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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5154 posts, RR: 55
Posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 11368 times:

"AB, Swiss made, to visit a new UNESCO site"


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Hallo, dear readers,

all the followers of the latest story know, that I´am at ZRH airport:

Riding On My Personal Dash In Direction InterSky (by FLIEGER67 Sep 8 2012 in Trip Reports)

With nice local company.

There are some more flights to do, with the routemap looking like this:



Thanx to, as usual:

http://www.gcmap.com/

Here is also the updated departure airports map, with no. 219 around this trip:


Departure Airports II auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

The routes flown by me:


Tripreporters Flüge II auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

And the earlier 200 departure airports:


Departure airports auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

One more leg today, prior to the night in Dusseldorf.


Wednesday, 06.06.2012

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Service airberlin AB 8173 operated by Belair Airlines
Scheduled: 19.05 // 20.25


OLCI works quick with AB´s website late yesterday, no printout, so I should catch the paper prior to the flight.
No problem to collect it from the AB gold desk.
Lastminute.de provided me with the booking details, the fare ok, 65.00 Euro´s.
This is the place for some more chat together
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For consumption in lounge only. Well, absolutely no way to do something else for me!
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202099.jpg
Such a surprise, when I´ve opened my fridge some days later and found these delicious Kägifret chocolate bar´s!
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202098.jpg
B31 it is for DUS. A somewhat strange feeling to be not that far from the homebase but do a flight to somewhere else instead
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202100.jpg
Bye now to my nice travel companion.
Thanx again for the shuttle and talking.
AB swiss registered at the gate, the A319 is on schedule
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HB-IOX this time, new to the log and leg no. 81 on type.
In service with AB and Belair since 14.08.2008. There are 2 A319´s only in the fleet
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LX closeby
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202105.jpg
The modern style main terminal
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202106.jpg
Boarding now
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6.55 pm, ten minutes ahead to schedule and we should leave ZRH now for the 1.00 hour ride to DUS.
Departure from the 2500 meters runway "Two-Eight". "Belair" leaves 18 partly cloudy degrees behind.
Cockpit crew is from Switzerland, the captain with a nice and detailed welcome during boarding. He´s once more to hear short during descent later on.
Flightlevel maximum is 34000 feet, we´re going via STR, more strange feeling and FRA.
Constance, I should go there somedays!
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Load is 80%, lot´s of biz people on the way and three for me in 2A, sure ok here.
Above lake Constance
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Cabin crew is one young and ok female FA and two male FA´s.
One younger and ok, but with a somewhat rough style and the other also young, chatty with a really nice style to act with the so important biz frequent flyers here.
He show´s exactly who the boss is on the plane, but with a pleasant style.
The small island called Reichenau
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Legroom is ok here with the dark blue leather seats, the cabin is clean so far
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202112.jpg
"Für ihre Sicherheit" once again
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These guy looks like not in the best mood today
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Engine view
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Service AB style together with free drinks
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Touchdown at the 2700 meters "Two-Three-Right", 8.05 pm, twenty minutes ahead to schedule, also here 18 partly cloudy degrees.
Bye now to HB-IOX
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Looks like nice this way
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202119.jpg
For the accomodation now, 2.40 Euro´s and the S-Bahn shuttles me to Dusseldorf main train station.
From where it is just some minutes to walk, as long as you take the right direction, for my hotel, Friends at Worringer Strasse.
The lobby
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On the way for the room
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The room
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Early the next morning
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Breakfast
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The fare is ok, 80.00 Euro´s, bed and breakfast.
Surroundings are exactly what you expect close to the main train station, cheap shops and eateries of all nations and the usual, let me say, special subjects around, but no problems at all for me.
A new day, good for new experiences.
For example heading by Deutsche Bahn towards Essen for 14.00 Euro´s and do the Strassenbahn for 1.40 Euro´s till this stop
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Zeche Zollverein is a UNESCO world heritage site,
a former coal mine
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The entrance
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The main building
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Looks like massive
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That´s the way to go
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High above
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Everything in rusty red
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202137.jpg
Nice arts
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202138.jpg
Let´s go for the Kohlenwäsche
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202139.jpg
Up the escalator
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202140.jpg
Or better take the stairs
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Indoor
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There is also a nice coffeeshop available
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But I decide for the rusty style
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Heading for the Portal der Industriekultur
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Oldfashioned technics
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Believe me, I feel rusty all around my body
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View from the rooftop
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That´s a really large area here
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Down to the goundfloor now,
another 1.40 Euro´s ride for Essen main train station and onwards by the next train, 4.90 Euro´s to Dortmund main train station, from where an expensive bus, in comparison to the other fares, 6.50 Euro´s, shuttled me for my new departure airport.


