Knightsofmalta
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Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Thu May 17, 2012 5:30 pm

Hello dear reader, and welcome to my latest trip report.

You know how sometimes people will say ‘I remember as though it were only yesterday’? I remember as though it were only yesterday that I returned from my last trip. Well, in this case that is because I did only returned from a business trip to Luxembourg late the previous evening.

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It’s the Wednesday before Ascension, and I’ve decided to travel to Genoa in Northern Italy on the new Darwin Airlines service from Zurich. I leave the office at 14h40 and head for the airport by train. I take the escalator one floor up and check-in at one of the kiosks.

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The airport seems quite busy.
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Let’s just see if I can trick the DCS check-in system. I select SWISS on the self-service machine, knowing very well that my ticket has the F7 flight number and was issued by Darwin. But there is a code-share in place. And perhaps if I check-in as a SWISS passenger, that may give me access to the lounge. It works like a charm with Air Malta every time.

I manage to have a boarding pass printed with the SWISS logo on it, but no matter how hard I try, the Senator number cannot be inserted in the booking. They seem to be learning. Later on I inquire at the lounge and it transpires that indeed, only passengers booked on a SWISS ticket for the Genoa flight have access to the lounge. Not that the system Swissport uses is very sophisticated. Quite the contrary in fact. The staff manning the reception desk at the lounge have a print out of all passengers for the flight, with the names of those passengers entitles to use the lounge.

It’s not that important, so I take a seat by the window, close to gate A63. The weather is indeed shitty, I think it’s actually hailing. The positive effect of this, of course, is that it means aircraft are coming in on runway 28, which runs parallel to the terminal. I take a seat, unpack my Mac and in short sequence I have the pleasure of watching three SWISS A 340-300s battling the elements as they touch down right before my eyes. Brilliant!

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At the announced boarding time of 16h25, I head down to gate A56, a bus gate, which is in a provisional building that was erected about ten years ago and then decided to become permanent.

Date: 16. May 2012
From: Zurich
To: Genoa
Aircraft: Saab 2000
Class: Economy
Departure: 16h50
Arrival: 17:40
Seat: originally 6A, then moved to 7F


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The flight is not entirely full but nearly so, with only a few empty seats here and there. Talk about a trip down memory lane. From the inside the plane still looks like a Crossair plane, you can see it in the seats and the fonts used to indicate the seat numbers. And even the service is reminiscent of the old Crossair.

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Once the door close, I observe the very young flight attendant as she walks through the cabin slowly. From the way she is moving I guess she is passing through the cabin holding something in her hands, which are concealed from my view by the passenger seats. I assume it’s a tray or basket of sweets, but I find it somewhat strange that so many people decline. It’s only when she reaches my row that I realise she is holding a basket in her hands but that it contains application forms for a Corner Card Visa or Mastercard. So no sweeties then.

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We take off from runway 32. On our way there we stop to cross runway allow an A 321 to land.

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Take-off is powerful but not very steep.

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As soon at the fasten seatbelt sign is turned off, the sole flight attendant working the flight springs to action. Quite surprisingly, service consists of some rather tasty sandwiches. There are Silserli buns with Salami and salad, or otherwise a bun with cheese and tomato. I opt for the Salami and I have to say it really is very tasty. What’s more, even in Economy drinks are served in proper glass, not plastic. Now how quaint is that? Shortly after the flight attendant moves on to serve the row behind me, the pilot comes on the blower to inform us that we will already be landing in approximately 20 minutes. Now that was quick, me thinks!

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The approach into Genoa is truly magnificent and fortunately the weather here has decided to play along. Genoa is located on a thing strip of land between the mountains and the sea. Space is so limited that in fact the airport had to be built on reclaimed land. The approach takes you along the coast and offers excellent views of the city, the shore and the mountains behind.

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I disembark and emerge into the beautiful sunshine. It’s quite amazing really that one hour ago I was watching the aircraft at Zurich being pelted with hail stones!

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I exit the airport building and catch the bus into town. The return ticket costs EUR12. The journey takes about 30 minutes to the railway station.

