m sure she’d rather be anywhere else than on this plane today.

The fact that I have to kick a punk out of my seat 3F and that he plays the good old “Oh I thought 3E was the window” trick on me annoy me more. I wish I had loaded George Thorogood’s good old “Get a haircut and get a real job” into my iDevices as this guy definitely could use both of these but sadly this is not the case.

At least legroom up here is good (or “goed” like Jonas would say in a faux way):

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The flight is completely packed (just like the one a month ago, KLM is doing some serious cattle transport on these HEL flights!), both economy and the two and half rows of Europe Select are completely full, the latter probably of upgradees - out of those 6 pax one looks like the stereotypical business traveller type who would be traveling in paid business... And yes, once again I suspect the pecking order wasn’t exactly followed here, but what the heck.

The flight time is announced as 2h5mins and my moods lift a bit by the fact that we manage to push back four minutes early and the sun going down provides some nice lighting conditions:

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The captain makes a quick announcement as we start taxiing towards the Polderbaan, and I’m very relieved to hear that we have “just a short taxi today” which means a 36C take off. The cabin crew in all their mediocreness (it is not just the purser, it looks like all of them would rather be home or whatever) decide not to dim the cabin lights for take off which means that despite the wonderful views of Amsterdam lit up in dusk taking any decent photos is impossible thanks to the reflections:

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Sadly the -800s don’t even have overhead monitors so no airshow to enjoy like on the -700s. Well, I’ve got plenty of reading material and my IPad to keep me busy and most importantly to shield me from my annoying seatmate.

Service is again straight out of the KLM handbook - a pair of sandwiches, the lighter bread one with turkey and the rye bread one with some disgusting egg mayo. Since they serve these ridiculously small cans of Heineken I ask for two to which the FA answers “Can’t do, regulations.”. Well thank you very much!

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Eventually I get my second can and more eventually I fall asleep for the last three quarters of the flight, being woken up by an FA asking me to stow away my headphones. A little bit later we land at runway 15 in the middle of rather heavy snowfall:

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Disembarking is fast, and after a bit of a hike (thanks, Finavia) through the deserted airport I get lucky and catch my bus right away for the ride home.

Conclusions

Can’t fault airBaltic this time either. A very cheap fare and two completely satisfactory flights. Sure that ridiculously early departure ex-HEL is a killer and one I try to avoid, but on the other hand it has its advantages - it can get you to your destination rather early like in my case which means you can still achieve a lot on your day of arrival!

The KLM experience again was a bit of a mixed bag. The E190 and Cityhopper one was excellent with a very pleasant and service oriented crew plus a very nice plane - this is definitely a huge improvement over the Fokkers! The HEL flight was annoying, I admit partly due to my own attitude and mental state but still the crew wasn’t really there - they did their job in a mechanical fashion but that’s it, definitely no going the extra mile. The equipment change was also annoying - I do prefer the -700s over the -800s everyday, if only for the fact that they have airshow!

Finally I managed to visit some very interesting and scenic sites in Bavaria, so all in all this trip was a very nice way to spend the weekend.

Next up should be a short report about the worst inaugural flight ever. Happy contrails!


User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8251 times:

Hi P,

Very nice tripreport about your venture to my homeland. Great too see you also visited a smaller, normal town besides those major sights.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
ended up booking a HEL-RIX-MUC flight for 34 EUR, not that I intended to

Wow, really cheap!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
as relying on public transport on this trip would be quite a hassle.

Definitely the right choice. Public transport connections from MUC are no good, especially when you are heading East/North.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
and very loudly asks the purser “Wie geht es?!” in a thicker than thick Bavarian accent

Couldn't have been too thick, you still understood it...  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The ancient Bavarian tribes built these earthen pyramids that were used to spot flying things - this tradition continues to date

Spot the entratce to the cave where our ancestors used to carve the Registrations of the birds they saw into the wall!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Bogeyman

Again a Russian one (after Gatow..)?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The A9 Munich - Ingolstadt - Nürnberg one was full of cars - wonder why everyone was trying to reach Franconia this day

Highest density of breweries on the planet, anyone? But seriously A9 also connects Austria and Munich with Frankfurt, Cologne and Berlin and Saturday is when all the ski-holiday makers swap their hotels and lodges.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Very nice local beer at a traditional beer hall:

Been at the Kneitinger beer garden in Regensburg as recently as Tuesday  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I decided to indulge and have something the menu called a “Bavarian breakfast” - al fresco and all

Did you like it? Sweet mustard is the best hangover cure  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I have to give a special mention to these toilets at the “D” module - they have been recently renovated and are sparkling, spotless and in general offer a most pleasant venue for a bodily fluid -related transaction

Yes, I used them last week and they also took me by surprise.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I have no idea which one is better or worse but decide to go with the flag and head into the AF one

Seems to be the better choice. F&B offerings seem similar, but seating looks nicer in the AF lounge. MUC started offering free 30min wifi btw, just connect to "Telekom"

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
“Can’t do, regulations.”. Well thank you very much!

What a load of c***. Other than that, KLM seem okay.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 8234 times:

Hi P.,

great report with many nice pictures! I guess you won't be surprised to hear that this is my favorite FlyingFinn76 report. Good to see you enjoyed your time in Bavaria (and the Oberpfalz in particular!).

You should really consider flying to NUE one day and take a car in order to visit my hometown and the surrounding rural area. Too bad HOQ is not served any more, I could even pick you up there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
After booking a couple of tickets I went to take “one final look” and surprise surprise - ended up booking a HEL-RIX-MUC flight for 34 EUR, not that I intended to...

