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Air Dolomiti And Lufthansa, Trieste To Berlin  
User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8678 times:

Hello and welcome to my report about the Berlin A.net meeting. Most of you probably know what happened ,so I am just going to do a quick summary – a new airport was supposed to open in Berlin, a bunch of A.netters decide to go and have a meeting, the airport did not opened at the end, but we had the meeting anyway.

I booked my flights in December already. Usually I am very fond of flying out of LJU and with Adria Airways, to support Slovenian business, but this summer most of my departures will be from Italy, as the ticket prices are just so much cheaper. For example, the cheapest ticket I found to Berlin was from Trieste, TRS-MUC-TXL/BER-MUC-TRS for 175€. The cheapest ticket from LJU (via FRA with JP/LH) was over 330€! So my first flights from Trieste were booked. My mother also decided to join me, since she has never been to Berlin. She is also a bit of an aviation enthusiasts and likes to read trip reports (ciao mamma!), but would not attend the meeting and spent more time sightseeing instead.

So on Friday, the 1st of June, we set off from Ljubljana to Trieste.



After 1 hour and 20 minutes of driving we parked at P3 at the airport. Trieste has three parking’s, the closer you are to the terminal the more expensive it is. But the furthest one, P3, is only a few minutes of walking away and costs 9€ per day, so we parked there.



Inside the terminal, small airport.



Check-in was not opened yet, so the bar on the first floor was the next stop for some coffee and breakfast.



Belleair A320.



AZ Embraer arriving from Genoa.



Check-in area for Lufthansa/Air Dolomiti in the back. Most sings are written in Italian, English, German, Slovenian and Croatian.



The check-in lady was not that nice, she looked disinterested and was a bit rude. Even with check-in done we still had loads of time so we went up again to check the Belleair flight departing.



Security was easy and the staff nice, no line and I was done in 20 seconds.



The hall to the gates.



Gate area, our gate was number 3 today.



Boarding started exactly on-time.



Another great thing about Trieste – no bus ride needed, you can just walk up to the aircraft.



My first ATR72 ride and my only second prop after a Cimber CPH-AAR flight a few years ago.



LH1935 operated by Air Dolomiti TRS-MUC 11:00-12:10 ATR72 I-ADLK

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First impression on board was good. Nice and comfortable seats and a nice greeting from the FA.



Not my seat.



Pretty good legroom.



View outside with passengers still boarding.



Air Dolomiti refreshing towels were handed out.



We pushed back on time, the captain came over the PA and gave us some information about our flight.



There was also an Air Dolomiti FA in business class in her full uniform, probably working on another flight out of MUC.



Let's go!



In the air, Munich bound.



Bye Italy, see you in a few days.



Lemon cookie and some snack with olives.



Cabin view.



The flight was smooth and quick, we started our descent in no time.



Approaching Munich.



Here we are!



We stopped at the other side of the airport from where JP flights usually park.



Our bus already waiting for us.



One last look towards I-ADKL.



We only had 1:10 minutes to connect, but transferring at MUC is very easy and as soon as we picked up some new boarding passes from the self service kiosk we walked to our gate where the expected A321 was already waiting.



D-AISP, a new one for me, my third A321 ride. I had 5 more booked at that point.



No delay, boarding started in a semi-orderly fashion here.



LH2038 MUC-TXL 13:20-14:25 A321 D-AISP



Two airbridges for the A321 today.



Hello again LH! My 17th flight with the airline.



Last row window worked for us, the aisle seat stayed empty.



Another on time departure.



This time we are going to Berlin.



Climbing out of MUC.



Clouds blocked the view on my TRS-MUC flight and they seem to do this again on this flight.



Clouds everywhere.



Service is a KitKat and one drink round.



Small 0,15l can.



Another short flight passed by quickly.



Descending into Berlin.



Cabin view during the descent.



After a lot of trees some buildings came into view.



My first (and last?) landing at TXL is shortly coming up.



Closer and closer.



Even closer.



Buildings all the way to the airport.



Still no runway in sight.



Here it is, landing at Berlin.



Vladimir Putin was in town.



A small BT plane.



And a bigger AZ one.



No waiting for the seat-belt sign to come off, straight up as soon as we stop.



One last look at our A321 docked at the gate in Berlin.



TXL is one strange airport, every gate has its own baggage claim belt, check-in, security check… Interesting concept, but I guess it did not work out.

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Danke, Tegel. Can’t have a TXL report without this picture.