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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5154 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 11362 times:

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Thursday, 07.06.2012


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Service 4U 4066 operated by Germanwings
Scheduled: 15.45 // 16.50


Yes, target reached
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The modern style terminal
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Wizz is doing good biz here
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Beside Germanwings
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Curbside
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Check-In is done online, no printout and no problem for the guy at the desk to do it for me.
The fare 35.00 Euro´s, booked by Germanwings directly, sure ok this way.
There is capacity for two or three more flights here
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Gate 6 for me and no lounge to visit at DTM
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What about this machine?. The A319 is on schedule for my flight
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Some black clouds above
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Hey, Mr. Pilot is this the right way to go?
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Some more unused fingers
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202167.jpg
It is, as long as you decide to park you´re plane backwards
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Looks like strange
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202169.jpg
Also this way
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202170.jpg
But that´s the way to do it here
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D-AKNU for me. I´am surprised again, this is a new entry to the log and leg no. 82 on type.
This plane is in service with 4U since 13.12.2005, one of 32 in the fleet.
Here is an incident with D-AKNU:
http://avherald.com/h?article=452cd8e1
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Close to boarding
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With a thousand of people at the gate
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Under the wing, sure if ever possible
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The undercarriage
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3.45 pm, ontime, "Germanwings" on the go for the 45 minutes ride to MUC, 24 degrees and partly cloudy by now.
Just departed from the 2000 meters only runway "Two-Four"
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Cabin crew is a middle aged nice male, together with two female FA´s.
One younger and ok and another middle aged, supernice woman, cute, ponytail, smiling, a big plus for the company here.
Sure, I should fly Germanwings more often!.
This is a well populated area
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Cockpit crew is from Germany, the captain with a short welcome during boarding only, but much more nice and detailed inflight.
Routing is via FRA at a maximum of 33000 feet.
Legroom is good here with the dark grey clean leather seats
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"Für ihre Sicherheit", just for the case
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Cabin view, a 90% load and me in the last row, 25F, the rule works, three seats!.
It´s public holiday today in Germany, lot´s of families with children on the way
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Ok, now we know, where the boss is
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Something to eat and drink beside the usual BOB service
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Approaching MUC
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202184.jpg
Touchdown at the 4000 meters "Zero-Eight-Right", 4.35 pm, 15 minutes ahead to schedule, 23 sunny degrees here.
At the gate, terminal 1, strange, not the Lufthansa place
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Service Lufthansa LH 2150 operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Scheduled: 18.40 // 19.25


Lastminute.de made it again, 50.00 Euro´s, sure ok for me this way.
Quickly changed to LH´s terminal 2, collecting the boarding pass at the SEN desk. The seat was earlier selected online.
Some not so nice staff there. The middle aged woman answered my request to block the seat beside me:
"This is not possible".
Joke, that might be the first time after lot´s of flights.
But I´am not in the mood for more discussion.
Ready for some lounging now.
The Senator´s place of course, at least till now
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202189.jpg
Nice offers here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202188.jpg
Or maybe this way?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202187.jpg
Secrets anyone?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202186.jpg
No boarding on the screen for STR from gate 03.
Good for more time in the lounge
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202190.jpg
But it´s a somewhat long way to go till the far end of the terminal.
Nobody else to see beside the gate agent when I´am there.
But sure, I´am not to late, at least till now!.
By bus for the apron till this machine coming up
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202191.jpg
It looks like the scheduled CR9
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202192.jpg
How I like baggage loading in style!
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202193.jpg
D-ACKG, it is the CR9, new to the log and leg no. 14 on type.
"Glücksburg" serves LH since 01.09.2006. 12 planes on type are in the fleet
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Boarding now
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A last view for the nose section
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Confirmed, "Glücksburg" for me
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202197.jpg
Cockpit crew is from Germany, the captain with a nice welcome after boarding is completed.
Routing is via Augsburg, no flightlevel information.
6.40 pm, perfectly ontime, 30 minutes only to hop on "Hansaline" for STR.
Sunny and 23 degrees in MUC.
A really interesting departure from the 4000 meters "Zero-Eight-Left" follows.
It seems traffic on finals,
engines spooled up on the taxiway at the runway entrance, another plane touched down and we departed seconds thereafter in a real rocket style.
Well, legroom is sure generous here.
It´s a 80% load, no biz suites to see and I´am in 16A, the exit row, two seats for me
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202199.jpg
Cabin crew is two female FA´s,
one elder and nice together with one middle aged also nice.
Some more seats to choose from in the clean cabin
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202200.jpg
Cabin view with the dark grey leather seats
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202201.jpg
Service is snack and free drinks.
"Für ihre Sicherheit", for the last time today
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202202.jpg
Between the clouds
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This is definitelly an unusal approach for 25 to avoid these low hanging thunderstorm cells
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202204.jpg
Safely arrived at 7.25 pm, ontime, 23 cloudy and wet degrees along the earlier mentioned thunderstorms
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/D1202/D1202205.jpg
Heading for the homebase, just to repack my bag again and another early departure tomorrow,
but well, that´s nothing new to me!.
Ex MLH this time for Nantes and a rare plane type, at least from my point of view!.

