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Flying Blue And Nonstop You: DUS-OTP-BRU  
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1579 posts, RR: 30
Posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8379 times:
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Introduction

Until now there is only 1 Airbus family type that I haven’t flown yet and that is the A318 or Babybus. I have been looking for a long while now to find a suitable daytrip itinerary which would include this type. There are not too many carriers around who operate the type, which made the search of course even harder. I know Air France has quite some frames and also the Romanian carrier Tarom has this type up and running... err flying.

As luck may have it, Tarom flies the A318 on it’s morning run OTP-BRU-OTP every weekday, the evening run sees the B737-700 series. Fares on Tarom ex-BRU used to be quite expensive but since the arrival of a 2nd carrier flying nonstop to the Romanian capital, namely the low cost operating Blue Air, there are sometimes good fares available. As luck may have it again, timings and fares were favourable to build a daytrip to Bucharest, trying out these 2 carriers.

A oneway BRU-OTP was booked on Tarom for € 111 for a Friday in Nov, whilst the return on the same day was booked with Blue Air for € 46 with a € 3 seat selection fee included. Both bookings were done on the respective websites which were straightforward and easy to use, some language glitches aside.
This trip would give me 2 new airlines, 1 new airport and 1 new type to be flown.

Some 2 months prior to departure I got an unexpected email from Tarom informing me that the morning flight was cancelled on Wed and Fri and I was subsequently rebooked on the evening flight. Bugger... This of course being of no use, I called the Tarom agency in Brussels which gave me a refund of the ticket without any questions asked. I set out to look for alternatives and there came Lufthansa to the rescue who was offering a DUS-OTP flight on a Eurowings CRJ900 for € 83. Timings were good as well to allow me a 1h connecting time in OTP.
To connect the dots, a train ticket was booked on some ICE’s and regional trains to get me from my hometown in Belgium right to the door of the terminal at DUS.
This revised trip schedule would now give me 2 new airlines and 2 new airports, so the loss of the A318 was now compensated with the gain of DUS, so to speak.

DUS-OTP on Eurowings CRJ900
OTP-BRU on Blue Air B737-400

And a map (thanks to the excellent www.gcmap.com, copyright Karl L Schwartz):


To Dusseldorf

Going out late the evening before a busy flying day is normally not my style but the night before I end up with some long-time-no-see friends in a comedy club - where we saw a fantastic show btw - and had maybe just one beer too many and lost track of time. So after a restless 4h in my bed, the alarm urges me to get up at about 5h15. At 5h30 I pull the front door behind me and bike my way to my hometown’s train station to catch the first IR train of the day at 5h45, direction Düsseldorf Airport. Being a Friday and a day a
fter All Saints’ Day, the train is expectedly empty as many people have taken this day off as well to enjoy a long weekend.


Half an hour later, I arrive at Brussels North station, which is btw not the most pleasant of train stations (and no crooks around today):


I connect here to ICE 11 to Frankfurt via Kôln:


On the way to Kôln, we manage to produce a 15 min delay which makes me miss my connection to ICE 545 to Düsseldorf Hbf. This is not a real problem, I just take the next one which is only 15 mins later. Of course I miss my orginal connection in Düsseldorf Hbf as well but the next one runs only some 20 mins later than the orginal one, so again: no problemo  


Finally after a 3h30 train ride I arrive at Düsseldorf Airport train station:


Düsseldorf airport - DUS

The main terminal is reached by a ride on the monorail, which is a nice intermediate form of transport between a train and a plane:


Some preliminary views of the apron underway on the monorail:


A good 25 mins later than anticipated I finally enter the departure hall of DUS:


All seems well for the flight. I turn left and head over to the Lufthansa SSK’s to produce me a boarding pass, seat 4F for me today. You don’t want to be in the back part of the cabin on these CRJ’s, they produce way too much engine noise! A fact that I will see confirmed some time later that day on the way to OTP.


The Lufthansa checkin area:


The security screening is just next to the checkin area and is deserted so I’m through in a jiffy. Next thing I walk to the very end of the A terminal to gate A78B:


Suddenly I get stopped by a long line reaching all the way to some border control booths. With nearly all my travelling done intra-Schengen I realise just now that I actually need to go through here  Wow! I stand in line for 5 mins. The line doesn’t move at all. Apparently it seems to be change of guard because all of a sudden 6 extra booths open at once and all of the line swarms out to the different booths. When it is my turn, the officer asks me for my destination to which I reply with ‘Bucharest’. ‘You are in the wrong place’, he says. Me: ‘Huh?’ He asks for my BP, which most clearly says gate 78B, which is most clearly BEHIND the booth I’m standing in front of. The officer makes a phone call to ask for some gate confimation and yes, surprise!, I’m in the right place   I do wonder if this guy - he looked quite young - actually knows who he has to let through here?

The window views in this terminal are definitely not the best, it feels like you are in some kind of boat or so:


Next thing I find gate A78B, which is a ‘to be expected’ bus gate hidden deep down in the catacombs of the A terminal:


I take place in one of the ‘most comfy’ seaters and to my delight, the views to the apron here are nice and clear. This A343 will be leaving to EWR around the same time as my flight to OTP:


The Eurowings farm is right behind the A340’s hairdryer, most probably my flight will be leaving from that area:


Some minutes before boarding time, the gate agent arrives and boarding is called not long thereafter. Not too many people in the bus, so a light load is to be expected.


operated by
DUS to OTP
LH3080
CRJ-900 D-ACNM
STD-STA 11:25-15:00
Y class
seat 4F, changed to 4A


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The amount of Eurowings CRJ’s on the apron has meanwhile grown. I count 9 examples and we stop next to the very last one in line, which is a 2010 machine:






Close up of the type designation:


Sorry FLIEGER67, not ‘under the wing’ this time  


I enter the plane as the last passenger:


The cabin impression is really good, the expected thin seats, good legroom and large windows for one to look through. The cabin crew consists of 2 biz friendly female FA’s.










After the usual welcome words and safety demo, the door is closed and the cockpit crew promises us a calm flight of about 2h05 mins with an expected arrival in OTP ahead of schedule. That sounds like music to my ears!

