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Your Czech Airlines (CSA) Experiences

Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:26 am


did anybody fly Czech Airlines (CSA)? If yes, please write what segments, what aircraft and how were your feelings about service, food, FAs, etc....

I flew once in June 1999 FRA-PRG and PRG-FRA in August 1999. I was satisfied very much with the level of service, even though it was just in economy. The planes were on time. I think it was Boeing 737 I flew on, cant remember exactly.

Anybody else!!!!!
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RE: Your Czech Airlines (CSA) Experiences

Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:51 am

I flew with Czech Airlines a few times and I don't have any complaints they are a good airline with great potential. Staff were friendly, food was good, and PRG airport is a nice airport.

I flew:

1994 Summer

JFK-PRG A310-300
PRG-ZAG Tupolev-154
ZAG-PRG Tupolev-154
PRG-JFK A310-300

1995 Summer

JFK-PRG A310-300
PRG-SPU B737-500
SPU-PRG B737-500
PRG-JFK A310-300

1995 Winter

JFK-PRG A310-300
PRG-JFK A310-300

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RE: Your Czech Airlines (CSA) Experiences

Mon Jan 19, 2004 3:45 pm

I've been on 3 CSA flights, all on the same trip.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003 -
PRG-BUD, 737-500: It was a short flight for a jet, but they still served food. Snack consisted of a nicely dressed ham sandwich, a chocolate bar in a wrapper with CSA's logo, and a beverage (I know soft drinks, coffee, and water were available, not sure about alcoholic beverages). The flight departed at 8:50 in the morning, so it seemed a bit early to serve lunch items, but the food was very good, so I'm not complaining.  Smile Seats were comfortable, the airplane was very clean, and the flight attendants were friendly. Overall I was quite impressed. On a side note, I found in the my seat pocket (11A) the boarding pass of the passenger in that seat on that airplane's last flight of the previous night, which was from Belgrade to Prague.

Tuesday, June 3, 2003 -
BUD-PRG, ATR-72: This flight was a little longer than the 737 flight over, but not by much. Besides, longer flights are always welcome for me, and I'd never been on an ATR (or any of the other high-wing turboprops) before, so this was a nice experience for me. Departing at 10:30 in the morning, this flight was the return portion of the one I was on the week before (it's usually an ATR but was by chance upgraded to a 737 for May 27 only). They served the same sandwich, chocolate bar, and beverages as before, which were very good. Again, the seats were comfortable, airplane was very clean, and flight attendants were friendly. On a side note, we boarded and deboarded from the rear airstairs, and this airplane even had 2 rows of business class in the back!

Tuesday, June 3, 2003 -
PRG-JFK, A310-300: The seat I was originally given by the reservation agent was 13A, so later I had the seat changed to 24H so I could be on the right side (facing north) and behind the wing. Unfortunately, the seat assignment wasn't changed, so when I got my boarding pass, I found that I was still in 13A. But other than that, the flight was good. Lunch was served about half an hour after takeoff, and a light snack was served about an hour before landing, which are as follows:
- Lunch:
1) Crabmeat salad with lettuce, tomato, and a lemon wedge
2) Roast chicken breast with Creole sauce, potato roesti, and mixed vegetables, or roast pork loin with Szechwan sauce and wild rice (I took the pork)
3) Cabbage salad
4) Piece of cake
- Snack:
1) Assorted cold cuts including smoked turkey breast, spicy roast pork, Madeland cheese, cream cheese, and lettuce and tomato
2) Pineapple compot
3) Piece of cake
Both meals included soft drinks, coffee, and water, plus all the poppy seed rolls you want. Flight attendants also gave out amentity kits (in a reclosable bag, which I thought was a nice touch), which included eyeshades, a toothbrush, a moist towelette, and a pack of mints. Again, the seats were comfortable (much more comfortable than the two Air France flights I've been on across the Atlantic), airplane was clean (unlike, uh, Air France, though in their defense, their planes are only dirty on the outside  Big grin), and flight attendants were friendly. That was my first flight on an A310, and I really liked it. It was definitely a flight I'd take again given the opportunity, since there aren't many A310's left, and I was overall very impressed by the food and service.

I was also originally scheduled to be on a CSA 737-400 from CDG to PRG on May 25, 2003, but due to a ground strike in CDG, we were moved to a later AF A319 flight to ensure adequate connection time. That would have been my first 737-400 flight, though I've been on a middle-generation 737 before, and it ended up being my first A319 flight, though I've been on an A320 before. So while the change was for something different, it wasn't for better or for worse.

