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TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:58 am

--- TXL-LIN ---


Hello and welcome to my 5th trip-report!






***BACKGROUND-INFO:***

Last October, when I read that both SAS and Alitalia had planned to retire their MD-80 family aircraft until the end of the year (2012) I decided to go on another weekend-trip as I have never been on a DC-9 or MD-80 family aircraft. I managed to book a trip with SK from LIN back home to TXL via CPH. The first leg was scheduled to be an CRJ, another new aircraft family for me, the second one on a MD-82. I added a rather standard LH A319 oneway flight from TXL to LIN and a night at the Holiday Inn Linate Airport. I was ready to go, just had to wait two weeks.

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***PRE-FLIGHT:***

As this was a trip just booked for flying around, what seems rather crazy for normal people (that are the ones not spending their time on a.net), I thought I might go spotting before my first flight as this is another activity getting you strange looks. There is this famous spot just behind the end of runway 08L behind a highway offering great views of the whole airport in the street "Meteorstraße". As I have never been there, it seemed like a good idea to include it in this trip. I went there around 16:30 / 4:30 PM and planned to stay there a good 2.5 hours until after sunset.
LH A319:

KL B738:

AB A319:

LH B733:

TXL apron view:

TXL airport overview:

LH A321:

AB A319:

Sun setting behind the airport buildings:

Bizjet departing:

After sunset:

After it got dark I brought my car to our company which is very close to the airport and took a taxi to terminal D, the small extension to terminal A, where my LH flight would depart today.

The famous Es-Bahn:

As I still had 60 minutes until boarding, I went to Burger King to have dinner. Got some hamburger plain, as usual.

After walking around the airport for some time I went back through the main hall of terminal A and through terminal D, passing security there...

Terminal D was packed, flights were leaving from all gates available in the first half of the small terminal and some were late, that added to the feeling of chaos post security:

At least my flight still looked to be on time, FIDS:

Waiting area in front of gates 72 and 73:

Pushback time was 20:40 / 08:40 PM, but at 20:39 / 08:39 PM I was still sitting at my gate, boarding had started one minute earlier:




***FLIGHT TXL-LIN***
Date: 26 October 2012
Airline: Lufthansa
Flight: LH 3492
Aircraft: Airbus A319-100
Aircraft Reg: D-AILU
Departure Airport: TXL / Berlin - Tegel
Arrival Airport: LIN / Milan Linate
Scheduled Departure Time: 20:40 / 08:40 PM
Actual Departure Time: 20:55 / 08:55 PM
Scheduled Arrival Time: 22:20 / 10:20 PM
Actual Arrival Time: 22:35 / 10:35 PM
Class: Economy
Seat: 12F (window)



Boarding at gate 72 is either via bus or walking up to the aircraft, today it was the bus, so I had time to take this photo of another LH A320 waiting for the passengers of gate 73:

Boarding was done via both front and rear stairs, but as usual most pax rushed up the front stairs, I took my time and took some photos around the aircraft:

Wing view after boarding was completed:

Pushback and taxi passing terminal A:

Take-off:

And flying out in eastern direction over Berlins city center:
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Excellent legroom thanks to LHs new eco cabin NEK:

The NEK slimline seats:

Food bag with Berlin design:

Contents, all very tasty:

Adding two cups of OJ made it an excellent second dinner before I slept for 40 minutes:

I woke up like 10 minutes before landing when the captain announced we would be landing at LIN in a few minutes and that we already had left our flight level of 39000 feet and had passed MUC and BGY on our way to LIN. We were having some real low hanging clouds and a lot of fog at LIN that evening:

Parking beside a company A321:




***POST-FLIGHT:***

Deplaneing and taking the bus to the terminal:

Passing the baggage-claim area as I was only travelling with hand-luggage:

Waiting for my bus to take me to the hotel. I expected it would not take longer than perhaps 10 minutes for the bus to arrive and the short drive back to the hotel. But no, the driver took his time, letting me wait there about 20 minutes (the hotel was no 5 minutes away and it was a hotel-owned bus). After the driver finally arrived I got into the bus and we started our short hop to the hotel. About 1 minute, still on the airport ground, the driver got a call, that another pax would arrive soon, so we went back to the terminal. It took 25 minutes for the italian lady to arrive outside the terminal. She told us she called the driver right after landing while still on the airplane and then had to pick up the baggage at the carroussel. I wanted to slap her right in the face or smack the drivers and her head against each other. At that time I could have been at the hotel already for 50 minutes. The idiot driver then drove us to hotel, it took us 4 minutes. Congrats for bringing me there on time. Not.

