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Going South To Go North: SXB-MRS-FRA-HEL  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7128 times:

Introduction

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This part picks up right where the previous part left, at Strasbourg airport, with me having just arrived from CDG aboard a Régional E170. For the first part see here: Mayday, Where's The CRK? HEL-ORY/CDG-SXB (by FlyingFinn76 May 11 2012 in Trip Reports) .

Tuesday 1.5.2012

Strasbourg is of course the capital of the Alsace region, also known as Elsass in German. The whole region has changed hands between France and Germany more times than Blue1 their business strategy and thus the use of both German and French side-by-side is common:

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SXB airport is connected to the city center with a convenient train connection. The only problem is as it is the first of May the trains are running on Sunday schedules which means only once per hour. Because of this my short time at the city is cut even shorter, bugger.

They should also add “CRK” into this ad for Markus’ favorite route:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Strasbourg_2.jpg

After buying my rather moderately priced (3,90 EUR and it even gives you a free ride on the city’s tram/bus network onwards from the station) from a vending machine I walk down the covered walkway to the station:

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The terminal building front - yes, the architecture is indeed quite distinct:

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The station - I was very surprised to see this line running on DMUs, what a shame:

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The train ride takes less than ten minutes to reach the terminus, the central station. Interesting architecture on the station as well - the grand old station building has been hidden under a modern glass facade:

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Here are some pictures from the amazingly picturesque city center:

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Street signs in two languages:

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The traditional German-style timbered houses:

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A sightseeing boat waiting at a channel lock:

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Wait...

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Strasbourg_15.jpg

...now GO:

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The highlight of the city, the huge and hugely impressive cathedral. If you ask me this is much more impressive than the one at Köln:

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A cute square:

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Good weather and plenty of tourists around:

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Alsace has some amazing cuisine and I had planned on sampling some of it - I spotted a great looking place that served some delicious looking modern fusion versions of the classic flammkuchen but those train schedules came to haunt me again and it was a choice of either having a meal or seeing the cathedral - you saw the photos already so the cathedral won and I had to settle for a tasty and cheap takeaway kebab enjoyed on the lawn in front of the station:

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So far earlier than I’d wanted to I take the train back to the airport.

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Strasbourg Airport

FIDS:

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I decide to head straight to airside to see if I could see some action - but judging from the FIDS above there isn’t much action to see. I managed to see a Vueling departing while walking over from the train station - never knew they flew here as well!

The airside is a bit weird - coming thru security you get into the ground level where there are a few bus gates, a lone and rather sad looking cafe, an even sadder looking duty free and an escalator upstairs. Upstairs there are a couple of gates with jetways, completely deserted:

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I manage to catch a couple of movements, here’s XL arriving - it doesn’t look that big to me, though:

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Departing for Morocco:

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Hmm, some kind of VIP lounge for MEPs, I guess - when arriving I noticed that immigration also had a special MEP lane:

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Not much happening here so I head back downstairs where my gate and the only airside cafe is and decide to have some excellent beer while enjoying the free wifi the airport so conveniently provides:

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With (seemingly) most of the Régional’s Jungle Jet fleet parked on the apron when I arrived here a few hours ago I fully assumed boarding to start pretty early since obviously there wouldn’t be any wait for an inbound plane. Indeed both ours and the Bordeaux flight are called for boarding half an hour before the SDT from two adjacent gates opposite the cafe - curiously there’s also a gate designated as “0” (as in “zero”) - this and the half gate at NCE airport seem to indicate that the French are quite crazy...

They also seem to be out of proper airport buses as we board a regular city bus:

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Really funky seat covers:

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Legroom - as with most Jungle Jets I’ve flown with the seat pocket is hanging in a rather ugly way, refusing to stick:

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From the bus I see my earlier ride arriving from another flight from CDG:

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While waiting in the bus I decide to do 717flyer a favor and count the pax: 19 adults and six or seven (not sure) kids.

A short ride later we stop in front of the expected E145, F-GRGF - obviously a new entry for me log:

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I expected to get yelled at by the ground staff but nobody cared about my photoshooting:

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Oh yes, it is the largest Jungle Jet:

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SXB - MRS
AF5466 Operated by Régional CAE
E145 F-GRGF
Seat 3A
14.35 - 15.45

A young female FA who is all smile from head to toes greets me at the door. I’ve got plenty of room for myself - after my seat at 3A the next pax are seated at row seven. A deadheading Régional steward in full duty uniform is sitting on 2F.

The seats, dark blue faux leather and quite nice:

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Legroom:

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Forward view:

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And backwards:

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When the FA sees me stuffing my back bag under 3D on the other side of the aisle she immediately suggests that I could move to 3F to get some more space. I say thanks but I prefer to be on this side of the plane in an effort to catch a glimpse of the Alps.

The cockpit crew announces our flight time as 1h5mins with a nice sounding 17 degrees and half cloudy at Marseille. Departure is right on time.

While heading to runway 23 we taxi past this abomination - an albino Fokker, go away, stop haunting me, NOW:

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Luckily the nasty albino doesn’t make any attempt at chasing us so I relax when those tail mounted hairdryers spool up and manage to provide enough power to propel us skywards like a rocket:

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More quarries, I guess these are good for swimming during summertime:

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I think this is the village of Krautergersheim - anyway there are plenty of heims around here thanks to the German roots:

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Cruising over the clouds:

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Service is again a drinks round plus a choice between a sweet biscuit (the same tasty ones as on the previous flight) or salty crackers.

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The FA insists I have two of these cracker packs - who am I to argue so I put the other bag in my bag to bring home. Nescafe also makes a reappearance:

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You can’t really see them in this picture but at one point I counted the contrails of seven (count ‘em) planes at once. I think we were somewhere near LYS/GVA by that time:

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Not too great views of the Alps, but at least I got something:

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I zonk out for 20 minutes or so and am waken up by the captain’s announcement of our descent and approach for Marseille. As far as approaches go this one is a very nice one - Provence certainly has some very amazing natural sights. I’ll let the pictures (mostly) do the talking:

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The river Durance. Note the channel running parallel to it:

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The town of Lambesc:

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The terrain is rather hilly so some creative solutions have to be used when constructing motorways or railroad tracks like in this case:

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...even the Romans knew already knew this - although this one is the Roquefavour Aqueduc and is “only” some 160 years old:

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The airport of Aix en Provence:

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Passing MRS on a downwind leg, image taken with zoom from the other side of the plane:

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A power plant, hopefully of a nuclear kind:

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A great view over the Greater Marseille area:

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The famous Port of Marseille:

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Plenty of quarries here too:

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Rugged landscape:

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Almost there:

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Landing is on runway 31R.