D-ACNT next door:


On the way to 23L we taxi by what seemingly is a TXL-like Air Berlin facility (or is it a maintenance hangar?):


A company CRJ200:


JAT turning in for 23L::


This is the train station where I came from with what appears to be an observation deck:


After holding short at the runway threshold for a min or 2, the engines are revved up and we start our short powerful takeoff roll:






The takeoff is quite nice actually, some clouds and good visibility:




Almost above the clouds...






Sadly enough, the clouds pack together soon and the sun faces the right side of the plane where I am seated. As there’s plenty of room available - the load is not even 50% - I change seats to the opposite side.




After some 30 mins airborne time, lunch is served. We get a pack with 2 sandwiches, one with chicken and mozzarella and one with rocket salad and Gouda cheese. They both taste excellent and are washed down with some tea and lemon and apple juice.



Some time after lunch and drinks service, a 2nd drinks run is done where I opt for a Coke which is served in a small plastic cup.

The contents of the seat pocket features your usual reading stuff:


Nope it is not me and I don’t have checked in luggage neither  


After all those drinks I am in desperate need for a visit to the lavatorial facilities and although I can make use of the front lavatory which is just one step away from my seat - and there is no one in business class so it is perfectly legitimate for me to use it - I go to the back one. While doing my thing I become to notice that the lound droning of the engines is really unbearable. And there’s even a woman sleeping in the last row!

Right opposite of the lavatory is the tiny galley and jumpseat. I wonder if the FA’s alternate between the front and back jumpseat to escape from the engine noise?


The cabin seen from the back:


A disabled seat or a seat for the disabled?


When looking out of the window I notice quite some other traffic:




The weather in Romania seems quite nice although the captain announces it as hazy and cloudy in Bucharest.








After 1h40 of flight time, the engines spool back and we gently start the descent for OTP airport.


It is hazy indeed:


NYC errr... Bucharest World City in the background:


We touchdown as promised a solid half an hour before schedule. The landing is soft but the plane is rambling like a rattlesnake on this long, long, long ago paved runway. Talking about potholes in my lawn, come to OTP and experience some real ones.


Some military and graveyard stuff:


OTP’s terminal. From afar it looks a bit weird. It really is a mixture of architectural styles that don’t match together too well:


‘Aeroportul Internaţional Henri Coandă’, Tarom’s main hub:


We make a halt at a remote position. Disembarkation is pretty quick and I manage to take a quick pic of the CRJ’s front office:


Bucharest airport - OTP

A typical Cobus transports us to the terminal. In the Cobus classical music is played which is actually a nice touch. Once in the terminal, I make my way towards the ‘transits’, which are conveniently located right before the border control booths:


One security check later - I guess I was the only one passing through that area that day as seemingly I had to wake up the agents from their hibernation - I find myself in the airside departure area which looks very much the same inside as outside: a mix and mess of styles. There are quite some shops and eateries around for a relatively small terminal.


Flashy:


The gate signage is pretty clear. I wonder if these booths are ever used, they don’t have any equipment in them whatsoever:


2 flights for BRU are leaving within half an hour from each other:


The Tarom one shall be boarding via a lucky double gate:


And is operated by this beauty which is obviously sitting idle for a little while now:


This is a VII (Very Important Item) for a Blue Air boarding procedure as I am about to find out...


After a short walk around and having explored every corner of the terminal I head downstairs in search of gate 32 which will be used for boarding the next flight:


This one will be operating to the ‘other’ Brussels airport, CRL, later tonight:


The Eurowings flight that I came in on is still there as well:


When I arrive at the gate, there is already quite a bit of activity going on although boarding hasn’t started yet. People are already lined up and by the looks of it, this will be one full flight this evening. The demography of this flight seems to be all Romanian, I’m starting to feel a bit like the ugly duck here (maybe I am  ).

No less then 5 agents are fooling around at the gate desk and when boarding is actually called, there’s only 1 that scans the BP’s and 1 other that scrutinizes nearly all rollerboards. It is mandatory that they be fitted in the fitting stand. This causes quite some havoc and needless to say the line for boarding doesn’t get any shorter.


After a nearly 10 min (!) wait in line, it is finally my turn to hand over my BP. I hand it over to the agent to which she mumbles ‘passport’ - I duly give it to her - and she tears off the stub and doesn’t even look at the passport to see if it is really me. By far, this must be the most disorganised boarding procedure that I have gone through in a long time.

We wait in a bus which has clearly served as a public bus in the city of Bucharest itself. It is really worn down to the brim. Finally we drive off in a jam packed bus for a tour to the other end of the apron. The bus is so slow that it takes us another 10 (!) full minutes to reach the aircraft on duty today. Admittedly, we had to hold short for a Tarom bird gone tech which was undergoing an engine test. Sure, if we passed that bird from behind, the windows of the bus would’ve certainly blown out.


OTP to BRU
OB123
B737-400 YR-BAM
STD-STA 16:00-17:50
Y class
seat 4A


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The herd is let out of the bus and I take my time for some pics, luckily nobody of the ground staff minds:


A Tarom A310 in the background!


Closer:


On both sides of our plane there’s something interesting to spot, first to the right side is a Sun Country plane with a US reg (no pic, sorry) and to the left side is this nice one from Air Bucharest:


From another angle:


Yes FLIEGER67, she’s blonde, she’s todays captain and her name is Claudia. Unfortunately I didn’t get her number...


The last shot before entering this old lady:


The first impression of the cabin is how I expected it to be: old and worn. The bins are no longer white white but yellowish white, of the faded type white. You know what I mean. But the cabin is clean, the leather seats are comfy and the legroom is not low cost at all:




Also on board things don’t go smooth. The apparently friendly but a bit reserved Blue Air ladies and man have a hard time getting everyone settled in. Families not seated together, first time fliers who don’t understand that there’s actually a seat number on the BP, you name it, it all happens here today.
By now it is already 20 mins passed scheduled departure time. Finally things start to move and we head off for the departure runway:


We hold short errr... long to enter it halfway for about 20 more mins due to 4 landing planes in a row. This man has his own house near the runway, would he be a planespotter?


Why don’t they use the 2nd runway as well, one for takeoff and the other for landing? That would be way more efficient right now! At last we take a left turn and backtrack all the way to the threshold. Due to the full load I think we need every inch of the runway. From an angle I see the Tarom Skyteam plane to BRU entering the runway behind us and taking off immediately.

