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Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
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Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX

So, as many of your will have no doubt read now, back in June there was an A.net meeting over in Berlin to celebrate the opening of the new Brandenburg Airport (and the closing of Tegel and Schönefeld Airports). Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite as planned when the Powers that be decided that there were some “issues” and the opening date pushed back from early June to “a few weeks later”, to September, then til March 2013 (although in all probability back again at some point). So we’d have to make do with just Tegel, which suited me fine as I’d never been before.

From London there were a host of routings available. Flying leaving on the Saturday morning were a bit troublesome (something I thought odd at the time given I was booking in January) so I ended up on a LHR-BRU-TXL routing with Brussels Airlines (and breaking my “not before 0900 rule”), before returning the next day direct TXL-LHR with Lufthansa (operated by bmi). A few months later, I realised why flights were so busy that Saturday morning…the Golden Jubilee. I was a little annoyed (initially) that I’d be missing it (to be in Germany of all places), but then decided to make the most of the 4 day weekend, and extend my stay. I’d been to Berlin once before, but in January….some “summer” time sightseeing would be nice. With the supposed opening of the new Brandenburg Airport, LH would be launching a load of new flights on the Sunday. One new destination was Birmingham. After discovering the delights of BHX last year, I investigated the flights. Before long I’d booked a ticket on the second ever TXL-BHX flight for a total of EUR 42. The bmi ticket back to London would unfortunately now have to be disposed of.

So, my flights were as follows (thanks to GC Mapper):
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Below is a (complete, I hope) list of the other reports covering the Berlin meeting in order of my favourite author (only joking, the order is random!):

Roberts87 An Airbus An A Boeing To And From Berlin (LH/HV) (by roberts87 Jun 24 2012 in Trip Reports)
Airbuseric Flying KLM & AF To Meet In BERlin: AMS-TXL-CDG-AMS (by airbuseric Jun 7 2012 in Trip Reports)
Captainred Up North From The BER Meet: FKB-TXL-ARN/BMA-UME (by CaptainRed Jun 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
AYA333 4 Inaugurals And A Reborn TXL, Part 1 (by AYA333 Jun 10 2012 in Trip Reports)
Signol To BER Or Not To BER, That Is The Question (by signol Jun 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
717Flyer Mates And Muffins! HEL-TXL/SXF-BRU-TLL-HEL (by 717Flyer Jun 6 2012 in Trip Reports)
Sultanils To BERlin? No, To TXL...: BRU-TXL-AMS-TXL-BRU (by Sultanils Jun 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
Luxair747SP Berlin And The "Reopening" Of TXL On LH And AB (by Luxair747SP Jun 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
SloAir Air Dolomiti And Lufthansa, Trieste To Berlin (by SloAir Jul 7 2012 in Trip Reports)

With the early start out of Heathrow, I planned to get the first bus of the day at around 4am (groan). Thankfully I was invited down to my cousins place the night before (they live over near Heathrow), and offered to give me a lift the next morning (thanks!). As they live on the Thames, and the weather was good, the previous evening we had quite a nice cruise down the river with some Pimms…yum!
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Early the next morning, I was dropped off outside LHR T1…BA has already moved in it seems.
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As has been the case for many years, the airlines in T1 seem to be on a constant merry-go-round with check in desks moving frequently. Today, the Brussels Airlines desks are at the far end of the main check in hall, away from other Star member, and even LH/OS/LX. There is one desk for Business and Flex passengers, and two for normal economy.

Invitation to OLCI
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OLCI had a few bugs
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The first flight was looking pretty well booked…fingers crossed for an upgrade
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I was surprised at the size of the Flex cabin given it was the start of a long weekend…surely there are no business travellers today? I was hoping for an upgrade to Y flex (to indulge in a free breakfast), but alas, no. Check in was VERY slow taking about 20 minutes in the business line (with just 2 people ahead of me). I was eventually called over to a Y desk, and had my bag tagged, and my two boarding passes printed.

FIDS
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With the sale of BD to BA, LH no longer pays for LH Silver members to use the very nice BD lounge. There was very little advance warning given about this, and certainly wasn’t appreciated by LH’s many London based Silvers. From the beginning of September, LH will stop letting LH Silver use any 3rd party lounge. As such, I bought a meal deal from Boots, and took a seat in the main departure area.
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No, we’re not in FRA! My plane is in the background.
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Before too long, the gate flashed up on the screen. I was happy to see it would be leaving from the far end of the new pier, mostly used for longhual.
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Lots of building works going on
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They almost look the same size…such a lovely paintjob
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Off to Amritsar via Almaty
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Goodbye!
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When I got to the gate, I asked the lady there if “there might be a window further forward”?. She apologised saying I was in the first row of economy (normal), and that the plane was full. However, as she scanned by boarding pass, the machine beeped red….”oh, lucky you, your new seat is 2D!” Excellent! I only wanted an upgrade to Economy Flex, but managed to bypass them altogether and land in the back row of Business. My first upgrade in years. I asked about a window seat, but was told they were all full.

