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Prague Airport Tour: FCO-PRG-EIN

Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:33 am

Introduction

For introduction and the story so far, please see the first part here: Italian Duel: HEL-FCO-GOA-FCO (by FlyingFinn76 Jul 19 2011 in Trip Reports)

This story continues directly from the first part, which left me at FCO airport having just arrived on Alitalia from GOA.

Saturday 16.7.2011

After having some lunch I’m not sure whether I should head outside for some sun or just to the depressing lounge. Well, laziness wins this time, so I again head to the lounge. On the way I pass a gate with this interesting flight - it doesn’t appear to be a codeshare:

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Looks like it’s Lithuanian charter day:

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This time the two computers are occupied by some Danish kids playing games so I just read and enjoy their rather decent Italian red wine.

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At least the toilets are much cleaner now than the previous day and the bartender is a different guy, a very jolly fellow who I chat some with. Time passes surprisingly quick, and soon it is time to head to the gate. A queue has already formed there. I find a purse somebody left on a bench next to the gate, feeling it it looks like there’s a wallet and something else inside so I give it to the nearest gate agent, performing my good deed of the day! Next I ask the gate agent whether I get priority boarding as I paid for extra legroom (this is a recent change in Wizz’s procedures and something I really like) - she tells me yes and asks me to queue on the other side.

Boarding commences around 16.00, the few of us with priority boarding get our special, cordoned off section in front of the bus, which makes me feel a bit too self conscious, after all I am a Finn and modesty is something very deeply woven into the Finnish psyche. Soon we drive to the plane, which is parked on the apron between the Schengen pier and the non-Schengen satellite terminal.

HA-LPQ, Papa Quebec is a new registration for my log.

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FCO - PRG
W62686
A320 HA-LPQ
Seat 1F
16.46 - 18.28

Those of us in the priority section are left off first and I’m the very first one boarding the plane. For a chance I decide to try the bulkhead row as it offers better photo opportunities from outside than the exit rows where the wing and the engine are on the way... more on this later.

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I ask the smart Czech crew about the weather in Prague - 25 degrees and sunny sounds nice to me. Load factor is around three quarters full, I end up with the block of three for me which of course is nice.

The boarding took its sweet time, mainly because we waited for the second bus quite some time so in the end push back is 16 minutes late.

They seem to be building a new (Schengen?) pier:

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One of the new AZ A330s:

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After this photo one of the two crew members on the front jump seats comes to me an tells me in a stern voice to stop taking photos and to put my camera into the seat pocket - crud, it looks like they saw me. So no photos from take off or landing on this flight.

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We hold short of runway 25 for a while - the captain makes an announcement that we are number two for take off, but there’s some landing traffic on 16R that we need to wait for. Once airborne the flight time to Prague will be a 1h30mins, with the route roughly FCO-BLQ-BZO-INN-MUC-PRG.

This is the first picture I manage to take after the seat belt sign is switched off, after we have already turned over the Tyrrhenian Sea and are heading northeast:

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More landing traffic on 16R:

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Interesting clouds:

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I think this is Padova:

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Some nice clouds along our route:
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The Alps, not the best views today:

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A SAS CRJ-900 passing the other way over the Alps:

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Other side of the Alps, this is lake Chiemsee:

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The island of Herreninsel with the famous castle of Herrenchiemsee built by Ludwig II of Bavaria or more familiarly “Mad King Ludwig” whose megalomaniac castle building projects emptied the state coffers:

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Salzburg in the distance:

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The Salzach river, forming the border between Germany and Austria:

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The city of Burghausen and the large oil refinery:

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The confluence of the Salzach and Alz rivers:

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The city of Passau:

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Quite a few sailboats on the Vltava river:

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Right after this we start our descent and Prague comes into view:

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Our approach is nice as we pass right over the city centre, but unfortunately I have to stow my camera away again far too soon after these pictures:

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Baseball, anyone?

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We fly quite far before turning around an commencing our approach towards runway 24 where we land after some one and half hours in the air.

Apron parking position, as seems to be the norm with Wizz here. Nice to see a KE Triple Seven in town:

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Bye:

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Prague Airport

I’m staying at the Marriott Courtyeard Prague Airport - very conveniently located just opposite the terminals where I found a great fare for only 45 EUR per night. A very nice property, with a large and well-appointed room. The only bad part is that they charge a ridiculous price for Internet access in your room, but it is free in the public areas using the wireless network.

