pilotaydin
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Flying Spanair, What's It Like?

Thu Dec 28, 2006 5:41 pm

i havent had a vacation for over 2 years, so now im excited about my week gtaway to valencia! flying ist-muc-vlc

the vlc leg is on spanair with the md 87 according to the iten, what are some views on spanair? would they let me visit/jumpseat if i showed i was a first officer on TK?

any info would be awesome

and what's the approach into VLC like?

thanks guys
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JJJ
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RE: Flying Spanair, What's It Like?

Thu Dec 28, 2006 5:55 pm

VLC is my home airport, and I've taken the MUC-VLC flight dozens of times.

Service at JK is very much the same you might expect from the rest of Spanish mainline carriers, that is, food & drinks are to be paid for in economy, and the FAs are generally professional.

There is a chance that the pilots and/or the a/c are from SAS, btw.

The approach to VLC generally follows the line of the coast southbound from BCN until you arrive at the port, when it turns right to meet the airport along the line of new Turia river. Make sure you're sitting on the right side of the a/c for some good views of the city centre and seaport.

Have a great time there  Smile
 
pilotaydin
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RE: Flying Spanair, What's It Like?

Thu Dec 28, 2006 6:01 pm

jjj thank you for your great reply, it's nice to have someone sit down and take the time, i will note down right side of a/c, i didn't know that we had to buy food  Smile hehe oh well we will do whatever it takes!
can you tell me more about VLC and the city? it's my first time to spain and i have only 6 days there i want to make the most of it!!!


thanks  Wink
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TAP1972
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RE: Flying Spanair, What's It Like?

Thu Dec 28, 2006 6:01 pm

Pilotaydin

I think you should at least take 3 weeks off.....

Don't expect much on Economy class, is pretty much what JJJ said and the leg room on the MD87 is not that great....
 
pilotaydin
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RE: Flying Spanair, What's It Like?

Thu Dec 28, 2006 6:13 pm

Quoting TAP1972 (Reply 3):
I think you should at least take 3 weeks off.....

oooo my friend i wish i wish i wish

as long as i get there safely  Smile i dont mind the leg room!

i cant wait to experience spain
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JJJ
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RE: Flying Spanair, What's It Like?

Thu Dec 28, 2006 7:33 pm

Quoting Pilotaydin (Reply 2):
can you tell me more about VLC and the city? it's my first time to spain and i have only 6 days there i want to make the most of it!!!

VLC city centre has a good collection of gothic and baroque-era buildings. The micalet (belfry tower), the Generalitat palace, and a weirdly built cathedral. Torres de Quart and Torres de Serrans are two of the old gates to the city (the city walls were sadly demolished as a way to create employment in the XIX century).

The old city center should keep you busy enough for one day.

Strolling down the old Turia river to the CAC (www.cac.es) would make for a pleasant 2nd day. The CAC itself is an impressive piece of architecture from Calatrava. Curiously enough it's been used several times to film auto ads (Alfa 159, Audi TT, etc.). There you will find an aquarium, a science museum, etc.

For the rest of the days you should consider a side trip to Madrid or Barcelona. Madrid is 3:30 h. away by Alaris train while Barcelona is a 3:00 trip by Euromed train. You can also check some cheap VLC-MAD flights with IB so you get to experience the new MAD T4 (don't check baggage, though). Vueling also was some offers VLC-BCN that can get you there cheaper than the train. Going to Seville or Granada would be a must, but they're not that well connected.

Make sure you have at least a real paella valenciana (that means no seafood in it and rabbit meat along with the chicken) near the Albufera (a lake and natural park right near VLC, perfect for birdwatching if you're into it) and drink a horchata (not the mexican stuff, this is made with tigernuts) with fartons. Other interesting stuff you may taste is arròs a banda (this is real seafood rice) and go tapa-ing through the myriad of small bars all over the place though VLC is not the really the best place for that.

Have fun  Smile
 
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RE: Flying Spanair, What's It Like?

Thu Dec 28, 2006 8:24 pm

Quoting Pilotaydin (Thread starter):
the vlc leg is on spanair with the md 87 according to the iten, what are some views on spanair? would they let me visit/jumpseat if i showed i was a first officer on TK?

I Flew them twice :

- LPA-MAD, two years ago. A321.
Clean new plane. Nice Crew, very "Lufthansa like" in the way they work, very professional, efficient but a bit "cold".
They have a very strict carry-on baggage policy (which is not bad).
I was in Y. Nice "standard" Y seat. I was served a good cold breakfast with cold & hot drinks.
I introduced myself when boarding as "Air France Crew" but they couldn't care less.

- MAD-LPA, last september 2006.
One of the worst flight in my life. I already hated the MD80 before but this one was even worse (MD87); Seating at the rear between the engines, next to the rear Galley. I am not that tall (1m80) buth the seats are terrible, with a pitch of 28" or 29" maximum.
The crew did feel concerned by what was going on in that plane. Not nice world to anybody during boarding, not a smile. They did the safety demo, their "service" and that's it. Well, talking about service : they now sell everything, drinks, candies, cookies, sandwiches (just like IB by the way). It's expensive and Mc Donald looks like "Grande Cuisine" compared to what they proposed.
They even charge you 1€ for water (25cl).

Spannair : never again for me.
I hope you'll be more lucky.

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