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Your First Ryanair Flight.  
User currently offlineAerLingus747 From Ireland, joined Apr 2006, 223 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7643 times:

Hey all.

So when was your first experience with the no thrills low coast airline.

My first flight was in 2003 from DUB to STN.

Regards

AerLingus747

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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11607 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7635 times:

26th August 2004 at 08:40, now there's an exact time and date! biggrin 

I did a PLH-BRS-DUB and return day trip so that I could fly on the 732 both ways on Ryanair. I conceived the idea several months previously because I was anxious to fly the 200 series, but to my slight annoyance I needn't have bothered as I flew to Mahon and back on a Palmair 732 literally days before the FR flights. I had another flight on a FR 732 after that and it scared the sh*t out of me, really felt like the aircraft was about to break up inflight.

Dan Smile



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User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1378 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7636 times:
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My first trip was excelent.
First 737, and on the return, it even had winglets! I really like FR.
And the best part... £15 tickets!

I will be back.

Kev.



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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4624 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7630 times:

July 2006. DUB-LGW-DUB - out and back same day. Found them to be like Aer Lingus except they make more announcements to get you to buy stuff.

I'll take EI for the lounge access any day of the week over FR.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineWildwing64 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7629 times:

My first flight with FR was in late June, when me, my family and another family went to France for a week. We flew from STN - LRH. The flight was ok both ways (minus the bumpy landings), but the holiday wasn't exactly the best ever.

[Edited 2006-09-30 23:47:35]


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User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7620 times:

I've only ever flown FR once due to the fact i resent their business model.
STN-GLA 1996 I believe on one of the rattliest, nastiest 732s I have ever seen
Pressurisation problem so flew relatively low instead of returning, consequently everyones noses and eye sinuses felt like they were on fire.
Came into land, touched down, full thrust, took off again
"Sorry about that folks, the British Airways plane hasn't left the runway yet, we will be landing in 15 minutes'
Landed the second time very hard and nastily
Appaling flight.
Thanks
PR


User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19187 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7601 times:

Truly can't remember my first FR flight. Hmm. I know it wasn't on one of their 732s, so it must have been their 738s. I'm guessing to DUB, but that's about it. This year, though, I have flown: STN-KRK; GDN-STN; STN-TSF-STN; and, in November, STN-CIA-STN (£20 incl. tax).


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6318 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7590 times:

My first and last FR flight was STN-DUB in 2002 (I think). The flight was ontime but the staff were rude and tried to sell everything they could find. Cheap enough at £40 one way.
I stick with Aer Lingus and Heathrow now.


User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7582 times:

Back in ?1999, did STN-AAR with FR.

EI-CSI outbound, EI-CSB inbound.

Plus, CSI was new when I travelled, very nice. Clean  Wink



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User currently offlineMUCflieger From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7581 times:

Thank you for booking with Ryanair.


YOUR CONFIRMATION NUMBER IS: BFFDDM

You will need this confirmation number and VALID ACCEPTED FORM
OF PHOTO ID,(as detailed below),at check-in to receive your boarding card

ITINERARY/RECEIPT - All times are local.

PASSENGERS
1. XXX ADT

GOING OUT
From Torp Oslo(TRF) to Prestwick Glasgow(PIK)
Tue, 14Oct03 Flight FR7803 Depart TRF at 12:30 and arrive PIK at 13:15

PAYMENT DETAILS
********16.00 NOK Adults
********50.00 NOK Fees
*******113.00 NOK Service Charges
********20.00 NOK Ins Levy
*********0.00 NOK UK Air Duty
*********0.00 NOK Government Tax
*********0.00 NOK Airport Tax
*********0.00 NOK Car rental
*********0.00 NOK Insurance
*******199.00 NOK Total Paid


Total trip was AND OLD: Munich - Riem (MUC / EDDM) (closed), Germany">MUC - LHR - OSL TRP - PIK GLA - LHR - AND OLD: Munich - Riem (MUC / EDDM) (closed), Germany">MUC
I took the 1h bus to Torp from Oslo. Check-In was quick, but I was yelled at by the check-in agent that I was in the wrong lane. She thought that everyone with a german id card must queue at the "Frankfurt-Hahn" lane. I bitched back at her that I was indeed going to Prestwick and she forgave my "behavior".