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The KE crew are staying here as well. Nice views from my seventh floor room window - would be a good choice for spotters:

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My room has a copy of the CSA inflight magazine - thank you, very much appreciated:

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A CSA ATR being towed ahead of another flight:

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The hotel is in the same building as a shopping centre, which has a nice supermarket (with real supermarket prices, not inflated airport ones!) handy for stocking up on cheap Czech beer and a nice restaurant with free wifi where I head for a dinner.

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Interesting departure to Braunschweig - I didn’t even know they had an airport there:

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Feeling lazy I decide to skip the planned city visit - I’ve been to Prague a few times and the airport just feels a bit more beckoning right now, despite the good weather. Then again why not make a tourist tour of the airport since I’m here?

Tour of the Prague Ruzyne Airport

Ok, apparently it’s the best:

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Let’s start with Terminal 1, the older part of the airport:

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Terminal 1 is nowadays used for non-Schengen traffic, you will find airlines like British Airways, Turkish, Korean Air and Aeroflot here:

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Moving towards the new Terminal 2, used exclusively for Schengen flights. This is the connecting part, serving now as T1 arrivals:

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Aren’t you glad that planes nowadays are more advanced than this:

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Still thinking of the days of Czechoslovakia and endless queues for nothing - think again! The airport (like the whole country) has all the usual multinational companies present:

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Moving further towards T2, what’s that “BILLA” thing?

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Oh, it’s a branch of the Austrian supermarket chain - perfect for stocking up on supplies before your flight:

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The check in hall of T2 follows the same clean architectural principles as T1:

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There ain’t a place in this world you cannot reach from Prague Airport:

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Well, sometimes you need to adapt to your visitor’s habits - this time the Brits:

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Prague Airport offers the world on your hands (ignore the homeless guy in the picture, he will be disposed of accordingly):

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You can reach all these destinations with convenient non stop flights - only from Prague Airport:

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From time to time there are art exhibitions here - just to make the passengers feel more at ease:

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Plenty of expansion potential for new airlines - call us now!

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Even planes need a good night’s sleep, so here’s one of the areas specially reserved for that:

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The facilities represent state of the art and fulfill even the strictest safety regulations:

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There’s also plenty of accommodation nearby should you need to spend the night here:

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The sun is setting on another busy day at Prague Airport - the crossroads of Europe. But fear not, tomorrow will be another day with plenty of flights to exciting destinations all around the world. Prague Airport, come to visit, stay to enjoy it!

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Disclaimer: This tour was not sponsored nor paid for in any way by the Prague Airport or any shareholders. However should you wish to have your airport described in a report like this, feel free to contact me with an offer - my rates are perfectly reasonable and I am very flexible.

Sunday 17.7.2011

Another morning, another wake up at seven, another shower, another packing up, another checkout, another walk to the terminal and yet another security check. Caught in a rut - who me? Hell, no!

So I find myself airside of the new Terminal 2 - somewhere I’ve never been before. Quite nice actually, plenty of shops and I like the fact that they have introduced centralized security control - T1 has security at the gates a’la Atatürk and that is always a mess.

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FIDS:

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We are in Bohemia, after all, so the obligatory crystal shops are there:

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I used to love him as a kid:

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Anyway after taking a look around I head upstairs to the CSA Crystal Lounge for some breakfast.

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Not very impressed by this lounge - sure it is clean, quite modern, has plenty of seating and decent offerings but somehow you’d just expect something a bit more grand or stylish, after all this is supposed to be CSA’s flagship lounge at its homebase.

These small sandwiches, however, are very tasty:

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CSA motif on the glasses - sorry for the dirty fingerprints:

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When was the last time you saw somebody using a payphone:



Luckily the whole airport has free wifi, so food, coffee and that make the time pass pleasantly fast. Our gate today is C21, a bus gate pretty much as far away from the lounge as you can get in T2.

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By the time I get there the scene is rather civilized - instead of the usual long queues a long time before actual boarding everybody is sitting down, nice and orderly. Very good.

I see our plane landing from it’s first sortie of the day, CRL five minutes early, around 35 minutes before our departure time. Right away the gate agents start setting the gate up for boarding and soon enough a small queue starts forming, so I make my way towards the head of it (I decided to skip priority boarding or extra legroom seat for this short flight).

