Review of CSA flight Rome Prague in Economy

Airline CSA
Flight OK725
Class Economy
Seat 15F
Aircraft Airbus A319
Flight time 01:55
Take-off 13 Apr 17, 14:45
Arrival at 13 Apr 17, 16:40
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Carlotherocks
Published on 12th January 2018

INTRODUCTION


Hello everyone
I'm writing this report after many months since I've been very busy with university.
Last Easter my family and I decided to visit Prague, since neither my father nor I have been there,
We booked the flight about one month before with CSA-Czech Airlines and Alitalia. While I've flown AZ many times in Europe, it would have been for me the first time with CSA
Here is the itinerary

13th April Rome Fiumicino - Prague Ruzyně with Czech Airlines A319 (YOU ARE HERE)
16th April Prague Ruzyně - Rome Fiumicino with Alitalia A320

AT THE AIRPORT


As usual we left our car at a long term parking close to Rome Fiumicino International Airport
The service is very good since they have a shuttle bus that brings you in front of the main terminal
Even if is part of SkyTeam, CSA flights departs from Terminal 3 instead of Terminal 1, AZ's base
The airport was quite crowded for Easter holidays
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Since we made online check-in at home and had only cabin baggages we headed straight to security checkpoint.
Despite the crowd the security was a breeze and in no time we were airside
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Time to turn right, towards boarding area D

FIDS showing our flight to be on time. Boarding gate D3
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Boarding area D handles most of European flights operated by non-SkyTeam partners
Most of Alitalia's flight plus some AF and KL are handled at boarding area B
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Pianos spreaded in the waiting lounges, a very nice idea
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We went upstairs to have lunch…and to make some photos from the only decent spotting point of the entire concourse
AZ A320s and E-Jets at boarding area B
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After lunch we returned downstairs to discover that the boarding gate was changed from D3 to D10, on the opposite corner of the concourse
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Fortunately boarding had not started yet
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Time to go…
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Our ride for today, OK-MEL, delivered to Czech Airlines in Aprile 2007
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W6 A320 heading to the RWY
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LH A320 with sharklets just landed
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AZ A321 I-BIXN, dedicated to "Piazza del Duomo, Catania"
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Mandatory fuselage shot…
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…and wing shot
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THE FLIGHT


This A319 is configured with 8 seats in business class and 126 seats in economy class, for a total of 134 seats
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I took my seat 15F
Even if the seats are a bit old they were very comfortable and soft
The pitch was also correct (I'm 1.80m tall)
The view from my seat during boarding
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Cabin while boarding came to end
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Iberia A320 next to us
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Pushback was on time, and we headed to RWY25 for take off
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AZ A321 taking-off
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Boarding area B
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AZ remote stands

Meridiana MD-82
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AZ old and new livery
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FedEx ATR42-300 in front of the CargoCity
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Vueling A320 just landed
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Alitalia E175
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There was no queue for TO and we started to run on RWY 25
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Crossing RWY 16R/34L
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Roman coastline
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Banking over Focene town
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The airport
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Somewhere on the Tirrean Coast…
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…and over mainland
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Adriatic Coast
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A sea of white clouds

Airshow: after flying over Venice we headed towards Austria
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In the meantime the cabin crew started the paid Food&Beverage service
Crossing Alps
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About half a hour before scheduled landing we started to descent over Czech countryside
Because of the cloudy weather and the bad state of the window I didn't take good pictures
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OK-MEL
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Almost on the land

We landed on RWY24
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Air brakes
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Leaving the runway
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Crossing RWY12/30, at the moment closed for renovations
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CSA ATR42
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Air Dolomiti E190 and CSA A319
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Welcome to "Václav Havel Airport Prague"
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While the European Pier seemed a bit more "populated" the International area where we parked lacked of planes

Our stand
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We parked at an International gate, to be bussed later to the Schenghen Terminal
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While disembarking I asked back the Flight Report from the Purser
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ARRIVAL IN PRAGUE


Disembarking through the glass jetway
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Last views of our bird
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Bye Bye OK-MEL
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We were bussed to the Schenghen Terminal
Vítejte v Praze - Welcome to Prague
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The airport seemed quite clean and new
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Having no hold baggage we headed straight to the exit
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Baggage reclaim hall
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Meeters and greeters hall
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We took a taxi to our hotel, located quite close to Charles Bridge
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See you for the return flight and thank you for the attention!
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Verdict

CSA

6.4/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment5.0
Meal/catering5.0

Rome - FCO

8.4/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness9.0

Prague - PRG

7.3/10
Efficiency7.5
Access7.5
Services6.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

I'm quite well impressed by Czech Airlines
It had been the first time for me with this airlines and the experience was very good for a 2-hour flight

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