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Powerful Takeoffs And The A310! BMA-BRU-LIS-PDL  
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9339 times:

This is the first part of a trip report covering my trip to Lisbon and the Azores in December 2012.

The idea for this trip started out one fall evening of 2012 when I was looking for alternatives of flying the Airbus A310, which has become quite a rare bird in Europe nowadays, with only a handful of examples in passenger service within the continent.

SATA International (S4), the medium/long haul division of the Azorean airline Sata Air Açores (SP), operates some of these A310’s. I had previously looked at fairly cheap return tickets on LIS-PDL-LIS, a route that these A310’s frequent, with at least one segment on the type, but I never got around booking any, mainly due to lack of a good way of reaching LIS.

This time I did find a good alternative though, BMA-BRU-LIS with SN and TP, and LIS-FRA-ARN on LH to get back home, for some 200 EUR. This was booked and I then booked the LIS-PDL-LIS segments on the TP webpage, S4 A310 to get there and a TP A320 back home, for some 150 EUR. This would give me two days in Ponta Delgada and one day in Lisbon.
I was glad that the SN option popped up, as the BMA-BRU flight is the longest flight ex-BMA, and the ARJ-100 takeoff on the short runway is said to be quite exciting, and I had been looking for options to try this flight for quite some time.

The booked routing, shown with the help of Great Circle Mapper:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/map_zpsc918c112.gif

I’ll split this report up in to two parts; the first one will cover the SN flight BMA-BRU, the TP flight BRU-LIS and the S4 flight LIS-PDL, as well as some destination pictures from the Azores.
The second part will cover the TP flight PDL-LIS and the LH flights LIS-FRA-ARN, as well as some destination pictures from Lisbon.

On December 5th, the day before my departure, Stockholm was hit by a snowstorm. It was very windy and lots and lots of snow. Most flights to and from the Stockholm airports were cancelled. To give some perspective, on December 5th 2012, the snow removed at ARN was 80% of the amount of snow removed the entire previous winter, and yet the airport never closed down entirely.
The plane operating the evening SN flight to BMA on the 4th didn’t leave BMA all day, and no other SN flights operated to or from BMA on the 5th, so on the evening it became apparent that it would operate my flight on the morning of the 6th, if the weather had calmed down by then.

December 6

With a departure time ex-BMA at 6:50 I woke up at 4:50 for my prebooked taxi leaving home at 5:10.

A calm drive through some of Stockholm’s northern suburbs followed, the only sign of the snowstorm the day before was the snow on the ground, no wind or snow in the air on this day at all.

The clock was around 5:40 when I arrived at BMA.

FIDS:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2312_zpsc5066b5d.jpg

The terminal was semi busy as I arrived, the longest queue was for the SN check-in desk. I had to join it since OLCI only allowed me to check in for the first leg to BRU, and not on the TP-flight BRU-LIS. And I didn’t print any BP for the SN flight either so that had to be done as well.

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2314_zpsb6cfc52e.jpg

The queue took a few minutes, a family in front of me had lots and lots of luggage, so it took quite a while for the agent to get everything sorted for them. I believe they were connecting to one of SN’s flights to Africa.

Once it was my turn I was told by the check in agent that she couldn’t check me in for the TP flight either, and that I’d have to do it in BRU. She quickly printed me a credit card sized BP for the flight to BRU though and next it was time for me to head through security.

Not much of a queue and 5 minutes later I was airside.

BRU was scheduled as the first departure of the day, so airside was still quite calm.
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I sat down in the waiting area and just waited for boarding to be commenced from gate 08.
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Soon enough boarding was called, and after scanning my BP I was let out to the apron, and was told to go to stand 5 where our Avro to BRU was parked.

SN2310
BMA-BRU
BAe Avro 100
OO-DWJ

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2319_zpsfe02b6d0.jpg

I walked down the ”alley” on which stand 5 lies and I found the Avro that had been grounded all day before and now would bring me to BRU.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2321_zps41afca88.jpg

The apron was of course plowed since the snowstorm the day before, but in the vicinity of the aircraft, where the plows couldn’t reach, there were still some snow.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2322_zpsc6bf66b9.jpg

Boarding was available at the aft entrance as well, so with my chosen seat from OLCI of 18A that’s where I went.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2323_zpse2d82bb4.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2325_zps6f86d5cb.jpg

I was greeted by the Belgian FA in the aft galley and a few steps later I found myself at row 18.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2326_zpsa361d63f.jpg

I sat down on the old-fashioned seat, it was pretty comfy, the legroom wasn’t good but enough.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2327_zpsac95a47a.jpg

View out my window:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2328_zps94635193.jpg

The aircraft soon filled up, I do believe the load was 100% (unsurprising with the cancellations the day before) which of course meant that I also got a seatmate.