Boarding was a mess. They opened the door and instead of boarding by groups, they just yelled "everyone in" and everybody rushed to the door.
Of course, being an aviation nut AND German I didn´t hesitate to knock a few kids down just to be on board first.  trophy 
The crew very probably all scottish, since I could understand none of the cabin annoucements.

I loved their on board duty free service. Rather than showing the products available, they just ran from the front to the back with the cart and didn´t sell anything.

Arrival was quick as well. Baggage claim area looked like at a 3rd world airport.
Train to Glasgow was a bit fine, albeit a little dirty.

I loved the experience,but I´d never pay more than 50€ incl taxes for any ryanair service.


User currently offlineJm017 From Jamaica, joined Jun 2002, 1227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7571 times:

Quoting MUCflieger (Reply 9):
PAYMENT DETAILS
********16.00 NOK Adults
********50.00 NOK Fees
*******113.00 NOK Service Charges
********20.00 NOK Ins Levy
*********0.00 NOK UK Air Duty
*********0.00 NOK Government Tax
*********0.00 NOK Airport Tax
*********0.00 NOK Car rental
*********0.00 NOK Insurance
*******199.00 NOK Total Paid

The base fare was 16.00 NOK and the service charge was 113.00 NOK?

Quoting MUCflieger (Reply 9):
Boarding was a mess. They opened the door and instead of boarding by groups, they just yelled "everyone in" and everybody rushed to the door.
Of course, being an aviation nut AND German I didn´t hesitate to knock a few kids down just to be on board first.

So the mad rush to the plane is a Ryannair tradition?



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User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19187 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7567 times:

Quoting Jm017 (Reply 10):
So the mad rush to the plane is a Ryannair tradition?

No. It's an exaggeration. Yes, a lot of people move to where the gate is, but they must wait: they are called and may proceed according to their sequence number (those with children and those requiring assistance first; then those with boarding cards 1-90; then those with boarding cards 91-180). Those boarding the aircraft are often very strict about only permitting those with the right sequence number.

In my experience, it has never been a case of push-and-shove. A lot of people, yes, and a mad rush to the gate, yes, but if they don't have the right number they don't get through until it is their turn, hence it is pretty orderly. And some airports, like STN, now have separate areas according to your sequence number, so those with numbers 1-90 line here, those with 91-180 line here. So it makes it even more orderly.

There might be occasions when things go wrong, but most of the time it is fine.

[Edited 2006-10-01 16:27:44]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7507 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 11):
No. It's an exaggeration. Yes, a lot of people move to where the gate is, but they must wait: they are called and may proceed according to their sequence number (those with children and those requiring assistance first; then those with boarding cards 1-90; then those with boarding cards 91-180). Those boarding the aircraft are often very strict about only permitting those with the right sequence number.

As far as I am concerned, I would have to disagree with this. I never witnessed an orderly boarding with FR, however I took only 4 FR segments in my life. But in STN flying with 4U, you will know the difference between these 2 airlines.

Regards,
William



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User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19187 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7507 times:

Quoting Musapapaya (Reply 12):
But in STN flying with 4U, you will know the difference between these 2 airlines.

Perhaps. Yet one is considerably more profitable than the other.  Smile

Quoting Musapapaya (Reply 12):
As far as I am concerned, I would have to disagree with this. I never witnessed an orderly boarding with FR, however I took only 4 FR segments in my life.