Here are the conclusions:
At first, thanx again to my nice travel companion around ZRH.
Airberlin ZRH-DUS: Much better seat comfort than expected.
Germanwings DTM-MUC: Relaxed and nice staff.
Lufthansa CityLine MUC-STR: Short and comfy.

Servus, comments welcome, FLIEGER67 or "Markus Klaus Felger" by Facebook.



Next: Shopping and sun med style!.
User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1202 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 11151 times:

Hola Markus!

Great report, and very interesting non-flying pictures, nice to see they finally made the effort to declare some hard-working sites as UNESCO heritage, a homage to all those who suffered the long working hours in places like this... Great report! A place to visit in the future.

Really nice to see DTM in a report, it looks a cozy, fresh airport, Nice to see the small ones as well in the reports.

My favorite plane, CRJ-900, in your last flight. I really love those little rockets, they are great, especially at take-off; I am always impressed by their performance.

BTW, congratulations on your 9th a.net anniversary!

Salut!

Roger

[Edited 2012-09-15 01:14:26]


"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 11016 times:

Hi Markus,

good to read about your return journey from ZRH, and in your usual style on the most direct possible way   ...

Liked the pictures from Zeche Zollverein, must be an interesting experience, what a massive building. Also on my to-do-list.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A somewhat strange feeling to be not that far from the homebase but do a flight to somewhere else instead

Oh yes, I know that feeling. Once I boarded a flight to VLC at Porto airport with the flight to FKB boarding at the same time just at the adjacent gate. Makes you think a little about the crazy ways we go sometimes.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Looks like nice this way

Agree, the red AB colors are always good for nice pictures.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
There is also a nice coffeeshop available

Hmm, not the most inviting place for a coffee break, but definitely a place with atmosphere.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
But that´s the way to do it here

Really interesting, though it looks indeed strange when the plane points its backside to you. DTM airport in general looks quite nice from your pictures, looks quite modern.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Some more unused fingers

Probably AB is the only airline which uses the finger gates here?

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 972 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 10923 times:

Great report as usual!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Such a surprise, when I´ve opened my fridge some days later and found these delicious Kägifret chocolate bar´s!

So there were signs almost at every item? That makes you want take them with you even more!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Zeche Zollverein is a UNESCO world heritage site,
a former coal mine

Very interesting!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Some more unused fingers

Looks pretty empty. Were you at DTM at a quiet time or is the airport operating far below capacity?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
6.40 pm, perfectly ontime, 30 minutes only to hop on "Hansaline" for STR.

No service on the short flight?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This is definitelly an unusal approach for 25 to avoid these low hanging thunderstorm cells

Impressive!


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1144 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10871 times:
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Hi there Markus!

Another nice report with nice pictures. Looks like you had another nice day full of flying! That Unesco site I would love to visit some time. Germanwings is an airline I am still wanting too catch, hopefully soon enough

Looking forward to the next report!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5154 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 10796 times:

Hey, good to follow these comments.

@R.:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 2):

Great report, and very interesting non-flying pictures, nice to see they finally made the effort to declare some hard-working sites as UNESCO heritage, a homage to all those who suffered the long working hours in places like this... Great report! A place to visit in the future.

Thank you and these UNESCO place is sure worth a visit.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 2):
Really nice to see DTM in a report, it looks a cozy, fresh airport, Nice to see the small ones as well in the reports.

