Welcome all TR readers. This is my 1st trip report (technically my second after my failed 1st attempt on this trip ) so please be gentle. I think I‘ve sorted out the photo problem, so fingers crossed!
In December, I started to look for ski trips in Europe in February. After some looking around I found Kitzbuhel, Austria to be tempting. We (me and my family) booked a hotel in the Alps there and a MUC-LHR-KEF routing on BA 319 and FI 752. Before we booked the flights we decided to look for ways to get to Austria and we decided to do it split – me, my dad and my brother would fly on Friday to LHR, sleep there and take the early BA flight to FRA on the 767. We could book it as multicity on ba.com for around 170 GBP. We then bought tickets for Hoffenheim-FC Köln in the German Bundesliga. Meanwhile, my mom and sister would fly FI532 to MUC and we would meet there Saturday evening. We would then drive down to Kitzbuhel and spend 3 days there before going home on Thursday.
This report will cover the flights to Germany, pt. 2 will cover MUC-LHR-KEF on BA 319 and FI 752.
I came home in the afternoon and my dad picked me up for the 40 minute ride to Keflavik. We arrived at the airport 14:40, 1 hour and 20 minutes before scheduled departure time. Security didn‘t take long because it was earlier than for the N-American passengers and later than the usual CPH/LHR afternoon passengers. I grabbed a hot chocolate at Kaffitár (the Icelandic Starbucks) and went to the gate.
TF-FIX, FI sole 753, coming from London/Heathrow as FI451.
Our plane today would be TF-FIP, one of the 10 752s flying for FI in the winter (some planes such as TF-LLX are leased out in the winter).
Photo © Markus Adank
Photo © DavidCherkasov
Photo © Patric Borg
Photo © Peter Spence
Airline: Icelandair (FI/ICE)
Flight # 454
Aircraft: Boeing 757-208/W
From: Keflavik Airport, Keflavik, Iceland (KEF/BIKF)
To: Heathrow Airport, London, UK (LHR/EGLL)
Seat: 10F (Economy Comfort, Y+)
Blocked time: 3 hrs 0 mins
Actual time: 3 hrs 5 mins
My 117th flight on FI, 113th on FI 757, 103rd on FI 752, 31st on FI 75W
My 117th flight on 757, 107th on 752, 31st on 75W, 12th on TF-FIP
We walked up the jetway and got inside. Love that feeling when walking into the plane!
Economy Comfort is like intra-Euro Business Class on many airlines, Eco seats with 1 blocked in the middle. I got 10F, a window, while my brother sat in 10D aside me.
View out the window, sunny day in KEF
We taxied to runway 29 and took off, followed with a left turn at around 1000ft.
Takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4u8C1ensFo
After takeoff there were some nice views as we crossed the coastline. We then got through the clouds and saw the sun again. I‘ll just let the pictures show you.
There was some hot meals offered for Saga Class and Economy Comfort but I opted for the Y crossaint with ham & cheese as I was gonna eat at the hotel in London. Simple but tasty.
The flight went by quickly and soon we were over Scotland. As we were getting over English airspace the sun started settling in to the distance. Sunset in 3 steps:
We descended and landed at runway 27L. The taxi to the gate was relatively short and we arrived just about on-time.
Last view outside the window, bmi *A 320 aside us
We took a taxi to Hotel Renassaince, had dinner and got asleep for the early flight the next morning.
We woke up at 4.30am the next morning, had breakfast and arrived at T5 at around 5.30, hour after we woke up. I had checked-in the day before, and had chosen seat 9K for myself while my dad and brother were in seats 11K and 14K. After dropping off our luggage we proceeded through security which didn‘t take long. We then had breakfast and when it was over, the time was 6.55 and boarding had started. When getting to the gate, I saw G-BZHC sitting outside, a new reg for me.
Photo © Mark Kwiatkowski
Photo © Massimo Pesenti SpotIT
Photo © Jose Miguel Bernases
Photo © Timo Jäger
Airline: British Airways (BA/BAW)
Flight # 902
Aircraft: Boeing 767-336/ER
From: Heathrow Airport, London, UK (LHR/EGLL)
To: Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (FRA/EDDF)
Seat: 9K (EuroTraveller, Y)
Blocked time: 2 hrs 0 mins
Actual time: 1 hrs 43 mins
My 3rd flight on BA, 3rd on BA 767, 3rd on BA 763, 3rd on BA 76E
My 5th flight on 767, 4th on 763, 4th on 76E, 1st on G-BZHC
There wasn‘t a long queue at the gate and I was inside quickly. After a warm welcome from the crew I turned left to my window seat. I was hoping that the aisle seat would remain empty but soon a man sat down in the seat aside me. Oh well, the flight wasn‘t long. At 7:25 the pilot announced that we would need to wait another 10 minutes for departure but the flying time of 1:40 would catch that time back. As we were in no hurry I wasn‘t stressed at all, but it's never fun to wait at the gate.
Rainy weather in London
At 7:34 we pushed back and taxied to rwy 27R for departure. After waiting for two BA 320s we took off ahead of an AZ 321. There were good views of T4 on climbout.
Takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSN9sTWR3jQ
Soon after takeoff snack service was started. I had the choice of chocolate chip cookie or chips and chose the latter. Together with it I ordered a Coke. I have to admit these 0.1L cans look pretty silly. Later in the flight I ordered Coke again and got a 0.33L can. Not sure what is usually served? ?
It was cloudy all the way so no views of the ground. I took 2 pictures which show how nice the RR engines look in the sun.
Soon descent was started and we flew into the clouds. I started my video just as we broke out of the clouds and flew over the stadium of Eintracht Frankfurt. We soon touched down on 7R (now 7C). After landing we had a good view of the runway and I took some pictures of aircraft movement there.
Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZwOOhSCKxQ
LH 321 taking off
LH 744 landing
UR 738 landing
LH CityLine E190 waiting for takeoff clearance
Big and bigger winglets – Travel Service/Solomon Air 738 and DL 763
AY E170, AC 763 and AB 320
MH 772, GF 343, CI 343 and EY 346
AF 318 along with the earlier mentioned MH 772
SK MD80 pushing back in the distance
We walked out, got our bags and were out landside in under 15 minutes. Before starting our drive to Sinsheim, we got ourselves a burger and a Coke at McDonalds, a new tradition for me after McD got away from Iceland and left us with a place called Metro Burgers. Thoughts
FI delivered good service again as in all my over 100 flights on them. BA were good, service was great but to wait at the gate isn‘t fun – but that‘s Heathrows fault, not theirs. They should serve bigger Coke cans though!
I will end on some photos from the Sinsheim Museum. For your information, the game ended like this: 1899 Hoffenheim 1-1 1.FC Köln.
Malev Tu134 – sadly both either are already history (MA) or are getting very close to it (Tu134)
The AF Concorde
The windows are even smaller than it looks here
The tail, the engines and the landing gear
The Tu144 and its engines
Rhein-Neckar Arena, the home of 1899 Hoffenheim, in the distance
Thanks for reading!
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