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Collection Of Reports From Flights: SAT-DUS  
User currently offlineDariusBieber From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 209 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3916 times:

Hello all, this is my first set of trip reports. Been meaning to do this for at least 5 years, but I've kept telling myself that nobody would care to hear about uninteresting transatlantic flights that occur hundreds of times daily.

Keep in mind that these flights have been from the past five years or so, and done when I was still in middle school (I'm in college now, studying Aerospace Engineering.   )

I was born in Germany, but my parents wanted to chase the American dream (quite successfully too) and we moved to San Antonio when I was very young. I visit Germany every summer, always heading to DUS. Different routes every year, trying out new airlines. We may fly AA this year.

First trip report:

Summer of 2009:

Flight Routing: SAT-ORD-DUS
Airline(s): United Airlines (Operated by Go!Jet) connecting to Lufthansa in Chicago


Flight: SAT - ORD
Airline: Go!Jet Airlines
Aircraft: CRJ-700

A nice little tidbit about this flight as that we boarded through what is now Gate A16. This gate isn't used anymore, and was located at the very end of Terminal 1, now called Terminal A.

Sadly, I do not have any pictures of this flight. I do remember that our seats were changed from the back of the aircraft to the front, as our connection time in ORD was less than an hour.

I do have the take-off and landing of this flight. The landing was one of the hardest landings I've ever encountered. I also remember a few chatty, gossipy girls sitting behind me. Even being a high school student at the time myself, I found them too chatty, and wondering why they don't enjoy the wonders of a take-off; one of humanity's best innovations: flight.

The Take-Off in San Antonio

An inflight photo around cruising:



As I mentioned, a very hard landing..
The Landing in Chicago

Flight: ORD-DUS
Airline: Lufthansa
Aircraft: Airbus A340-300

I also remember having difficulties getting window seats for this flight. I believe this was before Lufthansa had online seat selection capabilities for the common traveler. Nonetheless, a very friendly stranger offered me his window seat.

Although I have visited Germany every summer since I was an infant, this was the first time I'd be traveling with Lufthansa on a transatlantic flight. I had only flown with them twice before. (A LHR-DUS flight with an Avro Regional Jet 85 and a FRA-DUS flight with a B733)


The Take-Off from Chicago


Took some pictures for this flight:

A very nice dinner in Economy, #2 standing for the Chicken Option. A salad and some dessert.



Picture after dinner, crusing just before nightfall.


Flight Route Map


Current Conditions:
Distance to Destination (KM)
Remaining Time of Flight
Current Time in Duesseldorf (24hr clock)



Current Conditions:
Ground Speed (km/h)
Altitude (M)
Outside Temperature (C)


Night/Day Map


Night Shot


Over the Isle-of-Man, meaning breakfast is close!


I was right, breakfast was close!





The landing of the flight. Something to note, Swine Flu was a global factor at this time and the Flight Attendant mentioned doctors would be at the airbridge to search for "suspicious" passengers that may show the signs of Swine Flu.


Landing in Duesseldorf

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Another SAT-DUS flight:

Airline: Delta Air Lines
Routing: SAT-ATL-DUS

First flight:

SAT-ATL
Aircraft: MD-88

Once again, I was moved to the front of the cabin as the connection in ATL was quick.

Take-Off From San Antonio

The snacks this flight, which would obviously be Coca-Cola Products, seeing Delta is headquartered in Atlanta.. Also, since we were moved to the front of the cabin, we did not have seats in front of us and had pull-up tray tables located in the arm rests.



A view of outside and the tip of the wing, over Lufkin, Texas.
Landing in Atlanta


Delta Air Lines
Flight #24
ATL-DUS
Boeing 767-300ER


Take-Off from Atlanta

After getting nestled into my seat for a 9 hour flight, kind of sadden not to see Personal Video Monitors, only an inconveniently located aisle monitor a few rows ahead.



Air to air shot over the Atlantic


Good morning, Ireland!


The Landing: Sorry for the very bad quality at the end, my Video Camera's battery gave out and my Phone's Camera is extremely subpar for 2010...
Landing in Duesseldorf

A fast immigration, since a 7AM arrival makes us the only one at Customs. Just a quick glance and a "Willkommen zurueck!" (since I have a German passport) and I'm ready to begin a German adventure.


Gas Prices in my Small Hometown of Gescher, Germany (back in 2010)


My awkward incoming High School self enjoying a nice German staple, the Doner


Using Germany's extremely accessible Public Transportation near my Hometown:


German Ice Cream Parlors Cannot Be Beaten..


Near my hometown, a lot of farmland and wind turbines:


Can't go to Germany without Beer..



And a quick view from inside the DUS departure check-in area, going back to the United States:






Thanks for taking a glace at my first attempt at a trip report! Feel free to provide some criticism, as I plan to post at least one more report. I took Northwest's DTW-DUS service in Summer of 2008, before it was canceled in October of that year. A transatlantic B752 crossing, I have the files on my home computer.


Darius Bieber
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User currently offlineEWRkid1990 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2515 times:

Quoting DariusBieber (Thread starter):
, I found them too chatty, and wondering why they don't enjoy the wonders of a take-off; one of humanity's best innovations: flight.

Probably because its nothing exciting for them...kinda like getting on a bus.


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