Also my impression.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 2):

My favorite plane, CRJ-900, in your last flight. I really love those little rockets, they are great, especially at take-off; I am always impressed by their performance.

Count me in this way.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 2):

BTW, congratulations on your 9th a.net anniversary!

Best congrats retour for the 6th!. What a coincidence.


@M.:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
good to read about your return journey from ZRH, and in your usual style on the most direct possible way

That´s the way to go, you know!.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):

Liked the pictures from Zeche Zollverein, must be an interesting experience, what a massive building. Also on my to-do-list.

Definitely worth a visit.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
Oh yes, I know that feeling. Once I boarded a flight to VLC at Porto airport with the flight to FKB boarding at the same time just at the adjacent gate. Makes you think a little about the crazy ways we go sometimes.

Not that´s also strange.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):

Agree, the red AB colors are always good for nice pictures.

Definitely.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):

Hmm, not the most inviting place for a coffee break, but definitely a place with atmosphere.

Sure it is.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):

Really interesting, though it looks indeed strange when the plane points its backside to you. DTM airport in general looks quite nice from your pictures, looks quite modern.

Really special and also modern.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):

Probably AB is the only airline which uses the finger gates here?

That might be the case here.

@R.:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):
Great report as usual!

Thank you.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):

So there were signs almost at every item? That makes you want take them with you even more!

Sure also my impression.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):

Very interesting!

Definitely.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):

Looks pretty empty. Were you at DTM at a quiet time or is the airport operating far below capacity?

There is place for further expansion, to say it in a positive way.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):

No service on the short flight?

Nothing at all.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):

Impressive!

So it feels.


@B.:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 5):


Another nice report with nice pictures. Looks like you had another nice day full of flying! That Unesco site I would love to visit some time. Germanwings is an airline I am still wanting too catch, hopefully soon enough

Looking forward to the next report!

Thank you and both 4U and the UNESCO place are worth a visit.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 10613 times:

Hi Markus,

Good to see the second part. Not too imaginative route though - I though you went up to the DDR Baltic Coast on this trip but I guess this will have to wait until later.

Dortmund is a nice city, shame you didn't devote any more time to it. I kinda liked that park (NRW something methinks?) with the big tower in the middle, the views from there were very nice.

Somehow this report makes me want to fly Germanwings again - it's quite a few years since I've flown with them. Maybe I'll try to fit it in to my upcoming travels next year.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This is the place for some more chat together

Hmm, are these signs for two different lounges or is the SkyTeam one the same as the one where you were?

This one looks good from the pictures, much better than the old Diners Club lounge at the ZRH main terminal, it was buried somewhere in the bowels of the terminal and really hard to find. Inside the offers were quite lacking and it was just very shabby. The lady there was very friendly though, even though she had an annoying tendency to shut down the computer I was using when I went away to the loo...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
For consumption in lounge only. Well, absolutely no way to do something else for me!
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Such a surprise, when I´ve opened my fridge some days later and found these delicious Kägifret chocolate bar´s!

...what a disappointment. For a while I thought you had done the right thing and stuffed your bag full of those wine bottles where the warning sign is!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
B31 it is for DUS. A somewhat strange feeling to be not that far from the homebase but do a flight to somewhere else instead

Well is it really? After all you've connected via ZRH to many places before after flying in from STR. And FRA is about the same distance anyway.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
for my hotel, Friends at Worringer Strasse.

Now that's a weird name for a hotel!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
On the way for the room

Interesting, reminds me of the B&B place I stayed in Trieste a year ago.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Surroundings are exactly what you expect close to the main train station, cheap shops and eateries of all nations and the usual, let me say, special subjects around, but no problems at all for me.

Yeah, those streets west of the Hbf are very interesting. Just my kind of area.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
For example heading by Deutsche Bahn towards Essen for 14.00 Euro´s and do the Strassenbahn for 1.40 Euro´s till this stop

Hey Essen, I've eaten there! Sorry, couldn't resist this pun.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Zeche Zollverein is a UNESCO world heritage site,
a former coal mine

Hmm, nice. Reminds me of the Völklinger Hütte in Saarland where I was one and half years (has it really been that long?!) ago. Anyway a nice looking site, I like these post-industrial developments. Should really visit the Gasometer in Oberhausen one of these days too.

