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Fyrom Or Macedonia?. Anyway Skopje On The Go!.  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 15554 times:

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Zdravo, dear readers,

should I go on travel again?.
Reached my basecamp Friday in the evening around 10.00 pm from

No, I Don´t Need A Missed Connection At ZRH Today! (by FLIEGER67 May 26 2012 in Trip Reports)

and the next flight is scheduled for early Saturday morning.
Well, it seems I should!.

This is the routemap with a new country for me:

http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=str-vie-skp-vie-str&MS=wls&MR=120&MX=720x360&PM=*

Thanx to:

http://www.gcmap.com/

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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 15587 times:

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No question, a new departure airport, no. 213 is ready to count on the map:


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The first 200 stations:


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And the updated latest routes:


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Well, Macedonia, never been there before.
I´ve followed an ongoing discussion about the name of the country.
FYROM: Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia is still the name in Europe with the officials from Greece don´t want to accept Macedonia, what the US for example does.
It´s a small country surrounded by Serbia, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Kosovo, another special place to visit somedays.
Not that much to read from, but I´ve seen SKP a few times on the departure screens especially ex Germany and also Switzerland.
And this is for sure not a touristic place, mostly ethnic travel with people working in central Europe heading homebound for an event or some quality time with the family.
I remember an indoor shooting at STR airport when a Macedonian man killed his wife at the check-in desk last year.
Well, that´s something for me!.
Let´s go now.



Saturday, 14.04.2012

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Service Austrian OS 180 operated by Tyrolean Airways
Scheduled: 07.30 // 08.50


04.30 am and the cellphone reminds me, that´s another non standard day here. Ok or maybe it´s more or less the standard for me!.
Up and away one hour later, no traffic and at the airport around 06.30 am.
All four legs around this trip are booked together on one ticket by Lastminute.de.
The fare per leg is ok with 60.00 Euro´s.
Check-in is done online as usual, but no boarding passes printed.
That means a stop at the LH Senator counter is necessary.
A real nice elder female agent at work.
She knows how to do the job.
My question about the load produced some 80% on the scheduled Fokker 100 and an two seater exit row with the seat beside me blocked, 14A, well done.
No time to wait at security and up the stairs for the lounge.
Well, it seems Saturday morning around the easter vacation week is not the standard day for Senators on travel.
The lounge is practically non used beside me
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But the offers are well presented also today
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What about a view to the screen?.
No news for VIE from gate 162
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Touring the apon by bus till this one comes up
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"Austrian Errors", oh no, why doesn´t this leave my mind since I´ve heard it for the first time, sorry Arrows operated by Tyrolean
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Should I board this plane now?
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This is OE-LVO "Chisinau", a new example with my log. Leg no. 29 on the F100 like on schedule.
In the air since 08.07.1993 with American Airlines, Helvetic, Slovak Airlines and finally Austrian Arrows.
There are 15 F100's in the actual fleet
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Looks like clean this way
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Well, I should definitely go now
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Always strange to see these green fabric seaters in the clean cabin. The load is 80%
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07.30 am, ontime, "Tyrolean" want to go now shortly for the 1.00 hour ride to Vienna. Do we need the full runway?. No way, a shortcut for "Zero-Seven" is enough for us.
4 degrees and high clouds at STR.
Cockpit crew is from Austria.
The captain with a very nice welcome during our waiting break at the runway entrance. He´s once more on the speakers very nice and detailed during cruise and also with a short message on finals.
Legroom is perfectly good here
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The safety card Austrian style
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Cabin crew is two female FA´s, one young and ok, one young and nice.
Baku everywhere these days
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Wing view en route above MUC and SZG. Flightlevel maximum is 30000 feet
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Service Tyrolean style together with free drinks
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Some clouds around VIE on approach for the 3600 meters runway "Three-Four"
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08.50 am, ontime, cloudy and 8 degrees here.
Well, this is definitely VIE
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Bye now to "Chisinau", that´s also an interesting place for me to visit somedays
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1 hour, 20 minutes by now connecting time for the next flight.
Is there something new loungewise on offer?.




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Service OS 779 operated by Austrian Airlines
Scheduled: 10.10 // 11.45


Well it is, this is the Star Gold Place, also Hon Circle members board here
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Colourful to say the least
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Really nice offers here
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Also this way
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And not that much customers, warm welcomed
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What about my flight from gate C38?
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I´am not that really amused with his place.
A thousand of customers around for Non Schengen places like Erbil, Amman, Bucharest and Sofia.
Queues from one end till the other, needless to say not in an orderly manner and a special security check at the gate entrance followed by passport controls.
The gate itself is small but at least there is an restroom available.
Very limited views here from this area.
This looks like the scheduled 737-700
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Boarding now
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New style seaters here. The cabin is clean so far
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Typical 737 cabin paneel
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10.10 am, ontime, 1 hour, 20 minutes to go for "Austrian" now from the 3500 meters runway "Two-Nine". Rainy 8 degrees, nothing to miss, really.
Legroom is good here. Three for me in the second to last row. The load over all is 60%
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Cockpit crew is from Austria. The captain with a nice short welcome after boarding is completed and once again inflight prior to descent.
The safety card with the much more needed 736 also printed
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Seats en detail
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Cabin crew is three female FA´s, one elder, ok, one middle aged, acting rough, to say the least with the poor people on travel for this destination and one young, nice lady, but nothing special at all.
Love me tender, well, not everyone, but who knows?. And some free drinks
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Well, much to much clouds down there somewhere above Belgrade at a maximum of 39000 feet
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Approaching straight in?. Not here.
A first view for Macedonia
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Also a number of clouds here
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Circling. Where is the airport?
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Curving around
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Above some peaks
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Terrible dark clouds around
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Finals or not?
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More curving
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There should be a runway not that far away
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Touchdown at the 2950 meters "One-Six". 11.50 am, short behind schedule. 14 partly cloudy degrees here.
I´ve learned later that there are heavy thunderstorms around prior to my arrivals and it seems we´re approaching the airport but got redirected to do it the other way around.
Skywings home finally reached
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Terminal oldie style
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Finger disembarking. I´ve missed the reg in VIE. Another chance now
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Bye-bye now to OE-LNO "Hochschwab". A sad sign when we know that LH as OS´s parent company decided to remove all the 737´s from the fleet soon.
Leg no. 34 on type and something new for me.
On the way with Lauda Air and Austrian since 21.06.2001. The last remaining -700 by now
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The nice police officer granted me on request a new stamp into my passport, close to no time to wait there btw.
The airport is far from downtown Skope and the website doesn´t show any public transport connection.
Well, how to protect the taxistas from any competition?.
There is also not that much to read from the trip reporters crowd here.
So I´ve mailed the hotel about how to reach the city for the best way and they immediatelly offered to pick me up.
Well done and the driver turns out to be the hotels senior chief. A really nice guy who tell´s me some stories about his country, the city and also the approach thing.
An coffee invitation followed soon.
This is City Park Hotel Skopje
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The lobby
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Room first view
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Clean and well designed
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The bathroom
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No rain, so let´s go for a view downtown.
I will start with some later pictured nightly impressions:
The stone bridge
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Alexander the great
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Along the Vardar promenade
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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 15550 times:

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Back to my first views now!.
Lions are among the species occurring here
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And this is definitely not London
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Vardar riverside view
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Looks like nice this way
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The famous stone bridge connecting or separating the western and the eastern part of the city
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I´am on the European side of the Vardar river with signs like this to view
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Overall a modern western style city with shops and lots of restaurants. Also a McD is here, serving the Veggieburger what for example the french branch doesn´t do
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Alexander the great in daytime
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Or more this way
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Let´s go over the bridge now
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This is truly unbelievable. Five minutes only and you arrive in the oriental part left hand side of the Vardar river
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With mosques...
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...and an oriental style old city
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A thousand of people in the small streets with a minaret in the distance
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This is a small church
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Indoor
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Wooden built clocktower
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From the outside
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Walking down the old stone paved streets
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And it´s immediatelly to notice that this is the less frequented part of the city, traveller wise
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How to live in Skopje´s old town
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Mursel Komerc free home delivery
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This is the one of the Han´s
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Old men spending the time with a smoke and a cup of coffee in the sun
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Till I´ve reached the market.
Skopje houses the largest Roma community in Europe
and there are a thousand of kids around here. They followed me like a celebrity and it seems it´s better now to walk the other way around.
Don´t get me wrong, I have no problem with these people, but the thing with the begging kids is truly not to my amusement.
The Roma people are for sure clever dealers.
There was some sort of a celebration around a church in the western part later in the evening. And as soon as it looks like one of these frequent rain showers is on short finals there are dealers with umbrellas at every exit and along the streets.
Parking Skopje style
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This is the Kapan Han
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Built in the 15th century
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A real interesting building
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Back to Western Europe over the stone bridge for a view like this
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Don´t get me wrong again, but these poor people here doing a tough job in waste recycling.
Trash transport Roma style
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The old main station with the clock stopped and never moved since then exactly during the big earth quake in
1963
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Looks like really oldfashioned
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Thunderstorms are also around in the evening
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A short but nevertheless good nights sleep for me followed, till breakfast
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Me alone here
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Mazedonian food details
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Service OS 780 operated by Austrian Airlines
Scheduled: 12.35 // 14.20


It´s Sunday late morning and it´s time now for the old owner and me to shuttle back to the airport.
A B736/F70 combi is on schedule today, well, in theory.
Some more stories later I´am here again.
And much to my surprise I see an bus parked at the terminal, "Vardar Express" runs to Skopje city center!.
And that´s by another surprise a real modern building here
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With the old terminal close by
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Bright and airy
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Spacious enough for the few flights on the board
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No OLCI this time, but seats selected in advance and when the nice elder female agent shows me the seatmap it feels not really like the scheduled combo today.
No time to wait at security and up the stairs for the lounge
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Another nice surprise with good offers
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Well designed furniture...
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...and really good views to the apron
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Lounge chairs for some more time here
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And well, less customers
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Not that much flights on the screen today
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VIA subs Wizz for Treviso
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Gate view
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Oh no, how to switch from the thoroughly needed B736 to the well covered A319
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This is OE-LDD "Moscow", new to my log and attempt no. 79 to built up a relationship with the A319.
In service with Austrian since 08.03.2005. 7 planes on type are in the fleet actually
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Snowy peaks in the background
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There is a C missing with the reg., TC-CCP bound for SAW
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Boarding now from gate 206
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With Pegasus also on the run
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Cockpit crew is from Austria. The captain with a nice and relaxed welcome after boarding is completed and once again short prior to finals later on.
Departure from the 2950 meters "Three-four". 12.20 am, well ahead to schedule. "Austrian" on the go, no duration info here for VIE.
18 degrees and partly cloudy btw.
The military apron
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Hills close by
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The airport in the distance
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Cabin crew is once again nothing special.
Three women, all ok, two elder and one middle aged.
Climbing away
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Good legroom, well, the last row window and three for me here. The load is 60% in the end.
Clean so far
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Also the modern style seaters here
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The safety card
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We´re not alone above Budapest and Györ, no flightlevel info
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Cabin view
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Love me tender again surrounded by free drinks
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The aisle view
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Runway "Three-four" like yesterday welcomed me back at VIE with 10 cloudy degrees. 1.50 pm, impressive 30 minutes ahead to schedule.
Well, arrived at Vienna for another time.




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Service Austrian OS 183 operated by Tyrolean Airways
Scheduled: 15.15 // 16.30


So, is there another lounge to visit here?.
It is, this time it´s the biz lounge where I´ve asked the nice lady at the desk about the load on the STR service.
And no, I´ve dont asked about an upgrade.
But she told me that the flight is overbooked in eco
and she will write a notice in the system. If there is an upgrade needed they will call me at the gate.
Nice so far.
Colourful again, to say the least
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201144.jpg
Lot´s of people around till the far end with the apron view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201139.jpg
With things to see like this
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Well used offers today
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201140.jpg
But anyway a good variety
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201141.jpg
Snacks
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201142.jpg
My place
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201145.jpg
Go to gate B31. Ok, we will see what´s going on there
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201146.jpg
I´am waiting beside the desk.
And as soon as the nice young woman staffing the gate decides, with an boarding pass in hand to grab the microphon, I´ve told her, if she´s looking for an upgrade volunteer, what about me!.
Ok, this is a Fokker tail
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201147.jpg
Operated by Tyrolean, we know
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201148.jpg
Fokker wing and engine view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201149.jpg
But this looks like far to long for the scheduled F70
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201152.jpg
"Skopje", that fit´s
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201151.jpg
The safety card confirms the change for the F100
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201153.jpg
This is OE-LVD, named after this interesting city southeastern side, which I should visit somedays soon!. A former American machine, in the air since 20.05.1994 and nowadays with Tyrolean.
A new entry logwise and leg no. 30 on type.
Arrows operates 15 100's.
3.25 pm, ten minutes late, 1 hour to go for STR by "Tyrolean" from runway "Two-nine" also like yesterday.
10 degrees and cloudy here.
Legroom is superb, the cabin is clean and the load is 100%, nothing else expected
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201154.jpg
Roomy to say the least with me in seat 1F. The aisle is also taken, but the middle seat is blocked biz style
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201155.jpg
Cabin crew is two female FA´s, both young, one nice, the other one working the biz cabin, really nice.
Large, slim, glasses make for a somewhat nerdy style, black hair, ponytail, oh well, I should travel more often to Austria!.
Logo view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201156.jpg
Cockpit crew is from Austria, the FO with nice and detailed infos inflight.
Flightlevel is 28000 feet.
The meal together with magazines and newspapers offered at the seats.
Breadrolls gone separately together with coffee, tea, drinks for several times
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201157.jpg
Touchdown at "Zero-seven", 4.30 pm, ontime.
Welcome back to STR with rain and shudder, 8 degrees.
Hey, what´s this
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201160.jpg
I don´t know till now that also Condor operates a retro style machine
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MK1201/MK1201161.jpg.
A quick walk for the car, shocked once again with the parking fee, thanx to APCOA, the world leader in parking management, sure we know!.

