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Short Hops, High Quality: Luxair, VLM & CityJet  
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6829 posts, RR: 77
Posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 10070 times:



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Intro
Back in summer 2012, I started working on an itinerary which should include some widebody flights on intra-European routes. As usual, I also tried to include as many new airlines as possible. First of all, I earmarked Turkish Airlines flight TK1822 (Paris-Istanbul) which regularly showed a 777-300ER on certain days. Then I found a very tempting connecting option: Istanbul-Beirut-Paris on MEA - Middle East Airlines A320 and A330-200, including a 4-hour stopover. I had always wanted to fly MEA, so I quickly booked the flights. Seat24 was the travel agency of choice because it sold all three flights on one ticket.

Now I needed to find interesting ways to get to Paris and back. After searching for a long time, I booked an open jaw Lufthansa ticket offered by Expedia: Munich-Paris on Augsburg Airways Embraer 195 and Paris-Munich-Luxembourg on Lufthansa A321 and Luxair Embraer ERJ-145. I was really glad that I would finally be able to log Luxair which had always deterred me due to astronomical fares.

My next task was to find an attractive option for the return to Munich. After a while, I decided to book Luxembourg-London/City-Dublin on CityJet Fokker 50 (operated by VLM) and CityJet Avro RJ85. Finally, I added a Dublin-Munich flight on Aer Lingus and reserved airport hotel rooms in Paris and Luxembourg. Over the course of four days, I would fly on four new carriers (MEA, Luxair, CityJet and VLM) and visit three new airports (Beirut, Luxembourg and London City). Map:

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The second and last part of my new series will focus on the flights on Lufthansa, Luxair, VLM and CityJet. Part I can be found here:
Night Stop In Beirut: Turkish A333 & MEA A320/A332 (by PlaneHunter Jun 28 2013 in Trip Reports)



Tuesday, October 2012
Paris (CDG) - Munich (MUC)
Lufthansa LH2231
Scheduled times: 13:10-14:35
Actual times: 13:10-14:34
Flight duration: 01:09 (hrs)
Distance: 425 miles
Economy Class, seat 38A

Airbus A321-231
D-AIDU (MSN 5186)
Delivered in 06/2012


1st flight on D-AIDU
9th A321-200 flight
13th A321 flight



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After the early morning arrival from Beirut, I had fortunately been able to get a few hours of sleep in the hotel. About 90 minutes before departure, I checked out and went back to Terminal 1 where I quickly printed my boarding passes at a check-in kiosk. My plane from Munich arrived on time and I was glad that it was D-AIDU, at that time the newest frame in the meanwhile 62-strong A321 fleet, delivered in June 2012:



There were only some 30-40 passengers in the gate area, so I was expecting a light load. Friendly flight attendants welcomed me at the door with a smile, but another one in the very back didn't seem to be in good mood and appeared rather reserved. Last row for me this time:



The NEK seats are very slim, but still comfortable enough in my opinion:



No complaints about legroom either:


Boarding was completed soon and I was amazed about the high number of empty seats - the next passenger was five or six rows away. The initially reserved flight attendant suddenly told me in a very friendly way that I could move to any other row if I wanted a seat with regular recline. That was nice, but I explained that I had picked the last row on purpose.

The captain made a short welcome announcement in German, English - and French. Not bad. We left the gate exactly on time and taxied towards the northern runways. Thai Airways 777-300ER HS-TKH…


…has meanwhile returned to its former operator Jet Airways and is now operating for Turkish Airlines, Indian-registered, but in full TK colors.

Air France A380 taking a rest:



LH's inflight magazine is probably the best one in the industry. In the October 2012 issue, I thoroughly enjoyed an article about Darjeeling tea:



The lack of mistakes on the fleet info page never ceases to surprise me, very professional work:



I like LH's catering concept on European routes, but this pretzel roll with butter wasn't overly impressive:



I had never seen such an empty cabin on a Lufthansa flight - one major reason why I decided to include this standard flight in my report:



The remaining flight was uneventful. We touched down after a flying time of 1 hour and 9 minutes and arrived almost exactly on time - one minute early, to be correct. Parked next to us was A340-600 D-AIHY:


Before disembarking, I shortly talked to the very flight attendant again and asked her about her experiences with the NEK seats. According to her, the passenger feedback is mostly positive.



