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Ibiza - Palma Roundtrip, This Time With B-717  
User currently offlineAstrojet From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 565 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3601 times:

Hi again, after my first attempt to get on a B-717, failed due aircraft change into a MD-83, finally I did  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Ibiza - Palma de Mallorca (IBZ - PMI)
Flight: JK 262 operated by AeBal
Aircraft: B-717-200
date: November 16, 2002
Time: 09:15

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Arrived to the airport 1 hour 45 minutes before departure, went to check in and asked for a window seat from the center to back (to get a good wing view) the lady said 15A is just in the middle of the airplane and it turned to be the second emergency exit over the left wing.

OK, I went up to the boarding gate and saw that the Spanair flight to Madrid was delayed due to technical reasons, it was a B-717 (EC-HOA which stayed here overnight). My flight was still on time, but when our plane came from Palma (EC-HUZ) Spanair changed planes and we got the delay. I can understand this since on the flight to Madrid were a lot of people with connexions that could be lost.

After changing crews and refuelling the plane to Madrid they started boarding and we were told that our flight was leaving about 11:30 and we were invited for a brekfast (the Madrid folks were also invited before) but only five minutes later we were called for boarding and finally we had only one hour delay.

The short flight to PMI was very nice with a good visibility of the whole island after take off from rwy 24. Landing in PMI was on rwy 24R (24L was closed, may be some manteinance work or something).

Palma de Mallorca - Ibiza (PMI-IBZ)
Flight: AB 8242 (Air Berlin)
Aircraft: B-737-800 D-ABAW
Date: November 16, 2002
Time: 15:05

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On check in I asked for a window seat and got 13F, got to the gate and saw the new time 15:40, later they said the flight would be 2 hours and 40 minutes delayed and changed the Gate from D66 to D64. This time we were also invited to a cheese and ham sandwich and pop or beer. Finally we had a delay from 3 hours.

When the plane came, from Berlin, they turned it arround very quick, boarding and push back was also quick and once airborne from rwy 24R the first officer apologized for the delay and said that the plane in Berlin had engine problems and when they saw it couldn´t be fixed quick they had to change the plane.

The flight service consisted on the Air Berlin bags with an orange juice and a bread roll with salami and cheese, like two weeks ago.

It was also dark when we approached IBZ´s rwy 24 for landing. right when I was leaving the airport I heard the boarding call for the return flight to PMI.

The load factor on the two flights was 50%. I had a great day, didn´t care about the delays since I don´t missed any connexions, and now I´m one of the not too many people that have been aboard a 717!

That´s it. Any comments and questions are welcome.

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User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3315 times:

A good report. I've known people who've flown on the 717. They had a good experience, sounds like yours was the same (apart from the delays)?


User currently offlineAstrojet From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 565 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3292 times:

Yes it was a nice experience I really wanted to try the 717 since I´ve been lots of times on DC-9 in the seventies and eighties, and a few in the nineties, and it is one of my favourite airplanes. It reminded me a lot of the DC-9 which actually this one is the last version of this great aircraft.

Next would be nice to try the MD-90.

User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 3 days ago) and read 3283 times:

Hey, I was on the same AB plane as you; 8 months ago, DTM-NUE. And I used the same picture as you to illustrate my trip report. Will have to check about the seat.

Daniel Smile

P.S.: Did they allow smoking on AB? I know it would be a violation of the Real Decreto tal y tal, but they didn´t care on my domestic (German) flight where it´s equally illegal.

User currently offlineAstrojet From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 565 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3259 times:

Hi Daniel,

I was on 13F, and on that flight they said something like "spanish law does not allow to smoke on this flight".

I´m flying IBZ - PMI - NUE next December 18th. with AB, would be nice to get the Excel or Transavia plane, but I don´t think so.

User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3253 times:

Good, because I'm going on a 717 or a DC-9 when I'm flying inter-islands at Hawaii next year.

User currently offlineDee-see-eit From Spain, joined Jan 2000, 435 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3250 times:

Hi Astrojet,

Wow, that are a lot of delays for such short flights, but in any case a nice report and showing some good pics with it.  Wink/being sarcastic

If you read this message pls contact me via my user profil. Thanks!


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