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East Meets West. Cityjet Inaugural LCY-DRS,NUE-LCY  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3285 posts, RR: 12
Posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10415 times:

East meets West. Cityjet Inaugural LCY-DRS,NUE-LCY



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Intro



Welcome!

Welcome to my latest report covering my recent flights with Cityjet to Germany!

My flights for this trip


AF 5205 LCY-DRS AR85
AF 5278 NUE-LCY AR85

My route, courtesy of GC Mapper, of this reports


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Hmmm, so why this trip?



So, back in darkest December I was doing a semi routine check of airline websites for my quasi-regular flights over to Dublin. Of course, Air France owned Cityjet (WX), and their LCY-DUB service was featured in this search. Two interesting things on the WX website were made apparent… one was that the Dornier 328 was operating some DUB (and EDI) services – this will need to be investigated further. The second being that WX were launching services to Dresden (in the heart of old East Germany), as well as to Nuremberg (West Germany’s) Bavaria’s second city. I’ve always had a desire to go to Nuremberg. Dresden too is somewhere I’ve read a bit about, and had a passing curiosity of. After checking the dates and prices, I found a great LCY-DRS, NUE-LCY combo for just over GBP 100…perfect, especially as this would also be the inaugural LCY-DRS flight. Booked! It was only when I went to put this in my diary that I realised I’ve be travelling over the Easter weekend…oh well.

In the past both BA and LH have served Dresden from London, but neither service survived….I wonder how long Cityjet will.

Sadly, it was only after I booked that I realised I could have flown back via CDG for only a few Euro more. Grrr. Still the service on Cityjet is better than on AF.

So, onto the Report



After a trek across London, I arrived at LCY just over an hour before departure. With a 15 minute check in time, arriving 70 minutes before departure was ample. Three weeks previously I had acquired a Flying Blue Gold card. This was updated in my online profile, but sadly it wasn’t on my OLCI boarding pass. My card hadn’t turned up either. I queued at the Sky Priority desk, and the woman cautiously waved me over. I told her I was Gold, but I don’t think she believed me. I’m sure she felt vindicated when she reprinted my boarding pass and it said “Ivory” on it. I’m pretty sure she didn’t believe my explanation. Still, my bag was tagged, and I was on my way without having to re-queue in the non-priority line.

Interestingly, on some AF flights, there is an automatic check in. There doesn’t seem to be an opt out, and there is no pre-seat selection for Golds either. I’m not terribly impressed. It’s true, that I was assigned window at the front for both my flights, but the fact that at T-30 most of the rest of the flight was assigned meant that there was a lot less choice to select a seat you actually want. I think it’d be better if people were automatically checked in at T-12, giving people that want to select a seat to get there before the computer assigns the entire plane. On the plus side, you can move your seat as often as you like even after the auto OLCI. I moved to one of the few pairs of seats at the back.

FIDS…the first time Dresden has appeared on an LCY monitor
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There was hardly any queue at security (although of course my bag was pulled aside for an explosives test), and I was shortly airside. Not too much happening today:
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Cityjet, sporting possibly the World’s most boring livery
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Some BA E-jets
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Given all Cityjet (WX) flights carry an AF number, I don’t see why they don’t use this livery on the fleet.
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As soon as the flight popped up as boarding, I made my way down to the gate. This was, after all, an inaugural service…maybe there would be cake?


And here’s my plane in the distance, at the furthest gate
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There were quite a few people already at the gate. I was quite surprised to see that there were no balloons, no champagne, and certainly no cake….how disappointing! The holding pen soon got extremely busy. There were around 40-50 little leather stools around the room…not quite enough for a busy 95 seater plane.
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Sadly, it took a while before boarding started. There were a surprisingly large number of families with young children (although oddly enough, no passengers seemed to be aged between 8 and 18). Pre boarding was well organised.

Eventually, everyone else was led onto the tarmac, and directed to the respective door depending on one’s seat.

March 2013
London (LCY) – Dresden (DRS)
Air France AF 5205, operated by Cityjet
Scheduled: 1220-1520 (2h00m)
Actual: 1237-1507 (1h30m)
Avro EI-RJZ “Inis Meáin”
Economy

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I was sat in the first pair after the cabin narrows from 3x3 to 2x3 seating. This meant a bit of extra side space, but awkwardly located tables. Thankfully, no one was assigned the aisle seat.



