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No Mayday, Here Is The CR-K En Espagnol!  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5171 posts, RR: 55
Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 15838 times:

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Hola dear readers,

a very short visit at my base camp is done, inbound from Abu Dhabi

Why Not Even Try Etihad To Abu Dhabi? (by FLIEGER67 Apr 29 2012 in Trip Reports)

and there are three more legs to go now for today.

Originally booked is STR-PRG-MAD-LEI, to catch a couple more Skyteam legs on the way for Espana and finally Almeria.
Some Andalucian sun will be nice as well!.
I´ve been there before, but by car around a trip to Granada, so this is a new place for the departure airports map.

Number 212 by now:


Departure Airports II auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

Here are the first 200 stations:


Departure airports auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

And the update routes:


Tripreporters Flüge II auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

Booking is managed by Exp.de, the fare with leg 1 and 2 is ok so far, 50.00 Euro´s per leg.
Scheduled equipment are an AT42 and an A319, till a message from Exp.de notified me about a schedule change. Leaving STR more than two hours earlier and arrival in MAD one hour prior to the original time.
Well, so far so good, till another message a couple of days later showed me that the PRG-MAD run is still operational, but the STR-PRG leg is now cancelled.
Really bad news, especially when we know that these service is "downgraded", from a standard passengers view, to the Saab 340 operated by Job Air.
And I am definitely not the standard passenger, so I´am not amused to follow this news.
They called me and want to offer me flights by LH.
Why not another Skyteam connection?.
I want to go on STR-CDG-MAD leaving 10.25 am and arriving 2.40 pm, that looks like enough time in between for leg 3 around the day.
One more call confirmed this and so I´am ready to go for AF.
And once again in such situations, it´s good to work ahead and show the flights you want to have.

This is finally today´s routemap:



Thanx to:

http://www.gcmap.com/


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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5171 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 15854 times:

Thursday, 12.04.2012


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Service AF 1409 operated by Air France
Scheduled: 10.25 // 11.45


OLCI shows me seat 22A as the last available window in the rear of the cabin.
The A318 is on schedule.
One of the reasons to insist for this connection during the rebooking arrangement.
The seatmap confirms the A318, so far so good and hopefully a new registration.
On the road leisurely at 08.30 am, arrival at 09.30 am and soon thereafter at the Skyteam counters.
Checked-in but not printed, as usual.
The nice lady confirmed a couple of open seats with the three for me on the first leg and full house on the second stretch in eco.
Should I go and ask for an upgrade in Paris?.
Sure, I should contact the gate there.
Long lines at Terminal 1, 2, 3 security, the usual vacation week travellers around.
With previous experiences I should check Terminal 4 security now.
And also today, there are a number of agents chatting, but there is simply no customer around beside me.
In the gate area after seconds and up the stairs for the Skyteam lounge.
This small place is packed today with the DL service to ATL leaving around the same time.
These UA/CO 752 looks like really nice here in STR
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The BA lounge shows a big AB sign, something for me to do soon, if nothing goes wrong
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The screen check confirmed an ok service for me from gate 310
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F-GUGM, that sounds not really like a new registration. Leg no. 13 on type, the second time for me after an CDG-STR hop some years ago. In service with AF since 13.04.2006. 18 A318´s are in the actual fleet
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AF changed it´s cabin concept, so it seems.
The divider is pushed back to the middle of the cabin, with only a couple of pax in biz and nearly all seats taken in eco.
Late boarding for me as usual, the predicted three seats are open till a young german male decided to go for the aisle seat. Ok for me this way.
10.20 am, short ahead to schedule and "AirFrance" is ready to go from runway 25 for the 1 hour ride
"En francais".
7 degrees and partly cloudy here.
Legroom is acceptable with the dark blue, new style fabric seats, btw. no recline. The cabin is clean so far and the load is 70%
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Cockpit crew is from France, the captain with a short and nice welcome during boarding.
He is short to hear at the runway entrance again with a nice message to the crew "Bon vol", have a good flight.
The safety card and this time not to confirm the plane type
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View from 22A
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Cabin crew represents french culture perfectly here. Middle aged female FA´s, one European, one Asian and one North African style, all together ok so far.
Venise, well, logged here on the departure airports map
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Clouds on the way
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No route info, flightlevel is 34000 feet maximum.
Biscuits and free drinks
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The captain is on the speakers again short during descent.
There are some turbulences expected on short finals.
Approach for the 2700 meters 26L is finally really strange while circling around the huge clouds till touchdown at 11.30 am, well ontime, but...
We waited and waited close to the parking spot till the captain announced that there is no dispatcher ready for us. Some more minutes to wait. CDG is simply perfectly well organized!.
9 degrees and partly cloudy weather conditions, not much better than where I come from.
Apron disembarking, that whole show needs ages here
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And my connecting flight is leaving from terminal T2F, that means some distance to walk and another security check. A thousand of people around in T2D.
One of these, why on earth every time in France, schoolgroup of kids spread out on the floor and blocked nearly the whole walkway, strange.



