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Trip To Hungary Malev AMS - BUD (with Pics)

Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:46 pm

This is my fourth a.net trip report, the last one you read here. I hope you enjoy this one too.

AMS Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - BUD Budapest Ferihegy Airport

Date 25 of October 2007
Flight: MA 0661
Aircraft: Boeing 737-8Q8
Gate: D26
Planned departure time: 10:00 am.
Actual push back time: 10:19 am.
Arrival time: 12:15 pm.
Seat: 10 F economy

All my trip report which I have posted were leisure trips, this one is my first trip report of a business trip.

Because the departure time was 10:00 am. me and my colleague decided to take the train. We have namely in the Netherlands a big problem and that are the traffic jams. Without that I can drive from my house to Amsterdam Airport within a hour but when you are unlucky than is 3 hours not uncommon. Avoid the stress due that uncertainly we took the train, first class otherwise you can stand until station Leiden.

My boss who lives in a another part of the Netherlands was already arrived at the airport and he has done the check-in for us, so we could at 8:50 am. direct to passport control and doing some shopping. Boarding time at gate D26 was 9:30 am. and there stood a long row. Due extensive and IMO a little bit exaggerated control for this kind of flight (shoes off, all drink bottles sealed or not in garbage) shrunk the row very slowly. At 10:10 am. we were sitting in our leather seats. Five minutes later the door closed and at 10:19 am. precisely the push back starts. The full loaded 737-800 taxied to the Zwanenburgbaan 18C/36C. We have to wait for a starting El-Al cargo plane and at 10:32 am. we took off. It was foggy so after 30 seconds we disappear in the clouds above Holland.

The HA-LOH at the gate

B pier with all Star alliance

Behind the KL a very special 747

El-Al cargo plane ready for take off

One of the female F A's made in three languages (Hungarian, English and funny Dutch) the announcement that the flight time was one hour and 45 minutes. The belt lights went off, the screens came down with the flight info. The F A's started at 11;00 am. with the serving of one hot sandwiches, a candy bar and a non alcohol drink. Twenty five minutes later they came with coffee or tee and a little refreshing tissue. At 11:50 am. The captain made an announcement, what he said was not really clear, but I guess that one of the subjects was the rainy weather in Budapest. A few minutes later the landing procedures were starting and 12:15 pm. we landed very smooth on runway 13L/31R at Ferihegy Airport.

Flight info during the flight

The lunch

At 12:20 am. we connected at the gate and 20 minutes later I could pick up my bag from the belt. We were going out of terminal 2a and walked to terminal 2b where we after fill in a lot forms got our key of the rent car. With that car we drove 3,5 hours to our final destination Pécs, a city in the south of Hungary.

Before landing at BUD

Rainy BUD

Final destination Pécs

Return flight

BUD Budapest Ferihegy Airport - AMS Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Date 27 of October 2007
Flight: MA 0664
Aircraft: Boeing 737-7Q8
Gate: 23
Planned departure time: 11:50 am.
Actual push back time: 12:02 am.
Arrival time: 2:12 pm.
Seat: 10 A economy

After a drive of 3,5 hours, mostly in foggy circumstances we arrived at 10:30 am. at Ferihegy Airport. I parked the car and we walked to terminal 2b where we dropped the key of the car. From there we walked to the other terminal where we at one of the self check-in machines do the check in, then we wanted dropping our luggage by one of the baggage drop-off point. But there they were filming for I don't no what, so we must dropped the luggage by one of the regular check-in desks. We tried by one of the desk where was no row, but unfortunately the woman behind the desk had one task and that was to do the check for another flight and she had not the flexibility or the self initiative for doing the labeling our luggage. At the end we stand 20 minutes in a row for only drop off our luggage, you may ask what the benefit is for the self check-in at Budapest airport.