With everyone aboard, the doors were closed, and safety demo done. There was a welcome announcement from the captain who mentioned that this was the first flight to Dresden, and how excited everyone at Cityjet was blah blah blah.
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Nearly 20 minutes late, we rocketed into the sky….check out the angle on that wing!
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Before long, we were through the murk, and into the blue.
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The Cityjet catering is up there with the best of them…a decent free bar, and some tasty sandwiches. I was hoping that maybe they’d have some special catering on this inaugural (maybe some champagne), but there wasn’t.
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A vodka for me today


And a choice from the chocolate basket too.
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The AF magazine…not terribly interesting reading to be honest


With lunch completed, I sat back with some music on, and enjoyed the views (and maybe another V&T).

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Nice and early, we began out descent into Dresden. When I booked I had hoped for some nice spring weather…sadly, the reality was temperature hovering around zero, and plenty of snow.
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Welcome to Dresden Cityjet! There was another announcement from the cockpit talking a bit about the inaugural as we taxied to the gate.
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A photographer documenting our arrival
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And “Inis Meáin” on the ground
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DRS was nigh on deserted. It seemed like a very nice facility though. The bags didn’t take too long to come out, and I was soon on my way to the rain station.
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Ads for the new venture
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Nice trains on this short hop into town.
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With my five nights in Germany, I decided to spend 1 in Dresden, then hire a car and drive down to Nuremberg, spending 1 night in Colditz and 1 in Ilmenau en route, followed by a final 2 nights in Nuremberg.

Despite Dresden being bombed flat in the war, the “old town” is just beautiful.
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Overnight it snowed…made for a nice change in scenery
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A tasty hotdog (aka Thüringer Rostbratwurst)
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Spring….maybe not


Dresden is home to the Gläserne Manufaktur (or Transparent Factory). It’s a pretty cool building. Sadly, all the tours are fully booked, but I can still have a wonder around the exhibits for free (no photos allowed inside). Here you can see all the completed cars stacked in a massive tower. Bizarre, but pretty cool.


They also have the Ampelmann in Dresden
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And the Ampelfrau
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With my Dresden sightseeing over, I head back to Dresden Airport to pick up my hire car. I’d prebooked a special offer through Hertz to get a BMW 1 Series (or similar)…I’m looking forward to trying it out on the autobahn. I’m quite shocked when I get to the desk to be told that my car is a Ford Focus estate….er, no, that is not similar. Hertz insisted it was similar. After a bit of to and fro, I downgrade myself to a cheaper Opel Astra. There’s no way I’m paying the BMW rate for a Ford. Sadly, on Good Friday, there is no manager in, and hardly any cars left either.

Whilst I miss not getting a Bimmer, the Astra has all mod cons and is adequate for my needs (and is a lot easier on the eyes than the hideous estate).
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My stop for the night is the grim town of Colditz, home to Germany’s most famous POW camp. I stay the night in cozy Colditzer Pension


The next morning I do an extended tour of the castle which is really interesting. If you are in the area, do some online research to learn all about the amazing escapes (and attempts), then pay a visit.
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Next stop is lunch in Weimar
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Tasty Thüringer Klöße
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I spend the night on the edge of the Thuringian Forest in the sleepy town of Ilmenau. I’d hoped to maybe do some walking, but there’s a sh!t load of snow. I sightsee by car instead. There are plenty of these cute Easter egg displays
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My view on Easter morning
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I wind my way down from the Forest towards Nuremberg, crossing the now invisible dividing line from East to West Germany, stopping along the way at a few interesting towns.
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This is the beautiful town of Coberg. Such pretty buildings
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And the much busier town of Bamberg
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Bamberg’s Klein-Venedig (Little Venice)
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In the evening, I drop the car back at Nuremberg airport, and get the u-bhan into the city.

Nuremberg too is a nice city, again, well recovered from the damage of the war.
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The main thing I knew about Nuremberg before I did any research for this trip was that the Nazi Nuremberg Trails were held here. Of course, Courtroom 600 was on my to do list.


