sultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1928 posts, RR: 29 Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8739 times:
Hi fellow A-netters!
My first try on a (short) trip report, hope you like it!
First a bit of background... My nephew of age 7 is very fond of all modes of transportation. He has done it (almost) all: bus, tram, metro, train,... but until now a plane was missing in his 'log'. So for his birthday I gave him a 'half day in the air with me and grandfather' as a gift. I booked a return BRU-MXP-BRU with easyJet for 3 people, total cost around € 100 all in, so pretty cheap
We kept checking the weather cause as you all might know, that volcano with the name I can pronounce but cannot write, was still very active. But finally, on the day of the trip, the weather turned out just great: no ash and plenty of sunshine and clear skies!
And so we took off to Milan Malpensa...
Some photos while waiting for our flight at terminal A in BRU:
TAP at a gate
Egyptair cargo strolling by
load factor: full house
in the air: 13h45
back on terra firma: 15h05
Boarding was called on time, passengers with children were given priority, so we were among the first to be seated. The cabin crew was Italian, the cockpit crew from the UK. Friendly welcome from the captain with some info concerning routing and weather and expected arrival. In the seat pocket an inflight magazine and an ‘inflight menu’.
Passing the Alps close to MXP
The obligatory legroom shot, I was pleasantly surprised
My nephew was fascinated by the scenery outside & with my glasses on
Service was BOB with some Italian flair and nonchalance. We did not buy anything but prices seemed reasonable.
The orange engine
On a downwind pattern for arrival into MXP we spotted…MXP!
Arrival at MXP terminal 2 was ontime. I believe this terminal is solely dominated by easyJet. After deboarding and a 100m drive by bus to the terminal, we were outside in minutes. Good job!
Our bird at its stand
Once outside, we took the free shuttle bus to terminal 1 to have a look around. Terminal 1 is great for spotting. The huge glass windows at the checkin hall are facing the apron. Some traffic we spotted:
Air Moldova, an ‘exotic’ one (for me that is…)
Your Royal Jordanian Highness
Emirates 773 on take-off
My nephew and me staring out the window and discussing the traffic
Korean Cargo as blue as the sky
Another ‘exotic’ one: the Livingston A332 (my nephew refered to this one as ‘the flying clown’, always funny how children seen things through their eyes) and an Airfrance Airbus
After some spotting and lunch, we went back to terminal 2 to grab a bite to eat. And some bad news on the monitors: the flight to Brussels had a 1h delay… Oh well, some more spotting then.
No guessing about the carrier!
BA on arrival
My nephew took this one; I think he was fascinated by the stairs lol!
An indeed an hour later as scheduled, our flight was called for boarding. Again we were given priority as we were traveling with children. Glad to see they impose this rule also in MXP. A short walk to the plane and minutes later we were seated. The crew again was Italian and the captain and co-pilot again from the UK. The captain apologised for the delay. The word goes that MXP is known for it’s not-on-time performance.
At the gate in MXP, almost ready for departure
load factor: almost full house (about 80%)
in the air: 19h50
back on terra firma: 21h05
reg: sorry didn’t get it…
Inflight: calm and relaxed atmosphere
Turning over the Alps
We landed on runway 25L at BRU and after some taxiing we got to our gate. We waited until everyone had deboarded (why does everyone always want to get off first?????). As we approached the front door, the captain stood by the door. I asked him if we could have a look inside the office since and he kindly invited us in. My nephew got to sit in the captain’s seat and we took some pictures. A nice gesture from the pilots and a great ending of this nice day.
ODAFZ From Afghanistan, joined Jul 2004, 357 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 8379 times:
Welcome to the club and BTW you are a great uncle
I look forward to other of your trip reports.
In this respect, I would like to share a childhood memory of mine, my love of aviation became "an obsession" the day my father took me to BEY airport to spot planes and this was back in 1967 ( I can assure a wider range of planes).
Those trip lasted until the outbreak of the civil war. So again congratulations for providing your nephew an experience that could shape his future.
ChrisCruise From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7811 times:
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter): First a bit of background... My nephew of age 7 is very fond of all modes of transportation. He has done it (almost) all: bus, tram, metro, train,... but until now a plane was missing in his 'log'. So for his birthday I gave him a 'half day in the air with me and grandfather' as a gift.
It is fascinating how children (and not only children) are attracted by aviation. Also here at AMS it is unbelievable how many families or grandparents with their (grand)children are gathering at the spotting areas to watch airplanes. I see a future a'netter in your nephew!
What did you think of MXP T2? I was there in 2007 with VolareWeb and really did not like the terminal. Dark, low-cost and unclear signage!
PlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 7094 posts, RR: 76
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7789 times:
nice first report with numerous good pictures.
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter): So for his birthday I gave him a 'half day in the air with me and grandfather' as a gift. I booked a return BRU-MXP-BRU with easyJet for 3 people, total cost around € 100 all in, so pretty cheap
Perfect gift I would say!
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter): Once outside, we took the free shuttle bus to terminal 1 to have a look around. Terminal 1 is great for spotting.
Yes, this place can be recommended for spotting. Well, during my last stay I was checked by the police after using my binoculars, but they didn't send me away. I guess the reason for the check was an EL AL plane being parked not far away...