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A Tribute To SkyEurope Airlines! AMS-PRG-AMS

Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:55 pm

A tribute to SkyEurope Airlines! AMS-PRG-AMS

As a tribute to this fantastic airline I decided to make this trip report. When GECAS decided to take back almost the whole fleet earlier this year, the end of SkyEurope was near. After struggling for months they finally stopped flying about a month ago. But before all those trouble it was one of the best low-cost airlines in Europe. Attractive schedules, good prices, new aircrafts and very friendly crews!  

A year ago I went to Prague with a good friend of mine to do some plane spotting. As usual SkyEurope had a special offer, a return ticket for only 75 euros including taxes and creditcard fee.

We arrived at the airport around 07.15. Check-in was done online so the only thing to do was waiting until boarding time. This was actually the first Tuesday morning service since two months (the schedule to Amsterdam was reduced during the summer months) and it seemed that nobody was informed. The departure lounge remained closed until 08.00 when the security people arrived in a hurry. Inside lounge 4 all shops were closed. Well, lounge 4 is extremely boring anyway with only two shops available. My advise: go through security as late as possible when you are leaving from the M-pier.  


Date: Tuesday, 09Sep08
Flight: SkyEurope Airlines // NE 2611
From: Amsterdam // AMS
To: Prague // PRG
Duration: 1h30m
STD: 08.40 // ATD: 08.32
STA: 10.10 // ATA: 09.51
Aircraft: Boeing 737-76N // OM-NGL
Seat: Economy // 25F
Load factor: ~50%

The aircraft had arrived 25 minutes early and was almost ready for boarding when the first passengers arrived at the departure gate. A light load today so it took not very long before everyone was onboard and the aircraft was ready for pushback. We pushed back 8 minutes early and taxied to runway 24. With no other traffic in front of us we made a rolling take-off:

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1358.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1361.jpg
Two jobless 739ER’s after Futura went bust.

  Take-off movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwLXSTpJA7Y

After take-off we climbed to 39000 feet and flew via Arnhem, Kassel, Erfurt and Dresden to Prague. I bought myself a very tasty mozzarella-tomato sandwich but I forgot to take a picture of it.

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1363.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1364.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1372.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1374.jpg
Paderborn

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1375.jpg

When we reached Dresden descending was started. During the approach for runway 24 we flew over the villages of Decin, Litomerice and Melnik. Touchdown was at 09.45, well ahead of schedule.

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1381.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1383.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1390.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1395.jpg

  Landing movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6rr2nJwRJU

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1400.jpg

Prague Ruzyne Airport has two terminals, T1 for non-Schengen flights and T2 for Schengen flights. CSA Czech Airlines and Travel Service are based at the airport and most other flights are operated by the main European legacy and low-cost airlines. The interesting stuff is from Eastern Europe and Russia, Aerosvit Airlines and Ural Airlines for example. Below some pictures that I took during the day:

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1404.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1405.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1408.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1412.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1413.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1416.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1417.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1420.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1429.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1422.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1426.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1433.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1439.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1442.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1443.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1446.jpg


Date: Tuesday, 09Sep08
Flight: SkyEurope Airlines // NE 2614
From: Prague // PRG
To: Amsterdam // AMS
Duration: 1h40m
STD: 19.10 // ATD: 19.10
STA: 20.50 // ATA: 20.34
Aircraft: Boeing 737-76N // OM-NGJ
Seat: Economy // 11A
Load factor: ~60%

Boarding for the return flight started 20 minutes prior to departure time. Again a light load so the boarding process was ready 10 minutes later. We pushed back exactly on-time and taxied to runway 24. After another SkyEurope 737 was airborne to Milan Bergamo it was our turn:

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1453.jpg

  Take-off movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsSyev_e2rM

The route to Amsterdam was the same as we flew this morning, via Dresden, Erfurt, Kassel and Dortmund, this time at 40000 feet. At 20.10, somewhere above the border between Germany and The Netherlands, descending was started. We approach runway 18C, also known as the Zwanenburgbaan, named after my village. Touchdown was ahead of schedule at 20.29.

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1460.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1466.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1476.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1477.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1481.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1489.jpg

  Landing movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR4PnzWO8C0

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj192/FrontierA318/09Sep08/IMG_1495.jpg

After landing it was only a few more minutes to our parking stand, gate M5. At 20.34 we parked next to another SkyEurope aircraft, which had arrived from Vienna 2 minutes in front of us. The end!

Thank you for reading!

Best regards,
Jeroen



*Please feel free to comment or ask your questions.



Other trip reports:
AMS-LBA-LGW-AMS on LS, BE and BA // 20Jul09
Flying Norwegian, from Denmark!: AMS-STN-CPH-AMS on EZY and DY // 13May09
Flying The T7: AMS-MAN-GVA-AMS on WW, SV and EZS // 20Apr09
AMS-BHX-DUB-AMS on WW, FR and EI // 26Mar09
Destinazione Bergamo! AMS-EMA-BGY-AMS on WW, FR and HV // 21Jan09


[Edited 2009-09-28 16:57:13]
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:34 am

Hi Jeroen,

Some nice pictures on this great little report. Thanks!

