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Carpatair And Moldavian Airlines: VCE-TSR-KIV-VCE  
User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12657 times:

It did not take long for me, my brother and my father to decide to go, when an opportunity to travel to Moldova half for business and half as tourists came up. A new and interesting country for all of us plus an interesting itinerary with Carpatair and Moldavian Airlines via Timisoara in Romania, departure date less than one week after we have confirmed. We would fly from Venice and fly to Chisinau via Timisoara on the way there with Carpatair on their F100 and newly acquired B733. On the way back we would take advantage of one of Moldavian Airlines new routes from Chisinau directly to Venice, also scheduled on the B733.

A friend was also traveling with us and offered to drive us from Ljubljana to Venice. He picked us up from our house at around 7:20 for the roughly two and a half hours drive to Venice, where our flight will depart at 11:20. As luck would have it there was an accident at the highway towards the seaside just out of Ljubljana, causing a 4km long traffic jam. So by 8:00 we were still stuck in traffic in Slovenia.



Luckily we were through in about half an hour and the rest of the way went by smoothly and we parked on top of the parking garage at around 10:00.



Looking at the terminal building. This was my fourth time departing from VCE.



While waiting in the line at the check-in counter, just before my turn an old lady came to me and started explaining in Italian how she has a 20 kg suitcase or something like that and wants to cut the line. And when I asked her what has that got to do with her cutting the line she just replied: 'Grazie, grazie,' and went to the counter.



Unlike one of my previous experiences at VCE, when I had to wait 1,5 hours to check-in for my BA flight to LGW, the check-in staff was very efficient this time and in no time our sole bag was checked all the way through to KIV and we had boarding passes for both legs in our hands. Security was also quick and simple and we were airside.



Our flight to Timisoara will depart from gate 22, a bus boarding gate at the lower level. But first one has to go through passport control, where the Italian officer didn't even opened it, but just gave it back  

Some tarnac views. Airside is pretty nice at VCE, but we did not have a lot of time to explore it this time, just a quick snack and coffee at one of the shops and then our flight was soon to start boarding.



US flight to Philadelphia from the lower level was already boarding PAX for its flight across the Atlantic.



Gate area downstairs. Boarding started right on-time and since the gate agent was having some problems with the PA system, she just yelled: 'Timisoara!' and people started to board the first bus.



It was very hot outside so we waited for most passengers to board the bus first, so we would not stand in the bus for too long. Once inside it was not that bad as all of the doors on both sides were opened and the wind was blowing through.

Now despite this was my first flight with Carpatair, I have already had a flight on one of their aircraft. In the summer of 2008 a Carpatair F100 YR-FKA was operating for Adria Airways and I flew with it from Frankfurt to Ljubljana when returning home from Canada. And guess what we have pulled in front of after our bus drive?



YR-FKA, I had a feeling this might happened. Anyways good to meet an old friend. Here is how YR-FKA looked at FRA four years ago in a hybrid JP/V3 livery:



And here it is now, back in service with Carpatair.



There were some problems with football balls that were still full of air and where to put them. So the captain, load control agent and FAs were debating and trying to figure out where to put theme. Meanwhile it was starting to get really hot in the bus and PAX started to get anxious. The driver noticed that and started opening the doors on the other side and running to them, explaining not to go out just yet.



There is one thing I remember from my previous flight on this Fokker – on my FRA-LJU flight I was on the first bus to the aircraft. I settled into my seat, I think it was 1A or 2A, and watched the action on the apron through the window. Meanwhile the second bus with passengers for our flight arrived, and as soon as the doors were opened a small kid, maybe 10-12 years old, came running out, jumping all the stairs, the FA said hello, but he just ignored her and stopped in the middle of the aisle, held his hands up victoriously and yelled: 'I'm the first on the airplan…' He wasn't able to finish his sentence as he has realized in shock that the plane was already more than half full   I couldn't stop laughing and the poor kid went to the back, but came back again to wait for his father to tell him where they are seated.



V3 361 VCE-TSR 11:20-13:55 F100 YR-FKA



The young and good looking FA was at the door welcoming passengers and asking everyone if they are traveling to Timisoara. Just to check, I guess. Seats were comfortable, but a bit worn, every time I leaned back the seat would recline without me pressing anything. Outside Delta in Skyteam livery has just arrived after its flight from New York.



All nice looking and young female crew on this (and all the next V3/2M) flight. We started our takeoff and ‘Cabin crew please take your seats for takeoff,’ was heard over the speakers soon after, when we have reached runway 4R.



And so we were on our way to Romania.



Venice has some interesting landscape around.



Italian coast as we make our way back towards Slovenia.



Interestingly, there was an announcement on all three of my flight that ‘according to international rules’ smoking is not allowed. Never heard the ‘international rules’ bit before.



Service started soon after and we were given a pack with a sandwich and a drink round was also made by the cabin crew.



Inside the white wrap was a fried chicken sandwich with pickles. It did not look that good, but it was a substantial snack.



Making our way towards Carpatair’s biggest hub in Timisoara. Timisoara is located in East Romania, very near to the borders with Serbia and Hungary.



Luckily for us Carpatair and Moldavian airlines have just started new direct routes from Chisinau to Venice and had some promotional fares, so the ticket priced was not very high despite the late booking.



Contents of the seat pocket featured the safety card, Carpatair magazine and shopping guide.



The bus from the airport costs just 0,15€ and the minibuses cost 0,20€. The bus from Ljubljana to the airport costs 4,10€ and runs only once per hour,…



Slovenia looks very big on this map  

Cabin view, the flight was very smooth with no turbulence at all.



