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Inaugural Flight With EZY To MAN  
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Posted (4 years 7 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 10458 times:

From 2004 my family and I were regular travellers on easyJet’s BSL-LPL route. The fares were good and the flights were always well loaded, so we were very disappointed when the route was quietly discontinued in November 2008. As soon as these flights ceased, the prices on Swiss on their BSL-MAN route steadily increased.

I reverted to using LX from ZRH, having grown to love the web check-in and assigned seating. Since August 2009 I’ve been averaging a trip to England every month and Swiss have been making quite a bit of money out of me…….

So I was pleased when a colleague whose husband is a pilot with easyJet told me that they were planning to fly ZRH-MAN. I’d lived in hope they might reinstate the BSL-LPL or even try BSL-MAN, but never did I think they’d annouce this route, perfect for me. As soon as booking opened in December I secured a ticket on the inaugural flight on April 30th, returning 3 days later, for 115CHF, without baggage or speedy boarding .

The only slight disappointment were the flights timings, meaning I would have to leave Manchester at 0720 and therefore losing most of the day, so it’s a bit of a waste. Perhaps EZY might adjust their timings for the winter timetable?

Friday April 30th
EZY1866 ZRH-MAN
STD 1045 / ATD 1108
STA 1140 / ATA 1135
A319 G-EZDY
112 Pax
Seat 23F

I took the direct train from my local station to the airport, arriving just before 9am. It was an interesting ride, peeking at suitcases to see where people were going and being forced to listen to phone conversations about upcoming trips („Yes, I’m off to Larnaca for a week, booked it cheap on the internet, Barbara is with me and we’re going to see if she can get a ticket too, well I’m going even if she can’t,…..“). You get the picture.

As I only had hand luggage I’d already done OLCI. A colleague gave me the passenger numbers, an impressive 133 on the MAN-ZRH and 112 on my leg. Not bad at all for the first flights. Up until recently easyJet used the B Gates here at Zurich. They’ve now moved over to E which makes the boarding procedure a bit easier as there are no buses involved. So I took the skymetro over to Dock E and passed security pretty quickly.

A new sight on the FIDS screens at Zurich: EZY from MAN


Sky metro station
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Once at E53 an announcement was made which I couldn’t understand a word of. People got up and started queuing and I was somewhat perplexed as the plane wasn’t due to land for another 15 minutes. It turned out the queue was for a passport check which involved the boarding pass being stamped with something illegible.

After that a senior looking member of staff turned up and announced that there was no food or drink on the plane and that we should purchase what we need at the airport. Off to a good start then?!

Swiss A330
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At 1020 I saw what looked like an easyJet land and sure enough a couple of minutes later:
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The boarding announcment was made at 1035 and the usual scrum followed. It’s fascinating how orderly boarding can be at British airports, but not elsewhere…..   The gate agent was looking for Speedy Boarders, who had to push their way to the front of the queue, only 2 people had paid for this service. A few families with children followed then the rest of us were invited to board.

In the queue:
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I miss the fact that online check-in and no hold luggage now no longer gives you the advantage of priority boarding.

I made my way down to the back of the plane and chose 23F. I had the whole row to myself. 3 rather noisy fellows took the back row, no TR contributors on today’s flight then  http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/hanval/ezy%20Man/VolcanoEZY036.jpg

Lots of adverts:
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Boarding was completed quick enough and the first announcements were made. Then the senoir cabin crew member (whose name I didn’t note) made some more announcements. Maybe he hadn’t had too much sleep, because he welcomed us on the flight to Zurich much to the amusment of his colleagues. Then he introduced the crew «A is at the front with me, B in the centre of the cabin and C is working up the rear“. This somewhat unfortunate choice of words sent the 3 lads on the back rows into loud laughter and the poor member of cabin crew went bright red. The pilot welcomed us on board the inaugural flight. There might not have been any bubbly or red carpet, but at least the crew knew about the occasion.

We pushed back at 1100 and taxied round to runway 28.


A daily visitor to Zurich now:
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AC 767 having a rest before heading back to YYZ
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United preparing for the return to IAD
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At 1108 we took off and until we went into the clouds I had some nice views:
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Oberglatt


Niederhasli
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Lägern with the village of Boppelsen


Otelfingen and the golf course
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The Limmat river, the A1 motorway (my daily drive) with Würenlos and Killwangen in the foreground


Neuenhof & Wettingen. You can follow the motorway winding its way up to the Baregg tunnel.
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The other side of the Baregg at Dättwil
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Mellingen on the left, Fislisbach & Niederrohrdorf on the right
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Lenzburg. The little church on the top of the hill is at Staufen and in the bottom right you can see the star-shaped building that is Lenzburg prison
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It turned out there had indeed been a „catering failure“ at Manchester but the good news was there were drinks and snacks for sale, just no sandwiches. So I was able to have my standard easyJet snack, tea and shortbread. How very British!
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The rest of the flight was uneventful, no views because of the clouds. The pilot gave us some info about our route, which took us over Basel and Paris and said we should be landing in Manchester ahead of schedule.

easyJet made some more money out of me when I purchased a limited edition gulliver bear for my collection of airline teddies.