The departure hall of the terminal while waiting for the bus to arrive:

Hotel room at the Holiday Inn Linate Airport, clean and modern:





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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:59 am

--- LIN-CPH ---



***PRE-FLIGHT:***

Me in the airport elevator. Not looking very happy after the short sleep, made even shorter by the stupid driver:

Hotel lobby:

I took a taxi to airport, the price was fair. The hotel bus is not available before 8 AM.

Departure hall more busy now:

FIDS:

Check-In area:

Gold to go, like everyone wants to have some gold with him when travelling:

Passing security took about 5 minutes, very quick and efficient, but not many people leaving at this time, too:

On my way to the departure gate, walking through a rather empty area of the terminal, all shops still closed:

Gate area:
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First time I got a boarding pass which was valid for more than one flight:

When boarding started we were first all squished into a very small area righ behind the gate counter before the bus did arrive and we were allowed to go on:




***FLIGHT LIN-CPH***
Date: 27 October 2012
Airline: SAS
Flight: SK 1690
Aircraft: Bombardier CRJ-900
Aircraft Reg: OY-KFF
Departure Airport: LIN / Milan Linate
Arrival Airport: CPH / Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup
Scheduled Departure Time: 06:00 / 06:30 AM (on time)
Scheduled Arrival Time: 08:35 / 08:35 AM (on time)
Class: Economy
Seat: 17F (window, exit row)
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Photo taken before hopping into the bus:

Taken before boarding my CRJ-900, a very nice looking aircraft, good asthetics. The -700 is too short and the CRK too long IMO.

Exit row seats, available at no cost at SK while booking your tickets when pre-selecting your seats (no cost, too):

Yep, CRJ-900, the safety card, small like this regional jet:

Before taking off in foggy conditions the captain greeted us via the PA system and announced an on-time departure and arrival at CPH. I was asked by the flight attendant to put my SLR away for take-off, so I took the first photos with my small backup cam:

The lowest cloud layer was illuminated by the lights from the city below, that was very interesting looking:

The whole cabin after service had started in the front, load factor was around 30 percent:

Lots of legroom in the exit row:

Tea, rather bad tasting. Only coffee, tea and water available for free.

The sun slowly rising behind the horizon:

Descending over the Danish coast:

Final approach:

Landing:

At the gate with a Primera B73G at the next gate:

Another legroom shot. It took some time until the door was opened, apparently the guy outside opening the doors to the terminal was late:

Another cabin shot while deplaneing:




***POST-FLIGHT:***

My CRJ after deplaneing:

Inside the very nice and modern terminal:

Lots of FIDS, my next flight not showing a gate that early:

Another view of my CRJ:

I went to the Grab+Fly and picked up some excellent chocolat croissants and a lemonade:

I settled down beside the Grab+Fly and watched the early morning traffic while having my breakfast, in front of the window the Primera B73G was getting ready for pushback:

After breakfast I started walking around the airport a little bit to watch the traffic and explore the terminals, Blue 1 MD-82:

SK B736:

QR A333:

SK A343s, including the Star Alliance special paintscheme:

Norwegian B378:

LH A319:

SK MD82:

Same aircraft again, out of the sun:

And a second MD-82:

A third one being pushed back:

And a fourth one at the gate. You see, this is my MD-82 trip, so please bare with all the MD-82 photos! ^^

LH Regional E-190:

Wonderful and modern CPH terminal, I have to say CPH probably was the best airport I have ever been to. Good looking, good atmosphere, relaxed, but still large enough for an a.nutter to feel at home:

LH A319:

SQ 77E:

Some more photos from the terminal, good places to eat there, too, had a nice lunch there later on:

SK CRJ-900 and TG B744:

TG 744 up close:

SK A333:

LO E-170:






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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:04 pm

--- CPH-TXL ---



***PRE-FLIGHT:***

About 80 minutes before my flight the gate appeared on the FIDS:

As I still had some time to pass I went into the Dixons travel store. You would expect a normal Dixons like at hundreths of airports around the world. But not here at CPH. This shop is a complete camera store having all SLR models available and even well-informed employees who were able to discuss the pros and cons of the different models. I got my hands onto the Nikon D800, D600 and Canon 5D Mark III trying to find out which camera I would like to get in the near future.