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5171 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 15832 times:

Thursday, 12.04.2012


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Service AF 1600 operated by Air France
Scheduled: 12.35 // 14.40


Boarding is printed for 12.05 am.
Sky priority shows me a separate security line with no other pax than me around and finally at the gate F35 at deadline -3 minutes. But boarding hasn´t started yet till seconds thereafter
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Missed the lounge due to the short connection here.
What about the upgrade?.
The nice female agent checked the system:
"No, we don´t do upgrades on this service".
Boarding with the MEA bus in the background
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The Airbus Jet is on schedule, thanx for the detailed information AF!.
F-GRXA, is this something new for me?.
Leg no. 77 on the A319 by now.
No, logged years ago on a ARN-CDG flight.
In service with AF since 14.12.2001.
43 active planes on type are in the fleet right now
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Some hard facts around the flight, just for your own opinion:
- The same cabin concept like on the first leg, the divider pushed back. Close to no one in front and eco filled up like a cattle stall.
- All the seats in the rear cabin taken by a large group of retired couples with window and aisle in the last row by one of them. A small woman and a large man in the eighties. Ages till he was out of the window seat and let me in. He occupied the middle seat and lots of space also on my side. He was so immobile that he finally can´t move a bit along the whole flight.
- A start up delay due to heavy traffic, strong wind along the route and also holding expected due to weather at MAD.
- Holding circles and more holding circles for MAD with, to top it up, the captain´s announcement: "Cabin crew take you´re seats during holding, strong turbulences expected".
- A scheduled connecting time with 1 hour, 50 minutes and a terminal change, checked-in, but not printed.

But wait, calm down and restart it now!.
A flight duration of 1 hour, 50 minutes is announced, still 9 partly cloudy degrees out there.
12.50 am, a 15 minutes delayed departure from the 4215 meters 26R now for "AirFrance".
Weather looks not that bad this way
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Well, what about the FA´s?.
Three women, one elder, ok style, one middle aged, nice and one elder, cute, not that large, black hair, ponytail. Oh, la-la, it feels like she has some compassion here.
She smiles with me, the prisoner trapped in his window seat.
Cabin view with a roundabout 90% load
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The french captain is a real talkactive guy.
A nice short welcome during boarding.
A delay due to one lost pax and therefore bagagge deloading.
Detailed infos inflight directly later on above Bordeaux.
More informations short prior to descent.
The safety card again, now used with the A319
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Less legroom at 24F with the dark blue oldfashioned fabric seats, not that really clean btw.
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A cheese sandwich, two for me, especially served by the cute FA and free drinks
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Bordeaux down there. Flightlevel maximum is 36000 feet
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Another cabin shot just to distract of my despair.
The oldster beside me smells not that really nice and he has absolutely no need to hold his glass of red.
Oh dear, I saw my pants soaked and me smelly like an alcohol addict
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A heavy shaky approach for the 4100 meters 33L followed. It´s close to impossible to write something down in my notebook.
Finally arrived at 3.00 pm, 20 minutes late, with light rain and 13 degrees.
A nice bye-bye from the cute FA makes me feeling just a little bit better
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This changes immediatelly when I remember the remaining connection time, 90 minutes, terminal change, no boarding pass printed, one more lounge to check, let´s go now!.



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5171 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 15828 times:

Thursday, 12.04.2012

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Aeropuerto de Almeria
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Service Iberia IB 8592 operated by Air Nostrum
Scheduled: 16.30 // 17.35


