Sponsor Message:
Aviation Trip Reports Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Va BeNe With Cityjet: RTM-LCY Fokker 50  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 7999 times:

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/CoverNL.jpg

Va BeNe with Cityjet: RTM-LCY Fokker 50

(I hope you like the multilingual play on words! I’m quite pleased with it)

Hello again!

Some of you may have already noticed, but this report is out of place as I actually did this trip before my recent EDI-IOM-LCY flights. Still, here you are:

Following the rather nice Berlin Meet in June, I got talking to airbuseric about Cityjet (WX) ops out of RTM….a few drinks later, and it was decided, I’d come over to the Netherlands, and try out the Cityjet RTM-LCY service. I investigated flying KL/WX LCY-AMS, but the flights were a bit pricey fore my liking. Instead I decided to take the Eurostar. There are some pretty good fares for the train, and let you stop off enroute. As such, I decided to break my journey overnight in Antwerp (Belgium) where I caught up with MSS658 and sultanils.

As always, there are plenty of photos. Much like my last report, this one could probably be sold to the National Tourist board (but hasn’t).

Courtesy of GC Mapper:


And Googlemaps/paint!
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/map2.jpg

First stop, St.Pancras International
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4186.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4184.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4180.jpg

Next stop, Bussels (with a stops in Ebbsfleet, Calais and Lille)


Welcome aboard! I booked a seat in the family compartment (thankfully there were no families in it), so I had plenty of space.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4188.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4187.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4189.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4190.jpg

ITE (In train entertainment) in the form of a free magazine
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4191.jpg



BOB


From the journey…
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4196.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4198.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4201.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4205.jpg

The other side
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4209.jpg

Welcome to Brussels! Travel on Eurostar is just so effortless…if you’re going from London to Paris or Brussels, why even consider the plane?
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4217.jpg

Time for a very quick change to the regional train to Antwerp (continuing to Amsterdam)
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4218.jpg



And finally welcome to Antwerp! This would be my second trip, having done a return trip a few years ago, also on Cityjet. http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4221.jpg

A clean but boring room at the Ibis
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4223.jpg

Lots of jewellery shops here
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4226.jpg

As nice a city as Antwerp is, it was a bit dirty. Seems like there is a little bit of a litter problem here
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4227.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4230.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4241.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4242.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4246.jpg

You can’t go to Flanders without some chips!
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4247.jpg

And beer! Was great to catch up with Marc and Nils!


The next morning, I headed on to Amsterdam
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4251.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4253.jpg

Upon arrival, Airbuseric and I headed up to the very interesting (if not a bit overpriced) museum at Lelystad http://www.aviodrome.nl/). There was a great selection of aircraft to have a look at:

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4254.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4258.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4260.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4266.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4273.jpg

The best bit (in my opinion) was the B742 of KL, attached to the building via an airbridge attached to 4L. It was great to have a wonder around without having any passengers/staff to get in the way!
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4276.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4280.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4281.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4282.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4285.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4287.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4293.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4297.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4301.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4313.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4318.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4323.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4325.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4332.jpg

And a real Dutch aircraft
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4334.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4335.jpg

After Lelystad, we headed into Amsterdam for some sushi together with MEA-707.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4356.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4351.jpg

Next day it was time for a trip to Gouda (of cheese fame). On Thursday mornings, there’s a market which was pretty interesting.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4370.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4423.jpg



Some Dutch countryside
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4437.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4440.jpg

And the famous windmills of Kinderdijk.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4507.jpg

From Kinderdijk it was over to The Hague for dunch on the beach
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4535.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4541.jpg

The next day, we trained down to Rotterdam. With a few hours to go before my flight, we headed down to the waterfront.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4575.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4600.jpg



We caught a little boat across the harbour for a few drinks at the Hotel New York, the old HQ for the Holland Amerika Lijn.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4610.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4635.jpg

After a great day in Rotterdam, I caught the bus to Rotterdam Airport
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4657.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4660.jpg

RTM is a nice regional airport, with just a handful of flights compared to her larger neighbour 30 miles to the North. Other than the CityJet flights to LCY, the airport is mostly no-frills holiday flights. This winter, BA will launch 3 daily LHR services, and LH will add flights to MUC.

