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Berlin And Russia, LH, EasyJet And The Erj-170

Tue Oct 30, 2007 2:53 pm

Dear reader

Once again it was time for some trips, this time a daytrip on easyJet to Berlin and a 5 day trip to Saint-Petersburg in Russia on Lufthansa.

I had no reason to do the trip to Berlin but easyJet offered good flight times and fares out of Basel on Saturday October 20 so I decided to do a same day return, allowing me to spend a few hours in Berlin and go for shopping a bit at Kurfürstendamm.


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I went to the airport by public transportation, checked-in online already and proceeded to the gate. Our flight was operated by Berlin-based A-319 G-EZBP and had a load of 151 passengers. Takeoff was on time on rwy 34 towards Alsace with a right turn, heading towards Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Erfurt and Berlin-Schönefeld with. The flight was really uneventful, cabin crew was friendly and sold food and drinks as usual.

As i had not a window seat, I could not make any pictures, so I have only this one after arriving in SXF :

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After a nice day in Berlin it was time to fly back to Basel. This time the flight was operated by G-EZAL and had a load of 142 passengers. Our departure was a bit late due to late arrival of the aircraft but we made up some time on the way to Basel so no big deal. I never understand the people who pay 20 Euros for a flight and then are the ones who scream loudest when they need to wait 20 or 30 minutes. The same people stand also first in line during boarding although they have boarding group D (and block others with A to enter the aircraft) but I guess they just had a window seat in school too and are not able to understand what A, B, C and D means...
The flight again uneventful, unfortunately dark outside so no pictures. This was my 48th flight on easyJet and I bought a coffee for Euro 2.50. In my opinion a fair price. You wont get a coffee in the city of Basel for this price...landing was really nice with an approach over Lörrach, Riehen, Basel, turning right to Mulhouse, overflying the city wit ha landing on rwy 16.


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Once again, easyJet offered a very good price-service relation. No problem to fly on easyJet again.  

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Tue Oct 30, 2007 2:55 pm

Only 5 days later it was time again to head to the airport, this time I was on the way to Saint-Petersburg on Lufthansa. I booked the routing Basel-Munich-Saint-Petersburg-Frankfurt-Basel.

The flight Basel to Munich was operated by a CRJ-200 of Lufthansa Cityline and arrived on time and therefore departed too on time. The load on this flight was 100% in eco and some pax in business. We taxied to rwy 16 and waited a Tuifly 737-800 to land. Very low clouds today but it means also that we would have some nice views such as this:

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The cabin crew soon started to serve a small snack...for me a coffee and an Italian cake.

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Still nice views outside:

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Again very low clouds while landing in Munich but all went well.

D-ACJA after landing:

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We landed at 10:35 local time and my boarding card said that boarding time to LED would start at 10:25...so I ran into the terminal, took the elevator to the fifth floor and ran all the way to the gate. I was one of the last persons to board but then just waited on board because the crew needed to plan a new route (Polish airspace was understaffed and we received a new routing to northeast Germany, Berlin, Gdansk, Kaliningrad, Riga, Tallinn to Saint-Petersburg. Our aircraft this time was D-AILX, an A-319. As a side note this is my 48th flight on the A-319. Big grin


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Tue Oct 30, 2007 3:02 pm

Unfortunately I did not receive a window seat and as the flight had a good load (approx. 90%) I could not change the seat once aboard. On the good side, the seat next to me was empty so the flight was really comfortable for me. With more than 30 minutes delay we departed and I was reading a book during most time of the flight. We also received a warm meal, pasta with tomato sauce, bread with butter, a chocolate bar and a mineral water. Additional drinks (tomato juice for me) were served and after the meal a second drink was offered (i had coffee). During the flight immigration forms were distributed. Landing in Saint-Petersburg was rather rough but I like it this way.   Immigration with no problems as usual...my girlfriend waited for me at Pulkovo airport and we went by public transportation to her apartment. The apartment is located in the city of Saint-Petersburg but with bad traffic it can take good 2 hours to reach it!