Oh yes, not much to the delight of more than 30 people coming into Berlin this weekend to witness the BER grand opening.



The first thing to do in Berlin was obvious.



After a long taxi ride into town I spent the first day and a half touring Berlin with my mother, before I set off for the Brauhaus Mitte on Saturday evening. I think that it was FlyingFinn who recommended this place and it turned out to be a great choice. I exchanged a few text messages with William (globalfyer) and we agreed to meet somewhere around Alexanderplatz at around seven. We managed to meet right in front of the Brauhaus Mitte, where our meeting was planned to take place. Inside we found a table already occupied with some A.netters and all the aviation and non-aviation talks were ready to start! More and more A.netters started to join us during the evening and at the end we occupied three big tables, had some nice food and drinks and enjoyed in all the debates. The only negative side of the meeting was, same as last year in Frankfurt, that there is just not enough time to talk to everyone. But later in the evening we did move around tables and at least have a few words with most of the attendants. I
t was a great night and thanks to everyone who participated, I hope we will be able to repeat this every year.

The next day after an lazy start we set off for the airport again, where we would meet some more A.netters that were just coming for a day trip to Berlin. I ran into Planehunter when I was going to drop off my bag and we soon found other members in front of the famous Ess-Bahn.



The observation deck was the venue today from the morning to around two in the afternoon.



A long A319 ride for those passengers.

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Burning something?



Air Berlin tails.



Again.



BA captain having a chat.



Johannes (Luxair747SP) departing to FRA.



Now this is an interesting visitor.



Checking of the fares started as soon as it landed 



Mongolian B763.



Once we left the observation deck I said goodbye to everyone, had one last currywurst, then headed to the LH business lounge for a quick visit.



I ran into Gabriel (gabrielchew) again in the lounge, had a quick chat and then headed off to my gate.



Full gate area. Nothing much to do once you are in it, just a small duty free shop. Wandering around I also found Roger (RogerBCN) and Hannah (infodesk) waiting for their flight to ZRH to start boarding.



My LH A321.



And the LX one at the next gate.



Boarding was going to start soon so I just waited around the gate area.



So did everyone else…



BP scanned and after a green light I was allowed to proceed down the airbridge.

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LH2039 TXL-MUC 15:10-16:20 A321 D-AISK



Pilots getting ready.



KitKats again, but this time they were given to all PAX at the gate already to speed up the service. My lens cap got into the way when taking the picture and the FA commented: ‘Alles dokumentierd.’ 

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This BT aircraft was here since morning.



Rain started to fall as we taxied to the active runway.



It seems there is another cloudy flight ahead.



One last look at the ground before the clouds took over.



Nothing to see out the window anymore, my book was the entertainment for this flight with the lack of window views.



Drink service.



Not good.



Bavaria again.



Nice to have at least some views out of the window.



Getting closer to MUC.



Almost there.



We landed and taxied to our gate at T2.



Avro on a jetway gate.



Once out of the aircraft and into the terminal there is a nice display directing transfer passengers into the right way. We only had 50 minutes to connect this time, but again no problem here.



Catching a glimpse of the JP flight departing to Ljubljana. Or maybe Priština, I’m not sure.



Qatar also departing.



My flight at the bottom.



First time going downstairs at MUC airport.



A nice and calm area here.



A nice Air Dolomiti desk.



Our gate for my last flight today.



ANA B77W arriving, what a great airplane.



I wanted to take this flight on our trip to Tokyo (and the B788 back to FRA), but it was just too expensive.



The gate agent just yelled: ‘Trieste now boarding’ and we made our way to the bus.



One last look at the 77W.



A lot of buses here.



A new registration!



LH1938 operated by Air Dolomiti MUC-TRS 17:15-18:25 ATR72 I-ADLO



What is a United plane still doing here at this late hour? Tech problem maybe?



It never ceases to amaze me what people consider ‘hand luggage’



I decided on a seat behind the wing this time.



Here we go again.



By MUC, see you…next time.



Allianz Arena.



There were some views of the Alps here and there on this flight.



Some more.



And some more.



The snack was exactly the same again.



Making our way to Trieste.



Cabin during the flight. All four flights on this trip were on time.



Contents of the seat pocket.



A good thing about props is that the descent and approach are much quicker. I still prefer jets though.



Approaching TRS.



We landed in no time and made our way to the terminal.



