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A Visit To The Airbus Site:GVA-TLS-GVA(w Pics!)  
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7541 times:

Hi folks, this is my second trip report on A.net after my Super constellation experience last August .
I wanted to dedicate this report to my visit to the Airbus site. For that I booked last july already my tickets to TLS.
My girlfriend was very cool to come with me and I really thank her for that ;I enjoy sharing my passion for aviation with her .

This trip was also the chance to fly an EMBRAER for the first time.

Our trip started on a sunny Friday morning on October 14th. We got to GVA with a bit of advance to check in and then go spot a bit on the terrace.
We then went for a bit of coffee and pastry .Boarding time was at 11:50am since the flight departed at 12:20. At around 11:30 we passed the customs into the French sector of GVA.
Since part of GVA lies on french territory, there is a special sector dedicated to French domestic flights. Once we're in there we're considered in french territory .Its convenient
since once you get to your final destination in France you don't need to pass through the customs .

Once inside the sector, we walked around before being called in for the flight . It was great to visit for the first time the new terminal in GVA...looks so modern...very nice.

At 11:50 am we were called in for boarding. We got on a bus that drove us to our destination
Here is a pic of our E135

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic1.jpg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic2.jpg

I was excited to get on an EMBRAER for the first time and add the E135 to my list on a/c I've flown on

Airline:Air France(operated by Regional)
Flight no:3129
Gate:64
Aircraft:Embraer 135
Registration:F-GRGP
Seat:05D
DestinationToulouse-Blagnac
Date:October 14th
Time of departure:12:20(on time)
Time of arrival:13:35
Load Factor:80%


On board I saw for the first time an Aeroflot A/c in new colours



http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic3.jpg


Departure was on time. There was once flight attendant and after having handed refreshing towls she started to explain the safety procedures as we taxied
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic4.jpg

Before departure was A BA 737"poland" heading towards Gatwick that was going to take off before us
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic5.jpg

Two minutes later the captain said"Membre de l'equipage préparez vous au décollage"(crew member pepare for take off)
We turned on the runway and the acceleration of the E135 was very impressive. since its a small aircraft you can notice the speed even better
than on the bigger a/c.

Since it was a really sunny day we had a great view over GVA. Alas I took a picture but since the sun was on the other side it didn't appear as nice as it should have

The view of the alps as also very great as you can see from this picture with Mont blanc in the middle

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic7.jpg

The airplane continued on a straight line Nothrward for another 10km and then turned a few km before my hometown Nyon which you can see here


http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic8.jpg

The pilot then turned to head south for TLS. We now had the Jura on our side. They were amazing with their all the autumn colours on the trees.
I love this time of the year just for the beauty of those mountains

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic9.jpg

The aircraft then headed towards Lyon. Before reaching the city the attendant started to serve drinks and a sandwich
I chose ham sandwich and a coke and my girlfriend Orange juice and cheese sandwich
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic10.jpg
At this moment we were flying right over the city of Lyon
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic11.jpg.

The flight carried on for another 40 minutes and we were flying beteen two layers of clouds.Suddenly I saw the airplane was inclined starting its descent. Then suddenly turbulence started to make its appearance.
Since the E135 is so small its easy to feel turbulence as compared to other airliners. Then it was funny, it swinged as though it was a boat in the sea! The weather in Toulouse was cloudy. While landing we flew for
at least 3 minutes inside the clound and finally saw some land really nearby. TLS was just a few hundred metres away.
Seconds later we landed, it was smooth and the first airplane I saw was a Beluga ready to take off. It might not be the most beautiful airplane
there is but once you've ssen it for real you see it other wise. I really love it
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic12.jpg

There was also an A340 without engines nor paint. Wonder to whom it is going to go

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic13.jpg
Then the most beautiful came....the two A380 parked at some distance....I was REALLY REALLY REALLY EXCITED TO SEE THEM...WWOW !!!

We were arrived at TLS on time. We got off the aircraft, tried taking a picture but told it was forbidden (WHY????).
The bus took us to the terminal where we claimed our baggages

TLS airport itself is pretty modern with a nice architecture I found
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic14.jpg
jpg[/img]


The afternoon we spent our time visiting the city of Toulouse as we did Saturday morning.

