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Hoppin' Through Shannon; Flying European Low-Cost!  
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5597 times:

Hi

Yet another report out of my hands. I couldn’t resist some low fares offered on the internet lately, and with not too many flights booked during these months, I just planned another crazy day of fun-flying. It has been some time back since I visited Ireland, especially the airport of Shannon was a long way back in my memory, and now it was time for a new visit to this airport on the Irish westcoast.

Tickets were booked just 15 days in advance, still very interesting fares on offer for all my legs.


Wednesday March 19, 2008

Not too early when my alarm clock went off at 6 am. A quick breakfast, finalizing my bag packing with some little food for the day, and I was able to jump on the public busservice just 45 minutes later.

With just about 20 minutes to the airport, this service is very convenient for me. When I walked into the terminal of Schiphol Airport, I found a remarkable calm airport for this time of the day. No large queues for passport control. I was able to walk on immediately, as I checked in for all my flights on the internet the day before. I was holding printed A4-sized boarding cards for all the flights.

I noticed my departure gate was, as expected, from the H-concourse. While waiting for my flight I followed the handling process of the various aircraft parked at the G-concourse, and the daily Air Berlin Boeing 737 which operates on the Palma route. Weather was fair, but large filled clouds were seen around the field.

My flight got announced for gate H2, and I walked to it. Before you enter the H-concourse you will have to pass the security checkpoint. No problems here, all smooth and friendly. During my wait upstairs near gate H2, I followed the arrival of 2x easyJet A319s and the SkyEurope flight from Vienna. After all these aircraft were on their stands, my plane was arriving from the UK. I was delighted to notice the registration, which was a ‘new’ one for my log!


My easyJet Boeing 737 arriving on the stand!



AMS-LTN
Flight No.: EZY2156 Date: 19MAR08
STD: 0835 ATD: 0832
STA: 0845 ATA: 0837
A/C: Boeing 737-700 Reg No.: G-EZJJ
Seat: 20F – Economy Class

My 7th ride on the Boeing 737-700, and the first on this machine.


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Pre-Boarding started immediately and everybody was put in the dedicated areas. Elderly people, the ones with young children and the passengers who opted for ‘Speedy Boarding’ or the ones who hold a easyJet PlusCard were separated from the ones in boarding groups A (including myself) and B. All people who check-in online are nowadays put in group A, which was a rather large amount of passengers.

About 10 minutes after the inbound passengers were off the aircraft, our boarding call was made. As it was my groups turn, I walked straight to the rear entrance. Greeted by a friendly female cabin-attendant, she checked my boarding pass (again), and I was able to choose out of many free rows. I decided for a seat just behind the wing, starboard side. Seats are comfortable enough for the European (short) flights, and legroom was pleasant enough. Other seats at my row remained empty, which was nice as well! I calculated the load at approximately 50%.


I boarded via the rear stairs onto G-EZJJ



Legroom/Pitch and seating on the B737-700


Boarding finished in time, doors closed. The captain came on the speakers to announce the on time departure and informing us that the First Officer was in control on this flight to Luton. This was followed by the safety demo in Dutch language (from tape).

We taxied out for a runway 36L departure, which meant a rather long ride on the ground. It was our turn after a heavy Martinair MD-11F and a LH CityLine CRJ-900 which was bound for Munich. We were followed by a KL Cityhopper F100 and the SkyEurope B737 to Vienna.


Lining up in sequence, runway 36L


Takeoff was powerful but I wasn’t able to see much as I was facing sunlight. Lot of rainshowers in the vicinity now, and we almost caught one when we got airborne. We made a left turn towards the West and soon crossed the Dutch coastal line for a flight over the Northsea. Weather was fair again with some good views, and I really enjoyed it.


Airborne and into the clouds!



Beautiful views through my window …



Dutch coast line, ready to cross the North Sea


The male passenger in front of me (19F) was a bit annoying, to recline his seat about 20 times during the cruise. Why can’t people just behave normal. Food and beverage service was announced and the crew came quickly through the aisle. I bought a Kenco cappuccino for EUR 2.50 (change in Euro is given as well), but the taste was not very good this time. The crew distributing the drinks were not very friendly, and didn’t seem motivated at all.


