BasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1347 posts, RR: 1 Posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 9550 times:
AMS-LBA-LGW-AMS on LS, BE and BA!
Two weeks ago I flew another daytrip with a good friend of mine. After arriving at the airport around eight o’clock we proceeded to our colleagues at the check-in to change seats. Jet2 offers online check-in but you have to pay if you want to choose a seat. I was lucky enough to get 20F but my friend had an aisle seat and we changed that into 19F. The inbound flight was already on it’s way and would be arriving ahead of schedule. According to the movement it would be G-CELH, one of Jet2’s oldest 737’s but still in a very good condition.
As mentioned above the aircraft arrived on-time and was ready for boarding around 09.30. We boarded via the rear stairs and went to our seats. Pushback was on-time and after a few minutes taxiing we took-off from runway 24.
Once in the air the cabin crew started with the inflight service. I was a bit hungry but they had no sandwiches onboard today so it was just a coup of tea for me. The announced flying time was 55 minutes so after about 35 minutes of flying descending was started. The approach was via Hull, Castleford and Leeds and at 09.46 local time we landed at runway 32.
Beside our flight a Ryanair from Girona and a bmi Regional from Brussels arrived at the same time so the queue for the passport control was quite long. Once outside we decided to walk to the village of Yeadon because there was nothing to do at the airport.
Around noon we went back to the airport. We checked in online so we headed straight to security. After security it was quite boring as our flight would be the first departure within the next 90 minutes.
Our plane arrived very early and 40 minutes before departure boarding was announced for our flight.
The flying time was about 50 minutes on 19000ft. The route today was via Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham, Brize Norton and Brighton. This route is only 3 weeks old so that explains the low loadfactor. Flybe decided to start the route after BMI dropped the LHR-LBA flights earlier this year.
After approaching via Brighton with the British coastline on the right we landed well ahead of schedule at Gatwick’s runway 26L.
During taxiing we stopped and the captain told us that the gate was occupied and we had to wait. About 10-15 minutes later we started rolling again and the captain came on again that another gate was available and we would be on the stand in a few minutes. Actual time of arrival was 1 minute late, at 15.16.
Once we arrived in the arrivals hall we took the train to the north terminal for our last flight today. Check-in was already done online so we went to security immediate after arriving in the north terminal. After some plane spotting the gate number came on the screens, gate 107. We were pleased with the gate because we had to cross the magnificent airbridge to get to the gate.
The aircraft was already at the gate, G-DOCG. The 737-400 was my main target for today because it was still missing in my logbook. Back in March I flew from Gatwick to Amsterdam as well but my Boeing was changed in to an Airbus at that time. So I decided to try again and now with success.
Date: Monday, 20Jul09 Flight: British Airways // BA 8119 From: London Gatwick // LGW To: Amsterdam // AMS Duration: 1h10m STD: 17.50 // ATD: 17.54 STA: 20.00 // ATA: 20.00 Aircraft: Boeing 737-436 // G-DOCG Seat: Economy // 17A Load factor: C+Y: 49% // 71 passengers
A light load on today’s flight so boarding was completed soon. After pushback we taxied to runway 26L and made a rolling take-off.
In the air we climbed to only 19000ft, which is 4000ft lower than the normal cruising altitude for this route. The cabin crew served drinks and a bag of mixed nuts.
After about 25 minutes in the air descending started. The approach was via Egmond, Heiloo, Uitgeest, Assendelft and just before landing my own village, Zwanenburg. We touched down on runway 18R at 19.45.
After landing we had the usual long taxi trip. Runway 18C was in use as well so you have to taxi around the runway, crossing the highway and continuing via the B and C concourses to gate D18. Arrival at the gate was right on time, exactly 20.00.
Thank you for reading!
*Please feel free to comment or ask your questions.
Hmm, disagree with you. Good publicity and good salesteam should do the trick and have high loadfactors from day 1 of operation.
Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter): Flybe decided to start the route after BMI dropped the LHR-LBA flights earlier this year.
So apparently traffic between LBA and London is weak? Maybe this is a reason for the low loadfactor?
Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter): In the air we climbed to only 19000ft, which is 4000ft lower than the normal cruising altitude for this route.
No, there is not a standard altitude between London and AMS. I dispatch aircraft at FL180 and FL190 all the time over the Northsea. So it's very common procedure. Props sometimes even fly more lower levels.
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1): No, there is not a standard altitude between London and AMS. I dispatch aircraft at FL180 and FL190 all the time over the Northsea. So it's very common procedure. Props sometimes even fly more lower levels.
Hmm, as fas as I know LGW-AMS is normally flown on FL210/FL230 and FL220/FL240 on the way back. The same goes for LHR. LCY, LTN and STN can be as low as FL170 sometimes.
Akhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2523 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 8790 times:
Great report! Nice pics as well!
Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter): After some plane spotting the gate number came on the screens, gate 107. We were pleased with the gate because we had to cross the magnificent air bridge to get to the gate.
What a lucky guy! I hope I will be able to cross the bridge myself someday.
EICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2229 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 8357 times:
Excellent trip report. Very enjoyable read like your previous reports. Im a fan of your videos on youtube so I like to see the report that relates to the videos. Looking forward to reading more reports from you.
Thanks for posting.
I think the low load factor was due to it being a route that is primarily used by business travellers daytripping between the two cities - so the morning and evening rotations see higher load factors. BE have actually cancelled a lot of the lunchtime flights during August.
Interesting that you had to hold at LGW for 15 minutes for a gate - exactly what I had to do a few weeks ago. Does anyone know why this is? Does BE not have enough gates assigned for its operations?
If you'd flown the route northbound, the flying time would've been around 45 minutes - it takes much longer southbound because of the complicated arrival procedure that takes you down to Brighton and back. A pity really!
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