Sorry to be so long-winded, but this was the shortest way I felt I could effectively describe my Czech Airlines (CSA) experiences. Besides, I always have a lot to say about flying - this is what my mother has to listen to every day.  Smile

-Jeffrey S.
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RE: Your Czech Airlines (CSA) Experiences

Mon Jan 19, 2004 6:11 pm

I flew on CSA in 1997. I liked the food. The flight was from Newark to Prague.

I saw a flight attendant during the flight eating a water melon and she said I bet you want this. And I said yes, thinking she was offering it, and she said it was hers with a smile, and said I can't have any. You gotta love that Czech humor!

Also, right after boarding at one point, they called me from the seat to come to the front. They had me waiting by the cockpit for 15 minutes, and I was sure I must have forgotten paying some speeding ticket or something, and my first trip to Europe would be ruined. The flight attendant offered me a beer, without carding me, even though I think technically she should have unless she had checked my age. The strange thing is that they never told me why they called me. I kind of thought at the time, that maybe my mom in Chicago had called them, if I was on the plane. I had connected on a Continental flight from Chicago.
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RE: Your Czech Airlines (CSA) Experiences

Mon Jan 19, 2004 6:25 pm

I flew CSA several times FRA-PRG-BUH and BUH-PRG-FRA. On FRA-PRG and PRG-FRA the service was operated by LH with A320 A321 A319 or B737-500 equipment. The flight was short and they only served a baguette with ham or cheese and a non-alcoholic drink. On PRG-BUH and BUH-PRG the flight was operated by CSA with B737-400 or B737-500. The planes were comparable to the LH equipment, the cabin crew was friendly, some liked them even better than LH. There was plenty of food, on PRG-BUH a hot evening meal and on BUH-PRG a breakfast with hot scrambled eggs. PRG is a very nice airport and comfortable airport. They had only two drawbacks: they allowed passenger with extra cabin luggage on a 100% full flight and you had a hard time to find place for your luggage and most of the times you have to get your boarding cards for the connecting flights in PRG, you can't get them either in BUH or in FRA, so you have to wait in line in PRG. And last but not least: their prices are very competitive.
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RE: Your Czech Airlines (CSA) Experiences

Mon Jan 19, 2004 8:22 pm

In the Summer of 1996 (I hope I am not wrong) I flew with CSA ZAG-PRG on 737-500 (great flight) and then on TU-154 Prague - Larnaca - Dubai. Now, on Tupolev the food wasn't that good (or my own prejudices and feelings about flying on Russian airliner, could be the case ;o) ) But punctual, was ok. Return flight was A-310 Dubai - Bahrain - Prague, service also average, in Bahrain we had to leave the aircraft for one hour, and when we came back, only one toilet was working! Imagine that, and 200 passengers on board! Upon arrival in Prague, I continued on 737-500 to Zagreb, the flight was excellent, service fabulous!

Second time was ATR 72 Vienna - Prague, and then again ATR-72 Prague - Split. That was very nice. and return flight Split- Prague, Prague-Vienna, I figured it out, it was the same ATR 72! ;o)

To sum it up, I really liked flying with CSA and would fly then again. A nice airline!
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RE: Your Czech Airlines (CSA) Experiences

Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:28 pm

I have nothing but good experiences with CSA.

I've flown them lots of times AMS-PRG and PRG-AMS in one of their out of proportion ugly little 737-500's. Service is good. Seat pitch is better than the KLM flights to PRG. And I can't remember many delays. The only negative point I can sum up are the FA's. It would be nice if they smiled a little bit more.

About PRG: Sometimes there is a long row for security in PRG. And bring warm clothing in the winter because most of the time they will bring you with a bus to the plane and you will have to wait in the cold and strong wind on the tarmac. And...PRG is the only airport where they found my tiny pair of nail scissors in my handluggage, which is a plus for security.
Never be afraid of what you like. (Miles Davis)
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RE: Your Czech Airlines (CSA) Experiences

Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:35 pm

I'm flying CSA JFK to PRG in March on an A310. Code share with Delta actually. Glad to hear good things about CSA. I wasnt sure what to expect. Anyone ever fly on the A310? How does it compare to the A300?

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