Wow, that's cheap!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
One of these days I’m going to get me a pair of these cool sneakers - they were first used in the BT advertising but apparently people started asking where they could buy them from so they decided to actually sell them:

Oh come on, these are ugly! But tastes are different...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

The ancient Bavarian tribes built these earthen pyramids that were used to spot flying things - this tradition continues to date:

  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
While we are taxiing to T1 I’m surprised to see quite a number of LH birds parked on remote stands around it - looks like MUC definitely needs that new T2 satellite building (not to mention the third runway):

Absolutely.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
We get a jetway gate at a rather empty looking T1 next to this Air One bird, apparently operating the new MXP-MUC service - quite a big plane for such a short hop:

These flights have been really cheap recently. Let's see how long the service will be offered.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
After locating the Sixt counters I get my paperwork sorted out with a very pleasant girl, choose the offered Fiesta over some Fiat model (I’m a Ford man, after all!) and head towards the garage to pick up my ride.

Next time you should rent a proper car...  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
My spiffy little Fiesta - a fine car but could only do 160 km/h and if you know the German Autobahns that’s nothing:

Seriously, all the new Ford models aren't bad at all.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The A9 Munich - Ingolstadt - Nürnberg one was full of cars - wonder why everyone was trying to reach Franconia this day:

The A9 is one of the most important and busiest roads in the whole country, going up to Berlin.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Luckily after a while things settled down and after turning on the A93 it was smooth progress (but that road had a lot of speed restrictions, bummer).

Oh no, don't exaggerate, there are only a few.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The first part of that Autobahn is certainly interesting as it apparently takes you through most of the areas where hop is cultivated in Bavaria.

Ever heard of Abensberg? You should go there one day and visit the Kuchlbauer Brewery and beer garden featuring the Kuchlbauer Tower, a colorful and unconventional observation tower designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. And the beer is excellent!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
(hey, all good Bavarians are doing the Catholic thing right now, leaving the streets open to the pagans like me

Don't generalize!  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

I had assumed Deggendorf to be a very boring, ugly town (must be the association in my mind with Degendorf, a rather drab district of Düsseldorf) but it turned out to be another very pretty Bavarian town:

There aren't any ugly towns in Bavaria.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It was well past breakfast time so I decided to indulge and have something the menu called a “Bavarian breakfast”

Good choice! How did you like Weißwurst?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I don’t want to rub in LH’s dominance at this airport but how many flights out of T1 can you see here:

You should see the FIDS at T1...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Finnair ads with some bloke I’ve never heard of:

That's Pierre Littbarski, a famous German football player, world champion in 1990. He moved to Japan in the early 90s and became a star there, too.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I decide to perform a Ginger Ale test as copyrighted by PlaneHunter - but this Kinley stuff is so horrible that I can only manage half of the mini can:

   Kinley is not Schweppes....

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
No free wifi here which is a bit annoying but seems to be the status quo on most German airports - must be the T-Mobile monopoly.

The parent company Deutsche Telekom is not famous either for providing good Internet connections throughout the country, especially in rural areas.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Here’s a shot for PlaneHunter:

Thanks! Always nice to see a SAA A346.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5922 posts, RR: 40
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 8202 times:

what a great report of my bavarian home... unfortunatley I was their the last time 1.5 years ago 

The bavarian food is just amazing !!! jeje
Airbräu is the best what MUC airpot has to offer  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Finnair ads with some bloke I’ve never heard of:

he is one of the players who won with germany the World Cup back in 90, he was playing and coahcing many yeasrs in japan also his wife is from Japan, hence I can imagine they choose him for the advertising.



Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 8175 times:

Hello flying fellow country man,

Seeing this report popping up online I couldn't resist clicking on it and here I am, having read the whole thing. All in all a very nice report - despite the fairly simple routing (at least when comparing to your own standards).

And what happened to the eyecatcher image? A picture of a CityHopper would have been much more eyecatching if you ask me...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
As if this wasn’t bad enough a few weeks before departure BT notified me of a yet another schedule change: the early bird flight would now be departing at an even more inhumane hour of 4.45!

A familiar feeling I must say. Fortunately they are moving back the STD of the EarlyBird in June - at least with my psyche it is way easier to book a 5.05 flight than a 4.45 one.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This would be the earliest or latest flight I’ve ever taken, depending on your point of view

Then you just need to wonder what it feels like to have a 3.35 a.m. departure. Not very nice, I can tell you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So now it is time for a proper cooked breakfast with cheesy egg rolls and sausages:
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Gate seven is right next door to the gate where I arrived half an hour or so earlier so I know the ride will then be YL-BBX just as I suspected. I get a bit of a deja-vu feeling.

Déjà-vu indeed, that's the bird I flew RIX-ARN on a bit over a week ago.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It is another very uneventful flight - for the first half I finish my morning paper (yes, this time it showed up before I had to leave, yay for a news addict like me!) and splurge for a coffee from the BOB service:

...enjoyed from the most cheap looking cup ever?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
In the lobby they have a fancy looking self check in machine so I decided to use that one. Sure it got the job done but was so frustratingly slow that in the time it took to do it I could’ve done the manual check in five times over and still had time for a wee pint:

Your description makes me remember the new "Omenahotellit" that keep popping up all over Finland. If you forget the prices, that is. Their cheapest advertised rate of 45 EUR really is nowhere to be found.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
There are excellent views over the Danube and the surrounding flatlands from up here:

Wow, this view would have made me miss good ole' homeland...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Finnair ads with some bloke I’ve never heard of:

Soon to receive a small "Operated by Air Berlin" mention in the corner.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The only problem is that she forgets to give me another glass so I have to down the water first and then use the glass for the wine:

Cost cutting measures gone wrong, part I.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
When she comes to gather trash I ask for a second bottle, she winks at me, smiles and says “Of course for you!”, wonder if she has checked the manifest for status pax or is just genuinely this friendly. Anyway a great FA - her colleague the purser is a bit more reserved and not as bubbly but still very nice.