This AZ Airbus from FCO taxied at 1 km/h for at least a few minutes before coming to a stop. I have not seen an aircraft go that slow.



Ryanair going to Brusseles or somewhere near/far.



We had to wait for quite some time in the hot ATR, waiting for another AZ Airbus to depart next door.



After that we were clear to walk to the terminal.



Our flight from MUC and AZ flight from FCO shared the same belt.



After picking up our bag, we made our way to P3 and started the short drive back home to Ljubljana.

Trieste airport proved to be a very good choice, not a long way from Ljubljana, 2,2€ in toll and 9€ per day for parking, cheaper than at LJU. And the sandwiches are better, loved the Italian panini I had for breakfast.

Berlin is an interesting city. I did not liked it at first, but it grew on my after the first day, so it was not that bad. The meeting was great, so nice to see some familiar faces and meet some others. Let’s do it again  

Thanks for reading, my next story featuring a less known airline should be coming up soon.

Blaž

My previous reports:
Singapore-Munich Lufthansa A340-300 Business (by SloAir Nov 28 2011 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa Inaugural A380 To Singapore Upper Deck (by SloAir Nov 7 2011 in Trip Reports)
Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia (by SloAir Sep 29 2011 in Trip Reports)
Adria Retro And Austrian B738 To And From Istanbul (by SloAir Aug 31 2011 in Trip Reports)
To The A.net Meeting At Frankfurt With Adria CRJ2 (by SloAir Jul 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
LX Upgrade! Montreal-Zurich In First On The A333 (by SloAir May 4 2011 in Trip Reports)
Swiss A330-300 Zurich-Montreal In Business (by SloAir May 1 2011 in Trip Reports)
Singapore B777-300ER Munich-Manchester And JP,U2 (by SloAir Apr 6 2011 in Trip Reports)
One Of The Last CO Trip Reports? IAH-LAS B753 (by SloAir Feb 14 2011 in Trip Reports)
My LX A333 C Flight Cancelled LJU-ZRH-JFK-ZRH-LJU (by SloAir Dec 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
CO B767-400 BusinessFirst From Houston To Paris (by SloAir Nov 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Houston, We Have A Problem! 12 Hour Delay On CO 5 (by SloAir Nov 14 2010 in Trip Reports)
Adria Airways New Airbus 319 (LJU-MUC-BCN-LJU) (by SloAir Aug 30 2010 in Trip Reports)
LJU-CDG-LHR-CDG-FRA-LJU On JP, AF(A380) And LH (by SloAir Jul 5 2010 in Trip Reports)


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User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8597 times:

Hi Sloair!

Weren't there any connections from Ljubljana?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Belleair A320.

Some good old memories just came up, but in form as Belair  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):

The hall to the gates.

Doesen't looks finished

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
My first ATR72 ride and my only second prop after a Cimber CPH-AAR flight a few years ago.

Congrats! And very nice Aircraft from Air Dolomiti, love their livery!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
One last look towards I-ADKL.

Love the tailshot

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Service is a KitKat and one drink round.

Ok for a domnestic flight

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Even closer.

Urbanstyle Berlin  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The first thing to do in Berlin was obvious.

Eat a "Currywurst"

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Burning something?

Co2 probably

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Air Berlin tails.

What did you thought? This is Berlin!  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
My lens cap got into the way when taking the picture and the FA commented: ‘Alles dokumentierd.’

Did she said that funny or rude?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Catching a glimpse of the JP flight departing to Ljubljana. Or maybe Priština, I’m not sure.

First I thought "Finnair" and than "Oh no, adria sorry!"

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
A nice Air Dolomiti desk.

Psst.. why didn't you took those models? 
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
This AZ Airbus from FCO taxied at 1 km/h for at least a few minutes before coming to a stop. I have not seen an aircraft go that slow.

Probably first time when the FO has the controlls  

Thank you for you TR! Was something new, 2 very nice aircraft types and good airlines! Love Air Dolomiti, I really want to fly them one time!

Greetings
Ideekay

[Edited 2012-07-07 15:53:30]

User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8232 times:

Hi Ideekay,

thank you for your comment, appreciate it.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 1):
Weren't there any connections from Ljubljana?

They were, but they were more than two times more expensive. So I decided to give TRS a try.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 1):
Eat a "Currywurst"

Of course  
Quoting Ideekay (Reply 1):
Did she said that funny or rude?

Funny, she laught when I took the picture.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 1):
First I thought "Finnair" and than "Oh no, adria sorry!"