Tuesday, October 2012
Munich (MUC) - Luxembourg (LUX)
Luxair LG9734
Scheduled times: 15:50-17:00
Actual times: 15:47-16:51
Flight duration: 00:52 (hrs)
Distance: 268 miles
Economy Class, seat 16A

Embraer ERJ-145LU
LX-LGJ (s/n 395)
Delivered in 03/2001


1st flight on LX-LGJ
4th ERJ-145 flight
5th ERJ flight
145th airline



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I had only transferred at MUC once many years ago, but never at Terminal 2. As expected, it was a smooth process. My departure gate was only a short walk away from my arrival gate. Boarding commenced early and the bus took us all the way to a Terminal 1 remote parking position. LX-LGJ is one of 6 ERJ-145s in the fleet:



Passengers mostly consisted of business travellers...



...and everyone received a friendly welcome from a female flight attendant. Of course I had chosen a single seat which was quite comfortable:



Legroom was decent, too:



Parked next to us was Warton-based BAe 146-200 G-TYPH which is used as a corporate shuttle by BAE Systems:



We left the gate three minutes early and took off rather unspectacularly from runway 26R - the ERJs are simply boring planes to fly on...



Safety card and inflight magazine:



No mistakes, well done:



The friendly flight attendant soon started serving crunchy sandwiches with cheese or roast pork and horseradish cream (Bavarian style!). I ordered the latter and really liked it. Additionally, I ordered water and a good white wine:



Full house - the empty seat on the left was mine:



The weather had been much better at MUC:







We touched down after a flying time of 52 minutes...



...and arrived at the parking position almost 10 minutes ahead of schedule. This is former XL Airways Germany 737-800 D-AXLK which used to fly for Luxair several months (meanwhile active with Corendon Air):



After I had arrived at the terminal building, I contacted user luxair747SP who had agreed to come by for a short meeting. We went to a cafeteria where we could watch the movements:





Here's my ERJ again, almost ready for its next mission:



After an hour or so, luxair747SP dropped me off at my hotel, the Etap Hotel Luxembourg Aeroport which is now marketed as an Ibis Budget Hotel. There wasn't much to expect, of course, but the room was clean and in good shape:



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Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6829 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 10155 times:

Wednesday, October 2012
Luxembourg (LUX) - London City (LCY)
Air France AF5212, operated by VLM (under the CityJet brand)
Scheduled times: 07:00-07:30
Actual times: 06:58-07:26
Flight duration: 01:21 (hrs)
Distance: 300 miles
Economy Class, seat 11D

Fokker 50
OO-VLJ (MSN 20105)
First delivered to Lufthansa CityLine as D-AFKB in 09/1987


1st flight on OO-VLJ
3rd Fokker 50 flight
146th airline



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On the next morning, I took the shuttle to the airport about 90 minutes before departure. I had to smile when I read the aircraft type on the check-in kiosk screen:


This was certainly a mistake, neither VLM nor CityJet have ever operated Let 410s. Of course a Fokker 50 was waiting on the apron - OO-VLJ, one of 12 active frames in the VLM fleet, is currently the oldest F50 operated by any passenger airline:



Two male flight attendants welcomed me with a smile, very good first impression. The cabin comfort was another positive aspect - nice seats (picture taken after landing)...



...and decent legroom:


Despite a healthy load factor (80-90 percent), the aisle seat next to me remained empty. In his welcome speech, the captain explained that our approach to London City Airport could become a bit bumpy due to rain showers. The purser shortly afterwards announced a flying time of 1 hours and 25 minutes. We left the parking position two minutes early and soon climbed into the dark sky.