Interestingly, after some cosmetic work, it’s still a functioning court room.
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Next stop was the Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, home of the Nazi Rally Grounds, now a fascinating museum on the rise of the Nazi party.
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It’s housed in the remnants of the old rally grounds. From an historical viewpoint, sadly, there’s not much left to see of it today.
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Wandering through Nuremberg’s old town
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Up at the castle
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I paid a quick visit to the Toy Museum…they have some pretty detailed doll’s houses. If you buy a day ticket for either of the previous museums (only EUR 7.50), you get free entry into a further half dozen city-run museums. Great value.
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Happy Easter!


So, with my peasant Easter trip to Germany completed, it’s time to head home.

Outside NUE…not very busy today.
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I arrived just over 3 hours early…I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to check in yet or not. I was happy to see someone at the Sky Priority desk already.
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Once again my auto OLCI didn’t show my Gold status. The lady tagged my bag, and directed me towards security. I asked about lounge access. Clearly she wasn’t sure whether to believe me or not as to whether I was Gold or Ivory. I was sort of hoping that she’d deny me the lounge voucher so I might be able to get come compensatory miles from Flying Blue (I could still access the lounge using Priority Pass), but in the end she said she’d give me a voucher.
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LH desks
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I’m not sure if this is a permanent feature or not, but to get to the security check point, you have to walk a long way from the check in desks, then through a semi outdoor corridor. You then end up in what looks like a bus gate area, where the security scanners are. I was the only passenger there, so was through in seconds.
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FIDS – as you can see, it’s not terribly busy today. The terminal was nearly deserted. Things pick up around 8pm though.
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3285 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10415 times:

An Air Berlin
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The lounge is a self-service affair. You scan the sticker given at check in, and the gate opens.
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As I enter, the only two other lounge occupants are packing up as the final boarding call for KL to AMS is made…I have the place to myself. Overall, the place is ok. The previous occupants have left a bit of a mess, so I have to clear a table. There’s no wifi, and they are running very low (of all things!) on water.
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The seats are comfortable, but not really optimal for using a laptop. The seats are too low, with the arm rests too high to put a laptop on your lap then type, and the tables are too low (and small).
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Other than missing the spirits, the booze selection is fairly good.
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Something sparkling


And a very tasty weissbier


Not much food left
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Coffee
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Despite having a window next to the tarmac, the views are less than stellar. Even though the tarmac is nearly empty, most movements are regional jets, so sent to the far off ramp. Why not park them next to the terminal, but just use the stairs by the airbridge? Faster, and no need for a coach.
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The fire trucks were doing a lot of practising this afternoon
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If I had spent longer looking for flights, I would have ended up on this beauty flying back via CDG.
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After an hour or two in the lounge, a contractor person came in to clear the tables, and restock the bars. They brought bread and water!
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Finally, my plane arrived. I packed up my things, and wondered over to the gate. I seemed to have timed things well, as I was the penultimate person onto the bus.
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April 2013
Nuremberg (NUE) - London (LCY)
Air France AF 5278, operated by Cityjet
Scheduled: 1700-1755 (1h55m)
Actual: 1705-1738 (1h33m)
Avro EI-RJG “Sherkin Island”
Economy

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Boarding is only via the front door. Once again, I reassigned myself to the back, but this time to a three row seat, hoping no one else would be sat there…I was lucky.
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Cityjet’s Velocity


And safety cards


A few minutes behind schedule, we taxi out behind a little plane, and head off back to London
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As you can see, the main ramp is empty…why all the bussing?
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Nuremberg in the distance
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Up in the blue
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The cabin
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And door


Some company
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Dunch is served. There’s a choice of a vegetarian or chicken sandwich. I go with the latter, along with a G&T.
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Some light entertainment


And another G&T
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Leaving the Continent
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And back in Blighty
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The Dartford Crossing
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I’m delighted that we have a Westerly approach today meaning super views over the city.
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It’s a shame we couldn’t have flown any slower…it felt like you could almost reach over and touch The Shard


And Tower Bridge
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Canary Wharf
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Over the Dome
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And past the Emirates Air Line. If you’re ever in London, definitely try and make time to take a ride on this.
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And we’re down. Welcome to sunny London
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Immigration was swift, and I was soon in the baggage hall. With bag collection, it was onto the DLR and home.

So, what did I think?



Cityjet performed very well. Timely flight, friendly staff, good catering. The inaugural was a very low key affair (just two cockpit announcements), but trumped Lufthansa on their inaugural LGW-FRA service. I got a great fare too. Just a shame that AF’s IT is so slow at updating. Since my trip, my Gold card arrived in the post.

