Exotic Air Moldova and an afternoon in Chisinau

Hello dear readers,

some time ago I was browsing again flights to Moscow and like often before Air Moldova showed up again as one of the cheapest options. I already took them on the Frankfurt-Chisinau-Moscow Domodedovo route three times before and in my opinion they are a well run small airline. Currently their fleet consists of two A320s, one A319 and three Embraer 190.

This time the interesting fact was, that the flight which would connect immediately within 30mins to the flight from Frankfurt was already sold out, so that left me with a 7 hours transit in Chisinau. Well I have never been to the city, nor knew a lot about it, so I quickly bought that ticket and decided to visit the centre of Chisinau!

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Day trip to Kolomna

Hello dear readers,

today I will take you to Kolomna, a small city in the golden circle. It is located around 100km south-east of Moscow, still in Moscow Oblast.

You can either go there by Elektrichka, which is a local train, but with many stops, so I recommend the bus, which leaves every 30mins from the Metro station Kotelniki in Moscow to Kolomna. It will take around 2hours by bus to get there, depending on the traffic situation in the outskirts of Moscow.

I went there by car and it took around 90mins on M5 motorway.

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A trip to Pieter, Helsinki and Tallinn

Introduction:

For some reasons I needed some flights to Moscow and during September Pobeda, the low cost arm of the national Aeroflot Group offered an excellent fare of 60EUR return to Moscow Vnukovo from Frankfurt during a sale. To book that, it took more than one hour as the server was way overloaded, but in the end luckily it went through and some minutes later an e-ticket was in my mailbox. ( The Pobeda flights will be covered in the next report )

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Trip Report: Charter flight to Crete Part I

Charter. The Russian way. Ural Airlines. DME-HER

Dear readers,

welcome to another report of mine.

This time a flight I haven’t directly chosen myself, but more on that below.

 

I spend a considerable amount of time in Moscow, next to my home in Germany, so we usually check the fares from Germany and Moscow, when investigating flights, destinations, potential holidays and so on.

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Trip Report: Air France and KLM to Moscow

Dear readers,

welcome to another trip report! This time I will cover my journey from Strasbourg to Amsterdam on Air France HOP! and further on KLM to Moscow.

To get to Entzheim airport in Strasbourg I needed to catch a couple of trains, but the french local trains are comfortable enough.

After a quick drive tot he nearest station in France, it was only 5mins until my train departed to Strasbourg Main Station. It was an interesting train, which can run on diesel as well as electric. It only took a bit more than 1h15 and we were in Strasbourg, where I had 15mins to wait for my next train, which brought me in 9mins to SXB airport.

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Trip report: Swiss Frankfurt-Zurich-Moscow

Dear readers,

welcome to another report from me!

This time I will show you the service on two european sectors with Swiss.

The route is a simple FRA-ZRH-DME.

To get to Frankfurt I used the combination of trains again and in a breeze I was in Frankfurt.

As Swiss is using Terminal 1 in Frankfurt along the *A partners, it is only a short walk to the Check-In from the trainstation.

Security this morning at the A pier was a bit crowded, because it was one of the days when LH striked. So there was a bit of chaos everywhere. Continue reading

Trip report: Air Moldova to Moscow

Hello dear readers,

 

today I am taking you on a journey with a lesser known airline. It does not have a first class cabin or a particular polished service, but for a european airline it is one of the more exotic ones and for sure a pleasant ride.

 

Air Moldova is the national airline of the republic of Moldova and currently has a fleet of two A320, two E190LR and one A319. Further on they also currently charter an A320 of the greek ACMI operator Olympus Airways. Currently they serve quite a few cities in Europe, but also some Russian and Turkish destinations from their hub in KIV ( Chisinau).

 

I took the route from Frankfurt to Moscow via Chisinau, as they used to offer quite attractive fares and perfect flight times.

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