No trip without conclusions:
OS STR-VIE: Comfortable seating on the oldie Fokker.
OS VIE-SKP: Definitely not impressed by the crew.
OS SKP-VIE: Comfy and a better impression but yet again nothing special.
OS VIE-STR: As comfy as it should be.
Macedonia and Skopje: Really something special for me and as long as there is a chance to visit a destination like this with such nice ah, people, I should go there again!.

Three silent weeks flying wise ahead till to go for a Sapphire quest by another One World member.

Cao, comments welcome,
"Markus Klaus Felger" by Facebook or simply FLIEGER67 here!.



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 15414 times:

Great TR, Markus !!!

Good to see the "Dutch Ladies" treated you well on the STR-VIE-STR flights  

Shocking to see, OS treats their HONOR members with a lounge like this (just look at the floor !!!)

Skopsko looks nice and surroundings look awesome with these mountain-ranges...

Should go there once in the future...

Looking forward to your next OW trip-report; thanks for sharing this one !



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineegilsml From Norway, joined Feb 2007, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 15269 times:

Hello Markus
Macedonia is not the typical country hordes of tourist visit every year thats for sure. Great of you to travel to a new country, because when i see your flightmemory page it seems you have scored every country in europe  
A lot of nice pictures as always and looking forward to see your next adventure well covered here on Airliners.net  

Greetings
MVH
Egil Lamøy
Alta, Norway


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27099 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 15257 times:

Hey Markus ,

Interesting read from a place I did not yet visit but intend to sometime. I have a very good friend from there who is actually from the Ethnic Albanian community. Another friend of mine from Skopje has left to work in Germany recently. Its always interesting to get their views and ideas about their country. Although speaking to them there is a sad divide between Albanians and Slavs. Tensions a few weeks ago were at a record high since the near civil war in 2001. Hopefully they can solve their issues.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
And this is for sure not a touristic place, mostly ethnic travel with people working in central Europe heading homebound for an event or some quality time with the family.

Yes it seems to be alot of migrant workers who fill the flights.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
I remember an indoor shooting at STR airport when a Macedonian man killed his wife at the check-in desk last year.
Well, that´s something for me!.

Really ? Thats shocking , why did he do that ? Did he shoot her or something ? Must have been terrible for the other passengers watching .

I have to say I prefer the older Ottoman Skopje than the rather mix and match ''European'' side .

Anway glad you had a good time there . Look forward to your next adventure .  


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2297 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 15160 times:

Hi Markus,

Thanks for this report. Never been to Skopje, but the Skopje-Prishtina train is interesting to me!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
I remember an indoor shooting at STR airport when a Macedonian man killed his wife at the check-in desk last year.

Wow. That's really horrible.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
I´ve followed an ongoing discussion about the name of the country.
FYROM: Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia is still the name in Europe with the officials from Greece don´t want to accept Macedonia, what the US for example does.

I just call it Macedonia (soft c). The Greek province is Makedonia IMO (hard k). I know that's not the proper way, but no endorsements here for any side.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
My question about the load produced some 80% on the scheduled Fokker 100 and an two seater exit row with the seat beside me blocked, 14A, well done.

Well done indeed!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Always strange to see these green fabric seaters in the clean cabin

I quite like it. It's special. Not many green seats around...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Bye now to "Chisinau", that´s also an interesting place for me to visit somedays

How about Air Moldova to Chisinau? I'm doing that in August on the Embraer 190 from Venice.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A thousand of customers around for Non Schengen places like Erbil, Amman, Bucharest and Sofia.

No surprise. VIE is the busiest destination from OTP. Maybe up to at least 8, possibly 10 flights a day... weekdays at least.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The meal together with magazines and newspapers offered at the seats.
Breadrolls gone separately together with coffee, tea, drinks for several times

Good meal offering for such a short route. Delta would have given you some chips or a banana... in the States.

Thanks, Markus, it's always nice to read your reports!


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1364 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks ago) and read 15145 times:

Thanks for sharing Markus!
Skopje looks wonderful! I would definitely consider a visit there, now... How is it pricewise, i.e. restaurants?
OS disappointed a little i think... I remember the food they were offering a year or so ago in Eco on a FRA-VIE run and now you get a pack of crackers... well, all these thing go inline with the LH mother now, I guess...


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1742 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks ago) and read 15116 times:
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Hello Markus,

Nice and interesting story. Skopje is not a much featured destination here on the board, so warm welcomed. The city seems nice and the airport as well: clean and modern. Also good to see another full Austrian short haul report. While the carrier is certainly   , I wonder if the VIE airport has improved since the new terminal?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
I remember an indoor shooting at STR airport when a Macedonian man killed his wife at the check-in desk last year.
Well, that´s something for me!.

OMG, I hope you will not go and shoot people at airports now  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
"Austrian Errors"

Haha, never thought of that one 

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Baku everywhere these days

And probably on your list as well?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I´ve learned later that there are heavy thunderstorms around prior to my arrivals and it seems we´re approaching the airport but got redirected to do it the other way around.

That explains it well. Kinda like a go-around but not quite  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A sad sign when we know that LH as OS´s parent company decided to remove all the 737´s from the fleet soon.

Are they? And replaced by something else?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A thousand of people in the small streets with a minaret in the distance

Nice looking old town, very Eastern Europe like.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Well designed furniture...