Cabin View on G-EZJJ. Note the ‘Sandisk’ advertisements on the seatbacks


Rest of the flight as calm and we soon entered UK airspace. Approach to Luton started and the crew collected all garbage, checked the cabin, and took their seats.


Approaching Luton Airport …


We got a very rough landing at last, on runway 26. I think the F/O needs some more experience, or it was just the difficulties for arriving aircraft at LTN ( I think this airport has some strange winds at this location ).
After vacating the runway we taxied over the bridge and parked in between several other easyJet aircraft. Our parking stand was number 8. I left the aircraft at the front door, using the aircrafts’ stairs. And I was able to secure some more pictures.


Disembarking using the forward door



Bye Bye G-EZJJ: Leg no. 1 completed!


After entering the terminal, you’ll pass the UK immigration service, were it was queuing a bit. After I cleared this check, I was having some free time at Luton. As the weather was still quite good, I decided for a walk outside. I noticed a dedicated (small) terminal for the Silverjet flights. For the remaining time I was able to photograph some traffic, while taxiing over the bridge. So I didn’t become bored at all…

My next flight was on Ryanair. Yes, indeed the Low Fares Airline from Ireland. It has been some time back that I last flew them from Dublin to Eindhoven, on a B737-200! These oldies are long gone now, and I was hoping for a quite new –800. I walked towards the departure lounge, but at a certain checkpoint I was held because I couldn’t use my homeprinted boarding pass. I asked what their problem was, and the officer told me that the Ryanair systems don’t recognize these prints anymore since a few weeks! He told me to get it exchanged at the check-in counter. Huge queues at the 3 counters dedicated to FR, and I queued. But then I saw other people passing all queues and exchanging their printed boarding passes for another one without problems and complaints, so I decided also to do it this way. I was helped by a friendly groundstaff, but she told me that she only exchanged for Dublin flights. I had to use the left counter instead. So I walked to it, in front of all the other waiting passengers. Some were complaining to me, but come’on, it is not my fault that their systems make trouble. When I was served, the lady told me that she couldn’t help me and I had to proceed to the Ryanair ticketdesk….
I got a bit upset now, with all these mis-information from the various staff. So I arrived at their desk and complaint about their communications. The lady behind the desk was not interested in it, and I got my new boarding pass now.

I thought, this is the real Ryanair experience. LOL! I quickly passed security, had to take off my shoes. An annoying security measure when you ask me. Let them clean the floor then as well! Walking in the dirt on my socks… OK, I was still able to buy a nice Vanilla Latte at Starbucks, accompanied with a Raspberry muffin. Then my flight also popped up on the screens with a departure gate mentioned so I decided to start my walk. The walk to gate 3 was rather long, and when I arrived at the very end of the terminal at LTN, I noticed a huge crowd of people waiting for my flight. An unimaginable amount of (crying) children, and a lot of older people. Probably travelling home after holidays around St. Patricks Day at March 17th or for Easter holidays.

Boarding was announced and I was able to board in the first groups of passengers, as I originally used online check-in. It was busy with people so I had to rush for my window seat. I noticed my aircraft on the tarmac in the latest colourscheme, bearing registration EI-DWE.


Rushing to get onboard EI-DWE …



Using rear door again for boarding



LTN-SNN
Flight No.: FR1323 Date: 19MAR08
STD: 1220 ATD: 1218
STA: 1340 ATA: 1330
A/C: Boeing 737-800(WL) Reg No.: EI-DWE
Seat: 30A – Economy Class

My 33rd ride on the Boeing 737-800, and the first on this machine, so a new addition for my personal log! This aircraft is delivered to Ryanair on September 27, 2007 so still a young frame.


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Doors closed in time. Most of the seats were taken, load on this flight was close to 100%! So I can’t imagine how it was possible to secure a fare of GBP 10.00 all-in just 2 weeks in advance…
Seats were the newest ones, darkblue plastic or leather covers, safety card glued on the seatback in front of me. No seatbag, no recline. And a small pitch on top of that. Lifevest above my seat, somewhere in the ceiling. Windows are having window blinds. Overhead bins in yellow tints, featuring ING banking advertisements.