In front of my gate, no seats available, only in the secured area behind the counter which was not accessable:

My aircraft, I love the T-tail:

Finally, 10 minutes late the gate agent showed up, went inside the secured area and let us wait another 5 minutes before boarding started:




***FLIGHT CPH-TXL***

Date: 27 October 2012
Airline: SAS
Flight: SK 1675
Aircraft: McDonell Douglas MD82
Aircraft Reg: LN-RMO
Departure Airport: CPH / Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup
Arrival Airport: TXL / Berlin Tegel
Scheduled Departure Time: 12:00 / 12:00 noon (on-time)
Scheduled Arrival Time: 13:15 / 01:15 PM (on-time)
Class: Economy
Seat: 22A (window, exit row)


When boarding started I was the first person passing through, but was called back as the scanning of my boarding pass had not been succesful. My aircraft on the apron, what a wonderful unique looking machine:

Boarding the empty cabin:

Wing view:

MD-81/-82 safety card:

Wing detail:

Oldschool passenger service unit:

After pushback, passing the TG B744 and SK A333:

Line-up:

Takeoff, it felt like a rocket despite the aircraft being full:

Climb and cruise:

Lots of legroom in the exit row:

Oldschool thick seats, but very, very comfy!

Over the German coastline the clouds got very dense, did not look like a sunny day anymore:

Descend:

Approach from westernly direction passing south of the Tegler See (Lake Tegel):

Landing:

Crossing runway 26L/08R:

Passing Terminal C:
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AB A333:

Terminal A:

We parked at gate D72/D73, from where I have left TXL one day ago, but this time directly at the stairs which lead into the departure area of the D/E-Terminal. Still busses arrived. Why? Not possible to enter the terminal from there directly when arriving? Seems like sub-optimal planning.

An a.netter?




***POST-FLIGHT:***

The bus took us over to the baggage claim area of the D/E-Terminal:

The End!







***FINAL WORDS:***

It was great to get onto the MD-82 and the CRJ-900. Both great aircraft and very comfy. LH was fine, the food-bag was great, the crew okay/professional. SK was okay, the crew not very proactive regarding the customer service, but still friendly.
TXL airport was the usual business, LIN was efficient, but not very good looking/feeling. CPH was great, my favourite airport so far, only negative point being the boarding area without seats for my flight to TXL. But as I saw no other boarding area like that one, so I consider this just bad luck.





Carsten







*** PREVIOUS TRIP REPORTS ***
1st TR: MHG-TXL And TXL-MHG On C9 In Y
2nd TR: STR-CDG-ORY-LCY / LHR-CDG-STR on AF in Y
3rd TR: STR-TXL And TXL-STR On AB In Y
4th TR: TXL-FRA-MAD-LCY/LGW-MAN-MUC-TXL-DUS-TXL (Y)
 
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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:48 pm

Very nice pictures- GREAT!

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
I managed to book a trip with SK from LIN back home to TXL via CPH. The first leg was scheduled to be an CRJ, another new aircraft family for me, the second one on a MD-82.

Lucky you! SAS is famous for last minute changes of their fleet...

Quoting CARST (Reply 1):
I took a taxi to airport, the price was fair. The hotel bus is not available before 8 AM.

An AIRPORT Hotel without shuttle service before 8am - must be a joke!
 
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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:09 pm

Nice report Carsten! Great you took to chance to experience the MD88 while you can. Did something like that in 2009, but ended up flying another ten of them over the years lol.

Shame about the experiece with the hotel though. I have a trip booked with a stay at LIN too next month, was doubting between the Holiday Inn and another hotel - glad I picked the latter.

Also agree with you on CPH; a fantastic airport to transit trough or depart from. Great looking terminal, good atmosphere, sufficient seating and windows. Top.
 
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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:11 pm

Great TR thank you. Loved the CPH pix too  
 
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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:11 am

Hi Carsten,

nice report here, and of course congrats to log the Mad Dog. It is definitely an interesting plane and fun to fly on, a shame that they are getting rare.

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
There is this famous spot just behind the end of runway 08L behind a highway offering great views of the whole airport in the street "Meteorstraße".

Great pictures from that spot, especially the moody sunset shots. Got to remember that place for my next visit to Berlin.