Cargo apron:

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Jonas’ home airline:

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The terminal:

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There are plenty of empty jetways so I kept hoping we would stop in front of one of them to avoid a bus ride but alas it isn’t to be - an apron position with a waiting bus for us it is. Nearby stands a nice German bizjet with an appropriate registration:

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Stepping out into the bright sunshine and Mediterranean warmth feels very good, this is the moment you keep waiting for most of the long, dark Northern winter!

Bye, thanks for the nice ride:

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Marseille Provence Airport

A quick bus ride and a powerwalk through the very forgettable terminal I’m outside, enjoying more of that nice sunshine.

This is the terminal building I just emerged from - not exactly very chic:

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Hmm, surely there’s some mistake here - they must mean waterskiing:

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Isn’t that the cutest carpark you’ve ever seen:

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Oh yes, I’m definitely on the Med here:

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There are two “terminals” (more like check in halls) right next to each other - the ugly Air France one and the somewhat better looking housing other airlines, including my Lufthansa. Having done OLCI earlier in the morning I head inside to get my boarding passes.

Compare this photo to the one from Orly in part 1 and notice what a difference a high ceiling and enough windows can do:

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I locate a row of Lufthansa self service machines and decide to try my luck. Well, since I opted to get my boarding passes emailed it is of course completely against the German psyche that someone would try to also (re)print them out of the kiosks (see, Ordnung muss sein and this is no Ordnung!) so it tells me to bugger off. Luckily the three open desks next to the machines don’t have much queue so a few minutes later a rather unfriendly (or at least unsmiling) girl prints me the precious two pieces of cardboard.

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A couple of hours to go and warmth and sunshine outside - no doubt what I do next: buy a nicely chilled (but not so nicely priced) can of beer from a bar (cunningly they don’t sell any beer in the shops here to retain the monopolistic prices) and head outside. I find a nice spot in front of the terminal and sit there for the best part of an hour - just enjoying the sun, my beer, book and people watching - plenty of prime subjects to watch here. Ahh, this is the life.

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Eventually I decide to move around a little and go check out the MP2 or “Marseille Provence 2” like the official designation goes - i.e. the low cost terminal, a couple of hundred meters further from the high cost terminals.

Weird combination of an office building with the ATC tower on top:

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And this is the low cost terminal:

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And I guess these are then the low cost airlines:

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Inside, a certain low cost feel:

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After savoring that low cost air for a while I decide I’ve had enough and stroll back to the high cost (anything but!) land. I decide to go through security and check out the airside. Upstairs before security there’s definitely plenty of room to spread out or form a conga line but not sure what is up with the carpeting - heck in the Nordics we gave up on those things 30 years ago as people were getting so allergic:

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Security is a no issue, thru in no time at all and have a small chat with a funny Greek guy who has the world’s largest laptop (that’s not a portable computer anymore, more like a draggable one!) but points out that he is a graphical designer so he needs the screen estate. Fair enough.

Airside:

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Not too many people around at all, well there’s plenty of room here anyway. I explore the duty free shop a bit - and what do I see:

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Yes, a whole wall of the best produce Provence has to offer! So I grab some very nice virgin olive oil plus the obligatory (but very good smelling!) bag of Herbes de Provence - my previous batch (bought many a moon ago at BRU airport of all places!) has almost run out so these will provide me with hours of culinary delights!

Not our plane today, I hope:

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This terminal is connected to the Air France one by a narrow corridor but lined with large windows on the other side - perfect for spotting. So that’s where I head and checkout the visitors as I go.

One day I’ll fly this airline, I promise:

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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7129 times:

Different livery - did these two airlines merge or what’s the deal here:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_18.jpg

Something interesting arriving, but probably not from GEV:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_20.jpg

This airport is also refreshing in the sense that there are hardly any concessions airside - not tons of shops taking up every available square meter of real estate (hear that, BAA & Finavia!) so there’s plenty of room just for the pax, just like it should be. There are actually just two places serving food and drinks, one quite dinky looking one on the “other airlines” part and an outlet of Autogrill (never knew they operated also in France!) on the Air France & bedmates part. Feeling a bit peckish I decide to buy a chicken salad from the latter one - quite an okay taste for a prepackaged one:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_19.jpg

Notice the USB wire - this is not mine, it is a standard part of their power socket setup here - very user friendly:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_21.jpg

Eventually I stroll back to my gate where there’s still no plane despite it being around the boarding time printed on the boarding pass, very unlufthansalike! Finally, just 15 minutes before the SDT I finally spot a familiar looking crane tail symbol:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_22.jpg

Next door, the guys from Bavaria are on time:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_23.jpg

It’s been quite a while since I last flew a Lufthansa 737, the last time was in February 2006, almost a thousand flights ago! This one is D-ABEU “Goslar”, the expected -300 model and a new entry to my log as well, very nice.

Boarding is called surprisingly fast, just 15 minutes after the inbound arrived, at the original SDT.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_24.jpg

MRS - FRA
LH1089
B737-300 D-ABEU “Goslar”
Seat 26F
19.03 - 20.34

Once again I settled for the last row. This bird is of course equipped with the NEK seats:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_25.jpg

...which means decent legroom:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_26.jpg

I have to admit that the due to NEK the plane doesn’t look as old as it really is (17 years and change):

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_27.jpg

...apart from the overhead panels which definitely are old fashioned:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_28.jpg

It being Lufthansa the flight is of course very well loaded, I see just a few empty seats. But luckily one of them happens to be next to me, sweet. Maybe this was due to seat blocking, maybe not. Otherwise I’m surrounded by a large bunch of German teens, some sort of football team as their coach hovers nearby as well. Otherwise well behaved but loud as hell, so I can hardly wait the moment I get to put on my headphones after take off.

