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Air Southwest, NQY-LGW  
User currently offlineChristianLee15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5011 times:

I've always been excited at the prospect of flying in a turbo prop, and seeing as a visit to my girlfriend in Berkshire was coming up for New Year, I decided to dump the long long First Great Western train journey, and decided to fly with Air Southwest. I picked up a one-way fair for £35.00 on the 7:20am departure on the 31st, bit of an anti-social time for my parents..but flying 4 hours later on the later ASW rotation cost about £50.00 more. Note I didn't fly back, I came back on the train due to the monumentally high fair. Sorry that the pictures aren't amazingly good, I wasn't that interested in taking too many.


From: NQY
To : LGW
Estimated Time Of Departure: 07:20
Actual Time Of Departure: 07:15
Estimated Time Of Arrival: 08:30
Actual Time Of Arrival: 08:10
Aircraft: Dash 8 Q300
Reg: G-WOWC
Seat: 9A
Ticket Price: £35.00 Single


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My street before leaving.

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Left my house at 06:00 for the roughly half hour drive to Newquay Cornwall Airport, where the weather was pretty cold, but nice enough. As my Mother and I parked up, another Dash 8 was was preparing to taxi out for Manchester via BRS and LBA. NQY is pretty simple enough, and really quite tiny compared to most airports I've transited through. Anyway, arrived in perfect time and checked straight in where I selected seat 9A. (Though next time I'll choose 12A or something, because of the engine obstructing the view!). I quickly 'surfed' through security and took my seat in a pretty much bare departure lounge.

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Note they mark the different 'via' destinations too.



Soon after, the flight from PLH arrived, which was the aircraft that was going back on itself to LGW (I presume the aircraft is based at PLH overnight). We shortly started boarding, where there were about 6 people already onboard, I can only guess there were about 15 more of us joining them because the flight was only about 40% full.

Boarding Pass

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Inside the cabin

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We made quite an early get away, and taxied without hassle to the runway. We soon took off and I was surprised how loud the cabin actually was on departure. Anyway, it was a climb out and we were soon off.


Views of the morning skies.







During the flight, the crew of two came around and sold the light snack selections. I bought a cup of tea...not the cheapest in the world, but obviously not as expensive as something you'd expect to buy on Ryanair or similar. You could tell the crew didn't want to be on the flight ideally, but they were polite and bubbly. During the drinks round, we picked up the flight crew talking to us about the arrival, by this time we were about half way into the leg and slowly starting the decent into LGW.



Fluffy Clouds.



Landing gear down, typical that I was filming and the gear came down as I pressed stop recording!

The decent was very smooth, and its amazing how the aircraft reacts to flap and control movements as if it were a General Aviation aircraft or something. You can physically feel the aircraft slowing down from use of flap and it was interesting to see the landing gear actually touch down on the runway..you get a real rush when you see the sparks come off from breaking! It didn't take long to deboard and we made our way up to domestic arrivals..the whole place was pretty deserted as can be seen from the picture below.

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I picked up a few BA complimentary newspapers on the way down..ever so tempting! One thing I noticed about this part of the North Terminal was that it took a hell of a long time to walk to the UK Arrivals!

Ratings:

NQY Airport: 9/10 as always. One thing that annoys me is having to get a ADF Exemption Card to prove I'm under 16... Doesn't a passport do this? They didn't even make me fill it in....

Air Southwest: 9/10 I'm impressed with Air Southwest alot, the crew were polite and bubbly even though they didn't want to particularly spend New Years Eve flying. The ticket was reasonably priced, but not really that low for a LCC..seeing as a single return ticket would of cost £90.00. Flights were ontime, and their Dash 8's seem to be in perfect condition. I think they need to address their ticket prices to stay competitively priced with BA and especially Flybe who are starting flights to BHX and SOU from NQY..certainly options for me in the future.

LGW Airport: 9/10 I was impressed with the airport alot, last time I transited through was in 2004 so I don't really remember the place too well. The toliets I happened to go through in the BA Domestic Terminal were immaculately clean. Though the walk to arrivals is quite long, it was nice to have a look around.

[Edited 2008-01-04 04:38:53]

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User currently offlineJrfspa320 From Australia, joined Sep 2005, 253 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4898 times:

nice report, im sure air southwest would earn more if they lowered their prices and got more passengers. Im not sure if they are Q300 or just the ordinary 300 version.

User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1704 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4848 times:

Nice report of a lesser known airline! Good to see they offer a good service!
Thanks for sharing!

Brgds,
D-ALCE



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11665 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4839 times:



Quoting ChristianLee15 (Thread starter):
(I presume the aircraft is based at PLH overnight).

Yeap, it's based at PLH overnight, along with a spare and another aircraft to operate the BRS-MAN/LBA and JER services.

Quoting ChristianLee15 (Thread starter):
We soon took off and I was surprised how loud the cabin actually was on departure.

Everything which can rattle will rattle, and the rest will sound like it's trying to vibrate itself apart! Big grin Good fun though as I'm sure you found.

Quoting Jrfspa320 (Reply 1):
nice report, im sure air southwest would earn more if they lowered their prices and got more passengers. Im not sure if they are Q300 or just the ordinary 300 version.

Just the normal -311 unfortunately, G-WOWC was manufactured in 1991 before finding its way to Air Southwest in 2004.

