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
After spending Easter Holidays enjoying this beautiful city is time to come back home Since the departure time was 18:10 we spend the morning walking around the city center Around 15:30 we took a took a taxi to the airport and in about twenty minutes we reached Václav Havel Airport Our flight would depart from Terminal 2, used for flights within the Schengen area
The departure hall is bright and large This Terminal had opened in 2006
For unknown reasons we weren't able to make online check-in neither on AZ app nor on the website Browsing on FlightReport in the days after I discovered it had happened also to other AZ flights We had to wait about 10 minutes before check-in opened
Since we had few people in front of us we obtained our BPs in about 10 minutes
My boarding pass showing the gate D1
Having nothing else to do landside we went straight to the security check-point
The whole process didn't take so much The control itself didn't seem accurate as in other European airports When my turn came the policeman found the windproof light I bought the day before and told me it was forbidden However he let me keep it (fortunately) Duty-free area just after the checkpoint
It's not a hub without Victoria's Secrets XD
Since there was a hour before boarding I decided to make a walk around the Terminal The Terminal is clean and efficent, but it lacks of shops
Spotting time! CSA A319s, TAP A320 and Air Dolomiti E-Jet parked at Pier C
Travel Service 737 at gate D3
CSA A319 and KLM 737
Brussels Airlines A320 just landed
Our bird parked at Gate D1
Boarding commenced on time
Brussels Airlines parked at Pier C while we waited to board
Going down the steep jetway
Our Airbus A320, EI-IKB, delivered in May 2000 (16,9 yo) and named after Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Still old livery for me
Etihad Airways Partner logo near the door
Fuselage shot with AZ green line along the fuselage
The plane is equipped with new interiors
Since the plane was not full (123 pax/162 seats according to the flight report) I moved to row 29
The view from my seat as we started pushback (sorry for blurred pics)
Alitalia's logo on the headrest
Travel Service 737
Heading to RWY24
Bye Bye Prague
There was no queue for takeoff
And here we go…
And finally in the air
Bye bye Czech Republic
We quickly reached cruise altitude
About half a hour into the flight a snack was served The choice was between chips or biscuits and a beverage I choose San Carlo's Chips and Coke
Where are you going mate?
Approaching Italy clouds started to thin
Perfectly on time we started our descent
Since we came from north and landing operations that day were from south we had to fly over Rome
Olympic Stadium, Foreign Ministry (the white building next the stadium) and Gemelli Hospital (the enormous builiding complex under the stadium)
Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park (called Foro Italico) and Foreign Ministry
St Peter's Basilica
The "Big Snake", a huge complex of public housing almost 1 km long
EUR financial district in southern Rome
Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, also known as Colosseo Quadrato (Square Colosseum) It was built in 1942 for Rome Universal Exposition (never held due to WWII) and in my opinion is one of the best example of Italian rationalist architecture
PalaLottomatica, design by Italian engineer Pier Luigi Nervi
Souther suburbs of Rome
Cinecittà World, an amusement park themed around cinema
Approach path for the RWY is over Tirrean Sea
Tiber River's mouth
Rome Airport long-term parking
We landed on time on RWY34R
SAS A320 landed behind us
Air Berlin A320 (RIP)
Entering AZ's land
This A320, EI-DTJ (named after Italian poet Giovanni Pascoli) is painted with a special livery called Employee Signatures When new AZ corporate image was presented in June 2016 many employees were asked to write their promises for the airline and all this phrases have been printed on the plane fuselage
A320s in old livery…
…and in new one
Parking on a remote stand next to EI-DSA, a former AirOne A320 named "Palazzo dei Normanni, Palermo"
While desembarking I asked the flight report form to the Purser and he invited me to take some pics to the cockpit Unfortunately the Captain was working on some papers and I just had time to say him "Thank you"
Very well filled Flight report
Last views of our aircraft from the bus
Welcome to Rome
Having cabin baggage only we headed straight to the exit and took the shuttle bus to the long term parking Thank you for your attention!
Prague - PRG
Rome - FCO
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Ciao e grazie Carlo per questo FR. Nice to see AZ on the english part of this website. I do fly a lot between Milan and Paris and it is sad to notice that the catering on board is not better on an almost two-hours long flight. What a shame, given all the culinary wonders of Italy. Alitalia could have done much better.
I thoroughly enjoyed PRG airport. The wifi there is excellent and there are not many shops like in most airports today.
I also liked your pictures of Rome during the approach, a city I know well and love.
Thanks for sharing this trip!
Thank you very much for the appreciation! It's very sad I know, I saw the difference in less than one year
In summer '16 I went to Amsterdam and they gave us a tasty sandwich while now that's the situation
I hope everything will be better for them
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