Hello everyone and welcome to this report covering Transavia flight from Prague to Rotterdam.
Well, I wasn´t expecting myself to fly anywhere earlier than in February. This trip to Holland I began to prepare only about a week prior to departure. I was lucky to find an awesome fare to fly from Prague to Rotterdam with returning flight to Vienna for only about 90EUR. It seemed to be a one day trip, but I realized maybe I can finally try Wizz on its flight from Eindhoven to Brno. And was lucky again to find great fare which made my trip a two-day with routing as follows :
14/01/2013 Prague - Rotterdam on Transavia 15/01/2013 Eindhoven - Brno on Wizz
For PRG-RTM leg I payed only about 40EUR all taxes incl.which was great, provided the fact I bought this ticket 6 days to departure. On the other hand it was compromised by an early morning departure at 09:25. It wouldn´t be any kind of problem, but only in case I don´t live in Brno. So I took early morning bus at 03:45 and had a comfortable ride to Prague. I managed to get a bit of sleep and after some 2,5hours I got off at Prague. I had 3 hours to catch my flight and reached the airport some 2 hours to departure - nice time for me.
Airport was really calm with only few people moving around. I ate sandwich I had bought back at Brno and waited for check-in to start as it wasn´t possible to check-in online for flight from Prague.
At this place there was some exposition in previous months, but this time nothing to see here.
At 07:27 check-in desk opened and as I came there were only 3 three people in the queue. The fare prices suggested today´s flight will be a rather empty one, which proved to be true later. I gently asked man at the desk whether I can choose my seat at which he replied in a positive way. Well it was 16F for me… and few more seats as well as it turned out later :-).
After getting my boarding pass I went to terrace to check out what is going on outside. Except of cold and unpleasant weather there was absolutely nothing to see.
Cold weather brought me to return inside and as there was nothing much to do I went to security. It was really quick, it didn´t take me more than three minutes to get past.
My departure gate was D1, but I went to the C pier to inspect what planes are around. To my dissapointment this pier was empty as well.
Although all gates were empty, this QS 737 was boarded by stairs, nice
Then I checked flightradar24 to see the status of incoming flight and it was actualy landing already at Prague´s RWY24.
And here it is taxiing as the weather around is getting worse.
So I walked back to D1 and saw this LOT Embraer 175 in nice Mike Tyson livery
Empty gate area, 15 minutes to boarding
Boarding was called 10 minutes earlier than expected, I was third to enter jetbridge. While walking I managed to get this shot KLM a LOT Embraers
As well as shot of my bird - PH-XRD, 10,5 years in the air, always with Transavia
Entering the aircraft
At the door there were one man and one lady FAs, they were more concentrated on their conversation than welcoming passengers warmly. Cockpit door were opened which is always a nice thing to see
Nice green-colored seats.
This seat in emergency exit is provided with some cool legrom
My row 16, all seats for me. Like many other seats
Legroom was ok for this kind of flight
Eh, seems like boarding completed!
Wing view with Air France A321 next to us
Weather getting even worse while approaching runway
Take off roll was really a quick one and as we were probably pretty light, our angle of attack was some kind of amazing. No take off pictures though due to poor visibility
The menu card
Almost everyone onboard is visible here. In the back of the aircraft there were not more than 8 people
I moved a bit to check out the other side. Weather was looking to improve significantly as we climbed altitude. I think we were cruising at FL400 if I remember well. That´s what my dad told me later as the IFE was showing only advertisments instead of flight informations.
I bought a coke for 2,75EUR and was told to enjoy it by lady FA around 40.
Lady voice came on the announcement, she introduced her as our captain today and told us that everything is going right in the front office and prepared us for weather at Rotterdam - 5°C and drizzle.
Cloud layer started dissapearing in the middle of flight, but later dark clouds started to develop again as we began our descent to Holland
Clouds getting darker
Overflying a city which I´m really not sure what is.. Any idea someone?
Cabin prepared for landing at Rotterdam
We approached from the northeast for landing RWY24. City of Haag barely visible on the right and Rotterdam on the other side
In the final minutes we were treated with nice views of Rotterdam area
Although the weather was bad, approach was pleasant and almost not bumpy at all
Touchdown! Rotterdam´s runway 24
Rotterdam The Hague airport
As this airport is really a small one we taxied only about a minute to park next to another company 737
Deplaning was done via stairs which was not really pleasant provided the rain outside
Last look at our PH-XRD, nice ride with you Transavia
Our crew ended their shift here and I later spotted our captain, lady at her forties. Was my first time with lady in a cockpit. I took a quick walk around the small airport and then headed to bus stop to get into city. Bus ride was fine, taking about 15 minutes for 3EUR if I remember well.
For this leg it´s all for now, thank you for your attention up to here and see you on the next leg - Eindhoven - Brno
Prague - PRG
Rotterdam - RTM
My first flight on Transavia and it was really a fine one provided the fare of 40EUR. Cabin was clean, reasonably comfortable and crew was ok. We landed few minutes ahead of schedule which is always nice.
About Prague airport there is not much to be said, clean as always, but nothing to do or spot when it´s so calm as it was this morning.
Rotterdam airport seemed small, but nice. When flying between Schengen countries there is nothing to say about immigration process.
Overally it was a good flight between two nice airports for a great price
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Thanks for this complete FR. Sorry but I cannot find these green seats nice ^^ But this is minor considering the price paid.
Agreed, but that seat color is much more acceptable than the cabin interior of an infamous European LCC :)
Good rendition of a very early and very empty flight. I tried and failed to google map the mysterious city. Thanks for this FR !
Thanks for sharing this FR
Thanks for sharing! Reports to/from RTM are rare. Not a fan of the green colored seats and the pitch seems tight, but it certainly is nice to have a whole row to yourself!
Hi! I just stumbled across your report and your shout for help in identifying the mysterious city. I checked my resources and the city would probably be Utrecht which you passed at around 7000 feet. Hope this helps.
As for the report: nice! Good to have an almost empty plane. HV is my number two choice budget airline after Wizz Air, although I absolutely hate flying budget airlines. Rotterdam is something I have to experience myself as well, but from what I've heard it is a breeze. Even though I prefer Schiphol over anything else.
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