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GOT-SZG And SZG-GOT On Falcon Air

Sun Feb 17, 2002 12:41 am

After a wonderful week in Austria I can now write my trip report from my flights to and from SZG (Salzburg).

GOT-SZG
9th February 2002
Falcon Air
SE-DPC Boeing 737-33A (QC)
Seat: 24A
ETD: 09:15 ATD: 09:15
ETA: 11:15 ATA: 11:05

Woke up quite early to get to GOT to catch my flight. Check-in went smoth, no problem, even though it was charter. Passed security and walked up and down the terminal talking to a friend until boarding at 09:00. Managed to sneak in to a window seat, 23 row, second last.
While the plane was re-fueled, the cabin crew told us not to fasten our seatbelts and to keep the aisle free. I have never heard of this before, anyone else?
However, at 09:15 we were pushed back and started to taxi at 09:19. Taxied out to runway 21 and took off at 09:22. After rolling down half of the runway the nose was raised and we were airborne. After only 100-150ft we were in the clouds, not nice spotting weather this day…
After a few minutes we came out of the clouds and at 09:41 we reached our cruising altitude. The captain told us that the routing this day would be over Aalborg, Hamburg, Hannover, München and down to Salzburg.
Shortly after the food was served. Contained of chicken, salmon, potatoes and scrambled eggs.
The weather was quite bad all the way, no sight of land during the whole cruise. But we started our dscent at 10:38 and at last the clouds disappeared. At 11:00 we toched down, smothly turned a few times and left the runway to taxi to remotestand 16.
I tried to get some pics of the cockpit, as I were promised by mail, but the time was short and I had to take the bus  Sad. But, the viewing gallery was exccelent, hopefully some pics will end up in airliners database.


I can tell you a little about the airline I flew with, Falcon Air. They operate a fleet of three 737-33A (QC), Quick convertible. The cabin can be transferred from passenger to cargo really quick, depending on suorce, between 20-60 minutes.
At night, they are flying post between Arlanda and Umea, Gothenburg and Malmo.
They used to fly ARN-UME in cooperation with SAS, but no longer. Daytimes, they fly charter, just like my flight.


SZG-GOT
16th February 2002-02-16
Falcon Air
SE-DPA Boeing 737-33A (QC)
Seat: 23A
ETD: 12:20 ATD: 12:20
ETA: 14:20 ATA: 14:14

After arriving with the bus from Badgastein and a wonderful week of skiing, I went to the viewing gallery. It seems like Saturday is one of the most trafficated days at SZG. English carriers include JMC, Airtours, Monarch, Brittania and bmi. Others these day was Transavia, SAS, Air Alps and Tyrolean. After taaking a few pictures I returned to the terminal and passed security. Quickly I went to our exit. There are no gates at SZG, just stands and mostly a bus ride away.
I was last to enter the a/c, asked to visit cockpit and the let me. Chatted with the pilots, asked about jump-seat, but they didin’t allow it after 11th September. But I took a pic of the cockpit and returned to my seat. At 12:19 the engines were started and four minutes later we started to taxi to runway 16. At 12:27 we entered the runway and 35 seconds later we were airborne. After climbing a few hundred feet we turned sharply to the left almost 180 degrees, giving me a nice look over W.A. Mozart Airport. During the first 30 minutes it was a bit bumpy, nice I thought, but not my family Big grin. 15 minutes in to the flight, food was served. It was sallad, ham and chicken, shrimps in tomato sauce and bread. Tasted really good, almost exccelent to be served on an a/c. At 13:00 captain told us about todays flight, our routing was over eastern Germany, almost at the border to Poland and then direct to GOT. At 13:23 we flew over Berlin and shortly after we met a frontiere and lost sight of ground. We strarted our descent at 13:48. After a bumpry ride throught the low clouds we toched down at runway 21, 20 minutes later. Taxied beck to stand 17 and engines were shut at 14:13.

After all it was nice flights, the 737-300 is a bit dark and noise compared to 737NG’s but they are ok. Crew were nice and I’m glad they let me in to cockpit. I think it is time to kill the legend about bad charter, atleast with Falcon Air it is nice Smile/happy/getting dizzy.

GOT
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RE: GOT-SZG And SZG-GOT On Falcon Air

Sun Feb 17, 2002 12:46 am

Nice report, Robert!