I smell an urgent need for resurfacing works here:


Eventually we have a ‘wheels up’ 50 mins after schedule which is acknowledged by our female captain.




She apologises and also mentions the reason for this delay: boarding. That is a ¾ right and truthful explanation. She is however willing to make up at least some mins of the delay because the plane keeps on climbing at high revs until cruising alt. No derated takeoff today!
The flight time is announced as a lenghty 2h45 mins.

The views outside are fantastic, the setting sun and the cloud layer make for a wonderful evening scene.






The crew distributes the menus for the BOB. Since I’m not very hungry I just take a drink and a sesame bar for € 3:


My neighbour’s tray table will not last for much longer now...


The inflight magazine is of moderate interest:


The views outside continue to amaze me so I put my headphones and listen to some soothing jazzy music while I glue my eyes to the window until it gets too dark to see anything.












I drift off for a while and next thing I know we are established on final descent for ‘Bruxelles Zaventem Airport’.

Landing is on 24L and a short taxi later we dock at a finger gate at the B terminal.

ET is definitely not @ home:


But I am, yes. And as expected, the Tarom flight has beaten us on the way here.


Conclusion

Eurowings/Lufthansa was a most dynamic and enjoyable duo. In fact I might be a bit prejudiced because I’m a true sucker for these long CRJ planes (from -700 on). The Eurowings ones are not as good looking as the Estonian Air ones, but the inside is really pleasant and modern. The big downside is of course the engine noise in the back, but that’s quickly solved with a seat more upfront.
The flight was well on time and the catering was excellent. All in all, a most positive experience.

Blue Air was actually quite pleasant as well. The booking, seat reservation and OLCI worked without a glitch on their basic website. And for a total fare of € 46 you cannot go wrong. The plane was an old lady - but let that be a positive thing - the catering was decent and most of all the seating comfort was excellent. The boarding process however was a disgrace for OTP airport, they really should do it more efficiently to ensure an ontime departure.

Thank you for reading and feel free to leave your comments!

Sultanils


In thrust we trust.
49 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1194 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8383 times:

Hi Nils

Great report and some fab pics. Thanks for posting this one.

Shame about the rescheduling - looks like we're gonna have to add the A318 to your "list" of missed experiences along with the Edelweiss A320   Still I can't say much....missing my recent Twotter flights  

The CRJ900 is certainly a lot more passenger friendly than its smaller brother - looked like a nice flight from DUS for you.

Yes, that is a spotting terrace on top of the train station at DUS - it's very famous and provides amazing views. Perhaps a day trip for you to DUS sometime soon for spotting?

Not much to say about the return flight - looked pretty standard but still nice to get a 737 classic in 2012. Great stuff!

The sunset pics on the return flight are gorgeous - what amazing light at that time of the day.

Thanks again - Palmjet



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 611 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8380 times:

Hey Nils,

Another of your famous flash-daytrips. A very nice read indeed to start my day!  . Too bad about missing the opportunity to register the A318. It's indeed a rare bird to catch. I was fortunate to fly it on the exact same route (but in reverse: OTP-BRU) some years ago on TAROM. Back then I was only moderately interested in aviation so I didn't even realize what I was flying on .

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
This revised trip schedule would now give me 2 new airlines and 2 new airports, so the loss of the A318 was now compensated with the gain of DUS, so to speak.

That's somewhat of a consolation I guess. Was it also your first time in Romania?

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I connect here to ICE 11 to Frankfurt via Kôln:

Ah, you're bringing back some memories. I have caught this same train from Brussels to Frankfurt via Koln back in the distant 2005.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
A good 25 mins later than anticipated I finally enter the departure hall of DUS:

I keep repeating myself but I love the look of German airports. Never been to DUS but from your photos it looks nice if a little bit dark. I was booked to fly there in 2009 but damn IB ruined my plans (as usual).

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
A company CRJ200:

I think you should have dedicated this photo to palmjet. He loves CRJ-200s...

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
By far, this must be the most disorganised boarding procedure that I have gone through in a long time.

Welcome to the Balkans! Good thing you didn't have to stay long .

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
and to the left side is this nice one from Air Bucharest:

Holy mackerel. That's one ugly (albeit unique) livery!


Glad to hear that you had a fun time down southeast. Lovely evening photos following takeoff from OTP.  . Any more daytrips like this one planned?


Thanks Nils!

S.



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2207 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8380 times:

Hey Nils, nice to see this report up.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Some 2 months prior to departure I got an unexpected email from Tarom informing me that the morning flight was cancelled on Wed and Fri and I was subsequently rebooked on the evening flight. Bugger... This of course being of no use, I called the Tarom agency in Brussels which gave me a refund of the ticket without any questions asked.

Shame they cancelled your flight. At least they didn't give you much trouble about it... that's not a given in that part of the world.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Half an hour later, I arrive at Brussels North station, which is btw not the most pleasant of train stations (and no crooks around today):

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem Brussels can do nice train stations... Central is especially bad IMO.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The line doesn’t move at all. Apparently it seems to be change of guard because all of a sudden 6 extra booths open at once and all of the line swarms out to the different booths. When it is my turn, the officer asks me for my destination to which I reply with ‘Bucharest’. ‘You are in the wrong place’, he says. Me: ‘Huh?’ He asks for my BP, which most clearly says gate 78B, which is most clearly BEHIND the booth I’m standing in front of. The officer makes a phone call to ask for some gate confimation and yes, surprise!, I’m in the right place   I do wonder if this guy - he looked quite young - actually knows who he has to let through here?

Hey, think about it this way--you reached the Balkans sooner than you had planned.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
After some 30 mins airborne time, lunch is served. We get a pack with 2 sandwiches, one with chicken and mozzarella and one with rocket salad and Gouda cheese. They both taste excellent and are washed down with some tea and lemon and apple juice.

Rocket salad? That must have been one fast sandwich.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
We touchdown as promised a solid half an hour before schedule. The landing is soft but the plane is rambling like a rattlesnake on this long, long, long ago paved runway. Talking about potholes in my lawn, come to OTP and experience some real ones.

I don't remember the last time I landed on 8R. Usually the landings are on 8L, except for RO's ATRs... And the take-offs too. Well, in my experience anyway.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Tarom’s main hub:

"Hub" is a bit of an overstatement, isn't it?