Soon enough the crew performed the safety demo, we were deiced and the cabin was secured for departure.

Deicing:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2331_zps051626d2.jpg

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2332_zpsd6f03b18.jpg

After that we began taxiing, and OO-DWJ could finally leave its parking position of the last 36 or so hours.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2333_zps8edadc55.jpg

Another Avro at a neighboring stand:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2334_zps494da3ab.jpg

I was glad when I noticed we taxied towards runway 12, as that meant I’d get quite a nice view over the city of Stockholm after departure.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2337_zps6f2421df.jpg

We soon reached the runway, and I decided to capture the occasion on motion picture. Here’s the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47iSNhHxYec

The takeoff was just as exciting and thrilling as I had hoped for. Once on the runway we did a complete stop, the engines were spooled up, and then all of a sudden the brakes were released and we bounced off. This powerful takeoff in addition to the nice view of Stockholm in the dawn once in the air made it a takeoff to remember. All of this can be seen in the video linked above.

A couple of minutes after wheels up we were engulfed by the clouds though.

But we soon emerged above said clouds:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2342_zpsd7e5d6ed.jpg

After we reached a safe height and the seat belt sign had been turned off the cabin crew did a BOB-round in the economy class cabin. I didn’t bother with it though.

Seatpocket content:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2344_zpsb20656d8.jpg

I spent most of the flight just trying to get some sleep. I managed some rest.

Outside my window the sun woke up as the flight progressed on.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2348_zps987f77cf.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2353_zps04d230cc.jpg

Soon enough we commenced descent to BRU, there were some clouds above central Europe today as well, so not all too many views of the ground as we got lower.

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2357_zps699d4b0a.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2360_zps54c35915.jpg

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2354_zps1751ea2b.jpg

The seatbelt sign was soon turned on and the cabin prepared for landing.

A few minutes later we were on approach for BRU’s runway 25R…
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2362_zps15aaa28f.jpg

…where we a short while later also touched down.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2369_zps37f270a3.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2373_zpsa237fa8f.jpg

We were assigned a gate on the northern side of the A-pier, so with us landing on 25R it meant a very short taxi.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2377_zps952d6801.jpg

We were soon docked to a jetway and deboarding was commenced. Once it was my turn to leave the aircraft I thanked the crew on my way out and then I made my way up the jetway to the terminal.

Last look at the Avro, finally at its home after a couple of cold nights spent in Stockholm:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2378_zps487e3d2e.jpg

Once in the terminal I was impressed by this pier, just like on my last visit to BRU in 2010.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2380_zps13d2ef27.jpg

Next I went to the base of the pier, where the transfer desks were located. They told me I couldn’t get anything from them just yet, but that I should come back to them 30 minutes later.
I didn’t bother asking how I was supposed to get in to the lounge without a BP since I figured I could might as well spend the fairly short layover at BRU in the nice terminal.

So for the next 30 minutes I just strolled around BRU, did some people and plane watching.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2379_zps86273646.jpg

Some 35 minutes later I was back at the transfer desk, where they told me I’d get a BP for my flight to LIS at the gate. At least they told me the gate for the flight, even though it wasn’t on the FIDS yet. So to the gate was where I headed next.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2382_zps86a7eac3.jpg

The gate was manned already as I arrived, so I quickly got my BP. Seat 9D was printed on it, for some reason I didn’t bother asking for a change of seat, so I accepted my faith of sitting in an aisle seat for this flight.

Colorful back side of this BP:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2383_zps63030778.jpg

I sat down in the gate area and soon the TP A320 arrived. CS-TMW would do the honors of bringing me and my fellow passengers to LIS.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2386_zps612e0cfb.jpg

Shortly after the inbound passengers had disembarked we were invited to queue up in preparation for boarding.

TP607
BRU-LIS
Airbus A320
CS-TMW “Luísa Todi”

We were soon let down the jetway.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2388_zps15f4583b.jpg

I greeted the two FA’s in the forward galley as I entered the aircraft. They seemed fairly disinterested.

I believe the first few rows were in some sort of 2-3 business class arrangement, which I was quite surprised to see.

It didn’t take me long to reach my seat 9D, a Norwegian girl was already seated at the window seat.

I sat down on my gray leather seat, which was quite comfy. And a good amount of legroom here on row 9.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2390_zpscb989a6a.jpg

View across the aisle:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2389_zps5b73c3af.jpg

Boarding soon calmed down, and the middle seat remained open next to me. I’d estimate the load at about 60-70%.