Is it free or do you have to pay for entrance?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
to Dortmund main train station, from where an expensive bus, in comparison to the other fares, 6.50 Euro´s, shuttled me for my new departure airport.

Wasn't the S-Bahn running? That fare is somewhat more down-to-earth even though you have to pay an extra euro for the shuttle bus.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Wizz is doing good biz here

Hah yes. I've flown into DTM three times (but never departed from there) and all three times were with Wizz! Well one was actually Wizzair Ukraine, but still.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It is, as long as you decide to park you´re plane backwards

That's really odd. So weird seeing the tug actually pushing the plane to the gate on arrival instead of pushing it away on departure.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Also this way

Hey, that's not a very nice angle for a picture of this nice girl about to give you "a ride"...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This is a well populated area

Yeah, depending on how you count you have upwards of six million people living in the Ruhr area, making it one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Something to eat and drink beside the usual BOB service

Those sandwiches are really very reasonably priced! Well done, 4U!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It looks like the scheduled CR9

Wasn't this route operated by the ATRs in old times? Bit of an upgauge this one then...


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1346 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 10522 times:

Hi Markus, thanks for sharing and congrats for 9 years of a.net today  

So Belair is basically no difference to AB anymore nowadays, right? 4U is nice... I love the livery, I love their name, and comfort on board is great, especially in the front rows... Yes, I remember these strange backward parking things in DTM...


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 10496 times:

Hey Markus!

Nice report, glad to see you made it home from ZRH safely.
Swiss-style AB seemed to be good like mother AB.
LH Cityline also didn't seem too bad. I should try to log germanwings some day.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Zeche Zollverein is a UNESCO world heritage site,
a former coal mine

The place looks really cool, wouldn't mind going there some day.

Martin


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5154 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 10424 times:

Hey and good to follow more comments.


@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Good to see the second part. Not too imaginative route though - I though you went up to the DDR Baltic Coast on this trip but I guess this will have to wait until later.

Thank you and these place is coming up soon.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Dortmund is a nice city, shame you didn't devote any more time to it. I kinda liked that park (NRW something methinks?) with the big tower in the middle, the views from there were very nice.

Somehow this report makes me want to fly Germanwings again - it's quite a few years since I've flown with them. Maybe I'll try to fit it in to my upcoming travels next year.

Good idea. You never know with LH so better do it sooner or later.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Hmm, are these signs for two different lounges or is the SkyTeam one the same as the one where you were?

This one looks good from the pictures, much better than the old Diners Club lounge at the ZRH main terminal, it was buried somewhere in the bowels of the terminal and really hard to find. Inside the offers were quite lacking and it was just very shabby. The lady there was very friendly though, even though she had an annoying tendency to shut down the computer I was using when I went away to the loo...

Skyteam is another lounge. Strange to see that AY is also using the Skyteam place.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

...what a disappointment. For a while I thought you had done the right thing and stuffed your bag full of those wine bottles where the warning sign is!

Hah, good idea.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Well is it really? After all you've connected via ZRH to many places before after flying in from STR. And FRA is about the same distance anyway.

Good point here.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Now that's a weird name for a hotel!

Sure it is.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Interesting, reminds me of the B&B place I stayed in Trieste a year ago.

Me, too.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Yeah, those streets west of the Hbf are very interesting. Just my kind of area.

Sure the place for the Finn!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Hey Essen, I've eaten there! Sorry, couldn't resist this pun.

Hah, good point again.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Hmm, nice. Reminds me of the Völklinger Hütte in Saarland where I was one and half years (has it really been that long?!) ago. Anyway a nice looking site, I like these post-industrial developments. Should really visit the Gasometer in Oberhausen one of these days too.

Is it free or do you have to pay for entrance?

Count me in and it was free entrance.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Wasn't the S-Bahn running? That fare is somewhat more down-to-earth even though you have to pay an extra euro for the shuttle bus.

Infrequent schedule here, so better by bus this time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Hah yes. I've flown into DTM three times (but never departed from there) and all three times were with Wizz! Well one was actually Wizzair Ukraine, but still.

Ah, good to know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

That's really odd. So weird seeing the tug actually pushing the plane to the gate on arrival instead of pushing it away on departure.

That´s weird, indeed.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Hey, that's not a very nice angle for a picture of this nice girl about to give you "a ride"...

Hah, one more point for you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Yeah, depending on how you count you have upwards of six million people living in the Ruhr area, making it one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe.