Or perhaps it only was your boyish charm at work?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
All my favorites seem to be here:

You obviously forgot that ... well ... blue one.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Bye:

Is that a FA from your flight or do KLM ground staff also wear those uniforms?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Since they serve these ridiculously small cans of Heineken I ask for two to which the FA answers “Can’t do, regulations.”. Well thank you very much!

I am glad and relieved to learn that airBaltic isn't the only airline that finds it important to follow "regulations" carefully. But then again it might just be cost cutting measures - on my recent OUL-HEL flight on Finnair the FA asked if I want "coffee, tea or water" and my reply "coffee and a glass of water please" was met with "I'm sorry but I can only give you one". She really did look sorry - perhaps it is Mr Vehviläinen & Co at work?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Next up should be a short report about the worst inaugural flight ever

No need to ask any further questions - I know what cattleshuttle, I mean, airline, you are talking about.

Regards,
717Flyer


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8030 times:

HI Petteri

Thanks for telling us about your recent set of flights. While BT and KLC preformed well (well, at least no crew like 717flyer on the same flight).
Seems like you had a few rotten apples on the KLM crew, not the normal way of business on KL. I never had problems with their FAs.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2992 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8022 times:

HI FF,

nice little trip you had there. Not all airports and aircraft  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The A9 Munich - Ingolstadt - Nürnberg one was full of cars - wonder why everyone was trying to reach Franconia this day:

Taking photos whilst driving? Tut tut  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So here is Walhalla

I did think, this report is about Germany not Greece isn't it?  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
he town’s namesake brew:

Nice, I had a couple of those myself last night (on tap from a bar here!)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
What is this anyway? A bee farmer’s safety hat is stowed under the jumpseat?

I think it's an infant's oxygen mast, though I may be wrong (please correct me is so)

Anyway, thanks for yet another enjoyable read!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7823 times:

Hola P.!

A very interesting reading for this Sunday afternoon, I promise I correct the exams after writing these lines  

It is one of the cheapest rides I have read about in the last times and surely it paid off, despite the early flight at 4.40... God! I did not know they had such early departures here in Europe, it is more like a Dubai departure.

Visiting the Walhalla is something in my to do list next time in Southern Germany; I have also learnt about it somewhere in my German courses and have always wondered why king Ludwig I chose this very special architecture. Dachau is another story, I have only been to one, near Berlin, I am reluctant to visit another one again, it was too disturbing for me.

BT flights seem quite nice, especially the B737-300 as it shows a great seat pitch. KL seems quite standard but the possibility to fly the new E190 deserves a flight. Too bad they only use their B737s in and out of BCN all the time.

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7789 times:

Hi P,

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Being so congested and short of apron space AMS has recently started experimenting with dual level aprons - this Fokker is parked on the upper one:

My favorite line in your TR. I like how you present it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So I did something desperate and asked to be rebooked on the “early bird special” with a departure time at 5.05 on a Saturday morning - and my original flight had a far more civilized departure time of 8.40!

As I said before, 4:45 is almost the worst time you can fly.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
As if this wasn’t bad enough a few weeks before departure BT notified me of a yet another schedule change: the early bird flight would now be departing at an even more inhumane hour of 4.45! This would be the earliest or latest flight I’ve ever taken, depending on your point of view.

My point of view: very late. No way I can sleep and get up at 3.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
actually our gate agents are following me through the check and as soon as they reach the gate 13A which is right opposite the checkpoint they set it up and call for boarding - no nonsense just as I prefer this early.

Good to know. Don't think they were very happy either with a boarding time of just after 4...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Today’s load almost justifies the use of the larger Dash over the Fokker - unfortunately it is YL-BAJ, my second ride on this particular one

Well, at least no Fokker-smell?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Onboard two male FAs this time - I have the usual jokes about the early flight with them and the other one confesses to sleeping an hour, the other one having no sleep at all - this is the crew that arrives HEL on the “Midnight special” flight, SAT at five minutes past one in the night so not that unusual for them.

Only 3 hours in a deserted HEL or Dash-8. Can't be too bad a layover, right?  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I like this photo as it shows how the centre of Helsinki is constrained on that narrow peninsula in the middle of the photo with no space to grow anywhere - all the black areas are sea:

Maybe you should go Dutch and reclaim some land. How deep is the water around the peninsula.

Of course there still has to be room for all the ferries for the cheap booze trips to Estonia, right?  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m woken up by the sound of the gear coming down and a few seconds later we touch down on RIX’s runway 18, “15 minutes ahead of time” as the crew is happy to announce - looks like this Dash might be equipped with the experimental PWC quantum leap engines as it manages to defy the laws of physics regarding time.

Yes, P&W collaborated with Einstein to build an engine that uses tachyons instead of regular fuel.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yes, apparently RIX airport nowadays charges FR pax a special “security fee” as I guess they gave Mr. O’Leary such a good deal that it doesn’t cover their operating costs. Very dubious and low in my opinion!

No, that's normal. Everyone "nickels and dimes" FR passengers, not just FR!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
With his demeanour and air of authority around him you’d at least expect him to be seated in business!