Terminal 2a

At 11:10 am. we passed the luggage control, I walked around and looked to the airplanes which arriving, departing and standing at the gates and make some photos. BTW all my aviation photos which I've made during this trip you can see here. Half past eleven the boarding started and 10 minutes later I was sitting in a 737-700 on seat 10A next to the emergency exit. Twelve minutes later then the planned departure time the push back started and 12:10 pm. the plane took off by a speed of 231 km/hour, direction South East. I know this because my boss, who was sitting next to me, played somewhat with his Garmin nuvi navigator, that navigator was mostly useless in Hungary but it works during the flight. The maximum speed was for example 840 km/hour and the display of the map is like the map on the flight info screens.

HA-LOI at the gate with behind the tower of Ferihegy

Cargolux taxi to the runway

Gate info

The serving of the drinks and the lunch was similar as at the AMS-BUD flight. At 1:30 pm., we were flying near Dutch border where the landing started. For about a half hour later we touched the 18R/36L Polderbaan and everyone who knows Schiphol airport, that means a long drive to the gate. During that we passed my favorite airplane a beautiful KLM Boeing 772, that plane reminds me to all my vacations to Brazil. Finally, 15 minutes later, flight MA 0664 connected at gate D18. Out of the plane I walked to the baggage claim where I picked my bag, through the customs and surprisingly for me they stopped me not for a extra check. After that a short visit to the terrace and then me and my colleague went to the train station, where we took the train to our home town.

Seatpitch next to the emergency exit

The lunch

Flight info

Landing on the Polderbaan

Passing the most beautiful airplane a KL772

CO 767 from behind

A well known shot from the terrace with in the middle the tail of Malev plane

Conclusion, Malev is okay, it can easily compete with the A-carriers of Europe, food is okay, the F A's are friendly, the plane is clean, the leather seats are good, one thing that IMO can really improve is the check-in at Budapest Airport.


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RE: Trip To Hungary Malev AMS - BUD (with Pics)

Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:55 pm

Brilliant TR.

The pics are really great.

Thank you for sharing.

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RE: Trip To Hungary Malev AMS - BUD (with Pics)

Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:01 pm

Hi Hans,

Great trip report with some nice pics!

Quoting VoeKL (Thread starter):
we passed my favorite airplane a beautiful KLM Boeing 772

hmm, somehow I don't fully agree  Smile But hey the KL772 is a great bird! Can't wait to see a 773 in KL colors.

Thanks for sharing!

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RE: Trip To Hungary Malev AMS - BUD (with Pics)

Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:07 pm

Hey, Hans,

thanx for posting this interesting MA story.
I´ve done also a visit to BUD some weeks ago and AFAIK I was on the same motorway southern side like you.

BTW, any problems with the rental car company there?.

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RE: Trip To Hungary Malev AMS - BUD (with Pics)

Mon Oct 29, 2007 10:58 pm

The tower in Budapest looks like the one in Boston. Nice report.
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RE: Trip To Hungary Malev AMS - BUD (with Pics)

Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:55 pm

Quoting DALCE (Reply 2):
Can't wait to see a 773 in KL colors
Me too, Joost. I'm now looking for the exact date when the 773 made his 'maiden' trip to GRU because I want to be a passenger on that flight.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
BTW, any problems with the rental car company there?.
Markus, no problems at all, we had a rental car from Budget.

[Edited 2007-10-31 14:58:50]
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RE: Trip To Hungary Malev AMS - BUD (with Pics)

Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:23 pm


interesting report, a route which isn't covered much here. I liked it. Good to see you got a MA 738, usually AMS flights are with the smaller 737s (600/700). Mealservice looked a bit basic to me.
The 'strange' 747 which is on picture at AMS, was a standby E-4B which was here for attendance to the NATO meeting (in Noordwijk).

Thanks for sharing! Hope to see more of your report in the future!

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RE: Trip To Hungary Malev AMS - BUD (with Pics)

Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:22 pm

Nice report Hans, tks indeed.

We don't see many Malev TR's so this was a refreshing change.


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RE: Trip To Hungary Malev AMS - BUD (with Pics)

Sat Nov 10, 2007 8:00 pm

Hey Nice report. I'm looking at buying a ticket from YYC to BUD and I found something through MSP and AMS, then on with Malev to BUD. I've never flown them, but I have flow out of Ferihegy a few times.

How do you like Hungary? I love it there.
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