Our tour of the Airbus site was expected for 3:30 pm. It was quite a way from the centre having to
take the subway and the bus. The bus left us at a stop not too far from the meeting point of the visit. It was next to the airbus complex. Being at least an hour and a half a head of time so I decided
with my GF to go see if we could spot any aircraft. Our curiosity was rewarded.
n AF concorde F-BFVC! It was the number 9 of the production .


http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic16.jpg
We walked through a parking lot.

On the other side were 3 Airbus A320 parked ready to be painted. There was a TAM, JetStar and one without the airline logo painted.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic17.jpg


We then went for lunch at a resto nearby before going towards the meetin point.

We arrived there 45 minuted ahead of schedule. We went to the cashier where we not only had to pay, but hand in our cameras, and our passports....and for the latter I didn't get why!!!!!!!!!!!!

but well! Having some time ahead of us, we wENT to the boutique where I bought a small Herpa like model of the Beluga. Once my GF and I got away from the boutique we stayed in the waiting area wathcing this really cool video of Airbus...
It shoWed different cities in the world, the members of its fleet, Airbii in the colours of different airlines... very interesting video.

At 3:30 we were called for the tour....
THE TOUR

There were at least 50 people on the tour. We started by passing through the concorde and A320's that I took a picture of before, and then , from a distance was the A380 F-WWOW...it was in a hangar so I couldn't get such a great view of it. We then passed by A340'sand 330's that were half painted

The was a China airlines, Virgin and this Qatar airways airplane that was painted in a special livery for the Asian games 2006....the tour guide however, said Olympic games......please!!!!!!
The bus then took us to the A340/330 assembly plant. As we got off the bus, we could see at least 3 Belugas some 100 m away....Its incredible seeing them...
its only in a very few airports they can be seen!

We then entered the plant .Before seeing anything we watched this 10 minute long video showing different aspects of Airbus . Once the movie ended we were taken to where the aircraft were assembled .It was interesting to see all those A330's and 340's being built ....The tour guide told us how the assembly was a rather physical job, explaining why so few women worked there. Work takes place from Monday till friday with day and night shifts!
.We were explained how the parts were assembled and how once that was done they were taken to the part next doors where the aircraft were tested all their different functions during 12 opening days!

Once the tests were passed succesfully they could go to the paint plant...On average there is one ton of paint on each aircraft.

It was already 5:30 and the tour was almost over. I was REALLY DISAPPOINTED they didn't take us closer to the A380! Really I had come for that! But our luck was to come later. We got back to the initial meeting point, got our Cameras and passports back and went towards the bus station to head back to TLS very disappointed!
We were pretty close and it kinda made my afternoon

We happily went back to the city centre where we had dinner.


A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
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User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7524 times:

We got back to the boarding area but since there was at least 20 min left till boarding we went again for a little walk. Once we were on the other end of the airport, my GF said "heyyyy look the other A380!!!"

F-WWOW was taxxing out of its hangar...how beautiful....it then turned around and the shape of the wings was so impressive to see
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pics2.jpg

It was then parked next to F-WWDD. I hoped it made a flight but too bad

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pics3.jpg.


Very happy to have seen that, we went to the boarding area and passenger for the flight to GVA called up.

I got on the bus with my GF and brought to the plane. Here is our E-145 from close. It seems as though it was previously washed since there were
waterdrops on the windows but hadn't been raining before
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic22.jpg



Airline:Air France(operated by Regional)
Flight no:3129
Gate:001
Aircraft:Embraer 145
Registration:F-GRGC
Seat:09F
DestinationGeneva
Date:October 16th
Time of departure:13:10(on time)
Time of arrival:14:15
Load Factor:50%



Here is a pic inside of the E-145

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic23.jpg

Our flight departed on time. It was time to leave TLS
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic231.jpg.

We taxied for about 5 min and before take off we could see from far the A380 assembly plant.

