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Four Early Morning Flights To The Peak Of El Teide

Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:45 pm


Welcome to my first 2010 trip report. After traveling to northern Sweden on EasyJet last year in February and writing a report full of reindeers, snow and frozen Baltic Sea, this time I am heading south on RyanAir.

Two main reasons were behind this trip that lasted for a total of twelve days:
- I went to pay a visit to a friend living and working for the time being in Tenerife;
- RyanAir extended its operations in Spain after relocating several aircrafts from Ireland and Great Britain, which helped me find some tickets at incredible prices; more details in the tips and tricks section at the end of the trip report.
- in addition, I realized that I very much enjoy traveling to Spain, so I decided to go back there.

Onwards flight plan: Bucharest - Barcelona on Tarom, Girona - Tenerife South on RyanAir.

Return flight plan: Tenerife South - Madrid on RyanAir, Madrid - Bucharest on EasyJet

I thought that Tenerife is pretty far away from Bucharest to plan my ride in one single day, so I spiced up my journey with several goodies. Therefore, in addition to Tenerife, there are several wonderful places to be discovered in this trip report:
- three days in Barcelona;
- the Monastery of Montserrat, the holiest shrine of Catalonia, on a rocky peak rising as high as 725 meters (day 4) ;
- the Dali museum in Figueres (day 5) ;
- a sleepy afternoon in Girona, the most important city on the Eastern Spanish coast until the 9th century (day 5) ;
- a rainy day in Toledo (day 11) .
The most important snapshots from Tenerife:
- the pyramids of Guimar (day 6) ;
- San Cristobal de la Laguna, an enchanting town with Canarian architecture, enlisted on UNESCO's World Heritage List (day 7) ;
- Calatrava's wave-shaped concert hall in the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife (day 7) ;;
- stormy ocean and the lighthouse at Punta del Hidalgo (day 7) ;;
- La Orotava, another town on the World Heritage List (ziua 8) ;;
- the beach of El Medano with its black sand (ziua 8) ;;
- breathtaking climb to the top of the Teide volcano, at 3555 meters (day 9) ;.
Last, but not the least, for all aviation enthusiasts, a total of 13 hours of flight in four airplanes belonging to three different European carriers, four early morning take-offs (I went crazy waking up at five o'clock in the morning for four times) and the same amount of landings.

Make yourselves comfortable and let's kick off the whole story with the first flight, a three-hour enjoyable ride to Barcelona.

Day 1, Wednesday the 24th of February 2010: Bucharest - Barcelona

Tarom ROT 421, Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) - Barcelona El Prat (BCN)
Block time 09:15 - 11:30 (3h15m)
Real time 09:40 - 11:40 (3h0m)
Distance: 1 987 km
Load factor 50%
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800, YR-BGR, delivered on 04.12.2008


I woke up very early that Wednesday in order to avoid the Bucharest morning rush hour. When my phone started to ring, at five o'clock in the morning, I asked myself why am I willingly doing this all over again. I took the bus to the airport and, around 7, I was in front of the Otopeni terminal building. Few clouds covered the early morning sky.

Checking in for the flight was a breeze, I got the seat I had requested over the internet, 26F, this is on the back of the aircraft, right side, window seat., my favorite place on board. We were bussed to the airplane waiting on a remote stand and I got the chance to take some pictures.

Tarom Airbus A318, heading to the runway

Two aircrafts were queuing for departure on runway 08 left

Tarom ATR 45, registered YR-ATC, delivered on 12.03.1999

Tarom Boeing 737-800, registered YR-BGS, delivered on 24.01.2009, with the shape of an Airbus A310 in the background

We eventually arrived at our airplane, YR-BGR, the same aircraft that brought me from Bruxelles to Bucharest in April 2009

At 9 o'clock I was already on board

Doors closed, slides armed at 9:15 and we headed to the runway. Tarom Airbus A310, registered YR-LCB, delivered on 17.12.1992, maybe some maintenance works at the hangar

We waited for the second Airbus A318 belonging to Tarom to depart

Mild wind that morning

We were cleared to enter runway 08 left, we waited for a while, afterwards the engines were spooled to life and off we went


Almost 2 000 km ahead

Due to the very poor load factor and with all passengers jammed in front of the aircraft, all 13 rows at the end of the cabin were mine

The crew started to work something out in the back of the cabin and I could hear them discussing about an oven full of smoke. Eventually we got something to eat for breakfast, eggs and a sausage, roasted zucchinis, fruit salad and coffee. While on an airplane, my culinary expectations are inversely proportional to both speed and altitude, so I fed myself thoroughly.