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amsspot
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Thu May 17, 2012 5:49 pm

Real glass in economy? I'm impressed. Nice to see another Saab 2000 report since they are scarce. Photo's are stunning. Good job!
 
Knightsofmalta
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Thu May 17, 2012 5:56 pm

The next morning I awake to find the weather is still unchanged. I open the balcony door of my hotel room and I am greeted by a cloudless blue sky.

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I take a leisurely walk around the old port and very soon it’s already time for me to head back to the airport for my 14h30 departure. I walk the short distance from the hotel to the Principe railway station, from where the Aerobus leaves for the airport.

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The bus arrives more or less on time and the journey takes just over 20 minutes.

Date: 17. May 2012
From: Genoa
To: Zurich
Aircraft: Saab 2000
Class: Economy
Departure: 14h20
Arrival: 15:20
Seat: originally 7A, then moved to 12F


Check-in for all flights is done by Alitalia, and although one of the counters is designated as the SWISS counter for the flight to Zurich, the friendly agent informs me that I could have checked in at just about any one of the counters. She also informs me that I’ve been checked in on seat 7A because it was preassigned but that I would be free to move around the cabin as there aren’t really any people at all on the flight. Nice! I ask her just how empty the flight is, to which she replies that she’s not at liberty to disclose such information to a passenger. For a moment I’m inclined to tell her that I’m a big boy now, and I can even count to ten without using fingers. But then I refrain. She’s only doing her job, and she does it rather well.

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There isn’t really anything much to landside, it’s quite a small airport. So I head through security and find myself a nice place to settle down. There is a very small bar airside, serving drinks and snack, among the latter is also the Focaccia Genovese, which has some seriously addictive properties...

Genoa airport is tremendously boring. I dare say I don’t think I have ever been to a more boring airport than this. The only excitement we get is when they announce that the Air France flight to Paris has been cancelled due to a French strike. For a moment my heart sinks, as it dawns on me they may be reprotecting some of these people on to our flight. But then I see there is an Alitalia flight to Rome and I conclude that they will probably be reprotected on to that one.

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Boarding starts some 10 minutes late. But it doesn’t matter, after all we’re only nine passengers heading out across the apron to board the Swedish bird. The flight attendant and I recognise each other from the flight the previous day. I ask her if I’m the last one, which she confirms by telling be to pick any seat I like. Thanks, I think I will.

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For this leg I choose a seat behind the wing in order to be able to watch the wing action during the flight. As you can see, the aircraft is really quite empty.

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Our departure route is very spectacular. We take off in a northerly direction. As there are high mountains immediately due east of the city, we make an elegantly wide turn in an anti-clockwise direction to gain height before turning back towards the mainland to cross the mountains. The Mediterranean look gorgeous, with the sun glistening on the water like diamonds.

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Just as we come back over the threshold of Genoa’s runway, the cabin crew is released and a very professional and personalised service begins. With only nine passengers, the flight attendant decides there is no need for the trolley, instead she serves every passenger individually, bringing the drinks with a tray.

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Food on this leg consists of a Focaccia sandwich with Mozzarella, salad and tomato and a lovely apricot cake type thing, both of which are very tasty.

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After I finish my meal I move around the cabin a bit to find the best spot to capture some of the spectacular vistas of the Alps. Later, as the last of the raged, snow covered peaks vanish in the distance to make way for the greener, rounder hills of the Mittelland, it is already time again to begin the descent for a landing on runway 14.

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Think you can spot the Duomo di Milano?

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Crossing runway 28 to reach the apron.
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Of the nine passengers on board, only I and another man have Zurich as the final destination. All others are heading for the transfer area.

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I will end this report in the same spot where it began the day before, on platform four of Zurich Airport’s railway station, waiting for the train that will carry me homebound.

Darwin Airlines really was an eye opener. To be honest, I was not expecting anything at all. In hindsight though, I have to say that they were great. With their little airplanes they really celebrate an art of customer service and hospitality in air travel that has long gone in many other parts of the world. The Saab 2000 are kept in mint condition.

As for Genoa, simply enchanting!