The Arrivals board
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4662.jpg

When I got to the desk, there was no one around. A few minutes later, someone turned up and checked me in with a smile.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4661.jpg

The airport is small and clean, with some rather upper-end looking furniture around the place, giving the airport a very boutique feel.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4665.jpg

FIDS
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4668.jpg

By far my favourite feature is the outdoor bar/terrace area (half airside, half landside).
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4664.jpg

Time for a beer!
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4669.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4673.jpg

Plenty of English businesspeople enjoying a drink after work
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4674.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4671.jpg

The only other commercial activity is a Corendon flight from Turkey
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4675.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4677.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4679.jpg

Before long my Fokker landed, a little late due to some local weather issues.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4682.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4684.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4687.jpg

OO-VLO “City of Manchester”
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4688.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4689.jpg

Boarding soon after a short weather delay
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4691.jpg

I walk back through the nice departures lounge and head to the gate
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4690.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4692.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4693.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4695.jpg

12 minutes after our STD we start boarding
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4696.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4698.jpg


http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
31 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8050 times:

July 2012
Rotterdam (RTM) – London City (LCY)
AF 5085, operated by Cityjet
Scheduled: 1900-1905 (1h05m)
Actual: 1936-1928 (0h52m)
Fokker 50 OO-VLO “City of Manchester”
Economy

VL.jpg" width="270" height="186" border="0"/>


Nice clean cabin, totally full as far as I can see.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4699.jpg

With decent legroom
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4701.jpg

Once everyone’s aboard, the doors are shut, safety demo performed, and we’re off to London
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4707.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4709.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4716.jpg

Over Rotterdam Port, the city’s lifeblood
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4726.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4733.jpg

Twelve minutes after take off, and the trolley arrives….a nice sandwich, G&T and sparkling water. Perfect!
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4734.jpg

Not long after, chocolates are handed out
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4736.jpg

Twenty minutes after the first service I’m pleasantly surprised to see the trolley rolled to the front…another full service. Kudos to the excellent crew! They were very polite, concluding every interaction with “of course”, “please”, “Sir”….the SQ of Europe! Sadly the gin was gone, along with all the tonic. Vodka Orange please! I love that they use glass rather than plastic miniatures.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4737.jpg

Before long, we’re descending into the Docklands
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4738.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4742.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4749.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4752.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4756.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/DSCF4759.jpg

After a short taxi, we disembark into a sunny July evening.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/IMAG1402.jpg

Sadly, today would be the first time I’d come up against the now legendary immigration queues that seems to have spawned across the UK this summer. Annoyingly, there were 2 non-EU lines, and 4 EU lines. Given the make up of passengers, it should have been at 1-5 (which still would have been inadequate). Thankfully the queue only took 15 minutes. There was plenty of security around, no doubt ready to step in should angry passengers get rowdy with the staff. The guy that looked at my passport didn’t say a single word. I thought about grumbling about the queue, but then decided that he’d probably been hearing the same thing all day. Time for LCY to get a few more passport booths! Such a shame the UKBA has decided to abandon IRIS.


Thankfully my bag was waiting for me the other side of immigration, and I was on my way to the DLR.


Well, I had a lovey time in Belgium and the Netherlands. There are so many places to see, I wished I’d had more time. Thanks also to airbuseric for being such a good chauffeur and tour guide!

Cityjet were once again admirable in their task of shuttling business people around Europe, and supplying them with F&B with a smile. The flight was a little delayed, and immigration in LCY was slow, but that’s not really their fault. I look forward to flying with them again soon.

My next report will be the first in along long services. I leave next week for Asia, with the route looking something like this. I’ve not booked my return flights yet (or a lot of “local” ones) so who knows what it will look like in the end….
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Eurostar%20RTM/map2-1.gif


Some of my other TRs:

Truly Great Britain: Flybe EDI-IOM Saab 340, BA/Eastern Airways IOM-LCY Saab 2000
Cyprus with Aegean. Business on the A321, LHR-LCA-LHR
Scotland In A Day: FlyBE GLA-BHD-LGW. DH8 & E190
Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX
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



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1559 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 7943 times:

Nice trip report as always   Flying on the F50 from ANR is something I've had in mind for a while, too bad they are cancelling their flight to MAN...


Life is short : eat dessert first !
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4275 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 7924 times:

Hi Gab,

great to read your view on your visit to me and my country. Time was short to show you around more, but who knows... maybe another time when the couch is still free  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I booked a seat in the family compartment (thankfully there were no families in it)

Oh tricky places on those trains

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
if you’re going from London to Paris or Brussels, why even consider the plane?

Indeed, real comfortable to cross Europe

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A clean but boring room at the Ibis

Not looking like a standard Ibis room indeed. I've seen much better ones

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Upon arrival, Airbuseric and I headed up to the very interesting (if not a bit overpriced)

Indeed, maybe one of the reasons that this museum/theme park is having trouble to make profit. And was closed already before. The collection is boring in general I think.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After Lelystad, we headed into Amsterdam for some sushi together with MEA-707.

Great food, a lovely evening.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We caught a little boat across the harbour for a few drinks at the Hotel New York,

Always, in Rotterdam. I must be on the watertaxi  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Before long my Fokker landed, a little late due to some local weather issues.

Such a hot day it was. The local thunder was around

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Over Rotterdam Port, the city’s lifeblood

You catched the Stene Line 10pm departure ferry for Harwich. Also the car vessel, leaving aroud 930pm also for Harwich every night.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
the SQ of Europe! Sadly the gin was gone, along with all the tonic. Vodka Orange please! I love that they use glass rather than plastic miniatures.