We got close to the Balaton Lake in Hungary, cruising at almost 12 000 meters

The lake seemed frozen

I red some more about Barcelona, a first time visit for me

Tail shadow like a shark fin

We headed towards the South near Maribor

We were not alone up there, someone in a hurry came from the North, flew beneath us and left a black contrail behind

Ligurian Sea to the left of the aircraft


Marseille Airport, first time caught on camera on a RyanAir flight between Pisa and Seville in June 2009

Istres military airfield

I couldn't believe my eyes seeing such an empty cabin

We approached the coast of Spain coming down from the North


The Mediterranean Sea wanted to show us who is really in charge and sent the winds to shake us a little bit. It was pretty intense during the descent, I thought we are about to loose all our bolts into the sea

A little bit of flaps


More flaps and everything got even bumpier

Windy and sunny Barcelona

The pilot hammered us onto the runway in order to avoid any futile bouncing

Welcome to Barcelona and EasyJet Airbus A319, registered G-EZIC, delivered on 07.04.2005

We parked next to an El Al Boeing 737, registered 4X-EKC, delivered on 31.07.1999

Last picture of YR-BGR and winglet


My hotel was in the opposite side of the city so it took me around one hour and a half to get there by bus and tube. It was in fact a student campus that I found on hostelworld.com. I paid 28 euros per night, single room, gorgeous buffet breakfast included. I am publishing some photos because I would like you to know that one can still find good value for money hotels

A modest, albeit clean room, bathroom included

Days 2 and 3, Thursday the 24th and Friday the 25th of February 2010: Barcelona

You can't simply not love seaside cities


Sagrada Familia seen from Montjuic

Gaudi at its best: Casa Batllo


La Pedrera

Rooftop view

Sagrada Familia, Nativity facade

The Passion facade

Tower view

Gaudi's name since 1984 on the World Heritage List

Next to the Sagrada Familia you can cater for your hunger at this open bar eatery for 10 euros - eat as much as you like

Cristobal Colon

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria

Miro Museum in Montjuic

Catalonia National Art Museum

Archeology Museum

Gran Teatre del Liceu

Placa de Catalunya

Placa Espanya

Parc Guell

Barceloneta, my favorite neighbourhood




Mediterranean Sea at Barceloneta, at dusk

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RE: Four Early Mornign Flight To The Peak Of El Teide

Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:48 pm

Day 4, Saturday, 27th of February 2010: Montserrat

I simply coulnd't help climbing the mounting of Montserrat after seeing the pictures in my Lonely Planet guidebook. The scenery is astonishing and the monastery very beautiful, hidden inside thick clouds and persistent rain.

One hour ride by train from Placa Espanya to Monistrol de Montserrat

Heading up into the mountains take another 30 minutes by the rack and pinion train on a steep slope

That's where we're heading

The views are worth the effort of going up there

Montserrat Monastery

Marble-paved inner yard

Mass was being held inside

A second funicular climbs even higher up into the mountain, up to 1100 meters

A misty road ahead, on the very edge of the cliff

Sant Joan chapel, on the summit

Back to the monastery, clouds came down as well

I returned to Monistrol on the rack and pinion train

Farewell, Barcelona: last view of the Sagrada before moving to the next stage of my journey

Day 5, Sunday, 28th of February 2010: Figueres and Girona

I also planned to visit Girona and Figueres on Sunday, as long as on Monday morning I was flying at 07:20 from GRO to TFS. I have also booked a hotel room near the airport.

Estacio del Nord bus station in Barcelona

On the road heading to Girona, France is not that far away

Train ride from Girona to Figueres


In Figueres, Dali was showing off the moustaches he used to sign his canvases

The Dali Museum

Picasso as seen by Dali

Dream caused by the flight of a bee around a pomegranate one second before awakening, 1944

I left behind Dali's unique imagination and I returned to Girona by train. Figueres train station

Sleepy Girona on a Sunday afternoon


Girona's Cathedral (right side of the picture, 12th century) and the Church of Sant Feliu (17th century)

At dusk I headed to the airport in search of my hotel. Few snapshots at the airport: boarding of a RyanAir aircraft



Self checkin by RyanAir

I found my hotel two minutes away from the terminal building

Pretty expensive, 40 euros a night, but I managed to fall asleep at 9 o'clock in the evening thus surviving my second five o'clock waking-up of this journey

