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Aviation & Trip Reports

Aviation themed topic and photo-heavy trip reports focussing on the service onboard airlines, lounges, the aircraft, the airports and averything else around aviation, but usually also showing photos of my travel destination (read: sightseeing)...

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    Farewell flights of the Biman Bangladesh DC-10

    While the Coronavirus keeps us from travelling, at least I have some time to go through old photos and finally about some events of the past. Back in February 2014, Biman Bangladesh was the last airline to operate scheduled passenger flights on the old Douglas DC-10 aircraft. They were about the replaced with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Because Biman’s CEO had a heart for all the aviation geeks out there, his airline stages three days of farewell flights from Birmingham Airport, UK. We avgeeks were bussed to the airport, could walk around it, take tons of photos and then went on an one hour sightseeing flight above the Birmingham area. Inflight…

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    Asia-Trip – AB,AZ,AF,NH,MU,KA,TG,RJ – Part 4 (J)

    Read this report on Airliners.net. . .. … Hello and welcome to my 6th trip-report, part 4! … .. . This map and all other maps in this TR created with www.gcmap.com, copyright Karl L. Swartz. Previous Parts: 6th TR: Asia-Trip – AB,AZ,AF,NH,MU,KA,TG,RJ – Part 1: Featuring the flights to SIN and back, departing from TXL, arriving two days later in BRI. 6th TR: Asia-Trip – AB,AZ,AF,NH,MU,KA,TG,RJ – Part 2: Featuring the flights to NRT and PVG, a 787-roundtrip and visits to the cities of Tokyo and Shanghai. 6th TR: Asia-Trip – AB,AZ,AF,NH,MU,KA,TG,RJ – Part 3: Featuring the flights to PEK, HKG and HKT, the cities of Beijing and Hongkong,…

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    Asia-Trip – AB,AZ,AF,NH,MU,KA,TG,RJ – Part 3 (Y)

    Read this report on Airliners.net. . .. … Hello and welcome to my 6th trip-report, part 3! … .. . This map and all other maps in this TR created with www.gcmap.com, copyright Karl L. Swartz. Previous Parts: 6th TR: Asia-Trip – AB,AZ,AF,NH,MU,KA,TG,RJ – Part 1: Featuring the flights to SIN and back, departing from TXL, arriving two days later in BRI. 6th TR: Asia-Trip – AB,AZ,AF,NH,MU,KA,TG,RJ – Part 2: Featuring the flights to NRT and PVG, a 787-roundtrip and visits to the cities ofTokyo and Shanghai. This is Part 3: — PVG-PEK — PRE-FLIGHT: Two days after arriving in Shanghai it was already time to leave again. Still not…

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    Asia-Trip – AB,AZ,AF,NH,MU,KA,TG,RJ – Part 2 (Y)

    Read this report on Airliners.net. . .. … Hello and welcome to my 6th trip-report, part 2! … .. . This map and all other maps in this TR created with www.gcmap.com, copyright Karl L. Swartz. Previous Parts: 6th TR: Asia-Trip – AB,AZ,AF,NH,MU,KA,TG,RJ – Part 1: Featuring the flights to SIN and back, departing from TXL, arriving two days later in BRI. This is Part 2: — BRI-FCO — PRE-FLIGHT: My alarm rang at 6 o’clock in the morning and it took me forever to get up and pack the things I had used into my bag. Just anothern sign that there are more relaxed things than flying to SIN…

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    Asia-Trip – AB,AZ,AF,NH,MU,KA,TG,RJ – Part 1 (Y)

    Read this report on Airliners.net. . .. … Hello and welcome to my 6th trip-report, part 1! … .. . This map and all other maps in this TR created with www.gcmap.com, copyright Karl L. Swartz. BACKGROUND-INFO: This trip was not planned. Really! I had no intention to go on a holiday in 2012. I wanted to save up some money for future trips and had already planned to spend my 3 weeks off work in September 2012 at home, perhaps going on one or two fly-for-fun-trips for a few days or a short golf-trip. And what happened? In June 2012 Alitalias booking system offered us that incredible error-fare or…

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    TXL-LIN-CPH-TXL – Hunting The MD-82 (Y)

    Click here to read the trip report on Airliners.net. — 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…

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    TXL-FRA-MAD-LCY/LGW-MAN-MUC-TXL-DUS-TXL (Y)

    Click here to read the report on Airliners.net. Hello and welcome to my 4th trip-report! ***BACKGROUND-INFO:*** I started planning this trip, because I wanted to celebrate the opening of the new BER airport. I planned to take-off from TXL one last time on June 1st 2012 and return to the new BER airport on the first day of operation, June 3rd. As I was fascinated by the number of trip-reports about 5th freedom flights on intra-European routes I started investigating what routes could be flown on one weekend without having to take some days off from work. After making lots of travel-plans and weighing up which route to take I…

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    3rd TR: STR-TXL And TXL-STR On AB In Y

    — OUTBOUND LEG — Hello and welcome to my third trip report! Click here to read the report on Airliners.net. ***BACKGROUND-INFO:*** As already mentioned in my first TR I fly home to Berlin regulary from MHG or STR. So this time it was STR. Btw the last time before I move back to Berlin in October this year (2011), I booked all flights for this year with C9 (Cirrus Airlines) from MHG. ***PRE-FLIGHT:*** I started my drive to STR around 01:00 PM and parked at the P2 parking-garage. From there it is a 5 minute walk to the terminals: STR terminals: As I had used online-check-in before I just went…

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    2nd TR: STR-CDG-ORY-LCY / LHR-CDG-STR On AF In Y

    — OUTBOUND LEG — Hello and welcome to my second trip report! Click here to read it on Airliners.net. ***BACKGROUND-INFO:*** Before I wrote my first TR in July 2010 which was just a test-run for this TR I read on the General Aviation forums that AF would be deploying the A380 on the CDG-LHR-CDG route, so I was eager to fly the whale on a cheap inter-european flight. As I have never flown into LCY either, and wanted to try it I thought I could combine both flights into one trip. Additionally I have never been to London, so the whole trip seemed to be a great long weekend-trip. I…

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    1st TR: MHG-TXL and TXL-MHG on C9 in Y

    1st TR: MHG-TXL and TXL-MHG on C9 in Y View at Airliners.net Trip Reports Forum. — OUTBOUND LEG — Hello and welcome to my first trip report! ***BACKGROUND-INFO:*** I was born in Berlin and see myself as resident of Berlin, despite the fact that I don’t live there currently. Due to my degree course which is a special form of business administration and is only available at one university in Germany, I am currently living in a small town in northern Baden-Württemberg. (Info: Baden-Württemberg is the state in the South-West of Germany, the capital is Stuttgart.) While living here I usually fly back home once a month for a weekend…