When everybody was seated the safety video was played on the overhead LCD’s.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2391_zps5ba37a74.jpg

Pushback and taxi followed.

We soon took off from the same runway 25R as I landed on a couple of hours earlier.

Logically, I did not see much outside views, since I was stuck at my aisle seat.

It didn’t take too long before the seatbelt sign was turned off.

A little while later the service round for economy was commenced.

First I was handed this little box with a sandwich and a squeezed fruit drink.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2392_zpsb632ecd4.jpg

This was followed by a drink run, I had some coffee and sparkling water. I do believe soft drinks as well as beer and wine were available free of charge as well.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2393_zps279a4c39.jpg

The sandwich was fairly tasty and the fruit drink was a nice touch.

The flight progressed on smoothly, I spent most of the time listening to some music.
The overhead LCD’s showed some sort of feature, I do not recall what exactly but it wasn’t an airshow anyway.

Cabin view from my seat:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2394_zpsdd09109e.jpg

Seatpocket content:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2395_zps74cc442b.jpg

I also did a lavatorial visit, where I took the opportunity to snap a picture:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2397_zps56ec31e8.jpg

And a cabin shot taken on the way back to my seat:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2398_zpsb024f1dc.jpg

Soon enough the descent was commenced, and the cabin prepared for landing.

As we got lower I noticed the cloud base were fairly low, and it was raining outside once we got beneath said clouds, so I didn’t miss much during the approach by sitting in an aisle seat.

Once touched down it also became evident that we had landed from the north, on runway 21, so there hadn’t been any nice views over Lisbon, as when landing from the south.

We did a short taxi and parked on a stand outside of the TAP maintenance hangars north of the terminal.

We didn’t have to wait for too long before a bus arrived and deboarding could commence.

I thanked the crew in the front galley as I left the aircraft.

I had to rush the few meters to the bus since the rain was quite heavy. Once in the bus I snapped a photo of the bird that had brought me from Belgium.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2400_zps8442e05f.jpg

A not too long of a drive followed, and we were dropped off beneath the terminal.
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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9338 times:

A short walk through baggage reclaim and I soon found myself landside of LIS Terminal 1.

Arrival hall:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2412_zpsf65e8aa4.jpg

First of all I checked myself in for my S4 LIS-PDL flight on a SSK, the seatmap still looked like an A310. A receipt-quality BP with seat 34J was printed.

Check in hall:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2414_zpsce9b2e62.jpg

Next I did a little tour of LIS Terminal 1 landside. Here are some impressions, this is the “lobby”:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2415_zpsf816365f.jpg

Main entrance to the “lobby”:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2416_zpsac4e1bf1.jpg

I like the ceiling in this room:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2417_zps406232cc.jpg

It didn’t take too long before I went airside. Queue for security was short and I was airside in just a couple of minutes.

Once airside one went upstairs and one found oneself in a duty free shop.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2419_zps8b90ce40.jpg

I went through it and explored LIS Terminal 1 airside. Here are some impressions:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2423_zpsfc95fb6e.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2426_zps9c050d13.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2427_zpsb5b0a1b2.jpg

A Belgian friend:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2424_zpse738c197.jpg

I tried to get in to the TAP lounge, since my S4 flight was booked under TP codeshare, but as expected it was no dice, and I decided to use my Diners Club to pay the 125 SEK to enter the “Lisbon Lounge”.

TAP-lounge entrance:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2420_zps8d47b9c9.jpg

Lisbon Lounge entrance:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2432_zps909768da.jpg

The lounge was your standard contract-lounge with some pastries and snacks available, drinks selection wasn’t bad either.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2431_zps696d2da8.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2428_zpsdc19d3c6.jpg

No views from the lounge at all (windowless), but a pretty comfy interior.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2429_zps4f8db51f.jpg

I had a few hours before my flight so I killed the time using the WiFi provided in the lounge.

Once the departure time for my flight was approaching, and I had left the lounge, it had become dark outside, and it was still raining quite heavily.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2437_zps592cbc8d.jpg

Gate 11 was assigned for my flight to PDL on this evening. There were some people around but it was not overly busy.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2435_zps7750164a.jpg

Sooner or later boarding was commenced. And by boarding I mean scanning BP’s at the gate, go downstairs and in to a waiting bus, as gate 11 was a bus gate.

S4129
LIS-PDL
Airbus A310-300
CS-TKM

I was among the first 20 or so to “board”. In the stairwell there were some buckets collecting rain water leaking through the ceiling.
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I managed to get on the first bus and as it filled up we drove across the rainy airport to a parking position in between the runways.