Walking through the subsoil of MAD´s old terminal to find the bus stop for the free intra terminal transfer.
Fixed, not more than five minutes to wait.
The bus is a slow experience, driving around the terminals for T4.
Arrived, the self service machine decides not to spend me a boarding paper and send me to the desks instead.
It seems I´ve passed the usual time limit till departure.
A good line at the standard IB desks, also biz, but thankfully close to no customers at the "Puente Aereo" counters for BCN.
Fixed, where a nice older male agent
confirmed, it´s ok to print out my boarding pass here.
Done, directly to security, thankfully again, no line at all.
This leg is booked with the return tomorrow by Fly.de, the fare real good, 35.00 Euro's. OLCI seat selection works well with IB´s system, ok so far.
Boarding +9 minutes from gate K66. Enough for the lounge?
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It is!
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These place is huge
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Football anyone?
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Self service here
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Nice offers
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And some healthy food around
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Well, I´ve don´t asked about a plane change.
On schedule is the CR-K or better known as the longest Regionaljet ever
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Where is the bad weather gone?
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Sure, this fuselage is long
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I like these baggage compartments, sure something special
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Yes, it looks like Air Nostrum
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What about EC-LOJ now?.
With five earlier legs on french registered CR-K´s, it´s not that difficult to notice that this is a new one for the log.
Since 28.10.2011 in service with Air Nostrum. Ten planes on type are in the fleet right now
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Boarding now
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Seat view, dark grey stylish leather. 26 A, two for me with the second to last row
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The cabin looks like fresh this way. The load is 70%
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4.35 pm, short after schedule, 50 minutes to go for "NostruAir" from the 4350 meters runway 36L.
The city in the distance.
13 degrees and partly cloudy by now
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Legroom is really good here
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Two female FA´s in the cabin, both young and good looking, cute, large, black hair, like cloned sisters!.
One a bit cold, the other really nice and cheery.
The safety card, just to confirm the plane type
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Air Nostrums own magazine
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And the Iberia example
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The cabin again
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Clouds down there
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Me and the engine
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Cockpit crew is from Spain, the captain with a short and cool bye-bye during descent.
No service, nothing, no route or flightlevel information.
Ah, here is the bad weather
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Coming in low above the coastal mountains
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Where the tomato´s coming from
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Dry land down there
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Touchdown at the 3200 meters two-six, 5.35 pm, perfectly ontime, 16 degrees and partly cloudy here.
Where the terminals have no name
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A hazy sea view
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Yes, this plane is really long
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Quickly out in the public with some raindrops falling. Only to notice that the public bus service running with a massive 50 minutes frequence has left a couple of minutes earlier.
Now, this is well timed with the MAD connection.
Should anyone show me now these irony-out button on my keyboard?.
One of the taxistas told me a fare with 20.00 Euro´s to the city center. No, thank you, not me. I will wait, the public bus is only 1.00 Euro for the Estacion Central.
It seems my hotel has a strange location in the old town.
I´ve decided to catch a cab to reach it and the drivers have some discussion how it is possible to reach it with the one way street system.
Strange, you walk through a small door and find yourself at the Placa Vieja directly in the Almedina
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Palm trees and oldfashioned buildings
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Well renovated
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With the hotel here this way.
The Plaza Vieja Lounge
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View from the lobby
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The code secured separate entrance to the rooms
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No, this is not my room
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And not here also
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Leaving the escalator
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For my room
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Comfy and clean
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The shower
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And the bathroom
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Back to town for something to eat now.
A nightly view for the Alcazaba
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And the cathedral
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Back at the Plaza Vieja
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Looks like also nice at night
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The hotel
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And the Plaza
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The hotels basement is also used for something special, the Banos Arabes
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Looks like the guys from Finland feeling like at home here
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I should go for two or three hours in dreamland now.
Some pictures and four legs on schedule tomorrow.
A tech plane included and an arrival ten minutes after the printed boarding time for the next flight. Will I catch the connection?. We will see!.

But wait, here are the conclusions flight by flight:
AF STR-CDG: Ok, but nothing special.
AF CDG-MAD: Where is the door to get away from this flight.
IB MAD-LEI: Relaxed, but service would be nice.

Adios, comments welcome,
FLIEGER67 or "Markus Klaus Felger" on Zuckerberg´s money machine!.



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3007 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 15485 times:

Hi Markus,

another report up to your usual high standard  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
They called me and want to offer me flights by LH.
Why not another Skyteam connection?.

Who called? OK or was it Expedia? Luckily you could change to another Skyteam flight - otherwise you'd have lost 4 sectors on your Gold renewal  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
A scheduled connecting time with 1 hour, 50 minutes and a terminal change, checked-in, but not printed.

Sounds familiar   At least you made it, despite lacking the time for a lounge visit.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Sure, this fuselage is long

I like this picture, with the engines and clouds. Also shows how long the plane is!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Where the tomato´s coming from

It's a shame that you didn't have time to get a car and visit the Cabo da Gata region, 40 mins or so from the city. Really nice, picturesque, and you can ask someone "Do you know the way to San Jose?"

Thanks

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6816 posts, RR: 77
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 15275 times:

Hi Markus,

good to see your next report online. I'm quite disappointed about the mediocre service on the CDG-MAD flight. And Air Nostrum is nothing special either on that domestic leg. Hasn't Air Nostrum always offered a better service than IB?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6577 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 15074 times:

Hi Markus !

Nice report and good to see you get on something very rare as the CR-K.

Almeria looks nice but so does most places in Spain. I should go sometime.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 14993 times:

Hola Markus!

A very nice report, glad you flew the CRJ-1000, I have not flown any of those so far, I have only flown their smaller sisters and they are really great planes.

IB 8000s; that is AirNostrum, used to offer something to eat/drink on board, at least they did on their BCN-VLC flights, which is barely 30 min. flight... so I guess they have decided to join their big brother service system... too bad!

