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1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Fri Sep 18, 2009 5:42 pm

1000 kids and me to Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA


http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901154.jpg


Hello, again, dear readers,

and welcome to part two of my latest travels to the UK.

Here´s the link to part one with my six legs the day before:
Mission D328 Completed Or Six Legs Around MAN (by FLIEGER67 Sep 13 2009 in Trip Reports)

Now, I will continue with the way back to FRA from MAN, but not the usual nonstop, you know!.

Early morning view from my hotel room:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901138.jpg

Virgin Jumbo just arrived:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901139.jpg

Another pretty early start in the day. After breakfast at the hotel, my train depart´s at 8.25 am from the airport station,
running through Manchester city center in the morning rush to Preston, a station with a good number of connecting services.
The train was well used this morning, but comfortable over all, well ontime and nicely priced, 17,90 Pounds for the whole drive.

The "First" train of the day at Preston:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901141.jpg

From Preston I need to take a regional service to Blackpool Pleasure Beach with a stop in walking distance to the airport.
Well, that was not as expected, the platform filled up with some adults and masses of kids, kids everywhere.
And than the train arrived, the train, what a joke, a two compartment very oldfashioned rail car, where the staff guys need to close the doors per hand.
Me, some parents and the masses of kids on the rail car with suspicious views, like is he on the right way?.
The train rumbled its way slowly trough green farmland, done several stops and finally reached the station also for Blackpool airport, where me and a elderly couple with bags deboarded.

Railcar at Pleasure Beach:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901143.jpg

Manx 2 on finals:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901144.jpg

It was some five minutes to walk, easy to locate, no problem at all.
No desk staffed when I´ve arrived.
Only two flights on the screen for the next hours, Manx 2 to IOM (how I miss that thing, booked and finally cancelled the earlier Saturday) and my service to DUB.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/thumb/c/c0/Aer_Arann.svg/800px-Aer_Arann.svg.png

Monday, 03.08.2009
BLK ( Blackpool-Squires Gate) Partly cloudy, Temperature 18 degrees
DUB (Dublin-Collinstown) Partly cloudy, Temperature 18 degrees
Duration: 55 minutes announced and actual

Service RE 386 operated by Aer Arann
Scheduled: 13.00 // 13.50
Actual: 12.50 // 13.45
Gate: 3 Seat: 11A
Load factor: Near 100%


Some more pax arrived and also two ladies checking the desks.
IOM opened first quickly followed by DUB.
The nice lady shows me the seatmap and we secured 11A for this fully loaded flight.
Internet check in was not possible for pax with bags to check on AerArann.
More than one hour till boarding, that means time enough to walk to the beach and picture the famous beach tram.

Who´s flying better:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901145.jpg

Well, that´s Blackpool:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901147.jpg

Another Manx 2 approach:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901149.jpg

Back at the airport short to boarding time, payed the 10.-- pounds airport development fee.
Well, BLK is a typical loco style building, everything at one level, some improvement will be nice.

The board:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901151.jpg

Again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901152.jpg

No time to wait at security, some pix from the lobby interrupted by a police guy who dont like it, the first time ever in the UK for me.
The Manx2 LET 410 was parked on the apron, but a announcement told the pax that the flight was delayed for around one hour due to operational reasons.

AerArann on short finals:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901153.jpg

Taxi:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901154.jpg

Again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901155.jpg

And parked:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901156.jpg

Again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901157.jpg

My machine arrived soon thereafter, the scheduled ATR42, registered EI-CVR, sounds well known for me, leg no. 6 for me on the -300 series and the second time with this particular aircraft, after a flight
on Aer Arann some years ago from DUB to GWY.
RE operates four AT42 machines with EI-CVR as the oldest in the fleet and with production number 22 one of the oldest all around.
My machine was delivered at 10.07.1986 to Finnair, changed at 16.08.1989 to TAT France, at 09.01.1996 to Cimber from Denmark, back to TAT at 16.06.1996, still in the french register
from 26.10.97 with Air Liberte and finally from 17.01.2001 in service with Aer Arann.
Boarding was called, self service to the plane.
No pics with the security guy in the background.
One real friendly young male FA in service. The cabin fitted with blue fabric seats, clean, legroom ok so far.
This plane is around 25 years old, but really well maintained.
Cockpit crew was from Ireland, the captain with a short welcome during boarding.
Departure from the 1869 meters runway 10, no route or flightlevel information.
Service was buy on board.