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June 2012
London Heathrow (LHR) – Brussels (BRU)
Brussels Airlines SN 2104
Scheduled: 0650-0905 (1h15m)
Actual: 0723-0856 (0h43m)
Airbus A319 OO-SSM
Business

I took my seat in the second row…fairly ok legroom here.
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Boarding took some time for no apparent reason. A very elderly and handicapped lady travelling in row 1 caused the crew a bit of bother. Her daughter was sat in row 3…I don’t know why they didn’t move her up to the empty row 1 to help her mother out. The crew weren’t very friendly on this leg (to the point of being rude), going through the motions without a glimmer of a smile. Despite having ample time (I was sat in my seat a full hour before take off), there were no welcome drinks.

Safety demo
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Not having a window seat, I wasn’t able to take many photos this leg. We pushed back late, and took off late with no intro from the flight deck.

Hot towels were handed out 4 minutes after take off….this is a short flight, and the crew have to work pretty hard to get everything done.
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Six minute later, trays are handed out. I was half expecting something hot, but this was perfectly adequate, and marginally nicer than the bag handed out in Economy Flex. Interestingly, row 1 were given place mats, but row 2 weren’t.

I was asked for my drinks choice…being in C, I thought I might as well go for champagne. The FA nodded, then moved on…..err, am I getting a drink? I caught her colleague a second later and asked for “an orange juice too”…she rolled her eyes a bit, and poured me a glass. Needless to say, my champagne never arrived. I was too scared of the pair of them to ask again for another drink.
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Circling BRU
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And we’re down. I was a little worried at my transfer time in BRU (just 40 mins), but thankfully we were early. Not so good was the fact we were given a remote stand. Whilst waiting in the galley to disembark, I asked one of the sullen FAs if there might be a Business class bus, or a bus going directly to the A (Schengen) gates. She looked at me like I was an idiot, and said something along the lines of “of course not, you have to go with everyone else”. It was an uplifting feeling leaving the plane, I can tell you.
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A photo from the bus. I noticed the guy sitting in front of my had his print out from Opodo. Looked like him and his son were flying LHR-BRU-VIE-SJJ-ZAG-RJK-LHR for the long weekend, for a cracking GBP 650 each for economy…wow, that’s an expensive last minute ticket!
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The transfer wasn’t as painful as expected…thankfully I remembered the layout of BRU fairly well from my trip there back in January, so I managed to get to the A gates pretty quickly.

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I pondered a quick visit to the lounge, but decided to head to the gate instead. I managed to time it well, arriving before most Y pax had boarded, but when there was no one left in the priority queue….seems like I would have had time for a minute or two in the lounge.

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June 2012
Brussels (BRU) – Berlin Tegel (TXL)
Brussels Airlines SN 2581
Scheduled: 0945-1115 (1h30m)
Actual: 0953-1052 (0h59m)
Airbus A319 OO-SSV
Economy

I was able to get the exit row seat on this leg, so took most photos on my phone rather than my camera. This flight looked pretty full as well, with a smattering on empty middle seats. Unlike on the previous flight, the crew on this leg seemed far more pleasant. I spied them serving drinks in business for take off too, despite the much shorter time on stand. I even saw them, shock horror, smiling! I wished I’d been upgraded on this flight instead!
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Legroom is good in this row. I had my Boots sandwich which I didn’t eat earlier.
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Bye Brussels!
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Some photos from the paper


BOB menu…I didn’t buy anything


Magazine
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Nice blue sky
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Despite our late departure, we began our descent into TXL nice and early.
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Welcome to Berlin.
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My plane on arrival in TXL
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Arrivals
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Before long my bag appeared, and I made my way upstairs to the ES-Bhan to meet up with Luxair747SP.
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My plane from ES-Bhan.
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Once a few more A.netters had joined us for a currywurst at the S-Bhan, we caught the bus into Berlin. My room for the night at the Ibis.
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7982 times:

Some Berlin sightseeing
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The DDR Museum
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And the Ampelmann Store
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The Reichstag Dome…entrance is free, but you HAVE to book in advance for a timed slot
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Jewish Memorial
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Famous Checkpoint Charlie

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And a bit of the wall


Come to Berlin and drive the cardboard car!
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Topography of Terror….atrocities in 20th Century Germany
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Not sure what this is
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In the evening we met up at the Brauhaus for some tasty German beers….there must have been at least 30 guys and girls from all over the place, which was pretty cool. Nice to meet everyone!
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On the Sunday, it was back to the airport for some spotting on the terrace. Thankfully, due to a malfunctioning payment machine, the deck was free…lucky us!

