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Antwerp With Cityjet And The Fokker 50  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3219 posts, RR: 12
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Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50


This is just a short report about my trip to Antwerp in April. I was looking for a cheapish flight to somewhere new, ideally with a new aircraft type. After reading Sultanils’ report (http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/186592/) about City Jet’s service from Antwerp to Manchester on a Fokker 50, I investigated their LCY to ANR services. They had a well priced, and well timed service, going out on Saturday morning, back on Sunday afternoon – perfect for a weekend.

The F50


I started my journey taking the train down to West Hampstead, then changing to the Jubilee line, then finally got the DLR to City airport. the trains were running well, and weren’t too busy (although there were quite a lot of interesting looking people heading to a Comic Convention at Excel in the Docklands.

View from the DLR
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Normally I avoid checking in bags when I’m only away for a short time, but as Antwerp Airport is very small (hence short baggage delivery times), I thought I’d indulge and check my bag in – also, I’d get another baggage tag for my collection.

SSCI machines
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Having checked in online already, I had to ask the check in lady for a paper boarding pass, which was cheerfully given. Since I last flew through LCY in November 2009 the departures area had been moved around, giving quite a lot more space for security clearance. Unfortunately, despite the extra space, security was very slow. There was a bit of a bottleneck with lots of female pax, but no female staff to frisk them, which caused back-ups of hand luggage on the x-ray belts. Didn’t seem like the staff really had the situation under control. Nevertheless, I was through in around 5 minutes.
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I had a walk around the departures area (which is nice, but really quite small). All the food available was pretty expensive (around GBP 5 for a very standard looking sandwich), so I took a seat next to the window watching the runway.
LCY closes down for around 24 hours between Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes to give local residents a rest from the noise, so the terminal was already quietening down for the morning.
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Three Cityjet F50s arrived in a row, one was mine for ANR, and the o0ther two heading to Rotterdam and Luxembourg.
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The Paris flight leaving
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BA E70
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LX to Zurich
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I headed down to the gate around 25 minutes before departure. The flight was around 50% (25 pax), so when boarding was finally called, everyone was aboard fairly quickly.
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London City (LCY) – Antwerp (ANR)
Air France AF 5231, operated by VLM (according to my boarding pass) for Cityjet and Air France
Scheduled: 1020-1220 (1h00m)
Actual: 1024-1209 (0h45m)
Fokker 50 OO-VLF

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The interior had some comfortable 2x2 leather seating. I went for row 11 which had good views clear of the wing, and with good window spacing.


A couple of people were moved from the front rows to the back so the aircraft would be balanced.

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The two guys on the other side of the aisle both recorded take off on their phones – other airnetters?
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Unlike thr jets I’m more used to, the F50 have a rather slow ascent (much akin to an A340!), so we got some nice views of the Thames Estuary.
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Service was provided by two friendly ladies; tea, coffe, water and juices were available along with a cheese or chicken sandwich.
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Some views enroute
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We approached ANR a little ahead of schedule.
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The airport was all but deserted – this was the only scheduled flight of the day.


We disembarked on the empty tarmac, and into the terminal building, where we went through immigration, and into the baggage reclaim hall. I was out of the doors around five minutes after landing.
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Antwerp is a fairly small city, but there was quite a lot going on. I happened to be in town the weekend of the Antwerp Marathon, so the city centre had been transformed into a running track, which was interesting to see. I spent most of the afternoon trying out a selection of very nice Belgian beer.


