After the "short" trips in Nov and Dec 2011 to Russia (Moscow and St.Petersburg):
TR1: 1st TR "Hello Moscow" ZRH-DME-ZRH With AB & HG (by B738FlyUIA Jan 7 2012 in Trip Reports)
TR2: ZRH-SVO-LED X-MAS'11 Rtn With SU (by B738FlyUIA Jan 23 2012 in Trip Reports)
In January my Girlfriend and I had two options for our holiday a) Hainan or b) Vietnam. Both for us where very interesting and decided for Vietnam ( for more relaxing time ). Not only my passion for traveling and flying but also to spend a great time in a new place where both of us haven't been before. In our planning phase there where a couple of things to do: the reservation for the Trip was a matter of a few days and the confirmation arrived very fast (Russian Travel Agency) and surprised about the speed of working! This was then 6 weeks prior our departure for our trip.
As you might have been reading my previous TR's there was always (on two flights to Russia) issues with my luggage. After a while of planning and thinking what is really necessary we decided to have only hand luggage. Quite special for almost a two week trip and didn't want to risk that arrive in Vietnam with nothing!!!
For me there was a Visa needed for Vietnam and had to send my Passport to Bern. Filled the application, added the photo, included the 80CHF (aprox. 100$ or 55Euro) and within 5 working day's I received it. Simply amazing!!! As our flight on the way back from SGN would arrive arround 19.40 LT DME, the flights from DME to ZRH had left, so needed the Hotel and was booked over the Internet and where almost set to go. Ru Visa was easy and needed two entries in to Russia and arrived about a week prior depature. There was really on the time to wait.... and couple of day's before we left all tickets arrived by email. So where are set to go!!
To let you know there will be a couple of parts of the TR and will post them all in the same Thread
PLANED FLIGHT'S AND 1st FLT ON a 777
Due to a 22.20 departure from DME I was on the search for the flights from ZRH. Direct with LX was due to times not convinient at all. AB finally had the best from the times and even there was a 3h40min Transfer in TXL I didn't mind at all!! This would give me the little spotter time (I hope). So flights where as follow:
Our Way: (AB) ZRH - TXL - DME (UN) DME - SGN - DME (AB) DME - DUS - ZRH according to gcmap.com you will find the flight as followed with many miles on the way!!!!
As checking TSO Website and the DME Departure Information I was really happy about the decision for this holiday as it gave me "THE FIRST FLIGHT" on a 777 "yeah" . Ok, others been till now a couple of times on a A380!! I was well excited to find the experience on a product that didn't know!!! The last 10 day's aprox departure was checking on Flightradar to see which 777 would be on it's way to SGN.. There are several of them in UN's Fleet from SQ & former VG.
The day before the flight I did the Online Check-In with AB that worked very well as usual, printed the BoardingPass for the first Sector ZRH - TXL. TXL - DME would be only in Berlin possible due security reason's and Ru Visa check!
The day started at 03.05 and more then enough time for the flight. Like in my first report from my hometown I took the first train to the airport that arrived at 05.00. Waiting with a lot of time ahead took the Coffee at the Bye Bye Bar that also provided Free Internet close by on some comfy seats!!
I was actually hoping very much that since the New Rebuilt Terminal and have seen AB there that will get the chance to have a closer look. After Passing Controls I found my self in the new part and was really happy to see the changes that have been made. They have done a great work. Checking the Departure screen they where already boarding. So I headed to the Gate B38!
Aircraft & Flight details
ex Company Germania (D-ASTX)
1st Flt. / Age 07.2007 / 4.7years
Sector ZRH - TXL
Loadfactor 80% (guessed)
Times 06.35 - 08.05
Flight Time 1h 15min (according to PIC)
Rwy & T/O 34 - 06.42
Arrival 07.59 on Rwy 26R
GateGate TXL A05
Photo © Björn Wylezich
Photo © Hans Domjan
Boarding was done by 06.25 and doors where closed...
- HB-IOQ getting ready for DUS as AB8119
- getting ready for DeIcing
- 06.42 taxing to Rwy 34 and Good bye for almost next two week's ZRH!!!
I knew very well to choose the F seat as from my trip to DUS past November I missed some really good sunrise photos!!! On this I to also a chance to take some photos from the Alps!!! Simply lovely!!!! Or??
During the flight there was only beverages served and a Muffin or Bretzel to choose... So I decided for the Bretzel and a coffee that I thought was really small comparing it with other TR's here on the net!!! The flight was really short! There was no Flight Entertainment at all and the only they showed on the screen's above was the seaftey video.. Also a little later as made the cabin photo I catch one screen hanging down while all others where up...
There where some great view's and also patterns from the clowds that I liked very much!!!!
07.34 "Toilet Pic's" and where done with the IPhone... and there the announcement that will be landing in 25min...
A pity that on decent and arrival didn't manage due clouds a view over Berlin as it was the first time into TXL. Only just before landing there was a little to be seen!!!
The fist part of my way has come to a end of a very good flight and not to forget that on this Flight the Cabin Crew (Swiss) where super friendly and would give them for the Service and a Ontime Depature and Landing 10points!!!
Deboarding was nothing unussual and weather: light rain with +6C
After I left the A/C I couldn't believe that within 90seconds I was standing in the departure Hall!! That is for sure my personal BEST!!!
To be continued......