Soon enough we board the first bus, there’s another roped off section for the few priority pax, just like in FCO - maybe this is a new Wizz requirement:

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There are two buses, with lots of confusion as most of the passengers try to cram themselves into the first bus even when it is already packed full - they just seem to have a hard time figuring out that they could also board the other, half empty bus behind ours. The fact that nobody from the gate crew bothers to come outside to direct people doesn’t help either...

Lots of red tails, as can be expected:

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A short ride takes us in front of… Papa Quebec again, my plane from yesterday! I was afraid of this as there aren’t too many Wizz birds based here. So second flight with her already.

PRG - EIN
W62641
A320 HA-LPQ
Seat 30F
10.02 - 11.10

My problems with photography and the bulkhead seat still on top of my mind I board through the back and snatch a window seat in the last row instead. I almost get two seatmates, but the young Dutch couple decide to move somewhere further ahead after finding no place in the overhead bins for their carryons. A bit later a Dutch guy sits on the aisle seat, dumps his newspapers and jacket on the middle seat which ensures it stays empty - nice for both of us. Another good load on this flight, over 90%.

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Cimber to CPH next to us:

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Cimber soon leaves, revealing a MA Dash:

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Ahh, Travel Service/Smart Wings, so missed:
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Flight time this morning is a quick 1h5mins, with push back two minutes late.

I tried to get a shot at the Belavia 737, but this tail shot was the best I could come up with:

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RE: Prague Airport Tour: FCO-PRG-EIN

Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:34 am

Oh dear, it cut the post right in the middle of the IMG tag... Here's the rest:

I tried to get a shot at the Belavia 737, but this tail shot was the best I could come up with:

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Yakutia:

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Take off is from 24.

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The city of Kladno - birthplace of heavy industry in Bohemia:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Prague_Departure_23.jpg

Yep, these are still the industrial heartlands of Europe:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Prague_Departure_24.jpg

Plenty of traffic criscrossing the skies over the Central European skies:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Prague_Departure_25.jpg

I chat some with the Dutch guy during the flight, a very pleasant fellow who gives me some nice advice regarding Eindhoven.

No views to be had for most of the flight - Germany is completely clouded over. The next time I see the ground we are already in Dutch airspace, descending towards EIN:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_1.jpg
Quite rural here:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_2.jpg

This could be Volkel Air base, not sure:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_3.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_4.jpg

Anyone up for a swim?

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_5.jpg

It’s Holland - you must have channels. This is near the city of Veghel:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_6.jpg

Almost there - this part of Eindhoven is actually called “Best”:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_7.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_8.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_9.jpg

Landing is on runway 22 after the promised 1h5mins of flight time. This HV bird landed right after us:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_10.jpg

A row of DC-10s of the RNLAF:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_11.jpg

The terminal building:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_12.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_13.jpg

Of course FR is here as well - after all this is their biggest destination in Netherlands:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_14.jpg

Walking to the terminal - notice the large number of people on the observation deck:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_15.jpg

Bye:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Genoa_Prague_Eindhoven_07_2011/Part_2/Eindhoven_Approach_16.jpg

I make my way inside and head to catch the bus to the city.

This part will end here - the final part will contain some impressions of the city of Eindhoven and the final two flights taking me home via an overnight stop in Norrköping, Sweden. Should be online in a few days.

Conclusions

Two solid flights with Wizzair, shame about scoring the same plane twice but at least it was one I hadn’t flown before these flights. If that new boarding procedure in the buses is their new standard I really like it because previously priority boarding just didn’t work that good if you were bussed to the plane.
 
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Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:12 am

Hi P.,

nice second part of your series with some good pictures.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
One of the new AZ A330s:

The livery looks fine on the A330. Btw - the first Air One A330 has also been repainted.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
After this photo one of the two crew members on the front jump seats comes to me an tells me in a stern voice to stop taking photos and to put my camera into the seat pocket - crud, it looks like they saw me. So no photos from take off or landing on this flight.

Ridiculous.      
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m staying at the Marriott Courtyeard Prague Airport - very conveniently located just opposite the terminals where I found a great fare for only 45 EUR per night.

Sounds good, I will keep that in mind.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Interesting departure to Braunschweig - I didn’t even know they had an airport there:

Most likely a charter flight for Volkswagen. The company partly owns the airport.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
rom time to time there are art exhibitions here - just to make the passengers feel more at ease:

Dubai, Canyons, nice!


