I've been on 3 CSA flights, all on the same trip.
Tuesday, May 27, 2003 -
, 737-500: It was a short flight for a jet, but they still served food. Snack consisted of a nicely dressed ham sandwich, a chocolate bar in a wrapper with CSA's logo, and a beverage (I know soft drinks, coffee, and water were available, not sure about alcoholic beverages). The flight departed at 8:50 in the morning, so it seemed a bit early to serve lunch items, but the food was very good, so I'm not complaining.
Seats were comfortable, the airplane was very clean, and the flight attendants were friendly. Overall I was quite impressed. On a side note, I found in the my seat pocket (11A) the boarding pass of the passenger in that seat on that airplane's last flight of the previous night, which was from Belgrade to Prague.
Tuesday, June 3, 2003 -
, ATR-72: This flight was a little longer than the 737 flight over, but not by much. Besides, longer flights are always welcome for me, and I'd never been on an ATR (or any of the other high-wing turboprops) before, so this was a nice experience for me. Departing at 10:30 in the morning, this flight was the return portion of the one I was on the week before (it's usually an ATR but was by chance upgraded to a 737 for May 27 only). They served the same sandwich, chocolate bar, and beverages as before, which were very good. Again, the seats were comfortable, airplane was very clean, and flight attendants were friendly. On a side note, we boarded and deboarded from the rear airstairs, and this airplane even had 2 rows of business class in the back!
Tuesday, June 3, 2003 -
, A310-300: The seat I was originally given by the reservation agent was 13A, so later I had the seat changed to 24H so I could be on the right side (facing north) and behind the wing. Unfortunately, the seat assignment wasn't changed, so when I got my boarding pass, I found that I was still in 13A. But other than that, the flight was good. Lunch was served about half an hour after takeoff, and a light snack was served about an hour before landing, which are as follows:
1) Crabmeat salad with lettuce, tomato, and a lemon wedge
2) Roast chicken breast with Creole sauce, potato roesti, and mixed vegetables, or roast pork loin with Szechwan sauce and wild rice (I took the pork)
3) Cabbage salad
4) Piece of cake
1) Assorted cold cuts including smoked turkey breast, spicy roast pork, Madeland cheese, cream cheese, and lettuce and tomato
2) Pineapple compot
3) Piece of cake
Both meals included soft drinks, coffee, and water, plus all the poppy seed rolls you want. Flight attendants also gave out amentity kits (in a reclosable bag, which I thought was a nice touch), which included eyeshades, a toothbrush, a moist towelette, and a pack of mints. Again, the seats were comfortable (much more comfortable than the two Air France flights I've been on across the Atlantic), airplane was clean (unlike, uh, Air France, though in their defense, their planes are only dirty on the outside
), and flight attendants were friendly. That was my first flight on an A310, and I really liked it. It was definitely a flight I'd take again given the opportunity, since there aren't many A310's left, and I was overall very impressed by the food and service.
I was also originally scheduled to be on a CSA 737-400 from CDG
on May 25, 2003, but due to a ground strike in CDG
, we were moved to a later AF
A319 flight to ensure adequate connection time. That would have been my first 737-400 flight, though I've been on a middle-generation 737 before, and it ended up being my first A319 flight, though I've been on an A320 before. So while the change was for something different, it wasn't for better or for worse.
Sorry to be so long-winded, but this was the shortest way I felt I could effectively describe my Czech Airlines (CSA) experiences. Besides, I always have a lot to say about flying - this is what my mother has to listen to every day.