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Allez-Hop! And The Twin Jet Beech 1900 (+SXB, BSL)  
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 909 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4883 times:

Allez-Hop! and the Twinjet Beech 1900
AMS-SXB, BSL-MRS


Hello, and thanks for clicking on my latest trip report, featuring a flight on a Air France operated by their newly formed regional subsidiary Hop! and a flight on the rare Beech 1900 operated by the French business regional airline Twin Jet.

The Beech 1900 had been on my to fly list for quite a while after missing it back in 2011. I was then scheduled to fly on a Gulfstream International Airlines Beech 1900 operating for Continental Connection between Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, but in the end Continental ceased their regional operations in Florida so the flight got canned. Since there are hardly any operators of this type in Europe, flying this bird would become a challenge.

Enter Twin Jet. This is a small, business oriented airline, flying between secondary cities in France. They only operate the Beech 1900, and with a fleet of 10 they are the largest operator of the type in Europe. The problem is, most of their fares are extremely high - clearly aimed at the business traveller who is willing to pay to travel and have convenience. €200-300 fares for one-way and the double for roundtrips are the norm. There is an exception on the Bergerac-Paris route. This is operated with a subsidy from the regional government and has fixed fares of around €130 oneway for all (non-refundable) tickets. Still expensive, but manageable. And I could combine this with my planned summer holiday. Unfortunately, it turns out that that these flights didn’t operate during the high summer season. Bummer. Some further research that one some other routes one or two seats per flight were sold for around €90. This included the Basel/Mulhouse (BSL) to Marseille (MRS) route. Availability was incredibly low, sometimes only one seat was available per week. Fortunately I was able to find a suitable date mid-June in the early evening. After booking the price went up to €250 so I did grab the last available seat for this price!

To get from Amsterdam to Basel I had several options. There is a daily Easyjet flight, and KL operates a two-daily Fokker 70 service (as well as several connecting options with AF) which I could book as open jaw with the aforementioned summer holiday. I widened my search however to some surrounding cities and noticed Strasbourg isn’t all that far away from Basel. I had been meaning to visit this city, so I looked for options there. Also here I could book an open jaw with AF-KL. There was a convenient morning Air France flight which would be operated by Hop! This is the newly formed subsidiary that covers all three former Air France regional airlines Airlinair, Brit Air and Régional. Most Hop! flights are between French secondary cities and Paris Orly, but to and from the main hubs at Paris Charles de Gaulle as well as to and from regional cities and Amsterdam these flights are operated as Air France flights - the ‘traditional’ regional airline model so to speak. The flight would be operated by an Embraer 145 - been a while since I flew one of those so a nice treat there too. A train would be able to take me from Strasbourg to Basel.

And this is how that all looks mapped out by the Great Circle Mapper:



Friday, June 2013
Air France flight 5483 operated by Hop!
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) - Aéroport International de Strasbourg-Entzheim (SXB)
Embraer 145
Seat 14A


228th overall flight
23rd flight on Air France
3rd flight on an Embraer 145 (7th flight on the E135/E140/E145 family)
81st visit to AMS, 1st visit to SXB
1st time flying the AMS-SXB route

Departure Time (Scheduled/Actual): 10.00 / 10.00
Arrival Time (Scheduled/Actual): 11.15 / 11.07
Block time (Scheduled / Actual): 1.15 / 1.07
Flight duration: 58 minutes
Mileage: 289 miles

Even though my flight would only depart at 10.00, I already arrived at the airport just a little past 07.30 hours. By coincidence my parents would be arriving that morning at AMS after a 3 week holiday Indonesia. Their flight would land at 07.00, so once I had arrived at the airport they had just past immigration and were waiting to collect their bags. Once that was done we headed to the landside Starbucks and I let myself be entertained by their great stories from Bali while we all enjoyed a nice Starbucks Cappuccino. Time flew by, and at around 08.45 it would be time for me to head airside. As I had a mobile boarding pass already, I simply headed to the Priority Checkpoint, was through within a few minutes and then went to the KLM Crown Lounge for a quick breakfast.

