BHD From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7104 times:
During March I received an invitation to visit some researchers based in Berlin that I am working on a project with to discuss some work. After checking easyJet, I managed to book return flights from BFS to SXF for the low price of only £35 for the start of April. I had no checked baggage, and was able to print both boarding passes right after the booking even though the flight was another 3-4 weeks away n(easyJet allow the printing of boarding passes for flights up to 60 days or something similar).
Boeing 737-700 G-EZJJ
Schedule Departure: 09:45
Actual Departure: 09:40
Scheduled Arrival: 12:55
Actual Arrival: 12:40
On the morning of the flight, I left my house in Belfast at 08:00. I parked the car at a car park local to the airport, and arrived at the terminal for 08:45. I proceeded directly through security, and to the departure gates. Security was fairly quite so I was through in a matter of minutes. I had my backpack with clothes and laptop in it, along with a plastic resealable bag with my liquids in it. Below are some photos of the little activity at BFS at that time of the morning.
At about 09:15 boarding commenced. It was nice to see boarding begin a good 30 mins prior to departure, something I haven't experienced in a while. I was boarding group A, as those who check in online are allocated boarding group A. Surprisingly also, there was not the usual made rush for the gate when boarding was announced. I was the second person to board and pass through the gate.
Walking towards the aircraft, I managed to take a quick, out of focus and blurry snap of my walk to the aircraft. This is such bad quality as I did not want to attract attention, so literally just lifted the camera towards the aircraft and hit the shutter button.
Although second to pass through the gate, I was the first to reach the rear stairs as the first person to board chose the front stairs. I always choose the rear stairs as like a seat behind the wing usually. As I was alone at this point going up the rear stairs, I managed to take a better picture of the aircraft reg.
As I was the second person onboard, I had plenty of seats to choose from onboard the 737-700. I chose 20F, a seat on the right of the cabin with a view just behind the right wing.
Seat pitch was fairly comfortable. Load was fairly light, maybe 60% or so. I had a full row of three seats to myself, as did the person in row 20 to the left of the aisle.
We were soon on our way for an on time departure. The flight crew of 3 got underway of with the safety demonstration, although had to stop had 2 different points as one guy tried to get out of his seat and retrieve an item from the overhead during the demonstration (while the plane was moving), and then someone's mobile phone started ringing so he had to be told off .
Our taxi took us onto Alpha towards runway 07, the lesser used end of the main runway. We passed the below test aircraft which I assume is used for fire training.
We were soon lined up on runway 07 and rolling along the runway. I captured the departure on video.
About 10-15 mins after departure, the crew started the snack run. Being a morning flight, I had decided beforehand to have breakfast onboard, and was looking forward to trying out the easyJet bacon bagel, as I had taken a flight a few months before on Jet2 and got their bacon bagel, I was looking forward to comparing onboard breakfasts. Below is a photo of the bacon bagel and coffee.
I have to say I was very impressed with this offering. The bacon bagel was quite large, and very filling. The coffee itself was absolutely fantastic.
Flight time was about 2 hours, during which I ate my breakfast, read a little, browsed their inflight magazine (which was not very good ) and did a little work on the laptop.
Not before too long it was time to land on runway 25L and I also managed to capture the landing on video. At one stage during the approach there was a plane close to our right, you can just about make it out on the video below.
Once arrived, I headed straight through arrivals and immigration, and out of the airport towards the nearby train station, as I had no wait for checked baggage. There, it took me a while, but I soon managed to figure out which train I had to get toward Berlin, and from which platform. Below are just a couple of pictures from a quick walk around part of Berlin during the two hours site seeing I managed to squeeze in between my two days of meetings.
Boeing 737-700 G-EZJZ
Schedule Departure: 13:20
Actual Departure: 13:45
Scheduled Arrival: 14:35
Actual Arrival: 14:45
I arrived at the airport a bit early so that I could eat lunch there. I got the S-Bahn and arrived at the airport station for 12.00, where I purchased a sandwich and coked. I ate these before passing through security, which I manage to do again rather quickly. The screens informed us to proceed to the departure gate around 13:00, so I made my way there. Just before you reach the gate is the passport control, which checked passports and boarding passes. Once passed here, you find yourself in a little departure room close to the airport action. Below is the picture of the easyJet A319 at the gate next to us.
A little later than planned I am sure, around 13:10, our plan back to BFS arrived at the gate.
The passengers were soon disembarking, and not long after that, boarding commenced. I was one of the first few passengers to board again, so made my way once more to the rear stairs. I picked seat 20A this time on the left of the cabin just behind the wing. Loads were higher on this flight than the outbound from BFS two days ago, perhaps 70-80%. In my row of three seats, the middle seats was empty. This seemed to be repeated throughout the cabin.
We pushed back and made our way to the active runway (runway 07R) about 20 minutes behind schedule. The captain informed us however that he was confident we would make up the time enroute. Below is a video of the takeoff.
About 15 minutes or so once again after departure the crew started the onboard service. Having already ate at the airport, I simply ordered a coffee. Once it had arrived, I brought out the laptop and started some work. I worked for the remainder of the cruise, and once the descent commenced, I packed the computer away so that I could watch the descent and landing. Our descent took us over the Isle Of Man, then onto the east Coast of Northern Ireland. We passed over Newtownards and Bangor, towards Carrickfergus and the Knocka Monument, at which we executed a left turn onto final. Landing was on the most commonly used end of the main runway, Runway 25 at BFS. Despite the short delay at Berlin, we arrived only 10 minutes behind schedule. The landing video at BFS is shown below.
Overall I had a good experience on EasyJet. The flights were more or less on time (in fact early on the outbound leg), the onboard food and coffee was very good at a reasonable price, and the crew were very courteous. All for the low price of £35 booked three weeks prior to departure, so no complaints here.
Future trip report will include another this week of a short trip on FlyBE from BHD-SOU for a job interview, and then in July, when I travel BHD-LHR-IAD-MCO on flyBMI and UA for my summer holidays with my family. Previous trip reports include;
FLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5243 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6813 times:
nice story and interesting pix.
Always good to follow Germany from another point of view.
I´am surprised that EZY uses the 737 on your flights. Is BHD a 737 base, usually A319´s at SXF.
Except from the LTN service, which I´ve booked around a trip in July.
Super737 From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Feb 2008, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6799 times:
A brilliant trip report BHD!!! Glad to see you had a great time and some very good photos. I was recently on an EZY tractor and loved it. Although I did notice that the cabin's were a bit run down. One more thing on the way out I was in 2C and 4D home. After take off the senior cabin crew member on both flights disappeared to the back galley for the duration.
BFS is a 73G base. Although currently one A319 nightstops and comes in from LGW and back out at 0630L to LGW although this is operated by nightstopping crews. BFS is supposed to be one of the last bases for conversion to the babybus but with easyjet planning the disposal/retirement of the 73G we could see it here sooner than expected.
BHD From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6725 times:
Thanks for the kind comments and words so far. BFs is still a 737 base as mentioned, although rumours have it in other threads that it wont be for long. Can't wait to try something else on EZY that is not 737 related. I thought I was going to get lucky when I arrived at SXF of the train and say 4 A319s. Then of course the 737 arrived at our gate and I knew it was going to be same old same old.
As for the job interview I just heard today - they have offered me a post - Operational Analyst for NATS in the UK so its all rather exciting.