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A.netters on the terrace
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View to the inside of the doughnut:
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You can get some great views from the terrace…pay a visit whilst TXL is still open!
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Shame the bmi livery will be gone soon

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And another great livery also soon to go
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Of course, lots of Air Berlin in Berlin
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New York taking off, with Miami following close behind
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Lots of retro markings
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Goodbye Miami!
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And treat of the day was definitely this Mongolian Airline 767…I didn’t even realise they had 767s.
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Austrian
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Phew, that was a busy afternoon. As I mentioned before, I had booked my return initially for the Sunday afternoon. I was unable to rebook this to BHX, so still had the reservation active….what to do? Well, I might as well use the lounge. TXL has lounges landside, so this was very convenient. After a bit of running around to get a boarding pass (I’d left my passport at the hotel, so had to OLCI, then reprint my boarding pass from a machine as the staff at the ticket desk NEEDED to see my passport), I was free to pay a visit to the lounge for a late lunch (and to avoid the overpriced airport food). They had quite a nice spread. I also bumped into SloAir ahead of his flight back down South.

June 2012
Berlin Tegel (TXL) – London Heathrow (LHR)
Lufthansa LH 3376, operated by bmi
Scheduled: 1805-1905 (2h00m)
Actual: ….who knows?
Airbus A320
Economy

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View from the lounge
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FIDS
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With most people dispersing to catch their homebound flights, I made I final visit to the terrace, although by now it had started to rain
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The next morning, before heading back to the airport for my BHX flight, I paid a quick visit to the old “third” airport of Berlin, Tempelhof. This closed down in 2008. It’s now a free public park.
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Back at the airport, first stop was the lounge for a late lunch.
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All the channels were talking about the Jubilee
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I thought I should also do a bit more spotting….unfortunately a repairman had come today so I had to pay (2 EUR) to get onto the terrace.
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Head on with Air France


I quite like the updated livery
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I quite like this stormy Swiss shot
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For Nils!
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Sculptures on the terrace
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And an engine
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Looking landside
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Payment machine up and running again
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Die Es Bhan
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Landside
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FIDS


TXL has an odd layout (as others have described) with each cluster of 2 or 3 gates having their own check in desks, security, immigration and baggage reclaim. This does mean queues are normally quite short. With my flight soon to board, I headed to the gate, where there was no queue for security. The immigration guy was pretty friendly, and before long I was in the departure lounge. There wasn’t much here, just a duty free shop and a café.
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Our flight was delayed due to the late inbound arrival from Nice.
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We were to be bussed to the plane. Once everyone was on-board, it was clear that the flight was not going to be busy. This was only the second ever TXL-BHX flight, so I guess they need time to grow the loads. I think there were about 40 people onboard.
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Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7975 times:

June 2012
Berlin Tegel (TXL) – Birmingham (BHX)
Lufthansa LH 3420
Scheduled: 1805-1900 (1h55m)
Actual: 1841-1917 (1h36m)
Airbus A319 D-AIBD
Economy

Views on the tarmac
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The front few rows were virtually empty, with most pax clumped around just aft of the wings.
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Not too far behind schedule, we were off to Brummieland
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Nice German castle
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Just ten minutes after take off, dinner was handed out in a bag. Lufthansa have so many catering concepts I have completely lost track. Sometimes hot, sometimes cold, sometimes nice, sometimes awful. Today was the first time I’d seen a bag handed out…it was much more substantial than catering I’d received on other LH flights of a similar length. Was this just a Berlin intro special, or the start of something new? Who knows?
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Nonstop you…it’s all about me
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Water and wine (seeing as there are no spirits in Y shorthual)
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Ham sandwich, apple, chocolate and mints – quite reasonable


Enjoying the views
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From the magazine
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Safety card


Angry Birds to pass the time
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Approaching a sunny UK
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Lovely evening for some hot air ballooning
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And we’re down, not too far behind schedule
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Looks like Turkmenistan is in town…I’m always surprised they can get enough people on this flight to make it worthwhile. I read somewhere a lot Indian VFR uses this flight.
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My first CRK…lovely livery too
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Nice to see something a bit more cultural sponsoring airbridges rather than those awful HSBC ads
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I had to hot foot it to immigration as EK had just arrived, with the first passengers merging into the flow from the TXL flight. Thankfully the Biometric passport machines were running, so I was through in seconds.
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Arrivals
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Well, that brings me to the end of my Berlin report. It was great to meet some many new people in Berlin, and to catch up with old friends.