Great airline. I love Cityjet!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thanks also to airbuseric for being such a good chauffeur and tour guide!

You're mostly welcome!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My next report will be the first in along long services. I leave next week for Asia,

OMG so much interesting flying ahead of you! Enjoy the trip mate!

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 7883 times:

Thanks for the comments guys!

Quoting airtrainer (Reply 2):
Nice trip report as always Flying on the F50 from ANR is something I've had in mind for a while, too bad they are cancelling their flight to MAN...

Thanks. I didn't realise that they were dropping the ANR-MAN route.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
great to read your view on your visit to me and my country. Time was short to show you around more, but who knows... maybe another time when the couch is still free

Ooh, another visit sounds good....

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Not looking like a standard Ibis room indeed. I've seen much better ones

I know. I'm not a fan of those off bathrooms where the shower is in the beroom.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Great food, a lovely evening.

Indeed it was. Good choice of restaurant

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Great airline. I love Cityjet!

Yes, lovely little airline

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
OMG so much interesting flying ahead of you! Enjoy the trip mate!

Thanks!



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2445 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 7643 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I investigated flying KL/WX LCY-AMS, but the flights were a bit pricey fore my liking.

Cityjet is offering 39€ all in fares from Münster-Osnabrück to London-City (sorry only in German): http://newsroom.flughafen-fmo.de/pre...ndon-fluge-jetzt-buchbar-1848.html

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Twelve minutes after take off, and the trolley arrives….a nice sandwich, G&T and sparkling water. Perfect!

Great service, at least one carrier that seems not to cost cutting...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Yes, lovely little airline

But how long it will stay around- there are strong rumors that AF will sell off this loss making airline at the end of this year...


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 7601 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Nice report, glad to see you catched the CityJet Fokker 50. I'd like to fly the F50 again too, haven't done so since the 90's.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And Googlemaps/paint!

Hah, beautiful!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The best bit (in my opinion) was the B742 of KL, attached to the building via an airbridge attached to 4L. It was great to have a wonder around without having any passengers/staff to get in the way!

That's cool! I like the fact that they had a proper jetway.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My next report will be the first in along long services. I leave next week for Asia, with the route looking something like this. I’ve not booked my return flights yet (or a lot of “local” ones) so who knows what it will look like in the end….

Now that's something to look forward too! Will be great to read about it! Interesting to see LPA and DKR on there.  

Martin


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6861 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7505 times:

Hi Gabriel,

nice report about your little trip to Brussels. Cityjet still offers a good product, I'm looking forward to my first flights in October (LUX-LCY-DUB). The question is how long AF will support the Cityjet operations.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
AF 5085, operated by Cityjet

The F50s are still operated under the AOC of VLM, btw. Just read that a few days ago.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

My next report will be the first in along long services. I leave next week for Asia, with the route looking something like this. I’ve not booked my return flights yet (or a lot of “local” ones) so who knows what it will look like in the end….

That sounds very promising. Good to see numerous Chinese domestic flights on the map - and it seems you will also try LH's 748. J Class?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7449 times:

Hi there Mr. Chew, nice report!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As such, I decided to break my journey overnight in Antwerp (Belgium) where I caught up with MSS658 and sultanils.

Sounds like a de ja vu from your last time in Belgium? Oh well at least Nils made it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome aboard! I booked a seat in the family compartment (thankfully there were no families in it), so I had plenty of space.

Hmm, train to me looks more like a slightly enhanced commuter train. Seats look comfy although a bit dated. Any info whether they will refurbish the trains?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome to Brussels! Travel on Eurostar is just so effortless…if you’re going from London to Paris or Brussels, why even consider the plane?

Sure seems effortless. How long did the ride take?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A clean but boring room at the Ibis

Hmm, I'm starting to believe that all Ibis hotels look like that. Quite boring, and charmless. No other 'nicer' hotels around in the same price range?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
You can’t go to Flanders without some chips!

But where are the condiments!?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After Lelystad, we headed into Amsterdam for some sushi together with MEA-707.

Ah, at first glance I thought it was Rijsttafel. That would've made me quite jealous  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The airport is small and clean, with some rather upper-end looking furniture around the place, giving the airport a very boutique feel.

Airport looks very similar to Kastrup I think.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I walk back through the nice departures lounge and head to the gate

Why look at that, the place does actually look like a 'proper' airport lounge. Those quaint looking wing-back chairs and floor light look almost as if they were taken straight from the BA Galleries!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Twelve minutes after take off, and the trolley arrives….a nice sandwich, G&T and sparkling water. Perfect!

Nice to see them keeping that proper high quality service of VLM despite becoming CityJet. Did they still use proper china cups, or did they change them to paper cups?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Sadly the gin was gone, along with all the tonic. Vodka Orange please!