Almería looks a very nice city, never visited myself, but after the pictures you showed us, especially the hotel, looks a place to visit.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1162 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 14796 times:
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Hi Markus,
Another great report as always! Too bad about the experience on the second leg though.
Nice to fly a CRJ1000, haven't done that myself yet. Nice pictures of Almeria and your hotel too!

Looking forward to your return journey  

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5171 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 14710 times:

Hey, good to see all that comments.


@R.:

Quoting signol (Reply 4):

another report up to your usual high standard

Thank you.

Quoting signol (Reply 4):

Who called? OK or was it Expedia? Luckily you could change to another Skyteam flight - otherwise you'd have lost 4 sectors on your Gold renewal

That´s the way to go here, for sure.

Quoting signol (Reply 4):

Sounds familiar   At least you made it, despite lacking the time for a lounge visit.

Good point here.

Quoting signol (Reply 4):

I like this picture, with the engines and clouds. Also shows how long the plane is!

Thanx again. It´s a really long machine.

Quoting signol (Reply 4):

It's a shame that you didn't have time to get a car and visit the Cabo da Gata region, 40 mins or so from the city. Really nice, picturesque, and you can ask someone "Do you know the way to San Jose?"

Was there by car during my visit to Granada. Sure an interesting area.


@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):

good to see your next report online. I'm quite disappointed about the mediocre service on the CDG-MAD flight. And Air Nostrum is nothing special either on that domestic leg. Hasn't Air Nostrum always offered a better service than IB?

Thank you. And from previous experiences with AirNostrum I´ve expected definitely more. But that´s the way the biz goes these days.


@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):

Nice report and good to see you get on something very rare as the CR-K.

Almeria looks nice but so does most places in Spain. I should go sometime.

Looking forward to your next report!

Thank you and more to come shortly.


@Roger:

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 7):

A very nice report, glad you flew the CRJ-1000, I have not flown any of those so far, I have only flown their smaller sisters and they are really great planes.

Thank you.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 7):

IB 8000s; that is AirNostrum, used to offer something to eat/drink on board, at least they did on their BCN-VLC flights, which is barely 30 min. flight... so I guess they have decided to join their big brother service system... too bad!

Service is downgraded so it seems. But it depends also by the crew, some more to come this way.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 7):


Almería looks a very nice city, never visited myself, but after the pictures you showed us, especially the hotel, looks a place to visit.

Almeria and the area is sure interesting. I was impressed.
They rebuilt the harbour area, looks like more interesting things coming up.


@Brendan:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):

Another great report as always! Too bad about the experience on the second leg though.
Nice to fly a CRJ1000, haven't done that myself yet. Nice pictures of Almeria and your hotel too!

Thank you and Almeria and the area is for sure something to visit.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3284 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 14667 times:

Nice report Markus - Almeria looks nice!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
These UA/CO 752 looks like really nice here in STR

Nice pic

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):

What about the upgrade?.
The nice female agent checked the system:
"No, we don´t do upgrades on this service".

Shame no upgrades, but kind of expected

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Boarding +9 minutes from gate K66. Enough for the lounge?

I love that lounge in MAD - very nice

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Comfy and clean

Nice looking hotel

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
"Markus Klaus Felger" on Zuckerberg´s money machine!

Ha, very funny!



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 14457 times:

Hi Markus,

That title certainly sounds somewhat familiar - curiously it doesn't match what reads in the title picture!  

But yeah, nice to see your expanding your CRK experience to another carrier. Shame to see Air Nostrum seems to have gone down and AF... well, they never were very good in Europe were they?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Really bad news, especially when we know that these service is "downgraded", from a standard passengers view, to the Saab 340 operated by Job Air.

That would've been a great catch. A real shame, but I guess CSA isn't doing very well at the moment. We lost the HEL-PRG flights a while ago as well.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
They called me and want to offer me flights by LH.

That's really weird - I'd assumed the would try to come up with a Skyteam connection - either AF or KLM. BTW what was the offer - standard connections via FRA/MUC?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Should I go and ask for an upgrade in Paris?.
Sure, I should contact the gate there.

I really don't feel comfortable with this concept of begging for upgrades. The system should work automatically.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
These UA/CO 752 looks like really nice here in STR

So when are you taking one across the pond?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The BA lounge shows a big AB sign, something for me to do soon, if nothing goes wrong

Oh, interesting. AB didn't have a lounge at STR before this, right?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Venise, well, logged here on the departure airports map

You should go to Trieste next, it is an amazing city!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
We waited and waited close to the parking spot till the captain announced that there is no dispatcher ready for us. Some more minutes to wait. CDG is simply perfectly well organized!.

Yes, it is a horrible airport.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
- The same cabin concept like on the first leg, the divider pushed back. Close to no one in front and eco filled up like a cattle stall.