Just departed:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901158.jpg

Clouds on the way to...:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901159.jpg

...Ireland:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901160.jpg

Reaching the isle:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901161.jpg

Approach:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901162.jpg

The female FO with a short information during approach.
Touchdown on DUB´s 2072 meter runway 16 well ontime and parked on the apron.

Taxi:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901163.jpg

Self service to the terminal.
Time now to collect my bag and back in the public.

And parked:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901164.jpg

Bye-Bye:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901165.jpg

From above:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901166.jpg

Competitors:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901167.jpg






Monday, 03.08.2009
DUB (Dublin-Collinstown) Partly cloudy, Temperature 19 degrees
FRA (Frankfurt-Rhein-Main) Partly cloudy, Temperature 22 degrees
Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes announced
1 hour, 50 minutes actual

Service EI 656 operated by Aer Lingus
Scheduled: 16.10 // 19.00
Actual: 16.10 // 19.00
Gate: A 8 Seat: 30F
Load factor: Around 100%


Seat selection was done from the hotel online the day before.
The printer doesn´t work, so I had to collect my boarding pass from the kiosks, no problem here with EI.
That was done at the first available kiosk and i was surprised when I want to drop my bag at the counter beneath,
signed EI economy all flights, but it wasn´t possible.
The real friendly guy there told me that also bag drop-off is arranged by zones, so I had first to go some stairs down to my check-in zone
and had to leave my bag there.
Self service all around. I recommend the EI guys to do a hop to scandinavia and see how SK manage that whole thing.
You need to press several buttons and answer a lot of questions till the machine printed my bag tag and I was allowed to send it to the plane.
Nearly none of the elderly couples fixed it without staff as long as I followed the action the next minutes or so.
Up the stairs again, lucky me, nearly no time to wait at security and in DUB´s main area, with the large shops and else.
No more comments from me here, some guys know DUB much better than me!.
My gate was located at the old conourse A, from which nearly all of my DUB flights boarded till now.

The board:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901168.jpg

All white to Bulgaria:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901169.jpg

Nice coloured BMI machine:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901170.jpg

My machine:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901171.jpg

Turning:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901172.jpg

To the gate:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901173.jpg

And parked:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901174.jpg

More competitors:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901175.jpg

The plane arrived well ontime and parked near the gate.
It was the scheduled A320, leg no.48 for me on type and the first on EI-EDP delivered only at 16.02.2009 to EI.
Anyone remembers the spanish signs on one of my latest SK flights?. The same here, all signs in english and spanish.
EI operates a 30 machines strong A320 fleet and this was the second newest addition named "St.Albert".
Pax all around, that area is simply to small for that larger planes here.
Boarding was called, four female FA´s on that service, let me say not that especially friendly.

Boarding:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901176.jpg

Again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901177.jpg

Reg. shot:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901178.jpg

The cockpit crew was from Ireland, the captain with a short welcome during boarding, once more short inflight.
The cabin fitted with bright grey comfortable leather seats, legroom ok, but slightly dirty.

Seat:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901184.jpg

Taxi:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901179.jpg

To the runway:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901180.jpg

Again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901181.jpg

Departure from runway 16 again in direction MAN, EMA and north of AMS.
Flightlevel 37000 feet. Buy on board service also on EI.

Just departed:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901182.jpg

Nice weather:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901183.jpg

Again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901185.jpg

Reaching the Netherlands:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901186.jpg

AMS?:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901187.jpg

And again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901188.jpg

Above FRA:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901189.jpg

Finals:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901190.jpg

The FO with more and detailed informations during approach into FRA´s 4000 meter runway 25L where we landed perfectly ontime.

Heavy closeby:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901191.jpg

Interesting tails, Kam-Air from Afghanistan included:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901192.jpg

And Ariana operated by Saga from Turkey:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901193.jpg

Logo shot:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901194.jpg

Bye-Bye:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/GB0902/MAN0901195.jpg

Apron deboarding followed by the second passport check after arrivals into DUB, well thats the EU nowadays.
Not to long to wait for my bag, shuttled back by tourcare, the driver waited at the door when I leave the terminal.
Good service till now, you´re nearly not faster when you park the car at the airport, but much cheaper.this way.

First at all, my accomodation, the Bewleys Manchester airport is highly recommendable for all us aircraft enthusiasts,
in walking distance to the terminals, apron view from my window.
Nice staff at all and not to expensive. A well designed room also with bathtub, not bad.