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The gate signage is pretty clear. I wonder if these booths are ever used, they don’t have any equipment in them whatsoever:

Blame Europa! No, really, the airport was built so that it would serve Schengen/non-Schengen (with non-Schengen behind those booths)... But then at the last minute they didn't let Romania in. So... no, they're never used.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
After a nearly 10 min (!) wait in line, it is finally my turn to hand over my BP. I hand it over to the agent to which she mumbles ‘passport’ - I duly give it to her - and she tears off the stub and doesn’t even look at the passport to see if it is really me. By far, this must be the most disorganised boarding procedure that I have gone through in a long time.

Simply put, they don't care at all.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I smell an urgent need for resurfacing works here:

No, no, definitely not. Not even close. Wanna see real potholes, drive in Romania. Or land at CLJ.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The boarding process however was a disgrace for OTP airport, they really should do it more efficiently to ensure an ontime departure.

Yeah but don't blame OTP, blame Blue Air. I see their own agents there in your pic.

Thanks for writing this TR up, Nils! Good work   A bit slow, but we'll forgive you this time ( )


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6657 posts, RR: 78
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8378 times:

Hi Nils,

very nice report with good pictures! You chose a great combo, too bad your plan didn't work out. I flew OTP-CLJ on RO's A318 in September, was a nice ride. Will you try again?

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I set out to look for alternatives and there came Lufthansa to the rescue who was offering a DUS-OTP flight on a Eurowings CRJ900 for € 83. Timings were good as well to allow me a 1h connecting time in OTP.

One hour is really tight, I wouldn't do that.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
A company CRJ200:

They have all been retired, but that bird doesn't appear to be in storage on your picture. Probably being prepared for a new owner.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
This is the train station where I came from with what appears to be an observation deck:

Yes it is - a very good one actually. Would be a nice location for an a.net meeting. Daniel and I want to meet there next year, probably some more want to join us.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
We get a pack with 2 sandwiches, one with chicken and mozzarella and one with rocket salad and Gouda cheese.

They look really good.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
. While doing my thing I become to notice that the lound droning of the engines is really unbearable. And there’s even a woman sleeping in the last row!

Well, the engines sound like mixing machines, but they aren't unbearably loud IMO. I was seated in the back on a NUE-HAM flight and didn't find it so bad. You should try a DC-9!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
A Tarom A310 in the background!

Currently leased out to the government.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Since I’m not very hungry I just take a drink and a sesame bar for € 3:

That sounds okay.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
In fact I might be a bit prejudiced because I’m a true sucker for these long CRJ planes (from -700 on).

Ah...I don't like them.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The plane was an old lady - but let that be a positive thing - the catering was decent and most of all the seating comfort was excellent.

It was only 18 years old!  



PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1194 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8378 times:

Hola Nils!

Very informative trip report of this unusual European routing, we do not see many reports here featuring OTP, RO... so a very good choice. I enjoyed.

The sunset pictures are great, it is, together with dawn my favorite time of the day for flying when you get those wonderful views, nice to know that sun comes back up again in a few hours.

CRJs are my favorite planes, I love them and yours looked really great, it is very modern and the room provided for passengers seems very adequate. Love it!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The main terminal is reached by a ride on the monorail, which is a nice intermediate form of transport between a train and a plane:

The best way to get a first feeling of what flying is like before leaving the ground, in case you do not like it you can always go back walking  

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1695 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8377 times:

Hi Nils

Great report as usual with some really nice pictures. So I guess this means you still haven't logged the A 318? Looks like you're going to have to do another trip somewhere. Better luck next time!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Some 2 months prior to departure I got an unexpected email from Tarom informing me that the morning flight was cancelled on Wed and Fri and I was subsequently rebooked on the evening flight. Bugger... This of course being of no use,

How very inconvenient!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Half an hour later, I arrive at Brussels North station, which is btw not the most pleasant of train stations (and no crooks around today):

Well if you will go travelling in the middle of the night...but seriously, is it really that bad? I was in Brussels on business a couple of weeks ago and though it was all rather harmless. Little did I know, by the looks of it!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The main terminal is reached by a ride on the monorail, which is a nice intermediate form of transport between a train and a plane:

Don't you just love the Schwebebahn. I think somebody should organise a Schwebebahn Anetters meeting.

Thanks for posting Nils,

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5022 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8378 times:

Hey, Nils,

good to follow you´re ride down to Romania.
Such a shame not to catch the A318, but you´ve got compensated this time with DUS and the CRJ.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):

Sorry FLIEGER67, not ‘under the wing’ this time

Ah, next time maybe!.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):

Yes FLIEGER67, she’s blonde, she’s todays captain and her name is Claudia. Unfortunately I didn’t get her number...

It seems I should give these Blue company a try immediatelly!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1579 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8377 times:
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Hello folks, many thanks for your replies so far!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 1):
Hi Nils

Great report and some fab pics. Thanks for posting this one.

Hi pj, thanks, I’m glad you liked it.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 1):
looks like we're gonna have to add the A318 to your "list" of missed experiences along with the Edelweiss A320

Tell me about it. Still RO handled it professionally and subsitute was acceptable so no complaints.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 1):
missing my recent Twotter flights

Yeah, look who’s talking 

Quoting palmjet (Reply 1):
The CRJ900 is certainly a lot more passenger friendly than its smaller brother

I read something along the lines that you’re not a big fan of shorter CRJ’s. I cannot blame you, the larger and more recent ones are indeed a big step forward in terms of passenger comfort. And don’t forget the well placed and large windows.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 1):
Perhaps a day trip for you to DUS sometime soon for spotting?

Not anytime soon I guess. DUS is relatively far and I’m not really a spotter. I enjoy watching planes but not with the camera in attack mode all day long  

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Hey Nils

Hi Stojan, good to hear from you!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
too bad about missing the opportunity to register the A318.

Thanks for your sympathy. I’m getting used to those annoying equipment swaps annex cancellations.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Was it also your first time in Romania?

It was but I was only there for an hour or so. Didn’t get to see much outside of the terminal building’s wall 

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
I was booked to fly there in 2009 but damn IB ruined my plans (as usual)

IB did it again   What happened?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Welcome to the Balkans!

