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Blue Err... To Bergamo And Milano  
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2199 posts, RR: 7
Posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7182 times:

First, as usual, let me do the overall itinerary:

0B 111, OTP-BGY, 734, 29DEC
AZ 786, MXP-NRT, 772, 30 DEC
KE 2726, KIX-GMP, AB6, 04JAN
KE 1, ICN-NRT, 332, 06JAN
MH 92, NRT-LAX, 772, 06JAN
DL 2168, LAX-MSP, 752, 07JAN
DL 5778, MSP-MDW, E70, 07JAN

The now-famous AZ mistake fare was the driving factor in this itinerary, but I'd've gone to Asia anyway, even without it. Probably on Aeroflot but I wouldn't have discounted Qatar. Likely it'd've been a similar journey anyway, on the way to America.

Blue Air is the first Romanian low-cost airline. In fact they're the only one; even though Wizzair has a huge presence on the Romanian market, they're Hungarian.

Actually, to be fair, Blue Air calls itself not low-cost but smart flying. Well, smart it's not, so I'll still call it an LCC. Their fleet used to be a melange of 733, 734, 735 and 738. The 738s they either got rid of or got repossessed (transparency does not really exist in this part of the world). Now, they're stuck with 6 737-400s for their routes. Well, at least the fleet is finally standardized... but they have 2 738s and 3 739ERs on order... so who knows what will happen.

The booking for this flight was handled by M, through bravofly. Well, that worked, and the booking showed up through Blue Air's own website. Soon after, I tried to select seats. That seemed to work, until I got to the payment screen. “Getting seats will invalidate your checked baggage payment”. Screw that, no thanks. A few months later I went back and tried to get seats. It finally worked, and I chose seats. If you don't, you're stuck wherever Blue Air puts you. No, thanks, I'll pay the 6 Euros total.

M is really not fond of “the web”, as we call the Blue Air website. I think it works ok... when it works. I've seen much worse, less functional and less informative websites of bigger, worldwide carriers. For a LCC from a poor country it's a decent website.

This is my first experience with Blue Air internationally. I'd flown them domestically to Timisoara, whither they operated a Saab 340 for a few months in the summer of 2010. Even so, we all know what low-costs offer, don't we? Sometimes cheap fares, and no amenities. Also, the possibility of long delays.

As such, I was not too surprised when my grandma told me “there's hundreds of people trapped in OTP”, the day before our departure. I easily guessed which airline that was. Apparently YR-BAM went tech, but Blue Air decided to halt all flights from OTP for a few hours. Coincidentally (or not), this was also the day when Blue Air's owner received news his arrest would last 29 days, for supposedly stealing (“diverting”) funds destined for the construction of a highway. After a few tense hours in which I searched for connections to Milan the next day, thinking Blue Air might've went the way of MALEV, I noticed YR-BAJ left for Rome, finally. At least I knew I'd be flying tomorrow, with at least a 20% chance of a long delays due to them being short of airplanes.


Well, I went to sleep rather early and managed to sleep for 4 or so hours (I sometimes can't sleep at all during morning flights). Looking at the flight radar, I noticed YR-BAK, which was my guess for the craft operating the BGY flight that morning (either that or BAM, which had gone tech), had left MAD and looked like it would make it for an on-time departure. Well, no dice.

M and her parents picked me up and they drove us to the airport. I looked to the boards looking for a delay and I found one. 0B 111 to Bergamo, rescheduled to 09:15. Well, we checked in online two weeks beforehand, and all we had to do is drop off our bags. There was no queue (I think that may be the first time in years that happened at OTP for one of my non-priority flights!), so I quickly dropped off my bag. M did so shortly after. No real problems here, decently polite... and I know what passengers LCCs have to deal sometimes, so, no complaints.

I then proceeded to the new wing of OTP, with a bunch of check-in desks no one was using. What the hell? Well, at least, again there was no queue for security, and about half an hour or so later, we went through in under a minute. The agents at security were nice, and no problems at immigration either. We had to find a place to sit until boarding would be called. We first went to the viewing area. We saw 3 Blue Air craft... of course, ours would be the 4th. When would it get there? No idea whatsoever. Unfortunately my idea of leeching internet from the TAROM lounge didn't work. There was probably no one there so they didn't turn it on.

