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Topic: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-23 06:27:35 and read 9221 times.

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Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX

Ever since I heard about bmibaby, bmi’s no-frills offshoot, in 2002, I was interested in trying them out. However, not living near one of their bases, I never bothered trying to fly with them. During the sale of bmi to BA, the future of bmibaby was rather uncertain. Finally in early May, it was decided to shut down the company by the end of the summer season. Time to look for a flight? I managed to come across a cheap flight (£20) for a one way Belfast City-Birmingham (BHD-BHX) flight. This route was due to be shut down on the 10th June, and I wanted to get on the final flight, but prices in the final week were quite high so I settled for a week before.



To get to Belfast, I thought about booking a one way flight with bmi from Heathrow as they had a reasonably priced morning flight meaning I could make a nice day trip to Northern Ireland. However, I found a much cheaper ticket on easyJet from Luton (which is much closer to home) so went with that instead. The minimal airmiles + longer travelling times meant bmi just wasn’t worth it.

My day trip looked like this (courtesy of G C mapper):
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The day dawned rather overcast....thankfully the forecast was for better weather that afternoon over in Ireland
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First stop as always at Luton was the unofficial viewing area from the drop off area.

Thomson and Monarch
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I’d already checked in online, but as there were no queues at the U2 desk, I went to get a proper boarding pass from the desk.
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FIDS. Most mornings, Wizzair have up to 15 flights scheduled between 0700 and 0830 to destinations all over Eastern Europe, often creating a bit of a bottleneck at security. I think they actually have more activity than home airline easyJet in the morning rush.


There was a long queue for security even with all 12-odd x-rays open. Thankfully before long, the Belfast flight was read out as a “priority flight” so I got to push my way out of the queue, and to the front of a much shorter queue. By the time I was through, the gate had just flashed up on the screen.

In the old part of the terminal
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Boarding was via bus, not something I’ve experienced in nearly a decade at LTN. Interestingly, the speedy borders were in a separated part of the bus with no seats. As we ended up waiting on the bus for a good ten minutes, I think they got a bit of a bad deal!
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After a rather short journey, we pulled up next to “I Heart Malpensa” or G-EZDJ. The Speedy Boarders were let off first, followed by the normal boarders.

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May 2012
London Luton (LTN) – Belfast International (BFS)
easyJet U2 181
Scheduled: 0750-0905 (1h15m)
Actual: 0802-0851 (0h49m)
Airbus A319
Economy

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Thankfully, even after the second load of passengers boarded, the load was light enough for most people to have a row to themselves.
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Legroom is ok for a sub-1 hour flight
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Safety card


Ads
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Traveller Magazine and the paper
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Neighbour
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Before too long, the safety demo was done, and we pushed off passing a good number of Wizzair planes.
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Finally it’s our turn on the Startbahn
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Pretty foggy this morning in Luton
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But it’s nicer above the clouds
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Once the seatbelt signs are off, the crew spring into action. Unfortunately for them, I don’t think a single person buys anything. I take the opportunity to grab forty winks.
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Before long, we begin an early descent into Belfast International.
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I was hoping to see Northern Ireland’s sole longhual flight on the tarmac (Continited 757 from EWR), but it was running a little late.
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Heading toward our stand
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Plenty of U2 here
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Welcome to Belfast! Hurray! I’ve finally made it to the last country of the UK! It’s a bit shameful it’s taken me so long given that I’ve been to over 90 countries. Still, better late than never.
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Bye plane!
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The walk to arrivals was a short one. I stopped at the tourist information office to buy a bus ticket, and get a tourist guide.
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I hopped on the bus into town. Belfast International is quite a distance from the city itself, but we got a fairly pleasant countryside tour on the way.

First stop, after buying a bottle of water and sandwich from Tesco, was Belfast City Council building
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It was all ready for the Olympics
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I then walked down Donegal Place to find the cathedral.
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Some hideous “modern” art outside the cathedral
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A nice clock tower


And tiled fish
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On the banks of the River Lagan
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Not time for the airport yet

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-23 06:31:55 and read 9266 times.

Something high on my to-do list was to see some of the famous Belfast Murals. There are quite a few companies running tours…I was able to book myself onto black cab tour for £12. The start of the tour managed to coincide with the sun coming out too, which was nice.

There’s a lot of dark history in Belfast, which the murals convey pictorially. For more info, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Troubles.

Some murals in the Protestant part
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The “Peace” wall between Protestant and Catholic areas
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And on the Catholic side
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Catholic homes the other side of the wall…imagine living here, with your garden enclosed in wire so missiles don’t destroy your house…..for the life of me, I can’t think of a single good reason why you’d live somewhere like that when you could live somewhere else.
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With the mural tour completed, I headed into town for lunch. I passed this bus on the way…Belfast is the original home of Titanic.
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Time for a Belfast Lager
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And a tasty lunch
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Sandy Row as viewed from the train station
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I had originally planned on visiting the newly opened Titanic Museum. However, after talking to a good friend who’s family is from Belfast, I decided to visit the Titanica Exhibition at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum instead. Not only was it cheaper, but apparently had a lot more “bits” from the Titanic. The Titanic Museum itself apparently specialises more in the “sights and sounds” of the ship. To top it all off, the Titanic Museum is often filled with school kids…..urgh.

To get there, I took the train out of the city…it’s a lot further out than I thought. Thankfully, it’s on the same line as the Airport is on.
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The first part of the museum has lots of trains….
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Finally I got to the Titanic bit
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I want one of these!
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And then buses
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Then finally planes
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The Top Gear video where they blow a car away with a 744
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After the museum, I headed out, and down the hill to the sea. What a gorgeous day!

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From the beach, I was also able to see the arrivals into BHD. Not a lot of variety unfortunately.
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Two hours before my return flight to England, I headed back to the station, then hopped on the train to the airport.
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The station is about a 10 minute walk from the airport. There is a free bus service though. You have to walk through onto what looks like the airport tarmac, to a little bus shelter. From there, you make a call to security who will send a bus.
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A sign from yesteryear
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After a few minutes, a minibus came screeching up. The driver apologised for the wait, and proceeded to drive me quasi-airside to the terminal.
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I had checked in online (the only free option), but been allocated a middle seat. Obviously, this would NOT do. The only way for me to get a window, would be to pay £5.50…not impressed. I went up to the check in desks, where the lady explained that other than paying, I had no option to change. She did say the flight was pretty empty though, so I thought there would be a good chance I’d be able to improve on 19B once onboard.