As we pulled up to this bird, I was somewhat relieved:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2440_zps57f721d5.jpg

We first drove up to the front stairs but we then drove around the aircraft and we were dropped off at the aft stairs.

I snapped a few pictures before I went up the stairs.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2441_zps42e72755.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2442_zpsd74c97e7.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2443_zps51428d61.jpg

As I entered the aircraft I was greeted by one of the FA’s, they also checked my BP and directed me to the second aisle.

I quickly found my seat 34J:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2446_zps214318b5.jpg

The blue cloth seat was fairly comfortable, and boy was I impressed by the legroom:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2448_zps9e586eb3.jpg

This was mainly due to row 34 being the first row where the fuselage narrows down though, I noticed other rows didn’t have as nice legroom.

Cabin view during boarding:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2455_zpsb0d3d21e.jpg

As boarding had calmed down it was obvious that the load was rather light at around 40%, with plenty of open seats at the back.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2447_zpsfe74c7fa.jpg

View across the aisles:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2457_zps697a7f7e.jpg

The crew manually folded out the large TV-screens from the ceiling to show the safety video. They were then folded back up again.

Soon enough the cabin was prepared for departure, the lights were dimmed and we began taxiing to the runway.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2464_zpsb9eae90e.jpg

We soon reached the same runway 21 as I had landed on several hours earlier.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2471_zpsa700904c.jpg

Since it was dark and still raining outside I realized that any picture taking would be fruitless, and since this was likely my only ever A310 takeoff I decided to do a departure video, which can be seen on this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNfh375KBEw

The takeoff was fairly powerful and it didn’t take long before we were engulfed by the clouds.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2473_zpsc4473285.jpg

Shortly after takeoff the seatbelt sign was turned off and the lights turned back on.

The screens were also folded back down, and some kind of feature was shown, something about the Azores if I am not mistaken.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2479_zps85e00365.jpg

It didn’t take all too long before the service round started, and this is what I was served:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2481_zpsb40988ba.jpg

The sandwich was tasty and so was the pastry (a Portuguese specialty, if I am not mistaken).

There were other drinks available but I just had some sparkling water.

The flight was otherwise quite uneventful. I did the most of my A310 experience and did a couple of tours around the cabin.

Armrest IFE controls:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2449_zps3523e74b.jpg

The seatback in front of me:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2452_zps2163f5cc.jpg

Overhead panels (picture taken while on the ground in LIS):
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2456_zps119223e5.jpg

Seatpocket content:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2486_zpsd5577a25.jpg

SATA route map displayed in the inflight magazine:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2487_zpsf1b171f9.jpg

And the fleet info page, for PH:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2488_zps6fe936fe.jpg

Cabin view from the back:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2489_zpsb243decf.jpg

And from the front:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2492_zps4531b042.jpg

Lavatory picture:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2493_zps39a9ab93.jpg

Outside the window there was little next to nothing to see, since we were flying above the Atlantic Ocean. Only darkness and the wing beacon light.
I took a short video showing the “view” outside as well as a look in the cabin of the A310, the video can be found on this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n_XUMHqJ5Y

Soon enough we begun descending, and the crew prepared the cabin for landing. The TV-screens were again folded up in to the ceiling.

The seatbelt sign was again turned on and the lights dimmed.

As we approached the island of São Miguel, the lights of the city of Ponta Delgada were soon visible, as we approached the airport from the west.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2505_zpsc2b6cf8c.jpg

After I took the picture above I started recording and took a landing video of our approach and touchdown to PDL’s runway 30, the video can be found on this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY3eOsE3Nyc

The view as seen on the video is pretty beautiful, with all the lights of Ponta Delgada visible, as well as the harbor.

After landing we turned around on the runway and taxied our way to the terminal, which we parked in front.

It didn’t take long for the airstairs to arrive and deboarding could begin.

My seat after the flight:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2508_zps789c07f5.jpg

Cabin view right before deboarding was commenced:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2509_zpsbf842b59.jpg

I thanked the crew as I left the aircraft.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2510_zps3c7d78d9.jpg

We were directed towards “Domestic Arrivals”, and I snapped a few pictures of our A310 during the walk over there.

Under wing picture for Markus:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2512_zps3fd7d40b.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2514_zpsad79693c.jpg

A last picture of the A310 that brought me over a portion of the Atlantic:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2516_zpsf44e232f.jpg

After I took the picture above I got yelled at by a ground staff member that I could not use the camera there.

Through baggage claim I went and once I was out of the terminal I begun walking towards my hotel, it wasn’t the greatest of ideas though since there weren’t any proper sidewalks or walkways on the first portion of road towards the city.