The captain apologises for our delay, explaining that the plane encountered a “technical fault” before its departure ex-FRA and that had to be fixed but all is now well and in around an hour and twenty we’ll be back in Bankfurt... sorry, Frankfurt. Pushback is 23 minutes late.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_29.jpg

Hey, I’ve been meaning to fly this airline for a long time but their routes are kinda hard for me to do:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_30.jpg

At some point the runway direction has been reversed so we taxi to the same runway I landed a couple of hours earlier, this time designated as 13L.

MP2 has some action as well:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_32.jpg

Hey, what’s that:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_31.jpg

Oh, you don’t see that every day, do you:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_33.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_34.jpg

Bye Provence, I’m sure I’ll be back:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_35.jpg

The departure pattern is basically our earlier approach pattern - reversed:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_36.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_37.jpg

...before disappearing into the clouds which remain for most of this flight:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_38.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_39.jpg

Service soon commences and I open the middle tray table in anticipation... and discover this:
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_40.jpg

Jonas claims that LH planes are never dirty, well this proves him wrong.

LH’s new catering concept has actually made every short haul flight with them a bit of an adventure - you never know what you are about to get (which is very good as the old LH catering was SOOOO predictable that a friend of mine once got the same hot pasta meal on all four flights of his trip!). Today, we get this:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_41.jpg

I thought it would be a sweet bun, but after taking a first bite out of it I realize it is actually salty, made out of pretzel dough. Quite nice actually. Seconds are offered rather liberally (I decline) - the footballer guy on the aisle seat ends up with three I think.

A drinks round follows - some red wine for me. The football guys all take beer, and my hope in the future of mankind shoots up a bit as the kids loudly explaim that “Warsteiner = Scheisse!”. Well, they still drink it. Just like I would...

Since there are no views to be had, thanks to the clouds, I spend the flight reading my book, a quite excellent history of the London Underground.

Funny - around an hour into the flight the clouds start giving way and I think to myself “I bet we are near Stuttgart right now” - and guess what:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_42.jpg

Yep, it is the easily recognizable shape of STR, about to be renamed as “Flieger67 International” in honor of a certain person who has earned it more publicity than any other living (or dead) being.

Right after this it is decent time for us. Passing Heilbronn:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_43.jpg

Nice colors over the horizon:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_44.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_45.jpg

Approach is onto the 25s, I get a small relief as I spot this plane doing a parallel approach on our right - it means we aren’t going for the new 25R and hence are not facing a long taxi:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_46.jpg

Looks like another LH 737:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_48.jpg

Beautiful:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_47.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_49.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_50.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_51.jpg

Bankhattan:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_52.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_53.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_54.jpg

Indeed we land on 25L, less than ten minutes late, more of a testimony to the good padding in the schedules than the pilots’ skill in catching up I’m sure.

Aren’t those 747-8s - my first time seeing one live:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_55.jpg

...and then something completely different, a baby bus:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_56.jpg

The LH 737s seem to have become second class citizens in their own home (trust me, a feeling I know far too well...) and aren’t considered to be jetbridgeworthy anymore, so into the Boeing row we go, far from the actual terminal:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_57.jpg

Well, this is Frankfurt so next we wait some 15 minutes until they finally manage to find some buses and drivers willing to give us a ride. Typical. At least they use both exits for deboarding which means not much queuing for me.

Bye:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Frankfurt_58.jpg

Frankfurt Main Airport

A packed bus ride to something which I’ve learned to fear - “B Arrivals Schengen Ost”, which leads into the stub B Schengen area where most of the Nordic flights usually leave. Well, shiver me timbers but today the last HEL flight of the day is actually leaving from the A pier, I’ll be damned! So I stock up on the Travel Value store here - it is much better than the small ones they have on the A pier and then head for a powerwalk down the B → A connector tunnel. Reaching A I check the flight info:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Helsinki_1.jpg

Wow, an actual jetway gate! Now that doesn’t happen too often for the HEL flights, usually it is always long bus rides to faraway parking positions... I don’t like the registration of the plane, though - even though D-AIDF will be a new entry for my log.

I head to the A pier LH lounge, located halfway down the pier and quite far away from the gate but what can you do. The place is very empty and the staff seem to be anxious to close down as soon as possible.

A pretzel:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Helsinki_2.jpg

Some promo mints - you breath can never be too fresh, can it:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Helsinki_3.jpg

Quite soon the flight already shows as boarding so I head back - not often you see FRA this empty:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Helsinki_4.jpg

...but not our gate, looks like another well loaded HEL flight:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Helsinki_5.jpg

Make sure you load lots of beer:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Helsinki_6.jpg

Boarding soon commences and as seems to be the norm with LH nowadays it is done thru the self service gates. I am among the first ones to board.

FRA - HEL
LH854
A321 D-AIDF
Seat 38A
22.21 - 01.44 (+1)

This flight is a bit like airBaltic’s “Early Bird Fokker” - it keeps getting later and later (whereas the BT flight keeps getting earlier and earlier). For many years it left at 21.15 but now the departure time has been pushed back to 22.25. I comment on this to the FA on the back galley as I take my seat on the last row (but of course!) - she doesn’t really seem to understand me and just says something about better hurrying or we’ll miss off the night curfew (which sets at 23.00 I think? In anyway a really weird thing to have in one of the busiest airports in the world...).

It’s a Lufthansa flight to Finland so it is packed to the gills. I don’t spot a single empty seat anywhere, but then again this being row 38 and me not having binoculars with me they might have some free ones towards the front.

Pushing back, four minutes ahead of schedule:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Helsinki_7.jpg

The obligatory whalejet @ FRA photo:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Helsinki_8.jpg

Take off is from 25C - our way there is a bit circuitous thanks to a good number of widebodies blocking the way - the apron control here must really shine at Tetris considering the challenges they face daily!

Passing runway 18:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Helsinki_9.jpg

Thanks to runway 25R being introduced into the mix they have given a revamp to the departure patterns. After take off we turn towards the south (i.e. left) for a while - fine. But then we turn back right, towards the west, overfly Mainz and Wiesbaden before conducting another lazy right hand turn which finally points us towards the northeast.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Helsinki_10.jpg

My plan was to sleep throughout this flight - well it doesn’t really work as the seat with my backbag filling up most of my legroom doesn’t feel too comfortable and my legs keep me awake - so might as well check out the inflight service bingo:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Helsinki_11.jpg

It is the very same thing I got on my last late night HEL flight (although that one was ex-MUC) back in December - some German dark bread with very thick slices of cheese between them. I’m not up for any food so I stow it in my bag to act as breakfast the next morning. Some red wine is appreciated, though.