Breakfast at the KLM Crown lounge. This lounge now features Ipads with a wide offering of worldwide newspapers of the day




I then proceeded to the C Pier of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, where my flight would depart from. All the Air France Regional flights depart from the bus gates at the C Pier. These days, AF only uses these particular bus gates, most other regional operators - including KLM Cityhopper - use the most larger bus gate area in the B Pier. Boarding would commence at 09.30, I arrived just a little before that time. Judging by the number of passengers already in the waiting the flight appeared to have a healthy load. Boarding began a few minutes after 09.30 - first Elite and Elite Plus frequent flyers - followed by the rest of the passengers. At 09.40 all 43 (so I heard) passengers were on board the bus and we departed for the apron - often popularly still called the Fokker Form because of KLM Cityhopper’s large Fokker fleet that is always parked there.

Passing by some other French visitors on my way to the C Pier. 2 flights bound for Paris, and a Marseille flight


KLM tails, including a Skyteam liveried one, at the opposite pier. Note the Air Astana intruder


Down the escalator for the 4 C busgates


The small waiting area for those gates. Today only used for 3 AF flights to Strasbourg, and two AF flights to Nantes


Up close and personal with two KL 737’s parked at the regular gates, including the Retro livery on the right


And an Air France A321 on the other side


Bussing over to the Fokker farm. Visible amongst others are a Fokker 70, Air Adria CRJ and two FlyeBE Q400’s


Another Fokker, two Embraers, a Swift Air cargo plane and an AF Embraer 145... unfortunately not yet in the Hop! livery


KLM Cityhopper Embraer 190 in Skyteam livery. Yummy looking plane.


All aboard




I was one of the last passengers to board the aircraft and was greeted by a (business) friendly FA in a Hop! uniform. As I made my way past the galley I noticed the aircraft flight sheet and saw that the sole duty of the aircraft today would be flying three round trips between SXB and AMS. All passengers settled in and it would indeed seem that the flight was almost fully booked. As everyone was settling in the captain came on the PA and welcomed everyone on board this “Air France flight operated by Hop!”. Flying time would be one hour, and we could expect clear skies and 17 degrees at our destination. As there was only one FA the manual safety demo was done with an audio recording. And then right on schedule, at 10.00am, we departed the Fokker farm towards runway 18R.

My view for the next hour or so


Sufficient leg room here. Always nice to pick the single A seat in these Embraer 135-145 aircraft. Do note that the seatback pocket is starting to wear off


Cabin view after boarding complete call. Door to the cockpit is still open


Departing the Fokker farm


Passing the apron between the C and D piers. Company traffic to Paris also taxiing towards the runway


Long live the tri-holer!


Approaching runway 18R. Looks like we would be making a take-off from an intersection, in contrary to the E90 in already taking off, and the Lufthansa CRJ holding short


Looks like we’re even getting priority over the Lufthansa jet. Sorry there fellow.


Take-off! Note the many greenhouses.



Clearing a small and thin cloud layer





Shortly after take-off an audio recording was played with the usual pre-departure announcement about remaining seated until the fasten seatbelt sign has been turned off, this is a non-smoking flight, and have you considered our frequent flyer program already? Meanwhile the FA prepared her trolley and came around in the cabin to serve coffee, tea and/or soft drink with the usual AF “sweet or savoury snack”. The remainder of the short flight went by uneventfully, and with about 15 minutes of flight time left the FO was on the PA with the latest arrival information. We would be making an on-time arrival, 16 degrees and partly cloudy. As the approach began, a recording was once again played asking all passengers to fasten their seatbelts and prepare for landing. During final descent another recording was played advising us that landing would be imminent.

Cruising altitude.


Inflight service. The sweet snack, AF Nescafe instant coffee and water


Beginning descent



Twist and turns with some nice mountainous scenery below



Some more flat landscape now as we are approaching Strasbourg.


Getting there. Shortly after this picture was taken the landing gear was deployed with an rather loud bang that startled some passengers.


Final approach, with the remains of former military activity visible in the 2nd picture.



Touchdown, with a nice overview of the Strasbourg Airport Terminal.


Closer view of the Terminal. Also visible an Hop! (also still in AF livery) CRJ-1000.


Reaching our parking stand. Finally a Hop! plane (CRJ-700), and also a Brussels Airlines Q400 - operated by FlyBE if I am not mistaken.


Strasbourg Airport only has a small terminal, as you could see from the previous pictures. Here’s the arrivals hall...


... And the departures hall. The long queues are for a Vueling flight to Barcelona and an Tunisair flight to Tunis.


