As I appreciate everybody´s trip reports for a long time and I always look forward to see some new, I decided that it´s maybe right time to write my own one - which some of you hopefully find nice to read. I don´t fly planes for business purposes and unfortunately and I´m not a VFR traveller so if I want to fly I always have to find some reasons. Usually for spotting or visitng some nice place.
I think this is enough to introduce myself. Let´s start with the most recent trip I have taken. By the begin of summer me and my girlfriend knew that since October it´s every year little bit more stressful than we would like so we thought of spending few days in Europe to gain energy for those difficult weeks. We looked for some options and found out visiting Amsterdam would be most suitable for us. We booked our flights with national carrier Czech Airlines for reasonable price of 120 EUR for PRG-AMS-PRG.
A NICE UPGRADE
I never travelled in Business class but I always wished to try it. As our departure day was set to be Saturday, it was obvious there will be poor Load Factor in Business. Few days before departure I tried to upgrade us to J for PRG-AMS leg offering lowest possible 60 EUR per person. To my delight (but not a big surprise), 3 days ahead of departure OK confirmed us to fly PRG-AMS in Business - Bingo!
All my trips always start at my hometown Brno. BRQ airport has pretty poor connections with only aprox.5 flights a day, mostly with charter flights. No flight to AMS of course.. That means we had to fly from VIE or PRG. VIE is slightly easier and quicker to reach, but this time we opted to fly from our capital thanks to Czech Airlines good PRG-AMS tariff.
EuroCity train is always the right option for us to get to Prague
Leaving the train at Prague
Then we had to take Airport Express bus to PRG airport
Terminal 2 overview
After visiting OK´s check-in desk we went for a terrace to see what´s going on outside. Unfortunately airport was pretty calm by this time. LX RJ100 in Star Alliance livery
KL ERJ190 being pushed back
BA A320 to LHR
We turned back and went through quick security. When on the airside we headed upstairs to experience SkyTeam lounges for the first time.
Although the selection at the bar was not the widest we enjoyed our stay at the lounge a lot. I wanted to leave lounge a bit earlier to have look what planes we had around. OK A319 in old livery as AZ A320 departs
the new livery
Wait, who is this guys about to land at PRG ?!
Oh, Hi there!
Another OK Airbus
U2 A319 taxiing by. Going to try them soon on my flight to MXP in October
OK-NEP - this is the aircraft that will do the honors today. KE B747 in the background is having some rest before her long flight home.
It was not very crowded at the boarding gate. We were the first onboard, as there were only 3 pax (including us!) in J. When entering aircraft we were welcomed by one male and one female stewards. Originally we were seated in 1D and 1F but crew immediately moved us to 1A and 1C providing us so more legroom.
Awesome legroom on an intra-european flight
We were quickly offered a welcome drink
Captain came on the radio telling us flight time is expected to be 1h15min with a slightly better weather in Amsterdam to what we had here at Prague. Safety video
Our gate after pushback
Passing by LH A320
As PRG´s main RWY 06/24 is closed for three months due to construction works, we lined up at RWY 30.
During our take off roll we passed by former OK´s B737s which are now stored with uncertain future
Climbing over closed RWY 06/24
IFE consisted of overhead screens showing our route for 80% of time and some OK magazines.
In a thin layer of clouds
And above them
Always makes me ecstatic having this sight of clouds
Right side view
After take off I switched coke for OJ
Meal service began some 20 minutes into the flight. We were given a warm roll which was very tasteful with also good salami and cheese. Apple cake was delicious.
Weather seemed to improve when over Germany
But only for a while
After finishing the meal I opted for a beer..
.. as my girlfriend enjoyed her coffee with some cookies
Flying near Dortmund
Already descending for AMS
Bye bye sunny weather..
Back in the clouds
On approach to AMS
KL B737 after our landing on RWY 18C
Thank you Czech Airlines for amazing experience. After landing Czech airlines usually play Chariots of Fire by Vangelis. I find it very nice and creating fine atmosphere.
Sea of Fokkers and Embraers
Portugalia´s Fokker 100 at the gate
We parked next to VY A320
Our plane waiting for return to PRG
While leaving gates area
Few shots from the city
REMEMBERING EL AL FLIGHT 1862 CRASH
As our hotel was located close to Bijlmer area we decided to go to visit Memorial of El Al 1862 crash.. Being at the place where B747 crashed and so many people died can be pretty depressing..
It was a perfect flight in comfortable cabin and good onboard service from the cabing crew. Definitely a flight to remember for me. Also thought of making TR about our returning flight, but being it an evening flight in ecenomy I guess there is nothing interesting to report about.
Looking forward to any of your comments guys, Cheers, Michael
Erste Premier Lounge
Prague - PRG
Amsterdam - AMS
Usually there aren´t lots of good words said about Czech Airlines, byt I have nothing to complain about. Instead of that I´m pretty amazed by the quality they showed us. For sure we were lucky to get upgraded to Business for such a small amount of money but still I think Czech Airlines showed in a good way. Lounges were ok, seats very comfortable, we were very well treated and arrived at AMS on time. What more could you guys ask for such a small amount of money on European flight?
Next time - I would not hesitate to use OK services again.
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