Cool seats but not so comfy by their looks.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
"Skopje", that fit´s

At least the name is well chosen for you this day.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I don´t know till now that also Condor operates a retro style machine

Wow, nice catch! I didn't know either they had a retro one. But with every airline having one nowadays...

Sultanils



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 15009 times:

Hey, good to see all these comments.


@P.:

Quoting MH017 (Reply 3):
Great TR, Markus !!!

Good to see the "Dutch Ladies" treated you well on the STR-VIE-STR flights

Thank you and for sure I like these "Dutch Ladies".

Quoting MH017 (Reply 3):

Shocking to see, OS treats their HONOR members with a lounge like this (just look at the floor !!!)

Also my opinion, not the real HON place.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 3):

Skopsko looks nice and surroundings look awesome with these mountain-ranges...

Should go there once in the future...

Good point, do it.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 3):

Looking forward to your next OW trip-report; thanks for sharing this one !

Coming up soon.


@Egil:

Quoting egilsml (Reply 4):

Macedonia is not the typical country hordes of tourist visit every year thats for sure. Great of you to travel to a new country, because when i see your flightmemory page it seems you have scored every country in europe

Thank you and there is still a lot to do here.

Quoting egilsml (Reply 4):
A lot of nice pictures as always and looking forward to see your next adventure well covered here on Airliners.net

Thanx again.


@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Interesting read from a place I did not yet visit but intend to sometime. I have a very good friend from there who is actually from the Ethnic Albanian community. Another friend of mine from Skopje has left to work in Germany recently. Its always interesting to get their views and ideas about their country. Although speaking to them there is a sad divide between Albanians and Slavs. Tensions a few weeks ago were at a record high since the near civil war in 2001. Hopefully they can solve their issues.

Thank you and sure well described here with the actual situation in Macedonia.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):

Yes it seems to be alot of migrant workers who fill the flights.

Definitely.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):

Really ? Thats shocking , why did he do that ? Did he shoot her or something ? Must have been terrible for the other passengers watching .

AFAIK she want to go for the separated track and he didn´t like it this way.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):

I have to say I prefer the older Ottoman Skopje than the rather mix and match ''European'' side .

Anway glad you had a good time there . Look forward to your next adventure .

Me, too, much more exotic than the western part.


@A.:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 6):

Thanks for this report. Never been to Skopje, but the Skopje-Prishtina train is interesting to me!

Thank you and these train ride is really also interesting for me.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 6):

Wow. That's really horrible.

It was, filled up the news last summer.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 6):

I just call it Macedonia (soft c). The Greek province is Makedonia IMO (hard k). I know that's not the proper way, but no endorsements here for any side.

Good to know.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 6):

Well done indeed!

Exactly my opinion, you know.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 6):
in

I quite like it. It's special. Not many green seats around...

Good point here.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 6):

How about Air Moldova to Chisinau? I'm doing that in August on the Embraer 190 from Venice.

Checked it also, it doesn´t fit till now.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 6):

No surprise. VIE is the busiest destination from OTP. Maybe up to at least 8, possibly 10 flights a day... weekdays at least.

Good connections from VIE, definitely. I´ve done it once on Niki.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 6):

Good meal offering for such a short route. Delta would have given you some chips or a banana... in the States.

Thanks, Markus, it's always nice to read your reports!

Sure ok for me here and thanx again.


@reifel:

Quoting reifel (Reply 7):
Thanks for sharing Markus!
Skopje looks wonderful! I would definitely consider a visit there, now... How is it pricewise, i.e. restaurants?

Thank you and really good value for money there. Not that expensive.

Quoting reifel (Reply 7):

OS disappointed a little i think... I remember the food they were offering a year or so ago in Eco on a FRA-VIE run and now you get a pack of crackers... well, all these thing go inline with the LH mother now, I guess...

That´s the way it goes these days.


@Nils:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):

Nice and interesting story. Skopje is not a much featured destination here on the board, so warm welcomed. The city seems nice and the airport as well: clean and modern. Also good to see another full Austrian short haul report. While the carrier is certainly   , I wonder if the VIE airport has improved since the new terminal?

Thank you and never been to VIE since the opening of the new wing.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):

OMG, I hope you will not go and shoot people at airports now

Well, sometimes there are people at the airports well worth it this way!.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):

Haha, never thought of that one 

 
Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):

And probably on your list as well?

Sure it is.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):

That explains it well. Kinda like a go-around but not quite

It feels this way.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):

Are they? And replaced by something else?

A319/20/21 till the winter timetable.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):

Nice looking old town, very Eastern Europe like.

Sure it is this way.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):

Cool seats but not so comfy by their looks.

Good point here again.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):

At least the name is well chosen for you this day.

It fit´s perfectly.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Wow, nice catch! I didn't know either they had a retro one. But with every airline having one nowadays...

More and more coming up this way.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2441 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 14913 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Kosovo, another special place to visit somedays.

You're welcomed to visit Kosovo anytime you want — I live here. Cheap fares from many European destinations though.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Alexander the great

It's too bad that Macedonian Government recently is spending all of their budget on building statues.

I also myself visit Skopje often and I find it a great city. Well-written trip report, I really enjoyed reading it.

Fatmir



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 14870 times:

Nice report as usual Markus!
Interesting read about a pretty off the beaten path destination!


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 14845 times:

Hey, more comments, nice.


@Fatmir:

Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 10):
You're welcomed to visit Kosovo anytime you want — I live here. Cheap fares from many European destinations though.

I will do it, definitely.

Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 10):

It's too bad that Macedonian Government recently is spending all of their budget on building statues.

Same in Germany. They dont really know what they are doing at the government..

Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 10):
I also myself visit Skopje often and I find it a great city. Well-written trip report, I really enjoyed reading it.

Thank you.


@Robert:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
Nice report as usual Markus!
Interesting read about a pretty off the beaten path destination!

Thank you. More to come this way.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1219 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 14621 times:

I never found the OS crews very friendly.

I first flew OS from London in the early 1970s. And the meals were not great but a lot better than what they serve now.

I still remember Schwechat in 1958 with just 2 planes on the tarmac; a BEA and an AUA Vickers Vicount.


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 14509 times:

Hi Markus,

Good to have you back reporting instead of flying. A very nice quick visit to Skopje, certainly somewhat out of the beaten path but you really should've tried to catch a flight with MAT instead of boring Austrian. I had planned to go to Skopje this year thanks to some nice fares offered by OS (actually cheaper ex-HEL than what you paid ex-STR) but thanks to their withdrawal from HEL those plans are no shattered, bugger.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
No question, a new departure airport, no. 213 is ready to count on the map:

Looks like you are catching up with me! I'm at 230 right now, the target for this year is to hike that up to 250, currently booked 15 new airports so still need to come up with five more.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
FYROM: Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia is still the name in Europe with the officials from Greece don´t want to accept Macedonia, what the US for example does.

