FLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5206 posts, RR: 54 Posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4258 times:
LEJ for the first time from STR
Hello, dear readers,
I´ve heard some ,stories and saw lot´s of pic´s from Leipzig.
So I thought what about a short trip to have a view for myself.
The possibility to collect 2000 extra Bluemiles per leg was also not bad.
Booked only two weeks in advance.
STR ( Stuttgart-Echterdingen) - LEJ (Leipzig-Halle)
X3 300 operated by Germania in Tuifly colours B737-300 D-AGEG
Leisure flight no. 28 on the 733 and the first on this machine.
Scheduled: 07.00 // 08.05
Actual: 07.20 // 08.15
Gate: 361 Seat: 25F
Load factor: Around 95 %
Fare: 34,38 EUR
Delivered to Euroberlin: 21.10.1988
In service with Germania: 31.10.1990
Leased to Ukraine International Airlines: 12.01.1998
Back to Germania: 01.10.2002
In service with FlyDBA: 29.06.2004
In service with Tuifly since: 15.03.2007
As I am always interested in new features, I want to try Internet-Check-In offered since not to long ago on Tuifly.com.
Checked in online, interesting redirected to a KLM.com website, plenty of seats available, finished quickly and want to print my
boardingpass, but no more action, it was not possible to open the page.
Called the helpdesk, a friendly guy there, operated by HAS, Hamburg airport services, send me the documents by mail
withhin minutes, good job.
So, checked in, no bag to leave at STR, the chance for a late arrival at the airport that Wednesday morning.
Arrival at around 6.00 am, queues at all security checkpoints, T1 was the fastest opinion and at my gate,
a bus gate at the groundlevel, at around 06.15 am. I had a view around the corner and was really surprised as boarding
had started when I was back there. The first bus filled up quickly, some plane pics, a friendly welcome and I was in my seat
20 minutes prior to scheduled deaprture time.
Early morning at STR:
Three friendly female FA´s. The plane with a nice new paint from the outside and
really oldie style inside. A bit worn with bright grey leather seats. The purser introduced later the cabin crew by name and also the captain named
The second bus arrived, the machine filled up quickly. Tuesday was bank holiday in germany, a lot of people managed a long weekend
with also a free monday, so the load was mainly business but also some other travellers.
Departure time comes and go, the captain was on the interkom and explained the delay with some differences between the checked and the actual load.
Background: Not transferred dates from internet check in.
Short thereafter we´re ready to go as no. 5 from runway 07 in eastern direction.
No further information from the flightdeck beneath the info that the FO was pilot flying today.
Nice wheather,good views during the whole flight. Nothing special about the service today.
Nice colours near LEJ:
Ten minutes late arrival on LEJ´s runway no. 26 and deboarding by a finger gate in area B.
Deboarding at LEJ:
Walk around D-AGEG:
Pushback to STR:
Interesting planes in the background:
So I had the whole day for some spotting and a city visit.
Do you know Goethe?:
... or Bach?:
Coke, the love drink!:
Recall Napoleon, Völkerschlachtdenkmal:
LEJ (Leipzig-Halle) - STR (Stuttgart-Echterdingen)
X3 303 operated by Tuifly in HLX colours B737-800W D-AHFS
Leisure flight no. 23 on the 738 and the first on this machine.
Scheduled: 20.45 // 21.50
Actual: 21.20 // 22.10
Gate: ? Seat: 30F
Load factor: Around 60 %
Fare: 31,78 EUR
Delivered to Hapag-Lloyd: 21.05.2000
Leased out to AirBerlin: 27.03.2003
In service with HLX: 15.03.2006
In service for Tuifly since: 15.01.2007
After an real interesting day, I was back at the airport at around 6.00 pm, check-in was done by internet, so directly to the security, no time to wait there.
LEJ operates the wait in lounge concept, there is a spacious central area with shops and places to rest.
The gates are located on an upper level without any seats, the passengers rush to the gate when the flights are called.