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Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:15 am

Nice to see this one coming online (too)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
On the way I pass a gate with this interesting flight - it doesn’t appear to be a codeshare:

At least it is not a scheduled destination in the SV route network...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
after all I am a Finn and modesty is something very deeply woven into the Finnish psyche

Now that's the way to go!   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I used to love him as a kid:

I still love him!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Cimber to CPH next to us:

That's an airline and a bird I should be flying on (very) soon.

Bye
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Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:19 am

Another nice report .  

That AZ A330 looks great. Where are they flying them to?

Love the CSA branded glass, always like airline branded glasses and cutlery. I have a collection  

Shame some crew still have a power trip over taking photos. Your such a security risk  

Anyway at least it did not spoil your report.

Regards

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Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:20 am

Thanks a lot for this report! I enjoyed reading it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The island of Herreninsel with the famous castle of Herrenchiemsee built by Ludwig II of Bavaria or more familiarly “Mad King Ludwig” whose megalomaniac castle building projects emptied the state coffers:

Wow, nice picture!!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
There ain’t a place in this world you cannot reach from Prague Airport:

:D That's good! Sometimes I think that if you put too many screens together it is more difficult to find the information you are looking for.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A CSA ATR being towed ahead of another flight:

It seems on the picture that the ATR is somewhere on a road, far away from any airport  
 
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Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:28 am

Hi again.

HA-LPQ, the same bird I flew on to NYO to GDA in march. My first with Wizz and I was suprised in a good way!  

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Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:02 am

Hi P.,

nice continuation of the first part, sorry about the same a/c twice. Bad luck, but happens, especially on those frequent flyers  

I'm sorry that I couldn't be around in Eindhoven that day, you know, I was catching some sun in Spain, but I'm looking forward to see the report of your 'city tour'.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
this part of Eindhoven is actually called “Best”:

btw, Best is a municipality itself, about 30,000 citizens, so on it's own, but just very close to eachother which makes it part of an agglomoration of course  

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Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:07 am

Hi FF,

another interesting story, I look forward to the last part.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The island of Herreninsel with the famous castle of Herrenchiemsee built by Ludwig II of Bavaria or more familiarly “Mad King Ludwig” whose megalomaniac castle building projects emptied the state coffers:

Wow, I've been there once and this air perspective is just great.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Then again why not make a tourist tour of the airport since I’m here?

A perfectly reasonable thing to do for an A.neter.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
When was the last time you saw somebody using a payphone:

They also have one of this in the lounge at LJU and you have to buy a calling card if you want to use one. I'm not sure it is even possible to buy one anymore. Maybe I'll check the next time I am there.

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Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:23 am

Hola FlyingFinn76!

Great second part, really nice to see those great views from the air, especially the picture of Herrenchiemsee palace near Munich, really stunning.

Visiting airports, like you did in PRG, is as well something I dedicate some time when traveling. The big ones are usually cities on its own and its quite entertaining, sadly many have the same shops, bars, restaurants...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
After this photo one of the two crew members on the front jump seats comes to me an tells me in a stern voice to stop taking photos and to put my camera into the seat pocket - crud, it looks like they saw me

Sadly this same thing has happened to me in some occasions, especially with Spanish carriers like Vueling and Iberia  

Looking forward to reading the third part.

Salut!

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Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:37 am

Great report. Enjoyed reading it.
 
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Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:37 pm

Hello again Petteri,

A fluent transition from your previous report on 'Goa' into this one going to PRG & EIN. You know: EIN is as far from my home as is CRL: app 1h drive. And if I'm ever and in the need of any airport tour, I know where to find you   (For sure I can get a discount, can I?)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
One of the new AZ A330s

Now that looks might good!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
one of the two crew members on the front jump seats comes to me an tells me in a stern voice to stop taking photos and to put my camera into the seat pocket

Oh my, what is it with some crews and 'not taking photos'? I don't understand...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
and a nice restaurant with free wifi where I head for a dinner.

That looks more like soup than solid food. Was it any good?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Another morning, another wake up at seven, another shower, another packing up, another checkout, another walk to the terminal and yet another security check.

It's getting a drag isn't it Petteri?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I see our plane landing from it’s first sortie of the day, CRL

CRL: sounds familiar. I need to get into that flight sooner or later and get a move on to pay a visit to Prague.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Papa Quebec again, my plane from yesterday!