Yup, a lot of people commented when Finnair introduced the new livery that they thought JP received A330/A340's  
Quoting Ideekay (Reply 1):
Psst.. why didn't you took those models? 

You mean liberated them  
Quoting Ideekay (Reply 1):
Love Air Dolomiti, I really want to fly them one time!

They were great, I would not mind flying with them again. But hopefully on one of the Embraers next time.

Blaž



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7812 times:

Hi Blaž,

thanks for this nice report, good to read about your views of the Berlin meet. Nice to combine the Air Dolomiti ATR with the LH A321. Congrats for your first ATR. Nice pictures as well, especially of course from the Alps, certainly interesting to cross the mountains in a turboprop.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
It was a great night and thanks to everyone who participated, I hope we will be able to repeat this every year.

Indeed it was a great meeting. It is inevitable that with so many people one cannot talk to everybody, so one more reason to repeat it in the not so far future.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I ran into Planehunter when I was going to drop off my bag and we soon found other members in front of the famous Ess-Bahn.

... and you even caught me on the picture   ...

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5138 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7692 times:

Hi, Blaz,

well done. Sure an interesting way to go for Berlin ex Trieste.
Nice pictures also.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Last row window worked for us, the aisle seat stayed empty.

Good choice here.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The meeting was great, so nice to see some familiar faces and meet some others. Let’s do it again

Count me in this way, you know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineParton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7683 times:

Hello Blaz!

Thanks for the story. Really nice pictures, especially the ones of the Alps. Lovely views. I flew Air Dolomiti back in 2009. Great little airline and the service was more generous back then, but it´s the same with all airlines these days 
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
meeting was great, so nice to see some familiar faces and meet some others. Let’s do it again

I can only agree on that!

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineeco From Bulgaria, joined Nov 2010, 84 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7479 times:

Hello Blaz!
It was real pleasure meeting you and others in Berlin.
Nice trip report. Air Dolomiti is very good carrier I have managed to fly on them one week before Berlin meeting.
Greetings
Eco


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7450 times:

Hi Blaz,

Good to see yet another Berlin meet report. I almost forgot you were there too  .

Nice to see you flying out of Trieste, I spent a few really nice days there last August and really liked the city, it was so unitalian that it was great  . Also flew my first flights with Air Dolomiti on that trip, that very same MUC-TRS on the ATR and later VRN-FRA with the E195. They were a very nice airline, lovely planes and passable service plus some gorgeous Italian FAs - Markus should fly them more I guess!  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
, as the ticket prices are just so much cheaper.

Yes, this is what you get when you have proper competition and not just a single dominant carrier who can set prices at their will. Trust me, HEL airport once suffered from this very same problem, but luckily new airlines have made things much better these days. BT especially has been a key player in this.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
My mother also decided to join me, since she has never been to Berlin. She is also a bit of an aviation enthusiasts and likes to read trip reports (ciao mamma!), but would not attend the meeting and spent more time sightseeing instead.

How cool. Well traveling with your mother might not be the coolest thing on earth but your mother doesn't sound like your average mother if you know what I mean  . You should've brought her to the meeting as well!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Inside the terminal, small airport.

Looks very familiar.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Check-in area for Lufthansa/Air Dolomiti in the back. Most sings are written in Italian, English, German, Slovenian and Croatian.

See, they are really exploiting their convenient location near Croatia and Slovenia!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Security was easy and the staff nice, no line and I was done in 20 seconds.

Brrr, I get shivers seeing that AZ flight to CTA on the board - although it looks like it doesn't go via NAP anymore? Probably a very good idea as that NAP transit was anything but smooth and something I wouldn't want to try again!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The hall to the gates.

Still the same ugly walls - they could've spend a little bit more money and make it look prettier! The lounge there was really funny as well.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
as soon as we picked up some new boarding passes from the self service kiosk

They couldn't print you all the boarding passes at TRS? What a surprise.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Two airbridges for the A321 today.

I don't think I've ever seen that! Only on widebodies.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I think that it was FlyingFinn who recommended this place and it turned out to be a great choice.

Yes, I have to admit that I found the place. Someone tried to suggest a faux Bavarian alternative but not in Berlin, no!  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The only negative side of the meeting was, same as last year in Frankfurt, that there is just not enough time to talk to everyone.