Old fashioned signs, a bit unpractical to look at as you have to look up, because the sign in front of you cannot be seen.



Zagreb.



Zagreb airport.



Another look at the capital of Croatia from above.



My boarding pass for the next flight to Chisinau. We had one and a half hour to connect in Timisoara, more than enough time.



No doubt about the plane type here.



I guess we are over Serbia now and this might be the Danube River?



Lots of fields here as we start our descent into TSR.



Some burned crop circles.



Still mostly fields.



A small town in Romania.



Getting closer and closer. I’ve never been to Romania before and I’m not sure if I can cont this transfer as a visit.



The city is in the background.



Here we are!



We taxied to the end of the runway and then back to our apron parking position.



Moldavian airlines Fokker 100.



Timisoara airport terminal and a LH regional CRJ. While leaving the airplane the crew was giving out big packs of Milka chocolate snacks. Great touch Carpatair, they came very handy during the transfer to eat something. But interestingly they were only given out on this flight. Maybe they only hand them out on arrival to TSR?



Transferring at Timisoara is very easy. You just go one floor up where they check your passports and you are airside at the gates, no need to re-clear security and it’s very fast.



We found some seats inside the terminal and waited for our next flight. Once the Wizzair flight to somewhere in Italy started boarding it got a lot more crowded so we moved to the lower floor from where our flight to Chisinau will be boarding.



Lower gates with a lot of Carpatair and Moldavian Airlines aircraft parked in front of the terminal.



Carpatair has just acquired a sole B737-300 to its fleet and the aircraft was scheduled to operate our next flight. It was YR-ADB.



V3 129 TSR-KIV 15:25-16:35 B733 YR-ADB



Nice 733 engine. This will be my sixth 737-300 flight, all my previous ones were operated by BA or LH.



This frame made its first flight in 1997 and has 148 seats. I was surprised to see our captain and first officer from the VCE-TSR leg sitting in the bulkhead row. Some more V3 crew members joined later, flying between bases in TSR and KIV.



Unlike the VCE-TSR flight that seemed pretty full there were a few empty seats here and there on this flight.



Austrian arrows arriving from Vienna, Wizzair in the background.



After a bit of waiting we departed on time.



Nice house for an aviation enthusiast.



Interesting fence around the airport.



And we’re off again, this time to Moldova.



This flight is another short one with the captain predicting just over an hour of flying time.



Some more views of Romania as we climb to our cruising altitude.



I spent most of this flight just looking out through the window and reading articles about Moldova in the in-flight magazine.



Another white wrap, this time containing something else.



A not very good and a bit old croissant, but still a welcomed snack.



I’ll be sure to remember this.



Getting closer and closer towards Moldavia.



Descending towards KIV.



First sights of Moldavian landscape.



We made some left turns to align with the runway.



A lot of trees around these houses.



And here we are.



Slowing down after landing.



Taxi to the terminal was very short. There was an S7 Airbus parked at the apron having arrived from Moscow a bit earlier than us.



This looks like an old terminal building to the left.



And a new, more modern looking airport terminal, to the right.



The flight from Moscow.



Yup, we have landed at the right airport.



Ground crew was already waiting for us, prepared to do their duties. Disembarkation was through both front and rear doors and there were two buses waiting, one at each exit.



It was a very hot day in Chisinau!



After leaving our bags at the hotel we took a leisure stroll around.



The temperature dropped in the evening and it was nice to walk around.



Government House.



They even had Wi-Fi available in the Cathedral Park.



The Great National Assembly Square.



Another look.



Walking through another nice park.



Old, but interesting trolleybuses.



View from our hotel room. It does not look very good, but looking a bit more to the left…



…there is a new and modern looking building.



What impressed me the most is that the city was very clean. At least the parts we went through looked very nice.



It was very hot all three days during our stay (35+ degrees), so what better to do during our free time than head to one of the famous wine cellars in Moldova, where the temperature is a constant fresh 10-14 degrees. We booked a tour to Cricova just north of the capital and a car to take us there.



I don’t think there are many drivers obeying this stop sign.



Cricova is the place where Vladimir Putin celebrated his 50th birthday. He is quite a regular guest around here.



There are 120km of tunnels down there so walking was out of the question. We boarded a tourist train that took us around different areas of the place.



They have a lot of wine bottles and barrels here, I tell you that!



Map of the place.



This room is actually 50 meters under the ground, but the artificial light in the windows makes it look like its broad daylight outside. We did our wine tasting in this room.



And this is the room Putin used.



Some wine and cheese, plus some other Moldavian food on the table.



Going back to Chisinau. The roads in Moldova are not the best, lots of bumps everywhere. And people tend to drive on the middle of the lanes. What I also found interesting is how pedestrians casually cross 6-lane roads just waiting in between for cars to pass by.



Another interesting bus.



FC Zimbru and FC Dacia football stadium. People living in the building behind have a nice view from their balconies  

After three very enjoyable days we were headed back to the airport for our flight back home.



Interesting aircraft parked at the road leading to the airport.



New direct flights to Rome, Venice and Milano. Good for us as we took advantage of these routes and their action prices. Not that I mind a stop somewhere like TSR, but the others appreciate a direct flight more.



Check-in area for our flight, just as we arrived around one and a half hours before the flight, it opened.



Moldavian Airlines flight 2M 260 to Venice. Check-in was very quick and without any problems. Next up was the security check that was also simple and fast and in no time we were airside.



My boarding pass for the flight along with my new Moldavian stamp.



