to continue here.
Time now to fly back from Alderney to Guernsey, cruising further to the UK and flying back to FRA.
Alderney (ACI) Cloudy, 14 degrees
Guernsey (GCI) Cloudy, 16 degrees
Duration: 15 Minutes announced and actual
Service GR 259 operated by Aurigny Air Service
Scheduled: 14.40 // 14.55
Actual: 14.40 // 14.55
Gate: Only one at Alderney Seat: No markers
Load factor: Around 30%
Fare: 38,09 EUR per pax
At around 2 pm one more Trislander arrived at ACI. It was again G-BEVT inbound from SOU.
Ok, so I´ve thought, the same reg, but it´s a Trislander.
No way and real good, G-BEVT done the next leg to SOU and another machine arrived for our flight back to Guernsey.
It was G-RLON, a 1975 built example, not bad.
Leg. no 2 on the Trislander on two different regs.
Boarding was called, security was nearly outdoor, up the stairs to the small apron and boarding the Trislander again.
A friendly welcome from the single captain during boarding. Flight level 1000 feet, warm welcomed.
On the way:
Departure from runway 08, a sharp turn over the sea and flying along Guernsey till approach into runway 09 where we arrived ontime.
Close to Guernsey:
Blue Islands D328:
Some more pix on the apron and on the way by taxi this time, back to the harbour to catch one of the tenders bound for the Norwegian Jade.
Another ontime departure here on the way crossing the channel bound for Southampton.
Arrival in the early morning, deboarded the ship, some six hours till our departure. What to do now?.
We reached the airport by train, asked at the desks if it will be possible to check-in our bags. No way, was the answer.
So, stored our bags for 5 pounds each at the luggage desk and travelled further by train to nearby Winchester for a view into the city and the cathedral.
Back at around 1 pm, ready fo the flight to FRA.
SOU (Southampton-Eastleigh) Sunny, 24 degrees
FRA (Frankfurt-Rhein-Main) Sunny, 28 degrees
Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes announced and also actual
Service BE 1277 operated by Flybe
Scheduled: 15.35 // 18.20
Actual: 15.35 // 18.00
Gate: 2 Seat: 20B
Load factor: Near 100%
Fare: 91,49 EUR per pax
Lots of Flybe services here at SOU. Some 6 to 8 self service kioks where I´ve decided to check-in.
The last rows taken, so I´ve decided for the second last row this time.
Bags checked-in, passed security with nearly no time to wait and in the modern, but not that large gate area.
There is a nice viewing area upstairs with seats facing directly to the runway and the apron, not bad.
Flybe´s new Embraer:
Very small taxiway:
Ready to go:
On the runway:
The small way again:
On the apron:
Two Flybe Embraers and lots of Dash´s coming and going, G-ECOJ was finally our machine to FRA today.
Delivered to Flybe at 10.01.2009, one of 50 Dash 8-400´s in the fleet. Leg no. 4 for me on that type.
Boarding was called and we walked to the plane, no problem with these nice weather conditions.
One male, one female in service, both business friendly.
The captain from the UK with a friendly welcome during boarding.
The cabin good looking with its bright blue leather seats, clean , legroom ok, comfortable.
Departure from the 1723 meters runway 20 in direction south of London, Oostende and Brussels.
Flight level 23000 feet according to the female first officers information inflight.
Above the UK:
Leaving the UK:
Some airport on the way:
Nothing for free here on Fly be.
The flight was calm, no turbulences.
Approach into FRA´s 4000 meter runway 25L started early and arrival was finally also well ontime.
Another heavy landing:
On the apron:
And once more:
Final approach TG744:
A long taxi, parked in front off terminal 2, bus deboarding, some minutes at passport control and further on the way to catch the shuttle
back to Tourcare.
Only positive impressions around these trip, the cruise on the Norwegian Jade, superb,
Trislander flying, real good and also the last leg on Flybe, recommendable, much more interesting than the ususal Airbus machines and also one of the reasons to book this flight to FRA.
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9532 times:
that's another interesting trip. You've been doing some good planning to score the most interesting.
You're right about the Q400... much better then the usual stuff in Europe. But so far, I still didn't manage to get on one myself
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
Strangely, it was that very same plane that was the subject of the one and only photo of mine that a.net has ever accepted! At the time GR had most of their Trislanders painted in corporate liveries...RLON was painted for Royal London Asset Management (what came first, the corporate sponsorship or the aircraft registration??!). I had a different username back then, and obviously the photo screeners had lower standards too!
I flew on the same plane JER-GCI back in November 2008. That was a fun flight as the early Sunday morning flight had only one single passenger: me. So it felt like a private charter. I sat on the right hand side just behind the pilot and had very impressive views, especially when landing to Guernsey.
The whole routing was HEL-LGW-JER-GCI-LGW-HEL, with BE Dash down to Jersey and a GR ATR-72 back to Gatwick. An interesting mix of carriers and types for a weekend.
I'd like to go back sometime soon, still would like to fly at least Blue Islands (and maybe even the Dornier) and log ACI as well. With AB operating DUS-JER during the summer season the Channel Islands are becoming more accessible nowadays.
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10898 posts, RR: 37
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 8391 times:
you always manage to fly the most unusual routes and inside the neatest aircrafts.
Thanks a lot for these new trip reports and pictures.
Mini-Markus looks wonderful!
Soon he will not be mini-Markus anymore.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
Contact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8375 times:
Nice to read about the second part of your journey as well. Again an interesting story and some great pictures.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter): Flybe, recommendable, much more interesting than the usual Airbus machines and also one of the reasons to book this flight to FRA.
I agree, the Dash 8-400 is a nice change from the "standard aircraft" like the B737 or the A320. In recent times, the Dash 8-400 has become more present at our home airport STR as well, with now MA, OS, AB, BE and LH / Augsburg Airways operating this type of aircraft into STR.
Quoting Contact Air (Reply 16): Nice to read about the second part of your journey as well. Again an interesting story and some great pictures.
Quoting Contact Air (Reply 16): I agree, the Dash 8-400 is a nice change from the "standard aircraft" like the B737 or the A320. In recent times, the Dash 8-400 has become more present at our home airport STR as well, with now MA, OS, AB, BE and LH / Augsburg Airways operating this type of aircraft into STR.
Exactly my opinion and indeed the 8-400 going more popular here at STR.