New check-in desks:


Speeding up the future to you!


Yes, we Romanians take the future and accelerate it in your direction!

For our Minnesota residents, a SunCountry jet at OTP:


The upstairs food court:


Blue Air arrival, and a car:


Austrian retro:


Some more Romglish, “Persons being in the progress of checks room”:


View point upstairs:


YR-BAJ (M):


Well, 09:15 soon turned into 10:30 and then 11:30. The gate changed from 36 to 08 to 24 during this time. We'd found a nice place to sit by gate 10, which wasn't in use. As we'd find out later, YR-BAK made a landing in FCO for reasons which remain unclear to me to this day, so it was a while until we boarded. I was getting really bored by this time.

FIDS showing our delay (M):


Artistic shot from the OTP food court downstairs (M):

Going up, going down (M):


Boarding queue:


Well, sometime later we boarded. Via bus. Bus which probably made lots of journeys in a german city in the 1980s. You guys know any German city with yellow/red buses in the 1980s? They probably didn't even re-paint it! Well, the smell was somewhere between diesel fumes and really nasty diesel fumes.

Old bus (M):


On the tarmac (M):


What are you doing woman, the engine is not an entrance! (M)


Sort of underwing shot (M):


Air Bucharest—don't think it moved recently (M):


Wheel detail (M):


Boarding (M):


Hmmm... yes, well, finally on to our 734. We were on the 2nd bus, and among the last to board. The plane didn't look too good, with an outside panel that looked not in line with others, and ready to fly out at any time. However, there was no one in 3C, next to us. Two possibilities exist in my mind: 1) weight and balance reasons and 2) Blue Air blocks seats next to customers who paid for their seats when possible. I'd really like to say it's 2, but it's probably 1. Though maybe, just maybe, I'm being cynical. AFAIK, all empty seats were next to seats chosen before the 14-day deadline for OLCI... but also all at the very front of the cabin (first 4 or 5 rows...). The load factor was around 97% (~157/162 seats taken).

Seat view—leather (M):


The ugliest seat back I've ever seen (M):


M was taking pictures of the wing and presidential A310 when a guy came by and told her she should probably stop... not that he cares, but that some big boss might see her. Something like that. No luck for the big boss, as she continued taking pictures. Was he referring to the presidential plane? We'll never know, and frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

What else. Nothing much. We were situated, a tug came to tug the airstairs away (btw, only front-door boarding... very “smart” for a low-cost... and it also explains just why their turns are so long). Soon after we left on our roughly 2-hr flight to BGY.

Tugging the stairs away:


Not perfectly visible in the photo, but you could still see the old LH logo (M):


7 ATRs (M):


0B111, OTP-BGY
Blue Air, 737-400
Reg: YR-BAK
STD/STA: 0730-0845
ATD/ATA: massively delayed—arrived roughly 12:30 local time
Flight track thanks to Flightradar24:


Had to wait for this 737 to land (M):


The Balkanic runway (M):


OTP terminal (M):


Romanian countryside... airport:


We took off from the Balkan runway 08R and proceeded to a 180 to the north of the airport. That left us with a few good views of the airport and Bucharest. While cold, it was clear.

Bucharest (M):


Yet again (M):


Small town--I think it's Buftea (M):


Afterwards I proceeded to nap, and did so until over the Croatian coast. We passed somewhere between Rijeka and Pula (gotta have this last one in the report!). We overflew Venice, but no good views. We were served something if we wanted to buy it, though I don't know what exactly.

Croatian coastline (sorry for the quality, Stipica!):


One of the mandatory A.net shots:


Old-style ceiling:


Safety card... at least no 2-engined 747 on it!


be magazine:


With about 25 minutes remaining I went to use the lavatory. I was reminded to be quick and to buckle up soon after.

We did our approach, which featured beautiful views on the other side. D'oh, mistake in calculations there! Anyway, some nice approaches on this journey—BGY and GMP are quite scenic!

