Lufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 32 Posted (16 years 1 month 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2147 times:
Last week I flew with the new low-cost airline to London. The service from Helsinki began on the 26th of March and I flew on the 29th. I went to the airport early, checked in my baggage and got my boarding pass.
I passed through the security control and noted that UK2421 had been delayed. The plane arrived from Stansted about 20 minutes late but they vere really quick and actually took off on time. G-BZZB, a B737-300 had spent just twenty minutes at HEL. I was sitting in seat 3A. The aircraft had rather generous legroom and it was clean. The F/As vere friendly and I asked for a cockpit visit but it wasn't possible. We landed at STN on time, after an AF Cargo B747-200 which I saw below us while approaching STN. I got my bag really quickly and made my way to London.
On sunday it was time for the return flight, leaving STN at 7.10am. I was the first passenger to check in for that flight and the check-in agent gave me seat 1A. My friend got 1C. The agent said that we have seats next to each other but that wasn't possible on the 737 as it's in 3-3 config. Also their BAe 146 has a 3-3 config, so it couldn't be that one either. I made my way to gate 37 and there was no plane at gate, just one KLM uk Fokker 100 sitting about twenty metres away. Then the same check-in agent came to the gate and told to go to the "blue plane". The 737 had been hit by a catering truck and being repaired. Soon we boarded the F100, G-UKFB, and took off in time, after a Ryanair 737NG.
The crew was very friendly again and I got to visit the cockpit while flying over Copenhagen and chatted with the pilots for about half an hour. Soon we started descent to HEL and the landing was the smoothest I have ever experienced. We parked to a remote position and a bus took us to the terminal. After a couple of minutes as I got to the terminal, the bags were already on the belt.
I was very satisfied with buzz and could fly them in the future too because of their cheap fares. Stansted is pretty far from London though.
Lufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (16 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1960 times:
Hi. When I asked about a cockpit visit on the return flight, the flight attendant said "of course but after the service." Ask for the jumpseat and if you are lucky you could get it. On my flight a retired f/a had asked for it before the flight, so I had no chance. Enjoy your flight.