Clearly you haven't grown up in Romania. I certainly wouldn't expect him to be seated in Business.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
First stop on my journey is the sleepy but beautiful town of Oberschleißheim, home not only to the Schleissheim Palace (which I drove through) but also the aviation part of Deutsches Museum at the former grounds of the Schleissheim airfield:

Did you go to the other part of the Deutsches Museum at an earlier time? The one in Munchen, I mean.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A short drive along the completely deserted (hey, all good Bavarians are doing the Catholic thing right now, leaving the streets open to the pagans like me) takes me to my final objective of this trip - the Walhalla, located on top of the hill in the middle of very scenic setting:

Tsk tsk tsk. You must be a stranger in a strange land.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Highlight was the spokesman describing Schweinshaxe by saying “pig” and touching the knee of the waitress which had her jumping backwards at the touch...

Note the differences between Italy and Germany  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
for the record 29.99 liters of gasoline were consumed during this trip!

Are you trying to sell something? Why not add an extra 0.01 liters?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
On the way I pass this - see, it is awfully clever, isn’t it:

I get it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I get a minor shock as at first I’m seemingly unable to find any beer - I finally cave in and ask the receptionist who points me to a rather well disguised fridge full of various German brews. The whole idea of having a lounge in Bavaria of all places without beer was almost unthinkable!

No beer in a German lounge? That would have been a travesty.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
No free wifi here which is a bit annoying but seems to be the status quo on most German airports - must be the T-Mobile monopoly. There are a couple of workstations available for use, though and I use one of them for a while.

How strange?! I don't think I've been to a lounge without free wi-fi.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
An American man is seated on the aisle seat one row up, he makes it quite clear where he is from and that he wants to help people to put their stuff up on the bins - after he grabs my backbag without my consent I get quite a bit pissed off at that and sort of yank the bag from his hand and say “No, this one doesn’t go up there”. He seemingly jumps a bit backwards and says something along the lines of “Sure buddy, keep your bag, no need to get edgy at me”. The guy reminds me a lot of Al Bundy from “Married With Children” and his somewhat trophish (presumably) wife only acts to strengthen that apperance.

Trying to break a stereotype and reinforcing another. How nice.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well not me, as they never asked me so I say loudly “But you never asked me - I prefer a woman next to me!” which causes a bunch of people around us, including the American guy to laugh out aloud.

What did the woman say about this?  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
No matter what Jonas says again I’m not terribly impressed by this lounge. It is far less busy than the last time so I actually have no problems finding a seat, but still far too many people around for comfort and the buffet food seems to have stood there for quite a while and is not looking its best.

At least it looks nice and it has good apron views.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Boarding has almost finished by the time I get to the gate. The three meter tall blonde (well, she is Dutch after all!) asks “Can I see your passport?” to which I say “No, you can’t.”. She looks a bit confused so I quickly add “But here’s my ID card!”. She doesn’t seem to appreciate the joke, though...

Haha.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Sadly the -800s don’t even have overhead monitors so no airshow to enjoy like on the -700s.

Yes, noticed this too. The 73Gs are newer additions.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The HEL flight was annoying, I admit partly due to my own attitude and mental state but still the crew wasn’t really there - they did their job in a mechanical fashion but that’s it, definitely no going the extra mile.

Strange. usually KL crews are the best IME.


Thanks for sharing the TR, FlyingFinn! I always enjoy your style.


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7708 times:
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Hi FF,
another nice and entertaining TR!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
As if this wasn’t bad enough a few weeks before departure BT notified me of a yet another schedule change: the early bird flight would now be departing at an even more inhumane hour of 4.45

wow, very early!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
One of these days I’m going to get me a pair of these cool sneakers - they were first used in the BT advertising but apparently people started asking where they could buy them from so they decided to actually sell them:

looks pretty cool! How much do they cost actually?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So now it is time for a proper cooked breakfast with cheesy egg rolls and sausages:

looks nice!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
next to me I spot the same Ukrainian sports team that I shared my unfortunate RIX-TLL flight the previous Sunday

now thats coincidental!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I wouldn’t mind that in my garden. If I had a garden, that is:

me neither

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Bye, MUC, see you in May:

Nice one!

Looking forward to your next TR

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7619 times:

Hello there FlyingFinn76, nice report! Must say you've clearly broken the record of most 'Jonas References' in a report.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
(the same one where Jonas got his cherry poppin’ BT tickets:

Well I'm still awaiting your reply on that story!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m woken up by the sound of the gear coming down

Did the gear sound like a gunshot, just like it does on the A340?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
they were first used in the BT advertising but apparently people started asking where they could buy them from so they decided to actually sell them:

Wow, now that's a pretty cool pair of sneakers. If they had them in LH branding I'd buy them in a jiffy! Guessing this must've been another innovative idea from my new idol Mr Taskila? 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Very dubious and low in my opinion!

Dubious of who? The airline or the airport?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The plane is freezing inside and the faux leather seats are almost painful to touch.

Really, don't recall those being made of faux leather. To me they seemed more like proper leather seats.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I guess the one at DTW looks a bit like this:

Hmm, I think FRA would make a better comparison to that…

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This room access code (yes, no keys or keycards) is a bit of a mouthful:

And what happens if you accidentally throw away that receipt with the code? You've to spend the night on the street  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
for the record 29.99 liters of gasoline were consumed during this trip!

Now that's a hefty fuel bill! Perhaps you should've considered changing your driving habits, or just gotten the Porsche instead!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Airside is empty as well. I make a sacrifice to the gods of commerce at the Travel Value store

Well I'm guessing that was a necessary measurement to stock up the good'ole bar at home.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
No matter what Jonas says again I’m not terribly impressed by this lounge.

Well I'm just saying, the place looks fantastic and the food offerings look far more superior than what most other Skyteam airline seem to offer. Heck they even have proper sized plates which could only mean good things  

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinelucce From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7540 times:

Hi!
You sure do get around a lot, BT must be one of the most covered airlines at airliners trip reports!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Onboard two male FAs this time - I have the usual jokes about the early flight with them and the other one confesses to sleeping an hour, the other one having no sleep at all - this is the crew that arrives HEL on the “Midnight special” flight, SAT at five minutes past one in the night so not that unusual for them.