Dinner
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Some lovely old buildings
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Some great moustaches
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Runners
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A great steel band
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Antwerp Station, the location of quite a good flashmob…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotat...on_612418&v=7EYAUazLI9k&feature=iv
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I headed back to the airport around 3pm, after stopping off to buy some Belgian beer to take home. After checking in my bag and picking up my boarding card, I went back outside and enjoyed a couple of beers in the sun.
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Arrivals
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Not a busy evening at ANR
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I went through security when there was no one else, so it only took a moment. Luckily I didn’t go through too early as airside consisted on just one room.
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There were three aircraft on the tarmac – I was hoping to get a different aircraft to yesterday, and was glad to be driven# over to OO-VLM.
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Tarmac
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Antwerp (ANR) – London City (LCY)
Air France AF 5236
Scheduled: 1610-1615 (1h05m)
Actual: 1620-1617 (0h57m)
Fokker 50 OO-VLM

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Unlike the flight coming over, this flight was 100% booked. Unfortunately, I managed to leave my camera in the overhead lockers, so I didn’t have it for take off.

The cabin crew this time consisted of a man and a woman, who were pretty friendly and chatty, but took quite a long time to serve the snack. There was a choice of drinks and cheese or ham sandwiches. Interestingly, the first G&T I got was Bombay Sapphire (in a glass miniature), and the second, which was given to me just 7 minutes before arrival was Gibsons (in a plastic bottle).
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Views
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G&T No.2
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A basket of Belgian chocolates was handed around before arrival, which was a nice touch.
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Approach was from the west (the first time that’s happened to me flying into LCY), so there were some great views of the City. I was on the wrong side for Canary Wharf and the Dome though.
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We touched down just two minutes late, and taxied to the fairly empty terminal.
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In just a few minutes my bag had appeared on the conveyer belt, and I was off on the DLR into London.

As it happened, London was also holding their marathon today, so I got to see the every end of the London one.
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This was my third return flight with Cityjet from LCY (the other two were both on the Dublin route). Cityjet provides some excellent service, and if you’re lucky, there are some very reasonable fares available. The F50s were more spacious that I was expecting, and offer a fairly comfortable ride.

Comments and questions welcome! I’ve got another few TRs to put up this weekend;
bmi to Bergen
Royal Jordanian to Amman
Ryanair to Morocco, Italy and Malta

[Edited 2011-05-21 11:51:09]


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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 12112 times:

Hi Gabrielchew!

Nice trip report, i enjoyed reading it!

Antwerp seems like a cute town, i liked the architecture.
Cool pictures on the descent to LCY, ill try that airport in september, really looking forward to it!

Martin


User currently offlinePhotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 454 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 11908 times:
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Hey!

That's a nice trip report you've got there.
I really, really need to fly a F50 before they're gone.
Seems like the Cityjet service is quite good for such a short flight.
Thanks and I hope you had fun in Belgium!

Regards,

Photoshooter



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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 11638 times:

Hi Gabrielchew.
Another pub crawl! Interestingly shaped glasses that the beers came in. Not all taht impressed with the can  

A good trip report from a smaller airport pair. It seems the service was good and you had no hassles on the way.

Great photos of Antwerp, by the way.

Thanks for sharing.
Quokka


User currently offlineAflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 11629 times:

Hi

Nice report, Antwerp looks like a nice place to visit .... unfortunately I wasn't able to see Antwerp or any part of Belguim on my Europe trip.

BTW, nice photos of London on approach. Reminds me of my sole trip to LHR where I was able to get some spectacular views.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4268 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 11409 times:

Hi

Nice report. CityJet/VLM is still doing good on these routes, ANR and RTM are popular airports in their network. Good to see the chocolates are still on board, and their catering is very sufficient for these flights.
Nice to see your view on Antwerp. Indeed a nice city, where we often go by car or train for shopping since it's close to the Dutch border. In the past even flights excisted between ARN-AMS on Emb120 aircraft iirc.

btw, sistership 'VLE' had an incident at RTM very recently and is now stored for investigation of cracks in the fuselage. Most probably it will never fly again since damages seems too much for repair.

Eric



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3219 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 11308 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):

Nice trip report, i enjoyed reading it!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):

Antwerp seems like a cute town, i liked the architecture.

Yeah, the architecure was great

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):

Cool pictures on the descent to LCY, ill try that airport in september, really looking forward to it!