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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Thu May 17, 2012 9:32 pm

Great report! Darwin seems to provide great service, especially for such short flights! I hope they keep those Saab's going for a while, always a treat to see a TR on a rare type.

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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Thu May 17, 2012 9:52 pm

Thank you for a wonderful trip report. The seats on your flight look substantial and comfortable. Both sandwiches looked very tasty and serving beverages in nice glass is a great touch. Cheers for your report and photos.


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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Fri May 18, 2012 8:22 am

Hello Knightsofmalta

Excellent report and pictures! The approach to GOA is turly amazing.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Let’s just see if I can trick the DCS check-in system. I select SWISS on the self-service machine

Wow, that's a neat trick. I'll have to try that too next time in order to use self check-in.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I assume it’s a tray or basket of sweets, but I find it somewhat strange that so many people decline. It’s only when she reaches my row that I realise she is holding a basket in her hands but that it contains application forms for a Corner Card Visa or Mastercard. So no sweeties then.

Well, I can imagine the disappointment when you saw the contents of that basket...

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Now how quaint is that?

I've seen it many many years ago on the same aircraft type.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I ask her just how empty the flight is, to which she replies that she’s not at liberty to disclose such information to a passenger.

Ever so protective of these sensitive figures... really annoying especially if flying stand-by to find out whether you'd get on or not. As if the number on passengers on one single particular flight would reveal on how a route is performing.

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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Fri May 18, 2012 10:48 am

Great report of the flight and my hometown.
 
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Fri May 18, 2012 11:08 am

Hey KnightsofMalta, great report! Nice seeing a Saab 2000 report, and from an exotic airline too   I flew on an ex-Crossair S20 myself a few months ago, with Golden Air, and it too showed a lot of Crossair remains throughout the cabin. The Darwin service looks very impressive! Those glasses sure would have made their way home with me  

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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Fri May 18, 2012 3:32 pm

Hi William,

I have a few of your reports to catch up on (have been away for a few weeks) but I just had to choose this one to start with. Well done on choosing to try OD out on this route, who knows how long it will last.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
You know how sometimes people will say ‘I remember as though it were only yesterday’? I remember as though it were only yesterday that I returned from my last trip. Well, in this case that is because I did only returned from a business trip to Luxembourg late the previous evening.

Blimey, you're faster than FlyingFinn!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
It’s the Wednesday before Ascension,

Ok, you have a picture there taken in check-in 2, approximately 10 metres away from where I was sitting. It's time you make yourself known to me!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The flight is not entirely full but nearly so, with only a few empty seats here and there. Talk about a trip down memory lane. From the inside the plane still looks like a Crossair plane, you can see it in the seats and the fonts used to indicate the seat numbers. And even the service is reminiscent of the old Crossair.

Good to hear the flight was well loaded, although obviously the 9 pax the following day does not bode well. I remember all the all old Crossair features well on the Saab, I flew HB-IYD from GVA-LUG a couple of years back.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
There are Silserli buns with Salami and salad, or otherwise a bun with cheese and tomato. I opt for the Salami and I have to say it really is very tasty. What’s more, even in Economy drinks are served in proper glass, not plastic.

Yummy. No food on the above mentioned leg, but we got our drinks served in a Crossair glass!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I assume it’s a tray or basket of sweets, but I find it somewhat strange that so many people decline. It’s only when she reaches my row that I realise she is holding a basket in her hands but that it contains application forms for a Corner Card Visa or Mastercard. So no sweeties then.

What a letdown!

I really enjoyed your photos of the approach into and take off out of Genoa, especially the one looking back at the airport. And course the great shots of Lake Lucerne you took, one of my favourite areas.

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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Fri May 18, 2012 5:44 pm

Hi Miles

Quoting amsspot (Reply 1):
Real glass in economy? I'm impressed. Nice to see another Saab 2000 report since they are scarce. Photo's are stunning. Good job!

Thanks, glad you like the pictures. I was lucky with the weather and the light. As for the real glass in Economy, I was quite surprised myself. I was expecting a soft drink in a plastic cup and perhaps a packet of nuts.