Believe me or not, this is the Trojmiasto:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Helsinki_12.jpg

I try again to sleep, but it doesn’t really work out. So I settle on reading my book instead, ordering a Warsteiner at some point.

Most of my fellow passengers have managed to fall asleep, though:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Helsinki_13.jpg

Eventually we commence our descent for HEL - while approaching the Finnish coastline somewhere near Hanko I realize that there’s a full moon outside, shining on the sea and creating a very nice view outside - not that these shots really do any justice to it:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Helsinki_14.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Strassbourg_0405_2012/Part_2/Helsinki_15.jpg

At this point the seatbelt sign gets switched on, so I stow away my stuff and promptly fall asleep - typical! I’m woken up by our less than gentle touchdown on runway 15, followed by a short taxi to a jetway at T1, a frustratingly slow disembarking experience (seriously Markus, did you ever consider this when you came up with your “last row” methodology?) and catching the bus home for a short night’s sleep, concluding another trip in the life of the Finn!

Conclusions

Another very good experience with Régional, very friendly service where I felt genuinely welcome to be onboard. The Jungle Jets aren’t too common in Europe nowadays so that was also a nice bonus.

Lufthansa was just as it (mostly) has always been like - very consistent, strictly business friendly service, average comfort, packed flights and a nice inflight service offering roulette, although those rye breads on the HEL flights aren’t nothing to write home about. It is a decent airline which still retains good inflight service levels (compared to others), but at least for me it doesn’t really come up as that special as Jonas has described it to be. With Lufthansa you always know what you get (apart from the economy food offerings), and that of course is a good thing - a very German trait actually.

Oh yes and Strasbourg - an amazingly beautiful city, a bit of a hidden gem as I don’t think too many people know of its charms. Another place where I should go back sooner than later, but I know I’ve said that about many places...


A couple of weeks to go now until a rather crazy extended weekend of flying combining the southern and northern extremities of the European continent. The first part will be towards the south, catching a couple of more exotic airlines on non standard routes doing HEL-AMS-MUC-ATH-SKG-ATH-FRA-HEL. Happy contrails!


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6876 times:

Hello FF76 aka Mr P, aka FF. Nice report!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Introduction

I'm starting to believe that you own shares in Instagram since you keep using it for your pictures so much.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The station - I was very surprised to see this line running on DMUs, what a shame:

Since when did you start caring for the environment?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
a tasty and cheap takeaway kebab enjoyed on the lawn in front of the station

With some local beers as well?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The famous Port of Marseille:

Is that where all the crooks emerge from?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Jonas’ home airline:

No, SAS are! But either way both of them are shitty airlines... RAM are the most shitful one, and SAS are just lagom.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Luckily the three open desks next to the machines don’t have much queue so a few minutes later a rather unfriendly (or at least unsmiling) girl prints me the precious two pieces of cardboard.

Another reason to just head for the counters right away and not bother with those machines!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
But luckily one of them happens to be next to me, sweet. Maybe this was due to seat blocking, maybe not.

Yes that's one of the major perks of flying LH as a Star Alliance Gold passenger. Wish they could introduce that on SAS, but then again Jantelagen prohibits... Much the same why priority boarding is banned from all SAS flights.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Jonas claims that LH planes are never dirty, well this proves him wrong.

Well this wasn't exactly LH's fault, but some crooked idle class schmuck who've clearly had too much Warsteiner and was getting bored and pissed because the flight attendant refused to give him a lap dance. At least LH bother to take case of their planes, unlike a certain Scandinavian Airline.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
...and then something completely different, a baby bus:

That thing looks really stupid, even more stupid than the B736! Still it's a nice plane to fly, much better than the B736 as AF manage to keep their interiors in good condition and serve proper meals.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The place is very empty and the staff seem to be anxious to close down as soon as possible.

That's a very interesting contrast to what's usually the case in that lounge. The A Pier SEN Lounge is always packed to the brim, every day of the week! Suppose you should thank labour day for that  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
some German dark bread with very thick slices of cheese between them.

Quite sad to see the meal service be downgraded from a full hot meal, to a salad, and now this... Some sad little piece of rye bread. Oh well still nice that they serve free food and drinks... Unlike a certain Scandinavian Airline...

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3335 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6876 times:

Very nice Mr.R! Good to see part 2. Starsbourg looked very nice. I was there a few years ago, but didn't find anywhere nice...must have been looking in the wrong place.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Not much happening here so I head back downstairs where my gate and the only airside cafe is and decide to have some excellent beer while enjoying the free wifi the airport so conveniently provides:

The beer looks nice - the terminal not so much.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
curiously there’s also a gate designated as “0” (as in “zero”) - this and the half gate at NCE airport seem to indicate that the French are quite crazy...

I flew a China Eastern flight a few years ago with a row 0

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Not too great views of the Alps, but at least I got something:

Very nice pics

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Airside:

Looks better than the tiny non-Schengen area

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It’s been quite a while since I last flew a Lufthansa 737, the last time was in February 2006, almost a thousand flights ago! This one is D-ABEU “Goslar”, the expected -300 model and a new entry to my log as well, very nice.

Oh, the same plane that operated the LGW-FRA inaugrual that I flew on. And 1,000 flights....wow!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Service soon commences and I open the middle tray table in anticipation... and discover this:

Haha, very colourful

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I thought it would be a sweet bun, but after taking a first bite out of it I realize it is actually salty, made out of pretzel dough

Looks tasty

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
so might as well check out the inflight service bingo:

Um, doesn't look great. Seems like a big step down from a few years ago



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6473 times:

Hi P.,

nice report with good pictures!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Interesting architecture on the station as well - the grand old station building has been hidden under a modern glass facade:

It looks interesting - but I don't understand why they decided to hide the historic building?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Nescafe also makes a reappearance:

  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Different livery - did these two airlines merge or what’s the deal here:

No, simple rebranding.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I thought it would be a sweet bun, but after taking a first bite out of it I realize it is actually salty, made out of pretzel dough. Quite nice actually.

