This was my first trip report with photos. Took me a while to figure it all out. I'm not very technical so I hope everything turns out. Just a quick word of thanks to jsnww81 for the tips about posting pictures.
My trip took me from Cologne/Bonn to Prague on CSA. Enjoy......
Date: 15 June 2006
This trip to Prage started early this morning. It was only an overnighter so I didn't have to waste time packing and was able to leave my apt and make my way to the train station to catch the S-bahn to the airport. This has made getting from downtown to the airport soooo much more convenient. It beats the heck out of the previous bus service. Anyone that ever experienced those bus drivers will really appreciate taking the train. Cost for a one-way fare EUR2
,20. Cheaper than the bus!
Welcome to Cologne/Bonn Airport.
CSA uses Terminal 2 at CGN
. Guess who is the newest tenant in T2
There have been a lot of threads about ATRs. I have nothing against them. They make economical sense on flights such as CGN
and I don't find them cramp, noisy or uncomfortable as some claim they are. My flight was very full. I counted exactly 4 empty seats in economy and 2 in business. Interesting, CSA puts their business class in the back. I was seated in 2D
way up front. I finally get a chance to sit in the front cabin and it's still economy class. Go figure......
Boarding was by bus, which meant the usual "hurry up and wait" routine. After everyone was packed in the driver drove us at a VERY leisurely pace to our plane. Boarding flight OK
-521 ATR-42 with reg. OK
Don't forget my bag!!!!!
Once everyone was settled in the flight attendents came around and offered Czech and German newspapers. They did the usual safety demo in 3 languages Czech, English and German. It went quickly and we started taxing over to the runway. There wasn't much going on this morning, so there was no waiting in line for take-off. We made our way down the runway and quickly started our climb through the rainy cloudy skies over Cologne. Sorry have no clue which course we took. I assume it was the quickest route to Prague.
Service onboard was more than I expected. We were offered a full beverage service and a nice sized croissant for free! Finally my chance to get my morning coffee. (anyone at Austrian Airlines reading this??!!!) Believe it or not it was quite good. The FAs were nice, they did their job effeciently yet did not appear to be in a rush. I asked and got a second cup of coffee. I then settled back, breezed through the CSA onboard magazine and my newspaper. The captain came on the PA system and did the usual welcome aboard speech and wished us a pleasant flight.
We started our decent into Prague. We again were parked at a remote stand and boarded a bus to take us to the terminal. Arrival in sunny Prague....
I spent the rest of the day attending meetings and that night caught a World Cup game in a pub with the locals. The next afternoon I made my way back to the airport.
My last trip to Prague was 10 years ago. At that time the airport still had that "East Block" look going for it. I was quite impressed with the changes. Here a few impressions.....
Oops, my foot......
Prague has a nice observation deck. Admission is free and offers a pretty good view of the piers. Prague is definitely a B737, A320, RJ
Howerver, a few pleasant surprises can be found as well.....
The return flight was again an ATR-42. Reg OK
On last shot....
The return flight was just as "uneventful" as the one the previous morning. Another full load. Departure on time. The FAs were again very nice and efficient. This time sandwiches were offered along with free beverages. Arrival in Cologne was also ontime.
All in all I was quite happy with CSA's service. Believe it or not they were cheaper than the LCs operating the same route. Also, earned a few extra miles on my DL