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FIDS


Before going through security, I took a walk outside. I decided to join the other sunbathers on the hill outside check in for a while.
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After my sunbathe, I headed through security. The queue wasn’t too long, taking about 10 minutes in total. BHD airside is not terribly interesting. There are two cafeteria style restaurants, a café, a dingy, bar, a WHSmith and a duty free shop. Prices were high in the cafes/bar, so just sat and looked out the window. I was quite disappointed with the lack of seats in the public area. I’d estimate that a good 80% of the seating in the airport was in cafes/bars. At peak times, this is NOT enough, with a lot of people left standing.
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Before long, boarding started. Wanting to be able to choose my seat, I waited until everyone else had boarded.
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G-TOYJ would be taking me across the Irish Channel this evening.
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The neighbouring BD A319 for LHR
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Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-23 06:33:32 and read 9279 times.

May 2012
Belfast City (BHD) – Birmingham (BHX)
bmibaby WW 1024
Scheduled: 1905-2010 (1h05m)
Actual: 1903-1944 (0h41m)
Boeing 737
Economy



I was the last up the rear steps. Thankfully, the back few rows were nearly totally empty, so I helped myself to one. I noticed that whilst most of the plane was quite empty, around rows 15-22 were completely full – obviously other people that didn’t want to pay to choose a seat were squished in here.
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Legroom was ok
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With the doors closed, we pushed back nice and early.
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FlyBe dominated the airport
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We got some amazing views of the city after take off
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Leaving the island
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When the BOB started, I decided on have a few tonic waters.
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Menu
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Cabin
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Lovely flying conditions
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Safety card


Yeah Baby magazine


In the next week or so, a lot of these routes will be disappearing
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Heading into some clouds
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Descending into a warm Brummie evening
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And we’re down nearly half an hour ahead of schedule
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The evening EK B77W
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Monarch, AF and FR
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The BD flight to MUC or FRA, operating for LH
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Bmibaby and SN
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LH to DUS or HAM
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She looks a little depressed
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Only the front door was used for disembarking
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The sun is setting on bmibaby. Bye bye baby!
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We were bussed over to the terminal, and after a bit of a wait to be allowed into the terminal, I was out, and into the arrivals hall. Thankfully, there was a well placed M&S in arrivals, so I got a bottle of water and a salad for the journey home. It’s outrageous that M&S can sell 1.5L water for 39p ($0.60) in arrivals, and yet 0.5L in departures most shops will set you back at least £1.50.
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Outside BHX
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I thought this was funny given they are shutting the airline down in a few months
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Check in
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Awaiting the transit from the airport to station
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I had a while to wait for my train. Thankfully it was still warm, so it was nice to sit outside with my book.
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On Virgin trains


Well, that just about wraps up my one and only trip on bmibaby. What did I think? Well, I don’t like their check in system…you shouldn’t be stuck in a seat you don’t want just because you don’t want to pay to select one. How about being able to select “aisle/middle/window”…I’m sure that would please people a lot more than the current method. The staff were friendly enough, and the flight was nice and early….overall, no problems with WW. Still, by the end of the season, they will probably be a thing of the past…if you want to try then, book quickly!

easyJet were fine…a very short morning flight that I mostly slept through. Reasonable staff and an early flight. And Belfast…very nice if you can hit a sunny day! Next time I’ll go for a little longer and visit the Giants Causeway.

As always, all comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Air One and Alitalia to Sicily – LGW-MXP-PMO-LIN-LHR
Part 12: Sun Air of Scandinavia & BA, DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR on the J31, D328 and A320
Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of SAN, and AA San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Armenia with Austrian Airlines. LHR-VIE-EVN
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: initious
Posted 2012-06-23 06:43:31 and read 9182 times.

G'day Gabriel!

Thanks for sharing this wonderful report on 2 low cost carriers! WW has a pretty cute livery and I'm sad that it's going to be gone, although I have never flown them personally. Great that you had a light load on your U2 flight, I only had such a luxury once on FY KUL-BKI but sadly they have terminated all their jet services. Nice local pics at Belfast!

I like how WW uses baby blue for their menu, makes it look pretty cute!

Thanks for sharing!

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: LH4116
Posted 2012-06-23 06:54:06 and read 9136 times.

Hey there Gabriel Chew, nice report! Not very often we get to see BMI Baby on the forum, and nice that you managed to catch them before they went gone. While the flights looked fairly standard, the airline doesn't seem much special to me  

Belfast looked really cool!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’d already checked in online, but as there were no queues at the U2 desk, I went to get a proper boarding pass from the desk.

Hmm, really do they let people print their BP's for free without charging an arm and a leg??

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-23 07:25:34 and read 9058 times.

Quoting initious (Reply 3):

Thanks for sharing this wonderful report on 2 low cost carriers!

Thanks Dan!

Quoting initious (Reply 3):
Great that you had a light load on your U2 flight, I only had such a luxury once on FY KUL-BKI but sadly they have terminated all their jet services

Indeed, was lucky to get such an empty flight

Quoting initious (Reply 3):
Nice local pics at Belfast!

Thanks, I went a bit photo crazy..over 400 photos in 1 day!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
nice report!

Thanks!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Not very often we get to see BMI Baby on the forum, and nice that you managed to catch them before they went gone. While the flights looked fairly standard, the airline doesn't seem much special to me

Yes, nothing special about WW.....

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Hmm, really do they let people print their BP's for free without charging an arm and a leg??

Yes...you should try U2 one of these days Jonas!

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: jwhite9185
Posted 2012-06-23 07:33:18 and read 9036 times.

Belfast looks like an interesting city - shame i don't have longer there in a couple of weeks. One of those awkward situations where I've got a bit too much time to hang around in the airport, but not quite enough to leave and get back in enough time for my flight!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Well, I don’t like their check in system…you shouldn’t be stuck in a seat you don’t want just because you don’t want to pay to select one.

Flybe are the same - although i guess you know this already! bmibaby are cheaper to reserve seats though. I think to reserve seats for my 4 flights will set me back £26... no thanks.

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: countvis
Posted 2012-06-23 08:43:20 and read 8871 times.

A very full and detailed trip report, a very fitting way of reviewing the final days of BMI Baby's short lived Belfast operation. I'm surprised the easyJet flight to Belfast was so empty - presumably this was a mid week flight?

