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Balair 757 Larnaca (Cyprus) - Zurich

Sun Jul 08, 2001 6:45 pm

I just got back home from this trip some minutes ago. I stayed for a week in Ayia Napa, Cyprus with my school friends.
It was a night flight, which left Larnaca at 3.15pm. The airport at Larnaca is very unpleasant and expensive. The only thing to do there is eating Pizza at "Sbarro". However, I really enjoyed the Balair flight.
Take off was simply normal, although one Fligth Attendant was still walking down the aisle during the first 5-10 seconds of the departure.
The seats in the 757 are very narrow if you ask me, especially if you have the middle seat. There's no place for your arms...(if you have 2 big, fat guys beside you).
Inflight Entertainment was a bit crappy, which means there was only a movie ("Women on Top") on the 3.30 hour flight and you had to pay for that one.
Due to the fact that I was tired like hell, I slept for one hour. After that we were served breakfast (ham, turkey breast, cheese, strawberry yoghurt).
Then I decided to ask the nicest FA if I and a friend of mine could go to the cockpit for a little while. She said: "Well, I have to look" (in German). That's the standard reply if you ask a Swissair FA and you will finally always get the same reply ("Yes, it's OK").
Then something interesting happened. The captain wasn't in a good mood! I have never experienced that. But when I asked him the first question ("Why did Balair choose the 757") I immediatly got the reason for his bad mood. He said that nobody actually knows, but that it was probably because LTU used the 757 and it was a common charter plane. The problem is: Balair is going down. He was unsure if he could keep his job or not (because there are no other 757 in use in Switzerland and because Swissair and Balair are going to cut jobs).
He further told me that he wouldn't like to work for Emirates, due to the fact that if they buy you a house in Dubai it will be situated in a neighbourhood where only pilots live and all the houses look exactly the same!
Then he told the co-pilot to get the weather from Zurich, which he immediately did. I saw that he noted down showers and 18 degrees Celsius. When I returned to my seat I heard the co-pilot announcing exactly the same facts to the passengers. What a good service.
We landed at 6.15am in ZRH (runway 16). Nothing special, only that no thrust reverser was used.
I may do some more sleeping right now...
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RE: Balair 757 Larnaca (Cyprus) - Zurich

Sun Jul 08, 2001 8:07 pm

How did you like Cyprus? I love it there especially the beer, Keo.

You had crappy inflight entertainment for a 3.30 flight?

Well my first Cyprus flight was 4.30 hours on CY 320 and there was not 1 single TV in the cabin!!!

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RE: Balair 757 Larnaca (Cyprus) - Zurich

Mon Jul 09, 2001 12:55 am

Nice trip report. I liked the story about the pilots.
Enjoy your RS...

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RE: Balair 757 Larnaca (Cyprus) - Zurich

Mon Jul 09, 2001 2:16 pm

Balair ist wunder schoen... I like balair. I flew tham many times before they merged with CTA from SFO-ZRH on the "yellow" A310's. any facts on when they are done? I have heard for a while that they are done but when wil it happen. I want to fly them one more time before it's over...

RJ100- Wohnst du in Basel oder die umgebung? Ich bin von Oberwil...
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Mon Jul 09, 2001 3:21 pm

I'm from Muttenz. In a little bit more than two hours I'm flying to ZRH-JFK on LX/SR! I'll send you a trip report if you wish.

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RE: Balair 757 Larnaca (Cyprus) - Zurich

Mon Jul 09, 2001 7:37 pm

Last time I've flown Balair was in 1986..quite a long time ago...
Anywayz, RJ100: we all would like to read your trip report!
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RE: Balair 757 Larnaca (Cyprus) - Zurich

Tue Jul 10, 2001 12:43 am

Nice trip report. Cool, I will flying with Balair in the first week of Augsut from ZRH to Antalya in Turkey. Hope the flights will be cool. Anyway everybody a happy RS . I know from what I'm speaking, I did it last year. You guys will enjoy it, the whole day doing something stupid.
Greetings to all in Switzerland and abroad
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RE: Balair 757 Larnaca (Cyprus) - Zurich

Tue Jul 10, 2001 7:27 am

RJ100 yes by all means please write a report. That should be a great flight. I know exactly where Muttenz is. I have gone through it a few times before.
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RE: Balair 757 Larnaca (Cyprus) - Zurich

Tue Jul 10, 2001 10:42 am

Great trip report. Sounds like Balair is a good airline. Why was your departure from Cyprus in the middle of the night? Sounds like an uncomfortable departure time.

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RE: Balair 757 Larnaca (Cyprus) - Zurich

Thu Jul 12, 2001 7:56 am

CHEPOS: It is not unusual for charter companies to fly at all hours of the day and night in order to maximise aircraft utilization - especially if the airport in question has no night curfew restrictions. Many charter airlines from North and Central Europe will depart in the late evening before curfew time, fly 3.5 hours (plus) to a destination airport (with no curfew), make the standard 1 hour turnaround, fly 3.5 hours (plus) back, and arrive back at base just as the night curfew is lifted.

OLIVER: Pity you didn't go on a Saturday. You would have got their B767.

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