That was a nice experience on Aer Arann, real friendly staff there,
also ok at EI, but with a not that especially friendly service in the cabin.
Both flights ontime, ok so far.
And also here, I will fly both airlines again without any doubts.

Well, dear readers, two days at home now and than up to Canada on a special aircraft type and some more flights around YYZ.

Comments welcome,
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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:13 pm

Another excellent report, most enjoyable.
 
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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:20 pm

Hallo Markus,

That's another great report - somehow it just felt a bit tame compared to the earlier work. Probably has to do with the fact that there weren't that interesting planes or places this time. Still solid work. I bet the next one with the TS 310 will be much more interesting!

RE is a quite nice airline - I like their route network focusing on the less traveled routes. I've flown them three times a couple of years ago, DUB-KIR and ORK-DUB (had a rental car in-between, which was my first foray into driving on the left, now that was interesting!) and suprisingly HEL-SJY when they operated a damp lease for FC who was experiencing a shortage of planes and qualified pilots back then. All on -72s, though.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
EI operates a 30 machines strong A320 fleet and this was the second newest addition named "St.Albert".

With that many planes (plus the widebodies and 321s) you would think that they'd run out of saints soon, don't you? But I guess that's one thing the Catholics have plenty to spare...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Internet check in was not possible for pax with bags to check on AerArann.

I'm a bit curious about this. You are checking bags even for a one-night stay? I learned a long ago, especially on the LCCs to pack very lightly. A single night away is easily doable with just a back bag, and I've got a great rollaboard that fits perfectly all the luggage constraints and is good for up to 5 or 6 days away (like my foray into Moldova and Ukraine his summer). Longer than that or a shopping heavy destination (US/Canada/Asia) and only then do I need to check in luggage.

Danke and keep up the good work!
 
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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:11 pm

Another great report Markus!

Too bad that you couldn't take more pictures at BLK.

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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:24 pm

Hey Markus ,
Great report. Nice to see an Aer Arann one. You got a nice new EI Reg also.
Bewleys Hotel is a great choice , I have stayed there some time ago.

Thanks for the report.

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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:13 pm

Excellent report and good photos  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And than the train arrived, the train, what a joke, a two compartment very oldfashioned rail car, where the staff guys need to close the doors per hand.

Ahh, that would be a class 142 then.... and you're correct, it's a joke of a train.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
More than one hour till boarding, that means time enough to walk to the beach and picture the famous beach tram.

Cool  Smile I didn't realise the airport was so close to the beach.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
AMS?:

That's FRA, is it not??
 
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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:36 pm

Ireland run out of saints? We are all saints on this emeral isle! St Shamrock321 is next!

I thought that pic was of FRA aswell, but didnt want to say anything as I wasnt 100% sure!

[Edited 2009-09-18 14:37:53]

[Edited 2009-09-18 14:38:17]
 
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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:27 am

Servus Markus,

interesting report, good choice to go back via BLK.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Self service all around. I recommend the EI guys to do a hop to scandinavia and see how SK manage that whole thing.
You need to press several buttons and answer a lot of questions till the machine printed my bag tag and I was allowed to send it to the plane.
Nearly none of the elderly couples fixed it without staff as long as I followed the action the next minutes or so.

Not just the older people find all that strange and need help - especially when other impatient passengers cancel the process on the screen while you are trying to fix the tags...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Anyone remembers the spanish signs on one of my latest SK flights?. The same here, all signs in english and spanish.

EI-EDP/S were intended for Iberia and finally transferred to Aer Lingus - including IB interior.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The cabin fitted with bright grey comfortable leather seats, legroom ok, but slightly dirty.

I found the legroom very tight on EI-EDS. Some Irish member told me that the interior is more comfortable on the regular EI birds.

Btw - I'm looking forward to your Air Transat A310 report.


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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:37 am

Hi, good to follow some comments.

@Andrew:

Quoting Shamrock321 (Reply 1):

Another excellent report, most enjoyable.

Thank you.

@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
That's another great report



Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
Danke and keep up the good work!

Thank you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
one with the TS 310

Coming up soon.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
HEL-SJY when they operated a damp lease for FC who was experiencing a shortage of planes and qualified pilots back then. All on -72s, though.

Interesting, never known that RE operated in Finland.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
You are checking bags even for a one-night stay?

No backpack here, I´am still travelling with my oldfashioned scratched and bumped Rimowa alucase and check it in especially when there is no luggage fee.