It certainly is very sad that the airline is being closed down, especially for the employees who will be losing their jobs. I have to say the branding has never appealed to me. Great quality photos throughout and many thanks for posting.

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: 717Flyer
Posted 2012-06-23 09:09:06 and read 8790 times.

Hi Gabriel,

A very nice report and an appropriate tribute to BD Baby - it seems like their product is nothing special but not bad either. Personally I really would have liked catching a flight with them and I find their "... baby" branding quite cute. But most certainly that's not enough to keep an airline up and running!

Many nice pictures from Belfast as well, you really managed to do quite a lot there during your day?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This route was due to be shut down on the 10th June, and I wanted to get on the final flight, but prices in the final week were quite high so I settled for a week before.

Many other A.netters wanting to try it out a last time maybe?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’d already checked in online, but as there were no queues at the U2 desk, I went to get a proper boarding pass from the desk.
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Hmm, really do they let people print their BP's for free without charging an arm and a leg??

Jonas, easyJet is a class act! If they would only introduce assigned seating (and have a little bit less of ads everywhere on their planes) they would be on par with many other European carriers. Most of all I've always found the easy staff to be really nice and easy going.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Boarding was via bus, not something I’ve experienced in nearly a decade at LTN. Interestingly, the speedy borders were in a separated part of the bus with no seats. As we ended up waiting on the bus for a good ten minutes, I think they got a bit of a bad deal!

The very same happened to me at SXF, where quite a few Speedy boarders started complaining about this. And they didn't even have to wait before the bus drove off!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After a rather short journey, we pulled up next to “I Heart Malpensa” or G-EZDJ. The Speedy Boarders were let off first, followed by the normal boarders.

What about "I Like Malpensa" or "I Love Malpensa?" BTW, I really can't agree with them on that statement.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ads

I think it would be much more appropriate to put some "keep yourself hydrated - buy water" stuff on the seatbacks but hey, I'm not making any decisions here.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Bye plane!

I'm sure that's an angle Markus likes a lot!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I had checked in online (the only free option), but been allocated a middle seat. Obviously, this would NOT do. The only way for me to get a window, would be to pay £5.50…not impressed. I went up to the check in desks, where the lady explained that other than paying, I had no option to change. She did say the flight was pretty empty though, so I thought there would be a good chance I’d be able to improve on 19B once onboard.

That is very cheap of them. Fortunately they allowed you to change seats while on board, wonder why no one else did? Only Air Baltic is even worse - seat selection is available upon booking for some 5-8 EUR per seat and yet all seats are available for free upon OLCI...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
She looks a little depressed

Perhaps she is seeing your plane and feeling sorry for the WW staff that will soon lose their jobs? That really is such a shame.

Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
717Flyer   

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-23 09:24:51 and read 8751 times.

Thanks everyone for the comments!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 6):
One of those awkward situations where I've got a bit too much time to hang around in the airport, but not quite enough to leave and get back in enough time for my flight!

Same as what I had when I flew GLA-BHD-LGW. Including the early arrival, I have nearly 3 hours.....just not quite long enough to go into town, but waay too long for BHD!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 6):
Flybe are the same - although i guess you know this already! bmibaby are cheaper to reserve seats though. I think to reserve seats for my 4 flights will set me back £26... no thanks.

Well, with Flybe I was able to request a change of seats at check in...maybe that's not SOP though

Quoting countvis (Reply 7):
A very full and detailed trip report,

Glad you liked it

Quoting countvis (Reply 7):
I'm surprised the easyJet flight to Belfast was so empty - presumably this was a mid week flight?

Tuesday morning I think

Quoting countvis (Reply 7):
Great quality photos throughout and many thanks for posting.

Thanks

Quoting countvis (Reply 7):
I have to say the branding has never appealed to me.

Me either

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
A very nice report and an appropriate tribute to BD Baby

Thanks

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
it seems like their product is nothing special but not bad either. Personally I really would have liked catching a flight with them and I find their "... baby" branding quite cute. But most certainly that's not enough to keep an airline up and running!

I thought the Baby branding was rather naff personally!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Many nice pictures from Belfast as well, you really managed to do quite a lot there during your day?

Yes, well I had 10 hours, so plenty of time to explore

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Many other A.netters wanting to try it out a last time maybe?

Maybe

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
If they would only introduce assigned seating (and have a little bit less of ads everywhere on their planes) they would be on par with many other European carriers. Most of all I've always found the easy staff to be really nice and easy going.

Well they are trialing assigned seating on some routes. as a single fit and healthy single traveller, I prefer free seating, but I guess most would prefer assigned

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
That is very cheap of them. Fortunately they allowed you to change seats while on board, wonder why no one else did? Only Air Baltic is even worse - seat selection is available upon booking for some 5-8 EUR per seat and yet all seats are available for free upon OLCI...

Yes, it's a shame you can't select for free at OLCI

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):

Perhaps she is seeing your plane and feeling sorry for the WW staff that will soon lose their jobs?

Ha, maybe she was

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: CaptainRed
Posted 2012-06-23 10:25:01 and read 8626 times.

Hi Gabriel,

a very interesting report with some nice pictures. Good thing you managed to log a flight on bmibaby before they are gone, although I am definitely not impressed by their policy of seat assignment. Fortunately the flight wasn't full so you could change to a window seat in the end. Still sad to see them going, their livery is cute.

You packed a lot into your visit of Belfast, well done here. I will be visiting the city as well in September (actually flying in from BHX, although on flybe) so your tour showed me bit what to expect. I would really be interested in taking that mural tour as well, but not sure if I have enough time for it. How long did that tour last?

Thanks for sharing

CaptainRed

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-23 10:44:26 and read 8595 times.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):

a very interesting report with some nice pictures.

Thanks CaptainRed!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
I am definitely not impressed by their policy of seat assignment. Fortunately the flight wasn't full so you could change to a window seat in the end

Yes, lucky I could change

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
Still sad to see them going, their livery is cute.

I think opinions on their livery is quite polarised!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
I will be visiting the city as well in September (actually flying in from BHX, although on flybe) so your tour showed me bit what to expect. I would really be interested in taking that mural tour as well, but not sure if I have enough time for it. How long did that tour last?

The tour was just over an hour. A taxi to yourself is about £30, and can pick up/drop off anywhere in the centre. Good luck!