Safety card:



Inflight magazine:



The flight attendants soon started offering drinks and fresh pastries, passing through the cabin with baskets and their trolley twice. Nice small breakfast:



After breakfast service had been finished, tasty chocolates were offered:



The approach through dense clouds was indeed a bit bumpy, but not as bad as expected. Finally, "land in sight":







Almost there:





After a flying time of 1 hour and 21 minutes, the F50 touched down and slowed down quickly on LCY's short runway. Only a few moments later, we reached the parking position, four minutes ahead of schedule. Lufthansa CityLine uses Embraer 190s between FRA and LCY:



Cabin shot during disembarking:



After passing security, I walked straight to the central departures area and took a seat in front of the windows - not a bad place for spotting. OO-VLJ leaving again:





Wednesday, October 2012
London City (LCY) - Dublin (DUB)
Air France AF5117, operated by CityJet
Scheduled times: 08:45-10:10
Actual times: 09:28-10:47
Flight duration: 01:09 (hrs)
Distance: 298 miles
Economy Class, seat 16F

Avro RJ85
EI-RJH (MSN 2345), named "Inishturk"
First delivered to Mesaba Airlines as N520XJ in 02/1999


1st flight on EI-RJH
3rd Avro RJ85 flight
6th Avroliner flight
147th airline



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There wasn't a delay notice for my flight on the FIDS, but I became skeptical when it still said "Wait in lounge" some 25 minutes before departure - gate numbers were already displayed for all other flights departing around the same time. So I asked about the flight's status at a CityJet counter and a friendly agent confirmed that there would be a delay of about 30 minutes: "The plane is not here yet, but we will try to make a quick turnaround."

Finally, the plane arrived and boarding commenced earlier than expected. I was glad to get a plane painted in Air France colors instead of the hideous CityJet colors. EI-RJH is one of 19 active RJ-85s in the fleet:



Inishturk is an inhabited island off the coast of County Mayo in Ireland, home of about 70 people:



The morning light was beautiful, so I kept taking pictures:





Alitalia Cityliner's first Embraer 190 (EI-RNA) in the background:







After receiving a friendly welcome from a flight attendant, I settled down in my comfortable seat...


...however, there was a lack of elbow space due to the 3-3 configuration. The middle seat remained empty, though. Legroom wasn't as generous as on the Fokker 50 either, but still sufficient:



After boarding had been completed, the purser shortly talked about the delay, referring to heavy rain at Dublin. We left the parking position almost 45 behind schedule and I was now really looking forward to my first takeoff from this aircraft carrier style runway. Once there, the four engines howled and then the brakes were released...very cool.  thumbsup 



What a quick and enjoyable takeoff that was!









Sharp right turn:




10 minutes after takeoff, the captain made an announcement and explained that there had been lots of delays at Dublin in the morning due to heavy rain.

This time I found Air France's inflight magazine in the seat pocket:



Very detailed fleet information, spread over three pages - and free from errors:







For breakfast, various drinks and different kinds of tasty pastries were offered - and just like on the Fokker 50 flight, one flight attendant passed through the cabin twice with her basket:



Slowly descending over the Irish coastline:



Approach over very wet fields:







The crew performed a nice crosswind landing…



Cabin shot during disembarking:


After arriving at the old Terminal 1 building, I continued straight to the new Terminal 2 where I hadn't been before. Later in the afternoon, after a few hours of successful spotting, I returned to Munich on totally packed Aer Lingus A320-214 EI-DEK, fortunately a new registration for me.

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Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6829 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 10135 times:

Conclusion
Comfortable seating, friendly service and free drinks and tasty snacks - that shortly sums up my experiences with Luxair, VLM and CityJet. I wouldn't hesitate to fly on these carriers again and I hope that their offerings won't change for the worse. But who knows what will happen to the CityJet product after its potential sale by Air France.