Brussels Airlines: Thanks for the upgrade, but really, that flight was nowhere near Business class standard. I actually preferred the 2nd flight in Economy Zero.
Berlin Tegel: An interesting airport. Definitely too overcrowded now, but a great place for an A.net meet!
Lufthansa: Nice to see some better catering on the new Berlin flights…no complaints!

Gifts from Germany!


As always, all comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Bye Bye Baby: easyJet LTN-BFS, bmi Baby BHD-BHX
Air One and Alitalia to Sicily – LGW-MXP-PMO-LIN-LHR
Part 12: Sun Air of Scandinavia & BA, DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR on the J31, D328 and A320
Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of SAN, and AA San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Armenia with Austrian Airlines. LHR-VIE-EVN
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27122 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7921 times:

Hey Gabriel ,

Great report and lovely numerous photos . I loved the bits on the Berlin Wall and checkpoint etc.. never been have to add to my list.

Nice to get an upgrade on SN but what a dissapointment. Crew and lack of Champagne. I certainly will remember not to pay full wack for C .

Nice pics of the old Berlin Airport now closed too . Good idea to turn it into a park .   Roller blading down the runway lol...

Thanks for the report.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7904 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):

Great report and lovely numerous photos

Thanks Phil!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
I loved the bits on the Berlin Wall and checkpoint etc.. never been have to add to my list.

You haven't been?! Go before TXL closes!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Nice to get an upgrade on SN but what a dissapointment. Crew and lack of Champagne. I certainly will remember not to pay full wack for C .

Yeah, SN are really quite a dissapointing airline

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Roller blading down the runway lol...

Ha, I definately need to bring my blades for next time!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Thanks for the report.

No problem, glad you liked it!



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1341 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7850 times:

Great report as usual Gabriel. I agree with Philip - good idea to turn the old airport into a park. Must get over to Berlin sometime to check it out. Maybe when the new airport actually does open...


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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1746 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7754 times:
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Hello Gab,

Nice picturesque report on the infamous TXL meet. Too bad I see another mediocre Brussels Airlines review  Well, fair enough: if it’s no good, then it’s no good, simple as that. I understand that the LHR-BRU sector is a very short one and that the crew has to step it up to get all the things done but at least some decent service should be possible, like a welcome drink for instance? I can only hope that they get their act together and score some points on consistency and crew friendliness.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and breaking my “not before 0900 rule”

Ha ha, I have a similar rule but that one only applies to flights in wintertime  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was happy to see it would be leaving from the far end of the new pier, mostly used for longhual.

I thought they also used those ‘tube’ gates?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The crew weren’t very friendly on this leg (to the point of being rude), going through the motions without a glimmer of a smile. Despite having ample time (I was sat in my seat a full hour before take off), there were no welcome drinks.

No good I tell you. As a Belgian with a soft spot for the home carrier, that makes me kinda sad   

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was too scared of the pair of them to ask again for another drink.

The stakes are higher for them than for you probably.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
She looked at me like I was an idiot, and said something along the lines of “of course not, you have to go with everyone else”.

What an attitude. At least she couldve’ said that in a more ‘customer friendly’ manner.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
seems like I would have had time for a minute or two in the lounge.

Aminute not lounging is a minute wasted  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My plane on arrival in TXL

And mine as well!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
New York taking off, with Miami following close behind

Or vice versa?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was free to pay a visit to the lounge for a late lunch (and to avoid the overpriced airport food).

So now I see what you got to do when you escaped ‘beer hour’  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For Nils!

Thanks, a nice - if almost - albino machine.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My first CRK…lovely livery too

You mean ‘flown’ or ‘pictured’? Agreed on the livery!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7734 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 5):
Great report as usual Gabriel

Thanks!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 5):
Must get over to Berlin sometime to check it out. Maybe when the new airport actually does open...

I think there are a few people already booked for the St.Patricks day event! Time for a trip!?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):

Nice picturesque report on the infamous TXL meet

Thanks!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Too bad I see another mediocre Brussels Airlines review Well, fair enough: if it’s no good, then it’s no good, simple as that. I understand that the LHR-BRU sector is a very short one and that the crew has to step it up to get all the things done but at least some decent service should be possible, like a welcome drink for instance? I can only hope that they get their act together and score some points on consistency and crew friendliness.