Germany was really good. Despite having passed through Germany’s main airports numerous times, this was my first time staying in the country for more than 1 night, and I really enjoyed myself. The stodgy food and heavy beer totally suited the weather…yum! Dresden and Nuremberg are both very nice cities. It was great too to be able to see some smaller places in between the two. Visiting Coldtiz was nice having first learnt about the castle many years ago reading “Tales of Great Escape”. I can’t wait for my next German Adventure!

As always, all comments and questions welcome, and thanks for reading about my latest trip!

Some of my other TRs:



Auf Wiedersehen FTL! LH/LO/OS LHR-DUS-WAW-VIE-LHR
Off to Zimbabwe, Part 3: Etihad JNB-AUH-LHR
Off to Zimbabwe, Part 2. BA/Comair, JNB-HRE, LVI-JNB
Off to Zimbabwe, Part 1. EI & EY, BHX-DUB-MAN-AUH-JNB
La Dolce Vita with Alitalia, Part 3, BDS-LIN-LHR
La Dolce Vita with Alitalia, Part 2. MXP-NRT-FCO-BRI
La Dolce Vita with Alitalia, Part 1. LHR-FCO-GOA
Dubrovnik with British Airways. Club on the B734
Autumn Asia Part 10: Take me home Saudia! DEL-RUH-LHR B777
Autumn Asia Part 9: Air India 787. Calcutta - Delhi
Autumn Asia Part 8: United Airways DAC-ZYL, Jet Airways DAC-CCU
Autumn Asia Part 7: Going Beyond Expectations. MH KUL-DAC on the A330
Autumn Asia Part 6: Silk Air and Firefly around the Malay Peninsula. SIN-LGK-SZB
Autumn Asia Part 5: Fine Dining on Scoot. TPE-SIN on the 777
Autumn Asia Part 4: First with Cathay Pacific: HKG-TPE F on the B744
Autumn Asia Part 3: Around China with KN, MU & CN
Autumn Asia Part 2: JALing it to Beijing. JL HND-PEK 772 Business
Autumn Asia Part 1: Limoncello with Alitalia. BA/AZ LHR-MXP-FCO-NRT
Va BeNe with Cityjet. RTM-LCY Fokker 50
Truly Great Britain: FlyBE EDI-IOM on Saab 340 & BA IOM-LCY on Saab 2000
Cyprus with Aegean. Business on the A321, LHR-LCA-LHR
Scotland In A Day: FlyBE GLA-BHD-LGW. DH8 & E190
Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX
Bye Bye Baby: easyJet LTN-BFS, bmi Baby BHD-BHX
Air One and Alitalia to Sicily – LGW-MXP-PMO-LIN-LHR
Part 12: Sun Air of Scandinavia & BA, DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR on the J31, D328 and A320
Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of SAN, and AA San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Armenia with Austrian Airlines. LHR-VIE-EVN
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10298 times:

Hi Gab

Nice report - thanks for this one. I remembered you were on the inaugural to DRS. What a shame nothing really to commemorate the new route - I wonder if it's because they are not confident themselves that it will work...?

As you said, BA tried flying to DRS from LGW. I was fortunate to get on one of their flights a few years back:

Baby 737 To Dresden And Back - W/pics (by Palmjet Sep 4 2010 in Trip Reports)

Dresden in May when it's sunny looks a lot different to your visit!

I really enjoyed Dresden - it's very underrated and almost largely unknown - and totally overshadowed by Prague which is actually not that far away. I had a great time there.

Nice to see some pics from Nuremburg as well.

Congrats on your Skyteam Gold!

Cheers Palmjet



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3285 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10255 times:

Quoting palmjet (Reply 2):


Nice report - thanks for this one

Glad you liked it James!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 2):
I remembered you were on the inaugural to DRS. What a shame nothing really to commemorate the new route - I wonder if it's because they are not confident themselves that it will work...?

I guess it's so easy to launch a new route nowadays. Unless it's a new country or aircraft or something, I guess no one really cares.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 2):
As you said, BA tried flying to DRS from LGW. I was fortunate to get on one of their flights a few years back:

I saw your report, it was a handy research tool!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 2):
Dresden in May when it's sunny looks a lot different to your visit!

