Cgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1180 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4190 times:
This was my first trip report with photos. Took me a while to figure it all out. I'm not very technical so I hope everything turns out. Just a quick word of thanks to jsnww81 for the tips about posting pictures.
My trip took me from Cologne/Bonn to Prague on CSA. Enjoy......
This trip to Prage started early this morning. It was only an overnighter so I didn't have to waste time packing and was able to leave my apt and make my way to the train station to catch the S-bahn to the airport. This has made getting from downtown to the airport soooo much more convenient. It beats the heck out of the previous bus service. Anyone that ever experienced those bus drivers will really appreciate taking the train. Cost for a one-way fare EUR2,20. Cheaper than the bus!
Welcome to Cologne/Bonn Airport.
CSA uses Terminal 2 at CGN. Guess who is the newest tenant in T2....
There have been a lot of threads about ATRs. I have nothing against them. They make economical sense on flights such as CGN-PRG and I don't find them cramp, noisy or uncomfortable as some claim they are. My flight was very full. I counted exactly 4 empty seats in economy and 2 in business. Interesting, CSA puts their business class in the back. I was seated in 2D way up front. I finally get a chance to sit in the front cabin and it's still economy class. Go figure......
Boarding was by bus, which meant the usual "hurry up and wait" routine. After everyone was packed in the driver drove us at a VERY leisurely pace to our plane. Boarding flight OK-521 ATR-42 with reg. OK-JFK....
Don't forget my bag!!!!!
Once everyone was settled in the flight attendents came around and offered Czech and German newspapers. They did the usual safety demo in 3 languages Czech, English and German. It went quickly and we started taxing over to the runway. There wasn't much going on this morning, so there was no waiting in line for take-off. We made our way down the runway and quickly started our climb through the rainy cloudy skies over Cologne. Sorry have no clue which course we took. I assume it was the quickest route to Prague.
Service onboard was more than I expected. We were offered a full beverage service and a nice sized croissant for free! Finally my chance to get my morning coffee. (anyone at Austrian Airlines reading this??!!!) Believe it or not it was quite good. The FAs were nice, they did their job effeciently yet did not appear to be in a rush. I asked and got a second cup of coffee. I then settled back, breezed through the CSA onboard magazine and my newspaper. The captain came on the PA system and did the usual welcome aboard speech and wished us a pleasant flight.
We started our decent into Prague. We again were parked at a remote stand and boarded a bus to take us to the terminal. Arrival in sunny Prague....
I spent the rest of the day attending meetings and that night caught a World Cup game in a pub with the locals. The next afternoon I made my way back to the airport.
My last trip to Prague was 10 years ago. At that time the airport still had that "East Block" look going for it. I was quite impressed with the changes. Here a few impressions.....
Oops, my foot......
Prague has a nice observation deck. Admission is free and offers a pretty good view of the piers. Prague is definitely a B737, A320, RJ airport.
Howerver, a few pleasant surprises can be found as well.....
The return flight was again an ATR-42. Reg OK-VFI.
On last shot....
The return flight was just as "uneventful" as the one the previous morning. Another full load. Departure on time. The FAs were again very nice and efficient. This time sandwiches were offered along with free beverages. Arrival in Cologne was also ontime.
All in all I was quite happy with CSA's service. Believe it or not they were cheaper than the LCs operating the same route. Also, earned a few extra miles on my DL Skymiles account.
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4352 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3991 times:
nice report. OK service is indeed quite good. I've flown AMS-PRG-BTS on their B734 and ATR72, PRG-BTS in C, and was offered a full lunch on this short flight! Even amazing for C class. And I've heard more positive stories about OK lately.
KE flies several weekly flights between ICN and PRG by A330-300 equipment. Flight usually operate in Summer Schedule only.
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
Cgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1180 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3916 times:
Thanks for the positive feedback.
Prague's airport left me with a very positive impression. Modern, airy, effecient, easy to find one's way around. The only negative aspect is it's a bit of a hassle to get there on public transportation. Either a taxi or with the bus. I think there are plans to extend the city's metro to the airport. Not sure though.
I would recommend CSA anytime. My flight was a short one so the service onboard was more than sufficient.
Contact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3887 times:
Very interesting report and some great pics as well - I liked it a lot! Reminded me of my flight STR-PRG-STR on CSA earlier that year which was also a very pleasant experience.
Quoting Cgnnrw (Thread starter): All in all I was quite happy with CSA's service. Believe it or not they were cheaper than the LCs operating the same route.
That was exactly what I experienced when I booked STR-PRG: CSA was even cheaper than Germanwings who serve STR-PRG as well. Even if there are low-cost carriers around, it is always worth comparing the different offers.
PRGLY From Czech Republic, joined Dec 2004, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3709 times:
Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 4): I think there are plans to extend the city's metro to the airport. Not sure though.
There are some plans to extend metro A-line to the airport, but not before 2014, if quickly done. There may be train connection before if disputes between Prague 6 quarter and Prague municipality and airport Authority solved. This train should possibly connect airport with Kladno, city nearby airport, where from a lot of workforce is coming. Definetely something must be done quickly, because public transportation is really disaster. I would never be on duty on time using it.
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4702 posts, RR: 41
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3655 times:
Very nice report, cgnnrw! CSA is certainly one of the nicer airlines when it comes to Economy Class travel in Europe. They also used to fly to DTM for a while, but unfortunately withdrew when the big orange cattle carrier came along. It seems like people don't value good service at fair prices, it always has to be cheap, cheap, cheap.
Cgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1180 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3642 times:
Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 9): Very nice report, cgnnrw! CSA is certainly one of the nicer airlines when it comes to Economy Class travel in Europe. They also used to fly to DTM for a while, but unfortunately withdrew when the big orange cattle carrier came along. It seems like people don't value good service at fair prices, it always has to be cheap, cheap, cheap.
Thanks for comments.
I agree the "geiz ist geil" attitude has permeated the whole fabric of German life nowadays. Have never flown the "orange cattle" carrier or that other one operating out of "Dusseldorf North" airport and don't have any reason too either. I have used 4U but to destinations not served by any other carrier out of CGN. As I wrote in the report I did check 4U first and almost booked then I decided to take a look at CSA and they were just a bit cheaper, plus I earned miles to my FF program.