I was on this machine around six weeks ago, skyline in the background:
No arrival information about my flight at around 8.00 pm, the best sign for a delay. It´s always interesting to follow the other pax when something goes wrong,
some elderly travellers had a loud discussion about how to claim Tuifly by European law, a 20 minutes delay in the end, so silly!.
Short thereafter there was an announcement about the late arrival from STR at around 8.45 pm, the scheduled departure.
Time goes by and my flight was the last scheduled of the day while all the others domestic to MUC/DUS/FRA and Vienna departed.
Some action by the ground handling guys show me that my plane had arrived at LEJ and only seconds later it showed up.
The planned B738, this time in the old HLX colours.
D-AHFS, arrival from STR:
D-AHFS on short finals to the gate:
It parked at the gate, pax disembarked and only minutes later boarding for STR was called.
A friendly welcome, this time three female and two male FA´s. Clean and good looking cabin, fitted with the real hard recaro fabric seats.
The captain introduced himself as Frank Moser and the FO Schneider as pilot flying for this leg.
He explained the delay with the planes late arrival from the Canary islands into STR prior to this leg.
Very detailed and informative.
A rolling departure from runway 08, the route good to follow on the map system via Erfurt, near Nuernberg and further to STR, runway 07.
Flight level 24.000 ft.
The usual bus deboarding at STR. The delay was reduced to 20 minutes.
That was a nice day in Leipzig, an real interesting city.
Small delays on both Tuifly services, no problem at all to fly them again.
The most difference IMO was the lack of information on the Germania operated service, the pilots there gave me not the feeling that they are real enthusiastic with their job today, much better on the return operated by Tuifly itself.
FLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5206 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3860 times:
Hi, Larry and Joost, thanx for your feedback.
Both, the Il-62 and the Il-18 are still parked there and not longer in operation.
But nevertheless nice to see that birds.
Two AN-124´s are based there at LEJ to operate special cargo flights for the NATO,
that one was parked the whole day.
From my point of view, there is plenty to do in Leipzig for a night or two,
I will go there another time.
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2903 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3754 times:
again a nice report - it's funny that you flew each of the two new LEJ 733 logojets already, but now on your flight to LEJ you got the standard one. Again some nice pics, the one you took on approach to LEJ is just great!
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4699 posts, RR: 41
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3672 times:
Very nice report with some great pictres from Leipzig, Markus! In my somewhat partial opinion (having written my thesis at LEJ), Leipzig has much more charme than its more famous Saxonian neighbor Dresden - sure the number of representative buildings is smaller, but especially the downtown areas and some of the surround 19th century residential neighborhoods seem to be much more "complete" and one of a kind than the patchwork of various building styles in Dresden.
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4324 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3644 times:
Great report Markus, and so nice to see you've jumped on the B737-800 yellow taxi! Personally I like the HLX/Tui yellow -800's a lot. The colours fit great on that machine!
Leipzig seems also an interesting city. As I'm travelling to German cities quite often, this may be an idea for the future for myself too, but a shame that flights ex AMS are not heading for LEJ as far as I know.
Like you said, some passengers become really annoying when there is no action around their gate, or a small delay with no information. I also notice this kind of behaviour often when travelling. But I just think, those people don't fly that often like you do and are not used with the situation, and are in a little panic Indeed spending the waiting time to follow such discussios is always nice!
When can I expect your next writing here?
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
FLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5206 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3605 times:
Hello, Jens and Eric, straight back now from two long days on a trade-fair and thanx for your replys.
Jens: I was for several times in Dresden, but only for business, so my view to Dresden is mainly airport
and surroundings, no time at all for a longer stay in the city till now.
But LEJ was real interesting from my personal point for view!.
I was in BRU last weekend, no time till now to write about it, maybe tomorrow.
Next weekend I will have a look to Sicily (Ätna in action) and the following monday I will be
on the inaugural AB service STR-VIE.