Yes, the hard product is (sort of) there....it's the staff that need a kick up the backside

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
I thought they also used those ‘tube’ gates?

You mean the Irish gates? Those are the far other end of T1, a good 25 minute walk away. The gates I used are an extension of the old Europier, and I think will soon be incoporated into the new T2/LHR East

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
What an attitude. At least she couldve’ said that in a more ‘customer friendly’ manner.

Yes, customer-friendly was not her forte!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Aminute not lounging is a minute wasted

Ture, especially when SN/LH are paying!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Or vice versa?

Ha, maybe it was the other way around...I couldn't remember!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
You mean ‘flown’ or ‘pictured’? Agreed on the livery!

Unfortunately just pictured



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7379 times:
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Nice read GC, most enjoyable.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I planned to get the first bus of the day at around 4am (groan)

- These flights always seem a good idea when you book them, it's night before they seem a bad idea.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
When I got to the gate, I asked the lady there if “there might be a window further forward”?. She apologised saying I was in the first row of economy (normal), and that the plane was full. However, as she scanned by boarding pass, the machine beeped red….”oh, lucky you, your new seat is 2D!” Excellent! I only wanted an upgrade to Economy Flex, but managed to bypass them altogether and land in the back row of Business. My first upgrade in years. I asked about a window seat, but was told they were all full.

- Nice to get and upgrade, I'd be asking about a window seat too  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Interestingly, row 1 were given place mats, but row 2 weren’t

- Quite odd.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was asked for my drinks choice…being in C, I thought I might as well go for champagne. The FA nodded, then moved on…..err, am I getting a drink? I caught her colleague a second later and asked for “an orange juice too”…she rolled her eyes a bit, and poured me a glass. Needless to say, my champagne never arrived. I was too scared of the pair of them to ask again for another drink.

- Hmm, pretty poor service, though you can't really complain when travelling as an upgrade.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
You can get some great views from the terrace…pay a visit whilst TXL is still open!

- TXL is a great spotters airport, I just hope BER has some decent spotting opportunities too, I suspect it will, German airports are pretty decent for their spotting facilities.

Cheers

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7335 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
Nice read GC, most enjoyable.

Thanks Mark!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
- These flights always seem a good idea when you book them, it's night before they seem a bad idea.

Oh, well it sounded like a bad idea when I booked it, but this was the only reasonably priced flight when I booked!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
- Quite odd.

Well, more slapdash service

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
- Hmm, pretty poor service, though you can't really complain when travelling as an upgrade.

Well, you can either upgrade me to business and give me business service, or move my seat to row 2, but explain that I am still an economy pax with the associated "benefits" of that class. Don't seat me in Biz, then ignore me.



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7252 times:

Hello Gabriel

It was nice meeting you in person again in Berlin.
SNs crews can be a very hit or miss, what is clearly illustrated in your report. While having an average crew on the LHR-BRU sector you had a great crew on the BRU-TXL sector.
Nice you had some time to visit Berlin, which I wish I had the same time. LH looks good as usual.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7027 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
It was nice meeting you in person again in Berlin.

You too Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):

SNs crews can be a very hit or miss, what is clearly illustrated in your report. While having an average crew on the LHR-BRU sector you had a great crew on the BRU-TXL sector.

Shame they are so polar. Shame too that my only interactio with the TXL crew was "hello", "no thanks" and "goodbye"!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):

Nice you had some time to visit Berlin, which I wish I had the same time.

Yes, it's a great city

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
LH looks good as usual.

Yes, nothing special, but clean and comfortable



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 698 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6871 times:

Hi Gabriel,

very nice report with some really nice photos, good to read your view of the Berlin story. And it was very nice to meet you there in person.

It seems your business class experience on SN left a lot to be desired, that crew attitude was very bad. But at least the flight to TXL was better.

Good to read that you got to see quite a lot of Berlin, well done to get into the Reichstag. And nice to see some more pictures of the former THF airport. Have been there earlier this year as well and found it to be an interesting experience.

And finally a good flight on LH (great pic of Silverstone btw), how did you like the ham sandwich?

CaptainRed


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6851 times:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):

very nice report with some really nice photos,

Thanks!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
And it was very nice to meet you there in person.

You too!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
It seems your business class experience on SN left a lot to be desired, that crew attitude was very bad. But at least the flight to TXL was better.

Yes, it was a shame the upgrade was to such a sad and neglected cabin.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
And nice to see some more pictures of the former THF airport. Have been there earlier this year as well and found it to be an interesting experience.

