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ZRH-BRE 0n OLT Metroliner  
User currently offlineHAM From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 287 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6989 times:

Here´s a trip report of my flight ZRH-BRE on the Fairchild Metro III of OLT (Ostfriesische Lufttransport GmbH).
After I had read in some magazine in january that OLT switched their ZRH-BRE flight from Saab 340 (had flown on that before) to a Metro III, I decided to book that flight for my trip home after the exams at university. It turned out to be rather inexpensive, about 120 Euros for a oneway flight.
So this is what the flight was like:

Date: 17 March 2006
Time: 1600-1740
Type: Fairchild Metro III
Airline: OLT (OL)

After having spent some time on the visitors terrace at ZRH, I went to the gate (B22, in a crappy old bus gate area) and waited for boarding. At 1545, I boarded the bus along with 10 other passengers - a load factor of around 60 percent. the aircraft was waiting on the apron and it was even smaller than I had expected. I rushed up the stairs to get a seat up front, since the cockpit has no door. the only seat in first row had a basket with tea and coffee on it, and the right seat in the second row was occupied by a box with snack bags. so I chose the left seat in row 2, right behind the door. when everybody was inside, the FO pulled up the door and secured it. the captain made a short announcement of welcome abord etc. and asked the passengers to read the safety card and mentioned the emergency exits and the normal exit door. then he looked around to check that everyone had their seatbelts on. he looked out of the window, where the ramp agent held up 6 fingers. the pilots where discussing what that could mean - either "6 bags in the hold" or "6 minutes waiting time". in the end, the captain opened the door again and asked. the guy had meant 6 bags in the back. so the engines were started and we taxied to the runway (nice sound of the engines already, a deep bass). unfortunately, the cockpit has a rather high panel so it was hard to look out through the front windows.
takeoff was very powerful and noisy. after a steep climb to the north, we turned left and continued to circle up until we were heading north again - the guys behind the german border probably didn´t hear us this way - and continued on at a constant speed of 190 knots. i checked out the snack bag and found a can of coke, a bottle of water, a bagel with tomatoes, egg, lettuce and cream cheese (nice) and a mars chocolate bar. not too bad for a short flight. flying time was 1h40. after a while, i felt a human need and went to the back to the toilet compartment. the ceiling was about half as high as i´m tall... the toilet compartment was a surprise: just a camping toilet in a sort of cargo hold! the door couldn´t be locked, but since all the passengers had seen me make my way to the back, nobody came in...
the descent into BRE was rather steep and the speed went up to 220 knots. then, short after we had crossed the thick layer of north german clouds, the airport came into view and i noticed a lot of wind coming up. on the final approach, a lot of crosswind forced us to go at a nice angle against the runway and it became rather shaky - just as i like it. landing was smooth and the taxi was fast. the flight was over too quickly, and when i had climbed off the plane and looked at that funny looking tube again, i thought about doing this again soon, maybe on EAE or dauair.
i made my way home to HAM by taking the tram to the station (only 20 minutes) and then the train to Hamburg (1h20).
hope someone found this interesting to read.
pictures might follow, but only as soon as i get back to switzerland in two weeks where i forgot the device to put the pics on the computer.

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User currently offlineMajorNelson From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6894 times:

Great report - always interesting to read about an airline and/or plane thats not mentioned often here in these A.net Trip Report forums, which seem dominated by dull stories of LCCs in the US and the interminable number of inter-asian trips on Asian carriers.

Thanks for breaking the monotony! And when you have a chance, it would be great to see the pics you took as well!

Tony


User currently offlineSkyWestFan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 179 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6764 times:

Im such a huge fan of the Metroliner series. Great report! Im glad you took the time to care about the not cared about!

Keep them metro reports coming  Wink

marcF



Fiji. Its like sex - but better.
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6734 times:

Nice report of an airline/aircraft combination which is really quite rare here on a.net. I'd definitely be interested in seeing your pics!

Grüße, Alex.


User currently offlineHAM From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 287 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6288 times:

After a year and after having posted another trip report, I have decided to add some pictures to this report:

The view into the cockpit of the Metroliner:
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o257/dikktus/cockpit.jpg

The inflight catering (self-service):
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o257/dikktus/catering.jpg

The Metro´s tiny cabin:
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o257/dikktus/cabin.jpg

The Metro on the apron in BRE with the passengers deboarding via a ridiculous stair thing (as you can see, the Metro has its own steps in the door, too):
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o257/dikktus/disembark.jpg


User currently offlineStylo777 From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 2999 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6191 times:

interesting report of an interesting airline/airplane

good job!


User currently offlineKLM672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2473 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6083 times:

Nice report. I love flying into BRE, its a cute little airport. I wouldn't mind flying on a small plane like that, almost got a chance to go on a B1900 but the parents decided to drive to pick me up Sad Do you (or anyone) know why two sets of stairs were used? Maybe too steep for an elderly passenger??

User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6048 times:

Thanks for (finally!) posting those pics, very nice. Regards, Alex.

User currently offlineHAM From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 287 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6035 times:

Quoting KLM672 (Reply 6):
Do you (or anyone) know why two sets of stairs were used? Maybe too steep for an elderly passenger??

I don´t know what those are meant for: In ZRH, everybody boarded through the aircraft´s own stairs.


User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5930 times:

Great report  bigthumbsup 

In case i'll pass my LH pilotschool entry tests i'm sure i will be using this service more than once. What University do you study at? Zurich?


User currently offlineHAM From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 287 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5924 times:

No, St. Gallen. Good luck with the entry test!

User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5920 times:

Quoting HAM (Reply 10):
No, St. Gallen.

Oh, nice!

Quoting HAM (Reply 10):
Good luck with the entry test!

thanks!


User currently offlineEXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5856 times:

Most Metros dont have toliets

User currently offlineAY104 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 505 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5796 times:

Very refreshing and interesting trip report! Makes an interesting change from the usual. I actually stopped reading most trip reports until I was yours.
Cheers,
AY104



The only thing a customer should expect for his/her loyalty is good service
User currently offlineTurkee From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5662 times:

Quoting HAM (Thread starter):
the toilet compartment was a surprise: just a camping toilet in a sort of cargo hold! the door couldn´t be locked

Yeah Metro toilets are interesting contraptions. I've decided not to use them, ever.

We operate half a dozen Metros - four are fitted with toilets, and two without.

Thanks for the report - nice to see a familiar aircraft  Smile They look like they are well maintained!


User currently offlineHAM From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 287 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5616 times:

Quoting AY104 (Reply 13):
I actually stopped reading most trip reports until I was yours.

Thank you for the flowers!

Quoting Turkee (Reply 14):
Yeah Metro toilets are interesting contraptions. I've decided not to use them, ever

I found it an interesting experience. Don´t miss it!

Quoting Turkee (Reply 14):
We operate half a dozen Metros - four are fitted with toilets, and two without.

What airline do you work for? Do you get to fly them a lot?


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