The A/c accelerated really rapidly...I had my camera ready to take pics of all these A340's and 330's that were either waiting to be delivered or painted

I saw Lufthansa, Thai, Turkish with the new cs Iberia, TAM, chian airlines, etc
Here is the pic taken while the airplane was about to take off
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic24.jpg

Then once we were airborne we could see again the two A380's next to each other.sorry for the quality
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic241.jpg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic25.jpg

We then flew over the city of toulouse before reaching crusing altitude. We were served the same eman as the flight from GVA to TLS. It was a rather quick flight that only lasted 50 min. It was not long before I saw the rhone, the city of Lyon and then the
captain said we were soon going to start our descent to GVA. It was spectacular ....we passed over the town of annecyand then started to have a great view over the mont blanc.We actually passed really close to it
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic26.jpg

There was a huge layer of fog over the whole lake Geneva area
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pics5.jpg

We turned 10km north of GVA and started to approach the airport. There was some turbulence as we passed through the fog layer.
I was busy filming our landing and my GF watching the other side told me "wait a minute...I saw a lufthansa in ancient coulours..." I immediately knew what airplane she was talking about... I actually couldn't belive the retro LH was visiting GVA!

Luckily it took off before I got off the flight so I was able to see it and take a pic...very beautiful...Unfortunalety it was already passing through the fog when I got to see it....
Hence the poor quality of the pic
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic27.jpg

Got off the airplane and wnet to the baggae claim after passing the customs...Our TLS trip was over.....

I general I keep a good souvenir and hope you enjoyed reading my trip report...Cheers

Braulio Mora



A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7463 times:

Thanks Braulio for your interesting report! I remembered you were over this weekend and am impressed how quickly you posted your report.

Glad to see you enjoyed your Airbus visit and time in Toulouse... nice city, n'est-ce pas? Pity though that the weather was so great this weekend, especialy Friday was awful.



Long live Aer Lingus!
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7447 times:

Thanks Toulouse,

I really enjoyed the trip.
Toulouse itself was a nice city and totally deserves its name of la ville rose(Pink City)

As for the weather its true it could have been better but luckily there wasn't much rain !

Cheers



A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8531 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7166 times:
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Thanks, great reading and photo's. Lucky to see 2 A380's side by side, pretty cool if you ask me.

I'd like to do that tour myself, perhaps once day i'll get round to it.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1688 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7165 times:

Quoting RootsAir (Thread starter):
My girlfriend was very cool to come with me and I really thank her for that ;I enjoy sharing my passion for aviation with her .

Lucky you !!! NOT many do enjoy the aviation-bug
 cry 



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User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7145 times:

HERE IS THE SECOND PART OF MY TRIP REPORT . I NOTICED SOME OF IT HADN'T COPIED PASET CORRECTLY..SORRY FOLKS

BACK TO GENEVA



The flight back to GVA was at 1:10 pm

We woke up at 9 am that morning. It was an hour before we were ready to leave the hotel.
We thought of having breakfast somewhere close but in order not to stess we decided to have breakfast in the airport. The bus terminal
was really close . At 10:20 am the bus finally arrived

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic18.jpg.

The bus ride was about 20 min long and we finally got to the airport!
When we got there, Check in for GVA had not yet started so we went to get something to eat. We found this place but most of the pastry was gone and not much choice was left. We thus tried to look for somewhere else
but it was still the same..not much choice left...we regretted not having eaten breakfast in town.

However we did with what there was.... As usual, it was pretty expensive for what we had. We then headed to the other end of the airport where check in for GVA started.
First, my GF and I were given 16D and F which on the E145 corresponds to a wing seat...When I ralised that I asked the woman at the check in if we could change places...she kindly agreed and changed us to 9D and F.

We then went through the customs where the security check was pretty sharp. . I saw the aircraft we were goin to take as well as this LH City Line CRJ 200 that was about to leave to Munich. Took a pic of the aircraft ...and got screamed at by an airport employee saying it was forbidden to take pics "WHY THE HELLLLLL????

Nevertheless here's a pic of our E145 that lies to the left of an E135
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pics1.jpg

anyways we went for a little walk and were able to see quite a few of the aircraft from the Airbus factory. I saw 4 out of the 5 belugas. Here is a pic of 3 of those whale planes
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pics4.jpg

We got back to the boarding area but since there was at least 20 min left till boarding we went again for a little walk. Once we were on the other end of the airport, my GF said "heyyyy look the other A380!!!"

F-WWOW was taxxing out of its hangar...how beautiful....it then turned around and the shape of the wings was so impressive to see
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pics2.jpg

It was then parked next to F-WWDD. I hoped it made a flight but too bad

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pics3.jpg.


Very happy to have seen that, we went to the boarding area and passenger for the flight to GVA called up.