@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 3):
Another great report Markus!

Too bad that you couldn't take more pictures at BLK.

Thank you and I was not amused with that situation at BLK.

@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Great report. Nice to see an Aer Arann one. You got a nice new EI Reg also.
Bewleys Hotel is a great choice , I have stayed there some time ago.

Thanks for the report.

Thank you and good to know that it´s no only me to check the Bewleys.

@Hywel:

Quoting Hywel (Reply 5):
Excellent report and good photos

Thank you.

Quoting Hywel (Reply 5):
Ahh, that would be a class 142 then.... and you're correct, it's a joke of a train.

Thank you for the link.

Quoting Hywel (Reply 5):
Cool I didn't realise the airport was so close to the beach.

Only some ten minutes to walk.

Quoting Hywel (Reply 5):
That's FRA, is it not??



Quoting Shamrock321 (Reply 6):
thought that pic was of FRA aswell, but didnt want to say anything as I wasnt 100% sure!

Maybe some unnoticed circles above FRA.

@Andrew:

Quoting Shamrock321 (Reply 6):
Ireland run out of saints? We are all saints on this emeral isle! St Shamrock321 is next!

Well, good point.

@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
interesting report, good choice to go back via BLK.

Thank you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Not just the older people find all that strange and need help - especially when other impatient passengers cancel the process on the screen while you are trying to fix the tags...

For sure, not the customer friendly system there.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
EI-EDP/S were intended for Iberia and finally transferred to Aer Lingus - including IB interior.



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
I found the legroom very tight on EI-EDS. Some Irish member told me that the interior is more comfortable on the regular EI birds.

Good to know. With the two seats empty beneath me at a nearly 100% load it was comfortable, at least for me.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Btw - I'm looking forward to your Air Transat A310 report.

Coming up soon.

Greetings,
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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:52 pm



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
Interesting, never known that RE operated in Finland.

Yeah, back in 2007 due to a bit too ambitious expansion plans FC was in short supply of both aircraft and especially qualified pilots - they had a couple of incidents (luckily no fatalities or even injuries were sustained) that the investigation board concluded were due to pilots that were underqualified for their new ATRs that had been introduced during the last year or so. So the Finnish Aviation Authority enforced some strict rules of how many duty and training hours the FC pilots (and FOs of course) would need in order to be qualified to fly the ATRs. This dropped a significant number of pilots from the active duty roster to spend time at training - and as a stopgap measure FC leased a RE ATR for around six months to operate a number of routes. It was a sort of a damp lease as the pilots were from RE, and every flight carried one Finnish and one Irish flight attendant.

I booked that HEL-SJY flight just to get on that special bird. Oh and of course to knock another domestic sector out of my list as the return flight was SJY-KOK-HEL, a part of the late night triangle flight HEL-SJY-KOK-HEL.
 
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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:28 pm

Hey, P.

and thanx for the further informations.
Always nice to follow such detailed background informations.

Greetings,
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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:37 pm

Hi Markus,

Great return report, only you could find such an interesting way to get home, just amazing!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
BLK ( Blackpool-Squires Gate) Partly cloudy, Temperature 18 degrees
DUB (Dublin-Collinstown) Partly cloudy, Temperature 18 degrees
Duration: 55 minutes announced and actual

Service RE 386 operated by Aer Arann

- I never knew they flew from Blackpool, I guess they picked up when FR left?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Load factor: Near 100%

- Nice to see, you have to love some of these regional carriers, not always the cheapest but the coverage is worth it to so many.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
payed the 10.-- pounds airport development fee.

- This is really steep, I really hope they use the money to make some solid and visable improvements as the airport is a bit of a dump.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
the second time with this particular aircraft, after a flight
on Aer Arann some years ago from DUB to GWY.

- Shame, always a bummer to travel on a plane more than once.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
EI-EDP delivered only at 16.02.2009 to EI.
Anyone remembers the spanish signs on one of my latest SK flights?. The same here, all signs in english and spanish.

- As PH pointed out, was intended for IB.

Looking forward to the Air Transat report my friend  Smile

Besy Wishes

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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:09 am

Hi Markus,

Thanks for another great TR! I really enjoy reading your reports, so please keep them coming! I only wish I was able to try the more random airline/aircraft combinations more often!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
I found the legroom very tight on EI-EDS. Some Irish member told me that the interior is more comfortable on the regular EI birds.



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
Good to know. With the two seats empty beneath me at a nearly 100% load it was comfortable, at least for me.