Funnily enough (well.. not really) I booked a flight on NE the very day they went bust - 31th August 2009  Smile. No wonder it was so cheap. So unfortunately I won't have the chance to try them out any more.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
Two jobless 739ER’s after Futura went bust.

Is that a CF Embraer behind? What is is doing in AMS? Subbing for SK or operating or charter? Or did they actually fly to AMS back then?
 
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:27 am

Hi Jeroen, nice report! Thanks.
But, I'm glad that NE is gone foregood. Never gave my money to them, as I didn't believe in this airline at all...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Is that a CF Embraer behind? What is is doing in AMS? Subbing for SK or operating or charter? Or did they actually fly to AMS back then?

This Embraer operated probably a charter for some company or so. It's in AMS from time to time, but only on special charters. No scheduled flights.

Regards,
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:53 am

I'm glad to have found the guy behind the interesting youtube videos - could you pls give me a link to the HQ version of the 737 PRG pushback? I just love the CFM56 engine start up sounds...
 
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:01 am

Thanks all for your comments!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Is that a CF Embraer behind? What is is doing in AMS? Subbing for SK or operating or charter? Or did they actually fly to AMS back then?

I checked the registers for you:

CF812/511 17:10/09:15 (9th) GRS-AMS-CDG-GRS SE-DZB ER4

and on the 10th of September the aircraft was at AMS again:

CF512/813 19:10-20.00 GRS-CDG-AMS-MAD SE-DZB ER4

Quoting Rcaq (Reply 3):
I'm glad to have found the guy behind the interesting youtube videos

 Wink

Quoting Rcaq (Reply 3):
I just love the CFM56 engine start up sounds...

Me too!  bigthumbsup 
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:54 pm

Like the report! I hope you took the safety card. Wink And I LOVE your username!!!!!!! (I'm probably the only 13 year old in the US that watches Faulty Towers again and again, huh?
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:05 pm



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 2):
This Embraer operated probably a charter for some company or so. It's in AMS from time to time, but only on special charters. No scheduled flights.



Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 4):
I checked the registers for you:
CF812/511 17:10/09:15 (9th) GRS-AMS-CDG-GRS SE-DZB ER4
and on the 10th of September the aircraft was at AMS again:
CF512/813 19:10-20.00 GRS-CDG-AMS-MAD SE-DZB ER4

Thanks guys for such detailed information. Could that be a charter for some sports team or what?
 
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:57 pm

Fitting tribute to a once great airline Big grin

Having lived in the city of Praha i used SkyEurope a fair amount and have to say they never disappointed. Also makes me miss Praha a bit lol

Thanks for sharing
 
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Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:17 pm

Hi Jeroen, nice report once again! I flew with NE on the same routing last may and I liked them pretty good, that was just after GECAS pulled all the planes but we still got the NGN and NGP. I liked the crew and it was a good experience but the last months of their operations were a mess!

Regards Martijn

Ps. The LBA trip was great, thanks for the inspiration  Wink
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Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:51 am



Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 8):
Ps. The LBA trip was great, thanks for the inspiration

You're welcome! Looking forward to see your trip report.  Wink
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Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:02 pm

Great report and photos!

BTW, what was NE's frequency on PRG-AMS?
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Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:11 pm



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 10):
Great report and photos!

Thanks!

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 10):
BTW, what was NE's frequency on PRG-AMS?

From winter 07/08 untill early '09
123456_ NE 2610 PRG-AMS 06.30-08.10 B73W
123456_ NE 2611 AMS-PRG 08.40-10.10 B73W

1234567 NE 2614 PRG-AMS 19.10-20.50 B73W
1234567 NE 2615 AMS-PRG 21.20-22.50 B73W

During July and August some morning flights were temporarily suspended but all resumed in September.

VIE-AMS-VIE was also twice daily.
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Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:31 am

Very nice tripreport, Jeroen! I think this is wat NE deserves, although it's too late! A pity that I couldn't join this trip with you, but I'm looking forward to our next trip to MXP the 28th of october  

Cheers!

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Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:37 am

By the way for the ones who are still enthousiast and/or interested in SkyEurope, I have two similar movies from a trip from Amsterdam to Vienna:

Take-off AMS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53VdxAAPjSs

Landing VIE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njj_Pe7Tg8c

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Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:43 pm

I've never flown on SKyEurope but you report gave a good impression of their service. It is indeed sad to see so many reputable carriers disappear due to the economy.

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Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:51 pm



Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
Two jobless 739ER’s after Futura went bust.

Luckily I´ve had them both  Silly

I liked reading your report, and watching your pics.

Tim,
 
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Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:15 pm

Hi Jeroen,

Nice report with beautiful photos. I really enjoyed it. The winglet photos are superb!

Can you tell which camera do you have?

Cheers,
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Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:29 pm

Thanks all for the positive comments!

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 16):
Can you tell which camera do you have?

Ofcourse! I use a Canon Powershot A720 for taking pictures as well as recording my videos.
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