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: jwhite9185
Posted 2012-06-23 12:02:38 and read 8491 times.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 8):
Only Air Baltic is even worse - seat selection is available upon booking for some 5-8 EUR per seat and yet all seats are available for free upon OLCI...

Believe it or not BA is the same. £10 for your standard economy seat up to £60 for Club World. The only class that gets it free from booking without any ff status is First.

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-06-23 13:10:15 and read 8404 times.

Hi Gab

Nice report, seems like bmibaby did not change (or grew up) at all during the major changes at bmi.
They seem to be an ok LCC carrier, nice to have the classic 737.

Belfast seems to be an interesting little town as well so too see.


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-23 14:43:07 and read 8298 times.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 12):
Believe it or not BA is the same. £10 for your standard economy seat up to £60 for Club World. The only class that gets it free from booking without any ff status is First.

Yeah, it's a little bad that CLuib pax also have to pay. Still, it makes sense for last minute full fare pax to be able to choose where to sit

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):

Nice report

Thanks Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
They seem to be an ok LCC carrier, nice to have the classic 737.

Yeah, was nice to get a ride on them. Of course BA still have a lot of them

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Belfast seems to be an interesting little town as well so too see.

Yup, lots to see and do for a few days

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-06-23 15:06:07 and read 8260 times.

Hey Gabriel  

Great report and of course very familiar with me . Glad you made it to Belfast . You did a lot during your time here.
I loved the Shorts 360 pics . Olympic used to use those round the Islands , sadly I never got on one.

I'm still wanting to see the Titanic museum but maybe when it's all calmed down.

Regards the peace wall most of the residents don't have a choice they are low income Families on state aid. Not a place I'd want to live but they live in a different world than us and most other people in NI.

Thanks for the nice read.

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-23 15:53:44 and read 8212 times.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):

Great report and of course very familiar with me

Thanks Phil

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Glad you made it to Belfast . You did a lot during your time here.

Yup, was a busy day!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
I loved the Shorts 360 pics . Olympic used to use those round the Islands , sadly I never got on one.

I LOVE to fly a Shorts...are there any still flying

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Regards the peace wall most of the residents don't have a choice they are low income Families on state aid. Not a place I'd want to live but they live in a different world than us and most other people in NI.

God, it must be awful!

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: Widebodyroga
Posted 2012-06-23 16:05:28 and read 8197 times.

Hey Gabriel, your report brought back a ton of memories from my own visit to BHD back in 2006. I really enjoyed the photos of Belfast.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Something high on my to-do list was to see some of the famous Belfast Murals.

Some (most?) of them are quite eerie, but they are definitely a must see. There were quite a few of them around my hotel (in a Catholic neighborhood) but as I usually had to walk from there to downtown I saw some Protestant ones too. The transition from one neighborhood to another was quite an experience.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The station is about a 10 minute walk from the airport. There is a free bus service though. You have to walk through onto what looks like the airport tarmac, to a little bus shelter. From there, you make a call to security who will send a bus.

Quite an interesting arrangement. Was there also a bus connecting the airport to downtown? I remember using it when I was there but it didn't seem to be very popular as I was the only passenger both from and to the airport.


Too bad about what is about to happen to BMIbaby. It's always sad to see an airline disappear just like that.

Thanks for sharing

WBodyroga

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: sultanils
Posted 2012-06-24 02:14:12 and read 7910 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Nice short report! Quite a few times I had a look at the bmibaby schedules, but I've never have come accross a suitable flight for me. Well, too late now, never again probably. You had quite the appropriate reg there with the TOY bird  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I think they actually have more activity than home airline easyJet in the morning rush.

Impressive. Also the guys at Wizz are not in the log yet, need to change that one of these.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The Speedy Boarders were let off first, followed by the normal boarders.

I strongly feel the speedy boarding thing at easyJet is a ripoff. The priority boarding at that other LCC is much cheaper. But with a load that light, there was no need for it apparently.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ads

€ 2.5 for a 33cl can of soda? SN charges 20% less for that!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I then walked down Donegal Place to find the cathedral.

That just looks exactly the same as the large street in Antwerp leading to the Central Station  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Catholic homes the other side of the wall…imagine living here, with your garden enclosed in wire so missiles don’t destroy your house…..for the life of me, I can’t think of a single good reason why you’d live somewhere like that when you could live somewhere else.

You can only imagine what it is like living there. I think a large portion of these people live there to make a statement. You really don't want your kids to grow up in such a depressing place...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The only way for me to get a window, would be to pay £5.50…not impressed.

Nope, not impressed either. Don't you just hate airlines who try to make a dollar by such stupid things...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
She looks a little depressed

Off day...

Sultanils

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-24 03:30:47 and read 7843 times.

Thanks for the comments guys!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 17):
Hey Gabriel, your report brought back a ton of memories from my own visit to BHD back in 2006. I really enjoyed the photos of Belfast.

Glad I could jog your memory!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 17):
The transition from one neighborhood to another was quite an experience.

Yeah, it's quite an interesting hour's tour

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 17):
Quite an interesting arrangement. Was there also a bus connecting the airport to downtown? I remember using it when I was there but it didn't seem to be very popular as I was the only passenger both from and to the airport.

I imagine there is a bus, but didn't see it

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):

Nice short report!

Thanks

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
You had quite the appropriate reg there with the TOY bird

I think most of the fleet have such regs

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Impressive. Also the guys at Wizz are not in the log yet, need to change that one of these.

I need to log Wizzair too

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
I strongly feel the speedy boarding thing at easyJet is a ripoff. The priority boarding at that other LCC is much cheaper. But with a load that light, there was no need for it apparently.

Yes, it's a complete rip off, but if people still pay....

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
You can only imagine what it is like living there. I think a large portion of these people live there to make a statement. You really don't want your kids to grow up in such a depressing place...

You only live once...let someone else live next to the "peace wall". I don't understad why there is so much hated in the world.

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: airbuseric
Posted 2012-06-24 05:29:35 and read 7771 times.

Hey Gab,

lovely report on WW. I think you´re the last one to report on them...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This route was due to be shut down on the 10th June, and I wanted to get on the final flight, but prices in the final week were quite high so I settled for a week before.

You were apparently not the only one with this idea  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Boarding was via bus, not something I’ve experienced in nearly a decade at LTN.

