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A Short Trip To LGW & Epsom With Spotting Pics  
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9983 times:

Welcome to my short report of a trip to Epsom I took. It was my Mums Birthday so I decided to fly over for one night. I looked online at all the options and noticed Ryanair had a fare for €18 all in. Couldnt beat that so I booked it right away. Aer Lingus was €120 for the same trip. Seeing as it was a short trip and I had no luggage FR was fine. If Aer Lingus had have been around €20-€30 more I would have opted for them as I prefer them but I couldnt justify the huge difference in fares.




FLIGHT : FR 1124
DATE: 09JUN09
ROUTE: DUB-LGW
A/C: B737-800
REG: EI-DHC
SEAT: FREE SEATING

I took the bus to the airport, it was nice to be flying at a more human afternoon flight instead of 6-7am flights which I am not a fan of. I arrived at the airport early so decided to get some pics of the new Terminal 2 which is coming along nicely.

No SR Technics sign anymore

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Terminal 2

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So after a few pics time to make my way into the current Terminal .

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New shared Swiss/LH desk. Shame the dedicated Swiss desk has gone RIP.

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Then a quick trip to Starbucks for my fix

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I passed through security in no time at all. The airport was not very busy. I decided to have a look at the B gates and see what metal was there .

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New Pier coming along with Air bridges fixed.

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Nice to see TS back for the Summer

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So back through to make my way to the D gates .

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Via the new shopping area.

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Some good photo opportunities

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D gates very empty

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Soon it was time to board . Only 5 people in the priority Q including myself and the rest in the standard Q. The flight looked to be around 90% full.

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This aircraft equiped with Mobile coverage.

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Boarding was completed I had the middle seat free which was nice.

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We taxied for a long time consider it was DUB. Probably the longest I have experienced. Stopping and starting until finally it was our turn to take off.

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Some spotters

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Phones ok to use

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But my phone company doesnt have an agreement so I couldnt connect.

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BOB came round and I decided to buy a 7UP. Cost €1.80, although Id rather get a bigger can ie: 330ML for €2.00 or €2.20.

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After a smooth un eventful flight with a few updates from the Northern Irish captain it was time to land.

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Easyjet , still have not got to try them out, they are always alot more expensive when I look at them and compare.

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So we came to our stand and it was time to disembark the aircraft. I made my way to the train station to get to Epsom with a change at Horsham.

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A/C off to Guernsey

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After around 15 minutes I arrived at Horsham. I had a 6 minute connection and everything was on time. Last time I missed my connection but there is a nice Cafe across the street from the station so I was not too bothered.

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So I was on my way to Epsom. After around 40 mins I arrived.

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I met up with my Mum who met me at the station and we went to look at the shops. After that we went to Pizza Hut and it was great because I had not been for years. Super Supeme with Garlic and Cheese bread..hmmm

After that we made our way to my Mums apartment. Didnt do much that night and I had an early night. I love my Mums place because she has made it home from home. My own room with en suite shower and TV/Radio etc... I even have some clothes there which is handy as I dont need to carry a case.

The next morning I slept in til around 10am. Took a shower and then had breakfast. My Sister turned up at around 1130am and we made our way into Epsom to meet my Mums friend. We were all meeting to take my Mum out for her 57th birthday.

Our choice was our favourite restaurant ''Jimmys Spices''. They have Chefs cooking Indian,Italian,Chinese so its great for catering for all tastes and you can all dine together.

Chicken Tikka and Popodums

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Butter Chicken , Lamb Rogan Josh,Tarka Dhaal

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All my favourites and you can go up or seconds lol... Which of course I did ! All this for £6.99 !! Why dont we have this in Ireland .

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So after a lovely lunch we all went shopping. I was looking for a new laptop and priced around but thought I could get a better deal at the Airport. Soon it was time for me to say goodbye to my Mum,Sister and my Mums friend. It had been a great day. I headed for Epsom station .

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All trains were on time and I changed again at Horsham.

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FLIGHT : FR 1127
DATE: 10JUN09
ROUTE: LGW-DUB
A/C: B737-800
REG: EI-DAG
SEAT: FREE SEATING

I arrived at LGW early and decided to take a look around .

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Some free calenders, I took one . Thanks !!