Yeah, this ridiculous issue. Quite stupid if you ask me - maybe Greek could now sell the name "Macedonia" for them, hey it could raise some cash they need right now!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And this is for sure not a touristic place, mostly ethnic travel with people working in central Europe heading homebound for an event or some quality time with the family.

Well not exactly, Macedonia has a tourist industry as well, although it is mostly centralized around the Lake Ohrid and most tourist opt to fly to Ohrid airport instead. So for Skopje this is true.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I remember an indoor shooting at STR airport when a Macedonian man killed his wife at the check-in desk last year.

Well, that's one way to handle a divorce I guess!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Check-in is done online as usual, but no boarding passes printed.

Oh dear, your frugality is certainly quite unmatched!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
"Austrian Errors", oh no, why doesn´t this leave my mind since I´ve heard it for the first time, sorry Arrows operated by Tyrolean

Hey, how come I never thought of that! Hope you don't mind, I think I'm going to use it in the future.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Always strange to see these green fabric seaters in the clean cabin. The load is 80%

Yeah, I always thought those colors didn't really fit the Austrian imago at all. Also the red FA uniforms were a bit weird, but at least they fit better.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Baku everywhere these days

So maybe you should go?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Bye now to "Chisinau", that´s also an interesting place for me to visit somedays

Oh yes, I definitely can recommend it. Sort of an out of this worldly feel there.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Well it is, this is the Star Gold Place, also Hon Circle members board here

Hmm, don't they have any lounges on the non-Schengen side?

This Senator place is not really my favorite, quite worn down, dumpy and very uninspiring. Also no apron views, boring.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Really nice offers here

Yes, the food was very good. Pretty much the only good thing about this lounge.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I´am not that really amused with his place.

Yep, the whole VIE airport is quite a dump. And the non-Schengen part can get horribly crowded. When are they finally going to open that new pier, it looks so nice?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
New style seaters here. The cabin is clean so far

Oh, I never knew also OS was getting the NEK seats.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Love me tender, well, not everyone, but who knows?. And some free drinks

Hmm, quite unimpressive. I'd expected at least a sandwich.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
There should be a runway not that far away

Hah, that approach reminds me of the approaches pilots fly in warzones where there's a possibility of shoulder launched SAMs - tight downward spirals over the airport.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Finger disembarking. I´ve missed the reg in VIE. Another chance now

"NO" - see, that's what it is saying to you.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
So I´ve mailed the hotel about how to reach the city for the best way and they immediatelly offered to pick me up.

Good service, but I guess you paid a premium for it.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This is City Park Hotel Skopje

And that Mercedes was your ride from the airport?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Overall a modern western style city with shops and lots of restaurants. Also a McD is here, serving the Veggieburger what for example the french branch doesn´t do

Markus, you went to eat in McDonald's in Macedonia?! Come on, they have lots of lovely cuisine at very cheap prices and you do this? You are almost as bad as Jonas.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Let´s go over the bridge now

Following those cute legs, are you?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A thousand of people in the small streets with a minaret in the distance

Ahh, this looks nice. More like my place. If they serve beer there, that is - you can never be too sure with the Muslims...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Mursel Komerc free home delivery

Hah, hilarious. Wonder what they deliver  .

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The old main station with the clock stopped and never moved since then exactly during the big earth quake in

Nice story.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And much to my surprise I see an bus parked at the terminal, "Vardar Express" runs to Skopje city center!.

Good to know. It is even mentioned in To and From the Airport, you should check it out the next time:

http://www.toandfromtheairport.com/macedonia.html

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
VIA subs Wizz for Treviso

That would be a nice catch! I guess this route is operated as a W pattern by Wizzair Bulgaria then.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Oh no, how to switch from the thoroughly needed B736 to the well covered A319

Bugger that!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
There is a C missing with the reg., TC-CCP bound for SAW

Well, just arrange the letters differently T-CCCP, ready for a flight to MOW.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Good legroom, well, the last row window and three for me here. The load is 60% in the end.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Also the modern style seaters here

Ok, looks like these new seats are good for something at least - legroom! I flew an OS A319 VIE-IST some years ago and that was one of the most uncomfortable flights I've ever had. Horrible legroom at the back of the bus and next to a smelly old Turkish guy. No thanks.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
and she will write a notice in the system. If there is an upgrade needed they will call me at the gate.

You know I still dislike this habit. You know there should (and is) a clear process for handling upgrades like this and it should be automatic, so no need for smooching and small talk to get them.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Lot´s of people around till the far end with the apron view

Hey nice. Maybe the next time I'll give this lounge a try, those apron views are worth any drop in food and drink standards over the SEN place.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
"Skopje", that fit´s

How appropriate!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Breadrolls gone separately together with coffee, tea, drinks for several times

Not a bad meal at all for a short flight like that.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I don´t know till now that also Condor operates a retro style machine

Me neither. But why did they do it with an Airbus - a 753 would've looked so much better the retro way!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Three silent weeks flying wise ahead till to go for a Sapphire quest by another One World member.

Say "Hi" to Finnair!


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 14424 times:

Hi Markus,

Good to see another one of your reports on here, it was far too long since the last one! I enjoyed your pictures of Skopje - the ones on approach with the hills almost remind me of coming in to MAN over the Pennines.

It seems a mixed bunch with the lounges. The first one in VIE looks truly awful, so dated. Compare it with the one in SKP- so much better.

The new seats on OS however are a welcome change, much more inkeeping with the times than the old green ones. Nice that you got the upgrade on the way back. The meal is well presented and quite generous. The cake looks yummy, but no so sure about that prawn in the salad!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Not that much to read from, but I´ve seen SKP a few times on the departure screens especially ex Germany and also Switzerland.

Yes, I know it well.....

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
I remember an indoor shooting at STR airport when a Macedonian man killed his wife at the check-in desk last year.
Well, that´s something for me!.

Markus, you surprise me. I didn't have you down as the shooting type???!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
In the air since 08.07.1993 with American Airlines, Helvetic

Interesting, Helvetic.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Also a McD is here, serving the Veggieburger what for example the french branch doesn´t do

Comment 1: La France!!
Comment 2: I remember a similar experience at Burger King in Tenerife, where I was so desperate for meat free food that I asked for a veggie burger. No, they don't do it!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
attempt no. 79 to built up a relationship with the A319.