Hi altflyer323

Quoting atlflyer323 (Reply 3):
Great report! Darwin seems to provide great service, especially for such short flights! I hope they keep those Saab's going for a while, always a treat to see a TR on a rare type.

Hi Womack17

Quoting Womack17 (Reply 4):
Thank you for a wonderful trip report. The seats on your flight look substantial and comfortable. Both sandwiches looked very tasty and serving beverages in nice glass is a great touch. Cheers for your report and photos.

My pleasure, thanks for posting. I'm assuming those Saabs will be flying for quite some time to come. The aircraft on the return looked as though it had only recently been refurbished. The seat covers looked new and so did the carpet actually.

Hi LXM83

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 5):
Excellent report and pictures! The approach to GOA is turly amazing.

Thanks! The approach really is stunning. It's quite unstable though with the wind blowing in from the sea and then up over the mountain range.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 5):
Well, I can imagine the disappointment when you saw the contents of that basket...

I was kind of hoping for something like the good old Schoggitalrer...!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 5):
I've seen it many many years ago on the same aircraft type.

Yes, those were the days. With champagne in Economy and all!

Hi EY460

Quoting EY460 (Reply 6):
Great report of the flight and my hometown.

Thanks!

Hi Martijn

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 7):
Hey KnightsofMalta, great report! Nice seeing a Saab 2000 report, and from an exotic airline too I flew on an ex-Crossair S20 myself a few months ago, with Golden Air, and it too showed a lot of Crossair remains throughout the cabin. The Darwin service looks very impressive! Those glasses sure would have made their way home with me

Thanks. Yeah I guess in a way Darwin is quite exotic actually. A bit of a boutique airline, if there is such a thing! As for the glasses, I like your way of thinking but I think the FA read my mind. As she passed through the cabin to prepare for landing she told me I had to drink up. I told her I would but she insisted on waiting for me to finish and then took both glasses! Talk about work ethic!

Hi Hannah

Quoting infodesk (Reply 8):
I have a few of your reports to catch up on (have been away for a few weeks) but I just had to choose this one to start with. Well done on choosing to try OD out on this route, who knows how long it will last.

How have you been? you're quite right of course about the flight. Nine passengers inbound is not exactly promising.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 8):
Blimey, you're faster than FlyingFinn!

Now that's a compliment!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 8):
Ok, you have a picture there taken in check-in 2, approximately 10 metres away from where I was sitting. It's time you make yourself known to me!

Hey, you were the one who went for a break two minutes before I arrived on the viewing deck! But you're quite right. I'll let you know next time I'm at the airport.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 8):
I really enjoyed your photos of the approach into and take off out of Genoa, especially the one looking back at the airport. And course the great shots of Lake Lucerne you took, one of my favourite areas.

Thanks! Genoa definitely is one of the more spectacular airports I've been to lately.

Well, thanks all for taking the time to comment and post!

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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Sun May 20, 2012 7:34 am

Hi William

Good to learn about Darwin airlines.
Quite impressed by the catering..
Pics of the alps are great as well


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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Sun May 20, 2012 11:59 am

Hey William, nice report! Darwin Airline is surely an airline not covered much here on the forum, great also that you managed to catch the Saab 2000. A very rare type, that I'm yet to log.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
They seem to be learning. Later on I inquire at the lounge and it transpires that indeed, only passengers booked on a SWISS ticket for the Genoa flight have access to the lounge.

To be honest those rules are very silly. I mean you're a Senator Card holder for christ's sake, they should give access regardless of booked carrier. If it were a *G pax then it would make sense only to give access when booked with a LX code... Or well in reality there's no access to *G since it's not *A metal.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
What’s more, even in Economy drinks are served in proper glass, not plastic. Now how quaint is that?

Wow service does indeed look very generous, love the proper glassware! Did they have real cups too for coffee? Any idea on what the service in Premium Economy might have been?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
to which she replies that she’s not at liberty to disclose such information to a passenger.

Now why is that? I mean it's not really confidential information since it's possible to access it through ExpertFlyer, and so on.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
As you can see, the aircraft is really quite empty.

Cabin does look very comfortable with those leather seats!