Happened once to me also, on a delayed U2 flight to AMS, operated by HV. I think it was in 1999 with snow all around. LTN was chaos (like the whole country)

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I had checked in online (the only free option), but been allocated a middle seat. Obviously, this would NOT do. The only way for me to get a window, would be to pay £5.50…not impressed.

I haven't seen this on WW before, but can't really compare since my last flight on them was 6 years ago 
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
In the next week or so, a lot of these routes will be disappearing

So sad... I remember only pleasant experiences on this airline, flew them 3x on B737-500's only (all ex mainline BD)

Regards
Eric

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-06-24 05:30:19 and read 7771 times.

Nice report, thanks for posting.

I have a trip to Belfast coming up in October, so this was a nice teaser.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
: U2 LTN-BFS

I'll be flying that route in reverse order.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Time to look for a flight?

Yeah, I had been meaning to fly WW as well, but never got around to it. Glad you got the chance!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I decided to visit the Titanica Exhibition at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum instead

That looks nice musuem. I'll have to remember that for my trip.

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-24 08:08:07 and read 7691 times.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):

lovely report on WW.

Thanks Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
You were apparently not the only one with this idea

Clearly not! Everyone having a final go on the route

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
So sad... I remember only pleasant experiences on this airline, flew them 3x on B737-500's only (all ex mainline BD)

Yes, was nice to have a ride on them

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 21):
Nice report, thanks for posting.

Thankds Robert

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 21):
Yeah, I had been meaning to fly WW as well, but never got around to it. Glad you got the chance!

Well, you still have a few months

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 21):
That looks nice musuem. I'll have to remember that for my trip.

Yes, it's a nice place to while away a few hours

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2012-06-24 09:26:09 and read 7620 times.

Howdy Gabs mate,

A very good idea for you to give one final try to BMIBaby before they disappear. I flew BHX-AMS with them two and half years ago, that was an okay flight as far as I can remember - nothing special, but nothing outright bad either. Back then I was able to get a window seat via OLCI just fine, that must've changed since.

Also a great choice of destination. I really liked my short night in Belfast one and half years ago - been meaning to go back for a more proper visit ever since but well, you know how things go... I did your airports in reverse, flying in to BHD (from GLA) and out of BFS (to Heathrow with EI).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX

Hah, nice title. Did you pay MOL for the use of it?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I managed to come across a cheap flight (£20) for a one way Belfast City-Birmingham (BHD-BHX) flight.

Hey, that's a very nice price! Good to see these kind of bargains are still around - even Ryanair flight prices have been on the rise recently.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I could make a nice day trip to Northern Ireland.

Oh, didn't know you were doing a day trip. I thought this was just your way of getting to Ireland for your family visits and deciding to use a new airport this time...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The day dawned rather overcast....thankfully the forecast was for better weather that afternoon over in Ireland

Hey, are you sure that is Belfast, Ireland and not Belfast, Texas for example?! So unnatural for that little green wet island.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS. Most mornings, Wizzair have up to 15 flights scheduled between 0700 and 0830 to destinations all over Eastern Europe, often creating a bit of a bottleneck at security. I think they actually have more activity than home airline easyJet in the morning rush.

Oh yeah, the Wizzair operation at LTN is very impressive. It has more flights than many of their real hubs! That's how you get your Polish plumbers, Czech dentists and Hungarian pub staff (and quite a few call girls as well, I'm sure!).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thankfully before long, the Belfast flight was read out as a “priority flight” so I got to push my way out of the queue, and to the front of a much shorter queue. By the time I was through, the gate had just flashed up on the screen.

So you didn't spend a few quid on one of those priority security tickets? Good boy!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Boarding was via bus, not something I’ve experienced in nearly a decade at LTN. Interestingly, the speedy borders were in a separated part of the bus with no seats. As we ended up waiting on the bus for a good ten minutes, I think they got a bit of a bad deal!

Really? That's quite odd, bus boardings at UK airports aren't very common at all. I've seen that same kind of priority bus section in some places, mostly with Wizzair I think.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Plenty of U2 here

Well, it is Ireland after all... "Sunday, bloody Sunday"  .

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome to Belfast! Hurray! I’ve finally made it to the last country of the UK! It’s a bit shameful it’s taken me so long given that I’ve been to over 90 countries. Still, better late than never.

Congratulations, but you know how it goes. You can be extremely well traveled yet don't know your own neighborhood apart from the route to the pub and supermarket...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I hopped on the bus into town. Belfast International is quite a distance from the city itself, but we got a fairly pleasant countryside tour on the way.

Did it smell like cow poo? The whole rural setting surrounded with fields and pastures suggests there might be some "smells of the countryside" around there.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was able to book myself onto black cab tour for £12.

Wow, nice bargain!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Catholic homes the other side of the wall…imagine living here, with your garden enclosed in wire so missiles don’t destroy your house…..for the life of me, I can’t think of a single good reason why you’d live somewhere like that when you could live somewhere else.

You know, somehow I have mixed feelings about this, you visiting the murals and the memorial sites and all. I mean this is Ireland, you represent the occupier being British and all that. It just doesn't really add up. I know you aren't political at all and probably don't think of it that way, but for me it still is somehow wrong, you know...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Time for a Belfast Lager

Nice, never had this one! But why, oh why does it have Swedish on the label??

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I want one of these!

What on earth is that thingamagic?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After the museum, I headed out, and down the hill to the sea. What a gorgeous day!

Wow, not something you'd associate with Ireland. Lucky you.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A sign from yesteryear

Cool. But you could just replace the BAe with a Dash and Jersey European with their new name "FlyBE" and there you go...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I went up to the check in desks, where the lady explained that other than paying, I had no option to change.

That sounds quite ridiculous!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
When the BOB started, I decided on have a few tonic waters.

Hmm, with something added from your personal stash, perhaps?

BTW do those count as two of your "five a day" quota?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
In the next week or so, a lot of these routes will be disappearing

That's so sad. By no means was I ever a big fan of BMIBaby but still, seeing an airline shut down is just that, sad. Well maybe not for Spanair, but still.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
She looks a little depressed

Well, having to fly with those dated Avros...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The sun is setting on bmibaby. Bye bye baby!

Great shot. Beautiful sunset.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It’s outrageous that M&S can sell 1.5L water for 39p ($0.60) in arrivals, and yet 0.5L in departures most shops will set you back at least £1.50.