Day 6, Monday, March the 1st 2010: Girona - Tenerife South, the pyramids of Guimar, Los Gigantes

RyanAir FR 9725, Barcelona Girona (GRO) - Tenerife South (TFS)
Block time 07:20 - 09:40 (3h20m)
Real time 07:25 - 10:15 (3h50m)
Distance: 2 331 km
Load factor 100%
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800, EI-DCF, delivered on 01.07.2004


I was already in the terminal building at quarter past six. Not too many passengers at the RyanAir bag drop desks

Flight roster, 25 RyanAir flights expected to depart until 15:15

At 7 boarding started and we walked to the airplane

I boarded the plane using the rear stairs and I sat down in the last rows of seats, left side of the cabin, because I wanted to take photos of the sunrise over the Mediterranean sea. GRO tower

The pilot welcomed us on board and explained that he expects at least 30 minutes delay due to very strong headwinds of around 160 km/h over the Atlantic. It was therefore impossible for us to reach Tenerife on time, at 09:40

We were cleared to enter runway 20

We took off to the south

In a few moments I spotted the Mediterranean sea


We turned right and left the Mediterranean Sean behind. We flew over Spain for around one hour

Fully booked flight this morning

Picture taken from the front of the cabin

Leaving Spain behind and flying over the Atlantic


I've got a glimpse of the African coastline and the Anti-Atlas Mountains' peaks; no joy in taking any pics though. After around two hours and a half of flight over the Atlantic we started our descent on Tenerife

The Peak of El Teide in the upper corner of the photograph

Final approach on runway 8. The volcano got covered by clouds and remained hidden for the following two days

Landing at Tenerife South at 10:15 local time, exactly 30 minutes behind the schedule

We taxied and parked near this ArkeFly Boeing 737, registered PH-TFA, first flight 8.11.2007

Our aircraft after a grueling four hour flight against strong headwinds over the Atlantic

AirBerlin Boeing 737, registered D-ABBG, first flight 18.12.2002

Last picture of EI-DCF

Belt area at TFS

Tenerife South airport

No time to loose, so I swiftly departed towards the Guimar Pyramids, my first objective on the island. It is infact a group of eight pyramids, looking like the Mayan ones, discovered by the Norwegian archeologist Thor Heyerdahl. He lived in Tenerife until 2002 and developed a theory concerning the alleged ties between the Canary Islands inhabitants and the Americas way before Columbus sailed across the pond.

Don't expect to see a pyramid like the Sun Pyramid at Teotihuacan or Chichen Itza…

Short stop in Candelaria. Near a rocky beach, one can visit the Basilica de la Nuestra Senora de Candelaria

The second thing to see during my first day on the island were the rocks of Los Gigantes. It is in fact a very tall and spectacular wall, where the Atlantic waves break. Best views from Playa de los Gigantes

My friend Manuel hosted me at his place in Los Cristianos, in a very nice block with a pool
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Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:50 pm

Day 7, Tuesday, March the 2nd 2010: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, San Cristobal de la Laguna, Punta del Hidalgo

First thing in the morning: a 90 km drive on the highway to Santa Cruz de Tenerife. First stop: the theatre hosting the philharmonic’s concerts. The auditorium has been designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, it has perfect acoustics and became the landmark of the capital thanks to its original shape

Right behind the Auditorium, the ocean was huge, blue and calm

Downtown Santa Cruz, with the Anaga Mountains in the background

Lots of plants in the city

Iglesia de la Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion, built in 1498, displaying mudejar-style ceilings

Castillo de San Juan, 17th century, a place were slaves from Africa were traded

Iglesia de San Francisco, 17th century

Mercado de la Nuestra Senora de Africa

Huge ficus

Next stop: San Cristobal de la Laguna, since 1999 on the World Heritage List thanks to its well preserved old architecture

I am uploading several pictures of La Laguna, maybe we will also understand why Romanian old houses should not be destroyed in order to build new ones





Some of these houses are private properties, others are offices of institutions or companies, others are museums and can be visited by tourists. All of them are refurbished and kept exactly the way they have been built hundreds of years ago




Convento de Santa Catalina

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

The oldest church in town, Iglesia de la Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion, built in 1502

From the tower one can very well see the Tenerife North airport, the famous Tenerife North airport I might add, you all very well know why…

Vueling Airbus A319 was landing, registration unclear

Cosy square in the centre of the old city

At 15:00 I drove to Punta del Hidalgo, a remote and savage corner of the island. The new lighthouse

High seas and a spectacular scenery

Waves easily crossed over a mole


Day 8, Wednesday, March the 3rd 2010: La Orotava, Santiago del Teide, first decent snapshots of the volcano and sundown on the black sandy beach of El Medano

I had a valid permit to climb on the peak of El Teide on Wednesday. Unfortunately, due the road to the cable car was blocked by rocks, so the entire mountain was closed. My only chance to go to the summit was on Thursday, my last day on the island.