Pitch and seating condition on the B737-800 such as this newer one: EI-DWE


Cabin crew were 3 females, 1 male, all from Spain. They did the safety demo quite professional. No jokes, and the voice of the purser was clear to understand.

Pushback on time, taxiing over the bridge again, but now in opposite direction, to runway 08. We had to do some backtracking on the runway before the aircraft turned in the correct direction for takeoff. Apparently we needed quite a lot of concrete to get in the air. When we got airborne, it was easily to feel the unstable conditions in the sky. Quite a bumpy climb. Sharp right turns to bring the aircraft into western headings. The aircraft levelled at the cloud base, probably due to the busy airspace around Northern London (Stansted & Luton).


In the air! Just after departing from Luton



Again nice cloud formations outside


I started listening to my walkman SonyEricsson phone, because the children were still too noisy. After some minutes we climbed further.

During the cruise, crew sold some food & drinks. I didn’t take anything on this flight, as I recently had my Starbucks experience. Overall the crew seemed nice and friendly. They also tried to sell the scratch cards on this flight. Also the captain came with inflight information, mentioning the flight altitude (32,000 ft) and visible on the left was the city of Waterford. He expected the flight further via Limerick and also an early arrival. He wished us an enjoyable stay in the West of Ireland.


Cabin View on FR1323 LTN-SNN


The approach followed soon after, and crew checked the cabin (too) quickly. It offered me some good and nice views on the Irish landscapes below. We touched the concrete of runway 24 and while taxiing to the parking position a funny audiotape was being played on the speakers with the sound of yelling passengers and mentioning about ‘another Ryanair flight arrived ON TIME’, explicit mentioning their good on-time performance among other European airlines. I liked it for the moment, but it’s not very professional, I think.


Nice views again during approach for Shannon



Final approach for Shannon…


Parking was on a remote stand about 200 meters away from the terminal. While the terminal was only used by a single Aer Lingus A330 bound for the US. We had to walk into the building ourselves, but I liked it, sun was shining and offering a good view on EI-DWE too.


A longer walk from aircraft to terminal building. Pleasant enough though!


When I arrived in the old-fashioned terminal building, I decided to stay airside. So I turned left into the waiting lounge. I was the only passenger for that moment. The employees of the taxfree shop were re-stocking the shelves, and staff of US Customs and Border protection were just leaving their working place behind. No other US bound flights were announced for this day, so their work finished.


Passenger lounge at Shannon, with US Border Protection


I bought a softdrink and some souvenirs, and went for a comfortable seat with views on the apron. I had some chats with airport employees passing by. Overall, the airport was calm and no scheduled traffic at all, until my next flight departure.

Although I was surprised to see landing lights in a distance, and soon it became clear that a white/grey Boeing 737-300 was landing. I photographed it when it was taxiing in front of the building. Registation N34315…, a quick google search told me about this plane and the ‘history’. It’s thought to fly CIA rendition flights at strange places around Europe and the middle East. Interesting visitor for sure, especially to see it parked in the most far remote parking spot. About 30 minutes later, a USAF Gulfstream aircraft was seen departing. Do these 2 aircraft have close collaboration with eachother?

Later another plane landed, being an ATA Boeing 757-300 which parked at a fingergate. This was a simple refuelling stop. The aircraft was loaded with US Army troops.

I was expecting the same EI-DWE for my next flight (it didn’t depart after my arrival), and I got a bit disappointed already. Too soon, as about 45 minutes before my departure another FR 738 landed, and another one!! Rush-hour LOL! It turned out to be EI-CSR for my next flight, one of the older frames in service with them nowadays (delivery was in 2001). It was in their older colours but the winglets had the new titles on starboard side, while the ones on the portside were plain white.


Ready to board EI-CSR, one of the older examples in Ryanairs’ fleet



SNN-STN
Flight No.: FR104 Date: 19MAR08
STD: 1620 ATD: 1617
STA: 1745 ATA: 1741
A/C: Boeing 737-800(WL) Reg No.: EI-CSR
Seat: 25F – Economy Class

My 34th ride on a Boeing 737-800, and the first on this machine. Good for my logbook again!