 

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
If that new boarding procedure in the buses is their new standard I really like it because previously priority boarding just didn’t work that good if you were bussed to the plane.

That sounds like a good procedure. Do they then also let you off the bus first onto the plane?

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Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:49 pm

Hi guys,

Good to see so many comments already! Thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
The livery looks fine on the A330. Btw - the first Air One A330 has also been repainted.

Ok, good to know. Would be nice to catch a ride on one of these some day.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
I’m staying at the Marriott Courtyeard Prague Airport - very conveniently located just opposite the terminals where I found a great fare for only 45 EUR per night.
Sounds good, I will keep that in mind.

It is mainly a business-oriented hotel, so during the weekends you can find some amazing rates.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
That AZ A330 looks great. Where are they flying them to?

North America, mainly.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Shame some crew still have a power trip over taking photos. Your such a security risk  

Yeah, so scary. I might bring the whole plane down, just like that, pushing the camera trigger!

Quoting IberiaA319 (Reply 5):
It seems on the picture that the ATR is somewhere on a road, far away from any airport  

Good point!

Quoting tobbry (Reply 6):
HA-LPQ, the same bird I flew on to NYO to GDA in march. My first with Wizz and I was suprised in a good way!  

That's a nice coincidence. Yeah, Wizz is quite a class act. It can be just as cheap as Ryanair (or usually even cheaper), but with none of that nastiness.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7):
I'm sorry that I couldn't be around in Eindhoven that day, you know,

Don't worry, I'm a big boy and can survive on my own, even in Holland!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 9):
Sadly this same thing has happened to me in some occasions, especially with Spanish carriers like Vueling and Iberia  

Yeah, Spanish carriers are quite notorious for that. Really stupid.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
You know: EIN is as far from my home as is CRL: app 1h drive.

Oh really? I tend to forget how compact the Low Countries really are. MST is closer, right?

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
And if I'm ever and in the need of any airport tour, I know where to find you   (For sure I can get a discount, can I?)

Yes, you can choose between HEL or RIX in August!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
Oh my, what is it with some crews and 'not taking photos'? I don't understand...

Strictly speaking a digital camera is a piece of electronic equipment and you are not supposed to use those when the seat belt sign is on, so in that sense they are right. But I think they should just revise the rules a little bit, because I've just never understood what the fuss is all about!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
That looks more like soup than solid food. Was it any good?

It's some good beef goulash - very tasty with those dumplings! Hearty and filling.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
CRL: sounds familiar. I need to get into that flight sooner or later and get a move on to pay a visit to Prague.

You should, Prague is very nice. It has calmed down a lot since its heydays of bachelor parties and reckless beer drinking. And you still get a pint of world's best beer for under 2 EUR.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
That sounds like a good procedure. Do they then also let you off the bus first onto the plane?

Of course - would be a bit pointless otherwise!
 
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Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:22 pm

Hi FF!

Great continuation to your report.
As others have mentioned, that AZ A330 sure looks good.
Nice to read about your two flights on Wizz, I have never flown this pink airline, so I must ask, how are their seats compared to Ryanair? Do they recline?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
handy for stocking up on cheap Czech beer and a nice restaurant with free wifi where I head for a dinner.

I'm jealous of the free wifi, in Sweden we have plenty of public wifi's, but 99% of them cost money, and they are usually not cheap!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Aren’t you glad that planes nowadays are more advanced than this:

Yep! But i would'nt mind flying on one of those either!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Luckily the whole airport has free wifi

Once again, jealous!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Walking to the terminal - notice the large number of people on the observation deck

Why can't we have an observation deck on ARN? I guess Sky City will do but it's not the same.  

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Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:14 pm

Thanks for very nice report from the airport, which has became my second home!
 
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Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:04 pm

Hello again FF,

great second part of your triptych!

Always feel strange when reading TR including W6 flights, that hasn't originated/ended in PL. Although being Hungarian carrier, it's strong presence in PL makes me think of Wizzair, as my "national" LCC. Hasn't tried them yet, though.

Thanks for the Prague Ruzyne tour. It's pretty interesting, personally visited only T2.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I used to love him as a kid:

Same here. When in Prague, spent some time trying to buy a mug with Krtek. Sadly, only small-sized ones were available. Interesting you had cartoons from "Soviet Block", btw.

Thanks for sharing. Looking forward for the last part.

Regards,
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Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:53 pm

Hi, P.,

great stuff again and pictures, too.