Why not something more interesting like Bailey's & Coffee or Rum & Cola  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My next report will be the first in along long services. I leave next week for Asia, with the route looking something like this.

Holy Jesus that's more flights than I thought! I'm very much looking forward to it!

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1116 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7409 times:

Gabriel...

You only proliferate the mystery! What do you do? How do you have so much time/ money to travel? Have you turned TRing into a career?

Wonderful and quaint report. Enjoyed it alot and good you could rendezvous with a few members en route.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As nice a city as Antwerp is, it was a bit dirty. Seems like there is a little bit of a litter problem here

Oh come on! Man up... a few ciggy butts!?


RTM looks like a fantastic airport which clearly understands the clientèle and that they don't want a barrage of shops but instead nice classy areas to sit and have a drink. Where the prices quite high?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Twelve minutes after take off, and the trolley arrives….a nice sandwich, G&T and sparkling water. Perfect!

Now this is wonderful. I've a real soft spot for Cityjet. BA Cityflyer will have trouble keeping up here. Did you ask for doubles?

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Over Rotterdam Port, the city’s lifeblood

You catched the Stene Line 10pm departure ferry for Harwich. Also the car vessel, leaving aroud 930pm also for Harwich every night.

I thought I recognised that upsetting area where I couldn't get a hitch!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Seats look comfy although a bit dated.

I would agree. They perhaps need to refurbish in the near term. I was happy to see a report on Eurostar which I think is greatly undervalued by the British public. The catering was definitely a little on the pricey side as I can hardly imagine your sandwich coming on a mahogany bread board.

Cheers Gabs and go easy on your Asia trip!

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7391 times:

THanks for the comments!

Quoting debonair (Reply 5):
Great service, at least one carrier that seems not to cost cutting...
Quoting debonair (Reply 5):
But how long it will stay around- there are strong rumors that AF will sell off this loss making airline at the end of this year...

I hadn't realised they were loosing so much money. Hope they survive

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
Hah, beautiful!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
That's cool! I like the fact that they had a proper jetway.

Yes, that was cool

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 6):
Now that's something to look forward too! Will be great to read about it! Interesting to see LPA and DKR on there.

Indeed, I thought that was an interesting route

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
The F50s are still operated under the AOC of VLM, btw. Just read that a few days ago.

Thanks for the info. VLM lives on!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
That sounds very promising. Good to see numerous Chinese domestic flights on the map - and it seems you will also try LH's 748. J Class?

Yes, lots of domestics. Hopefully the 748 will be in F

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Hi there Mr. Chew, nice report!

Thanks Jonas

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Hmm, train to me looks more like a slightly enhanced commuter train. Seats look comfy although a bit dated. Any info whether they will refurbish the trains?

No idea baout refurbishment. They are a bit long in the tooth

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Sure seems effortless. How long did the ride take?

2 hours. In Brussels, you just walk off the platform into the station.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Hmm, I'm starting to believe that all Ibis hotels look like that. Quite boring, and charmless. No other 'nicer' hotels around in the same price range?

Nothing in that area

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Nice to see them keeping that proper high quality service of VLM despite becoming CityJet. Did they still use proper china cups, or did they change them to paper cups?

Sadly just paper/plastic

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Why not something more interesting like Bailey's & Coffee or Rum & Cola

I don't think they do rum, and I like screwdrivers!



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
User currently onlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4343 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7322 times:

Hi Gabriel, nice to read about the whole trip and that Eric showed you around a bit.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Upon arrival, Airbuseric and I headed up to the very interesting (if not a bit overpriced) museum at Lelystad

You English are spoiled with free museums. But indeed I think single museum visits are overpriced. Every other year I buy a Museum year card for about 35 euro and you can visit all museums all year long. Tourist usually are not aware that they can earn back the card with even 3 museum visits only.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Twelve minutes after take off, and the trolley arrives….a nice sandwich, G&T and sparkling water. Perfect!

still nice, although they were even better when still named VLM, with full trays with salads and desserts.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Indeed it was. Good choice of restaurant

And not to forget the nice companionship.

Quoting debonair (Reply 5):
Great service, at least one carrier that seems not to cost cutting...

Their ARJs are cramped 6 abreast seaters though. To be consistent they should be roomier. I didn't like my flights on them much.



nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7248 times:

Hi Gabriel,

As soon as I saw F50 I had to click. Another interesting trip report with plenty of photos of the places visited.

If you (and DeltaMartin) like the F50, we still have some operating here in Western Australia. Check out Skywest which operates a fleet of F50, F100 and one A320.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Next day it was time for a trip to Gouda (of cheese fame).

Hey, people still wear klompen? Or is that just for the tourists? Now I do like a good piece of cheese.