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Boarding was downstairs at gate 2. Not too many passengers waiting. I took my place in the priority boarding lane, which might be used when you’ve checked in online (Check n’Go). It was just a short walk to the aircraft and I boarded at the rear door again, giving the possibility for some pictures. I took a window seat, the other 2 seats in my row remained unused. Seats were the old styled ones, dark blue fabric, including seatpocket and yellow/red mixed headrestcovers. Pitch was fine, but not possible for little recline (although there is a button for it). Lifevest under my seat. Overhead bins with Ryanair’s own advertisements. And finally; also this aircraft is having window shades.
Small detail; this aircraft was originally having ‘eye-brow’ windows for the cockpit, which are now covered for this aircraft, at least.
Cabin crew was the same as on my previous flight (LTN-SNN).

Door closed in time, and cabin was only about 40% full. Pushback was again a few minutes early. While taxiing to the runway the manual safety demo was performed.

We used runway 24 for takeoff, followed by a left turn, back heading for the UK. Flight was calm, comfortable and crew was friendly. I had some small money which just made it possible to spend on 1 scratch card, which was a loser: I didn’t win anything.


After take-off some good view on the ‘’River Shannon’’


From the flightdeck we got some arrival information, including the weather forecast. Just a brief notice, nothing special. I noticed BHX airport below us, clearly visible.


Just an inflight picture. I keep lovin’ those winglets!!



Cabin picture on EI-CSR, with the older interiour


The evening came, it got darker outside, when we approached Stansted Airport. We used runway 05 for landing, which was a smooth one. A lot of other traffic on the ground, including an EOS B752 and loads of Ryanair 737’s! A short ride brought us on blocks at gate 63R. Disembarking using stairs, a short walk into the terminal building.


Ryanair Airport,…. Uhhhh Stansted Airport *sorry*


STN uses signs mentioned ‘Connecting Flights’ everywhere across the building, so I was hoping to be able to stay airside. I didn’t want to wait for ages again for security at this airport. I know it’s usually a mess here. But following all the signs, brought me finally with immigration control. I asked some staff, but I simply had to clear immigration, and needed to re-entry again via security control etc. Time-consuming and unnecessary nowadays, I think. Although the low cost airlines offer point-to-point transportation only, no connections possible, in the era of internet check-in, and handluggage only, it is basically possible to make short connections. Maybe some people will think about this idea in the future!

Good for me was that the queues for security were remarkable short now, and I cleared everything in about 10 minutes, including the ‘at random’ –take of your shoes and put them in the x-ray machine- control. I was one of their victims again…

I had my dinner at Pret A Manger that night. Bought some good sandwiches with Scottish salmon and a good mocha coffee.


EZY3009 to Amsterdam on the screen




STN-AMS
Flight No.: EZY3009 Date: 19MAR08
STD: 1945 ATD: 1944
STA: 2150 ATA: 2153
A/C: Airbus A319 Reg No.: G-EZEW
Seat: 17A – Economy Class

My 21st ride on an Airbus A319, and the first on this machine. Another good addition for my logbook!


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Boarding started at 19:25hrs, but long before a huge crowd of passengers was blocking all space in front of the gate. Mostly Dutch people,… yes that’s ‘our’ behaviour. I feel really sorry for that to be honest. And some of them were complaining that there was no fingergate, some were complaining that it took so long etc. We left on time, and they paid maybe just peanuts. I really can’t understand some people.
The groundstaff was polite and clear with instructions about the boarding. Normal boarding passes left line, Internet check-in on the right side. Clear to me, not for many others.
During the boarding I saw our loadsheet for a while, load: 151+1 (151 adults, 1 infant = 97% loadfactor)
I finally made it on board, via rear entrance. Boarding pass checked again at the door. I was able to secure a window seat at row 17. The cabin filled up quickly and people tried to seat with their friends or relatives, which was at the end not always possible anymore. The crew instructed them to take any free seat, as the plane was almost 100% fully booked. After this message, the process finished quickly and doors were closed. Pushback was also early on this flight.


Boarding using rear entrance. Dark now, and photo conditions got worse…


Seats were the standard easyJet grey/orange ones, fabric covers. Pitch OK. Cabin was modern and in good shape, and clean.Crew was polite and friendly. We had to wait a while before it was our turn for takeoff. We followed a company A319, and an Air Berlin B737-700. Ryanair’s ‘Dreamliner’ EI-DCL landed also, and then it was our turn. Runway use was 23 and we got airborne at 20.03pm.