Ha ha thanks. It seems indeed some things are done in a different way here to say the least.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Any more daytrips like this one planned?

Well, in a few weeks I’m off for a few hours to BMA, same plane return on SN. I don’t know yet if I will do a report. Perhaps if the weather is good...

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
Hey Nils, nice to see this report up.

Hi Alex, thank your for your comments.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
Central is especially bad IMO.

But the area just outside Brussels North is much less pleasant than Brussels Central which gets you right in the middle and nice part of the city.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
Rocket salad? That must have been one fast sandwich.

That pun must have come from me 

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
I don't remember the last time I landed on 8R. Usually the landings are on 8L, except for RO's ATRs... And the take-offs too.

Is it really? So they DO use both runways? Well, it’s not that the amount of traffic is everwhelming. In any case, it would have been a good solution to shorten our delay a bit.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
"Hub" is a bit of an overstatement, isn't it?

Agreed. I think Blue Air’s operation volume is about the same size as Tarom’s?

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
Blame Europa! No, really, the airport was built so that it would serve Schengen/non-Schengen (with non-Schengen behind those booths)... But then at the last minute they didn't let Romania in. So... no, they're never used.

OK, that makes sense. So maybe they will be functional in an undetermined time in the future.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
I see their own agents there in your pic.

I though so that Blue Air uses their own agents. Anyway, they messed it up big time. And screaming and yelling doesn’t speed up things. They still have some things to learn here.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
A bit slow, but we'll forgive you this time

I’m getting old   

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Hi Nils,

very nice report with good pictures!

Hello PH, thanks for your reply!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
I flew OTP-CLJ on RO's A318 in September, was a nice ride. Will you try again?

I envy you for that one. I might try again indeed if I find a suitable schedule.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
One hour is really tight, I wouldn't do that.

One hour is fine by my standards, I like to take calculated risks  I had a backup plan  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
They have all been retired, but that bird doesn't appear to be in storage on your picture. Probably being prepared for a new owner.

I thought so because I looked it up on airframes.org, ‘retired’ it said. But this one was actually attached to a power source so I was confused...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Well, the engines sound like mixing machines, but they aren't unbearably loud IMO. I was seated in the back on a NUE-HAM flight and didn't find it so bad. You should try a DC-9!

Well, the cabin is probably better insulated in comparison to a DC9 but if you are seated in the front and you go to the back, the difference is striking. Btw, I was seated in the very last row as well last year on an OV CRJ900 and found it to be quite loud back then as well.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Currently leased out to the government.

  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
It was only 18 years old!

So let’s say of ‘moderate age’ then as a consensus  

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 5):
Hola Nils!

Hola Roger, many thanks for your comments.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 5):
Very informative trip report of this unusual European routing, we do not see many reports here featuring OTP, RO... so a very good choice. I enjoyed.

I thought it was of interest as well, hence I wrote this story.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 5):
The sunset pictures are great, it is, together with dawn my favorite time of the day for flying when you get those wonderful views, nice to know that sun comes back up again in a few hours.

I can only agree. And in winter, the light is even better as the sun is lower. It was a joy to watch really.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 5):
Love it!

I agree with you on that one.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
Hi Nils

Great report as usual with some really nice pictures.

Hello William, thanks!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
So I guess this means you still haven't logged the A 318?

That’s the right conclusion indeed 

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
Looks like you're going to have to do another trip somewhere.

I hope to find a schedule that suits me sometime. Still it is a fact that the A318 is not the most common one of the Airbus family.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
Well if you will go travelling in the middle of the night...but seriously, is it really that bad?

It wasn’t in the middle of the night, rather 6:30 in the morning. And it isn’t that bad either except for the area just outside Brussels North is one where you’d rather not walk alone late or in the middle of the night.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
I think somebody should organise a Schwebebahn Anetters meeting.

It looks like we have a volunteer here!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
Hey, Nils,

good to follow you´re ride down to Romania.

Hi Markus, thanks for your comments!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
Such a shame not to catch the A318, but you´ve got compensated this time with DUS and the CRJ.

Yes, the compensation was acceptable. You yourself have flown a few of the type, no?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
It seems I should give these Blue company a try immediatelly!

You really should. It seems even for you there are still new things to do in Europe  

Sultanils



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User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 450 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8377 times:
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Hi Nils

amazing trip report you've got there! Enjoyed it from the beginning till the end.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I have been looking for a long while now to find a suitable daytrip itinerary which would include this type. There are not too many carriers around who operate the type, which made the search of course even harder. I know Air France has quite some frames and also the Romanian carrier Tarom has this type up and running... err flying.

I know AF operates the A318 on DUS-CDG-DUS daily so you might want to think about that!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Half an hour later, I arrive at Brussels North station, which is btw not the most pleasant of train stations

No kidding...

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Eurowings/Lufthansa was a most dynamic and enjoyable duo

I agree, I really like Lufthansa and Eurowings. I've tried Eurowings on DUS-VIE-DUS and they were great.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The boarding process however was a disgrace for OTP airport, they really should do it more efficiently to ensure an ontime departure

Sounds like they have a long way to go to call themselves a Low Cost Carrier... as a LCC, you can not afford long boardings like this. Can you believe how unhappy the gate agent looked? Like she hates doing that... Hello, you're in the aviation world, smile baby!  

Once again, thanks for sharing this wonderful trip reports with wonderful pictures! Keep up the good work Nils.

Cheers!



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1695 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8377 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
I think somebody should organise a Schwebebahn Anetters meeting.

It looks like we have a volunteer here!

Really? That's so nice of you. Don't forget to send me an invite too when the time comes. Thanks!

Cheers,
William


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Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8377 times:
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Quoting photoshooter (Reply 9):

Hi Nils

amazing trip report you've got there! Enjoyed it from the beginning till the end.

Hello photoshooter, thanks for your kind words!

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 9):
I know AF operates the A318 on DUS-CDG-DUS daily so you might want to think about that!

Out of covenience I think I'd rather try the Tarom ex-BRU again but on another weekday. And then connect to a Carpatair flight or so. That would be cool as well.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 10):
Really? That's so nice of you. Don't forget to send me an invite too when the time comes. Thanks!

Ha ha, I tnink you got me wrong here William: I meant that you are actually the volunteer  But maybe we can make a good team and organise it together (if I ever will find the time for that...).

