Welcome again to my later part of these SA Linhas Aereas">TR series, which are my first TRs. The first one can be found here: [url=http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/210669/]Going to Germany and Austria for football and skiing! Pt 1[url] so if you missed it, you can get it here. Just to tell you one thing I forgot to mention, PlaneHunter’s reports were the inspiration for me to write my own. Photos aren’t many in these reports, but as my trips get more recent, more photos will come. Background
In December 2010, I started to look for ski trips in Europe in February 2011. 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 flights from Munich to Keflavik via London Heathrow on BA and FI.
After some wonderful days of skiing in Kitzbuhel, Austria it was time to head home. After driving our rental car for 2 hours to get to Munich FJ Strauss Airport, I saw a welcomed sight ahead – a big LH 346 on the ramp!
I was getting excited for my first 319 flight – surprisingly, I never had experienced this common babybus until 2011 where I got 2 flights on it (the later one will follow in a later report…). We arrived at Terminal 1 and were through check in and security in less then 5 minutes – with 3 bags, that’s impressive! Well done BA and MUC!
After some minutes of waiting at the gate, an announcement came about a slight delay. Not welcomed at all as our time at LHR was relatively short, scheduled arrival at T5 11:20 and scheduled departure at T1 13:00 – 1 hr and 40 minutes. At last G-EUPY, a new reg for me of course, rolled into the gate. This aircraft was delivered to BA factory fresh in April 2001. I forgot this part in the earlier report, but both TF-FIP and G-BZHC were delivered factory fresh to the airlines, FIP in April 2000 and BZHC in June 1998. My seat, 6A was in Club config so the middle seat was blocked. Lucky me!
Later on, we had to wait more inside the aircraft while it was sitting at the gate. Reason: Slot problems at Heathrow. Not the first time!
Photo © Stefano R.
Photo © Davide Civetta - Malpensa Spotters Group
Photo © Tiago Palla - Portugal Spotters
Photo © Erik Grinsvall
Date: 24. February 2011
Airline: British Airways (BA/BAW)
Flight # 949
Aircraft: Airbus 319-131
From: Franz J. Strauss Airport, Munich, Germany (MUC/EDDM)
To: Heathrow Airport, London, UK (LHR/EGLL)
Seat: 6A (Club Europe, J seat – EuroTraveller, Y service)
Blocked time: 2 hrs 0 mins
Actual time: 1 hr 47 mins
My 3rd flight in 2011, 192nd overall
My 4th flight on BA, 1st on BA 32S, 1st on BA 319
My 19th flight on 32S, 1st on 319, 1st on G-EUPY
My 30th airport
D-ABAD, an AB 738, resting aside us
D-AICD, a DE 320, seen after the 738 pushed back
We finally pushed back and headed for the active runway. After waiting for 2 LH 320 fellas, 1 taking off and 1 landing, we rolled onto the runway and took off.
SA)">U2 319 and SA 346 seen while taxiing
Takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls_hbAHbn88
Sun above the clouds!
After ordering chips & Coke on the first flight, I chose Sprite & cookie on this one. Sprite tasted good as expected, in this disturbing 0.1L can though. The cookie was fine but a bit to sweet for my liking.
The flight ran through without anything happening and soon descend was commanded. We landed on runway 9L and had a very short taxi to our gate, next to a BA 777 G-VIIC wearing the ‘KEEPING THE FLAG FLYING’ slogan.
Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJb8uJj7cGw
G-VIIC from different angles
As the time for us was tight, we had to run. We decided to let my mom along with my younger brother and sister go straight to T1 and along to the plan while me and my dad would get the bags and take the night flight if necessary. As he still worked for FI there as the last 18 years (and still has connections even if he started working personal last April) he got a message from his co-worker that the inbound flight was late so we got some breathing space.
But at 12:15, way after our arrival, the bags still weren’t there. We were starting to get worried, and at 12:30 still nothing had happened. Finally at 12:40 the bags started arriving and at 12:53, 1:33 after scheduled arrival, we could finally catch the train to T1. Not good BA and T5!
We arrived at the check-in counter at 13:03, 3 minutes after scheduled departure. Luckily, my dad knows the LHR FI station manager and called her to keep the check-in agents there. We were checked in and ran to security which was way to slow. We arrived at the gate at 13:30 and were let in as the last passengers. That was close!
The aircraft was TF-FIJ, a 757-200 delivered to Britannia in 1991. It went to FI in 1993 and was leased to Kabo Air for 5 months in winter 2009/10 before coming back to Icelandair.
Photo © LHR - spotter
Photo © Marco Zeininger
Photo © Roberto Falciola
Photo © Konstantin von Wedelstaedt
Date: 24. February 2011
Airline: Icelandair (FI/ICE)
Flight # 451
Aircraft: Boeing 757-208/W
From: Heathrow Airport, London, UK (LHR/EGLL)
To: Keflavik airport, Keflavik, Iceland, (KEF/BIKF)
Seat: 34A (Economy Class, Y)
Blocked time: 3 hrs 0 mins
Actual time: 2 hrs 53 mins
My 4th flight in 2011, 193rd flight overall
My 118th flight on FI, 114th on FI 757, 104th on FI 752, 32nd on FI 75W
My 118th flight on 757, 108th on 752, 32nd on 75W, 11th on TF-FIJ
Photo © Alastair T. Gardiner - WorldAirImages
Photo © Robert Schönherr Jr.
Photo © George Polfliet
Photo © Ercan Karakas
As I’ll talk more about many FI flights in the future, I won’t cover this one very much.
View out on rainy London
Some aircraft seen while waiting at the gate:
BA 320 G-EUUS
LH 320 D-AIPY waiting for it’s flight to where I was heading from, MUC
Transaero 777-200 taking off
United 777-200 N788UA
Takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXugG1otFlw
I opted for the same as on the outbound, crossaint w/ ham & cheese + Coke. Tasty and simple!
After flying for almost 3 hours, we arrived in KEF.
Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDlg3Ho9Gvk
As we arrived very late at the counter in LHR, we didn’t expect the bags to come but surprisingly they made it. Good work FI and LHR!
BA had a fine flight but these slots at Heathrow are driving me crasy! I was very, very mad at them on the ground in London for taking more than an hour to deliver the bags! FI were delayed, but that was good for me. The flight was fine as usually.
Thanks for reading,