After takeoff a sharp left turn, Stansted Airport clearly visible on the portside. Rest of the flight, at night, was uneventful. I decided to listen to some music and looked into the inflight magazine The cabin was noisy and it felt like being on a crazy holiday charterflight. Many people were talking loud. A lot of walking in the aisle.

About 20 minutes later we started decending for Schiphol Airport. Dutch coast was visible again. We flew around my village, and I was even able to see my own house (I live 1km from the runway 06 approach path). It has been a while ago that I got this runway for landing. Touchdown was at 21.44pm, just 41 minutes after takeoff.

Taxiing was rather long now to the H-concourse. Parking finally at 21.53pm, deplaning using stairs. I was disembarking rather late, row 17 is a bad position if you’re in a hurry. So I didn’t catch my bus… and had to wait for another 15 minutes for the next!

All together, these flights were a nice experience again. Happy as I was to score 4 new registrations again, my first time on a Ryanair –800 with winglets. In the past they flew all without at my flights.
It was sensational to see 2 of my flights nearly sold out! Never got that before on lowcost carriers. Overall, even Ryanair was fine and fun for flying, but ground service at LTN was just bad. Crew was pretty good and their fares as well. EasyJet was offering good fares too, and I was able to book separate flights in 1 reservation, saving on the creditcard fees. A big plus here for easyJet! About the performance time-wise: both carriers flew on schedule, or even ahead of it. Well done!

I hope you like the reading and I would like to read your comments  Wink Thank you very much, and see you at my next report …

Cheers,
Eric  wave 


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
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User currently offlineLUPOR1D From Ireland, joined Feb 2008, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5578 times:

Nice report..!!

I prefer the older 738's myself, think there is slightly more legroom and seats are a bit better. Going to AGP ex SNN in a few weeks, hopefully will end up being an older a/c....



Always lurking.
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5509 times:

Hi Lupor1D,

Quoting LUPOR1D (Reply 1):
prefer the older 738's myself, think there is slightly more legroom and seats are a bit better.

Agree with you, seating is a bit more comfortable indeed.

Quoting LUPOR1D (Reply 1):
Going to AGP ex SNN in a few weeks, hopefully will end up being an older a/c....

Have a great flight and time in Spain. Can we expect a tripreport on this route by you?

Cheers,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineEICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5507 times:

Hi Eric

Really good report. Flew with FR from Dublin to Carcassone & back in 2006. Had a new airframe on the way over (-DLK) & an older a/c on the way back (-CST). I prefered the interior of the older plane as all that yellow on the newer ones is just horrible.

Regarding that grey 737, I wouldnt let the Irish anti-war movement hear about that or there will be uproar (again)  Wink

Look forward to reading your next report.



Dublin, where Sam Maguire will be coming home to in mid September
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5262 times:

Hi Mark

thanks for your reply  Smile

Quoting EICVD (Reply 3):
Had a new airframe on the way over (-DLK) & an older a/c on the way back (-CST).

EI-CST also in my log, even twice. Flew it on SNN-CRL and CRL-STN, both in 2003.

Quoting EICVD (Reply 3):
Regarding that grey 737, I wouldnt let the Irish anti-war movement hear about that or there will be uproar (again)

I really don't know what all about with that 737, but I think SNN is used by also other 'strange' movements, don't you think so. It might be common for this airport...?

Cheers,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26489 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5228 times:

Great TR as usual Eric. Glad you had a good trip . Looks like fun. You got a photo of the new seats in the waiting area in SNN. We were talking about that the other day on the Irish Threads.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 4):
I really don't know what all about with that 737, but I think SNN is used by also other 'strange' movements, don't you think so. It might be common for this airport...?

''Strange'' flights maybe?? No No ....Ireland is a neutral country LOL...  Yeah sure

Anyway thanks for a great report and looking forward to the next one..... Where is the next one BTW???