I found my way to the hotel fairly easily though and an hour or so after touching down I was checking in at the appropriately named Hotel Ponta Delgada.

The hotel was nice with free WiFi and breakfast included. Modern and clean rooms, and the fare was only 45 EUR per night, very good value for the money.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2520_zps8921bf00.jpg

December 7-8

I spent two full days and three nights in Ponta Delgada. The weather wasn’t the best as it was cloudy every day and occasionally a little downpour. But I enjoyed my relaxing stay in the little city.

Here are some impressions of my hotel:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2526_zps466f48ad.jpg

Pool:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2549_zpsfe1529fd.jpg

My selection from the breakfast buffet:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2523_zps4245cf3c.jpg

View from my balcony, PDL’s runway is right on top of that hill you can see:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2521_zps9df181cf.jpg

Sea:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2522_zps756de303.jpg

Here are some impressions of Ponta Delgada:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2527_zps4715aae7.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2528_zps80756c59.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2529_zps6ff224b3.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Ponta%20Delgada%202012/DSCN2553_zpsde5b3559.jpg

To sum things up,

I enjoyed all three first flights on this trip.

I didn’t see much of Brussels Airlines, but the flight was comfortable enough and I would like to sample SN another time. Only thing I could complain on is that they should be better at cooperating with their partner TAP, some minor but somewhat annoying hassle doing that transfer at BRU despite being on the same booking.

The flight on TAP was nice as well, comfortable and not a bad service concept for a flight of that length. Would not hesitate to fly with them again, and my next flight with them will be covered in the very next report.

SATA wasn’t bad either. The cabin of their A310 was quite dated as expected (which I did not mind one bit), but it was clean and all that.
The short and stubby A310 was a nice bird to fly, the common 2-4-2 arrangement in economy is a great configuration for comfort.

I really like BRU. With that said, I have only ever visited the A-pier.

LIS was pretty much as expected, fairly crowded and not the best airport there is. But everything worked well for me on this occasion so no complaints.

Ponta Delgada was a nice little city. Shame about the weather, I’d love to visit the Azores again some day, at a better season.

Thank you all for reading my report! Any feedback or comment is highly appreciated.

My next report will cover my journey back to Stockholm, via Lisbon (where some sightseeing will be covered as well) and Frankfurt.

Martin


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8791 times:
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Hi Martin,

Always a pleasure to read your reports, from my favourite Swedish reporter  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The idea for this trip started out one fall evening of 2012 when I was looking for alternatives of flying the Airbus A310, which has become quite a rare bird in Europe nowadays, with only a handful of examples in passenger service within the continent.

I think PIA flies a few within Europe too, but unclear within which cities.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
To give some perspective, on December 5th 2012, the snow removed at ARN was 80% of the amount of snow removed the entire previous winter, and yet the airport never closed down entirely.

That is quite impressive.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The apron was of course plowed since the snowstorm the day before, but in the vicinity of the aircraft, where the plows couldn’t reach, there were still some snow.

That picture feels eerily cold!!!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Logically, I did not see much outside views, since I was stuck at my aisle seat.

Quite frustrating when that happens.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I snapped a few pictures before I went up the stairs.

Such a naked SATA aircraft. Their current colour scheme is so colourful and always a delight to see when they land at YYZ in the evening light!!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

Armrest IFE controls:

That Armrest has definitely taken quite a battering!!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Ponta Delgada was a nice little city. Shame about the weather, I’d love to visit the Azores again some day, at a better season.

Nice to see where SATA originates from.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
the pastry (a Portuguese specialty, if I am not mistaken).

Yes it is as I see them at the little Portugese bakery near my house!!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8667 times:

Hey great report  

Brought back memories when I did DUB-PDL on the inaugural A320 flight some years back. I stayed at a hotel along the marina. Quite an interesting place when you tour around.

Love the A310 its getting old but still a great looking aircraft.

LIS airport exactly as I remember it .   I see they had those custard tarts in the lounge  

Anyway thanks for the report.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3200 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8143 times:

Nice report Martin. I've always wanted to visit the Azores....maybe I should book sooner rather than later?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The booked routing, shown with the help of Great Circle Mapper:

Nice routing

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I was among the first 20 or so to “board”. In the stairwell there were some buckets collecting rain water leaking through the ceiling.

LIS isn't looking her best!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Ponta Delgada was a nice little city. Shame about the weather, I’d love to visit the Azores again some day, at a better season.

I had a friend that went there, and said it rained every day for a week. She said it was stupid of her to have expected such a green looking island to be dry - obviously if it's green, it's wet!