My understanding is that the legroom is quite good in the first 6 or 7 rows on EI-EDP/EDS, better than the rest of the fleet in fact, but with a much tighter pitch in the higher row numbers.

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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:19 pm

Great Report Markus, enjoyed reading it. RE seems pretty decent, must try them sometime on a domestic.

Maybe next time you could call into Pleasure beach, there's some great rides there!

Thanks for posting,

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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:37 pm

Hey, good to follow some more replies.

@Mark:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
Great return report, only you could find such an interesting way to get home, just amazing!

Thank you.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
- I never knew they flew from Blackpool, I guess they picked up when FR left?

True, AFAIK.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
- Nice to see, you have to love some of these regional carriers, not always the cheapest but the coverage is worth it to so many.

Yes, the nice FA told me, that they going really well on that route during the summer months.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
This is really steep, I really hope they use the money to make some solid and visable improvements as the airport is a bit of a dump.

Me, too but I´am not that optimistic nowadays which way the money goes.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
- Shame, always a bummer to travel on a plane more than once.

More true words.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
Looking forward to the Air Transat report my friend

Now online.

@Andrew:

Quoting EIDAA (Reply 12):
Thanks for another great TR! I really enjoy reading your reports, so please keep them coming! I only wish I was able to try the more random airline/aircraft combinations more often!

Thank you and you know, always my intention to do that routings.

@Colm:

Quoting EI320 (Reply 13):
Great Report Markus, enjoyed reading it. RE seems pretty decent, must try them sometime on a domestic.

Maybe next time you could call into Pleasure beach, there's some great rides there!

Thank you and it seems I need to go there again.

Greetings,
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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:28 am

Hi Markus,

another great read! Good route picked to fly home.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Back at the airport short to boarding time, payed the 10.-- pounds
airport development fee.

Is this a compulsory payment to be done, because such fare it absolutely not done. 10 GBP is by far too much to ask for, and I think I would complain about it. It's a rip off, especially in times when a majority of people have to be careful in their spendings...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
some pix from the lobby interrupted by a police guy who dont like it, the first time ever in the UK for me.

You know from me, it happens sometimes in the UK. Had similar experiences before, but they don't get upset usually. They just explain or talk a bit and ask if you can stop taking pictures. At least, that's my experience.

About your picture. It seems not AMS to me, and it also seems you flew south of AMS.
Actually those pictures look FRA to me, to be honest. Are you mistaken?  Wink

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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:30 pm

Hola Markus!

Thanks for this insight in the Pleasure Beach!

One of the most interesting things about your TR are becoming aware that a place like BLK has an airport. I have been there a couple of times and have never been aware of it.

Salut!

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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:49 pm

After looking at the overhead shot of Pleasure Beach, it looks like something I would enjoy. It reminds me of Wildwood Peirs, in Wildwood, NJ, but with more, and bigger coasters.
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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:16 pm

Hey, back from BUD and ready to follow you´re comments.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 15):
another great read! Good route picked to fly home.

Thank you.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 15):
Is this a compulsory payment to be done, because such fare it absolutely not done. 10 GBP is by far too much to ask for, and I think I would complain about it. It's a rip off, especially in times when a majority of people have to be careful in their spendings...

It´s definitely a rip off. Who follow´s the way of that money?.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 15):
You know from me, it happens sometimes in the UK. Had similar experiences before, but they don't get upset usually. They just explain or talk a bit and ask if you can stop taking pictures. At least, that's my experience.

Yes, I know.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 15):
About your picture. It seems not AMS to me, and it also seems you flew south of AMS.
Actually those pictures look FRA to me, to be honest. Are you mistaken?

Next time, I should do more control views outside and not at my book!.

@Roger:

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 16):
Thanks for this insight in the Pleasure Beach!

One of the most interesting things about your TR are becoming aware that a place like BLK has an airport. I have been there a couple of times and have never been aware of it.

Thank you and yes, it´s for sure not the place with heavy action there.

@Goldenshield:

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 17):
After looking at the overhead shot of Pleasure Beach, it looks like something I would enjoy. It reminds me of Wildwood Peirs, in Wildwood, NJ, but with more, and bigger coasters.

Here too, I should go there again.

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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:43 am

Hi again Markus,

After returning from the holiday I really need to catch up your trip reports. This one is lovely as well.