Sultanils



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1425 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8377 times:

Hi Nils,

Good to see another of your reports online and especially interesting to read something about BlueAir, you snapped a pretty good deal there for 46E.

The airlines do seem to like changing your flights/aircraft around after you’ve booked, don’t they? Pity about missing the A318, also missing from my log. Perhaps try AF next time, the only aircraft change I’ve ever had with them was the dreaded A380 to A320 which caused quite a few a.netters a headache!

You took some super photos on both legs, but the sunset ones are my favourite.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
A good 25 mins later than anticipated I finally enter the departure hall of DUS:

I really like DUS landside, so light and airy. Different matter though airside!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
A company CRJ200:

Cutie  
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
This is the train station where I came from with what appears to be an observation deck:

Yes, there’s a huge terrace there with some great views.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The Tarom one shall be boarding via a lucky double gate:

Hope nobody on that flight was too superstitious!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
It is mandatory that they be fitted in the fitting stand. This causes quite some havoc and needless to say the line for boarding doesn’t get any shorter.

Seems quite needless to me, I’m sure that most of the oversized bags can be spotted just by looking at them.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
smell an urgent need for resurfacing works here:

That looks to be in appalling condition.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
And as expected, the Tarom flight has beaten us on the way here.

And what a super livery that plane has!

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26520 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8377 times:

Hey Nils  

Great report and nice plane/train combo   Interesting to see what Blue Air are like I always wondered. Seen them at DUB at some weird hours .

Nice LH experience and decent offerings food wise. I like the interior also.

Thanks for the nice read.

Regards

Philip  



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3046 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8377 times:

Very nice day trip you took Nils...shame the A318 didn't happen...you'll just have to try again another time!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
After some 30 mins airborne time, lunch is served. We get a pack with 2 sandwiches, one with chicken and mozzarella and one with rocket salad and Gouda cheese. They both taste excellent and are washed down with some tea and lemon and apple juice.

Ooh, very nice. I hope LH starts this sort of thing more often. Those sandwiches look great

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
It is mandatory that they be fitted in the fitting stand. This causes quite some havoc and needless to say the line for boarding doesn’t get any shorter.

I hate those machines. They make so many people angry, and are just a way for airlines to make money. 9/10 even if a bag is a little to big, there's more than enough space for it on the plane, so everyone goes through the agony for nothing.



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2985 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 8377 times:

Hi Nils,

excellent as usual!

You too don't seem to be having much luck on the type-hunting, just like the Edelweiss incident   Still it turned out ok.

I too thought that a 1h conenction in a far place onto an LCC would be a bit too risky for me - good job that it turned out ok. You mentioned a backup plan - did you buy an FR ticket for EUR10 for the next morning?  

Thanks again

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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2207 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 8377 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
But the area just outside Brussels North is much less pleasant than Brussels Central which gets you right in the middle and nice part of the city.


Yes, that's true, I suppose. Brussels isn't a bad city... but, sorry, I can't stand Belgian Railways, haha.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
That pun must have come from me 

Haha. Are you sure it didn't? Anyway, it seemed appropriate  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Is it really? So they DO use both runways? Well, it’s not that the amount of traffic is everwhelming. In any case, it would have been a good solution to shorten our delay a bit.

Oh, yes. It used to be mostly 8R until they built the new high-speed exit(s?) and resurfaced 8L, then it switched mainly to 8L. See, I'm sure that runway looks bad in Western European eyes, but I can't see it myself. It's just what "normal" is over there.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Agreed. I think Blue Air’s operation volume is about the same size as Tarom’s?

I believe so... And RO really isn't good at funneling traffic through OTP... or anything else for that matter, except onboard service.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
And screaming and yelling doesn’t speed up things. They still have some things to learn here.

Yes, it's the Balkan way. They know that pretty well, I'm sure!

Quoting signol (Reply 15):
You mentioned a backup plan - did you buy an FR ticket for EUR10 for the next morning?  

Not much use, a FR ticket in Romania... Considering they only to Constanta twice a week, or something like that. But I'd be interested in knowing the back-up as well!


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 677 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8377 times:

Hi Nils,

interesting and enjoyable report here with some very nice pictures, especially the sunset ones. Great idea to do a little daytrip to Bucharest, just a shame that you missed the A318, but well, things like that can happen, at least you got a refund and found an adequate substitute. This type is also missing in my log. So how about trying the Air France one on the STR-CDG route?

Nice to read something about Blue Air, this is definitely an interesting airline, with some rather odd routes (like the Stuttgart-Sibiu flight for example), usually good fares, and some opportunities to fly the good old classic 737s again.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Half an hour later, I arrive at Brussels North station, which is btw not the most pleasant of train stations

Oh yes, I remember this station, there are a lot of things to see there, especially in that one street behind the station   ...

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The cabin impression is really good, the expected thin seats, good legroom and large windows for one to look through.

Yeah, looks good, and it seems your window was perfectly aligned with the seat, which is always a bit of a hit-or-miss on these CRJs, at least in my experience.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
We get a pack with 2 sandwiches, one with chicken and mozzarella and one with rocket salad and Gouda cheese.

Wow, that's a nice sandwich, looks a bit like the double-decker that Niki used to serve.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I hand it over to the agent to which she mumbles ‘passport’ - I duly give it to her - and she tears off the stub and doesn’t even look at the passport to see if it is really me.

Interesting procedure here   ..

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I smell an urgent need for resurfacing works here:

Oh, that looks indeed bad.

CaptainRed


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Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8377 times:
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Hello once again and my gratitude for all your replies, keep ‘em coming!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 12):
Hi Nils

Hello Hannah from the infodesk  

Quoting infodesk (Reply 12):
Good to see another of your reports online and especially interesting to read something about BlueAir, you snapped a pretty good deal there for 46E

I indeed did, and that includes a € 3 fee for seat reservation and there were no cc surcharges as well, can you believe that?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 12):
the only aircraft change I’ve ever had with them was the dreaded A380 to A320 which caused quite a few a.netters a headache!

Oh, I have to guess only once which flight that might have been. Luckily my A380 wasn’t subbed back then.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 12):
I really like DUS landside, so light and airy. Different matter though airside!