And finally the airport terminal as seen from the covered walkway to the airport train station


| | | Strasbourg | | |

After arrival at Strasbourg Airport I took the train to Strasbourg. A direct train takes you to the central railway station, which is known for having the old grand station building covered with a large class facade. Strasbourg has a beautiful old city centre, built around small canals and rivers. A small impression.










| | | Basel | | |

Then, a train ride to Basel. This is a nice two hour train ride through the scenic Alsace region of France, before crossing the border to Switzerland near Basel. As I had visited Basel before, I didn’t do much exploring but to decided to relax near the Rhine river.







Friday, June 2013
Twin Jet flight 4416
EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (BSL) – Aéroport de Marseille-Provence (MRS)
Beech 1900D
Seat 6A, later moved to 7A


229th overall flight
1st flight on Twin Jet
1st flight on a Beech 1900
2nd visit to BSL, 1st visit to MRS
1st time flying the BSL-MRS route

Departure Time (Scheduled/Actual): 19.30 / 19.43
Arrival Time (Scheduled/Actual): 20.55 / 21.05
Block time (Scheduled / Actual): 1.25 / 1.22
Flight duration: 1 hour, 12 minutes
Mileage: 308 miles

Basel Airport is a unique airport, in the sense that his has (together with Geneva) both a French and Swiss part in the airport. This comes from the time when Switzerland was not part of the Schengen agreement, and by splitting up the airport it was possible for French travellers to come to the airport in Switzerland directly from France over a customs free road without having to pass passport control or customs. On the airport itself was a immigration and customs checkpoint to cross the border if one was travelling on a flight leaving from the Swiss sector - or the other way around. Most international flights used the Swiss sector, and French domestic flights (using the MLH IATA code instead of BSL) used the French side. Nowadays Switzerland is part of the Schengen area, but the airport is still split in two sides, yet there is only a small customs checkpoint where you can just walk through.

Upon arrival at the airport it was first a little difficult to identify where I had to check in. There were two Twin Jet flights that evening, both at 19.30 - one to Toulouse and my flight to Marseille. Check in was done at counters 1-5, but counters 1-3 were used by Air France and counters 4-5 were closed. Then I noticed that also all AF flights were listed as check in at counters 1-5 so I assumed that Twin Jet would be checked in by AF. I approached the counters and this was indeed the case. After showing my passport I was issued a boarding pass with seat 6A. No need to ask for a window seat here, the small Beech 1900 only has window seats. After checking-in I decided to take a quick look at the (free) observation terraces. BSL has two, one on the French and one on the Swiss side. Not much traffic this evening, so after a little while I headed towards the security checkpoint for the French side. Only 2 other passengers ahead of me, so I was airside at around 18.30 - still 45 minutes to go before the 19.15 boarding call.

Euro Airport as seen from the bus towards the airport


Check-in area on the Swiss side of the airport


Check in on the French side


Observation deck on the Swiss side...



... and the observation deck on the French side





The airside area of the French side is the smaller one of the two. Three jetbridges that can also be used as a bus gate, and two additional bus gates. Most traffic departs from the Swiss side of the airport, which is much larger and also has the usual airport amenities such as duty free shops, airline lounges and restaurants. The French side only has a small cafe. The airport does have much glass, and the French side is located on the side of the airport with some good runway views.

Security checkpoint for the French side, with two gates in the back of the picture


Small cafe in the French side


Waiting area for the other gates, with nice views of the runway


Runway and apron view, with an Easyjet flight landing...


And an albino ATR operating a Hop! / Air France flight to Paris Orly pushing back




At 19.05 I noticed a Beech 1900 landing. That’s one good looking plane. At 19.10 a second Beech 1900 landed. Both parked at the French apron. Later it turned out that the first one was for Toulouse, and the second one would be my flight to Marseille. At boarding time 19.15 there were only 4 people in the waiting area for the Marseille flight. A light load it would seem. Also no gate agent was there yet at boarding time. This apparently worried one of my fellow passengers who asked me if this would really be the flight for Marseille with so little passengers. When I told her it would only be a small airplane and I pointed towards the little Beech 1900 on the apron - she was quite shocked - Is THAT our plane?