That is kinda annoying but very good for you if you happen to be flying in front of the curtain - plenty of room to stretch out!°

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Three women, one elder, ok style, one middle aged, nice and one elder, cute, not that large, black hair, ponytail. Oh, la-la, it feels like she has some compassion here.

Genuine Markus.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The safety card again, now used with the A319

Interesting to see such a small plane to MAD. Does AF serve MAD from ORY as well (IB certainly does)?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A cheese sandwich, two for me, especially served by the cute FA and free drinks

Wow, I had thought that AF had gone "all biscuits" on European flights.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The oldster beside me smells not that really nice and he has absolutely no need to hold his glass of red.

A colleague of mine once said "I'm French so I don't have to be nice" so I'll paraphrase him and say "I'm a Finn and I don't have the slightest reason for being politically correct". Now having said that I can safely say that it is the smell of the approaching death - I've come to this conclusion.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Oh dear, I saw my pants soaked and me smelly like an alcohol addict

Ouch! This is a certain nightmare of mine - doing these one night stays (pun intended) I don't bring spare pants with me as they'd just take up too much space so if you end up with a big red stain on the outbound it'll be still there on the inbound the next day... And we all know how lovely red wine (and blood for that matter) are to get off a fabric...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This changes immediatelly when I remember the remaining connection time, 90 minutes, terminal change, no boarding pass printed, one more lounge to check, let´s go now!.

Argh, sounds like my horrible connection at MAD for the LAN A340... Good for you to make it (and not spend any time searching for the mysterious airside transfer bus).

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
These place is huge

Yes, it is a huge lounge. And quite a nice one, even though I don't really like the bare concrete they have around. Spent some hours in this lounge a few years ago while flying IB & AY business.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
On schedule is the CR-K or better known as the longest Regionaljet ever

Congrats to you! Sorely missed here...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Legroom is really good here

So where's the red wine stain from your pants?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Two female FA´s in the cabin, both young and good looking, cute, large, black hair, like cloned sisters!.

Maybe they were twins?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
No service, nothing, no route or flightlevel information.

WHAT? Air Nostrum is known for what they advertise as "Regional Business Class Service for everyone" or something like that. So how come there was nothing? I certainly hope this was just some fluke and not a new cost cutting measure. The parent airline already is... well crap, so let at least the regional partner still be something good!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
With the hotel here this way.
The Plaza Vieja Lounge

Hmm, that place looks that it is trying to be far too übercool for its own good. Not really my kind of place, I'll stick to a nice Holiday Inn, Barcelo or a Tryp - you always know what you get with these chains!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Looks like the guys from Finland feeling like at home here

No, not really. That is nothing like a genuine Finnish sauna - I just walked out from one half an hour ago...


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5171 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 14331 times:

Hey, good to follow more comments.


@Gabriel:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Nice report Markus - Almeria looks nice!

Thank you.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Nice pic

Thanx again.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):

Shame no upgrades, but kind of expected

True words here.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):

I love that lounge in MAD - very nice

Sure a good place to spend some hours.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):

Nice looking hotel

Sure it is.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):

Ha, very funny!

 


@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

That title certainly sounds somewhat familiar - curiously it doesn't match what reads in the title picture!

Thank you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

But yeah, nice to see your expanding your CRK experience to another carrier. Shame to see Air Nostrum seems to have gone down and AF... well, they never were very good in Europe were they?

Good point here with AF, not the best experiences lately.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

That would've been a great catch. A real shame, but I guess CSA isn't doing very well at the moment. We lost the HEL-PRG flights a while ago as well.

So it looks like with OK.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

That's really weird - I'd assumed the would try to come up with a Skyteam connection - either AF or KLM. BTW what was the offer - standard connections via FRA/MUC?

No way, LH was the first offered choice, strange.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

I really don't feel comfortable with this concept of begging for upgrades. The system should work automatically.

Good point and so it should be.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

So when are you taking one across the pond?

Good idea.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Oh, interesting. AB didn't have a lounge at STR before this, right?

No AB place at STR till mid March.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

You should go to Trieste next, it is an amazing city!

Will do so.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Yes, it is a horrible airport.

Definitely.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

That is kinda annoying but very good for you if you happen to be flying in front of the curtain - plenty of room to stretch out!°

Well, good for the guys upfront, for sure.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Genuine Markus.

 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Interesting to see such a small plane to MAD. Does AF serve MAD from ORY as well (IB certainly does)?

UX on Codeshare with AF does.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Wow, I had thought that AF had gone "all biscuits" on European flights.

You never know these days.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

A colleague of mine once said "I'm French so I don't have to be nice" so I'll paraphrase him and say "I'm a Finn and I don't have the slightest reason for being politically correct". Now having said that I can safely say that it is the smell of the approaching death - I've come to this conclusion.