This time we mainly stayed in the city but also decided to visit Tsarskoe Selo in a town called Pushkin. Tsarskoe Selo is a palace of a Tsar and looks as following:

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My girlfriend and I  

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Some more images from this place:

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After visiting this very nice place we headed back to Saint-Petersburg Vitebski station by train:

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After some perfect days it was time to fly back to Basel on October 29. Traffic in the morning was horrible again but after taking several minibusses, the metro and the public bus from Moskovskaya, I arrived on time at Pulkovo terminal 2. In Russia security is strict, you usually need to go through a security if you enter the airport building, then show passport and fligh ticjet and go throuigh another security check. Then you reach check-in (only for passengers with a ticket) and after you go throgh passport control. After the check I went for a beer at the bar which was tasty...the local brand there is called Baltika and is available in a lot of variants. Also now think that in Russia (or at least in Saint-Petersburg) beer is more popular than to drink vodka. If you want to do something good for your health, just change from vodka to beer  . Pulkovo 2 is not really big but it is really ok with restaurants, shops and all services you need. My flight was called and we went through another security check, this time with taking off pullover, shoes, belts, watch etc. However our flight had a smaller technical problem so we waited another 30 minutes until we entered the plane. Our plane will be D-AIQH, an A-320. My 20th flight on the A-320 and the 28th flight on Lufthansa.

Nice stuff standing around in Pulkovo:

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Again a packed flight, it was completely full as usual to Frankfurt.

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Push-back:

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Passing Pulkovo 1 terminal:

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Overflying Pulkovo 2 terminal, bye bye Saint-Petersburg, see you soon!

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Still over Russia, turning towards the Baltic sea:

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Cruising in 11000 meters towards Riga, Latvia.

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A nice meal was served, again pasta with carrots and broccoli, served with Russian bread, a Russian chocolate bar and drinks. I had a tomato juice and a coffee. Later more drinks were served.

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After 2 hours and 25 minutes we are on approach to Frankfurt Main airport:

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Crossing the Autobahn:

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Lufthansa must have a larger operation in Frankfurt  

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This time I needed not to hurry as I had a good hour until my flight to Basel. I needed to make a phone call and wrote a few sms and then it was already time to board the next flight. When I booked my flight I saw that this flight will be operated by a Cirrus Airlines Embraer-170.   I was quite happy to see something new on this route! A bus brought us to D-ALIE.


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Unfortunately it was getting dark already.



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The Erj-170 is a nice aircraft, it smelled really new and of course was in good condition. The Cirrus flight attendands were very nice but were in a hurry to serve the drink to all passengers of this almost full flight as flying time was only 30 minutes.

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I had another coffee and saw the city of Strasbourg passing by under us, approach this time over Mulhouse and landing on runway 16. My bag arrived very fast and I was on the way home.

All in all another good trip on Lufthansa. In comparison to an earlier trip this year they completely were meeting my expectations and they are again on my list for a later trip to Saint-Petersburg later this year.

Dear reader, I hope you enjoyed to see and hear about my trips and I am looking forward to hear your comments!

Best regards

Thomas

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Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:24 pm

Brilliant TR.

Really enjoyed to read it.

The pics are really nice.

Thank you for sharing.

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Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:16 pm

Hi

great report to read. Another update of my St.Petersburg knowledge, some nice city-pics. LH is doing good indeed, and serving a great meal  Smile btw, good to see that you got the ERJ170!! I really need to plan new trips shortly to score some new a/c types for my log  Wink Do you have any cabin-pics ??

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Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:20 pm

Hi Thomas,

As always a good read. St. petersburg really does look stunning and I particularly like your shots taken on the BSL-MUC route - what fantastic conditions!


Quoting RJ100 (Thread starter):
I guess they just had a window seat in school too and are not able to understand what A, B, C and D means...

 Smile Well said!

Considering how many flights you've done on easyJet, have you ever had major problems?

Quoting RJ100 (Thread starter):
it was time to fly back to Basel on October 29

Talk about keen, you only landed yesterday and the trip report's already posted? Hut ab!

And btw, what does Russian chocolate taste like then?

Happy flying
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RE: Berlin And Russia, LH, EasyJet And The Erj-170

Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:57 pm

Hi, Thomas,

the perfect after dinner story, today. A good read, as always.

Quoting RJ100 (Thread starter):
allowing me to spend a few hours in Berlin and go for shopping a bit at Kurfürstendamm.

I like it, too.

Quoting RJ100 (Thread starter):
This was my 48th flight on easyJet

Impressive.

Quoting RJ100 (Thread starter):
D-AILX, an A-319. As a side note this is my 48th flight on the A-319.

A well known aircraft, from former Germanwings times, based at STR. Much more impressive!.

Quoting RJ100 (Thread starter):
After some perfect days it was time to fly back to Basel on October 29.

It seems, there are some hours more per day in Switzerland than here in Germany.
When I think about the time between trip and posting around my work, impressive again.

BTW, I know, where to ask, if I will go to Russia sometimes, or not?.