Bit of a love-hate relationship, is it?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A quick walk for the car, shocked once again with the parking fee, thanx to APCOA, the world leader in parking management, sure we know!.

It can't be any worse then ZRH, believe me.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

"NO" - see, that's what it is saying to you

Damn, you beat me to it.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 14387 times:

Hi Markus !

Very nice to another report from you and even better to see you explore a new city!

Skopje looks interesting with two different styles of city. Not sure which one I prefer.

OS looks okay; the green seats are really green.....but okay once you get used to it.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 14364 times:

Hey, good to follow more comments.


@lychemsa:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 13):
I never found the OS crews very friendly.

I first flew OS from London in the early 1970s. And the meals were not great but a lot better than what they serve now.

I still remember Schwechat in 1958 with just 2 planes on the tarmac; a BEA and an AUA Vickers Vicount.

Interesting to follow you´re opinion and memories about OS.


@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Good to have you back reporting instead of flying. A very nice quick visit to Skopje, certainly somewhat out of the beaten path but you really should've tried to catch a flight with MAT instead of boring Austrian. I had planned to go to Skopje this year thanks to some nice fares offered by OS (actually cheaper ex-HEL than what you paid ex-STR) but thanks to their withdrawal from HEL those plans are no shattered, bugger.

Thank you and believe me, I´ve checked the timetables up and down for something on Skywings, no chance to fit it together.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Looks like you are catching up with me! I'm at 230 right now, the target for this year is to hike that up to 250, currently booked 15 new airports so still need to come up with five more.

Ah, good to know and looking forward to more stories.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Yeah, this ridiculous issue. Quite stupid if you ask me - maybe Greek could now sell the name "Macedonia" for them, hey it could raise some cash they need right now!

Good point here.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Well not exactly, Macedonia has a tourist industry as well, although it is mostly centralized around the Lake Ohrid and most tourist opt to fly to Ohrid airport instead. So for Skopje this is true.

Ohrid is also interesting for me.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Well, that's one way to handle a divorce I guess!

Definitely.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Oh dear, your frugality is certainly quite unmatched!

Good point, no paper and printer needed!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Hey, how come I never thought of that! Hope you don't mind, I think I'm going to use it in the future.

I like to read about it, sure ok for me!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Yeah, I always thought those colors didn't really fit the Austrian imago at all. Also the red FA uniforms were a bit weird, but at least they fit better.

Weird, definitely.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

So maybe you should go

I should go!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Oh yes, I definitely can recommend it. Sort of an out of this worldly feel there.

Another place for me to go immediatelly.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Hmm, don't they have any lounges on the non-Schengen side?

This Senator place is not really my favorite, quite worn down, dumpy and very uninspiring. Also no apron views, boring.

Count me in this way.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Yes, the food was very good. Pretty much the only good thing about this lounge.

Also my opinion.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Yep, the whole VIE airport is quite a dump. And the non-Schengen part can get horribly crowded. When are they finally going to open that new pier, it looks so nice?

It is opened, quiet and calm early this month.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Oh, I never knew also OS was getting the NEK seats.

I was also surprised.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Hmm, quite unimpressive. I'd expected at least a sandwich.

Exactly my opinion here.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Hah, that approach reminds me of the approaches pilots fly in warzones where there's a possibility of shoulder launched SAMs - tight downward spirals over the airport.

Hey, so it feels like.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

"NO" - see, that's what it is saying to you.

So it is!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Good service, but I guess you paid a premium for it.

Not that really with the long distance from the airport, 15,00 Euro´s.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

And that Mercedes was your ride from the airport?

More the Kangoo around the corner.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Markus, you went to eat in McDonald's in Macedonia?! Come on, they have lots of lovely cuisine at very cheap prices and you do this? You are almost as bad as Jonas.

If there is not that much time I prefer it this way!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Following those cute legs, are you?

Well, yes!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Ahh, this looks nice. More like my place. If they serve beer there, that is - you can never be too sure with the Muslims...

No problem so it seems in Skopje.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Hah, hilarious. Wonder what they deliver

I want to know it also!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Nice story.

True words.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Good to know. It is even mentioned in To and From the Airport, you should check it out the next time:

Don´t noticed it ontime.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

That would be a nice catch! I guess this route is operated as a W pattern by Wizzair Bulgaria then.

Sure also something for me.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Bugger that!

Not amused, you know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Well, just arrange the letters differently T-CCCP, ready for a flight to MOW.

Hah, good point.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Ok, looks like these new seats are good for something at least - legroom! I flew an OS A319 VIE-IST some years ago and that was one of the most uncomfortable flights I've ever had. Horrible legroom at the back of the bus and next to a smelly old Turkish guy. No thanks.

That sounds really terrible.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

You know I still dislike this habit. You know there should (and is) a clear process for handling upgrades like this and it should be automatic, so no need for smooching and small talk to get them.

I´ve don´t asked about it, but it was offered this way.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Hey nice. Maybe the next time I'll give this lounge a try, those apron views are worth any drop in food and drink standards over the SEN place.

Exactly my way.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

How appropriate!

Perfectly.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Not a bad meal at all for a short flight like that.

Definitely.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Me neither. But why did they do it with an Airbus - a 753 would've looked so much better the retro way!

Also my question here.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Say "Hi" to Finnair!

Will do so!.


@H.:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):

Good to see another one of your reports on here, it was far too long since the last one! I enjoyed your pictures of Skopje - the ones on approach with the hills almost remind me of coming in to MAN over the Pennines.

Thank you and it seems I should do more approaches into MAN the next time!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):

It seems a mixed bunch with the lounges. The first one in VIE looks truly awful, so dated. Compare it with the one in SKP- so much better.

Exactly my point here.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):

The new seats on OS however are a welcome change, much more inkeeping with the times than the old green ones. Nice that you got the upgrade on the way back. The meal is well presented and quite generous. The cake looks yummy, but no so sure about that prawn in the salad!

Not my thing, you know with the prawn salad, but beside that ok.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):

Yes, I know it well....

Definitely.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):

Markus, you surprise me. I didn't have you down as the shooting type???!

Don´t get me wrong, that was not the shooting, much more the country and people there.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
Interesting, Helvetic.

Also to my surprise here.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
Comment 1: La France!!
Comment 2: I remember a similar experience at Burger King in Tenerife, where I was so desperate for meat free food that I asked for a veggie burger. No, they don't do it!

Exactly my way, you know.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):

Bit of a love-hate relationship, is it?

It is, definitely.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):

It can't be any worse then ZRH, believe me.

APCOA operated?.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):

Damn, you beat me to it.

