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User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1381 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 10831 times:


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.

Date: Monday, 20Jul09
Flight: Jet2.com // LS 202
From: Amsterdam // AMS
To: Leeds Bradford // LBA
Duration: 1h15m
STD: 09.45 // ATD: 09.47
STA: 10.00 // ATA: 09.51
Aircraft: Boeing 737-330 // G-CELH
Seat: Economy // 20F
Load factor: 74% // 109 passengers







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.

Take-off video:







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.





Landing video:

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.

Date: Monday, 20Jul09
Flight: FlyBe // BE 354
From: Leeds Bradford // LBA
To: London Gatwick // LGW
Duration: 1h10m
STD: 14.05 // ATD: 13.58
STA: 15.15 // ATA: 15.16
Aircraft: Dash 8-Q402 // G-JEDR
Seat: Economy // 5D
Load factor: 32% // 25 passengers

Quickly all passengers where onboard and we pushed back ahead of schedule. After backtracking on the runway our flight took off at 14.04 from runway 32.







Take-off video:

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.




Landing video:

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.





Take-off video:

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.




Landing video:






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!

Best regards,

*Please feel free to comment or ask your questions.

Other trip reports:
Flying Norwegian, from Denmark!: AMS-STN-CPH-AMS on EZY and DY // 13May09
Flying The T7: AMS-MAN-GVA-AMS on WW, SV and EZS // 20Apr09
AMS-BHX-DUB-AMS on WW, FR and EI // 26Mar09

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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4402 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10604 times:

Hi Jeroen,

nice report, some good pictures also!

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
After arriving at the airport around eight o’clock we proceeded to our colleagues at the check-in

So I guess you have a job with Menzies?

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
was a bit hungry but they had no sandwiches onboard today

That's very bad! A lowcost airline without sandwiches on a first of the day morning flight. Don't complain later when this airline doesn't make money...

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
This route is only 3 weeks old so that explains the low loadfactor.

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.


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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8743 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 10366 times:
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Nice report & pictures, enjoyed.

2 classic 737's in one day, not bad!

I love those Skybite things BA give out, really tasty.



User currently offlineAirthanet From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10305 times:

Very well done with great pictures!

Really enjoyed the read. I love LGW and AMS trip reports. Thanks for sharing!

Recently Flown Airlines: Air Malta (KM), My Travel (MYT), First Choice (FCA), Swiss (LX), Virgin Atlantic (VS), Monarch
User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 10139 times:

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
So I guess you have a job with Menzies?

In the past.  Wink

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.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
nice report, some good pictures also!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 2):
Nice report & pictures, enjoyed.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 2):
Very well done with great pictures!

Thank you all!  Smile

'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2533 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 10071 times:

Hi Jeroen,

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.

Thank you for sharing.


Friends forever
User currently offlineEICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2289 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 9638 times:

Hi Jeroen
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.

User currently offlineSam1987 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 947 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9114 times:

Great report. Nice to see another trip report on here of the new BE route.

In case readers reading this haven't read mine yet, here's a shameless plug:
Flybe LBA-LGW New Route! (w/pics) (by Sam1987 Jul 4 2009 in Trip Reports)

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!

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30071 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9094 times:

Hey nice report. Great pictures. I didnt know SATA had changed their livery !!

Thanks for the report.


User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 2151 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9041 times:

Hi Jeroen, great report! Makes me wanna fly that classic 737.... I'm sure gonna look into this daytrip myself! Big grin Thanks for sharing!

Always comparing your flown types list with mine
User currently offlineHansHubers From Netherlands, joined Feb 2006, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8709 times:

Thanks for making this trip report Jeroen, so I don't have to do it  Wink
It was a good day with nice aircraft  Smile Liked BA the most by the way.

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