TupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2201 posts, RR: 27 Posted (7 years 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6693 times:
Now before I get writing, I'd like to apologise for any poor writing. My space bar is a little temperamental and I may miss some areas in the proof-reading!
Channel Islands Part 3. Flybe JER-LGW Embraer E195
After our jaunt around the second island of the day, Jersey, myself and fellow traveller Dave Chapman head back to the terminal, where we're greeted by the large open and very quiet hall. We contemplate whether to explore the airport some more before passing through security but decided against it, considering we'd walked miles already.
Check-in was very simple. Flybe's self service computers are very easy to use and pretty quick too. After typing in our booking references, names, and selecting our flight (BE950), we were asked if the allocated seat was okay with us. I was given 22F, which suited me fine. Dave was given 16F. This seemed a little bit of a con. You pay £5 on the internet when you book to choose your seat, yet when you check in, you can select which seat you sit in anyway. A flimsy piece of paper protruded from a small slot in the machine. I can tell I'm going to end up ripping it before we get anywhere hear the aircraft...
Heading through the small security area took no-time and we decided to head up to the viewing gallery. This is a massive, empty hall with a panoramic view in all directions, except east. Aircraft at the gates, on approach to 09, taxiing could all be seen. We spend a good while up here before getting a bite to eat. I bought a pawn sandwich and some apple juice before Dave decided to go for a full meal of bangers and mash, slightly overpriced at £6.
Back at the viewing area we took some seats and watched some movements. Trislanders, Jetstreams, Dash 8's, BA737 (Which I get plenty of back at LGW! ), A319, and some GA.
And finally our Embraer, G-FBEG, just 5 months old.
We were called for boarding and made our way down to the gate. Rows 16 onwards were called to board via the rear stairs.
My first look down the cabin of the JungleJet impressed me. No dividers, just one long cabin. It was bright and very spacious. I take my seat of 22F.
It may have been due to the width of the Trislander and ATR seats, but this one was definately wider. And seat pitch was more than enough for my height. Windows were at a good height and of a good size, too.
I sat myself down in the seat and soon found out that it was very comfortable. This was going to be a good ride . Load factor was quite low once again, with plenty of rows of empty seats up ahead.
The cabin crew consisted of two stewardesses and one steward, all from foreign origin. The safety demonstration was given and we were soon on our way to runway 09 at roughly 1800. With no traffic about we were shown a rolling takeoff.
After a sprightly takeoff we banked to the northeast.
Our route took us over the northwestern tip of France, over the channel and over the Isle of Wight, before heading East, turning 180 to make a landing on 26L. The flight was uneventful and I spent 99% of the flight perplexed by the view out the window. Just before making landfall we were joined by an Easyjet A319 at the same height as us. Not high enough to draw a contrail,however.
The weather in the south was partially cloudy.
After descending over Sussex, bouncing through clouds ( ) the scene became alot darker.
All to soon we were on final for 26, with the gear down, the ground came closer and closer. Passing overhead the M23, railway, perimeter road (where the majority of LGW photos are taken) and soon kissing the tarmac after 35 minutes of flight.
After vacating onto taxiway Juliet, we followed 08L until a certain point where we crossed both runways. I have watched some aircraft taking this route before, but never really known why. It's not particularly shorter due to the fact you have to hold to cross 26/08, then hold to go beneath the flight path. I have watched ATR72's and E195's pass very close to the perimeter fence, which is great for noise!
Here's the taxi-route:
The large red block is where the majority of photographers hang out at LGW.
Once parked up at, what I assume was gate 1, the engines were inaudibly shut down and people began to gather their things in the typical fashion. I was looking forward to seeing the E195's cockpit for myself but unfortunately we were denied access. Heading down the air stairs we were definately back in mainland UK.
Old, dark, dirty, damp and cold metal walkways took us inside the dim terminal to be welcomed by huge queues for immigration. Fortunately we were re-directed to a doorway which took us straight into arrivals, not before having our boarding cards snatched by a grumpy immigration officer.
And thus our adventure ends. A number of flights for fun was something I had wanted to do for a while, and now I have! Next time, we'll be doing the same again, except with BE LGW-GCI Dash 8 400, GCI-JER Blue Islands J31, and JER-LCY VLM F50. Another three new aircraft and 2 new airlines!
Thanks for reading, once again, comments are most welcome!
Sketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1778 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6483 times:
Well Ive just read all of your reports and you seem to have had a fantastic little adventure. In fact Ive just been looking to see if I could do the same type of thing. im busting a gut to try and find the time and flights so that i can get on one the E195's and might evenb try and take in a trislander
BA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8650 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6256 times:
Great report, nice follow up to part;s 1 & 2.
Quoting TupolevTu154 (Thread starter): we were asked if the allocated seat was okay with us. I was given 22F, which suited me fine. Dave was given 16F. This seemed a little bit of a con. You pay £5 on the internet when you book to choose your seat, yet when you check in, you can select which seat you sit in anyway
- Yes,seems a bit of a con really!
Quoting TupolevTu154 (Thread starter): Next time, we'll be doing the same again, except with BE LGW-GCI Dash 8 400, GCI-JER Blue Islands J31, and JER-LCY VLM F50. Another three new aircraft and 2 new airlines!
- Like that too, I need 1 of the 3 planes and 2 of the 3 airlines.
Your reports certainly have given me ideas of getting on planes and airlines I've yet to fly, thanks for that.
Do BE use the EMB195 on all their JER-LGW flights these days? If so, I may consider doing another trip down there myself just to get on one of those birds, having never flown on one. Well, that and also trying out Blue Islands' Jetstream from GCI to JER!
Have enjoyed reading all of your Channel Islands reports, nicely written and with some great pics too!
Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
Boeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1865 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6094 times:
Nice report(s)! I was in Jersey about this time last year, and flew FlyBE as well. I also found the boarding cards a little bit over-the-top LCC. Even Ryanair does better! And on the whole trip (SZG-SOU-JER-SOU-SZG), 2/4 flights were delayed more than 2 hours, and 1 was cancelled. It was all worth it though, because Jersey is a beautiful island, and has quite an interesting airport!
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12807 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 days ago) and read 5832 times:
Thanks for a very good report; I have to say that I adore the 195s; I've flown on them quite a few times since Christmas and the difference between it and the old 146s (which I detested) is immense. We get one 195 based here and as you saw, it has been 'Echo Golf for quite a while and before that it was 'FBEC; hopefully we'll get a new one fairly soon. 'FBEK is due for delivery at the end of the month.
I have been quite surprised at the load factors on the 195s; as you mentioned, they are quite low and I never recall them being that low on the 146s (which didn't have that many fewer seats); don't know why this is. I will agree however that BE's extra charges are quite ridiculous. They remind me of the Innkeeper from Les Miserables:
plus some little extras on the side!
charge 'em for the lice
extra for the mice
two percent for looking in the mirror twice
here a little slice
there a little cut
three percent for sleeping with the window shut
when it comes to fixing prices
there are a lot of tricks he knows
how it all increases
all those bits and pieces
jesus! it's amazing how it grows!"
That said, I love flying on the 195 and look forward to flying on other models in the 170/190 series.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11905 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5232 times:
Brilliant tie up to the day-trip Tom, very much enjoyed reading all parts, and you've certainly whetted my appetite for flying some new types over there. I'm thinking PLH-JER outbound and JER-GLO on the way back, depending on just how many kidneys I'll need to sell for the privilege.