A few minutes later a Air France gate agent did appear, and she approached all passengers personally to inform us of a slight delay. Boarding would begin at 19.35 for a 19.45 departure. Nice touch to do this personally if there are so little passengers. Boarding indeed began at 19.35, and all 4 passengers were bussed to the aircraft. When the bus arrived at the aircraft the captain was standing on the platform personally welcoming us all on board - another nice touch. And in the cabin once again a warm and friendly welcome from the young female flight attendant.

The first Beech 1900 arriving...


... followed by the second one a few minutes later


Both parked brotherly next to each other


Arriving at the aircraft


View from seat 6A



Cabin view




Shortly after everyone was seated the engines were powered up. This made the captains PA (in French only) announcement hardly audible. I did catch up that the flight time would be around 1 hour. During taxi the sole flight attendant welcomed everyone on board once again and performed a small safety demo.

Taxi towards the runway. The other Twin Jet flight is just taking off


A very powerfull take off with a nice view of the airport, and an area of the airport with quite some stored aircraft



Lovely view of Basel


Continued climbing




Cruising altitude




As we levelled of the inflight service began. I did not expect much, but to my surprise the flight attendant approached each passenger and asked if would a sandwich, cheese or ham, and what we would like to drink. The items were then brought individually to each personal. Again nice personal service. Later in the flight a second drinks round was offered. I also moved towards seat 7A, to have a more unobstructed view.

Inflight service


Cabin view during cruise


Some more clouds during this part of the flight


Meanwhile, a stunning sunset began on the other side of the aircraft



Flying near the French Alps. That’s Chambery Airport (CMF) down there. By coincidence I just booked a flight there a few days earlier - nice to pass it now


Lovely scenery here




The sunset again


With about 15 minutes to go, the captain was once again on the PA, informing us that decent had began and that we would be landing in sunny and warm (23 degrees) Marseille shortly. Lovely views of the Provence in the meantime



I then recognized the surroundings and then realized that the airport should now be visible on the other side. Indeed it was.


Making a 180 degree turn towards the airport, with a view of Marseille


Final approach



Only a short taxi, not to the main terminal area, but it would appear that we would be parking near the private aircraft terminal. We parked next to two other company Beech 1900’s


Who needs a full size bus with only 4 passengers?


The three Twin Jet Beech 1900’s


Passing some nice traffic en route to the terminal


Approaching the main terminal. Air Corsica is just departing


Welcome to Marseille airport!


| | | Thanks for reading! Comments and remarks are appreciated as always. Stay tuned for the next report - if all goes as planned this will be about a small mik-run with Wideroe in Norway. Thanks again, and good day! | | |

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26496 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4720 times:

Hi Robert  

Very nice report and pics. Nice routing and flights. Strasbourg is a very nice city I have been there many times and due to visit again.

Looking forward to your next reports.

Regards

Philip  



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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 901 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4712 times:

Hi Robert. Nice report and very unique on both Hop! and on Twin Jet, the latter being one I have never heard of! Amazing the snack and drink service on the Twin Jet flight. Was there a cabin attendant? Both SXB and BSL are beautiful cities and I enjoyed your pictures of these lovely cities. Cannot wit to her about the WF milk runs!   Cheers, Will


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User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4571 times:

Hoi Robert!

Thanks for the great story. Interesting read and nice pictures. Congratulations to catching the B1900! That´s for sure a rare plane!

Strasbourg looks like a nice place. I would love to visit it one day!

Interesting that Twinjet have F/A´s on their B1900! Not that common on such small planes but nice! I experience that once in Sweden on a J32. Quit fun flight. No PA so the F/A was standing in the front of the cabin and shout out the announcements and safety demonstration! Not easy on a very noisy Jetstream:D

Thanks again for the story, I´m also looking forward to read about your Wideröe!

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5010 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (9 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4308 times:

Hoi, R.,

now that was a perfect good read to start the day.
Really interesting to follow you´re impressions about SXB and BSL, both well known places here, you know.
And for sure, these Beech is also something interesting for me.
Looking forward to more around you´re summer vacation.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinealespesl From Czech Republic, joined Jan 2004, 582 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4300 times:

Great TR. Beech 1900 is my dream to fly on. Long time on my to fly list. Apart from Twin jet, the only operator in Europe is Tap Air Portugal I guess.

