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Flight Zurich-Basel - Which Altitude?

Thu Aug 04, 2005 12:18 am

Can somebody who has already been a pilot or a pax on a regular flight from BSL to ZRH tell me at what altitude they fly? It seems a very very short flight, so I just wondered. Guess they don't even switch off the seatbelt sign or serve drinks, or do they?
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RE: Flight Zurich-Basel - Which Altitude?

Thu Aug 04, 2005 1:09 am


When I flew this rout as a passenger the crew climbed up to 19'000 ft in a Saab 2000 turboprop plane.

Normal FL is as I now 150 up to 190.


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RE: Flight Zurich-Basel - Which Altitude?

Thu Aug 04, 2005 1:14 am

ZRH-BSL is not flown at FL190.

When I flew the SB-20 for Crossair and SWISS we normally climbed to 5000 or 7000 feet. This is a very short flight (15 minutes) and basically all we did was climb above the MSA in those areas.

Of course, there it was FL70.

It is normally a positioning flight to move the aircraft from ZRH-BSL though sometimes it is quite full as well. At least once I had 50 pax on this super short route.
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RE: Flight Zurich-Basel - Which Altitude?

Thu Aug 04, 2005 4:05 am

Just flown on that route two weeks ago, both flights were almost full. It was a wonderful flight, one of the only flights who gets the clearance to overfly the city of Basel directly (usually planes need to do a right turn after take-off to avoid noise). Anyway, I had a great view of "my" city and my region with the Black Forrest hills and the raising sun in the background.

Flight time was usually 15 minutes, now it is 25 minutes due to the very often southern approach into ZRH. That means a nice routing along the Zurich lake on the right side until almost lake Walensee then a sharp turn and direct approach over the city of ZRH.

Nice short flight.

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