Ouch, that seems pretty boring, an hour flight, a couple of hour at a hotel, a flight back.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
What is this anyway? A bee farmer’s safety hat is stowed under the jumpseat?

That would be a smoke hood. Used when fighting fires and while rescuing passengers from a smoke filled cabin.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Quite a few people already onboard, looks like a packed flight. I chose the last row so I make my way there. An American man is seated on the aisle seat one row up, he makes it quite clear where he is from and that he wants to help people to put their stuff up on the bins

Well I guess we all need to feel important... Or maybe he just had to much energy: if he abides to stereotypes, junk food was consumed prior to that flight.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
...and neither does the purser who gives the term “business friendly” a whole new meaning. Sure she greets me but there’s no warmth or anything in that, it is strictly robotic and I’m sure she’d rather be anywhere else than on this plane today.

Seems like a stock LH crew member...


User currently offlineBD500 From Canada, joined Feb 2010, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7515 times:

Hello,

as usual, very good Trip report.
I'm surprised to see an Estonian CRJ900 in AMS? I tought they were suppose to replace them by E170 and E190, which I saw in your previous trip report.

The farmer bee net placard is for the PBE (Portable bbreathing equipement), but I'm assuming you were joking....


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6491 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7483 times:

Hi FlyingFinn!

Thanks for another great report with nice pictures! Good to see you exploring the Bavarian countryside this time.

One of the pictures of a houses at a square reminds me of Stortorget in Gamla Stan in Stockholm.

KL looks nice as always.

Looking forward to your next trip report!

The777Man



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User currently offlinewidget1580 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 345 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7417 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 7):
I think it's an infant's oxygen mast, though I may be wrong (please correct me is so)

It is the flight attendants PBE (portable breathing equipment). It would supply oxygen to the FA while putting out a fire.



KLM | Journeys of Inspiration
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1650 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 7129 times:
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Gegroet Petteri,

Thanks for showing me around the Bavarian area. Still Germany is quite at the bottom of my ‘countries to visit on holiday’ list, but you managed to at least show some nice spots. That temple I find a bit surreal, did you touch it? Was it made out of bricks?
Flying wise, another nice regular set by BT and a good and a mediocre one by the Dutch Blue folks.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So I did something desperate and asked to be rebooked on the “early bird special” with a departure time at 5.05
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the early bird flight would now be departing at an even more inhumane hour of 4.45!

Come on, that’s merely 20 mins difference? Middle of the night is middle of the night  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
One of these days I’m going to get me a pair of these cool sneakers - they were first used in the BT advertising but apparently people started asking where they could buy them from so they decided to actually sell them:

Those are mighty cool looking sneakers. I want a pair   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
James something

Brown? Smith? Jesse?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Bogeyman:

Remembers me of that semi-action fake romance movie ‘Top Gun’ starring Tom Cruise:

‘Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby’
‘Negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full’

… sorry drifting off.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So here is Walhalla

Forget the Parthenon or Panteon or whatever. Bavaria hosts a temple in excellent condition!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
He seemingly jumps a bit backwards and says something along the lines of “Sure buddy, keep your bag, no need to get edgy at me”.

The pax you meet on a plane. So he wanted to play F/A or what?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
When she comes to gather trash I ask for a second bottle, she winks at me, smiles and says “Of course for you!”, wonder if she has checked the manifest for status pax or is just genuinely this friendly.

She must’ve felt your mental state of mind wasn’t overly good, so offering you second’s with a smile was a good remedy.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Being so congested and short of apron space AMS has recently started experimenting with dual level aprons - this Fokker is parked on the upper one:

D’oh...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well hello:

Yes hello. I’m happy to see these sexy beasts are still around. For how long though...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
PH-BXF

Shouldn’t that be PH-BXK?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
“Can’t do, regulations.”.

Pff, the lousier the better....

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I do prefer the -700s over the -800s everyday, if only for the fact that they have airshow!

I should have both going back and forth to the BER meet. You’ll most likely get on one in the near future no?

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1844 posts, RR: 42
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 7060 times:
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Hi P, great report! Southern Germany is great, and I should look into visiting the area some time again. That Airbrau is very interesting and I will have to sample it myself next time I'm around MUC!

To answer your question about the AirContractors AT7 (Or AT4 on some days) It flies to STN for FedEx. It is a daily visitor which arrives at AMSaround the same time as I do for my early shifts (Between 0530 and 0600), and leaves around 6PM. It has the same stand every day.

Brgds,

Martijn



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User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2399 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 6973 times:

Nice TR as always..

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
What is this anyway? A bee farmer’s safety hat is stowed under the jumpseat?
Quoting lucce (Reply 12):
That would be a smoke hood.

   To official video how to use it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2PjcXp-m2E&f

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
The nice FA is onto it right away and suggests that the two women move to sit next to each other and the guy sits next to me, which everybody seems to accept. Well not me, as they never asked me so I say loudly “But you never asked me - I prefer a woman next to me!”

Yeap annoying, last time I had an exit row all for myself- until the crew filled up the space with other passengers.


User currently offlineodo From Finland, joined Jan 2005, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 6945 times:

Nice TR as always!  

And anyone else wondering about the air baltic sneakers...available online at http://www.airbalticshop.com/en/shop/special-offers/3717#b

53 euros + shipping.

//odo



Failure is always an option.
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 6902 times:

Hello P!