Yes, I like those, too.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The football guys all take beer, and my hope in the future of mankind shoots up a bit as the kids loudly explaim that “Warsteiner = Scheisse!”.

Haha...


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6160 times:

Hello P.

Nice report, thanks for sharing.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
yes, the architecture is indeed quite distinct:

Somehow reminds me of TLL!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The obligatory whalejet @ FRA photo

And where's the "must have in a report" aircraft type?

Great pictures from SXB, seems nice enough to plan a visit sometime. Unfortunately SXB is too close from Switzerland to fly....

Best regards, LXM83


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3018 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6110 times:

Hi FF,

nicely done, I was looking forward to this.

Some nice pictures of Strasbourg. Did you go on a tram at all?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The station - I was very surprised to see this line running on DMUs, what a shame

Quite a lot of the French minor lines are still diesel operated. Just like here.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the grand old station building has been hidden under a modern glass facade

I'm usually a fan of modern architecture, but that is a monstrosity. Would be ok as a new build, but not when it's hiding a nice old building.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Street signs in two languages:

Interesting street name - Contact Lense Street!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
hugely impressive cathedral

I once went on a school exchange to the school that is literally accross the square from the cathedral - Lycée Fustel.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Marseille Provence Airport

Have you seen the opening sequence of the film "Taxi"? Great stuff!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Service soon commences and I open the middle tray table in anticipation... and discover this

I know how easily and quickly, despite all the preparations a parent can do, a child can throw paper to the floor and draw on the table!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
I spend the flight reading my book, a quite excellent history of the London Underground.

Looks good, I read his "Blood, Iron and Gold: How the Railways Transformed the World" recently. Must look out for the Underground book as well.

Thanks again

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2460 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5772 times:

As always nice TR...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The first part will be towards the south, catching a couple of more exotic airlines on non standard routes doing HEL-AMS-MUC-ATH-SKG-ATH-FRA-HEL.

Let me guess, AIR CHINA A332 MUC-ATH and maybe CYPRUS AIRWAYS A320 ATH-SKG?! Unfortuantely, for ASTRA AIRLINES new MUC-SKG or NUE-SKG service it is too early (will start high summer season).


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1771 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5600 times:
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Hi FlyingFinn,

Thanks heaps for this lovely report “To (Air) France - The Sequel”. I once have flown the tiny Embraer, even the E135 version, on my way to LYS but that is years ago now. I’m glad you got to sample this quite exotic type on your trip. I can’t think of any European airlines that still operate this one besides AF? Strassbourg is indeed a lovely city, but what is more important to me is the fact that it is quite nearby one of my favourite regions in France, called Les Vosges. You should go there one day too, but be sure to bring a motorized 2-wheeled machine with you  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The terminal building front - yes, the architecture is indeed quite distinct

It looks like one of those fast catamaran ferry boats if you ask me.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the grand old station building has been hidden under a modern glass facade:

A large greenhouse, I like it very much!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the huge and hugely impressive cathedral.

That reminds me of that movie ‘The Hunchback Of The Notre Dame’ although this is not THE ‘Notre Dame’ of course.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
never knew they flew here as well!

I was about to say the same. BCN most likely?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
it doesn’t look that big to me, though

I’d say a M at most.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Stepping out into the bright sunshine and Mediterranean warmth feels very good, this is the moment you keep waiting for most of the long, dark Northern winter!

Oh yes, I think that must’ve cheered you up big time! What a little bit of sun and warmth can do to a person.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Compare this photo to the one from Orly in part 1 and notice what a difference a high ceiling and enough windows can do

Still it looks ugly and old-fashioned.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So I grab some very nice virgin olive oil plus the obligatory (but very good smelling!) bag of Herbes de Provence - my previous batch (bought many a moon ago at BRU airport of all places!) has almost run out so these will provide me with hours of culinary delights!

Indeed in BRU of all places  Wow! Do you mean those bags with potpourri with the lavender smell or the kind of herbs you throw en masse on the bbq?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
a quite excellent history of the London Underground.

Is that a thriller 

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yep, it is the easily recognizable shape of STR, about to be renamed as “Flieger67 International” in honor of a certain person who has earned it more publicity than any other living (or dead) being.

I wonder then how they would rename HEL...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
a frustratingly slow disembarking experience (seriously Markus, did you ever consider this when you came up with your “last row” methodology?)

Why so frustrated? You had no connections? Or maybe the first bus to your bed...

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27245 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5527 times:

Hey P great report and a city I have been to many times. My Dad lives there and my Sister is at school there . Lovely place . Try the tarte flambee next time . A glass of Cremant always goes down well too.  

Nice photos as usual.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1014 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5341 times:

Ah, nice to read part 2 of this flight. Enjoyable as usual!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The station - I was very surprised to see this line running on DMUs, what a shame:

What's wrong with those DMU's? I love them. Large windows, quiet, comfortable.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The train ride takes less than ten minutes to reach the terminus, the central station. Interesting architecture on the station as well - the grand old station building has been hidden under a modern glass facade:

Does anyone know if that glass faccade has been there long? Looks amazing, but I can't remember it from my visit to Strassbourg a few years ago.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Here are some pictures from the amazingly picturesque city center

Nice little town!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A couple of hours to go and warmth and sunshine outside - no doubt what I do next:

I have a five hour layover on my trip trough MRS. Any advice on what to do?


User currently offlinethe777man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6646 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5134 times:

Hi FlyingFinn!

Nice report with nice pictures !

SXB the city looks very nice and quaint.

Always great with the seat next to you empty. Those EMB-145s are pretty comfortable, much more so than the CRJs.

MRS airport doesn't look so great. Not much traffic there either.

Flights back to HEL looks okay.

Looking forward to your next report.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4937 times:

Hi Mister P.

Great trip report, thanks for sharing it with us.
Régional seems to have good service.
That Mediteranian sun looks very inviting, giving the subtropical temperatures over here...
Must agree on the SXB station, bizar archiceture... Was surprised as well when passing trough last july.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1843 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4878 times:

Hi FlyingFinn76

Thanks for the great report. I greatly enjoyed the pictures of Strassbourg. I fully agree with you on the cathedral, I've never seen anything quite like it. Especially inside, there isn't a single surface that is not richly decorated. Quite amazing.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4865 times:

Hi all, thanks for the comments! Sorry for the somewhat belated reply, have been on the road again for quite a bit recently with more to come!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
I'm starting to believe that you own shares in Instagram since you keep using it for your pictures so much.