I've taken 80+ now.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineTango29 From Ireland, joined May 2006, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 7496 times:

My first was on 05/06/88 from Dublin to Palma on a BAC 1-11!

 wave 



Flown: A300,310,319,320,321,332,333,346,380, B720, 727,732,733,734,735,738,741,744,752,753,763,772,773
User currently offlineAcjflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 426 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7489 times:

I haven't flown them quite yet but I have a ticket from Barcelona (Girona) to "Paris". Unfortunately my friend booked it because it was so cheap only to find out we have to bus an hour outside of Barcelona then we land an hours outside of Paris. So far they haven't earned too many points in my book. We'll see how it goes.

User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19187 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7483 times:

ACJ:

There was a test on UK TV a few years ago regarding getting to a landmark in central Paris from CDG, ORY and BVA. The person who flew into BVA got there - despite being further away - the quickest, with something like 10 mins before the next person. It is all about no delays and then coaches meeting individual flights.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7479 times:

My first flight on FR was on 23/12/05 from LGW to SNN and return from SNN to LGW on 27/12/05. I was dreading the flight, believing all the bad rumours about FR that I have read on this website and others but I was pleasantly surprised as the reality was different. My observations:
  • Check-in handled efficiently and professionally. No difference from many legacy carriers.
  • Boarding was orderly and there was no mad rush or pushing for seats.
  • Flight attendants courteous and polite, welcoming passengers on board, gave safety demonstration professionally, prompt and efficient beverage/snack service. There were a few in-flight announcements to promote sales, but this was much, much less than the hard sell that I had experienced on my flights with VS.
  • The 738 was new and clean. Would have preferred reclining seats but the flight was under an hour so no hardship.
  • Plane departed on time and arrived 10 minutes early at SNN.
  • My luggage was on the carousel at SNN before I arrived in the arrivals hall.
  • Return flight was equally as good -- prompt departure and early arrival at LGW (our scheduled departure was after U2's SNN-LGW service but U2's A319 was still on the ground with no sign of passengers boarding when we took off).
No saving on fares (about £296 return with taxes) -- I travelled at a peak period and did not book until the last minute.



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User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19187 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7472 times:

Quoting BCAL (Reply 17):
No saving on fares (about £296 return with taxes)

What?! Bloody hell. Either you're loaded or stupid. LOL.   Who'd thought that two weeks ago you could get LGW-SNN-LGW including tax for about £7.50? Still, supply-and-demand.

Quoting BCAL (Reply 17):
Check-in handled efficiently and professionally. No difference from many legacy carriers.
Boarding was orderly and there was no mad rush or pushing for seats.
Flight attendants courteous and polite, welcoming passengers on board, gave safety demonstration professionally, prompt and efficient beverage/snack service. There were a few in-flight announcements to promote sales, but this was much, much less than the hard sell that I had experienced on my flights with VS.
The 738 was new and clean. Would have preferred reclining seats but the flight was under an hour so no hardship.
Plane departed on time and arrived 10 minutes early at SNN.
My luggage was on the carousel at SNN before I arrived in the arrivals hall.
Return flight was equally as good -- prompt departure and early arrival at LGW (our scheduled departure was after U2's SNN-LGW service but U2's A319 was still on the ground with no sign of passengers boarding when we took off).

Yep. That is what I have experienced 99% of the time. And it's the same as what all my friends and family have to say about it. It is testament to the ever-increasing numbers of new customers - and, fundamentally, existing customers (about 83% of FR's customers have flown them before).

[Edited 2006-10-03 13:03:36]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 19, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7463 times:

I flew them first in Oct 2001 from Charleroi (Brussels South, muahaha) to Pisa (what is it, Florence West  Wink ). My idea WAS to go to Pisa, the only thing is the distance to Charleroi from Antwerp. It's more than double that than to BRU..

I flew a new 738 on the way there and a much wanted 732 on the way back, gosh what a rocket it was!

Check-in was fine, professional and quick, inflight sales of snacks and drinks smooth, no fighting at the gate, except for few rushed people to get into first rows...

