Flyingfox27 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 424 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8171 times:
Flight - BE7363
Aircraft - Bombardier Dash 8 Q400
Reg. - G-JEDO (third time flying this one!)
Crew - very friendly
Flight Time - 45 minutes.
Departure Time 08:35 - actual 08:30
Arrival Time 09:40 - actual 09:40 due to storm avoidance.
Food - Buy on Board but didnt by anything.
Flight satisfaction 95%
On 28th August i went to Southampton Airport again for a nice Bank Holiday Weekend to Manchester to plane spot and also see my friends. The first flight of the day that i caught last time wasnt available so i checked in for flight BE7363 which was going to depart at 8:35am.
I had checked in online the day before so i checked my bag in and went through security nice and easily and waited for my flight. The ramp looked almost empty with a couple of E195's waiting for their next flights but then a lot of Dash 8's including my one came into land.
Waiting at the gate.
It wasnt long before the bus took us to the aircraft and i was suprised to see it was the same plane that i have been on three times now lol! G-JEDO likes taking me up to Manchester and back i guess.
Passing over Southampton Docks as we turned northwards.
Foxy and Snoopy always travel with me.
We climbed to 20,000ft and the weather was lovelly with scattered clouds but it was more stormy near Manchester so the pilot said we would do some alterations to the route to avoid going through storms, good idea too!
It was a nice firm landing and we taxiied to Terminal 3 and i filmed this on my personal camcorder as i have filmed this before and i waited until everyone was off the plane and took a photo of the empty Dash 8 cabin with the friendly flight attendant too.
Then i said goodbye and went down the steps and met the person who saw me the last time i came which was a coincedence! He showed em the way into the baggage area and i didnt have to wait long for my bag which was good.
When i went through arrivals i looked for my two friends Dan and Adrian who are gonna watch the planes at the AVP today with me which was great. We went to the bus station and waited a while until the storm passed over. Iam usually lucky with the weather up north but not today probably lol!
We got to the AVP an hour later and watched a lot of planes and i did several videos. Here is one video of us and the airport action.
We stayed all day and i dodged the showers taking photos of planes and its lucky we had the newly built Concorde hangar to hide in!
Dan and Adey went home around 3pm and i stayed for an extra 2 hours but got soaked in the process, it was worth it though as i caught this AWACS plane!
After i took this my friend i was staying with took me back to his house and i had such a great day and look forward to spending the Bank Holiday Weekend with them and i will return on Tuesday 1st september, that will be in part 2 coming soon! Hope you enjoyed folks feel free to comment.
Hantsflyer27 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7119 times:
Nice Trip Report.
I fly the Q400's all the time from Southampton down to Jersey, and i must say, i can't really fault them, although friends of mine (who fly them) tell me they're a bitch to land sometimes, especially in Jersey when you have a good gusty headwind. Bit like a Kite. But they're fast aircraft, i can say that much.
Have flown on your JE reg one loads, i don't really bother counting now. Had one the other day which looked nice a clean, and i said to one of the lovely ladies on board - has someone just washed it, and she replied it was brand new - second leg for Flybe.
Next Flybe flight for me - next wednesday - seat 1A.