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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Sun May 20, 2012 1:20 pm

Hi Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Pics of the alps are great as well

The view was without a doubt the very best part of the flight. The mountains looked so spectacular and close. And with the crap weather we've had there's still a fair amount of snow on them.

Hi Jonas

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Hey William, nice report! Darwin Airline is surely an airline not covered much here on the forum, great also that you managed to catch the Saab 2000. A very rare type, that I'm yet to log.

Thanks, Jonas. Well there's is Golden Air right. They must still have a few. I saw one last year on my way to Skelleftea.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
To be honest those rules are very silly. I mean you're a Senator Card holder for christ's sake, they should give access regardless of booked carrier. If it were a *G pax then it would make sense only to give access when booked with a LX code... Or well in reality there's no access to *G since it's not *A metal.

Yeah, I see your point. On the other hand, one airline or the other would have to pay for my stay in the lounge, so fair enough. But apart from that, if my memory serves me well, not too long ago it was possible to enter the Lufthansa lounge even if you weren't travelling with them. But I can't remember when that was changed.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Wow service does indeed look very generous, love the proper glassware! Did they have real cups too for coffee? Any idea on what the service in Premium Economy might have been?

Alas, coffee was served in a cardboard cup. Oh well...As for Premium Economy, on the outbound they got a much larger baguette style sandwich and it was served on proper crockery.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Now why is that? I mean it's not really confidential information since it's possible to access it through ExpertFlyer, and so on.

That's what I'd like to know as well. As you say, it's not as though there's no way of finding out. Perhaps she simply did not know the required entry in the check-in system to obtain the information but didn't want to say so.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Cabin does look very comfortable with those leather seats!

Yes, they're much kinder on the posterior than those thin, flimsy Recaro things that seem to be à la mode these days!

Thanks for commenting guys!

Cheers,
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Mon May 21, 2012 7:39 am

Hello again Will(iam),

Excellent report with many great pics of the Genua area. The landing and takeoff from there are really great scenery wise and perhaps the main reason to make a trip there.
The name ‘Darwin airline’ makes me giggle somewhat after your report: there certainly is no evolution there, but that’s certainly not a negative thing. Well maintained planes - the Saab cars also tend to ride forever   - and nice crew serving excellent catering. There’s nothing more to wish for and I feel this airline is certainly a player in the Swiss network.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
You know how sometimes people will say ‘I remember as though it were only yesterday’? I remember as though it were only yesterday that I returned from my last trip.

No better way to open a report than with a good quote!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
It works like a charm with Air Malta every time.

Does it? It seems you know quite well how to find the little potholes in the bookings.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I have the pleasure of watching three SWISS A 340-300s battling the elements as they touch down right before my eyes. Brilliant!

There’s no better entertainment while waiting for a flight.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
So no sweeties then.

At first I thought she was holding this passenger counting device, but no...

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
There are Silserli buns with Salami and salad,

They look very good and tasty.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
She’s only doing her job, and she does it rather well.

Then there’s no need to argue  

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
the Focaccia Genovese

  

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
the Swedish bird

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Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Think you can spot the Duomo di Milano?

Indeed you can, it’s almost in the middle of the pic.

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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Mon May 21, 2012 1:18 pm

Nice little trip on Darwin ovwr the Alps! Service looks nice - is the booze free onboard? Shame you didn't get any lounge access.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
It’s only when she reaches my row that I realise she is holding a basket in her hands but that it contains application forms for a Corner Card Visa or Mastercard. So no sweeties then.

Funny (and dissapointing) thing to hand out before take off!
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Mon May 21, 2012 9:17 pm

Great report of an airline that's not frequently covered on here. The approach to Genoa also looks stunning.

I've wanted to try out Darwin for quite some time flying to either Lugano or Genoa due to the spectacular approaches but unfortunately this airline does not offer competitive one way fares that would allow for some more flexible trip planning (or even take the plane to LUG and back by train).

The Saab is a great aircraft, I hope I manage to log it soon again. My last flight on the S2000 was in 2001 on Crossair flying BSL-BRN, a leg of just 80km and 20 minutes of air time   Now these were the days.
 