Before long we had started our descent. There weren’t the usual nice views of the Peninnes due to the cloud. The 3 guys on the back row had another fit of hysterics when one proclaimed « How do you know the pilot’s telling us the truth ? We could be landing in Birmingham for all we know, couldn’t we ? All looks the same out of the window“. Well, ok if that’s what you think….  

Tunstead quarry near Buxton, the largest producer of limestone in the Peak District
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On approach


Touchdown was nice and smooth at 1135 and we taxied round to T3, a new place for me. We had a bit of a wait for the steps, I thanked the crew when deboarding and told them I hoped the new route would be a success.

Deboarding
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I managed to get through passport control before the queue built up and was out in arrivals before I knew it. I’d arranged a hire car and found the whole procedure far better than in T1, not having to hang around for the infamous lifts up to Level 13. There were quite a few people at the Europcar desk, all passengers off the ZRH flight, so they were doing good business.

Arrivals T3
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I flew back 3 days later, same aircraft, only 49pax and an uneventful flight. Therefore I haven’t written a report on the return leg, but I’ll share some of my photos with you:

A beautiful spring morning in MAN
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Take off! This time from runway 05L
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T3 car park on the left, Bewleys and Radisson hotels in the centre
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A very grey looking Switzerland


Company meeting
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Always an impressive sight
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So my verdict:
Once again two excellent legs on easyJet, I rarely have cause for complaint with this airline. Yes, the boarding can be a bit tedious, but one just has to accept it. By the way, I had to change the date of the return leg and doing so only cost me 47chf as there was no difference in fare. I wish more airlines would make it as easy (no pun intended!) as this. LX also offer 3 daily flights and whilst their timings offer far greater flexibility, the fares can be pretty high (although in the event of something going wrong, you’re certainly better off with them).
For the winter timetable the timings have indeed changed to afternoon / early evening which is great for me and the passengers numbers seem to be climbing steadily so good news. Thank you easyJet!

Thank you for reading. Comments and questions welcome as always !

Happy flying
Infodesk


"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
12 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9754 times:

Hi Infodesk,

EZY should reward you for bringing in the trip report of their inaugurall flight to MAN. Great covering with beautiful pictures of the whole journey.

That A380 scenery.... I suppose you are counting down?   

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9705 times:

Hi Hannah,

Very nice report - looks like I'm not the only one (a bit) obsessed with inaugural flights - or was that just pure coincidence? I remember EZY left ZRH some years ago with some PR about how the high charges at the airport are killing all competition and harming the consumers and now they are back with the tail between their legs...

Nice to hear about the strong loads on the inaugural flights, not so on your return though.

Have you ever thought about trying some connections to LPL or MAN? I'm sure BA would be very competitive on ZRH-LHR-MAN (or maybe even ex-BSL) and you have many other options like AF, KL and LH.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
The 3 guys on the back row had another fit of hysterics when one proclaimed « How do you know the pilot’s telling us the truth ? We could be landing in Birmingham for all we know, couldn’t we ? All looks the same out of the window“. Well, ok if that’s what you think….

Geez, where do these obnoxious people (teenagers?) come from? Must be Brum, if you ask me  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Tunstead quarry near Buxton, the largest producer of limestone in the Peak District

Thanks for this, I've wondered a few times what that huge open air mining pit was during some approaches to MAN but never bothered to look it up.

Keep up the good work!


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9672 times:

Hi Hannah,

thanks for this nice report. Good to see EZY expanding also ex ZRH. I heard also MAN-AMS will be announced soon, since bmibaby pulled out lately. Currently KLM is the lonely flyer on this route, which is bringing up the prices to high level.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I had the whole row to myself. 3 rather noisy fellows took the back row, no TR contributors on today’s flight then

Hehe,... that last row man writing TR's is always quiet then?!  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
So I was able to have my standard easyJet snack, tea and shortbread. How very British!

Good choice. Love the shortbread!

btw, nice pics, Don't you just love that orange wingtip on these A319s?! It's so much better then the plain ones on LX  

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8735 times:

Morning guys & thanks for your feedback.


Suryo,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
EZY should reward you for bringing in the trip report of their inaugurall flight to MAN. Great covering with beautiful pictures of the whole journey.

I don’t mind doing a bit of free advertising ! Although if airlines gave rewards for this, I guess Flying Finn would get the prize for inaugural flights  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
That A380 scenery.... I suppose you are counting down

Yes, now I finally managed to get rebooked I’m really looking forward to it. Didn’t think I’d get the chance so soon.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
Very nice report - looks like I'm not the only one (a bit) obsessed with inaugural flights - or was that just pure coincidence?