I got on the bus with my GF and brought to the plane. Here is our E-145 from close. It seems as though it was previously washed since there were
waterdrops on the windows but hadn't been raining before
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic22.jpg



Airline:Air France(operated by Regional)
Flight no:3129
Gate:64
Aircraft:Embraer 135
Registration:F-GRGC
Seat:09F
DestinationGeneva
Date:October 16th
Time of departure:13:10(on time)
Time of arrival:14:15
Load Factor:50%



Here is a pic inside of the E-145

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic23.jpg

Our flight departed on time. It was time to leave TLS
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic231.jpg.

We taxied for about 5 min and before take off we could see from far the A380 assembly plant.

The A/c accelerated really rapidly...I had my camera ready to take pics of all these A340's and 330's that were either waiting to be delivered or painted

I saw Lufthansa, Thai, Turkish with the new cs Iberia, TAM, chian airlines, etc
Here is the pic taken while the airplane was about to take off
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic24.jpg

Then once we were airborne we could see again the two A380's next to each other.sorry for the quality
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic241.jpg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic25.jpg

We then flew over the city of toulouse before reaching crusing altitude. We were served the same eman as the flight from GVA to TLS. It was a rather quick flight that only lasted 50 min. It was not long before I saw the rhone, the city of Lyon and then the
captain said we were soon going to start our descent to GVA. It was spectacular ....we passed over the town of annecyand then started to have a great view over the mont blanc.We actually passed really close to it
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic26.jpg

There was a huge layer of fog over the whole lake Geneva area
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pics5.jpg

We turned 10km north of GVA and started to approach the airport. There was some turbulence as we passed through the fog layer.
I was busy filming our landing and my GF watching the other side told me "wait a minute...I saw a lufthansa in ancient coulours..." I immediately knew what airplane she was talking about... I actually couldn't belive the retro LH was visiting GVA!

Luckily it took off before I got off the flight so I was able to see it and take a pic...very beautiful...Unfortunalety it was already passing through the fog when I got to see it....
Hence the poor quality of the pic
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic27.jpg

Got off the airplane and wnet to the baggae claim after passing the customs...Our TLS trip was over.....

I general I keep a good souvenir and hope you enjoyed reading my trip report...Cheers

Braulio Mora



A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7082 times:

Nice trip report and great photos. I have always loved Toulose, I think it is a great city!

Can I have your permission to use this photo:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b337/aeml/pic24.jpg
To start a post in the civil aviation area about a misterious A340-600 in the photo. It looks like Thai's colors but the tail appears yellow and orange instead of Thai's purple, orange, and white.



No Vueling No Party
User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3879 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7038 times:

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 7):
misterious A340-600

That could be some kind of undercoat to the Thai scheme... it looks too similar to be coincidental?


User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7023 times:

Quoting Vasu (Reply 8):
it looks too similar to be coincidental?

This is true.

I was thinking for a minute that it might be a new Iberia scheme, but their latest A340-600 which is still at TLS is painted in their regular colors. You are probably right about the undercoat.



No Vueling No Party
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6927 times:

Alitalia, go ahead and use it! no problem!!!

I also thought it would be thai but the scheme looks rather mysterious. A thead about that picture would be welcome

Cheers

BM

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 9):
I was thinking for a minute that it might be a new Iberia scheme, but their latest A340-600 which is still at TLS is painted in their regular colors. You are probably right about the undercoat.

Exactly I saw that one too but it was too much on the right to include it in the picture- I can confirm the IB A346 is in the current scheme

[Edited 2005-10-18 10:09:02]


A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
User currently offlineAlphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 40
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6692 times:

Hey Braulio !

Very nice & interesting trip report.
I wanted to do this trip myself some months ago from GVA but a colleague of mine told me the tour wasn't too impressive, according to him we couldn't get very close to the aircrafts being built. As I work for a company that provides Kevlar® among other materials to Airbus (easy to know for what company I work now  Wink ) maybe one day I'll have an opportunity to have a more "insight visit" of TLS, who knows. Or maybe I'll gather enough "plane nuts" to go there with a privat a/c (think saratoga) to have a nice day. Anyway it was nice to read you again on your 2nd trip report !


Hasta pronto !

Alejandro



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User currently offlineKBFIspotter From United States of America, joined May 2005, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6610 times:

nice report with some great photos.

Kris
KBFIspotter



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