Hah, good point here again.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Ouch! This is a certain nightmare of mine - doing these one night stays (pun intended) I don't bring spare pants with me as they'd just take up too much space so if you end up with a big red stain on the outbound it'll be still there on the inbound the next day... And we all know how lovely red wine (and blood for that matter) are to get off a fabric...

Me, too, since one of these guys from the northern countries asked me for several times with the checked bags!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Argh, sounds like my horrible connection at MAD for the LAN A340... Good for you to make it (and not spend any time searching for the mysterious airside transfer bus).

I remember that experience.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Yes, it is a huge lounge. And quite a nice one, even though I don't really like the bare concrete they have around. Spent some hours in this lounge a few years ago while flying IB & AY business.

Good to know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Congrats to you! Sorely missed here...

You will do it again soon.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

So where's the red wine stain from your pants?

Thankfully nothing happened.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

Maybe they were twins?

So it looks like.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

WHAT? Air Nostrum is known for what they advertise as "Regional Business Class Service for everyone" or something like that. So how come there was nothing? I certainly hope this was just some fluke and not a new cost cutting measure. The parent airline already is... well crap, so let at least the regional partner still be something good!

Nothing, simply nothing at all, not good.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Hmm, that place looks that it is trying to be far too übercool for its own good. Not really my kind of place, I'll stick to a nice Holiday Inn, Barcelo or a Tryp - you always know what you get with these chains!

And catch some points also.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
No, not really. That is nothing like a genuine Finnish sauna - I just walked out from one half an hour ago...

I should do it for myself somedays!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 14322 times:

Hello M.

Thanks for your report and congratulations on catching YW's CRK, too!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Really bad news, especially when we know that these service is "downgraded", from a standard passengers view, to the Saab 340 operated by Job Air.

A pity they did not rebook you on the OK codeshare on Job Air. Was the OK code only added later or was there no flight on that particular day?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
They called me and want to offer me flights by LH. Why not another Skyteam connection?

I find that odd, too. But probably Expedia could refund OK and get a cheper flight on LH.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
F-GRXA, is this something new for me?. Leg no. 77 on the A319 by now. No, logged years ago on a ARN-CDG flight.

You were either unfortunate or you fly AF too often.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
especially served by the cute FA

Tastes much better this way, doesn't it?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
One a bit cold, the other really nice and cheery.

No sandwiches delivered nicely here... pity.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A tech plane included and an arrival ten minutes after the printed boarding time for the next flight. Will I catch the connection?

Will you catch it? Love to read the answer!

Best regards, LXM83


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14276 times:

Hi Markus

Great report!
I like how your title responds to our flying finn.
Good job on catching the CRK on IB, too bad you did not have any luck on your CDG-MAD flight.
The old interior looks very cramped.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinebedo From Spain, joined Jul 2009, 57 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 14194 times:

Hi Markus!

Nice report as always.

I always thought that Air Nostrum had service on board and for free! At least they used to.

The cost reduction has reached Air Nostrum too.

Looking forward to read the next part of the adventure.

Regards

Benito



bedo
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5171 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 14047 times:

Hey, good to follow more comments.


@J.:

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 13):

Thanks for your report and congratulations on catching YW's CRK, too!

Thank you.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 13):

A pity they did not rebook you on the OK codeshare on Job Air. Was the OK code only added later or was there no flight on that particular day?

There is finally only the evening service operational at Thursday, so no chance to catch the Job Air.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 13):

I find that odd, too. But probably Expedia could refund OK and get a cheper flight on LH.

So it looks like.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 13):

You were either unfortunate or you fly AF too often.

Maybe both!.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 13):

Tastes much better this way, doesn't it?

Ah, definitely.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 13):

No sandwiches delivered nicely here... pity.

Nothing at all.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 13):

Will you catch it? Love to read the answer!

Lucky me!.


@Marc:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 14):


Great report!
I like how your title responds to our flying finn.
Good job on catching the CRK on IB, too bad you did not have any luck on your CDG-MAD flight.
The old interior looks very cramped.

Thank you and for sure that was not the amusing experience on that CDG-MAD run.


@Benito:

Quoting bedo (Reply 15):

Nice report as always.

I always thought that Air Nostrum had service on board and for free! At least they used to.

The cost reduction has reached Air Nostrum too.

Looking forward to read the next part of the adventure.

Thank you. Believe me Í´ve waited and waited during the Nostrum service, but nothing at all.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 690 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 13950 times:

Hi Markus,

thanks for yet another great report, really enjoyed reading it. Good to catch another CRK, a nice plane, unfortunately still missing from my log. A short trip to Spain is always fun. Almeria looks like an nice little town, and also that hotel you have chosen seemed to be quite interesting.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
These UA/CO 752 looks like really nice here in STR

Yep, really nice. And the 757 looks just great.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
We waited and waited close to the parking spot till the captain announced that there is no dispatcher ready for us.