[Edited 2013-07-06 23:02:40]


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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 675 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (9 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3931 times:

Hi Robert,

very interesting report, thanks a lot. A flight on the Beech1900 is also high on my To-Fly-List, yet so far I wasn't lucky to get a reasonable fare like you did here. Looks like I have to keep looking for it.

Anyway Twin Jet really looks good, nice service. And for sure an experience to fly on this plane, even if it is a truly ugly little one   ...

Also nice pictures from Strasbourg and Basel, both quite familiar to me and both really interesting cities.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6403 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (9 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3893 times:

Hi Robert !

Thanks for a really nice report with really nice pictures !

Flight on Hop seems nice and impressive from your log you have most of your flights on the 135/140 rather than 145.

Strasbourg seem really nice and I'd like to visit some day.

Very nice for you to fly a Beech 1900 which is so rare in Europe. Very well done research by you and it seems you got a very good fare for what you usually you would pay. I have a friend who's a captain for Great Lakes on the 1900 and they have no flight attendant. No service on their flights I presume.

Thanks again for a great report Robert and very much looking forward to the next one!

The777Man



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1576 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (9 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3889 times:
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Hallo Robert,

Lovely TR with many nice pics. Sure some exotic material you logged that day, especially the leech err... beach err... Beech   An aircraft I still need to have but that won't probably be anytime soon...

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
and also a Brussels Airlines Q400 - operated by FlyBE if I am not mistaken.

You are not!

Sultanils



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1882 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (9 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3813 times:
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Wow, great report! A flight attendant on a Beech 1900?! I don't think I've ever heard this! We flew on a Beech 1900-D from Milwaukee, WI to Muskegon, MI back in 2006, and it was a memorable flight.

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3676 times:

Hello Robert,

Another very nice reading you have got there.
Good to see an interesting mix of aircraft. Great job on logging both.
Been at the SXB station and was impressed by the architecture as well.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1150 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3339 times:

Interesting read there Robert. Well done on catching the Beech - indeed a rare type in Europe. Enjoyed the pics of Strasbourg too - might have to make a visit there myself someday to explore!

Looking forward to your next report!



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1110 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3310 times:
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Hi Robert,

Nice report and congrats on catching the Beech and Hop!, shame you got no Hop! livery though..
Still need to catch the Beech myself here, not to eager to catch Hop! as it doesn't do much to my FB account.
Great pictures of Strasbourg and Basel!

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
KLM Cityhopper Embraer 190 in Skyteam livery. Yummy looking plane.
Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Long live the tri-holer!

Both beautiful aircraft!

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
At boarding time 19.15 there were only 4 people in the waiting area for the Marseille flight. A light load it would seem.

No wonder considering the price  
Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Meanwhile, a stunning sunset began on the other side of the aircraft

Beautiful!

Thanks for sharing and looking forward to the next report!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6640 posts, RR: 78
Reply 13, posted (9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3129 times:

Hi Robert,

interesting report about these two carriers with nice destination pictures! I haven't tried the Beech 1900 yet, they're not easy to get.


PH



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3064 times:

Hello roberts87

Very nice report on the elusive Twin Jet Beech 1900 and congratulations on finally scoring it! This something that has been on my to do list for a long time and still is. But the problem is indeed with the usually high fares.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
it was possible for French travellers to come to the airport in Switzerland directly from France over a customs free road

In fact it is the opposite, the airport is on French soil and the customs free road goes from Switzerland to the airport.

Best regards, LXM83


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3035 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (9 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3032 times:

Nice report Robert, and good catch with the Beech. I hope you enjoyed Marseilles - lovely city.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
And this is how that all looks mapped out by the Great Circle Mapper:

Nice route!

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Always nice to pick the single A seat in these Embraer 135-145 aircraft. Do note that the seatback pocket is starting to wear off

I agree, lovely little plane, and the A seats are great. Ironically, my penultimate E145 flight on BD also had the pocket falling off

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Inflight service. The sweet snack, AF Nescafe instant coffee and water

So no different to AF normal then?

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
During taxi the sole flight attendant welcomed everyone on board once again and performed a small safety demo.

I'm surprised you had an FA. I did 2 Beechcraft flights in New Zeland, and there was no FA or service (although the flight swere a LOT cheaper!).