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Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:38 pm

Hi Thomas!

What a great report! Those pictures of Tsarskoe Selo are really great! You are lucky that you can go there so often!
I would love to go there once ( or twice ).
A nice surprise aswell to get the E70, always nice to get a new bird in the log  Smile

Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work

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Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:53 pm

great trip report. The pictures from St. Petersburg are just beautiful.
thank you very much for writing the trip report and sharing it with us...
 
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Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:26 pm

Quoting B747forever (Reply 3):

Thank you!  Smile

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 4):

Thank you Eric and good luck with your upcoming trips and plans! I did not make any cabin shots unfortunately.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 5):

Thank you Infodesk.  Smile With my 48 easyJet flights I never had a major delay, not a single cancellation, never an announced schedule change- and my bags always arrived! However I am by now seriously annoyed by the boarding process as the people are not able to understand (?) how it works with A, B, C and D... and they run from the bus to the plane like there would be no tomorrow! But still, easyJet stays my number 1 choice out of BSL as they usually simply have the best value for money.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 5):
And btw, what does Russian chocolate taste like then?

It was quite good, produced by Cadbury's Russia, so only half Russian and half British  Wink

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 6):

Buon giorno Markus, thank you for your reply and good luck with your trip to Italy!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 6):
BTW, I know, where to ask, if I will go to Russia sometimes, or not?.

It will be my pleasure.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 7):

Thank you very much!  Smile Enjoy your trips to FRA and EDI!

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 8):

Thank you!


Best regards
Thomas
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Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:57 pm

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 1):
The Cirrus flight attendands were very nice but were in a hurry to serve the drink to all passengers of this almost full flight as flying time was only 30 minutes.

Cirrus is still my favourite commuter airline in Germany. Haven't been on their new Embraers yet, though.
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Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:05 pm

You sold me on wanting to visit St. Petersbourg. Thanks for posting the nice pictures including you and your girlfriend. It's nice to see the person who is writing the report.
 
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Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:28 am

Really nice TR  Smile
You really had nice flights. Are the LH problems solved by now?
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Sun Nov 04, 2007 2:26 pm

Hello Semsem and Aleksandar thank you for your replies!  Smile

Yes the problems with Lufthansa are now solved, after I filed a complaint with the authorities they paid me 400 Euros plus added 5000 miles on my m&m account- so no problems to fly on LH again.  Smile

Best regards and take care

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Sun Nov 04, 2007 3:17 pm

Hey Thomas, cool stuff!

What day did you fly out to LED? When we flew to RIX on thursday a week ago, the weather was exactly the same and the views on the alps were breathtaking!
 
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Sun Nov 04, 2007 5:08 pm

Hello Sandro

I flew to LED on the 25th, indeed a Thursday, and back on the 29th.  Smile

How was RIX? Sounds interesting.

Take care

Thomas
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Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:33 pm

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 15):

I flew to LED on the 25th,

Interesting, we flew to RIX on the 25th Big grin

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 15):
How was RIX? Sounds interesting.

RIX is great. If you wanna take your girlfriend on another city-trip, RIX is definatly recommendable, although I liked TLL a bit more. But both of them are easily combinable in one trip, as the flying time between them is only 30-40mins, and BT offers various daily flights at good fares.

The cities are very clean and they both have wonderful old towns, friendly people, good food and are still relatively cheap when it comes to food and hotels.

If you're planning a trip to RIX, drop me a pm, i can recommend a wonderful hotel.
 
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Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:49 pm

Thank you Sandro, some of my gf's relatives live in Latvia so we indeed plan to go there. Did you go on airBaltic?

Good to hear about TLL too, it is on my wish list as well...

And you drop me a mail too if you go to LED...
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Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:08 pm

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 17):
Did you go on airBaltic?

Yeah, we did. They're good, nothing outstanding, but for what we paid i can't complain. The RIX-TLL-RIX hop was fun on the F50 Big grin

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 17):
And you drop me a mail too if you go to LED

I certainly will. LED has been on my dad's wishlist for a long time so it might not be long before we'll go.
 
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Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:55 am

Nice trip report with great photos also, thanks for sharing.

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Sat Nov 10, 2007 5:37 am

Hi Thomas,

Good report and pix, thanks for sharing with us.

Like the pix of your visit to Russia, always wanted to visit there, your pix just keep the pressure on to visit soon.

Quoting RJ100 (Thread starter):
This was my 48th flight on easyJet

- Wow, you seem to like these guy's then, or is it they are cheap(ish) and convenient from your local airport?

Kind Regards

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