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8016 times:

Hello!

Thanks a lot for for the feedback and comments!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 2):
Always a pleasure to read your reports, from my favourite Swedish reporter

Thank you for the kind words, flightsimboy!  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 2):
Such a naked SATA aircraft. Their current colour scheme is so colourful

Agreed, their livery is great looking, would have preferred a bird in it.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 2):
Nice to see where SATA originates from.

Indeed, I enjoyed my stay at the island, if only the weather would have been a bit better!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Hey great report

Thank you, Philip!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):

Love the A310 its getting old but still a great looking aircraft.

Agreed. Now I should try to log the A300 as well before they are gone from European skies!  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
I see they had those custard tarts in the lounge

Indeed! Very tasty!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Nice report Martin. I've always wanted to visit the Azores....maybe I should book sooner rather than later?

Thanks, Gabriel! I can only recommend you to visit. I'd warn you about the weather but as I read you're already aware of it. And besides, you live in England so I'm sure you're used to some downpour!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
LIS isn't looking her best!

Indeed, reminded me of Malpensa when I was there in 2011, rain-water-collecting buckets there as well.

Martin


User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1844 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7640 times:
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Hi Martin, thanks for sharing. Congratulations on logging the A310!   What a great bird!

Best regards,

Martijn



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7009 times:

Hey Martin


Great to follow up on the PDL story and glad to see you have logged the A310!
I actually logged the exact same mix of flights back in 2011 (with the exception of BMA-BRU off course).
Funny enough, I had CS-TKM on the flight to PDL.
Surprised too see different than usual seats on the TP 320, they look roomier.

Here is my TR for the reference.
SATA, The Azores And The A310! Part I (by MSS658 Oct 16 2011 in Trip Reports)


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6960 times:

Hi Martin,

very nice report about your SATA A310 mission! Good idea to try this one, the A310s have become rare indeed.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The lounge was your standard contract-lounge with some pastries and snacks available, drinks selection wasn’t bad either.

Ah, great drink selection!   

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The blue cloth seat was fairly comfortable, and boy was I impressed by the legroom:

Yes, very impressive!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The takeoff was fairly powerful and it didn’t take long before we were engulfed by the clouds.

A310 and A300 takeoffs can be very powerful, experienced that as well.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
And the fleet info page, for PH:

Thanks! I'm impressed that SATA does even list A320-212/214 and A310-304/325 separately.   


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1651 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6886 times:
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Hello Martin,

Good to see this report and succesful attempt to try and log the A310. Still have none in the log and I doubt I will ever have. Nice as well to see you on my home carrier, it seems you were quite happy with them (I usually am as well). The service is decent enough, not top notch but it does the job. Indeed a minor annoyance on the transfer in BRU, that could definitely to with improvement. As for SATA, it’s refreshing to see that those old ladies (the planes   ) are still going strong and that they are well looked after.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I was glad that the SN option popped up, as the BMA-BRU flight is the longest flight ex-BMA, and the ARJ-100 takeoff on the short runway is said to be quite exciting

Those rumours are very true, the takeoff from BMA on a full Avro is exciting to say the least!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
the snow removed at ARN was 80% of the amount of snow removed the entire previous winter, and yet the airport never closed down entirely.

Impressive, says some things on the well organised operations in winter time. That can’t be said from other airports!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I had to join it since OLCI only allowed me to check in for the first leg to BRU, and not on the TP-flight BRU-LIS.

Annoying...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
there were still some snow.

‘some’  Wow! A whole lotta lot you mean!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This powerful takeoff in addition to the nice view of Stockholm in the dawn once in the air made it a takeoff to remember.

I bet you had a smile from ear to ear, no   

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I didn’t bother asking how I was supposed to get in to the lounge without a BP since I figured I could might as well spend the fairly short layover at BRU in the nice terminal.

You should’ve, just for the principle. Not for the lounge itself because it’s not worth much...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Seat 9D was printed on it, for some reason I didn’t bother asking for a change of seat

Big a.netter’s mistake  

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Lisbon Lounge entrance

Looks very easyJet--ish.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
and boy was I impressed by the legroom

Wow, that’s really good. You picked just the right row here.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
a Portuguese specialty, if I am not mistaken

I believe that’s called a ‘Pasteis de Belem’. Very tasty stuff!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I got yelled at by a ground staff member

Pfff  

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I really like BRU. With that said, I have only ever visited the A-pier.

I’m glad you did and the A pier is the nicest of both (imho).