Lufthansa didn't perform significantly worse than the others - the NEK seating is fine, flight attendants usually provide a friendly service and the catering is okay in most cases. The latter is certainly more substantial than what Air France serves on short flights.


Best Regards,
PlaneHunter



P.S.: Just in case you missed them - my previous trip reports:
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Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9909 times:

Servus PH,

we are on the same track today with the backlog!.

For sure a good quality read again.
And nice to see the comparison about all these airlines in one story, well done.

Good to notice about you´re short meet with J., definitely the local LUX specialist!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6829 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9874 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
we are on the same track today with the backlog!.

Hi Markus! Yes, indeed, but you are way ahead of me!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
For sure a good quality read again.

Thank you!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
And nice to see the comparison about all these airlines in one story, well done.

Three, or actually four nice flights in a row don't take place very often.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Good to notice about you´re short meet with J., definitely the local LUX specialist!.

Absolutely, I'm glad we could make that meeting happen.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinekiffy From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 206 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 9780 times:

Great and detailed TR as always PH!

What a great variety of smaller aircraft to be on. The takeoff in the Avro seemed steep and fun! Its seats also look rather comfortable too.

Jealous about the F50 flight.

Thanks again for the good read.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6829 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 9635 times:

Quoting kiffy (Reply 5):
Great and detailed TR as always PH!
Quoting kiffy (Reply 5):
Thanks again for the good read.

Hi Chris, thank you for your comments! Good to hear you liked it.

Quoting kiffy (Reply 5):
The takeoff in the Avro seemed steep and fun! Its seats also look rather comfortable too.

Yes, it was steep, very enjoyable. I'd love to try BA's A318 from LCY.

Quoting kiffy (Reply 5):
Jealous about the F50 flight.

It's a nice plane to fly on, I prefer it over any modern Dash 8. However, the F50s are slowly getting rare.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinekiffy From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 206 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9611 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
the F50s are slowly getting rare.

They definitely are and they're extinct in the US! Infact the only time I've ever seen one fly was when I was in Kenya earlier this year. It was flying for Bluebird Aviation and sounded great.  


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9574 times:

Hi PH. You know, this report of yours features a number of things that I never get tired reading about: Luxair, LUX, LCY and Fokkers. So thank you for that  .

I can't believe how empty your LH flight was. Indeed, I have never been (or read about) a LH flight with such a light load.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The NEK seats are very slim, but still comfortable enough in my opinion:

I have never tried these seats but from the looks of it they look pretty cool and I bet they save a ton of space. I wonder how comfortable they are for people of above average height. I gotta try them.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Here's my ERJ again, almost ready for its next mission:

What a lovely bird to look at. I think that Luxair's livery looks great on their ERJs, while it's not as aesthetically pleasant on their larger aircrafts.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
On the next morning, I took the shuttle to the airport about 90 minutes before departure. I had to smile when I read the aircraft type on the check-in kiosk screen:

Wouldn't it have been great if it was a Let?  . Have you flown on a Let by the way?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
There wasn't a delay notice for my flight on the FIDS, but I became skeptical when it still said "Wait in lounge" some 25 minutes before departure - gate numbers were already displayed for all other flights departing around the same time.

I used to absolutely hate that "Wait in lounge" message in UK airports (when I lived there). Especially when it was combined with a lack of assigned gate. It drove me insane, mainly because (more often than not) my flight would be the only one without a gate (and the message to wait in the lounge), while later flights would have been already assigned a gate.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I was glad to get a plane painted in Air France colors instead of the hideous CityJet colors.

Indeed, CityJet's livery is so hideous I'd (almost) take an albino over it.

Great job as always PH. I'm glad to see you had a fun trip overall, ticking many boxes in the process!

Stojan



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4275 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9532 times:

Hi PH,

first, a lovely blocks picture in the beginning    and followed by a nice read  

LH just fine, a new plane, good for you! I had been on such an empty LH flight also before, FRA-AMS on another 321.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
OO-VLJ, one of 12 active frames in the VLM fleet, is currently the oldest F50 operated by any passenger airline:

Wow, good investigation by you, and nice catch!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I was glad to get a plane painted in Air France colors instead of the hideous CityJet colors.