Good biz here with the airlines.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Those sandwiches are really very reasonably priced! Well done, 4U!

Sure it is.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Wasn't this route operated by the ATRs in old times? Bit of an upgauge this one then...

It is, mostly on the Augsburg Dash by these days, so a special plane here.


@F.:

Quoting reifel (Reply 8):


Hi Markus, thanks for sharing and congrats for 9 years of a.net today

Thank you. Not that I´ve noticed it prior to the posting.

Quoting reifel (Reply 8):

So Belair is basically no difference to AB anymore nowadays, right? 4U is nice... I love the livery, I love their name, and comfort on board is great, especially in the front rows... Yes, I remember these strange backward parking things in DTM...

It is basically not much difference.


@M.:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 9):

Nice report, glad to see you made it home from ZRH safely.
Swiss-style AB seemed to be good like mother AB.
LH Cityline also didn't seem too bad. I should try to log germanwings some day.

Thank you and good idea with 4U.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 9):

The place looks really cool, wouldn't mind going there some day.

Do it, sure something special.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 10351 times:

Hi Markus !

Nice report again with nice pictures.

Flights seem okay and interesting to see the UNESCO World Heritage site but not my style.

Looking forward to your next report !

The777Man



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5154 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 10308 times:

Hi, Lars

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):

Nice report again with nice pictures.

Flights seem okay and interesting to see the UNESCO World Heritage site but not my style.

Looking forward to your next report !

Thanx for the feedback and the next story is coming up soon.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 10299 times:

Hello Flieger67

Good story again, nice to see my homebase ZRH covered. Nice comparison of AB and 4U and good you caught one of the HB- registered birds!

The DTM pushback-on-arrival procedure is interesting. The only time I have seen it was in Russia.

Those "for consumption on the lounge only" signs are really too much. Well, those signs practically smile at you saying "please take me home"!

Looking forward to reading about your next trip from MLH aka BSL.
Cheers, LXM83


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5154 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 10220 times:

Hoi, J.,

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 13):

Good story again, nice to see my homebase ZRH covered. Nice comparison of AB and 4U and good you caught one of the HB- registered birds!

Thank you.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 13):

The DTM pushback-on-arrival procedure is interesting. The only time I have seen it was in Russia.

Interesting to follow that this is also done this way in Russia.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 13):
Those "for consumption on the lounge only" signs are really too much. Well, those signs practically smile at you saying "please take me home"!

Hah, good point, that was exactly my impression.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 13):

Looking forward to reading about your next trip from MLH aka BSL.

Close to ready for posting, but a couple more flights, hopefully, in between!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 10153 times:

Markus,

really interesting to follow your travels, that old coalmine is sure interesting.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Such a surprise, when I´ve opened my fridge some days later and found these delicious Kägifret chocolate bar´s!

Hmm, you couldn't read the sign in the end?  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Some not so nice staff there. The middle aged woman answered my request to block the seat beside me:
"This is not possible".
Joke, that might be the first time after lot´s of flights.

With in the end so many open seats, the groundstaff is definitely not doing good customer service towards a highend frequent flyer here. To provide customer satisfaction with such low loads, she should have granted your request. It's always possible to block seats. It's up to the airline staff to do so. This lady clearly made the wrong decision.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 9984 times:

Hello Markus

Great report, thanks for sharing it with us.
Swiss AB and the Unesco site look interesting?
Are they updating all the 4U cabins with the NEK cabins as well?
Did not realize that LH does MUC-STR as well.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9719 times:

Hi Markus,

interesting report, good idea to visit that site. Nice to find DTM in your report, went there for the first time yesterday after returning from Romania.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
D-AKNU for me. I´am surprised again, this is a new entry to the log and leg no. 82 on type.

Nice coincidence - I flew DTM-MUC on exactly that bird yesterday (and enjoyed a Happy Snack). I won't include that flight in my report, though.


PH

[Edited 2012-09-16 21:58:09]


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26909 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 9632 times:

Great report Markus .  

That museum is very interesting .I love also when they have these cafes in such places. You can sit and take in the experience.

Nice flights and some nice offerings in the SEN Lounge.  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 9616 times:
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Hello Markus,

Good follow up part on your latest story. Some nice and standard German domestic flights gere - except for the ZRH one of course - but nothing wrong with that. Belgium also has a rich history in coal mining: there are a few examples that you can visit but they are no UNESCO sites.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Such a surprise, when I´ve opened my fridge some days later and found these delicious Kägifret chocolate bar´s!