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
Contents, all very tasty:

Hmm, the sandwich looks very dry, similar to the one I got on a recent LH flight, wonder why they don't add some salad or sauces or something like that.

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
The idiot driver then drove us to hotel, it took us 4 minutes.

Come on, don't be so hard on the driver. Ok, he could have turned up earlier, but it is hardly his fault that the other passenger needed so much time. And still better than taking a taxi (at least in Italy, where it is quite likely to be completely ripped-off   ).

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
You see, this is my MD-82 trip, so please bare with all the MD-82 photos!

No problem, a great looking plane.

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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:52 pm

Hola Carsten!

Very nice and interesting TR on these Europen hops.

Glad you had a flight on the MDs before retirement. I still remember my last flight on one of those, a JK MD-82, which included a go around when about to land in BCN. Great aircraft!

Loved the pictures you took at TXL before leaving, lovely contrast between the sunset oriented ones, they look magic, really nice job.

Despite having visited TXL many times I did not realize you could have such nice pictures from the other side of the airport. One can always learn something new. Great!

I have been to LIN only once and I remember it being a rater dull, low ceiling airport... very conveniently located for downtown Milan though. Totally opposite to CPH, a great airy airport... lovely architecture.

Salut!

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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:09 pm

Hi Carsten,

Nice report and a great idea to catch the SAS MD-82 while the few left are still out there. I have luckily enough logged a couple of SAS Mad dogs myself  
I really enjoyed all your pictures, especially the spotting ones at TXL.
SAS and LHs service looks like the usual, nothing special.

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
SK B736:

Thats an A319

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
And a second MD-82:

That would be a CRJ

Thanks for sharing!

cheers,

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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:35 pm

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
Very nice pictures- GREAT!

Thank you debonair!

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
Lucky you! SAS is famous for last minute changes of their fleet...

I was afraid of a change, too. Was very feeling very relieved and quite happy when the gate number was displayed on the FIDS and I discovered the desired MD on my arrival at the gate.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):
Nice report Carsten!

Thank you Robert!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):
Did something like that in 2009, but ended up flying another ten of them over the years lol.

Lucky you! I don't think I gonna get onto that many MDs in the next years. Perhaps I am gonna get lucky in the US this or next year, more of them flying around over there.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):
was doubting between the Holiday Inn and another hotel - glad I picked the latter.

WIse choice! But to defend the hotel a little bit, it is quite nice, the rooms (like shown above) modern und clean. Just the shuttle service s*cks big time; an important point considering that it is an airport hotel.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):
Also agree with you on CPH; a fantastic airport

A little bit like SIN, much smaller, but with better views. ^^

Quoting omidp (Reply 5):
Great TR thank you. Loved the CPH pix too

Thank you! The pix from CPH are just so good because of the airport is so great. ^^

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
nice report here
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
shame that they are getting rare.

Thank you! True words, a real shame. The airports just get more boring my all older types of aircraft getting phased out. A300 and A310, MD11, MD80 series. In the mid 90s still 727s were around. It is not getting better from an enthusiasts point of view. ^^

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
Great pictures from that spot, especially the moody sunset shots. Got to remember that place for my next visit to Berlin.

Thanks again, just some advice how to reach that spot. It is very easy and is even useful when only having a good 2 hours or so in TXL. You just take Bus 128 from TXL to Kurt-Schumacher-Platz. From there you walk 10 minutes down the mentioned street (Meteorstraße) to that place. You could also change buses there on to Bus 125 up to Uranusweg, then you just have to walk 3 minutes. Not really worth it, but if travelling with a bag or being lazy an option to reduce walking distance and time.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
Hmm, the sandwich looks very dry,

I actually prefer it dry and would not eat it with any sauce. That is like my plain hamburgers. But you can not discuss personal preferences I think. ^^

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
Come on, don't be so hard on the driver.

Well, the hotel is no 2km away. He could have driven me to the hotel and been back at the terminal in less than 10 minutes. If he lets me wait 20 minutes, I am sure the next hotel guest could have waited 5 minutes or so, too. But you are right the woman is much more to blame here than the driver.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 7):
Very nice and interesting TR

Hola Roger, thank you!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 7):
a JK MD-82, which included a go around

Is there a report about that flight? I am always interested in go-arounds. Don't know why, but sounds interesting, kind of. Never happened to me.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 7):
Loved the pictures you took at TXL
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 7):
I did not realize you could have such nice pictures from the other side of the airport

See above, very easy spot to reach. Just go there on your next visit to TXL.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
Hi Carsten, Nice report and a great idea to catch the SAS MD-82 while the few left are still out there.