Well, of all the times I've flown into LCY, that was the first time we were routed over London. Normally it's a rather boaring descent over the docklands

Quoting Photoshooter (Reply 2):

I really, really need to fly a F50 before they're gone.

They're quite nice to fly. Go for row 11 for a good view.

Quoting Photoshooter (Reply 2):
Thanks and I hope you had fun in Belgium!

I did, thanks. Great country!

Quoting Quokka (Reply 3):
Another pub crawl!

I just love pub crawls!

Quoting Quokka (Reply 3):
Interestingly shaped glasses that the beers came in. Not all taht impressed with the can

The can was the best I could manage!

Quoting Quokka (Reply 3):

Great photos of Antwerp, by the way.

Thanks!

Quoting Aflyingkiwi (Reply 4):
Nice report, Antwerp looks like a nice place to visit .... unfortunately I wasn't able to see Antwerp or any part of Belguim on my Europe trip.

Thanks. Belgium is a really nice country. Don't miss it the next time your in Europe.

Quoting Aflyingkiwi (Reply 4):
BTW, nice photos of London on approach. Reminds me of my sole trip to LHR where I was able to get some spectacular views.

Thanks.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Good to see the chocolates are still on board, and their catering is very sufficient for these flights.

Yes, good catering, especially on the afternoon flight

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Nice to see your view on Antwerp. Indeed a nice city, where we often go by car or train for shopping since it's close to the Dutch border.

Is it cheaper in Belgium than the Netherlands?



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4268 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 11304 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):
Is it cheaper in Belgium than the Netherlands?

It depends, let's say it's about the same. Though, going to Belgium it feels 'different' because it's another country. Beer is so much better in Belgium, also the food seems to be of a higher quality there. The Belgiums know better how to enjoy life, compared to the Dutch. It's just the good feeling  



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User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2181 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 11223 times:

I flew on one of these F50's back when they were VLM and had a fantastic flight. I loved the leather seats identical to yours and the service was amazing for such a short regional flight MAN-LCY.

Can't say Brugs beer looks too appetising though!



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3219 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 11208 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7):
Though, going to Belgium it feels 'different' because it's another country.

It's always nice to go to another country!

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 8):

Can't say Brugs beer looks too appetising though!

On the contrary, the Brugs was possibly the best. Nice and refreshing!



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5155 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11040 times:

Hi, gabrielchew,

well done, really good to follow you´re experience on the LCY-ANR route.
Nice pictures as well.
I´am also booked on one of these 50´s the other way around in July, the original flight is cancelled, but it seems the new one offered is also ok.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineSabenaA320 From Belgium, joined Nov 1999, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11028 times:

Hey

very nice TR. Nice to see some pictures on A.net from my hometown.

I allways thought that Cityjet was more expensive then BA or SN to LHR. But maybe I have to try this route also.

Greetings
Ralf


User currently offlinelppr95 From Portugal, joined Mar 2010, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 10997 times:

Hey there!

Thanks for sharing a very complete trip report!

Nice to see a female capitan!



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1680 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 10745 times:
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Hi gabrielchew!

Very nice to see this one popping up! Finally someone coming to the most pleasant city in the world: Antwerp  . Good to see that you ecaped the miserable London weather and got quite some sun here in Belgium. How did you manage to take so many pics in LCY? I thought staff there is quite intolerant on taking pics on the airport premises?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After reading Sultanils’ report (http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/186592/) about City Jet’s service from Antwerp to Manchester on a Fokker 50

Hey, thanks for the credits!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
for row 11

That's indeed a good seat, row 12 (last row) has no windows...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We approached ANR a little ahead of schedule.

Apparently you came in over the city centre and landed on rwy 11, that's the best approach.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I happened to be in town the weekend of the Antwerp Marathon,

Well actually it was the 'Antwerp 10 miles', a very popular running competition.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
a selection of very nice Belgian beer

I hope you enjoyed them! Your 'De Koninck' is a typical Antwerp beer, it is brewed in a small brewery in the city outskirts.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some lovely old buildings

The first one is the town hall, 2nd is the 'Gravensteen' (a museum) and the other ones are all located at the 'Grote Markt'.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
so I got to see the every end of the London one

That's not the prettiest view with all the trash...

