Hello a.netters and happy new year to all !!!!!
Welcome to my first TR
on A.Net. After reading many other TR
's I decided to share my experience with you. My trip took me end of November to Moscow. Before I tell you about the trip and my experience I would like to share with you my beginning of interesting in aviation.
More then 30 years ago (a short version):
As a little boy and living that time in Denmark my father took me to the Airport Castrup and was watching the planes take off and land.. The rememberance to the time then is only very little present and was very interesting to me. Very fasinating I watched them again and again.... As we moved back to Switzerland the times watching was in ZRH
. The Airport at that time is nothing to compare today. For Christmas and Birthday I wanted books to read, magazin "Aero" that I collected if somebody can remember them. About this magazin there where about 240 Issues to buy, one every month...
With the years it become more and more on books, reading all possible!! I've been in many countries and spotting when possible for sure!! Lately I have been very much flying in the eastern Europe like Ukraine and Russia. To me the russian Aviation of planes got very interesting and to me till today only had the chance to fly a TU
-154 from ZRH
many years ago. That was really a experience. As you know much changed to Airbus and Boeing models and the touch of a special way to fly has almost gone.
With some friends that spotted in ZRH
and my "new" camera (Nikon D3100) that I bought in August last year I have made many pictures, not only on my trips but in general. Many people today spend time in Facebook, well as I had the account and entered about 1-2 times a month I deactivated it cause my facebook is airliners.net. To me I read much and this every day!!! As found the section of TR
's I decided to do mine. I have noticed that there many information that one gathers together on Internet to do a TR
Little more then 6 years ago in December 2005 I was the first time in Moscow. I fell in love with this great and huge City and as I left back to Zurich I knew one day I will be back. From a personal issues in my life last Summer in August I got to know my Girlfriend that lives in Switzerland and she is originally from Russia. We where talking much about our experience on traveling and also I mentioned my trip back in 2005.
One day past October we where deciding about having some day's together and choose Moscow as a destination. Very quick we decided about the dates we will spend together in Russia.
I rememberd from my first traveling that a Agency for me did all with flights and visa. Not very lucky about my passport I needed to get a new one, cause due to regulations of the country it wasn't valid long enough from our return. Getting a passport here one has to apply on a website, add the personal information and you are provided with a link that will allow you to choose a date for going to the office to make photo, fingerprints and they will send you the passport within 10 working days! During this time the Agency was looking for fights, also about the hotel. I mentioned that the way from ZRH
to MOS is not important. 2 Day's later I got the offer, with AirBerlin via DUS
for a very good price at 420CHF (EURO
) p/Pers. and the hotel also. So I agreed with the dates and time, casue was little better and there more time together as flying directly with LX
Our flight was booked as followed: ZRH
I hope that you don't mind that will split up my report. For sure there will be the continuation on this thread.
I took the afternoon of work and getting my things ready for our trip. Had also to go to the Agency to collect the visa for me and also our tickets. After needed the passport done new was almost in last moment that all was good. At home packing my little case cause for 4 nights there is really not much that is needed. We decided to do the Evening Check-In before the next morning we fly!!! Arriving to the airport that is only located 10min from my home town I was surprised that there was a fee of 5Euros each. Never mind it was done and we got our selected seats we wanted! 25A & B.
We prefer to take the last row when available that is not only close to toilets but also to the staff if needed anything and mostly more empty if the flight is not full!!!
The day started at us around 03.30 waking up, getting ready plus checking our documents that all is fine. After a coffee we headed to the station and the first to arrive there. it was actually the first train of the day that took us to the airport 04:52!
All dark and waiting for the first train of the day to bring us to the airport...
All train station was empty!!! prior of the train leaving there where some people around...
my tickets and document map with all infos to our stay in Moscow!!
huge screen after controls of tickets with many shops... sill was little empty of people..
Our Bus Gate B05....
Sorry for the bad quality... after boarding the bus we got out at the stand D to board the AB
Not sure if the sister ship was leaving for Berlin or Hamburg but left before us!
Nice option that AB
serves with a very realistic map.. there only some moments to leave ZRH
The flight was quite full.... I guess about 70%. Even the last few rows where quite empty!!!!
we took of from Rwy28 passed through the clouds and see the first ray of light from the sun... a moment that is very special and lovely to see.... there the Alps
Beautiful morning and slight sunrise
Good morning sun...!!!!
InFlight: The service was really good and very friendly staff... The coffee was good and the morning sandwich tasty that had to have another two. Who has been on AB
before know about them.....
Our flight track... looks little a longer way... but landed with about 10min delay! But didn't matter at all as we had good little more then 2 hours to our connecting flight...
Last sunrise before landing in DUS
.... very impressive !!!!
I can´t resist to switch off the electronic equipment when landed to make some photos of aircraft that you don't see every day.... nice to make some photos from others then only LX
and standards that arrive in ZRH
after arrived at the gate we disembark and headed to the other terminal... Nice to see a B737 for a change.
In summery the first leg was really good.. all friendly and got some chocolate as my Girlfriend loves it very much we could take a little more...
Now was the time waiting in DUS
for our connection. I checked the website of DUS
and there was also mentioned that WI
-FI is available... but for a reason I couldn't connect with my swiss IPhone or MacBook... With changing some Euros we went to a Restaurant...
Part two will be continued very soon...