Yeah, it's a great park

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
And finally a good flight on LH (great pic of Silverstone btw), how did you like the ham sandwich?

It was a great sandwich! Tasty bread



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6619 times:

Hi Gabs,

I thought we were already done with the Berlin meet reports but these seem to keep popping up! Lucky you for getting to ride an SN Airbus (and even twice) - I tried hard to get one in June but no luck, the same Avro twice for me...

Good idea to combine the meet with some sightseeing in Berlin - it is a fab city and I never tire of it. So no go and book another trip there!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
So we’d have to make do with just Tegel, which suited me fine as I’d never been before.

For the well traveled person that you are you have some surprising gaps in your coverage...  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was a little annoyed (initially) that I’d be missing it

What's the thing with this celebration anyway? Seems a bit pointless to me - as does this whole monarchy thing. So old fashioned and useless not to mention expensive.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
OLCI had a few bugs

Yeah, I noticed the same when doing OLCI for my SN flights. It still worked, though which was nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was surprised at the size of the Flex cabin given it was the start of a long weekend…surely there are no business travellers today?

Maybe all the foreign businessmen are escaping the madness in the UK?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I only wanted an upgrade to Economy Flex, but managed to bypass them altogether and land in the back row of Business. My first upgrade in years. I asked about a window seat, but was told they were all full.

Congratulations on this, especially on the elusive double upgrade! I guess there weren't too many biz travelers after all - those should be the guys with gold cards galore.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Despite having ample time (I was sat in my seat a full hour before take off), there were no welcome drinks.

Not part of the job description - not done. Pretty lame.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Safety demo

Looks the same as the long haul one.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
this is a short flight, and the crew have to work pretty hard to get everything done.

See, that's why they were grumpy and rude - they actually have to work. Unionists hate that.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Needless to say, my champagne never arrived. I was too scared of the pair of them to ask again for another drink.

This is bad. Very bad. Did you see anyone getting any champers?

I don't know whether it is worthwhile especially since your last complaint with them didn't yield anything but I'd write a short feedback letter (well email) to them describing the crew's behavior. These kind of people are no good for any company.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I asked one of the sullen FAs if there might be a Business class bus, or a bus going directly to the A (Schengen) gates. She looked at me like I was an idiot, and said something along the lines of “of course not, you have to go with everyone else”.

Terrible!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Looked like him and his son were flying LHR-BRU-VIE-SJJ-ZAG-RJK-LHR for the long weekend, for a cracking GBP 650 each for economy…wow, that’s an expensive last minute ticket!

Wow, that's something I'd see myself doing, but someone just trying to get somewhere? Odd.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some photos from the paper

I love how the UK papers always involve the supermarkets into any news. Here it is their inflated sales for the celebration, when they are talking about excessive drinking culture it is always the supermarket's discounts that are the culprit etc.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Come to Berlin and drive the cardboard car!

Hey, thanks for this. I didn't know such a place existed - I think something to do the next time I'm in the hood!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Not sure what this is

It is a velopub! These are common in most towns in German. The Germans, always the active folk but also beer-loving are combining the two hobbies. You sit there, pedal and at the same time are served a beer! You'd love it.

This one is quite small though, I've seen large ones with places for 10+ people.

Did I ever tell you about the pub tram in Helsinki?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A.netters on the terrace

I see a couple of Finnish non-a.ntetters too.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
so still had the reservation active….what to do? Well, I might as well use the lounge. TXL has lounges landside, so this was very convenient.

Hey cool, a great idea that, instead of just straightaway writing off the ticket you at least got something out of it! Congratulations. I hope you asked for them to unload you from the flight, though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
They had quite a nice spread.

Looks like the same stuff I was enjoying there a week and change later. Those strawberries and whipped cream were great.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Back at the airport, first stop was the lounge for a late lunch.

Did they recognize you from yesterday?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This was only the second ever TXL-BHX flight, so I guess they need time to grow the loads.

Are you sure there's that much demand? Sounds a very oddball route to me - after all the Brummies want to go to the Med to get red, not to Berlin to ... do something.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Airbus A319 D-AIBD

Hey, I flew FRA-MUC with this bird last year.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nice German castle

That's the Spandau Zitadelle, a nice place to visit. You can do some spotting there as well as it is right under the TXL flight path. Actually the whole of Spandau is a great place to visit, they have a nice pedestrianized old town around the U/S-Bahn station. Kinda different from the often very ugly Berlin proper.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Was this just a Berlin intro special, or the start of something new? Who knows?

Special catering for the Berlin routes right now. Let's hope they don't spread this concept to the other routes - I found the bag a huge disappointment.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ham sandwich, apple, chocolate and mints – quite reasonable

Those are actually cough drops  . Or actually in a singular form, I think there's only one? And the sandwich was very dry, wasn't it?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Angry Birds to pass the time

Finland thanks you for your support to Finnish businesses. Now play Amazing Adam. Thank you.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Approaching a sunny UK

There's something wrong in this sentence.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Looks like Turkmenistan is in town…I’m always surprised they can get enough people on this flight to make it worthwhile. I read somewhere a lot Indian VFR uses this flight.

Wow, good luck for transiting in Turkmenistan!

Actually Air Slovakia (or Slovakian Airlines?) was trying to cash in on this market as well years ago - they flew BHX-BTS with their 757, continuing to Amritsar or some other third tier Indian city. Didn't do very well I guess since they've been bust for a long time now...


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6548 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
For the well traveled person that you are you have some surprising gaps in your coverage...

There are PLENTY of gaps!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
What's the thing with this celebration anyway? Seems a bit pointless to me - as does this whole monarchy thing. So old fashioned and useless not to mention expensive.

You're just jealous because you don't have royalty!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Maybe all the foreign businessmen are escaping the madness in the UK?

They obviously escaped on the Friday...or took Eurostar

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Congratulations on this, especially on the elusive double upgrade!

Thanks!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Not part of the job description - not done. Pretty lame.

Very

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
This is bad. Very bad. Did you see anyone getting any champers?

No one else ordered it as far as I saw

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
I don't know whether it is worthwhile especially since your last complaint with them didn't yield anything but I'd write a short feedback letter (well email) to them describing the crew's behavior. These kind of people are no good for any company.

I think my response (should I recieve one) would be "you got a free double upgrade, you have no right to complain about anything"

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
It is a velopub! These are common in most towns in German. The Germans, always the active folk but also beer-loving are combining the two hobbies. You sit there, pedal and at the same time are served a beer! You'd love it.

Sounds intriguing...need to give that a go!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Did I ever tell you about the pub tram in Helsinki?

Nope, will have to check that out!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Hey cool, a great idea that, instead of just straightaway writing off the ticket you at least got something out of it! Congratulations. I hope you asked for them to unload you from the flight, though.

Yes, I unloaded myself a few minutes before boarding. The lady didn't bat an eyelid

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Did they recognize you from yesterday?

No, different staff

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Are you sure there's that much demand? Sounds a very oddball route to me - after all the Brummies want to go to the Med to get red, not to Berlin to ... do something.

Well, Birmingham is the UKs 2nd largest city....makes sense to have a link to the capital of Europes largest economy to that of the 2nd city of the 3rd largest, no?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Those are actually cough drops . Or actually in a singular form, I think there's only one? And the sandwich was very dry, wasn't it?

I quite liked the sandwich. And yes, there was only one "thing" in the packet

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Actually Air Slovakia (or Slovakian Airlines?) was trying to cash in on this market as well years ago - they flew BHX-BTS with their 757, continuing to Amritsar or some other third tier Indian city. Didn't do very well I guess since they've been bust for a long time now...

There was an article in Airliner World or something wasn't there?



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6478 times:

HI again,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):
Nope, will have to check that out!
http://www.koff.net/sparakoff

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):
There was an article in Airliner World or something wasn't there?

Yes there was, years ago. They even had the 757 on the cover. I think it went bust quite soon after that actually.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6395 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
http://www.koff.net/sparakoff

Nice! So the challenge is to drink at least €8 worth of beer in 40 minutes?



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6310 times:

Hi Gabriel,

interesting report about your flights to/from the Berlin meeting. SN's C Class product is a bit disappointing indeed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Whilst waiting in the galley to disembark, I asked one of the sullen FAs if there might be a Business class bus, or a bus going directly to the A (Schengen) gates.

Which airline does send dedicated C Class busses for standard European flights?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Looked like him and his son were flying LHR-BRU-VIE-SJJ-ZAG-RJK-LHR for the long weekend, for a cracking GBP 650 each for economy…wow, that’s an expensive last minute ticket!

Sometimes you simply have to go.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

And treat of the day was definitely this Mongolian Airline 767…I didn’t even realise they had 767s.

And those are special, too - ex-MU planes with RR engines.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Angry Birds to pass the time

  


PH



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6303 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
SN's C Class product is a bit disappointing indeed.

Yes, nothing to write home about, apart from maybe the unpleasant staff

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Which airline does send dedicated C Class busses for standard European flights?

BA does in LHR T3 at least.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Sometimes you simply have to go.