Jonas, don't try to be smarter than you are. Never used InstaPentagram in my life.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
Since when did you start caring for the environment?

What? That is a bold statement, I care about the environment a lot, to a such a degree that find the idea of running trains on diesel engines completely unacceptable and unsustainable!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
The famous Port of Marseille:
Is that where all the crooks emerge from?

Well ports attract all kinds of people. In the case of Marseille you might quite a few Maghrebi people there!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
Well this wasn't exactly LH's fault, but some crooked idle class schmuck who've clearly had too much Warsteiner and was getting bored and pissed because the flight attendant refused to give him a lap dance. At least LH bother to take case of their planes, unlike a certain Scandinavian Airline.

Jonas, ever heard of children?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
That thing looks really stupid, even more stupid than the B736! Still it's a nice plane to fly, much better than the B736 as AF manage to keep their interiors in good condition and serve proper meals.

Another bold statement. There are other airlines who operate the 736 than SAS. And AF doesn't exactly serve proper meals either, you yourself put them off for serving only a croissant and drinks on your el cheapo run to Paris last year, remember?

And neither the A318 or the 736 looks stupid if you ask me.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
That's a very interesting contrast to what's usually the case in that lounge. The A Pier SEN Lounge is always packed to the brim, every day of the week! Suppose you should thank labour day for that  

And when have you been there?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Starsbourg looked very nice. I was there a few years ago, but didn't find anywhere nice...must have been looking in the wrong place.

Yeah, you must've! The city centre is indeed amazingly beautiful if packed full of tourists.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
I flew a China Eastern flight a few years ago with a row 0

Wow, that is bizarre! Like they accidentally started numbering the rows from the wrong place and then instead of doing it all again decided to add zero into the mix. I wonder if all the check in systems can handle that...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Oh, the same plane that operated the LGW-FRA inaugrual that I flew on. And 1,000 flights....wow!

Really? A nice coincidence. Was that *your* drawing on the middle tray table then?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
It looks interesting - but I don't understand why they decided to hide the historic building?

Yeah, me neither. Maybe to protect it from the pollution?

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 5):
Somehow reminds me of TLL!

I can see where that comes from. Yes, there are certain similarities there.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 5):
And where's the "must have in a report" aircraft type?

The 717 isn't exactly that common outside certain airports... Plus I was too knackered when arriving at HEL to take any photos.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 5):
Great pictures from SXB, seems nice enough to plan a visit sometime. Unfortunately SXB is too close from Switzerland to fly....

Hey hey, what do I hear you saying? You fly into Altenrhein despite it being just a stone's throw away from Zürich! Simply come up with a nice itinerary like ZRH-CDG-MRS-SXB and there you go!  
Quoting signol (Reply 6):
Some nice pictures of Strasbourg. Did you go on a tram at all?

Nope, just enough time for a walk thru the city centre.

Quoting signol (Reply 6):
I'm usually a fan of modern architecture, but that is a monstrosity. Would be ok as a new build, but not when it's hiding a nice old building.

Yeah, can't really figure out what they were thinking.

Quoting signol (Reply 6):
Interesting street name - Contact Lense Street!

Hilarious.

Quoting signol (Reply 6):
Have you seen the opening sequence of the film "Taxi"? Great stuff!

I saw it once many years ago, although I think I was rather drunk so can't really remember it that well. Anyway not really my cup of tea, that kind of movies. Maybe the first one, but at least the rip off sequels... no!

Quoting debonair (Reply 7):
Let me guess, AIR CHINA A332 MUC-ATH and maybe CYPRUS AIRWAYS A320 ATH-SKG?!

Germany: 10 points! Cyprus Airways was a really positive surprise.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Thanks heaps for this lovely report “To (Air) France - The Sequel”.

Ahh, should've consulted you beforehand to come up with a snazzier title!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
I can’t think of any European airlines that still operate this one besides AF?

Well City Airline has a bunch, not sure though what they are doing nowadays after the merging with Skyways. Last summer JZ operated some E145s but I dunno if they still do. Portugalia had a bunch as well, I think those are still flying for TAP. And Dniproavia in Ukraine has quite a large fleet of ex-FlyBE (and thus ex-BA Citiflyer) ones. And don't forget Luxair!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
It looks like one of those fast catamaran ferry boats if you ask me.

Hehe, well the sleek angles and all - maybe.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
I was about to say the same. BCN most likely?

Si.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Do you mean those bags with potpourri with the lavender smell or the kind of herbs you throw en masse on the bbq?

The latter. They feature heavily in my signature spaghetti sauce, for example.

That lavender smell - come on, do you think I'd do a thing like that? I'll leave that for the... more feminine men.  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
I wonder then how they would rename HEL...

There was a lot of talk about renaming it into "Martti Ahtisaari International Airport" but luckily nothing came out of that. Now "Mannerheim International" sounds much better to me, though.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Why so frustrated? You had no connections? Or maybe the first bus to your bed...

Yes. Remember it was around 1.45 AM and I had to work in the morning. Every minute is precious at that situation, especially if you end up missing a bus and the next one will be half an hour later.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
My Dad lives there and my Sister is at school there . Lovely place .

Oh, a nice coincidence.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Try the tarte flambee next time .

Err, Tarte Flambee = Flammkuchen in German!  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):
What's wrong with those DMU's? I love them. Large windows, quiet, comfortable.

I find the whole idea of them burning diesel to generate electricity quite ridiculous. Simply electrify the railroad, use electricity generated using nuclear, solar, wind and wave power and use the precious oil for those things that cannot easily use electricity, like airplane engines.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):
Does anyone know if that glass faccade has been there long? Looks amazing, but I can't remember it from my visit to Strassbourg a few years ago.

I think it is quite a new thing, apparently called the "Sky Dome".

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):
I have a five hour layover on my trip trough MRS. Any advice on what to do?