Again a great report. Very interesting to read about your adventures in Bavaria.
Seems like you had some nice flights. BT did their job and KL was KL.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
One of these days I’m going to get me a pair of these cool sneakers - they were first used in the BT advertising but apparently people started asking where they could buy them from so they decided to actually sell them:

They are indeed quite cool!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The biggest event on this flight is when a toddler a few rows behind me decides to self upgrade himself and wanders up the aisle, thru the curtain into business class - future up front flyer I guess!

Reminds me of a dog that did something similar on one of my recent KRN-ARN flights. Not that there's any other class upfront on these SK domestic flights, but apparently a dog walked up the aisle to the front galley with no one following it, the cabin crew made an announcement about it and asked the owner to come and get it. The owner seemed to be seated somewhere around the emergency exit row in the 73G so the dog must have walked quite far.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So here is Walhalla:

Wow, I had no idea that such a place existed. Looks impressive.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yep, looks like they’ve upgauged the equipment to an -800.

Too bad it didn't become a -900!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Since they serve these ridiculously small cans of Heineken I ask for two to which the FA answers “Can’t do, regulations.”. Well thank you very much!

... Silly.

Looking forward to your next story.

Martin


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 6885 times:

Hi guys, good to see so many comments online! Thank you!

Quoting volvair (Reply 2):
Great too see you also visited a smaller, normal town besides those major sights.

"Normal town"? Hah, I like that one! Regensburg is abnormal then?

Quoting volvair (Reply 2):
Definitely the right choice. Public transport connections from MUC are no good, especially when you are heading East/North.

Yeah, bit of a surprise actually considering that Germany probably has the second best public transport (after Switzerland) of the whole of Europe!

Quoting volvair (Reply 2):
Again a Russian one (after Gatow..)?

Yes.

Quoting volvair (Reply 2):
Highest density of breweries on the planet, anyone?

That's a good one! You mean Nürnberg or the whole route up?

Quoting volvair (Reply 2):
Did you like it? Sweet mustard is the best hangover cure  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Good choice! How did you like Weißwurst?

I was a little prejudiced against it but it turned out to be very nice. Not that different from a Bratwurst really, a little softer and mushier. But it matched really well with that sweet Bavarian mustard, nice. And Brezels are of course always great.

Quoting volvair (Reply 2):
“Can’t do, regulations.”. Well thank you very much!
What a load of c***. Other than that, KLM seem okay.

Well actually this seems to be a genuine KLM regulation - one alcoholic drink at a time. I had it before, the crew would only distribute a second drink after you had finished the first one.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
great report with many nice pictures! I guess you won't be surprised to hear that this is my favorite FlyingFinn76 report. Good to see you enjoyed your time in Bavaria (and the Oberpfalz in particular!).

Well no surprise there, PH! It is always very interesting to see your home area thru a visitor's eyes!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
You should really consider flying to NUE one day and take a car in order to visit my hometown and the surrounding rural area. Too bad HOQ is not served any more, I could even pick you up there.

I've flown to NUE years ago with an DBA F100. But yeah, not a bad proposition at all, too bad there are far too many other interesting places to go...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Oh come on, these are ugly! But tastes are different...

They are cool in their own way.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
These flights have been really cheap recently. Let's see how long the service will be offered.

You haven't booked one, have you?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Next time you should rent a proper car...  

Well I am sort of cheap...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Oh no, don't exaggerate, there are only a few.

It felt like there were plenty of them - every time I was making good progress I had to slow down to 120..

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Ever heard of Abensberg? You should go there one day and visit the Kuchlbauer Brewery and beer garden featuring the Kuchlbauer Tower, a colorful and unconventional observation tower designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. And the beer is excellent!

I think I saw a sign for the tower on the side of the road. And no, I haven't heard of it but you got me intrigued!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 4):
what a great report of my bavarian home... unfortunatley I was their the last time 1.5 years ago 

Feeling homesick, are you?

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 5):
Seeing this report popping up online I couldn't resist clicking on it and here I am, having read the whole thing.

This is known to happen to the best of us!  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 5):
And what happened to the eyecatcher image? A picture of a CityHopper would have been much more eyecatching if you ask me...

The Walhalla is just such a weird and out of place thing that it seemed more appropriate this time.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 5):
Then you just need to wonder what it feels like to have a 3.35 a.m. departure. Not very nice, I can tell you.

Charter?

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 5):
...enjoyed from the most cheap looking cup ever?

Nope, not that cheap IMHO. The flimsy plastic ones you get on Ryanair are the pits.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 5):
Your description makes me remember the new "Omenahotellit" that keep popping up all over Finland. If you forget the prices, that is. Their cheapest advertised rate of 45 EUR really is nowhere to be found.

Well I've stayed at Omppus a few times and have no complaints. I think I managed to score that rate once. That was in Tampere, there's even a report about that trip here somewhere, including 2 717 rides as well!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 5):
Soon to receive a small "Operated by Air Berlin" mention in the corner.

Are you implying Air Berlin would be the new mysterious union busting shorthaul partner carrier for AY or is AB actually going to take over the AY flights on this route? Seriously?

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 5):
You obviously forgot that ... well ... blue one.  

You never give up, do you?

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 5):
Is that a FA from your flight or do KLM ground staff also wear those uniforms?

It's the purser.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 5):
"coffee and a glass of water please" was met with "I'm sorry but I can only give you one"

That's bad! AY seems to be going down all the time.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Thanks for telling us about your recent set of flights. While BT and KLC preformed well (well, at least no crew like 717flyer on the same flight).

Well his flights must've been an exception, I don't recall any grumpy or bad FAs on BT ever.

Quoting signol (Reply 7):
nice little trip you had there. Not all airports and aircraft  

It's been known to happen.