Thank you Brendan!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
SAS and LHs service looks like the usual, nothing special.

Yeah right, normally nothing to write about. These short hops in Europe are more or less all the same nothing special happening there. But on the other hand if you read enough reports you can see a trend if service is declining/changing/getting better at an airline.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
Thats an A319
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
That would be a CRJ

I wonder how I managed to get 100% viewing power at my last test at work. ^^ But you are right of course!
 
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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:31 pm

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
LH A319:

I love this pic, it looks like a mini A380!

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
The famous Es-Bahn:

That looks very interesting.

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
Contents, all very tasty:

The apple is a cute touch, & the little Berlin bear of course  
Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
At that time I could have been at the hotel already for 50 minutes.

Grrr! Very irritating when things are delayed, & no apology or explanation is given.

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
Gold to go, like everyone wants to have some gold with him when travelling:

Oh yes of course  
Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
First time I got a boarding pass which was valid for more than one flight:

Me too, on SK two weeks ago! Cool.

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
My CRJ after deplaneing:

Very nice pic.

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
Oldschool thick seats, but very, very comfy!

Yes! My thoughts exactly, soft & comfy compared to the leather Recaro crap out now.

Nice report, glad you got the MD82 & CRJ!   I got the SK MD82 LN-ROT back in January & was very happy.

Cheers!
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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:48 pm

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 10):
I love this pic, it looks like a mini A380!

Nicely spotted, but now you are saying it I see it, too. With just the contours visible it would be an A380SP. hehe

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 10):
That looks very interesting.

Not only interesting, good Curry-Wurst (curry saucer, famous in Berlin) and French Fries, too!

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 10):
The apple is a cute touch, & the little Berlin bear of course

True and I am afraid these nice little touches will disappear when 4U takes over the LH flying in Berlin (except FRA and MUC).

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 10):
no apology or explanation is given.

Not one word, explanation or apology. But now it is five month ago and I can live with it. ^^

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 10):
Very nice pic.

Thanks!

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 10):
Yes! My thoughts exactly, soft & comfy compared to the leather Recaro crap out now.

Yeah, the airlines try to sell us the new slim-line seats with the argument we are getting more legroom (which will be taken away in a few years, I am sure), but they don't tell us that they are hard on the back, not really suitable for flights over three hours.
 
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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:17 pm

Hi Carsten,

nice report - congratulations on getting on two new aircraft types. The DCs & MDs are certainly great planes.

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
Boarding was done via both front and rear stairs, but as usual most pax rushed up the front stairs, I took my time and took some photos around the aircraft:

You flew on a special one - D-AILU wears images of "LU", the mascot for LH's young passengers


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Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
Food bag with Berlin design:

That's a nice idea!


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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:44 pm

Hi Carsten

nice report, a lot of pictures. Try to hide your DSLR better next time for the cabin crew. I never had issues so far.

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
I started walking around the airport a little bit to watch the traffic and explore the terminals, Blue 1 MD-82:

It's a Boeing 717. Blue1 never had MD80's (only a few MD90s)

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
Yep, CRJ-900, the safety card, small like this regional jet:

Same size on their bigger aircraft. It's not specially for the CR9.

Regards
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Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:44 pm

Hey nice report and pics  

Looking forward to the future ones  

Regards

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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:40 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
Hi Carsten,

nice report - congratulations on getting on two new aircraft types.

Thank you!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
You flew on a special one - D-AILU wears images of "LU", the mascot for LH's young passengers

Did not even realize that. Now after rechecking my own photos I see it, too.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Hi Carsten

nice report, a lot of pictures.

Thanks Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Try to hide your DSLR better next time for the cabin crew. I never had issues so far.

Difficult to hide it in a exit row while taxiing already. But it was only for take-off, so no real hassle. And never a reason to discuss it anyway, even if the FAs are wrong, they have the final say.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
It's a Boeing 717. Blue1 never had MD80's

Thanks, 3rd aircraft I got wrong. Seems I am gettin lazy...

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):

Same size on their bigger aircraft. It's not specially for the CR9.