Well, you'll get bored at the airport, that's for sure! Better head somewhere for a few hours - either into Marseille itself or maybe Aix, I think there are buses there as well.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 12):
That Mediteranian sun looks very inviting, giving the subtropical temperatures over here...

+1.


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1464 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4813 times:

Hi P,

As soon as I'd finished part 1, I just had to catch up on part 2. Many years ago a friend of mine lived in Metz for a while and we used to meet up in Strasbourg so I've seen it in all seasons. It really is a beautiful city, but especially comes to life for the christmas markets. You know, once I drove all the way there just to visit the M&S sale and as I was about to pay for my basket full of goodies the staff went on strike and kicked everyone out of the store. I was not amused but sadly ran out of French swear words quicker than I would have liked.

If you like Strasbourg, try Mulhouse, also very picturesque and easy to get to.

Good to see you getting the jungle jet with Regional. It's great flying with them as there is so much variety in their fleet.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Not too great views of the Alps, but at least I got something:

Very moody with the clouds. The SXB-MRS route looks to be a very scenic one, something for me to try one day.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Nearby stands a nice German bizjet with an appropriate registration:

Brilliant!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well, since I opted to get my boarding passes emailed it is of course completely against the German psyche that someone would try to also (re)print them out of the kiosks (see, Ordnung muss sein and this is no Ordnung!) so it tells me to bugger off.

Now, I'm intrigued to know how the machine told you to bugger off and in which language?!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Hey, I’ve been meaning to fly this airline for a long time but their routes are kinda hard for me to do:

Their flights to Constantine out of BSL are always well loaded and the boarding scenes chaotic.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4644 times:

Salut P,

I guess I could write some nice phrases in French here (sorry - I don't do German) but I'll just leave it this time and thank you for a nice read!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
more times than Blue1 their business strategy

Objection!

Their strategy has all the time been to offer affordable point-to-point and connecting flights in co-operation with SAS. Their route map may have changed quite a lot during the last few years - but that's another story!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I manage to catch a couple of movements, here’s XL arriving - it doesn’t look that big to me, though:

...but it may be big on the inside?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Hmm, some kind of VIP lounge for MEPs, I guess - when arriving I noticed that immigration also had a special MEP lane:

But I guess you would be entitled to a visit as well? Salon d'Etoiles translates into something like "salon for stars" and you're a TV star after all? No?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Really funky seat covers:

...reminds me of DAT!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
While waiting in the bus I decide to do 717flyer a favor and count the pax: 19 adults and six or seven (not sure) kids.

Thanks, but I'm sure there are other people (on this forum) as well that like to kill time by counting passengers on their flight. I guess I could sell this concept to SAS as they've been quite loud with their "time is money" campaigns.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I expected to get yelled at by the ground staff but nobody cared about my photoshooting:

Why? The French are lovely folks!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
While heading to runway 23 we taxi past this abomination - an albino Fokker, go away, stop haunting me, NOW:

...obviously meant for passenger transportation.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The famous Port of Marseille:

Some really nice shots here!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Jonas’ home airline:
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
No, SAS are!

Jonas, you don't know how happy you just made me.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
There are two “terminals” (more like check in halls) right next to each other - the ugly Air France one and the somewhat better looking housing other airlines, including my Lufthansa.

...and Blue1!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Hey, I’ve been meaning to fly this airline for a long time but their routes are kinda hard for me to do:

Same for me! But now I'm only moments from being booked on one of their flights.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Beautiful:

Bluetiful, as Nils would say!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Make sure you load lots of beer:

I think this isn't the first time I hear this particular phrase?

Keep flying high,
717Flyer   


User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4432 times:

Hi P

Great report - I must visit Strasbourg. Loved the destination pics.

MRS also looked interesting. Thanks for this - I've not seen that many TRs featuring MRS.

I flew LH to MUC and back last weekend and both were A321s with the new seats - decent legroom as you said, but I found the seat to be a little on the solid side after 1.25 hours. Still, they were very pleasant seats, and unlike your 737, my seat table had not been attacked by some crazed toddler!

Sorry we did not get a chance to meet up in MUC over the weekend when you were there too - I hope your overnight at the airport was as comfortable as could be?

Cheers P/jet



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 715 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4209 times:

Hello P.,

nice to continue on your story to some quite familiar places for me. Strasbourg indeed is a wonderful city, somewhat touristy at some places, but also quite a few beautiful and serene corners. The flight with Regional seemed to be quite nice as well, good service and for sure interesting equipment with the E-145.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Interesting architecture on the station as well - the grand old station building has been hidden under a modern glass facade:

For sure interesting, though I really don't understand why they hid that nice old facade under such a thing.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The highlight of the city, the huge and hugely impressive cathedral.

Indeed impressive, did you know you can actually go up to that platform just below the tower? It is a quite strenuous experience (no lift, around 500 steps or so), through some dark and narrow stairways, but the view from the top is truly breathtaking.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Alsace has some amazing cuisine and I had planned on sampling some of it

You should have, although for the true experience it is better to go to one of the *heim villages, as most of the restaurants in the city are either tourist traps and/or overpriced.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
They also seem to be out of proper airport buses as we board a regular city bus:

Interesting, never seen anything like this at the airports.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
As far as approaches go this one is a very nice one - Provence certainly has some very amazing natural sights.

Oh yes, I think it is one of the most interesting regions in Europe, definitely worth a visit.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A power plant, hopefully of a nuclear kind:

This is France, so it most likely is nuclear.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well, since I opted to get my boarding passes emailed it is of course completely against the German psyche that someone would try to also (re)print them out of the kiosks (see, Ordnung muss sein and this is no Ordnung!)

How dare you try to print out another one !   ...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
And this is the low cost terminal:

Hmm, looks like something between a prison and a factory, definitely a low-cost-feel.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
(which is very good as the old LH catering was SOOOO predictable that a friend of mine once got the same hot pasta meal on all four flights of his trip!). Today, we get this:

Certainly better than these weird pasta meals they used to serve.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Funny - around an hour into the flight the clouds start giving way and I think to myself “I bet we are near Stuttgart right now” - and guess what:

Nice moody picture.

Thanks again for this great report
CaptainRed


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4072 times:

Hello P!