Wizz done well around you´r e flights. Had the same experience some weeks ago in the opposite direction, you know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Disclaimer: This tour was not sponsored nor paid for in any way by the Prague Airport or any shareholders. However should you wish to have your airport described in a report like this, feel free to contact me with an offer - my rates are perfectly reasonable and I am very flexible.

Sure a very good idea. You never know, or better we know, that also some airline/airport officials following these stories.

Looking for the final part now.

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Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:13 am

Hi FlyingFinn!

Nice report with nice pictures ! PRG airport looks nice and a great bargain for the hotel with a great view!

Not quute routes to "all over the world" but there didn't eem to be anything to Western USA but I may be a bit to self-centered..... 

Wizz looks okay but too bad about theur photo policy.

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Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:57 am

Another nice trip report as usual.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
After this photo one of the two crew members on the front jump seats comes to me an tells me in a stern voice to stop taking photos and to put my camera into the seat pocket - crud, it looks like they saw me. So no photos from take off or landing on this flight.

Ah where is the dislike button.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Not very impressed by this lounge - sure it is clean, quite modern, has plenty of seating and decent offerings but somehow you’d just expect something a bit more grand or stylish, after all this is supposed to be CSA’s flagship lounge at its homebase.

I recognize that lounge, I been there, and like what you said for the airlines home base lounge you think it could have been better, this is not to say it was bad in anyway, just rather plain.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Cimber to CPH next to us:

Interesting I flew on OY-RJC in June and that plane was in SAS colours, and I am pretty sure that plane was heading to Billund as per your picture of the departure board up further.
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Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:18 pm

Hi all,

Good to see more comments!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 13):
Nice to read about your two flights on Wizz, I have never flown this pink airline, so I must ask, how are their seats compared to Ryanair? Do they recline?

The seats are somewhat better, there are even seat pockets! They actually have two slightly different configurations, the older and the new, more slimline ones. Come to think of it I've never really thought about it, but I think they do recline.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 13):
Why can't we have an observation deck on ARN? I guess Sky City will do but it's not the same.

Well, a good point there! No idea, maybe you should start a petition or something.

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 15):
Always feel strange when reading TR including W6 flights, that hasn't originated/ended in PL. Although being Hungarian carrier, it's strong presence in PL makes me think of Wizzair, as my "national" LCC.

Yeah, I guess Poland is their biggest market nowadays (ok, the UK is in a way, just look at their schedule at LTN, but in Eastern Europe), for obvious reasons.

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 15):
Interesting you had cartoons from "Soviet Block", btw.

Come on. Finland during the cold war was nowhere near the west, instead we were bending over backwards to please the Bear towards the east while nominally being a western country. Heck, the most popular kiddies program on TV was the DDR version of "Sandmännchen"!

Luckily things have finally changed.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Not quute routes to "all over the world" but there didn't eem to be anything to Western USA but I may be a bit to self-centered.....

Well, I think I put it as "You can reach" which doesn't imply a non-stop flight  .

Quoting BNE (Reply 18):
Ah where is the dislike button.

Are you mixing up the real life (TM) with something virtual?

Quoting BNE (Reply 18):
I recognize that lounge, I been there, and like what you said for the airlines home base lounge you think it could have been better, this is not to say it was bad in anyway, just rather plain.

True words there!

Quoting BNE (Reply 18):
Interesting I flew on OY-RJC in June and that plane was in SAS colours, and I am pretty sure that plane was heading to Billund as per your picture of the departure board up further.

Err could've been, I had no idea they do PRG-BLL (ok, I might've had a vague one) so automatically assumed I'd be CPH.
 
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Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:50 am

Hi P,

Thanks for making me laugh. I loved your tour of PRG airport. I think you should make this a regular inclusion in your TR, schedules permitting of course!!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
outside than the exit rows where the wing and the engine are on the way... more on this later.

Ouch, I had a nasty feeling about this. Ever since it happened to me on ezy I avoid the front row for this very reason. Yes, the legroom is tempting, but I'd rather take pics.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Salzburg in the distance

On schedule for the autumn.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
When was the last time you saw somebody using a payphone

You know, you'd be surprised how many people do use them here. The Swiss are of course well organised & they even take coins (Euros & Francs!), which I think is pretty rare.

And 45E for the Radisson, wow, another of your bargains.......

