Pe@rson
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Spotting @ Basle

Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:45 pm

I might be going to Basle soon to meet a friend and to do some spotting - not photographying. I read that an observation deck in the terminal was due to open in the summer of 2003. Did it open? Is it any good? I will not have a car (so can't go around the airport) and I will not be taking photos (so tint is fine).
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RE: Spotting @ Basle

Mon Mar 15, 2004 10:16 pm

Hey Pe@rson....

I actually happen to work at BSL/MLH, but I have to disapoint you. The observationdeck hasn´t opened yet. They are still rebuilding this damn airport. But there is a great viewing platform on the french side where you can spot planes. It's only about 30-40 meters from the viewing platform to the runways. And it only takes 5-10 minutes to walk there. I have done it many times. And It is really great view!  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Spotting @ Basle

Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:49 pm

Hi this is the runway viewing platform:

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RE: Spotting @ Basle

Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:57 pm

Without wanting to insult any locals  Big grin, is there really a whole lot to spot these days?  Sad

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RE: Spotting @ Basle

Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:58 pm

Hey RJ100

That was a great link. I didn't know of that one. Thanks for the info..  Big thumbs up


PS. Where is the QI picture  Big grin
 
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RE: Spotting @ Basle

Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:58 pm

Hey RJ100

That was a great link. I didn't know of that one. Thanks for the info..  Big thumbs up


PS. Where is the QI picture in your post  Big grin
 
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RE: Spotting @ Basle

Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:01 am

Teahan

Dont worry, you are not insulting anybody. At least not me. But I cant speak for the others  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Nope, unfortunatly you are right. There is not much to se here. If you are lucky you will spot the the Korean Air Cargo and Saudi 747 when its here.
These are the greatest moments at this airport.
 
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RE: Spotting @ Basle

Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:23 am

Teahan, Do you ever visit Cork? Not bad in the summer at least at the weekends.
 
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RE: Spotting @ Basle

Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:27 am

Teahan: That is no problem at all! All that I can say is that everything is looking better at the moment and it seems that BSL is going to be much busier soon again. EasyJet plus a much improved summer charter program...

If somone wants to see what is scheduled for BSL (next day departures and arrivals):

http://www.euroairport.com/DE/trafic.php

@QIguy24: here's your Cimber picture  Smile (usually op. by CRJ-200) do you have any information if Cimber is happy with the BSL route?

http://www.myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=00051945

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RE: Spotting @ Basle

Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:33 am

RJ100

Thanks for asking,
We are very satisfied at the moment. And doing good. But like every other airline at the moment we could do better  Big grin
People just have to get to know us. People still fly from ZRH with SK because they dont know of our existense in BSL.

And thanks for the picture. It was a really nice picture.
 
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RE: Spotting @ Basle

Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:40 am

Thanks for this information.
I have just persuaded two of my friends to fly Cimber (they are visiting someone in Lund). Tsts, unbelievable how many people are still flying from ZRH although they could fly from BSL directly.  Insane

I saw the CRJ-200 leaving last Wednesday early in the morning (when flying to BHX), nice bird indeed. I should try them too this year, you guys have some good fares.

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QIguy24
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RE: Spotting @ Basle

Tue Mar 16, 2004 1:02 am

It is a really nice bird.  Big thumbs up
Even though its a small one. I am sure your friends will be satisfied. You can tell them they would make a bad decision if they dont fly QI  Big grin
And they get free beverage and sandwiches onboard. I thin we are one of the only carriers in Europe that still has that.  Laugh out loud
 
Pe@rson
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RE: Spotting @ Basle

Tue Mar 16, 2004 1:22 am

Thanks for your replies, folks.

Is the (seemingly very good) viewing platform really only 5-10 walk from the terminal?

Do most aircraft land/depart on that end of the runway?

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RE: Spotting @ Basle

Tue Mar 16, 2004 1:35 am

Yes. It only takes 5-10 minutes to walk there. I can even show it to you when you get here.
And every flight is departs/lands at that runway most of the time. Yous would be very unlycky if that isn¨t the case when you get to BSL.
 
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RE: Spotting @ Basle

Tue Mar 16, 2004 6:17 am

I can confirm that most movements are on runway 16, which is 3900m long. However, last Wednesday I departed on the "short" runway (26 I think).

Spotting is getting more interesting in BSL, some nice charters this summer plus new scheduled flights to Marseille (started today!),Berlin, Stansted, Liverpool, daily flights to Algeria (Algiers,Constantine and Annaba with Air Algérie and Aigle Azur) as well as the new twice weekly MASKargo freighter service.  Smile


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