Quoting signol (Reply 7):
Taking photos whilst driving? Tut tut  

The traffic was very slow, wasn't doing more than 30km/h at that point - so perfectly safe  .

Quoting signol (Reply 7):
I did think, this report is about Germany not Greece isn't it?  

My thoughts exactly!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 8):
It is one of the cheapest rides I have read about in the last times and surely it paid off, despite the early flight at 4.40... God! I did not know they had such early departures here in Europe, it is more like a Dubai departure.

It takes airBaltic to surprise people! This airline is like a box of chocolates.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 8):
Dachau is another story, I have only been to one, near Berlin, I am reluctant to visit another one again, it was too disturbing for me.

This was my first visit to such a site. And very interesting for historical reasons and especially for me who loves history, especially the 20th century military and political one. I'll certainly get around visiting a couple of others I've earmarked for it, mainly Stutthof and Auschwitz in Poland.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
My point of view: very late. No way I can sleep and get up at 3.

Well was I somewhat younger I'd probably went to a bar and from there straight to the airport. Alas nowadays I need my sleep and as much of it as possible.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
Good to know. Don't think they were very happy either with a boarding time of just after 4...

Plus the next flight leaves around eight thirty so they have a nasty couple of hours off before opening the check in again. Hope their break room has at least a comfortable sofa or two for a nap

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
Well, at least no Fokker-smell?

No, those Dashes are quite fresh.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
Clearly you haven't grown up in Romania. I certainly wouldn't expect him to be seated in Business.

No, I certainly did not! But I once sat for hours next to a pair of Bulgarian mafiosos on a Bulgaria Air flight in economy on the most uncomfortable airline seats ever.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
Did you go to the other part of the Deutsches Museum at an earlier time? The one in Munchen, I mean.

Yes, I've been there years ago. Plus to the branch in Berlin which does have some planes too.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
Are you trying to sell something? Why not add an extra 0.01 liters?

Well I filled her up and that's what the tally came to. I thought it a bit funny.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
How strange?! I don't think I've been to a lounge without free wi-fi.

There are plenty of those, at least in Germany. Heck even the LH lounges got free wifi only a year or two ago.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
What did the woman say about this?  

They laughed a bit, clearly quite confused whether I was joking or just slightly mad (I am both).

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
At least it looks nice and it has good apron views.

Kidding, are you? There aren't even any real windows in that lounge!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 10):
So now it is time for a proper cooked breakfast with cheesy egg rolls and sausages:
looks nice!

It is okay, but the problem is they never seem to change the menu so it is always this same stuff. Gets kinda boring after a while, considering the frequency I visit RIX...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Hello there FlyingFinn76, nice report! Must say you've clearly broken the record of most 'Jonas References' in a report.

Have I really?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Did the gear sound like a gunshot, just like it does on the A340?

No.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Wow, now that's a pretty cool pair of sneakers. If they had them in LH branding I'd buy them in a jiffy! Guessing this must've been another innovative idea from my new idol Mr Taskila? 

No, he had nothing to do with it. What the heck is wrong with you, always getting obsessed over something?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Dubious of who? The airline or the airport?

The airport of course.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
And what happens if you accidentally throw away that receipt with the code? You've to spend the night on the street  

Well I guess they can give the code to you from the reception. Or probably the machine can reprint it if you insert your credit card.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Now that's a hefty fuel bill! Perhaps you should've considered changing your driving habits, or just gotten the Porsche instead!

I think that was quite reasonable, the Fiesta wasn't exactly a gas guzzler. Economical driving habits and "no speed limits" are two terms that cannot go hand in hand.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Well I'm just saying, the place looks fantastic and the food offerings look far more superior than what most other Skyteam airline seem to offer. Heck they even have proper sized plates which could only mean good things  

And how many Skyteam lounges have you been to?

Quoting lucce (Reply 12):
You sure do get around a lot, BT must be one of the most covered airlines at airliners trip reports!

Sure, I've written a few...

Quoting lucce (Reply 12):
That would be a smoke hood. Used when fighting fires and while rescuing passengers from a smoke filled cabin.
Quoting BD500 (Reply 13):
The farmer bee net placard is for the PBE (Portable bbreathing equipement), but I'm assuming you were joking....
Quoting widget1580 (Reply 15):
It is the flight attendants PBE (portable breathing equipment). It would supply oxygen to the FA while putting out a fire.

Thanks for the explanations. I've never seen this sign anywhere before.

Quoting BD500 (Reply 13):
I'm surprised to see an Estonian CRJ900 in AMS? I tought they were suppose to replace them by E170 and E190, which I saw in your previous trip report.

They are, but it's not like it would happen overnight. The new E-jets they ordered will not probably be delivered this year so the CRJs will be around until the end of year at least.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
Still Germany is quite at the bottom of my ‘countries to visit on holiday’ list, but you managed to at least show some nice spots.

Why? I love it very much - good infrastructure, nice sceneries and a lot to see and do and cheap and good beer. I'm not much of a bucket and spade destinations kinda guy so I'll take historical sights and cities over beach holidays any day.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
That temple I find a bit surreal, did you touch it? Was it made out of bricks?

Hey, I walked *on* it. And did not fall through. Made out of sikud stone.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
Come on, that’s merely 20 mins difference? Middle of the night is middle of the night  

But the psychological difference between something beginning with "4" and "5" is huge.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
Remembers me of that semi-action fake romance movie ‘Top Gun’ starring Tom Cruise:

Ahh, one of the best movies of the 80's!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
Shouldn’t that be PH-BXK?

Whoops. You have sharp eyes!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
I should have both going back and forth to the BER meet. You’ll most likely get on one in the near future no?

What do you mean? I've flown on a couple of the KLM -700s plus have 3 flights booked with the type, but the HEL legs might very well be upgauged again...

