Hello and welcome to the second part of this short series covering my trip to Prague with my sister in early-March! Unfortunately some technical issues with my phone delayed this FR. It was sent for repair a week ago and has now been repaired and I have all of my important stuff at my fingertips again. Without further ado, let's continue with this short series!
The assigned gate for flight BT481 to Prague was B4, connecting to our next flight was a breeze as both Sweden and the Czech Republic is in the Schengen area.
Walking to gate B4, the terminal was clean.
All B gates, a few cafés and a small duty-free shop was located here. This area of the terminal wasn't too busy.
We made it to our gate after 4 minutes of walking at 11:40 AM (UTC +2). Our flight from ARN was scheduled to arrive at RIX at 11:45 so we were pretty early…
It's time for a little bit of spotting. Aeroflot A320 getting ready for its flight to SVO.
Our BT Q400 that will take us to PRG. YL-BBW delivered to BT in June 2013.
Airline: Airbaltic (Styled as airBaltic)
Flight no & route: BT481 RIX-PRG
Scheduled time of departure (actual): 12:50 PM (13:10/01:10 PM) UTC +2
Scheduled time of arrival (actual): 14:00/02:00 PM (14:03/02:03 PM) UTC +1
Scheduled flight time (actual): 2h 10 min (1h 53 min)
SU A320 pushback.
There wasn't a lot of action after the SU 320 left, I decided to walk around the terminal and check out a couple of stores to burn some time.
10 minutes later I see my sister waving at me to come back to B4, I walk to her and then she yells “Look, Wizz Air!“. I turn around and look out of the window to see a W6 A320 pulling in to its gate. I pull my camera out and snap a few shots. There wasn't much to be seen at RIX so I'm thankful my sister notified me of the W6 320 :). Wizz Air has one of the best airline liveries according to my sister, she has flown with them on the NYO-VNO leg.
This aircraft arrived from Doncaster in case you're wondering :).
What do you guys think about including a spotting bonus from ARN in the next part? I'm a pretty regular spotter at ARN and have a lot of pictures to share.
Boarding was announced at 12:20 PM (UTC +2), 30 minutes before our scheduled time of departure. The line wasn't really a line at first, passengers built three lines that connected to one line right before the BP check. Some passengers with large hand bags had to get their hand luggage checked for size before entering the jetbridge while other passengers went straight in.
Boarding might have commenced on-time but we had to wait in the jetbridge for 5-7 minutes before being allowed to walk to the aircraft.
Walking to our Q400 after a few minutes of waiting.
Wizz Air A320 is also visible.
One of the flight attendants greeted me and then I walked to my seat which was 12D once again. 12D and 12C were the only 'pair' seats left on this flight, we had no other choice but to take these seats again. This will be my seat for the next 2 hours.
Pretty nice weather in RIX.
The seat pitch was okay, the seat comfort is bearable for flights up to 1,5 hours in length but worked for this flight too.
'Life vest under your seat'
The load was pretty good today, the load factor was at least 95%.
Overhead bins, the cabin was dimmed for departure.
Pushback commenced at 01:03 PM local time (UTC +2).
Announcements were made in Latvian and English, a safety demonstration was also done.
Some cabin lighting.
Taxiing to runway 18.
Taking off from runway 18 at 01:10 PM local time. The famous Q400 engine noise was back, we would have to live with it for 2 hours this time.
Mārupes Siltumnīcas is visible in this shot, apparently it's a major greenhouse where they grow vegetables. The area itself is called Jaunmārupe.
The flight was pretty uneventful, there wasn't much to see or do so I just read the in-flight magazine or slept the majority of the flight.
The updated spring menu.
Spring/summer edition of the in-flight duty free magazine.
Spring version of the Baltic outlook magazine.
Here's something that interested me, the flight schedules! RIX-ARN was served 22 weekly at this time with 2 weekly VNO-ARN flights. Currently they operate 24 weekly flights RIX-ARN and 5 weekly VNO-ARN flights. BT used to have monopoly on the RIX-ARN route but SK recently resumed flights to RIX with 17-18 weekly flights from ARN giving BT a little bit of competition.
I later went to check out the lavatory which was located at the front.
This was probably the smallest airplane lavatory I had seen in my life (kind of makes sense, it's the smallest plane I've flown with).
I decided to buy a Twix bar when the FAs walked down the aisle with the cart, I hadn't eaten anything since 05:55 AM (UTC +1). My sister went with the roast beef salad and loved it. The flight attendants on this flight were okay, nothing extraordinary but they got the job done.
We later initiated our descent to PRG 20 minutes prior to arrival.
Descending through the clouds.
Well, what do we have here? The outskirts of Prague totally covered in snow! The pilot did give us a few temperature updates during the flight but we had never expected so much snow in PRG.
The village of Líbeznice on the bottom left.
A place called Seblec, 50 km from central Prague.
Landing on runway 24 at Prague.
Taxiing to our stand.
Officially in Prague.
We came to a final stop at 02:07 PM local time (UTC +1), 7 minutes after our scheduled time of arrival. My sister really wanted to get out of this plane! I'm pretty sure I was tired of this Q400 as well, it was an interesting experience though.
We were taken by buses to the terminal as in Riga but there was one difference.
These buses weren't as spotter friendly.
Anyway, we arrived at the terminal 6 minutes later and headed for the exit.
We made it landside, purchased a pre-paid SIM-card and headed off to our hotel with the help of Google maps.
Welcome to Skoda land!
Walking to the bus stop.
We purchased two 72-hour cards for us.
A SOR NB 18 articulated city bus, operating line 119. We would take bus 191 to Na Knížecí.
It was pretty snowy as you can see.
We arrived at a bus stop called Anděl almost an hour later, which is a bus stop, tram and metro station. Our hotel was pretty close to this station. (This wasn't our bus).
I guess that's it for this FR! Thank you for taking your time to read it!
Old town square.
Prague astronomical clock.
Rudolfinum, a music auditorium and art gallery.
View of Prague from the Petrin hill observation tower.
St. Vitus Cathedral.
Prague Castle (Forgot these pictures at first, thanks to NGO85 for notifying me about that).
Karlův most (Charles Bridge).
Tančící dům (Dancing house).
Thank you for taking your time to read this FR (and bonus if you made it so far). I asked this question earlier in the FR but will ask again, do you think I should include a spotting bonus from ARN in the next FR? Any feedback is appreciated!
Security/Immigration left at 7,5 for RIX and PRG
Riga - RIX
Prague - PRG
Another functioning flight with BT, a standard flight IMO. They got us from point A to point C through point B without any hassle.
Cabin comfort - I was skeptical at first about the seat comfort for this flight as it had a scheduled flight time of 2 hours. It did the job in the end but was neither comfortable or horrible. The seat pitch was standard. However, my sister never wants to fly with BT (at least not in their Q400s).
Crew - Standard crew, the FAs did their jobs efficiently and with a few smiles.
BOB - Decent menu for short flights, hot meals could be pre-booked.
Entertainment - Natural IFE was the only IFE offered.
On-time performance - We landed a few minutes late at PRG, nothing substantial.
0 LIKESLIKE TO THANK THE AUTHORTHANKS ! FLIGHT-REPORT LIKED
Flight-Report is a free website hosting more than 500 000 pictures and 17 000 reviews, without ads, this website can't exist. We understand that ads can be annoying, this is why we only display a maximum of 2 non-invasive ads per page.
To continue using Flight-Report, we invite you to add Flight-Report to your blocker's "white list".