Alexander
 
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RE: GOT-SZG And SZG-GOT On Falcon Air

Sun Feb 17, 2002 1:01 am

How did you manage to post this so soon after returning?
 
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RE: GOT-SZG And SZG-GOT On Falcon Air

Sun Feb 17, 2002 2:31 am

First thing I did after arriving home was to write my report, of course Big grin.

GOT
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RE: GOT-SZG And SZG-GOT On Falcon Air

Sun Feb 17, 2002 4:00 am

Nice report Robert!

First report in this forum about Falcon Air I think.
How was the seat pitch? Did you feel comfortable in your seat?
Could you tell us about what A/C you observed at GOT?
Any freighters?

Best regards from
JeDa  Big thumbs up
(hope you didn't break any bones during your skiing)
 
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RE: GOT-SZG And SZG-GOT On Falcon Air

Sun Feb 17, 2002 5:58 am

I didn't find anything about Falcon Air here before I left, but I thought there was something wrong, but it's nice to be first  Smile.
I'd say I haven't flown enough to compare pitch between different a/c, but I didn't fell cramped in my seat. I belive the cabin was equipped with 142 seats, compared to Boeing 1-class layout with 149 seats.
When I flew to SZG, there was a few SAS a/c, both 738 and MD-80 and a few others that I don't remember. But when we arrived earlier today, I only saw three airliners, SAS MD-90, probably from LHR, 738 also from SZG and an old Malmo Aviation BAe 146. But the nice surprise for today was Polar Air Cargo who came with a quite new 747-400C. Nice change from the normal -200  Smile.
And no, I didn't break any leg, even though it was close a few times Big grin.

GOT
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RE: GOT-SZG And SZG-GOT On Falcon Air

Sun Feb 17, 2002 9:47 am

Thank you for your quick answer!

But you forget to write down the flight codes!

A Polar Air Cargo 747-400 at GOT is great news! This must be an "Atlas" that's been repainted (or am I wrong?). And on a saturday, should be on a sunday...
Didn't you see a LH MD-11F?
It should have been there. Or maybee it was washed in the SAS hangar. Some 50cm to spare for that A/C on each side in the hangar though...

Sorry, but I am not updated on what´s happening at GOT these days. I've been abroad...

Best regards
JeDa  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: GOT-SZG And SZG-GOT On Falcon Air

Mon Feb 18, 2002 12:26 am

There is always something that you forget.... the flight codes were IH801/IH802.
It was really nice to see a 744F, only seen it once before. The a/c was N452PA and according to aviation letter #422, it is leased from Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, don't know anything about Atlas. Didn't see LH, but as you said, it may have been in SAS hangar.

Regards
GOT
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RE: GOT-SZG And SZG-GOT On Falcon Air

Mon Feb 18, 2002 7:02 pm

Nice report Big grin
 
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RE: GOT-SZG And SZG-GOT On Falcon Air

Tue Feb 19, 2002 12:16 am

They operate for Novair, right? Or is it Apollo?
Have been working on that "old lady" when I still lived/worked at GOT.
When it comes to seatpitch there is none!
It's a charter flight, and they really cramp as many seat they can in there. So the seatpitch is close to zippo.  Smile

Was it parked on remote as always before, down on gate 27-28?

It's nice to see a report from my old "hub".

Mail me something if you still have my e-mail.

Regards!
Sudden

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RE: GOT-SZG And SZG-GOT On Falcon Air

Tue Feb 19, 2002 1:35 am

I wouldn't complain about the seat-pitch, but I'm not that tall, and it's worth (almost) everything to get two hours in the air Big grin.
The flight operated for STS, perhaps they have flights for Apollo others during summertime? And, we parked at gate 17, almost empty at the airport his day.

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RE: GOT-SZG And SZG-GOT On Falcon Air

Wed Feb 27, 2002 3:51 am

You guys asked about freighters in GOT. Being from gothenbourg myself i can tell you, there are quite a few, such as Polar Air Cargo (B747), Lufthansa Cargo (MD 11 or B747) which you have already mentioned, along with Channel Express (A300) and Evergreen (B747).

GOT, when you asked about the seatbelt thing during the re-fuelling, its because there has to be a quick evac in case of any fire, and the aisles must be clear in order to facilitate movement out of the aircraft.

Jason

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