Welcome to the world of airport rip offs. At BRU airport you pay 3.60 EUR for a half a liter bottle of water. At Dubai airport you pay 20 Eurocents for a 0.33 liter bottle from a vending machine  .

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: dc9northwest
Posted 2012-06-24 10:29:35 and read 7566 times.

Hey Gabriel,

Really cool pics of Belfast, seems like a good place to visit, with enough to see at least for a day-trip or couple of days. Interesting history there for sure.


Getting assigned a middle seat is not good at all, lucky that the flight was almost empty. Hmmm I wonder if there's a connection between the two... People learn eventually, you know!


Nice pics of action in these airports. Weird to see the shuttle bus shuttling people back on forth on request, but I guess it works for BHD.

Anyway, thanks, it was a nice report; too bad there are routes that seem to be going away and an airline closing down... We've had too many of those this year.

Thanks for sharing,

Alex

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: dkdaviator
Posted 2012-06-24 10:40:45 and read 7562 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Nice report about your day trip to the north.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
First stop as always at Luton was the unofficial viewing area from the drop off area.

Good place to stop, there are some nice views from there.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was hoping to see Northern Ireland’s sole longhual flight on the tarmac (Continited 757 from EWR),

Hmmm, did not realize that. Too bad it was running late though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Continited

hehehe. Last time I was in the States it was still pretty strange seeing their planes in the merged color scheme. Still not used to that one yet...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The start of the tour managed to coincide with the sun coming out too, which was nice.

Well timed!  

Some interesting destination pictures you have there.

cheers,

David

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-24 10:52:35 and read 7552 times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):

A very good idea for you to give one final try to BMIBaby before they disappear.

Yes, a great idea! Glad you approve P!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):

Also a great choice of destination. I really liked my short night in Belfast one and half years ago - been meaning to go back for a more proper visit ever since but well, you know how things go...

Well, it'll be there for a while (hopefully)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):
Hey, that's a very nice price! Good to see these kind of bargains are still around - even Ryanair flight prices have been on the rise recently.

I know...my last trip to Dublin was £50 return with FR!....outrageous!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):
Oh, didn't know you were doing a day trip. I thought this was just your way of getting to Ireland for your family visits and deciding to use a new airport this time...

No, Belfast is the wrong neck of the woods for my family....they're down in Tipp

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):
So you didn't spend a few quid on one of those priority security tickets? Good boy!

No way...what a waste of money

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):
Did it smell like cow poo? The whole rural setting surrounded with fields and pastures suggests there might be some "smells of the countryside" around there.

Hmm, don't recall it smelling of poo...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):
You know, somehow I have mixed feelings about this, you visiting the murals and the memorial sites and all. I mean this is Ireland, you represent the occupier being British and all that. It just doesn't really add up. I know you aren't political at all and probably don't think of it that way, but for me it still is somehow wrong, you know...

What's wrong? Me visiting it, or the place in general?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):
What on earth is that thingamagic?

You mean a "thingamajig"?! A Titanic shaped ice cube maker!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):
Hmm, with something added from your personal stash, perhaps?

Hmmm, maybe  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):
BTW do those count as two of your "five a day" quota?

Ha. I don't have a quota for booze (yet)

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 24):
Really cool pics of Belfast, seems like a good place to visit, with enough to see at least for a day-trip or couple of days. Interesting history there for sure.

Thanks ALex...plenty to see in Belfast

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 24):
Weird to see the shuttle bus shuttling people back on forth on request, but I guess it works for BHD.

I don't think many people use the service

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 24):
Anyway, thanks, it was a nice report; too bad there are routes that seem to be going away and an airline closing down... We've had too many of those this year.

Well, bmibaby is being shut down as per their business plan, unlike the others that thought they were doing better than they actually were. Good for bmibaby for not leaving people stranded away from home with no notice

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 25):
Nice report about your day trip to the north.

Thanks David

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 25):
Hmmm, did not realize that. Too bad it was running late though.

Yes, it was a shame to miss it

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 25):
Well timed!

Very

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 25):
Some interesting destination pictures you have there.

Thanks!

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: Parton87
Posted 2012-06-24 14:19:01 and read 7474 times.

Hello Gabriel!

Thanks for the good story! Nice that you were able to fly BMIBaby before they gone. Never flown them but it always sad when a airline is closed down and people loosing their jobs 

Belfast looks really nice. Looks like a nice place to spend a day or two. Interesting history!

Greetings
Robert

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-24 16:16:56 and read 7412 times.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 27):


Thanks for the good story!

No problem Robert, glad you liked it

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 27):
Nice that you were able to fly BMIBaby before they gone. Never flown them but it always sad when a airline is closed down and people loosing their jobs

Yes, it's a shame the staff are loosing their jobs, but at the end of the day, there is no business case to continue with the airline. And at least the WW staff have a good few months notice, unlike JK, MA etc.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 27):
Belfast looks really nice. Looks like a nice place to spend a day or two. Interesting history!

Yes, it's a nice place to visit for a few days.

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: Richcandy
Posted 2012-06-24 23:46:36 and read 7345 times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):
You know, somehow I have mixed feelings about this, you visiting the murals and the memorial sites and all. I mean this is Ireland, you represent the occupier being British and all that. It just doesn't really add up. I know you aren't political at all and probably don't think of it that way, but for me it still is somehow wrong, you know...

Hi

To understand Northern Irish politics you would need to spend a lot of time studying it. I am not an expert on the subject but Belfast is my home city and I did spend my first 26 years living there.

There are murals and memorial on both sides of the so called religious divide, lots of people have been effected by the actions of terrorist groups from both sides. "Ireland" is the island but the world when referring to a country usually is taken to mean the Republic of Ireland. Belfast is in Northern Ireland.

As for representing the occupier well thats not really correct, around half of the population of Northern Ireland see themselves as British. (This is something that even people from other parts of the UK seam to have difficulty understanding)

Things have moved on over the past few years and Northern Ireland now has its own local government. The vast majority of the population are happy with the way things are and live side by side with people who might hold different views to what their nationality should be. (This is not new its been like that forever)

Alex

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: Jambost
Posted 2012-06-25 07:40:19 and read 7215 times.

Hey,

Great report, I love seeing a touristy perspective of N.I. especially using both airports!
Belfast just seems to be getting better and better over the last few years. As for the murals.... if they attract tourists thats all I'l say!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
From the beach, I was also able to see the arrivals into BHD. Not a lot of variety unfortunately.