Ha ha, so you did liberate them?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
But that´s the way to do it here

Same as in LCY, where you can see all planes ass' from the terminal window 

Sultanils



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 9570 times:

Hi Markus,

First of all belated Happy Airliners Birthday  

Certainly a very exotic routing you chose for this trip. The Zeche Zollverein sure is very historic (and rusty!).

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
For consumption in lounge only. Well, absolutely no way to do something else for me!

I’m sure nobody, absolutely nobody would be tempted to take any Kägifret or similar from the lounge!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Such a surprise, when I´ve opened my fridge some days later and found these delicious Kägifret chocolate bar´s!

Bet they didn’t last long in the fridge, they’re so good.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
HB-IOX this time, new to the log and leg no. 81 on type

Logged this one 3 times, interestingly enough the last time on DUS-ZRH!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Cockpit crew is from Switzerland, the captain with a nice and detailed welcome during boarding. He´s once more to hear short during descent later on

I’ve noticed that it’s always the Swiss AB pilots who are the most chatty.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Constance, I should go there somedays!

Nice touch that you flew over the exact place you just came from.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Some not so nice staff there. The middle aged woman answered my request to block the seat beside me:
"This is not possible".

Maybe you should have tried that on AF?  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Confirmed, "Glücksburg" for me

Super name for an aircraft

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Ex MLH this time for Nantes and a rare plane type, at least from my point of view!.

And some, erm, interesting fellow passengers?!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Bye now to my nice travel companion.
Thanx again for the shuttle and talking.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
At first, thanx again to my nice travel companion around ZRH.

My pleasure, you know

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5154 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 9456 times:

More comments, welcome.


@E.:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):

really interesting to follow your travels, that old coalmine is sure interesting.

Thank you.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):

Hmm, you couldn't read the sign in the end?

No way and no idea, how to do so!.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):

With in the end so many open seats, the groundstaff is definitely not doing good customer service towards a highend frequent flyer here. To provide customer satisfaction with such low loads, she should have granted your request. It's always possible to block seats. It's up to the airline staff to do so. This lady clearly made the wrong decision.

That´s the case here, definitely.


@M.:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):

Great report, thanks for sharing it with us.
Swiss AB and the Unesco site look interesting?

Thank you.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):

Are they updating all the 4U cabins with the NEK cabins as well?

It seems so.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Did not realize that LH does MUC-STR as well.

Usually running on the DH8 these days.


@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):

interesting report, good idea to visit that site. Nice to find DTM in your report, went there for the first time yesterday after returning from Romania.

Thank you and good to know.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):

Nice coincidence - I flew DTM-MUC on exactly that bird yesterday (and enjoyed a Happy Snack). I won't include that flight in my report, though.

That´s indeed a coincidence.


@P.:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):

That museum is very interesting .I love also when they have these cafes in such places. You can sit and take in the experience.

Thank you and sure also my opinion with the cafe.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):

Nice flights and some nice offerings in the SEN Lounge.

Sure.


@N.:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):

Good follow up part on your latest story. Some nice and standard German domestic flights gere - except for the ZRH one of course - but nothing wrong with that. Belgium also has a rich history in coal mining: there are a few examples that you can visit but they are no UNESCO sites.

Thank you and good to know.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):

Ha ha, so you did liberate them?

Not me, no, sure not me!.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 19):

Same as in LCY, where you can see all planes ass' from the terminal window

Good point here.


@H.:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
First of all belated Happy Airliners Birthday  

Certainly a very exotic routing you chose for this trip. The Zeche Zollverein sure is very historic (and rusty!).

Thank you and yes, rusty it is!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
I’m sure nobody, absolutely nobody would be tempted to take any Kägifret or similar from the lounge!

No way, absolutely no idea to do so!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

Bet they didn’t last long in the fridge, they’re so good.

Well, it seems the fridge was not really needed here!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

Logged this one 3 times, interestingly enough the last time on DUS-ZRH!

Hey, good to know.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

I’ve noticed that it’s always the Swiss AB pilots who are the most chatty.

Sure also my opinion.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

Nice touch that you flew over the exact place you just came from.

Yes, indeed.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

Maybe you should have tried that on AF?

I should do so the next time.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

And some, erm, interesting fellow passengers?!

Oh, yes. Lucky me that the plane made the full overweight load!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

My pleasure, you know

Thanx again!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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