Sultanils



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User currently offlineluxair747sp From Germany, joined May 2010, 504 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6800 times:

Hi Martin,

Really nice report about your journey to the Azores.
Good to see that SN still has a 2-3 seating configuration on their Avros, I always thought they had 3-3.
Great that you got the A310 which is really rare these days.
Service on SP also looked fine.

Thanks a lot for sharing.
Johannes


User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6127 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6677 times:
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Very nice report.

I´ve been fortunate to have flown twice on the A310-300

ZRH-MAD on SR
MIA-MAO-VVI on Lloyd

One of the most overpowered aircraft out there. The feeling at takeoff is something else. Hard to believe it´s slightly shorter than the 727-200.

I´m glad you were able to log it.



MGGS
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6647 times:

Nice report Martin! SN and TP seem okay as usual, and nice to read a report about Sata, they are not that often reported on. Nice touch of them to serve a Portugese traditional snack.

The Azores seem nice, shame about the bad weather. Pretty cool take-off from BMA as well, and congrats on the A310 of course.


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6598 times:

Hi again! And thanks a lot for the additional feedback!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 6):
Hi Martin, thanks for sharing. Congratulations on logging the A310! What a great bird!

Thank you, Martijn! Great bird indeed!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 7):
Great to follow up on the PDL story and glad to see you have logged the A310!

Thank you, Marc!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 7):
I actually logged the exact same mix of flights back in 2011 (with the exception of BMA-BRU off course).

I remember the reports, I'm glad that I finally got around booking myself on the A310 as well.  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 7):
Surprised too see different than usual seats on the TP 320, they look roomier.

The safety card was only for two registrations, and since it had some sort of C-configuration I believe these might usually be used on medium haul routes.
The seats on my PDL-LIS flight, covered in the next report, were different.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
very nice report about your SATA A310 mission! Good idea to try this one, the A310s have become rare indeed.

Thank you, PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
A310 and A300 takeoffs can be very powerful, experienced that as well.

Now I just gotta book myself on an A300!  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Good to see this report and succesful attempt to try and log the A310

Thank you, Nils!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Nice as well to see you on my home carrier, it seems you were quite happy with them (I usually am as well). The service is decent enough, not top notch but it does the job.

Enjoyed my flight with SN indeed, would love to fly them again. Their North American long hauls would be interesting!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):

Those rumours are very true, the takeoff from BMA on a full Avro is exciting to say the least!

I noticed!  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
‘some’ Wow! A whole lotta lot you mean!

Well, not compared to Kiruna!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
I bet you had a smile from ear to ear, no

Oh yes indeed!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
You should’ve, just for the principle. Not for the lounge itself because it’s not worth much...

Maybe, but I am a shy Swede after all, and I enjoyed my time looking around the A-pier anyway.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
I believe that’s called a ‘Pasteis de Belem’. Very tasty stuff!

Good to know, tasty indeed!

Quoting luxair747sp (Reply 10):
Really nice report about your journey to the Azores.

Thank you, Johannes!

Quoting luxair747sp (Reply 10):
Good to see that SN still has a 2-3 seating configuration on their Avros, I always thought they had 3-3.

My first time flying a 2-3 configured Avro, was indeed more comfortable than a 3-3 configured one!

Quoting AR385 (Reply 11):
Very nice report.

Thank you!

Quoting AR385 (Reply 11):
One of the most overpowered aircraft out there. The feeling at takeoff is something else. Hard to believe it´s slightly shorter than the 727-200.

It was a nice feeling for sure. Didn't know about that last, it's a cool thought indeed.

Quoting AR385 (Reply 11):
I´m glad you were able to log it.

I am too.  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 12):
Nice report Martin!

Thank you, Robert!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 12):
Nice touch of them to serve a Portugese traditional snack.

Indeed, and such a tasty snack at that!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 12):
and congrats on the A310 of course.

Thank you!

Martin


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 6524 times:

Hey deltamartin,

I must say that I feel rather jealous of your itinerary. It includes two airlines and two destinations that are really high on my bucket list. TAP and SATA have, in my opinion, two of the classiest liveries in Europe, while Lisbon and the Azores are two destinations that have a ton to offer to the visitor. Your photos from the Azores depict the islands exactly the way I envision them (gloomy, yet colorful) and make me wanna go there even more badly. Glad to see that you were pleased with what SATA and TAP had to offer. The latter doesn't tend to receive many positive reviews, much like the other national airline of the Iberian peninsula, so it's nice to see that they don't always perform subpar.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The sandwich was tasty and so was the pastry (a Portuguese specialty, if I am not mistaken).

Not sure what those things are called but I had them once (my best buddy is Portuguese and he brought us some when he was visiting) and I loved them! Too bad I devoured them in no time!