OA260



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User currently offline02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5209 times:

Hey Eric, nice report. I flew on FR104 earlier this year, and was impressed by the service, but not SNN airport, it's getting old don't you think? I know it's really only FR flying a significant number services out of there, but you would have thought they'd want a slightly nicer airport. I to was there for "rush hour" at SNN, there must be about 4 or 5 Ryanair 737s inbound into SNN from the UK at about 4pm. It gets quite crowded in their "corridor" of a departure lounge!

I flew XL Airways LGW-NOC yesterday, another airline and airport ticked off... NOC airport is pretty tiny, only enough room on the ramp for 3 aircraft, maximum!!! It is another airport i think could use some work doing to it. I was also in DUB yesterday, which is having some work done to it, and i have to say that that place is going to be impressive. I do like flying from DUB, back there in 3 weeks when i make the trip to Donegal to tick off another Irish airport.

Back to your report, great job, and good to see you back on Ryanair. I'm very jealous of you having ridden one of their -200s a few years back. I like their -800s, relatively comfortable, tight on legroom. I flew Aer Lingus A320 DUB-LGW last night, and the leg room on that (row 29) was EXCELLENT, and service was great. Aer Lingus are my new favourite Irish LCC!! Prices aren't bad either! So there you go, use EI instead of FR in future!

Good job!

Toby



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5161 times:

Philip, Toby, thanks for reading and replying to me!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
You got a photo of the new seats in the waiting area in SNN. We were talking about that the other day on the Irish Threads.

New seats or not... I think SNN stays old-fashioned anyway  Silly I didn't notice that these were 'new seats' but they can be, of course Big grin

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Where is the next one BTW???

I can tell you next week, but already booked. But have to give it as a birthday present... Interesting enough though  Wink

Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 6):
I flew on FR104 earlier this year, and was impressed by the service, but not SNN airport, it's getting old don't you think?

What a coincidence! SNN is rather shabby now indeed, and nothing changed since my last visit there back in 2003.

Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 6):
I know it's really only FR flying a significant number services out of there, but you would have thought they'd want a slightly nicer airport.

Of course EI has services to the US, and AF operates to CDG at least. Don't know if others fly into SNN as well. But a complete overhaul of their terminal wouldn't be a bad idea!

Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 6):
I'm very jealous of you having ridden one of their -200s a few years back.

Not only once, even 5 times. And once experienced a rejected take-off on EI-CNV at DUB, great fun! Big grin

Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 6):
I flew XL Airways LGW-NOC yesterday, another airline and airport ticked off...

Great!! Are you making a report in this trip? Would love to read about XL Airways, they aren't much covered here.

Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 6):
Aer Lingus are my new favourite Irish LCC!! Prices aren't bad either! So there you go, use EI instead of FR in future!

Flew EI quite often, even before they turned into their LCC model. I even once got upgraded to their Business Class, DUB-AMS, which was awesome!! Of course EI will also be in my future travels, and I still have to fly an A330,... they are having a good chance with me  Wink

Cheers,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offline02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5105 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 7):
Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 6):
I flew XL Airways LGW-NOC yesterday, another airline and airport ticked off...

Great!! Are you making a report in this trip? Would love to read about XL Airways, they aren't much covered here.

I wasn't planning to, think people might have had enough of reading my trip reports for a little while. I'll look through my photos and see, i might change my mind.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 7):
once experienced a rejected take-off on EI-CNV at DUB, great fun!

Now i'm even more jealous. I haven't been on a -200 since a BA example AMS-LHR in 1991. Don't remember it, i was only 5! Got to find a -200 to fly on!



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User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4994 times:

Great TR Eric!

It's always great to see reports from my Home airport.



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5006 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4880 times:

Hi, Eric,

thanx for this enjoyable evening read.

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
My 7th ride on the Boeing 737-700, and the first on this machine.



Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
so a new addition for my personal log!



Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
, and the first on this machine. Good for my logbook again!



Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
and the first on this machine. Another good addition for my logbook!

Once again congrats, as earlier mailed, four legs, four new logs, not that easy nowadays!.

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
Good for me was that the queues for security were remarkable short now, and I cleared everything in about 10 minutes,

You´re lucky guy, my last experience was nearly an hour to wait, not that good!.

Shannon looks really oldfashioned, but have I ever told you, that I like sometimes oldfashioned things,
especially planes and also maybe airports!.