I think you will soon be recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. Big grin

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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Sun Sep 27, 2009 2:27 pm

Hey, Suryo

and thanx for that nice comment.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 19):
After returning from the holiday I really need to catch up your trip reports. This one is lovely as well.

I´am looking forward to you´re Egyptian travel experiences!.

Greetings,
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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Mon Sep 28, 2009 3:09 am

Thanks for a great report FLIEGER67 especially the Blackpool part. That brought back happy memories for me as I became a spotter there when I was 11. What a difference the departures board is now compared to then. BUIA Handley Page Heralds were the most exciting thing to see in those days. Big grin
 
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Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:12 pm

Hey, Comeflywithme,

Quoting Comeflywithme (Reply 21):

Thanks for a great report FLIEGER67 especially the Blackpool part.

Thank you.

Quoting Comeflywithme (Reply 21):
. BUIA Handley Page Heralds were the most exciting thing to see in those days.

Beam me back. I want to see that Herald´s!.

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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:58 pm

Hi Markus,

I read both parts of your travels to and around MAN. Very interesting. I must say the red seats on the Scots plane look awful.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
First at all, my accomodation, the Bewleys Manchester airport is highly recommendable for all us aircraft enthusiasts, in walking distance to the terminals, apron view from my window.

I stayed at the Radisson Airport Hotel, which was very pleasant as well.

Thanks for sharing,

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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:02 pm

Thanks for the report. Keep up the good work!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Interesting tails, Kam-Air from Afghanistan included:

To me it seems rather like Safi Airways, they have a scheduled FRA service.
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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:15 pm

Hello, good to follow you´re comments.

@Stefan:

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 23):
I read both parts of your travels to and around MAN. Very interesting.

Thank you.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 23):
I stayed at the Radisson Airport Hotel, which was very pleasant as well.

Also good looking from the outside.

@A342:

Quoting A342 (Reply 24):
Thanks for the report. Keep up the good work!

Thank you.

Quoting A342 (Reply 24):
To me it seems rather like Safi Airways, they have a scheduled FRA service.

Also thanx, it seems you´re right, it´s Safi not KamAir, but definitely Afghanistan!.

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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:11 am

Hi Markus,

That sure was a great view from your hotel room! No need to sleep with all the activity going outside  Wink

A nice touch that you flew back via Blackpool. It's a place I've never visited, I guess because I always hear how tacky it is and yet still I think it's something I should do once. Sometimes you wonder just how those small airports survive with so flew flights.

Anf course EI have some good fares around. From what I've seen at work I'll say the following: fine if everything goes to plan. If your flights cancelled, then you're on your own. So fingers crossed!

Nice to see some pics of the trains, you really were unlucky to get such an old banger for the second part of your journey.....

Great read as always
Happy flying
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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Thu Oct 01, 2009 6:21 pm

Hey, Hannah,

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 26):
Great read as always



Quoting Infodesk (Reply 26):
That sure was a great view from your hotel room! No need to sleep with all the activity going outside

Thank you and defnitely no need to sleep at MAN.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 26):
A nice touch that you flew back via Blackpool. It's a place I've never visited, I guess because I always hear how tacky it is and yet still I think it's something I should do once. Sometimes you wonder just how those small airports survive with so flew flights.

Blackpool and the famous beach tram was a target since a longer time ago.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 26):
Anf course EI have some good fares around. From what I've seen at work I'll say the following: fine if everything goes to plan. If your flights cancelled, then you're on your own. So fingers crossed!


True words.

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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:31 pm

Hi Markus,

Nice to read about your return trip as well - as usually with a special schedule.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Early morning view from my hotel room

A great way of starting the day!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
First at all, my accomodation, the Bewleys Manchester airport is highly recommendable for all us aircraft enthusiasts,
in walking distance to the terminals, apron view from my window.

Looks very nice indeed. If you don't mind to have a little less comfort, you once might to try this one:
http://www.theairporthotel.com/
It is mainly a pub, but they also have three or four rooms to let. I have stayed there three times - you can't be closer to the runway action. A great place for aviation enthusiasts. But you probably won't get too much sleep there...

Regards
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RE: 1000 Kids And Me To Pleasure Beach: BLK-DUB-FRA

Fri Oct 16, 2009 5:48 pm

Hey, Christoph,

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 28):

Nice to read about your return trip as well - as usually with a special schedule.

Thank you.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 28):
A great way of starting the day!

Definitely!.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 28):
But you probably won't get too much sleep there...

Who needs to sleep on travel?!

Regards,
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