Yeah, very different!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 2):
Congrats on your Skyteam Gold!

Err, thanks....it was actually a status match  



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User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1838 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 9959 times:

Thanks very much for the nice report. The pictures are especially appreciated.

I'm flying CityJet in August from EDI to CDG, but on an Air France marketed flight. Can I expect basically the same service as outlined here, or are the CityJet flights for Air France run completely separate from their own operation?


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3285 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9897 times:

Quoting Boeing744 (Reply 4):
Thanks very much for the nice report. The pictures are especially appreciated.

Thanks, glad you liked the pictures!

Quoting Boeing744 (Reply 4):
I'm flying CityJet in August from EDI to CDG, but on an Air France marketed flight. Can I expect basically the same service as outlined here, or are the CityJet flights for Air France run completely separate from their own operation?

Hmmm, not entirely sure. If you check the Cityjet website, the CDG-EDI route isn't on there, so I think the service will be AF style rather than Cityjet, so a less generous bar service.



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User currently offlinevisualapproach From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9864 times:

Thanks for sharing! CiyJet are great. You ought to try out the Dornier service too.. a cheeky trip to Dundee perhaps?!

I hear your pain with the Air France/KLM website.. it's a pile of pants. There is a common bug which means the status you had when you booked your fights remains with that booking even if you have become Elite in the meantime. Sometimes removing and reinserting the FF number works with AFKL bookings but then again, who knows..


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Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9833 times:

Quoting visualapproach (Reply 6):
Thanks for sharing!

Glad you liked it!

Quoting visualapproach (Reply 6):
CiyJet are great. You ought to try out the Dornier service too.. a cheeky trip to Dundee perhaps?!

The DND flights are quite pricey, but EDI and DUB now get the Dornier too, so will probably try it on either of those

Quoting visualapproach (Reply 6):
I hear your pain with the Air France/KLM website.. it's a pile of pants. There is a common bug which means the status you had when you booked your fights remains with that booking even if you have become Elite in the meantime. Sometimes removing and reinserting the FF number works with AFKL bookings but then again, who knows..

Really? What an awful system. So having the wrong status on your booking must happen all the time.



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User currently offlinebobloblaw From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1725 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9577 times:

3x3 seating on a BAe146...ugh

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 9278 times:

Hello Gabriel

Another interesting review about Cityjet, good to read you had a great time.
Too bad they did not do anything special for the inaugural.
Service looks identical to my LCY-ANR segments I had a few weeks ago
Nice pics of Germany as well.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The Cityjet catering is up there with the best of them…a decent free bar, and some tasty sandwiches. .

I can only agree!


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3285 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 9259 times:

Quoting bobloblaw (Reply 8):
3x3 seating on a BAe146...ugh

Yup, it's a bit of a squeeze

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Another interesting review about Cityjet, good to read you had a great time.

Thanks Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Too bad they did not do anything special for the inaugural.

Yeah, just my luck!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Nice pics of Germany as well.

Thank you!



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1730 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9104 times:
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Hiya Gabs,

Good to see another WX report featuring their RJ85 as I’m due to fly on those soon. I Didn’t know that cabin has some 2 seaters as well  Wow! Despite the 3-3 config, the cabin doesn’t look all that bad. Well, I’ve only SN to compare with so let’s see about that. Also the catering is a strong point on WX: free booze for you and a nice sandwich as well.

Germany though has never been on the top of my list as a ‘must visit’ place...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was doing a semi routine check of airline websites for my quasi-regular flights over to Dublin.

That sounds like some sort of compulsory disorder  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Still the service on Cityjet is better than on AF.

I can’t really compare but I take your word for that.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and how excited everyone at Cityjet was blah blah blah.

Lol, and also no cake on board? What a shame 

Sultanils



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3285 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8710 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):

Good to see another WX report featuring their RJ85 as I’m due to fly on those soon

Glad I could help!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
I Didn’t know that cabin has some 2 seaters as well

Indeed, they do.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Also the catering is a strong point on WX: free booze for you and a nice sandwich as well.

Yup, definately a plus point for WX

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Germany though has never been on the top of my list as a ‘must visit’ place...