On approach (M):


Yes the window is quite... scratched (M):


Running river (M):


First glimpse of BGY (M):


Towards the city (M):


Detail (M):


Landscape (M):


Control Tower (M):


We landed on runway 28 and soon reached our parking position in this airport definitely dominated by Ryanair. Not a big fan of that, no sir. We offloaded by bus and taken to the non-Schengen arrivals. Passport control was quick once they actually decided to open 3 desks. That took a while, however.

Orio al Serio International Airport (M):


Arrivals “Lounge” (M):


Alitalia-green in BGY:


Arrivi Arrivals:


Next it was time to wait for our bags, which took a while to arrive. However, ours were among the first out. We found a vending machine for our thirsty mouths. Then we exited the baggage claim “lounge” area, and into the Alitalia-green colored terminal. We got two 5 Euro tickets for the Autostradale bus to Milano Centrale. 40 minutes later, we arrived (it was a Sunday after all), and walked to our hotel, Hotel Ferton, somewhere about a 10-minute walk from Centrale train station.

Hotel/street:


Entrance to the hotel room:


My thoughts on this hotel are average. Wasn't very clean (we're in Italy, after all), only had summery bed covers and no thick covers, even though it got cold outside in winter. Luckily, the heating worked decently well. Was it worth the 65 Euro price tag? Well, Milano isn't that cheap, being Italy's business capital, but even in general I find most Italian hotels slightly overpriced. The small room doesn't bother me as much as the cold atmosphere within. Coincidentally, our hotel in Tokyo was about the same level of price, and much better, though an even smaller room. It's here that I realized that Alitalia check-in was working this time. Thank (insert your preferred deity or non-deity here)!

Milan(o): We headed south towards the Duomo and the City Center in general. We took a longcut through Brera and some more-or-less pedestrianized streets, with a nice couple of buildings, though nothing too special. Afterwards we went to the Duomo, battled our way through immense crowds in front of the Duomo and got tickets to go upstairs... no queue for the elevators... Hmm, strange, it's only 5 Euros more than for stairs. After an OMG o'clock wake-up time, the stairs weren't an option. Anyway, the view from upstairs was nice, and the Duomo an impressive building, architecturally.

Heading towards the center:


Church:


Getting close (M):


Slightly bigger church:


Duomo close to sunset (M):


Details (M):


Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele (M):


Details on the roof of the Duomo:




More artistic shot:


(M):


Do not look down (M):


(M):


Duomo from the bottom:


Inside the Duomo (M):


Statuary details (M):


Organ (M):


Afterwards, we headed towards the Palazzo Sforzesco... but stopped halfway, to eat. Well, it wasn't the best restaurant in Milan. In fact, I didn't much enjoy my Cotoletto Milanese di Maiale (sorry if I'm butchering the word order)... Afterwards we proceeded further to a square that resembled Bucharest-- it was “ca la noi”, as M said. I agreed with that assessment and we turned back. We couldn't resist the temptation of a good gelato so we stopped—I got a cup of Pistachio and Nocciole. M got Fragole in addition to the latter. Very good ice cream—definitely what I expect in Italy. Hands soon became numb, as the temperature was slightly above freezing. We passed through the covered pedestrian alleyways between the Duomo and the Scala, and walked around for a bit more, including on the famous via Montenapoleone... where a Ferrari passed us by, speeding away. How Italian! Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel. It was dark and Italy after dark isn't my cup of tea, in general. Not to mention I was freezing after the ice cream! Yes, that's about it.

Christmas lights:


Scala, sorry for the bad quality:


Good, well, I hope you enjoyed this report and as always, questions and comments are appreciated!

Conclusions:

Blue Air: they did about what I expect of a low-cost: offered a low ticket price, had massive delays, flew into secondary airports, charged for amenities like choosing seats, but got us there safely in the end. Can I be positive after a 4-hr delay? Not really, but I won't be negative either. I understand airplanes go tech every once in a while and there's only so much you can do with a small fleet. We were unlucky, as their other 3 flights that morning left roughly on-time. If they did indeed block the seat next to us as paying for our seats—well done! The plane didn't look in the best shape—inside and out.