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Tue May 22, 2012 6:07 am

Hi William,

interesting report with good pictures! Genoa looks great and Darwin seems to be a nice little airline. You had both the oldest and newest frame in the fleet, btw. I still need to get on a Saab 2000.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Quite surprisingly, service consists of some rather tasty sandwiches. There are Silserli buns with Salami and salad, or otherwise a bun with cheese and tomato. I opt for the Salami and I have to say it really is very tasty. What’s more, even in Economy drinks are served in proper glass, not plastic. Now how quaint is that?

Getting a real glass is indeed impressive. Those must add some weight to the plane.  

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I ask her just how empty the flight is, to which she replies that she’s not at liberty to disclose such information to a passenger.

Probably young and inexperienced?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Food on this leg consists of a Focaccia sandwich with Mozzarella, salad and tomato and a lovely apricot cake type thing, both of which are very tasty.

Both items look very tasty!


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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Tue May 22, 2012 12:02 pm

Hi Nils

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
The landing and takeoff from there are really great scenery wise and perhaps the main reason to make a trip there.

The location of the airport is certianly spectacular. But I rather liked the city as well, and with the sun out it was simply gorgeous.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
The name ‘Darwin airline’ makes me giggle somewhat after your report:

I see your point. I've often wondered where on earth they got the name from actually.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Well maintained planes - the Saab cars also tend to ride forever

Well that's true, those little Saabs really are indestructable. Quite amazing!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
No better way to open a report than with a good quote!

Indeed, next I want to start experimenting with photoshop.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Indeed you can, it’s almost in the middle of the pic.

I hadn't inteded to take tha picture. I only spotted the Duomo later as I looked through the pictures.

Hi Gabriel

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):
Service looks nice - is the booze free onboard?

Yes, it is. They had a red wine and a white wine on offer. Not sure if there were any other alcoholic drinks.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):
Funny (and dissapointing) thing to hand out before take off!

Yes, that was the only thing that was kind of 'out of cast'. It was more someting you'd expect on Ryanair.

Hi Phil

Quoting PhilInBRN (Reply 15):
I've wanted to try out Darwin for quite some time flying to either Lugano or Genoa due to the spectacular approaches but unfortunately this airline does not offer competitive one way fares that would allow for some more flexible trip planning (or even take the plane to LUG and back by train).

The fares are rather high. I paid CHF315 with taxes and I think that was the cheapest fare they have.

Quoting PhilInBRN (Reply 15):
My last flight on the S2000 was in 2001 on Crossair flying BSL-BRN, a leg of just 80km and 20 minutes of air time

That's ages ago. High time for a second flight I'd say!

Hi Planehunter

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
You had both the oldest and newest frame in the fleet, btw.

Thanks for the information. Am I right in assuming the outbound was the older of the two airframes?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Getting a real glass is indeed impressive. Those must add some weight to the plane.

That's it. Maybe there were only nine passengers on the return leg because the flight has payload restrictions due to catering...?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Probably young and inexperienced?

That would be my guess too.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Both items look very tasty!

They were. There was also the option to have a cheese and ham sandwich, which also looked rather tasty.

Well, Nils, Gabriel, Phil, Planehunter, thanks for taking the time to comment.

Cheers,
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Tue May 22, 2012 12:08 pm

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 17):
Am I right in assuming the outbound was the older of the two airframes?

Yes, HB-IZG is the older one. Btw - HB-IYD was operated by Polet from 2006 to 2009.


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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Tue May 22, 2012 8:52 pm

Hello!

Thanks for the great story! Love the pictures from Genoa! It looks like a really nice place. Darwin looks really good too. Generous service for that short flight

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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Wed May 23, 2012 12:37 pm

Hi William

As already said this week, sweet ride and nice report.
Amazing view of the alps! Always a pleasure.

I planed to go to LUG with the Saab before the flight plan change (now with Q400), but I missed that. Looks like I'll have to fly to GOA.
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Wed May 23, 2012 5:16 pm

I can't believe they give such nice food. These days you get nothing usually.

I hear that the cemetry in Genoa is very interesting.
 