The set up at the museum in Lelystad looks good. I note that they have more than one aircraft that carried the name "De Vliegende Hollander". I once rode on a funicular railway train that has the same name in South Africa.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
every interaction with “of course”, “please”, “Sir”….the SQ of Europe!

Good manners count for a lot. And good to see that they use real glass, the only decent way to serve any cold drink. Shame about running out of your trade mark G&T.  


Thanks for sharing,

Roy / Quokka


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7214 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 9):
You only proliferate the mystery! What do you do? How do you have so much time/ money to travel? Have you turned TRing into a career?

Hmm, well I'll keep the mystery goign a little longer, although you're welcome to guess.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 9):
Wonderful and quaint report. Enjoyed it alot and good you could rendezvous with a few members en route.

Thanks!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 9):
Oh come on! Man up... a few ciggy butts!?

It was a lot more that the butts, but I didn't want to fil the entire report with photos of Belgian rubbish!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 9):
RTM looks like a fantastic airport which clearly understands the clientèle and that they don't want a barrage of shops but instead nice classy areas to sit and have a drink. Where the prices quite high?

They were reasonable enough. I think about EUR4/5 for a beer

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 9):
Did you ask for doubles?

TBH, I can't remember. I only got one, but whether that was because I only asked for 1, or was shot down, I couldn't say

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 9):
Cheers Gabs and go easy on your Asia trip!

Thanks Luke!

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 11):
Hi Gabriel, nice to read about the whole trip and that Eric showed you around a bit.

Thanks

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 11):
You English are spoiled with free museums. But indeed I think single museum visits are overpriced. Every other year I buy a Museum year card for about 35 euro and you can visit all museums all year long. Tourist usually are not aware that they can earn back the card with even 3 museum visits only.

I know, I love free museums.I think non-EU (or maybe EU too) should pay to get into British ones.

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 11):
And not to forget the nice companionship.

Of course!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 12):
Another interesting trip report with plenty of photos of the places visited.

Thanks!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 12):
Hey, people still wear klompen? Or is that just for the tourists? Now I do like a good piece of cheese.

No, just for the tourists! The cheese was good!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 12):
Good manners count for a lot. And good to see that they use real glass, the only decent way to serve any cold drink. Shame about running out of your trade mark G&T.

Yes, shame about the lack of G&Ts....hardly suprising on a Friday evening flight back to London!



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7182 times:

Hola Gabriel!

Great TR on your trip to Belgium and the Netherlands.

Antwerpen was my favorite city in my trip to Belgium, I thought it was the most lively and interesting of the ones I visited on my Emperor Charles I (Spanish denomination) / Charles V (German den.) route: Gant, Brugge, Brussels and Antwerpen.

The trip on the Eurostar reminds me of the first time I used it, I have by now crossed the Channel by plane, ferry, hovercraft (many years ago) and train... next time: swimming   I thought it was a great trip, really handy, convenient, comfortable and easy to go from London to Brussels / Paris, or anywhere in between where it stops.

Great pictures of the Aviodrome at Lelystad, really going into an old KL B742 is a great thing without any one getting on your way to take pictures and being able to imagine you are flying somewhere without getting your feet off the ground.

Rotterdam looks a very modern city and really nice, take it down for next trips to the Netherlands.

RTM seems a nice small quiet airport despite the bunch of flights to holiday destinations during the summer, HV has a flight to Barcelona, even in winter, so a convenient way to go to the Netherlands if you want to skip Schiphol. Surprised to see the flights to EIN, is that a repositioning of aircraft? I assume so, as it seems to be not the most convenient when visiting the Netherlands with such a beautiful countryside.

Finally, Cityjet seems to offer a more than adequate service on this short hop, I guess the competition of Eurostar is hard to beat. On distances up to four hours the train becomes the preferred option by passengers. High-speed rail has already beaten BCN-MAD shuttle by traffic percentage 60% to 40%, 2h30min. on the non-stop service.

Opposite to BA, on your last trip report IOM-LCY, they did not close the bar early, so your second gin-tonic, well vodka-orange was granted by the crew. Congratulations!

It is always nice to fly and meet a.netters, especially if they take you on a tour over the country. Really great hosts!

Your next adventure seems to be quite on the other side, as far as length and countries are concerned. Really looking forward to that.

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1005 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7115 times:

Nice report as usual! Seems like you did some of the more touristy things in Holland, glad you enjoyed it!
And as said, it was a nice teaser for my own upcoming RTM-LCY flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Time for a very quick change to the regional train to Antwerp (continuing to Amsterdam)

Was that the OBB (Austrian) trainset? Nice that you got a ride on that one. There's only one of them I believe, the other trains are ran by Dutch trainsets, and I find the OBB ones to be much more comfortable.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And finally welcome to Antwerp! This would be my second trip, having done a return trip a few years ago, also on Cityjet.

Something more for me to read

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After Lelystad, we headed into Amsterdam for some sushi together with MEA-707.