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Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:56 am

Hi FF,

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):
Come on. Finland during the cold war was nowhere near the west, instead we were bending over backwards to please the Bear towards the east while nominally being a western country.

I know that, but thought Finlandalization, in terms of the trade, was more like importing not so needed Soviet goods such as cars, fighter planes etc. Btw, I remember the "Finnish version of LADA" was the most desirable car, produced in the communist block, at that time. Apparently, the cars were of better quality and had some extra equipment comparing to regural ones.

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Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:58 pm

Ahoj FF ! ...

I am sitting in the apartment in Prague with cold Czech beer from BILLA in my hand ... reading your trip report after a long day on the airport ... parking C is the best heheheheh ... this is unrealistic hehheh...by the way on 25.7. Travel Service QS1082 to Split is my ride home ... heheheh ...stipica -)
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Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:44 pm

Hi again P.,

Another exciting follow up.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
After this photo one of the two crew members on the front jump seats comes to me an tells me in a stern voice to stop taking photos and to put my camera into the seat pocket - crud, it looks like they saw me

Like PH has said, ridiculous! One reason to avoid bulkhead seat on board of Wizz.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The island of Herreninsel with the famous castle of Herrenchiemsee built by Ludwig II of Bavaria or more familiarly “Mad King Ludwig” whose megalomaniac castle building projects emptied the state coffers:

Good to know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m staying at the Marriott Courtyeard Prague Airport - very conveniently located just opposite the terminals where I found a great fare for only 45 EUR per night

That is a bargain! Along with plenty F&B outlets around. It is indeed a perfect place for an overnight stay.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
this time the Brits

Haha, there must be a direct flight as well to DEL.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A bit later a Dutch guy sits on the aisle seat, dumps his newspapers and jacket on the middle seat which ensures it stays empty - nice for both of us.

You can always count on us, Dutch people. 


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
notice the large number of people on the observation deck

Who spots who?  

Thanks again and now it is time for the third part.

Suryo
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RE: Prague Airport Tour: FCO-PRG-EIN

Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:36 pm

Hello Petteri!

What a nice follow up. Nice to see PRG again!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
where I found a great fare for only 45 EUR per night

Well that´s cheap! Was it a 5-star hotel?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
My room has a copy of the CSA inflight magazine - thank you, very much appreciated:

Nice feature, a new issue since my flights with OK I see, not "Hamburk" anymore 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A CSA ATR being towed ahead of another flight

Cute!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Still thinking of the days of Czechoslovakia and endless queues for nothing - think again! The airport (like the whole country) has all the usual multinational companies present:

When looking up PRG airports web-site before my latest trip they ask all passenger to avoid to eat at the airport since is extremely expensive. Nice and honest by the airport! Never seen anything like that before thinking of the most airports is over-priced

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
There ain’t a place in this world you cannot reach from Prague Airport

Impressive. You dont imaging that much traffic from PRG

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Interesting departure to Braunschweig - I didn’t even know they had an airport there:

I also notice this on my visit, I thought it was a charter flight

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Cimber to CPH next to us

Nice! A change from the ATR

Greetings
Robert
 
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RE: Prague Airport Tour: FCO-PRG-EIN

Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:33 pm

Hi folks,

Good to see more comments, thanks!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
Thanks for making me laugh. I loved your tour of PRG airport. I think you should make this a regular inclusion in your TR, schedules permitting of course!!

Well, it's good to invent something new from time to time and surprise your readers. The idea popped into my head as I was pondering should I go to the city or not and then I figured out why not do the sightseeing tour I'd do in the city inside the airport instead! Things sort of moved forward with their own momentum from there.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
And 45E for the Radisson, wow, another of your bargains.......

Courtyard, actually, but yes, a very good price.

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 21):
I know that, but thought Finlandalization, in terms of the trade, was more like importing not so needed Soviet goods such as cars, fighter planes etc.

You'd be surprised. It reached all aspects of the culture. Heck, the parliament was discussing many times about introducing a law that'd make saying bad things in public about our big neighbours a criminal activity and to a certain degree that kind of thing was happening! The sad part - some of those very same politicians are STILL there, of course having performed a few turncoats over the years...

Quoting parton87 (Reply 24):
Well that´s cheap! Was it a 5-star hotel?

Nope, I don't think. so. I'd classify it as four stars. That's the good part with these business-oriented hotels, during the weekend you can get some amazing discounts. I've stayed at the fab five start Intercontinental in Warsaw for peanuts during the weekend...