Airside is just one big space with a few duty-free shops and a bar. It reminds me a lot of the way how LJU looked before they expanded the airport terminal. Free Wi-Fi was also available.



The duty-free store.



There was also a business lounge or at least an entrance to it. Before my flights I wanted to join Carpatair Green Club, but the online application form was not working. Luckily for me it started to work when we got back and I was able to fill in my details.



People already waiting in line even before boarding started.



Well would you look at that. That doesn’t look like the scheduled B737-300, it’s a Fokker 100 and not just any F100 but my old friend YR-FKA. So my third Fokker flight will be operated on the same machine as the previous two. I was hoping for one with Moldavian Airlines titles but oh well.



Air Moldova has a great c/s in my opinion. Too bad I wasn’t able to fly with them.



Meridiana fly, also departing to Italy today.



This was a flight booked via Carpatair, operated by Moldavian Airlines on an Carpatair plane. Talk about confusing the passengers  

Two buses waiting to take us to our aircraft. Once the agent scanned your boarding pass she told you either ‘left bus’ or ‘right bus.’ I’m not really sure by what criteria but at the end we all ended up on the same plane.



2M 260 KIV-VCE 17:30-18:50 F100 YR-FKA



Boarding started on time and this will eventually be another on time departure. Nice job Carpatair/Moldavian Airlines!



On board YR-FKA again, this time my seat was better and did not recline on its own.



‘Welcome on this Moldavian Airlines flight to Venice.’ We taxied all the way to the end of the runway and made a U turn.



Soon after that we blasted into the sky and started our two hours long flight to Venice.



Bye-bye Moldova, it was a great visit.



Legroom shot. Better than on the B733. That was one plus of the equipment change.



Cabin view as the service started. Again an all female crew, they were all very nice and friendly.



White wrap again, this time containing…



…a cheese and salami sandwich. Both of my sandwiches on this trip looked like they have been home made.



On the way to Moldova the views were great, but on the way back there were more clouds obstructing my view outside.



So I spent most of this flight reading my book and listening to some music.



Our captain gave some details about our flight when we were already over Hungary. I don’t remember any more info other than that.



The same seat pocket content as on my previous two flights. The load was 100% on this flight, I did not spot an empty seat anywhere. Not bad for a route that has only been opened for just over a month. We were told that over 1 million Moldavians live and work abroad and Italy looks like a popular destination for them.



A port I was not able to identify, might be Koper in Slovenia or Trieste in Italy.



Descending towards Venice.



Making a right turn to align wit runway 4R, the same runway from where we took-off on our flight to TSR a few days earlier.



Sitting on the right side meant some great views of the city.



Here it is, Venice in all its glory. I’ve been to the airport four times now, but have visited the city only once on a school trip in high school.



Be sure to pick a seat on the right side if you ever come to VCE, I’m not completely sure but I think most of the time the arrivals are from this side.



Too bad for the cloudy weather.



I must go on another visit to the city itself soon. I have two more departures from VCE coming up this summer, but I’m not sure I’ll have time to go into the city.



Well at least I was able to see some of it from this flight  

Getting closer to the airport with the boat line to Venice on the right side of the picture.



And we are back to Italy, now just a couple of hours of driving ahead of us.



Volotea from the bus. There were a lot of adverts around the terminal about their 29€ flights from VCE, maybe I should look into that and try them out one day.



I wonder how ‘Extra schengen’ is different from the normal one. Since I was among the last to come in from the second bus there was a bit of a wait for passport control. A guy in front of me was talking loudly on his phone even while being checked and the Italian customs officer banged on the ‘no mobile phones’ sign and gave him an angry stare and extensive check of his passport.



Great advertising for Casino Venezia. I’ve read somewhere that this was a hughe success and the number of visitors has goon up dramatically after they started this roulette like conveyor belt. Good for them.



The baggage delivery system was a high-tech one, stopping the bag that was next to roll down if there was already another one on the belt. Good idea to protect baggage, but it makes the whole process very slow and even from when you see your bag appear it takes another few minutes before you can actually pick it up. Not that I’m complaining, just observing  

So with that our trip to Moldavia came to an end, at least form the aviation point. The drive back home was quick and it was a lot cooler than in Moldova.

Carpatair and Moldavian Airlines were great and I would not hesitate to choose them again if they were an option. Good ground handling experience, nice staff, great cabin crew, on-time departures, ok planes, the transfer at Timisoara was painless and simple, nothing to complain about at all.

Chisinau is also a very interesting place to visit. Clean and ok city with nice and friendly people. I had a great time there and would recommend it to anyone that considered going there but are not sure.

Thank you for reading, a bit over a month until my next trip to Ireland and then an interesting trip to Japan after that.

Blaž

My previous reports:
Air Dolomiti And Lufthansa, Trieste To Berlin (by SloAir Jul 7 2012 in Trip 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 offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12410 times:

Nice report Blaž, thanks for sharing!
Always nice to read about the less known and less covered airlines from Eastern Europe!


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1746 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 12361 times:

Hi Blaž

Thanks for the interesting report and the good read on two very exotic airlines and two equally exotic airports. If I'm not mistaken, Swiss airline Crossair was involved in starting up Carpatair and I think it shows. Interestingly enough, the images Carpatair uses in its safety on board instructions are the same ones Crossair used to have.

In any case, thanks for posting!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 12294 times:

Hi Blaž,

very interesting report about two rare carriers. It's too bad you got the same Fokker again and again. But you were lucky to get on the carrier's "new" 733.

I'm a bit disappointed by the catering, I remember that it used to be much more impressive.