That was just a joke. I already realized more and more airlines shrinking the sizes of their safety cards. Probably another cost reduction saving them 1 cent per card.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Hey nice report and pics

Looking forward to the future ones

Thank you Philip! Next one coming in a few weeks.
 
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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:07 pm

Hey CARST. A very nice report with some really cool aviation pictures. Congrats on registering the two aircraft types you were after  .

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
I went there around 16:30 / 4:30 PM and planned to stay there a good 2.5 hours until after sunset.

These are some really cool photos. I like how you offered two versions of (almost) every aircraft: One of its shadow and one normal. Seems like you were standing at the perfect spot to pull this off.

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
Terminal D was packed, flights were leaving from all gates available in the first half of the small terminal and some were late, that added to the feeling of chaos post security:

This must be the first time I ever see a German airport packed. I swear every time I'm in a German airport it's always empty and quiet (just the way I like it).

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
Waiting for my bus to take me to the hotel. I expected it would not take longer than perhaps 10 minutes for the bus to arrive and the short drive back to the hotel. But no, the driver took his time, letting me wait there about 20 minutes (the hotel was no 5 minutes away and it was a hotel-owned bus). After the driver finally arrived I got into the bus and we started our short hop to the hotel. About 1 minute, still on the airport ground, the driver got a call, that another pax would arrive soon, so we went back to the terminal. It took 25 minutes for the italian lady to arrive outside the terminal. She told us she called the driver right after landing while still on the airplane and then had to pick up the baggage at the carroussel. I wanted to slap her right in the face or smack the drivers and her head against each other. At that time I could have been at the hotel already for 50 minutes. The idiot driver then drove us to hotel, it took us 4 minutes. Congrats for bringing me there on time. Not.

This is ridiculous. Was the driver stupid? If the hotel is just 4 minutes away what's the point in waiting? I know gas is expensive in Europe but c'mon!

Quoting CARST (Reply 1):
The hotel bus is not available before 8 AM.

Well, like you said maybe that was for the best. You wouldn't want to miss your flight while the shuttle driver was waiting for some other traveler to wake up.

Quoting CARST (Reply 2):
In front of my gate, no seats available, only in the secured area behind the counter which was not accessable:

That's weird. Any ideas as to why this was designed this way?

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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:29 am

Hi CARST

Interesting review and splendid pics! Glad you where able to log the MD82 once more before they are definate history.
LH and SAS look to have good service as usual. I like the new Berlin catering on LH, a bit more than other domestic flights.


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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:14 pm

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 16):
Hey CARST. A very nice report with some really cool aviation pictures. Congrats on registering the two aircraft types you were after

Thank you Widebodyroga!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 16):
These are some really cool photos. I like how you offered two versions of (almost) every aircraft: One of its shadow and one normal. Seems like you were standing at the perfect spot to pull this off.

Well, that is quite easy if you directly face the low sun. You just have to turn around as the aircraft is passing the own postion, so the sun is in your back. But I liked the outcome, too. ^^

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 16):
This must be the first time I ever see a German airport packed. I swear every time I'm in a German airport it's always empty and quiet (just the way I like it).

Agreeing with you, this is another special thing about Berlin. TXL is operating for more than 15-20 years about the capacity it was planned for. And that won't change until BER opens.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 16):
That's weird. Any ideas as to why this was designed this way?

I think that has to do with flights requiring special security, but I could be wrong. I though they installed this later (after 9/11) for flights to the UK etc. But this is just a guess, I could be totally wrong.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 17):

Interesting review and splendid pics!

Thank you Marc!
 
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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:16 pm

Nice report - glad you managed to log the MD80!

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
Food bag with Berlin design:

So, they're still doing those odd Berlin bags

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
I took a taxi to airport, the price was fair. The hotel bus is not available before 8 AM.

What rubbish service. No early morning shuttle? It's a hotel next to LIN...it's all about the morning shuttle!

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
SK MD82:

Great shot!

Quoting CARST (Thread starter):
And a second MD-82:

I think that's a CRJ!
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RE: TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL - Hunting The MD-82

Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:51 pm

Hi there Carsten,

Great read with lots of very good pics too. I especially liked the first few that were taken at sunset.

Good that you managed to catch the MD. I have one booked for April, and hoping it doesn't get subbed - my CR7 has already been swapped for a 738. Also lucky to catch 'Lu' also. Seen this one about a few times but not managed to go on it.
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