Bye,
Nils



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 10454 times:

Hi Gab,

A very nice report about your weekend in Antwerp! I really liked VLM - had a great LCY-AMS flight with them some years ago. Too bad it's now been absorbed into CityJet, but at least the service still looks to be of somewhat high quality.

Antwerp is a nice city, although I don't think there's that much to do there (well apart from the beer...) I did a day trip there some years ago and I think I pretty much exhausted everything it had to offer. I loved the old pedestrian tunnel underneath the river Schelde, though.

I think I should still log ANR airport, though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The interior had some comfortable 2x2 leather seating. I went for row 11 which had good views clear of the wing, and with good window spacing.

Ahh, these nice beige seats. They are very comfortable indeed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Unlike thr jets I’m more used to, the F50 have a rather slow ascent (much akin to an A340!), so we got some nice views of the Thames Estuary.

Actually having done quite a few Fokker flights, most of them courtesy of BT, I don't think they are particularly slow on ascent, more likely the ATC made you to do it, maybe to allow faster jets to pass overhead.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I spent most of the afternoon trying out a selection of very nice Belgian beer.

Oh yes, that's definitely world class!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Dinner

Are you sure?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some great moustaches

I thought the facial hair world championships were held in Norway?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and was glad to be driven# over to OO-VLM.

Congratulations on scoring two different planes!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Approach was from the west (the first time that’s happened to me flying into LCY), so there were some great views of the City. I was on the wrong side for Canary Wharf and the Dome though.

So you had the nice steep approach them? How does it feel, I've never flown into LCY, always arrived by DLR.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):
How did you manage to take so many pics in LCY? I thought staff there is quite intolerant on taking pics on the airport premises?

I've never had any problems taking lots of photos at LCY.


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Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 10):
Nice pictures as well.

Thanks!

Quoting SabenaA320 (Reply 11):

very nice TR. Nice to see some pictures on A.net from my hometown.

thanks. You have a nice hometown!

Quoting SabenaA320 (Reply 11):

I allways thought that Cityjet was more expensive then BA or SN to LHR. But maybe I have to try this route also.

Quite the opposite. BA/SN cheapest fares seem to be around GBP 130 rtn, whereas AF/WN starts around GBP100.

Quoting lppr95 (Reply 12):

Thanks for sharing a very complete trip report!

Glad you liked it

Quoting lppr95 (Reply 12):

Nice to see a female capitan!

It was a very smooth flight!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):

Hey, thanks for the credits!

No problem!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):
Good to see that you ecaped the miserable London weather and got quite some sun here in Belgium. How did you manage to take so many pics in LCY? I thought staff there is quite intolerant on taking pics on the airport premises?

No problems taking photos at all.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 13):

Well actually it was the 'Antwerp 10 miles', a very popular running competition.

Awh, so not a proper run then!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Antwerp is a nice city, although I don't think there's that much to do there (well apart from the beer...) I did a day trip there some years ago and I think I pretty much exhausted everything it had to offer. I loved the old pedestrian tunnel underneath the river Schelde, though.

I never made it through the tunnel - will have to do that next time!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Dinner

Are you sure?

Oh no, a mis-posted photo! Here's my dinner:
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and was glad to be driven# over to OO-VLM.

Congratulations on scoring two different planes!

I was quite happy to get VLM! Now I can definately add an new airline!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Approach was from the west (the first time that’s happened to me flying into LCY), so there were some great views of the City. I was on the wrong side for Canary Wharf and the Dome though.

So you had the nice steep approach them? How does it feel, I've never flown into LCY, always arrived by DLR.

To be honest, it didn't feel especially steep. Perhaps on a jet it feels more interesting?



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