Milano: A couple of world-class attractions, but overall it seems like a pretty boring city. I didn't have much time to explore it and, while I wouldn't mind another trip there, it's not high on my to re-visit list either. Gelato makes up for it though! I will add some more pictures of Milano itself in my next installment...

Thanks for reading my short report on Blue Air (Err...)

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[Edited 2013-01-08 19:53:55]

19 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6639 posts, RR: 78
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7062 times:

Hi dc9northwest,

nice report about your Blue Air experience. That airline doesn't attract me at all...who knows how long it will continue to exist. The cabin looked really worn.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
but they have 2 738s and 3 739ERs on order... so who knows what will happen.

These orders were cancelled in December.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):

Safety card... at least no 2-engined 747 on it!

But it's not a 734 either...


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2199 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7053 times:

Hi PlaneHunter,

Thanks for your reply!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
nice report about your Blue Air experience. That airline doesn't attract me at all...who knows how long it will continue to exist. The cabin looked really worn.

Oh, come on, where's your sense of adventure? Until now I've never seen such a weird airline... But yeah, the cabin and the outside look... ancient.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
These orders were cancelled in December.

Ah, were they? Probably good for Blue Air. They don't have the money for them.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
But it's not a 734 either...

"Eh, 733, 734, what's the difference!"  

I guess they didn't change the design since 2005, when they started with 733s.

Thanks again, PH!


User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2354 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6857 times:

Nice TR, great to read from such "exotic" carrier...

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Now, they're stuck with 6 737-400s for their routes. Well, at least the fleet is finally standardized...

It is reported that beside this B734 BlueAir is still operating B735 YR-BAG.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Blue Air: they did about what I expect of a low-cost: offered a low ticket price, had massive delays, flew into secondary airports, charged for amenities like choosing seats, but got us there safely in the end. Can I be positive after a 4-hr delay?

According to EU law

When an operating air carrier reasonably expects a flight
to be delayed beyond its scheduled time of departure:
(a) for two hours or more in the case of flights of 1 500 kilometres
or less ... passengers shall be offered by the operating air carrier: passengers shall
be offered free of charge:
(a) meals and refreshments in a reasonable relation to the
waiting time ... In addition, passengers shall be offered free of charge two
telephone calls, telex or fax messages, or e-mails.


So does have BlueAir offered you any of these?


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 6698 times:

Hi

Another great report with good pics!
Nice to catch the 734! Milano looks not bad at all.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2199 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 6574 times:

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
So does have BlueAir offered you any of these?

Yes, they have. They brought free water and snacks to distribute at the gate. Don't know about communication, that wasn't needed for us.

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
Nice TR, great to read from such "exotic" carrier...

Thanks very much debonair.

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
It is reported that beside this B734 BlueAir is still operating B735 YR-BAG.

Haven't seen BAG in a while. I don't think it's flying with Blue anymore.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 4):

Hi

Another great report with good pics!
Nice to catch the 734! Milano looks not bad at all.

Hi Marc,

Thanks very much!

Yeah, the 734 is special and this one might be falling apart any day now!  

No, Milano doesn't look bad, but it's not my favorite city.

Thanks again, Marc!


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 611 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 6528 times:

Hello again Alex,

A nice start to what I’m assuming would be a series of TRs about your Christmas break shenanigans.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Well, 09:15 soon turned into 10:30 and then 11:30. The gate changed from 36 to 08 to 24 during this time. We'd found a nice place to sit by gate 10, which wasn't in use. As we'd find out later, YR-BAK made a landing in FCO for reasons which remain unclear to me to this day, so it was a while until we boarded. I was getting really bored by this time.

It gives you confidence in them doesn’t it?

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Well, sometime later we boarded. Via bus. Bus which probably made lots of journeys in a german city in the 1980s. You guys know any German city with yellow/red buses in the 1980s? They probably didn't even re-paint it! Well, the smell was somewhere between diesel fumes and really nasty diesel fumes.