Quoting parton87 (Reply 24):
When looking up PRG airports web-site before my latest trip they ask all passenger to avoid to eat at the airport since is extremely expensive. Nice and honest by the airport! Never seen anything like that before thinking of the most airports is over-priced

Interesting to know. And no, I haven't seen it either!
 
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RE: Prague Airport Tour: FCO-PRG-EIN

Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:09 am

Hey there

nice continuation of your trip report, enjoyed the scenery over the alps and the PRG airport tour!  
Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
 
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RE: Prague Airport Tour: FCO-PRG-EIN

Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:27 pm

Hey P, great report!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This time the two computers are occupied by some Danish kids playing games so I just read and enjoy their rather decent Italian red wine.

Lol! Red wine in a champagne glass, that's just wrong. Didn't they have any proper wine glasses?  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Nice to see a KE Triple Seven in town:

Seems like KE are doing pretty well on this route, nice that they upgraded it from A332.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well, sometimes you need to adapt to your visitor’s habits - this time the Brits:

Hehe, really don't like that they don't have a Starbucks at airside. I remember spending 6 hours at PRG during a rain storm. How I regret that I passed security so early  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Anyway after taking a look around I head upstairs to the CSA Crystal Lounge for some breakfast.

Looks pretty nice, at least for a Diners Lounge. Or did you access it with FB Gold?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
Plenty of traffic criscrossing the skies over the Central European skies:

Great shot!

Thanks for sharing
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RE: Prague Airport Tour: FCO-PRG-EIN

Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:36 pm

Hi FlyingFinn76,

glad you enjoyed your stay at our airport!  
I used to work for CSA at the Cristal Lounge you visited. And you are completely right, it is dissapointing.

As for the Braunschweig flights, it is a charter run by CSA for Skoda Auto (Czech cars) which shuttles workers and managers between factories of Skoda and VW.

Your report was nice, thanks for sharing!!!

Adam
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RE: Prague Airport Tour: FCO-PRG-EIN

Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:11 pm

Hi guys,

Thanks for the additional comments - always appreciated!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 27):
Lol! Red wine in a champagne glass, that's just wrong. Didn't they have any proper wine glasses?

I don't think so - both the red and white always came in these classes. And no, they didn't have any champagne either, but at least some decent Prosecco.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 27):
How I regret that I passed security so early

Well, it's not like you are in a prison or something - why didn't you simply come back to landside the normal way (i.e. through the luggage hall)?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 27):
Looks pretty nice, at least for a Diners Lounge. Or did you access it with FB Gold?

Diners, baby, Diners. Wizz still isn't part of Skyteam.

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 28):
As for the Braunschweig flights, it is a charter run by CSA for Skoda Auto (Czech cars) which shuttles workers and managers between factories of Skoda and VW.

Ok, thanks for the information. Interesting to know, for sure.
 
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RE: Prague Airport Tour: FCO-PRG-EIN

Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:28 pm

Oh very nice indeed dear FlyingFinn. I really enjoyed this instalment. Shame about the crazy crew out of FCO with their no camera policy. How stupid. I've always tried to ensure that I dont sit anywhere near the cabin crew for that reason. Many times they are not bothered - but knowing my luck, I will get one like you had on a flight where the views are amazing!

Nice Prague tour as well - thank you for this.

The UK economy only grew by 0.2% in the last quarter - we are in dire need of another visit from you!

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RE: Prague Airport Tour: FCO-PRG-EIN

Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:14 pm

Hi PJ,

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 30):
The UK economy only grew by 0.2% in the last quarter - we are in dire need of another visit from you!

Yeah, I know. But I've been busy trying to keep Italy from sinking by paying the country multiple visits this year. I'm actually here right now, sitting in the world's second smallest lounge at Catania airport.

Might not be until next year when I make another trip to Old Blighty, but never say never - I certainly have some plans to!
 
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RE: Prague Airport Tour: FCO-PRG-EIN

Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:14 am

Hi P,

Another nice read, thanks for sharing.

The whole airport set up @ PRG looks pretty good, not visited there yet so good info.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
one of the two crew members on the front jump seats comes to me an tells me in a stern voice to stop taking photos and to put my camera into the seat pocket

- Ah, always a bummer!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Nice views from my seventh floor room window - would be a good choice for spotters:

- More good advise.

Cheers

Mark
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