Yes, i guess they didn't realise there was a long weekend until too late, then took the oppourtunity to get home to see relatives



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6246 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 19):
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Which airline does send dedicated C Class busses for standard European flights?
BA does in LHR T3 at least.

Oh, and Aegean does



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 33
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6189 times:

Hi Gab,

Good to read your account of the meet!

Shame to hear that your experience on SN wasn't too good. I mean, first the excitement about the upgrade and then such unfriendly staff - what a disappointment. Breakfast didn't look too good either.

You fitted a lot into your weekend in Berlin. The park they've created at Tempelhof looks super, I think it gets very busy on nice summer weekends.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As such, I bought a meal deal from Boots, and took a seat in the main departure area.

I never leave a UK airport without my meal deal from Boots!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The Reichstag Dome…entrance is free, but you HAVE to book in advance for a timed slot

I was there in October and you didn't have to book, must be something new. Mind you, a wise move, we queued for 2 hrs to get in.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was unable to rebook this to BHX, so still had the reservation active….what to do? Well, I might as well use the lounge. TXL has lounges landside, so this was very convenient.

Great idea, use you flight ticket to get a free lunch!

Btw, loved your shot of the Concorde marking on the tarmac at TXL

Happy flying
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6152 times:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
Good to read your account of the meet!

Hope you liked it!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
Shame to hear that your experience on SN wasn't too good. I mean, first the excitement about the upgrade and then such unfriendly staff - what a disappointment. Breakfast didn't look too good either.

Yes, the whole thing was rather dissapointing

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
I was there in October and you didn't have to book, must be something new. Mind you, a wise move, we queued for 2 hrs to get in.

When I was first in Berlin I walked in half an hour before closing and I had the place to myself. I guess the queues got a lot longer, so I guess this was the only way around it.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
Great idea, use you flight ticket to get a free lunch!

Well, I did pay for the ticket!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):
Btw, loved your shot of the Concorde marking on the tarmac at TXL

Thanks! I don't think it operated there much though!?



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User currently offlinedavidCA From Canada, joined Jun 2009, 69 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6062 times:

Great report as always, Gabriel. Nice pics too.

Now we can all tell that SN is your new favorite, but how did you find the new(ish) seats on LH? The snack bag looked great for a short flight, but I'm not sure I'd have been amused at the non-availability of spirits. German Bier and Wein are good though.  


User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6051 times:

Hola Gabriel!

Nice to see another Berlin a.net meeting up here, mine is still to come, so you are not the last one. If I am in the right mood it may even come before BER opens, March 17th (?)  

Nice to see SN flights, I have only flown them once THF-BRU-THF, the summer 2008 right before the closing of the most central Berlin airport. A great experience!

SN did not offer anything substantial on those flights, I can see they have not changed much in these last years, I guess they are struggling to survive on the crowded European skies.

Good to use your extra plane ticket to get a free lunch at the lounge in TXL, great idea!

It was great to meet you and all the other a.netters in Berlin, hope we meet again. All the best!

Salut!

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25 gabrielchew : Thanks David I've flown with those seats quite a few times already with LH, SN and LX, so nothing new for me. I find them very good, except for the l
26 Post contains images roberts87 : Great report, nice to read about your experience too! The two FA's on the LHR-BRU segment didn't act professional at all, I can imagine you enjoyed th
27 CARST : Good TR Gabriel. Too bad you got unlucky with the crew on your first light. But overall by reading your report and seeing the photos it seemed like a
28 gabrielchew : Thanks Yes, the first 2 FAs weren't nice at all Ha, I wouldn't want to favouritise online! THanks! Good to know Shame you didn't come, still, there'l
29 Post contains images signol : Hi Gabriel, Nice to add another report to the growing list from BER Nicely done, a shame you had to throw away the LH ticket (you'd have practically f
30 gabrielchew : Yes, it was a shame to loose the ticket, but at least I got to use the lounge! I'm sure it does, or maybe being a single passenger Well I quite liked
31 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Gabriel, It was a pleasure to finally meet you in person in Berlin! Congratulation. Thanks for the info. I will keep it in my mind for my next visi
32 Post contains images SloAir : Hi Gab, great report about your side of the Berlin meeting. Always good to see another story about that nice weekend. That is very slow. I guess the e
33 deltamartin : Hi Gabriel! Nice report, and good to follow your story around the BER A.Net meeting. Too bad I couldn't join you guys this time! Seems like you had so
34 gabrielchew : Thanks for the comments guys! You too Thanks! Thanks No, they were both very slow Yes, it was nice to get some use out of the ticket that I would have
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