Sweet! I love retro situations. What a cute bus. And why complain about the diesel fumes? If you don’t love the smell of burning fossil fuels in the morning then that makes you (by a process of multiple extensions) a faux aviation enthusiast. Not even the fact that you’ll be flying to Akureyri later this year can undo that  .

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
What are you doing woman, the engine is not an entrance! (M)

Someone had too much Țuică for breakfast…

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Air Bucharest—don't think it moved recently (M):

No, not this one again…

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
The ugliest seat back I've ever seen (M):

Man, I’ve already commented on this earlier but for the love of Gheorghe Hagi what the hell is this? A spray-painted safety label? I was laughing out loud when I first saw this. I love eastern european ingenuity.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
M was taking pictures of the wing and presidential A310 when a guy came by and told her she should probably stop... not that he cares, but that some big boss might see her. Something like that. No luck for the big boss, as she continued taking pictures. Was he referring to the presidential plane? We'll never know, and frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

First of all why was M and not you siting by the window? This is (once more) making me question your devotion to the “the cause”. Secondly, as you should know, the “Big Boss” rarely refers to the president in the Balkans. But then again Romania is not technically in the Balkans.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 2):
"Eh, 733, 734, what's the difference!"

Amen! .

Looking forward to the rest!

Stojan



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User currently offlineSRforever From Switzerland, joined Dec 2006, 129 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6381 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
You guys know any German city with yellow/red buses in the 1980s?

It's actually a good old Postauto from Switzerland   , we had these types until only a couple of years ago

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postauto


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2199 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 6099 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):
Hello again Alex,

A nice start to what I’m assuming would be a series of TRs about your Christmas break shenanigans.

Hey there Stojan,

Indeed it will be the first part of my series. But I've been lazy and haven't started the second one... since it'll be longer I probably won't have it done until this weekend.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):
It gives you confidence in them doesn’t it?

Yes; I trust in them more than I do in God.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):
Sweet! I love retro situations. What a cute bus. And why complain about the diesel fumes? If you don’t love the smell of burning fossil fuels in the morning then that makes you (by a process of multiple extensions) a faux aviation enthusiast. Not even the fact that you’ll be flying to Akureyri later this year can undo that  .

Hey, I like the smell at petrol stations. I'm not a big fan of burning fuel, though, it's true. If that makes me faux, so be it--don't remind me about your hate of subtypes though, as that makes you a faux enthusiast  

I think the Wideroe milk runs or travelling half the country to get a new type are more aviation enthusiast-y than Akureyri. That's travel enthusiasm  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):
Someone had too much Țuică for breakfast…

Wait... me or the woman? M and I have different opinions on who you're referring to.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):
Man, I’ve already commented on this earlier but for the love of Gheorghe Hagi what the hell is this? A spray-painted safety label? I was laughing out loud when I first saw this. I love eastern european ingenuity.

For the love of Boyko Borisov (the best Bulgarian futbol player in 2011--lol), it is indeed a spray-painted safety label. If that doesn't scream EE nothing does.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):
First of all why was M and not you siting by the window? This is (once more) making me question your devotion to the “the cause”. Secondly, as you should know, the “Big Boss” rarely refers to the president in the Balkans. But then again Romania is not technically in the Balkans.

I more than made up for it later  

I'm sorry, Stojan, but we don't have as much Mafia in Romania as you do in Bulgaria. We're not as organized as you!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):
Looking forward to the rest!

It will be up soon-ish.

Quoting SRforever (Reply 7):
It's actually a good old Postauto from Switzerland   , we had these types until only a couple of years ago

Ah, fair enough, SRforever, thanks! There was stuff written in German so I assumed it was from Germany but that's what happens when you assume things!


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 611 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5972 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 8):
Hey, I like the smell at petrol stations. I'm not a big fan of burning fuel, though, it's true. If that makes me faux, so be it--don't remind me about your hate of subtypes though, as that makes you a faux enthusiast

That's fair enough! .

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 8):
Wait... me or the woman? M and I have different opinions on who you're referring to.

The woman of course. What was she doing over there?

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 8):
For the love of Boyko Borisov (the best Bulgarian futbol player in 2011--lol), it is indeed a spray-painted safety label. If that doesn't scream EE nothing does.