Welcome to CDG   . Really hard to understand that things like that can happen at a major airport like this. Even worse when on a tight connection, but good that you made your connection in the end. Sounded like a close call.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The same cabin concept like on the first leg, the divider pushed back. Close to no one in front and eco filled up like a cattle stall.

Strange. Wonder what's the reason behind that is. Looks like you had a quite an uncomfortable flight with that seatmate, but what can you do. At least a nice FA   ...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Walking through the subsoil of MAD´s old terminal to find the bus stop for the free intra terminal transfer.

And you actually managed to find this bus, cool! So it really exists   ...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Clouds down there

Nice picture with the red winglet, like it a lot. Also the one with the engine, very nice.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A tech plane included and an arrival ten minutes after the printed boarding time for the next flight. Will I catch the connection?. We will see!.

Now you make me curious ...

CaptainRed


User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13809 times:

Hi Markus,

very nice tripreport. Interesting (and sad) to see Air Nostrum has apparently matched Iberia's service concept. In February my girlfriend flew MAD-GRX return on Air Nostrum and service was still drinks+nuts.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
cute, not that large, black hair, ponytail. Oh, la-la

Haha, this is how we know you!  


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13809 times:

Nice report, Markus. Good to hear you didn't miss the CRK   Looking forward to part 2!

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5171 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 13741 times:

Hey, nice to follow more comments.


@M.:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):


thanks for yet another great report, really enjoyed reading it. Good to catch another CRK, a nice plane, unfortunately still missing from my log. A short trip to Spain is always fun. Almeria looks like an nice little town, and also that hotel you have chosen seemed to be quite interesting.

Thank you.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):

Yep, really nice. And the 757 looks just great.

Sure it is.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):

Welcome to CDG   . Really hard to understand that things like that can happen at a major airport like this. Even worse when on a tight connection, but good that you made your connection in the end. Sounded like a close call.

CDG is definitely not the place for relaxed connections.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):

Strange. Wonder what's the reason behind that is. Looks like you had a quite an uncomfortable flight with that seatmate, but what can you do. At least a nice FA

Good point with the FA, She was really nice.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):

And you actually managed to find this bus, cool! So it really exists

Not that easy, definitely.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):

Nice picture with the red winglet, like it a lot. Also the one with the engine, very nice.

Thanx again.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):

Now you make me curious ...

Coming up soon.


@O.:

Quoting volvair (Reply 18):

very nice tripreport. Interesting (and sad) to see Air Nostrum has apparently matched Iberia's service concept. In February my girlfriend flew MAD-GRX return on Air Nostrum and service was still drinks+nuts.

Thank you and sure a downgrade here by AirNostrum.

Quoting volvair (Reply 18):

Haha, this is how we know you!

As long as I´am alive!.


@Robert:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 19):


Nice report, Markus. Good to hear you didn't miss the CRK   Looking forward to part 2!

Thank you and the next part is still on the production line.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1730 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 13459 times:
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Hello Markus,

Thanks for this most entertaining read. Somehow I have a slight feeling you’re growing a bit towards the ‘grumpy old man’ type, or, more likely, there were some really annoying things during this day of flying. Have you found the ‘irony out’ button yet  On a positive note: that CRK looks absolutely magnificent!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Really bad news, especially when we know that these service is "downgraded", from a standard passengers view, to the Saab 340 operated by Job Air.

Job Air ran out of jobs   That would’ve been a nice on to fly on!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
CDG is simply perfectly well organized!

Err.. not!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
that whole show needs ages here

It’s nearly killing you, so it feels like. Are we still doing this for fun?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
and also holding expected due to weather at MAD

At first I thought: ‘weather and Madrid’: it’s always sunny in Madrid. But when I read on: the weather wasn’t that Madrid-like.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Another cabin shot just to distract of my despair.
The oldster beside me smells not that really nice and he has absolutely no need to hold his glass of red.
Oh dear, I saw my pants soaked and me smelly like an alcohol addict

You really hit the jackpot with this flight and seat. You know these people have also the right to travel  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Yes, it looks like Air Nostrum

One helluva good looking airplane in hat classic IB livery.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I will wait, the public bus is only 1.00 Euro for the Estacion Central.

What a difference, I’d gladly wait as well and soak up some rays.

Sultanils



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5171 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 13223 times:

Hey, Nils,

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 21):

Thanks for this most entertaining read. Somehow I have a slight feeling you’re growing a bit towards the ‘grumpy old man’ type, or, more likely, there were some really annoying things during this day of flying. Have you found the ‘irony out’ button yet  On a positive note: that CRK looks absolutely magnificent!

Pretty good to follow you´re reply, thank you. And I´am still searching!.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 21):

Job Air ran out of jobs   That would’ve been a nice on to fly on!

