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SN Brussels : Geneva-Brussels-Geneva (Videos)  
User currently offlineAlphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 35
Posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7163 times:

Here I go for my second trip report for a.net...

Since a long time I was looking forward to experience flying SN Brussels in one of their daily flight from Geneva to Brussels and last monday I had a good opportunity to fly business class on both RJ100 and A319 of their fleet. Also a good occasion to test my brand new handycam as well. It was an early departing from GVA therefore at 6am I took my bike and headed to the airport in a very pleasant and beautiful spring morning ride.

Rem: To download the realmedia videos on your hard-disk, as usual : right-click on the link and select "Save Target As..."

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Photo © Wim Callaert - Brussels Aviation Photography
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Photo © Alessandro Savarese - SpotIT

Monday 02 may 2005
SN 2724
GVA (scheduled 07:15 - ontime) Gate A05
BRU (scheduled 08:35 - 08:30) Gate A46
Avro RJ100 OO-DWB
Seat 03A

There wasn’t a lot of passengers and the RJ100 was barely half filled for this connection between these two international cities. When boarding was completed newspapers were distributed and refreshments served almost immediately. The push-back was approved and the four engines started "The RJ100, the one and only a/c to have 5 APU’s" haha, just kidding  Wink

I’d be tempted to say that take-off and departing procedure from GVA rwy23 was as usual for northern cities : We maintained the runway heading a little bit further after passing over Passery VOR and then we turned right heading north. I didn’t taped the take-off because I wanted to fully enjoy the view of Geneva in the morning. As we continued to climb the breakfast was served. Not even the time to finish it and we started our descent towards BRU. The captain made an announcement on the pa and said the weather was nice in Brussels with almost no wind. We aligned for final on rwy 25R and I started to tape over.

Video - Landing at BRU on RWY25R (8.6Mb)
(In this video you can hear the GPWS 100 feets before touchdown)

After parking on gate A46 we were transferred by bus to pier B in order to pass the customs. This gave me the opportunity to spot an old DC-10-30 parked on the cargo area (my fav a/c btw) and two beautifuls SN A330 preparing for their long flights. After this I spent a day of work in Mechelen some 22 kilometers north of Brussels but I won’t spent time on writing uninteresting stuff isn’it ?  Wink

I was lucky enough to be able to return to Zaventem airport before planned and this gave me some extra time to spent for spotting. I went to pier B and walked along the terminal until the very end of it and started videotaping some action there.

Video - Spotting from Pier B at BRU (15.4Mb)
(Sorry but it's hard to film without having these large windows reflects. Engine sound are barely heard from the terminal, so I decided to add some music instead)

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Photo © Fabrice Sanchez - Brussels Aviation Photography

Monday 02 may 2005
SN 2719
BRU (scheduled 18:10 - 18:20) Gate B06
GVA (scheduled 19:30 - 19:25) Gate A09
A319-112 OO-SSG (Previous regs:D-AVWL, EI-CZF)
Seat 02A

The boarding started and I soon found myself sitting in the second row. The business class was almost empty but economy was pretty crowded. Same as the morning flight, newspapers, refreshments, push-back and engine start. We used rwy 25R for take-off and I taped it over.

Video - Take-off from BRU RWY25R (7.8Mb)
(CFM56 engine sound lovers gotta love this)

The flight of 1 hour was very smooth and uneventful.

Video – Inflight over EU (2.8Mb)

As we prepared to align on final for RWY23 in GVA we passed very near Lausanne which is 60km (32NM) far from GVA heading St-Prex VOR at 7000 feets.

Video - Approach and Landing at GVA on RWY23 (16.6Mb)
(Lausanne overview, Alps and Lake Geneva surroundings)

I want to emphasize that on both legs I was very delighted with SN business class onboard service with very friendly and professional F/A. I was expecting something good and wasn't disapointed, the seats in both the RJ100 and A319 are very confortable. SN is doing a great job, I hope to experience a long haul flight with them one day, congratulations and keep up the good work SN !  bigthumbsup 

I hope you enjoyed reading this short trip report.

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User currently offlineShilla From Germany, joined May 2002, 191 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7123 times:

Great videos, Alphafloor  bigthumbsup 
Especially the quality is top - which camera did you use ?

SN seems to be a fine airline, I hope I can try them soon.

User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2429 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 7049 times:

Great work - excellent videos. The approach into Geneva looks very scenic - I need to get out there soon!

User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7016 times:

Nice report with excellent videos! To reiterate what Shilla asked, what camera did you use? I'm looking at getting one myself, but am having difficulty deciding which one to get, so any pointers would be gratefully received.

I was particularly interested in seeing your footage of Geneva - I almost made a visit there last November as Swiss were doing some great deals out of LCY (although in the end I went to Venice instead...long story!), I am still considering doing a trip there next autumn/winter so seeing some shots of the area was great.



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User currently offlineAlphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6987 times:

Hello guys, thanks for your nice comments ! The camera is a Sony DCR-PC350E.

I searched a lot of time before buying this one. It's a little expensive but definitely worth the investment. The shots on poor light conditions are excellent. I'm very happy with it, the quality is cristal clear on DVD !


User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2433 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6813 times:
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Hi AlphaFloor !!

Nice films. Glad you enjoyed SNBA.

Hope to see you soon on our lines again !!


Life is great at 41.000 feet...
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2905 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6771 times:

Amazing videos! I enjoyed watching and reading very much, well done!

User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1716 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6749 times:


Fantastic videos and great reporting !

Agree with you, the sound of those engines on the 319/320/321 is amazing (if you're seated in the first 4-5 rows, I guess) !
Having just done a return trip on an EI A320 AMS-DUB-AMS and seated on seat 2F, I know exactly what you mean: it's just like a vacuumcleaner  Smile It's also nice to see the RPM changes (the "eye" turning faster and slower during approach), when in one of these front-row seats.

don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2762 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6748 times:

Excellent report! And wonderful videos, I really enjoyed the approach. I always love landing at GVA, what views. A wonderful city in what must be one of the most breathtaking areas around.

Long live Aer Lingus!
User currently offlineDens From Switzerland, joined Sep 2001, 313 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6629 times:

Thanks alphafloor, your videos are greate!!! I enjoyed watching it!

User currently offlineJumbolino From Germany, joined Mar 2001, 490 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6518 times:

Thanks Alphafloor I will watch it when I move myself to my windows box  Wink
and yeah SN Brussels is great and Geneva, too so you where lucky two times and thanks for sharing it with us  Smile


Kind Regards, Jutta.
User currently offlineSn26567 From Belgium, joined Aug 2004, 131 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6351 times:

Great video report, AlphaFloor. As a Belgian having lived at Geneva for 5 years, I use to travel that route quite often with an airline that was called Sabena. It was always a nice experience that SN Brussels is continuing now.

It is a pity that SWISS is abandoning routes from Geneva to other airlines, but in the case of Brussels, it has been a plus.

ex-Sabena #26567
User currently offlineSN-A330 From Belgium, joined Aug 2001, 1129 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6175 times:

Thanks for the very nice trip report!

Regards, SN-A330

I would rather be flying...
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4188 posts, RR: 36
Reply 13, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5923 times:

amazing...that's a really nice way of promoting our region! We should meet up sometime ...take care!

A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
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