Looks good! Remember the name of the place

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Once everyone’s aboard, the doors are shut, safety demo performed, and we’re off to London

Lovely weather for flying!


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7083 times:

Hi Gabs,

Good to read (and see the beautiful pictures) from your little Bene-jaunt (see, I can do it too!). Nice with the multiple a.net meets all along the way and of course kudos to Eric for showing some genuine Dutch hospitality!

Looks like you got lucky with the weather too!

The Eurostar is somewhere on my todo list, let's see when I manage to do it. I'd probably go to Lille as I've always wanted to go there and it isn't too convenient to reach by air these days.

I flew VLM once before it was absorbed by CityJet, LCY-AMS and was likewise impressed with the great service and especially the classy interiors and the excellent seats on the Fokker. Good to see that the service is still up there with the best of them. Then again the CityJet service is still very classy too so maybe they were the perfect match for each other!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
(I hope you like the multilingual play on words! I’m quite pleased with it)

Sorry, don't like it. You should consult Nils, the master of puns the next time!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There are some pretty good fares for the train, and let you stop off enroute.

I got inspiration to check the fares based on this - yes, those 39 GBP ones do look quite attractive, shame about the 6AM departure though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
First stop, St.Pancras International

That name always crack me up - why is the pancreas such an important organ that it has been made a saint?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome aboard! I booked a seat in the family compartment (thankfully there were no families in it), so I had plenty of space.

I tend to book the compartments on VR Intercity trains too, there's usually quite a good chance that you'll be there on your own unless it is really full.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
From the journey…

Those seats look nice, they remind me of the first class seats of the older TGV trains.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome to Brussels! Travel on Eurostar is just so effortless…if you’re going from London to Paris or Brussels, why even consider the plane?

Errr, frequent flyer miles? Free booze in the lounges? Filling in the flugstatistik.de map? Catching a widebody?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A clean but boring room at the Ibis

Hey, this is an *exact* carbon copy of the room in the Krakow Ibis Budget I stayed in a month ago! Quite scary actually since every single item is in the same place and looks exactly the same. I quite like chain hotels but this is a bit too sterile. They should have some invidiuality.

I paid 33 EUR for my room with breakfast, how much was this?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As nice a city as Antwerp is, it was a bit dirty. Seems like there is a little bit of a litter problem here

They could learn a lesson from Minsk, I guess!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
You can’t go to Flanders without some chips!

Those are fries! Chips are the think salty stuff sold in bags which you people tend to flavor with vinegar!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The best bit (in my opinion) was the B742 of KL, attached to the building via an airbridge attached to 4L. It was great to have a wonder around without having any passengers/staff to get in the way!

Nice, a great idea with the jetbridge! Nice shot of Eric too  .

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And a real Dutch aircraft

Great legroom there!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Next day it was time for a trip to Gouda (of cheese fame). On Thursday mornings, there’s a market which was pretty interesting.

Hah, how many Dutch stereotypes can you find in those pictures.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The airport is small and clean, with some rather upper-end looking furniture around the place, giving the airport a very boutique feel.

The wooden floor and furniture make it look like Arlanda.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Twenty minutes after the first service I’m pleasantly surprised to see the trolley rolled to the front…another full service.

Did they offer a second sandwich? They seem to do this very often at CityJet.


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1350 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7017 times:

Nice read Gab,

The Eurostar looks no different to when I went on it 10 years ago... except the free mag and the fact it no longer departs from Waterloo.

The aviation museum looks interesting... seems to have half of KLM's retired fleet there. Impressive that they have the whole 747 there though and not just a nose section like many other places.

And wow your next trip looks impressive - I knew you were heading out to Asia, but didn't realise it was such a trip - although I guess it wouldn't be like you to go all that way and not stop off in a whole load of places along the way!! Look forward to reading about that one...



A300,A319,A320,A321,A333,A343,A346,A388,732,733,734,735,738,741,742,744,752,763,772,77W,788,Q400,DC10,E145,E170,E175,E19
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1116 posts, RR: 32
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6913 times:

I took the second read of this report to appreciate what a sleek and interesting looking aircraft the little pug-nosed Fokker 50 is. I am getting lured into this 'must get on a ...(fill with desired aircraft)... ' culture of Anet and that has gone quite highly on my list.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
Hmm, well I'll keep the mystery goign a little longer, although you're welcome to guess.

You're the one the airlines are paying for favourable reviews!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
It was a lot more that the butts, but I didn't want to fil the entire report with photos of Belgian rubbish!

Well... stranger things have happened. People fill reports with the blurry leading edge of aeroplane wings...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
TBH, I can't remember. I only got one, but whether that was because I only asked for 1, or was shot down, I couldn't say

I am wondering. Perhaps buoyed by the earlier Leffe you might have made the request. I mean you do have to keep the stash topped up. But if they came round anyway with seconds then that is all good.