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 611 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (9 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3021 times:

Hi Robert. It looks like you had a fun time out there. How cool to get to fly the Beech 1900.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Note the Air Astana intruder

Sweet. I have a friend who's booked to fly with them later in the year. I'll need to sweet talk him into taking some photos.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Basel Airport is a unique airport, in the sense that his has (together with Geneva) both a French and Swiss part in the airport. This comes from the time when Switzerland was not part of the Schengen agreement, and by splitting up the airport it was possible for French travellers to come to the airport in Switzerland directly from France over a customs free road without having to pass passport control or customs. On the airport itself was a immigration and customs checkpoint to cross the border if one was travelling on a flight leaving from the Swiss sector - or the other way around. Most international flights used the Swiss sector, and French domestic flights (using the MLH IATA code instead of BSL) used the French side. Nowadays Switzerland is part of the Schengen area, but the airport is still split in two sides, yet there is only a small customs checkpoint where you can just walk through.

How interesting. I knew that BSL/MLH was administered by multiple countries but I did not realize it was actually segregated in this way.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Arriving at the aircraft

A prime example of how an aircraft can be so ugly that in fact looks good.  .

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
As we levelled of the inflight service began. I did not expect much, but to my surprise the flight attendant approached each passenger and asked if would a sandwich, cheese or ham, and what we would like to drink. The items were then brought individually to each personal. Again nice personal service. Later in the flight a second drinks round was offered. I also moved towards seat 7A, to have a more unobstructed view.

Wow, I'm surprised that there was even a flight attendant. When I flew the B1900 in the Bahamas a couple of years ago the only crew were the two pilots. And you even got food and drinks? That's mind blowing!  .

Looking forward to your Norwegian adventures next  .

Stojan



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 909 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2852 times:

Dear all,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Very nice report and pics. Nice routing and flights. Strasbourg is a very nice city I have been there many times and due to visit again.

Thansk for commenting Philip. It was a fun day of flying indeed and I enjoyed Strassbourg.

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 2):

Hi Robert. Nice report and very unique on both Hop! and on Twin Jet, the latter being one I have never heard of! Amazing the snack and drink service on the Twin Jet flight. Was there a cabin attendant?

Thanks Will! It was a suprise for me too, the service. There was indeed a flight attendant, personal service here for the 4 passengers.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 3):
Thanks for the great story. Interesting read and nice pictures.

Thanks for the comments and you are welcome!

Quoting parton87 (Reply 3):
Interesting that Twinjet have F/A´s on their B1900! Not that common on such small planes but nice! I experience that once in Sweden on a J32. Quit fun flight. No PA so the F/A was standing in the front of the cabin and shout out the announcements and safety demonstration! Not easy on a very noisy Jetstream:D

Indeed very nice! The Beech was actually less noisy then I expected, but the FA still had to do her best to make herself heard!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
now that was a perfect good read to start the day.
Really interesting to follow you´re impressions about SXB and BSL, both well known places here, you know.

Thanks Markus, some very familair place for you I know indeed!

Quoting alespesl (Reply 5):
Great TR. Beech 1900 is my dream to fly on. Long time on my to fly list. Apart from Twin jet, the only operator in Europe is Tap Air Portugal I guess.

Thanks. It was a big wish of mine too. And I think you are right, Tap's regional wing is the only other operator of the type.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
very interesting report, thanks a lot. A flight on the Beech1900 is also high on my To-Fly-List, yet so far I wasn't lucky to get a reasonable fare like you did here. Looks like I have to keep looking for it.

Thanks! And yes, keepp looking at the routes ex-BSL for affordable fares and be prepared to book far in advance.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Thanks for a really nice report with really nice pictures !

Thank you!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Flight on Hop seems nice and impressive from your log you have most of your flights on the 135/140 rather than 145.

Indeed, but another E145 coming up next month so the type is catching up.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Very nice for you to fly a Beech 1900 which is so rare in Europe
Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Thanks again for a great report Robert and very much looking forward to the next one!

 
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Lovely TR with many nice pics. Sure some exotic material you logged that day, especially the leech err... beach err... Beech

Thanks Nils!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):

Wow, great report! A flight attendant on a Beech 1900?! I don't think I've ever heard this! We flew on a Beech 1900-D from Milwaukee, WI to Muskegon, MI back in 2006, and it was a memorable flight.

Thanks! Suprised myself about the FA too. And such a great airplane to fly on indeed!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Another very nice reading you have got there.