All in all, not too bad. I'd use them again if the price is right. They get you from A to B.

Regards,
LO231



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlineAirtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1557 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7457 times:

It was in september 2001, CRL-STN on a 732 and back on a 738, the train ticket to London was more expensive than the flight ! They don't fly that route anymore...
Next experience will be in november, CRL-TSF-CRL  Smile



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User currently offlineDENplanenut From United States of America, joined May 2005, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7393 times:

My first FR flight was earlier this year:

Feb. 22, 06 London/Stansted (STN) to Rome/Ciampino (CIA). I flew on a 737-800 with winglets (EI-DLE) which was relatively new... delivered only 13 days earlier. I could still smell the new "plane" scent.

March 1, 06 was my return flight CIA-STN on EI-DAK. I paid only 40 br pounds for this trip.


User currently offlineWingflaps From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7353 times:

First flight was Luton to Dublin in November 1991 on a BAC 1,11. the Saturday morning flight which used to stop at Liverpool on the way. Last one was last Sunday. Ciampino to Luton with a very last minute go around due to a waterlogged runway!

User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7324 times:

First, and only - so far: Jan. 05' STN-MJV-STN. I didn't think they were as bad as people make them out to be. The pay for food on board could use a little work though. Paying out the nose for a mouthful of Coke is a pain in the ass as well.


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User currently offlineRvA340 From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7226 times:

My first and only experience with Ryanair was in august 2004, it was a flight from stokholm skavsta to frankfurt kahn. I flew with some friens and we were kind of disapointed because we really tought that the flight was from and between this main cities, but we didnt know that these two airports were hours distances from the cities, so our transportation to and from the airports was more expensive than our airline ticket!!! lol...

25 RAFVC10 : Girona - Roma Ciampino in a 738. My remembers of this airline and flight are not good...
26 1stfl94 : First FR flight, Stansted-Chareloi on a 737-200. The Stewardess got the giggles doing the safety announcement while the pilot decided to see how many
27 Post contains images Jkw777 : I will be flying FR for the first time on the 2nd Dec from MAN-DUB then the following day DUB-LPL. Recently they had a few 1p fares so myself and MYT3
28 Post contains links and images Rojo : October 2, 2003 FR792 STN-TSF B737-8AS EI-CSN CN: 29927 / 727 View Large View MediumPhoto © Rafael Álvarez Cacho It was the first of many FR fli
29 Post contains links and images Kazzie : This is true, For someone who checks-in and board Ryanair flights I can tell you that this system is very strict.... If boarding 1-90 and a passenger
30 Ba757gla : november 99 pik stn -pik 732 worst flight ever !!
31 Sabena332 : My first Ryanair flight was on December 17, 2002. I flew from London-Stansted to Dublin on EI-CSX and it was not too bad, I got a brand new B737-800 a
32 ZKEOJ : very common: My flights was 1GBP and return 0.50GBP - the total added up to about 25GBP... My first (and only) FR flights were 12.12.2001 EDI-DUB on
33 Sukhoi : I flew Ryanair NYO-RIX-NYO in July last year, I had wanted to go to Riga for several years but flying was expensive and the boat takes a lot of time.
34 Post contains images ZRHnerd : I've never flown with FR, and never will
35 GSM763 : PIK-DUB-PIK in 1995 (I think) don't know the A/C type but I think it was a 732. I was 3 at the time and aparently was violently sick while shouting "I
36 Kazzie : My next FR flight will be on sundat LTN-REU, booked today, cost £220... helping my dad move out there, he said he didnt care how much it cost, He is
37 L410Turbolet : Yesterday. STN-BRQ, FR8403, EI-DAK (BRQ-STN, FR8408, EI CSJ two days before) STN was total zoo, ugly and ovecrowded. Insanely long queues everywhere,
38 Kieron747 : I only flew Ryanair once from Liverpool to Dublin return, probably never will again. Back then, it was an old 732 (that I didn't mind as I knew there
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