On my way to La Orotava I stopped in Stantiago del Teide. Right behind this church…

I saw the Peak of El Teide for the first time, thanks to a window through the clouds, the mountain where the devil Guyota lives

La Orotava, a quiet town with a gorgeous ocean view

Iglesia de la Concepcion

Iglesia de San Augustin

Iberoamerican Handicrafts Museum and Iglesia de Santo Domingo


In the evening I returned to the south of the island and I went to see the black sand at the El Medano beach

Clear views of the Teide volcano

The ocean at dusk

Day 9, Thursday, March the 4th, 2010: The Peak of El Teide, 3555 meters high

At 9:00 I drove to the cable car. First stop: Vilaflor, a small village at around 1000 meters

After another 20 minutes of climbing, another stop with a view over the clouds’ level

The road ahead

At 2000 meters I reached a huge plateau, this wide, open space took me by surprise

But we are only at 2000 meters high and the summit reaches as high as 3718 meters

The cable car starts at 2356 meters and climbs up to 3555 in 8 minutes

Quote from my Lonely Planet guidebook: “Top it off by taking the cable car to the summit for the ultimate heady experience”

While climbing inside the cable car my ears popped like on an airplane. The road on the plateau was getting tinier and tinier

Very steep slope as we got closer to the summit

Don’t look down

Minus 2 degrees Celsius up there and another 20 tourists

Nice view of La Gomera island

The world from 3555 meters; Unfortunately it was not a very clear day


A mere 163 meters stood between us and the very summit. The access path was unfortunately blocked by ice and was closed

And this brings me to the end of the four days break in Tenerife. The long journey back to Bucharest now begins. My return flight plan: Tenerife South – Madrid on RyanAir, Madrid – Bucharest on EasyJet
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Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:53 pm

Day 10, Friday, March the 5th, 2010: Tenerife South - Madrid and travel to Toledo

RyanAir FR2014 Tenerife South (TFS) - Madrid Barajas (MAD)
Block time 09:00 - 13:05 (3h5m)
Real time 09:15 - 12:35 (2h35m)
Distance: 1 824 km
Load factor: 100%
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800, EI-DHO, delivered on 14.10.2005


Departures terminal at Tenerife South

Great views of both ocean and runway after the security control

EasyJet şi RyanAir

The airplane landed on time from Madrid

Tenerife South control tower

Two bizjets on the apron

Last shot of Teide while on hold at the end of runway 26

Two minutes later we were leaving the island behind


Several times we flew through pretty strong turbulence


Cabin view after the first hour into the flight

I thought I didn’t get it right when the pilot told us that we are just about to start descending to Madrid Barajas, after less than two hours into the flight. The strong headwind delaying our Barcelona flight became a favorable tailwind helping us to fly much faster

Torrejon airbase near Madrid

Iberia Airbus A340 putting reversing the engines’s thrust

Terminal 4, an EasyJet aircraft and the control tower

BlueAir’s YR-BIA just arrived in town flying all the way from Bucharest Băneasa

Welcome to Madrid

Boeing 757 from Cygnus Air, registsred EC-KLD, delivered 09.05.2007

Airbus A320 from the Egyptian company Memphis Air, registeren SU-PBG, delivered 07.12.2000

EasyJet Airbus A319 G-EZDS, delivered 10.11.2008


McDonnell Douglas MD-87, registered EC-KSF, first flight 14.06.1991, belongs to Aerofan Espana but displays the visual identity elements of the United Nations

Freshly taken out from the production lines: RyanAir Boeing 737 EI-EKD, delivered 22.01.2010

EasyJet Airbus A319 G-EZDN, 08.08.2008

Turkish Airlines A321, registered TK-JMI, first flight 30.01.2009

Last shot of the aircraft that brought me from Tenerife to Madrid

I went directly to the Atocha train station and then to Toledo. It’s a long way through the airports terminals to the subway station



You have to go through security controls in Spanish train stations

My train to Toledo

My hotel in Toledo

Two narrow streets in the evening, soaked in rain



Zodocover square

The Primada Santa Maria Cathedral in Toledo, 13th century

Day 11, Saturday, March the 6th, 2010: Rainy Toledo and return to Madrid in the evening