Great report again, I was looking forward to this report with the pictures from Strasbourg.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Interesting architecture on the station as well - the grand old station building has been hidden under a modern glass facade:

Ah yeah, I remember that. I liked it, a nice way of including the old and beautiful architecture in a new and modern facade.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Here are some pictures from the amazingly picturesque city center:

Very nice pictures. It sure is beautiful there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
this and the half gate at NCE airport seem to indicate that the French are quite crazy...

Crazy in a good or bad way?  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A power plant, hopefully of a nuclear kind:

Hopefully.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Airside:

It does look very roomy and nice with lots of natural light.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Something interesting arriving, but probably not from GEV:

Well if it would fly GEV-MRS nonstop it sure would be a nice flight for the log!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Beautiful:

Really nice picture there.

Martin


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (2 years 6 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4033 times:

Hey, P.,

terrible good stuff to start a Saturday afternoon reading session.
Well done, I also like the pictures from Strasbourg,sure a nice not that well covered place.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

They should also add “CRK” into this ad for Markus’ favorite route:

They should do so, definitely.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

One day I’ll fly this airline, I promise:

Tell me more, you know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Funny - around an hour into the flight the clouds start giving way and I think to myself “I bet we are near Stuttgart right now” - and guess what:

Hah, thats for sure a good thing to see from above.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Yep, it is the easily recognizable shape of STR, about to be renamed as “Flieger67 International” in honor of a certain person who has earned it more publicity than any other living (or dead) being.

Well. I´am in frequent contact with the PR department, so I will show them you´re idea!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
seriously Markus, did you ever consider this when you came up with your “last row” methodology?)

Sure I know, it´s not always funny, especially in this running late cases.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (2 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4025 times:
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Hi there FlyingFinn,

Another excellent report with great pictures!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Here are some pictures from the amazingly picturesque city center

Strasbourg looks very nice!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The highlight of the city, the huge and hugely impressive cathedral

Very impressive cathedral

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
curiously there’s also a gate designated as “0” (as in “zero”) - this and the half gate at NCE airport seem to indicate that the French are quite crazy...

hehe, crazy french indeed

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This is the terminal building I just emerged from - not exactly very chic

Looks like a little factory

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Oh, you don’t see that every day, do you

Nice catch!

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (2 years 6 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3953 times:

Hi all, good to see more comments here, thank you!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
You know, once I drove all the way there just to visit the M&S sale and as I was about to pay for my basket full of goodies the staff went on strike and kicked everyone out of the store. I was not amused but sadly ran out of French swear words quicker than I would have liked.

There are M&S in France? I'm shocked! But your experience sounds very French though. You know you should've just walked out with your purchases (or freebies in that case).

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
If you like Strasbourg, try Mulhouse, also very picturesque and easy to get to.

Easy? Maybe for you, not for me! Basel already is a bit of a challenge for me.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
Now, I'm intrigued to know how the machine told you to bugger off and in which language?!

In English, but it was more like "Please contact staff at the check in counters" or something.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 16):
Their strategy has all the time been to offer affordable point-to-point and connecting flights in co-operation with SAS. Their route map may have changed quite a lot during the last few years - but that's another story!

Well that company has lacked direction and sensible leadership as long as I've known it which is over ten years.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 16):
But I guess you would be entitled to a visit as well? Salon d'Etoiles translates into something like "salon for stars" and you're a TV star after all? No?

Not in France!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 16):
I think this isn't the first time I hear this particular phrase?

No, but it is so good it is worth reusing a few times.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 17):
Great report - I must visit Strasbourg. Loved the destination pics.

Yep, it is a bit of a hidden gem actually! Despite being touristy and packed with tourists I don't think that many people know of it. There are other pretty towns in the area like Metz.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 17):
MRS also looked interesting. Thanks for this - I've not seen that many TRs featuring MRS.

Markus did a few at least.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 17):
Sorry we did not get a chance to meet up in MUC over the weekend when you were there too - I hope your overnight at the airport was as comfortable as could be?

You read the story already  . Anything's comfortable when you drink enough beer.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 18):
Indeed impressive, did you know you can actually go up to that platform just below the tower? It is a quite strenuous experience (no lift, around 500 steps or so), through some dark and narrow stairways, but the view from the top is truly breathtaking.

Nope, didn't know that. But it would kill me anyway so no thanks.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 18):
They also seem to be out of proper airport buses as we board a regular city bus:
Interesting, never seen anything like this at the airports.

Actually some years ago HEL airport was resurfacing most of the apron which meant that a good number of (jetway) gates were closed, thus there were much more bus boardings than normally. Finavia didn't have enough buses so they actually leased some regular city buses to cover for the shortage - it was weird seeing regular buses complete with adverts on the side driving around the apron!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):
Well if it would fly GEV-MRS nonstop it sure would be a nice flight for the log!

Ryanair would start it in an eyeblink if the relevant airports and communes were willing to shell out enough "marketing support"!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 20):
Well done, I also like the pictures from Strasbourg,sure a nice not that well covered place.

You've flown in and out of SXB many times but did you ever make it to the city?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 20):
One day I’ll fly this airline, I promise:
Tell me more, you know.

I will as soon as I manage to figure out something!  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 20):
Well. I´am in frequent contact with the PR department, so I will show them you´re idea!.

Nice.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 21):
Looks like a little factory

A passenger factory, yes  .


User currently offlinetobbry From Sweden, joined May 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3900 times:

Hi P.

Thanks for sharing! I really admire you artistic skills! Lovley work you did on the foldaway table  .


User currently offlinebarca From Norway, joined Apr 2012, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3846 times:

Very nice trip report FlyingFinn76. Why didn't you have a night or two in Marseille to explore more of the city? It is a very big city and interesting one too.

User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 25, posted (2 years 6 months 21 hours ago) and read 3680 times:

Hi fellow Northeners, thanks for the comments!

Quoting tobbry (Reply 23):
I really admire you artistic skills! Lovley work you did on the foldaway table  .

Well - I've been practicing a lot!

Quoting barca (Reply 24):
Very nice trip report FlyingFinn76. Why didn't you have a night or two in Marseille to explore more of the city? It is a very big city and interesting one too.

I know, but no time to do it. There's an office to be and work to be done the next day. Sure I'd like to go there one day, but then again there are around 227893 other places on this planet worth going to!


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