Exactly. We never had a chance to have a chat and I guess you still have some chocolates don't you?  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Wandering around I also found Roger (RogerBCN) and Hannah (infodesk) waiting for their flight to ZRH to start boarding

Hah, so many a.netters around that no matter where you go you always bump into some!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Not good.

Ugh. I hate when stupid people do that.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I wanted to take this flight on our trip to Tokyo (and the B788 back to FRA), but it was just too expensive.

A nice idea. But maybe you should stick to Italy here as well - recently fares from there to Japan have been very reasonable  .

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
It never ceases to amaze me what people consider ‘hand luggage’

I don't really see anything that outrageous there on that cart? Nothing that couldn't fit to the overheads of an A320 or 737?

Many years ago I was at FRA waiting for my late night flight to CGN. A couple of men connecting from an Iran Air flight ex-IKA came to the gate to get boarding passes. The gate agent's face was priceless when she asked to see their hand luggage and both men showed her normal, non-cabin sized roller bags, almost one and half meters tall. She had a hard time believing they had been allowed to take those inside the IR cabin, but the men assured that Iran Air had no problem with it. Well, needless to say she got these gate checked with German efficiency, there's no place where they could've fit inside the tiny CRJ-200 cabin anyway. I was trying hard not to laugh watching this episode  .

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Approaching TRS.

Nice shots, I recognize the places from last summer.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
This AZ Airbus from FCO taxied at 1 km/h for at least a few minutes before coming to a stop. I have not seen an aircraft go that slow.

Are you familiar with the term "Italian Strike"?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Berlin is an interesting city. I did not liked it at first, but it grew on my after the first day, so it was not that bad.

Yes, this is a perfect summary of Berlin. At first sight it looks like ugly (well it is), confusing and well not chaotic as that is not possible in Germany but at least a tiny bit unorganized but give it a little time and it starts growing on you. There's an excellent vibe everywhere.


User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7382 times:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
Nice pictures as well, especially of course from the Alps, certainly interesting to cross the mountains in a turboprop.

Hi CaptainRed, thank you for your comment. Crossing the Alps in a turboprop was fun, it would only be better if not for all the clouds those two days. Maybe on my next trip the view will be clearer.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
Indeed it was a great meeting. It is inevitable that with so many people one cannot talk to everybody, so one more reason to repeat it in the not so far future.

Yes, but that is only a good excuse for another meeting in the future  
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
and you even caught me on the picture

Waiting for a delicious currywurst I presume?  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
well done. Sure an interesting way to go for Berlin ex Trieste.
Nice pictures also.

Hi Markus, thanks  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Good choice here.

You know who I got that from, sitting in the last row  
Quoting Parton87 (Reply 5):
Thanks for the story. Really nice pictures, especially the ones of the Alps. Lovely views. I flew Air Dolomiti back in 2009. Great little airline and the service was more generous back then, but it´s the same with all airlines these days

Hi Robert, thanks for your comment. And I guess its true, all airlines are cutting back. Too bad, but Air Dolomiti are still quite ok.

Quoting eco (Reply 6):
Nice trip report. Air Dolomiti is very good carrier I have managed to fly on them one week before Berlin meeting.

Hi eco, thank you for your feedback I'm sure you have enjoyed your Air Dolomiti flights too.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Good to see yet another Berlin meet report. I almost forgot you were there too

Hi P., well this is a nice thing how over the next few months some more TR's will pop up and we will be able to remember the weekend again.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
How cool. Well traveling with your mother might not be the coolest thing on earth but your mother doesn't sound like your average mother if you know what I mean . You should've brought her to the meeting as well!

I do not think she would enjoy the meeting that much, too much aviation talk   But I like traveling with my mother, we have the same interests and she has always been my biggest sponsor, making many great trips possible for me.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Nice to see you flying out of Trieste, I spent a few really nice days there last August and really liked the city, it was so unitalian that it was great

I remember your reports well, actually I wen't and read them again just before my trip. I think that on my next trip to TRS I will also stop in the city and have a look around, I haven't had a proper chance to do that. But most of older Slovenians have a lot of experience with Trieste, when they had to smuggle things like chocolate, clothes and other things you could not get in Yugoslavia back then across the border. I've heard a lot of interesting stories about that.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Markus should fly them more I guess!  

I found a perfect airline with beautiful FAs for Markus on my last trip, already writing a trip report about that now.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Yes, this is what you get when you have proper competition and not just a single dominant carrier who can set prices at their will. Trust me, HEL airport once suffered from this very same problem, but luckily new airlines have made things much better these days. BT especially has been a key player in this.