What's up then, the AF livery is classy as it's around for years, but quite boring (and dirty). I do like the simple Cityjet scheme actually. It suits that airline quite well.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Once there, the four engines howled and then the brakes were released...very cool.

Standard LCY procedure indeed, and never gets boring  

Grüsse,
Eric



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1298 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9340 times:
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Hi PH,

Glad to see these reports here! Are you going to be writing more as promised.

Lots of little bugs involved in these reports...How nice that you got all those goodies to eat in flight....


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6829 posts, RR: 77
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 9157 times:

Quoting kiffy (Reply 7):
They definitely are and they're extinct in the US!

Yes, unfortunately.

Quoting kiffy (Reply 7):
Infact the only time I've ever seen one fly was when I was in Kenya earlier this year. It was flying for Bluebird Aviation and sounded great

Definitely an interesting carrier! But it has already introduced DHC-8-400s, so who knows how long the F50s will remain in service.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
Hi PH. You know, this report of yours features a number of things that I never get tired reading about: Luxair, LUX, LCY and Fokkers. So thank you for that

Hi Widebodyroga, many thanks for your feedback! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
I can't believe how empty your LH flight was.

I don't know how many people it had flown to CDG, hopefully a bit more.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
I have never tried these seats but from the looks of it they look pretty cool and I bet they save a ton of space.

And I guess they save lots of weight.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
What a lovely bird to look at. I think that Luxair's livery looks great on their ERJs, while it's not as aesthetically pleasant on their larger aircrafts.

I also like the Luxair livery, definitely an improvement over the old scheme.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
Wouldn't it have been great if it was a Let? . Have you flown on a Let by the way?

Yes, would have been a nice surprise. Never tried the Let.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
I used to absolutely hate that "Wait in lounge" message in UK airports (when I lived there). Especially when it was combined with a lack of assigned gate.

I can only agree!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
It drove me insane, mainly because (more often than not) my flight would be the only one without a gate (and the message to wait in the lounge), while later flights would have been already assigned a gate.

Oh yes. It happened to me in March when waiting for an SK flight. It will be part of my next series.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
Indeed, CityJet's livery is so hideous I'd (almost) take an albino over it.

Albino planes are even worse...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
Great job as always PH. I'm glad to see you had a fun trip overall, ticking many boxes in the process!

Thanks again!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 9):
first, a lovely blocks picture in the beginning

Hoi Eric, thanks for leaving a reply. Those blocks are nice indeed, that design immediately convinced me.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 9):
and followed by a nice read

Thanks!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 9):
I had been on such an empty LH flight also before, FRA-AMS on another 321.

Hopefully it doesn't happen too often.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 9):
Wow, good investigation by you, and nice catch!

That was a nice surprise.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 9):
What's up then, the AF livery is classy as it's around for years, but quite boring (and dirty). I do like the simple Cityjet scheme actually. It suits that airline quite well.

CityJet's AF planes look quite clean...well, it's another operator.   I wish CityJet had adopted the gorgeous dark blue VLM scheme.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 9):
Standard LCY procedure indeed, and never gets boring

I had been looking forward to that procedure.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 10):
Glad to see these reports here! Are you going to be writing more as promised.

Hi flightsimboy, good to hear from you. Yes, that's what I'm trying to do.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 10):
Lots of little bugs involved in these reports...

VLA action to follow in my next report...

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 10):
.How nice that you got all those goodies to eat in flight....

That was nice indeed.


PH

[Edited 2013-07-31 23:30:42]


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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8998 times:

Hola PH!

A very interesting group of airlines and different planes on your fall Europe tour, nice to see all those breakfasts from the differnt airlines.