There could be a splash of green thrown into BHD if some certain rumours turn out to be true!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The station is about a 10 minute walk from the airport. There is a free bus service though. You have to walk through onto what looks like the airport tarmac, to a little bus shelter. From there, you make a call to security who will send a bus.

This seems to be an ugly area of the airport, although I love the retro billboards! BHD released an article stating that they want an outdated restriction lifted from that "wasteland" to create 350 jobs. I assume they plan an extension to the terminal or just to clean it up. Knowing the planning systems we have here something could change in a decade or two!

- James

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: Ideekay
Posted 2012-06-25 09:05:53 and read 7175 times.

Hey Gabrielchew!

Very nice TR about a airline that is at it's last days.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS. Most mornings, Wizzair have up to 15 flights scheduled between 0700 and 0830 to destinations all over Eastern Europe, often creating a bit of a bottleneck at security.

4-5 Flights from Wizzair should departure at the same time? Haha!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Legroom is ok for a sub-1 hour flight

Hmm not so big..

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Safety card

What an "old" and folded Safety Card..

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome to Belfast! Hurray! I’ve finally made it to the last country of the UK! It’s a bit shameful it’s taken me so long given that I’ve been to over 90 countries. Still, better late than never.

Like me, I live in switzerland and I were never in Austria  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some hideous “modern” art outside the cathedral

Looks like the art was standing already 10 years there. Never cleaned or something.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Then finally planes

What makes a American Eagle Model in Ireland?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

After the museum, I headed out, and down the hill to the sea. What a gorgeous day!

The scenery looks like in Lugano at the lake Lago di Lugano(South Switzerland)

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The station is about a 10 minute walk from the airport. There is a free bus service though. You have to walk through onto what looks like the airport tarmac, to a little bus shelter. From there, you make a call to security who will send a bus.

That's what I call good service!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We got some amazing views of the city after take off

Really nice!

All in all a very nice TR! I think its time that I visit GB!

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-26 02:33:49 and read 6992 times.

Quoting Richcandy (Reply 29):


To understand Northern Irish politics you would need to spend a lot of time studying it. I am not an expert on the subject but Belfast is my home city and I did spend my first 26 years living there.
There are murals and memorial on both sides of the so called religious divide, lots of people have been effected by the actions of terrorist groups from both sides. "Ireland" is the island but the world when referring to a country usually is taken to mean the Republic of Ireland. Belfast is in Northern Ireland.
As for representing the occupier well thats not really correct, around half of the population of Northern Ireland see themselves as British. (This is something that even people from other parts of the UK seam to have difficulty understanding)
Things have moved on over the past few years and Northern Ireland now has its own local government. The vast majority of the population are happy with the way things are and live side by side with people who might hold different views to what their nationality should be. (This is not new its been like that forever)

The whole thing is rather complicated...I can't see it being resolved any time soon. Thanks for your post Alex

Quoting Jambost (Reply 30):

Great report

Thanks!

Quoting Jambost (Reply 30):
Belfast just seems to be getting better and better over the last few years. As for the murals.... if they attract tourists thats all I'l say!

Yeah, it's a lovely little city

Quoting Jambost (Reply 30):
There could be a splash of green thrown into BHD if some certain rumours turn out to be true!

I hope there will be....BHD is pretty boring with just those Flybes

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 31):
Very nice TR about a airline that is at it's last days.

Thanks!

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 31):
What an "old" and folded Safety Card..

Yes, very tatty

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 31):
What makes a American Eagle Model in Ireland?

No idea...rather strange to have that there

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: signol
Posted 2012-06-26 16:15:06 and read 6842 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Nice report! Good flights you had, and a nice day in Belfast. I went only once myself, on a day trip on Ryanair:
STN-BHD Ryanair Daytrip (by Signol Jun 18 2008 in Trip Reports) (one of my first TRs, I managed to screw up most if the photos!)

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There was a long queue for security even with all 12-odd x-rays open. Thankfully before long, the Belfast flight was read out as a “priority flight” so I got to push my way out of the queue

Just as busy as the morning I went to Berlin.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome to Belfast! Hurray! I’ve finally made it to the last country of the UK! It’s a bit shameful it’s taken me so long given that I’ve been to over 90 countries. Still, better late than never.

I've only been twice, that trip above and another shorter visit driving through from Dublin to Sligo on the scenic route!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The station is about a 10 minute walk from the airport. There is a free bus service though

I saw the signs for the bus but didn't look into it, I thought the walk was short enough!

Thanks for the read!

signol

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-26 23:05:02 and read 6755 times.

Quoting signol (Reply 33):

Nice report!

Thanks Robin!

Quoting signol (Reply 33):
Good flights you had, and a nice day in Belfast

Yes, pleasant flights, and a lovely day trip

Quoting signol (Reply 33):
I saw the signs for the bus but didn't look into it, I thought the walk was short enough!

yes, the walk was short, but the bus was a (slightly) more scenic (and faster!)

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-07-01 03:04:35 and read 6327 times.

Hi, Gabriel,

such a number of interesting pictures and definitely a great read.
Done the BFS/BHD combi also some two years ago.
Shame that another airline, also when it´s not the biggest, shutting down.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-07-01 03:10:59 and read 6322 times.

Hi Gabriel,

nice report with many good pictures. Just saw G-EZDJ at EDI and some bmi baby planes at BHX yesterday. Too bad I won't be able any more to fly on that carrier before it stops operating.


PH

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-07-01 05:53:52 and read 6290 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Thank you for the enjoyable report about your visit to Belfast. I especially like your extensive review about Belfast Murals.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’ve finally made it to the last country of the UK!

Congratulation.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
From there, you make a call to security who will send a bus.

Interesting procedure.


Have a nice Sunday,
Suryo  

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-07-07 08:23:03 and read 5891 times.

Thanks for the comments guys!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 35):
such a number of interesting pictures and definitely a great read.

THanks Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 35):
Shame that another airline, also when it´s not the biggest, shutting down.

Yes, always sad to had an airline vanish

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 36):

nice report with many good pictures

Thanks Udo

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 36):
Too bad I won't be able any more to fly on that carrier before it stops operating.