Have you ever thought about trying some connections to LPL or MAN?

FlyingFinn,

No, definitely not a coincidence. This was one inaugural I just HAD to be on. EZY seem to have learnt their lesson with ZRH. The London flights are always well loaded so it seems to have worked second time round. The numbers on the MAN are now also steadily increasing  

I really must find some more interesting ways of flying this route! I’m off again today on LX (return leg of a MAN-ZRH-MAN) and wanted to return on BA via LHR. But the strike ended that. So I’m booked on ezy again, although LPL-GVA for some variety.


Hi Eric,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
I heard also MAN-AMS will be announced soon, since bmibaby pulled out lately. Currently KLM is the lonely flyer on this route, which is bringing up the prices to high level.

I too have heard about a possible MAN-AMS. Maybe EZY held off because they fly LPL-AMS, but I’m sure such a route would work well.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Hehe,... that last row man writing TR's is always quiet then?!

We’ll see  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
btw, nice pics, Don't you just love that orange wingtip on these A319s?! It's so much better then the plain ones on LX

Yep, the wingtip certainly gives the pictures a nice touch and in the case of EZY, adds a nice splash of colour

Happy flying
Infodesk



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1789 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8703 times:

Hi Infodesk (or Hannah apparently  )

A pleasant read for sure. Nice to see you had a good experience on easyJet.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
and the usual scrum followed

That is a typical lcc scene, I hate it personaly... I mean: there is a seat for everyone, so no need to rush  

The last pic is cool: the little orange easyJet LCC next to the big Star Alliance full service Singapore Air A380.

Regards,
(Sulta)Nils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8211 times:

Hi Hannah,

Great report and very nice pictures - thanks for sharing your impressions of this inaugural flight. I also think this is always something special, although EZY didn't seem to celebrate the event very much. But for you it is a good thing that there is another airline on your "home route".

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
A colleague gave me the passenger numbers, an impressive 133 on the MAN-ZRH and 112 on my leg. Not bad at all for the first flights.

Very good indeed for a new route.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
The pilot welcomed us on board the inaugural flight. There might not have been any bubbly or red carpet, but at least the crew knew about the occasion.

Good to hear that the crew realized and made a short comment about it - nice.

Regards
Christoph


User currently onlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7701 times:

Hi, Hannah,

catching up some reports now and you´re story is first in line, you know.
Well done and really nice pictures, especially about the scenery around ZRH.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I made my way down to the back of the plane and chose 23F. I had the whole row to myself. 3 rather noisy fellows took the back row, no TR contributors on today’s flight then

Always crossed out on the seatmap for some special clients!.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Bewleys

Had a good time there last year.

Best wishes,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 7464 times:

Thanks for your comments!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
That is a typical lcc scene, I hate it personaly... I mean: there is a seat for everyone, so no need to rush

Yes, that’s true, although I don’t settle until I’ve got my window seat!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
The last pic is cool: the little orange easyJet LCC next to the big Star Alliance full service Singapore Air A380.

Thanks, I guess there aren’t too many airports where you can see them side-by-side, impressive indeed

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 6):
although EZY didn't seem to celebrate the event very much. But for you it is a good thing that there is another airline on your "home route".

Christoph,
I didn’t really expect ezy to have any celebrations, as nice as it would have been. The main thing is that the route doesn’t stop again after a few months! The more options I have the better.

Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
catching up some reports now and you´re story is first in line, you know.

You’ve got a lot of catching up to do, thanks for taking the time to read this one

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
Always crossed out on the seatmap for some special clients!.

Ah, but what about the A380?! Who gets the last row there?  

Happy flying
Infodesk



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8595 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6762 times:
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Hi Hanna,

Nice little read, not sure how this slipped past me!

Good to see another airline on this route, as much as I like LX, they need competition to keep the fares in check!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27333 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6520 times:

Hi great report , nice to also see the SQ A380 in ZRH.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 9):
they need competition to keep the fares in check!

Very true fares have gone up for alot of LX routes especially in J.


OA260


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 22 hours ago) and read 6242 times:

Hi Mark & Philip,

Thanks for your replies. Couldn't agree more.about the fares. So far I'm not noticing much of a difference!

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2853 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5666 times:

Hey Hannah!

Nice cheeky read (I am at work now hehe) nice pics, specially the A380 at ZRH, I always catch a glimpse of it on the Webcam during the weekends, nice to see all the people around it having a look.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 4):
Yes, now I finally managed to get rebooked I’m really looking forward to it. Didn’t think I’d get the chance so soon.

Cool, you are gonna love it! make sure you get upper deck seats, they are the best!

MIAspotter



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