I really enjoyed your flight with Luxair, I have yet to fly them but they seem an excellent airline, unfortunately they usually send their B737s to BCN, with very few exceptions... e.g. today they are using a Dash, which would be lovely. Their livery is one the best out there, especially on the Embraer jets.

Great to start with such an empty flight, it is always nice to feel you have the plane to yourself.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6829 posts, RR: 77
Reply 13, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8973 times:

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 12):
A very interesting group of airlines and different planes on your fall Europe tour, nice to see all those breakfasts from the differnt airlines.

Hola Roger, thanks a lot for your feedback!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 12):
I really enjoyed your flight with Luxair, I have yet to fly them but they seem an excellent airline, unfortunately they usually send their B737s to BCN, with very few exceptions...

I'd prefer their 737s over any other type.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 12):
e.g. today they are using a Dash, which would be lovely.

I try to avoid these planes as much as possible.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 12):
Their livery is one the best out there, especially on the Embraer jets.

Yes, a big improvement over the old scheme.


PH



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8919 times:

Hello PH,

Entertaining story of Short Hops, brought to you with High Quality Pictures by our very own PH!  


Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Seat24 was the travel agency of choice because it sold all three flights on one ticket.

Thanks for the tip.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Intro

Very artistic photo intro!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The NEK seats are very slim, but still comfortable enough in my opinion:

I second that.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I had never seen such an empty cabin on a Lufthansa flight

Great shot nevertheless!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
As expected, it was a smooth process.

Without additional security check!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
crunchy sandwiches with cheese or roast pork and horseradish cream (Bavarian style!).

Yummy!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Full house - the empty seat on the left was mine:

Nice shot again! The tray tables are huge!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
nice seats

I love the color!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
tasty chocolates were offered:

Sweet touch!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Inishturk is an inhabited island off the coast of County Mayo in Ireland, home of about 70 people:

Good to know.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
one flight attendant passed through the cabin twice with her basket:

Way to go!


Thank you for sharing and wishing you all the bests,
Suryo  



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6829 posts, RR: 77
Reply 15, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8892 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Entertaining story of Short Hops, brought to you with High Quality Pictures by our very own PH!

Hi Suryo, thank you very much for your nice comments! Good to hear from you!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Very artistic photo intro!

Thanks!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Without additional security check!

Exactly. Too bad I cannot use MUC as a transfer hub more often.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
I love the color!

Yes, very nice tone.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Good to know.

Checking aircraft names can be quite interesting.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Thank you for sharing and wishing you all the bests,

Thanks again!


PH



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User currently offlineEmek96 From Germany, joined Apr 2013, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8844 times:

Hey PlaneHunter !

First of all, very nice report of 3 airlines which I like a lot as well.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
There were only some 30-40 passengers in the gate area, so I was expecting a light load.

I think thats a very rare event, I've been on about about 10 LH flghts that year and every one had a load of min. 90 %.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The NEK seats are very slim, but still comfortable enough in my opinion:

Thats what I think as well, I can't understand why so many people crtisize the NEK, in my opinion the legroom is even better than in the old cabin and seat comfort still is good.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The friendly flight attendant soon started serving crunchy sandwiches with cheese or roast pork and horseradish cream (Bavarian style!). I ordered the latter and really liked it. Additionally, I ordered water and a good white wine:

Service is still very good on LG, but they reduced it quite a lot, not 4 years ago, they served trays with full breakfast, lunch or dinner in Eco what eg. LH serves in Business.

Cityjet is also a very good airline, I can only agree.

Thanks a lot for this report, I will post also something about Luxair in August.

Elias


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6829 posts, RR: 77
Reply 17, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8829 times:

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 16):
First of all, very nice report of 3 airlines which I like a lot as well.

Hi Elias, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 16):
I think thats a very rare event, I've been on about about 10 LH flghts that year and every one had a load of min. 90 %.

Yes, that's what I'm used to on LH.

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 16):
Thats what I think as well, I can't understand why so many people crtisize the NEK, in my opinion the legroom is even better than in the old cabin and seat comfort still is good.