 

@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):

Very nice to another report from you and even better to see you explore a new city!

Skopje looks interesting with two different styles of city. Not sure which one I prefer.

Thank you and good to know you´re view about Skopje.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):

OS looks okay; the green seats are really green.....but okay once you get used to it.

Good point here. So it is.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 13864 times:

Zdravo Markus, my friend,

Of course, you should go on travel again! Unless, you’re shivery with pounding headache like me today.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
an indoor shooting at STR airport when a Macedonian man killed his wife at the check-in desk last year.

It’s not really what I call quality time with the family..

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
a special security check at the gate entrance followed by passport controls.

Seriously? I can imagine security check at the gate, but subsequent passport control? How cumbersome!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
A sad sign when we know that LH as OS´s parent company decided to remove all the 737´s from the fleet soon.

Hey, I was not aware of it. Such energetic, cute airliner is soon due for early retirement? How sad!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Well done and the driver turns out to be the hotels senior chief. A really nice guy who tell´s me some stories about his country, the city and also the approach thing.

What a great service of the chief!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
This is City Park Hotel Skopje

Good looking hotel with well-appointed room and nice breakfast offering.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
I will start with some later pictured nightly impressions:

Magical!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Lions are among the species occurring here

Lionair should have been Macedonian airline.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Or more this way

Perfect! Look how the little lion looks up to Alexander.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Mursel Komerc free home delivery

Yes, please!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
The old main station with the clock stopped and never moved since then exactly during the big earth quake in 1963

where the time stands still.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
...and really good views to the apron

What else could you ask for?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
needed B736 to the well covered A319

Luckily with new registration.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
"Skopje", that fit´s

Absolutely.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Large, slim, glasses make for a somewhat nerdy style, black hair, ponytail, oh well, I should travel more often to Austria!.

No blonde anymore for you?  


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
The meal together with magazines and newspapers offered at the seats.
Look at the presentation! Poles apart from the Y offering.


Thank you for sharing. Though Skopje is not typical touristic destination, it seems worth a visit, thanks to your insight review.

I am back to bed now. Getting awfully dizzy again.


Best regards,
Suryo



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 695 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 13660 times:

Hi Markus,

another great report to a certainly interesting destination. An Austrian flight from STR is also coming up for me later this year, so now I know a little what to expect. I just hope that my flight won't be upgraded from the scheduled F70 to the F100, as the small Fokker would be a new type for me. Besides OS seems to be what I have expected from them, ok, but nothing special although that meal you got looks very good.

Some very nice pictures you took there in Skopje, must be an interesting place. That contrast between the old and modern part of the city is truly amazing.

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 13595 times:

Hey, good to see more comments.


@Suryo:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Zdravo Markus, my friend,

Of course, you should go on travel again! Unless, you’re shivery with pounding headache like me today.

Thank you, my friend and I hope it will be better soon.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

It’s not really what I call quality time with the family..

Not at all.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Seriously? I can imagine security check at the gate, but subsequent passport control? How cumbersome!

Special service for special destinations, so it seems.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Hey, I was not aware of it. Such energetic, cute airliner is soon due for early retirement? How sad!

Count me in this way.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

What a great service of the chief!

Exactly.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Good looking hotel with well-appointed room and nice breakfast offering.

Sure also my opinion.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Magical!

It looks like nice in the night.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Lionair should have been Macedonian airline.

Don´t tell them about it!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Perfect! Look how the little lion looks up to Alexander.

Good point here.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Yes, please!

They will do so!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

where the time stands still.

Sure a sad sign.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

What else could you ask for?

Nothing more!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Luckily with new registration.

The positive thing here.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Absolutely.

Definitely.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

No blonde anymore for you?

Not everytime!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Look at the presentation! Poles apart from the Y offering.

Sure it is.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Thank you for sharing. Though Skopje is not typical touristic destination, it seems worth a visit, thanks to your insight review.

I am back to bed now. Getting awfully dizzy again.

Worth it definitely and I hope you´re feeling better soon.


@Captain:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 19):

another great report to a certainly interesting destination. An Austrian flight from STR is also coming up for me later this year, so now I know a little what to expect. I just hope that my flight won't be upgraded from the scheduled F70 to the F100, as the small Fokker would be a new type for me. Besides OS seems to be what I have expected from them, ok, but nothing special although that meal you got looks very good.

Thank you and good to know.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 19):

Some very nice pictures you took there in Skopje, must be an interesting place. That contrast between the old and modern part of the city is truly amazing.

Definitely worth a visit, for sure.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3014 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13584 times:

Hi Markus,

some nice flights there, and for sure some interesting pics of your visit to Skopje! A friend who was going out with a CSA stewardess once accompanied her on a stopover there, he said it was interesting for sure! (They are now married, she is no longer an F/A).

Thanks again!

signol



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 13322 times:

Hey, R.

and good to follow you´re comment.

Quoting signol (Reply 21):


some nice flights there, and for sure some interesting pics of your visit to Skopje!

Thank you.

Quoting signol (Reply 21):
A friend who was going out with a CSA stewardess once accompanied her on a stopover there, he said it was interesting for sure! (They are now married, she is no longer an F/A).

That´s life, definitely.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3310 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 12950 times:

Nice report Markus! Nice to see you visiting Skopje….I really enjoyed my trip to FYROM (or Macedonia!)

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Not that much to read from, but I´ve seen SKP a few times on the departure screens especially ex Germany and also Switzerland.

I flew VIE-TIA, then SKP-ZRH

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
What about a view to the screen?.

Strange to now see 4U serving both STN and LHR….will one of them be phased out?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Love me tender, well, not everyone, but who knows?. And some free drinks

Is that all you get?! What happened to the nice Do&Co sandwiches in Y?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
VIA subs Wizz for Treviso

Interesting to see….I’ve always wanted a ride on VIA ever since a friend of mine flew them to go skiing in Bulgaria on their T154.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):

The meal together with magazines and newspapers offered at the seats.
Breadrolls gone separately together with coffee, tea, drinks for several times

Meal looks good – great that you were upgraded!



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks ago) and read 12700 times:

Hi, Gabriel

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
Nice report Markus! Nice to see you visiting Skopje….I really enjoyed my trip to FYROM (or Macedonia!)

Thank you.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):

I flew VIE-TIA, then SKP-ZRH

Sure an interesting routing.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):

Strange to now see 4U serving both STN and LHR….will one of them be phased out?

Not sure, but you never know these days.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):

Is that all you get?! What happened to the nice Do&Co sandwiches in Y?

It is, nothing else.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):

Interesting to see….I’ve always wanted a ride on VIA ever since a friend of mine flew them to go skiing in Bulgaria on their T154.