Well, it wasn;t high on my list either, but I really enjoyed myself

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
That sounds like some sort of compulsory disorder

Ha, don't we all have them?!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Lol, and also no cake on board? What a shame

Yes, no cake  



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27034 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8296 times:

Hey Gabriel  

Nice report and good to see WX still performing well. They are pretty decent but I rarely use them as their Ex DUB fares are not very attractive at all. They have released some ok fares but no bags included and not even waived for Golds AFAIK ! Its so hard to beat BA when you are Gold. They offer everything for a decent fare.

Nice pics of Dresden quite an interesting city by the looks of it.

Those stacked up cars I have seen once before in a Smart car show room. Indeed it looked cool.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7961 times:

Hi Gabriel, great reports as always with some nice destination pictures as well! Thanks for sharing!

With regards to your status not showing, this is a common problem FB problem with bookings you made before you reach a new level. If it happends at your next trip, ask a check-in agent to remove your FB number from the booking, and that add it again. That should update the status.


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1316 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7596 times:

Hi there Gabriel,

That report has got me really looking forward to my trip to Nuremberg now! Just a shame I don't have a little more time there.

Interesting how they say the Opel Astra was a downgrade compared to the Focus - would have thought it would be the other way around!

City jet continue to look like a good little airline and I really must try them out sometime now I've managed to book my other must try airline (AB).

Hopefully this report won't be the finale!



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6577 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7268 times:

Hi Gabriel !

Thanks for a great report with great pictures!

It seems you had a nice short trip to DRS and some nice sightseeing before heading bad. Flights seem okay but nothing special on those short flights.

Too bad there was no special event for the inaugural flight.

The777Man



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User currently onlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5172 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7257 times:

Hi, Gab,

perfectly good to follow you´re point of view around Dresden and Nuremberg.
Despite the weather it seems you had a good time there.
And also interesting to follow these Cityjet experiences, shame no action around the inaugural service for DRS.
Well done pictures also.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6816 posts, RR: 77
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6959 times:

Hi Gabriel,

very nice report, I had been waiting for this one! Good to hear you enjoyed the tour from East to West.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Cityjet, sporting possibly the World’s most boring livery

It looks incomplete!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was hoping that maybe they’d have some special catering on this inaugural (maybe some champagne), but there wasn’t.

You are so demanding!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Here you can see all the completed cars stacked in a massive tower. Bizarre, but pretty cool.

You can also find that in Volkswagen's Autostadt in Wolfsburg. Nice place to visit. And even better if you pick up a new car there.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Whilst I miss not getting a Bimmer, the Astra has all mod cons and is adequate for my needs (and is a lot easier on the eyes than the hideous estate).

The new Opel models are quite nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Bamberg’s Klein-Venedig (Little Venice)

Bamberg is awesome

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Outside NUE…not very busy today.

As so often...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m not sure if this is a permanent feature or not, but to get to the security check point, you have to walk a long way from the check in desks, then through a semi outdoor corridor. You then end up in what looks like a bus gate area, where the security scanners are.

That was created due to construction work...but the situation hasn't changed for a long time, unfortunately.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As you can see, the main ramp is empty…why all the bussing?

The bus drivers need something to do!  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Some light entertainment

Light? I think the magazine is quite good.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3285 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 5295 times:

Thanks for all your comments guys! Sorry about the delay in replying. I was awy for a while, but I'm back now.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):

Nice report and good to see WX still performing well.

Yes, some nice flights with them

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
They have released some ok fares but no bags included and not even waived for Golds AFAIK ! Its so hard to beat BA when you are Gold.

Well, even BA won't give Golds a free bag on the "hand bags" only fare.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Nice pics of Dresden quite an interesting city by the looks of it.

Yeah, it's nice. Maybe better in the summer.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 14):
great reports as always with some nice destination pictures as well! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 14):
With regards to your status not showing, this is a common problem FB problem with bookings you made before you reach a new level. If it happends at your next trip, ask a check-in agent to remove your FB number from the booking, and that add it again. That should update the status.

Interesting. I'll note that for next time.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 15):
That report has got me really looking forward to my trip to Nuremberg now! Just a shame I don't have a little more time there.

Yeah, it's a nice place to spend some time in

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 15):
Interesting how they say the Opel Astra was a downgrade compared to the Focus - would have thought it would be the other way around!