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A trip to the Sports shop and a great deal on a new bag .



And then something to put in it ::

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Then time to head to the gate .

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Soon after my Aircraft arrived.

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Air bridge?? First time I ever saw a FR flight using one of these ...

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Boarding was commenced around 20 minutes later. It was weird to enter a Ryanair aircraft by this way instead of steps.

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I dont like the cloth seats , I prefer the leather but its a matter of taste. Boarding was completed with around 90% load. We waited and waited and there was a problem. Crew did no less than 6 headcounts and the gate agents visited the flight deck 4 times. The Pilot came over the PA and advised we had more passengers onboard then the gate agents had booked. After around 20 minutes it was sorted but the Pilot came over the PA and advised we had missed our slot, as soon as he had said this he then advised that we had been given clearance to go so we moved off stand and made our way to the runway.

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Once operated for BMI

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Air Zimbabwe

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Soon our time came to take off. The BOB started but I didnt want anything. I got some sleep and then soon it was time to land in Dublin.

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Thomson

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So we pulled up to our stand and disembarked. I made my way to arrivals which was very busy. Then took the bus home.

I really enjoyed my short trip and was pleased with my purchses. I like Gatwick and its very easy for access to Southern England. They have a good range of shops/restaurants and areas to relax.

Hope you enjoyed this report and I appreciate the comments / Questions as usual.

OA260

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User currently offlineAirthanet From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9964 times:

Hey OA260, thanks for the trip report!

Really enjoyed the Gatwick photos - especially the Air Zimbabwe ones. Interesting to see Aer Lingus at LGW check in Zone B.



Recently Flown Airlines: Air Malta (KM), My Travel (MYT), First Choice (FCA), Swiss (LX), Virgin Atlantic (VS), Monarch
User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2476 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9941 times:

Hi Philip,

What a great TR! Even a short trip can deliver such nice pics! You just have a flair for this sort of thing.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9929 times:

Your report title made me chuckle...if I were to write a similar report, it would go something like this:

- Got on train at Sutton station.
- Stopped at Cheam.
- Stopped at Ewell East.
- Arrived at Epsom!! Big grin

Thanks for the report - always good to see what's going on at LGW, it feels like such an abandoned airport these days!!

And you've reminded me...I really MUST get down to Jimmy Spice's one of these days, especially as it's just down the road!!

Cheers.

Andy.



Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5170 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 9513 times:

Hi, Phil,

another interesting read and good pix, as usual.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Nice to see TS back for the Summer

There will be a story the next weeks, if nothing goes wrong.

Good to see pix from LGW, something new for my log.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 9435 times:

Gatwick is great when I go to Brighton. It was nicer 30 years ago; calm. Had no idea Ryanair flew there. I don't like those "yellow seats." The low prices make up for it though.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9375 times:



Quoting Airthanet (Reply 1):
Really enjoyed the Gatwick photos - especially the Air Zimbabwe ones.

Yes when I saw it next to us it was a bonus.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 2):
short trip can deliver such nice pics! You just have a flair for this sort of thing.

Thanks I wasnt going to do a TR but then I thought there were some interesting carriers I got pics of other than the FR jet I was on lol...

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 3):
it would go something like this:



Quoting BAViscount (Reply 3):
MUST get down to Jimmy Spice's one of these days,

LOL... You could post a TR in Non AV lol... You must try Jimmys Spices , its great.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
another interesting read and good pix, as usual.



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
There will be a story the next weeks,

Thanks Markus, looking forward to that.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 5):
"yellow seats." The low prices make up for it though.

Indeed, for €18 the bus to the airport was nearly that . Also when inside the yellow really isnt
that bad , it looks worse in the pictures.


User currently offlineEICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2163 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9357 times:

Hi Philip
Nice report as always. Really liked the pics especially just after take off from DUB
Thanks for posting.


User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 778 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 9316 times:

Hey

Well done Phil, great trip report. And to think I remember having a conversation not so long ago with you saying you'd never fly FR!

Great pics though (and a little more managable than last time). That Indian food looks yuk though, done invite me there lol.

Wll done again
Andy



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6338 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 9259 times:

Hi Phil,

Another great report, nice seeing the photos of Aer Lingus in their own little corner of Gatwick. If ever I'm in Epsom I'll have to visit ''Jimmys Spices'' because it always looks so nice in your reports and I love Indian food.