Definitely something for me, at least when there is an acceptable fare available.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 21):

Err.. not!

Sure it isn´t.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 21):

It’s nearly killing you, so it feels like. Are we still doing this for fun?

No way, absolutely no way!.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 21):

At first I thought: ‘weather and Madrid’: it’s always sunny in Madrid. But when I read on: the weather wasn’t that Madrid-like.

Not at all during my time there.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 21):
You really hit the jackpot with this flight and seat. You know these people have also the right to travel

Sure they have.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 21):

One helluva good looking airplane in hat classic IB livery.

Also my opinion, you know.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 21):

What a difference, I’d gladly wait as well and soak up some rays.

Exactly my style.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 13156 times:

Hi Markus, thank you for the write-up!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Really bad news, especially when we know that these service is "downgraded", from a standard passengers view, to the Saab 340 operated by Job Air.
And I am definitely not the standard passenger, so I´am not amused to follow this news.

Ah, well, it really does feel bad when that happens. At least you got your next choice of flights...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
F-GUGM, that sounds not really like a new registration. Leg no. 13 on type, the second time for me after an CDG-STR hop some years ago. In service with AF since 13.04.2006. 18 A318´s are in the actual fleet

That's too bad. But at least it was an A318!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
AF changed it´s cabin concept, so it seems.
The divider is pushed back to the middle of the cabin, with only a couple of pax in biz and nearly all seats taken in eco.

AF isn't my preferred carrier on intra-European flights because of the weird things they do. Last time I couldn't even choose my seat, but that was a DL-stock ticket.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
We waited and waited close to the parking spot till the captain announced that there is no dispatcher ready for us. Some more minutes to wait. CDG is simply perfectly well organized!.

Oh, yes, it is a divine airport, truly a breath of fresh air (because you'll surely smell some fresh air at CDG).

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The nice female agent checked the system:
"No, we don´t do upgrades on this service".

Huh, what does that mean, I wonder? Is it policy or what?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
- Holding circles and more holding circles for MAD with, to top it up, the captain´s announcement: "Cabin crew take you´re seats during holding, strong turbulences expected".

Ah, that sounds good for a fan of turbulence like myself.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Fixed, where a nice older male agent
confirmed, it´s ok to print out my boarding pass here.
Done, directly to security, thankfully again, no line at all.

At least you found a nice agent to help.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Well, I´ve don´t asked about a plane change.
On schedule is the CR-K or better known as the longest Regionaljet ever

It seems IB is better than AZ in this domain known as the plane lottery!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Quickly out in the public with some raindrops falling. Only to notice that the public bus service running with a massive 50 minutes frequence has left a couple of minutes earlier.

Well, it is Almeria after all... Not the most populated place, I suppose.

Thanks again for the report, looking forward to the next part!


User currently offlinebAe146TOM From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 228 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 13044 times:

Markus markus markus...

So you are treated to a ride on two of my most wanted birds!
Excellent and detailed report as always a wonderful read keep them up!

Your next trip has GOT to involve a BA NF trip!

Hope to see more from you soon!

Tom  


25 Post contains images OA260 : Hi Markus , Great report and photos. AF must have shares in those coconut biscuits I do like them though ! Shame that the AF service was not better .
26 FLIEGER67 : Hi and nice to see more comments. @A.: Thank you. Sure on the spot here. True words. Strange, but it´s AF anyway. Not sure, it seems on that service
27 Post contains images ba319-131 : Hey Markus, nice story as usual, thanks for sharing. - Ha, funny how we choose these seats yet have this feeling depending upon seat mates - Indeed MA
28 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi Markus, Really good to follow your story around Almeria and a Spanish CRK. Nice pics, and a good catch. Shamefully no service on this Air Nostrum f
29 palmjet : Hi Markus Very nice to see the CR-K and your experiences onboard. It's one long aircraft for sure - probably longer than some of the original DC9 seri
30 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Markus, I'm reading these in the wrong order I know, but I have to start somewhere! Judging my some of your comments, not one of the more enjoyable
31 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hey Markus, Nice to read your successful attempt to log the long and sleek beauty of regional jets! Interesting to read your Air France experience as
32 Post contains images deltamartin : Hello Markus! Nice report just as usual! It's fine on these short flights as long as the middle seat stays open. I should log it in June, if all goes
33 FLIEGER67 : Hi and good to follow such a number of new comments. @Mark: Thank you. Really true words. Well, so it is. Something for me also. Definitely not for th
34 Post contains images akhmad : Querido Markus, How wonderful to go for a visit to Andalucía. It reminds me of my own trip to the region, though Almeria is yet to discover. Thank yo
35 FLIEGER67 : Hoi, Suryo, Thank you. He asked, sure ok for me. Good to know. Hah, good point. Good point again. So it looks like. And not for me, too!. Definitely.
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