GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2017

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GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2017

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Postby great dane » Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:51 pm

Oi, Europe visit in September, not really fun flights, but as I will do some detours to get on the right types it sort of counts.

Still sorting out the inter-euro itinerary, but quite happy to get two new types for me both on the way there and back (if no nasty plane changes).

Will be hunting some more types a haven't flown on, won't get them all but looking for Bombardier CS300, Sukhoi SSJ, Dornier 328JET, ATR42-600, Bombardier CRJ1000 and (crossing fingers) the mighty Lisunov Li-2 :wacko:

So far the easy bit is sorted, surprised to get JNB-ZRH-VIE on Swiss and GVA-FRA-JNB on Lufthansa at just R8K :Like:
Edit 10 July: Next bit sorted - The long way from Vienna to Athens (VIE-BRU-BMA,ARN-RIX-SKG-KLX-ATH :faceplant:)
Edit 30 August: DC-3 added - still need to find an interesting way from Billund to Geneva.
Edit 31 August: Two more added, one nice one terrible, just London to Geneva to sort out.
Edit 4 September: Last leg sorted - maybe still to be added a scenic around London. Dragon Rapide seems tempting :scratchhead: )

Booked so far . . .

Wednesday 6 September 2017
LX289 Jo'burg(JNB) - Zurich(ZRH) Airbus A340-300 Swiss (not too interesting but with the -300 being a dying type, not too bad either :timeup: )

Thursday 7 September 2017
LX1576 Zurich(ZRH) - Vienna(VIE) Bombardier CS100 Swiss (1st new type of the trip, and my first Bombardier C-series flight :cool1: )
OS359 Vienna(VIE) - Brussels(BRU) Embraer 195 Austrian (2nd new type, well the E195 has got its own ICAO code so it counts :Like: )
SN2307 Brussels(BRU) - Stockholm-Bromma(BMA) Suhkoi SSJ Brussels Airlines (3rd new type and one of the target of the trip :dance:
Nightstop will be at the Jumbo Hostel at Arlanda in decommissioned/converted 1977 vintage Boeing 747-200B cn21162.

Friday 8 September 2017
BT106 Stockholm-Arlanda(ARN) - Riga(RIX) Dash8-Q400 AirBaltic (first flight with airline, and first visit to Latvia even if only for 8½ hours)
BT595 Riga(RIX) - Thessaloniki(SKG) Bombardier CS300 AirBaltic (4th new type of the trip with the CS300, and first visit to Greece :good: )

Saturday 9 September 2017
OA084 Thessaloniki(SKG) - Kalamata(KLX) Dash8-Q400 Olympic Air (first flight with airline)
OA237 Kalamata(KLX) - Athens(ATH) ATR 42-600 (5th new type of trip, and despite being fairly new it is fairly rare with only 31 frames build :cool2: )

With 8 flights/22 hours in the air, all in cattle class, on just 4 days I am sure I will enjoy a good 10 days in Greece without airplanes :beer2:

Wednesday 20 September 2017
OA373 Mykonos (JMK) - Athens(ATH) Airbus A320 Aegean (first flight with Aegean, despite the Olympic flight no.)
A3848 Athens(ATH) - Hamburg(HAM) Airbus A320 Aegean (back 'home' some more R+R with the oldies in Denmark)

Wednesday 27 September 2017
OYBPB Roskilde (RKE) - Flensburg (FLF) Douglas DC-3 Danish Dakota Friends (first flight on this particular DC-3)
OYBPB Flensburg (FLF) - Roskilde (RKE) Douglas DC-3 Danish Dakota Friends

Thursday 28 September 2017
BA8267 Billund (BLL) - Olso (OSL) Dornier 328JET Sun-Air Scandinavia (6th new type of the trip, rare on scheduled flights these days :sparkle: )
FR1395 Oslo (OSL) - London-Stadsted (STN) Ryanair Boeing 737-800 (against my religion to fly Ryanair but good timing/price :dunno1: )

Monday 2 October 2017
AF 1681 London-Heathrow (LHR) - Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Boeing 787-9 (7th new type, first flight on the long Dreanliner :highfive: )
AF 1142 Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - Geneva-Cointrin (GVA) Airbus A318 (always good with a fairly rare A318)

Tuesday 3 October 2017
LH1223 Geneva(GVA) - Frankfurt(FRA) Airbus A319 Lufthansa (yawn :negative: )
LH572 Frankfurt(FRA) - Jo'burg(JNB) Boeing 747-8i Lufthansa (8th new type of the trip on what is likely to be the last of the Jumbos :dance: )

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Re: GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2017

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Postby Bell 407 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:15 pm

GD, this looks like an awesome trip. Some of those new types look very interesting. But hey, great return cost on your flight ticket :cent:

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Postby gear up » Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:20 am

Really looking forward to this trip report and the pics.. looks like a great itinerary :good: :champion: :beer3:
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Postby great dane » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:05 pm

So finally almost my turn to get flying - busy packing - and waiting for HB-JMC Airbus A340-300 to come and collect me tomorrow.

Think I booked all by flights (you never know if an extra can be squeezed in somewhere). If all goes to plan no less than 8 new types, can't wait :bye1:

Checked-in, two window seats, 38A and 7A. Looking forward to have just one neighbor in the 2-4-2 config of the A343 (unlike the KLM 777s I have mainly used lately), same on the CS100 that appears to have a generous 2-3 layout.

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Postby Bell 407 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:08 pm

Have a wonderful trip GD. Looking forward to your posts on the forum here. Eight types sounds like a nice number but hopefully it will be more :champion:

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Postby great dane » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:41 am

So first four sectors completed - all according to plan so flown in three new types :dance:

First off was the longest and least interesting of the flight. HB-JMC a 2003 vintage Airbus A340-313 of Swiss. Left Jo'burg in darkness and it was still dark when we arrived Zurich so not much in terms of pics .

In the last light at JNB before departure.
ImageHB-JMC_06Sep17-JNB by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Reasonably well presented meal, but not very tasty sadly. Beer and chocolate was delicious though
ImageHB-JMC_06Sep17-Food by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

After a bit of running around Zurich Airport to chase bizjets, HB-JBD Bombardier C-Series 100 of Swiss arrived gate to take me to Vienna.
ImageHB-JBD_07Sep17-ZRH by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Nice little aircraft - modern interior with good seats in a 2-3 layout. Got moved two rows forwards so ended up on 5A which was perfect for wing pix.

Favourite shot of the trip so far - C-Series wing and Zurich Airport in the back.
ImageHB-JBD_07Sep17-inflight-ZRH by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

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Re: GDs Fun Flights - Europe 2017

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Postby Bell 407 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:52 am

Very nice GD. That food doesn't look too bad on Swiss. Absolutely love the C-series wing shot and with the airport in the background too :champion: :champion: :champion:

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Postby Downwind » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:01 pm

Thanks for the posts, GD.

Have a great trip.

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