Me too

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 15):
City jet continue to look like a good little airline and I really must try them out sometime now I've managed to book my other must try airline (AB).

You really should try them out soon

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 15):
Hopefully this report won't be the finale!

Nope, just the last before a hiatus

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
Thanks for a great report with great pictures!

Thanks

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
It seems you had a nice short trip to DRS and some nice sightseeing before heading bad. Flights seem okay but nothing special on those short flights.

Nothing special, but no problems either

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
Too bad there was no special event for the inaugural flight.

Yeah, shame

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
perfectly good to follow you´re point of view around Dresden and Nuremberg.

Thanks!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
Despite the weather it seems you had a good time there.

Yes, I did thanks

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
very nice report, I had been waiting for this one! Good to hear you enjoyed the tour from East to West.

Thanks. I did indeed enjoy my first proper German holiday

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
You are so demanding!

No, just hopeful!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
The new Opel models are quite nice.

Yes, it was nice to drive

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
The bus drivers need something to do!

So do the air birdge operators!



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1092 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5139 times:

Gabriel,

Always good to get you flying out of LCY as I know how much you like that airport.

Germany is widely underestimated as a destination, and your photos once again showed how great/ quaint and efficient the place is. Long live Angie!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
East meets West. Cityjet Inaugural LCY-DRS,NUE-LCY

You seem to take great delight in being very creative with the introduction photo. Bravo.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Sadly, it was only after I booked that I realised I could have flown back via CDG for only a few Euro more. Grrr. Still the service on Cityjet is better than on AF.

I think I would have kept on with Cityjet.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m sure she felt vindicated when she reprinted my boarding pass and it said “Ivory” on it.

.. and you wrong done? Yes, small victories for these personnel.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
t this was the first flight to Dresden, and how excited everyone at Cityjet was blah blah blah.

It's just words without the cake and plonk ....

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
some special catering on this inaugural (maybe some champagne),

My god Gabriel, what a diva. You have an unhealthy thirst for bubbles.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Despite Dresden being bombed flat in the war, the “old town” is just beautiful.

oooooh ho ho. I thought your first photo actually looked like one of the 'Chinese takes' on a European city. Just a bit deserted.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Whilst I miss not getting a Bimmer, the Astra has all mod cons and is adequate for my needs (and is a lot easier on the eyes than the hideous estate).

Bimmer/ Beamer? A lesser man would have accepted that ruse. Well done. The Astra is very sprightly - I got a hitch-hike in a similar model from Krakow to Berlin. Fun fun... So did you take liberties on the autobahn?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
The lounge is a self-service affair. You scan the sticker given at check in, and the gate opens.

I would have gone carte-blanche without the threat of a dragon. They must have CCTV. No doubt all the bread / food had been chaffed by prudent passengers.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
The Dartford Crossing

You know, I never even knew this bridge existed until one of my hitches dropped me off annoyingly at the toll there.

Lots of boring 'hitch# anecdotes in that reply. Sorry.

Delightful report.

Luke



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5633 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4995 times:

Hi Gab,

Thanks for the outstanding report. CityJet look like a very solid airline, and all the reports I've seen of them show them to be very liberal with the bar. That's good to see, I should probably try them out next time I'm in the UK!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
If you’re ever in London, definitely try and make time to take a ride on this.

Duly noted! Out of interest, is there any particular reason that you recommend it?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
The stodgy food and heavy beer totally suited the weather…yum!

Sounds like my sort of place!    I'm planning a trip for next Northern Winter (i.e. Jan 2015) and I'm sure the local delicacies will go down very nicely then!

Thank you very much for the pictures of Germany. Some of those towns look truly gorgeous, and I think you might have tipped me into renting a car to cruise the back roads and find some small villages!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
That sounds like some sort of compulsory disorder

I definitely have a compulsive daily visit to qantas.com. Sometimes it is to legitimately keep an eye on what's going on, but at other times I find myself staring at their homepage thinking "how the eff did I end up here"!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’d prebooked a special offer through Hertz to get a BMW 1 Series (or similar)…I’m looking forward to trying it out on the autobahn. I’m quite shocked when I get to the desk to be told that my car is a Ford Focus estate….er, no, that is not similar

It's interesting that you've had this as well. The same thing happened to my mother at MAN last November. She had booked an Audi A3, and received a Corsa. Now, my mother is a women of many talents, but knowledge of cars most certainly isn't one of them. She probably couldn't tell the difference between a Lada and a Bugatti, bless her. Because of this she didn't say anything at the time, but I encouraged her to complain when she got back. The response? The Corsa was an "upgrade"!!!!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
I never even knew this bridge existed until one of my hitches dropped me off annoyingly at the toll there.