I'll fly Carpatair in September and hopefully get the Saab 2000.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
You just go one floor up where they check your passports and you are airside at the gates, no need to re-clear security and it’s very fast.

Good to know!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3179 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 12144 times:

Nice report Blaž! I always wondered about the Carpatair hub in TSR

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
We would fly from Venice and fly to Chisinau via Timisoara on the way there with Carpatair on their F100 and newly acquired B733. On the way back we would take advantage of one of Moldavian Airlines new routes from Chisinau directly to Venice, also scheduled on the B733.

Nice routing!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
While waiting in the line at the check-in counter, just before my turn an old lady came to me and started explaining in Italian how she has a 20 kg suitcase or something like that and wants to cut the line. And when I asked her what has that got to do with her cutting the line she just replied: 'Grazie, grazie,' and went to the counter.

Ha, some people are so odd

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Austrian arrows arriving from Vienna, Wizzair in the background.

My first time in Romania was arriving in TSR on An Austrian Fokker

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
They have a lot of wine bottles and barrels here, I tell you that!

I heard about that plane - would love to visit it, shame I didn't have time when I was in Moldova in December

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Volotea from the bus. There were a lot of adverts around the terminal about their 29€ flights from VCE, maybe I should look into that and try them out one day.

I think you should try them before they vanish!



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LHR-GVA-LHR-TXL-LHR-VE-PRN,SPU-OSL-LHR, LGW-DXB-BKK-DXB-LHR
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2262 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 11803 times:

Hi Blaž,

Good to see V3 featured here again, it's nice to see how they're progressing. It seems they're racing downwards, be it number of destinations, in-flight service, etc.

Never been to Romania? Feel free to visit whenever. I can point you in the right direction destination-wise, depending what you'd be looking for. Generally speaking the areas that were under Austro-Hungarian rule are more interesting.

I, on the other hand, have never been to Chisinau (yet), but it's coming in a few weeks... I'm trying Air Moldova's new route VCE-KIV, so it's something you might be interested in! And yes, indeed, 9U has one of the best liveries in Europe IMO.

Nice to see the 733.... Saw it in OTP a couple of days ago, live for the first time.

Thanks for your report, Blaž! Truly enjoyed it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
I'm a bit disappointed by the catering, I remember that it used to be much more impressive.

Yes, it was, PH... Quite disappointed by the meal offerings on these flights, actually.


User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 11714 times:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 1):
Nice report Blaž, thanks for sharing!
Always nice to read about the less known and less covered airlines from Eastern Europe!

Hi Robert, thanks for your feedback, it was nice to fly on a different carrier than the normal LH/LX/BA... bunch.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 2):
Thanks for the interesting report and the good read on two very exotic airlines and two equally exotic airports. If I'm not mistaken, Swiss airline Crossair was involved in starting up Carpatair and I think it shows. Interestingly enough, the images Carpatair uses in its safety on board instructions are the same ones Crossair used to have.

Hi William, thanks for commenting. Interesting to hear about Crossair, I did not know that.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
very interesting report about two rare carriers. It's too bad you got the same Fokker again and again. But you were lucky to get on the carrier's "new" 733.

Hey PH, thank you for your comments. Since I haven't had to many Fokker flights I do not mind that much, although one with a Moldavian Airlines livery would be more interesting.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
I'll fly Carpatair in September and hopefully get the Saab 2000.

I think I would have preferred the Saab 2000 over the B733 on my flight. Have an interesting trip!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Nice report Blaž! I always wondered about the Carpatair hub in TSR

Thanks Gab, I was quite impressed with the easy transfer at TSR.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
My first time in Romania was arriving in TSR on An Austrian Fokker

Good to know, I've yet to have an opportunity to fly with ther F100 yet.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 5):
Good to see V3 featured here again, it's nice to see how they're progressing. It seems they're racing downwards, be it number of destinations, in-flight service, etc.

For me, flying with them for the first time, they were not that bad. But I can believe that they used to be a lot better, its the same with Adria Airways. They are still ok, but they used to be on a lot higher level.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 5):
Never been to Romania? Feel free to visit whenever. I can point you in the right direction destination-wise, depending what you'd be looking for. Generally speaking the areas that were under Austro-Hungarian rule are more interesting.

Thank you very much for this kind gesture, I'll be sure to ask for some advice in case of traveling to Romania in the future. And if you will have any plans to visit Slovenia I'll be happy to help as well.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 5):
I, on the other hand, have never been to Chisinau (yet), but it's coming in a few weeks... I'm trying Air Moldova's new route VCE-KIV, so it's something you might be interested in! And yes, indeed, 9U has one of the best liveries in Europe IMO.

Cool, would love to take that flight someday. Have a fun trip!

Blaž



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User currently offlineflykev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1378 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 11617 times:
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Quite an interesting trip there with some airlines that you certainly don't read much of.
The photos were very good and I liked the details you added.

Thanks for sharing!

Kev.



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User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 11165 times:

Quoting flykev (Reply 7):
Quite an interesting trip there with some airlines that you certainly don't read much of.
The photos were very good and I liked the details you added.

Hi Kev., thank you for your comment. And I agree, it is always nice to read about something that is not covered all that often.

Blaž



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 11148 times:

Hey Blaž,

A lovely report about a couple of very interesting places and with a very interesting airline.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
A friend was also traveling with us and offered to drive us from Ljubljana to Venice. He picked us up from our house at around 7:20 for the roughly two and a half hours drive to Venice, where our flight will depart at 11:20. As luck would have it there was an accident at the highway towards the seaside just out of Ljubljana, causing a 4km long traffic jam. So by 8:00 we were still stuck in traffic in Slovenia.

