After a wonderful week in Austria I can now write my trip report from my flights to and from SZG (Salzburg).
9th February 2002
SE-DPC Boeing 737-33A (QC)
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
. 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.
16th February 2002-02-16
SE-DPA Boeing 737-33A (QC)
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
. 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