I can only agree, the airside isn’t … well, airy at all.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 12):
Seems quite needless to me, I’m sure that most of the oversized bags can be spotted just by looking at them.

Indeed, but you know if there are 5 gate agents dispatched to do the boarding, they all have to work for their money so useless jobs are created. Smells a bit like communism  

Quoting infodesk (Reply 12):
And what a super livery that plane has!

  

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Hey Nils

Great report and nice plane/train combo

Hi Philip, thank for your reply my friend. And I’m sorry, no boat pics this time 

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Seen them at DUB at some weird hours .

Oh yes, some of their schedules are really horrifying. Luckily the one to BRU is quite acceptable.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Nice LH experience and decent offerings food wise. I like the interior also.

Yes, that plane was very nice inside out and LH didn’t disappoint with the catering.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):
Very nice day trip you took Nils...shame the A318 didn't happen...you'll just have to try again another time!

Hello Gabriel, how are you? Well, I guess I’ll have to give it another try then... again!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):
They make so many people angry, and are just a way for airlines to make money. 9/10 even if a bag is a little to big, there's more than enough space for it on the plane, so everyone goes through the agony for nothing.

Exactly my point. It was a full flight but I guess those oversized bags are easy to spot, aren’t they? I almost thought I had to put my backpack in that thing  Wow!

Quoting signol (Reply 15):
Hi Nils,

excellent as usual!

Hi signol, thanks for your reply.

Quoting signol (Reply 15):
You too don't seem to be having much luck on the type-hunting, just like the Edelweiss incident

Nope I don’t. But it gives me a reason to try again of course. Maybe do the Edelweiss and the A318 in one trip? That would be awesome!

Quoting signol (Reply 15):
I too thought that a 1h conenction in a far place onto an LCC would be a bit too risky for me - good job that it turned out ok. You mentioned a backup plan - did you buy an FR ticket for EUR10 for the next morning?

A 1h connection is fine as long as everything runs according to plan. Well, worst case I had gone to the ticket desks and enquired about the cheapest return to BRU, leaving tonight. An expensive backup plan I know but that’s the risk I took. I know I will be unlucky with that once in the future...

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 16):
See, I'm sure that runway looks bad in Western European eyes, but I can't see it myself. It's just what "normal" is over there.

Well, Romania is certainly no undeveloped country now is it? Just other norms and regulation perhaps?

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 16):
except onboard service.

Does Tarom then provide excellent onboard service?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Hi Nils,

interesting and enjoyable report here with some very nice pictures, especially the sunset ones.

Hello Captain, thanks. I too my new camera with me, but as it is rather bulky it is not the perfect travel companion on an airplane. The pics are much better but I guess I’ll take my trusted Lumix with me again next time.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
So how about trying the Air France one on the STR-CDG route?

I could do that but for the moment I’ll stick to another try on Tarom ex-Bur, that should be very well possible.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
with some rather odd routes

Say that again. They fly even to BVA and LTN and to primary airports as well like BRU.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
and some opportunities to fly the good old classic 737s again.

According to the inflight mag they also have some -300’s and -500’s.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
especially in that one street behind the station

Funny as that is the one and only street that every visitor to Brussels North Station remembers   

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Yeah, looks good, and it seems your window was perfectly aligned with the seat, which is always a bit of a hit-or-miss on these CRJs, at least in my experience.

As far as I could see, all seats were perfectly aligned with the windows.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Wow, that's a nice sandwich, looks a bit like the double-decker that Niki used to serve.

I’ve never tried those and probably never will unfortunately. But I’d rather have these sandwiches then a nasty warmed curry roll or so.

Sultanils



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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 8377 times:

Hi Nils,

Very nice trip report! Thanks a lot for a very nice read  .
Really like your photos, especially the sun set pictures after departing from OTP, Beautiful!
The LH/Eurowings flight looks very nice, the cabin seems spotless. The sandwich looks massive 
The leg room on Blue Air is quite good, though the airline should better maintain the cabin.

Thanks,

Win


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2207 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8377 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Well, Romania is certainly no undeveloped country now is it? Just other norms and regulation perhaps?

Erm, that's a "painful" question, Nils. It's a Balkan country... So "norms and regulations" don't always come into play, haha. Unless you judge Romania (and any other Balkan country) with different eyes, you won't enjoy yourself very much  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Does Tarom then provide excellent onboard service?

Excellent is stretching it... Though, I have to say, it's pretty good IME.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Indeed, but you know if there are 5 gate agents dispatched to do the boarding, they all have to work for their money so useless jobs are created. Smells a bit like communism  

If you look at Romanian stats, you'll see that unemployment's actually pretty low, all things considered. Don't ask why...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Out of covenience I think I'd rather try the Tarom ex-BRU again but on another weekday. And then connect to a Carpatair flight or so. That would be cool as well.

Good idea, but it would involve an overnight! Unfortunately it seems the crisis hit Carpatair hard and they've lowered their previously very high levels of on-board service... Well, we'll see what PlaneHunter has to say about this.


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 8377 times:

Nils

Great TR with a plenty beautiful pictures and a funny writting style, the title is well thought too!
What are the other A318 operators in your mind now?

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The main terminal is reached by a ride on the monorail, which is a nice intermediate form of transport between a train and a plane:

Never seen that before how stable is it?

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
This is the train station where I came from with what appears to be an observation deck:

How cool is that! Seems like no high fence or pane are not obstruct the vision/photo

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
NYC errr... Bucharest World City in the background:
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Sure, if we passed that bird from behind, the windows of the bus would’ve certainly blown out.

   . Very good ones!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
This man has his own house near the runway, would he be a planespotter?

Err...he holds a lens in his left hand Obvious!

An interesting idea of day-trip out of BRU, the early morning start would have dissuade me though.
Sorry for missing the A318.


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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 8377 times:

Hi Nils

Interesting report, thanks for sharing it with us!
Looks like the DUS connection is quite popular (and cheaper). I flew out of CGN in august and planning to leave from DUS next February! Eurowings CR9 looks to be great. Actually I was planning on flying it in 2010 from MUC to BRU but it got cancelled due to the winter weather!