That's why I always leave for the airport at least an hour earlier that I would normally, just in case I come across something unforeseen like that   I usually end up getting to the airport way to early but it's worth it. I understand though that it's hard to do so when you travel with others that may not share your sense of urgency...

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
And when I asked her what has that got to do with her cutting the line she just replied: 'Grazie, grazie,' and went to the counter.

Haha, how typical.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Carpatair

Every time I come across the company's name I accidentally read it as "Carpet-Air", which for some reason brings Aladdin to mind. I have to say that I love their old-fashioned logo. I hope they don't modernize it any time soon...

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Interestingly, there was an announcement on all three of my flight that ‘according to international rules’ smoking is not allowed. Never heard the ‘international rules’ bit before.

Romania and Bulgaria are similar in many ways so I'm gonna take a guess as to why they worded their announcement like that. If you tell a Bulgarian that the "rules are such and such" then he/she will ignore you. If however you say that the "international rules are such and such" then somehow that makes them official and would be (most likely) followed. Maybe Romanians are the same  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Getting closer and closer. I’ve never been to Romania before and I’m not sure if I can cont this transfer as a visit.

I would! 


(and in fact I do... My only "visit" to Romania was a 8-hour overnight layover at OTP).

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
A port I was not able to identify, might be Koper in Slovenia or Trieste in Italy.

Actually it's Rijeka in Croatia.  



Thanks again for the nice read and for the nice pictures too!  

WideBodyroga



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User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10889 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 9):
A lovely report about a couple of very interesting places and with a very interesting airline.

Thank you for your nice comment, appreciate it.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 9):
That's why I always leave for the airport at least an hour earlier that I would normally, just in case I come across something unforeseen like that

I do the same most of the time and usually arrive to the airport an hour or two to early. But I like spending time around airports so I don't mind. But when you depend on others there is nothing you can do.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 9):
Romania and Bulgaria are similar in many ways so I'm gonna take a guess as to why they worded their announcement like that. If you tell a Bulgarian that the "rules are such and such" then he/she will ignore you. If however you say that the "international rules are such and such" then somehow that makes them official and would be (most likely) followed. Maybe Romanians are the same

I was actually thinking something in line of this, that international sound just so much more formal that people are going to listen to. But I don't think many of the PAX were paying attention to the announcements.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 9):
Actually it's Rijeka in Croatia.

Interesting, I had no idea we went for such a southerly routing. Thanks for pointing it out  

Blaž



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 10812 times:

Hi Blaz,

Very nice choice of destination there! Moldova and especially Chisinau is a great place to visit. I was there three years ago, actually wrote my first big trip report about that trip. I also flew with both Carpat Air and Moldavian Airlines (accidentally) on that trip - great memories from there and yes, things in TSR and KIV look familiar from what I remember them being.

Great that you are able to use these Italian airports for your flights as well.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
newly acquired B733. On the way back we would take advantage of one of Moldavian Airlines new routes from Chisinau directly to Venice, also scheduled on the B733.

I didn't know they had gotten Boeings. Looks like their business strategy is somewhat working if they need bigger planes. Good for them.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
So by 8:00 we were still stuck in traffic in Slovenia.

How can such a small country have a traffic jam?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
And when I asked her what has that got to do with her cutting the line she just replied: 'Grazie, grazie,' and went to the counter.

Ahh, lovely people with lovely manners.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Now despite this was my first flight with Carpatair, I have already had a flight on one of their aircraft. In the summer of 2008 a Carpatair F100 YR-FKA was operating for Adria Airways and I flew with it from Frankfurt to Ljubljana when returning home from Canada. And guess what we have pulled in front of after our bus drive?

Well, what do you know - Carpatair is known for doing a *lot* of subcharter work. During the "crazy summer of 2010" BT had at one point three of their Fokkers operating for them. During that summer I logged six legs aboard YR-FKA, so yes, it is a well known bird for me  .

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Here is how YR-FKA looked at FRA four years ago in a hybrid JP/V3 livery:

And here's she waking up early June morning in Rovaniemi, Finland. You can't really tell this will be an BT flight instead:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Umea_Skelleftea_Rovaniemi_06_2010/Rovaniemi_Departure_1.jpg

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
So the captain, load control agent and FAs were debating and trying to figure out where to put theme.
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The young and good looking FA was at the door welcoming passengers and asking everyone if they are traveling to Timisoara.

You should've confused her a bit saying "No, to Chisinau".

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Interestingly, there was an announcement on all three of my flight that ‘according to international rules’ smoking is not allowed. Never heard the ‘international rules’ bit before.

Never flown Wizzair? They use the same phrasing plus threaten any smokers with arrest by the police at the destination. I'm pretty sure it comes from the fact that the East European people are such chimneys and quite notorious for breaking rules about that. Maybe the "international rules" adds some weight to it.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The bus from the airport costs just 0,15€ and the minibuses cost 0,20€. The bus from Ljubljana to the airport costs 4,10€ and runs only once per hour,…

Yes, I remember this well from my layover in Timisoara. In Minsk yesterday the 40+ kilometer bus ride to the city cost 1.20 EUR  .

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Getting closer and closer. I’ve never been to Romania before and I’m not sure if I can cont this transfer as a visit.

No. You have to enter the country properly and not just stay airside.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Once the Wizzair flight to somewhere in Italy started boarding

Treviso, it reads right there on the FIDS shot above this.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Nice 733 engine. This will be my sixth 737-300 flight, all my previous ones were operated by BA or LH.