I can only agree. The seats are really good.

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 16):
Service is still very good on LG, but they reduced it quite a lot, not 4 years ago, they served trays with full breakfast, lunch or dinner in Eco what eg. LH serves in Business.

Good old days! Let's hope LG will keep the current service level.

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 16):
Thanks a lot for this report, I will post also something about Luxair in August.

Sounds interesting!


PH



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1746 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8829 times:
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Servus PlaneHunter!

A very nice read!
I’ve been looking fwd to this one, featuring the CityJet (and Luxair) flights. The service on the F50 was what I expected: very good. I like that cabin very much although the low windows are not my liking. Did you have a Belgian crew? On the LCY-DUB leg the catering you received seemed far superior to the one I got. And I echo your sentiments on the small seats on the RJ-85.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
the newest frame in the meanwhile 62-strong A321 fleet

That would probably make LH the largest operator of the type?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Last row for me this time

We seem to have a similar preference regarding seat of choice   But only for me when the connection time is right   

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The lack of mistakes on the fleet info page never ceases to surprise me, very professional work

   You master this art very well! Good to see that todays carriers did a decent job in their fleet descriptions.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Parked next to us was Warton-based BAe 146-200 G-TYPH which is used as a corporate shuttle by BAE Systems

Nice machine and trivium.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
had to smile when I read the aircraft type on the check-in kiosk screen

Lol, how’s that for a mistake, the SSK going mad!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
not a bad place for spotting.

Yes, a very nice place and very convenient for (English) power sockets. Except that mostly seats are taken by biz men messing about on their PC’s, phones, whatever without looking outside   

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6829 posts, RR: 77
Reply 19, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8817 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Servus PlaneHunter!

Servus Nils! Good to hear from you!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
A very nice read!

I’ve been looking fwd to this one, featuring the CityJet (and Luxair) flights.

Thank you!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
I like that cabin very much although the low windows are not my liking.

Yes, that's one of the weak points.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Did you have a Belgian crew?

No, I think they were from the UK.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
On the LCY-DUB leg the catering you received seemed far superior to the one I got.

Really? Did you fly later during the day?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):

That would probably make LH the largest operator of the type?

Only in Europe. US Airways already has 85 A321-200s, with 14 more on order. And China Southern will surpass LH soon.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
We seem to have a similar preference regarding seat of choice

Well, I often choose the second-last row, depending on the length of the flight.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
You master this art very well!

Thanks! I do my very best.  

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Good to see that todays carriers did a decent job in their fleet descriptions.

Yes, I was surprised.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Nice machine and trivium.

They used to have a 146-100, but it has been scrapped.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Yes, a very nice place and very convenient for (English) power sockets. Except that mostly seats are taken by biz men messing about on their PC’s, phones, whatever without looking outside

Yes exactly, that's what I observed as well!


PH



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1221 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8611 times:

I just flew on a UNITED Embraer and it was dirty. I am sure LUXAIR take better care of their planes.

The flight from Halifax to New York lasted 2 hours and you get nothing; just a drink.

I found the plane very noisy.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8398 times:

Nice report Udo on a cool itinerary!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I like LH's catering concept on European routes, but this pretzel roll with butter wasn't overly impressive:

I liked the taste of the pretzel I had on LH, but there was a LOT of butter in it....so unhealthy!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I had never seen such an empty cabin on a Lufthansa flight - one major reason why I decided to include this standard flight in my report:

When they upgauged a late night Staurday LHR-MUC flight from a 319 to 321 (?), the plane looked similar....empty!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
1st flight on OO-VLJ
3rd Fokker 50 flight
146th airline

Former appearances:

Very interesting to see that 20 years after Air Zim operated it in Africa, it's still alive and shuttling people around Western Europe on expensive tickets.



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1952 posts, RR: 24
Reply 22, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8289 times:
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Great report, PH!