Thanks for the nice read! I'm looking forward to the return segment. More photos from the Azores would be greatly appreciated! 

Widebodyroga



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6050 times:

Hey Widebodyroga!

Thanks for your reply!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
I must say that I feel rather jealous of your itinerary. It includes two airlines and two destinations that are really high on my bucket list. TAP and SATA have, in my opinion, two of the classiest liveries in Europe, while Lisbon and the Azores are two destinations that have a ton to offer to the visitor.

I enjoyed it all!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
Your photos from the Azores depict the islands exactly the way I envision them (gloomy, yet colorful) and make me wanna go there even more badly.

I can only recommend a visit and I hope I'll find my way back there again some day. Just be ready for the weather, at least if you're there in early/mid December.  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
Glad to see that you were pleased with what SATA and TAP had to offer. The latter doesn't tend to receive many positive reviews, much like the other national airline of the Iberian peninsula, so it's nice to see that they don't always perform subpar.

Would love to fly them both again. I guess the odds that I'm flying TAP again isn't too bad since I'm quite Star Alliance friendly.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
Not sure what those things are called but I had them once (my best buddy is Portuguese and he brought us some when he was visiting) and I loved them! Too bad I devoured them in no time!

Very tasty indeed! Maybe I should try to find out if I can buy them somewhere in Stockholm if I ever crave one, haha!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
Thanks for the nice read! I'm looking forward to the return segment.

Not sure when the next part will be up, but some day for sure!

Martin


User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5600 times:

Hi Martin

What a great report. And congratulations on catching the A310. I remember the first time I flew on one of those. I was returning from Malta with Swissair. For some reason there was a short notice aircraft change and instead of the usual F.100 they sent down in the winter, they sent an A310.

You seem to have been quite lucky taking pictures in Lisbon, the experience I've made so far is that they don't like you taking pictures on the ramp. Although I really can't see what difference it is supposed to make.

And I really like those pictures you took from Bromma. It looks rather cool with the aircraft surrounded by snow.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5577 times:
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Hi Martin!

Great first part on your trip to the Azores and congrats on catching the A310, a type I still have to fly myself!
Looks like you had a bunch of nice flights altogether  Nice pictures of Ponta Delgada, shame the weather didn't cooperate though..

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
To give some perspective, on December 5th 2012, the snow removed at ARN was 80% of the amount of snow removed the entire previous winter, and yet the airport never closed down entirely.

Wow, that was one big snow storm then  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Once in the terminal I was impressed by this pier, just like on my last visit to BRU in 2010.

The A pier at BRU is very nice indeed  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Armrest IFE controls

That looks worn!!

Looking forward to part 2!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6491 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5056 times:

Hi Martin!

Nice report with nice pictures !

Good that you finally got on a 310 and you seemed to get a good deal as well.

Flights look nice and the 310 looks not like the most modern aircraft but still okay.

Too bad with the weather there but that's probably to be expected in December.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5131 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5004 times:

Hej, Martin,

that was for sure a nice read around you´re inbound journey for the Acores.
And definitely a good catch with the A310.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

Under wing picture for Markus:

That´s exactly what I like, you know.
And more of that, there is something also here on schedule this way!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineTomskii From Belgium, joined May 2011, 464 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4804 times:

The pastry is indeed portuguese. They are the famous pasteis de Belem  love em!


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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4266 times:

Hi everybody!

Thanks a lot for the additional feedback, and sorry for the rather late reply!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 16):
What a great report. And congratulations on catching the A310.

Thank you, William!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 16):
For some reason there was a short notice aircraft change and instead of the usual F.100 they sent down in the winter, they sent an A310.

Wow, very nice. Lucky you!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 16):
You seem to have been quite lucky taking pictures in Lisbon, the experience I've made so far is that they don't like you taking pictures on the ramp. Although I really can't see what difference it is supposed to make.

That's a shame. I'm glad I didn't experience any troubles.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 17):
Great first part on your trip to the Azores and congrats on catching the A310, a type I still have to fly myself!

Thank you, Brendan!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 17):
That looks worn!!

Indeed it does, but the cabin was clean and nice overall though.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 18):
Nice report with nice pictures !

Thank you, T7M!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 18):
Flights look nice and the 310 looks not like the most modern aircraft but still okay.

Indeed, that's my summary of the '310 as well.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
that was for sure a nice read around you´re inbound journey for the Acores.
And definitely a good catch with the A310.

Thank you, Markus. I'm glad to have logged the A310.

Quoting Tomskii (Reply 20):
The pastry is indeed portuguese. They are the famous pasteis de Belem love em!

Cheers, very tasty indeed.  

Martin


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