Oh my God!!!



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3285 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (1 year 2 months 15 hours ago) and read 4535 times:

Thanks for the replies!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
Always good to get you flying out of LCY as I know how much you like that airport.

Yeah, it's a nice little place...now, if only they had a lounge, I'd be happy to use it a lot more.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
You seem to take great delight in being very creative with the introduction photo. Bravo.

Thanks!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
.. and you wrong done? Yes, small victories for these personnel.

Well, fair enough, it's (generally) a thankless task

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
It's just words without the cake and plonk ....

Quite....just meaningless words

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
My god Gabriel, what a diva. You have an unhealthy thirst for bubbles.

Well, if it's free....

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
Bimmer/ Beamer? A lesser man would have accepted that ruse. Well done. The Astra is very sprightly - I got a hitch-hike in a similar model from Krakow to Berlin. Fun fun... So did you take liberties on the autobahn?

I got up to 205kmph (127mph, on an unrestricted section, of course)...quite fun!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
I would have gone carte-blanche without the threat of a dragon. They must have CCTV. No doubt all the bread / food had been chaffed by prudent passengers.

I couldn't see any CCTV....who knows. There was only so much I could take (damn those glass bottles!)

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
Delightful report.

Delightful reply!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 21):

Thanks for the outstanding report.

Thanks!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 21):
That's good to see, I should probably try them out next time I'm in the UK!

You should, especially as their future is hazy.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 21):
Duly noted! Out of interest, is there any particular reason that you recommend it?

Well, lovely views for 1!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 21):
Thank you very much for the pictures of Germany. Some of those towns look truly gorgeous, and I think you might have tipped me into renting a car to cruise the back roads and find some small villages!

Yes, there are some gems out there

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 21):
It's interesting that you've had this as well. The same thing happened to my mother at MAN last November. She had booked an Audi A3, and received a Corsa. Now, my mother is a women of many talents, but knowledge of cars most certainly isn't one of them. She probably couldn't tell the difference between a Lada and a Bugatti, bless her. Because of this she didn't say anything at the time, but I encouraged her to complain when she got back. The response? The Corsa was an "upgrade"!!!!

It doesn't matter what company, or what country, EVERY car hire company is out to rip you off. I hate them all. (Actually, my local branch of Enterprise is really nice - I know all the staff, and I don't think they're out to gouge me of every last penny...at least not yet!)



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1316 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (1 year 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 4509 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 22):
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 20):
I would have gone carte-blanche without the threat of a dragon. They must have CCTV. No doubt all the bread / food had been chaffed by prudent passengers.

I couldn't see any CCTV....who knows. There was only so much I could take (damn those glass bottles!)

I saw signs for CCTV when I was in there last week... but no actual cameras. I stocked up and escaped without any issues.



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1092 posts, RR: 31
Reply 24, posted (1 year 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 4507 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 23):
I saw signs for CCTV when I was in there last week... but no actual cameras. I stocked up and escaped without any issues.

Haha, good job James! Must get myself booked into a premium lounge soon... currently enjoying the 'Parents' premium lounge, Maximum Stay 2 months, so shouldn't grumble.

And Gabriel, why would glass stop you thieving stuff from the lounge? You don't have to go through any extra security do you?



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3285 posts, RR: 12
Reply 25, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4254 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 23):
I saw signs for CCTV when I was in there last week... but no actual cameras. I stocked up and escaped without any issues.

I think unless there are people watching from just outside the lounge, you'll be too quick and onlto your plane and out of the country by the time they notice.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
Must get myself booked into a premium lounge soon... currently enjoying the 'Parents' premium lounge, Maximum Stay 2 months, so shouldn't grumble.

We should fly somewhere together sometime when you're next down London way...I do like a bit of lounging

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
And Gabriel, why would glass stop you thieving stuff from the lounge? You don't have to go through any extra security do you?

Well that glass is quite heavy (and noisy chinking around in ones bags!)



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