Thanks for sharing - great views, as always, from each of your flights. I like how you were offered chocolate croissants; what a great snack!

Best,

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6829 posts, RR: 77
Reply 23, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8215 times:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 20):
I just flew on a UNITED Embraer and it was dirty. I am sure LUXAIR take better care of their planes.

I guess LG does indeed take good care of its aircraft.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 20):
The flight from Halifax to New York lasted 2 hours and you get nothing; just a drink.

At least they still haven't stopped offering free drinks yet...  

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):
Nice report Udo on a cool itinerary!

Hi Gabriel, thanks for your comments!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):
I liked the taste of the pretzel I had on LH, but there was a LOT of butter in it....so unhealthy!

And it adds weight to the aircraft...  

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):
When they upgauged a late night Staurday LHR-MUC flight from a 319 to 321 (?), the plane looked similar....empty!

Probably the A319 went tech?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):

Very interesting to see that 20 years after Air Zim operated it in Africa, it's still alive and shuttling people around Western Europe on expensive tickets.

Yes, quite amazing.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 22):
Great report, PH!

Thanks for sharing - great views, as always, from each of your flights.

Thanks for your feedback, Matthew!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 22):
I like how you were offered chocolate croissants; what a great snack!

Yes, it tasted very good.


PH



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1746 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8184 times:
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Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
Really? Did you fly later during the day?

My flight was at 17h30. There was a choice of sweet or salt and a drink. Service was rather 'cold' as well 

Sultanils



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25 PlaneHunter : That's bad. I must say the FAs were better on the VLM flight. PH
26 Post contains images roberts87 : Hello PH, Great report as always! Cityjet is a fine carrier indeed, I have always enjoyed my flights on them too. Luxair seems very good too, a bit of
27 Post contains images MSS658 : Hello PH Another nice high-quality report from your side; Nice to have an almost private A321 for you Luxair and Cityjet both have impressive products
28 Post contains images The777Man : Hi PlaneHunter ! Thanks for another amazing report with amazing pictures ! Great to see you try three new carriers in one day ! It looks good to me...
29 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Thanks, Robert! Yes, hopefully it can continue to exist successfully in its niche. Thank you, Marc! No doubt about that! Take your time! Hi Lars, tha
30 nipoel123 : Hi PH, A good TR, as usual. Couldn't LH have sent an A319 to CDG instead of the A321? Nick[Edited 2013-08-03 03:09:20]
31 PlaneHunter : Hi Nick, thanks for commenting! Probably no smaller aircraft available, LH has moved more bigger aircraft to MUC. And the MUC-CDG flight may have had
32 Post contains images OA260 : Hey Udo Nice to see a report with Luxair. Also nice to see a Cityjet one. In the next 12 months this route/airline is going to look very different so
33 Post contains images eastafspot : Hi PH, Another trip report, another great job ! Very suprised about the load factor on LH flight and the rather simple pretzel, or maybe LG treats wel
34 jwhite9185 : Hi there PH - what a routing that was in just a short space of time! Not seen a flight as empty as that LH one - I'm guessing the outbound was pretty
35 CaptainRed : Hi PH, another enjoyable report, looks like you had a couple of very nice flights here, with a nice variety of quite interesting plane types. I was es
36 lukeyboy95 : Hi Udo. That was a very nice report, thanks for bringing it to light. I really love these high-quality short hops, and have done since my trip with Ci
37 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Philip, thanks for your comments! I really hope the CityJet brand won't be destroyed completely. Yes, you should! Hi Léo, many thanks! Good to he
38 Post contains images adamspotter : Hi PH! Just realised I hadn't read or commented on this report yet, sorry about that! Anyways great report you made here with many nice pictures, real
39 Post contains images infodesk : Hi PH, Sorry for the late reply on this one. A nice report you’ve written here with an interesting combination of both airlines and aircraft. Luxair
40 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Brendan, many thanks for your comments! No worries! I really liked it. No doubt about that. The next one will be online very soon. The featured ai
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