Oh and the weakest part of this report was your hand-drawn google map! All those G&T's and SQ champer rounds must be giving you the shakes!! haha

Cheers Gabs. Might give you a shout on thoughts about a future itinerary.

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1365 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6853 times:

Thanks for sharing, you are embarking in quite an asian adventure aparently   Can't wait to read the reports...

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6818 times:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):
Great TR on your trip to Belgium and the Netherlands.

Gracias Roger!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):

The trip on the Eurostar reminds me of the first time I used it, I have by now crossed the Channel by plane, ferry, hovercraft (many years ago) and train... next time: swimming

Ha, would love to swim the Channel one day!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):
Rotterdam looks a very modern city and really nice, take it down for next trips to the Netherlands.

Yes, it;s a great city. Don't miss the Hague too

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):
Surprised to see the flights to EIN, is that a repositioning of aircraft?

I guess it must be

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):
Finally, Cityjet seems to offer a more than adequate service on this short hop, I guess the competition of Eurostar is hard to beat. On distances up to four hours the train becomes the preferred option by passengers. High-speed rail has already beaten BCN-MAD shuttle by traffic percentage 60% to 40%, 2h30min. on the non-stop service.

The train really is much more sensible over short distances

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 14):
It is always nice to fly and meet a.netters, especially if they take you on a tour over the country. Really great hosts!

Yes, great hosts in BE/NL!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
Nice report as usual!

Thanks

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
Seems like you did some of the more touristy things in Holland, glad you enjoyed it!

Yes, great country

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
Was that the OBB (Austrian) trainset? Nice that you got a ride on that one. There's only one of them I believe, the other trains are ran by Dutch trainsets, and I find the OBB ones to be much more comfortable.

No idea, ask Eric!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
Something more for me to read

Yes, although it's a bit old now

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
Lovely weather for flying!

Yes, it was

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):

Good to read (and see the beautiful pictures) from your little Bene-jaunt (see, I can do it too!)

Thanks!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Looks like you got lucky with the weather too!

Yes, was baking

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
The Eurostar is somewhere on my todo list, let's see when I manage to do it. I'd probably go to Lille as I've always wanted to go there and it isn't too convenient to reach by air these days.

I'm surprised you haven't done it yet

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
I got inspiration to check the fares based on this - yes, those 39 GBP ones do look quite attractive, shame about the 6AM departure though.

Book further in advance and you get better timed depaertures

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
That name always crack me up - why is the pancreas such an important organ that it has been made a saint?

Ha, it annoys me so much when tourists talk about "St.Pancreas!".

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Errr, frequent flyer miles? Free booze in the lounges? Filling in the flugstatistik.de map? Catching a widebody?

The queues? The ATC delays? The over zealous security? The angry/stressed staff? The "fuel/security" surcharge? The 100ml rule?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
I paid 33 EUR for my room with breakfast, how much was this?

£44 w/o breakfast

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Hah, how many Dutch stereotypes can you find in those pictures.

Not enough!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Did they offer a second sandwich? They seem to do this very often at CityJet.

I don't think so...on request only maybe?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 17):
Nice read Gab,

Thanks

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 17):
The aviation museum looks interesting... seems to have half of KLM's retired fleet there. Impressive that they have the whole 747 there though and not just a nose section like many other places.

Yes, was great to have the whole thing

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
You're the one the airlines are paying for favourable reviews!

I wish

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
Oh and the weakest part of this report was your hand-drawn google map! All those G&T's and SQ champer rounds must be giving you the shakes!! haha

Oi! Do you have any idea how hard it is to draw a straight line on paint with a laptop mouse!?

Quoting reifel (Reply 19):
Thanks for sharing, you are embarking in quite an asian adventure aparently Can't wait to read the reports...

Thanks



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6765 times:

Hi Gabriel

Interesting report. And as a linguist I salute you for coming up with such a funky multilingual title!

Anyway, I'm rather fond of these intermodal transport trip reports so it was interesting to see the Eurostar featuring in your report. One thing I'm never quite sure about though, is whether the Eurostar is the same type of train as the TGV, it kind of looks similar but the cockpit windows are a bit different I think.

But turning to the Aviation part, I'm must say I'm quite impressed and more than just a bit surprised by the level of service provided by Cityjet. It's rather confusing though how the aircraft are Air France branded on the outside but then the service on board is so much more superior to anything Air France has on offer on a flight of similar duration. It's all the more confusing seeing as the flight appears to operate under an Air France flight number and not a Cityjet one.

Anyway, thanks for posting!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6759 times:

Hi William,

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 21):
One thing I'm never quite sure about though, is whether the Eurostar is the same type of train as the TGV, it kind of looks similar but the cockpit windows are a bit different I think.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurostar#Fleet_Details

It is basically a somewhat different version of the TGV (which itself comes in many generational versions).