Any news around your further scheduling?.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4773 times:

Hi Eric,

Finally some time to read some reports, and I found one of your hand.
As usual a top quality report and also a nice comparrison between two main LCC's in Europe.
It was a good read for an easy friday morning at the office  Smile

Thanks for sharing!
Joost



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 weeks ago) and read 4635 times:

Hi Eric,

once again a really entertaining report and great pics. I have visited SNN in 2004, and I have to admit that I somehow like the airport, although it might be old-fashioned.

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
a funny audiotape was being played on the speakers with the sound of yelling passengers and mentioning about 'another Ryanair flight arrived ON TIME', explicit mentioning their good on-time performance among other European airlines. I liked it for the moment, but it's not very professional, I think.

I have also experienced these On-time tapes in earlier times; in those days it was still a quite annoying fanfare. It might be funny once, but imagine how annoying this must be for frequent flyers or even more for the crew. And I agree with you, it's not very professional. But then again, it is Ryanair...  Wink

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4535 times:

EISHN, Markus, Joost & Christoph, thanks for your replies so far!  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 10):
Once again congrats, as earlier mailed, four legs, four new logs, not that easy nowadays!.

I'm happy with this score. But next time I hope to get some more aircraft variety again.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 10):
Shannon looks really oldfashioned, but have I ever told you, that I like sometimes oldfashioned things, especially planes and also maybe airports!.

I like it too, but you wouldn't expect it anymore nowadays. I think SNN is a bit outdated when I compare them with other airports around. Customers might dislike such things some day... Overall SNN offers good views on the apron, that's what counted for me that day Big grin

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 10):
Any news around your further scheduling?.

Next weekend my signature will be changed. Some things are booked already, but I'll keep it quiet for a few days more  Silly

Quoting DALCE (Reply 11):
It was a good read for an easy friday morning at the office

Quiet at your new office? How come?  Wink

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 12):
It might be funny once, but imagine how annoying this must be for frequent flyers or even more for the crew. And I agree with you, it's not very professional. But then again, it is Ryanair...

Arghhh, you just have to withstand some things nowadays to take advantage of flying for attractive fares. It doesn't keep me away of their planes, but unprofessional for sure Big grin

Cheers,
Eric  wave 



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User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1423 posts, RR: 33
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4457 times:

Interesting read and a really nice report. Glad that your day worked out so well and that you got 4 new planes for your log.

I was quite surprised to see easyJet having those Scandisk ads on the seatbacks - they look very Ryanair-esque.

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
I got a bit upset now, with all these mis-information from the various staff.

I can understand your frustration at that kind of situation; I'm often on the receiving end of it but being sent from one deskl to another is no fun.

Happy flying
Infodesk



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4397 times:

Infodesk, thanks for your kind reply!

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 14):
Glad that your day worked out so well and that you got 4 new planes for your log.

That's one of the most important things on such a day, besides the fun of flying around a bit Big grin

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 14):
was quite surprised to see easyJet having those Scandisk ads on the seatbacks

Yeah, first time that I saw such adds in their cabins. Rather cheap advertisements; these were just sticked on the seatback, and easy to remove too (by passengers, if they want).

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 14):
I'm often on the receiving end of it but being sent from one deskl to another is no fun.

It doesn't happen often during my travels, and I know how to deal with bad situations usually from my own airline experience, but this was just mis-information by several employees... that's really unprofessional dealing with situations, something which can be avoided easily by briefing their staff accordingly.

Cheers,
Eric



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User currently offlineSAAB900 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 485 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4319 times:

Eric,
Great TR! The grey/white B737 N34315 is operated by a company called Vision Air! They have a couple of other 737's & a B767 N767VA. I fly through Bratislava quite a few times & both the 737's & the 767 are regular visitors there! When I passed through Bratislava in November both a 737 & the 767 were there. The 767 is in a corporate type livery but the reg is almost invisible, its grey on a white background.... a spotters nightmare!  Sad

Dave(SAAB900)


User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4233 times:

Hi Dave,
interesting read about that Vision Air. I wonder what their business is in BTS. Never heard of this company. Your story about the reg is correct; same for the 737, almost impossible to read off the registration.