Blue Air looks good as well, excellent value for only 46 EUR! The 734 however looks a bit aged, but still hard to get these days!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Landing is on 24L and a short taxi later we dock at a finger gate at the B terminal.

hmm.... Has there been a new runway opening in BRU lately, haven't landed on 24l yet  

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4208 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8377 times:

Hey Nils,

great report, nice pics (new camera here?) Really nice colours, lovely sunset pics. Well done  

Shame to miss out the A318, but why not go for it and use your new FB card to gain some miles lol.
Well, a disorganised boarding process in OTP. It confirms my opinion about Romania. Nothing else expected honestly. Sorry to say, but it just suits the overall airline experience. I'm surprised to see such good legroom on the B734.

Eurowings serves real good sandwiches it seems.

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User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8377 times:

Hi Nils!!!

Its great to read your latest travel experience! I hadn't have much time for TR-reading since school started but reading enjoyable TRs like yours on a Sunday morning sure relaxes me now that my projects are out of the way!

Just some comments,

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I have been looking for a long while now to find a suitable daytrip itinerary which would include this type.

Well, save the A318 for next time! Glad you managed to work out a great day trip all the same!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
‘You are in the wrong place’, he says. Me: ‘Huh?’ He asks for my BP, which most clearly says gate 78B, which is most clearly BEHIND the booth I’m standing in front of.

Lol, more supporting evidence that a.nutters know better than airport staff.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
We get a pack with 2 sandwiches, one with chicken and mozzarella and one with rocket salad and Gouda cheese. They both taste excellent and are washed down with some tea and lemon and apple juice.

It looks like a nice treat indeed.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Nope it is not me and I don’t have checked in luggage neither

Lol, this is funny.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):

The views outside continue to amaze me so I put my headphones and listen to some soothing jazzy music while I glue my eyes to the window until it gets too dark to see anything.

Very enchanting sunset scenes. Though the flight appeared uneventful, the window scenes look mesmorizing.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
In fact I might be a bit prejudiced because I’m a true sucker for these long CRJ planes (from -700 on).

Well, I believe you. I'm very impressed by how sleek the plane and its interior looks. Very modern looking seats.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The flight was well on time and the catering was excellent. All in all, a most positive experience.

Glad to hear you had a great time!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The big downside is of course the engine noise in the back, but that’s quickly solved with a seat more upfront.

Thank you for the info. It will come in handy if I ever fly the CRJ some day.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The plane was an old lady - but let that be a positive thing - the catering was decent and most of all the seating comfort was excellent.

Glad to hear that it was great as well!

Again, great photos and interesting commentary that makes your TR a joy to read! Hope you'll get your chance to fly the Tarom A318 soon though with this very pleasant flying experience, it seems like the cancellation was a blessing in disguise!

Bests,
Gavin



They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
25 Post contains images sultanils : Hi there, let me get back to you and your replies Hi Win, thanks for passing by! Thanks, I’m glad my new camera did it’s job quite well. It was in
26 Post contains images fshplns : Frontier, but I don't think you will be able to do that as a day-trip Chris
27 Post contains images parton87 : Hello Nils! Thanks for another great story! Really nice pictures. Pity you missed the A318, it´s for sure a rare aircraft. Nice to see OTP, you don´
28 Post contains images sultanils : Hello Robert, thank you for stopping by! Lufthansa.com They frequently have good international fares from DUS, TXL. And this is one of them. While no
29 Post contains images adamspotter : Hi Nils, Nice to see a report from you again as I always do enjoy them This one was noe exception, another nice and entertaining report with lots of g
30 The777Man : Hi Nils ! Thanks for a great report with great pictures ! Too bad it didn't work out with the 318! The main purpose of the trip. It does seem you had
31 Post contains images sultanils : Hello Brendan, thanks for your reply and for your kind words For an LCC the standards were pretty above average. Only the boarding process left a lot
32 jwhite9185 : Interesting read there Nils. Good to see the side of DUS i missed out on a few weeks back. That runway at OTP looks more than a bit third world - as d
33 Post contains images SloAir : Hey Nils, great report once again on one of your day trips, keep taking them so we can enjoy reading about them Too bad to miss out on the A318, I'm n
34 dc9northwest : Hey again Nils, Yup, I am. They've started pissing me off recently, though. My last flights with them have not been stellar, but decent enough. Check-
35 Post contains images sultanils : Hi James, thanks mate! Some local user by the name of dc9northwest sums it up pretty nicely: 'It's the Balkans we're talking about here' Perhaps it w
36 roberts87 : Great detailed report Nils, thanks for taking the time! Nice to read about Blue Air, we don't see to many reports about them. And they are certainly i
37 Post contains images Sultanils : Hi Robert, the pleasure is mine and thanks for reading and replying. Sultanils
38 Post contains images deltamartin : Hello Nils! Finally got around reading this report of yours, which was a great read as usual! Seems like you did a nice daytrip to OTP, the fare on Bl
39 Post contains images akhmad : Haai Nils, When I read the title for the first time, I figured that you were flying KL and LH. I was rather surprised to find out that no KL flight wa
40 Post contains images Sultanils : Hello Martin, thanks for your reply, I'm glad you liked the report. I remember something like that indeed when flying OV's CRJ from the ARN meet home
41 I39OO : Hello Nils! Thanks for sharing this "joyride", so to speak. It's unfortunate that you missed out the A318, they fly quite frequently out of London Hea
42 Post contains images sultanils : Well hello to u 2 The pleasure was all mine. True but it would've been nice to have the complete Airbus family in the log. This little bugger is stil
43 Post contains links and images akhmad : We would not have any problem if we departed from AMS, but that time we were supposed to leave from DUS. Just take a look here: Big Summer Holiday To
44 fidelidade : I can't believe how thin those seats are. Soon it might be used for yoga!!! I like Blue Air. Your report made me read with interest.
45 Post contains images sultanils : Lots of Euro airlines now have these kind of seats. They are thin indeed but comfortable enough. That's nice to hear Sultanils
46 Post contains images sultanils : I see. To AMS would have been by another mode of transport then, no? I'm far from a DUS connoisseur but by the looks of your pics that seems to be an
47 Post contains images akhmad : Well, we would have yet to take another train. But, our local NS station Ede-Wageningen remained open for a direct train to AMS. On the contrary, sta
48 Post contains images sultanils : I finally get it now Sultanils
49 Post contains images akhmad :
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