Very nice reading about your experiences Christian, the boarding pass especially interest me. At PLH they write all of the details on by hand but it looks like they finally have started printing these at NQY - only they still write your name on - in fact it almost looks as if they forgot to design the boarding pass with a space to put your name!

Hope you had a good time in Berkshire, thanks for sharing,


Dan Smile



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User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2185 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4715 times:



Quoting ChristianLee15 (Thread starter):
think they need to address their ticket prices to stay competitively priced with BA and especially Flybe who are starting flights to BHX and SOU from NQY..certainly options for me in the future.

Couldn't have said it better. I've often looked at flying Air Southwest mainly due to the fact their route structure is interesting, they fly aircraft I've never been on, and it'd be nice to visit the lesser known airports. However their mad pricing (In comparison to other airlines where you get double the service, double the distance and double the aircraft for half the price) has always put me off.

Always nice to see a TR which includes your local!

Tom Big grin



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User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4641 times:

Thanks for your report

You said that you could tell that the crew did not want to be on the flight yet they were friendly and bubbly? How could you tell if you also thought they were friendly and bubbly? Sorry this sounds inconsistent. You rated Air Southwest highly so they couldn't have been that bad. Would love to try them sometime out of LGW.



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User currently offlineChristianLee15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4598 times:



Quoting Jrfspa320 (Reply 1):
nice report, im sure air southwest would earn more if they lowered their prices and got more passengers. Im not sure if they are Q300 or just the ordinary 300 version.

I sure agree, but not knowing the logistics of an airline like ASW I dare question.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 2):
Nice report of a lesser known airline! Good to see they offer a good service!
Thanks for sharing!

No problem! There will sure be more coming up soon.

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 3):
Yeap, it's based at PLH overnight, along with a spare and another aircraft to operate the BRS-MAN/LBA and JER services.

That clears that one up then. I then presume the Dash goes back to Plymouth then starts the LGW flight straight away, dropping off the LGW for NQY passengers off and picking up more passengers? Or does another aircraft OP the next flight? Just I noticed when the aircraft arrived from PLH, the arrivals board noted Plymouth as an arriving destination.

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 3):

Very nice reading about your experiences Christian, the boarding pass especially interest me. At PLH they write all of the details on by hand but it looks like they finally have started printing these at NQY - only they still write your name on - in fact it almost looks as if they forgot to design the boarding pass with a space to put your name!

I don't believe that FR did either to my memory.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 5):
Thanks for your report

You said that you could tell that the crew did not want to be on the flight yet they were friendly and bubbly? How could you tell if you also thought they were friendly and bubbly? Sorry this sounds inconsistent. You rated Air Southwest highly so they couldn't have been that bad. Would love to try them sometime out of LGW.

Well...they were polite enough, but you got the impression they didn't really want to be onboard.


Thanks for your comments!
 Smile


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11665 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4574 times:



Quoting ChristianLee15 (Reply 6):
That clears that one up then. I then presume the Dash goes back to Plymouth then starts the LGW flight straight away, dropping off the LGW for NQY passengers off and picking up more passengers? Or does another aircraft OP the next flight? Just I noticed when the aircraft arrived from PLH, the arrivals board noted Plymouth as an arriving destination.

Yeap, it's flown as a triangle route for most of the day; Three rotations of PLH-NQY-LGW-PLH, then the last one routes PLH-NQY-LGW-NQY-PLH to end up back at Plymouth for the next day's operations, fairly high utilisation; it's operating flights from 06:45 to 21:40 every day.

I don't think the fares are bad value though as they serve a niche market, certainly from PLH, and the flights to LGW start at £35 each way, £10 of which is the government 'green' tax, so long as you are booking in advance you will normally get the flight for a reasonable amount. Plus that fare includes your luggage allowance, unlike FlyBe, and BA's motivations for operating to NQY are supposedly just to keep the LGW slots warm...


Dan Smile



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User currently offlineChristianLee15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4503 times:

I'm going to give BA a fair shot next month, seeing as my times are more flexible than last. I have a few hundred air miles to dispose of, anyway.

User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4357 times:

Did I ever mention that I always enjoy reading reports about UK regional airlines? Well, I still do, and so this one was very nice to read, thanks for sharing!

Quoting ChristianLee15 (Thread starter):
Reg: G-WOWC

Aaah, brings back some memories of a flight I took on this aircraft last year. I had booked PLH-BRS-MAN, but PLH was closed due to fog. So we were bussed to EXT, where G-WOWC picked us up and flew us to BRS. The BRS-MAN leg was cancelled, so we were re-booked to the evening flight BRS-MAN. Quite a ride, but as this was a just-for-fun flight, I didn't mind too much. Enjoyed my flights on G-WOWC anyway.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4303 times:

Hi there always wondered what they were like . Nice TR and photos.


OA260


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17078 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4299 times:

Really nice TR

The pics are really good.

Seems that you had a great flight with Air Southwest.

Quoting ChristianLee15 (Thread starter):
. You can physically feel the aircraft slowing down from use of flap and it was interesting to see the landing gear actually touch down on the runway..you get a real rush when you see the sparks come off from breaking!

How scary!! Especially after all the incidents with SAS Q400s!!!


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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