BA? Don't they only have -400s and a -500s which are now retired?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
A not very good and a bit old croissant, but still a welcomed snack.

Looks bad, far too dry = old.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Getting closer and closer towards Moldavia.

Actually the country is called "Moldova", "Moldavia" is nowadays a region of Romania bordering Moldova, although historically it means them both but thanks to Mr. Stalin Moldova was broken off as a separate country. But since you did overfly the Moldavian province anyway your statement is true  .

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
After leaving our bags at the hotel we took a leisure stroll around.

Ahh, I really liked Chisinau. Sure the city and most of the buildings are ugly as hell, but the streets were so leafy and the centre had lots and lots of nice parks, quite beautiful. And I was really surprised by the amount of great restaurants they had - for the poorest country in Europe that was really amazing.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
…there is a new and modern looking building.

Did you stay at the Cosmos - this building is right next to it if I remember correctly? The Cosmos was a nice blast from the Intourist days, but I liked it - I got a huge suite for my 50 EUR, it came complete with a huge dining room and plates and glasses for a party of 12 among other things  .

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Cricova is the place where Vladimir Putin celebrated his 50th birthday. He is quite a regular guest around here.

That's quite weird - you'd think he'd go to the Russian butt licking Transdniestr instead. Plus as a teetotaller what is he doing in a wine producing place anyway, drinking Coke?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Next up was the security check that was also simple and fast and in no time we were airside.

Did they still have the customs check before where they ask how much money you are carrying?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Airside is just one big space with a few duty-free shops and a bar. It reminds me a lot of the way how LJU looked before they expanded the airport terminal. Free Wi-Fi was also available.

Funny for you to say that, that was exactly my thought when I went through there. It is exactly the same as the LJU departure hall as I remember it. Same shape, same size, nothing but a few bus gates, a sole bar and a large duty free store.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
So my third Fokker flight will be operated on the same machine as the previous two. I was hoping for one with Moldavian Airlines titles but oh well.

Bugger for that. I did get one of those on my KIV-TSR flight (which was booked as a "pure" V3 flight but operated by Moldavian Airlines, how about that).

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Air Moldova has a great c/s in my opinion. Too bad I wasn’t able to fly with them.

They are still on my tofly list. The EMB-120 would be great - I'm again getting some ideas since I'm in this part of Europe right now (writing this from Kyiv, Ukraine - they fly the Bandeirante between KBP and KIV...).

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
A port I was not able to identify, might be Koper in Slovenia or Trieste in Italy.

Nope, more south. It is Rijeka in Croatia.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Be sure to pick a seat on the right side if you ever come to VCE, I’m not completely sure but I think most of the time the arrivals are from this side.

Yes, this has always been the case with my flights there.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Volotea from the bus. There were a lot of adverts around the terminal about their 29€ flights from VCE, maybe I should look into that and try them out one day.

Please do. I'm surprised there still hasn't been a report about them here. Our reporters with good access to their airports are getting lazy, tsk tsk.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I wonder how ‘Extra schengen’ is different from the normal one.

No, it simply means non-Schengen. I.e. "Extra" is also "outside of something".

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Great advertising for Casino Venezia. I’ve read somewhere that this was a hughe success and the number of visitors has goon up dramatically after they started this roulette like conveyor belt. Good for them.

Really? They had a similar thing on the baggage belt at Tbilisi the other day and I thought it was ridiculous. My my how people are stupid.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 10798 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Looks like their business strategy is somewhat working if they need bigger planes. Good for them.

They have also ordered an ATR 72-600 recently.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):

BA? Don't they only have -400s and a -500s which are now retired?

They did indeed have 737-300s, some of them were even nicely registered (e.g. G-OAMS, G-ODUS, G-OFRA, G-OMUC, G-XBHX, G-XMAN).


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 10611 times:

Hi P., thanks for your feedback, always appreciated.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Moldova and especially Chisinau is a great place to visit. I was there three years ago, actually wrote my first big trip report about that trip.

I don't think I was a regular reader back then and don't remember those stories, I'll go and look for those TRs. I only read Gab's report from Moldova.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Great that you are able to use these Italian airports for your flights as well.

TRS, VCE and TSF are quite convenient, but I still prefer LJU of course.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
How can such a small country have a traffic jam?

When you posted your comment there was a 15km long traffic jam on one of the highways   It is a small country, but also a transit country, lots of sun-starving Germans and others making their way down to the seaside, so it can get quite crazy in the summer. I have to drive down to Belgrade next weekend, I hope that the roads will be calm.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
And here's she waking up early June morning in Rovaniemi, Finland. You can't really tell this will be an BT flight instead:

While with JP it had a hybrid livery, here it looks like a regular V3 flight  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Never flown Wizzair? They use the same phrasing plus threaten any smokers with arrest by the police at the destination. I'm pretty sure it comes from the fact that the East European people are such chimneys and quite notorious for breaking rules about that. Maybe the "international rules" adds some weight to it.

Nope, Wizzair is still on my list. Maybe with their new flights from LJU I'll try them out soon.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Yes, I remember this well from my layover in Timisoara. In Minsk yesterday the 40+ kilometer bus ride to the city cost 1.20 EUR  .

Gotta love this prices. I think I'll pay some more Eastern Europe destinations a visit in the future. Looking forward to reading your story (hopefully) from Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine, and who knows where else...  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
No. You have to enter the country properly and not just stay airside.

I knew I should have gone outside for a walk, I had plenty of time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Treviso, it reads right there on the FIDS shot above this.

I guess I was a bit lazy not to look at the picture  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
BA? Don't they only have -400s and a -500s which are now retired?

They had B733 as well, I did VCE-LGW-EDI-LGW-VCE all on BA 733. Here is one of my four B733 marathon planes at Edinburgh:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Actually the country is called "Moldova", "Moldavia" is nowadays a region of Romania bordering Moldova, although historically it means them both but thanks to Mr. Stalin Moldova was broken off as a separate country. But since you did overfly the Moldavian province anyway your statement is true  .

I think this is just a simple case of me mixing up the Slovenian and English name, in Slovene we call it Moldavija. I think I got it right (Moldova) in the other references to the country name  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Ahh, I really liked Chisinau. Sure the city and most of the buildings are ugly as hell, but the streets were so leafy and the centre had lots and lots of nice parks, quite beautiful. And I was really surprised by the amount of great restaurants they had - for the poorest country in Europe that was really amazing.

Chisinau was great, as you said a lot of nice park in the center and very friendly people.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Did you stay at the Cosmos - this building is right next to it if I remember correctly? The Cosmos was a nice blast from the Intourist days, but I liked it - I got a huge suite for my 50 EUR, it came complete with a huge dining room and plates and glasses for a party of 12 among other things  .

We stayed at the Leogrand, courtesy of our hosts in Moldova. A very nice hotel, the English football team stayed there when they played in Chisinau. Great food also, I don't think I had better food at a hotel before.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Did they still have the customs check before where they ask how much money you are carrying?

Nope, apart from the 'Hello' there was no other conversation between me and the customs officers.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Funny for you to say that, that was exactly my thought when I went through there. It is exactly the same as the LJU departure hall as I remember it. Same shape, same size, nothing but a few bus gates, a sole bar and a large duty free store.

Exactly. But LJU is a lot bigger now with the old waiting room representing roughly less than 1/6 of the new terminal. And we have airbridges now, a big step for the small airport. As one of the ground agents said on my tour of the airport (yes, you can do that once a year at LJU   ) we had gone from a countryside airport to a mid-town one with the new infrastructure.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
They are still on my tofly list. The EMB-120 would be great - I'm again getting some ideas since I'm in this part of Europe right now (writing this from Kyiv, Ukraine - they fly the Bandeirante between KBP and KIV...).

Their EMB120 made a visit to LJU two weeks ago, looks great in the great livery.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Nope, more south. It is Rijeka in Croatia.

You're still years ahead of me in recognising places on the ground  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
They did indeed have 737-300s, some of them were even nicely registered (e.g. G-OAMS, G-ODUS, G-OFRA, G-OMUC, G-XBHX, G-XMAN).

Interesting, thanks for the info PH, on top of fleet info as always   I only know that I have flown G-LGTH, didn't register the other three regs at that time.

Blaž



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4250 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10564 times:

Hi, Blaž

good report and some pretty out of the window pix on your F100 flight back to VCE!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
the check-in staff was very efficient this time and in no time our sole bag was checked all the way through to KIV and we had boarding passes for both legs in our hands.

I visited VCE twice last month and one time had a bad experience with check-in staff. I still think this belong to Italian-style, but definitely not the most friendly/customer minded attitude. Good to see you had no issues this time.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Airside is pretty nice at VCE,

Indeed. VCE is so far the most beautiful italian airport (terminal) I've been to, with a very nice and good selection of shops.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
there was an announcement on all three of my flight that ‘according to international rules’ smoking is not allowed. Never heard the ‘international rules’ bit before.

It wouldn't surprise me if the 'Romanian rules' are somehow less strict from time to time when it comes to smoking

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Transferring at Timisoara is very easy. You just go one floor up where they check your passports and you are airside at the gates, no need to re-clear security and it’s very fast.

Good to know! Sounds convenient

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
So my third Fokker flight will be operated on the same machine as the previous two.

Oh, that's a pity indeed. Come to AMS and get on a different one some day  

btw, compliment for showing us a bit around in the the Moldova landscape and cities.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2262 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10540 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 9):
Romania and Bulgaria are similar in many ways so I'm gonna take a guess as to why they worded their announcement like that. If you tell a Bulgarian that the "rules are such and such" then he/she will ignore you. If however you say that the "international rules are such and such" then somehow that makes them official and would be (most likely) followed. Maybe Romanians are the same

That makes sense, seems right.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 9):
"Carpet-Air"

It's not THAT magical!  
Quoting SloAir (Reply 6):
Thank you very much for this kind gesture, I'll be sure to ask for some advice in case of traveling to Romania in the future. And if you will have any plans to visit Slovenia I'll be happy to help as well.

No problem! Yeah, of course Slovenia is on my list--might be a while, though! Anyway, thanks very much for your gesture as well!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
It wouldn't surprise me if the 'Romanian rules' are somehow less strict from time to time when it comes to smoking

Definitely, but I've never seen people smoke inside aircraft since it was banned, even my sometime chimney-like compatriots.

Then again, Tyrolean used the same formulation on my flights, including the one from OSL. "International safety regulations" I believe.


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 10273 times:

Hello Blaz

Great to follow your latest travels to Moldovia.
Carpatair looks very good, comfortable seating and decent service.
Great you where able to get the Fokker 100 twice
Nice approach pics into VCE 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 17, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 10103 times:

Hi Blaž!

Great report of this unusual destination.
Carpatair seems nice, too bad you didn't fly on any of their SAAB's!  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):

Looking at the terminal building. This was my fourth time departing from VCE.

A grand looking terminal, was there myself for the first time recently.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
an old lady came to me and started explaining in Italian how she has a 20 kg suitcase or something like that and wants to cut the line. And when I asked her what has that got to do with her cutting the line she just replied: 'Grazie, grazie,' and went to the counter.

Some people....

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Unlike one of my previous experiences at VCE, when I had to wait 1,5 hours to check-in for my BA flight to LGW, the check-in staff was very efficient this time and in no time our sole bag was checked all the way through to KIV and we had boarding passes for both legs in our hands.

The check-in wasn't very efficient on on my VCE departure either. Good to hear it went smooth for you this time though.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):

Now despite this was my first flight with Carpatair, I have already had a flight on one of their aircraft. In the summer of 2008 a Carpatair F100 YR-FKA was operating for Adria Airways

My one flight with Carpatair was also on a wetlease. They do quite alot of those, I think. It was on a JZ ARN-BGO flight op. by a V3 SAAB 2000. A nice flight on a nice and comfortable plane!  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):

Transferring at Timisoara is very easy. You just go one floor up where they check your passports and you are airside at the gates, no need to re-clear security and it’s very fast.

Easy transfers makes an airport sooo much better, from a passenger point of view. Esp. if the airport operates as a hub.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Be sure to pick a seat on the right side if you ever come to VCE, I’m not completely sure but I think most of the time the arrivals are from this side.

I didn't know that, I was seated on the left side for my VCE landing. I did get a nice view of Venice on my departure the day after so I'm not really complaining.  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Great advertising for Casino Venezia. I’ve read somewhere that this was a hughe success and the number of visitors has goon up dramatically after they started this roulette like conveyor belt. Good for them.

I also took a picture of that ad when I arrived VCE!

Martin


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6482 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9663 times:

Hi Blaz!

Very nice report with nice pictures !

Great to fly to a new country with a new airlines! Too bad it was the same aircraft as before and very bad luck to get the same aircraft on the return......

They should really merger Carpatair and Moldavian but I guess they are in different countries so that would be difficult.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1144 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9045 times:

I believe that Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Thanks for the interesting report. At least you get a sandwich. In the US we get nothing.

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7947 times:

Quoting SloAir (Reply 13):
Interesting, thanks for the info PH, on top of fleet info as always

You're welcome, Blaž! I haven't read anything from you in a while. What's up?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7701 times:

Hi A.netters, I'm way to late with my replies on this one, sorry about that and thanks for all the comments!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
good report and some pretty out of the window pix on your F100 flight back to VCE!

Thank you Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
It wouldn't surprise me if the 'Romanian rules' are somehow less strict from time to time when it comes to smoking

Yep, we went with that conclusion. International rules sound more serious and strict.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
Oh, that's a pity indeed. Come to AMS and get on a different one some day

Visiting AMS again is high on my list, I'm sure it will happen sooner or later.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Great to follow your latest travels to Moldovia.
Carpatair looks very good, comfortable seating and decent service.
Great you where able to get the Fokker 100 twice
Nice approach pics into VCE as well

Thanks Marc, Carpatair was indeed quite ok.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 17):
Great report of this unusual destination.
Carpatair seems nice, too bad you didn't fly on any of their SAAB's!

Would not mind a ride on a SAAB since I have never flown with the type before. Maybe some other time  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 17):
A grand looking terminal, was there myself for the first time recently.

I love Venice, a nice airport and a lot of cheap flight options. I think I will be headed there quite some more in the future, this year I have 3 trips from VCE and I might book some more.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 17):
My one flight with Carpatair was also on a wetlease. They do quite alot of those, I think. It was on a JZ ARN-BGO flight op. by a V3 SAAB 2000. A nice flight on a nice and comfortable plane!

That is a nice route to fly with Carpatair  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 18):
Very nice report with nice pictures !

Thank you!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 19):
I believe that Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Thanks for the interesting report. At least you get a sandwich. In the US we get nothing.

I think it is the poorest country in Europe by GDP.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
You're welcome, Blaž! I haven't read anything from you in a while. What's up?

Well I've only done a few standard LH flights after this trip, but I have an interesting itinerary from VCE to NRT coming up in a few weeks and I'll most likely do a report on that.

Blaž



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User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 424 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6269 times:

Hi Blaž !

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
half for business and half as tourists came up

it's my favorite combination

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Italian coast as we make our way back towards Slovenia.

this is Piave Vecchia and on the next picture Portoroz airport is visible ( and Piranski zaljev ) and on the wing picture Koper with harbor

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I guess we are over Serbia now and this might be the Danube River?

you are over Hungary and on the other side of the river Drava is Croatia I recognized ribnjak Grudnjak and woods

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
A port I was not able to identify, might be Koper in Slovenia or Trieste in Italy.
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 9):
Actually it's Rijeka in Croatia.

yes Widebodyroga you can sit down straight A ...Blaž for homework one hour of flightradar24.com especially landing in VCE from the east ... hihihihihi
by the way ...super trip report ...stipica  



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User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5877 times:

Hi Stipica,

thanks for leaving some comments  
Quoting stipica (Reply 22):
this is Piave Vecchia and on the next picture Portoroz airport is visible ( and Piranski zaljev ) and on the wing picture Koper with harbor
Quoting stipica (Reply 22):
you are over Hungary and on the other side of the river Drava is Croatia I recognized ribnjak Grudnjak and woods
Quoting stipica (Reply 22):
yes Widebodyroga you can sit down straight A ...Blaž for homework one hour of flightradar24.com especially landing in VCE from the east ... hihihihihi

Wow, I should have at least recognized my own country...well, I'll get better at knowing places I fly over, hopefully   Some homework should do the trick hehe.

Blaž



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