Thanks for the info!  wave 
Eric



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User currently offlineSAAB900 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 485 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4200 times:

Hi Eric,
There is a photo of N34315 at Bratislava in the April 2008 edition of Airliner World. According to the caption it is based there and is used as"a back-up airframe for the US Government on flights to Baghdad & Kabul"!
It looks like they might be one of these "CIA Airlines"? I've done a bit of investigation on the net & found that the fleet definately has N34315 B737-3 c/n 23366, N742VA B737-4 c/n 24773, N767VA B767-2 c/n 21870 and recently delivered N768VA B767-2 c/n 21869 which according to www.spotter-dano.szm.com made it's 1st visit to Bratislava on 22nd December 2007! www.airfleets .net shows the fleet as 1xB737-3, 1xB737-4, 3xB767-2 plus a stored MD82! But www.ch-aviation.ch shows 2xB737-3, 1xB737-4, 3xB767-2 plus the grand Canyon sightseeing fleet of Do328's.
From what I've been told the 767 arrives from Washington then connects with the 737's which carry on to the Middle East, but other sources seem to indicate that the 737's also go across the pond with fuel stops in Shannon and/or Keflavik. It seems the main 2 places in Europe that are visited by the 737's are Bratislava & Budapest!
All in all this sounds like a very interesting "Airline"!  Wink
Does anybody else know anymore about Vision Air?

Dave(SAAB900)


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6639 posts, RR: 78
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4057 times:

Hi Eric,

very interesting report. Good to hear you could add some more new regs to your log.

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
The crew distributing the drinks were not very friendly, and didn’t seem motivated at all.

...which doesn't encourage people to buy anything.

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
I got a bit upset now, with all these mis-information from the various staff. So I arrived at their desk and complaint about their communications. The lady behind the desk was not interested in it, and I got my new boarding pass now.

Well, that's FR...

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
explicit mentioning their good on-time performance among other European airlines.

Ridiculous...they should also mention how they continously discourage people to check in bags.


My last FR trip is years away and was intended to get the 732 - but I'm not interested to fly that carrier any more in the future. I would only book FR again if it's absolutely necessary.


PH



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User currently offlineStylo777 From Turkey, joined Feb 2006, 2904 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4037 times:

you're absolutely a killer in one-day-all-around flying! Big grin good job and well done!

I've never been onboard an Easyjet plane, but should give them a try anytime soon...


User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3998 times:

Hi guys, thanks for your replies;

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
Well, that's FR...

Come on... low fares doesn't always mean 'low service standards', especially if you go comparing with some other loco's.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
My last FR trip is years away and was intended to get the 732 - but I'm not interested to fly that carrier any more in the future.

Indeed, back then the B732 was indeed great to get on, and until now I counted them 5 times in total, all FR examples Big grin

Quoting Stylo777 (Reply 20):
you're absolutely a killer in one-day-all-around flying!

Hi Ori, I think some others also make good chances here nowadays Big grin

In June, me and Flieger might contact you about our killer-day on your LH  Wink 5 flights on 1 day booked... Big grin

Quoting Stylo777 (Reply 20):
I've never been onboard an Easyjet plane, but should give them a try anytime soon...

Yes, why not. They aren't bad, and offer reasonable fares on their network. Would like to read your opinion about them some day.

Cheers,
Eric



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User currently offlineStylo777 From Turkey, joined Feb 2006, 2904 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (6 years 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3957 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 21):
In June, me and Flieger might contact you about our killer-day on your LH Wink 5 flights on 1 day booked... Big grin

really? tell me more!!! Its possible to accompany you Big grin


User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (6 years 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3922 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 13):
Quiet at your new office? How come?

It is still the old office, I'll switch jobs per 01 May  Smile



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6639 posts, RR: 78
Reply 24, posted (6 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3902 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 21):
Come on... low fares doesn't always mean 'low service standards', especially if you go comparing with some other loco's.

Absolutely true, but FR is probably the "lowest loco"...  Wink


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
25 B747forever : Nice TR The pics are really good. Glad that you got to fly on all your 3 flights on new a/cs. The older FR interior looks so much nice than the new on
26 Airbuseric : Ori, i'll send a IM to you with the details soon, then you can see if you are joining us B747Forever; Thanks for your kind reply! uhhh, 4 flights It d
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