JP has changed a bit thanks to EasyJet and Wizzar, they just released a bunch of 99€ tickets to most of their destinations until the end of October. But getting connections via the *A hubs is still difficult to get for normal prices.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
See, they are really exploiting their convenient location near Croatia and Slovenia!

Yes, I saw quite a few of SLO/HR licence plates at the parking lot.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Brrr, I get shivers seeing that AZ flight to CTA on the board - although it looks like it doesn't go via NAP anymore? Probably a very good idea as that NAP transit was anything but smooth and something I wouldn't want to try again!

I remember your no-boarding pass experience   I think I will try AZ one day to catch the Embraer, maybe combine something with the A332 FCO-MXP flight at the end of summer if there will be any good ticket prices.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
They couldn't print you all the boarding passes at TRS? What a surprise.

I had online check-in printouts and did not dare to ask the angry looking check-in lady to print me a proper version. So I settled for a new one from the machine at MUC.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Exactly. We never had a chance to have a chat and I guess you still have some chocolates don't you?

Oh yes, those chocolates have made quite a trip LJU-ZRH-ARN-FRA-LJU/TRS-MUC-TXL-MUC-TRS. I think I will buy you a new one, these two have probably melted a few times in the process   But I will deliver them to you someday, just not sure when yet  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
A nice idea. But maybe you should stick to Italy here as well - recently fares from there to Japan have been very reasonable

I have stuck with Italy again, not for as cheap price as the Aeroflot/Alitalia trip, but Venice got our business this time with a nice combo to NRT via a place where we almost met in February  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
I was trying hard not to laugh watching this episode

Must have been quite a comedy to watch  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Are you familiar with the term "Italian Strike"?

I think the problem was that with one departure and two arrivals they weren't able to dispatch the early AZ flight and work on the both MUC and FCO flights arriving. We had to wait around 20 minutes inside the aircraft for the AZ flight to depart.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Yes, this is a perfect summary of Berlin. At first sight it looks like ugly (well it is), confusing and well not chaotic as that is not possible in Germany but at least a tiny bit unorganized but give it a little time and it starts growing on you. There's an excellent vibe everywhere.

Exactly. I felt a bit like Jonas in Brusseles the first night while walking among all the 'crooks' and hookers down Oranierburger street, but over the next two days when I was able to see most of it you can feel a nice vibe and I think I might come back again. If not for anything else, the currywurst itself is worth a visit.

Blaž



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7294 times:

Great report, nice to read about your trip to Berlin as well. Decent LH flights as usual, and Air Dolomitri is high on my to fly list.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
but this summer most of my departures will be from Italy, as the ticket prices are just so much cheaper.

Never realised Trieste is that close to the border of Croatia and Slovenia. You learn something new everyday  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
ANA B77W arriving, what a great airplane.

Gotta love the close up and personal with all those widebodies when you're departing from the lower gates.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7154 times:

Hi Blaž,

Lovely report and nice pics. Also interesting to hear your journey to the meeting. Always wanted to try Air Dolomiti since I saw their E Jet at BHD  

Hope you will write the mysterious new TR soon  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6978 times:

Hi Blaz

Great meeting you in Berlin.
Glad you had a nice trip. The Air Dolomiti part looks very interesting.
Rare aircraft and a nice little airline. Service looks decent as well

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6761 times:

Hi Blaž!

Great report!
Nice to read that you guys had a good time in Berlin, too bad I couldn't join you this time!
Seems like your flights on LH and Air Dolomiti were pretty good. I'd like to try Air Dolomiti some day.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Another great thing about Trieste – no bus ride needed, you can just walk up to the aircraft.

Ah, much better than silly 50 meter busrides.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):

There was also an Air Dolomiti FA in business class in her full uniform, probably working on another flight out of MUC.

Just wondering out of curiosity, was the Business class section in the front or the back of the aircraft. I know that some ATR operators put it in the back due to lower noise and closer to the door.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Two airbridges for the A321 today.

Nice, never seen two before. I've only seen it docked to either L1 or L2, never both.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):

ANA B77W arriving, what a great airplane.

In one of the best liveries there is.

Martin


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6506 times:
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Hi Blaz,

Nice report on the a.net meet, thanks for sharing! Air Dolomiti look pretty impressive for such a short flight and looks like you got the "usual" LH flights.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Most sings are written in Italian, English, German, Slovenian and Croatian.

wow, haven't seen that before in so many languages

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):

Air Dolomiti refreshing towels were handed out.