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 17):
It flies to STN for FedEx. It is a daily visitor which arrives at AMSaround the same time as I do for my early shifts (Between 0530 and 0600), and leaves around 6PM. It has the same stand every day.

Thanks, good to know this. Wonder why it is not parked on the cargo apron then. Also a very long layover for sitting idle - their fleet utilization is definitely not up to the LCC standards!


User currently offlineTJCAB From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 6883 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 20):
My spiffy little Fiesta - a fine car but could only do 160 km/h and if you know the German Autobahns that’s nothing:

ha ha, rented the same car in white from MUC last year. was able to get it up to 170 though


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 6823 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):


Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
At least it looks nice and it has good apron views.

Kidding, are you? There aren't even any real windows in that lounge!

Hi P,

A few comments to your comments:

Actually the lounge comment was a mixture of missing one of your lines, seeing what appear to be windows in one of the lounge pic, and assuming it would be similar to the non-Schengen lounge. If the Schengen one doesn't have windows, it's much beneath the other one, which has good views everywhere (which brings me to this comment: why the difference??)... We can say I was "kidding" to avoid embarrassment over my stupidity.

My mistake, P!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
Clearly you haven't grown up in Romania. I certainly wouldn't expect him to be seated in Business.

No, I certainly did not! But I once sat for hours next to a pair of Bulgarian mafiosos on a Bulgaria Air flight in economy on the most uncomfortable airline seats ever.

Well, supposing they had an air of superiority... you should know that these folks just have the air, and not any real superiority, such as "refined taste" or anything... Y class works for them, and perhaps an in-flight upgrade via bribing FAs?  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
How strange?! I don't think I've been to a lounge without free wi-fi.

There are plenty of those, at least in Germany. Heck even the LH lounges got free wifi only a year or two ago.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
What did the woman say about this?  

They laughed a bit, clearly quite confused whether I was joking or just slightly mad (I am both).

Well, I can't say I'm surprised by Germany, asking for a bit more money for extra services... The worst part of Germany for me is the pay toilets. I'm surprised that they don't have pay toilets in airports, too. See, I'm not a big fan of coins. They always fall out of my wallet.

But, P, I'm not sure you were joking at all... I think you probably really would prefer a woman next to you  


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5131 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 6823 times:

Hi, P.,

real good to follow you´re impressions of Bavaria.
It seems I´am far to much travelling around the world with lot´s of things just around the corner not covered here.
Anyway well written and nice pictures.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):


Waking up at 3.30 AM I have to double check I’m not someone living in South Germany - but no, it still is Finland.

Absolutely no idea what you´re talking about!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Soon a guy appears from somewhere in the bowels of the lounge. He seems to be part of the permanent fixture nowadays - I think he’s been there for the last five or so times I’ve visited. I kinda miss the nice girls...

Count me in this way, definitely.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
economy has a good load but luckily I get an empty middle seat next to me after a wealthy looking Latvian woman takes the aisle seat.

The only acceptable thing beside three for me, you know!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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25 Widebodyroga : Hey P, How interesting that you put up a TR that features Dachau. Recently I have been very interested in the Holocaust and I have been reading and re
26 volvair : Further up the Autobahn, roughly in the Nuremberg-Bamberg-Bayreuth triangle. Dachau has a train station with plenty of connections to Munich, from th
27 Post contains images OA260 : Hey P , Great report as usual The shoes by BT are cool you deffo need to get a pair Love the faux Greek temple one shot looks like Athens LOL... Nice
28 Post contains images dkdaviator : Hi FF, Thanks for the report there on a nice region to visit. Reminded me I need to make it back again soon. Wow, what a good deal. I can imagine that
29 Post contains images gabrielchew : Nice report P! Looks like you had a good time in Bavaria! What, are BT now flying to Fokkers to India? They're quite cool, but I'd NEVER wear them out
30 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi folks, Good to see more comments, very much appreciated, thank you! Well I don't think they have any place on the Schengen departure area to build
31 roberts87 : Great trip report as usual, thanks for posting! Which is...? So they just stay at the airport for those few hours? Must be the least-wanted flights in
32 Post contains images CaptainRed : Hi P., cool report again, enjoyed it very much. A great idea to include a rental car tour through Bavaria. I have to admit that besides being in Munic
33 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi guys, Good to see more comments, thank you! Try to curb your enthusiasm, you'll see in due time! . But it does involve a fifth freedom flight on a
34 dc9northwest : Hi P, Interesting. I've never flown intra-Schengen from AMS. I did fly into AMS from CDG when AF managed to make me miss two flights during the same j
35 Post contains links debonair : I found an updated version of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhzvbyUCKkk
36 Tomskii : Quite 'funny' (if that's even a good term to use in this case) to see this memorial plaque for the transported Belgians. If I'm right from my city (wh
37 lukeyboy95 : Hi P, I have been meaning to give this report a bit of time for a while now, and finally just poured myself a real ale and sat down to it. Highly enjo
38 Post contains images Parton87 : Hello Petteri! Thanks for the great story! Really nice pictures from Bavaria! Reminds me a lot for family holidays by car in the early 90´s ha ha! Ni
39 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi folks, Good to see more comments, thank you! Well, that's Air Farce for you! Plus if connecting thru CDG they are almost guaranteed to loose your l
40 LXM83 : Hello FlyingFinn76 Thanks for giving me the Bavarian tour. Have never even heard of that "Walhalla" thing before! What's next? 4:30 then slowly etchin
41 lukeyboy95 : Follow up; It was.... a snooty lady. But of course, her colleague more than made up for it. I do believe I look like more of a Scots hooligan that Gab
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