Thanks for posting.

Kevin


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8956 times:



Quoting EICVD (Reply 7):
Really liked the pics especially just after take off from DUB

Yes its a nice area of Dublin.

Quoting EIRules (Reply 8):
That Indian food looks yuk though,

Haha one day I will convert you to curry. You really need to broaden your culinary palate.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 9):
Aer Lingus in their own little corner of Gatwick.

Yes I was impressed , its a nice area seperated from the rest.


User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 778 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8664 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
You really need to broaden your culinary palate

Maybe you need to be a bit more discerning about what you put in your mouth!!



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineShamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8650 times:

I cant see the pics, it says upgrade to pro! Im day tripping to MAN with FR tommorow 0630 flight ughhhhh!

User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8491 times:

Hi Philip

thanks for the positive review once more on FR. It seems they did the job fine once again.
Good pics as usual. Enjoy your new purchases!

Regards,
Eric



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8297 times:



Quoting Shamrock321 (Reply 12):
MAN with FR tommorow 0630 flight

Missed you by half an hour lol...

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 13):
thanks for the positive review once more on FR. It seems they did the job fine once again.
Good pics as usual. Enjoy your new purchases!

Hi Eric thanks. Yes FR were good. Also flew them yesterday and also very good. I love my new purchases lol.


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8175 times:

Nice report, and excellent pics of LGW too  Smile



Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8077 times:

Hola Philip!

As usual a short trip turned into a great TR.

It is interesting to see all those planes at LGW now that it will become a non-flying spot with BA from BCN as they are taking all their flights to LHR once the season finishes.

When are you coming back to BCN to use the brand new T1? Until September only *A carriers though, so a LX run may be the best option.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3916 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 3 months 11 hours ago) and read 7976 times:

What used to be in the LGW Aer Lingus check-in area? I've never noticed it before!

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7790 times:



Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 16):
Until September only *A carriers though, so a LX run may be the best option.

Hi Roger, I would love to see the new Terminal . No plans yet though but Im sure I will get there sometime.

Quoting Vasu (Reply 17):
I've never noticed it before!

Not sure. Maybe someone else knows. I never knew it was there either,.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7615 times:
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Hi Philip,

Good to see you travelling again, always get a good TR  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Ryanair had a fare for €18 all in. Couldnt beat that so I booked it right away. Aer Lingus was €120 for the same trip

- Wow, EI were way out on this, amazing.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
If Aer Lingus had have been around €20-€30 more I would have opted for them as I prefer them but I couldnt justify the huge difference in fares.

- I'm the same, though thankfully FR have never been on the list of airlines to fly.

If I lived closer, that curry house could become my regular, tempted to move!

How are you getting on with your Samsung? - I got one to replace the Acer thing, just could not get on with that, keeys were too small, battery life was just awful - love the Samsung, just a great piece of kit!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineHeeBeeGB From Finland, joined Sep 2007, 424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7567 times:



Quoting Vasu (Reply 17):
What used to be in the LGW Aer Lingus check-in area? I've never noticed it before!

TS and more recently QR (before their move to the North) used that area for checkin I believe


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7386 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 19):
How are you getting on with your Samsung? - I got one to replace the Acer thing, just could not get on with that, keeys were too small, battery life was just awful - love the Samsung, just a great piece of kit!

Hi Mark. Thanks for the reply. Yes I agree with everything you said about the other Netbooks. Mine was a Eeepc 701 and whilst it was great for my first one it was bad in terms of screen size and battery life. The Samsung NC10 is a geat machine and battery life is 7.5 hours. Best buy ever.

Philip


User currently offlineAidanoc5793 From Ireland, joined Apr 2009, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7366 times:

Hey! awesome trip report made an interesting read and even more interesting to see, especially the EI check in area at Gatwick, very nice photos all in all well done absolutely fantastic.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 23, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7159 times:



Quoting Aidanoc5793 (Reply 22):
Hey! awesome trip report made an interesting read and even more interesting to see, especially the EI check in area at Gatwick, very nice photos all in all well done absolutely fantastic.

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Thanks . glad you liked it  Smile


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