Toledo seemed very nice in the pictures I had seen at home, but the rain really gave me a hard time when I tried roam the city on my last day in Spain

Tagus River flowing around the hill where the old city lies

The Tavera Hospital, built in 1554

Puerta del Sol

Iglesia de Santo Tome, displaying inside “The Burial of the Count of Orgaz”, considered to be one of El Greco’s finest paintings

The oldest Mosque in Toledo, Mezquita Bab-al-Mardum, built in 999

Inner yard of the Santa Cruz Museum, a 16th century building

The San Juan de los Reyes Monastery, built between 1477 and 1504 by the French architect Juan Guas

I headed back to Madrid in the afternoon. Toledo train station, built in neo-mudejar style in 1920

Night walk through Madrid before going to the airport at 4 AM. Santiago Bernabeu

Plaza de Castilla

Passeo de la Castellana
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Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:55 pm

Day 12, Sunday, March the 7th, 2010: Madrid - Bucharest on EasyJet

EasyJet 7837, Madrid Barajas (MAD) - Bucharest Otopeni (OTP)
Block time 07:00 - 11:45 (3h45m)
Real time 07:25 - 11:30 (3h5m)
Distance: 2 465 km
Load factor 100%
Aircraft: Airbus A319, G-EZDP, delivered on 08.10.2008


Awful moment, being scheduled to fly at 7 AM. Check in for the flight

The only plane I could photograph that morning: Air China Airbus A330, preparing for a long flight to Sao Paulo

Boarding started before 7AM

The climb was slow. After breaking through the clouds we flew through the morning’s cold and blue light

After steering to the right I could also see the Moon

Sunrise în Spanish airspace

Our cabin has been flooded with the sun’s powerful rays

EasyJet soap at the lavatory

Italy’s western coast and thick contrail

Italy’s eastern coast

The Balkans


Danube river and crossing into Romanian airspace

Final approach on runway 08 right

Road to Bucharest

Landing after a three hours and five minutes flight

Tarom fleet

Oldies but goodies


Airbus A310 near the maintenance hangar

Extension works at the terminal

Austrian Arrows Fokker 70, registered OE-LFL, delivered 16.09.2003

The fire service came after we stopped, which means refueling for the return flight to Madrid was to begin soon

Two EasyJet airplanes on the apron at Otopeni! The flight from Milan landed right after us

Last shot of our aircraft, registration number is visible under the wing

Tips and tricks

This trip wouldn’t have been possible without finding some cheap fares witn RyanAir. End of July last year they announced a unprecedented expansion of the operations in Spain and on August the 1st, 2010 I was already buying my tickets: 36 euros for the Girona - Tenerife leg and 56 euros for Tenerife - Madrid, hold-baggage included. The EasyJet flight was another 50 euros.

The flight to Barcelona was the most difficult one. I bought a ticket with WizzAir in the first place (60 euros) but they changed the departure time from Bucharest from 17:00 to 23:00. I was thus loosing one night of accommodation in Barcelona and also sacrificing my first day there due to being very tired. So I decided to ask for my money back and I paid 117 euros on the Tarom flight, earning one extra day in Barcelona. This is how I missed what was meant to be my first flying experience with WizzAir.

Hotels. In Barcelona: Agora BCN, in Toledo: Hostal Sol, both of them booked through hostelworld.com. Girona Airport hotel: Viloby Park, booked through booking.com. Rent a car in Tenerife through autoreisen.es, paying by credit card on the spot, not over the Internet. I paid with an embossed debit card and I didn’t even have a passport, it worked out only with my ID card plus my driving licence.

For climbing on the Peak of El Teide there is a permit scheme in place. The permit can be obtained free of charge by applying via email at teide@oapn.mma.es at least by seven days in advance.

At bcnshop.barcelonaturisme.com one ca buy museum tickets at a discount.

Final remarks

It’s been an intensive trip as I tried to visit as many places as possible and a grueling one thanks to the four early morning flights. The Canary Islands are really worth visiting and since I found out that there is a ferryboat connecting Fuerteventura to Western Sahara, I have been stricken by some more touristically intensive thoughts

All flights were all right, by far the most comfortable was the first one on Tarom, for the reason that I was almost alone in the cabin. RyanAir offers a honest service and EasyJet remains my favorite company, please don’t ask me why, I won’t be able to explain.
I hope you enjoyed the entire story. If any questions or comments feel free to click on the “reply” button…

This trip report has also been published on the Romanian Spotters Forum, http://romanian-spotters.forumer.ro
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RE: Four Early Morning Flights To The Peak Of El Teide

Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:38 am

Hi mihairosioru,

very enjoyable report with many great pictures. However, it took forever to load. Maybe it would be better next time to compose two reports.