We are progressive people, Alex. We voted our prime minister as the best footballer of the year, in the past we elected our formerly exiled King as our prime minister and we also elected Azis (the singer - look him up) as the 21st greatest Bulgarian of all time (the list also included TV showmen, Stoichkov (duh!), a clairvoyant, and a neo-Nazi. Other countries can learn from us.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 8):
I'm sorry, Stojan, but we don't have as much Mafia in Romania as you do in Bulgaria. We're not as organized as you!

Yeah, you guys have a lot of catching up to do!



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 909 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5796 times:

Nice detailed report on your Blue Air experience, thanks for sharing.
Look forward to reading about the next flights!


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2199 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5514 times:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):

Nice detailed report on your Blue Air experience, thanks for sharing.
Look forward to reading about the next flights!

Thanks very much Robert!

Hopefully up soon!


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6402 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5418 times:

Hi Alex !

Thanks for a great report on Blue Air! Pictures are nice and it seems you had an okay flight, once the flight left. It must be frustrating to have to wait for a plane like that.

Milano looks nice but cold.

Looking forward to the rest of the reports from this almost round the world trip!

The777Man



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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1310 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5317 times:

Thanks for sharing. What a sub-average airline. Love the sprayed seat belt thing on the seatback.. .Sooooooo cheap.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Well, sometime later we boarded. Via bus. Bus which probably made lots of journeys in a german city in the 1980s. You guys know any German city with yellow/red buses in the 1980s? They probably didn't even re-paint it! Well, the smell was somewhere between diesel fumes and really nasty diesel fumes.

This was probably a post bus in Switzerland, as they still wear these colours today.


Looking forward to the continuation of your trip.


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2199 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5214 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Hi Alex !

Thanks for a great report on Blue Air! Pictures are nice and it seems you had an okay flight, once the flight left. It must be frustrating to have to wait for a plane like that.

Hi L,

Thanks very much for your comments! Yeah, the flight was ok, nothing special but nothing bad either... aside from the condition of the plane.

Yes, it was frustrating and tiring, i've gotta say.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Milano looks nice but cold.

Looking forward to the rest of the reports from this almost round the world trip!

Milano was ok. Gelato was yummy.

Thanks--well, with the flights a couple of weeks before this trip... it's a RTW indeed  
Quoting reifel (Reply 13):

Thanks for sharing. What a sub-average airline. Love the sprayed seat belt thing on the seatback.. .Sooooooo cheap.

Hi reifel,

Thanks--indeed Blue Air runs a substandard operation. I don't think I'll be flying them again, but who knows... if I need a cheap flight, I'll consider them.

Quoting reifel (Reply 13):
This was probably a post bus in Switzerland, as they still wear these colours today.

Thanks! It seems that's the consensus  
Quoting reifel (Reply 13):
Looking forward to the continuation of your trip.

I'm planning on starting the next part today.


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1570 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4886 times:
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Hello Alex,

Thanks for this first part of another journey of yours. Some déja-vu's again here, but sure in a positive way. I'm sorry to read about the delay, however, if it was more then 3 hr, you know what you are entitled too  

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Well, smart it's not, so I'll still call it an LCC.

Tell that to the CEO 

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
but they have 2 738s and 3 739ERs on order..

Oh really, they have some 'new', like 'brandnew and unused' ones on order? A giant leap forward in comparison to their current fleet and I especially like to get on that B739-er!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
For a LCC from a poor country it's a decent website.

Same opinion here. While it was no example or rather 'show off', it did the job and was functional troughout the whole booking process.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Yes, we Romanians take the future and accelerate it in your direction!

I'll tell you when it arrives here  

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Some more Romglish, “Persons being in the progress of checks room”:

  

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
The ugliest seat back I've ever seen

Oh man, that is really 'in your face'. Is this maybe a seat for the 'visually impaired'?

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
but overall it seems like a pretty boring city.

You have my vote for that quote as well. Not much to see/do there indeed...