Well, you still have a month or two

Quoting akhmad (Reply 37):
Thank you for the enjoyable report about your visit to Belfast. I especially like your extensive review about Belfast Murals.

Thanks Suryo, glad you liked it

Quoting akhmad (Reply 37):
Congratulation.

Yay! Finally made it!

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: lukeyboy95
Posted 2012-07-10 05:56:02 and read 5618 times.

Pishhhhh, tusshhh; 'a couple of tonics!' haha - I wonder if it rang alarm bells with the FA's!

Anyway, you had a great day for this flying. Flying on a nice sunny day is the life. That said, I rather like flying when it is bucketing down too...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ever since I heard about bmibaby, bmi’s no-frills offshoot, in 2002, I was interested in trying them out

Good on you - I never felt inspired to try BmiBaby. And I thought it was the most ill-devised name and branding.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thankfully, there was a well placed M&S in arrivals, so I got a bottle of water and a salad for the journey home. It’s outrageous that M&S can sell 1.5L water for 39p ($0.60) in arrivals

....and Scottish water to boot. I'm impressed M&S are being so fair in their water pricing. Water has become this luxury-priced essential item which airports capitalise on. Thats why I go overboard when I see a water drinking fountain in an airport.

A nice series of photos. I am also a fan of Belfast city centre. What was in the pie?

I was surprised you didn't go 1st class with Virgin. So frugal after all that first class flying Gabriel!

Regards,

Luke!

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: jwhite9185
Posted 2012-07-10 13:25:02 and read 5539 times.

Having read this a second time now, its amazing to see how BHD has changed in just a few weeks. It was almost entirely BE this weekend, with a token BD popping in on Saturday and a MANX2 for about 20 mins on Sunday.

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-07-10 15:41:24 and read 5507 times.

Hi Gabriel!

Nice report just as usual! Good idea to try WW before they are gone!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thankfully, even after the second load of passengers boarded, the load was light enough for most people to have a row to themselves.

Always makes a LCC flight so much more enjoyable!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some hideous “modern” art outside the cathedral

Uhh, hideous indeed. Seems like modern art sure can be a hit or miss.

Martin

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-07-14 12:27:32 and read 5232 times.

H Gabriel,

Another good report. Great idea to fly BMI baby before they are gone, haven't travelled with them myself unfortunately. Great pictures of Belfast too!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS

Nice and busy!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thankfully, even after the second load of passengers boarded, the load was light enough for most people to have a row to themselves.

Not something you see too often on U2

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and we pushed off passing a good number of Wizzair planes

Nice and large amount of WizzAir planes

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Bye plane!

Fantastic picture!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
murals

Very impressive murals

Thanks for sharing!

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-07-15 11:22:02 and read 5121 times.

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 39):
Pishhhhh, tusshhh; 'a couple of tonics!' haha - I wonder if it rang alarm bells with the FA's!

Ha, if it did, they clearly didn't care!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 39):
Good on you - I never felt inspired to try BmiBaby. And I thought it was the most ill-devised name and branding.

Yes, it's an odd brand

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 39):
A nice series of photos. I am also a fan of Belfast city centre. What was in the pie?

Fish pie, yum!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 39):
I was surprised you didn't go 1st class with Virgin. So frugal after all that first class flying Gabriel!

Well, standard was cheap. I need to cost/benefit analysis for everything....Virgin First just doesn't cut it!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 40):
Having read this a second time now, its amazing to see how BHD has changed in just a few weeks. It was almost entirely BE this weekend, with a token BD popping in on Saturday and a MANX2 for about 20 mins on Sunday.

Yes, it;s funny how things have changed so quickly

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 41):
Nice report just as usual! Good idea to try WW before they are gone!

Thanks

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 41):
Always makes a LCC flight so much more enjoyable!

It does

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):

Another good report.

Thanks!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):
Great pictures of Belfast too!

Thanks!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):
Not something you see too often on U2

Well, if you fly domestic UK mid week, it's fairly common

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 42):
Very impressive murals

Yes, very nice paintings

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2012-07-16 11:42:19 and read 4982 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Nice read and pix, thanks for posting - congrats on adding bmi baby to your flown list, not managed it myself and never will me thinks.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I managed to come across a cheap flight (£20) for a one way Belfast City-Birmingham (BHD-BHX) flight.

- That's not a bad price at all.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS. Most mornings, Wizzair have up to 15 flights scheduled between 0700 and 0830 to destinations all over Eastern Europe, often creating a bit of a bottleneck at security. I think they actually have more activity than home airline easyJet in the morning rush.

- It's amazing the operation Wiss have in LTN, though it's a pain for security as I found out a few months ago, shocking queues!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There was a long queue for security even with all 12-odd x-rays open. Thankfully before long, the Belfast flight was read out as a “priority flight” so I got to push my way out of the queue, and to the front of a much shorter queue

- The compere chap seems very busy in the mornings, never seen anything like it before!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Catholic homes the other side of the wall…imagine living here, with your garden enclosed in wire so missiles don’t destroy your house…..for the life of me, I can’t think of a single good reason why you’d live somewhere like that when you could live somewhere else.

- Yikes, what a place to live!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
When the BOB started, I decided on have a few tonic waters

- What, no Gin?!

I've only been to Belfast once and that for just a few hours, what I saw of the city centre looked nice, lot's of old historic buildings, I like that stuff, not the other images though.

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-07-22 02:26:38 and read 4629 times.

Hi Gabriel !

Nice report with nice pictures !

Great to see you try bmibaby before they are gone. They seem okay. I had a flight with G-BVZE LHR-FCO when it was still with bmi.

Interesting pictures from Belfast. I'm glad that things are calm there now.

The777Man

Topic: RE: Bye Bye Baby: U2 LTN-BFS, WW BHD-BHX
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-07-22 10:19:59 and read 4551 times.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 44):

Nice read and pix, thanks for posting

Thanks for reading Mark, glad you liked it

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 44):
- That's not a bad price at all.

No, bargain!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 44):
- Yikes, what a place to live!

I know, terrible

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 44):
- What, no Gin?!

Ha, well not from the BOB at least

Quoting The777Man (Reply 45):
Nice report with nice pictures !

Thanks

Quoting The777Man (Reply 45):
Great to see you try bmibaby before they are gone. They seem okay. I had a flight with G-BVZE LHR-FCO when it was still with bmi.

Wow, that must have been a few years ago with the good old Diamond Service?!


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