Impressive!

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter


User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6285 times:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 9):
Great report, nice to read about your trip to Berlin as well. Decent LH flights as usual, and Air Dolomitri is high on my to fly list.

Hey, thanks for the comment. LH were usually good and if you will get the chance to fly Air Dolomiti go for it!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 9):
Gotta love the close up and personal with all those widebodies when you're departing from the lower gates.

Yes, it was great to watch during the time left before boarding started.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Lovely report and nice pics. Also interesting to hear your journey to the meeting. Always wanted to try Air Dolomiti since I saw their E Jet at BHD

Thanks Philip, I hope you get the chance to try out Air Dolomiti one day, but I do not see them opening a route to ATH anytime soon  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Hope you will write the mysterious new TR soon

Coming out today. Or tomorrow  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Great meeting you in Berlin.
Glad you had a nice trip. The Air Dolomiti part looks very interesting.
Rare aircraft and a nice little airline. Service looks decent as well

Hi Marc, thanks for your comment. Air DOlomiti were quite good.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 12):
Nice to read that you guys had a good time in Berlin, too bad I couldn't join you this time!
Seems like your flights on LH and Air Dolomiti were pretty good. I'd like to try Air Dolomiti some day.

Hi Martin, thanks for the feedback, hope to meet you at one of the next meetings, I'm sure there will be more chances.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 12):
Ah, much better than silly 50 meter busrides.

Agreed.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 12):
Just wondering out of curiosity, was the Business class section in the front or the back of the aircraft. I know that some ATR operators put it in the back due to lower noise and closer to the door.

Business class was in the front on Air Dolomiti. But I do not think they were any PAX there, just the one FA.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
Nice report on the a.net meet, thanks for sharing! Air Dolomiti look pretty impressive for such a short flight and looks like you got the "usual" LH flights.

Hi, thanks for the comment. LH was good as standard and Air Dolomiti were very nice.

Blaž



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6147 times:

Zdravo Blaž,

It was great to catch up with you since we did not get any chance to chat last year in FRA. Thanks again for your nice gift.  


Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
For example, the cheapest ticket I found to Berlin was from Trieste, TRS-MUC-TXL/BER-MUC-TRS for 175€. The cheapest ticket from LJU (via FRA with JP/LH) was over 330€!

In that case, it’s better to fly from TRS and you got to fly a niche airline Air Dolomiti.   


Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
She is also a bit of an aviation enthusiasts and likes to read trip reports (ciao mamma!),

Really? How nice! Like mother, like son!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
no bus ride needed, you can just walk up to the aircraft.

Great! And no one bothered your photography.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
No delay, boarding started in a semi-orderly fashion here.

No self-boarding gate?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Oh yes, not much to the delight of more than 30 people coming into Berlin this weekend to witness the BER grand opening.

There’s nothing we could do about it, but hey, we did a great time together!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I think that it was FlyingFinn who recommended this place

I thought it was CaptainRed’s idea.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Now this is an interesting visitor.

The star of our meeting.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
he FA commented: ‘Alles dokumentierd

Nice!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Not good.

Gross!


Hvala. Thank you for sharing your side of the story.

Best wishes,
Suryo  



Friends forever
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 6111 times:

Hey Hi Blaž, great report!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
So on Friday, the 1st of June, we set off from Ljubljana to Trieste.

So you have FRA and TRS within short driving distance? How small is Slovenia anyway?  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
After 1 hour and 20 minutes of driving we parked at P3 at the airport.

Wow that's very quick. Even shorter time than reaching ARN from my town.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Gate area, our gate was number 3 today.

Was there no lounge for FTL pax in TRS?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
We only had 1:10 minutes to connect, but transferring at MUC is very easy and as soon as we picked up some new boarding passes from the self service kiosk we walked to our gate where the expected A321 was already waiting.

Connections in MUC seem to be a bliss indeed as I will soon find out in September. Although 1h 10m is enough time for a visit at the Business Lounge? But I suppose you didn't want to leave your mother behind.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The only negative side of the meeting was, same as last year in Frankfurt, that there is just not enough time to talk to everyone.

Hehe, maybe you should have joined us on the ARN meet and TLL side trip. I think by the end of that "trip" we had enough of everyone, haha. And Petteri was fast asleep  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Wandering around I also found Roger (RogerBCN) and Hannah (infodesk) waiting for their flight to ZRH to start boarding.

