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Something New Or SOF-VAR-CGN On FB And GHY  
User currently offlineeco From Bulgaria, joined Nov 2010, 84 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4925 times:

B A C K G R O U N D
This mini trip report is part of crazy journey that included also trains and car. This was last minute trip so direct flights from SOF were too expensive for me. Thankfully I found German Sky Airlines and their amazing fares plus very reasonable ticket to VAR on brand new E190.


Sofia now with very strange security measures more like CSI episode.


Gate D1 specially for domestic flights:
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01.08.2012/20:30-21:10
Bulgaria air
FB977 SOF-VAR
Embraer 190 LZ-BUR

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Really warm welcome:
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3A best leg room in Y so far. Plus very good news form their Inflight magazine :"In the end of July the airline completed the reconfiguration of the seats of all Airbus 319, which are carrying out the regular flights of Bulgaria Air. With increasing the distance between the rows of the seats the airline provides more comfort for the passengers on board of the aircrafts, which are produced for less than 5 years."


New tower almost finished
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Specially for Markus:
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Not bad for 40 min. flight
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There used to be business lounge, now its Costa:
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Looks like prison:
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So lonely:
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01.08.2012/23:30 01:20 +1
German Sky Airlines
GHY352 VAR-CGN
Boeing 737-800 D-AGSA

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My seat 25F.
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One more for Makrus:


Plus sandwich.
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24/7
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C O N S L U S I O N S:

Bulgaria air - Warm welcome, young and pretty female FAs, new planes and proper leg room, free catering, interesting Inflight magazine. I can only say that if they keep their product that way soon it will be better than most EU carriers.

German Sky Airlines - It was real pleasure to be their passenger. Friendly crew, flight information from cockpit during the flight, nice free catering. The best charter airline so far. Hope to fly with them soon.

8 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2417 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4630 times:

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Thankfully I found German Sky Airlines and their amazing fares

May I ask how much you paid?

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
German Sky Airlines - It was real pleasure to be their passenger.

At least one- GHY is a very unpopular charter carrier. Flights are very often delayed, lots of sub-charters due to technical and operational problems...


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4546 times:

Hi eco

Great report! Never heard of German Sky yet.
CGN looks nice as well, was there a few weeks back

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1688 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4179 times:

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
:"In the end of July the airline completed the reconfiguration of the seats of all Airbus 319, which are carrying out the regular flights of Bulgaria Air. With increasing the distance between the rows of the seats the airline provides more comfort for the passengers on board of the aircrafts, which are produced for less than 5 years."

Was it really stated this way in the inflight-magazine ? If so, they should use a spelling-checker !!!

plural for aircraft is aircraft...what is 'in the end of July'...? A319's are produced for less than 5 years ?

Anyhow, no more ranting...it's a great TR Alexander; the E190, indeed, is a nice and comfortable aircraft...

Nice service on GermanSky airlines...flight-safety cards are similar to Air Berlin's btw...



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4099 times:

Hey Eco,

Interesting little report about an airline that I've never heard before (German Sky). Good to hear that they were decent and you liked their product. However, what can I possibly say about their livery and indeed their tail logo? It looks like it was designed by no other than the village idiot or a crackhead on withdrawals. Holy mackerel.

It's also nice to hear that FB is doing a decent job nowadays. I love the look of their Embraer. I'd love to give it a try. You mentioned that FB's in-flight magazine was interesting. Last time I came across one of them it was full of mistakes of all sorts. By the sound of it they have improved it. Thumbs up.   

Thanks for the report!

Stojan



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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1346 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4041 times:

Thanks for sharing. I am supposed to fly FB from SOF to FRA in December, unfortunately they changed the 146 to a E190, but hey at least the plane looks good. Will be interesting to see what they give you on longer sectors.

German Sky is actually just a "remake" of Sky Airlines in order to serve other destinations from Germany than Turkey. Since German Sky has a German licence, they can i.e. fly to Mallorca, Bulgaria, Egypt etc. I personally don't really like this company (Sky as a whole), however they indeed have really cheap prices. They usually don't sell individual seats on other means than their website (not even Swoodoo, Skyscanner etc), so it's usually quite cheap...


User currently offlineeco From Bulgaria, joined Nov 2010, 84 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3890 times:

Quoting debonair (Reply 1):
At least one- GHY is a very unpopular charter carrier. Flights are very often delayed, lots of sub-charters due to technical and operational problems...

So strange to hear that.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 2):
Great report! Never heard of German Sky yet.
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):

Interesting little report about an airline that I've never heard before (German Sky).

I found them few months ago.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 3):
Was it really stated this way in the inflight-magazine ? If so, they should use a spelling-checker !!!

Yes even on their web site.
http://www.air.bg/en/news/poveche-ko...samoletite-airbus-na-bylgariia-er-

Quoting MH017 (Reply 3):
Anyhow, no more ranting...it's a great TR Alexander;

Thank you. I am glad that you like it.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
Thanks for the report!

Than

Quoting reifel (Reply 5):
I am supposed to fly FB from SOF to FRA in December, unfortunately they changed the 146 to a E190, but hey at least the plane looks good.

You must use their on-line checking and choose seat on 3rd row. Trust me you wont regret!


User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3763 times:

Hello eco

Nice report. Good to see German Sky Airlines and Bulgaria Air covered!

Where and how did you book German Sky? And how much did it cost?

The Embraer 190 is such a difference to what I flew on the SOF-VAR-SOF route almost exactly 10 years ago! Back then it was An-24 (LZ) and Yak-40 (DU)...

Best regards, LXM83


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6757 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3290 times:

Hi Eco,

interesting report about two rather exotic carriers! I wouldn't mind to try Bulgaria Air in the near future. Maybe I'll manage to visit SOF next year - would be great to meet you there!

Good to see a report about German Sky Airlines - I tried Sky Airlines on a rather crazy day trip in late 2009:

Turkey For 1.5 Hrs: Daytrip To AYT On Sky Airlines (by PlaneHunter Mar 13 2010 in Trip Reports)


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
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