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 675 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4823 times:

Hi Alex,

great report here about your interesting Blue Air experience. Sorry to hear about the delay, but well, that can happen when a plane goes tech and there is only a small fleet. At least you didn't have a tight connection at BGY.

Nice pictures as well, really like the snowy pictures of the Romanian countryside and the overview of Bucharest. Looks like you had a nice clear and crisp winter day.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Milano: A couple of world-class attractions, but overall it seems like a pretty boring city.

Hey, yeah, exactly my impression of Milan. The Duomo is certainly interesting, but besides there is just not much about the city. Maybe if you are into shopping.

CaptainRed


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2199 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4660 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):

Hello Alex,

Thanks for this first part of another journey of yours. Some déja-vu's again here, but sure in a positive way. I'm sorry to read about the delay, however, if it was more then 3 hr, you know what you are entitled too  

Hello Nils,

It's my pleasure. I bet you liked another view at that Balkanic runway of mine! Haha. Yes, indeed almost 4 hrs late implies I'm due some compensation. I should get on that.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
Oh really, they have some 'new', like 'brandnew and unused' ones on order? A giant leap forward in comparison to their current fleet and I especially like to get on that B739-er!

I thought so, but according to PlaneHunter those orders have been cancelled!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
Same opinion here. While it was no example or rather 'show off', it did the job and was functional troughout the whole booking process.

Well, your experience was better than ours, Nils. Let's just say M really hates that website now!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
I'll tell you when it arrives here  

Nah, that's the trouble. The future never gets here; it's always the present!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
Oh man, that is really 'in your face'. Is this maybe a seat for the 'visually impaired'?

No, just a seatback from the aesthetically-impaired  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
You have my vote for that quote as well. Not much to see/do there indeed...

Good to know, Nils, and thanks for your comments!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
Hi Alex,

great report here about your interesting Blue Air experience. Sorry to hear about the delay, but well, that can happen when a plane goes tech and there is only a small fleet. At least you didn't have a tight connection at BGY.

Hi Captain,

Thanks very much! Yeah, I agree with all you said above regarding a small fleet. It can raise issues.

I'd never schedule a short connection after a low-cost flight. Too many horror-stories of acute lateness...

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
Nice pictures as well, really like the snowy pictures of the Romanian countryside and the overview of Bucharest. Looks like you had a nice clear and crisp winter day.

Thanks again--yes, the weather cooperated. A very nice winter day, weather-wise. Cold, but that can't really be helped.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
Hey, yeah, exactly my impression of Milan. The Duomo is certainly interesting, but besides there is just not much about the city. Maybe if you are into shopping.

Nice to see I'm not alone in thinking this--yeah, there is shopping, but I'm most certainly not into it.

Thanks for the comments, guys!


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1110 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 4569 times:
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Hello Alex! (yes its me again )

Another nice report from your side here, enjoyed it!
Totally not impressed by Blue Air here, big delay and very ugly and old interior. Those seatbacks cracked me up 
I guess its fair to say I wont be trying Blue Air out anytime soon  
Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):

0B 111, OTP-BGY, 734, 29DEC
AZ 786, MXP-NRT, 772, 30 DEC
KE 2726, KIX-GMP, AB6, 04JAN
KE 1, ICN-NRT, 332, 06JAN
MH 92, NRT-LAX, 772, 06JAN
DL 2168, LAX-MSP, 752, 07JAN
DL 5778, MSP-MDW, E70, 07JAN

Another nice line of flights there my friend  
Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Some more Romglish, %u201CPersons being in the progress of checks room%u201D:

:D

cheers!

Brendan


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2199 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 6 hours ago) and read 4521 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Hello Alex! (yes its me again&nbsp Wink

Hey Brendan--it's me again too  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Another nice report from your side here, enjoyed it!

Thanks, mate!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Totally not impressed by Blue Air here, big delay and very ugly and old interior. Those seatbacks cracked me up 

Ah, but it's ex-Lufthansa, thought you'd enjoy that   The seatbacks caused a WTF moment for sure.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
I guess its fair to say I wont be trying Blue Air out anytime soon  

Hah, there are probably better options.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Another nice line of flights there my friend  

Thanks again, Brendan!


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