Sharp eyes you have!


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6608 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6667 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Thanks for a great report with great pictures ! I LOVE THE THE TITLE! Best of the year!

It seems you had a really nice time in the Netherlands and Antwerpen!

Flight on the way back is very impressive service wise with two service runs on that fairly short flight.

Very much looking forward to your upcoming reports; looks very promising!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6539 times:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 21):

Interesting report

Thanks!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 21):
And as a linguist I salute you for coming up with such a funky multilingual title!

Thank you William!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 21):
Anyway, I'm rather fond of these intermodal transport trip reports so it was interesting to see the Eurostar featuring in your report. One thing I'm never quite sure about though, is whether the Eurostar is the same type of train as the TGV, it kind of looks similar but the cockpit windows are a bit different I think.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 22):

It is basically a somewhat different version of the TGV (which itself comes in many generational versions).

Thank you Mr.Finn!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 21):
But turning to the Aviation part, I'm must say I'm quite impressed and more than just a bit surprised by the level of service provided by Cityjet. It's rather confusing though how the aircraft are Air France branded on the outside but then the service on board is so much more superior to anything Air France has on offer on a flight of similar duration. It's all the more confusing seeing as the flight appears to operate under an Air France flight number and not a Cityjet one.

Other than the AF number, it seems to have nothing to do with AF in flight, which is good I guess

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):

Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

No problem

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
I LOVE THE THE TITLE! Best of the year!

Thank you! Glad you liked it!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
It seems you had a really nice time in the Netherlands and Antwerpen!

Yes, had a great time

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
Flight on the way back is very impressive service wise with two service runs on that fairly short flight.

Yes, great service on WX

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
Very much looking forward to your upcoming reports; looks very promising!

Yes, the routings are still being finalised, but should be exciting!



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
25 CARST : Great report! Loved all the photos from the places you visited. Good one to catch the train on the outbound leg. Next time you are in Scheveningen at
26 Post contains images sultanils : Hello Gab, How can this report not be nice as it includes a visit to the bustling countries of Belgium and The Netherlands? It’s as well encouraging
27 gabrielchew : Thanks! Duly noted But of course! Thanks! Oh, seconds! Thanks! Was a very plesant. Thanks for the lift too! Haha, yes, I am!
28 FLIEGER67 : Hey, Gab, nice to follow you´re impressions about Belgium and the Netherlands. Sure interesting to visit, especially with good companion along the wh
29 MSS658 : Hi Gab Great trip report, Thanks for sharing. It was great meeting you again in Antwerp. We had a great time. Great pics of our Northern neigbours as
30 Post contains images adamspotter : Hi there Gabriel, Another fantastic report, great to see those "touristy" pictures of my home land, enjoyed them very much. Eurostar is another great
31 gabrielchew : Thanks Yes, many daily flights, and mostly full Thanks, glad you liked it Was great to meet you again Yes, it's a cool place Thanks Glad you liked th
Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic Va BeNe With Cityjet: RTM-LCY Fokker 50
Username:
No username? Sign up now!
Password: 


Forgot Password? Be reminded.
Remember me on this computer (uses cookies)
  • Trip reports only! Other topics here
  • If criticizing an airline, express yourself in a dignified manner.
  • No adverts of any kind. This includes web pages.
  • No hostile language or criticizing of others.
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Use relevant and describing topics.
  • Check if your post already been discussed.
  • Check your spelling!
  • DETAILED RULES
Add Images Add SmiliesPosting Help

Please check your spelling (press "Check Spelling" above)


Similar topics:More similar topics...
Fying Home For Christmas With Cityjet/AF LCY-DUB posted Mon Aug 20 2012 17:08:59 by EI1989
Antwerp With Cityjet And The Fokker 50 posted Sat May 21 2011 11:49:08 by gabrielchew
ADL-OLP-ADL Alliance Fokker 50 With Pics posted Fri Apr 24 2009 18:21:43 by Ryan h
An Early Kick Off! VLM's Fokker 50 To Manchester posted Mon Aug 3 2009 13:35:04 by Airbuseric
A Nice Fokker 50 Experience On VLM posted Tue Aug 12 2008 09:50:27 by FLIEGER67
The Costa Del Sol With British Airways LGW-AGP-LCY posted Tue Dec 13 2011 17:29:19 by gabrielchew
Happy Birthday! Cityjet FK-50 Antwerp-London City posted Tue Jun 21 2011 12:18:20 by IL62Mdakar
Easter Get Away Part I: ZRH-LCY With BA In Y posted Sun Apr 24 2011 12:06:43 by knightsofmalta
Cityjet And Cityhopper To London! (AMS LCY LHR) posted Thu Dec 16 2010 07:19:05 by CrimsonNL
AMS-LCY On CityJet And LHR-CDG On AirFrance posted Tue Jul 27 2010 12:53:58 by vandenheuvel

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format