Quoting mihairosioru (Thread starter):
Due to the very poor load factor and with all passengers jammed in front of the aircraft, all 13 rows at the end of the cabin were mine

Bad for the airline, good for you!

Quoting mihairosioru (Thread starter):
The crew started to work something out in the back of the cabin and I could hear them discussing about an oven full of smoke. Eventually we got something to eat for breakfast, eggs and a sausage, roasted zucchinis, fruit salad and coffee.

Good to see Tarom serves a hot breakfast.

Quoting mihairosioru (Thread starter):
We got close to the Balaton Lake in Hungary, cruising at almost 12 000 meters

Always nice to have an airshow on European flights. Do you know whether the 73Gs and A318s are equipped with that, too?

Quoting mihairosioru (Thread starter):
Our cabin has been flooded with the sun’s powerful rays

Nice shot, almost looks like mood lighting.

Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
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RE: Four Early Morning Flights To The Peak Of El Teide

Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:09 am

Hi mihairosioru,

Great report! Very well detailed with beautiful pictures!

Quoting mihairosioru (Thread starter):
eggs and a sausage, roasted zucchinis, fruit salad and coffee.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Good to see Tarom serves a hot breakfast.

Exactly my thought.  
Quoting mihairosioru (Thread starter):
couldn't believe my eyes seeing such an empty cabin
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Bad for the airline, good for you!

I wonder how long this route would last with such low load.

Quoting mihairosioru (Thread starter):
EasyJet Airbus A319, registered G-EZIC, delivered on 07.04.2005

A very sharp photo with T1. Which camera did you use?

Quoting mihairosioru (Thread starter):
Rooftop view
Quoting mihairosioru (Thread starter):
Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria
Quoting mihairosioru (Thread starter):
Placa de Catalunya

Memories. Memories. I have been there about two weeks ago.

Quoting mihairosioru (Reply 2):
you all very well know why…

Yesterday it has been 33 years ago.  

It looks like there are much more gorgeous places in Spain to discover. Thank you for sharing.

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RE: Four Early Morning Flights To The Peak Of El Teide

Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:08 pm

Good trip report, Mihai! Always nice to see Romanian trip-reports on A.net!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Always nice to have an airshow on European flights. Do you know whether the 73Gs and A318s are equipped with that, too?

Hi PlaneHunter,

All but two of RO's 737 aircraft have overhead IFE. Only YR-BGA and BGB, both 733's, don't have this form of IFE, as they were delivered in 1992 or 1993. The A318s (and A310s) all have it as well. The ATR craft, obviously, do not have IFE.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
I wonder how long this route would last with such low load

It will last. Might become seasonal though... I'm pretty sure it's full in summer. However, it is a low-yield route, as indicated by the 738s flying there (these craft don't have Business Class afaik).
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RE: Four Early Morning Flights To The Peak Of El Teide

Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:26 pm


What an epic trip and report - you sure are right that you crammed a *lot* into your time spent in Spain! I love your pictures, so many high quality ones that I won't even start to comment on individual ones.

Shame on the RO load, hopefully they will improve.

Nice shot of the Blueair B738 at MAD - I'm booked on this red-eye flight to BBU in August, here's hoping that the company will still around by that time!

Thanks a lot for posting this.

PS. Are you the same guy who posted a report about southern Spain, flying there on FR via PSA/BLQ, taking the ferry to Morocco etc. some time last year? I still have fond memories of that one, one of my all time favorites.
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RE: Four Early Morning Flights To The Peak Of El Teide

Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:34 am

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
A very sharp photo with T1. Which camera did you use?

Nothing special, just a Kodak P850.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):

Nice shot of the Blueair B738 at MAD - I'm booked on this red-eye flight to BBU in August, here's hoping that the company will still around by that time!

I don't think you need to worry. BlueAir is doing just fine.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):

PS. Are you the same guy who posted a report about southern Spain, flying there on FR via PSA/BLQ, taking the ferry to Morocco etc. some time last year? I still have fond memories of that one, one of my all time favorites.

Yes, that's me. The other report is here:
CND-PSA-SVQ And GRX-BLQ-CND On Ryanair (by Mihairosioru Sep 26 2009 in Trip Reports)

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Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos