Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2900 posts, RR: 23 Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5381 times:
...or shall I say pics only with a few notes. Now that Swiss is going to retire the Saab 2000, I had planned a last flight on one of those - this plan unfortunately didn't come true, but I made a trip on the Swiss ERJ145, my 12th and most probably also my last flight on the Swiss ERJ, as the ERJ will be retired early next year. It was my third flight on HB-JAN, and by the way HB-JAN was also the aircraft for my very first Swiss ERJ flight in 2002. It was a great time, I always enjoyed flying on Swiss' regional fleet, so i thought I'd share my pics of this last flight with you.
11 October 2005
STD: 12:35 ATD: 12:35
STA: 13:20 ATA: 13:15
cn 434 delivered to Crossair in May 2001
Named "Schopfenspitz 2104m" but as the aircraft was still in Crossair colours, the name was not painted onto the aircraft.
My train arrived at ZRH at 11:15. I went to check-in 1, a small queue, but some staff walking through the queues to pick out passengers who were either in the wrong queue (LX-flights operated by their code-share partners AA, AY and IB do not check in here), also passengers with only carry-on baggage were asked if they want to do check-in at the machines. After only about five minutes in the queue I was checked in by one of the about 10 agents, friendly as always, got my boarding pass and proceeded directly to my gate A09 where boarding started soon and we were bussed to our aircraft. A total of 20 passengers on this tuesday noon flight.
Taxiing towards runway 28 with a Swiss A320 taking off in front of us:
Turning onto the runway:
Some Swiss and Helvetic aircraft:
Airborne, with a Swiss A321 taxiing to the runway:
Doing a 270° turn to the left:
From my seat 18A (last row) I had a view inside the engine:
A cabin shot, the dark blue leather seats are comfortable and create a nice and modern atmosphere:
Flying over ZRH:
Gaining some more altitude before entering German airspace:
Flying over the Lake of Constance, I think you can also see the Island Mainau on this pic:
The friendly young flight attendant came around, offered Swiss chocolates to us Economy passengers and later she came around with water. This flight took only 22 minutes from take-off until landing, so I think this was okay for a short flight like this. I know that Swiss service on longer regional flights is outstanding, and the a.net reports confirm this. Also the views outside were just great, a crytal clear sunny October day now that the fog has disappeared, even the two business men in row 17 put their newspapers away, changed their seats and told each other that they had just seen their houses (I guess they live in Tuebingen). We had already started our descend.
The (international) airport of Eutingen/Poltringen - EDSP. A possible alternate airport for our ERJ when there's fog at STR? I don't think so...
The quarry of Ehningen:
The DaimlerChrysler factory at Sindelfingen:
Still Boeblingen, with the Schill & Seilacher factory in the bottom of the pic:
The forest between Steinenbronn and Stuttgart:
The shadow of our aircraft:
A Jordan Aviation A310:
A Condor B757-300:
Seconds from touch-down:
Leaving the runway:
The Jordan Aviation A310 taking off:
Arriving at our stand, five minutes ahead of schedule.
The end of my probably last flight on a Swiss ERJ145.
We were bussed to Terminal 3, and later I took some photos of HB-JAN taking off back to ZRH:
Thanks to the crews on all of my flights, I always enjoyed the service and the warm and friendly atmosphere on board. And thanks to you for reading my report, hope you enjoyed it, looking forward to reading your feedback. Regards, Alex.
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4693 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5312 times:
Very nice tribute with some good pictures - you were lucky to have such good weather for what is possibly your final flight with this airline/ aircraft-combination.
I for one wouldn't be too sad to see the Junglejet go, speaking of cabin-comfort it doesn't really compare to other competitors IMO. Hwoever, for STR this fleet reduction might mean the withdrawal of LX from your airport - have you heard any news, wether LH Regional might take over the services?
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
Spootter10 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5183 times:
Thanks for this report with lots of great photos of the area where I was born.
*lol* EDSP (it´s actually called "Poltringen" - "Eutingen" is a different airfield west of the Autobahn A81) - this is where I took some gliding-lessons some years ago with the "Flugsportverein Unterjesingen". We had to watch out for arriving traffic into STR and had to keep to a maximum altitude of 4000ft. (if I remember correctly) due to aircraft approaching STR´s runway 07 from the south. It just brings back some memories, how funny you got to take a picture of EXACTLY this small airfield! Thanks again!
Contact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4700 times:
fantastic pics! You were really lucky with the weather - and the unusuall direction of approach at STR (from the West).
Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 1): Hwoever, for STR this fleet reduction might mean the withdrawal of LX from your airport - have you heard any news, wether LH Regional might take over the services?
Amadeus still shows the Swiss ERJ on STR-ZRH for the summer timetable 2006, so the decission which aircraft will replace the ERJ has obviously not yet been made. However, my guess goes for LH Regional CRJ or ATR, as long as Swiss doesn't have an aircraft of that size of its own.
Sure, neither would I, at least not from a cabin-comfort point-of-view. However, retiring the regional fleet and leaving the ARJ100 the smallest aircraft of the fleet can hardly be the solution (I heard they're planning to retire the RJ85 as well...). But well I guess then we can expect some more Lufthansa Régional at ZRH.
Quoting Spootter10 (Reply 2): *lol* EDSP (it´s actually called "Poltringen" - "Eutingen" is a different airfield west of the Autobahn A81
Interesting to read that you have a close connection to this airfield, and also some intersting facts here. I really thought Eutingen and Poltringen is the same airfield, didn't know both towns have their own "airports", I stand corrected.
Quoting MH017 (Reply 3): I almost had to shed a tear: it's like a funeral
Well in a way, it almost was for me.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4): Sad, that I had to cancel my flights on the LX EMB 145 2 weeks ago.
Ah I see - actually I had read about your planned LX flights and wondered where you'd been, now I know. Any other LX flight (leisure or business trip) planned so far? Didn't you think about a trip to Asia with swiss?
Quoting Contact Air (Reply 5): fantastic pics! You were really lucky with the weather - and the unusuall direction of approach at STR (from the West).
For sure I was happy about the landing on runway 07, though this runway hasn't been so unusual during the past few weeks.
FLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4503 times:
I was very close to book my trip to Hongkong next month with Swiss but I
changed to CX after they offered a very special fare included a double asia miles promotion, now I go FRA-HKG-FRA on CX A340.