Count me in this way.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):

Meal looks good – great that you were upgraded!

Definitely, lucky me.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 25, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks ago) and read 12697 times:

Hi Markus,

finally my time to leave a short comment on your fantastic tripreport to indeed a less-known place in Europe!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
I remember an indoor shooting at STR airport when a Macedonian man killed his wife at the check-in desk last year.
Well, that´s something for me!.
Let´s go now.

At least the seat next to him got empty on the flight  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
There are 15 F100's in the actual fleet

Impressive actually, plus a few F70's they might even have more then KLM these days.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Legroom is perfectly good here

Yes, compared to normal economy seats on the F100 which I cannot stand on OS, definitely the usual seating is cramped on these birds.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Colourful to say the least

Nice lounge colours, but seating etc is same to the normal biz lounge. Food also nothing really 'special' imho. I'm not a fan of the lounges in VIE at all.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Well done and the driver turns out to be the hotels senior chief. A really nice guy who tell´s me some stories about his country, the city and also the approach thing.
An coffee invitation followed soon.

Haha that's how I know these places. Happened to me in SPU and BEG also, very hospitable people there. I suppose you were driven in style on that BMW which I see in the picture?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Room first view

Nice room. Why didn't they put that TV cable behind the wooden wall. Well, it's kind of design room, so this is a detail they should not overlook  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Don´t get me wrong, I have no problem with these people, but the thing with the begging kids is truly not to my amusement.
The Roma people are for sure clever dealers.

Agreed! These Roma even stand in my small village begging in front of my local supermarket these days.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The meal together with magazines and newspapers offered at the seats.
Breadrolls gone separately together with coffee, tea, drinks for several times

Nice meal for the flight, lovely presentation as well.

Sorry about the missed B736, at least you got on the last OS 737-700.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 26, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 12616 times:

Hoi, Eric

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 25):
finally my time to leave a short comment on your fantastic tripreport to indeed a less-known place in Europe!

Thank you, warm welcomed.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 25):

At least the seat next to him got empty on the flight

Be sure it was.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 25):

Impressive actually, plus a few F70's they might even have more then KLM these days.

That´s indeed impressive.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 25):

Yes, compared to normal economy seats on the F100 which I cannot stand on OS, definitely the usual seating is cramped on these birds.

Good point here.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 25):

Nice lounge colours, but seating etc is same to the normal biz lounge. Food also nothing really 'special' imho. I'm not a fan of the lounges in VIE at all.

Me, too in comparison to other places.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 25):

Haha that's how I know these places. Happened to me in SPU and BEG also, very hospitable people there. I suppose you were driven in style on that BMW which I see in the picture?

Nice people there but my ride was more the Kangoo around the corner!,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 25):

Nice room. Why didn't they put that TV cable behind the wooden wall. Well, it's kind of design room, so this is a detail they should not overlook

Don´t noticed it.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 25):
Agreed! These Roma even stand in my small village begging in front of my local supermarket these days.

That´s life these days.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 25):
Nice meal for the flight, lovely presentation as well.

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 25):

Sorry about the missed B736, at least you got on the last OS 737-700.

Good point here.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 27, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 12239 times:

Hi Markus

Nice to follow up the Skopje story and getting the F100!
To bad the change to the 319! It's my most covered narrow-body up till now.
Ironicly enough OE-LDD was the first one from BRU to VIE in 2005.
Skopje looks like an interesting cirty as well

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 28, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12044 times:

Hi, Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 27):

Nice to follow up the Skopje story and getting the F100!
To bad the change to the 319! It's my most covered narrow-body up till now.
Ironicly enough OE-LDD was the first one from BRU to VIE in 2005.
Skopje looks like an interesting cirty as well

Thanx for the feedback and interesting to follow that coincidence with the OS A319.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 29, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 11887 times:

Hi Markus!

Nice report again! Sure an enjoyable read.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
I remember an indoor shooting at STR airport when a Macedonian man killed his wife at the check-in desk last year.

Good to know, or maybe not! Haha

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The safety card with the much more needed 736 also printed

Not for me, I've flown the 736 way more than the 73G. But then again I live in SAS-land.  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
I will start with some later pictured nightly impressions:

Wow Skopje looks like a beautiful city.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I don´t know till now that also Condor operates a retro style machine

Yeah, it's good looking. I saw it at LPA last year.

Martin


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 30, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 11863 times:

Hej, hej, Martin,

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 29):

Nice report again! Sure an enjoyable read.

Thank you.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 29):

Good to know, or maybe not! Haha

Sure the point here.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 29):

Not for me, I've flown the 736 way more than the 73G. But then again I live in SAS-land.

Different worlds, I know.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 29):

Wow Skopje looks like a beautiful city.

Worth a visit, definitely.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 29):

Yeah, it's good looking. I saw it at LPA last year.

Ah, good to know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1166 posts, RR: 12
Reply 31, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11625 times:
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Hi Markus,

Another great report as usual. Nice to see a report from/to Macedonia. Lounges look good, too bad about the crew on the one sector. Great pictures of Skopje too! Quite a difference between the western and eastern part of Skopje I must say.

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 32, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 11590 times:

Hi, Brendan,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 31):

Another great report as usual. Nice to see a report from/to Macedonia. Lounges look good, too bad about the crew on the one sector. Great pictures of Skopje too! Quite a difference between the western and eastern part of Skopje I must say.

Thanx a lot for you´re feedback. Sure a big difference between the two parts of Skopje.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 33, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 11241 times:

Interesting report, Markus. The catering in Y Class is disappointing, the good old times are gone.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Bye-bye now to OE-LNO "Hochschwab". A sad sign when we know that LH as OS´s parent company decided to remove all the 737´s from the fleet soon.

Only 738s are left now, unfortunately. But what's even worse is the fact that all OS aircraft except 777 OE-LPB are operated by Tyrolean now.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The meal together with magazines and newspapers offered at the seats.

That looks nice - but the big question is what exactly did it consist of? Did you eat it?


PH



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 34, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 11100 times:

Hi, PH,

good to follow you re feedabck.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 33):
Interesting report, Markus. The catering in Y Class is disappointing, the good old times are gone.

True words here.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 33):
Only 738s are left now, unfortunately. But what's even worse is the fact that all OS aircraft except 777 OE-LPB are operated by Tyrolean now.

Strange, that s really strange, also from my point of view.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 33):
That looks nice - but the big question is what exactly did it consist of? Did you eat it?

Not that much, salad and sweet ok, no meatballs for me.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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