Thanks Marc!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 11):
Interesting read there Robert. Well done on catching the Beech - indeed a rare type in Europe. Enjoyed the pics of Strasbourg too - might have to make a visit there myself someday to explore!

Thanks James. Srassbourg was a nice intermezzo between the flights.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 12):
Still need to catch the Beech myself here, not to eager to catch Hop! as it doesn't do much to my FB account.
Great pictures of Strasbourg and Basel!

Unless booked as an AF feeder to/from AMS, then you will get the miles. Routes include SXB, CFE and NTE.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 12):
Thanks for sharing and looking forward to the next report

Thanks and you are welcome!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
interesting report about these two carriers with nice destination pictures! I haven't tried the Beech 1900 yet, they're not easy to get.

Thanks PH! You should try, it was a great flight!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 14):
Very nice report on the elusive Twin Jet Beech 1900 and congratulations on finally scoring it! This something that has been on my to do list for a long time and still is. But the problem is indeed with the usually high fares

Thank you!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 14):
In fact it is the opposite, the airport is on French soil and the customs free road goes from Switzerland to the airport.

That's interesting! Since most of the airport is Swiss I just assumed the airport would be on Swiss soil.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):
I agree, lovely little plane, and the A seats are great. Ironically, my penultimate E145 flight on BD also had the pocket falling off

Indeed, love the A seats.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):
So no different to AF normal then?

Correct, just like normal AF. The traditional regional airline model, where you get the same service on KL Cityhopper as on KL, the same service on Delta Connection as on Delta etc.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):
I'm surprised you had an FA. I did 2 Beechcraft flights in New Zeland, and there was no FA or service (although the flight swere a LOT cheaper!).

New Zeeland! Jealous!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 16):
Hi Robert. It looks like you had a fun time out there. How cool to get to fly the Beech 1900.

It was a great day!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 16):
A prime example of how an aircraft can be so ugly that in fact looks good.

Indeed, haha!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 16):
Wow, I'm surprised that there was even a flight attendant. When I flew the B1900 in the Bahamas a couple of years ago the only crew were the two pilots. And you even got food and drinks? That's mind blowing!

Aimed at the business traveller and he needs to be pleased!


User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2179 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (9 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

Thank you for an excellent trip report. The Beech 1900 is so common in USA that we take it for granted.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
I have a friend who's a captain for Great Lakes on the 1900 and they have no flight attendant. No service on their flights I presume.

I've flown Great Lakes 1900s three times (MSP-IWD-IMT-ORD in 2002, LAS-PGA-CNY-DEN in 2011, and MSP-HON-PIR-CDR-DEN in 2012), and no inflight service on any of these flights.

However, the "Mighty Beech" is my favorite prop aircraft, because the windows are almost 787 sized. I will choose large windows over in flight service any day!



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1423 posts, RR: 33
Reply 19, posted (9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2193 times:

Hi Robert,

So, I finally got round to reading your report which was of great interest, especially as I've looked into Twinjet a couple of times from MLH and because I recently flew into SXB on AF (unexpected though!).

Well done on finding that good price, this has eluded me so far but I will have to keep looking. Nice pictures of Strasbourg and Basel. Basel is well know to me but I've not been into Strasbourg city for many years.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
When I told her it would only be a small airplane and I pointed towards the little Beech 1900 on the apron - she was quite shocked - Is THAT our plane?

It is very small, I can undertsand her comment!

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
As we levelled of the inflight service began. I did not expect much, but to my surprise the flight attendant approached each passenger and asked if would a sandwich, cheese or ham, and what we would like to drink

Great service!

Loved your photos of the sunset too.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 909 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2114 times:

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 18):
Thank you for an excellent trip report. The Beech 1900 is so common in USA that we take it for granted.

Thank you!

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 18):
However, the "Mighty Beech" is my favorite prop aircraft, because the windows are almost 787 sized. I will choose large windows over in flight service any day!

Haha!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 19):
So, I finally got round to reading your report which was of great interest, especially as I've looked into Twinjet a couple of times from MLH and because I recently flew into SXB on AF (unexpected though!).

Thanks for reading and commenting Hannah. Do keep looking, Twin Jet and the Beech was a great experience. And how did you end up at SXB, a story we can expect?


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