So they weren't in the lounge together with you and Gabriel Chew?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Avro on a jetway gate.

Ah nice to see an Avro in LH colours. They're getting more rare these days.

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6022 times:

Hi Blaž,

nice report about the trip to/from the Berlin meeting!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Small 0,15l can.

What a waste! They should just bring back the real cans.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The first thing to do in Berlin was obvious.

Where's the sausage?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Checking of the fares started as soon as it landed

Fare are fine, but the 767s get replaced by 738s in fall.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 16):
Connections in MUC seem to be a bliss indeed as I will soon find out in September.

Well, it can become inconvenient if you're stuck in a holding pattern and end up at a bus gate.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6000 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
It was great to catch up with you since we did not get any chance to chat last year in FRA. Thanks again for your nice gift.

Your welcome Suryo, thanks for your comment.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
No self-boarding gate?

No, not at TRS.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
The star of our meeting.

For sure  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 16):
So you have FRA and TRS within short driving distance? How small is Slovenia anyway?

Well let me put it this way - from our house in Ljubljana it does not take me more than one and a half hour to drive to either Austria, Italy, Hungary or Croatia   FRA is a bit further away, I once drove there and it took me 9 hours.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 16):
Was there no lounge for FTL pax in TRS?

Not according to LH website and I did not bother asking or looking.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 16):
Connections in MUC seem to be a bliss indeed as I will soon find out in September. Although 1h 10m is enough time for a visit at the Business Lounge? But I suppose you didn't want to leave your mother behind.

My mother is LH silver too, so that would not have been a problem. But given there were just 15 minutes left until boarding when we passed the lounge we did not bother.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 16):
Hehe, maybe you should have joined us on the ARN meet and TLL side trip. I think by the end of that "trip" we had enough of everyone, haha. And Petteri was fast asleep

 
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 16):
So they weren't in the lounge together with you and Gabriel Chew?

No, their flight had a bit of a delay so they should have been boarding already by the time I got there. Plus all the lounges are landside, so it takes some additional time to get form the lounge to the gate.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
nice report about the trip to/from the Berlin meeting!

Thanks PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
What a waste! They should just bring back the real cans.

I agree, 0,15l is nothing. I do not think I have ever seen such a small can before.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
Where's the sausage?

Hidden underneath the large fries (I was hungry   )

Blaž



Visit Ljubljana
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2997 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5847 times:

Hi Blaž,

nice to read yet another report of the Berlin meeting!
And appropriate to take LH as well  
I trust your mother enjoyed the sightseeing? I do rather like Berlin, a shame I didn't get a chance to visit the city at all that time.

It was nice meeting you, and hopefully again soon!

Thanks for the report!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1447 posts, RR: 33
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5764 times:

Hi Blaž,

Sorry for my late reply on this one. It's always a pleasure to read about Air Dolomiti and well done for getting the flights at such a good price. The airport looks a bit basic (although I do like the old FIDS), but then when you've saving that much money, does it really matter?!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
For example, the cheapest ticket I found to Berlin was from Trieste, TRS-MUC-TXL/BER-MUC-TRS for 175€. The cheapest ticket from LJU (via FRA with JP/LH) was over 330€!

Wow, that's quite a difference for 1hr20 in the car. I'd certainly do the same as you in that situation!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
My mother also decided to join me, since she has never been to Berlin. She is also a bit of an aviation enthusiasts and likes to read trip reports (ciao mamma!), but would not attend the meeting and spent more time sightseeing instead.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
How cool. Well traveling with your mother might not be the coolest thing on earth but your mother doesn't sound like your average mother if you know what I mean . You should've brought her to the meeting as well!

How cool! You really should have brought your Mum to the meeting, a bit of extra female company wouldn't have harmed  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The only negative side of the meeting was, same as last year in Frankfurt, that there is just not enough time to talk to everyone

I quite agree.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Wandering around I also found Roger (RogerBCN) and Hannah (infodesk) waiting for their flight to ZRH to start boarding.

Yeah, that's quite cool bumping into a.netters when you're waiting to board!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
And the LX one at the next gate.

  

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Nothing to see out the window anymore, my book was the entertainment for this flight with the lack of window views

Same here. I saw nothing the whole flight. Still, at least you got some lovely views of the Alps on your final leg.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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