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Fri May 25, 2012 7:04 am

Hi Planehunter

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Yes, HB-IZG is the older one. Btw - HB-IYD was operated by Polet from 2006 to 2009.

Thanks for the clarification! I guess the lease to Polet may explain why the seats on -IYD were in much better shape.

Hi Robert

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 19):
Thanks for the great story!

My pleasure.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 19):
Love the pictures from Genoa! It looks like a really nice place.

It's actually quite interesting. Some of the people I've spoken to about the place find it quite nice, like me. Others however commented that it can get quite smelly in the summer. Don't know about that.

Hi Lucien

Quoting LXLucien (Reply 20):
As already said this week, sweet ride and nice report.

Thank you! Perhaps we should organise a field day or something...

Quoting LXLucien (Reply 20):
I planed to go to LUG with the Saab before the flight plan change (now with Q400), but I missed that. Looks like I'll have to fly to GOA.

Perhaps if you wait a little. I suspect those Dashes may not be around for too long. But perhaps I am mistaken.

Hi Lychemsa

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 21):
I can't believe they give such nice food. These days you get nothing usually.

It was rather a surprise. But very tasty I have to say. Especially the bread was salty and had a nice taste of olive oil.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 21):
I hear that the cemetry in Genoa is very interesting.

That's what I've heard. Unfortunately though, I ran out of time. Then again, that gives me a reason to return!

Thanks for posting gents!

Cheers,
William
 
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Fri May 25, 2012 3:08 pm

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 22):
Perhaps if you wait a little. I suspect those Dashes may not be around for too long. But perhaps I am mistaken.

Ok, thanks  
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 22):
Perhaps we should organise a field day or something...

Pah, there are too many glider pilots around ... if they theres an engine, they're not interested 
Still, great idea!

But first, I've got some learning to do!   
Quote "Syriana": "Beirut, it's like Paris in the Mid-East"
 
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Fri May 25, 2012 3:22 pm

Hi Lucien

I just saw the quote in your signature. There's a user here, whose name I can't remember, and his signature is: "Paris, it's the Beirut of Europe."

Happy studying and see you in three weeks.

William
 
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Sat May 26, 2012 5:25 pm

Hello William!

Great report as usual, I really liked this one.
The Saab 2000 sure is a nice bird to fly on. And the service you received by Darwin Airlines seems great too.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
From the inside the plane still looks like a Crossair plane, you can see it in the seats and the fonts used to indicate the seat numbers.

I believe it's the standard font for Saab birds.  

Martin
 
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Tue May 29, 2012 12:02 pm

Hi Martin

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 25):
Great report as usual, I really liked this one.

Thank you, I'm glad you liked it!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 25):
I believe it's the standard font for Saab birds.

Is it? Now that's a surprise, that's the same font Crossair used for their livery when they took delivery of the Saab 340.

Thanks for commenting, Martin!

Cheers,
William
 
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:01 am

Hi W !
a few thoughts ... SAAB is cute I must log him ... Italian airports are the most confusing 80 infrastructure ... stairs photos are welcomed here ... next LG ...hehehhe stipica  
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:19 am

Hi again stipica

Quoting stipica (Reply 24):
SAAB is cute I must log him

Absolutely, not many of those left in Europe!

Quoting stipica (Reply 24):
Italian airports are the most confusing 80 infrastructure

Let's be positive about it and call it retro chic...

Cheers,
William
 
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:36 pm

Hi William,

I seemed to have missed this report. Anyways another great trip report with great pictures as usual. The service looks good, real glass in Y, wow! You sure get some amazing scenery on this route, cant get enough of the Alps! Great pics of Genoa too, thanks once again for sharing  

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter
 
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RE: Darwin Airlines Economy Class, Zurich-Genoa

Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:17 pm

Hi Brendan

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 26):
Anyways another great trip report with great pictures as usual.

Thank you, that's very nice of you.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 26):
You sure get some amazing scenery on this route, cant get enough of the Alps!

The views of the Alps are definitely spectacular. That's definitely one thing I envy the Swiss pilots for!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 26):
Great pics of Genoa too, thanks once again for sharing

My pleasure, thanks for commenting!

Cheers,
William

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